Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explore Your Inner Scientist at the 2015 Atlanta Science Festival

The Atlanta Science Festival is an eight-day, citywide collaboration showcasing science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The second annual event will be held March 21-28, 2015. Simply put: it’s a remarkable opportunity to raise awareness and build interest in science and technology across different ages, neighborhoods and education levels. The metro Atlanta area has been a growing science and technology corridor. This Festival is an annual citywide event with that history (and future) in mind, with a clear goal of making science programming exciting and accessible to every resident. There will be more than 100 events over an eight-day period, and most will be free. Events vary in topic, style, and target audience, including art exhibits, film screenings, guided tours, panel discussions, food and drink, interactive demos, stage shows, comedy nights, flashmobs, storytimes – some for adults and some for children.

The Exploration Expo is a free, family-friendly event held March 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park. The event keeps science moving at the speed of light with more than 100 interactive exhibits; hands-on experiments; mind-blowing demos; and a full line-up of live science-themed performances―plus so much more. Events will not only be held at museums, universities and institutions, but also in our neighborhoods – at our libraries, community centers and parks. It’s exciting to collaborate to take science “outside” the normal confines of our daily work and show it at work in “the real world.”

Atlanta’s Festival is part of a national movement. They’re part of the Science Festival Alliance and join select cities across the country to support the mission of fostering a professional community dedicated to more and better science and technology festivals.

Educators can access additional details, dates, classroom flyer and resources here: For more information please visit:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Frosted Lemonade, Pocket Doodles and a Three Story Restaurant Is What's New at Chick-fil-A #ChickfilAMoms

This year I had the wonderful pleasure to become a Chick-fil-A mom and one of the perks is that I get to try new menu items and get the inside scoop of all the new and exciting things happening at the restaurant. For example, did you know the Chick-fil-A is intoducing a new Frosted Lemonade? The refreshing treat combines two of the fast food restaurant’s most beloved offerings, fresh-squeezed lemonade and its signature Icedream®. Chick-fil-A’s lemonade is made from scratch daily at each restaurant using only fresh lemon juice, pure cane sugar and water.

They are also working with suppliers to establish a stable, sustainable, supply chain that can deliver on Chick-fil-A promise of no antibiotics ever. This means every customer, at every restaurant across the country will be served chicken without antibiotics everyday.

For our Chick-fil-A fans in the northeast, AWESOME news! You are getting the the first freestanding Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York. The three-story restaurant will be located on 6th avenue and West 37th Street in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan.

But that's not all, for your little ones Chick-fil-A is including educational, interactive, character-building Kid's Meal prizes to help bring grownups and kids together. Because everyone loves to doodle Chick-fil-A is giving “Pocket Doodles” in every kids meal. There are 5 activity books in total. This pocket-sized set lets kids doodle in new and exciting ways that will make your kids creativity soar! For children 3 and under you can ask for board books. How delightful!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Bonanza at Bogan Park Is Back!

This is hands down one of the best out-of-the-box family friendly Easter events in Atlanta. As the rising warm air moves in and the cool air moves out, all the kids want is to hit the pool. Bogan's Park aquatic center is an aweome place because it has an indoor competition pool & an indoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, a giant water-slide and water play structures. On Easter weekend kids can hunt for eggs under the water at the aquatic center, then dry off and head to the community recreation center. Get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny, enjoy a snack and make a craft. Spots are limited so make sure you register early!

  • Where: Bogan Park Community Recreation Center & Aquatic Center 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford, GA 30519
  • When: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Who: Children under the age of 6 years old must be accompanied in the water by an adult 18 or over. All ages.
  • How: Must pre-register by 3/21 online with code: BOP11402 or call 678-277-0850 or 678-277-0853.
  • Cost: $15/person
  • For more information: Please go HERE 

27th Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza

27th Cabbage Patch Kids Magical Easter Eggstravaganza is a Cleveland Tradition at BabyLand General Hospital on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Pancake Breakfast starting at 8 a.m. (Cost-$10. Reservations Required-706-865-2171, Ext. 0), Parade through town at 11 a.m., Car Show starts at 12 p.m., Cupcakes and Carrots at 1 p.m., Easter Bonnet Contest at 3 p.m. All day prize giveaways, arts & crafts, rides, costume characters, music and dancing.

Children's Literature Panel Discussion for Parents and Teachers At The Breman Museum March 24

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You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated.
You can only write books that are of interest to them. ”
- Maurice Sendak
Date:     March 24
Time:    7 PM
At:          The Breman Museum // 1440 Spring Street (across from Puppetry Arts)

Storytelling has been used to share experiences and life lessons since the beginning of time. Children’s literature in its many forms has powerfully affected generation after generation, shaping not only how we act as children but the adults we become. 

Ø If children’s books influence the way we live as adults, do today’s authors carry a social responsibility?
Ø Has the digital age changed the way children read and how we read with our children?
Ø What should we be reading now?

The answers to these questions will be explored in an enlightened and dynamic conversation with writer Laurel Snyder, illustrator R. Gregory Christi and Paideia School Librarian Natalie Bernstein. The discussion will be moderated by Timothy Frilingos, Director of Exhibitions at the Breman Museum.

Entrance to this event is included in regular museumadmission and seating will be first-come, first-served.

Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event.

The Breman Museum would like to extend a special thanks to their partners, The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators - Southern Breeze RegionThe PJ Library, and The Georgia Center for the Book.

