Dawson County Fourth of July Celebrations 2015

Dawson County Independence Day Weekend Events 
Looking for nearby July 4th events? Love racing or learning about how life was 100 years ago? Then head to Dawson County for some sparks in the park and heritage days festival!

July 4th Sparks in the Motorsports Park
For those feeling  adventurous, we invite you to come out and spend the 4th celebrating with us at Atlanta Motorsports Park activities include:
10 am Karting is open 8:00 – 8:20 pm Third Super Cross Show
3:30 pm General Parking 9:00 Paratroopers fly in/ Fireworks to follow
4 pm Festivities begin 9:10 – 9:45 AMP triathion  (register here)
4:30 – 4:45 pm First Super Cross Show 10:00 Exit and closure of AMP
7:00 – 7:15 pm Second Super Cross Show
Festivities will include food vendors, crafts, music, activities for the family, dunk tank by Dawson County Republican Party, bouncy houses, snow cones by Rotary Club of Dawson County and more.
Atlanta Motorsports Park | 20 Duck Thurmond Road | Dawsonville, GA 30534

Dawsonville Heritage Days July 3rd and 4th
Looking for something to do in Dawson County? Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is hosting Heritage Days in Dawsonville.

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville’s Heritage Days this weekend.

Presented by the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery and held Friday and Saturday at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, the event will include demonstrations by local blacksmiths, quilters and grain millers, storytelling by volunteers with the Dawson County Library and even a cow or two for the kids to milk.

Free Concert Friday Night 8 pm – 11 pm Farmers Market
Blacksmith Handmade Quilts
Fried Apple Pies Face Painting
Handcrafted Ice Cream Vintage Gunsmith
Distillery Tours Cornhole Tournament
 Car Show Watermelon Slices (Fresh from Crisp County, Cordele, Georgia – Watermelon Capital of the World)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks in Forsyth County, GA 2015

Fireworks-at-Lake-Lanier-Islands-SunsetCoveThere are many fun events, parades and fireworks planned to celebrate July 4th in Cumming, GA!

There is the City of Cumming’s fireworks on July 3 and the steam engine parade on July 4, a turtle race, BBQ, a doughnut eating competition, hot dog eating competition and much more!

Friday, July 3, 2015

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm – City of Cumming fireworks show at 9:30 pm, music, children’s activities, inflatables, food and vendors and a dance contest at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Free admission and parking.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

7:00 am – Totally Running – We The Runners 5k/10k/Sparkler Trot – benefits March of Dimes!
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – 57th Annual City of Cumming Steam Engine Parade at the Cumming Fairgrounds. City of Cumming Square, 100 W. Court House Square, Cumming, GA 30040.
11:00 am – 2:30 pm – Annual BBQ and Turtle Race at the Foster House. Join us on the fourth of July for our 11th annual BBQ and Turtle Race. BBQ will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The turtle race will be held at 1 p.m. Registration starts at noon and there’s no fee to enter. Come hungry! We will be selling BBQ plates, snow cones, t-shirts and more. 305 West Main St., Cumming. Please call 770-887-9905 or visit www.foster-house.com.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Dutch Monkey Doughnuts Annual Doughnut Eating Competition! Join us for our annual all-American celebration of gluttony! Four challengers will compete against last year’s first-runner-up for this year’s trophy. Come watch the most exciting seven minutes of the year!  Kids’ competitions will be held for age groups Under 6, 7-10, and 11-17, with eight competitors per field. Kids will not eat for quantity–they will eat one doughnut for time. (Apply here:  http://www.dutchmonkeydoughnuts.com/#!july4th/c115j ) Entry to the event is FREE! Food and refreshments will be available for purchase in the event area, with ALL proceeds benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Georgia Chapter.  Kids’ competitions start at 11:00 am, and the main event starts at NOON. Bring a folding chair or sunshade, and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun! Save the Date–join their Facebook event page to get updated details about the July 4th doughnut eating competition.
Sunday, July 5

ROSATIS Hotdog eating contest!!! Event details to be announced. Check Facebook page. Prizes and giveaways for all ages!!!

