July Calendar

 

 

classes

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety while building a craft and receive a kid-sized orange apron. First Saturday of each month 9 a.m.-noon. homedepot.com. Ages 5-12. Free.
Lil’ Bean Heads Crafts. Bean Head Toys. Create an art project twice a month. All ages welcome, but smaller children may need assistance. First and third Wednesday of every month. 3-4 p.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-2980. Free.
Mommy and Me Preschool Program. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. July 5, A Camping We Will Go; July 12, Down by the Sea; July 19, Let’s Go on a Picnic; July 26, Thomas and Friends; 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. Ages 3-5. Adults, $7.50; children 4-12, $5.50; 3 and younger, free.
Drop-In Family Class: Put a Bird On It!. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Learn about birds that live in the garden. Kids make art projects. July 7, 21. 11 a.m.-noon. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. $6 plus admission; Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.
The Gardener is In! Chattahoochee Nature Center. Take a tour of the Unity Garden, chat with the garden coordinator, learn some gardening tips. All ages. Sat. July 14. 10 a.m.-noon. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Class is free with admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free
Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. July 5, 12, 19, 26. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free.
Art Workshops. Vinings School of Art. Take a drawing, painting or pottery class. Supplies included. Ages 2-13. Saturdays, 10 and 11 a.m. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. 678-213-4278. Pre-register. $15 for one-hour workshop.
Crafts for Kids. Lakeshore Learning Store. Make a different craft each week. July 7, 14, 21, 28. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. 3 and older. Free.
INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. 4th of July Craft, July 2-6; Cow Craft, July 9-13; Lollipop Craft, July 16-20; Parent Appreciation Craft, July 23-27; $1 with paid admission to museum. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-536-1900. Adults, $8; children, $6.
Build and Grow Clinics. Lowes. Clinics teach kids to build wooden crafts. Kids receive a free apron, goggles and merit patch. Sat. and Sun., July 14,15, 28, 29. Saturdays 10 a.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Visit lowesbuildandgrow.com for locations. 800-445-6937. Pre-register. Free.
EnviroVentures Saturday Drop-By. Piedmont Park. Hula-hooping and crafts while parents shop at the Green Market. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. 404-875-7275. Free.
Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program includes circle time, an activity, and craft. July 12. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth. 770-495-0253. $7 per child, one adult free.
Artscape! East Cobb Park. Sign up for art history and art sessions for children ages 5-10 years old. July 5, 12, 19, 26. 9-10 a.m. Register now. 3322 Roswell Rd. Marietta. 770-591-3160. $15 per class.
Weekends in the Naturalist Center. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Activities include animal encounters, science explorations and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6400. Activities included with price of admission. Adults, $17.50; children 3-12, $15.50; under 3, free.
Second Sunday Funday. High Museum of Art. Enjoy art demonstrations, art-making workshops and live performances. July 8. 1-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free.

 

exhibits

Hubble Exhibit. Tellus Science Museum. See huge images from space thanks to the Hubble space telescope. Includes images of galaxies, exploding stars, stars being born, even some planets. Through Nov.11. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700. Adults, $12; ages 3-17, $8.
Dolphin Tales. Georgia Aquarium. The live show incorporates dolphins, live human actors, dramatic costuming, and special effects. Multiple shows per day, times vary. Reservations recommended. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Admission price depends on date of visit; Adults, $34.95; ages 3-12, $28.95.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit. Atlantic Station. Travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of this ill-fated ship. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(last ticket sold at 5 p.m.); Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (last ticket sold at 6 p.m.). 265 18th St. (second floor), Atlanta. 866-866-8265. Adults, $24; Ages 4-12, $16.
Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Parkside Shopping Center. Learn about the life of the Frank family and others who lived in the secret annex in Amsterdam; includes replica of Anne’s room in the annex. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 12-4 p.m. 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-206-1558. 10 and older. Free.
Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Through stories, hands-on exhibits and crafts, museum mascots Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle introduce the youngest visitors to history. Through Dec. Second Saturday of each month. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Donations encouraged.
The Scoop on Poop. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, turtles and humans do it. A hands-on, humorous exhibit about dung, poop and scat. Through Sept. 3. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $17.50; ages 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.
The Big Adventure. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Kids climb a rock wall and move through dark tunnels in this new exhibit that’s like a 3-D game board. Through Sept. 9.
Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Adults and ages 2 and older, $12.75; younger than 2, free. Free admission starting at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month brought to you by Target Free Second Tuesday.
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Georgia Aquarium. Features 15 species of frogs in more than 3,000 square feet of habitats, with hands-on and interactive activities. Through Jan. 2013. Sun.-Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Admission price depends on date of visit; Adults, $34.95; ages 3-12, $28.95.
Skate It or Hang It!? The Evolution of Skateboard Art. Museum of Design Atlanta. An exhibit that examines the visual expression in skateboard art. Through Sept. 16. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-979-6455. Adults, $10; ages 7-17, $5; 5 and younger, free.
Troublesome Times: Impact of the Civil War in Roswell. Barrington Hall. Through the use of letters, official documents and photographs, this exhibit explores the effect of the Civil War on the lives of those with connections to the Roswell area. Through Oct. 31. Tours start on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770-640-3855. Adults, $8; ages 6-13, $6.

