Lil’ Bean Heads Crafts. Bean Head Toys. Create an art project. All ages welcome but smaller children may need assistance. May 2, 16. 3-4 p.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-2980. Free.
Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free.
Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety while building a craft and receive a kid-sized orange apron. May 5. 9 a.m.-noon. 5-12. Free.
Drop-in Family Class. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Gift in a Jar: Herbal Bath Salts. Discover the therapeutic benefits of three herbs from the Edible Garden while creating a personalized Mother’s Day gift. May 5, 12. 10:30 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.
Crafts for Kids. Lakeshore Learning Store. Make a craft. May 5, Thank You Bouquet Card; May 12, Handprint Keepsake; May 19, Rainbow-colored Creatures; May 26, Patriotic Wand. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. 3 and older. Free.
EnviroVentures Saturday Drop-By. Piedmont Park. Kids make crafts while parents shop at the Green Market. May 5, 19. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. 404-875-7275. Free.
INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Mother’s Day Craft, May 7-11; Fish Craft, May 14-18; Turtle Craft, May 21-25; Memorial Day Craft, May 28-31; free with paid admission. Museum hours, Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-536-1900. Adults, $8; children, $6.
Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program includes circle time, an activity, and craft. May 10. 10:30 a.m. -noon. 3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth. 770-495-0253. $7 per child, one adult free.
American Girl Crafts. American Girl Boutique and Bistro. Spirit Scrunchie Craft, May 11, 4-6 p.m.; McKenna’s Mirror Crafts, May 16, 30. 4-6 p.m.; Marie Grace and Cecile’s Crafts, May 21. 4-6 p.m.; Braids and Bows, May 25. 4:30 p.m. 1202 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. 8 and older. Free.
Build and Grow Clinics. Lowes. Clinics teach kids to build wooden crafts. Kids receive a free apron, goggles and merit patch. Saturdays, May 12, 26. 10 a.m. Visit for locations. 800-445-6937. Pre-register. Free.
Magic Mondays. Atlanta History Center. Storytime, sing-a-longs and crafts. May 14. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $6.50; kids, $5.50.
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.


Dance & Music

Pickin’ on the Square. Historic Newnan Square. All musicians are invited to head to the square to play. All skill levels and genres welcome. May 5 and 19. 11 a.m. Historic Downtown Newnan Courthouse Square. 770-253-8283. Free.
Riverside Sounds. Riverside Park. Outdoor concert series in the park. May 5 from 7-9 p.m. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free.
Spring Concerts on the Plaza. O’Neal Plaza. Free concerts. May 5, 12, 26 at 7 p.m. Downtown Douglasville. 770-949-2787. Free.
Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert. Atlanta Symphony Hall. One of the youth orchestra’s three annual performances. May 13 at 3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Tickets, $10.
Concerts by the Spring. Heritage Green. Free outdoor concerts. Swingin’ Medallions. May 13. Gates open at 5 p.m. Concert from 7-8:30 p.m. 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Free.
Friday Jazz. High Museum of Art. Listen to jazz artist Takana Miyamoto on May 18 at 5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Free with museum admission. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free.
Beauty and the Beast. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center. Northeast Atlanta Ballet presents Beauty and the Beast. May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 3 p.m. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 800-745-3000. Tickets, $12-$21.
The Imagination Movers. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Disney Channel’s Imagination Movers present their “In a Big Warehouse” rock ‘n roll live show for kids of all ages. May 19 at 2 p.m. or 5 p.m.  2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. Tickets, $27-$37.
Music at Noon. Centennial Olympic Park. Enjoy live music, including pop, R&B and jazz performed by local artists. Tuesdays and Thursdays in May from noon-1 p.m. 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
Blue Sky Concerts. Decatur Square. Bring your lunch and enjoy music on the square. Every Wednesday in May from noon-1 p.m. Downtown Decatur. 404-371-8386. Free.
Wednesday WindDown. Centennial Olympic Park. Free concert series, including jazz, R&B and Blues artists. Wednesdays in May. 5:30-8 p.m. 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
Concerts on the Square. Decatur Square. Bring a picnic dinner and listen to eclectic music. Every Saturday in May from 7-9:30 p.m. Downtown Decatur. 404-371-8386. Free.


