May 20, 2012
- This Week in Macaroni Kid CEM
- WIN: Little Beat Music's "I Am Here"
- Fight Brain Drain and Weight Gain
- Is Your Teen Ready for Summer Driving?
- Staying Safe in Summer
- Macaroni Review: Wild Animal Safari
- Your Local Area Farmers' Markets!
- AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour 2012
- Save $$ on Spivey Hall Music Summer Camp!
- Become an Everyday Wildlife Champion
- Celebrate Memorial Day with An Historic Day Trip!
- Macaroni Menu: Fish Tacos!
- Macaroni Made: Painting with Kids!
- Macaroni Reader "Thank Yous"
- Would YOU Like to Be A Macaroni Kid Publisher Too?
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
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Covering Families and Communities in South Fulton and Clayton County!
Today is National Pick a Strawberry Day! And how appropriate since the season for picking fresh strawberries is coming to a close next month!
In Atlanta there are some great local farms where you can take the kids strawberry picking. Our family's favorite is Southern Belle Farm in McDonough.
While the strawberries or other seasonal fruit (just wait blueberries are coming next!) are the focus for going, Southern Belle Farms actually offers quite a bit to do so you can really spend a few hours out there.
They have a small petting zoo where the kids can see farm animals up close, a little playground and also lots of grassy fields for kids to play! So you can essentially just turn the kids loose on the many activities they have while you and the other adults get to relax in the shade and enjoy some of their homemade goodies like strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake.
If you love strawberries like we do, be sure to hurry and get out there as strawberry picking season ends in June! And if my post here isn't enough to persuade you, perhaps the idea of getting fresh, right off the vine strawberries to make this DELICIOUS recipe for "Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake" will!
Now, here's what you can expect in your newsletter this week...
This Week in Macaroni Kid:
- Congratulations to last week's contest winner: Kristie W. (Sage Spoonfuls Contest)
- If your kids love music and love to dance, then you're going to want to enter this week's contest for a chance to win the children's CD, "I Am Here" from Little Beat Music! DJ Willy Wow really knows how to entertain kids and he's been doing it all over Atlanta with his funky children's songs!
- School's almost out and that means kids can easily fall into the summer trap of weight gain and brain drain. Don't let this happen to your child by reading these tips.
- Is your teen ready to start driving this summer? We're sharing some tips for parents and teens to help keep everyone safe on the road!
- Keep your child safe on the playground this summer with these tips and also talk to your child about how to be courteous while on the playground too!
- Read all about my family's wild adventure this weekend at a Georgia animal park!
- Go soon and go often to a farmers' market! This week, we've got a list of great markets in South Atlanta that have just returned for the season or will be opening soon.
- Celebrate this upcoming Memorial Day by visiting some of Georgia's best parks and battlegrounds!
- American Idol will be wrapping up its season this week when the finale airs on May 23rd! If you or your kids are fans of the show, don't miss the AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! Tour coming to the Gwinnett Center later this summer. Tickets are on sale now.
- If you can't get your kids to eat fish, try this week's Macaroni Menu featuring easy peesy Fish Tacos. From our Macaroni Made column this week, we hope to give you some fresh ideas on how to make painting at home fun for the kids!
Finally, here's this week's list of "notable" holidays you may want to celebrate with friends and family:
- May 20 is Pick Strawberries Day
- May 22 is Buy a Musical Instrument Day
- May 25 is National Missing Children Day
- May 26 is International Jazz Day
Wishing you all a great week,
Kid-Friendly Entertainment the WHOLE Family Can TRULY Enjoy!
If you've ever been to one of the special events at the Woodruff Arts Center, Zoo Atlanta or The Fernbank Museum, there's a good chance you and your kids may have been singing, humming, dancing and jumping to the tunes of DJ Willy WOW and his best friend, Little Beat, The #1 Chinchilla (a life-sized mascot)!
Little Beat Music has been partying with Atlanta families and family-centric organizations since 2005. They believe in fostering strong familial, school and other interpersonal relationships through pro-social, kid-friendly music ...
New YMCA Survey Reveals Parents Struggle to Keep Kids Fit
Today, nearly one in three U.S. children is overweight or obese, and while summer should be a time to get up, get out and grow, kids will be at a greater risk for brain drain and weight gain when the school year ends.
