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Features 14

Spring Cleaning

Most of us want to throw open the windows and freshen the house. Follow our A to Z guide to keeping your house clean, plus find out what areas many of us miss.

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Easter Fun

Put a little Easter madness in your family’s life with these ideas. And, find an Easter egg hunt near you.

Grow With Your Children

Planning and planting a garden gets the kids active and out in fresh air, and it can teach important life skills.



Schools Going Green

Leading by example, metro schools are teaching students to value the planet and use resources wisely. Find out what four schools are doing to promote a commitment to a more environmentally-conscious life.

8 Publisher’s Note 10 News You Can Use 12 The Frugal Family 90 Humor

Confessions of a (Green) Convert

Family Fun Guide 69

Not-to-Miss Events


Eating Out: First Watch

71 Free Fun: Public Art Tours 72

Baseball: Root Root Root for the Home Team


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Easter Egg Hunts


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April Calendar

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Publisher’s Note Looking Ahead to a Great Summer

Photo by Rod Reilly

Directed by Jon Ludwig In E.B. White’s classic tale of unlikely friendship, Charlotte the spider has a plan to save Wilbur the pig. She will make him famous using her wits, words, and webs!

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Though there’s still a bit of chill in the air, we’ve been feeling a warm glow at Atlanta Parent. We’re looking forward to the sunny days of spring and summer and looking back on how far the magazine has come as we enter out 31st year of publication. We’ve never felt more energized and ready for new challenges. That’s partly because of four Gold Awards from the Parenting Media Association, a national trade group of parenting publications. Three of the Gold awards, one of them in design, recognized our magazine’s commitment to a comprehensive calendar of events to help families plan fun activities and our Family Fun Guide that reviews new exhibits, playgrounds, restaurants and more. The fourth Gold award and a Bronze Award for design went to our annual A+ Education Guide, another service to our readers that we’re particularly proud of providing. We also collected three Silver Awards for writing and design. So 2013 was a very good year. Everyone on our staff contributed to make this happen – our writers and calendar editor, our advertising staff, our editorial art director and production art director and our administrative support team. But we wouldn’t be celebrating without the strong support of our advertisers and our readers, who turn to us month after month for advice, support, information and just plain old family fun. Hard to believe, but we’re wrapping up our April issue this week, and already at work on our May issue. It’s time to shake off winter, and you’ll find tips on spring cleaning in this month’s issue. You’ll also find how-to information on another summer activity you’ll need to get started on soon – planting a garden with your children. We hope you’ll continue to turn to Atlanta Parent as your family’s news and entertainment source. Please contact us on Facebook – we’d love to hear about your favorite things in our magazine or features you’d like to see.

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ItFigures by Cynthia Washam

Easter Feaster 1800s

Time the first edible Easter bunnies appeared, as pastries in Germany


Percent of Protestant pastors who say the year’s best-attended service is Christmas


Percent who say Easter


Calories in a Cadbury Creme Egg


Calories in a Brach’s chocolate-covered marshmallow egg

No-Fooling April Figures

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National Pretzel Day

610 A.D.

Year monks in Southern France baked strips of dough shaped like a child’s arms folded in prayer, creating the first pretzels


Percent of babies born in March or April, the months with the highest apparent executive skills, who become CEOs


Percent born in June or July, the lowest months, who become CEOs Sources:,, Christianity Today,, USA Today,, Newsweek, Self, Time,, Inc.

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News You Can Use

by Amanda Miller Allen

My Kid’s Not Fat!

How About an App For Tying Shoelaces? Smartphones and tablets are changing developmental milestones for kids, a survey of 5,000 moms in the United States and nine other countries indicates. More children ages 3-5 are able to play a computer game (66 percent) or figure out a smartphone (47 percent) than are able to tie their shoes (14 percent) or swim unassisted (23 percent). Most children ages 6-9 use the Internet (89 percent), and about a 16 percent of this age group are on Facebook. The study was done by AVG Technologies, an Internet and mobile security provider.

About one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, yet:

51 percent

of parents with overweight or obese children think their child is normal weight

14 percent of parents with kids of normal weight think their child is underweight

*Based on a study in Pediatrics magazine, reviewing 69 studies involving 16,000 children, ages 2-18.

‘The Gift’ Seeks Talented Singers Atlanta’s got talent, and McDonald’s The Gift Youth Singing Competition aims to find it. The annual competition awards $20,000 in cash and prizes to the best singer in the 12- to 16-year-old age group and prizes for runnersup. Metro Atlanta auditions are scheduled at these McDonald’s restaurants: April 5, 12-3 p.m., 5115 Old National Hwy., College Park; April 12, 12-3p.m., 2791 Panola Road, Lithonia; April 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2700 Windy Hill Road, Marietta; and April 26, 12-3 p.m.,9502 Hwy. 5, Douglasville. To register your child for the competition, visit; registration deadline is April 26. 10 Atlanta Parent    April 2014

Pay Attention To Safe Driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to call attention to unsafe driving practices. Nearly 3,500 people were killed in 2012 in vehicle accidents that involved a driver distracted by texting, a cellphone call, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, reading (including maps), using a navigation system, etc. Georgia law bans texting by all drivers and cellphone use by novice drivers, yet many teens and adults still do it. Take a pledge to stop at


frugalfamily by Dalia Faupel

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Don’t toss those old mustard and ketchup squeeze bottles! Instead…

n  Make a quick vinaigrette with the bottom-of-the-bottle mustard you can’t get out. Add a little olive oil, any kind of vinegar, salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs. Shake, and you’ve got salad dressing! n  Clean bottle out well, and then fill with:

Sports Equipment for Kids

batter to use as a DIY pancake pen for fancy shapes

It’s spring sports season! If your kids are trying a sport for the first time, it’s especially smart to spend little until you’re sure they’ll stick with it. Save with these tips:

frosting to ice cakes, cookies and cupcakes craft or finger paint for clean storage and easy dispensing


water to use it as a squirt toy

Ask around in your neighborhood, school community or place of worship for hand-me-down equipment (cleats, lacrosse sticks, etc.) that might fit your child.

Sources: and

Trade Visit used sports equipment stores like Play it Again Sports to find deeply discounted items for any sport and get credit for items your kids no longer use.

Share Cut shipping costs and get bulk discounts if you order multiple items (think golf balls, baseballs and tennis balls) with others in your child’s league or sports organization.

Surf Look for niche online marketplaces that specialize in a single sport (like where selection is huge and prices are lower than big box stores.

Join Local sporting goods stores, like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sports Authority, offer discounts for email club members and shopper rewards for racking up purchases. They also offer regular coupons you can find at sites like

Kids Eat

FREE n  Qdoba Mexican Grill. Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Suwanee. Kids eat free Wednesdays and Saturdays. n  Bone Lick BBQ. West Midtown. Wednesdays 5 p.m.-close, kids 10 and younger get a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult entrée or combo. n  Loco’s Grill. Buckhead. Every Thursday, kids can get one free meal off the children’s menu with each adult meal purchased.

Georgia Renaissance Festival. During Kids Free Weekend, May 3-4, one child (12 and younger) gets in free with each paid adult.


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Medieval Times. Use code SSWEB14 to get a $19 discount on adult tickets and a $10 discount on kid tickets to shows through June 15, 2014. Tickets must be purchased online.

Legoland Discovery Center. The Toddler Tuesday program, running each Tuesday through May 20, offers guided play and story time at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Duplo Village, along with an admission discount. Adult and child walk-up tickets are $12 each; children younger than 2 get in free. Savings are valid only on Tuesdays; the offer can’t be combined with other discounts.

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Keeping Your House Clean

Even When You Don’t Feel Like It by Meagan Ruffing

Home is the place where you’re supposed to kick back and relax, to forget about the daily demands of the outside world. Keeping your house clean, even when you don’t feel like it can be an oxymoron for a lot of people. However, you can do simple things throughout the day to make your overall home a relaxing oasis. Try these A to Z ideas. Your agenda will be simple, yet rewarding and your time will be freed up for more play with the kids. 14 Atlanta Parent    April 2014


Ask yourself, “What is one thing I can do today to make the house cleaner that won’t take me more than five minutes?” Beat the clock by setting a timer for 15 minutes. Only allow yourself that much time to pick up the spare bathroom. Count the toys. That’s right, count the toys. Get your kids involved in cleanup time by asking them to count out loud each time they pick up a toy to bring back to their rooms. Divide and conquer. Delegate simple tasks to each member of the family. The more people involved, the quicker the cleanup. Eat. Prepare yourself an easy go-to snack that is healthy and high in protein such as almonds. They will be a nice treat and they will keep you full so that you’re not snacking throughout the day. Forget perfection. Your house doesn’t have to be whiteglove clean. Just do the best you can with the time you have. Giggle. Take time from your cleaning to giggle with your kids. Putting away the dishes and watching your little girl play drums with your bowls is good for the soul. Hang it up. Hang up any clothes that are lying around. It makes your closet and bedroom areas feel that much cleaner. Ignore detailed projects and save them for another day. It’s easy to get sidetracked when you’re cleaning up ... especially when you see that box of pictures you’ve been meaning to sort through.


Join in the fun. Kids love to help out; especially when they see that you’re having fun, too. Join your kids in helping them put their toys away. You might be able to sneak in a valuable lesson about what it means to be responsible by taking care of the space that you all live in.


Keep a positive attitude. Not everyone likes to tidy up. Just keep it simple and don’t stress.


Let yourself be human. You may not get to every nook and cranny in the house that needs to be tended to but that’s okay.



Make a list. If there is a room in the house that needs a deeper clean, make a list of what you need to do so that you feel satisfied with the outcome. You might divide your days of the week into certain rooms that need extra attention.


Need it? Do you really need all of those extra pens in your junk drawer? Toss ‘em. They may be adding more stress to your already busy life.


Open those windows. Let some fresh air in while you pick up the house.

Prepare lunch or dinner while you’re cleaning up. It can be a nice break in between chores and you’ll thank yourself later for not waiting until the last minute. Quick, quick, quick! Who can be the fastest picker-upper? Have a ‘race’ with your kids to see who can put their stuff away first. Remember. Your kids are only little once. If the laundry has to wait so that you can see what your kids are begging for you to come and look at, then so be it. Cleaning can wait. Seven things. Try and find seven things each day that you can throw out, donate or sell. You’d be surprised at how easy this task can be. Treat yourself. Be good to yourself. Allow yourself to do something nice, whether it’s enjoying your favorite coffee drink or sitting down to call a friend. You’ve picked up and now it’s time for you. Understand that kids will be kids. You may have just picked up the living room for the one millionth time and yet, your kids continue to drag toys out. Understand that this is where they live too, and you might just need to leave that room for when they go to bed.


Valuables. Kids love to reach for things, especially those things that they know are off-limits. Take the time to put your valuables (iPad, computer, cell phones and cameras) in childproof cabinets or up high where you know they cannot be reached by little hands. Water. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Cleaning burns a lot of calories and is considered a form of exercise. Keep yourself going by chugging that water. X-rated. These are the cleaning products in your home that are off limits to little ones. Take a minute to make sure they are locked up or high up to avoid poison control calls. Yes. Say “yes” to one thing that you would normally say “no” to. Yes, I will tackle that project today or yes, I will take a few minutes to stop what I am doing to play with the kids. Zzzzz’s. Rest easy at night. You deserve it. Keep your expectations low when it comes to keeping the house tidy. Having a clean home takes continuous effort and feeling overwhelmed can turn off the most organized person. Take it one day at a time and use this A to Z list as a starting point to get yourself going. c

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Most-Missed Spring Cleaning A Checklist for Places Dirt Hides by Sharon Miller Cindrich


Washing windows, shampooing carpets, hosing down the garage. It’s spring and time to rid our homes of dirt and clutter. While many families have a plan to tackle large cleaning jobs, most forget to clean out what lurks in those hidden crevasses – closets, lunch boxes, backpacks, glove compartments, toy boxes, car seats and medicine cabinets that can be hotspots of messiness. This year, clean from the inside out and create a plan to tackle these most-missed areas along with regular spring cleaning. Address one area each week, and you’ll be spic and span by summer vacation! Lunch boxes and backpacks: Turn soft lunch bags inside out, gently wash inside walls with a mild detergent and use a toothbrush to scrub seams. Run your child’s lunchbox through a cycle if it is dishwasher safe, or scrub it down with a mildly abrasive sponge. Turn backpacks inside out, too, shake crumbs and dirt outside and use a clean paint brush to clean seams, then give it a good squirt of fabric-friendly odor neutralizer.

Junk Drawer: Whether your catch-all drawer is

in the kitchen or home office, dump it out and start from scratch. Wipe out the interior and use a drawer organizer to sort like items into bins – paper clips, twist ties, rubber bands, pens and birthday candles. Discard expired batteries, coupons and dried up pens. Collect coins and relocate to your wallet.

Glove Compartment: Discard old condiment packets, outdated directions and extra food napkins. Check insurance cards, emergency contact information and registration papers and replace with current information. Update first aid kits with fresh ointments, bandages and antiseptic wipes. Add a fresh packet of handi-wipes and bug repellent wipes. Freezer: The National Center for Home Food Preservation recommends defrosting freezers with a manual feature at least once a year or when there is more than one-fourth inch of frost over a large area of the freezer surface. Follow instructions in your freezer’s manual for defrosting. Then, get rid of frozen food that has been in the freezer more than a year and containers that are not properly sealed. Take inventory of what you have and make a meal plan to include frozen ingredients. Then make sure you’re ready for summer with a fresh frozen ice pack for injuries. 16 Atlanta Parent    April 2014

Toy Boxes: Dump all toys out of the box, vacuum and scrub inside. Get rid of broken pieces and toys with missing parts. Collect a bag of items your child has outgrown to donate to your local shelter.

Linen Closet: Remove everything from the closet and make piles of similar items. Once you’ve wiped down the shelves, get rid of frayed or stained linens. Consider labeling each shelf and stacking towels, sheets and pillow cases according to shelf assignments. Use plastic, labeled bins or baskets for any extra guest soaps, cleaning or hygiene products you store in the linen closet. Try scented shelf liners or place a few scented dryer sheets in the back of shelves or in drawers to keep linens smelling fresh.

Purse, Diaper Bag & Wallet: Completely empty your purse, diaper bag or wallet. File important receipts and throw away trash. Check coupons, medicines and gift cards for expiration dates. Use a large, clean paintbrush to dust debris from billfolds and a small hand-held vacuum for cleaning out purses and bags. Replace supplies like wet wipes and diapers.

Coat Closet: Take dress coats to the cleaners, clean machinewashable winter coats, mittens, gloves and hats and replace with spring jackets and sweaters. Toss odd mittens, broken coat hangers, ripped galoshes or boots that have been outgrown. Relocate sports equipment, camera cases and mops or cleaning supplies that can hog space or use bins to keep these items separate and organized.

Medicine Cabinets: Discard all medicines that have expired or have not been properly sealed. Get rid of medicines that have less than one dosage left. Refresh toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, contact cases and razors. Stock up on supplies for summer, like sunscreen with appropriate SPF, insect bite relief, allergy medications and first aid supplies like antiseptic wash, ointments and bandages.

Nightstands: Throw out magazines, return library books or move unread novels to free up clutter from your bedside table. Throw THIS IS WHAT A HEART ATTACK out old lozenges, lip balms and night creams, and replace with fresh FEELS LIKE TO A WOMAN. ones. Replace batteries in alarm clocks or reading lights. c (UNUSUAL FATIGUE)

Freshen Up the Ride Car seats take a lot of daily abuse, but cleaning stains doesn’t have to be a two-hour project. Try these cleaning tips from car seat manufacturer Clek. n  Avoid disassembling the seat itself and do not wash any straps or detachable devices in the washing machine (this can cause deterioration). A damp cloth may be used on the straps. n  Mix two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of enzyme laundry detergent (e.g. Nature Clean or Tide Free) to form a mixture that works well on most stains. n  Remove excess soil with a soft brush or a vacuum, and apply the soap mixture to the stained area. Agitate stain with a soft brush and allow solution to remain on stain for one minute. Blot up the stain with a dry, white towel and thoroughly rinse, then blot again. n  For a make-it-yourself organic, fabric refresher spray, fill a spray bottle with a diluted vinegar and water solution and add half a teaspoon of essential oil and half a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, to help emulsify the essential oil. Spray on, taking care not to spray harness straps.


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FROM TRASH TO CASH Mastering the Art of a Successful Garage Sale by Pam Molnar

As the weather warms up, many of us jump quickly into the next season – spring cleaning. We dig through closets of old clothes, household items and sports equipment and pull out what we no longer use. As the discard pile gets higher, we think about all the money we spent on this “junk.” Time for a garage sale. Want to know the secrets of a successful sale? Follow these tips to turn your trash into cash.

n  Sell

what people want to buy

Clothes, and especially children’s clothes, in good condition are always in demand. Used furniture, sporting goods, bicycles and small household items usually find a new home quickly, as well as tools, books and kitchenware. Knickknacks, out of date media and men’s clothing are often left untouched. Collectibles, such as Precious Moments, might sell better on eBay where they have a bigger audience of buyers. n  Price

what the market will bear

Remember that you want to sell things. You will not get retail prices, even if the item is brand new with tags. has a great price list to give you an idea of how much you can expect to get for an item. To determine if these prices work in your area, check out other local garage sales a few weeks before your sale and see how they compare. Put a little wiggle room in your prices to allow for negotiators. You will sell more items if they think they are getting an even better deal. n  Merchandising

makes the sale

Set up your sale area with plenty of tables and places to hang things. You can create a clothing rack using two ladders and a broom handle. Place common things together – toys, sports equipment or seasonal items and take items out of the box to 18 Atlanta Parent    April 2014

show the potential buyers what you are offering. If you provide your shoppers with an electrical outlet, they will be more likely to buy an item if they make sure it works. Move larger items outside of garage so they can be seen and to allow more room for the buyers to walk around. n  How

to attract buyers

The most successful garage sales are multifamily sales. Ask your neighbors or encourage your subdivision to have a sale on the same day. This will bring more buyers as they can quickly go from house to house and save on driving time. Place ads in your local paper and on Craigslist. Ask local day care centers, stores or apartment buildings if you can leave a flyer on their community bulletin boards. On the day of the sale, post lawn signs with balloons on main roads and those leading up to your sale. n  What

to do if it doesn’t sell

At our last garage sale, I vowed that once an item got to the garage, it wasn’t coming back in the house. Consider donating the items to a charity resale store like Goodwill or trading in sports equipment at Play it Again Sports. Take books to your local library exchange and blankets or towels to the nearest animal shelter. Check your city’s website for places to recycle any out-of-date electronics, computers and TVs.

About Recalled Items Not only is it dangerous to sell recalled items, it is also illegal. Before selling toys or baby items in your garage sale, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission ( for any recalled items. Android phone users can download the mobile app and check for recalls on the run. If you are not sure if an item is safe, throw it out. A child’s safety is at risk.

Get the Kids Involved A garage sale lets your children earn some extra money and channel their inner entrepreneur. n  Have them help out by gathering items to sell, cleaning them, setting up tables and running the sale. Split the profits with them or pay an hourly rate. n  Give the children the money from selling their used clothes or toys. While a pen-and-paper tracking system works well, kids may enjoy using an app to keep track. Garage Sale Checkout ($2.99 for iPad and Android) allows you to keep track of up to five individual sellers. This is also a great app for multiple family sales at the same location. n  Shopping at garage sales can be thirsty work. Sell bottled water, snacks or popsicles. Use this opportunity to teach your children business basics. Loan the kids the money for their items, say $5 for a case of water. If they sell each bottle for 50 cents, their profit will be $7. n  If you have crafty kids, let them set up a table with their creations. They can sell duct tape flower pens, handcrafted cards and photography or kids with a green thumb may want to sell flower or vegetable seedlings. c

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Easter Goodies

Channel your inner Easter Bunny and put a little fun into the non-religious celebration that accompanies this Christian observance. Here’s how.

Kraft Kool Eggs Make tie-dyed eggs by mixing separate containers of Kool-Aid that are red, blue, yellow and orange and spooning them onto cooled eggs. Instructions at

Plan Ahead The day after Easter, items are discounted 50 percent or more. Shop for toys and other nonperishables for next year’s basket.

Fun Facts

For Easter alone, Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps. The marshmallow treat is 60 years old this year.

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Go on a Family Hunt For ages 3-6, make the egg hunt a little more challenging by assigning them only one color to collect. For older kids, schedule a backyard hunt at dusk using flashlights to spot eggs with glow-in-the-dark paint or clear plastic eggs with glowing bracelets inside.

Sales of jelly beans, a staple of most every Easter basket, also skyrocket, with 16 billion sold. Jelly beans have been around since 1861.

Some 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are made every year.

Tell Hoppy Tales Boost Basket Booty

Go light on candy and theme a basket with fun or useful items. For preschoolers, Play-Doh products, crayons, coloring books and board books are always fun. For ages 5-8, an outdoor-themed basket might include chalk, marbles, a bean bag, a playground ball, a set of jacks, a blindfold and a jump rope. For older kids, try sunscreen, lip balm and flip-flops for the summer or an iTunes gift card, a CD or two, and new earbuds for a music fan.

Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly Dean and James Dean Ages 4-8. (Harper, an imprint of Harper-Collins Publishers, $9.99) Pete awakens Easter morning to find an empty basket and a note from the Easter Bunny asking for his help hiding eggs. Book includes a poster, stickers and 12 Easter cards.

Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood and Claudia Rueda Ages 3-5. (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin, $16.99) The grumpy cat goes into competition with the Easter Bunny, hopping on a red motorcycle to get around instead of hopping from place to place – all the better to beat the bunny at his own game.

Egg Hunts Cracked Open: OUR TOP PICKS l  Dinosaur

Egg Hunt Fernbank Museum of Natural History / April 12. 8 a.m.-noon.

l  Underwater

Hunt and Bunny Bonanza Bogan Park Community Aquatic Center Buford / April 12. 9 a.m.

l  Flashlight

Easter Egg Hunt Tolleson Park, Smyrna / April 12 (rain out day, April 19). 7:30 p.m. Bonus: Movie by the moonlight

l  Eggstravaganza:

Callanwolde’s Easter Egg Hunt Callanwolde Fine Arts Center / April 19. 10 a.m.-noon.

l  North

East Cobb Community Egg Drop Sprayberry High School, Marietta / April 19. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For details on these and other egg hunts across metro Atlanta, please see page 74.

Everywhere an Egg Don’t toss those hard-boiled eggs – disguise them in a recipe! Creamed Eggs on Toast Egg Salad Sandwiches Chef Salad Deviled Eggs Cobb Salad Salad Niçoise Potato Salad Other uses for fresh eggs: Egg Foo Young, Coddled Eggs, Egg Drop Soup, Omelet, Bread Pudding, Baked Eggs, Cream puffs, Strata, Eggs Benedict, Fried Egg Sandwich, Poached Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, Quiche, Fried Rice, Curried Eggs, Egg Frittata, Egg Burritos, Angel Food Cake, Eggs in a Nest, Egg Soufflé, Lemon Meringue Pie, French Toast and Huevos Rancheros. –  Compiled by Amanda Allen, Jennifer Haslam and Christina Katz

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Creative Passover Seder Tips Passover Seder includes many prayers and rituals along with the retelling of the Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt… all before dinner is served! Seder is meant to be a relaxed and educational holiday observance, so Rabbi Brian Glusman, Director of Outreach and Engagement for the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, helps us banish kid boredom with these creative ideas. Involve Early. Scout sites like for craft ideas little artists can do, like making placemats, matzah covers or table centerpieces. Get Passover picture books to read and practice holiday songs kids can share during Seder. Feed First. Set aside time for kids to eat a nutritious snack or meal before Seder starts. When tummies aren’t grumbling, they’ll be better able to follow the service and participate. Go Interactive. Buy inexpensive items to represent the plagues (ping pong balls for hail, sunglasses for darkness) and give a set to each child so they can act them out. Create bingo cards or scavenger hunt sheets and have kids check things off as you go. Let kids draw slips of paper with prayers and readings on them to determine their order, or do the same with Seder guest names to pick who participates next. Play Passover trivia and give stickers or trinkets for correct answers. Abbreviate. If you have many children attending Seder, a shortened version of the Haggadah (Passover prayer book) can work well. Some are online for free, or sites like offer printable booklets for purchase.

Try a Theme. Rabbi Glusman says, “Get creative! The Seder requires participants to retell the story of Passover, but do it in a way that interests your kids.” Pick a popular TV show, hobby, or interest to use as a framework for the Seder. Even Shalom Sesame (a Jewish version of Sesame Street) has a great Seder song for a Broadway theme, set to a tune from Les Miserables: Stagger Times. If you don’t think your Seder can work for all ages, stage an early (like 4:30 p.m.) short service and meal just for kids, picnic-style outside or inside on the floor, using a children’s guide like Sammy the Spider’s First Haggadah. Hire a babysitter to handle bedtime, and then move on to an adults-only Seder. Or, since Passover starts on a weeknight this year, hold an informal Seder experience on the weekend for kids when everyone can be more relaxed. –  Dalia Faupel

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Life Lessons from the Garden by Beth Davis

Whether it becomes an acre of bountiful harvest or just some cucumbers and tomatoes for your summertime salads, gardens offer an opportunity to teach your children valuable life skills. We all know the physical benefits of gardening – the sunshine, fresh air, exercise and healthy eating. Still, gardening offers more. As parents, we plant the seeds of who our children will become. Now is the time to get down in the dirt with your kids and grow those seeds.

Planning Forward thinking is something we sometimes forget to teach our children. Planning a garden with your children will teach them to plan for the future. Right now, you plan for the garden layout and the necessary seed and plant purchases. Someday, too soon, your kids will be pouring over college course descriptions the way you teach them to pour over seed catalogs. Make the planning process fun. Take measurements of your ground space and decide whether you are going to use containers. If you’re in an urban area and green space is hard to come by, containers will be best. Many seed companies have developed hybrids that thrive in small containers and still produce prolifically. As you plan with your children, remember to let them choose their favorite fruits and vegetables. Having even a single watermelon that they will devour will be a great reward for a job well done and they will be more likely to try new foods they helped to cultivate.


Diligence and Consistency

Let your children help with the garden. Getting down into the soil and working with you and their siblings will teach your child cooperation. When our usually stingy 5-year-old started doling out even amounts of ripe tomatoes for everyone during last year’s harvest, we knew that gardening was teaching her lifelong values. There will be more cooperation and less fighting if you assign each child a section of the garden or a specific task. One can be in charge of digging small holes, while another can be in charge of seeds, watering, etc.

Just as practicing a musical instrument will become easier for your child over time, so too does gardening. When you first uncover the mucky mess of weeds and soil in the early spring, you will have to put in time and effort to prepare the garden for planting. If you leave the garden unattended for too long, the weeds will begin to take over once again. Like any skill worth learning, when your child learns to pay consistent attention to your garden, it becomes easy to manage. The same could be said for school work.

Patience  Plants take time to grow. Your family garden will teach your child that good things are worth waiting for. Sure, you can always run to the farmer’s market for tomatoes, but waiting to make sauce from your own, home-grown variety is much more rewarding. When the first seedlings push through the soil and into the sunlight, your kids will begin to see the results of their labor. Every year when the blueberries start to ripen on the bushes in our side yard, my two middle kids monitor them daily. They have learned that eating a sour purple berry is not as tasty as waiting for that same berry to turn a deep, sweet blue. Teaching an appreciation for delayed gratification will pay off when it comes time for your teenager to plan a large purchase. 24 Atlanta Parent    April 2014

Dealing with Disappointment Sometimes things don’t work out. Seeds refuse to germinate. Unwanted pests destroy a tomato plant. Deer and bunnies take their fill of your lettuce. Any number of things can go wrong, particularly if you are gardening for the first time. That’s okay. Share the lessons with your children.  Next year, you’ll put the deer fencing up earlier and find a way to battle garden pests. You will research which plants do well in your area and realize that maybe a lemon tree was never a good idea for your growing zone. Gardening is like life in that way. There are so many big and little successes and failures. You learn lessons along the way and, as the years go by, you gain experience. If you handle the disappointments with grace, your children will learn to do the same. c

Tips for Gardening with Kids n  Composting is a fun, green aspect of gardening because kids get to toss “trash” into the garden (egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable shavings and rinds, etc.). You can make the entire garden a compost pile in the off season, and if you like you can leave a section for composting year-round. n  Consider planting most of the plot as a Family Garden, but save one section for your child’s own garden and make your child responsible for it. If she doesn’t fall in love with gardening, give her a small chore allowance for weed pulling and watering. n  Help your child make the garden his own. Decorate plant markers with the kids. Make stepping stones using a kit. We have lattice screen to make a short fence to keep animals out of the garden, and the kids can paint it their own way. n  Make sure you have kid-size tools available for your budding gardener. For Small Hands (ForSmallHands. com) offers child-size gardening tools like gloves, shovels, watering cans, kneeling pads, small buckets for weeds, small aprons and totes for tools and more.

n  Don’t tell the kids they are learning stuff, such as how much will it cost to buy enough tomato plants to fill half of our space? How many feet by how many feet is our garden, and how many different things can I plant in it? Which bugs are bad (Japanese beetles), and which are beneficial? Which plants attract butterflies (hint: wild plants)? Buy some ladybugs and let them loose and see how long they stay to eat up aphids.

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Gardening with Kids n  Have a garden-to-table pizza party where the toppings come from your own garden. Learn how to can your goodies at so you can save them for another day, and give some as holiday gifts. Sometimes you’ll have enough ripe bounty to share with friends. n  Get the kids involved. Take them along to pick out seeds or plants at the garden store or spend an afternoon poring over a seed catalog before making final decisions on what to plant. Their faces will light up when they get to pick green beans for dinner or grab some mint for their lemonade. Soft lamb’s ear, fragrant lavender and basil make a great addition to a fruit and veggie garden. –  Kerrie McLoughlin

Great Gardening Books n  Grow Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids by Constance Hardesty and Jeff McClung (Fulcrum Publishing, 2000) n  The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First Gardening Book: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5-12 Year Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Having Fun with Flowers to Indoor and Outdoor Nature Projects by Jenny Hendy (Anness Publishers, 2010)

Gardening Resources n The master gardener, host of “The Lawn and Garden Show with Walter Reeves” on WSB radio (6-9 a.m. Saturdays), and author of nine books on gardening has a Georgia gardening calendar on his website, answers gardening questions and provides links for gardening information. n The website of the University of Georgia Extension Service has plenty of information on fruit and vegetable gardening and landscaping, plus a list of county extension offices that will test the quality of your soil. n and gardeningwithkids. org: These websites of the National Gardening Association offer ideas for gardening projects with kids and how-to-garden information, even kits for gardening projects. c

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2014 Summer Day Camps With 400+ camps to choose from, Atlanta’s best day camp guide has something for every child.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 On the lookout for the perfect day camp? Your search starts here. Academic Camps.................... 30 Art Camps............................... 31 Computer Camps.................... 31 Cooking Camps....................... 31 Dance/Music Camps............... 31 Drama Camps......................... 33 General Camps....................... 34 History Camps......................... 47 Horse Camps.......................... 47 Language Camps.................... 47 Nature Camps......................... 48 Parks & Recreation Camps..... 49 Science Camps....................... 50 Special Needs Camps............. 52 Sports Camps......................... 54 Theme Camps......................... 58 YMCA Camps.......................... 59

Camps listed below with an * have extended hours available. Additional fees may occur.

Academic Camps Appleton Learning.* Ages 8-17. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Creativity, Robotics, SAT or ACT Boot Camp, Genius Training. $225-450/ session. 625 W. Crossville Rd., Roswell. 770998-1500. Atlanta Speech School. Ages 3-12. June 2-27. One-, two- and three-week sessions. Hours vary. Variety of summer programs and camps. $260/session and up. 3160 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-233-5332, Ext.3131. Atlanta Young Writers Institute. Agnes Scott College. Ages 15-18. June 9-20. Two-week session. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Explore, discuss and write poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. One-week middle-school workshop available. $1000/session. Agnes Scott College, Decatur. 404-509-9400. Barrington Hall Writing Camp. Ages 10-14. June 16-20, June 23-27, July 14-18. Oneweek sessions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn how to tell stories clearly using guided exercises, creative thinking and local field trips. $250/ session. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770640-3855. Break Into Business.* Georgia Tech & Mount Vernon School. Ages 9-14. June 23-27, July 7-11. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Camps for aspiring entrepreneurs. Launch a real business. $350/week. 404-997-2557.

Camp Promise.* Pleasant Hill Community Center. Ages 5-11. May 27-August 8. Oneweek sessions. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Educational enrichment, life skills and field trips. Meals included. $100-149/week. 725 Pleasant Hill St., Roswell. 678-559-5512. Challenge Island. Friends School of Atlanta. Ages 5-13. June 2-August 1. One-and twoweek sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thematic camps where students create inventions in tribes. $275/week. 862 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur. 404-964-7501. TCS Summer School. The Cottage School. Ages 14-19. June 16-July 3, July 7-25. Three-week sessions. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. One session = .5 Carnegie units; subjects include science, math, English, history and languages. $1000/session; $75 application fee for new students. 700 Grimes Bridge Rd., Roswell. 678-250-5111. Dale Carnegie’s Generation.Next. Ages 14-18. June 4-6. Three-day sessions. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Teen leadership program for confidence, communication and goal-setting. $795/session. 4151 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta. 404-634-8100. Ivy Bridge Academy Debate Summer Camp. Ages 8-18. June 2-August 1. Oneweek sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Leadership, public speaking and self confidence. 11180 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 404-519-7715. Jr. MBA Summer Camp.* Clark Atlanta University. Ages 11-17. June 9-20. Twoweek session. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Learn about business and entrepreneurship to earn a Jr. MBA certificate. $350/session. 223 James P. Brawley Dr. SW, Atlanta. 404880-8453. Rock Spring Preschool. Ages 6-10. June 2-June 27 and July 7-25. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. One-week sessions. Orton Gillingham Reading Camp and Multisensory Math Fun, $175 - $225/week. 824 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-434-4477. Sophia Academy.* Ages 6-13. June 9-July 11. One week sessions. 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. iAM Summer School Program with Orton-Gillingham trained teachers. Also, Middle School Leadership Institute available. $230-375/week. 2880 Dresden Dr., Atlanta. 404-303-8722. Summer Institute for the Gifted.* Emory University. Ages 5-12. June 23-July 11. Three-week session. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Academic instruction in over 30 courses and recreational activities. $2195/ session. 201 Dowman Dr., Atlanta. 866-303-4744. Summer University Camp.* Kennesaw State University. Ages 6-18. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Science, writing, LEGO® robotics, computer game design, astronomy, photography, comic book art and more. $249-299/session. 3333 Busbee Dr., Kennesaw. 770-4236765. Young Masterminds of Atlanta.* Ages 6-14. June 2-July 25. Four- and six-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Field trips, create businesses, financial literacy, team building and leadership. $120-175/week. Morrow and Sandy Springs. 800-616-3887.

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Art Camps

You Gotta Have Art. Birmingham Falls, Creek View and Alpharetta International Academy. Ages 5-12. June 2-July 27. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Drawing, painting, pottery, cartooning and jewelry. $210/session. 3995 Webb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta and 4772 Webb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-667-9337.

2 Crafty Chicks. Ages 3 and up. June 2-August 22. Four-day sessions. 9:30 a.m.-noon or 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Painting, drawing and clay. $30-120/session. 1549 Clairmont Rd., Decatur. 404-216-5574. All Fired Up. Ages 8-13. June 2-August 8. Daily or one-week sessions. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pottery painting, canvas painting and paper crafts. $50250/week. Alpharetta, 770-740-7800; Atlanta, 404-270-9048; Marietta, 770-575-2450.

Zone of Light Studios.* Ages 4-13. May 26-August 8. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.5 p.m. Half-day option. Themed weekly art programs focusing on enrichment and creativity and the arts. $240-340 session. 1174 Zonolite Place NE, Atlanta. 678-948-8059.

Art A la Carte.* Chastain Arts Center. Ages 5-17. June 9-August 8. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visual arts projects plus performing arts. $200/week. 135 W. Weiuca Rd., NW, Atlanta. 404-252-2927. Art and Animals Camp.* Farmhouse in the City. Ages 5-11. June-July. One-week sessions. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Animals and creative art projects. Create 12-15 masterpieces a week. $285/week. 1094 Green St., Roswell. 770-530-1563. Art Barn Summer Camps. Ages 5-12. June-July. One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Half and full day. Art, animals and more. City camp also available. $345/session. 208 Roper Rd., Canton. 678-319-0286. Art Place. Ages 4-18. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Art, clay and performance camps. $55-115/session. 3330 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. 770-509-2700. Art Station Summer Arts Camps.* Ages 5-13. June 2-27. One- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore creativity through performing, literary and visual arts. $150-175/session. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105. Art Weeks.* Abernathy Arts Center. Ages 6-16. June 2-June 27. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. Fabrics, hand building, multimedia, drawing, painting, jewelry-making. $80-90/week, plus $8 lab fee. 254 Johnson Ferry Rd., NW, Sandy Springs. 404-613-6172. Artistic Adventures Pottery & Art Camps. Ages 6-18. June 2- August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Use pottery wheel and hand building techniques. Learn drawing, watercolor and acrylics. $155/session. 1581 James Burgess Rd., Suwanee. 404-642-6564. Callanwolde Art Camps. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Ages 4-16. May 31-August 1. Various sessions. Full and half day. Creative dramatics, kindermusik, painting, pottery, jewelry, writing, photography, dance, music. $20-285/session. 980 Briarcliff Rd.NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338. Camp Carlos.* Michael C. Carlos Museum. Ages 7-17. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Creative drama, ceramics, glass blowing, Egyptian hieroglyphic art. $225/week. 571 S.Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-0519. Digital Photo Summer Camp. Ages 12-17. June. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn to use your DSLR camera, studio lighting, gear and techniques in studio from a professional photographer. $1125/session. 485 Buford Dr., Ste. 311, Lawrenceville. 678-463-1901. Hudgens Arts Center Summer Art Camps.* Ages 5-14. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Painting, drawing, clay, and mixed media.Pottery camp also available. $200-295/session. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 770-623-6002.

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Kaleidoscope Summer Art Camp. Jackson Elementary. Ages 6-14. June 2-13. Two-week session. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Professional artists teach drawing, painting and sculpting. $195-375/session. 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. 770-473-5775. Kidzart Camps and Workshop. Ages 6-14. JuneJuly. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Paint, clay, collage, computer animation and more. Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. 770-3214078. The Little House of Art.* Ages 3-12. May 27- August 11. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Arts and crafts, princess, American Girl, Smart Girl and superhero/adventure themes. $225-300/week. 1418 Dresden Dr., Atlanta. 404-814-1910. Main Street School of Art. Ages 5-14. May 28-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Weekly themes. Real art skills, art history and various mediums. $125/week. 2323 Main St., Tucker. 770938-7880.

Bytes & Bots Technology 4 Kids. Ages 6-18. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Robotics, video/app game creation, Minecraft mod design and web design. $200300/session. Various locations throughout Cherokee and Cobb. 770-826-0449. Emagination Computer Camps.* Mercer University’s Atlanta Campus. Ages 8-17. June 8-July 18. Two-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Create digital art, design video games, build robots. $825 and up/session. 3001 Mercer University Dr., Atlanta. 877248-0206. iD Tech Camps.* Emory University. Ages 7-18. June-August. One- and two-week sessions. Full Day. “Create iPhone apps, video games, mods with Minecraft, programs, robots. $849-899/week. 888-709-8324. National Computer Camps.* Oglethorpe University. Ages 6-18. July. One- and multiweek sessions. Full and Half Day. Video game design, programming in Java, C++, web design. $830/week. Atlanta. 203-7105771.

Polly the Potter Clay Camp. Ages 6 and up. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes basic hand-building skills, glazing. $350/ session. 840 DeKalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-5242016.

Youth Digital. Woodward Academy, Lovett School, Atlanta International School. Ages 8-14. June 2-July 21. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tech and design camps with app design, game design and mod design. $400-450. At several schools in metro Atlanta. 919-766-0691.

Sips n Strokes Art Camp. Ages 6-14. Mon-Thu throughout summer. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Canvas painting, printmaking, sculpture, book making and clock making. $275/week includes lunch, snacks and all materials. 1428 Towne Lake Pkway., Woodstock. 404-272-0156; 230 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs. 404-272-0064.

Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Ages 6 and up. June 3-5, 17-19. Three-day sessions. 1-3 p.m. Participate in hands-on chocolate making. $99/session. 885 Woodstock Rd., Roswell. 770-642-4200.

Spruill Center Arts Camp.* Ages 5-14. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Theme-based sessions in the visual and performing arts. Specialty camp, ages 11-14. $185-220/session. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. 770-394-3447. Vinings School of Art.* Ages 4-14. May 22-August 22. Five day sessions. 7:40 a.m.-6 p.m. Full or half day. Drawing, sculpture, canvas painting with one hour daily fitness or Spanish class. $165-$300/ week. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Ste. 102, Smyrna. 678-213-4278. Wonder Colors Art Studio. Ages 5-12. June 2-July 25. One-five day sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Full or half day. Art and games. $45-285/session. 3461 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd., Ste. E, Suwanee. 770-831-7417.

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Cooking Camps

Young Chefs Academy Summer Camp.* Ages 4-5, KinderCooks, ages 5-18, Jr. and Sr. camps. June 2-August 14. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Campers make three to four recipes each day. Meals and snacks included. $220-275 and up/week. N. Druid Hills/Emory, 404-633-2633; Sandy Springs/Northside, 404-255-9263; Marietta/ Acworth 770-427-2665.

Dance/Music Camps Academy of Ballet. Ages 3-18. June 3-19, 23-26, July 7-10, 14-17. Four-day sessions. Half-day sessions. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop. Intensive study for advanced dancers. $200 and up/session. 6470 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners. 770-242-6379.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 Atlanta Ballet. Ages 2 and up. June 9-August 1. One-, three-or seven-week sessions. Half and full day. Creative Movement, Beginner/Intermediate Day Camp, Young Dancer’s Summer Experience, Teen Ballet Camp. $130 and up/ session. Buckhead, Cobb. 404-873-5811, Ext.150. Atlanta Workshop Players Camp Destiny. The Studio of the Arts Alpharetta. Ages 6 and up. June 2-20. One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.or 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Singing, dancing, theatre, acting, improv comedy and circus arts. $199-399/week. 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-998-8111. British Academy of Performing Arts.* Ages 3-18. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. Full and half day. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Dance & acting camps. Themed Skill Camps, Master Dance Intensives, Ballet & Pointe, Shakespeare, Musicals, Acting, HipHop. $140-220/session. 2550 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. 770-578-8272. The Bush Centre For Ballet Summer Dance Camp. Ages 6-16. June 16-20, July 7-11. Oneweek session. 1-4:30 p.m. for ages 6-9 (June). 1:30-5:30 p.m. for ages 10-16 (July). Ballet classes, ballet-related craft projects, movies, snacks. $225-285/session. 6215 Black Water Trl., Sandy Springs. 404-256-5542. Chicago Joe’s Rock N Blues Camp. Midtown Music. Ages 11-18. June 9-July 18. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Music students train with blues, jazz and rock musicians. $475/week. 3326 North Druid Hills Rd., Decatur. 404-202-6044.

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Dance Diversity Summer Camp. Ballethnic Dance Company Studio. Ages 5-21. June 2-27, June 30-July 25. Four-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Intensive serious dance training with fun. Art camp also available. $720-750/four-week session. 2587 Cheney St., East Point. 404-762-1416.

Moving In The Spirit Summer Dance Camp.* Ages 8-14. July 21-August 1. Two-week session. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Classes in hip-hop and modern dance, craft sessions and field trips. $225/session. 750 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta. 404-624-5295 Ext. 245 Music Matters ROCK-U SUMMER CAMP. Ages 9-17. June 2-27. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hands-on activities for guitarists, bassists, drummers and vocalists include stage performance, effects training and solo technique.Concludes with performance. $399/session. Cambridge High School, 2845 Bethany Bend, Milton. 678-654-1034. North Atlanta Dance Academy*. Ages 3-18. June 9-August 1. One-,two- and three-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dance or musical theater program, weekly themed pre-ballet camp, 3-week performance programs. $245825/session. 10700 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 770-772-8000. Once Upon a Ballet. Ages 3-15. June 2-August 1. One- and two-week sessions. Times vary. Full and half day. Ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater and acting camps. $160-525/session. Buckhead, Dunwoody and Kennesaw. 404964-0529. OnStage Entertainment Summer Camp. Aim Studios. Ages 10 and up. May 27-July 11. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Hip hop, acting, voice, tap, ballet, jazz, guitar, keyboarding and drums. Ending recital at Philips Arena. $150 includes all dress attire/ session. 383 Marietta St., Suite B, Atlanta. 404-668-2217. Ragamuffin Music Hall Summer Camp. Historic Roswell Square. Ages 3-18. June 2-27. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. Pre-K music, songwriting/performance, keyboard, guitar and voice. $350/session. 585 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-744-3814.

Eclectic Music Summer Camp. Ansley Park. Ages 3-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. Half or full day. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Piano, guitar, violin, musical theater and songwriting. $60-640/week. 56 17th St., Atlanta or 1187 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-910-3687.

RISPA Summer Camps. Ages 3-18. May 27-July 25. One- and two-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Broadway Triple Threat, Hip Hop, Prince and Princess, Mini Move and Groove and My First Single Camps. $170-500/session. 14155 GA Highway 9, Milton. 678-6203500.

The Georgia Ballet. Ages 3-adult. June 2-July 28. One- to six- week sessions. Times vary by age group. Ballet, tap, mime, crafts, dance history, nutrition, intermediate/advanced programs. $65/week. 1255 Field Pkwy., Marietta. 770-528-0881.

School of Rock East Cobb.* Ages 7-18. June 2-6, June 16-20, July 14-18, July 28-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All levels on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Perform on stage. $425/session. 2515 E. Piedmont Rd., Marietta. 770-579-0400.

Gotta Dance Atlanta. Ages 5-13. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Learn the art of dance. $125/week plus $40 reg. 1778 Ellsworth Industrial Dr., Atlanta 404-352-0420.

SkyDance Academy.* Ages 4-12. June 9-July 3. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, African dance classes and drama. $125/session. 1474 Hwy.92 N., Fayetteville. 770-256-3398.

Guitar and Educational Enrichment Camp. European School of Music & Chess. Ages 7-11. June 2-6. One-week session. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Guitar instruction, introduction to other instruments, music and educational games. $180-220/week. 5187 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404-255-8382.

Stagedoor Studios.* Mt. Bethel UMC. Ages 6-12. July 21-25. One-week session. 9 a.m.2:30 p.m. Performing Arts camp featuring professional teachers of drama, dance, stage design and music. $200-225/session. 4385 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 678-560-7243.

Guitar Camp USA. Ages 6-17. June 9-July 25. One-, two- or three-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Beginners and experienced, guitar, songwriting, theory, performances, ukelele/ piano/rhythm for ages 6-8. $200-245/week. 7 Atlanta metro locations. 678-871-7625.

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Still Waters Youth Sinfo Nia. First Congregational Church Commons. Ages 7 and up. July 7-18. Two-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Instrumental music and dance instruction. Learn varieties of multi-cultural music and dance. $380/session. 105 Courtland St., Atlanta. 404-328-0840.

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Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music. 1 Ages 3-17. June 9-July 27. One-, two- and three-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cinderella camp, dance and music camps, musical theater camp, Seussical Jr., Ballet Intensive. $195-675/session. 524 Plasters Ave., Atlanta. 404-877-0005. Tayo Reed’s Performing Arts Center. Ages 3-17. June-July. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Music, dance, voice, cheer, drama and tutoring. $70-120/session. 6703 Shannon Pkwy., Union City. 770-774-4299.

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) Atlanta. Ages 5-18. June 16-August 4. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Musical theater day camps with end of camp performance. $185/week. Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Peachtree City. 404543-2381.

Youth Creates. 7 Stages, 12-18 years old, June 23-July 26. 5 week session, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Youth Creates is 7 Stages Theater Training Program for teenagers, $1200, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404522-0911.

Drama Camps Act 3 Arts Academy. Act 3 Playhouse. Ages 5-17. June 2-July 31. Two-week sessions. Times vary. Offers five individual theater workshops. Auditions required. $275-375/session. 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-241-1905. The Actor’s Edge Performing Arts Camps. Ages 7-17. June 2-27. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Musical theatre, acting, improv, dance and stage combat. Friday Finale Showcase. $175-200/session. Duluth. 770-846-6721. The Actors Scene Summer Camps. Ages 4-18. JuneJuly. One- and two-week sessions. Full and half Day. Theater, on camera and improv camp. Final performance at end of week. $139-399/session. 4484 Commerce Dr., Suite A, Buford. 770-904-6646.

Camp Aurora. Aurora Theatre. Ages 6-18. June 2-July 18. One- and three-week sessions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Intro to theatre through stories, singing, puppets and games. Also three-week professional summer musical for ages 6-18. $175-575/session. $25 registration fee. 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6226.

