Grab your GPS and pack some snacks for the car, because awesome family events are popping up all over town this weekend. Decatur’s got Peter Pan; Midtown has Newsies. Downtown is bubbling with science workshops, and Roswell is rocking an ice festival. Looking for a family jam session? Duluth’s your destination, and Druid Hills is the place for professional story time. Feel like breaking free from Atlanta for a day? How about a mini road trip to see some exotic animals in Cleveland? It’s time to giddy-up and go, Atlanta. The weekend awaits.
See Newsies at The Fox
Based on a true story of the Newsboy Strike of 1899 in New York, Newsies is a Broadway family musical you won’t want to miss. Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. Tickets start at $28. Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Jam Out at a Family Concert
Who says you have to give up your live music habit just because you have kids? Take the whole team to see Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band for an action packed, high-energy, interactive hour of dancing, jumpin’, wiggling, singing, moving fun. Just like Panic on NYE, right? Held at Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth, Ga. $5 in advance or $8 at the door/ children, $7 in advance or $10 at the door/ adults. Sat. from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Event details.
Celebrate Sesame Street Day at Fernbank
Come and play, everything’s A-OK! Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Sesame Street with VIP guest, the Cookie Monster, at Fernbank. Meet the monster, make macaroni crafts, play games, hear stories by local authors, and compete in a costume contest. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Free with admission ($20/ adult, $18/ child, free for 2 & under). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Spin a Yarn at the Peach State Storytelling Festival
We all know our littles have the gift of gab, so why not take them to the 2015 Peach State Storytelling Festival to let them see how real storytelling is done, attend a workshop, and show off what they’ve learned? Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1597 Interstate 85 Frontage Road. $40/ adult, $1/ child. Events all weekend, but family workshops on Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Learn to Ride a Bike on the Beltline
Even if you’re Lance Armstrong, teaching a kid how to ride a bike (especially when it’s your own kiddo) can be more challenging than the Tour du France. If you’ve got a budding bicyclist in your brood, pack up the wheels and head to the Beltline for a (not so crash) course in how to ride. Space is limited so be sure to register: email@example.com or 404.633.6508. Held at KIPP STRIVE, 1444 Lucile Ave. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Whip Up Some Fun at Young Chefs Academy
Does the idea of turning your kiddos loose in your kitchen make you run for cover? Have no fear, because Young Chefs Academy is here. Junior Chefs meet this weekend and are making fresh hummus with homemade whole grain crackers, and spiced carrot cake cookies. Held at Young Chefs Academy, 230 Hammond Dr. NE, Ste. 368. $35/ class or $25/ class for siblings. Sat. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 7-10. Event details.
Learn Why Ice is So Cool at Ice Fest
It seems that ice is getting its 15 minutes of fame right now, so why not celebrate it at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with ice slides, food trucks, bonfires and s’mores, inflatables, snow ball fight forts, and more? Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. $10/ person (includes admission and access to CNC). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. from 12 to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Fly Away to See Peter Pan
You’ll all be flying high when you take your tots to watch as other kiddos (all performers are ages 5-17) perform onstage in an adaptation of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Held at OnStage Atlanta, 2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. $7/ person. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Attend a Science Workshop
The Science Wondershop at Imagine It! Children’s Museum offers hands-on activities designed to encourage imagination, curiosity, and an interest in the world. Be sure to make reservations (404.527.3693), because only 20 little wizards will be allowed to participate per session. Held at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. Free with admission ($12.75/ person). Every Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Ages 8 and under. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Cleveland
Get Up-Close and Personal with Exotic Animals
Located just outside of Helen, the North Georgia Zoo is a livestock and exotic refuge that lets visitors get up-close and personal with the animals. The Winter Wonderland Tour takes 45 minutes, is guided, and includes encounters with animals (feel like feeding a camel, anyone?) during a wagon ride through the property. Held at North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland. $35/ adult, $32/ child ages 2-11, free for children under 2. Sat. at 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
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