Grab & Go Weekend Planner
More stuff to do and places to go
Hey moms and dads! Have you thought about your family's plans for this weekend? Well, I have. Take a look at this list of creative ideas. Whether your kids are into reading, hiking, biking, building, taking in a movie, or seeing dragon bones, I have something for everyone. Have fun!
For All 4 Areas:
"The Brand New Kid" at Seven Stages
When: 10:30 a.m, Tuesdays - Thursdays; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Sundays. Now through March 27.
Where: 7 Stages, Main Stage Theatre (in Little Five Points), 1105 Euclid Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Box office: (404) 523-7647
Why Go: This family friendly musical is based on the book "The Brand New Kid" by news television host Katie Couric. This story of tolerance revolves around the new kid in town, Lazlo S. Gasky, who is lonely until befriended by the popular Ellie McSnelly. This is best for kids ages 4-13.
Pricing: $15- $18. Discounts available for Synchronicity members, groups, students and seniors. Go online for tickets here.
When: Hours vary, now through March 13.
Where: Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. (404) 581-4000
Why Go: Take advantage of this special, limited-time offer to see the world's largest aquarium for a steal of a deal. Normal prices start at $18.96 for kids and $24.95 for adults. Also, "Plant Shark" is still on display; this is great for the shark fans in your brood.
Pricing: $15, but children under 2 years old get in free. Use this link for special price tickets. This offer is not available at the regular ticketing box office.
When: 9 a.m, Saturday, March 5.
Where: Your Local Home Depot Store.
Why Go: You and your child can enjoy some bonding time, while building a special racing car. Then, come back the first Saturday of every month for a new project. Happy building!
When: Hours vary, now through August 14.
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. (404) 929-6300
Why Go: Do you believe in the mythical creatures of storybook fame? Do you know the difference between the Western view and the Eastern view of dragons? Have you have ever seen authentic artifacts supporting the claims of mermaids or unicorns? Well then, go on down and see for yourself at this amazing display of mythical creatures.
Pricing: Members and children under 2 years old are free. Children (3-12), $13, seniors and students, $14; and adults, $15. Additional discounts and group rates available.
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 4.
Where: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322. (404) 727-4282
Why Go: Your children can wear their pajamas, munch popcorn, and sip hot chocolate while watching this beloved children's movie in a unique setting. Be sure to bring your favorite stuffed animals and come a little early to see current exhibit "Monsters, Demons and Winged Beasts" that inspired this event.
Pricing: Free for members. $5 for non-members.
Near Tucker & Stone Mountain
When: 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5.
Where: Borders at Stone Crest Mall, 8000 Mall Parkway, Lithonia, GA 30038 (678) 526-2550
What: Celebrate National Education Association's national "Read Across America Week" and Dr. Seuss' birthday by coming out to hear special stories, participate in crafts, play games, and more. This is best for young, school-age children.
When: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, March 5.
Where: Toco Hills Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033. (404) 679-4404
Why Go: Have a tail-waggin' good time reading stories to trained dogs. Studies have shown that reading to dogs increases children's confidence levels in their own reading abilities. Come out, and see if this is true for your young reader! This event is open to the first 20 participants.
When: 10 a.m., Satuday, March 5.
Where: Autry Mills Nature Preserve. 9770 Autry Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022. (678) 366-3511
Why Go: Get out there, and see nature, live and in person! This guided hike though 46 acres of forest and wetlands will have you seeing things you never noticed before. Hikers who are younger than six must be accompanied by a parent. The hike takes approximately one hour. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Hike may be cancelled because of weather.
Pricing: Members are $5 a person, and non-members are $7 a person. Registration is not required, but it is available by calling the center.