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Contents

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Atlanta Parent’s Big Book of Parties is the No. 1 source for planning your upcoming events. From local vendor lists to party planning tips and checklists, you’ll find everything you need to make your next bash a smashing success.

Party Do’s and Don’ts Parents share advice on how to tackle tricky party situations in this age-appropriate guide.

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Green Birthday Parties Host a totally eco-friendly party with some simple tips.

Countdown to Success A memorable party begins with a helpful checklist.

Party Planner Whether you’re looking to rent a dance floor or find a reputable baker, our Party Planner offers the most comprehensive resource listings to make planning your next party a breeze.

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  Amusement Parks and Attractions n  Balloons n  Cakes and Bakeries n  Clowns n  Equipment Rentals n  Farm Parties n  Magicians n  Party Places n  Party Supplies . . . and more! n

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Birthday Do’s, Don’ts and Maybes: Age-Appropriate Guidelines for Any Party by Cynthia Curtis

Should you invite your kid’s entire class or just a few close friends? Should your kid open his gifts at the party or after all the guests have gone home? How much input should your child get about the party particulars? Before you plan your next big bash, check yourself against the following advice from some professional party planners in the area, as well as from moms who’ve learned “in the trenches,” as they share their thoughts on celebrating your child’s special day.

n Games. Attention spans are notoriously short in this age group, so planners discourage formal games, opting instead for quick, interactive activities such as simple crafts, storytelling, face painting/ temporary tattoos, petting zoos, musical chairs, etc. Consider setting up a crafts table that kids (and parents) can visit when the mood strikes; it will keep the party moving and encourage even shy children to participate. n Opening Presents. Since young guests want to be an active part of the present opening festivities, many parents are opting to open presents after the party, or doing it in phases, a couple presents at a time. Regardless of whether the gifts are opened at the party or not, thank you notes are a must. Parents can begin teaching this timeless courtesy by allowing toddlers to color or scribble on the finished notes. n Favors/Goodie Bags. Planners and parents agree that, just like the food, favors should be kept simple but fun, and think quality, not quantity. Things that make noise are always a hit, and it’s easy to impress the pint-sized tot with something over-sized like a big, colorful lollipop or candied apple. Remember to put safety first; avoid toys with small parts, choking hazards and potential food allergies.

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Ages 2-4 n Guest List. Birthdays can be stressful for everyone, especially toddlers, so professionals recommend inviting family and close friends only (a common formula is inviting one guest per year of the child’s age, plus one). Always be mindful of the child-adult ratio as well, and try to keep the odds in your favor! If you are allowing parents to drop children off, then definitely invite a conservative, manageable number. At this age, moms also recommend that you invite all, or none, of a child’s class so that feelings don’t get hurt. n Day/Time of Party. After determining the guest list, select a day that will maximize attendance and that is good

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for the party venue, planners say. Moms agree that weekdays are great options at this age and that the party should be planned around nap times, because who wants a group of sleep-deprived, sugarhigh toddlers in tow? Earlier is better than later, and the younger the child, the shorter the party. Planners recommend no more than 60 to 90 minutes. Don’t worry if Dad can’t make it – celebrate with family at a different, more convenient time. n Cake/Food. Always be conscientious of food allergies, and keep food simple but fun. Choking hazards are something else to be aware of, moms caution. The planners report that the trend in cakes is individual cupcakes – they’re less messy and no one can argue over icing!

n Guest List. Inviting the whole class is probably not feasible, or even desirable, for this age group. Planners suggest that you send a birthday treat to school so everyone can participate in your child’s special day, but only invite your child’s closer circle of friends to the party. Take special care to address invitations thoughtfully – be very clear if parents or siblings are welcome. If done properly, this eliminates confusion and potentially awkward moments/hurt feelings. n Day/Time of Party. Weekends work best, unless school is out, at which time you can take advantage of reduced weekday rates at venues such as indoor inflatable places. Tena Carraher, mother of three from Peachtree City, says an “almost sleepover” is perfect for this age range; guests arrive around dinner and stay late, but not all night. This helps ease www.atlantaparent.com


n Favors/Goodie Bags. Great favors for this age range include crafts or items they make themselves at the party. If tied to the party’s theme, it will be a lasting reminder of the fun they had.

Ages 10-12 n Guest List. As children get older, the guest of honor should be involved in determining the guest list. A small group of close friends is best, and at this age, same-sex parties are still pretty much the norm. Also at this age, most guests are dropped off for the party and sleepovers are very popular. Invitations should be mailed at least two to three weeks in advance, and if guests don’t RSVP, planners say it is appropriate to call a week before the party to check their status.

youngsters into being away from home all night, and it is much easier on the host household, too! n Cake/Food. Standard kid food is the safest bet, but now you can branch out by offering more mature sauces for dunking, exotic fruits and smaller snack foods such as popcorn. Kids at this age love to be handson and are more capable in the kitchen, so let them get creative at bars of make-yourown bagel pizzas, ice cream sundaes, hot dogs, etc.

n Day/Time of Party. School schedules obviously dictate the day and time of these affairs, as well venue schedules. Children crave a little more freedom, so consider a movie and a meal or other fun outing where you can still supervise from a short distance. n Cake/Food. Since their palates are also more mature, planners warn that kids at this age have more defined likes and dislikes when it comes to food, so the safest bet is to go with the classics like pizza and burgers. If you want to serve more adventurous fare, communicate that clearly with both guests and their parents beforehand.

n Games. Planners recommend getting the party going with an icebreaker or two, even if guests already know each other (they always enjoy finding out new fun facts about their friends). At this age, it’s also fun to play games in groups or on teams, and for a fun twist take a traditional board game and come up with your own themed questions or activities to make it more personal and memorable. n Opening Presents. Guests should be expected to be more respectful during gift opening as they are genuinely interested in the creative and unique gifts they’ve selected for the guest of honor. Make guests part of the fun by giving them jobs such as handing out the presents, cleaning up the clutter, and recording the giver and gift in a notebook. Then pass the notebook around so guests can write a special birthday message to the honoree for a lasting memento. By this time, children should also know how to properly and thoughtfully write their own thank you notes in a timely manner. n Favors/Goodie Bags. When it comes to favors, customization and personalization are the name of the game for this group, planners say. Because they are old enough to appreciate thoughtful and unique gifts, select a couple of higher quality items that match the party’s theme and then add their names, photos and other personal touches to make them extra special. Think outside the box and make the package part of the gift, using fun items such as makeup bags, mini backpacks or sport bottles.

n Games. Games should be more structured and supervised for this group. Let the birthday child in on the planning and organizing. Have several fun options ready, in case one flops or goes quicker than planned. Carraher discourages letting anyone “lose”; instead assign the child who is “out” a task such as judging the next round before re-entering the game. Hiring a professional entertainer like a magician or clown is a better investment at this age, as guests are more likely to appreciate (and not be afraid of) different types of presentations. n Opening Presents. Children who are used to sitting in school may make gift opening smoother now, but give it structure by making it a fun game or activity. Be sure that the birthday child is the center of attention, with a special hat, chair, etc., and let guests participate as helpers. Be sure to go over basic etiquette rules with the birthday child beforehand so that no one gets their feelings hurt if he or she doesn’t like a gift, already has one, doesn’t understand what it is, etc. www.atlantaparent.com

Ideas provided by: Regina Robinson, Do Me A Favor! party planning; www.amazingmoms.com; and Sheria Smith, Added Pizzazz party planning.

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Simple Celebrations: How to Have a Green Birthday by Sarah E. King

Going green is all the rage these days, and incorporating green ideals into your child’s lifestyle is key to helping them grow up green. A birthday celebration is an important event in the life of a child, and something they look forward to and remember for years. So why not use the opportunity to implement a few green principles? Here are a few tips to help get your green party started:

Decorating for a green party really lets you get creative. Here are some helpful tips to get you ready for your child’s special day:

n  First, find a local outdoor place to hold your gathering, or hold the party in your own backyard, to cut down on energy use. n  Invest in plantbased cleaning supplies for the afterparty cleanup. These are safer for the environment and healthier for your home. n  Recycle gift-wrapping materials by using paper bags from the grocery store or using salvaged wrapping paper from previous gifts. n  Send tree-free invitations and thank you notes made from alternative fibers, like Green Field Paper, made of hemp and recycled paper. n  Use other alternatives to paper invitations, like an E-vite online. n  Bake an organic cake using pesticide-free ingredients. If it is in the shape of a globe, that’s a plus!

n  Make colorful pompoms to hang from the ceiling using recycled tissue paper and newspaper. n  Recycled tissue paper and newspaper also create resources for creating your own piñata. Fill this with organic candies, fruits and raisins. n  Use paper products for food and drink, or invest in party friendly, reusable plates and cups. n  Use natural materials from your own backyard to decorate the mailbox, doorways and the table. n  Give take-home projects in goodie bags that incorporate natural materials to give the gift of going green. n  If you must use balloons, buy ones made of Latex and not Mylar. Mylar takes several hundred years to biodegrade, while latex only takes six months. n  For candles as decorations or on the cake, try natural or multicolored beeswax candles, to avoid chemicals like petroleum. However you choose to celebrate your child’s special day, keep in mind the amount of unnecessary waste and overuse that goes into big events such as a party, and try to minimize your waste with a few of these tips. After all, even Mother Earth enjoys a good party.

