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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.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon at Center for Puppetry Arts

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.

Music for the Very Young – Music of Africa: The Story of Sugar Boy at Atlanta Symphony Hall

Experience the music of West Africa as Sugar Boy incorporates rhythms, dance, instruments, language and more. May 10 and 17-19.

Illumine at Oakland Cemetery

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.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action at Children’s Museum of Atlanta 

Explore kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and climbing. Test ability, and build strength, coordination, balance and more. Through May 27.

Eco-Tinker: Interactive Exhibits at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Head outdoors for nature-inspired tech and tinker stations where you can experiment and explore. Through May 31.

Candytopia Atlanta at Lenox Marketplace

Explore a candy-filled wonderland with a marshmallow pit, tons of pieces of art decorated with candy, whimsical swings and more. Through June 2.

David Rogers’ Big Bugs at Fernbank WildWoods

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.

MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters at Stone Mountain Park

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.

Mary Poppins JR. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

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.

Reptile Day at Panola Mountain State Park

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.

Astronomy Day at Tellus Science Museum

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.

Toddler Takeover at Woodruff Arts Center

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.

Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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.

Artillery Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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.

It’s Electric at Aurora Theatre

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.

Tea with Beatrix Potter at Barrington Hall

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.

Second Sundays at the High Museum of Art

(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.

Endangered Species Day at Zoo Atlanta

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 Little Mermaid at Infinite Energy Center

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.

North Georgia Live Steamers at Georgia International Horse Park

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.

The Yaarab Shrine Circus & Fair at Jim R. Miller Park

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.

Robots Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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.

Thursday Thunder Legends Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Games, contests, giveaways and fast, on-track racing. May 30 and most Thursdays in June and July.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of the Dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Journey through the Mesozoic Era with the largest flying animals that ever lived through May 5.

May the 4th Be with MOO at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

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.

Southwest Sundays at College Football Hall of Fame

(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.

Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live! at the Fox Theatre

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.

Decatur Lantern Parade

(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.

Family Free Day at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

(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.

STEM Day at Zoo Atlanta

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.

May the Fourth Be with You at Rock Ranch

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.


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