Archives for March 2012

Tips for Visiting Disney World on a Budget.

Disney World on a BudgetSpring break is here! Many local families will be traveling to Orlando next week and I wanted to share what I have learned from visiting Disney World through the years with our family.

I married into a Disney family. My father in law is a member of the Disney Vacation Club and we have been fortunate to be able to stay at the Old Key West resort for many years.

Here are a few Disney World on a Budget tips:

1) Pick up Disney toys/stuffed animals/clothes at Wal-Mart/Disney Store before the trip and hide them/bring them out during the trip.

2) Bring snacks and water into the parks – we brought cereal bars, raisins, etc. They check your bag, but it’s allowed. Also, pick up some rain ponchos at a dollar store and bring them in case of rain.

3) Take the monorail around to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Contemporary resorts and walk around each resort to see each theme, eat at the restaurants.

4) If you stay at a Disney World resort, each day one park is usually open an hour early and closes late for Disney resort guests only. These hours are called extra magic hours and are available to resort guests only, not the general public. Each guest will have to have a resort pass and their park ticket. Visit www.disneyworld.com, click parks, then park hours for more information and specific days for which park remains open late.

5) Eat at Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney – great sandwich, low cost – they even have breakfast. While you are at Downtown Disney, visit the Lego store and let the kids play with hundreds of legos for free. You can also take a boat ride and see some of the resorts.

6) Walk on Disney’s Boardwalk – it’s just like a boardwalk in New Jersey and there are carnival games up and down the boardwalk. There are restaurants, a bakery, ESPN zone with arcade, boat rides, a large family bike rental, you name it! You can see the IllumiNations fireworks at Epcot here too on the bridge.

7) Make a reservation for character dining and make it the end of the brunch time around 11 – 11:30 before it ends. You have more time for characters and less people by then. (our favorite place is at the Contemporary – Chef Mickey’s)

8) You can get a mini-fridge and stay at the Pop Century or All-Star resort and take the bus to the parks. Also buy the refillable mugs and get free drink refills at your resort during your stay. Check out your resort’s activity calendar for outdoor movies, crafts and more at the pool and recreation center.

9) See the characters at the Epcot Character Spot – they are all lined up inside the building and if you go early, there is little wait time.

10) Go “Around the world” at Epcot:
– We like to eat at the Rose & Crown in England – make advance reservations – good kids menu, great food.
– Pick out an oyster in Japan and get a pearl – under $20 – our girls LOVE this.
– Sample foods and drinks from different countries, watch shows.
– Log flume ride in Norway (a little dark/scary for younger kids – Vikings)
– Log flume ride in Mexico (Donald Duck short movie during ride)
– Take a boat ride from the world showcase back to the other side of Epcot.
– Visit each country’s KidCot fun stop for a free craft. Look for the sign in each country.

For more tips, Sue Rodman from Field Trips with Sue recently wrote Free Things to Do at Disney World – I especially like the free hula lessons at the Polynesian resort.

The key is to get creative and mix the higher cost events with lower cost activities to stay within budget.

What else can you share that helps your family on a Disney trip?

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA from March 30 – April 1, 2012.

Cumming Harvest Market FestivalSpring is in the air! There are plenty of fun things to do in Cumming, GA this weekend – here is a roundup of activities for families!

Camping season is also now underway in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, March 30

8:00 am – 6:00 pm – Cumming Fairgrounds- Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs for sale. Presentations include native plants, hydroponics, organic and square foot gardening and pollination gardens. Mia’s Pizza will be at the Forsyth County Fairgrounds on March 30-31 serving up delicious foods during the Forsyth Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  A percentage of our proceeds will go to support the Forsyth County Lion’s Club and their charitable efforts for the seeing/hearing impaired.

