March 25, 2012
- This Week in Macaroni Kid CEM
- WIN: A Family Pass to the Atlanta History Center!
- Four Ways to Spend Spring Break (Unplugged)
- Spring Break: Fun Things to Do in Town and in GA!
- Turn Spring Break Into Family Fun!
- Five Tips for a Safe Spring Break Season Abroad
- Prevent Sports-Related Injuries in Children
- Tips for Managing Your Child's Allergies
- Potty Training Made Easy!
- Macaroni Review: Doc McStuffins
- Macaroni Made: Name Bugs
- Macaroni Menu: Fresh Fruit Salsa
- Looking for a Recipe?
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
- Welcome to Macaroni Kid!
- 2012 Macaroni Kid College Park Summer Camp Guide
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Covering Families and Communities in South Fulton and Clayton County!
Spring Break in Atlanta is right around the corner! That means it's time to get outdoors with the kids and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful warm weather we've been having!
Let us know what your family has planned for Spring Break! Are the kids going to a cool camp for the week? Are you headed to visit different area attractions like Legoland, the Children's Museum, Fernbank and Georgia Aquarium? Going on a fun out of town trip? Share your plans with us below!
This Week in Macaroni Kid:
- Congratulations to last week's contest winners: Cassandra T., Keisha D., Kristen R. and Ida D. (Jazzy Sleeping Beauty Contest), Crystal A. (Atlanta Fair Contest) and Shonte P. (How to Write a Killer SAT Essay in 25 Minutes or Less! Contest)
- Here's something you can do while on spring break. The Atlanta History Center has given Macaroni Kid CEM a family pass of tickets to give away! The pass includes admission for two adults and up to four children ($87 value)! Enter HERE.
- We have several spring break-themed articles to share with you this week: Four Ways to Spend Spring Break (Unplugged), Fun Things to Do in Town and in Georgia, Turn Spring Break into Family Fun, and Five Tips for a Safe Spring Break Abroad.
- Spring time signals the start of outdoor sports, and that means children could be at danger of suffering sports-related injuries. Make sure you know how to help prevent a trip to the E.R. by reading the article on Preventing Sports-related Injuries.
- Is your family suffering from allergies? Read How to Manage Your Child's Allergies.
- If you're in the midst of potty training like we are, or will begin potty training soon, you'll want to read Potty Training Made Easy! for some tips that have worked for one mom of four.
- Nothing's better on a warm spring day than a bowl of fresh fruit! Try this recipe for homemade fruit salsa! Looking for more recipe ideas? Well we've made it easy for you to find all of the Macaroni Kid CEM recipes from past newsletters. Just visit our archive here and find everything from breakfast ideas to desserts!
- Get your kids enrolled in a summer camp program soon!!! The Cochran Mill Nature Center, City of Hapeville, and Spivey Hall Education are all located right in your backyard and have fun and educational programs to keep your kids active and engaged! Hurry before these camps fill up!
- Also, don't forget to check out all of the events happening around South Fulton, Clayton County and in Atlanta this week in the calendar section of the newsletter! And make sure you're using the "Add to My Macaroni" feature at the end of each calendar listing to build your list of activities for the week. Then, print them out and go! Need a quick tutorial on how to use this feature? Go here.
Finally, here's this week's list of "notable" holidays you may want to celebrate with your family:
- March 25 is International Waffle Day!
- March 26 is National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
- March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Wishing you lots of Macaroni Love and lots of warm springtime weather this week,
Visit their Award-Winning Exhibits, Historic Houses and Beautiful Gardens During Spring Break!
Do we have a treat for you...right in time for spring break too!!
If you haven't yet been to the Atlanta History Center, (or even if you have) it's time for you to grab the kids and go! You'll be surprised at everything the Center has to offer. And you will easily spend an entire day there!
It's a unique campus located in Buckhead that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan ...
