From A-Z, AlpharettaMoms.Org keeps you updated weekly on fun family things to do! Bunches of information in one place to make our lives a little easier! There are many venues below to make fun family memories from the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden to Chattahoochee Nature Center, Lanier Islands, Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Stone Mountain and more!
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Teacher Appreciation Every Friday Night every Friday from 4:00pm-7:00pm! Teachers,with school ID, enjoy free 3-hour unlimited video game card & 20% off karting, attractions and meals in our Andretti Grill for you and your family!!
Escape to the sultry tropics at winter’s favorite exhibition through April 9
Step into a warm, fragrant tropical oasis of flowers during Orchid Daze, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual orchid extravaganza.
~Staged among thousands of beautiful orchids in the Fuqua Orchid Center – one of the country’s largest collections of species orchids – the popular exhibition features three paradisiacal settings that allow visitors to leave behind their urban surroundings.
~In the Fuqua Conservatory lobby, guests stroll under a canopy of stately Caribbean palms while tropical orchids in mango, pineapple and coral colors burst like sparklers overhead. Below is a diverse carpet of exquisite slipper orchids of varying sizes.
~Beneath its 22-foot ceiling, the Orchid Atrium features a soaring vertical tapestry woven with fragrant orchids. Visitors see up close and at eye level the astonishing variety of intricate patterns and colors that bewitch orchid pollinators. Pansy Orchids with big bold flowers of vibrant magenta, gold and pink contrast with delicate miniature Dancing Lady Orchids. A surrounding backdrop of Moth Orchids lends the feeling of complete immersion in an orchid paradise.
~In addition, Orchid Daze includes Orchid Market Weekends: March 18 – 19 and April 8 – 9, when visitors may shop for a wide variety of orchids and potting supplies as well as arts and crafts by local artisans. Also, on Saturdays of those weekends, they may take advantage of Orchid Care Clinics for advice on caring for their plants.
Mark the calendar for thrilling new rides, delicious treats and more! Making its way to the heart of the city, the Atlanta Fair will once again transform the area into Midway Mile through April 2 for its annual season of electrifying excitement! Tickets can be purchased at atlantafair.com.
Carnival enthusiasts and thrill-seekers can soon swing into the animation of Atlanta’s longest-running fair as it prepares for another go-around filled with adventure and glee! Complete with mouth-watering fair food classics and out-of-this-world entertainment, guests can look forward to a season of action-packed fun, perfect for springtime events and family outings!
Turner Field – Grey Lot 655 Central Ave SW Atlanta, GA 30315
Parental Escort Policy in Effect: Children under the age of 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on Friday and Saturday evenings. One adult may escort up to four youth. All guests must be able to present valid Georgia or government issued photo ID.
Sheep to Shawl. Saturday, April 8. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Guests experience the process of cloth-making though demonstrations and activities ranging from sheep shearing and wool dyeing to spinning and weaving. Gather the entire family for a full day of fun that also includes open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, live music, and more at Smith Family Farm. Museum admission applies. http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/sheep-to-shawl
Juneteenth. Saturday, June 17 (11:00 am – 4:00 pm) and Sunday, June 18 (Noon – 4:00 pm) This free two-day family program focuses on the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Guests explore the themes of freedom and family history through activities, immersive museum theatre performances and crafts. http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/juneteenth
The first of a series of four exhibitions marking the centennial of America’s entry into World War I to be presented by the Atlanta History Center in 2017-18 opens soon:
The Great War in Broad Outlines. March 6 – April 30, 2017. This touring exhibition, created by the Belgian National Institute for Veterans and Victims of War for the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recounts the conflict from an international perspective, providing an informative context-setting overview for the three exhibitions that will follow. The History Center is complementing the Belgian exhibit’s 30 informational panels – which feature text, photos, maps and other graphics – with additions that amplify on America’s role. These include six flour sacks from American mills that, after their contents helped feed wartime Belgians, were decorated and re-purposed by women in that country by the thousands and sold to raise funds for war charities; and a re-created World War I field tent in which visitors can view film footage of the war in Belgium, and hear vintage recordings including “Over There” sung by Nora Bayes.
A sampling of upcoming presentations:
“First Comes Love,” appearance by novelist Emily Giffin. Tuesday, April 4. 6:30 pm. The Atlanta author of seven New York Times bestsellers returns with the tale of two sisters who split when tragedy strikes their family. Then, 15 years later, as the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/emily-giffin-first-comes-love
The Atlanta History Center’s cornerstone exhibition Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta remains open. Through artifacts, ephemera, interactive media, recording booths, immersive experiences, and Meet the Past museum theatre performances, this 7,700-square-foot exhibition shares the stories of individuals of many different backgrounds and perspectives who helped create the Atlanta we know today.
Conveniently located off of I-75, the Atlanta History Center is a unique 33 acre oasis nestled among one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive experiences, and a variety of year-round adult and family programs truly offer something for everyone looking to explore our region’s past. Admission tickets are all-inclusive of all History Center attractions, and guests enjoy free parking.
March 9 – April 16 The Bridges of Madison County: Prepare to be swept away by one of the most endearing love stories of all time! Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, the now two-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a lonely Iowa farmer’s wife Francesca and her unexpected, four-day love affair with traveling photographer Robert. Will the
passionate romance fuel Francesca to leave her family and to continue along the fiery, amorous path with her newfound love? Audiences are invited to experience the whirlwind romance that has captivated 50 million readers worldwide.
Check out their Children’s Classes and Workshops, Cooking and Crafts, After School Explorer and more!
Preserve Hours: Mon-Sun, 8a-Dusk
Visitor Center Hours: Tue-Sat, 10a-4p, Sun, 12p-4p & Mon closed
Museum tickets available and tours offered on a daily basis. Folktale storytelling every Thursday at 3pm.
March 14- April 2 The Dragon King presented by Tanglewood Marionettes
A vibrant underwater tale based on Chinese folklore, recommended for ages 4 and up. It hasn’t rained in ages, the village is in trouble and the only one with the power to bring back water to the land is The Dragon King. In hopes of finding the Dragon King, a determined grandmother voyages to the bottom of the sea to make a plea for a rainy day. Will she be successful? Families are invited to find out during this lively puppet adventure!
Presented by Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, Mass., The Dragon King features marionette and rod puppetry full of vibrant colors and intricate puppets.
As part of the Center’s Autism Spectrum Disorder initiative, a sensory-friendly performance of The Dragon King will be presented on Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. Sensory stimuli will also be reduced in Museum Exhibits from 12 p.m. -1 p.m. and in Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ from 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. This special afternoon will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience programming in a comfortable and safe setting with staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Along with a quiet zone in the lobby, several performance alterations will be employed, including: theater lights dimmed down (but not out); consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack; freedom for children to talk during the show and leave their seats, if necessary; and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ classrooms will be brighter, quieter and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. In the Museum Exhibits, lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. Fidget toys and sound-reducing headphones will also be available.
Regular show times are March 14 – April 2:
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Pete the Cat Club April 4- May 28
Due to popular demand, the Center for Puppetry Arts is pleased to announce that it will extend the run of its world premiere puppet production of Pete the Cat with the addition of 12 more performances!
Based on The New York Times best-selling book series by Georgia authors James and Kimberly Dean, this original production has been more than two years in the making. Inspired by Pete’s many adventures, the production invites audiences to join a meeting of the “Pete the Cat Club” – a place where everyone loves to read “Pete the Cat.” The show features rod puppets, projected animations, original music and interactive elements such as singing along to “The Wheels on the Bus” and helping Pete solve a math problem. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
April 4 – May 21
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Extended show times are as follows:
May 23 – May 28
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets are $10.25 (Members) and $20.50 (nonmembers) and include admission to the show, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery), and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own Lightning Bug Rod & String Puppet and perform with it on our classroom stage. Tickets can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
March 25 Daffodil Show Presented by Georgia Daffodil Society
March 26 – May 31 Fairy House Trail Exhibit
Back by popular demand, the fairies have been busy building all new fairy houses for the Homestead Trail and Kingfisher Pond Trail. More than a dozen whimsical works line the trails.
In the Nature Exchange:
Step Outside and Hike with a Docent Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 3 PM
Join a docent for a journey of one of CNC’s six trails. Discover the unique plants and animals that call these trails home. All Ages. Included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members
Echolocation Zone Throughout March
Many animals use echolocation to communicate underwater. Head outdoors to explore this communication method. An “Echo Zone” is set up for you to play a game with your family and friends. All Ages. Included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members
SS Beaver Tail Throughout March
Our play canoe will be ready for you to pretend-paddle, as well as learn about beaver communications. Did you know beavers slap their tails to talk to each other? Come find out why and what it means in the Nature Exchange.
Imagination Challenge Indoor Scavenger Hunt
You’ll have to look up high for this month’s scavenger hunt – macro invertebrates will be floating above your head, just like it would be if you were a small organism underwater. Learn to ID these creatures in our scavenger hunt and earn NEX points for each ID. Included with General Admission. Youth Focused Fun with a side of Education
STARLAB Sunday, March 19, 1 PM
Two 25-minute presentations
Come to CNC’s inflatable planetarium and get a sneak peek observing the new spring sky. Learn about many constellations right before your eyes. All Ages. Included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members
Calling Pee-Wee Naturalists and Little Nature Lovers
Spring Series Tuesdays: April 11, and May 9 (9:45 – 11 AM)
Bring your little nature lovers to a class where they will be able to explore the sights and sounds of the forests spring awakening. We will leave no stone unturned as we scout the woods and come up with questions to ask Mother Nature. $60 General Public / $45 CNC
ART GALLERY NEWS FOR SPRING WITH RFAA
Roswell Fine Arts Alliance Exhibit: Spring Gallery in Bloom
March–May Roswell Fine Arts Alliance presents this quarter’s River Resource Gallery hanging that highlights spring blooms of all colors. Local artists created the works using a variety of media. Works are available for purchase. All Ages. Included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members
Kathryn Kolb Talks About Old Growth Forests at the Nature Club Thursday, March 23, 7–9 PM
Kathryn shows how the accidents of history spared many forested areas and how you can learn to identify these special places in your neighborhood or perhaps even in your own back yard. Potluck dinner at 7 PM with our speaker at 7:30 PM. Ages 16+; $10 General Public /$ 5 CNC Members.
Get your Green Thumbs Ready for our Annual Spring Native Plant Sale
Members-Only: March 31, 4–7 PM Public: April 1, 7, 8, 10 AM–5 PM
Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds and more to your garden by adding native plants. Going native provides a wealth of benefits to your space, including privacy, beauty, blossoms, food, and homes to our wide diversity of animals. Over 120 species of plants available, and Horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers will be on site to help you plant the garden of your dreams. Herbs and veggies for the edible garden and more. FREE Admission to the Green House Area
Sunday, April 2 Back to your Roots Farm Fair ~ Family Fun Day Noon – 4pm :
Get back to your roots with CNC as we celebrate Earth Day and get down in the dirt. Bring a picnic or try the food trucks, you can spend an afternoon with us to celebrate spring. Presented by Northside Hospital. General Admission applies and the event is FREE for CNC Members.
A mobile dairy demonstration is added this year! Farmer Sue and the ART Barn will bring their adorable baby farm animals, 12-3pm. Slow Food Atlanta is a featured partner and musical performances will be interactive with Bach to Rock. CNC’s own chickens will be in the Unity Garden and there will be plants from our annual spring native plant sale.
