2017 spring bucket list for Atlanta families


Spring has sprung − almost.

With such a fuzzy line between winter and spring this year, the mild temperatures call for an early kickoff to spring.

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If your family needs a little inspiration, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered the top ways to frolic throughout the spring in Atlanta.

Here is our spring 2017 bucket list:

Kids Skate Free in Kennesaw, Lawrenceville, Smyrna and Woodstock
Select days now throughout the spring. Check the websites for details.

Sparkles Family Fun Centers in Kennesaw, Lawrenceville and Smyrna and HotWheels Skate Center in Woodstock
including Sparkles Family Fun Centers in Kennesaw, Lawrenceville and Smyrna and HotWheels Skate Center in Woodstock

Stay active even during those March and April showers and still stick to a budget. The Kids Skate Free program is designed for parents to enoy one free evening of skate for their kids. Parents can sign up as many as four kids for two free passes (some limits apply) to skating sessions. Head to the Kids Skate Free website for a list of participating locations in the Atlanta area.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical
7:30 April 18, 19, 20; 8 p.m. April 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 22 and 1 p.m. and 6:3- p.m. April 23.  Adults $30-$105


Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. NE. 404-881-2100
http://atlanta.broadway.com/shows/matilda-baa/
Indulge in a night at the theater the whole family will adore. The national touring company brings Roald Dahl’s beloved book of the same name to life.

Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Arts Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15-16
174 Johnson Ferry Road NW. Sandy Springs. 404-873-1222
The two-day outdoor festival brings art to the streets of the city and kids will love the interactive art stations. Can't make it that weekend? Be sure to check out the Sandy Springs Playable Art Park at Abernathy Greenway Linear Park (70 Abernathy Road, Sandy Springs) any nice day this spring.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays April 15-June 4, 2017
General admission purchased online beginning at $19 for adults, four-person package $115
6905 Virlyn B Smith Road, Fairburn. 770-964-8575
https://www.garenfest.com/
Make this the year you make it back in time to the festival. Jousting is the headliner, but the merry olde kids will also look forward to rides and games, food and drink and daredevils of all descriptions.

Roswell Cycling Festival
April 22-30
Most events free; registration for the April 30 Mayor's Ride costs $10 for the 6-mile Family Ride and $35 per individuals in all race categories
Get the bikes out of the carport and pedal all week long. Recreational rides, educational events and awe-inspiring races are all part of the downtown Roswell package that appeals to all ages and skill levels.

Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Starting March 30 and running throughout the 2017 season on "Attractions Open" days listed on the calendar
Included in a daily Adventure Pass, tickets starting at $26.95
http://www.stonemountainpark.com/Tickets-Specials/Tickets
1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain. 800-401-2407
Hear the roar? This is a one-season-attraction and your family could be one of the first to see them this spring: 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects that make them move and sound like their ancient ancestors. T-Rex, a three-horned triceratops and a winged pterandon lead the pack.
http://www.stonemountainpark.com/Calendar

Decatur Arts Festival
5 p.m. Friday Artwalk; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 26-28
All events free
Downtown Decatur. 404-371-9583
info@decaturartsalliance.org
2017 poster unveiling
May 4 at the community bandstand in downtown Decatur

Decatur Lantern Parade
9 p.m. Friday, May 12
decaturlanternparade.com
Gather at Color Wheel Studio at 508 E. Howard Ave., Decatur, after 8 p.m., then parade to the downtown square along with the Black Sheep Ensemble.
http://decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/lantern-parade/
http://decaturartsfestival.com/festival-events/author-readings-and-book-signings/
Immerse your kids in community and art throughout May. The festival also includes gobs of author readings and book signings, which gives you lots of chances to catch at least one.


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