April 15, 2012
- This Week in Macaroni Kid CEM
- Win: Tickets to See Nunsense at The Legacy Theatre
- A Conversation with Jere Flint at Atlanta Symphony
- Save $$ Growing and Going Green
- Cloth Diapering Has Come A Long Way Baby!
- Dirtier Kids = Healthier, Happier Children?
- Earth Day Books for Kids
- What Not to Say to Parents of Kids with Autism
- National Park Week April 21-29: Free Admission
- Get FREE Reusable Bags at Target and Disney Stores
- Macaroni Review: Alphabet Animals All Around
- Macaroni Menu: Chickpea Burgers
- Macaroni Made: Recycled Magazine Pinwheels
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
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This weekend Macaroni Kid CEM met so many parents at the Wild Azalea Festival at the Reynolds Nature Preserve! We had a blast! We loved meeting everyone who stopped by our table for crafts - those of you that have been Macaroni Kid subscribers and those of you that just signed up to receive our newsletter! We especially loved the fact that those brown goggles the kids made turned out to be very popular at the festival! Seemed like everyone was walking around with them!
A special thank you to Reynolds Nature Preserve in Morrow for inviting us to attend!
So what's going on in Macaroni Kid this week? You can check out all of the fun events happening around South Fulton, Clayton County and in Atlanta this week in the calendar section of the newsletter! And don't forget to use the "Add to My Macaroni" feature at the end of each calendar listing. It's a great feature I use all the time to build my own list of activities for the week. Then, print them out and go!
If you're new to Macaroni Kid and need a quick tutorial on how to use this feature? Go here. Also we're on Facebook so please "LIKE" us there as well - that's where we post "breaking news" of new activities/events we learn of throughout the week. We'll also keep you updated on lots of other news and we sometimes announce FB-only contests for our fans!
Now, here's what you can expect in the newsletter this week...
This Week in Macaroni Kid:
- Congratulations to last week's contest winner: Barry S. (Comotomo Baby Bottles Contest)!!
- Enter for your chance to win tickets to see the hiliarious musical hit, Nunsense at The Legacy Theatre! From what we hear, you'll fall out of your seats laughing! Yes, it's that funny!
- Last week, Macaroni Kid CEM had the pleasure of chatting with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's staff conductor, Jere Flint. Read our interview to learn more about the ASO's Family Concert Series and the upcoming performance of "The Remarkable Farkle McBride."
- Learn some very simple ways your family can "Go Green" and save some money! You may be surprised how much you're spending!
- Cloth diapering certainly has come a long way since our parents may have done it! Consider tossing out those disposable diapers and you will not only make an impact on the environment, but also on your wallet. Plus it's never been easier to make the switch!
- Check out these children's books all about Earth Day to help talk about the importance of taking care of our planet with your kids!
- Both Disney and Target stores are celebrating Earth Day by giving customers FREE reusable shopping bags on April 22! Find out how here.
- April is National Autism Awareness Month so we certainly couldn't go without highlighting the importance of understanding this developmental disability. You think you may know everything there is about Autism, but do you know what not to say to parents of kids with Autism?
- Mark your calendars because April 21 through April 29 is National Park Week and that means you and your family can visit this country's cultural treasures, historic places and some of the most beautiful places on this side of the hemisphere for FREE!
- What's on the Macaroni Menu this week? Give this tasty Chickpea Burger a try - your family just might never want a regular hamburger again!
- To keep the Earth Day theme going this week, we've got a cool craft made out of recyclable material you already have in your home - newspapers and magazines! Have fun making it with the kids and then take it outside to give it a spin!
- If you're introducing your toddler to his ABCs or reinforcing the alphabet with your preschooler, you'll want to read our Macaroni Kid review of a new children's book called "Alphabet Animals All Around."
Finally, here's this week's list of "notable" holidays you may want to celebrate with friends and family:
- April 16 is National Librarian Day
- April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day
- April 17 is Tax Day
- April 18 is International Juggler's Day
- April 20 is Volunteer Recognition Day
- April 21-29 is Free Entrance at National Parks for National Park Week
Wishing you all a wonderful week and lots of Macaroni Love,
Perfect for a Date Night or a Fun Night out with the Girls!