For gifts and party favors, use a few of these fun ideas: n  For a unique present, buy your child an acre of rainforest or other natural habitat to protect. This is easy to do online and will be a lifetime gift for your child. n  Celebrate by planting a tree in your child’s name or by simply creating a garden for your little one. n  Plant trees or flowers in the number corresponding to the child’s age. n  Ask that guests bring a plant or flower as a birthday present. n  Have guests create their own party favors using materials from nature, such as a flowered tiara, a basket woven of pine straw and yarn, or a centerpiece made from materials collected in your own backyard. n  For take-home gifts for guests, use recycled paper bags that can be decorated and include natural treats and gifts, avoiding harmful plastics.

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Spotlight on Parties Diamond Girlz Day Spa & Boutique

Game Truck

iamond Girlz Day Spa & Boutique has become the new party destination for girls ages 3 to 15! Sophisticated yet fun, this impeccably detailed day spa screams girl power with its posh, pink decor, private lounge and shag carpets. Full of personality and originality, this experience will leave your spa girl pampered and polished to perfection. With walk-in services that include manicures, pedicures, facials, hair up-do’s and more, your special girl is sure to have an unforgettable experience. Want to celebrate a birthday or special occasion in a private setting? Diamond Girlz Day Spa offers several party packages to choose from starting at $255 for a “Diamond Diva Facial” party to $315 for a “Diamond Girlz Glam” party that is topped off with a Diamond Diva fashion show. Party amenities include rocking out on the karaoke machine, dancing away playing the Wii console, indulging in girly magazines, sipping on lemonade served in pink fluted glasses, all while receiving the spa services of your choice. Don’t want to travel? Diamond Girlz on Wheelz is a mobile spa party where the celebration comes to you at your home, school, hotel or any location. Call 678-534-3508 or visit online at www.diamondgirlzdayspa.com today to book a party your diva will never forget!

ost video games allow for multiplayer configuration, and present a wonderful opportunity for a unique and unusual social gathering at a private party. But the number of players is limited to the facilities available at the host’s home. You might add screens and consoles lugged in by friends and neighbors, to create a temporary gaming room in a garage, basement or living room. By the time your party is underway, you shall have spent hours of effort putting all the pieces together, and can look forward to tearing it all apart to put away. The folks at Game Truck make all that very easy for you. They park their mobile video theater at your house or event site, hit the start button, and 4 large video screens light up with all the latest games. This newest idea in group entertainment lets the party be at your home but not inside your house. And there IS no preparation and no cleanup. The Game Truck can be used for birthday parties, team building events, block parties, festivals and fundraisers.

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re your kids tired of the same old birthday party year after year? Are you looking for something new, fun and exciting? Host your child’s next party at Malibu Grand Prix or Mountasia! Your child will love racing their friends on hi-speed gokarts through their track’s banked curves, hairpin turns and exhilarating straightaways. How about climbing aboard one of the bumper boats for some water fun! Come aboard and soak the ones you love, but watch out – you could be next! You can also try your hand at one of the 18 hole miniature golf courses. Their state of the art game rooms offer incredible games to tickle everyone’s imagination! While you are at Malibu Grand Prix, try your hand in the batting cages – they offer everything from slow pitch soft ball to expert speeds! Looking for even more speed? Strap yourself into one of the custom built, high powered, ¾ scale Indy cars. With birthday party packages starting at just $12.99 per person plus tax, there’s something to fit everyone’s needs and budget! They’re also great for a day of family fun and group outings! Malibu Grand Prix 770-416-7630. I-85 at Indian Trail in Norcross. Mountasia 770-422-7227. I-575 at Barrett Parkway in Marietta.

ids love fire trucks!! Remember driving in the car and passing a Fire Truck and hearing kids shout… “FIRE TRUCK!!” ? That’s the whole idea with Red Hot Fire Trucks. Only they take it one step further and let the children actually BE the Fire Fighters. Kids can take a ride, blow the horn, sound the siren, and see the lights flashing above. Red Hot Fire Trucks actually allows the kids to dress up in the gear, play with the hoses, shoot the water, and really see what it’s like to be a real Fire Fighter! Red Hot Fire Trucks are RED and very noticeable from all around. What better way to get the attention of all the kids than when the fire truck arrives in front of the house, school, child-care center or event scene with sirens blaring and lights flashing! Everyone knows Red Hot Fire Trucks is on the way! A child friendly event is guaranteed to impress children, parents and guests of ALL ages. Bring the party to your home, child care center, school or event! For more information, go to www.redhotfiretruck. com or call 404-925-1221.

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Spotlight on Parties X-treme Gaming 360

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HEY BRING THE PARTY TO YOU! X-treme Gaming 360 has taken the Video Gaming Experience to a new level. Find out why the kids say “THIS IS THE HOTTEST PARTY IN TOWN”! X-treme Gaming 360’s concept is very different from its competition. Their motto is “no trucks, no trailers and no split screens”. All efforts are focused on providing a totally interactive and unique video gaming party experience that can be enjoyed indoors!! Parents now have the option to host the party in the comfort and safety of their own home. Each of their portable networked Gaming Karts contains 8 flat screen TV’s with 8 X-box 360’s, allowing 8 kids to each play in the same game but each getting their own screen. If there are more than16 kids, no problem, ask for 2 Karts. Mario Kart, Star Wars, Halo, Call of Duty,etc. Don’t want to host an “in home” party? X-treme Gaming 360 works closely with The Hudson Grille located in Alpharetta (Windward/Hwy 9), utilizing their private V.I.P. Room for parties of up to 16. Food/drinks/entertainment; it’s all taken care of! This X-treme Gaming 360 experience is not just aimed at kids, all ages will be screaming for more as they walk out the door. GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES IN TOWN. Call 678859-4605 or www.xtremegaming360.com.

OOK UP SOME BIRTHDAY FUN! Come celebrate and be the chef of the day at Young Chefs Academy. All of their birthday parties are filled with interactive, hands-on cooking and delicious fun!! Birthday parties are all-inclusive events with personalized invitations, decorations, recipe ingredients, drinks, paper goods and goodies for the kids. The birthday child even receives a special gift from Young Chefs Academy. Their parties are packed full of amusing activity! They will introduce each guest to the essentials of cooking as they make their “creation” from scratch, all while being entertained by the lively staff and their crazy “antics!!” Birthday parties are great for kids while they can learn to make pizza, pasta, chicken enchiladas, tea party treats, ice cream & cookies, fondue, and even decorating cupcakes! Young Chefs has been recognized as one of the best kid’s birthday parties in Atlanta. You supply the chefs, and they supply the rest! Call today to schedule your special day at YOUNG CHEFS ACADEMY at one of their convenient locations. North Druid Hills/Emory: 404-633-2633; Sandy Springs: 404-255-9263; www.YoungChefsAcademy.com

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Party Countdown

Checklist

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

Six Weeks to Go n  Decide on time and money budget n  Begin researching costs of external locations n  Research entertainers for in-home party n  Check out books about kids’ parties from the library for theme and game ideas Four Weeks to Go n  Choose party theme n  Select party location n  Determine maximum number of guests n  Finalize date and time n  Book and send deposit for entertainers or external locations Three Weeks to Go n  Make or buy invitations and send them n  Make transportation arrangements to external location n  Finalize menu n  Order cake and food if not homemade n  Arrange for extra helpers Two Weeks to Go n  Shop for paper goods, theme props, goodie bags and game prizes n  Make favors and/or assemble goodie bags 12

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

PARTY DAY Six hours to go n  Pick up last minute items, such as helium balloons n  Clean up clutter and put away any special items not used for the party Four Hours to Go n  Decorate house Three Hours to Go n  Make final food preparations n  Make final game preparations One Hour to Go n  Set table n  Dress yourself and your children

Two Days to Go n  Make food that will keep in refrigerator or freezer n  Check the house for safety hazards n  Put away any special breakables

30 Minutes to Go n  Have helpers arrive n  Run through timetable and basic responsibilities with helpers n  Put out materials for first activity or game

One Day to Go n  Bake or pick up cake n  Rent videos for sleepovers n  Review day of party timetable

Party Time! n  Welcome your guests

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Why settle for bland birthday party invites when you can spice things up with out-of-thebox ideas? Here are some fun and wacky ways to spread the word about your child’s big-day celebration: Balloon invitations Blow up a big balloon but don’t tie it. Use a large book to close the end while you write the party information with a marker. Deflate the balloon, put it in an envelope and add confetti. Guests have the fun of re-inflating the balloon to read the invite. Interactive invitations Get your invited guests involved in the birthday party theme right from the start with interactive invitations. For example, if you have a dinosaur theme, send a small box with a small plastic dinosaur buried in “glacial ice,” which is really cotton balls. Then the recipient can “dig up” the dinosaur. For a princess birthday party, you can have your invitation rolled up, tied with a colorful ribbon and hand delivered by someone in costume to read aloud like a declaration. “Admit One” tickets Cut pieces of red or orange construction paper into rectangular shapes. Write “Admit One” on one side with a black marker and include the party details on the other side. You can say things like “Ladies and gentlemen,” “Children of all ages” or “Appearing one day only.” Message in a bottle Create a “treasure” map of your neighborhood where X marks the spot of the party. Write the details on the back. Distress or tear the paper around the edges to give it an authentic look. Fold the map in half lengthwise, roll it up and place it inside a bottle. (Don’t forget to soak the bottles overnight first to peel off the labels.) Buy corks from a cookware store to plug up the openings. You can hand-deliver these invitations or ship them to your guests in small boxes. Add sand or other trinkets to make them extra special. www.atlantaparent.com

Puzzle invitations Buy pre-cut blank puzzles and write the party information on them before you break them apart. Or you can make your own puzzles by writing on plain index cards and cutting them into pieces. Guests will have fun before they even arrive at the party with this activity. Dress-up invitations Encourage guests to dress up by sending them invitations that can double as costume accessories. Draw the outline of the accessory on a piece of poster board and write the details around it. You can draw a mask to cut out, a fairy star, or a pirate’s eye patch, depending on your party’s theme. Embellished invitations Buy ready-made invitations that go with the theme of your party, then add some flair of your own. For an “under the sea” party, place the invitation in a cellophane bag and add some sand to the bottom. Add shells and confetti next, and then seal the bag with a twist tie or glue gun. Adapted from: n  Birthday Parties: Best Party Tips and Ideas by Vicki Lansky n  Child Magazine’s Book of Children’s Parties by Angela Wilkes

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Amusement Center/Arcades Attractions/Laser/Paintball Andretti Indoor Karting & Games ................................................... 770-992-5688 www.andrettikarting.com 11000 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell. All inclusive party packages include 1 hour in the party area, tableware, decorations, invitations, Carvel Ice Cream cake, Ethyl’s kids meal for each child, arcade credit and host. (see ad on page 15). Chuck E. Cheese Alpharetta .................................. 678-893-0171 Buford ........................................ 770-614-5803 Cumberland ............................... 770-435-9036 Conyers ..................................... 678-413-0045 Douglasville ............................... 770-577-8951 Kennesaw .................................. 770-420-3340 Jonesboro ................................. 770-996-3250 Marietta ...................................... 770-971-0002 Norcross .................................... 770-449-1767

Whether you’re planning a birthday bash for 20 kids, an anniversary affair for 50 or a block party for 100, our Party Planner is your ultimate resource for finding entertainers, party places, balloons, yard signs and everything you need to plan your event. INDEx Amusement Centers/Arcades  Attractions/Laser/Paintball .................14 Animals ................................................15 Arts and Crafts ....................................15 Balloons ...............................................17 Banners and Signs ..............................17 Beauty/Glamour/Tea Parties ...............17 Bowling ................................................18 Cakes and Bakeries ............................18 Caricatures ..........................................19 Clowns .................................................19 Cooking ...............................................19 Costumed Characters .........................20 Customized Candy ..............................20 Dance and Music .................................20 Equipment Rental ................................20 Facility Rentals ....................................21 Farm Parties.........................................21 Gaming.................................................21 Gymnastics ..........................................22 Horse Parties .......................................22 Ice Cream/Yogurt .................................23 Ice Skating ...........................................24 Indoor Inflatable Places ......................24

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Dave and Busters Duluth ........................................ 770-497-1152 Lawrenceville ............................. 678-847-5400 Marietta ...................................... 770-951-5554 Dixieland Fun Park .............. 770-460-5862 1675 Hwy 85 North, Fayetteville. Funopolis ................................ 706-335-3866 www.funopolisfamilyfuncenter.com 40155 Highway 441, Commerce. 5 acre indoor/outdoor complex. Laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats & cars, go carts, mini bowling, arcades, 4 party rooms and more. (see ad on page 13). Laser Quest ........................... 770-814-8801 3650 Satellite Blvd., Duluth.

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Karaoke ................................................25 Limousines/Cars/Buses ......................25 Magic ...................................................25 Mini-Golf ..............................................25 Museums .............................................26 Nature Centers ....................................26 Parks and Playgrounds .......................26 Party Places .........................................26 Party Planners .....................................27 Party Supplies .....................................27 Party Stores .........................................27 Puppet Shows .....................................27 Restaurants .........................................28 Rock Climbing .....................................28 Roller Skating ......................................28 Science ................................................29 Special Needs Parties .........................29 Sports/Athletics ...................................29 Sports Teams .......................................29 Storytelling ..........................................30 Swim Parties ........................................30 Themed Parties ................................... 30 Tree Climbing ...................................... 30

Malibu Grand Prix............... 770-416-7630. www.malibugrandprix.com 5400 Brook Hollow Pkwy., Norcross. Miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, arcade and more. Several packages available.(see ad on page 17). Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament ..................................................... 888-935-6878 www.medievaltimes.com 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville. Two hour show and four course dinner in an 11th century style castle with music, sword fighting and jousting. (see ad on back cover). Monster Mini Golf ................ 770-423-2212 2505 Chastain Meadows Pkwy. NW, Marietta. Mountasia Family Fun Center ................................................... 770-422-7227 www.mountasia.com 175 Barrett Pkwy., Marietta. Miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, game room, party host, tickets. (see ad on page 17). Paintball Atlanta.................. 770-594-0912 11060 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell Sandy Springs Funhouse ................................................... 404-843-1121 www.ssfunhouse.com 6650 B Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs. 2 level state-of-the-art tag arean, private party rooms, arcades, 3 level inflatable obstacle course and much more. (see ad on page 22).

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Wildfire Paintball Games 3725 Hwy. 78, Suite C, Snellville ................................................... 770-982-8180 2051 B Hwy. 138 NE, Conyers ................................................... 770-817-0521

Animals A Zoo to You – Wildlife Wonders ..................................................... 706-348-7279 Exotic Paradise Animal Shows ..........................770-969-1112 or 954-592-0047 Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Farm ..................................................... 678-493-5860 www.littleredbarn.us Brings friendly, miniature farm animals and ponies to you. (see ad on page 25). Mr. Greg’s Reptile Roadshow ..................................................... 678-764-3636

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My Reptile Guys..................... 678-472-8441 All Fired Up 53 S. Main St., Alpharetta. .......... 770-740-7800 Emory Village, 1563 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta ......................................... 404-270-9048

Artzy Party ............................... 404-895-7069

Artrageous Potter ................. 770-418-0222 9700 Medlock Bridge Rd., Duluth.

Arts & Crafts

Art & Soul ................................ 404-303-9959 4920 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. www.artandsoulpotterystudio.com Pottery parties, tie-dyed shirts, finger painting, jewelry beading and planters. Ages 4 and up. (see ad on page16).

2 Crafty Chicks ...................... 404-216-5574 1549 Clairmont Rd., Decatur.

Art Station ............................... 770-469-1105 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain Village.

Reptile Wrangler ................... 770-489-3512 Sam’s Path Petting Zoo ...... 706-717-8837 2210 Oakcrest Dr., Hartwell. Summer & Friends................ 678-508-0475 Zoo Atlanta ............................. 404-624-5650 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta.

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Brina Beads ............................ 404-816-8230 3231 Cains Hill Pl. NW, Atlanta.

Build-a-Bear Workshop Alpharetta .................................... 770-442-0900 Atlanta ......................................... 770-482-9239 Buford.......................................... 770-945-2990 Douglasville ................................. 678-838-4567 Kennesaw ................................... 678-354-0603

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Farmhouse in the City

Clay Time Mobile Ceramics Studio ..................................................... 404-313-1425 Earth, Paint & Fire ................ 770-592-4114 1025 Rose Creek Dr., #380, Woodstock. Farmhouse in the City ......... 770-312-7926 1094 Green St., Roswell. Imagine That! & Future Tech ..................................................... 770-455-1980 4330 Georgetown Sq., Dunwoody. Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts ..................................... 770-623-6002 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. Just Fired................................. 770-516-3777 4290 Bells Ferry Rd., Kennesaw.

Diamond Girlz DAy SpA & BOutiquE

Guests are pampered from head to toe with music, spa treatments & cupcakes.

Spa & Glamor Parties

Kidz Art ..................................... 770-321-4078 Little House of Art ................ 404-814-1910 1418 Dresden Dr., Suite 110, Atlanta. Mobile Masterpieces Inc. ..................................................... 404-909-7541 My Room Rocks ..................... 678-566-3200 10995 State Bridge Rd., Johns Creek. Out Of The Box Art Studio ..................................................... 678-867-7713 11940 Alpharetta Hwy., Alpharetta. Paper, Scissors, Cake ......... 404-867-1630 Pottery on Wheels ................ 770-862-6354 Purple Hippo Art Studio ..................................................... 770-730-0605 5517 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody.

Mini mani-pedis Facials Hair up-do’s Fashion shows Walk-in spa & MORE!

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Splatters .................................. 678-710-0103 5354 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Alpharetta.

Balloonacy .............................. 404-351-0538 2229 Rando Ln. NW, Atlanta.

Spruill Center for the Arts ..................................................... 770-394-3447 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta.

Balloons and Events Over Atlanta ..................................................... 404-231-3090 739 Trabert Ave., Atlanta.

That Pottery Place ............... 404-371-4557 2569 N. Decatur Rd., Decatur.

Balloons by Bernadette ..................................................... 770-427-2566 706 Allgood Rd. NE, Marietta.

Vinings School of Art ........... 678-213-4278 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., #102, Smyrna. Wired & Fired, A Pottery Playhouse ..................................................... 404-885-1024 994 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Balloon Designs .................... 404-213-5024 D & Q Designs ........................ 404-545-2204 Hico Helium & Balloons...... 770-439-7454 3230 Hopeland Industrial Dr., Powder Springs.

Wonder Colors Art Studio ..................................................... 770-831-7417 3550 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., Suite 102, Suwanee.

PJ’s Balloons and Flowers ..................................................... 770-642-2110 1144 Alpharetta St., Roswell.

Yellow Llama .......................... 770-493-8030 4420 Hugh Howell Rd., Tucker.

Banners & Signs

You Gotta Have Art ............... 770-667-9337 1000 Northfield Ct., Suite 130, Roswell.

About Signs ............................. 404-256-9570 5975 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta.

Balloons

Advantage Graphics & Signs ..................................................... 404-325-5302 2064 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Suite 103, Atlanta

A Balloon Services of Atlanta ..................................................... 404-815-7300 151 14th St. NW, Atlanta.

Fast Signs ................ 10 metro area locations

AirPlay Party, Inc .................. 404-451-5943

Party Banners.com............... 248-293-0668

Balloon Bouquets Nationwide ..................................................... 800-424-2323

Sign-a-Rama ........................... 800-776-8105 22 area locations.

Flamingo Yard Surprises .... 770-432-4555

Diamond Girlz Day Spa

Signs By Tomorrow .............. 800-765-7446 4 area locations. Southern Tailors .................... 404-367-8660 1862 Marietta Blvd., Atlanta. Top Signs ................................. 770-368-8085 3115 Medlock Bridge Rd., Norcross.

Beauty/Glamour/Tea Parties Diamond Girlz Day Spa and Boutique ..................................................... 678-534-3508 www.diamondgirlzdayspa.com 5470 McGinnis Village Place, Suite 101, Alpharetta. A Diamond Girl Day Spa Birthday Party is every girls dream! Guests are pampered from head to toe! Parties are filled with music, spa treatments, and cupcakes. Choose to dance or just relax in our party room with your friends as our party hostess spoil you! (see ad on page 16).

Fun Parties!

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PARTY PLANNER Dolls and Divas ................... 1-800-388-2810 740F N. Glynn St., Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Fun Bowl .......... 770-461-8822 124 North 85 Pkwy., Fayetteville.

Glamour 2 go Girlz................ 770-896-1631 Little Princess Parties ........ 678-314-0556

Metro Lanes & Games ........ 404-767-1990 1959 Metropolitan Pkwy., Atlanta.

MyFairyGodmotherParties.com ..................................................... 770-365-2193

Midtown Bowl........................ 404-874-5703 1936 Piedmont Circle, NE., Atlanta.

Pigtails & Crewcuts Buckhead .................................... 404-963-5612 Buford.......................................... 770-271-1990 East Cobb ................................... 770-565-8765 Roswell ........................................ 770-993-3303 West Cobb .................................. 770-795-9450

Stars and Strikes Getaway-n-Play ..................................................... 678-965-5707 133 Merchants Sq., Cumming.

Pink Pastry Parlor ................ 770-263-8303 www.pinkpastryparlor.com 6385 Spalding Dr., Norcross. Customized themed events, Pampering spa, tea parties, loft sleepovers, baking parties, showers, Teen Dream and Pop Star Parties, Dessert Stations and more. (see ad on page 17).

Cooking-based Birthday Parties for ages 3 to 14

Cook up some fun for your child’s birthday at Young Chefs Academy

Summer Camps! Cooking

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North Druid Hills/Emory - 404.633.2633 Sandy Springs - 404.255.9263 www.YoungChefsAcademy.com

U.S. Play ................................... 770-427-7679 775 Cobb Place Blvd., Kennesaw.

Cakes and Bakeries Ali’s Cookies ........................... 770-971-8566 Baby Cakes Bakery .............. 770-788-1414 2106 Main St., Porterdale. Bakers Man Cakes ............... 770-664-9669

Salon Red Kids ...................... 404-377-6230 123 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta.

Bill Rhodes Bakery ............... 770-979-2253 2335 Scenic Hwy., Snellville.

Snip-its Douglasville ................................. 770-577-4797 Snellville ...................................... 770-979-3818

Blanchard’s Bakery ............. 404-366-0267 4226 Old Dixie Hwy., Hapeville.

Sweet & Sassy ....................... 770-781-0300 410 Peachtree Pkwy., Cumming.

Cake Art, Inc. ......................... 770-493-1305 3744 Lawrenceville Hwy., Tucker. Cakes by CoCo....................... 404-499-2253

Bowling 300 Atlanta.............................. 770-451-8605 www.300atlanta.com 2175 Savoy Dr., Atlanta. Includes 90 minutes of bowling,pizza and sodas, invitations, keepsake bowling pin, paper products. Ages 12 and under. (see ad on page 16). Brunswick Bowling East Cobb ................................... 770-988-8813 Kennesaw .................................... 770-427-7679 Lawrenceville............................... 770-925-2000 Marietta ....................................... 770-435-2120 Norcross ...................................... 770-840-8200 Roswell ........................................ 770-998-9437

Cakes from the Heart.......... 770-435-1840 901 Milford Church Rd., Marietta. Character Cakes ................... 404-925-5381 Cloud 9 Frozen Yogurt and Cupcakes ..................................................... 770-645-0999 1195 Woodstock Rd., Ste. 900, Roswell. (in the Super Target shopping center). Cookie Creations of Atlanta ..................................................... 404-266-2255 Create-A-Cake Bakery ........ 770-982-2253 3485 Hwy. 78, Stone Mountain. Creations Bakery .................. 770-887-4944 101E Meadow Dr., Ste. E, Cumming.

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Rhodes Bakery....................... 770-237-0833 1783 Cheshire Bridge Rd............ 404-876-3783 880 Holcomb Bridge Rd. ............ 770-649-1119 Sweetie Pie Bakery .............. 404-550-9111 Delicious old fashioned party cupcakes. Any flavor. Atlanta delivery avaiable. (see ad on page 19). Yum Yum Cake Designs ..... 404-405-1999

Caricatures Caricature Portraits by Preston ..................................................... 404-918-4090 Caricatures by Fitzroy ......... 678-851-5656

Henri’s Bakery

Edible Greetings ................... 404-246-8556 The German Bakery ............. 770-498-0329 6655 James B. River Dr., Stone Mountain. Gimme Some Suga Bakery Bar ..................................................... 678-482-4555 www.gimmesomesugabakerybar.com 320 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. Creative cupcake towers to signature cheesecakes, let them create something beautiful and tasteful especially for YOU! (see ad on page 19). Great American Cookies 12 mall locations. Henri’s Bakery ....................... 404-863-8505 61 Irby Ave., Buckhead ............... 404-237-0202 6289 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs ..................................................... 404-256-7934 Kroger www.kroger.com Little European Bakery 334 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs.

Caricatures by Patrick........ 404-329-1040 Caricatures by Tony Brischler ..................................................... 678-817-0169

Entertainment • Great costumes • cartoon characters • princesses • superheroes • Face painting • Balloon tying • clowns • magic • Bunnies

Caricatures 2 Go! ................. 404-643-7224 Creative Caricatures ........... 770-966-8804 4924 Lake Park Lane, Acworth.

Clowns A & E Clowns .......................... 404-345-1094 A Clown Named Ruby .......... 404-895-2312 Tommy the Clown ..........................678-462-1009 or 770-867-2696

770 424-2287 WWW.copycatsForkids.com

Happy Face Entertainment ..................................................... 404-762-7845 Kidazzl Parties ....................... 770-318-3652 www.clownatlanta.com Clown Kidazzl entertains through storytelling, puppets, illusions, song, dance, games, musical activities, face painting, balloon twisting and more.(see ad on page 18).

Pink Pastry Parlor ................ 770-263-8303 6385 Spalding Dr., Ste. B, Norcross. Publix www.publix.com

Kid’s Party

Cooking Auntie Kim’s ........................... 770-310-6963

Cupcakes, pies, cakes, cookies & more…

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POLO CLUB

Chamberlain’s Gourmet Chocolatier ..................................................... 678-728-0100 6365 Spalding Dr., Norcross.

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Greene’s Fine Foods ............ 404-378-2001 141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur.

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Henri’s Bakery ....................... 404-237-0202 61 Irvy Ave., Buckhead. Young Chefs Academy North Druid Hills .......................... 404-633-2633 Sandy Springs............................. 404-255-9263 www.YoungChefsAcademy.com Cooking birthday parties for ages 3-18. (see ad on page 18).

Costumed Characters Alison Agency ........................ 770-509-9409

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Music Together with Ms. Gail ..................................................... 678-437-3304 North Georgia Academy of Dance ..................................................... 678-546-7720 45 Old Peachtree Rd., Suwanee. The Royal Dance Academy ..................................................... 770-232-2997 7784 McGinnis Ferry Rd., Suwanee.

Fun-O-Rama Parties ............. 770-572-1737

A-1 Tent & Party Rentals .... 770-458-7740

Dream Friends Entertainment ..................................................... 404-319-0180 www.dreamfriends.net Characters and entertainment for all ages. Princesses, superheroes, Hannah Montana and cartoon characters. (see ad on page 18). Party Animals Entertainment ..................................................... 770-645-0901 www.partyanimalsga.com Costumed characters, balloon art, temporary tattoos, face painting, magic. (see ad on page 19). SantaAtlanta.Com ................ 770-729-8336

Customized Candy

Dance and Music All Star Kids’ Party DJs ...... 770-664-0320

WoW! Pony Rides • Petting Zoo • Hay Rides Pumpkin Patch • Birthday Parties Church & School Festivals • Holiday Events

Little Beat Music DJ ............ 877-545-2328 Let us DJ your next party. Providing professional family entertainment for over 10 years. Children’s music cds, party packages and disc jockeys. (see ad on page 24).

The Singin’ Bean ................... 678-534-5220 195-B N. Perry St., Lawrenceville.

Chamberlain’s Gourmet Chocolatier ..................................................... 678-728-0100 6365 Spalding Dr., Ste. D, Norcross.

since 1982

Disc Jockey’s Unlimited ..................................................... 770-498-7030

Copy Cats For Kids ............... 770-424-2287 www.copycatsforkids.com TV and movie look-a-likes, princesses, superheroes, cartoon characters and moonwalks. (see ad on page 19).

Candy Cassions ..................... 404-438-4978

Making Memorie s

ARTS @ West Cobb ............... 770-425-9660 1075-F Whitlock Ave., Marietta.

Equipment Rental Action Packed Parties ........ 770-466-3437 AirPlay Parties ....................... 404-451-5943 Astro Events of NE Atlanta ..................................................... 770-972-6500 Astro Events of NW Atlanta ..................................................... 770-529-0053 Atlanta Moonwalk and Party Rentals ..................................................... 770-432-4555 Windy Hill, Atlanta. Better Moonwalks of Georgia ..................................................... 770-844-9978 Clownin’ Around Amusement Rentals ..................................................... 888-386-3861 Burgess Amusements ......... 770-788-9109 Fun-Fare ................................... 770-425-3033 www.fun-fare.com Atlanta’s premier event company with over 50 inflatables, quad jump, 24 ft. rock wall, and trackless train. (see ad on page 9). Fur Bus ..................................... 404-467-7773 J & S Funtastic Entertainment ..................................................... 770-973-2633

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ranch www.bigbootranch.com

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Jumping for Joy, LLC ........... 770-789-7675

Big Boot Ranch ...................... 770-808-6262 677 Panola Rd. Ellenwood. www.bigbootranch.com Complete three-hour party for 20 children includes half-hour horseback riding, petting zoo, hayride, moonwalk, private picnic area and more. Off-site pony parties and moonwalk rentals also available. (see ad on page 20).

Kool Bounce............................ 770-995-6777 Moonwalk Stop and Jump ..................................................... 770-322-3100 O’Brien Productions............. 770-422-7200 The Rental Place................... 770-594-9000

Cagle’s Family Farm ............ 770-345-5591 362 Stringer Rd., Canton.

Shaw Special Events ........... 770-934-8600 Space Walk of Marietta/Cobb County ..................................................... 770-794-8338

Corn Dawgs ............................ 770-359-9852 Pettit Creek Farm ................. 770-386-8688 337 Cassville Rd., Cartersville.

Suburban Rental ................... 678-569-1271 www.suburbanrental.net 4710 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta. “Those guys rent everything!” 30+ years serving Atlanta. Check out our wide variety of equipment. (see ad on page 31).

McDaniel Farm....................... 770-814-4920 www.gwinnettparks.com Various facilities available to rent for your birthday party needs. (see ad on page 24). Rancho Alegre Farm ............ 770-339-3065 2225 Givens Rd., Dacula.

TLC Rents ................................ 404-873-0833

Facility Rentals Adrenaline Climbing ............ 770-271-1390 460 Brogdon Rd., Suwanee. Chattahoochee Event Center ..................................................... 770-622-3970 4291 Rogers Bridge Rd., Duluth. Georgia Aquarium ................ 404-581-4000 255 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. Inviting Events ....................... 770-972-3916 3485 Stone Mountain Hwy., Snellville.

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Rancho Alegre Farm

Vines Botanical Gardens ..................................................... 770-554-2284 3500 Oakgrove Rd., Loganville.

Farm Parties Art Barn – Farmer Sue & Her Barnyard Buddies .................................... 678-319-0286 208 Roper Rd., Alpharetta/Canton.

Tanglewood Farm ................. 770-667-6464 171 Tanglewood Dr., Canton.

Gaming Games 2 U Entertainment ..................................................... 770-807-0212 Game Truck Party................. 770-755-5100 www.gametruckparty.com Air conditioned video theater on wheels with over 40 multi-player games and seating for 16 gamers playing together. Cake included. 90 minutes. (see ad on page 3).

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PARTY PLANNER Rolling Video Games ........... 877-426-3007 www.rollingvideogames.com New entertainment concept for birthday parties and more! Ages 5 & up. (see ad on page 23).

Atlanta’s Newest & Coolest Laser Tag Arena Party Packages Available for All Youth & Church Group Discounts

xtreme Gaming 360 ............. 678-859-4605 www.xtremegaming360.com Portable gaming karts take video gaming to a new level. Will set up ANYWHERE. Play in the comfort of your own home. (see ad on page 22).

Gymnastics Atlanta School of Gymnastics ..................................................... 770-938-1212 3345 Montreal Station, Tucker.

Enjoy 2 stories of Submarine Adventure! Arcades, inflatables, obstacle course & the ONLY place in Georgia with LAZER FRENZYTM 2 Level State of-the-Art Laser Tag Arena partiEs includE: • Unlimited 1-1/2 hours in our kids play area or 2 games of laser tag or both

404-843-1121 www.SSFunHouse.com

Gymboree Alpharetta .................................... 770-772-4000 Mall of Georgia ............................ 678-482-4440 Sandy Springs............................. 404-256-2223 Toco Hills ..................................... 404-320-0060 West Cobb .................................. 770-499-0023 Gym South ............................... 770-461-5528 119 North 85 Pkwy., Fayetteville. The Little Gym Duluth .......................................... 770-476-4400 Smyrna/Vinings ........................... 770-434-6661 Snellville/Lawrenceville ............... 770-982-0901 Modern Gymnastics ............. 770-977-3637 736 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE, Marietta. My Gym Children’s Fitness Center ..................................................... 404-252-1201 Buckhead

• Mario Kart • Halo • call of Duty ! • many more

Horse Parties Blue Skies Riding Academy ..................................................... 770-926-2003 5822 Forest Dr., Acworth. Briarcliff Stables ................... 770-475-4761 885 Mullinax Rd., Alpharetta.

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Chastain Horse Park Pony Parties ..................................................... 404-252-4244 4371 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta.

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East Cobb Stables ................ 678-560-9154 1649 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. Ellenwood Equestrian Center ..................................................... 770-507-0464 500 Clark Rd., Ellenwood. Fairhope Stables ................... 770-813-1287 2755 Bunten Rd., Duluth. Flowered Rock Farm............ 678-755-8726 3450 Bentwood Dr., Cumming. www.floweredrockfarm.com The pony party your child will remember for a lifetime! Book your children’s birthday party NOW at Flowered Rock Farm. (see ad on page 21). Fruition Farm .......................... 678-462-8905 Linda’s Riding School.......... 770-922-0184 3475 Daniels Bridge Rd., Conyers. The Mane Event Pony Parties ..................................................... 770-962-7545 The Polo Club of Atlanta ..........................404-403-6447 or 770-344-0274 5890 Polo Dr., Cumming. www.poloclubofatlanta.com Pony parties including petting zoo, pony rides, dressing up miniature horse and donkey, play and picnic area. (see ad on page 20). Serenbe Stables .................... 770-573-2193 9237 Selborne Ln., Palmetto. White Dog Farm ..................... 770-889-7373 685 Old Alpharetta Rd., Alpharetta.

