At the Beach waterpark, you'll find a fabulous spring-fed lake with kiddie pool, slides, sandy beach, a water trampoline and sun deck. Besides the lake and five water slides, there are an arcade, picnic areas, biking trails, volleyball, fishing and miniature golf to enjoy. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, with a Labor Day concert.
American Adventures was created especially for families with kids age 12 and under. The rates are great - adults accompanied by a child pay $4 for all attractions; fun passes for kids 36" and up are $15; children under 36" are $4 - especially considering this is a Six Flags park. The fun rides include the Rio Grande Railroad, American Revolution Tilt-A-Whirl, Turn of the Century Scrambler and Main Street Bumper Cars. There is a special Fall Family Festival in October which adds to the usual adventure. In addition to the rides you can enjoy miniature golf, go-carts, laser tag and the Foam Factory.
The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids encourages learning through hands-on experience. There are miniaturized models of a dentist's office and a 1950s cafe. They have plans to add a bank, hospital, TV and radio station rooms.
Admission is a very reasonable $6 per person and my kids enjoy playing here.
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is an exotic animal and wildlife preserve that occupies over 20 acres of gently rolling farmland. It is primarily a rescue organization with over 100 beautiful animals. There are many places to sit and relax in the preserve, picnic tables to enjoy lunch or a snack and a playground for the kids.
I like taking my girls here when we're all a little over stressed because I find spending time at Atlanta Botanical Gardens to be very relaxing. The many gardens are full of blooming flowers, tall trees and even vegetables. The Fuqua Conservatory displays plants in tropical and desert arrangements. I love the tropical display with the exquisite orchids. Our absolutely favorite place is the Children's Garden, which is reach by crossing the Flower Bridge. One of the first things you see is the limestone Green Man Fountain, with a face made of kudzu leaves. The Children's Garden has many themed gardens including Live, Laugh and Learn Gardens, a Dinosaur Garden, Creek Indian Garden, Grandma's Garden and a Beehive Meadow among others. If you live in or around Atlanta, DO NOT MISS Atlanta Botanical Garden!
I enjoy going into this thrift store for childen's stuff. As a single mother with two preschool girls, I can use all the help I can get with expenses. Both the store and clothing are neat and clean. The store is well organized so that items are easy to find. Sizes are kept in order. Prices are good. Help is friendly and easily available.
I love to shop thrift stores and do it often. While the St. Vincent de Paul Duluth Thrift Store in Duluth has a lot of inventory, I think their prices are a little high. I do understand they offer free services to many people and need to support these programs, but...clothing is sometimes priced as high as discount retail stores. In addition to clothing, they sell household goods, furniture and even large appliances.
I do want to say that if you're really down on your luck, I've heard that St. Vincent de Paul is very good about giving free items to families and individuals in need.
My sister and I had some things we wanted to get rid of. Since we didn't want to bother with having a garage sale, we decided to try QuikDrop. QuckDrop takes pictures of your items, writes a description about them, places the listings on eBay and then packs and ships items if they sell. Although they do a lot of work, they charged us almost 50% after taking out eBay fees and their fees. We probably would have done better if we'd had a garage sale.
When I'm driving to work in the morning, I like to listen to 106.7 because Rhubarb and Dallas are great. Rhubarb Jones, "Mr. Country Music," and Dallas McCade, the "Queen of NASCAR knowledge," keep things moving and keep me laughing. They keep that 45-minute drive from becoming unbearable.
KICKS 101.5 always has lots of stuff going on in the community, but my favorite part of this station is listening to Bill Celler at lunchtime. They call it the "Hottest Hour of Atlanta Radio." Celler plays requests and today's hottest stars sing their hits LIVE. Clint Black, Lonestar, Gretchen Wilson, Sugarland and Travis Tritt have all been part of this program known as "Lunchtime Live." This year, for the third year in a row, they are hosting a free concret at Stone Mountain before the laser show on Labor Day weekend.