Archives for December 2011

Family Friendly New Years Eve Events in Cumming, GA

monkey joesI cannot believe the new year is almost here. It seems it was just summer. Here is a roundup of what is going on in Cumming, GA for a family friendly New Year’s!

If you want to venture further out into Atlanta, check out Field Trips with Sue’s Family Friendly New Years Eve in Atlanta.

Saturday, December 31

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Noon Years Eve Party – The Avenue Forsyth. Reserve a spot today for your daughter to celebrate New Years Sweet and Sassy style. Party Blowers & Yummy Treats, Limo Ride around the Center, Dance Music, Runway Show, Glittery Make-up, Up-do, Giveaways & More!  $25/ girl.  Free photo when you sign up 2 or more.  Call for Reservations:  770.781.0300.

11:30 am – 2:00 pm – Monkey Joes Cumming, GA – Annual Bubblewrap fireworks New Years Eve celebration at the Cumming Monkey Joes. Countdown begins at 11:30 am and the Bubblewrap celebration begins at 12 noon.

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Take the family rollerskating at Slapshots for New Years Eve fun.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Stars and Strikes, Cumming, GA – Book your family party from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and celebrate New Years bowling! Lots of fun included with reservation – All you can bowl, shoes, lazer tag or bumper cars and game cards included. Visit web site for details or call 678-965-5707 to make reservation.

8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Slapshots in Cumming, GA – Cele-skate the New Years with us and Let’s Roll in 2012. Come out and join us Dec. 31st, 2011 for the “Last Skate Session of 2011” Cost: $10 and includes a glow stick for the “blackout” glow skate. Skate Rental is not included. No coupons, groupons, discounts or passes will be accepted on this session. Skate Rental cost $3.00.

Forsyth County Library January Events for Kids

The Forsyth County Public Library announces upcoming events for teens:

• 3-5 p.m. Jan. 2 — Cupcake Wars (for sixth-grade and higher); Sharon Forks branch (space limited, registration required)

• 2 p.m. Jan. 3 — Film based on book by Pittacus Lore

The Forsyth County Public Library begins the new year with quilts on loan from the Storybook Quilt Collection, quilt-themed stories, crafts, hot cocoa and treats from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan 2 (Cumming), Jan. 3 (Sharon Forks) and Jan. 4 (Hampton Park).

For more information, call (770) 781-9840 or see the entire month schedule online at Need a print out of the library programs?

Call for Volunteers: Caring for Forsyth December 29 Dinner Event

caring for forsyth dinnerThe Caring for Forsyth Dinner for the Homeless event will feed a hot meal to the homeless in a warm, indoors facility.

The event takes place Dec. 29 at McDonald and Son funeral home’s community room, 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming.

Serving will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and volunteers are needed.

Items needed include food, drinks, salad, desserts, bread and paper products.

Organizers say about 1,000 people may show up for a meal. They also need servers and people to set up and clean up during and after the event.

Call 770-889-2859 if you would like to volunteer.

Mia’s Pizza and Eats Leftover Pizza Contest

mia's pizza and eats contestMia’s Pizza and Eats is running a fun leftovers pizza contest.  Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate!

To enter, participants must create a pizza using at least two leftovers from their holiday meal(s); they must snap a picture of their leftovers pizza and post it to Mia’s facebook page via the “Leftovers Pizza Contest” tab.

The caption to their photo will be the toppings recipe with detailed information about leftovers, other toppings, sauce, and cheese(es) used.  The contest closes on January 6 at noon.  Winners will be announced on Jan. 7.  Good luck!

Christmas, Hanukkah and Holiday Printables

The rush to Christmas is on! Forsyth for Families will be taking a break this weekend for the holidays.

Until we return, here are a few links to some great Christmas printables:

Christmas gift labels from Martha Stewart

A collection of Christmas art to download – tags, signs, decor and more!

Gift tags for last minute wrapping. And more here.

