Events List: Atlanta Family Events for September 24th – October 1st

Rivers Alive! at Chattahoochee Nature Center

WHEN: Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE: 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, GA 30075

Ages 8 – adult. No Pre-Registration Required. Help clean up the Chattahoochee River during this annual event.  Head down to Riverside Park and join in with the clean-up.

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Live in the Ben Brady Pavilion – Sara Hickman at Chattahoochee Nature Center

WHEN: Saturday, September 24th at 1:00pm

WHERE: 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, GA 30075

All Ages. Sara Hickman, the Official Musician of Texas, brings her amazing voice to the Chattahoochee Nature Center and shares some of her favorite family folk music!  Bring your blanket and get here early for this once-in-a-lifetimemusical performance.

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21st Annual Rivers Alive at Riverside Park

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:00 AM

WHERE: 575 Riverside Drive, Roswell, GA

Volunteer to help clean up your North Fulton community! Shuttles available to selected cleanup locations. Bring a canoe or kayak if you have one.  Let’s clean our waterways and help preserve their beauty for the next generation.
8:00 am      Check-in begins at Riverside Park
11:00 am    Awards and comments from elected officials
11:30 am – 12:30 pm  Free cookout for Rivers Alive volunteers  (bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs!)

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The Annual Great Duck Race at Big Creek on Oxbo Road

WHEN: Saturday, September 24th from 12:45PM-2:45PM

WHERE: Big Creek on Oxbo Road on Roswell, GA 30075

The Annual Great Duck Race is Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Big Creek on Oxbo Road at 12:45 p.m. The cost of the ducks are $3.00, each or 3 for $5.00. First place and second place winners receive monetary awards:1st Place – $100.00 and 2nd Place – $50.00.

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Pirate Days at Georgia Aquarium

WHEN: Saturday September 24th and Sunday 25th

WHERE: 225 Baker St. NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Batten down the hatches! Pirate Days is returning to Georgia Aquarium, Sept. 24-25, 2011! Kids 12 and under dressed in pirate costume receive FREE general admission to the Aquarium!* We are setting sail for an amazing and educational journey around the Seven Seas and our very own One World Ocean! Join Georgia Aquarium for a full weekend of pirate fun, Sept. 24-25, as we circle the globe and learn about our rivers and oceans, the unique animals that inhabit them and what you can do to help with the conservation of all aquatic life.
Georgia Aquarium’s Pirate Days weekend invites all curious swashbucklers to join our scurvy pirates and mascots as we raise awareness for Georgia Aquarium’s 4R Program, which promotes rescue, rehabilitation, research and responsibility. Bring a $5 minimum donation for our 4R Program and receive a special Arrrrrrbrushed tattoo!
Walk the plank with fellow pirates in pirate parades and join in the fun with pirate-themed arts and crafts, games, storytelling and more! Get your best pirate costume together and enter the costume contest for your chance at some sweet prizes.

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Boogie Woogie Bullfrog at Atlanta Botanical Garden

WHEN: Saturday, September  24th 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

Children will sing and jam along with Jerry Zee on percussion instruments to the sounds of rock, ragtime, calypso and more! Meet in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater. Included with Garden admission. No registration is required. Rain or Shine.

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Crafty Carnivorous Plants at Chattahoochee Nature Center

WHEN: Sunday September 25th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, GA 30075

All Ages. From 1 – 2pm, join a Naturalist to explore the fascinating world of carnivorous plants!  Tour our Pitcher Plant Garden to discover why these plants eat insects, how they attract them and get a peek inside the plant to seewhat happens next.  Then complete your Carnivorous Plant Hike by creating a kooky carnivorous plant craft to take home.

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Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards

WHEN: Sunday, September 25th from 9-6pm

WHERE: 9696 Hwy. 52 E., Ellijay, Georgia 30536

Pick Your Own Apples….for the peak of freshness pick them yourself right from our dwarf apple trees. Nature Trail through the woods & along the creek filled with scenes from nursery rhymes & fairy tales. Activities include a wagon ride, milk a cow, pig races, jumping pillow, live entertainment, pedal card tides, Moonshine Museum, petting farm, pony rides, and playground.

