30+ Not-to-Miss May Events
We have you covered with the best family-friendly shows, exhibits and special events this month. Don’t miss our list of Mother’s Day events and brunches. Also check out our Guide to Spring and Summer Festivals.
A curious young boy has the power to create anything he can imagine, simply by drawing it with his purple crayon. From enchanted gardens to a circus and wild ride to the moon, see where Harold and his crayon can take you. Through May 26.
Experience the music of West Africa as Sugar Boy incorporates rhythms, dance, instruments, language and more. May 10 and 17-19.
Lanterns, light-boxes, illuminated headstones and botanicals are on display to showcase the historic stories of the Cemetery as well as other interactive elements. May 9-12.
Explore kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and climbing. Test ability, and build strength, coordination, balance and more. Through May 27.
Head outdoors for nature-inspired tech and tinker stations where you can experiment and explore. Through May 31.
Explore a candy-filled wonderland with a marshmallow pit, tons of pieces of art decorated with candy, whimsical swings and more. Through June 2.
Enjoy larger-than-life creations of some of nature’s most peculiar creatures. Artist David Rogers’ outdoor installation highlights bugs, insects and spiders carved out of natural materials and towering above visitors below. Through July 21.
This immersive, new experience for insect lovers of all ages. Learn about the unique qualities of bugs and meet giant insects such as a 15-foot dragonfly and 50-foot millipede. Through Nov. 10.
Everyone’s favorite “practically perfect” nanny takes center stage in this adventure based on the Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film performed by Roswell Youth Theatre. May 10-11.
Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world. Meet specialists from American Reptile Association, DNR’s Wildlife Resources, Amphibian Foundation and more. 60+ animals. May 11.
NASA-sponsored activities including exoplanet dancing, human solar system and more. Stargazing begins at 1 p.m. when the Observatory is opened to view the Sun. Activities continue through viewing stars and planets at night. May 11.
The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art host this event for ages infant to 5 years. Theatre and music performances, art-making, tours, storytelling, drama workshops, family yoga and more. May 11-12.
Larger-than-life whimsical plant sculptures come back to the Garden, and this year Alice in Wonderland sculptures are added to the already impressive collection, which include the dragon, mammoth and other favorites. Spot the floating white rabbit, an expansive chess board with heart trees and a large Cheshire Cat. Try and find Alice, too! May 11-Oct. 27. “Imaginary Worlds: Ogre and Friends” will be at Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville, and will include the ogre, frogs, bears and more.
Visitors can see the steps taken to fire cannons during the American Civil War. Artillerists explain the steps of firing a cannon by detailing the role of each person working the cannon. Afterwards, the process is performed in real time and the cannon is fired. May 11, 26 and 27.
Watch the Big Thinkers experiment with a Tesla coil and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of a electrostatic generator, an indoor lightning strike and an experiment with levitation using static electricity. May 11.
Afternoon tea, crafts and games, and a performance by Atlanta actress, Holly Stevenson, as she brings to life Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten and other characters through storytelling and puppets. May 11.
(Free Fun) Free admission to the Museum the second Sunday of each month, and family programs include art making, storytimes and more. May’s theme is “Face to Face.” May 12.
Learn some of the common challenges animals face in the wild, and find out more about the easy ways you can help. Keeper talks and educational activities. May 17.
The Northeast Atlanta Ballet will bring this underwater tale of the Little Mermaid, the mischievous Sea Witch, and the cast of enchanting sea characters to the stage. May 17 and 19.
Enjoy a miniature train ride on a smaller version of a real steam train. The trains are scaled to one-eighth the size of a full-size railroad. Ages 18 mo. and older must ride with an adult. May 18.
See somersaulting acrobats, jugglers, clowns, motorcycling daredevils and more. Stroll the midway and enjoy over 40 carnival rides and attractions for all ages – along with circus favorites like cotton candy, corn dogs, funnel cakes and snow-cones. May 18-27.
Join the robot migration as you investigate how intelligent machines are advancing science, medicine, commerce, human collaboration and more with local robotics groups. May 18.
Games, contests, giveaways and fast, on-track racing. May 30 and most Thursdays in June and July.
Journey through the Mesozoic Era with the largest flying animals that ever lived through May 5.
Join The Dairy Alliance to celebrate Osteoporosis Awareness Month with special activities including cooking demos, cheese and milk tasting, dinosaur meet and greet, coloring station, The Bone Rap show and dress as a cow or Star Wars-themed character for a costume contest. May 4.
(Free Fun) Get hyped for college football year-round. On the first Sunday of each month, fans can tour the Hall for free. May 5.
The messiest game show on TV will bring Slime soaking and pie plastering and will be hosted by the Double Dare legend Marc Summers. You might even get chosen to compete! May 9.
(Free Fun) The night sky lights up with a parade of colorful and whimsical battery-powered lanterns. Bring your lantern and welcome summer. May 10.
(Free Fun) In addition to exploring the Museum’s featured exhibit, Family Free Day will also include a festival-like atmosphere celebrating innovation and creativity. May 1.
Visitors to the Zoo will explore activities highlighting STEM and Zoo careers. Explore wildlife with a microscope, use tracking technology to monitor animal populations and more. May 3.
Costume contests, character meet-and-greets with Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and R2D2. Watch space drones in flight, enter the “Talking Wookiee” competition and more. May 4.