February 29, 2012
- Read Across America, Giveaways Galore & Much More
- WIN 2 TIX to Billy Elliot, Mar 13th at The Fox
- WIN 2 TIX to "Motherhood The Musical", Mar 16th
- WIN 4 Tix to The Harlem Globetrotters, March 17th
- WIN 4 TIX to Adventures of Little Noodle, Mar. 11
- Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday March 2
- Spring Break Travel Idea - Chattanooga, TN
- The Wizard of Oz - Our Review
- Macaroni Kid Reader Discounts! READ THIS!
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
- Top 100 Kids' Books
- Recipe: Spinach and Rice Lasagna
- Restaurant Directory: Kids Eat Free & Cheap
- SVM Macaroni Kid Mom’s Group Directory
Your Weekly Events & Activities Newsletter for Smyrna, Vinings, Marietta & Beyond
It's March! I can hardly believe it. Even though it's technically still winter (ha!), to me, the arrival of March has always had me jumping (or this year leaping) for joy. I love sunshine and long days. The boys start playing baseball next weekend. Soon we'll be grilling and spending our evenings outdoors. This has been one of the warmest winters since I moved to Atlanta, but even so, I'm ready for a new season. I'm also ready to get over this on again - off ...
2009 Tony Award Winning Musical Plays The Fox Theatre March 13th - 18th
I've been waiting for months to see this one - I loved the movie!
Time magazine called BILLY ELLIOT the “Best Musical of the decade.” Thrilling audiences worldwide and winning ten 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is a joyous celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds. Called “The most inspiring show I've seen in years," by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, the story follows Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring, into a ballet class ...
Hit Show Returns to Atlanta's 14th Street Playhouse, March 16-May 20, 2012
Philips Arena Hosts The Always Entertaining Globetrotters March 17th at 7:00pm
Philips Arena is excited to host the ever-popular and always-entertaining Harlem Globetrotters on March 17 at 7PM! On the heels of signing one of the most extraordinary rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters 2012 World Tour is sure to be a fun family event.
Current Globetrotters stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Dizzy Grant, Scooter Christensen, and many others team up with the world class rookies for nearly 270 games on the North American portion of the World Tour, bringing the Globetrotter magic to ...
New Center for Puppetry Arts Show Makes Healthy Living Fun
Events Around Town, Favorite Quotes & Websites Too
There are a number of events happening around town in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday! See the list below, then read on for Jamie's article about Dr. Seuss, as well as some fun links.
Imagine It, The Children's Museum of Atlanta
Friday, March 2nd at 11am to 1:30pm
Join us for Read Across America and celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday in partnership with the Georgia Association of Educators. Children will enjoy stories read by special guest readers (including Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and State Superintendent ...
Visit The Chattanoogan For Spring Break & Receive Complimentary Aquarium Tickets
It's hard to believe but I've NEVER been to Chattanooga. I've been wanting to take the boys for some time now, and while we won't be able to make a Spring Break trip, we're planning a visit to The Chattanoogan by early Summer.
However, if you haven't made Spring Break plans and are looking for a relatively nearby location (approx. 2 hours from Atlanta), this might be the one for you. Read on to see what The Chattanoogan has to offer!
Chattanooga’s only ...
Plus, FAMILIES Centerstage is This Saturday at The Woodruff Arts Center
Last Saturday evening Jack and I took off to see the wizard - and what a wonderful wizard he was! I had debated taking him to the show. The version of The Wizard of Oz Drew and I saw last year at Cobb Energy Centre was a little scary - extremely good - but scary nonetheless! However, The Alliance Theatre's production was a completely different experience - one which clearly was geared for kids of all ages (though equally fun for adults).
While I'd read that the show was inspired by folk ...
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Where: Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, MariettaWhen: See description for timesWho: ShoppersHow: Show Up (Bring a basket!)Cost: Admission Free BUT adults who donate $5 cash for missions will be given early admittance at 8:30am on Thursday morning....no donations needed for children.
