I think it's safe to say that Spring has finally sprung. With the better weather, longer days, and lack of excuses to stay inside, getting the kids out to festivals and other events is a great way to spend a weekend. But parents want to have fun. Kids want to have fun. Is there a happy, reasonable middle ground? Of course there is! Atlanta has no shortage of family-friendly events guaranteed to keep the kids busy and out of their parents hair (bonus) and keep the parents entertained, too.
Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 10-12, 2015
Piedmont Park is Atlanta's perfect springtime spot. The Dogwood Festival is the unofficial symbol that Spring has arrived and has tons of events the whole family will enjoy. There's a 5k that takes place on day 2, food and crafts vendors from all over the city, and The Dogwood Festival also does "Family Friday" - opening day festivities that include rides, inflatables, activities, and food discounts.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival April 18 - June 7, 2015
Lords and ladies, costumes, and giant turkey legs. The Georgia Renaissance Festival has a little something for everybody. And great news for parents - kids under 5 get in free. There are many activities such as storytelling, jousts, and animal shows that delight the kiddies and adults can dress in period costumes without fear of persistent ridicule. At least for a day.
Chastain Park Arts Festival May 9-10, 2015
An arts festival created by artists for artists, the Chastain Park Arts Festival features local and regional artists in a variety of disciplines. There are glassblowing, painting, and metal working stations, as well as places to do some hands-on crafting. There's also a kids area that's perfect for kids-centric crafting and general running around.
Going on a family adventure doesn't have to be a battle of wills between parents and kids. These festivals have something to offer everybody. Do you have any festivals you'd like to add? What's your favorite renaissance fair activity? Why don't people wear suits of armor more often? Comment below or give us a shout out on twitter.
Christine Adams is a copywriter, honorary Atlanta native, lover of ugly animals, introvert dynamo, and Frito pie enthusiast. Her work can be found on the internets without much trouble.