Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 8 – April 10, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy end of spring break in Forsyth County! I hope you have had a fun week full of adventure! Here is a roundup for the weekend events in Cumming, GA.

Friday, April 8

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders 

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Family Movie Picnic – Pan 

11:15 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library – Creative Circle 

2:15 PM – Sharon Forks Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

3:15 PM – Sharon Forks Library – I Like My Stories: A Pete the Cat Storytime 

Saturday, April 9

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB: Make a butterfly clip canvas. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today. $2.00. 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 10:00am – 11:30am. See a store associate to join the fun!
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time. It’s only a yellow dot … but what a dot it is! Readers won’t be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Join us for Storytime featuring Let’s Play. Activities will round out the fun.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime – I Like My Stories: A Visit from Pete the Cat! 

1:15 PM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime – I Like My Stories: A Visit from Pete the Cat! 

Sunday, April 10

Cumming First United Methodist Church Festival of Arts beginning April 10! Gallery open 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Event schedule on website.

ALL WEEKEND

Friday, April 8 and Saturday April 9 – Forsyth County Master Gardeners Plant and Garden Event. Friday, April 8: 8am-5pm & Saturday, April 9th: 8am- 4pm At the Cumming Fairgrounds. The 19th annual Forsyth County Master Gardeners’ plant sale takes place at the Cumming Fairgrounds just minutes from GA 400. Started as a small fundraising event in 1998, the event has grown into one of County’s most anticipated events for garden enthusiasts. The festival attracts a diverse group of garden vendors and offers garden enthusiasts a unique opportunity to find unique southern plants, garden art and find the latest trends in garden tools.

LAKE LANIER CAMPSITE NOW OPEN

Shady Grove Campground Now Open for the Season!

Campsites can now be reserved online

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation invites campers to vacation on the shores of Lake Lanier at Shady Grove Campground. The campground is now open for the season and accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance.

“We are very excited to welcome campers to the campground and officially begin the 2016 camping season,” said Parks & Recreation Director Jim Pryor. “This is a beautiful destination that campers enjoy every year.”

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

“Shady Grove Campground grows in popularity every year,” Natural Resources Division Manager Matthew Pate said. “This year visitors will notice updated landscaping and new signage, as well as renovated group campsites.  Also new this year, we are very pleased to offer visitors the ability to reserve their campsites online.”

Reservations can be made online or in person at the campground visitor center.

Shady Grove Campground is located at 7800 Allyn Lane Memorial Way (formerly 7800 Shadburn Ferry Road) in Cumming on the shores of Lake Lanier. The campground will be open through November 7 for the 2016 season. For more information, please call the campground visitor center at (770) 205-6850 or visit the Shady Grove Campground webpage.

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

holiday festivals, bazaars and craft fairs in forsyth county, GAHoliday festivals and bazaars are a fun way to start shopping for and celebrate the holiday season.

Here is a list of upcoming holiday craft fairs, holiday bazaars and festivals in Cumming, GA.

Friday, November 6

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, November 7

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Family Promise Festival and Bed Race – The Bed Race & Festival will be held on Saturday, November 7th, at the Forsyth Central High School From 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, Participants can arrive as early as 7:00 AM for setup. Visitors can vote (with their dollars) for the most original, and funniest beds. At 10:00 AM the actual races will begin and the skill and speed of the participants will determine the fastest entries. The money raised by each team will determine coveted Merit Award for Fundraising. Between the races and the judging of beds, visitors are encouraged to visit the various booths and help individual groups raise money. Those booths will also be eligible for prizes based on originality and fundraising achievements.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – First Baptist Cumming Fall Bazaar. Unique Christmas and gift items, artwork, antiques. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. $1.00 admission. Bake sale.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin Chicken BBQ at Creekside UMC – Women’s Ministry will be offering Home-made Kickin’ Chicken Chili at the annual Holiday Showcase on Saturday, November 7th from 11am-2pm. Chili dogs and take home quarts will be available as well. Tickets are available in the Atrium on Sunday mornings. Chicken Chili Plates are $8, Chili dogs are $5, and Chicken Chili Quarts are $12. Buy a few quarts for quick meal planning during the holidays. Pre-sales are encouraged as chili will sell out fast!
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Fall Fest at the Abba House  in Dawsonville, GA. Located at the 243 Stowers Road, Dawsonville, GA at the 400 North Abba House Thrift Store (intersection of GA-400 and GA-136). This is an ENTIRELY free event! Please join them for their second annual Fall Festival with entertainment, games, food, fellowship, and fun! Face painting, bounce houses, giant jingo, pumpkin bowling, corn hole, hay slide and more! To learn more about Abba House visit abbahouse.com.
Saturday, November 14

