Cost: to What: The larger-than-life country superstar brings her scaled-down “Pure and Simple” tour to Atlanta. There will also be two music stages (find a handful of young performers, including Burke Connolly Academy Irish Dancers, at the acoustic stage), an artist market, and plenty of eats. (Sunday)Cost: ( for members)What: Watch as hundreds of butterflies are released into the air, then grab a nectar stick and see if you can lure a painted lady inside the (admittedly sweltering) butterfly tent.It’s Parton’s first major North American concert series in 25 years, so this is a rare chance for the whole family to enjoy a live rendition of classics like “Jolene.” 6/4-5 Summer Fest Where: Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive When: 10 a.m. 6/4–5 Flying Colors Butterfly Festival Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center When: 10 a.m. Afterward, cool off with a treat from King of Pops.6/7-7/17 The Little Pirate Mermaid Where: Center for Puppetry Arts When: Various Cost: .50 (.25 for members); includes admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum What: Finally, a play that appeals to your your Ariel fan.An adventurous mermaid princess hops aboard a pirate ship in this production for ages 4 and up. (Sunday)Cost: to per day for adults ( for kids); for a weekend pass ( for kids)What: Want to show your kid how much fun it was to grow up in the 1980s? Through 6/30National Parks Adventure Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History When: Various Cost: for adults; for children (plus the cost of museum admission)What: The National Parks Service celebrates 100 years in 2016, and this IMAX film—narrated by Robert Redford—lets you experience the beauty of their caves, canyons, wetlands, mountains, and more. Through 7/21Wild Music Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History When: 10 a.m. Through 7/30Movies Under the Stars Where: Mall of Georgia When: p.m. Through 7/31Charlotte’s Web Where: Serenbe Playhouse When: 11 a.m. (Sunday)Cost: for adults; for students; for kids under 12What: See this adaptation of E. White’s classic children’s book in Serenbe’s picturesque farm, surrounded by live animals. The seven hands-on works include Sketch Aquarium (explore a virtual underwater world); Sketchtown Papercraft (turn crayon drawings into 3D paper sculptures); and Light Ball Orchestra (create a sound and light show by touching beach ball-sized globes). Learn more about light-producing organisms by walking through their habitats in this exhibition. Come for infant and toddler tours of the High, art-making and yoga classes, Eric Carle story times, kid-friendly theater and music performances, and more. (Saturday only)Cost: .50 (.25 for members); free for kids under 2What: Enjoy this sweet tale of what happens when the apple falls , and performed by Théâtre de Deux Mains of Montreal. (Sunday)Cost: Free What: See artist Dapper Bruce La Fitte’s meticulously detailed drawings of New Orleans school marching bands. Hear the sounds of whales and underwater earthquakes; compose and play your own song; learn more about how birds communicate; and more. (Saturday only)Cost: for adults; for ages 6 to 17; free for ages 5 and under What: See the world premiere play based on Eric Carle’s kid-favorite picture book, then head across the piazza to check out the High Museum’s exhibition of Carle’s original hand-painted collages. (Sunday)Cost: ; for kids ages 3 to 13; free for kids 2 and under. What: Japanese art collective team Lab brings this 3,7000-square-foot interactive art exhibit—which they describe as a “digital playground”—to the Mall of Georgia. (Sunday)Cost: Free with admission ( for adults; for students; for kids 3 to 16; free for kids 2 and under)What: You’re likely familiar with fireflies (aka lightning bugs), but nature is home to a whole host of other glowing creatures. (Sunday)Cost: per adult; free for kids under 5; for older siblings What: True, ain’t cheap, but this special arts festival for children up to age 5 offers a lot of bang for your buck.
For more outdoor movies, check out Candler Park’s Flick-Nic, Duluth’s Flicks on the Bricks, Mableton’s Movies at the Mable, and Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park. 6/4 Dunwoody Soap Box Derby Where: First Baptist Church in Dunwoody When: Opening ceremony begins at 8 a.m., and the race kicks off at 9Cost: Free What: Cheer as kids go flying in homemade racers, in hopes of competing at the world championships in Akron, Ohio, in July.
6/4 Dolly Parton Where: Infinite Energy Center When: p.m. (Sunday)Cost: Free What: Get to John Howell Park early (around a.m.) on Saturday for the Tot Trot race for children under age 7, then head over to the western edge of the park for crafts and games at the Kids Fest.