Things to Do for the Fourth of July Weekend

Fireworks at Lake Lanier Islands SunsetCoveThere are many fun events planned to celebrate the 4th of July in Cumming, GA! There is the City of Cumming’s fireworks on July 3 and the steam engine parade on July 4, a turtle race, BBQ, a doughnut eating competition, hot dog eating competition and much more!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm – City of Cumming fireworks show, music, inflatables, dance contest at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Friday July 4, 2014

7:00 am – Totally Running – We Are Runners 5k/10k/Sparkler Trot – benefits March of Dimes
9:00 am – 1:00 pm – City of Cumming Steam Engine Parade and Celebration at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
11:00 am – 2:30 pm – Annual BBQ and Turtle Race at the Foster House. Join us on the fourth of July for our 11th annual BBQ and Turtle Race. BBQ will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The turtle race will be held at 1 p.m. Registration starts at noon and there’s no fee to enter. Come hungry! We will be selling BBQ plates, snow cones, t-shirts and more. 305 West Main St., Cumming. Please call 770-887-9905 or visit www.foster-house.com.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Dutch Monkey Doughnuts Annual Doughnut Eating Competition. Join us for the annual celebration of American gluttony! Four challengers will compete against the two-time champion for this year’s trophy. Come watch the most exciting seven minutes of the year! Adult competitors are amateurs and have been pre-selected. The main event begins at noon, with kids’ competitions preceding it. Kids’ competitions will be for age groups Under 6, 6-10, and 11-17, with eight competitors per field. Sign-ups for kids’ competitions begin at 9am, and are first come, first served.  Adults must pre-register, kids can sign up early the day of the competition. Save the Date–join their Facebook event page to get updated details about the July 4th doughnut eating competition, and invite your friends and family! Entry is FREE! Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site, with all proceeds benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Saturday, July 5

It’s Official!! First annual ROSATIS Hotdog eating contest!!! July 5th at 2pm in front of ROSATIS. Prizes and giveaways for all ages!!!

ALL WEEKEND

You can also catch Lake Lanier Island’s fireworks show and Fourth of July Weekend Celebration Calendar of Events:

Thursday, July 3rd – July 4th Kick Off:

Live music includes performances from Wylie Street Coyotes on the Big Beach Floating Stage from 3pm – 7pm and Johnny Summers at Sunset Cove from 5pm – 9pm.

Friday, July 4th – Red, White & Blue 4th of July Party hosted by Kicks 101.5:

Red, White & Blue 4th of July Party will be rocking Sunset Cove from 11 am – 10 pm. Entertainment includes a live remote from Kicks 101.5 from 4-7 pm. Second Hand Swagger takes the stage from 3-4:15 pm, followed by Convoy performing live from 6:30-9 pm. Fireworks light up the skies over the lake beginning at 10 pm.

Saturday, July 5th – July 4th Weekend Celebration at Lake Lanier Islands Resort continues:

Live music includes performances from Wylie Street Coyotes on the Big Beach Floating Stage from 1pm – 5pm, Gray Sartin at Gianni’s from 5pm – 9pm, and a full day of performances at Sunset Cove with Ashley Rivera taking the stage from 1pm – 5pm and Bama Gamblers from 6pm – 10pm. After dark, Paramount Pictures’ Captain America – starring Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson - lights up the screen as the weekend’s Beach Flick on Big Beach.

Sunday, July 6th –  July 4th Weekend Celebrationat Lake Lanier Islands Resort continues:

Live music includes performances from Redneck Blonde from 1pm – 5pm and Evan Greenstein from 6pm – 10pm at Sunset Cove, and Wylie Street Coyotes on the Big Beach Floating Stage from 3pm – 7pm.

Have a happy and safe 4th everyone!

Image via Lake Lanier Islands.

Things to Do This Summer in Cumming, GA for 2014

things to do this summer in cumming, gaLooking for some ideas of things to do this summer with kids in Forsyth County, GA? Here is a roundup of ideas from Forsyth for Families.

There’s still time to make a summer bucket list and check off some activities! Just make it on smaller paper like an 8.5 x 11 or smaller posterboard. The kids love checking off all the cool things that they do in the summertime.

Take advantage of the Kids Bowl Free program at Stars & Strikes and Kids Skate Free program at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center. Stay on your budget and enjoy being able to go out and get some exercise with the family.

Hike Sawnee Mountain and have a picnic. Enjoy the views of our beautiful city from the mountain top!

Go to a free outdoor summer movieSouthern Outdoor Cinema, The Chill Hill and Sidney’s Pizza is hosting a free outdoor movie at Vickery Village.

See a free movie this summer! Carmike Kids Summer Series is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am.

Pick your own sunflowers in Forsyth County, GA. July is the prime season and the sunflowers will be blooming then at The Anderson Family’s Farm. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Visit the Cumming Aquatic Center and the Fountains and Spray Parks in and around Forsyth County, GA. Visit the new spray pad at Old Atlanta Park.

See an outdoor concert. Concerts at The Collection are every other Thursday. Sawnee Mountain Music has a summer music series as well.

Shop at a Farmers Market. There are lots of markets in the area to learn about fruits and vegetables as well as buy homemade goodies from local businesses. There is a new Farmer’s Produce Market going in at 4310 Settendown Village Road, Cumming, GA 30041 and opens in mid-June 2014.

Visit the Forsyth County Public Library for story times, games, and more. Sign up for a summer reading program and earn a free book or free pizza from Mia’sBarnes & NobleFCPL all have reading programs through the summer.

Cool off and go ice skating at The ICE. Chill out from the summer heat and learn to skate a figure 8!

Go on a camping adventure. Explore the campgrounds around Lake Lanier and go on a family camping trek. Rent a camper at Sugar Mill Creek RV Resort and enjoy a camping experience near Helen, GA without major gas or RV rental costs.

Ride bikes at the Big Creek Greenway. We walk at Fowler Park and take our dogs to the dog park there. There are lots of trails and fun things to do.

Cool off at Poole’s Mill Park. Slide down a rock waterslide and wade in the stream.

Go on a geocaching adventure. There are lots of hidden gems when you geocache in North Georgia.

Enjoy crafts and construction projects at MichaelsHome Depot and Lowe’s this summer.

Swim in Lake Lanier. Visit one of the Lake Lanier beaches and enjoy a day on the lake.

Visit LanierWorld. Lake Lanier Islands coupons from Chick-fil-A are buy one ticket, get one free on Wednesdays. Publix and QT also have discount coupons.

See the Zeedonk. Visit Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and see the zeedonk and lots of other exotic animals!

Play lazer tag, challenge a friend in the lazer maze, ride bumper cars and go bowling. Play in the arcade at Stars & Strikes.

Go fishing at Lake Lanier!

Visit a farm. See an Alpaca farm right here in Cumming, GA (call before you visit). Visit Kinsey Family Farm and enjoy seasonal events. Warbington Farms is a fun place to visit for strawberry season and in the fall.

The sky’s the limit. What is your favorite thing to do in summer?

Fountains, Spray Parks and Water Fun in and around Forsyth County, GA

A few years ago, I wrote about our love for visiting the free fountains and spray parks around Forsyth County, GA. Now we have a wonderful aquatic center and spray pad in Cumming, GA! The choices are endless for water fun in North Atlanta.

We first visited the fountain at Mall of Georgia and have since ventured out to Suwanee Town Center Park fountain and Playtown as well as Duluth Town Green fountain in Duluth, GA. We also went to the spray park at Riverside Park in Roswell and are excited that we now have a new spray ground  at Old Atlanta Park in Forsyth County!

These locations are wonderful places to visit within 30 minutes of home. Pack a picnic, swimsuit and a change of clothes and off you go!

Playtown is a shady playground and the town center has lots of space for picnics as well as shops and restaurants. Duluth Town Green has shady areas, benches and swings, a playground and surrounding shops and restaurants that make it inviting for an afternoon.

Mall of Georgia has lots of things to do around the fountain and makes for a fun afternoon. Add to these places their events calendars and concerts, art shows and the like are also bringing people to these wonderful parks.

We have also since welcomed the Cumming Aquatic Center and enjoy visiting with a summer pass. The new spray pad at Old Atlanta Park looks to be fun. Add to that the beaches on Lake Lanier and Lake Lanier Islands & LanierWorld and we have quite a selection of water fun! LanierWorld can be pricy, but there are coupons available at places like Chick-fil-a and Publix.

Want to stay home but need ideas of fun things to do outside? Turn on the sprinklers or set up a baby pool in the yard and watch the kids go. Have a water olympics and play games transporting water and water balloons.

There’s lots of water fun to keep cool now that it’s summer!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 23 – May 25, 2014

warbington farms strawberry festivalHappy Summer! I can hear Olaf singing now. Here’s a roundup of fun things to do this Memorial Day weekend in Forsyth County, GA!

Also mark your calendars for the free outdoor movies this summer in Vickery Village!

Friday, May 23
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market is here for its second year! 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.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market at Caney Creek Preserve. Family Friendly Activities, Entertainment, and over 30 Vendors!!! Check also their Facebook page for updates. They have fun activities for kids!

Saturday, May 24

9:00 am – Pike Nurseries – Bye Bye BugsLearn how to keep bugs away from your backyard parties and plants during this free class.

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – The spray pad opens at Old Atlanta Park in Cumming, GA!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Warbington Farms 4th Annual Strawberry Festival(Rain Out date May 25th: 1-5pm) We will have vendors, face painting, “Hey”rides, petting zoo, fun park, crafts for kids, strawberry cook-off, visit with strawberry shortcake & MORE! 

**Strawberry picking based on availability.
**Strawberry Shortcake will be at farm from 11am-3pm.

Fun Park Prices: $8 kids; $5 adults; 2 & under FREE (includes access to vendors, visit with strawberry shortcake, crafts for kids, hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, slides, playground, tire yard, pedal cars, inflatables, & unlimited fun)

Strawberry Picking: $12 gallon (BASED on availability …always a good idea to come early for picking!)

11:00 am Barnes & Noble story time. Lion vs. Rabbit. Come learn Rabbit’s secret way to outsmart Lion and teach him to stop bullying.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool Open (weather permitting) Check the website for updates. Open weekends for one session until Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, May 25

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool Open (weather permitting) Check the website for updates. Open weekends for one session until Memorial Day weekend.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – The spray pad is open at Old Atlanta Park in Cumming, GA!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 16 – May 18, 2014

lake lanier islandsSummer is almost here! It is hard to believe another school year is almost over. Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend!

Friday, May 16
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market is here for its second year! 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.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market at Caney Creek Preserve. Family Friendly Activities, Entertainment, and over 30 Vendors!!! Check also their Facebook page for updates. They have fun activities for kids!

6:00 pm – Barnes & Noble – Teen Book Club. Join a group of your peers for a riveting discussion of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. What does Dorothy learn about Oz this time? We meet in the Cafe, so we’ll see you there.

8:00 pm – Sawnee  Mountain Music. Come out and enjoy Live Bluegrass Music with some some local North Georgia Boys, BlueRoad at Sawnee Mountain Music. BlueRoad is a group of experienced, young,and talented musicians performing traditional, progressive and original bluegrass music. $10 Admission. Inside seating is limited, make your reservations now, 770-887-7635.

Saturday, May 17

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – LanierWorld opens for the season! LanierWorld has many water attractions, carnival rides, and games at LanierWorld!!  Pile the family in the car or boat and head on over!  Open Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18:  10 am – 7 pm. Check the events calendar for more details. Daily Admission and pass information.

11:00 am Barnes & Noble story time. Oh, The Places You’ll Go Storytime. Come celebrate all graduates by hearing this famous Dr. Seuss story and picking up a graduation gift. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way!”

