This weekend, Atlanta is going to give New York a run for it’s title. No, we’re not trading in peaches for apples, but with morning art classes and Little Bits circuitry workshops, afternoon parties for Dr. Seuss and the Tooth Fairy, and evenings filled with a laser light show, a children’s book club, and an overnight adventure at the aquarium, we’re pretty sure we’re not going to be getting much rest this weekend. So, we’re coming for you, New York. Atlanta plans to greet Monday as the new city that never sleeps!
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
Don’t miss a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat at the Little Shop of Stories during its annual Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party event! Held at The Little Shop of Stories, 133 East Court Sq. Free. Sun. at 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Discuss The Cats of Tanglewood Forest at a Book Club
Calling all literati! Be sure to read a copy of DeLint’s book before heading out to discuss The Cats of Tanglewood Forest with your older child for a classic book club experience. Held at The Little Shop of Stories, 133 East Court Sq. Free. Fri. at 6:30 p.m. Ages 8-11. Event details.
Create Cloud Catchers with a Blacksmith
To honor the Dogon belief that a blacksmith stole fire from the sun to heat his forge, then created iron “cloud-catchers” to bring the rain, the Carlos Museum invites your family to work with a pro as he creates “cloud-catchers.” Register for your time at the forge by calling 404- 727-0519. Held at Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. $10/ person. Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Swing by for a Saturday Art Class
The Vinings School of Art offers Saturday morning art classes (as well as programs throughout the week) for kids of all ages. Painting, pottery, and sketching instruction is offered on a drop-in basis, or is available as a package of multiple classes. Held at Vinings School of Art in Ivy Walk, 1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 102. $15/ one hour of instruction per child; Discounts available for packages. Sat. from 10-11 a.m. (toddler and pre-K) or 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Event details.
Show Your Pearly Whites at the National Tooth Fairy Day Celebration
Well, of all things. But what a brilliant national holiday to observe, especially after the sugar bonanza of Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Head to the Children’s Museum to meet the Tooth Fairy, sing songs, hear a story, and decorate a take-home tooth fairy bag. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW. Sat. from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. $12.95/ person. 8 & under. Event details.
Sleep with the Fish at the Aquarium
Pssst… the exhibits at a museum don’t really come to life at night. But the fish at the Georgia Aquarium never sleep! Take your family to explore the Georgia Aquarium after hours, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tours, and participate in fun activities. Everyone who shows up receives a sleeping mat, light supper and breakfast. Held at The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. Call 404-581-4000 for family pricing. Sat. from 6:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. Sun. Ages 7 & older. Event details.
Enjoy the Atlanta Fair
Have you ever driven south on I-75 and seen the fair next to Turner Field, and wondered what was going on? Well, that was the Atlanta Fair, and this is your chance to check it out in 2015. Enjoy the ferris wheel, bumper cars, fun house, games, corn dogs and funnel cakes. Held at Turner Field – Grey Lot, 755 Central Ave. SW. Under 36″/ $1.00, Over 36″/ $3-$8, Rides and games are not included. Fri. 5-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1-10 p.m. through April 5. All ages. Event details.
Hurry to See the Humpbacks at Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre
Let Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre take you and the kiddos to the waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, as you learn about how humpback whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young in its newest feature presentation. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Through June, multiple showtimes. $14/ adults, $12/ child, Free for toddlers. All ages. Event details.
Learn About & Celebrate Black History Month at a Laser Light Show
Don’t miss Fernbank Science Center’s musical tribute and laser light show in honor of Black History Month. Laser images depict noteworthy events in Black History, and are set to the music of Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, and more. Held at Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Dr. $6/ person. Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Explore Little Bits & LEGOs in a Circuitry Workshop
Take your older kiddos to the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) to learn about electronics while building simple circuits with LittleBits, modules that snap together and are compatable with LEGOS. Projects include building flickering lanterns, to making piggy banks, to creating light-sensitive cars. Held at Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. $30 and includes admission to the museum for the participant and 1 adult. Sat. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Event details.
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