Georgia Aquarium Adds New Sea Lion Gallery, Dolphin Celebration Shows and More

whale shark at Georgia AquariumMy family and I were recently invited to visit the Georgia Aquarium to see its newest attractions including the Sea Lion Gallery and Dolphin Celebration.

The Georgia Aquarium never ceases to amaze and we had a wonderful adventure discovering all of the marine life through the different pavilions.

My daughters are older now – in seventh and third grades – and they enjoyed seeing all of the marine life like the beautiful Beluga Whales, adorable Penguins, the majestic Whale Shark and experiencing the interactive features like the touch pools.

The Dolphin Celebration is an amazing show and the dolphins are truly smart, talented and loving mammals. It was nice learning about the trainers and the dolphin’s relationships.

The Sea Lions are a wonderful addition and it was interesting learning all about them. The older and younger sea lions were cute and it will be neat to watch them grow up there.

There is plenty to do with the newest attractions including new touch pools, a fully renovated 4D Unbelievable Theater and an upgraded Aquanatouch pool at Georgia Aquariumut Adventure.

When we drove there, we were pleased that the Georgia Aquarium parking was $10.00. That’s not a bad fee for a day parked downtown. I was also glad to know that the new shows are included in your daily admission ticket price.

When you arrive, be sure to get a map and schedule of the day’s events – or even better – print it out ahead of time.

Here are a few tips that the Georgia Aquarium folks gave us:

Check out the Waddle Walk featuring African penguins. The best place to get a picture of this cute even is along the railing of the walkway!

Watch the Happy Feet in the 4D Funbelievable Theater on the second floor. Showtimes run throughout the day.

At lunch time, dining options include Cafe Aquaria, Oceans Food Market and the newest addition, Seaside Delights, located in the Atrium. Additional seating is available in the atrium and in the second floor rotunda to avoid cafe crowds.

IMG_0606Plan when you want to see the AT&T Dolphin Celebration and be sure to get there at least 30 minutes early for seating as it fills up quickly.

Check out the Sea Lions at SunTrust Pier 225. The young ones are still learning and will be growing in their abilities as they grow up at the Aquarium.

Explore the Georgia Aquarium Galleries. Visit the Ocean Voyager theater and see the whale shark feed – it was at 3:00 pm the day we went. Also check out the new shark and ray touch pool!

The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Entertainment Show is at the Atrium. The best view of this show is in front of Seaside Delights.

Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone. Check out new additions including the Buoyancy Challenge game, Cup Crunch display and Marsh Madness game! We really liked this area and it also had touch pools which were less crowded! It was very educational and hands-on.

20160410_132429We really are fortunate to have this wonderful Aquarium in Atlanta. I highly recommend it for a fun day trip into the city!

Thanks again to the folks at the Georgia Aquarium. We had a special day and learned a lot about marine life and Mother Earth!

Disclosure: The Georgia Aquarium provided my family and I tickets for admission. My review is my honest opinion of my experience.

Happy Thanksgiving 2015

thankfulI am thankful for many things this holiday season, including my readers.

Thank you for reading Forsyth for Families. I hope it has helped create many family memories that you will cherish in the years to come.

I am taking a break this Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with my family so there won’t be a weekend update.

Here are a few recent links and things to do in the area in the meantime. See you next week!


Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting on November 28, 2015 at The Collection Forsyth

One of our favorite things to do in Forsyth County, GA is to celebrate the holidays at fun, free family events like Santa’s Arrival and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Collection Forsyth.

Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth

Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Enjoy a storytime, carriage rides, live holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm. *Please note Santa will not be available for pictures at this event.

Christmas Light Shows around Forsyth County, GA

Christmas Tree Farms in Cumming, GA

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2015

Helping Hand: 5 Ways to Give Back in Forsyth County, GA This Holiday Season

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA

Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for some Thanksgiving placemats, mad libs and other printable fun stuff for the kids as you celebrate.

Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours Near Cumming, GA for Halloween 2014

haunted houses in cumming, gaFor those of you who enjoy a good scare, here are some local haunts to visit in Forsyth County, GA for Halloween fun.

Also check out our Trunk or Treat and Halloween Events in and around Cumming, GA.

Hayes Haunt – 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, Georgia  30040. Friday and Saturday nights, including Oct. 24, 25, 31, and an encore Nov. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person (proceeds go to The Place of Forsyth.) Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk through the haunt.

Admission is $5.00 and for timid guests, a special protective amulet is available for purchase to ward off the monsters for a Hayes Haunt Light experience. *No public bathroom, so make sure you go before you go!

Hayes Haunt, 7435 Cavaletti Circle, Cumming, GA 30040.

Haunted Places in Cumming, GA

Do you have any local haunts to share? Cumming Patch wrote “Scary or Not: Booger Mountain in Cumming?” Is something supernatural going on at Bettis-Tribble Gap Road?

Haunted Corn Maze

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Haunted Maze: The Dark Rows is a wickedly fun nighttime journey into the twisted trails of the moonlit cornfield. Bring your friends, bring your family, or brave the path solo. Just be warned, you will not be alone! The misty October night air always seems to bring out the worst in this little patch of corn. Come see what fiendish family fun can be found lurking among the Dark Rows! It’s a scary good time…

And all for a good cause, since a portion of the admission to the Haunted Maze is donated to Dawson County High School.  Admission is $13 for the Haunted Maze and two regular mazes, or $16 for the Value Combo (Hayride Plus the Haunted Maze, bonfire, two regular mazes). Haunts begin at dusk on the dates listed below and the last ticket sold at 10 p.m. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent. No flashlights allowed. Regular maze trails are open during haunt season as well.

Haunted Maze Dates Remaining:  Oct. 24 & 25, Oct. 31, Nov. 1


Are you willing to travel for haunts and thrills? Here are some nearby haunts from Awesome Alpharetta.

House on Horror Hill
Through November 1, 2014 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday only)
Opens at 7p.m.
1650 Alpharetta Highway
Alpharetta, GA
Tickets: $12.00
The North Fulton Jaycees are ready to scare you with the most intense haunted house in the North Fulton area. Sight and sound combine to send shivers down your spine! The house opens after dark. If you can’t find it, just listen for the screams of fright!

HOWLpharetta Ghost Tours
October 24, 26 and November 1-2, 2014
(October 4 & 18 tours are currently sold out)
Check website for times
Downtown Alpharetta

Alpharetta, GA
Tickets: $15. All tickets must be purchased in advanced.
Experience some of historic downtown Alpharetta’s extensive history through a narrated walking tour. Some regular sites through the journey include the original site of City Hall, a famous restaurant that is rumored to be haunted, shops with local flair, turn of the century hotels and a local favorite, Resthaven Cemetery.
Haunted Halloween Trail Riding
October 26, 2014
7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Campus
1450 Morrison Pkwy.

Alpharetta, GA
$145.00, must register online.
From ghouls to ghosts, steep hills to rocks, now’s the time to take advantage of our spooky Halloween adventures. Riders must have completed the Basic Dirtbike School and/or have current Dirtbike experience within the last year to participate.
Here is a great list of haunted houses in Georgia from Hauntworld.
There is a ghost tour in Alpharetta – HOWLpharetta! Check it out if you like to walk, learn history while getting the chills.
Also check out the Historic Dahlonega Ghost Walk – Every Friday and Saturday Nights, September through October.
Historic Hauntings Tour – 2 hour guided tour. A strolling journey through one of Georgia’s most intriguing and nationally registered historic districts, Dahlonega, Georgia.  Local tales and countywide legends make this Lumpkin- County attraction worth the storytelling chills as you weave through the streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings and historically significant local cemetery. $10 Adults, $5 Children We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Cash. Every Friday and Saturday, 8 pm, in September and October. Check our website for additional dates and events. For more information: 706-482-8795. Location: 19 East Main Street, Upstairs on the Porch, Dahlonega, GA  30533.
Hear the story of Sarah’s Ghost at the Hall House Hotel.
 Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat at

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 28 – March 30, 2014

britishcarfayreSpring has sprung and there’s lots of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend!

Friday, March 28

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library Preschool Pals story time for ages 3 – 5. These 30 minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.  Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Happy Flower Hours – Pike Nursery 20% OFF Everything* – Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments and treats along with storewide discounts on a variety of plants, gardening accessories, and more. There will even be opportunities for customers to win additional discounts and a FREE landscape design by the garden experts at Pike Nurseries! *Offer valid Friday, March 28 from 4pm-8pm on all regular priced items excluding grills, propane, sod, pine straw, gift cards and services. Limited to quantities on hand.

Saturday, March 29

10:00 am – 12:00 pm on the half hour – Michaels KIDS CLUB®: Framed with Creativity. Framed with creativity! Kids, decorate a picture frame with felt stickers. Join us on Saturday, March 22nd,  for our Felt Sticker Frame Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00.

10:00 am – Pike Nursery – Growing Fruit Trees – Now is the time to plant fruit trees. Stop by any Pike Nurseries location for a free class on planting and growing fruit trees.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Craft Show – Springtime in the Country – Spring craft show. 6140 Highway 400 (Cumming/Forsyth border.) Local artisans and businesses. Approximatey 50 vendors. Located in the 6140 Event Center. This Event Center is located in the series of buildings on Highway 400 where Bounce Gym, the Rug Outlet, and North Forsyth Church are located. On the east side of Highway 400. Local Crafters & Vendors, Face Painting Plus the Easter Bunny with Photo Opp from 12pm to 5pm.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth storytime – Ever wonder if a dinosaur could teach a dragon to fly? Join us for a storytime reading of Freddie & Gingersnap by Vincent X. Kirsch and find out.

11:15 am – 1:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is for children aged 4-8 but bring the whole family!

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Saturday Story Time at Cumming Library. This storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.


The GREAT British Car Fayre on March  29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Beatles tribute band 12 – 2 p.m. Admission is Free
Website – Historic Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Avenue & Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009. This event is rain or shine.

A warm and friendly gathering of British car and motorcycle enthusiasts will be joining downtown Alpharetta’s delightful setting. Listen to the brilliant music of The Big Chicken Beatles Band while you walk around and enjoy food trucks, local vendors, arts and crafts, beer and wine and of course, classic British Cars! You’ll see an abundance of British cars including: a Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar,Lotus Esprit, MG, Austin-Healey, Morgan, Triumph, McLaren, Peeler, Landrover, MINI, Sunbeam, Jensen, and DeLorean to name just a few!

Food and Food Trucks:
The Marlay Mobile
Australian Bakery

Click here for further details about the event, car registration and sponsorship/vendor opportunities.

Free Outdoor Movies This Summer in Forsyth County, GA

free outdoor movie in cumming gaOutdoor movies are one of summer’s best treats. Here is the current list of Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ free outdoor movie events to add to your calendar:

6/29 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (Rain or Shine)
Life of Pi

7/19 – Dawsonville Middle School – Trouble with the Curve

7/21 – Cumming Fairgrounds (Rain or Shine) – The Croods – Northside Hospital’s Movies in the Park™ returns to the Cumming Fairgrounds. The free outdoor movie will be held under the Arena (rain or shine). Come out early to watch Quarter Midget Races. Movie: The Croods at Sundown

8/3 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (Rain or Shine)
The Croods

8/10 – Browns Park, Downtown Canton
The Croods

8/10 – Cumming Fairgrounds (Rain or Shine) – Movie TBA

8/16 – Veteran’s Park, Dawsonville
The Croods

8/31 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (Rain or Shine)

9/7 – Browns Park, Downtown Canton

10/12 – Browns Park, Downtown Canton

…More to be announced!

Sponsored by Northside Hospital and Southern Outdoor Cinema

About Georgia Movies in the Park™

Southern Outdoor Cinema’s Georgia Movies in the Park™ is Georgia’s longest running festival and outdoor movie experience. For a complete 2013 schedule of our free family festival and outdoor movie events in Cumming, Dawsonville, Alpharetta/Johns Creek, Canton, visit the web site. If your business would like to sponsor an event or host a vendor booth, please contact Southern Outdoor Cinema. Sponsor opportunities are available. For the full outdoor movie schedule, visit Georgia Movies in the Park. Movies are currently scheduled for Dawsonville, Cumming, Canton and Alpharetta.

About Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC

Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC is the largest producer of premium outdoor movie events in the United States. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces new and unique outdoor movie event productions for Hollywood studios, professional sports franchises, cities, film festivals, marketing agencies and Fortune 500 companies. To learn more on how your organization can use an outdoor movie event to engage with your audience or consumers visit or call (678) 689-8143.

Cheap Summer Movies at Theaters Around Forsyth County, GA

regal summer movie expressIf you want more movie choices and are willing to venture outside of Forsyth County, there are plenty of cheap and dollar movies in addition to the free summer movies available at Movies 400 in Cumming, GA.

Regal Cinemas offers $1.00 movies at North Point Mall and Mall of Georgia and Dawson 400 offers a dollar summer move lineup for families.

The Studio Movie Grill offers dollar kids admission and $2 adult admission Monday – Fridays at 11:00 am for their summer movie series. Location: 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022, 770-992-8411.

There is also the free outdoor movie series Movies in the Park by Southern Outdoor Cinema with the first movie Escape from Planet Earth scheduled for sundown this Friday, June 7 at War Hill Park on Lake Lanier in Dawsonville, GA. The entire schedule has not yet been posted and I will update as soon as I have more details.

The Regal Summer Movie Express – $1.00 Movies at Regal Cinemas – Mall of Georgia and North Point Mall begins June 4, 2013 through August 31, 2013.

Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute. North Point location 6500 North Point Pkwy, Alpharetta GA 30022, 770-663-0660. Mall of Georgia location 3333 Buford Drive, Suite 3000, Buford GA 30518, 678-482-9263.

North Point Mall and Mall of Georgia Regal Cinemas Dollar Movie Schedule 2013: $1.00 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am.

Week Title Rating Start Time
1 The Three Stooges PG 10am
1 Ice Age: Continental Drift PG 10am
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG 10am
2 Parental Guidance PG 10am
3 Mr. Poppers’ Penguins PG 10am
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked G 10am
4 Monte Carlo PG 10am
4 Rio G 10am
5 Coraline PG 10am
5 ParaNorman PG 10am
6 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax PG 10am
6 Big Miracle PG 10am
7 Yogi Bear PG 10am
7 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island PG 10am
8 Racing Stripes PG 10am
8 Happy Feet Too PG 10am
9 African Cats G 10am
9 Chimpanzee G 10am

Dawson 400 Dollar Movies Summer Series for 2013

Dawson 400 Stadium Cinemas, 189 North 400 Center Lane, Dawsonville, GA 30534, (706) 216‐1620 – Movies start at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are $1.00 admission. Child drinks and popcorn are $1.50 each. Movies are subject to change. Doors open at 9:15 am. First come, first serve seating. Click for the flyer and full printable schedule for the 2013 summer movie series (PDF.)

• Tue 6/4 & Thur 6/6: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG), Madagascar 3 (PG)

• Tue 6/11 & Thur 6/13: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (PG), How to Train Your Dragon (PG)

• Tue 6/18 & Thur 6/20: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (PG), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG)

• Tue 6/25 & Thur 6/27: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (PG-13), Despicable Me (PG)

• Tue 7/2 & Thur 7/4: Harry Potter & The Order of The Phoenix (PG-13), The Lorax (PG)

• Tue 7/9 & Thur 7/11: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince (PG), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG)

• Tue 7/16 & Thur 7/18: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part One (PG-13), Rise of the Guardians (PG)

• Tue 7/23 & Thur 7/25: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two (PG-13), Hotel Transylvania (PG)



Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 26 – April 28, 2013

lake lanierA three day weekend is here for kids in Forsyth County, GA! There are some fun things to do in Cumming, GA this long weekend. There is rain in the forecast on Saturday and Sunday so be sure to get out today and enjoy the beautiful weather!

