15 Fantastic Atlanta Events You Should Not Miss In January

No time like the New Year to try something new, whether it’s a skill-building class or an educational performance. It’s also totally ok to watch a well-loved movie for the umpteenth time, too (a Frozen sing-a-long? We still haven’t let it go…). Learn about a civil rights leader, try a pasta-making class, take a swim, and get excited for all that 2017 holds.


All of January: Children’s Museum Programming

It’s out with the old and in with new, as Children’s Museum of Atlanta celebrates the New Year with fun-filled January programming for the entire family! Whether dancing to the melodies of Alma Mexicana’s Three Kings Day performance, creating a fiery dragon in the art lab to honor the Chinese New Year or celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a packed day of festivities, kids can welcome 2017 through the power of PLAY! Don’t forget about the Magic Tree House exhibit, and be sure to check out the Chinese Lantern Festival across the street before celebrating the Chinese New Year.

All of January (and beyond): 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.
I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle is organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts. This exhibit is now extended through February 12, so there’s still time to see work from these children’s literature classics!

January 4: Kids Kitchen Pasta Class

Hands on fun cooking class with our Bellina Alimentari Chef for you and your kids (8-12 years old). Making pasta from scratch – a playful experience that will connect your kids to good food from an early age. The price is intended per 2 people, adult and child.

January 7: Frozen Sing-a-Long at Venkman’s

Dust off the crown and jewels and join us at the V for a sing-a-long party featuring one of the “coolest” animated hits of all-time. This musical experience invites audiences of all ages to sit back, “Let it Go,” and sing along with this special interactive screening of Disney’s beloved musical, FROZEN. Advance reservations are encouraged for this Royal Event for Mothers & Daughters, Grandmas & Granddaughters, Sisters and BFFs! From the kitchen will be offering a royal brunch feast, including Princess Flapjacks for the little ones. For seating at this FREE show, please make reservations for the appropriate time at www.venkmans.com(see “Reservations”), or by calling 470-225-6162.

January 7-8: World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour

Simply put, the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is about promoting the hobby of model railroading. Sponsored by the Hobby Manufacturer’s Association – Model Railroad Division and by the World’s Greatest Hobby Program, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. The hobby of model railroading has a unique ability to bring the family together in activities that teach many skills. The 100,00 square foot exhibit hall will be filled with booths, demonstrations, and trains to play with. Kids under 16 with an adult are admitted for FREE and do not need a ticket.

January 7-8: Meet the Holidays: Three Kings Day

Learn about this holiday via a variety of programmed activities, and enjoy performances by Alma Mexicana at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Alma Mexicana is an Atlanta-based group that presents traditional Mexican dances from various states, like Veracruz, Chihuahua, Michoacan, and Yucatan, among others. Attendees can also enjoy a special story time and science and arts activities.

January 8: CREATE ATL Free Family Festival

Enjoy Ukulele Workshops, contemporary dance performances by Staibdance, Toddler Tours, Parents & Tots Drama Workshops, fun photo booth experiences, engaging performances and more, for FREE! Bring your printed registration tickets for access to the Family Fast Line and to be entered for a chance to win a High Museum of Art Family Membership. Explore, play, learn and create in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities, every Sunday from 1 – 4pm. Register online.

January 9: Magic Monday: Welcome to Atlanta

In the Welcome to Atlanta program, travel through our new exhibit, Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta, and learn Atlanta’s history from transportation to neighborhoods. Little ones will see videos, participate in interactive activities, and experience an adventure about their hometown of Atlanta. Each Magic Mondays program has a unique monthly theme designed for toddlers and preschoolers and includes a guided exploration of one of our award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, or Goizueta Gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time.

January 12-15: Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the Fox

Set under and above the high seas, Disney’s The Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel, an adventurous young mermaid who’s got a thing for disobeying the rules and following her heart. Ariel’s fascination with the human world often leads her to the sea surface, a zone that’s designated as “off-limits” by her father Triton, the sea king. One day while sneaking to the surface, Ariel witnesses a shipwreck and rescues Prince Eric, with whom she become instantly smitten. Furious at Triton’s inability to understand her love for the prince, Ariel runs away and strikes a deal with Ursula, Triton’s evil witch of a sister, to experience the life she dreams of on land.

