Around Town (and Beyond) — February 2017

February has already started, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had over the rest of the month. We’ve put together a list of family friendly activities and events from around town and beyond to help you plan your adventures.

Ongoing through March 1 — Six Flags Read to Succeed — grades K-6; Kids complete six hours of recreational reading to receive a free ticket to Six Flags. The program is open now, and ends March 1. Register online.

February 7 — Homeschool Day at INK (Interactive Neighborhood for Kids) — ages 2-10; This hands-on, interactive museum gives kids the opportunity to use their imaginations and explore everything from firetrucks and police cars, to working in a diner, bank, doctor’s office, grocery store and so much more. Homeschool families get in for $5 per person by showing a copy of their Declaration of Intent. Open 10am-5pm.

February 8 — Zoo Atlanta Homeschool Academy — grades K-12; Monthly program for homeschoolers, with a different focus each month. 1-3pm; $16.95 members/$20.95 non-members. Participants must register online.

February 9 — Homeschool Day at Atlanta History Center — grades K-12; Monthly program for homeschoolers. February’s focus is “The Cold War: Spies.” 10:30am-3:30pm; $6.50 members/$8.50 non-members. Pre-registration is not required.

February 10 — Mini Melts Chocolate Lab at Gwinnett EHC — ages 10 and up; Examine chocolate like never before — in the lab! Participants will use science to understand how chocolate is made, and learn about its rich cultural history. 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm; free for members/$10 non-members. Online pre-registration is required.

February 11 — Kickoff of Orchid Daze (thru April 9) — all ages; ABG’s annual exhibit, showcasing thousands of beautiful blossoms; included in garden admission price, $21.95 adult/$15.95 ages 3-12/free for children under 3; free for members.

February 12 — Second Sundays: Free Admission at the High Museum — all ages; On the second Sunday of each month the High offers free admission for all visitors between the hours for 12pm-5pm, and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Before visiting, check out their Second Sunday Social Story, to get a sense of what to expect during your visit.

February 13 — Homeschool Science Monday at Chattahoochee Nature Center — ages 5-13; February’s topic is “Up and Down and All Around the Earth (water cycle).” Participants enjoy a mini-lesson followed by hands-on activities and take-home projects. Be sure to bring a nature journal or notebook, pencil, and reusable water bottle, and dress for the weather so that you can comfortably explore outside. 2pm-3pm; program is included in price of admission/members get in free.

February 14 — Children’s Valentine Storytime at Barnes & Noble — preK thru early elementary; a staff member at the Barnes and Noble at the Forum in Peachtree Corners will be reading three books on friendship, love, and kindness. 11am. Free to the public.

February 17 — At Home Outdoors (with the Atlanta Audubon Society): Eco Adventure for Homeschoolers, Great Bird Count — Participants will learn to identify the most common backyard birds by sight and sound, and how to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. 10am-12pm; $12 per student. Pre-registration is required.

February 19 — Vanilla Sunday at the Atlanta Botanical Garden — all ages; Come celebrate the vanilla orchid with cooking demos, vanilla discovery stations, and information on the process of turning vanilla beans into tasty desserts. There will also be free ice cream sundaes and vanilla yogurt samples while supplies last. 1-4pm; free with price of admission.

February 19 — Junior Explorer Series at the Center for Puppetry Arts — ages 9-12; Participants create a moving mouth puppet head using pre-cut corrugated cardboard shapes. This workshop was developed to build the basic puppet head and then students are encouraged to decorate their own unique character with additional materials provided. Workshop concludes with a mini lip-sync lesson and tips on how to add character to your puppet. 5pm-6:30pm; $15 non-members/$10 members (price includes 1 child and 1 adult). Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Space is limited.

February 20 — Mini Melts Chocolate Lab at Gwinnett EHC — ages 10 and up; Examine chocolate like never before — in the lab! Participants will use science to understand how chocolate is made, and learn about its rich cultural history. 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm; free for members/$10 non-members. Online pre-registration is required. (note: this is the same workshop that was held on February 10.)

February 22 — Lunch + Learn at the Tellus Museum — ages 8 and up; February’s topic is “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish.” Participants will learn about the incredible biodiversity in the headwaters of the Upper Coosa Watershed, home to 100 fish species, 43 mussel species, and 32 species of snails. 12:15pm. No outside food is permitted, but families can purchase food in the cafe to enjoy during the lecture. Price is included in regular admission/free for members.

February 25 — Poetry Out Loud Metro Atlanta Regional Competition — teen/adult; held at the Atlanta History Center from 1-3pm. Visit the website for more information, including ticket prices.

February 26 — Last Day for Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain — all ages; tubing, snowzone, hot chocolate and more. Various ticket options/prices available. Online reservations are required as there is limited capacity each day.

Beyond Atlanta:

January – May, 2017 — Kings, Queens, and Castles at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga – all ages; Developed in partnership with the World Chess Hall of Fame, Kings, Queens & Castles brings the game of chess to life inviting children and families to explore a giant chessboard, life-size chess pieces and game strategy no matter their mastery level. This exhibit not only invites children and families to learn more about this classic game but piques the interest for those who already play.

Visitors can:

  • Walk across a drawbridge into a medieval castle complete with turret slides and a giant chess board floor and life-size chess pieces.
  • Make a fanciful crown, then don a royal cape and sit on a majestic throne to become a king or queen.
  • Design and create a shield to become a knight.
  • Build the castle walls with oversized interlocking bricks.
  • Learn how to prepare for a game of chess by arranging a giant chess board with large-scale pieces.
  • Play a human chess game dressed as a favorite chess piece.
  • Enjoy a game of chess with a friend while sitting on royal thrones at a one-of-a-kind game table.

February 17-19 — Savannah Irish Festival — all ages; Annual weekend festival at the Savannah Civic Center, celebrating Irish Heritage with hands-on activities, and performances by top Irish musical acts and young Irish dancers, on four stages. Visit the website for more information, including schedule and pricing.

February 17-20 — Audubon Society’s Great Bird Count — For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 17-20, 2017, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

If you’re new to the count, or have not participated since before the 2013 merger with eBird, you must create a free online account to enter your checklists. If you already have an account, just use the same login name and password.


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