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My kids are screaming for ice cream. How can I find a good private school? Where’s a nearby family restaurant? What should I look for in a childcare center? Where can my family go on a hike? I need advice on how to baby-proof my home. My kid needs to get a learner’s permit. Help me find a place for my child’s birthday party. Where can my special needs child play? I need to find a good nearby kids dentist. Where are some places that I can take children to fish?

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Area attractions / 9 Baby-proofing your home / 10 Boredom busters / 11 The right camp for your child / 14 Choosing childcare / 16 Car seat safety / 20 Dental care dos and don’ts / 21 Teen drivers: getting a license / 25 Top festivals / 26 Fire safety / 27 Places to fish / 28 History museums / 31 Get out and hike / 33 Immunization information / 34 Ice cream hot spots / 35 Library systems / 36 A museum tour / 37 7 cures for “Nature Deficit Disorder” / 38

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Party countdown checklist / 41 Parks and Recreation at your fingertips / 46 Find a perfect pediatrician / 47 Playground picks / 48 Play tips / 49 8 tips for better digital photos / 50 Restaurants for kids / 52 Choosing a private school / 54 School day solutions / 56 Choosing boarding schools / 60 Early childhood education / 66 Public school systems / 68 Individualized Education Programs / 69 Common therapies for special needs kids / 74 Sports teams / 76 Places to swim / 76 5 vacations within 5 hours / 78 Zoos and animals / 79

Advertiser Index / 80

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family concerts

October 21 Sun: 1:30 & 3:30pm Jere Flint, conductor Lee Harper and Dancers Alliance Theatre Company

HALLoween on HogwArTS

February 17 Sun: 1:30 & 3:30pm Jere Flint, conductor Platypus Theatre

CHArLoTTe AnD THe MuSiC-MAker

A Magical Halloween Celebration

April 14 Sun: 1:30 & 3:30pm Jere Flint, conductor enchantment Theatre Company

MoTHer gooSe by Maurice Ravel

New this season: instrument petting zoo at every concert!

404.733.4800 | aso.org All concerts take place in Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center Memorial Arts Building

Family Performances

Adult and Teen Performances

Film Series

Museum Exhibitions

Education & Distance Learning

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest non-profit organization in the United Stated dedicated to puppetry. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, workshops, and hands-on museum exhibits, including our EXCLUSIVE Jim Henson Exhibits!

© Center for Puppetry Arts

Distance Learning Studio

Joe Boris

© Center for Puppetry Arts

www.puppet.org • 404.873.3391 M.C. Pindar

1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Season supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs All objects on loan from The Jim Henson Family, courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy, and The Jim Henson Company. Sesame Street trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. © 2012 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. © 2012 The Jim Henson Company. JIM HENSON’S mark & logo, FRAGGLE ROCK, EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS mark & logo, characters and elements are trademarks of The Jim Henson Company. LABYRINTH characters and elements © 2012 Labyrinth Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

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What’s Inside: Resource Listings The following index is a listing of goods and services provided by our advertisers.

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Art, Drama, Spanish and French classesSchool holiday/Summer camps • Birthday parties Ages 2 to Adult www.viningsschoolofart.com 1675 Cumberland Pkwy #102 Smyrna ........................................................ 678-213-4278 (see ad on this page)

SAMShortline.com • 1-877-427-2457 Discover the real Georgia aboard the Southwest Georgia Excursion Train. You’ll ride in 1949 vintage, air-conditioned cars bringing a mix of romantic yesteryear with the excitment of today’s South. And make plans today for . . . October 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2012

FUN PARTIES!

LEGOLAND NOW OPEN! Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Rd, Ste G-1, Atlanta .....404-848-9252 (see ad on page 9)

Baby Products ATLANTA DIAPER RELIEF We relieve babies, starting from the bottom up. Non-profit organization dedicated to providing diapers to low income families in Douglas, Cobb & Fulton Counties. www.atlantadiaperrelief.org 8491 Hospital Dr. Douglasville .....................770-310-0046

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Bumper Boats, Mini-Golf, Go-Karts Group Events & Parties • Open All Year www.malibugrandprix.com 5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy, Norcross ........770-416-7630 (see ad on this page)

Baby Proofing Prepare First www.preparefirst.com........................... 678-888-0600

MOUNTASIA FAMILY FUN CENTER Golf, Go-Karts and more! Ask about our Birthday and Group Specials! www.mountasia.com

Bumper Boats • Mini-Golf Batting Cages • Video Games Go-Karts • Group Events & Parties Corporate Outings Go-Karts, Games and Golf

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CALL ABOUT OUR DAILY SPECIALS!

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Animals North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm www.NorthGeorgiaZoo.com 2912 Paradise Valley Road Cleveland............................................. 706-348-7279 Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Zoo www.littleredbarn.us............................. 678-493-5860

DROP OFF FOR 1-2 HOUR CLASSES AGES 2 - 12, TEEN, ADULT

All restrictions apply. One coupon per person per visit.

50 FREE game tokens When you book a birthday party or group event. With coupon. Expires May 31, 2013

1 free attraction Go-Karts, Bumper

boats & miniature golf With coupon. Expires May 31, 2013

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Children’s Classes $15 hour or less

Fine Arts, Drama, Piano,  Language Arts/Spanish & French See our schedule at www.viningsschoolofart.com

Call 678-213-4ART (4278) to reserve

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So many attractions, so little time Some 37 million visitors come to metro Atlanta annually, to see family, to attend conventions or simply to take in the sights. So where should visitors head, as well as those of us lucky to live here full time? These are Atlanta Parent’s top picks: For All Ages

n  The Georgia Aquarium. The world’s largest fish tank draws visitors who want to see Beluga whales, manta rays, sea otters, rare whale sharks, and other creatures of the deep. A new dolphin show adds to the fun. georgiaaquarium.org n  Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Dinosaurs, an IMAX theater, permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits make Fernbank a must-stop for visitors, and a place locals return to again and again. fernbankmuseum.org n  High Museum of Art. Atlanta’s premier art museum has a huge collection of paintings and decorative arts, and hosts World of Coca-Cola numerous special exhibits. high.org n  Six Flags Over Georgia. Who can resist a theme park, especially one with 11 thrill rides? You’ll also find plenty of family rides and live shows. sixflags.com/overgeorgia/

n  Stone Mountain Park. More than 4 million visitors enter the park each year to view the huge carving, hike to the summit or ride the Skyride and see the Lasershow Spectacular. stonemountainpark.com n  World of CocaCola. The brand that’s strongly associated with Atlanta draws visitors from all over the world to see the company’s history and memorabilia and to sample more than 60 beverages. worldofcoca-cola.com n  Zoo Atlanta. Reptiles, giraffes, elephants, lions and tigers, and endangered Western lowland gorillas are just a few of the reasons to love Zoo Atlanta. zooatlanta.org

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

For the Younger Set n  Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Children ages 8 and younger can’t get enough of this place, and parents love it because they’ll find fun activities that challenge kids to be creative and inquisitive in a safe environment. childrensmuseumatlanta.org n  Legoland Discovery Center. Atlanta’s newest attraction has plenty to interest the Lego set, but also a surprising amount for their parents. See Atlanta in miniature or a 4-D movie, build a Lego racing car, sing karaoke, and more. atlanta. legolanddiscoverycenter.com

This offer is valid for ($4) off the standard admission adult ticket price to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Please present the coupon when purchasing tickets. This discount is not valid with other discounts, coupons or offers and can not be used with online or prebooked tickets. Duplication or sale of this offer is prohibited. One coupon per transaction. Not redeemable for cash or credit. Valid until 12/31/12. Code: 1001

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Baby-proofing, from bed, bath and beyond Your baby’s going to get a bump or two, despite your best efforts to head off an accident. Your job is to make sure the accident isn’t serious. These ideas, from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will help you baby-proof your home. Anywhere n  Don’t walk away from potential poisons; if you’re using laundry detergent, bleach, floor cleaners or other products, make sure they’re stored before you leave even for an instant. n  Keep cleaners in any room on a high shelf and locked up. n  Keep alcohol out of reach. n  Be aware of where you place your purse so baby’s little hands can’t find cigarettes, cosmetics, matches or other fascinating dangers. n  Some plants can be poisonous; keep them away from baby.

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n  Make sure cords on blinds and drapes are out of reach. n  Cover unused electrical outlets and unplug cords you aren’t using and put them away. n  Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs. n  Check for lead paint, if your home was built before 1978; high lead levels can cause brain damage. n  Install fire and carbon monoxide detection alarms to alert you in an emergency.

Bathroom n  Keep medicines and vitamins in childresistant containers, out of reach and locked up. n  Store cosmetics, colognes and mouth washes where baby can’t reach. n  Lower the temperature in your home water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, to prevent accidental scalding. n  Keep curling irons, hairdryers and heated appliances and their cords out of reach and away from the sink or tub.

Bedroom n  Make sure the crib mattress is firm and flat; remove comforters or toys and soft products that might cause suffocation. n  Remove hood and neck strings from children’s clothing, and don’t let them wear a necklace, scarf or anything around their neck that could get caught and pose a strangling hazard.

Kitchen n  Cook on the back burners of the stove. n  Keep food away from the edges of counters or tables. n  Test microwaved food to make sure it’s not too hot.

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Boredom Busters Here are some fun activities sure to pique your kids’ interests and keep boredom at bay. Rainy Days

In the Backyard

n  Make sock puppets

n  Bury “treasure” and draw a map for a sibling or friend to find it

n  Organize an in-home scavenger hunt n  Perform a shadow puppet show n  Write letters to a pen pal, ks-connection.org n  Make a rain catcher and guess how much water you’ll collect by the end of the day

n  Hold a contest to see who can fly a paper airplane the farthest n  Make your own Slip ‘N Slide using a tarp and lots of soapy water n  Have a watermelon seed spitting contest n  Run through the sprinkler

Rollerblade in the park Get Active

When the Sun Sets

Kid Crafts

n  Hold a relay race with your friends

n  Watch the laser and fireworks show at Stone Mountain Park

n  Start a scrapbook to document the places you visit during the summer

n  Play hopscotch in the driveway

n  Dig for nightcrawlers

n  Learn origami

n  Have a campout in the backyard

n  Use Popsicle sticks to make picture frames

n  Watch the sun set at a nearby park

n  Make leaf rubbings with colored pencils

n  Learn how to Chinese jump rope n  Create a backyard obstacle course

Reading and Writing n  Keep a journal of your summer adventures n  Make a family newsletter and send it to far-away relatives

Make a playhouse out of a large cardboard box

n  Join a summer reading program n  Make your own word search for friends to complete n  Perform short skits based on the books you’re reading

Make a Snack n  Freeze grapes for a cool, on-the-go treat n  Create edible jewelry using string and Cheerios n  Using ice cube trays, freeze fruit juice to make mini Popsicles n  Make dirt in a cup using chocolate pudding, Oreo cookie crumbs and gummy worms n  Fill mini ice cream cones with yogurt for a healthy option

Adopt a Hobby n  Begin a coin collection n  Learn how to paint with watercolors n  Study geology by gathering unique rocks n  Swap trading cards with a friend n  Start collecting stamps –  Kate Parrott atlantaparent.com

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Camps - Day Atlanta Children’s Theatre www.AtlantaChildrenstheatre.com 3277 Roswell Rd NE #506 Atlanta.................................................. 404-550-1600 BRIGHT HORIZONS X-Treme Summer Camp at Bright Horizons offers campers a summer of lasting memories. Weekly themes, field trips, fantastic Friday events and more. 6 area locations www.brighthorizons.com/AtlantaParentSummerCamp (see ad on page 67)

GEORGIA SHAKESPEARE Classes • Camp • School Programs www.gashakespeare.org 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE Atlanta .......................................................... 404-504-3401 (see ad on this page)

HIGH MEADOWS CAMP We offer a unique, traditional, outdoor summer program on 40 acres of farm and woodland. Age-appropriate activities directed at personal improvement, environmental awareness, and non-competitive achievement. www.highmeadowscamp.org 1055 Willeo Rd, Roswell...............................770-993-7975 (see ad on this page)

CAMP INVENTION Camp Invention is a summer day camp that fosters creativity and inventive-thinking skills, science literacy, history and the arts in five activity-oriented modules. www.campinvention.org ................................................................... 800-968-4332 (see ad on page 13)

CAMP SUNSHINE Enriching the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year-round recreational, educational and support programs. www.mycampsunshine.com 1850 Clairmont Rd. Decatur .........................404-325-7979

Ages 4-9 Register today! Sessions sell out fast!

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CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER

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KIDS R KIDS SCHOOLS & ACADEMIES SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS One-week sessions or full summer enrollment. Weekly themed programs. Action packed activities including crafts, sports, computer, field trips and more! Preschool to 12 years. 45 metro-Atlanta locations. www.kidsrkids.com (see ad on page 67)

SUWANEE SPORTS ACADEMY My Sport Summer Camp is ideal for active kids who want to have fun this summer playing a variety of sports. The camps are guided by experienced coaches with access to 100,000 sq feet of indoor recreational space

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Discover the power of play at our Explorer Camp Ages 4-9 www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW ...........404-659-5437 (see ad on this page)

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At Jump Start Gym, we aim to educate young children in a safe, fun, learning environment, through guided play, experimentation, exploration and discovery. www.jumpstartgym.com 5920 Roswell Rd., Ste. C208, Sandy Springs.............................................. 404-252-5867

A summer of fun with Nature! Join us as we learn, laugh and sing as a camp family while experiencing hands-on nature exploration combined with dynamic outdoor activities. Winter, Spring & Summer sessions! www.chattnaturecenter.org/camp-kingfisher.html 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell........….770-992-2055, Ext 222

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www.ssasports.com 3640 Burnette Road,Suwanee…770-614-6686

Camps - Overnight Blue Ridge Camp www.blueridgecamp.com Mountain City, GA...................................800-878-226 Camp Juliette Low www.cjl.org Cloudland, GA...................................... 770-428-1062

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CHEROKEE RETREAT CENTER & CAMP CHEROKEE More than 50 Years of Excellence Day or Weekend Trips • Team Building • Enviromental Education On Lake Allatoona, Just off I-75 www.cherokeeretreatcenter.com Cartersville.................................................. 877-647-8542 (see ad on this page)

Camp Toccoa www.camptoccoa.org Toccoa, GA........................................... 706-886-2457

Where Can You Save a City, Explore the World or Discover a Planet?

Camp Westminster www.campwestminster.org Atlanta, GA........................................... 770-483-2225 Camp Woodmont www.campwoodmont.com Lookout Mountain, GA.......................... 706-398-0833 Deer Run Retreat www.deerrunretreat.org Thompson’s Station, TN....................... 615-794-2918 Dixie Camps www.campdixie.org Clayton, GA.......................................... 706-782-3717 ID Tech Camps www.idtechcamps.com......................... 888-709-8324

Let your child’s imagination soar this summer.

RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS

Register your child @ www.campinvention.org or 800.968.4332

Exciting Traditional Camp for Girls ages 6-16 Atop Lookout Mountain, only 2 hours from Atlanta www.riverviewcamp.com

In partnership with: United States Patent and Trademark Office © 2011 Invent Now, Inc. All rights reserved.

Mentone, AL .................................................800-882-0722 (see ad on page 15)

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Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp www.valleyviewranch.com Cloudland, GA...................................... 706-862-2231

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YMCA Camp Ocoee www.campocoee.com Lake Ocoee, TN................................... 423-338-5588 WinShape Camps www.winshape.org Rome, GA.................................. 800-448-6955 x1120

Holiday Camps Spring Break Camp Summer Camp

CAMP CHEROKEE 2012

Go to www.jumpstartgym.com for more camp info and to see our full offering of gymnastics and more!

404-252-JUMP (5867) • 5920 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs · High quality Christian coed resident camping · Canoeing, Arts & Crafts, Games, Archery, S’mores & Much More · Top notch summer staff · On Lake Allatoona, just off I-75 minutes from Cartersville · Sessions for rising 1st-12th graders · 55 Years of camping excellence

877-647-8542 Or register online at: www.cherokeeretreatcenter.com

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Atlanta Parent’s Camp Expo Dates:

January 21 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 North Point Mall Alpharetta

February 12 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m.-4:30 Mall Town Center Kennesaw

March 17 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 Perimeter Mall Atlanta

Check out our complete list of camps and summer programs online as well as our digital edition of Big Book of Camps 2012 at

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The Right Camp for Your Child Overnight camps have themes to suit any taste, from general interest and nature camps to those specializing in computers, art, language, horseback riding, theater or sports, and from secular to religion-based experiences. Once you’ve determined the type of camp your child wants, here are other factors to consider. n How long has the camp been operating? Who manages the camp and what are his qualifications? n How is the staff screened and chosen? n Is there a medical person on staff? What happens if there’s an emergency? n What is the ratio of staff to campers? A 1:5 ratio is recommended for ages 4-5, 1:6 for ages 6-8, 1:8 for ages 9-14 and 1:10 for ages 15-17. n How is security maintained at the camp? n How many campers per session? n Is the camp co-ed or single sex? n What is a typical day’s schedule? n How much free time do kids have and how closely are they supervised?