While we enjoy being with our little ones, let's get real -- it's so much easier to put a movie on and let them entertain themselves for the day. Make a vow to unplug from technology and spend some quality time with your kids this Spring Break. Need some ideas? We're here to help!
- Have a family picnic! Pack some easy sandwiches and snacks and go the park. We love Centennial Olympic Park because there are so many playgrounds, fun areas to explore and lots of room for ...
Gardens, Festivals, Indoor Playgrounds and More!
Spring is here and if you are like me, you've been ready for it. Spring also means Spring Break is right around the corner. If an exotic trip to a warmer climate is not in your budget but you would go crazy having a stay-cation, here are some Spring Break vacation ideas that you might want to consider that are right here in Atlanta and around the state!
Visit A Garden/Take a Hike
The flowers outside are blooming early this year due to the warm temperatures, so why ...
After months of the winter doldrums, kids really look forward to spring break adventures. This spring, Todd Christiansen at Lands' End shares the following tips to help parents and kids dive into spring break packing.
A few weeks before departure, engage kids and build anticipation for the trip with planning sessions. Spend time together researching the weather and activities at the destination. This research will be helpful when it comes time to pack. Instead of waiting until the last minute to throw things into a suitcase, parents can set aside ...
Advice to Help Students, Families Prepare for Adventures Abroad this Spring
Spring break travel is a rite of passage for many Americans. When the weather turns warmer, college students and families with school-aged children take advantage of academic breaks to explore new locations. Here are some tips from International SOS (a travel and assistance provider) for travelers who will be headed abroad this spring.
1. Consumer cautiously - Alcohol dulls the senses, and in an unfamiliar location, this lessened awareness can be especially dangerous. Moderating alcohol consumption is critical to remaining aware of your surroundings, particularly when moving from place to place ...
This time of year kids are gearing up for springtime sports like outdoor soccer, baseball and tennis. Besides being a great way to keep healthy and physically fit, team sports provide kids with a wide range of useful life skills, including discipline, teamwork, sociability and self-esteem. But playing sports also puts children at risk of getting injured.
According to the National Center For Sports Safety, over 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries each year. That's why it's important to ...
Unseasonably Warm Weather Means Allergy Season Has Sprung Early this Year!
I don't know about you, but our family has fallen victim to the green and yellow "dust" that's taken over our cars, patio furniture and whatever else it can cling to. We've had the classic symptoms of itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. Yes, with spring in the air, the pollen is close behind.
Depending on how severe a person's allergies are, their symptoms can be as bad (or worse) than the flu. Studies show that during pollen season school attendance and performance for children with allergies ...
Is your little one ready to begin this process?
Potty training is a very important part of every child's development. It is best approached when both the parents and the child's care giver (if applicable) feel that the child is exhibiting several of the known indicators of readiness (able to pull pants on and off with little or no assistance, tells you when they need to be changed, able to follow simple directions, shows an interest in using the toilet, etc). If you try for a day or two and the child is simply not ready or ...
New Series on Disney Jr. Weekday Mornings at 10 AM!
Disney Jr., which provides 24-hour programming for children ages 2-7, this past week premiered its newest animated series - Doc McStuffins which airs weekday mornings at 10 a.m.!
Doc is a little six-year old girl who has this unique ability to talk to and help her stuffed animals and toys feel better by patching them up with a band-aid or two!
My daughter and I had the opportunity to preview a few episodes before the series premiere on March 23. If you haven't seen the show yet, we both ...
Easy and Fun for All Ages
This craft/art project comes from my mom, Patty. She taught grade school until she retired a few years ago. One of her kids' favorite art projects was "Name Bugs." She made one with me when I was little and has made one with my daughter. I love the simplicity of the craft and how beautiful they all turn out.
Here's what you need:
- Construction paper--various colors
- Something to write with
Take a sheet of construction paper and fold it in half lengthwise. Have your child write ...
This is my own version of something I have tried at a Pampered Chef party. The key here is to use fruit of any kind. Use what you have around the house. I do not suggest using bananas, however. If you try to save the salsa for leftovers, bananas don't look pretty the next day.