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Christmas and Bake Sale – All things Christmas sale! Located at: 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. For more information, call 770.887.6801.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Newpoint Tabernacle’s Fall Exposition – Come join us for food, fun, and giveaways! We will have numerous vendors with lots of awesome gifts for the holidays as well as food and activities! Proceeds go to help our activity center 🙂
So come out and support a local community church and have some F-U-N while doing so! 2150 Antioch Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – The 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts hosts the 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 14th & 15th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 90 vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the Challenged Child & Friends organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included; Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with Relay for Life-Forsyth during the entire event. Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information.
Sunday, November 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – The 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. Sawnee Association of the Arts hosts the 12th Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech. This grand event is being held on Nov. 14th & 15th at the Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, located at 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd, Cumming GA. The Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival at Lanier Tech is the largest indoor/outdoor arts and crafts festival in Forsyth County, with over 90 vendors; it has become an established community event with local residents. Children will have the opportunity to play in two Moonwalks (weather permitting) and help raise funds for the Challenged Child & Friends organization; Shop for gifts in the Elf Corner, a special shop just for kids were Elves will help them choose gifts for friends and family, gift wrapping included; Parents can capture their children’s special visit with Santa using their own cameras for a small donation. Food Trucks and Kettle Corn will be available outside, along with Relay for Life-Forsyth during the entire event. Please visit our website at www.SawneeArt.org for complete festival information.
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Vickery Village Craft Fair at Glen Willow Park on Low County Rd in Cumming . Enjoy an afternoon of fun, crafts and food in our beautiful Glen Willow Park. Vickery has over 20 vendors who will be displaying and selling goods. If you are looking for a special gift or something for yourself, you are sure to find it . From handmade jewelry and purses to monogrammed anything, antiques, refurbished wood pieces, children’s books and clothing, or housewares just to name a few of the items the vendors will have. Stop by a booth and learn how to clean without chemical or learn about self defense and if your thinking about a Disney Vacation visit the Disney planners booth . There will be a food tent so join us for lunch , and take home a treat from the bake sale. Follow the signs off Post Rd in Cumming and enjoy a day in the park!
Thursday, November 19
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Longlake Holiday Bazaar – Longlake Clubhouse, 1405 Haddenham Court, Cumming, GA 30041. Start your holiday shopping early with over 20 vendors!!!!
Saturday, November 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Holiday Handmades Sale at Gracepointe Church, 1315 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA. Free admission and refreshments. Support your handcrafting community! Lots of unique vendors with handmade crafts and goods.
Friday, December 4

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Start the weekend off on Friday at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital. Northside Hospital – Forsyth, 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, December 5
7:30 am registration, 8:30 race starts – MarketPlace Christmas – Jingle Jog 5K –  On Saturday, participate in a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard. 2056 Market Place Blvd.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm –  Little Mill Middle School’s Annual Holiday Market featuring over 50 local vendors to shop from, including locally handcrafted items, pottery, jewelry, candles, food, home décor, skincare, and many more!  Enter our raffles for great prizes from over 50 vendor items, large gift baskets from local area business partners.  Event details: Saturday, December 5th from 1pm-5pm at Little Mill Middle School, 6800 Little Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30041. Free Admission!
Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12
Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Christmas in Cumming Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 11th at 4 PM – 9 PM. Saturday, Dec. 12th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 11th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 12th at 12 PM – 3 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00 Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 11th at 7 PM – 9 PM
December 12
10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Olde Atlanta Club 2015 Holiday Shop. We have a show with approximately 20 booths on December 12th in our clubhouse from 10AM-6pm. 5750 Olde Atlanta Parkway.

Pumpkin Patches in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2015

pumpkin patches in forsyth county, gaBelieve it or not, Fall 2015 pumpkin season is here! Here are a few neat places to pick a pumpkin in and around Forsyth County, GA.

For years we have been going to Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, GA to pick out our annual pumpkin.

The farm features hayrides, barn animals and catfish to feed in the pond among other fun things. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Sample their caramel apples or boiled peanuts (available after 10/1.) They also have a 25,000 square foot nursery and during the holidays you can pick out a Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The farm is open every day in October and features a wide variety of pumpkins as well as apples, gourds, corn stalks, indian corn, straw bales, and much more!

Check out their fall harvest shop and pick up some apples, salsa, jam, honey, breads, preserves and much more!

September 19, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2015

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hayrides are $3.00 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

Hayrides, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. There is also a brand new animal pavilion so you can feed the farm animals! Hayrides during the week happen at the top of the hour – there are field trips in the morning from 10 – 12 as well. Check their fall activity list for more information. Fish feeding now occurs Monday – Fridays only as the fish fill up quickly.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
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Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening in late September (TBA), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 12, 2015. pick a pumpkin, play at the fun park and get lost in the corn maze! Enjoy fresh produce as well as shop for some crafts, jams, jellies, cider, apple bread, and other flavor breads! Check their Facebook page for updates and events.

Warbington Farms 2015 Pumpkin Season:  September 12-November 14, 2015
Closed to Public Mondays – Wednesdays. To schedule a group trip or field trip, please contact the farm.

Thursday- 10:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.
Friday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday- 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
* Fun park closes at 5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday- 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
* Last ticket to corn maze sold at 5:00 p.m.

Fall 2015 Prices
No cost for pumpkin patch entrance, pumpkin price varies.
*Fun Park:  $8 kids (4-12) and $5 adults (12 and older), ages 3 and under free.
Corn Maze: $10
Combos – Kids $15, Adults $12 – corn maze and fun park.
*Includes: “hey”rides, petting zoo, playground, inflatables, roller slides, pedal carts, tire yard, and MORE!

Warbington Farms Events

Pumpkin Palooza is October 17 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Warbington Farms is excited to announce the Humane Society “Mutts & More” festival will be held at the farm this year on Saturday & Sunday – October 24th & 25th (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) . Vendors can sign up here: http://mmf.hsfcga.net/vendors-3/.

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit our Facebook page for specific dates and times.

