Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: February 2017

It’s a good month to spend time with the people you love, whether it’s in a family-friendly class about healthy mac and cheese (yes, such a thing exists!) or reliving your favorite fairy tale at the ballet. Build a birdhouse, learn about weather, take a spin class for a cause – we’re loving this February event lineup.

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Through February 12: I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle

Eric Carle (American, born 1929) is one of the most acclaimed and beloved illustrators of our time. I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle explores the artist’s varied subjects, personal interests, materials, and artistic techniques through more than 80 original artworks spanning his career.

February 2-4: KARMA Pop-Up at Perimeter Pointe Plaza

The two gals behind KARMA carefully curated a selection of uniquely awesome home luxuries. From furniture to décor items to unique gifts and so much more, they invite you stop in, grab a nosh and check out what they have in store for you (get it…in store?). A portion of Karma’s profits will be donated to breast cancer research. Catch them at their latest pop-up at Perimeter Pointe Plaza next to Babies R Us.

February 3-26: The One and Only Ivan

Synchronicity brings a local legend to life with The One and Only Ivan.  For 27 years, Ivan the gorilla has lived in a cage at the Big Top Mall, content to paint pictures and people-watch. Then Ivan meets Ruby, a captured baby elephant who’s been separated from her family. Determined to protect his new friend, Ivan must use his creativity to find a new home and become the mighty silverback he was always meant to be. An enthralling adaptation, with movement and puppetry, of Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Award-winning novel, based on the true story of Ivan, who found a home at Zoo Atlanta from 1994 to 2012. Each Friday is PJs & Play!  Kids can wear pajamas and enjoy milk and cookies while watching the show!

February 4: Wild Weather Day

Celebrate the opening of the new special exhibition, Wild Weather, and Fernbank’s first-ever 3D film, Extreme Weather 3D. Explore weather phenomena such as winter storms, thunderstorms, heat waves and more through activities, demonstrations and crafts from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

February 4: Ride for Children’s Wishes

Ready to get fit for a great cause? Grab your work out gear and get ready to learn firsthand how your support can impact a child in need – all while getting a great workout! Join us at CycleBar Dunwoody on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 2 p.m. to rock your 50-minute bike ride and help fulfill upcoming wishes. As you burn off holiday calories to ‘live’ music, your participation will raise funds to grant over 100 heartfelt wishes.

February 4: Big Thinkers Science Exploration: Air Up There!

The Big Thinkers are exploring the properties of air and pressure, and kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun! With floating beach balls and children (via the Big Thinkers hovercraft!), a smoke ring cannon aimed at the audience and the screaming rocket balloons launching into the crowd, this show is sure to be a blast. Tickets are $7.

February 5: Super Museum Sunday

Georgians and visitors alike experience our state’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and throughout Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard. Over seventy cultural institutions participate in this popular annual family event. FREE and open to the public.

February 6: Toddler Time: Coral Celebration

Take a ‘dip’ into Georgia Aquarium with your toddler, without the time or cost commitment of our General Admission ticket. Bring your little one on a fun and educational adventure in Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom with views of beluga whales or whale sharks and manta rays. During each 1.5 hour experience, children will meet and learn about an approachable animal during a special introduction to marine life, enjoy a costumed character appearance, story time, craft activities and a small snack. Each month will feature a different animal encounter and theme.

February 9-12: Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3,  Jekyll Island’s most ‘spirited’ celebration, is the perfect winter escape.  Scheduled for February 9 – 12, the four-day culinary adventure brings together a magnificent beachfront setting, the finest wines and spirits and a broad range of culinary tastings on Georgia’s historic Jekyll Island. Advance discount ticket savings are available through January 31, with limited tickets available to some of the events. Please visit www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com for details, featuring some great W3 Weekend Getaway Packages.

February 11-12: Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble’s Snow White

Treat your family to a charming one-hour ballet version of Snow White. Cheer on our young heroine and her prince as they foil the plots of the evil queen! Designed for younger audiences, ages 12 and under, the family ballet is the perfect way to introduce children to the joys of dance and a great afternoon activity.

