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! Starting with happenings in Alpharetta and the Atlanta Botanical Garden to the World of Coca-Cola, you can keep up to date with events through this article!
Gigantic, flowing aerial art, larger-than life glass plant sculptures bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden will be ablaze with shimmering, larger-than-life glass sculptures of plants this spring when it presents SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom May 15 – October 31, featuring the work of artist Jason Gamrath.
Seeing is believing when it comes to a duo of art exhibitions coming to the Atlanta Botanical Garden this spring. One features a gigantic, immersive aerial art installation floating through the treetops, while the other showcases larger-than-life glass sculptures of blooming plants towering among the flower beds.
Guests may also experience the exhibition dramatically lit at night while enjoying drinks and live entertainment during Cocktails in the Garden from 5 – 9 p.m. For more information on Gamrath, visit jasongamrathglass.com. For more information on Poetic Kinetics, visit poetickinetics.com.
The 33-acre experience features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, and gardens. 9 a.m. – 4pm Tuesday through Sunday with safety precautions.
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.
Fair Play, The Bobby Jones Story currently on exhibit. Any Great Change, The Centennial of the 19th Amendment also on exhibit.
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.
Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served – and continue to serve – the United States of America. The Park was designed not as a traditional veterans’ memorial, but as a unique gathering place encouraging reflection, personal connections to veterans, and a celebration of the lives of those who have sacrificed to secure our freedom.
The public has cost-free access to Autrey Mill’s grounds for hiking, nature study, strolling the pathways of the Heritage Village, and visiting with our animals. Entrance to the grounds is free and is open 8:00am to dusk 365 days of the year! The preserve has grown under the 30-year leadership and vision of our nonprofit. 14,000 annual visitors to over 3 miles of nature trails, animal exhibits, gardens, and a Heritage Village of restored historic buildings.
Join Autrey Mill Nature Preserve to explore crafts from the past! Learn how folks made and adorned common household items and art. This activity is inspired by Ms. Alison’s program Cooking and Crafts, but does not feature any cooking.
The Center of Puppetry Arts is open with restrictions. Visit the World of Puppetry Museum.
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is home to over 100 exotic and native animals. These animals are rescued due to being orphaned, abused, illegally purchased or just in need of a forever home. You can help them feed the animals by donating fresh produce, canned fruits, vegetables and meats!
Fun-filled programming for Star Wars Day, Mother’s Day and new traveling exhibit, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab™
Make it a May to remember at Children’s Museum of Atlanta! From Jedi Training to Mother’s Day and Eid al-Fitr celebrations, the fun doesn’t stop for little ones this month. The Museum invites families to immerse in STEM learning at the limited-time traveling exhibit, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab™ through September 7.
- Discover invisible forces that seem more like magic than science! Experiment with electricity, magnetism, optics, sound waves, air pressure and fun physics laws.
- Manipulate the classic six simple machines designed by Renaissance scientists to make work easier – the lever, inclined plane, pulley, screw, wedge, and wheel and axle – with interactive activities that illustrate math and physics.
- Explore chemistry by studying a giant hands-on periodic table of elements, discovering the way raw elements are put to work.
- Investigate materials science, discover how natural and human-made substances are used and learn more about scientific properties. A touch-screen design challenge and document findings will be available at the blogging station.
Families invited to celebrate Father’s Day and experience United Nations of Play
Children’s Museum of Atlanta is jumping into June with blissful, festive programming! Families are encouraged to celebrate Dad with fun-filled Father’s Day activities and journey to countries across the world for a cultural experience with United Nations of Play programming. The Museum also continues to welcome guests to the experiential, science-focused traveling exhibit, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab™. Visitors are invited to experience the refreshed Step Up to Sciencepermanent exhibit, debuting on June 26 and sponsored by Cognizant U.S. Foundation.
June Special Programming
United Nations of Play
Saturday, June 12 – Sunday, June 13
Families are invited to the Museum’s second installment of United Nations of Play – a weekend of memorable activities introducing international cultures through play, sponsored by Georgia Council for the Arts. Kids will discover toys, games and recipes from five countries around the world: Canada, Colombia, Germany, Kenya and Korea!
Sunday, June 20
Little ones will celebrate all of the astounding dads, grandpas, uncles and other father figures in their lives! The day will feature a reading of Irene Smalls’ Kevin and His Dad and a colorful Father’s Day craft.
CMA On Stage
Storytime: Kevin and His Dad by Irene Smalls
Session A: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. / Session B: 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. / Session C: 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Kids will make Oobleck and learn about non-Newtonian fluids.
Session A: 10:30 a.m. / Session B: 1:30 p.m. / Session C: 4:30 p.m.
Children will make chromatography butterflies and a warmhearted Father’s Day craft.
Session A: 10:30 a.m. / Session B: 1:30 p.m. / Session C: 4:30 p.m.
