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It’s always been expensive to raise children, but sometimes government reports make it sound impossible: $235,000 for one child? That’s what a new report from the Agriculture Department says it costs, from birth to age 17, for a single child – more than a quarter-million dollars. That’s eye-popping, until you look more closely at the numbers. A third of the cost is housing, and doesn’t a couple have to live somewhere, even if they have no children? Over 17 years, the cost per child works out to about $10,000 a year, if you take out housing costs. Now it seems a little more reasonable. Of course, cost isn’t the only consideration when starting a family – that’s the easy part. It takes patience, determination, sacrifice and a lot more. Are you mature, in a loving relationship, ready to share your energy and love with a sometimes demanding and exasperating little being, and committed to being a family for the rest of your life? Atlanta Parent readers have already said “yes” to those questions, and are stretching their budgets and their patience as their family grows. When my daughter was young, our household had to learn to economize. Soon after we bought our first house, I quit my job to stay home with my baby girl, then my husband lost his job. We budgeted carefully and shopped frugally during that period, buying baby clothes and toys at church sales and the few consignment stores operating then. When times got better, we maintained our thrifty ways: Why spend $100 for designer jeans when you can find the same gently used jeans for $25? Many of our savvy readers have faced hard times too, or may still be struggling. They don’t spend nearly $10,000 per year per child. They’ve learned to cut food costs by buying in bulk, cooking at home instead of eating out (or using coupons for that occasional treat), shopping consignment or thrift stores, and looking for free or low-cost family activities. This month’s magazine has plenty of ideas to help families save money, from free activities (“Got Summer, Part 2” on Page 20) to a guide to the best consignment and thrift stores (Page 14). Soon, we’ll be asking you to share your money-saving ideas with a new monthly feature we’re launching in August. You can raise a family on a lot less than the “average” family spends, and still have fun – it just takes a little creativity.
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Spoil Alert: Atlanta is No. 7 ATLANTA CAME IN AT NO. 7 on a new list of U.S. cities and towns in which parents spend above the national average on their kids. A recent survey by Bundle.com, a website that examines how people spend their money, ranked New York City and Brooklyn as the two cities where kids are “spoiled” most. New York City and Brooklyn parents spend 90 and 67 percent more, the study showed, while Atlanta parents spend 17 percent more on their kids. Miami, Minneapolis, Tulsa and Dallas were ahead of Atlanta on the “kids spoiled the most” list. Just below Atlanta: Los Angeles, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale. Ranked closest to the national average: Fort Worth, Nashville, Cincinnati and Chicago.
LIE IN THE GRASS AND FIND PICTURES IN THE CLOUDS. Mold your own chocolates. Climb to the top of a lighthouse. Explore the back yard with a magnifying glass. Tell them stories about the day they were born and what they were like as babies. Go down the up escalator. Pay the entrance fee for the stranger in line behind you… These are just a few of the 366 Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow Up, subtitle to David Hoffman’s new book, The Sand Bucket List. (Running Press, $12). This little gift book is packed with clever ideas, from the simple (have an indoor picnic), to the downright silly (take a family portrait with everyone wearing Groucho glasses).
Kids Who Play Together Stay Healthier KIDS WHO ARE ACTIVE EARLIER IN THEIR CHILDHOODS are less likely to deal with obesity problems. And kids who have active friends are more likely to be active themselves. Those are two findings from a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The 12-week study focused on the physical activity of 81 kids ages 5-12 in an after-school program. The study found that all were willing to adjust their play levels by at least 10 percent because kids like to mimic the activity level of their friends. “A tip for parents is to try and get a group of kids active together,” says Sabina Gesell of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, which helped conduct the study. Gesell notes that the research “suggests new approaches to obesity prevention. For example, we could break up groups of sedentary kids and insert them into groups with active children.”
Kids ‘Choose’ Anti-Bullying Program KINDNESS, FRIENDSHIP, COMPASSION, RESPECT AND LOVE are the five words that students are asked to think about in the new “I Choose” antibullying campaign. The program, available free to schools and communities, guides teachers to ask students to choose one of the five words and make it their own. The students receive a bracelet imprinted with their word that helps them to remember and analyze its meaning. The “I Choose” campaign was developed with the help of kids who use yoursphere.com, a kids-only social site. When kids were asked who they thought could help end bullying, 98 percent of respondents said, “kids can.” The kids also helped to decide the five words that appear on the bracelets. School and community representatives can apply for a free anti-bullying challenge starter kit at whatdoyouchoose.org.
Apps Worth Downloading n Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger For help navigating the many beautiful state parks in our area, look no further than the GA DNR Pocket Ranger, recently ranked No. 34 in downloads from the iTunes Apple store. This free app offers advanced GPS and GIS Map technology for tracking trails, marking waypoints and locating landmarks. Visitors can decide which Georgia State Park or public fishing area to visit by searching a region. Tutorial: youtube.com/user/pocketrangerapp. Free.
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n Name That Category Fun Deck From the same company that brought us the question game “Jeepers Peepers” comes an interactive app great for learning minds. Name That Category helps to strengthen vocabulary skills as kids fill in the blanks. This app is great for kids ages 4 and older; at the iTunes Apple Store. $1.99
Bellies to Babies to Visit Atlanta JOIN WORLD-RENOWNED MIDWIFE Ina May Gaskin and actress Mayim Bialik as they headline an informational seminar put on by the Bellies to Babies Foundation. On July 22, parents and parents-to-be will gather at the Atlanta Perimeter Holiday Inn to learn about the latest in birth and newborn care. The day is filled with special demos, products, child rearing, education and more than $30,000 worth of product giveaways. For more information, visit belliestobabiesfoundation.org.
New Pre-natal Test in Atlanta A NON-INVASIVE TEST to detect certain fetal abnormalities as early as 10 weeks is newly available in the Atlanta area. The Harmony Prenatal Test can detect weather a fetus has an extra chromosome, instead of the normal pair. Such abnormalities can include Down syndrome. Done from a simple blood draw from the mom-to-be and costing about $800, the test is covered by insurance and less expensive than traditional amniocentesis tests. Michael Randall of Northside Hospital is one of the first doctors in the country to use it. “Unlike amniocentesis, the test is noninvasive and is not associated with any risks. My patients like that the test is very accurate and can eliminate the need for an amniocentesis,” adds Randall.
Calling All Talented Kids! JULY 13 IS THE DEADLINE TO ENTER your little Justin Bieber in Atlanta Parent’s Talent Showdown. Top applicants, grouped into age brackets and performance categories (singing, dance and variety) will be invited to audition for our celebrity judges on Aug. 20 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. Winners will perform at this year’s Family Block Party on Oct. 13 at the Mercer University Atlanta campus. To enter, download an entry form at atlantaparent. com. Submit the application, non-refundable application fee ($25 for up to four applicants, $50 for larger groups), picture and demo (CD, DVD, Web video or website link). Each application will receive four tickets to Family Block Party.
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Clothe your Kid for A Lot Less!
A guide to Atlanta’s consignment/resale stores for kids’ clothing. by Elisa Goldklang
lenty of families are pinching their pennies and striving to stretch every dollar these days. One of the best ways to save on kids’ clothing – and even earn a little income when they’ve outgrown the clothes – is at consignment/resale stores. From gently worn shoes and shirts to swimsuits, blue jeans and party dresses, consignment shops hold wall-to-wall bargains.
“My sister-in-law buys all those beautiful smocked dresses, but she doesn’t hand them down anymore,” says Paige McCullough, an East Cobb mom of three. “She makes too much money consigning them.” Buying and selling used children’s clothing has become such a popular trend in Atlanta that many stores have expanded their square footage or added locations. Lauren Hise opened Baby Love just 14 months ago in the Grant Park neighborhood and says that business has improved each and every month. “If you give people an opportunity to make money, save money and help the environment – well, I don’t know many people who would say no to that,” says Hise. Sweet Repeats is the “grandma” of quality Atlanta consignment stores, simply because it’s the oldest in town. More than 30 years ago (and now in its third Buckhead location on Miami Circle), Sweet Repeats was about the only store of its kind. Today, the region boasts dozens of resale and consignment stores specializing in children’s and maternity clothing. How has the business changed in the past quarter of a century? “Nowadays people just have so many clothes!” says Elsie Brumby, who has been a sales associate with Sweet Repeats for 30 years. “The volume – that’s what really flabbergasts me. Years ago, our children didn’t have so many clothes. About 25 years ago, people might bring in about 25 items; now they bring in 100 items on a regular basis – and many are brand-new items with the original store tags on them.”
Suggestions for Successful Shopping n Consignment shopping is like treasure hunting – the extra effort is worth the prize. n Allow time for browsing. n If you see something you like – buy it! It might not be there later. n Shop regularly – inventory changes frequently. n Bring your child for fitting – returns are often not allowed. n If toting your tot or tween is not an option – buy it anyway – it won’t be an expensive mistake. Plus, you can always re-consign it. n Looking for a specific size/item? Ask a salesperson. If they can’t find it, they will keep an eye out for it and call you when it comes in. Tadpoles: Abercrombie and Fitch Polo, $7.99 and Cargo Shorts, $8.99.
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n Find a favorite store – good customers often receive perks and discounts. n Develop a relationship with a store’s owner and salespersons. Set a goal to work with a store owner/manager you enjoy dealing with. n Examine websites and blogs for consignment shopping and selling tips and much more. Just three sites to get you rolling: consignmentmommies.com; atlantaconsignmentstores.com; auntiekate.wordpress.com
There’s been a “huge boom” in consignment in recent years, says Kelly Collins, an 18-year veteran of the consignment/resale trade and owner of Sprouts in Conyers. Five years ago, Collins moved into a 4,200-square-foot “consignment haven” to meet the expanding needs of her customers. Lana Tolbert has been consigning her daughter’s clothing since she was a baby. Because Myla, now 9, is confined to a wheelchair, “her clothes stay looking new longer, so they sell well.” A few years ago, Tolbert “was making so much money” consigning her daughter’s clothes that she decided to leave the corporate world and open her own shop: MyMy’s Closet in Johns Creek. (“MyMy” is what daughter Myla called herself when she was little.) “I’m a Macy’s/Bloomingdales’ girl,” says Nancy Warr-Bayonne, a Duluth mom of a 5-year-old daughter. She had “never, ever shopped consignment” before she met Tolbert of MyMy’s Closet. Like many other consignment store newbies, Warr-Bayonne assumed that clothing in a consignment or resale store would be “older and used, like Goodwill.” She was happily surprised to find upscale brands – even new items in Tolbert’s shop. Not only that, “MyMy’s Closet is one of the best-smelling stores I’ve ever been in!” Tolbert strives to make sure her shop always has a fresh and clean aroma.
Being Thrifty: Consignment vs. Resale When you shop at a thrift store, such as Value Village or Last Chance, you’re buying merchandise that has been donated, and that store’s proceeds often benefit a specific charity. Those who donate clothes and other items to thrift stores receive receipts that might help them take a tax deduction, but they get no cash or store credit. Consignment shops, on the other hand, want to help you make money from the items you no longer want or need. If your daughter’s like-new skirt sells in a resale shop, it’s a win-win for everyone: the customer who bought it at a good price, the store, and the consignor. Stores set their own price guidelines, although it’s common to see a 50-50 split (store and consignor share the sale equally), or a 60-40 or 55-45 split, with the store getting the higher amount. The store may also offer the consignor a store credit option for future shopping there. If a store is “strictly resale,” then it will select specific items from what you’ve brought in and give you cash or store credit on the spot. Cash up front usually means less money than if you wait on a consignment sale – but you profit whether or not your clothes sell. atlantaparent.com
Baby Love: Baby Lulu Dress and Leggings, $15.99; Gymboree shoes, $8.99; Lilly ‘n Wren headband, $9.99.
Baby Love: Ralph Lauren Onesie, 14.99; Faded Glory Hat, $3.99; StrideRite shoes, $15.99.
Clues for Consigning Your Child’s Clothing Visit local consignment stores and their websites to find the right fit for you. n Review the store’s consignment policies – each store is different!
n If an item or outfit contains more than one piece, pin and label pieces together.
n Compare payment percentages with other stores’ offers – you may be surprised!
n Lay clothing items flat in a plastic laundry bin – stores do not want clothing on hangers or in bags.
n Check for seasonal start dates. n Review the store’s list of clothing brands accepted. n Presentation counts. Choose the nicest, cutest, cleanest items. n Select items that are currently in style and fit the store’s requirements. n Examine your clothing for stains, rips, missing buttons, stuck zippers, smells and other flaws – these items will not be accepted. n Launder and press clothing (if needed).
Most consignment stores only accept high-quality “in style now” merchandise in like-new condition. “The only things we turn down,” says Brumby of Sweet Repeats, “are clothing with a stain, a button missing, or a broken zipper. Or else it’s been sitting in an attic for 10 years and it’s not in style and children won’t wear it.” Generally, Sweet Repeats, along with other consignment
n Review the hours when clothing is accepted. (Can you drop-off or must you stay there?) n Make an appointment, if required – first-time consignors will usually require extra time. n Review “consignment agreement” when at the store. n Know the date you will need to pick up any of your consigned items that do not sell (if, that is, you want it returned). Write that date on your calendar! (Clothing not picked up is donated.)
stores, asks clients to stick to clothing that is not more than two years old. At the end of each season, items that have not sold are returned to consignors or donated to charity. (One item that has been a huge hit at Baby Love: cloth diapers. They must be in perfect condition to be consigned, and sell for $5$15, depending on the original brand/price.) Cont’d on page 16
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It’s important to know that each privately owned store – whether resale, consignment or both – has its own intake rules (such as the types of clothing accepted) and payment policies, so always take time to learn how each store operates. Check a store’s website or call stores to find the best option for your items. (To maximize your consigning experience, see our “Clues” box.) Experienced consignment sellers and shoppers tell Atlanta Parent that they love having store credit on file because it almost feels like getting clothes for free. Elizabeth Ryll, a Buckhead mom of two, laughingly recalls the time she got a parking ticket just outside the consignment shop Rhubarb and Custard. She was able to pop into the store and get some of the cash from the $150 she had on credit; she took care of that parking ticket then and there.
The Benefits of Shopping Consignment Shopping consignment allows parents to “purchase higher-end clothing on a Walmart budget,” says Chrissy Freeman, creator of the Consignment Mommies website. With the downturn in the economy, Freeman says that moms with “discriminating tastes” are “reconsidering buying new when they can get the same well-made, quality clothing for less at consignment stores.” Freeman’s blog provides tips for optimizing the consignment shopping experience. For example, she compares retail and consignment prices, and she’ll mention “hot” kids’ brands (such as Matilda Jane and Kelly’s Kids). Cont’d on page 18
n Plato’s Closet* platoscloset.com Locations: Alpharetta/Roswell, Atlanta, Buford, Douglasville, Duluth, Gainesville, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Sandy Springs, Snellville
Atlanta Area Children’s Clothing Consignment Stores n Baby Love 465 Boulevard SE, Ste. 101, Atlanta 404-590-1380; babyloveatlanta.com
n Rag-o-Rama* 1111 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-658-1988 6500 Roswell Rd. NE, Sandy Springs 404-497-0701; ragorama.com
n Bearly Worn 212 Banks Crossing, Fayetteville 770-461-0611; bearlywornonline.com
n Rhubarb & Custard Consignment 3265 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta; 404-474-9860 rhubarbandcustardconsignment.com
n Cotton Candy Kids Consignment 204 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs 404-459-0307; cckconsignment.com n Emily’s Closet 5190 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta 770-619-0001; emilyscloset.net
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n Ritzi’s Reruns – Consignment Boutique 6072 Hwy 53, Ste. H, Braselton 706-654-1983; ritzireruns.com
n Forever Young* 4915 Hwy. 29, Lilburn 678-684-6694; fyconsign.com
n Ladybugs and Lizards 1123 Alpharetta St., Roswell 770-594-0088; ladybugs-and-lizards.com
n Sprouts and The Garden 3520 Hwy 20 SE, Conyers 770-761-8845; sproutsresale.com
n Jack and Jill Consignment 88 North Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates 404-508-0611; consignwithjackandjill.com
n MyMy’s Closet 11585 Jones Bridge Rd., Ste. 610, Johns Creek 770-410-1137; mymyscloset.com
n Sweet Repeats 800 Miami Circle, Atlanta 404-261-7519; sweetrepeatsatlanta.com
n Kid to Kid kidtokid.com. Locations: Buford, Cumming, Duluth, Kennesaw and Stone Mountain
n Once Upon a Child onceuponachild.com. Locations: Duluth, Kennesaw, Roswell and Stockbridge
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n Patdoodles 104 Ellis Rd., Ste 106, Fayetteville 770-828-8926; patdoodles.com
n Tadpoles 5805 State Bridge Rd. Suite 75 Johns Creek; 678-417-9266 425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy., Kennesaw 770-499-7010; tadpolesatlanta.com
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Clothe Your Kid for A Lot Less! Ryll loves to consign her children’s clothing with Rhubarb and Custard. The owners, Louise and Eric Nyberg, “are so warm and welcoming that they have become good friends. Their clothing is beautiful. I’ve bought Christmas presents there, including the adorable linen dress my daughter wore in her school picture. [And] I have earned more money than I ever assumed I would.”
Just Baby Stuff? No Way! With the boom in consignment shopping and selling, some shops that had specialized mostly in baby clothing and gear have broadened merchandise to include larger sizes and styles for older kids. Baby Love in Grant Park has expanded so rapidly in the past year that it now carries older girls’ clothing brands such as Flowers by Zoe, Justice and GAP in sizes up to 14/16. Due to high demand, Trudy Morse of Emily’s Closet is building up her tween and teen clientele by accepting high-end brands such as Abercrombie, Miss Me Jeans and Aeropostale in junior sizes. Rhubarb and Custard carries a large selection of tween clothing, but the owners prefer to stock classic and traditional brands
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If your daughter’s like-new skirt sells in a resale shop, it’s a win-win for everyone: the customer who bought it at a good price, the store, and the consignor. such as Lily Pulitzer, Janie and Jack, and Brooks Brothers. Sprouts has an entire juniors section designed to attract the teen eye with trendy brands, accessories and jewelry. Plato’s Closet, a national chain with 11 Atlanta locations, offers only current, on-trend, consigned teen clothing and accessories. Parents with older children should always go to a store’s website and/or call ahead to check if the store stocks specific sizes or brands.
More than Just a Consignment Store Savvy consignors and shoppers often develop a personal relationship with a store’s owner. When an owner knows your child’s size and preferences, she might call you when special items come in or keep an eye out for a requested item. Sometimes, consignment store owners offer extra discounts for their
loyal customers or other helpful services. As a longtime pageant dressmaker (“before Toddlers and Tiaras”!), Patricia Green, owner of Patdoodles in Fayetteville, offers sewing, jewelry design, doll-making, inspirational crafts and scrapbooking classes. Kendra Waldron, a new mom in Jonesboro, was thrilled that Green was able to repair, “right on the spot,” the small snag Kendra found on the baby bag she was buying. Baby Love offers nearly everything moms of little ones could want, from extras such as gift wrapping, gift baskets and diaper cakes to the unexpected, such as prenatal yoga, sewing classes and a parents’ morning/night out program. For kids, there are also “playtime” and “story time” activities. Baby Love even hosts birthday parties. Personal relationships, community involvement and a love of serving others are the central, driving forces behind lots of consignment/resale stores, including Sprouts in Conyers. “You never know the power of a smile,” says owner Collins. “We have not been here to make money,” she sometimes reminds her staff. “We’re here to make a difference.” c – Julie Bookman contributed to this story
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A summer full of free fun awaits! Here’s Part 2 of Atlanta Parent’s roundup of free or nearly free activities. Didn’t catch Part 1? Read up online at atlantaparent.com.
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Get Sporty Bowling, skating and baseball, oh my! l 300 Atlanta. Kids 12 and younger can bowl two free
games per day all summer long. Parents need to register online at freebowling.3hundred.com for weekly vouchers. Shoe rental not included. 2175 Savoy Dr., Atlanta; 770-451-8605. l AMF Bowling Centers. Through Sept. 3, kids 15
and younger can bowl two free games per day until 8 p.m. Find the nearest AMF center and register for a voucher at freebowling.amf.com. Shoe rental not included. l Suburban Lanes. Through Aug. 31, kids 16 and
younger can bowl two free games per day. Shoe rental not included. Visit atlantasuburbanlanes.com for details. 2619 North Decatur Rd., Decatur; 404-373-2514. l Stars and Strikes. Kids get two free games of
bowling Mon.-Sat. all summer long. Keep the classic game alive and find the bowling alley nearest you. Register for free bowling by visiting at kidsbowlfree.com; 678-965-5707.
D.H. Stanton Park and Splash ‘N Play
Beat the heat and splash the summer away.
l Sparkles Roller Rinks. Through Aug. 30, families get
one free skate admission on Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. in Gwinnett and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. in Hiram, Kennesaw and Smyrna. Three family members, including one adult, required for free admission. Skate rental not included. Visit sparklesfamilyfuncenters.com. l Family Activities at Bass Pro Shops. In stores
l Perkerson Park Splash Pad. This brand-new water feature was kid tested and
approved on its opening weekend in May. If the fountains are not enough, this park has great tennis and basketball courts, too. Free. 770 Deckner Ave., Atlanta; 404-756-1859. l D.H. Stanton Park and Splash ‘N Play. This splash pad comes with jets,
stationary water cannons and structures to hide behind. (A side note, this is the first solar-powered park in the city of Atlanta.) 1052 Martin St. SE, Atlanta; 404-756-1859. l Historic Fourth Ward Park. A year-old glistening oasis thanks to Atlanta
through July 15, enjoy free family activities, including the shooting range, photo station and s’mores cookout (Sat. only). Tues., Thurs., Sat., Sun., 1-5 p.m. 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville; 678-847-5500. l Braves Games. Two-and-a-half hours before every
home game, the Braves release 186 tickets for just $1. It’s not free, but it’s such a good deal we had to share it. 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, Atlanta; 404-522-7630.
Beltline Inc., this 17-acre park features green space, playground, outdoor theater, and of course, the splash pad! Prepare to leave with dripping wet kids because this splash pad has jets that stream water from all directions. There is even a skate park for older kids. Free. 680 Dallas St., Atlanta; 404-590-7275. l Village Pavilion Fountain at Mall of Georgia. Simple water fountain fun for
little kids to make a big splash. Shoes required. Open Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.; 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 770-271-9458. l Riverside Park Splash ‘n Play. Cool off beneath a spinning mushroom and try
to dodge the in-ground spray jets at this Roswell sprayground. $1 per person, closed on Tuesdays. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell; 770-594-6158; roswellgov.com. l Spray Station at East Roswell Park. Lots of spray action and just $1 per person. This splashy-fun fountain pool is closed Wednesdays. 9000 Fouts Rd., Roswell; 770-594-6188; roswellgov.com.
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Stars and Strikes
l Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics.
Teach the kids to be handy with these clinics on building wooden crafts. Kids receive a free apron, goggles and a merit patch. Pre-register. Free. Visit lowesbuildandgrow.com for locations. Sat. and Sun., July 14-15, 28-29; Saturdays 10 a.m., Sundays 2 p.m.; 800-445-6937. l Michaels’ The Knack Kids’ Club. Classes teach different arts and crafts to children and their families. Register for a Knack Club member card. Classes are free. Call or visit the website for class schedule, Michaels.com/ theknack; 800-642-4235.
Let your creativity soar! l First Thursday Artswalk.
Experience art inside and out in Downtown Atlanta. Every first Thursday of the month, 10 galleries and museums open their doors for a night of entertainment and art. Families and couples stroll at their own pace, with no beginning or ending point. Free. Downtown Atlanta. 5-8 p.m.; 404-658-1877. l First Friday Art Walk. Join the
emerging arts community in Marietta the first Friday of every month. More than 30 merchants have local artists’ works displayed. Families can stroll down Artists’ Alley or create their own route. Free. 5-9 p.m. Historic Marietta Square, 50 North Park Sq., Marietta; 770-429-1115.
First Friday Art Walk l Lil’ Bean Heads Crafts. Get creative l Castleberry Hill Artstroll. Stroll through
Castleberry Hill, Atlanta’s historic art district, to check out restaurants and art pieces displayed around the neighborhood the second Friday of every month. Free. 7-10 p.m. castleberryhill.org/ ch_calendar/art-stroll/. l Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. This popular
program helps kids learn tool safety while building a different craft each month. Kids also receive an orange mini-apron. Ages 5-12. Free. All locations. First Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon; homedepot.com.
making different art projects twice a month at Bean Head Toys. All ages are welcome, but smaller children may need assistance. First and third Wednesday of every month. 3-4 p.m. Free. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs; 404-851-2980. l Crafts for Kids. Learning is fun at
Lakeshore Learning Store, especially when it involves a free craft. Kids 3 and younger can make a different craft each week. July 7, 14, 21, 28; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta; 770-578-3100. Cont’d on page 22
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Cloundland Canyon State Park
Step outside and experience nature. Parking at a state park is $5, but if you check out a Park Pass or a Historic Site Pass from your local library, then parking is free. It’s just like checking out a book.
l Sweetwater Creek State Park. Close
Visitors can hike this spectacular canyon along various rim trails. There is also a paved path great for strollers and bikes. 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr., Tallulah Falls; 706-754-7981; gastateparks.org/ tallulahgorge.
l Red Top Mountain State Park. This park
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boasts more than 15 miles of wooded trails. Also consider packing a bathing suit for the delightful swimming hole at Lake Allatoona. 50 Lodge Rd. SE, Cartersville; 770-975-4226; gastateparks.org/ redtopmountain. l Kennesaw Mountain National
Park. Have a picnic and take an easy hike to a stunning view of the canyon at the western edge of Lookout Mountain. Free. 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd., Rising Fawn; 800-864-7275; gastateparks.org/CloudlandCanyon.
Battlefield Park. The Kennesaw Mountain Trail is steep with some level terrain that leads to the top of Kennesaw Mountain. It can be rocky at times and is recommended for more advanced hikers. But there are many easier trails and activities at this historic battlefield site. Parking is free. 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw; 770-427-4686; nps.gov/ kemo.
l Panola Mountain State Park. Hikers can
l Big Trees Forest Preserve.
explore this National Natural Landmark on their own or make reservations to join park rangers for guided hikes. Panola Mountain also offers a 12-mile paved PATH trail that takes visitors past two lakes, shaded woods and grassy fields. 2600 Hwy. 155 SW, Stockbridge; 770-389-7801; gastateparks.org/ panolamountain.
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l Tallulah Gorge State Park.
to downtown Atlanta, this park offers a wooded trail along a stream leading to ruins of a textile mill burned during the Civil War. Other trails wind through forests, ferns and wild azaleas. 1750 Mt. Vernon Rd., Lithia Springs; 770-732-5871; gastateparks.org/ sweetwatercreek.
l Fernbank Forest. Walk
1.5 miles of paved paths underneath a mixed hardwood forest by the Fernbank Science Center. This is a great trail for beginning hikers. 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta; 678-874-7102; fsc.fernbank.edu.
This urban forest has three hiking routes, including a one-mile loop trail beneath white oak trees. Be sure to grab the nature trail guide at the entrance of the forest. Free. 7645 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs; 770-6730111; bigtreesforest.com.
Get Entertained Catch favorite kid classics for free or cheap. l Free Summer Movies Series at
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South DeKalb Mall. Doors open at 9 a.m. every Tues., Wed. and Thurs. in July for free kids movies like Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon. 2801 Candler Rd., Decatur; 404-243-3605.
Cinemark Tinseltown 17 in Fayetteville, movies are only 50 cents if purchased 10 at time in advance, or $1 per show if purchased at the box office. All shows start at 10 a.m. on Tues. and Wed. Series ends Aug. 1. 134 Pavilion Pkwy., Fayetteville; 800-326-3264. c These are just a few of the indoor movies series going on all over metro Atlanta. For a complete list of summer movies, see our calendar section on Page 63.
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ICY TREATS For Beating the Heat You can always go buy a box of popsicles, or find snow cones at the next fair or carnival. But how about whipping up your own frozen concoctions with the kids right now? Atlanta Parent staff tested some of the top products on the market for grinding and shaving ice, and for making popsicles. Here are our favorites.
Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Snow Cone Machine
S700, $24.95 (machine only); Machine plus “Ultimate” snow cone package, $59.95. hawaiianshavedice.com
Zoku Original Quick Pop Maker,
$49.99; Zoku Single Pop Maker,
Serious about popsicles? If your family likes experimenting with recipes and healthy ingredients such as fresh fruit and yogurt, then the Zoku Quick Pop Maker is for you. The maker itself is a super-heavy mold unit to place in your freezer 24 hours before you want frozen treats. Whip up a concoction, fill the icy-cold molds, and expect frozen treats lickety-split. We tried a mix of chocolate pudding, low-fat milk and strawberries. When it came time to pour into the molds, however, we learned to be extra careful because the Quick Pop Maker really is quick. Filled molds start to freeze instantly. A pop is frozen solid in about five minutes; you can quickly make more while the mold is still cold enough. To get the pops out of their frozen “slots,” a special grip tool (included) screws into each pop’s reusable plastic stick. The “Lemonade” pops (fresh lemon juice, pure orange juice and vanilla extract) we tried next turned out so great, we felt like a professional! A popsicle aficionado will want Zoku’s own “Quick Pops” recipe book ($16.95), which provides recipes and instructions for making too-pretty-sicles such as the “Caramelized Banana Coconut,” “Cookie Dough,” or the “Rhuberry” (fresh rhubarb pop with embedded strawberry skins). A “tools” kit ($19.99) helps you make extra-cool designs on your popsicles such as waves, or “marbling.” Pros: You never knew you could make such gorgeous treats yourself! Maker is so sturdy, it seems it will last a lifetime.
Kids will love this easy-to-use machine. This snow cone maker requires little assembly, and the 5- and 7-year-old boys who helped quickly pushed the adult out of the way because “we want to do it ourselves!” After assembling the three main machine components, the boys dumped about two cups of ice into the bowl. We plugged it in, placed the lid over the ice, held it down and turned it slightly to the left to begin shaving the ice. The boys placed their cones under the spout and little chunks of snow quickly filled up their cones. Although the machine is available separately, we recommend choosing the “Ultimate” package because you’ll get a variety of flavor syrups, cups, straws and spouts – everything you need for a great day of snow cone making. Pros: Quick and simple assembly, snow cones ready in mere minutes. The machine’s blade is well covered, so no worries that little fingers could get too close. Cons: Ice not as “snowy” as you might get from an industrial machine, but it’s still a great cool treat for a hot day. – Kate Wallace
Cons: Getting the process “down” takes a little trial and error, but learning how to use the tools will prove well worth it. – Julie and Elly Bookman
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Nostalgia Electrics’ Single Snow Cone Maker, $30 Nostalgia Electrics Single Snow Cone Maker was a lot of fun and very easy to use. It comes with a plastic snow cone holder, which you place in the stand under the spout, then simply add about eight ice cubes, place and turn the lid, and the “snow” comes pouring out into the holder. These cones are made in less than a minute, but we were a little disappointed that they didn’t form into the nice rounded shape you associate with snow cones. The kids loved placing the snow cone holder in the stand and tossing the ice cubes into the machine. My daughter did not like the loud grinding noise the machine made, but she quickly recovered when she realized the treat she would get when it stopped! You can purchase flavor syrups separately, or just look in your fridge to find soda or juices to flavor your snow cone. We tried the root beer and cherry flavored syrups, but my two kids preferred snow cones made with our own fruit juice. The snow cone maker is a great alternative to the usual popsicles and ice cream we have at home in the summer. The bonus here: kids can help and get to use their creative “juices” experimenting with flavoring. Pros: Easy to use, works quickly, easy to clean up. Cons: Noisy “grating” sound. – Kirsten Gromatzky
Hawaiian Shaved Ice – Model S-900A, $24.95 (machine only); machine plus “Ultimate” shaved ice package, $59.95. hawaiianshavedice.com
We were delighted by the results we had with this model, which shaves ice nice and fine, and much better than a standard blender does. Simple to operate, this machine also produces fast results; we had two finished snow cones in less than five minutes. A little bit of ice goes a long way; about 10 ice cubes yielded two full-size snow cones. We used syrups to flavor our ice, both strawberry and blue-raspberry – and then we mixed them both together (yum). It requires a little strength to hold down the lid during the ice shaving, so kids younger than 7 or 8 may not be able to do it alone. Still, this ice-shaving machine was a big enough hit for us to decide we have a great new alternative for snacking this summer. Pros: Shaves ice like a professional snow cone maker; machine takes up little space; easy cleanup. Cons: Supervision recommended for kids younger than 7. While spiral snow cone holders come with the “Ultimate” kit, we wish they were included with the basic model, because they seem essential for younger tots. – Kaitlyn Morris
Jelly Belly Dual Electric Ice Shaver by Focus Electrics, $34.99.
This ice shaver can make two snow cones at a time. The flavors available for purchase may remind you of favorite jellybeans such as wild cherry, green apple and root beer. Some flavors are even available in sugar-free versions. After a few minutes of assembly, the machine was plugged in, filled with ice and cones were placed in the convenient holders. An added feature of this machine: built-in holders with syrup dispensers. The ice-grinding noise was not the most quiet of all that were tested, but the treat in the end made up for it. We especially liked the root beer-cherry combo flavor. Pros: The colorful machine could be a great addition to a party. The syrup flavors are jellybean delicious! Cons: The machine is very loud; assembly was more involved than other machines we tried. – Kate Wallace
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Step One: Select a Container
It’s not hard to nurture these beautiful gifts of nature from egg to magnificent adult. by Lara Krupicka
here’s nothing like watching butterflies flit around the flowers in your garden. The only thing better is watching a butterfly grow from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly in your own home. You can purchase a kit to raise butterflies, but it’s also simple and inexpensive enough to find your own eggs and supplies to do it yourself. “It’s not difficult at all,” says Michael Buckman, manager of the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens. “Butterflies have four stages: the egg, the caterpillar, the chrysalis and adult. You just need to figure out what host plant the caterpillar eats, and find enough of that plant material to keep the caterpillar supplied. They just need the right room temperature, humidity and food.” And even that’s not as hard as it may sound. Here’s how, using an example of monarch butterflies: Because of their migratory patterns, monarch butterflies and their eggs and caterpillars can be found in every region of the United States. And they’re hardy enough to withstand novice treatment. You’ll find excellent photos of each stage at monarch-butterfly.com. If you’d like to try your hand at a different variety, check out one of the other recommended websites for more information.
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Create a proper home. Choose a container with good ventilation so the caterpillar droppings (or “frass”) can dry. Select a home with a lid or top where the caterpillar can attach its chrysalis. Your container doesn’t have to be fancy. Even an extra-large takeout drink cup (see-through) with a plastic lid works well. The straw hole allows for circulation. You’ll want your container to be large enough for the butterfly to spread its wings to dry once it emerges.
Step Two: Harvest Eggs Search for eggs, which monarchs lay on the underside of milkweed leaves. Harvesting eggs is more reliable than collecting caterpillars, because many caterpillars you find will grow into moths, says experienced lepidopterist (butterfly expert) Todd Stout, whose website is raisingbutterflies.org. To locate a monarch butterfly egg, simply lift a milkweed leaf and look for a miniscule green bump on the undersurface. Buckman says the black swallowtail butterfly, whose eggs or caterpillars might be found on fennel or parsley, and the Gulf fritillary, which loves passion vine, are also good butterflies to raise in Atlanta. And if you want more monarchs in your yard, plant milkweed, he says. The summer months provide the best opportunity for finding eggs. To best harvest an egg (or eggs), remove the leaf from the plant with the egg attached. If the milkweed isn’t growing in your yard, you may want to uproot the entire plant (with permission – in most cases, you’ll be helping the landowner do their weeding) and transplant it in a pot indoors. This will give you easy access to your caterpillar’s food source, which you’ll need once the egg hatches.
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Step Three: Care for Your Caterpillar Place the leaf and egg in your container. Put your container in a room 65-90 degrees Fahrenheit. Within a few days it should hatch. Once it hatches you’ll see a tiny worm or larva. Sometimes you may find holes eaten in the leaf, signaling the larva’s presence. Watch your caterpillar’s environment carefully during this time. As the leaf gets eaten or wilted, replace it with a fresh leaf. You’ll also need to dump the caterpillar’s droppings. Supervise your child during this process. You may want to gently transfer your caterpillar to another container while you freshen the original one. Then return the caterpillar to its home and carefully replace your ventilated lid.
Step Four: Chrysalis Phase After about two weeks your caterpillar will stop eating and attach itself to the lid of your container. When the inverted caterpillar takes on a “J” shape, its ready to spin a pupa or chrysalis. In a day or so, the caterpillar will be completely enveloped in the shell-like chrysalis. Your role now is to protect the chrysalis. Keep the container safely away from pets and
can’t bring an egg in your home and not follow through with the next steps to ensure the butterfly has its best chance.
Step Five: Release don’t let children jostle it. Over the 10-day phase the green chrysalis will darken and then become clear. You will begin to recognize the outline and markings of the butterfly’s wings inside the chrysalis. This phase can be tricky for rearing butterflies. For unknown reasons, not every butterfly will survive beyond the chrysalis, but Buckman says the success rate is as high as 99 percent, for “homegrown” butterflies with the right food source. If your butterfly doesn’t make it, simply search for another egg to tend. You may want to discuss the possibility of losing a caterpillar when it first hatches, and prepare your kids that it doesn’t always work. Talking about responsibility is also a big part of it – you
One day you’ll likely approach the container to find a fully formed butterfly dangling from the lid of your container. When the butterfly first emerges its wings will be wet. Let it hang there for at least a few hours or overnight. When you are ready to release the butterfly, move the container outside, preferably somewhere near milkweed plants or other butterfly-friendly flowers. The place you harvested your butterfly eggs makes the ideal spot for your butterfly’s new home. Gently remove the lid with the butterfly still dangling and hold it away from yourself. Have your camera ready! Watch as your butterfly takes flight and settles among the flowers in its new home. c – Lara Krupicka and her daughters have raised monarch butterflies for years.
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A staycation means you’re on vacation, but staying at home and perhaps taking some day trips – but probably keeping up with your regular chores. We highly recommend the near-cation – you’re on vacation close to home, but not staying at home. Atlanta Parent recently sent three families to nearby resorts at Stone Mountain, Callaway Gardens and Lake Lanier Islands to soak up the summer fun. The drives were a breeze, the fun was a blast and relaxing was part of the mix.
Stone Mountain: Such a Great Time… We’re Going Back! n Stone Mountain Family Escape
Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, 4021 Lakeview Dr., Stone Mountain Park. 770-879-9900; stonemountainpark.com/ offers-packages/ From Atlanta: Approx. 30 min. As a super-busy family of four, we knew that we needed time to recharge, relax and have fun, but we had avoided “staycations” in the past. Those times when I found myself tackling chores such as laundry both before and after a day-trip often left me feeling tired and grumpy. As a family, we were not meeting our “fun-time” goals. So we decided to try a “nearcation.” We settled on the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort at Stone Mountain Park. A quick 30-minute drive did not even afford my boys time to ask, “Are we there yet?” The pleasant discovery is that our family still felt “worlds” away. The affordable rate of $199 included deluxe accommodations, “Weekend Adventure” passes to Stone Mountain Park, a breakfast buffet and lots of resort amenities. The resort itself is lovely – in a wooded area and bordering a tranquil lake – and it’s 100 percent smoke-free, a big plus 28 Atlanta Parent July 2012
because our boys have asthma. Within minutes of our arrival, the boys were happily splashing in the outdoor pool as my husband relaxed in the connecting whirlpool. I set out to scope out the resort. I found a gift shop, and four on-site restaurants, all kid-friendly. I came upon an arcade, a kiddie pool, an indoor pool and a whirlpool, over-sized outdoor chess and checker games, a fire pit, a fireplace in the lobby surrounded by comfy seats, a complimentary refreshment station, a fitness facility and an on-site spa. Our room overlooked the lake, so we awoke each morning to dappled reflections from the lake and then enjoyed the generous breakfast buffet, including made-to-order omelets. The boys loved getting their picture taken with “Splash,” the mascot from the Ridethe-Ducks attraction. Soon we headed to Stone
Within minutes of our arrival, the boys were happily splashing in the outdoor pool as my husband relaxed in the connecting whirlpool.
Mountain Park for some fun via the resort’s complimentary shuttle. This amenity alone abolished the stress of loading up, driving to the park and finding a parking spot. We explored the newly opened Geyser Towers (where my husband and I were able to stay dry and the boys were thrilled to get drenched), the Great Barn, Mini-Golf, the Sky Hike (above-ground ropes course), and the Yogi Bear 4-D movie adventure. We then took the shuttle back to the resort for rest before heading back for fun on the scenic train ride and the Summit Skyride. We topped off the day on with the park’s laser show. If you’ve ever experienced the mass exodus at the show’s conclusion, you can appreciate the value of walking a few steps to a shuttle bus that bypasses all that traffic. We were back at the resort within minutes. Our favorite place to dine was Stonewall’s Lounge, where my husband had a view of multiple TVs tuned to sports, and the boys were excited to play Wii. The service was brisk, the food delicious. One attentive server went out of his way to ask our kids to alert him when they finished so they could get a “clean plate award.” The kids’ menu included grilled chicken salad, chicken tenders, turkey atlantaparent.com
sandwiches, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and hamburgers; all served with a side and drink for $5. Our boys got to choose a trinket-type toy and were surprised with crispy rice treat bars for dessert. We had so much fun that we’ve decided to go back this fall. What parents liked the most: Complimentary shuttle bus; well-maintained resort that allowed us to truly escape; everythingyou-can-imagine-for-breakfast buffet. What kids liked the most: Splashing in the pools, ninja and pirate toy surprises from the restaurants, sitting by the lobby fireplace. Know before you go: Pack a towel or change of clothes if you plan to experience Geyser Towers; kids 32-40 inches must be accompanied by a chaperone age 16 or older. Purchase and pack your own glow-sticks for enjoyment before the Laser Show begins (glow toys are about $10 on site). Pack closed-toed shoes (required for Geyser Towers and Sky Hike). Sky Hike requires adult supervision for children under age 16; the minimum height is 44 inches. Resort rooms have a mini fridge, so you can save by bringing snacks or picnic fixings. Costs: $179-$199 room rate per night (check website for packages). Valid daily 5/23-8/5; Fri.-Sun. 8/10-8/26; Sat.-Mon. 9/19/3. Two-day Adventure Passes allow a second day of attractions and remain valid through Dec. 31. Additional two-day Adventure Passes for guests only may be purchased at the hotel for $28 each; $10 park entrance fee not included. Visit stonemountainpark.com for attraction hours. Limited number of rooms available for this promotion; tax additional. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Blackout dates may apply. Advance reservations required. – Dana diLorenzo
Callaway Gardens: Families Love the Beauty and Outdoor Play n Callaway Gardens
Intersection of GA Hwys. 18/354, Pine Mountain. 706-663-2281; callawaygardens.com From Atlanta: Approx. 90 min. Callaway Gardens is a great place for a family adventure – where else can you bike, swim, go zip-lining, surround yourself with butterflies, watch birds of prey, and see a circus performance? It’s close enough for a day trip, but offers plenty of attractions to justify a weekend or weeklong stay. Did I say zip-lining? The TreeTop Adventure, a high-flying ropes and zipline course ($33.10 per person; must be at least 54 inches tall), is something new for families. It’s 90 minutes of adventure, including five zips and a treetop rope agility course. Although it is not for the agoraphobic, it is for all ages and fitness levels. Our 11-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was! Callaway Gardens, on 13,000 acres in Pine Mountain, boasts the world’s largest manmade white sand beach at Robin Lake, where families can swim and sunbathe for free, or splurge on floating obstacle courses, blaster boats or laser tag. Bicycle trails cover 10 miles of the park, taking you from one garden to another. (Bring your own bikes, or rent them at the resort.) Two of my family’s favorite attractions are Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, with more than seven acres of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and the Cecil B. Day
Butterfly Center, where more than 1,000 tropical butterflies from more than 50 species fly freely among exotic plants. A summer tradition that you won’t want to miss is the Florida State University Flying High Circus, with shows on Robin Lake Beach, through Aug. 3 (daily performances except Tuesdays and Wednesdays). There is even a Flying Circus Camp offered until Aug. 4 for ages 3-17; camp meets 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, and kids enjoy circus skills, tennis, water skiing/tubing, golf lessons, arts and crafts, fishing, archery, jewelry/pottery-making and more. Camp sessions are offered in 4-, 5-, 6- or 7-day packages. While the kids are in camp, parents can relax in the 13,000-square-foot spa, with an array of organic treatments and services. You can also play a round of golf at one of the nation’s top-rated courses, or tennis at one of 10 lighted outdoor courts.
