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!
Find Alpharetta and Avalon happenings here! Alpharetta Food Truck Alley on Thursday nights, Alpharetta Farmers Market on Saturday’s, and weekly events at Avalon! May 4 is the Taste of Alpharetta!
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!! Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays! Homeschool Day’s Specials!
Among the “unexpected” look for:
- Dozens of bare trees, harvested off site from an overcrowded location and “planted” throughout the Garden, painted in brilliant pink, orange, blue and green that draw the eye, inspiring conversations about color, form and natural beauty and value of trees.
- The Levy Parterre transformed into an elegant white garden, emphasizing plants with flowers and foliage in white, gray and silver – a salute to great gardens around the world, such as England’s famed white garden at Sissinghurst castle.
- The Fuqua Conservatory adorned with dozens of sparkly old chandeliers dripping with plants, evoking images of old South charm.
Visitors may enjoy the exhibition in the evening every Thursday during Cocktails in the Garden, the popular garden party featuring live music, cash bars and adult games. The Garden’s onsite restaurant, Longleaf, will be serving a special dinner menu every Thursday as well (Reservations are recommended).
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 through 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.
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.
April 29 Hairspray 7pm
Families are invited to enjoy a one-night-only, free performance of the smash hit Hairspray, The Broadway Musical under the stars on the Lawrenceville Lawn! Pack a picnic, choose from a variety of favorites at McCray’s Tavern on the Square or browse delicious menus from food trucks located around the lawn. Lawn seating will begin at 5 p.m.
A VIP table and dinner for six is also available for $350! Package includes a VIP reserved table with linens under a buffet tent and dinner provided by McCray’s Tavern on the Square, including a mixed greens salad, steak with mushroom sauce, chicken piccata or vodka pasta as a meatless option. Guests will also enjoy side items, such as mixed vegetables, roasted potatoes and dessert, two drinks per seat (choice of beer, wine or soda) and servers to tend to the table throughout the show. For more information, visit bit.ly/AuroraHairspray.
April 22 Wild Weekend 10 a.m. – 2pm This annual family event encourages all to “take a walk on the wild side,” and features an assortment of games and nature crafts. Admission is $5 per person; under 2 are free. Food and drink for purchase.
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.
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.
2017-2018 FAMILY SERIES:
Cinderella Della Circus June 20-July 23, 2017
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff Aug. 10-13, 2017
By All Hands Productions of Atlanta, GA
Mother Goose Aug. 15-Sept. 17, 2017
Adapted by Amy Sweeney
Theatre for the Very Young
Charlotte’s Web Sept. 19-Oct. 22, 2017
By E.B. White, Adapted by Joseph Robinette
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.
Through 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
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
Calling Pee-Wee Naturalists and Little Nature Lovers
Spring Series Tuesdays: 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
Sundays on the River Concert Series May 7, June 11
Sunset Sips Concert Series April 27, May 25, June 11
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!
$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: 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.
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. 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.
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.
On May 12, 2017, Cathead Vodka will partner with Fernbank for the second installent of the Science of Spirits Series, “Botanicals,” in which visitors will discover botanicals and their uses in gin and other spirits. 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. 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.
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 call 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets).
April 18 – 23 Matilda
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End. The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of Matilda have done the impossible—triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”
May 16- 21 FINDING NEVERLAND
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.
Oct 7 Shopkins Live! 3pm
The first live theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful Shopkins toy brand. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. and will be available at FoxTheatre.org, by calling the 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office. Tickets are priced at $25-$55 and VIP meet-and-greet tickets are $100, plus applicable fees.
Based on America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensation and international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.
Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot ticket item for children worldwide. Shoppies dolls consistently rank as the #1 kids toy in the U.S.; the first-ever Shopkins movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released last year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand’s ever-growing world.
Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. For more information on Shopkins Live! visit www.shopkinsliveontour.com and sign-up to be the first to hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale dates and North American tour dates. TheShopkins Live! U.S. tour is represented by APA.
April 22 Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day by being a superhero for the sea! Learn how you can help protect marine life and our ocean through interactive activities on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Kids 12 and under who come dressed as a superhero will receive FREE admission* with each paying adult from 9am – 4pm.
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.
- 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
Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. FREE entry to National Parks:
- April 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
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.
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
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.
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.
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 debuted its latest addition, Dinosaur Explore!
Dinosaur Explore features 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 is now open and admission is FREE with any paid daily Adventure Pass or Mountain Membership. Starting this spring see 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
- 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.