A brand-new permanent exhibit…
Step Up to Science
Opens Saturday, June 26
Children’s Museum of Atlanta is launching an all-new, fully revamped version of its permanent, science-centric exhibit, Step Up to Science. Sponsored by Cognizant U.S. Foundation, the reimagined exhibit will engage kids in various elements of “Cause and Effect,” featuring interactive permanent exhibits that will allow children to discover the innovative world of STEM through captivating science experiments.
In preparation for the Step Up to Science renovation, Science Bar and Creativity Café will be temporarily closed from June 21-25.
Sensory Friendly Sessions
Sunday, June 6
Families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders are encouraged to join the Museum’s 2021 Sensory Friendly Sessions! On select Sundays during Session A, kids can enjoy a playful, hands-on experience with a sensory-modified setting, limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments to ensure safety and comfort. Stage programming will not be available during Sensory Friendly Sessions.
Session A: 10 a.m.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta continues to prioritize the health and wellness of its guests, providing elevated health precautions for a safe, comfortable visit. A full list of health enhancements can be found on the Museum website.
Start off a Blockbuster Summer with Fernbank’s ‘Summer Shorts Film Fest’
Ten movies are offered as a part of this film festival at Fernbank Museum
Kick off summer with an exciting line-up of some of Fernbank’s most popular giant screen movies, back for one week, Monday, May 31-Sunday, June 6, 2021, during the Summer Shorts Film Fest. Eight “fan-favorite” and two newer films will be offered throughout the fest, with a different line-up every day of 25-minute short films at a special $5 price. The fest also celebrates the return of daily show times in the Giant Screen Theater from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Whether following a majestic migration of monarch butterflies, spending a night in a museum, flying on the wings of prehistoric reptiles, or diving into the world of the sea lion, guests will experience almost every corner of the natural world through the offered films.
Featured films include*:
- ‘Australia’s Great Wild North’: Travel through some of the wildest territory on Earth, exploring rich wetlands and remote rainforests.
- ‘Earth Flight’: Follow birds across the globe on their seasonal migrations and learn about the science of flight.
- ‘Flight of the Butterflies’: Immerse yourself in a triumphant journey of perseverance spanning thousands of miles and several generations, tracking monarch butterflies.
- ‘Flying Monsters’: Travel back in time to a world where pterosaurs ruled the skies.
- ‘Incredible Predators’: Experience the thrill of the chase, the great escapes and the remarkable strategies of nature’s predators.
- ‘Museum Alive!’: Spend the night in London’s Museum of Natural History with celebrated naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
- ‘Oceans: Our Blue Planet’: Discover the world of life beneath the waves and come face-to-face with a variety of sea life.
- ‘Penguins’: Watch this breathtaking, endearing and ultimately triumphant quest of a brave king penguin through Antarctica.
- ‘Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker’: Enjoy a classic coming of age tale filled with hope, humor and wonder.
- ‘Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation’: Go where few would dare and discover the exciting science behind the Earth’s origins.
Tickets for Summer Shorts Film Fest are priced at a special rate of $5 throughout the duration of the festival for both members and non-members. Giant screen ickets will return to the regular rate of $6.95 following the conclusion of Summer Shorts Film Fest. Film tickets must be added to general admission, as movie-only tickets are not available.
The Giant Screen Theater will also return to daily showings through Labor Day with the start of the Summer Shorts Film Fest. Films will be presented in 2D, run approximately 25 minutes and the theater will be at at reduced capacity to continue ensuring safety along COVID-19 guidelines (this applies to the film fest as well as the regular Giant Screen Theater schedule).
To learn more about Fernbank’s Summer Shorts Film Fest and to purchase museum and film tickets, please visit FernbankMuseum.org/FilmFest. * Titles and showtimes are subject to change without notice. Films will be presented in 2D format and will run approximately 25 minutes.
Fernbank’s special exhibit, ‘Habitat‘, takes guests through several thematic sections, exploring different environments, animals, plants and more. Through larger-than-life sculptures constructed by local Atlanta artists and Fernbank’s own exhibit team, guests will be immersed in nature every step of the way. Massive insect sculptures can be found in the Bug B&B, butterfly sculptures are posed in Monarch and Meadows for ideal photo-ops and stunning replica bird’s nests can be found in Nests.
Explore the uniqueness and importance of the natural environment in Fernbank’s new outdoor special exhibition, “Habitat,” featuring giant sculptures of insects, animals, nests and flowers nestled among the real plants and animals that call WildWoods home. Thematic sections explore the central idea “protecting habitats protects life” through the lens of the environment where it is displayed.
The elevated walkway into WildWoods leads guests through a tour of the natural world. Set against the backdrop of a thriving forest found just minutes from the heart of downtown Atlanta, this new exhibit invites guests to travel “through” habitats and biomes found around the globe and explore the importance of preserving these natural communities through large-scale sculptures, including a giant grasshopper, butterfly, praying mantis and dragonfly, as well as nests, flowers, honeycomb and more, commissioned by Fernbank in partnership with local artists.
