Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: April 2016

In most parts of the world, “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” but here in Georgia the flowers are already blooming. See tulips en masse at Atlanta Botanical Garden, which is my favorite backdrop to photograph the boys (I’m working on my 5th year!) Don’t miss some wildly anticipated fun at Woodruff with the Eric Carle exhibit, or the debut of two adorable sea lion pups at the Georgia Aquarium. Spring has sprung, everyone, and there is soooo much to do!

atlanta events April 2016

Get ready for the opening of I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle with your family! Work with High Museum teaching artists to create vibrant painted and collaged patterns inspired by the works of Eric Carle. Drawing from Carle’s From Head to Toe, kids will raise their shoulders, touch their toes, and bend their necks in a family-friendly yoga class each day at 2 p.m. Studio Spring Break occurs daily from 1 to 4 p.m. This event is free with Museum admission.

April 2, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017: I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle

Eric Carle is widely acclaimed as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for young children, including such familiar favorites as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Grouchy Ladybug.” The High is the sole venue for this retrospective, which will feature more than 80 collages from 15 of Carle’s most popular books that span his 50-year career, including many original works rarely on view. The exhibition will explore the artist’s varied subjects, personal interests, materials and artistic techniques and take visitors on an educational journey, celebrating the unique ways Carle’s books offer opportunities for children to learn.

April 2, 9 & 23: Heggie’s Rock with Georgia Conservancy

While the preserve includes a perimeter forest of oaks, pines and hickories, it is the granite outcrop, Heggie’s Rock, which dominates. Here you can see exposed granite, lichen and moss covered rock, soil islands and beautiful vernal pools, or dish gardens, that support rare and unusual plants. All tours last about two hours. While families are welcome, the terrain and content of the tours are best suited for children in middle school or above. Heggie’s Rock is not open to the public; only through this tour. We’ll be there on the 9th! Hope to see you!

April 3: Twilight Lake Paddles at Sweetwater Creek State Park

oin us for a peaceful, ranger-led outing as we watch for wading birds and enjoy the setting sun. This program is open to adults and children 6 years or older who are accompanied by an adult. You may choose a canoe or kayak for this trip. Reservations required. Additional paddle trips available.$20 includes gear. $5 parking.

April 3, 18 & 24: Watermelon Express Train Ride

Enjoy this train ride from our Downtown Cordele Depot to historic Plains, the small Georgia town made famous by President Jimmy Carter.

April 3 & 4: Full Moon Kayak Tours at Hard Labor State Park

Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of Hard Labor Creek State Park. Register in advance. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. Additional paddle trips available. $15 plus $5 parking.

April 7 – May 22: Beauty and the Beast at CPA

A fairytale re-imagined for contemporary times, Center for Puppetry Arts invites audiences to experience the delightful adaptation of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast, playing April 7-May 22! In an urban world where trash is turned to treasure and true love prevails by way of a magical rose, this fun and funky fable returns to the puppet stage with toe-tapping music, laughter and a poignant message for all!

April 8: Family Friday at Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival hosts Family Friday, welcoming families with special discounts and programming. Opening night of the 80th annual festival also includes a special performance by Jimmy Buffet cover band AIA on the Coca-Cola Main Stage… Parrot Heads of all ages are welcome, and guests are encouraged to wear their most colorful island-wear. To celebrate the special anniversary, there will be a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. by the stage!

April 9: Wild Azalea Festival at Reynolds Nature Preserve

Reynolds Nature Preserve is hosting their annual Wild Azalea Festival on April 9 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is a free, family-friendly event. There are guided hikes, live animal shows, native plant sales, hands-on workshops, and face painting. Parking is limited at Reynolds Nature Preserve, so there is parking available at Babb Middle School and a shuttle will be there for transport.

April 9: Sheep to Shawl at Atlanta History Center

Sheep to Shawl is an annual family program exploring the process of cloth making though demonstrations and activities ranging from sheep shearing and dyeing to spinning and weaving. Gather the entire family for a full day of fun that also includes open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, and more at the 1860s Smith Family Farm.

A special added attraction this year is the new Swan House exhibition, Fashion in Good Taste: Women in Atlanta from 1920-1969. Swan House’s Boxwood Porch will be transformed into a fashion time warp where kids can don clothing of different eras, learn iconic dances, and enjoy free play.

Admission is free to members; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. Purchase advance admission tickets online to save.

April 16 – 24: Buckhead Restaurant Week

Throughout Buckhead Restaurant Week, the area’s most acclaimed chefs create signature menus, encouraging diners to experience new establishments and to return to beloved icons. Diners can indulge in brunch, lunch and dinner cuisine from $15, $25 and/or $35 prix-fixe menus, and restaurants may offer more than one prix-fixe menu during any brunch, lunch or dinner seating. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity.

April 15-17: MotoAmerica at Road Atlanta

MotoAmerica takes shape as the new premiere professional motorcycle racing series in North America and will be hitting Road Atlanta on April 15th, 16th and 17th. Spectators can enjoy two-wheeled racing as competitors from across the globe showcase their talent through Road Atlanta’s twisty turns and steep elevation. The series will be sanctioned by the AMA and FIM North America and will add a new chapter to Road Atlanta’s rich motorcycle racing history. Kids under 12 are FREE. Here’s why we LOVE Road Atlanta as a family event.

April 16: Puppet Brunch at Venkman’s

In it’s third month, the Puppet Show brunch for families at Venkman’s always sells out FAST. It’s a brilliant way to bring the kids for a delicious Saturday brunch while the kids enjoy a puppet show. Don’t miss the bottomless mimosa’s and the heavenly blueberry ricotta donuts. Get tickets / reservations now to the next edition: Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff. Stay past noon for a bit of Jazz, too.

April 18: Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb at Panola Mountain

Join us “on rope” for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. More dates available. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking.

April 21-24: The Mitty at Road Atlanta

Hundreds of legendary race cars from around the world will be making their way to the beautiful Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Ga. The main attraction—breathtaking vintage racing—will be sanctioned by HSR. We took the kids last year and had a GREAT time! Kids under 12 are FREE. Here’s why we LOVE Road Atlanta as a family event.

April 23: North Georgia Live Steamers

The Conyers & Hightower Trail Railroad will have a lot of exciting new railroad equipment traveling on the rails this year which promises to be another great season.  They are also excited about celebrating their 38th year as a club and 3rd year at the current home at theGeorgia International Horse Park Steeplechase grounds in Conyers, Georgia. Additional dates include May 14, Jun 18, Aug 27 and Oct 15.

 

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