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!
Now through April 30th: Explore hundreds of thousands of tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths. Check out a variety of ways to grow bulbs, including container gardens and floating islands. Watch for updates on peak bloom times at atlantabg.org
Tickets are on sale for the 37th annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour set for Mother’s Day weekend.
Benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the tour, held Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, spotlights four private home gardens in metro Atlanta. Featuring a range of styles and sizes, the event showcases professionally designed gardens as well as those that are the sole work of the homeowner.
Capacity at each garden is limited to ensure a safe experience, and because fewer tickets are available, the event could sell out, as occurred last year.
Tickets for the self-guided tour, held rain or shine each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., can be purchased beginning April 1 only at atlantabg.org. They are $35 ($30 for Garden members).
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.
The sculpture will be paired with another installation of contemporary art — the aerial kinetic sculpture of Patrick Shearn of Los Angeles-based Poetic Kinetics — for an over-the-top exhibition throughout the Garden.
The Gamrath exhibition will present dozens of large-scale contemporary glass sculptures reflecting the beauty of nature. The 13 installations of about 150 pieces of brilliantly colorful sculptures will all represent blooming plants. Of those, the Seattle-based artist has created about 30 exclusively for the Garden’s exhibition. Displayed throughout both indoors and out and containing metal accents, the sculptures will feature orchids, pitcher plants, aloes, lotuses and more.
The master glass artist, who has exhibited his work internationally, is known for his colorful take on nature. “The purpose of creating this series on a macro scale is to bring to light the beauty that exists within the micro scale of nature,” said Gamrath, whose career has been inspired by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, who presented exhibitions at the Garden in 2004 and 2016. “When I scale life forms up to be larger than a person, they can be observed with this perspective from across a room due to the overwhelming physical presence they command.”
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.
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.
Take a Peak Tuesdays: Through May from 1 pm- 3 pm when staff and docents are on site. This is a free family member benefit, or $2 donation for non-members. All ages welcome although children must be accompanied by a parent. Registration is not necessary for this program unless you are bringing a group of 5 or more.
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.
April 16-25 The Reluctant Dragon
A princess and a dragon learn the value of friendship in this engaging retelling of the Kenneth Grahame classic.
Their limited, timed admission system will not only provide for an intimate experience on the property, but also allow us to reduce person to person contact and better maintain social distancing throughout the admissions process.
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!
Families are invited to an engaging experience safe for children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders
Dedicated to serving as a place of inclusion for the community, Children’s Museum of Atlanta welcomes families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorders to the Museum’s 2021 Sensory Friendly Sessions! 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. Sensory Friendly Sessions will be held on select Sundays during Session A from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Prioritizing the health and well-being of its visitors, Children’s Museum of Atlanta offers enhanced health and safety procedures.
CMA 2021 Sensory Friendly Sessions
A sensory modified Museum experience including limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments
Entry can be purchased by visiting childrensmuseumatlanta.org. Admission is $12.95 plus tax per person for non-members and free for members. Advance ticket purchase or reservation is required. Please check the Museum’s website for face mask requirements and other COVID-19 procedures.
The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! A Mo Willems Exhibit
Through Sunday, May 9
Visitors are welcome to the enchanting world of beloved children’s book author Mo Willems and his adored characters including best friend duo Elephant Gerald and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny and the wily city bird, The Pigeon, best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! On Stage, kids can enjoy some of Willems’ exciting Elephant & Piggie books. The learning continues at the Science Bar and Creativity Café, where kids will dive into animal science and create Mo Willems-related arts and crafts.
Safety measures for guests and Miners are in place. The Miners will have masks, face shields and clear dividers, where applicable. Tour sizes will be limited and spread out to the best of their ability.
Guests will be spread out in our gold panning and gem mining areas with ample room between visitors.
The shop and ticket lines have one way aisles and we have floor markings to encourage distance while in the ticket lines.
Feel free to wear a mask while visiting with us! Limited supply of masks are available for sale in our shop, however, we encourage you to bring your own if you want. We encourage you to stay away if you are sick or have been around someone that is sick.
Travel 200 feet underground and hear tales of miner’s struggles to uncover gold deep within large quartz veins. Your tour guide welcomes interaction from the group as you experience life as a miner at the turn-of-the-century. They also offer gemstone mining – find colorful gems in every bucket!
Fernbank is opening a new outdoor special exhibit this Saturday, April 17. ‘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 from Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, August 29, 2021.
Join Fernbank on a spring break 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.
