Life’s a beach, so get ready to dig in for some serious summer fun. Kick off your flip flops and soak up the season with Decatur’s Beach Party. Have lots of good fun that is funny at the Center for Puppetry Arts’ The Cat in the Hat. Get your groove on with Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band. Honor heritage with the Juneteenth celebration at the Atlanta History Center or the Korean holiday of Dano at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Enjoy!


Decatur Beach Party
Celebrate the start of summer at the annual Decatur Beach Party as sixty tons of sand covers the square where families can build castles and dig deep with provided sand toys. The children’s boardwalk features games, activities, and inflatables, and Terry Lee & the GT’s perform a concert. Beach chairs are welcome and food and drinks are available for purchase. Fri., 5 to 11 p.m., The Old Courthouse Square, $8 in advance or $10 at the gate, $5 children 3-12, children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.

The Cat in the Hat
“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” Featuring Sally and her brother, their pet Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and all of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale, zany fun and adventures abound during this one hour puppet show based on Dr. Seuss’ classic tale. Fri., 10 a.m. and noon. Sat., 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Sun., 1 and 3 p.m., Center for Puppetry Arts, $16.50, $9.25 for members. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Event details.

Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band
Ranked #1 Children’s/Pop/Family Band in the Southeast, Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band brings an action packed, high-energy, interactive hour of dancing, jumpin’, wiggling, singing, moving fun to your family. Go ahead and bring the wee ones as because Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band promises to be louder and crazier than they are! Sat., 10:30 a.m., Red Clay Theatre, $5 children, $7 adults, free for children 2 & under. All ages. Event details.

Two days celebrating the end of slavery with genealogy workshops, costumed interpretive speakers, storytelling, Sweet Auburn Barbeque, Smith Family Farm experiences and children’s activities. Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun., noon-5:30 p.m., The Atlanta History Center, Free. All ages. Event details.

Meet the Holidays: Dano
Join the Imaginators to celebrate Dano (Tano), the Korean holiday that officially marks the beginning of summer.  Visitors can listen to the story Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park, and then children can create their own traditional Korean fan to welcome the warm weather! Sat., 3 p.m., The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Free with the price of general admission and for members. Ages 8 and under. Event details.

Still searching for something to do? Click here for our list of in-state spots to see this summer!

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Decatur Beach Party via Facebook