Hold on to your hats, parents. This weekend is full of over 20 exciting options for family fun that will make your kiddos feel like Atlanta royalty as they’re whisked from one to the next. From a geocache scavenger hunt to a free coach-led sports clinic on the BeltLine, festivals celebrating everything from Japanese culture to classic cars, the largest Native American gathering in the Southeast, and a super sized LEGO exhibit in the Botanical Garden in Gainesville, we’re willing to bet your pint-sized royalty will be sleeping soundly come Sunday, whether you put a pea under the mattress or not!

Kids DrivingPhoto: Paul L. Dineen via flickr Creative Commons


Connect with Nature at Outdoor Skills Day
Experience classic camping demos, fire building classes, canoeing mini-clinics, naturalist-led hikes, a geocache scavenger hunt and much more outdoorsy fun! Held in Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. $6 for Child; $10 Adult; Free 2 and younger. Sat. from 12-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Don’t Miss the Sandy Springs Festival
Kids will love the inflatables, arts & crafts, petting zoo, and face painting at the annual Sandy Springs Festival. And did we mention the annual Pet Parade? Held in Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. $5 Adults, $2 Children, 5 and under free. Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Chow Down at Taste of Smyrna
This year’s “Festival of the Delectable” will include over 30 restaurant vendors (samples available for purchase from $1-4), and a Kids Zone with interactive inflatables featuring the 33′ Shark Slide, Euro Bungee Quad Jump, 24′ Rockwall, 120′ Roller Coaster Obstacle Course, and more. Held in The Village Green, 200 Village Green Cir. Free admission (food available for purchase). Sat.11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Free Play Day at Washington Park
Play Day on the Atlanta BeltLine is a free, fun-filled day of sports, fit­ness, nutri­tion, edu­ca­tion, arts, and sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives where local coaches and orga­ni­za­tions come together to facil­i­tate activ­i­ties, drills and games for var­i­ous sports. Every­one is invited to join the fun. Held in Washington Park, 1125 Lena St NW. Free. Sun. from 1-5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Multiple Locations

Have a Ball with the Play Mobile
Don’t miss this recreation center on wheels at a park near you! Appearing every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a local park, the Play Mobile is a courtesy of Atlanta Parks and Rec Department and encourages kids to get out and play. Free activities from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and 1-4 p.m. on weekends include the ring toss, hula-hoops, board games, scooters, arts and craft activities, and more. Held at East Lake Park – Fri., Sept. 18, Rev. James Orange Park – Sat., Sept. 19 (12pm-6pm), and Washington Park – Sun., Sept. 20 (ATL Play Day). Free. All ages. Event details.


Take a Stroller Tour of the Garden
Load up your kiddos and their sweet rides for a jaunt through the Garden. No registration is required for this short interactive walking tour. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child ages 3 to 12, Free/ child 2 and under, Free for members). Sat. at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Ages 1-2. Event details.

See Sesame Street Live’s Let’s Dance at The Fox Theatre
Elmo’s got the moves; do you? Get up shake a tail feather with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Fox Theatre. Held at Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St NE. $20-30 per ticket. Sat. and Sun. at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.. All ages. Event details.

See Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden (FINAL WEEKS)
If you think the Garden outdoes itself during Holiday Lights, brace yourself for Bruce Munro’s incredible optic fiber and light installation. Head there at dusk for a dreamy landscape that’s worth keeping the kids up late. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free; Friday – Saturday: $22.95 Adult, $15.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free. Wed. to Sun. from 6-11 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Have a Blast at Sunday Fundays at the High
Sundays are for families at the Woodruff Arts Center! Explore, play, learn, and create art in an interactive family-friendly environment, including free activities. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission (Adult $19.50, Children ages 6-17 $12, Kids 5 and under free). Sun. from 1-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables
Don’t miss the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of Aesop’s Fables, including The Lion and the Mouse, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Fox and the Crane, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Go early for story time and to color a puppet to use during the show. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50, includes a build-a-puppet workshop. Thur-Fri: 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Sun: 1 & 3 p.m. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Visit the Green Market at Piedmont Park
If it’s Saturday in Atlanta, it’s time to visit the Green Market. Bring the bikes and the pups and pay a visit to the market, with it’s array of Georgia grown produce, handmade crafts, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Hear Artful Stories at the Carlos Museum
Amp up your average story time by letting the littles hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa in the galleries of the Michael C. Carlos Museum, surrounded by art! After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos’ collections. Reservations are required (call Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519). Held at Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. Free. Sat. at 10 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Create a Rangoli Threshold with an Artist During a Children’s Workshop
Why make finger puppets when you can make historically and culturally significant arts and crafts at the Carlos Museum, after learning about each artifact by a museum docent? This weekend, kids will create traditional temporary rangolis with artist Gauri Misra-Deshpande. Reservations are required (call Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519). Held at Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. $20. Sun. from 2-4 p.m. Ages 6-8. Event details.


Celebrate Culture at Japan Fest
Don’t miss this family celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture, complete with traditional dancing, demonstrations, and food vendors! Held at Infinite Energy Center (Gwinnett Center), 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. $10/ adult, Free for kids ages 6 & under. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See Classic Cars at the Southeastern Railway Museum
Head to the Southeastern Railway Museum for a special weekend of classic cars on display, in addition to the incredible assortment of locomotive and transportation memorabilia. Held at Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Hwy. $10/ adults, $7/ ages 2-12, Free under 2. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Go to the Gateway International Food and Music Festival
The Annual Gateway International Food and Music Festival showcases the rich cultural contributions of Gwinnett’s diverse communities. Don’t miss the live music & dance, fantastic food, and children’s arts and crafts. Held at Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Get Fresh at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market
Check out Georgia’s largest producer-only farmers market in the state (Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers). With chef demos, samples, live music, you and the kids will certainly want to make it a weekend tradition. Held at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Don’t Miss the Marietta Street Festival
If your littles like cars, crafts, and crowds (go early to miss the big push at this popular annual event that draws close to 15,000 people), then the Marietta Street Fest is for you. In addition to a Kids Zone and other festival fare, you can check out the Cruise-In, complete with a variety of classic cars and motorcycles on display. Held at Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Sq. Free. Sat. and Sun. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Gainesville

Nature Connects: LEGO® in the Garden
Worth the drive to Gainesville, the newly-opened Gainesville extension of the Atlanta Botanical Garden features 14 larger-than-life installations built from nearly 400,000 LEGO bricks including a giant praying mantis, butterfly, hummingbird, flowers and more. Don’t miss the grand opening this weekend with LEGO activities and games. Held in Atlanta Botanical Garden Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Dr. Free with admission (Adult $18.95, Child $12.95, Under 3 free). Sep 19 – Jan 3. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Macon

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration
ITake your tribe to the largest Native American gathering in the Southeast, complete with more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers, living history demonstrators and others with ties to the region. Held at Ocmulgee Indian Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. $6 ages 13 & up; $3 ages 6-12; Free ages 5 & under. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey