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Here’s a plan for saying I love you this Valentine’s Day.

The votes are in! Check out the best Atlanta has to offer families. / 14


8 Publisher’s Note

Hearts to Hearts

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10 News You Can Use 66

For the Fridge

Words of humor & wisdom

Family Fun Guide 53

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55 Circus

Apps and Learning

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Black History Month Top Picks


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“What’s your favorite place for family fun in Atlanta?” Ask that question of 10 families and you’re likely to get 10 different responses. Atlanta Parent did ask that question, though families didn’t have to pick just one place in our survey. The responses are in, and our readers are passionate about the places their families love. Our survey turned up some of the attractions that often come to mind, and some hidden gems that may surprise even longtime Atlantans. Find out where Atlanta families go in Atlanta Parent’s Best of 2016 Family Fun on Page 14. Family fun has always been a focus of our magazine even when there was no Children’s Museum of Atlanta, no Fernbank Museum of Natural History, no College Football Hall of Fame or Center for Civil and Human Rights or Georgia Aquarium or … the list goes on of wonderful venues that have opened in the past 10 years. Even the attractions that were open, you wouldn’t recognize today – Zoo Atlanta, The Center for Puppetry Arts, Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Atlanta History Center have expanded and now offer so much more for families. It’s been our mission to search out places families would want to go and we’ve become a trusted resource for families new to the area and those who have lived here for years. We know our readers look for those places and events in the Family Fun Guide in each issue, but this is the first time we’ve surveyed readers on their favorites. You probably won’t agree with all the responses to our survey. Did we overlook an attraction your family loves? Drop us a line on Facebook ( and let us know what you think. You’ll find two other helpful guides in this issue: “Mom-Approved Dentists” on Page 43 to help you choose the right dental care for your family and our annual guide to Overnight Camps on Page 21 to help you select a great summer camping experience for the kids. As metro Atlanta has grown so have the possibilities for families, from the number of attractions for family fun to the number of schools, summer camps, dentists, doctors, hospitals and other services. Our magazine, with input from our readers, can help you make some of those choices. Trust us to keep you informed – we work hard every month to earn that trust.

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News You Can Use

by Hayley Markowitz

A Very Hungry Caterpillar is coming! Explore illustrations by the children’s book artist and author Eric Carle at the High Museum of Art. “I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle” opening April 2 will feature more than 80 of Carle’s signature collages from 15 of his most popular books. The exhibition will explore the artist’s varied subjects, personal interests, materials and artistic techniques.

What Do You Look for in a Nanny?

Birdwatchers Unite! 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 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 12-15. Everyone is welcome to count, for as little as 15 minutes a day (new participants must set up a free GBBC account to submit their bird checklists). The counts help scientists understand what factors influence where bird populations move and when they migrate. For local bird watching events see page 60.

It’s not enough to just love kids anymore. Parents are looking for nannies and caregivers with a special pedigree in 2016. According to, demand for college degrees will rise 25 percent and request for trained CPR/First Aid individuals will increase by 55 percent.

Starting Young Average ages when most children begin to use technology:


First time playing with a smartphone


Using laptop or personal computer


Using digital camera


Getting first cell phone


Getting first smartphone Source: Survey by Parenting Group

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Find a Bargain at Consignment Sales! February marks the time for consignment sale season to start up again. Bargain hunters get your wallets ready  –  this month the deals begin on gently-used clothes and toys. Some sales do have restrictions. Call or check the website of the sale to make sure you know the rules. Have fun shopping and be sure to check for an updated sales list. FEBRUARY SALES


n  Second Childhood Consignment

n  Bright Beginnings

Feb. 10-13 Pinckneyville Park Community & Recreation Center 4650 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross

Preschool Spring Consignment Sale Mar. 3-5 First Baptist Loganville 680 Tom Brewer Rd., Loganville

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Feb. 16-20 Gwinnett County Fairgrounds 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville n  Kids Closet at Winters Chapel

Feb. 18-20 Winters Chapel United Methodist Church 5105 Winters Chapel Rd., Atlanta n  Green With Envy Kids

Feb. 25-27 Lakewood 400 Antiques Market 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming n  Consigning Closets

Consignment Sale Feb. 26-27 SonRise Baptist Church 6 Shenandoah Blvd., Newnan n  Five and Dime Kids

Feb. 26-27 Epworth United Methodist Church 1561 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta

n  Due West Treasure Chest

Consignment Sale Mar. 3-5 Due West United Methodist Church 3956 Due West Rd., Marietta consignment-sale n  Oak Grove Young

Children’s School Spring/ Summer Consignment Sale Mar. 4-5 Oak Grove Methodist Church 1722 Oak Grove Rd., Decatur n  Peachtree Kids Market

Mar. 3-5 Saville Studios & Crosspointe Church 401 Dividend Dr., Peachtree City n  RUMCK Spring

Consignment Sale Mar. 4-5 Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell

n  Rhea Lana’s of North Atlanta

Feb. 28-March 5 Perimeter Expo Shopping Center 1181 Hammond Dr., Atlanta


Seven Tips for Successful Consignment Shopping 1. Most consignment sales are in tight spaces, so no strollers are allowed. For some places, strollers are only allowed after the morning rush, so make sure you call before you go to know the rules.

2. Bring a laundry basket to put items in. Shopping bags and boxes are rare at these sales, so bring your own.

3. Saturday is usually labeled as mustgo day, with items marked at half-price at most sales. Although the selection is smaller, the items you do happen to discover will be cheaper.

4. Consignment sales are not just for used items. People often donate new items they just never used. Keep an eye out for these cheap buys.

5. Check and double-check everything before you buy it. Once items have been bought, returns are all but out of the question. Make sure you check that clothes are hole and stain free, books have all the pages and toys and equipment are in proper working order.

6. Make a list of what you need or want. If you know what it is you are looking for, you will be more likely to find it.

7. Most importantly, to ensure a pleasant

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shopping experience, remember to feed the family before you go. Rummaging through items can be fun, but not if you or your kids are hungry and cranky. – Anna Ferguson


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Ways to Say

‘I Love You’ by Christa Melnyk Hines

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to deliver sweet somethings to every important person in your life. Here’s a plan for the whole family.

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Play the Queen of Hearts. Send love notes in a pack of red playing cards for your beloved. Punch holes in the corner of each card. On paper squares, write down 52 reasons why you love or appreciate him. Paste each sentiment in the middle of a playing card. Title the deck “I love you because...” and paste it on the top card. Attach the cards with a c-clip.

The first written valentines were sent in the 15th century.


Hunt for Cupid’s treasure. Challenge your kids to a scavenger hunt. Give them clues on a trail of paper hearts or cupid cut-outs. One clue leads to the next until they find a Valentine’s Day surprise. Find lots of ideas for clues at

Cover them with hearts. On each of the 13 days leading up to Valentine’s Day, put a heart-shaped note on your kids’ doors each night after they go to bed. By Valentine’s Day, their doors are covered.

Create a “Sweet Tweets Jar.” Decorate a mason jar for your child. On slips of paper, write adjectives or short sentences in 140 characters or less that describe traits you most appreciate, admire and love about your child.


Treat them to a hearty breakfast. Surprise your kids with heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. Instead of rolling your cinnamon roll dough from one side to the other, roll it on both sides so that each side meets in the middle forming a heart shape. Slice and bake. Serve juice out of dollarstore champagne flutes. Make a fruit salad. Cut fruits like apples, strawberries, banana and watermelon using a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

As many as 6 million couples get engaged on Valentine’s Day each year. 12 Atlanta Parent    February 2016

An estimated one billion V-Day cards are exchanged annually.


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Send a singing telegram. Video your preschooler singing a ditty like: “I made this little valentine; Of red, white and blue; I made this little valentine; Especially for you!” (point at the camera). Email the file to grandparents or another relative your youngster is crazy about.

Revisit a first date or first meeting place. Talk about what brought you together and what you’re looking forward to together, and why you’re still in love.

Share these Valentine’s treats with your child. LOVE, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Penguin Random House, $8.99; ages 3-5) Read this simple book to your child and perhaps he will understand how deeply you love him.

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love by Kimberly and James Dean (Harper-Collins Children’s Books, $15.99, ages 4-8) Pete the Cat illustrates his favorite quotes about love – from the Beatles to Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Plant a Kiss Rev up date night. In the whirlwind of parenting, life as a couple can get routine. Plan an outing with your sweetheart that gets you out of your dinner-and-a-movie rut. For example, lift off in a hot air balloon ride; go dancing; take a couples cooking class; paint together at a drop-in paint-and-sip studio; or attend a concert or live theater production.

Stay in high gear all year. Come up with 12 pre-planned date ideas so you’ll have something to look forward to every month of the year.

Get those hearts pumping. Using a poster board, make a grid of nine exercises (sit-ups, somersaults, jumping jacks, pushups, etc). Players take turns tossing a beanbag (or other item) onto the grid. Then they roll the dice to see how many times they have to do the exercise that their beanbag landed on. For more ideas, check out 12345 Fit-Tastic! on Pinterest, a healthy lifestyles initiative for families.

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds (Harper Festival, $7.99, ages 0-4) Little Miss planted a kiss and spread love everywhere in this sweet board book.

Love is My Favorite Thing by Emma Chicheser Clark (Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99, ages 3-5) For Plum the dog, “love is my very favorite thing,” and that makes him easy to love, too, in this beautifully illustrated book.

I Love You Already

Trivia Source:

Books to Love

by Jory John and Benji Davies (Harper-Collins Children’s Books, $17.99, ages 4-8) Bear just wants a day to relax but his persistent friend Duck wants to hang out, and hilarity ensues.

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FUN The votes are in and one thing’s for certain: Atlanta Parent has the best readers in Atlanta. Our families are passionate about spending time with their children and want other families to discover all the places they love. For family fun, you can’t go wrong with any of the top three venues in each category – and we’ve listed them in alphabetical order because we want readers to try them all!

BEST ANIMAL ATTRACTION l  Georgia Aquarium: See a whale shark and learn about other exotic creatures of the sea, or take part in Toddler Time, a fun program for the little ones with costumed characters, storytime and crafts. l  Wild Animal Safari: Just outside metro Atlanta in Pine Mountain, this drivethrough park has 65 species of animals from lions to giraffes to peacocks and lizards. l  Zoo Atlanta: Kids can’t get enough of the new reptile house with all things that slither and hundreds of wild animals – some even stay overnight with the NightCrawlers program.

BEST ATTRACTION FOR AN AFTERNOON WITH THE KIDS l  Center for Puppetry Arts: Who can resist a fun puppet show and a museum filled with Jim Henson’s Muppets and other fanciful creations? l  Explore Downtown: Take a trip on MARTA to visit attractions downtownCentennial Olympic Park, Children’s Museum, CNN Center, SkyView, the Streetcar and more. l  Stone Mountain: SkyHike, Geyser Towers, Summit Skyride, hiking and camping, train and boat rides, a signature laser light show and more. Don’t miss the expansive Children’s Playground, too (closed for renovations through Mar. 31).

BEST GARDEN l  Atlanta Botanical Garden: Serenity and fun kids programs in the heart of Atlanta. l  Gibbs Gardens: More than 50 acres of daffodils bloom from March to mid-April – just one of many reasons to visit this 292-acre garden in Ball Ground. l  Smith-Gilbert Garden: Hear a garden story, take a class for Young Chefs, or become a Young Explorer in this Kennesaw garden.

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l  Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center: A Heritage Village with preserved historic structures teach kids about rural life in the 1850s to 1900s.

l  Frosty Caboose: This longtime business in Chamblee sells ice cream and hotdogs from a real caboose.

l  Chattahoochee Nature Center: Wildlife and nature, and lots of hands-on fun, await families in this Roswell treasure. l  Dunwoody Nature Center: Butterflies, birds, lots of wildlife, classes, day camp and overnight stays – plenty to love.

BEST MUSEUM l  Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Recently expanded and renovated, the museum always has offered fun activities for the toddler set, and now keeps older kids more engaged, too. l  Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Walk through Georgia’s history, see dinosaur skeletons, watch Imax, view a traveling exhibit, participate in kids’ activities and more. l  High Museum of Art: Special programs for kids and families help children develop an appreciation for art at an early age while having lots of fun.

BEST SPECIALTY MUSEUM l  Atlanta History Center: What made Atlanta the vibrant city it is today started with its first settlers, whose stories come alive in re-enactments and exhibits. l  National Center for Civil and Human Rights: Human rights heroes become more than just faces in a history book with a visit to one of Atlanta’s newest attractions. l  College Football Hall of Fame: Stars of the gridiron are the reason for this museum, but the interactive fun is why kids love it.

BEST PLACE TO WEAR OUT KIDS l  Catch Air: An indoor play and party space with slides and more; six locations in metro Atlanta. l  Leapin Lizards: Indoor inflatables keep kids bouncing and coming back for more in Decatur. l  Sky Zone: This business, with three locations in Atlanta and more planned, is jumping with kids on trampolines, in the FoamZone and more.

BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACE l  Chattahoochee Nature Center: A live animal encounter, hiking, party favors and more included making this a popular choice. l  Stars and Strikes: Party options are plenty in this more-than-a-bowling-alley-andarcade business, with seven locations in metro Atlanta. l  Tiny Towne: Kids love to learn to drive in this miniature city and edutainment park in Norcross. Activities, food and a party coordinator make this party easy.

BEST KIDS MENU l  Farm Burger: The kids can have a burger, fried chicken lollipops, grilled cheese and more at locations in Dunwoody, Decatur and Buckhead. l  Fresh To Order: Eight locations in metro Atlanta with fun and classy kids menu items including seared salmon, grilled chicken, Caesar salad and more. l  The Fickle Pickle: Southern classics and comfort food have a loyal following in Roswell and beyond.

l  Menchie’s: With 15 locations in metro Atlanta and more planned, Menchie’s yogurt is within every family’s reach. l  Morelli’s Ice Cream: Morelli’s on Moreland and Morelli’s at Edgewood in Atlanta promise inventive flavors kids love.

BEST PLAYGROUND l  Brook Run: It’s huge! Includes four different play structures with covered awnings and rubberized surfaces. Kids of all ages love exploring this playground. l  Morgan Falls: Two separate play sets for younger and older kids with covered awnings and artificial turf. Kids and parents like the spider web and titled spinner. The swinging benches overlooking the river are a favorite. l  Historic Fourth Ward: Several play structures with lots of climbing and swinging options for kids of all ages. The splash pad right next door is a big hit in warmer months.

BEST PLACE TO BUY KIDS BOOKS l  Barnes & Noble Buckhead: Storytime, activities and plenty of books make this a favorite. l  Brilliant Sky Toys & Books: Toys, books and crafts – a winning combination with stores in Sandy Springs and Atlanta. l  Little Shop of Stories: Carefully selected books with an especially good section for pre-teen and teen readers, storytime, and special author events in Decatur. Cont’d on page 16

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l  Pigtails & Crewcuts: Five metro locations.

l  Farmhouse in the City: Paint and play, take a class, attend camp – kids love this place.

l  Relish Kids: In South Atlanta. l  Salon Red Kids: Three metro locations.



l  Kazoo Toys of Buckhead: A large selection of out-of-the-ordinary toys, games and puzzles.

l  Eclectic Music: Group classes at three studios introduce preschoolers to music in fun ways.

l  Learning Express: Five metro stores make it convenient to find educational and fun toys, and play with them before you buy. l  Treehouse Kid & Craft: Toys, décor, crafts, clothing and more at two locations in Decatur and Athens.

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l  Gymboree Play & Music: Four locations combine play with music, art and learning. l  The Music Class: Kids develop a joy for music with early childhood music and movement classes at 12 locations.

l  Little House of Art: Kids learn to draw, paint and create, and leave the messy process at the studio! l  Vinings School of Art: Children as young as 2, and teens and adults, develop an appreciation of art here.

BEST KIDS CLOTHING & SPECIALTY RETAIL l  Mint Julep: Atlanta. l  Gretchen’s Children’s Shop: In Buckhead. l  The Seed Factory: In Atlanta.

BEST KIDS CONSIGNMENT/ RESALE STORE l  Kid to Kid: Eight metro stores. l  Once Upon a Child: Ten metro stores. l  Sweet Repeats Atlanta:

BEST NIGHT OUT FOR MOMS AND DADS l  Fox Theatre: l  Martinis & Imax at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History: l  Movie Tavern: Three metro locations.

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A SPECIAL DATE l  Bones: Steaks and seafood in Buckhead with top-notch service. l  Cakes & Ale: Fine southern ingredients and a great atmosphere on the square in Downtown Decatur. l  The Optimist: Delicious seafood near Westside Provisions District in Atlanta. Cont’d on page 18

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BEST FAMILY VEHICLE l  Honda Odyssey l  Subaru Outback l  Toyota Sienna

BEST DAY TRIP WITH KIDS l  Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga:


l  Georgia’s Alpine Village in Helen:

Buckhead • Kirkwood • Sandy Springs • Roswell • Toco Hills • Cumming

l  “Little Grand Canyon” in Lumpkin: Officially Providence Canyon State Outdoor Recreation Area.

Woodstock • Johns Creek • Dunwoody • East Cobb • Smyrna • Suwanee

BEST OVERNIGHT TRIP WITH THE KIDS l  Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain: l  Savannah Children’s Museum in Savannah: l  U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.:

BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BABY l  Northside Hospital Atlanta: l  Piedmont Atlanta Hospital: l  WellStar Kennestone Hospital:

BEST ER FACILITY l  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: l  Grady Hospital: l  WellStar Cobb:

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BEST KEPT SECRETS IN ATLANTA Our readers had so many great suggestions for Best Kept Secrets. We narrowed them down to 10 favorites.   l  Sampling International foods on Buford Highway in Atlanta: Pick a restaurant along Atlanta “International Cuisine Highway” and you won’t be disappointed; don’t miss the Buford Highway Farmers Market. l  Noah’s Ark in Locust Grove: Encounter plenty of critters up close in this animal sanctuary. l  Ray’s Donuts in Marietta. A bagel and donut shop with a loyal following. l  Starlight Drive-In in Atlanta: The largest of Georgia’s dwindling selection of drive-in theaters.

l  Woodruff Arts Center: Every Sunday, families can enjoy free activities at the center including art-making workshops and music discovery. l  Yurt Camping at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Douglasville: Families get close to nature in surroundings much more comfortable than a tent and more manageable with young children. l  Grant Park Farmer’s Market in Atlanta: Children find lots to explore at this seasonal market. If this one’s too far from home, check out a farmer’s market in your area – you’ll be surprised at how excited kids can get about vegetables! l  Living Walls: Enjoy the amazing street art in the Atlanta area. l  The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University: Artful Stories and Children’s Workshops at the museum are a favorite with families. Where else can you learn to read and write Egyptian hieroglyphs? l  Chattahoochee Coffee Company on the Riverside: This location was so popular with families on weekends it created a parking problem, but a new location on the Westside handles the weekend crowds.

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2016 Overnight Camps

A rite of passage, a family tradition, or simply, a summer of fun. It’s time to find the perfect camp for your child.

Camp 2016

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Choosing the Best Overnight Camp Your child is your best source of information when selecting a summer camp. With a variety of programs and activities available, summer camp offers adventures to match a child’s interests and maturity level. So it’s important to consider her personality and identify the camp programs that will benefit her most. Ask the following questions before you enroll your child in an overnight camp:

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What locale do I want (for example, mountains, oceanfront, close to home)? Do I want a traditional camp that gives my child a wide variety of experiences or do I want to select a specialty camp that focuses on a particular activity or set of skills? Will my child feel more comfortable in a large or small camp? How rustic do I want the camp to be? How structured do I want the program to be? Does my child like to have lots of choice in the activity schedule? Is my child ready to be away from home for an extended stay? This will help you to select either an overnight or day camp setting.

The best way to make the perfect match is to include your child in the decision-making process. Together, you should explore the camp options and examine the materials the camps provide. In addition, many camps have websites that include photos, maps or virtual tours of the camp facility, sample daily schedules and menus, and information about the directors and key staff. As children become better acquainted with the camp experience and more involved in the decision-making process, they will have less anxiety about going away to camp.

What session length is best for my child and our family plans for the summer? How can I stay in touch with my child during camp? Does the camp allow mail, phone calls or email? Does the camp have parent visitation days? How will the camp meet my child’s special dietary or physical needs? What is my budget for camp tuition? Remember, some camps offer financial aid.

Camp 2016

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AWAY CAMPS Letting Go Helps Kids Grow by Gayla Grace


leep-away camp was just what Ally needed in order to gain independence and confidence, marveled her mom, Sharon. “She found a whole new group of girls and had a ball; she’s had a hard time with girls beginning in grade 4,” Sharon says, “so it was great for her to bond with girls in a different setting.” Starting at age 9, Ally went away to camp for a week. The following summer she begged for it to be four. Her parents were delighted. Time away from parents helps kids learn how to make their own decisions without checking with Mom or Dad first, and residential camp provides the perfect training ground, says Michael Thompson in his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow (Random House; 2012). If you’d like your kids to develop maturity and gain independence (and if you’d like to begin learning to let Tips for Letting Go go yourself!) it’s time to n  Let your child have trial runs start researching sleepbeing away from you by permitting away camps. Week- or sleepovers. month-long adventures n  Don’t show anxiety to your child away from home give kids – it will make it hard on him. opportunities to experience unique adventures they’d n  Have a plan for yourself: Get never find at home. Asking a project done that you’ve never other parents what camps had time for, go on a trip with your their kids attend can be spouse, etc. helpful also; having a n  Remember: two of the greatest friend go with your child is gifts you can give your child are a beautiful thing for parents confidence and independence. leery of separation. To find a camp that fits your child’s needs, seek out opinions from friends and neighbors, ask teachers and church counselors, attend camp fairs and explore options on your own. Residential camps of all kinds and sizes are located all across the country, so there’s sure to be one your child can love and from which he can gain valuable skills. Camp counselor Jamie Newman expresses enthusiasm for sending kids to camp. “Camp encourages kids to try new things and teaches them confidence through new experiences. They learn valuable life lessons when encouraged to work through their fears to try something even if it doesn’t feel comfortable to them. Also, when kids are thrown together in a cabin for a week, they’re forced to learn how to get along with others and often build lasting relationships that can continue when they return home.” 24 Atlanta Parent    February 2016

Need more convincing? Here are a few thoughts to consider:


Camp builds maturity and allows children the chance to make their own decisions in a safe, caring environment. Kids benefit from new relationships with camp counselors who care about them and want to help them with everyday struggles.


Camp forces kids to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature. Through outside activities, kids find new hobbies without academic pressure or expectations. Kids gain self-confidence through trying new things and discovering talents they didn’t know they had.


Camp teaches good sportsmanship by encouraging each child to be fair and kind. Team activities teach kids how to cooperate with each other and the value of getting along with others though working together and supporting one another.


Camp fosters new friendships with kids who come from varying backgrounds - helping kids gain an understanding of how others live outside their community. In a relaxed atmosphere, kids easily make friends while they play, sing, work, eat and bunk together.


Camps creates life-long memories of new adventures in places they’ve never experienced before. Camp offers carefree days where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of overscheduled days.

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Changing Lives, One Week at a Time Metro Atlanta parents share how the camp experience benefited their kids by Amanda Miller Allen   One of the things that makes summer camp so much fun, year after year, is that it’s familiar but it’s never the same. Campers may see old friends in familiar surroundings, but they also meet new ones, find a new favorite activity, and always make a discovery – or several – about themselves. Camp directors will tell you that a week or two away changes young lives, and campers and parents will tell you that, too.

Girls-Only Camp Campers stay loyal to Riverview Camp for Girls in Mentone, Ala., attending year after year and generation after generation. Michael and Heather Martin’s three daughters will be there again this year. For twins Emily and Lauren, age 16, it’s their sixth year. Daughter Riley, 10, will notch her fifth year. “We were a little nervous when they went the first year,” Heather says, “but they went with friends and they were excited to go and convinced me to let them go.” The twins found their cabin, made their beds, met friends and put on swimsuits. “We barely got a hug as they went flying to the pool.” The girls who came home that first year “had grown up a little bit,” she says. “They were more confident and independent. At camp, they had to get to activities on their own, on time, and keep their cabins clean and clothes organized.” The family really never considered a co-ed camp. “They were approaching middle-school Lauren and Emily Martin at Riverview Camp age and we figured there would be plenty of time to be around boys,” Heather says. “They can just be girls at this camp, have fun dancing and singing and being themselves, without having to worry about how their hair or makeup looks.” Cont’d on page 26

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Changing Lives, One Week at a Time Technology Free Camp Thirteen years ago, when Kevin and Michelle Ansley of Marietta sent their oldest daughter to summer camp, teens with cell phones weren’t common. Still, the Ansleys were looking for a traditional camping experience for their kids, cabins with open windows and no air conditioning, and no television. Neighbors recommended Camp Chatuga in Mountain Rest, S.C. Daughter Alex, now 20, attended for four years; son Grant, now 17, and daughter Brooke, now 15, have both attended for 10 years and both plan to return this summer. “Two years ago, when Brooke was 13, we were driving somewhere on the weekend before she was leaving for camp,” Michelle says. “She was texting away on her phone, and she sighed and told me, ‘Mom, I can’t wait to get to camp and be away from all this for four weeks.” Though parents can email notes to their children – through the camp’s website – kids can’t bring cell phones, radios or other electronics, and don’t have access to the camp’s computers. It’s as close to the traditional camping experience as possible. “Our kids are best friends with kids they met at camp from all over the Southeast,” Michelle says. “We didn’t realize then how powerful building relationships face-to-face is.”

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Faith-Based Camp Owen Chism of Temple, Ga., first attended Deer Run Camp in 2013. Andy and Janice Chism worried that Owen, then 8, also was too young. “We did a lot of research before we even thought about taking him to Deer Run,” Janice says. “We couldn’t find one negative comment anywhere. He made memories he’ll never forget that year,” Janice says. “He grew so much, he became so much more confident about himself – it really did change his life. He would never be the person he is today without that camp.” Owen, who his mom describes Deer Run Camp as a somewhat “geeky” boy loves building with Legos and playing Minecraft. At camp, he made friends who shared some of his interests, but instead of playing Minecraft they were riding horses, rappelling down 30 feet, doing a “Faith Jump”, making boats out of cardboard, using wood-burning tools and more. A camp counselor gave Owen a new perspective on himself – not as a boy who’s a bit different and doesn’t excel in athletics, but as “one of the coolest guys at camp,” his mom says. The Chisms, members of the Covenant Life Church of God in Bremen, love that the nondenominational camp has a lesson in faith attached to most of the activities, and devotionals each evening.

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Specialty Camp Some kids make summer camp friends while hiking and swimming, but at iD Tech they get to know each other while learning about robotics or honing computer science skills such as coding, developing apps or designing websites. The camps are at locations throughout the United States, including Emory University, Georgia Tech and Fulton Science Academy in Alpharetta. Marshall Cain of Buckhead is becoming a pro at this stuff, attending two weeks of day camps starting at age 8, then committing to a week of overnight camp last summer. He’s already signed up to learn 3-D gaming this summer at overnight camp. His parents, John and Rachel Cain, see it as an activity he loves and good training for their aspiring game designer. “A friend of ours who is a senior engineer at a major gaming company in Seattle believes every child should be learning to write code,” Rachel says. iD Tech makes it fun. “It’s a sneaky way to get them hooked into programming and code writing,” she says. Marshall is building on his skills each year.

Far-Away Camp Mary Ella and Charlie Rinzler have been attending French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, NY for three years. They had camp experience at a smaller camp in North Carolina before attending French Woods. When it came to choosing, they watched the promotional DVD and thought they were considering it for Charlie only. At the end of the video Mary Ella said, “Mom it’s not camp, it’s paradise!” There wasn’t much discussion after that. As far as some of the benefits of a camp outside of the south, Leanna believes the environment provides a safe place to take risk and grow through experience-based learning. “They offer a new geographical area with friends and counselors from different states and countries,” Leanna says. “There is a pleasant temperature change for us in the south so the climate is desirable.” c

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Special Advertising Section

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


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. or call the office at 706-754-6912.

Camp Juliette Low

Camp Tekoa

amp Juliette Low (CJL) provides girls with exciting, outdoor experiences that foster self-confidence, promote teamwork, and develop leadership skills. Through work and play, campers learn to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors, gain responsibility for self and for others, and make life-long friendships. CJL campers live in platform tents and enjoy traditional camp activities that emphasize outdoor living skills and recreation, including canoeing, archery, ropes course, backpacking, fire-building, and horseback riding. CJL was founded in 1922 by Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, but has operated independently for more than 50 years, and is open to all girls. Camp Juliette Low has it all— outdoor adventure, time-honored traditions, and rustic beauty! Most of all, CJL has great people: caring, experienced staff who return year after year, and friendly, down-to-earth campers who love to learn and have fun! Located on Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia, CJL is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7-17, offering one and two week sessions June 5 - July 30, 2016. Preparing Girls for Confident Living and Leadership Since 1922.

he Experience: Experience the thrill of traversing a cable 35 feet in the air while your friends encourage you; the warmth of a campfire on a cool mountain night; the fun of climbing 30 feet up a tree; the thrill of swinging off a giant swing from 40 feet in the air; the laughter and fellowship of an evening spent camping under the stars; the powerful unity of spirit that is present at the closing candlelight campfire service! Life is built from experiences such as these. Camp experiences help mold and shape who we are and what we believe. Tekoa is a Christian life experience. Tekoa offers mini-camp sessions (4days/3nights) for 7-9 yr. olds, 1 week Tekoa Overnight camps (Co-Ed) for 8-17 year olds, Tekoa Adventure camp for 12-17 year olds, Average cost of camp $490, Tekoa has been recognized in WNC Parent Magazine Family Choice Awards as the #1 Overnight Camp for 6 years in row, ACA Accredited and Member of Christian Camp & Conference Association. For more information and/or to register online, check out our website:


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Special Advertising Section

Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview Deer Run Overnight and Family Camps

YMCA Camp Thunderbird


MCA Camp Thunderbird, encourages campers to find their wings and SOAR to new heights. Some kids grow by conquering fears; others thrive with newfound independence. It’s all a part of the journey at Camp Thunderbird, where there is a safe, action-packed experience in and out of the water! The fun continues in 2016! Our new land programs include Future Engineers, Guitar lessons, and an enriched Arts and Crafts program. And there’s no better place for thrill seekers than YMCA Camp Thunderbird! Our highly trained staff ensures a safe environment to try wakeboarding, kneeboarding, tubing, swimming, sailing and much more! 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 17 or online at Or, come visit during special Camp Tour Days on March 20 and April 10.


ear Franklin, TN. DEEPER FAITH. GREATER ADVENTURES. Overnight Camps: Traditional camp on 100 acres of beautiful wooded property. Mature young-adult camp staff lead a well-organized camp experience which builds relationships, character and confidence. Camp sessions for Preteens (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12). Campers unplug from distractions of technology and connect with each other. Registration includes camp themed shirt and ALL activities: horseback riding, giant swing, climbing tower, paintball, archery & BB guns, rec games, obstacle course, low or high initiatives, leap of faith, lake (water slide, aqua park, swimming, kayaks, canoes, zip line), challenging cardboard boat regatta races, small group Bible study, nightly speaker and worship. Campers choose one specialized track for the week: fishing, percussion, drama, sports, archery, horse care and more. Family Camps: A 3-night multi-generational camp experience for ages 5 and up with meaningful family time and fun activities designed to strengthen your relationships. Accommodations are at The Lodge at Deer Run. Camp Open Houses for families: Come-and-go walking tour. 2 to 4 p.m. (CST). March 6, April 10, and May 15. Meet the camp directors and some of the summer staff. Information and registration: or 888-794-2918.

iD Tech Summer Programs

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his summer, inspire the awesome in your child. At iD Tech summer camps, kids and teens ages 7-18 learn foundational STEM skills, build self-confidence, and make memories that last a lifetime. It’s no wonder iD Tech is the world’s #1 summer tech camp! Both beginners and advanced students are welcome in this inspiring, collegiate setting. In small groups of just 8 students per instructor—guaranteed—campers learn to program, design video games, model and print 3D objects, code apps, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, and so much more! Hands-on lab instruction is coupled with outdoor activities, raffles, and fun dress-up days. iD Tech offers many summer programs for Georgia students: day and overnight camps, all-girls tech camps, teenonly academies, and an online learning platform. • iD Tech Camps, the most popular camp division, will be held at Emory for the 16th time this summer (and counting)! • iD Programming Academy and iD Game Design & Development Academy will be held at Emory. Each program is two weeks long. • Alexa Café, the unique all-girls STEM camp, will be held at Georgia Tech. Register and learn more online at or call toll-free at 1-844-788-1858.

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. The Staff of Riverview is comprised of many college-age 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. 1-800-882-0722 for a free DVD or visit to view DVD’s on line!



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Overnight camp guide


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 Camp Crosby

Alabama Camp Cosby. 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. Camp Skyline. Mentone. Girls, ages 6-16. Two- to six-week sessions. Located on top of Lookout Mountain. Founded 1947. 800-448-9279. Camp Winnataska. Pell City. Co-ed, ages 6-15. Three day and one-week sessions. Sailing, kayaking, paintball courses, arts and crafts, archery, The Blob, riflery, ropes courses and more. 205-640-6741. Chef Tech Academy. Auburn University. Co-ed, grades 6-12. One week sessions. Nutrition, exercise, food safety, math and science in cooking, kitchen skills and effective written and verbal communication skills and they’ll have fun while learning. 404-287-7323.

Lyman Ward Summer School Program. Camp Hill. Boys, grades 9-12 academic program. Ages 10-18 adventure camp. Four-week session academic program and one-week adventure camp sessions. 800-798-9151.

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. 863-6764113.

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. 800-882-0722.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Summer Camps. Daytona Beach. Co-ed, ages 7-18. Sessions vary per camp. Students explore areas of flight, space, engineering, cyber security and radar through handson sessions. 386-226-7645.

Space Camp. Huntsville. Co-ed, ages 9-18. Overnight week long sessions and family weekend camps for ages 7-14. Way beyond fun at Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and Robotics Camp. 800-637-7223.


Extreme Military Challenge Ramer. Co-ed, ages 13-18. Two- to five-week sessions. Providing thousands of teenagers the opportunity to experience the military lifestyle through realistic and challenging programs. 855-9622267.

Camp Dovewood. O’Brien. Girls, ages 7-16. One- and two-week sessions. Combination three-week sessions. Christian based, horsefocused, English, Western and dressage riding, overnight trips, swimming, dance and more than 24 activities. 386-935-0863.

Lookout Mountain Camp for Boys. Mentone. Boys, ages 7-15. Two-, four-, six- and eight-week sessions. Traditional camp with activities such as: water sports, fly fishing, canoeing, zip line, archery. 256-634-4758.

Camp Indian Springs. Crawfordville. Co-ed, ages 7-17. One- to nine-week sessions. Traditional camp with scuba, ATV, high-ropes, riding, extreme skateboarding, wakeboarding and more. ACA Accredited. 850-933-5959.

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Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. West Palm Beach. Co-ed, grades 3-8. One-week sessions. Outdoor skills, ecology, wildlife encounters, fishing, archery, mud hikes, canoeing and more. 561-6246929. Florida Prep Summer Programs. Melbourne. Co-ed, grades 6-12. One-week sessions. A fun and challenging schedule of academics and activities that together provide a hands-on curriculum featuring exceptional teachers, a fantastic support team and attention to the individual. 321-723–3211. IMG Academies. Bradenton. Co-ed, ages 8-18. Leadership camp for high school students. Weekly sessions. Instructional programs offered in tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and performance training. 941-755-1000. National Flight Academy. Pensacola. Co-ed, grades 5-12. Six-day Deployments to one-day Adventures. Immersive, educational environment inspiring students to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in an aviation-themed adventure aboard a simulated land-locked aircraft carrier. 877-552-3632.

Seacamp. Big Pine Key. Co-ed, ages 12-17. 7- and 18-day sessions. Marine science, scuba, sailing, wind surfing and more. 877-732-2267. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camps. Orlando and Tampa Bay. Co-ed, grades 5-college. One-week sessions. Amazing up-close animal encounters from belugas to giraffes, plus everything the parks have to offer. 866-468-6226. Wellspring Florida. Melbourne. Co-ed, ages 10-26. Three-, six- and nine-week sessions. Fun, scientific weight loss camps for teens. Beach and Disney World visits along with individualized therapy sessions. 1-866-364-0808.

Georgia Adamah Adventures. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 10-17. 18-day sessions (8-11th grade). One-week session (5-8th grade). Outdoor adventure treks for Jewish teens. Hiking, rock climbing, caving and rafting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Utah or Pacific Northwest. 678-812-4107. 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. Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 11 and up. Two- and five-week sessions. Intensive resident courses available to intermediate and advance students in ballet, jazz and modern, nutrition and musical theatre. Audition required. 404-873-5811.

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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. 404-546-6881. Atlanta Workshop Players Summer Performing Arts Camp. Oglethorpe 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. 770-9988111.

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Brandon Hall Summer Programs. Atlanta. Summer Camp Adventures for boys and girls, rising K-12. 1-4 week sessions. Boarding options available for grades 6-12. Sports, Enrichment, Fun and Academic camps. 770-394-8177. Camp Blue Ridge. Mountain City. Co-ed, ages 6-16. Two-, five- and seven-week sessions. 48 elective style activities in the areas of athletics, aquatics, outdoor adventure and cultural arts. 954-665-8686.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O16 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. 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. Camp Chehaw. Albany. Co-ed, 8-14. Four- day and one- week sessions. Campers will participate in outdoor activities like canoeing, archery, nature hikes, survival skills and even sleep in a real teepee. 229-430-5275. Camp Cherokee. Cartersville. Co-ed, grades 1-12. 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. 877-647-8542. Camp Dixie LLC. Clayton. Co-ed, ages 6-15. One- to seven-week sessions. Traditional camp with sports, water activities, arts and more. 678-701-3052. 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. 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. 770-428-1062.

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Camp New Dawn. Chickamauga. Co-ed, ages 6-18. One-week sessions. Traditional camp activities such as crafts, photography, swimming, sports and animal care. 706-539-2235. Camp Strong4Life. Winder. Co-ed, ages 9-14. One-week session. Zip-lining, rock climbing, cooking challenges, boating and fun. Kids struggling with their weight receive the support they need to get healthier. 404-785-7228. Camp Westminster. Conyers. Co-ed, ages 6-17. Weekly overnight and day camp sessions. Wake boarding, horseback riding, climbing tower, paintball, sports, crafts, outdoor skills and more. Christian camp and retreat center 20 miles east of Atlanta. 770-483-2225. 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. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Summer Camps. Mansfield. Co-ed, ages 10-16. Camp programs include outdoor adventure teen challenge, conservation education, gardening, WILD creatures of Georgia and shooting sports. Also offers day camp. 770-784-3059.

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Girl Scouts: GSGATL – All Girl Resident Camps

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. Creation Encounters Camp. Cleveland. Girls, ages 12-16. 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. 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.

Emagination Computer Camp. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 8-18. Two-week sessions. Video game design, web design, 3-D animation. Build robots and RC Cars. Explore programming. 877-2480206. Encore Music Camps. Morrow and Milledgeville. Co-ed, ages 10-16. Orchestra Camp and Choir Camp, July 10-14. Band Camp, June 23-30. A musical experience with rehearsals and master classes, with a blend of recreational activities. Camp closes with concert performances. Band: 678-643-7766.; Orchestra: 404-988-1245. GSGATL - All Girl Resident Camps. Cobb, Bartow, Meriwether and Floyd Counties. Girls, grades k-12. Two-night to two-week sessions. Get in touch with your artistic side, zipline through the air, explore the trails on horseback and learn to sail in the summer sun. 800-771-1139. Glisson Camp & Retreat Center. Dahlonega. Co-ed, grades 2-12. 3-day, 1-week and 10-day sessions. Glisson, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, offers many exciting camp experiences, including traditional, outdoor adventure, and special needs programs. 706-864-6181. ID Tech Camps. Emory University. Co-ed, ages 7-17. One-week sessions. Build apps, design video games, build websites, robots, print 3D models, and more. Also 2-week sessions for ages 13-18 at iD Tech Academies. 888-709-8324. Joe Machnik No.1 Goalkeeper Camp & Striker Camp. Rome. Co-ed, ages 7-18. Five-day sessions. Nationwide soccer camp with over 35 years experience. 706-378-3706. Linda’s Riding School. Conyers. Co-ed, ages 7 and older. 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.


National Computer Camps. Atlanta-Oglethorpe. Co-ed, ages 6-18. One- and two-week sessions. Video game design, computer programming, networking, web design, software applications, minecraft and modding. Optional sports program. 203-710-5771. Rabun Gap-Noochee School. Rabun Gap. Co-ed, ages 5-12. Weekend parent-child camp for parents/grandparents to share a real camp experience over a summer weekend (Fri.-Sun.). Share athletics, arts and outdoor activities, as well as communal worship and individual free time. 706-746-7467. Savannah College of Art & Design. Atlanta, Savannah. Co-ed, grades 9-12. One-week sessions. Explore new avenues of artistic expression and inspire your imagination at the university for creative careers. University credit courses available. 912-525-5100. Sports Broadcasting Camp. Atlanta. Co-ed, ages 10-18. July 18-22. Overnight or day. Learn from the pros. Make reporting, play-by-play and sports anchor tapes. Meet celebrities and more. 800-319-0884. 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. 706-348-1533.

One-day, three-day and week-long sessions available for students in an aviation-themed learning adventure. Students eat in the mess deck, sleep in staterooms, plan missions and fly in networked flight simulators that ignite imagination and encourage learning.

REGISTER TODAY! | 877-552-3632 | 1 Fetterman Way, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508 The National Flight Academy, a program of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Inc., is authorized, but not endorsed or funded by the US Navy or US Government.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O16 Summer Academy at UGA. Athens. Co-ed, ages 11-17. One- and two-week sessions. Summer Academy with specialty overnight or day camps and Pre-College Summer Programs for rising high school juniors and seniors. 706-542-3537. Summer Institute for the Gifted. Emory University. Co-ed, ages 9-17. Three-week session. Programs for gifted and talented youth. Courses in Humanities, Math, Science, Technology, Multi-Disciplinary, Visual and Performing Arts, and Fitness and Recreation. 866-303-4744. 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. Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp. Cloudland. Girls, ages 8-17. One- to nine- week sessions. 600 acres, English and Western, vaulting, barrels and trails. Spend 4-6 hours daily with your own camp horse. CHA instructors. 706-862-2231. WinShape Camps. Cleveland, Cohutta Springs, Mt. Berry, Young Harris. Separate programs for girls and boys, grades 1-12. Oneand two-week sessions. A Christian recreation program. Chick-fil-A pays 50% for first-time campers. 800-448-6955, ext. 1120.

North Carolina Blue Star Camps. Hendersonville. Co-ed, ages 6-16. One- to eight-week sessions. ACA accredited. Jewish values. 954-963-4494. 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. 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. 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. Camp Greystone. Tuxedo. Girls, ages 5-17. One- to five-week sessions. More than 80 activities, Christ-centered. 828-693-3182. Camp Hanes. Sauratown Mountain. Co-ed, ages 6-15. One-week sessions. Canoeing, hiking, rappelling, arts and crafts, sports and more. 336-983-3131. Camp High Rocks. Cedar Mountain. Boys, grades 1-10. One to four-week sessions. Traditional camp focusing on adventure in a non-competitive atmosphere. 828-885-2153. Camp Hollymont for Girls. Asheville. Ages 6-15. One-, two- and three- week sessions. Recreational adventure and program activities. Christian. ACA accredited. 828-686-5343.

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Camp Tekoa

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. Camp Kanuga. Hendersonville. Co-ed, ages 7-15. 4- ,9- and 13 day sessions. Trailblazer adventure camp for ages 15-17. Christian setting. ACA accredited. 828-692-9136. Camp Lurecrest. Lake Lure. Co-ed, rising 3rd-12th grades. One-week sessions. Lake tubing, canoeing, high ropes activities, swimming, fishing, paintball and more. Christian setting. 704-841-2701.

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Reserve her bunk today For more information call 828-627-2470

Camp Merri-Mac for Girls. Black Mountain. Ages 6-16. One-, two- and four-week sessions. Sister camp to Camp Timberlake. Riding, diving, gymnastics, climbing, kayaking, tennis, dance and more. 828-669-8766. 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.; 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. 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. Camp Rockmont for Boys. Black Mountain. Boys, ages 6-16. Six-,13-, 20- and 27-day sessions. Variety of recreational adventures and program activities. Christian boys camp. ACA accredited. 828-6863885. Camp Tekoa. Hendersonville. Co-ed, ages 7-11. One-week sessions. Packed full of high energy activities including boating, swimming, ziplines, the mud pit, slip n’ slide, s’mores and more. Staff will lead you in faith formation throughout the week as you see God move in your life. 828-692-6516. Camp Timberlake for Boys. Black Mountain. Ages 7-16. One-, two- or four-week sessions. Brother camp to Camp Merri-Mac. Backpacking, riflery, swimming, canoeing, wrestling, riding, paintball, fencing, ropes course and more. 828-669-8766.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O16 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. Camp Weaver-YMCA. Greensboro. Co-ed, grades 2-10. One-week sessions up to nine weeks. Horseback riding, skateboard park, canoeing, iceberg, the blob, hiking, crafts and more. 336-697-0525. Deep Woods Camp. Brevard. Boys, ages 9-14. Four-, five-, nine- and 10-week sessions. Outdoor wilderness adventure program. 828-885-2268. 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.

