Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for August 18 – August 20, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaWe made it to the weekend! Here’s a roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other activities.

Friday, August 18

10:00 am – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center – The last event for 1/2 price off DAILY Admission on the 3rd Friday .

Saturday, August 19

6:30 am – 10:30 am – Cumming Farmers Market is opening for the summer on Saturday, June 3 at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot on Castleberry Road in Cumming, GA. Please visit their Facebook page to get more information about locally produced vegetables, meat, baked goods, honey, soaps, flowers, art, woodworking and so much more! Open Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer season.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Kid Care Expo – Lanier Technical College – Join us for the Kid Care Expo where you can meet and greet healthcare providers and other child specific community resources face to face. This event is perfect for picking a pediatrician, dentist, or pediatric specialist for your child.

  • First 100 Registrants will receive a FREE VIP bag with healthcare products and prizes
  • FREE Raffle for all attendees! You could win prizes for new parents, babies, toddlers, children, and teens.
  • Visit The Education Stage for a talk about special healthcare concerns from area specialists

This event is for ALL families from pregnant first time parents to parents of teens and young adults. And it’s completely FREE.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make pom pom and gem art! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth – Nothing Rhymes with Orange Story time – We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Left out, of course! But when Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Activities to follow.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market. The farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. We are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. lambertfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, August 6

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center is open weekends through the start of September.

Educator Appreciation Days – Weekends in August at Barnes & Noble

Special Event, Educator Event (Education)
Saturday August 05, 2017 9:00 AM – Pre-K through Grade 12 – Educators join us every Saturday and Sunday in August to do your back-to-school shopping and enjoy 25% off most books, toys, games, movies, music, and 10% off Café consumables and select NOOK devices. Plus, special giveaways on Saturday, August 5, while supplies last.

Lake Lanier Islands LanierWorld – open on weekends – summer hours, waterslides, dive in movies, fireworks, music and more!

 

July 4th Celebrations, Fireworks and Activities in and around Forsyth County, GA 2017

July 4 fireworks in and around forsyth county, gaThe holiday weekend is near! Whether you want to travel near or far, there are many fun things to do to celebrate the 4th of July in and around Cumming, GA! As always with events, please check with the event organizers in the event of weather or any changes.

Saturday, July 1

9:45 pm – Ball Ground Fireworks – Ball Ground Main Street. Shop and dine and stay for the fireworks celebration!

Monday, July 3

6:00 pm – 11:00 pm – City of Cumming – Cumming Fairgrounds – July 4th Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds. July 3rd Festivities: Dance Contest, Food Vendors & Children’s Activities from 6-11 PM, Dance Contest 8:30 PM, Fireworks 9:30 PM, FREE Admission and Parking.

6:30 pm – 10:15 pm – Sparks in the Park, EE Robinson Park, Level Creek Road, Sugar Hill. Celebrate with food, drinks, music, entertainment, inflatables and a fireworks show!

Tuesday, July 4

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration – Hancock Park – Lots of events from a 5k, all american market and car show to a 4th of July Parade and much more!

10:00 am – July 4th Steam Engine Parade in Downtown Cumming. Starts in downtown Cumming and goes to the Cumming Fairgrounds.

10:00 am – 8th Annual Dutch Monkey Doughnuts Independence Day Doughnut Eating Competition. Contest starts at 11:00 am Free event, raising money for cancer research so bring $ for food and drinks.

10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Sparks in the Motorsports Park – Dawsonville, GA. Festivities : food vendors, crafts, music, activities for the family. Fireworks at 9pm. Tentative schedule: 10:00am AMP Karting is open, 3:30pm AMP general parking, 6-9:30pm Festivities: 7:30 parachuters/fly in, 9:00 Fireworks, 10:00 Exit and closure of AMP.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – The Foster House Annual BBQ – We will be having our annual BBQ at The Foster House on Monday July 4th from 11-2. Walk on over from the parade and sit and eat on our patio or take some home!

5:00 pm – 11:30 pm – Mall of Georgia’s 15th Annual Star Spangled Fourth – Buford, GA. Food, a concert, kid zone, movie, fireworks and much more!

ALL WEEKEND

July 4th Celebration at Lanier Islands – July 1 – July 4 – celebrate with music, food, fireworks, waterslides and fun at this annual event at Lanier Islands.

Summer Things to Do in Forsyth County, GA in 2017

things to do in cumming, ga in the summerLooking for fun things to do this summer with your kids in Cumming, GA? Here is a roundup of ideas from Forsyth for Families.