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Uniquely Inspired – Canvas for Kids. Paint a ladybug canvas! $20+tax, Reservations Required and seating is Limited
Check out their facebook page for paintings.  Call 678-947-5499.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool Open (weather permitting) Check the website for updates. Open weekends for one session until Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, May 18

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – LanierWorld opens for the season! LanierWorld has many water attractions, carnival rides, and games at LanierWorld!!  Pile the family in the car or boat and head on over!  Open Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18:  10 am – 7 pm. Check the events calendar for more details.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool Open (weather permitting) Check the website for updates. Open weekends for one session until Memorial Day weekend.

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Pooches on the Patio at The Ridge Great Steaks & Seafood. Support the Humane Society of Forsyth County, GA! Dogs are invited (must be on a 5 ‘ leash, spayed/neutered and good with other dogs). The ridge will provide a Special Fun Menu for drinks and food! $5.00 Cover Charge per person at the door. Raffles, games, DJ!

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!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 2 – May 4, 2014

dixie dock diving at rucker petMay day! When did it become the last month of the school year? I am starting to panic! I will distract myself this weekend with some of these fun kid friendly events in Forsyth County, GA!

Friday, May 2
11:00 am – 3:00 pm – The Vickery Village Farmers Market is here for its second year! 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. For more info, questions, or comments, email us at VickeryVillageFarmersMarket @ hotmail. com. Like us on Facebook: Vickery Village Farmers Market by Southern Growers (you must type our name exactly like this) This market is sponsored by Southern Growers Farms. We look forward to seeing you there!

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market at Caney Creek Preserve.

6:00 pm – Barnes & Noble Teen Book Club What happens if you wake up in different body each day? Read Every Day by David Levithan and join us to discuss the possibilities.

Saturday, May 3

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop. Come learn how to build a flower planter. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this planter makes a great gift.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Recycle your old, unused electronics during the upcoming electronics recycling event hosted by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB). The event is this Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot 3 off Castleberry Road. Accepted items for recycling include laptops, stereos, CD players, cell phones, microwaves, cameras and more. The minimum donation per carload drop-off is $5 while an additional $20 fee will apply for each TV. Some items, such as large wooden console televisions, projector televisions, toaster ovens and refrigerators, will not be accepted during the event. For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, visit www.forsythco.com or call KFCB at 770-205-4573.

9:00 am – Pike Nursery Blueberry Bonanza Weekend. Growing blueberries class. Join us for a free class to learn about blueberry varieties, health benefits, and how to get the most bountiful harvest. Free Blueberry Plants – The first 100 customers at each Pike Nurseries location on Saturday, May 3rd will receive a free ‘tophat’ blueberry plant*. *Limit one plant per household.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble Story Time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary Celebration. A reading and color-in crown activity will follow the story. This hands-on learning coloring fun is designed for ages 4 and up.
11:00 am – North Georgia Quarter Midget Kids Racing – Cumming Fairgrounds. 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!  Admission is always free and concessions are available.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – SweetWater Shrimp Fest at Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Islands. SweetWater Brewery and Lake Lanier Islands Resort partner together for the annual SweetWater Shrimp Fest at Sunset Cove! We’re highlighting all things Georgia at this year’s event — your favorite SweetWater drafts, delicious Georgia-raised shrimp and seafood, beautiful views of Lake Lanier, local restaurants and food vendors — you get the picture. The top 10 local restaurants will be featured, live music from Riley Biederer, SweetWater Summer Beer Garden and more! Its fun for the whole family with a Kids Zone and volleyball games! Join in on all the fun by boat or by car! Live Entertainment: Riley Biederer from 6-10 pm, Admission: $10 parking fee | $10 entry fee/person

11:15 am – 12:15 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.

Sunday, May 4
2:00 pm – Pike Nursery Blueberry Bonanza Weekend. Growing blueberries class. Join us for a free class to learn about blueberry varieties, health benefits, and how to get the most bountiful harvest. 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – 80s Movie Matinee at Hampton Park Library. Due to licensing restrictions, we can’t advertise the titles of our movies online. However, see if you can guess this week’s film by the following description: Unemployed parapsychologists attempt to rid New York of evil monstrous apparitions that are taking over the city. Sigourney Weaver costars as Dana Barrett, the cellist whose strange happenings in her apartment lead the ghost hunting team into the clutches of a punitory poltergeist.

