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It’s a complicated time in all our lives. Here are some ways to help you stay positive.

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Time at Home When we first began putting together Atlanta Parent’s April issue, I had no idea that things would change so much in a matter of weeks. Our Family Fun Guide was filled with all the great things happening throughout Atlanta. Now parents and kids are home together as we deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. We are getting used to the CDC recommendations of social distancing, more thorough hand washing and adjusting our usual routines to stay-at-home mindsets. We know these are stressful days. You now have to educate and entertain your kids almost 24/7. We at Atlanta Parent are here to help. We have expanded our digital reach with a daily email, more online stories and Facebook posts. We’re sharing everything from boredom busters to strategies for working from home. Many of your favorite places to visit now have great virtual experiences. See a puppet show courtesy of the Center for Puppetry Arts, do at-home activities with the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and many more. Our list of free online resources for kids is being updated regularly. Technology sure is our friend. In my neighborhood, I’ve spotted signs that say “everything’s going to be OK.” As parents, I think it’s important to convey a positive message to our kids. Neighbors are coming together to support one another from dropping off supplies to checking on elderly neighbors. Your kids can add a little joy to the neighborhood. Have them create colorful artwork and tape it to your doors or window. Imagine walking through a neighborhood and seeing all the household art – sure to bring a smile to faces. Also, families are bringing out the Christmas lights for a special glow at night. What a great way to send out a little cheer. You can depend on Atlanta Parent for ideas to help make a difficult situation a little better. We want to hear from you – please tell us what’s working for you and your family. We hope you are well and stay safe, as we forge through these uncertain times together.

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How to Keep Your Family Positive During the

Coronavirus Outbreak by Sandi Schwartz

Many of us are struggling as we adjust our lives during this COVID-19 scare. Our world is upside down and we don’t know how long this period of cancellations, social distancing and food runs will last. Like any serious event, we must process the emotions we are experiencing and try to find something positive in these challenging times. Psychology points to several ways that we can focus our energy in a more constructive way.

Here are 5 activities that you can do with your children to feel calmer and more optimistic:

Be Playful It is so hard to stop reading all the news stories right now, but we will all certainly feel better if we take a break to play and laugh with our children: dress up in goofy costumes, read a joke book, play a fun game like charades, watch a comedy on television, or sing silly songs. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughing improves our body and mind, and is one of the simplest tools we have for reducing stress and anxiety. When we laugh, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex of our brain is activated, resulting in the release of the feel-good hormones called endorphins. These chemicals create feelings of pleasure and satisfaction, and also relieve pain. In addition, the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopamine are lowered. Laughing also relaxes our muscles, which soothes tension from stress, and engages the limbic system, the part of the brain that manages our mood and emotions. Laughing offers a healthy distraction from negative emotions like anger and stress, giving us a more lighthearted perspective when faced with challenges. When you enjoy a good laugh with your kids, you create a happier, more positive atmosphere.

Get Creative

Art has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, so much so, that an entire discipline of art therapy has been developed. Art is a way of tapping into the right side of the brain where creativity, intuition, visualization, emotions and daydreaming stem from. Creativity distracts us from what is tormenting our minds, giving us a great way to focus on something more positive, productive and inspiring. When we are creative, we experience a sense of flow and become completely absorbed in what we are doing to the point of being in a near meditative state. When we are in a state of flow, we forget about all of our thoughts and lose track of time. Additionally, working with certain colors can boost our mood. 14 Atlanta Parent    April 2020

There are endless ways to share creative time with your children, such as:

n  Sing or play music together n  Write a story or poem n  Paint, draw or mold a sculpture n  Dance to some lively music n  Cook or bake together in the kitchen

Give Thanks When times are tough, that is when we really need to stop and express gratitude for the good in our lives. Dr. Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, encourages people to practice gratitude because it has been proven to make us feel more optimistic, and helps us cope with stress more effectively and recover more quickly from traumatic situations. Focusing on the positive in our lives boosts our body, mind and spirit. It gives us energy, inspires us, transforms us and helps us think about life as a gift. Spend some time with your children these next few weeks pointing out the parts of life you are grateful for. There are many creative ways to

encourage your children to express gratitude, such as by keeping a gratitude journal or adding a gratitude moment or prayer to their bedtime routine.


Exercise is so critical to calming our bodies and minds. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, aerobic exercise is a vital tool for reducing stress. It decreases overall levels of tension, elevates and stabilizes mood, improves sleep, and lifts self-esteem. Even just five minutes of physical activity can help relax us. This happens because exercise produces endorphins, the chemicals in our brain that act as natural painkillers and make us feel happier and less anxious. During stressful times, look for ways to be active with your children such as going on a family hike or bike ride; playing catch in your backyard; swimming; or playing fun games like hopscotch, jumping rope, tag or freeze dance.

Help Others

All the experts tell us that one of the best things you can do when you feel down is to help someone else. When we make

others happy, we experience an amazing biological phenomenon called a helper’s high. According to Psychology Today, the helper’s high is a literal “high,” similar to a druginduced high. Doing good deeds triggers the reward center in our brain that is responsible for releasing endorphins that make us feel elated and excited naturally. One way that my family will create

positive energy is by reaching out to those who need help during this crisis. Here are some ideas:

n  Write letters to the elderly in assisted living facilities to cheer them up. n  Send thank you notes to health care workers and first responders. n  Call friends and neighbors to ask if they need anything like groceries. n  Reach out to loved ones through phone calls and online to stay in touch and lift each other’s spirits. You can play games or read books together using your screens. n  Make donations as a family to charitable organizations on the front lines of fighting this disease.

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Suddenly, You’re Working at Home with Kids

10 Tips from a Mom Who’s Been There by Janeen Lewis

When my children were small, I was a freelance writer and homeschooling mom. When they were older, I went back to teaching and they went to school. Now that we’re on an indefinite hiatus, it feels like slipping into a familiar pair of worn jeans. But what about parents who didn’t sign up for child care duty and homeschooling? How do they keep sane in uncharted waters? Here’s some wisdom I gleaned from my stint as a work-from-home parent. 16 Atlanta Parent    April 2020

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Designate a quiet work zone. Once you envision your work space, it will help you fill in the blanks. Create a work area with access to electronics and a door you can shut so you can concentrate for a specified, uninterrupted amount of time while your spouse is in charge or kids are napping. This space is for work that needs your most focused attention. Do not feel guilty about shutting the door. These are unprecedented times. A tip for parents of babies through five-year-olds: You’re an exception to the closed door. Your children may have to play next to your desk. Still, keep a designated quiet zone for those times when you can work alone.

Move around with a laptop desk. Purchase a lap desk online and have it delivered. This has been crucial in allowing me to work in any room in the house. When my kids were little I answered emails, made work to-do lists, researched on the web and jotted notes while they played on the living room floor or watched “Sesame Street.” I wrote on my laptop at the kitchen table while they ate. A tip for parents of tweens and teens: You may still need a mobile work system because they may need the office or community living space to do school work.

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Plan realistic schedules. Make a schedule that is different than it would’ve been two weeks ago. If you’ve limited screen time in the past, give more now. Make time for reading, academics, physical exercise, unstructured play and chores. Don’t introduce any activity that you can’t live with indefinitely or that is too rowdy while you work. Give the schedule time. Kids are suckers for routine.

Work at Weird Hours Get up as early as you can, but tiptoe because, no lie, kids hear every creak and cough and they will get up with you at 5 a.m.! Stay up late if you’re a night owl. If your spouse can care for kids in the afternoon, make those your new office hours. When I’ve done this, it allowed me to separate work time and kid time, and they got to have all of me instead of me on a computer.

Create busy bags or boxes. Every evening make sure your children have bags or boxes with items to keep them busy the next day. Include books, coloring books, crayons, markers, colored pencils, worksheets, educational games, arts and crafts. Include kids in choosing, so they have lots of items they’re interested in.

Pull out that old fridge box. Grab empty Amazon boxes, or if you saved that refrigerator box, now’s the time to reveal it to your kids. When my son Andrew was 6 and my daughter Gracie was 3, they built an elaborate “cave” system from old moving boxes in our den. It kept them busy for hours, and I got lots of work done.

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Reward them. If your kids let you work for a specified amount of time during the week, reward them with a special activity like a game night or cooking or baking lesson.

Admit you need help. There is no shame in saying “I can’t do this alone.” But how can you get help with social distancing? Why not let a relative or friend FaceTime with your kids for chunks of time while you work? It might be the next best thing to an inperson nanny.

Be kind to yourself. At some point everything will derail while you’re on an important conference call. Keep doing the best you can. That’s all you can do.

Embrace the positive. None of us were expecting to work and parent at home indefinitely, but there is a bright side. I’m getting to enjoy more time with my kids. My 13-year-old and I played a kiddie board game yesterday and laughed the entire time. Treat this time as an unexpected gift and make memories.

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Simple Ways to Infuse Each Day with Learning by Rebecca Hastings

Teaching your child how to do double digit addition or about World War II is important. But those are limited skills and facts. Teaching your child to love learning offers them a lifetime of discovery, far outside the classroom.

Here are some easy ways to foster a love of learning. n  Read to Them Reading not only has physical and emotional benefits, there is concrete evidence that it helps brain development and academic growth. With so much possibility, reading is the perfect way to help kids fall in love with learning.

n  Let Them See You Read While reading to your children has many benefits, letting them see you read shows kids that reading is forever. It’s not just for babies. It’s not just for school. Read in front of them (and Facebook doesn’t count).

n  Get Outdoors You don’t have to stay quarantined at home. Time outside provides opportunities for fine and gross motor development, risk-taking, and exploring, all of which prove beneficial to learning. There is also a direct correlation between time outside and reduction of stress, confidence building and exposure to different stimulation.

n  Sing, Play and Listen to Music The brain benefits of music are numerous. Plus, music has the ability to bring joy, relaxation and express ideas.

n  Relax True learning goes far beyond grades in a classroom. Show them you believe that.

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n  Embrace What They Love Give kids the opportunity to explore the things they love. If your child is into trains right now: find books about trains, build a train, draw a train, watch trains at the train station. Allow your child to guide their learning through their passions.

n  Talk About Learning Let them know when you discover something new. “Wow, I never knew that popcorn could burn so quickly. I wonder why.” Kids need to see that we are always learning, even in the ordinary.

n  Ask Questions I know, as a parent, it feels like all we do is answer questions. So start asking. “How did that bird know I just put birdseed out?” or “Why are there police officers guarding the construction workers?” Questions are the foundation of learning.

n  Give Them Money An allowance will help them understand how money works and is real life learning. And if you use plastic for all your payments, talk about how that works too.

n  Wonder Encourage them to think freely about things, without boundaries. Some of the best ideas started with wild wondering!

n  Play Giving kids the opportunity to play with no agenda allows them to be better thinkers.

n  Ask Random Math Questions Math facts are foundational for good mental math, but kids don’t always want more schoolwork. Make math facts fun by asking them when you’re doing something else like driving, hiking, making dinner. Make it easy, fun and short!

n  Keep Reading Picture Books Even as kids get older, picture books can provide unique opportunities for learning. Increased connection with the text, vocabulary and a more sensory approach to reading helps the experience be enjoyable and beneficial.

n  Go Places Virtually Visit the sea or a mountain. Check out virtual tours of art museums or historical houses. Experiences make learning part of life and create schema, a personal framework for learning.

n  Create Giving kids the chance to create through art, music, science or any imaginative play helps them develop better thinking skills that translate far outside the classroom.

n  Enlist Help Helping with adult tasks gives kids new skills and shows them the need to learn throughout life. Cooking, taking pictures, changing the oil or doing laundry all show kids that there is always something new they can do.

n  Did I Mention Read? It’s one of the simplest things you can do with endless possibilities. Read to learn, for fun and for life.

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20 Boredom Busters

n  Make a snack. Try instant

pudding, chips and dip, or celery with peanut butter. Remember to clean up!

n  Write and perform a play based on a book you’re reading.

n  Make sock puppets. Put on a play with your newly created characters.

Blast the I’m Bored Blues in a fun way. Fill a “boredom buster” jar with fun ideas. Selecting a project can be a quick diversion for any child. Just make sure you have all the supplies needed. n  Celebrate “Backwards Day.” Eat, wear and say everything backwards! (Until it gets too hard, at least).

n  Make sugar cookies. Make creative faces out of frosting.

n  Make placemats out of construction paper. Decorate with pictures of food you hate!

n  Start a scrapbook. Fill pages

with old art projects, pictures and school awards.

n  Project your shadow on the wall. Have someone trace it. Then cut it out and glue onto black paper for a unique piece of silhouette art.

n  Write a family newsletter

to send to relatives who live out of state.

n  Make a treasure hunt. Use

plastic Easter eggs, Legos, anything easy to spot will work. The creator can draw a treasure map to lead pirates to the treasure.

n  Take a bubble bath! n  Eat saltine crackers, then

hold a whistling contest immediately after.

n  Gather unused toys and clothing for a donation center.

n  Make your own word search

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n  Have a “Princess Night.”

Watch a princess movie (“Cinderella,” “Princess and the Frog,” “Snow White,” etc.). Host a tea party and dress up while you watch the movie!

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n  Play “spot the difference.” Have someone study how you look for a few minutes. Then go in the other room and make a small adjustment (take out an earring, put in a bobby pin, etc.). See if they can spot the difference.

n  Make and name pet rocks. You’ll need paint, glue and some googly eyes.

n  Play musical chairs.

Just be sure to clear breakables out of the room!

n  Hold a bubble gum blowing contest. Biggest bubble wins! Don’t forget to take pictures.

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5O Ways to Celebrate

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970. For the 50th anniversary, here are 50 ideas to help you go green and protect the earth 365 days a year.

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House Hacks


Non-toxic cleaning supplies are widely available but can be costly. Instead, do it yourself. You can make your own products with essential oils, baking soda, castile soap, vinegar and more. Find instructions online.


Try a shampoo bar instead of a liquid shampoo for less plastic packaging.


Check the personal and environmental safety of items you use every day from skincare to cleaning products at


In your bathroom, put a can next to your trash can for recyclable materials – like toilet paper rolls – so you’ll recycle them instead of throwing them away.


Plant a tree in your backyard. See instructions at Donate or volunteer with Trees Atlanta, which is committed to replacing trees lost to development and protecting green space areas in metro Atlanta. They also offer Family Fun activities. See more at


Buy large-sized products or in bulk to reduce plastic packaging.


Beware of greenwashing, when a product is marketed as environmentally friendly but actually isn’t. Look for products with established, thirdparty emblems like Fair Trade Certified, Ecocert, Energy Star and others. Learn more with Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides.


Listen to these podcasts for inspiration on green living: The Minimalists, Conscious Chatter, Low Tox Life and The Green Divas.


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Houseplants that are easy to take care of, like English ivy, mother-in-law’s tongue, mums and other plants, can naturally help remove indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene.


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Start composting your food scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, paper towels, newspapers and other materials to turn them into soil for your yard. Learn how to compost with Georgia Recycling Coalition.



Stop preheating your oven, unless you’re baking bread or pastries.



Shop local farmers markets for fresh produce or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Find one at

Properly dispose of batteries. Most single-use batteries can be recycled, although a fee may apply. Where you can, switch to rechargeable batteries, which can also be recycled.


Do not put your recyclables in a plastic bag. Put them loose into the recycling bin.


Match your pots and pans to the burner. A sixinch pan on an eight-inch electric burner will waste more than 40% of the heat produced, and food will take longer to cook.


Cooking your own meals cuts back on the waste produced by takeout bags, containers and plastic cutlery when you order from a restaurant.


Americans waste 422 grams of food per person daily, which is almost a pound of food. Reduce waste by planning your meals, buying what you realistically need and take leftovers for lunch.

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Take hard to recycle items to CHaRM’s permanent or pop-up locations. The group will take electronics, glass, home goods, light bulbs and more. For a full list of items as well as material processing fees, go to charm. Find recycling solutions near you at

Don’t forget to recycle paper. Paper makes up about 28% of solid trash in landfills. By recycling one ton, it saves about 7,000 gallons of water during manufacturing. Buy more products made from recycled materials. Look for these labels: recycled content, post-consumer and pre-consumer. Find a directory at, and the EPA has a Buy-Recycled Series by products.



Add reusable wool dryer balls to your laundry instead of single-use dryer sheets.

Switch to microfiber cloths or reusable towels to clean up messes instead of paper towels.


Use reusable silicone bags when packing lunch instead of plastic bags.

Stop using single-use water bottles. Buy a reusable water bottle, and it’ll keep your water cold longer, too!


Store food with reusable beeswax wrap instead of cling wrap.


Take your make-up off with a cleanser and a reusable cloth instead of a single-use wipe.


Bring your own reusable bags and leave a few in your car, so they’re easy to grab when you need them.

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Buy pre-owned clothing. Shop local thrift stores or check out online sites like Depop and ThredUP to find items that are new to you.

Appreciate Nature



Participate in the City Nature Challenge, as cities around the world compete to see who can make the most nature observations, find the most species and engage the most people. Visit to download the app and share your observations. Spend time in nature. Head to a wide, open green space to explore.

guided nature hikes, programs about geology, hydrology 36 Enjoy and biology and earth-based recreation programs with the state parks’ D.I.R.T. See a full list of events at

the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences to learn more 37 Visit about sustainable watersheds. The Center has trails, wetlands, rivers, ponds, woods and an outdoor classroom. on a stewardship trip with the Georgia Conservancy. 38 Go Go hiking, paddling, camping or on a service trip to celebrate conservation and the diversity of Georgia – from our riverbanks to our mountains to our saltwater-marsh and barrier islands. Find out more at Atlanta Audubon Society for education and to support 39 Join conservation and advocacy efforts protecting Georgia’s birds and their habitats. Start birdwatching in your own backyard by visiting for activities.

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46 Appliances

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Lower your home’s energy use. You can purchase a home energy monitor to find which appliances are using the most electricity.


Light emitting diodes (LEDs) use 25%-80% less energy and can last 3-25 times longer than compact fluorescent lamps. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Turn off your monitor if you aren’t going to use your computer for more than 20 minutes, and turn off both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your computer for more than two hours. When you upgrade to the latest cell phone, recycle your old one. To be safe, factory reset the device so all your data is removed, and if you can, remove the battery before recycling the phone.


Unplug electronics and chargers when not in use.

In the summer, use fans instead of turning up the air conditioning unit. Turn off fans when you leave the room. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re home and need cooling.


Buying a new computer? Laptops are often more energy-efficient, as they can run off battery power, unlike desktop computers which are always plugged in.

In the winter, wear layers instead of turning up the heat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and setting it lower when you’re asleep or away from home.


Plug your devices into a UL-certified power strip and switch it off for the night to prevent phantom electrical draw.

Use the dishwasher or washing machine only for full loads.




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Diagnosis: Nature-Deficit Disorder


ichard Louv, a journalist and author, has published multiple books on nature and its importance in children’s development. He coined the term “nature deficit-disorder,” and in 2005, published “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.” His most recent work, “Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives – and Save Theirs” examines the human-animal relationship. Despite Atlanta being a huge city, we are lucky to have a lot of green space to enjoy. Here are some of Louv’s tips for how to get outdoors: n  Balance your time indoors

with time spent outdoors.

“I’m not anti-technology. I believe in a formula: the more high tech our lives become, the more nature we need. This will help us keep ahead of the time we spend on technology, and we have to increase our exposure to the natural world to compensate for the bad influences of technology.” Cont’d on next page

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Diagnosis: Nature-Deficit Disorder n  Reimagine your description

of nature and be generous with what it means.

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“Nature is both plants and animals. Wild animals, particularly birds, are just about everywhere. Even in the densest neighborhoods, you can find nature.”

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Be courageous and explore new places. “Nature is larger than us. We experience awe when we get out of our comfort zone.”

n  Set the example of being a

nature lover for your kids.

“Even when parents are afraid, that doesn’t mean kids will be. We don’t have to be perfect to be parents. We don’t have to know the name of every plant or every bird to appreciate plants or birds. We don’t have to be totally comfortable in nature to set an example for our kids and their exploration and awe of nature.”

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Since 1970, North America has lost about 3 billion birds, according to a study in “Science.” “We need to give back to the birds what they’ve given to us, or we will continue to lose them, and then, who will be left to sing to us? Wild animals give us a sense of not being alone in the world, a sense of awe and wonder and biodiversity that supports the longevity of our species. We need to recognize that and give back, and in the giving, we gain a great deal too.”

n  Take the time to learn new

skills as a family.

“Find people who will teach you how to connect your family to nature.” Children & Nature Network, of which Louv is co-founder and chair emeritus, offers free toolkits for parents on how to get started exploring the outdoors.

n  Involve other families.

“Create family nature clubs – multiple families that ban together to create a pool of people to explore nature with. It increases the chances that you’ll actually follow through on taking your kids outdoors. Also, put it on the calendar. You put soccer on the calendar, why not put nature?” –  Emily Webb

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Register your young artist for week-long art camps at the High! Camp sessions for rising first through eighth graders. Campers will explore the museum collections, experiment with a multitude of artistic media, create art projects in our themed workshops, and make new friends!

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Ways to Introduce Bird Watching to Kids by Sara Barry

Get to know the birds in your backyard or around your neighborhood with these ideas. n  Getting Started

n  Watch from Afar

Begin noticing birds wherever you are. Name the ones you know and use a small notebook to track the birds you see. Encourage your kids to draw pictures or take notes about birds. The best time for bird sighting is usually early morning or late afternoon.

If your backyard isn’t teeming with birds or if you’re curious about specific birds, perhaps ones not native to your area, check out the web. Bird cams are a great way to get close ups on birds. Check out Avibase – The World Bird Database for a list of web cams all over the world.

n  Look and Listen to Identify Birds Pay attention to the details (color, shape, beak, etc.) that will help you figure out what kind of bird it is. In Georgia, common birds you might see are Carolina wren, Georgia bluebird, song sparrows, thrushes, cardinals, blue jays and the state bird of Georgia, the Brown Thrasher, according to the Atlanta Audubon Society.

n  Use Your Ears Experienced birders can identify birds by sound as well as sight. You can listen to the calls of various birds at All About, an online bird guide from Cornell University.

n  Feed Birds If you want to see a lot of birds, try feeding them. Buy a bird feeder, build your own from scratch or a kit, or make simple ones from materials you have on hand. A suet feeder is inexpensive, $6-$7, and blocks of suet (buy the hot pepper variety to keeps squirrels away) cost $2-$3 a piece. The National Audubon Society suggests this simple bird feeder: Mix peanut butter with cornmeal and spread on a large pinecone.

n  Need Binoculars? Binoculars are essential for detailed views of birds. Volunteers for the Audubon Society tested and ranked current models so you don’t have to. To get younger kids excited about bird-spotting, buy inexpensive kid-sized binoculars. Some recommended brands: Discovery Binoculars; Learning Resources Primary Science Binoculars and Celestron UpClose G2 Roof Binoculars.

n  Field Guides Younger Kids: “About Birds: A Guide for Children” by Cathryn Sill and John Sill; “Birds, Nests, and Eggs (Take Along Guide)” by Mel Boring. Older Kids: “Backyard Birds by Jonathan Latimer, Karen Stray Nolting, and Roger Tory Peterson; Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Birds (Eastern and Western regions), by Donald and Lillian Stokes.

n  Make Birds Feel at Home The home you offer should be made of untreated wood, be appropriately sized (an entrance hole that is too small keeps out the birds you hope to attract, while one too large lets in aggressive birds and predators), have ventilation and include a baffle to keep away predators.

n  Get to Know the Brown Thrasher The thrasher became Georgia’s official state bird in 1970, designated by the Legislature at the suggestion of the Garden Clubs of Georgia. The bird gets its name from its brownish-red color and the sound it makes as it searches for insects and nuts. The brown thrasher sings a wide repertory of songs, more than 1,100, one of the largest of any North American bird, and it sometimes mimics other birds. Can you name the official Georgia state game bird? Now you can: The Bobwhite Quail.

n  Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly Plant native plants, like American Holly, Azaleas and Redbuds, to attract birds, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Don’t forget water, as birds need this resource year round. Don’t use a lot of pesticides, as a bird-friendly garden is also bug-friendly. If you’re hoping to attract birds with a feeder, keep your pet cats inside.

n  Join the Club Become a member of Atlanta Audubon Society and support conservation, education and advocacy efforts. Check out their digital resources and activities for kids to help them learn more about bird watching.

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DIG THIS! by Janeen Lewis

Gardening is a great way to get children to get outside away from phones, TV and video games. However, recent research shows that there are other reasons to dig in the dirt. The benefits range from making kids smarter to making them healthier. Here are 10 great reasons to get kids gardening: Kids who garden score higher on science tests. Gardening is full of science. Children learn about plant classification, weather, soil, plant pests and disease. They are introduced to botany in a natural, hands-on way, and recent research shows that students who had gardening experiences as part of their school curriculum did better on standardized science tests than students who were not exposed to gardening in school. If they grow it, they will eat it. As a teacher, I’ve taught STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and have served as a Junior Master Garden club leader. In these roles I witnessed the “if they grow it, they will eat it” phenomenon. Students love to dig up what they have grown, and then curiosity gets the better of them – they want to taste it. 30 Atlanta Parent    April 2020

Master Gardener Beth Tovi volunteered to mentor students in the garden for eight years at the elementary school where she served as a media specialist. She sees the nutritional and health benefits children gain from gardening. “With the growing concerns about obesity, diabetes, and even high blood pressure in children, gardening gets them physically active and outdoors. And children will eat anything they grow – even if it’s green.” Digging in the dirt can make kids healthier. Several studies show that children who were raised on farms don’t have as many respiratory allergies, asthma or autoimmune disorders as children who were raised in urban areas because children who live on farms are exposed to more microbes and fungi in the dirt. Letting children get outside and get in the dirt may actually make them healthier than keeping them tidy, clean and inside.

Gardening strengthens emotional and interpersonal skills. Children who garden learn responsibility, patience, perseverance and how to deal with disappointment if the garden doesn’t grow the way they expected. How do they collaborate with other siblings, friends or school mates to get the garden work done? These are character-building skills that research shows children reap in the garden. I witnessed this one year at a school garden when we had a drought. Watering the plants and trying to keep them healthy was an arduous task, and the students and I learned about perseverance and team work. Gardening connects children with nature. When children garden, they gain ownership in what they are cultivating. I have seen my own children grow “attached” to the plants in the containers on our patio garden. As children become more knowledgeable about all the living things in the garden, they are less likely to be afraid of touching the plants, getting soil on their hands or being near bugs. They are no longer afraid of the unknown when they become familiar with what is in the garden.

GARDENING INVOLVES STRETCHING, BENDING, DIGGING, LIFTING, PULLING AND RAKING. GROSS AND FINE MOTOR SKILLS ARE USED, AND EVEN THE YOUNGEST GARDENER WITH SIMPLE TASKS GETS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Gardening helps relieve stress for the whole family. A garden can be therapeutic. Not that your fourth grader is battling traffic, raising children and feeling the demands of a pressure-ridden job, but even kids can feel stress, and the garden is good for eliminating it. In fact, a study in the Netherlands showed that after 30 minutes of gardening, subjects who had shown stress before they gardened had a “fully restored” positive mood. And if the adults in the family are feeling stressed, and they garden with their children, it can help the whole family feel more harmonious. Gardening teaches kids to problemsolve. “When they garden, children learn problem-solving skills,” Tovi says. “They say ‘This trellis doesn’t work very well. How can we make one that will better support this kind of plant?’” In a garden, children ask questions like “What is eating this plant?” or “Is this tree dying?” Once children become absorbed in solving the problems in a garden, they want to research to find the best answers. “They become sleuths, starting in the garden and heading into the computers,” Tovi says. Gardening is a good workout. Gardening is good physical labor involving muscles that don’t always get a workout. Even the most seasoned gym-goer may admit to being sore the day after working in a garden. Gardening involves stretching, bending, digging, lifting, pulling and raking. Gross and fine motor skills are used, and even the youngest gardener with simple tasks gets physical activity. Gardening helps children become environmental stewards. When children start reaping the food and flowers that come from a garden, they realize a garden’s impact on them and their impact on the garden. Once they have this tangible experience, it is much easier to teach them to care for the environment. Gardening can lead to a longer life. Studies show that adults who garden in their later years live longer. Instead of living a sedentary life, gardeners get off the couch and are active in nature. Teaching children good habits when they are young will make them more likely to follow them through life.

CREATIVE THEME GARDENS TO GROW WITH KIDS These interesting themes are a great way inspire children to garden. n  Pizza Garden Grow all the herbs to add to a pizza. For an extra touch, make the garden round like a pizza. n  Fairy Garden This garden includes both plants and miniature structures and is a great place for your child’s imagination to grow. n  Pollinator Garden Build a garden that attracts butterflies, bees, birds, bats and other insects and animals that will help pollinate plants. Try planting milkweed, zinnias and snapdragons. n  Art Garden Grow flowers and plants that can be used to make art, or grow a garden of plants for kids to sketch. n  Salsa Garden Grow tomatoes, peppers, and onions to make a delicious salsa.

n  Herb Garden Herb gardens are a great way to foray into the world of gardening. They can be grown inside or outside and include plants such as basil, oregano, sage, thyme, parsley and many more. n  Peter Rabbit Garden Grow the vegetables found in Mr. McGregor’s garden. The great thing about this garden is that you can grow some of the vegetables – carrots, lettuce, radishes and cabbage – in cool weather, so you could continue to garden into fall. n  Wildflower Garden Visit a nature preserve to discover the native wildflower plants in your area. Then build a garden with those flowers. n  Three Sisters Garden Teach children about plants that grow well together, like corn, beans, and squash by cultivating the three in one mound.

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Summer Camps

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is for Camping Everything you need to know about the camp experience, from A to Z.



Age. Day camps may split campers into different

age groups, or they may group the campers together, especially if they’re focused on an activity. Which experience will be better for your child? Some overnight camps will take children as young as 6, but are they ready to go? Your child should have had successful overnight visits with family and friends and should be able to take care of his hygiene.

Bags. For overnight camps, kids may need duffels or

bags that specifically fit into an assigned space or fulfill a certain task, like laundry! Day camps may provide lunch, or you may want to pack one for your child in his bag.

Costs. Overnight camps are more affordable than you


might think. Many camps offer discounts for more than one child and some scholarships are available for lowincome families. Day camps, especially those run by local Parks and Recreation, are an affordable option for helping your child obtain the camp experience.

Distance. With both day and overnight, how far the


camp is from your home is an important consideration. Do you want to be able to drive there within two hours? Does your older child want the independence of being 1,000 miles away? Metro Atlanta offers a lot of different camp options. Are you willing to drive a distance for a certain camp, or is there a similar experience closer to home?

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

Friends. Should your first-time camper go

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

General or Specialty. Does the

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

Homesickness. It’s the No. 1 concern

of the parents of first-time overnight campers, but most kids are just fine. They’re too busy with new friends and activities to notice (though many parents experience separation anxiety).


Interests. Make sure the camp’s activities

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

Joke books. Jokes, Mad Libs and small games

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

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

Letters. Overnight camps encourage parents

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

Mini Sessions. Unsure if your child is ready for weeks away? Some overnight camps offer short sessions for a taste of the experience. Younger kids may be better prepared for a half-day camp, rather than a full-day experience.

Nutrition. Find out what meals are offered and what options are available for picky eaters, and with a day camp, does it offer meals or snacks? Or do you bring your own?

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

Packing. Most overnight camps offer a

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


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Qualifications. Is the overnight camp

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

Research. Use Atlanta Parent Magazine’s online camp guides, April and May issues and Camp Expo to explore camp options. Check websites, ask family and friends, and talk with former campers.

Special Needs Camps. The camp

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

Things to Do. What activities and

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

Urban or Rustic. What is the physical

setting for the camp? Will campers be in tents or cabins, or housed in a university dorm for technology camp? How many campers will share the space? Is the day camp in an area your child knows, and will she have the option to explore or go on field trips?

Vacation. Check the schedules of your top choice for camp before you plan your family’s annual getaway. Some programs are only offered once a summer, and day camps may last anywhere from a few days to three weeks.

Water. Hydration is key,

so make sure your child knows they have to keep drinking throughout the day and not just at mealtime. Make sure to send a water bottle.

Xtra. Double up on

necessities when packing for overnight camp – extra underwear, socks, shoes, bug spray and glasses.

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

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

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CAMP ADVENTURE is calling all kids from 5-12 years to explore the fun-fitness program. It’s designed to offer amazing attractions throughout the park for high energy play. The fun doesn’t stop there! Each day offers a new theme and different activities that will keep kids begging to come back. On the final day, come watch as the kids showcase their new found physical skills, introduce new friends and bring home some awesome artwork.


Get an academic boost this summer, while also gaining self-esteem, confidence and social skills. Receive academic tutoring in small groups in the areas of math, reading and written expression. Multisensory techniques are individualized for each student’s needs. Campers will explore the wooded campus of The Bedford School, and participate in recreational activities on the Challenge Course, the soccer field, the gym and the outdoor pool. Two-to-four week sessions for grades 1-9. June 15-26 and June 29-July 12.

Spotlight on DAY CAMPS CIRCUS CAMP | Six Locations All skill levels are welcome! Ages 5 to teens. INTERACTIVE: Your children participate in real circus activities – Trapeze, tightrope, juggling, magic, even throw a pie in a clowns face! ENTERTAINING: Everyday there’s a live show by circus professionals to entertain and inspire your children. PERFORMANCE: Campers choose what they want to perform and work together to create their own live circus show… and you’re invited! June 1-July 31.

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CLUB SCIKIDZ SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CAMPS 678-294-9504 | | 7 metro Atlanta locations

Club SciKidz offers, exciting camps in science and technology children and teen’s ages 4-15. For 18 years, Club SciKidz has been providing an opportunity for young people to see how science works in the real world. Every child is a scientist at Club SciKidz. Children create of a multitude of take-away projects in each camp. The goal is for kids to have fun and get excited about science. Camp days are Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Pre and Post camp hours are available.

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Themed camps for grades K-5 in Decatur, Dunwoody, Little 5 Points and Brookhaven. Camps focus on musical styles, genres or instruments to ensure the camper’s genuine interests will be met. Summer Performance Workshops for grades 6-8 and 9-12 include classical, jazz, rock, country, folk, and/or hip hop music played with peers and professional faculty. Workshops include private lessons, group classes and rehearsals, which culminate in Student Showcase performances at Atlanta Music High School.


404-537-1382 | Led by some of Atlanta’s finest musicians and teaching artists, Eclectic Music camps are routinely a top pick for Atlanta Parent families. Kids, from pre-k to rising grade six, get creative playing new instruments, singing, dancing, and diving into the world of music with activities like producing their own music festival or creating their own variety show. One of Atlanta’s most creative, fun, and nurturing camp programs, Eclectic Music camps are top-notch, year after year.


770-864-3316 | Unlock your child’s talent this summer at Drama Camp! Ages 4-18 will sing, dance, act, & create each day -- while also boosting confidence & creativity, skill-building in problem solving, collaboration, & empathy, and rehearsing for the big show! Learn from professional theatre instructors! Camp shows include Musical Theatre Camps with “Annie”, “Frozen” and “Descendants” themes, Acting Camps with “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars” themes, Improv, and a 2-week “Godspell” summer stock production for teens! 2 Atlanta Parent


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The College of Computing brings educational computer science camps to students across the metro Atlanta area! Led by certified teachers offering 10-weeks of hands-on learning and experiences with the latest technologies, all students will have the opportunity to interact with Georgia Tech undergrads and experience campus life. It culminates in a showcase where your child’s creations will be spotlighted for all to see. One-and two-week sessions are available with after care. 2 Atlanta Parent


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770-993-7975 | A relaxed and caring atmosphere set on 40 acres of farm and woodland in Roswell. Children ages 4 -13 have opportunities for self-discovery through age-appropriate activities directed at personal improvement, environmental awareness, and noncompetitive achievement. Activities include archery, animal encounters, woodworking, canoeing, crafts, swimming, drama, nature and sports. Providing outstanding traditional outdoor experiences enriching lives in a caring, nurturing, child-centered setting, since 1973.

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Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries, create original artworks, and showcase their masterpieces in a special exhibition each week. Campers will learn about the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions while honing their skills in drawing, painting, and design. Professional teaching artists will inspire your child to look closely, experiment with materials, and try new techniques. The weeklong camps are designed to serve rising first through eighth graders. Spots fill quickly, so register today!

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404-330-8988 | ISG Camps are a great opportunity to flip, tumble, play and learn with USAG certified coaches. Each session is a themed, non- stop adventure. Campers will experience gymnastics and parkour instruction, crafts, performances, water play, Growth Mindset activities, science experiments and lots of FUN! This summer there are new themes and past favorites, additional camp offerings, more flexible drop off and pick up time and NO MORE BEFORE/ AFTERCARE FEES. Camps are offered in Grant Park and Decatur. 2 Atlanta Parent



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A week-long STEM based aviation camp for students in rising 4th through 6th grades. Students will be exposed to careers in aviation through several field trips, component testing and assembly. The camp concludes with a team build-off, in which students will be challenged to build and fly an aircraft of their own design. Engineers from Lockheed Martin Aviation will mentor the teams. Activities will be held in the state-of the-art facilities at Fernbank Science Center and taught by expert instructors. Registration Deadline - May 29 2 Atlanta Atlanta Parent Parent    April <ISSUE> 40 2020 <DATE>

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404-624-5295 | Moving in the Spirit’s Summer Dance Camp, for ages 8-13, combines dance instruction with creative youth development and adventurous field trips. The two-week program provides a warm environment where campers can study dance technique, develop life skills and increase confidence. Committed to personalized attention, our teachers nurture creativity within each camper and serve as role models. At the end of camp, students perform a special show for the community. July 13 - 24, 2020.

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PROJECT S.L.I.D.E. (Saving Lives in Dance Education) is Atlanta and Decatur’s premier dance studio for Kids and Teens ages 4-18! Summer Camps run from June 8th-26th and every week is a different fun-filled themed camp! Genres include Hip hop, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre and more! All dance levels welcome! Register TODAY online as space is limited. PROJECT S.L.I.D.E Dance Studio is located at 122 New Street, Decatur.

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Want something wild for your young explorer? Try the camp experience that invites 1,000 of your closest animal friends! Campers ages 4 to 17 engage in the wild world around them with opportunities to be surrounded by our planet’s amazing biodiversity, from the majestic African elephant to the tiniest of neotropical frogs. Each session, campers engage in STEAM-based projects, learn from the experts who know the animals best, visit favorite destinations around the Zoo, and gain a firsthand appreciation for the natural world. 2 Atlanta Parent



678-948-8059 | The studio offers the most unique and memorable art programs in the southeast! Their eleven weeks of Summer Programs are for those who love to be creative, make friends and have fun! This year, they’ve added something new: every Friday they’ll have special guests: Chinese jugglers, stilt walkers, live animals, puppet shows, guest artists and more! Programs are for ages 5-15, from 8am-5pm daily, with Extended Care available. Conveniently located near Emory/Morningside. 2 Atlanta Parent


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Summer Day Camps 2O2O On the look out for the perfect day camp? Your search starts here with Atlanta Parent’s advertising partners. Many camps offer extended hours for an additional fee.

Start Code Summer Coding Camps. Multiple locations. Ages 8-18. June 1-July 24. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Make games, apps and create with technology. $445-475/week. 404-507-2772.

Dance/Music Camps Atlanta Ballet’s Summer Programs. Buckhead and Virginia-Highland. Ages 2-17. June 8-July 17. One-week sessions. Times vary. A variety of dance classes for beginner and intermediate levels. $150-475/week. 404-873-5811, ext. 1316. Atlanta Dance & Music Academy Summer Camps. Atlanta Dance & Music Academy. 524 Plasters Ave., Atlanta. Ages 2.5-17. June 1-July 17. One- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-noon or 3 p.m. Preschool Camps, Beginner Ballet, Dance & Music Camp, Young Dancer’s Intensive. $245-350/ week. 404-877-0005. Ballethnic Academy of Dance. 2587 Cheney St., East Point. Ages 6-21. June 22-July 17. Sessions vary. Times vary. Pre-professional intensive, precamp, dance diversity. $250-900/session. 404-762-1416. Community Music Centers of Atlanta. Multiple locations. Ages 5-18. May 26-Aug. 7. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Themed camps for grades K-5; performance workshops. $225-380/ week. 404-614-0466. Eclectic Music Summer Camp. Inman Park. 1015 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta. Ages 3-12. May 26July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. Specialty camps feature instruments, singing, musical theatre and more. $55-315/ session. 404-537-1382. Moving in the Spirit. 1458 LaFrance St. NE, Atlanta. Ages 8-13. July 13-24. Two-week session. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Modern dance and hip-hop, field trips and performances. 404-624-5295.

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Academic Camps Eaton Academy High School Summer Camp. Eaton Academy. 1000 Old Roswell Lakes Pkwy., Roswell. Ages 13-21. June 8-July 24. Three-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Enhance social skills and maintain academic performance. $1,800/session. 770-645-2673. Girls Inc. University. 461 Manget St., Marietta. Ages 6-14. June 1-July 17. Two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. STEM, business and entrepreneurship and fitness camps for girls. $300/session. 770-422-0999. Junior Achievement of Georgia. Multiple locations. Ages 10-14. June 1-19. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Develop an understanding of basic business principles. $250/session. 404-257-1932.

Art Camps Art Camp at the High. High Museum of Art. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Ages 6-14. June 8-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries and showcase art. $300-400/week. 404-800-0547. ART Station Performance and Arts Camps. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Ages 5-13. June 1-July 24. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore creativity through performing, literary and visual arts. $150-175/session. 770-469-1105.

Museum of Design Atlanta Summer Camp. Multiple locations. Ages 7-14. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. Full-day. STEAM-based design thinking camps. $495/session. 404-979-6455. Spruill Arts Summer Camp. 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. Ages 5-14. May 26-July 31. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Visual arts, performing arts, creative and studio arts. $245-335/session. 770-394-3447. Vinings School of Art. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. Ages 5-14. May 26-Aug. 14. One-week sessions. 7:25 a.m.-6 p.m. Draw, sculpt, clay, canvas, mosaic, one hour daily fitness. $280-355/week. 678-213-4278. Zone of Light Studios. 1202 Zonolite Rd., Atlanta. Ages 5-15. May 26-Aug. 9. One-day to one-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Focus on holistic learning through enrichment in the arts. $288-385/session. 678-948-8059.

Computer Camps Georgia Tech College of Computing Summer Camp. 801 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta. Ages 8-18. May 26-July 31. One-week sessions. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Exposing young minds to the creative side of computing. $450800/week. 404-894-2769.

