Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 22 – May 24, 2015

memorial day weekend events in forsyth county, gaIt’s officially summer in Forsyth County, GA! Kids rejoice! Moms and dads, hang in there! Here is a roundup of fun things to do this holiday weekend.

Friday, May 22

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

11:00 am – The City of Cumming Annual Memorial Day Service at the Veterans War Memorial, 301 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Cumming, GA.

Saturday, May 23

10:00 am – 7:00 pm – The Old Atlanta Spray Park opens! Hours of operation for the spray pad are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. On Mondays, the spray pad is closed for maintenance and private rentals.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make Red White & Blue Craft Stick Flags. 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 story time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Dragons Love Tacos. This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick! Dragons love all kinds of tacos and salsa, but watch out for the spicy salsa.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool opens DAILY on May 23rd with normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink!

Sunday, May 24

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

ALL WEEKEND

Pick your own strawberries at Warbington Farms. Now is the time to get strawberries! We will be open Mondays-Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm (weather permitting) unless otherwise noted. We hope to have berries till mid June. We will be open Memorial Day!

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open for weekends!

MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS IN NORTH GEORGIA

North Georgia Zoo Memorial Day Weekend Celebration – To honor our troops and their families, all active and retired military personnel will receive free admission. (with valid ID) during Memorial Day Weekend. Please contact them for details.

Lake Lanier Islands Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

Stone Mountain Salute the Troops Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 15 – May 17, 2015

warbington farms tea partyIt’s hard to believe we have one week of school left before summer! Hopefully your plans this weekend involve lots of family time outdoors. Here’s a roundup of some neat things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, May 15

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders. Let’s build something together! Did you know that playing with LEGO and other building blocks can help develop your child’s cognitive learning and social skills? Every Friday morning we will set out a collection of kid-friendly building blocks for an engaging and educational drop-in playtime. You bring your creativity, we’ll provide the rest! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, drop-in anytime!

8:00 pm – Sawnee Mountain Music – Friday May 15th—-The Chuck Nation Band. This is an award winning bluegrass band consisting of renowned performers who deliver toe-tapping music designed to entertain! Tickets —-$10 Call 770-887-7635 for details.

Saturday, May 16

9:00 am – Pike Nurseries – Grow your own berries. Plant your own berries for a delightful summer treat. Join us for a free class to learn all about growing berries.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels KIDS CLUB. Make knotted friendship bracelets. 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 story time at The Collection Forsyth. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring our Picture Book of the Month, Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret. In this intriguing story, once Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony share their secrets, will their friendship end or be stronger than ever?

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

Sunday, May 17

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

2:30 pm – Warbington Farms – Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party! Join us for a “berry” special event on May 17th. We will have tea and refreshments, story with STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and each child gets to pick a pint of strawberries! Admission to tea party does include the fun park (hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, inflatables, etc). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Children Tickets-$10 prepaid or $12 at door. Adult Tickets-$5 prepaid or $8 at door. Pre-registration HIGHLY recommended.

ALL WEEKEND

Pick your own strawberries at Warbington Farms. Now is the time to get berries! We will be open Thursday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. We have plenty of U-pick and Pre-picked. Check FB for discount – it is valid Thursday and Friday (May 14th and 15th)

Pike Nursery customer appreciation event – All Weekend Saturday, May 16-Sunday, May 17. Join us for a weekend event as we celebrate our customers. We’re grilling hot dogs on Saturday on the Kamado Joe grill from 11am – 1pm while supplies last.

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!

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce markets are open!

Lake Lanier Islands is open for weekends!

The Forsyth County Fire Department will join more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to help “Give Burns the Boot” during their upcoming annual boot drive benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Weather permitting, motorists can expect to see firefighters at intersections throughout the county on Saturdays: May 9 and 16.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 8 – May 10, 2015

pick strawberries at warbington farmsThe weather looks promising for a special Mother’s Day weekend! Here is a roundup of some fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.
Saturday, May 9
10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Rain out date May 10th 1-5pm) – Warbington Farms 5th Annual Strawberry Festival. We will have vendors, face painting, “Hey”ride, petting zoo, fun park, craft for kids, visit with strawberry shortcake and MORE!
**Strawberry picking is based on availability.
**Strawberry Shortcake will be at farm from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm!
Fun park prices: $8 Kids, $5 Adults 2 and under free. (includes access to vendors, visit with strawberry shortcake, crafts for kids, hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, slides, swings, and MORE! Pick your own strawberries! Strawberry picking is $12 gallon (based on availability…always a good idea to come early for picking).

