School’s out for summer, and that means Atlanta kicks its kid-friendly programming into high gear. They won’t be bored at home with this lineup of fun, including castles, classical music, and beloved story characters come to life. Grab the sunscreen, snacks and water and make the most of the season.
Featured Event: Va-Hi Summerfest
The 35th annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest celebrates the season of fun in one of the city’s most charming historic neighborhoods June 9-10, 2018. Presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, Summerfest brings together a juried Artist Market featuring more than 250 artists, the popular Local Market, fantastic live music on multiple stages, children’s activities, a 5K and tasty offerings to eat and drink.
On the Second Sunday of each month, the High Museum hosts a day of family fun that includes FREE admission for every member of your family. In addition to taking in all the amazing exhibits within the museum, there are many special activities created for children and families.
Get ready to sail to the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning and go on a magical musical adventure with the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan!
Serenbe Playhouse is once again raising the bar with a world premiere musical for the entire family! After defeating Captain Hook and taking over his ship, join Peter deep in the forests of Neverland where he lives it up with his band of Lost Boys. However, it seems like the party might be coming to an end as the Lost Boys yearn for home.
And with the return of Peter’s nemesis, Hook, seeking revenge, Peter is faced with his greatest battle yet. Sit along the banks of the creek and fly… to Neverland!
From the classic, endearing stories of A. A. Milne comes a charming and joyful journey through the Hundred Acre Wood. Join the beloved Pooh Bear and friends Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and even Owl as one adventure turns into another. And another. And another! Through all the surprises, hilarity, and challenges, they discover that friendship is the greatest gift and simplicity a virtue beyond measure. Featuring a series of delightful songs, this play promises to remind you that “a little thought for others makes all the difference.” For tickets, call 404-733-5000 or visit here.
Inspired by the hit film, this show takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. Music/ lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Emerging Artists Playhouse is proud to present Bring it On, the musical. June 21st and 22nd at 7:30pm.
With a cast of lovable characters and fun-filled songs, join Junie B. and friends on her first day of first grade! The Emerging Artists Playhouse proudly presents Junie B. Jones, JR at 7pm on June 28th and 29th, at the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center in Powder Springs.
June is Family Fun Month at Beech Mountain NC with 30 days of family activities like guided tours of the Land of Oz, canoe and paddleboat rentals, movies, plus discount lodging specials like buy two nights, get a third night free.
The town of Beech Mountain is a fun getaway at 5,506 feet above sea level in the Blue Ridge Mountains where you are free to unplug, unwind, reconnect.
The blockbuster is back. Imaginary Worlds returns with all new giant living plant sculptures sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden, both at the Midtown and Gainesville locations. These living sculptures – ranging up to 26 feet tall and 21 feet wide – include an enchanting Mermaid, a beautiful Peacock, a trio of gigantic Camels, and much more. Throughout the exhibition, guests can enjoy the sculptures in a whole new light at night – illuminated on Thursday evenings during Cocktails in the Garden.
Join the Monastery of the Holy Spirit’s naturalist and land manager Fr. Francis Michael on a walk through the woods as you discover the natural treasures of the Monastery’s landscapes. RSVP required. When: May 12, June 23 and June 30 from 9am-12pm.
Vickery Village Farmers Market
As Atlanta brings the heat this summer, World of Coca-Cola brings the cool with refreshing moments of fun. From a new exhibit about Sprite Boy – the elfin ambassador of Coca-Cola from the 1940s – to a global tasting experience, the attraction features summertime entertainment for families and friends of all ages.
Get ready to sail to the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning and go on a magical adventure with the boy who refuses to grow up, Peter Pan! After defeating Captain Hook and taking over his ship, we join Peter deep in the forests of Neverland where he lives it up with his band of Lost Boys. However, it seems like the party might be coming to an end as the Lost Boys yearn for home. And with the return of Peter’s nemesis, Hook, seeking revenge, Peter is faced with his greatest battle yet. Sit along the banks of the creek and fly with us to Neverland!
The Candler Park Music + Food Festival has evolved into a nationally recognized event boasting progressive music lineups that draw thousands of attendees from near and far. Celebrating 10 years in Candler Park, this highly-anticipated festival returns on Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2, 2018, with incredible artists including Gov’t Mule, Lettuce, Houndmouth, Keller Williams’ PettyGrass featuring The HillBenders, Twiddle, SUSTO, Larkin Poe, Busty & The Bass, and Webster. Additional activities include a food village filled with local restaurant vendors and food trucks, an artist market, adult field games, a craft cocktail bar, and the exclusive Terrapin Brew Lounge complete with an expanded selection of rare Terrapin craft brews. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.candlerparkmusicfestival.com.
