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Center for Puppetry Arts Unveils a Smashing Summer Schedule

center for puppetry artsthe gig: 

With summer nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking ahead about ways to keep kiddos busy during those long, hot days of summer. One of our favorite go-to cures for the “I’m bored” blues is the Center for Puppetry Arts. They’ve just unveiled their 2015-2016 schedule, and let’s just say we may be as excited as our kids will be! The 16-show lineup features a brand new Center-produced show, a few returning favorites and a number of notable new and returning guest artist engagements.

Check out the full Family Series schedule for summer (and beyond) below:

My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Duckling May 26 – June 7, 2015
By Open Eye Figure Theatre of Minneapolis, MN

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type June 9 – July 26, 2015
Based on the book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin
Adapted by Jon Ludwig and Jason Von Hinezmeyer

The Reluctant Dragon July 28 – August 9, 2015
By Tears of Joy Theatre of Portland, OR

The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop’s Fables August 11 – September 20, 2015
Adapted by Michael Haverty

Peter Pan September 22 – October 25, 2015
Based on the book by J.M. Barrie
Adapted by Michael Haverty

The 3 Little Pigs & More October 27 – November 8, 2015
By Grey Seal Puppets of Charlotte, NC

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer November 10 – December 27, 2015
Based on the classic television special
Adapted by Jon Ludwig

Pinocchio! December 29, 2015 – January 10, 2016
By Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox January 13 – 24, 2016
By Thistle Theatre of Seattle, WA

Space! January 26 – March 10, 2016
Written by Jon Ludwig

The Sound of Music March 12, 2016—One Day Only!
By Salzburg Marionette Theatre of Salzburg, Austria The Sound of Music tickets go on sale fall 2015

Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise That Could March 11 – April 3, 2016
By Barefoot Puppets of Richmond, VA

Beauty and the Beast April 5 – May 22, 2016
Adapted by Jon Ludwig

 

the guide:

Where: Center for Puppetry Arts at 1404 Spring Street NW in Atlanta.

Cost: Tickets for patrons, ages two years of age and older, are $9.25 (Members) and $16.50 (Nonmembers) and include the performance, museum admission, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit).

To purchase tickets: visit www.puppet.org or call 404-873-3391.

Taste of Marietta — April 26, 2015

the gig:

TastefromStrandRoof-300x200It’s not every day you can enjoy food from over 75 restaurants and food trucks, back-to-back live concerts, and activities to entertain the entire family. But, Sunday, April 26 is not every other day – it’s the day Taste of Marietta comes back to the Marietta Square!

With around 100,000 people expected to attend, this is the family event of the season in Marietta– and one of the most successful and well-attended taste events in the entire country. (That’s right, we know how to eat around these parts).

Taste_Banks-300x225Bring the family out for the afternoon and enjoy everything from sushi to chicken wings and {literally} everything in between, including plenty of options for dessert to finish off your eating extravaganza. Activities include a Kids Alley, Sports Corner, outdoor concerts, food awards and much more.

Mark your calendar and be prepared for a day full of fun and food!

the guide:

date: Sunday, April 26, 2013

time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

location: The Historic Marietta Square, rain or shine

cost: free admission; food ranges in price from around $1 to $5 per taste; some kids activities are pay-to-play

parking: The Cobb County Parking Deck (enter from Waddell Street), all county court lots and the Mill Street lot are available. The county parking deck and the Mill Street lot are free. County court lots are privately owned and parking fees may apply.

for more info: tasteofmarietta.com or (770) 429-1115

“Indulge” in a Night of Fashion + Fun for Moms

Indulge Mom's Night Outthe gig:

If there is anything that we can all agree on, it’s that we love our kids. It’s the most given of givens. 

The second most given of givens? Every so often, we. need. a. break. Just a teensy one, mind you, from their adorable little faces (and requests … and homework … and constant, er, innocent invasions of personal space).

Enter: “Indulge” at Town Center at Cobb. A fabulous night of shopping and fun!

The ultimate mom’s night out experience, you’ll have a chance to experience everything from food sampling (yum!) to freeze modeling and fashion tips provided by the experts–all sans kiddos. 

You’ll also have the chance to snag a “swag bag” and get access to giveaways, special offers and promotions, and more! Two lucky ladies will be picked to have flash makeovers.

