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The first total solar eclipse to cross the entire United States in almost 100 years will be taking place Monday, August 21, 2017. And we here in Georgia get a prime spot to view the total eclipse as it crosses the northern part of the state.
The AJC reports: “According to NASA, the center-line path of totality — where the moon completely blocks the sun, the earth goes dark and the sun’s corona shimmers in the blackened sky — will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, and will last up to 2 minutes and 41.6 seconds.”
While folks in Atlanta will be able to see a short partial eclipse from spots in the city, many of us are planning to head north to see the full eclipse. Chase’s school will be doing field trips by grade level to spots in the path of the total eclipse to watch; and I plan on finding a good spot with some friends to watch.
365 Atlanta Family has a great list of north Georgia peaks and open spots where you can get the best unobstructed view of this phenomenon. They have included the times as the eclipse progresses across the state as well as links to state parks and resorts to help with planning. Rabun County is the most directly affected spot in Georgia and there are a lot of events planned in the days around the eclipse to commemorate it.
If you’re unable to make it out of the city (or have family members outside the eclipse path), don’t worry: NASA will be live-streaming the eclipse! They have set up a special website with lots of great info about the science as well as tips to get the most out of the experience.
It’s important to remember to take precautions to protect your eyes when viewing the eclipse, even if you are planning to see the partial eclipse. Protective glasses or indirect viewing methods will keep your eyes safe during this unique event.
Are any of you planning to travel to see the Great American Eclipse? Let us know where you’re headed or any tips for finding the best spot to view in the comments!
I’ve written about planning Chase’s birthday parties a few times over the years; it’s fun to stay on top of what’s available in Atlanta because not only do kids grow up fast, their interests and hobbies change as they get older. I’ve always tried to plan a theme or venue that really reflects who Chase is as a person so I’m always asking friends for recommendations or researching to see what’s new.
Last year, I wrote about Main Event on Cobb Parkway, a great indoor facility with games, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, and even a sports bar for adults. Main Event is still a favorite with Chase’s friends and I think it’s a good option to keep in mind for winter birthdays.
Another place that seems to be popular no matter the age of your child is LEGOland Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza. They have DUPLO for toddlers on up to rides for older children and all the LEGOs you could possible want to build with! They even have a LEGO box kids can jump into!
Zip lines, ropes courses, sky bridges for the gravity defying adventurer, Treetop Quest has 3 locations in Dunwoody, Buford, and a new location in Roswell. One of the cool things about this place is that the activities are self guided so once you are trained on the safety equipment, you can go through the course or zipline as many times as you want.
Paintball is really popular with the older kids (and adults) and can be a really fun group activity. Most paintball facilities will reserve a field for groups of 10 or more on weekdays.
- Dosser Works Paintball in Atlanta (near Turner Field) has a zombie themed course- perfect for kids who are in the “gory” Halloween costume stage. You can bring your own party food to their picnic area but they also offer concessions like hotdogs and snacks.
- Classic Paintball in Lithia Springs has 5 fields and an urban course to choose from. They also have picnic areas and pavilions for your birthday party treats.
- Georgia Paintball has two fields in Acworth and Dallas Georgia. They have a castle, a western town (called Dodge City) and wooded courses and they offer packages and specials for groups at both locations.
For the nature lover, Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell has birthday party plans that include hiking, animal interaction, and a nighttime planetarium theme. They tailor parties for different age groups and every party package includes a cookie cake. They host a lot of great programs and events including a butterfly festival and a summer camp so they’re a great local resource for nature-loving families.
Members at the Center for Puppetry Arts can book a birthday party with tickets to a show and a party room. You can add a build-you-own puppet workshop to the party package and each guest will have a puppet to take home with them.
I don’t have as much experience with planning parties for girls but my friends with daughters tell me that their girls are really into their American Girl dolls so the American Girl Boutique & Bistro at North Pointe Mall in Alpharetta might be the perfect spot to celebrate. They even have a doll hair salon!
Or if your little lady (or gentleman) enjoys a lovely cup of tea and a tower of delicious scones and cakes in elegant surroundings, several of Atlanta’s top hotels offer afternoon high teas:
- The St. Regis Atlanta offers an elegant Afternoon Tea at Astor Court Friday – Sunday.
- The Ritz Carlton Buckhead’s Lobby Lounge has two seatings each afternoon Wednesday – Sunday with live piano entertainment.