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NEAR-CATIONS While there is plenty to do on the property, nearby attractions include the Wild Animal Safari Park, and Georgia’s largest state park, FDR State Park and the Little White House in Warm Springs. What parents liked most: The grounds are gorgeous. Our family of four enjoyed riding our bicycles on the trail. The staff were friendly and helpful. After a day of bicycling and zip-lining, we were happy to come back to a welcoming, clean and spacious cottage with two bedrooms divided by a large kitchen and open living space. I would have been content to unplug the whole weekend, though my children were delighted with the three flat-panel TVs. What the kids liked most: The TreeTop Adventure, of course. They also were mesmerized by the Birds of Prey Show and loved walking among the butterflies in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center. Know Before You Go: The resort property has several dining options, from sandwiches and burgers to a Southern-style buffet to white-table-cloth dining. If you prefer to cook, kitchens in the cottages are fully stocked – all you need is the food. A small grocery store is around the corner from the resort. You can also buy fresh, locally grown produce at the Farmer’s Market at Robin Lake Beach (Fridays, 4-7 p.m.). Costs: Mountain Creek Villas from $340/night (two bedrooms) and $540 night (four bedrooms); rooms at Mountain Creek Inn start at $99 weekdays, $139 weekends in summer; Southern Pine Cottages $310/ night, with $199 a night “special” weekdays this summer; the seven-night Summer Family Adventure camp program for five people costs $2,950 and includes two-bedroom cottage accommodation. Discounts for AAA members. Park admission ($19 adults, $9 children) is waived for all overnight guests. – Beth Balga
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Lake Lanier Islands: A Splash-Happy Time n Lake Lanier Islands Resort
and LanierWorld 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford. 770-945-8787; lakelanierislands.com From Atlanta: Approx. 75 min. WOW – I did not realize there was so much fun for my family to have this close to home! The children were excited about packing for an overnight trip, driving a short distance, and arriving at a truly fun place for everyone. When we arrived at the Legacy Lodge at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, it felt like walking into our own lake cabin. The cabin-themed décor throughout is beautiful, serene and blends perfectly with the surrounding nature. Our room was spacious, clean, well-maintained, had everything we needed (from coffee and tea maker to cotton swabs and sewing kit). The staff were courteous, warm and welcoming; a door always swung open for us as we walked around the facility. We started the day with a huge buffet (included in the package) that had every kind of breakfast food, even a made-toorder omelet and waffle station. After breakfast we took the hotel’s courtesy shuttle to Lanier World, a family fun park that is so big it’s hard to do everything in one day. At “Big Beach,” you can find shade under gigantic umbrellas. There’s plenty of space for the children to play under the sun in the sand, hop into the lake for a swim or take a walk on the boardwalk. There’s
even a Ferris wheel and a huge slide. A floating stage has regularly scheduled live entertainment. One of the big draws here is LanierWorld, an amazing water park with a mini version for toddlers adjacent to its entrance. Water rains down from tall mushrooms, flows down slides and through obstacle courses, all to produce about one foot of water for tykes to splash around in. The Kiddie Lagoon is perfect for the little ones! My kids are 9 and 7, so they go for the thrill of the water rides. They like to plop down on mats and ride down wavy slides through racing waters to make a big splash. They love the wave pool, where tall and powerful waves are created every few minutes. We could not resist water rides with names like the Typhoon, the Twister, the Intimidator, Raging River, Racing Waters, Splash Down and Blackout! Mom tip: There are so many kids and lifeguards around, you don’t have to go on every ride if you don’t want to. We also visited Sunset Cove, another popular location within LanierWorld. The ice cream there is fantastic, the miniature golf course is great, and the fun dunker reigns supreme in my kids’ world. What’s better on a hot summer day than a gigantic bucket of water dumped on your head? We had visited the park several times on day trips, but this was the first time we booked a couple of nights at the hotel. That alone made it feel like a true atlantaparent.com
We left wanting to do more, because there’s plenty more to do, including golf, tennis, biking, horseback riding, sailing or even the zip line adventures. summer vacation. For the kids, the hotel has a tempered pool, billiards and ping-pong tables, and on Saturday nights there’s a movie shown on a huge inflatable screen by the pool. For a mom’s good intentions, there’s a fitness center, spa and Jacuzzi, lounge chairs, and plenty of time to read while the kids are busy playing and having a great summer. The whole family can also enjoy walking trails. We left wanting to do more, because there’s plenty more to do, including golf, tennis, biking, horseback riding, sailing or even the zip-line adventures. We definitely need to come back! What parents liked the most: Our kids met and played with other kids from all over Georgia. The fact that we could go back and forth from the hotel made us enjoy the park more. We went to the park in the morning, came back to the hotel for lunch and a nap, then went back out in the afternoon. We also liked wrapping up the day at the hotel pool. What kids liked most: Water! They loved the water park, the beach and the hotel pool. Also: the fluffy white comforters. Know Before You Go: Don’t forget hats, sunscreen and pool toys. Costs: “Family Fun Package” room rates start at $209 weekdays and $219 weekends. Package includes a full breakfast plus two days of tickets to LanierWorld water park (general ticket for LanierWorld costs $34.99 per person). Basic room rates start at $189 weekdays, $199 weekends. LanierWorld is open daily through Aug. 12, and weekends only Aug. 18-Sept. 9. c – Lucia Urtusastegui
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Making Back-to-School Memories by Mary Beth Bishop
When school buses roll again at the end of summer vacation, some moms have creative ways to mark a brand-new year. This year when the kids trade in pool floats for book bags, why not try something new?
hannon Stovern gets out the chalk the night before school starts and fills the driveway with a colorful sea of pictures and words. Neighborhood kids look forward to waking up to each year’s driveway send-off. Stovern includes phrases such as “Eat Your Lunch,” and draws sports-related pictures for her soon-to-be seventh grader. She’s been making her nighttime magic with chalk since the day son Harrison started school. “I’ve told him not to be surprised if it’s there when he leaves for college,” says the Snellville mom. Her art this year might take on a new and pinker twist when daughter Presley starts kindergarten. Only once has an overnight rainfall destroyed the work that might take more than an hour to finish, depending on chalk supply and creative juices. That year, Stovern got up early to draw as much as she could to replace her ruined creation. Meanwhile, Pamela McKee sets aside some girl time so her daughters can get manicures and new hairstyles to start school with a brand new look. That’s followed by dinner out with Mom to talk about any concerns the girls might have about the year ahead. Recent graduate Tymiesha, 18, and her 14-year-old sister Dennisha have enjoyed back-to-school “girls’ time” since their early days in school. “I’m real close to my girls and I want them to know I’m there to sit and 32 Atlanta Parent July 2012
listen,” says McKee, who lives in DeKalb County. “I don’t want them ever to be afraid to ask Mom” when they have important questions. The Dombroskis in Buford are also fans of special “date nights” to mark a new school year. Seven-year-old Dillon gets to pick out something he loves such as a trip to the movies or a bowling alley. His mom also slips lessons into the timehonored tradition of wandering the school supply aisles. She gives Dillon a budget and lets him weigh the cost against the wow factor of something that catches his eye. “He might say, ‘I like this, but it’s not worth the money.’ That’s better than asking me, ‘Why can’t I have it?’,” Staci Dombroski says. In addition to injecting fun into the start of school, moms say it’s important that kids feel prepared for a new grade level. “I’m very meticulous” about all forms being signed ahead of time, supplies bought and lunches packed the night before, says Stacy Jones, a Walton County mom. That makes “the morning go more smoothly” for Hendley, 9, and 7-year-old Kaylor, who usually wake up happy to go back to school and see their friends. “They feel more confident the night before, knowing there’s a plan in the morning,” says their mom.
Neighborhood kids look forward to each year’s driveway send-off by Shannon Stovern.
Stacy Jones’ children Hendley and Kaylor are happy to go back to school and see their friends.
More Back-to-School Fun n Let the kids help pick and plant a new tree, then take their picture beside it as they head off for each first day. You’ll be able to watch the tree grow as your young scholars get taller too. n Include family and special friends by asking them to share a memory from their own days in the classroom. Staple the memories into a book along with photos to make a back-to-school gift. Or have a final summer picnic where the grown-ups share their stories. n Have a backyard relay with a new twist. Team members must hand off a backpack and put it on before running to a goal. When the race is over, kids open the backpacks to find back-to-school treats to share. n Sneak something fun into lunch boxes on the first day. Tie a ribbon around a bag of gummy worms, for example, then slip in a note to tell your child that some “bookworms” wanted to come with him to school. One mom says she writes notes of encouragement right on the banana peel, then puts the banana in her son’s lunch bag. n Send your children on a scavenger hunt to find small gifts like colorful pencils and erasers. n Help kids get crafty! Glue brown paper from a grocery bag onto a notebook that kids can decorate with crayons or stickers. Then cover the front with contact paper to protect their creations from wear and tear.
n Have the kids make a school bus using a plastic yellow milk jug. Caps and lids from all kinds of containers can be glued on to form wheels. Add a strip of paper “windows” so kids can draw in their friends, add photos or paste in magazine pictures of TV characters they love. Before beginning this project, be sure to rinse the jug well so your project won’t smell! Parents might choose to use scissors and a sharp knife to carefully cut off the neck. Then kids can create the front of the bus by drawing a small picture to paste or tape across the opening. You can write the name of the child’s school district on the bus or use stick-on scrapbook letters. c
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Georgia Schools Checklist: Make Sure Your Child Meets the Requirements to Attend Classes
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hildren enrolled in child care facilities or entering a Georgia school for the first time, including kindergarten, are required to have an eye, ear and dental exam and certain vaccines to protect against diseases such as diphtheria or measles. Examinations and vaccinations are offered through a private doctor’s office or public health clinics and are documented on the Georgia Certificate of Eye, Ear, Dental Exam (form 3300) and the Georgia Certificate of Immunization (form 3231). These completed forms must be provided by parents to the school or childcare facility for enrollment. If form 3300 hasn’t been completed, parents have 120 days to submit it. Superintendents can grant a waiver for submitting form 3231, for up to 90 days, if immunizations can be completed during that period.
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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, not required but recommended health.state.ga.us/programs/immunization; 404-657-3158
Did You Know? n Georgia law requires students to attend a public or private school or be home-schooled from ages 6 to 16. Public kindergarten is available, but not mandatory. n Students enrolling in Georgia public schools for the first time will be asked to provide a Social Security number, but it is not required and parents can decline to provide it. n A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter public kindergarten. n A child must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter first grade. n Georgia provides a public prekindergarten program for children 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, administered by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
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lexsander Academy, located in Alpharetta, serves students that need a small, academically focused but flexible learning environment to be successful. The school focuses on academics, independence skills, classroom and social skills. Classes have a maximum of 8 students with each class having one certified teacher. The elementary and middle school curriculum follows the same standards as public school but is tailored to each student’s individual needs. High school students focus on the academic and life skills needed to be successful and independent working adults. Alexsander Academy believes ALL children are capable when taught the way they need to learn. They build up student’s self esteem by fostering an environment where they are successful, but also challenged, where there are high but realistic expectations, and where they are able to form true friendships with their peers. Alexsander Academy is accredited, accepts the SB10 voucher and has other programs to help parents with costs. Tuition is $17,500 or $16,500 for the high school. Tutoring is available year round. Please contact Stefanie Smith at 404-839-5910 or at email@example.com. Also please visit the website at www.alexsanderacademy.org.
The Aurora Schools
urora is an awardwinning, Georgiaaccredited school offering a nationally accredited curriculum in small classroom environments designed to accelerate learning for academic achievement. At The Aurora Schools, their 21st Century Educational approach accelerates learning through Brainbased methods. Blended classrooms, online learning programs, and personalized learning plans provide research-based curricula and methodologies that generate a successful, accelerated learning experience for all students. Accessible, Accredited, Accelerated and Affordable. At Aurora students are provided with a learning environment that is optimal for learning and promotes stronger selfconfidence. Here academic success increases, learning difficulties decrease and a love for learning develops. Fully accredited, The Aurora Schools, Faith Community Christian Academy, Learning Labs & Tutoring and the Aurora International On-line Academy all incorporate the Aurora Learning Acceleration System. Now enrolling for the 2012/2013 School Year. Accepting grades K – 12. Visit www.SmallSchoolsBigResults.com or call 404-377-8882 to schedule a visit.
High Meadows School
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he High Meadows preschool day is full of delights. But it is also an educational platform for higher learning, growth and achievement. Their preschool classes not only encourage fine and gross motor, pre-reading/reading and counting/pre-math skills, but also go beyond that to help children grow as engaged and inspired learners. Engaged, creative play has a central role in High Meadows preschool classrooms. Students explore and discover their relationship with the world around them firsthand – from their school community, to the natural environment and the broader global community at large. As a direct result, students build their ability to self-regulate and focus, organize and internalize information, collaborate with others, explore independently, develop compassion, and draw meaningful connections between ideas and the world in which they live. This inquiry-based, child-centered model is the difference between kids who feel like they have to go to school, and children who grow up to have a deep lifelong love of learning. To learn more about High Meadows School’s Preschool, or Primary through Middle Years programs located in Roswell, GA, please call 770-993-2940 or visit www.highmeadows.org.
he Prime School specializes in helping pre-K to 9th grade students excel in math. They use the U.S. editions of workbooks developed in Singapore, the world’s leader in elementary math education. Their program instills a deep, conceptual understanding of math and strong problem solving and mental calculation skills. Children are placed into classes based on their abilities, not by age or grade. Classes meet once per week, are offered in regular and accelerated formats, and never exceed eight students per class. Their professional instructors have a minimum of eight years of classroom teaching experience. The Prime School teaches after-school and weekend classes in Alpharetta-Johns Creek and Dunwoody. Tuition ranges from $22 to $27.50 per hour. There are no long-term contracts. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Prospective students may try a lesson for free. Those who register by August 15 will receive 25% off their next four lessons. To request a free trial lesson, schedule a free placement evaluation, or register for a class, please visit www.theprimeschool.com or call 678-240-9200.
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be Ready for School A good place to start is this sampling from The Horn Book list – a selection of the newest, kid-favorite books published in the last year. The Horn Book has reviewed children’s and young adult literature for more than 80 years. Picture Books n No Dogs Allowed! written by Linda Ashman; illus. by Kristin Sorra (Sterling) Faced with a restaurant’s “NO DOGS ALLOWED” sign, a boy and his dog sit at a fountain. Soon there’s a crowd of people with pets enjoying the hospitality of a nearby lemonade and ice cream stand. Grade level: K-3. 40 pages. n Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham; illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky (Greenwillow) In this funny and inventive ABC book, Moose jumps for joy in anticipation of his moment in the spotlight. When we finally get to M, though, it turns out to be for…Mouse, resulting in a major meltdown. Grade level: K-3. 32 pages. n Neville written by Norton Juster; illus. by G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade/Random) A lonely boy stands outside yelling “Neville!” Soon every kid in the neighborhood is calling for Neville, though no one knows who he is – not even the reader, who finds out on the satisfying last page. Grade level: K-3. 32 pages.
n Press Here written and illus. by Hervé Tullet (Handprint/Chronicle) This interactive book invites the reader to press, tilt, blow, and clap to “transform” colored dots from page to page. Satisfying patterns alternate with surprises to keep the activity fresh. Grade level: Preschool. 64 pages. n Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team written by Audrey Vernick; illus. by Steven Salerno (Clarion) The Acerra family from Long Branch, New Jersey, was the longest-playing all-sibling baseball team in the mid-twentieth-century. This story of a real American family whose bond was the game is vividly brought to life. Grade level: 1-3. 40 pages. n The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? written and illus. by Mo Willems (Hyperion) The Duckling asks politely for a cookie and gets one, setting the Pigeon off on one of his trademark tirades. His rant comes to a screeching halt when the Duckling generously offers him the cookie. Grade level: Preschool. 40 pages. Cont’d on page 40
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be Ready for School Early Readers n Friends: Snake and Lizard written by Joy Cowley; illus. by Gavin Bishop (Gecko) Snake and Lizard, roommates and business partners, bicker constantly, but the outcomes are fair, reasonable, and often delightfully ironic. Grade level: 2-4. 126 pages.
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n Sadie and Ratz written by Sonya Hartnett, illus. by Ann James (Candlewick) Sadie and Ratz are the pair of hands that belong to Hannah – and get her into trouble, especially with her little brother. This tale of temper and selfcontrol is an original take on sibling rivalry. Grade level: K-3. 60 pages. n Grin and Bear It written and illus. by Leo Landry (Charlesbridge) “Bear had a dream...to make his friends laugh.” But poor Bear has stage fright, and his debut flops. A hummingbird named Emmy partners with Bear to save the day. Grade level: K-3. 48 pages. n I Don’t Believe It, Archie! written by Andrew Norriss, illus. by Hannah Shaw (Fickling/ Random) Ordinary Archie always seems to be in the middle of outrageous happenings (told in seven connected short stories). This British import is an easy read, but also complicated enough to engage mystery fans. Grade level: 2-4. 124 pages. n Hooey Higgins and the Shark written by Steve Voake, illus. by Emma Dodson (Candlewick) In this over-the-top screwball comedy, Hooey and his friend, Twig, try to capture a shark. Their methods involve ketchup, a cricket stick, and a bathtub. Grade level: 2-4. 104 pages.
