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PARENT June 2015 /

Pedal Power

Get in Gear and Bike as a Family


We Brake for Donuts: 6 Places to Try


Ways to Make the Most of Summer



#ONLYZOOATL Kids and parents alike are raving about Zoo Atlanta’s newest and biggest exhibit! With

more than 70 different species of amphibians and reptiles to thrill to, it’s the scaly, slimy, spectacular experience the whole family can enjoy.

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Features 16

Cycling Around Atlanta

Take the kids on a two-wheel ride around town. Here’s what you need to know about biking with your younger family members.


Make the Most of Summer Take the kids on these 15 adventures without leaving Atlanta.

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Ridin’ the Rails for Fun

Hop aboard MARTA’s rail line and follow our guide for three destinations with kid-friendly activities.

Waterparks on the Cheap

Your family will be amazed at the water slides and amenities at these smaller waterparks scattered over the metro area.

Healthy Families

Keeping the kids healthy is a top priority for families and finding the right doctor just got easier, with Atlanta Parent’s list of Mom-Approved Pediatricians. See Page 33 You’re sure to find a pediatrician you can trust in your area. Plus, healthy habits you can learn from watching your baby and how to rest easier during your pregnancy.

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Family Fun Guide

51 Not-to-Miss Events 53 Free Museum Days 55 Once Upon a time …

Exploring the World of Fairy Tales at the Children’s Museum


The Hole Story: Six

Donut Shops


Aquanaut Adventure at the Georgia Aquarium

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Publisher’s Note

Back to the Future, on a Bike Remember the thrill you had as a kid when your parents took the training wheels off your bicycle? It’s a milestone from our young lives that many of us share – the pride of being able to balance without “baby” wheels, the freedom to travel a block or two to our friend’s house, our first taste of exploring on our own. For most of us, our favorite cool mode of transportation wound up sold or in the garage, replaced by an even cooler first car as we raced into adulthood. Then we had kids, and wanted to stop time all together, to cherish their moments as children. We can’t do that, of course, but we can slow it down, and our ally is that cool-again bicycle. Biking as a family filters out the background noise of our busy lives and allows us to focus on each other and the sights around us. We can get off metro Atlanta’s congested streets and into a bicycle friendly part of town or a green pathway that feels far from typical traffic and everyday woes. Because of investments by city, county and state governments in a network of bicycle lanes and pathways, it’s likely your family can bike near your neighborhood or just a short drive away. With the mild temperatures in June and the second annual Atlanta Cycling Festival June 13-20, the time is right to try biking with the kids. You’ll find out much of what you need to know about getting started in this month’s issue (Pages 16-19), and the cycling festival can answer more questions. The festival also can connect you with families that enjoy bicycling together and organizations that offer classes for beginning cyclists. Once you buy a bike, the recreation is free, and the memories you’ll create with your kids are priceless. It’s time to experience your second childhood.

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News You Can Use

by Hayley Markowitz

Georgia Makes the Top 10 List Georgia ranks No. 4 among states that grow blueberries. While 38 states grow blueberries, 10 states account for more than 98 percent of U.S. commercial production. Michigan, Oregon and Washington grow more blueberries than Georgia. New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and Indiana round out the top 10. It’s blueberry season, so take the kids for a U-pick adventure. Find a farm at

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Expanding Children’s Museum of Atlanta will be closing Aug. 1 for a $8.2 million renovation and expansion. When it reopens in late 2015, the new museum will feature a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus called “Step Up to Science.” The new central exhibit, “Gateway to the World,” will let children climb through the layers of the earth and enter a one-of-a-kind rotating globe. Continent-shaped tables around the base of the structure will provide activities that let kids discover geography, geology, astronomy, physics and aerodynamics. The museum’s four learning zones also will get an update. Find out more at

Show Us That Tongue! Enter a funny picture of your child sticking out his tongue like Zoo Atlanta’s reptiles and amphibians in the zoo’s new Scaly, Slimy, Spectacular exhibit for a chance to win visits to the zoo. The grand prize winner will receive a family membership (value $119) along with an Aldabra Wild Encounter Experience for four (value $140). The second and third place winners will each receive a family four-pack of general admission tickets to the zoo. Visit showusthattongue for more information and to submit your photo. Entry deadline is July 20.

Not enough play time? Kids in daycare and preschool may not be getting enough physical activity, according to a new study. Seattle researchers found that preschoolers only get about 48 minutes of exercise a day at school, while some studies suggest they should get at least two hours. The research appears in the journal Pediatrics, at Cont’d on page 12

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When your family is complete, consider Essure® permanent birth control. Essure is the only non-surgical permanent birth control • Over 99% effective* • FDA-approved and available in the US for over 10 years

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The Essure® inserts are permanently placed in your fallopian tubes. Unlike getting your tubes tied, the Essure procedure is non-surgical. It can be performed right in your doctor’s office in about 10 minutes. There’s no downtime to recover—most women go home about 45 minutes after the procedure and return to their normal activities within 1 to 2 days. The Essure Confirmation Test is given 3 months after the procedure to verify the inserts are placed correctly and your fallopian tubes are completely blocked, providing permanent birth control. To learn more about Essure and find a doctor, visit or call 1.877.ESSURE4 (1.877.377.8734)

Indication Essure® is permanent birth control that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy.

Important Safety Information Essure is not right for you if you are uncertain about ending your fertility, can have only one insert placed, are or have been pregnant within the past 6 weeks, have had your tubes tied, have an active or recent pelvic infection, or have a known allergy to contrast dye. Talk to your doctor if you are taking immunosuppressants. WARNING: You must continue to use another form of birth control until you have your Essure Confirmation Test (3 months after the procedure) and your doctor tells you that you can rely on Essure for birth control. It can take longer than three months for Essure to be effective. Talk to your doctor about which method of birth control you should use during this period. Women using an intrauterine device need to switch to another method. If you rely on Essure for birth control before receiving confirmation from your doctor, you are at risk of getting pregnant. Please see additional Important Safety Information about Essure on next page.

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Important Safety Information (continued) WARNING: Be sure you are done having children before you undergo the Essure procedure. Essure is a permanent method of birth control. During the procedure: In clinical trials some women experienced mild to moderate pain (9.3%). Your doctor may be unable to place one or both Essure® inserts correctly. Although uncommon, part of an Essure insert may break off or puncture the fallopian tube requiring surgery to repair the puncture. Your doctor may recommend a local anesthetic. Ask your doctor about the risks associated with this type of anesthesia.

Long-term Risks: There are rare reports of chronic pelvic pain in women who have had Essure. In rare instances, an Essure insert may migrate through the fallopian tubes and may require surgery. No birth control method is 100% effective. Women who have Essure are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) if they get pregnant. This can be life-threatening. The Essure insert is made of materials that include a nickel-titanium alloy. Patients who are allergic to nickel may have an allergic reaction to the inserts. Symptoms include rash, itching and hives.

Immediately following the procedure: In clinical trials some women experienced mild to moderate pain (12.9%) and/or cramping (29.6%), vaginal bleeding (6.8%), and pelvic or back discomfort for a few days. Some women experienced nausea and/or vomiting (10.8%) or fainting. In rare instances, an Essure insert may be expelled from the body.

The safety and effectiveness of Essure has not been established in women under 21 or over 45 years old.

During the Essure Confirmation Test: You will be exposed to very low levels of radiation, as with most x-rays. In rare instances, women may experience spotting and/or infection.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects or quality complaints of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Essure inserts do not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. Talk to your doctor about Essure and whether it is right for you.

More fathers are becoming stay-at-home dads, working-part time or taking time off to spend with their children. Local Atlanta dad, journalist Josh Levs was denied equitable paternal leave for the birth of his child and since has become an advocate for modern families and working fathers. In his new book, All In, Levs’ explores the struggles of fatherhood despite the changes in gender roles and what it means for our society. Available at local bookstores and online, $25.99.

90 million The number of Father’s Day cards given each year in the United States. Father’s Day is the fourth-largest cardsending occasion. Source: The Greeting Card Association

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Support Literacy with ‘A Storybook Evening’ Page Turners Make Great Learners has partnered with the Alliance Theatre to host “A Storybook Evening” at the Woodruff Arts Center on June 18. The 6-8:30 p.m. program will support the nonprofit organization’s literacy programs. Tickets are $100. Purchase tickets or make a donation at Page Turners started in 2003 in Lithonia and has expanded to support reading programs metrowide. 12 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

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Tips for a Successful Summer by Beth N. Davis


ays full of fun and sunshine. Evenings filled with fireflies and s’mores. Whether your children are in camp while you work, home with you or engaged in a combination of activities, the ultimate success of the season falls to you. These tips will help you get started.

l  Set


The potential to fritter away long, hot, lazy days is incredibly tempting and the time will fly by if you don’t set goals. Whether you have one child or five, be sure to sit down with each one to discuss their ideas as well as your expectations for the summer. Set three to five goals for each member of your family and be sure to check progress weekly. l  Change

House Rules

Whether your kids are in camp or at home, it’s time to reboot your house rules. Account for things like bedtimes for younger kids, whether older children are allowed to have friends over while you are out and any chores the kids are expected to do. All responsible parties, your spouse and any supplemental child care, should be aware of the expectations and rules. l  Prepare

for Projects

When you plan to teach your 5-year-old to swim or produce a scale model of the Eifel Tower out of popsicle sticks with your seventh-grader, you have to have the materials and the knowhow to get it done. When setting your goals and planning activities, be sure that you know what it will take to meet each goal. 14 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

l  Shop

Once a Week

Sit down and make a schedule of all of the activities, projects, playdates, chores and obligations you have for a given week. Make up a meal plan that flows with your schedule and figure out what you need from which stores. Once you have your list, choose the most convenient day for your errands and knock them out in one morning or afternoon. Once you’ve done the front end work, be sure to stick with your plan as best you can. This strategy will save you time, money and the frustration of being out of popsicle sticks when you go to construct that Eifel Tower. l  Organize

to Fit Your Needs

Do an inventory check for day-to-day needs and if you’re missing items, put them on your shopping list. Gather things that will be used together into a central location and be sure that the essentials are at hand and easy to retrieve. Set things up so that the kids can help themselves as much as possible. It may be summer, but you are not their servant.

l  Team

Up With Child Care

If you are home with your kids in summer, chances are you’re going to need a break. Talk to other moms in your community, particularly the ones who have children of similar ages, and see if you can set up a kid swap. You watch their kids for an afternoon and they return the favor. No babysitter costs and you can do your errands in peace. l  Take

Personal Days

If you work full time outside of the home, be sure to take a few personal days to spend with your family. Use the time to go on a vacation, do a day trip with the kids or just hang around the house. l  Reassess


Making a plan is only the first step in having a successful summer. The most important step is to reassess what you’re doing each week and make sure that you change the things that are causing you and your family problems. If rain washed out three of your planned pool days last week, make a backup plan for this week. c

Photo courtesy of Cameron Adams

Corny Delasalas of Decatur takes a ride with Sofy and Dirk. The twins, now 5, are learning to ride independently.

The Wheel World Hop on a Bike with the Kids and See Life in a Different Way 16 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

by Amanda Miller Allen


ee that mom with three kids on her bike cycling through Midtown? Or that dad racing the neighborhood kids on his bike during his last few blocks home from work? These are not scenes from another movie being filmed in Atlanta, but real life. Metro Atlanta is fast becoming a bicycle friendly city. With more opportunities through a growing network of pathways, bicycle lanes and bicycle friendly areas, families are biking together all around Atlanta and finding lots of benefits, from a healthier lifestyle to together time. If your family wants to give it a try, now is the perfect time, a confluence of great greenways, mild temperatures and how-to information with the June 13-20 Atlanta Cycling Festival. “I was really active but didn’t cycle before I got a big family cargo bike,” says Rebecca Wells, who has been loading her three kids, ages 3, 5 and 7, on the bike for a couple of years, for trips to their childcare center or errands around Midtown. “Now

they’re like superstars on the back of the bike.” Corny Delasalas of Decatur took up cycling as a stress reliever, but became an accidental role model in his neighborhood when kids started racing him home. “My son and daughter [5-year-old twins] are learning how to ride, and so are their peers. And, of course, the parents have to start biking to keep up.” Aside from health benefits and family time, “it’s just fun to see the city in a different way with your kids,” says Jeffrey Wisard, organizer of the second annual cycling festival. “Come to our bike ‘Show & Tell,’” Wisard says. “You’ll meet all kinds of families that bike in Atlanta and get tips on how to get started. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition also has lots of events for families who want to cycle together and classes for beginners.” “The timing is right for biking in Atlanta,” Wells says. “It’s good for the community, good for kids and good for what we need, for people taking pride in their community.” To help you get started, Atlanta Parent has compiled information on biking with your family.

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not

despair for the future of the human race. H.G. Wells

Biking with Toddlers The choices for gear are numerous – from seats attached to a parent’s bike for one child, to carts attached to the front or back of a parent’s bike that will hold two children to cargo-style bikes that can hold three kids. All offer advantages and disadvantages. Seats on the parent’s bike, for instance, keep the kids close, but make the bike more difficult to balance. If a toddler will be riding in a seat attached to a parent’s bike, make sure the seat and the rack it’s sitting on are secured to the bike. We suggest spending the extra money to get the child seat professionally installed at a bike retailer. Families we know enjoy the iBert SafeT-Seat (up to 38 lbs.) mounted to the front of the bike and the Topeak baby carrier (up to 48 lbs.) on the back of the bike. Bike carts or trailers put the children behind or in front of the bike rider and at a different eye-level, but they are less likely to tip in an accident and they’re easier to manage with two kids. Families we know like the Burley Kids’ Honey Bee trailer (up to 100 lbs.) Cargo bikes are more expensive than the other options, but they have a sturdy frame, wider tires and good balance for hauling a heavier load. A bike retailer can help you sort out the pros and cons and find the right bike carrier for your family.

Atlanta Cycling Festival

Starter Bikes

The festival will offer a week of events for cyclists and families, June 13-20. Special events for families include: Festival, informational expo and a Tour de BeltLine (for ages 8 and older) on opening day. “Babies of Bikes” Parade and Picnic, plus a “Show & Tell” with families who bike together on June 14. “Easy Breezy Bike Clock Art,” crafts for kids, on June 15. Closing festival and “Bike-In Movie”on June 20. Find a full schedule of events at

Interested in bicycling but held back by cost? The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Georgia Tech’s Students Organizing for Sustainability offer “starter bikes” ranging in price from free to $150. Bikes can be viewed on the Georgia Tech campus 4-6 p.m. Fridays. Find more information at

Kids learn biking skills and safety during the Atlanta Cycling Festival in 2014.

Resources n  Atlanta Bicycle Coalition,, for biking classes such as True Beginners and Confident City Cycling, free through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Also, information on group bicycle opportunities and the coalition-sponsored Tour de BeltLine June 13, which includes a five-mile Family Friendly Ride ($5 for ages 10 and older; free for kids younger than age 10). n  Georgia Bikes,, works to improve street conditions for bike safety and promote bicycling in Georgia.

iBert Safe-T-Seat

n  The PATH Foundation,, for information and a comprehensive list on off-road cycling and walking paths around Atlanta. n  Southern Bicycle League,, provides activities to help cyclists of all levels to learn and get more enjoyment out of cycling; volunteer members organize and lead more than 1,000 rides a year.

Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz

n  Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, Atlanta Chapter,, works with land managers in the metro area to create trails and trail systems for mountain bikers and others. Cont’d on page 18

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The Wheel World Biking with Young Children

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If children aren’t quite ready to navigate on their own, a Trail-Gator tow bar may be the solution; it connects an adult bike and a child’s bike and lifts the front wheels of a child’s bike to stabilize it. As children grow and gain confidence, parents can detach the tow bar and everyone can ride independently. Pedal trailers, which have only one wheel and a seat, also attach to an adult bike with a bar, and allow the child to pedal as the parent tows. If children are graduating to their own bikes, make sure they’re able to handle them well. It’s best to start out in a driveway or around a neighborhood clubhouse, a flat area

Trail-Gator tow bar

with no inclines until they get the hang of it, before venturing to a greenway. One mistake parents sometimes make is to buy a bike that’s a little too big for their child, thinking the child will grow into it, says Jeremy Leifheit with Atlanta Cycling in Vinings and Ansley Mall. “A bike that’s too big can also be unsafe,” he says. “If you buy a quality bike, it will have some resale value or you can pass it along from child to child.” A good bike is not as expensive as you might think. A 12-inch beginner bike for a 2- to 3-year-old costs about $170 and comes with training wheels. Discuss the rules of the road and itinerary for the ride before the family sets out, Leifheit says. Let children know they might encounter other bikers or people walking, running or on roller blades; some of them might be using headphones and not able to hear someone approaching from behind. Make sure the kids know how to respond and avoid accidents. c

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Happy Trails – Where to Bike Metro Atlanta most likely has a bike trail or bike friendly area near your home, so it’s easy to get started. “The Silver Comet Trail is the first thing to come to people’s minds,” says Jeremy Leifheit with Atlanta Cycling in Vinings and Ansley Mall. “If you live near it, it’s an awesome path for kids and families, with no steep gradients.” Another good path for families is Big Creek Greenway in Roswell and the BeltLine in Atlanta, he says. Everyone has their favorites, from biking through Piedmont Park to tooling around Freedom Park or Stone Mountain Park and Yellow River Park in Gwinnett County. Some easy rides that have family-friendly stops include Glenlake Park in Decatur (New Orleans Snoball Café), McCoy Park in Decatur (Oakhurst Market), Milam Park in Clarkston (playground equipment near the PATH), Candler Park (Zesto for burgers, hotdogs and treats) and the BeltLine for stops at Piedmont Park or the Old Fourth Ward Park The Silver Comet Trail (Metro Fresh, Richard’s Variety Store). The PATH Foundation ( has compiled a comprehensive list of bike paths and greenways around metro Atlanta. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition ( offers classes for beginners and lists biking events, and many bike retailers also offer scheduled group rides for beginners and experienced riders.

Safety First!

Follow this checklist before bicycling.

Accessories n  The bike should have a light on the front and a light/ reflector on the rear.

Rules of the Road

Helmets n  A good helmet is a must for every rider, even if the kids are just in the driveway on their first attempt on a bicycle. Get them in the habit of safety as they learn. Georgia law requires a helmet for any rider younger than age 16. n  Pick bright colors that are visible to drivers; let the kids help – they’ll wear a design they like. n  Make sure that the helmet has a CPSC or Snell sticker inside, certifying it meets safety standards. n  Make sure your child’s helmet fits correctly – a bicycle store should be able to help with the proper fit – and make sure straps are fastened when riding. The front edge of the helmet should be two finger widths above the eyebrows; the helmet should fit snug; the front straps should be vertical and slightly in front of the ears, the rear straps more horizontal and behind the ears; the chin strap should be snug.

Make sure your kids know to:


Stop at all stop signs and red lights and obey traffic lights just as cars do.

n  Lightweight, brightcolored clothes will help kids avoid overheating and help them be visible on the road.

Always ride in the same direction as cars, not against traffic. Always stop and check for traffic in both directions when leaving a driveway, an alley, or a curb. Watch traffic closely for turning cars or cars leaving driveways. Never change directions or lanes without first looking behind.

n  Pant legs that are too loose-fitting or flared can get caught in the chain while riding. n  Choose shoes that grip the bike’s pedals; kids should never ride barefoot.

Use hand signals to let others know if they’re turning right, left or stopping.

Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; for more, visit

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l  Slide

the City

Throw on a swimsuit, grab a tube and glide down a 1,000-foot slip-andslide at Slide the City festival, which will include music, dancing, a water party and more. 830 Commerce Dr., Decatur, July 25. Pre-register at


l  Listen



Did you hear the story about …? Your family can hear lots of intriguing tales on Saturdays at the Wren’s Nest, the Queen Anne Victorian home of author Joel Chandler Harris, who wrote Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. Professional storytellers enthrall kids and adults with tales such as How Brer Bear Lost His Tail, and Harris’ home is as beautifully preserved as when he lived there. 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta. 404-753-7735.

The best memories of summer are often unexpected. A movie night at the drive-in, a scavenger hunt, a visit to Zoo Atlanta or a walk along Atlanta’s Beltline can become a summer highlight for your family.

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Photo by Dylan York

l  Get

a Clue

Explore metro Atlanta with Clue Town Books, a series of scavenger hunts created by Jay Carlson in locations such as Piedmont Park, Oakland Cemetery, Downtown Decatur, Atlanta Belt Line, Grant Park and Downtown Kirkwood. Each book comes with a pencil and compass to help solve clues and those who solve the puzzle get a small prize. Buy books ($7-$15) at cluetownbooks. com and some specialty shops.

l  Take

l  Go

for a Spin

Get a 360-degree view of the city from atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, as the View Level observatory and Sun Dial restaurant slowly rotate. The adventure includes an 85-second ride in a glass elevator, up 723 feet to the observatory. Gaze through a telescope to spot landmarks, stadiums and natural features like Stone Mountain. 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-589-7506.

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a Pass

Be a tourist in your own town with CityPass Atlanta, a money-saving way to see Atlanta’s top attractions over a nine-day span. You’ll save 43 percent off admission prices and be able to skip most ticket lines. Ticket booklets cover the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Inside CNN Studio Tour, plus a choice of Zoo Atlanta or the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the College Football Hall of Fame. or buy booklets at any of the attractions.

l  Go

for a Free Ride

Hop on the Atlanta Streetcar at any of 12 stops along its 2.7-mile route for a free tour of downtown, and consider hopping off for a no-fee visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site or free fun at Centennial Olympic Park, where kids can take a slide on the playground or cool off in the Fountain of Rings. Along the theme of free, take a picnic lunch to the park or buy a low-cost meal at the nearby CNN Food Court.

l  Pick

Up and Go

Grab a bucket and head out to a farm for u-pick fun. Peach and cherry season start in June, blueberry and blackberry season begins in July. Be sure to call the farm before heading out to pick since hours and berry availability change.

l  Discover

Hollywood in Atlanta

Get the inside scoop on the film industry in Georgia with Atlanta Movie Tours. Guides will share behind-thescenes stories as they visit film sites for the Walking Dead, Zombieland, Gone with the Wind or the Hunger Games series. 327 Nelson St. SW, Atlanta. 855-255-3456.

l  Explore

the BeltLine

Pick a section from 33 miles of multi-use trails along a historic 22-mile railroad strip circling downtown and go for a bike ride or walk. On the trail, cool down with a frozen treat or take a break at many restaurants opening their backdoors to the Beltline. You might come across free workout classes, festivals and street markets. A free bus tour on Fridays and Saturdays explains what the BeltLine has to offer. 124 Fairlie St. NW, Atlanta, 404-477-3003.

l  Fly,

Fly Away

Let your imagination soar at the Delta Flight Museum. The museum sneaks in a few history lessons about the growth of Atlanta and Delta Air Lines as it wows visitors with cool planes and artifacts. See the only Delta passenger Douglas DC-3 plane in existence, spend time in a flight simulator and much more. 1060 Delta Blvd., Bldg. B, Atlanta.

l  Screen


l  Swing

Through the Trees

Zip along with Treetop Quest’s obstacle course and zip-line. The course has 52 obstacles, 12 ziplines and a Net Trampoline. The Kiddie Quest has a low ropes course for children age 6 and younger. Buford, 770-904-3547; Dunwoody, 770-365-0356.

Something Slimy

a Movie

Watch a movie under the stars at the multiple screen Starlight Drive-In Theatre – sit on a blanket, lawn chair or in your car. Tickets allow admission for two movies playing on the same screen. 2000 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta.

l  Go

l  See

Get close to snakes, turtles, lizards and other slimy crawlers at Zoo Atlanta’s Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience. The exhibit is revealing new inhabitants including Cuban crocodiles and Central American river turtles. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-624-5600.

into the Garden

See a Serenbe Playhouse production outdoors, rain or shine, at locations in the Serenbe community. The Secret Garden, May 29-Aug. 2, will entertain adults and children, and it’s set in a English Garden sown for the production. 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd., Chattahoochee Hills.770-463-1110.

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Out the Fun

Take the tweens and teens on a 2.5-hour Segway tour of Midtown Atlanta or Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. A guide leads the tour with a maximum of eight people, ages 12 and older. On one tour, you’ll roll around Ansley Park and Piedmont Park and past Atlanta Botanical Garden, Centennial Olympic Park, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Fox Theatre and more. The other tour includes neighborhoods such as Inman Park and Cabbagetown and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. –  Hayley Markowitz and Amanda Miller Allen

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Explore Atlanta, One

Stop at a Time!

by Sherry V. Crawley

Riding a MARTA train with kids is a fascinating and efficient way to experience Atlanta. You’ll see great views of the city, meet new people and avoid the hassle and expense of driving to well-known attractions, popular events and off-the-beaten path adventures.

Before You Leave Home A few simple steps in the days leading up to your trip can set you up for a fun and worry-free ride. Be sure to talk to your kids about safety. They should know to stay away from the edge of the platform, to hold your hand when boarding and exiting trains, and to pay attention while on escalators. Trains come at certain intervals, and standing in a hot train station with cranky kids is no fun. Check the schedules online, especially on weekends and holidays when trains run less frequently. MARTA has its “On The Go” app, which allows you to track bus and train arrivals in real time. On the day of your trip, be sure everyone takes a bathroom break before leaving. Restrooms are available at end-of-line rail stations and major transfer points. Pack lightly so you don’t have to worry about misplacing things, and MARTA is easier to navigate if you don’t have to haul a bunch of stuff on an elevator. l l l l

It’s Time To Go! Whether you are driving or walking to the station, factor in extra time to buy your Breeze cards. If you are going to an event where large crowds are expected, consider purchasing your round-trip fare at the beginning of your trip to avoid long lines on the return. And keep your Breeze card handy as you’ll need to tap it to exit. Breeze cards are reloadable for more MARTA trips so hang on to them after your adventure. You don’t want to miss your train and be late for an event because you are unfamiliar with the machines or the layout of the station. For a little extra room and time, use the wider fare gates, especially if you have a stroller. Make your way to the platform and be sure you are on the side for your destination. Directional signs are easy to find, but electronic boards with train arrival times sometimes malfunction so be prepared to go with the flow a bit. l l l l

All Aboard! When your train arrives, allow others to exit before you board. Note that seats near the doors are for the elderly and disabled, so make your way to the rows of seats beyond those spots. If there’s no room to sit, head for the areas at the ends of the train car, which have lots of places for little hands to hold. Trains are equipped with recorded station information, and some train drivers announce station names and other information. Pay attention to station names as stops go by to be ready to get off at the right station. And then let the adventure begin! Here are three suggested stops and itineraries to get you started. 22 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

Destination: Downtown

There’s so much to do with kids in Downtown Atlanta! See historic sites, enjoy exotic food and feel the energy of a big city. Get off at Five Points station from any of the MARTA lines or one of the several other stops in the Downtown area and start exploring. What To Do l  Walk to the Georgia Aquarium, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and the CNN Center. l  Check out the ATL play structure and fountain in Woodruff Park or the Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park. l  Ride the SkyView Ferris Wheel. l  Hop on the free Atlanta Streetcar for a quick ride to other tourist sites, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Where to Eat l  Expand your little one’s palate at Korean eatery Blossom Tree on Peachtree St., Dua Vietnamese on Broad St. or Ali Baba’s Mediterranean and Turkish food, also on Broad. l  Visit the original Ted’s Montana Grill on Luckie St. or head to Atlanta’s Hard Rock Café on Peachtree. l  Ride the streetcar to Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Explore this historic Atlanta site and enjoy incredible food and treats.

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To-Do: Decatur

Take an eastbound train to the Decatur station, and you will emerge into the middle of this fun and vibrant community. With a walkable downtown, dozens of incredible restaurants and a family-friendly vibe, this small town in the city is a perfect place to spend a beautiful day. What To Do l  Enjoy a shaded playground behind the Decatur Rec Center. l  Explore fun shopping at spots like HomeGrown, Greene’s Fine Foods, and Little Shop of Stories, which has frequent events and story times. l  Plan your trip around one of the many events and festivals in Decatur each year – from the Arts Festival in May to the summer beach party and then the Book Festival in September, there’s almost always something going on here. Where To Eat l  A super-kid-friendly patio right downtown makes Raging Burrito an easy choice. If you’re looking for brunch, Sweet Melissa’s on the square or Pastries A-Go-Go just down on Ponce de Leon Avenue both have delicious fare. l  Grab picnic fare from Souper Jenny or Sawicki’s and head to the Decatur Square area for a spot to eat. And don’t miss the chance to indulge in a sweet treat; the famous rainbow umbrella of the King of Pops is almost a fixture on the Square, or nearby Yogurt Tap or Butter & Cream are fantastic, too. l  The kids menu at Farm Burger is great, and if you are feeling adventurous, Chai Pani is super-yummy Indian street food. Cont’d on page 24 June 2015    Atlanta Parent 23

Explore Atlanta

Away We Go: Arts Center

This station is a go-to stop for MARTA-riding families. With easy access to some of our city’s most popular attractions, this train stop is easy to navigate and always busy. What To Do l  The High Museum of Art, the Alliance Theater, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are all across the street from the Arts Center MARTA station. The Center for Puppetry Arts is also a very short walk from this station, so look up the next show and go! l  The Museum of Design Atlanta is a great place for kids. This beautiful space has changing exhibits that are sure to interest children with big imaginations. Where To Eat l  DaVinci’s Pizza on West Peachtree is an easy standard, and Highland Bakery, tucked into the side of an office building on Peachtree St. is a tasty retreat. l  Several restaurants around Crescent and 12th are fantastic spots for families, including the delicious/ healthy Bantam and Biddy and the decadent BurgerFi.

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MARTA Fast Facts l  Fare: $2.50 per person, each way. $1 per each reloadable Breeze card.

Children under 46 inches tall ride for free – up to two per paying adult. l  You can purchase single-use tickets or load money onto a reusable

Breeze card. l  Buy tickets from vending machines at the station using cash, credit

or debit cards. l  Tap your card on the blue circle on the entrance gate, and tap again to exit. l  Schedules vary per rail line and station and day. Also, be aware of schedule

changes on holidays. Check the MARTA website for approximate schedules. l  Free parking is available at MARTA stations.

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Fathers play a significant part in children’s lives. They influence children’s self-esteem and school performance, are important role models, and among other meaningful roles, make fun-loving playmates. Try some of these ideas, and make this Father’s Day a special day for Dad. VIDEO SURPRISE Make a “World’s Best Dad” video that he’ll treasure for years to come. Put on your brainstorming cap for your own ideas, or try some of these. On videotape, share special memories of dad, sing to him, read him a poem, or do skits. Get the whole family involved and conduct interviews with each other with Dad as the main topic. Don’t forget props such as a banner or collection of his prized possessions including sports trophies or equipment that tell who he is. Finally, be sure to let him know just how much he means to your family.

KING FOR THE DAY It isn’t everyday that dad is waited on hand and foot. Offer to be his loyal servant for the day, and bring him coffee and toast in bed; fetch his newspaper; lay out his clothes, bath towel, and mat; be host or hostess and serve his beverages and snacks; clean up after him and anything else to give him the royal treatment.

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton

MEMORIES OF DAD Purchase a scrapbook and create a record of memories about your father and you. Include photos of special outings, events, and holidays you’ve had together and other memorabilia from family vacations and activities such as concert or sporting event ticket stubs, postcards and brochures. Next to each photo or item, describe your memories of those times together with your father.

A MAN TO REMEMBER Get your creative juices flowing and write a poem for dad. You need not be a poet to come up with a few thoughtful words to say how much he means. Describe the impact he’s had on your life, how he’s helped you to become the person you are today, and what he is to you. Then print it on stationary, matte and frame it.

FATHER’S DAY FEAST As the old adage goes; the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, treat dad to a mouth-watering meal on the barbecue. Fix him his favorite: steak, ribs, chicken, burgers, or chops for starters, and don’t forget the grilled potatoes or squash, garlic bread or rolls, fresh green beans or asparagus, sweet corn, potato salad, and last but not least, his favorite dessert.

CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION Show Dad you appreciate his hard work by returning the favor. Make coupons that say: “In appreciation for all that you do, Dad, please redeem this certificate for a hassle-free car wash by me!” Other favors include sweeping out the garage, mowing the lawn, or any other task for which he normally takes responsibility. c

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The Beach at Clayton County International Park


The Beach at Clayton County International Park n  Why Go: The colorful and immense “adventure kiddie pool,” with fountains, towers, “water shooters” and more offer something for the big kids, too. The beach action includes big slides and even a water trampoline. n  Where: 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. 770477-3766; n  Cost: Ages 13 and older, $11; kids 3-12, $9; ages 2 and younger, free. Bonus: One price gains access to both the beach with lake for swimming and the water park area. See website for special and holiday pricing.


ON THE CHEAP A thrill ride on a water slide this summer doesn’t have to be a family budget-buster. For as little as $3 to $4 per person, families can zip down slides at these waterparks, float a lazy river or perhaps turn the water cannon on an unsuspecting sibling.

Cumming Aquatic Center n  Why Go: Enjoy two slides, a lazy river and a play structure for children. n  Where: 201 Aquatic Cir., Cumming; 770-781-1781; n  Cost: Adults, $5; ages 2-17, $4; ages 1 and younger; free. Cumming Aquatic Center

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TAKE IT INSIDE Cherokee Aquatic Center n  Why Go: Climb the steps all the way to the top of the two wild water slides and zip down into the outdoor fun pool featuring a playground with water cannons, a zero-depth entry area, geysers, deck sprays, a current channel and basketball hoops. n  Where: 1200 Gresham Mill Pkwy., Holly Springs; 678-880-4760; n  Cost: Adults, $6; ages 2-13, $5; younger than 2, free.

Browns Mill Family Aquatic Center n  Why Go: It’s a water amusement park featuring slides and sprayers to keep the children happy and smiling. n  Where: 4929 Browns Mill Rd., Lithonia. 770-323-4179.; search “Aquatics” n  Cost: Adults, $12; ages 17 and younger, $10.

Collins Hill Aquatic Center n  Why Go: Outdoor attraction has zero-depth pool entry, interactive water features, slides, squirty things and more; plus, there’s a toddler pool and lazy river. n  Where: 2200 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville. 770237-5647.; search “Aquatics” n  Cost: Adults, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; ages 3 and younger, $6.25.

Bethesda Park Aquatic Center n  Why Go: A giant waterslide that curves out of the building and then re-enters before dropping you into the pool, a cool lazy river, zero-depth entry into the leisure pool and dunking buckets. n  Where: 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville. 678-277-0880., search “Aquatics” n  Cost: Adults, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; ages 3 and younger, $6.25. Bogan Aquatic Center n  Why Go: Indoor leisure pool with beach entry, giant waterslide and water play structures. n  Where: 2723 North Bogan Rd., Buford; 678-277-0853;, search “Aquatics” n  Cost: Adult, $10.50; ages 4-10, $8.25; ages 3 and younger, $6.25.

South Cobb Aquatic Center n  Why Go: Splash down the huge enclosed spiraling slide, slip through the yellow tube slide and into the water, and enjoy a “lazy river” float. n  Where: 875 Six Flags Dr., Austell; 770-739-3180;, go to “Aquatics” n  Cost: Adults, $4.50; ages 2-17, $3.50.

South Cobb Aquatic Center


The Water Park at Wild Horse Creek Park

The Water Park at Wild Horse Creek Park n  Why Go: New in Powder Springs, the activity pool is 4 feet in depth and has an in-water seating area and two basketball back boards; also, spray and fountain play areas and two water slides connected to a leisure river. n  Where: 3820 Macedonia Dr., Powder Springs; 770-528-4036;, go to “Aquatics” n  Cost: Adults, $4.50; ages 2-17, $3.50.

Malibu Grand Prix Norcross n  Why Go: Buccaneer Cove has a super-sized water play area that’s five levels high with slippery slides, wet tunnels, spray loops and a huge splash bucket; features a two-lane open slide and both lanes start at the first level for a big thrill for kiddies under 36 inches. n  Where: 5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy., Norcross; 770-416-7630; n  Cost: All day unlimited access pass, $9.99.

LanierWorld n  Why Go: Find Georgia’s largest wave pool at Lake Lanier Islands’ beach and waterpark. Splash-happy tots adore “Kiddie Lagoon” and thrill seekers soar down the brand new four-lane slide for a race; a wide variety of slides for all ages. n  Where: 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford; 770-932-7218; lanierworld n  Cost: Adults, $39.99; kids under 42 inches, $27.99; ages 2 and younger, free. Parking, $10.

Six Flags White Water n  Why Go: The largest water park in the South boasts some 50 attractions, including the Dive Bomber featuring a five-story drop down an enclosed slide, the “Atlanta Ocean” wave pool and “Little Squirts Island” for younger kids. n  Where: 250 Cobb Pkwy. N, Marietta; 770-948-9290; n  Cost: Adults, $41.99; kids under 48 inches $36.99; ages 2 and younger, free. Parking, $15. –  Hayley Markowitz

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On the Road: Children’s Museums Worth a Visit Summer vacation is synonymous with discovery – that great little pizza place or ice cream shop, an amazing museum in an unexpected place. Plan ahead so you won’t miss these fun children’s museums if your family will be traveling in the area. Creative Discovery Museum

Savannah Children’s Museum. Savannah, Ga. This museum is mostly outdoors with activities for kids Wednesday through Sunday. It is next to the Georgia State Railroad Museum, so you can have two adventures in one stop.

Boston Children’s Museum. Boston, Mass. This museum has a 100-year history of entertaining and enlightening kids, with original programming in science, culture, the arts, literacy, health and the environment.

Creative Discovery Museum. Chattanooga, Tenn. Programs include art lessons, science demonstrations and story times, and you’ll find traveling exhibits such as Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails.

Please Touch Museum. Philadelphia, Pa. Nothing hands-off about this museum, which encourages kids to touch and explore with programs and exhibits and special events such as “Plant Something Day.”

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Indianapolis, Ind. From Barbie dolls to dinosaur bones, the museum’s collection is vast, and it’s learning and discovery programs superb, starting with a 3,200-piece Chilhuly blown glass tower that amazes and delights children and adults as you enter the museum.

Kidsenses Children’s Interactive Museum. Rutherfordton, N.C. This 10,000-square-foot museum has wowed families with 12 interactive exhibits, workshops and other learning experiences for visitors to this small town (population about 4,000).

Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Brooklyn, N.Y. Founded in 1899, it’s the world’s first museum for kids. Among many activities, kids can make a pizza, learn about the diverse population living in New York or touch live animals at the Animal Outpost. Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Cincinnati, Ohio. Kids can climb, crawl and explore in this museum, ranked in the top 10 in the United States. Its programs cover arts, science, reading and more. 28 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Savannah Children’s Museum

Great Explorations. St. Petersburg, Fla. Kids will find plenty of places for creative play and learning at this hands-on museum that includes an art studio, pizza kitchen, building area, supermarket and more, plus a theater with live shows. Greensboro Children’s Museum. Greensboro, N.C. Kids are put to work on Main Street, operating a market or pizza parlor or performing in the theater. They can climb aboard a police car or a real tractor-trailer or DC-9 jet. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Storytime, Movin’ and Groovin,’ Kiddie Kitchen and Small Fry Science are among the programs you’ll find at this museum, which also has an art studio and farm area and even a place for space exploration. Children’s Museum of South Carolina. Myrtle Beach, S.C. Exhibits and activities keep kids engaged and learning in the 8,700-square-foot space. You’ll find an under-construction house that encourages kids to build, a bank for role-playing, a South Carolina fossil hunt, an exhibit on electricity, and much more. –  Amanda Miller Allen

Tips and tricks for a healthier lifestyle (from people too young to tie their own shoes)

by Elsa K. Simcik


ure, most young kids loathe vegetables, have poor table manners and would rather eat cookies than cucumbers. But look a little more closely and you’ll see that they demonstrate other behaviors that personify healthy living. These tiny people  –  with their tantrums and snotty noses  –  might have it all figured out. If adults did half the things toddlers and preschoolers did, we all might be in better shape. Some healthy practices from the littlest people at home: Stop when you’re Full Adults may eat until a button comes loose. Not kids. Once that full signal goes off, they quit. Studies show that adults may grab a second helping even when they’re not hungry because of the hormone ghrelin. This “hunger hormone” acts on the brain’s pleasure center, encouraging you to reach for another helping because you recall how good it tasted the first time. Kids also have good memories of how food tasted; they’re just far too busy to sit around and eat more.

Snack Rather than eating three large meals a day, little kids often eat three moderate meals and two snacks. Isn’t that what the talk show 30 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

Stretch Young kids are constantly stretching and doing things that make us say, “I wish I was that flexible.” Adults could be flexible, too; it just takes some stretching. Plus, stretching enhances physical fitness and prevents injuries. Don’t just stretch before and after working out. You can do it while watching TV, waiting for food to heat or during a quick break at work. Kids are so good at stretching they were the inspiration for the classic “child’s pose” in yoga.

docs always tell you to do? Snacking between meals keeps you energized, provides vital nutrients and curbs hunger, that way you don’t binge at the next mealtime. (It’s good for those buttons, too.)

Take Small Bites Kids like to have their food cut up because it’s easier to manage. If adults tried this trick it could lead to consuming fewer calories. Here’s how: eating smaller-sized food takes longer. If we take longer to eat, then our body sends that “I’m full” signal to our brains while food is still on our plates. Instead of finishing your meal, you’ve got leftovers. You spared some calories and some money at the same time.

Drink Milk It’s a fact that most adults rarely drink milk. It’s a staple in kids’ diets. And since they’re growing, they need whole milk. Adults, on the other hand, could get the same benefits  –  like calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and potassium  –  from fat-free milk. A study published in the journal Obesity Research found that drinking at least three 8-ounce glasses of fat free milk a day helped people lose more weight than those dieters who drank little or no milk.

Exercise by Playing When grown-ups work out, we often view it as a chore. That’s because we’re likely to engage in activities like running on a treadmill. When young kids run, jump and swing from monkey bars, they definitely can work up a sweat but they would never call it working out. That’s because to them,

it’s not work at all. If adults could find a format that’s enjoyable  –  a favorite sport or walking with friends  –  exercise could become play time.

Get Some Sleep Just think how good you’d feel if you went to bed at 8 p.m. and woke up at 7 a.m. (a normal night for a toddler). While adults may not need quite that much sleep, we could all stand a little more. Most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Without that, we risk becoming drowsy during the day. Besides making it harder to be productive, sleep deprivation can lead to depression and a weakened immune system.

Spread the Love Kids are unabashedly affectionate. They’ll run up to a person and throw their arms around them. While most adults are not as likely to do this, maybe we should. Affectionate people have lower levels of stress. Lower stress levels equal reduced risk for heart disease, stroke and all kinds of other ailments. Next time someone reaches out to shake your hand, take a cue from a kid and give ‘em a bear hug instead. c

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10 Questions to Ask

a Pediatrician

Atlanta has so many fine pediatricians that choosing the right one for your child can seem daunting. A good starting place is recommendations from friends and family or other doctors your family uses and the American Academy of Pediatrics’ list of board-certified pediatricians near your area (at Then you’ll need to check whether the doctors are approved by your current insurance, research their credentials and office hours online and factor in convenience, such as how far the doctor’s office is from your home or whether the office has evening or weekend hours. Most parents narrow their list of possibilities to three or four, then schedule a brief meeting with the doctor to get to know the pediatrician and ask a few questions. Here’s what to ask the doctor or office staff: n  How long have you been practicing and do you have any sub-specialties (such as childhood obesity, diabetes or infectious diseases)? n  How would I contact you if I have a concern? Are some questions handled by email or by a nurse practitioner? n  In the event you aren’t available, who covers for you? If other doctors are in the practice, will we also see them on occasion?

(And 5 to Ask Yourself) After the visit, ask yourself: n  Was the office clean and kid-friendly? n  Was the staff efficient and attentive? n  Did the doctor seem to welcome questions? n  Did you and your child feel comfortable with the doctor? n  Is there anything about the doctor or the medical practice that makes you uncomfortable?

n  What’s the process when I need to call after hours? n  What is the scheduling process? What is the average wait time for an appointment? n  Which medical networks and hospitals do you work with? Does your practice accept a variety of insurance plans in case our insurance coverage changes? n  Are medical records kept electronically and how and under what circumstances are they shared? n  How do you handle payments, billing, laboratory charges and insurance claims?

Sources: sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics;,,,

n  How do you feel about … (fill in the blank with the medical issues that are important to you, such as immunizations, alternative medicine or prescription drug usage for kids)? n  As a pediatrician, what are your biggest concerns about children’s health?

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Parents are choosy when it comes to medical care for their children. Atlanta Parent asked our readers – moms and dads just like you – to nominate pediatricians that they would recommend. We wanted to know why your child’s doctor is special and you told us (go online to read comments on all doctors nominated). PEDIATRICIANS Akinsanya-Beysolow, Iyabode MD Atlanta Pediatric Partners, Atlanta Alli, Renee MD Georgetown Pediatrics, Dunwoody Ani, MaryGrace MD Pediatric Associates, Marietta Barnwell, Odell MD South Atlanta Pediatrics, Riverdale and Locust Grove Bataille, Fredly MD Intown Pediatrics, Atlanta Beckford, Avril MD Wellstar Medical Group Pediatric & Adol. Center, Smyrna

Bramwell, Anna MD Piedmont Pediatrics, Atlanta

Chastain, Sue W. MD Georgetown Pediatrics, Johns Creek

Brown, Jina MD Pediatric Physicians, PC, Roswell

Cheeks, Brittany MD Piedmont Physicians Pediatrics, Newnan

Bufe, Ashley MD DeKalb Pediatrics, Decatur

Colton, Kevin MD Children’s Medical Group, Atlanta

Burnham, Robert MD Roswell Pediatric Center, Crabapple and Cumming

Cooper, Jeff MD Cooper Pediatrics, Duluth

Cabrera, Greg MD North Point Pediatrics, Alpharetta Cantrell Jr., F. Clark MD Summit Pediatrics, Marietta Carter, Stephen MD West Atlanta Pediatrics, Lithia Springs and Dallas

Belhareth, Samira MD Zaman Pediatric, Snellville Beno, Luke MD Kaiser Permanente Cascade Medical Center, Atlanta Bergman, David MD The Pediatric Place, Alpharetta Bhatia, Taz MD Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Atlanta Blair, Fiona MD ABC Pediatrics, Stone Mountain Bleekrode, Laura MD Alpharetta Pediatrics, Roswell and Cumming Boudreaux, Margaret MD Primary Care Pediatrics, Cumming

“Dr. Marcus of Northside Pediatrics always gives her undivided attention during appointments. I never feel like she is rushing to her next appointment. If I call between appointments, she always calls back herself.” Heather / ATLANTA

Cotton, Byron MD Kids & Teens Primary Healthcare, Decatur Cox, James MD Children’s Medical Group, Johns Creek Davison, LaKesha MD Decatur Pediatrics Group, multiple locations Desoutter, Lori MD Pediatric Associates of North Atlanta, Peachtree Corners Doyle, Jessica MD Oakhurst Pediatrics, Decatur Drake-Forte, Gabraella MD TenderCare Pediatrics, Alpharetta Drayton, Dekisha MD Princeton Lakes Pediatric, Atlanta and Kennesaw Ecklund, David MD Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center, Atlanta Ellis, Annisha MD Wellstar Medical Group Pediatric & Adol. Center, Smyrna Fleming, Shea MD Peachtree Park Pediatrics, Atlanta

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Gfroerer, Terry MD Dunwoody Pediatrics, Dunwoody

Mekelburg, Kirsten MD Children’s Wellness Center, Sandy Springs

Gotlieb, Edward MD The Pediatric Center, Stone Mountain

Messick, Christian MD Pediatric Associates of Lawrenceville, Lawrenceville

Harrell, Susan MD North Atlanta Pediatric Associates, Atlanta Harris, Laura MD Piedmont Pediatrics, Atlanta Heaven, Jordana MD Woodstock Pediatric Medicine, Woodstock Hempel, Louis MD Children’s Medical Group, Johns Creek Herron, Merinda MD Herron Pediatrics, Atlanta Hinchcliffe, Annette MD Georgetown Pediatrics, Johns Creek Holzwarth, Monica MD Pediatric Adol. Healthcare, Marietta Hopkins, Jeffrey MD Northside Pediatrics, Atlanta

“The kids love talking to Dr. Batille of Intown Pediatrics, telling him about their boo-boos. He answers our questions and gives great advice.” Laura / ATLANTA

Miller, Rogena MD Wellstar Medical Group Smyrna Primary Care Center, Smyrna Moore, Willa MD Children’s Care Pediatrics, Atlanta Mordi, Emmanuel MD Delta Pediatrics, Buford Morgan, Vicki MD Lawrenceville Pediatrics, Loganville Overcash, Jill MD All About Kids, Lawrenceville Pettaway, Glenda MD Georgetown Pediatrics, Alpharetta Pollack, Deborah MD DeKalb Pediatrics, Decatur

Tanner, Anna MD Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Lawrenceville

Roberts, Lisa MD Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Duluth

Traxler, Susan MD EMedical Associates, Cumming

Roe, David MD Piedmont Pediatrics, Atlanta

Vayman, Lyudmila MD The World of Pediatrics, Alpharetta

Saxon, Dorie MD Sulton Pediatric Group, Lithonia

Verras, Athanasios MD Verras Pediatrics, Tucker

Sells, Deneta MD Intown Pediatrics, Atlanta

Weil, Richard MD Piedmont Pediatrics, Atlanta

Seth, Jagdish MD Kennesaw Pediatrics, Kennesaw

Weiss, Philip MD North Atlanta Pediatric Associates, Atlanta

Sherwinter, Julius MD Dunwoody Pediatrics, Dunwoody

Wells-Jarrett, Estonna MD Sandy Springs Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Atlanta

Hutson, Mark MD Children’s Medical Group, Atlanta

Shore, Steven MD Sandy Springs Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Atlanta

Jackson, Joanne MD Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Dacula and Sugar Hill

Smail, Nicole MD Pediatric and Adol. Medicine, multiple locations

Jones, David MD Kaiser Permanente Sandy Springs Medical Office, Sandy Springs Kanaan, Emily MD Oakhurst Pediatrics, Decatur King, David MD Children’s Medical Group, Atlanta Lavania, Hiral MD Chattahoochee Pediatrics, Alpharetta LeDuc, Elizabeth MD Center for Pediatric Wellness, Atlanta Lin, James MD Lawrenceville Pediatrics, Lawrenceville Long, Mark MD Kennesaw Pediatrics, Kennesaw Loventhal, Gary MD Children’s Wellness Center, Sandy Springs Lucas, Roberta MD Lucas Pediatrics, Roswell Marcus, Sally MD Northside Pediatrics, Atlanta

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Smith, Robert MD Northside Pediatrics, Atlanta Smith, Stephen H. MD Georgetown Pediatrics, Alpharetta Spandorfer, Pip MD North Atlanta Pediatric Associates, Atlanta Stewart, Danita MD A Kid’s World Pediatrics, Fayetteville Strauss, Peter MD Kennesaw Pediatrics, Kennesaw

“Dr. Spandorfer of North Atlanta Pediatrics is the best! He is amazing with the kids and even better with the parents.” Barri / JOHNS CREEK


Welsh-Evans, Monique MD Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Hamilton Mill West, Kelly MD North Atlanta Pediatric Associates, Atlanta Wiggins, Dorothy MD Atlanta Pediatric Partners, Atlanta Wilkov, Jane MD DeKalb Pediatrics, Decatur Williams, Doug MD Georgetown Pediatrics, Cumming Williams, Wanda MD Kids First Pediatric Group, LLC, Stockbridge Winner, Jonathan MD Northside Pediatrics, Sandy Springs Wise, Kimberly MD Sandy Springs Pediatrics and Adol. Medicine, Sandy Springs Young, Earl MD West Atlanta Pediatrics, Lithia Springs Youngblood, Elaine MD Kids First Pediatric Group, LLC, Stockbridge Yount, Sarah MD Kennesaw Pediatrics, Kennesaw Zucker, Laura MD North Fulton Pediatrics, Roswell


Avril Beckford, M.D.; Annisha Ellis, M.D. Rogena Miller, M.D.

WellStar considers it a privilege to be an essential part of your children’s and young adult’s lives – that’s why we partner with parents to deliver world-class care. The WellStar Pediatric Network works closely with specialists throughout Metro Atlanta.

From prenatal care through young adulthood, our providers offer the highest quality wellness check-ups, immunizations and treat everything from respiratory illnesses to sports physicals and everything in between. We keep good healthcare close to your home, with many convenient locations, and deliver pediatric care in WellStar Medical Group offices, rehabilitation units, urgent care centers, and emergency centers at WellStar Cobb, Paulding and Kennestone Hospitals.

A resident of Atlanta, Dr. Beckford, is a boardcertified pediatrician practicing at WellStar Medical Group, Pediatric & Adolescent Center and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is currently the chief pediatrics officer for WellStar Health System. She completed her Pediatrics Residency at Penn State University Children’s Hospital and received her medical degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, before emigrating to the United States in 1985.

Dr. Annisha Ellis, FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician practicing at WellStar Medical Group, Pediatric & Adolescent Center and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed her residency training in Little Rock, Ark. Dr. Ellis practiced general pediatrics in Kansas City, Mo., several years before relocating to Atlanta.

Dr. Rogena Miller is a board certified pediatrician practicing at WellStar Medical Group Smyrna Primary Care Center and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Emory School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Atlanta.

The WellStar Pediatric Center offers a wide range of highquality, child-centered services with convenient hours for busy parents. Our specially trained pediatric experts – including radiology, pediatricians, subspecialists, technologists, physical therapists, a supportive child life specialist and other caring team members – are dedicated to your child’s well-being. Waterthemed décor and interactive play areas create a calming effect for pediatric and adolescent patients. When imaging or lab tests are needed, our prompt appointments and rapid test results give you peace of mind.

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Taz Bhatia, M.D.

Dr. Taz Bhatia, M.D., is an integrative physician who is board-certified in pediatrics. Not afraid to take an unconventional approach to conventional medicine, Dr. Taz is dedicated to finding the best path to health for your child. She is the founder and medical director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine and has seen pediatric patients for 14 years, including in the emergency room at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. By combining both conventional and alternative systems of medicine, she develops an individualized treatment plan based on the needs of your child. And as a mother herself, her caring and warm demeanor builds rapport with kids while truly listening to parents and caregivers. At the Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine, Dr. Taz works with a full medical staff, including a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner, offering pediatric well checks, newborn visits, sick visits, nutritional counseling and personalized vaccine schedules. The Center also offers a pediatric membership program, Whole Kids, to make integrative health care more accessible to everyone. 404.814.9808 1401 Dresden Drive, Atlanta 30319

Jeffrey D. Cooper, M.D.

“Dr. Cooper has always been kind and considerate, but what makes him stand out is his ability to truly understand the kids – their fears, worries and cries. Dr. Cooper takes the time to make sure the parent understands what is going on, by answering any number of questions. He is funny, caring, and truly special. I have been taking my 3 kids to Dr. Cooper’s office for 10 years. Even when I moved over 30 minutes away, I still make the drive once a month (due to my son’s needs) because he is so worth it. The level of care from him as well as all the other doctors and staff is remarkable.” Cooper Pediatrics is thrilled to be honored as a Mom Approved Top Doc! Pediatric specialists Laurie Boden, M.D., Danelle Wilson, M.D., Ryan Pahl, PNP, Susan Smith, PNP strive to provide a good experience for growing families while using the latest science to ensure the best quality care available. Our staff is warm, friendly, competent, and especially good with children. Our goal is to walk beside you as your family grows and to see your children become whole, healthy, happy adults. We look forward to making your family part of ours.

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Julius Sherwinter, M.D.; Terrence Gfroerer, M.D. Dr. Julius Sherwinter opened Dunwoody Pediatrics and began practicing in Dunwoody more than 30 years ago. The pediatricians and staff at Dunwoody Pediatrics take great pride in assisting you in raising healthy, happy children. With a combined experience of more than 100 years in pediatrics, our professionals extend the greatest caliber of care for you and your children. Dr. Sherwinter is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed his residency at the Babies Hospital of Columbia University Medical Center in New York. As well as, a Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to serving his patients at Dunwoody Pediatrics, Dr. Sherwinter also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Terry Gfroerer is a Graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Emory University. He Joined Dunwoody Pediatrics in 2002. Dr. Gfroerer’s knowledge of medicine and compassion for his patients makes him a favorite among families. All Dunwoody Pediatric Physicians are board-certified in pediatrics and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information on their providers, office hours and office locations that serve Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Roswell and the Cumming areas, please visit to find out which location is most convenient for you and your family. 1428 Dunwoody Village Parkway Dunwoody, GA 30338 770-394-2358

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Joanne Jackson, M.D.; Lisa Roberts, M.D. Anna Tanner, M.D.; Monique Welsh-Evans, M.D. Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is the oldest established practice in Gwinnett County. We are proud to provide traditional, conservative health care in agreement with recommendations and guidelines offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We consider it a great honor to partner with you in facing the challenges of caring for and raising your children. Working with parents throughout life’s most important endeavors has been the mission of GPAM over the past 40 years. Drs. Jackson, Roberts, Tanner and Welsh-Evans are part of a larger group of 16 board-certified pediatricians. We have four locations in Gwinnett County for your convenience – Duluth, Dacula, Lawrenceville and Sugar Hill. For more information about our practice and physicians, please visit our website or follow us at

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Dr. Bataille graduated from New York University in 2000 with a degree in Anthropology and Biology. Following graduation he received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to do scientific research at Columbia University for three year. He then went on to receive his medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in 2007, where he also completed his Pediatric residency in 2010, training at the Healthcare Atlanta hospitals/ Dr. Sells graduated from Children’s Harvard College in 1992 with of a degree in sociology. facilities. During his residency Dr. Bataille became well acquainted with the staff She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Collegeand of patients residency pediatrics at.the School to at Intown Pediatrics, andMedicine in July in of2003, 2010and hecompleted officiallyherjoined theinpractice. HeMorehouse is committed of Medicine. Dr. Sells founded Intown Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in 2006 IPAM’s mission of partnering with families to foster the healthy growth and development of to provide warm, friendly and excellent care for the growing population of in-town Atlanta’s children.

