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?

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for June 2 – June 4, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe first week of summer is officially in the books! Here is a roundup for weekend two of summer fun in and around Forsyth County, GA. As always, comment and share if you know of any other fun activities.

Atlanta Parent Magazine also lists 100 things to do with your kids this summer in Atlanta and it’s awesome! Dutch Monkey Doughnuts made the list in Forsyth County!

Friday, June 2

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 – Cumming Library  American Red Cross – Blood Drive

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Off Site (See Program Description for Details) Post Road and Sharon Forks Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Movies in the Park – Moana – Dawsonville, GA – War Hill Park, 4081 War Hill Park Road. Activities start at 6:00 pm, movie starts at dusk. Bounce house, vendors, games, concessions, prizes. Bring a blanket, towel or lawn chair! No pets.

Saturday, June 3

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.

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 a flip book! 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 If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! Story time – If you see a poster that says “You Can Do Anything at the Library!,” it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn’t see any problem with setting up her own big top. She’s got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won’t fit between the bookshelves? Activities to follow.

1:00 PM – Post Road Library Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

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, June 4

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.

Around Forsyth County

Saturday June 3 at 6:30 pm – Pete’s Dragon – Movies Under the Stars Summer Series at Mall of Georgia. As part of the summer series, local bands will take the stage at The Village Pavilion from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the feature film will shine on a 35-foot big screen at The Village Amphitheatre starting at dusk (around 9 p.m.). Guests can also enjoy a variety of fun games, jump time in bounce houses, summer snack concessions such as shaved ice and more. As always, shoppers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get cozy for the music and motion picture production!

North Point Mall Carnival – Come visit the carnival Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot between the Sears and JC Penney stores from 5 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 11 p.m. weekends. The carnival will have 18 to 20 rides, games, food and restroom facilities.

All Weekend

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.

 

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.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 19 – May 21, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaThe end of the school year is near! It has been a crazy few weeks. Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, May 19

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders

Saturday, May 20

8:00 am – 3:00 pm – American Girl Yard Sale – 7510 Fields Drive, Cumming, GA 30041. This is a friend’s garage sale and it is one of the best that I have ever seen! Huge garage sale with a lot of American Girl items to sell! Almost all of the American Girl items are new in boxes. Dolls are $75.00! Literally hundreds of items to sell including clothing, books, furniture, and accessories that were purchased new at an American Girl warehouse sale.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Keep Forsyth County Beautiful’s next paint and electronics recycling event will be from 9am-1pm on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the City of Cumming Fairgrounds (parking lot number 3) on Castleberry Rd.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Small Business Saturday at Land of a Thousand Hills, 5095 Post Rd, Cumming GA – Please join us for a fun filled morning of shopping! We will have local crafters, LuLaRoe, jewelry, healthcare and lots of other local small businesses!

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

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – New York Times bestselling author, Food Network star, The Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond, brings us the first book in a brand-new picture book series with stories inspired by life on the ranch entitled Little Ree! Activities to follow.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Rucker Pet’s Doggie Palooza at 4335 Bethelview Rd, Cumming, GA. Join us on May 20th and compete in an open competition with other pups to win your own blue ribbon! Free for all participants. Youth and adult handlers welcomed.

Competitions include:
– Best Dressed
– Best Marking
– Best Old Dog
– Best Puppy
– Ugliest Dog
– Cutest Dog
(varying weight classes)
– Friendliest Dog
(varying weight classes)

Sunday, May 21

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – The Place of Forsyth Fundraiser with LuLaRoe – Windermere Clubhouse – Join SIX LuLaRoe Consultants for a fundraiser for The Place of Forsyth County, Inc. We will each have our entire inventories for your to peruse, all while supporting a great cause!! There will be raffles and giveaways. You will not want to miss this event! The Place of Forsyth serves the community with financial emergency assistance, clothing, food, and many additional support services. They also provide a workforce development initiative in conjunction with several local agencies to help the under employed and unemployed prepare for, and secure, jobs. The Place also embraced an 8 year old service, Focus on Forsyth, which helps needy households through referrals from schools and senior centers. Through their services to the community, they are changing lives in Forsyth County, Georgia.

ALL WEEKEND

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.

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! It’s our 12th Birthday Celebration this weekend! Thank YOU for making Lakewood 400 one of the Best in America!! USA Today and The Huffington Post agree! See you this weekend!

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 12 – May 14, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Is anyone else feeling overwhelmed with end of school year activities? I have two kids at two schools and I work and I feel like I’m always missing something. Forms to sign, stuff to send in, it never ends.

Every year I read this “Worst End of School Year Mom Ever” and I’m reminded I’m not alone! Hang in there. We have a few weeks left!

Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA this weekend.

Friday May 12

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders

Saturday May 13

9:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime

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

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – This hilarious, heartwarming new story about raising a happy, healthy mom is filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas and lots of love! Activities to follow.

ALL WEEKEND

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.

Barefoot in the Park

A free festival held at the Buford Town Park outside the Buford Community Center and Theatre, Barefoot in the Park offers a juried fine arts market, student art exhibit, silent auction, free Binder’s Learning Village with classes and demonstrations and live performances of Taiwanese drums, jazz, a cappella vocals, Celtic music and bluegrass. Food, beer and wine will be provided by Proof of the Pudding Catering; there is limited free parking; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 13; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 14; 2200 Buford Drive, Buford, Ga.

Here are some other Mother’s Day freebies and free events in Atlanta.

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for May 5 – May 7, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy first weekend in May! It’s the last month of school before summer. Crazy, isn’t it? Here’s the weekly roundup of things to do this weekend in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, May 5

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library Busy Builders

4:00 PM – Cumming Library Cinco de Mayo

7:00 pm – Grease! The Musical at Lambert High School. Performances will be held at Lambert High School Auditorium May 4th and 5th at 7:00 PM and May 6that 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased online at atldrama.com or at the door. Adults: $15/Students $10. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday April 20th.

Saturday, May 6

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kid’s Workshop – Build a Flower Pot.

• FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of
every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride
and accomplishment.
• All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Warbington Farms 7th Annual Strawberry Festival. We will have vendors, face painting (extra cost), “Hey”rides, petting zoo, fun park, craft for kids, visit with strawberry shortcake and MORE! *Strawberry picking is $14 (plus tax) for a gallon and BASED ON AVAILABILITY. Limit of two adults per gallon. We suggest coming early for strawberry picking as we will close the field once the berries are picked. Admission to our fun park is $9 kids and $5 adults and includes access to the festival, vendors, hayride to feed the cows, petting zoo, inflatables, slides, corn crib, swings and MORE!

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

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time – The Collection Forsyth. It has just been discovered that there are no more tacos left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. Join us as we read the hilarious companion to the bestselling phenomenon, with activities to follow.

7:00 pm – Grease! The Musical at Lambert High School. Performances will be held at Lambert High School Auditorium May 4th and 5th at 7:00 PM and May 6that 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased online at atldrama.com or at the door. Adults: $15/Students $10. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday April 20th.

AROUND FORSYTH COUNTY

May 5 & 6 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Springtime in the Country Artist’s Market in Ball Ground, GA – Join us for our artist market at the beautiful Revival 356 barn. It will be held from 10 to 4pm on May 5th and 6th. We will have great handmade items, food, music and some adorable baby goats! Come out and enjoy some Springtime in the Country! Location: Revival 356, 230 Kings Ln, Ball Ground, Georgia 30107.