ALL WEEKEND

The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool will open for the season this weekend, with 1 session being offered on Saturdays & Sundays only from May 3rd-18th from 1-6pm. For more information regarding their hours & fees, please visit their website at www.cummingaquaticcenter.com or give them a call at 770-781-1781.

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

Warbington Farms Play Park – Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Picking Update: We will open the patch again tomorrow (May 2) from 9am-1pm for strawberry picking. Starting Saturday May 3, we will begin our regular strawberry hours:
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays-Saturdays: 9am-5pm
Sundays: 1pm-5pm
-$12 U-pick Gallon, $14 pre-pick gallon. We will start taking orders for pre-pick on Tuesday May 6th.

Fun Park will be open the same hours as strawberry picking.
Fun Park Admission Saturday and Sunday- $8 kids, $5 adults (includes hayride, corn-crib, petting zoo, slides, tire yard, playground, and unlimited FUN!). Fun Park Admission Tuesday-Friday $3 adults, $5 kids *no hayride

Rucker Pet, at 5456 Bethelview Road, will be hosting their Dixie Dock Dogs Jump into Summer event this weekend. If you haven’t seen this live before, you are in for a treat. We loved watching the dogs jump into the water. Beginning Friday, May 2, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Saturday, May 3, 9:00am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday, May 4, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Better Moonwalks of Georgia will also be providing a combo bouncer all weekend, to entertain the kids!

Easter Egg Hunts and Pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forsyth County, GA

Eggstavaganza-logo-300x239There are lots of Easter egg hunt and Easter Bunny 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!

April 12, 2014 –  The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 12, 2014 ∙ 9:30 am – 11:30 am at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA. Adult Tickets: $6.00 in advance ∙ $7.00 onsite. Child (Under 12) Tickets: $3.00 in advance. $4.00 onsite. Pancake Breakfast With The Trimmings. Appearance by The Easter Bunny. Face Painting, Balloon Animal Making, Art Activities, Storytelling. Performance by “Three Score and More” Barbershop Quartet. TO ORDER TICKETS IN ADVANCE, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE USED TO HELP LOW-INCOME UNINSURED FORSYTH COUNTY RESIDENTS RECEIVE VISION AND HEARING CARE.

April 12, 2014 – 2014 Farm EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms

Hunts at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Farm opens at 10:00 AM

Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day of the farm. Your admission ticket includes the egg hunt, FREE photo with live bunnies (photographer will be on site to take a professional picture with kids and bunnies), unlimited play in the fun park area, the “hey” ride, petting zoo and NEW play areas! Make sure you BYO basket. Prize eggs will include coupons to farm, free slushies, and MUCH more! Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Road, Cumming, GA. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults.

April 12, 2014 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – FREE Easter Egg Scramble & Carnival Cotton Candy, Games & More at Whitlow Elementary hosted by North Lanier Baptist Church.

April 13, 2014 – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Lanier United Methodist Church, along with Lanier Christian Preschool, is hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt on the church front lawn on Sunday, April 13th at 2:30 PM (Rain date Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 AM). There will be a train ride, bouncy house, and refreshments. There is no cost. Bring a carload! The church is located at 1979 Buford Highway, Cumming, 30041. More Information: 770-887-0615.

April 13, 2014 – 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Castleberry Road Baptist Church Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon April 13th.  The Easter Egg hunt will take place at 5pm and we will have food, games, and inflateables for the children from 4pm to 7pm.  The event is free and you will have a great time! 7225 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040

April 19, 2014 – Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt 

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA. Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing celebrating 11 years on Saturday April 19 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. Plan to sample from over 25 restaurants with over 10,000 of your family and friends. Located 40 miles North of Atlanta nestled up to Lake Lanier the Taste of Forsyth is a great community event with music, kids zone, local entertainment, touch-a-truck and much more.

