AJC - Dinosaur Birthday Bash: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:17
AJC - Dinosaur Birthday Bash: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Dinosaur Birthday Bash: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

By Kelly Sundstrom

With the kids back in school, you'll want to take advantage of the all your weekends by enjoying a little time together as a family around town.

These family-friendly events throughout the Atlanta area are perfect for kids and grown-ups alike, with everything from free movies to dinosaurs. 

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So, make sure to get out there and experience this lineup of fantastic, fun-filled activities in all around metro Atlanta:


Pioneer Games. 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov.

See what life was like for kids in the 19th century at the Pioneer Games taking place at Kennesaw Mountain this Saturday. You;ll try out a few old-fashioned games, like the hoop and stick, the cup and ball and graces.

The Princess Bride at The Strand. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, students and military. Earl Smith Strand Theatre. 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080. www.earlsmithstrand.org.

See The Princess Bride as it was meant to be seen on the big screen at the Strand in Marietta. The hilarity and adventure begins at 8, with a pre-show featuring the Might Allen Theatre Organ at 7:30.

Street Corner Symphony. 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Tickets $18 to $25 per person. Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center Morgan Concert Hall. 488 Prillaman Way NW, Kennesaw. 470-578-6650. www.arts.kennesaw.edu.

Enjoy a Street Corner Symphony on Saturday in Kennesaw, which will feature a wide array of musical stylings, including gospel, rock, pop, barbershop and more.

Infantry Demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain. 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686. www.nps.gov.

Find out what life was like as a Civil War Civilian and watch live infantry demonstrations that include musket and canon firings this weekend at Kennesaw Mountain.

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15th Annual Down Swings for Disabilities Golf Tournament. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. $200 per golfer, $700 per foursome. Smoke Rise Country Club. 4900 Chedworth Drive, Stone Mountain. 404-942-0086. www.dddfoundation.org.

Calling all golfers: the 15th Annual Down Swings for Disabilities Golf Tournament needs your help to provide dental treatment for patients with developmental disabilities. Come out and golf for this worthy cause. Registration includes greens fees, breakfast, luncheon, drinks, photos and a goody bag.

Dinosaur Birthday Bash at Fernbank. 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Included with museum admission, free for members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Come out to Fernbank for a prehistoric birthday party to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic. Visitors will enjoy party games, hands-on activities, crafts and a visit from a very special guest.

Flick-Nic in Candler Park. Begins at dark. Saturday, Aug. 19. Free. Candler Park. 585 Candler Park Drive NE, Atlanta. friendsofcandlerpark@gmail.comwww.friendsofcandlerpark.org.

It's family night at Candler Park. Bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs, because “The Jungle Book” will play on the outdoor big screen as part of the Flick-Nic series.

Trip Talk Back: Malaysia. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Free. Decatur Library. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 470-219-4546. www.myworldprogram.org.

Atlanta-area high school students will share experiences, stories, videos and photos from their trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this Sunday. It all takes place at the Decatur Library for free, but please RSVP.

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Gabie's Great Adventure. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19. $14 to $32 per person. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth. www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

Join Gabie the Honey Bee as she takes you on an exploration of America's agriculture. Come sing and dance while learning how to eat healthy and grow your own food on this family-friendly journey.

Inflatable Fun Run. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. $35 to $50 per racer, registration required, free to watch. Scott Hudgens Park. 4545 River Green Parkway, Duluth. 770-476-3434. www.duluthga.net.

Race through inflatable obstacle courses and a tidal wave slide at a radical 5K through Scott Hudgens Park. The Inflatable Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. and includes free activities and live music.

Tropical Smoothie Café Grand Opening. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Free. Tropical Smoothie Café. 1630 Scenic Highway N, Suite F, Snellville. 678-395-7400. www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com.

Take part in the grand opening of the Snellville Tropical Smoothie Café this Saturday. It takes place all day long and includes giveaways, prizes, free samples and more.

Meet and Eat with Chef Amanda Dew Manning. 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Free. Gwinnett County Public Library Peachtree Corners Branch. 5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners. 770-978-5154. www.gwinnettpl.org.

Come out to the Peachtree Corners Branch of the Gwinnett Public Library to see Chef Amanda Dew Manning, a Garden Chef at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and cooking instructor. Guests will see how to create healthy recipes and taste some of Mannings dishes at this not-to-miss event.

North Fulton

Touch a Truck Alpharetta. 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Free. Wills Park. 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta. 678-297-6133. www.awesomealpharetta.com.

Wills Park will fill with an array of large vehicles on Saturday for Touch a Truck Alpharetta. Visitors will see (and touch) a fire truck, dump truck, limousine, police vehicles, school bus and 18-wheeler along with inflatables, games and face painting.

August Audubon Bird Walk. 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Included with admission, free for members. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

See some of the amazing avian residents around CNC this Saturday on the August Audubon Bird Walk. This tour will journey throughout the forests and areas around the center, so dress accordingly.

Painting with a Purpose for Pancreatic Cancer. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. $35 per person. Painting with a Twist Sandy Springs. 6780 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 470-294-2926. www.paintingwithatwist.com.

Enjoy an evening of painting and fun while helping raise money for pancreatic cancer this Saturday. 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Nerdyoke. 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Free. Battle & Brew. 5920 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 678-560-1500. www.battleandbrew.com.

It's the geekiest karaoke you'll ever see at Battle & Brew this Sunday. At this Nerdyoke event, cosplay is encouraged and experience isn't required.