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Family-friendly events in Atlanta to check out this October

Paige Minds The Gap

There are plenty of fun things to do with the family in Atlanta this October. Enjoy family-friendly fall fun at these exciting events happening in Atlanta this month.
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“Antarctic Dinosaurs” opening at Fernbank Museum

Event Date: October 9, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of this new exhibit and the museum’s newest giant screen movie, Dinosaurs of Antarctica. The day will be filled with dino talks with paleontologists, a new photo-op, and cool activities.

The Ghastly Dreadfuls

Event Dates: October 13, 2021 through October 30, 2021

Enjoy creepy stories, songs, and dances from around the world. Your favorite band of specters is back from the grave and back on stage at the Center For Puppetry Arts to tell classic stories like “The Girl in the New Dress” and “The Horrific Experiment.”

Everybody Loves Pirates

Event Dates: Fridays through Saturdays from October 16, 2021 through October 24, 2021

Enjoy this puppet play at the Center For Puppetry Arts featuring 15 hand-crafted mouth and rod puppets and an 8-foot paper-mache pirate ship.

Boo at the Zoo

Event Dates: October 23, 24, 30, and 31, 2021

Sample treats throughout Zoo Atlanta and enjoy characters and adventures in the Zoo Boo Town. Don your favorite family-friendly costume when attending this favorite annual event.

Great Pumpkin-Carving Fest

Event Date: October 28, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Compete in the Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Teams of two amateur carvers will have three hours to carve a pumpkin while guests look on. Want to just watch? There will be live music and fall fun for all ages during this festival.

Monster Mash

Event Date: October 30, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Put on your best costume and celebrate this Monster Mash at the Center For Puppetry Arts. The atrium will be transformed with friendly goblins, skeletons, jack-o-lanterns, and more festive characters in a special exhibition.

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta

Event Dates: now through October 30, 2021

WILD: A Safari Experience at Illuminarium Atlanta transports you to the African safari. Through unique immersive technology, guests are surrounded by the natural habitat of wild animals in Africa. Animal lovers will wander the sweeping plains, admire the spectacular landscapes, and encounter lions, zebras, and elephants during this immersive exhibit.

Chuck E. Cheese Halloween Boo-tacular

Event Dates: now through October 31, 2021

Every day is Halloween at Chuck E. Cheese this month. There will be fun games, ghoulish goodies, and Free Game Play for kids who come in costume. Boo-tacular Nights include a new show and candy provided by Chupa Chups every night starting at 6 p.m.

First-ever FANTAstic Halloween at World of Coke

Event Dates: now through October 31, 2021

The World of Coca-Cola is hosting its first-ever, family-friendly Halloween takeover. All month long, with special activations on Saturdays and Sundays, you can participate in a scavenger hunt to unearth and sample a new Fanta flavor, have a photo op with beastly backdrops, enjoy ghostly performances, festive features among the museum’s regular exhibits, and more. The museum invites you to come wearing your best family-friendly costume.

Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival

Event Dates: now through October 31, 2021

Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly Pumpkin Festival allows you to “Play By Day” and “Glow By Night”. During the day, visit the park’s family-friendly attractions with special fall entertainment featuring classic storybook characters. At night, the park is lit up with the new Nighttime Parade and not-so-spooky glowing experiences.

“Woodland Spirits” at Fernbank Museum

Event Dates: now through November 7, 2021

Fernbank Museum’s “Woodland Spirits” allows you to encounter ghostly visitors in the shadows of WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. The museum’s annual Halloween exhibit features kooky sculptures, a haunted outpost, a monster garden, and more.

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