- Four Season’s Park 75 Afternoon Tea is available with seven day advance reservations for parties of ten or more.
For the budding artist, the Vinings School of Art right here in Vinings offers several different art class packages for birthday parties. Your child can choose the project they create and instructors will guide the guests through
I also ran across a great list of birthday party ideas for children in Atlanta including Fernbank, the Georgia Aquarium, Young Chef’s Academy and more. Just click on the highlighted words to get taken to their sites.
Summer is here and we are all looking for things to do with our children. I ran across this great article – a list of Atlanta’s Top 10 Parks and Playground. Some of these might be old favorites, but it’s always good to learn about new parks when you need to mix up your summer routine.
Run, Swing, Slide: The 10 Best Atlanta Playgrounds
Before summer starts to swelter here in Hotlanta, it is time to take this outside, parents. We scoured the city and rounded up 10 playgrounds that are a breath of fresh air and a guaranteed boredom buster. These parks have something for everyone—even the grown-ups. Consider this your bitty’s bucket list. Enjoy!
While our local Vinings/Smyrna playgrounds didn’t make the list, I’ll add my own recommendations:
Vinings: Cochise Riverview Club (members only): we have our own great playground by the pool.
Smyrna: There is a great playground by St Benedict’s. It is very clean, and young and older kids both enjoy this one.
Smyrna: Just up Atlanta Road is Taylor-Brawner Park. Besides having a great playground, it is also the site for Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays. Take your kids for the playground and stay for dinner or popsicles.
Buckhead: Beaverbrook Park. It’s very quiet and has a lot of shade for these hot, summer days.
Rainy Days: We’ve all used McDonalds and Chick Fila in a pinch or on a rainy day – can’t beat it.
Are any of these your favorites? If not, where are your go-to playgrounds or parks?
With only a few more days of school and then two weeks off for the holidays, I’m trying to think of what to schedule to keep my little guy busy and happy. Here’s a list of things to do around metro Atlanta during the holiday season with kids. You know I always welcome more ideas!
Exercise – always jumpy places, but lately Chase is loving the “Atlanta Rocks” rock climbing. He’s been to a couple of birthday parties there and can climb almost any wall.
- Playdates – I’ll coordinate who’s in town and when, maybe some WII games of tennis, golf etc.
- Friends over for campfire, hot dogs, marshmallow, hot chocolate (and wine!)
- Ride the Pink Pig at Lenox Mall and visit Santa – if you’ve given up on the Phipps thing like we have.
- Vinings Historic Preservation Society – Deck the Halls this coming Thursday, December 15, with woodworking, and treats. It’s at the Old Pavillion on Paces Mill Road from 4:00 – 5:00p.m.
We’re still putting up and decorating extra trees in other rooms of the house
- Drive around at night around Buckhead to see the elaborate Christmas decorations – I have a new camera and will try to see if I can capture some of these for those of you that haven’t seen them – kinda crazy!
- Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain – This is a good full-day activity which includes two hours of sledding, train and tram ride, Polar Express 4D, lots of hot chocolate, etc.
- Fernbank Christmas Around the World – I had planned on going but a friend just said it wasn’t very detailed and took about 5 minutes. It’s free if you’re a member.
- We saw “The Grinch that Stole Christmas” at The Fox last weekend, now The Nutcracker has taken over. Each year the Atlanta Ballet brings to life the classic Christmas tale of Clara and the Nutcracker. This is a ballet full of holiday magic that has captivated young and old throughout the ages. It is also a great way to introduce children to the art of dance. December 8 – 24 at the Fox Theatre
- There’s always the Holiday Tea with Santa at the St Regis.
- If you’re at the St. Regis you can get a little ice skating in as well at the Astor Ice Rink. Atlantic Station has a rink, but I’m not sure of the details of when that opens. I just Googled skating rinks in Atlanta and there are quite a few, but they seem to be pretty far outside the perimeter for the most part, but it could be an adventure?
Moms, a new place I need to check out – “Dry Bar“, apparently it’s a walk-in-get-your-hair-washed-and blow-dry place that serves wine!
I was at a party last night and everyone was talking about it. It’s been open about three months and it’s right next to the St. Regis on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. You might even need a reservation this time of year. Interesting new concept. For my friends in other cities – new business idea you might want to try!