Archives for July 2011

Lake Lanier Islands – A Family Staycation

We usually go to the beach in the summer, but this year we opted to go to Lake Lanier Islands for a closer and cheaper alternative. There is a family fun package at the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center that includes a night at the hotel, buffet breakfast and two days at the waterpark. We went on a Sunday night and it was $199.00. A typical night is priced at $189.00 – that was a great deal! The price varies during the week and is listed now starting at $219.00 a night, but it is still a great deal.

We went over by boat and stayed overnight on Father’s Day. There had been a storm the night before and the docks by Sunset Cove were broken. We ended up parking at another dock on the other side and walked up to the entrance of the water park. We called the hotel and the hotel shuttle picked us up and took us to the hotel.

Check in wasn’t until 3:00 pm, so we checked our bags and went to the pool. They have a nice sized pool and Bullfrogs restaurant with a porch so you can sit poolside. The menu outside is limited. Inside the restaurant there was live music, game tables like checkers and a full menu.

The kids played in the pool and we had sandwiches for lunch. My husband and I split a club sandwich and that was filling. Then we went exploring. In the hotel, there are a few games in the hallways like a pool table and foozball. We played games for a bit and then were able to check in. The rooms have been renovated and although the building is older, our room was clean and the bathroom had the latest amenities.

We decided to go to Sunset Cove for dinner and walk around the water park. We were going to go to the water park on Monday when it wasn’t as crowded. The beach was crowded and there were many boats in the cove. Sunset Cove is open to boaters as well as water park visitors, so it was a mixed crowd of families and boaters. Dinner was average and the view and outdoor dining was pleasant.

We headed back to the hotel via shuttle – you just give them a call and they will pick you up at the entrance of the park. We went to the hotel to settle for the night. I put our youngest daughter to bed and my husband took our oldest daughter swimming. We always have fond memories of night swimming on summer vacation and it was fun to see her excitement as they got to swim at night.

The next morning we had a wonderful buffet breakfast at the Windows Restaurant at Legacy Lodge. It had everything from omelets to egg benedict, oatmeal and yogurt to biscuits and grits. It wasn’t crowded since it was a Monday morning. We heard it was packed for Father’s Day brunch the day before!

We packed up and headed out to the water park. It was exciting this year as our youngest daughter was finally tall enough to ride on all the water slides! We spent a few hours on the water slides and in the wave pool and then packed up our boat and drove home. It was a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day while being on a budget!

Here are some other deals to save some cash at Lake Lanier Islands. Like them on Facebook and get discounts on Lanier World (new web site) online ticket purchases. Find a friend with a season pass and go along with them on half price days – friends can get 50% off on certain days. Look for coupons at Chick-fil-A and other places for LanierWorld and get $5.00 of per pass.

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA from July 29 – 31, 2011

It’s hard to believe that school starts in two short weeks! Get out there and enjoy the rest of summer. Looking to venture out a little further? Check out the fountains at Mall of Georgia, Duluth and Suwanee. Roswell has a neat sprayground as well.

Friday, July 29

9:00 am – 11:30 am and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Parkway Church Fall/Winter Consignment Sale

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market – lots of fun for the kids, fresh produce and goods for the family!

Saturday, July 30

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – support local farmers and pick up fresh produce and goods. They taste so much better than from the store!

Warbington Farms is the place to be!!! Come pick up some Georgia grown peaches, watermelon, corn, peas, beans, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and other local grown produce! Water slide will be open from 11-4 today, $6 unlimited slides!

The fourth annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk for Tyler will be at 8:30 a.m. July 30 at North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Drive. Race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. Applications are available at www.tylerhowarth.info and by e-mailing mkhwrn@bellsouth.net. Online registration available at www.active.com. For more information, call Kathy at (770) 889-6332 or Susan at (770) 887-8315.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Parkway Church Fall/Winter Consignment Sale

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenues Forsyth Storytime – love getting messy? Then this storytime is for you!

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Passport to Fun – Brazil! Mask and snake event. Learn about the land of the Amazon. Create a mask and snake! Make-It Take-It with purchase of mask. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

“Stuff the Bus,” an annual United Way collection drive, will accept school supplies for children in need from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 30 in the Walmart parking lot, 1500 Market Place Blvd. For more information, including how businesses can help, call the United Way at (770) 781-4110 or go online at www.unitedwayforsyth.com.

Sunday, July 31

Forsyth Reads Together announces its list of events on Louisa May Alcott:

• 2 p.m. July 31, Hampton Park library — “Little Women” film

The Georgia Farmgirls will have its monthly sale every fourth weekend of the month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver City Marketplace, 7645 Bannister Road. Tickets are $25 and include the cost of both days. Spaces are available for $15 the day of the sale, $50 on the other weekends. Vendors should bring their own tables and tents and may sell crafts, collectibles, antiques, home decor, flea market treasures, plants, produce, etc. For more information, call Mary Ann at (770) 845-5728, e-mail georgiafarmgirls@aol.com, or visit www.georgiafarmgirls.org.