Nunsense opened in New York in 1985 and is the second longest running Off-Broadway show in history (seond only to The Fantasticks). It has won four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical, been produced more than 5,000 times worldwide, and has been translated into 21 languages.
Filled with ...
The Atlanta Symphony Presents The Remarkable Farkle McBride
Mr. Flint has been with the the ASO for four decades. He's conducted children's concerts, pop concerts, is the conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and also plays the cello.
Macaroni Kid CEM: There are some of readers who may not have yet attended an ...
Easy Money-Saving Tips
They thought I was crazy for baking a potato in the oven and I thought they were completely insane to hang their wash in the cold, cloudy and rainy weather. The weather was cloudy 90% of the year ...
Financial and Environmental Benefits of Cloth Diapers
But with a decade or two of advances in the style and manufacturing of cloth diapers, it's making a comeback in a big way. Today's parents are looking for an inexpensive, healthy ...
Celebrate Earth Day with a Few Fun and Messy Ideas, and Some Dirty Kids
Fears about dangers lurking in the muck – microbes, parasites and amoebas, oh my! – keep some parents from letting kids do what comes naturally, which is to go outside and get messy. But here’s a dirty little secret: children who spend the better part of their free time in the company of ...
There are many books that celebrate the earth and show you how to keep the earth clean and healthy. If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out these kid-friendly books at your local library or book store.
Celebrating Earth Day (Circle the Year with Holidays), written by Janet McDonnell
Clifford's Spring Clean-Up, written by Norman Bridwell
Earth Day, written by Linda Lowery
Earth Day, written by Willma W. Gore
Every Day is Earth Day: A Craft Book (Holiday Crafts for Kids), written by Kathy Ross
Families Share Tips, Sensitivities About Lack of Awareness
Yet, despite the explosion of information on the Internet about autism, the disorder is still often misunderstood by many outside the autism community. New and sobering statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that one in every 88 children in ...
Enjoy the Beauty and Wonder of Historic Places and Cultural Treasures for FREE!
Celebrating the theme, "Picture Yourself in a National Park," National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for FREE ...
In Celebration of Earth Day, Target and Disney Stores Giving Away Reusable Bags on April 22
Stop in a local Target ...
Alphabet Book Entertains and is a Fun Read Aloud Book
With a preschooler running around the house, any opportunity we get to reinforce the alphabet in new and creative ways is extremely appreciated. So when I had the opportunity to review a children's book called, "Alphabet Animals All Around" I jumped at the chance.
This new book by author Natalie Cohen takes a different approach to teach children their ABCs. The book begins with a young wizard who gathers animals from A to Z and from all around the world into the book. Each animal discovered on every page ...
6 oz fat free plain Greek yogurt, such as Fage or Oikos
1/4 cup shredded English cucumber
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp lemon juice
2 15 oz cans chickpeas
1 red bell pepper
1 thick slice of red onion
handful flat leaf parsley
1/2 tsp cumin
cayenne pepper to taste
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chickpea flour (substitute 1/4 cup bread crumbs for chickpea flour if you would like)
Preheat oven to 350 ...
Let's make some spinning pinwheels - perfect for a sunny breezy day. It really does spin (on a perfectly sunny breezy day...the magazine pages are probably too thin to work on a real windy day).
- Pages from old magazines or newspaper (we used magazines because the pages were not as thin as newspaper).
- Liquid glue
- Hole punch
- Crayons (optional ...
And the winner is...
Barry S. won TWO Baby Bottles from Comotomo!
Congratulations and we hope your little one (s) enjoy the bottles!
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 what our winners thought of their prizes!
All winners are chosen using random.org.