Test your tree knowledge during a tree-themed scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! The Oakland Cemetery Tree Hunt will take place Friday, June 1 through Monday, June 4. No reservations are required to participate. Simply purchase your $20 Tree Hunt packet (1 per team) at the Visitors Center and Museum Shop (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends) and follow the cryptic cemetery clues to solve riddles for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Come join us at PWAT Dunwoody as we paint Drip and Splatter Castle! Children of all ages are welcome!
The Turtle Trot will take place in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is perfect for beginners and seasoned runners alike. Registration includes a sweat-wicking, soft to the touch t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, runner’s hospitality and a sponsor fair at the end of the race. The top male and female finishers from each age group will win one ticket to Georgia Aquarium. The top male and female finishers in the Masters age group (40+) will win an up-close animal encounter for two. The top overall male and female finishers will each win an up-close animal encounter for two and a Big Peach Running gift certificate! The event will begin and end at Pemberton Place, giving participants easy access to Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park and more.
The stories of Winnie-the-Pooh—a much-loved bear with a weakness for honey—have delighted both children and adults for more than ninety years. Generations of readers have been captivated by the adventures of Christopher Robin and his bear, and today Pooh remains one of the most popular children’s characters of all time. This exhibition, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, explores the history and legacy of Pooh through original sketches, photographs, memorabilia, and letters. The exhibition also includes interactive elements that bring Shepard’s illustrations to life.
The Amazing Castle will transport our guests to a magical place and time—inside the castle’s stone walls lays a happy and peaceful little community where every citizen has a special job to do. Children can don costumes and engage in role-playing, pick vegetables in the garden, take them to the Great Hall to cook up a royal meal or visit the tower to wake “Herald,” the sleeping dragon!
Visit the large collection of telephones in Leslie at the Rural Telephone Museum (Train ticket includes FREE admission to the museum). Then travel west to Plains for some delightful peanut treats.
Geocaching Competition at Barnsley Resort
This National Get Outdoors Day, invigorate your senses and explore the 3,000 acres of outdoor beauty at Georgia’s Barnsley Resort with a specialty outdoors Geocaching Competition. The Northwest Georgia resort is encouraging guests and locals alike to spend some time in the sunshine and get a little dirt on their boots with a geocaching competition that takes them on a journey throughout the Barnsley Barnyard, hiking trails, golf course, historic gardens, Manor House Ruins, picturesque ponds and more. On June 9, locals are invited to find and record a secret code found at each cache location, found by using GPS devices or apps available for smartphones. Each participant who completes their card will receive a token to redeem at the resort’s outdoor Beer Garden, as well as be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate for a future stay at the new 55-rom Inn. The complimentary event will take place from 11 AM to 6 PM. The winner will be announced at 6:30 pm in the Beer Garden and must be present to win. For more information, visit https://www.barnsleyresort.com/
Local families are invited to attend the grand opening celebration for Primrose School of Grant Park on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During the family-friendly grand opening celebration, children and their parents will have the opportunity to meet Primrose School of Grant Park Franchise Owner Myehla Reneau, tour the school and learn about the Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning® approach. The Grand Opening will feature family-friendly activities, including a scavenger hunt, face painting, a visit from Primrose Friend Percy® the Rooster, a balloon artist and a variety of classroom activities. Refreshments will be served, and a raffle will be held during the event for a grand prize. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. to officially mark the grand opening of the school.
Primrose Schools, with more than 375 schools across 29 states, is a family of accredited, high-quality early education and care schools for children ages 6-weeks to 6-years-old and after-school care for children up to age 12.
Primrose School of Grant Park is located at 519 Memorial Drive, Suite A14, inside the new Larkin on Memorial development. For more information, please call (404) 479-7909 or visit www.PrimroseGrantPark.com
On Sunday, June 10, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is activating 3.6 miles of Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road for Atlanta Streets Alive – Westside, connecting Atlanta’s Downtown attractions to the bustling Westside and up to Underwood Hills. From 4:00 to 8:00 pm, the street will be closed to cars and open for people to walk, roll, bike and play! The fun kicks off Downtown, at the intersection of Marietta Street and Peachtree Street where you can join in the official opening of the street followed by a parade of the route. Parade lineup is at 3:30 pm for a 4:00 pm launch. FREE bike decorations available while supplies last! After the opening program and kickoff parade Downtown, make your way through nine neighborhoods visiting Activity Partners and Route Hosts along the route for a wealth of interactive experiences hosted by community organizations, local businesses and our sponsors. You can also enter or exit the route at any cross street at any time during the four-hour activation. Atlanta Streets Alive is FREE and fun for all ages. Bring your friends and family, and share in the experience of enjoying our city streets as public space!