The Unity Garden, the CNC’s 6th year with this suburban community garden project is a highlight of the Farm Fair. Last year the CNC produced a remarkable 11,000+ plus pounds of high quality produce on this quarter acre and donated most of that yield to the North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry, which in turn distributes fresh produce and herbs to needy families. The Unity Garden is also used for a wide array of education and other programs aimed at youth and school groups to inspire future STEM careers and future farmers. This garden is a model of successful suburban gardening!
Sundays on the River Concert Series April 8, May 7, June 11
Sunset Sips Concert Series April 27, May 25, June 11
Saturday, March 18 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Grab your cape and get ready to perform amazing feats of strength with science!
Touch electricity! Discover the power of chemical reactions! Experiment with light and energy! Join us at the Museum to learn how to save the world with the power of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Enjoy special hands-on activities throughout the Museum before the grand finale, an Atlanta Science Festival Mad Science Show from our very own Professor Labcoat!
Tickets: $8 Members/ $18 Non-members Prices increase on March 13 to $13 Members/ $23 Non-members
Newest feature exhibit to explore transportation through gravity, friction and the laws of motion
How are objects transported across land, sea and air? Families are invited to find out during Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s latest feature exhibit “From Here to There,” moving into Atlanta through May 29! Developed by the Sciencenter in New York, this traveling educational exhibit will showcase 12 interactive stations and teach children about gravity, friction, the laws of motions and more physics-filled fun!How are objects transported across land, sea and air? Developed by the Sciencenter in New York, this traveling educational exhibit will showcase 12 interactive stations and teach children about gravity, friction, the laws of motions and more physics-filled fun!
The 2,000-square foot transportation exhibit will feature a variety of hands-on activities for children to experiment with motion, mechanics and simple machines. Inquisitive minds can explore what it’s like to ride on a cushion of air via a hovercraft; operate an authentic canal lock system, while moving a boat between two different water levels; discover how trains float in the air and travel and rapid speeds through magnetic levitation; and attempt to inflate a hot air balloon. As young visitors engage in the power of play with multiple learning stations, they will discover how planes, trains and automobiles get “From Here to There!”
There are 12 components of the “From Here to There” exhibit:
Children will work in teams to send colored balls up the walls and through tubes from one station to the other in a rushing channel of air.
*This experience is specifically designed for preschoolers!
How do simple machines move things? Youngsters will have a “ball” figuring it out in this ball-pit construction site. Using ramps, buckets and scoops, they’ll lift and load balls into a dump truck and move them around using simple machines.
Feel the Friction
Children will experience the forces that affect how things are moved across land and water. They’ll also learn which takes less effort – boat on train, train on tracks or cart on rough road – and what happens when you dry different weights to move them.
Give it a Lift
Kids will experiment with mechanical advantage by lifting different weights and finding out which method –pulleys, levers, pneumatics, and hydraulics – works best.
Children will twist, turn and learn to travel with ease as they experience a hovercraft and what it’s like to ride on a cushion of air. They’ll also have the chance to explore how air pressure makes the hovercraft move.
Families will discover how trains float in the air and travel at rapid speeds through magnetic levitation and explore the potential of transportation using magnetic forces.
In this fun water activity, children will learn to adjust rudder and sail angles, as well as send boats across a windy lake. Kids looking for a tougher challenge can even change the wind direction before directing the boat to the next port.
Start Your Engines
Vroom, vroom! Kids will explore the inner workings of four important machines that power cars, airplanes, lawnmowers and snow blowers: the 2-stroke engine, 4-stroke engine, Wankel engine and Diesel engine.
Up, Up and Away
It’s time to turn up the heat to see how hot air balloons inflate and take to the skies. Children will learn what it takes to lift giant air balloons and have a turn at inflating one.
Kids will learn how to operate an authentic canal lock system, move a boat between two different water levels and practice adjusting the valves to raise and lower water levels in the lock.
How does changing air flow affect the movement of wings? Young visitors will find out as they attempt to make the wing hover, flutter and soar.
