It’s spring in Georgia and there’s a lot going on in the area! Check out these family friendly activities for April:
Friday April 3: The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vet school on UGA’s campus. Exotic animal displays, horseback-riding demonstrations, police dog demonstrations, a parade of dog breeds, teddy bear surgery, anatomy displays and much much more will be available at this FREE event. There will also be limited tours of the new veterinary hospital for those over 16 years old. The event, presented by UGA’s veterinary students, will focus on veterinary medicine as an exciting, rewarding field. Concessions will be sold as well. This is a very popular, very fun and educational event! Please note that parking will be off campus on Milledge Avenue with transportation provided to the event.
Friday April 3: The University of Georgia Bug Dawgs of the Entomology Department are hosting the 30th annual Insect Zoo Open House, rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of Miller Plant Science on the UGA campus. It will feature a photo booth, live bug exhibits, roach races, cricket spitting, beetle tractor pulls and tasty snacks made from insects plus displays of incredible bugs from around the world. This fun event is FREE.
Friday April 3: Join Sandy Creek Nature Center for their popular planetarium program with a special nighttime planetarium program where they will have their very first “Planetarium Pajama Party”. It will include a telescope feature if the skies cooperate. Children 4 years and older, please! 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m. $7 for Athens resident families, $10 non-resident families. Pre-registration required.
Friday April 3 – Saturday April 4: Join a guided tour of Lake Rutledge in Hard Labor Creek State Park and enjoy a peaceful paddle under a bright moon with a Full Moon Kayak Tour. Listen for night sounds, enjoy the night sky, and learn about the history of the park. The program will proceed if it is cloudy or if there is light drizzle. Additional paddle trips available. $15 plus $5 parking. Register in advance.
Saturday April 4: Go for a Naturalist Walk at the Sandy Creek Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and collect some natural treasures, then swap them for other natural treasures at the Nature’s Trading Post from 11 a.m. to noon for FREE.
Saturday April 4: Come see the garden come alive at night at the State Botanical Gardens Full Moon Hike from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Each hike will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations, or nocturnal creatures. Bring family and friends of all ages along to enjoy the mysterious world of nature at night. $5 for individuals or $15 for a family. Pre-registration required.
Tuesday April 7 – Sunday April 12: Blue Man Group will be at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. In honor of the occasion, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is throwing a family-focused event on Tuesday, April 7. The FREE Family 2 Family Kids Night on Broadway celebration will take place in the Grand Salon Ballroom from 5:30 p.m – 7 p.m. Attendees can enjoy sweet treats, learn circus skills from Circus Camp, participate in fun science demonstrations by the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and more. Also, half price tickets are available now for the 7:30 p.m. performance of Blue Man Group that evening using code “KIDSNIGHT” (while supplies last.)
Thursday April 9 – Saturday April 11: Put on your hats and boots and head on down to the 41st Annual Great Southland Stampede Rodeo at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena.
Saturday April 11: Plantapalooza, a one-day sale of plants, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations on the University of Georgia campus: the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Trial Gardens and the UGA Horticulture Club. Each sale offers an assortment of garden plants that thrive in the Southeast. Horticulturists, volunteers and Master Gardeners can help select vegetation and answer gardening questions.
Saturday April 11: The UGA International Street Festival celebrates its 17th year providing cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances, and international bands on College Square in Downtown Athens. Dozens of UGA international student organizations and local community groups will sponsor informative and interactive cultural displays as well as musical and dance performances. Visitors will have an opportunity to collect “passport” stamps from each of the countries represented; those who collect all available stamps will receive a ticket for a prize drawing. A children’s corner will allow young guests to participate in activities such as coloring international paper dolls, creating their own flags, crafting African necklaces and much more. International and multinational groups will perform and host colorful displays from around the world.
Saturday April 11: Celebrate the Athens-Clarke County library’s birthday party with a puppet show performance and enjoy a slice of birthday cake for FREE at 11 a.m.
Saturday April 11: Help the Upper Oconee Watershed Network give our streams a check-up. Join the staff at Sandy Creek Nature Center for a River Rendezvous from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for FREE, No experience needed. Dress to get wet and dirty. Children’s activities will be ongoing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to teach the importance of keeping our water clean. then stay for some Critter Tales from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday April 16 – Sunday April 19: “Willy Wonka” will be presented at the Morton Theatre. The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.
Saturday April 18: Join the State Botanical Gardens for a Spring Family Hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore the woods, streams, and gardens to learn about birds, stream creatures, spring wildflowers and more. Wear comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes, and get ready to explore! $5 for individuals or $15 for families. Pre-registration required.
Saturday April 18 – June: The Georgia Renaissance Festival opens for its 30th season this weekend! If you haven’t taken your family before, you should. The Georgia Renaissance Festival is an interactive art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft market place, all set inside a recreated 16th-Century European village. Singing minstrels, jousting knights, talented acrobats, juicy turkey legs and so much more!
Tuesday April 21: Join the Athens-Clarke County Library for a FREE, fun Trivia Night at 7 p.m. There will be prizes!
Wednesday April 22: Celebrate Earth Day FREE at the Athens-Clarke County Library at 4:30 p.m. Celebrate our love of the earth with a special all-ages program.
Thursday April 23: Come to the Athens-Clarke County Library for a FREE showing of the 1952 classic musical Singin’ in the Rain at 6:30 p.m.
Friday April 24: Come out and enjoy fun family fishing at Claypit Pond at Sandy Creek Nature Center from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We provide bait, cane fishing poles, and tips. We can’t always guarantee a catch, but we can guarantee fun. $7 for Athens resident families, $10 for non-Athens resident families. Pre-registration is required.
Friday April 24 – Saturday April 25: The 36th Annual Athens Twilight Criterium in downtown Athens is a professional cycling event and festival, tailored to be enjoyed by fans, families and racers alike. The Twilight Criterium is a favorite spot on the national cycling tour circuit, both for its unique evening format and the large crowds that gather in Athens’ downtown area.
Saturday April 25: BioBlitz at Sandy Creek Nature Center is an all day event where you can join experts in search of reptiles and amphibians on the property. Participate in programs about these animals starting at 10 a.m. and going throughout the day for FREE. Some of the activities include a turtle watch at the pond, a program about snakes, and a program on how to attract reptiles and amphibians to your yard. Come for a few hours, or pack a lunch and stay all day. All children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Wow! That’s a lot of great opportunities!