City Produce is now open – check their FB page for the latest farm fresh goodies.

Friday, April 26

11:00 am – Warbington Farms – Special story time that includes a hay ride, inflatables, a visit in the corn crib, playground and more! Forsyth County Schools are out this Friday April 26th. If you are looking for something fun for your kids to do, then bring them to the farm for Storytime. The Hayride departs at 11:20am. The Storytime will be included in the Farm Fun Park admission ($8 kids $5 adults). After the Storytime, let the kids play on the inflatables, corn crib, and play sets until they burn off all that energy! Concessions will also be sold. They recommend to arrive at 11:00 am as the hayride is first come, first served. Strawberries are not yet ready to pick, check their FB page for their official season opening.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Girls Night Out at The Collection Forsyth. Springtime Makeovers, Special Craft, Pizza, Games and LIMO RIDE!! $30/Girl Come dressed to Rock! Reservations required.

Saturday, April 27

10:00 am – 11:30 am – KIDS CLUB: Mother’s Day Memory Frame Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10AM – 11:30AM. See a store associate to join the fun!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Sheriff’s Office South Precinct at 2985 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Cumming. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. A permanent drug drop-off box is located at this location to facilitate regular disposal of these drugs.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time.  Hat’s off to Poetry With Dr. Seuss. Join us for a special Storytime all about the poetry of Dr. Seuss. Great for everyone.

11:00 am – North Georgia Quarter Midget Kids Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds. Apple Blossom Classic (Region Race) That is what you will find at the Bill Thomas Raceway located at the Cumming Fairgrounds, home of the North Georgia Quarter Midget Racing Association (NGQMA). Saturdays between March and November, you will find boys and girls, ages 5-16, take to the track, pedal to the metal. Race on over for some wheel to wheel action!  Admisison is always free and concessions are available.

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm  – Crawfish Boil – Join us for a “CRAWFISH GOOD TIME” starting at 12 noon on the Coo Coo’s Nest Patio. Abita Pong & Corn Hole Games for Prizes! Free Abita Root Beer on tap and a Bouncy Tent for the KIDS. Live entertainment with Cumming’s own SOUTHERN ACCENT Great Food, Fun and ABITA PRODUCTS at the Nest. Must be 21 after 9pm.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Girls Night Out at The Collection Forsyth. Springtime Makeovers, Special Craft, Pizza, Games and LIMO RIDE!! $30/Girl Come dressed to Rock! Reservations required.

Sunday, April 28

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Third annual “Cars for Canines” fundraiser April 28 in Cumming – at the parking lot of Rucker Pet and Wild Bird Store, 5456 Bethelview Road. Dog adoptions, food and live entertainment will take place for families in addition to the car show. The car show, in secured parking, will feature all makes and models and vintage cars. People’s Choice trophies will be awarded. All proceeds will benefit the Canine Adoption Network, a local nonprofit rescue group. C.A.N is dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected dogs and finding homes for them. Visit their website at or visit for more information.


All weekend – CYT Atlanta proudly announces our Spring 2013 production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr”!! This colorful, fun musical for all ages will show at The Milton Center Theater (86 School Street, Alpharetta, GA  30009) on Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28; and Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5. Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12-15 and can be purchased at

Saturday 4/27 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Touch a Truck Wills Park – 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GABehind the city pool. Spark your children’s curiosity! They can see, touch and explore a fire truck, dump truck, school bus, 18-wheeler, limo, police vehicles and more! This free event includes animal balloons, face painting and inflatables. Every child’s imagination will soar as they explore the parking lot filled with trucks of all shapes and sizes including a fire truck, limo, dump truck, school bus, 18-wheeler and police vehicles! Kids can bounce around in inflatables, participate in all kinds of interactive games, watch animal balloons be made and get their face painted! Touch a Truck t-shirts and concessions will be available for sale.  Parking and admission are free.

