Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: May 14-16

Anyone else feel like Buddy the Elf screaming “I love you I love you I LOOOVE you!” at our city now that things are opening back up for parents to explore with our kids? Surely it’s not just us. With farmers’ markets, family performances, the Shriner’s Circus, and more to explore—including a drive-through Greek Festival—we’re betting we’re not alone in our joy over all Atlanta has to offer our families—with Covid precautions in place. Keep reading for our picks for the weekend, below.

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Go to the Shriner’s Circus
The circus is coming to town, and it happens to be the biggest Shrine Circus in North America. Don’t miss the opportunity to see all-new top circus acts from around the world with clowns, bears, elephants, horses, motorcycles, acrobats, and daredevil acts. Plus, enjoy a giant Carnival midway featuring rides and attractions. This year, the State of Georgia is using Jim R. Miller Park as a COVID-19 vaccination location, so make note of the new location for the 2021 circus at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Here are the details.

Drive-Through the Marietta Greek Festival
East Cobb’s beloved Marietta Greek Festival is back in a safe way with a 2021 “Opa To Go” Drive-Thru! Enjoy your favorite homemade Greek goodies, music, dancing and atmosphere as you make your way around the parking lot, experiencing the beauty of the Greek culture, all from the safety of your car. Check the details out here.

Explore The Green Market at Piedmont Park, then the Playground
Voted one of the top five farmer’s markets in Atlanta by Access Atlanta, Green Market encourages sustainable communities in the most basic way by providing shoppers with direct access to local farmers and small businesses. Walk the market and enjoy the fun every Saturday until November. Enjoy local farmers, bakers, jams, preserves and artisan goods. There is something for everyone. While you shop, you can enjoy prepared foods and drinks for breakfast and lunch. Click here for the scoop.

See Songs of the West End at The Alliance
Inspired by the children’s book In the West End by Will Power and R. Gregory Christie, this aural adventure will immerse you in the sounds of Atlanta’s historic West End neighborhood. From the talk on the sidewalks to the whoosh of the MARTA trains, join us for a rhythmic and tasty trip through the epicenter of vegan cooking in Atlanta. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Visit Zoo Atlanta
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll through the all-new African Savanna or a chance to explore The Ford African Rain Forest, Zoo Atlanta offers something for everyone. Want to keep even more learning happening with the kids – virtually? Check out the Zoo’s At-Home educational programs before or after your visit. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Play Tourist & Visit Atlanta’s Best Attractions on a CityPASS
If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions in Atlanta, the Atlanta CityPASS can help you save 45% on admission to five Atlanta-area attraction: Georgia Aquarium, including the new SHARKS! Predators of the Deep Gallery, World of Coca-Cola, Zoo Atlanta, plus your choice of any two of the following attractions: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, College Football Hall of Fame or National Center for Civil and Human Rights.. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Soar on the Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventure Zipline at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Chattahoochee Nature Center has partnered with American Adventure Park Systems and Historic Banning Mills to bring you Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures. Choose to do the Aerial Adventure Course, Zipline Canopy Tour, or both to see nature from a different perspective and spend a day in the trees. Check it out, here.

See Wings of Wonder at Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville
For the Gainesville exhibition, artists have created three sculptures, including a pair of cardinals, “Love Long Last” for the Gainesville exhibition, Wings of Wonder: Towering Works of Nature, that are seen as harbingers of good health, renewal and loving relationships. Each bird is 15 feet tall and, although monumental in scale, these ephemeral works are temporary in nature – they are made from natural materials such as bamboo, tree saplings and found objects, meant to last only several years before fading away. This is everything you need to know before you go.

Marvel at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, an exhibit of reproduction ceiling frescoes, is open at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. This showcase features 34 reproductions mostly created in their original size, allowing visitors to observe all the intricate details of these masterpieces. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Enjoy Some Free & Cheap Fun in Atlanta
April is full of free and cheap things to do with your family in Atlanta, including blooms at local gardens, strawberry picking, and museum re-openings. Find out details here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

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—Shelley Massey



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