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.
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.
The Center is thrilled to be presenting a new special exhibit in our Dean Dubose Smith Gallery, Masterpiece of Puppetry: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. We will also be having special events and pop-up exhibits across the season.
The Worlds of Puppetry Museum includes two galleries: the Global Collection Gallery and the Jim Henson Gallery. The Global Collection Gallery begins in North America and winds its way through Europe, Africa, and Asia. Learn the five main types of puppets; learn about some of the world’s most important puppetry traditions.
The Jim Henson Collection Gallery explores the imaginative mind of animator, inventor, film-maker, screenwriter, and puppeteer Jim Henson. Explore his life, career and legacy while viewing his iconic creations. The Jim Henson Gallery features many Muppets including those from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock. The gallery also includes figures from The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and more. The Center is home to the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson puppets, props, and costumes.
Now – October 31
Visit the newly re-imagined world of Thra. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how The Jim Henson Company recreated the fantastical inhabitants and landscapes for the Emmy Award-winning series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), a prequel that further expands the epic world of the 1982 film co-directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
See puppets, props, and artifacts from the production up close. Discover the enhancements in puppetry and the mechanics of performance that have emerged since the making of the original film. Longtime fans and those new to puppetry will find a world to discover and appreciate in this close look at the artistry and craftsmanship behind the creation of the live-action epic. In celebration of the special exhibit, there will be an online reunion of puppeteers from the film.
September 19 Back to Your Roots Farm Fair
Get back to your roots with down-home fun at the Back to Your Roots Farm Fair! Join CNC for family fun celebrating the fall harvest. Meet live farm animals and get down in the dirt!
See live farm animals from Crickets Mobile Petting Zoo
Explore the Unity Garden
Partner Booths and Activities
Purchase admission tickets in advance to secure a date and time for your visit. Members may also make advanced reservations. Spots are timed and limited, however, we may be able to accommodate walk-ups based on daily visitation. (Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)
Check out Canoe Trips and Family Canoe Day as well as Sunday on the River Concerts!
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!
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.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta continues to prioritize the health and safety of its guests, offering elevated health precautions for a comfortable visit.
Fernbank’s Woodland Spirits Returns with New Experiences in Tow : The museum’s popular fall exhibit returns along with special, seasonal programming
Beginning September 18, 2021, guests will find that Fernbank Museum of Natural History has become Fernbank Museum of Supernatural History with the return of ‘Woodland Spirits’ and the Supernatural Science Series. Come face-to-face with dozens of ghostly “visitors” lurking among the trails outside in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.
On view through November 7, 2021, ‘Woodland Spirits’ returns for the fourth year, once again expanding to include new experiences. As guests wander throughout Fernbank’s outdoor areas, they will cross paths with spirits who were unable to let go of the physical world and appear in the shadows, up in the trees and waiting in plain sight for their next scare. These ghostly sculptures were imagined by Fernbank, and created by local Atlanta artist, Laura Lewis.
Ghastly encounters include a stroll through ‘Haunted Outpost’ where spiders, skeletons, bats and more spirits have taken over Adventure Outpost. For those who want to immerse themselves in the seasonal feel, Nature Stories has transformed into ‘Harvest Stories’, where scarecrows and pumpkins are spread throughout for the perfect fall experience. For a mini “Little Shop of Horrors” find your way to the ‘Monster Garden’ in Nature Gallery.
New to this year’s iteration of ‘Woodland Spirts’ is ‘Nocturnal Activity: Life After Dark’ which can also be found in Nature Gallery. Explore what goes on when the sun goes down as you discover the lifestyles of nocturnal animals and night-blooming plants. Featured animals include bats, owls, scorpions, raccoons, moths, opossums, frogs, toads and more.
Featured as part of the Supernatural Science Series, ‘Woodland Spirits’ provides daily seasonal Halloween experiences, with additional events and programming to capture the full Halloween vibe, including:
- Forest night walks, where guests can take a guided night-time tour of Fernbank’s outdoor space ‘Fernbank Forest’, with a Fernbank educator. Night walks are available for separate purchase on October 1, October 8 (in conjunction with Fernbank After Dark) and October 23 (in conjunction with Ghostly Gatherings)
- Five family-friendly programming mornings include ‘Sea Monsters’ on September 25, ‘Antarctic Dinosaurs Opening Day’ on October 9, ‘Creepy Crawlies’ on October 16, ‘Bugs, Bats and Bones’ on October 23 and the return of ‘Dino Trick-or-Treat’ on October 30, 2021.
- For souls 21-and-up, ‘Fernbank After Dark: Poisons and Potions’ offers after-hours access to all of Fernbank’s exhibits, including entry to Fernbank’s new special exhibition ‘Antarctic Dinosaurs’. ‘Fernbank After Dark’ is offered from 7pm-11pm on Friday, October 8.
- ‘Ghostly Gatherings’ offers a bewitchingly fun event featuring evening hours at Fernbank, including special access to ‘Woodland Spirits’, as well as themed interactive activities, adult beverages and special snacks for purchase. ‘Ghostly Gatherings’ is offered on Sunday, October 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. ($10 for members, $20 for non-members)*
- ‘Fright Night’, for ages 21+, features a costume contest, access to indoor and outdoor exhibits (including ‘Woodland Spirits’), specialty drinks, as well as small bites available for purchase. ‘Fright Night’ will take place Friday, October 29 from 7pm-11pm. ($21.95 for both members and non-members)*
Fernbank’s Supernatural Science Fest, including ‘Woodland Spirits’, will be held from Saturday, September 18 through Sunday, November 7, 2021. To purchase general admission and event tickets as well as see the full calendar of events, evening hours, and safety precautions visit FernbankMuseum.org.
Woodland Spirits is sponsored by the Isdell Family Foundation.
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 downtownAtlanta, 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.
Turtle Odyssey: Follow Bunji, an Australian green sea turtle, and her incredible journey across the open ocean in “Turtle Odyssey,” a new giant screen film opening. Experience the ocean through the eyes of a turtle as you explore the remarkable life cycle of a green sea turtle: from birth, to adolescence, to adulthood, to laying eggs of her own.
Sea Turtles are some of the most majestic and ancient creatures on Earth. For over 100 million years, they have traversed the seas, surviving multiple mass extinctions and playing critical roles in maintaining healthy, marine food webs. Not only do these friendly animals captivate us as they peacefully glide through the ocean, but their personal journeys of survival are equally fascinating. The film explores the challenges they face and the importance of their preservation.
Giant Screen Movie tickets are sold in combination with general admission and are available for purchase online. Combination tickets are $26.95/adult, $25.95/senior, $24.95 child for nonmembers and $6.95 for members. Due to reduced theater capacity to ensure safety, advance ticket purchase is recommended to ensure availability. Some tickets may be available, but not guaranteed, at the box office.
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