There’s no maybe about it. May is full of magic, and this weekend it has everything to do with paint wars, premiers, princess teas, park parties, and more. We’ve got a full list of ways your family can rock the weekend so keep reading, and be sure to let us know what you’ve got planned in the comments section below!


Photo: Donnie Ray Jones via Flickr


Paint Wars at Turner Field
Ready for a messy, fun, crazy challenge? Don’t miss Paint Wars™—a competition of all ages and fitness levels in 5 stations, a giant Paint Party, and finally, an epic paint battle. Paint Wars donates meals and funds to Action Against Hunger at every event. Included with your ticket you get the Paint Wars T-shirt, Headband, Finisher Medal, 3 Paint Bombs (Sponge Balls), Fake Tattoos, and all the paint you can you throw! Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 7 & under free, ages 8 & older $25-$45/ person. All ages—Before the paint throwing begins, announcers will let parents and children know that all kids under 7 (and their guardians) will need to exit the the main arena for the first 20 minutes of paint throwing, or until the MCs announce that children are welcome to enter the area again. Event details.

Endangered Species Day at Georgia Aquarium
Learn the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions you can take to help them survive. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to educate guests about endangered species in the Aquarium’s exhibits. Held at Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW. Fri.-Sun. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.


Annual Mommy and Me Princess Tea at the Carter Center
The 4th Annual Mommy and Me Princess Tea at the Carter Center is back—proceeds benefit the nonprofit Girl Talk, Inc.—and includes a catered tea, princess show, goody bag, and meet-n-greet with the 15 princess performers. Held at The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Pkwy. Sun. from 2 to 4 p.m. $50/ person. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Free Park Party in Honor of National Kids to Park Day
Join Sandy Springsters as they celebrate the National Park Trust’s National Kids to Park Day with obstacle course challenges, water slides, inflatables, face painting, balloon artist, raffles, DJ music, and more. The National Park Trust encourages children to venture outside and explore their local parks, while discovering nature and history. Held at Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Dr. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

See A Beautiful Planet at Fernbank
See an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth from space in this new IMAX movie at Fernbank. Made in cooperation with NASA, this film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet, captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. NE. Sun. at 3 p.m. Multiple showings through Sept. 15. $8-$13/ person. All ages. Event details.


Touch a Truck and Meet a Princess
Don’t miss this free annual tradition with trucks and princesses galore at Notre Dame Children’s Academy in Duluth. Kids can explore vehicles of all shapes and sizes and meet Elsa and Anna. Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase. Held at Notre Dame Academy, 4635 River Green Pkwy. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.


Shriner’s Circus
The World’s Largest Shrine Circus & Midway Carnival is as classic a circus experience you can get, with high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, show horses, elephants, bears, daredevil acts, thrilling carnival rides and, of course, world-famous Shriner clowns. There are also more than 40 carnival rides and attractions, plus all the carni food you can dream of. Be sure to check the schedule here before you go. Held at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. Admission is $7/ adult, Free for kids 10 & under, Rides are available for purchase. Sat. to May 30, times vary. All ages. Event details.


Intro to Tree Climbing at Panola Mountain State Park
Go “on rope” for an adventure exploring the tree canopy above Panola Mountain State Park at an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Register in advance by calling 770-389-7801. Ages 8 and up. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW. Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m. $15 to register and $5 to park. Ages 8 & up. Event details.

What kind of magic are you up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey