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Vol. 31 / Number 2

Features 14

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Love Messages They’ll Remember

Say “I Love You” to your family with 10 creative ideas sure to please cherubs of all ages.

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A casual chic look isn’t that hard to pull off – even if you’re a busy mom with a jammed to-do list. Try these simple tips for a little more pizzazz.

Our Shared Past

Black History Month is a great time to teach your children about the accomplishments of African Americans and our shared past.

Family Fun Guide Comes to Town

Comedy clubs aren’t just for adults. Take the kids out for an evening of improvisation and laughs.

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Confessions of an Ex Tooth Fairy

55 Not-to-Miss Events 56 Eating Out: Hard Rock Cafe 57 Free Fun: Atlanta Monetary Museum 59 The Circus

The Kids of Comedy

Learn everything you need to know about overnight camp from A-Z. Our extensive list of camps will help you pick a great one.

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74 Humor

Moms with Style

Overnight Camp Guide

8 Editor’s Note 10 News You Can Use 12 The Frugal Family

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64 February Calendar 66 Valentine’s Day Events 69 Black History Month Events On the Cover: Cover Kid Kamryn Washington, 9, of Marietta. Photo by Kristie Andraschko, Turning Leaf Photography.

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Editor’s Note Growing Up with Overnight Camp Bug Juice. Archery. Sing-a-longs. S’mores. Swim caps. I fondly remember overnight camp as a kid. My first overnight camp was right here in Georgia at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Timber Ridge in Mableton. I drank Bug Juice, aka Kool-Aid, cooked s’mores over a campfire, and I had plenty of time to giggle the summer away with new and old friends alike. Overnight camp that started as just a week at a time turned into a month away. When I got older, I went to camp as far away as North Carolina (exotic for this little Atlanta girl), where I spent hours shooting bow and arrows, canoeing, going on trips, attending dances, enjoying special camp traditions and bonding with friends. These are some of my fondest memories of growing up and I can’t wait to share the opportunity with my own children in the coming years. In this issue, we highlight overnight camps throughout Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and more (Page 32) to help you start your research for the best camp for your child. It’s never too early to register for overnight camps – camp sessions often fill up fast. Our Camp Expos are an even better opportunity to go and meet camp representatives face-to-face, once you have looked over their websites, or as a place to discover new camps. Some camps even have short, three-day programs to get your kids started. We think camp is a great way for your kids to learn and explore their independence. If you agree, take a few minutes to look through our camp section in this issue. We’ve compiled camps for all ages and interests, and we hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming Camp Expos.

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ItFigures by Cynthia Washam

Celebration Stats More than 400

Number of cupcake retailers that sprang up nationwide in the past decade

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Number of languages Angie Dudley’s seminal cookbook on cake pops has been translated into

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Average pounds of avocados consumed in guacamole Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3

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Average pounds of chicken wings consumed

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Percent of children’s trips from home in the 1960s that were by car

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Percent of eligible children who take advantage of their school’s free and reduced-price breakfast program

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Percent sugar by weight of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, which tops the list Sources: Education Week, Entertainment Close-Up, CBS News, Publix Family Style, ADWEEK, Redbook, Chron.com

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News You Can Use

by Kelli Richardson

Caring for Kids

Help Children Succeed

Many children younger than age 4 spend more time with a child care provider during the week than with their parents.

49 percent

are cared for by relatives.

24 percent

attend child care facilities or nursery school.

13 percent

are cared for by a non-relative in a home environment.

Reach Out and Read is an organization that knows that the gift of reading can lift a child out of poverty. The nonprofit has partnered with doctors and nurses in all 50 states to promote literacy and to distribute books to children when they come for medical care. More than 6.5 million books are distributed annually to more than 4 million children, ages 6 months to 5 years. In Georgia, 59 programs reach 63,070 children annually. To learn more about the organization, visit reachoutandread.org.

Source: Childstats.gov

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Celebrate in February

Be the first to spot to spot a Brown Thrasher, the state bird of Georgia, or any of a number of other birds that frequent our state during the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 14-17. Everyone is welcome to count. The counts help scientists understand what factors influence where bird populations move and when they migrate. The bird count is led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Find more information at birdsource.org.

Everyone knows Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day all fall in February, but did you know every day of the month can be celebrated, if you’re willing to be a bit silly? The website holidayinsights.com has a fun listing. Some dates that seem perfect for activities with kids: “Thank a Mailman Day” Feb. 4, “Get a Different Name Day” Feb. 13, “Random Acts of Kindness Day” Feb. 17, and “Tell a Fairy Tale Day” Feb. 26. A national day of observance, such as President’s Day, has to go through Congress, but you can create your own day by just proclaiming it to your family and friends. What day would you like to see observed? Tell us at facebook. com/atlantaparent.

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A New Home for Kermit, Miss Piggy and the Gang Miss Piggy once said, “This, you see, is my ultimate ambition – to live a simple life with the frog I love.” Her simple life with Kermit soon will have spiffy new surroundings. The Center for Puppetry Arts, already internationally known for its collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts and its entertaining puppet shows, has announced a $14 million renovation and expansion. The project, expected to be completed in 2015, will include a new museum that will house the world’s most comprehensive collection of Henson puppets along with a Global Collection of puppets from around the world. Plans call for galleries that depict Henson’s 35-year puppetry career, a re-creation of his office and the Muppet Workshop, and a mock TV studio.

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The 15,000-square-foot, two-story museum will be built in front of the puppetry center’s Midtown building. During construction, the center will remain open to visitors and puppet productions will continue. While the center met its $14 million fund-raising goal set in 2007 for the expansion, it is continuing to seek donations for space that will remain unfinished until funds are raised. For more information, see puppet.org.

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frugalfamily by Amanda Miller Allen

All over metro Atlanta (and beyond, if you’re willing to drive an hour or two), bargains can be found on children’s clothing, toys, furniture, books, and more. Atlanta Parent asked our e-newsletter readers and our friends on Facebook to tell us about their favorite sales taking place this month. These are the ones mentioned the most:* Kidsignments

It’s Consignment Sale Time!

Kids Closet at Winters Chapel

Kids Closet at Winters Chapel Feb. 6-8 Winters Chapel United Methodist Church 5105 Winters Chapel Rd., Atlanta kidsclosetwinterschapel.com

Green with Envy Kids Feb. 20-22 Lakewood 400 Antiques Market 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming greenwithenvykids.com

Kidsignments Feb. 11-15 Gwinnett County Fairgrounds 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville kidsignments.com

Kid ReSales Feb. 20-22 Cross and Crown Lutheran Church 4276 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee kidresales.com

Toads & Teacups Feb. 13-15 The Tannery, First Floor 554 W. Main St., Buford Toadsandteacups.com Tykes, Tots & Teens Feb. 21-23 GA National Fairgrounds 401 Larry Walker Pkwy., Perry TTTsale.com

All 4 Kids Feb. 27-March 1 Cobb County Fairgrounds 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta all4kids.com *For a complete listing of consignment sales for February and March, visit atlantaparent.com.

Toads & Teacups

Reader tips for successful consignment shopping: n  Bring a big rolling bag or a hamper and a list of things you need. It’s easy to get carried away! Our first time, we bought 20 frilly summer dresses for our 1-year-old. They were cute, but not necessary. –  Jennifer Marie

n  Don’t buy a used car seat; you don’t know its history. Do buy used toys in good working order (and be sure to clean them when you get home). You can get them for about half price! –  April Ogletree

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n  Those stroller caddies for infant car seats are great for carrying a big shopping bag and other items. Just take the car seat out and you have a shopping cart! –  Katrina Rucker

n  Bring a snack and hand sanitizer because after you’ve shopped for hours, sorted through clothes and then stood in line, your stomach/body will be grateful. –  Ayanna Hawkins

n  Get on mailing lists. That way you have notice when sales are opening, and if you plan to consign items as well as shop, you’ll have plenty of time to get organized. –  Bettina Smalley

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Ways to Say I Love You

by Heidi Smith Luedtke

Sweet Somethings Bake fortune cookies stuffed with personalized messages to remind kids how lucky you are to have them in your life. Find easy recipes at AllRecipes.com and print your own fortunes on pink paper. Got baker’s block? Order custom cookies from the delicious lineup at FancyFortuneCookies.com.

Word Up Make customized word clouds for each of your kids using the free tools at Wordle.net. Capture their favorite sports, hobbies and sayings. Put their nicknames in big bold letters. Frame each child’s personalized word art in a sassy red frame to make it extra special.

Make a Love Shack Buy a leftover gingerbread house kit at your local craft store, where holiday merchandise is priced to sell. Toss the stale red and green decorations and let the kids use icing to attach red hots, candy hearts, pink marshmallows and licorice whips instead. Display their love shack as a centerpiece or mantle topper.

Pass up the overpriced greeting cards and show your affection with one of these crafty Valentine’s Day ideas. They’re easy, inexpensive and fun for cherubs of all ages.

Tell Silly Stories Give your kids the gift of giggles with a book of Mad Libs in Love by Roger Price and Leonard Stern ($3.99 for 24 wacky fill-in-the-blank stories). Better yet, create your own personalized mad libs using the free printable template from DollarStoreMom.com. Laugh together until your cheeks hurt.

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Popping with Pride Write affirmations on small strips of paper and slip each strip into a balloon. Inflate and tie the knots. Let your child hop and pop on the balloons to access your loving messages. Make sure to keep popped balloons away from little mouths – they can be a choking hazard.

Wet and Wild Make bath time extra special with homemade bath tub finger paints. Bottled baby shampoo and corn starch are quickly (and easily) transformed into your own clean creations using the detailed instructions at OurSevenDwarfs.com. Let kids paint the walls of the tub or each other for some foamy fun.

Lunchtime Love Put a silly Valentine’s Day token in your child’s lunch box. Need inspiration? Find a flat rock in the yard and write “You Rock My World” on it. Or tag a lollipop with the words “I’m a sucker for you, Valentine!” And don’t forget to pack a heart-shaped sandwich while you’re at it.

Color Their World Make your own Valentine’s Day crayons by melting rainbow-colored remnants in a heart-shaped silicone muffin pan. Find detailed directions at Sheknows.com. Wrap in clear cellophane and attach hand-made gift cards that say “You Color My World.”

Love You to Pieces Make your own heart-shaped puzzles by mounting photos and messages on heavy cardstock or foam-core board with spray adhesive. Cut into pieces. Decorate a special box or envelope to hold the pieces of your heart. Your little Valentine will reassemble this crafty creation over and over again.

Family Date Night Host a special Valentine’s event for the whole family instead of going out for a grown-up date with your spouse. Order heart-shaped pizza and watch an ageappropriate romantic comedy such as Alvin and the Chipmunks’ A Chipmunk Valentine. Spending time together is the best way to show your love. c atlantaparent.com

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If your body is the same now as it was B.C. (Before Children) you’re one of the lucky few. Not only has your body most likely changed, your daily activities have, too. Has your wardrobe made the transition? “Some women lose their fashion mojo once they have kids,” says Genae Banks, Covington-based blogger at www.fashionjunkey.me, professional photographer and mom of three. “You make sure the kids look good before leaving the house, why wouldn’t you do it for yourself?” Balancing fashion with functionality can be tricky, but moms can do it in style. Here’s how:

Embrace Your Body Today

Cinda Boomershine

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Your shape may be different than it was or you may be between sizes. Live in the now, Banks said, and address size changes as they occur. “You have to dress for the body you have, not the one you remember or wish for.” Atlanta wardrobe stylist and mom of three Jules Salinas (www.styledbyjules. com) advises using a website that determines your body type based on measurements (like www.calculator. net/body-type-calculator.html) so that you can learn what suits your shape. “You also want to follow guidelines for balance and proportion. If you wear a fitted top, go with a wider pant or skirt on the bottom, and vice versa.” As for pieces you already have, remember that just because you can get something on doesn’t necessarily mean it flatters. Salinas says, “I’d rather have five pieces in my closet that fit me and look great than 50 pieces that I’d look at and think ‘That used to fit me.’” atlantaparent.com


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Know What You Like Do you have a game plan when you shop? If not, it’s time to get one. Salinas completes an image analysis with every new client to identify how a woman wants to be seen and how she wants others to see her. Once they zero in on an image goal, they analyze colors, assess the client’s wardrobe, and move on to shopping. She suggests clients create a style file of looks they love to get a sense of their fashion self. To do it, pay attention to the things in your closet that you always reach for and note what’s similar about them. Find pieces you like by window shopping at stores, in catalogs, or online at sites like Pinterest. “Plug in one word, like skinny jeans, and poof! Hundreds of images come up with ways to wear them. Pinterest is inspiration central,” she said. Cinda Boomershine, Atlanta mom of one (with another on the way) and founder of the cinda b line of accessories, is also a style file advocate, keeping a digital folder of trends she likes. “I tear out magazine pages of things that work for my body. Those pieces might be too expensive, but then I look for similar items when I go shopping.” If you’re still not sure what’s really “you,” Salinas suggests sticking to classic looks and adding new pieces as your style evolves.

Make Your Wardrobe Work for You Once your day starts, you won’t have time for a clothing change. Your outfit has to work for all the things you do, whether it’s carpool, meetings, playdates or a combination of them all. Boomershine relies on a “mom uniform” formula to pull off a casual chic look on most days. She starts with a solid color top and a dark jean, then adds a third piece, like a light cotton blazer in warmer months or a cashmere cardigan or scarf in cooler ones, to add dimension. Then she chooses a comfortable, eye-catching shoe and plenty of accessories. “There’s a bonus to accessorizing,” said Boomershine. “A great scarf or sweater can cover up child-related messes you may end up wearing!” Basic pieces in colors that mix and match are key to creating a wardrobe that works for you. (See sidebar for closet must-haves our experts recommend.) According to Salinas, you can dress for comfort and still look sophisticated. “Leggings, a tunic, and a lowheeled boot are just as casual as yoga pants and sneakers, but far more polished.” atlantaparent.com

Must-Haves for Moms The fashion experts we consulted name these pieces as wardrobe essentials for polished everyday looks.

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Supportive undergarments (Get a bra fitting if you haven’t had one in years.)

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Great-fitting pair of jeans, preferably two in different shades of denim

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Black pants in a fabric that moves with you Genae Banks

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Solid colored tops or tees

Plan Ahead Although moms are always short on time, planning can mean the difference between getting out the door in sweats or in style. Salinas helps clients separate their wardrobes into sections by color and item so that it’s easy to find coordinating pieces. She’s also a fan of photo mapping: snapping pics of outfits you love and putting them on the closet wall or posting them to a private Pinterest board or photo stream so that a go-to outfit is always at your fingertips. “It’s like ordering off a fashion menu!” she says. “We have so little time to spend on ourselves, so organization is everything.” “Last minute never works,” Banks says. She spends time each weekend assigning outfits for what she has scheduled in the coming week, and keeps them in a special section of her closet so that she can grab and go. She said the time invested is worth it. “Every time I step out the door, it’s an opportunity to look fabulous,” she says. “I’ve got to put myself on my list of important people to take care of.” c –  Dalia Baseman Faupel

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Dark colored skirt that suits your shape

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Well-fitted blazers or cardigan sweaters for layering

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Sheath or wrap dress that can be dressed up or down

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Cute, comfortable flats in a neutral or metallic color

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Statement piece, like a bold necklace, patterned scarf or print belt

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Exciting Ways Every Child Can Embrace Black History Month

The History of the Holiday A good starting point is to understand how Black History Month evolved. Its origins are as early as 1926, when Negro History Week was introduced by historian Carter G. Woodson. The expansion of the week to Black History Month was proposed in 1969, celebrated in 1970, and recognized by the United States government in 1976. It is now also referred to as African American History Month. Black History Month is also celebrated in Canada in the month of February, and annually in October in the United Kingdom.

Importance to All People All ethnicities share commonalities as United States citizens. Diversity allows us to enjoy the richness of the various cultures that make this nation great. Esteemed poet Maya Angelou once noted, “For Africa to me … is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.” Whether or not you are African American, this history is your history and your heritage.

Celebrating the Month

by LaKeisha Fleming

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think it’s important to teach children about black history during any month, but especially during February. [African Americans] have accomplished and contributed too much to this country that needs to be shared, and especially with our youth.” Lithia Springs resident Sheliah Gray, a school paraprofessional, echoes sentiments felt by many people of diverse cultures and races. As a mother of two, Gray believes that the rich legacy of African Americans should be celebrated, and passed on from generation to generation. While learning these facts is a worthwhile endeavor, children may not be too enthusiastic about history lessons. The key is finding a fun way to help your children understand the importance of Black History Month, and feel connected to history. 18 Atlanta Parent    February 2014

The month often includes traditional celebrations in churches, as well as schools. Everything from plays to parades, and readings to recitals, are hosted to honor the legacy and accomplishments of African Americans. These events are great, but not quite enough, according to Sugar Hill resident Anita Paul, owner of The Write Image. “The narrative of black people in America is often watered down and encapsulated into a couple of events – either slavery or the civil rights movement – and there’s so much more.”

STOP. GO. SLOW DOWN. Thanks to Garrett Augustus Morgan, we have the first automatic three-way traffic signal system. He sold his invention to General Electric.

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HAVE A SEAT When sitting at an outdoor event, you can thank Nathaniel Alexander for first patenting the folding chair.

Making History Real So how can you bring this culture alive for your child? Genealogy, or learning your family history, is one of the ways to enrich your child’s knowledge. This exercise can be a valuable learning experience for all races, potentially learning of accomplishments of African Americans, or your family’s historical connections to the culture. Paul is also a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society. She says it is never too early to start the learning process. “Doing the genealogical research helps individuals make a personal connection to history. You can find ancestors who lived during a particular time; that makes it more personal to you. It’s not just the war of 1812

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… you can identify some contribution or success [your family member] experienced,” Paul says. “It’s about making a personal connection.” Fairburn mom Maria Newton says when her 12-year-old son, Nicholas, had a school project on the 1950s, he was able to lean to his grandmother for first-hand information, learning more about his family and the time period. “We organized a project around her life and the black history of that day,” Newton says. Author Michael Henderson, whose book, Got Proof!, chronicles his research into his family history, notes, “I think one of the ways that parents can start getting their children

MAKING DOUGH Judy W. Reed was the first African-American woman to receive a patent. In 1884, she received her patent for a hand-operated machine that could knead and roll dough.

GETTING TEED OFF All you golfers out there will appreciate this one. Dr. George Franklin Grant, a dentist and Harvard faculty member, invented the world’s first golf tee in 1899. interested in family history is to talk to them growing up. When you take a child back to the place where you grew up and connect those experiences … it brings all of the senses alive.”

Anybody Game? Making a game out of learning can always capture a child’s attention. Gray, whose children are 14-year-old Alexis and 12-year-old Lex, found a source of adventure was the key to engaging her children during a visit to the King Center. She describes a fact-finding mission she developed with several other parents when planning a tour of the center. Cont’d on page 20

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IT’S OUR SHARED PAST “Prior to going, facts were gathered about Dr. King and the King Center that were put into question format for the children to answer during the tour. All of us worked together to answer the questions, which proved to be both fun and educational.” If you’re stumped for places to find games and activities, a number of websites, from PBSkids.org to NickJr.com, offer an array of kids-themed Black History options. You can also search online to find interactive games, puzzles and worksheets.

Where They Lead, You Follow Allowing her child’s passion to dictate a course of action has proved successful for Newton. “Whenever we ‘encounter’ an important black historical person, such as in the media, in conversation or from a school assignment, we take the opportunity to research the person and dig deeper into the life of that person.” Gray says that parents can “find something that interests the children and have them research it or you find a few tidbits and begin sharing it with them to get their interest going.” The child might enjoy the pursuit of knowledge and gathering information so much, it won’t feel like work.

MAN OF MANY ‘TALENTS’

Outside Your Four Walls Atlanta is full of cultural events and programs centered on honoring the accomplishments of African Americans. The Black History Month parade takes place annually in the historic Sweet Auburn district. Participants this year, noon-3 p.m. Feb. 22, include the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta History Center will hold several events to commemorate Black History Month (find a schedule at atlantahistorycenter.com). The city of Roswell also will host several events, including an exhibit celebrating playwright Langston Hughes (for a schedule, see roswellgov.com). And of course, the King Center is an excellent source of information. Newton says she and her family commemorate the selfless legacies left by many African Americans by participating in projects with Hosea Feed the Hungry. Other service projects can include reaching out to the less fortunate through donations, mentorship and tutoring.

Wally Amos is best-known for his “Famous Amos” chocolate chip cookies. But prior to achieving culinary fame, he worked with the Supremes and Simon & Garfunkel as a talent agent at the William Morris Agency.

Choose to Take Part Whatever activities you choose to take part in for Black History Month, the important thing is to provide opportunities for your children to learn, grow and appreciate the rich heritage of African Americans. Help your children make a connection, and feel a part of something greater. Henderson says, “It’s important to get a child to really understand the significance of their individual history … it connects them, it grounds them. If you can connect a child to a global history, history will come alive to them in the school, in the classroom, and just in general growing up. You have to have that initial spark of curiosity.” c

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LEARN ABOUT BLACK HISTORY ALL YEAR LONG You can increase your knowledge and insight on the achievements of African Americans all year long at these locations in Atlanta. n  Apex Museum: Presenting history from an African American

perspective, the Apex museum is a place “where every month is black history month.” Its interactive and self-guided tours take you on a journey of history through exhibits, tours and events. apexmuseum.org

n  Atlanta History Center: The history center brings history to

life through its many exhibits and collections. It often features lectures and activities focused on Atlanta and African American history. atlantahistorycenter.com

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n  Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries: This art collection includes paintings, murals, sculptures, works on paper and ethnographical artifacts in three major categories: Contemporary American, African American and African. The school began gathering art pieces in 1942 when segregation kept artists of color from widely exhibiting their works. cau.edu

n  The King Center: The King Center features countless civil rights

and black history mementos, including a photographic history of the lives of Dr. King and his wife, Coretta. In The Gandhi Room, you’ll see the powerful influence that the works of Gandhi had on the life of Dr. King. thekingcenter.org

n  The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: The site

Atlanta History Center

includes the Visitors Center, which features a “Children of Courage” exhibit about the children of the civil rights movement, the home where Dr. King spent his childhood, Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King and his father preached, the Kings’ tombs, and a world peace rose garden. nps.gov/malu

n  Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center & Bookstore:

“The Shrine” is one of the nation’s largest and oldest black-owned Bookstores. With locations in Atlanta, Detroit and Houston, the center hosts exhibitions, book signings, storytelling, educational workshops, and of course a vast array of African American literature. shrinebookstore.com –  LaKeisha Fleming

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2014 Overnight Camp Guide

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Age. Some overnight camps will take

children as young as 6, but are they ready to go? Your child should have had successful overnight visits with family and friends and should be able to take care of his hygiene.

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Bags. Kids may need duffels or

bags that specifically fit into an assigned space or fulfill a specific task, like laundry!

Costs. Overnight camps are more

affordable than you might think. Many camps offer discounts for more than one child and some scholarships are available for low-income families.

Distance. How far the camp is

from your home is an important factor to consider. Do you want to be able to drive there within two hours? Does your older child want the independence of being 1,000 miles away?

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restrict the use of cell phones, tablets and laptops or ban them. What devices should your child leave behind, and how will you communicate with your camper or check out what’s happening at the camp? Make sure you know the camp’s policies in advance.

time camper go with a friend? Camp directors say they can, if the child’s more comfortable, but it’s not necessary. Your child will make friends within the first day or two. Have your camper prepared with a calling card or stickers with their contact information to pass out so they can stay connected once camp ends.

General or Specialty. Does the

camp focus on one area, such as dance, music or computer programming, or does it offer a variety of experiences, from archery and swimming to painting and horseback riding?

Homesickness. It’s the No. 1 concern of the parents of first-time campers, but most kids are just fine. They’re too busy with new friends and activities to notice (though many parents experience separation anxiety).

Interests. Make sure the camp’s activities

match some of your child’s interests. A sedentary book reader might hate an all-sports camp, but a camp that combines storytelling and some physical activities might expand his views on the outdoors and exercise.

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Joke books. Jokes, Mad Libs and small

games help bunkmates get to know each other better and provide entertainment during downtimes or rainy days.

Kids. The mix is important. How many kids will be at each camp session? Is the camp single gender or coed, are the campers mostly in-state or are some international?

Letters. Camps encourage parents to

write letters (some allow emails as well) and send packages. Send a letter or package a few days before your child begins camp so he’ll get mail on the first day. Letting your child know you’re thinking of him helps you both feel connected.

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Mini Sessions. Unsure

if your child is ready for weeks away? Some camps offer short sessions for a taste of the experience.

Nutrition. Find out

what meals are offered and what options are available for picky eaters.

Obstacles. How does the

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Qualifications. Is the camp accredited by

an organization such as the American Camping Association? How are camp counselors screened? What is the ratio of campers to counselors?

Research. Plan to attend camp expos, check

websites, ask family and friends and talk with former campers. If possible, visit the camps on your short list.

Special Needs camps. The camp

experience is great for kids of all abilities. Special needs camps welcome kids with physical or mental disabilities or medical conditions such as cancer.

Things to do. What activities and opportunities

for learning does the camp offer? What is a typical day like, and does the pace fit your child’s personality?

Urban or rustic. What is the physical setting

for the camp? Will campers be in tents or cabins, or housed in a university dorm for technology camp? How many campers will share the space?

Vacation. Check the schedules of your top

choice for camp before you plan your family’s annual getaway. Some programs are only offered once a summer.

Water. Hydration is key, so make sure your child

knows that they have to keep drinking throughout the day and not just at mealtime. Some camps provide water bottles; some have you bring them.

Xtra. Double up on necessities – bring things like

extra underwear, socks, shoes, bug spray and glasses.

Yippee! That’s what your kid will exclaim when it’s time for camp next year.

Zero. Most kids have zero regrets after their first camp experience.

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camp handle problems? What’s its policy on discipline? If your child has a medical issue, how will the camp respond? Make sure your child knows where to go if he needs help.

Packing. Most camps offer

a suggested packing list. Use it! And be sure to label everything. Pay attention to shoes – having the right ones can be the difference between a great time and a so-so experience.

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Packing for Camp:

Socks, Underwear and a Whole Lot More by Sue LeBreton

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om. You forgot to pack extra socks,” my 10-year-old son says accusingly, after a week at camp. Socks, I muse, mentally searching through the gear I had packed. I remembered making an extra trip to the store for the hiking socks requested on the camp list. Had I not packed them? “Do you mean the hiking socks?” I ask. “No, just any socks. I have a blister because I wore the same pair of socks all week,” he says.  “I packed more than enough socks,” I assure him. “They were right there with your underwear.”  “Oh yeah, I could not find my underwear, so I wore the same pair of underwear all week too.” His dad and I burst out laughing but he does not see the humor.   “They were not in the bag. I even had a counselor help me look for them,” he says confidently. I wonder if he could have been the victim of a cabin prank.   When we arrive home, I open the large gear bag. Jammed in one section, just where I packed them, are ample clean socks and underwear. I show him. “Oh, I guess we never saw the second zippered section,” he says. The night before camp when I finished packing his bag, as suggested by the camp guide, I walked him through where everything was. I suppose the, ‘Yeah, yeah mom, I know,” should have sounded an alarm that he was not fully engaged. The following year he packed his own bag and I reviewed it. As you prepare to send your child off to camp, whether it is the first or fifth time, remember that camp organizers are experts so trust their directions and follow them closely. Here are some general guidelines that I have learned and relearned after sending two children to various camps for more than six years:

n  Have children pack their own bags with supervision so that they can find those important socks and underwear. Plus, it adds to their sense of independence, another reason we send them to camp. n  If it leaves your house label it. From luggage to individual items, use a system to label every T-shirt, shoe or flashlight. Preprinted labels are great, but expensive. One year when my daughter attended camp we created a logo for her using her initials and marked all items using a permanent marker. Even if another camper had the same initials, her items were uniquely identified. n  Be considerate with care packages. Double check what is allowed. In more rustic surroundings, food is not allowed in sleeping quarters because it attracts wild animals. If food is permitted, please send enough to share with cabin mates but be sensitive to any allergy issues. Many camps are peanut-free or nut-free facilities. n  Pack it in and pack it out. A horse camp my daughter attended suggested that campers bring a detailed list of their belongings. When she was packing up to come home it made it easier for her to locate missing items when she knew she was looking for two pink shirts. She liked this technique so much she has used it to pack for other camps. n  Overcome your helicopter tendencies. Keep communication to a minimum and obey any camp restrictions. Many camps allow oneway communication where parents can send a daily letter or email to the child. You are the expert on your children: Will receiving a daily note from you make them more or less lonely? Our son asked us to not send any notes the second year as he found the notes made him lonely. n  Be strong. You may be anxious and missing your child, but do not call the camp unless it is an emergency. Pack your own anxiety away and prepare your children for the possibility of homesickness. Tell them that this is normal and can happen to campers of any age. Assure them that you know they can handle it. Counselors should be trained to help campers work through these issues. If your child calls crying for you to come and get him, steel yourself and repeat that you are confident in their ability to manage this. Then speak to the head counselor to assess the situation. This happened to us the first year our son attended camp, but he worked through it (so did mom and dad) and he felt very proud and independent when he completed his first week at camp. n  Valuables like jewelry and expensive electronics belong at home. If children attend camp with cell phones or iPods, they are missing the opportunity to connect and make new friends. Isn’t that why we are sending them to camp in the first place?

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Camp Facts & Stats n  There are more than 12,000 camps

in the U.S. with 7,000 overnight and 5,000 day camps.

campers 60% ofareallgirls. n  9,500 of those camps are nonprofit

associated with religious organizations and children’s’ programs. The other 2500 are privately owned for profit camps. n  11 million children and adults attend

camp each year. n  Camps employ more than 1,500,000

adults each year to work in a variety of positions. 20% of those workers are from other countries.

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n  Camps report they have at least 75%

of staff return each year. n  Most camps provide co-ed programs.

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Register Now for Camp Thunderbird! Learn more at our Open House on April 13. Located just four hours from Atlanta, Camp Thunderbird’s 1.7-mile shoreline provides the ideal backdrop for life-changing experiences. For more than seventy five years, Thunderbird’s pristine 100-acre campus on the shores of Lake Wylie has welcomed campers wanting to escape the buzz of city life. Coed, Ages 7 to 16 | one and two week sessions www.campthunderbird.org YMCA Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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swimming, arts and crafts, challengeropes course, archery and aquatics. n  Camp directors report adding

adventure camps, family camps, nature programs, cooking from camp gardens, and college planning programs. n  Technologically speaking, 74% of

camps do not allow campers to use any electronic devices at any time. Statistics courtesy of the ACA (American Camping Association). www.aca-camps.org

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview Athens Y Camp for Boys/Camp Chattooga for Girls

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n Tallulah Falls, Georgia, the Athens Y Camp for Boys was founded in 1898 by Walter T. Forbes. Mr. Forbes also founded Camp Chattooga for Girls in 1933 as a sister camp to AYC. The camps are owned by the Athens YMCA and are accredited by the American Camp Association. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 The mission of the Athens Y Camps is to provide a safe atmosphere for young boys and girls to aide them in maturing and growing as they learn and excel in various physical activities and social interaction, all based on Judeo-Christian principles. Fun, traditions and Christian values in a rustic setting - that’s what makes us so special, along with over 800 rolling, wooded acres in Tallulah Falls, GA. Our programs provide opportunities for skill, personal development, and spiritual growth with lots of fun. This is all provided in a

safe, protective environment, both kids and parents feel good about. There are opportunities to make new friends, improve abilities, and develop greater strength of character and personality. Of course, the health and safety of each camper is top priority; our 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio assures close supervision of all activities. Our summer camps each have their own private facilities and programs. The boys camp setting is a lovely valley with a private lake that is complimented by surrounding mountains. The girls camp setting is on a beautiful mountainside with a lake and horse stable surrounded by mountain laurel thickets. Both camps offer several programs that are designed to give every camper a unique experience. If you would like more information on the Athens Y Camp for Boys or Camp Chattooga for Girls please visit the website at www. athensycamps.org or call the office at 706-754-6912.

Camp Thunderbird

Camp Woodmont

amp Thunderbird continues its legacy of innovation with the addition of several new or expanded activities and adventures in 2014. As part of an expanded land activity offering, Backyard Games will engage campers in pickle ball, badminton, shuffleboard, spike ball, can jam, horseshoes, bocce ball, and other lawn based games. Campers will enjoy action-packed enhancements to the Roller Sports offering along with a Sports Sampler featuring disc golf, gaga ball, rugby, cricket, and other sports games. Finally campers will learn about Geocaching and Orienteering, using GPS and other navigational techniques to hide and seek items all over the camp property. Located on a beautiful 100-acre campus with 1.7 miles of shoreline along South Carolina’s pristine Lake Wylie, Camp Thunderbird offers co-ed water and land adventures for children ages seven to sixteen. Find out more about Camp Thunderbird at the Open House on April 13 or online at www.campthunderbird.org. Or, come visit during special Camp Tour Days on March 23 and April 27.

top cool, breezy Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia is an ACA accredited camp where your child will feel secure, welcome, and reassured. The limited enrollment, warm Christian atmosphere, caring counselors, and convenient camp lay-out give your camper a feeling of acceptance, belonging and appreciation. The Bennett family gets to know each and every camper on a close personal basis; their two generations of family management and over 60 years combined experience makes for a highly supervised program and an intimate, meaningful experience for campers. “The Camp Woodmont program strives to provide a family-type atmosphere within the camp group where each child feels a sense of belonging as a valued member of our camp’s community”, says director Alyson Gondek, “most parents want their child to learn self-reliance, responsibility, independence, and how to get along with others in a close-knit group; our program is designed to provide children with those type of learning experiences.” The 2014 season offers one and two-week sessions for boys and girls ages 6-14 starting June 1st. Call 706-398-0833 or visit www.campwoodmont.com for dates, rates, pictures and more information. Come to the Open House Sunday, May 18th, 2-5 pm to tour the facilities and meet the staff.

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Jewish Overnight Summer Camp Programs

NSURING THE JEWISH FUTURE. The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta wants to help your child attend Jewish Overnight Summer Camp! Federation believes that Jewish overnight summer camp and other immersive summer experiences are especially effective in helping children form their Jewish identity and develop a lifetime of Jewish engagement and leadership. “I didn’t want to come home after camp. It was great to make lots of new friends and it was cool that they were all Jewish like me,” said Simon G, a first-time camper during summer 2013. Federation is now offering two opportunities to help get your child to camp, including a needs-based scholarship fund, as well as incentive grants up to $1,000 for eligible first-time campers through the One Happy Camper Program (OHC). OHC provides grants to encourage children and teens to attend overnight Jewish camp for the first time. Jewish overnight camp creates and enhances Jewish education in a fun and informal setting, making Judaism a cornerstone in the development of lifelong friendships and self-esteem. Jewish overnight summer camp is important to Federation as it supports our mission of ensuring a Jewish future. Attending Jewish overnight camp is identified as one of the top three experiences that fosters a lasting Jewish connection.

About OHC in Atlanta: Grants up to $1,000 are awarded to first-time campers who attend a nonprofit Jewish overnight summer camp for at least 19 consecutive days (exceptions apply for URJ 6 Points Sports Academy and Adamah Adventures). Eligible campers must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp) and be attending one of the 150+ non-profit, Jewish, overnight summer camps listed on the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s website (www.jewishcamp.org). Children must be enrolled in a camp to receive the grant, and current day school students are not eligible for the program. Parents with questions about OHC, scholarships opportunities, and Jewish overnight summer camp, in general, should contact Lauri Cohen, Community Camp Ambassador, at 678.222.3730 or lcohen@jfga.org. About Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta: The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is the only community organization charged with the responsibility to meet the needs of over 13 million Jews, wherever in the world they may be. We are the safety net for those in need, we build and support programs to ensure a strong Jewish future, we rescue Jews in danger and we connect all Jews to one another. We inspire, we innovate, we educate, and we respond as needed. We help every Jew, every day, in every way. www.JewishAtlanta.org/summercamp

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eeper Faith. Greater Adventures.” Each camp week is an exciting, well-planned, outdoor summer experience that creates positive lifetime memories in a Christcentered environment with mature, well-trained counselors. Located near Franklin, Tennessee on 100 wooded acres of beautiful rolling hills, campers enjoy new facilities and numerous outdoor recreation options: horseback riding, waterfront fun (swimming, zip line, waterslide, aqua park, kayaks, canoes), climbing tower, low and high ropes courses, archery, BB guns, paintball and more. Each day includes ageappropriate small group Bible study; a dynamic, challenging speaker; and a time of praise each night that is focused on developing confidence, character, and integrity in your child. Sessions: preteens (completed grades 3-5), middle school (completed grades 6-8), and high school (completed grades 9-12). Each camper receives a camp themed t-shirt and DVD of their camp week. Discounts: early registration, multiple siblings, or multiple sessions. For out-of-town campers arriving by plane, choose supervised shuttle service to and from camp during your online camper registration. Come tour our facilities and meet camp directors and staff at one of our open houses (March, April, or May). Information and registration: Camps.DeerRunRetreat.org or call 888-794-2918.

ake interests further and gain a competitive advantage for school, college, and future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs where ages 7-17 develop iPhone and Android apps, program in C++ and Java, design video games, produce films, build robots, create websites, and more. Programs are held at over 80 prestigious universities nationwide including Emory, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and others. Small classes (8:1 student to instructor ratios, guaranteed) are hands-on, high energy, and led by tech-savvy staff. Also 2-week, pre-college, intensive summer programs for ages 13-18 at iD Programming Academy (held at Emory), iD Game Design & Development Academy (also at Emory), and iD Film Academy. Visit iDTech.com for more information and to register online. Or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) to speak to a Program Advisor who can recommend a customized summer schedule to develop a student’s interests. Enroll now and make changes up until 3 weeks before camp without change fees.

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top breathtaking Lookout Mountain, only 2 hours from Atlanta, find a paradise of fun, friends and adventure for girls ages 6 to 16. With over 15 activity choices and recreational opportunities, campers and parents alike will be pleased with the choices and quality of the programs. Enjoy Riverview’s exceptional riding program for no additional fees, directed by equestrians experienced Riding Staff. There is something for everyone including: swimming, heated pool, ropes course, tennis, canoeing, golf, archery, rifle range, sports, basketball, climbing tower, CIT program, Chorus, Drama, Flag Twirling, Voice and Music. Riverview offers both one and two-week sessions, or longer stays are available. Each cabin includes its own bathrooms and showers.

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The Staff of Riverview is comprised of many collegeage counselors who have camped with Riverview and who understand the importance of nurturing and caring for each camper! Owners, Susan and Dr. Larry Hooks have been Camp Directors since 1983. Assistant Director Donna Bares has been on staff with the Hooks since 1987. The full-summer staff is certified in Red Cross First Aid and CPR, with two or more nurses and a physician on staff. Riverview is a member of Christian Camping International & is accredited by American Camping Assoc. 1-800882-0722 for a free DVD or visit www.riverviewcamp.com to view DVD’s on line!

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The search for the perfect summer camp adventure for your child starts here. Our sampling of overnight camps features programs across the South. There’s a camp for all interests, including everything from the traditional camp experience to academic and outdoor adventure programs. For more camps visit atlantaparent.com Riverview Camp for Girls

Alabama Camp Chandler. Montgomery. Co-ed, ages 5-15. Three- and four-day sessions. One-week and multiple-week sessions. Water skiing, horseback riding, swimming, archery, sports and more. 334229-0035. www.campchandler.org. Camp Cosby-YMCA. Alpine. Co-ed, ages 6-16. Three day and one-week sessions. Over 20 activities: horseback riding, minibikes, archery, tubing, wake boarding, the blob, and Alpine tower. Expedition adventure trips. ACA accredited. 800-852-6729. www.campcosby.org. Camp Laney for Boys. Mentone. Boys, ages 7-14. One(1st-3rd grade only) and two-week sessions. Ropes course, horseback riding, canoeing, riflery, archery, tennis, mountain biking, and team sports. ACA accredited. 256-634-4066. www.camplaney.com. Camp Skyline. Mentone. Girls, ages 6-16. One- and two-week sessions. Located on top of Lookout Mountain. Campers select six from more than 20 different activities. Founded 1947. 800448-9279. www.campskyline.com. Camp Winnataska. Pell City. Co-ed, ages 6-15. One-week sessions. Sailing, kayaking, paintball courses, arts and crafts, archery, The Blob, riflery, ropes courses and so much more. 205-640-6741. www.winnataska.org. Lookout Mountain Camp for Boys. Mentone. Boys, ages 7-15. Two-, four-, six- and eightweek sessions. Traditional camp with activities such as: water sports, fly fishing, canoeing, zip line, archery. 256-634-4758. www. lookoutmountaincamp.com.

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Lyman Ward Summer School Program. Camp Hill. Boys, grades 9-12 academic program ages 10-18 adventure camp. Four-week session academic program and 3 one-week adventure camp sessions. Academic program includes on-campus and evening activities and weekend outings. Adventure Camp includes rafting, caving, repelling, swimming, hiking and more. 800-798-9151. www.lwma.org. Riverview Camp for Girls. Mentone. Ages 6-16. One-and two-week sessions. Enjoy Extraordinary Experiences Everyday! Located atop Lookout Mountain. Traditional program offering more than 25 activities including horseback riding, ropes course, tennis, gymnastics, canoeing, and more. 800-8820722. www.riverviewcamp.com. Space Camp. Huntsville. Co-ed, ages 9-18. Overnight weeklong sessions and family weekend camps for ages 7-14. Way beyond fun at Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and Robotics Camp. 800-637-7223. www. spacecamp.com.

Florida Camp Dovewood. O’Brien. Girls, ages 7-16. One- and two-week sessions. Combination 3 week sessions. Christian bases, horse-focused, English, Western and dressage riding, overnight trips, swimming, dance and over 24 activities. 386-935-0863. www. campdovewood.org. Camp Indian Springs. Crawfordville. Co-ed, ages 7-16. One, two and four-week sessions. Traditional camp with scuba, ATV, high-ropes, riding, archery, extreme skateboarding, paintball and more. ACA Accredited. 850-933-5959. www.campindiansprings.com.

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Camp Kulaqua. High Springs. Coed, ages 7-17. One-week sessions. Bible adventure, archery, canoeing, gymnastics, horsemanship, go-carts and zoo management. 386-454-1351. www. campkulaqua.com. Camp Winona-YMCA. Deleon Springs. Co-ed, ages 7-17. One- and two-week sessions(14-17) CIT 3 Week. Archery, canoeing, ropes course, sailing, paintball and more. 386-985-4544. www.campwinona.org. Circle “F” Dude Ranch Camp. Lake Wales. Co-ed, ages 6-16. Two- and three-week, 10-day sessions. Horseback riding, sailing, paintball, waterfront double zip line with rock climbing wall and more. 863-676-4113. www. circle-f-duderanch.com. Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. West Palm Beach. Co-ed, ages 8-14. Oneweek sessions. Operated by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commisson. Outdoor skills, ecology, wildlife encounters, fishing, archery, mud hikes, canoeing and more. 561-2368431. www.fyccn.com/eyc. IMG Academies. Bradenton. Co-ed, ages 8-18. Weekly sessions. Instructional programs offered in tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and performance training. 941-755-1000. www. imgacademies.com. Seacamp. Big Pine Key. Co-ed, ages 12-17. 18-day sessions. Marine science, scuba, sailing, wind surfing and more. 877-7322267. www.seacamp.org.

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SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camps. Orlando and Tampa Bay. Co-ed, grades 4-College. One-week sessions. Amazing up-close animal encounters from belugas to giraffes, plus everything the parks have to offer. 866-468-6226. www.seaworld.org/camps. Wellspring Florida Melbourne. Three-to nine-week sessions. Fun, scientific weight loss camps for teens. Beach and Disney World visits along with individualized therapy sessions. 1-866-364-0808. www.wellspringcamps.com/ florida.

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Adamah Adventures. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 10-17. 18-day sessions 7-11th grade. 1 week session 5th-7th grade. Outdoor adventure treks for Jewish teens. Hiking, rock climbing, caving, rafting and more in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Utah or Pacific Northwest. 404297-4914. www.adamahadventures.org.

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 8 and up. One-, two- threeand five-week sessions. Intensive resident courses available to intermediate and advance students in ballet, jazz, and modern, nutrition, musical theatre and dance history. Audition required. 404-8735811, ext 310. www.atlantaballet.com.

Athens “Y” Camp for Boys/Camp Chattooga for Girls. Tallulah Falls. Ages 7-16. One-week sessions. All sports, zip line, lake activities and more. Horseback riding for girls. Outdoor adventure program for older campers. Boys: 706-754-6912; girls: 706-754-3329. www. athensycamps.org.

Atlanta Resident Camp. Lake Allatoona. Co-ed, ages 8-12. One-week sessions. Canoeing, team building and hiking and environmental education through the City of Atlanta. Open to Atlanta residents and non-residents. 404-392-3366.

Athens YWCO Camp. Clarkesville. Girls, ages 6-16. One-week session. Swimming, archery, dance, sports, crafts and more in a Christian atmosphere. Counselor In Training program. 706-354-7880. www.athensywcocamp.com.

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Atlanta Workshop Players Summer Performing Arts Camp. Brenau University. Co-ed, ages 8-18. One- or two-week sessions. TV/film acting, theatre, dance, musical theatre and performances, audition for top agents and casting directors. Produce a full show. 770-998-8111. www. atlantaworkshopplayers.com.

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Camp Blue Ridge. Mountain City. Co-ed, ages 7-16. Two, four, five and seven-week sessions. 48 elective style activities in the areas of athletics, aquatics, outdoor adventure and cultural arts. 954-665-8686. www. blueridgecamp.com. Calvin Center. Hampton. Co-ed, grades 1-12. One-week. Christian camping since 1960. Residential camping, adventure and horse camps. High School Leadership. ACA accredited. 770-946-4276. www.calvincenter.org. Camp Barney Medintz. Cleveland. Co-ed, ages 8-16. Two- and four-week sessions. Activities include water skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, theater and more. Jewish values. 678-812-3844. www.campbarney. org. Camp Cherokee. Cartersville. Co-ed, ages 6-18. Four-, five- and six-day sessions. Christian camp on Lake Allatoona with canoeing, arts and crafts, Bible study, white water rafting and more. Also offers day camp. 877647-8542. www.cherokeeretreatcenter.com. Camp Juliette Low. Lookout Mountain. Girls, ages 7-17. One- and two-week sessions. Traditional camping and outdoor adventure, fun and friends since 1922. On beautiful Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia. 770428-1062. www.cjl.org. Camp Kaleo. Forsyth. Boys, ages 6-18. Three-day (grades completed 1-3) and one-week sessions (grades 4-12). A Christian camp in a rustic setting. 478-994-5333. www.campkaleo.org. Camp New Dawn. Chickamauga. Co-ed, ages 6-18. One-week sessions. Traditional camp activities such as crafts, photography, swimming, sports and animal care. Adventure outdoor camp, civil war camp and multi-sports camp available. 706-539-2235. www. campnewdawnga.org.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O14 Camp Fire Camp Toccoa. Toccoa. Co-ed, grades 2-12. One- and multi-week sessions. Campers reconnect with nature in a fun, noncompetitive environment. Horseback, ropes, canoeing, archery and more. ACA accredited. 706-886-2457. www. camptoccoa.org. Camp Westminster. Conyers. Co-ed, ages 6-17. Weekly overnight and day camp sessions. Horseback riding, sports, crafts, outdoor skills, climbing tower, paintball and more with a Christian perspective. 770-483-2225. www. campwestminster.org. Camp Woodmont. Lookout Mountain. Co-ed, ages 6-14. One- and two-week sessions. Deep-seeded traditions and close family atmosphere. High ropes, horseback, sports, dance, crafts, archery and more! ACA accredited. 423-472-6070. www. campwoodmont.com. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Summer Camps. Mansfield. Co-ed, ages 10-16. Choose from the many camp programs including outdoor adventure teen challenge, conservation education, gardening, WILD creatures of Georgia and shooting sports. Also offers day camp. 770-784-3059. www. georgiawildlife.com. Clayton State University PEI Summer Entrepreneurship & Business Academy. Morrow. Co-ed, high school students. One-week session. A summer academy for high school students. June 15-20. 678-466-4528. www. clayton.edu/business/seba. Cohutta Springs Youth Camp. Crandall. Co-ed, ages 7-18. One-week sessions and family camp. Archery, basketball, biking, canoeing, creative arts, drama, golf, gymnastics, horsemanship, nature, rock climbing, sports, videography, water sports. 706-602-7346. www.cs-yc.com. Creation Encounters Camp. Cleveland. Co-ed, ages 12-15. Three-day session. Christ-centered learning experience through hands on animal interaction. Learn about animal diet, vet care, and enrichment for animals at the zoo. 706-348-7279. www.creationencounters.org/cechome.html. Darlington Summer Camps. Rome. Co-ed and single gender, ages 6-18. Sessions vary by camp. Summer Scholars Program. Specialty Sports Camps include soccer, tennis, lacrosse, fencing and more. 800-368-4437. www.darlingtonschool.org.

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Digital Media Academy. Prestigious Georgia University. Co-ed, ages 6-18. One-week session. Create apps, animation, web development, final, music, game design and more. 866-656-3342. www.digitalmediaacademy.org. Dixie Camps for Boys and Girls. Clayton. For boys and girls ages 6-16. One-, two-, three-, fourand seven-week sessions. Traditional camp with sports, water activities, arts and more. 678-7013052. www.campdixie.org. Emagination Computer Camp. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 8-17. One and two-week sessions. Video Game Design, Web Design, 3-D Animation. Build robots and RC Cars. Explore programming. Sports and recreation. 877-248-0206. www. computercamps.com. Encore Music Camps. Atlanta and Milledgeville. Co-ed, ages 10-16. Orchestra Camp, Emory University, July 6-10. Band Camp, Georgia College & State, Milledgeville, July 6-10. A musical experience with rehearsals and master classes, with a blend of recreational activities. Camp closes with concert performances. Band: 770-914-8866; Orchestra: 404-988-1245. www. encoremusiccamps.com.

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ID Tech Camps. Emory University. Co-ed, ages 7-17. Exclusive teen academies 13-18. One-week sessions. Build apps, programs in C++/Java, create movies, video games, websites, robots, and more. Also 2-week sessions for ages 13-18 at iD Tech Academies. 888-709-8324. www. internaldrive.com. Joe Machnik No.1 Goalkeeper Camp & Striker Camp. Rome. Co-ed, ages 8-18. Four- to twelveday sessions. Nationwide soccer camp with over 35 years experience. 706-378-3706. www. no1soccercamps.com. Linda’s Riding School. Conyers. Co-ed, ages 7 and up. Overnight and one-week session. Each camper has their own horse for the entire session, covered arena, trails and lessons daily. Show at the end of the week for parents. Day camp also offered. 770-922-0184. www. lindasridingschool.com. National Computer Camps. Atlanta-Oglethorpe. Co-ed, ages 7-18. One- and two-week sessions. Video game design, computer programming, networking, web design, software applications, minecraft and modding. Optional sports program. 203-710-5771. www.nccamp.com.

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Rabun Gap-Noochee School. Rabun Gap. Co-ed, ages 5-13. Weekend parent-child camp for parents/ grandparents to share a real camp experience over a summer weekend (Fri-Sun, July 25-27). Share athletics, arts and outdoor activities, as well as communal worship and individual free time. 706746-7467/800-543-7467. www.rabungap.org/camp. Riverside Military Academy. Gainesville. Boys, grades 7-11. Four-week sessions. High Adventure Camp. Test physical endurance, explore area rivers, hike in Blue Ridge Mountains, learn rafting, rappelling, marksmanship and leadership skills. 800-462-2338. www.riversidemilitary.com. Sports Broadcasting Camp. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 10-18. July 14-18. Overnight or day. Learn from the pros. Make reporting, play-by-play and sports anchor tapes. Meet celebrities and more. 800-3190884. www.playbyplaycamps.com. Strong Rock Camp. Cleveland. Co-ed, grades 1-11. One- and two-week sessions. Horseback riding, canoeing, archery, riflery, climbing, art, drama and more. Christian family values. 706-3481533. www.strongrockcamp.com. Sunburst Stables. Clarksville. All girls and all boys, ages 8-15. One-week sessions. Horseback riding, swimming, The Blob, boating, ropes course, zip line and more. 800-806-1953. www. sunburststables.com. University of Georgia Youth Programs. Athens. Co-ed, ages 11-17. Two-week session. Summer Academy with specialty overnight or day camps and Pre-College Summer Programs for rising high school juniors and seniors. 706-542-3537. UGAYouthPrograms.com Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp. Cloudland. Girls, ages 8-17. One to nine weeks. 600 acres, English and Western, vaulting, barrels and trails .Spend 4-6 hours daily with your own camp horse. CHA instructors. 706-862-2231. www. valleyviewranch.com. WinShape Camps. Rome. Boys and girls camps, Completed 1st- completed 11th grade. One- and two-week sessions. A Christian recreation program. Separate programs for girls and boys. 800-4486955, ext 1120. www.winshapecamps.org.

Mississippi Camp Stanislaus. Bay St. Louis. Co-ed, ages 8-15. One-, two-, three- and four-week sessions. Traditional camp that provides a non-competitive environment. Activities include: skiing, sailing, basketball, soccer, football and more. 228-4679057x277. www.campstanislaus.com.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O14 Camp Cedar Cliff. Asheville. Co-ed, rising 2nd-10th graders. Half-week, one- and two-week sessions. Christ-centered camp with traditional summer camp activities. 828-450-3331. www. campcedarcliff.org. Camp Cheerio-YMCA. Glade Valley. Separate co-ed and all girls camp offered, ages 7-15. Oneand two-week sessions. Two programs: traditional overnight camp and adventure tripping program. 800-226-7496. www.campcheerio.org. Camp Greenville-YMCA. Cedar Mountain. Co-ed, ages 5-17. One- and two-week sessions. CIT program. Parent & Child camps. Traditional, adventure, wilderness and leadership programs for young people, since 1912. ACA accredited. 864-836-3291. www.campgreenville.org. Camp Greystone. Tuxedo. Girls, grades K-11th. One- to five-week sessions. More than 80 activities, Christ-centered. 828-693-3182. www. campgreystone.com. Camp Hanes. Sauratown Mountain. Co-ed, ages 6-15. Six one-week sessions. Canoeing, hiking, rappelling, arts and crafts, sports and more. 336983-3131. www.camphanes.org. Camp High Rocks. Cedar Mountain. Boys, ages 7-16. One -, two-, three- and four-week sessions. Traditional camp focusing on adventure in a non-competitive atmosphere. 828-885-2153. www. highrocks.com. Camp Highlander. Mills River. Co-ed, ages 5-16. One-, two-, and three-week sessions.Multisessions available. Traditional in-camp activities and challenging off-camp excursions. Features Wilderness Program. ACA accredited. 828-8917721. www.camphighlander.com.

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Camp Hollymont for Girls. Asheville. Ages 6-15. One-, two-,three- and four-week sessions. Recreational adventure and program activities. Christian. ACA accredited. 828-6865343. www.hollymont.com.

Camp Kanuga. Hendersonville. Co-ed, ages 7-17. 4-,9- and 13 day sessions. Trailblazer adventure camp for ages 15-17. Christian setting. ACA accredited. 828-692-9136. www. campkanuga.org.

Camp Kanata-YMCA. Wake Forest. Co-ed, ages 6-15. One-week sessions. Multi-week sessions available. Traditional YMCA camp setting. ACA accredited. 919-556-2661. www. campkanata.org.

Camp Lurecrest. Lake Lure. Co-ed, rising grades 3rd-12th. One-week sessions. Lake tubing, canoeing, high ropes activities, swimming, fishing, paintball and more. Christian setting. 704-841-2701. www.camplurecrest.org.

Give Your Child the Gift of Camp The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta wants to send your child to a Jewish overnight summer camp! Federation provides a free resource that helps connect kids to a Jewish overnight camp that’s perfect for them, from traditional to every specialty camp imaginable. Contact Lauri Cohen, Community Camp Ambassador, for more information about Jewish overnight camps, scholarships and One Happy Camper, a first-time camper incentive program. Lauri Cohen 678.222.3730 lcohen@jfga.org

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Camp Merri-Mac for Girls. Black Mountain. Ages 6-16. One-, two-, three-, four- or five-week sessions. Sister camp to Camp Timberlake. Riding, diving, gymnastics, climbing, cheerleading, tennis, dance and more. 828-6698766. www.merri-mac.com. Camp Mondamin for Boys/Green Cove for Girls. Tuxedo. Boys and girls, ages 6-17. One-, two-, three- and five-week sessions. Rock-climbing, whitewater canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback, swimming, sailing, tennis, wilderness trips and more. 800-688-5789. www.mondamin.com; www.greencove.com. Camp Pinewood. Hendersonville. Co-ed, ages 7-15. Four- and eight-week sessions. Offers more than 35 different sports and activities. Extensive waterfront program. Two and a half hours from Atlanta. 828-692-6239. www.camppinewood.net. Camp Ridgecrest for Boys and Camp Crestridge for Girls. Ridgecrest. Ages 7-16. One, two-, four-, six- and eight-week sessions. Traditional camp activities, archery, riflery, horseback riding, sports and more. 828-6698051. www.ridgecrestcamps.com. Camp Rockmont for Boys. Black Mountain. Boys, ages 7-16. One-, two-, three- and fourweek sessions. Variety of recreational adventures and program activities. Christian boys camp. ACA accredited. 828-686-3885. www.rockmont.com. Camp Sea Gull for Boys/Seafarer for GirlsYMCA. Arapahoe. Ages 6-16. One-, two- and four-week sessions. Seamanship programs for all skill levels. ACA and US Sailing Accredited. Sea Gull: 252-249-1111; Seafarer: 252-249-1212. 919-719-9622. www.seagull-seafarer.org. Camp Timberlake for Boys. Black Mountain. Ages 7-16. One-, two-, three-, four- or five-week sessions. Brother camp to Camp Merri-Mac. Backpacking, riflery, swimming, canoeing, wrestling, riding, fencing, ropes course and more. 828-669-8766. www.camptimberlake.com.

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Camp Wayfarer. Flat Rock. Co-ed, ages 6-16. One and a half-, three- and five-week sessions. Outdoor sports, arts, water sports, outdoor adventures and Christian life. ACA accredited. 828-696-9000. www.campwayfarer.com. Camp Weaver-YMCA. Greensboro. Co-ed, rising grades 2-10. One-week sessions- up to 10 weeks. Horseback riding, skateboard park, canoeing, iceberg, the blob, hiking, crafts and more. 336-697-0525. www.campweaver.org. Deep Woods Camp. Brevard. Boys, ages 9-14. Four-, five-, nine- and 10-week sessions. Outdoor wilderness adventure program. 828-885-2268. www.deepwoodscamp.com. Duke Summer Camps. Durham. Co-ed, 5th-11th. One- and two-week sessions. Action Science Camp for Young Women. Girls, grades 5-7; Young Writers Camp. Co-ed, grades 6-11. Bio-sciences and engineering camp, middle and high school. 919-684-6259. www.learnmore. duke.edu/youth. Eagle’s Nest Camp. Pisgah Forest. Co-ed, ages 6-17. One-, two- and three-week sessions. Activities include: art, music, drama, whitewater paddling, rock climbing, wilderness activities, horseback riding, athletics and swimming. 828877-4349. 336-761-1040-off season www.enf.org. Falling Creek Camp. Tuxedo. Boys, ages 6-16. One- to four-week sessions. Canoeing, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding and more. 828-692-0262. www.fallingcreek.com.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O14 Gwynn Valley Camp. Brevard. Co-ed, grades K-8. One-, two- and three-week sessions. A traditional, farm and wilderness camp with horseback riding, rock climbing and more. ACA accredited. 828-885-2900. www.gwynnvalley.com. Rockbrook Camp for Girls. Brevard. Girls, ages 6-16. Two, three and four-week sessions. Traditional camp offering horseback riding, adventure, crafts and more. Est. 1921. ACA accredited. 828-884-6151. www. rockbrookcamp.com. Skyland Camp for Girls. Clyde. Girls, ages 6-15. Eight-, 17-, 21- and 38 day sessions. Horseback riding, musical theater, tennis, archery, crafts and more. Skyland campers learn sportsmanship and the importance of teamwork, confidence, self-expression and leadership skills. 828-627-2470. www. skylandcamp.com. The Green River Preserve. Cedar Mountain. Co-ed, grades rising 2-12. Expedition trips grades rising 9-12. Trailblazers grades 12-college freshman. One-, two- and threeweek sessions. Non-competitive, co-ed summer camp connecting children to nature. Hiking trips, mountain biking, canoeing, fly fishing, visual arts, theater, fencing and more. ACA accredited. 828-698-8828. www. greenriverpreserve.org. The Vineyard. Westfield. Co-ed, ages 6-16. One-week sessions. Multi-week sessions available Christian sports camp with 40 activities including body building, lacrosse, golf, crafts and dance. 336-351-2070. www. vineyardcamp.com.

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South Carolina Camden Military Adventure Camp. Camden. Boys, grades rising 6-12th grade. Three- and six- week sessions. White water rafting, water skiing, hiking and aviation. 800-948-6291. www.camdenmilitary.com. Camp Chatuga. Mountain Rest. Co-ed, ages 6-16. One-, two-, three- and four-week sessions. 3-day mini camp. Traditional recreational camp. ACA accredited. 864-6383728. www.campchatuga.com.

Camp Thunderbird-YMCA. Lake Wylie. Co-ed, ages 7-16. One- and two-week sessions. Activities include: skiing, sailing, swimming, horseback riding, sports, crafts and more. ACA accredited. 800-732-3855. www. campthunderbird.org. Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute. Five South Carolina Locations. Co-ed, ages 7-15. One-week sessions. Six camps including traditional, marine science, wildlife, adventure expeditions and excursions and technology. 864878-1103. www.ylicamps.com.

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International Junior Golf Academy. Hilton Head Island. Co-ed, ages 10-19. One- to multi-week sessions. Daily instruction with PGA professionals, which includes full swing, chipping, putting, sand play, mental training and video analysis. 843-686-1504. www.IJGA.com. International Riding Academy. Hilton Head Island. Ages 8-18. One-week sessions. Intensive riding camp on beautiful Hilton Head Island. Hunters and jumpers, junior equestrians. Day or overnight. 843-671-2586. www.iridingacademy.com.

Tennessee Baylor Summer Camp. Chattanooga. Co-ed, ages 11-18. One- and two-week sessions. Sports based camp featuring soccer, baseball, football, basketball, swimming with specialty weeks in long distance running, boys lacrosse and developmental rowing. 423-757-2616. www.baylorschool.org Camp Ocoee-YMCA. Lake Ocoee. Co-ed, ages 7-17. One- week sessions. Traditional Wilderness program ages 7-15, Teen Leadership Program ages 16-17. Staff to camper ratio of 1:4. 423-338-5588. www.campocoee.com. Camp Widjiwagan. Nashville. Co-ed, 5-16. One-week sessions. A wide variety of land and water sports. Camper will gain confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character. 615-360-2267. www.campwidjii.org. Deer Run Camps and Retreats. Thompsons Station. Co-ed, grades 3-12. One-week sessions. Two-week middle school camp in June. Traditional camp; Christian emphasis. Wooded; new facilities; horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, archery, crazy games, lake activities, low or high ropes, nightly speaker and worship, small group Bible study. 888-794-2918. www.camps.deerrunretreat.org. Doe River Gorge. Elizabethton. Co-ed, rising 3-12. One-week sessions. Adventure, worship and Bible teaching. Wilderness, equestrian, water sports and outdoor sportsman emphasis. 423-725-4010. www. doerivergorge.com. McCallie Sports Camp. Chattanooga. Boys, ages 9-15. Two-week sessions. Boys compete in team and individual sports daily. Excursions include paintball, rafting & Atlanta Braves baseball. Worldclass facilities. 800-672-2267. www.mccallie.org. c For Special Needs Camps, see page 47.

