Celebrate Earth Day with a canoe trip on the Chattahoochee River. If you want to make it even more of a date, bring a picnic to enjoy some quiet time together in the field before you embark on your journey. The 2.5 mile canoe trip is led by a guide and all equipment is provided. Along the way, you’ll look for wildlife and learn about Atlanta’s unique wetland ecosystem.
6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. $125 per person. $500 Patrons Committee (includes two tickets, special recognition on the Druid Hills Olmstead 200 collateral and a VIP goodie bag). Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338.
Enjoy a weekday rendezvous at Callanwolde Center for Fine Arts to kick off the many events planned to honor the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of modern landscaping. If you want to make it even more special, dress up for the optional black-tie event. Atlanta jazz musician Joe Gransden will provide entertainment and Zest will serve culinary delights as well as beer and wine.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Free admission with “tastes” from $1 to $5. Place Mariette. 1 Cherokee Street, Marietta. 770-429-1115.
The 27th Annual Taste of Marietta Festival has doubled in size over the past 10 years, giving you even more new restaurants to sample in addition to your past favorites. Past dining options have included Italian, seafood, steak, barbecue, and sweets, so you’re sure to find something to please your palate. Live music can be heard throughout the day and kids can play in their own space with moon rides and sand art.
11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday April 30. Atlantic Station Pinnacle Lot. $35.
Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day a little late with the return of the cheesiest festival in town. Try some or all of them and vote for the best one. Also enjoy live music, the adult play area and the Bloody Mary Garden.
Having fun with the grandkids
7:30 p.m. Thursday April 21, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday April 22 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday April 23. $19 and up. Gas South Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Office: 770-813-7500 or box office: 770-626-2464.
Grandkids will love seeing Disney on Ice’s “Let’s Celebrate,” an adventure through 14 of the greatest Disney stories ever told. Mickey and Minnie throw the party and are joined by over 50 Disney characters, including Olaf, Aladdin, Forky, Timon and Pumbaa.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday April 23. $35-$40 per person. Painting with a twist, 6780 Roswell Road #D-120, Sandy Springs.
Create memories by taking the grandkids to paint colorful pastel unicorns to take home on a 16 x 20 inch canvas, which you can have framed if you wish.
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