From A-Z, AlpharettaMoms.Org keeps you updated weekly on fun family things to do! Bunches of information in one place to make our lives a little easier! There are many venues below to make fun family memories from the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden to Chattahoochee Nature Center, Lanier Islands, Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Stone Mountain and more!
Find Alpharetta and Avalon happenings here! Alpharetta Food Truck Alley on Thursday nights, Alpharetta Farmers Market on Saturday’s, and weekly events at Avalon!
- 10am-2pm: ADULT $25; JUNIOR $20; INTERMEDIATE $22
- 2PM-Close: ADULT $29; JUNIOR $24; INTERMEDIATE $26
MONDAY MAYHEM Monday Nights 10pm – 2am (18 & up only) 21 & up FREE • 18 – 20 $10 Cover
Roswell: Enjoy HALF OFF Racing, Simulators and Dark Ride Motion Theater PLUS Free Arcade Games, Drink Specials, Dancing, Bar Games, Giveaways and More! **Please note Groupons, SweetJack, Living Social and Half Off Depot vouchers are not valid during Monday Mayhem.**
GRILL & THRILL COMBO MENU: 6/5/17- 8/4/17
Sunday – Friday (Not valid on Saturdays)
- $16.95- Choice of the below 6 entrees and includes dessert which is choice of Brownie Sundae or Caramel Apple Crumble Pie. Comes with guest’s choice of PLAY NOW! with One-hr unlimited time play card or PLAY LATER! $10 Game Card
- Anna’s Favorite Sandwich
- Spinach Cranberry Salad
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Classic Burger with Cheese
- Chicken Tenders
- BBQ Pork Parfait
- $19.95- Choice of the below 6 entrees and includes dessert which is choice of Brownie Sundae or Caramel Apple Crumble Pie. Comes with guest’s choice of PLAY NOW! with One-hr unlimited time play card or PLAY LATER! $10 Game Card
- Mac n Cheese stuffed burger
- Big Tex burger
- BBQ chicken pizza
- Kickin Chicken Pasta
- Grilled Salmon
- Sirloin Steak Sandwich
- Choice of Dessert with $19.95 package
- Brownie Sundae
- $16.95- Choice of the below 6 entrees and includes dessert which is choice of Brownie Sundae or Caramel Apple Crumble Pie. Comes with guest’s choice of PLAY NOW! with One-hr unlimited time play card or PLAY LATER! $10 Game Card
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
Andretti Karting is saluting those that serve and protect us every day with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel. Simply show your military or work ID when purchasing at our facility to receive discount.*Discount not valid in the Grill when paying with a Gift or Game Card.
TEACHER APPRECIATION FRIDAY NIGHTS
Show your school ID and receive a free Three-hour Time Play Video Game Card & 20% off Karting, Attractions and Meals in our Andretti Grill! *Time Play Card does not accrue tickets for redemption and is not valid on prize games.
KIDS EAT FREE Every Tuesday, kids eat free with the purchase of each entree of $8.49 or more. Kids meals for children 12 or younger, beverages not included and are valid for items ordered off our Kid’s Menu only.
EXTREME HAPPY HOUR
Get off the roads and onto the right track to after work fun! Andretti Roswell has some great weekday deals to make your evening commute much better. Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm, enjoy these great specials PLUS all <strong>attractions are 50% OFF with your same-day Happy Hour receipt from the Andretti Grill.* $3 Well Drinks, Domestic Drafts & Margaritas $5 Select Appetizers *Half off attractions excludes karting.
Among the “unexpected” look for:
- Dozens of bare trees, harvested off site from an overcrowded location and “planted” throughout the Garden, painted in brilliant pink, orange, blue and green that draw the eye, inspiring conversations about color, form and natural beauty and value of trees.
- The Levy Parterre transformed into an elegant white garden, emphasizing plants with flowers and foliage in white, gray and silver – a salute to great gardens around the world, such as England’s famed white garden at Sissinghurst castle.
- The Fuqua Conservatory adorned with dozens of sparkly old chandeliers dripping with plants, evoking images of old South charm.
Visitors may enjoy the exhibition in the evening every Thursday during Cocktails in the Garden, the popular garden party featuring live music, cash bars and adult games. The Garden’s onsite restaurant, Longleaf, will be serving a special dinner menu every Thursday as well (Reservations are recommended).
Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924
On display through Saturday, September 30, 2017
This exhibition of photographs and rare silent film footage brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken by 350 American women – all volunteers – who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France. Excluded from the right to vote or serve in active combat, these women otherwise directed their considerable energy toward international relief work to counter the devastation of the Great War. The dynamic leader of the group was Anne Morgan, daughter of prominent financier J. Pierpont Morgan, who collected private funds and founded the American Committee for Devastated France. In the tradition of Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale, this group of women lived alongside the rural people of Picardy, a region of northern France that had been ravaged during World War I. Second in a series of four Atlanta History Center exhibitions on World War I.
Uncle Sam Wants You! World War I and the American Poster
On display through Sunday, December 3, 2017.
One hundred years ago, Americans were reluctant to get involved in what they viewed as Europe’s war. When the United States finally entered the war in April 1917, public opinion had to be turned around. The U.S. government mobilized an incredible cadre of artists to create “pictorial publicity” for all aspects of the war effort — from recruiting to war relief to food and fuel conservation. Artists including James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, Harrison Fisher, and J. C. Leyendecker produced an impressive body of art. Unfortunately, all but a handful of these posters have long since been forgotten.
This exhibition combines artifact holdings from the Atlanta History Center – military equipment, weaponry, uniforms — with the magnificent poster collection of Atlanta historian Walton Rawls, author of the landmark 2001 book Wake Up, America!: World War I and the American Poster. The result is a fascinating look at American posters of World War I, both as graphic masterworks and as illustrations of a tragic historical episode. Third in a series of four Atlanta History Center exhibitions on World War I.
The Atlanta History Center’s cornerstone exhibition Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta remains open. Through artifacts, ephemera, interactive media, recording booths, immersive experiences, and Meet the Past museum theatre performances, this 7,700-square-foot exhibition shares the stories of individuals of many different backgrounds and perspectives who helped create the Atlanta we know today.
Conveniently located off of I-75, the Atlanta History Center is a unique 33 acre oasis nestled among one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive experiences, and a variety of year-round adult and family programs truly offer something for everyone looking to explore our region’s past. Admission tickets are all-inclusive of all History Center attractions, and guests enjoy free parking.
Check out their Children’s Classes and Workshops, Cooking and Crafts, After School Explorer and more!
Preserve Hours: Mon-Sun, 8a-Dusk
Visitor Center Hours: Tue-Sat, 10a-4p, Sun, 12p-4p & Mon closed
Step right up! The Center for Puppetry Arts will kick off the 2017-2018 season with the anticipated return of Cinderella Della Circus. The magical, circus-themed show will be supplemented with a number of applause-worthy, free weekend events to celebrate the high-flying spirit of the show.
Cinderella Della Circus June 20 – July 23 The Center for Puppetry Arts will somersault into fun on Saturday, June 24 with a carnival to celebrate the show’s opening weekend. Patrons can enjoy a bounce house, fresh popcorn and a visit from our friends Bean & Bear who will be clowning, and performing walk around puppetry and magic tricks.
Cinderella is a pro at walking the tightrope, so patrons will have a chance to learn some of her tricks! On Saturday, July 8, the Center will host Circus Arts Day. Members of Atlanta’s Circus Arts Institute will be on-site giving lessons in tightrope walking simulations and scarf juggling. They will be joined by a stilt walker, who will roam the atrium on sky-high stilts.
A sensory-friendly version of Cinderella Della Circus will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 to continue the Center’s ASD initiative. During this performance, the following alterations will be employed: theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. These adjustments will continue into the museum and Create-A-Puppet Workshop.
Cinderella Della Circus uses marionette puppets, including some that do special tricks. Guests interested in learning how to use a marionette will get the chance on Saturday, July 15! The Center’s staff of puppeteers will be leading demos and teaching an introductory lesson on marionette puppetry using hand-made scarf marionettes.
Finally, the Center will celebrate the show’s final weekend on Saturday, July 22 with a truly sparkling activity – bedazzling! In the spirit of Cinderella’s famous slippers, patrons are invited to bedazzle their own shoes. The Center has partnered with Atlanta-area Shoe Carnival stores to offer a 30 percent off discount on a new pair of shoes. Families are encouraged to purchase those before the show and bring them to decorate after the performance. The Center will provide all the bedazzling supplies.
All of these events will take place between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the days listed and are included at no additional charge with an all-inclusive admission. Cinderella Della Circus is presented in the Mainstage Theater, June 20 – July 23. Reduced-price previews will take place June 20 and 21. Show times are as follows:
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and noon
Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets are $9.75 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers) – plus sales tax. Tickets include admission to the performance, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery) and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own special Stretcho Rod Puppetand perform with it on our classroom stage. Tickets are available online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
Mother Goose August 15 – September 17 Mother Goose is on the loose! Families are invited to help find her with some assistance from classic nursey rhyme characters as the Center for Puppetry Arts presents Mother Goose, August 15 –September 17. Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill and all the other citizens of Rhymeville need as much help as possible to look for clues and solve the mystery of Mother Goose’s whereabouts.
Adapted and directed by Amy Sweeney, Mother Goose is a presented as part of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Theater for the Very Young series, designed specifically with the developmental stages of young children in mind. Mother Goose employs bright colors, music, familiar stories and audience interaction to engage children in a creative experience that supports learning and social development. The Center for Puppetry Arts invites patrons of all ages to move and groove along with these timeless characters!
Puppeteers Luis Hernandez and Jimmica Collins will lead the way in this highly-interactive production. Mother Goose features rod, hand-and-rod and glove puppets and is designed for ages 2 and up. A sensory-friendly performance of the show will take place August 27, continuing the Center’s mission of providing programming for patrons with ASD.
This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, August 15 – September 17. Reduced-price previews will take place Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16. The show schedule is as follows:
- Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Museum tickets available and tours offered on a daily basis. Folktale storytelling every Thursday at 3pm.
2017-2018 FAMILY SERIES:
Cinderella Della Circus June 20-July 23, 2017
Adapted by Jon Ludwig
Billy Goats Gruff & Other Stuff Aug. 10-13, 2017
By All Hands Productions of Atlanta, GA
Mother Goose Aug. 15-Sept. 17, 2017
Adapted by Amy Sweeney
Theatre for the Very Young
Charlotte’s Web Sept. 19-Oct. 22, 2017
By E.B. White, Adapted by Joseph Robinette
Tickets are $10.25 (Members) and $20.50 (nonmembers) and include admission to the show, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery), and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own Lightning Bug Rod & String Puppet and perform with it on our classroom stage. Tickets can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
Butterfly Encounter through July 31!! Butterflies are found on every continent but Antarctica. The U.S. alone is home to about 700 different species of this beautiful and loved insect. Butterflies play a number of roles in the ecosystem. They act as a pollinator and as a food source for other species, acting as an important connector in a thriving ecosystem web.
July 8 8pm Full Moon Family Night Hike During our family night hike we will learn about the phases of the moon. Discuss tales and legends associated with moon phases and explore one of CNC’s trails. The evening will also include an encounter with one of the CNC’s rehabilitated nocturnal animals and a campfire. Register by July 6 and save $2; all ages; $12 General Public/$10 CNC Members (price per person).
In the Nature Exchange:
Step Outside and Hike with a Docent Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 3 PM
Join a docent for a journey of one of CNC’s six trails. Discover the unique plants and animals that call these trails home. All Ages. Included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members
Imagination Challenge Indoor Scavenger Hunt
You’ll have to look up high for this month’s scavenger hunt – macro invertebrates will be floating above your head, just like it would be if you were a small organism underwater. Learn to ID these creatures in our scavenger hunt and earn NEX points for each ID. Included with General Admission. Youth Focused Fun with a side of Education
Sundays on the River Concert Series July 9 Bob Bakert
Sunset Sips Concert Series
August 21 Solar Eclipse Viewing Head out to CNC and catch a glimpse of the rare solar eclipse. Free solar viewing glasses provided by Charlie Bates Astronomy Project. This event is included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members.
Feature Exhibit: Blue Man Group – Making Waves through September 4
The national touring exhibit, supported by Harman/Becker Automotive Systems and created by the Boston Children’s Museum and Blue Man Group and powered by JBL®, will take the whole family through a multi sensory exploration of sound that provides an opportunity for everyone to play together while discovering the fun of music. The 1,500 square foot exhibit features six interactive stations where children will have an opportunity to see, feel and create sound just like the Blue Man Group.
Onstage, the Blue Man is one part inquisitive child, one part trickster, and one part superhero on a journey of discovery. Throughout Blue Man Group Making Waves families are encouraged to learn, play and explore with the same curiosity as these renowned performing artists. “This interactive exhibit based on the well known and contemporary performing group will have children and parents alike enthralled in the color and sound created within the space,” said Jane Turner, executive director of Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “Blue Man Group – Making Waves does such a great job of teaching kids how the elements of science and art come together to create music in a way that disguises the fact that they’re learning.”
At the Slide-u-lum, Build-u-lum, Sand Drum and Theramin children will have an opportunity to see, feel and create sound. At the PVC Station visitors of all ages will have a chance to play the unique Blue Man Group instruments, while learning how sound works and the whole experience culminates in the JBL®-equipped Surround Sound Theater where engineering genius combines with a short musical piece by Blue Man Group to illustrate the elements of sound.
Themed daily programming during Blue Man Group – Making Waves exhibit will occur through September 4, 2017. Programming subject to change and may be altered during special events. All programs included with admission unless otherwise noted.
Mini-Musical: A Sound Connection
Weekdays at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Children will join robot W.A.V.E. and Caveperson Sonar on a journey through the Earie Canal to experience the wonder of sound by listening to animals in the wild and learning to dance like a sounds wave!
Weekends at 1 p.m.
“Zoola Palooza: A Book of Homographs” by Gene Barretta
An exclusively animal musical group, Zoola Palooza are in town to teach little ones all about homographs – words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently and have separate meanings.
Music & Movement: Surround Sound
Weekdays at 1 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 11 a.m.
What sound is created when a stick crashes into a trash can? What happens when a pencil hits a coffee cup? Children can join the Imaginators in learning that sound is all around us when making music through found objects!
Super Spectacular Science Show
Weekdays at 3 p.m. and Weekends at 4 p.m.
Professor Lab Coat and his assistants will lead a mesmerizing science demonstration for the entire Museum.
Eat A Georgia Rainbow
Sunday at 3 p.m.
Children will embark on a scavenger hunt and cold cooking activity with the Imaginators to learn more about fruits and veggies harvested in Georgia throughout the year.
Art Studio Projects
Weekdays 10:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m. –4 p.m.
Little ones can discover colors and explore artists from around the world through various crafts like making and decorating a banjo, experimenting with powder paint, blow paint and splatter paint as well as creating a noise maker from recycled objects.
Build It Lab
Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. –3:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m. –4 p.m.
Children will put their woodworking and creative tools to the test in this supervised space where they have access to real tools and materials. Encouraging inventions, this Build It Lab will spark creativity by allowing young innovators to build items such as a rain stick and drum.
Weekdays 10:30 a.m. –2:30 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m. –3:30 p.m.
Science is everywhere, especially on the mezzanine at the Museum! Step Up to Science is the new STEM exhibit area and features interactive exhibits about light, robotics and how the human body works! Families can saddle up to the science bar for a full menu of fun activities, knowledge and have their questions turned into answers by one of the STEM educators.
For more information on the April program offerings or to support Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS .
Target Free Second Tuesday
Upcoming 2016 Target Free Second Tuesday Dates: July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12 ). Target Free Second Tuesday is a special opportunity for the community to bring their children to experience the Museum for FREE, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free admission is made possible through the generous support of Target on the second Tuesday of each month for visitors who may not have the opportunity to experience the museum or want to try the museum free of charge.
Sensory Friendly Saturdays
The first Saturday of every month, the Museum will open at 9 AM for families with children on the autism spectrum or children with sensory processing disorders. Sensory Friendly Saturdays include a sensory modified setting, limited admission and sound and lighting adjustments. Admission will be $5 per person for non-members and free for members. Space is limited so book today!
Call Reservations at 404-527-3693 to book your space or purchase tickets online.
Open Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, NW Atlanta 30313
Mammoths and Mastodons, an exploration of these fascinating creatures featuring nearly 100 real fossils and artifacts, will be on view from June 17 through August 27, 2017, along with Giant Screen film, Titans of the Ice Age. The 7,500-square-foot exhibition and the action-packed film work in tandem to bring to life how these animals lived and to provide an immersive portal to the great Pleistocene Ice Age.
Mammoths and mastodons survived for millions of years, living in temperate climates and on the wind-swept lands of the frozen north – great beasts weighing as much as eight tons and bearing tusks up to 16 feet long. Wonderfully successful creatures of the Ice Age, they were a source of food and artistic inspiration for ancient peoples who lived in Europe, Asia, and North America. But despite their size and ability to adapt to different habitats, these early cousins of the elephant eventually went extinct – leaving us an abundant fossil record. Almost 100 of these ancient fossils and artifacts can be seen in Mammoths and Mastodons, including skulls, tusks, teeth, hunting tools and Paleolithic art. The exhibition also features a replica of a 40,000-year-old baby mammoth specimen named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) that was discovered by a Siberian reindeer herder and his sons in 2007.
Mammoths and Mastodons gives Museum visitors a unique opportunity to delve deeper into this Ice Age world. The exhibition showcases environments that awe and amaze through large-scale projections, walk-through dioramas, and virtual experiences. Mammoths and Mastodons features massive, fleshed-out creatures and skeletons that visitors can touch and examine up close. Also on display are rare and evocative objects including some of the oldest art in existence, huge skulls and tusks, weird and wonderful mammoth relatives – including dwarf mammoths – and mastodon bones collected by William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) for President Thomas Jefferson’s own collection. The exhibition also details the scientific methods used to study beasts from the past as well as their surviving relatives: modern-day elephants.
Mammoths and Mastodons explores not only how these Ice Age creatures lived, forming herds similar in social structure to those of modern elephants, but also how they became extinct, by examining the roles played by climate change, human predation and other factors in their demise.
Guests are encouraged to continue their Ice Age expedition with the film Titans of the Ice Age, where they will be transported to the otherworldly frozen landscapes of the northern hemisphere 10,000 years before modern civilization.
Titans of the Ice Age brings this harsh and beautiful era to life – a world buried in our ancestral memory, populated by saber-tooth cats, giant sloths, dire wolves and the iconic woolly mammoths. Through the power of CGI, viewers will roam the mammoth steppe with baby Lyuba – the very same female Woolly Mammoth calf featured in Mammoths and Mastodons – and discover the story of Zed, one of the most complete Colombian Mammoth skeletons ever uncovered, extracted in 2008 from the famous La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
Remarkable backdrops shot on location at Yellowstone National Park, the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains and Alaska provide the scenery on which the drama of the Pleistocene unfolds. State-of-the-art, ultra-HD CGI allows long-extinct Ice Age mammals to populate this world in photorealistic detail alongside Paleolithic humans, played by native Iñupiat and Yup’ik Alaskans.
New Fernbank After Dark: Adult Only Series
As part of an ongoing initiative to inspire an interest in and understanding of science and natural history, Fernbank Museum now offers an adults-only science series, Fernbank After Dark. Held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, Fernbank After Dark will feature themed experiences specific to the science-based topic of the month, as well as live music, films in the all-new Giant Screen Theater, small bites and a rotating menu of craft cocktails and beers from the brand-new Mesozoic Bar.
Films will be shown at Fernbank After Dark in the Giant Screen Theater at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The Search for Life in Space takes viewers from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the ice moons of Jupiter and Saturn and into the far reaches of space in search of planets like ours. Debuting as the first 3D film to ever show in Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater, Extreme Weather 3D takes moviegoers on a dramatic journey with storm-chaser and filmmaker Sean Casey to destinations with extreme weather conditions including wildfires in the Western United States and deadly tornadoes in the plains.
HOURS AND TICKETS: Fernbank After Dark will be held the second Friday of each month from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Activities and demonstrations will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Live music will be featured from 9:45 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fernbank’s Café will serve small plates from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Mesozoic Bar will serve drinks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Films will be shown in the Giant Screen Theater at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Food and drinks are offered a la carte.
For more information, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org/visit-fernbank/prices/special-offers/. Martinis & IMAX® is offered in the Museum’s Great Hall for adults 21 and up. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. For more information call 404.929.6300 (info) / 404.929.6400 (tickets).
Oct 7 Shopkins Live! 3pm
The first live theatrical production based on the phenomenally successful Shopkins toy brand. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. and will be available at FoxTheatre.org, by calling the 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office. Tickets are priced at $25-$55 and VIP meet-and-greet tickets are $100, plus applicable fees.
