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 butterflies, plays, festivals and more. Grab the sunscreen, snacks and water…and don’t forget to celebrate Dad at the end of the month, either.
All of June (and beyond): Charlotte’s Web at Serenbe Playhouse
On Serenbe’s vibrant farm, bustling with life, growth and enduring love, what more natural tale to tell than that of Charlotte’s Web adapted from E.B. White’s classic children’s book. Wilbur, a charismatic young pig wants desperately to avoid the fate of bacon and ham, and his friend Charlotte, the literate spider, has a plan. Endearing characters tell truths of life, death and harsh realities, as the unlikely duo ultimately proves that love conquers all when you surrender to your fate and bolster the courage to find your place in the world. This well-known tale will come to life like you’ve never seen before, surrounded by live animals and vibrant farmland in one of Serenbe’s most charming features — the animal village. Your heart will be warmed as you watch Charlotte’s Web alongside piglets, ducks, cows, horses, and surely a friendly spider or two. Appropriate for all ages, show lasts 1 hour with no intermission, runs through July 31.
All of June (and beyond): Pancakes, Pancakes! at the Alliance Theatre
A world premiere play with original music, Pancakes, Pancakes! is a delightful tale for all ages inspired by the beautiful and iconic book by Eric Carle. Featuring original songs and a stunning design, Pancakes, Pancakes! explores the process of cooking and celebrates the joy in the labor and in the final feast. Adapted from Eric Carle’s beloved book of the same name, this new play is written by Alliance favorite Kenneth Lin. This play is presented in conjunction with the High Museum of Art exhibition I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle. Runs through July 10.
All of June (and beyond): Mandarin Oriental Family Adventure Package
Looking for a summer vacation idea? The award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta in Buckhead invites families to experience the “Big Peach” with the new Family Adventure package, ideal for discovering all the fantastic, family-friendly activities Atlanta has to offer. The exclusive package provides families with plenty of space to relax and unwind in a Two-Bedroom Family Room with over 1,100 square feet of luxurious accommodation. The Family Adventure package starts at USD 1,100 plus taxes and gratuities and includes a one-night stay, “Big Peach” welcome amenities for the kids, tickets to Legoland and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and an Atlanta-Opoloy Board Game. Here’s why we LOVE the Mandarin Oriental as a family getaway.
All of June (and beyond): Georgia Renaissance Festival
The 2016 Georgia Renaissance Festival runs for 8 consecutive weekends through June 5th, including Memorial Day Monday. Voted a Top 20 Southeast Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, a day spent inside the castle walls of this 32-acre 16th Century Kingdom will delight, amuse and amaze the entire family. Festival guests will be greeted by Queen Anne Boleyn and her Court, merry minstrels, fair maidens, gallant Knights in shining armor and a full-day of entertainment on 10 stages, food fit for kings, and a marketplace of over 150 master artisans displaying their time-honored artistry as they craft their one-of-a-kind treasures. Here’s why we LOVE the Renaissance Festival as a family event.
All of June (and beyond): Chihuly in the Garden
The Chihuly in the Garden exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Garden opened April 30 and runs through October 30. After its stunning 2004 debut, the Chihuly in the Garden revival coincides with the Garden’s 40th anniversary. Out of the 21 installations comprised of glass, polyvetro and resin, two are being created completely unique to the Atlanta exhibit. The exhibit can be experienced during the daytime, as well as at night when the installations are illuminated in neon for Chihuly at Nights.
All of June (and beyond): Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon
In June 2016, the High Museum of Art will unveil Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon, the third in a series of large-scale interactive installations on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Hayon (Spanish, born 1974) has created a site-specific work that features four wooden sculptures in the familiar shapes of animals or objects, such as a pig or a bell, that inspire playfulness and joy. Each whimsical structure features a colorful pattern, ranging from polka dots to stripes, and sets of stairs and slides with openings specifically sized for children that encourage guests to interact with the sculptures. Tiovivo continues an innovative multiyear initiative to animate the piazza by engaging visitors in art. The installation will transform the space into an outdoor art gallery, playground and summer refuge, creating an atmosphere for socializing and recreation
All of June: Cool Summer Getaway at High Hampton Inn
It’s hotter in the summer. That’s a fact. But not at High Hampton Inn. With an elevation of 3,600-feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina, the average temperature is 15 degrees cooler than most southeastern destinations. Need more refreshment? Make a splash in the crisp mountain lakes and rivers with fun aquatic activities such as swimming, sailing, canoeing, rowing and pedal boating. During your stay, say hello to the start of a new season with the Summer Solstice House Party on June 20. While the getaway might be cool in every way, the rates are HOT, with 30% savings starting at $185 for a single room and $205 for a double room with a two-night minimum (meals included). Offer available Sunday-Thursday and ends June 30.
