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Family events
Jan. 29-Feb. 4
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This week

Super Bowl Carnival, Gainesville. Football contest and crafts. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center, 1855 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville. $3 per person. Ages 3 to 10. 770-535-8280 or


Family Sunday, Gainesville. "The Heart: Love or Science." Learn the history of Valentine celebrations in America, the art of "scherenschnitte," or paper cutting, and make old-fashioned Valentines or a Valentine wreath. 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. Free for members, $5 per family for nonmembers. 770-297-5900. 

Give Me a Break Movie Matinee, Gainesville. Featuring "Flushed Away." 2 p.m. Feb. 13, main branch of the Hall County library, 127 Main St., Gainesville. Adults must accompany children. 770-532-3311, ext. 129.

Love Bugs to Kissing Fish, Athens. Children ages 4-12 can learn about animals, play games, go on a hike and create a craft. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Sandy Creek Nature Center, 205 Old Commerce Road, Athens. Some activities cost up to $6. Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services or 706-613-3615.

Valentine's Party, Athens. Children ages 6-12 can make crafts, cookies and other sweets. 4 p.m. Feb. 14, Rocksprings Park Community Center, 105 Columbus Ave., Athens. $2 per child. Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services or 706-613-3603.

"Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries," Atlanta. Feb. 14-Aug. 16, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. $15 adults, $14 students and seniors age 62 and older with ID, $13 children age 3-12, free for children age 2 and younger and museum members. 404-929-6400.

Daddy Daughter Dances, Gainesville. Mardi Gras theme. Ages 11-18, Feb. 17; ages 8-10, Feb. 19; ages 4-7, Feb. 20. Registration ends Feb. 13. $40 per couple, $15 for each additional child. Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville. Register online or call 770-531-2680.


Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.

"Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story," Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturdays, Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $3 adults, $2 children ages 2-12, age 1 and younger and members free. 770-535-1976.

Winter Craft Daze, Athens. 3 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens. For ages 5 to 12. Preregistration required. $4 for Athens-Clarke County residents, $6 nonresidents. 706-613-3631.  

Snow Mountain, Stone Mountain. Snow amusement park on the "laser lawn." Snow tubing, snowball and snow angel making zone, play area for younger kids and bonfires for roasting marshmallows. Through March 1, Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78, Stone Mountain. $25 adults and children ages 3-11. Reservations recommended.

"The Greatest Places," Atlanta. IMAX. Through March 20, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. $13 adults, $12 students and seniors, $11 children age 12 and younger. 404-929-6400.

The Amazing Castle, Atlanta. Children can pretend to be a blacksmith, jester, prince or princess in a make-believe medieval community. Through May 26, Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437.