Bethelview United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – We have family friendly activities each Saturday beginning October 17! Jumpy house, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, yard sale, storytime and more!! Come support your community while having FUN at the same time!! Hope to see you there! Address: 4525 Bethelview Road, Cumming, GA 30040 Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Available for purchase: Pumpkins & hay bales (credit accepted) Schedule of Events*: October 17 – Jumpy house, Pumpkin decorating, Hay ride, Harvest time photo booth October 24 – Girl Scout/Community Yard Sale October 31 – Roast s’mores, Pumpkin carving, Hay ride, Story time (12:00 & 1:00 p.m.)

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA opens Labor Day weekend! Enjoy their annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening in October for older folks. Open weekends from September 4 through November 15th. Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races – Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more!
Hours are as follows:
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Burt’s Pumpkin Farm – 5 Burt’s Farm Rd Dawsonville, Georgia 30534. Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The hayrides will be weekends only until October then the hayrides will be 7 days a week. Hayride cost: Adults $5.00, Kids 12 & under $4.00, infants 12 months and under free.

Burt’s Pumpkin Patch & Store

September 1 – October 30
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

October 31 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hay Ride

September
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

October
Daily
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

November (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – check out this family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354.(770) 772-6223. For more information, call (770) 772-6223. Open weekends September 12 – November 22.

September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning Oct. 2nd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
October 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, Sunday the 11th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th, 30th & 31st!Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 11th for more haunting fun!

Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.

2015 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

summer camps in cumming, gaIt’s time to start thinking about summer camps! Here is this year’s roundup of 2015 kids summer day camps* in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

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

*Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

Some local horse stables like Brecht Stables (therapeutic and western riding camps) and Flowered Rock Horse Farm offer camps.

Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

brecht stables and dustin's place summer camps in cumming, gaBrecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Camps – sports and specialty camps all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 1 – 5
VBS for special needs, June 1 – 5
Little Friends Club, June 8 – 10
Art Camp (3rd – 5th grade) June 8 – 12, June 15 – 19 (K – 2nd grade)
Day-Glo Drama Camp, June 22 – 26
Camp Extreme, June 23 – 27
Helping Hands Camp, July 6 – 8
Groove Music Camp, July 13 – 17
Science Camp, July 20 – 24
Grow Day Camp, July 20 – 24

backyard bible school at bottoms christmas tree farmJune 14 – June 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Backyard Bible School at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm Bible School – Backyard Bible School theme is “Come Learn about Jesus” We will be having our Bible School June 14th-June 17th at Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. Our address is 5880 John Burruss Road, Cumming, Georgia 30040. We will have different classes for all ages from nursery age to young adults. They will be taught by family members and church friends of Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm. The only thing we ask is children under 6 to please be accompanied by an adult. The lesson for the week are as followed: Sunday- Jesus the Creator Monday – Jesus’ Birth Tuesday- Jesus’ Life Wednesday- Jesus’ Death We will have Bible Study, crafts, games, food and music each night for every age group. Everyone is welcome, rain or shine.

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2015 – there is one session: June 1 – 5. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

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

Cane Creek Farm Camp – to be announced.

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

Endurance Academy All Skills Mini Camp part 1
Rising 3rd-6th graders
June 21. 2-5 at Old Atlanta Rec Center
Part 2
June 28
2-5
Advanced Skills camp part 1
July 21. 2-5 at old Atlanta Rec center
Part 2 July 18
2-5

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

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 13th Year of Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. Located at: 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Lots of fun drama bootcamps!

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

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for November 14 – November 16, 2014

christmascummingIt feels like winter this weekend but that can’t stop families from enjoying all of the fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend! Check out what’s happening!

Friday, November 14

11:15 am – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – 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. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, November 15

Five Points Challenge 5K – Benefitting childhood cancer & environmental awareness brought to you by Reaping Nature and Friends of Tony – Windermere Golf Club, Cumming, GA. See website for parking information.

11/14/2014 – Online registration closes at 7pm.
11/14/2014 – Race packet pickup and late registration at Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love, Drive, Cumming, GA (5pm to 8pm).
6:30am – Race day packet pickup and late registration
7:15am – 5K registration closes
8:00am – 5K Start  (Arrive early to allow time for parking!)*
9:30am – Awards Ceremony

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Reindeer painted canvas. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. The Great Thanksgiving Escape story time event. Join us November 15 for Thanksgiving Storytime featuring The Great Thanksgiving Escape. The title is a hilarious, kid-friendly take on Thanksgiving – full of family, food and lots of fun! Join us for Storytime and activities.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tree Lighting Celebration at The Collection Forsyth. Enjoy complimentary children’s activities, holiday music and welcome Santa as he lights their new 50 ft. Christmas Tree. Browse holiday gift displays provided by The Collection Forsyth retailers. The tree lighting ceremony is at 5:00 pm.

Sunday, November 16

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming. This family-oriented community event offers photos with Santa, child-oriented activities, crafts from over 90 vendors and local entertainment.

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library. “Peace Pipes and Talking Leaves: Cherokee Leaders and Lore” Celebrate Native American Heritage Month featuring storyteller Barry Stewart Mann.

Help us celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a special visit from acclaimed storyteller, Barry Stewart Mann.  Through the voices of three historical figures — Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee syllabary; Nancy Ward, Beloved Woman; and Dragging Canoe, brave warrior — Barry will Cherokee folklore, customs, and history. Highlights include the creation myth cycle and the tale of the Healing Lake, the challenges posed by European settlement, and details of Cherokee Stickball, the Seven Clans, and the Green Corn ceremony. It’s an engaging, entertaining, and educational portrayal of a fascinating and noble nation. All ages are welcome! No registration required.