Saturday, March 31

8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Cumming Fairgrounds- Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  Annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs for sale. Presentations include native plants, hydroponics, organic and square foot gardening and pollination gardens. Visit with Kinsey Family Farm and other local businesses. Mia’s Pizza will be at the Forsyth County Fairgrounds serving up delicious foods during the Forsyth Master Gardeners Plant Sale.  A percentage of their proceeds will go to support the Forsyth County Lion’s Club and their charitable efforts for the seeing/hearing impaired.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – The Cumming Harvest Market Festival – Parking lot of the Colony Park Office Suites (directly across from Andean Chevrolet in Cumming). Are you interested in local food grown without chemicals? The Cumming Harvest is an online market for local sustainable farmers in North Georgia. All the farmers and vendors sell products that are grown or made without the use of synthetics. Everyone is invited to come try samples of local produce, baked goods, honey, and much more. Also, kids will enjoy getting their face painted, while we are all entertained by the Cherokee Cutups (a local bluegrass band).

11:00 am Barnes & Noble Spring Time Storytime – The air is sweeter the breeze is warmer… could it be that spring is in the air? Join us for a fresh Storytime and activity perfect for kids 6 and under.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Avenues Forsyth – Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny! Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny will take place in The Park near Coldwater Creek. Please bring your camera! The Avenue staff will also be available to take photos for The Avenue Facebook page and to assist you with taking photos with your camera.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt 7225 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040. Food, Prizes and Fun!! Bring your Easter basket to hunt for lots of eggs…eggs filled with candy and prizes! Lunch will be served. Please feel free to call the church (770-889-2422) for more information or directions.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make it Take it – Make a terra cotta spring butterfly clay pot.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Midway Community Church in Alpharetta, GA is having an Easter Egg Hunt for kids up to 5th grade. The fun will include a giant slide, moonwalk & obstacle course, hundreds of eggs loaded with goodies, and of course, a great hunt!

Sunday, April 1

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Forsyth County Public Library Family Cinema Spring Break Feature #1 at Hampton Park Library – An orphaned boy secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man. Based on the best-selling book by Brian Selznick, winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal. Rated PG; 127 minutes; 2011.

EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

3/31 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Eggstravaganza – Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA.

3/31 and 4/1 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm – Visit the Rabbit Palooza, Hunt for Eggs, ride a donkey, bottle feed baby goats, visit with baby chicks and ducks and more! Also open Wed. 4/7 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Easter Sunday 4/8 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. More info: (706) 348 – 7279

Camping Season Begins in Forsyth County, GA on March 26, 2012.

Shady Grove CampgroundAccording to an email from Forsyth County, GA, Shady Grove Campground opens on Monday, March, 26, 2012!

Shady Grove Campground Opens for the Season March 26.

More than 110 campsites await campers

Campers can soon set up their campsites in Forsyth County when Shady Grove Campground opens for use on March 26. The campground will remain open until November 4, 2012.

“It is exciting to open Shady Grove Campground for campers and to officially start the 2012 camping season in Forsyth County,” said Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Kinsey. “Shady Grove Campground remains a popular destination for Lake Lanier campers.”

The 109-acre campground has more than 110 campsites for campers to enjoy. Amenities include a beach and swim area, boat ramp with courtesy dock, group campsites with picnic shelters, playground, tent camping areas and campsites with water and 30 and 50 amp power hookups.

Daily fees for campground use
30 amp electric site with water  $26
50 amp electric site with water  $28
Tent camping site with no hookups  $18
Group camping (north)  $155
Group camping (south)  $135
Visitor fee  $2
Dump station  $15

“Shady Grove Campground continues to be a fantastic amenity for Forsyth County,” Assistant Director of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Tommy Bruce said. “We are very proud to be able to offer such a high quality campground for our residents and visitors alike.”

This will be just the second camping season since the county made a variety of improvements at Shady Grove Campground. Projects, which were completed during the off-season prior to the 2011 camping season, included expanded camping pads for larger recreational vehicles, a grassy play area and a shoreline restoration. These improvements were made possible by the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond approved by voters in February 2008.

Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier.

For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation Department page at www.forsythco.com.

Photo via LakeLanier1.com

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 23 – 25, 2012.

Lowe's Build and Grow Art StationIt’s been a short week with Forsyth County Schools out on Monday! Here’s what’s happening in our neighborhood. Please comment and share if you hear of any other neat family events!

