Archives for April 2012

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 27 – 29, 2012.

lowe's build and grow terrariumThere’s lots of things to do in Forsyth County, GA for the last weekend in April. I cannot believe the last month of school is here next week! Where is the time going? If you know of any other events, please comment and share with us!

Friday, April 27

11:15 am – Wee Read (ages 2-5 with caregiver) — Hampton Park Library

1:15 pm – Ready, Set, Read! (ages 4-6) — Hampton Park Library

Saturday, April 28

9:00 am – 3rd Annual Boulder Dash 5K Fitness Run/Walk and Corporate Challenge 9:00 am race begins at Lafarge Quarry. Cost through Friday: $30; Children 10 and under: $15; Race Day Registration: $35.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great Terrarium kit!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth storytime.

10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Corinth Baptist Church Annual Car and Motorcycle Show. Located in the parking lot across from Goodson Drug in downtown Cumming. The event is free for visitors, $20 to enter your vehicle. Food will also be available for purchase. Proceeds to benefit the church camp fund. For more information, call Randy at (770) 843-2485.

6:30 pm – Kinsey Family Farm Old Fashioned Barn Dance. Included with your ticket is admission, BBQ dinner, 2 wines or beers, wagon ride, cake auction and square dancing with instruction! A Fundraising event for Wee Books Program to bring books to pre-school children each month. Come out, have fun and support Wee Books. Adults- $30.00, Children 5 – 12- $10, Children under 5-  FREE.

Sunday, April 29

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Presbyterian Church will have its third annual “Blessing of the Dogs” event from noon to 4 p.m. April 29 at 7620 Lanier Drive. There will be dog contests as well as food and more, with the blessing at 4 p.m. For more information, call Lisa Voss at (770) 889-0146.

2:00 pm – Girls on the Run 5K – North Forsyth Middle School, 3645 Coal Mountain Drive Cumming, GA – Current GOTR participant-No Charge. Individual $22. Groups-6 or more-$15. Registration deadline Friday 4/27 at 9:00 pm PST.


“Footloose” by the Forsyth Central drama department will be at 7 p.m. April 26-27 and at noon April 28 in the school’s performing arts center. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for children younger than 12.

“South Pacific” by the Acting Troupe of Lambert will be at 7 p.m. April 26-28 at the Lambert High School theater. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and can be purchased online at


April 28, 2012
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Touch a Truck – Wills Park behind the City Pool, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA – Children of all ages are invited to the annual Touch A Truck event – this year in its new location in Wills Park!  Activities include kids’ inflatables, interactive games, and of course, exploring the cool vehicles and trucks on display.  Touch A Truck t-shirts and concessions will be available for sale.  Parking and admission are free.
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Cool Bees Artwork and Gifts Spring Festival, 4710 Atlanta H, Milton, GA
April 28 & 29 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Alpharetta Art In The Park will be held at Ole Milton Park at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Milton Ave. Don’t miss the opportunity to see local artists display their quality wares the last full weekend of each month April through October. There will be up to 50 vendors each month for your pleasure.

Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Farm Visits Preschool for Farm Day.

Little Red Barn mobile petting farm atlantaYesterday my daughter’s preschool had farm day. They had the Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Farm visit so the children could learn about the animals. They saw goats, a sheep, cow, pig, turkey, Earl the Rooster, rabbit, donkey, alpaca, miniature horse and then rode a pony. The animals have been hand raised and are comfortable around people.

My daughter couldn’t stop talking about all the animals that she got to hold and pet. I can’t believe she held Earl the Rooster who is almost as big as she is. She also loved the pony ride and baby sheep!

What a great idea for a party or school event. The Little Red Barn mobile petting farm is based on a 35 acre farm in Calhoun, GA and is available to come to your party, event, festival, church or school. You can also visit the farm for field trips.

We might road trip to Calhoun to visit our new friend Earl. It will definitely be on our summer to do list!

Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Farm
334 Prater Lake Road
Calhoun, GA 30701
Contact: Catherine Horton
Birthdays, events, field trips, pony carousels, festivals, nativities, Easter productions and more.

Web Site

Our farm is located in the serene city of Calhoun, on 35-acres, where you might see flocks of geese flying over, or even some of the deer that visit us on a daily basis.

Smiling GoatAll of our animals are hand raised to ensure you get the most wonderful hands on experience possible. Whether it is a birthday party for your 2 or 12 year old, or a grand opening for you new business, our animals are truly wonderful and make any event one to remember.

Little red barn is family owned and operated. We take great pride in our animals and in the job we do with them. We are mobile and now open to the public (by appointment) so book your fun filled field trips now. The farm is available for any event. Call for details.



Kids Bowl Free at Stars & Strikes in Cumming, GA This Summer!

kids bowl free summerKids Bowl Free is back for a fifth year!  Sign up at and your kids get two rounds of free bowling every day.  The promotion started April 1st at Suburban Lanes in Decatur, GA and will start April 15th at Stars and Strikes in Cumming, GA as well as other area bowling allies such as Dacula and Gainesville.

