Now that the school year is back in full swing, we’re all about activities that get us out and about on the weekend without requiring a ton of time and effort. From a farmers market to a vibrant Japanese festival, scroll down to check out what this weekend has in store.

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Sid the Science Kid at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Don’t miss the museum’s new traveling exhibit that brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid to life. Little ones will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Tailgate Saturday at College Football Hall of Fame
Watch college football games all day on the College Football Hall of Fame’s 36-foot, high-definition video board and enjoy a cash bar and concessions. Fans can participate in The Home Depot scavenger hunt for the chance to win a special prize. Sat. Event details.


Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, serving Midtown’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.

Mother Goose at Center for Puppetry Arts
Presented as part of the Center’s Theatre for the Very Young Series, little ones can sing, wiggle and clap along with classic nursery rhyme characters to find Mother Goose. Kids will help Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill and all the other citizens of Rhymeville piece together clues to solve Mother Goose’s whereabouts in this highly interactive, original show meant for children ages 2 and up. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Merry Go Zoo Structures at The High
The High Museum of Art just got a little funkier. Experience Merry Go Zoo, the second interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Inspired to create a playful, 21st-century version of an outdoor public sculpture, Hayon has designed four large-scale, vibrantly colored structures that invite visitors to interact by spinning on the base or by rotating the sculpture. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


JapanFest is an annual festival that features demonstrations of karate, kendo and sumo, along with the best Japanese cuisine in Atlanta—sushi, bento boxes, ramen noodles and more. With musical and dance performances, workshops on Japanese culture and a Children’s Area where kids can make their own Japanese tops and a Japanese kite, this is one cultural festival you won’t want to miss. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Creature Feature at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Learn about the native wildlife living at CNC through a 30-minute live animal presentation with a naturalist or docent. Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Planetarium Shows
Visit the Fernbank Science Center and check out the exhibit hall, planetarium, observatory, outdoor gardens and library, and daily planetarium shows that include Solar QuestEarth, Moon & SunPerfect Little Planet and OneWorld, One Sky (Big Bird’s Adventure). Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Celebrate Bright Horizons’ First Birthday
Bright Horizons is turning one and throwing a big party. Join them for children’s activities, science experiments, food, magic show and (of course!) birthday cake. Sat. Event details.

—Susie Foresman