Choose four or five different colored fruit like strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, mandarin oranges, grapes, apples, etc.
Dice fruit very small, use a food chopper or place fruit in food processor and process briefly (do ...
Check the Macaroni Kid Recipe Archive
Did you see a recipe in a previous issue but now can't find it? Looking for a few dinner ideas for the week? A dessert idea for a family gathering?
Now you can easily find all of the recipes published in previous Macaroni Kid CEM newsletters in this archive!
- Crockpot Applesauce
- Fruity Peanut Butter Dip
- Lime Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Popcorn Balls
- Sweet and Salty Treats
And the winners are...
Cassandra T., Kristin R. , Ida D. and Keisha D. all won tickets to see Jazzy Sleeping Beauty at the Ferst Center of Arts at Georgia Tech!
Shonte P. won the book, "How to Write a Killer SAT Essay in 25 Minutes or Less!"
Congratulations to everyone! We hope you all enjoy your prizes!
Please let us know how your experiences were on our Facebook page as we're sure other Macaroni Kid CEM readers would love to know!
All winners are chosen using random.org.
Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Street, AtlanaWhen: Hours vary. Check website.Who: Families with children ages 3-10How: Purchase tickets.Cost: Adults and ages 13 and up - $19. Children, ages 3-12 - $15. Children, under 3 - Free. Buy tickets online and save 10%For more info: http://atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta/
Where: Turner Field (Grey lot) 660 Central Ave, SW, AtlantaWhen: Hours are Monday-Friday Fair opens at 5 pm. On Sat. Fair opens at 12 noon. Sun. Fair opens at 1 pm. Closes on weeknights at 10 PM and weekends at 11 PM.Who: The whole family!How: Show up.Cost: Gate admission prices: Children ages 2-11 is $1; Adults (12 years and older) is $5. Adult admission is $8 on Saturdays after 6 PM. Cash only at admission gate.For more info: www.atlantafair.com
Thursday, March 29 through Sunday, April 1 - Center for Puppetry Arts Presents Adventures of Little Noodle
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring Street, NW, AtlantaWhen: Check the website for peformance times.Who: FamiliesHow: Purchase tickets online or by phone.Cost: Tickets are $9.25 (members) or $16.50 (non-members). Tickets include museum admission as well as the Create-A-Puppet Workshop where kids can make their own Little Noodle Rod Puppet after the show.For more info: www.puppet.org or 404-873-3391
Where: Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park, NW, AtlantaWhen: 12:00 PMWho: Ages 4-10How: Purchase TicketsCost: Included in the general cost of admission - $12.75 plus tax ages 2 and up. Free for members.For more info: www.childrensmuseumofatlanta.org
Where: Imagine it! Children's Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, AtlantaWhen: Museum HoursWho: The museum is recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 8.How: Purchase tickets.Cost: Admission is $12.75 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above. Children under 2 are free.For more info: www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404-659-KIDS (5437)
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Road, NE, AtlantaWhen: Museum Hours. Check website for details.Who: Fun for the family.How: Purchase tickets.Cost: Adult ticket prices are $17.50, students & seniors are $16.50, children 3-12 are $15.50. Children 2 and under and museum members are free.For more info: www.fernbankmuseum.org or 404-929-6300.