ALL WEEKEND

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon!

Holiday Festivals, Bazaars and Craft Fairs in Forsyth County, GA for Christmas 2014

Bazaar_bigpromo-791x1024Holiday festivals and bazaars are a fun way to start shop for and celebrate the season. Here is a list of upcoming holiday craft fairs, bazaars and festivals in Cumming, GA. Please let me know if you would like to add one to the list.

Friday, November 7

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase – Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.

Saturday, November 8

9:00 am – 7:00 pm – Bethlehem Baptist Church annual Fall Bazaar on November 8th! We will have a silent auction, cake walk, and a country store loaded with crafts, holiday decorations, gifts, canned and homemade goods! Food available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everyone welcome! Bethlehem Baptist Church 5528 Post Road, Cumming, Ga 30040. 770-889-9435.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Creekside UMC Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken BBQ at Creekside Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041. Unique Christmas shopping with OVER 70 VENDORS providing gift and home decor items. $1 admission. Located at: 673 Peachtree Parkway, Bldg. A, Cumming, GA 30041.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Kickin Chicken BBQ at Creekside UMC – Choose from BBQ chicken sandwich or chicken chili meal, both with sides and drink – $8 per ticket. New this year, chicken chili “to go” by the quart – $12! Tickets can be purchased in the main church office during business hours or at the event. We look forward to your joining us at the Holiday Showcase and Kickin’ Chicken Cookout in November!
9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Deer Creek Shores Christmas Sale – All things Christmas sale! Located at: 7620 Lanier Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770.887.6801.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Abba House Fall Festival in Dawsonville, GA. 400 North Abba House Thrift Store (intersection of GA-400 and GA-136). This is an ENTIRELY free event! Please join us for a day of entertainment, games, food, fellowship, and fun! To learn more about Abba House visit abbahouse.com.
Saturday, November 15

8:30 am – 2:00 pm Cumming First United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar – Brunch and Lunch, Eat, Shop and Enjoy! Handmade crafts, decorations, baked goods.

  • Beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and gifts!
  • Breakfast with Santa (by paid reservation only – in the children’s ministry office)
  • Fantastic homemade Christmas cookies, cakes and pies
  • Breakfast and lunch while you shop!
  • Kids shop so they can shop without their parents knowing what they are getting
  • Get your picture made with Santa!
  • Kids can make a great craft at Rudolph’s corner
9:30 am – 5:30 pm – St. Benedict Holiday Bazaar – shop with over 40 vendors and gift ideas. Lunch and baked goods for sale. Raffles and lots of gifts for the holidays. Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA   30097-1769, (770) 442-5903
10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival – Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Tech. Formerly Christmas in Cumming.
December 5 – December 7
Lakewood 400 Antiques & Gift Show Market – special holiday show. 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming, GA. Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5. Lakewood 400 Antiques Market, The Marketplace for Classic Antiques & Collectibles, Unique Home & Garden Decor, Jewelry & Art. Over 475 booths. $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 are free. Sign up for their newsletter and get a coupon!
Saturday, December 6
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Holiday Bazaar at Montessori Academy at Sharon Springs, 2830 Old Atlanta Rd. Cumming, GA 30041. We have over 25 vendors selling unique items; educational board games, hand crafted jewelry, jams, holiday decor, and much more!
Friday, December 5 & Saturday, December 6 – MarketPlace Christmas – Celebration of Lights, Jingle Job and Christmas Parade – Start the weekend off on Friday at the Celebration of Lights at Northside Hospital – Forsyth with live entertainment from local schools and groups, children activities, photos with Santa and the lighting of the giant Christmas tree atop the hospital. Saturday participate in a short run/walk in the Jingle Jog 5K that takes you down Mary Alice Park Road and back to Market Place Boulevard. Then kick back and enjoy the season with your community, family and friends to cheer on the festive floats in the Cumming Christmas Parade.
Festival Information

Date: 
Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: 
Northside Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041

5K Information

Date:
Saturday, December 6, 2014

Time:
7:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. – Race Starts

Location:
Cumming Town Center
2085 Market Place Boulevard
Cumming, GA 30041

Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13
Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Christmas is an exciting time in the City of Cumming. Each year the City of Cumming lines the streets with beautiful Christmas lights and offer Christmas festivities at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
Christmas in Cumming Events
Arts and Crafts Festival Friday, Dec. 12th at 4 PM – 10 PM. Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 5 PM
Free Photos with Santa Friday, Dec. 12th at 6 PM – 9 PM, Saturday, Dec. 13th at 10 AM – 2 PM
Arts & Crafts Admission Adults………$1.00 Children 12 and under……..Free
For more information on Art & Craft Show contact JRM Management at 770-423-1330
Hay Rides  Friday, Dec. 12th at 7 PM – 10 PM

Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA 2014

Fall pumpkin season is here! There are a few places to pick a pumpkin in and around Forsyth County, GA.

For years we have been going to Kinsey Family Farm in Forsyth County, GA to pick out our annual pumpkin.

kinsey family farm

The farm features hayrides, barn animals and catfish to feed in the pond among other fun things. There are picnic tables if you would like to bring a picnic lunch. Sample their caramel apples or boiled peanuts. They also have a 25,000 square foot nursery and during the holidays you can pick out a Christmas tree and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.