ALL WEEKEND

You can also catch Lake Lanier Island’s fireworks show and Fourth of July Weekend Celebration Calendar of Events:

Independence Day Celebration:

  • Thursday, July 2, see live entertainment at Sunset Cove by John Amoroso from 4-7PM and Riley Biederer from 7-11PM. .
  • Friday, July 3, Have a blast all day at LanierWorld on the rides and slides, enjoy live entertainment from 3-7PM by Craig Gleason and Samantha Stroh and Southern Machine from 7-11PM. Fireworks at 10PM.
  • Saturday, July 4, dig your toes in the sand at the Big Beach stage and rock out with live entertainment provided by KICKS 101.5. Skyelor Anderson will take the stage at 4PM and the Tiki Bros at 6:30PM. Then find yourself a cozy spot at Sunset Cove and get ready for our fireworks extravaganza! Our spectacular display will begin after dark, weather-dependent. Fireworks at 10PM.
  • Sunday, July 5, enjoy your lunch at Sunset Cove and hear more live entertainment by Johhny Summers from 2-6PM. Fireworks at 10PM.

Have a happy and safe 4th everyone!

Image via Lake Lanier Islands.

City of Cumming July 4th Celebration and Steam Engine Parade 2015

july 4th parade cumming gaOne of our favorite events in Cumming, GA besides the Country Fair in October is the July 4th celebration at the Cumming Fairgrounds. It’s small town America at its best!

The City of Cumming has the BEST 4th of July Celebration around!! Our Independence Day Celebration begins on July 3rd at 6:00 p.m. with various vendors including food and drink, inflatables for kids, music, wonderful fireworks display along with an all-ages dance contest.

Bring your blanket, set out on the lawn and enjoy the festivities. There is no admission or parking fee for the July 3rd celebration!

On July 4th, come and enjoy the famous Steam Engine Parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Parade will include steam engines, antique tractors, antique cars and many other floats decorated in the spirit of the holiday.

  • Friday, July 3rd @ Cumming Fairgrounds
  • 6:00pm  – 11:00 pm –  Vendors Open (Food, Children’s Activities, Dance Contest)
  • 9:30pm  –  Fireworks Show
  • FREE parking and admission.
  • Saturday, July 4th
  • 10:00am –  Parade Begins at downtown square.
  • Parade Ends at Cumming Fairgrounds At Approximately 12:00 Noon

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 26 – June 28, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaHere is a roundup of fun things to do this last weekend of June in Forsyth County, GA.

Be careful out there in the heat and remember not to let young ones walk outside without shoes on. Also be careful with your fur babies in this heat! Feet and paws can burn on outdoor surfaces and concrete. Also drink lots of fluids and stay indoors during peak sun times. Never leave people or animals in a hot car!

Friday, June 26

9:30 am – 11:30 am – MOM’s Club Membership Drive – If you are a mom in the Cumming area, we would like to meet you! Please join us to learn more about our organization and to meet some club members. The MOMS Club® is an international support group for mothers who stay home with their children, including those who work part time, but are home with their children during the day. This chapter of the MOMS Club® serves moms who live in Cumming with addresses in the zip codes of 30040 or 30028 that are south of Hwy 369/Matt Hwy. The MOMS Club® offers a variety of fun activities for mothers and their children. It also offers a great opportunity to meet other moms in the Cumming area. Please feel free to check out our MOMS Club® of Cumming, GA Facebook Page or our website. If you are interested in joining this organization or would like additional information, please email momsclubofcummingga (at) gmail (dot) com.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Passport to Imagination at Michaels. Make a fun fishing game. $5.00 per child. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. Get a stamp for each stop on your passport card and choose a special prize after 5 stamps! Plus, You’ll have time at the end of session to doodle, play and create with the products from that week’s sponsor. Register online or in store. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday through August 1, 2015.

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Busy Builders at Hampton Park Library. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:15 am – 12:45 pm – Family Movie at Post Road Library. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Join us each Friday during the summer for an air conditioned movie picnic! Bring your lunch or snacks and pillow and blanket to get comfortable. Check out our summer selection of great family movies on the website!

Saturday, June 20

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make pie tic tac toe game. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Story time at Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Orion is scared of a lot of things, but most of all he’s scared of the dark. So one night the Dark decides to take Orion on an adventure. The Dark leads Orion on a night of friendly mischief (bed bouncing!) and a trip into the very heavens where Dark reign.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Free Family Fun Carnival at Atlanta Diamond Design at The Collection Forsyth. Bring the whole family for face-painting, balloon animals, games, prizes, treats, and crafts – all free! You’ll also have a chance to try your luck at the Diamond Island Game. $5 buys you a cup of sand that is guaranteed to have a gemstone inside worth more than $5, even some sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. But one lucky cup will have a $1,000 diamond inside. Come try your luck!

 

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad and Cumming Aquatic Center are open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 19 – June 21, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county ga“We’re having a heat wave…” Sing it with me! There are lots of ways to beat the heat this weekend and hopefully it will include water activities or air conditioning!