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time at The Collection Forsyth. In celebration of Mother’s Day, join us for a special Storytime featuring Mom School and How to Babysit a Grandma.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post 

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Waterpark Open!!!!
Get ready to start your summer with a splash! The Cumming Aquatic Center Outdoor Leisure Pool is open for weekends only starting through May 17th. Sessions will be 1:00pm-6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday through May 17th. We open DAILY on May 23rd with our normal session hours (visit our website for more info on session times). Daily admission is only $5 for adults and $4 for kids and seniors! We also offer seasonal family and individual memberships. You can rent a shady cabana for your family, group, or birthday party to sit under next to the pool for only $50 dollars in addition to admission. All cabana rentals allow you to bring in your own food and drink! See you soon!

Sunday, May 9

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Moms play free all day at Stars & Strikes in Cumming, GA!

Moms get free admission to the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta on Mother’s Day in Atlanta!

ALL WEEKEND

Farmers Produce Market and City Produce are open!

Lake Lanier Islands opens for weekends on Saturday, May 9!

The Forsyth County Fire Department will join more than 100 fire departments across Georgia to help “Give Burns the Boot” during their upcoming annual boot drive benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. Weather permitting, motorists can expect to see firefighters at intersections throughout the county on Saturdays: May 9 and 16.

Easter Egg Hunts and Pictures with the Easter Bunny in Forsyth County, GA for 2015

Grab 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 28, 2015 –  9:30 am – 11:30 am – The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Central Park, , 2300 Keith Bridge Road, 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. Children’s activities and family entertainment. There is also a coupon on their website so you can get advance pricing at the door if you have the coupon printed out. 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 28 and April 4, 2015  – 2015 Farm EGGstravaganza at Warbington Farms – Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day on the farm. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults, Open at 10:00 am, choose a hunt at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Included in Admission:
-Egg Hunt & prizes
-FREE photo with our live bunnies and baby lambs (photographer will be on site to take a professional picture).
-Visit with Easter Bunny & Alice and Wonderland Crew
-Unlimited play in our fun park area with out “hey”ride, petting zoo, inflatables, slides, swings, and more.
More INFO:
-Bigger and Better than last year!
-Bring your own basket for hunting eggs
Choose between two egg hunts (11:00 and 1:00) on two different days (March 28th and April 4th)
-Separate area for younger kids to hunt eggs (better & more separated than last year)
-The Farm will be open from 10:00 am-3:00 pm both event days.
-Purchase tickets at gate.

March 28, 2015 – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm – FREE Easter Egg Scramble & Carnival Cotton Candy, Games & More at Whitlow Elementary hosted by North Lanier Baptist Church.

March 29, 2015 – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Lanier United Methodist Church is hosting a Community Easter Egg Hunt on the church front lawn on at 2:30 PM (Rain date Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 pm). 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 4, 2015 – 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 12 years on Saturday April 4 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 4, 2015 – 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 4!

April 4, 2015 – 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. Plus, we’ll have crafts, games, and activities for the kids. Rain or shine for this indoor activity.

April 5, 2015 – Easter Egg Hunt at Christ Community Church at 12:30 pm.

NORTH GEORGIA EVENTS

March 28, 2015 – 27th 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: 706-865-2171, Ext. 0-$10). 9:00 am – 5:00 pm arts & crafts, hourly drawings, music, dancing, rides. 11:00 am Parade in downtown Cleveland. 1:00 pm Car Show at Babylon. 1:00 pm Cupcakes & Carrots for $5.00. Egg Hunt is at 2:00 pm. 3:00 pm Easter Bonnet Contest. Full schedule here.

4/2 – 4/5 – 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 3 – 5, 2015 – Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt – Lake Lanier Islands

Enjoy a delicious brunch and then let the kids participate in an Easter Egg Hunt! Don’t forget about your picture with the Easter Bunny! The Easter Celebration package includes brunch for 2 adults (children 5 and under eat FREE). For children 6-12, select the package add-on at $25.00 per children. Even more exciting, during the day the kids will participate in a super fun egg hunt challenge, and enjoy our newly launched indoor and outdoor Legacy Kids Activities. To add even more fun, we are including a four-hour Resort Cart rental to get everyone around, plus a guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out on Sunday.

Our Trip to Snow World at Lake Lanier Islands

IMG_3933Our family recently ventured to Snow World at Lake Lanier Islands to partake in some wintry fun. We packed up our gloves, scarves, hats and coats and drove over to Snow World for the afternoon. We weren’t sure what to expect but we had a fun day of sledding and playing in snow.

We drove up to the gate and told them we were going to Snow World. Parking is $10.00 and they give you a map to navigate the park. We parked in the lot on the right and walked over past the ice skating rink and carnival rides.

