September Calendar

 

 

classes

Children’s Garden Amphitheater. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Queen Emeralda from Fairyland will tell stories about nature through puppets and song on Sept. 1. Create and play musical instruments from plants on Sept. 8. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.                                                                                 
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. Sept. 6, Name Train; Sept. 13, Wonderful World of Weather; Sept. 20, Wheels, Wheels, Wheels; Sept. 27, The Busy Barnyard; 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. Ages 3-5. Free with museum admission. Adults, $7.50; children 4-12, $5.50; 3 and younger, free.
Magic Monday. Atlanta History Center. Storytime, sing-a-longs and crafts. Sept. 10. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $6.50; kids 5 and younger, $5.50.
Mom’s Morning Out. North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm. Bring the kids for a morning out and enjoy special rates. Sept. 11. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 706-348-7279. 2912 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland. Petting zoo and hayride, $6 or add in a wildlife walk for $15.
Drop-In Family Class: Chocolate Lollipops. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Kids can make their own lollipops using chocolate molds. Sept. 15 and 16. 1-2 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. $6 plus admission; Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.                                                                                    
Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 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. Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. 3 and older. Free.
INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Dragon Week, Sept 3-7; Heroes from 9/11 Week, Sept. 10-14; Elephant Week, Sept. 17-21; It’s Fall Week, Sept. 24-28; $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. Sept. 8,. 10 a.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. Ages 1-4. Sept. 13. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth. 770-495-0253. $7 per child, one adult free, additional adult, $8.
Weekends in the Naturalist Center. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Activities include animal encounters, science explorations and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 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; younger than 3, free.
Walk Through the Stream. Okhurst Garden. Kids will get the chance to explore the living Shoal Creak ecosystem. Wear clothes that can get dirty, fresh apples provided for snacks. Great for ages 6-12. Pre-register. Sat., Sept. 29, 10-11 a.m. 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur. 404-371-1920. $15.
Latin American Folktales. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Listen to stories and songs from Latin America and Spain. Sept. 29. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.  
American Girl Crafts. American Girl Boutique and Bistro. Have fun making crafts inspired by the stories of American Girl. Sept. 1, Julie’s Bracelet Craft, 4-6 p.m.; Sept. 4, 8, 9, Caroline Craft.; Sept. 7, Grandparents Day Card Craft, 4-6 p.m.; Historical Character Craft, Sept. 15, 22, 29, 4-6 p.m. and Sept. 16, 23, 30, 1-3 p.m. Ages 8 and older. 1202 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Free.

 

exhibits

Bodies. Atlantic Station. This exhibition provides an intimate and informative view into the human body. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.- Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Last ticket sold 1 hour before closing. 2685 18th St., Atlanta. 404-496-4274. Adult, $24; children 4-12, $16.
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.
Crime Lab Detective Exhibit. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Visitors can be the real Sherlock Holmes as they examine clues such as DNA. Through Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2020 Clean Water Dr. Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults 13 and older, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50.
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. 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.
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 Oct. 27. Tues.- Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-979-6455. Adults, $10; ages 6-17, $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.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Phipps Plaza. Come play, build and look at a variety of spectacular LEGO exhibits that will have all LEGO lovers amazed. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Last admission is 2 hours before closing. 3500 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 404-848-9252. Adult, $20.52; ages 3-12, $16.20, 2 and younger, free.
Jim Henson Special Exhibitions. Center for Puppetry Arts. This long term exhibit profiles the life of Jim Henson and his most famous puppet, Kermit the Frog. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Museum admission, $8.25. Free admission Thursdays from 1-3 p.m.
Quarry Exhibit at Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain Park. This outdoor display was developed to tell the story of an industry that played a significant part in the history of Stone Mountain. Mon.-Sun., dawn to dusk. 770-498-5690. U.S. Hwy 78 E., Stone Mountain. Free. Parking, $10.
Permanent Exhibit. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. View photographs and historic memorabilia from the Carter presidency. An exact replica of the Oval Office and gifts received by the Carters are featured. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Sun. noon-4:45 p.m. 441 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-865-7100. Adults, $8; 16 and younger, free.
Centennial Olympic Games Exhibit. Atlanta History Center. Learn about the exciting 1996 Olympic Games that were held in Atlanta. Permanent exhibit. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun, noon-5:30 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; 3 and younger, free.

