As the official ringleader of your cast of clowns, read on for a weekend guide full of high-flying family fun. See acts that will astound and amaze at the Big Apple Circus’ newest show Luminocity. Celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Children’s Museum Meet the Holidays: Chinese New Year event. Take in a performance of the traditional tale of Chicken Little. Go wild and wake early to spend Groundhog Day with the-one-and-only General Beauregard Lee at the Yellow River Game Ranch. And don’t miss a juggling festival that doesn’t drop the ball.


Big Apple Circus: Luminocity
Now in its 36th Season, the Big Apple Circus celebrates the vitality of life at the city epicenter with their urban-themed extravaganza. Venture within the hubbub at the heart of Gotham, where the restless tide of humanity rushes through canyons of skyscrapers and shoals of billboards. The celebrated Big Apple Circus Band, under the baton of maestro Rob Slowik, provides the lively musical soundtrack, as their cosmopolitan Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, conducts your tour through this luminous cityscape. Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Sun., 12:30 & 4:30 p.m., Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Tickets start at $20. All ages. Event details.

Meet the Holidays: Chinese New Year
Join the Imaginators in celebrating the Chinese New Year and the year of the horse. Listen to the story Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin and then celebrate this colorful holiday by creating your own fabulous horse worthy of any parade! Sat., 12 & 3 p.m., Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Free with general admission and for members. Ages 8 and under. Event details.

Chicken Little
Teach your tot to not sweat the small stuff the next time they say the “sky is falling” with this production of the traditional tale of Chicken Little and Foxy Woxy. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m., The Studio Theatre, $5. Ages 2-5 years. Event details.

Groundhog Day at Yellow River Game Ranch
Every year, groundhog General Beau Lee, Ph.D. awakens to the ringing of the antique bell outside his “Weathering Heights” mansion at Yellow RIver Game Ranch, where he lives in touch with the elements year ’round– unlike his punky counterpart in Pennsylvania who lives in a climate-controlled environment in the town library where he is fed dog food and ice cream. That’s why Beau can claim a 94% accuracy rating while the pampered impostor is rumored to manage a lousy 39%. Come and see for yourself. This year, our money is on the General. Sun., 6 a.m., Yellow River Game Ranch, $7 ages 2-11, $8 ages 12 and up, free under 2. All ages. Event details.

Atlanta Juggling Festival
The Seed and Feed Abominable Band will start the competition off for the 2p.m. juggling show during this lively festival. Stick around to witness other whacky yet wonderful events like “unicycle polo” and a mixed bag of juggling techniques and games. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building, Admission is free to spectators. All ages. Event details.

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–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Big Apple Circus