Family Wellness Festival Planned for Rhodes Jordan Park

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett are celebrating National Public Health Week with a festival April 10. Spring Break Out Family Wellness Festival, set to be held at Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, is a free event starting at 5 p.m. and intended to encourage positive health habits. Participants will experience health and wellness exhibitors, fitness demos, educational performances and park-wide family activities.

The event also includes the GLOW 3k Fun Walk/Run at 8:00 p.m., which costs $12 total per person, and a free movie on the lawn afterwards. Registration for the 3k ends April 2. Rhodes Jordan Park is located at 100 East Crogan St.

For more information, visit or call 770-822-8869.

21st Annual Lauren's Run & CURE Childhood Cancer Picnic Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lauren's Run & CURE Annual Picnic 
Presented by NCR

Lauren’s Run was founded in 1992 in memory of Lauren Zagoria, a sweet two-year old girl from Atlanta with big, golden curls, and continuing in memory of Lauren Kochman, a beautiful, brown eyed girl who lost her battle with neuroblastoma at only twenty months old. Since its beginnings, Lauren’s Run has raised more than $3 million for pediatric cancer research.

Lauren's Run is a Peachtree qualifier!

Please Note: Only pre-registered runners will be timed. Runners competing in the 10K must be able to complete the 10K in 75 minutes, and will not be allowed to start the second loop of the route after 40 minutes. Walk-up (day-of) registrants will not be timed.

10K - 5K - 2K Run/Walk - Tot Trot 
Sunday, April 26th
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Concourse Office Park in Atlanta, GA 

Highlights of the day include:

- Meet Disney Princesses -
- Dozens of Games with Prizes -
- Rock Climbing Wall -
- Video Game Truck -
- Giant Inflatables -
- Music and Dancing - 
- Balloon Artist -  
- Intricate Face Painting - 
- Lunch is Provided -

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Inaugural Chamblee Fun Mudder To Benefit CMS Education Foundation

5K Run to Feature Obstacles, Mud and Fun for All Ages

Chamblee Middle School (CMS), together with the City of Chamblee and the DeKalb County Fire Department, today announced plans for the inaugural Chamblee Fun Mudder event, scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 am.  Presented by Ed Voyles Automotive, the event is a 5K fun run, with obstacles involving mud. All proceeds will benefit the Chamblee Middle School Education Foundation (CMSEF).

The 5K course begins and ends at Chamblee Middle School (CMS), winding through the Keswick Village and Sexton Woods neighborhoods.  Participants will complete four different obstacles throughout various locations in Keswick Park, involving simple challenges in the mud.

The Chamblee Fun Mudder is open to the community and is appropriate for kids and adults of all abilities. There will be a 3K (1.91 mile) Muddy Buddy race immediately following the Chamblee Fun Mudder, in which participants will complete the mud obstacles, but will run a shorter course. 

Visit  for registration and information.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring EGG-stravaganza at Fernbank Museum

Instead of a traditional egg hunt, this year Fernbank is offering a new format, inviting guests to enjoy a twist on the popular springtime activity. Visitors are invited to bring baskets and search for special egg stations, complete activities and participate in games as they collect a variety of eggs.

This festive event is the perfect way for families to welcome in spring with opportunities to meet live baby animals, find prize-filled eggs, play fun games, participate in special activities and more. 

Cost: Included with Museum admission and free for members.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendars, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is hosting the first annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4! The garden will be open during normal business hours (9am – 4pm). The first hunt will start at 10am and the last hunt will be at 2pm. Your entry fee includes garden admission, 1 Easter egg hunt, a chance to meet the Easter bunny, free craft tables, as well as other vendors. The price for non-member children is $10.00 and adult entry is $7.00. There is a discounted rate for SGG Members ($5.00 per child & adults free) as well as the opportunity to register early.

Six Flags Over Georgia and MUST Ministries Host Opening Weekend Food Drive


MUST Food Pantries distributes more than 370,000 pounds of food throughout the year; donations to directly benefit neighbors in need

For the 5th consecutive year, MUST Ministries is partnering with Six Flags Over Georgia to host an Opening Weekend Food Drive on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15.

Each guest that donates six or more non-perishable food items will receive a Buy One Get One Free coupon for a general admission ticket to the park. Season Passholders that donate six or more non-perishable food items will be granted park access an hour before the park opens to experience the new BATMAN™: The Ride BACKWARDS.

Suggested items to donate include canned meats, peanut butter, cereal bars, cereal and dry foods.

Adventure Abounds in Madcap Comedy, The Explorers Club, March 26- April 19 at Aurora Theatre

Hilarious Tale of Exploration Pokes Fun at Victorian England’s Patriarchal Ideals

Prepare for an adventure filled with zany humor, mad science and a touch of gender inequality, oh my! Hilarity unfolds as one woman propels Victorian England’s prestigious Explorers Club into a tizzy when she is nominated to join the all-male sanctum! With the potential to uproot the patriarchal foundation of the British Empire, The Explorers Club combines wry humor with cheeky disposition to present a riveting engagement at Aurora Theatre, March 26 – April 19, 2015. With its fast-paced and witty dialogue, the show takes audiences on a journey of juxtaposition of feminine ideals against the oppressive backdrop of conservative 19th century Great Britain.

"What I love most about this play is that every character is so much fun; you can't take your eyes off of them!  Playwright Nell Benjamin created roles for men who are each uniquely hilarious and display a ton of heart – and Courtney Patterson can go toe to toe with each of them,” says director Jaclyn Hofmann. “On top of all the funny, the explorers are telling a story with real issues of gender inequality that are still prevalent in today’s society.”
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