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n How are discipline problems handled? n If a child becomes homesick, what’s the camp’s policy on calling parents? n What does a week’s menu look like, and how does the camp handle food allergies or other dietary needs? n How much does the camp cost and is financial assistance available? n If special equipment or clothing is required, are those an extra cost or included in the camp fee? n Who can tell you about their child’s experience at this camp? Ask the camp for references and call or email the parents.

The American Camp Association can do some of the work for you. The ACA has accredited about 2,400 camps, checking such areas as food service, transportation, health care, emergency training and staff qualifications, and making sure the camps meet standards set by the industry. To find an accredited camp, see acacamps.org/parents.

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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF SUNSHINE Camp Sunshine provides year round recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families throughout Georgia. Registration for our two week summer camp for kids ages 7 - 18 who have had or are currently on treatment for cancer is available now! Join us in celebrating our 30th year by visiting us at:

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Choosing Childcare: Important Questions to Ask As a parent, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is choosing the right caregiver. You want your child to be in a healthy safe environment with plenty of stimulation and emotional support. Here are some of the most important questions you need to answer before allowing someone else to watch over your child. Caregivers n  Are the childcare providers trained in child development and early education? n  Do they have any accreditation? n  Are there a sufficient number of trained adults present? n  Is the caregiver warm and caring with the children? n  Are you satisfied with the way the caregiver responds to a hurt or unhappy child? n  Is there time for caregivers to give individual attention to each child? n  Do you feel satisfied with the way toilet training, diapering and discipline are handled in this setting? n  Have the caregivers been with the center long enough to create a stable environment for your child?

Environment n  Do the children appear to be happy? n  Is the facility bright, clean and cheerful with well-maintained, safe equipment?

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n  Are toys in good condition and washed frequently? n  Are there adequate changing and hand washing areas? n  Is there sleeping space with individual beds, cots or mats? n  Are you comfortable with the type of food served? n  Would you want to come here if you were a child? n  Do you think your child will fit in comfortably with the other children?

Policies n  Are children cared for in small groups and given activities according to their level of development? n  Does the daily schedule include active and quiet play, rest time and outdoor activities? n  Are the children allowed time and space for individual play? n  Do the children have a choice about participating in certain activities? n  What happens if he or she cannot be picked up on time? n  Do concerns arise over the distance involved in getting to the child in an emergency? n  Can you stop by and check on your child any time during the day? n  Who has access to your child and why? n  Will there be continuity and stability in the child’s life as they transition back and forth from home to a caregiver? – From the American Academy of Pediatrics and Quality Care For Children

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Childcare - Centers APOSTLES LEARNING CENTER Infants - Georgia Pre-K Language Arts, Music, Math and Science www.apostleslearning.com Sandy Springs/Perimeter Mall area 6025 Glenridge Dr., Atlanta......................................................404-256-3091 (see ad on page 19)

BRIGHT HORIZONS Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Centers assist children infants through Pre-K in discovering the joys of learning. 6 area locations www.brighthorizons.com/AtlantaParentChildcare (see ad on page 67)

CHILDREN'S CHOICE LEARNING CENTERS 6 wks - 6yrs • Federal Employee discount • Low Teacher/Child Ratios • Accept Childcare Subsidy Offer Spainish, French, Mandarin & Dance www.childrenschoice.com 100 Alabama St. Atlanta...............................404-562-0158 (see ad on page 19)

DISCOVERY POINT CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

Discover how we’re different! Give your child a solid start in a fun and creative environment. Robust curriculum with programs for infants 6 weeks old to children 12 years of age. Also Summer Camp. Visit www.DiscoveryPoint.com for a location near you. (see ad on page 18)

The Suzuki School is a SACS-accredited private preparatory preschool for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our curriculum surrounds children with activities and experiences designed to maximize emerging growth in all areas of development. Please visit our website for details about our programs and facilities.

Now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year Program Components Infants through Kindergarten Enrichment Programs Include French, Spanish, Chinese, Gymnastics, Ballet, and Sports Movement Low Student/Teacher Ratios Degreed Teachers Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm Accredited Kindergarten Designed for Late Spring/Summer and Early Fall Birthdays

Founded 1976 • 2 convenient Buckhead locations 404.869.1042 • www.suzukischool.com

KIDS R KIDS SCHOOLS & ACADEMIES INFANTS THRU SCHOOL AGE Accredited Program and Curriculum to assist your child in achieving developmental milestones. Infant, Toddler, Preschool, GA PreK, Before/After School, and Summer Camp. 45 locations. www.kidsrkids.com (see ad on page 67)

Mount Pisgah Christian School 9820 Nesbit Ferry Road, Johns Creek......................................... 678-336-3443 THE SUZUKI SCHOOL A Preparatory Preschool www.suzukischool.com Infants • Toddlers • Preschoolers Founded 1976 443 East Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Northside.......... 404-869-1042 (see ad on this page)

Childcare - Nannies SittersUlove.com www.sittersulove.com........................... 888-748-8568

Childcare - Referrals SEEKINGSITTERS "Easy, Safe Babysitting Solutions" *Part time *Full time *Occasional *Frequent *Last Minute www.seekingsitters.com Atlanta Northwest ................................... 678-276-9843 (see ad on page 19)

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Important Contacts Emergency Numbers

Infants To 6 Years

Center Of Distinction Accreditation

Qualified, Experienced Teachers Spanish, Music, Movement, Soccer, Karate & Water Play Summer Camp 5 years - 3rd grade

100 Alabama Street, GR 50 Atlanta n 404.562.0158 http://childrenschoice.com

Fire, Police and Medical Services ....................................................... 911 Georgia Poison Center ...................................... 800-222-1222

Key Georgia Numbers Department of Driver Services .......................................678-413-8400 Department of Transportation .......................................404-631-1990 Georgia Bureau of Investigation .......................................404-244-2501 Governor’s Office .......................................404-656-1776 Georgia Dept. of Public Safety .......................................404-624-7000 State Patrol .......................................404-624-7451

County Websites: n  Bartow County: bartowga.org n  Cherokee County: cherokeega.com

404-256-3091

Sandy Springs & Perimeter Mall Area 6025 Glenridge Drive, Atlanta 30328

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Apostles does not discriminate admission against race, religion, nationality, color or sex.

Dedicated to creating a safe environment where learning meets caring... ...one child at a time. ● NAEYC accredited ● Ages 6 wks – 6 yrs ● Special discounted rates for Federal Employees ● Low Teacher/Child Ratios ● Literacy Based Curriculum ● Spanish, French, Mandarin and Dance offered ● We accept childcare subsidy

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n  Clayton County: co.clayton.ga.us n  Cobb County: cobbcounty.org n  Coweta County: coweta.ga.us

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n  Dekalb County: co.dekalb.ga.us n  Douglas County: douglascountygeorgia.com n  Forsyth County: forsythco.com n  Fulton County: co.fulton.ga.us n  Gwinnett County: gwinnettcounty.com n  Hall County: hallcounty.org

CHILDREN USE THE LANGUAGE OF PLAY TO EXPRESS AND RESOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS. Trudy Post Sprunk

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n  Henry County: co.henry.ga.us n  Paulding County: paulding.gov n  Rockdale County: rockdalecounty.org atlantaparent.com

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Car Seats Save Little Lives Any parent will tell you infant car seats are a hassle – but one well worth it when you consider that half of all children ages 1-14 who die in vehicle crashes either weren’t in a car seat or weren’t wearing a seat belt. How do you know if your child’s seat is installed correctly? Follow these tips from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, then make an appointment for a free inspection at a child safety seat fitting location near you, often a fire station or health department. You’ll find locations at gahighwaysafety.org/procamp.html and more information on car seat use at choa.org (search for auto safety).

Children younger than age 13 are always safer in the back seat. If you must put your child in the front seat, push the seat back as far as it will go and disable the airbag if the child is in a car seat.

Car seats

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n  Children should ride in a rear-facing seat until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the rear-facing car seat. Read installation instructions carefully. Safety seat harness straps should be snug and you shouldn’t use padding under or behind your infant in the car seat. At age 2, or when your child has outgrown the rear-facing seat, then you can use a forward-facing seat.

n  Georgia changed its booster seat law, effective July 1, 2011. Children under age 8 who weigh less than 40 pounds and are shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches, must use a booster seat to keep their lap and shoulder harness in the right position, when riding in an auto, van or pickup truck. Children under age 8 who weigh at least 40 pounds and are 4'9" may use a lap and shoulder belt without the seat, or a lap belt if the vehicle is not equipped with lap and shoulder belts. Booster seats come in two varieties: a Backless BPB (belt-positioning booster) or a High-back BPB. Backless BPBs must be used on a vehicle seat with a built-in or adjustable head restraint. High-back BPBs should be used in vehicles with no head restraints.

n  Say goodbye to the booster seat when your child can keep his back against the vehicle seat and his knees will bend over the seat edge, when his feet will rest flat on the floor or when the lap belt is low and snug across his upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses the center of his chest and collarbone. Then make sure he buckles his seat belt before the vehicle moves.

n  A LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for vehicles made after Sept. 1, 2002, makes car seat installation easier. LATCH and seat belt installation are comparable as far as safety, but make sure you know how to use the LATCH system.

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Take the Bite Out of Dental Care A dental drill isn’t something to be afraid of, but don’t expect your child to believe that when he’s sitting in a dentist’s chair and hears that high-pitched whine. You can make sure that sound isn’t necessary in his young life. Here’s what pediatric dentists recommend: n  Start early. Wean your child from a bottle by age 1 – toddlers who use bottles longer to drink milk or juice are more likely to get tooth decay. n  Start cleaning. As soon as teeth start to come in, wipe down gums and teeth after feedings with a soft, wet cloth. n  Start a conversation. Ask for recommendations on pediatric dentists, or do your own research, checking websites and credentials of pediatric dentists near you and visiting their office. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says your child should see a pediatric dentist before age 1. Many dentists don’t charge for your child’s first visit. n  Start brushing. When teeth appear on the top and bottom, get a brush with a small head designed for little ones, and clean teeth while the child is lying down. If you use toothpaste, keep it the size of a pea. n  Start the clock. When your child is able to stand to brush, you’ll need to brush his teeth for at least two minutes.

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n  Start supervising. Let your child take over the brushing when his motor skills are good, usually around age 6, but make sure he brushes at least two minutes. Many children’s toothbrushes have lights that glow or music that plays for the proper amount of time, or put on a CD that’s two minutes long. n  Start flossing. You’ll have to do it at first, but your child can learn over time. n  Start his life cavity-free. Most dentists recommend sealants on the child’s first teeth to prevent cavities, and on his permanent teeth when they start to come in. Sealants can prevent 90 percent of cavities. Getting dental cleanings and checkups every six months also will keep his teeth and gums healthy. For more information on dental health, see the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s website at gaapd.org.

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www.MyKidsDentists.com

770.926.3400

205 Hawkins Store Rd. NW, Suite 100 • Kennesaw, GA 30144 (Just off of Bells Ferry Road, North of I-575)


Classes BABYSITTER TRAINING ACADEMY Saturday classes in Douglasville and Perfect for youth organizations Available for Boys & Girls ages 11-15 www.BabysitterTrainingAcademy.com ...............................................................678-237-3989 (see ad on page 19)

Counseling GEORGIA ASSN. FOR PLAY THERAPY INC.

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Creating a generation of kids who LOVE going to the dentist!

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• Parents welcome in treatment rooms • Infants, Children, Adolescents & Children with Special Needs

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Trudy Post Sprunk www.gapt.org 4893 Lavista Road Tucker ........................................................ 770-491-7423 (see ad on page 19)

www.PediatricDentistryAtVinings.com The Fountain Building 3200 Highlands Pkwy. #110 • Smyrna

Dance LEE HARPER STUDIOS Ages 3 - Adult Creative Movement • Modern Ballet • Pointe • Tap www.leeharperanddancers.com 3080 E. Shadowlawn, Atlanta.......................404-364-9555 (see ad on page 36)

“Creating Smiles with Caring Hands” Hours: Mon 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tues-Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Ages 1 - 18 • Digital X-ray • TV’s in all exam rooms • Video game area • Calm caring environment for kids Most insurance plans accepted including Peachcare & Medicaid

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CHILDREN’S DENTAL ZONE Danny King, DDS New patients are always welcome! Specialist in Pediatrics. Highly trained staff dedicated to your child’s care and comfort. www.ChildrensDentalZone.com 3719 Old Alabama Rd, Alpharetta ..........770-777-1222 (see ad on this page)

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How Can We Help You? With our Cosmetic Dentists & Pediatric Specialists your entire family can be seen in one convenient location. Advanced services available: (Implants, Root Canals, Cosmetic Veneers, Crowns, Partials, and Dentures). Warm, friendly staff with the most up-to-date training. Most PPO Insurances accepted.

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n  Study for the test. Start by getting and learning the Georgia Driver’s Manual. n  Get a learner’s permit. Teens must hold a learner’s permit for one year and one day to be eligible for a Class D license at 16. Your teen can apply for one at age 15, with proof of age (birth certificate or other ID), a valid Social Security number and a Certificate of Attendance notarized by his school or proof of being home-schooled. If younger than 18 and not attending school, he must have a GED or high school diploma or be enrolled in college. (Students who drop out of school or commit a traffic infraction may have their permit revoked.) n  Take him for testing. Your teen must pass a vision test and an exam on road rules and road signs, based on the Georgia Driver’s Manual, to get a learner’s permit. The $10 permit is valid for 24 months and allows your teen to drive with a licensed driver over age 21 in the front seat. n  Teach him yourself. Have your teen do an online course with a DDS-approved

school, then complete the Parent Teen Driving Guide with him before he applies for a license. n  Check into drivers’ education. Make sure the school is approved by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. Most schools provide 30 hours of classroom instruction and another six hours of behind-the-wheel training. Some offer online instruction. After that, you and your teen will need an additional 40 hours of driving time together, six of them at night, before he can apply for a license. Your insurance company likely will give you a discount if your child completes a drivers’ ed course. n  Let him wait until age 17. If he can’t complete a drivers’ ed course in a classroom or online, he’ll have to wait for a license. n  Get all the facts. The Department of Driver Services has complete information at dds.ga.gov and gateendrivereducation. dds.ga.gov.

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Georgia Renaissance Festival

JapanFest

Top Festivals Atlanta is home to the Dogwood Festival, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, the National Black Arts Festival, and Atlanta Parent’s own “baby,” Family Block Party. Here are our picks for great family-fun festivals in each season. We’ve listed the month each event traditionally takes place, but sometimes dates change, so please check websites for any updates. Spring

n  Atlanta Jazz Festival, May, atlantafestivals.com

Summer n  SummerFest in VirginiaHighland, June, vahi.org n  National Black Arts Festival, July, nbaf.org n  Summerfest with the Center for Puppetry Arts, July, puppet.org n  Butterfly Festivals, July, chattnaturecenter.com and dunwoodynature.org

Fall n  North Georgia State Fair, September, northgeorgiastatefair.com n  Atlanta Arts Festival, September, atlantaartsfestival.com n  Decatur Book Festival, September, decaturbookfestival.com n  JapanFest, September, japanfest.org n  Yellow Daisy Festival, September, stonemountainpark.com

n  Gwinnett County Fair, September, gwinnettcountyfair.com n  Marietta Art in the Park, September, artparkmarietta.com n  Roswell Arts Festival, September, roswellartsfestival.com n  Sandy Springs Festival, September, sandypspringsfestival.com n  Day of the Dead, October, atlantahistorycenter.com n  Atlanta Parent’s Family Block Party, October, atlantaparent.com n  Pumpkin Festival, October, stonemountainpark.com n  Magical Nights of Lights, November-December, lakelanierislands.com n  Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights, November, callawaygardens.com n  Book Festival of the MJCCA, November, atlantajcc.org

Winter n  Stone Mountain Christmas, December, stonemountainpark.com n  Winter Storytelling Festival, January, southernorderofstorytellers.com n  Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival, March, visit.conyersga.com

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n  Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April, dogwood.org n  Georgia Renaissance Festival, April-June, garenfest.com n  Atlanta Arab Festival, April, alifinstitute.org n  Inman Park Festival, April, inmanparkfestival.org n  Big Shanty Festival, April, Kennesaw.com n  Feria Latina multicultural festival, April, ferialatinaonline.com n  Smyrna Spring Jonquil, April, smyrnacity.com n  Lemonade Days, April, dunwoodylemonadedays.org n  Marietta Greek Festival, May, mariettagreekfestival.org n  Sweet Auburn Springfest, May, sweetauburn.com n  Snellville Days, May, snellvilledays.com n  Decatur Arts Festival, May, decaturartsfestival.com

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Fire Safety for Families Fire strikes when you least expect it, sometimes in the middle of the night, touched off by lightning or bad electrical wiring, a smoldering cigarette, a candle left unattended. Here are some ways to be prepared. For more, see firesafety.gov.

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Prevention n  Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on all floors of your home and make sure batteries are replaced regularly. Replace alarms every 10 years. n  Get your furnace inspected annually by a service professional and make sure you change filters regularly. n  Make sure space heaters are three feet from anything that could catch fire, and turn them off at night. n  Get your fireplace inspected annually, and use a screen to protect from sparks. n  Don’t overload electrical outlets or run extension cords under rugs or behind heaters; replace frayed cords. n  Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, and stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking. n  Stop a grease fire by putting a lid on the pot; dousing the fire with water will make it spread. n  Teach your children that matches and lighters are not toys and they shouldn’t be used when you aren’t present. Put them out of reach.