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families. The practice started in a charming Grant Park bungalow, but quickly outgrew the space. In 2009, Intown Pediatrics relocated to a brand-new, larger space in Dr. Bataille strives to be an easily approachable, communicative Pediatrician dedicated to Glenwood Park, just around the corner from its original location. providing comprehensive and informative care ofisthe patient. He doctor: is a member Dr. Sells’ personal philosophy to bewhole a true “neighborhood” involved of the American Academy of Pediatrics the offering American Medical Association. in communityand activities, convenient appointment times and after-hours advice. She is a board-certified member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Visit today and about their entire team andasall they can participates in thelearn Sectionmore on Early Childhood Education & Childcare well as the Section on Complementary, Holistic & Integrative Medicine. offer your family as they develop a “provider-parent” partnership with you 490 Bill Kennedy Way Atlanta 30316 404-446-4726 Conveniently located in Glenwood Park

Dr. Bataille graduated from New York University in 2000 with a degree in Anthropology and Biology. Following graduation he received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to do scientific research at Columbia University for three years. He then went on to receive his medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in 2007, where he also completed his Pediatric residency in 2010, training at thefrom Children’s Healthcare ofwith Atlanta hospitals/ Dr. Bataille graduated New York University in 2000 a degree in facilities. During his residency Dr. Bataille became well acquainted witha the and patients anthropology and biology. Following graduation he received grantstaff from the National Institutes of Health to do scientific research at Columbia University for three years. He to at Intown Pediatrics, and in July of 2010 he officially joined the practice. . He is committed then went on to receive his medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine IPAM’s mission of partnering with families to foster the healthy growth and development of in 2007, where he also completed his pediatric residency in 2010, training at the Atlanta’s children.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals/facilities. During his residency Dr. Bataille became well acquainted with the staff and patients at Intown Pediatrics, and in July of Dr. Bataille strives to be an easily approachable, communicative Pediatrician dedicated to 2010 he officially joined the practice. He is committed to IPAM’s mission of partnering providing comprehensive and informative ofgrowth the whole patient.ofHe is a member with families to foster thecare healthy and development Atlanta’s children. of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Medical Association. Dr. Bataille strives to American be an easily approachable, communicative pediatrician dedicated to providing comprehensive and informative care of the whole patient. Visit and learn moreofabout their entire team and all Hetoday is a board-certified member the American Academy of Pediatrics andthey the can American Medical Association. offer your family as they develop a “provider-parent” partnership with you 490 Bill Kennedy Way Atlanta 30316 (404) 446-4726 Conveniently located in Glenwood Park

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Jeffrey Hopkins, M.D.; Sally Marcus, M.D. William Robert Smith Jr., M.D.; Jonathan Winner, M.D. At Northside Pediatrics, we really love kids. More Atlanta moms are discovering the unique, team-based 360CareTM we provide, which is designed to keep your kids well. They come first for us, and we believe the care we deliver – we call it 360CareTM – is the best and most consistent in Atlanta. When it comes to your children, we will not compromise on quality. The 360CareTM program we have developed to serve you reflects the latest expertise from the American Academy of Pediatrics and focuses on the total wellness of your children from the time they are born through their teenage years. We adhere to the vaccination schedule because it’s better for your children. We spend more time with each child. It’s a higher standard, and many families in Atlanta are looking for that. Sandy Springs, 404.256.2688 Woodstock, 770.928.0016

Peter Strauss, M.D.; Sarah Yount, M.D.

Kennesaw Pediatrics is committed to providing exceptional pediatric healthcare with a personal touch – a warm environment focused on your child as a person. Starting with the joy of a new birth and continuing through early adulthood, we are here to serve your family with skill and compassion – blending the latest healthcare advances with what our patients describe as, “hometown charm!” We would be delighted to give you a tour or invite you to our Grand Opening of The Newborn Center on June 16th! Please contact us at (770) 429-1005 or to let us know how we can help!

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Dekisha Drayton, M.D.

A proud mother of three girls, Dr. Drayton has first-hand experience with caring for young children. In 2007, she established Princeton Lakes Pediatrics to provide a place where children and parents are treated like family. Dr. Drayton is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and has been in Atlanta since 2003. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a B.S. in biology. Dr. Drayton attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed her residency at East Carolina University in North Carolina. Dr. Drayton is board-certified in pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Resting Easy

Don’t Let the Aches, Pains and Bothers of Pregnancy Spoil Your Sleep

by Kerrie McLoughlin


hat pregnant woman doesn’t enjoy her sleep being interrupted 12 times a night while she goes to the bathroom, sniffles through a stuffy nose or rubs out a few leg cramps? While you

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may theoretically get eight hours of sleep at night, the sleep disturbances of pregnancy can leave you feeling groggy the next morning. Here’s a problem-solving guide to help you sleep for longer stretches.

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n  Problem: Insomnia

Solutions: Take a warm bath and do some relaxation exercises before bed. White noise from something like a fan may help. If your baby is squirming and kicking, try rocking back and forth in bed or rubbing your belly to get him to sleep. If you can’t sleep because you’re worried about labor, arm yourself during the day with information from books and the Internet (take a pass on any negative stories you may come across). Try listening to Dr. Frank Lawlis’s “Positive Birthing” CD (find it at mindbodyseries. com). If insomnia becomes a chronic problem, speak to your doctor about taking Ambien or Tylenol P.M. n  Problem: Back, hip and leg pain caused by carrying extra weight Solutions: Pillows galore! Consider purchasing a U-shaped body pillow made just for pregnant women, or just grab pillows from home and place one behind your back, one under your belly and one between your knees. Using a heating pad for a while before bed does wonders for lower back pain, but never fall asleep on one.   n  Problem: Leg cramps Solutions: If you feel a leg cramp coming on, keep your toes pointed toward yourself. If you get a cramp anyway, massage the spot until the cramp subsides. Some doctors recommended calcium tablets.   n  Problem: Going to the bathroom every couple of hours Solutions: Try not to drink too much a couple of hours before you go to sleep, limit your caffeine intake and make sure you go to the bathroom before getting into bed. Otherwise, there’s not too much you can do (unless you want to wear Depends) since your baby has taken up residence on top of your bladder.   n  Problem: Heartburn and acid reflux Solutions: Keep some Tums on your headboard, nightstand or under your pillow. For worse heartburn, ask your doctor if you can use something like Zantac for longer relief. Sleeping propped up on pillows also may help.   n  Problem: Hunger and thirst in the middle of the night Solutions: Keep a bottle of water by your bed (but of course this will exacerbate the problem of frequent bathroom trips!) and some snacks like packaged peanut butter crackers. If you must get up, grab some milk and/or turkey, both of which contain the sleep-inducing tryptophan.   n  Problem: Stuffy nose Solutions: Check with your doctor first, but sometimes a simple saline nasal spray will work just fine. Also, some doctors may recommend something like Flonase or ChlorTrimeton (which can also make you sleepy – bonus!) for allergies. Over-the-counter nasal sprays are recommended for use for no more than a few days, and only if nothing else works. c

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he preschool at McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a nationally accredited preschool that provides the highest quality of early childhood care and education. McGinnis Woods preschool is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC. NAEYC accreditation represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. The program, from infancy through pre-kindergarten, focuses on the social, cognitive, and emotional development of young children. The warm and loving teachers of McGinnis Woods are both qualified and experienced. The low student-teacher ratios and small class sizes allow for the individualized attention that the children need to learn and grow. The private Pre-K and Elementary/Middle School currently serves students through eighth grade. McGinnis Woods preschool uses Creative Curriculum which embraces the philosophy that children learn best by doing. Each classroom offers weekly lesson plans based on the “theme of the week.” Zoo-phonics in an integral part of the curriculum. The school’s mission is “to inspire students with the passion to excel!” The developmentally appropriate curriculum, low ratios, and enthusiastic teachers provide a fun environment and a strong sense of community and belonging rarely found elsewhere. Experience the McGinnis Woods difference! Visit their website at or call 770-664-7764 to set up a tour.

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a variety of services for expecting and new mothers from massage, doula services, instructional classes and monthly infant massage classes. “Tara’s pregnancy massages are great for helping you feel more comfortable during a time when you need it most”, says Laura Powell, local mom of two. Tara Thompson is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist, Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, Certified Labor Doula, Trained Postpartum Doula and a Childbirth Educator. Tara strives to give you what you need to help you make knowledgeable decisions about your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. Her mission is to provide information, education, and relaxation so you can make the best decisions about your pregnancy, birth and beyond. Tara believes being more informed about your body and the changes you go through while you’re pregnant is important. For more information, call 404-465-3391.

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Lessons from the

Lemonade Stand


by Kerrie McLoughlin

When your kids ask you if they can have a lemonade stand, do you give a tired sigh in anticipation of all the work required? Me, too, but I reluctantly agreed. We were on our way to several whole days of fun and – don’t tell my kids this – learning. To start, we searched for a small table, folding table or stable cardboard box. Then we ran to the store for cups, ice and powdered lemonade mix. (You can always go the fresh-squeezed route and buy lemons). The kids made signs to put on their table and on sticks stuck in the ground. One held up a sign and yelled, “Lemonade!” to attract business. My money-obsessed 10-year-old son started the first day by charging a big fat buck for each mediumsize glass of lemonade. He had a few takers, but the next day he decided to charge half price and ended

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up earning much more. Some days the kids would put up a sign that said all the proceeds from the day would go to a specific cause, such as the Red Cross. I didn’t gripe about having to sit outside in the heat acting as Lemonade Stand Manager on those days and instead beamed with pride. As summer wore on, the kids came up with better ideas, like Kool-Aid mixed with clear soda – a big hit. They looked like mini-businesspeople sitting around the dining room table discussing the next Big Idea. They started getting repeat business from people who drove down our street every day. They made labels for the cups with their business name: Summer Kids Drink Stand. The lemonade stand was a simple venture at first glance, but when I looked a little deeper I saw all the lessons it taught my kids and their friends:

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Finances. The kids learned how to seek out a deal on cups and lemonade and to make their own ice in advance at home. They learned about making change, counting money, measuring, dividing earnings between kids, how much to charge, record-keeping, saving for something they want and altruism. Social and general business. There’s much for kids to learn about business, like the fact that there are good and bad times and days to sell lemonade (lunch and rush hour are good; neighborhood garage sales days are great; chilly days are not). They learn patience and perseverance.   Safety and stranger danger. I’m sure your kids know not to go up to a car when they don’t know who is in it, but selling lemonade helps reinforce that message. Your child should know to let the customer get out of his car and come to get the lemonade.   Basic manners. I made sure the kids knew they shouldn’t hold cups by the lip or stick their hand in the cup. When telling customers how much the lemonade was, they would say, “Fifty cents, please” and thank the customer upon receiving the money. If they got a tip, they would say a profuse thank you.

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Summer Reading

Ways to Fire Up a Reluctant Reader Rule out Health Issues Learning disabilities, hearing and eyesight issues aren’t always immediately obvious, but can quickly sour a child’s attitude about reading. “Not only should you listen as your children practice reading, but also watch their eyes. A correctable eye problem can cause difficulties,” says Marlene Bosak, a children’s librarian, whose son struggled with an eye coordination issue for years. Eye coordination problems may not be detected in a normal eye exam. For more information, visit

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Studies find that kids with a zest for reading acquire stronger vocabulary and writing skills and a better understanding of human nature and different cultures. Unfortunately by age eight, many children, especially boys, are less likely to read for pleasure as their interests turn to friends, video games and other activities. Motivate your child to read by appealing to his personality and interests.  n  Read aloud. Continue reading together even after your child can read independently. Model fluency, a critical reading skill, which enables us to read quickly and accurately with proper expression. Lack of fluency often fuels reading frustrations, which can affect learning as children advance to the upper grades where reading demands increase. Besides, this is just a great way to bond! n  Evaluate. Together, explore a story’s themes and difficult situations. Invite your child to critique and discuss how the story applies to the world as she knows it.

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n  Tell a story. Recall a favorite tale or share a personal experience. Storytelling nurtures early literacy, helps with comprehension and reflects your values. Plus, research finds storytelling increases the overall well-being and happiness of families. n  Consider non-fiction. Explore different genres with your child. “Children often say they don’t like to read because they’ve only read things chosen for them by others,” says librarian Helma Hawkins. “Find a subject your child is interested in and then find a selection of books or magazines on that subject and let her choose.”  n  Make ’em laugh. You may not care for Captain Underpants humor or Junie B. Jones’ grammar, but these books often leave kids roaring for more.  “We read Junie B. Jones in the classroom and use the inappropriate things she says as teaching moments: ‘What could she have said?’” says Jill Conard, a first grade teacher. “We talk about bullying behavior and ways to create peace-building.” Unsure if your child is ready for a particular book? Read it first to decide if it’s developmentally appropriate.

Little Ways to Sneak in Reading n  Going on vacation? Have your child research the location, cost, hours, etc, of amusement parks or other sites she wants to visit. n  When cooking together, ask your child to read the recipe and assemble the ingredients. n  Dictate your grocery list to your child. Have him read it to you as you shop. n  Next time your child asks to go to a movie, have him look up the times, locations and reviews. n  Ask your child to read the directions to a new board game and explain to the family how it works.

n  Appeal to their social side. Start a kids book club or see if your library hosts one. “Peers are instrumental in getting kids to read. If their friends are talking about books they like to read, that will motivate kids to read, too,” says Pam Rousselo, a fourth grade teacher.

n  Subscribe to magazines. Kids love to get mail! Children’s magazines cover topics ranging from current events, wildlife and science to sports and fashion.

n  Fan the flame. Hook your child onto a series or a specific author. Legions of young fans rally around series like My Weird School, The Magic Tree House, Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie. Comic books count, too!

n  Motivate through incentives. Set goals and reward your child’s reading efforts with a special outing or treat. Cont’d on page 48

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Reluctant Reader n  Tap the web. School and library websites frequently offer interactive reading programs. Visit author websites and search for online companions to traditionally published books like the Magic Tree House series, which feature interactive, educational games to supplement the stories.  Another resource,, offers ideas to inspire boys to read. Knowonder. com includes free, original fiction stories written by professional children’s authors, as well as, non-fiction articles and opportunities for children to submit their own writing and artwork.  n  Read on the go. Download audio books to your child’s MP3 player and he can listen while he shoots hoops. Receive daily stories on your phone or iPad through a free app on  “In your hand, you have (access to) a huge wealth of stories for when you’re sitting in a waiting room or on car rides on a device that (kids) want to interact with to begin with,” says Kevin Doyle, a staff writer for  n  Share your e-reader. According to a 2012 study in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, upper elementary and middle school children, especially boys, read more books when provided with an e-reader. The e-readers provide privacy (no one needs to know your child’s reading level), they’re light-weight and the book is readily accessible at all times. n  Get creative. Carie Beth Russell, an educator and mom of two, has her daughters rewrite dialogue, plots and settings by covering picture book text with sticky notes. 

“Ask (your kids) to draw while you read aloud. Visualizing the story is a skill that must be acquired,” Russell says. n  Role model. Set aside daily quiet time for family reading. Create a peaceful and cozy reading nook in your home with a comfy chair and blanket. “Laugh out loud at literature. Cry. Let your kids see you be moved and transported by text,” Russell says. “Join a book club and let them see that you value books by the way you spend your time. Buy lots and lots of books at locally owned shops and visit the library each week.”  Dads should make it a point to read in front of their children, too. Boys look to male role models when deciding if reading is a masculine activity. c

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Keep Mind & Body Active This Summer! Vacation Reading!

These summer programs will keep kids reading, learning – and having fun – until school resumes in the fall.



Libraries Reach Out The Georgia Public Library System coordinates a statewide “Every Hero Has a Story” Vacation Reading program. Local libraries have storytimes, STEM programs, arts and crafts, magic and puppet shows. Some encourage kids to keep reading logs and give awards when they reach reading goals. Check with your local library to see what’s available.

