Amidst the flurry of Thanksgiving recipe-testing and prepping the home to host guests, we’ve gathered a collection of pumpkin-smashing, almost-Christmas events to get you out of the house for a little while. Take the kids to experience a live performance, learn about human rights, or simply gaze at the moon. Those moments together are what we’re most thankful for, anyway.
November (and beyond): WildWoods at Fernbank
The Fernbank Museum experience is expanding to the great outdoors. Explore nature in this all-new outdoor experience featuring dramatic highline trails, elevated tree pods, hands-on exhibitions and immersive nature experiences. From within the WildWoods experience, guests will have direct access to Fernbank Forest—one of the largest old-growth urban forests in the country. Curated by Mother Nature, Fernbank Forest is a living laboratory where you’re likely to encounter birds, butterflies, wildlife and breathtaking champion trees.
November 2 & 16: Wildwood Art Classes
Our fall session theme is: Light & Dark, and our Earth Art classes include elements of earth science, art history, artistic skill and technique building while getting to use quality art materials and natural items hand selected straight from the outdoors. Our focus is on learning where our materials are coming from and how to use them to create, classical art concepts and techniques, and the process of creating art from the heart. This is a drop-off style class geared towards children ages 4-10 years old. (Adults may sit and read at the tables outside of the studio inside Champion Kids or take siblings to Open Play in one of the gyms on-site, or you may also join us for the class if you’d like.) The November 2 class will explore Opacity and Layering, while November 16 will explore Positives and Negatives. These classes are located in the Purple Elephant Art Studio inside Champion Kids in Marietta.
November 3-6: Indian Festival and Pow Wow
Bring your family to experience the energy and color of the largest Native American gathering in Georgia. Free to Mountain Members, the four-day Indian Festival and Pow-Wow was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Held at Stone Mountain Park’s Historic Square, the event showcases Native American culture through dance, music, authentic craft demonstrations, cooking traditions, storytelling, wildlife presentations and more.
November 5: iTrack Motorsports Fall Double Down
iTrack Motorsports is a race event organization. This is our season ending Fall Festival. The backdrop of this event is a huge all-day race event held in conjunction with a festival, including retail and food vendors. Enjoy door-to-door drifting action, a car show by StreetCircle, a kids zone with bouncy houses and tons of prizes and giveaways!
November 5: Pumpkin Destruction Day
Pumpkin Destruction Day is Saturday Nov. 5! The Rock Ranch pioneered this event! Pumpkin Destruction Day at The Rock Ranch is highly energetic and continues to grow in popularity allowing guests to destroy pumpkins in nearly every way imaginable. So don’t just toss your jack o’lantern after Halloween. Bring your pumpkins to The Rock Ranch for National Pumpkin Destruction Day! Bash it – smash it – chunk it – drop it off a 50 ft. forklift! Don’t miss pumpkin-bombing airplanes, monster truck pumpkin demolition, pumpkin archery, reverse pumpkin darts and more. Recycle your pumpkin into fun memories with our pumpkin cannon, pumpkin bowling, the hammer smash and the lift crane pumpkin drop. We’ll demolish pumpkins from The Rock Ranch until they’re all destroyed! Plus, enjoy all other activities and attractions at The Rock Ranch. This event is a FULL day of FUN and a truly memorable experience for the entire family!
November 5-6: Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND
The weekend will feature fun-filled LEGO Star Wars™ build activities for all ages, including a large-scale LEGO® Star Wars™ Yoda group build, a LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland takeover and a themed Miniland Scavenger Hunt. All activities taking place during LEGO® Star Wars™ Days are included in the price of admission to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta. Purchase the Extra Value Ticket Package online and receive an exclusive Star Wars Minifigure upon arrival, while supplies last!
November 7: Toddler Time at Georgia Aquarium
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.
November 7, 14 & 28: TiNY CLUB Mondays
TiNY CLUB MONDAYS at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta are every Monday of the month! Join us for a club and get a stamp in your TiNY CLUB Passport! Each participate gets a free passport to keep track of all the clubs you’ve joined and participated in each week. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Get 2 stamps and you get a grab bag prize. Get 4 stamps and you will receive a Museum coloring book & pencil. If you collect all 7 stamps you will receive a two-month membership extension! Space is limited and TiNY CLUBS fill up quickly. Sign-up sheets are available beginning when the Museum opens at 10 AM. All TiNY CLUB admittance is on a first-come, first-served basis. All TiNY CLUBS are included with the cost of admission.