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A quarterly focus on Special Needs

An Assist from Apps

Technology is changing the way kids with special needs learn by Amanda Allen

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magine being able to speak for the first time. Or learning to trace the shapes of letters when your motor skills haven’t yet developed. Or hearing a story when your eyesight is limited. These are some of the ways children with special needs are using communications and learning software – the thousands of programs we call apps – every day. The portability of laptops, iPads and Android tablets, iPods and cell phones has given kids access to tools they can use all day long, not just when they’re in front of a home computer. The beauty of these devices is that most have built-in free software many of us might not be aware of. “I try to get people to use features already included in the device they are using,” says Joan Green, author of the newly published second edition of The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology. For instance, two programs on most devices that benefit kids with special needs are text-to-speech, an app that

n  The Hicks Family

Eight-year-old Anthony Hicks Jr. of Lithonia, who has cerebral palsy with visual impairment, has been using iPad programs only eight months, and his mom, Libra Smith-Hicks, is amazed at his progress. Anthony, a first-grader at Rowland Elementary School in Stone Mountain, is nonverbal, and a “yes” and “no” app helps him communicate with his parents. “Before, we had to find creative ways to communicate or guess what he wanted,” Smith-Hicks says. “We were having him look us in the eye if he was answering ‘yes’ to our question, or look away if he wanted to say ‘no.’” When she and her husband added “Mom” and “Dad” and “good morning” and “good night” to the words Anthony could speak through the iPad, his desire to communicate grew, Smith-Hicks says. “We hope this will allow him to communicate more and also help him with his vision because he has to look closely at it to see what’s on the iPad.” Anthony also loves a storybook app that will read him a story, she says, and he’s developing motor skills by learning to hit the “next” button to hear more. 40 Atlanta Parent    February 2014

reads aloud the written word, and speech-to-text, which writes spoken words. Green says it’s important to match the app to the skill your child needs to learn, and of course, “There’s no one magic app for everyone.” One app she likes because it’s inexpensive and works across all devices is Educreations Interactive Whiteboard, which visually represents information. Her book breaks apps into categories – the best ones for autism or visual impairment, for instance. Through her company in Rockville, Md., Innovative Speech Therapy, she works with families to teach them what’s already available for free and help them identify apps tailored to their specific needs. In Georgia, Lekotek of Georgia (lekotekga.org) and FOCUS (focus-ga.org) can help parents identify apps and support families on their journey. Lekotek also has CompuPlay sessions, a computer club and summer computer camp. Here’s how some metro Atlanta kids are using technology to learn.

n  The Foy Family

Hannah Foy, 6, of Vinings, is an old hand with the iPad – she’s been using it since age 3. Hannah, who has Down syndrome, and her parents Mike and Beth and sister Sarah, 9, play interactive games on the device that help Hannah learn words, colors, shapes, patterns, counting, memory and more. Hanna started out with simple apps such as an Itsy Bitsy Spider program from Duck Duck Moose – the spider sings and moves when you touch it and a snail goes in and out of its shell. She’s moved on to more complicated learning programs. Some favorite apps are Letter School, which allows Hannah to trace letters with her fingers, and a Fruit Memory game she plays with her big sister. She also likes Peekaboo Barn, which uses fun play with animals to teach words. “What’s so great about the iPad is a very unsophisticated user is able to use it in a meaningful way,” Beth Foy says. “It’s a good tool for parents to work with children, or Hannah can use it on her own. We take it to the Y and use it when Sarah has swim practice.” Hannah, a kindergartener in Cobb County schools, needs help with social communication and soon may be using the device to interact more easily with other children, her mom says. atlantaparent.com


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Six-year-old twins Jenna and Mary Chandler of Atlanta are just beginning to explore the iPad world. Mom Tammy Chandler borrowed an iPad over the summer from Lekotek of Georgia, and the girls’ experience was so good she’s hoping to buy a device soon. The twins are continuing to work with learning apps during sessions at Lekotek. Both girls, born at 27 weeks, have some developmental delays. Jenna has cerebral palsy and uses a walker, and Mary has attention and focus issues. Both are doing well in first grade at Charles R. Drew Charter School. “They’ve come a long way,” Tammy Chandler says of the girls, who will be 7 soon. Though neither girl has been identified with serious learning disabilities so far, Jenna, who uses a pencil grip to write, is being evaluated for assistive technology to see if a keyboard would help her as writing assignments become more difficult. The apps the girls loved last summer are Letter School (also a favorite of the Foy family), Dr. Panda’s Restaurant, Toca Boca Hair Salon and Toca Boca Kitchen. Dr. Panda’s app lets kids prepare and serve meals to their animal guests. Toca Boca’s apps help with visual perception and motor skills while offering activities that would particularly appeal to young girls – hair styling and meal preparation. Cont’d on page 42

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n  The Ogden-Reed Family

David Reed, 8, is a bright boy who’s been learning from technology since about age 2, perhaps partially because his father Daniel Reed is in a technical field, as a web developer. “David figured out early on how to work all the devices and how to make them into a TV or device to play his music,” mom Kelly Ogden says. He’s adept at using the iPad to play Pandora music or stream YouTube videos, but he’s also eager to use it for educational purposes, she says. David has Down syndrome and it usually takes the second-grader at Clairmont Elementary School a little longer to grasp concepts and information, but he gets there eventually, Ogden says. “He’s such a visual learner, and technology gives him immediate access to information.” He and his brother, Adam, 5, in pre-K at College Heights Early Learning Center in Decatur, often play games together that are disguised learning activities. One game they like is Lunchbox Monkey, which teaches colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes, matching, and differences. David’s parents have been directing him to educational apps that reinforce information he’s learning at school. For instance, David is learning to read analog clocks at school (digital clocks were a breeze) and the family is using the app Todo Telling Time by Locomotive Labs to reinforce reading a clock to tell the hour, half-hour, quarter-hour and minutes. An app called SkyGuide – you point the iPad toward the night sky and it will tell you the constellations you’re seeing – is building on lessons at school about astronomy. Both boys love that one. Apps using digital flash cards earlier helped David with words and now are making math more accessible. And with an app called Simply Smarter Memory, David is developing short-term memory. “He has a phenomenal long-term memory,” Ogden says, “but trouble with short-term recall.” And she adds: “It’s a brain exercise, and that’s good for all of us.” c atlantaparent.com


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There’s an App for That For parents who may not be savvy when it comes to technology, there are plenty of resources in metro Atlanta and on the Web, and apps that might help a family dealing with a range of special needs challenges, from autism to brain injury to chronic, serious illness. Lekotek of Georgia once listed apps resources on its website, but soon found there were thousands of apps. Instead, the nonprofit now refers parents to oneplaceforspecialneeds. com, which tests hundreds of apps before recommending them. Lekotek has two programs that help kids and parents learn about the benefits of using technology. CompuPlay, for children aged 2 and older and their parents, is a five-week course offered several times a year. Lekotek’s Computer Club, for kids 8-15 years old – no parents allowed – encourages kids to play games, and learn at the same time. Clubs meet from 4-6

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p.m. on various dates at Lekotek offices intown, in Cobb County and on the Southside. (Find information at lekotekga.org.) FOCUS of Georgia, a nonprofit whose mission is to support special needs children and their families, recently organized a workshop with ATL3 Inc. for parents using learning apps available for the iPad. (Contact FOCUS at focus-ga. org) ATL3 Inc. is an Atlanta technology and learning company that helps children and adults with disabilities learn using assistive technology. Its website, at4learning.com, has an extensive list of resources. Founder Ann Leverette also recommends these three sites: LDonline.org, LDresources.com and closingthegap.com. Closing the Gap conducts an annual conference for educators and parents, and offers a magazine, product guides and software, as well as webinars on using technology for special needs students.

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Some iPad apps Lekotek of Georgia recommends: n  Baby Rattle by Selena Soft allows young children to touch anywhere on an animal for sounds or touch the sleeping sun to wake it up. n  Button Board by MediaKitchen is an educational game that introduces colors through play. n  Counting Dots by Ellie’s Games teaches kids to count in a colorful way that holds their attention.

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n  Curious George at the Zoo by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt lets kids help George wake up the animals and clean and feed them, while teaching about different animals and their habitat. n  Fireworks Arcade by Big-Duck Games lets kids tap or drag to create displays of light and sound.

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n  Nick Jr. Draw & Play by Nickelodeon has easy-to-use drawing, coloring and painting tools for kids to create original art. n  Peekaboo Pets by Kids Place uses animals as the reward – press the correct button to see the pets. n  Scratch a Sketch by Babyfirst is for kids not able to color yet and it encourages hand-eye coordination. n  Storybook Rhymes Volume I by Fisher-Price pairs two stories with music, songs and animation. n  Wheel of Fortune by Sony Pictures Television uses more than 1,000 puzzles from the TV show to help you guess letters and phrases.

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rain Balance is an after school program that utilizes the latest brain research to help children with neurobehavioral problems such as ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, OCD, ODD, NVLD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, RAD, and even Autism to function better academically, socially and behaviorally. Brain Balance founder, Dr. Robert Melillo is the author of the groundbreaking book Disconnected Kids. When you look at what is actually happening in the brains of children with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, OCD, Autism, Social Issues, Language Issues or Learning Disabilities, you see a similar problem: Namely, that there are areas in the brain, especially between the two hemispheres, that are not connected the way they should be. As a result, one of the two hemispheres of the brain becomes STRONGER AND FASTER and the other becomes WEAKER AND SLOWER. When this happens the two hemispheres become functionally disconnected and are unable to communicate effectively. It’s as if one hemisphere is using a high speed DSL connection and the other is using an old dial-up modem. The characteristics of the stronger, faster hemisphere

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naturally become amplified while the characteristics of the weaker, slower hemisphere are muted. This lack of balance translates into the noticeable academic, social and behavioral issues that these children exhibit. Generally, the Right Hemisphere sees the Big Picture, the whole but not the parts. It controls and moves the big muscles of the body, posture and gait. It is also the spatial hemisphere. The Right Hemisphere houses the centers for non verbal communication and is therefore the social side of the brain; it also likes novelty and becomes bored very easily, it is the creative brain. The Left Hemisphere ignores the whole and concentrates on the details. It is good at pattern recognition and likes routine and repetition. The Left Hemisphere controls the small muscles, likes to systematize things and is linear and logical. Brain Balance can help you child succeed academically, behaviorally and socially. Brain Balance of Atlanta centers offer free educational seminars for parents on Tuesdays. Visit their web site at www.brainbalancecenters.com. For more information call 770-631-3033 in Peachtree City, 770-614-4790 in Suwanee or 770-650-8010 in Roswell.

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orter Academy is dedicated to educating children Pre-K through 8th grade by utilizing individualized programs that are appropriate to each student’s developmental level and learning style. If one technique is not proving effective for a particular child, then the teachers will try alternative techniques until they find one that works. The team of teachers, therapists, and administrators work together to develop academic abilities, foundational abilities (e.g, processing skills, attention, motor skills), and self-esteem. Porter Academy utilizes 1) small homerooms grouped by social-developmental level, 2) assessments to determine academic and developmental level, 3) individualized academic programs, 4) small group instruction of core academics to ensure comprehension, 5) use of physical movement and multi-sensory techniques to enhance learning efficiency, 6) social guidance and intentional character development, and 7) therapeutic support (speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and music therapy) within a group setting. “This is the first environment which has enabled my daughter to be successful in so many ways. She knows herself that she is learning and improving academically.” – Porter Academy Parent For more information, visit www.porteracademy.org or call 770-594-1313.

rofessional Family Consultants™ (PFC) is the leading resource for customized nanny services for children with special needs, special needs tutoring services, and ABA therapeutic services for children with autism. With a focus on each child’s complex special needs, PFC utilizes its Child-Centered Matching Process™ when connecting families who have children with special needs to skilled nannies and caregivers who are trained in caring for and managing the particular needs of each child. PFC focuses on recruiting and placing nannies and caregivers trained in caring for children who have autism, ADHD, behavior disorders, physical disabilities, and other developmental challenges. PFC strives to provide each family with personalized attention tailored to their specific needs.  It is their goal to develop long-lasting relationships with each family and caregiver with whom we work.  Add this before the last sentence. For more information on our specialized services, or to become a PFC Nanny or Caregiver, please visit our website: www.professionalfamilyconsultants.com or call (404) 919-6626 for further information. 855 Peachtree St. Ste 2005, Atlanta.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O14 Special Needs BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps. Warm Springs, Ga. Ages 8-18. One-week sessions. Multi-sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities. 404-270-2000. www.blazesports.org. Camp ASCCA - Easter Seals. Jackson Gap, Ala. Co-ed, ages 6 and up. One-week sessions for people with disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, canoeing, ropes course, horseback riding and more. 256-825-9226. www.campascca.org. Camp Barney Medintz. Cleveland, Ga. Co-ed, grades 2-10 Two- and four-week sessions. An overnight camp celebrating Jewish culture that features the Chalutzim (Pioneers) Program for children with developmental disabilities. 678-8123844. www.campbarney.org. Camp Lee Mar. Lackawaxen, Pa. Co-ed, ages 7-21. Mild to moderate developmental challenges, features traditional camp activities, plus academics, vocational preparation, speech and language therapy. 215-658-1708. www. leemar.com. Camp Sparrowood. Dahlonega, Ga. Co-ed, ages 8 and up. One-week sessions for the high functioning, special needs individual. Nature activities, cookouts, crafts, games, horseback riding, overnight campout, swimming. 1:2 counselor-camper ratio. 706-864-6181. www. glisson.org. Camp Sunshine. Camp Twin Lakes, Rutledge, GA. Ages 7-18. One-week sessions. Overnight camp for children who have or have had cancer. 404-325-7979. www.mycampsunshine.com.

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Camp Twin Lakes. Rutledge, Winder & Warm Springs, Ga. Co-ed, ages 7 and up. 6 day sessions. Traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature activities, canoeing, archery for campers with a variety of medical disabilities and other life challenges. 404-231-9887. www.camptwinlakes.org. Florida Diabetes Camp. Several locations. Coed, ages 6-18. One-week sessions. Traditional camp with swimming, sports, arts and crafts and diabetes education. Medical care provided. 352334-1321. www.floridadiabetescamp.org. Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind. Waycross, Ga. Co-ed, ages 4 and up. One- and two-week sessions. Campers must have a visual loss of 20/70 or greater. Indoor/outdoor activities, field trips and swimming. 888-297-1775. www.glcb.org.

Landmark School Summer Programs. Prides Crossing, Mass. Co-ed, grades 8-12. Four-week session. Offers academic skill development and activities for students with language-based learning disabilities. 978-236-3000. www.landmarkschool.org. Soar’s Summer Adventures. North Carolina, Florida Keys, Wyoming, California, Belize and Costa Rica. Co-ed, ages 8-18. Post grad course 19-25. 10-28 day program sessions. High-adventure camps for LD and ADHD youth. 828-456-3435. www.soarnc.org. Talisman Programs. Zirconia, N.C. Ages 8-22. Two- and three-week sessions. Adventure camp for youth with ADHD, LD, high-functioning autism or Aspergers. Builds social competence in a wilderness setting. 855-588-8254. www. talismancamps.com. c

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A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Classes In Georgia, Cyber-Learning Can Range from Taking a Single Course to Full-Time Schooling

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nline education is a growing phenomenon. The term, however, can refer to several different ways of learning online, ranging from taking a single course to getting a complete high school education Since 2005, the state of Georgia has had a cyber program known as Georgia Virtual School. It offers courses during the school year that can be used by public schools, private schools and home schoolers. It also offers summer school classes for a fee. In addition, some local school districts have set up their own programs. The first in Georgia was Forsyth County, which created iAchieve Virtual Academy in 2010. It serves students in grades 6-12 on a part-time or full-time basis. They don’t need to live in Forsyth, but out-ofcounty residents must pay tuition. Gwinnett County Online Campus opened in 2011. But the newest and fastest-growing area may be the full-time school. Georgia Connections Academy and Georgia Cyber Academy are online charter schools in Georgia that provide a free public education. Both are owned by forprofit businesses that operate cyber schools throughout the country.