CAMP DOVEWOOD Dovewood is a dynamic Christian camp for girls in North Florida. English and Western pleasure, rodeo, dressage, trail rides, vet care, horse shows, grooming and stable management.

Call to reserve your spot today. 386-935-0863

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. 828-877-4349. Falling Creek Camp. Tuxedo. Boys, ages 6-16. One- to four-week sessions. Canoeing, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding and more. 828-692-0262. Green River Preserve. Cedar Mountain. Co-ed, Rising grade 2nd-12th. Expedition trips rising grade 9-12th. Trailblazers grades 12-college freshman. One-, two- and three-week sessions. Hiking trips, mountain biking, canoeing, fly fishing, visual arts, theater, fencing and more. ACA accredited. 828-698-8828. Gwynn Valley Camp. Brevard. Co-ed, grades K-9. One-, two- and three-week sessions. A traditional, farm and wilderness camp with horseback riding, rock climbing and more. ACA accredited. 828-885-2900.


is back for our 9th year in Atlanta

July 18-22, 2016 • Boys and Girls 10-18 will have an opportunity to learn from the Pros • Meet Sports Celebrities • Make Sports Anchor Tapes • Make Play-By-Play Tapes of the Super Bowl & NBA Finals • Make Reporting Tapes from a Pro Stadium • Participate in Sports Talk Radio and Pardon The Interruption (PTI) shows and much more

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For more info: 800.319.0884


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Camp 2016

Skyland Camp for Girls

Pepperland Music Camp. Murphy. Co-ed, ages 9-16. Two-week session. Bands, private lessons and jamming, bonfires, swimming and open mic nights. All levels of musical experience welcome. 828-494-2353. 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. Skyland Camp for Girls. Clyde. Girls, grades 1-10. Nine-, 18- and 36 day sessions. Horseback riding, musical theater, tennis, archery, crafts and more. Skyland campers learn sportsmanship and the importance of teamwork, confidence, selfexpression and leadership skills. 828-627-2470. The Vineyard. Westfield. Co-ed, ages 6-16. Oneweek and multi-week sessions available. Christian sports camp with 40 activities including body building, lacrosse, golf and crafts. 336-351-2070.

South Carolina


Camden Military Adventure Camp. Camden. Boys, grades rising 7-12th grade. Three- and sixweek sessions. Academic classes for high school credit and adventure camp fun. 800-948-6291. 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. 864-638-3728. 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. Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute. Five South Carolina Locations. Co-ed, ages 6-17. One-week sessions. Six camps including traditional, marine science, wildlife, adventure expeditions and excursions and technology. 864-878-1041. 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. 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.

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Programs for children ages 6 to 12. Schedule a tour today 770.772.6622 Visit the lab

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O16

Animal Camp-Cub Creek Science Camp

Tennessee Camp MaryMount Nashville. Separate sessions for boys and girls, grades 1-11. One- to threeweek sessions. Campers develop new friendships and learn to work and play effectively as a group – all in a carefree and timeless setting. 615-799-0410. 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. Camp Walkabout at Baylor. Chattanooga. Co-ed, ages 11-14. Two-week sessions. Outdoor adventure camp featuring climbing, canoeing, camping, paddleboarding, caving, kayaking and more. New experiences and new friends. 423-267-8506 ext. 827. Camp Widjiwagan. Nashville. Co-ed, 7-16. Oneweek sessions with weekend stayovers available. Overnight and Equestrian Camps are the heart and soul of the summer camp experience. The Widji Jam Camp, Doctor Who Fully-Themed Camp, and the Voyager Village for first-time overnight campers. 615-360-2267. Deer Run Camps & Retreats. Thompsons Station. Co-ed, completed grades 3-12. One-week sessions. Two-week middle school camp in June. Includes themed shirt/ALL activities: horseback riding, giant swing, climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, low or high initiatives, lake activities, cardboard boat regatta, small group Bible study, nightly speaker, worship. 888-794-2918. Doe River Gorge. Hampton. Co-ed, rising 3-12. One-week sessions. Adventure, worship and Bible teaching. Wilderness, equestrian, water sports and outdoor sportsman emphasis. 423-725-4010. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Townsend. Co-ed, ages 5-17. One-week sessions. Summer youth adventures create space for discovery, personal development and opportunities to unplug and explore. 865-448-6709. 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. World-class facilities. 800-6722267.

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Beyond the South Animal Camp-Cub Creek Science Camp. Rolla, Mo. Co-ed, ages 7-17. One-six week sessions. Amazing Animal Encounters! A Junior Vet program plus 100 more activity choices, including zip-line, climbing walls, pottery, archery, riflery, crime science, arts and crafts and survival skills. 573-4582125. Camp Cody. Freedom, NH. Co-ed, ages 7-15. Two- and four-week sessions. Traditional New England camp experience offering sports, arts, swimming, boating, trips and more. 603-539-4997 Camp Mah-Kee-Nac. Lenox, MA. Boys, grades 2-10. One- (2-5 grade only) to seven- week sessions. Wide variety of both sporting and traditional camp activities. Large modern indoor Sports Complex houses a 2-court gymnasium, weight training room and game room. 800-7539118. Camp Nicolet. Eagle River, WI. Girls, ages 7-17. Two- through 8-week sessions. Spend a summer in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Make new friends, challenge yourself with out-of-camp trips. Activities, include waterskiing, horseback riding, drama, tennis, sailing, archery, arts & crafts, and more. 715-545-2522. Camp Regis-Applejack. St. Regis Lake, N.Y. Coed, ages 6-16. Two-, three- and five-week sessions. More than 50 activities. Teen adventure camp, ages 13-16. ACA accredited. 609-688-0368. Camp Waukeela. Madison, NH. Girls, grades 2-12. 2- and 4- week sessions. Over 30 activities in performing arts, creative arts, land sports, water sports and outdoor adventure. 800-626-0207. Cheley Colorado Camp. Estes Park, Colo. Co-ed, ages 9-17. Four- and eight-week sessions. Day hikes, horseback riding, rafting, crafts, mountain biking, out camping, target sports, and more. 303-377-3616. French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. Hancock, N.Y. Co-ed, ages 7-17. Three-, six-, nine- and twelve-week sessions. Over 45 program activities including cooking, dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts, sport and horseback riding. 800-634-1703. Kamp Kohut. Oxford, ME. Co-ed, ages 7-15. Twoto four-week sessions. Waterfront, land sports, drama and more. 888-465-6488. Kenmont Camp for Boys and Kenwood Camp for Girls. Kent, Conn. Ages 8-15. Four-week sessions. Athletics, water sports, extreme sports, adventure, creative arts and theater. Separate and equal facilities for boys and girls on 200-acre lakefront property. ACA Accredited. 845-262-1090. Maine Teen Camp. Porter, ME. Co-ed, ages 13-17. 2- to 7- week sessions. Summer camp exclusively for teenagers. Activities include high ropes adventure course, mountain biking, silversmithing, photography, theater, video production and more. 800-752-2267. WeHakee Camp for Girls. La Crosse, WI. Girls, ages 7-17. Two-, four- and six-week sessions. Grow and have fun while building confidence, character and lifelong relationships. Nearly 40 camp activities. 800-582-2267.

For Special Needs Camps, see page 40.

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Overnight Camp Guide 2O16 Special Needs Aerie Experiences. Dahlonega, Ga. Ages 8-18. Oneweek sessions for children, families and individuals with special needs. Themed weeks include llama treks, ranch experiences and coastal expeditions. 404-285-0467. BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps. Warm Springs, Ga. Ages 7-17. One-week sessions. Multi-sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities. 404-270-2000 Camp ASCCA - Easter Seals. Jackson Gap, Ala. Co-ed, ages 6 and older. One-week sessions for people with disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, canoeing, ropes course, horseback riding and more. 256-825-9226. 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. 678-812-3844. Camp Dream. Warm Springs. Co-ed, all ages welcome. Five-day sessions. Where disabilities disappear. One-to-one camper counselor ratio, all disabilities, ages and income levels accepted. 678-367-0040. Camp Sparrowood. Dahlonega, Ga. Co-ed, ages 9 and older. 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.

Camp Twin Lakes has developed partnerships with more than 60 organizations, which recruit campers and provide volunteer counselors and medical staff for their groups while at camp. Camp Twin Lakes, located on 500 acres in Rutledge, provides the facilities, programming, staff and medical supervision, and subsidizes 70 percent of the costs. 404-231-9887. For this year’s camp partners, visit for a complete list. Florida Diabetes Camp. Several locations. Co-ed, ages 6-18. One-week sessions. Traditional camp with swimming, sports, arts and crafts and diabetes education. Medical care provided. 352-334-1321. Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind. Waycross, Ga. Co-ed, ages 8 and older. One-week sessions. Campers must have a visual loss of 20/70 or greater. Indoor/outdoor activities, field trips and swimming. 888-297-1775. 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. 828-4563435.

Talisman Programs. Zirconia, N.C. Ages 6-22. Five-, 13- and 19- day sessions. “Summer camp for youth with high-functioning autism, ADHD, or LDs. Increase social competence, make friends, have fun! 828-697-6313. Camp Living Wonders. Clarkesville,Ga. Co-ed, 7-15. Ten- day and 12-day sessions. Bringing the magic of camping – friendship, nature, achievement, and discovery to kids with developmental and cognitive disabilities. 678-888-2259. c

Spotlight on Special Needs Resources Porter Academy

The Piedmont School of Atlanta

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 socialdevelopmental level, 2) assessments to determine academic and developmental level, 3) individualized academic programs, 4) small group instruction of core academics to ensure comprehension, 5) integration of project based learning, multi-sensory techniques, and well established academic programs to engage students and 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, call 770-594-1313 or visit the website

he School accepts cognitively typical children with autism. The comprehensive curriculum integrates academic, social, and emotional learning, and stimulates the development of life skills, preparing students to be happy, independent adults actively engaged in their communities. The Piedmont School is accredited and accepts students participating in SB-10. A talented team of certified teachers and therapists provides behavioral support and delivers individualized programming that meets the requirements of the National Core Curriculum and Georgia Standards. The School reflects best practices in education and evidencebased programming under the guidance of an internationally renowned Professional Advisory Board. The curriculum includes physical education, art, and foreign language instruction, as well as a robust community-based instructional program. Weekly visits to the outstanding resources of Metro Atlanta afford motivating experiences where skills acquired in the classroom are applied in the community. Collaboration with The Boys and Girls Club of Brookhaven offers a lovely campus in which to learn and an inclusive after-school program. Currently, the School is accepting applications for grades K-9. Tuition is competitive and a Scholarship Program is available. For more information and a personal tour of The Piedmont School call 404-382-8200 or visit


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10 Questions to Ask

a Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists are specialists in oral care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. They undergo at least two years of special training after dental school and should be able to take care of most of your children’s dental needs. Make sure they are board-certified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and approved by your health insurance, then schedule an appointment with two or three practices to meet the dentist or dentists and ask questions. Here’s what to ask:

(And 5 to Ask Yourself)

n  How long have you been practicing and how often do you do more training?

n  What is your policy on parents being present during teeth cleaning or dental procedures?

After the visit, ask yourself:

n  In the event you aren’t available, who handles your patients? Will my child sometimes see another dentist even if you are in the office that day?

n  Do you handle minor orthodontic care? What orthodontists do you work with if more extensive care is needed?

n  Was the office clean and kidfriendly with toys to play with or children’s books to read?

n  What is the average wait time to get an appointment for my child after I call? How do you handle emergency appointments? What’s the process if I need to call after hours?

n  How do you feel about … (fill in the blank with issues that concern you, such as whether dental sealants work, whether dental X-rays are safe for children, whether the fluoride level in your drinking water is sufficient)?

n  Was the staff attentive and efficient?

n  What is your approach to preventive dental care? How do you encourage kids to take care of their dental hygiene and back up parents on the importance of brushing and flossing? n  What types of pain prevention do you use for procedures such as tooth fillings or dental surgery?

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n  What dental insurance plans do you accept? How do you handle payments, billing, laboratory charges and insurance claims? n  How do you maintain medical records and who do you share them with?

n  Did the dentist seem to welcome questions? n  Did you and your child feel a rapport with the dentist? n  Is there anything about the dentist or his office that makes you uncomfortable?

Atlanta Parent asked readers to recommend their favorite dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons they trust for dental care. Go to to read comments on all dentists nominated.

FAMILY/GENERAL DENTISTRY Ashpole, Elise, DMD Decatur Babo, Evis, DMD Peachtree Smile Center, Atlanta Berger, Kenneth, DDS Atlanta Omar, Damji, DMD Executive Park Dentistry, Atlanta

Sprouse, Rory, DMD Sprouse Dentistry, Marietta

Henry, Sarita, DDS Just Kids Dentistry, Snellville

Stewart, Nancy, DDS NMS Dentistry, Decatur

Hicks, James, DMD Pediatric Dentistry of Johns Creek, Johns Creek

Yang, Nelson, DMD Perimeter Dental, Sandy Springs

Howard, Jaha, DDS A+ Pediatric Dentistry of Atlanta, Atlanta


Jordan-Balla, Teresa, DDS Great Expressions, Douglasville

Beal, Kimberly, DDS Family and Children’s Dentistry, Atlanta

Jyoti, Sharma, DMD Smiles for Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Cumming

Waldron, J. Blair, DMD Waldron Dentistry, Marietta

Clinebell, John, DDS Clinebell Orthodontics

Haider, Abbas, DDS Decatur Dental, Decatur

Gorlovsky, Michael, DMD Windermere Orthodontics, Brookhaven and Suwanee

King, Danny, DDS Children’s Dental Zone, Alpharetta

Salyer, Tracy, DDS Salyer Orthodontists, Duluth

Krieger, Martin P., DDS Atlanta Pediatric Dental Specialists

James, Ty, DMD Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Douglasville Lamb, Joey, DDS Joey Lamb Dentistry, Roswell

Stewart, Walter, DDS Walter L. Stewart DDS, Newnan

Lail, Slade, DDS Leil Family Dentistry, Duluth

Williams, Michael, DMD Williams Orthodontics, Woodstock

Lott, Kaneta, DDS Family and Children’s Dentistry, Atlanta

Williams, R. Moody, DDS Moody Williams Orthodontics, Midtown and Buckhead

Mazur, Corey, DDS Old Milton Dental, Alpharetta Morgan, Ray, DMD The Art of Cosmetic Dentistry, Atlanta

“Dr. Stewart of NMS Dentistry is excellent with my daughter! I never expected an adult dentist to be so child friendly.” Ashley / TUCKER

Kim, Mi Lee, DDS Dentistry 4 Children, Buford and Stone Mountain

“Dr. Lee of Children’s Dentistry office is completely kid-friendly and your child will be excited to see their name on the patient board when they arrive.” Eileen / ATLANTA

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Allen, Brandice, DDS, MDS Every Kid’s Dentist, Austell, Conyers and Sandy Springs Bates, Faith, DMD Pediatric Dentistry at Vinings, Smyrna Bogdasarova, Karina, DDS Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry, Roswell Cassinelli, Aimee, DMD Atlanta Pediatric Dental Specialists, Marietta Caswell, Charisse, DMD Little Peaches Pediatric Dentistry, Tyrone

Kwon, Samuel, DMD Kwon Pediatrics, Dacula Lee, Susan, DDS Children’s Dentistry, Atlanta Lott, Kaneta, DDS Family and Children’s Dentistry, Atlanta Rossitch, Mike, DDS Rossitch Pediatric Dentistry Schwartz, Aaron, DDS Schwartz Dentistry, Marietta

Murfree, Robert, DDS Big Creek Family Dentistry, Roswell

Christianson, Judy, DDS Brookhaven Children’s Dentistry, Brookhaven

Taylor, John, DMD Children’s Dentistry of Marietta and East Cobb, Marietta

Remaley, David, DDS Roswell Dental Care, Roswell

Dixit, Priya, DDS Children’s Dentistry of Atlanta, Atlanta

Turner, Jason, DDS Turner Pediatric Dentistry, Acworth

Shaeffer, Francis, DDS Blue Creek Dental, Decatur

Eaton, Jonathan, DDS Eaton Pediatric Dentistry, Decatur

Vishant, Nath, DMD Perimeter Pediatric Dentistry, Roswell

Shenk, Judd, DMD Shenk Dental Care Roswell

Garza, Carlos, DDS Floss Dentistry, Marietta

Weyrich, Thomas, DDS Gainesville

Sholota, Chris, DDS Cosmetic Dental Solutions, Johns Creek

Hassan, Zeyad, DMD A to Z Dentistry, Atlanta

Williamson, Anjali, DDS Children’s Dentistry of West Cobb, Kennesaw

Sparkman, Thomas K., DDS Dunwoody

Healey, Michael P., DDS, FAAPD Children’s Dental & Orthodontic Care of North Atlanta

Yoo, Jina, DDS Happy Children Pediatric Dentistry, Vinings

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Judy Christianson, DDS

Dr. Judy Christianson is “Creating Smiles One Child at a Time” at Brookhaven Children’s Dentistry. The office provides specialized and comprehensive care for children, teens and young adults in a state-of-the-art facility fully equipped with a movie theater and arcade room. We want to make dentistry fun by providing children with an environment that they’ll be excited about coming back to again and again. Our practice focuses on education and the prevention of dental disease. You can be assured that we will work hard to provide your family with child-friendly dental care in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Dr. Christianson is a board certified pediatric dentist practicing in the Atlanta area for more than 13 years. She received her dental degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2000, and completed her pediatric residency at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2002. Be sure to stop by our website or Facebook page ( BrookhavenChildrensDentistry) for more information. 1418 Dresden Dr, Suite 255 Atlanta 30319 Phone: (404) 719-4300

Mi Lee Kim, DDS

We are excited that Dr. Kim, a dentist in our Buford location was nominated. Dentistry for Children is a place where children can laugh while they learn, where it’s as comforting to parents as it is to patients, and where healthy comes with a big dose of happy. This is where smiles grow. Across our 20 metro-Atlanta locations we have even the tiniest teeth covered, from our specially trained pediatric dentists, all the way to general dentistry for teens. Pediatric Dentists go to school an extra 2-3 years to specialize in treating children; therefore, in addition to their knowledge and skill in pediatric dentistry, our doctors and staff know just how to keep kids smiling throughout their visit. The team uses child-friendly language to ease the nerves of a first timer or an anxious child - and of course - the power of prizes from our fantastic toy walls. Children also love the imaginative office décor and super fun play spaces – like our life size tree house in Roswell, or our Galactic Game Room in Douglasville. Parents are always welcome to accompany their children to the treatment area and to be active participants in their oral health care. The Dentistry for Children doctors can also help parents reinforce the importance of healthy dental care routines at home. At the end of the day, we believe that the experience at Dentistry for Children is about more than keeping teeth healthy – it’s about keeping children happy. 770-884-6532

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Brandice Allen, DDS, MDS

Dr. Brandice Allen is a board-certified Pediatric Dentist who finds great pleasure in providing the best care for patients in her hometown of Atlanta. As a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Allen understands the importance of taking an individual approach to providing the best care for each patient that she treats. “My practice philosophy is built upon my love for children. I want to increase their access to dental care, their knowledge of healthy smiles, and their comfort with dentistry as I provide them with a safe dental home. As an advocate for children and people living with special needs, it is my mission as a pediatric dentist to provide them with quality care by gaining their trust and confidence, with the hope of establishing a long-lasting relationship.” Dr. Allen provides patient care in Austell, Conyers and Sandy Springs at Every Kid’s Dentist.® The offices are designed specifically with children in mind in order to leave a lasting, positive memory of the dentist. Sandy Springs 2090 Dunwoody Club Dr (678) 245-4367

Austell 3999 Austell Rd (770) 948-2227

Conyers 2239 Hwy 20 SE (770) 998-5439

Jina Yoo, DDS



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At Happy Children Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Jina Yoo and her pediatric dental team have created an environment that is fun for children and comfortable for adults. Their goals are simple... to take the very best care of your children. Happy Children Pediatric Dentistry features a beautifully designed office that integrates all the latest modern technology, including a digital X-ray machine that exposes children to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. “This x-ray machine emits such a low dosage of radiation that it won’t require the child to use a heavy protective lead vest. The cool thing about the machine is that kids don’t have to bite on those uncomfortable hard tabs called bite wings,” said Dr. Yoo. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Yoo will deliver high-quality patient care for your children, in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. The office is conveniently located in Vinings, a half-mile south of Cumberland Mall area on Cobb Parkway. They are easily accessible from I-285 and I-75. Families from Vinings, Smyrna, Buckhead and greater Atlanta choose Happy Children Pediatric Dentistry for their children’s dental care. 4375 Cobb Pkwy., Suite110 Atlanta 30339 770-541-9131


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Your Dental Questions Answered Q: A:

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his first birthday.

Q: A:

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

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What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.

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Toothpaste: when should we begin using it and how much should we use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they erupt and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Once children are 3 to 6 years old, then the amount should be increased to a pea-size dollop and perform or assist your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.  

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Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of 3, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist. Source: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Michael P. Healey, DDS, FAAPD Dr. Michael Healey is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who has been dedicated to serving Atlanta families since 1981. He provides quality dental and orthodontic care in one location. Expect personalized pediatric care from Dr. Healey and his staff. Parents are able to accompany their children. Both interceptive and comprehensive orthodontic care are available. Children with special needs are welcome. Dr. Healey was awarded a Fellowship in The Academy of Dentistry International in 2014. For five years Dr. Healey was the President of the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Special Touch: Children and their families love the Carousel Parties held twice a year.

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arah Stetner is proudly raising two young techies. Her sons Gabriel, 3, and Isaiah, 6, are media mavens who know their way around an iPad  –  and almost every other device on the market. “Leapster, iPad, Wii, Xbox, computer, they do it all,” she says. The Stetners set media limits for “noneducational” media and TV shows but not for learningoriented video games and devices. “Those, they can play all they like,” says Stetner. Just how educational those devices are is the subject of debate. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no screen use for babies and toddlers and strict limits for older children, based on their claim that so-called “educational” video games and television shows have no proven learning benefits. But that claim is controversial  –  some experts insist that certain media can and do boost learning for young children. Elizabeth Vandewater, Ph.D., associate professor of health promotion and behavioral science at The University of Texas Health Science Center, led a study that showed slight vocabulary gains in infants exposed to a “Baby Wordsworth” languageoriented DVD. “The idea that media has no educational benefits is a common misconception,” she says.