Where: Barnes and Noble (Camp Creek) 3685 Market Place Blvd, East PointWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Mom's and young childrenHow: Just show up!Cost: Free
Where: South Fulton Branch Library 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union CityWhen: 4:00 PMWho: Ages 7-12.How: Stop by.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-306-3092
Where: Forest Park Branch Library 696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 7:00 PMWho: All agesHow: Register in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-366-0850
Where: Jonesboro Branch Library 124 Smith Street, JonesboroWhen: 7:00 PM - 7:45 PMWho: Ages 4 and up.How: Just show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-478-7120
Where: Southwest Branch Library 3665 Cascade Road, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 1-3.How: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-699-6363
Where: Adams Park Branch Library 2231 Campbellton Rd, SW, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 4 and older.How: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-752-8763
Where: South Fulton Branch Library 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union CityWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 3-6How: Stop by.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-306-3092
Where: Hapeville Branch Library 525 King Arnold Street, HapevilleWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Ages 3-5How: Reservations Required.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-762-4065
Where: Fairburn Branch Library 60 Valley View Dr., FairburnWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Ages 5 and under.How: Show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-306-3138
Where: College Park Branch Library 3647 Main Street, College ParkWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Ages 3-6How: Stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-762-4060
Where: Barnes and Noble 1939 Mount Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Children of all ages!How: Just show up!Cost: Free
Where: College Park Branch Library 3647 Main Street, College ParkWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Ages 3-6How: Show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-762-4060
Where: Reynold's Nature Preserve 5665 Reynolds Road, MorrowWhen: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Children 8 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.How: Pre-registration is required.Cost: $12For more info: 770-603-4188
Where: Southwest Branch 3665 Cascade Road, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 3-5How: Just show up!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-699-6363
Where: East Point Branch Library 2757 Main Street, East PointWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Ages 3-5How: Reservation required.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-762-4842
Where: Headquarters Branch Library 865 Battle Creek Road, JonesboroWhen: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Just show up!Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-473-3850
Where: Forest Park Branch Library 696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMWho: All ages.How: Call or email to register.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-366-0850
Where: Riverdale Branch Library 420 Valley Hill Road. RiverdaleWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMWho: Ages 3-6How: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-472-8100
Where: Southlake Mall 1000 Southlake Mall, MorrowWhen: Mon.-Sat.: 10 AM - 8 PM; Sun.: 12 PM - 6 PMWho: Children, all ages.How: Show up.
Where: 14th Street Playhouse 173 14th Street, AtlantaWhen: Showtimes vary. Please see website for details.Who: Moms, daughters, girlfriends, sisters, etc.How: Purchase tickets. http://www.woodruffcentertickets.org/village2/ticket/production_detail.aspx?perf=+47772Cost: $45
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Road, NEWhen: Museum HoursWho: FamiliesHow: Pay Admission. Exhibit is included in the price of the admission to the museum.Cost: $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and under and for members. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta.For more info: www.fernbankmuseum.org and 404.929.6300/404.929.6400
Where: Atlanta-area Lowes.When: 10:00 AMWho: Recommended for ages 6 through 10.How: Register in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: www.lowesbuildandgrow.com
Where: The School Box Store 1994 Mt. Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: KidsHow: Just stop by!Cost: Free
Where: Mundy's Mill High School Baseball Field 9632 Fayetteville Road (Hwy 54), JonesboroWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Children 5th grade and underHow: Show up and registerCost: Free
Where: Ronald Bridges Park
5285 Lakeside Drive, Union City
When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: Fun for the whole family.How: Just show up.Cost: Free
Where: Barnes & Noble (CampCreek Marketplace) 3685 Market Place Blvd East Point, GAWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Preschoolers, elementary-ageHow: Open to the public.Cost: FreeFor more info: (404) 349-0359
Where: Barnes and Noble (Southlake) 1939 Mount Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 11:00 AMWho: ChildrenHow: Just show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-471-2227
Where: Forest ParkWhen: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: KidsHow: Show upCost: FreeFor more info: 404-363-2908
Where: International Park "The Beach" 2300 Highway 138 SE, JonesboroWhen: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMWho: Children 12 and under.How: Show up.Cost: Free
Where: Morrow Branch Library 6225 Maddox Road, MorrowWhen: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Stop by.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-366-7749
Where: Jonesboro Branch Library
124 Smith Street, JonesboroWhen: 7:00 PM - 7:45 PMWho: Ages 4 and up.How: Just show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-478-7120
Where: Mail the completed program to: Teen Programs
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Or e-mail it to HMATeenPrograms at woodruffcenter.orgWhen: Not applicableWho: Creative teens with a passion for art and community. Teens work with our summer camp, get behind-the-scenes access to the Museum, and plan teen events.How: Download an application here. http://www.high.org/Get-Involved/Teen-Programs.aspx?tab=3. Deadline is March 30.Cost: Free to apply. Selected students get paid.
