Archives for May 2010

Free and Dollar Summer Movies in and around Forsyth County, GA

Since summer is here next week, it is time to round up the free and cheap summer movies at local theaters.

Here are links for the Regal CinemasMovies 400, and AMC summer movie camp specials. These are great low cost options in case it rains or you need to take in some shade and air conditioning with the kids!

Here is the Regal lineup at North Point Mall:

North Point Market 8
6500 North Point Pkwy.
Alpharetta ,GA 30022
06/15/2010-06/17/2010 Charlotte’s Web (G)
Night At The Museum II (PG)
06/22/2010-06/24/2010 Wallace and Gromit (G)
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
06/29/2010-07/01/2010 Polar Express (G)
Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (PG)
07/06/2010-07/08/2010 Doogal (G)
Planet 51 (PG)
07/13/2010-07/15/2010 Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything (G)
Imagine That (PG)
07/20/2010-07/22/2010 March Of The Penguins (G)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (PG)
07/27/2010-07/29/2010 Kit Kittredge: American Girl (G)
Hotel For Dogs (PG)
08/03/2010-08/05/2010 ARCTIC TALE (G)
Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG)

Here is the AMC summer movie camp lineup:

June 15
Shrek The Third (PG)
June 22
Imagine That (PG)
June 29
Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)
Shrek The Third Imagine That Monsters vs Aliens
July 6
Madagascar (PG)
July 13
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)
July 20
Hotel for Dogs (PG)
Madagascar Madagascar 2 Hotel For Dogs
July 27
Kung Fu Panda (PG)
August 3
The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)
August 10
Surprise Mystery Title
Kung Fu Panda The Spiderwick Chronicles Surprise Mystery Movie

Here is the lineup for the Movies 400 free family films in Cumming, GA.

Join us May 25th through August 19th 2010 for FREE movies.
Shows start at 10:00am every Tuesday and Thursday!
Bring a can of food to support our can food drive and receive a free popcorn.
Limit one per person.
5/25 & 5/27 Astroboy  (Movies ATL Only)
6/1 & 6/3 Planet 51
6/8 & 6/10 Princess and the Frog
6/15 & 6/17 Night at the Museum 2
6/22 & 6/24 Fantastic Mr. Fox
6/29 & 7/1 Ice Age 3
7/6 & 7/8 Aliens in the Attic
7/13 & 7/15 Alvin and the Chipmunks 2
7/20 & 7/22 The Tooth Fairy
7/27 & 7/29 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
8/3 & 8/5 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
8/10 & 8/12 Furry Vengeance
8/17 & 8/19 Madagascar 2  (Movies ATL Only)

Also, there will be free outdoor movies in Cumming and other areas.

My Twitter friend Sue Rodman has a wonderful blog Field Trips with Sue. She gives families ideas on field trips in and around Atlanta. Here is a free Outdoor Movies in Atlanta post from Sue Rodman as well.

I just received this Summer+Activities+2010 PDF with free and cheap things to do in and around Atlanta. It is worth downloading! (pdf) Thanks to Amy Ryan and Amy Rice for putting it together.


Pick Your Own Berries and Local Farms to Visit In or Near Forsyth County, GA

As summer approaches, it is time to get out and go on a family adventure. There are many local farms and places where you can pick your own sunflowers, berries, apples, you name it. Here are some resources to find your new favorite family tradition!

Pick Your Own – Find a farm in local Atlanta area counties

The Kinsey Family Farm – Our personal favorite in Forsyth County, GA for pumpkin season, they also have Christmas trees and sunflowers.
The farm provides hayrides, pick your own sunflowers, fish feeding, the outstandingly popular apple cannons, and plenty of picnic tables for visitors. We also carry thousands of pumpkins for you to choose from as well as a wide variety of additional fall harvest crops for eating and decorating with. Fall is a beautiful time at the farm and the weather is just right for an afternoon in the country. Our Christmas season begins the weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving and runs until the 22nd of December. With over two thousand choose and cut trees to choose from each year you are certain to find the “perfect” tree every time! Bring plenty of warm clothes, a big hunger for marshmallows, and your camera. Building Christmas memories is something we live to do!

Field Trips with Sue – has great resources on local and regional places to visit with the family. This article is about strawberry picking.

Georgia U-pick Blueberry Farms – AJC resource from the Evening Edge. June is prime blueberry picking time.

The Q Family Adventures – Pick Your Own Farms Around Atlanta


Short-Term Childcare, Kids Stay and Play in and around Forsyth County, GA

Update: Recess by Charley and Play in Roswell have gone out of business. Unfortunately. Great concept.

For families with short term childcare needs, help is here! I don’t have family in town and we don’t know many babysitters. It is nice to know there are options if you ever need to schedule a meeting or doctor’s appointment and need to drop the kids off at a local child care facility. Here are a few that I have found so far.

What do you do when you need short term childcare? Are there any other local places? Please share with us!

