I recently published an article listing some of my favorite family travel destinations in the American Southeast. My family and I have traveled all over the country (except for the Northeast -- I know, I know, we'll get there one day!) and I've found many wonderful places to explore time and again. If you're looking for a great place to travel to that won't cost a lot of money, provides family-friendly fun and entertainment and is close to home, then I encourage you to click over and check it out.Read More
You know that feeling when all of your friends are invited to a party -- everyone except you, of course. I've never been the one left out (every good party needs that one girl that drinks too much, makes inappropriate jokes, and pukes on the patio, right?) but I can only imagine what it feels like. I am experiencing that kind of sadness right now, and it's tough. No matter how much I want to be included in things that I believe I am a perfect fit for - parties, social events, job opportunities - it's not always up to me to make the decisions. The only thing that is up to me is how I feel. And right now?
I am good.Read More
Life as a parent is a lot of things -- busy, messy, rewarding -- but it is not easy.
I've written this to encourage the Mom that needs encouraging, but really, it can apply to either parent or both parents or ALL parents. How many of these things can you identify with?Read More
'Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst' -- A good life motto that can apply to many things.
As a parent, I've found this to be an especially important phrase. I mean, what if the kid has a diaper blowout and needs a change of clothes? Or worse - your child gets a scrape on a dirty playground and you need a bandage and antiseptic wipes. You hope these things never happen, but they often do (especially when you find yourself unprepared, right?)
The same is true with family travel. No one wants to have a tire blowout or airport detention, so we take steps to ensure our safety and sanity as we step out to explore this great big world. My family is no stranger to the unexpected when it comes to our family travel adventures, so I thought it would be wise to share some of the ways that we prepare for these little tragedies. Enjoy -- and add your tips below!Read More
My daughter likes to watch movies that feature strong, brave and smart children, so finding great movies that highlight these positive traits and encourage her to be active is high on my list of priorities. Not surprisingly, Danger has taken an interest in spy movies. She can identify with the need to think quickly and move quietly because she's always observing people (much to my dismay for the times that she's spying on me).
Her current Netflix Kids favorites are:
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 hadRead More
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!
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!
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!Read More