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Alliance Theatre Summer Day Camps.* Woodruff Arts Center. Ages 5-18. May 27-August 1. Nine day, one- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Work as an ensemble to create, rehearse and present short productions. $399699/session. 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4700. Atlanta Children’s Theatre - Camp Stardust.* Ages 6-15. June 2-August 1. One- and twoweek sessions. Times vary. Music, drama, choreography and props classes with a Friday performance. Advanced two-week camp for rising 5th-8th graders. $250-300/week. Buckhead, Decatur. 404-550-1600.

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Creative Studios of Atlanta. Ages 5-19. June 9-13, July 7-11 (Atlanta); June 23-27, July 21-25 (Alpharetta). One- week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Acting, voice over and hosting for film and television. For professional and aspiring actors. $595-895/session. 500 Bishop St., Atlanta; 274 N. Main St., Alpharetta. 404-355-4588. Curtain Call Youth Players Drama Camps. Ages 7-17. June 9-July 25. One- and two-week sessions. Full and half day. Age appropriate musical theatre and theatre camps. Fourday Improv Camp also available. $110-215/ week; $399/two-weeks. 2800 Canton Rd., Marietta; 3300 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. 404-692-2297. Drama Kids-NE Atlanta.* Ages 6-14. June 9-13, June 23-27, July 14-19, Aug 4-8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Improvs, movement, theater games, scenes and Friday performance. $160/week. Tucker and Atlanta. 770-776-7742.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 Forefront Arts Performance Camp.* Ages 3-14. June 2- August 15. One-week sessions. Ages 3-5: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Ages 6-14: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Perform in How I Became a Pirate, Wicked, The Wiz and Wizard of Oz. Atlanta, Chamblee, Decatur, Duluth, Johns Creek, Mableton, Tucker, Smyrna, Snellville. $100-$235/session. 770-864-3316.

Puppet Camp. Center for Puppetry Arts. Ages 9-12. June 9-13. One-week session. Mon.Thurs.: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.: 12-7 p.m. Create your own puppet show from start to finish. Write a script, build a puppet and learn the secrets of bringing puppets to life. Performance at end of week. $375/session. 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. 404-873-3391.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre Performing Arts Camp. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Ages 4-17. June 2-July 25. One- and two-week sessions. Times vary. Acting, improv, puppetry, dance, stage combat, voice, creative drama, visual arts and movement. $150-550/session. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-641-1260.

Puppet Camp! RoosterSocks Puppet Co. Ages 8 and up. June 2-6, June 9-13, June 23-27, July 21-25. One-week sessions. Mon-Thurs: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri: 3-7 p.m. Build puppets, paint sets and final performance. $295-349/ session. 2642 Church Dr., Doraville. 1-800593-0145.

Georgia Shakespeare’s Camp Shakespeare. Oglethorpe University. Ages 7-12. June 16-27, June 30-July 11. No camp July 4. Two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Theater games, arts and crafts and learn about Shakespeare. $500/session. 4484 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta. 404-504-3401.

Shakespeare Superheroes Day Camp. Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Ages 7-15. June 9-20, July 14- 25, July 7-18. Two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Acting, voice and movement in imaginative ways. Final performance. $495/ session. Cobb & Decatur locations. 404-8745299 x58.

Georgia Tech Office of the Arts Summer Camp.* Ferst Center For The Arts. Ages 8-14. June 9-13, 16-27. One- and two-week sessions. Musical theater and drama camp. Acting, singing, dancing, technical theater. $275-475/session. 349 Ferst Dr., NW, Atlanta. 404-385-4219.

Sketchworks Comedy Summer Kids Camp. Sketchworks Comedy Theatre. Ages 8-12. June 16-22, July 14-25. Two- week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn how to create a sketch comedy. $550/session. 3041 N. Decatur Rd., Scottdale. 404-499-8181.

Music Theatre Camps. The Grand Theatre. Ages 7-18. June 2-July 27. One-,two- and three-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Voice, acting and dance, with a final performance. $150-325/session. 7 N. Wall St., Cartersville. 770-386-7343.

Suwanee Academy of The Arts. Ages 3-12. June 2-July 3. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Princess camp, Superhero camp and musical theatre performances. $129-189/week. 341 Main St., Suwanee. 678-482-6333.

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Theatre Works Summer Camp. Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Ages 5-13. May 27-30, June 2327. One-week sessions. Times vary. Shakespeare for kids and musical theater. $125/week. 1722 Oak Grove Rd., Decatur. 770-934-9471. Whole World Theatre Summer Improv Camp. Ages 8-17. June 9-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Improv and games. Performance every Friday. $300/week. 1216 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. 404-545-5603.

General Camps Adventure Camp.* Rock Spring Preschool. Ages 2-6. June 2-30, July 7-25. One-week session. 9 a.m.12:45 p.m. Themed weeks including space, ocean, pets and cowboys. $135/week. 1824 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-875-8270. Atlanta Girls’ School SMART GIRLS Summer Camp.* Ages 8-13. June 2-6, 9-13. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Science, math, technology, art, dance and drama. $375/session. 3254 Northside Pkwy. NW, Atlanta. 404-845-0900. Day Camps at Brandon Hall School.* Ages 9-14. June 2-July 11. Two-week sessions. 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch included. Various camps: from Journalism, Theatre, Business Math to Video Gaming, Cross Fit Sports, Social Skills Builder and more. $1300/session. 1701 Brandon Hall Dr., Atlanta. 770394-8177. Camp Cresco.* Ages 5-12. May 28-August 1. Oneweek sessions. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Art, music, sports, food, career themes. $175-195/week. Woodstock, Buford, Marietta, Johns Creek. 770-992-8031.

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview Atlanta International School


tlanta International School (AIS) camps offer a fun filled experience to learn about the world and each other! We are known for our language camps in French, German (kindergarten–5), Chinese (kindergarten–8), Spanish and English as a Second Language (kindergarten–12) and accept campers of all skill levels. Active campers can participate in a variety of sports camps, including Soccer, Taekwondo, Basketball (5k–5) and Volleyball (4–8). For kids who like a mental challenge, Lego Robotics, Mod Design, Chess, Design & Make IT, Rockets & Racecars, Science & Technology Through Photography, and Grade 6 Study Skills are sure to please. Creative minded campers will love Camp Stardust (theater) and Filmmaking. Drivers Education and our traditional weekly themed camp Kaleidoscope are also available. AIS summer camps offer programs for rising kindergarten students up to grade 12 and are open to all. Located on the school’s campus in Buckhead. Camp programs run June 9-Aug 1. Please visit or contact us at 404-841-3840, Ext. 149.

esign changes everyth in g! Museum of Design Atlanta offers one-week summer camp sessions that focus on design principles like science, technology, engineering and math concepts combined with creativity to solve problems ranging from programming with LEGO robotics to exploring how design can be used to make the world a better place and solve the big, important problems of the 21st century. Kids ages 6 to 14 can take their LEGO designs to the next level during campMODA LEGO Robotics sessions where campers build and program their own robots. Middle schoolers and high schoolers will learn about how design processes can be used to solve problems and have positive social impact at Design Changes Everything Camp. Taught by Georgia Tech professors, Design Changes Everything Camps are held in conjunction with MODA’s exhibition Design for Social Impact. Sessions of campMODA run Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the week of June 2 through July 29. Fee is $495 per week ($395 week of June 30).


Camp Village


amp Village, Inc. has a mission to inspire children to change the world. More than 60 role models – professionals, retired teachers/ principals, counselors and volunteers expose campers to activities that reinforce learning to achieve future endeavors and provide positive lifelong experiences. Camp Village encourages a culturally diverse environment for youth, ages 5-17, who participate in a broad range of activities, including arts/culture, basketball, chess, dance, drama, drumming, etiquette, fashion/grooming, gardening, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, Jr, Apprenticeship Program, math, money management, music, public speaking, reading, robotics, rocket building, fun science, skating, soccer, Spanish, swimming, tea parties, Taekwondo, tennis, writing, yoga and weekly field trips. Camp Village’s Jr. Apprentice Program for youth 12 and 17 will receive the support of business mentors. They will learn how to create financial independence through the development of their own products and services. The participants will engage in an in-depth exploration of the business planning process and will develop an investor-ready business plan. At the end of the program, participants with the top three business plans will receive capital investments to launch their businesses. For information:, 404-349-0122 or email/


The Children’s Museum of Atlanta 2014 Summer Camps


he Children’s Museum of Atlanta is offering four exploratory full-day camps for campers aged 4-9. Camps are held Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, aftercare available. Adventure Camp: Perfect for younger children and first time campers, Adventure Camp is designed for children to explore the Museum’s learning zones indepth while having exciting new experiences. June 9-13 or June 16-20. Discovery Science Camp: Eureka! This camp calls all young scientists to experiment, get messy, and learn through hands-on science. June 2-6 or June 23-27. Imaginator Theater Camp: Children will join the Museum’s professional troupe of actors and educators for this sellout two-week theatrical camp. Two week camp: June 9-20. Dream. Design. Build. Camp: If your child likes boxes more than the toys that came in them, and is always building forts, this is the camp for them! Four-day camp: June 30 – July 3. To register, call 404 527-3693, email reservations@, or visit www.

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A Summer Camp for Learning

Since 1981 June 16 - July 11 Two sessions of 2 weeks each available

Contact Betsy Box for more information Located on the beautiful 45-acre campus of The Bedford School in Fairburn, GA. Serves children with academic needs, ADD or learning differences.  Students aged 5-15  4:1 student/staff ratio  Academics: Reading, Math, & Writing Skills  Afternoon Recreational Program

Summer Day Camps 2014 Camp Explorations X-treme Summer Fun - Bright Horizons.* Ages 5-12. May-August. One-week sessions. 6:15 a.m.-7:30 p.m., varies by location. Weekly themes, field trips, Fantastic Friday events. $221/week, varies by location. 5 metro locations.

The Camp at St. Martin’s.* Ages 4-14. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sports, science, technology and edible art. $200-300/week. 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta. 404-237-4260, ext. 380.

Camp Faith.* Faith Lutheran Church and School. Ages 2-13. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crafts, nature, sports, music, drama, Bible, computers, in-house field trips. $165-180/week. 2111 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-973-8921.

Camp Stepping Stone. Stepping Stone Montessori. Ages 5-12. May 26-August 2. Weekly sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Weekly themes with projects and in-house field trips. Catered Lunch and two healthy snacks. $170/week. 820 Sanders Rd., Cumming. 770-205-0317.

Camp Funtastic. Willow Brook Academy. Ages 5-12. May 26-August 6. One-week sessions. 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Arts and crafts, computer lab, water park, sports fitness center and field trips. $175-200/week. 8150 Majors Rd., Cumming and 4420 Kelly Mill Rd., Cumming. 678-455-0555. Camp Gideon.* Ages 5-11. June 14-June 27. One-

week sessions. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Outdoor camp activities such as crafts, music, canoeing, rock wall climbing, and more. $145/session. 3545 Walden Lane, Acworth. 770-974-7744.

Camp Love Summer Enrichment Program. Friendship Community Church. Ages 5-14. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Educational, spiritual, and physical enrichment. Bible study, swimming, sports. $95/week. 4141 Old Fairburn Rd., College Park. 404-349-6040. camp MODA Lego® Robotics Camp. Ages 6-14. June 2-6, 9-13, 23-27, July 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, July 28-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Design, build and program robots using LEGO®s. $495/week. Midtown Atlanta. 404-979-6455. Camp Primrose. Ages 5-12. June-August. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Themed camps, field trips, physical activities. From $185/week. 39 metro Atlanta locations. 800-774-6767. Camp Serenbe. The Inn at Serenbe. Ages 3-12. June 9-June 27; July 7- August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Campers are grouped by age. Outdoor camp with animals, hiking, swimming, games and crafts. All campers receive Camp Serenbe t-shirt. $300/week. 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd. 404-788-4019.

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Camp Tall Oaks at Shreiner Academy. Ages 2-13. May 27-August 1. Weekly sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Outdoors, blended academics, weekly field trips, 2 pools (daily swimming) and fun! $240-$280/week. 1340 Terrell Mill Rd., Marietta. 770-953-1340. Camp Unite.* Dunwoody Baptist Church. Ages 2-13. June 2 - August 15. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Sports, music and dance. $185-200/week. 1445 Mt. Vernon Rd., Atlanta. 770-280-1200. Camp Village.* Ages 5-17. June 30-August 8. One-week sessions. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Golf, tennis, Taekwondo, dance, theatre, gymnastics, soccer, horseback riding, math, music, Spanish, swimming, tea parties, etiquette, fashion, aeronautics, gardening, Jr. Apprentice Program, weekly field trips. $175/week (sliding scale). 135 Auburn Ave., Atlanta; 815 Lynhurst Dr., SW, Atlanta. 404-349-0122. Camp Westminster Day Trek. Ages 6-10. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Horseback riding, nature exploration, arts, soccer, swimming lessons, climbing wall. Christian values. $215/week. 2412 Lake Rockaway Rd., Conyers. 770-483-2225. Camping in The City. Canterbury School. Ages 3-8. May 27-August 1. One-week session. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Art, science, swimming and field trips. $225/week. 1140 University Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-522-5659.

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview Circus Camp

Club Scientific Summer Camps

ircus Camp is a day-camp experience designed to introduce children to circus, performing, and visual arts. Camper age 5 thru teens. Circus Camp’s philosophy is to build the self esteem of children through the magic of Circus Arts. CIRCUS CAMP IS INTERACTIVE. Children get to actually do things they have only seen in the Circus. Trapeze, tightrope walking, unicycling, juggling, magic and even throw a pie in a clown’s face... and more! CIRCUS CAMP IS ENTERTAINING. Children are taught by Circus professionals and are treated to a live show every day. They get to see a real magic show, trapeze artist doing the advance tricks on the equipment, clowning, unicycling and much more. CIRCUS CAMP IS PERFORMANCE. Every Friday afternoon the children become the Circus Stars and perform a free live Circus Show for Mom, Dad, family and friends. They go home truly feeling like Circus Stars. Circus Camp locations include Decatur, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and selected YMCA’s throughout Atlanta. Camp Sessions June 2 - August 1. Sessions and prices vary per location. Call 404-370-0001 or ONLINE REGISTRATION at

cience was NEVER this much fun! Club Scientific believes that every child is a scientist and that they can make children even better scientists! 2014 Summer Camps season offers 28 summer day camps. All of our hands-on National Science Standard activities make science challenging and fun! Camp Directors are highly trained college graduates, assisted by currently enrolled college students that have been trained by Club Scientific. Camp themes for Ages 4-5 include Little Scientist & Engineer, Junior Chemist, Jurassic, Junior Meteorologist & LEGO Young Builder. Camps for ages 6-8 include Young Scientist, Paleo, Cosmos Jolly Roger, Space Engineer - LEGO & Jr. Robot Creator - LEGO and more & Camps for ages 9 -14 include Emergency Vet, Video Game Maker, CSI, Special Effects, Scibot, Deep Space – LEGO & many more. Each camp is $245 per week, except for camps with a Lab Fee. Discounts are offered for multiple weeks and there is a sibling discount as well. Camp Days are Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm. Half-Day Summer Camp programs are available for ages 4-5. Hours are from 9am – 1pm. Locations throughout Metro Atlanta. Visit for more information or call 800-399-8309.



Fruition Farm Summer Camp

Greater Atlanta Christian School

oin Fruition Farm for a summer your child will remember all year long! Through our two locations in Vinings and Fairburn, Fruition Farm offers Mother & Daughter Horse Camp, Girls Leadership Horse Camp and Reading & Riding Horse Camp. Our camps teach life skills as well as horsemanship skills. In 3 and 5 day camp sessions campers will learn the basics of horse care, grooming, nutrition, health care, equine behavior and more while also increasing their self-confidence, problem-solving, communication and assertiveness skills. Mother & Daughter horse camps build memories and strengthen family bonds through the shared fun of riding together with interactive activities that strengthen communication, compassion and trust between mothers and their daughters. Girls Leadership Camp incorporates horses to help girls identify their strengths and become empowered in their relationships with others, learning how to ask for and get what they need at home, in school and with friends in ways that are healthy and assertive. Reading & Riding Horse Camp combines the fun of riding and horsemanship with reading enrichment. To learn more about our unique and unforgettable summer programs, visit Fruition Farm online at www.

ant your kids to have a summer packed with fun? Check out Greater Atlanta Christian School’s Summer Enrichment Programs. Camps are available for kids and teens ages 3 yrs. – 12th grade from May 27-August 1. Regular camp hours are 8:30AM-4:00PM and extended hours are available. Summer programs are open to all children – not just GAC families. They offer a world-class day camp experience intentionally filled with fun, laughter, leadership development, teambuilding competitions, and large doses of encouragement. Your child will have access to gyms, aquatic center, and topquality athletic fields. Daily activities include music, dancing, outside play, swimming, team projects and games, bounce houses, a 65’ long inflatable obstacle course, and much more. In addition to the Spartan Day Camp GAC has specialty camps focused on Sports, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Academics. So many opportunities to learn, explore, exercise, develop friendships and have fun all in a safe environment! The 80+ acre campus is located just north of the I-285 perimeter in northeast Atlanta. To ask questions or to register visit, email summercamp@ or call (770)243-2275.



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Summer Day Camps 2014 Children’s Ark Learning Center. Ages 5-12. May 26-Aug 8. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. One-week sessions. Weekly themes, field trips, arts & crafts, recreational games. Lunch and snacks included (except field trip days). $160 per week. Multi-week discount available. 9440 Nesbit Ferry Rd., Alpharetta. 770-992-8489. Childtime Summer Camp. Ages 5-12. May 22-August 1. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Theme weeks, educational programs, and field trips. Activities and fees vary by location. Averaging $140/week. 10 Atlanta locations. 866-561-3411. Cliff Valley Summer Programs.* Cliff Valley School. Ages 3-13. June 9-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Spanish, sports, games, art, nature, computer animation and photography. From $190/session. 2426 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta. 678-302-1302. Community Christian School. Ages 3-15. May 27-July 25. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Weekly themes. Swimming, movies and age appropriate field trips. $190/session. 2001 Jodeco Rd., Stockbridge. 678-432-0191.

The Day School at Sandy Springs Christian. 2-5 years. June 9-July 3. 2-3 day and one-weeksessions.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ponies, water play, art, music, outside resources, playground. $80175/session. 301 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs. 404-252-3950. Destiny Academy Summer Program. Ages 6 weeks-6. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Daily devotional, worship, outside play, music, Spanish and language development. Lunch and snacks provided. $150-200/ week. 1775 Water Place, Atlanta. 770-509-9010. Discovery Point. Ages 5-12. May-August. Oneweek sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Weekly themes, field trips and arts and crafts. $155/ week. 30 locations. Eagle Point Day Camp.* Ages 5-13. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. Full day. Traditional day camp on Lake Lanier. Waterfront activities and group nature games. $135-300/session. Lake Lanier. 770-888-2788.

Connection Pointe Christian Academy.* Ages 6-12. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Field trips, Chapel, arts and crafts. $155/week. 888 East West Connector SW., Austell. 770-803-6475.

Epstein Extraordinary Summer Adventures. The Epstein School and Sandy Springs UMC. Ages 2-15. June 2-July 3. Three-, four- and five-day sessions. Full and half day. Preschool program. Circus camp, sports, arts and crafts, science and weekly themes. $175-400/session. 335 Colewood Way, Sandy Springs; 86 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Atlanta. 404-250-5606.

Creme de la Creme. Ages 5-12. May 27- August 15. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Theme weeks, art, sport, foreign language, computers, field trips and water park. $288-350/week, varies by location. 6 locations.

Frazer Center Summer Camp. Ages 5-9. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Inclusive camp with weekly themes and field trips. $235/week. 1815 S. Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-377-3836.

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Galloway Summer Experiences. The Galloway School. Ages 3-18. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. Full or half day. Many camps including sports, arts, drama, computer and leadership. $195-280/session. 215 W. Wieuca Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404-252-8389, Ext. 140. Girl Scout Day Camps.* Ages 5-14. June 8-July 26. Three-five-day sessions. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Swimming, arts, nature games and outdoor skills. Open to all girls. $120-200/session. Camp Pine Acres at Lake Allatoona, Acworth and Camp Timber Ridge, Mableton (near Six Flags). 770-702-9140. The Goddard Schools. Ages 5-7 years. June 2-August 29. Four-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Music, creative art, nature, sports and on-site visitors. $1350/month; prices vary by location. 27 locations.

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center

High Meadows Camp


ooking for a unique summer camp experience? The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center has a wide variety of camp offerings sure to please every interest and designed to help your child discover new passions! Fill your days exploring nature, chasing bugs and critters, unearthing cultures past, programming LEGO EV3 robots, reenacting the life of a Civil War soldier, playing a gallant knight from medieval times, fine tuning your outdoor survival skills, understanding water’s impact on the earth, performing a play, zipping through the tree canopy, solving a wildlife crime, and much more. Camps vary according to age and are available for children ages 2 through 13. With camps full of fun, engaging activities, and (don’t tell them) educational material, each camper will enjoy themselves and discover something that they love about the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center and better yet, the world around them! For more information or to register, visit www.


stablished in 1973 on 40 acres of farm and forest in Roswell Georgia, High Meadows Camp offers a structured outdoor recreational program focusing on personal responsibility and environmental respect. In a relaxed, caring, and non-competitive atmosphere, each camper is encouraged to engage in new experiences and build relationships. Each day, High Meadows Camp welcomes 300 children, from age four to 14, to participate in a traditional camp experience. Groups are arranged by grade level, and generally have two counselors for every 12 to 15 children. The exemplary staff continues well-established traditions while teaching unique age-appropriate classes that include: Animal Care, Arts and Crafts, Archery, Swimming, Sports, Canoeing, Indian Lore, Photography, Pony Rides, Ropes, Dance, Performing Arts, Nature, Pioneering, and Woodworking. Preschoolers participate in a shortened day program with constant nurturing supervision, fun activities and exploring the campus. Bus transportation is available from various locations in the north metro area. At High Meadows Camp, summer fun goes hand-inhand with learning, achievement, and enrichment. In short, it’s what camp should be. Additional information at www. or 770.993.7975.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

iD Tech Camps & iD Tech Academies

ummer Connection programs at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School are open to everyone – not just Holy Innocents’ families. Over the years, campers have come from over 75 schools around Metro Atlanta to play, explore, and learn in all sorts of fun and exciting ways. Spread throughout the school’s 49-acre campus, Summer Connection offers weekly programs for children and teens from 3 years-old through 12th-grade. Camp programs include virtually all interscholastic sports, most academic fields of study, and a wide variety of the Fine Arts, including music, drama, and the visual arts. Summer Connection also features lots of programs designed simply for fun, exercise, and camaraderie. One of the most popular offerings at Holy Innocents’ Summer Connection (for parents, at least) is Brush Up, a three-week program offering supplemental educational assistance to prepare students from pre-school to rising 9th graders. For more information or to request a brochure, please email Barbara Klein at, or leave a message for her at (404) 303-2150 ext. 848. 805 Mount Vernon Highway, NW Atlanta, GA 30327

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



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“Building on a tradition of quality and caring”

Children’s Special Services, LLC

Summer Registrations now being accepted! June June 9-10-11-12 9-11:30 AM Play YOUR Way to Sensory Motor Success Group* St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church School, Atlanta, GA 30319 Play YOUR WAY to Sensory Motor Success is a sensory exploratory group for children preschool through Kindergarten. Children will explore various sensory mediums and use their bodies as a tool to participate in games, crafts and group activities . In addition they will get organizational experiences and basic in-hand manipulation skills that are precursors to fluid handwriting. Skills they will need as they move into elementary school academics.   • Cost $295. All materials included • Limit 6 to the group. OTR and OTS led • Ages 3-6 • This is billed as occupational therapy and may be plan permitting, submitted to your insurance company. • Register Through St. Martin’s Explorers Group. Mr. Morres Walker  404-237-4260, ext 729. June 16-17-18-19  9 AM -12 PM WIN™ Program Write Incredibly NOW™ Clinic and Buckhead locations to be announced Handwriting organization and sensory awareness rolled into 12 moving and exciting hours of increased competency. • Both manuscript and cursive taught • Cost $550. Manual & materials inc. • Limit 10 to group. • Register through Children’s Special Services, LLC 770-394-9791 or online at June 23-24-25-26 9 AM -12 PM WIN™ Program Write Incredibly NOW™   THIS WILL BE THE ONLY PACE CAMP THIS SUMMER

Handwriting organization and sensory awareness rolled into 12 moving and exciting hours of increased competency • Both manuscript and cursive taught • Cost $550. Manual & materials inc. • Limit 15 to group. • Register through PACE ACADEMY, 404-240-9130. Ask for Beth Singletary July July 7-8-9-10 9 AM -12 PM Social Skills (POP™) Personal Options and Preferences™ Group St. Martin’s the Fields Episcopal Schools A program of guided play to help children with fine and gross motor and sensory motor skills inclusive of but not limited to getting used to new environments, activities, guided problemsolving, transitioning, coping and frustration tolerance abilities • Cost $325. OTR & OTS. Registered Music Therapist led • Open to 15 children max. • Register through St. Martin’s Explorers Group, Mr. Morres Walker  404-237-4260, ext 729 July14-15-16-17 9 AM -12 PM WIN™ Program Write Incredibly NOW™  St. Martin’s the Fields Episcopal Schools Handwriting organization and sensory awareness rolled into 12 moving and exciting hours of increased competency • Cost $550. Manual & materials inc. • Limit 10 to group. Open to 15 children max. • Both manuscript and cursive • Two OTRs  2OTSs • Register through St. Martin’s Explorers Group, Mr. Morres Walker  404-237-4260, ext 729. July 21-22-23-24   9 AM -11:45 AM WIN™ Program Write Incredibly NOW™ Midtown International School Handwriting organization and sensory awareness rolled into 12 moving and exciting hours of increased competency!! Labored to legible manuscript and cursive US Trademarked Program.  Taught through games that create automatic movements~ fluency can be fun!! • Register below or through Children’s Special Services, LLC 770-394-9791 or online at • Open to 10 children max.  Ages 4-12 ~ children grouped within the group. • Cost $550. All materials workbooks & crafts included.