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Project Slide Dance Studio. 122 New St., Decatur. Ages 4-18. June 8-26. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Genres include hip hop, jazz, modern, musical theatre and more. $350/ session. 404-228-2974. Sinfo-Nia Youth Orchestra Summer Academy. First Congregational Church Commons. 105 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta. Ages 7-18. June 1526. Two-week session. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Quality instruction on violin, viola, cello and double bass. Performance tour to Jamaica. $380/session. 404-328-0840. Summer Dance Program. Academy of Ballet. 6470 Spalding Dr., Atlanta. Ages 3-18. June 8-Aug. 5. Four-day or three-, four-, or six-week sessions. Times vary. Programs ages 3-teens (no dance experience); 12-adult (dance experience required). $35-255/session. 404-754-4412.

Drama Camps Alliance Theatre Summer Day Drama Camps. Multiple locations. Ages 3-18. May 26-Aug. 7. One- and two-week sessions. Times vary. Work as an ensemble to create, rehearse and present short productions. $200-799/session. 404-733-4700. Forefront Arts Children’s Theatre. Multiple locations. Ages 4-18. June 1-Aug. 7. One- and twoweek sessions. Times vary. Perform in Godspell, Descendants, Frozen, Annie, Hogwarts, Jedi, or Improv. $199-315/week. 770-864-3316. Cont’d on next page

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Summer Day Camps 2O2O Shakespeare Superheroes Day Camp. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Decatur and Midtown. Ages 4-13. May 26-July 31. One- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Creative play, acting, stage combat, musical theatre and a final performance. $325-595/session. 404-874-5299.

General Camps

Endeavor Montessori. Dunwoody. Ages 3-12. June 1-July 24. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Fun educational themes, STEM and Spanish immersion camps. $288-355/session. Galloway Summer Programs. The Galloway School. 215 Chastain Park Ave. NW, Atlanta. Ages 3-16. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Academic, athletic, and artistic camps open to Atlanta community. $325-425/ session. 678-923-1418.

Atlanta Montessori International School. 1970 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta. Ages 3-12. June 1-July 24. One-week sessions. 8:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Offerings include art, Spanish immersion, Irish dancing and more. $310380/session. 404-325-6777.

Girl Scouts Day Camps. Camp Timber Ridge. 5540 N. Allen Rd. SE, Mableton. Ages 5-15. May 31-July 31. One-week sessions. 8:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Coding, engineering, kayaking, swimming, hiking and more. $155-450/session. 770-702-9070.

Camp Adventure. Adventure Air Sports. 425 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy. NW, Kennesaw. June 1-Aug. 7. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Early morning access, challenging group initiatives, ninja training and more. $160/ week. 678-203-1152.

High Meadows Summer Day Camp. 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell. Ages 4-14. June 1-July 31. Threeweek sessions. 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Outdoor activities directed at self-improvement, environmental awareness and non-competitive achievement. $975-1290/session. 770-993-7975.

Camp Arrowhead. 13540 Hwy. 9 N, Milton. Ages 5-12. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 15 different adventure elements. $199/session. 770-754-7900.

In The City Jewish Day Camp. Multiple locations. Ages 5-14. June 1-July 6. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sports, water play, art, ropes course, music, weekly field trips, cooking and more. $250435/week. 404-698-1134.

Camp Explorations at Bright Horizons. Multiple locations. Ages 3-12. June 1-Aug. 7. One-week sessions. Times vary. Program features sessions offering flexible scheduling and convenient hours. Cost varies.

Kidcam Camps. Kennesaw State University. 3220 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw. Ages 5-13. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Summer camp experience with a mix of sports, arts, movement and swimming. $225/session. 877-4KIDCAM.

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KinderCare Summer. Multiple locations. Ages 5-12. May-Aug. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Weekly themes, sports, drama, art and more. $150 and up/week. Landmark Christian School Summer Camp. 50 SE Broad St., Fairburn. Ages 5-12. June 1-July 30. One-day and one-week sessions. Full- and halfday. Athletics, STEM, academics, art, drama and more. $50-250/session. 770-441-4238.

McGinnis Woods Country Day School. 5380 Faircroft Dr., Alpharetta. Ages 4-13. May 26-Aug. 7. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekly themes, STEM, arts and crafts, weekly field trips. $225/week. 770-664-7764. MJCCA Day Camp. Multiple locations. Ages 4-15. May 26-Aug. 14. One- and multi-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Performing arts, sports, theme, travel, teen, traditional camp. $225-500/ week. 678-812-4004. Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs. 2830 Old Atlanta Rd., Cumming. Ages 3-12. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Weekly themes, including nature, building, cooking and more. $225-275/week. 770-205-6277. Montessori at Vickery. 6285 Post Rd., Cumming. Ages 3-12. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. Times vary. Weekly themes, STEM, arts, games, cooking and more. $300 and up/session. 770-777-9131. Steve and Kate’s Camp. The Galloway School. 215 W. Wieuca Rd., Atlanta. Ages 5-13. June 1-Aug. 7. Days to one-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Weekly themes from water play to coding. $95 and up/session. 404-220-7211. Summer Remix Adventure Camp. The Sunshine House. Multiple locations. Ages 4-12. Starts May 19. One-week sessions. Times vary. Weekly themes, movies, podcasts, art, inventions, sports, coding and more. Cost varies. Trinity School Summer Camp. 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. Ages 4-12. June 1-26; July 27-31. One-week sessions. Times vary. From LEGOS to lacrosse, pool activities, coding, STEAM challenges and more. $300-360/week. 404-231-8117. Tumbletots. 6375 Spalding Dr., Norcross. Ages 1-7. Starts May 26. One-day to one-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 2-5:30 p.m. Indoor playground, themes, art, music, storytelling and more. $45-135/session. 770-729-9660. The Walker School. 700 Cobb Pkwy. N., Marietta. Ages 3-18. May 26-July 24. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Wide variety of camps for ages 3-12. $175-425/week. 770-4272689, ext. 8502. Cont’d on next page

Since 1981 Squirrel Hollow Camp, located on the beautiful 47-acre campus of The Bedford School in Fairburn serves children with academic needs, ADD or learning differences.

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Every week is a different fun-filled themed camp!

 Squirrel Hollow accepts students in grades 1-9  There is a 3:1 student/staff ratio  Academics: Reading & Decoding, Math, Auditory Discrimination, Writing Skills and Reading Comprehension  Recreational: swimming, Challenge Course elements and various games and activities

STARS CAMP (Ages 4-5) MINIS CAMP (Ages 6-8) JUNIORS AND TEENS (Ages 9-18) Hip hop, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre and more! All dance levels welcome! Register TODAY online – space is limited.

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Summer Day Camps 2O2O Wesleyan Summer Camp. 5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners. Ages 4-14. June 1-July 17. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Camps are offered in sports, arts, enrichment and academics. $175-300/week. 678-223-2178. Westminster Summer Camps. 1424 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. Ages 3-18. June 1-July 24. One-, two- and three-week sessions. Times vary. Day, specialty and sports camps for all ages. $230-$850/session. 404-367-7868. Woodward Academy. College Park and Johns Creek. Ages 5-18. May 26-July 24. Oneweek sessions. Full- and half-day. Technology, arts and crafts, sports, outdoor activities and more. $200-400/week. 404-765-4401.