Scholastic’s Online Program Scholastic Books’ Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program, also aims to develop readers. At, kids pick books to read, then log how many minutes they’re reading to earn rewards and compete with others to see who can read the most. Georgia’s Challenge to Read Georgia Department of Education officials are promoting a Summer Reading Challenge, asking students to take a summer reading pledge to read at least 15 to 30 minutes every day. Suggested goals for summer: Grades K-2, 10 children’s books. Grades 3-5, eight chapter books. Grades 6-12, five fiction books and five nonfiction books. Find information at

Barnes & Noble’s Free Gift Each child must read eight books and record them in the B&N Reading Journal to earn a free book. Kids take the completed journal to their local Barnes & Noble, and select a free book from the Reading Journal list at the store. Find more on the program and download a Reading Journal at (search for “summer reading program”).

Home Run Readers The Atlanta Braves, Georgia Public Library Service and Subway restaurants are teaming up to reward K-12 students with a free Braves ticket and a Subway “Fresh Fit for Kids Meal” for reading books and completing an online activity. (go to the community tab). –  Hayley Markowitz

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Roswell Summer Puppet Series Roswell Cultural Arts Center Through July 18. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.; additional shows, Wed. and Fri., 1 p.m. Brought to you by nationallytouring puppeteers and their puppets. Just right for ages 2-10, the lineup features: n  “Peter and the Wolf & The Frog Prince,” June 1-6 n  “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf,” June 8-13 n  “Sleeping Beauty,” June 15-20 n  “Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff,” June 22-27 n  “The Princess and the Pea, Y’all,” June 29-July 3 n  “Animalia,” July 6-11 n  “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” July 13-18 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232. Tickets, $5; children younger than 2, free.



Tellus Museum June 13-14. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Calling all young geologists to bring rocks from their backyard to identify. Enjoy various geologythemed children’s activities including Rock Bingo to win a specimen, decorating bags to take home any finds and more. Vendors have gems and fossils on display and for purchase. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-6065700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free.

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RockFest at Tellus Museum

Superhero Day Fernbank Museum of Natural History June 21. Noon-4 p.m. Celebrate the superhero in your family at this afternoon party honoring dads. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero to explore the museum, hang out with costumed characters and have some fun playing games and trying hands-on activities. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404929-6300. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Family Fun Guide Beginning June 7 the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art are offering free activities as part of CREATE ATL, Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center every Sun., noon-5 p.m.

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Woodruff Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center June 7, 14, 21 and 28: Features activities such as art making, interactive musical story times, composers-in-training sessions, instrument making, drop-in acting classes, Blub, Blub (an underwater playscape for babies up to 24 months old), Institute of Mexican Culture program and more.

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More Woodruff Fun! n  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical Alliance Theatre Through June 28. Based on the children’s book by Mo Willems. Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the Laundromat. But the adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. Adults, $15; ages 6-17, $8; ages 3-5, free.

Second Sunday Fundays High Museum of Art June 14: Meet-and-greet with Willems’ beloved characters Elephant and Piggie, “Los Trompos” inspired art activity, “Seek and See” scavenger hunt in the “Seriously Silly!” exhibition and more. Activities, 1-4 p.m.; admission to the High Museum of Art, free all day.

n  Los Trompos The High Museum of Art Open through Nov. 29. See the Spinning Tops, featuring more than 30 three-dimensional, largerthan-life tops in a variety of colors and shapes installed throughout the Sifly Piazza. Free performance every first and third Friday of each month. See website for show times.

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On hot summer days, bowling is a great activity to keep the whole family entertained and cool. Several bowling alleys in the Atlanta metro area offer summer deal programs. 99 cent Bowling All ages can enjoy every game of bowling for 99 cents any day of the week. Shoe rentals are not included.

Summer Game Pass Register and purchase online for three games of bowling per day per person. Shoe rental is included with the pass purchase. Offer available through Sept. 7. Ages 15 and younger, $21.95; ages 16 and older, $26.95.

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n  Seriously Silly: the art & whimsy of Mo Willems The High Museum of Art Through Jan. 10, 2016. Enjoy an exhibit exploring the illustrations by the best-selling children’s book artist and author. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free.

Locations for 99 cent Bowling and Summer Game Pass. AMF. Woodstock, 770-926-2200; Snellville, 770-972-5300; Marietta, 770-427-4696. Bowlmor Atlanta. 2175 Savoy Dr., Atlanta. 770-451-8605. Brunswick Zone. Marietta, 770-435-2120; Kennesaw, 770-427-7679; Lawrenceville, 770-925-2000; Roswell, 770-998-9437. Brunswick’s. Marietta, 770-988-8813 and Norcross, 770-840-8200.

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Register online to receive two free games of bowling daily all summer long. All participants must wear bowling shoes and rental shoes are available. Dates: Through Aug. 29 Ages: 15 and younger. Cost: Free. Locations: Cumming, Dallas, Lawrenceville, Stone Mountain, Sandy Springs and Woodstock. 678-965-5707. –  Hayley Markowitz


Visit a Museum On Bargain Days Many museums and historical sites are occasionally free, a great price for families on a budget. Here’s when to go: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Free admission on the second Tuesday in June and July starting at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Target. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404659-5437;

The High Museum of Art Half-price admission on Friday nights, 4-9 p.m. Free admission on the first Saturday of each month for Fulton County residents. One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit card holders on the first full weekend of every month. 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4400;

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Atlanta History Center Free admission weekend, June 20-21, to mark Juneteenth. A family program will focus on the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States through activities and crafts. June 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; June 21, noon-4 p.m. . Also, one free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit card holders on the first full weekend of every month. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000;

National Center for Civil and Human Rights One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit card holders on the first full weekend of every month. 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta. 678-999-8990; Cont’d on page 54


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Roswell CultuRal aRts CenteR Shows at 10 am Monday-Saturday Plus matinees at 1 pm on Wednesday & Friday

Free to See: Visit a Museum On Bargain Days

TICKETS $5 • Summer Pass $30 770-594-6232

June 1-6 • Peter and the Wolf & The Frog Prince June 8-13 • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf June 15-20 • Sleeping Beauty June 22-27 • Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff June 29-July 3 • The Princess and the Pea, Y’all July 6-11 • Animalia July 13-18 • The Emperor’s New Clothes

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Zoo Atlanta Free admission when you visit your local public library and check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass DVD and return it for a receipt. Present the receipt at the Zoo Atlanta front gate to receive free admission for two adults and two children. Call your public library branch for more information. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-624-5600;

Booth Western Art Museum Admission is free on the first Thursday of every month, 4-8 p.m. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. 770-387-1300;

Tellus Science Museum One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit card holders on the first full weekend of every month. Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700;

The Georgia Aquarium Free admission on your birthday, for Georgia residents. Just bring a valid ID or a copy of your birth certificate for free admission, including the dolphin show. 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-581-4000. c

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Butterfly Fun

Chattahoochee Nature Center June 8-July 31 ee hundreds of native butterflies and feed them using a nectar stick. Learn how to attract butterflies in your own backyard. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Butterfly encounter included in admission.

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If You Go

Explore a Fairy Tale World at the Children’s Museum


ost of us grew up listening to fairy tales such as Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, and now we have the pleasure of experiencing them with our children. My girls, ages 7 and 4, had a fabulous time creeping through Anansi the Spider’s den, outsmarting the wolf in Lon Po Po, and lounging in Cinderella’s pumpkin coach. Seven fairy tales have taken up residence in the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, some familiar and some not so familiar. Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Beauty and the Beast and Thumbelina are well-known tales, but, many children may not have had exposure to Lon Po Po, the Chinese version of Little

Red Riding Hood, the African folktales surrounding Anansi the Spider, or the Grimm’s fairy tale The Elves and the Shoemaker. Parents will be pleased to discover the diversity of these tales and how several world cultures are incorporated into this exhibit. Hands-on is the best policy here. Toddlers will find escaping the giant by sliding down the beanstalk slide great fun. My 7-year-old loved dressing up and joining a banquet feast, with all the trimmings, in the Beauty and the Beast exhibit. Want to help a poor shoemaker fix his shoes? My 4-year-old found a workshop waiting with a hammer, nails, and shoes, all ready to be shod.

Once Upon a time … Exploring the World of Fairy Tales The Children’s Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta 404-659-5437; Hours: Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Wed., through July 26 Admission: $12.75; children younger than 1, free

Bring your imagination to the museum and enjoy a stress-free environment while your children learn, play and explore the world of fairy tales. –  Kristin Tobaben Smith


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In recognition of National Doughnut Day, June 6, Atlanta Parent serves up a half dozen of metro Atlanta’s top doughnut shops!


H LE STORY by Hayley Markowitz

DaVinci’s Donuts Donut lovers can choose from already crafted flavors or get creative and customize your own with many toppings to sprinkle on your doughnut.

Revolution Doughnuts This shop is known for organic ingredients and gluten/grain-free and vegan friendly options. Kid Favorite: The “pink” doughnut, a yeast-risen doughnut topped with all-natural raspberry glaze and colored sprinkles. l  Most Unique: The “Crunchy Mister,” a ham and cheese doughnut. l  Best Seller: Vanilla Bean l  Location: 908 W. College Ave., Decatur. 678-927-9920; l  Cost: $2-$4 l 

Kid Favorites: Cookies and Cream and Fruity Pebbles. l  Most Unique: Salted Caramel l  Best Seller: Maple Bacon l  Locations: Alpharetta, 678-392-2523; Sandy Springs, 678-951-0975. l  Cost: $1.15-$1.35 l 

Sublime Donuts This shop is known for a whimsical atmosphere with faux grass for carpet and big fluffy clouds for lighting fixtures, and of course, its doughnuts. Kid Favorite: Nestlé Crunch l  Most Unique: Salted caramel with reduced balsamic vinegar l  Best Seller: Strawberry and cream doughnut l  Location: 535 10th St. NW, Atlanta. 404-897-1801; l  Cost: $1.35-$2 l 

Dutch Monkey At this Mom and Pop gourmet doughnut shop, kids can watch the doughnuts being made. Kid Favorite: Chocolate iced with sprinkles Most Unique: Hazelnut Date Cake with Chocolate Ganache l  Best Seller: Caramel Apple Fritter l  Location: 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. 404-482-3650; l  Cost: $1.35-$3.85 l  l 

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Krispy Kreme These shops bake donuts using a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe developed by a New Orleans French chef. When the red light is on – announcing the donuts are warm from the oven – customers line up at the original Atlanta location on Ponce and at others throughout the metro area. Kid Favorite: Chocolate, iced with sprinkles l  Most Unique: Limited time offerings include Cookies and Kreme doughnut to a Cotton Candy doughnut. l  Best Seller: Original Glazed l  Location: 295 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-7307; l  Cost: $1.29 l 


Saturday, June 20, 2015 J 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday, June 21, 2015 J Noon - 4:00 pm Commemorate the end of slavery in the United States while exploring the themes of freedom and family history through a variety of kid-friendly activities, storytelling, music, and museum theatre performances. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners


Dough in the Box At this shop, enjoy a variety of 39 different types of doughnuts made every day. Kid Favorites: Themed holiday-shaped doughnuts from green shamrocks to giant hearts. l  Most Unique: The Birthday Donut is a giant 6-inch in diameter doughnut. l  Best Sellers: Apple and blueberry fritters. l  Location: 3184 Austell Rd. SW., Marietta. 770-436-5155; l  Cost: 85 cents- $1.70 l

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Become an Aquanaut

in Five Fun, and Educational, Steps


et ready for hands on learning as you take on Aquanaut Adventure, Georgia Aquarium’s newest gallery. You’ll begin your adventure upstairs, where Deepo, the aquarium’s mascot, will explain the tasks ahead. This room also has exhibits of reptiles and amphibians. Next you’ll move to the check-in station, where you decide your team name, challenge level and start your timer. You have 45 minutes to complete at least five of the seven challenges to become an “aquanaut” for the day. When you’re ready to explore, challenge stations along the way provide hands-on learning with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus. Your challenge level for each stop is based on age and you can pick your difficulty at each challenge, so your kids can take turns. Kids ages 4-6 are eggs, 7- 9 are fry, and 10 and older are fish. Our favorite challenge in the Peterson Preserve was the alligator leap, on a lifesize printed replica of the largest American alligators ever measured in Florida, 17 feet, 5 inches. You estimate how many leaps it will take to travel from the tip of the tail to the head, then test your theory. The Aqua lab was our favorite stop, where you touch different sea creatures like starfish and sea anemones. One favorite creature was the chocolate chip star fish. An extra bonus in the aqua lab is the behind-the-scenes look from the top of the beluga whale tanks. We happened to be there when they were 58 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

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If You Go Aquanaut Adventure Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta 404-581-4000; n  Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 365 days a year; extended hours during some holidays. n  Cost: Adults, $38.95; ages 3-12, $32.95; discounts for tickets purchased online in advance. n  Info: Aquanaut Adventure is reserved for education groups during weekday mornings but it is open to the public in the afternoon and on weekends.

feeding the whales and it was an awesome treat. The adventure doesn’t stop there, though. We measured the length of a beluga whale, felt the ice wall as a penguin would, and found Anglerfish like Dory and Merlin that glow in the darkness of the ocean. The entire adventure was an interactive experience of learning about organisms in oceans, lakes and rivers. We completed the challenge in time but there was so much more to see. Want to explore the adventure on your own time or have kids too little to do the adventure? No problem – you can view the exhibits without having to participate; just ask the staff member at the front of the aquanaut adventure. –  Jordan Lisvosky


Start Your Engines!


hen my three boys found out that we were going somewhere that lets them drive their very own cars, they couldn’t contain their excitement. They weren’t disappointed with Tiny Towne, a huge facility that looks like a replica of a small city. The boys were captivated by the large indoor tracks laden with colorful mini-cars and Tiny Towne Smart Cars that resemble golf carts. Tiny Towne has fun for all ages – we saw 1-year-olds holding their own in little stationary cars outside of the track. Pint-sized drivers like my 3-year-old also participated by driving small cars that moved slowly along the designated Tiny Track. Plenty of friendly Tiny Towne helpers were available to escort toddlers on their journey. My 7 and 8-year-olds felt empowered when they each took the wheel behind the slightly larger booster cars, and they loved being able to maneuver their cars on the two-lane track. They thoroughly enjoyed learning basic road safety by carefully passing other drivers and staying in their lanes. On the other side of the town, we noticed that older tweens and teens, or “Senior Drivers,” were navigating the open road on the advanced Traffic Track. This area of Tiny Towne closely resembles a real-life driving experience, since it is equipped with

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road signs and traffic signals. Once my boys are older, I can see this area serving as a great intro to Driver’s Ed, since these drivers must obtain a Tiny Towne Driver’s Permit after passing the “Traffic 101” test. Parents should know that Tiny Towne uses a “credits” system where $1 buys you one credit. The toddler and booster cars cost five credits per round, and each round lasts about five minutes. If you go on a weekend, young drivers should be prepared to wait in line, since only a handful of drivers can go on the track at a time. When the line started getting long, my boys decided to hop aboard the Tiny Towne Express (three credits each), an entertaining train ride around the city. They passed the “Carcade” along the way, which is a room full of arcade games for all ages. After the train ride, the boys were eager to use more credits to explore the arcade games, which typically cost one credit each. After two hours of taking a few spins around



Tiny Towne 2055 Beaver Ruin Rd., Norcross 470-545-7227; n  Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. n  Admission: Entrance into facility is free; prices vary per activity ($1/1 credit) Check website for specials.

