Spring into fun: Metro Atlanta’s top family-friendly activities in April

The 86th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park is a three-day festival with art of all shapes and sizes, jewelry, fare food and a kids village with arts and crafts, games and rides. Vendors from all over the country gather for the show. (Jenni Girtman for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Spring has sprung in Atlanta, and there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy all that the city has to offer. As the weather warms up, families are looking for fun and affordable ways to spend time together. In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly activities happening in metro Atlanta during the month of April. From outdoor festivals and Spring Break fun to educational experiences and celebrating Earth Day, there’s something for everyone on this list. So grab your calendar, gather the kids, and start planning your springtime adventures for April!

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The Lizard and El Sol - Alliance Theater

Join Lizard on an exciting adventure to find El Sol, the Sun, in this interactive show based on a famous Mexican folktale. With colorful puppets, lively music and festive dance, young ones will celebrate the joy of sunshine and friendship. While recommended for kids up to age 5, this show is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Location: Midtown - 1280 Peachtree St. NE; Website: alliancetheatre.org; Contact: 404-733-4600; Date: Saturday, April 1 - Sunday, April 30; Admission: $10 for Adults, $5 for ages 6 - 17, Free for ages 5 and under

Spring Break FUN - Stone Mountain Park

Celebrate spring break with a fun-filled day at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy attractions like the Scenic Railroad, Dinosaur Explore and a show at the 4-D Theater, as well as specialty entertainment such as the Puppy Pals Comedic Stunt Dog Show. End the day with the Lasershow Spectacular and soak up the colors of spring at this natural wonderland for family fun.

Location: Austell - 275 Riverside Pkwy.; Website: sixflags.com; Contact: 770-739-3400; Dates: Saturday, April 1 - Saturday, April 8; Admission: $34.99

Charlotte’s Web - Center for Puppetry Arts

Take your little ones to see the puppet show, Charlotte’s Web, the beloved tale of friendship by E.B. White. In the story, Charlotte the spider devises a plan to save her friend Wilbur the pig with the help of a variety of barnyard characters, including the wise old sheep and the gluttonous rat, Templeton. Your kiddos will love this heartwarming story that celebrates the power of friendship, compassion, and teamwork and will leave everyone cheering with joy.

Location: Midtown - 1404 Spring St. NW; Website: puppet.org; Contact: 404-873-3391; Dates: Tuesday, April 4 - Sunday, May 21; Admission: $22

Gorilla Egg Hunts - Zoo Atlanta

Explore a day full of spring-themed surprises at Zoo Atlanta’s Gorilla Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8. The annual event is part of the zoo’s animal enrichment program, which aims to stimulate natural behaviors and promote the well-being of all species through objects, foods, scents and feeder puzzles. Visitors can even catch Floyd and his family of gorillas hunting for sugar-free Jell-O eggs during the Gorilla Egg Hunt.

Location: East Atlanta - 800 Cherokee Ave. SE; Website: zooatlanta.org/gorilla-egg-hunts; Contact: 404-624-5600; Dates: Saturday, April 8; Admission: $26.95 - $32.45 for ages 12 and up, $21.20 - $26.20 for ages 3 - 11, free for ages 2 and under

Atlanta Dogwood Festival - Piedmont Park

Kids will love the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, which offers a wide variety of family-friendly activities. In addition to hundreds of artists displaying their work, the festival also features a Kids Village with face painting, fun make-and-take activities, and interactive arts and crafts. Children can also enjoy the teddy bear hospital, little princess glam manicures, puppet shows, inflatables, bubble fun and more!

For April’s Homeschool Day at the Atlanta History Center, let your little ones explore history and culture through food and traditions of the past. They will discover that the food they consume can provide insights into our city, history and diverse cultures.

Location: Buckhead - 130 W Paces Ferry Rd NW.; Website: atlantahistorycenter.com; Contact: 404-814-4000; Date: Thursday, April 20; Time: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Admission: $9 for Kids, $15 for Adults, free for ages 3 and under

Earth Day - Atlanta Botanical Garden

Enjoy a fun, activity-filled morning celebrating Earth Day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. There will be sculptures of Trolls: Save the Humans and a special performance of The Lizard and El Sol. You can also enjoy drop-in activity stations that include trying out musical instruments made from plants, creating your own musical instrument from repurposed materials, planting spring seeds, and exploring different sensory bins while learning about keeping Earth’s waters clean.

Location: Midtown - 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE; Website: atlantabg.org/earth-day; Contact: 404-876-5859; Date: Saturday, April 22; Time: 10 a.m. to noon; Admission: $24.95 - $27.95 for Adults, $21.95 - $24.95 for ages 3-12, Free for kids 3 and under

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