Where: Georgia AquariumWhen: Mon-Thurs only, Aquarium hoursWho: Parents & kids 5 & underHow: Purchase tickets ONLINE ONLYCost: $34.95For more info: CLICK HERE for details and to purchase tickets
Where: Atlanta History Center (130 W. Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta) and/or High Museum of Art (1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta)When: See Museum WebsitesWho: Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholdersHow: Show UpCost: FREE Admission - must show card with ID (Limited to Cardholder)For more info: http://museums.bankofamerica.com/
Where: Alliance TheatreWhen: Weekends Only - See website for showtimesWho: Wizard of Oz fans of all agesHow: Purchase TicketsCost: $20 child / $35 adult
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts CentreWhen: See Website for ShowtimesWho: Appropriate for kids 7+How: Purchase TicketsCost: $15 child tickets* are available for all performances (limit 1 per adult ticket purchased at full price) by calling 404-881-8885. *Limited availability. Special Family Four Pack Offer (with a chocolate treat) also available for $150.For more info: More information, including full cast and credits, is available at http://www.atlantaopera.org.
Saturday, March 3 through Sunday, March 25 - Petite Rouge: A Cajun-Flavored Take on Little Red Riding Hood
Where: 7 Stages Back Stage Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303When: See Website for ShowtimesWho: Children 3+How: Purchase Tickets by CLICKING HERECost: Stars at $15 children 3-12 (Visit goldstar.com for discounted or even free tickets!)For more info: See Website for Showtimes
Where: All Home Depot LocatonsWhen: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Recommended for children 5-12How: Show UpCost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE for a photo of the project and more information.
Where: The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff; 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309When: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Showtimes at 1:00pm and 4:00pm)Who: Alliance Theatre Fans, anyone who wants to see The Wizard of Oz!How: Purchase TicketsCost: $35 adults, $25 children (includes show AND festival admission)
Where: Philips ArenaWhen: 7:00 PMWho: Basketball FansHow: Purchase TicketsCost: Chick-fil-A Family night packages start at $79. Lower Level seating starts at just $99. Includes 4 tix and 4 combo meals.
Where: McCray's West Village Tavern, 4500 West Village Place Suite 2009, Smyrna, GA 30080When: 8:00 PMWho: Adults - 21+How: Purchase TicketsCost: $25 per ticketFor more info: CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets.
Where: Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art; 30 Atlanta Street SE, MariettaWhen: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Free admission 1 to 4pm)Who: AnyoneHow: Show UpCost: FREE
Where: Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta Street SE, MariettaWhen: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (Every Tuesday)Who: Ages 2+How: Pay at the door. No registration necessary.Cost: $5
Where: The Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060When: Wed. 9:30am to 9:00pm; Thurs. 9:30am to 2:00pmWho: Shoppers (high end children's clothing)How: Show UpCost: N/A
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309When: See Website for ShowtimesWho: Puppet Show Fans! (Ages 4 +)How: Purchase Tickets (or win them here!)Cost: Tickets for patrons two and older are $16.50 ($9.25 members) and include admission to the performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit), and all museum exhibits. Create your own Little Noodle Rod Puppet for this show!For more info: CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets online.
Where: Cobb County Public LibrariesWhen: VariesWho: EveryoneHow: Check the website for details - http://www.cobbcat.org/CobbKids.htmlCost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE for a full schedule of storytimes and events.
Where: Picture Show @ Merchants Walk; 4400 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GAWhen: Showtimes VaryWho: Movie FansHow: Show Up/ purchase ticketsCost: Tickets alone are $1.75 normally, and $1 on Tuesdays! ($2 surcharge for 3D)
Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309When: See website for showtimesWho: Fans of Puppet Shows - And Outer Space! Good for older kids too.How: Purchase TicketsCost: Tickets for patrons two and older are $16.50 ($9.25 members) and include admission to the performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or Create-A-Puppet To-Go Kit), and all museum exhibits. Make your own Extraterrestrial Hand Puppet!For more info: CLICK HERE for details
Where: Imagine it! Children's Museum of Atlanta 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, AtlantaWhen: Museum HoursWho: Geared for kids under 8How: Show Up/ Pay AdmissionCost: Admission is $12.75 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above. Children under 2 are free.
