Congratulations! You’ve nearly made it through April, with its showers, Spring Breaks, and pollen, and now you’ve got a houseful of of kids who are ready to get outside, see something new, and shake off Atlanta’s greenish yellow “pixie dust.” How about a trip to a strawberry festival, a crash course in beekeeping, or a low-dose sampling of poison to keep the momentum going and finish the month strong?
Worth the Drive: The Rock Ranch
Celebrate Strawberries at the Strawberry Festival
Pick your own strawberries or let the ranch hands pick them for you, and enjoy cane pole fishing, a petting zoo, jumping pillows, paddle boats, cow train, slides, a playground, a visit with Strawberry Shortcake and the Strawberry Princess, and don’t forget to eat a bowl of their famous homemade strawberry “ice dream.” Held at The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Hwy. $12/ person over age 3. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Enjoy Spring a Ding Ding Days
Take the tots to the country to enjoy all of The Rock Ranch attractions, plus train rides, pony rides, and pedal carts. Held at The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Hwy. $10/ person over age 3. Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Create Bronze Molds and Let an Artist Cast Your Design
Explore extraordinary works of cast bronze in the galleries of the Carlos Museum, create your own image using a “scratch-mold,” and then nosh on some BBQ from Decatur’s Community Barbecue as you watch artists cast your design with red-hot molten bronze. Registration is required by contacting Ana Vizurraga at email@example.com or 404-727-4280. Held at Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. NE. Free. Fri. at 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Learn About Beekeeping
The kiddos will be all a-buzz when they realize that they get to actually “suit up” for a live beehive inspection, complete a creative activity, watch a presentation about honey bees, help with honey extraction, taste some of the sweet stuff, and get a take-home goody bag. Held at Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25/ child. Ages 6-13. Event details.
Taste Poisons at a Dangerously Delicious Tasting Event
Take the tots for an epicurean adventure at Fernbank, in conjunction with The Power of Poison exhibit. With delicious bites from The Iberian Pig, High Road Craft Ice Cream, and others, you’ll explore everyday toxins that are delicious (and dangerous, but only in massive quantities), such as chocolate, cherries, apples, tomatoes and potatoes, almonds, and more. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd., NE. Free with admission (Adults $18, Children 3-12 $16, Children under 3 free). Sun. from 12 to 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
See Stuart Little at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Meet Stuart. Stuart is a mouse who was born into an ordinary New York Family. Stuart has big adventures that your own little mice will love. With only one public performance, you won’t want to miss the Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of this family favorite. Held at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St. $7.50/ person. Sat. at 11 a.m. Event details.
Soar with Peter Pan
Bring your lost boys (and girls) to watch a tale of bravery and adventure in the classic Peter Pan. Held at Fabrefaction Theatre Consevatory, 999 Brady Ave. $20/ person. Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Storytime with Doc McStuffins
Make your appointment now for this exclusive story time with Disney Jr.’s Doc McStuffins, including a dress-up session. Bring a stuffed pet along and Doc will make sure it’s healthy! Held at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 5075 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 500. $20 per child. Fri. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Find Fun at the Inman Park Festival
Don’t miss the 44th annual Inman Park Festival, complete with a parade, arts and antiques booths, a kid zone, and a tour of homes (so you can imagine what your home might look like without legos on the floor and crayons on the walls). Held at Euclid Ave. and Edgewood Ave. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (PARADE is Sat. at 2 p.m.). All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Peachtree City
Try a Family Tri
If a kiddie triathlon won’t ensure a good night’s sleep, we don’t know what will. Take your little athletes to the FCA Endurance MultiSport Weekend to see how they compete in the Kid’s Mini Triathlon, and let them enjoy the toddler trot, rock climbing, free Kid’s Zone. Parents interested in competing in the adult events? They even offer childcare so you can run, bike, and swim to your heart’s content. Held at Lake Macintosh, 3501 TDK Blvd. Sat. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
How are you going to wrap-up April? Tell us in the comments section below, or on our Atlanta Facebook page.
– Shelley Massey