31 cabin fever-busting February events for Atlanta families

Animal soundscapes, a tale as old as time, silly science, a trip to Narnia, and more
Orchid Daze, courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Through 2/14
A Bucket of Blessings
Where: Alliance Theatre
When: Various
Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for kids 6 to 17; free for kids 5 and under
What: Based on the bestselling children’s book (a retelling of an Indian folktale), this world-premiere play is part of the Alliance’s “Theatre for the Very Young” series.

Through 2/21
I and You
Where: Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville
When: 8 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday); 2:30 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost: $20 to $30
What: This play teen-friendly play (by local writer Lauren Gunderson) tells the story of two high school students from vastly different backgrounds who make a surprising connection through art.

Through 2/28
Snow Mountain
Where: Stone Mountain Park
When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $28 for adults and kids ages 3 and up; free for kids 2 and under. Parking additional.
What: Hit the slopes without leaving town at Stone Mountain’s Snow Mountain, a man-made frosty playspace filled with tons of the white stuff for tubing, tobogganing, snowman-building, and more.

Through 3/10
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
When: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (Tuesdays through Fridays); 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Saturdays); 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Sundays)
Cost: $10.25 for members; $20.50 for nonmembers
What: This planetary-themed educational show (for ages 4 and up) sends an alien rock band on a “journey of discovery” throughout the galaxy. (Note: the 2/7 performance will be a special sensory-friendly show.)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Where: Fox Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday); 8 p.m. (Friday, Saturday); 2 p.m. (Saturday only), 1:00 p.m. (Sunday only) and 6:30 p.m. (Sunday only)
Cost: $30 to $125
What: The traveling Broadway production of this tale as old as time hits the Fox Theatre.

Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
Where: Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday); 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Saturday); 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: Free for spectators
What: Kids can see jugglers, unicylists, hula hoopers, and more at this annual fest, which also includes workshops for would-be performers (like “juggling 101”). Warning: There may be a few broken objects at your house afterwards.

Struggles and Strides
Where: Atlanta History Center
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission ($16.50 for adults; $13 for students; $11 for youth)
What: The History Center marks Black History Month with a day of theater performances, interactive activities, and guest lectures.

Wild Music Opening Day
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission ($18 for adults; $17 for students; $16 for kids 3 to 16; free for kids 2 and under)
What: Fernbank kicks off their latest exhibit, Wild Music (on display through July 31), which explores sound and music in nature. Come on opening day for family-friendly crafts, performances, and more.

Chinese New Year at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission ($14.95; free for kids under 1)
What: Drop by on Saturday or Sunday for a dragon parade, special storytime, a puppet show (“Once Upon a Time in China”), folk dancing, a cooking demonstration, and more to celebrate the holiday. You can also check out the new museum exhibition, “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” (see below).

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost: Free with admission ($14.95; free for kids under 1)
What: Budding archaeologists (and Indiana Jones fans) can decode Mayan glyphs, study jungle creatures, identify Mayan constellations, and uncover treasures in an ancient tomb in this traveling exhibition.

Fairy Tale Tea
Where: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $30
What: Callanwolde’s Sam Goldman Retreat is transformed into a storybook cottage for this event, where kids can mingle with fairy tale characters and enjoy tea-time treats.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Where: Fox Theatre
When: 8 p.m. (Wednesday through Saturday); 2 p.m. (Saturday); 3 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: $21.50 to $66.50
What: Founded in 1958 by legendary African American choreographer and activist Alvin Ailey, this New York-based modern dance troupe is known for its emotionally moving and celebratory works.

National Parks Adventure
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History
When: Various
Cost: $13 for adults; $11 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.

Honoring America’s First African American Paratroopers
Where: The Little White House in Warm Springs
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost: $9 to $14
What: The Triple Nickles were the nation’s first all-black parachute platoon, formed at Georgia’s Fort Benning during WWII. Learn more about the history of these trail-blazing soldiers and the legacy of African American service members.

The Sleeping Beauty
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $10 to $45
What: See the world premiere of Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall’s retelling of the classic fairy tale—a special one-hour ballet for audiences age 12 and under.

Start Down
Where: Alliance Theatre
When: 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday through Thursday); 8 p.m. (Friday); 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Saturday); 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: $35
What: Winner of the 2016 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, this show (for ages 13 and up) explores what happens when technology threatens the relationship between teacher and student.