The farm is open every day in October and features a wide variety of pumpkins as well as apples, gourds, corn stalks, indian corn, straw bales, and much more!

Check out their fall harvest shop and pick up some apples, salsa, jam, honey, preserves and much more!

September 20, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2014

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hayrides are $3.00 per person (children 2 and under are free.)

Hayrides, fish feeding, pumpkins and fall harvest crops. There is also a brand new animal pavilion so you can feed the farm animals! Hayrides during the week happen at the top of the hour – there are field trips in the morning as well. Check their fall activity list for more information.

We also had our daughter’s birthday party there in the picnic area and it was a wonderful time. We took a hayride, fed the catfish and then picked out small pumpkins and decorated them.

The Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

Christmas Trees, Landscape Supply & Plant Nursery
Retail Wholesale Container and B&B
Serving north metro Atlanta: Alpharetta, Big Canoe, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sugar Hill

Located in northern Forsyth County
Information:  770-887-6028
Fieldtrips: 770-887-5541 (ask for Liz)
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Other Pumpkin Patches in Forsyth County, GA

The Pumpkin Patch at Cumming First United Methodist Church is located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming, GA. Opening September 27 at noon (they arrive that day), the pumpkin patch will be open from 9 a.m. to dark Saturdays, 11 a.m. to dark Sundays and 1 p.m. to dark Monday-Fridays throughout the month of October. Check their website and Facebook page for updates.

Pick up your pumpkins and gourds for Fall decorating.  Proceeds go to support children’s and youth ministries at Cumming First UMC and within the local community.

CFUMC will have story times in the pumpkin patch beginning October on Tuesdays – Thursdays. Schools, clubs and groups are welcome – please call 770-887-2900 x 220 to make reservations.

Warbington Farms – 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA – Opens for fall season on September 27, 2014. pick a pumpkin and fresh produce as well as shop for some crafts, jams, jellies, cider, apple bread, and other flavor breads! Check their Facebook page for updates and events. New events this year – a haunted trail, Sasquatch hunt, trick or treating, screen on the green and more!

Warbington Farms 2014 Pumpkin Season:  September 27-November 1, 2014
Closed to Public Monday-Thursday. To schedule a group trip or field trip, please email warbingtonfarmsinfo@gmail.com.

Friday and Sunday Hours: 1pm-6pm

wfWe will have TWO “Haunted Trail Nights” in October.
Haunted Farm Trail is October 3rd & 17th. The Trail opens at dusk and last ticket sold at 9 pm
*$7 admission for Haunted Trail, fire-pit, and marshmallows! Are you brave enough to walk through the trail?? Beware…only the COWS can hear you SCREAM! 

Saturday Hours: 11am-6pm
Please note that the farm trail, “hey”ride, & inflatables will all close at 5pm on Saturdays. The rest of farm will be open till 6pm.
Closed October 31.

Fall 2014 Prices
No cost for pumpkin patch entrance
*pumpkin price varies
Farm Entrance:  $8 kids (2-12) and $5 adults (12 and older)
*Includes: “hey”rides, petting zoo, playground, inflatables, roller slides, pedal carts, tire yard, and MORE!

*All dates and times are subject to change. Please call or visit our Facebook page for specific dates and times.

Pumpkin Patches Near Forsyth County

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA. Enjoy their 14th annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening Oct. 3 – Nov. 1 for older folks. Open weekends from August 30 through November 17th. Pumpkin Patch – Corn Maze – Bonfire Hayrides – Friendly Farm Animals – Jumping Pillows Little Clay’s Corral – The Lost Cow Mine – Goat Walk – Pig Races Miz Rosie’s Milking Parlor – Farm Tours – and more! Cagle’s Family Farm, 355 Stringer Rd., Canton, GA 30115; 770.345.5591.
Hours are as follows:
August 29 – November 14, 2014.
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch – check out this family fun corn maze and pumpkin patch in Dawsonville, located Northeast of Atlanta near Cumming, Gainesville and Alpharetta. Located at 4520 Hwy 53 East, Dawsonville, GA 30354.(770) 772-6223.

September Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October – Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

October – Haunt Nights Beginning Oct. 3rd

Friday & Saturday Begins at dusk, last ticket sold at 10 p.m.
Open on Oct 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th , 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st, & Nov. 1st.Don’t forget Sunday, Oct. 12th & Saturday, Nov. 1st for more haunting fun!
Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent.
Burt’s Farm – Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Country Store. 5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534. The Burt’s Farm hay ride has become just as much of a fall tradition as our pumpkins, so of course we will have our fleet of tractors and wagons ready for everyone this fall. For those of you who want to be sure your annual fall trip includes a hay ride through the pumpkin patch, here are our hay ride hours for Fall 2014:
September
Saturdays and Sundays only, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
October
Daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm November (through Nov. 10)
Saturdays and Sundays only 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Please note the business hours for our pumpkin patch and country store are different.If you haven’t taken’t a hay ride at Burt’s Farm, this is a great year to try it! Our hay ride travels two miles around the pumpkin patch and through the woods. The wagons are filled with wheat straw and are pulled by a big farm tractor.  You will see our two most famous pumpkins Autumn and Gordy along the way and also go through a covered bridge filled with singing pumpkins. New for this year we have planted over 8,000 zinnia flowers! At the end of the ride you will get a glimpse of Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It’s a beautiful sight.The cost of the hayride is $4.00 for children 1 to 12 years old and $5.00 for adults (there is no charge for children less than a year old). We hope you’ll join us for a hay ride this fall!