Friday, March 23

10:00 am – 8:00 pm – Jodi’s Clozet seasonal consignment sale for women, maternity and teen fashions. 1595 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041 (Sharon Greens Shopping Center – Hwy 141 @ Sharon Springs) (and also on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm – 30% off sale!)

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy at The Avenue Forsyth – GNO (Girls Night Out) this Friday night (3/23) 5-7pm. Only $25 per girl ($10 reserves her spot) Makeovers, mask craft, pizza, cupcakes, runway show, limo and more.. Call us 770-781-0300. Drop her off and go out to eat and/or shop.

Saturday, March 24

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow, 935 Market Place Blvd., Cumming, GA – Art Station. Build a cool art station comes complete with a chalkboard and chalk!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Market 334 Festival – 334 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA – Live music, over 40 artisans and vendors, tasty pizza and BBQ from local restaurants and more! For more information, call (678) 367-1615 or visit www.facebook.com/market334.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Storytime at The Avenue Forsyth. Curious George Character Appearance. Special Storytime reading featuring a visit from our favorite monkey, Curious George. Join us for Margret and H.A. Rey’s classic tales and an activity. Great for kids 6 and under.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Humane Society of Forsyth pet adoptions this weekend at Petco, 2345 Market Place Blvd, Cumming, GA

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make it Take it – Froggie Easter Craft Egg Celebrate Easter with this friendly little froggie. Make-It Take-It with purchase of an egg. While Supplies Last / Ages 3 and up

 

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Spring Break Day Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA.

Spring break is right around the corner! Here’s a roundup of a few day camps in the Cumming, GA area. Please comment and share if you know of any others.

Sweet and Sassy Glam Day Camp

Sweet & Sassy – The Avenue Forsyth. Glam Week Day Camps – 4/2 – 4/6/12 – Sign up your glamour girls for fun day camps – Princess & Fairies, Pop Star, Pamper Me Spa Day, Hip Hop Dance, Manners & Manis. $50.00/day or $200.00 for the entire week. Multiple day sign ups, save $5.00/day. Looking for something fun for your girls to do for Spring Break week? We have Glam Week going on Monday 4/2 thru Friday 4/6. Sign-up for one day, or the whole week! $10 deposit per day required. Call today for your little diva’s spot! 770-781-0300

Uniquely Inspired Paint Your Own Pottery Studio 3480 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, GA. Day Camps from 4/2 – 4/4/12. $25.00 per day, age 6 and up. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Camps include: Muddy Monday, Tie Die Tuesday and Wildlife Wednesday. Register by Friday, March 30. For more information, call (678) 947-5499.

Glazed & Fired – Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. We only have 5 spots left for our Spring Break Camp-call the Studio to reserve a spot. 678-208-6096. Details on our website at www.glazedandfired.com.

Forsyth County Family YMCA – 6050 Y Street, Cumming, GA. Day camps for spring and summer break. 770-888-2788; www.ymcadaycamping.com
Call for more info and complete camp offerings.

Rock School Music Performance Camp – 5185 Browns Bridge Road, Cumming, GA. Spring break camp and summer camps. Call for more information 678-400-0606; www.notetoselfmusic.com/rockschool.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2012 in Forsyth County, GA.

There are many Easter egg hunt activities going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. Please comment and share if you know of any other events that are open to the public!

easter egg hunts in cumming ga3/24 – 10:00 am – Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt– my daughter has food allergies, so I am posting this special Easter egg hunt which is in Roswell, GA. Garrard Landing Park, Roswell, GA – Nestled on the beautiful Chattahoochee River! Please RSVP by email if you will be attending – you need to be a member of FAKA and membership is free.

3/31 – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Avenues Forsyth – Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny! Complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny will take place in The Park near Coldwater Creek. Please bring your camera! The Avenue staff will also be available to take photos for The Avenue Facebook page and to assist you with taking photos with your camera.

3/31– 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt 7225 Castleberry Rd, Cumming, GA 30040. Food, Prizes and Fun!! Bring your Easter basket to hunt for lots of eggs…eggs filled with candy and prizes! Lunch will be served. Please feel free to call the church (770-889-2422) for more information or directions.