We like to kick off summer by making a summer bucket list! You can make one on paper like an 8.5 x 11 or 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. 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 and The Chill Hill are hosting a free outdoor movie series Movies in the Park at Vickery Village.

See a free movie this summer! Movies 400 Summer Movie Series is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am at Movies 400 in Cumming, GA.

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.

Visit the Forsyth County Public Library for story times, games, and more. Sign up for a summer reading program and earn a free book! Forsyth County Public Library has reading programs throughout 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 Michaels and Home Depot 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, Publix and QT offer discounts.

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 the newly updated Stars & Strikes.

Go fishing at Lake Lanier!

Visit Dutch Monkey Doughnuts and watch how they make them through the window!

Visit a farm.  Visit Kinsey Family Farm and enjoy seasonal events.

Visit a gold mine in Dahlonega. Go spelunking in a cave, pan for gold and hear the tales of the gold rush!

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

Memorial Day Weekend Events in and around Forsyth County, GA for 2017

memorial day weekend events in forsyth county, gaThe start of summer break kicks off in style with Memorial Day weekend. If you are staying in and around Cumming, GA for the holiday weekend, there are a variety of fun events to check out. As always, please comment and share any other events you know about as well.

Friday, May 26

Friday, May 26, marks the launch of Summer Reading Fun, Forsyth County Library’s annual summer reading program for kids, teens, and adults. Carnivals start next week. Register online or in person at any library.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders

11:00 am – The City of Cumming Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies at Cumming Veterans War Memorial, located at 301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

Saturday, May 27

9:00 am – 3:00 pm – 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Car Show & Heritage Days Festival in Dawsonville, GA.

10:00am – 2:00pm / 2:30-6:30pm on Mondays – Saturdays – Cumming Aquatic Center is now open daily! Hours on Sundays are 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Make patriotic cookies! 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 – 7:00 pm – Old Atlanta Spray Pad opens for the season at Old Atlanta Park, 810 Nichols Road until September 4. Daily admission for the spray pad is $2 per person for 1-year-olds and up. Only cash or check is accepted. Adults entering with a paying child are free if they remain on the dry deck. Annual individual passes are available for $30, and annual family passes are available for $60.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie story time. Join us as we read a brand-new story from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean where Pete the Cat is learning a new dance — the Cool Cat Boogie! Activities to follow.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Michaels Make Break – Celebrate the red, white and blue with fun family-friendly crafts! Make a crazy tulle headband or customize patriotic slime. Slime supplies are free. Buy the tulle and the rest of your headband supplies are free.

1:15 PM – Post Road Library – Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl  – Come see where the Pirates of the Caribbean saga began. Bring a snack and watch Curse of the Black Pearl on our big screen with surround sound. 2 hours and 23 minutes. For middle school students and older. No registration required.

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lambert Farmers Market grand opening on Saturday afternoon, May 27th, from 4pm to 8pmLambert’s farmers market will operate this season from May 27th to October 28th. They are excited to bring a variety of products from an array of vendors to this community! We hope that the Lambert Farmers Market will strengthen the bond between the locals in the area while increasing awareness of where their food comes from. This will be our first season, and we hope that there will be many more! The market will be held on the grounds of Lambert High School, 805 Nichols Rd, Suwanee, GA 30024. ***SOME VENDOR SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!*** For more information, or to sign up as a vendor, please see our website.

Sunday, May 28

4:00 pm – First Baptist Cumming on Sawnee Drive is hosting “Brother Bob’s BBQ” at during their annual Memorial Day weekend festivities.  There will be live music, face painting, inflatables, hay rides, a dunk tank and BBQ.  There will be a short patriotic salute at the end of the afternoon honoring those who have served. Adults:  $6, Kids: $3, Guests: Free.

Monday, May 29

8:00 am – Memorial Day Run/Walk for Autism. Shiloh Point Elementary, 8145 Majors Rd, Cumming, GA. There will be a 5k, 10k and a Fun Run! This Memorial Day race supports TACA (TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM). TACA’s goal is to provide education, support, and information to parents to help their children diagnosed with autism be the very best they can be, with the hope of recovery. *The 5k race is the 2nd event in the North GA Running Co. Race Series and the 10k is the first event in the North GA Running Co. Races Series.

10:00 am – Gainesville’s Annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29. Green Street, Gainesville, GA.