the track, riding the train, and playing some arcade games, our visit to Tiny Towne came to an end. Families who have worked up an appetite after all the activities can stop at the onsite restaurant, The Grill, for sandwiches, pizza or dessert. Tiny Towne has a lot to offer, and parents will feel comfortable knowing that their kids can hit the open road in a safe environment. –  Felicia Barman

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Jousting, Falconry, Galloping Horses Make an Exciting Show


ictory is ours!” we chanted, while clapping and cheering for one of the best shows we’ve seen, Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. From the large entry doors and gates to the colorful banners, castle doors and rows of seats in the arena, we were already in anxious anticipation of our first dinner and tournament show. Our son immediately noticed the sand in the middle of the arena, inquiring about what was to come. My husband and I didn’t know, which made it even more exciting. We purchased a glowing sword and a flag from a vendor right before the arena became enveloped in darkness and the show began. Bouncing lights in every color and smoke cascaded around us. Our son sat back and said, “Wow!” We If You Go clapped for the knights during the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Games; watched the falcon Tournament perform during the Sport of Kings and 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville the saw horses showing off their skills 1-888-935-6878; – all while enjoying our three-course n  Time: Daily shows. Kings Feast. We ate with our hands! Then, the jousting began. Two n  Cost: Adults, $54.95; 12 and younger, $36.95; lap children younger than 3, free. knights gallop towards one another, and one knight hits the other, knocking him off of his horse. They then fight on the ground, armed with swords and shields, or any weapon of choice. Our son exclaimed out loud, “This is dangerous!” But he kept his eyes glued to each joust shouting, “Watch out,” every time. The knights fought to the very end. Our son is 5 and it was the perfect age to enjoy the show and be super excited about eating with his hands. Anyone from 3-99 would agree. He loved meeting the knights afterwards in the castle’s foyer. In just two hours we had traveled to a different time, Medieval Times. What an amazing show! –  Ayanna Hawkins

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If You Go Terminus Wake Park 171 LakePoint Pkwy., Cartersville;, 470-315-0155. n  Getting there: Take I-75 to exit 283 and head west; Terminus Wake Park is next to Love’s Gas Station. n  Hours: Open mid-March through mid-November, Sun., Wed., Thu., and Fri., 1-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-7 p.m.; closed Mon. and Tues. n  Admission: Two-hour pass, $35; four-hour pass, $45; all day, $55. n  Info: Bring your own helmet, wakeboard and ski jacket; otherwise equipment rental (vest, helmet, board) available for additional fees, ranging from $5 to $40, depending on items needed and how long they are used. No experience necessary and reservations are not required. Liability waivers can be filled out online in advance to save time at check-in.

Terminus Wake Park:

A Thrill Ride for Watersports Enthusiasts


ooking for an activity that will get your kids outside, challenge them physically, and make them smile? Terminus Wake Park may be just the thing. Located about 40 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Terminus is an all-ages, all-skill-levels wakeboard park that offers three man-made lakes, with cable systems attached to steel pylons above the varied aquatic obstacles on all three. Lake 1, the beginner course, eases visitors into the water with a partial cable system and low speeds; Lake 2 features a full clockwise system and a few stunts, and Lake 3, the expert course, is dotted with rails, sliders, and ramps, many of which are exclusive to Terminus. Each cable is powered by an electric variablespeed motor, ensuring even speeds, regardless of the number of riders. Guests can bring their own boards, helmets, and ski jackets or they can rent all needed equipment on site. The four boys in our group, all athletes with prior watersports experience, saw the long line and opted to skip Lake 1, where the basics of how to wakeboard are taught. But Lake 2 proved to be much more

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difficult than we expected, with intermediate features such as sliders, rails and kickers and the option for riders to either slide or jump off the dock. In hindsight, we should have arrived when the park first opened when the queue for beginner training was shorter. After the boys attempted about 10 launches each, we decided to observe what was going on at Lake 3. That’s where the experienced wakeboarders perform acrobatic stunts such as corkscrews and double flips. The demonstrations appeared effortless. At Lakes 1 and 2, staff coaches make sure riders are appropriately geared up and positioned for launch. They are expert wakeboarders who are happy to provide tips and suggestions as they operate the cables. For spectators, there are shady spots to escape the heat. On the day we went, it was particularly hot and staffers brought complimentary – and much appreciated – wet cloths for spectators and participants to put on their necks. Food and non-alcoholic drinks from outside the park are permitted; refreshments are also available for sale at a food truck on site. – Beth Balga June 2015    Atlanta Parent 61


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classes Mommy and Me Preschool Program. Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Different activities each week. June 4, 11, 18 and 25. 10 and 11:30 a.m. 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw. 770-427-2117. Recommended for ages 3-5. Adults, $7.50; ages 4-12, $5.50; 3 and younger, free.

Chattahoochee Nature Center JUNE 6-7. SAT., 10 A.M.-3 P.M. SUN., NOON-5 P.M.

Toddler Time. Georgia Aquarium. Introduction to marine life, costumed characters, story time, craft activities and a snack. Ages 0-3. June 1. 10-11:30 a.m. 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404581-4000. Advance registration required. One adult/child pair, $16. Does not include Aquarium admission.

Go inside and see hundreds of native butterflies and plants. Crafts, face painting, butterfly costume parade, sidewalk art and more. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055.Tickets, $12; ages 2 and younger, free.

Home Depot Kids Workshop. All locations. Learn tool safety while building a craft and receive a kid-size orange apron. First Sat. of each month. June 6. 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 5-12. Free. INK Craft Weeks. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Enjoy different themed crafts each week. Check for schedule and times. $1 with museum admission. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. 770-536-1900. Mon.-Sat., $8; Sun., $6. Mice Tours. Marietta Museum of History. Mascots Murray and Etta mouse introduce history through tours, story time and crafts geared towards ages 3-5. June 10. 10:30 a.m. 1 Depot St., Marietta. 770-794-5710. Reservations required. $5. Second Thursday Program. Southeastern Railway Museum. Parents and tots program includes circle time, an activity and craft. Ages 1-4. June 11. 10:30 a.m.-noon. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-495-0253. $7 per child, one adult free, additional adult, $8. Turtle Tours. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Museum mascots Sandy the chipmunk and Spring the turtle introduce history through stories, handson exhibits and crafts. Second Saturday of the month. June 13. 11 a.m. 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs. 404-851-9111. Recommended for ages 2-5. Free. Donations encouraged. Toddler Thursdays. High Museum of Art. Create masterpieces to compliment the museum’s current exhibits. Ages 2-4. June 4, 11, 18 and 25. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404733-4400. Free with admission. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free. Saturday Morning Art Classes. Vinings School of Art. Drawing, painting or pottery classes. Supplies included. Ages 2-13. Every Sat. 10 and 11 a.m. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Smyrna. 678-2134278. Pre-register. $15, siblings $12. Build and Grow Clinics. Lowes. Clinics teach kids to build wooden crafts. Free apron, goggles and merit patch. Visit for times and locations. 800-445-6937. Pre-register. Free.

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Crafts at Lakeshore Learning. Lakeshore Learning. Make a different craft each week. Every Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-578-3100. Free. Drop-In and Draw. Gas-Art Gifts at North DeKalb Mall. Make a different project each week. Sat. 1-8 p.m. Sun. 1-5 p.m. 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur. 404801-4926. $5. Little Acorns. Avalon’s Plaza. Every week offers new experiences including storytellers, magicians, face painters or arts and crafts. June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10 a.m.- noon. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-2000.Free. Tot Spot. Atlantic Station’s Central Park. A variety of activities are provided along with special experiences each month including storytellers, face painters or arts and crafts. June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta. 404-7331221. Free.

exhibits Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945. Parkside Shopping Center. Learn about the life of the Frank family in Amsterdam. Includes replica of Anne’s room. Tues.Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. noon-4 p.m. 5920 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 770-206-1558. holocaust. Ages 10 and older, free.

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Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Georgia Aquarium. Educational journey through the Aquarium’s upper levels while completing a series of entertaining challenges. Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. Admission price depends on date of visit. Adults, $38.95; ages 3-12, $32.95; ages 2 and younger, free. Brain: The Inside Story. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Explore how the brain controls our senses and emotions, powers our thinking, how the organ ages, and how technological advances may change our brains in the future with interactive activities. June 6-Aug. 23. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. Seriously Silly: the art & whimsy of Mo Willems. High Museum of Art. Explores the illustrations by the bestselling children’s book artist and author. Through Jan. 10, 2016. Tues.-Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun. noon- 5 p.m. closed Mon. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; 5 and younger, free. GYRE: The Plastic Ocean. David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Through art and science this exhibition brings into perspective the problem of floating garbage in the five major ocean currents. Through June 19. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-639-0830. Free. African Cosmos: Stellar Arts. Michael C. Carlos Museum. The National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian displays the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. Through June 21. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. noon-5 p.m. closed on Mon. 571 South Kilgo Cir. NE, Atlanta. Adults, $8; ages 6-17, $6; ages 5 and younger, free. 404-727-4282.

Calendar Once Upon a Time...Exploring the World of Fairy Tales. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Visit another time and place and interact with larger-than-life scenes from seven famous fairy tales. Through Aug. 2. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Weds. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. $12.75; younger than 1, free. Bruce Munro. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Inspired by Munro, an internationally acclaimed British artist known for his use of light. See installations created from hundreds of miles of fiber optics. Through Oct. 3. Wed.Sun., 6-11 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Fri.-Sat., Adults, $22.95; ages 3-12, $15.95; ages 2 and younger, free; Wed., Thurs., Sun., Adults, $19.95; ages 3-12, $13.95; ages 2 and younger, free. The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100. High Museum of Art. Explores the iconic design and creative legacy of the Coca-Cola bottle. Through Oct. 4. Tues.-Thurs. and Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon- 5 p.m. closed Mon. 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4400. Adults, $19.50; ages 6-17, $12; ages 5 and younger, free. Toys: The Inside Story. Tellus Museum. See and learn the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys and your own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams and circuits. Through Jan. 4, 2016. Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free.

TUNES FROM THE TOMBS Oakland Cemetery JUNE 13. 1-8 P.M. Music festival features musicians performing among the historic cemetery’s monuments. Families can bring low-back beach chairs and blankets, to listen and dance to all music genres including folk, jazz and rock. Atlanta food trucks will be on hand to serve festival fare. Take advantage of the complimentary guided mini-tours. 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-688-2107. Adults, $20; ages 3-12, $5; ages 3 and younger, free.

father’s day Superhero Day. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Celebrate the superhero in your family at this afternoon party honoring dads. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero to explore the museum, hang out with costumed characters and have some fun playing games and trying hands-on activities. June 21. noon-4 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults, $18; ages 3-12, $16; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Meet the Holidays: Father’s Day. Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Read The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing and find out how two young children surprise their dad on this special day. Then make Dad a special bow tie for him to take home. June 20-21. Sat., noon and 3 p.m. Sun., 3 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Ages 1 and older, $12.75.

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On the Big Screen:

JUST FOR KIDS Local theatres bring budget family fun. All titles are rated ‘G’ or ‘PG”. Here is the June line up.

n  Aurora Cineplex Summer Family Flicks 5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell June 4- Aug. 7. Mon.-Fri., 10:15 a.m.; $2 June 5-11, “How to Train Your Dragon” June 12-18, “Rio” June 19-25, “Annie”

n  Georgia Theatre Company Multiple Locations including Merchant’s Walk Stadium Cinemas, Marietta, Park 12 Cobb Stadium Cinemas, Marietta and Cherokee Stadium Cinemas, Woodstock June 9-July 30.Tues. and Thurs., 10 a.m.; $1 June 9 & 11, “The Boxtrolls” June 16 & 18, “The Lego Movie” June 23 & 25, “Nut Job”

n  Cinemark Fayetteville 10 Summer Movie Clubhouse 157 Banks Station, Fayetteville June 2-July 30. Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m.; $1; $5 for 10 movie-package June 2-4, “The Croods” June 9-11, “The LEGO Movie” June 16-18, “Dolphin Tale 2” June 23-25, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”

n  Regal Summer Movie Express Multiple Locations including Alpharetta, Austell, Buford, Kennesaw, Johns Creek, Snellville, Marietta, Dacula, Duluth and Douglasville June 3-July 30. Tues. & Wed. 10 a.m.; $1 June 2 & 3, “Nut Job” and “Annie” June 9 &10, “Earth to Echo”, “Boxtrolls” June 16 & 17, “Paddington”, “Turbo” June 23 & 24, “Rio 2”, “How to Train Your Dragon“

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movies Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Fox Theatre. Enjoy a different film each week. June 4, The Goonies; June 6, Back to the Future; June 18, Beetlejuice; and June 20, The Princess Bride. 7:30 p.m. 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 800-2784447. Tickets, $12. Mysteries of the Unseen World. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Go places on the planet that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Through July 16. See for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-9296400. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; ages 2 and younger, free. Humpback Whales. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Journey into the world of nature’s most fascinating ocean acrobat – the humpback. Take an up-close look at these gentle giants. Through June 18. See for show times. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-9296400. IMAX tickets: Adults, $13; ages 3-12, $11; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Calendar Movies in the Park. Atlantic Station’s Central Park. Grab the kids and a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars. June 4, Jaws; June 11, Heavyweights; June 18, The LEGO Movie; June 25, Super 8. 6:30-9 p.m. 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta. 404-7331221. Free. Family Movie. Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Public Library. Showing of The Box Trolls and open to the first 60 participants. June 30. 3 4:45 p.m. 1282 McConnell Dr., Decatur. 404-679-4404. Ages, 6-12, free. Monday Family Movies. East Cobb Library. Bring a snack and dress in your pjs for a movie night. June 1, Up; June 8, Planes; June 15, The LEGO Movie; June 22, Monsters University; June 29, no movie. 7-8:30 p.m. 4880 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. 770-509-2730. Free.