Saturday, May 6 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – 3rd Annual Rise and Drive Family Festival on May 6th at The Plaza, City of Sugar Hill from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This event is open to the entire community and all proceeds will support Access Life America and Atlanta Children’s Shelters. Wristbands are on pre-sale for $8 and will be $10 the day of. All proceeds to benefit Access Life America

Fun Bus
Springfree Trampoline
Putt Putt
Toy Toss
Corn Hole
Inflatable Obstacle Course
Duck Pond
Face Painting
Lawn Jenga
Art Tables
Prize Walk
Baseball Toss

Activities include:

  • Bounce Houses and Trampolines
  • Face Painting
  • Musical and dance performances
  • Food Vendors
  • Face painting
  • Children’s activities
  • Raffles
  • Much more

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 21 – April 23, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy weekend folks! Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, April 21

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  Read, Build, Play

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Preschoolers @ Post – STEM 4 Pre-K

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge

Saturday, April 22 – Happy Earth Day!

9:00 am – The Great FoCo Cleanup! Put a team together and help clean up Forsyth County on Earth Day! Meet at the Cumming Fairgrounds for assignments.

9:00 am – Pike Nursery – Ladybug Weekend! Class: Beneficial Bugs Saturday, April 22, 9am at All Stores. Not all bugs are bad! Learn which bugs are good for your garden and why in this free class. Friday-Sunday, April 21-23 – Take home a free packet of ladybugs with purchase, while supplies last.

10:00 AM – Cumming Library  Earth Day- Shade Gardening with the Master Gardeners

10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Michaels Kids Club Event: Earth Day Projects! 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 – 5:00 pm – Warbington Farms Farmer for A Day: Change the way your child thinks about food! There will be a story-time about plants and gardening then kids (and adults) will learn about spring gardening and each child take a seed home to watch grow! There will still be plenty of time for a “hey”ride to feed the cows, feeding the animals in the petting zoo, and playing in the fun park. Fun Park will be open from 10:00-5pm. Storytime at 12:30 and 2:30 and planting in the garden will be at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30 Story-time and planting are FREE with Fun Park Admission which is $9 kids and $5 adults. Purchase tickets the day of event.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble story time – The Collection Forsyth. Laurie Berkner’s chart-topping, beloved hit “We Are the Dinosaurs” is now a picture book! Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art by Ben Clanton, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Don’t miss out!

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

1:00 PM – Post Road Library  Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs

2:00 PM – Post Road Library  Earth Day in the Garden with the Master Gardeners

4:00 PM – Hampton Park Library  Earth Day in the Garden with the Master Gardeners

5:30 PM – Hampton Park Library Adopt-A-Stream Workshop: Amphibian and Frog Monitoring

Sunday, April 23

11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Open House at Save the Horses – Celebrate Help a Horse Day with Save the Horses.

Meet Horses – Attend Free Clinics – For Whole Family.

Join SAVE THE HORSES at a major celebration on April 23 from 11am to 4pm as we celebrate ASPCA Help a Horse Day, competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist our efforts to protect horsesSave the Horses will be hosting an Open House at our farm with free horse care clinics, a tour, meet the horses and other animals available for adoption and gain lots of education on how you too can Join the Herd and help to Save a Horse.

Family friendly event. Save the Horses 1768 Newt Green Road, Cumming GA

This event is free admission and free parking. Food and beverage is available.  This will be a fun-filled, educational day for both our community and rescue efforts. We “hope” you’ll join us!  All ages welcome.

Free Clinics (Something for everyone)
•           How to check horse vitals
•           Meditating with horses
•           How to Halter
•           How to Groom
•           Wound Care
•           And more

2:30 PM – Post Road Library Sunday Dance Camp with Cumming Dance Academy

 

 

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for April 7 – April 9, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy last weekend of spring break 2017! I hope you are having a wonderful break in your routine. Here’s a roundup of fun things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Friday, April 7

10:00 AM – Cumming Library  American Red Cross – Blood Drive

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

10:30 AM – Hampton Park Library  Growing Young Minds

1:15 PM – Post Road Library  The Secret Garden – A One-Act Play with Hampstead Stage

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge

Saturday April 8

9:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Adopt-A-Stream Workshop: Macroinvertebrate Assessment