Based on America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensation and international toy phenomenon created in Australia by Moose Toys, Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage with an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends prepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”.
Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot ticket item for children worldwide. Shoppies dolls consistently rank as the #1 kids toy in the U.S.; the first-ever Shopkins movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released last year by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand’s ever-growing world.
Shopkins Live! will run for approximately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. For more information on Shopkins Live! visit www.shopkinsliveontour.com and sign-up to be the first to hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale dates and North American tour dates. TheShopkins Live! U.S. tour is represented by APA.
Ways to Save
- Before 11am – Early Bird Discount: For a limited time only, enjoy special Early Bird Savings for every member of your group – just $30.95 + tax regardless of age – until 11am every day of the week! Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
- 11am – 4pm – Buy Online and Save: When you purchase your General Admission tickets online in advance, you’ll save over 10% off our walk up pricing. Click here to purchase.
- After 4pm – Imagination Nights: Enjoy Georgia Aquarium by night at a special ticket price! Visit the Aquarium after 4pm every day of the week to save over 30% off full priced admission. You’ll enjoy full access to the entire Aquarium! Restrictions apply. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.
Ho, ho, ho! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites children to get into the holiday spirit early this year with its annual Christmas in July celebration! During the peak summer heat, families are encouraged to cool down at the Buckhead’s premier attraction – by bringing new, unwrapped and unopened toys to LEGOLAND Discovery Center, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta! In exchange, generous gift givers will receive a Kids Go Free voucher, valid with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Christmas in July at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta from July 1 – 31!
Bring a new, unwrapped and unopened toy valued at $10 or more and receive a Kids Go Free voucher. The voucher is valid for one free child ticket with the purchase of an adult walk-up ticket. For more information, visit facebook.com/LDCatlanta
Georgia Department of Labor (GDOT) will team up with the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to help inspire the minds of young engineers-to-be and shed a positive, creative light on the high-profile reconstruction of Interstate 85 (I-85). In collaboration with GDOT’s Chief Engineer, Meg Pirkle, and her team at GDOT, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta’s Master Model Builder, Rod Farris, will lead daily educational, building-themed classes in the Model Builder Academy for families to learn more about building techniques and how roads and bridges are critically important pieces of our infrastructure. Visitors will also be invited to contribute in real-time to a large-scale community build of the bridge, due to stand three feet tall, extend four feet long and feature 2,000 LEGO bricks!
The program will culminate in the unveiling of the final creation – built brick-by-brick by the children of Atlanta – to coincide with the reopening of the I-85 bridge, slated for this spring. For more information, please visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta or dot.ga.gov.
Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
Six Flags Over Georgia, in partnership with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the “Official Technology Partner of Six Flags,” has an all-new virtual reality experience, Drop of Doom VR. The country’s first-ever permanent drop tower VR attraction is a thrilling, immersive encounter with giant, mutant spiders and makes its debut on March 11, as part of the park’s 50th anniversary season.
Riders, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, will become the pilots of a futuristic gunship under attack by mutant spiders. This intense, interactive adventure features:
· A high speed virtual vertical ascent up 100 stories, while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
· A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
· A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
· A thrilling virtual 100-story fiery plunge straight down between towering skyscrapers; and
· The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.
The high-action thrill ride JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis in 4D is now open! JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis is an engaging, full-sensory action ride, with guests joining forces with BATMAN™, SUPERMAN™, WONDER WOMAN™, THE FLASH™ and GREEN LANTERN™, using stun blasters to defeat Lex Luthor™, The JOKER™ and his henchmen. Recently named by USA Today as one of the 12 most anticipated theme park rides for 2017, construction on this state-of-the-art attraction and the all-new Metropolis Park is nearly complete.
Season Passes and the All Season Dining Pass to Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water in Marietta, which provide unlimited visits and meals all season long, are available online.
SRM has about 90 different cars, including Pullman cars, classic steam locomotives, and antique diesel-electric trains. Ride in restored cabooses and learn about the famous trains that made history! Special admission price of $7 and free train rides for home-schooled kids and their families! Learn about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through arts and crafts, special exhibits, and scavenger hunts. 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth
Southern Museum offers a Mommy & ME preschool program every Thursday 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 am. Designed for preschool age children ages three to five-years-old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.
After a 65 to 230 million year hiatus, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s most visited attraction has debuted its latest addition, Dinosaur Explore!