 

movies

Greece: Secrets of the Past. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Journey to the birthplace of democracy and embark on a quest to uncover buried secrets of one of the world’s most enlightened societies. Through Sept. Mon.-Sat., call for show times. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.
To the Arctic. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Discover a world beneath the ice. Through Sept. 3. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.
Dream Big Wednesday Movies. Morrow Branch Library. Enjoy a family movie every Wednesday on a big screen as part of our “Dream Big, Read” Summer Reading Program. Bring snacks and drinks. Pre-register. Movies begin at 3 p.m. July 11, Gnomeo and Juliet; July 18, Winnie the Pooh; July 25, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules. 6225 Maddox Rd., Morrow. 404-366-7749. Free.
Atlantic Station: Movies in Central Park. Movies start at sundown every Thursday. July 5, Captain America; July 12, Grease; July 19, Forrest Gump; July 26, Clueless. 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta; 404-733-1221. Free.
Mall of Georgia: Movies Under the Stars. Activities, bounce houses, and concessions open at 5 p.m. every Saturday night. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Movies start around 9 p.m. July 14, Monte Carlo; July 21, Glee: The Concert Movie; July 28, Soul Surfer. 333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-482-8788. Free.
Johns Creek: Newton Park. Movie lineup to be announced one week before each show. Shows start at dusk with pre-show activities that start two hours before the movie. Activities include giant slide, face painting, giveaways and entertainment. Show dates are July 14 and Aug. 4. 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek. 678-512-3200. Free.
Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center: Movies Under the Stars. During the summer each movie is at a different park in Clayton County. Movie starts at 9:00 p.m. July 28, Cars 2. 10930 Panhandle Road, Jonesboro. 770-472-7623. Free.
Duluth: Flicks on the Bricks. Movie begins at dusk. Pre show activities start at 7 p.m. July 13, E.T. – Extra Terrestrial. 3142 Hill Street, Duluth. 770-476-3434. Free.
Stone Mountain: Movies on Main. Movies begin at sundown. Pre festivities start at 7:30 p.m. July 14, Despicable Me; July 28, The Smurfs. 922 Main Street, Stone Mountain. 770-498-7334. Free.
Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival: Fox Theatre. Celebrate a few of the great summer classics at the Fox. July 13, Dark Shadows; July 14, Saturday Morning Cartoons and The Avengers; July 15, The Princess Bride; July 20, Deliverance. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499. Adults, $10; 12 and younger, $5.
Carmike Cinemas Movies 400. Movies begin at 10 a.m. every Tues. and Thurs. through Aug. 9. July 3 and 5; Shark Tale; July 10 and 12, How to Train Your Dragon; July 17 and 19, Madagascar 2; July 24 and 26, Bee Movie; July 31, Monsters vs. Aliens. 415 Atlanta Rd., Cumming. 678-513-4400.
Cumming: Georgia Movies in the Park. Begins with a carnival at 7:00 p.m. Activities include face painting, inflatables, children’s activities, local vendors and concessions. Movie begins at sundown. July 28, The Three Stooges. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. 770-781-3491. Free.
Milton: Movies in the Park. Begins with a carnival like festival at 7:30 p.m. Activities include face painting, inflatables, children’s activities, “Loveys FunTastic Kids Show,” local vendors and concessions. Movie begins at sundown. July 7, The Three Stooges. 12805 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta. 678-242-2530. Free.
Movies at Riverside Park. Bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy great music, play on the playgrounds, then settle in for movie fun. Food and drinks may be purchased at the concession stand. Movies begin at dark. July 21, Puss in Boots. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free.