Summer Day Camps 2014 Greater Atlanta Christian School Summer Camp.* Ages 3-17. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Athletic, art, dance, academic and drama camps. $125-300/session. 1575 Indian Trail-Lilburn Rd., Norcross. 770-243-2275.

La Petite Academy Summer Camp. Ages 5-12. May-August. Weekly sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Choose from nine different summer camps from outdoor adventure, cooking and drama. $128/week; prices vary by location. 12 locations. 1-877-543-0727.

High Meadows Summer Day Camp. Ages 4-14. June 2-August 1. Three-week sessions. 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.; Preschool, 9:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Traditional outdoor activities directed at selfimprovement, environmental awareness and non-competitive achievement. $885-1125/session. 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-993-7975.

Little Flyers Summer Camp. Ages 5-12. JuneAugust. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Weekly field trips. Arts and crafts, academic enrichment, computer games and outdoor fun. $115-135/session. 1701 Columbia Ave., College Park. 404-305-6950.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Summer Connection. Ages 3-18. May 27- August 1. Various session lengths. Full and half day. Academics, athletics and art camps. $150-780/ session. 805 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NW, Atlanta. 404303-2150 ext. 992. Inman Park Cooperative Preschool Summer Camp. Inman Park. Ages 2-5. June 2-July 25. Two or three day and One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Gardening, art, water play and nature . $80-225/week. 760 Edgewood Ave., NE, Atlanta. 404-827-9796. Johns Creek Montessori School.* Ages 15 months-6 years. June 2-August 1. Two-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. “Getting Back to Nature” with a different theme each session. $345-$570/session. 6450 E. Johns Crossing, Johns Creek. 770-814-8001. Jr. Gladiator Camp and Gladiator Camp. The Atlanta Academy. Ages 3-12. June 2-August 8. No session July 4th week. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sports, arts and crafts, cooking, technology and weekly fieldtrips. $235/week. 2000 Holcomb Woods Pkwy., Roswell. 678-461-6102. Kids R Kids Learning Academies.* Ages 5-12. May-August. Session lengths vary. 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Computers, crafts, sports, themed activities and field trips. $125/week & up. Prices vary by location. 40 locations. 770-279-7777. Kids’ Stay’n Play.* Ages 5-12. May-August. Daily and weekly sessions. Full day. Field trips, arts and crafts and cooking. $90-100/week. Roswell, 678-277-9000; Gwinnett, 770-476-4263. Kreative Kidz.* Ages 5-14. May 27-August 8. Various session lengths. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Computer lab, creative arts, logic skill play, team play and field trips. $80/week. 4910 Jonesboro Rd., Union City. 770-306-0020.

Lovett Summer Programs.* The Lovett School. Ages 4-18. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Day, sports, arts, specialty and academic camps. $150-320/ session. 4075 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404262-3032. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Summer Day Camps.* Zaban Park. Ages 4-15. May 27-August 8. One-, two-, four-week and other session lengths. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Traditional, specialty, travel, teen, sports, drama, indoor and outdoor. $350-400/week. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody. 678-812-4004. McGinnis Woods Country Day School Sunsational Summer.* Ages 4-13. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Themed weeks, arts and crafts,weekly field trips, sports, specialty camps in including Spanish, robotics and cooking at extra cost. $225/session. 5380 Faircroft Dr., Alpharetta. 770-6647764. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Community Children’s Program. Ages 2-12. June-August. Session lengths vary. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Swimming, field trips, arts and crafts, tutoring and lunch. $100-150/week. 5140 Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain. 404-296-1783. Mill Springs Academy - Mark Trail Camp and Sports Camps. Ages 6-14. May 27-Aug 6. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Half-day available. Field trips, outdoor activities, rocketry, robotics and cooking. 8 sports camps and academic programs also available. $200-$350/week. 13660 New Providence Rd., Alpharetta 770-360-1336. Montessori School at Emory. Ages 15 mos.-12 years. June-August. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Nature study, crafts, cultural studies and field trips. $885-1280/session. 3021 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur. 404-634-5777.

July 28-29-30-31 Last Gasp Readiness Camp Clinic Located inside Temple Emanu-El, Sandy Springs, GA Homework SURVIVAL Kit,™ (Exclusive to Children’s Special Services, LLC) organizational skills, handwriting review, study skills, etc.  Addressing “new school” and/or “new kid in school” issues.  Evening parent session on how to ask for special services and get your child’s needs attended to. • Open to 8 children and families max. • Cost $495 • Monday - Wednesday 9-11:30; 6 PM Thursday Evening session for families. • Register through Children’s Special Services, LLC 770-394-9791 or online at

R 770-394-9791 TE FO EBSI NAL W E O E I S IT S! D D A AMP C Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Registered & Licensed CEO/Executive Director

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia


ohns Creek Montessori School of Georgia (JCMSOG) provides excellence in Montessori education for children 15 months to six years old. Their year round authentic Montessori environment provides a unique setting where each individual’s needs are respected and everyone works together for the good of the community. The focus is always on helping the children to develop themselves in a caring, peaceful environment. Each of JCMSOG’S vibrant classroom communities is outfitted with high quality Montessori materials designed to meet each child’s individual developmental needs, so that no matter a child’s learning style or pace, the right equipment is on hand to give him exactly what he needs. JCMSOG’s summer program, “Getting Back to Nature”, offers the usual Montessori lessons supplemented with additional outdoor activities to allow the children even more opportunities to engage with nature. While children learn about the classification of plants and animals, they will have

the opportunity to work in the gardens, experience wildlife, and explore the natural vegetation in the area. Two-week summer sessions allow you to schedule around your busy vacation plans. Each session includes a visit by a nature or animal expert, hours of hands-on learning activities, and lots of water and outdoor play. As children learn about the natural world around them and how they can influence it, they gain independence. This builds a sense of security in their ability to care for themselves and is a first step in developing self-discipline. Multi-age classroom communities allow for non-competitive, mutually beneficial relationships between children. The younger children learn by observing the older children. The older children test their learning by repeating lessons for their younger friends. The Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia difference is best experienced in person. Please schedule a time to observe the “Montessori Magic” by calling 770-814-8001 or email at 6450 East Johns Crossing, Johns Creek.

Jr. MBA Summer Camp

Kid Chess

he Jr. MBA Summer Camp provides campers with a solid introduction to entrepreneurship and business. The campers learn from business faculty, are guided by current students in the business school, and they get to work on real business projects. Campers will learn about the different areas in business, the stock market and investing, and how to run a business. In addition, campers will get to develop a business plan, work in the computer lab, and take a tour of local business. Since the camp takes place at a university, campers will also have a better understanding of what it is like to be on a college campus and experience college life. At the end of the camp, your child will have a better understanding of business, entrepreneurship, and what it is like to go to college. For the 2014 summer, the camp will take place from June 9th – June 20th. The camp offers FREE early care and campers get a FREE camp t-shirt. The Jr. MBA Summer Camp looks forward to another exciting summer. For more information, please visit our website at www. Don’t Miss Out….Register for the Jr. MBA Summer Camp Now!

o engage minds, empower decision makers, and embrace uniqueness is a motto that guides their teaching. Kid Chess encompasses all those principles and an added enthusiasm for learning, an increase of concentration, focus, and strategy lead decision making is the result of participating in Kid Chess Camps feature a variety of activities which include: Regular Chess, Bughouse Chess, Blitz Chess, Blindfolded Chess, & Obstacle courses. Several chances to play top instructors, lots of play. Every child wins at least one trophy with the opportunity to win several more. Each camper gets a T-shirt. Flexible scheduling! You can participate for the Full Day (9am-5pm) or Morning only (9am-1pm), or Afternoon only (1pm-5pm) For more information or to register, please call us at 770-575-5802 or or register online at www.



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Summer Day Camps 2014 Montessori at Vickery and Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs. Ages 18 mos.-9 years. May 27-July 31. (Cumming). Two-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. half-day 8:30 a.m.-2:30p.m. Great Artist Discovery, Insane Science, Thinking Maps, Mazes, and Labyrinths, Jr. Chefs. Field trips, guest artists, local chefs, and master gardeners. $360-565/session. Vickery: 6285 Post Rd. 770-777-9131. Sharon Springs: 2830 Old Atlanta Rd. 770-205-6277. Montessori School of Woodstock.* Ages 18 mos.-8 years. June-July. One-week sessions. Full and half day. Art projects, games, Spanish, nature, Wet Fridays and more. Meals included. $165-200/week. 3899 Canton Rd., Marietta. 770-928-2515. Morningside Presbyterian Preschool Summer Camps. Ages 2-5. June 2-August 1. Five- and three-day sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Outdoor, art, science, and literature activities. $95-130/ session. 1411 N. Morningside Drive., Atlanta. 404-685-8758. Mount Paran Christian School Summer Camps. Ages 3-18. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Academic, athletic, acting, arts, fitness, faith and fun, sports camps. $75-300/session. 1275 Stanley Rd., Kennesaw. 770-578-0182, Ext. 3721. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Summer Camps.* Ages 5-17. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Day camps, athletic camps, summer scholar camps and exploration camps. $175-350/week. 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. 404-252-3448, Ext. 2602. North Cobb Christian School Summer Camps.* Ages 3-18. June 2-August 6. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Day camp, sports, fine arts and academics. $75-195/week. 4500 Lakeview Dr., Kennesaw. 770-975-0252.

Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia Excellence in Montessori Education 6450 East Johns Crossing │ Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 814-8001 │

● Vibrant, multi-age learning communities ● Montessori certified teachers in every classroom ● School leadership team with advanced education degrees ● Regular parent involvement activities ● Flexible academic program schedules

Oak Grove UMC CDC Summer Camps.* Ages 5-9. May 27-July 25. One-week sessions. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Special activities, field trips, swimming. $225/week. 1722 Oak Grove Rd., Decatur. 404-636-5476. Operation Exploration. Ages 5-12. May 27-August 15. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sports, Sensational Science, Arts & Crafts, Phenomenal Field Trips. $175 and up/session. Includes meals. 6 locations. Pace Academy Summer Programs. Ages 3½-17. June 9-July 25. One-week sessions. Full and half day (for preschoolers.) Swimming, recreation, arts and crafts, sports, specialty camps and counselors program. $275-600/ session. 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-240-9130. Paideia School Summer Camp. Ages 3-15. June 16-July 18. One-, two-and four-week sessions. Times vary. Art, sports, games and outings. $170-780/session. 1509 S. Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-377-3491. Pinecrest Academy. Ages 4-17. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. Full and half days. Athletics, Spanish, arts and crafts, martial arts, dance, drama and science. $75-450/session. 955 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming. 770-888-4477. Pisgah Pathfinders. Mount Pisgah Christian School. Ages 5-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Field trips, swimming, shaved ice truck and culinary lab lessons. $220-260/week. 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd., Johns Creek. 678-336-3311.

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview McGinnis Woods Country Day School

Music Matters

et ready for summer camp with McGinnis Woods Country Day School’s “Sunsational Summer.” This camp will run weekly themed sessions from May 27 through August 8. Children may attend individual weeks or the entire summer. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at a cost of $225 weekly. Before and/or after camp care is available at an additional fee. Each week of camp will include arts and crafts, computers, playground games, water activities, board games and team sports. Campers will take weekly field trips on school owned buses. Destinations will include tubing, horseback riding and the Atlanta Botanical Garden just to name a few. Campers will explore new themes each week of the summer, including “Animal Adventures,” “Splish Splash,” “Weird Science” and “Thrill Seekers.” Water activities are scheduled for each week and specialty camps like Swimming, Cooking, Robotics, Golf, Spanish and Academic Camps are available at an additional fee. For more information or to register, contact McGinnis Woods Country Day School at or call 770-664-7764. The “Sunsational Summer” staff looks forward to seeing you this summer!

OT YOUR AVERAGE BAND CAMP: ROCK-U SUMMER CAMP. Beginner to advanced musicians between the ages of 9-17 are invited to enhance their skills and experience performing with a band at this unique summer camp! Guitarists, bassists, drummers and VOCALISTS are engaged in hands-on activities from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with experienced and inspiring instructors. Throughout the week, campers receive instruction as a large group, as individual bands and also split off into instrument groups where they learn techniques on their specific instrument. With activities like stage performance, effects training and solo technique, this is an opportunity to take music to the next level! The session concludes on Friday with a professionally produced concert where the students showcase their new skills for friends and family. Whether you have no previous experience playing in a band, or you already have one, Music Matters encourages individual members or entire bands to participate. Four oneweek sessions are offered at the new facilities of Cambridge High School in Milton, GA during June 2014. Vocalist specialization is provided. Visit for details and to enroll!



Second-Ponce’s Early Childhood School

Sips n Strokes Summer Art Camps

ooking for an entertaining and educational way for your child to spend the summer? The Early Childhood School at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead will offer summer camp for children who are ages 3–6 years old and fully potty trained. Week-long camps will take place from June 23–27: At the Beach; July 14–18: Petite Picassos; and July 21–25: Sports and Tumbling. Camps are $175 for the week and run from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Download a registration form at ecspreschool. Second-Ponce’s Early Childhood School has classes during the school year for children ages 12 months to 5 years from 9 a.m. until noon. The ECS offers one of the lowest teacher/student ratios among Buckhead preschools. The ECS believes that children learn best through play and achieve the most through experiential learning in an atmosphere of positive encouragement. Enrollment is open for the 2014–15 school year. For tour dates and registration information, go to For additional information, contact Helen Dykes at 404591-4376 or

his summer, help your child unleash the artist within! Kids will learn about and emulate the methods of the masters (Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, etc), and of course there are lots of “just for fun” projects as well. Campers are introduced to a variety of different artists’ styles, giving them the confidence to explore their OWN styles instead of feeling they must conform to someone else’s interpretation of “art.” A low camper to teacher ratio allows for intensive one on one instruction in multiple mediums. Campers will paint the most popular Sips n Strokes kids images on multiple canvases of various sizes (ex. 11x14, 16x20, 12x24), create mixed media projects based on methods they learn during the week, and build sculptures using a variety of different materials. Tons of new projects are in store this summer, so even if your kids have attended previous camps they will be doing new and exciting projects! Mon-Thu 10AM-2PM in Woodstock and Sandy Springs. $275 per week (includes lunch and snacks). Register online at, email Woodstock@ or, or call 404-272-0156.



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Summer Day Camps 2014 Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Preschool. Ages 2-5. June 9-13, July 14-18, August 11-15. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Themed camps. $130/week. 3700 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth. 770-476-8716. Poly Program at Southern Polytechnic State University. Ages 7-14. June 9-July 11. No session July 4th week. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Math and science camp with weekly themes: Force and Motion, Recycling, Forensics, Water. Breakfast , lunch and snacks included. $195/week. 1100 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta. 678-915-7374. Primary Prep Academy Camp F.L.A.S.H. Ages 5-10. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Swimming, field trips, sports, art, computers and theme parties. $195/week. $125 registration fee. 1887 W. Oak Pkwy., Marietta. 678-594-8700. Renaissance Learning Center.* Ages 3-17. June-August. Weekly sessions. 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sports, dancing, cooking, reading, math, computers, foreign languages, swimming, music, and field trips. $110/week. 120 Renaissance Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-876-1779. Rockhouse Kidz Xtreme Summer Camp.* Dunwoody Christian Academy. Ages 5-12. May 27-August 8. Weekly sessions. 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Theme-based weeks, field trips. $210-255/week. 5067 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. 770-335-3050. The Roswell School: Summer Enrichment Camps.* The Roswell School. Ages 4-12. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 7:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Life of a Caveman, Dragons, Birds of a Feather, Let’s Invent, Is it Real?, Weather, Team Work, Water Week. $275/ week. 11516 Woodstock Rd., Roswell. 770649-8383. Sandy Springs UMC Preschool & Kindergarten and All Star Day Camps. Ages 2-12. June 2-August 8. One-week sessions. Preschool: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All Star: 9 a.m.-4p.m. Half days available. $185-200/week. 85 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. Preschool: 404250-9455. All Star: 404-255-1181x203. School Age Summer Camp.* St. John Children’s Center. Ages 3-6. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Fun adventures and educational activities. $200/week. 550 Mt. Paran Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-843-8375. Second-Ponce’s Early Childhood School. Ages 3-6 (must be fully potty-trained). June 23-June 27 At the Beach; July 14-July 18: Petite Picassos; July 21- July 25: Sports and Tumbling. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $175 per week. 2715 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-591-4376. Sheltering Arms Summer Camps. Ages 5-8. May-August. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Field trips, enrichment activities and learn-through-play curriculum. Special needs children welcome. $125/week. 16 locations. 404-523-2767. Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp.* Ages 6-16. May-August. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.6:30 p.m. Christian, field trip, based program of academics and recreation. $160-210/week. 5901 Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain. 678469-1377.

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Preview The Walker School Summer Programs

YMCA Day Camping

pportunities abound for acad emic en richment, athletics, the arts, and transformative learning experiences through The Walker School’s Summer Programs. They offer a wide variety of exciting and innovative camps for rising Pre-K to 12th grade students, as well as a few popular classes for adults. This year’s summer camps and classes will be held June 2 through July 25 on their Marietta campus. Walker’s summer faculty is a team of professional teachers, coaches, and experts in their field who exude contagious intellectual energy and demonstrate an authentic interest in cultivating the individual strengths and interests of each camper. The majority of camps are open to the community, and participants often include Walker students and their friends, as well as children from neighboring communities. Space is limited, so register early to secure your child’s camp selections. Kathy Berry, Summer Programs Director, may be reached at To see a complete listing of camps, workshops, and academic courses offered through Walker Summer Programs, visit today! The Walker School campus is located at 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta, GA 30062.


EFORE GOING TO Y CAMP I thought I wanted to sit on the couch all summer. AFTER GOING TO Y CAMP I discovered I’m not afraid of trying new things. BEFORE GOING TO Y CAMP I thought I wouldn’t like being outside. AFTER GOING TO Y CAMP I have a new friend and her name is Rina. BEFORE GOING TO Y CAMP I thought I wouldn’t make any new friends. AFTER GOING TO Y CAMP I loved all the sports we played. BEFORE GOING TO Y CAMP I was nervous about what it was going to be like. AFTER GOING TO Y CAMP I realized I could swim the length of the pool. I hope I get to go again this summer. BEFORE GOING TO Y CAMP I thought doing nothing this summer would be great. AFTER GOING TO Y CAMP I realized my mom was right - it was a blast. Make this the best summer ever at Y camp. CHECK OUT ALL THE OUTDOOR FUN AND ACTIVITIES AT WWW. YMCADAYCAMPING.COM.

Youth Digital Design Camps

Safari Day Camps at Zoo Atlanta

ake Something Awesome this summer at Youth Digital App Design, Game Design, and Mod Design Camps! Full Day week long camps located at Woodward Academy, Lovett School, and Atlanta International School Ever wanted to add something completely new to Minecraft©? In Mod Design Camp you will learn to program your very own fully functioning Mod for Minecraft©. Create your mod by modifying the Java™ source code and creating 3D Models to create your own items, blocks, mobs and more! At the end of camp, share your awesome new mod with friends and family! What’s your favorite App? How about the one you made yourself! In App Design Camp Students design and program their own App! Come up with a concept, design the graphics, and use object-oriented programming to create your own App for Android or Apple devices. At the end of the week, you can download your app onto your device! In Game Design Camp, Learn the fundamentals of 3D design and 3D modeling while creating your own professional-looking video game! In this camp, students will design their game from start to finish beginning with pencil and paper and ending with a polished, awesome-looking game to take home! For more information and to register, visit

nimals adapt with the changing of the seasons. How well-adapted are you for school’s-out survival? Safari Day Camps at Zoo Atlanta help you get prepared for classroom breaks throughout the year. Choose award-winning day camp adventures featuring animal encounters, exclusive Zoo tours, educational exploration and enriching outdoor activities for campers ages kindergarten through fifth grade. Try Safari Day Camp for spring, summer and winter breaks, or check out one of the Zoo’s many School’s Out! Safari Day Camp options for one-day holidays or teacher workdays. Activities are age and grade-appropriate, and themes change regularly for an always-fresh experience. The fun doesn’t end with the fifth grade. For older children, try Summer Safari Quest Day Camp, a science-intensive experience tailored for rising sixth graders to rising eighth graders, and Summer Safari Quest Trek Camp, a travel camp including educational excursions to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Stone Mountain Park, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Tellus Museum, Alliance Theatre and many more. Ready to adapt for the next season? Book a program today on, or call 404-624-5822 to learn more about Safari Day Camps at Zoo Atlanta.




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soccer for athletes with disabilities

NASA DEVELOPMENT CAMP: This camp is open to select and academy boys and girls (8-14 years old). Camp Director is Dave Smith, NASA's Executive Director of Soccer. For dates, times and prices please reference the NASA website: Ages: Boys and girls - academy and select level players

REC SUMMER SOCCER CAMPS: Rec Soccer Camp at Metro

• All rec players, ages 3 to 14 • June 16-20 and July 7-11 • 9AM-1PM, $150 • 9AM-3PM, $175 • Little Kickers, 10AM-Noon, $75 • Metro North Park, Paper Mill Road, Marietta

Rec Soccer Camp at Quest

• All rec players, ages 3 to 14 • June 9-13 and July 14-18 • 9AM-1PM, $150 • 9AM-3PM, $175 • Little Kickers, 10AM-Noon, $75 • United Quest Park, Hawkins Store Rd, Kennesaw Please bring your own ball, shin guards, water bottle, sunscreen and a change of socks. No one will be turned away. We have plenty of room! If staying for lunch please bring your own or purchase one from our concessions.

Summer Day Camps 2014 St.Timothy Summer Day Camp.* Infants-12 years. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Academic activities, swimming, arts and crafts and sports. $120-150/week. 5365 Memorial Drive., Stone Mountain. 404-297-8913. Sugar Hill UMC Summer Camps.* Ages 3-12. June 9-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Art, basketball, cheerleading, cooking, horseback riding, music/drama and science, sports. $110-375/week. 4655 Nelson Brogdon Blvd., Sugar Hill. 770-945-2845, Ext. 250. Summer Camp at Apostles Learning Center. Ages 5-9. May 27-August 8. Four-week session minimum. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dance, gymnastics, arts and crafts, karate, soccer, music and sports. $265/week. 6025 Glenridge Drive NE, Atlanta. 404-256-3091. The Sunshine House’s Summer Challenge 2014. Ages 4-12. May-August. One-week sessions. Full and half day. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; times vary by center. Fun, friends, field trips. From $50-180/ week. Varies by school. Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Whitfield Counties. 770-972-2111. Theatre of the Sports and Stars. Allen Temple AME Church. Ages 5-12. June 2-July 25. Oneweek session. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice, Water and ESPN Sports themed weeks. $120-145/week. 232 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock. 770-926-6348, ext. 22. Tumbletots Preschool Camp. Ages 2-6. May 27-August 29. Two- and three-day sessions. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Moonwalk, indoor playground, art, music, stories, themes. $55-80/week. 6375-D Spalding Drive, Norcross. 770-729-9660. Tutor Time Adventure Camp. Ages 5-12. MayAugust. One-week sessions. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sports, field trips, art and crafts and water activities. $136/week. 3620 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 770-319-9050. Waldorf School of Atlanta Summer Camps.* Ages 4-14. June 9-August 8. One-week sessions. 8: 30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Play and nature camp for younger children. Specialty camps, basketball and art. $185-300/week. 827 Kirk Rd., Decatur. 404-377-1315.