What Can Cyber Schooling Offer? For kids in traditional school, online learning can be a way to make up classes that a child has not passed. Gifted kids may find that an online course keeps them engaged by letting them explore a subject more fully. For homeschool students, online programs can offer a complete curriculum or the specific courses a family chooses. For kids engaged in intensive activities, such as professional acting or highly competitive athletics, online schooling can free them to pursue their calling while also pursuing their education.

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Advantages n  Individual pacing: “It’s an opportunity for the student to work at their own pace,” says Matt Arkin, head of school at Georgia Cyber Academy. Students can go into more depth if they master the material quickly. They can also move more slowly. n  Flexibility: Students who have other commitments can take their classes when it’s convenient. A young person with professional aspirations in the arts can work classes in around their primary commitment. Athletes who spend hours each day in training can do schoolwork in the early morning or in the evening. In addition, kids with health problems that make it tough to attend traditional schools may choose to work online from home.

n  A less-distracting environment: For some students, the option to study at home can provide relief from a school environment that is disruptive or unsafe, says Laura Berry of Georgia Connections. Kids who aren’t flourishing in the social situation of a school may benefit from a change of environment, she says n  Summer learning: Instead of forgetting material over the summer months, students can keep it fresh through online classes. Summer is also a time to take classes that wouldn’t otherwise fit in a student’s schedule at school. n  Tech learning: Through online courses, students can gain proficiency in using technical tools, whether it’s video chat, video editing or other technology. This kind of learning is used more and more in job training and in jobs themselves. Webinars, for example, are used in many professions for continuing education. Becoming comfortable with this kind of learning is a useful skill.

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Disadvantages n  Doesn’t work for everyone: Full-time virtual schooling “requires either a motivated student or a motivated parent,” Arkin says. Child and adolescent therapist Ellen Bern takes a stronger view. It’s the student who must be motivated, she says. It requires a lot of selfdiscipline and, in her experience, students can struggle with the lack of structure, she says. “For most of these students, the parents aren’t there all day.” She also says that if the goal of parents is to keep kids away from negative influences at a traditional school, they should think carefully about how to structure their alternative schooling. n  Can feel isolating: Students who thrive among others and enjoy the social aspects of school can find online schooling lonely. “Some miss that day-to-day, sitting-next-to-a-student interaction,” Berry of Georgia Connections says. Some of the best learning experiences come through personal interaction, whether through the inspiration of a teacher or participation in energetic discussion and debate. Computers don’t replace these faceto-face relationships.

n  Questions about performance: Some education organizations are looking closely at the fast-growing business of online schools funded by taxpayer dollars. The National Education Policy Center said that retention and graduation rates were lower at online schools than at brick-and-mortar ones. The center also reported in 2012 that students at K12, the nation’s largest virtual school company, which runs Georgia Cyber Academy, were more likely to fall behind in math and reading scores compared with student in traditional schools. n  College admission: Colleges can be wary if they perceive a student has used an online school as a means of refuge or has taken online courses to avoid instructors or classes in high school. However, if online courses indicate a student’s willingness to seek extra instruction or pursue a new skill, the college may look at it differently.

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Parents investigating online coursework can learn a lot by talking to parents and students who’ve had experience with it. Families considering a full-time online school should attend the scheduled information sessions held by the school and ask these questions: n  Is it accredited? The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the regional accreditation agency for Georgia schools. Parents should avoid “diploma mill” businesses whose course credits might not be recognized by colleges. n  What curriculum does it use? A well-known and time-tested curriculum is best. n  Are the teachers fully credentialed? n  Are teachers experienced? n  What percentage of students graduate? And how many go on to college? n  Who runs the school? Research the reputation of that business or organization. c

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Strategies for Teaching Your Children Self Control by Ivana Pignatelli

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f you haven’t heard of the Marshmallow Test, here’s how it goes: A 4- to 6-year-old is given a choice: Eat one marshmallow right now, or wait awhile and receive two marshmallows instead of one. The child is then left alone with the temptation –  one marshmallow  –  and the decision. In the original 1960s Stanford study, it was immediately clear that children who ate the marshmallow in three minutes or less had the least self control amongst their peers. But future followup revealed that they also experienced poorer outcomes overall, ranging from lower SAT scores to less stable relationships to lower career success and poorer health. Subsequent studies have confirmed that self-control is one of the strongest predictors for future success. So how can parents help their kids acquire this valuable skill? Consider these eight tips for how to help your children learn self-control: atlantaparent.com

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Say no to kiddie extortion. Picture this: Your 3-year-old says, “Mom, I want some-a dose cookies ova dere.” You know exactly what she’s talking about: the bag of homemade chocolate chip cookies your mother-in-law dropped off. Problem is, it’s almost bedtime and the last thing you want is your daughter on a sugar high. You start to shake your head, and it starts: The trembling lip. The flushed cheeks. The watering eyes. You’re tempted to give in and hand over the cookie now before the crying or  –  heaven forbid  –  full-out hysterics begin. Don’t  –  be strong.

Set reasonable expectations and consequences. Before you start a family-wide campaign focused on perfect self control (or bust!), take a step back and think through what’s doable and reasonable. Remember, a reasonable amount of self control will look a lot different to your 6-year-old than to your 2-year-old. Once you have decided on goals for each of your children, as well as consequences when expectations aren’t met, communicate those to your kids. Cont’d on page 52

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Not all rewards are objects. At times, it may seem like your kids are zoomfocused on getting “stuff” as rewards, whether it’s a new toy, favorite dessert, or a special privilege. Remember, though, that even if they don’t verbalize it, your children also value the love, approval and time you have to give.

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Banish the word “failure.” If your child puts forth effort but gets discouraged on a project, stop and give him a hug. Encourage him to keep trying and reassure him that he can do it. And if you see that your child isn’t up to the task of finding the solution or completing the project, gently suggest that he stop, take a breather, and try something else.

Help kids learn through play. My sister Marisa invented a game called Jellybean Hide & Seek to teach my two toddlers the rewards of both effort and sharing. “Close your eyes and count to 10,” she tells them, while she hides groups of two jellybeans around the house. Each time either one of the children finds the two jellybeans, the treats are shared. Thus, the success of one child becomes the success of the other – a fun lesson in teamwork. The kids then have the option of saving the jellybeans or eating them immediately.

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Let them make decisions. Though we as parents would often like to step in and force our children to delay eating that proverbial marshmallow instead of indulging in the treat now, it’s good to step back from time to time and let kids take the lead. Yes, Mom and Dad usually know best, and dictating the “right” behavior often saves time, effort and tears. But sooner or later your kids will need to navigate life without you calling the shots and good kids know that you have confidence in their ability to make good decisions  –  and very often they will.

Repeat, repeat, repeat. If your young child accepts direction without complaint and never needs further correction, it’s time to start worrying: She may be a robot. All joking aside, though, it’s a fact of life that children often won’t absorb new behaviors the first, third, or even 10th time you offer instruction. That’s why it’s so important to repeat what you’d like them to do and why.

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Be a good example. “Do as I say, not as I do” has never been (and never will be) a valid parenting strategy. To put it simply, kids learn the bulk of their behaviors, habits, and attitudes from watching you. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re not invalidating your instructions with your actions. If your kids have never caught you stuffing your face from the bag of chips in the pantry after you told them they couldn’t have any more, for example, then good for you! When you do make a mistake, be sure to acknowledge it to your children.

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Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Camp EXPO Town Center Mall Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit Atlanta Parent’s second Camp Expo of 2014 to browse camp booths, chat with former campers, and meet with camp representatives from more than 50 day and overnight camps throughout the Southeast. Star 94 provides giveaways and music. 400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. NW, Kennesaw. 770-454-7599. Free. atlantaparent.com.

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Dinosaur Train Live Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Feb. 22, 1 and 4 p.m. Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live, based on the PBS KIDS show, rolls into town with an interactive puppet show featuring music, costumed characters and a full-sized Dinosaur Train. The performance is 75 minutes with a brief intermission. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. $18-$28. cobbenergycentre.com.

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Alliance Theatre Feb. 22-23, Check website for show times. Shrek, a grumpy yet lovable ogre, reluctantly rescues and then falls in love with Princess Fiona. The hour-long show includes costumed characters, music, and kid-friendly humor. Feb. 22-March 9. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 5 and older, $20-$35. alliancetheatre.com.

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Family Fun Guide Hard Rock Cafe

215 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta 404-688-7625; hardrock.com Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.- midnight; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m. This not your typical dining experience, it’s the largest music museum in the Southeast! As we stepped into the Hard Rock Cafe, friendly greeters ushered me, my husband, and our three boys into the high energy atmosphere with ’80s music playing in the background. We were intrigued by the music memorabilia throughout the restaurant, showcasing rock legends of the South. We couldn’t wait to check it all out!

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n  What’s on the menu: The extraordinary burgers are a menu highlight. My husband enjoyed a Local Legendary Burger ($14.95) that was so big he couldn’t finish it. I went with the tasty Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($12.95). Other menu items include a rib eye steak at $29.95, mid-range sandwiches and seafood, and typical bar food including wings and potato skins ($9.95) The “Lil Rocker Menu” offers eight kid-pleasing options for $7.50 each. The kids were happy with their hot dogs, pasta and chicken tenders. Of course, we couldn’t resist the tempting desserts, so my husband and I split a warm apple cobbler. The kids enjoyed ice cream sundaes and milkshakes, despite the chilly weather outside. Our desserts ranged from $3 to $7. n  Why kids will like it: My kids were captivated by the energetic dancing wait staff. The highlight of their evening was when a “Vibe Host” came to our table with an iPad to let our family request a song and video for the dinner playlist. My kids thought that was pretty cool.

n  Why parents will like it: Hard Rock Cafe welcomes tourists, locals, and families with younger or older children, and had a diverse mix of patrons on the night we visited. I loved the array of music selections, music videos, and authentic memorabilia. I was star struck as I looked at outfits and instruments owned by famous musicians, and got excited about touching a motorcycle owned by Elvis himself! The staff encourages guests to get up from the table and explore. It’s hard to cover everything in one visit, so we look forward to returning. –  Felicia Barman

Scientifically Speaking! Three new exhibits highlight the science behind thrill rides, sound and whales.

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Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Feb. 1-April 30. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. (in Feb. only) 1-4 p.m. It’s a scream! Discover the science behind amusement park roller coasters and thrill rides through a hands-on bumper car simulator and a Create-a-Coaster design station. A character named for Sir Isaac Newton introduces the laws of motion, momentum and physics. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50; ages 2 and younger, free. gwinnettehc.org.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Feb. 15-June 1. Mon.-Fri. (closed Wed.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sonic Sensation explores the science of sound with a soundproof scream chamber, a movie soundtrack production exhibit, and an invisible orchestra play area. Learn how sound is received as it enters the ear and transmits to the brain. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. $12.75; younger than 1, free. childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

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Whales: Giants of the Deep Fernbank Museum of Natural History Feb. 15-Aug. 24. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Fernbank’s whale exhibit features two life-sized whale skeletons, a walk-through replica whale heart, and a design-adolphin experience. Swim among sperm whales and hunt for squid through an interactive screen adventure. Weapons and ornaments made from whale bone and teeth are on display. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; ages 2 and younger, free. fernbankmuseum.org.

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Dollars and Sense My family, with three girls ages 8 to 12, learned about the history of money and how the Federal Reserve works on a visit to the Atlanta Monetary Museum in midtown. The Federal Reserve houses all the extra bills that banks aren’t equipped to hold in a gigantic multi-story warehouse. Who knew there was so much money on Peachtree Street? Our favorite part of the visit was standing behind floor-to-ceiling windows to watch money being processed by the Fed’s staff. An interactive screen explains the process from the time money arrives in an armored truck to when it is placed in the vault by computer-operated miniforklifts. The machines look like something you might see in a futuristic movie like WALL-E! Exhibits explain the barter process and currency from the beginning, when tea and salt were traded for goods. We laughed about trying to pay for something today with a shoe or some beans. We saw high denomination bills like $5,000 and $10,000, and tried to lift a gold brick using a lever similar to one on a slot machine. It’s heavier than you might expect! An exhibit and video explains how the

Atlanta Monetary Museum, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta 1000 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-498-8500; frbatlanta.org/about/ tours/museum.cfm n  Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. n  Cost: Free Federal Reserve Bank sets monetary policy. We learned about the process of setting interest rates, controlling the amount of currency in circulation, and inflation. At the end of the tour, each visitor gets a sealed bag of shredded money! A large machine shreds and bags bills that are too tattered to be in circulation and makes them into souvenirs. This is a heavily guarded building, but the atmosphere is welcoming. Adult identification is checked and all visitors walk through an X-ray machine and have their bags scanned. Bags and photography are not allowed; complimentary lockers are available. The self-guided tour can take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your interest level. –  Jennifer Haslam

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Breakfast If You Go Breakfast and a Flick at Movie Tavern 4651 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 770-407-6653; movietavern.com Additional locations Northlake and Suwanee n  Hours: Sat.-Sun, 9 a.m. n  Cost: $8.25 per ticket. Food priced separately.

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The breakfast menu, offered only during the 9 a.m. screenings, includes pancakes, French toast, egg sandwiches and quesadillas ($3.99-$5.99) and the kids’ menu serves up smaller versions of these choices with home fries, along with milk, juice or a fountain drink ($3.99). Our food came, with cloth napkins and silverware, as the film started. We found that finger foods, like the egg and cheese sliders, are easier for kids to get to their mouths when the lights are out! When the lights came up, my 11-year-old daughter noticed some teens wearing pajama pants in the theater, and thought that would make the breakfast theater adventure even more fun. “Is it worth getting up early to have a movie for breakfast?,” I asked my children. They yelled an enthusiastic “Yes!” You don’t have to order food to see a movie, and you don’t have to see a movie to eat at Movie Tavern. If you visit in the afternoon or evening, a full menu is available, and guests have the option of dining in the lobby bar before or after a screening. –  Dalia Faupel 58 Atlanta Parent    February 2014

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Rings Around Atlanta

Built to Amaze by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey n  Number of Rings: Three n  Animals: Elephants, Tigers, Horses, Dogs n  Length of Show: Two hours with a brief

intermission n  Ages: All n  Cost: Ages 2 and older. Duluth, $25-$130. Atlanta, $14-$130. Children 1 and younger get free admission if they sit on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap. n  What to expect: The construction-theme show is packed with performances by clowns, acrobats, high wire walkers, elephants, and a human cannonball. n  What’s unique: Ticket-holders, who arrive one hour before show time, can enjoy the all-access pre-show on the arena floor. Meet

Universoul Circus n  Number of Rings: One n  Animals: Elephants, Tigers, Dogs n  Length of Show: Two hours with a brief

intermission n  Ages: All n  Cost: $20-$35. Babies get free admission if they sit on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap. n  What to expect: Highlights of the one-ring, multi-cultural show include Zeke (the assistant ringmaster), music, dancing, acrobatics, clowns, aerial ballet, and hiphop dancers. n  What’s unique: The show is set to highenergy, modern music including hip hop, R&B and Latin genres. The ringmaster and performers interact with the audience and encourage dancing in the stands. Feb. 12-March 2 Turner Field Green Lot 521 Capitol Ave. Atlanta 800-745-3000 universoulcircus.com

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clowns, try on costumes, learn circus tricks and enjoy before-the-show entertainment. Built to Amaze is the largest circus in town, with more than 11 clowns, acts, animals, often performing simultaneously in all three rings. Feb. 5-9 The Arena at Gwinnett Center 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth 888-929-7849 ringling.com Feb. 12-17 Philips Arena 1 Philips Dr., Atlanta 800-745-3000 ringling.com

Luminocity by the Big Apple Circus n  Number of Rings: One n  Animals: Horses and Dogs n  Length of Show: Two hours with a

brief intermission n  Ages: All n  Cost: Ages 3 and older, $25-$80. Children 2 and younger get free admission if they sit on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap. n  What to expect: Luminocity brings the heart of Gotham City (think Times Square in New York) to life with performances by clowns, acrobats, animals, high wire acts and more. n  What’s unique: Luminocity is performed under a big-top tent where each seat is less than 50 feet away from the ring and has a bird’s eye view of the action. The show includes juggling by Ty Tojo, a Guinness Book of World Records threetime title holder. Also watch out for the antics of Flim Flam Man, who, disguised as an audience member, may borrow watches, wallets, socks, and even a shirt without anyone noticing!

