Around Town (and Beyond) — May 2017

April showers have brought May flowers, and a continuation of the gorgeous summer (but not too hot yet) weather we’ve enjoyed all spring. There’s lots to do around town and beyond. Let’s get out and have some fun!


May 2017 — Spring Meteor Showers and Other Sky Events; “Dazzling shooting stars kick off a month of great sky-watching opportunities, as the moon points the way toward some of the brightest worlds in our solar system. Backyard telescope users will also get a bonus view of alien eclipses, as some of Jupiter’s moons cross behind the giant planet.” Free.

Now through August 2017 — Every Kid in a Park; All fourth graders (or homeschool equivalent) and their families get in FREE to any National Park through the end of summer. Some of the details are below. Visit the site for more information, a list of National Parks, and to print your pass.

  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle entrance fees – The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can’t use a pass to get in.
  • The pass doesn’t cover things like parking fees, camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.

In Metro Atlanta:

May 6 — Taste of East Point; This annual family-friendly showcase of food, art, and music is held in the downtown area of this popular south metro community. 3pm-9pm.

May 6 — Flick-Nic in Candler Park; Bring a picnic and something to sit on and enjoy a free family-friendly movie in the park. The May selection is Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Movies begin at dark, but come early to find a good spot.

May 6 & 7 — Snellville Days; This annual arts and crafts festival, established in 1974, is held at T.W. Briscoe Park, and features over 200 vendors, free live entertainment, a kids field, and more.

May 8 — Homeschool Science Monday at Chattahoochee Nature Center; This is the last Homeschool Science Monday until next fall. The theme for this month is Raptors, Reptiles, and Rehab! The station-learning format of this event is open to ages 5 -13.  Enjoy a mini-lesson followed by hands-on activities and take-home projects. Please remember to bring a nature journal or notebook, pencil, reusable water bottle, dress for the weather, and a mind that’s ready to explore and learn! For more information, contact the Program Coordinator or call 770-992-2055 x238  (Included with General Admission and Free to CNC Members)

May 12 — Homeschool Day at the High Museum; Each monthly homeschool day at the High focuses on a featured artist, theme, or exhibition. May’s focus is Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan. Celebrate the decades-long career of children’s book author and artist Ashley Bryan, whose picture books reflect influences from African folktales to jazz and poetry.  Students will also explore printmaking processes in an art-making workshop. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm (scavenger hunts will be available beginning at 10am); a docent-led tour begins at 1pm; and the art-making workshop is held from 1–3pm. Price is $7 per homeschool student and regular museum admission for adults; free for members.

May 12 — Decatur Lantern Parade; This family-friendly event, hosted by the Decatur Arts Alliance and Decatur Education Foundation, invites participants to make their own lanterns then parade with them through downtown Decatur, starting just after at 8pm.

May 12 & 13 — Pick’n in Grant Park; This two-day festival features a BBQ contest, kids zone, street market, live music, and more.

May 12-14 — Gem and Mineral Show; The Georgia Mineral Society hosts this annual show that runs Friday through Sunday, at the Cobb Civic Center. There will be an auction, free parking, demos, door prizes, activities for kids, and more.

May 13 — SPARK Saturday: Family Ties; This month’s SPARK Saturday event celebrates diversity in family structures. Visitors will participate in carnival-like activities and games that celebrate family structures of all types. Create your own family tree, design a family collage or build a house with your loved ones. Children under 18 get in free with paid adult admission. 12pm-3pm at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

May 13 & 14 — Sweet Auburn SpringFest; This spring festival, held in the heart of the historic Sweet Auburn district in Downtown Atlanta, features musical performances, interactive activities for kids of all ages, food, fun, and more. Admission is free, but parking is tricky, so be sure to visit their website for more details.

May 13 & 14 — 28th Annual Cherokee County Indian Festival and Powwow; Visitors will enjoy primitive skills demonstrations, traditional encampment set ups, traditional dancing, warriors on horseback, Native arts and crafts, kids activities, Native American cuisine such as buffalo, gator tail, roasted corn, Indian frybread, and more.

May 19 — Homeschool Day at Six Flags; Homeschool Day at Six Flags is a program where homeschoolers and their families can observe the mechanics of world-class thrill rides. The park will be open to homeschoolers only on May 19, from 10am to 5pm. Take your lesson plan on the road and show how your lessons apply to the world around us. Tickets may be purchased online or by mail, phone or fax. Confirmation of homeschooling is required for eligibility. For all questions and ticketing information, contact Charissa Moore at chmoore@sftp.comNote: This is a Private Park Event. No Season Passholders or General Public Ticket Holders are permitted to enter the park on this day.

May 19-21 — Marietta Greek Festival; This annual festival, held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, is a celebration of Greek culture, featuring food, shopping, performances, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, and more.

May 20 — Kirkwood Spring Fling; This family-friendly Spring Fling and Tour of Homes kicks off with a 5k run, and also features an artists market, live music, food, a BBQ competition, and kids play area. Admission is free.

May 25-28 — MomoCon;  This family-friendly, all-ages event is one of the fastest growing conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming/cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics and much more during this four-day event.

May 27-29 — Alpharetta Arts Streetfest; This annual festival, held in historic downtown Alpharetta, features 90 regional and national artisans, live music and entertainment, hands-on children’s activities, and food from local eateries.

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