Archives for August 2011

Giveaway Alert! Digital Copy of 100+ Free & Cheap Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids.

100+ Free and Cheap Things to do in Atlanta with Kids
By Sue Rodman, Field Trips with Sue

One of the best things you can do for your children is take them new places and let them experience the world around them. Here are some free and inexpensive things you can do with kids. The ideas are taken from a new book called 100+ Free and Cheap Things to do in Atlanta with Kids which includes the who, what, where and when, with costs up front for easy viewing. Web links guide readers to specific information on the attraction; addresses make it easy to plug into the GPS on the go.

The book is available at www.fieldtripswithsue.com/100free in e-book format for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle and Nook for $4.99 and $9.99 for the printed version. You’ll pay for it with your first outing! So pack a picnic lunch and head out for a frugal afternoon of fun. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:

Visit a Museum or Attraction – Several Atlanta area attractions including the Georgia Aquarium, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and The Atlanta Braves offer opportunities to visit for free. For instance, all Georgia Public Libraries have a Family Pass to Zoo Atlanta that can be checked out with a library card.

See a Movie – Southern Outdoor Cinemas host free movies at parks, and shopping centers all summer long. For indoor movies, Regal Cinemas hosts the Regal Summer Movie Express. The theater shows G and PG rated films at 10 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and admission is only $1. Plus a portion of the proceeds benefits the Will Rogers Institute.

Get Back to Nature – For low cost and big fun, check out Georgia State Parks or any of the National Parks. There are also several nature preserves around Atlanta that offer free admission including Dauset Trail. Dauset Trail is a 1200 acre preserve with trails, creeks, wildlife and an extensive calendar of events throughout the year.

Play Sports – From watching professional sports teams to playing them on your own, the book gives you ideas on active fun including bowling. Several national bowling centers offer free bowling to students during the summer. Check out www.kidsbowlfree.com or sign up for Brunswick Zone’s Bonus Zone for emailed coupons. AMF also has a free bowling program.

Build a Craft – Learn what stores offer kids activities for a bit of indoor (and cooler) fun. For example,Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement offer monthly kid’s workshops where children make and take a wooden craft. Both programs also include a kid sized apron.

How To Enter Digital Book Giveaway:

To enter the giveaway, add a comment and tell us what your favorite free family event is in Atlanta! The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, September 2. Winner will be selected by random.org and notified via email. The book will be emailed in PDF or Kindle format per winner’s preference.

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 8/26 – 8/28, 2011

Here’s a roundup of family friendly events in Forsyth County, GA! There are also a few consignment sales this weekend for some great deals.

Friday, August 26

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market  – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

Saturday, August 27

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – support local farmers of Forsyth and surrounding counties, swap recipes and meet your neighbors! Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – Build a school locker. Your child will love building and decorating this awesome locker! Kit includes stickers, chalkboard and chalk!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – enjoy a reading from the NOOK book reader!

Sunday, August 28

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Raising Kids Who Read Event at Humpus Bumpus Bookstore  at 703 Atlanta Road in Cumming, Georgia – Spend an enjoyable afternoon for kids of all ages – meeting local authors for book readings and book signings, visit with authors of all ages and for all genres, including 11-year-old author, Sarah Voskamp, talk with an artist about illustrating children’s books, and meet JoJo, the real “Lonely Parrot.” Plus, learn how to encourage your kids to read and get the details of a writing contest that will begin on September 1st.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for 8/19 – 8/21, 2011

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There’s lots going on around town this weekend if you are looking for something free or cheap to do! Here’s a roundup of family friendly events in Forsyth County, GA! There are also a few consignment sales this weekend at CFUMC and Midway for some great deals.

Our giveaway ends Friday 8/19 at midnight – enter a comment and be registered win a free month of QuickStart Tennis for your child at Big Time Sports!

Friday, August 19

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – all weekend – Friday 9-5, Sat 9-6, Sunday 10-5 – Always the 3rd weekend, the Market features Antiques, Home Decor and Collectibles. Come shop as over 150 dealers have brought treasures form all over to North Georgia.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market – Back to school bash – lots of fun activities for the kids, fresh produce, unique crafts, musical entertainment and more!

Saturday, August 20

7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – support local farmers of Forsyth and surrounding counties, swap recipes and meet your neighbors! Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Stars & Strikes Cumming – Family Fun Day – Take the family to Stars & Strikes and enjoy game and food specials, face painting, inflatables, sports mascots and more!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth – Go on a wonderful undersea adventure with Rainbow Fish! One of my favorite stories.

Sunday, August 21

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michael’s Foam Print Event – Create a personalized foam stamp and print — great for name tags and labels. FREE Make-It Take-It. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

Upcoming Fall Consignment Sales in Cumming, GA for August 2011

Summer is coming to an end and moms everywhere are preparing to consign kids clothing or shop for some great buys! Here is a roundup of local consignment sales in Forsyth County, GA.