ALL WEEKEND

Looking for family fun this Memorial Day weekend? Celebrate Memorial Day at Lanier Islands from Friday, May 26 -Monday, May 29! Enjoy live entertainment, DJ sets, food & drink specials, 3 nights of fireworks & special broadcasts on the Spectacular Screen! As a reminder, all military and first-responders have free entry to Lanier Islands. http://bit.ly/2rj60Ww

Pick strawberries at Warbington Farms! The 2017 strawberry season is in full swing!  Strawberry season usually runs till second week of June. Price is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. We provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field. Please keep in mind that we do close the field for inclement weather. Berry picking is based on availability and we close the fields once the berries are picked out for the day.

The City of Alpharetta and Splash Festivals are excited to present the 13th Annual Alpharetta Arts Streetfest on Memorial Day weekend- May 27, 28 and 29, 2017.  This 3 day event will host more than 90 colorful artisans from around the country will showcase their works in the Alpharetta Historic District.  This much anticipated festival will feature live music, cultural arts performances, entertaining children’s activities, and a variety festival cuisine.

Easter Egg Hunts in Forsyth County, GA 2017

breakfast with easter bunny cumming gaGrab your baskets and bonnets! There 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!

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – April 15, 2017  – EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms – Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day on the farm. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults. EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms, 5555 Crowe Road, Cumming GA
Egg Hunt & Prizes, Visit with the Easter Bunny, Petting Zoo, Photo opportunities, Farm fun, “Hey” ride & much more. $10 Admission for Kids, $5 for Adults. Egg hunts at 11:00 am, 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30 pm.

10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Influencers Church Cumming is excited to present one of the best community events of the year! Get ready for our first “BLACK LIGHT EGG HUNT & CARNIVAL“. FREE ENTRY! Something for the whole family! Come journey with us as we adventure into a GLOW IN THE DARK BLACK LIGHT world! With an amazing carnival running parallel to our age specific hunts, it’s a day not to miss! Family photo-booth, face painting, bouncy houses, petting zoo, pony rides & more! Hotdogs, snacks & drinks for purchase during the day. 5095 Post Rd, Cumming.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm – April 15, 2017 – Midway UMC invites you to join us for an Easter Block Party on Saturday, April 15th from 11am-2pm at 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta, GA 30004. There will be Easter egg hunts for all ages, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, mini golf, music & games, and so much more! This is a FREE event, and there will also be Chick-fil-A and Cold Stone ice cream available for purchase! Don’t miss this fun-filled event the whole family will enjoy!

11:00 am – 5:00 pm  – April 15, 2017 – Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA. Taste of Forsyth will be in full swing at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds. Plan to sample from many 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. Easter egg hunts at 11:30 am (under 3), 1:00 pm (ages 4-7) and 2:30 pm (ages 8-10)

11:30 – 4:00 pm – Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts and Yard Games at Vickery Village on April 15th from 11:30 am – 4 pm. Sponsored by Pinspiration Georgia…opening soon at Vickery Village!

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm on April 15, 2017 – 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 Atlanta Diamond Design at The Collection Forsyth. Bring the whole family (and your camera) for a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Rain or shine for this indoor activity. Crafts and kid friendly activities.

1:00 pm – Egg Hunt at Fowler Park – River Rocks Church. 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA 30040. FREE Event – 2,000 eggs to hunt for! BBQ/Hotdog Family picnic including: Bounce House, Face Painting, Snow Cones, Music, Popcorn.

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2016

Christmas Light Shows in Cumming, GAIt’s holiday festivity time, and with it comes light shows! Pack the kids in the car, brew some hot chocolate and enjoy an evening drive of viewing Christmas lights.

There are local Christmas light shows in Forsyth County, GA, Alpharetta and Dawsonville for the 2016 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas!

The Christmas in Castille light show is located at 4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004. The show starts at 6 PM and runs until 9 PM on Thursdays – Saturdays beginning on Dec 1st through Dec 24th. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM. Check out their FB page for updates and weather alerts.

Lanier Islands Christmas – nightly – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Get ready to be amazed by one of the best holiday light displays in the southeast. Drive through miles of dazzling lights and experience the joy of the season here at Lanier Islands! Magical Lights FROM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 TO TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2017. The arrival of Magical Lights, is a Georgia holiday tradition. For a quarter century Lanier Islands has been the ultimate place to visit near Atlanta for holiday light displays.