4/7 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm – Easter Egg Scramble and Carnival – North Lanier Baptist Church – 829 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA – Annual Community Egg Scramble and Carnival.

4/7 – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth – Cumming Fairgrounds – Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 9 years on Saturday April 7 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds.  Plan to sample from over 25 restaurants (price ranges from $1 – $4) with over 10,000 of your family and friends.  Located 40 miles North of Atlanta the Taste of Forsyth is a great community event with music, kid’s zone, local entertainment, touch-a-truck and much more.  This year the Taste of Forsyth falls on the day before Easter so what a perfect time to incorporate an egg hunt to complement the event!!  Easter egg hunts by age group starting at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 pm.

4/7 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Christ Community Church – Easter Eggstravaganza and Health Fair. We’ll have egg hunts with 30,000 Candy Eggs (for Toddlers, Pre-school, Elementary, High-School, AND College!), Giveaways, Inflatables, Games for all ages, Fun Stations, Food & more! Admittance is free. This year will be BIGGER than ever, with 30,000 CANDY EGGS, 3 egg hunts, a carnival ride, face painting, inflatables, spin art, petting zoo, family fun pack prizes, a health fair, PLUS a special delivery of eggs by the Easter Bunny via a HELICOPTER!

EASTER EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

3/31 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Eggstravaganza – Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA.

3/31 and 4/1 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm – Visit the Rabbit Palooza, Hunt for Eggs, ride a donkey, bottle feed baby goats, visit with baby chicks and ducks and more! Also open Wed. 4/7 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Easter Sunday 4/8 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. More info: (706) 348 – 7279

4/7 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Pine Isle Point, Lake Lanier Islands Golden Easter Egg Hunt – Our 2nd Annual Spring festival by the lake will showcase entertainment from our friends at KICKS 101.5 FM, as well as games, prizes, food, fun for kids of all ages, and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny. A classic Easter Egg Hunt – featuring more than 20,000 eggs and staggered by age groups to even the playing field – with the elusive Golden Egg filled with something even BETTER than candy! Visit www.LakeLanierIslands.com for more information.

 

Things to Do in Cumming, GA for March 16 – March 18, 2012

fowler park in cumming gaSt. Patrick’s Day weekend is here and there’s lots of fun stuff for families to do. Here is the roundup of weekend activities in Forsyth County, GA! If you hear of anything else in the area, please comment and share with our readers!

Friday, March 16

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Friday and Saturday March 16 & 17 – Midway UMC Consignment Sale: Find new and gently used infant, children’s and teen items including toys, clothes, books, movies, computer games, games and systems, furniture, accesories and more. Midway United Methodist Church, 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – At Menchie’s, we are getting ready to spring into spring with our $1 yogurt party. At eight of our local Atlanta stores we will hosting $1 frozen yogurt night on Friday March 16, 2012 at 6pm – 9pm. For $1 you can get up to 10 ounces of frozen yogurt and toppings a 77% savings. Come one Come all, Celebrate Spring!

7:00 pm – North Forsyth High School Theatre Department presents: Celtic Celebration. Contemporary song, dance and drama from Ireland, Scotland and the Celtic Tradition. Gifts, crafts & edibles in the lobby “village” one hour prior to curtain. TICKETS & INFORMATION

Also on MARCH 17 & 18 AT 2:00 P.M., ADVANCED RESERVED SEATING $7, ALL TICKETS AT DOOR $10

Saturday, March 17

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM – Friday and Saturday March 16 & 17 – Midway UMC Consignment Sale: Find new and gently used infant, children’s and teen items including toys, clothes, books, movies, computer games, games and systems, furniture, accesories and more. Midway United Methodist Church, 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Petco – Humane Society of Forsyth County Pet Adoptions. Every Saturday is “Adoption Day” at Petco, 2345 Market Place Boulevard, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every other Saturday “Cat Adoptions” at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird, 5456 Bethelview Rd, Cumming GA 30041 (map) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth storytime – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Wear your favorite green outfit or accessory to our festive Storytime about leprechans, luck and a pot of gold. Story and activity great for kids 6 and under.