April 19, 2014 – Barnes and Noble Storytime with the Easter Bunny

11:00 am – Barnes and Noble will host the EASTER BUNNY for Storytime at 11:00 am on April 19!

April 19, 2014 – Free Photos with the Easter Bunny at The Collection Forsyth – Atlanta Diamond Design.

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm – FREE Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Bring the whole family (and your camera) for a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Plus, we’ll have crafts, treats, and activities for the kids.

April 19, 2014 – Easter Eggstravaganza and 3rd Annual Health Fair at Christ Community Church from 1-4PM.

We will have two HUGE egg hunts for kids, Games, Activities, Giveaway Prizes, a Safari Petting Zoo, and much more! The Health Fair is brought to you in partnership with Natural Body Spa. For inquiries on being a health fair vendor, contact cumminghealthfair @ gmail . com.
Food available for purchase from Slopes BBQ.

NORTH GEORGIA EVENTS

April 12, 2014 – 26th Annual Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza – Cleveland, GA

Come to Cleveland, GA. Breakfast, Parade, Egg hunt, Arts & Crafts. All day Cleveland Celebration includes lots of things to see and do. At BabyLand, there is a Pancake Breakfast with Easter Bunny (Reservations: 706-865-2171, Ext. 501-$10). Arts & Crafts festival, Easter Egg Hunt (Free), Cupcakes and Carrots with Easter Bunny ($5). Parade is in town. Egg Hunt is at 2:00 pm. Full schedule here.

4/19 & 4/20 – 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! Find lots of eggs! Purchase an Easter Basket and hunt eggs till your basket is full! Redeem your basket of eggs for an Easter goody bag! $5 per basket. For more information please call us at 706.348.7279.

April 20, 2014 - Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt – Lake Lanier Islands

Welcome back the sun and the bright colors of the Spring with the Easter Celebration Package.  From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, join our Easter Bunny in a delicious Easter Brunch Buffet for two adults. Children 7 and under eat for free.* After brunch, the kids will participate in a super fun egg hunt, and can enjoy our newly-launched Legacy Kids Activities. Be the first to try our new heated saltwater lounging pool! To add even more fun to your Easter activities, we’ll include an 8-hour Resort Cart rental to get everyone around the Islands! Plus, we’ll also guarantee 4 p.m. late check-out on Sunday. Special Resort activities that you can add to your package include petting zoo, pony rides, and much more! *To add children 8-12 for Easter Brunch, select the package add-on at $25.00/child. Book your package today by going to  http://www.lakelanierislands.com/packages/holiday/easter-celebration-package!

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

X-mas-in-Central-ParkIt’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. There are holiday shopping events as well as a bunch of fun family events going on this weekend. Here’s a roundup of things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, November 15

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – Happy 10th Anniversary! Celebrate their decade of flea market goodness and see what treasures you can find at the market. All weekend. Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9 – 6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Farmers Market at Vickery Village. Check out their smaller off season market. They are still there – just not as large as the summer market! Check out their FB page for details.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Favorites at Market 334 – A collection of the finest Artisans and Entrepreneurs will be joining in the Market 334 fun for a night of shopping! Complimentary refreshments, fabulous gifts and goodies! And will repeat again December 20th so mark your calendars and join us for some great unique holiday shopping! Indoor boutique will be chock full too!!

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – The National Barbecue Cup comes to the Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming, GA. Located at: 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, $5.00 entry, Kids under 12 free.

Saturday, November 16

9:00 am – 6:00 pm Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – Happy 10th Anniversary! Celebrate their decade of flea market goodness and see what treasures you can find at the market. All weekend. Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9 – 6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.

10:00 am – 6:00 pm Christmas in Central Park. Admission to the festival is free. The event will feature live entertainment, as well as unique handcrafted products, jewelry, glass, pottery, woodwork and sweets from about 90 vendors. The family-friendly event gives parents the opportunity to capture their child’s visit with a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. New this year is Santa’s workshop, a creative interactive playground with supervised activities for children ages 3 – 12 (fees apply). Forsyth Central Park is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming. For more information, call 678-936-6422 or visit www.christmasincentralpark.com.

