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Grab & Go Kids Planner

Japanese Storytime, 5K races, the Athens Family Nature Club and an open afternoon at the Bear Hollow Zoo’s Wildlife Exhibit Hall are just a few of the family-friendly events going on this week.

Glad you clicked on our new Grab & Go Kids Planner.

Each week, we'll give you information on the five best family activities or events for the week. You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.

Look for the Grab & Go Kids Planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you.

FAMILY BEST BETS OF THE WEEK

JAPANESE STORYTIME

Where/When: on Friday at 5 p.m.

Why Go: To learn about Japanese culture through literacy-based activities.

Pricing: Free

4th ANNUAL RACE FOR CHASE 5K AND 1 MILE TREE FROG TROT

Where/When: on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Why Go: To trot and race for Chase in support of the school’s PTO.

Pricing: $10 for Tree Frog Trot; $20 for 5K

ATHENS FAMILY NATURE CLUB

Where/When: Athens Greenway at Dudley Park on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Why Go: To cure your family of “Nature-Deficit Disorder” and learn how to survive in the wilderness.

Pricing: Free

BEAR HOLLOW ZOO OPEN WILDLIFE EXHIBIT HALL

Where/When: Bear Hollow Zoo at on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Why Go: To see what is “happening at the zoo,” and learn about amphibian, reptile and inveterate species.

Pricing: Free

10th ANNUAL NANCY TRAVIS HOUSE TROT FOR TOTS 5K AND TIKE HIKE

Where/When: on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Why Go: To crawl, walk, hike or run in support of the Nancy Travis House, which gives “hope for babies” and “care for kids.”

Pricing: Free for Tike Hike; $25 for 5K

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