Where: Forest Park Branch Library 696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Ages 12 and up.How: Teens should register in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-366-0850
Where: The School Box Store
1994 Mt. Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: KidsHow: Just stopy by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-477-4874
Where: Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in MorrowWhen: 9:30 AM and 11:15 AMWho: Grades 3-8How: Purchase tickets at the box office or online.Cost: $1For more info: www.spiveyhall.org
Where: Bill Badgett Stadium College ParkWhen: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Ages 3 to 6.How: Show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-669-9206
Where: Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in MorrowWhen: 11:15 AMWho: Grades 6-12How: Purchase tickets at box office or online.Cost: $1For more info: www.spiveyhall.org
Where: Headquarters Branch Library
865 Battle Creek Road, JonesboroWhen: 2:00 PM - 3:45 PMWho: Everyone. This movie is rated G.How: Reserve a seat in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-473-3850
Saturday, April 7 through Sunday, April 8 - Easter Celebration at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Where: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., NW, AtlantaWhen: Begins at 12 PM on April 7 and at 2 PM on April 8Who: Geared towards children 8 and under.How: Purchase tickets.Cost: Admission is $12.75 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above. Children under 2 are free.For more info: www.childrensmuseumofatlanta.org
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Road, AtlantaWhen: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Check online for start times of egg hunts. They vary by age.)Who: FamiliesHow: Advance registration is required to participate in the timed egg hunt. Space is limited.Cost: Member child: $5, Member adult: Free, Non-member child (age 3-12): $20.50, Non-member child (2 and under): $5; and Non-member adult: $17.50For more info: www.fernbankmuseum.org
Where: Riverdale Town Center (all activities will happen in front of City Hall) 7210 Church Street, RiverdaleWhen: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: Fun for kids!How: Must RSVP by April 3.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-909-5300
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden1345 Piedmont Ave. NE AtlantaWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (There's also a class from 2 PM to 3 PM)Who: EveryoneHow: Show upCost: $6/child plus garden admission. (Members $5/child).For more info: www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Where: Central Park at Atlantic StationWhen: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: FamiliesHow: Show up!Cost: Free
- Kids will learn to build their very own bird feeder while learning tool safety
- Have fun, make friends and gain a sense of achievement and work ethic
Where: Area Home Depot StoresWhen: 9:00 PM - 12:00 PMWho: Kids ages 5-12.How: Register online.Cost: Free.For more info: http://www.homeimproverclub.com
Where: Atlanta History Center 130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PMWho: Toddlers and preschoolers (ages 18 months to five years)How: Show up, purchase tickets.Cost: Members are admitted for free. Admission is $6.50 for adults; $5.50 for children. Discounted rates are available for groups with ten or more children.For more info: 404-814-4110 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com
Where: Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, NW, AtlantaWhen: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PMWho: Designed for children 8 and under.How: The free tickets are available starting at 1 PM. Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis as Museum capacity permits.Cost: FreeFor more info: www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org
Where: Reynolds Nature Preserve 5665 Reynolds Road, MorrowWhen: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: FamiliesHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: 770-603-4188
Where: Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Road, AtlantaWhen: 4:00 PM (The Instrument Petting Zoo will take place from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM)Who: Students interested in music and families.How: Show up.Cost: Free and open to the public.
Where: Cochran Mill Nature Center 6300 Cochran Mill Rd. , PalmettoWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMWho: Homeschooled children in grades 1st through 12th (Lower grades will need parental assistance if attenting)How: RSVP if you are planning to attend! http://www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org/homeschool_day_rsvp.htmlCost: $5 per participant (children & parents), Members are $3 per participant.For more info: 770-306-0914
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