For those unfamiliar with Magical Lights, it is 7 miles of lighting extravaganza that winds along the Lanier Islands’ roadways. Starting at the animated Carousel, down through the Toy Soldiers, up past the illuminated diamond wonder light, under the snowflake bridge, then all the way to Santa’s Workshop, the Christmas Carnival and more!

Your journey does not stop with the lights. Our Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfires for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, amusement rides, holiday shopping and much more. Buy 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 to have their photo taken and discuss their holiday wish lists with Santa himself at Santa’s Workshop. $45.00 carload, $36.00 advance online purchase.

Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 pm – Ashebrooke Night of Lights: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20.) Visit Ashebrooke Subdivision for the 11th annual “Night of Lights” –  the residents of Ashebrooke light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause.  5005 Luke Dr, Cumming GA 30040

Please note: For traffic flow, Ashebrooke is requesting visitors enter through the Luke Dr. entrance (Address listed above) and exit via Northridge Dr. Exit 13 – West from GA 400.

 

Easter Egg Hunts in Cumming, GA for Spring 2016

easter events in cumming, gaGrab your baskets and bonnets! There 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!

March 26, 2016 –  10:00 am – 12:00 pm – The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at 810 Nichols Road, Suwanee, GA. Adult Tickets: $7.00 in advance ∙ $8.00 onsite. Child (Under 12) Tickets: $4.00 in advance. $5.00 onsite. Pancake Breakfast With The Trimmings. Appearance by The Easter Bunny. Children’s activities and family entertainment. All proceeds from the Forsyth County Lions Club’s “Breakfast With The Easter Bunny” will be used to help low-income, uninsured Cumming and Forsyth County, Georgia, residents receive vision and hearing care.

March 19th, 20th and 26th, 2016  – 2016 Farm EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms – Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day on the farm. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults. EGGstravaganza: March 19th, 20th & 26th.

Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day at the farm.
Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults.
Included in admission is
-Egg hunt & prizes
-Photo session area with our live bunnies & baby chicks (bring your own camera)
-Visit with Easter Bunny & Alice in Wonderland.
-Unlimited play in our fun park area with our “hey” ride, petting zoo, inflatables, swings & more!
-LOTS of family farm fun.

More INFO:
-Bigger and better than last year!
-Bring your own basket for hunting eggs and don’t forget your camera.
–Choose between four egg hunts on March 19th and 26th: 11:00, 12:30, 2:00. and 3:30
-On March 20th the egg hunt times will be at 1:30 and 3:00.
-Younger kids will have a separate area to hunt eggs (a bigger and more separated area than last year).
-Prize eggs will include coupons to farm, free slushies, and MUCH more!
–The farm will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, March 19th and 26th and from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, March 20th.
-Purchase tickets at gate.

March 26, 2016 – Taste of Forsyth & Easter Egg Hunt – 11:00 am – 5:00 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 13 years on Saturday March 26 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. Easter egg hunts at 11:30 am (4-7) and 1:00 pm (ages 8-10)

March 26, 2016 – 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 Atlanta Diamond Design at The Collection Forsyth. Bring the whole family (and your camera) for a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Rain or shine for this indoor activity.

March 27, 2016 – Easter Egg Hunt at Christ Community Church at 1:00 pm.

NORTH GEORGIA EVENTS

March 19, 2016 – 28th 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 an 8:00 am Breakfast with Easter Bunny (Reservations required: 706-865-2171, Ext. 0-$10). 9:00 am – 5:00 pm arts & crafts, hourly drawings, music, dancing, rides. 1:00 pm Car Show at Babylon. 1:00 pm Cupcakes & Carrots for $5.00. Egg Hunt is at 2:00 pm. At 3:00 pm, the Easter Bonnet Contest. Full schedule here.

3/24 – 3/27 –Thursday & Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 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.

 

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2015

christmas in castleIt’s holiday festivity time, and with it comes light shows! Pack the kids in the car, brew some hot chocolate and enjoy an evening drive of viewing Christmas lights.

There are local Christmas light shows in Forsyth County, GA, Alpharetta and Dawsonville for the 2015 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas!

Blink Midwinter is a residential synchronized Christmas lights display in Cumming, GA. It is located at: 7020 Cole Court, Cumming, Georgia 30028. Blinkmidwinter.com is a Christmas light display that supports local charities. They blink Christmas lights to music every night from dark til 10. Once here dial 92.7 on your radio. It’s a great way to enjoy a little Christmas spirit with the family and support a wonderful charity. General Information: The show runs from Thanksgiving night through January 1st. Times TBA.

