April 1, 2012
- This Week in Macaroni Kid CEM
- WIN: 4 Tickets to the Georgia Renaissance Festival
- Is Your Child Ready for Summer Camp?
- Summer Camp Spotlight: Cochran Mill Nature Center
- Summer Camp Spotlight: Hapeville Recreation
- Summer Camp Spotlight: Spivey Hall Education
- Easter Events Around Town
- Macaroni Review: Zoo Atlanta's New Wild Encounters
- Macaroni Tips: Eggs-actly!
- Dye Easter Eggs the Safe and All-Natural Way!
- Macaroni Made: Funny Bunny Face
- Macaroni Menu: Mom's Chicken Curry
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
- Welcome to Macaroni Kid!
- 2012 Macaroni Kid College Park Summer Camp Guide
- Join Macaroni Kid on Facebook!
Covering Families and Communities in South Fulton and Clayton County!
Easter is quickly approaching and I can honestly say, we're not ready! We actually just finished celebrating our daughter's birthday at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta (www.childrensmuseumofatlanta.org).
It's an amazing venue to host a kid's birthday party! The staff did everything to make sure that we didn't have to lift a finger. Because our party host told me that this was also "mom's day off" I got to mingle with our guests, get a bite to eat and was not stressed at all! The museum offers so many interesting activities, including the Adventures with Clifford the Dog exhibit (on display through May 6) that the kids weren't even interested in eating cupcakes! Everyone wanted to anxiously get back out to the museum to continue playing.
If you're looking for a place to have your child's birthday, I would definitely recommend considering the museum. While I was stressing the days leading up to the party trying to buy supplies, etc, on the day of, I did't have to worry about a thing! Thank you Imagine It! for making the day special for our daughter and all of her guests!
Now, here's what you can expect...This Week in Macaroni Kid:
- Congratulations to last week's contest winner: Crystal F. (Atlanta History Center Contest)!!
- Zoo Atlanta has a NEW attraction that lets visitors get up close and personal with their giraffes. Macaroni Kid CEM got a sneak peek at their new Wild Encounters program and had a chance to (almost) feed the giraffes and the elephants. Read about Wild Encounters in this issue!
- If Medieval food such as giant roasted turkey legs and entertainment like the sport of jousting is right up your family's alley, then you're going to want to head to the Georgia Renaissance Festival opening April 14. Macaroni Kid CEM has four tickets to give away to one of our subscribers this week!!
- Read more about some local summer camps (Cochran Mill Nature Center, Hapeville Recreation and Spivey Hall Education) in this month's summer camp directory!
- If you are considering sending your child to summer camp for the first time, you'll want to find out the signs to know whether he or she is ready for camp.
- In one week Easter will be here. To help you get the kids excited about the holiday we've listed some great egg hunts around the communities and in town. Also, print out the instructions to make these funny bunny faces for or with the kids. We think they'll love them and they make for great photos too!
- Remember how much fun it was as a child to help mom and dad dye Easter eggs? If you're planning on doing it with your own kids this week, here are some tips for how to do them safely and some all-natural ways to dye them with food you probably already have in your kitchen!
- Our recipe this week is Mom's Chicken Curry! And don't forget if you're Looking for more recipe ideas 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!
- 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:
- April 1 is April Fool's Day
- April 1 is Palm Sunday
- April 2 is Children's Book Day
- April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
- April 4 is School Librarian Day
- April 6 is Good Friday
- April 6 is National Walk to Work Day
- April 7 is No Housework Day
- April 7 is World Health Day
Wishing you all a wonderful Spring Break week and lots of Macaroni Love,
Opens April 14 and Runs Through June 3 only!
Get ready for an entertainment experience that’s right in your backyard! It’s the 27th Anniversary of The Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 14 through June 3, 2012, Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Guests are invited to the biggest celebration in the grandest realm since Camelot! Once inside the gates of the Georgia Renaissance's magnificent 16-Century Kingdom, you’ll find Knights in shining armor and Maidens Faire, King Henry VIII and his Court, jolly pubs and a 32-acre World Bazaar ...
If this is the first year your school-age son or daughter is going to go to summer camp, then you've probably asked yourself (as well as the child) is he or she ready to go?
Whether it's a day camp for younger children or an overnight camp for tweens and teens, how do you know if they are mature enough to handle it? Well ready or not, here comes summer so read on for some signs that signal they're ready to head to camp!
1. If you ...
Camps for Children in Kindergarten through 9th Grade!
Cochran Mill Nature Center is proud to offer Southwest Atlanta’s premier nature camp program. Spend a week (or more!) learning and exploring the natural world. Our three camp programs are designed to grow with children.
CAMP CRICKET is for rising Kindergarten & 1st graders. Will you be in Kindergarten or first grade this year? Do you like to get dirty? Would you like to touch a live animal for the first time? Then Camp Cricket is the place for you! Let’s hike, canoe and go fishing. We can meet ...
Camp for Children Between Five and 12 Years of Age!
Camp Name: Busy Bee Fun Day Camp
Camp Specialty: Hapeville Recreation is offering a 8-week themed Summer Day Camp. Each child will enjoy a fun filled camp supervised by a creative and energetic staff. Many free field trips inlcuded.
Dates: June 4 - July 27, 2012
Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM
Camp Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Fun Camp: Hapeville Residents pay $400 and non-residents pay $520. Lunch is provided. Parents may split payments (Residents - $200/Non Res - $260.) First payment due May 25th and the second payment is due June ...
Camp for Children in Grades 4th Through 7th!
The Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp is a fun, week-long day camp for students entering 4th – 7th grades. The camp emphasizes total musical development through a broad range of activities. Students will participate in chorus, an Orff ensemble, play tone chimes, engage in several folk dances, participate in a piano lab, and other creative musical activities, all culminating in a free public concert in Spivey Hall!
Ages: Children entering 4th - 7th grades
Dates: June 11-15, 2012
Hours: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $150 per student. $125 for current ...
Looking for Easter events in the area? We've got them listed here! If you know of one that is not listed, please click the "Submit An Event" link on the left hand sidebar to send us the information!
Monday, April 2
Easter Stories & Crafts
Thursday, April 5
Easter Egg Hunt
Holiday Family Movie (HOP)
Saturday, April 7
Easter Celebration at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt at the Fernbank Museum
Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza
Natural Egg Dyeing at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Hop in ...
Hand Feed the World's Tallest Living Land Mammals During Your Next Visit!
When you visit the zoo, the signs on the animal cages will usually say "Please Do Not Feed The Animals." But my mini Macaroni and I did just that when we recently met up with Abu the Giraffe, Kelly the Elephant and Slasher the Komodo Dragon at Zoo Atlanta.
Zoo Atlanta is now giving guests the opportunity to do more than just watch these animals from afar. Now you can actually get up close and personal with them for a little feeding (don't worry, lettuce and dead mice not ...
Here are a few tips from Macaroni Kid that will help with your egg coloring extravaganza!
Buy eggs ahead of time as it makes it easy peeling. The fresher an egg, the harder it is to peel once you have cooked it. A fresher eggs has a small air cell and the membranes between the shell and egg white are quite snug.
As the egg ages, it takes in air through the shell’s and it loses carbon dioxide and water. This process makes the egg less acidic and increases ...
No more fizzy tablets! No more crazy pouches of coloring! Yes we are obsessed with doing things the hard way at times, but this year you may want to think about tossing out the store bought kits!
Enjoy a great afternoon of fun while teaching your kids a little bit of a science lesson! This year say no to uncertain dyes and yes to organic Easter egg coloring!
Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs ...
These faces are so simple to make, you'll be able to make them for the whole family for a fun photo op or for everyone coming to your egg hunt next month! It is also a versatile craft and can be made from whatever you have on hand- foam, felt, or construction paper. Don't have any of those on hand- plain paper colored in works great too and adds something to keep those little hands busy!
- 3 pieces of your chosen material (foam, felt, or construction paper ...
If you have never had curry, try this recipe. It has a mild curry aroma and taste, and is delicious!
What you will need:
- 1/2 cup chopped onion - I use yellow
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (do not drain)
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershier sauce
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 3-4 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey - I use three large chicken breasts and they are enough
- 4 cups of cooked rice - I ...
And the winner is...
Shonte P. won the book, "How to Write a Killer SAT Essay in 25 Minutes or Less!"
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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
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW, AtlantaWhen: Showtimes vary. Check website for details.Who: The whole family!How: Purchase tickets online at www.puppet.org or calling the ticket sales office at 404-873-3391.Cost: Tickets are $9.25 for members and $16.50 for non-members. Show tickets include the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, where kids can make their own Cranky Crocodile Hand Puppet.
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
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 Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE AtlantaWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (There's also a class from 2 PM to 3 PM.)Who: EveryoneHow: Show up.Cost: $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
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: Southlake Mall 1000 Southlake Mall, MorrowWhen: Mon.-Sat.: 10 AM - 8 PM; Sun.: 12 PM - 6 PMWho: Children, all ages.How: Show up.
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: 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: Southwest Branch Library
3665 Cascade Road, AtlantaWhen: 2:00 PMWho: Ages 5-7How: Stop by.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-699-6363
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: 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: 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: Stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-762-4060
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: East Point Branch Library
2757 Main Street, East PointWhen: 3:00 PMWho: School-age young menHow: Show up.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: 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
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
- 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 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Kids ages 5-12.How: Register online.Cost: Free.For more info: http://www.homeimproverclub.com
Where: The School Box Store 1994 Mt. Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: KidsHow: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-477-4874
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: Hapeville Branch Library
525 King Arnold Street, HapevilleWhen: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Ages 9-18How: Show up.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-762-4065
Where: Forest Park Branch Library 696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Ages 13 and up. Parents this movie is rated PG-13.How: Teens should register in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-366-0850
Where: Adams Park Branch Library 2231 Campbellton Rd, SW, AtlantaWhen: 4:00 PMWho: TeensHow: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-752-8763
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: 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve 5665 Reynolds Road, MorrowWhen: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: FamiliesHow: Just show upCost: FreeFor more info: 770-603-4188
Where: Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, AtlantaWhen: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PMWho: Everyone!How: Purchase tickets.Cost: $16.50 for adults, $13 for students (ages 13-18), and $11 for youth (4-12). Children under 4 are free. Members are free. Save $2 when purchasing tickets online.For more info: www.atlantahistorycenter.com
Where: 2757 East Point Street, East PointWhen: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Stop by.Cost: Free
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: On the Hapeville football field, located behin the Hoyt Smith Center
3444 N. Fulton Avenue, Hapeville
* Rain location: Hoyt Smith Center GymWhen: 7:30 PM (Movie begins at dusk)Who: The whole family. This movie is rated G.How: Show up.Cost: Free admission and parking.
Where: Georgia Shakespeare the campus of Oglethorpe University
4484 Peachtree Road, NE, AtlantaWhen: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: Families (Recommended for children 3-12)How: Show up!Cost: FreeFor more info: www.gashakespeare.org
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
Where: Reynold's Nature Preserve 5665 Reynolds Road, MorrowWhen: 3:00 PM - 4:30 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
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