 

mazes

Cagle’s Family Farm Corn Maize. Canton. Explore the 10 acre corn maze, enjoy tasty concessions and gather around the bonfire. Aug.31-Nov. 11. Fri., 5-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 355 Stringer Rd., Canton. 770-345-5591. Corn maize: $10/person; younger than 3, free. Farm tour, $7/person; hayride and bonfire, $7/person.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze. Dawsonville. A 12-acre maze, pumpkin patch, “Great Goat Trek” attraction, hayride and bonfire. Sept. 1- Nov. 18. Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 4520 Highway 53 E, Dawsonville. 1-888-674-8257. Maze, $10; combo hayride/maze, $13.
Buford Corn Maze. Buford. Corn maze, hayride, corn box, old time farm demonstrations. Sept. 1- Nov. 4. Thurs., 6-10 p.m.; Fri., 6 p.m.-midnight; Sat., 12 p.m.-midnight; Sun., 1 p.m.-10 p.m. 4470 Bennett Rd., Buford. 678-835-7198. $12/person.
Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze. Oxford. Admission to corn maze includes attractions such as a petting zoo, corn cannon, giant mountain slide, inflatable cow jumper and pumpkin patch. Sept. 21- Nov. 4. Fri.-Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.  797 Macedonia Church Rd., Oxford. 770-786-8805. Corn maze and hayride, $10/person; 3 and under, free.  hayride, $4; hayride to bonfire and corn maze, $14 (no bonfires on Sun.).
Southern Belle Farm. McDonough. Enjoy a hayride, corn maze, pumpkin patch and more. Sept. 22-Nov. 4. Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun., 1-6 p.m. 1658 Turner Church Rd., McDonough. 770-288-2582. Adults, $12/person; 2 and under, free.
Corn Dawgs. Loganville. The Southeast’s largest corn maze with farm animals and other fun activities. Sept. 23-Nov. 4. Fri., 3-8 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 1-8 p.m. 955 Leone Ave., Loganville. 770-786-9000. $12 general admission; 2 and younger, free. $25 all-inclusive wristband.
Buck’s Corn Maze. Explore this 12 acre corn maze with a beautiful view of the Appalachian Mountains. Sept. 1- Nov. 4. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1923 New Hope Rd., Dawsonville. 706-344-8834. Adults, $8; 10 and younger, $7; 4 and younger, free with paid adult.

 

movies

Movies at East Cobb Park. Bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy music and a playground for kids. Food and drinks available for purchase. Movies begin at dark. Sept. 8, Dr, Seuss’ The Lorax. 3322 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-591-3160. Free.
Movies Under the Stars. During the summer each movie is at a different park in Clayton County. Movie starts at dusk. Sept. 15, Yogi Bear. International Park. 2300 Hwy 138 SE, Jonesboro. 770-477-3766. Free.
Rescue. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Get an inside look at what it takes to be a first responder and understand what it takes to provide aid in times of need. Sept. 4-Nov. 15. See fernabankmuseum.org for show times. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.
Africa’s Elephant Kingdom. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Journey into Kenya for a glimpse of an Elephant’s wild world through waterfalls, desert and vast plains. Sept. 4-Nov. 15. See fernbankmuseum.org for show times. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free. 

 

music

Concerts on the Square. Marta Plaza. Various bands perform every Saturday night in Sept. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29. 7 p.m. Downtown Decatur. 404-371-8386. Free.
Bluesky Concerts. Marta Plaza. Bring your lunch and enjoy music on the square. Every Wednesday in September from noon-1 p.m. Downtown Decatur. 404-371-8386. Free.
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 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.; The Black Lillies, Sept. 1. 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. Banks and Shane, Sept 9. 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. Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26. Concerts from 5:30-8 p.m., 265 Park Ave. West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
All-Day Bluegrass. Red Top Mountain State Park. Various artists perform bluegrass and mountain music. Food vendors available. Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 50 Lodge Rd., Cartersville. 770-975-0055. General admission, $15; 12 and younger, free. 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.
Glover Park Concert Series. Glover Park. Atlanta Pleasure Band, Sept 28. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs may be set up after 4 p.m. 50 Park Sq., Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.
Moonlight and Music Concert Series. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawn. 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.

 

nature

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. Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $5 per person; parking, $5.
Saturday Afternoon Fly Fishing. Panola Mountain State Park. This clinic focuses on casting and safety. Bring snacks, sunscreen, and water. A Georgia fishing license is required for children 16 and older. Sept. 8. 9-11 a.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $15 or $12 with own gear. parking, $5.
Canoeing 101. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Learn the basics of canoeing on the CNC’s ponds. Ages 5 and older. Sept. 16. 10-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055 ext. 237 to pre-register. $15 per person plus admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
Ranger-led Mountain Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. See wildlife and learn about this important ecosystem. Saturdays at 10 a.m. 2600 Ga. Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $7/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. Sept. 14 and 28. 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. Sept. 8. 8-10 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $10/person plus admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
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; ages 3-18, $3; 2 and younger, free.
New Manchester History Hike. Sweetwater Creek State Park. A mile hike leads to the five-story ruins of the Civil-War era New Manchester textile mill. Climb inside the ruins and view the whitewater rapids. Saturdays in Sept. 1-3 p.m. 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs. 770-732-5817. $5/person; parking, $5.