February 12: Camp Barney Medintz Summer Camp Info Session

The entire family is invited to hear, see, and taste what Camp Barney is all about! Meet the directors, enjoy a musical media presentation, and learn all that Camp Barney has to offer. At the MJCCA Zaban Park location from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

February 12: Family Free Day at MODA

The second Sunday of every month is Family Free Day at MODA! Join us Sunday, February 12 for Sprouting Valentines. Tired of handing out the same Valentine’s Day gifts year after year? Sow the seeds of friendship in more ways than one this Family Free Day with an innovative valentine that’s not only fun to give, but gives back to the planet! With the help of MODA educators and volunteers, design your very own plantable seed paper valentines. FREE to attend, but register in advance.

February 14: Rock Dog Tour at Georgia Aquarium

Craft a musical instrument, belt out karaoke songs, and take a quick lesson from a professional musician! Join Georgia Aquarium and the Rock Dog Tour for a special Valentine’s Day jam session in the Aquarium atrium.  In conjunction with the upcoming film Rock Dog, aquarium guests will get to rock ‘n’ roll under the sea. This event is FREE with general admission to Georgia Aquarium and is sure to be a show-stopper!

February 14: Rock the Presidents

From the group that brought Schoolhouse Rock Live! to ArtsBridge in 2015, Childsplay hits the road with a journey through the history of US Presidents told through original rock, pop, and folk music. This high octane, multi-media-filled musical revue looks at the lives of the 44 people who have held the highest elected office in America. By revealing the humanity behind these larger than life individuals, Rock the Presidents creates a curiosity about our executive leaders and empowers young people with the belief that they too can get involved in civic life.

February 14: Gourmet Mac and Cheese for the Family Class

Do your children love mac and cheese? Are you sick of serving them the blue box from the grocery store? Parents and children join us to learn how to make your own macaroni and cheese at home adding in a variety of cheeses as well as veggies and other toppings the whole family will love. Advanced registration required. Fee: Member $40 (for a family of up to 4); Community $65 (for a family of up to 4)

February 15: Young Historians at Oakland Cemetery

Experience a different side of Oakland Cemetery with Young Historians, Historic Oakland Foundation’s educational program for home school students and their families. Explore Oakland Cemetery’s African American Grounds and hear the stories of people who helped shape the history of Atlanta. Discover secret symbols and solve the mystery behind grave marker meanings during a cultural treasure hunt in the African American Grounds! (Grades 6-8)

February 19: Kindness and Unity Activities at Little Shop of Stories

Join us for games and activities which explore issues of race at interactive workshops! Children ages 5-8 will meet at 1:00 p.m., and children ages 9-12 will meet at 2:00 p.m. Advanced registration required. All are welcome to Kindness Project Storytime at 3:00 p.m., when picture books that celebrate and embrace racial diversity and equality will be read.

February 25: Fairy Tale Day at the Children’s Museum

On National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, your little ones can relive their favorite stories through an Atlanta Ballet performance of Snow White excerpts, a Cinderella meet and greet, fairy house and castle crafts and build-it studios and more.

February 25: Coral Carnival

Georgia Aquarium invites you to join our Coral Carnival and celebrate one of the most beautiful animals living under our seas – coral! Join the fun February 25, 2017 from 11am-2pm and experience Caribbean culture through our Carnival-inspired interactive and educational coral activities. Show your appreciation for the foundation of many marine ecosystems and learn how you can help protect our ocean reefs!

February 25: Birdhouse Building Workshop at Woodlands Garden

Want to liven up your yard this spring? Ralph Smith, master birder volunteer from the Atlanta Audubon Society, will be holding another birdhouse construction workshop at Woodlands Garden on Saturday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. You can build either a bluebird or a nuthatch birdhouse. This is a family activity for all ages. Children will need a parent helper. The fee is $20 per birdhouse and all supplies and tools will be provided, though we could use a few extra hammers. Builders will be limited to 15. Please register in advance with Kate Baltzell, Woodlands Garden director. Get your birdhouse up by late February in time for spring nesting!

February 25-26: Brick Fest Live LEGO Experience

LEGO® lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities built to inspire, educate, and entertain. Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own. The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

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