Friday, April 29, 2016

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Six Flags Over Georgia Expands Family Offerings With Bugs Bunny BoomTown

Six Flags Over Georgia has become one of the best year-round amusement park in the south. With the addition of Hurricane Harbor, a multi-million dollar water park inside Six Flags Over Georgia and the recent addition of Bugs Bunny BoomTown, a new re-themed kids area that features seven new attractions, including an interactive water ride, twisting swings, flying ships, a junior Ferris wheel, a climbing playground, a truck-driving adventure, and an up-and-down drop tower, Six Flags Over Georgia is now one solid attraction that you don't want to miss.

These new additions to the park offer hours of fun with rides the entire family can enjoy together. We recently visited the park as as they unveiled the new area and met 7-year-old Symeon from Make A Wish Georgia, he was named Honorary Park President For a Day. Symeon was presented with the Key to Six Flags, while acting as Honorary Park President. He helped open Bugs Bunny Boomtown, shadowed Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel throughout the day, talked with guests, answered questions and brought smiles to all. 

From Metro Atlanta, Symeon has been associated with Make-A-Wish Georgia for more than two years. He is an avid fan of Six Flags, always making his way to the Gold Town Racers GoKarts each time he visits the park. He was diagnosed with cancer, but has since been declared cancer-free.

“Symeon is one of nearly 7,000 amazing kids we’ve granted a wish to in our 21 years of serving Georgia children facing life-threatening medical conditions,” said Make-A-Wish Georgia Marketing and Communications Vice President Amy Alvarez. “Wishes are a movement powered by an incredible community like Six Flags at a time when a family needs it the most. We feel luck to have partners like Six Flags who are willing to create lifelong memories for our kids long after their wish.”

Bugs Bunny BoomTown rides include:

Friday, March 25, 2016

Explore Earth’s Luminous Life Forms in the Creatures of Light Exhibition at Fernbank Museum

Learn How and Why Nature’s Fascinating Light-Emitting Creatures Survive and Thrive

ATLANTA, March 21, 2016 – Twinkling isn’t just for the stars. From glowing mushrooms and insect larvae to vampire squid and fluorescent corals, Earth is full of fascinating organisms that radiate light. Opening on March 26 at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence will take visitors on a mesmerizing stroll through the world of living light. The traveling exhibition will run through August 14, 2016.

Creatures of Light explores Earth’s extraordinary light-producing organisms – from flickering fireflies found in backyards to glowing deep-sea fish that illuminate the darkest depths of the oceans. Guests will move through a series of recreated environments, featuring interactive touchpads and larger-than-life models, to explore extraordinary bioluminescent organisms.

Spring Break Fun at Medieval Times

Get ready for an action packed Spring break at Medieval Times! Enjoy a four-course Medieval feast as you experience a thrilling, two-hour live show featuring jousting, sword fighting and magnificent pure Spanish horses. This Friday at Medieval Times ­ Kids between the ages of 4-12 will have the opportunity to get down in the sand before the show and train with the knights. At the end of the training, they will all be knighted by the king! Doors open at 6:30pm and Junior Knight Training begins at 7:15.

Showtime is 8pm (Also March 30, 31, April 1, April 4­8)
  • Where: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 30043
  • When: 6:30 PM ­ 10:00 PM Who: Fans of Medieval Times!
  • How: Purchase tickets
  • Cost: Special Price ­ Kids and students are just $29.95 and adults are $36.95, and Junior Knight Training is free with a paid admission to the show. (Offer code SBWEB16)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fernbank Science Center Hosts Annual NanoDay

On Saturday, March 19th from noon to 3 pm, Fernbank Science Center will be the site of NanoDay. This free event, part of Atlanta Science Festival, features live presentations and hands-on displays educating the public about recent advances in nanoscience. NanoDay is geared towards the youngest scientists of all, ages 5 and up, and includes a chemical magic show, nano-themed story time, and games. More information is available at the Atlanta Science Festival website:

Friday, March 4, 2016

North America’s First Virtual Reality Coaster to Open at Six Flags Over Georgia

North America’s first virtual reality roller coaster (VR) is coming to Atlanta, as The New Revolution at Dare Devil Dive is set to debut at Six Flags Over Georgia. Using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, riders will become “co-pilots” on their own virtual fighter jets and be transported into a futuristic battle to save planet Earth from an alien invasion.

The New Revolution at Dare Devil Dive will feature:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

IKEA Atlanta Celebrates Spring with Annual Swedish Easter Buffet #AllYouCanEatATL

IKEA welcomes everyone to celebrate the dawn of spring with Påskbord, a Swedish smörgåsbord buffet celebrating the Easter holiday. Join IKEA for an all-you-can-eat buffet at stores** across the country on Friday, March 18, 2016. Guests can enjoy a traditional meal of classic Swedish food offerings, such as Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes, smoked salmon, Swedish ham, and much more at their nearest IKEA Restaurant**.

