Ahoy, me hearties! Your weekend sets sail with Pirates and Princess Day at the Georgia Aquarium where costumed little ladies and small scallywags get in for free. Then, get things glowing with the Lantern Parade on the Atlanta BeltLine. Pimp your ride and go for a Sunday spin with The Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade. Get crafty at the weekend-long Yellow Daisy Festival out at Stone Mountain Park. Or enjoy the Fifth Annual Fair on the Square in Lawrenceville. And don’t miss the Science Wondershop with Brian “Dr. Science” Williams at The Children’s Museum where your little landlubber can have fun with science. Aye, aye!


Pirate & Princess Day
ARR! Shiver me timbers, kids 12 and under who come dressed in their finest royal attire or as a scallywag that sails the seven seas will receive free admission with each paying adult. Special activities will be held in the atrium from 11am to 2 pm. Enjoy special appearances from Medieval Times, the Atlanta Wenches Guild and the Georgia Renaissance Festival costumed characters! Other activities will include “What’s Your Pirate or Princess Name,” Deepo’s Chat, tattoo stations, photo opportunities and more. There will also be arts and crafts for our royal and pirated guests as well as chances to win great prizes including tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Wild Adventures, Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate and other local attractions. Sat., 9 am to 6 pm, The Georgia Aquarium, Costumed children are free with ticketed or annual pass member adult. All ages. Event details.

Lantern Parade
All are invited to hold up a light for the 2013 “Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade,” which will be hosted again by Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. This year’s event will kick off “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” and will begin with a tailgate line-up at Irwin Street and Krog Street at 7:30 p.m. The parade will step off and onto the Eastside Trail at 8:30 p.m. Build your masterpiece lantern at home or make one in one of the free workshops offered. Wasted Potential Brass Band will lead the way with the Seed & Feed Marching Abominables bringing up the rear. The parade will finish at Park Tavern and in the green at Piedmont Park. Sat., 7:30 pm, Atlanta BeltLine, Free. All ages. Event details.

The Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade
Everyone is invited to ride in the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade. Atlanta Streets Alive, a celebration of human-powered amusement presented by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, will cycle down Peachtree and price Atlanta is a fun place to ride! Riders are encouraged to dress up their bikes. The event will include three beer gardens courtesy of New Belgium Brewing, a rock-climbing wall, ‘Pimp Your Bike’ at MODA, Park Pride pop-up park and much more. Free bike decorating at 1 pm. Sun., 2 to 6 pm, Line-up on Broad Street at MLK Drive just south of 5 Points MARTA Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

Yellow Daisy Festival
With more than 400 artists and crafters from 38 states and two countries, this festival is consistently voted one of the top five arts and crafts shows in the nation. Despite its growth from a small arts and crafts show to the four day event, the Yellow Daisy Festival continues to be a big show with a small-town feel with daily live entertainment, clogging and crafter demonstrations, as well as fabulous festival foods. The Children’s Corner will include story times, crafts, face painting, and a petting zoo and magic show. Click here to see the full schedule of children’s events. Thurs., Fri. & Sun., 10 am to 6 pm; Sat., 10 am to 7:30 pm, Stone Mountain Park, Free with park admission. All ages. Event details.

5th Annual Fair On The Square
The 5th Annual Fair On The Square, takes place Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 11-7 pm. Located on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville, this event is full of fun for the entire family. Live entertainment, tantalizing food court, a variety of fantastic vendors, and a kids corner!  Plus admission and parking are FREE. See you on the Square! Sun., 11 am to 7 pm, Lawrenceville Historic County Courthouse, Free. All ages. Event details.

The Science Wondershop With Brian “Dr. Science” Williams
The Science Wondershop offers children the opportunity to explore science through exciting hands-on activities. The program is designed for adult-child interaction to encourage imagination, curiosity, and an interest in our world. Limited space available and reservations are required. Limit 20 children. Sun., 2:30 pm, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Where will you and your brood of buccaneers sail off to this weekend? Tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

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