Preparing n  Come up with an escape route for your family, from each room in your home, and practice the routes. n  Buy chain ladders for upstairs rooms and practice using them. n  If young children or elderly family members might need help escaping, decide who will assist them. n  Agree on a meeting place outside the house so you’ll know everyone is safe.

Getting out n  If fire strikes, get out first, then call 911 from a neighbor’s house or cell phone. n  Check doors for heat before opening them. You might need to leave by a window instead. n  If leaving by a door, crawl below the smoke to exit. If the door is hot, put a sheet under it to seal out smoke, then use the window to escape. If you can’t open the window, break it with a heavy object. n  Don’t waste time trying to save valuables. You and your family might have less than a minute to escape and no treasure is worth anyone’s life.

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Some Fantastic Places to Fish n  Allatoona Lake Cartersville; 678-721-6700; sam.usace.army.mil/allatoona n  Buford Trout Hatchery Cumming;770-781-6888; gofishgeorgia.com n  Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Atlanta; 678-538-1200; nps.gov/chat/planyourvisit n  Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Mansfield, 770-784-3059; georgiawildlife.com n  Clara Meer Lake Piedmont Park, Atlanta; 404-875-7275; piedmontpark.org n  Lake Lanier Buford; 770-945-9531; sam.usace.army.mil/lanier n  Rainbow Ranch Cumming; 770-887-4797; rainbowranchtrout.com n  Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir Jonesboro; 770-603-5605; ccwa1.com/facilities/fishing.info.aspx Anglers need to follow Georgia fishing regulations. A valid Georgia fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years and older. Anglers 16 and older must have an additional license to fish in trout waters. Visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website at gofishgeorgia.com for more fishing license and regulation information.

n  Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain; 770-498-5690; stonemountainpark.com n  Sweetwater Creek State Park Lithia Springs; 770-732-5871; gastateparks.org/info/sweetwater/

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Simple Savings Strategies Most people would agree that they’d like to save money on regular expenses. However, few realize how easy it is to cut pennies here and there – which can add up to big bucks over the course of a year. n  Clip coupons. The best buys are coupons used on sale items – which might make it worthwhile to stock up. Many stores print coupons on the back of their receipts. But remember, it’s only a savings if you’ll actually use the items. n  Buy store brands. On goods where you’ll notice the difference in quality, go ahead and stick to the brand you love. When it comes to generic foodstuffs, there’s no reason to shell out extra for the brand name. n  Home brew. Trading that daily $1.70 gourmet cup of java for pennies-per-cup home brew could save more than $8 a week. That’s about $400 a year. n  Eat in, not out. Make the time to plan a menu for the next two weeks, including a night

or two for leftovers. Make a grocery list at the same time, then follow through and actually buy what’s on your list. n  Economical pampering. Schedule hair appointments every eight weeks instead of every six. Don’t forget to check local beauty schools; student cosmetologists and estheticians offer discounted services. Be on the lookout for online deals. n  Pre-owned goods. Consignment stores and sales, yard sales and auction sites like eBay are perfect for bargain hunters. n  Babysitting solution. Swap childcare with another family. Your kids will enjoy having playmates for the evening while you and your spouse get some time off. –  Mary Abreu

BUILD A LIFESTYLE THAT PREPARES YOUR CHILDREN TO HANDLE MONEY Spending comes naturally to most of us, but in order to save and be generous, children need to be taught in a very practical way. Crown Financial Ministries provides tools and resources that help develop important character habits like generosity, sharing, thankfulness and contentment that will serve your children for a lifetime.

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DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF ATLANTA Five board certified dermatologists and eight centers for your skincare needs Dermatlanta.com 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE Atlanta ..........................................................404-496-5527 (see ad on this page)

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Historic Houses Bulloch Hall www.bullochhall.org 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.................... 770-992-1731 Governor’s Mansion www.gov.state.ga.us/about_mansion 391 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta.......... 404-656-1776 The Herndon Home www.herndonhome.org 587 University Place, Atlanta............... 404-581-9813 Historic Mable House www.mablehouse.org 5239 Floyd Rd., Mableton................... 770-819-3285 Margaret Mitchell House www.gwtw.org 990 Peachtree St., Atlanta................... 404-249-7015 Rhodes Hall www.rhodeshall.org 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta........... 404-885-7800 Root House Museum www.cobblandmarks.com/roothouse.htm 145 Denmead St., NE, Marietta........... 770-426-4982 Smith Plantation www.archibaldsmithplantation.org 935 Alpharetta St., RoswelL................. 770-641-3978 Wren’s Nest www.wrensnestonline.com 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta......................................................404-753-77

Historical Sites Atlanta History Center www.atlhist.org 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta.......... 404-814-4000 Atlanta Preservation Center www.preserveatlanta.com.................... 404-688-3350 Bartow History Center www.bartowhistorycenter.org 13 N. Wall St., Cartersville.................... 770-382-3818 Concord Covered Bridge Concord Rd., Smyrna Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum www.bcaatlanta.com 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta ................................. 404-658-7625 or 404-624-1071 Georgia State Capitol Tour www.sos.state.ga.us/state_capitol 431 Capitol Ave., Atlanta...................... 404-656-2844 Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site www.nps.gov/malu 450 Auburn Ave., Atlanta..................404-331-5190 or 404-331-6922 (visitor recorded message) Oakland Cemetery www.oaklandcemetery.com 248 Oakland Ave., Atlanta.................... 404-688-2107 Stately Oaks Plantation www.historicaljonesboro.org 100 Carriage Ln., Jonesboro................ 770-473-0197

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A Little Piece of History n  American Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech explores the history of paper and paper technology, through 2,000 books and a collection of watermarks, papers, tools, machines and manuscripts. 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta. ipst.gatech.edu/amp/ n  APEX Museum showcases the history and contributions of African-Americans with exhibits and a Hall of Achievement. 135 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. apexmuseum.org

➤  Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War

Museum tells the history of the Civil War in Atlanta and has artifacts including the Texas, a steam locomotive involved in the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. atlantacyclorama.org n  Atlanta History Center, on 33 acres, is one of the largest in the Southeast and includes the Tully Smith and Swan houses. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. atlantahistorycenter.com n  Georgia Capitol Museum and Tours offers an eclectic museum of state treasures and tours of the Gold Dome, constructed 1884-89. 214 State Capitol, Atlanta. sos.ga.gov/archives/state_capitol/ n  Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, now part of the Atlanta History Center, honors Atlanta’s most famous author, who penned Gone With the Wind. 990 Peachtree St., Atlanta. margaretmitchellhouse.com n  Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site chronicles the Civil Rights movement and Dr. King’s life, including his boyhood home. 501 Auburn Ave., Atlanta. nps.gov/malu n  Michael C. Carlos Museum has a huge collection of Classical, Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Ancient American, African, and Asian art, including mummies. 571 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. carlos.emory.edu n  National Museum of Patriotism celebrates American patriots from immigrants to military to 9/11 heroes. 1927 Piedmont Circle NE, Atlanta. museumofpatriotism.org

➤  The Southern Museum of

Civil War and Locomotive History displays war artifacts and locomotives, including The General, from the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. southernmuseum.org n  The Southeastern Railway Museum explores the history of railroading. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. southeasternrailwaymuseum.org n  The William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum promotes diversity and covers Jewish history in the South and the world. 1440 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. thebreman.org n  Wren’s Nest House Museum lets you tour the house where Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit were born, in the imagination of author Joel Chandler Harris; storytelling on Saturdays. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta. wrensnestonline.com

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Get Out and Hike Atlanta may be one of the country’s largest urban centers but it still is home to miles and miles of trails for experienced as well as novice hikers. Here are some places to get away from it all as well as some tips for those of you donning your first pair of hiking boots. n  Allatoona Lake Cartersville; 678-721-6700; sam.usace.army.mil/allatoona n  Amicalola Falls State Park Dawsonville; 706-265-4703; GeorgiaStateParks.org/AmicalolaFalls n  Big Creek Greenway Trail Alpharetta; 678-297-6123; alpharetta.ga.us n  Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Atlanta; 678-538-1200; nps.gov/chat n  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Kennesaw; 770-427-4686; nps.gov/kemo n  Panola Mountain State Park Stockbridge, 770-389-7801; GeorgiaStateParks.org/Panola n  Red Top Mountain State Park Cartersville; 770-975-4226; GeorgiaStateParks.org/RedTopMountain n  Sweetwater Creek State Park Lithia Springs; 770-732-5871; GeorgiaStateParks.org/Sweetwater n  Stone Mountain Park Stone Mountain; 770-498-5690; stonemountainpark.com

Guide for First-time Hikers Here are a few tips to make your hikes more enjoyable. n  Start with short, easy hikes. You don’t want to get too far down a trail only to realize that your kids are too tired to make it back. Look at the Internet or buy a hiking book beforehand so you can check the distance and difficulty level of each trail you want to try.

n  Stay hydrated! This is perhaps the most important tip. You need to bring plenty of water with you, and make sure to have your young hikers drink it continuously throughout the hike. n  Sunscreen is a must. Lather it on you and your children before leaving the house, and make sure to reapply generously throughout the day, even if it is not super sunny. n  Wear appropriate gear. If you have never hiked before and are planning on wearing new shoes or clothes, break them in before the big day. New shoes

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Immunization Information Here’s the lowdown on vaccinations in Georgia. Required Georgia Immunizations Name of Vaccine

Age of First Dose

Number of Doses

Hepatitis B

birth

3

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)

2 months

6, includes booster

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

2 months

4

Pneumococcal (PPV or PCV)

2 months

4 (more for high-risk groups)

Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)

2 months

4

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

1

2

Varicella (Chicken pox)

1

2

Hepatitis A (HepA)

1

2

Meningococcal (MPSV4)

2 for high-risk; 11

2

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6-12 weeks

3 before 32 weeks

Influenza

6 months

yearly

Meningococcal (MPSV4)

2 for high-risk; 11

2

Human Papillomavirus

11

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Older Kids Need Shots, Too. Had enough immunizations? Think again. As kids enter sixth grade, there are a few final shots they’ll need. n  Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap or Dtap): final dose required n  Varicella booster: second dose required n  Mumps: second dose required n  Meningococcal (MCV): first of two doses recommended; many universities now require for freshman on-campus students n  Human Papillomavirus: three-dose series, recommended for girls and boys ages 11-12, but not required health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization/ schools.asp. 404-657-3158

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Places to Ice Skate Atlanta winters may be too mild for pond skating but there are a few places in the metro area for the family to take to the ice. n  Centennial Olympic Park (November – January) Atlanta, 404-223-4412 centennialpark.com n  IceForum Duluth, 770-813-1010   iceforum.com n  IceForum Kennesaw, 770-218-1010 iceforum.com n  The Cooler Family Ice Center Alpharetta, 770-649-6600 cooler.com n  The Marietta Ice Center Marietta, 770-509-5067 themicice.com atlantaparent.com

Ice Cream that Melts in Your Mouth It’s hard to beat the simple pleasure of sharing ice cream with your kids. Metro Atlanta has some unique places to find the perfect cone or cup. n  Enter Frosty Caboose, a real train caboose, and order treats with train-themed names – Georgia Crossing is two scoops of peach ice cream, whipped cream, crushed pecans and a cherry on top. You can watch trains pass on tracks nearby. The caboose is at 5435 Peachtree Road in downtown Chamblee. frostycaboose.com n  You can’t get more unusual than Chocolate Slap Yo Mama or Brown Shugar Vanilla at Jake’s Ice Cream in the Irwin St. Market at 660 Irwin St., Atlanta. Jake’s has more than 100 ice creams and sorbets made with hormone-free dairy and organic sugar. The parlor’s Joyscream and Nicescream and a host of other treats are dairy-free. jakesicecream.com n  Kilwin’s, at 1380 Atlantic Drive in Atlantic Station, is part of a specialty chain that packs in the crowds, for the ice cream and creative toppings, but also for other sweet treats, from premium chocolates to caramel apples. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and can help you make up your mind when the choices seem overwhelming. kilwins.com n  Yes, King of Pops is sort-of a chain, and yes it operates out of carts and not a stationary store. Fans of the company’s cool treats, though, will tell you that you’ll find King of Pops carts regularly at the same location week after week, and it’s worth checking the company’s website to find a location near you. kingofpops.net

n  If you want authentic gelato, you have to visit Paolo’s Gelato Italiano, at 1025 Virginia Ave. NE in Virginia Highland. Paolo Zorza, a native of Treviso, Italy, has 62 flavors to choose from, plus you can order a quart made to your specifications on the store’s website. paolosgelato.com n  Pete’s Polar Parlor & Dog House, at 2655 Shallowford Road, is an all-in-one stop to satisfy your sweet tooth and a craving for a tasty sausage or hot dog. It serves a large array of ice cream, in scoops, sundaes, banana splits, cakes and more, plus gourmet dogs. petespolarparlor.com

n  Bon Appetite magazine calls Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream, with two locations at 749 Moreland Ave. SE and 1220 Carolina St. NE, the fourth best ice cream shop in America, and it made Atlanta magazine’s best list. It has unusual ice creams (balsamic strawberry, salted caramel and avocado, to name a few) and other desserts. morellisicecream.com

n  Treat the kids to Marietta Square for playtime in the park or the Marietta Fire Museum to see engines and more, then head for Sarah Jean’s Ice Cream, 109 N. Park Square, or SweeTreats at 134 S. Park Square. They both feel like oldfashioned ice cream parlors. Sarah Jean’s has more than 50 flavors and plenty of toppings. SweetTreats starts with Mayfield Dairy ice cream or active culture yogurt, then adds ingredients of your choice for a unique treat. sarahjeansicecream.com, sweetreats.com

n  At New Orleans Snoball Café, at 340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., in Decatur, you’ll find shaved ice treats, of course, but also organic, homemade ice cream, gourmet popcorn and other treats, and spices and products associated with NOLA. neworleanssnoballcafe.com

n  Cold Stone Creamery, BaskinRobbins, Bruster’s, Carvel, Rita’s, TCBY, Yoforia, Yogli Mogli, Zesto and many other specialty chains serve excellent scoops of ice cream or frozen yogurt. For a low cost and tasty treat, our favorites are Chick-fil-A and Dairy Queen.

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Make Reading a Habit Here are some suggestions from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF): n  Learn more about your child’s interests and suggest books, magazines and articles that relate to those topics. n  Read books with your children! Children of any age can appreciate being read to. n  Be a good role model – let your children see you reading. n  Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the children’s section together. Ask a librarian to suggest books and magazines your children might enjoy.

Metro Area Library Systems The metro area offers an abundance of places to borrow books, attend storytelling hour and surf the web. Don’t forget to ask the librarians about books your kids should be reading. n  Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System 404-730-1700; afpls.org

n  Douglas County / West Georgia Regional Library 770-836-6711; wgrl.net

n  Barrow County / Piedmont Regional Library System 770-867-2762; prlib.org

n  Fayette County / Flint River Regional Library 770-412-4770; frrls.wikidot.com

n  Cherokee County / Sequoyah Regional Library System 770-479-3090; sequoyahregionallibrary.org

n  Forsyth County Public Library 770-781-9840; forsythpl.org

n  Clayton County Library System 770-473-3850; claytonpl.org n  Cobb County Public Library 770-528-2320; cobbcat.org n  Conyers-Rockdale Library System 770-388-5041; rockdale.public.lib.ga.us n  Coweta County Library System 770-253-3625; coweta.ga.us n  DeKalb County Public Library 404-370-8450; dekalblibrary.org

n  Gwinnett County Public Library 770-978-5154; gwinnettpl.org n  Henry County Library System 678-432-5353; henry.public.lib.ga.us n  Newton County Library System 770-787-3231; newtonlibrary.org n  Paulding County Library Services 770-445-5680; wgrl.net

n  Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters. Older children enjoy showing off their skills to an admiring audience. n  Set aside a regular time for reading in your family, independent of schoolwork. As little as 10 minutes of free reading a day can help improve your child’s skills and habits.  n  Read aloud to your child, especially one who is discouraged by his or her own poor reading skills. The pleasure of listening to you read, rather than struggling alone, may restore your child’s enthusiasm for books and reading. n  Encourage your child to read aloud to you an exciting passage in a book, an interesting tidbit in the newspaper, or a joke in a joke book. When children read aloud, don’t feel they have to get every word right.  n  On gift-giving occasions, give books and magazines based on your child’s current interests. n  Set aside a special place for children to keep their own books. n  Offer other special incentives to encourage your child’s reading. Allow your child to stay up an extra 15 minutes to finish a chapter. For more ideas, visit www.rif.org.

n  Walton County / Uncle Remus Regional Library System 706-342-4974; uncleremus.org

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A Museum Tour Art Museums n  Booth Western Museum showcases contemporary Western American art. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. boothmuseum.org n  High Museum of Art houses a huge collection of African, American, European, Folk, Modern and Decorative art and photography. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. high.org n  The Hudgens Center for the Arts exhibits a wide variety of art, from paintings, drawings and prints to pottery and sculpture. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. thehudgens.org n  Museum of Design Atlanta is the only museum in the Southeast exclusively celebrating design and how it affects our lives. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. museumofdesign.org

Children’s Museums

➤  Imagine It! The

Children’s Museum of Atlanta has handson exhibits and play areas that appeal to those 8 and younger. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. childrensmuseumofatlanta.org

n  Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is a hand-on museum where families can role play at being a banker, grocery clerk, doctor, dentist or other occupation and engage in other fun activities. 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. inkfun.org

Science Museums n  Fernbank Museum of Natural History has dinosaurs, exhibits, an IMAX theater and more. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. fernbankmuseum.org n  Fernbank Science Center teaches science through exhibits, a planetarium, observatory, a forest and hands-on activities. 156 Heaton Park Dr. NE, Atlanta. fernbank.edu n  Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center has hands-on science exhibits and educational programming focusing on good stewardship of the environment. 2020 Cleanwater Dr., Buford. gwinnettehc.org

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Museum has a mineral and fossil galleries, a planetarium, an observatory and much more for hands-on fun. I-75, Exit 293, Cartersville. weinmanmuseum.org

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Cures for ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’

Kids and nature are naturals together. Studies suggest that interacting with nature can help children develop their five senses and diminish emotional problems and attention deficit disorders. Here are places in the metro area to do just that.

