Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be … bored? Luckily for us, there’s not a chance of that happening this weekend in Atlanta. From Indian powwows to Mother’s Day canoe trips on the ‘Hooch, and festivals celebrating everything from the arts to BBQ, this Mother’s Day weekend is going to rock. Read on for the scoop on our favorite ways to frolic with the flock.

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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.

Grant Park

BBQ & Music Fest
In between music, BBQ competition, and great food on a picnic blanket in the park, treat the little ones to some playtime in the Kid Zone for great, family fun. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Free Dance Workshop at The High
Explore the exhibition Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, which reflects this picture-book artist’s wide variety of influences, including spirituals, jazz, and African folktales. Then, participate in a dance workshop set to spirituals and the blues. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


SPARK Saturday: Family Ties at Center for Civil & Human Rights 
May’s SPARK Saturday celebrates diversity in family structures. Enjoy carnival-like activities and games that celebrate family structures of all types. Create a family tree, design a family collage, or build a house with loved ones. No one family is like the other and this day honors the uniqueness of each family. Sat. Event details.


Art Festival
The Dunwoody Art Festival at the Dunwoody Village Parkway includes top artists from across the country showcasing handmade jewelry, sculpture, paintings, homemade soaps, baked goods and home décor. Don’t miss the food court with favorite local food trucks and a designated Kidz Zone with rides, sand-art activities and imaginative crafts and games. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


BBQ Festival on the Lake
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.


Canoe Trip Down the ‘Hooch
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.

Fairy Houses at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Take a hike on the Forest Fairy House Trail, an outdoor exhibit on the Homestead Trail and Kingfisher Pond Trail with more than a dozen whimsical work made from tiny natural objects. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


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.


Georgia Renaissance Festival
Celebrating its 32nd year, the Georgia Renaissance Festival has been voted on of the Southeast’s Top 20 Events, and is an art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft marketplace, all set inside a re-created 16th-Century European village. Ten stages provide a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill, and roaming performers will keep the kiddos entertained all day long. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

How will you play this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey