100 Days of Summer: Week 4

The Escape Game

Movies Under the Stars

Catch a new release at these drive-in experiences, or head to a city park for a movie night. Find more free movie series here.

Make an Escape

Put your problem-solving skills to the test with these themed challenges. Find more escape rooms here.

  • Breakout Games’ themes put you in the role of an undercover detective in Undercover Alley, freeing the passengers in Runaway Train, finding stolen art in Museum Heist and more.
  • Find the artifact that will save the planet, solve the case and prove your innocence, regain control of a submarine, disarm a nuclear bomb, or find treasure in a castle with Project: Escape’s rooms.
  • The Escape Game’s themes include Prison Break, Special Ops: Mysterious Market, Gold Rush, Playground and The Heist to find items and solve challenges.
  • Urban Escape Games has 10 different scenarios, including The King’s Treasure, an escape room built for kids to solve puzzles and do activities.
  • Cobb County PARKS’ The Emporium asks you to solve the mystery behind the owner of the local Emporium’s disappearance, as you step up to run the business in his place.

Behind the Scenes

Metro Atlanta provides the backdrop to amazing movies and TV shows. See sites from “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Walking Dead,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and more.

Up in the Clouds

Soar high in a plane or hot air balloon.

  • Soar over Atlanta’s notable attractions and get a bird’s-eye-view with Biplane Rides Over Atlanta.
  • Magic Carpet Ride Balloon Adventures offer hot air balloon rides over the entire metro area, and they may even be able to fly you from your own property.
  • Balloon Atlanta offers private rides for two or shared rides for three or more for views of Alpharetta, Marietta, Canton, Roswell and Cartersville.

Become a Junior Ranger

Kids can learn about history and explore the outdoors at parks and historic sites in Georgia as they work toward earning 59 different site-specific Junior Ranger badges. Inside each Junior Ranger Activity Book there are missions to complete for badges at each park.

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25+ Not-to-Miss July Events

Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Don’t miss these exciting events for a fun-filled July. Check out our list of 4th of July celebrations, spring and summer festivals, exhibitsconcerts and free outdoor movies.

A Garden with Wings at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Encounter butterflies in all stages of life, as well as nectar plants. July 1-31.

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta

Imagine being face-to-face with the world’s most exotic animals in their natural habitat with this immersive digital experience with a 4K laser projection, audio, scents and in-floor haptics. July 1-Aug. 8.

Survival Safari at Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy an evening of team challenges, scavenger hunts and interactive activities that will help you learn more about nocturnal species and how they use their different senses to navigate in the park. July 2 and 17.

Disney’s Newsies at The Legacy Theater

See this Broadway show about the newsboy strike come to life on the lawn. July 6-Aug. 1.

Aurora Children’s Playhouse on the Lawrenceville Lawn

Children are transported to Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama and Puerto Rico with music, dance and instruments at “A Musical Tour Through Latin America.” July 7.

Junie B. Jones at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Quirky Junie B. Jones must learn to survive the adventures of first grade in this musical based on the popular book series. July 7-21.

Into the Woods at Byers Theatre

Fairytale characters Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and more meet in this musical adventure. July 9-18.

Circo Hermanos Vasquez at Plaza Fiesta

This amazing circus features dancers, magicians, clowns, acrobatics, stunt performers and more. July 9-25.

Family Zoo Yoga at Zoo Atlanta

Practice yoga and stretches inspired by bears, and learn more about their connection to humans. July 10.

Summer NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Watch drivers compete in the Xfinity Series and the Quaker State 400 races. July 10-11.

Second Sunday at High Museum of Art

Enjoy free admission to see special and permanent art exhibits. July 11.

Breakfast with Butterflies at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Spend one-on-one time with butterflies while enjoying a light breakfast and exploring the grounds prior to opening. July 11.

Once Upon a Time at Lionheart Theatre

This play festival features “Fractured Fairytales” by J.M. Wolf and is directed and acted by kids. July 15-18.

The FRIENDS Experience at Perimeter Pointe

Visit set recreations from the sitcom “Friends,” along with original props and costumes. July 15-Sept. 6.

Stamp and Scrapbook Expo at Gas South District

Attend workshops, win prizes, go shopping, get crafty and more at this scrapbooking event. July 16-17.

Reptile Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Meet live reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, tortoises, lizards and more. July 17.

Railroad Speeder Days at Southeastern Railway Museum

Experience railroad pieces from the past, and go on speeder rides. July 17-18.

Twilight Tots at Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy a mini-tour of the Zoo, sing songs, hear stories, observe animals and more at this program designed for younger kids. July 24 and 27.

Harlem Globetrotters at State Farm Arena

This new Spread Game tour features high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, streetball, family entertainment and more basketball fun. July 25.

Back-to-School Bubblepalooza at Duluth Town Green

Play with bubbles, enjoy yard games, and dance to the tunes provided by a DJ. July 28.

Southeast Homeschool Expo at Cobb Galleria Centre

Shop home education materials, learn from homeschool speakers, find resources to help you on your homeschool journey and more, while kids entertain themselves in the KidsZone. July 29-31.

Opossum Breakfast at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Enjoy a light breakfast in the company of an opossum, learn how staff take care of the animal and make a craft. July 30.

Wild World Weekend at Zoo Atlanta

Travel all around the world to experience the dynamic cultures and rich biodiversity with wildlife, special entertainment and activities. July 31-Aug. 1.

Candytopia in Buckhead

Travel to an imaginative fantasyland with an immersive experience featuring art installations, sensory experiences and candy samples. Through July 31.

The Ugly Duckling at Center for Puppetry Arts

When a young bird doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond, he goes on a journey where he meets other animals and discovers his true self. Through Aug. 1.

Summer at the Rock at Stone Mountain Park

Special summer entertainment includes an action-packed Canine Thrill Show and an interactive magic show from Aaron Radatz. Through Aug. 2.

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Through Aug. 8.

Games in the Gallery at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. Through Aug. 29.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. Through Sept. 7.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards

This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. Through Sept. 26.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden

View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. Through Oct. 31.

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Best 4th of July Fireworks in Atlanta 2021

Marietta

Cookouts, parades, fireworks! These are all staples of a fun Fourth of July spent with friends and family in Atlanta.

Events may require advance registration or timed ticket entry; call or check websites for COVID-19 safety precautions.

Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Memorial Lawn at Stone Mountain Park

Enjoy a fireworks display following the Lasershow Spectacular. July 1-5.

Independence Day Celebration at Newtown Park

Listen to live music by The Block Party Experience, enjoy activities, taste food and watch fireworks. July 2.

Independence Day Celebration in Peachtree City

Fourth of July parade begins at 9 a.m. at Village on the Green on Peachtree Parkway. Fireworks will take place over Lake Peachtree at dusk. July 3.

Fourth of July Parade, Festival and Fireworks at Glover Park

A parade, free concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks. Parade begins at Roswell Street Baptist Church and ends at North Marietta Parkway. July 3.

Red, White & Boom! at Lillian Webb Park

Fireworks, food trucks, inflatables, music and more. July 3.

Kennesaw’s Salute to America in Downtown Kennesaw

Pre-Fourth celebration including two stages of live music, food vendors and other activities. July 3.

Duluth Celebrates America at Duluth Town Green

Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display, live music, food trucks and more. July 3.

Sparks in the Park at E.E. Robinson Park

Fireworks, food and drinks and live entertainment. July 3.

Cumming Fourth of July Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds

Festivities include a dance contest, food, vendors. July 3.

Fourth of July Celebration at Dellinger Park

Concert, fireworks, children’s area, food and more. July 4.

Fourth of July Parade and Rotary Celebration in Downtown Newnan

A patriotic, hometown parade starts at Veteran’s Memorial Park and ends at Greenville Street Park; followed by entertainment and food at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium directly after parade; fireworks at dusk. July 4.

July Fourth Concert and Fireworks at Cauble Park

Food vendors, live music in the afternoon and fireworks at dark. July 4.

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Roswell Area Park

Watch the skies light up over Roswell with live music, entertainment and food trucks. Bring chairs and blankets. Fireworks start at sunset. July 4.

4th of July Celebration in Avondale Estates

Community-led parade starts at 10 a.m.; fireworks begin at dusk at Lake Avondale. July 4.

July Fourth Fireworks at Wills Park

Watch a brilliant display of fireworks at dusk. July 4.

July 4 Fireworks in Downtown Decatur

Fireworks display that will launch from the top of DeKalb County Parking Deck. July 4.

Sandy Springs Stars & Stripes Annual Fireworks Celebration at City Green

Enjoy live entertainment at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at this family-friendly gathering. July 4.

Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade at Dunwoody Village

Celebration features marching bands, floats, clowns and animal units who will march from Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road to Dunwoody Village. July 5.

July 4th Spectacular in Woodstock

Celebrate with a festival, a parade and fireworks. July 5.

Beyond Atlanta

July 4th Weekend Star Spangled Beach Party at Callaway Gardens

Beach activities, live music, food trucks, contests and the annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 2-4.

July 4th Fireworks at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Celebrate America’s birthday with this fireworks extravaganza. July 4.

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Make Learning Fun at These Local Exhibits

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Catch these special exhibits in metro Atlanta. Due to safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, attractions are requiring tickets to be purchased in advance; call or check websites before you go for other safety measures.

Calder-Picasso

High Museum of Art
Explore more than 100 works of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, two of the foremost figures in twentieth-century art. June 26-Sept. 19.

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

Center for Puppetry Arts
This special pop-up exhibit explores sports mascots and body puppetry. June 27-Aug. 1.

High Museum of Art | Super Lamp, Martine Bedin

Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting

High Museum of Art
See the technological and artistic innovations of lighting designs since the 1800s. July 2-Sept. 26.

Outside the Lines

Sifly Piazza
Play in this accessible environment designed for those with physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities that features tactile and interactive elements. July 10-Nov. 28.

Bike to the Future

Museum of Design Atlanta
See the latest in bicycle design, as well as cutting-edge bicycle infrastructure from projects around the world. Through July 25.

Candytopia Atlanta

Buckhead
Enter an imaginative fantasyland with immersive art installations, sensory experiences and candy samples. Through July 31.

Habitat

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Learn more about the science behind habitats, plants, animals and humans in this outdoor exhibit with examples of habitats and biomes from around the world. Through Aug. 29.

Games in the Gallery

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. Through Aug. 29.

Zoo in You

Tellus Science Museum
View the world of inner microorganisms and the microbiome to learn more about personal health with engaging, interactive and bilingual exhibits. Through Sept. 6.

Nature’s Ninjas

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Discover how different species have evolved to protect themselves from predators, and meet live animals. Through Sept. 6.

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Immerse yourself in the world of crocodiles with explorations of their history, biology, behavior and relationship to humans. Through Sept. 6.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab

Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. Through Sept. 7.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Pullman Yards
This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. Through Sept. 26.

Out Of This World! Jewelry In The Space Age

Tellus Science Museum
Explore more than 200 pieces of vintage and contemporary jewelry with celestial and Space Age designs. Through Oct. 24.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom

Atlanta Botanical Garden
View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. Through Oct. 31.

Masterpiece of Puppetry: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Center for Puppetry Arts
Journey to the newly reimagined world of Thra with a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the fantastical inhabitants and landscapes, puppets, props and artifacts. Through Oct. 31.

Science Fiction, Science Fact!

Tellus Science Museum
View the technologies that science fiction books and media were able to predict. Through Feb. 20, 2022.

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100 Days of Summer: Week 3

Pirates Ahoy! at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Land Ho

Join the pirate crew, take part in swashbuckling dance parties, film your own action-packed pirate movie, walk the plank, and pose for themed family photos at LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Pirates Ahoy! on view through June 20.

From Daring Heights

Tower above Atlanta and take in the views at these attractions.

  • The gondolas at SkyView give you an exciting view of Downtown and a panoramic view of Atlanta.
  • Defy gravity and enjoy the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFly.
  • Head to the top of The Westin Peachtree Plaza for The Sun Dial Restaurant, an upscale restaurant with a 360-degree view of Atlanta.
  • Reach new heights with Treetop Quest, an aerial adventure park with ziplining and treetop obstacles.

Kid Chef

Cultivate your mini chef’s skills at these classes. Kids learn kitchen safety, how to make meals and bake treats.

Become a Technical Wizard

Visit the Computer Museum of America to learn more about technology and computing. Exhibits include an exploration of NASA and Apollo 11-17, a collection of supercomputers, artifacts of the digital past from an abacus to a Game Boy and more.

Up Close with the Animals

Zoo Atlanta’s Wild Encounters allow you to get a one-on-one experience with a fascinating animal. Meet a rhino, an elephant, an Aldabra tortoise, a toucan, a lemur or a giant panda for an  opportunity to delve more into the animal’s life and to learn how they’re cared for.

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10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, June 20 will mark the longest day of 2021, heralding the official start of summer. Use these suggestions as a starting point to spark your own solstice ritual.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt

For smaller children, number or alphabetize clues leading to treats or summer supplies. Consider sunglasses, sunscreen, bug catchers, coupons for an ice cream outing or glow-in-the-dark necklaces. For tweens and teens, try a homemade coupon for a special privilege they have been begging to experience (maybe an hour later curfew or a zip line trip).

Eat Dinner Outside

A backyard barbecue is fun, but add to the festive feel with a change of scenery. Tune into nature on this day – pack a picnic dinner and head to a local park.

Try a Family Sun Salutation

A sun salute is an overall body stretch for the whole family, and kids will be amused while creating the yoga position called downward dog. Here is a simple version.

Make a Flying Wish

Write a wish down on paper and burn it, sending the wish into the sky. If the weather isn’t cooperative, there are wishing papers rise quickly and then disappear, and can be lit indoors. Try one from Flying Wish Paper. Another fun activity is wishing lanterns. Head outside with the family, make a wish and watch as the lantern floats away.

Start Summer Resolutions

Take your lead from the movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” (PG) and see if your family can develop a “Thrill Point List” for summer. What could you add to your list to make the summer of 2021 an exciting time for everyone? Pull out poster board and markers and let the creativity flow.

Stay up Until Dark and Stargaze

Check local observatories for summer solstice events. For novice star searches, borrow a book from the library to help you assess what you’re seeing, or use a free star-finding app such as Star Chart, SkyView or Night Sky Lite.

Rituals Often Involve Water

If nothing else, dip your toes in. How about a family battle using water balloons or squirt guns? Your willingness to let go and have fun can be a signal that the more relaxed days of summer are here.

Get Your Hands Dirty

It’s not too late to plant some produce or flowers. Consider planting in your vegetable garden for a fall harvest or add annuals to your flower garden to mark the occasion.

Bury Any Negatives

Has anyone in the family been struggling with something, such as a habit they want to leave behind? Write down any behaviors or experiences you want to put behind you and bury them. Use the solstice as a restart button.

Invite Friends to Join the Celebration

Remember to try and capture the “we always” when building a new family tradition. Kids love the tradition of “we always eat … ” or “we always do … ” a certain thing on a special day. Maybe you will always start solstice with a pancake breakfast. Ask your children for suggestions and they will likely come up with some fun options.

–Sue LeBreton

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Best Blueberry Farms Around Atlanta

Your family will love picking fresh berries right off the bush just like the classic children’s book, “Blueberries for Sal.” Locations around the Atlanta area offer inexpensive options for picking. Admission and farm activities may be extra.

Come ready to pick as many blueberries as you can collect! Berries are available until the bushes are picked clean, so make sure to call ahead or check websites before visiting. Blueberry conditions change from day to day. Maintain safe social distance practices and wear masks before visiting these farms.

Mercier Orchards

Head to Blue Ridge for Mercier Orchards’ Farm, which plans to have u-pick blueberries starting in June. Take in the beauty of the 300-acre farm with a tractor ride, and stop by the café or market for delicious food and treats. In July, you can also pick blackberries.

Southern Belle Farm

This McDonough farm has a two-acre blueberry patch for pick-your-own, or you can grab pre-picked berries at their market, which also has baked goods, jams, honey, fruit ciders and more. Visit with chickens, donkeys, cows, goats, horses and more at Belle’s Barn. U-pick begins on June 7.

Mitcham Farm

In summer, you can pick your own blueberries or blackberries at this cute farm in Oxford, 45 minutes east of Atlanta. Fresh produce also includes sweet corn, cucumbers, beans, okra, onions, peaches and more. They also sell homemade strawberry jam, local honey, frog jam, preserves and strawberry slushies at their Farm Stand.

Cool Springs Blueberry Farm

Cool Springs Blueberry Farm

Cool Springs Blueberry Farm

This Gainesville farm plans to open for the season on June 19. Blueberries and blackberries are available for u-pick or pre-pick. Enjoy refreshments and browse the gift shop with arts and crafts from local artisans. Blueberry availability for 2021 is limited.

Adams Farm

Since 1805, this family-owned farm in Fayetteville has been a staple for fruits and vegetables. In summer, head here for three varieties of blueberries, two varieties of blackberries and three varieties of raspberries. The market and u-pick fields are open Mondays through Saturdays, and u-pick is projected to run from June 1-Aug. 1.

Tuckaway Blueberry Farm

This family-owned and operated blueberry farm is located in Loganville with more than 500 rabbit eye blueberry bushes. They’re planning to open later in June.

Lone Oak Farms

Lone Oak Farms in Grantville is open seven days a week during blueberry season, which starts in July.

Fleeman’s U-Pick Blueberries

Travel to Winder to pick blueberries at this family-owned farm. Expected to open in mid-June.

These farms will not have blueberries for the 2021 season:

Berry Patch Farms

The history of this Woodstock farm began in 1978 when the owners bought 40 acres of land for blueberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees.

Washington Farms

This Bogart farm offers u-pick blueberries, and you can also grab homemade ice cream or kettle corn. Activities include a cow train, petting zoo, ziplines, wagon rides, games and more for family fun.

DJ’s U-Pick Blueberry Farm

This Lawrenceville farm offers u-pick by the gallon as you peruse the blueberry fields. Kids will love viewing the Scottish Highland Cows, Coco and Rudolph, as well as the goats, and you can even bring bread and veggies to feed them. They’re planning to open the second week of June.

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100 Days of Summer: Week 2

Summer at the Rock at Stone Mountain Park

Summer at the Rock

Starting on June 12, enjoy special summer entertainment and the nightly Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision at Stone Mountain Park’s Summer at the Rock. Performances include an action-packed Canine Thrill Show and an interactive magic show from Aaron Radatz, and experience attractions, such as Scenic Railroad, SkyHike and Summit Skyride.

Yoga with Animals

Move in the company of cute creatures.

  • Goat Yoga. For ages 15 and older. Serenbe Yoga + Bodyworks. Sat. and Sun.
  • Family Zoo Yoga. For ages 4 and older. Zoo Atlanta. June 12 and July 10.

Become a Mini Scientist

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of science at Tellus Science Museum. Permanent exhibits include minerals, gemstones, fossils (the Fossil Dig reopens June 7), transportation technology and more. Special exhibits explore how science fiction became fact, space age inspired jewelry and how microorganisms work. Ages 8 and older can also participate in special archaeology events, available in June.

Free Bowling

Bowl a strike at metro Atlanta bowling centers that participate in the Kids Bowl Free program, which gives registered kids two free games of bowling every day. Find bowling centers in Atlanta here.

For the Chocolate Lover

Become a chocolatier for a day with Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Learn the history of chocolate, make your own truffles, decorate caramel apples, and dip cookies, pretzels and potato chips for delicious treats.

It’s Time to Paddle

Learn how to paddle, kayak, canoe and more with these experiences.

  • Try out canoeing at Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Summer Family Canoe Days. Learn paddling techniques and equipment, participate in races, and play practice games.
  • REI offers hiking trips, kayaking and paddleboard tours, classes on birding, biking, paddleboarding and more for the ultimate outdoorsy experience.

Sleep in the Trees

Spend a night in a treehouse for a unique staycation.

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Go-to Guide: Tubing with Kids Around Atlanta

Traveling down the Chattahoochee by inner tube or raft is a great way to cool off. Do it yourself, or visit one of these companies for a relaxing day on the river.

Please note that because companies are taking safety precautions during COVID-19, you may experience longer wait times or reduced capacity for rentals. Be sure to check the website or call for special instructions.

Cool River Tubing, Helen

This tubing company sits right in the German-inspired town of Helen, and also has a zip line, water slide and climbing areas. After snaking down the Chattahoochee River, explore the town and have a taste of German food.
Cost: Purchase tickets at the Headwaters or Chattahoochee Outposts, and the Main Street Booth. $10-$16 per person; prices vary for other activities.
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 3.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Float down the Chattahoochee River at one of NOC’s three outposts: Roswell at Azaelea Park, Powers Island or Johnson Ferry.  Kayak, canoe, paddleboard and raft rentals and guided trips are also available; book tickets online.
Cost: From $25 per person.
The Details: Open daily at 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Minimum tubing age is 8.

Chattahoochee River Tubing

Purchase tickets at the Abbots Bridge Road check-in area; a shuttle will take you to the put-in location for a four-hour ride down the Chattahoochee. Straps are available to tether your tubes together, or rent a 4-person raft.
Cost: $23 (4 hour trip)
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last trip leaves at 4:30 p.m.). Minimum tubing age is 5.

