If this whacky winter weather has you feeling a bit blue, brighten up with a weekend full of family fun that can work rain or shine. Pop over to the Center for Puppetry Arts’ rockin’ puppet show that will leave you thunderstruck. Dive into the Fernbank’s latest exhibit with their opening day celebration for Whales: Giants of the Deep. Swim over to a birthday party at the Aquarium where something’s fishy. Show Mother Nature some love at the Chattahooche Nature Center. Or, weather the storms inside and get all gussied up with a very fancy storytime at the Little Shop of Stories.

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Weather Rocks!
Rock out with a cool band of meteorologists as they open the flood gates on the mysteries of Mother Nature. This original and en“lightning” musical puppet show is filled with fun facts about rain, snow, hurricanes, sunshine, and more! Fri., 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Sat., 12 & 2 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 3 p.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, $9.25 for members, $16.50 for non-members. Recommended for ages 4 & up. Event details.

Whales: Giants of the Deep
Enjoy a sea of activities as the Fernbank celebrates opening day of their Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibition. Featuring a unique blend of science and culture, this interactive exhibition is filled with whale songs, beautiful artifacts, enormous whale skeletons up to 58-feet-long, and unique experiences such as climbing through a life-sized model of a whale heart as big as a car. Opening day activities will include inflatables, crafts and coloring stations. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Free with price of admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

LUVie’s Birthday Party
LUVie, a sweetlips fish, is one of Georgia Aquarium’s mascots—and she is ONE YEAR OLD! Celebrate her birthday by joining Georgia Aquarium for a beach-themed party. There will be cake, party hats, a “decorate your own beach ball” coloring station and you can even take a photo with LUVie in her fun birthday photo booth. At 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., participate in our interactive show including beach music, games, prizes and lots of fun. And be sure not to leave without signing LUVie’s giant birthday card! Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Georgia Aquarium, Free with admission and for annual pass members. All ages. Event details.

Mother Nature Celebration Day
Show Mother Nature some love during this fun-filled family event that includes crafts, drumming and educational activities. Children can make Mother Nature their own valentine or love letter, ask “her” questions and build a birdhouse. Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Free for CNC Members and included with admission. All ages. Event details.

A Very Fancy Storytime
Ohh-la-la! It’s one of Little Shop of Story’s fanciest events of the year. Put on your best attire (that’s a fancy word for clothes) and join them for stories, delicious treats, and mingling (that’s a fancy word for standing around and talking to your friends.) You don’t want to miss this smashing soiree (that’s a fancy word for party.) It’s the social event of the season! Sat., 11 a.m., Little Shop of Stories, Free. All ages. Event details.

Looking for more family fun? Click here for our ideas on how to celebrate Black History Month with your wee ones!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts