Go on and work the kinks out of your touchdown dance, because you’re about to score some points with the family this weekend. From a game day tailgate where fans from every team are invited to a family canoe day, Atlanta kids will be cheering their parents on until bedtime on Sunday. Keep reading for the playbook of fun family events, below.

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Game Day Tailgate Built by the Home Depot
Enjoy a GameDay Tailgate, Built By The Home Depot this football season and watch some of the top teams play in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Don’t miss the tailgate games, up to 4 match-ups live on our 36-ft video board, trivia and music from DJ Willy Wow, prizes and much more. Sat. Event details.

West End

Wren’s Nest Storytelling
Head to the home of author Joel Chandler Harris—one of the most popular writers in America at the turn of the 20th century—for storytelling by professional storytellers every Saturday at 1 p.m. Then, check out the house, which is Georgia’s oldest house museum and full of artifacts from the author’s life. Sat. Event details.


Animal Amigos at Center for Puppetry Arts
Three Mexican folktales come to life in this bilingual production of Animal Amigos. The performance includes the story of Medio Pollito, the little half-chick born with one leg, one wing, one eye and half of a beak. In addition, guests can watch as a trickster rabbit outsmarts a hungry coyote again and again. All of these classic stories portray the themes of friendship and overcoming adversity, making them perfect for young audiences and parents alike. Your ticket includes the live performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ or To-Go Kit, and admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Shows for Seedlings at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Enjoy a variety of live performances from some of Atlanta’s best storytellers, puppeteers, musicians and magicians in the Children’s Garden. Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Wires & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars
Check out guitars played by Kurt Cobain, Bo Diddley, Jack White, and more in Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars, which explores the basics of guitar design while also considering how some guitars have become icons, how they reached this status, and how technology will affect the instrument in the future. In addition to interactive activities in the galleries, this exhibition explores the design of the guitar, guitars as musical icons, technology & guitars, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center showcases a lineup of Atlanta’s finest performers in one of it’s most historic venues, and Jazz on the Lawn is a great way to spend time with friends, unwind, and listen to an evening of live music. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy these concerts surrounded by the natural beauty of the Callanwolde Amphitheater. Fri. Event details.


Free Admission for Educators at LEGOLAND
Staff and faculty members are welcome to bring their families or students to experience the interactive LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta atmosphere, offering the perfect balance of learning and fun. The special offer allows free admission to all educators, bus drivers, coaches, janitorial staff and more (with valid ID) – as well as 50% off for their guests. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Embry Hills

14th Annual Atlanta Arab Festival
Experience the best of Arab cultures with food, music, art and more at this family-friendly event for all ages! Everyone is welcome to attend. Don’t miss the interactive exhibits and activities, Bazaar featuring traditional hand-made items from local artists, shopping at the Souk for books, arts and crafts, paintings, groceries, rugs, jewelry, traditional home accessories, traditional clothes and more, delicious food from local Arab restaurants, games for all ages, and arts and crafts. Sat. Event details.


Family Canoe Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Family Canoe Day is an introduction to canoeing on Beaver Pond for first-time paddlers, families with young kids, or adults coming back to the sport. Canoe instructors will spend extra time going over paddling techniques and equipment and will provide races games and water-squirters. CNC provides all equipment for participants and admission to CNC is included. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the nature center grounds after the canoe adventure. Sat. Event details.

Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Art, music, friends and fun are to be discovered under the Redwoods of Old Mill Park. Explore the fine works of 135 local and international artists, and a special presentation grove that will showcase environmentally-themed art. Don’t miss the children’s area where the kids can participate in an eco-aware art activity. Sat. Event details.


IronKids Triathalon
Rain or shine, get active with the whole family at IronKids in Alpharetta! IronKids Alpharetta allows children ages 6 to 15 an opportunity to test their strength with a swim, bike, and run competition. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

The Jungle Book at Serenbe Playhouse
Head to Serenbe to celebrate the Serenbe Playhouse’s 10th Anniversary Season with this creative take based on the famous stories of Rudyard Kipling. Mowgli is a young boy raised by wolves, living with his friends Baloo the bear, Bagheera, the panther and Kaa, the python snake. His mortal enemy, Shere Khan, wants to rule the jungle, and it’s up to Mowgli to defeat him. Join in on the action by dressing up as your favorite jungle animal and learn about the importance of ecology and conservation. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey