Here’s to all the moms out there! This weekend, we hope that all the public potties you encounter are clean, that your coffee never turns cold, that your car rides be quarrel-free, and that your adventures be awesome. Keep reading for ten terrific ways to make some memories with your minions this Mother’s Day!

Photo: Laura Gilchrist via Flickr


Lantern Parade
Let your light shine in the Decatur Lantern Parade through the streets of downtown Decatur. Whether you make your own lantern at home (battery powered only, please!) or hit a lantern-making workshop in advance, you won’t regret letting the kids stay up late for this one. Fri. Event details. 


BBQ Festival and Fireworks in Acworth
Enjoy live music, entertainment, good food, and a neighborhood vibe at the North Cobb Rotary’s Smoke on the Lake event, complete with bounce houses and fireworks on Friday night. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Chastain Art Festival
Head to Chastain Park to celebrate Spring at the Annual Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival. With up to 200 displays of fine art and crafts, folk, and “outsider art,” you can bet there’s something just perfect for the kiddos to give Momma for Mother’s Day! Don’t forget to turn the kids loose in the children’s area. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Mother’s Day Brunch at The St. Regis Atlanta
Treat mom to a swanky brunch at The St. Regis Atlanta, with two seatings in the elegant Astor Court overlooking the hotel’s magnificent hotel lobby and crystal chandelier. Enjoy jazz, an over-the-top gourmet station buffet, and floral arranging. Sun. Event details.


Dunwoody Arts Festival
The Dunwoody Art Festival features arts and crafts, a food court with favorite food trucks from throughout the area, and a designated Kidz Zone—complete with rides, sand-art activities and imaginative crafts and games. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 


Sesame Street: F is for Friends Pop-Up
Catch a 15-minute pop-up event, “Sesame Street: F is for Friends,”in Alpharetta, followed by character meet-and-greets, digital activity stations, photo opportunities that include Cookie Monster’s new food truck, and more. Sat. Event details. 


Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powwow
Take your tribe to see a real powwow, complete with traditional dancing, arts, crafts demonstrations, warriors on horseback, birds of prey, and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details


Sweet Auburn Springfest
Take a ride on a 200-foot zipline or find out what it takes to hold on to a mechanical bull while checking out the annual Sweet Auburn Springfest, complete with giveaways, live music, face painting, a street market, and plenty of delectable eats. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 


Mother’s Day Canoe Trip
Looking for something more fun than a 2 hour wait in a restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day? How about an afternoon canoe trip for the whole family, instead? Meet at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and use their gear to paddle to the playgrounds at Riverside Park for a little R & R, but be careful – to beat the heat they’ll be distributing water squirters! Sun. Event details. 


Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat at Center for Puppetry Arts
“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. All of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale come to life on stage, with delightful rhymes and adventures that even your tiny tots with enjoy. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Moms, how do you like to celebrate your big day with the family? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey