Atlanta, Athens full of family attractions

Observe puppetry, comedy and civil rights history

June 16

Take your kid to watch a marionette show and then make a puppet of your own. The Tanglewood Marionettes, based in New England, present "An Arabian Adventure" at 10 a.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. After the show, there's a puppet workshop. (If you can't make today's show and workshop, they run daily through Saturday.) $5; $4 ages 2-12 for show: $3 per child for workshop (ages 5 and older). 770-594-6232,

– Gwen Carminati

June 17

One of the all-time funniest movies, "Some Like It Hot" (1959) with Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and an on-fire Jack Lemmon is tonight's second installment in the Plaza's appropriately named series Summer Camp, highlighting frivolity and, in this case, actors in drag. The film received six Oscar nominations, including a nod for Lemmon as best actor and a win for best costume design. $8. 9:30 p.m. 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. 404-873-1939.

— Bob Longino

June 18

It's time for the annual celebration of all things Athens. Since 1997, Athfest has hosted some of finest bands from the musical hot spot, and this year there are more than 170 artists performing. Downtown Athens will also host an artisan market, kids activities, film screenings and, on Thursday, June 19, Flagpole's Athens Music Awards. $15 wristbands allow access to all participating venues, but many of the Athfest activities are free and the fun continues through Sunday, June 22. For more info, 706-548-1973 or

— Shane Harrison

June 19

Apex Museum kicks off its three-day celebration of Juneteenth — named for June 19, when emancipation from slavery is observed in the United States — with a youth summit. Activities are to include African drumming, spoken word, panels on materialism and hip hop (among other topics) and a film screening. 3-8 p.m. June 19. Free. 135 Auburn Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-521-2739,

— Ed Hall

June 20

School's out, but there's plenty of learning to do. "Courage: The Vision to End Segregation, the Guts to Fight for It," an exhibition at the Atlanta History Center, will end Sunday. "Courage" is based on an exhibition developed for the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, and features original documents and artifacts. History Center hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays. $15. $12 ages 65 and older and students 13 and older. $10 ages 4-12. Ages 3 and younger free. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-814-4000,

— Jamie Gumbrecht

June 21

Check out Avondale Estates' first "Art-B-Que," a block party with music and artists. Peruse more than 40 artist stations and enjoy barbecue in this small Tudor-style village, which is becoming an arts studio mecca. Admission is free but there's a $5 cover after 8 p.m., when more than five bands, as well as variety shows, will take the stage. Some of the proceeds will go toward the Jewish Family & Career Services. Begins at 2 p.m. Franklin Street, Avondale Estates. 404-299-5556. — Helena Oliviero

June 22

Star-struck? Climb inside Star Lab, Chattahoochee Nature Center's inflatable planetarium, to learn about constellations and planets prominent in the summer night sky. Recommended for ages 5 and older. 12:30-1:30 p.m. June 22. $5; $4 senior citizens; $2 ages 3-12. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055,

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