 


 

Giveaway alert! Mia’s Pizza and Eats Family Gift Pack


*UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Our winner, Kathy, was selected on Random.org and notified by email.

I am excited about Forsyth for Families first ever giveaway! Mia’s Pizza and Eats has generously donated a family gift pack that includes a $20.00 gift certificate, lots of coupons and more!

We have been fans of Mia’s Pizza and Eats ever since they offered to cut my young daughter’s pizza slice into bite size pieces! The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the food is fresh and delicious and the service is always prompt and friendly. It has become one of our favorite local restaurants for our family. The tiger pizza is great for kids and it feeds 2-3 people easily.

Mia’s Pizza and Eats is independently owned and operated restaurant by an Atlanta native. They are family centered and strive to make it a great experience for families. Mia’s serves locally grown specials. All of their dough is made fresh every day and pies are hand tossed.  Their meatballs and lasagna are made from scratch.  They have yummy house made desserts such as cheesecake, cannoli, and Oreo ice cream pie. Mia’s recently introduced a 10-inch gluten free pie to the menu. Mia’s has a catering menu and can plan an event for anyone; they can be as creative as the customer would like. Mia’s has a dining patio, free WiFi and large televisions to watch sports events. They deliver in the local area and offer daily specials. They have trivia night on Wednesdays. Find them on Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, add a comment and tell us what you would order with your gift certificate at Mia’s Pizza and Eats! The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, July 29. Winner will be selected by random.org and notified via email. Entrants must live in the Cumming, GA area and the family gift pack will be mailed upon notification confirmation.

Disclosure:  While this giveaway is being promoted on Facebook, it is in no way associated with, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge this and release Facebook from any responsibility of such.  Furthermore, you acknowledge that any information provided for entry is being provided to Forsyth for Families and not to Facebook.

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for July 22 – 24, 2011

Sunflowers are in bloom – one of our favorite experiences was picking sunflowers at a local farm in South Forsyth at Highway 9 and Shiloh Road (near Majors Road). You can pick your own or buy from the stand.

Need some ideas for the weekend? Here is what’s happening in our neck of the woods.

Friday, July 22

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmer’s Market – buy fresh local goods and support the community while enjoying an evening outside.

Saturday, July 23

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – check out what’s in season at this fun gathering at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

10:00 am – 9:00 pm – PeachMac grand opening at The Avenues Forsyth. Attention all Apple families! Enter to win giveaways including an iPad, MacBook or iPod Shuffle!

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow. Build a binocular and go bird watching!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time – Calling all little dragon slayers to this week’s adventure storytime about dragons. Great for kids eight and under.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Michael’s Passport to Fun – Mexico. Create your own Mexican sun and tissue paper flowers!

 

Summer Events and Activities This Week

I was on vacation this past weekend and did not post the weekend events. Hopefully you had a wonderful weekend with your family in the cooler weather! I am back posting weekly things to do on the weekend as well as special posts on local events, activities and deals going on for families in and around Forsyth County, GA.

If you are on Facebook, check out our page for daily updates and specials in the area. I also tweet some local information, so if you are on Twitter, you can find me there.

Here is what’s going on this week if you need some ideas!

  • The library has a lot of activities tomorrow (listed below)
  • There is a story time Tuesday at 11:00 am at Barnes & Noble at The Avenues Forsyth.
  • Tuesday there is a free craft at Michaels from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Japan is featured in the Passport to Fun series and there is a foam printing block and origami event.
  • The Cumming Farmers Market is on Wednesday and Saturday at the Fairgrounds.
  • The free movie is Alpha & Omega on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am at Movies 400. I recommend getting there about 20 minutes early to get your free popcorn (bring a canned food item) and find a seat.

Kids bowl free if you sign up at Stars & Strikes in Cumming. Sign up online and you will get a weekly email to bowl free during the week at a specified time.

Did you sign up for the summer reading programs at Barnes & Noble and at the library? Have your kids keep a journal and collect a free book at the end of the summer.

There is a special event at Menchies’s on Wednesday, July 20 to support Stick it to Cancer from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Mix Menchies and Freeze Cancer!

There are a few summer camps with spaces still open – Glazed and Fired has some neat classes for kids for a fee.

Enjoy your week and please share if you hear of anything neat to do!