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Ice Cream/Yogurt Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and Catering ................................... 404-252-6311 230 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs. Bruster’s Ice Cream 70 metro area locations. Carvel Ice Cream Over 10 metro area locations. Cold Stone Creamery .......... 678-236-2653 14 area locations. Dairy Queen Over 10 metro area locations. Dippin’ Dots ............................ 770-720-6095 Mall of Georgia, Town Center. Edy’s Grand Ice Cream Catering ..................................................... 770-458-4042 5456 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Atlanta. Frosty Treats Ice Cream Trucks ..................................................... 404-352-1221 Maggie Moo’s ......................... 770-454-9866 4468 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. Marble Slab Creamery 9 area locations. Mayfield Ice Cream Catering ..................................................... 770-395-7080 5859 New Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. Menchie’s 3655 Roswell Rd., Atlanta ........... 404-343-6349 3535 Northside Parkway, Atlanta. ..................................................... 678-732-9757

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PARTY PLANNER Ice Skating The Cooler- Alpharetta Family Skate Center ....................................... 770-649-6600 10800 Davis Dr., Alpharetta. Ice Forum Duluth .......................................... 770-813-1010 Kennesaw .................................... 770-218-1010 Marietta Ice Center.............. 770-509-5067 4880 Lower Roswell, Marietta.

Indoor Inflatable Places The Bounce House Amusement Center ....................................... 770-345-5867 765 Ash St., Canton. BounceU Kennesaw .................................... 770-919-2226 Catch Air .................................. 678-965-6868 1515 Redi Rd., Cumming. HippoHopp ............................... 404-634-4964 1936 Briarwood Ct NE, Atlanta. Jump 4 Joey ........................... 770-222-5867 782 Cleburne Pkwy., Hiram. Jump for Joy Adventure Island Discover Mills .............................. 678-847-0073 Jump Oasis Party Studio ..................................................... 678-713-4503 www.jumpoasis.com 1940 Parker Ct., Suite F, Stone Mountain. From toddler to teen parties. Wii stations, karaoke, fun dance parties, and toddler area. (see ad on inside back cover). Jumpin’ Jamboree ............... 770-496-1200 2534 Royal Pl., Tucker. KangaZoom............................. 770-772-0552 5530 Windward Pkwy., Suite 400, Alpharetta. Leapin’ Lizards ...................... 404-537-3030 185 Sams St., Decatur. Leaping Lions Family Fun Center ..................................................... 404-819-5877 4855 Old National Hwy., College Park. Mighty Jumps ......................... 404-351-1818 119 Collier Rd., Atlanta. Monkey Joe’s - Southlake ..................................................... 770-960-7529 1395 Southlake Parkwy., Morrow. www.monkeyjoes.com Inflatable playgrounds with moon bounces, slides, jumps and private party rooms. Parties include drinks and paper supplies. (see ad on page 22). Monkey Joe’s Party and Play Cumming..................................... 770-887-5678 Dacula ......................................... 770-682-5437 Douglasville ................................. 770-577-6446 Duluth .......................................... 770-497-9887 Fayetteville .................................. 770-461-2723 Gainesville ................................... 770-536-0200 Lawrenceville............................... 770-338-7529 Marietta ....................................... 770-792-2244 Newnan ....................................... 770-251-7226 Roswell ........................................ 678-381-0400 Southlake .................................... 770-960-7529 Tucker .......................................... 770-270-6292

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Pump It Up Dallas........................................... 770-505-2891

Magic Ladder Entertainment ..................................................... 770-307-7646 www.magicladderentertainment.com Party services include theme parties, magic tricks, face painting, balloons, foam parties and more. www.magicladderentertainment. com (see ad on page 23).

Woody’s Jump n Play........... 770-914-2973 www.woodysjumpplay.com 1300 McDonough Place, McDonough. Woody’s Jump n Play offers four different party packages for party sizes of 8-32 kids. Packages include ultimated play, pizza, balloons, and goodie bags. (see ad on page 23).

Magician Evan Reynolds ..................................................... 770-598-4987 MisterGreggy.Com ................ 404-452-4620 Never Grow Up Magic ......... 678-591-0018

Karaoke

Bill Packard’s Magic Man Entertainment ........................ 770-926-1168

Karaoke by Rosemarie ....... 770-928-9434 The Legacy Theatre ............. 404-895-1473 Rob Clark Entertainment ..................................................... 770-815-7922

Monster Mini Golf

Maximum Limousine ........... 770-591-9303 Simply Elegant Limousine . 678-617-8197

Limousines/Cars/Buses Action Limousine Service ..................................................... 770-507-1727

Sports Travel Connection ..................................................... 770-650-6760 Star Coaches Inc. ................. 404-364-0177

Atlanta Limo ........................... 770-432-5466 Cooper-Atlanta Transportation Services ................................... 770-455-9600 Disco Party Bus ..................... 770-735-2058

Magic Dan Garrett Magic ................ 770-981-0310

Fur Bus ..................................... 404-303-8950

Ken Scott Magical Entertainment ..................................................... 770-252-1516

GMS Limousine ...................... 770-455-9585

Magic Debbie ......................... 404-630-1120

Mini-Golf Dixieland Fun Park .............. 770-460-5862. 1675 Hwy. 85 North, Fayetteville. Monster Mini Golf ................. 770-423-2212 2505 Chastain Meadow Pkwy. Marietta. Peachtree Golf Center ........ 770-497-9265 2833 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Duluth. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf ..................................................... 770-623-4184 3380 Venture Pkwy., Duluth. The Swing Factory Golf Center ..................................................... 678-494-1999 14825 Hwy. 92, Woodstock.

We come to you! Miniature farm animals & a pony to ride.

• Birthdays • Fieldtrips • Church Productions • Pony Carousels

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PARTY PLANNER Museums Atlanta History Center ........ 404-814-4110 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. Fernbank Museum of Natural History ..................................................... 404-929-6300 www.fernbankmuseum.org 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta. Host your child’s birthday party with the world’s largest dinosaurs! A variety of packages are available, offering opportunities for live animal encounters and a “birthday throne!” Visit fernbankmuseum.org for details. (see ad on page 11).

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids ..................................................... 770-536-1900 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville. www.inkfun.org Parties include admission to the museum for 16 kids, 90 minutes in the party room and a t-shirt for the birthday child. (see ad on page 27). Southeastern Railway Museum ..................................................... 770-476-2013 www.southeasternrailwaymuseum.org 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. Parties in two restored rail cars and outdoor pavilion. Includes admission for up to 20 guests, goodie bags, t-shirt for honored guest and train rides.(see ad on page 31).

Georgia Aquarium ................ 404-581-4000 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. www.georgiaaquarium.org Themed parties like Deepo Party, Island Party, Pirate Party or Ocean Party. Includes activities, decorations and a themed cake, admission to the aquarium. (see ad on page 2).

Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History .................................... 770-427-2117, ext. 3058 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw.

Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta ................................ 404-527-3693 www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. It’s more than a party, it’s a full day of play! Party includes a private party room, a party host, goody boxes, free downloadable invitation, hands-on make-and-take activities, set up and clean up and a full day of play in the museum. (see ad on page 25)

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve ..................................................... 678-366-3511 9770 Autrey Mill Rd., Johns Creek.

Nature Centers

Chattahoochee Nature Center ...................................... 770-992-2055, ext. 237 www.chattnaturecenter.org 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. Includes invitations, refreshments, party favors, live animals, activities, hiking and more. (see ad on page 26).

Dunwoody Nature Center ..................................................... 770-394-3322 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody. Elachee Nature Science Center ..................................................... 770-535-1976 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center ....................................... 770-904-3500 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. Outdoor Activity Center ..................................................... 404-752-5385 1442 Richland Rd., Atlanta. Reynolds Nature Preserve ..................................................... 770-603-4188 5665 Reynolds Rd., Morrow.

Parks and Playgrounds (For more information on parks in your area, give your city and county park and recreation departments a call). Alpharetta ............................... 678-297-6100 Clayton County ...................... 770-477-3766 Cobb County ........................... 770-528-8800 College Park ........................... 404-669-3767 Coweta County ...................... 770-254-3750 Decatur..................................... 404-377-0494 DeKalb County ....................... 404-371-2631 Forsyth County ....................... 770-781-2215 Fulton County ......................... 404-730-6200 Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation ..................................................... 770-822-8840 www.gwinnettparks.com Various facilities available to rent for birthday parties. (see ad on page 24). Marietta.................................... 770-794-5601 Roswell ..................................... 770-641-3705 Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks ..................................................... 770-206-2037 Hammond Park Gym, 705 Hammond Dr., Atlanta. Stone Mountain ..................... 404-200-7319

Party Places American Girl Boutique and Bistro ..................................................... 877-247-5223 North Point Mall, 1202 North Point Cir., Alpharetta. Atlanta Kids Zone ................. 404-315-4658 1940 Briarwood Ct., Atlanta. Bean Head Toys..................... 404-851-2980 220 Johnson Ferry Rd. N.E., Sandy Springs. www.beanheadtoysonline.com Provides educational toys, books, games, and creative birthday parties in a fun atmosphere for kids of all ages. (see ad on page 28). Circus Camp Birthday Parties ..................................................... 404-370-0001 Dunwoody & Decatur locations. www.circuscamp.org Celebrate your child’s birthday with Circus Camp’s trained professionals. Includes one-onone circus training, trapeze, aerial silks and web, and expert face painting. (see ad on page 23).

