We’re thankful that we’re Atlanta parents. Even in the middle of an upside-down year, we’re surrounded by world-class theaters and museums, an outdoor venue that’s dedicating its Friday nights to families, and tons of places to enjoy nature. Keep reading for your weekend inspiration, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Meet the Muppets at Center for Puppetry Arts
The Worlds of Puppetry Museum includes two galleries: the Global Collection Gallery and the Jim Henson Gallery. In the Global Collection Gallery, learn the five main types of puppets and about some of the world’s most important puppetry traditions. The Center is home to the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson puppets, props, and costumes. The Museum is using timed ticketing to ensure low density and social distancing for the safety of visitors and staff. Find out more here.

Watch The Goonies Outdoors at The Battery
Movie nights have become a regular family activity, so The Battery Atlanta is queuing up feel-good comedies, action-packed adventures and more on Fridays with the return of its popular Xfinity Movie Series. Guests of all ages are encouraged to spread out six feet apart with lawn chairs or thick blankets to set the scene for a casual and cozy – yet socially-distanced – night under the stars. Parking is free for the first three hours in the Red Deck. Here’s the scoop.

Explore Civil Rights at The High
Check out Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books. The exhibition is a collaboration with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and is guest curated by author and editor Andrea Davis Pinkney. Within the galleries, viewers will see artwork that serves to honor the voices of the past and inspire the voices of tomorrow as the fight for justice continues nationwide. Picture the Dream is the only exhibition of its kind to focus on the civil rights movement specifically through picture book illustrations. Go here for more info.

Have a Free (or Really Cheap) Adventure in Atlanta
This month is full of free and cheap things to do with your family in Atlanta, including off the beaten track parks, drive-in movies, and a cool art installation where you can literally perch all day. Here‘s what you need to know.

Visit Big Trees Preserve
Take a walk in the woods at Sandy Spring’s Big Trees Forest Preserve, a 30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary that’s open sunrise to sunset, seven days each week. There is ample free parking, and dogs on leashes are welcomed in the Forest. This previously threatened urban forest, one of the last in the highly developed area of Sandy Springs, is now a sanctuary in the city. Find out more here.

Check Out Naturally Artistic at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Visit CNC and enjoy Naturally Artistic, a home grown exhibit that celebrates the connection between art and nature. Station-based activities will guide you through some of CNC’s most picturesque locations and encourage you to see the world around you with a fresh set of eyes. Pre-purchasing admission and creating a member reservation is required in advance. Check out more details, here.

Virtual Adventures

Thanksgiving Science Lab Online
In this Kids Lab class, students will use everyday household items to explore this season of change. Check It out here.

Story Pirates Sleep Squad Show (Virtually)
The Story Pirates, known for creating award-winning and hilarious sketch comedy based on children’s story ideas, launch SLEEP SQUAD, a family-friendly, interactive virtual theater experience which turns the viewer’s home into a rocket ship launching kids into dreamland. Featuring a Tony Award-winning team and brand new kid-driven storytelling, and exclusive new music from the Story Pirates, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids ages 4 to 12. For more info, check this out.

Kids Yoga Dance Party
This fun and active yoga class focuses on music and movement. Kids will stretch, shake, shimmy and shuffle. This class is for kids 5+ and invites older kids, babysitters and parents to join as they dance into the weekend. Find out more here.

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

—Shelley Massey

 

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