The Christmas in Castille light show is located at 4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004. The show starts at 6 PM and runs until 9 PM on Thursdays – Saturdays beginning on Dec 3rd through Dec 26th. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM. Check out their FB page for updates and weather alerts.

Red Hawk Christmas is another Christmas light show in Dawsonville, GA. This show has not yet announced its schedule. TBD. If possible, they’ll post an update on our Facebook page if the show is not running for any reason. A Residential Animated Christmas Light Show Located in Dawsonville GA. Link to their house –http://goo.gl/E8Qp5N. They have an Animated Christmas Light Show at their home in North Georgia. This year they have 10,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non profit that gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Located at 173 Aplomado Lane West, Dawsonville, GA 30534. The show will run, but may be turned off in heavy rain.

The Soroka Family Lights has over 16,000 lights with 176 Channels synchronized to your favorite Christmas songs.  Tune to Channel 103.1 FM.  Light show starts at dusk and goes until 10pm.  Always adding more lights and songs up till Christmas.  Need to add another 4,000 lights so we can get over 20,000 this year.  The show may be off during heavy rains.  Located in Forest Brooke subdivision just a mile west of Ga 400 exit 13 located at 5460 Sandstone Ct. Cumming, GA.

Lanier Islands Christmas – 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA. November 27 – January 3 nightly from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Magical Nights of Lights and Winter Adventure!

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! Magical Nights of Lights, our Christmas classic, continues when the sun sets on Lanier Islands this holiday season. Twinkling lights come to life, transforming the landscape with pictures of Christmas wishes, millions of twinkling lights color the Islands throughout the holidays at our Magical Nights of Lights. Journey to Santa’s Holiday Village, where kids can share their Christmas wishes with the big man himself, and grab a photo memory of their special meeting. While you’re here, shop for that special Christmas gift for someone in your circle of friends and family.

In December, a live nativity, presented by area churches, adds a special touch to your Christmas celebration. Tune in with your smart phone or radio to hear songs of the season and enhance the experience with our brand new companion app! The magic is back at Lanier Islands.

Daily admission to Lanier Islands Christmas includes the drive through our twinkling 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 (select dates). Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers.

Enjoy a brand new adventure this year with Winter Adventure:  a snow-packed winter playland perfect for building a snowman, delightful tubing and thrilling sledding! Winter Adventure is the perfect adventure for the family that will keep them thrilled throughout the day. We’ve transformed the summer landscape of LanierWorld and made it ready for winter! Where else can you zoom down slides on sleds and snow tube in a wave pool? We’ve also created large snow play areas where you can build a snow fort and defend it with an army of snowmen and snowballs.

Let your imagination run wild here at Winter Adventure! We’ve actually let our own imagination run wild this year as we’ve created 2 exciting new attractions you won’t find anywhere else around: Bubble Skating and Knockerball. Glide across our synthetic rink while having a bubble party or hit the Knockerball court at Sunset Cove for a crazy game where players each wear a giant inflatable ball.

Save BIG with our COMBO PACK ticket options that include not only Winter Adventure, but also Magical Nights of Lights and unlimited carnival rides! Opens November 27, 2015.

Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa Events in Forsyth County, GA for December 2015

breakfast with santa forsyth county gaThere are a few Breakfast with Santa and Pictures with Santa events going on in and around Forsyth County, GA. Here are a few places where you can see the jolly man!

Also check out our list of holiday fairs, festivals and bazaars where Santa may appear.

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.

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

Saturday, December 12

9:00 am – 11:00 am – Lanier United Methodist Church invites you to have breakfast with Santa! There are two dining times of 9:00 am and 10:00 am. Picture will be taken that can be purchased on Shutterfly. They will also have crafts for the kids while they wait to see Santa. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance.

Multiple Dates

Complimentary Photos with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth

Saturdays in December from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm photos with Santa and carriage rides.
Sundays in December from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm photos with Santa.

Bring your camera! Enjoy complimentary pictures with Santa and Carriage Rides at The Collection Forsyth every Saturday and photos with Santa every Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in December. For special offers and extended holiday hours, visit collectionforsyth.com.

Breakfast with Santa at Lanier Islands – Enjoy this year’s Breakfast with Santa buffet with made to order Omelets and Waffles, Fresh Baked Biscuits with Homemade Sausage Gravy, delicious breakfast pastries and MORE! Santa Claus and his Elves will hand out candy and trinkets, and be available for pictures with children. Guests will also be able to enjoy Elf face painting during Breakfast with Santa.