 

music

Pickin’ on the Square. Newnan. Acoustic musicians of all genres and skill levels are welcome to join in on the first and third Saturday of every month. 11 a.m. on July 7 and 21; Aug. 4 and 18; Sept. 1 and 15. Newnan Courthouse Square at LaGrange St. and E. Broad St. 770-253-8283. Free.
Riverside Sounds. Riverside Park. Outdoor concert series in the park. Yacht Rock Review, July 7; Brandon Giles Band, Aug. 4; The Black Lillies, Sept. 1; The Lee Boys, Oct. 6. Concerts from 7-9 p.m. Free shuttle available from Azalea Park and Don White Park. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free.
Concerts by the Spring. Heritage Green. Smokey’s Farmland Band, July 1; The GLOW Band, Aug 5; Banks and Shane, Sept 9. Lawn opens at 5 p.m. Bring picnic baskets, coolers and blankets. Smoking and pets prohibited. Lawn opens at 5 p.m., concerts from 7-8:30 p.m. 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Free.
Music at Noon. Centennial Olympic Park. Enjoy lunch and live music performed by local artists. Tues. and Thurs. through Oct. Concerts from noon-1 p.m., 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
Wednesday Wind Down. Centennial Olympic Park. Concert series includes jazz, R&B and blues performed by local and national touring acts. The 9-1-1 Band, July 11; Melvin Miller, July 25. Wednesdays through Sept. (no performance on July 18). Concerts from 5:30-8 p.m., 265 Park Ave. West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
Wednesday Wind Down. Douglasville. Concert series with various types of jazz and blues music. Bring lawn chairs and picnics. Wednesdays, through Aug. 8. Concerts at 7 p.m. O’Neal Plaza 6695 Church St., Douglasville. 770-947-5920. Free.
Mountain Music Series. Red Top Mountain State Park. Various artists perform bluegrass and mountain music on Saturdays through Sept. 1. Bring your own instrument or just come to listen. Open jam runs from 2-5 p.m. Bluegrass concerts begin at 8 p.m. 50 Lodge Rd., Cartersville. 770-975-0055. Parking, $5.
Friday Night Live. Atlantic Station. Up-and-coming artists perform on the stage in Central Park; genres range from country to rock, jazz to blues. Through Nov. 23. Concerts are from 7-9 p.m. 18th St. NW., Atlanta. 404-733-1221. Free.
Brown Bag Concert Series. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Puppa Toones, July 6; Scott Douglas Steel Drum, Aug. 3. Includes crafts and face painting. Pack a lunch and bring a picnic blanket. Concerts 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 185 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. Free.
Glover Park Concert Series. Glover Park, Marietta. The Fabulous Expressions, July 27; Yacht Rock Schooner, Aug 24; Atlanta Pleasure Band, Sept 28. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs may be set up after 4 p.m. Picnics permitted. 50 Park Sq., Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.
Moonlight and Music Concert Series. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawn. Shawn Mullins, July 27; Abbey Road Live (Beatles tribute band) Aug 24; Highballs, Sept. 28. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets and food. Alcohol is prohibited. 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-2639. Free.
Concerts in the Park. Thrasher Park. The Ruckus, July 6; Satisfaction (rolling Stones Tribute Show), July 20; Moby Dick, Aug 3; A-town, A-List, Aug 17; A1A (Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band), Aug 31. Concerts every other Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m.. Playground adjacent to concert area. Picnic dinners permitted. Thrasher Park is at the corner of Buchanan St. and Park Dr., Norcross. 678-421-2025. Free.
Summer Concert Series. Village Green in Smyrna. This open-air summer concert series features a wide array of talent under the stars from R&B, rock and soul. Concerts on July 14 and Aug. 4. Various artists, call for band details. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring friends, chairs and blankets. 200 Village Green Circle. Smyrna. 770-434-6600. Free.