Where: Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History; 29 Cherokee St. Kennesaw, GA 30144When: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Every Thursday)Who: Parents and kids 3-5 (recommended age)How: SHOW UPCost: Free with museum admission. Adults $7.50; Senior Citizens (over 60) $6.50; Children 4-12 $5.50; Children 3 and under FreeFor more info: 770-427-2117, ext 3173 or CLICK HERE
Where: High Museum of Art; 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GAWhen: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Every Thursday)Who: Toddlers & parentsHow: Show up - no registration required.Cost: Free with museum admission. Members: Free; Adults: $18; Senior (65 & over): $15; Student: $15; Child (ages 6-17): $11; Child (5 and under): FREE.
Where: Lewis A. Ray Library; 4500 Oakdale Road, Smyrna, Georgia 30080When: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Infants/ ToddlersHow: Show Up (Call Ahead to Confirm)Cost: FREEFor more info: Please call (770) 801-5335 for more information.
Where: East Marietta Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30068When: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Every Thursday)Who: This program is for all ages and requires no pre-registration.How: Show UpCost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE for the calendar
Where: Kennesaw Library, 2250 Lewis Street, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144When: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (1st and 3rd Thursday of Every Month)Who: Kids 7-12How: Registration is required - please call (770) 528-2529Cost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE for more info or call (770) 528-2529
Where: Mountain View Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066When: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Dr. Seuss FansHow: Show UpCost: FREE
Where: Smyrna Public Library; 100 Village Green CircleWhen: See Library Calendar for ProgramsWho: AnyoneHow: Call 770-431-2860 for information and reservations.Cost: FREE for library patronsFor more info: Call 770-431-2860 x 3. For general information and a calendar of programs, CLICK HERE.
Where: Glover Park-Marietta SquareWhen: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Saturdays through March 31st)Who: Fresh food seekersHow: Show UpCost: Whatever You Purchase!For more info: More info: 770-499-9393 or www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.net
Where: Various Barnes & Noble LocationsWhen: 11:00 AM (Every Wednesday & Saturday)Who: Toddlers and Pre-schoolersHow: Show UpCost: FreeFor more info: Check with the store by calling ahead.
Where: All Lakeshore Learning Stores; 4287 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GAWhen: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Every Saturday)Who: Kids 3+How: Show Up. CLICK HERE for all store locations.Cost: FREE.For more info: CLICK HERE for photos of the projects that kids can create.
Where: West Cobb Regional Library;1750 Dennis Kemp Ln., Kennesaw 30152When: 3:30 PM (Every Saturday in March)Who: Depends on the movie - call aheadHow: Show Up (feel free to bring a snack)Cost: FREEFor more info: For more information call (770) 528-4699
Where: Cowlicks Yogurt and Floats; 2460 Cumberland Pkwy; Atlanta, GA (Vinings)When: 11:00 AMWho: Aimed at children 6 and underHow: Show UpCost: Free 8 oz yogurt cup with purchase of yogurt or float of equal or greater value.For more info: LIKE Cowlicks on FACEBOOK for promotionals and other store events!
Where: South Cobb Library; 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126When: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PMWho: Teens 13+How: For more information, please call (678) 398-5834. Membership is required.Cost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE for the Teen Calendar.
Where: East Cobb Library; 4880 Lower Roswell Rd. Suite 510-B, Marietta, Georgia 30068When: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PMWho: For grades 6 and upHow: Call ahead - (770) 509-2730Cost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE for more details.
Where: Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066When: See descriptionWho: Moms of multiples - who want to shopHow: Show UpCost: No charge for admissionFor more info: CLICK HERE for info and updates
Where: MJCCA; 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338When: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Open to everyoneHow: Show UpCost: FREE
Where: Smith-Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw, GA 30152When: 10:00 AM (Every Second and Fourth Friday)Who: Ages 3-5 onlyHow: Registration for this program is now required. Fills quickly!Cost: $5 per child. Adults free.For more info: CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Where: Georgia AquariumWhen: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PMWho: Special is for kids 12 & underHow: Show Up in costume!Cost: *1 FREE child age 12 and under in princess, prince or frog costume with each paid adult or Annual Pass Member. Each child receives 1 FREE Total Ticket, which includes Aquarium admission, AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow and Frogs - A Chorus of Colors.For more info: CLICK HERE for all the details.