How to Choose a Summer Camp from Primrose Christopher Robin

summer camp at primrose christopher robinPrimrose Schools® Balances Fun with Learning through its Summer Camp Program

Extending Imagination into the Summer

Throughout the school year, the daily schedule for Primrose students puts a focus on learning literacy, math and critical thinking skills. They participate in activities specifically designed to teach them how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, use their imaginations, and express themselves creatively. Most importantly, the schedule is grounded in an emphasis on character development and on helping students learn to regulate their thinking, emotions, and behavior. The instruction, attention and support children receive from their teachers prepares them for success in the school years ahead.

Participating in this kind of balanced program doesn’t have to stop at the end of the school year! This summer, Primrose Christopher Robin will offer summer camp sessions that will enable children to have fun, explore interesting topics AND learn. At Primrose, learning doesn’t take a vacation during the summer. Having fun and learning can go hand in hand. In fact, when we make sure children have opportunities to play with ideas and exercise their imaginations, we’re encouraging them to become lifelong learners. With creative themes and stimulating activities, Camp Primrose is the perfect summer program.

Summer camp programs that include educational components are becoming increasingly popular as an option for parents looking for summer childcare. By visiting summer camp programs in the local community and talking with the staff, families can match their summer goals with the best summer camp experience for their child.

Here are a few tips about how to choose the best summer camp program for your child:

Include your child in the decision. You probably already know most of activities your children enjoy, but ask them what they would add as you make a list together. Then you can begin looking for a program that offers themes that focus on these interests. If you know your child is interested in learning something new, look for a program that provides opportunities to explore these topics in a fun and interactive way.

Choose a well-rounded or balanced program. As summer camps grow increasingly popular, there are more and more options to choose from. Choosing a program offered by an accredited educational organization will ensure that your child will be learning and having fun at the same time.

Visit the location. Summer programs distribute a great deal of written information and brochures, but you will always get a better idea and feel for the program by visiting the location and talking with the staff. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Ask other parents and children. Find out where parents in your community have sent their children for summer camp in the past and what their children thought of the experience. Word of mouth is a proven decision-making factor in choosing the best option for your family.

Primrose School of Christopher RobinPrimrose Christopher Robin is an accredited private preschool that provides a premier educational child care experience. The Leader in Educational Child Care®, we partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Our goal is to help children have fun while building Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

To learn more about the Primrose summer camp experience at the Primrose School of Christopher Robin, please call 678-339-0107 to arrange a tour of the campus.

Primrose Christopher Robin is located at 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, Ga 30005.


Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 15 – March 17, 2013

sawnee art showBeautiful weather is in store for this lovely St. Patrick’s Day weekend. I hope you can get outside and get lots of fresh air with your family! Here’s a roundup of things to do in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, March 15

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sweet & Sassy Girls Night Out! A special St. Patrick’s Day GNO with a scavenger hunt, leprechaun visit, hair, makeup and nails and a runway show with pizza and drink! $30.00 per person, reservations required. Sign-up 2 or more girls and receive a special treat!! 770-781-0300.

Saturday, March 16

9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Lakewood 400 Antiques Market.

11:00 am Barnes & Noble storytime – St. Patrick’s Day Story time – Come join us as we read It’s Not Easy Being Green and Green Eggs and Ham, just to name a few. Don’t forget to wear your green. Great for all ages!

SWIMKIDS of Georgia is having a GRAND OPENING celebration on March 16 from Noon to 5:00 at their brand new state-of-the-art swimming pool located at 1501 Redi Road in Cumming, GA.  SwimKids focuses on teaching survival swimming to infants and children to age 7.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Michaels Free Family Craft Time – FREE FAMILY CRAFT TIME: CRAYOLA® MODEL MAGIC® DUCK CRE8TIME™ with the entire family and craft something special together like this fun Model Magic® duck to give or keep for Easter.


Sawnee Art Show Central Park March Art Madness Friday and Saturday – March Art Madiness  show and exhibit and sale. Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Rd. Cumming, Ga 30040. All original art by members for sale.

Includes oils, pastels, acrylics, mixed media and watercolor and photography, glass, wood, metal, sculptiure, fiber and pottery, ceramics, and metals, ..all original art work as well as hand-made jewelry.  Admission Free!