All the fun comes just a few days before Mother’s Day, so do yourself a favor and consider it your Mother’s Day gift to yourself. Or, if it makes you feel better about sneaking away, consider it a gift to your kiddos, too –“absence makes the heart grow fonder” and all that.

the guide:

where:  Town Center at Cobb

when: May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

cost: freeee

 

Cobb’s Spring Fling Event Schedule 2015

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Looking for the perfect family event to take your kiddies to this spring? We’ve got it: The Primrose Schools Spring Flings, happening at a Primrose School near you!

These events are open to the public, and feature games, raffles, prizes, bake sales, treats, a silent auction, and tons of wholesome, spring-y family fun … all to benefit a local charity.

See below to find a Spring Fling near you!

the guide:

Acworth / Dallas – Primrose School at Bentwater
FRIDAY, April 17, 2015
6:30 P.M.  –  8:00 P.M.

Kennesaw  / West Cobb – Primrose School at Brookstone
SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Powder Springs  - Primrose School at Macland Pointe
FRIDAY, May 1, 2015
5 P.M. –  7 P.M.

East Cobb – Primrose School at Sprayberry
FRIDAY, May 8
5 P.M. –  7 P.M.

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sneak peek:

Primrose School at Brookstone is building up excitement for their Spring Fling Under the Big Top! 

Primrose Brookstone Circus

Primrose Brookstone Spring

 

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The Race is on at Diaper Derby at Town Center Mall

Diaper Derbythe gig:

Calling all crawlers!

There isn’t anything much cuter than a little baby booty scootin’ along–unless it’s a whole bunch of baby booties scootin’ along together. On April 18, the first Diaper Derby at Town Center Mall will bring together parents and babies in a fun, family-team atmosphere. 

Bring family and friends to cheer on your baby as they race to the finish line! Registration is free, and the top three babies will win a trophy and prizes from mall stores. All registrants will receive a goody bag at the event. In addition to the Diaper Derby main event, families will enjoy entertainment, prizes and more!

to register your baby: Registration will be held at  Simon Guest Services starting March 9, 2015.  They are located on the Upper Level Center Court, outside Macy’s Furniture and are open all mall hours.  Parents will need to read the rules and regulation and sign the event waiver/registration form and will be assigned a heat time and lane. There will be up to 12 heats of six babies each. There will then be two semi-final heats, which will bring us to the final round of up to six babies. Babies must not be walking, and cannot turn 12 months on or before April 18. Registrations are limited to the first 72 babies. 

For online registration, send an email to diaperderbytcc@gmail.com with the subject line DIAPER DERBY REGISTRATION.

the guide:

WHEN: April 18 from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Sears Court at the Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw, 30144

COST: FREE

AGES: Babies younger than 12 months (on or before April 18)

QUESTIONS / INFO: diaperderbytcc@gmail.com

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Miles for Mikey 2015

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the story

Mikey Built Tough Like Dadmeet mikey. he has MLD.

Michael Warechowski IV is the only son of Marietta residents Katie and Mike Warechowski. Michael was born a perfectly healthy, smart little boy who reached all his milestones. Katie and Mike had no idea anything was wrong until he still couldn’t walk by age 23 months.

After extensive tests, they received the unbelievable news that their son has Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD) and only a few more years to live. This 11-Alive feature tells their poignant story (grab the tissues and click to watch).

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MLD is a rare neuro-degenerative disease that affects the brain, nervous system, and muscles. There is no cure; it is fatal. Most kids with MLD live to be about 5 or 6. Since his diagnosis on Katie’s 31st birthday (March 27, 2012), Michael has lost all of his abilities: he cannot talk, eat by mouth, sit up or play. He is fed only through a feeding tube, and he is heavily medicated, as MLD is very painful.

the need

Katie MikeyKatie and Mike own Fitness Together in East Cobb and strive to provide everything Michael needs.

Unfortunately, they’ve been denied government assistance for Mikey’s medical care and their medical bills are outrageous.

They take a lot of time off work to care for Michael and spend as much time as they can with him.

So, LBD|LRW is teaming up with community partners and individuals to host this event:

Miles for Mikey 5K and FunRun ’15

WHEN:

Saturday, May 30

WHERE:

Mountain Park, Georgia

Race start: 118 Lakeshore Drive, Mountain Park, GA 30075

Parking: Please plan to park at Mountain Park Elementary School and take the shuttle: 11895 Mountain Park Road, Roswell, Georgia 30075

TO REGISTER: 

Click HERE to register through active.com.

You can also follow Fitness Together East Cobb and Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine on FB for race updates and links.

