Always wanted to play an instrument? Learn to paint? Actually enjoy working out? Here are 5 places in Cobb to explore adventures in music, fitness, art and gardening. It’s time to unlock that dormant potential!
The adventure | Get fit (and bring your kids!)
The place | Stroller Strong Moms Atlanta.
There’s no reason to leave your kids at home or in daycare when you work out. With two BRAND NEW locations in East Cobb and West Cobb, Stroller Strong Moms brings women together for FUN, challenging, total body workouts – with their children! Workouts are done outdoors at East Cobb Park off Roswell Road and Oregon Park near the West Cobb Avenue, with indoor options during inclement weather. Kids come along (both in strollers and older) and are engaged in inspiring, active ways while their mamas learn to S.L.A.M. (“Sweat Like A Mother). This is supportive, social fitness at its finest!
Fitness fun | Each 60-minute class includes: 5 minute warm-up, running or walking route with fitness stops throughout the park, and 10 to 15 minute core strengthening and stretching close. Jam-packed with butt-kicking nonstop action, this program will get you strong, lean, energized and S.L.A.M.-in’. Plus, modifications are implemented for prenatal and new-fitness mamas.
Start the adventure | Call 470-388-5197 to chat with Atlanta owner Lindsey Caballero, who is a nationally certified fitness instructor (plus CPR certified). Or visit strollerstrongmoms.com and click Atlanta.
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BD | RW PROMO: Try your first class FREE. One per client; cannot be combined. Mention offer when booking.
The adventure | Garden scavenger hunt!
The place | Smith-Gilbert Gardens – a City of Kennesaw Botanical Garden.
The 16-acre garden that radiates out from the historic Hiram Butler Home includes plenty of space to explore and expand your horticultural horizons.
Garden explorations | You can call to set up a personalized program for your class, scout troop, or neighborhood playgroup (minimum of eight children). Or, just stop by the home with your kids and borrow an Adventure Backpack, filled with binoculars, a magnifying glass, crayons, activity book, seasonal scavenger hunt, and Fundana Bandana game to play together in the garden.
Also coming this year: Smith-Gilbert is opening a butterfly house! It will be filled with pollinator-attracting plants to showcase sustainable gardening practices. Look for it to open during butterfly season, which is August through September.
Start the adventure | Smith-Gilbert Gardens is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; admission is $7 adults, $5 children (5 and under free). 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. smithgilbertgardens.com.
BD | RW PROMO: Free Adventure Bag rental. Just stop by the Hiram Butler Home and leave collateral in exchange for borrowing an adventure pack.
The adventure | Musical exploration!
The place | Dirt Cheep Music.
Dirt Cheep Music is a 31-year-old family-owned music store that offers a tasty blend of new and used musical instruments and equipment for the best value. They handle top name brands plus niche and boutique products, and they really know the used market. They do business in a good, honest, straightforward way … with a touch of Southern charm.
Musical options | From band instruments to ukuleles and from recording studios to live sound, you can experience it at Dirt Cheep.
- Buy, sell and trade
- Band and orchestra instruments for less than renting
- Guitar and bass
- World and folk instruments
- Recording equipment
- Microphones, amplifiers, sound system installation
- DJ gear and lights
Start the adventure | Call 770-433-0196 or pop by the store and talk to one of their seriously experienced staff members: 2415 South Cobb Dr. SE, Smyrna. No one at Dirt Cheep is paid on commission, so they won’t try to sell you anything you don’t need – but they might show you something that is insanely fun to use. Visit dirtcheepmusic.com.
BD | RW PROMO: 15% off any retail purchase (some exclusions apply). Must present coupon by 5/5/16. One per customer; cannot be combined.
The adventure | An immersion into wellness
The place | Independent Fitness Consulting (IFC).
Don’t be fooled by the purposefully unassuming warehouse that IFC calls home. This place is one serious powerhouse of wellness that is transforming women from the inside out – literally. Founder and certified personal trainer Amy Fendley has a vision for reaching women physically, spiritually and emotionally through the team of elite experts she has recruited to IFC. “We are a complete wellness center focused on whole body health for women,” says Amy.
Wellness transformations | The vision at IFC is to lay a foundation of good practices that become solid habits. Offerings include:
- Nutrition counseling and meal planning
- Private, semi-private, and group fitness sessions with certified personal trainers.
- Bootcamps and open gym hours for flexible workout times.
- Yoga and Pilates for strength and centering.
- Onsite licensed professional counseling and also weekend workshops addressing self-esteem, shame and guilt, food and eating issues, stress management and healthy self-care.
- VIP relationship (and rate) with Dr. Rob and Dr. Cris of Eaton Chiropractic.
- VIP rates for massages, facials and aesthetic medispa treatments.
Start the adventure | Call IFC at 770-310-6110 or stop by 3620 Kennesaw North Industrial Pkwy, Kennesaw. Visit ifitnessconsulting.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Rates: Drop-in gym and bootcamp: $10/session. Monthly open gym rate (non-private clients): $69. Monthly VIP open gym rate (private clients): $39.
BD | RW PROMO: Try your first class FREE. Present coupon at IFC by 5/5/16. One per client; cannot be combined.
The adventure | Unlocking your inner artist
The place | The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art.
Located on the Historic Marietta Square, The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (MCMA) occupies a renovated Classical Revival building that originally opened as the Cobb County United States Post Office in 1910. Today, the museum houses a rotating collection of American art and offers classes for both the budding and mature artist.
Artistic inspirations | Classes for children, youth and adults are scheduled monthly. Adult classes include:
- Art of acrylics
- Studio oils
- Charcoal drawing
- Introduction to papermaking
- Dry pastel painting laboratory
- Beginning & intermediate watercolor
- Pottery wheel
- Portrait drawing
- Modern calligraphy
- Open studio (drawing & painting)
Start the adventure | Register for a class at mariettacobbartmuseum.org/adult-classes.html, or call 770-528-1444. Visit the MCMA at 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta. For hours and admission, visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org.
BD | RW PROMO: $1 off daily admission at the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art. Must present coupon by 5/5/15. Limit one per person; cannot be combined.