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Movies on the Town. Town Brookhaven. Bring your blankets and watch a movie at dusk. June 4, Paddington; June 11, Frozen; June 18, Cinderella; June 25, Singin’ in the Rain. 4330 Peachtree Rd., NE Atlanta. Free.

music Wednesday WindDown. Centennial Olympic Park Amphitheater. Atlanta’s longestrunning outdoor free concert series offers jazz and contemporary music performed by local and national touring acts. Bring blankets or chairs. June 3, 10, 17, 24 and 27. 5:30 p.m. 265 Park Ave. West NW, Atlanta. 404-222-7275. Free. Riverside Sounds. Riverside Park. Outdoor concerts feature a variety of musical styles; food trucks are on site. Bring blankets or chairs. June 6. 7 p.m. 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell. 770-641-3705. Free. Concerts in the Park. Dunwoody Nature Center. Bring your chair, blanket, and picnic dinner for an outdoor concert. June 13 and 27. 7 p.m. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. 770-394-3322. Adults, $5; ages 3 and younger, free. Performance on the Promenade. Piedmont Promenade. Pack a picnic and blanket for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s orchestral concerts on the Promenade. Tickets are available online through ticketmaster. com (no service charge) at 10 a.m. six days prior to each concert. Everyone including small children, must have a ticket to gain admission. June 11, 18 and 25. 7:30 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta. 404-733-4900. Free.

nature Garden Stroller Strut. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center to explore the garden. June 5,12,19 and 26. 10:30-11 a.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Recommended for ages 1-2. Free with admission. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

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Calendar JUNETEENTH Atlanta History Center JUNE 20-21. SAT., 11 A.M.-4 P.M. SUN., NOON-4 P.M. Celebrate the end of slavery with genealogy workshops, costumed interpretive speakers, storytelling and children’s activities. Also, a special performance of The Order of Freedom, written by Atlanta History Center playwright, Addae Moon. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 404-814-4000. Free admission on Sat. and Sun.

special events Brain: The Inside Story Celebration. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Enjoy a variety of hands-on, minds-on activities and games presented in celebration of Fernbank’s newest special exhibition Brain: The Inside Story. June 6. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404929-6300. Free with museum admission. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. Block Party. Fox Theatre. Live entertainment, special tours, food and drinks, activities, and prizes. June 7. noon- 6 p.m. Intersection of Peachtree St. NE and Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 800-278-4447. Free. Camp Aurora Magic Show. Aurora Theatre. Magic and comedy show by Arthur Atsma. June 17. 10 and 11:30 a.m. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. $7. Take Flight. Aurora Theatre. Big Thinkers Science Exploration explore the properties of air, pressure and flight. June 10. 10 and 11:30 a.m. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. $7. Georgia Birth Network Birth Expo. Life University. Enjoy everything you need for pregnancy, birth and post-partum featuring speakers, exhibitors, workshops, giveaways and more. Pre-register ticket at June 20. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continuing Education Building, 1269 Barclay Cir., Marietta. Free. Let’s Read Let’s Move Kicks. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Kick off the Mayor’s summer reading program with reading, eating and dancing to live music! June 6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404659-5437. Ages 1 and older, $12.75. Super Specials Tuesdays! Vinings Library. June 2, Superhero training; June 9, Meet a K-9 police team; June 16, Big Thinkers: What’s the Matter? (registration required); June 23, Canine Companions for Independence; June 30, Fire fun. 4-5 p.m. 4290 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 770-801-5330. Free.

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Fridays -N- Duluth. City of Duluth. Activities include movies, musicians and children’s activities. June 5, 12, 19, and 26. 6-9 p.m. Food for purchase from vendors or bring a picnic. 3167 Main St., Duluth. 770-4763434. Free. Teen Arts Night. City Center. Teens can bring instruments, poetry, artwork, and short stories to share. Includes a slice of pizza and a soda. June 5. 6-8 p.m. 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251. Ages 12-15, $5. Summer Celebration. McDaniel Farm. Tour the 1930s McDaniel Farm property, see tools from early farming days, make and eat homemade ice cream and hear about daily farm life. Pre-register required at June 13 and 27. 10 a.m.-noon. and 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 3251 McDaniel Rd., Duluth. 770-904-3500. Ages 3 and older, $6; ages 2 and younger, free. Locomotive Celebration. Southeastern Railway Museum. Locomotive hunt, craft corner, temporary tattoos and food. June 6-7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-476-2013. Adults, $8; ages 2-12, $5; ages 1 and younger, free. Fishing Derby. Brookside Office Park Lake. Bring fishing gear for a children’s fishing derby. June 6. 8-11 a.m. 3625 Brookside Pkwy., Alpharetta. 678-297-6130. Ages 4-12, free. Family Fun Night. Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library. Enjoy a different performance each night. June 22 and 29. 6-6:45 p.m. 5234 LaVista Rd., Tucker. 770-270-8234. All ages, free. Summer Fun Festival. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Join Liftup Atlanta for a petting zoo, live entertainment including a magic show, kids’ fun zone, games and activities, vendors, a field day team competition and more. June 20. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. 678-245-4622. Admission is a donation of new school supplies.

Giggles. Emory Point. Underwater whimsy fun take a trip under the sea with an underwaterthemed craft, balloon art and face painting. June 6. 10 a.m.-noon. 727 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 678-686-3106. Free. North Georgia Live Steamers. Georgia International Horse Park. Enjoy a miniature train ride. June 6. Trains runs 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 1632 Centennial Olympic Pkwy., Conyers. 770-8604190. All ages, $2 per ride.


Tadpole Tales. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Preschoolers will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with an activity or song. June 27. 11:30 a.m. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Free with admission. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. Magical Garden Stories. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Storytelling about animals and nature with puppets and songs by different performers. June 3, 10, 17 and 24. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Free with admission. Adults, $18.95; ages 3-12, $12.95; ages 2 and younger, free. Children’s Storytime. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Story times are followed by dance and songs. Every Sat. 11 a.m. 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free. Storytime at Little Shop. Little Shop of Stories. Thurs. nights kids can come in pjs for milk and cookies. Tues. 11 a.m., Thurs. 7 p.m., and Sun. 3 p.m. 133 A East Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-6300. Free.

Children’s Storytime. FoxTale Book Shoppe. Storytimes are followed by dance and songs. Mon. and Sat. 11 a.m. 105 East Main St., Woodstock. 770-516-9989. Free.

Wren’s Nest Storytelling. The Wren’s Nest. Ramblers host storytelling each Sat. 1 p.m. 1050 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. 404753-7735. Adults, $8; ages 4-12, $5; ages 4 and younger, free. (Price includes storytelling).

Storytime by the River. Chattahoochee Nature Center. Join the volunteer librarian as she uses books, puppets and songs to share stories about nature. Ages 3-5. June. 3, 10, 17 and 24. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055. Adults, $10; ages 3-12, $6; 2 and younger, free.

Garden Stories. Smith Gilbert Gardens. Young Sprouts ages 3-6 years old and their caregivers enjoy a story on a garden-related topic, crafts, dancing and playtime. June 17. 10:30 a.m. 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw. 770-919-0248. Adults and ages 3-6, $7.

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Go Skateboarding Day. Kennesaw Skatepark. A day for skateboarders and spectators with open skate sessions, live music, contests, giveaways, game tables, a misting station, and a meet and greet session with the Red Bull Skate Team. June 21. noon-4 p.m. 3140 Old 41 Hwy., Kennesaw. 770-422-9714. Admission, free; food for purchase.

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theater My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling. Center for Puppetry Arts. Using a collection of found objects and odd furniture, this performance gives life to the inanimate as the Ugly Duckling makes his journey. Through June 7. Tues.-Fri., 10 and noon. Sat., 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Sun., 1 and 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Ages 2 and older, $16.50.

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Calendar Roswell Puppet Series. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Choose from seven different puppet shows for summer fun brought to you by nationally-touring puppeteers and their puppets, just right for ages 2-10. June 1-July 18. Visit for showtimes. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232. Tickets, $5; children under age 2, free. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. Alliance Theatre. Based on the children’s book by Mo Willems. Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the Laundromat. But the adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. Through June 28. 404-7335000.Adults, $15; ages 6-17, $8; ages 3-5, free. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Center for Puppetry Arts. Join the barnyard fun in this new adaptation of the award-winning children’s book. June 11- July 26. Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m. and noon; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 3 p.m. 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. 404-873-3391. Ages 2 and older, $16.50.

beyond atlanta Kids Fishing Rodeo. Vogel State Park. Trout fishing rodeo for kids. A limited number of poles available on loan. June 13. 8 a.m. 405 Vogel State Park Rd., Blairsville. 706-7452628. Free; parking, $5. Full-Moon Suspension Bridge Hikes. Tallulah Gorge State Park. A 1½ mile hike down the gorge steps, across the suspension bridge to the gorge. June 2, 9 p.m. 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Rd., Tallulah Falls. 706-754-7981. Advance registration required. $5; parking, $5. Kids Day at the Park. Smithgall Woods State Park. Archery lessons, animal exhibits, compass games and stream critters. Learn about healthy activities and outdoor appreciation. June 13. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. 706-878-3087. Free. Nantahala Gorge Excursion. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Roundtrip train excursion to the Nantahala Gorge. Bluegrass music and storytelling during the journey. The 4½ hour trip includes a one hour layover at

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Fantastic Fourth Celebration. Memorial Lawn at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy a fireworks display following the Lasershow Spectacular. July 2-5. 9:30 p.m. Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-4985690. Fireworks show, free; parking, $15. Cumming Fourth of July Celebration. Cumming Fairgrounds. Festivities begin July 3, 6-11 p.m., with music, inflatables and fireworks. Steam Engine Parade on July 4 at 10 a.m. with antique cars, tractors and floats. Celebration ends at 1 p.m. 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming. 770-8813491. Free. Sparks in the Park. E.E. Robinson Park. Fireworks, inflatables, food and drinks and live entertainment. July 3. 6:30-10:15 p.m. 850 Level Creek Rd., Sugar Hill. 770-831-7413. Free. 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 McIntosh Recreation Complex. Food vendors and fireworks at dusk. July 4. Parade: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 151 Willowbend Rd., Peachtree City. 770-6312525. Free.

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Dunwoody Fourth of July Parade. Dunwoody Village. Celebration features marching bands, floats, clowns and mascots who will march from Mount Vernon Rd. and Jett Ferry Rd. to Dunwoody Village where the fun continues with a festival. July 4. 9 a.m. Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. 770-354-7653. Free. Fourth in the Park. Glover Park. A parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks. Parade begins at Roswell St. Baptist Church and ends at North Marietta Pkwy. July 4. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 50 Park Square, Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.

Legendary 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. Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:40 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta. 404-233-6767. Free. Star Spangled Fourth. Mall of Georgia. Live music, kids’ zone, a movie and Gwinnett’s biggest fireworks display. July 4. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.; fireworks begin at dark; after the fireworks, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” will play. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 678-482-8788. Free. Cont’d on page 72

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FOURTH OFHJULY FUN Fourth of July Extravaganza. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. March in the children’s parade around the museum floor, create flags to wave in the parade and take home, and see indoor “fireworks.” July 4. Noon and 2 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Adults and ages 1 and older, $12.75. Fourth of July Celebration. Centennial Olympic Park. Live music, food vendors, fireworks set to patriotic music. July 4. Gates open at 6 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45. 265 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-222-7275. 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. July Fourth Festivities and Fireworks. Wills Park. Games, entertainment, local bands, food vendors and fireworks at dusk. July 4. 6-10 p.m. 1825 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 678-2976133. Free. Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration. Keswick Park. Activities for kids and adults, food vendors, live music and an elaborate fireworks show in the park. July 4. 5-10 p.m. 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee. 770-986-5016. 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 Line-Up, 5:30 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 starts at Veteran’s Memorial Park through downtown at 9 a.m.; followed by entertainment and food at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium; fireworks at dusk. July 4. Newnan. 770-253-8283. Free. Atlanta Braves Independence Day Postgame Fireworks. Turner Field. Celebrate the 4th of July with a Braves game and a fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music. July 4. Game starts at 7:15 p.m. 755 Hank Aaron Dr., Atlanta. 404-522-7630. $10 and up.

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Celebrate America. The Rock Ranch. All day family fun with evening concert and a world-class fireworks extravaganza. Entertainment includes train rides, pony rides and more. June 27. Gates open at 10 a.m. 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock. 706-647-6374. $10/person from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $25/carload after 6 p.m. Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration. Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Fireworks extravaganza. July 4. 9:45 p.m. 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee. 706-896-4191. Free. Freedom Train. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Celebrate Independence Day all aboard in Bryson City. July 4. Departure 7:30 p.m. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800-872-4681. Adults, $61-$82; ages 2-12, $39-$54; ages 23 months and younger, free-$15. c

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by Lela Davidson

Are We There Yet?

This year I bought airline tickets for this summer back in the winter. That’s how far in advance I planned our vacation. Not exactly spontaneous. As I confirmed the reservations, I wondered when summer vacation morphed from something that exemplified pure freedom to just another obligation. When had it become a mere set of squares on the calendar to coordinate?


hen we were kids, the last day of school and the first day of the next school year may as well have been decades apart. All we knew was trips and reading lists and sleeping in. We had waterslides, watermelon and trout fishing. And the end was too far away to imagine. Just like those long car trips where we could not help ourselves but ask, “Are we there yet?” By the time we hit the more permissive middle school years, we had traded jumpers for bikinis. Summer meant drinking ulcerinducing quantities of Diet Coke, watching MTV until our eyes bled, and taking sex quizzes in Cosmo  –  all while baking in the sun under a healthy coating of baby oil mixed with iodine. We were all pink cheeks and blonde streaks, earned honestly at the seaside or pool. In high school we had summer jobs and summer loves. We sneaked out and drank wine coolers until dawn. The college years brought more of the same, only legal this time. Those became the summers against which all future Junes, Julys and Augusts would be judged. If ever we were there, that was the

time. And we thought it would last forever. But it didn’t last long. We grew up and went to work and packed up summer vacation with our varsity jackets and mix tapes. Highlights were acquired at the salon, and the rosy pink glow came courtesy of Cover Girl. The closest we came to liberty was sneaking out of the office early to hit Happy Hour, and maybe a week off for good behavior. The sun still brought fun, but even when business was slow, there wasn’t much difference between summer and the rest of the year. Days were spent in cubicles wishing we were anywhere but there. Then we had kids and their summer schedule dominated ours. Simply taking care of them during non-school hours became a challenge. Working parents scrambled for child care and their stayat-home counterparts scraped at their own fragile sanity in a house overrun by children. There was tennis practice and drama camp, the junior botany club, and something down at the library with Elmer’s glue and sequins. Summer seemed more like a prison sentence than a get-out-of-jail-

free card. Even the pool was a chore. We knew that SPF 50 was probably overkill, but a kid’s sunburn might get us hauled into Child Services. Weeks zipped by on the calendar faster than we could pencil in a day at the lake and a trip to grandma’s house. It was our children’s turn to ask, “Are we there yet?” Soon they will have their own jobs, and cars that carry them away for frighteningly long stretches of time. If you’re like me, you can’t help but wonder what you’ll do when your little birds fly the nest. I can tell you exactly what you’ll be doing. Working. Someone’s got to pay for all that fun. And you wouldn’t have it any other way, would you? It’s the natural evolution of summer. The result, however, is that the next time you can expect to have anything resembling the carefree joy of your youthful summers will be sometime after 2030. Meet me at Happy Hour and we’ll gum some corn chips and suck down a virgin margarita. Are we there yet? c

Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA, and Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?  74 Atlanta Parent    June 2015

Slimy kids meet slimy reptiles! We’re looking for slimy, spectacular kids to meet up with slimy, spectacular reptiles at Zoo Atlanta’s newest exhibit: Scaly Slimy Spectacular.

Show us that tongue Contest! Parents, enter your kid’s funny photo sticking out their tongue like Zoo Deadline Atlanta’s reptiles! to enter: July 20 Grand Prize: A family membership to Zoo Atlanta along with an Aldabra Wild Encounter Experience for four. Two runners-up will receive admission to the Zoo for four. Visit for more info and to submit your photo.

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