We got our wristbands at the front gate. SnowWorld is in its first year and admission is $34.99 for adults  and children (children 2 and under are free.) They also offer senior, group and military discounts. Here is a list of their frequently asked questions.

We started at the Arctic Gap and went on Polar Plummet where they have 13 lanes of tubing. It is located right inside the wave pool! You slide in an inner tube and ride down the tubing lanes. If you want to ride with someone else, the lane on the end is extra wide and you can go down together holding on to each other’s tube straps. We spun around backwards and laughed and screamed all the way down.

There is also a snow play area called Cub’s Landing there.

IMG_3936We then went over to The Ice Kingdom where we found The Wizard’s Chase, a downhill sled racing adventure. In the summertime, it’s a waterslide! You put on a helmet and ride a sled down the two tracks. My girls loved it and went a few times. There is also another kids snow play area called The Frozen Lake & The Frozen Forest which is the splash area in the summer.

We walked over to The Himalayas where we saw a Yeti and rode Intimidator Summit & Triple Peaks, the fastest downhill slides at SnowWorld. You also wear a helmet and ride a sled down the slides at a fast speed.

We went over to Powder Park near the Fundunker and played in the snow. A SnowWorld employee showed us how to make perfect snowballs with these neat snowball makers. We had an awesome snowball fight, Georgia style. They also had other toys to build snow igloo blocks and shovel and scoop the snow.

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We worked up an appetite and went to Gianni’s for a slice of pizza and a soda. The pizza was tasty and hit the spot.

There was a fire pit outside of the restaurant and people were making s’mores. You can buy a s’mores kit at SnowWorld.

We stopped in Bucky’s gift shop and found that their Christmas items were 50-75% off. We found an Auburn Tigers ornament and tumbler cup on sale.

We headed back to the Coca-Cola Polar Rink as our last stop. We attempted ice skating, but the surface was really slick. It wasn’t ice, it was a different surface. Some people were skating, some were holding on to the wall.

Here is a description form their website: The Polar Rink is not ice. It is a plastic composite that simulates the surface of an ice rink. (Outdoor ice rinks don’t work so well in Georgia) It is safe to skate on, and the surface is less hard than ice. Although the surface is as slick as ice, there is nothing for your skates to carve into like ice, so the experience differs in that regard. Skates are also free (based on availability).

The carnival rides were just starting when we left. We didn’t get a chance to go on them as the wind and rain were coming and we were cold and ready to head home.

I asked the girls (ages 11 and 8) if they enjoyed our trip and they both yelled a resounding “YES!!!!”

SnowWorld is a fun place for the whole family. I recommend going when they have a promotion (MLK Day) or using coupons as admission is a little pricy.

We had a great time and I’m sure we’ll be back next year!

SNOW IS COMING THIS WINTER TO LANIERWORLD!

We’re taking fun to a whole new level this winter season and turning our summertime destination into one big giant SnowWorld. Snow tubing, speed slides, skating, carnival rides, fire pits & more! You’ll also be able to enjoy all the great dining that LanierWorld has to offer! Sunset Cove is now enclosed and will feature a delicious new assortment of dishes, as well as your traditional favorites. We’ll also have Gianni’s open, as well as many other places to stop, warm up with hot cocoa, and enjoy the day.

DISCOUNTS

$5.00 dollar off coupons are available at many of partner locations including: McDonalds, Chick fil a, Publix, and QT. Also, check out our media partner websites for discounts (STAR , FISH and KICKS).

UPCOMING EVENTS

MLK Day – January 19, 2015 – Lanier Islands is teaming up with Goodwill of North Georgia to host a Give Back event. In exchange for bringing a bag of gently used clothes to SnowWorld on Martin Luther King Day, patrons will receive half-price admission. The park is open 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Snow Jam 2 – January 24, 2015. Join the fun at Sunset Cove on January 24 as they partner with Kicks 101.5 and welcome Kelsea Ballerini to the Sunset Stage!

UPDATED – Open through January 25, 2015

Lake Lanier Islands SNOWWORLD
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518
770-945-8787

SnowWorld kicked off its inaugural season in late November 2014 – which was initially expected to end on March 1, 2015. In hopes of softening the blow of this particular snowball, Lanier Islands is extending a special promotional rate of just $19.99/person to guests who wish to squeeze in a few more days of frosty fun before the snow officially melts away on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Children 2 and under will be admitted for free. Remaining dates of operation for SnowWorld at Lanier Islands are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 17 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 18 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, January 19 (MLK Day) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. featuring Give Back Event – guest invited to bring a bag of gently used clothing to donate to Goodwill of North Georgia in exchange for half priced admission
  • Saturday, January 24 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Snow Jam 2 with KICKS 101.5 – live remote and live concerts
  • Sunday, January 25 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SnowWorld is closing early due to construction of a new waterslide for Spring/Summer! SnowWorld’s Inaugural Season has been shortened from March 1 to January 25, 2015 in Anticipation of Construction on First New Waterslide in 17 Years. See their website for more details.