Recess by Charley3195 Trammel Road, Cumming, GA 30041 – Facebook page
A new concept in childcare. Flexible childcare by the HOUR. We can accommodate children age 6 weeks to 12 years. You are free to make appointments, attend meetings, run errands, shop, eat out and relax knowing your children are safe and having fun! Have a birthday party here. Parents lounge for stay and play.

Play An Activity Center for Kids – Roswell
Play is the newest and best activity center in Roswell with the most fun your child can have under one roof. Our center provides Short Stay Child Care (up to 4 hours), Drop-In Play where you stay and play with your child, private full service parties, Kid’s Night Out and a variety of class options.


Flavors of Forsyth at The Avenues Forsyth Coming on May 20

A Festival of Food at The Avenue benefiting United Way of Forsyth County.  Enjoy restaurant sampling, children’s activities, live entertainment, door prizes and an art show.  Flavors of Forsyth will feature sampling of the very best in Forsyth cuisine.

No cost to attend.  Tickets are $.50 each.  Sampling and activities range from 1 – 6 tickets.  For vendor application visit

Donate, Volunteer, Give and Make a Difference in Forsyth County, GA

Every season I like to do a bit of cleaning in the house. For the girls, it means time to donate outgrown clothes and toys. There are many places in and around Cumming, GA that you can donate your gently used goods. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, these wonderful nonprofits would be happy for your services.

Here are a few organizations that we have donated items to for a good cause.

The Children’s Center for Hope & HealingWish List – dedicated to stopping the cycle of child sexual abuse and to preventing the exploitation of children. CCHH has an office in Cumming as well as in Gainesville on the square.

The Place of Forsyth County, GA – housewares, clothing, food donations for all ages.

Forsyth County Family Haven – shelter for victims of domestic violence – accepts food, baby goods, etc. Wish list on web site.

Goodwill of North Georgia – housewares, clothing for all ages.

Forsyth County Freecycle – post items that you want to give away, pick a recipient that responds, they pick it up!

United Way of Forsyth County – donate, give, volunteer locally.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office – donate stuffed animals for children who are victims of domestic violence.

Faith’s House – empowering single moms to better their lives through education. Donation and volunteer opportunities.

Abba House – long-term residential ministry where women with substance abuse and mental health issues can have a safe place to learn to receive God’s love and forgiveness. Volunteers welcome and thrift store located on Keith Bridge Road in Cumming, GA.

Forsyth County Humane Society – no-kill animal shelter. Seeks volunteers, donations. New thrift store in Tri-County Plaza on Highway 9 between Big Lots and Golds Gym in Cumming, GA. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Donations needed!

Here is a comprehensive list of some other charitable organizations in an around metro Atlanta.

What is your favorite place to donate to?


Summer Library Events in Forsyth County, GA

The Forsyth County Library starts its story time program on June 1. They will have story time a few days a week and a few times a day. It is one of the best free things to do in Forsyth County this Summer with the kids!

They also have a summer reading incentive program. Kids and teens can participate in the summer reading incentive program, and earn a prize, a book to keep! Registration will begin May 28.


Food Allergy Awareness Week – Respect Every Bite

As a mom of a peanut and egg-allergic three year old daughter, I have learned so much about food allergies and the challenges it creates. Through my daughter’s grace, I have learned to accept the things I cannot control and to deal with things one day at a time. She is my sweet little girl and I worry about keeping her protected every day. We are learning together to read the labels, ask questions and be vigilant with food. We carry around an epi-pen and benedryl and it is an accepted accessory now, just like my purse. We talk to her teachers, friends’ parents, caregivers, and anyone else that we cross paths with and make sure they know about her allergies. We ask questions and research restaurants and places before we travel. Every meal is a concern, which is why we must respect every bite.

My sweet daughter.

The most surprising thing I learned was how little the general public was aware of the implications of cross-contamination. A food product might not have peanuts in it but may have been processed in a plant that handles peanuts. That is a big deal for those of us with food allergies. The scary thing is that food manufacturers do not have to have the “may contain” statement so if it is not on the package, you have to call and find out.

In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, I am including some links to local Atlanta groups, the Atlanta Food Allergy Walk this Fall as well as peanut free snack ideas for the classroom and food allergy associations. Kids with Food Allergies has also announced a Faces of Food Allergies campaign that encourages kids to get involved. Add your picture to the photo gallery and spread the word to educate our schools and the entire community to respect every bite.


Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network – sign up for email allergy alerts

Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta – local nonprofit and support group for Atlanta area families with food allergies. Also promotes education and school and restaurant advocacy.

Atlanta FAAN Food Allergy Walk 10/2/10

Yahoo Group Atlanta Families with Food Allergies

Ask About My Peanut Allergy – Bo’s Food List (always read the labels as it may change) Safe snack ideas

Respect Every Bite, Because Every Bite Matters – great post by Smiling Green Mom about Food Allergy Awareness Week, resources



Events This Week at The Avenues Forsyth

Here are events this week at The Avenues Forsyth.
The Avenue Forsyth
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010 – 3:00PM – 7:00PM
The Avenue Forsyth
THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010 – 10:00AM – 2:00PM
Sage Clothing
THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2010 – 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Barnes & Noble

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010 – 11:00AM

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