May Day is the holiday to celebrate sunny spring conquering the cold days of winter. In other times, outdoor festivals and dances would mark the seasons changing. The United States is rather thin on May Day traditions compared to Europe. However, there are still plenty of ways to get out of the house and enjoy May 1st.
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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave. W. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Date: May 1, 2013
Teams of two to five people compete with each other to solve puzzles and find clues using their smart phones. Urban Adventure Quest is a company that combines sight seeing with a game element. Participants are encouraged to “pick their own pace of play” while enjoying local sights and recommendations of nearby locations for refreshments. Running around downtown Atlanta may not be for everyone, but this outdoor event will certainly keep with the spirit of May Day. If your party is having trouble getting together on a Wednesday, then you can take advantage of many scheduled play dates. Similar games are available in other major cities, as well, in case you fall in love with the experience.
Atlanta Botanical Garden: Plants Larger Than Life
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: May 1 through October 31, 2013
Opening in May, “Plants Larger Than Life” is a sculptural showcase of flowers and it will be the Garden’s highlight of the season. According to the website, the sculptures on display include “a gazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits and a couple of flighty butterflies.” This show which combines nature and the magic of imagination is a quintessential May Day activity. May 1st is the first chance the public will get to see these huge topiary pieces, but they will remain available until Halloween.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Flight of the Butterflies
767 Clifton Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
The Fernbank Museum’s IMAX theater is now showing a film that tracks the incredible life of monarch butterflies. This film, which will be available until the 9th of May, captures nature in a way that is almost better than the real thing. Audiences will watch the butterflies’ journey from Mexico to Canada and all the way back again on the larger-than-life IMAX screen. Portions of ticket sales will go toward the conservation of the species.
1404 Spring St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: April 11 through May 26, 2013
Atlanta’s own Center for Puppetry Arts is putting on its version of “Brer Rabbit,” complete with live music and, of course, plenty of puppets. The performances will include an anthology of familiar children’s stories acted out between the animal friends. In addition to the show, there are other puppets on display as well.
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Date: February 29 through May 27, 2013
“Body Carnival” is an interactive exhibition for kids to explore at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The point is to get kids physically active and exploring on balance beams, tunnels and monkey bars which all have a science twist. This museum is billed as a “smart place to play.” May Day is probably the most exciting for children and this museum offers kids many galleries and areas to explore in addition to the “Body Carnival” exhibit which is brand new for 2013.
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With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at Examiner.com.