A Mild Atlanta Spring

We have enjoyed a small string of perfect Spring days. In Atlanta, these mild days are as elusive as the Kinder surprise eggs at the local farmer's market. (Note to Kinder eggs: I will find you. And I will eat you. Preferably while making a profitable YouTube video of the whole ordeal.) 

Last week, my parents and nephew drove down from North Georgia to visit Stone Mountain Park with us for Spring FUN Break. I can agree that we all had a lot of FUN - all caps because, why not?! We saw a live bird show that had

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Discover The Family-Friendly Side of Atlanta At These Attractions: April 2015

One of the best things about being an Atlanta mom blogger is that I have a legit excuse to stay current with my favorite Atlanta attractions. It seems like I'm always planning my next family outing, which really makes me super happy. Come to think of it, the same goes for my new position as a Walt Disney World specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel -- I can stay current and visit as often as I can, all in the name of research. It's a win-win situation! 

Discover the family-friendly side of Atlanta at these attractions: April 2015 | Written by Atlanta mom blogger Classic Mommy! 

Atlanta is especially beautiful in spring, with bursts of color and restaurant patios just waiting to be filled. So without further ado, here are my top picks for family-friendly Atlanta attractions in April 2015. 

Atlanta Family-Friendly Events And Attractions In April 2015 

  • Atlanta History Center - Sheep to Shawl is baaaa-ck! Visit the Atlanta History Center on April 11 for this legen-dairy event that takes guests through the process of turning wool into woven cloths. 
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta Blooms! with more than 300,000 bulbs this month at Atlanta Botanical Garden, making this month the perfect time to explore this colorful urban oasis. Earth Day is April 22, so make sure to stop by the Atlanta Botanical Garden from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for crafts, storytelling, and ladybug releases. If you have a child that is interested in amphibians, make sure to visit on a Saturday at 11 a.m. for the Frog Feeding in the Fuqua Conservatory lobby. 
  • Stone Mountain Park - Spring FUN Break is back April 4-11. This special event includes lots of springtime fun (FUN is in the name, right?) and even includes some new additions this year! You can enter to win 4 free Adventure Passes here on the Classic Mommy blog (very easy entry!) 
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History - Celebrate The Power of Poison with a special Mad Hatter Tea Party on April 18. Take a self-guided tour through the special exhibition gallery to check out the Alice in Wonderland tea party scene, and catch a screening of the Disney animated classic in the auditorium. Guests are encouraged to dress up in costume and participate in a game of Poison Tic-Tac-Toe and make puppets with The Center for Puppetry Arts. 
  • World of Coca-Cola - If you call all soft drinks a "Coke," then you should probably check out World of Coca-Cola. It's more than just a museum or art gallery. You can learn about the beverage company's history and process, all while having a lot of fun! Make sure to download the World of Coca-Cola Explorer app before your visit to unlock even more fun on your visit. (Bonus: It's FREE!) 
  • Zoo Atlanta - Slimy Scaly Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience has just debuted at Zoo Atlanta, and just the thought of all these critters has my skin crawling! This new complex is not to be misssssssed! Spring Safari Day Camp, taking place from April 6-10, is a great experience for kids grade K-5 to enjoy special animal encounters, exclusive tours, and more. Register at zooatlanta.org. 
  • Georgia Aquarium - Any time is a good time to visit Georgia Aquarium, but did you know that April 6-10 is Camp H2O? This day camp is appropriate for children in grades K-5 to learn about science and conservation efforts in Georgia's largest aquarium. 
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta - Star Wars fans can feel the Force at the new LEGO Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Miniland Model Display. My family and I visited this Atlanta attraction just last week and were amazed at the attention to detail and creativity.   

Do you have a favorite Atlanta attraction to visit in the Spring? Tell me about it! 

New Star Wars Exhibit Debuts At LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta!

My family and I recently had the opportunity to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta to see the new Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace MINILAND attraction. This new addition is located in the same area as last year's Ninjago Laser Maze, and though it is small, it is packed with Force-filled fun. 

I'm only going to share a couple of pictures because I don't want to spoil the fun for any of my fellow Star Wars fans. Take a peek and let me know what you think about this new addition! 

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Spring FUN Break Is Back At Stone Mountain Park - Win 4 Adventure Passes!

Stone Mountain Park is one of my family's favorite places to explore in the Atlanta area. The hike up to the top totally pays off with incredible panorama views of the city and suburbs. Or -- if you're like my family most days -- you can choose to take Summit Skyride to the top and save some energy for all of the other fun activities that this beloved Atlanta attraction has to offer. 

Win FOUR Adventure Passes to Stone Mountain Park | Atlanta - Classic Mommy Blog 

Spring FUN Break is back at Stone Mountain Park, and I couldn't be more excited. What is Spring FUN Break, you ask? It's an entire week (April 4-11) of special family-friendly shows and attractions, including: 

  • the new Extreme Parrots live bird show 
  • the new "Rio: The 4-D Experience" 12 minute movie 
  • April Fool's Magic Show starring sleight-of-hand expert Matt Baum 
  • Character Meet & Greet with the Easter Bunny and Penelope the Parrot
  • Springtime Tales, an interactive storytelling experience at Campfire Corner 
  • May's Great Garden Games 
  • Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision at 8:30 p.m. each evening of Spring FUN Break! 

Stone Mountain Park is a great place to visit year round, but will be especially FUN during Spring Break! I've been provided with four Adventure Passes to give to one lucky Atlanta reader of the Classic Mommy Blog. 

Want to win FOUR Adventure Passes to Spring FUN Break at Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park? Fill out this form by noon on Friday, April 3, 2015 for your chance to win! 

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One winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to claim prize. Must be 18+ to enter, please. Good luck! 

I received tickets to give to an Atlanta Classic Mommy blog reader, as well as for my own personal use. All opinions shared on this blog come from my personal experiences. 

But That's Not Why We Homeschool!

"There are some great Christian schools in the area!"  

"Oh, so what are your thoughts on the Common Core?" 

"How do you find time to do real work?" 

"Why aren't you in school?" (said directly to my daughter) 

I get it. Sending a child to "school" with all of the other children in a community is as normal as putting butter on EVERYthing here in the South. It's what is expected. To stray from the public school model in any direction - private school, Christian school, charter schools - is just weird. 

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Have Courage, Be Kind, And Take Your Daughter To Watch Disney's #Cinderella!

Have courage and be kind.

Simple words. Wise words. And something that I strive to instill in my daughter -- and myself.

Should you take your child to watch Disney's Cinderella? | Read an Atlanta Mom Blogger's review on the Classic Mommy blog

Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie explores the classic fairytale in an extravagant and truly beautiful way. While the costumes, setting and other visual aspects of the film were absolutely stunning, the real beauty came from how Disney honored the beloved tale by staying fairly close to the original animated feature.

Should you take your child to watch the new Cinderella movie? YES! You should also take your mother, your sister, your husband, your best friend... it really is a remarkable movie.

Danger and I left the theater feeling extremely touched by the story. I won't give away any spoilers, except to say that this is one happily ever after that left us wanting to watch even more of Cinderella's story -- a win for Disney, and a win for girls everywhere. 

Have you watched the new Cinderella movie? What was your favorite part? 

p.s. Check out my darling Cinderella! 

Should you take your child to watch Disney's Cinderella? | Read an Atlanta Mom Blogger's review at the Classic Mommy blog

I received complimentary screening passes in exchange for an honest review on the Classic Mommy blog. All opinions come from my personal experiences.