 

nature

First Saturday Hike: Animals of the Chicopee Woods. Elachee Nature Science Center. Hike through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and learn about native plants and animals. July 7. 10-11:30 a.m. 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. 770-535-1976. Adults, $5; children ages 2-12, $3.
Canoeing 101. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Learn the basics of canoeing on the CNC’s ponds. Ages 5 and older. July 8, 21. 10-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055 ext. 237 to pre-register. $15 per person.
Days of Discovery for Kids. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site. Kids learn what archaeology is from a professional archaeologist. Hear about history and see real artifacts. Take part in mock excavations and identify treasures. July 14. 1-3 p.m. 813 Indian Mound Road Southeast, Cartersville. 770-387-3747. Adults, $5.35; kids, $3.75; 5 and younger, free.
Sunday Afternoon Fly Fishing. Panola Mountain State Park. This clinic focuses on casting and all safety issues. Be sure to bring snacks, sunscreen, and water. A Georgia fishing license is required for children 16 and older. July 14. 9-11 a.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $15 or $12 with own gear. parking, $5.
Frog Slog. Panola Mountain Park. Search for salamanders and frogs in the streams and wetlands. Bring a flashlight, headlamp, net and bucket. Prepare for a wet and muddy adventure. July 14. 5:30 p.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $5 per person; parking, $5.
Kiddie Gardener Series. Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Kids can walk through the gardens, listen to storytelling, sing and dance at this special nature event for families. Ages 5 and younger. July 13 and 27. 10 a.m. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. Kids, $5; adults, free.
Night Hike. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Explore the woodlands and wetlands by moonlight, then roast marshmallows by the campfire. Ages 5 and older. July 21. 8-10 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $10/person.
Full Moon Night Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. See wildlife at night and watch the sun set and the moon rise. Bring flashlights and hiking boots. July 28. 8 p.m. 2600 Ga. Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $7/person; parking, $5.
The Sky Tonight. Fernbank Science Center. An astronomer leads the tour through the constellations, planets and events of the evening sky. Saturdays, 11 a.m. 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta. 678-874-7102. Adults, $4; children, $3.

 

special events

Teen Arts Night. City Center. Teens can bring instruments, poetry, artwork and short stories to share. Includes a slice of pizza and a soda. July 6. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. $5.
Horseshow Ventures. Wills Park Equestrian Center. Enjoy a hunter jumper horse show with participants of all levels. July 7-8. 8:00 a.m. 11915 Wills Rd., Alpharetta. 770-827-0175. Free.
Artsapalooza. Sandy Springs. Celebrate “Founders Day” for the city of Sandy Springs with this two day fun-filled festival. July 7-8. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 174 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-845-0793. Free.
Coretta Scott King Awards Book Fair. Central Library, Atlanta-Fulton. Attend a youth writers workshop and meet an award winning author. Each child will receive a free book when he presents a library card. July 11. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta. 404-224-3464. Pre-register online at nbaf.org. Free.
Beauty on the Wing. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Learn about butterflies, pollination and how to bring the process to your backyard. July 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2020 Clean Water Dr. Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults 13 and older, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Hall. Join guest conductor Ward Stare as he leads the Orchestra in a free musical program. July 7. 8 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Tickets are required but the event is free.
SmashZone. Atlantic Station. Spend time at the BB&T Atlanta Open with the kids and enjoy kids-sized tennis courts and interactive activities. Other family-friendly areas will be stationed throughout. BB&T Atlanta Open runs July 13-22. SmashZone days are July 13-15. Fri. and Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta. 770-368-8200. Tickets start at $15.
Atlanta Street Food Festival. Piedmont Park. Come eat, play, and dance. This event will have the top ten food truck vendors in Atlanta, and live entertainment from local bands. July 14. Noon-8:30 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta. 404-888-9348. Admission does not include food. Adults, $10.50; children 12 and younger, free.
National Black Arts Festival. Children’s Education Village: Centennial Olympic Park. Kids can participate in interactive activities based on themes, including peace, justice, freedom and love developed from the speeches and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. July 14-15. Sat. and Sun. noon.-4 p.m. 265 Park Ave., Atlanta. 404-730-7315. Free.
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Watch the air fill with hundreds of beautiful butterflies at the annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Stay for face painting, crafts, sidewalk art and a plant sale. July 14-15: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Ages 3 and older, $10; 2 and younger, free.
Decatur Ghost Tours. Decatur. Come meet some of Decatur’s ghosts on this historical, paranormal walking tour of downtown Decatur. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. 101 East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-296-7771. Adults, $15; 10 and younger, $12.
The Atlanta Summer Arts Festival. Greenbriar Mall. Join the first annual festival full of visual arts, vendors, and live entertainment. July 19-22. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun., noon-6 p.m. 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-344-6611. Free.
Battle of Atlanta. East Atlanta Village. Commemorate the Civil War Battle of Atlanta with van and walking tours, a re-creation of the frontline with re-enactment soldiers. July 21. 5K race at 8:30 a.m., festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 477 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-377-6148. $25 entrance fee for the race.
Bark For Life of Gwinnett. Pinckneyville Park. Walk your dog as a family for a good cause at this event that features a 1-mile walk, entertainment, face painting, inflatables, canine games and contests. July 21. Registration begins at 8 a.m. 4758 South Old Peachtree Rd., Norcross. 770-814-0123. $25 per dog.
Alive After Five. Downtown Roswell. Enjoy a break from the busy workweek with live music, outside vendors, late hours at retailers, face painting and more. Bring your family, a date, your dog or your friends, and be sure to hop on the free trolley. Every third Thursday of the month, through Oct. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Roswell. 770-640-3253. Free.
Ghost Tours. Lawrenceville. Listen to vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as guides lead groups on a 90-minute adventure. Every Fri. and Sat. through Sept., 8:30 p.m. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. Free.
Summer on the Rock. Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy interactive shows and activities for the whole family, including an exotic bird show and the new Geyser Towers. Through July 29. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. U.S. Hwy 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Adults, $28; children 3-11. $22; under 3, free; parking, $10.
Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Let kids experience the first ever live performance based on the PBS Kids TV show. Don’t miss out on the VIP “Meet and Greet” packages available for those uber fans. July 27, 6:30 p.m. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. Tickets, $20.50-$38.50.
Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. Centennial Olympic Park. This month’s theme is “All About Sports.” July 28. Noon-4 p.m. 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-543-7407. Free.
The Wiggles. The Fox Theatre. Don’t miss your last chance to see the original Wiggles perform in Atlanta. July 31, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-2100. $18-$78.50.