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Party Planners Added Pizzazz......................... 678-743-8368 Burgess Amusements ......... 770-788-9109 D & Q Designs ........................ 404-455-7555 Deliteful Events ..................... 404-519-5138 www.delitefulevents.com Specializing in children’s parties. Will supply host for ages 1-12 years. We do set up, delivery, themed performances, and clean up. Invitations, themed decorations, props, balloons, prizes, tableware, and goodie bags included. (see ad on page 18). Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation

E3................................................ 404-403-9209 Events Envisioned ................ 678-698-6543

DACKids ................................... 770-966-9900 3102 Loring Rd., Acworth. Little Bears Indoor Playground ..................................................... 770-429-0331 2655 Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw. Little Creek Academy.......... 770-753-4449 11875 Jones Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. The Music Class .................... 770-645-5578 Play: An Activity Center for Kids ..................................................... 770-650-0122 10930 Crabapple Rd., Roswell. Tumbletots Preschool & Birthday Parties ...................................... 770-729-9660 6375 Spalding Dr., Suite D, Norcross.

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Party Supplies All Occasions Party Store ..................................................... 770-704-8585 6764 Hickory Flat Hwy., Ste. 100, Canton. Costume Universe ................ 678-325-4320 4950 S Royal Atlanta Dr. # F, Tucker. Oriental Trading Company ..................................................... 800-348-6483 Popcorn Lady Productions ..................................................... 770-309-8830 Rhode Island Novelty .......... 800-528-5599

Swoozie’s 4285 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta ..... 404-252-7979 1745 Peachtree St., Midtown ...... 404-888-0115 5131 Ptree Pkwy., Norcross ........ 770-441-9779 3625 Dallas Hwy. SW, Marietta ... 770-428-8300 504 Circle Gate, Peachtree City ..................................................... 770-631-8333

Party Stores Paper Affair Paperaffair.com. 6 Atlanta area locations. Party City Partycity.com. 20 Atlanta area locations.

Puppet Shows Center for Puppetry Arts ..................................................... 404-881-5149 1404 Spring St., Atlanta. www.puppet.org Create a birthday to remember with the Center for Puppetry Arts. Catch a show, build a puppet, tour the exhibits and more. Birthday parties are for members, easily join at the Family level for $75 and start enjoying the center like never before. (see ad on page 4). Curious Moon Puppet Theatre ..................................................... 404-377-8141 Kevin Pittman and His Forest Friends ..................................................... 770-312-8451 www.forestpuppets.com Fairy tale style puppet shows, costume character greetings at your location, original handcrafted animal characters. (see ad on page 29).

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PARTY PLANNER Piccadilly Puppets Company ..................................................... 404-636-0022

Restaurants 57th Fighter Group Restaurant ..................................................... 770-234-0057 3829 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta. Downwind Restaurant ........ 770-452-0973 DeKalb Peachtree Airport, 2000 Airport Rd., Chamblee. Johnny Rockets Buckhead .................................... 404-231-5555 Discover Mills .............................. 678-847-5800 Douglasville ................................. 770-577-2636 Georgia Aquarium ....................... 404-688-4114 Phipps Plaza ............................... 404-233-9867 Underground Atlanta .................. 404-525-7117 St. Angelo’s Pizza ................. 404-794-9254 4686 S. Atlanta Rd., Smyrna.

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Rock Climbing Adrenaline Climbing ............ 770-271-1390 460 Brogdon Rd. NE, Suwanee. Atlanta Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym ..................................................... 404-351-3009 1019 Collier Rd. NW, Suite A, Atlanta.

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Party entertainment includes:

✷ Storytelling ✷ Puppets ✷ Face Painting ✷ Princess

Escalade Indoor Rock Climbing ..................................................... 770-794-1575 3694 Kennesaw S Industrial Dr., Kennesaw. Portable Rock Climbing, Inc. ..................................................... 770-304-0696 Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness ..................................................... 678-720-9882 3701 Presidential Pkwy., Atlanta. Wall Crawler Rock Club ...... 404-371-8997 1522 DeKalb Ave., No. 2, Atlanta.

Adrenaline Climbing

Roller Skating All American Skating Center ..................................................... 770-469-9775 Hwy. 78 at W. Park Pl., Stone Mountain. Atlanta Family Fun Centers Golden Glide ............................... 404-288-7773 2750 Wesley Chapel Rd., Decatur. Cascade ...................................... 404-699-9559 3335 Martin L. King Jr. Rd., Atlanta. Hot Wheels Skate Center ..................................................... 770-592-4688 228 Farm Ridge Dr., Woodstock. Skate-A-Long USA................. 770-921-0800 744 Beaver Ruin Rd., Lilburn. Skatetown ............................... 404-768-0095 5570 Old National Hwy., College Park. Slapshots Family Skating Center ..................................................... 770-888-5000 5065 Piney Grove Rd., Cumming. Sparkles Family Fun Center Hiram ........................................... 770-943-4446 Kennesaw .................................... 770-428-3941 Lawrenceville............................... 770-963-0922 Smyrna ........................................ 770-432-6222

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Science Big Thinkers Science Exploration ..................................................... 678-392-1500 www.big-thinkers.com Interactive, hands-on birthday parties at your location. Experiment with rockets, bubbling potions and more. Ages 4-12. (see ad on page 29). Club Scientific ....................... 678-880-6460 Cultured LLC........................... 404-557-9859 GA Bubbleman ....................... 770-717-9158 High Touch-High Tech, Inc. ..................................................... 770-667-9443 Imagine That! ......................... 770-392-1627 RY Robotics Explorers ........ 770-772-6622 1815 Hembree Rd., Alpharetta. Science Creations ................ 678-531-2357 www.sciencecreations.com Stone Mountain. Science parties plus horseback riding, reptiles, face painting, ballooning and more. (see ad on page 29). Yes! Youth Engaged in Science ..................................................... 404-551-3993

Special Needs Parties Healing Hooves ..................... 770-712-3234 Monkey Joe’s - Roswell ..................................................... 678-381-0400 700 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 200, Roswell. Sensations TheraFun .......... 404-634-3500 1704 Chantilly Dr., Atlanta. Under The Umbrella............. 770-642-4040 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta.

Sports/Athletics Athletic Club Northeast ..................................................... 404-566-4580 1515 Sheridan Rd. NE, Atlanta. Atlanta Braves All-Star Kids Party at Turner Field ............................ 404-614-1404 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, Atlanta.

Kevin Pittman and his Forest Friends Puppet and Costume Character Entertainment Featuring Lovable Animal Characters • Original fairy tale style puppet shows • Original handcrafted animal characters • Puppet building & performance workshops • 10% discount on your first booking

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Atlanta Braves Cartoon Network’s Tooner Field ............................ 404-614-2363 Grand Entry Plaza, Turner Field. 755 Hank Aaron Dr., SE, Atlanta. Atlanta Eagles Sport Center ..................................................... 770-455-0641 5660 Buford Hwy., Doraville. Atlanta Hawks ........... 866-715-1500, ext. 4 101 Marietta St., Atlanta.

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Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill ..................................................... 770-953-1100 135 Interstate N. Pkwy., Atlanta. Nellya Fencers ....................... 404-603-3600 1530 Carroll Dr., Atlanta. Q-Zar Family Entertainment Center ..................................................... 770-497-1313 3750 Venture Dr., Duluth. Rainbow Ranch Trout.......... 770-887-4797 41 Ruth Lane, Cumming. Rome Braves .......................... 706-368-9388 755 Braves Blvd., Rome. Stars Athletic Club ............... 678-366-9008 14295 Birmingham Hwy., Milton. Sports-a-Rama 736 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE, Marietta ....................................... 770-977-9789 608 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell ........................................ 678-352-0006 Twin Bridges Lake................ 770-963-6739 1119 Braselton Hwy., Lawrenceville.

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PARTY PLANNER Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Atlanta Thrashers Hockey ................ 866-715-1500

Themed Parties

Gwinnett Braves ................... 678-277-0300

FUN BUS Fitness FUN on Wheels (North Gwinnett Only) ..................................................... 770-676-6356 Atlanta and Surrounding Suburbs ..................................................... 770-569-7529 www.FunBuses.com Ages 2-7. Tumble, swing, slide and jump! Music and games! Climate controlled. Fun Bus never moves with children on board. (see ad on page 28).

