Just when you thought your schedule couldn’t get any fuller during the month of May, we deliver this weekend’s roundup of can’t-miss family adventures to you! Really, how could you choose among the Decatur Lantern Parade, the Endangered Species Day at the aquarium, a Greek festival, the Shriner’s Circus, free National Kids to Parks Day festivities at nearby state parks, a live performance in the Children’s Garden, and Disney on Ice? You’ll have to do them all, which means you’ll probably fall asleep under the screen and stars at the Candler Park free outdoor movie. No judgement here, because you’ve earned it!
Shine On at the Decatur Lantern Parade
Let your light shine in the Decatur Lantern Parade through the streets of downtown Decatur. Whether you make your own lantern at home (battery powered only, please!) or hit a lantern-making workshop in advance, you won’t regret letting the kids stay up late for this one. Gather at Color Wheel Studio at 8 p.m., 508 E. Howard Ave. Free. All ages. Event details.
Learn About Endangered Species at the Aquarium
Visit Georgia Aquarium on Endangered Species Day to learn about protecting Earth’s critters, and participate in a scavenger hunt through the galleries to learn more about the endangered species residing at Georgia Aquarium. Held at Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. Free with admission ($32/ adult, $26/ child). Fri. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
See a Free Movie Under the Stars
The Friends of Candler Park present Hook this Saturday evening. Be sure to bring your own seating or blankets, and while food will be available for purchase, you may also bring a picnic (just no glass). Held in front of the pool house, Candler Park Dr. and Miller Ave. Free. Sat. when it gets dark. Hook is rated PG. Event details.
Catch a Live Children’s Performance in the Garden
Head to the Children’s Amphitheater to hear storyteller David Stephens perform The New Adventures of Brer Rabbit. Held at Children’s Amphitheater at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, Free for 3 and under). Sat at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.
See Disney on Ice
Don’t miss Disney fantasy live on ice at Gwinnett Center, performed with characters from Cars, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Toy Story. Held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Tickets start at $25. Fri. at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Sun. at 1 and 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Say Opa! at the Marietta Greek Festival
Take the kids to the Marietta Greek Festival for traditional dancing, food, and of course, inflatables, face painting, and playground fun. Held at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road. $4/ adult, free for kids 12 & under. Fri. from 3 to 11 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Go to the Shriner’s Circus
The World’s Largest Shrine Circus & Midway Carnival is as classic a circus experience you can get, with high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, show horses, elephants, bears, daredevil acts, thrilling carnival rides and, of course, world-famous Shriner clowns. Held at Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. $7/ adult, free for kids 10 & under; Rides are available for purchase. Midway opens Fri. at 5 p.m., Sat. at 10 a.m., and Sun. at 12 p.m. Circus parade at 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. only. All ages. Event details.
State Parks, Multiple Locations
National Kids to Parks Day
Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned dozens of family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day,” including fishing rodeos, guided hikes, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, archery, geocaching and numerous other programs. Go play while you can, on May 16, 23 and 30. For specific events at your nearest State Park, click here. Held at Georgia State Parks, Multiple Locations. Free, parking $5. Sat. Event details.
How else will you turn your May into Mayhem this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!
Photo: Beate Sass via Decatur Arts Festival