Dinosaur Explore features 20 dinosaurs representing 14 species, T. rex meet and greets, baby dinosaur interactions and a dino dig play area. In addition, there will be an all-new indoor experience: Dinotorium. Inside the Dinotorium, guests can interact with dino rangers, learn about different dinosaur habitats, visit the Dino Nursery, feed baby dinosaurs and play games. Kids are invited to join in the learning fun by becoming junior dino rangers.
The prehistoric creature collection will be located behind the Dinotorium on wooded trails where families will discover giant dinosaurs that move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. The exhibition includes favorites like the king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex and a gentle, plant-eating Brachiosaurus that towers overhead nearly two stories tall. The collection also includes a three-horned Triceratops, a ferocious Allosaurus, a winged Pteranodon and many more.
Dinosaur Explore is now open and admission is FREE with any paid daily Adventure Pass or Mountain Membership. Starting this spring see the loveable herd from Ice Age in the new “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs™ 4D Experience.” Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the crew embark on an action-packed adventure when they discover a lost world of dinosaurs.
Paleolithic Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain was created by an upwelling of magma from the Earth’s crust roughly 300 to 250 million years ago. Dinosaurs arrived a little later, between 230 and 65 million years ago. While much of the surrounding region was water, Georgia is known to have been the home of several coastal species of dinosaurs.
In addition, go on a 4-D journey through Rio de Janeiro with Blu and Jewel in the NEW Rio: The 4-D Experience, challenge yourself on SkyHike®, the nation’s largest family adventure course, cool off and play in the spray on Geyser Towers® or soar to the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride…the adventures are endless!
Be sure to check out the extended fireworks finale, and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® with all-new breathtaking fire effects. Three flame cannons add a punch to the show by sending a trio of flames nearly one-hundred feet into the air. Plus, special new fireworks spray multi-colored bursts and dance on the water at the base of the mountain.
Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state. Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. When you’re ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.
Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor. An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.
Angel Falls Trail in Rabun offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Creek Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls. Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls. To see Raven Cliff Falls, near Helen, is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.
The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms. DeSoto Falls, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It’s located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you’re visiting Vogel State Park, make a pit stop at Helton Creek Falls, to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Also, the Vickery Creek Trail (also known as Big Creek) in Roswell is a pretty 2 mile hike with a beautiful waterfall. The hike starts just off Riverside Road in Roswell, climbs over a series of short ridges and then descends to a man-made waterfall that was once the site of an old mill. The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. The hike crosses a wood bridge at 2.5 miles, the sound of falling water echoing through the forest. The hike visits the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. This spillway dam was a valuable asset to the South during the Civil War. The hike reaches a covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rock creek bed. Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from Vickery Creek’s northern bank.
Yellow River Game Ranch is a popular destination to encounter, feed and pet animals. Located 2 1/2 miles east of Stone Mtn on Hwy 78, it offers a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis. Stroll along a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter white-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and more!
Share a Coke with Atlanta, features photographs from 12 creative, entrepreneurial Atlantans who are both capturing and cultivating the unique spirit of the city. Each image in the “Share a Coke with Atlanta” gallery celebrates the connection between Atlanta, the beverage that was born here and the talented people who call the city home. The gallery will be on display at the World of Coca-Cola through May.
Experience the fascinating history of the world’s best known beverage brand in a dynamic multimedia attraction. This attraction is fun for all ages! The kids especially enjoy the 4D movie and tasting room!
- Learn about the legend of the secret formula for Coca‑Cola and see the vault where the formula is secured in their Vault of the Secret Formula.
- Taste over 100 flavors from around the globe in the Taste It! beverage lounge, and take home a FREE commemorative 8-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola
- Exhibit, Pop Culture Gallery, Kiss the Past Hello
- Experience their thrilling In Search of the Secret Formula 4-D Theater (3-D movie with moving seats)
- Get an inside look at the bottling process in Bottle Works
- Give the 7-foot-tall and very friendly Coca‑Cola Polar Bear a big hug
- See the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia in Milestones of Refreshment
- View works by artists such as Steve Penley, Haddon Sundblom and Howard Finster in the Pop Culture Gallery
- Take the excitement home with clothing, collectibles and gifts from the Coca‑Cola Store
Original article 12/7/12 and updated weekly.