An exciting science exploration of electricity and heat, kids (and adults) of all ages are invited into the Big Thinkers Science Exploration lab, where education and fun is combined to help answer burning scientific questions! From manipulating a 50,000 volt Tesla coil to inviting audience members to participate in hands-on demonstrations like the hair-raising electrostatic generator, an indoor lightning strike and levitation machine using static electricity, It’s Electric will be full of shocking entertainment! Come to the Aurora Theatre for this show at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7.
June 4: Strong4Life Superhero Sprint 5K
Join us for a family-friendly 5K and 1 mile fun run event at Piedmont Park benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life movement, dedicated to reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity and its associated diseases in Georgia. Through this 5K you can help raise the funds needed for Strong4Life to reach even more families through school and provider training programs, community partnerships and policy change efforts. Create your own fundraising page and help make a difference. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite superhero and participate in our costume contest!
The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! Join us for this very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Event includes live butterfly releases, a plant sale, a garden tour, a butterfly costume parade and more. A great event to kick off summer and create amazing memories. Admission is $12 for general public, $8 for CNC Members and FREE for children ages 2 and under.
June 4-5: 100th Anniversary Flower Show
In celebration of its centennial, Hills & Dales Estate will be festooned with flowers in every room arranged by floral artists representing local garden clubs. On Saturday and Sunday, the home and gardens will be open FREE for residents of Troup County. Here’s why we LOVE to visit LaGrange, GA for a day of family fun.
June 6 – July 31: Butterfly Encounters at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
The year’s most popular encounter is back for this summer! This special outdoor encounter is open daily until 4:30 pm from June 6 – July 31! Visitors can meet hundreds of native Georgia butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar flowers. Bring your camera to take pictures of butterflies who are excited to say hello at this year’s Butterfly Encounter. Special visiting opportunities include CNC Members Only hours, Breakfast with Butterflies, and special evening hours at Sunset Sips!
June 9 – 29: Foxfire Night Hike at Anna Ruby Falls
Is it magic? Fairies? An unexplainable scientific phenomena? Join us at Anna Ruby Falls in June to view the bioluminescence we call “foxfire.” We’ll walk up to the waterfall for nighttime viewing, then back down the trail to view the magical foxfire. Bring a flashlight and comfortable shoes (no flip flops), as this hike is approximately one mile round trip. Cost is $4 per person, $2 for children under four, and no infants permitted. Hikes will also take place on June 16, 23 and 29.
June 9 – July 17: The Little Pirate Mermaid at the Center for Puppetry Arts
The Little Pirate Mermaid is a fun musical twist take on a well-known tale. See what happens when the Mermaid Princess turned helpful pirate teams up with her buccaneer beau on the high seas!
Hollywood comes to Central Park for the 2016 Movies in Central Park season! Bring your own blanket or chair, picnic meal (or grab to-go dinner at your favorite Atlantic Station spot), and prepare for the ultimate Atlanta Movie Night. Movies in Central Park is a FREE event each Thursday night in Central Park, from May 19, 2016 to July 21, 2016. The movie begins at sundown (usually around 9:00PM), but get here early to get a great seat!
Want to make your own lantern for the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade on June 18 (see below)? Chantelle Rytter, producer of the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, and creator of the successful Beltline, Grant Park and Decatur Lantern Parades, will hold lantern workshops at North Springs United Methodist Church. The cost of the workshop will cover all materials, instructions and tools for attendees to walk away with illuminated turtles and lilies, bamboo fish lanterns, lantern hats, illuminated parasols, and paper decorated globe lanterns. In addition to the June 9 workshop, there are workshops for making globe lanterns and illuminated parasols, both on June 11.
June 11: Football Blues
Beat the Georgia heat and cool off during the Hall’s “Football Blues” event. Sing, dance and eat “cookout” style food at our fun, family-friendly tailgate with a summertime theme. Arrive in your official tailgate gear and get your grub on!
June 11-July 31: Summer at the Rock
Experience Stone Mountain Park daily during Summer at the Rock. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you watch Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team, an America’s Got Talent Semi – Finalist. Board the Scenic Railroad and take a trip around the base of the Mountain. Be part of the action in NEW Splash’s Super Soakin’ Parade. Challenge yourself on SkyHike®, the nation’s largest family adventure course, or cool off and play in the spray on Geyser Towers®…the adventures are endless! Be sure to stay into the evening for the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, showing nightly during Summer at the Rock, and now with breathtaking fire effects! State-of-the-art graphics and awe-inspiring effects create multi-dimensional magic on one of the world’s largest outdoor screens – Stone Mountain.
June 11-12: Atlanta Food Truck and Music Festival
The Atlanta Street Food & Music Festival (ASFMF) is an annual event that showcases over 60 Atlanta area food and brings awareness to this growing community that provides inventive, quality food in a unique way. Attendees will also enjoy a day full of high-quality, main-stage entertainment while giving back to Atlanta’s beloved charity, the Giving Kitchen.