January 10 (and beyond): Play the Play with Cat the Cat

Based on Mo Willems’ beloved CAT the CAT seriesthis play explores the often terrifying experience of making a new friend. Using the rhyming and simple language of the books, this theatrical experience will invite our young audience to identify Cat the Cat’s parade of animal friends, mimic their animal sounds, and even learn a new language! When Cat the Cat meets a newcomer on the scene, the audience shares in the nerves and the joy of the experience, and ultimately makes a room full of new friends themselves. Back by popular demand following its world premiere last season, come play the play with Cat the Cat!

January 14: SPARK Saturday: Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January’s SPARK Saturday will celebrate the legacy and ongoing struggle for human rights of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities include a book reading by The Center’s CEO Derreck Kayongo and games!

January 14: Sesame Street K is for Kindness Tour

HBO and Sesame Workshop—in partnership with local public television stations—announced the launch of the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour, a free, multi-city experiential tour timed to and inspired by the new, 47th season of Sesame Street, the gold standard in children’s television. Created especially for preschool fans and their families, this immersive, limited-engagement tour features hands-on digital learning fun, participation from local libraries in each community including bilingual English / Spanish books and activities, “meet and greets” with the costumed characters, a 15-minute interactive live stage show starring walk-around versions of the series’ beloved characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby, and other special surprises!

January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Atlanta History Center

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by learning about his life and legacy as well as the many contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. This is a FREE admission day at Atlanta History Center, including Margaret Mitchell House.

January 21: Fulton County Free Museum Saturday at the Center for Puppetry Arts

In appreciation for the major support received from the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council, the Center for Puppetry Arts is pleased to offer Fulton County Free Museum Saturdays on the first Saturday of select Family Series productions in 2016. Fulton County residents, students, and Fulton County Government employees will receive FREE Museum admission; performances and workshops are not included. Tickets are available to walk-ups only and are subject to availability. Some restrictions may apply. Fulton County residents, students, and county government employees must show proof of residency/school enrollment/employment.

January 21: Grand Opening of Goldfish Swim School – Johns Creek

Join us for the Grand Opening of Goldfish Swim School – Johns Creek! The afternoon will include a family open swim, bounce house, face painting, arts & crafts, a photo booth, refreshments and much more! FREE and open to the public!

January 24: Fare-Free Day on the Atlanta Streetcar

Haven’t ridden the Streetcar yet? Try it on the last Tuesday each month, and it will be carefree and fare-FREE! Ride the Streetcar to rediscover, celebrate and explore some of Downtown Atlanta’s most vibrant urban neighborhoods, from Sweet Auburn to the Centennial Park District.

January 27-28: Wild Kratts Live

WILD KRATTS–LIVE! is an all new theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story.

January 28-29: Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

The Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival planning committee would like to invite you to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a Festival on January 28st and 29th, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday), 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta (5377 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee, GA 30341). The Festival is open to the public. Admission ticket is $5 per person; FREE admission for children under 3.5 feet. More Chinese New Year Festivities Here.

January 28-29: Trains, Trains, Trains

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host the seventh annual installment of its flagship Trains, Trains, Trains event on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29. This must-see event for families in the area will be held from 9:30am to 5:00pm both days. This year’s event will feature several new and expanded train layouts. Modular modelers from around the Southeast will join forces to create some of the biggest layouts this event has seen.

January 29: Harry Potter Game Day

Head to the Smyrna Library, 1:00-5:00 p.m., for Harry Potter-themed card games, board games, and puzzles. What a great way to celebrate International Puzzle Day! Best for children ages 5 and older. Be sure to check out the exhibit, “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine,” on display January 23 – March 4.

Find an annual list of Atlanta events here.

Paige Sullivan | Travel and Calendar Editor

Paige Sullivan recently completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she studied, wrote, and published poetry. She now works as a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time, she freelance edits and dabbles in food and travel writing. Find her on social media at @bpaigesullivan.

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