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

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakfast with Easter Bunny – Mark your calendars for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8, 2017 ∙ 10 AM – 12 Noon at Fowler Park Recreation Center, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA. The Forsyth County Lions Club Presents Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Fowler Park on April 8. 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 support Lions Club charities.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Eggstravaganza at Warbington Farms – Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day at the farm. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults. Included in admission is:
-Egg hunt & prizes
-Visit with Easter Bunny
-Unlimited play in our fun park area with our “hey” ride, petting zoo, inflatables, swings & more!
-LOTS of family farm fun.
-Bring your own basket for hunting eggs and don’t forget your camera.
–Choose between four egg hunts on April 8 and 15th: 11:00, 12:30, 2:00. and 3:30
-On April 9th the egg hunt times will be at 1:30 and 3:00.
-Younger kids will have a separate area to hunt eggs
-Prize eggs will include coupons to farm, free slushies, and MUCH more!
–The farm will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 8th and and 15th and from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, April 9th.
-Purchase tickets at gate.

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Storytime. From Drew Daywalt, author of the New York Times bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit, comes a laugh-out-loud picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Activities to follow.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Hopping for Hope – Rucker Pet – Join us for our second annual Hopping for Hope event! We will have pictures with the Easter Bunny (for the humans and the pets), candy, hot chocolate, smores. Additionally, Spring Wreaths and Easter Baskets will be for sale. This event will take place at our Keith Bridge location on April 8th and 9th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Address: 3540 Keith Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30041. Phone: 770-844-7275.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Storytime With Elephant and Piggie

1:15 PM – Post Road Library Storytime With Elephant and Piggie!

2:00 PM – Cumming Library Special Needs Family Movie Time

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Easter Egg Hunt at Midway Community Church. Join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8. This FREE event will include inflatables, games, popcorn, and more. The Easter Egg Hunt is open to all children 5th grade and younger with the egg hunt grouped by age.

Sunday, April 9

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Hopping for Hope – Rucker Pet – Join us for our second annual Hopping for Hope event! We will have pictures with the Easter Bunny (for the humans and the pets), candy, hot chocolate, smores. Additionally, Spring Wreaths and Easter Baskets will be for sale. This event will take place at our Keith Bridge location on April 8th and 9th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Address: 3540 Keith Bridge Rd, Cumming, GA 30041. Phone: 770-844-7275.

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Eggstravaganza at Warbington Farms – Join us for an “EGGstravagant” day at the farm. Admission is $10 kids and $5 adults. Included in admission is:
-Egg hunt & prizes
-Visit with Easter Bunny
-Unlimited play in our fun park area with our “hey” ride, petting zoo, inflatables, swings & more!
-LOTS of family farm fun.
-Bring your own basket for hunting eggs and don’t forget your camera.
–Choose between four egg hunts on April 8 and 15th: 11:00, 12:30, 2:00. and 3:30
-On April 9th the egg hunt times will be at 1:30 and 3:00.
-Younger kids will have a separate area to hunt eggs
-Prize eggs will include coupons to farm, free slushies, and MUCH more!
–The farm will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 8th and and 15th and from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, April 9th.
-Purchase tickets at gate.

1:45 PM – Post Road Library Polynesian Hula Party – One World Forsyth

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for March 31 – April 2, 2017

weekend events in forsyth county gaApril is here and that means spring break, sports and sunshine! Here’s a roundup of this weekend’s events in Forsyth County, GA. Have a safe and wonderful break!

Friday, March 31

8:00 am – 5:00 pm – The Annual Forsyth County Master Gardener Plant Sale is BACK in the Big Red Barn at the Cumming Fairgrounds! Wide variety of southern plants from local growers, trees, shrubs, veggies, hard-to-find native plants, unique garden accents, and more. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer expert advice on planting, growing, and caring for your plants. Covered, heated venue — we’re on rain or shine! Proceeds benefit local gardening outreach activities.