 

storytelling

Children’s Story Time. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Age-appropriate stories followed by dance and song period. Mondays and Saturdays. 11 a.m. 105 East Main St., #138, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free.
Storytime at Little Shop. Little Shop of Stories. Storytelling three times a week; Thursday nights, milk and cookies provided and kids can come in pajamas. Sundays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11 a.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. 133A East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-6300. Free.
Tales for Toddlers. Bean Head Toys. Stories read in the indoor tree house, then kids make a small craft to take home every Thursday 10:30 a.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs. 404-851-2980. Free.
Wren’s Nest Storytelling. The Wren’s Nest. Wren’s Nest Ramblers host storytelling sessions every Saturday. 1 p.m. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404-753-7735. Adults, $8; children $5, 4 and younger, free.
Book Nook and Garden Safari. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Staff and volunteers read from a selection of storybooks and then take kids on an outdoor garden safari. Themes include nature, presidency, growing up and leadership. Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23. 10-11:30 a.m. 441 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-865-7100. Adults, $8; 16 and younger, free
DeKalb History Center Storytelling. DeKalb History Center. A storytelling series about pioneer life. Includes weekly craft sessions. Wednesdays through July 25, 10-11 a.m. Except July 4. Historic Biffle Cabin, 720 W. Trinity Pl., Atlanta. 404-373-1088. Ages 6-12, $6.
Storybook Time. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Listen to stories about bees, butterflies, frogs and flowers. Wednesdays through Oct., 10:30-11 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.
Story Time by the River. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join volunteers for a fun story time all about nature using books, puppets and other props for ages 3 - 5. July 11, 18, 25. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $10, 2 and younger, free.

 

theater

The Little Mermaid Pirate. Center for Puppetry Arts. Take the plunge and see this marionette adventure featuring an ocean of puppets, unique characters and original music. Through July 15. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Tickets, $16.50.
The Dinosaur Show. Center for Puppetry Arts. Two daring paleontologists set out to recover bones deep in a desert canyon. July 17-29. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Tickets, $16.50.
Roswell Summer Puppet Series. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. A series of summer puppet shows. This month’s lineup includes: Zany Zoo, July 2-7; Rumplestiltzkin, July 9-14; Hansel & Gretel, July 16-21. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232. Adults, $6; ages 2-12, $5.
Children’s Playhouse. Aurora Theatre. Experience puppeteers, magicians, storytellers, jugglers and more in this series intended for young viewers. Wed. July 11, 18, 25. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. Adults, $7; ages and younger, free.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Legacy Theatre. A family-friendly musical that follows the story of Joseph and his colorful coat, filled with catchy songs and fun dance numbers. July 6- 29. Tues.-Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun. 3 p.m., 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone. 404-895-1473. Adults, $25; children 12 and younger, $15. 
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. A comedic story of poor Aladdin and his journey of trying to win the hand of a princess. July 11-25. Weds., 10 a.m., Sat.- Sun., 2 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. All tickets, $9 online in advanced; $11 at the door.
Smoke on the Mountain. Atlanta Lyric Theater. The Lyric will present the ever-popular bluegrass revival, starring members of the original Theatre in the Square cast. July 27- August 5. Thur.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., Tues., Wed., 2 p.m. Closed Monday. 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. Tickets, $30-45. 404-377-9948.