The promotion runs through the summer.   When you register the website will prompt you to upgrade to a paid family membership, but it is not necessary to get free bowling.  Many bowling alleys including Stars & Strikes Cumming will charge for shoes. The age limit for the Cumming location is age 15 and under.

This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 20 – 22, 2012.

Earth Day is this weekend as well as some fun spring festivals near Forsyth County. Here is a roundup of things to do in the area! Check out our Earth Day post for tips to go green and local store Earth Day specials.

Dixie Dock DogsFriday, April 20

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy at The Avenue Forsyth – Cupcake Spa Days Girls Night Out. Join Sweet & Sassy for Cupcake Spa Days Girl’s Night Out. Call 770.781.0300 to reserve a spot today. $25 per girl.

 Activities include:
  • Cupcake Nail Polish
  • Decorate a Cupcake
  • MYO Ice Cream Scrub
  • Facial and Hand Treatment
  • Hair Updo
  • Runway Show
  • Dancing
  • LIMO ride

Saturday, April 21

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – spring storytime.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Body Art Make-it Take-it – Have some fabulous fun with body paint. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last.

Sunday, April 22

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Earth Day Tote Make-it Take it – Decorate a trendy tote for Earth Day. Ages 3 and up. While supplies last.

3:00 pm – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Concert – Chancel Choir & Guests – free – Mass in G by Franz Schubert. Festival of Arts Galleries open noon daily – 8:00 pm from April 22 – 29, 2012.


April 20 – 22, 2012 – Rucker Jump into Summer – 5456 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA – Dixie Dock Dogs event. See creative canines jump into action all weekend!

April 20 – 22, 2012 – Bear on the Square Mountain Festival – Dahlonega, GA. A fun-filled weekend festival full of crafts, art and music. There is also a children’s program at the festival.

Earth Day: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. There is no better time than the present to appreciate Mother Earth and practice conservation. Here are some little things that we do around our house that are easy and make a difference:

Water conservation

Not rinsing dishes before we put them in the dishwasher (it was a hard behavioral pattern to stop!)
Collect cold water in a bucket in the shower before the water gets warm and use it to water inside/outside plants
Brush teeth without water running
Collect rain water in barrel and water outside plants
Use low flow toilets

Energy conservation

Install a programmable thermostat
Replace air filters regularly
Wrap water heater in a blanket
Unplug electronic devices (they still use electricity if turned off and plugged in)
Change our light bulbs to CFL bulbs
Recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, newspaper, aluminum, magazines, etc.
Hang energy-efficient curtains over windows
Install window liner during winter season to insulate wall

Grocery shop with a fabric bag and save the paper and plastic
Reuse water bottles and cut plastic usage
Plant a tree


After watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, I learned little things we can all do daily from the Climate Crisis web site. There is even a calculator to determine our personal carbon footprint. is another good resource to get ideas.

I also use Freecycle to clean house, avoid taking items to the dump and to share with those in need.  I just unloaded a mattress and headboard to a woman for her grandson’s bedroom!

Reduce junk mail

Cut direct mail catalogs and junk mail – use Catalog Choice to stop receiving unwanted catalogs.

An new organization called promises to completely remove you from up to 95% of the junk mail lists by contacting each organization from which you receive mail and/or catalogs for a one-time fee of $41.

Here is an opt-out guide to junk your junk mail from The Center for the New American Dream.

Local Earth Day Events

Saturday, April 20, is “Forsyth County’s Great American Cleanup at Fowler Park, 110 Carolene Way, off of Atlanta Highway across from the intersection with Castleberry Road. To participate in the Great American Cleanup in Forsyth County, register online at the Connect Forsyth Web site.

Target is giving away a free reusable bag per shopper on Earth Day!

Bring one of your current skincare products (either full or empty) to any Origins counter, and they’ll swap it out for a full-size sample of one of their gentle, high-performance cleansers. Visit your local Origins store to receive either A Perfect World SPF 25 Age-defense moisturizer with White Tea or the Starting Over Age-erasing moisturizer with Mimosa.

The National Park Service is offering free admission to all 397 national parks to celebrate Earth Day and National Park Week, April 21 to April 29.

Barnes & Noble has an assortment of kids’ toys and games marked down 20% to celebrate Earth Day. Plus receive free shipping on orders of $25 or more.

Good luck! Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle whenever you can. How are you helping the environment?

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA from April 13 – April 15, 2012.

The weekend is here! There’s lots of spring fun and activities going on in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! If you hear of any other events, please comment and share with us.

Hike for HydeFriday, April 13

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy at The Avenue Forsyth – Cupcake Spa Days GNO – Festivities include: Cupcake nail polish, decorate a cupcake, facial and hand treatment, hair updo, runway show, dancing and limo! Girls Night Out for this Friday night (5:00pm-7:00pm)!! Call 770-781-0300 for reservation.

Saturday, April 14

9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Hike for Hyde fundraiser at Sawnee Preserve Park. Hike for Hyde is a fundraiser a local family started after their son Hyde was struck with a terrible disease – Atypical HUS.  This year the hike will be in honor of 2 tough little guys, Hyde and Bryan.