PARKING & SHUTTLE:

TrolleyFrontDue to limited parking at the race site, participants are asked to park at Mountain Park Elementary School (approx. 1.25 miles away):

11895 Mountain Park Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

A shuttle is being provided by the Historic Marietta Trolley between the race site and the school. Please arrive with enough time to catch the trolley.

RACE CONDITIONS:

This UNTIMED charity race will begin with a 1-mile Fun Run, followed by a 5K. Due to hilly conditions, the 5K course is considered moderate to strenuous. Stroller racers are encouraged to run the 1-mile Fun Run, which eliminates the steepest climbs.

RACE DETAILS:

Times:

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:35 Warm up

10:00 5K official start!

10:15 1-Mile Fun Run (strollers start in the back)

Post-Race: Top 3 males and females, plus top student, will be awarded with a commemorative hand-painted Miles for Mikey Race Plate, courtesy of Just Fired Pottery.

To Volunteer: Email Race@BlackDressRedWagon.com for info or to help.

Cost:

$15 for youth (18 and under)

$20 for adults (pre-registered) or $25 on race morning

Children 4 and under are FREE.

100% of proceeds from this untimed charity race will go to Michael.

Sponsored by: PTS Sports, PT Solutions, Little Black Dress|Little Red Wagon Magazine, Just Fired Paint Your Own Pottery

Michael’s Story: Watch an 11 Alive video about Michael

SPONSORS:

 



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Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

the gig:

Easter Egg HuntCobb County is totally upping the Easter egg hunt game this year. For the first time, the egg-hunting extravaganza will take place in the dark! But, don’t worry, little hands will still be able to find plenty of goodies thanks to glow-in-the-dark eggs. (As an aside, the website still advises attendees to bring flashlights.)

The fun starts this Saturday evening, March 28, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. In addition to the main event, there will also be children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, a hula-hoop contest, egg toss, storytelling, glow-in-the-dark best-dressed contest, food vendors and more.

To keep things fair and fun for all ages, the five egg hunts will be broken down into age groups. In each hunt, there will be special prize eggs.

Happy hunting!

the guide:

Schedule of events:

  • 6 p.m. — Opening of park
  • 6:30 p.m. — 3 years old and younger egg hunt
  • 7 p.m. — 4-5 years old egg hunt
  • 7:15-8 p.m. — Break for games, activities and entertainment
  • 8:15 p.m. — 6-7 years old egg hunt
  • 8:45 p.m. — 8-10 years old egg hunt
  • 9:15 p.m. — Tweens and teens egg hunt (11-17 years old)

Admission

Free (bring a flashlight)

Parking
Free

Location:
Jim Miller Park
2245 Callaway Rd
Marietta, GA 30008

For more information, please call the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department at (770) 528-8875 or (770) 528-4333.

Callaway Gardens Fitness Series

the gig:

Gardens TriathalonGetting fit is a good thing. Getting fit in a gorgeous garden setting? Even better. 

Enter: the 2015 Callaway Gardens Fitness Series.

Starting in May and running (pun intended!) through November, the Gardens will be hosting a series of fitness events to challenge your body in one of the most soothing spots in Georgia.

Check out the schedule below then click the link at the bottom of this post to register:

  • Duathlon (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) and 5K on May 10. 
  • Sprint Triathlon (1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 2 mile run) on June 21. Now the biggest event of its kind in the Southeast, this one is is perfect for first-time triathletes and young athletes.
  • Triathlon (1K swim, 30K bike, 8K run) and 5K on September 6. (Neat-to-know trivia: The Callaway Gardens event is the longest running triathlon in the continental United States.)
  • Twilight 10K race on November 7. Certified by US Track and Field, this event is a qualifier for the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race.

And because being well-rested is a must before some serious physical exertion like a 30k bike (our musclesGarden Tri 2 feel sore–but super accomplished–just thinking about it!), Fitness Series participants can request a special rate for overnight lodging that includes admission to Callaway Gardens. 

Of course, having friends and family cheer on your super-healthy-self is half the fun, so spectators accompanying Fitness Series Event participants can enter the Gardens for half-price (or $30* per vehicle whichever is less).

the guide:

To register, visit active.com. Participants’ registration fee includes admission to the Gardens.

For more information on the Fitness Series, contact Dave Johnson Enterprises at 770-565-5208.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

For general Garden information, call 800-463-6990 or visit callawaygardens.com.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Callaway Gardens

Go Green at Callaway Gardensthe gig:

For a fun, new way to “go green,” join the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Callaway Gardens this Saturday, March 14th.