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CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY Enrolling now for ages 2.6 years to 7th grade
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Intermediate n The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf) In their third book, the Penderwick sisters – Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty – face their firstever summer separation. Easing the sting is the company of friend Jeffrey. 296 pages. n Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind written by Tom Angleberger; illus. by Jen Wang (Amulet/Abrams) Lenny knows his friend Casper is behind a spree of bank robberies – the robber was wearing Casper’s (fake) handlebar mustache. As Casper’s criminal ambitions grow, the slapstick and jokes amp up accordingly. 201 pages. n Secrets at Sea written by Richard Peck; illus. by Kelly Murphy (Dial) The rodent world meets Upstairs, Downstairs in this comedy of manners. When the (human) Cranston family decides to take an ocean voyage to Europe, their (mouse) neighbors tag along. 241 pages. n Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman (Atheneum) Ten-year-old Gabe is excited to go to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment (a.k.a. “Nerd Camp”) but he worries what his new, cool stepbrother Zack will think. 261 pages.
Middle School n City of Orphans by Avi (Jackson/Atheneum) In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old newsie Maks must find a way to free his wrongly imprisoned sister. A detective, a lawyer, and orphan Willa help him uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery. 355 pages. n Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar) In 1962, Jack’s summer job typing obituaries keeps him busy as the elderly citizens of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, drop like flies. Gothic comedy meets richly layered semi-autobiographical tale. 341 pages. n Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf) Wahoo’s father Mickey is a well-known animal wrangler. He allows the TV show Expedition Survival! to film on the family’s Everglades property, but must come to the rescue of the bumbling star. 294 pages. n Withering Tights by Louise Rennison (HarperTeen/HarperCollins) Fourteen-year-old Brit Tallulah is attending a performing arts summer school. Her madcap adventures, literary musings, and hilariously naïve inner monologues are all highly entertaining. 275 pages. c
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Enrich your child’s mind and life with extracurricular activities. Art, dance, foreign language or swimming classes can be the creative outlets your child needs for after-school enrichment. In our Kids Activity Guide, you’ll find listings for a variety of programs including art, dance, music and sports activities. Before you make your final decision, be sure to get some input from your child. You can ensure a better experience when you find a program that meets your child’s needs and interests.
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The Artistic Place where we offer everything artistic. Afterschool, Parties, Summer Camp, Babysitting. Ages K-8th. 3275 Snapfinger Rd., Suite C, Lithonia. 404-438-8261 or 866-714-0109.
Dance The Bush Centre for Ballet www.bushballetcentre.com
Pre-ballet, classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, pre-pointe, and pointe. Ages 3-Adult. Open House and Pre-registration August 18 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sandy Springs. Summer Dance Camp July 9-13. Ages 10-17. For more information call 404-256-5542. Dance Theatre
Drama Georgia Shakespeare www.gashakespeare.org
Fall/Spring classes, Student Matinees and Homeschool and Summer Camps for children ages 7-18. Located on the campus of Oglethorpe University. 404-504-3401.
Educational Enrichment Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Inc. www.inkfun.org
A hands-on Children’s Museum where children can role play and learn through practical experiences about being a banker, grocery store clerk, doctor, dentist and much more. All exhibits are designed to provide a unique experience and to actively engage young minds (not to mention, it’s just plain fun!). 999 Chestnut Street Gainesville. 770-536-1900.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acrobatics. Ages 2 - Adult. Brand new Sandy Springs studio location opening July 23. Registration July 23- Aug 11. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 678-705-8421.
Lee Harper Studios
The Prime School of Mathematics
Excellent dance instruction. Ages 3 and up. Creative movement, Pre-Ballet, Modern, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Tap. Over 30 years experience. “Lexus Leader of the Arts.” 3080 East Shadowlane Ave., Atlanta. 404-364-9555.
Stimulating reading and math classes for your preschooler! New classes start July 9. Register today at www. PreschoolReadingandMath.com or 678-640-2214.
We specialize in helping PreK-9th grade students excel in math. Our enrichment classes instill a deep, conceptual understanding of math. For class schedules and free trial lessons, please visit www. theprimeschool.com or call 678-240-9200. Cont’d on page 44
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Activity Guide Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs
LittleBusyBee Mandarin Play & Learn
ance Theatre at Sandy Springs, opening this July in the Fountain Oaks Kroger center on Roswell Rd., is poised to become the area’s premier dance school. Offering classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and acrobatics, it features a brand new facility, the finest instructors in the business, and a comprehensive program designed to meet the needs of every dancer, children ages 2 and up. What makes Dance Theatre the best choice for dancers and parents alike? “A combination of things, really” says owner and Director of Curriculum Michelle Gerlick. “First, we build beautiful state-of-the-art facilities in locations that are safe, clean, and convenient for parents. Then, we hire only the best certified dance and acro instructors to train our students. Finally, and most importantly, we treat each child that walks through our doors as if they were our very own.” If you think that sounds like a winning formula, you are not alone. With five other locations already, Michelle estimates that over fifty thousand families have attended Dance Theatre throughout it’s tenure, and “fifty thousand moms can’t be wrong”, she says. Hard to argue with that. Registration begins this July…and you better hurry in… classes fill quickly! 678-705-8421. www.DanceTheatre.net.
hy Chinese Mandarin? It is the only official language of China and is quickly becoming one of the most valuable languages in the world to speak and understand. Why Start Early? Learning a second language is best in childhood when learning is effortless, especially when it is fun! Learning a second language at a young age prepares speech organs for future Mandarin speaking essential for an increased chance of having a native accent and reaching a native level of fluency. Research shows learning a new language will give your child more confidence, make them more tolerant of other cultures and will improve their social skills. Why LittleBusyBee Mandarin Play & Learn? Because your children will be taught by highly qualified teachers who care about them. And all programs are professionally designed by an experienced early childhood educator. Their programs are unique and effective due to very small classes. They constantly re-evaluate and improve based on new research and experience gained from their teachers. To learn more about class registration, call or visit their website. 770-380-8638. Fountain Oaks Plaza, upstairs next to Kroger, 4920 Roswell Road, Suite 44, Sandy Springs. www.LittleBusyBeeMandarin.com.
Peggy Still School of Music
The Tutoring Center
ince 1988, Peggy Still School of Music has served the metro Atlanta market as a premier provider of private music lessons. With locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Woodstock the school and its staff of professional, independent teachers deliver over 600 lessons per week in all musical styles and genres to students of all ages and levels of ability. They feature clean, quiet, family friendly studios with comfortable parent waiting areas, which include free wifi access, homework desks for students and frequent cookies. They offer students dozens of community performance opportunities including recitals, National Anthem performances for Atlanta’s pro sports teams, festivals, open mics and more. The school has also recently opened a professional grade recording studio, Lucky Dog Studios, where students can not only record their music but also get hands on experience with the processes, technologies and tools used in modern audio recording and sound engineering. Lessons and studio time are by appointment. Check out peggystill.com, facebook.com/peggystillmusic, and facebook.com/luckydogpssm, or call (770) 753-0322 for more information.
he Tutoring Center, Powder Springs has a clear four-part mission for every child who studies with them: First, your child will develop stronger academic skills in Reading, Math, and Writing; Second, your child will develop better concentration, focus, and attention span; Third, your child will gain more confidence and motivation; Fourth, your child will develop stronger Test-Taking and Study Skills. The Tutoring Center specializes in individualized, one-to-one instruction to improve academic skills for children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Subjects include Reading, Writing, Math, Algebra, Geometry and more. The Tutoring Center has sessions available 3:30pm – 6:30pm Monday through Thursday. Children may attend two or three sessions per week. More information on the academic programs offered can be obtained from their website at www.tutoringcenter.com or call 770-222-7133 for more information or to schedule a free Diagnostic Assessment and Consultation. The Tutoring Center, Powder Springs. 3721 New Macland Road, Suite 230 (in the Publix Shopping Plaza), Powder Springs, GA 30127.
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Flying Colors Butterfly Festival Chattahoochee Nature Center July 14-15: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Watch the air fill with hundreds of beautiful butterflies at the annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Kids can participate in the butterfly and caterpillar costume parade. Stay for face painting, crafts, sidewalk art and a plant sale – all in the peaceful setting of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults and children ages 3 and older, $10; 2 and younger, free.
National Black Arts Festival: Destination Afrika and Beyond Children’s Education Village, Centennial Olympic Park July 14-15, Sat. and Sun., noon-4 p.m. Explore this annual festival themed “Destination Afrika and Beyond” where families can dance, sing and celebrate history and culture in Centennial Olympic Park. Children ages 5-12 will enjoy a variety of handson experiences in the five distinct villages, an urban ecological experience and a family stage. 265 Park Ave., Atlanta. 404-730-7315. Free.
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Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre / July 27, 6:30 p.m. If your kids are nuts about Super WHY then let them experience the first-ever live performance based on the top-rated PBS Kids TV show. Does your preschooler have “the power”? Don’t miss out on the VIP “Meet and Greet” packages available for uber fans. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. Tickets, $20.50-$38.50.
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eggharborcafe.com 10270 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek; 770-807-8018 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs; 404-389-9915 Both locations open 365 days; 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Whether a transplant from another region or a born-bred-and-buttered Southerner, Egg Harbor Café has the menu to please all ages. I’m a mom who loves breakfast, and this is my favorite place to go – hands down. (And a top lunch spot.) Originating in Illinois and Wisconsin, the third-generation family owners recently brought their cozy, country-style café to Georgia.
n What’s on the menu: The wide variety of menu items includes omelets, crepes, pancakes, sandwiches and salads. What makes these traditional dishes special? The unexpected choices. You won’t just find the standard Eggs Benedict. Instead, there are four unique versions, such as the Bavarian Benedict (poached eggs, diced bacon, and jack and cheddar cheeses atop crispy potato pancakes), or the Corned Beef Hash Benny (toasted English muffin topped with corned beef hash, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce). A personal favorite: Cassie’s Crepes, with avocado and mushrooms, scrambled eggs and two different cheeses; the Key West Crepe is bursting with fresh fruit, including kiwi and strawberries. Or, choose from a wide selection of ingredients to design your own “scrambler” or “eggceptional skillet” concoction. The salads, such as the chicken pecan Dijon, are delicious, as are the sandwiches – especially the pot roast. n Why parents will like it: Portions are generous without being “super-size.” A gluten-free menu is available as well as accommodations for other food allergies. Prices are reasonable, with most dishes under $10; most kids’ meals are $5 or $6. I also like the “pay it forward” jar kept at the register; each month, this jar holds donation dollars and
cents for a different charity – and customers can suggest charities for this opportunity. n Why kids will like it: The “Little Chicks” menu has plenty of yummy and creative choices. My daughter loves the “rainbow pancakes” with mini M&Ms. Just a few other great selections: green eggs and ham, yogurt parfaits, puppy dogs (small hot dogs), or “Captain Mac,” a basic mac-and-cheese served with a side of applesauce and half of an English muffin. Every table offers a small Mason jar filled with assorted colored pencils. There are games and activities on the kids’ menu, and children can also enter the café’s ongoing egg-drawing contest. Each month, the manager chooses two winners who win a free kid’s meal. – Krissy Williams
If You Love Butterflies Take your kids to one of these four events for a great learning experience.
Callaway Gardens’ Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Pine Mountain. This beautiful butterfly oasis is home to thousands of butterflies and more than 100 different species. Catch the Butterflies 101 presentation at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Summer hours for the butterfly center are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $18 for adults, $9 for kids ages 6-12. callawaygardens.com Beauty on the Wing: Butterflies Bringing Plants to Life at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. During each Saturday in July, learn about butterflies, pollination and how to bring the process to life in your own backyard. Prices are $10.50 for adults 13 and older, $6.50 for kids ages 3-12. gwinnettehc.org
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Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. It’s shaping up to be one colorful weekend when the beating wings of hundreds of butterflies fill the air. Other activities include crafts, face painting, sidewalk art and a plant sale. July 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 15, noon-5 p.m. $10 per person ages 3 and older. chattnaturecenter.org
Fun With Reptiles Lizards, tortoises and chameleons, oh my! Looking for something new to do in the Centennial Olympic Park district? Stop by the newest attraction, “Wild for Reptiles.” Kids will get a kick out of this interactive reptile zoo right in the heart of downtown. “Wild for Reptiles” includes a guided tour, an educational reptile show and an outdoor petting zoo full of all kinds of slithery creatures. Open Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 135 Walton St., Atlanta. 678-472-8441. $7 for ages 2 and older.
Butterfly Festival at the Dunwoody Nature Center. The annual event features hundreds of live butterflies, animals and crafts. Come for the butterflies, stay for the food and live music. Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12. dunwoodynature.org
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‘Hey Mom, Can We Feed The Dragon?’ Zoo Atlanta’s adventurous new ‘Wild Encounters.’
oo Atlanta has added a new opportunity to get up close and personal with some of its wild creatures. For an extra fee on top of regular zoo admission, you can gain “behind the scenes” access to help feed Slasher, a Komodo dragon, or the African elephants, or one of those prized giant pandas. Our family, including James, 6, and Lilli, 4, headed to the zoo for a day of animal gazing, topped by the new “Wild Encounters” experience. The kids were super excited when they learned they were going to be feeding the dragon! Our family joined eight others – two kids and six adults – for the encounter with Slasher. The experience began when we met with Michelle, one of the “Wild Encounter” guides. Michelle introduced us to one of the Komodo dragon keepers, who took us behind the scenes to give us a little background on this species of lizard that’s native to Indonesia and can grow up to 10 feet long. We learned that Slasher and other Komodo dragons have serrated teeth that replace themselves the way shark’s teeth do, and they have a light sensor on the top of their heads that tells them when to sleep. Next, we
If You Go Zoo Atlanta “Wild Encounters” 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta; 404-624-5600 Komodo dragon Cost: $35/person, plus zoo admission When: Fri., Sat., Sun.,12:30-1 p.m Capacity: 10 participants African elephant Cost: $75/participant, plus zoo admission When: Daily, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Capacity: 10 participants Giant panda Cost: $150/participant, plus zoo admission When: Daily, 11:00 a.m.-noon Capacity: 10 participants (It’s possible to do all three encounters in a single day, if you can afford it. Children ages 3-8 must be assisted by a parent/guardian while feeding. Younger children can join in at no charge, but cannot feed the animals.)
got to pass around some molted skin to feel this creature’s bumps. (Slasher is one of two Komodo dragons at Zoo Atlanta. Rinca, almost 2, is not yet ready for the “encounter.”) We all put on booties and gloves, and were then ushered into Slasher’s containment area. Slasher eats dead mice. Using steel tongs, the keeper picked up a dead mouse, then handed
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the tongs over to different people in our group. The experience lasted a good 30-plus minutes and the kids loved it. We especially liked how friendly and helpful the staff were; it was apparent they love their jobs. Our family felt the overall encounter was beyond our expectations. We will be doing this again! – Katie Harris
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Review: The Big Adventure If You Go The Big Adventure The Children’s Museum of Atlanta; 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW; 404-659-5437; childrensmuseumatlanta.org n Dates: Through Sept. 9. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. n Cost: $12.75 plus tax for adults and children; children younger than 2, free. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of the month.
amily game night is a tradition in many homes. But as the summer wears on, the allure of paper money and rolling dice can begin to fade. So break up the routine and think outside the board game box. Plan a trip to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for “The Big Adventure,” a fun and challenging game brought to life. My son is just celebrating his third birthday, so we’re not ready for complicated rules or games with too many pieces. On this point, “The Big Adventure,” developed by the Children’s Museum of Houston, delivers. He was immediately drawn to Adventure Mountain and the Tunnels of Fun, the central structure that anchors the exhibit. After only a short hesitation, he was creeping through tunnels and scaling the ladder to reach the Crow’s Nest. He enjoyed looking through binoculars mounted on the railing, and I lost count of how many times he scooted down the curvy slide. He didn’t try the rock wall, but I watched several kids donning helmets and climbing for the top.