Entrance to the exhibit is included in each regular admission to Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Admission for ages 1-100 is $14.95 (+tax). Children under 1 are free. For more information about the “From Here to There” exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit bit.ly/CMAFromHeretoThere. For more information or to support Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS .
Target Free Second Tuesday
Upcoming 2016 Target Free Second Tuesday Dates: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12 ). Target Free Second Tuesday is a special opportunity for the community to bring their children to experience the Museum for FREE, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free admission is made possible through the generous support of Target on the second Tuesday of each month for visitors who may not have the opportunity to experience the museum or want to try the museum free of charge.
Sensory Friendly Saturdays
The first Saturday of every month, the Museum will open at 9 AM for families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders. Sensory Friendly Saturdays include a sensory modified setting, limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. Admission will be $5 per person for non-members and free for members. Space is limited so book today!
Call Reservations at 404-527-3693 to book your space or purchase tickets online.
Open Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, NW Atlanta 30313
Giant Screen moviegoers will soar above the world’s tallest bridge and travel at speeds approaching 700 mph with MacGillivray Freeman’s new film Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Dream Big celebrates human ingenuity and innovation while offering an exciting new perspective on what it means to be an engineer.
From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and sustainable cities, Dream Big showcases engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring human stories—including a young woman engineer building bridges in undeveloped countries and an underprivileged high school robotics team that succeeds against all odds – Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives and a more sustainable future for us all.
“I am a believer in encouraging our youth to make a difference in the world, and Dream Big encourages young people to do just that,” said narrator Jeff Bridges. The film will receive support from 15 engineering organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and many others. These organizations will serve as partners, role models and experts in local communities across the country.
The film is family-friendly and has a run time of 42 minutes. Fernbank will show Dream Big in 2D, while its other current feature, Extreme Weather, will be shown in 3D.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: Additionally, guests can enjoy Dream Big during Fernbank’s adults-only event, Fernbank After Dark. HOURS AND TICKETS: Dream Big will show daily and also show Friday evenings during Fernbank After Dark. For exact show times, visit http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/explore/giant-screen-theatre/. Film tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children, and $8 for Museum members, and can be purchased online at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling 404.929.6400.
Through May 7: Wild Weather is a new traveling exhibition that explores extreme weather phenomena. An immersive, experiential exhibition, Wild Weather illustrates severe weather as a powerful and unpredictable force. The exhibition takes visitors on a tour of severe winter storms, destructive hurricanes, extreme heat, and everything in between.
The eight exhibit zones of Wild Weather lead visitors through a series of extreme weather experiences to gain an understanding of the science behind severe weather, its connection to climate change, emerging technologies and forecasting techniques. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors delve into the science behind tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, thunderstorms and severe winter storms through interactive exhibits, multimedia experiences, models and large-scale graphics. They experience what it’s like to fly a research aircraft through a hurricane, view the destruction of tornadoes, follow turbulent cloud formations and lightning strikes, become a citizen scientist in the midst of a raging winter storm, and meet a researcher studying the force of wind in the lab.
Visitors of all ages are invited to dance up a storm in the Experience the Weather zone. As they create movement, energy is added into the storm system, provoking storm elements that allow guests to see the power and effects of severe weather firsthand. Severe winter storms, heat waves and hurricanes are also explored in the exhibition. Visitors uncover the science behind weather all around the world and learn how exciting new discoveries are unraveling many of weather’s mysteries.
“Extreme Weather 3D” on Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater (A separate film ticket is required to include Extreme Weather 3D.) Visitors can also see severe weather in 3D in Fernbank’s all-new Giant Screen Theater with showings of the film Extreme Weather 3D. “Extreme Weather 3D” takes moviegoers on a dramatic journey with storm-chaser and filmmaker Sean Casey to destinations with extreme weather conditions including wildfires in the Western United States and deadly, but mesmerizing, tornadoes in the plains.