 

special events

Dragon*Con Parade. Downtown Atlanta. Be sure to catch some wacky costumes and interesting sci-fi culture at this parade, a part of a large convention featuring the latest in fantasy, gaming, comics and more. Parade is Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. beginning at Woodruff Park on Peachtree St. Convention is Aug. 31-Sept. 3. 770-909-0115. Parade is free. 
Sunday Funday. East Cobb Park. Enjoy live entertainment and family fun, visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Sundays Sept. 9-Oct. 28. 4-7 p.m. 3322 Roswell Rd. Marietta. 770-591-3160. Free.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Atlanta Motor Speedway. Catch three nights of racing with some of NASCAR’s top stars. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Fri., 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 1500 Tara Pl, Hampton. 770-707-7904. Tickets start at $25 for adults; kids 12 and younger, free.
Grandparents’ Day Ice Cream Social. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Honor grandparents with an old fashioned ice cream social. Sat. Sept. 9. 1-3 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Grandparents eat for free, everyone else $3 plus admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
Nutty Nature Day. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Enjoy a day of crafts, laugh during the flying debris show and learn about trees during Storytime. Sept. 15. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055 ext. 237 Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
Teen Arts Night. City Center. Teens can bring instruments, poetry, artwork and short stories to share. Includes a slice of pizza and a soda. Sept. 7. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. $5.
History Tours. Piedmont Park. Learn about Piedmont Park’s history and the city of Atlanta. Tuesdays and Saturdays through Dec. 11 a.m. Reservations for Tuesdays required. Meet at the Green Market Info booth near 12th St. park entrance. Piedmont Park. 404-875-7275. Free.
Fulton County Free Saturday. High Museum of Art. Admission is free for Fulton County residents with I.D. on the first Saturday of each month. Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Free.
Second Sunday Funday. High Museum of Art. Enjoy art demonstrations, art-making workshops and live performances. Sept. 9. 1-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 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.
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. Adults $12, 16 and younger, $9.
Sesame Street Live. Philips Arena. Catch the “Elmo Makes Music” Tour and watch the gang make instruments out of stuff they find on the street! Sept. 13-16. Thurs. 6:30 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 4 p.m. 1 Philips Dr., Atlanta. 404-878-3000. Tickets $17-90.
Roswell Georgia Paranormal Investigations. Roswell. Take a walking ghost tour led by paranormal investigators. Every Fri., Sat. and every other Sun. 8 p.m. No tour on Sept. 30. 610 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-649-9922. Adults, $15; children 12 and younger, $10.
Ghosts of Marietta. Marietta. A 90-minute lantern led walk through historic Marietta. Thurs.-Sat. 8:30 p.m. 131 Church St., Marietta. 770-425-1006 . Adults, $17; children 12 and younger, $12.
The Cole Brothers Circus. Atlanta Motor Speedway. Watch breathtaking performances, a motorcycle show and animal attractions. Sept. 20-23, Thurs.-Fri., 4:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 P.M.; Sun., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. 1500 Tara Pl, Hampton. 386-736-0071. Adults, $21; children ages 2-12, $16; younger than 2, free.
Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. Centennial Olympic Park. “Our Many Cultures.” Sept. 22. Noon-4 p.m. 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-543-7407. Free.
Play the Animal Way. Zoo Atlanta. Entertain your inner wild thing in the wacky world of animal enrichment. Enjoy music, crafts and demonstrations for kids. Sept. 29. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 800 Cherokee Ave. Atlanta. 404-624-9453. Adults, $20.99; children ages 3-11, $15.99; 2 and younger, free.

 

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.
Storytime. Yawn’s Books. Enjoy a story for all ages. Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. 210 East Main St., Canton. 678-880-1922. Free.
Tales for Toddlers. Bean Head Toys. Stories read in the indoor tree house, then kids make a 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.
Storybook Time. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Listen to stories about bees, butterflies, frogs and flowers. Wednesdays through Oct., 10:30 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.
Storytime by the River. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Listen to storytellers read about the night sky as they use books and crafts. Every first Wed. of the month. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Free with admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
Family Storytelling. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Join the Southern Order of Storytellers’ Father Goose Brigade as they share exciting cultural stories. Sept. 28. 7 p.m.  980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338. Adults, $3; Children 12 and younger, $1.