Research shows that without activities to keep their minds and bodies active, kids are likely to gain weight twice as fast (1) and show little to no academic growth over the summer than during the school year (2).
Despite these findings, only 21 percent of American ...
Tips for Parents and Teens to Make this a Safer Summer on the Roads
According to the most recent data, over 1,000 youth were killed on our nation's highway during the summer of 2010 and preliminary numbers for 2011 are not looking any better.
It's that time of year when young people get to enjoy the wondrous summer break. They're ready for summer jobs, beach trips, more free time, and all of the extra activities summer brings.
But with all of this fun comes some very sobering news. Teens are now entering the deadlines months on our nations' highways for ...
Tip to Keep Your Child (and Others) Playing Safely at the Playground
Summer is nearly upon us and that means a lot more of the kids and a lot less for them to do! Playgrounds are a go-to place for moms and kids alike so it's important to remember "safety first" when it comes to playing at your local playground.
Moms are safety experts when it comes to their kids yet it's easy to accidentally become complacent and overlook the little things when in familiar surroundings like a playground. Take this refresher course and be sure your kids are extra ...
What an adventure my family was on this weekend!
We took a trip to Pine Mountain, Georgia - about an hour drive from South Atlanta - to visit the Wild Animal Safari. Beyond our amazing wildlife encounter experience at Zoo Atlanta, this was really the first time we got so close to such an amazing variety of animals.
Visitors to the animal park have the option of either driving their own vehicles through or renting one of their zebra vans that start at $15. We chose to rent the van which we ...
Shop Local, Shop Often for Fresh Fruits, Veggies and More!
Spring time means it's that time of year to start heading to our local Farmers' Markets for fresh, locally grown and perhaps organic produce, fruits and vegetables. If you're like me, you love to walk around the stalls and talk to the growers about their products (maybe even try to do a little haggling since that's not something you can do at the large grocery chains)!
Farmers' markets also provide a great way to get kids involved in the family's meals and it gives them a ...
Concert Stop at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on August 5
The tour will be in Duluth, GA at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Sunday, August 5th. Tickets are on sale now via www.AmericanIdol.com, www.ticketmaster.com and www.aeglive.com.
AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Idol finalists Colton ...
Macaroni Kid Readers Save 10% on Registration!
Guess what! Our friends at Spivey Hall are giving YOU, our Macaroni Kid readers a SPECIAL DISCOUNT off their Summer Music Camp!
Sign up for camp, which runs June 11-June 15 and receive 10% off of your registration!
If your kids are entering the 4th through 7th grades, LOVE music and have an interest in developing their skills, this camp is for them!
Students will sing, play Orff instruments and tone chimes, folk dance and learn basic piano skills! Their week will culminate in a PUBLIC performance in the world-famous ...
Win a Fabulous RCA HD Video Camera
To continue Dawn's 50+ year commitment to preserving wildlife, Dawn worked with their partners at The Marine Mammal Center and International Bird Rescue to ...
Visit Georgia State Parks, Forts or Battlefields
As friends and family gather for picnics and holiday celebrations over Memorial Day weekend, take some time to honor those who fought on American soil. Georgia is home to many significant historical battlefields and forts that have been meticulously preserved. A visit to a fort is a great way to teach the kids about our country’s rich history and honor those who have fallen.
Below are some suggested day trips to forts and museums across Georgia.
Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien
From 1721 until 1736, this fort ...
Make a Familiar Dish Fun and a Little Different!
If you haven't managed to get your kids eating fish yet, try fish tacos. Most kids enjoy build it yourself meals so this may be the perfect gateway! Sometimes once you get a kid to taste something for the first time in a "fun" dish, they're willing to eat it presented other ways.
If they like it, lift your glass and make a toast to your open minded fish eating child! They will see that trying something new is something to celebrate and may be more likely to ...
Children love to paint! There is something very satisfying about the movement of the brush, their hands, or various tools as they apply paint to different surfaces and see the effects of their actions. There are many ways to paint using a variety of materials that will delight the senses. Tempera paint can be purchased at a craft store and is an excellent medium for young children.
Tempera Paint Variations
Mix different items in the paint to create interesting textures. Try mixing in laundry soap (helps with clean-up), liquid starch ...