Pumpkin Patch & Store

September 1 – October 30
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

October 31 – November 10
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Corn Maze & Haunted House (No Pumpkin Patch)

North Georgia Corn Maze  – Located in Cleveland, GA, a small town known as the “Gateway to the Mountains” located about 4 miles south of Helen, the North Georgia Corn Maze grows on seven acres of beautiful pasture. After you “Get Lost” in the Corn Maze, test your skills on our Hay Bale jump, and your kids will have more fun in our Kids Corner than a termite in a yo-yo! Then kick back and relax on a 20 minute Hay Ride overlooking some of the most beautiful scenic views in Georgia. They also have a haunted house (Reaper’s Hollow) and Movies Under the Stars! Check out the pricing on their website. 559 Tom Bell Road Cleveland, Ga 30528. 1-800-959-1874. You can get $1.00 off admission if you show us you liked and shared us on Facebook when you come to the entrance.  They have a corn maze, haunted house, kiddie corner with corn pit, petting zoo with goats and alpacas, kiddie train, 3 inflatables and a fun corn hole game.

September 13 – November 16, 2014

  Opens Last Ticket Sold
Friday 6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for September 12 – September 14, 2014

dixie dock dogsFall is near and favorite events are happening this weekend in and around Forsyth County, GA. Festivals, consignment sales, corn mazes, dixie dock dogs and lots of fall fun are in store.

Friday, September 12

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Kids Consignment Sale – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia hosts a huge Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market. This farmers market is one of few in which the produce is truly farm fresh … wherein the farmer is the grower. Other vendors include sausage, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, soaps, and other assorted artisans. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers

11:15 AM – 11:45 am – Hampton Park Library – Preschool Pals Story time – 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. This program is suggested for children, ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Advance registration is not required for this program.

Saturday, September 13

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Kids Consignment Sale – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Cumming First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Georgia hosts a huge Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Red Door Festival – Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit- enjoy a festive fall afternoon to benefit our Forsyth County neighbors! They are the church with the red door on the hill on Pilgrim Mill Road! Lots of fun, food and fellowship.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Team spirit pom poms. Let the kids craft while you shop, and then they get to take their creativity home with them! Just $2 per 30-minute session – including supplies. Ages 3 & up welcome!

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lowe’s Build and Grow – build a set of binoculars! Get set for birdwatching this fall with your own binoculars.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Warbington Farms Back to School Festival to Benefit Forsyth County Schools – mention your school’s name at the gate & Warbington Farms will donate a portion of the proceeds to your school’s PTA/PTO organization. Face Painting, Inflatables, Hey Ride, Fun Park, Corn Trail, Games, Vendors, & more!

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime, featuring the title Where the Wild Things Are. Reading and activities for kids.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime. Start your weekend off right at the Post Road Library. We’ll have stories, dancing, and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!

2:00 pm – Hampton Park Library – FCPL Cinema – Lisa See’s novel was adapted into a movie of the same name, which was released in 2011.  No registration required to attend. Rated PG-13, Running time:  120 minutes.

Events Near Forsyth County, GA

Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival – Saturday, September 13 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville, GA. Activities commence with races beginning at 7 am and the colorful Opening Ceremonies at noon. The race has grown from a handful of teams and a few spectators to an event which is one of the hallmark diversity events in the metro Atlanta area. The event now boasts a field of more than 50 teams with over 5,000 spectators and a wide variety of Chinese artisans either performing or displaying their wares.

Rucker Falling for Dock Dogs competition this weekend, September 12th, 13th, and 14th! Located at Rucker Pet & Wild Bird, 3245 Peachtree Parkway, Suwanee, GA 30024. Watch them jump, swim and splash!

All Weekend

9/11 – 9/13 – Cumming First United Methodist Church – Kid’s Consignment Sale twice a year.  This ministry raises funds for Women and Children’s outreach programs both locally and globally. CFUMC is located at 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040.

Thursday, September 11 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm  (No strollers allowed), 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, September 12 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday, September 13 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Hillcrest Orchards Apple Picking Jubilee – where you can pick your own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, walk a nature trail, visit the petting farm ($3.00 per person), take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and much more.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch opens for the fall season this weekend! Get lost in the corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, shoot the cannon, take a hayride and more!

2014 Summer Camps and Vacation Bible Schools for Kids in Forsyth County, GA

It’s hard to think about summer camps already, but it is just a few months away!

Here is this year’s roundup of 2014 kids summer day camps and vacation bible schools in the areas of Cumming GA and Forsyth County, GA.

I will be updating this page as camp information is released, so check back often. Please also comment and share any other camps you may know about!

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

Please check directly with these organizations as camp information can change.

Vacation Bible Schools (VBS)

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

Summer Camps

The Forsyth County YMCA offers a variety of summer programs. Forsyth County and the City of Cumming offer camps and classes all summer long. Local high schools are offering camps through the City and County. Forsyth Central High School is offering camps through the City of Cumming – check out the sports camp listings on this page. A few other area high schools are offering camps through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.

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. Music Authority is even hosting a Rock Camp!

Brecht Stables & Dustin’s Place – Camp camps camps! We are located in north Cumming. We have boarding, western lessons, therapeutic lessons for kids with special needs, attend Special Olympics and other horse shows. Instructor/owner has a child with special needs herself!