 

theater

Tranquil Tortoise and the Hoppity Hare. Alliance Theatre. Join in the fun and exitement as the tortoise and the hare hit the starting line. Sept. 4-8, 15, 22. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. The Sept. 15 and 22 performances are at The Goat Farm Arts Center, 1200 Foster St., Atlanta. General admission, $10; ages younger than 1, free.
The Tortoise, the Hare and other Aesop’s Fables. Center for Puppetry Arts. Children will be bouncing, clapping, and singing along when the carnival comes to town and presents five stories from Aesop’s timeless fables. Through Sept. 9. Thur.-Fri., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.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. $16.50.
The King and I. Fox Theatre. This popular musical will capture the hearts of many as you watch a British tutor brought into the court of Siam to teach the King’s many children. Sept 5-11. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 1:30 p.m., 7 p.m., Also Sat., 2 p.m. 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404- 881-2100. $34-67.
Velveteen Rabbit. New Dawn Theater. Children will love this tender story about a child’s love, imagination and friendship. Sept. 6-22. Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m. Main St., Duluth. 678-887-5015. Tickets, $7.
The Three Little Pigs and More. Center for Puppetry Arts. Take a trip with fantastic folk tales from around the world. Sept. 12-23. Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.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. $16.50. 
Anything Goes. Marietta Strand Theatre. This musical and tap dancing extravaganza tells the story of two unlikely pairs that embark on the course of true love as the S.S. American sets sail. Sept. 21-Oct. 7. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. 117 N. Park Sq., Marietta. 404-377-9948. $40-45.
Sleeping Beauty. Center for Puppetry Arts. Join hero Prince Stefan as he sets out to rescue the princess Aurora. Sept. 26-Oct. 7. Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Sat. noon, 2 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. $16.50. 

 

beyond atlanta

First Friday Night Concert Series. Hancock Park. Travel to the gold-mining town for some outdoor tunes. Sept. 7. 6:30 p.m. Corner of North Park St. and Warwick St., Dahlonega. 706-864-3711. 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.
Family Fun Days. The Rock Ranch. Enjoy farming attractions and kids activities at the Rock Ranch. Sept. 22 and 29. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock. 706-647-6374. Admission, $15; ages 3 and younger, free.
Pumpkin Fest and Scarecrow Trail. North Georgia Zoo. Take a look at some unique scarecrows or enter one of your own. Enjoy the wool jump, hayrides and more. Sept. 22-Oct.31. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2912 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland. 706-348-7279. Adults, $7; 10 and younger, $5; infants, free.

 

‘WHAT MOVES YOU’ COMMUNITY HEALTHY LIVING DAY

Atlanta Ballet: Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre
SEPT. 9, 10 A.M.-6 P.M.
The whole family can “get moving” and learn about living healthy. Put on your dancing shoes and attend free classes in different genres of dance, including hip-hop, jazz and ballet. Attend the “Great Kids Snacks Food  Demo” and learn about healthy snack options. This full day of activities will culminate with performances by Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi chamber performance group and the company’s Centre for Dance Education. 1695 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta. 404-873-5811. Free.

‘THE THREE LITTLE PIGS’ & MORE

Center for Puppetry Arts
SEPT. 12-23: WED.-FRI., 10 & 11:30 A.M.;
SAT., 11 A.M., 1 & 3 P.M.; SUN., 1 & 3 P.M.
Take a journey around the world with this special puppetry performance that brings some of the kids’ favorite bedtime stories to life. Expect new renditions of three classic folk tales: “The Frog Prince” from Germany, “Three Billy Goats Gruff” from Scandinavia, and “The Three Little Pigs” from England. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Tickets, $16.50.

COLE BROS. CIRCUS

Atlanta Motor Speedway
SEPT. 20-23, THURS.-FRI., 4:30 & 7:30 P.M.; SAT., 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 P.M.; SUN., 1:30 & 4:30 P.M.
The Cole Bros. Circus, performing under a “big top” since 1884, returns to the Atlanta Motor Speedway with tigers, elephants, clowns, trapeze artists and more. This annual show promises daredevil acts, aerial ballet, exotic animal attractions and a freestyle motorcycle show. 1500 Tara Pl., Hampton. 386-736-0071. Adults, $21; children ages 2-12, $16; younger than 2, free.

 

YOUR STATE PARKS DAY

Georgia State Parks & Historical Sites
SEPT. 29, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites will welcome visitors to all state parks in Georgia for no charge. Take advantage of this play day for the whole family. Georgia State Parks offers activities such as hiking, fishing, picnicking and much more - all in the great outdoors. For addresses to Georgia State Parks, visit gastateparks.org. Free.