If you won tickets, a product or service from Macaroni Kid CEM, we'd love for you to tell us how much you loved it! :-)
Let us know...our readers (and our sponsors) would love to know your experiences.
And the winner is...
Kristie W. who won a Sage Spoonfuls starter kit for homemade baby food! Congratulations to you and happy baby food storing!!!!
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Are you, or do you have a friend who might be, interested in becoming a Macaroni Kid Publisher? We are currently looking for a new publisher to take over the Macaroni Kid edition in Conyers-Stockbridge (Henry County) and also a publisher in Douglas County.
Macaroni Kid Publisher Moms develop content, publish their newsletter and website and keep all of the local advertising revenue and other publisher perks (free tickets to events, discounted travel, and more). The monthly hosting fee is very modest and the perks are great! I LOVE being ...
Where: 6905 Virlyn B Smith Rd, FairburnWhen: Weekends only and Memorial Day Monday.Who: The whole family!How: Purchase ticketsCost: 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: 301 Auburn Avenue, AtlantaWhen: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Show upCost: FREE!!For more info: http://www.sweetauburnmusicfest.com/
Saturday, May 26 through Sunday, September 9 - The Big Adventure at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
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. ***NOTE*** May 26 is Fulton County Family Day. Fulton County residents can buy one admission ticket and receive one additional general admission ticket for free!For more info: www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404-659-KIDS (5437)
Where: Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive, AtlantaWhen: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM (KidZone is open from 12:00 PM to 6 PM)Who: Jazz enthusiasts of all ages!How: Show up!Cost: FREE!!
Activities include educational programming, specialty workshops, touring shows, street performers, family-friendly performances, children’s crafts, life-size chess games, appearances by on-air personalities, local sports mascots, contests, prizes and more!
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Avenue West, AtlantaWhen: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: FamiliesHow: Stop by!Cost: FREE!!For more info: www.centennialpark.com
Where: Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155, SW, StockbridgeWhen: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Adults and children at least 8 years of age.How: Register in advance.Cost: $15 plus $5 parkingFor more info: 770-389-7801
Where: Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Road, AtlantaWhen: Check website for movie times. Runs 45 minutes.Who: FamiliesHow: Purchase tickets online or by calling 404.929.6400.Cost: Ticket prices are: Adults, $13; Students, $12; Children 3-12, $11; Children 2 and under are FREE.
Members can save up to 40% off of IMAX tickets.For more info: www.fernbankmuseum.org
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: Cochran Mill Nature Center 6300 Cochran Mill Rd. , PalmettoWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMWho: Homeschooled children in grades 2nd 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: 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: Morrow Branch Library 6225 Maddox Road, MorrowWhen: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMWho: This movie is rated PG.How: Show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: [email protected]
Where: Forest Park Branch Library
696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 6:15 PMWho: All Ages. Parents note this movie is rated PG!How: Call or email to register.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 404-366-0850
Where: Jonesboro Branch Library 124 Smith Street, JonesboroWhen: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Ages 4 and up.How: Just show up.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 770-478-7120
Where: South Fulton Branch Library 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union CityWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 3-6How: Stop by.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 770-306-3092
Where: Southwest Branch Library 3665 Cascade Road, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 1-3.How: Just stop by!Cost: FREE!!For more info: 404-699-6363
Where: Fairburn Branch Library 60 Valley View Dr., FairburnWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Ages 5 and under.How: Show up.Cost: FREE!!For 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: Headquarters Branch Library
865 Battle Creek Road, JonesboroWhen: 7:00 PMWho: Older children, teens and music enthusiasts.How: Sign up to reserve a seat!Cost: FREE!For more info: 770-473-3850
Where: Southwest Branch 3665 Cascade Road, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Ages 3-5How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!!For more info: 404-699-6363
Where: Headquarters Branch Library
865 Battle Creek Road, JonesboroWhen: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AMWho: Ages 3-10.How: Advance registration is needed due to limited space and seating.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 770-473-3850
Where: Morrow Branch Library
6225 Maddox Road, MorrowWhen: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PMWho: This movie is rated PG.How: Advanced registration required due to limited space.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 404-366-7749
Where: Headquarters Branch Library 865 Battle Creek Road, JonesboroWhen: 7:00 PM - 7:30 PMWho: All agesHow: Just show up!Cost: FREE!!For 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: FREE!!For more info: 404-366-0850
Where: Jonesboro Branch Library 124 Smith Street, JonesboroWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AMWho: Ages 4-10.How: Space is limited, registration is required.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 770-478-7120
Where: Morrow Branch Library
6225 Maddox Road, MorrowWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: For all ages.How: Advance registration is required due to limited space and supplies.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 404-366-7749
Where:International Park 'The Beach'2300 Highway 138 SE, JonesboroWhen: All Day EventWho: EveryoneHow: Show up.Cost: $9 for children, $11 per adult. No parking fees.