Summer camp dates:
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 3-12, June 2-5
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 3-12, June 9-12
Therapeutic horseback riding ages 12-25, June 16-19
Western beginner, June 23-27
Western intermediate, July 7-11
Adult camp beginner, July 26/27
Adult camp intermediate, Aug 2/3

Cumming First United Methodist Church Summer Campssports and specialty camps (PDF) all summer long:
Vacation Bible School, June 2 – 6
Art Camp June 9 – 13, June 16 – 20 by age level
Community Service Camp, June 17 – 19
“I Got the Music in Me” Camp, July 7 – 10
Cooking Camp, July 8 & 9
Kupcake Kamp, July 10 & 11
Science/STEM Camp June 23  – 27 & July 21 – 25

The Warehouse Kid’s Camp 2014 – there are two sessions June 2 – 6 and June 9 – 13. Located at 5095 Post Road, Cumming, GA 30040.

Imagine That and Future Tech are another example of unique camps featuring science, technology, robotics and art.

Camp Invention is a FABULOUS STEM-focused program from the Inventors Hall of Fame for students who are rising 1st-6th graders.  There are several sites (schools) that offer the camp.  If you go to the Camp Invention website and enter your zip code it will show you locations that will offer the Camp and the dates of the camp at that location.

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

Cane Creek Farm Camp – 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 23rd – 27th. Farm Camp hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with extended hours available for an additional fee. The cost is $275.00 per child. A deposit of $150.00 is due by June 1 with the balance due on June 10. Children should bring a healthy lunch each day.

They will prepare food from the farm produce for snacks. Cane Creek Farm is a wonderful place for children to “unplug,” experience nature, and learn where food really comes from. The week-long Farm Camp gives children the opportunity to experience life on a sustainable farm by participating in activities such as feeding chickens and gathering eggs, making compost, learning about pollinators and other beneficial insects, planting seeds, harvesting fruits and vegetables, and preparing fresh-picked produce for tasty snacks. In addition, campers will gain a sense of place by exploring creeks, fields, and forests while becoming familiar with the plants and animals that live in our area of Georgia. And of course, they will have plenty of room to run and have fun being children!

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 on FAA Road. Camp Kerusso dates are the weeks of June 2nd, 23rd and 30th, and July 21st and 28th!  It is from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Some sessions are sold out.

Kids and Pros Football Camp in Cumming, GA from June 9 – 11, 2014.

United Futbol Academy has a variety of summer challenge soccer camps in Forsyth and Dawson.

i9 Sports is offering weekly Multi-Sports SUMMER camps! Campers will participate in sports like flag football, soccer, basketball, kickball and more!! *Full day campers will also cool off in the amazing Windermere Lodge swimming pools*.
WHO: Boys and girls, Ages 5-11
WHERE: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
WHEN: June 9th-13th, June 23rd-27th, July 21st- July 25th, July 28th – August1st.
FULL DAY CAMP: 9am – 3pm
HALF-DAY CAMP: 9am – 12pm
LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER CAMPS, REGISTER TODAY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.  (678)731-9009.

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 are held at Camp Lanier on FAA Road off Pilgrim Mill Road at Lake Lanier. They also have other day camps and sleepaway camps.

  • Central Forsyth Day Camp Camp Polly Poons – June – FULL
  • ARTrageous Girl Scout Camp July 7 – July 11 – FULL – has openings for camp aides and adult volunteers.  Contact Christine Cooper at clcooper2006 @ netscape . net for additional information regarding openings.
  • North Forsyth Day Camp – Camp 1912  – July 14 – July 18 – still has openings (as of June 1, 2014) for girls, camp aides and adult volunteers.  Please contact Nichole Hernandez efrainnichole @ yahoo . com  if you are interested in having your daughter join in all of the fun.
  • Other Camps sponsored by local Girl Scout Service Units
  • Council operated Residence Camps (overnight)
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – see for full list

Artistic Adventures is enrolling for their 11th Summer Pottery and Art Camp Season. $10.00 off for Registrations before March 31! www.artistic-adventures.com/summer-camps.html 1581 James Burgess Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. Phone: 404-642-6564; www.artistic-adventures.com June 4 – August 3 (Weekly)

Uniquely Inspired – sign up your child for a day or for the week! Summer camp schedule is available online. Painting pottery, canvas painting and fun crafts will bring out your child’s creative side. Camps are available the weeks of June 9, June 23, July 14 and July 28, 2014.

Camp Primrose at Primrose School of Alpharetta East – Exciting summer curriculum projects, special events and field trips keep your child’s imagination growing. Summer at Camp Primrose is filled with excitement, enthusiasm and creativity! 5425 McGinnis Village Place, Alpharetta, GA 30005. (678) 339-0107.

Cumming Dance Academy Summer Camps 419 Tribble Gap Rd. | Cumming, GA 30040, 770-781-4922; www.cummingdanceacademy.com  Dance Intensive Camps and Summer Fantasy Camp.