Learning Debate As families snap up smartphones, tablets and educational techno-toys, the debate over their educational value is heating up. Many modern kids live in homes where media devices outnumber people  –  the average home has almost 10 screens, according to one study. Common Sense Media reports 40 percent of 2-to-4 year olds use smartphones, tablet computers or similar devices. Nearly half (44 percent) of preschoolers have a television in their bedroom. Younger tots see plenty of screens, too: the AAP reports that 90 percent of children younger than 2 use some form of electronic media daily. Cont’d on page 48

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One thing researchers and the AAP agree on: a child’s potential for technology-aided learning depends largely on age. For babies and toddlers, the AAP says educational programming and media devices don’t boost learning. That’s because most babies and toddlers lack the critical contextual knowledge that enables them to learn from a television program. For preschoolers, the hubbub about media overexposure isn’t because most media is harmful in and of itself, notes Sarah Roseberry, Ph.D., a researcher with the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at University of Washington. Instead, the concern centers on what kids miss out on when they’re parked in front of a screen. According to one study, kids lose 50 minutes of face-to-face interaction and 10 minutes of play for every hour they spend in front of a screen. “Right now, we’re concerned with displacement, and the idea that the screen time is replacing the type of face-to-face interactions that we know promote language development and other types of learning,” she says.

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Video games and other educational devices are not necessarily devoid of benefits, says Seeta Pai, managing director of education and research at Common Sense Media. “Some media may help young kids develop certain 21st century skills that aren’t available through other means,” says Pai. “But we’re talking about well-designed products used in the right circumstances with the right adults.” That means media that takes the place of parental interaction  –  or serves as a babysitter for busy parents  –  won’t have much learning value, no matter how great the content. Co-viewing and playing video games together allows parents to connect what’s happening on-screen to real life, providing the vital context that fuels learning, says Pai. “So after a trip to the

n  Think outside the box Don’t choose games based on the marketing content written on the box – look online for independent reviews or ratings to gauge a game’s learning value.


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zoo, you might play a computer game or use an iPad app about animals, and see if you can find animals that your child saw at the zoo.” Young kids need parents to help bridge the gap between the screen and real life, she says. Definitive answers on the educational value of media use for young kids may be years away, says Pai. In the meantime, Common Sense Media offers Learning Ratings, a program that offers “best for learning” ratings and reviews for video games and apps. The ratings (currently in BETA testing) are designed to help parents navigate the confusing world of kids’ media and help kids make better media choices, says Pai. For the Stetners, though, the lesson is clear: electronics can teach, but they can’t replace life experience. From learning basics like letters and numbers to life skills like coordination and sportsmanship, Stetner says video games and computers have made her kids smarter. But when the weather is nice, she sends the boys outside to race, wrestle, and tumble in real-life dirt and grass  –  an experience no computer game could ever replicate. c


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4 Ways to Teach Your Child to Enjoy School by Lara Krupicka

School day blues can be a tough issue to face with your child. You want them to look forward to the place where they spend the most time. Here are some tips for helping them learn to better appreciate school:

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Set an upbeat tone for the day before they leave the house. If getting out the door to school is a chore because your child is tired, try moving bedtime back a half hour. As adults we know how hard it can be to drag ourselves out of bed early. The same is true for kids. Accentuate the positive. Ask your child specific questions about what they liked about their day. It’s okay if they say “lunch” or “recess.” Use your investigative skills to learn what makes that appealing to them. Then pinpoint other occasions during the school day where they can enjoy those

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aspects. If it’s time with friends, help them recognize interactions they have within the classroom. School can be a downer for kids when they get overwhelmed by summative assessments like tests and overall class grades. As educational psychologist Carol Dweck points out in her book Mindset, kids learn better when they focus on the process and growth instead of outcomes.


With growth in mind, help your child set school-oriented goals. Ask “what do you hope you can do at the end of the school year that you can’t do now?” If one part of their day is more discouraging than another, consider focusing the growth goal in that area. Then revisit those goals periodically.   Focus on growing your child into a lifelong learner. In the process, they might see school in a different light.

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Groundhog Day Juggling Festival Yaarab Shrine Recreation Building Feb. 5-7. See website for schedule. See jugglers, unicyclists, hoopers and kendama, and enjoy live music, kids area and more. 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 770-889-8041. Free admission for spectators.



Atlanta Parent’s Camp EXPO Town Center Mall / Feb. 13. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. It’s never too early to think about summer camp! Visit Atlanta Parent’s second Camp Expo of 2016 to browse camp booths, chat with former campers, and meet with camp representatives from day and overnight camps throughout the Southeast. 400 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. NW, Kennesaw. 770-454-7599. Free.

Fancy Nancy the Musical Synchronicity Theatre / Feb. 19-Mar. 19. See website for show times. Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, can’t wait to star as mermaids in their school’s ballet production of Deep Sea Dances. See what shenanigans Fancy Nancy has up her sleeve. 1545 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-484-8636. Adults, $20; ages 2-12, $15; ages younger than 2, free; reserved seats, $30.

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New exhibits explore the mysteries of a Mayan temple, the objects that shaped Atlanta, the science of spinning, the exploration of trees and the sounds of music. TreeHouses: Look Who’s Living In The Trees ALREADY OPEN!

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Through May 7. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Last Sun. of the month, 1-5 p.m. Spend some quality time hanging out in the trees. Forest explorers of all ages can enjoy an indoor nature exhibit with hands-on ways to explore the important roles that trees play in providing homes for all sorts of wild things. Even discover some fictional tree dwellers,like Winnie the Pooh and the Ewoks of Star Wars. 770-904-3500. Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $10; ages 2 and younger, free.

Atlanta in 50 Objects

Atlanta History Center Through July 10. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5:30 p.m. Parents can take the opportunity to show the kids the past with objects from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech manuscript to Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck, see a collection that showcases 50 city-defining pieces that make Atlanta “Atlanta.” 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; ages 3 and younger, free.


Tellus Museum Through Sept. 5. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore the science and fun of objects that rotate through interactive exhibits and real-life examples. Learn how objects spin, why things spin at different speeds, and how we use spinning objects in our daily lives. 770-606-5700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free.

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta OPENING Through May 31. Mon., Tues., Thu. and Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m.; FEB. 6 Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Wed. Search for the priceless jade medallion, buried in the temple. The original team left behind valuable information in the archeology, biology and astromathematics field stations that they constructed. Student Archeologists must uncover the mystery of the dig site and find the priceless treasure. 404-659-5437. Admission, $14.95; younger than 1, free.

Wild Music

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Through July 31. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Explore sound and music in nature and in life through whimsical, hands-on activities. Compose and play songs, learn what birds are saying through their whistle, and experience nature through touch, sight and hearing. 404-929-6300. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free.

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Acrobats, Elephants and Clowns!

Prepare to be amazed – February in Atlanta means circus time. You’ll see incredible athletes and performers and animal acts you’ll be talking about for weeks! UniverSoul Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Xtreme

The Green Lot at Turner Field. Feb. 3-28 n  Cost: $18-$35; lap-sitters younger than 1, free.

Phillips Arena. Feb. 10-15 n  Cost: $22 and up.


or a rockin’ musical and theatrical circus experience, don’t miss this show. The high-flying acrobatic acts are accompanied by pop, R&B, hip hop, Latin, jazz and gospel music. This year, catch acts from all around the world – Extreme Motorcycle Daredevils from Colombia, an airborne Russia Swing Act, Banquin Human Trapeze and Teeterboard from Ethiopia, Bicycle Follies and Pagoda Bowls from China and much more. 521 Capitol Ave. Atlanta. 800-7453000.

Infinite Energy Center. Feb. 18-28 n  Cost: $15-$100.


o wild with exotic animals and performers. High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and more. 800-745-3000.

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Struggles and Strides: The Early Fight for Civil Rights

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Smith Plantation Barn Feb. 20. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Atlanta History Center Feb. 6. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Enjoy special activities, museum theater performances and guest lectures that explore the African-American experience from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement. 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 13-18, $13; ages 4-12, $11; younger than 4, free.

African American History Tours

Historic Oakland Cemetery Feb. 6. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 11. 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 23. 1:30 p.m. Take a tour of the cemetery with stops at the final resting place of some of Atlanta’s black history pioneers, including Carrie Steele Logan, founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for African-American children; William Finch, one of Atlanta’s first African-American city councilmen and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African-American mayor. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-688-2107, ext. 16. Free, limited space.

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February is Black History Month and there are plenty of events to celebrate the heritage and contributions of African-Americans. Here are four not to miss.

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See how the enslaved at Smith Plantation viewed the changes in their lives after being moved from coastal Georgia to the newly established mill town of Roswell. Living history interactions will be ongoing, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-641-3978. Free.

Black History Month Parade Underground Atlanta Feb. 27. Noon-5 p.m.

The parade is the largest celebration of Black History Month in Atlanta. See marching bands, entertainers, cars and more. The parade starts at the Martin Luther King Jr. historic site (450 Auburn Ave.) and ends at Woodruff Park. Free. 404-478-7820;

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Black History Month Events Story Time. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Join the Imaginators as they celebrate black history with Georgia authors R. Gregory Christie and Kathleen Bensons’ books. Mon.-Fri. noon (closed Wed.). Sat., noon and 2 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Admission, $14.95; younger than 1, free.

Jazz Time. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Join the Imaginators as they celebrate black history with song and dance to music from the past to present. Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m. (closed Wed.) and Sat.-Sun. 3 p.m. Through Feb. 28. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Admission, $14.95; younger than 1, free.

Family Story Time. Roswell Branch Library. Join Josie Bailey the storyteller for an interactive story time about historic figures and slave times. Feb. 1. 6:30 p.m. 115 Norcross St., Roswell. 770-640-3075. Free.

Roswell Roots. Roswell Visitor’s Center. Celebrate Roswell’s AfricanAmerican history and culture throughout the month of February with a series of events each day. Feb.1-28. Visit 770-641-3727. Prices vary per event.

Celebrate African-American History. Acworth Library. Enjoy stories, songs, a movie and craft for the whole family. Feb. 2. 6 p.m. 4569 Dallas St., Acworth. 770-917-5165. Free.

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Teen Jeopardy. South Cobb Regional Library. Test your knowledge of African-American History with this fun challenge. Feb. 6. 2:30-3:30 p.m. 805 Clay Rd., Mableton. 678-398-5828. Free.

Glimpses of Groveway: The Bailey Johnson State Championship Story. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The

legends of great African-American magicians. Feb. 6. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2051 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 678-398-5828. Free.

Groveway Players present a play based on all-black basketball team that brought home the 1964-1965 Georgia State Championship trophy to North Fulton’s only segregated public school for black students at the time. Feb. 7. 2 p.m. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-993-4245. Adults, $15; ages 12 and younger, $5.

Family Film Festival. West Cobb Regional Library. Enjoy films

Are you smarter than The Griot? Roswell Branch Library.

throughout the month honoring African-American Month. Feb. 6, Imagine That; Feb. 13, The Princess and the Frog; Feb., 20, The Karate Kid and Feb. 27, Annie. 3-6 p.m. 1750 Dennis Kemp Ln., Kennesaw. 770-528-4699. All ages, free.

All ages are welcome to test their knowledge of black history in this Q & A competition. See who can answer more questions than a traditional African griot, who was tasked with keeping the oral history of the village. Feb. 20. 2-5 p.m. 115 Norcross St., Roswell. 770-640-3075. Free.