 

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First Friday Night Concert Series. Hancock Park, Dahlonega. Bring friends, family lawn chairs and listen to Kurt Thomas. First Friday of each month through Oct. 6:30-8:30 p.m. North Park and Warwick Streets, Dahlonega. 706-864-6133. Free.
Teddy Bear Picnic. High Hampton Inn. Kids can celebrate the 26th birthday of Hampton Bear. Children should come with their favorite teddy companions for a day stuffed with games, activities and awards. July 9. 8 a.m. until bedtime. 1525 Hwy 107 S, Cashiers, N.C. 800-334-2551. Free.
River Giants Exhibit. Tennessee Aquarium. A collection of freshwater fish at legendary sizes, the “goliaths” of freshwater. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. One Broad St., Chattanooga, Tenn. 800-262-0695. $24.95 per adult; $14.95 per child ages 3-12.

 

 

 

Thursday Thunder

Atlanta Motor Speedway
Thursdays in July, Gates open at 6 p.m.

Watch NASCAR’S future stars compete in the “Thunder Ring,” the quarter-mile short track, Thursdays through July 26. The speedway hosts Bandolero, Legends and Buzz Car racing. Each week features multiple racing classes along with games, contests, special themes and giveaways. 1500 Tara Pl., Hampton. 770-707-7904. Adults, $6; children 6-11, $2; 5 and younger, free.

 

Reptile Day

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
JULY 28, 10 A.M.-2 P.M.

Celebrate and learn about our amphibian friends at Reptile Day. Come observe live reptiles on this fun-filled day of interaction and learning. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults $17.50; children 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.

 

Southeast Homeschool Expo

Cobb Galleria
FRI., JULY 27, 10 A.M.-7 P.M.; SAT., JULY 28, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

Considering homeschooling your child? Then the Southeast Homeschool Expo at the Cobb Galleria is worth a visit. Featured speakers and workshops address a variety of topics, from educating the gifted child to teaching the child with special needs. 2 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta. Registration: $20 online until July 10 at southeasthomeschoolexpo.com; $30 at the door. ($25 for couples before July 10, $35 at the door.) Children under the age of 18 can accompany parents for free.
Call about an additional workshop on July 26. 770-594-1266.

 

Asian Cultural Experience

Gwinnett Center
JULY 28-29; SAT., 10 A.M.-8 P.M.; SUN., 11 A.M.-7 P.M.

Celebrate Asian customs and heritage during the 19th annual Asian Cultural Experience. Enjoy fashion shows, calligraphy and woodworking demonstrations, origami and more. Don’t miss the performance celebration featuring music and dance of 15 different countries on Saturday at 6 p.m. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 770-833-7009. Adults, $10 per day; kids, $6 per day; ages 4 and younger, free.

 

The Emperor and the Nightingale

Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University
JULY 14-AUG. 3. TUES., 10 A.M. AND 7 P.M.; WED.-SAT., 10 A.M.

Georgia Shakespeare encourages everyone to travel back in time to ancient China, where the Nightingale’s beautiful song transforms a troubled Emperor into a wise ruler in “The Emperor and the Nightingale.” This musical is destined to put a song in your heart. 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-504-1473. Tickets $13.

 

Great Smoky Mountains Dinosaur Train

Bryson City, NC
JULY 20-22, 27-29; AUG. 4-5
FRI., 11 A.M.; SAT.,11 A.M. AND 2 P.M.; SUN., 2 P.M.
ON AUG. 5 TRAIN IS 11 A.M.

Take a trip through the scenic Great Smoky Mountains on the Dino train! Kids will love this adventure train that involves music, stories, nature guidebooks and more, plus an opportunity to meet T-rex. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800-872-4681. Tickets are $39 for adults 13 and older, $30 for children 2-12.