Helen Waterpark

This family attraction in Helen offers a 2.5-hour tube ride from 2 launch locations – Highway 75 N. or Brucken Street. While you’re there, enjoy the waterpark’s slides and activities.
Cost: $12-$16 per person for a single-tube trip (prices vary on weekends and holidays).
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shoot the Hooch

Tube the Chattahoochee on a 2-3 hour trip, from Power Island Park NPS to Paces Mill NPS.
Cost: Starting at $25 per person.
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Minimum tubing age is 5.

DIY Shoot the Hooch

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is open for rafting and tubing from dawn to dusk during the summer; all you need is a life vest and raft or tube. Parking is $5 at any of the parking lot access points. Make sure to leave a second car where you decide to end on the river.

Check weather reports and call for dam water release information: This provides recommended calm water times for floating. Buford Dam: 1-855- 326-3569. Make sure you are in a safe location when the river begins to rise.
Minimum age to float down the river varies if renting supplies from a company; if not, it is up to parental discretion.
Ages 12 and younger must wear a life vest at all times. Ages 13 and older must have one in the raft or tube.
Rubber-soled shoes are a must for tackling slippery rocks.

Where to Go:
Abbotts Bridge to Medlock Bridge, 4 miles; 3-4 hours.
Medlock Bridge to Jones Bridge, 3 miles; 1.5-2 hours.
Morgan Falls Dam to Johnson Ferry, 2 miles; 1-2 hours.
Johnson Ferry to Powers Island, 3.5 miles; 2-4 hours.
Powers Island to Paces Mill, 3 miles; 1-3 hours.

Visit nps.gov or call 678-538-1200 for more information.

Appalachian Outfitters

Meet at Appalachian Outfitters’ Dahlonega outpost for a tube ride on the Chestatee River. A shuttle will take you to the put-in site for the 30-45 minute ride. If you want to do the trip again, take a 10-minute walk back to the beginning (or pay a $2 shuttle fee for each additional ride). You can also rent canoe and kayaks for trips on the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers.
Cost: $6 per person; $2 for additional shuttle rides.
The Details: Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 4.

Toccoa River Tubing

This tubing adventure is worth the trip to the scenic Blue Ridge area – take a 1.5 mile trip down the calm waters of the Toccoa river.  Single and two-person funyaks and kayaks are also available for rental.
Cost: $15 per person.
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; reservations are not required. The minimum age for tubing is 5.

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Play On: Summer Theatre Productions

Alliance Theatre’s Beautiful Blackbird | Greg Mooney

Atlanta has a lot to offer in the drama department. Don’t miss these special performances.

Call or check websites for COVID-19 safety precautions and event cancellations.

Alliance Theatre’s Beautiful Blackbird Live

This family concert from the Alliance Theatre is on a free tour throughout Atlanta and features original music inspired by the children’s book “Beautiful Blackbird.” June 3, 10, 13 and 17.

Vibe Check: Improv Comedy at Lionheart Theatre

Watch a family-friendly improv show from comedy troupe Vibe Check. June 4-5.

Best of Broadway Musical Theatre Revue at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Enjoy a set list of Broadway’s greatest hits. June 10-13.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Puppets perform in four productions this season: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff,” “The Princess and the Pea, Y’all” and “The Zany Zoo.” June 15-July 10.

Aurora Children’s Playhouse on the Lawrenceville Lawn

Special children’s programming includes “Phenomenal Physics,” “Rhythm in Motion,” “Cirque du Todd” and “A Musical Tour Through Latin America.” June 16, 23 and 30 and July 7.

The Ugly Duckling at Center for Puppetry Arts

When a young bird doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond, he goes on a journey where he meets other animals and discovers his true self. June 16-Aug. 1.

Virtual: Sit-In

Presented by the Alliance Theatre, this animated short celebrates the power of youth to change history as three friends learn about the sit-ins of the Civil Rights era. Through June 30.

Disney’s Newsies at The Legacy Theater

See this Broadway show about the newsboy strike come to life on the lawn. July 6-Aug. 1.

Junie B. Jones at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Quirky Junie B. Jones must learn to survive the adventures of first grade in this musical based on the popular book series. July 7-21.

Into the Woods at Byers Theatre

Fairytale characters Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and more meet in this musical adventure. July 9-18.

Once Upon a Time at Lionheart at Lionheart Theatre

This play festival features “Fractured Fairytales” by J.M. Wolf and is directed and acted by kids. July 15-18.

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