GOLDBERG ESTATE PLANNING At Robert M. Goldberg & Associates, we understand that trying to plan for your future and that of the people you love can be intimidating. Let us help you. www.goldbergestateplanning.com 3455 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta ........................................................ 770-229-5729 (see ad on page 73)

Museums APEX Museum 135 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta................ 404-523-2739 Booth Western Art Museum 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville............... 770-387-1300

n  Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown Atlanta features 30 acres of indigenous and exotic plants, woodland areas and a children’s garden. A 16,000-square-foot conservatory houses plants from tropical rainforests and deserts as well as the country’s largest collection of species orchids on permanent display. atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta.................. 404-929-6300 Fernbank Science Center 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta................ 678-874-7102 Funk Heritage Center 7300 Reinhardt College Cir., Waleska..... 770-720-5970 HIGH MUSEUM OF ART High Museum of Art Atlanta www.high.org 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta ....................404-733-4400 Atlanta Botanical Garden

n  Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell encompasses 127 acres and 2 miles of trails. Lush gardens offer prime viewing areas for native plants and butterflies. The center is home to beaver, opossum and more than 50 animals that have been injured and cannot return to the wild, including bald eagles and red-tailed hawks. chattnaturecenter.com

IMAGINE IT! THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA A smart place to play! Great for families, schools and groups. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW ...........404-659-5437 (see ad on page 37)

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum 441 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta................. 404-865-7100 Michael C. Carlos Museum 571 S. Kilgo Cir., Atlanta...................... 404-727-4282

Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Atlanta area also is home to a handful of smaller centers. n  Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center in Johns Creek has 46 acres and 2 miles of trails. autreymill.org n  Cochran Mill Nature Center in Palmetto has a log cabin to explore and 50 wooded acres. cochranmillnaturecenter.org n  Dunwoody Nature Center in Dunwoody sits on 22 acres of hiking trails. dunwoodynature.org n  Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville is at the entrance to 1,400-acre Chicopee Woods and is the first designated nature center in Georgia. elachee.org n  Reynolds Nature Preserve in Morrow has 146 acres and 4.5 miles of trails. reynoldsnaturepreserve.org

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Museum of Design 285 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta..... 404-979-6455 Robert C. Williams Paper Museum 500 10th St. NW, Atlanta...................... 404-894-5700 Southeastern Railway Museum 3595 Peachtree Rd., Duluth................. 770-476-2013 Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw............. 770-427-2117 Srochi Jewish Discovery Museum 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody............... 770-395-2532 or 678-812- 4171 Teaching Museum North 793 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell.................. 770-552-6339 Teaching Museum South 689 North Ave., Hapeville..................... 404-669-8015 Telephone Museum 675 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta.............. 404-223-3661 William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum 1440 Spring St., Atlanta....................... 678-222-3700 World of Coke 121 Baker Street NW, Atlanta.............. 404-676-5151

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Nature Big Trees Urban Forest Preserve 7645 Roswell Rd., Atlanta.................... 770-673-0111 Cagle’s Dairy Farm 362 Stringer Rd., Canton...................... 770-345-5591 Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell..................... 770-992-2055 Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area 1978 Island Ford Pkwy., Atlanta........... 678-538-1200 Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve 3787 Klondike Rd., Lithonia................. 770-484-3060 Dunwoody Nature Center 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody............... 770-394-3322 Elachee Nature Science Center 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville.............. 770-535-1976 Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw............................................. 770-427-4686 McDaniel Farm Park 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth.................. 770-814-4920 Panola Mountain State Park 2600 Hwy. 155 SW, Stockbridge.......... 770-389-7801 Reynolds Nature Preserve 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow................. 770-603-4188 Vines Botanical Gardens 3500 Oakgrove Rd., Loganville............ 770-466-7532

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The Music Class www.themusicclass.com 11 Metro Atlanta Locations................... 770-645-5578

Nature The LATCH system makes it easier to be sure your child’s car seat is installed correctly every time. Just clip it to the lower anchors, attach the top tether, and pull the straps tight. To find out more, visit safercar.gov.

Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta.......... 404-876-5859 Autrey Mill Nature Preserve 9770 Autrey Mill Rd., Johns Creek....... 678-366-3511

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Optometrists VISION PERFORMANCE CENTER We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of learning related vision disorders that can affect academic success. Nicole Gurbal, OD, FCOVD www.optometrists.org/gurbal Developmental Optometrist, 53 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250, Atlanta .........................................770-668-9289 (see ad on this page)

Orthodontists DR. HEALEY Specialty Practice in Pediatric Dentistry: Dental & Orthodontic Care for Children and Young Adults www.dochealey.com Located at GA400 & Northridge Rd 1145 Hightower Trail, Atlanta ....................770-993-9395 (see ad on page 21)

FAMILY ORTHODONTICS Braces are now AFFORDABLE with Family Orthodontics! Free initial visit! Visit our website for a location near you! www.wefixyoursmile.com .....................................................................770-448-8882 (see ad on page 24)

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Keep your birthday party planning on track with this helpful checklist. From setting a budget to welcoming your guests, it’s sure to make throwing your bash a cinch.

Party Countdown Checklist Six Weeks To Go n  Decide on time and money budget n  Begin researching costs of external locations n  Research entertainers for in-home party n  Check out books about kids’ parties from the library for theme and game ideas Four Weeks To Go n  Choose party theme n  Select party location n  Determine maximum number of guests n  Finalize date and time n  Book and send deposit for entertainers or external locations Four Weeks To Go n  Make or buy invitations and send them n  Make transportation arrangements to external location n  Finalize menu n  Order cake and food if not homemade n  Arrange for extra helpers Two Weeks To Go n  Shop for paper goods, theme props, goodie bags and game prizes n  Make favors and/or assemble goodie bags atlantaparent.com

n  Plan games and make any decorations or game props n  Select music as needed n  Buy any craft supplies needed for party crafts One Week To Go n  Confirm final numbers with party location n  Confirm arrangements with entertainer n  Create menu and ingredients shopping list n  Shop for non-perishable foods and ingredients n  Develop a timetable for the party day Three Days To Go n  Confirm that helpers will show up n  Call entertainers and party rentals to confirm your order n  Finalize all props and music needed for games and crafts n  Check camera, video supplies and batteries n  Choose party clothes and get them ready to wear Two Days To Go n  Make food that will keep in refrigerator or freezer n  Check the house for safety hazards n  Put away any special breakables

Party Day Six hours to go n  Pick up last minute items, such as helium balloons n  Clean up clutter and put away any special items not used for the party Four Hours to Go n  Decorate house Three Hours to Go n  Make final food preparations n  Make final game preparations One Hour to Go n  Set table n  Dress yourself and your children 30 Minutes to Go n  Have helpers arrive n  Run through timetable and basic responsibilities with helpers n  Put out materials for first activity or game Party Time! n  Welcome your guests

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Rental Venues

Party Entertainers FUN BUS, Fitness FUN on Wheels North Fulton, Forsyth, and Atlanta....... 770-569-7529

pools  gymnasiums  community rooms pavilions  tennis courts  sports fields special event venues

LITTLE BEAT MUSIC Atlanta’s #1 Kid’s Party Birthday parties, school events, DJ services and more. www.littlebeatmusic.com ................................................................. 1-877-545-2328 (see ad on page 45)

Red Hot Fire Truck Events redhotfiretruckevents.com.................... 404-925-1221

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A Zoo to You www.azootoyou.com............................ 706-348-7279 Enerjiggle Bouce Emporium www.enerjiggle.com............................. 770-896-8921 Events by Noelle Kidz www.ebnkidz.com................................. 404-234-5675 Sam’s Path Petting Zoo www.samspathpettingzoo.com............. 706-376-4618

Party Places All Fired Up Pottery Painting allfiredup.com 50 South Main St., Alpharetta.............. 770-740-7800 1563 North Decatur Rd., Atlanta.......... 404-270-9048 BEAN HEAD TOYS Not just “a” toy store…we are a destination! Fun parties designed to challenge your child’s imagination & creativity when they least expect it… Visit www.beanheadtoysonline.com for birthday flier. 3497 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta .................... 404-841-0826 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., NE, Sandy Springs... 404-851-2980 (see ad on page 43)

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Have a Wild Party! Relax and let us take care of the cake, party favors, a guided hike, tour of the aviaries, FUN nature activities and special encounter with an animal guest of your choice. Several party packages available. www.chattnaturecenter.org/birthday-parties.html 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell............770-992-2055 Ext 237 (see ad on page 43)

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Party rooms with throne & crown Create-A-Puppet Workshops

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Party Places Laser Quest Gwinnett laserquest.com 3650 Satellite Blvd., Duluth.................. 770-814-8801 LEGOLAND NOW OPEN! Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Rd, Ste G-1, Atlanta .....404-848-9252 (see ad on page 9)

Cook Up Some Birthday Fun! Jump into our kitchens for a hands-on culinary adventure!

Summer Birt Camps! Cooking Parthday ies! Classes!

THE POLO CLUB OF ATLANTA Specializing in GREAT Birthday Parties! Pony Parties, Petting Zoo Play & Picnic Area • Field Rental • Social Events & More www.poloclubofatlanta.com

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SOUTHEASTERN RAILWAY MUSEUM Unique location for birthday parties! Explore real railroad cars. Take train rides in vintage cars. Summer camps also available. www.SoutheasternRailwayMuseum.org 3595 Peachtree Rd., Duluth ........................770-476-2013 (see ad on page 42)

Sugar & Spice Kids Spa at Stonecrest spaatstonecrest.com 8052 Mall Pkwy, Suite 104 Lithonia...... 678-672-4100 YOUNG CHEFS ACADEMY Cook Up Some Birthday Fun! www.YoungChefsAcademy.com/NorthDruidHills www.YoungChefsAcademy.com/SandySprings North Druid Hills/Emory ................................404-633-2633 Sandy Springs ..............................................404-255-9263 (see ad on this page)

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Party Rentals FUN - FARE Party Rentals: moonwalks, slides, obstacle courses, dunk tanks, rock walls, concessions and carnival games. $99 and up. www.fun-fare.com .....................................................................770-425-3033 (see ad on page 44)

GWINNETT COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION Rental Venues • Birthdays • Reunions • Weddings www.gwinnettparks.com (see ad on page 42)

Shaw Tent & Event Rental www.shawtent.com 6981 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Norcross............................................... 770-939-9742

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Special Ways to Say “Happy Birthday” to Your Child by Linda Jerkins n  Hang up a special birthday flag or banner from your flagpole, porch or garage door. Personalize it so that the whole neighborhood will know there’s a birthday at your house. n  Start a collection for your child. Some of the many options include: dolls, bells, piggy banks or stuffed elephants. Add to the collection each year. n  After your child is asleep, decorate his or her bedroom with balloons, banners and streamers. n  Hide clues around the house and have a treasure hunt. Use pictures and arrows on clues for children who can’t read yet. Lead them to presents, wrapped candy, money or inexpensive favors hidden around the house or yard. n  Let your child choose the birthday menu, from appetizer to dessert. Set the table with a special placemat and dishes for the birthday child. For example, one family always uses red dishes for birthdays. n  Wake your child up – gently – with a surprise pajama party. Have your guests arrive early, 6 or 7 a.m. wearing pajamas and slippers. Serve breakfast and cake. Hand out toothbrushes for favors.

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n  Make a time capsule, using a shoebox or a large plastic container. Collect mementos from the day’s events, such as the front page from the newspaper, the child’s horoscope or a birthday card. Include the child’s weight, height, likes and dislikes, favorite foods, toys, books and other items. Tuck in a handprint and a drawing done by the child. Open it up at the child’s next birthday. n  Pick up school-age children at lunch and take them out to eat. Or share a school lunch with your child and bring enough cupcakes for the whole class. Check with your child’s teacher first. n  Tell your child in details about the day he or she was born. Explain how excited you were, how you chose their name and how you felt after the birth. Take out the photo album and look at baby pictures.

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Pediatricians ALL WORLDS PEDIATRICS A compassionate, integrative approach to health… Conventional & holistic expertise Arlene Dijamco, MD, FAAP allworldspediatrics.com Located in Roswell....................................... 678-629-3988 (see ad on page 72)

East Cobb Pediatrics 1121 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 220 Marietta................................................ 770-977-0094 WE CARE PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT GROUP New patients welcome. Medical care for children birth to 18. Accepting most insurance plans. www.WeCarePediatric.com 1422 E. Cleveland Ave., East Point..............404-766-3337 (see ad on page 47)

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Join this great group of performers at Family Block Party! Horizon Theater, Imaginators- Imagine It, Kidazzl Parties, Kim Armstrong,  Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, Little Beat Music, Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness,  Sandtown Allstars, Therapy Dogs International, Wren’s Nest & Akbar Imhotep,  Young Audiences Artist- Caroline Herring & Marty Barrett. (Atlanta Parent thanks these 2011 performers)

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Parks and Recreation Departments

Check out your local parks and recreation department’s community offerings, and discover the neighborhood green spaces in your neck of the woods. n  City of Acworth Acworth.org; 770-917-1234 13 parks, a sports complex, a community center, a beach house and picnic pavilions.

n  Hall County Hallcounty.org/parks; 770-535-8280 24 parks, four community centers, one agricultural center and one soccer complex.

n  City of Alpharetta Alpharetta.ga.us; 678-297-6100 Five parks, Wills Park offers equestrian.

n  Henry County Co.henry.ga.us/Parksrecreation 770-288-7300 33 parks and recreation facilities.

n  City of Atlanta Atlantaga.gov; 404-546-6788 172 parks (339 including public gardens and green spaces), 10 recreation centers, three neighborhood centers. n  Bartow County Bartowga.org; 770-387-5149 Four parks and one community facility. n  City of Chamblee Chambleega.com; 770-986-5016 Sports teams, five parks and community activities. n  Cherokee County Crpa.net; 770-924-7768 24 parks and community recreation facilities including ponds and picnic pavilions. n  Clayton County Claytonparks.com; 770-477-3766 31 parks, three recreation centers, athletic fields, pools and tennis courts. n  Cobb County Prca.cobbcountyga.gov; 770-528-8800 Thirty-five parks, plus cultural centers, indoor aquatic centers, tennis courts and community centers. n  College Park Collegeparkga.com; 404-669-3773 Three parks and three recreation centers.

n  City of Kennesaw Kennesaw-ga.gov; 770-422-9714 Two community parks, 13 neighborhood parks and a community center.

Gwinnett County

n  Doraville Doravillega.us; 770-936-3850 Eight parks, sporting activities and camps throughout the year. n  Douglas County Douglascountyparks.com 770-489-3918 13 parks and recreation facilities including an aquatic center and nature preserve. n  City of East Point Eastpointcity.org; 404-270-7045 15 parks, 13 green spaces, one recreation center, four special use areas including sports fields and a Velodrome bicycle race track. n  City of Fairburn Fairburn.com ;770-964-2244 Two parks.

n  City of Conyers Conyersga.com; 770-483-4411 Eight city and neighborhood parks.

n  Fayette County Fayettecountyga.gov; 770-716-4320 Five parks, one activity house and one recreation centers.

n  Coweta County Coweta.ga.us; 770-254-3750 13 parks, four recreation centers, one swimming pool, two athletic complexes.

n  Forsyth County Forsythco.com; 770-781-2215 17 parks and recreation centers, including ball fields, trails, tennis courts and picnic pavilions.

n  City of Cumming Cityofcumming.net; 770-781-2030 Two parks and aquatic centers for residents. n  City of Decatur Active Living Decaturga.com; 404-377-0494 Nine parks, athletic programs, classes, recreation centers and more. n  DeKalb County Co.dekalb.ga.us/parks; 404-371-2631 124 parks, 12 recreation centers, one tennis center, two golf courses.