Tickets to the buffet for IKEA FAMILY members cost $12.99 per person or $2.99 for kids 12 and under; for non-IKEA FAMILY members, the cost is $16.99 per person or $4.99 for kids 12 and under.

Get tickets to The Sound of Music at Fox Theatre

The hills are know the rest. Everyone's favorite tale of nannies, nuns and Nazis is heading out on a new North American tour in 2015/16. The last show written by legendary duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, this iconic musical boasts a score which reads like a Greatest Hits of musical theatre, with songs including My Favorite Things, Edelweiss and Do-Re-Mi. It's inspired an Oscar-winning movie, a tv talent show and, as the 18 million viewers who tuned in to see NBC's live special prove, remains an incredibly popular piece of American pop culture.

While everyone knows the story off by heart, that doesn't mean that there's nothing new to be said about The Sound of Music. Helming this tour is Jack O'Brien (Hairspray), one of Broadway's most accomplished directors, who's seeking to strip away some of the more kitschy elements which have become attached to the musical over the years. The three time Tony Award winner told the New York Times that he's not "trotting out your mother's version."

Monday, February 22, 2016

First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal Partners with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® to Celebrate Reading at Peachtree Elementary,Wednesday, February 24

Circus-themed pep rally recognizes third graders who excelled in reading achievements over past two weeks

ATLANTA – Feb. 22, 2016 – In celebration of a two-week Reading with Ringling competition that took place at Peachtree Elementary School, the entire third grade class will receive a special visit from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®’s famous clowns for a circus-themed pep rally on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.

Most notably, the pep rally will feature Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia, who will attend to congratulate the students on their reading accomplishments. Mrs. Deal will read University of Georgia football star Malcolm Mitchell’s popular children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat,” to students during her visit.

Faculty is tallying up the total number of pages read over the past two weeks in order to determine the winning classes. As an incentive, the top three performing third grade classrooms to be announced at the pep rally will be rewarded with a field trip to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Circus XTREME! on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at 10:40 a.m. at Infinite Energy Center. Additionally, Ringling Bros. donated 100 circus-themed books to the school library.

Atlanta Science Festival Releases STEM-tacular Schedule of Events

 100 Science-Related Activities to Take Place Across Metro Atlanta in March

Curious people of all ages will be in for a fascinating and mind-bending scientific adventure during the Atlanta Science Festival, held March 19-26 and culminating in a free, Exploration Expo in Centennial Olympic Park.

This year’s festival offers 100 STEM/STEAM activities over eight days that will take place at more than 50 Atlanta locations. Experiments, performances, discussions, workshops, tours, tastings and more will connect scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs with those interested in the role science plays in today’s world. 

Festivities will conclude on Saturday, March 26, at Centennial Olympic Park with a family friendly event jam-packed with hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos and a full lineup of science-oriented live performances. The Exploration Expo is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Easter ‘hoppenings’ planned at Atlanta-area Simon centers

Welcome spring with eggs-citing events at Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb

ATLANTA (February 17, 2016) – Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away! To help families get into the spring sprit, Atlanta-area Simon centers are hosting basketfuls of fun events and activities. Children can hop on over to Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb to hunt for hidden eggs, participate in themed crafts and even grab a photo with the Easter Bunny himself!

Atlanta Chamber Players Launch Crowd-Funding Campaign for March 13th Free Concert

Raising Funds for Educational and Outreach Activities, Including a Performance with Guest Artist Morris Robinson

ATLANTA, February 18, 2016 – The Atlanta Chamber Players (ACP), currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary Season, have launched a crowd-funding campaign ( to support education and outreach initiatives in partnership with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Office of Cultural Affairs has offered a one-to-one match for every dollar raised in the campaign through the power2give online platform through March 15th.
Over the next month, the ACP are planning to raise $4,000 from individual donors, to be matched by an additional $4,000 from the City of Atlanta. Essentially, donors’ gifts are doubled by giving during the power2give campaign! The funds raised will help pay for the educational programming as well as the costs associated with the free community concert on Sunday, March 13 at 4pm in Sister’s Chapel at Spelman College.
That concert at Spelman is free and open to all, and it includes two special guest performances. The first is from Morris Robinson, stunningly powerful singer and current Artist in Residence with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Robinson will sing selections from Porgy and Bess, accompanied by ACP Artistic Director and pianist Elizabeth Pridgen and soprano Ann Marie McPhail. Robinson plans his debut in the role of Porgy this fall at the famed La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, but Atlanta audiences can get a sneak peak with the ACP on March 13th.

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