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Walker Summer Programs.* The Walker School. Ages 4-12. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sports, academic enrichment, technology, field trips and arts camps. $100-395/ week. 700 Cobb Pkwy. North, Marietta. 770-4272689, Ext. 2537. The Westminster Schools Summer Programs.* Ages 4-18. June 2-July 11. One- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or 5:30-8:30 p.m. Arts and science and sports camp, Camp Wildcats, theatre intensive, baseball camp, robotics, tennis, golf. $235-950/session. 1424 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-367-7868. Whitefield Academy Summer Camps.* Ages 5 and up. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 8 a.m.3 p.m. Christian day camp, basketball, volleyball, strength and agility, football, drivers’ ed, SAT prep and sign language. $75-300/session. 1 Whitefield Dr., Mableton. 678-770-3236. Wills Park Day Camp. Ages 6-13. June 2 - August 1. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Arts and crafts, swimming, special events. $125-187.50/ week. 11925 Wills Rd., Alpharetta. 678-297-6130. Winshape Camp for Communities. Ages 7-13. July 14-18. One-week session. Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sports, recreation, arts, bible study and worship. $189/session. 1450 Pine Rd., Dacula. 770-271-8855. Woodward Academy.* Ages 5-18. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts and crafts, sports, computer lab, swimming, and outdoor activities. $120-350/week. 1572 Walker Ave., College Park. 404-765-4400.


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History Camps Atlanta History Center Camp.* Ages 4-14. June 2August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekly themes. Preschool Adventures in History; Globe Trekkers and Trailblazers, The 1930’s, History of Medicine, 1964, Southeastern Indians, Science Fiction Prediction, The Battle of Atlanta, The Great War. $225-275/ week. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4018. Bulloch Hall Camps. Ages 6-11. Camp Rough Riders, July 7-11; Manners camp, July 14-18. One-week sessions. Camp Rough Riders, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Manners camp, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Explore life in the 1800s. $185-375/session. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770-992-1731. Camp Yesteryear. Smith Plantation Home. Ages 7-11. June 16-20. One-week session. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 19th century games and crafts, animal encounter, archeological dig, Native American activities, gem and gold panning. $175/session. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770-641-3978. McDaniel Farm Park. Ages 7-13. June 23-27, June 30July 3, July 21-25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Experience military-themed history through hands-on activities, crafts and games. $150-185/session. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth. 770-904-3500.

Horse Camps Ellenwood Equestrian Center.* Ages 5-18. June 2-August 15. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Horsecare and riding, archery, swimming, rock climbing and arts & crafts. $230/week. 500 Clark Dr., Ellenwood. 404-317-2670.

Fruition Farm Summer Camp. Vinnings and Fairburn. Ages 6-17. June-July. Three day and one-week sessions. Mother & Daughter Horse Camp, Girls Leadership Horse Camp and Reading & Riding Horse Camp. Camps teach life skills, horsemanship skills while learning the basics of horse care. $175-$275. Gullatt Rd., Palmetto. 404-512-0834. Green Acres Equestrian Center Summer Camps. Ages 3-15. June 2-August 1. Oneweek sessions. Ages 3-5: Tues & Thurs, 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Ages 6 and up: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. English riding instruction under covered arena, horsemanship learning activities, arts & crafts and horse show. $95-360/session. 345 Bluebird Acres Rd., Woodstock. 770-517-5154. Grove River Ranch Equestrian Center. Ages 6-18. May 27-August 8. One-to-four day sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. At least three hours of riding instruction, equine academics, huntseat, western, trail riding; beginners through advanced. $75-350/session. 345 Hickory Flat Drive., Gillsville. 706-677-0072. Linda’s Riding School Camp.* Ages 7 and up. July 14-18. One-week session. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Beginner to advanced hunt seat and western. Lessons and trails daily, swimming and Friday show. $350/session. 3475 Daniel’s Bridge Rd., Conyers. 770-922-0184. Little Engine Farm. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. Daily riding with horses on trails and in arena. $350/session. 950 Landrum Rd., Alpharetta. 678-575-1475.

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Sonora Creek. Ages 5-13. June-July. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Horseback riding, horse care, and swimming. $325/week. 1937 Gaddis Rd., Canton. 678614-5636. White Dog Farm. Ages 6 and up. May 27-August 1. Three-day sessions (T,W,Th). 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Beginning horseback riding with basic horsemanship, safety, and animal care. $200/ session. 685 Old Alpharetta Rd., Alpharetta. 770-889-7373. Willow South Riding School. Ages 6-12. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Beginning and intermediate riding and horse care. $375/week. 5295 Morton Rd., Johns Creek. 678-521-8869.

Language Camps Alliance Francaise Atlanta. Ages 6-18. JuneJuly. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. French through interactive hands-on activities, crafts, role-playing, songs and cartoons. $390/ session. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 435 Jones Dr., Roswell. 404-875-1211. Atlanta International School Summer Language Camp.* Ages 5-17. June 9-August 1. One- and three-week general camp or specialized language sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, ESL, MOD design, robotics, race cars, chess, basketball, soccer, filmmaking. $150-1150/session. 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta. 404-841-3840.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 Little Busy Bee Chinese Immersion Summer Camp.* Fountain Oaks. Ages 3-8. May 26-August 8. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 100% Mandarin Chinese immersion language camps. $225-250/session. 4920 Roswell Rd. NE, Sandy Springs. 770-380-8638. Little Da Vinci International School. Ages 2-7. June 2- July 25. Two-weeks sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Full immersion French, Spanish or English camp. $500-600/session. 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. 678-510-1214. Little Linguists International Preschool.* Ages 5-10. June 2-July 26. One week sessions. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Educational activities and weekly field trips. $200/week. 1460 East Cleveland Ave., East Point. ,134 New St., Decatur. 404768-2111. Maylan International Academy Chinese Language Camp. (partnering with Confucius Institute at Emory University). Ages 5-11. June 3-August 2. Two- and four- week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Introductory and intermediate Mandarin classes, Chinese calligraphy and painting and Chinese songs and dances. $485/session. 1994 Clarimont Rd., Atlanta. 678-439-8891.


The Spanish Academy. Ages 2-6. June 2-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Total immersion Spanish camps. $185/session. Suwanee, East Cobb, Buckhead. 770-751-3646.

Nature Camps Camp Autrey Mill. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Ages 4-11. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1-4 p.m. Over 20 Interactive themed camps. $145-210/ session. 9770 Autrey Mill Rd., Johns Creek. 678-366-3511. Camp Scene Environmental Adventures.* Ages 5-15. June 2-July 18. One-week sessions. 7:45 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Daily field trips kayaking, caving, ziplining, hiking, horseback, swimming and rock climbing. $450/session. 743 East College Ave., Decatur. 404-502-3196. Dunwoody Nature Center. Ages 3-12. May 27-August 15. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., 3-4 year olds; 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.., 5-12 year olds. Environmental education and outdoor activities including arts, crafts and music. $170-260/session. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. Elachee Nature Science Center.* 1 Ages 4-13. June 2-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Traditional day camp activities, environmental education and speakers. $110-185/ week. 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770535-1976. Environmental Summer Day Camp. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Ages 4-10. June 2-July 25. Oneweek, age appropriate sessions. Full or half day. Stories, arts and crafts, cooking, experiments and games. $209-319/session. 1345 Piedmont Ave., NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859, Ext. 2557.


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Georgia Aquarium Camp H20. Ages 5-12. June 9-August 1. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Animal encounters, behindthe-scenes tours, interactive activities with animals, opportunities to meet scuba divers and biologists. $362.83/week. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000.

Camp Chamblee Day Camp. Keswick Park Community Bldg. Ages 6-12. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Field trips,pool days, crafts and games. $100 / week. 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee. 770-9865016.

Camp Kingfisher.* Chattahoochee Nature Center. Ages 5-15. May 27-August 8. Oneand two-week sessions. Nature education and outdoor recreation activities for campers ages 5-12 and day travel program for ages 13-15. Swimming, canoeing, live animal presentations, hiking and art. $328/week. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055, ext. 232.

Cherokee County Summer Camps.* Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency. Ages 5-12. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.4 p.m. Field trips, arts and crafts and sports. $130/week. 7545 Main St., Woodstock. 770924-7768.

Peace and Carrots. June 16-July 11. Oneweek sessions. 9 a.m-1 p.m. Explore the farm and learn about care for animals and plants while also working on conflict management skills. $275/session. 1088 Bouldercrest Dr. SE, Atlanta. 404-981-3655. Piedmont Park Enviroventures Day Camp.* Ages 5-10. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Environmental education, outdoor sports, arts and crafts, science labs and daily swimming. Camp Fit option for ages 10-15. $239/week. 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-4024.

Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

Parks and Recreation Camps

Rancho Alegre. Ages 5 and up. June 16-20, July 14-18. One-week sessions. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn how to farm, includes feeding animals. $145/session. 2225 Givens Rd., Dacula. 770-339-3065.

Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Summer Camps.* Ages 3-14. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. Times vary. Day camp, art camp, sports camp, special needs camp and specialty camps. $67.50-225/week. 175 Roswell St., Alpharetta 678-297-6100.

Summer Safari Day Camp.* Zoo Atlanta. Ages 4-14. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekly themes, games, crafts and learning about animals. $140-296/week. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-624-5822.

Camp Best Friends. 25 City of Atlanta Recreation sites. Ages 5-18. June 2-July 25. Weekly sessions. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Educational trips, games, arts and crafts, swimming, tennis, golf, performing and cultural arts camps. Therapeutic camps. $35-110/week Various locations. 404-546-6788.

Osburne High School, Smyrna Medicaid accepted

City of Decatur Summer Camps.* Ages 4-18. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Glenlake Discovery Camp, McKoy Safari Camp, Explorer Camp, D.R.E.A.M. Camp, CIT & Jr. Counselor Program plus arts, swimming and sports camps. $75-260/week. Various locations. 404-377-0494. City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department Summer Camps.* Ages 3-15. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. Times vary. All-Star Day Camp, baseball, soccer, softball, tennis, gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and computer camps. All-Star Day Camp: $100115/week. Prices vary on other camps. 2753 Watts Dr., Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. City of Roswell Summer Camps. Ages 2-18. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. Times vary. General Day Camp, Arts, Cheer, Circus, Dance, Sports. $80-$360/session. Various locations. 770-641-3705.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Ages 6-17. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. Times vary by camp. Art, music, clay, drama, photography, golf, tennis, basketball, and special needs camps. From $65/week. Various locations. 770-528-8800.

Tucker Recreation Center. Ages 5-15. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Swimming, arts and crafts, music and sports. $55/week (includes breakfast & lunch). 4898 Lavista Rd., Tucker. 770-270-6226.

Fayette County Parks and Recreation. Ages 3-17. June 2-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sports, art, drama, music, dance, tennis and field trips. $50-125/week. 980 Redwine Rd., Fayetteville. 770-7164320.

Aviation Summer Camp. Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 690. June 2-6, with an option of a Young Eagles flight on Saturday, June 15th. One-week session. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Learn about aircraft construction, crash scene investigation, principles of aeronautics, R/C Modeling and visits to select facilities at Briscoe Field. $280/week. 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville. 678-714-9741

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps.* Ages 4 and up. May-July. One-week sessions. Times vary. Safety Town, sports, adventure and nature camps. Specialty camps: dance, martial arts, art, gymnastics. $50-250/week. Various locations. 770-781-2215. Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation. Ages 4-14. June 3-July 26. One-week sessions. Full- and half-day. Art, swimming, sports, dance, games, outdoor exploration. From $125/week. Various locations. 770-8228840. Peachtree City Parks and Recreation.* Ages 5-14. May 27-August 2. One- and two-week sessions. Full and half day. Drama, sports and art. Adventure camps. From $68/session. 202 Field House Dr., Peachtree City. 770-631-2525. Rockdale County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps. Ages 5-12. May 19-July 25. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, team building and community service. $120/ week. 1781 Ebenezer Rd., Conyers. 770278-7529. Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks. Ages 3-15. June 2-August 1. No session July 4th week. One-week sessions. 8 a.m- 6 p.m. General day camp, art, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, drama, self-discovery. From $85/session. 705 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs. 770-730-5600.

Science Camps

Big Thinkers Science Summer Camps.* Ages 5-12. June 2-August 1. Weekly sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Interactive science experiments with robots and rockets. From $195/session. Decatur, Smyrna,Buckhead, Marietta, Clarkston and Morrow. 678-392-1500. Builder Bunch LEGO Lover Summer Camp. Ages 6-12. May 26-Aug. 8. One- week sessions. Guided LEGO brick play with new experiences and opportunities to earn badges. $140-$200 per session. Locations throughout Atlanta. 1-855-6944327. Camp Invention.* Ages 5-11. June 2-August 8. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Build prototypes, create motor-powered vehicles and dismantle electronics. $220-235/week. 35 locations in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Greater Atlanta counties. 800-968-4332. Centennial Aviation Flight Camp. PeachtreeDeKalb Airport. Ages 11 and up. June 9-11, June 23-25, July 7-9, July 21-23. Three-day sessions. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Real flights, flight line, air-traffic control, airport maintenance and Delta Boeing tours. $249-299/session. 200 Airport Rd., Atlanta. 678-686-9086. Club Scientific. Ages 4-14. June 3-July 26. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 28 different computer, LEGO®, robotics, science and space camps to choose from. $245/session. Atlanta, Canton, Decatur, Duluth, East Cobb, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sandy Springs. 800-399-8309.

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Engineering for Kids of Metro Atlanta. Ages 4-14. May 28-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. S.T.E.M. camps, build rockets, roller coasters, video games lego robotics and more. $195-355/session. Atlanta, Dunwoody, Kennesaw, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs. 770-648-5437. Fernbank Summer Day Camps. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Ages 4-11. June 2-July 21. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Ecology, paleontology and entomology. $300-350/week. 767 Clifton Rd.NE., Atlanta. 404-929-6341. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.* Ages 2-13. June 2-August 1. Three-day and one-week themed sessions. Ages 2-3, 9:30-11 a.m.; ages 4-6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m..; ages 7-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. History camps, hikes, experiments, hands-on activities and adventures. $60-250/ session. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-9043500. Lockheed Martin Aviation Camp.* Ages 9-12. June 16-20, 23-27. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities about practice and history of flight. Includes some field trips. $300/session. 156 Heaton Park Dr., NE, Atlanta. 678-874-7113. Play-Well TEKnologies. Ages 5-12. June 2-August 8. One-week sessions. Hours vary. Project based programs to teach principles and methods of engineering using LEGO® pieces. $200-250/session. Six Atlanta locations. 303249-4904. Robotics Explorers.* Ages 6-17. June 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, July 7-11, 14-18, 21-25. One-week sessions. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn to design, build and program real Lego® robots. $300-500/session. 715 Hembree Place, Roswell. 770-772-6622. East Atlanta Kids Club Sci-Tech Fun & Fitness Camp.* Brownwood Park Recreation Center. Ages 7-14. June 2-July 18. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Robotics, rocketry, computing, sports, healthy eating and field trips. $150/ week. 602 Brownwood Avenue SE, Atlanta. 404-627-8050. Science Camp by High Touch - High Tech. Ages 5-13. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rockets, chemical reactions, robotics, animals, outer space, goo, fossils and STEM camps. $240-260/session. Atlanta, Dunwoody, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Roswell and Cumming. 770-667-9443.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 The Science of Fun STEM Camp.* Ages 5-14. June 23-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Specialty STEM camps with roller coasters, slime and rockets.Themes: MAKE week (make something awesome), Tech week , STEAM week (STEM+Art= STEAM), and Teen week (advanced STEM). $299/week. 465 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. 404-969-2161. Youth Technology Learning Center.* Ages 3-16. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Full and half day. LEGO® simple machines and robotics, video game creation, movie creation, STEM science arts & crafts, K’Nex Amusement Park Ride camps. $150-300/ week. 6250 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 678-517-3500.

Special Needs Camps Alexsander Academy Summer Academic Session. Ages 7-15. June 16-July 25. No session July 4th week. One-week sessions. 12:30-3:30 p.m. For students with AS, HFA, ADHD/ADD or LD. Morning math skills or afternoon LA skills. $275-500/week. 1090 Powers Place, Alpharetta. 404-839-5910. Camp Echo Inclusion Camps.* High Meadows (Roswell); Cowart YMCA (Sandy Springs). Ages 5-16. June 2-August 1. Three-week sessions, High Meadows; one-week sessions, Cowart YMCA. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., High Meadows; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Cowart YMCA. Inclusion with a typical kids’ camp. Swimming, arts and crafts and more. $1500/session (High Meadows); $350/week (Cowart YMCA). 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-458-3251.

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Camp Echo. Ages 5-22. June 2-August 1. 9-week program. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Outdoor play, gym, social games and story time. $210/week. 5130 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Chamblee. 770-458-3251. Camp Happy Hearts. Alpharett Recreation & Parks. Ages 6-12. June 2-August 1. No camp July 1-5. One-week sessions. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Swimming, arts and crafts, games, sports and field trips for children with mild disabilities. $125-187.50/ week. The Lionheart School, 225 Roswell St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6100. Camp Horizon. Ages 7-21. June 9-July 27. Weekly sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities for children with disabilities include arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, sports. $110/week. Fullers Recreation Center (E. Cobb), Ward Recreation Center (W. Cobb). 770-819-3257. Challenge Camp.* Academy at North Fulton. Ages 5-18. June-July. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Physically and mentally engaging sports, games and activities. Special needs and typical campers welcome. Grouped by age and ability. $375-600/week. 11660 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell. 770-754-0085. Children’s Special Services Summer Camps. Ages 2-15. June 9-July 31. Four-day sessions. 9 a.m.noon. Full day available. Handwriting, social skills and sensory development. From $199/session. At several schools in metro Atlanta. 770-394-9791. Circus Arts Social Summer Camp. Ages 5-12. July 7-11, 14-18. One, two- or three-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learn low trapeze, rope climbing, juggling and tightwire. $495/week.(2:1 ratio). 206 Rogers St. NE, Suite 214, Atlanta. 404-549-3000.

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia. Ages 9-18. July 16-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Field trips, daily math and language, social pragmatics in a postive and fun environment. $380 and up/week 650 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Atlanta. 404-835-9000. Focus Summer Day Camps. Ages 4-21. May 27-30 (Camp Team); June 6-July 11 (Camp Hollywood). One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp Hollywood includes crafts, cooking, books, science, recreation and music. Camp Team (ages 7-13) includes swimming, team activities, nature hikes, pottery, sports, music. $150-200/session. Various locations. 770-2349111. Frazer Center Summer Camps. Ages 5-9. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 7:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Inclusive camp for typically developing and special needs children including themes and field trips. $235/week. 1815 S. Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-377-3836. Lekotek Summer Computer Camp. Ages 4-12. July 14-17, 21-24. Four-day sessions. Half day: 9:30 a.m.-noon or 1:30-4 p.m. Campers with physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities learn alongside siblings and peers to play using adaptive and innovative technology. $100/camper. 1955 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta. 404-633-3430. MDE School. Ages 3-16. June 2-July 18. Oneweek sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Camp sessions include reading, writing and social skills plus cooking, crafts and woodworking. $350/week. 1517 Johnson Ferry Road., Marietta 30062 770-971-4633.

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Peotsi Day Camp. Northwest Unitarian Church. Ages 5-12. June 9-July 25. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PE-based program for kids receiving O.T. due to sensory integration issues. Asperger’s, ADHD and HFA. Hiking, art therapy, fishing, bicycling, music and drama. $700/session. 1025 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NW Atlanta. 770-393-3939. Porter Academy Camp. Ages 4-12. June 9-July 11. Weekly sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Half days available. Maintain academic progress within a fun camp experience. Camp includes academics, arts and crafts, OT, PE, in-house field trips. $275375/week. 200 Cox Rd., Roswell. 770-594-1313. Shenanigans Applied Theatre Camp.* Ages 8-25. June 3-July 22. One-week sessions. Two-week performing arts camps in June. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Theme camps in improv acting for teens transitioning to adults. Prices vary by program. $250-750/week. Locations in Roswell, Marietta, Buckhead. 770-354-5770. Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett Camps. Ages 2-18. June 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, July 7-11, 14-18. Five-week session. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Both typical and special needs early intervention, therapeutic and handson play. Camp available for special needs young adults. $150-225/week; $50 registration fee. 660 Davis Rd., Lawrenceville. 678-442-6262.


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Summer Day Camps 2014 Squirrel Hollow Camp. Bedford School. Ages 6-15. June 16-July 11. Two - and four-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For children with learning differences, ADD or academic difficulties. Includes reading, math and writing skills. $1,300/session or $2500/both sessions. 5665 Milam Rd., Fairburn. 770-774-8001. Teen Scene Summer Camp. Wheeler Park. Ages 13-21. May 19 -June 16. Weekly sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sports, games, swimming, music, dance, cooking, art and field trips for teens with special needs. $120/week. Maxell Building, 1400 Parker Rd., Conyers. 770-278-7249. The Schenck School. Ages 5-14. June 2-July 11. One-, two-, three-, and four-week sessions. Half day available. Academic and creative writing camps (mornings), “afternoon adventures” for students with reading difficulties, including dyslexia. $890-2,120/session. 282 Mt. Paran Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404-252-2591.

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Sports Camps Adrenaline Climbing Camps.* Ages 6-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Climbing and field trips. $195 and up/ week. 460 Brogdon Rd., Ste. 100, Suwanee. 770-271-1390. After School Sports. Ages 4-12. June 2- August 1. One week sessions. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Basketball, soccer, football, cheerleading, dance and karate. $85/session. 3367 Covington Dr., Decatur. 678-705-2275. Atlanta Hawks Summer Basketball Camps. Ages 6-14. June 2-July 24. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shooting instruction, defensive concepts, fun games and appearances from Hawks players and coaches. $250/ session. Suwanee, Dunwoody, Stockbridge. 404-878-3731. Briarlake Baptist Church Sports Camp. Ages 5-11. June 2-August 4. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis and golf. $110-135/session. 3715 Lavista Rd., Decatur. 404-325-4214. Bryant Camps Total Tennis Camps. Emory University. Ages 5-18. May 27-June 20. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. A tennis specialty camp plus swimming. All levels welcome. $260-$325/session. 26 Eagle Row, Atlanta. 404-727-6389.

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Camp Starlite. Ages 4-13. June 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, July 28-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Skating, Laser tag, playground, lunch and snack daily, water activities. $135/ week. 55 Thomas Grace Annex, Sharpsburg. 770-252-9500.


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Camp All-American.* Perimeter Church. Ages 4-14. May 27- August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Coaching in sport or activity with focus on teamwork, adventure and leadership. $219/week. 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 678-405-2266.

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Challenger Sports Soccer Camps. Metro Atlanta locations. Ages 3-18. May 26-August 4. One-week sessions. Varies by location. All ages and abilities. Delivered by British coaches. $80-200/week. Atlanta, Smyrna, Decatur, Marietta, Norcross, Roswell, Alpharetta. 770-434-5226.

Concourse Athletic Club Sports Camp.* Ages 4-14. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. Full or half day. Tennis, basketball, squash, swimming, fencing androck climbing. $200 and up/week. 8 Concourse Pkwy., Sandy Springs. 770-698-2017. Emory University Sports Camps.* Woodruff P.E. Center. Ages 5-12. June 2-20. One-, two- and three-week sessions. Half and full Day. Tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer and recreational swimming. $175-300/session. 26 Eagle Row, Atlanta. 404-727-5200. FC Barcelona Soccer Camps. Atlanta Silverbacks Park. Ages 6-14. July 7-11, 14-18. One- week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Official FCBarcelona will be in Atlanta for the first time. $400-425/ session. 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way, Atlanta. 954-652-2100. Georgia Gymnastics Academy Summer Camp. Ages 4 and up. Age 3 may attend half-day camp. May 27-August 1. Daily and one-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half day available. Gymnastics, games, movies, trampolines, inflatables and movies. $145-200/week. 145 Old Peachtree Rd., Suwanee. 770-945-3424. Georgia Tech Sports Camps. Ages 7-18, cheerleading 5 and up. June-July. Sessions vary. Full and half day. Tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf and cheerleading on Georgia Tech’s campus. $120-325/session. Atlanta. 404-894-5410. Gwinnett Gymnastics.* Ages 4-12. May 27- August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Zip Lines, inflatables, theme week and free time. $165/ week. 927 Killian Hill Rd., Lilburn. 770-921-5630.


Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta.* Ages 5 and up. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. Full day. Fitness, sportsmanship, challenge and skill development. $169-174/week. 2995 Cobb Pkwy., Kennesaw. 770-975-8337.

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i9 Sports Multi-Sports Camp. Windermere Lodge. Ages 5-11. June 9-13, June 23-27, July 21-25, July 28-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Multi-sport camp offering flag football, basketball, soccer and kickball. $160-210/session. 4444 Front Nine Dr., Cumming. 678-731-9009.


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Ice Forum Summer Camp at Town Center. Ages 6-15. June 2-6. Daily sessions. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Group lessons, practice, stretching. All levels welcome. $200/week. 3061 George Busbee Pkwy., Kennesaw. 770-218-1010. Jump Start Gym.* Ages 3-13. May 27-August 29. One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ball sports, vault, bars, beam, floor, arts & crafts, and group games. $260/week. 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-252-5867. The Karate Camp, Dojo American Karate Centers.* Ages 5-12. May 27-July 18. One- and twoweek sessions. Partial and full day programs. Karate, games, art and gymnastic activities. $199-225/week. 13 Locations in Atlanta. 770451-9900. Kidz Tennis.* Ages 2 1/2-13. June 9-July 18. Oneweek sessions. Full and half day. USTA certified coach teaches tennis through play. Also offering golf camps. $169-179/session. Various locations in Atlanta. 404-549-9710. Kung Fu Camp.* Highland Martial Arts. Ages 7-12. June 9-13, June 23-27, July 14-18. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Kung fu, fitness, games and activities. $200/week. 549 Amsterdam Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-872-3978.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 Lord Nelson Charters Sailing Camp. Ages 8-13. July 14-18. One-week session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn sailing terms, rig and sail your own boat, explore islands, swim and games. $425/week. 6950 Lanier Island Pkwy., Buford. 770-271-1888. Lost Mountain Tennis Camp. Lost Mountain Tennis Center. Ages 3-15. June 3-August 1. Four-day sessions. Full camp, 9 a.m.-noon. Beginner to intermediate players. Munchkin summer camps. $35-70/session. 4845 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs. 770-528-8525. Marist Summer Sports Camps. Marist School. Ages 5-17. June 2-July 18. One-week sessions. Hours vary per camp. Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, fun camp for boys, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball. $160-225/week. 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., NE, Atlanta. 770-457-7201. Nellya Fencers. Ages 7 and up. June 2-13 & July 14 - Aug 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.Noon. Co-ed Fencing Instruction. Equipment provided. $175/session. 1530 Carroll Drive NW, Atlanta,.404-603-3600.

North Atlanta Soccer Association Camps. Ages 3-17. June-July. Oneweek sessions. Half and Full Day. For all levels of players. $75-175/session. Metro North Park, Marietta; United Quest Park, Kennesaw; JJ Biello Park, Woodstock. 770-926-4175. Peachtree Presbyterian Church Camps. Ages 3-12. May-August. Daily and oneweek sessions. Full and half- day. Gymnastics and Cheer Camp, Sports 101, Five Star Sports Camp, Fun & Games Camp. $150-250/session. 3434 Roswell Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404-842-5852. Peter Howell Tennis Camp.* Oglethorpe University. Ages 7-17. June 2-July 2. Two-and four-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Co-ed; grouped by skill level. $250-335/session. 4484 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 678-644-9263.

Norcross Soccer Swim and More Camp. Ages 4 and up. June 16-20, 23-27, July 14-18, 21-25. One week sessions. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 9 a.m.3 p.m. $145/week-175/week. 4541 S. Berkeley Lake Rd., Norcross. 770-840-9275.

Pope High School Summer Fencing Camp. Pope High School. Ages 1218. July 14-17. One-week session. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. No experience necessary; equipment will be provided for new fencers. Experienced fencers welcome. $200/session. 3001 Hembree Rd., Marietta. 770-578-7900.

North Atlanta Fencing Center. Ages 8 and up. June 16-21 and July 21-25. One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Olympic style fencing through games and instruction. Beginning/Intermediate camps: 6/16 - 21 $300/session. All gear and lunch included. 10029 Hwy. 92, Woodstock 770-485-3556.

Revive Athletics. Osburne High School. Ages 7-17. June 2-July 31. Oneweek sessions. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F. Basketball, arts & crafts, soccer, football, dance, social skills and etiquette. $125/week. 2134 St., Smyrna. 678-834-9949.

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Saint Andrew Rowing Club Rowing Camps. Ages 12-18. June-July. One-week sessions. 8:3011 a.m., 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and 4.-6:30 p.m. Learn to Row 2.5 hour day camp and All Day-All Week Rowing Camps. Introductory to advanced non-competitive program designed to teach and improve rowing skills. $130-295/session. 675 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-676-2739. SeaVentures H20 Zone Camp. Ages 5-12. May 27-August 1. Four- and five- day sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Swimming, snorkeling, movies, arts and crafts, plus daily swim. $225-275/ session. 2880 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-992-3772.

Sky Zone’s Summer Sky Camps. Ages 5-12. May-July. One week sessions. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Open trampoline jumping on Sky Zone Courts, 3-D Dodgeball, age-appropriate SkyFitness, Games, Activities, Crafts and Daily Snack & Beverage. $149 and up/session. Kennesaw, Roswell and Suwanee. 678-745-9900. Sports-a-Rama.* Ages 7-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Basketball, flag football, soccer, wiffleball, dodgeball, kickball, swimming, capture the flag, tennis, batting cages, arcade and inflatable moonwalk. $225/ week. 736 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. 770-977-9789. Stone Mountain Junior Golf Camp. Stone Mountain Golf Club. Ages 5-15. June 9August 1. Three-day and one-week sessions. Three day Kiddie camp, 9 a.m. -11 a.m.; one-week junior camp, 9 a.m-noon. $75-200/ session. 678-637-2802. Stone Summit Climbing Camp. Stone Summit Climbing Center. Ages 5-14. June 2-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Climbing in the nation’s largest gym. $300/week. 3701 Presidential Pkwy., Atlanta. 678-720-9882. Suwanee Sports Academy - MySport Camps.* Ages 5-13. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Variety of sports and activities in a 100,000 square foot airconditioned facility. $160-175/session. 3640 Burnette Rd., Suwanee. 770-614-6686. Sports Camps. Johns Creek Baptist Church. Ages 4-14, vary by camp. Soccer, June 2327, July 21-25; basketball, June 16-20, July 7-11, July 14-18. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.noon or 1-4 p.m. Basics and fundamentals. $100-150/session. 6910 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta. 678-474-4442. Tavani Soccer Camps. Ages 4-15. June 16-July 18. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-noon.; Elite Camp noon-1:30 p.m.; Jr. Tavani 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Personal player evaluation. $80-165/ week. Elite session $75. Bunten Road Park, Duluth; Davis Academy, Dunwoody; Jefferson Park, Jefferson. 770-396-8258.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 TGA of Gwinnett Junior Golf Camp.* Peachtree Golf Center. Ages 5-13. June 2-August 1. Oneweek sessions. 9-11:30 a.m.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Swing fundamentals in the morning and course play in the afternoon. $165-385/week. 2833 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 404-855-1090.

Women in Golf Foundation Summer Camp. Browns Mill Golf Course. Ages 8-16. June 2-20 and July 7-25. Three-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Basic fundamental golf skills. From $535/session. 480 Cleveland Ave., Atlanta. 770-335-2364.

Top Notch Gymnastics Camp.* Top Notch Training Center. Ages 3 -13. June 2-August 1. One week sessions. Full-day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or Half Days. Gymnastics, Weekly Theme Games and Crafts, Water Play, $105 - $155, 3145 Northwoods Pkwy, Norcross. 404-803-1218.

World of Gymnastics.* Ages 3-14. June 2-August 1. One-week and daily sessions. Full or half day. Gymnastics and swim; cheer and swim or preschool camps. $145-225/session. 104 Victoria North Ct., Woodstock. 770-516-6898.

Top of the Key. Ages 5-14. June 2-Aug. 8. One week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Basketball camps run by Olympian Debbie Miller-Palmore. $185/ week. 7 locations. 770-465-1502.

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Ultimate Kid’s Camp.* Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill. Ages 3-14. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Rock wall climbing, gym games, basketball, swimming and tennis. $140 and up/week. 135 Interstate North Pkwy. NW, Atlanta. 770-953-1100 Ext. 50.

Camp Salud. Whole Foods - Johns Creek; Harry’s -Alpharetta. Ages 6-15. Ages 6-9, June 2-6, July 7-11; Ages 10-12, June 9-13, July 14-18; Ages 13-15, June 16-20, July 21-25. One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays until 1:30 p.m. Hands-on cooking camp. World cuisines, $245/week. Whole Foods, 5945 State Bridge Rd., Duluth; Harry’s, 1180 Upper Hembree Rd., Roswell. 770-442-3354 x2.

Ultimate Race Kamp by ProCup Karting. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. Ages 9-15. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Learn to race go-karts plus extreme sports and arcade. Professional instruction, lunch and snack. Ropes course and rock wall included. $400/session. 11000 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell. 678-310-7251.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.* Ages 4-9. June 9-20, June 3-July 3, June 2-7, June 23-27, June 9-13, June 16-20. One- and two-week sessions. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Imaginator Theater Camp, and Discovery Science Camp. Dream, Design, Build. $215-480/session. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-527-3693.

Universal Tennis Academy. Ages 4-14. May 27-August 8. One week sessions. Junior Camp 9 a.m1:30. Little Tennis Camp 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Tennis drills, instruction with games and theme activities. $150-$200/session. Locations through Atlanta

CHW Productions. Ages 7-15. June 16-27. Oneweek sessions. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Confidence building, speech enhancing program. Camps led by experienced theatre and speech teachers. Rates begin at $200/wk. 1240 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-421-3705.

Wall to Wall Sports Camp.* Ages 5-14. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Weekly outdoor multi-sports camp. Soccer, dodgeball, kickball and flag football. $175/week. 170 Cox Rd., Roswell. 770-674-1774. Windward Tennis and Swim Camps. Ages 4-14. June 2-August 1. No camp July 2-6. One-week sessions. Full and half day. Times vary by age. Mornings, all instruction. Afternoons will be swim instruction and open swim. $115-295/ week for full day camp. 2001 Lake Windward Dr., Alpharetta. 770-442-5783.

Circus Camp.* Ages 5-teen. June 2-August 1. Oneweek sessions. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sandy Springs 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Trapeze, juggling, clowning, magic, unicycling and miming. Performance each Friday. $260-675/session. Decatur, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, East Cobb. 404-370-0001. Creative Writing Camps. Margaret Mitchell House. Ages 10-14. June 2- August 1. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Creative writing workshops, weekly themes. $325-375/week. 990 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-814-4018.

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Etiquette Camp for Kids. George Pierce Community Center. Ages 8-16. July 21- 25. One-week sessions. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fashion show and modeling camps. $136/session. 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee. 770-500-4618. Fashion Workshops.* Ages 8-15. June 2- August 12. One-week sessions. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Learn about fashion designing and styling. $300/ session. Atlanta, Buford. 404-453-1365. Intown Quilters Summer Camp. Ages 7-10 & 1116. June 9-July 18. One-week sessions. Times vary. Quilting and sewing camps. Kids expected to have own sewing machine. Hand sewing for ages 7-10. $250-$395/session. 1058 Mistletoe Rd., Decatur. 404-634-6924. Kid Chess. North Fulton, Cobb and East Cobb. Ages 5-12. June 2-July 18. One-week sessions. Full and half day session. Chess makes kids smart. We make it fun. $179-349/session. 2501 E. Piedmont Rd., Marietta. 770-575-5802. Modeling Camp. Ages 8-18. June 23-Aug 15. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Photo shoots, personal grooming, health and fitness, fashion shows, meet top, local modeling agencies and Victoria Henley from America’s Next Top Model. $999/session. 1030 Crown Pointe Parkway, Atlanta. 888-757-5575. Olivia’s Dollhouse Princess Charm School. Ages 5-12. June 2-Aug 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m-1 p.m. Activities include dress up, makeovers and pamper sessions as well as dance, music, rollplaying and crafts. $185/session. 5075 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Ste 500., Johns Creek. 404-908-9073.

Posh Tot Events Summer Theme Camps. Ages 3-9. June-July. One-week sessions. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Princess camp, adventure week, arts and crafts camp. $175/week. 38 Sloan St., Roswell. 770685-2644. Project Inside Out. Holy Innocents’ School.. Ages 11-13. June 2-6. One-week session. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Girls learn to build self esteem, leadership skills and help recognize the value of community service. $295/week. Holy Innocents’Atlanta. 404-442-5605. Southeastern Railway Museum Camp. Ages 4-12. June 16-20, July 21-25. Oneweek sessions. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. “Railroad Adventures”, where your child will learn about railroading while exploring over 50 historic trains. $165/session. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-495-0253, Ext 2. Sports Broadcasting Camp. Emory University. Ages 10-18. July 14-18. One-week session. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Overnight Option available. Learn from the pros. Make reporting, play-by-play and sports anchor tapes. Meet celebrities and more. $5751,195/session. 800-319-0884. Truly Living Well Natural Urban Farms.* Ages 6-14. June 2-August 1. Two-week sessions. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Explore the art and culture of farming through hands-on experience in downtown Atlanta. $375/session. 75 Hillard St., Atlanta. 678-973-0997.

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USA Chess Camp. The Davis Academy. Ages 5-16. July 14-18. One-week sessions. Full or half day. Stimulate creative thinking, improve logic and memory skills. Includes chess camp, Gamebuilder Video Game Creation camps and Computer Animation camps. $265-480/ session. 7901 Roberts Dr., Atlanta. 888-6524377. Vox Media Café Camp. Ages 13-19. June 9-June 27, July 7- July 25. Three-week sessions. 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Photography, video production, reporting, advanced visual storytelling and interactive media. $1,200 229 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-614-0040.

YMCA Camps Ashford-Dunwoody YMCA Summer Camp Chameleon.* Ages 5-16. May 27-August 8. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sports, aquatics, splash camp, gymnastics, photography, music and teen camp. $150-210/ session. 3692 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta. 770-451-9622. Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA Day Camp.* Ages 3-14. June-August. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Traditional day camp. From $110/week. 2220 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta. 404-523-9622. Bransby YMCA Day Camp. Ages 5-17. May 21-August 8. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Theme camps: horse, swim, adventure and sports camps. $125-150/week. 1185 Rock Chapel Rd., Lithonia. 678-781-9622.

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Summer Day Camps 2014 Camp Pruett.* G. Cecil Pruett YMCA. Ages 5-14. June 2-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Traditional and specialty camps. $147 and up/week. 151 Waleska St., Canton. 770345-9622. Carl E. Sanders YMCA Buckhead. Ages 4-15. May 23-August 9. One-week sessions. Half and fullday. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sports and general camps: tennis, basketball, gymnastics, soccer, arts and crafts and swimming. $150-275/session. 1160 Moores Mill Rd., Atlanta. 404-350-9292. Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA.* Lake Allatoona. Ages 5-15. June 2-August 1. Oneweek sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Traditional, specialty camps and Advanced Leadership Academy. $132-215/session. 201 East Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock. 770-345-9622. Covington Family YMCA.* Ages 5-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Swim, sports and outdoor fun. $105/week. 2140 Newton Dr., Covington. 770-787-3908. Decatur-DeKalb Family YMCA. Ages 3-16. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Theme camps: gymnastics, dream and discover, swim camp, Princess camp, dance, superhero and Jedi. $145-175/week. 1100 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. 404-377-9622. East Cobb YMCA Summer Day Camp. Ages 3-15. May 27-August 1. One-week or two-week sessions. Half and full day. Specialty camps, teen camps, theme camps, sports camps. Also, mini camps for ages 3-5. $60-260/session. 1055 E. Piedmont Rd., Marietta. 770-977-5991. East Lake Family YMCA Summer Day Camp.* Ages 5-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sports, swimming, tennis, arts and crafts. $90-110/session. 275 East Lake Blvd., Atlanta. 404-373-6561. Fayette and Summit Family YMCA.* Ages 5-15. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Traditional Camp, climbing, travel, special needs camp, swim and tennis. $125-150/week. 215 Huiet Rd., Fayetteville. 770-254-5933.

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Forsyth County Family YMCA.* Ages 5-15. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Canoeing, swimming, sports and games, cheerleading, arts and crafts and outdoor adventure. $150-175/session. 6050 “Y” St., Cumming. 770888-2788. Camp New Heights. J. M. Tull - Gwinnett Family YMCA Camp. Ages 5-17. May 26-August 1. Oneweek sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sports, travel, theme, leadership and ropes course. $138-165/ week. 2985 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 770963-1313. Isakson/Alpharetta YMCA Camp Big Creek.* Ages 5-16. May 27-August 8. One- and two-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Theme camps with character development activities plus crafts, sports, swimming and climbing wall. $145-185/week. 3655 Preston Ridge Rd., Alpharetta. 770-663-3535. McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA Day Camp.* McCleskey-East Cobb YMCA or NE Cobb YMCA. Ages 2-16. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. Full or half day. Traditional theme day camp: sports and water week. $45-325/session. 1055 E. Piedmont, Marietta and 3010 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. 770-977-5991. Northwest YMCA Summer Day Camps.* Ages 3-17. May 27-July 28. One-week sessions. Full or half day. In-house field trips, games, nature lab, climbing, swimming, archery. $235/week and up. 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw. 770-514-4362. Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA Camp Discovery.* Ages 5-16. May 27-August 5. One-week sessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sports, gymnastics, cheerleading, Junior Pioneers Camp (half- or full day), circus camp, swim and teen. $80-275/week. 5600 W. Jones Bridge Rd., Norcross. 770-246-9622. Villages at Carver Family YMCA.* Ages 5-12. May 27-August 1. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Theme camps, computer, arts and crafts, math and reading enrichment, swimming, weekly field trips, dance, sports and drama. $85/week plus fees. 1600 Pryor Rd., Atlanta. 404-635-7554. YWCA of Greater Atlanta. Ages 4-12 (must have completed pre-k). May 27-July 25. One-week sessions. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Educational and recreational activities, field trips. Meals included. $175/session plus $125 registration fee. 957 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-892-3476. c

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Planting A Seed:

Metro Schools are Making a Difference for the Planet by Sherry V. Crawley

From environmental education, energy and water conservation and school gardens to recycling, metro area students are gaining hands-on experiences that can help them begin a lifelong commitment to a more environmentally conscious life. From Classroom to Living Room Springdale Park Elementary, Atlanta Public Schools

Conservation and Community

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Go online, right now to Lovett’s website, and you can see exactly how much electricity and water is being used in the middle school building. This private school of 1,650 students in kindergarten through 12th grade is integrating conservation into its daily routine. Lovett’s Assistant Headmaster and the Director of Sustainability, William Dunkel, says, “There is a big effort to incorporate sustainability into our curriculum.” Middle school students learn about different forms of energy and conduct campus water quality studies while in a LEED Gold and Energy Star Certified building with a green roof, solar hot water heater and energy-efficient lighting.

Walking into a LEED Gold certified building each day with a rooftop garden overhead, students of Springdale Park Elementary School are surrounded by environmental learning opportunities. This school community includes 650 students and their parents, dedicated administrators and committed educators such as Jenna Shea Mobley, the school’s environmental science teacher. According to Mobley, Springdale Park students participate in environmental science lessons each week, but she suggests that all schools can help students increase their environmental awareness in small ways. “Take your kids outside once a week,” Mobley says. “The lesson can be as simple as sitting and observing silently for a few minutes and then discussing what has stayed the same and what has changed since their last visit. They could write or draw these ideas in journals. You’ll see kids all of the sudden being thrilled about the same trees they’ve walked by every single day; they’ll race to pick up all of their favorite leaves when they fall in October and they’ll be the first to notice the buds in the spring.” Environmental action extends beyond school grounds at Springdale Park. “Each lesson includes a ‘home-school connection’ challenge for the kids to connect what they’ve learned at school,” Mobley says. These activities include gardening, composting, recycling and many others. “With the help of our parents, these small challenges become consistent daily behaviors,” Mobley says. “That is the goal as a teacher – for kids to leave with knowledge and habits they will hold onto throughout their lives. Once they are aware and once they care, they will seek out their own ways to take care of the environment.” Springdale Park Elementary

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A Green Thumb

Clarkdale Elementary School, Cobb County

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“Our electrical energy consumption has deceased since 2010-11 because we have become more energy efficient,” Dunkel says. “Environmental awareness certainly has increased over the past eight to 10 years at Lovett. One measure is the number of alumni who are working in environmental fields or pursuing majors in college related to sustainability.” The school is also factoring water conservation into new projects. “Lovett recently completed construction on a baseball/softball complex,” Dunkel says. “All rain water from the fields and parking lot drain to a cistern that holds 56,000

gallons of water, which is enough for one week of irrigation.” So how can other schools begin to think about sustainability issues and preparing students for the green jobs of tomorrow? “I would encourage parents and educators to ask their schools to become more transparent,” he says. “For example, ask if the school has a sustainability program and how issues such as energy and conservation are covered in the curriculum.” He suggested that events like Walk to School days can save energy while raising community buy-in for green initiatives.

What do Native American culture, World War II and the scientific method have in common? They can all be taught in a school garden, of course! Marjorie Bickerstaff has worked at Clarkdale Elementary for 23 years, and this principal is awfully proud of her 600 students and the entire school community. After a devastating flood destroyed the school in 2009, a new Clarkdale was built nearby and opened in 2012. Although the old school had a garden, the new outdoor teaching space is the stuff dreams are made of for creative educators. “Even though we lost our school, out of difficulties grow miracles,” Bickerstaff says. The garden, in partnership with the Captain Planet Foundation and with support from the local community, the media and even an Eagle Scout, is organic and handicap accessible. Children are actively engaged in growing plants like squash, greens, tomatoes and even pomegranates. The Captain Planet Foundation provided a wide range of materials and resources including cooking equipment so students can help prepare and taste the food they help grow. “We can actually cook right in our outdoor classroom,” Bickerstaff says. Cont’d on page 64

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“While harvesting sweet potatoes, you would have thought our children were having an Easter egg hunt. They were squealing and grabbing sweet potatoes. Every kid got to take one home.” So from learning how Native Americans would grow crops to experiencing life during World War II by planting a Victory Garden and testing different methods of watering plants, a school garden can be the stage for any lesson. “The brain seeks connections, so if you are showing how all of it is linked together and integrated it creates a better understanding for the kids,” Bickerstaff says. And speaking of connections, this longtime educator has some practical advice for parents: reinforce the lessons from school and grow something! “I encourage parents to plant vegetables at home. When children grow their own they tend to eat or try it.”

Doll is a Master Gardener and experienced grant writer, so she is an example of how tapping into the interests and talents within the school community can yield big results for a recycling program. “Get teachers on board, and lots of them,” she says. “You want your program to be sustainable, and it’s hard to have one person, parent or teacher, in charge.” By working with TerraCycle, Keep America Beautiful and Dream Machine Pepsi Recycle Rally, the school has found ways to cover the costs of recycling and other environmental programs. “Children today are much more aware of what recycling means to their generation and to future generations,” Doll says. “What we do at Cumming Elementary provides real-world experience in seeing how you can make a difference at school, at home, and in your community.” c

The Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Cumming Elementary School, Forsyth County

Schools boast about test scores and other important metrics, but Cumming Elementary has earned some unusual accolades; for example, in October and November 2013, they recycled more juice pouches than any other school in the country! “We up-cycle juice pouches and chip bags, as well as markers, pens, glue sticks and paper,” says Anna Doll, teacher of exceptional children and the school’s Green Team sponsor. “Our cafeteria and custodians help us by recycling cardboard and plastic, tin and aluminum.” 64 Atlanta Parent    April 2014

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Trash-Free Lunch: Propose trash-free lunch at your school. Juice boxes, straws, chip bags and other individual serving packages make packing lunch a breeze. Unfortunately, when families pack children’s lunches this way, they contribute mounds of trash to the landfill. Create a contest to see which class collects the least trash at lunch. It can be hard to break the habit of buying products in individual serving packages. But using re-usable plastic containers and a thermos at lunch will instantly decrease your school’s trash. Make It Official: Form a “green committee” or a green team to help organize events and projects and educate your school community on green topics. Create a mission statement and a list of objectives that will guide the committee’s work from year to year. Take a Trip: Organize a school or class outing to a wetland, beach, forest or wildlife sanctuary. Your group can conduct a clean up and provide care for these environments. Exposing kids to the wonders of nature is a sure way to encourage them to respect and protect it. Cont’d on page 66

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Movie Night: Celebrate the earth and raise environmental awareness with a family movie night at your school, or host an evening screening at your home. Films like Fern Gully, WALL-E and Whale Rider are good choices for kids. For a parentsonly screening that is certain to spark discussion, choose documentaries such as Food, Inc. or An Inconvenient Truth or the mesmerizing Koyaanisqatsi. Visit for a list of the best environmental movies of all time. Swap It Out: Kids outgrow their bikes, skates, shoes and clothes faster than you can say “landfill.” Don’t toss anything out. Chances are, a kid at your school can use the cleats your daughter outgrew last season. Host a swap meet in the gym or parking lot and ask parents to bring in clothes or sports equipment their kids aren’t using now. Anyone who brings in a donation can “swap” for an item they need. A swap meet helps teach kids that there is still value in used goods and provides a tangible example of the benefits of recycling.