KAWS: Down Time. High Museum of Art. A major multi-site exhibition of work by Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, a.k.a KAWS. Through May 20. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat.,10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Closed Mon. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free.
George Washington Carver. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Browse the exhibit that examines the life of this famous scientist and humanitarian. Through May 27. 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.
Georgia Artists: A Juried Art Exhibit. Abernathy Arts Center. See showcase of accepted work by established and emerging artists from across Georgia exhibits in various mediums to include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, drawing, pastel, photography, clay, sculpture, printmaking, and wood. May 4-June 15. Opening reception Fri., May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 254 Johnson Ferry Rd. N.W., Sandy Springs. 404-613-6172. Free.
Off the Hook Exhibition. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. Approximately 200 handmade antique, modern and contemporary hook rugs by dozens of Southeastern artists are on view in the state of the art galleries. Through June 30. Mon-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., closed. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $7.50, students 13-22 with student ID, $5.50, children 3-12, $3.50, 2 and younger, free.
Hubble Exhibit. Tellus Science Museum. See amazing, huge images from space thanks to the Hubble space telescope. Includes images of galaxies, exploding stars, stars being born, even some planets. May 5-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 agility of dolphins, live human actors, dramatic costuming, and special effects. Shows Mon.-Thurs. noon, 2:30, Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Admission price depends on date of visit; Adults, $29.95 or $34.95; ages 3-12, $23.95 or $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.
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, informative exhibit about dung, poop and scat, sprung from the popular The Scoop on Poop children’s book by Wayne Lynch. Includes live animal displays. May 26-Sept. 3. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifford Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $17.50; ages 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.
The Big Adventure. Imagine It! 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. The Big Adventure encourages their natural desire to explore and investigate, while challenging their physical abilities with fun activities such as Adventure Mountain, Virtual Flyer, and Out on a Ledge. May 26-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. Take advantage of Target Free Second Tuesday; admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month. 



Outdoor Movie Series. Swift Cantrell Park. Watch Puss in Boots this month outside in the park. May 5. 6 p.m. 3140 Old 41 Hwy., Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. Free.
Born to Be Wild. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Meet the people who rescue orphaned orangutans and elephants in the rainforests of Borneo. Through May 18. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m.; Sun., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. 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. May 23-Aug., 3 p.m., 6225 Maddox Rd., Morrow. 404-366-7749. Free.



Friday Feeding Time. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Watch the animals at chow time! See frogs crunch crickets, turtles munch mango, and more. May 4. 4 p.m.; show lasts about 45 minutes. 9770 Autrey Mill Rd., Johns Creek. 678-366-3511. $7 per child; parents are required to stay with children (one free parent entry with paid child).
First Saturday Hike: Birds and Migration. Elachee Nature Science Center. Hike through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and learn about Georgia’s stream animals. May 5. 10-11:30 a.m. 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. 770-535-1976. Adults, $5; ages 2-12, $3.
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. May 5. 7:30 p.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.  May 11, 25. 10 a.m. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. Kids, $5; adults, free.
Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. In Turtle Tours, an educational series for children ages 2-5, Sandy the Chipmunk and Spring the Turtle introduce preschoolers to history. May 12. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111, ext. 4. Free, donations encouraged.
Night Hike. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Explore the woodlands and wetlands by moonlight, then roast marshmallows by the campfire. Ages 5 and older.  May 26. 8-10 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $10/person.
The Sky Tonight. Fernbank Science Center. An astronomer leads the tour through the constellations, planets and events of the evening sky. Saturdays in May. 11 a.m. 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta. 678-874-7102. Adults, $4; children, $3.