New Fernbank After Dark: Adult Only Series
As part of an ongoing initiative to inspire an interest in and understanding of science and natural history, Fernbank Museum now offers an adults-only science series, Fernbank After Dark. Held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, Fernbank After Dark will feature themed experiences specific to the science-based topic of the month, as well as live music, films in the all-new Giant Screen Theater, small bites and a rotating menu of craft cocktails and beers from the brand-new Mesozoic Bar.
In celebration of the Giant Screen Film, “Dream Big,” Fernbank After Dark’s April 14 theme will be “Engineering and Technology.” iOS developer Big Nerd Ranch will be onsite to demonstrate how the Internet of Things and chatbots work together. Fernbank will lead engineering activities such as creating a building out of playing cards and a bridge out of pasta.
On May 12, 2017, Cathead Vodka will partner with Fernbank for the second installment of the Science of Spirits Series, “Botanicals,” in which visitors will discover botanicals and their uses in gin and other spirits. Additional partners and activities will be announced soon.
During Fernbank After Dark, guests are invited to enjoy all of the Museum’s indoor exhibitions including A Walk Through Time in Georgia, Reflections of Culture, traveling temporary exhibitions and more. From May to September, Fernbank After Dark visitors will have access to Fernbank’s new outdoor experience, WildWoods.
Films will be shown at Fernbank After Dark in the Giant Screen Theater at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Films showing at “Night at the Science Fair” on February 10 will be The Search for Life in Space and Extreme Weather 3D. The Search for Life in Space takes viewers from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the ice moons of Jupiter and Saturn and into the far reaches of space in search of planets like ours. Debuting as the first 3D film to ever show in Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater, Extreme Weather 3D takes moviegoers on a dramatic journey with storm-chaser and filmmaker Sean Casey to destinations with extreme weather conditions including wildfires in the Western United States and deadly tornadoes in the plains.
HOURS AND TICKETS: Fernbank After Dark will be held the second Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Activities and demonstrations will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music will be featured from 9:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fernbank’s Café will serve small plates from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Mesozoic Bar will serve drinks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Films will be shown in the Giant Screen Theater at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Food and drinks are offered a la carte.
General Admission for Fernbank After Dark is $15 plus tax. General Admission and a Giant Screen Film ticket is $20 plus tax. General Admission for members is $10 plus tax. General Admission and a Giant Screen Film ticket for members is $15 plus tax. Tickets to Fernbank After Dark can be purchased online in advance at fernbankmuseum.org or at the box office. Visitors must be 21+ to attend Fernbank After Dark. No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.
767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta Regular Museum admission cost is $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12 and free for Fernbank members. For more information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org/visit-fernbank/prices/special-offers/.
Martinis & IMAX® is offered in the Museum’s Great Hall for adults 21 and up. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. For more information visit fernbankmuseum.org or 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets).
May 16- 21 FINDING NEVERLAND (tickets on sale Sunday, March 12)
Tickets start at $33.50 and are available by visiting www.foxtheatre.org/neverland, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.
The performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.
Ways to Save
- Me & Mommy: For only $44.95 plus tax, you’ll receive an adult General Admission ticket and up to 4 children’s General Admission tickets (ages 5 and under)! This offer is valid Monday – Thursday, January 2 – May 25, 2017 only, and can be purchased online, at the door or through the Georgia Aquarium Call Center at 404-581-4000. Click here for all the details and to purchase tickets.
- Before 11am – Early Bird Discount: For a limited time only, enjoy special Early Bird Savings for every member of your group – just $30.95 + tax regardless of age – until 11am every day of the week! Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
- 11am – 4pm – Buy Online and Save: When you purchase your General Admission tickets online in advance, you’ll save over 10% off our walk up pricing. Click here to purchase.
- After 4pm – Imagination Nights: Enjoy Georgia Aquarium by night at a special ticket price! Visit the Aquarium after 4pm every day of the week to save over 30% off full priced admission. You’ll enjoy full access to the entire Aquarium! Restrictions apply. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
Space Mission is a celestial building experience where guests can explore alien worlds built entirely out of LEGO® bricks, build their own spaceship, explore the mission control center and watch a LEGO® rocket blast off into outer space! Guests can enjoy full access to the attraction and Space Mission themed giveaways!
