Atlanta ice cream festival and more fun family activities

It still feels like the heart of summer but for many of us with kids our summer days are almost over! Hard to believe — but some area kids go back to school next week — when it’s still July. Here are some fun ideas for this weekend.

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Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

This fun event features America’s Favorite Dessert – ICE CREAM! Local artisans and national classics will be present, providing you with plenty of delicious options to choose from. There will also be variety of health and wellness agencies, fitness routines, vendors and so much more fun for the entire family to enjoy. Yes, you can enjoy this delicious treat in moderation, as long as you maintain a daily exercise routine. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Admission Free entry – just patronize the vendors as you go


When: Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park (10th Street/ Charles Allen Drive)

Free: (to enter but you’ll have to pay for the ice cream)

Phone: 678-964-5944



Amazing Atlanta Scavenger Hunt Tour

Experience downtown Atlanta in a whole new way on this scavenger hunt walking tour. Use your smart phone to solve clues and complete challenges as you make your way to famous and hidden gems of the city. Purchase the game online. Pricing is per team of 2 to 5 people. The game makes recommendations for places to eat, additional things to see, and gives you fascinating history of Atlanta. Sign up online via the Urban Adventure Quest Web site. Use promo code ACCESSATLANTA for 20% off. (

When: Saturday, and Sunday 9:00 a.m.

Where: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

Phone (805) 603-5620

Price $39.20 per team of 2 to 5 people when you use Promo Code: ACCESSATLANTA


River Canoe Adventures

CNC naturalists will lead you on a journey down river as you see it in new ways and discover why this river connects us all. Trips offered through October, whether it’s your first time on the water or your fifth – enjoy a river adventure! Advance Registration Required at 770-992-2055 x237,, or (select the date for trip availability)


When: Saturday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Price $25 Members/$30 for NonMembers

Where: Roswell, GA

Phone 770-992-2055 x237


Railroad Rendezvous

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will celebrate railroads and their unique history during the Museum’s second annual Railroad Rendezvous. During the event, visitors will have the rare opportunity to climb aboard the historic General locomotive. The family-friendly event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 26, will feature a range of indoor and outdoor activities, including operating model train layouts, a variety of games and a hobo jungle.

When: Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm

Where: Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History Kennesaw, GA

Price $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 4-12 and free for children three and under as well as Museum members

Phone (770) 427-2117


The Sky Tonight

Presented live by a Fernbank astronomer, this is a guided tour through the constellations, planets, and events of the current evening sky.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (and then stay explore the Fernbank science center)

Where: Fernbank Science Center, Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta.

Price $5- $7

Phone: (678) 874-7102


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