Plant a Garden: If your school doesn’t have a garden, volunteer to dig up a corner of dirt and plant one. The plot doesn’t have to be vast, just big enough to get kids involved in its care. A school garden is the perfect place for them to learn where healthy food comes from. Check out for resources, tips and inspiration about “edible education.” Host a Fair: Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for a festival to celebrate the environment, but you can organize a fair anytime. Set up booths where parents host activities for the kids. Feature a craft using recyclable materials to create jewelry or sculpture. Display a solar cooker and teach kids how to make one of their own. Create a game where children guess how many pounds of grain, or how many gallons of water, it takes to create one pound of beef. Host a “crop swap” booth, where people can bring produce that is overabundant in their garden and trade it for items they need.

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Caboose Days

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Sheep to Shawl

Southeastern Railway Museum April 5-6. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Fox Theatre April 10-27. Tue-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m.

The Atlanta History Center April 12. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Two days of locomotive-themed activities include caboose rides, park train rides, and handcar rides. Children’s activities include a caboose scavenger hunt, temporary tattoos, a craft corner and refreshments served on the SCL caboose. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. Adults, $8; ages 2-12, $5; ages 1 and younger, free; caboose rides, $3; park train rides, $2; handcar rides, $

Animals on the African Pride Land, portrayed by more than 40 actors and puppets, come to life with rhythmic music and songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-881-2100. $30-$75. See our events calendar for a special Lion King exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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Step back in time for a day of sheep shearing, barnyardanimal interactions, open-hearth cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and musical performances. Plus interactive craft activities include spinning and weaving wool, candle making, and basket weaving. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; ages 3 and younger, free.

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Family Fun Guide First Watch 4 metro locations. Open daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Is there anything new for breakfast? Yes! When my family visited First Watch, the “daytime café” that recently opened in Dunwoody, we were excited to find new nutritious twists on breakfast fare. n  What’s on the menu: While most restaurants designate a small menu section for those seeking “health-conscious” selections, the entire First Watch menu has a huge selection of healthy choices. We were happy to see multi-grain breads and griddle options, fat-free and cholesterol-free choices and many veggies and superfoods we don’t usually see on a brunch menu. It was easy to have a guilt-free meal. Everything is freshly prepared daily, from slicing whole fruits and vegetables to from-scratch bread. The “Jump Start” menu offers dishes containing seasonal superfoods like kale, mushrooms and almonds. The rest of the menu features skillets, salads, sandwiches and omelets. All items are available at all times, so you can have a soup, a sandwich or salad for breakfast, brunch or lunch. My husband chose the Acapulco Express omelet for $8.99, which included chorizo sausage, avocado, green chilies and roasted onions with cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. I tweaked the traditional


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breakfast by having eggs, ham, multigrain toast and fruit (instead of potatoes) for $7.99. Nothing on the menu is more than $10, and portion sizes are generous. n  Why kids will like it: The kids enjoyed choosing from the kids’ menu where everything is $4.99 including a beverage. One of my boys got a kick out of ordering a perfectly prepared grilled cheese sandwich at 8 a.m., while the others selected oversized multigrain chocolate chip pancakes and turkey sausage. The kids also loved that you could see into the kitchen from where we were sitting. Although the food is made to order, it arrived quickly. n  Why parents will like it: First Watch caters to everyone – we noticed people having breakfast meetings, families and single diners reading the free newspapers. Parents will especially like the emphasis on healthy ingredients that you may not have tried at home, like quinoa and wheat germ. There is also no upcharge for substitutions like egg whites. Since the portion sizes are great for sharing, First Watch provides an extra plate at no charge. There are so many possible healthy options, we may become regulars so that we can try them all. –  Felicia Barman


Take the kids on a dinosaur hunt at this just-opened all-dino exhibit featuring full-sized models, skeletons, fossils and an interactive design-a-dinosaur station. Seventeen animatronic dinosaurs move their limbs, blink and roar. 265 18th St, Atlanta. 404-496-4274. Adults, $16-$18; ages 5-11, $11$13; ages 4 and younger, free.

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hile the kids play interactive games, make crafts and enjoy other activities at Atlanta Parent’s annual Kidville, parents can gather information for family fun, summer camps, educational programs, healthy lifestyles and more. Kids can spin our Prize Wheel, pick a duck from the Duck Pond, nurse cuddly bears back to health at the Teddy Bear Hospital, make a crown or mask, or Pick a Frog to win a prize. Kidville is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3 at Northlake Mall, 4800 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta. More information at

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Family Fun Guide


Public Art Tours

Eye-catching art pieces around metro Atlanta aren’t just pretty to look at, they tell a story. You can learn all about them… for free!

Suwanee SculpTour The city of Suwanee offers a free, walkable outdoor exhibit of 15 original sculptures from artists across the country, some made specifically for the exhibition. Sculptures are located in and around Town Center Park and the tour covers about one mile, taking about one hour. A map of artwork locations can be picked up at stores around Town Center during regular business hours, at City Hall Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or downloaded from the website. The exhibit is on display until May 2015; placards accompanying each piece describe the works. A podcast guide will be available this summer. Find more info and the brochure download here: –  Dalia Faupel

The Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program n  Audio Tours covering the details and history of 22 unique artworks in Downtown Atlanta can be taken any time. The tour starts at Andrew Young Plaza, where dialing in to the host phone number (404-260-5532) provides prompts to hear about each of the works, in any order. To visit all the pieces takes about one hour. A printable map is available on the website. n  Guided Group Tours in Downtown Atlanta can be arranged for 10 or more people. Tours run about 2 hours and include visits to 15 public artworks (sculptures, murals and monuments) where guides give insight into the history and artistry of each piece. Tours begin at Hardy Ivy Park on the corner of West Peachtree and Peachtree Street, and advance reservations are required. Find guided tour reservation info, a Google map of all city of Atlanta public art locations, and the Downtown audio tour map here: (click on About OCA and Public Art Program).

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Root Root Root for the Home Team

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It’s an awesome time to be a Braves fan! Opening day marks the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s 715th homerun, and this year Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The season opens April 8 with a three-game series against the New York Mets. General admission ticket prices start at $6-$14, depending on the day. A fireworks display follows every Friday night game, and on Sundays, children ages 14 and younger can run the bases and walk onto the infield following home games. Two children’s areas open in the stadium before and during games. Sky Field, located on the top level, has bases to run and cooling misters, and offers spectacular views of the city skyline. The Family Zone offers a playground, pitching areas, an interactive baseball game and video games. –  Jennifer Haslam

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April Game Day Extras April 10: Braves vs. Mets. The first 20,000 fans receive a Hank Aaron bobblehead. April 11: Braves vs. Nationals. Magnetic schedule giveaway day and the first Friday Night Fireworks display of the season. April 13: Braves vs. Nationals. Braves alumni sign autographs in fan plaza before the game; kids ages 14 and younger can run the bases following the game. April 27: Braves vs. Reds. Bark in the Park day. Purchase a special ticket for your canine friend. The cost for a combined one adult-one dog ticket is $15. Kids can run the bases following the game.

Gwinnett Braves The Gwinnett Braves open against the Durham Bulls on Fri., April 11. Fireworks follow each Friday night game. On Sundays, bring a ball and glove; the outfield is open to play catch the first 20 minutes after the gates open. Plus, kids can run the bases following the game. Coolray Field, Lawrenceville. Tickets, $7.50-$20.

Rome Braves The Braves’ class-A minor league team starts play on Thur., April 10. Mascots Romney and Roxie entertain with antics and performances. State Mutual Stadium, Rome. Tickets, $5-$11.50. For more Information Atlanta Braves: Gwinnett Braves: Rome Braves:

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ur crew didn’t know we’d be keeping dolphins out of danger and climbing inside a whale’s heart on our recent visit to Fernbank, but these activities were the highlights of our tour of the new Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibit. My 7-year-old son gravitated toward the exhibit’s digital discoveries and my 3-year-old son just wanted to play and touch. Fortunately for us, they got to do both. The life-sized replica of a whale’s heart is as big as a VW “Beetle” car, and young museum guests had a great time climbing in and out of it. Older kids were fascinated by the sound elements. Andrew, my 7-year-old said, “I got to hear what it actually sounds like for a whale to pump his blood through his heart!” In the Sound Chamber, we heard the sounds dolphins make to navigate their surroundings, find food and communicate with each other. We expect many young visitors go home talking “dolphin” to their families. Did you know porpoises and dolphins are actually whales? The whale family tree includes these and many other varieties that we learned about on the “whale scale,” which shows the massive difference between

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the tiny Hector’s dolphin to the world’s largest animal, the blue whale. Andrew and I played the lifelike Dolphin Danger game, using a joystick (similar to the old Atari version) to maneuver a dolphin through deep waters safely. He said he had no idea dolphins had so many threats under water, but once he learned how to steer clear of them, it was just fun to “drive a dolphin around.” In the Search and Destroy Theater, data collected from tagged sperm whales showed us how whales locate and eat their prey. We decided we wouldn’t want to be a squid if a sperm whale was around! We also enjoyed going “In for a Swim,” where we observed whale evolution and learned about discoveries of whaling scientists. We heard stories of the famous Mori whale riders, and saw a treasure trove of items made from whale bones, including weapons and delicate ornaments. We saw a whale tooth and learned New Zealanders would carve the teeth to make hair combs. But the most amazing element was saw was the huge life-size sperm whale skeleton measuring 58.4 feet, longer than a school bus! The skeleton is in the middle of the exhibit so you can’t miss it. –  LaKeisha Fleming

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Egg Hunts

Hippity Hoppity Easter

l  Johns Creek Easter Egg Hunt. Newtown Park. Egg hunt by ages for over 6,000 eggs filled with prizes, candy, and special surprises. Petting zoo, moonwalk and pictures with the Easter Bunny. April 10. 10 a.m.; egg hunt, 11 a.m. 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek. 678-512-3200. Ages 10 and younger, free. l  Easter Egg Scramble. Laurel Park. Egg hunt by ages with candy and prizes. Visit with the Easter Bunny afterward for pictures. April 11. 6:30-7:30 p.m. 151 Manning Rd., Marietta. 770794-5601. Free.

Hop down the bunny trail to these Eggcellent events! Remember to arrive early and bring Easter baskets. Hunts start on time and are known to end quickly.

l  Dinosaur Egg Hunt. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Age-appropriate egg hunts, family egg hunt, music provided by Radio Disney, the Georgia Bubbleman creates bubbles of all sizes. April 12. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Reservations highly recommended. $5 advance; $10 at the door. l  Underwater Hunt and Bunny Bonanza. Bogan Park Community Recreation and Aquatic Center. Hunt for eggs underwater, visit with the Easter Bunny, and craft activities. April 12. 9 a.m. 2723 North Bogan Rd., Buford. 678.277.0850. Registration required by April 4. $15. l  Easter Eggstravaganza. Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Egg hunts by ages and for children with special needs, petting zoo, moonwalks, carnival games, face painting, food, and more. April 12. 1-3 p.m. 201 Hospital Rd., Canton. 770-720-5132. Food and activities, free; Easter bunny photos, $5; t-shirts, $10.

l  Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt & Movie by Moonlight. Tolleson Park. Hunt for eggs with a flashlight. Hunts divided by age groups. Movie follows. April 12 (rain out day, April 19). 7:30 p.m. 351 McCauley Rd., Smyrna. 678-6315541. Reservations required. $10 per family.

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Extravaganza. George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Easter egg hunt on the trail, visit with the Easter Bunny, and craft activities. April 12. 1 p.m. 55 Buford Hwy., Suwanee. 678-277-0910. Registration required by April 7. $5. l  Duluth

Easter Egg Hunt. Rogers Bridge Park. Hunt for eggs by age groups and visit with Peter Cottontail. April 12. 2 p.m. 4291 Rogers Bridge Rd., Duluth. 770-814-6981. Free. l  Swimming

Pool Egg Hunt. East Cobb YMCA. Hunt for eggs in the YMCA pool. Groups are divided by age. April 12. 6-8 p.m. 1055 East Piedmont Rd., Marietta. 770-977-5991. Reservations required. Open to the public. All ages, $8.

Eggstravaganza. Rehoboth Baptist Church. Egg hunt with more than 5000 eggs, ice cream, games, bounce house, crafts, face painting, cake walk, train rides, and door prizes. April 12. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville. 770-939-3182. Free. l  East Cobb Egg Hunt. East Cobb YMCA. Egg hunt divided by ages and visit with the Easter Bunny. April 13. 1:30-2 p.m. 1055 East Piedmont Rd., Marietta. 770-977-5991. Reservations required. Open to the public. All ages, free. l  Gainesville Easter Egg Hunt. Midtown Greenway. Egg hunts by ages, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, games, and more. April 13. 2 p.m. 682 Grove St., Gainesville. 770531-2680. Free.

l  Magic Mondays: Egg Hunt on the Farm. Atlanta History Center. Egg hunt throughout the farm, games, arts and crafts, and visit with the Easter Bunny. April 14. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $6.50; ages 18 mos.-5, $5.50. l  Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Egg Hunt. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Visit with the Easter Bunny, pancake breakfast, sing-a-longs, craft activities, and egg hunt on the lawn. April 19. 8:30 a.m. 185 West Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. Registration required. Ages 1 and older, $10. l  Marietta Easter Egg Hunt. Jim Miller Park. Egg hunt by ages, inflatables, arts and crafts, music, and food for purchase. April 19. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta. 770-528-8875. Free. l  Eggstravaganza: Callanwolde’s Easter Egg Hunt. Callanwolde. Hunt for thousands of eggs, costumed Easter Bunny, cake walk, arts and crafts and more. Bring Easter baskets. April 19. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.. 980 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta. 404-872-5338. Ages 12 and younger, $12 advance online purchase or $14 cash at the door; parking, $5.

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Egg Hunt. Mall of Georgia. Egg hunt divided by ages in the Village. April 19. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-482-8788. Free. l  North East Cobb Community Egg Drop. Sprayberry High School. About 90,000 Easter eggs will drop from the sky for egg hunts divided by ages, kid zone, photos with the Easter Bunny and food for purchase. April 19. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2525 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. communityeggdrop. com. Egg hunt and Easter Bunny photos, free; kid zone, $5. l  Taste of Forsyth. Cumming Fairgrounds. Egg drop and egg hunt by ages, sample restaurant food, play in the kid’s zone, and touch-a-truck with police, SWAT vehicles, monster truck and more. April 19. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. Egg hunt, free; restaurant samples, $1-$4. l  Children’s

Butterfly Easter Event. Decatur First Christian Church. Butterfly-themed egg hunt, crafts and a butterfly release. An Amazing Grace themed-service follows the activities at 10:30 a.m. April 20. 9:15 a.m. 601 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-3621. Ages 2-11, free. Cont’d on page 76

Caring Bunny Events April 13 Town Center Mall. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Mall of Georgia. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Northlake Mall. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Children with special needs are invited to visit with the Easter Bunny during the quiet hours before stores open with dimmed lights, escalators turned off, and noise minimized. Activities include arts and crafts, snacks, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Town Center Mall, Kennesaw. 770-424-9486. Mall of Georgia, Buford. 678-482-8788. Northlake Mall, Atlanta. 770-938-3564. Registration is requested. Event, free; photography packages available for purchase.

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Hippity Hoppity Easter Beyond Atlanta Magical Easter Eggstravaganza. Babyland General Hospital. Easter Bunny pancake breakfast, arts festival, cupcakes and carrots with the Easter Bunny, egg hunt, Easter bonnet contest, and parade. April 10. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. See website for event times. 300 N.O.K. Dr., Cleveland. 706-865-2171. Babylandgeneral. com. Reservations required for breakfast and cupcakes with Easter Bunny. Pancake breakfast, $10; cupcakes, $5; all other activities, free. l  Easter Eggstravaganza. The Rock Ranch. Egg Hunt by ages, children’s play area, zip lines and more. April 12. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock. 706-647-6374. Admission, $10; zip lines, $7 or $12.; egg hunt, free with admission. l  Peanuts Easter Beagle Express. Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Take a round-trip train ride along the Tuckasegee River with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Easter Bunny. Stop in Dillsboro for an egg hunt, crafts, snacks with Snoopy, and temporary tattoos. It is a four hour excursion. April 18-19. Train departs promptly at 11 a.m. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800872-4681. Reservations required. Adults, $55$94; ages 2-12, $29-$54; ages 1 and younger, $0-$20.


l  Easter Eggstravaganza and Rabbit Palooza. North Georgia Zoo. Search for eggs, learn about rabbit breeds, and take a picture with a baby bunny. April 19-20. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2912 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland. 706-348-7279. Adults, $8; ages 2-11, $6; 1 and younger free; $5 for the egg hunt.

More Easter Fun: l  Breakfast in Kennesaw with the Easter Bunny. Ben Robertson Community Center. Pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny. 2753 Watts Dr., Kennesaw. April 5. 8-11 a.m. 770422-9714. $5 in advance; $8 at the door; ages 2 and younger are free, but they must sit on an adult’s lap. l  Bunny Bonanza. Northlake Mall. Games, crafts, refreshments, spin the Easter Egg Prize Wheel and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. April 5. 2-4 p.m. 4800 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta. 770938-3564. $5. l  Hop

Into Spring. Town Center Mall at Cobb. Music and games by DJ Steve, spring activities, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. April 12. 1-3 p.m. 400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy., Kennesaw. 770-424-9486. $5.

l  Natural Egg Dyeing. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Decorate eggs using dyes from plants. April 18 and 19. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free. l  Hop in the Park. Atlantic Station. Pictures with the Easter Bunny. Dancing, music, games with Radio Disney. Crafts and sand art. April 19. 1-4 p.m.1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta. 404-410-4010. Pictures, $5; activities, free. l  Easter Sunrise Service. Stone Mountain Park. Non-denominational sunrise services on the top of Stone Mountain and on the Memorial Lawn. April 20. Gates open 4 a.m.; service, 7 a.m. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Free; parking, $10. c

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HITTING THE MARK Basic Archery at Panola Mountain State Park


hen I watched the movies Brave and The Hunger Games, archery looked fairly easy. But when I took the basic archery class at Panola Mountain State Park with my 11 year-old daughter Allison and her friend, I quickly realized the sport is a bit more complex (and fun) in real life. The two-hour class, led by a park ranger, a certified instructor, and a trained volunteer, began with a 15-minute orientation about safety protocols and equipment. Safety is clearly of top importance. For example, nobody is allowed to retrieve arrows from the targets

until the teacher gives three whistle blows, signaling that all shooting has stopped and all the bows have been hung up. The instructor demonstrated the proper stance, how to load the arrow (always pointing down) and the three-finger technique to draw and release the bow. We couldn’t wait for our turn! We selected our equipment from a rack of compound bows, which have the pulley and wheel system. The draw weights (the heaviness you feel when stretching the bow back in preparation to launch an arrow) of these bows ranged from 11 pounds for the younger participants to 20 pounds for the adults. The leaders divided us into groups and helped us individually during the first round of six arrows. I was surprised by how much help we needed to get in the correct position, and the shoulder and upper back strength it took to draw the bow. My daughter missed the target several times, and mentioned that it took a great deal of focus and precision to aim properly. This is not an easy sport, and the girls and I felt our arm and shoulder muscles getting sore. It seemed everyone was feeling the same way, as I heard one child tell his parent, “I have to sit down and rest.”

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If You Go Basic Archery Class Panola Mountain State Park 2600 Hwy 155 SW, Stockbridge 770-389-7801; PanolaMountain n  Hours: April 5-6, 12-13, 26-27; 10 a.m.-noon; 2-4 p.m. n  Cost: $10; $5 parking fee. All equipment provided; advance reservations required. n  Ages: 9 and older

But because it’s challenging, we really felt a sense of accomplishment getting anywhere near the bullseye. After the first few times, I successfully got arrows in the red and blue zones. Yes! I felt really powerful. My daughter never hit the target, but said she’d love to go back and try again. She liked that the sport is so different from others, since it’s more about concentration and using specific muscle movements in just the upper body. Plus, you get instant feedback: you can see exactly where your arrows hit. Each group shot two rounds at 7 yards, 10 yards and 13 yards from the target and before we knew it, the class was over. We plan to go again. Instead of just trying something new, we discovered a fun, low-impact sport that we can do as a family, with the adults as involved as t he kids. –  Rebecca R. Leffler April 2014    Atlanta Parent 77

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Enjoy the spring weather and take the kids to these outdoor festivals with children’s activities, food trucks, and artist markets.

Dogwood Festival Piedmont Park / April 11-13   Why we love it: The Kids

*Village is not just a kid’s area,

but a village with flying swings, inflatables, big slides and arts and craft activities. The three-day festival features a juried artist market with art of all mediums, an international village, a Disc Dogs competition, and live musical performances. There are food trucks and festival food throughout the park. April 11-13. Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 14th St. and Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-817-6642. Admission, free.

Festival on Ponce. Olmsted Linear Park. 150 local and regional artists, live acoustic music, children’s area, food trucks and more. April 5-6. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.6 p.m.1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. Admission, free. Wild Azalea Festival. Reynolds Nature Preserve. Azalea showcases, guided nature hikes, face painting, animal shows and more. April 5. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow. 770-603-4188. Admission, free. Urban Forestry Festival. Outdoor Activity Center. Celebrate Atlanta’s urban forests with educational and entertaining exhibits, a tour of the 26-acre forest, food, giveaways, activities and more. April 5. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 1442 Richland Rd., Atlanta. 404-752-5385. Free. Spring Break Out Wellness Festival. Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center. Wellness demonstrations, inflatables, tennis clinics, hayride, food trucks, horseshoes, family fun run, and more. April 11. 2-7 p.m. 100 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-8869. Admission, free; fun run, family up to 6 people, $20 or $5 per person. Taste of Newnan. Downtown Newnan. Sample specialties from local restaurants, plus live entertainment and carnival rides. April 18. 5-8:30 p.m. 6 First Ave., Newnan. 770-2538283. Admission, free; Tasting tickets, $1.

Taste of Henry. Heritage Park. 25 Henry County restaurants serve tasting samples, slides, moonwalks, face painting and more. April 18. 6-9 p.m. 101 Lake Dow Rd., McDonough. 678-432-1630. Adults, $20; ages 3-12, $5; kid zone tickets, $1 each. Taste of Forsyth. Cumming Fairgrounds. Sample restaurant food; play in the kid’s zone, egg hunt by ages, and touch-a-truck with police, SWAT vehicles, monster truck and more. April 19. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. Egg hunt, free; restaurant samples, $1-$4.

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Georgia Renaissance Festival. Fairburn. Artist market, fire whip show, jousting, mud show, a hypnotist, belly dancing, aerial trapeze acts, knife throwing and more. Munch on big turkey legs and listen to live music! Sat.-Sun., April 19-June 8. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn. 770-9648575. Adults, $22; children 6-12, $10; 5 and younger, free. Lemonade Days. Brook Run Park. Rides, games, concessions, an arts and craft fair, and live music. The Big Squeeze, a 5K fun run Sun. morning. April 23-27. Wed.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m. Fri., 4-11 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 770-668-0401. Admission, free; unlimited ride pass, $20-$30.

Downtown Kennesaw April 12 and 13   Why we love it: Centered

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. Historic Alpharetta. Artist market, children’s art and crafts area, listen to live music and more. April 26-27. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6078. Free.

War and Locomotive History, this festival is rich in history and fun. Civil War Encampment recalls life back in 1860s with costumed men and women in civil war era clothing and artifacts on display. The parade kicks off the weekend with more than 2,000 students from local schools participating, marching bands, beauty pageant winners, and floats. Festival highlights include the artist markets, kid zone with inflatables for children of all ages, live music, Wildlife Wendy’s Tropical Bird Show, and Chainsaw Master Brian Ruth. April 12 and 13. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (parade, 9:30 a.m.); Sun., noon-5 p.m. Cherokee St., Kennesaw. Admission, free.