Library Events for Children and Families:
Program Description Date/Time Location
Passport to Adventure Storytime
Adventures in Asia
You are cleared for takeoff! Join us as we fly across the ocean to visit the continent of Asia with stories, activities, and a puppet show. Ages 4-8 years. 7/18/2011 1:15 PM Hampton Park Library
Passport to Adventure Storytime
Adventures in Asia
You are cleared for takeoff! Join us as we fly across the ocean to visit the continent of Asia with stories, activities, and a puppet show. Ages 4-8 years. 7/18/2011 3:15 PM Cumming Library
Aesop’s Fantastic Fables Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” presents amazing adaptations of Aesop’s wise, well-known fables. Enjoy a puppet show, followed by a behind-the-scenes puppet demonstration. 7/18/2011 3:15 PM Sharon Forks Library
Aesop’s Fantastic Fables Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” presents amazing adaptations of Aesop’s wise, well-known fables. Enjoy a puppet show, followed by a behind-the-scenes puppet demonstration. 7/18/2011 5:30 PM Sharon Forks Library
Forsyth Reads Together: Movie: Little Women All ages. 7/31/2011 2:00 PM Hampton Park Library

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for July 8 – 10, 2011

The weekend is here! And it’s Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A! Wear a cow hat for a free entree or dress in a cow costume for a free meal! Here is a roundup of what is going on in the area this weekend.

Friday, July 8

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A!

Dog park opens today at Fowler Park!

10:00 am – Warbington Farms celebrates Cow Appreciation Day – What better way to spend Cow Appreciation Day than on a working farm. Join Warbington Farms as we celebrate our love for our cows on July 8th and 9th, 2011. We will play cow games, do cow crafts, take a “hey”ride to feed the cows, and read cow stories. Activities begin at 10 am with the “hey”ride leaving at 11 am for cow-feeding and storytime. Come dressed like a cow and receive a free cup of feed for the cow-feeding. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a true day in the country while celebrating your love for COWS!!! $5 for kids. Includes: Storytime, “Hey”ride, Cow Crafts, Cow Games, Cow Print Face Painting – $4 for adult “hey”ride – RSVP to Delana at 404-983-6945 or delana@warbingtonfarms.com

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market – pick up fresh produce, support local growers and have fun on this Friday afternoon festivity.

Saturday, July 9

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – meet some neat local neighbors, buy some flowers and see what’s in season at this lovely market. Located in the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – build a tow truck with your little ones and see their faces light up as they see the project come together.

10:00 am – Warbington Farms celebrates Cow Appreciation Day – What better way to spend Cow Appreciation Day than on a working farm. Join Warbington Farms as we celebrate our love for our cows on July 8th and 9th, 2011. We will play cow games, do cow crafts, take a “hey”ride to feed the cows, and read cow stories. Activities begin at 10 am with the “hey”ride leaving at 11 am for cow-feeding and storytime. Come dressed like a cow and receive a free cup of feed for the cow-feeding. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a true day in the country while celebrating your love for COWS!!! $5 for kids. Includes: Storytime, “Hey”ride, Cow Crafts, Cow Games, Cow Print Face Painting – $4 for adult “hey”ride – RSVP to Delana at 404-983-6945 or delana@warbingtonfarms.com

11:00 am – Story time at Barnes & Noble – celebrate the launch of Cars 2 with Cars stories!

Love animals? Why not try fostering a dog or cat? Foster homes for cats and dogs are needed urgently through the Humane Society of Forsyth County No-kill Shelter. Both regular and short-term foster homes needed. For more information, call (770) 887-6480 or go online at www.forsythpets.com and click “volunteer.”

Warbington Farms July 2011 Activities

Fun on the farm continues with story times, a watermelon bash and a new play in the dirt and cow appreciation day activities in July!

Play in the Dirt July 6th, 2011
Warbington Farms is proud to present its Play in the Dirt dates. July 6th, after storytime, we will take the kids to the garden where they will plant their own pumpkin seeds. We will send pictures of the pumpkins growing or you can come back to farm to show your child how his/her pumpkin is growing. In the fall, we will contact you when your child’s pumpkin is ready to be picked and your family can come to farm to purchase your own child’s pumpkin!
Storytime and “hey”ride start at 11am and cost $4 for adults and kids two and older.
Planting starts around 11:45 and is only a $1 with storytime ticket or $2 without storytime.
contact Delana at delana@warbingtonfarms.com to reserve your spot and to learn about more “play in the dirt” dates or call 404-983-6945
July 8 – July 9 – What better way to spend Cow Appreciation Day than on a working farm. Join Warbington Farms as we celebrate our love for our cows. We will play cow games, do cow crafts, take a “hey”ride to feed the cows, and read cow stories. Activities begin at 10 am with the “hey”ride leaving at 11 am for cow-feeding and storytime. Come dressed like a cow and receive a free cup of feed for the cow-feeding. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a true day in the country while celebrating your love for COWS!!!

$5 for kids. Includes: Storytime, “Hey”ride, Cow Crafts, Cow Games, Cow Print Face Painting, $4 for adult “hey”ride. RSVP to Delana at 404-983-6945 or delana@warbingtonfarms.com

Friday July 15 – Saturday July 16th Bash N’ Splash at Warbington Farms

Visit Warbington Farms in Cumming for some watermelon picking, eating, water slides, water balloon fights, pony rides, “hey” rides, face painting, food, fun & more!  9am to 7pm daily.

Visit their website for pricing and more information.


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