Christmas Bingo for the kids.

Christmas scavenger hunt, coloring pages and games.

Christmas decoder puzzles, word scrambles and much more worksheets.

Planning Christmas forms – menu, calendar, wish list and more!

And for those celebrating the first day of Hanukkah, here are some neat printables:

Free printable party set

Hanukkah Dreidel paper craft

Hanukkah printable placemat

And here is a huge list of 22 holiday printables! Enjoy.

Looking for more?

I have discovered Pinterest and all that I can say is wow! I suddenly have a resource to find great teacher and neighbor gift ideas, craft ideas for my Brownie troop and much more! Plus it is integrated with Facebook so I can see what my friends are pinning and sharing. Check it out and let me know if you need an invite.





Weekend Events in Cumming, GA for December 16 – 18, 2011

The weekend’s here! Looking for fun stuff to do in the area? Here’s a roundup of activities:

Saturday, December 17

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow workshop. It’s the final piece of the 2011 Lowe’s holiday train! This Train Engine includes stickers and a pullback motor!

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Santa will be at Kids Go Green! Bring your camera.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Passport to Adventure – Mexico. Make a duct tape luggage tag!

11:00 am Barnes and Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever story time.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Michaels Passport to Adventure – Mexico. Make a Poinsettia card.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Complimentary Santa Photos and Carriage Rides at The Avenue Forsyth.


Irvin Berlin’s “White Christmas” will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 14-17 at Forsyth Central High School. Tickets are $7 adults/$5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 404-310-3346.

Sawnee Ballet Theatre will hold its 20th annual production of “Nutcracker” Dec. 15-18 at the South Forsyth High performing arts center. For tickets or more information, call (770) 887-0756 or go online at

“A Baby Changes Everything,” a Christmas production by Deer Creek Shores Church, will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at 7620 Lanier Drive. The play is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve space for the nursery by Dec. 11, call (770) 887-6801 or e-mail

Sawnee Ballet Nutcracker at South Forsyth High School from December 15 – 18, 2011

Don’t miss a wonderful local version of Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker right here in our backyard at South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

I went a few years ago and my daughter and I loved it. I was very impressed with the professional production and I can’t wait to go this year.

Here are details from the web site:

Public Performances:
Thursday, December 15th – 7:30pm
Friday, December 16th – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 17th – 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, December 18th – 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Where: South Forsyth High School Performing Arts Auditorium – Directions

Tickets on sale starting October 1st Tickets: Pricing and Purchase Here

The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, is a heartwarming holiday tradition for every member of the family.

You will be dazzled by a Christmas tree that grows larger than life, a lively battle between soldiers and mice, snow that falls and much more. Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s production of this enchanting full-length ballet brings the magical characters in Clara’s dream to life.

Each year, Artistic Director Joan Kall Stewart brings something new to the performance, and this year is no exception!

The Nutcracker Story
At a Christmas party hosted by the Silverhaus family, Clara receives a nutcracker in the shape of a toy soldier from Herr Drosselmeyer. After the party, Clara has an incredible dream where magical things happen! A battle rages between huge mice and the Nutcracker’s toy soldiers. When Clara saves the Nutcracker’s life, an evil spell is broken, and he turns into a handsome Prince. Clara and the Prince journey to the Land of Sweets where dancers from around the world perform for Clara to honor her for her bravery.

Free Kids Crafts At Michaels in December 2011

Countdown to the holiday season with a full schedule of free kids crafts at Michaels!

Here is the Michaels craft schedule for the month of December.

Saturday December 17

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Passport to Imagination – Mexico – Make a duct tape luggage tag!

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Passport to Imagination – Mexico – Make a Poinsettia card!