10:00 am – 6:00 pm – The National Barbecue Cup comes to the Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming, GA. Located at: 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, $5.00 entry, Kids under 12 free.

11:00 am Barnes & Noble storytime. You may not believe this, but it’s a Dr. Seuss Storytime. Come join us as we read some of our favorite stories by Dr. Seuss! Great for all Seuss fans.

11:00 am Canvas 4 Kids – Uniquely Inspired – Paint some Pilgrims on a 12×16 Canvas. $20+tax/child (all supplies included.) Reservations and Prepayment Required, Call 678-947-5499 to Reserve your seat(s.)

Sunday, November 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Lakewood 400 Antiques Market – Happy 10th Anniversary! Celebrate their decade of flea market goodness and see what treasures you can find at the market. All weekend. Hours: Friday ~ 9 – 5, Saturday ~ 9 – 6, Sunday ~ 10-5. Admission: $3 Friday – Sunday, Ticket is good all weekend, Children under 12 Free.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Christmas in Central Park Admission to the festival is free. The event will feature live entertainment, as well as unique handcrafted products, jewelry, glass, pottery, woodwork and sweets from about 90 vendors. The family-friendly event gives parents the opportunity to capture their child’s visit with a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. New this year is Santa’s workshop, a creative interactive playground with supervised activities for children ages 3 – 12 (fees apply). Forsyth Central Park is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming. For more information, call 678-936-6422 or visit www.christmasincentralpark.com.
ALL WEEKEND

North Forsyth High School Drama department will be showing The Little Mermaid Jr this week! Tickets for the show are $7 and $10 reserved. The Wednesday performance has limited seats left. Breakfast with Ariel on Saturday morning at 9:00 am and 11:00 am is $10 per person. Buy tickets onlineFriday November 15 at 6:30 PM, Saturday November 16 at 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM 

Lake Lanier Islands – Annual Magical Nights of Lights. Visit nightly beginning Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m. through December 31st (Open Late!) Daily admission to Magical Nights of Lights includes the drive through their sparkling light tour, as well as access to Holiday Village, located at the end of the tour.  Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity (dates coming soon).  Admission is $60 per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers. Coupons are available at any of our partner locations: Publix, Chik-fil-A, McDonalds, QT, Audi & Lenny’s Sub Shop. November is also Double Coupon Month for Magical Nights of Lights. See their coupon calendar on the website for more details!

The National Barbecue Cup comes to the Cumming Fairgrounds in Cumming, GA. Located at: 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Friday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, $5.00 entry, Kids under 12 free.

  • Over $20,000 in cash prizes to winning Pro & Backyard Teams!
  • Food vendors
  • Arts and crafts vendors
  • Product demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Kids zone – huge variety of fun for the kids and the kids at heart

 

 

 

Twenty First Annual Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands 2013

magical-nights-of-lights-at-lake-lanier-islandsAs the holidays approach, it’s fun to celebrate by gathering the family in the car and driving around and enjoying the Christmas lights in the area.

One place that is sure to impress is Lake Lanier Islands. In its 21st year, the Annual Magical Nights of Lights is full of lights and entertainment and runs November 15 – December 31. There is a new ice skating rink ($12.00 per person, skates included) and live nativity show (schedule TBD).

Visit Nightly Beginning Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m. through December 31st (Open Late!)

Daily admission to Magical Nights of Lights includes the drive through their sparkling light tour, as well as access to Holiday Village, located at the end of the tour.  Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity (dates coming soon).  Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers. Coupons are available at any of our partner locations: Publix, Chik-fil-A, McDonalds, QT, Audi & Lenny’s Sub Shop. November is also Double Coupon Month for Magical Nights of Lights. See our coupon calendar on the website for more details!

Drive over the magnificent snowflake bridge, down through the 12 days of Christmas, past your classic favorites and all the way to the dancing Holiday House, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Carnival and more!

