This weekend we celebrate Dad with the best family friendly events in Atlanta. With free admission to the Aquarium and the Zoo, a four-course fondue special, moonlight bike ride, foodie-inspired ice cream social, drive-in movie at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and more, we’ve got all you need to make Dad feel special and your kids feel lucky to be yours this weekend.

GA Aquarium Father's Day


Slow Food Atlanta’s Ice Cream Social
Don’t miss the chance to taste a variety of ice creams, churned by local chefs and ambitious amateurs, at Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Don’t forget to bring your own spoon! Held at Child Hall at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd NW. $5/ ages 5-10, $10/ ages 11 & up. Sat. from 12-2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Get in Free at the Atlanta History Center
Head to the AHC for a weekend of programming about the end of slavery in the U.S., where you’ll explore themes of freedom and family history through a variety of activities. Enjoy museum theatre performances, storytelling, music, and crafts. Held at Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sun. from 12-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.


3rd Annual Atlanta Moon Ride
Bring the family to this all-ages, 6.5 mile, safe-street bike ride through some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods. The APD will block traffic so the slower peddlers can make it though the course with ease, and everyone is encouraged to dress up and decorate their wheels! Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and ride starts at 10 p.m. Held in Piedmont Park, Start near Park Tavern. $30/rider. All ages. Event details.

Father’s Day at the Melting Pot
Get a little dippy with Dad at The Melting Pot this Father’s Day. Beginning at noon, you can fill up on four courses of endless fondue with the entire family, including your choice of cheese fondues, a salad, an entree, and unlimited dessert fondues. Held at The Melting Pot, 754 Peachtree St. NE. $19/child; $39/adult. Sun. from 12 to 10 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Father’s Day at the Aquarium
Dads get in free with the purchase of one ticket at the Georgia Aquarium on Father’s Day! Held at Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. Free ticket for Dad with purchase of another regularly priced ticket. Sun. All ages. Event details.

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Father’s Day at the Zoo
Dads get in free with the purchase of another full-priced ticket! Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave. Free ticket for Dad with purchase of another regularly priced ticket. Sun. All ages. Event details.


Climb a 60-Foot Tree
Watch your kiddos ages 8 and up get above it all at Panola Mountain State Park! Participants can climb a 60-foot tree with the help of ropes and harnesses. One group will start at 1 p.m.; another group will start at 3 p.m., and registration is required (770-389-7801). Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 4835 Flat Bridge Road SW. $15/climber. Sat. from 1-4 p.m. Ages 8 & up. Event details.


Go to a Summer Fun Festival
For the price of donated school supplies for need children, you and your children can have a blast at the Summer Fun Festival. Enjoy live entertainment, kids’ fun zones, arts and crafts, games and activities, carnival food, an auction, and more. All proceeds go to help the homeless and low income families through Lift Up Atlanta. Held at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Cash donations or school supply donations for admission. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Hampton

Drive-In Movie Night at Atlanta Motor Speedway
See Grease (PG-13) in the infield of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. Traditional theater concessions will be available throughout the film, but only 300 tickets will be sold so reserve your spot in advance. Held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Pl. $20/car. Sat. at 7:15 p.m. All ages (but movie is PG-13). Event details.

What are you doing with dad this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: Georgia Aquarium