Put on your superhero capes, Atlanta parents, because the weekend is just around the corner and you’re going to rock it. Read on for our weekend picks for beating the winter weather and post-holiday doldrums.
Drop the Kids Off for Movie Night at The Little House of Art
Shed those pb&J smeared yoga pants and put on something clean, Mama, because it’s Movie Night at The Little House of Art. They’ll eat pizza, watch How to Train Your Dragon, 2, do a little crafting, and have some fun, while you enjoy a little grown-up time. Held at The Little House of Art, 1418 Dresden Dr., Suite 110. $35/ child (buy tickets online for 50% discount) Sat. from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Ages 3 – 12 (All must be potty trained). Event details.
Go See Galapagos at Fernbank
Volcanos, half-ton tortoises, spitting iguanas, and blue-footed boobies? Who needs a Disney vacation for fun? Head to the Galapagos Islands. Or just go see the IMAX® flick about Galapagos at Fernbank. Same difference, right? Maybe not, but still awesome. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. $8.50/ members, $13/ non-members, free for 2 & under with admission ($20/ adult, $18/ child). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages, but keep in mind it lasts 40 minutes. Event details.
Have a Wild Rumpus at The Bremen
Head to The Breman Museum for Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures, and sit back while the kids roar, scream, and jump through the interactive exhibit. Held at The Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St. Free for members, $12/ adult, $4/ children ages 3-6, Free/ children 2 & under. Fri. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Sat., Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Watch the Flies Disappear During Frog Feedings
The Botanical Garden’s collection of rare and endangered frogs jump into action when fed, and the amphibian specialist is available to answer questions about their sticky tongues (thank goodness). Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child ages 3 to 12, Free/ child 2 and under, Free for members). Sat. at 11 a.m. All ages. Event details.
See the Big, Bad, Little, Red Pig Show
As if one fairy tale wasn’t enough, the Center for Puppetry Arts has taken two classics and twisted them into one clever tale that will delight audiences of all ages. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th. $16.50/ person, Kids under 2 free. Fri. at 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat. at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Sun. at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Catch The Lizard & El Sol at the Alliance Theatre
Based on the Mexican folktale about a time when the sun disappeared, this interactive performance will have your kiddos helping the lizard find him and bring him home. Held at Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. $10/ person. Fri. and Sat. at 9:30 and 11 a.m. All ages. Event details.
Learn Essential Camping Skills
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions includes taking the kids camping this Spring, but you don’t know where to start, join REI Outdoor School instructors to learn how to make a comfortable home for yourself in the wild. This family event includes a day hike, ground selection, and model campsite set up. Held at Island Ford Unit, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Pkwy. $40/ member, $60/ non-member. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
See Centennial Park’s Lights from the Sky
Every year, Centennial Olympic Park does it up right with holiday lights and ice skating. This year, why not add a little intrigue to your trek downtown by planning to see the lights from one of SkyView’s private, enclosed, climate controlled cabanas? SkyView is here to stay (for now, anyways), but the lights go off on January 19. Held at SkyView Ferris Wheel at Centennial Olympic Park, 168 Luckie St NW. $8.50/ child, $14.50/ adult. All ages. Event details.
Think Outside the Box
How many ways can your kiddos re-create one of your huge Amazon empties without getting bored? Whether they make it a house, a rocket, or a reindeer, they know just what to do. Outside the Box is an exhibit that encourages kids to use their imaginations and explore new possibilities. Held at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. Free with admission ($12.75/ person). Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 8 and under. Event details.
Don’t be shy! Tell us what’s on your agenda this weekend in the comments section below!
photo: The Little House of Art