October in Atlanta can’t be beat, and we’ve got a weekend full of fun picked out just for you. From taking a short drive to a nearby pumpkin patch to exploring Arabia Mountain, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the first weekend of Atlanta’s real fall, y’all. Keep reading for details on epic adventures that await you, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Pick the Perfect Pumpkin at a Pumpkin Patch
While the grocery store will deliver on your pumpkin needs, it’s the fun fall perks—like hayrides, mazes, and inflatables, not to mention the acres of pumpkins—that will have you loading up your car and heading to the farm this fall. Check out our favorite spots, here.

Visit the High Museum to 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. Here‘s all you need to know.

Go Mad Scientist with Experiments to Try at Home
Looking for kids science experiments? Thanks to common household ingredients, some ingenuity and our guide, these classic science experiments and projects for kids make any day exciting. Go here for more info.

Go Apple Picking
The time is ripe for some good old-fashioned apple picking fun in North Georgia. There’s a bushel of excitement to be had when you head to the country, from fresh air and exercise to crisp deliciousness for the perfect virtual learning snack break. Check out where to find this season’s bumper crops, open generally through the end of October. Get details, here.

Treat Yourself to Family-Style Carry-Out
À la carte works on date night, but when you’re feeding your crowd, sometimes it’s better to minimize the ordering mayhem. From tacos to tofu, we’ve picked our favorite family style meals that you can carry-out from Atlanta’s best restaurants. Here’s where to go.

Spend a Day Exploring Arabia Mountain
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area lies just east of Atlanta along I-20 and is dominated by two granite outcrops to explore. The Arabia Mountain NHA offers opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing and geocaching throughout 40,000 acres, while the Panola Mountain State Park offers beginner courses and expert ranges for archery. Find details here.

Virtual Adventures

Virtual Sea Otter Experience
Meet Shedd Aquarium’s sea otters from the comforts of home. In the new Virtual Sea Otter Encounter, you’ll come face-to-face with the playful, adorable sea otters that call Shedd home. Check it out here.

Rhythm Workshop
Create your own drum kit out of household objects, then learn some simple rhythm patterns. At the end of class, join in the CampCosmo Drum Circle! This live, online class is taught from sunny Santa Monica, CA at 9am PT, and we welcome kids around the world to join the fun! For more info, check this out.

Family Art Workshop
Angels Gate Cultural Center is now offering virtual monthly Family Art Workshops! All are welcome. Art activities for kids and adults, ages 1 to 101. Find out more here.

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

—Shelley Massey


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