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A Game Where Everybody Wins
Fun props and dress-up items such as safari helmets were a hit, especially with Nashville mom Karen Stake’s daughters, ages 5 and almost 7. “They are pretending to be spies,” the mom said. “My younger daughter told me this is a secret hideout. They are very creative girls, so this [structure] has given them just the seed they need to grow their imaginations.” Another focal point is the Virtual Flyer, a large airplane model facing an interactive screen. Children are encouraged to work together to maneuver the plane around a series of obstacles. My son was happy sitting on the wings and making airplane noises, but older kids spent great lengths of time with this video game-like experience. Out on a Ledge is a section of the exhibit that gives children an opportunity to practice their balancing skills while pretending they are walking high above the ground, “like in gymnastics class!” my little boy exclaimed. River Crossing: Bridge Out! gave him a chance to manipulate lily pads and logs to build a bridge, and he had fun hopping like a frog across the water. Cool ride-on vehicles appropriate for a wide age range were parked around a roadway course called The Main Drag, but by the time we made it to this element the game was about over for my tired boy. The only part of the exhibit that wasn’t getting much traffic was the Charlie’s Web structure – it was a little out of the way and how to play with it was unclear. Combined with the permanent exhibits, including sand and water play and a giant tractor (my son’s favorite), a trip to The Children’s Museum is a great way to break up the summer and enjoy some active play. The next time your family feels the need for some friendly competition and mental challenges, avoid looking for missing game pieces or arguing over who will keep score. Instead, head out to “The Big Adventure”! – Sherry V. Crawley atlantaparent.com
Playground: Historic Fourth Ward Park and Sprayground n Features: Dedicated last summer, Historic Fourth Ward Park encompasses 17 acres of green space, including a creek and lake, and a sprawling playground connected by a few stone steps to a circular splash pad. The layout between the playground and “sprayground” allows children to travel back and forth easily – with walking feet, not running, considering the slippery surfaces. The colorful play area includes some unique equipment, such as swings shaped like large bowls that fit several playmates at once, a spider-like ropes course connected to a small trampoline, and what looks like a reverse slide. Multiple slides, rock walls and other climbing equipment round out the playground. Up a small hill from the play area is the sprayground. In one part of the splash pad, jets in the ground shoot water straight up at varying intervals, and a towering system of water jets in the center reaches so high that its mist sprays the adults sitting on surrounding benches. A “calmer” splash experience is found among the nearby sprinklers. Though the ground is wet on the splash pad, the dry playground surface gets blazing hot, so kids should keep their shoes on here at all times. In general, there is little relief from the heat at Historic Fourth Ward Park other than the splash pad, since the year-old trees do not produce much shade. Take note: The sprayground jets do not turn on until 10 a.m. Still, this attractive park and play area is fast becoming a destination for intown families looking to beat the heat.
n Amenities: Restrooms and ample off-street parking. Sprayground turned on from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are no food establishments in the park, so many people bring picnics. A number of restaurants are just a couple of blocks away. n Directions: Historic Fourth Ward Park is bordered by North Ave., Glen Iris and Ralph McGill; its official address is 680 Dallas St., Atlanta, GA 30308. – Melanie Lasoff Levs
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RIDE THE RAPIDS
JUST TWO OR THREE HOURS TO THE NORTH, A WHITEWATER ADVENTURE BECKONS. ATLANTA PARENT HAD A BLAST RAFTING SOME OF THE SOUTH’S RAGING RIVERS.
Nantahala Outdoor Center NOC’s Nantahala River Outpost 13077 Hwy. 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713 888-905-7238; noc.com Offers guided raft trips on the Chattooga (GA); Nantahala, French Broad, Cheoah (NC); Ocoee, Nolichucky, Pigeon (TN). n From Atlanta: Approx. 2 1/2 hours n Cost: $48 per person for our half-day trip, but there are many other options. Call or visit website for details.
The Nantahala Outdoor Center has something for every possible water rat, with river adventures offered on more than a half-dozen different rivers, from Asheville, N.C., to Gatlinburg and Johnson City, Tenn. On a recent Sunday morning, our family rose before sunrise to reach the Nantahala Outpost for the 10 a.m. rafting trip we had 58 Atlanta Parent July 2012
booked. The last eight miles of our ride to Bryson City took us alongside the winding Nantahala, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From the car, we caught glimpses of some of the rapids we were about to encounter. The Cherokee called the Nantahala the “Land of the Noonday Sun” because the walls on both sides of the river tower so tall that direct sunlight only shines into the gorge in the middle of the day. Nowadays, the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) plays a leading role in the outdoor recreation world and serves as training ground for Olympic athletes. For our experience, we met at the NOC Outpost, where you can buy anything you may have forgotten, or even rent a wetsuit. Once our signed waivers were turned in, we got our life jackets and watched a brief safety video before boarding a shuttle bus with other
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rafting parties for the 10-minute trip to the launching spot. Once we launched into the Nantahala, we practiced paddling together. Rob, our informative and experienced guide, did a great job preparing us for the nine rapids we would traverse during the next two hours. (The trip we chose allows kids 7 and older and has an experienced guide in every boat.) As we made our way down the first set of rapids, called Patton’s Run, Rob steered us through the rough waters. We quickly learned that paddling is a workout! We had two teen boys with us, one who had rafted before on the Ocoee River, and one who had never been rafting. Both atlantaparent.com
Worth Noting n What parents like most: Rafting is equally thrilling for parents and kids. Good river guides are usually informed on the history of the area and are always full of great stories. n What kids like most: Kids will love the confidence boost a day of rafting provides. Water fights while rafting are a given; kids love splashing other rafts using buckets and their paddles. n Know before you go: Communicate with the raft shop a few times before your trip to work out directions and all details, such as the time to arrive before your scheduled trip. Wear sporty clothes or bathing suits that can get wet and bring a change of clothes and dry shoes. It’s customary to tip guides 15-20 percent. For a list of more rafting companies, go to atlantaparent.com
boys took turns at the helm, working with Rob to operate the rudder and guiding us downstream while “directing” us to paddle together “four or more” to navigate through the Quarry Rapids, then the Rock Rapids. My 12-year-old daughter, who had never been rafting, enjoyed taking pictures of birds, wildflowers and other rafters. Kayakers were plentiful. The serene beauty in this “Land of the Noonday Sun” was incredible. There’s something peaceful about floating down the river, listening to your guide, and paddling along as you watch the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Train chug along the riverbank. I had the sense of being in an earlier time, or in a scene from a book or old movie. Of course, just when I started to kick back, it was time for the final class III rapid, called Nantahala Falls – the favorite of everyone in our boat. We stopped along the jetty and discussed how we were going to safely navigate our way through the longest, swiftest and most exciting rapid on our trip. We made it through fine, finishing with a “grand finale splash,” big smiles – and a photo that captures our raft amid the action. A change of clothes and dry shoes were in order for all. After saying yes to the photo purchase and tipping our guide (15-20 percent is customary), we were sad to be finished, but glad to find three nearby restaurants. One thing’s for sure, the kids said: They can’t wait to do it again! – Amy Smith atlantaparent.com
Rolling Thunder River Co. 20 Hughes St., McCaysville, GA 30555 800-408-7238; rollingthunderriverco.com Offers guided raft trips on the Ocoee and Nantahala Rivers (TN and NC). A full-day river trip (10 miles) is offered Sat. and Sun. through late Sept. The middle section of the Ocoee (5 miles) is offered Thurs.-Sun. through late Sept. Book in advance. n From Atlanta: Approx. 90 min. n Cost: Full river trip on the Ocoee is $90 per person; visit website for details about shorter trips and more.
Despite a drizzly day, rafting was still a go at the Rolling Thunder River Co. in McCaysville, so Atlanta Parent joined the Meier family of Lawrenceville for a day trip down the Ocoee in Tennessee. After a brief safety speech about what to expect, we got on the school bus with our life jackets and paddles in hand, ready to float the upper and middle sections of the Ocoee, about 10 miles total. The Ocoee River is nationally recognized for its location in the Cherokee National Forest. Rhododendrons grow 50 feet high and Ruth’s Golden Astor fights to survive as the raging Ocoee flows below. The river is world-renowned as the 1996 Olympics kayaking course. It was reassuring that our raft guide, Ted Champion, has worked at Rolling Thunder for 14 seasons. There wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer when it came to the river
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and history of the area. First-time rafter Nicole Meier, on a trip with her father Ken and brother Anthony, is the mother of 4- and 5-year-old boys. She regretfully had to leave them at home, because the state age requirement to raft the Ocoee is 12. Ted agrees with the law; he says 12 is a good age in terms of physical development and risk assessment. Upon loading our rafts, we shoved off and were quickly met with a series of whitewater challenges. The raging rapids of the Ocoee did not disappoint. There was hardly a calm stretch of water for the entire day. Throughout the trip, we negotiated class IV rapids with names like Grumpys, Table Saw and Broken Nose. We were moving so fast, we even had to pull to the riverbank when the dams were releasing water. Ted believes that rafting is a huge confidence builder for kids. His favorite part of the job is helping people overcome their fears, he says. “When anyone looks down at the Ocoee, it looks mighty. It is maybe a little intimidating and not uncommon to seem scary,” Ted says. But after a few practice strokes, rafters usually feel they have the skills to help their guide down the river. “Above all, it is a great team-building activity,” he adds. For all types of older kids, it’s tough not to have a good time rafting the Ocoee. – Kate Wallace Cont’d on page 60
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Southeastern Expeditions 7350 Hwy. 76 East, Clayton, GA 30525 706-782-4331; southeasternexpeditions.com Guided raft trips on the Chattooga River (Ga. and S.C.); two sister companies – Ocoee Adventure Center and Big Frog Expeditions – also run trips on the Ocoee. From mid-March through Oct., trips on sections III and IV of the Chattooga River are offered daily, as long as water levels are high enough. The Chattooga is a free-flowing river that relies solely on rainfall. n From Atlanta: Approx. 2 hours n Cost: $99 for full-day Saturday trip, lunch included; price varies, depending on the day of the week, so check website for other trips and pricing options.
The T-shirt hanging on the wall in the raft shop reads: “A life without danger is a waste of oxygen.” This seems to be the mantra of the river guides who work for Southeastern Expeditions on the “wild and scenic” Chattooga River. On a recent Saturday morning, that was the Bagby family’s motto, too. And Atlanta Parent’s. Kelly Bagby and her two boys – Colton, 11, and Peyton, 9 – are a family with a “let’s have fun” agenda. Kelly had rafted the Chattooga three times and was looking forward to the day her boys were past the minimum age requirement of 8. After a quick bus ride and short hike down to the put-in spot, we were given paddles, helmets and life jackets. Our group gathered around for a safety speech that lead guide Geoff Doolittle delivered in detail and with enthusiasm. We loaded up our raft and embarked on our journey through class III and IV rapids on a 12-mile stretch of the river. This was the boys’ first time rafting, but their faces showed no fear when we crested our first class IV rapid called Bull Sluice, a six-foot
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vertical drop into a narrow channel surrounded by jagged rocks. After a wall of water cleared our heads, Peyton declared that he “took one for the team” by sitting in the front. Geoff steered the raft to the side so he could “set safety” for the rafts behind us. Setting safety is when the guides stand on a rock below a major rapid, ready to throw an 80-foot rope to anyone who might fall out of the raft. Geoff did an exceptional job at making us feel safe. During the school year, he is an eighth-grade math teacher. How long has he been a river guide? “Only 19 seasons,” he sheepishly replies. Geoff was also the trip leader in charge of watching out for other guides and their rafts – a big responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. Southeastern Expeditions requires its guides-in-training to raft with an experienced guide for at least 10 trips. Guides must also be certified in CPR and first aid. Through many more rapids and a nice picnic lunch, our trip went off without a hitch, something to be thankful for when you’re dealing with potentially dangerous situations. The boys had a blast and Atlanta Parent lived to write again. – Kate Wallace Photo by Ashley Keigan
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or the kid who dreams of sitting on the same bench as his beloved baseball hero, or of peeking into the clubhouse where players get ready for a game, or of walking in the exact same dirt where baseball greats have stood – we heartily recommend the guided tour of Turner Field and the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. The museum was recently given a first-place ranking from Ballpark Digest. On a hot mid-week morning, Atlanta Parent joined about 40 fifth-graders and parents on the Turner Field tour. Dave Barrett, our wonderful tour guide and expert of all things Braves and baseball kept us under control. He encouraged us to ask lots of questions and entertained us throughout the hour-long tour. He gave us only two rules: no running, and no touching the grass. (Naturally, we couldn’t stop thinking about how badly we wanted to do only those two things!) We hung onto Dave’s every word as he took us to the Coca-Cola Skyfield and impressively rattled off the history of each retired number that has a permanent spot high on the stadium wall. Peering out over the vast, empty field, we spotted the lawn maintenance crew cutting the sacred grass – grass that grows so quickly it has to be cut every day. Our attention turned to the giant screen on the wall in center field. “That high-definition Jumbotron cost more than $10 million, which is more than Ted Turner bought the entire team for in 1976,” Dave told us. The tour continued into the press box, where kids were invited to sit in the same seat long
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n Museum hours/tours: (Tours begin at the top of each hour.) Baseball season (AprilSept.): Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 1-3 p.m. Tours not available when the Braves have afternoon home games. Off-season (Oct.-March): Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
n Cost: Adults, $12; Children 3-13, $7. Museum only (no tour), $5. Admission to the museum during games, $2. No reservations are necessary for groups of less than 20 people. Tickets can be purchased the day of your tour at the main ticket window. Parking is free for tours.
occupied by the late great Braves sportscaster Skip Caray. Next, we all crammed inside one of the corporate suites equipped with plush seats and flat-screen TVs; Dave let us know these suites rent for $275,000 per season, with a three-season minimum. Our group got to “feel” like real pros next, when we were escorted down to the field and into the Braves’ dugout. Dave mentioned that the Braves still offer $1 seats, a program started by Ted Turner to make the games affordable for everyone. Two and half hours before game time, certain seats are sold for $1 and entrance is required as soon as these tickets are purchased. The tour concluded where it started, in the Braves Museum, where glass cases filled with historic baseball memorabilia line the walls. The Braves’ roots, we learn here, began when this franchise was the 1871 Boston Red Stockings. The team moved to Milwaukee in 1953, then to Atlanta in 1966. From Bobby Cox’s cleats to Hank Aaron’s jersey and even an empty champagne bottle from the Braves’ 1995 World Series win, this museum has it all. Plan on spending 1-2 hours on the tour and in the museum, and then consider buying some cheap seats to a game later that night. You’ll leave reminded about your love of the game, and your kids will leave inspired. – Kate Wallace
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classes Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety while building a craft and receive a kid-sized orange apron. First Saturday of each month 9 a.m.-noon. homedepot.com. Ages 5-12. Free. Lil’ Bean Heads Crafts. Bean Head Toys. Create an art project twice a month. All ages welcome, but smaller children may need assistance. First and third Wednesday of every month. 3-4 p.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404851-2980. Free. Mommy and Me Preschool Program. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. July 5, A Camping We Will Go; July 12, Down by the Sea; July 19, Let’s Go on a Picnic; July 26, Thomas and Friends; 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-4272117. Ages 3-5. Adults, $7.50; children 4-12, $5.50; 3 and younger, free. Drop-In Family Class: Put a Bird On It!. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Learn about birds that live in the garden. Kids make art projects. July 7, 21. 11 a.m.-noon. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859. $6 plus admission; Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free. The Gardener is In! Chattahoochee Nature Center. Take a tour of the Unity Garden, chat with the garden coordinator, learn some gardening tips. All ages. Sat. July 14. 10 a.m.-noon. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Class is free with admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; 2 and younger, free Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. July 5, 12, 19, 26. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free. Art Workshops. Vinings School of Art. Take a drawing, painting or pottery class. Supplies included. Ages 2-13. Saturdays, 10 and 11 a.m. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. 678-2134278. Pre-register. $15 for one-hour workshop. Crafts for Kids. Lakeshore Learning Store. Make a different craft each week. July 7, 14, 21, 28. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. 3 and older. Free. INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. 4th of July Craft, July 2-6; Cow Craft, July 9-13; Lollipop Craft, July 16-20; Parent Appreciation Craft, July 23-27; $1 with paid admission to museum. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-536-1900. Adults, $8; children, $6. Build and Grow Clinics. Lowes. Clinics teach kids to build wooden crafts. Kids receive a free apron, goggles and merit patch. Sat. and Sun., July 14,15, 28, 29. Saturdays 10 a.m., Sundays 2 p.m. Visit lowesbuildandgrow.com for locations. 800-445-6937. Pre-register. Free.