Sandy Springs Touch-a-Truck Festival. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church’s Hitson Activity Center. Explore, touch and climb on construction rigs, emergency vehicles, mail truck, race cars, hot rods, limo, motorcycles, boats and more. A kid zone includes inflatables and games. Food trucks and other concessions. Sat., April 26. 10 a.m.2 p.m. 85 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. 404-250-9455. $3 per person; younger than 1, free; food for purchase.

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Spring Chicken Festival. Downtown Gainesville. Chicken City parade, upcycled/ recycled arts and crafts show, quilt show, kids area, and food. April 26. 10-4 p.m. 104 Main St., Gainesville. 770-531-1102. Admission, free.

Taste of East Point. Historic East Point. Sample food from East Point restaurants and food trucks, artist market, and live music. April 26. 2-9 p.m. 612 West Cleveland Ave., East Point. 404-270-7059. Admission, $1; taste tickets, $1 each. Atlanta Arab Festival. Alif Institute. Traditional music, folk dancing, arts and crafts, Hennas, Arabic calligraphy, face painting, carnival games, moonwalks, obstacle courses, food from local Arab restaurants, and adult backgammon games. April 26-27. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 3288 Marjan Dr., Atlanta 770-936-8770. $2 per person or $5 per family. Taste of Marietta. Historic Marietta Square. 75 Cobb County restaurants participating, explore the square, live entertainment and romp in kid’s alley. April 27. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Glover Park, Marietta. Admission, free; taste tickets, $.50-$5. Roswell Cycling Festival. Downtown Roswell. Roswell Mayor’s ride, USA Cycling Amateur Races, kid’s zone, kid’s bicycle safety rodeo, kids races, women’s pro races, men’s pro races. April 27. 8 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Canton St., Roswell. 770-640-3253. Kid’s Zone and Rodeo, free; spectators, free. Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival. The Village Green. Artist market, Jonquil Jog/Walk 5k, crawfish and shrimp boil, puppet shows by Peter Hart, food for purchase, live music, and children’s area. April 26-27. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., noon-5 p.m. 5K: Sat., 8 a.m. Atlanta St., Smyrna. 770-423-1330. Admission, free. c

Inman Park Festival Inman Park / April 26-27; April 25, home tour only.   Why we love it: The parade

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mascot is part cool, part funk and all family-friendly fun. Expect to see colorful costumes, floats made from the most random recycled materials, the Precision Attaché Case Drill Team, and Seed & Feed Marching Abominables. The two-day festival includes a self-guided home tour of the neighborhood’s historic houses, an artist market, live music on several stages, and food for purchase from food trucks and local restaurants. The Kids Zone features moonwalks, giant slide, arts and crafts activities, and basketball pop-a-shot. April 25 (home tour only), noon-4 p.m. April 26-27. Sat., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (parade, 2 p.m.); Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Euclid Ave., Atlanta. Admission, free; home tour, $20.

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classes Isabelle’s Scavenger Hunt. American Girl. Hunt for clues about Isabelle, the Girl of the Year. April 1, 8, 15 22, and 29. 3:30-5:30 p.m. 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Ages 8 and older, free.

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Friends Forever Bracelet Craft. American Girl. Make a bracelet for you and your doll. April 3, 10, 17, and 24. 3:30-5:30 p.m. 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Ages 8 and older, free.

Centennial Olympic Park APRIL 4-5. FRI., 9 A.M.-4:45 P.M. SAT., 11:15 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

Arts & Rec: Studio Spring Break. High Museum of Art. Visit the Go West! and create artwork inspired by the exhibit. April 4-6. 1-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; ages 5 and younger, free.

Two days of canine competitions include Jack Russell races, flying disc competitions, obstacle courses, and dog diving brought to you by Purina Pro Plan. Watch the competition Friday morning and all day Saturday (or watch practice Friday afternoon). 265 Park Ave., Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.

Mad Scientist Club. Stonecrest Library. Explore science in everyday life. April 5. 2-3 p.m. 3123 Klondike Rd., Lithonia. 770-482-3828. Ages 10-12, free. Yoga for Kids. Johns Creek Yoga. Preschool and children’s yoga classes each Sat. Ages 3-6, 9:3010:30 a.m.; ages 7-9, 11 a.m.-noon. 11705 Jones Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. 678-951-8841. $12. Saturday Morning Art Classes. Vinings School of Art. Take a drawing, painting or pottery class. Supplies included. Ages 2-13. Sat. 10 and 11 a.m. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. 678-2134278. Pre-register. $15, siblings $12. Crafts at Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore Learning. Make a different craft each week. Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770578-3100. Free. Home Depot Kid’s Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety while building a craft and receive a kid-size orange apron. First Sat. of each month. April 5. 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5-12, free. Egyptian Heiroglyphs Workshop. Michael C. Carlos Museum. An Egyptologist explains how to read and write by copying inscriptions on coffins, tomb reliefs, and statues in the Egyptian galleries. April 6. 2-4 p.m. 571 Kilgo Cir., Atlanta. 404-727-0519. Registration required. Ages 8-12, $15. Gavel Club. Beulah Family Life Center. Learn the art of public speaking. Every Tues. 7-8 p.m. 2340 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur. dawnbreakerstm. com/youth. Ages 11-18, free; project books $10. Lil’ Bean Heads Crafts. Bean Head Toys. Create an art project. April 2 and 16. 3-4 p.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-851-2980. All ages, younger children may need assistance. Free. Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. Ages 2-4. Thurs. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Free with museum admission. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free.

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DISC DOG SOUTHERN NATIONALS QUALIFIER Piedmont Park APRIL 11-13. FRI., 2, 4 AND 6 P.M. SAT.-SUN., 11 A.M.-5 P.M. Dogs and their handlers take part in a two-day Frisbee competition organized during the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. The weekend starts with three demonstrations on Friday and then two days of competitions on Sat. and Sun. 1320 Monroe Dr., Atlanta. 770-316-5165. Free. Mommy and Me Preschool Program. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Different activities each week. April 3, 10, 17, and 24. 10 and 11:30 a.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. Recommended for ages 3-5. Adults, $7.50; ages 4-12, $5.50; ages 3 and younger, free.

Mice Tours. Marietta Museum of History. Museum mascots Murray and Etta mouse introduce history through tours, storytime, and craft. April 9. 10:30 a.m. 1 Depot St., Marietta. 770-794-5710. Reservations required. Ages 3-5, $5.

Teen Open Studio. High Museum of Art. Drawing in the galleries. April 4. 4-7 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 14-18, free with high school identification.

Winning the War at McDaniel Farm. McDaniel Farm. Design a victory garden similar to those made during WWII. April 10. 10 a.m.noon or 2-4 p.m.. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth. 770-904-3500. Pre-register. $5.

Kid’s Yoga. Cross Life Christian Montessori School. Parent and me yoga class open to the public. April 4. 9:30 a.m. 1000 Hembree Rd., Roswell. 770-475-3812. Reservations required. Ages 2-6 with parent, free. Pioneer at McDaniel Farm. McDaniel Farm. Churn butter, make candles, play games. April 8. 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m.. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth. 770-904-3500. Pre-register. $5. Cherokee People at McDaniel Farm. McDaniel Farm. Explore Cherokee culture, nature hike and pottery craft. April 9. 10 a.m.-noon or 2-4 p.m.. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth. 770-904-3500. Preregister. $5.

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Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program including circle time, songs, activities, and a craft. April 10. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770- 476-2013. Ages 2-12, $7 per child, 1 adult free, additional adult, $8. Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Introduce history through stories, hands-on exhibits and crafts, museum mascots Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle. April 12. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Recommended for ages 2-5. Donations encouraged.



How to Ride a Bike for Kids. Washington Park Beltline. Introduction to riding a bike. April 13. 2-4 p.m. 1125 Lena St., Atlanta. 404-446-4410. Registration requested. Free. Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb. Panola Mountain State Park. Use a rope and harness to explore the tree canopy. Moderately strenuous activity. April 19. 1 and 3 p.m. 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge. 770389-7801. Pre-register. $15; parking, $5. ArTLab. High Museum of Art. DJ and design classes. April 26. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Ages 14-18, $20.

exhibits Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door. High Museum of Art. Exhibit of Abelardo Morell’s photography places everyday objects in a variety of settings. Through May 18. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. until 8 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-7335000. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; ages 5 and younger, free. Hidden Heroes. Museum of Design. See the design history of common objects like the paper clip, zipper, and light bulb. Through May 11. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed. until 8 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-979-6455. Adults, $10; ages 6-17, $5; ages 5 and younger, free.

Stone Mountain Park APRIL 5-12. 10:30 A.M.-7 P.M. Stone Mountain Park’s attractions, including Sky Hike, Geyser Towers and Ride the Ducks, are open daily for spring break staycation fun. New this year, rescue dogs perform in competitions during JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Show and kids are invited to show their moves at The April Fool’s Wacky Wonderland dance party. Splash the Duck and The Easter Bunny host meet and greets.1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Adults, $29.95; ages 3-11, $24.95, $10 parking.

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Calendar Orchid Daze. The Atlanta Botanical Garden. An exhibit intertwining the beauty of orchids and the artistic influences of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Paul Gauguin. Through April 13. Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free. Amusement Park Science. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Discover the science behind amusement park roller coasters with a hands-on bumper car simulator and a create-a-coaster design station. Through April 30. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50; ages 2 and younger, free. Sonic Sensation. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Explore the science of sound with a soundproof scream chamber, a movie soundtrack production exhibit, and an invisible orchestra play area. Through June 1. Mon.-Fri. (closed Wed.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.5 p.m. Free admission after 1 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month made possible through the generous support of Target. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. $12.75; younger than 1, free. Whales: Giants of the Deep. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The exhibit features life-sized whale skeletons, a walk-through replica whale heart, and a design-a-dolphin experience. Through Aug. 24. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-9296400. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; ages 2 and younger, free

ATLANTA STEEPLECHASE Kingston Downs APRIL 19. 9 A.M.-6:30 P.M. Spend the day at the horse races with family-friendly activities from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., that include pony rides, Jack Russell Terrier races, camel rides, a climbing wall, an airshow and skydiving demonstrations. Bagpipers, a hat parade and hat contest precede the horse races at 1:15 p.m. Gore Spring Rd., Rome. 404-237-7436. Tickets start at $30; ages 12 and younger, free. Wit in Wood. Heritage Sandy Springs. See the whittle work of Moses Robinson, from animals to dancing couples. Wed. and Sat. through April 2. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Atlanta. 404-851-9111. Adults $3; ages 6-12, $1; 5 and younger, free. Today’s West! Booth Western Art Museum. An exhibit displaying contemporary art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Open daily (except Mon.) through April 13. Tues.-Sat. 10

a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs. until 8 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville.  770-3871300. Adults, $10; ages 12 and younger, free. Go West! High Museum of Art. American West exhibit with paintings, sculpture and artifacts from 1830 to 1930. Through April 13. Tues.Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. until 8 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free.

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Calendar Out Fishin. World of Coca-Cola. Exhibit spotlighting Norman Rockwell’s creations for Coca-Cola’s advertising from 1928 to 1935. Daily through May. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wed. and Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 121 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-676-5151. Adults, $16; ages 3-12, $12; 2 and younger, free. Centennial Olympic Games Exhibit. Atlanta History Center. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. noon-5:30 p.m. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Adults, $16.50; ages 4-12, $11; 3 and younger, free. Dairies in DeKalb. DeKalb History Center. This exhibit focuses on the history of dairy farming in DeKalb County in the 20th century. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 101 East Court Sq., Decatur. 404373-1088. Free. Dolphin Tales. Georgia Aquarium. The live show incorporates dolphins, actors, and special effects. Multiple shows per day, times vary. Reservations recommended. Sun.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Adults, $35.95; ages 3-12, $29.95; ages 2 and younger, free. Sea Monsters Revealed: Aquatic Bodies. Georgia Aquarium. An exhibit of sea creatures includes an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark. Sun.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Adults, $35.95; ages 3-12, $29.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Day Kids Fest. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Earth Day activities include musical performances by Farmer Jason, canoeing in Beaver Pond, an Eco-village with vendors, arts and crafts, face painting, and food trucks. April 12. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free.

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Day Festival. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Celebrate earth day by learning ways to help the planet. Activities include crafts, games, nature hikes, and a movie. April 12. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 202 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $5; ages 3-12, $3; 2 and younger, free.

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Tech’s Earth Day Celebration. Tech Walk. Festivities include exhibitors, eco-friendly giveaways, organic popcorn, games, clothing and office supply swaps; eco-friendly practice demonstrations, and live music. April 18. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Georgia Tech. 353 Ferst Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-385-4275. Free.

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Day. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Children’s activities include storytimes, ladybugs releases and crafts. April 22. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free.

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Day. Tellus Museum. Earth Day plans include solar viewing in the Observatory, planetarium shows about the sun and sea, and children’s activities. April 22. 1-5 p.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770606-5700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Wylde Center Oakhurst Community Garden The swashbuckling fun kicks off with a pirate-themed parade led by the Funk Pirates and costumed characters. Children’s activities include an Earth Day scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and a pirate ship to climb on and explore. Earth-friendly vendors, live music, a pirate-themed cake contest and recycling services of small electronics are also planned. April 19. 1-4 p.m. Parade at 12:30 p.m. 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur. 404-371-1920. Free.

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SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University APRIL 27. 1-4 P.M. Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday with live performances by Georgia Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare costumed-characters, a bounce house, Maypole dancing, and storytelling by Young Audiences. Kids can create a foam sword and learn stage combat with the actors. 4484 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 404-504-1473. Free.

Bodies: The Exhibition. Atlantic Station. An informative view into the human body. Mon.Thurs. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Last ticket sold an hour before closing. 265 18th St., Atlanta. 404-496-4274. Adults, $24; ages 3-11, $16; 2 and younger, free. Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Parkside Shopping Center. Learn about the life of the Frank family in Amsterdam. Includes replica of Anne’s room. Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-206-1558. Ages 10 and older, free. The Lion King: Up Close. Center for Puppetry Arts. See the masks and puppets used to bring the Lion King Animals to life in the Broadway musical. Through April 27. Museum hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Exhibit only, $8.25; exhibit plus show, $16.50.

movies Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Filmmakers travel to Madagascar to document the lives of the Lemurs. April 4-Aug. 14. See fernbankmuseum. org for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free. Journey to the South Pacific. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Travel to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Through June 5. See for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.

music Morehouse Glee Club. Spivey Hall. Morehouse’s all-male choral ensemble performs. April 1. 11:15 a.m. 2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow. 678-466-4200. Ages 11 and older, $2.

Friday Jazz. High Museum of Art. Jazz musician Joe Gransden perform. April 18.  5-10 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free. Jazz Nights at Scottish Rite. The Solarium. Outdoor Jazz concert series. Bring blanket and a picnic. April 3, Emrah Kotan. April 10, Jason Passmore. April 17, Audrey Shakir. April 24, Dan Baraszu and David Ellington. 7 p.m. 321 West Hill St., Decatur. Free. Atlanta’s Young Artists. Michael C. Carlos Museum. Instrumental concert by pre-college musicians. April 18. noon. 571 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404-727-5050. Free. Musical Animals. Michael C. Carlos Museum. “Peter and the Wolf” by Prokofiev and “ The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille SaintSaens are narrated for young audiences and accompanied by two pianists. April 27. 4 p.m. 571 Kilgo Cir., Atlanta. 404-727-5050. Free. Clayton State University Chorale. Spivey Hall. A free chorale concert presented by Clayton State University. April 27. 3 p.m. 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200. Ages 12 and older, free.

nature Cardboard Forest. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Bring empty cardboard boxes, tubes and other recyclable items (soup cans or plastic bottles) to create a woodland forest. Through April 2. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free. Adventure Cubs. Zoo Atlanta. Learn about animals on the African savanna, tour the zoo and meet an animal ambassador. April 2 and 5. 10-11 a.m. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. 404-624-9453. Recommended for ages 3 and 4. Reservations are requested. $12 per person includes zoo admission. Garden Stroller Strut. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center to explore the garden. Each Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Recommended for ages 1-2. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Tellus Observatory. Tellus Museum. View the night sky and possibly see Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. April 4. 8:30-10:30 p.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700. $5. Solar Open House. Tellus Museum. Look for sun spots and solar prominences using the museum’s solar telescopes. April 5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-6065700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free. Spring Wildflower Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. A ranger lead hike to explore the mountain and the spring wildflowers. April 5. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. $5; parking, $5. Total Lunar Eclipse. Tellus Museum. All telescopes will be pointed towards the moon. Images will be broadcasted to the theater for guests to see the eclipse and hear commentary from experts. The planetarium will have sky tours and demonstrations. April 15. 1 a.m.-5:30 a.m. Planetarium shows, 2, 3, and 4 a.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free. Spring Butterfly Hike. Panola Mountain State Park. A ranger lead hike to see butterflies and the spring wildflowers. It is a rugged two-mile loop. April 19. 2-4 p.m. 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge. 770-389-7801. $5; parking, $5. STARLAB. Chattahoochee Nature Center. A naturalist will lead a 25-minute program about the night sky in the CNC’s planetarium. April 27. 1-2 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770992-2055. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Adults, $10; ages 6-12, $6.

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special events Toddler Tuesdays. Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta. Guided play and storytimes each Tues. through May 20. Tues. noon, 2 and 4 p.m. 3500 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 404-848-9252. Ages 3 and older, $12; ages 2 and younger, free. Teen Arts Night. City Center. Teens can bring instruments, poetry, artwork, and short stories to share. Includes a slice of pizza and a soda. April 5. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-4944251. Ages 12-15, $5. Helicopter Rides. Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History. Five to ten minute flight around Kennesaw Mountain. Weather permitting. April 5. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 550 Perrin Rd., Marietta. 770-794-5710. $40 per person. Zoos Go Blue. Zoo Atlanta. The zoo is opening early so families affected by autism can visit without crowds. April 6. 8 a.m. 800 Cherokee St., Atlanta. 404-624-9453. Registration via autismspeaks. org requested. Adult, $16.99-$18.99; ages 3-11, $11.99-$13.99; online ticket fee, $3. Afikomania! Passover Family Fun Day at the J. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Passover songs, craft stations, performance by Charoses Players, and matzah topping bar. April 6. 10 a.m.-noon. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Atlanta. 678812-4000. Free. Greater Atlanta Coin Show. Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center. Monthly coin show for experienced and novice collectors. April 6. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. 770-772-4359. Free.


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Alive Expo. Georgia World Congress Center. Wellness expo featuring nutrition information, green living ideas, natural beauty products, yoga and pilates, workshops, and children’s activities. April 26-27. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 285 Andrew Young Blvd., Atlanta. Adults, $10; ages 16 and younger, free. Decatur Garden Tour. Decatur. Tour eleven gardens in and around Decatur. Benefits the Wylde Center. April 26-27. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., noon-5 p.m. 435 Oakview Rd., Decatur. 678-642-4977. Adult, $20-$25; ages 12 and younger, free.

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Zebra Dash. Noah’s Ark. A 5k and family-friendly one mile fun run passing by the animals at Noah’s Ark. April 19. 9 a.m. 712 LG Griffin Rd., Locust Grove. 678-907-6262. One mile, $20; 5K, $25.

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storytelling Storytime: Do You Hear What I Hear? Children’s Museum of Atlanta. An Imaginator reads The Worst Day of My Life Ever! by Julia Cook and Kelsey DeWeerd. April 1-30. Sun.-Tue. and Thur.-Fri., 3 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. April 8 is Target Free Tuesday with free admission after 1 p.m. 275 Centennial Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-6595437. Ages 1 and older, $12.75. Storytime at Little Shop. Little Shop of Stories. Storytelling three times a week. Thurs. nights kids can come in pjs. Milk and cookies provided. Tues. 11 a.m., Thurs. 7 p.m., and Sun. 3 p.m. 133 A East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-6300. Free. Storytime by the River. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join the volunteer librarian as she uses books, puppets and songs to share stories about nature. Ages 3-5. April 2. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free. Storytime at Bean Head Toys. Bean Head Toys. Stories read in the indoor tree house and make a craft to take home. Thurs. 10:30 a.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-8512980. 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 5-18, $5; 4 and younger, free. Musical Mother Goose. Decatur Library. Nursery rhymes, songs, storytime and finger play. April 7. 11-11:30 a.m. 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070. Registration required, free. Children’s Storytime. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Storytimes are followed by dance and songs. Mon. and Sat. 11 a.m. 105 East Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free. Bitty Baby at the Ballet Story Time. American Girl. Storytime about the Bitty Baby at the Ballet. April 8. 10 a.m.-noon. 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. 877-247-5223. Ages 3 and older, free.

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The Next Chapter JV Book Club. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Book club for ages 6-12. Discussion, activity, and snack. April book is Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis. April 11. 4:30 p.m. Free. Storytime at Fernbank. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Storytelling by Rob Cleveland. April 12. Noon. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Free with museum admission. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free.

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Classified Pages Party Planner theater 1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories. Center for Puppetry Arts. A Puppet show adapted from the Arabian Nights fairy tales about a princess who saves her kingdom with the help of genie. Through April 6. Tues.-Thur., 10 a.m. and noon. Fri. 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 and 8 p.m. Sun., 2 and 5 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-8733391. Ages 6 and older, $16.50.

The Lion King. The Fox Theatre. Animals on the African Pride Land, portrayed by more than 40 actors and puppets, come to life with rhythmic music and songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. April 10-27. Tue-Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m. 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-8812100. $30-$75. Cinderella. Aurora Theatre. A puppet show by Wendy Bennet with audience participation. April 5. 10 a.m. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. $7. Charlottes Web. Center for Puppetry Arts. E.B. White’s classic tale of friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur the pig is adapted into a puppet show with barnyard animals and Templeton the rat. April 10-May 25. Tues.Fri., 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sat., noon and 2 p.m. Sun., 1 and 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Ages 2 and older, $16.50. Legally Blonde: the Musical. Henry County Performing Arts Center. The Henry Players’ musical based on the movie about Elle and her journey through law school. April 10-13. Thur.-Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sun., 2:30 p.m. 37 Lemon St., McDonough. $10-$12.

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by Mary Helen Berg

Confessions of a (Green) Convert


y husband is known as the green one in our family. He rides his bike to work; he petitions the city council for cleaner energy. He wants to compost our dog’s poop, but that’s another story. He’s had to drag me along into greener living. It took me a long time to stop sighing and rolling my eyes and to begin cooperating with his green schemes. But I have gotten on board. Now, when he turns down the heat, I put on a sweater. I bring cloth bags into the grocery store. I water the plants with what’s left in my water glass. We never order takeout because it produces too much trash. Plastic trash makes my husband particularly crazy because it is virtually indestructible and can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. You will not find disposable plastic forks or straws in our garbage. You won’t even find plastic garbage bags in our cans. I found it extremely painful to adjust to life without garbage bags. Then my husband insisted that we stop buying sandwich bags. I thought he was trying to kill me. You can take away my paper plates and plastic forks, but this is a form of plastic I need! How do we make lunches without sandwich bags or keep leftovers without storage bags? It turns out reusable Tupperware works perfectly for this. Who knew? While taking out the trash cans one day, my husband proudly noted that our family of five had produced only enough garbage to fill a quarter of the trash can. The rest had been diverted to recycling, compost or reuse I realized recently just how far I’ve come. My oldest daughter and I met another mother and daughter for a hike in a nearby park. The other mother emerged from her car clutching trash in her hand and headed for a garbage container. I meant to say “Hello” but what came out was: “Wait! Where are you going with that?” Amid the trash in her hand was a plastic sandwich plate, a beige-green color found only in institutional cafeterias. It was not a color you would want but it was otherwise a fine, sturdy plate. “I am going to throw this in the trash,” she said, marching toward a garbage can. 90 Atlanta Parent    April 2014

“It’s just a plate from the college cafeteria,” her daughter assured me, as if I was concerned she was trashing heirloom china by mistake. “You are going to throw that out? You should give it to Goodwill. You should recycle it!” Spit was flying from my mouth as I tried to stop her before she hit the trash can. “No, you’re right, you’re right, I should recycle it,” my friend muttered, and returned the crusty service ware to her car. Her jaw was set. I knew that look because I had given it to my husband dozens of times. Actually, I hope she didn’t try to recycle that plate. Turns out, melamine is such a toxic plastic you can’t recycle it in your recycling bin – it contaminates other plastics. I looked it up. “Mom, you’ve joined the crazies,” my daughter said of the plate incident. “Yes,” I said. “We should all be so crazy.” c

While taking out the trash cans one day, my husband proudly noted that our family of five had produced only enough garbage to fill a quarter of the trash can.


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