Legacy Lodge has Christmas shopping available at the gift shop. This year, we’ll also have a Cookie Decorating Class for an additional cost available at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Hours:  9 am – 11:30 am (last seating)
Dates: November 28th & 29th, December 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th – 24th. Call 770.945.8787 for more information.

 

Phone Calls from Santa!

Santa Will Be Calling Local Children Again this Year

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation presenting program December 8-9

Forsyth County Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce their annual Santa’s Calling program. Santa has set aside two special evenings to call children ages 3 through 10 to listen to their personal Christmas wishes. The phone calls will take place on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Santa is very busy during this time of year. If the first phone call does not go through, Santa will try one more time.

To receive a free phone call, please register by December 4. Registration forms are available online at www.forsythco.com/parks or at the county’s three recreation centers located at Central Park, Fowler Park and Old Atlanta Park. For more information, please visit www.forsythco.com/parks or call (770) 205-4646. Please note this is not a social services gift request.

Santa Events Near Forsyth County

Get your holiday photo taken for free at the Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main Street, Suite 200, on December 5, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with Santa and have the photo printed and emailed to you to share with friends and family. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. No pets please. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so it is recommended that attendees not wear green. For more information on the event visit www.awesomealpharetta.com or email Layne Mitchell at layne@awesomealpharetta.com. The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200 and is the best source for information on Alpharetta and all that it offers in the way of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, for visitors and residents alike.  Its hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Welcome Center call 678-297-2811.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for July 31 – August 2, 2015

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy tax free weekend for Georgia! Today and tomorrow, take advantage of the tax free deals for back to school shopping.

Here’s a roundup of some fun things to do for our last weekend of summer vacation! It just went way too fast.

Friday, July 31

11:00 AM – Sharon Forks Library – Ken Scott’s Super Hero Magic Show  – Back by popular demand! Prepare to be amazed and astounded by magician Ken Scott. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Ken has performed all over Georgia and all over the country, too. He has even performed at The White House! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

3:00 PM – Hampton Park Library – The Ken Scott Magic Show  – Back by popular demand!  Prepare to be amazed and astounded by magician Ken Scott. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Ken has performed all over Georgia and all over the country, too. He has even performed at The White House! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

7:00 PM – Cumming Library – Ken Scott’s Super Hero Magic Show  – Back by popular demand!  Prepare to be amazed and astounded by magician Ken Scott. Voted Greater Atlanta Entertainer of the Year, Ken has performed all over Georgia and all over the country, too. He has even performed at The White House! All ages welcome and registration is not required.

7:00 PM Get Pop-Cultured: Dr. Seuss Spectacular! Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. Join us in a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. There’s fun to be done! Events and activities galore to be explored on our Barnes & Noble book floor!

Saturday, August 1

7:00 am – 1:00 pm – Cumming Farmer’s Market at the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot. Open for the season on Saturdays and Wednesdays!

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Make a chalkboard door hanger!

  • Come learn how to make a chalkboard door hnager
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin 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. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.
  • Thank you for registering online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Michaels Kids Club – Make a rain stick! 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 – 3:00 PM – Cumming Dance Academy Back to School Bash – Victory Square off Bethelview Road. Bring your family and tiny dancers and join us as we say goodbye to summer!  CDA will be performing and giving away FREE dance classes and goodies!  Firehouse Barbershop & Salon will be offering kids haircuts for just $9.99!  Ice Cream Social will be selling ice cream and frozen ice for $3.00!  El Ivey Photography will also be attending and offering $20 off a family portrait session (up to 5 people).  This and much more!

11:00 AM Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Story time. Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who’s determined to have the best show-and-tell of all! Join us for a fun-filled Storytime.

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Belk Back to School Kidfest – Come join us for face painting, balloon artist, refreshments, prizes and fashion show. We are looking for child models to be in our 2:00 fashion show. Models receive 20% the outfit they choose to model in our show. Enjoy music by DJ Warren, crafts from Giggle Studio and activities with Hoops N’ Sands. Looking for participants in our Kidfest Model Search Contest, winners will have the opportunity to appear in a Belk catalogue!

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open! They have a new CAT4 tube slide that plunges into the lake!

The Old Atlanta spray pad is open!

Need more ideas? Also check out our list of fun things to do this summer in Forsyth County, GA!


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