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Atlanta Motor Speedway THURSDAYS IN JULY, GATES OPEN AT 6 P.M. Watch NASCAR’S future stars compete in the “Thunder Ring,” the quarter-mile short track, Thursdays through July 26. The speedway hosts Bandolero, Legends and Buzz Car racing. Each week features multiple racing classes along with games, contests, special themes and giveaways. 1500 Tara Pl., Hampton. 770-707-7904. Adults, $6; children 6-11, $2; 5 and younger, free.
EnviroVentures Saturday Drop-By. Piedmont Park. Hula-hooping and crafts while parents shop at the Green Market. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. 404-875-7275. Free. Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program includes circle time, an activity, and craft. July 12. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy, Duluth. 770-4950253. $7 per child, one adult free. Artscape! East Cobb Park. Sign up for art history and art sessions for children ages 5-10 years old. July 5, 12, 19, 26. 9-10 a.m. Register now. 3322 Roswell Rd. Marietta. 770-591-3160. $15 per class. Weekends in the Naturalist Center. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Activities include animal encounters, science explorations and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6400. Activities included with price of admission. Adults, $17.50; children 3-12, $15.50; under 3, free. Second Sunday Funday. High Museum of Art. Enjoy art demonstrations, art-making workshops and live performances. July 8. 1-4 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4550. Adults, $18; ages 6-17, $11; 5 and younger, free.
exhibits Hubble Exhibit. Tellus Science Museum. See huge images from space thanks to the Hubble space telescope. Includes images of galaxies, exploding stars, stars being born, even some planets. Through Nov.11. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700. Adults, $12; ages 3-17, $8.
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Dolphin Tales. Georgia Aquarium. The live show incorporates dolphins, live human actors, dramatic costuming, and special effects. Multiple shows per day, times vary. Reservations recommended. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404581-4000. Admission price depends on date of visit; Adults, $34.95; ages 3-12, $28.95. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit. Atlantic Station. Travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of this ill-fated ship. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.(last ticket sold at 5 p.m.); Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (last ticket sold at 6 p.m.). 265 18th St. (second floor), Atlanta. 866-866-8265. Adults, $24; Ages 4-12, $16. Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Parkside Shopping Center. Learn about the life of the Frank family and others who lived in the secret annex in Amsterdam; includes replica of Anne’s room in the annex. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 12-4 p.m. 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-206-1558. 10 and older. Free. Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Through stories, hands-on exhibits and crafts, museum mascots Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle introduce the youngest visitors to history. Through Dec. Second Saturday of each month. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Donations encouraged. The Scoop on Poop. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, turtles and humans do it. A hands-on, humorous exhibit about dung, poop and scat. Through Sept. 3. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $17.50; ages 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.
The Big Adventure. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Kids climb a rock wall and move through dark tunnels in this new exhibit that’s like a 3-D game board. Through Sept. 9. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Adults and ages 2 and older, $12.75; younger than 2, free. Free admission starting at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month brought to you by Target Free Second Tuesday.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History JULY 28, 10 A.M.-2 P.M. Celebrate and learn about our amphibian friends at Reptile Day. Come observe live reptiles on this fun-filled day of interaction and learning. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults $17.50; children 3-12, $15.50; 2 and younger, free.
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Georgia Aquarium. Features 15 species of frogs in more than 3,000 square feet of habitats, with hands-on and interactive activities. Through Jan. 2013. Sun.-Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Admission price depends on date of visit; Adults, $34.95; ages 3-12, $28.95. Skate It or Hang It!? The Evolution of Skateboard Art. Museum of Design Atlanta. An exhibit that examines the visual expression in skateboard art. Through Sept. 16. Tues.Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-979-6455. Adults, $10; ages 7-17, $5; 5 and younger, free. Troublesome Times: Impact of the Civil War in Roswell. Barrington Hall. Through the use of letters, official documents and photographs, this exhibit explores the effect of the Civil War on the lives of those with connections to the Roswell area. Through Oct. 31. Tours start on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770-640-3855. Adults, $8; ages 6-13, $6.
movies Greece: Secrets of the Past. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Journey to the birthplace of democracy and embark on a quest to uncover buried secrets of one of the world’s most enlightened societies. Through Sept. Mon.-Sat., call for show times. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free.
To the Arctic. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Discover a world beneath the ice. Through Sept. 3. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. IMAX tickets: adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; 2 and younger, free. Dream Big Wednesday Movies. Morrow Branch Library. Enjoy a family movie every Wednesday on a big screen as part of our “Dream Big, Read” Summer Reading Program. Bring snacks and drinks. Pre-register. Movies begin at 3 p.m. July 11, Gnomeo and Juliet; July 18, Winnie the Pooh; July 25, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules. 6225 Maddox Rd., Morrow. 404-3667749. Free.
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H Celebrate the Fourth H Fabulous Fourth. Mall of Georgia. Music, a movie and Gwinnett’s biggest firework display. July 4. Festivities begin at 2 p.m.; fireworks begin at dark; after the fireworks Sherlock Holmes 2 will play. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-4828788. Free.
Cumming Fourth of July Celebration. Cumming Fairgrounds. Festivities include music, inflatables, and fireworks. July 3, 6-11 p.m., Steam Engine Parade on July 4 at 10 a.m. with antique cars, tractors and floats. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. 770-781-3491. Free. Sparks in the Park. E.E. Robinson Park. Fireworks, inflatables, food and drinks, live entertainment and a feature film Kung Fu Panda 2. July 3. 6:30-11:30 p.m. 850 Level Creek Rd., Sugar Hill. 770-831-7413. Free.
All-American Fourth of July Celebration for Children. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Learn about America’s birthday and join in on kids activities and a celebration. July 4. 2 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Adults and children ages 2 and older, $12.75.
Fourth of July Festivities. Peachtree City. Fourth of July parade begins in front of Village on the Green, travels up Peachtree Parkway and ends at Huddleston Elementary School. Fireworks at dusk. July 4. Parade begins at 9 a.m. 151 Willowbend Rd., Peachtree City. 770-631-2525. Free. Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade. Dunwoody Village. Celebration features marching bands, floats, clowns and mascots who will march from Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry to Dunwoody Village where the fun continues with a festival. July 4. 9:00 a.m. Dunwoody. Free. Fourth in the Park. Glover Park. A parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks at dark. Parade begins at Roswell St. Baptist Church and ends at North Marietta Pkwy. July 4. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 50 Park Square, Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free. Freedom Fest. Downtown Woodstock. The celebration kicks off with a parade beginning on Hwy 92 and ends on Rope Mill Rd. Festival follows in The Park at City Center with kids activities, food and music. July 4. Parade, 10 a.m. Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 101 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock. 770-592-6000.
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Fourth of July. Lenox Square. Games and rides for kids in carnival area at 10 a.m., live music, food and the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. July 4. Fireworks at 9:35 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 404-233-6767. Free. Firework Extravaganza. Nash Farm. Celebrate the 4th of July with festivities including live bands, arts and crafts, car show and a cornhole tournament. Car and motorcycle show admission, $20. July 4. 1 p.m. Fireworks display at dark. 100 Babbs Mill Rd., Hampton. Adults and children, $5.
Chamblee Rocks! Keswick Park. Activities for kids and adults, food vendors, live music and an elaborate fireworks show in the park. Festivities begin at 2 p.m., July 4. 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee. 770-986-5016. Free. Fourth of July Celebration. Wills Park. Games, entertainment, local bands and fireworks at dusk. July 4. 4-9 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. 175 Roswell St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6100. Free. July Fourth Concert and Fireworks. Cauble Park. Live music in the afternoon, followed by fireworks at dark. Food, inflatables and more. July 4. 4-10 p.m. 4425 Beach St., Acworth. 770-9171234. Free.
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Fourth of July Celebration. Centennial Olympic Park. Family-friendly entertainment throughout the late afternoon, live music and fireworks set to patriotic music at dusk. July 4. Gates open at 6 p.m. 265 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-222-7275. Free. Pied Piper Parade, Concert and Fireworks. Downtown Decatur. Decorate a wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk along with the parade that begins at First Baptist Church of Decatur. The Callanwolde Concert Band performs after the parade. Fireworks display at dark. July 4. Parade, 6 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Downtown Decatur. 404-3718386. Free. Fourth of July Parade and Rotary Celebration. Downtown Newnan. A patriotic hometown parade through downtown begins at 6 p.m.; followed by entertainment and food at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium; fireworks at dusk. July 4. Newnan. 770-2538283. Free. Atlanta Braves Independence Day Postgame Fireworks. Turner Field. Celebrate the 4th of July with a Braves game against the Chicago Cubs followed by a spectacular fireworks display. The fireworks show is choreographed to patriotic music and will light up the Atlanta skyline in red, white, and blue. July 4. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. 755 Hank Aaron Dr., Atlanta. 404-522-7630. $8 and up. Annual July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza. Roswell High School. Carnival games and activities begin at 6 p.m. July 4. Music from Banks & Shane at 7:30 p.m. 11595 King Road, Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free. Fantastic Fourth Celebration. Memorial Lawn at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy fireworks following the Lasershow Spectacular. July 3-4. 9:30 p.m. Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-4985690. Fireworks show, free; parking, $10.
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Calendar Atlantic Station: Movies in Central Park. Movies start at sundown every Thursday. July 5, Captain America; July 12, Grease; July 19, Forrest Gump; July 26, Clueless. 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta; 404-733-1221. Free. Mall of Georgia: Movies Under the Stars. Activities, bounce houses, and concessions open at 5 p.m. every Saturday night. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Movies start around 9 p.m. July 14, Monte Carlo; July 21, Glee: The Concert Movie; July 28, Soul Surfer. 333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-482-8788. Free. Johns Creek: Newton Park. Movie lineup to be announced one week before each show. Shows start at dusk with pre-show activities that start two hours before the movie. Activities include giant slide, face painting, giveaways and entertainment. Show dates are July 14 and Aug. 4. 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek. 678-512-3200. Free. Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center: Movies Under the Stars. During the summer each movie is at a different park in Clayton County. Movie starts at 9:00 p.m. July 28, Cars 2. 10930 Panhandle Road, Jonesboro. 770-4727623. Free. Duluth: Flicks on the Bricks. Movie begins at dusk. Pre show activities start at 7 p.m. July 13, E.T. – Extra Terrestrial. 3142 Hill Street, Duluth. 770-476-3434. Free. Stone Mountain: Movies on Main. Movies begin at sundown. Pre festivities start at 7:30 p.m. July 14, Despicable Me; July 28, The Smurfs. 922 Main Street, Stone Mountain. 770-4987334. Free.
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SOUTHEAST HOMESCHOOL EXPO Cobb Galleria FRI., JULY 27, 10 A.M.-7 P.M. SAT., JULY 28, 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Considering homeschooling your child? Then the Southeast Homeschool Expo at the Cobb Galleria is worth a visit. Featured speakers and workshops address a variety of topics, from educating the gifted child to teaching the child with special needs. 2 Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta. Registration: $20 online until July 10 at southeasthomeschoolexpo.com; $30 at the door. ($25 for couples before July 10, $35 at the door.) Children under the age of 18 can accompany parents for free. Call about an additional workshop on July 26. 770-594-1266.
Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival: Fox Theatre. Celebrate a few of the great summer classics at the Fox. July 13, Dark Shadows; July 14, Saturday Morning Cartoons and The Avengers; July 15, The Princess Bride; July 20, Deliverance. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499. Adults, $10; 12 and younger, $5. Carmike Cinemas Movies 400. Movies begin at 10 a.m. every Tues. and Thurs. through Aug. 9. July 3 and 5; Shark Tale; July 10 and 12, How to Train Your Dragon; July 17 and 19, Madagascar 2; July 24 and 26, Bee Movie; July 31, Monsters vs. Aliens. 415 Atlanta Rd., Cumming. 678-513-4400.
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Cumming: Georgia Movies in the Park. Begins with a carnival at 7:00 p.m. Activities include face painting, inflatables, children’s activities, local vendors and concessions. Movie begins at sundown. July 28, The Three Stooges. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. 770-781-3491. Free. Milton: Movies in the Park. Begins with a carnival like festival at 7:30 p.m. Activities include face painting, inflatables, children’s activities, “Loveys FunTastic Kids Show,” local vendors and concessions. Movie begins at sundown. July 7, The Three Stooges. 12805 Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta. 678-242-2530. Free.
Calendar Movies at Riverside Park. Bring a picnic along with your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy great music, play on the playgrounds, then settle in for movie fun. Food and drinks may be purchased at the concession stand. Movies begin at dark. July 21, Puss in Boots. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free.
music Pickin’ on the Square. Newnan. Acoustic musicians of all genres and skill levels are welcome to join in on the first and third Saturday of every month. 11 a.m. on July 7 and 21; Aug. 4 and 18; Sept. 1 and 15. Newnan Courthouse Square at LaGrange St. and E. Broad St. 770-253-8283. Free. Riverside Sounds. Riverside Park. Outdoor concert series in the park. Yacht Rock Review, July 7; Brandon Giles Band, Aug. 4; The Black Lillies, Sept. 1; The Lee Boys, Oct. 6. Concerts from 7-9 p.m. Free shuttle available from Azalea Park and Don White Park. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free. Concerts by the Spring. Heritage Green. Smokey’s Farmland Band, July 1; The GLOW Band, Aug 5; Banks and Shane, Sept 9. Lawn opens at 5 p.m. Bring picnic baskets, coolers and blankets. Smoking and pets prohibited. Lawn opens at 5 p.m., concerts from 7-8:30 p.m. 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs. 404851-9111. Free. Music at Noon. Centennial Olympic Park. Enjoy lunch and live music performed by local artists. Tues. and Thurs. through Oct. Concerts from noon-1 p.m., 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free. Wednesday Wind Down. Centennial Olympic Park. Concert series includes jazz, R&B and blues performed by local and national touring acts. The 9-1-1 Band, July 11; . Wednesdays through Sept. (no performance on July 18). Concerts from 5:30-8 p.m., 265 Park Ave. West, Atlanta. 404-223-4412. Free.