Habitats provide homes for all living things, from the tiniest ant to the tallest tree. Plants, animals and other organisms have adapted to each other and their habitats over time, creating a delicate ecological balance. This balance faces many threats, including pollution, deforestation and climate change, but humans can protect habitats for the future by learning to be better stewards of the environment.
“Habitat” invites visitors to learn more about topics related to habitats, their importance to life and what people can do to help preserve them. In total, there are nine thematic sections that make-up the exhibition, leading guests through Fernbank’s outdoor areas and on a unique nature expedition. Explore the Sign of the Dragonfly through stunning sculptures and informative displays, discover what organisms call fallen trees and stumps home in Dead Wood is Life and uncover the importance of flight among flora and fauna in an environment through Habitat of Flight.
Other “Habitat” highlights include:
· As you enter WildWoods discover larger-than-life Nests, displaying massive eagle’s and oriole’s nests recreations, as well as nests from other birds, including an owl hole and more. Recreated by local Atlanta artist Laura Lewis.
· Wind through Nature Gallery and discover the Bug B&B, housing multiple larger-than-life insect sculptures such as a praying mantis, grasshopper and a caterpillar with chrysalis. Other smaller-scale sculptures include two bee sculptures and a butterfly-with-flower sculpture; created by Allen Peterson and Laura Lewis.
· As you make your way to Nature Stories, explore Monarch and Meadows featuring magnificent monarch butterfly sculptures and two butterfly photo-ops with Georgia’s state butterfly, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, and a monarch butterfly.
· Life in the Balance, Biomes explores the plants, animals and other organisms that call four distinct biomes home: Rainforest, Desert, Tundra and Aquatic. Found near Fernbank’s Kendeda Pavilion, this section features intricate, delicately painted cut-outs of these biomes and the organisms that call them home.
Developed by Smithsonian Gardens and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), “Habitat” will be on display along ADA-accessible paths in WildWoods through Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Join Fernbank on an expedition to the land Down Under in ‘Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker’, now showing in the museum’s four-story Giant Screen Theater. Dive into the world of a rare Australian Sea Lion pup named Otto—and meet the man devoted to saving her species.
Between a jagged cliff face and a roaring ocean, lives a colony of Australian Sea Lions. In an environment equally as harsh as it is beautiful, be immersed in a classic coming of age tale guided by one of Australia’s most unique, intelligent, and playful animals. Take an intimate journey inside the colony where a life of great intimacy, tenderness, and clumsiness, must often give way to a life of great sacrifice and bravery.
As Otto grows up along the Southern Australian Coastline, Dirk Holman, a determined marine biologist, travels across the globe to uncover the secrets of recovery for the Australian Sea Lion. Visit the Marine Mammal Rescue with Dirk as he uncovers methods used along the West Coast of the United States to help the California Sea Lion population reach full recovery; methods and results he intends to duplicate in Australia.
Narrated by Sam Neill, notable for his performance as Dr. Alan Grant in ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker’ is a 25-minute movie that will show on weekends only through May 30. The film will also be featured as part of the summer movie schedule, which will be released at a later date.
Giant Screen Movie tickets are sold in combination with general admission to Fernbank and are available for purchase online at FernbankMuseum.org. Combination tickets are $6.95, plus general admission for both members and non-members. Due to greatly reduced theater capacity to ensure safety, advance ticket purchase is required to ensure availability. Some tickets may be available, but not guaranteed, at the box office.
Special summer programming that families and selected educators can enjoy includes science-themed event days (Discovery Days)* such as Scales and Tails, Dinosaur Birthday Bash, Reptile Day, Ocean Wonders Day and more. Fernbank also offers special daily programming with activities like live-animal encounters, story times, nature walks and other immersive opportunities that are available to members at no extra charge. Other membership benefits include discounts at the Museum Store, Café and on special ticketed events.
Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta and is open daily from 10 a.m.-5p.m.
What better way to continue your education and keep kids’ curiosity piqued than to adventure with Georgia Aquarium from afar? Deep Sea learning videos, web cams and more!
- Join daily and weekly for live streaming events
- Get regular updates on our animals
- Download lesson plans and resources
- Learn about all the animals in our facility
Check out their streaming videos and creative art projects to do from home.
First Saturday of Each Month between 9 a.m. – 12:00 pm. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Get ready to rock! For a list of activities, attraction hours and ticket prices, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta or connect with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta on Facebook. Online booking is recommended to guarantee entry and the best prices.
Libraries are open! Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
Forsyth Public Libraries: Contact-Free Curbside Pickup of books available. Outdoor book drops at all four Forsyth County Public Library locations have reopened.
Free Kids Clinics offered 1-2x per month on Saturdays year round from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m