8/18 – 8/20 – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia hosts a Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

Thursday, August 18th 8:30 am – 1:00 pm  (No strollers allowed), 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, August 19th 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, August 20th 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

8/18 -8/20 – Midway United Methodist Church consignment sale. Located at 5025 Atlanta Highway Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

Thursday, August 18, 2011          8:30 am-1:00 pm and 5:00-8:00 pm
Friday, August 19, 2011               8:30 am-1:00 pm
Saturday, August 20, 2011           8:30 am-1:00 pm

8/26 – 8/27 – Creekside MOPS Consignment Sale – Every year MOPS sponsors a Spring and Fall Consignment Sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to shop for gently used (and even some new) children’s and maternity items such as quality clothing, toys, games, nursery equipment, and so much more. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the MOPS and Teen MOPS ministries. Creekside United Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA.

Thursday, August 25: Public Preview 8:00 – 9:00pm ($5)
Friday, August 26th: 9:00am – 1:00pm and 6:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, August 27th: 8:00am – 1:00pm (many items half off)

8/26 – 8/27 – Green with Envy Kids Consignment Sale – new and gently worn high-end clothing, shoes, accessories, costumes, toys and more. Pinetree Village Shopping Center, 2350 Atlanta Hwy (Hwy 9), Cumming, GA.

Friday, August 26 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 27 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Giveaway Alert! Free Month of QuickStart Tennis at Big Time Sports

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

I am excited to offer Forsyth for Families readers our new giveaway: One free month of QuickStart Tennis from Big Time Sports! I have grown up playing ball and tennis and it is wonderful to see my children want to learn the same sports I grew up with.

I like the QuickStart method as it provides a positive learning platform that encourages kids to learn tennis without getting discouraged on an adult-sized court.

QuickStart Tennis is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. It is divided into two different levels – ages 8 and under and ages 10 and under.

Big Time Sports has classes for beginner to advanced in each age group. The winner receives a free month of Quickstart Tennis!

Big Time Sports is an indoor tennis and baseball sports facility. We offer baseball batting cages, private tennis & baseball instruction, Quickstart Tennis and Speed & Agility training.

How To Enter

To enter the giveaway, add a comment and tell us what tennis skills you would like your child to learn at Big Time Sports! The giveaway ends at midnight on August 19. 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.

August Storytimes at the Forsyth County Library

Forsyth County Public Library presents its Storytime programs. Registration is not necessary.

Little Listeners storytime — 10:15 a.m. (ages 18 months to 3 years, with an adult)

• “Look Who’s Talking!” Cumming: Aug. 15; Sharon Forks: Aug. 16-17; Hampton Park: Aug. 19

• “Who Hops?” Cumming: Aug. 22; Sharon Forks: Aug. 23-24; Hampton Park: Aug. 26

Wee Read Storytime — 11:15 a.m. (ages 2 to 5 years, with an adult)

• “Peekaboo, I See You!” Cumming: Aug. 15 and 19; Sharon Forks: Aug. 19

• “It’s at My Fingertips,” Cumming: Aug. 22 and 25; Sharon Forks: Aug. 26

Ready, Set, Read! Storytime — 1:15 p.m. (ages 4 to 6)

• “Totally ‘-ly’ Tales,” Cumming: Aug. 15; Sharon Forks: Aug. 16; Hampton Park: Aug. 19

• “Great ‘Gr-’ Books,” Cumming: Aug. 22; Sharon Forks: Aug. 23; Hampton Park: Aug. 26.

For more information, call (770) 781-9840, Ext. 9364, or go online at www.forsythpl.org.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for 8/5 – 8/7, 2011

It is the last weekend of summer for Forsyth County students! Where did the time go? Enjoy your weekend and stay cool!

Friday August 5

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – City Produce – Free tomatoes with purchase from nine AM until 12 noon. Four pound limit.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmer’s Market – buy local and enjoy fresh food from area farmers.

Saturday, August 6
7:00 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Pick up some tasty produce and support our local farmers.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot – Build a cool pencil box for school at the kids workshop. One less school supply to buy!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Avenues Forsyth
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Pet Adoption Day at PetSmart in Cumming, GA
12:00PM – 5:00PM – Back to School Bash August 6, 2011 – The Avenue Forsyth
Back to School Gift with Purchase
Present same-day receipts from any Avenue retailer or restaurant in The Park near Coldwater Creek totaling $100 to receive a complimentary Speaker Case or Cooler Tote. While supplies last. One per customer.
Enter to Win a $500 Shopping Spree.
Exclusive offers from retailers and restaurants.
1 PM – 5 PM
Live Music from Dean Balkwill Band.
Interactive trivia and giveaways, Face Painting, and Balloon Art.

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