Monday December 19

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Camille’s Fun Dough Shapes Event – Enjoy some squishy fun with craft dough. FREE Make-It Take-It. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

Wednesday December 21

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Orion’s Foam Block Stamping Event – Stamp on creativity with your own one-of-a-kind designs. FREE Make-It Take It. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

Friday December 23

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Oliver’s Sand & Glitter Art Event – Fashion a rainbow with sand and glitter. FREE Make-It Take-It. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

Monday December 26

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Jake’s Art Event – Turn a simple page into a personal work of art. FREE Make-It Take-It. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up.

Wednesday December 28

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Gert’s Tissue Paper Crafting Event – Grow a tissue paper palm tree with creativity and ease.

Friday December 30

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Gert’s Construction Paper Crafting Event – Create a fun craft gator with construction paper.



Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA


‘Tis the season to pick out a tree! We are fortunate to have two Christmas tree farms in Forsyth County, GA where you can pick your own tree and cut it down, or select a tree with a rootball to plant after Christmas!

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm and Kinsey Family Farm are both wonderful family-owned farms that have been around for years.

Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm 5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040 (770) 889-5235


Our mission is to provide the families of North Georgia and metro Atlanta with the experience of cutting their own Christmas Tree with the hope it will become a family tradition. We started planting our first trees over 13 years ago! We are the oldest operating Christmas Tree Farm in Cumming, Georgia. Over the years, we have added improvements to our farm to enhance your visit.

The Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm is family owned and operated and work very hard all year to provide you and your family the finest Georgia grown Christmas Trees. So come join our Family Tradition, and start your own Family Tradition in 2011 at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

Kinsey Family Farm

As the Christmas season approaches we shift over to hot chocolate and marshmallows along with an exceptional diversity of Christmas trees . . . guaranteed to be the freshest in Atlanta as they are all stored and displayed in water and out of the sun!!! You can cut your own tree down, choose a live tree with a root ball, or pick one of our free standing pre-cut trees out of our barns.

Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sat – Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


Weekend Events in Cumming, GA from 12/9 – 12/11/11

There are lots of fun holiday events going on this weekend! If you hear of any others, please comment and share with us. Have a great weekend!

Friday, 12/9

4:00 pm – 10:oo pm – Christmas in Cumming at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Arts & Crafts Festival, Free Photos with Santa, Hay Rides & more. Events start at 4pm on Friday and at 10am on Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

7:00 pm – Special Story Time – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Enjoy storytime with the book, “A Polar Express” and Forsyth Central High School White Christmas.

Saturday, 12/10

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas in Cumming at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Arts & Crafts Festival, Free Photos with Santa, Hay Rides & more.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic – Build a coal car!

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Rucker Horse & Pet – Pet pictures with Santa! Santa is making a visit to Cumming, so bring your pet(s) to have a photo taken with the Jolly Old Elf himself!  Santa will be at Rucker Horse & Pet, 3540 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming 30041 on Saturday, December 3 — and at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird, 5456 Bethelview Road, Cumming 30040 on Saturday, December 10.  Photo hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $7.00 for two photos.  Please bring cash or check! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter.

11:00 am – Story time – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Story time featuring holidays around the world!

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner with Santa, Cumming Kiwanis Club- 417 Pilgrim Mill Rd, Cumming 30040. Bring your camera and get the perfect shot of your child with Santa and have dinner. The event is free and for everyone, we do ask for a donation of at least $5 per child- more is appreciated. All proceeds go to our program to help feed the horses during the winter and to keep them warm and healthy throughout the winter. This event is not just for kids with special needs- it is for everyone!

Sunday, 12/11

11:30 am – 4:00 pm – Old Fashioned Christmas at the Farm – Holiday fun for the whole family! Free parking and admission! Sleigh rides, pony rides, petting zoo, plate lunches, face painting, crafts, games for kids of all ages, photos with our “Santa” horse, yummy homemade baked goods, raffle prizes, cake walk, bonfire and marshmallows, a special angel tree, a visit from the big ‘ole jolly man himself…Santa! Proceeds benefit Horse rescue, relief and retirement fund, inc. Improving the quality of life for all horses. Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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