Where: All Lowe's StoresWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMWho: Crafty kidsHow: Register in Advance - register early to avoid all spaces being full!Cost: FREEFor more info: CLICK HERE to register.
Where: Turner Field's Green LotWhen: 12:00 Event/Registration Opens; 2:00PM 5K Walk/Run; 4:00PM Walk ClosesWho: Anyone!How: RegisterCost: Donations - Form a team or participate individuallyFor more info: CLICK HERE for more information. PARKING IS FREE. All walkers and runners are encouraged to park in the onsite Turner Field Blue Lot to avoid crossing the street. No Pets.
Where: MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Anyone interested in Purim!How: Show Up for the event. If interested in breakfast, please RSVP by calling 678-812-4010Cost: The parade, songs and magic show are open to the community and free of charge. Breakfast: $12 per/adult; $7 per/child (10 & under); FREE for children (3 & Under)For more info: CLICK HERE for more info and/or to RSVP for the breakfast.
Where: Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-1366When: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PMWho: 18 mos to age 5How: Show upCost: Admission, including sales tax, is free for adult members; $5.50 for children of members; $6.50 for nonmember adults; $5.50 for nonmember children.
Where: The Fox TheatreWhen: See website for showtimesWho: Ages 8 and upHow: Purchase TicketsCost: Tickets start at $28
Where: Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta; 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW; AtlantaWhen: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PMWho: AnyoneHow: Show Up.Cost: FREE beginnig at 1:00PM
Where: 14th Street Playhouse, AtlantaWhen: See Website for ShowtimesWho: Anyone who loves a good comedy!How: Purchase TicketsCost: $45 all seatsFor more info: CLICK HERE for more information and to purchase tickets
Where: Philips ArenaWhen: 7:00 PMWho: Globetrotters fans of all ages!How: Purchase Tickets (or try to win them here)Cost: Family discount. Purchase 4 tickets and receive a voucher for a free hotdog and soda with each ticket (savings of $34 or more)! The Family Four Pack offer is valid on the $48, $38 and $27 tickets. Additional fees may apply.
Where: Dogwood Golf & Country Club in AustellWhen: Registration Deadline is March 9Who: GolfersHow: Register OnlineCost: $100 per personFor more info: CLICK HERE for more info and to register
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The following list of children's books was created based on an online survey conducted in 1999 by the National Education Association. While the survey is not new, there's no doubt these books are timeless classics and still loved by children.
Check these out to make sure they're on your children's reading list. Do you have any favorites not on this list? Feel free to comment - especially with newer books!
1. Harry Potter (series) by J. K ...
PBS Kitchen Explorers is the place to go for healthy and delicious recipes to make with kids!
As many of you know, I am a big fan of Aviva Goldfarb and her Six O'Clock Scramble cookbooks and website www.thescramble.com . She is also a contributor to the new PBS Kitchen Explorers, www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers . Goldfarb and Alice Currah, both amazing moms and cooks are your field guides to this site where you can help your child create magic in the kitchen. I highly recommend giving this site a try with your kids. It's amazing the great confidence that can come from letting ...
Tell Them You Heard it From Macaroni Kid!
Atlanta Bread Company (Smyrna) – Kids 12 & under eat free Tuesday after 4pm. One kid’s meal w/every adult meal purchased. Face & cookie painting at 6pm occasional Tues (call). 4490B South Cobb Drive @ East/West Connector; Smyrna, GA 30082; (770) 438-6800 http://www.atlantabread.com/
Atlanta Bread Company (Marietta) – Kids 12 & under eat free Mon-Thur after 4pm. One kid’s meal free w/ every adult meal purchased. Town Center. 2555 Prado Lane off Barrett Pkwy. Prado Center; Marietta, GA 30066 ...
Are you new to the area? Even if you are not, maybe you are looking for other moms to hang out with (with kids and maybe sometimes without!). Local mom's groups are a great way to meet new friends, and find support. And your kids will make new friends as well!
I've created a list of area Mom's Clubs in the new Business Directory (Many thanks to everyone who contacted me and submitted information.) I know there are more, so if you are a member of a ...
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