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Paws in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park

WHEN: Sunday, September 25th from 12-5pm

WHERE: 265 Park Avenue West NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Paws in the Park dog walk and pet expo is a fun-filled day that will feature a walk around Centennial Olympic Park, canine demonstrations, vendors and entertainment.


Motherhood the Musical at Woodruff Arts Center: 14th Street Playhouse

WHEN: Sunday, September 25th 2:00pm and other times through November 20th

WHERE: 173 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Motherhood the Musical is a funny, yet loving look at being a mom at any age. It’s climbing the emotional mountain only to find that there’s laundry at the top. It’s discovering how powerful your love can be and how quickly they grow up. It’s helping them find their way and not losing yours. It’s about laughing and crying, craziness and calm, smiles and tears . . . and all before breakfast.
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Faery Home Construction at Oakhurst Community Garden Project

WHEN: Sunday, September 25th 2-4pm

WHERE: 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030

Join artist Helen Goldberg and Mandi Elwood for a magical morning in the garden creating natural faerie houses. Each child will get to take a faerie abode home while helping to create a new settlement in the garden. Participants will explore the terrain and natural textures as they learn and choose materials for their mystical mansions. Faerie snacks will be served. This class is suitable for ages 5-9 and it is a drop off class. Please bring your own 8″ or larger terracotta plant saucer to the class to transport your faerie home.

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It’s Fall Craft Week! At INK

WHEN: Monday, September 26th through Friday, September 30th 10am-5pm

WHERE: 999 Chestnut Street, Gainesville, GA 30501

Make some crafts to bring in the Fall Season! Cost: $1.00 with paid admission to museum. INK Members are FREE.

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Chastain Chill at Chastain Park Playground

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27th from 4-7pm

WHERE: 135 W Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30342

On Tuesday from 4-7 at the Chastain Park Playground, Jay Memory performs live music for parents and our children to enjoy. This is a great chance to meet neighbors and be a part of the community!

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Happy Birthday, Shamu! Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27th 10am

WHERE: 7660 Northpoint Parkway Ste 200, Alpharetta, GA 30022

It’s Shamu the whale’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Shamu! Happy Birthday, Shamu! It’s a Storytime for you! Happy Birthday, Shamu! You don’t have to guess where in the ocean Shamu is! Instead, come to our Storytime to celebrate!

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Storytime at Atlanta Botanical Garden

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28th 10:30 – 11am

WHERE: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Listen to stories about bees, butterflies, frogs and flowers. Meet in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater weather permitting or in the Turner Broadcasting Garden Theater during inclement weather. Storybook Time is for children accompanied by an adult. Free with Garden admission.

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Stroller Cubs at Zoo Atlanta

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28th from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

WHERE: 800 Cherokee Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30315

Bring your little one on an early learning adventure as we stroll through the Zoo. Visit animal exhibits, and meet a friendly animal ambassador up-close during a special introduction to wildlife for our littlest guests. Adults socialize while kids enjoy playtime! Each month features a different area of the Zoo and a different animal ambassador. Don’t forget your stroller!

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Farm to School for Parents at Atlanta Botanical Garden

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28th 9am – 1 pm

WHERE: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Join Georgia Organics at the Atlanta Botanical Garden to learn how teachers incorporate food, nutrition and gardening education to improve student achievement, promote love of fresh fruits and veggies, and foster an understanding of where food comes from. Parents have the opportunity to participate in garden activities, a hands-on cooking demonstration, and in-depth information about the Farm to School Program.

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Toddler Thursdays at The High Museum of Art

WHEN: Thursday, September 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30309

Just when you thought Toddler Thursday couldn’t get any better…surprise! In 2011 we’ll devote each week to a new theme. Bring your tot each Thursday for a new way of looking at the High’s collection through letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. No registration required.
September Toddler Thursday Activities:
September 29: Red – Create a quilt design on paper that is infused with the color red.

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Cocktails in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden

WHEN: Thursday, September 29th from 6:00 ­ – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30309

Mix and mingle at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city! Sample complimentary lite bites from a top restaurant, groove to Lethal Rhythms Atlanta DJs and watch for surprise cultural performances throughout the season. Complete the evening with dinner at MetroFresh in the Garden.

