Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Aug. 20-22

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Weekends were made for restoring balance. After all that hard work all week long, you deserve to have some fun! From a giant dinosaur drive-through to outdoor movies, free outdoor music, and a BBQ festival—and more—you’ll have plenty of ways to get yourself centered before the weekend is through. Keep reading for the scoop on these activities for the family in Atlanta, below.

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See Dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest Drive-Through Experience
The dinosaurs are invading Georgia at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Watch more than 70 true-to-life size dinosaurs roar, move and walk around at this drive-thru experience featuring the T-Rex, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Megalodon and more. Here‘s what you need to know.

See Movies in Moonlight in Sandy Springs
Leadership Sandy Springs presents Movies by Moonlight (MBM), bringing back the nostalgia of an outdoor cinema and the fun of a timeless carnival. It’s a drive-in movie and a block party rolled into one! Catch Raya and the Dragon, and enjoy fountains, childrens’ splash pad and a great viewing area. For more information, check this out.

Dance to Free Live Music at Avalon Nights Live!
Unwind after a long week with live music in The Plaza at Avalon every Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away. Here‘s what you need to know before you go.

Enjoy Food Trucks & Entertainment at Fridays-n-Duluth
Duluth is the place to be on Friday night from May through September as food trucks take over Downtown Duluth! Experience exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing local cuisine while listening to live entertainment on the Festival Center Stage and in Parsons Alley. Here‘s more info before you roll.

Eat BBQ & Hear Live Music at Pigs & Peaches BBQ Fest
Admission and entertainment at this BBQ fest in Kennesaw are free, but note that public tasting is not offered as part of the BBQ competition. However; dozens of vendors (including several cook teams) will be selling BBQ and other food and beverages at the festival for purchase. Check out more details here.

Explore Nature with Lost Explorers Club in Sandy Springs
Learn about different natural elements in the environment, including mushrooms, dragonflies & butterflies, and pollenators. After a nature walk and talk, you can participate in a theme-inspired craft in the Outdoor Classroom. Register in advance. These are the details.

Go to the Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Enjoy the outdoors, browse for irresistible art and crafts and appreciate the beauty of Atlanta’s largest park—plus a children’s area, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic musical performances—can be found for free, all weekend. Here‘s what you should know.

Experience Outside the Lines at The High Museum’s Sifly Plaza
Outside the Lines, an immersive maze of accessible, brightly-colored sensory environments by award-winning design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio, as its seventh site-specific installation on The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The installation continues the High’s multiyear series of inclusive and inviting commissions to activate the Museum’s outdoor space and encourage community engagement. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Tour an Alpaca Farm
Visit a unique farm in Snellville, Georgia that’s been the home of over 50 alpacas since 1993. Offering a safe, close-up, hands-on experience unlike any other, you can bring the family and enjoy petting the alpacas in their pen, plus bunnies, goats, sheep, and pigs too! Guinea fowl and Toulouse Geese also call Creekwater home, and you can enjoy it all with public, private, or virtual tours—there are even guided alpaca walks! Here‘s the scoop.

Check Out The Illuminarium on the Beltline
Come face-to-face with the world’s most exotic animals while standing in their natural habitats. Visit the watering holes, wander the sweeping plains, take in the majestic landscapes. You’ll believe you’re there at Illuminarium, which uses high-resolution laser projection to brings these experiences to life. Find out more here.

See Glass Art in Nature at Atlanta Botanical Garden
SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom brings dozens of large-scale contemporary glass sculptures by Jason Gamrath, reflecting the beauty of nature to the Garden. The 13 installations of about 150 pieces of brilliantly colorful sculptures all represent blooming plants. Find more info here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

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—Shelley Massey

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