For garden-lovers: Gibbs Garden Enjoy 220 acres that include 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings and 19 waterfalls. For hiking and history: Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi Walasi-Yi calls to outdoor connoisseurs, with magnificent waterfalls and hikes du jour. For appreciators of the arts: Howard Finster's Paradise Garden Paradise Garden Foundation displays Howard Finster's folk art with pride, in hopes of continuing to inspire others now that he has passed. For adventure-seekers: Historic Banning Mills Hi

Free Family Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

As winter wraps up, we're all itching to get out and feel the beginnings of spring pop up.

While you wait for spring to burst forth, get out there and enjoy all the sunshine and community-centered activities around the Metro. 

From hikes to seminars, you'll find plenty to do this weekend to invigorate your mind and keep your body moving.

Here's the lineup:


Beyond Feeling Good: How To Deal With Difficult People and Tough Times. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb.24. $37 to $45 per person. Unity North Atlanta. 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 678-819-9100.

Discover how to deal with challenging people at this seminar led by Liah Kraft-Kristaine, J.D.. You'll learn strategies and tactics to enable you to feel empowered when encountering difficult individuals in the world. 

Daddy Daughter Dance. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. $25 per couple, $10 per additional daughter for residents, $35 per couple, $15 per additional daughter for non-residents. Brawner Hall. 3180 Atlanta Road SE, Smyrna. 678-631-5540.

It's time for the Daddy Daighter Dance at Brawner Hall this Saturday with a DJ, dancing, crafts, a photo booth and more. 

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed is at Palmer Events Center on Sunday. Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News
Photo: American-Statesman Staff

Discover the Dinosaurs Time Trek 2018. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25. $17.99 tp $19.99 per person. Cobb Galleria Centre. 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. 770-955-8000.

Take a step back in time and get up-close-and-personal with ancient giants this weekend at the Galleria during the Discover the Dinosaurs Time Trek experience.

Civil War Hygiene: Silent but Deadly. 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Free. 900 Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686.

Learn all about the personal hygiene of soldiers in the Civil War this Sunday during this free 30-minute program.


W.O.K.E. Career Prep. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. Free. The Body Church. 3009 Rainbow Drive #142, Decatur. 404-482-0612.

Land that job by preparing at the W.O.K.E. Career Prep event taking place at The Body Church this Friday. You'll work on interviewing skills and find out how to create a fantastic resume at this workshop.

The exhibit "The Power of Poison, " opening Feb 7 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, explores poison s roles in nature, myth and health. CONTRIBUTED BY D. FINNIN / AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Photo: hpousner/Atlanta Life and Culture Blog

Astronomy Day at Fernbank. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $16 for children ages 3 through 12, free for children ages 2 and under. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300.

Soar through the stars at Fernbank during their Atronomy Day, which will include crafts, hands-on activities, games and more.

Town Brookhaven Pub Crawl. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Discounted prices.Town Brookhaven. 4330 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404-847-1809.

Town Brookhaven will host their annual Pub Crawl event to raise money for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities this Saturday. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. guests will enjoy discounted food and drinks.

Free Family Festival. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Free. Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center. 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. 404-733-4650.

Join the Alliance Theatre for a Free Family Festival this Sunday. Visitors will enjoy free performances of The Jungle Book, a free gift per family, art, acting and movement workshops, food trucks and community performances. 


Disney on Ice Reach for the Stars will skate into Cincinnati for shows at U.S. Bank Arena Oct. 26-29. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice. 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 through 25. Ticket prices vary. Infinite Energy Center. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

Don't miss The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice this weekend at the Infinite Energy Center, which will feature characters from Toy Story, Frozen, Rapunzel, Snow White, The Lion King and much, much more. 

Run The Reagan. 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Free to watch, $20 per racer for Fun Run, $30 to $35 per racer for 5K, $40 per racer for 10K, $50 per racer for Half Marathon. Ronald Reagan Parkway and Presidential Circle. 1800 Tree Lane, Snellville. 770-789-0044.

Strap on your running shoes, because Run the Reagan hits Snellville this Saturday. This race, which includes a Fun Run, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, benefits three local charities.

Chateau Elan Winery Tour. 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25. Free. Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton. 678-425-0900.

Spend a little time enjoying the nice weather at a free guided wine tour at Chateau Elan Winery this weekend. Groups of 12 or more must call ahead. 

The Rise of Civil Rights Film Series: Selma. 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Free. Gwinnett County Public Library Five Forks Branch. 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Lawrenceville. 770-978-5154.

The Five Forks Library will screen the movie "Selma" as part of The Rise of Civil Rights Film Series. Viewing, popcorn and discussions are free. 

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Heritage Sandy Springs Outdoors Club Morgan Falls Hike. 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Free. Morgan Falls Overlook Park. 200 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.

The HSSOC will hike along Morgan Falls Overlook Park this Saturday for a 3-mile hike. You'll enjoy views of Bull Sluice Lake, the Chattahoochee River and more during this morning hike. 

American Girl & Boy Club: Addy Celebrates Black History Month. 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. $8 for members, $10 for non-members for advanced registration. Williams-Payne House. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111.

Celebrate Black History Month with a special American Girl & Boy Club at the Williams-Payne House. Bring your American Girl doll along and learn all about Addy, a girl who grew up in the South during the Civil War. 

Green Expo. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Free. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building at Roswell Area Park. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770-641-3715.

Go green this Saturday by attending the free Green Expo event taking place in Roswell. This event will feature eco-minded workshops, seminars, artisans, vendors and non-profits.

Patrick Fletcher paddles his canoe on one of the three ponds at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell during Camp Kingfisher. The camp is one of more than 900 in Georgia exempt from state licensing requirements. Its director says it is rigorous on safety measures, hiring only certified lifeguards and canoe instructors. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL
Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Family Night Hike and Campfire at CNC. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. $12 per person, $10 for members, registration required. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Enjoy a night hike and campfire at the Chattahoochee Nature Center this Saturday, which will include a naturalist-led hike around the river boardwalk or through the forest, followed by a campfire.