Special Events

Heritage Crafts Day. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Living historians, skilled crafters and artisans will demonstrate age-old skills ranging from basketry to blacksmithing. Children’s crafting area and local musicians and dancers will provide family-oriented entertainment. May 5. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. Free.
Yaarab Shrine Circus. Jim R. Miller Park. Check out high-flying trapeze acts, aerials and acrobats, show horses, elephants, bears, daredevil acts, carnival rides and, of course, world-famous Shriner clowns. In addition to 22, 90-minute circus performances over 10 days, the rides and attractions, check out the iconic carnival food, including funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, hot dogs, candy apples, fluffy fries, burgers, pizza. Through May 6. 2245 Callaway Road. Marietta. Adults, $10; 6-11, $6.
Renaissance Festival. Enjoy 32 acres transformed into a 16th-century kingdom, complete with period food, games, music, exhibits, shopping, and more. Saturdays and Sundays through June 3, plus Memorial Day, May 28. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn. 770-964-8575. Adults, $19.95; ages 6-12, $8.95; 5 and younger, free.
Canoeing 101. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Learn the basics of canoeing on the CNC’s ponds. Ages 5 and older. May 6, 26. 12:30-2 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055 ext. 237 to pre-register. $15/person.
Taste of Alpharetta. Downtown Alpharetta. Sample food from more than 60 restaurants, watch cooking demonstrations, visit exhibits and more. May 10. 5-10 p.m. 2 South Main St./Hwy 9., Alpharetta. 678-297-6000. Free admission, tasting samples for a small fee.
Kids Fishing Festival. Panola Mountain State Park. Kids 15 and younger can learn to hook catfish and bluegill while they learn fish identification and fishing skills. Bring your own bait and rods. May 12. Noon-3 p.m. Ga. Hwy. 155, Stockbridge.  770-389-7801. Pre-register. Parking, $5.
Pirate & Princess Weekend. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Dress like a pirate or a princess and participate in hands-on activities, games, crafts and plenty of music and fun! May 12-13. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $17.50; ages 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.
Start of Summer Play Day. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Have fun with hula hoops, Frisbees, parachutes and sidewalk chalk. Make your own bubbles and much more. May 26. Noon-4 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
Sunday Funday. East Cobb Park. Pack a picnic dinner and bring the family. Live music with Jay Memory. Obstacle course fun at 5 pm. Sundays through May 27 (weather permitting). 4-7 p.m. 3322 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-591-3160. Free
Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. Centennial Olympic Park. This month’s theme is “Flights and Kites.” May 26. Noon-4 p.m. 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-543-7407. Free.
Veteran’s Remembrance Day. Atlanta History Center. Listen to war veteran’s stories, see living history interpretations from World War I, II and the Civil War, complete with authentic dress, equipment and vehicles. May 27. Noon-5 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; younger than 4, free.



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., No.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.



A Wrinkle in Time. Theatrical Outfit. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery Medal-winning novel. Through May 6. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. (except May 2-3); Sat.-Sun, 2:30 p.m. , May 2-4, 11 a.m. (May 3 sold out). 84 Luckie St., Atlanta. 877-725-8849. Adults, $16.20-37.80; kids and any student with ID, $16.20-27.
A Year with Frog and Toad. Marcus Jewish Community Center. Follow cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad as these two great friends go through four fun-filled seasons. May 9-10, 12-13. Wed., 7 p.m., Thurs., 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m., Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody. 678-812-4002. Adults, $15-$18; younger than 13, $10-$15.
Shakespeare in the Park. Legacy Fountain in Piedmont Park. See William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Picnicking before and during the performances. May 9-13. Wed.-Sun., 7:30 p.m. 1320 Monroe Dr., NE, Atlanta. 404-504-1473. Tickets, $10. Not recommended for young children.
Cinderella. Aurora Theatre. Aurora favorite Wendy Bennett puts her own spin on the beloved tale with puppets, costumes, props and plenty of audience participation. May 12. 10 a.m. 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. Tickets, $7.
Peter Pan. Center for Puppetry Arts. This adaptation of the J.M. Barrie classic is for all ages. Through May 27. Tues.-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. Tickets, $16.50.
Curious Moon Puppet Show. Morrow Branch Library. See a traditional puppet show with handmade puppets. Children will be enthralled by the stories and will have the chance to learn how puppets are made and how they work. All ages. Pre-register. May 31. 10 a.m., 6225 Maddox Rd., Morrow. 404-366-7749. Free.


Beyond Atlanta

Day Out With Thomas. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Take a 25-minute ride with the full-size Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt, listen to storytelling, enjoy live music and more. May 5, 6, 12. Visit for departure times. 4119 Cromwell Rd., Chattanooga, TN. 866-468-7630. Tickets, $19 for ages 2 and older.
Kids Fish ‘n’ Fun Fishing  Derby. Camp Jordan Park and Pond. Pros from the Outdoor Adventures Network help kids learn about fish habitat, behavior and equipment. Pros teach kids how to cast, tie knots, bait hooks and reel in fish. Kids 12 and older must have a fishing license. May 19. 8:30 a.m.-noon. 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy., East Ridge, TN. 423-267-3474. Free.
Kids Day at the Park. Smithgall Woods State Park. Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education where kids learn to stay healthy and appreciate the great outdoors.. Archery, animal exhibits, compass games and more. May 19. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen.  706-878-3087. Parking, $6.
Memorial Day Blast. Unicoi State Park and Lodge. Join in on sack races, field day activities, campfires, concert and a hoedown. May 25-28. Times vary. 1788 Hwy. 356, Helen. 800-573-9659 ext. 305. Parking, $5.



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