Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Feb. 4-6

Beat winter boredom with a free tour of Oakland Cemetery that emphasizes the lives of Atlanta’s African Americans, or meander through European knights in armor at Fernbank, or perhaps take a dino safari with animatronics they’re sure to remember. Whatever your interests are, Atlanta’s families are set for options. Keep reading for our favorite things to do this weekend, below.

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Take the Free “We Shall Overcome” Tour at Oakland Cemetery
This tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding and ordinary African Americans who fought to overcome the effects of slavery and discrimination to help shape the history of Atlanta. These free tours start outside of the Oakland Bell Tower (at the Visitors Center and Museum Store) at 1 p.m. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in with the volunteer at the front desk. Here’s what you need to know.

See Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type at Center for Puppetry Arts
Opening on February 2 and running Thurs.-Sun. through Mar. 13 is the Center’s adaptation of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin.  Farmer Brown can’t believe his ears. Are his cows typing? Then he receives a letter from the cows with a specific demand. If they do not get what they want, they will strike. Here‘s all you need before you go.

Check Out Knights in Armor at Fernbank
Knights In Armor showcases stunning examples of European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. Through more than 100 objects— including full suits of armor, mounted equestrian figures, paintings, helmets, swords and other weaponry— this exhibit tells the tale of the European knight from the medieval and Renaissance periods through the Medieval Revival of the 19th century. Check it out here.

Visit 3 Roswell Museums for Super Sunday
Celebrate Black History Month throughout February in Roswell. You’ll find an abstract exhibit at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, a student art exhibit at Roswell City Hall, a quilting exhibit in remembrance of lives lost at the River Landing, a virtual black history student brain bowl, a Super Sunday at 3 museums on Feb. 6, a Black History 101 mobile museum on Feb. 12 at the Bill Johnson Community Building, and an African-American Inventors exhibit at Mimosa Hall. Here‘s what you need to know.

Check Out Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum
Inspired by the educational, animated comedy series, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab presents an exciting world of science and discovery! The exhibit invites you to join the fun through interactive explorations of science, technology, engineering, and math. Discover invisible forces that seem more like magic than science, manipulate simple machines, learn basic coding and more. Here‘s the deal.

Explore the Atlanta Science Festival
Once again, the Atlanta Science Festival is looking forward to painting the city with science during their week-long festival with 100 events across the city. Cap it all off with the Exploration Expo on Mar. 26– back after being quarantined for 2 years. Be sure to register to attend In advance. Here’s the scoop.

Go on a Dino Safari in Alpharetta 
Dinosaurs have taken over Alpharetta! Dino Safari…A Walk Thru Adventure at North Point Mall features fossils, a Sauropod Slide, Dig Pit, interactive games, cutting-edge research, and many varieties of advanced animatronic dinosaurs. Dig up ancient fossils, see how you measure up to the massive T. Rex, and race a Raptor. Check this out.

Explore Trains at the Atlanta History Museum
The cornerstone of Locomotion: Railroads and the Making of Atlanta is the restored locomotive Texas. The engine was built in 1856 for the Western & Atlantic Railroad, which had established its terminus in 1837 at the site that became Atlanta. For that reason, the locomotive is an important link to our city’s origins. Learn about the Texas and other ways railroads have shaped Atlanta. More info can be found here.

View the Obama Portraits at The High
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has loaned five cities—including Atlanta—the official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama. Take a peek a them before they’re gone. Here‘s the scoop.

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

—Shelley Massey


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