Follow Otto as she learns what it means to be a sea lion and witness the trials and tribulations of growing up in this harsh domain. Things are not all bad though out on the Australian Bight as Otto makes life-long friends, creates an unbreakable bond with her mother and grows up before our very eyes, starting a family of her own along the way.
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.
“Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” exhibit:
- More than 200 authentic artifacts, including spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life, are featured. Examples include an inkpot made out of a seashell with remnants of the dried pigment colors hundreds of years after active use, as well as numerous vessels, figurines, and more.
- Hands-on activities dig into Maya life during the Classic period. Visitors will have a chance to build corbeled arches, explore tombs, investigate the Maya understanding of math and astronomy, and more.
- Visitors can explore Maya architecture—from awe-inspiring temples to the simple homes of common people—including a recreated portion of a famous frieze (a richly ornamented exterior wall portion) from the El Castillo pyramid in Xunantunich, a Maya civic ceremonial center. Guests will marvel at its size and detail, and then watch as modern technology is used to make the ancient frieze’s vivid colors emerge once again to their original vibrancy.
- Guests can also view a replica of a large-scale carved monument, or stelae, that was erected in the great plaza of a Maya city. Their inscriptions have given scholars valuable insight into ancient Maya history – from royal succession to political conflicts and great battles.
- The exhibit also features a re-creation of the elaborate royal tomb of the Great Scrolled Skull in Santa Rita Corozal, a Maya site in Belize. Visitors will see the full tomb assemblage, which features jade, jewels, pottery and more, and explore the fascinating story that the artifacts reveal about the politics and economics of this Maya city
- Maya also examines the concepts of ritual and human sacrifice that allowed the Maya to transcend the earthly world and speak with the gods of the underworld. Visitors will see the concepts of death and rebirth – concepts that were essential to the Maya – portrayed throughout the exhibition.
“Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” is included with general admission and is free for Fernbank members and will be on view daily through Sunday, May 9, 2021, from 10am to 5pm, along with evening hours during select events.
Microsculpture: The insect portraits of Levon Biss, magnifies these tiny creatures into large-format, high-resolution portraits in the context of Fernbank Museum’s immersive woodlands to highlight the beauty of some Earth’s most misunderstood critters. These larger-than-life photographs will be placed in the Fernbank’s Nature Gallery in WildWoods. Guests will take in these striking photos in this secluded, yet experiential and museum-curated forest environment, filled with its own variety of insect species and located just minutes from the heart of downtown Atlanta.
The exhibit is included with general admission and is free for Fernbank members. Timed, online tickets are required in advance at FernbankMuseum.org at $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $18 for children*. To purchase tickets or view pre-visit information, frequently asked questions, safety protocols and more, please visit FernbankMuseum.org. *Tickets not purchased online start at $19.95 and may not be available due to safety precautions that limit capacity.
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.
Through April 18: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta invites LEGO® lovers to embrace their inner pop divas and rockstars at the limited-time LEGO® Trolls World Tour. The Buckhead kid attraction is celebrating the beloved movie created by Universal and DreamWorks Animation, Trolls World Tour. Families can join Poppy and Branch for a glittery, rainbow-infused party that explores six different genres of music. The LEGO® Trolls World Tour event features the following Troll-tastic activities – all included with admission:
- Build a bricktastic instrument: Kids can assemble a mini LEGO® guitar and take it home to add to their build collection. Discover insider tips and super tricks from our Master Model Builder.
- Fly a rockstar ride: Children and adults alike can use their creativity to build a LEGO® creation that flies at the zipline station – choose from a party bus, hot air balloon or plane.
- Race the Rock ‘n Troll tour bus: Visitors can create an ultra-fast LEGO® tour bus at the build and test zone. Racers can gather their tribe and zoom to the concert for the quickest time!
- Create a hair-raising music video: Popstars will steal the show in their own stop-motion video! Guests are invited to create a chart-topping video with their LEGO® creations at the stop motion table.
- Troll Stomp: Little movers and shakers are encouraged to join in on the ultimate Troll stomp and can get ready to dance to their favorite Trolls’ hits under the disco ball.
- Trolls Scavenger Hunt: Friends will help Poppy round up the rest of the Trolls hidden in MINILAND – the miniature Atlanta replica made of LEGO® bricks.
ORE! The most famous golf tournament in the world is in Georgia this week (April 5-9), and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta hit a hole in one by creating its own mini golf hole made out of 1,000 LEGO® Bricks!
It took one day for Philip Simmons, Master Model Builder, to create this intricate scene which is now in the attraction’s MINILAND® Atlanta. Families can come close to this this beautiful LEGO® build from now until the end of April, and take home some LEGO® golf building inspiration.
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.
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