Here is a roundup of fun things to do for Father’s Day weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Be careful out there in the heat and remember not to let young ones walk outside without shoes on. Also be careful with your fur babies in this heat! Feet and paws can burn on outdoor surfaces and concrete. Also drink lots of fluids and stay indoors during peak sun times. Never leave people or animals in a hot car!

Friday, June 19

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Passport to Imagination at Michaels. Make a parrot puppet. $5.00 per child. Join us in our store classrooms on an imaginary seven-week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond, with fun kids’ crafts at each stop. Get a stamp for each stop on your passport card and choose a special prize after 5 stamps! Plus, You’ll have time at the end of session to doodle, play and create with the products from that week’s sponsor. Register online or in store. Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday through August 1, 2015.

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Busy Builders at Hampton Library. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:15 am – 12:45 pm – Family Movie at Post Road Library. Annie! Join us each Friday during the summer for an air conditioned movie picnic! Bring your lunch or snacks and pillow and blanket to get comfortable. Check out our summer selection of great family movies below!

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Inflatable Zoo at Hampton Park Library. Adam Komesar will use comedy magic with a hilarious jungle safari theme to entertain and educate about animals and nature. All ages welcome and no registration is required.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Origami Fair at Sharon Forks Library. Do you love to fold? Drop in anytime and learn to fold some cool origami shapes! Registration not required. This program is for ages 8 and up.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Inflatable Zoo at Cumming Library. Adam Komesar will use comedy magic with a hilarious jungle safari theme to entertain and educate about animals and nature. All ages welcome and no registration is required.

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music concert. Brushfire – with over three decades of performing together this SMM favorite is
sure to satisfy old and new fans. Tickets are $10. Call 770-887-7635 for details.

Saturday, June 20

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make knotted popsicle book. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Story time at Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for a special Storytime celebration for Father’s Day featuring How to Surprise a Dad and How to Babysit a Grandpa.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Superhero Dad’s Movie Celebration at Cumming Library. Finding Nemo! All ages welcome, no registration required.

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Humane Society Dog & Cat Adoption Event at Petco. Every Saturday we hold “Adoption Days” where the foster pets and some of HSFC pets are transported to the Petco located in Cumming, Ga. in hopes of finding good, loving, and permanent homes!

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – A Taste of India at Save the Horses. Join us for a fun & tasty fundraiser. 100% of proceeds benefit the animals at SavetheHorses. Indian Food – Family Fun – Face Painting – Petting Zoo – Live Indian Music- Pony Rides – Hot Dogs
SavetheHorses, 1768 Newt Green Rd, Cumming, GA. Lets take an afternoon and support this cause and have a great time.
Pre-register on Facebook.  Adults $20 per plate and kids $12.00 per plate (includes a drink.) There is free parking at the farm.

12:00 PM – Hampton Park Library – Teen Movie Marathon: The Amazing Spider-Man. Teen programs are for rising 6th-12th grade students.  Registration is not required, unless otherwise noted.

2:30 PM – Hampton Park Library – Teen Movie Marathon: The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Teen programs are for rising 6th-12th grade students.  Registration is not required, unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, June 21

Happy Father’s Day! Check out all of the neat places where Dad gets in free in Atlanta from Occupy My Family.

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon! It’s our 12th Birthday Celebration this weekend! Thank YOU for making Lakewood 400 one of the Best in America!! USA Today and The Huffington Post agree! See you this weekend!

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad and Cumming Aquatic Center are open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 12 – June 14, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaA warm weekend is in store with temps hitting the 90s! Here are some fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Friday, June 12

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Friday Family Movie Picnic – Big Hero 6  – Join us each Friday during the summer for an air conditioned movie picnic! Bring your lunch or snacks and pillow and blanket to get comfortable. Check out our summer selection of great family movies below!

1:30 PM – Hampton Park Library – Wildlife Wonders Presents: Animals Around the World. Learn about animals from around the world and see them in person, too! Every hero has a story…so what do you think these animals’ super hero abilities are?  All ages are welcome and registration is not required.

Saturday, June 13

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make a Father’s Day duct tape frame. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 AM – Cumming Library – Arthur Atsma: AtsMAGIC. A magic and comedy show for families.

11:00 AM – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Barnes & Noble’s picture book of the month Touch The Brightest Star. In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink and whisper to make magic happen in the nighttime sky.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post.

1:00 pm – 4:00 PM – Michaels Fun Family Craft Time: Father’s Day tie-dye tee. Spend some craft time with Dad this year and create a colorful T-shirt. $7 per shirt, including supplies.