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So many circuses, so little time! Here are a few fast facts to help you pick the right one for your family. Whichever circus you choose, remember to bring spending money for treats, trinkets and souvenirs.

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Comedy for Kids

If you think comedy club outings are only for grownups, think again. Metro-Atlanta kids can laugh it up at shows designed for pint-sized audiences, and in some places, take the stage!

Phat and Phunny In the words of my 8-year-old son Jaxson, “Mom, I have never laughed this hard in my whole life.” My whole family was laughing during our visit to the Atlanta Improv Club for the monthly Phat Kidz Comedy Show. The “Kidz”, ages 6-17, showed quick wit and the ability to think on their feet as they each performed a short comedy routine in the first half of the show and then collaborated on team improv scenes in the second half. The show’s host and executive producer is Quincy Bonds, aka “Pookie” from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Bonds developed the Phat Kidz Comedy program to give talkative and energetic kids a creative outlet for selfexpression. He kicked off the show with a brief warm-up set and introduced the comics, whose stand-up routines covered relatable subjects like school drama and celebrity gossip. My 8-year-old sons and 4-year-old daughter loved the improv games featured in the second act, which was a cross between “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “In Living Color.” The audience participated by giving ideas to the young comedians as they asked for them, like movies, colors and topics. My crew had a blast giving input into what they were seeing unfold in front of them. Two audience members joined the fun onstage during certain scenes, but my kids just enjoyed watching the performers create and improvise. The Atlanta Improv opens its doors at 4 p.m. and the two-hour show starts at 5 p.m. Audience members sit at tables, and can order off the club’s menu, which includes chicken wings, quesadillas, burgers and salads. Kids interested in joining the Phat Kidz Comedy team can participate in working rehearsals, which take place at the Omen Agency in Castleberry Hill, on select dates. Visit the website or call for details. Phat Kidz Stand Up and Improv Comedy Show 56 E. Andrews Dr. NW, Atlanta 404-944-2718; phatcomedy.com/phatkidz.html Last Sunday of each month, 5-7 p.m. Adults, $10; ages 5-17, $5; ages 4 and younger, free. $10 service fee per table. –  Marteeta Cannon Spradling

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More Laughs: Down in the Basement A recent Friday night at The Basement Theatre in Buckhead was laugh-out-loud, snort-soda-out-yournose funny. During the Family Improv Show, kids as young as 4 called out answers to questions posed by the adult actors onstage who wove the audience suggestions into comedic scenes. (What’s your favorite place to shop? What’s a good pet name?) Throughout the show, audience members volunteered to assist onstage by providing sound effects on the microphone or by moving actors’ limbs when they played mannequins. From our seats, we even got to decide when actors should stop what they were doing during a game by yelling “Freeze!” Before the show began, every attendee was asked to write a movie quote on a slip of paper and put it in a jar. The grand finale scene featured the actors incorporating those lines, from animated kid movies to serious dramas. Kids got excited when they heard their quote being used on stage in unusual scenarios. It was, according to my daughter Leah, age 11, the “funniest thing in the world.” Advance reservations are strongly recommended since the theater is small and walkups can’t always be accommodated. A bar serves adult beverages and snacks, along with candy and sodas for kids. Teen improv classes are taught at the theater, and the Family Improv Show is a popular choice for tween birthday party outings.

The Youth Improv Troupe of Act 3, made up of local middle and high school students, perform family-friendly improv shows several times a year. Audience participation is encouraged, and all ages are welcome. Auditions for the troupe are held each May, and current troupe members interact with potential members during the process. Weekly rehearsals focus on specific elements of improvisation. Check website for upcoming shows. Act 3 Productions Youth Improv Troupe Shows 6285 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs 770-241-1905; act3productions.org/improv.php $10

Family Improv Comedy at the Basement Theatre 175 West Wieuca Rd. NE, Atlanta 404-277-3071; thebasementtheatre.com Fridays, 8 p.m.; $10 –  Dalia Faupel

The Final Laughdown takes place at 6 p.m. the last Saturday of each month, February through May. Ages 3 and older are welcome to watch high school age improv troupes battle each other in a comedy competition for points (but everyone wins!) One-hour improv workshops for beginners take place before each monthly show ($25) and participants can then stay and catch the show for free. Atlanta Workshop Players teach ongoing improv classes and has resident troupes: one for ages 9-12 and one for 13 and older. These troupes perform at Kids Cabaret performances several times a year. Atlanta Workshop Players Final Laughdown 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770-998-8111; atlantaworkshopplayers.com/improv-shows Adults, $12; ages 18 and younger, $8

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BETHESDA PARK AQUATIC CENTER A zero-depth entry makes it easy for even little ones to wade into the water, and the lazy river offers a relaxing way to get around the pool. The 100-foot enclosed waterslide exits and then reenters the building(!) for a wild ride, and water play structures include smaller slides and dunking buckets. n  Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 3-7:30 p.m.; Fri., 3-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-6 p.m. n  Where: 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville. 678-277-0880. gwinnettparks.com. n  Price: Adults, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; 3 and younger, $6.25. Half-price for Gwinnett residents and their guests.

BOGAN PARK AQUATIC CENTER A huge, curving water slide glides into the indoor pool, which features water play structures, a lazy river channel and beach entry. A designated area for ages 6 and younger at the front of the play pool offers a tunnel and mini-slide. n  Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.; Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., 1-6 p.m.

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n  Price: Adults, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; 3 and younger, $6.25. Half-price for Gwinnett residents and their guests.

SOUTH COBB AQUATIC CENTER Enter the indoor pool through a towering, twisting slide or leap off the diving board! Little ones can take it slower down the smaller tube slide, and the climbon play structure also features a shower spray and dump tank. A lazy river rounds out the offerings. n  Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 2-4 p.m.; Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. n  Where: 875 Six Flags Dr., Austell. 770-739-3180. prca. cobbcountyga.gov. n  Price: Adults, $4.50; ages 2-17, $3.50; younger than 2, free.

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y kindergartener discovered “a King” when we visited the Georgia State Capitol, and that was just the start of our adventures. We’re still talking about our trip weeks later. We toured the capitol building on our own, peeking in windows and public galleries, and taking in Georgia’s history. My son was especially interested in the portraits hanging along the perimeter walls, so I was glad I had downloaded a copy of the Capitol Art Search activity for kids from the Capitol’s website. We found the first president of the United States and “a famous inventor.” Our search for “a King” gave me the opportunity to share with my son about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to Georgia and the country. At the Capitol Museum on the fourth floor, my son was intrigued with Miss Freedom, the copper statue If You Go that stands atop the Capitol’s dome. “I want to try that!” Georgia Capitol and he exclaimed as we looked at photos of a helicopter Capitol Museum Tours installing Miss Freedom. The habitat dioramas of 206 Washington St. SW, Atlanta Georgia’s animals and plants also caught his attention. 404-656-2846; libs.uga.edu/ We found fun artifacts that tell the story of Georgia’s capitolmuseum/ resources, such as a gold phone, a two-headed cow, and n  Cost: Free an iconic baseball bat. n  Hours: Mon.-Fri., I was nervous about taking this historical adventure 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Georgia with such a young child, but I am glad that we did it. state holidays We spent the most time at an exhibit that celebrated the state, showing the state flag, insect, fruit and vegetable, reptile, fish, and more. Don’t skip the grounds. Our outdoor exploration of the trees and statues was an ideal way to wind down our tour, using the Capitol Grounds Scavenger Hunt that we found online. The Capitol’s website also offers a collection of other kidfriendly activities that would work for most school-aged children. –  Lesli Peterson

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Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. Ages 2-4. Thurs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Free with museum admission. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free.

A family-friendly festival kicks off the Year of the Horse with a weekend of cultural entertainment including traditional dragon and lion dances, performances of Chinese folk music, an arts and craft exhibition and authentic Chinese foods. 5377 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee. 770451-4456. $5 per person; children under 3 feet are free. facebook.com/ AtlantaChineseLunarNewYearFestival.

Mommy and Me Preschool Program. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Different activities each week. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27. 10 and 11:30 a.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. Recommended for ages 3-5. Adults, $7.50; ages 4-12, $5.50; ages 3 and younger, free. Teen Open Studio. High Museum of Art. Create woven bracelets. Feb. 6. 4-7 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 14-18, free with high school identification. Kid’s Yoga. Cross Life Christian Montessori School. Parent and me yoga class open to the public. Feb. 7. 9:30 a.m. 1000 Hembree Rd., Roswell. Pre-register. 770-475-3812. Ages 2-6 with parent, free. Yoga for Kids. Johns Creek Yoga. Preschool and children’s yoga classes each Sat. Ages 3-6, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; ages 7-9, 11 a.m.-noon. 11705 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 678-951-8841. $12. Saturday Morning Art Classes. Vinings School of Art. Take a drawing, painting or pottery class. Supplies included. Ages 2-13. Sat. 10 and 11 a.m. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. 678213-4278. Pre-register. $15, siblings $12. Crafts at Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore Learning. Make a different craft each week. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. Free. Hail to the Chief. McDaniel Farm. See photographs of Abraham Lincoln, listen to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats, and make a craft. Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth. 770-904-3500. Pre-register. Ages 9 and older, $5. Isabelle’s Paper Doll Fashion Craft. American Girl. Make crafts inspired by stories of the newest contemporary girl doll. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27. 4-6 p.m. 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Ages 8 and older, free. Home Depot Kid’s Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety while building a craft and receive a kid-size orange apron. First Sat. of each month. Feb. 1. 9 a.m.-noon. Homedepot.com. Ages 5-12,  free. Build and Grow Clinics. Lowes. Clinics teach kids to build wooden crafts. Feb. 8: Love Note Holder. Feb. 22: Claw Game. 10 a.m. Pre-register 3 weeks in advance. Free apron, goggles and merit patch. Visit lowesbuildandgrow.com for locations and to register. 800-445-6937.

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Gavel Club. Beulah Family Life Center. Learn the art of public speaking. Every Tues. 7-8 p.m. 2340 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur. dawnbreakerstm. com/youth. Ages 11-18, free; project books $10. Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program including circle time, songs, activities, and a craft. Feb. 13. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770476-2013. Ages 2-12, $7 per child, 1 adult free, additional adult, $8. 2014 Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Introduce history through stories, hands-on exhibits and crafts, museum mascots Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle. Feb. 8. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Recommended for ages 2-5. Donations encouraged.   Lil’ Bean Heads Crafts. Bean Head Toys. Create an art project. Feb. 5 and 19.  3 p.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-2980. All ages, younger children may need assistance. Free. ArTLab. High Museum of Art. DJ and design classes. Feb. 22. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 14-18, $20.

exhibits Orchid Dazes. The Atlanta Botanical Garden. An exhibit intertwining the beauty of orchids and the artistic influences of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Paul Gauguin. Feb. 8-April 13. Tues.Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Wit in Wood. Heritage Sandy Springs. See the whittle work of Moses Robinson, from animals to dancing couples. Wed. and Sat. through April 2. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Atlanta. 404-851-9111. Adults $3; ages 6-12, $1; 5 and younger, free. Today’s West! Booth Western Art Museum. An exhibit displaying contemporary art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Open daily (except Mon.) through April 13. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Sun. 1-5 p.m. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville.  770-3871300. Adults, $10; ages 12 and younger, free. Go West! High Museum of Art. American West exhibit with paintings, sculpture and artifacts from 1830 to 1930. Through April 13. Tues.Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs. until 8 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Adult, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free. Out Fishin. World of Coca-Cola. Exhibit spotlighting Norman Rockwell’s creations for CocaCola’s advertising from 1928 to 1935. Daily through May. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wed. and Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 121 Baker St., Atlanta. 404676-5151. Adults, $16; ages 3-12, $12; 2 and younger, free. Centennial Olympic Games Exhibit. Atlanta History Center. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. Permanent exhibit. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. noon-5:30 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; 3 and younger, free. Dairies in DeKalb. DeKalb History Center. This exhibit focuses on the history of dairy farming in DeKalb County in the 20th century. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 101 East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-1088. Free.

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Dolphin Tales. Georgia Aquarium. The live show incorporates dolphins, actors, and special effects. Multiple shows per day, times vary. Reservations recommended. Sun.-Fri. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Adults, $35.95; ages 3-12, $29.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies. Georgia Aquarium. An exhibit of sea creatures includes an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark. Sun.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-5814000. Adults, $35.95; ages 3-12, $29.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

Meteorologists working above the clouds forecast the weather in a variety of musical genres including rock and gospel songs. The hourlong puppet show is recommended for ages 4 and older. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. $16.50. puppet.org.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit. Atlantic Station. Experience the wonder and tragedy of this illfated ship. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.- Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Last ticket sold 1 hour before closing. 265 18th St. (second floor), Atlanta. 404-496-4274. Adults, $24; ages 3-11, $16; ages 2 and younger, free. Bodies: The Exhibition. Atlantic Station. An informative view into the human body. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Last ticket sold an hour before closing. 265 18th St., Atlanta. 404-496-4274. Adults, $24; ages 3-11, $16; 2 and younger, free. Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Parkside Shopping Center. Learn about the life of the Frank family in Amsterdam. Includes replica of Anne’s room. Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-206-1558. 10 and older, free. Puppets the Power of Wow. Center for Puppetry Arts.  See a trash can rise up into a phoenix, a replica puppet storage room, watch a video of Jim Henson interviewing his favorite puppeteers and more. Museum hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Exhibit only, $8.25; exhibit plus show, $16.50. Quarry Exhibit. Stone Mountain Park. This outdoor display was developed to tell the story of the industry that played a significant part of Stone Mountain history. Mon.-Sun., dawn to dusk. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Free; parking, $10.

ice skating Atlantic Station. 10,000 square foot open air rink. Through Feb. 14. For daily times, visit atlanticstation. com. 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta. 404-410-4010. Adults, $13 includes skate rental; $10 ages 4 and younger. The Southwest Rink at Park Tavern. Heated tent, state of the art sound system, and rink side dining. Through Feb. 17. Mon.-Fri. 4:30 p.m.-midnight; Sat.Sun. 10:30 a.m.-midnight. (Adult skate nightly 8:30 p.m.-midnight.) 500 10th St., Atlanta. 404-249-0001. $15-20/All day skate.

movies Jerusalem. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Discover the land sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families. Through April 3. See fernbankmuseum.org for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-9296300. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.

Journey to the South Pacific. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Travel to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Through June 5. See fernbankmuseum.org for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.

music Musical Bedtime Stories. Michael C. Carlos Museum. Wear your pajamas, enjoy hot cocoa and listen to instrumental performances. Feb. 7. 7:30 p.m. 571 South Kilgo Cir., Atlanta. 404-727-5050. Free. Eric Litwin. Aurora Theatre. The author of the Pete the Cat books performs a series of musical stories. Feb. 8. 10 and 11:30 a.m. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. $7.

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Valentine’s Day Events Valentine Crafts at Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore Learning. Make a love-to-read bookmark on Feb. 1 and a heart shaped card holder on Feb. 8. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. Free. Date with My Dad. American Girl. Make a craft, sign a father-daughter promise, and enjoy a meal. Feb. 7. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. 877247-5223. Reservations required. Ages 8 and older, $38 per person. Daddy-Daughter Dance. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Valentine dance with light refreshments for dads and their daughters. Feb. 7. 7 p.m. 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee. 678277-0910. Pre-registration required. Ages 4 and older, $11 per person. Kids Cook: Edible Valentines. Salud! Cooking School in Whole Foods Market. Cooking class for children and parents to make Valentines to eat or share. Feb. 8. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 5945 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 770-442-3354. Reservations required. Ages 2-5 with one parent, $19 per pair.

Family Valentine Dance. Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center. A family night includes music, dancing, games, and light refreshments. Bring a camera for photographs. Feb. 8. 7-10 p.m. 100 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-8225414. Reservations required by Feb. 7. Ages 3 and older, $11 per person; ages 2 and younger, free. Daddy-Daughter Dance. Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center. Valentine’s dance includes music, dancing, games, snacks, and a photo. Feb. 9. 5-8 p.m. 4651 Britt Rd., Norcross. 678-2770860. Pre-registration required. All ages, $8 per person. Magic Monday. Atlanta History Center. A Funny Valentine program introduces toddlers and preschoolers to history. Feb. 10. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $6.50; ages 12 and younger, $5.50. It’s Valentine’s Day! East Cobb Library Branch. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories, a short film, and a heart hat craft. Feb. 12. 3:30 p.m. 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-509-2730. All ages, free.

