Happy New Year, Atlanta! However you rang it in, we hope that 2015 is full of silly smiles, impromptu adventures, and so many memories that you crash your Facebook account from all your updates. Check out our picks for how to spend the first weekend of the year.
Celebrate Three Kings Day at Atlanta History Center
Party with the Mexican Consulate and the Instituto de Mexico at the Atlanta History Center as you kick off the new year. This traditional celebration of Dia de los Reyes occurs on a free admission day at AHC, and guests are invited to explore the grounds after the program. Held at Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW. Free. Sun. from 1 to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Get a Whiff of the Stinky Cheese Man
Based on the book by Jon Scieszka, Jack (of Beanstalk fame) narrates a collection of fairy tale parodies, including a duckling who really is just ugly and a man made of stinky cheese instead of gingerbread. After the performance, guests can head upstairs to make their own puppet to take home. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th. $16.50-$20.50 for non-members. Fri. at 10 and 11:30 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.; Sat. at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., Sun., 1 & 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Electrify Your Night at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
If you didn’t make it to the Garden for this spectacular show before the holidays, there’s still time to wow the wee ones with the over-the-top display of lights. Bundle up the babes for the second to last weekend to catch one million bulbs, including the giant butterflies, a unicorn and frogs. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. $17-20/ adults, $11-14/ ages 3-12, Under 3 free. Fri. – Sun. from 5 to 10:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Sample Seasonal Beverages at the World of Coke
In addition to the twinkling lights, giant ornaments on the lawn, and special exhibits on the Coca-Cola Santa, the kiddos will flip (especially if they get more than one sample) over the Gingerbread Coke, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Coke, Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero in the Taste It! beverage lounge. Held at World of Coca-Cola, 121 Baker St. $16/ adult, $12/ child, Kids under 3 free. Fri. and Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Ice Skate at Centennial Olympic Park
Now that the holidays are behind us, the rink at Centennial Olympic Park has calmed down considerably. Lose the crowds but still enjoy the lights? Yes, please. The kiddos will love a walk through this park, and if you match it with a trip to World of Coke, the Children’s Museum, or the Aquarium, you’ll be about as popular as Santa. Held at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave West N.W. $12/ person. Fri. from 4:30 to 11 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Enjoy a Snowcation on Stone Mountain
Who says Atlantans don’t know how to handle a few inches of snow? Head to Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park to prove just how much fun we know how to have in the white stuff. SnoBoggans, sledding, and s’mores, oh my! Held at Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain. $28/ person. Sat. & Sun. by ticketed appointment. All ages. Event details.
Head Out for a Hayride and S’mores at Sweetwater Creek State Park
Head to Sweetwater Creek State Park for a hayride, campfire s’more roast, and Park Rangers to answer your kids’ billions of questions. You can sit back, enjoy some fresh air, and reflect on your stellar powers of planning. Call 770.732.5871 for reservations. Held at Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs. $8 admission fee, $5 parking fee. Sat. from 4 to 5:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.