6:15 PM – Post Road Library – One World Forsyth – A Cuban Beach Party with Havana Son – Talented Cuban performers from Havana Son will be taking us on a singing, dancing, hands-on musical tour of Latin America. Afterwards, enjoy treats and make Cuban crafts and sand art! Magical Moments by Margarita will be on hand for face painting.

ALL WEEKEND

Pick your own strawberries at Warbington Farms. Now is the time to get strawberries! We will be open Mondays-Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm (weather permitting) unless otherwise noted. They hope to have berries till mid June. Please check their Facebook page for updates.

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad and Cumming Aquatic Center are open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

Summer Bucket List Ideas for Kids 2015

summer bucket list ideas for kidsA fun activity for kids is to create a summer bucket list at the start of the summer.

You can create it on construction paper, on the computer or a chalk board, or even on a poster board.

On our bucket list, we combine a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, road trips and ideas for making crafts, cooking/baking, places to visit, community service, things to create and more.

Some of our favorite things to do include: build a fort, run through sprinklers, visit a spray fountain, make snow cones, catch fireflies, play mini golf, go to an outdoor movie, make a new recipe, visit local pools/beaches, go on a hike/nature walk, read a book, make s’mores, create an obstacle course, make a music video, write a letter and more.

Once you create your summer bucket list, the kids will enjoy checking off the items as you complete the activities.

This year we bought poster board and made our list with markers.

I have seen some other ideas on Pinterest – some have printables, some use sticky notes, clothes pins, popsicle sticks, whatever suits you.

Have the kids write it out themselves if they are old enough.

summerbucketlistWe were inspired by Judy Moody and her quest for thrill points one summer and my daughter created a similar poster like Judy did.

Looking for inspiration? Check out these ideas – visit my Kid Stuff Pinterest board for more summer fun.

Here is a neat background to start with – just download and add your list.

Here is a summer bucket list created on a chalkboard. How cute!

This is a free printable – One Hundred & One Fun Summer Ideas for Kids

Here is one created with a metal pail, clothes pins and a sharpie! How clever!

What’s on your summer bucket list?

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 5 – June 7, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaSummer vacation is here with lazier days, lemonade, lake swims and so much more! Here’s a roundup of fun things to do for families this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, June 5

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders 

10:15 AM – Post Road Library  Books & Babies for Walkers 

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library  Preschool Play Day 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Friday Family Movie Picnic – Paddington 

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music – Barbwire Bluegrass. Wonderful springtime for Bluegrass Music. Tickets $10.00. Call 770-887-7635 for details.

Saturday, June 6

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop Learn How to Build a Load & Go Truck!

  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make a Father’s Day craft stick card. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Collection Forsyth. Oh, the fun you’ll have at this Storytime! Join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library  Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs – This sensory storytime program is designed for children with special needs. It will feature dim lighting, flexible start/end time, multiple presentation methods, and stories, songs, and rhymes with heavy repetition. All ages and abilities welcome. Please contact the Sharon Forks Library with any questions or concerns or if your child needs special accommodations.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

ALL WEEKEND

Pick your own strawberries at Warbington Farms. Now is the time to get strawberries! We will be open Mondays-Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm (weather permitting) unless otherwise noted. They hope to have berries till mid June. Please check their Facebook page for updates.

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad and Cumming Aquatic Center are open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!

Things to Do This Summer 2015 in Forsyth County, GA

things to do in cumming, ga in the summerLooking for fun things to do this summer with your kids in Cumming, GA? Here is a roundup of ideas from Forsyth for Families.

We like to kick off summer by making a summer bucket list! You can make one on paper like an 8.5 x 11 or posterboard. The kids love checking off all the cool things that they do in the summertime.

Take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program at Stars & Strikes and Kids Skate Free program at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center. Stay on your budget and enjoy being able to go out and get some exercise with the family.

Hike Sawnee Mountain and have a picnic. Enjoy the views of our beautiful city from the mountain top!

Go to a free outdoor summer movieSouthern Outdoor Cinema and The Chill Hill are hosting a free outdoor movie series at Vickery Village.

See a free movie this summer! Carmike Kids Summer Series is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am at Movies 400 in Cumming, GA.

Pick your own sunflowers in Forsyth County, GA. July is the prime season and the sunflowers will be blooming then at The Anderson Family’s Farm. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Visit the Cumming Aquatic Center and the Fountains and Spray Parks in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Visit the new spray pad at Old Atlanta Park.

See an outdoor concert. Concerts at The Collection are every other Thursday. Sawnee Mountain Music has a summer music series as well.