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n  Fulton County Co. fulton.ga.us; 770-306-3010 21 parks and recreation centers in unincorporated South Fulton County.

n  City of Marietta Mariettaga.gov; 770-794-5601 23 parks, two recreation centers, one sports complex. n  City of Milton Cityofmiltonga.us; 678-242-2500 Three parks, two community centers. n  Paulding County Paulding.gov; 770-445-8065 Nine parks and recreation facilities. n  City of Peachtree City Peachtree-city.org; 770-631-2542 14 parks, three recreation complexes, aquatic center and one gymnasium. n  Rockdale County Rockdalecounty.org; 770-278-7529 15 parks, three sports complexes; features include a new tennis center, indoor pool, picnic pavilions, ball fields, boat ramps and a lake.  n  City of Roswell Roswellgov.com; 770-641-3705 13 parks, eight recreation centers, two spray grounds, one event facility, one skate park, one soccer complex and two visual arts centers. n  City of Sandy Springs Sandyspringsga.org; 404-252-6310 12 parks, a linear park, a tennis center, a forest preserve and three recreation facilities. n  City of Smyrna Ci.smyrna.ga.us; 770-431-2842 30 parks and recreation centers.

n  City of Hapeville Hapeville.org; 404-669-2127 Five parks, two recreation centers.

n  City of Snellville Snellville.org; 770-985-3535 One multi-use park with fishing, fitness trail, tennis courts, soccer fields, swimming pool, pavilions and playgrounds.

n  Gwinnett County Gwinnettcounty.com; 770-822-8840 36 parks, nine aquatic centers.

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Find a Perfect Pediatrician Lots of pediatricians are qualified and caring, but not all of them are right for you and your child. So how do you find the one to help you monitor your child’s health and well-being? Start with these guidelines from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The basics n  Research online and ask friends, family or your own doctor to recommend a pediatrician. n  Check credentials. The doctors you’re interested in should be board-certified in pediatrics, ensuring they have been trained at an accredited school and medical facility. You can find information through the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatrics. n  Make sure the doctors have privileges to practice at a children’s hospital, should your child ever need to be hospitalized for accident or illness.

n  Think about your questions ahead of time, and write them down so you’ll remember. Some questions you might ask: How many doctors are in your group? If my child is sick and needs to be seen today, what is your policy? What are your wait times for scheduling a routine visit? Is someone in your practice on call nights and weekends to handle my questions or an emergency? What is your childcare philosophy? Do you use nurse practitioners, and what is their role? How do you handle payment for services? Are all the doctors in your group part of my health insurance or managed care plan?

Make the right choice n  Assess your rapport with the doctor. Does he or she feel like someone who’ll listen to your concerns and help guide your child’s growth and development? Do they seem knowledgeable about medicine? If you answer “yes” to both questions, then it may be the start of a long collaboration ensuring your child’s well-being. When to call a doctor n  Your baby is under 3 months old and has a high fever, 104 degrees or more. n  Your child is vomiting; children under age 1 have a high risk of dehydration. n  Your child has breathing problems – breathing that’s too fast or labored, or trouble eating or sucking on a bottle. n  Your child is irritable or lethargic, and something is not right with them. n  Traditional treatments to soothe them don’t work.

Next steps n  Narrow your choices down to two or three doctors near your home; if your child is sick, you don’t want a one-hour drive to the doctor’s office. n  Make an appointment to see each of the doctors for an interview. Many doctors won’t charge for your initial visit.

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Playground Picks

Our picks for the top playgrounds, including those for children with special needs. Atlanta

Smyrna

n  Poncey-Highland Playground. Southeast corner of Freedom Pkwy. and North Ave. Eco-friendly playground with play structures made of recycled milk cartons and a soft surface made from shredded tennis shoes.

n  Tolleson Park. 3950 King Springs Rd. Boldly-colored playground with a twisty slide, double-helix climbing bars and educational panels with the states and capitals.

Snellville

Dunwoody

n  T.W. Briscoe Park. 2770 Lenora Church Rd. Two playgrounds – one for older kids and one for toddlers. Toddler area faces the lake, older kids playground is shaded and surrounded by picnic tables and swing sets.

n  Brook Run Park. 4770 N. Peachtree Rd. Resilient rubber surface, children’s adventure garden, picnic tables, event lawns, multi-use trails, a flowing stream and pavilion.

Kennesaw n  Swift-Cantrell Park. 3140 Old 41 N. Two playgrounds – a smaller structure for younger kids with shorter slides and lower elevation, and a larger castle-like structure. Beautiful grassy fields surround the playground.

Marietta n  Henry Park. 81 Reynolds St. Threestory tower with multiple slide exits and tons of swings for all ages. The park also has a half court basketball court, walking trail, and a pavilion.

Suwanee

East Roswell Park

Roswell n  East Roswell Park. 9000 Founts Rd. Multiple playgrounds with plenty of swings, multi-use facility recreation center, shaded walking trails, picnic tables and pavilions, sports fields, and during warm weather: a “spray ground” for cooling off.

Sandy Springs

Norcross n  Holcomb Bridge Park. 4300 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Three distinct playground structures and plenty of swings. Long, curvy slides and a wood-chipped surface. Plus, try the mini-climbing wall, the rope ladder and plastic rolling log.

n  Morgan Falls Overlook Park. 200 Morgan Falls Rd. Newly renovated playground with canvas awnings over most play structures. The 27-acre park overlooks Bull Sluice Lake and includes a ¾-mile hiking trail, picnic pavilion, open field for sports, swinging benches overlooking the water and floating dock.

n  PlayTown Suwanee. 425 Main St. Built by local volunteers, the playground features a magical bus, castle, log cabin, climbing wall, bridges, slides and swing sets.

Powder Springs n  Lost Mountain Park. 4845 Dallas Hwy. Covered playground to avoid summer heat, plus batting cages, soccer fields and tennis courts.

Woodstock n  The Valley at J.J. Biello Park. 155 Brooke Blvd. Elevated structure for older kids and brightly colored smaller playscape for younger children. Each has a rock climbing wall, slides and swings.

All Abiliities Playgrounds: Designed with special needs children in mind. Acworth n  Acworth Sports Complex Playground. 4000 South Main St. Ramps allow children in wheelchairs to reach different levels, soft surfaces for easy swing access, adaptive swing sets and covered decks. Atlanta n  Boundless Playground at Wesley Coan Park. 1530 Woodbine Ave. Equipment for toddler, elementary and middle school-aged children of all abilities. Slides, bridges, crawl-through spaces and safe swings for disabled children. n  Mayor’s Grove Playground at Piedmont Park. 10th Street and Piedmont Ave., Midtown Atlanta. Interactive, all-abilities playground in the center of Atlanta’s largest park. n All Children’s Playground. 265 Park Ave. Low-reach panels, skid-resistant rubber surfaces and wheelchair-accessible glider swings.

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Alpharetta n  North Park Adapted Sports Complex. 13450 Cogburn Rd. Multi-level, wheelchair-accessible playground with interactive panels and adapted softball fields with rubber surfaces and flat bases. Loganville n  Unity Place at Bay Creek Park. 175 Ozora Rd. Boundless playground with rubberized surfaces, supportive swings, wide slides and a wheelchair-accessible sandbox. Marietta n  All Play Playground. 3322 Roswell Rd. Ramps provide access for children in wheelchairs, soft surfaces and interactive equipment. Peachtree City n  Luther Holt Memorial All Children’s Playground. 151 Willowbend Rd. On the shores of Lake Peachtree, this all-abilities playground features interactive game boards, slides and shaky bridges, plus high-back swings with harnesses.

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Sandy Springs n  Hammond Park. 705 Hammond Dr. Small, wheelchair-accessible structure with rubberized flooring and image panels with dozens of sign language words. Villa Rica n  Children’s Playgarden. 3200 Clinton Rd. High-back swings with five-point harnesses, rubber flooring and ramps connecting all levels, plus an elevated sandbox. Winston n  Playground at Clinton Nature Preserve. 8270 Ephesus Church Rd. Fully accessible, adaptive swings, soft surfaces.

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Make play time a priority, just like times set aside for homework and music lessons. Don’t overschedule your child. An overwhelmed child is not a playful child. Remember the object of play is to have fun and let loose, not brush up on math or reading skills.

Parents can help boost their children’s intelligence, creativity, innovation and sense of optimism through play.

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Make up a bedtime story with your kids. Use inspiration from real life to give your main character adventure. Remember, kids like understandable conclusions. The ending can teach a lesson or leave the character with a sense of accomplishment. Or not.

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Video and electronic games are all around us. But so are trees and sunshine, sticks and rocks. Make sure your child sees plenty of them. Be silly, be playful! Kids learn by example. –  Ann Hardie

Understand the power of imagination. Applaud your child’s fantasy world – and go along for a spin! Lay out boxes, old dress-up clothes, measuring cups, whatever, and let your child’s creativity go to town. If your child wants you to join in, join in but only if you are willing to play second fiddle. Rough-and-tumble play like wrestling, while difficult to take, is natural and necessary for kids to learn cooperation and fairness. Run around. Tag and other kinds of movement play fire up our brains and improve our health at the same time.

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With digital cameras, it’s easier today for parents to take exceptional pictures, rather than depending on a professional portrait studio. n  Avoid red eye. Don’t use the flash on the camera, says photographer Sandra Coan. Instead, sit your child in front of a window and shoot from an angle to avoid back lighting; the natural light is very pretty. n  Use distraction. “One of my favorite tricks when photographing babies is to put a sticker on their belly or foot,” Coan says. “They’ll spend a long time trying to get it off, and you’ll get some great candid-looking photos of them playing with their toes and tummies.” n  Be mindful of the light. Shooting pictures outdoors can be difficult. The biggest mistake people make is putting their kids in bright sunshine. This causes big shadows on the face, as well as squinty kids. Look for a big patch of shade, where the light is even. Everyone will be happier. n  Get down low. “You want to be down at eye level with the kids,” photographer Jonathan Payne says. “I spend a lot of time down on my stomach with the babies. As an alternative, use a bed or couch to get the kids at an easier level to photograph.” n  Get close. “Fill the viewfinder with a face, or better yet just some details of your child, like their ears, hands or feet,” Payne says. “It’s important to figure out how close your camera will focus, and maybe even switch into the macro mode if it’s available.”

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n  Turn off your flash. “Nothing kills a nice photo like a blast of harsh light from the camera,” Payne says. “The flip side of this tip is that you need to find good light. Basically, look for big windows, with indirect light, like those facing north.” n  Look for ideal locations. Other strong possibilities for taking superior photos in natural light include porches, doorways, or shady areas of the yard facing the open sky. n  Have fun. Most importantly, just have fun and take a lot of photos. These little ones grow and change so quickly. Capture their moments with beautiful photos this season.  –  Kim Seidel

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Restaurants for Kids Atlanta is a restaurant mecca for kids and parents alike. Whether your child is a picky eater or an adventurous one, we’ve listed some great restaurants sure to provide a successful night out. n  American Roadhouse. 842 North Highland Ave., Atlanta; 404-872-2822. Centrally located in Virginia-Highland, American Roadhouse offers great comfort food and yummy kid options they’ll devour with glee. n  Joe’s Crab Shack. Five Atlanta area locations. Visit joescrabshack.com to find one near you. Joe’s offers more than seafood. The casual atmosphere is fun and entertaining. Make sure and get a famous T-shirt on your way out. n  Johnny Rockets. Four Atlanta area locations. Visit johnnyrockets.com to find one near you. Johnny Rockets is a classic ‘50s-style diner equipped with juke boxes and checkered tablecloths. Order a malt and listen to oldies as you wait for your burger and fries. n  Stone Soup Kitchen. 584 Woodward Ave. Atlanta, 404-524-1222. This popular Grant Park breakfast and lunch café recently won a best kid-friendly restaurant poll. Kids love Stone Soup Kitchen for their giant chocolate chip pancakes with a side of fresh cut fruit. Parents love the gluten-free options, delicious summer salads. And it’s close to Zoo Atlanta. n  OK Café. 1284 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta; 404-233-2888. Any place with a PB&J on the menu will win over kids’ hearts and tummies. This established diner has something for everyone and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. n  Blue Moon Pizza. Located in Marietta, Smyrna, Buckhead and Sandy Springs; see bluemoonpizza.com. Blue Moon Pizza knows how to keep kids happy by giving them pizza dough to play with while they waiting for food; they even go the extra mile and bake the dough creations. Parents love this casual and creative pizza joint for its lunch specials and gourmet pizza toppings. Closed on Sundays.

Kids Eat Free Nobody wants to say no to a free meal. Here are some restaurants offering “kids eat free” deals. We’ve gathered details below, but be sure to call ahead and double check before you go.

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n  Crepe Revolution. 4600 West Village Place, Smyrna; 770-485-7440. Visit creperevolution.com for a full menu. Crepes may sound like an adults-only food, but not when they’re filled with mac ‘n’ cheese. This family-friendly place offers sweet and savory meals for brunch, lunch and dinner. n  Mykonos Taverna. 2901 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta; 404-638-6770. Expand your child’s taste buds with an adventurous and hearty meal. Mykonos offers a range of authentic Greek cuisine including lamb dishes, kabobs and gyros. A grilled cheese sandwich, burger, and chicken tenders are on the children’s menu, just in case. n  Uncle Julios. Two Atlanta locations  –  1860 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 404-350-6767 and 1140 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 678-736-8260. A popular Mexican favorite among families. Kids can order the “kidsadillas” or “nino nachos.” n  Saba. Two Atlanta area locations; Oakhurst Village in Decatur and Emory Village in Atlanta. Visit saba-restaurant. com for a full menu. This is a great kid-friendly Italian place for an early night out. Leave the toys at home because Saba has its own toy chest to keep kids entertained. Fresh baked bread, spaghetti, and penne pasta are on the kids’ menu.

n  Flying Biscuit Café. Candler Park and Midtown Atlanta locations. Visit flyingbiscuit.com for menu and location information. Kids 12 and under eat free Mon.-Thurs. from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of a menu item costing $6.95 or more. n  IHOP. Visit ihop.com for locations. Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-8 p.m. every day of the week with purchase of an adult meal. n  Doc Chey’s Noodle House. Three locations: Grant Park, Emory Village and Morningside; doccheys.com. Kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays in Grant Park; each weekend with an adult meal purchase and a registered Karma Card. Cards are free, but you must register online, then pick up card at any location. Kids eat free on Mon.-Thurs. from 3-6 p.m. at the other two Doc Chey’s locations. Kids-free deals for dine-in service only. n  Moe’s Southwest Grill. Various Atlanta locations. Visit moes.com, and call your location to check for the deal. Kids 12 and younger eat free all day on Mondays.

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Restuarants EMIDIO’S RESTAURANT Portuguese, Spanish and Italian fine dining For the entire family Tapas, Full bar & wine • Lunch & Dinner daily Find us on Facebook 8610 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs ........................................ 770-837-3373 (see ad on this page)

Portuguese, Spanish and Italian fine dining for the entire family

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Sip Wine Tasting & Tapas Restaurants www.siprestaurants.com 12635 Crabapple Rd., Milton................ 770-475-7121 4403 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta.............. 404-233-5455

Safety REVVED UP LIDS LLC Child safety and self-defense classes for children age 6-10 and teen girls age 11-19 at your group’s site. Visit our website www.revvedupkids.com Serving Metro Atlanta ...................................678-526-3335 (see ad on this page)

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Choosing a Private School If you decide private school is best for your child, how do you pick that school from among the hundreds in metro Atlanta? Here are 20 questions to ask.

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n  How long has the school been operating, and is it accredited and financially sound?

n  How many children are in each classroom and do teachers have teaching assistants?

n  What’s the school’s approach to education? Are students grouped by ability, is it strictly college prep or are other “tracks” available?

n  What type of grading system is used, alphabetic, numeric or ungraded?

n  Is there a parent-teacher association and are parents welcome on campus for visits?

n  How many graduating seniors go to college, and how many receive scholarships? Do any classes count toward college credit?

n  Are school buildings in good repair? Is playground equipment available and safe? n  Is care available for beforeand after-school? n  Is a nurse or medical professional on campus? What about counselors? n  What’s the curriculum? Can you see examples of textbooks? n  What about elective classes or activities, such as music, art, debate club or team sports? n  Are teachers certified, and what degrees do they hold? What is the average number of years of experience and what is the teacher turnover rate each year?

n  Do parents have any say about which teacher their child will get?

n  How is discipline administered? n  How is sex education handled? n  Is there a library, and how many books does it contain? n  How much access do students have to computers and cutting edge technology? n  How much is tuition and does it cover all costs? What about a discount for more than one child? n  Are scholarships or financial aid available, and how do families qualify? n  What other costs might you expect, such as for books, lunch or uniforms, extra fees for sports, capital campaign or annual gifts?

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IMAGINE A SCHOOL WHERE YOUR CHILD LEARNS…

• By Individual Instruction • A Love of Learning An Authentic • To Think Outside the Box AMI Accredited • Independence Montessori School • Respect for Others • A Solid Foundation • Foreign Language, Music, Cooking, Gardening and More HALF OR FULL DAY, YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS

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Montessori School of Cumming 4601 Post Rd., Cumming 30040

3290 Old Alabama Rd., Alpharetta 30022

404-634-5777

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3021 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur 30033

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Now enrolling children ages 15 months – 12 years • www.MontessoriSchoolsofGeorgia.com

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A mecca for laughing, playing and learning all in the heart of Midtown. Serving students age 3-years-old through sixth grade.