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Mommy and Me: “All Aboard the Crescent” at Southern Museum

WHEN: September 29th from 10-11am

WHERE: 2829 Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Designed for preschool age children ages three to five-years-old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.

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Stone Mountain Park’s 10th Annual Pumpkin Festival

WHEN: Friday, September 30th 10am-5pm

WHERE: Us 78, Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Come out and enjoy some cooler weather at Atlanta’s favorite place to celebrate the fall season. Now in it’s 9th year, Stone Mountain Park’s annual Pumpkin Festival has become a family favorite with kids and parents alike.

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Fall Native Plant Sale at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse

WHEN: Friday, September 30th 10am-5pm and Saturday, October 1, 10am-5pm

WHERE: 9135 Willeo Road Roswell, GA 30075

There are many native plants suited to different garden situations, from full sun to full shade, and a wide variety will be available at this semi-annual sale of specialty plants.  This year we will also be sellingnutritious veggies for the winter vegetable garden in conjunction with our Unity Garden.  Horticulturalists and Master Gardeners will be on-site to assist you in picking the perfect plants for your yard and to answer all of your plant questions, making thisan educational visit as well!  Stop by and see what unique native plants we have in stock to beautify your gardens and attract native wildlife to your yard!

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Jazz Journeys: The Best in Atlanta Jazz at Georgia Aquarium

WHEN: Friday, September 30th from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

WHERE: 225 Baker St. NW Atlanta, GA 30313

Jazz Journeys, presented by Kia, is back for the summer! Join us starting in May for the fifth consecutive year when Jazz Journeys offers some of the best in Atlanta jazz. It is sure to lighten your mood with the sounds of upbeat, cool tempos and smooth melodic jazz tunes as you take in the sights of some of nature’s most alluring aquatic animals.

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Wildthings for 2s and 3s at Oakhurst Community Garden Project

WHEN: Friday, September 30th 10-11:30am

WHERE: 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur, GA 30030

Toddlers and their parents/guardians are invited to join Sharon Levering and explore the garden through a child’s senses. We will experience the season through song, story, and craft; and gardening activities also. You must pre-register for this program by Monday Sept 26.

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Outdoor Movie Series: Yogi Bear (Rated PG) at Swift-Cantrell Park

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st 6pm

WHERE: 3140 Old US Hwy. 41, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Enjoy a FREE, fun, outdoor cinematic experience at Swift-Cantrell Park on a giant inflatable screen. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or comfortable low-back chair. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Arrive early (at 6:00pm) for inflatables, games, face painting and plenty of giveaways. Movies begin at dark. All movies are rated PG, and titles are subject to change. Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions.

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Sweet Auburn Fall Festival at Auburn Avenue

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st 10:00am

WHERE: Auburn Ave NE and Jesse Hill Jr Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Sweet Auburn Fall Festival, one of the largest fall festival in the Southeast, attracting 100,000 people over a two -day weekend. Fun, food and entertainment for the whole family.

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Scarecrows in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st 9:00am to 7:00pm

WHERE: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Scarecrows in the Garden, Atlanta’s favorite fall tradition, returns for another season of spooky, kooky fun. Every October the Garden is stuffed with more than 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. In addition to the Scarecrows, enjoy a variety of fall crafts and games in the Children’s Garden every weekend, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free with Garden admission.

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Kidsfest 2011 Featuring Laughing Pizza at Avondale Estates Downtown

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st 10am-4pm

WHERE: Franklin St., Avondale Estates, Georgia 30002

Kids, grab your friends and family and do not miss the Atlanta-area’s premier Kidsfest event! Sponsored by the City of Avondale Estates and presented by The Museum School of Avondale Estates, Kidsfest will be held October 1, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Pine Street and Franklin Street in quaint Avondale Estates. The nationally known band Laughing Pizza will headline the event and the Sizzle, Hiss, Pop Band will be there as well. Admission is free, and activity wrist bands will be sold onsite.

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Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning

WHEN: Saturday, October 1st from 11am-3pm

WHERE: 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062

Create a free Autumn Pop Up Card this session. Outside the leaves are falling but they’ll be jumping out of children’s pop-up cards! Celebrate the new season with a pop-up card that brings autumn to life!

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