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library  Busy Builders

11:00 AM – Cumming Library  Read, Build, Play

11:15 AM – Post Road Library  Preschoolers @ Post – KidCraft

4:00 PM – Post Road Library Masterminds LEGO® Lounge

Saturday, April 1

8:00 am – 4:00 pm – The Annual Forsyth County Master Gardener Plant Sale is BACK in the Big Red Barn at the Cumming Fairgrounds! Wide variety of southern plants from local growers, trees, shrubs, veggies, hard-to-find native plants, unique garden accents, and more. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer expert advice on planting, growing, and caring for your plants. Covered, heated venue — we’re on rain or shine! Proceeds benefit local gardening outreach activities.

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Home Depot Kids Workshop – Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a bunny basket, perfect for keeping Easter treats a short hop away. Once the basket is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids 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.

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

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble – The Collection Forsyth. Join us as we celebrate the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. In addition to a special Storytime, kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Attendees will receive a mini-poster and bookmark, while supplies last.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm – Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party at Warbington Farms. Join us for a “berry” special event on Saturday April 1st. Tea times for Saturday will be from 11am-12:30pm and 1:30- 3:00pm. We will have light refreshments, crafts, songs, dancing & story time with STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE. Admission to tea party does include the fun park (hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, jumping pillow, etc). ***If the tea party gets rained out the make up date is TBD***

Children Tickets-$12
Adult Tickets- $6

*pint of strawberries are not included in tea party. We are not sure if the berries will be ready by the date. If berries are ripe, guest are welcome to purchase containers at ticket booth.

* Don’t leave the boys at home! They are welcome to purchase general fun park tickets at the gate ($9 kids & $5 adults) and enjoy all the farm fun and of course boys are welcome at the party if they wish!
*The farm will be open from 10:00-5:00 on Saturday.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm – Sawnee Association of the Arts presents Springtime In the City Show and Sale. This year we are excited to bring you Springtime In The City at the historic Brannon-Heard House in downtown Cumming. The show will run from March 22 through April 1 and will showcase the creative and stylish work from your neighbors – the members of the Sawnee Association of the Arts.

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

2:30 PM – Hampton Park Library Be Water Wise–No April Foolin’!

Sunday, April 2

Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party at Warbington Farms. Join us for a “berry” special event on Saturday April 1 and April 2.

Tea times for Sunday (April 2) will be from 1:00-2:30 and 3:30- 5:00pm

We will have light refreshments, crafts, songs, dancing & story time with STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE. Admission to tea party does include the fun park (hayride, petting zoo, corn crib, jumping pillow, etc).

***If the tea party gets rained out the make up date is TBD***

Children Tickets-$12
Adult Tickets- $6

Weekend Events for Cumming, GA for October 28 – October 30, 2016

weekend events in forsyth county gaHappy Halloween weekend! Here’s a round up of fun things to do for families in and around Cumming, GA.

Pumpkin season is here – check out my list of area pumpkin patches in and around Cumming, GAHillcrest Orchards is open for apple picking. Also here is a round up of corn mazes in and around North Georgia and Halloween and trunk or treat events.

Friday, October 28

10:00 AM – Hampton Park Library – Busy Builders 

11:00 AM – Cumming Library – Read, Build, Play 

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Preschoolers @ Post – STEM 4 Pre-K 

2:00 PM – Cumming Library – Adult Beginner Origami – Pumpkins 

4:00 PM – Post Road Library – Masterminds LEGO® Lounge 

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Chattahoochee Elementary Fall Festival – Chattahoochee Elementary School is having a Fall Festival on Friday, Oct 28th from 4:30-7pm. The event is open to the public. We will have Food trucks, Fire Department, Inflatables, Carnival Games, Cake Walk, Hero Dog Rescue with Adoptions, Local Vendors, Face Painting and more! The cost is $15/wristband. The wristbands allow unlimited access to the games (excluding cake walk), inflatables, and most activities. Parents & children under 3 are free.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Food Truck Friday! Join the Otwell Middle School Bulldogs for food trucks, fun & entertainment. All profits will be donated to Otwell and used for needed renovations & upgrades. Something for everyone; burgers, BBQ, Indian and more*. Bring family & friends for great food and enjoy the night or head over for the Central varsity football game. *HAPPY BELLY, SWEET AUBURN BBQ, BOLLYWOOD ZING AND KING OF POPS. Organized by OMS PTO. #otwellmiddleschool