Language Camps Tabula Rasa. The Language Academy. Sandy Springs and Lawrenceville. Ages 3-12. June 1-July 31. Two- and four-week sessions. Fulland half-day. Learn the culture and language of different countries. $750-1400/session. 404-847-0829. The Spanish Academy. Multiple locations. Ages 2-9. June 1-Aug. 7. Two-day, three-day and one-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Total immersion Spanish camp. $85-200/session. 770-751-3646.

Nature Camps Camp Kingfisher. Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. Ages 4-15. May 26-Aug. 7. One- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Swimming, canoeing, hiking, animal encounters and more. $220 and up/ session. 770-992-2055. Summer Safari Camp. Zoo Atlanta. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. Ages 4-17. May 26-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-noon or 4 p.m. Different zoo expeditions, exploring wildlife and wild places. $175-420/week. 404-624-5822.

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Parks and Recreation Camps City of Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks. Multiple locations. Ages 6-14. June 1-July 24. Oneweek sessions. Times vary. Themed camps, sports, STEAM, Broadway, jazz and more. $35-350/week. 770-730-5600.

Science / STEM Camps Camp Invention. Multiple locations. Ages 5-12. June 1-July 3. One-week sessions. Times vary. Hands-on STEM activities. $235-260/session. 800-968-4332. Club SciKidz Summer Camps. Multiple locations. Ages 4-15. June 1-Aug. 2. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Computer, Lego, robotics, science, space camps and more. $295-322/week. 678-493-5651. Science/STEM Camp. High Touch High Tech, Inc. Multiple locations. Ages 5-11. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Week-long, hands-on science/stem camp taught by degreed professionals. $265/week. 770-667-9443. The Science of Fun STEM Camp. North Decatur Presbyterian Church and Academe of the Oaks. Ages 5-9. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Weekly themes including construction, STEAM, reactions and food. $349/ week. 404-969-2161. SMART Girls Summer Camp. Atlanta Girls’ School. 3254 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. Ages 6-12. June 1-July 17. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. All-girls classes in science, technology, performing arts and entrepreneurship. $425/week. 404-845-0900. Cont’d on next page

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Summer Day Camps 2O2O Special Needs Camps Porter Academy. 200 Cox Rd., Roswell. Ages 4-10. June 8-July 10. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. A camp for children with learning differences that integrates academics into a fun relaxed atmosphere. $250-375/week. 770-594-1313. Sensory Affective Play Camp. 2877 Cressington Bend NW, Kennesaw. Ages 5-10. July 13-30. Oneweek sessions. 9 a.m.-noon. Themed social skills and sensory enriched program. Sensory-motor gym, social skills games, handwriting, drama and crafts. $285/week. 770-499-1950.



Social Skills Today. Multiple locations. Ages 4 and up. June 1-July 24. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Social skills instruction, summer fun activities, friendships and more. $325-375/week. 678-640-2489.

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Squirrel Hollow Camp. The Bedford School. 5665 Milam Rd., Fairburn. Ages 6-14. June 15-July 10. Two-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Academic instruction and recreational activities. $1,200-2,500/ session. 770-774-8001. Summer Camp. Cumberland Academy of Georgia. 650 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. Ages 9-19. May 31-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a blend of fun adventurous and academic camps. $380/week. 404-835-9000.

Sports Camps Baseball All Skills Camp. D-BAT. Multiple locations. Ages 5-14. May 26-Aug. 1. One-day to one-week sessions. Times vary. Baseball camp focusing on all skill levels. $75-250/session. 678-496-7777. Concourse Athletic Club Sports Camp. 8 Concourse Pkwy., Sandy Springs. Ages 3-14. May 27-Aug. 7. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, squash, swimming, fencing, rock climbing and more. $140-195/week. 770-698-2017. Intown Stars Gymnastics. Grant Park and Decatur. Ages 4 and older. May 26-Aug. 7. One-day to one-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Gymnastics, creative free play, weekly themes and outdoor fun. $60-299/session. 404-330-8988. Learn-to-Row Camps. Atlanta Junior Rowing Association. 245 Azalea Dr., Roswell. Ages 12-18. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 7:309:30 a.m.; 10 a.m.-noon. Weekly camps teaching the fundamentals of rowing. No experience necessary. $150-165/week. 770-835-5769. Cont’d on next page

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Sports Gymnastics Science Technology Engineering Nature Tennis Arts & Crafts Music & Theater Teen Hang Out Camp

CAMPS THAT ENGAGE, ENTERTAIN AND EDUCATE YOUR CHILD We offer a variety of quality summer day camps in Sandy Springs that encourage positive character development! Our staff are committed to providing a safe environment where campers can be challenged and achieve success. Learn more at •

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Sinfo-Nia’s Summer Orchestra Camp

Summer Day Camps 2O2O

David Robinson, Director & Alycia Robinson, Operations Director

June 15-26 • Ages 7-18

(College students are also welcomed) Monday – Friday • 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

ALL LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION FOR STRINGS: Violin, viola, cello & double bass ADVANCED: Woodwind, brass & percussion REGISTER BY MAY 31 FOR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT • 404-428-3804

1st Congregational Church Commons 125 Ellis Street • Atlanta 30303 Our camp will be making an audio and video recording for a recording artist.

Young Black Filmmakers Summer Program is focused

Circus Camp

on individual themes centered around filmmaking that provides kids the freedom to explore and learn.

Theme Camps Circus Camp. Multiple locations. Ages 5-18. June 1-July 31. One- and two-week sessions. Times vary. Trapeze, juggling, clowning, magic, unicycling and miming. Performance each Friday. $275-625/week. 404-370-0001.

Ages: 8-14 • 7:30am-1:30pm • $215/week June 15-19: Public Service Announcement June 22-26: Commercial Branding and Ad July 13-17: Film Production

Easy Going Sewing Camp. Easy Going Sewing Studio. 4046 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Atlanta. Ages 8-17. June 1-July 31. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.4 p.m. Students will make items to use and wear. $389/week. 404-914-0618.

South Fulton location For more information contact: Antonia Washington at

Lockheed Martin Aviation Camp. Fernbank Science Center. 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta. Ages 9-12. June 15-26. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Practice and history of flight. $200/week. 678-874-7113.

Katherine Lois Merritt School of the Arts Inc. mission is inspiring young girls to dream, write and create while also engaging in art education while closing the word gap through art literacy.



Young Black Filmmakers. South Fulton. Ages 8-14. June 15-July 13. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Weekly themes, public service announcement, commercial branding and film production. $215/session. 404-692-4165. Young Chefs Academy Culinary Camps. Multiple locations. Ages 5-17. May 26-July 27. Three- to four-day sessions. 9 a.m.-noon. Fullyimmersive culinary camp experience. $150-200/ session.

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for Children with Special Needs • Ages 4-Young Adult SPRING BREAK CAMP

April 6, 7 & 8

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June 1–July 17, Gwinnett County June 1–July 24, Roswell Weeks of June 8 & 15, July 6 & 13, Cumming

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Your race registration provides a t-shirt and entry into Atlanta’s ultimate day of family fun - the CURE Picnic! Complete with face painting, games, inflatables, princesses, delicious food, music, and tons more!