Shop at a Farmers Market. There are lots of markets in the area to learn about fruits and vegetables as well as buy homemade goodies from local businesses. There is a Farmer’s Produce Market at 4310 Settendown Village Road, Cumming, GA 30041 and City Produce is in town.

Visit the Forsyth County Public Library for story times, games, and more. Sign up for a summer reading program and earn a free book! Barnes & Noble and FCPL have reading programs throughout the summer.

Cool off and go ice skating at The ICE. Chill out from the summer heat and learn to skate a figure 8!

Go on a camping adventure. Explore the campgrounds around Lake Lanier and go on a family camping trek. Rent a camper at Sugar Mill Creek RV Resort and enjoy a camping experience near Helen, GA without major gas or RV rental costs.

Ride bikes at the Big Creek Greenway. We walk at Fowler Park and take our dogs to the dog park there. There are lots of trails and fun things to do.

Cool off at Poole’s Mill Park. Slide down a rock waterslide and wade in the stream.

Go on a geocaching adventure. There are lots of hidden gems when you geocache in North Georgia.

Enjoy crafts and construction projects at MichaelsHome Depot and Lowe’s this summer.

Swim in Lake Lanier. Visit one of the Lake Lanier beaches and enjoy a day on the lake.

Visit LanierWorld. Lake Lanier Islands coupons from Chick-fil-A are buy one ticket, get one free on Wednesdays. Publix and QT also have discount coupons.

See the Zeedonk. Visit Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and see the zeedonk and lots of other exotic animals!

Play lazer tag, challenge a friend in the lazer maze, ride bumper cars and go bowling. Play in the arcade at Stars & Strikes.

Go fishing at Lake Lanier!

Visit a farm.  Visit Kinsey Family Farm and enjoy seasonal events. Warbington Farms is a fun place to visit for pick your own strawberry season in May and June and for seasonal fun in the fall.

The sky’s the limit. What is your favorite thing to do in summer?

Weekend Events for May 29 – May 31 in Cumming, GA

warbington farms tea partyA soggy forecast shouldn’t dampen fun family plans for the weekend. Here are a few fun things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, May 29

11:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Post Road Library – Super Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival. Sign up to participate in Summer Reading Fun and celebrate the start of summer!  You could even win a gift card to the movies just for registering for Summer Reading Fun! No registration required.  All ages welcome! Cameron’s One Man Circus:  Shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Face Painting and Balloon Art:  12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music – Frances Mooney and Fontanna Sunset. Wonderful springtime for Bluegrass Music. Tickets $10.00. Call 770-887-7635 for details. www.fontannasunset.com

Saturday, May 30

8:30 am – Cross Country Stampede. The CCS is a 4th annual event. It is a 5k obstacle trail run held on the Watson Family Farm in Cumming, GA. You will get to experience pasture, woods, water, mud, & obstacles on our 1 lap course. CCS is going to be a self-timed event!!! All ages 5 & up are welcome. All proceeds from the 2015 race will go to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church & to The American Diabetes Association.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party at Warbington Farms. Join us for a “berry” special event on May 30th. We will have tea and light refreshments, story with STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and each child gets to pick a pint of strawberries! And Anna and Elsa from Fairytale Friends will be there! Plus we will have a strawberry themed photo booth so bring your camera or phone to take pictures! Admission to tea party does include the fun park (hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, inflatables, etc). $10 Kids and $5 adults (only $2 more than regular fun park admission for kids). Adults can pick their own gallon of berries for $12 a gallon. Bring a blanket or towel for story-time. Feel free to bring a picnic if you would like to eat lunch after the tea party or you can purchase food from the concession stand. The pavilion will be open till 2pm for picnics but Strawberry Shortcake will be leaving at 1:15. No reservation needed but please “Join” this event if you plan on attending so we can have an idea of how many will be joining us.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Bicycle Rodeo at the Cumming Fairgrounds Parking Log. Join us on Saturday for the Safe Summer Kickoff! The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will join Safe Kids Forsyth for a bicycle rodeo and safety festival. We will be distributing a limited supply of helmets, so bring yours if you have one. Volunteers will be teaching bicycle control, balance, and riding courtesy. Our Bike Patrol Unit will also be on scene for riding demonstrations. The event will be held at the Cumming Fairgrounds Parking Lot at 300 Castleberry Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make DIY Paper Fans. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Peanut Butter & Cupcake. What’s a little piece of bread to do when he’s feeling lonely? Find a friend, of course! And that’s exactly what Peanut Butter tries to do.

11:00 am – Cumming Library – Story Time – Award-winning author Marcie May will read and perform music from Penny and Tubs: The Mystery of the Crystal Waterfall, the second book in her Penny and Tubs series.


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