Orchid Daze
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tuesday through Sunday)
Cost: Free with admission ($18.95 for adults, $12.95 for kids 3 to 12, free for kids two and under)
What: Got a little green thumb? The Atlanta Botanical Garden pairs brilliant orchids with natural wooden elements in their annual show celebrating the elegant plants.

Be Mine
Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall
When: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free (reservations required)
What: Reserve your spot for this free Valentine’s day concert from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, highlighting some of classical music’s great stories of romance.

Family Festival at Woodruff Arts Center
Where: Woodruff Arts Center
When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
What: This month’s festival draws attention to the High’s African art galleries. Kids can make a puppet inspired by an elephant headdress and watch a traditional Nigerian dance performance. And it wouldn’t be Valentine’s day without a “kissing” photo booth.

In Line for Anne Frank
Where: Lefont Sandy Springs
When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $9
What: Part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, this documentary features interviews with those waiting to enter the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, interspersed with passages from The Diary of Anne Frank, read aloud by young girls.

Ringling Bros. Circus
Where: Philips Arena
When: Various
Cost: $15 to $100
What: Yielding to years of pressure from animal rights activists, Ringling Bros. will retire its elephants in May, making this one of the animals’ last remaining performances. Also on hand: Bengal tigers, strongmen, and a female human cannonball. (The show also plays Infinite Energy Center on 2/18-28.)

Georgia National Junior Livestock Show and Rodeo
Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry
When: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday); 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday)
Cost: $10 to $25 for rodeo (free for kids 2 and under)
What: More than 2,000 of the state’s 4-H and Future Farmers of America members show off their hogs, heifers, steers, and ewes in this free event. Also happening the same weekend: the Georgia National Rodeo, featuring barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping, bronc riding, and more.

Fancy Nancy: The Musical!
Where: Synchronicity Theatre
When: 10:30 a.m. (Tuesday through Thursday); 7:30 p.m. (Friday); 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Saturday); 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: $15 to $30
What: Everyone’s favorite girly girl, Fancy Nancy, joins her best friend Bree in a mermaid-themed ballet in this stage adaptation of Jane O’Connor’s children’s books.

Art AIDS America
Where: Zuckerman Museum of Art
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday through Saturday); 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday)
Cost: Free
What: Teens can get a visceral sense of the AIDS epidemic’s impact in this groundbreaking show, which makes its only Southeastern stop at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman museum. The exhibition explores how AIDS affected American artists and their work from the early 1980s through today.

Flying into the Future
Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center
When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission ($10 for adults; $7 for students ages 13 to 18; $6 for kids ages 3 to 12; free for kids 2 and under)
What: This STEM-focused educational event explores the science of flight. Get an up-close look at birds, gaze upward with the Charlie Bates Astronomy Project, and more.

The Secret Garden
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
When: 10:30 a.m. (Tuesday through Thursday); 8 p.m. (Friday and Saturday); 5 p.m. (Sunday only)
Cost: $25 ($18.75 for members)
What: Francis and Colin are hand-carved marionettes in puppeteer David Simpich’s retelling of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s tale.

Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
When: 10:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Cost: $9
What: This interactive “science comedy” show includes a series of onstage experiments related to the nature of electricity. Expect Tesla coils and a robot that shoots ping-pong balls.

Pajama Concert
Where: Michael C. Carlos Museum
When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for kids ages 6 to 17; free for kids 5 and under
What: Get cozy at this one-hour family concert from the Emory Chamber Music Society: sip hot chocolate and marshmallows, wear your jammies, and bring a pillow!

Black History Month Parade
Where: King Center National Park
When: 12 p.m.
Cost: Free
What: Celebrate with this high-energy parade (think: marching bands, dance teams, and more), which starts at King Center National Park and ends at Woodruff Park, where you’ll find a post-parade celebration.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Where: The Alliance Theatre
When: Various
Cost: $20 to $35
What: Based on the C.S. Lewis novel, this production—part of the Alliance’s family series, and recommended for kids 5 and up—brings the magic of Narnia to the stage.

Where: Fox Theatre
When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $39 to $59
What: The music director of Pitch Perfect and an original cast member from Stomp team up to bring audiences this a capella singing and dancing extravaganza. Expect to hear everything from Gregorian chants to Bruno Mars.