Rockin’ Readers Have a Heart! Powder Springs Library Branch. Valentine’s themed stories, music, art and play to improve reading comprehension. Feb. 12 3:30-4:15 p.m. 4181 Atlanta St., Powder Springs. 770439-3600. Ages 4-10, free. Make a Valentine. West Cobb Regional Library. Create Valentine crafts. Feb. 13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1750 Dennis Kemp Ln., Kennesaw. 770-528-4699. All ages, free. Sharing and Caring. East Marietta Library. A 30-minute film fest based on children’s books. Feb. 13. 3:30-4 p.m. 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770509-2711. Ages 3 and older, free. Make a Valentine. West Cobb Regional Library. Create Valentine’s crafts. Feb. 14. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1750 Dennis Kemp Ln., Kennesaw. 770-528-4699. All ages, free. Elephant Love Lunch. Centennial Olympic Park. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus hosts lunch with their Asian elephants. See the animal feeding; ask questions with the animal specialists and visit with the clowns. Feb. 14. 1:15-2:15 p.m. 265 Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-223-4412. All ages, free. Valentine Card Craft. American Girl. Make Valentine’s cards with decorative paper and stickers. Feb. 14. 4-6 p.m. 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Ages 8 and older, free.

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Calendar Winter Jam. Georgia Dome. A Christian rock concert featuring Newsboys, Plumb, and Everfound with music, games, and more. Feb. 8. 6 p.m. (Jam Nation members can enter at 3:30 p.m.) 1 Georgia Dome Dr., Atlanta. 404-223-9200. $10 donation requested at the door. The Georgia Boy Choir. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. All five choirs will sing in the Festival Grand Finale Concert. Sat. Feb 15. 7 p.m. 3180 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 404-4024083. $15. Demi Lovato. Philips Arena. The X Factor judge performs a concert of her pop hits. Feb. 21. 7:30 p.m. 1 Philips Dr., Atlanta. 404-878-3000. $29.50-$65. Friday Jazz. High Museum of Art. Listen to jazz musicians perform. Feb. 21.  5-10 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free. Imagine Dragons. Phillips Arena. The band brings their Into the Night Tour to Atlanta. Feb. 26. 7 p.m. 1 Philips Dr., Atlanta. 404-878-3000. $29.50-$49.50.

nature Groundhog Day Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. Take a ranger-led hike through the park. Feb. 2. 2 p.m. 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $7; parking, $5. Full Moon Night Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. Take a ranger-led night hike starting a few minutes before sunset. Bring a flashlight, boots and water.  Feb. 8. 5:30 p.m. 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. Pre-register. $7; parking, $5. I LOVE Nature! Chattahoochee Nature Center. The day of love includes drumming with Dave Holland, making valentines, building a birdhouse, and a visit with Mother Nature. Feb. 15. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free. Winter Owl Prowl. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Meet an owl from the Chattahoochee Nature Center, take a night hike with a park ranger, and enjoy the campfire. Bring your own s’more supplies. Feb. 15. 6:30-10 p.m. 8615 Barnwell Rd., Johns Creek. 678-538-1200. Reservations required. Free. Trail Hike. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Journey through the CNC trails using biofacts and activities to spark curiosity. Feb. 1-2, 8-9,15-16, and 22-23. 1 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free.

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Winter Jam - Georgia Dome FEB. 8. 6 P.M. DOORS OPEN, 5 P.M. The annual Christian concert is an evening for all ages with music, games, and inspirational speakers. Newsboys, Plumb, Everfound and many more musicians perform their popular hits. Highlights include appearances by University of Georgia Coach Mark Richt and speaker Nick Hall, a popular youth communicator. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. and 1 Georgia Dome Dr., Atlanta. 404-223-9200. Concert, $10 at the door. jamtour.com.

Groundhog Day. Yellow River Game Ranch. Visit the ranch to see if General Beau Lee sees his shadow this year. Feb. 2. 6:30-8:30 a.m. 4525 US 78, Lilburn. 770-972-6643. Free. Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival.  Yaarab Shrine Center Recreation Building. A weekend of juggling includes competitions, live music, kid’s corner, unicyclists and a nighttime Fire and light Extravaganza. Sat. Feb. 1. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Sun. Feb. 2. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. atlantajugglers.org. Free. Southeastern Stamp Expo. Atlanta Hilton Northeast. Activities for young stamp collectors, including free albums, stamps and collecting accessories. Sat. Feb. 1. 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 2. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross. 770-335-5606. Adults $3; ages 17 and younger, free. Teen Arts Night. City Center. Teens can bring instruments, poetry, artwork, and short stories to share. Includes a slice of pizza and a soda. Feb. 7. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. Ages 12-15, $5. Wildwood Imperium Book Signing. Kavarna Coffee. The Decemberists lead singer Colin Meloy and artist Carson Ellis sign and read from the newest addition to the series of Wildwood Chronicles. Feb. 7. 7 p.m. 707B East Lake Dr., Decatur. 404-373-6300. Reservations and book order required. Adults, $15; ages 17 and younger, $10; book, $19.25. Fairy Tale Tea. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The Callanwolde Dance Ensemble hosts a fairy tale tea and performances by costumed storybook characters. Feb. 9. 1 p.m. 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta. 404-872-5338. Reservations required. $25 per person. Snow Mountain. Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy tubing and games in manmade snow. Through Feb. 17. Visit stonemountainpark.com/events/ snow-mountain for times. U.S. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. $28 per person; parking, $10. Arts + Rec. High Museum of Art. Performances and activities centered around the Wild West

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Exhibit. Feb. 9. noon-5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Free with museum admission. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; ages 5 and younger, free. The Atomic Dogg Show. Gwinnett Convention Center. A dog show features the American Bully, French Bulldog, and Shorty Bull. Feb. 15. 10 a.m. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 770-8137600. $10. Cheersport. Georgia World Congress Center. A national cheer and dance competition. Feb. 14-16. Fri., 6-8 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. 285 Andrew Young Blvd., Atlanta. 888-732-3965. $10. Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Camp EXPO. Town Center Mall. Join Atlanta Parent and Star 94 for the 18th annual Camp Expo at North Point Mall. Meet camp representatives from Atlanta, the southeast and beyond. Feb. 22. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy. NW, Kennesaw. 770-454-7599. Free. Supercross. Georgia Dome. Feb. 22. Motocross competition includes stunts, racing, and a Pit Party. 1 Georgia Dome Dr., Atlanta. 404-2239200. $28.25-$71.45. Pit Party, free with a recycled Monster Energy can or $15, in addition to show admission. Vanilla Sunday. Atlanta Botanical Garden. A vanilla-themed education day offers cooking demonstrations, sensory experiences, and vanilla ice cream sundaes. Feb. 23. 1-4 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

storytelling Storytime with Miss Cynthia. Perimeter Barnes & Noble. Join Miss Cynthia every Wed. for fun and crafts with a new story each week. Wed. 10 a.m. 120 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta. 770396-1200. Free.

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Black History Month Events n  Laugh and Learn. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Learn about African American influences on poetry, performers and Jazz with the Imaginators. Mon. and Sat. 10:30 a.m. Sun. 11 a.m. Through Feb. 15. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Ages 1 and older, $12.75; younger than one, free. n  Family Read-In. Ocee Library Branch. A black history month celebration for families includes storytelling, poetry, authors, refreshments and more. Feb. 1. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 770-360-8897. All ages, free. n  Soul Train. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Imaginators celebrate black history with song and dance to music from the past to present. Sun. 2 p.m. Through Feb. 15. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-6595437. Ages 1 and older, $12.75; younger than one, free.

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n  Say who? Did what? South Fulton Branch Library. A scavenger hunt to find noted African Americans and their accomplishments. Feb. 7 and 21. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 4055 Flat Shoals Rd., Union City. 770-306-3092. Ages 7-16, free.

n  Black History Month Parade. Downtown Atlanta. The parade celebrating black history month starts at the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district and ends at Underground Atlanta. Feb. 22. noon-3 p.m. 404-478-7820. Free.

n  Underground Railroad Paper Quilts. Roswell Branch Library. Learn the basics of quilt making with paper and create blocks to form an Underground Railroad signal quilt to be displayed. Feb. 1, 8, and 15. 3:30 p.m. 115 Norcross St., Roswell. 770-640-3075. Reservations required. Ages 8-12, free.

n  Struggles and Strides: The Early Fight for Civil Rights. Atlanta History Center. Historical program for families about the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement and a performances of the play Walking Through the Valley: A Journey Towards Freedom. Feb. 8. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; ages 3 and younger, free.

n  African American History Family Bingo Night. West Cobb Regional Library. Learn about famous African Americans while playing themed bingo. Snacks are provided. Feb. 3. 6 p.m. 1750 Dennis Kemp Ln., Kennesaw. 770528-4699. All ages, free.

n  African American History Month Celebration. Switzer Library Branch. Celebration includes Ravan Durr, the South Cobb High School Platinum Steppers, and the A.L. Buruss Unity Drummers. Feb. 8. 2-4 p.m. 266 Roswell St., Marietta. 770-528-2320. All ages, free.

n  Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement. Teaching Museum North. Bright Star Touring Theatre presents a play about Civil Rights Movement including the Freedom Riders and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Feb. 25. 7 p.m. 793 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. 770-552-6339. Reservations requested. Ages 9 to adult, free.

n  Sitting Down to Take a Stand. Washington Park Branch Library. Create a civil rights leader out of paper. Feb. 5. 3:30 p.m. 1116 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Atlanta. 404-752-8760. Reservations required. Ages 7-12, free.

n  Rock On. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. A festival of black history and culture includes singers, dancers, story tellers, vendors and more. Feb. 9. 3 p.m. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-993-4245. Adults, $15; ages 12 and younger, $5.

n  Tween Tuesday: Follow the North Star. South Cobb Regional Library. Find clues in quilts to find stops on the Underground Railroad. Feb. 25. 5:30-6:30 p.m. 805 Clay Rd., Mableton. 678-398-5828. Ages 10-13, free.

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Storytime at Bean Head Toys.  Bean Head Toys. Stories read in the indoor tree house, then kids make a craft to take home. Thurs. 10:30 a.m.  220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-2980. Free.

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Storytime at Little Shop. Little Shop of Stories. Storytelling three times a week. Thurs. nights kids can come in pjs. Milk and cookies provided. Tues. 11 a.m.,Thurs. 7 p.m., and Sun. 3 p.m. 133 A East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-3736300. Free.

The one-hour family ballet follows the journey of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet, as his wish to turn into a boy becomes true. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 404892-3303. $10-$42.45. atlantaballet.com.

Wren’s Nest Storytelling. The Wren’s Nest. Ramblers host storytelling each Sat. 1 p.m. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404-753-7735. Adults, $8; ages 5-18, $5; 4 and younger, free. Children’s Story Time. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Story times are followed by dance and songs. Mon. and Sat. 11 a.m. 105 East Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free. Storytime at Fernbank. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Storytelling by Rob Cleveland. Feb. 8. Noon. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-9296300. Free with museum admission. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. Storytime by the River. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join the volunteer librarian as she uses books, puppets and songs to share stories about nature. Ages 3-5. Feb. 5. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free. The Next Chapter JV Book Club. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Book club for ages 6-12. Discussion, activity, and snack. Feb. book is The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward. Feb. 14. 4:30 p.m. Free.

theater Stan the Lovesick Snowman. Center for Puppetry Arts. A snowman falls in love with a warm stove. Through Feb 2. Tues.Fri. 10 and 11:30 a.m.  Sat. 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404873-3391. Ages 4 and older, $16.50.

Weather Rocks! Center for Puppetry Arts. Meteorologist working from the clouds sing weather related songs in a variety of genres from rock to gospel. Feb. 4-March 23. Tues.-Fri. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sat. noon and 2 p.m. Sun. 1 and 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Ages 4 and older, $16.50. The Geller Girls. Alliance Theatre. Set in 1895, the Geller sisters are excited about their future in Atlanta. It is the eve of the Cotton States and International Exposition, which creates change and uncertainty for the girls. Jan. 15-Feb. 9. Times vary. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 12 and older, $25-$40.

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Calendar Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Fox Theatre. The dance company performs Mr. Ailey’s Revelations. Feb. 13-16. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m. Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-2100. $28.55-$73.10. Into the Woods. City Center Auditorium. A musical about what happens after the happily ever after. Feb. 14-15 and 21-22. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. and 23. 2 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. Adults, $15; ages 3-12, $12. Les Miserables. Anderson Theater. Pebblebrook High School presents Les Miserables. Feb. 1315, 8 p.m. Feb. 16. 3 p.m. 548 South Marietta Pkwy., Marietta. 770-528-8490. $19.20. Red Badge of Courage. 7 Stages Theatre. Journey through the battle-scarred fields and forests of the Civil War. Combines puppets, animation and actors. Co-produced with Kennesaw State University. Ages 12 and older. Feb. 27-March 23. Thurs.-Sun. 110 S. Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-523-7647. $10-$20. See website for times. 7stages.org Shrek the Musical. Alliance Theatre. A musical about an ogre rescuing and falling in love with a princess. Feb. 22- Mar. 9. Sat. Feb. 22. 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sun. Feb 23. 1 and 3:30 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 5 and older, $20-$30. Dinosaur Train Live. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. A puppet show about the adventures of Buddy and his dinosaur friends from the PBS show. Feb. 22. 1 and 4 p.m. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. $18-$28.

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arents wear many hats – comforter, teacher, disciplinarian – but only a few of them are as fun as the Tooth Fairy. When I imagined our lives with children, I thought about my role as the Tooth Fairy. I knew which parts I would keep from my own childhood and dreamt of ways that I could make the character even more magical. I remember the excitement of the Tooth Fairy’s first visit to our house. She wrote a sweet note explaining how things worked in the Land of the Lost Tooth. Next to the note, my daughter found a silver coin left for a special first tooth and a new dollar bill saved for such an occasion. My daughter proudly showed her younger siblings what the Tooth Fairy had left for her. They all stared at the coin as if it were the Hope Diamond and my daughter placed it in her jewelry box for safe keeping. As planned, the Tooth Fairy took the tooth back to the Land of the Lost Tooth and carefully placed it in an envelope with my daughter’s name and the date. Mission accomplished. Soon, our other children started losing their teeth. They got the same note, coin and treatment for their first tooth. Every tooth thereafter was collected before the Tooth Fairy retired for the evening and each tooth was given the same care as the first one. About five years after the Tooth Fairy’s first trip to our house, something changed. She didn’t leave notes anymore, she stopped putting dates on the envelopes and sometimes, she didn’t come for the tooth until right before the kids woke up. One time, she left four quarters instead of a dollar bill. How lame! What happened to the magical character in my dreams? When I discussed this with the Tooth Fairy in the bathroom mirror, all I heard were bad excuses – working mom, traveling 74 Atlanta Parent    February 2014

husband, exhausted from carpools and coming up with dinner ideas. To make matters worse, she claimed that she was overwhelmed with the two extra kids we added to her route. The Tooth Fairy even suggested that our kids were eating hard candy as they were losing teeth at an alarming rate. I was appalled! Things went downhill from there. By the time my youngest child started losing his teeth, his sisters started working for the Tooth Fairy. She often came to our house unprepared and had to borrow dollar bills from the girls to pay for their brother’s tooth. At the end, a lost tooth would sit in the Tooth Fairy pillow for a couple of days. I lied for the Tooth Fairy and told my son, “You lost the tooth too late in the day and you weren’t on her schedule last night” or “She sent me a text and said she was running behind and would pick the tooth up while you were at school.” Sadly, my son believed me. When he didn’t believe anymore, the Tooth Fairy was out of a job. At our exit interview, I asked the Tooth Fairy how she thought we did. She told me that the kids will remember the good things, like the silver coin and the notes. Yes, but what about the quarters and the forgotten teeth, I wondered. The Tooth Fairy told me that they will remember those, too. One day, they will be the one holding the wand and fairy dust and it will be a reminder that the Tooth Fairy is only human. c atlantaparent.com


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