Where: 6905 Virlyn B Smith Rd, FairburnWhen: Weekends only and Memorial Day Monday.Who: The whole family!How: Purchase ticketsCost: OPENING WEEKEND - Buy 1 Adult Ticket, Get 1 Free. Details online. Adults $19.95, Seniors (60) $17.95, Children (6-12) $8.95, children 5 and under are free.For more info: www.garenfest.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: Legacy Theatre
1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, TyroneWhen: Friday performances at 8 PM, Saturday performances at 3 PM and 8 PM and Sunday performances at 3 PMWho: For older children and adults. This play is rated PG.How: Purchase ticketsCost: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $15 children under 12 years.For more info: (404) 895-1473 or www.thelegacytheatre.org
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: 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: Forest Park Branch Library 696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 6:15 PM - 8:00 PMWho: This movie is rated PG.How: Register in advance.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-366-0850
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: 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: 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: South Fulton Branch Library
4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union CityWhen: 4:00 PMWho: Ages 7-12How: Stop by.Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-306-3092
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: Stately Oaks Plantation
100 Carriage Lane, JonesboroWhen: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Come out!Cost: Adults-$6, Seniors-$4, Children-$3. FREE admission with purchase of a house tour.
Children wearing a scouting uniform receive half price admission.For more info: www.historicaljonesboro.com
Where: Georgia Tech, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Show upCost: FreeFor more info: http://www.earthday.gatech.edu/
Dog Show Demonstrations (Obedience, Herding, tracking, agility, Frisbee, possibly)
Pony rides $5 each
Bake sale/Silent Auctions
Lunch available for Purchase
Dog Costume Contest
Best Dog Trick Contest
Where: Haven Hills Therapeutic Riding Center
7580 Rivertown Road, FairburnWhen: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Show upCost: Free admission, open to the public.
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 - 2:00 PMWho: KidsHow: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 770-477-4874
An interactive demonstration with bubbles of all sizes, including bubbles inside other bubbles and bubbles ranging from tiny to big; Meet Lars the Polar Bear from the children’s’ book series, The Little Polar Bear; Learn how polar bears’ feet allow them to walk across ice and snow without slipping; Create your own snowflake to take home; and Cool science experiments.
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Road, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: FamiliesHow: Purchase museum admission tickets.Cost: Member members and children 2 and under are FREE. Children 3-12 are $15.50, Adults are $17.50.For more info: www.fernbankmuseum.org
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: 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: Southwest Branch Library
3665 Cascade Road, AtlantaWhen: 2:00 PMWho: Ages 5-7How: Stop by.Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-699-6363
Where: Adams Park Branch Library 2231 Campbellton Rd, SW, AtlantaWhen: 4:00 PMWho: Ages 8 and up.How: Just stop by!Cost: FreeFor more info: 404-752-8763
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: Benjamin E. Mays High School
3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW, AtlantaWhen: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Open to all middle school and high school students in the Atlanta metro area.How: Call 1-800-KAPTEST (1-800-527-8378) press #4 then #3 and give code number. To enroll online, visit www.kaptest.com/hsevents
Registration Code; SAT SKKH2079; PSAT PKKH2005Cost: Free
Where: Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel
2020 Convention Center Concourse, AtlantaWhen: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PMWho: High school studentsHow: Advanced registration is required, visit www.aimforhealthychoices.eventbrite.com.Cost: Free - Lunch will be provided.
Where: Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. SE AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Families who love the zoo!How: Come on out!Cost: Party for the Planet is FREE for Zoo Members and children under 3; FREE with general admission.For more info: www.zooatlanta.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: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., NW, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Geared towards children 8 and under.How: Proper military identification will need to be shown to acquire the free admission.Cost: FreeFor more info: www.childrensmuseumofatlanta.org
Where: South Fulton Branch Library
4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union CityWhen: 5:30 PMWho: TeensHow: Show upCost: FreeFor more info: 770-306-3092
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
Where: Truett's Grill in Morrow
2042 Mt. Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 4:30 PM - 8:30 PMWho: Moms and sons.How: Make reservations online.Cost: Free (excluding food purchases)For more info: www.mothersondate.com
Where: Riverdale Dwarf House
6549 Highway 85 S., RiverdaleWhen: 4:30 PM - 8:30 PMWho: Moms and sons.How: Make reservations onlineCost: Free (excluding food purchases)For more info: www.mothersondate.com
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