This weekend is all about choices, Atlanta. While the holidays are quickly disappearing into our rear view mirror, there’s still time to check out some of our favorite spots before they disappear, Frosty style, for another year. And if you’re ready to hop off the holiday train for good, look no further, because we’ve got all the details for a weekend full of fresh fun.

For 30 years, Youth Theatre Northwest has produced dynamic theatre for thousands of families, introducing young audiences to the magic of the performing arts while inspiring young actors with the magic of creative play and the thrill of live performance. Take your family on an enchanting journey to Neverland where children are in charge and never grow up. Based on the story by J.M. Barrie, in a new version by legendary theatre artists John Caird and Trevor Nunn; Peter Pan crafts a story of unbridled imagination, inspiring children to find courage and hold onto their childish wonder. Schedule: Peter Pan performs April 25 – May 18; FRI/SAT evenings at 7 p.m. & SAT/SUN matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 - $15. Youth Theatre is located at 8805 S.E. 40th Street on Mercer Island. For information and tickets, visit or call (206) 232-4145, ext. 109. Description: Adapted by England’s renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, this is the traditional and beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Captain Hook, and the Lost Boys and their adventures in the air, over the sea and throughout the magical world of Never Land. This delightful adaptation is restored to J.M. Barrie's original intentions with his poetic language and sorrow over the loss of childhood wonder. Peter Pan is presented as a special 30th Anniversary event with YTN alumni and faculty joining the youth cast to celebrate the magic of storytelling and Youth Theatre’s tremendous legacy. Best for ages 6+.


Fly Away to See Peter Pan
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. $7/ person. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

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Swashbuckle on Over to Fernbank for Pirate Day
Perk up your pirates’ post-holiday droop by decking them out in their favorite dastardly duds and heading to Pirate Day. They’ll make swords our of recycled newspapers, check out special pirate guests, receive a proper pirate name, walk the plank, plaster themselves with temporary tattoos, and more. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Free with admission ($20/ adult, $18/ child). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Learn About Money at the Federal Reserve
Give the littles a crash course in economics by heading to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for a self-guided Museum of Monetary History tour. Sound a little sedate for your crowd? Did we mention they get to see inside the cash processing operations of the bank, where millions are counted, sorted, or shredded daily? Cha-ching. Held at the Atlanta Monetary Museum, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, 1000 Peachtree St., N.E. Free. Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Light Up Your Night at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
Bundle up the babes and head out for the last weekend of this seasonal spectacular, where nearly one million bulbs light up the garden. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. $17-20 for adults, $11-14 for ages 3-12, under 3 are free. Through January 10 from 5 – 10 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See a Screening of The Never Ending Story
Part of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ film series, this motion picture tells of the adventures of a ten-year-old boy who must save a magical kingdom from destruction. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th. $7 per person (free for members). Sat. at 7 p.m. All ages (keep in mind it’s rated PG). 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.

Ice Skate at Piedmont Park
Head to the Park Tavern to take a spin on the Southwest Ice Rink, and enjoy the city views as you sip your cocoa rink side while they scrape the ice between sets. Could there be any cooler surprise for the kiddos after a bike ride through the park than to end up at the rink? We didn’t think so. Held at The Southwest Porch and Rink at Park Tavern, 500 10th St. $15 for an all day pass. Fri. from 4:30 p.m. – Midnight (21+ after 8 p.m.), Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m. – Midnight (21+ after 8 p.m.). All ages. Event details.

See Swan Lake at The Fox
Did your kiddos go nuts for the Nutcracker this December? Well, head to The Fox for Swan Lake, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and performed by The State Ballet Theater of Russia. This is a full-scale production, but if the story of a prince working to free a swan maiden from an evil spell won’t hold your kiddo’s attentions, we don’t know what will. Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE. Tickets start at $25/ person. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages, but keep in mind this is a full production with four acts. Event details.


See the Monster Jam Truck Show
Monster trucks, with names like Grave Digger and Wrecking Crew, are invading the Georgia Dome for one day only. Load up your littles and take them to see what real road rage looks like (the Connector at rush hour pales in comparison). Be sure to prepare them for the noise, though. It gets a little loco. Held at Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Dr. NW. Ticket prices vary. Sat. at 7 p.m. All ages, but keep in mind it gets loud during the show. 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.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

–Shelley Massey