Your Magical Nights of Lights journey doesn’t stop with the lights. Our Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, pony and amusement rides, holiday shopping and much more. Look for that perfect Christmas tree ornament to commemorate your annual visit. And, what holiday spectacle would be complete without a visit with Jolly Old St. Nick? Kids of all ages can take a break from roasting marshmallows and riding ponies to have their photo taken and discuss their holiday wish lists with Santa himself at the Santa Shop. Nominal charges apply to the Santa photos, amusement rides, pony rides and marshmallow roasting.

When planning your trip to experience Magical Nights of Lights, be sure to remember to pack your vehicle full because unlike other holiday driving experiences, you pay by the carload and not per person! Load up the car with up to 9 people and pay just 1 flat price!

Special Treats to See This Year:

  • Live Nativity Scene
  • Verizon Wireless Ice Skating Rink
  • Mingle with our mascot, Bucky Beaver
  • Visit with Santa & his elves
  • Traditional carnival rides and holiday village
  • An amazing collection of lights and attractions

Labor Day Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for August 30 – September 1, 2013

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Celebrate the end of summer and check out this Labor Day weekend roundup of events in and around Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, August 30

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Farmers Market at Vickery Village – There is a new farmers market in Cumming, GA! Come stock up for the weekend on farm fresh produce, local meats, poultry, and eggs as well as local artisan products such as bread, cheese, jellies, probiotic drinks, soaps and more. Also, order fresh wild caught seafood for delivery at the market from Tom’s Awesome Seafood.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Brookwood Farmers Market – Caney Creek Preserve. Family Friendly Activities, Entertainment, and over 30 Vendors!!! Check their Facebook page for updates. New this year – fun activities for kids!

Saturday, August 31

6:30 am – 12:00 pm – Cumming Farmers Market – Wednesdays and Saturdays, Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA. Support local farmers and check out the tasty produce, fragrant flowers and more!

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – 400 Wheels Car Bazaar and Car Show – 3885 Browns Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA – We invite you to buy, sell, trade or showcase your Classic, Exotic, Concept, Custom Cars or Bikes. So bring parts, tools, literature, equipment, car memorabilia, antiques, performance parts, crafts, collectibles, special interest items and anything else to swap. Vendors, music, food and more! See their FB page for updates. Free parking and admission.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – A Camp Story Time – We are going on an imagination adventure camping trip. Join us as we read stories about camping fun. We will have a special treat and fun activities you don’t want to miss.
7:00 pm – Bingo – VFW Post 9143, 1045 Dahlonega Hwy, Cumming, GA – Looking for a little Family Fun?*  Come join us each Tuesday and Saturday for Bingo.  New Games. Bigger grand prize. Concessions are available. Both sessions are NON SMOKING family fun. *Please note: Children must be 6 years or older.
Monday, September 2
Join us on Labor Day, September 2 at Fowler Park for the Kicking Childhood Cancer 5k/1k and Family Festival. Proceeds benefit families fighting childhood cancer. Sponsor, vendor and volunteer opportunities available. The 5K will begin at 8:00 am and the 1K will begin at 9:00 am. The Family Festival will be from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.RunforGold.org.
ALL WEEKEND
IPRA World Championship Rodeo at the Cumming Fairgrounds. It is a 7 event rodeo that includes: Bull Riding, Bare Back Riding, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Saddle Bronc Riding. Rodeo shows are for Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds in the covered arena. Tickets go on sale two hours prior to showtimes.

Gate Admission Prices
Adults: $15
Children, ages 5 to 12: $10
Children, 4 and younger: Free
Seniors 65 and older: $12

Cagle’s Family Farm in Canton, GA opens Labor Day weekend! Fall fun at the farm starts this weekend. Enjoy their 13th annual corn maze and lots of kid friendly activities. There is also a haunted barn opening Oct. 4 – Nov. 2 for older folks. Open weekends from August 30 through November 17th. Hours are as follows:
August 30 – November 17, 2013.
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 10am-11pm
Sunday 10am-6pm
Lake Lanier Islands Labor Day Weekend Celebration - Join us at LanierWorld for a weekend filled with live music, drink specials and our famous fireworks show! Water attractions and rides will be open Saturday – Monday.

 


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