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MOUNT CARMEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Acquire • Create • Experience

❖ GAC accredited ❖ Gifted program ❖ 3 Pre-K - 8th grade ❖ Serving Gwinnett/DeKalb for 36 years ❖ Low student/teacher ratio ❖ Before & after school program ❖ Biblical studies curriculum ❖ Extracurricular/Sports programs ❖ S.T.E.M. curriculum

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School Day Solutions Every child faces challenges with a new school year. These suggestions can help calm anxieties and get the school year off to a positive start. Challenge: A New Teacher n  Solution: Develop a relationship with the teacher. Have a meeting with him or her as soon as possible. This will allow you to share your positive feelings about your child with the teacher and vice versa. Also, stay involved and volunteer when you can. This ongoing relationship will show you trust and like your child’s new teacher, making it easier for your child to feel the same way. If your child is in elementary school, have him prepare a handmade card or pick flowers to bring on the first day as an icebreaker. This will be an easy excuse to introduce himself to his new teacher. If your child is in middle school and will have multiple teachers, tell him to introduce himself to each new instructor as he enters the room. This way if he’s called on in class, it won’t be his first interaction with the teacher and will soothe his nerves. Challenge: A New School n  Solution: If possible, take your child on a tour of the new school about a week before school starts. This way your child will know where her classroom is, where the rest rooms are, and how to navigate the hallways. If you can’t physically walk through your child’s first day, do so verbally at home. Call the school and ask them what time your child’s class will do certain things so you can coach your child ahead of time. Visualizing the day will ease your child’s fears of her new surroundings. Also, teach your child to be positive  –  a few lessons in relaxation techniques may come in handy if your child is still feeling anxious as the first day approaches. Deep breathing and telling herself “I can do this” are both good options. Challenge: New Kids n  Solution: Before school begins, get a list of new classmates from your child’s school. Once you see the list, you’ll probably recognize a name or two. This will give you a chance to invite kids over for a play date and give the parents a chance to connect  –  maybe even develop a carpool. Chances are other kids are feeling a bit nervous about not knowing kids in their new class, too. –  Tali Toland atlantaparent.com


Schools - Academic

www.accak12.org PreK - 8th grade

34 students. $2.67 million in non-HOPE scholarships. 100% college placement. And that was just our Class of 2011.

3110 Sports Ave., Smyrna ........................................................ 770-874-8885

Imagine what the future holds for him.

ATLANTA CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Christ Centered Education in the Classical Tradition

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ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

K4 – 12th Grade www.aischool.org 2890 North Fulton Drive Atlanta ........................................................ 404-841-3840 (see ad on page 59)

AUGUSTINE PREPARATORY ACADEMY Preparing leaders for life Disciplined Christ-centered environment Open Enrollment Limited Scholarships Available www.augustineprep.info 4650 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur.................. 404-326-5132 (see ad on page 56)

BRANDON HALL SCHOOL

Come see for yourself what Lakeview Academy has to offer. All-School Open House • Sunday, March 18th 1-3 pm Admissions Office: 770-531-2602 • www.lakeviewacademy.com 796 Lakeview Drive Gainesville, GA 30501

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“Turning Potential into Reality” Accredited college prep for over 50 years Middle and Upper Schools www.brandonhall.org 1701 Brandon Hall Drive, Atlanta.........770-394-8177 (see ad on this page)

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CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY Enrolling Now Ages 2.6 to 7th Grade Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow www.acambridgeacademy.com 2780 Flat Shoals Rd, Decatur ......................404-241-1321 (see ad on page 62)

CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Nestled in beautiful Peachtree Corners, Cornerstone serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Enrolling now • ACSI-SACS accredited. www.cornerstonecougars.org 5295 Triangle Parkway Peachtree Corners ...................................... 770-441-9222 (see ad on page 58)

DAVIS ACADEMY Great Minds Start Young! www.davisacademy.org 8105 Roberts Drive, Atlanta..........................678-527-3300 (see ad on page 62)

EASTMINSTER SCHOOL www.eastminsterschool.org K - 11th grade 2450 Lennox Road Conyers ....................................................... 770-785-6780 (see ad on page 58)

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EATON ACADEMY Eaton Academy offers a college-prep curriculum in either a group or an individual setting. Visit our website: EatonAcademy.org 1000 Old Roswell Lakes Pkwy,Roswell........770-645-2673 (see ad on page 61)

George Walton Academy www.Gwa.com 1 Bulldog Dr. Monroe............................ 770-267-7578 THE HEISKELL SCHOOL Atlanta’s Premier Christian School Since 1949 www.heiskell.net

www.eastminsterschool.org

3260 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta ....................404-262-2233 (see ad on page 59)

HIGH MEADOWS SCHOOL International Baccalaureate (IB) World School SAIS-SACS and NAEYC accredited 2004 NCLB Blue Ribbon School Please visit our website for OPEN HOUSE dates: www.highmeadows.org 1055 Willeo Rd, Roswell...............................770-993-2940 (see ad on this page)

LAKEVIEW ACADEMY PreK4-12th grade www.lakeviewacademy.com 796 Lakeview Drive Gainesville .................................................. 770-532-4383 (see ad on page 57)

LOGANVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Providing a Christian Learning Education for Grades K4–12 www.lcalions.com 50 Acre Campus • Fully Accredited 2575 Highway 81, Loganville.........................770-554-9888 (see ad on page 59)

MCGINNIS WOODS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Private Non-Parochial Preschool to Middle School Summer Camp www.McGinnisWoods.org 5368 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Alpharetta ............770-664-7764 (see ad on page 62)

MILL SPRINGS ACADEMY 1st-12th Coed • Small Classes College Prep SACS/SAIS Accredited www.millsprings.org 13660 New Providence Rd. Alpharetta.........770-360-1336 (see ad on page 62)

ATLANTA CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Providing Excellent Classical Education Founded Upon A Biblical Worldview 3110 Sports Ave, Smyrna, GA 30080

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MOUNT CARMEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Academic Distinction in a Christian Environment GAC accredited • 4K - 8th grade Serving Gwinnett/Dekalb for 36 years www.mccsch.org 6015 Old Stone Mtn. Rd., Stone Mountain .......................................... 770-279-8443 (see ad on page 56)

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Schools - Academic Mount Pisgah Christian School 9820 Nesbit Ferry Road, Johns Creek......................................... 678-336-3443 MT. BETHEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

K - 8 program featuring rigorous academics, vibrant visual and performing arts, unrivaled technology, and championship athletics.

4385 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta............770-971-0245

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PINECREST ACADEMY

Pre-K - 12th Grade Forming Christian leaders who will transform society www.pinecrestacademy.org

Some things are certain

At Woodward, your student can explore virtually any interest: from hundreds of courses in traditional and innovative subjects to more clubs, arts, and winning athletic teams than she could ever exhaust. And that means she discovers

her own greatest strengths.

955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming...............770-888-4477 (see ad on page 58)

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SOPHIA ACADEMY PreK-9, private, Christian school on border of Dekalb/Gwinnett. Small classes, personalized education, athletics, arts, spiritual life, and more! Transform your whole child. www.sophiaacademy.org 2880 Dresden Drive......................................404-303-8722 (see ad on page 54)

ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL

A 59-year history of Catholic education in Marietta and a “No Child Left Behind” Blue Ribbon school! 81 Lacy St, Marietta.................................770-428-3328 (see ad on this page)

THE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL • Serving pre-primary (3-year-olds) through sixth grade • Diverse, inclusive community of faculty, staff and families • Rich, rigorous academics balanced with arts, character education and play www.thechildrensschool.com 345 Tenth St NE, Atlanta............................ 404-873-6985 (see ad on page 56)

Waldorf School of Atlanta www.Waldorfatlanta.org 827 Kirk Rd., Decatur........................... 404-377-1315

Providing a Christian Education for Grades K4-12

The Walker School 700 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta..... 678-581-6921 WHITEFIELD ACADEMY Christ-Centered College Preparatory School in Smyrna/Vinings area of Northwest Atlanta with numerous academic, athletic and fine art opportunities. SACS/SAIS accredited. PreK-4 – 12th Grade www.WhitefieldAcademy.com 1 Whitefield Dr., SE, Mableton .....................678-305-3000 (see ad on page 61)

WOODWARD ACADEMY Our Second Century Fostering Excellence, Character and Opportunity PreK – 12th grade www.woodward.edu 1662 Rugby Avenue College Park ................................................ 404-765-4001 (see ad on this page)

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The Heiskell School Atlanta’s Premier Christian School Since 1949 Two Years through 8th Grade

Loganville Christian Academy exists to prepare students academically, spiritually and socially for God’s call on their lives. • 50 Acre Campus • Fully Accredited • Fine Arts Program

• Competitive Sports Program • College Preparatory Curriculum • Gifted, Honors and AP Program

3260 Northside Drive NW Atlanta, Georgia 30305

2575 Highway 81 • Loganville 770-554-9888 • www.lcalions.com

404-262-2233 • www.heiskell.net

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Why Choose Boarding Schools? While boarding schools are a small slice of the American educational system, they are not just for the elite or the troubled. Parents searching for the boarding school experience for their child have an extensive array of philosophies, lifestyles and teaching modes to choose from. n  A School For Every Need: No matter the need or the interest, there is a school for every child. College prep, the most conventional school form, can be co-ed or single sex. Military schools mimic the structure and discipline of the armed forces. Arts-based schools are for students preparing for careers as professional dancers or musicians. Religious schools emphasize a particular faith. There are schools for elementary and middle school grades. Others are designed for kids with special needs, both behavioral and emotional. n  Smaller is Better: Typically, boarding schools have a much smaller class ratio than public schools. On average, the student/ teacher ratio is 8.6 to 1 and often is as low as 3 to 1 in schools specializing in children with academic problems. n  Academic Challenge: Boarding schools tend to have an intense academic curriculum. The majority of educators have an advanced degree, and an evening study period is part of the regular schedule every day.

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n  Access to High-Quality Faculty: Faculty lives on campus in many cases and are available to the students, not just in class settings, but throughout the day. n  Learning from Extracurriculars: According to the Southeastern Association of Boarding Schools, each school designs its extracurricular program to fit its culture. n  Stretching Their Wings: While most students get their first taste of independence when they head off to college, boarding students get to experience freedom in a controlled atmosphere. n  Variety is the Spice of Life: Boarding schools are often perceived as a nest of rich white kids, but many schools strive for a student body that is racially, economically and socially diverse. And to ensure diversity, most schools offer significant financial aid. n  A Community of Lifelong Friends: Because the students, faculty and administrators are interacting at all hours of the day, it makes for intense bonding experiences. That coupled with sharing in the common goals and traditions of the school foster intense friendships. n  Freedom vs. Structure: How much structure does your child need? The levels run the gamut from military style discipline to loose atmospheres with student autonomy. n  A Safe Haven: Many schools have tight security systems. Because of the close-knit nature of the campus, any visitors or strangers are more likely to be spotted. – Sharon Morioka

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Educational Resources Got a question on an educational issue? These groups and helpful websites are sure to have your answer. n  Georgia Department of Education: Information on school testing, school report cards and curriculum standards, as well as a newcomers’ guide with helpful advice. Contact 404-656-2800 or visit doe. k12.ga.us. n  National Association of Independent Schools: Statistics on enrollment and top performing independent schools with reports on the average test scores for NAIS schools as compared to national averages. Contact 202-973-9700 or visit nais.org. n  Association of Boarding Schools: Information and resources for families including the different types of boarding schools, how to choose the right school for you, and information on applications and forms. Visit boardingschools.com or call 828-258-5354. n  American Association for Gifted Children: Resources, articles and newsletters to help parents identify and nurture their gifted children. Contact 919-783-6152 or visit aagc.org. n  Learning Disabilities Association of America: Information on assessment and evaluation of learning disabilities and the special education process. There’s also a bookstore with related titles and resources for parents, teachers and adults. Contact 412341-1515 or visit ldaamerica.org. n  National and Georgia PTA: At the national site, pta.org, get information on parent involvement in education as well as health and education news. Become a member and learn about local programs at georgiapta.org or call 404-659-0214. n  U.S. Department of Education: Includes a parent’s guide to No Child Left Behind education reform law, information on supplemental services, and publications for parents. ed.gov. nn  Georgia Home Education Association: Information on the Georgia education laws, suggestions on curriculum, books, magazines and videos about homeschooling. Also has a database of support groups and a section on homeschooling special needs children. Visit ghea.org or call 770-461-3657. n  Georgia Independent School Association: A list of Georgia schools, an interscholastic calendar of events, and information on association meetings, conferences, job fairs and postings for teachers. Visit gisa-schools.org or call 706-938-1400. atlantaparent.com

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Schools - Boarding ADVANCED ACADEMY OF GEORGIA

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8TH GRADE Private Non-Parochial Education GAC, SACS & NAEYC Accredited MIDDLE GRADES 6th-8th grades

Be a fulltime college student in the 11th grade! The Academy, an economical alternative to most private high schools, is a residential early entrance to college program at the University of West Georgia for bright and highly motivated students. www.advancedacademy.org Schedule a visit with us today ....................678-839-5529 (see ad on page 65)

SOUTHEASTERN ASSN. OF BOARDING SCHOOLS

ELEMENTARY GRADES Kindergarten – 5th

PRESCHOOL Infants – Pre-Kindergarten

Find A Boarding School Near You! Schools located in 5 Southeastern States www.SABS.org

Tours Welcome By Appointment: 5368 McGinnis Ferry Road Alpharetta, Georgia 30005

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770-664-7764

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TOURS EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 10AM 4385 Lower Roswell Road • Marietta, Georgia 7 7 0 - 9 7 1 - 0 2 4 5 • w w w. m t b e t h e l c h r i s t i a n . o r g

TALLULAH FALLS SCHOOL Day and boarding/program for grades 6 - 12 www.tallulahfalls.org

Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow Success In School Success In Life • 1-12 Coed • Laptop Program • Small Classes • Athletic Programs • Structured, Supportive • Extended Day Program Environment • Music, Art, Drama • College Preparatory • Summer Programs SACS/SAIS accredited

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Schools - Montessori ARBOR MONTESSORI SCHOOL Go here. Then go anywhere. Atlanta’s premier Montessori school since 1970. Full and half-day programs. 2.5-14yrs. AMI, SAIS, SACS. http://www.arbormontessori.org 2998 Lavista Rd. Decatur ......................... 404-321-9304 (see ad on page 63)

CRESCO MONTESSORI SCHOOL

CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY Enrolling now for ages 2.6 years to 7th grade

13660 New Providence Road Alpharetta, GA 30004-3413

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Call for more information or to schedule a visit.

www.millsprings.org

2780 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur

Mill Springs Academy maintains a non-discriminatory admissions policy in regard to race, creed, color, sex, national or ethnic origin.

www.acambridgeacademy.com

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Free Pre-K and Scholarships Available Montessori and Full Child Care Services 6:30 am-6:30 pm M-F, Year Round www.crescomontessori.com Locations: Marietta, Johns Creek/Suwanee, Buford and Woodstock ................................ 770-992-8031 (see ad on page 63)

DULUTH MONTESSORI SCHOOL Our School includes two campuses located in the historic district of Duluth where children learn inside and outside on 11 acres. We educate children 14 months to 12 years of age. www.duluthmontessori.com 2997 Main Street, Duluth............................. 770-476-9307 1768 Old Peachtree Road, Duluth, ............. 678-474-9967 (see ad on page 64)

FIRST MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF ATLANTA

Call for a private tour today! Carolyn Berk, Director of Admission 678-527-3300 or cberk@davisacademy.org

Rock Solid since 1963 The Southeast’s Oldest Montessori AMI • AAAIS • SAIS • SACS www.firstmontessori.org 5750 Long Island Dr, Sandy Springs............404-252-3910 (see ad on page 63)

MONTESSORI SCHOOL AT LILBURN Explore…Discover….Learn Educating & enriching children ages 18 months thru 6+ years AMI Accredited Montessori www.montessoriatlilburn.com 1208 Rockbridge Rd Stone Mountain ........................................... 404-786-1045 (see ad on page 64)

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Primary — Middle School (21/2 - 14 years) AMI, SAIS & SACS accredited • Est. 1970 www.arbormontessori.org 2998 LaVista Road • Decatur, Georgia • 30033

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Schools - Montessori MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF ALPHARETTA www.MontessoriSchoolsofGeorgia.com 3290 Old Alabama Rd., Alpharetta .................................................... 770-667-1277 (see ad on page 55)

MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF CUMMING www.MontessoriSchoolsofGeorgia.com 4601 Post Rd., Cumming ..................................................... 770-205-6773 (see ad on page 55)

MONTESSORI SCHOOL AT EMORY www.MontessoriSchoolsofGeorgia.com 3021 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur ........................................................ 404-634-5777 (see ad on page 55)

RENAISSANCE MONTESSORI SCHOOL Nurturing the development of character, creativity, and intellect. Ages 2 1/2 to 5th grade. AMI accredited. www.renmont.com 2407 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta....................404-755-1915 (see ad on this page)

Schools - Online GEORGIA VIRTUAL SCHOOL Georgia Virtual School is a fully accredited program and offers online courses taught by Georgia certified teachers. All Georgia students ages 21 and under are eligible. The program offers courses free of charge to all Georgia public school students who are taking courses as part of their state reported school day www.gavirtualschool.org (see ad on page 65)

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Schools - Preschools BRIGHT HORIZONS Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool Centers assist children infants through Pre-K in discovering the joys of learning. 6 area locations

MORNINGSIDE PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL www.morningsidepc.org 1411 N. Morningside Drive, Atlanta.....................................................404-685-8758 (see ad on page 66)

CRESCO MONTESSORI SCHOOL Free Pre-K and Scholarships Available Montessori and Full Child Care Services 6:30 am-6:30 pm M-F, Year Round www.crescomontessori.com Locations: Marietta, Johns Creek/Suwanee, Buford and Woodstock ................................ 770-992-8031 (see ad on page 63)

MARCUS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF ATLANTA MJCCA Preschools & Camps www.atlantajcc.org The Sunshine School, East Cobb.................678-812-3714 The Weinstein School, Dunwoody................678-812-3833 (see ad on page 66)

KIDS R KIDS SCHOOLS & ACADEMIES Accredited Program and Curriculum to assist your child in achieving developmental milestones. Preschool, GA PreK, Private Kindergarten. 45 metro-Atlanta locations. www.kidsrkids.com (see ad on page 67)

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A Preparatory Preschool www.suzukischool.com Infants • Toddlers • Preschoolers Founded 1976 443 East Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead 600 Peachtree Battle Ave., Northside.......... 404-869-1042 (see ad on page 17)

www.brighthorizons.com/AtlantaParentPreschool (see ad on page 67)

THE SUZUKI SCHOOL

Mount Pisgah Christian School 9820 Nesbit Ferry Road, Johns Creek......................................... 678-336-3443

Timothy Lutheran Preschool & Kindergarten www.tlcwoodstock.org 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock........... 770-924-7995

Be a fulltime college student in the 11th grade! The Academy, an economical alternative to most private high schools, is a residential early entrance to college program for gifted students at the University of West Georgia. Students earn dual credit allowing them to be college sophomores or juniors when they complete high school.