2013 Summer Fantasy Camp
3 hour Camp per day, one craft per day, snack per day, ballet movie time, dance classes and creative movement, summer camp t-shirt. Ballet Only: 2-3 year olds, Ballet & Tap: Late 3-4 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 5-6 year olds, Ballet, Tap & Jazz: 6-8 year olds

Sawnee School of Ballet Summer Dance Camps 433 Canton Rd. Suite #312, Cumming, GA 30040 770-887-0756; www.sawneeschoolofballet.com

N-Step Dance Academy – Brookwood Marketplace – Target Shopping Center – all day dance camps & classes, intensives and fairytale camps with early drop off and late pick up available. 770-886-6500.

Bio Gymnastics & Athletics Unlimited – 1180 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. 770-844-0246. Gymnastics, summer camps, birthday parties, tumbling, kids night out, and more!

Forsyth County Fire Camp – TBD

Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts Summer Camp – Forsyth Performing Arts – 520 Industrial Way, Suite B –  Cumming, GA 30040 –  678.468.1731. Broadway Bootcamp June 9 – 13, The Mikado June 9 – 13, Middle/High School Summer Stock Theater June 16 – 27, Elementary Summer Stock Theater July 14 – 18, Forsyth Idol July 14 – 17.

Forsyth Youth Orchestra Summer Camp – June 28 – July 4, 2014 – the FYO is having its second summer camp at the Brennan-Heard house in downtown Cumming, GA. Camp will end with a celebration on July 4 with a sunset concert at Veterans Memorial Park in Cumming, GA. Open to string players (violin, viola, cello and bass) from elementary to high school students and must be able to read music. For more information, visit the FYO website or contact Corina Brito at 678-485-4665.

All Sports Camp – at Rock Creek Park off Hwy 9 on the Forsyth/Dawson line-it is offered 2 weeks-June 9-13 and June 23-27-times are 9-3 cost is $95-extended care from 8-4 is available for an extra $15

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!

 

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for February 28 – March 2, 2014

seussThe month of March is here! It’s hard to believe spring is around the corner. Here is a roundup of free and cheap kid-friendly things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, February 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.

3:30 p.m. – Cumming Library – Seuss Spectacular – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, songs, a puppet show and a visit from The Cat in the Hat! Bring your cameras!

Saturday, March 1

7:00 am – Cupcake Road Race 15k, 5k and Baby Cake Race benefitting The Place of Forsyth – Totally Running

7:00am start time (15k), 7:30am start time (5k), 8:45am start time (Baby Cake.)

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop. Build a Trojan Horse Bank from the new DreamWorks animated film, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”, coming in March, 2014.

  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12.
  • Offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.
  • One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB®. Bookmark the spot! Kids, craft a handy dandy page saver for Read Across America. Join us on Saturday, March 1st for our Read Across America Bookmark Event. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See a store associate for details today.
11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for a special Lego Storytime.
11:15 a.m. – Post Road Library – Seuss Spectacular – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, songs, a puppet show and a visit from The Cat in the Hat! Bring your cameras!
11:15 am – 1:15 pm – Post Road Library Saturday Family Story Time. Snow! 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 30 minute storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.

12:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – The LEGO Movie Building Event. Build a scene from the movie! For ages 4 and up. Space is limited, so please sign up ahead of time. The Collection Forsyth, Building 200 Suite 252, 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, GA 30041, 770-781-0867.

3:30 pm – Sharon Forks Library – Seuss Spectacular – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, songs, a puppet show and a visit from The Cat in the Hat! Bring your cameras!

8:00 pm – The Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s Spring Concert presents Act II of Swan Lake and exciting, energetic selections from Broadway shows.  This is wonderful entertainment for the entire family!  Performances are at South Forsyth High School auditorium and performance dates are Saturday, March 1st at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  For more information call(770) 887-0756 or go to www.SawneeBalletTheatre.org.

Sunday, March 2

1:00 pm – The Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s Spring Concert presents Act II of Swan Lake and exciting, energetic selections from Broadway shows.  This is wonderful entertainment for the entire family!  Performances are at South Forsyth High School auditorium and performance dates are Saturday, March 1st at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  For more information call(770) 887-0756 or go to www.SawneeBalletTheatre.org.

2:00 p.m. Hampton Park Library – Seuss Spectacular – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, songs, a puppet show and a visit from The Cat in the Hat! Bring your cameras!

5:00 pm – The Sawnee Ballet Theatre’s Spring Concert presents Act II of Swan Lake and exciting, energetic selections from Broadway shows.  This is wonderful entertainment for the entire family!  Performances are at South Forsyth High School auditorium and performance dates are Saturday, March 1st at 8:00 pm and Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  For more information call(770) 887-0756 or go to www.SawneeBalletTheatre.org.

CONSIGNMENT SALES ALL WEEKEND

February 27 – March 1 –  Creekside MOPS Consignment Sale – Creekside United Methodist Church, 673 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA. Thursday, February 27th: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Pre-Sale with a $5 donation), Friday, February 28th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, March 1: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

February 27 – March 1 – Cumming First United Methodist Church Consignment Sale – 770 Canton Highway in Cumming, GA, 30040. This is one of my favorite consignment sales. Bring a laundry basket or a large fabric tote or IKEA bag! Thursday Feb 27th:  8:30am – 1pm  NO STROLLERS;  5pm – 8pm, Friday Feb 28th:  8:30am – 1pm, Saturday March 1st:  8:30am – 1pm.

February 27 – March 1 – Johns Creek United Methodist Church Children’s Consignment Sale. Mark your calendars for spectacular children’s items! Sale Hoursare: Thursday  2/27 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Friday  2/28 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00am-1:00pm (most Items 50% off on Saturday).


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