We’re going to take a page out of Nancy Reagan’s playbook and urge moms in Atlanta to “Just Say No” to overpriced eggs and a two hour table wait this Mother’s Day. Instead, fill your weekend with fun and fresh (and many are free) destinations around town, like a picnic at our new favorite art instillation, a twilight stroll through the new Munro exhibit in the Garden, a canoe trip on the ‘Hooch, or a trip to one of our multiple local festivals. Go on, Nancy. Have yourself a fantastic Mother’s Day weekend!

Nancy Reagan


Celebrate Mother’s Day at The High
Treat mom to a special day at the High. Stroll through the exhibitions, participate in a flower scavenger hunt, and create a mini memory book to capture everything from your visit. Plus, catch a performance by the Atlanta Opera (spoiler alert: they won’t be singing anything from Frozen). Held at High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission ($19.50/ adult, $12 ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free). Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Spin in an Artful Top (And Picnic in Siffly Plaza)
Play, create, and be a part of the art, where you can watch amazing performances every first and third Friday, have a picnic, or just spin in a top. Held at Siffly Plaza, The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free. Through October. All ages. Event details.

See Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden
If you think the Garden outdoes itself during Holiday Lights, brace yourself for Bruce Munro’s incredible optic fiber and light installation. Head there at dusk for a dreamy landscape that’s worth keeping the kids up late. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue N.E. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: $19.95 Adult, $13.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free; Friday & Saturday: $22.95 Adult, $15.95 Child age 3 – 12, Child Under 3 Free. All ages. Event details.


Explore the Gardens for Free at Atlanta History Center
In honor of National Public Gardens Day, enjoy free admission to all gardens at Atlanta History Center and Cherokee Garden Library. Complimentary gardens tours are offered throughout the day. Held at Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Free. Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Check Out the Chastain Park Arts Festival 
This annual Arts & Crafts Festival brings together artists, craftsmen, local food, local music, and kids’ entertainment in a specially designated kids corner. Held at Chastian Park, 4469 Stella Dr. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Do the Dunwoody Art Festival
Shopping for artwork for Mom? Head no further than the Dunwoody Art Festival, where you’ll find an expansive creative artist market, and a fun-filled Kidz Zone with great rides, sand art, imaginative crafts, and games. Held at 1449 Dunwoody Village Pkwy. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Make a Splash This Mother’s Day on the ‘Hooch
How about an afternoon canoe trip for the whole family? Meet at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and use their gear to paddle to the playgrounds at Riverside Park for a little R & R, but be careful – to beat the heat they’ll be distributing water squirters! Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. $30 General Public/$25 CNC Members. Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

John’s Creek

Enjoy a Mommy & Me Mother’s Day Tea
Make your plans to attend this exclusive Mother-Daughter event where you’re treated like royalty. Dress-up, professional photos and a reserved seating at Olivia’s heart-shaped tea table are included. Held at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 5075 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 500. $80 per mother/daughter pair. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Worth the Drive: The Rock

Celebrate the Strawberry Festival 
This fun annual event was scheduled in April but was moved due to weather, so here’s your second chance at getting in on some juicy action, including cane pole fishing, a petting zoo, jumping pillows, paddle boats, cow train, slides, a playground, and more. Held at The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Hwy. $12/ person over age 3. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What do you have up your sleeve for this Mother’s Day weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: White House Photographic Office