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Early Childhood Education by Tali Toland

If you’re a new parent and are beginning the journey into the world of formal education, the first thing you need to know is times have changed: Pre-K programs are the new kindergarten. And early education is more important than ever before. Early education encompasses child-care and preschool programs, and lays the foundation that will help your child make a smooth transition from infancy through the school years. Research has shown that early childhood education shapes a student’s attitude toward school and is a powerful predictor of school readiness. Sorting through the many programs, understanding the terminology, and sometimes even finding a spot in some classes can be challenging. Here is some information to get you started, and some questions you’ll want to ask as you research your options.

NAEYC Accredited Centers

Schools and childcare centers that have successfully been reviewed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) are awarded accreditation, which is valid for five years. There are 327 accredited centers in Georgia. Centers are evaluated on the following questions:

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n  Are the children in the program generally comfortable, relaxed and happy, and involved in play and other activities?

being devoted to cognitive development, social and emotional development, and physical development?

n  Are there sufficient numbers of adults with specialized training in early childhood development and education?

n  Does the staff meet regularly to plan and evaluate the program?

n  Do adult expectations vary appropriately for children of differing ages and interests?

n  Are parents welcome to observe, discuss policies, make suggestions, and participate in the work of the program?

n  Are all areas of the child’s development stressed equally, with time and attention

To obtain a list of accredited centers in the metro Atlanta area, visit www.naeyc.org.

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ALPHARETTA Crabapple Rd (770) 343-9400

DOUGLASVILLE Chapel Crossing (770) 920-5600

LAWRENCEVILLE Atkinson Rd (770) 339-1300

Holcomb Bridge Rd (770) 993-8684

Pope Rd (770) 920-9400

Collins Hill (770) 962-6400

Hwy 9 N. Fulton (770) 518-6868

DULUTH Peachtree Ind Blvd (770) 622-2900

Herrington Rd (770) 513-2222

Webb Bridge Road (770) 442-3400 ATLANTA Cascade Rd (404) 629-5437 CONYERS Eastside Drive (770) 929-8808 Hwy 20, Southeast (770) 929-3355 CUMMING Hwy 20 (770) 887-0078 Old Atlanta Rd (678) 648-3175

Pleasant Hill Rd (770) 813-9600 FAYETTEVILLE Creekwood Trail (770) 719-9100 GRAYSON Grayson Hwy SW (770) 963-9110 JOHNSCREEk Johns Creek Pkwy (770) 476-3877 Morton Rd (770) 751-3900

Johnson Rd (770) 995-9400 LILBURN Pleasant Hill Rd (770) 935-4000 LITHONIA South Deshon Rd (770) 879-9700 MABLETON Veteran’s Mem Hwy (678) 213-2184 MARIETTA Johnson Ferry Rd (770) 565-2220 Post Oak Tritt Rd (770) 971-7200

Ridgeway Rd (770) 499-1915 3900 Canton Rd (770) 279-7777 NEWNAN Thomas Crossroads (770) 502-1777

ROSWELL Pine Grove Rd (770) 642-1900

SUGARHILL Commerce Drive (770) 831-1280

Sandy Plains Rd (770) 552-8877

SUWANEE Satellite Blvd (770) 945-8400

SNELLVILLE Hwy 124 (770) 979-7600

NORCROSS Medlock Bridge Rd (770) 446-8700

Ronald Reagan Pkwy (770) 979-6767

Oakbrook Pkwy (770) 279-8500

STOCkBRIDGE Jodeco Rd (770) 389-1119

PEACHTREECITY Hwy 74 (770) 631-3555 Robinson Rd (770) 631-3400

STONEMOUNTAIN Mountain Park (770) 279-7700

TUCkER Hwy 29 (770) 279-7800 UNIONCITY Roosevelt Hwy (770) 774-0206 WOODSTOCk Springfield Dr (770) 591-0900

RIVERDALE Lake Ridge Pkwy (770) 997-2800 Programs may vary. Each Center is Independently Owned & Operated.

45 Atlanta Locations • 770.279.7777 • www.kidsrkids.com

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Public School Systems Atlanta’s public school systems; from the largest – Gwinnett with more than 160,000 students, to the smallest – Buford City Schools, with little more than 3,000 students. n  Atlanta Public Schools 404-802-3500; atlanta.k12.ga.us

n  DeKalb County School System 678-676-1200; dekalb.k12.ga.us

n  Bartow County School System 770-606-5800; bartow.k12.ga.us

n  Douglas County School System 770-651-2000; douglas.k12.ga.us

n  Buford City Schools 770-945-5035; bufordcityschools.org

n  Fayette County Public Schools 770-460-3535; fcboe.org

n  Cherokee County School District 770-479-1871; cherokee.k12.ga.us

n  Forsyth County Schools 770-887-2461; forsyth.k12.ga.us

Atlanta Public Schools

n  Clayton County Public Schools 770-473-2700; clayton.k12.ga.us

n  Fulton County Schools 404-768-3600; fultonschools.org

n  Henry County Schools 770-957-6601; henry.k12.ga.us

n  Cobb County School District 770-426-3300; cobb.k12.org

n  Gainesville City Schools 770-536-5275; gcssk12.net

n  Marietta City Schools 770-422-3500; marietta-city.org

n  Coweta County School System 770-254-2800; cowetaschools.org

n  Gwinnett County Public Schools 678-301-6000; gwinnett.k12.ga.us

n  Paulding County School District 770-443-8000; paulding.k12.ga.us

n  City Schools of Decatur 404-370-4400; csdecatur.net

n  Hall County Schools 770-534-1080; hallco.org

n  Rockdale County Public Schools 770-483-4713; rockdale.k12.ga.us

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What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

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he IEP is a document that develops measurable annual goals and short-term objectives for a child receiving special education. It details the special educational services, and any necessary related supplementary aid that the school system will provide to a student with disabilities. Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) protects his right to an education in the least restricted environment, which can also mean

in the home area school with age and grade peers, if appropriate. Don’t be afraid to ask for what is best for your child. A team – including your child’s teachers and therapists, school and district faculty, and you – develops the IEP at a meeting, usually held in the spring. The best way to positively affect your child’s education is to keep track of his medical and educational records, and use them to prepare for a successful IEP meeting.

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Serves all eligible students ages 3-5 with disabilities. Parents must live within the Fulton County School district.

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It is the policy of the Fulton County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity, or service.

“Your Child Can Succeed in the Right Environment”

The following tips to make the most of your meeting are from The Georgia Advocacy Office. At the Meeting: n  An IEP meeting can be intimidating to the parent. Plan to stay calm. Remember: Everyone wants what is best for the child. n  You are a member of the team that makes the crucial decisions about the student’s education. Approach the IEP as a team player. n  Bring someone with you! Another parent, a friend or neighbor can take notes and support you. You might want to tape the meeting. Inform the school of your plans.

n  Make sure everything is written down and a parent-school communication plan established. If you are not satisfied or certain, take a copy of the plan to review before you sign your agreement.

n  Keep the meeting positive for your child. Remember to focus on gifts, strengths and progress. n  Make sure that the IEP goals for your child are reasonable and measurable – a child should make one year’s progress each year. Scrutinize the goals and identify strategies to achieve them. n  Discuss modifications, disciplinary programs, non-academic activities, transition or supplemental services. The IEP and placement

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After the Meeting: n  Explain any changes to your child. n  Communicate regularly with your child’s teachers and therapists. n  Stay involved! Visit the school regularly and observe who is doing what with your child. n  Make sure progress is being achieved throughout the year. Don’t wait until the next IEP meeting to see if objectives are being met. You can call an IEP review meeting any time.

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Schools - Special Needs ALEXSANDER ACADEMY Academic/remediation programs for ages 7-15 who learn differently • Tutoring & Summer Programs SB10 Approved & Scholarship Funding www.alexsanderacademy.org Locations in Suwanee/Johns Creek & Alpharetta ................................................................... 770-777-0475 (see ad on this page)

THE BEDFORD SCHOOL For children with learning disabilities Grades 1-9 Students receive proper academic remediation in a small class setting www.thebedfordschool.org 5665 Milam Rd Fairburn ...............................770-774-8001 (see ad on page 71)

Brookwood Christian Language School www.brookwoodchristian.com 4728 Wood St., Acworth.......................678-401-5855 CENTER ACADEMY A Georgia Special Needs Scholarship School www.centeracademy.com Since 1968 • ADHD & LD College Prep • Grades 5-12 • SACS Accredited 3499 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna..................770-333-1616 (see ad on page 71)

Cumberland Academy of Georgia 650 Mount Vernon Hwy., NE................ 404-835-9000 ECKERD ACADEMY Special Needs Boarding School helping children ages 10-17. www.eckerdacademy.org

For students that learn differently

Brooksville, Florida .................................... 800-914-3934 (see ad on this page)

FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS Preschool Special Education Services Diagnostic & Evaluation Services Speech/Language Therapy

• ACADEMICALLY RIGOROUS • ACADEMIC REMEDIATION PROGRAM • TUTORING & SUMMER PROGRAMS • SB10 APPROVED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING AVAILABLE

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Jo Wells Educational Center 554 Parkway Dr., Hapeville ..........................404-763-5600 (see ad on page 69)

HAYDEN’S WAY Fully accredited private school offering a challenging course of study tailored to the individual student. We help our students exceed their expectations, working to their full personal potential both academically and socially. www.haydensway.com 1005 Alderman Dr., Suite 203, Alpharetta... 770-351-6304 (see ad on page 69)

The Howard School www.howardschool.org 1192 Foster St., Atlanta........................ 404-377-7436

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At Robert M. Goldberg & Associates, we understand that trying to plan for your future and that of the people you love can be intimidating. Let us help you. www.goldbergestateplanning.com 3455 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta ........................................................ 770-229-5729 (see ad on page 73)

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Schools - Special Needs PATHWAYS ACADEMY SCHOOL FOR DYSLEXIA For bright students grades 1-6 with difficulties in reading, writing and spelling www.pathwaysacademy.org

4010 Canton Road, Marietta..........................770-973-5588

(see ad on this page)

PORTER ACADEMY Grades PreK-8. We help children with ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder,Executive Functioning, Language Processing, Reading, Writing, Math, Fine and Gross Motor Skills. www.porteracademy.org 200 Cox Rd,. Roswell ...................................770-594-1313 (see ad on page 69)

Atlanta Speech School Atlantaspeechschool.org 3160 Northside Pkwy. NW Atlanta…..404-233-5332

For Children With Learning Differences

The Bedford School is a nine-month day school for students in grades one through nine. Students receive proper academic remediation in a small class setting, as well as specific help with physical skills, peer interaction and self-esteem.

770-774-8001

5665 Milam Rd. Fairburn www.thebedfordschool.org

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The Adaptive Learning Center Building Communities Through The Inclusion of Children With Special Needs & Their Families

678 - 6 2 9 - 3988 Our integrative medicine practice combines the wisdom and options of conventional medical care with those of complementary, alternative, and holistic approaches. Rather than a “Band-Aid” approach to treating symptoms, we assess and treat the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Arlene Dijamco, MD, FAAP

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Comprehensive Evaluations Addressing Sensory Motor • Visual Motor • Coordination Visual Processing • Handwriting • Autism Organizational Skills • ADD • ADHD • PDD OCD • Behavior Disorders • Sensory Integration

Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L Director, Occupational Therapy

• Over 35 years experience • 2006 Georgia OT of the Year

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Circus Arts Therapy Therapy Groups year-round & Circus Arts Summer Camp

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Special Needs ADAPTIVE LEARNING CENTER A therapeutic program for infants and children since 1982. Inclusive preschool Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy www.adaptivelearningcenter.org Atlanta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Marietta ...................................................................770-509-3909 (see ad on this page)

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ALC offers an inclusive preschool program in partnership with Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool, First Presbyterian of Atlanta Preschool, and the 2 preschools of the Marcus Jewish Community Centers of Atlanta (MJCCA). Atlanta • Buckhead • Dunwoody • Marietta

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A compassionate, integrative approach to health… Conventional & holistic expertise Arlene Dijamco, MD, FAAP allworldspediatrics.com Located in Roswell....................................... 678-629-3988 (see ad on this page)

CENTER ACADEMY A Georgia Special Needs Scholarship School www.centeracademy.com Since 1968 • ADHD & LD College Prep • Grades 5-12 • SACS Accredited 3499 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna..................770-333-1616 (see ad on page 71)

CHILDREN’S SPECIAL SERVICES, LLC

Specializing in handwriting, social skills, organization, sensory issues, etc. ADD Therapy, ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Autism, developmental delays. Programs available year-round; specialty summer camps. Modified Developmental Preschool now open. Susan Orloff, OTR/L CEO/Executive Director www.childrens-services.com .......................... 770-394-9791 (see ad on this page)

CIRCUS ARTS INSTITUTE Circus Arts Therapy Groups Year-round and Circus Arts Social Summer Specifically designed for children with learning differences 206 Rogers St. NE., Ste. 214, Atlanta ..........404-549-3000 (see ad on this page)

GOLDBERG ESTATE PLANNING At Robert M. Goldberg & Associates, we understand that trying to plan for your future and that of the people you love can be intimidating. Let us help you. www.goldbergestateplanning.com 3455 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta ........................................................ 770-229-5729 (see ad on page 73)

GREATER ATL SPEECH & LANGUAGE CLINICS, INC. Offering Speech, OT & PT • Birth-Adult Hippotherapy • Speech Aerobics • Infant/Toddler Programs www.greateratlantaspeech.com 1000 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste A100 Marietta..........................................................770-977-9457 3725 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd, Ste B3 Suwanee........................................................770-831-2313 (see ad on page 74)

HELPING HANDS PEDIATRIC THERAPY, INC.

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“Helping Kids to be Kids” Occupational and Speech Therapy www.helpinghandspediatrictherapy.com 470 South Hill St., Buford .............................678-482-6100 (see ad on page 74)

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Special Needs INSTITUTE FOR BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE ASHRAF ATTALLA, M.D. Institute for Behavioral Medicine. For information and appointments please call www.ifbm.us 4015 South Cobb Dr SE, Ste120 Smyrn .......................................................... 770-319-8025 (see ad on the inside front cover)

KENNEDY KRIEGER INSTITUTE Unlocking the potential of children with developmental disorders and injuries since 1937. www.kennedykrieger.org Baltimore/Washington ................................. 888-554-2080 (see ad on page 71)

LAW OFFICES OF MARK E. BIERNATH Estate Planning www.biernathlaw.com Extensive Experience with Special Needs Planning 7 Locations in Metro Atlanta .........................770-455-0535 (see ad on page 72)

SISKIN CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE Serving children with special needs, families and professionals through education, outreach, health care and research. www.siskin.org .....................................................................423-648-1700 (see ad on this page)

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSOCIATES, INC. Assessment • Diagnosis • Therapy Laurie K. Botstein, M.S./C.C.C.-SLP www.slpai.com 3137 Kings Arms Court, Atlanta ...................770-939-9986 (see ad on page 72)

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Helping Hands pediatric tHerapy, inc. • Developmental delays • Genetic disorders • Autism spectrum disorders • Cerebral palsy • Speech delay • Oral motor/feeding concerns In-home, daycare/preschool, or at our clinic location www.helpinghandspediatrictherapy.com

678-482-6100 470 S. Hill St., Buford

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Common Therapies for Special Needs Kids Numerous types of therapies exist, from physical therapy to play therapy, to help special needs children with everything from developmental delays to neuromuscular conditions. n  Occupational therapy (OT): OT focuses on helping children cope with emotional, social and physical difficulties. It builds a foundation for the types of skills that children need to accomplish everyday tasks. A treatment program for children who have trouble sitting still, for example, may involve an obstacle course that helps improve handeye coordination. For more, see American Occupational Therapist Association at aota.org.

n  Play therapy: Play therapy draws on the curative powers of play to help children with a broad range of social, behavioral, emotional and other developmental issues. The use of toys and activities have been shown to promote creative problem solving, improve social skills and foster learning and acceptable behaviors. For more, see Association for Play Therapy at A4pt.org. – Kate Wicker

n  Physical therapy (PT): Through the use of exercises and physical activities, PT manages and improves patients’ physical limitations and helps them achieve the highest level of function possible. It is a tried-and-true form of therapy for children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida or traumatic brain injury. For more, see American Physical Therapy Association at apta.org.

