Spring colors are exploding like fireworks and it is time to get out and enjoy all the season has to offer. Pack a picnic and venture out to hear the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra play under the stars at Callaway Gardens’ Symphony on the Sand. Or, make the trip down to Rock Ranch on Saturday for their annual Strawberry Festival. Celebrate Earth Day with the Georgia Aquarium’s underwater party for the planet. If you have a transportation-loving tot, don’t miss Sandy Springs’ Touch-a-Truck Festival. Stop by the Atlanta Parent and Child Expo at the fabulous Fox to get the scoop on the latest and greatest for the small set. Rise and shine early Sunday for the family-friendly race, Lauren’s Run to help cure childhood cancer.


Symphony on the Sand
Whether it is for a date-night getaway or a family road trip, venture out to Callaway Gardens to enjoy the award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing under the stars on Robin Lake Beach. Pack a picnic and enjoy post-show fireworks at this family-friendly resort. Tickets range from lawn seating to stage-front tables. Fri., Gates open at 5 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m., Callaway Gardens, Lawn seats are $10 per child, $20 per adult. All ages. Event details.

Strawberry Festival at Rock Ranch
Come celebrate one of the most popular berries around by indulging in home-made strawberry ice cream and taking home your very own hand-picked strawberries, fresh from the patch. Rock Ranch’s Strawberry Festival marks the beginning of the strawberry picking season. Pick your own or buy a pint from the produce stand, then go enjoy the rest of the Ranch’s farm fresh fun. For only $10 you may enjoy access to attractions that include: the locomotive train, pony rides, paddle boats, pedal carts, the giant jumping pillow, Tiny Town, slide hill, cane pole fishing, the corn box, petting zoo and more. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rock Ranch, Free, $10 for other attractions. All ages. Event details.

Underwater Party for the Planet
Celebrate Earth Day at the Georgia Aquarium with coloring and crafts, educational booths and information from conservation and nature groups from around Georgia. These events are meant to help protect the beauty of aquatic wildlife, share the power of nature’s stories and inspire commitment for generations to come. .

Sandy Springs Touch-a-Truck Festival
Fun for all ages! Children can explore and get hands-on with construction rigs, emergency vehicles, mail truck, race cars, hot rods, limo, motorcycles, boats and more! Visit the “kid zone” where your child can jump on inflatables and other fun interactive games and activities. Food Trucks and Concessions will be available for purchase. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 85 Mt. Vernon Hwy., $3 per person (children under age 1 are Free). All ages. Event details.

The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo
The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is THE ultimate event for expectant & new parents! It’s an elite extravaganza offering fabulous pregnancy & parenting products & services. Win amazing prizes worth thousands of dollars, discover unique parenting and baby products, and meet Atlanta’s Top Pregnancy Professionals. Sat., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Fox Theatre, $20 in advance, $25 at door, $40 VIP. All ages. Event details.

Lauren’s Run
Every year, Cure Childhood Cancer hosts a family-friendly 2k Tot Trot, 5k and now 10k race in Atlanta called Lauren’s Run–in honor of two little girls named Lauren who lost their battles with cancer too soon. Raising more than $3 million for childhood cancer research, Lauren’s Run gives families an uplifting way to fight back against a devastating disease and reconnect with the community. Meet Disney characters, enjoy games, inflatables, facepainting, lunch and a flag football game With NFL Players! Sun., 6:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. fun run, 10:15 a.m. tot trot, Concourse Office Park, Adult 2K $25; Children 12 and under $20; CURE picnic following Lauren’s Run is free for registerees. All ages. Event details.

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–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Callaway Gardens