June 12: Atlanta Streets Alive
On Sunday, June 12th, Atlanta Streets Alive takes over Peachtree Street from Edgewood to 17th Street! The event kicks off at 4:00 p.m. with a bicycle parade, and it continues until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy biking, skating, walking and rolling down the streets and take part in this fun, FREE family-friendly event!
The FREE Family Festival at the Woodruff Arts Center brings together the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum, and the Alliance Theatre for music, art, acting, and more, for children and their parents!
What do you get when you combine music, mayhem, friendly sock puppets, crazy costumes, a magic “plot easel” named Pleasel and a special show robot named Sho-bot? Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s wacky and whimsical take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, of course! Designed specifically for children ages 5 and up, the production strips away any unapproachable content, leaving kids laughing and intrigued by the timeless comedy. Come to the Aurora Theatre for this show at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7.
June 17-19: Father’s Day Weekend at the Georgia Aquarium
During Father’s Day weekend, June 17-19, Georgia Aquarium will host a weekend car show, Oceans and Autos, in Oceans Ballroom. Explore an impressive array of cars and motorcycles from years past to present including cars from the World War II era and the 1909 Harvester. Entrance to Oceans and Autos is a separate ticket from general Aquarium admission. Guests purchasing general admission to the Aquarium can add on an Oceans and Autos ticket for just $10. Tickets for guests to experience Oceans and Autos only are $20. Children 12 and under attending Oceans and Autos receive free admission. On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, fathers will receive half-off general Aquarium admission with one full paying adult. All admissions, other than dad, can be purchased in advance online. The half-price ticket for dad must be purchased at the ticketing window on arrival.
June 18: Sandy Springs Lantern Parade
Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism is proud to present the inaugural Sandy Springs Lantern Parade on June 18 at Morgan Falls Park. Chantelle Rytter, creator of the very successful Beltline, Grant Park and Decatur Lantern Parades, will produce our unique “Take It To The River” lantern parade. Whether participant or spectator, it is a night you won’t soon forget! Every moment will be a photo op! And it’s free! The parade will begin at North Springs United Methodist Church at 9 p.m. and will wind down to Morgan Falls Park where the Morgan Falls dam is located. After the parade, our shuttle sponsor, Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. will drive you back to the starting point.
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee will host its annual “Live at the Lake” concert series on select weekends from May through September. A collection of regional musical talent will headline the summer series with a variety of live shows in the resort’s backyard overlooking beautiful Lake Oconee. As a new and exciting addition this year, all concerts will be followed by a beautiful fireworks display. On June 19, Sixty Four, one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed Beatles cover bands, will perform. Here’s why we LOVE Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee as a family destination.
June 19: Family Food Fest Atlanta
Family Food Fest Atlanta, a Multicultural Father’s Day Food Tasting Celebration made its debut in 2015 at the Georgia Aquarium. This year it will be held at the Georgia Freight Depot. The producers of Family Food Fest have been doing a successful Father’s Day food tasting event in Atlanta for 14 years. We’ve added a BBQ cook off and it will surely be loads of fun!
Have Dad show off his leg on Father’s Day! Dads can enjoy their special day at the Hall for FREE with the purchase of a regular price ticket along with a special Hall of Fame gift on June 19th.
June 22: The Circus King by the Story Ship
Delightfully funny and interactive, kids of all ages will enjoy this tale of a young boy who was found by a baboon and raised among a circus of misfits. As he struggles with personal challenges and finding his true destiny, audience members and the cast of characters band together to help him! Featuring hilarious puppets, beautiful animation, spellbinding magic and fun music, The Circus King is not-to-be-missed! Come to the Aurora Theatre for this show at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7.
June 25: Slide the City Atlanta
Summer time is upon us, and we are bringing a record-breaking water slide to brighten your city streets. Come dressed to impress because it’s not every day you can strut through town with your hot bod, cool dance moves and slick slides. Did we mention it’s the world record ? Yeah, it’s that long. Oh, and in case you were wondering, our slide was made right here in the good ole US of A and travels with us throughout the country. We like to think of ourselves as carney workers, without the mullets and the missing teeth. Slide the City is a family friendly slip-and-slide water party event. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt. Don’t worry, we’ve got it padded.This slide’s got more cushion than your grandpa’s orthopedic sneakers. Late registration tickets still available.
June 25-26: Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival
The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival at the Historic Fourth Ward Park is a two-day celebration of community and tradition presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages, races, customs and interests. The Festival is a major celebration of the arts while honoring the rich history of our community. At this festival, there is something for everyone: fine arts and crafts, a children’s play area, local food and beverage concessions, live acoustic entertainment on the lawn. All this within the environment of Atlanta’s most lovely park, part of the celebration on the Beltline redevelopment.