Gwinnett Gladiators ............ 770-497-5100 Rome Braves Baseball ........ 706-368-9388

Storytelling Akbar Imhotep ....................... 404-284-9207 Auntie Renee Speaks .......... 770-402-0564 www.auntiereneestoryteller.com Party entertainment includes storytelling, puppet shows, games, face painting, arts and crafts. (see ad on page 28). Little Shop of Stories ........... 404-373-6300 133 East Court Square., Decatur. Lori’s Stories .......................... 678-425-6229 Mama Koku Storytellin’ ...... 404-305-8549 Miss Mary’s Storytime......... 770-656-4602

Science Creations

Bogan Park Aquatic Center ..................................................... 770-614-2063 2723 N. Bogan Rd., Buford. Collins Hill Aquatic Center ..................................................... 770-237-5647 2200 Collins Hill Rd., Lawrenceville. Metro Atlanta YMCA ............ 404-588-9622 100 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center ....................................... 404-733-5293

Rhodes Jordan Aquatic Center ..................................................... 770-822-5414 100 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville (in season).

Swim Parties

Sarah’s School of Fish ........ 770-434-6914

Atlanta Scuba & Swim Academy ..................................................... 770-973-3120 732 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. Barry C. Graham, The Swim Instructor Man ....................... 404-378-3789

SeaVentures ........................... 770-992-3772 www.seaventures.com 2880 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Alpharetta. Swim, snorkel and scuba parties in an indoor, heated pool. Includes use of party room. (see ad on inside back cover).

Red Hot Fire Truck Events ..................................................... 404-925-1221 www.redhotfiretruck.com Take a ride or sound the siren of a real, red fire truck. “5-Alarm Fun” package includes fire truck ride, squirting water from a real fire hose, decorations, kid size firefighter gear and more. (see ad on page 30). Tumblebus Atlanta ............... 404-370-0001 Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Paulding.

Tree Climbing Tree Climbers International ..................................................... 404-377-3150 www.treeclimbing.com Utterly unique parties! Tree climbing with a rope and saddle! (see ad on page 28.)

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Southeastern Railway Museum

Georgia’s “Official” Transportation Museum It’s PARTY Time!

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Perfect Party Games by Amy Dusek

Games can be the life or death of any party. A good game can ensure that your guests are entertained and happy. Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Musical Chairs are definite crowd pleasers, but kids have been there and done that! For fresh renditions on classic games Atlanta Parent magazine spoke with birthday party guru Penny Warner. Penny is the author of numerous kids’ party books including Kids Party Games and Activities. Here are the kid-approved games she shared with us.

Name That Tune n  Materials: An iPod, CD player or radio. n  Directions: All it takes is a little preparation ahead of party time to make this game work. Find popular songs for your child’s age group and put them all on one playlist or CD. The themes to preschool TV shows and nursery rhymes work for young guests. At the party, ask your guests to “Name That Tune!” by playing just a few seconds of the song. If you like, you can hold a bonus round where the top players try to guess how many seconds it will take to name the tune.

Do-It Dice n  Materials: White, square boxes from a mail or office supply store. Black permanent marker. n  Directions: Take one of the boxes and write down a different physical activity on each side, such as “do a handstand.” Take the other box and write down a different thing to say on each side, such as “recite the alphabet.” At the party have each guest roll the dice and then follow their instructions. Everyone is sure to giggle as they watch their friend singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” while hopping on one foot. This is silly and spontaneous fun!

Wacky Water Brigade Bumbling Bubble Gum n  Materials: Large garden gloves and lots of bubble gum. n  Directions: Split your guests into two teams and arrange the children in two lines, so the teams are facing each other. Give each player a piece of wrapped bubble gum and a pair of gloves. At the start of the game the first player in each line must unwrap the gum and stick it in his mouth. Once he’s successful (it will be a struggle, thanks to the gloves), he taps the next player to start unwrapping his gum. The first team to have all members chewing gum wins!

n  Materials: Buckets, spoons, pails, Tupperware, bowls – anything that will hold water. n  Directions: This version of a water brigade has a wacky twist. Instead of only using buckets to transport water from one end of the relay to the other, each guest has a different object. Give guests their objects. Divide the guests into teams. Place one bucket of water per team at one end of your play area. Place an empty bucket on the opposite end of the play area. Each teammate must use his or her object to fill the empty bucket. The team to fill their bucket first wins.

Something’s Missing n  Materials: Treasure (costume jewelry, cookies or candy) and written clues. n  Directions: For this game you’ll be assembling a treasure hunt. First, assemble what’s missing. It could be a type of party food, party favors, really anything you can build a short story around. Next, find a hiding place for the loot and write clues for the party guests. Each clue should lead guests closer to the loot. At the last clue, the guests should find the loot.

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Tail Tag n  Materials: Socks or scarves. n  Directions: Stuff the sock or scarf in the back of each guest’s pants, so that everyone has a tail. The object of this game is to gather as many tails as possible without losing your own. Kids can run wild and burn off their sugar highs after cake and ice cream. www.atlantaparent.com


Party Themes: A Little Imagination, A Lot of Fun by Cynthia Curtis

With creativity and planning, you can come up with an out-of-the-box party idea sure to make an impression on both your birthday child and guests. Whether you have a girl who loves sparkly bracelets or a boy who loves delving into mysteries, here are some ideas to get your brain going. Improvise, steal, even or come up with your own idea. Don’t be afraid to try something new! The Jewelry Making Party

The Take-Apart Party

Every girl, no matter her age, loves a little bling so why not treat your daughter and her friends to an afternoon of jewelry-filled fun. Go to a crafts store and buy a bunch of beads, ribbon, and other necessities for the girls to create their own unique necklaces, bracelets and rings. Then, let them get a little dirty with a “Diamond Dig;” hide jewels in the sandbox and then let the girls discover all the shiny objects. For one of the treats, serve “stained glass” cookies – the melted candies in the middle will definitely remind the girls of rubies and emeralds. Include ring pops, candy necklaces and other jewelry-related candy in the goodie bags.

Give a small child something with multiple parts and what are they likely to do with it? Take it apart, of course. Tiffany Capuano of Acworth used her son Will’s penchant for deconstruction as the theme for his fifth birthday party. Parents were warned ahead of time about the activities and kids were given goggles and screwdrivers as they came in. They were then sent to the garage where a wonderland of old keyboards, model cars and other household items were waiting to be torn apart. Guests also made keychains out of nuts and bolts as a take-home craft.

The Gaming Party Think about bringing your kid’s favorite game to life. Candy Land, Monopoly and checkers all lend themselves to invitations, party decorations, cool cakes and plenty of activities, even crafts. Make a real-life version of the game board, have guests serve as game pieces and play away. If the kids are older, play a real-life version of Clue or Guess Who? by giving kids “new identities” when they arrive.

The Artistic Expressions Party Bring out the creative side in kids of all ages. Put on a musical parade when they’re little and work your way up to karaoke, music trivia or battle of the bands as they grow older. Don’t forget the budding artists out there – try a fingerpainting party or give older kids an appropriate place to try their hand at graffiti. www.atlantaparent.com

The Spy Party Little boys love to “save the day,” so why not let your little man and his buddies solve the case. Suggest everyone wear their “spy best” and be sure to have magnifying glasses, notepads and candy cell phones ready for the guests as they arrive. You can hide clues throughout the house and yard to help them solve the crime or find the birthday cake, or send them on a spy-themed scavenger hunt. Once the boys have completed their task, play a game of “I Spy.” Offer up a spy-riffic sundae bar to complement the cake, and send them home with goodie bags complete with spy ID badges, criminal profiles and a disguise.

The Scouting Party An ideal way to blend fun with learning for both boys and girls, a scouting party gives participants an opportunity to earn merit badges while having a blast enjoying horseshoes, a scavenger hunt and target challenges. Beth Lyons of Sharpsburg treated her son’s guests to prize badges, bandanas and outdoor gear in their goodie bags.

The Seasonal Showcase Party No matter when your child’s special day is, parents can take advantage of the weather and available seasonal foods and decorations to celebrate in style. For a fall birthday, for example, use autumn leaves or football as themes. If your little one’s birthday is in the winter, create a snowy wonderland with fake snow and other whimsical decorations.

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Don’t Miss Atlanta’s BEST Block Party!

Saturday, October 8 Mercer University Atlanta Campus

10 am - 4 pm More than 50 family-friendly activities! EntErtAinMEnt toDDlEr only PlAy ArEA StorytElling • crAft ActivitiES trick-or-trEAt StrEEt • ExhiBitorS • fooD brought to you by Atlanta Parent Magazine www.atlantaparent.com

Admission: $5 per person Children 2 and under FREE Admission includes 3 activity tickets BUY TICKETS ONLINE at www.familyblockparty.com

www.familyblockparty.com Don’t miss an opportunity to reach families from the entire Metro Atlanta area.

Call about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities: 770-454-7599 or lpowell@atlantaparent.com

Get involved! Volunteer at Family Block Party. E-mail specialevents@atlantaparent.com



Big Book of Parties 2011