Magical Heroes. East Marietta Library. Learn about the lives and

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The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Feb. 6-7. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate by making monkey ears, enjoying Chinese storytimes, a parade with “firecrackers”, see Once Upon a Time in China show by Piccadilly Puppets Company. Sing and dance along with a performance by Atlanta Chinese Dance Company and much more. See website for event schedule. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Admission, $14.95; younger than 1, free.

Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Feb. 13-14. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. 770-4514456. $5 per person; children under 3 1/2 feet, free. AtlantaChineseLunarNewYearFestival.

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Chinese New Year Celebration Atlanta Chinatown Mall Feb. 13-14. Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. See a live Chinese lion dancing performance! Enjoy calligraphy classes, fashion shows and more. Make sure to browse around and enjoy some great authentic Chinese foods and finds. 5383 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee. 770-458-6660. Admission, free. See website for schedule of events.

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EATING OUT Celebrate the Chinese New Year by tasting traditional Asian cuisine and learning about Chinese culture. Here are three places to enjoy. Canton Cooks 5984 Roswell Rd., Atlanta; 404-250-0515;

Canton Cook II 6690 Roswell Rd., Ste. 410, Sandy Springs; 404-255-8000; n  Hours: Mon. Tues. and Thurs., 11:30-12:30 a.m. Fri., 11-1 a.m. Sat., noon-1 a.m. Sun., noon-12:30 a.m. Closed Wed. n  Cost: $11-30 n  What you’re getting: Enjoy authentic Chinese food from noodles to duck.

Doc Chey’s Noodle House

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Orient Express

Grant Park and Morningside/Va-Highland; n  Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. n  Cost: $2-$10 n  What you’re getting: Enjoy a neighborhood favorite Asian noodle and stir-fry spot. With specials for the New Year running Feb. 8-22 with giveaways, free items, discount meals and more.

2921 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta; 770-438-9090; n  Hours: Mon.-Thurs. and Sun., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. n  Cost: $5-$48 n  What you’re getting: Located on railroad tracks, situated in a renovated train car, featuring three different rooms, each with its own distinctive atmosphere and cuisine: Chinese, Sushi and Hibachi.

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classes Mommy and Me Preschool Program. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Different activities each week. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. 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; 3 and younger, free.

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DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Fox Theatre FEB. 2-7. TUES.-THUR. 7:30 P.M., FRI. 8 P.M., SAT. 2 P.M. AND 8 P.M. AND SUN. 1 P.M. AND 6:30 P.M. Belle, Gaston, The Beast, Chip and more sing and dance in this classic love story based on Disney’s animated feature film. 660 Peachtree St. NE. Atlanta. 404-881-2100. Tickets, $30 and up.

Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to compliment the museum’s current exhibits. Ages 2-4. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400. Free with admission. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free. Toddler Time. Georgia Aquarium. Introduction to marine life, see costumed characters, story time, craft activities and a snack. Ages 0-3. Feb. 1. 10-11:30 a.m. 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Advance registration required. One adult/child pair, $16. Does not include Aquarium admission. Home Depot Kids Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety and make a craft. Feb. 6. 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5-12. Free. Mice Tours. Marietta Museum of History. Mascots Murray and Etta mouse introduce history through tours, storytime and crafts geared towards ages 3-5. Feb. 10. 10:30 a.m. 1 Depot St., Marietta. 770-794-5710. Reservations required. $5. Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program includes circle time, an activity and craft. Ages 1-4. Feb. 11. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-495-0253. $7 per child, one adult free, additional adult, $8. Build and Grow Clinics. Lowes. Clinics teach kids to build wooden crafts. Free apron, goggles and merit patch. Visit for times and locations. 800-445-6937. Pre-register. Free. Crafts at Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore Learning. Make a different craft each week. Every Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. Free. Drop-In and Draw. Gas-Art Gifts at North DeKalb Mall. Make a different project each week. Anytime between noon-3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur. 404-801-4926. $5. INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Enjoy different themed crafts each week. Check for schedule and times. $1 with museum admission. Mon.Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-536-1900. Mon.-Sat., $8; Sun., $6.

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Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Museum mascots Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle introduce history through stories, hands-on exhibits and crafts. Every second Wed. of the month. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Recommended for ages 2-5. Free. Donations encouraged. Saturday Morning Art Classes. Vinings School of Art. Drawing, painting or pottery classes. Supplies included. Ages 2-13. Every Sat. 10 and 11 a.m. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. 678-2134278. Pre-register. $15, siblings $12.

movies Wonders of the Arctic. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Enter the world of ice and snow, where polar bears live, huskies howl and narwhals dive through the waters. Through Feb. 11. See for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6400. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; ages 2 and younger, free. Wild Africa. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Travel from enchanted forests to the edge of the underworld, from ice-capped mountains and lava-spewing volcanoes. Through May. 19. See for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6400. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; ages 2 and younger, free.

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nature Wonders of Wildlife. Zoo Atlanta. Live animal show from birds of prey, reptiles and more. Sat. and Sun. through Feb. 14. 1:45-2:30 p.m. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. 404-624-5822. Tickets required $2 in addition to Zoo admission. Ages 12 and older, $22.99, ages 3-11, $17.99, ages 2 and younger, free. Winter Owl Prowl. Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center. Enjoy an evening of stories, songs and sounds of the park with a night hike and camp fire. Feb. 20. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Reservations required. 8615 Barnwell Rd., Johns Creek. 678-538-1200. Free. Weekends in the Naturalist Center. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Activities include animal encounters, science explorations and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-9296300. Activities included with price of admission. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; ages 2 and younger, free. Feeding Time. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join a naturalist for an in-depth look at one of the resident animals as the Wildlife Dept. feeds them. Every Tuesday and Saturday. 4 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; ages 2 and younger, free.

birdwatching Dunwoody Nature Center. Birding lessons for adults and children will cover species identification, observation and how to enter the tally on the bird count website. Feb. 12. 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Feb. 15. 10 a.m. and noon. Reservations required. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. Free.



Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Learn about birds through crafts, activities and count birds. Feb. 15. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $10; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Bring your binoculars and identify all kinds of birds in the garden. Enjoy a birdhouse picture scavenger hunt. Reservation required. Feb. 13. 10 a.m.-noon. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. 770-9190248. Adults, $7; ages 6-12, $5; ages 5 and younger, free.

Celebrate the special exhibit Wild Music with a day of performances, crafts, hands-on activities and much more. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; ages 2 and younger, free.

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Join Atlanta Audubon Society to celebrate and enjoy a guided bird walk. Binoculars available to borrow and take-home posters, coloring pages for kids and more. Feb. 13. 8:15 a.m. 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. 404-345-1008. Free.

special events 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.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Xtreme. This all new legends-themed show is packed with performances that include a Unicorn, a Pegasus and a Woolly Mammoth. Philips Arena. Feb. 10-15. Infinite Energy Center. Feb. 18-28. 800-745-3000. $20-$100.

Groundhog Day Juggling Festival. Yaarab Shrine Rec Building. See jugglers, unicyclists, hoopers, kendama, live music, kids area and more. Feb. 5-7. See for schedule. 400 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-584-8180. Free admission and festival participation extra.

Flying into the Future. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Enjoy a day that will introduce you to flight whether it’s a bird flying through the air, a plane gliding in the sky, or a rocket soaring to the moon. Feb. 21. Noon-4 p.m. 770-9922055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; ages 2 and younger, free.


Supercross. Georgia Dome. Motocross competition includes stunts, racing, and a Pit Party. Feb. 27. 6:30 p.m. 1 Georgia Dome Dr., Atlanta. 404-223-9200. $29-$150. The Atlanta Fair. Turner Field Gray Lot. Take a spin on the Ferris wheel or enjoy bumper cars, rides for young children, a fun house, games, corn dogs and funnel cakes. See live performances by local musical groups. Feb. 27-Apr. 2. See for hours. 655 Central Ave., Atlanta. 404-913-3247. Over 36 inches, $3-$8; under 36 inches, $1. Unlimited ride wristbands available on weekdays. Rides and games cost extra.

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Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre FEB.13-14. 2 P.M. Fall under the charms of Aurora and cheer on her prince when true love’s kiss breaks the wicked curse, presented by the Atlanta Ballet. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. Tickets, $10-$45. Vanilla Sunday. Atlanta Botanical Garden. A vanilla-themed education day offers cooking demonstrations, sensory experiences and vanilla ice cream sundaes. Feb. 28. 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 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. 6. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free. Tadpole Tales. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Preschoolers will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with an activity or song. Feb. 20 and 27. 11:30 a.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Free with admission. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. Storytime at Little Shop. Little Shop of Stories. Thurs. nights kids can come in pjs for milk and cookies. Tues. 11 a.m., Thurs. 7 p.m., and Sun. 3 p.m. 133 A East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-6300. Free. Children’s Storytime. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Storytimes are followed by dance and songs. Every Sat. 11 a.m. 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free. Wren’s Nest Storytelling. The Wren’s Nest. Ramblers host storytelling each Sat. 1 p.m. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404753-7735. Adults, $8; ages 4-12, $5; ages 4 and younger, free. Price includes storytelling.

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Valentine’s Day Events Daddy-Daughter Dance. George Pierce Park

Wee Readers: Be My Valentine.

Community Recreation Center. Valentine dance with light refreshments for dads and their daughters. Feb. 5. 7 p.m. 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee. 678-277-0910. Preregistration required. Ages 4 and older, $10 per person.

Kemp Memorial Library. Storytime with age appropriate books, songs, activities, a movie and a craft. Feb. 10. 11:15 a.m.noon. 4029 Due West Rd. NW, Marietta. 770-528-2527. Free.

Valentine Crafts at Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore Learning. Make a “Lots of Love Suncatcher” to share with the ones you love. Feb. 6. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-5783100. Free.

Mother-Son Dance. Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening of music, dancing, and light refreshments. Feb. 6. 6 p.m. 100 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-277-0890. Reservations required by Jan. 29. All ages, $8 per person.

Magic Monday. Atlanta History Center. Make valentines for your sweetheart, learn heartfelt love songs, and play games Feb. 8. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4110. Adults, $6.50; ages 5 and younger, $5.50.

Little Listeners: I Love Valentine’s Day. Mountain View Regional Library. Valentine’s-themed books, music, and finger play to introduce literacy and socialization. Feb. 9. 11-11:30 a.m. 3320 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. 770-509-4964. Ages 3-5. Free.

Happy Valentine’s Day Family Fun Time. East Cobb Library Branch. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with books, activities, a short film, and a craft for all ages. Feb. 10. 3:30 p.m. 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-509-2730. Free.

Daddy-Daughter Dance. Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center. Valentine’s dance includes music, dancing, games, snacks and a photo. Feb. 12. 6 p.m. 4651 Britt Rd., Norcross. 678-277-0860. Pre-registration required by Feb. 2. All ages, $11 per person.

Valentine’s Day Celebration. BabyLand General Hospital. Find your Valentine’s Day Family Sweetheart baby. There will be prize drawings, holiday craft, candy goody bags and costume character. Feb. 13. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 300 N.O.K. Dr., Cleveland. 706-865-2171. Free.

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Fancy Nancy the Musical. Synchronicity Theatre. Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, can’t wait to star as mermaids in their school’s ballet production of Deep Sea Dances. See what shenanigans Fancy Nancy has up her sleeve. Feb. 19-Mar. 19. See for show times. 1545 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-484-8636. Adults, $20; ages 2-12, $15; ages younger than 2, free. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Alliance Theatre. See the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Feb. 27-Mar. 20. See for show times. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4650. Tickets, $20-35. c



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