Times: Fri. March 15th noon to 6:00 pm
Sat, March 15th  10-8 pm

Free admission…come browse,buy and support the Sawnee Artists Association.  Entertainment and refreshments 6-8 Sat. March 16th.


The Canine Capers Dog Show is on March 16-17 starting at 8 a.m. at the Wills Park Equestrian Center.  This event is free to the public.  Click here for a schedule and for more information.

Midway UMC children’s consignment sale Friday and Saturday 8:30 – 1:00 PM.


Easter Egg Hunts and Activities 2013 in Forsyth County, GA

easter egg hunts in cumming, gaThere 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!

3/23 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Food Allergy Kids of Atlanta Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt– my daughter has food allergies, so I am posting this special toy-filled 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. Volunteers are needed for the event.

3/23 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Concord Baptist Church – Easter Egg Hunt – 6905 Concord Rd, Cumming, GA 30028-8598 (770) 887-9482

3/30 – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth 2013 – Cumming Fairgrounds – Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 10 years 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.  Easter egg hunts by age group starting at 11:30 (ages 3 and under), 12:30 (ages 4-7) and 1:30 pm (ages 8-10).

3/30 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – The Avenue Forsyth – FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny – Atlanta Diamond Design (next to Cheeky). Bring the whole family (and your own camera) for this FREE event.  We’ll have treats and crafts for the kids, as well at Atlanta Diamond Design. The Avenue Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Parkway, suite 120 (next to Cheeky) For more info, call 770.751.9555.

3/30 12:30 pm Easter event fundraiser at Save The Horses. Here is the flyer. This is a fundraiser event and proceeds go towards helping the abused and injured horses. There will be Pony Rides, Hay Rides, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Easter Egg Hunt. It’s FREE for kids under 12, $5 per person for 13 yrs and older, pony rides are extra. Bring CASH. Please share this info with your friends and family! Save the Horses, 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming, GA 30028.

3/30 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Christ Community Church – Easter Eggstravaganza and Health Fair. We’ll have egg hunts with 30,000 Candy Eggs. Admittance is free. We will have three Candy Egg Hunts (3 age groups) with Prizes, Inflatables, Safari Petting Zoo, Carnival Ride, Health Fair, Red Cross Blood Drive, Giveaways, food by Slopes BBQ, the Easter Bunny, and more!

3/30 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Easter Egg Scramble – North Lanier Baptist Church – Off-site – Hutchinson Trace Subdivision Cumming, GA  30040. – Annual Community Egg Scramble and Carnival. A family fun event for the Church and Community. Easter egg scrambles, free cotton candy and popcorn, prizes and games!

3/30 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Swim Kids of GA – Egg-stra Cool UNDER THE SEA EGG HUNT! Grab a suit and towel and join us in the 90 degree HEATED POOL to spash around and grab some eggs!  We will be swimming for eggs starting at 4:00 and will be egg-hunting by age in small groups.  Parents of non-swimmers will need to suit up and join their child for some egg-citing fun in the pool! 1501 Redi Road, Cumming, GA.

3/31 – 9:45 am – 12:00 pm – Midway UMC – 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004 – Children’s Easter Egg Hunts.


3/30 and 3/31 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Easter Festival at North Georgia Zoo & Farm – Eggstravaganza and Rabbit Palooza, Come and search for Easter eggs! Learn more about all the different types of eggs there are and see a real live  green giant egg! Come visit our giant Rabbit display and petting area! Meet a variety of rabbit breeds  including the largest breed of rabbit in the world, and get your picture taken with a baby bunny! More info: (706) 348 – 7279

3/30 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Pine Isle Point, Lake Lanier Islands Golden Easter Egg Hunt – Our 3rd Annual Spring festival by the lake will showcase entertainment, 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.

Event Admission:  Free with Gate Fee ($10 per car) *Additional charges apply to food and kid zone activities.*

  • 11:00 am:  Toddlers
  • 12:00 pm:  Kindergarten – 2nd grade
  • 1:00 pm:  3rd Grade – 5th Grade 

*Please call ahead and check with all of these event hosts as they are subject to change.

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