Have the time of your life on the Woodruff Park Main Lawn, where Dirty Dancing will be screened at sundown (for free!). Before the movie begins, enjoy dance lessons and performances by Salsa Arte, plus a salute to the music of the 80s and 90s with DJ Jaycee and DJ Jelly. On Wednesday evenings this summer, Live from Woodruff Park will alternate between free live music concerts and free “screen on the green”-style movie screenings that feature a performance component. Expect classics like Dirty Dancing and Sister Act and concerts featuring popular local talent. Live from Woodruff Park is free and open to the community, with beverages available for purchase, thanks to a partnership with neighboring restaurant 55th and Park.
Ponce City Market is the subject of a new book titled Ponce City Market: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Atlanta’s Largest Building. The book’s launch party is co-hosted by Ponce City Market and Posman Books, and will be held on the second floor of the Central Food Hall in the Gallery space featuring
Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan for a free concert under the stars in Atlanta’s beloved Piedmont Park! As a part of the ASO’s two-season-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, the program will include Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Overture to Candide. The program will also include favorites by Tchaikovsky, including Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations featuring ASO Talent Development Program alumnus Khari Joyner, cello. Admission is FREE to the general public and no tickets are required.
Cheer on Atlanta’s WNBA team as they take on the Indiana Fever at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. This game is also Kids Day! #RunWithTheDream
Grab your Dad, and make plans to come to Farmview on Saturday, June 16 for our Dad-D-Q Celebration! Join us from 11am to 1pm for BBQ , samples, live music, vendor demos, and more! And try your luck in our Man vs. Meat competition (adults) and watermelon eating contest (kids)!
Join Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop as we unplug for our monthly game night series every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Ponce City Market We’ll have a free library of games to play with or you can bring your own. The Tap on Ponce will be providing a discount for brew purchased during game night! Attendees that purchase games during the event at Rhen’s Nest will also enjoy a discount. It’s a win win! Weekly Games will be running game night with Rhen’s Nest Toy shop. Don’t know a game? We’ll have staff available to teach. Children’s boardgames will also be available for families.
Join bread-maker and farmer Lori Smith for an evening of hands-on fun. In this workshop, everyone will participate in mixing and prepping Jalapeno Cheddar or Honey Oat bread (your choice ahead of time!). You’ll learn Lori’s practically-famous, no-knead mixing process, sample the breads, and you will take home a loaf to bake that evening and another to bake the next day!
Students will leave with recipes, bread-to-bake and lots of know-how!
Some hands-on work required.
This is the perfect workshop for a fun husband/wife date night, a younger aspiring baker, a parent/young teen night out, or a girls’ night out!
All you’ll need is your apron and a sense of adventure. Bread-making awaits!
$25 online via Eventbrite, pre-registration required; $8 supply fee paid TO INSTRUCTOR the night of class– exact cash/check only, please!
PRE-REGISTRATION is required!
Class held at Farmview Market in the Patio Room** (The conference room will be occupied for another event, so this class will be held in our air-conditioned, enclosed patio!)
Register early! Classes have both minimum and maximum numbers, and classes may be cancelled or rescheduled due to low enrollment.
Class and supply fees include discussion by instructor, and the lesson about making bread, the bread-making experience, 2 loaves of bread to bake at home, no-knead bread recipe, and sample of the no-knead bread.
Suitable for ages 16 and up
Join us Saturday, June 30 from 11a-1p as we celebrate our local heroes! During our open-air farmers market enjoy music and sampling. If you are a local hero, law enforcement, firefighter, EMS, service members or veterans, LUNCH is FREE!*
*Free lunch includes BBQ sandwich, chips, slaw, and drink will be available until 3p, or while supplies last.
Join MODA for LEGOS and Joe, a day of engineering and design at The Shed on Saturday, June 30 from 10am-1pm! Take on one of MODA’s design challenges and prototype unique solutions one brick at a time. Perfect for LEGO lovers ages 4 and up, they’ll learn to think like a designer while collaborating with new friends over a bin of bricks and coffee from Dancing Goats.
Adult supervision is required for the entirety of the event, 10am-1pm. Cost is $10 for one child (ages 4 and up) and one adult. Proceeds will go towards providing campMODA scholarships to underserved kids in Atlanta. Please see here for more information.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.