Specialized Therapies Other specialized forms are also available to children with a variety of special needs.

n  Speech therapy: Children with speech delays, past hearing loss, craniofacial disorders such as a cleft palate, functional articulation and/ or phonological disorders often benefit from speech therapy. Treatment may incorporate reading, recognition games and other activities. For more, see American Speech-LanguageHearing Association at asha.org. n  Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a structured form of therapy used to treat depression, anxiety, phobias and other mental disorders. It is based on the idea that thoughts cause feelings and behaviors. Treatment helps patients unlearn unwanted behaviors and discover new ways of responding to situations. For more, see National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists at nacbt.org

n  Hippotherapy: The word means “treatment with the help of the horse” and is often used to help improve posture, strength, balance, coordination and attention span. n  Music therapy: This creative therapy uses music and music activities to address an individual’s physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social needs. n  Aquatic therapy: Also known as hydrotherapy, this discipline uses the unique physical properties of water to facilitate rehabilitation and helps children achieve a greater range of motion than with land-based therapy. n  Dance therapy: This creative therapy uses choreographed or improvised movement to promote healing, release tension and anxiety and help develop gross motor skills, coordination, balance and flexibility. n  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): This medical treatment delivers pure oxygen at higher-than-normal pressures to patients sitting or lying in a special chamber. It helps improve speech, memory and other cognitive abilities in patients with brain deficits.

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Sports ATHLETES ON THE RISE, INC Ambitious and passionate organization that aims to provide inner-city girls ages 7-18 with different programs that enrich their lives through education, diet, and athletics. www.athletesontherise.com 3695 Cascade Rd. Atlanta............................678-391-2450 (see ad on page 77)

DYNAMO SWIM SCHOOL Swim Lesson – Ages 6 months – 14 years also Adult Classes. www.dynamoswimschool.com Agnes Scott .................................................... 678-665-5903 Alpharetta ................................................ 770-772-6789 x14 Buckhead................................................. 770-457-7946 x47 Chamblee ................................................ 770-457-7946 x17 Dunwoody................................................ 770-457-7946 x42 (see ad on this page)

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Technology START CODE Computer programming / technology skills for students grades 6-12. After-school and weekend flexible format with online mentoring included. www.startcode.net Toco Hills, Decatur and other locations....... 404-507-2772 (see ad on this page)

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Aquatic Centers n  Bogan Park Aquatic Center. Buford, 770-614-2063. gwinnettparks.com

Catch the Team Spirit Perfect your Tomahawk Chop and brush up on your sports stats. Atlanta’s athletic teams play throughout the year, giving fans of all ages plenty of opportunities to root for the home teams. Professional Sports Teams n  Atlanta Beat. WPS Soccer. KSU Soccer Stadium, Kennesaw. Season: April-September. Tickets: $10-$75. 678-298-4780 or womensprosoccer.com/atlanta. n  Atlanta Braves. MLB Baseball. Turner Field, Atlanta. Season: April-October. Tickets: $6-$95/game. 404-522-7630 or atlantabraves.com. n  Atlanta Dream. WNBA Basketball. Philips Arena, Atlanta. Season: MaySeptember. Tickets: $7 and up/game. 404-604-2626 or wnba.com/dream. n  Atlanta Falcons. NFL Football. Georgia Dome, Atlanta. Season: September-January. Single game tickets start at $55. Season tickets start at $330. 404-223-8444 or atlantafalcons.com.

n  Atlanta Silverbacks. USL Soccer. Atlanta Silverbacks Park, Atlanta. Season: April-September. Tickets: $12.50-$25/game; children 3 and under, free. atlantasilverbacks.com. n  Georgia Force. Arena Football. Philips Arena, Atlanta. Season: MarchJune. Tickets: $10-$125/game; children under 2, free. 888-553-6723 or georgiaforce.com. n  Gwinnett Braves. AAA Baseball. Gwinnett Braves Minor League Stadium, Gwinnett County. Season: April-October. $5-35 single game tickets. Season tickets start at $432. 678-277-0300. gwinnettbraves.com.

n  Rome Braves. Class A Baseball. State Mutual Stadium, Rome. Season: April-September. Tickets: $4-$10/game. romebraves.com.

College Teams

n  Emory University, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University have athletic programs that focus on sports like basketball, baseball, track & field, swimming and diving. GSU also has a football team, and Kennesaw State expects to field a team for the 2014 season. For information on these programs, visit emoryathletics.com, georgiastatesports.com or ksuowls.com.

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n  Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center. Peachtree City, 770-631-2525. peachtree-city.org n  Mountain Park Aquatic Center. Stone Mountain, 770-564-4650. gwinnettparks.com n  Piedmont Park Aquatic Center. Atlanta, 404-875-7275. piedmontpark.org n  South Cobb Aquatic Center. Austell, 770-739-3180. prca.cobbcountyga.gov n  The Beach at Clayton County International Park. Jonesboro, 770-477-3766. claytonparks.com

n  Gwinnett Gladiators. AA Hockey League. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth. Season: October-April. Tickets: $10-$31. Season tickets start at $420. 770-497-5100 or gwinnettgladiators.com.

n  Atlanta Hawks. NBA Basketball. Philips Arena, Atlanta. Season: OctoberApril. Tickets: $13-$26/game. 866-715-1500 or nba.com/hawks.

n  Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia have very popular football teams, but tickets are difficult to find. Less popular but just as entertaining sports like basketball, baseball, soccer and gymnastics have more available and affordable tickets. Visit gatech.edu or georgiadogs.com for schedules and ticket information.

n  Browns Mill Family Aquatic Center. Lithonia, 678-937-8921. co.dekalb.ga.us/parks/

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Water Parks n  Lake Lanier Islands Resort lets you spend the day learning to paddle board or kayak on Lake Lanier. Rentals and lessons available. 770-945-8787 Lakelanierislands.com n  White Water has more than 20 different water rides. This popular water park will leave the whole family drenched and wanting more. 770-948-9290 sixflags. com/whitewater atlantaparent.com


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5 Vacations within 5 Hours A family vacation doesn’t have to be as exotic, or as expensive, as a safari in Africa. Fun and education are so close by, your kids will barely have time to ask “Are we there yet?” Here are five family-friendly cities.

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Asheville, North Carolina n  Most people know Asheville for the iconic Biltmore Estate and its 250-room, architectural-wonder house, but that’s just the start. Families can hit the beach (and waterslides) at Lake Lure or the slopes of the Cataloochee Ski Area or pull out the skateboard at the Food Lion Skate Park. You’ll find more excitement on trail rides offered by numerous outfitters, and even arcade fun at the Fun Depot, where families enjoy go carts, mini-golf and mini-bowling, bumper cars and lasertag. Many families hike on Grandfather Mountain or the Appalachian National Scenic Trail or take guided whitewater rafting trips on the French Broad, Watuga or Nolichucky rivers. For more sedentary pursuits, hop a ride on the Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock or the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City; visit Pack Place downtown for art and science museums, theater or the Health Adventure; settle in for baseball with the Asheville Tourists’ single-A club (affiliated with the Colorado Rockies) or take in the drama of Cherokee Indian history with “Unto These Hills” in Cherokee, N.C. exploreasheville.com, 800-257-1300.  

Charlotte, North Carolina n  Charlotte gave families and racing enthusiasts yet another reason to visit when the NASCAR Hall of Fame museum opened two years ago. Those who never heard of Junior Johnson, an inaugural Hall of Fame inductee, will find plenty of other activities. Visit the U.S. National White Water Center for hiking or biking on 14 miles of trails or a hair-raising kayak run on what’s dubbed the “world’s largest recirculating river;” take a tour of Discovery Place, a topnotch science and children’s museum and IMAX theater; feed a giraffe or gawk at other exotic creatures at the Lazy 5 Ranch drive-through park; take in a Charlotte Knights minor league game (affiliated with the White Sox), or thrill to the Dirt Track Racing School at the Carolina Speedway or roller coaster excitement at Carowinds amusement park. charlottesgotalot.com, 800-231-4636.

Chattanooga, Tennessee n  Families are drawn to Chattanooga by the Tennessee Aquarium, and it’s a must-see. After that, hop on the River Gorge Explorer, a hydrofoil catamaran, for a cruise, go for an IMAX movie or get in a two-seat kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga. The recently renovated Creative Discovery Museum has indoor and outdoor hands-on activities that appeal to kids 10 and younger – from exploring how things work to watching a bee hive in action. Nearby, you’ll find Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, Rock City and the Incline Railway, the world’s steepest passenger railroad. Kids love staying in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a hotel with multiple pools and eateries and some accommodations in restored rail cars. chattanoogafun.com, 800-322-3344.

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Nashville, Tennessee n  A show at the Grand Ole Opry is on most everyone’s agenda on a visit to Nashville, along with a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Broaden the focus beyond country music to include so much more that the city has to offer: Visit The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s estate, where a former slave known simply as Alfred is buried next to the president; see the animals at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere; take in the Adventure Science Center, where kids can take part in simulated space training, among other exhibits, or see a planetarium show; catch a ride on the General Jackson Showboat, a 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat, on the Cumberland River for scenery and a show; see a production at the Nashville Children’s Theatre, named among the top five in the nation by Time magazine; take in sports with the Nashville Sounds baseball team, The Predators hockey team or the Music City Stars basketball team; and stop by Opry Mills, a mall that includes an entertainment complex with an IMAX, the Aquarium and restaurants. visitmusiccity.com, 800-657-6910.

Savannah/Tybee Island, Georgia n  Girls who’ve ever been a Girl Scout know this is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the organization in 1912, and you can tour her home. But nobody goes to Savannah/Tybee Island just for that. Savannah’s many parks and fountains are delightful for a family stroll, or spend some time at the Artzeum at Jepson Center for the Arts to explore art and architecture in ways that appeal to kids. For a little animal excitement, see wolves, bobcats, alligators and more at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. And yes, even small Savannah has it’s own minor league baseball team, the Sand Gnats. Take the kids kayaking around Little Tybee Island, climb the Tybee Island Lighthouse or spend some time on the beach, and visit Fort Pulaski National Monument when a musket or cannon demonstration is under way. savannahvisit.com, 877-728-2662.

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Zoos and Animals Zoo Atlanta isn’t the only place kids can view and interact with exotic animals. Observe penguins in Atlanta or visit ailing animals in Locust Grove. n  Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta. 404-581-4000. georgiaaquarium.org. See friendly beluga whales, stringy jellyfish and astounding whale sharks inside the eight million gallons of fresh and marine water. n  Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center. Locust Grove. 770-957-0888. noahs-ark.org. Where injured animals go to recover. Noah’s Ark takes in abused and neglected animals and is home to more than 1,000 animals. n  Pettit Creek Farm. Cartersville. 770-386-8688. pettitcreekfarms.com. Tour the farm by foot or hay ride. Home to cows, donkeys, chickens and the occasional camel, zebra and buffalo.

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n  Wild Animal Safari. Pine Mountain. 706-663-8744. animalsafari.com/Wild_ Animal_Safari. Take a guided safari ride through the park and see, touch and feed animals from six continents, including a few ligers (half tiger/half lion). n  Yellow River Game Ranch. Lilburn. 770-972-6643. yellowrivergameranch.com. Get close to native Georgia animals as you hike through the 24 wooded acres at the ranch. Meet white-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, black bears and new born animals. n  Zoo Atlanta. Atlanta. 404-6249453. zooatlanta. org. Dedicated to a wholesome family experience, is home to everything from giant pandas and Komodo Dragons to Sumatran Tigers.

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Dental Staff School............................... 4 Dentistry for Children, Inc................... 24 Dermatology Associates of Atlanta.... 30

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Adaptive Learning Center................... 72

Cambridge Academy.......................... 62

Emidio’s Restaurant............................ 53

Adult and Pediatric Dentistry ........................... 24 & inside back cover

Camp Cherokee.................................. 13

Advanced Academy of Georgia.......... 65 Alexsander Academy.......................... 70

Camp Kingfisher at Chattahoochee Nature Center........... 12

All Worlds Pediatrics........................... 72

Camp Sunshine.................................. 15

American Home Cleaning................... 32

Center Academy..................................71

Apostles Learning Center................... 19

Center for Puppetry Arts....................... 6

Arbor Montessori School.................... 63

Chattahoochee Nature Center........... 43

Athletes on the Rise............................ 77

Children’s Choice Learning Center ............................................................ 19

Atlanta Classical Christian Academy.............................. 58

Camp Invention................................... 13

Children’s Dental Zone....................... 23

F First Montessori School of Atlanta............................................. 63 FOCUS . ............................................. 70 Foxhall Equestrian.............................. 42 Fulton County Schools....................... 69 Fun-Fare.............................................. 44 Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University............................ 29

Atlanta Diaper Relief............................. 8

Children’s Dentistry at Stonecrest...... 23

Atlanta International School................ 59 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra................ 6

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta ............................................. Back Cover

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Georgia Assoc. for Play Therapy, Inc................................ 19

Children’s Special Services................ 72 Chinda Brok Photography.................. 50

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Babysitter Training Academy.............. 19

Circus Arts Institute............................. 72

Bean Head Toys.................................. 43

Combined Services............................ 32

The Bedford School.............................71

Comcast.............................................. 77

Brandon Hall School........................... 57

Cornerstone Christian Academy........ 58

Bright Horizons .................................. 67

Cresco Montessori School................. 63

Buckhead Dental Care....................... 20

Crown Financial Ministries.................. 29

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Georgia Shakespeare......................... 12 Georgia State Parks and Historical Sites...................................... 8 Georgia Virtual School........................ 65 Goldberg Estate Planning.................. 73 Greater Atlanta Speech and Language..................................... 74 Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Dept................. 42

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Marcus Jewish Community Ctr. / MJCCA Preschools............................. 66 McDonald’s . ........................................ 3 McGinnis Woods Country Day School......................................... 62

S Seeking Sitters - Atlanta NW.............. 19 Siskin Children’s Institute................... 73 Sophia Academy................................ 54 Southeastern Assn. of Boarding Schools............................... 55

Helping Hands Pediatric Therapy................................ 74

Mercer University-Atlanta Campus....... 4

High Meadows Camp......................... 12

Montessori School at Lilburn.............. 64

High Meadows School....................... 58

Montessori Schools of Georgia.......... 55

Speech-Language Pathology Assoc................................. 72

Morningside Presbyterian Preschool............................................ 66

St. Joseph Catholic School................ 59

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Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta...... 37

Mount Carmel Christian School......... 56

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Mt. Bethel Christian Academy............ 62

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids................................................ 43 Ivansco Photography...........................51

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Mountasia Family Fun Center............... 8 My Kids’ Dentists................................ 22

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Southeastern Railway Museum.......... 42

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Peace by Piece Organizing................ 32

Vision Performance Center................. 40

Pediatric Dentistry at Vinings.............. 23 Perimeter Plastic Surgery................... 30 Pinecrest Academy............................. 58

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We Care Pediatrics............................. 47

Lee Harper Studios............................. 36

Porter Academy.................................. 69

Wee Monsters Play Systems.............. 49

Leech Gary Asset Management......... 29

Preferred Women’s Healthcare.......... 40

Wellstar Health System....................... 34

Law Offices of Mark E. Biernath, P.C.......................... 72

Whitefield Academy.............................61

Legoland............................................... 9 Little Beat Music.................................. 45 Loganville Christian Academy............ 59

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Renaissance Montessori School........ 64

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Riverview Camp for Girls.................... 15

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A Quick ABC Guide to Parenting Your goal is to be the best parent you can be. Atlanta Parent knows that, and we also know that you’re going full speed ahead, just trying to get everything done each day. With that in mind, here are some ideas to re-energize and inspire you.

Aim to be the best you can be. Be a good example. Care about where your children are, what they’re doing and who they’re with. Discipline with love. Eat healthy and teach your children how to do the same. Feel grateful for everything that you have. Get some exercise.

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Have patience. Invent new activities to do together. Jump at the chance to curl up and cuddle. Keep a sense of humor. Love unconditionally. Make time for yourself. Never hit. Openly communicate. Prepare your child.

Question your child about everything. Rest and renew. Spend time with your family. Tell your child you love them. Understand when your child’s interests are different from yours. Venture to try something new. Wait before reacting (too soon). X out everything once in awhile and spend time with family. Your children are your treasure. Zip off for ice cream. –  Jennifer Bonn

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Most children need to see the dentist twice a year. It is recommended that children start seeing the dentist by their first birthday. Our Pediatric Dentist specializes in making your child’s visits calm and comfortable.

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