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Mountain Music Series. Red Top Mountain State Park. Various artists perform bluegrass and mountain music on Saturdays through Sept. 1. Bring your own instrument or just come to listen. Open jam runs from 2-5 p.m. Bluegrass concerts begin at 8 p.m. 50 Lodge Rd., Cartersville. 770-975-0055. Parking, $5. Friday Night Live. Atlantic Station. Up-andcoming artists perform on the stage in Central Park; genres range from country to rock, jazz to blues. Through Nov. 23. Concerts are from 7-9 p.m. 18th St. NW., Atlanta. 404-733-1221. Free. Brown Bag Concert Series. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Puppa Toones, July 6; Scott Douglas Steel Drum, Aug. 3. Includes crafts and face painting. Pack a lunch and bring a picnic blanket. Concerts 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 185 East Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. Free. Glover Park Concert Series. Glover Park, Marietta. The Fabulous Expressions, July 27; Yacht Rock Schooner, Aug 24; Atlanta Pleasure Band, Sept 28. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Blankets and lawn chairs may be set up after 4 p.m. Picnics permitted. 50 Park Sq., Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free. Moonlight and Music Concert Series. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse Lawn. Shawn Mullins, July 27; Abbey Road Live (Beatles tribute band) Aug 24; Highballs, Sept. 28. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Bring chairs, blankets and food. Alcohol is prohibited. 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-2639. Free. Concerts in the Park. Thrasher Park. The Ruckus, July 6; Satisfaction (rolling Stones Tribute Show), July 20; Moby Dick, Aug 3; A-town, A-List, Aug 17; A1A (Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band), Aug 31. Concerts every other Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m.. Playground adjacent to concert area. Picnic dinners permitted. Thrasher Park is at the corner of Buchanan St. and Park Dr., Norcross. 678421-2025. Free. Summer Concert Series. Village Green in Smyrna. This open-air summer concert series features a wide array of talent under the stars from R&B, rock and soul. Concerts on July 14 and Aug. 4. Various artists, call for band details. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Bring friends, chairs and blankets. 200 Village Green Circle. Smyrna. 770-434-6600. Free.
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nature First Saturday Hike: Animals of the Chicopee Woods. Elachee Nature Science Center. Hike through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve and learn about native plants and animals. July 7. 10-11:30 a.m. 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. 770-5351976. Adults, $5; children ages 2-12, $3. Canoeing 101. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Learn the basics of canoeing on the CNC’s ponds. Ages 5 and older. July 8, 21. 10-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055 ext. 237 to pre-register. $15 per person. Days of Discovery for Kids. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site. Kids learn what archaeology is from a professional archaeologist. Hear about history and see real artifacts. Take part in mock excavations and identify treasures. July 14. 1-3 p.m. 813 Indian Mound Road Southeast, Cartersville. 770-387-3747. Adults, $5.35; kids, $3.75; 5 and younger, free. Sunday Afternoon Fly Fishing. Panola Mountain State Park. This clinic focuses on casting and all safety issues. Be sure to bring snacks, sunscreen, and water. A Georgia fishing license is required for children 16 and older. July 14. 9-11 a.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-3897801. Pre-register. $15 or $12 with own gear. parking, $5.
ASIAN CULTURAL EXPERIENCE Gwinnett Center JULY 28-29; SAT., 10 A.M.-8 P.M.; SUN., 11 A.M.-7 P.M. Celebrate Asian customs and heritage during the 19th annual Asian Cultural Experience. Enjoy fashion shows, calligraphy and woodworking demonstrations, origami and more. Don’t miss the performance celebration featuring music and dance of 15 different countries on Saturday at 6 p.m. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 770-833-7009. Adults, $10 per day; kids, $6 per day; ages 4 and younger, free.
Frog Slog. Panola Mountain Park. Search for salamanders and frogs in the streams and wetlands. Bring a flashlight, headlamp, net and bucket. Prepare for a wet and muddy adventure. July 14. 5:30 p.m. 2600 Hwy. 155, Stockbridge. 770-3897801. Pre-register. $5 per person; parking, $5.
Night Hike. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Explore the woodlands and wetlands by moonlight, then roast marshmallows by the campfire. Ages 5 and older. July 21. 8-10 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $10/ person.
Kiddie Gardener Series. Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Kids can walk through the gardens, listen to storytelling, sing and dance at this special nature event for families. Ages 5 and younger. July 13 and 27. 10 a.m. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. Kids, $5; adults, free.
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Calendar The Sky Tonight. Fernbank Science Center. An astronomer leads the tour through the constellations, planets and events of the evening sky. Saturdays, 11 a.m. 156 Heaton Park Dr., Atlanta. 678-874-7102. Adults, $4; children, $3.
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Horseshow Ventures. Wills Park Equestrian Center. Enjoy a hunter jumper horse show with participants of all levels. July 7-8. 8:00 a.m. 11915 Wills Rd., Alpharetta. 770-827-0175. Free. Artsapalooza. Sandy Springs. Celebrate “Founders Day” for the city of Sandy Springs with this two day fun-filled festival. July 7-8. Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 174 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-845-0793. Free. Coretta Scott King Awards Book Fair. Central Library, Atlanta-Fulton. Attend a youth writers workshop and meet an award winning author. Each child will receive a free book when he presents a library card. July 11. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta. 404-224-3464. Pre-register online at nbaf.org. Free. Beauty on the Wing. Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Learn about butterflies, pollination and how to bring the process to your backyard. July 7, 14, 21, 28. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2020 Clean Water Dr. Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults 13 and older, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Hall. Join guest conductor Ward Stare as he leads the Orchestra in a free musical program. July 7. 8 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-5000. Tickets are required but the event is free. SmashZone. Atlantic Station. Spend time at the BB&T Atlanta Open with the kids and enjoy kids-sized tennis courts and interactive activities. Other family-friendly areas will be stationed throughout. BB&T Atlanta Open runs July 13-22. SmashZone days are July 13-15. Fri. and Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta. 770-368-8200. Tickets start at $15. Atlanta Street Food Festival. Piedmont Park. Come eat, play, and dance. This event will have the top ten food truck vendors in Atlanta, and live entertainment from local bands. July 14. Noon-8:30 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta. 404-888-9348. Admission does not include food. Adults, $10.50; children 12 and younger, free. National Black Arts Festival. Children’s Education Village: Centennial Olympic Park. Kids can participate in interactive activities based on themes, including peace, justice, freedom and love developed from the speeches and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. July 14-15. Sat. and Sun. noon.-4 p.m. 265 Park Ave., Atlanta. 404730-7315. Free. Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Watch the air fill with hundreds of beautiful butterflies at the annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. Stay for face painting, crafts, sidewalk art and a plant sale. July 14-15: Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Ages 3 and older, $10; 2 and younger, free.
Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University JULY 14-AUG. 3 TUES., 10 A.M. AND 7 P.M.; WED.-SAT., 10 A.M. Georgia Shakespeare encourages everyone to travel back in time to ancient China, where the Nightingale’s beautiful song transforms a troubled Emperor into a wise ruler in “The Emperor and the Nightingale.” This musical is destined to put a song in your heart. 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-504-1473. Tickets $13.
Decatur Ghost Tours. Decatur. Come meet some of Decatur’s ghosts on this historical, paranormal walking tour of downtown Decatur. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. 101 East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-296-7771. Adults, $15; 10 and younger, $12. The Atlanta Summer Arts Festival. Greenbriar Mall. Join the first annual festival full of visual arts, vendors, and live entertainment. July 1922. Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun., noon-6 p.m. 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-3446611. Free. Battle of Atlanta. East Atlanta Village. Commemorate the Civil War Battle of Atlanta with van and walking tours, a re-creation of the frontline with re-enactment soldiers. July 21. 5K race at 8:30 a.m., festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 477 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-377-6148. $25 entrance fee for the race. Bark For Life of Gwinnett. Pinckneyville Park. Walk your dog as a family for a good cause at this event that features a 1-mile walk, entertainment, face painting, inflatables, canine games and contests. July 21. Registration begins at 8 a.m. 4758 South Old Peachtree Rd., Norcross. 770-814-0123. $25 per dog. Alive After Five. Downtown Roswell. Enjoy a break from the busy workweek with live music, outside vendors, late hours at retailers, face painting and more. Bring your family, a date, your dog or your friends, and be sure to hop on the free trolley. Every third Thursday of the month, through Oct. 5-9 p.m. Downtown Roswell. 770-640-3253. Free.
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special events Teen Arts Night. City Center. Teens can bring instruments, poetry, artwork and short stories to share. Includes a slice of pizza and a soda. July 6. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. $5.
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Calendar Ghost Tours. Lawrenceville. Listen to vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as guides lead groups on a 90-minute adventure. Every Fri. and Sat. through Sept., 8:30 p.m. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. Free. Summer on the Rock. Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy interactive shows and activities for the whole family, including an exotic bird show and the new Geyser Towers. Through July 29. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. U.S. Hwy 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. Adults, $28; children 3-11. $22; under 3, free; parking, $10. Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Let kids experience the first ever live performance based on the PBS Kids TV show. Don’t miss out on the VIP “Meet and Greet” packages available for those uber fans. July 27, 6:30 p.m. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 770-916-2800. Tickets, $20.50-$38.50.
Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. Centennial Olympic Park. This month’s theme is “All About Sports.” July 28. Noon-4 p.m. 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta. 404-543-7407. Free. The Wiggles. The Fox Theatre. Don’t miss your last chance to see the original Wiggles perform in Atlanta. July 31, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-2100. $18-$78.50.
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CHILDCARE TLC Sitters of Atlanta Inc. Providing in home childcare since 1986 to the Atlanta Metro area. Call us at 770-410-4774 to customize a program to meet your needs. www.TLCSittersofAtlanta.com. Terry’s Daycare: A licensed in-home daycare in Alpharetta offering a clean, loving and nurturing environment for infants to 3 years. Ratio 1 to 4. 404-932-6940.
storytelling Children’s Story Time. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Ageappropriate stories followed by dance and song period. Mondays and Saturdays. 11 a.m. 105 East Main St., #138, Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free. Storytime at Little Shop. Little Shop of Stories. Storytelling three times a week; Thursday nights, milk and cookies provided and kids can come in pajamas. Sundays, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 11 a.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. 133A East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-6300. Free. Tales for Toddlers. Bean Head Toys. Stories read in the indoor tree house, then kids make a small craft to take home every Thursday 10:30 a.m. 220 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs. 404-8512980. Free. Wren’s Nest Storytelling. The Wren’s Nest. Wren’s Nest Ramblers host storytelling sessions every Saturday. 1 p.m. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404-753-7735. Adults, $8; children $5, 4 and younger, free.
Book Nook and Garden Safari. Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Staff and volunteers read from a selection of storybooks and then take kids on an outdoor garden safari. Themes include nature, presidency, growing up and leadership. Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23. 10-11:30 a.m. 441 Freedom Pkwy., Atlanta. 404-865-7100. Adults, $8; 16 and younger, free DeKalb History Center Storytelling. DeKalb History Center. A storytelling series about pioneer life. Includes weekly craft sessions. Wednesdays through July 25, 10-11 a.m. Except July 4. Historic Biffle Cabin, 720 W. Trinity Pl., Atlanta. 404-373-1088. Ages 6-12, $6. Storybook Time. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Listen to stories about bees, butterflies, frogs and flowers. Wednesdays through Oct., 10:30-11 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-8765859. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; 2 and younger, free. Story Time by the River. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join volunteers for a fun story time all about nature using books, puppets and other props for ages 3 - 5. July 11, 18, 25. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. $10, 2 and younger, free.
theater The Little Mermaid Pirate. Center for Puppetry Arts. Take the plunge and see this marionette adventure featuring an ocean of puppets, unique characters and original music. Through July 15. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Tickets, $16.50. The Dinosaur Show. Center for Puppetry Arts. Two daring paleontologists set out to recover bones deep in a desert canyon. July 17-29. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Tickets, $16.50. Roswell Summer Puppet Series. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. A series of summer puppet shows. This month’s lineup includes: Zany Zoo, July 2-7; Rumplestiltzkin, July 9-14; Hansel & Gretel, July 16-21. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-5946232. Adults, $6; ages 2-12, $5. Children’s Playhouse. Aurora Theatre. Experience puppeteers, magicians, storytellers, jugglers and more in this series intended for young viewers. Wed. July 11, 18, 25. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678226-6222. Adults, $7; ages and younger, free. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Legacy Theatre. A familyfriendly musical that follows the story of Joseph and his colorful coat, filled with catchy songs and fun dance numbers. July 6- 29. Tues.-Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun. 3 p.m., 1175 Senoia Road, Tyrone. 404-895-1473. Adults, $25; children 12 and younger, $15.
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Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village. A comedic story of poor Aladdin and his journey of trying to win the hand of a princess. July 11-25. Weds., 10 a.m., Sat.- Sun., 2 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-4944251. All tickets, $9 online in advanced; $11 at the door.
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Bryson City, NC JULY 20-22, 27-29; AUG. 4-5 FRI., 11 A.M.; SAT.,11 A.M. AND 2 P.M.; SUN., 2 P.M. ON AUG. 5 TRAIN IS 11 A.M. Take a trip through the scenic Great Smoky Mountains on the Dino train! Kids will love this adventure train that involves music, stories, nature guidebooks and more, plus an opportunity to meet T-rex. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800872-4681. Tickets are $39 for adults 13 and older, $30 for children 2-12. Smoke on the Mountain. Atlanta Lyric Theater. The Lyric will present the ever-popular bluegrass revival, starring members of the original Theatre in the Square cast. July 27August 5. Thur.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun., Tues., Wed., 2 p.m. Closed Monday. 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. Tickets, $30-45. 404-377-9948.
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July 2012 Atlanta Parent 73
by Jason Good
I NEVER Saw Myself Doing This! Parenting is hard and none of us is perfect at it. As the father of two mercurial little balls of energy, I’ve done many ridiculous and humiliating things in order to appease my boys and keep myself sane. Here’s a short list of some of the activities parents might be surprised to find themselves doing when their kids are young.
Dress a child while you’re in the shower.
Eat at wet Cheerio that you found on the floor.
Blow on food while it’s in your kid’s mouth.
Eat a piece of candy you found in a shoe.
Apologize for how long it’s taking you to hand-peel the skin off a scalding hot-dog.
Wipe a kid’s nose with your bare hand.
Give yourself a quick bath using only baby wipes.
Pass out from blowing up a kiddie pool.
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Blame your own flatulence on a child.
Pretend to enjoy the flavor of a prune.
Ask a child why their hair smells like Gogurt.
Put someone else’s toenail clippings in your pocket.
Chase a child at full-speed through Home Depot.
Pretend you’re terrible at soccer. Pretend you’re a Frisbee champion. Let a kid barf in your bare hand. Hide in the basement to eat a cookie. Almost agree to cut up a raisin. Sing the “Dora The Explorer” theme song to yourself while driving … alone.
Eat baby food.
Jason Good is a comedian and writer. Read more of his writing about parenthood on his blog at www.jasongood.net. 74 Atlanta Parent July 2012
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