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. Oct. 6. 9 a.m.-noon. 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. Oct. 4, Animals Aboard; Oct. 11, Fire Safety; Oct. 18, Fall Festival; Oct. 25, Pumpkin Party; 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. Oct. 15. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $6.50; kids 5 and younger, $5.50.
Homeschool Day. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Spend a morning learning environmental studies. Oct. 12. 9 a.m.-noon. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. 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. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25. 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. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. 3 and older. Free.
INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Pirate Craft, Oct. 1-5; Firefighter Craft, Oct. 8-12; Police Officer Craft, Oct. 15-19; Halloween Craft, Oct. 22-26; $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. Oct. 13. 10 a.m. Visit for locations. 800-445-6937. Pre-register. Free.
EnviroVentures Saturday Drop-By. Piedmont Park. Projects, 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. Oct. 11. 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.
American Girl Crafts. American Girl Boutique and Bistro. Have fun making crafts inspired by the stories of American Girl. Oct. 2, Bitty Twins’ Ballerina Paper Doll Craft, 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 9, Josefina’s Lace Fan Craft, 4 p.m.; Oct. 12, Historical Character Scavenger Hunt, 4-6 p.m. and Caroline’s Bonnet Craft, 4 p.m.; Oct. 23, Kit’s Tree House Craft, 4-6 p.m. Ages 8 and older. 1202 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Free.


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 become  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.
Ghengis Kahn. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Experience the amazing true world of Ghengis Kahn, one of the world’s greatest and most misunderstood conquerors. Opens Oct. 5. 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 Magic School Bus Kicks up a Storm. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Kids can learn about the weather and what makes it happen. Opens Oct. 6. 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.
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. Sun.- Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Last admission is at 5 p.m.) Sat.,10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Last admission is at 7 p.m.) 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.


Rescue. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Get an inside look at what it is like to be a first responder and understand what it takes to provide aid in times of need. Through Nov. 15. See 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. Through Nov. 15. See for show times. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, 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 Oct. 6 and 20. 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 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.
Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.. OnStage Atlanta. The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series makes a comeback in this production through clever, tuneful songs, instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulations.” Oct. 13-14. 1 p.m. 2597 North Decatur Rd. Atlanta. 404-897-1802. $10.
Beethoven in Bluejeans. Michael C. Carlos Museum. This family concert features the master himself, commenting on his life, music and influence, as the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom perform a variety of music from Bach to the present. Oct. 21. 4 p.m. 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-4282. 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.
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.


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. Oct. 13. 9-11 a.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, SW, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $15 or $12 with own gear, parking, $5.
Ranger-led Mountain Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. See wildlife and learn about this important ecosystem. Saturdays at 10 a.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, SW, 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; ages 3-18, $3; 2 and younger, free.
Candlelight Hike to the Mill. Sweetwater Creek State Park. A mile-long night hike leads to the five-story ruins of the Civil-War era New Manchester textile mill. Oct. 20. 7-9 p.m. 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs. 770-732-5817. $5/person; parking, $5.

special events

Lauren Oliver Book Signing. Barnes and Noble at the Mansell Crossings Shopping Center. Young adult author of the Spindlers will read and sign copies of her book. Oct. 2. 7 p.m. 7660 Northpoint Pkwy, Ste. 200, Alpharetta. 770-993-8340. 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. Oct. 5. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. $5.
Doc Healey Carousel Party. Come ride Doc Healey’s carousel! This event, put on by Atlanta pediatric dentist Michael Healey, includes fresh popcorn, lemonade, face painting, and a photo of your child on a horse. Oct. 6. 10 a.m.-noon. 1145 Hightower Trail NE, Atlanta. 770-993-9395. Free.
Urban Coop Tour. Wylde Center. View beautiful backyard chicken coops and learn gardening tips. Oct. 6-7. noon-5 p.m. 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur. 404-371-1920. $25 per person. Kids 12 and younger, free.
Sunday Funday. East Cobb Park. Enjoy live entertainment and family fun, visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Sundays through Oct. 28. 4-7 p.m. 3322 Roswell Rd. Marietta. 770-591-3160. Free.
Harvest on the Hooch. Chattahoochee Nature Center. A fundraiser for the Unity Garden. Enjoy family outdoor games, live music, cooking demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and more. Oct. 14. 3-6 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055 ext. 226. $30 per person.
Creepy Critter Day. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Enjoy a day of animal presentations and up close encounters. Also catch a book signing and reading. Oct. 13. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free.
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. Oct. 6, 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. Oct. 14. 1-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free.
Alive After Five. Downtown Roswell. Live music, vendors, late retailer hours, face painting and more. 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.


Children’s Story Time. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Age-appropriate stories followed by dance and song. 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 Rd., 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.


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. Through Oct. 7. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m., 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. Through 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. 
Peter and the Wolf & The Frog Prince. Center for Puppetry Arts. This marionette style puppetry performance tells a rendition of these two classics with an energetic symphonic score. Oct. 10-21. 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. 
Robin Hood. Aurora Theatre’s Main Stage. Children will love this fast-paced, sword fight-fueled adventure that comes to life. Oct. 13. 10 a.m. 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. $7.
Improvised Fairy Tale.  Company Act 3 Productions. Spend the afternoon where the young audience determines the story’s setting, characters and even the costumes. Oct 27. 2 p.m. 6385-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-241-1905. Free.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Escape down the Mississippi River and examine friendship and freedom in the face of ubiquitous prejudice. Oct. 28. 6:30 p.m. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2852. $15.

beyond atlanta

First Friday Night Concert Series. Hancock Park. Travel to the gold-mining town for some outdoor tunes. Oct. 5. 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. Sat., Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock. 706-647-6374. Admission, $15; ages 3 and younger, free.
Mom’s Morning Out. North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm. Bring the kids for a morning out and enjoy special rates. Oct. 9. 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.


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