Disclosure: SnowWorld provided my family and I tickets for admission and I received a swag bag. My review is my honest opinion of my experience. 

Things to Do Over Holiday Break in Forsyth County, GA

Things to Do in Forsyth County Over Holiday BreakStaying in town for the holidays? There are two weeks to fill with activities for the kids before they head back to Forsyth County Schools in January!

The holidays will be festive for a few days, but what do you do the rest of the time? Here are a few ideas.

  • Take the kids to the Forsyth County Public Library. There are many story times and events in the days before Christmas and next week. Check out their calendar.
  • Learn how to skate a figure eight at The Ice. They have public skating hours and the rink offers lots of ice skating fun.
  • Shoot the duck at Let’s Roll Skate & Fun Center. Their holiday hours offer a quick getaway. Get lost in the disco lights and take a trip back in time.
  • Have an Airsoft fan in the house? Visit Airsoft Depot. Check out the NEW ADDITION of Airsoft War Games on the Outdoor Airsoft Tactical War Field behind Let’s Roll!
  • Is Tony Hawk a celebrity in your house? Skate like a pro at the skate park at Fowler Park.
  • Ride your bikes on the Forsyth County Greenway. Take in the sights and go for a family bike ride.
  • Teach Fido a new trick and bring your dogs to a dog park like the one at Fowler Park.
  • Channel your inner child and play frisbee golf (disc golf) at Central Park.
  • Pack up some small trinkets and go on a geocaching adventure.
  • Jump for joy at Monkey Joe’s & Catch Air.
  • Play dodgeball on a trampoline at SkyZone in Suwanee or Roswell, GA.
  • Go sledding and ice skating at Lake Lanier Islands NEW SnowWorld.

Need ideas inside the house?

  • Take your leftover cardboard boxes, lay them flat and make a slide on the stairs!
  • Have a karaoke sing off or Just Dance off.
  • Build a fort.
  • Have a picnic on the floor and watch a movie.
  • Make a music video. We love the app Video Star!
  • Have a scavenger hunt.
  • Draw a flip book cartoon.
  • Roast marshmallows in the fireplace and make smores.
  • Read a classic book out loud and take turns reading.
  • Cook a meal together in the kitchen. Make a new recipe.
  • Create a new card game and teach your family.

Share with us your favorite things to do! I hope you have a wonderful holiday break!

 

Christmas Light Shows Around Forsyth County, GA in 2014

christmas in castille light showIt’s holiday 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 two local Christmas light shows in Forsyth County, GA and one in Dawsonville, GA for the 2014 holiday season as well as the Lanier Islands Christmas with new pricing and ice skating!

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 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 4th and going until Dec 27th. 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. The show will be on nightly starting at 5:30pm. A Residential Animated Christmas Light Show Located in Dawsonville GA. Link to our house –http://goo.gl/E8Qp5N. We have an Animated Christmas Light Show on our home in North Georgia. This year we 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.

Weather, traffic and technical issues permitting, the show hours for A Red Hawk Christmas are:

  • 5:30pm to 9:30pm Monday through Thursday
  • 5:30pm to 10:30pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The show will run through Monday, December 31st, but may be turned off in heavy rain. If possible, we’ll post an update on our Facebook page if the show is not running for any reason.

We’re located in the Red Hawk Ridge Subdivision, off Burt Creek Road in Dawson County, Georgia. From 400: Take 53 West into Downtown Dawsonville. Take a right onto Shoal Creek RD (Just past the old Julias Deli, as you enter the square) Turn Right onto Burt Creek Rd (3rd road on your right) The subdivision is on the right. Once inside the subdivision, take a left at the stop sign and another left at the next stop sign. We’re at the house at the bottom of the hill with the blinky lights.

Lanier Islands Christmas – 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA. November 21 – December 31 nightly from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. There is a new price this year of $30.00 per car and ice skating is included!

Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! This year, Magical Nights of Lights has transformed into Lanier islands Christmas complete with your favorite lights, FREE skating after 5pm, our Live Nativity, lots of shopping at Bucky’s, Christmas Carnival and more!

Your Lanier Islands Christmas 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, amusement rides, 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 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, and marshmallow roasting.

Lanier Islands Christmas

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.

SnowWorld is also a new attraction this year – you can go sledding in the snow (separate cost)! Check their FB page for more details.

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!


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