Workshops deliver high-quality educational experiences and fun for area students
With school back in full swing, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta is treating area students and educators to FREE LEGO® Education Workshops for groups visiting now through the end of March! LEGO® Education Workshops foster an ideal environment for today’s students to experience a world of fun and creativity while developing imperative skills for tomorrow’s world. Designed to support educational curriculum standards, the workshops integrate hands-on materials and activities to hone in on skills in communication, critical-thinking, problem solving, math, science and more!
LEGO® Education Workshops are available for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade groups, students and homeschoolers. To book a workshop, an adult should fill out the booking form in the following link: bit.ly/FreeLEGOEducationWorkshops and call LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta at 404.848.9252 ext. 4001 to schedule the workshop.
Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
Six Flags Over Georgia, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” today announced an all-new virtual reality experience, Drop of Doom VR. The country’s first-ever permanent drop tower VR attraction is a thrilling, immersive encounter with giant, mutant spiders and makes its debut on March 11, as part of the park’s 50th anniversary season.
“We continue to explore new opportunities utilizing Samsung Gear VR technology and this drop tower concept is a great example of the ability to change content for different rides,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “We look forward to having our guests experience Drop of Doom as we kick off the beginning of a very special year, filled with new thrills, new reasons to visit and new memories to be made with family and friends.”
Riders, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, will become the pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:
· A high speed virtual vertical ascent up 100 stories, while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
· A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
· A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
· A thrilling virtual 100-story fiery plunge straight down between towering skyscrapers; and
· The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.
For a limited time only, guests can experience the Drop of Doom virtual reality attraction free with paid park admission.
For Opening Weekend, Six Flags Over Georgia will honor the Big Game bet with its sister park, Six Flags New England. As a result of the Atlanta Falcons’ loss, the park will rename its 240-foot tall swing ride, The Patriots SkyScreamer and Park President Dale Kaetzel will ride the thrilling attraction, wearing a Patriots jersey. The park will sell a limited amount of New England clam chowder to All Season Dining Plan guests.
Later this Spring, the high-action thrill ride JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis in 4D will make its debut. JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is an engaging, full-sensory action ride, with guests joining forces with BATMAN™, SUPERMAN™, WONDER WOMAN™, THE FLASH™ and GREEN LANTERN™, using stun blasters to defeat Lex Luthor™, The JOKER™ and his henchmen. Recently named by USA Today as one of the 12 most anticipated theme park rides for 2017, construction on this state-of-the-art attraction and the all-new Metropolis Park is nearly complete.
Six Flags Over Georgia is open on weekends March 11 through May 14 and daily for Spring Break April 1 – 9. Summer daily operation begins on May 20. Season Passes and the All Season Dining Pass to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water in Marietta, which provide unlimited visits and meals all season long, are available online.Stone Mountain Park
SRM has about 90 different cars, including Pullman cars, classic steam locomotives, and antique diesel-electric trains. Ride in restored cabooses and learn about the famous trains that made history! Special admission price of $7 and free train rides for home-schooled kids and their families! Learn about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through arts and crafts, special exhibits, and scavenger hunts. 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth
Southern Museum offers a Mommy & ME preschool program every Thursday 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 am. Designed for preschool age children ages three to five-years-old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.
After a 65 to 230 million year hiatus, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s most visited attraction has announced plans to debut its latest addition, Dinosaur Explore, set to open March 30 and run throughout the 2017 season.
Dinosaur Explore will feature 20 dinosaurs representing 14 species, T. rex meet and greets, baby dinosaur interactions and a dino dig play area. In addition, there will be an all-new indoor experience: Dinotorium. Inside the Dinotorium, guests can interact with dino rangers, learn about different dinosaur habitats, visit the Dino Nursery, feed baby dinosaurs and play games. Kids are invited to join in the learning fun by becoming junior dino rangers.