2:00 pm – North Forsyth High School Theatre Department presents: Celtic Celebration. Contemporary song, dance and drama from Ireland, Scotland and the Celtic Tradition. Gifts, crafts & edibles in the lobby “village” one hour prior to curtain. TICKETS & INFORMATION

Also on MARCH 17 & 18 AT 2:00 P.M., ADVANCED RESERVED SEATING $7, ALL TICKETS AT DOOR $10

Out and About
The Easter Bunny arrives at North Point Mall, Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. and will be there through April 7.  Visit www.northpointmall.com for details.
Shopping Deals
Half Off Depot is hosting a St. Patricks Day Sale in all markets from 3/16-3/18. Customers get 17% OFF all orders, all cities, all products. Discount code for customers to use at checkout: LUCKY17

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Forsyth County, GA

May the luck of the Irish be with you! There are a few restaurants in town hosting specials for St. Patrick’s Day for today and throughout the weekend.

st. patrick's day in forsyth countyCelebrate with the family at Beef O’Bradys! There is a game room for the kids and televised sports for the adults.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
2619 Freedom Parkway
Cumming, GA 30041

St. Patrick’s Day
Sponsored by Bud Light
March 16 – 18 2011

Drawings For Prizes Every Hour, Saturday, March 17th
Live Irish Bagpipe Music Friday & Saturday @ 7pm

Corned Beef, Cabbage, Roll & Potatoes $9.99
Cheese Fries & Gravy $4.98
(Friday, Saturday & Sunday – While Supplies Last)

Green Drinks for the kids!

Take Out Available Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Corned Beef & Cabbage To Go (4 to 6 Servings) $32.99
Or (8 to 10 Servings) $54.99
Includes Corned Beef, Cabbage, Red Potatoes, Butter & Rolls

Drawings For Prizes Every Hour, Saturday, March 17th
Live Irish Bagpipe Music Friday & Saturday @ 7pm

Other restaurants having specials include Good Old DaysFirkin and CrownCooCoo’s NestSummit’s Wayside Tavern and Robin Hood Tavern.  The Dutch Monkey went green and Fagan’s Biscuit Barn is in on the Irish action. And there’s always the beloved Shamrock shake at McDonald’s. Enjoy!

Spring Storytime Schedule at Forsyth County Public Library

Forsyth County Public Library StorytimeSpring is in the air! The Forsyth County Public library spring storytime session starts Monday, March 12, and continues through Friday, April 27. There are no programs the week of April 2-6. Registration is not necessary for these free programs.

Little Listeners Storytime (ages 18 months to 3 years, with a caregiver) is presented at 10:15 a.m. at the following locations:

Cumming Library—Mondays

Sharon Forks Library—Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Hampton Park Library—Fridays

Wee Read Storytime (ages 2-5, with a caregiver) is presented at 11:15 a.m. at the following locations:

Cumming Library—Mondays and Thursdays

Sharon Forks Library—Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Hampton Park Library—Fridays

Ready, Set, Read! Storytime (ages 4-6) is presented at 1:15 p.m. at the following locations:

Cumming Library—Mondays

Sharon Forks Library—Tuesdays

Hampton Park Library—Fridays

For more information, call the Forsyth County Public Library at 770-781-9840, or visit FCPL’s web site.

Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Eggstravaganza at Babyland General Hospital on Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Event at Babyland General HospitalLooking for something special to do this year for Easter? Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA is having is annual Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31.

All day event includes:

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Reservations required. 706-865-2171, Ext. 501. Cost is $10.

Spring Forest in Bloom.
Arts & Crafts, Rides & Games, Costume Characters, Food, Prize Drawings 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Grand Prize ‘Kid: Valued over $200.00.
Parade in town: 11:00 a.m. – Free
Free Egg Hunt: 2:00 p.m. — Separate areas for ages 0-3, 4-5, 6-10. Free event, totaling more than 28,000 candy and prize eggs.
Cabbage Patch Kids Easter Bonnet Contest: 3:00 p.m. — make bonnet for your Cabbage Patch Kid. Two Contests: One for adults & one for children. Judging done by those attending. Free

Babyland General Hospital
300 N.O.K. Drive
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-865-2171, Ext. 501


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