Amidst the gorgeous setting that is Robin Lake Beach, there will be everything you’d expect for a sham-rockin’ St. Patty’s Day party, from live music and great food to drink specials and prizes.

With a pint of Irish green beer or glass of Irish Whiskey in hand, rock out with to the bluesy southern sound of Daniel Lee and the Barstool Prophets. (Tip: Wear green and enjoy $2.50 drafts!) Go all out with head-to-toe green for a chance to take home a prize in the St. Patty’s Day outfit contest. And, when you’re finally ready to kick off your dancin’ shoes, don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to relax in the sand.

Or, make a weekend of it and snag a room at the Mountain Creek Inn on-site. (Don’t forget to take advantage of access to the nature trails, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, and chapel during your stay.) Packages start at $119 a night and include lodging, two event tickets and admission to the Gardens.

We’re feeling luckier already.

the guide:

where: Callaway Gardens is located at 17800 US Hwy 27. Pine Mountain 31822-2000.

when: Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the gate. Click here for advance ticket purchase or call 800-463-6990.

For additional information or reservations, visit callawaygardens.com or call 800-852-3810.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens Blend Art, History and Horticulture

the gig:

gardenSpring is just around the corner–and there was much rejoicing!–and we’ve got the perfect suggestion for a sunny day outing: Smith-Gilbert Gardens. Sixteen beautiful acres filled with thousands of species of plants, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a little piece of heaven in the middle of Kennesaw.

Follow wooded paths through the emerald grounds to a Bonsai exhibit, a rose garden, a tea house and a camellia garden. During your visit, take a break near the waterfall to let the relaxing sounds soothe your soul.

Be on the lookout for the collection of contemporary sculptures thoughtfully positioned throughout the Gardens. End your visit with a tour through the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880). For the ultimate experience, come on a Saturday for one of their scheduled tours.

Whether you’re on the lookout for an educational nature walk with your kiddos (a special “gather ‘n grow” garden includes vegetable beds and whimsical elements like chime arbors, bubble pools and animal topiaries) or a quiet afternoon with just your thoughts (and some gorgeous scenery), Smith-Gilbert Gardens is sure to be your go-to happy place this spring. 

But, wait! There is more.

aliceOn March 21st, the Garden is hosting “Tea Time with Alice in Wonderland.” Your child can become a guest at a “very, merry un-birthday”-style tea party hosted by one of their most beloved storybook characters, Alice in Wonderland! Mini-cupcakes, cookies, and “tea” (served in mis-matched teacups, of course), will be the treat of the day as Alice mingles with guests and shares her wildly unusual experiences while lost in Wonderland! Each guest will also make a small craft to take home in memory of their visit. (Note: Limited seating. Reservations required.)

And, if tea parties aren’t you’re child’s, well, cup of tea? Check out Garden Stories, a chance for children to enjoy stories in a garden setting. Your child will discover the wonderful outdoor world through movement, music, and play. At the end of the program, a craft will allow young sprouts to take home a piece of their outdoor adventure. (Kids and caretakers are welcome to explore the garden after story time.) 

And, because why should the kids have all the fun, there is a Tower Gardening Workshop tower gardenhappening on Saturday, March 28. Experts will help turn even the brownest thumb green with their advice on how to grow a farmer’s market (really!) on your back patio. During the class, the folks at Smith-Gilbert Garden will show you how, with limited space, you can grow vegetables, herbs and even fruit with a vertical, aeroponic garden. Fresh fruits and veggies within arm’s reach with minimal dirt required? Sign us up!

the guide:

General Garden Info:

where: 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw 30152

hours: Operating days are Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm. 

cost: Adults, $7;  Seniors (age 60+) or Active Military (with ID), $6; Children, ages 6-12, $5; Children, ages 5 and younger, free.

For more information, call 770-919-0248 or visit their website. 

 

Tea Time with Alice in Wonderland

when: March 21st from 1:00 – 2:30 PM
recommended ages: 4 – 12 years old
attire: As dressy or un-dressy as you like, but flat close-toed shoes, please.

 

Garden Stories

when: Every 3rd Wednesday of the month, beginning in February, at 10:30 AM.

Recommended ages: 3 – 6 (caregiver must stay with child).

Cost for SGG member child is $5. Cost for first non-member child is$7, with additional participating children being $5. Pre-registration is recommended.

 

Adult Tower Gardening Workshop 

when: Saturday, March 28 from 10 am to noon.

cost: SGG Members: $8, Non-Members: $15

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