Saturday, October 29

11:00 am – Barnes & Noble at The Collection Forsyth story time – From the #1 New York Times bestselling team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond comes the ninth picture book in the blockbuster ‘If You Give …’ series, one of the most beloved children’s series of all time. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie is perfect for beginning readers and Storytime. Activities to follow.

11:15 AM – Post Road Library – Saturday Family Storytime at Post – Trick or Treat Storytime! 

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Trunk or Treat at Warbington Farms – Come trick-or-treat in a safe environment while enjoying a crisp fall day on the farm. Walk from trunk to trunk of vehicles filled with spooks and surprises! Plenty of candy for everyone! Event is free with fun park admission ($10) which also includes Corn Maze, hayride, petting zoo, jumbo pillow, corn crib, slides, swings & more activities. Come dressed in costume and receive $1 off admission (adults & children). Purchase tickets at ticket booth the day of.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Boo Bash Trick or Treating at North Georgia Outlets. Join the spooktacular fun at the 2nd Annual BOO BASH & Trick-or-Treating event on Saturday, October 29th from 4pm- 7pm. DJ Crazy Mike will be playing the tunes in the Gazebo along with the FREE Halloween Photo Booth, games and treats for kids 12 and under. Pick up a list of participating Trick-or-Treat stores at Guest Services. Please note anyone over the age of 18 may not wear a Halloween mask on property.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Fall Family Party at The Collection Forsyth – Halloween Family Fun – Face Paint & Trick or Treating!

5:00 pm – CFUMC Night in the Patch on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 pm on the CFUMC field.

  • FREE hotdog supper & dessert (donations can be made for youth missions)
  • Games
  • Bonfire & S’mores
  • Hayride through the patch
  • An award winning chili cook-off contest
  • “Punkin’ Chunkin’”
  • A showing of “The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at dusk on the lawn

Sunday, October 30

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Christ Community Church. Our Fall Festival is coming on October 30th, from 4-6:30PM! It will feature a sports-themed trunk or treat, a tailgating atmosphere, a “Cook Your Butt Off” Boston Butt BBQ contest, games, and lots of fun and fellowship. Watch this space for more details. You can sign up today to be a part! Invite a friend!

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Vickery Village Trunk or Treat – Vickery Village, 5855 South Vickery Street, Cumming GA 30040. Free Admission and Open to the Community. Bring the whole family for a safe night of fun and games. Fill your bag with the best candy and get a free photo in our photo booth. Food and drink specials provided by Vickery Village restaurants.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – TrunkRTreat Forsyth is safe, family-friendly community event in Cumming, GA. Pony rides, giveaways, food from the largest grill in Forsyth County, games, tons of candy, and did we mention it’s all FREE?!? Spread the word and join us on Sunday October 30th from 6-8PM at the Highlands Church Parking lot.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Trunk or Treat at Freedom Tabernacle on Freedom Parkway.

ALL WEEKEND

Warbington Farms – Their fall season runs September 17 – November 12, 2016. Join them on the farm for our corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides to feed the cows, and all our Fun Park activities. We will be open September 28 from 10am-3pm for Forsyth County Fall Break! Fall Hours: Friday & Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Visit their Facebook for updates, contests and more! $10 Per person (includes Fun Park Admission AND Corn Maze) Price does not include tax, under three free. Senior Citizen discount available.
Oktoberfest, Helen. Through Oct. 30. Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen. $8-$10, free on Sunday. 706-878-1619. www.helenchamber.com/helen/oktoberfest.

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