Where: McNair 1 & II fields
2800 Burdette Road, College ParkWhen: Starting at 10 a.m. each dayWho: EveryoneHow: Show upCost: FREE and open to the public.
Where: Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155, SW, Stockbridge
Meet at the Alexander Lake AreaWhen: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PMWho: All ages.How: Register in advance. Long pants and sleeves are recommended.Cost: FREE, $5 parkingFor more info: 770-389-7801
Where:Arts Clayton Gallery136 South Main Street, JonesboroWhen: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (All Day Event.)Who: FamiliesHow: Show up.Cost: $5 per child. Admission to the Gallery is FREE.For more info: http://www.artsclayton.org/gallery/
Where: The School Box Store (ALL LOCATIONS)When: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: KidsHow: Just stop by!Cost: FREE!!For more info: http://schoolbox.com
Where: Festival Village (Intersection of Auburn Avenue and Fort Street), Atlanta
The parade will begin at the West Peachtree/Civic Center Marta Station and end at the Festival Village.When: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PMWho: Fun for everyone!How: Come out!Cost: FREE!!For more info: www.atlantacarnival.org
Where: Stately Oaks Plantation
100 Carriage Lane, JonesboroWhen: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: EveryoneHow: Every Saturday in May come out for free admission!Cost: FREEFor more info: www.historicaljonesboro.org
Where: Atlanta-area Lowes.When: 10:00 AMWho: Recommended for ages 6 through 10.How: Register in advance.Cost: FREE!!For more info: www.lowesbuildandgrow.com
Where: Barnes and Noble (Southlake) 1939 Mount Zion Road, MorrowWhen: 11:00 AMWho: ChildrenHow: Just show up.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 770-471-2227
Where: Barnes & Noble (CampCreek Marketplace) 3685 Market Place Blvd East Point, GAWhen: 11:00 AMWho: Preschoolers, elementary-ageHow: Open to the public.Cost: FREE!!For more info: (404) 349-0359
Where: Forest Park Branch Library 696 Main Street, Forest ParkWhen: 5:30 PM - 7:45 PMWho: Ages 13 and up. Parents this movie is rated PG-13.How: Teens should register in advance.Cost: FREE!!For more info: 404-366-0850
• Kids will learn to build their very own organizer 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: Lenox Square - Macy's Court
3393 Peachtree Road, AtlantaWhen: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PMWho: Monsuno Toy EnthusiastsHow: Stop by to mingle with Monsuno Toy experts and try your hand at new battling techniques and more!Cost: FREE and open to the public.For more info: 404-365-8860
Where: Wolf Creek Amphitheater
3025 Merk Road, AtlantaWhen: 7:00 PM (Gates open at 5:00 PM)Who: Jazz enthusiastsHow: Purchase tickets. Additionally patrons are permitted to bring food and alcoholic beverages to the venue for this concert.Cost: General admission tickets start at $35.
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: Families. This movie is rated PG.How: Show up.Cost: FREE admission and parking.
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, AtlantaWhen: 6:30 PMWho: Everyone who loves the Super Readers!How:Cost:$20.50 - $38.50 plus applicable fees. VIP Meet & Greet packages are available.
Where: Fox Theatre in AtlantaWhen: Two Shows 2:30 PM and 6:30 PMWho: Everyone who loves The Wiggles!How: Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com) or by calling 800-745-3000.Cost: Prices range from $15.00 - $75.50. $75.50 tickets in the Wiggles VIP section are limited, and will include the best seats in the house, an exclusive gift, an activity sheet and a chance to dance along with The Wiggles themselves.
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