November 8 (and beyond): Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph soars back into town for the wonderful holiday tale that speaks to the misfit in all of us! Based on the classic television special, it’s become an Atlanta tradition. This Center for Puppetry Arts show is accompanied by a Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ of a Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster™ Hand Puppet.
November 11: Full Moon Hike: Super Moon
Hike the Blue Heron Nature Preserve by the light of the full moon (7:00-8:00pm)! Once a month you can come explore the Preserve with a naturalist, all by moonlight! Learn why the full moons have their names, and what effects the cycles have on plants and animals. During daytime hours, be sure to check out the fenced-in children’s garden, complete with a teepee.
November 12: SPARK Saturdays: Children’s Rights
On Saturday, November 12 we will celebrate our next #SPARKSaturday at The Center with activities dedicated to children’s rights. Youth under 18 years of age receive FREE admission to the museum on this day. Activities include a book reading and a hands-on Afia Walking Tree Drumming activity that will take place from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Participation in these activities is free, but the Afia Walking Tree Drum activities requires RSVP. Please see the bottom of the event page to RSVP, as spaces are limited.
November 16: Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids at Scottsdale Farms
We will be making different crafts depending on the age of your child. Age 3 and up. Limit of 10 children. $5 per child. Reservations are required. Please tell the cashier the age of your child when you register. Please call to RSVP 770-777-5875
November 20: Odd Squad
Attention Odd Squad fans, there is oddness in your town and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve it. Team up with brand new agents Owen and Ophelia in this live, interactive adventure. With help from Ms. O back at headquarters, kids will put their STEM skills to the test and decode, decipher and unravel clues to stop villains like Father Time and Lady Terrible. This show is part of the ArtsBridge Family Series of shows that are meant to help parents introduce younger children to live performances.
November 25-27: The Harvest Hunt
Gather a group of friends for a day of post-Thanksgiving sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! The Oakland Cemetery Harvest Hunt will take place on Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27. No reservations are required to participate, simply purchase your $20 Harvest Hunt packet (1 per team) at the Visitors Center & Museum Shop (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and follow cryptic clues to solve riddles. The Harvest Hunt packet includes one self-guided tour map ($5 value) that can be used on return visits. All proceeds from The Harvest Hunt benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.
November 26: Shop Small Scavenger Hunt
You splurged at Thanksgiving and hit the mall on Black Friday — now’s the time to get out, get active, and get to know your city! Our action-packed Scavenger Hunt will take you through the historic Sweet Auburn District, Downtown Atlanta, and the Old Fourth Ward; all areas which are easily accessible from the Atlanta Streetcar, Relay Bike Share and by foot. The hunt starts at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, through the Sweet Auburn District to Downtown Atlanta via the Atlanta Streetcar. You can then choose to walk or use a Relay Bike Share all the way through the Old Fourth Ward to Ponce City Market. We invite you to explore the many businesses that make this area thrive.
November 27: STARLAB at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Ever want to know the names of some of the stars? How about how to locate certain constellations? Well, you are in luck! Come to the CNC’s inflatable planetarium and have a front row view of the autumn constellations right before your eyes. Learn how to easily locate the North Star, the Big Dipper, Orion’s Best and much more. Please note, STARLAB is in complete darkness at times. Two, 25-minute sessions; Ages 6+ (Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)
November 27: CREATE ATL Free Family Festival
Save the date for The Woodruff Arts Center’s seventh Free Family Festival, which will take place on November 27 from 1:00 – 4:00pm as part of the CREATE ATL Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center initiative. This special holiday-themed festival will feature family-oriented programming led by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. Families will enjoy exclusive performances of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music and Atlanta Ballet Youth Ensemble dances from The Nutcracker, learn about multicultural holiday traditions through art-making and storytelling and even meet Santa’s reindeer!
November 29: The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure
Explore. Rescue. Protect! “Octonauts” announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage. The Octonauts live show consists of two acts each running about 30 minutes, plus a brief intermission. This show is part of the ArtsBridge Family Series of shows that are meant to help parents introduce younger children to live performances.