The prehistoric creature collection will be located behind the Dinotorium on wooded trails where families will discover giant dinosaurs that move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. The exhibition includes favorites like the king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex and a gentle, plant-eating Brachiosaurus that towers overhead nearly two stories tall. The collection also includes a three-horned Triceratops, a ferocious Allosaurus, a winged Pteranodon and many more.
Dinosaur Explore opens March 30 for a limited time during 2017, and admission is FREE with any paid daily Adventure Pass or Mountain Membership. Also making its debut at the park March 30 is the loveable herd from Ice Age in the new “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ 4D Experience.” Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the crew embark on an action-packed adventure when they discover a lost world of dinosaurs.
Paleolithic Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain was created by an upwelling of magma from the Earth’s crust roughly 300 to 250 million years ago. Dinosaurs arrived a little later, between 230 and 65 million years ago. While much of the surrounding region was water, Georgia is known to have been the home of several coastal species of dinosaurs.
In addition, go on a 4-D journey through Rio de Janeiro with Blu and Jewel in the NEW Rio: The 4-D Experience, challenge yourself on SkyHike®, the nation’s largest family adventure course, cool off and play in the spray on Geyser Towers® or soar to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride…the adventures are endless!
Be sure to check out the extended fireworks finale, and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® with all-new breathtaking fire effects. Three flame cannons add a punch to the show by sending a trio of flames nearly one-hundred feet into the air. Plus, special new fireworks spray multi-colored bursts and dance on the water at the base of the mountain.
Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state. Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. When you’re ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.
Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor. An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.
Angel Falls Trail in Rabun offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Creek Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls. Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls. To see Raven Cliff Falls, near Helen, is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.
The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms. DeSoto Falls, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It’s located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you’re visiting Vogel State Park, make a pit stop at Helton Creek Falls, to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Also, the Vickery Creek Trail (also known as Big Creek) in Roswell is a pretty 2 mile hike with a beautiful waterfall. The hike starts just off Riverside Road in Roswell, climbs over a series of short ridges and then descends to a man-made waterfall that was once the site of an old mill. The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. The hike crosses a wood bridge at 2.5 miles, the sound of falling water echoing through the forest. The hike visits the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. This spillway dam was a valuable asset to the South during the Civil War. The hike reaches a covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rock creek bed. Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from Vickery Creek’s northern bank.
Yellow River Game Ranch is a popular destination to encounter, feed and pet animals. Located 2 1/2 miles east of Stone Mtn on Hwy 78, it offers a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis. Stroll along a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter white-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and more!
New Gallery 1/2017, Share a Coke with Atlanta, features photographs from 12 creative, entrepreneurial Atlantans who are both capturing and cultivating the unique spirit of the city. Each image in the “Share a Coke with Atlanta” gallery celebrates the connection between Atlanta, the beverage that was born here and the talented people who call the city home. The gallery will be on display at the World of Coca-Cola through May.
Experience the fascinating history of the world’s best known beverage brand in a dynamic multimedia attraction. This attraction is fun for all ages! The kids especially enjoy the 4D movie and tasting room!
- Learn about the legend of the secret formula for Coca‑Cola and see the vault where the formula is secured in their Vault of the Secret Formula.
- Taste over 100 flavors from around the globe in the Taste It! beverage lounge, and take home a FREE commemorative 8-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola
- New exhibit, Pop Culture Gallery, Kiss the Past Hello
- Experience their thrilling In Search of the Secret Formula 4-D Theater (3-D movie with moving seats)
- Get an inside look at the bottling process in Bottle Works
- Give the 7-foot-tall and very friendly Coca‑Cola Polar Bear a big hug
- See the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia in Milestones of Refreshment
- View works by artists such as Steve Penley, Haddon Sundblom and Howard Finster in the Pop Culture Gallery
- Take the excitement home with clothing, collectibles and gifts from the Coca‑Cola Store
Original article 12/7/12 and updated weekly.