9:00 am – Opening Day at Central Park – Baseball and Softball Parade, special appearances, BBQ food, lots of fun.

10:00 am – Lowe’s Build and Grow – Build a Game Show Chip Drop game!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenues Forsyth – spring storytime.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Pet Adoptions at The Avenue Forsyth from Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. Save a life and welcome a new family member!

Race Trac Grand Opening on Saturday, April 14th in Dawsonville from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at 1554 Hwy 400 on the left before you get to the Outet Mall. Free Face Painting, Bounce House with Slide, Specials & Giveaways.

What’s Happening in Nearby Alpharetta 

Alpharetta Arts Street Fest– Sat & Sun, April 14-15, 2012 from 10am – 6pm – 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. Enjoy a weekend strolling through outdoor galleries filled with fine art. Experience live jazz, roots rock, acoustical and Celtic music. Create children’s art with recycled materials and more.

Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market – Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm – Farmers with fruits and vegetables, gardeners with fresh flowers and plants, and makers of all sorts of edible homemade goods. Each Saturday through mid-October. Located in the big parking lot next to City Hall on Main Street (Hwy 9).


Kids Movie Reviews – Is the Movie Too Scary? Find Out Here.

common sense mediaMy kids are sensitive and we have to be extra careful with what kinds of movies we watch, even the Disney ones.

Here are a few movie rating web sites that can help you decide if a movie is right to watch with your family. Our personal favorite is Common Sense Media. CSM rates movies, music, television shows, videogames and more in a clear, easy to understand ratings format.

From a recent article about The Hunger Games:

The independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan group has been rating films’ appropriateness since 2003 on a far more rigorous scale than the MPAA’s one-size-fits all system.

What does that mean? “When we rate something ‘pause,’ it’s really a know-your-kids situation,” managing editor Betsy Bozdech tells EW. “It’s iffy for the age, but some 13-year-olds may be able to handle it, and some may not. You need to know your kid and your family and take it from there.”

But Common Sense’s review doesn’t stop there. It also singles out each film’s positive messages, positive role models, violence, sex, language, consumerism, and drinking/drugs/smoking on a 0-to-5 scale.

Common Sense Media


Parent Previews


Parents Television Council

Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools for Kids in Forsyth County, GA.

Summer will be here in a few weeks and sounds of “Mom, I’m bored!” will permeate the air.

In a panic, I set forth to find out what summer day camps there are in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

April is a good planning month as deadlines are in April and early May for summer camp sign-ups.Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps as well as local churches, organizations and the Girl Scouts.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

Churches in the area host vacation bible school (VBS) as well as summer camps for kids:

Summer Camps

brecht stables horseback riding campThe Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long.

There are also specialty camps like Swim Atlanta. Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps.

Camp Invention is an educator-led science and learning camp. Grades one through six in a weeklong camp. Two sessions: The CREATE program at Cumming Elementary from June 18 – 22, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and the ENVISION program at Sharon Elementary from June 25 – 29, 2012 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Cost is $215.00 per session.

Summer Enriched Technology Programs at Whitlow Elementary and Liberty Middle Schools.

Sawnee Mountain Preserve offers nature and adventure camps for kids throughout the summer.

Cane Creek Farm: You can now sign up online for your kids aged 8 – 12 to attend Summer Farm Camp, which will be held at the farm from June 11th – 15th.

A friend recommended Camp Kerusso as her kids went there last summer (1st – 5th grade). It is located off Pilgrim Mill Road at Camp Lanier. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 4th and 25th, and July 16th and 23rd!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 11 – 14, 2012.

United Futbol Academy summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

Pure Fashion Summer Camp 2012 at Pinecrest Academy from June 25 – 29 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The cost is $200.00 and the camp is for rising 4th through 8th grade girls. Pure Fashion models are taught the foundational skills of becoming confident, competent leaders in their schools and communities. With training sessions focusing on topics such as table manners, social etiquette and public speaking skills, Pure Fashion models will learn the basics of growing into distinguished, capable and respectful young women. Pure Fashion models will also be taught the art of makeup and hairstyling, all the while remembering that grace, decency and dignity are our greatest adornments.

Pinecrest Academy has a wealth of summer camps including sports, languages, fashion and all around fun camps.

The Girl Scouts have a North, Central and South Forsyth Division. The camps offered are:

Checking local publications like Atlanta Moms and Atlanta Parent magazine might also offer some camp options. Up in Cumming magazine also has a great directory for summer camps.

If you hear of any other camps, please comment and share with the community! Happy hunting!

Central Park Baseball and Softball Opening Day on April 14, 2012 in Cumming, GA.

Central Park celebrates baseball and softball opening day with a parade and lots of special guests and activities on Saturday, April 14, 2012 in Cumming, GA.

Central Park Opening Day Baseball Softball

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA from April 6 – April 8, 2012.

Spring break and Easter weekend are here! There are lots of fun things to do in Cumming, GA to celebrate. Please share if you know of anything else.

Saturday, April 7easter events in cumming, ga

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.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Kids can build a window bird feeder to observe wildlife.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Avenue Forsyth – Easter story time.

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.

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!


April 6 & 7 – 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 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 for more information.

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