101+ Free Things To Do in Atlanta GA Book & Giveaway

free things to do in atlanta

101+ Free Things To Do in Atlanta GA

I am thrilled to be able to share with you a new book that my friends, Sue and Lesli, have put together. In this awesome book you will find over 101 free things to do in Atlanta GA!

In their book, they share with you how to visit Atlanta museums and attractions; explore nature, sports and even the stars; uncover fun in the Capital of the South…and do it all without spending a dime!

Atlanta is a great town to explore; but heading out each day can get expensive. Thankfully there are lots of free things to do in the city… if you know where to look. Time is money too, so we’ve compiled our favorite free things to do in Atlanta into this one book. – Lesli & Sue of www.365AtlantaFamily.com

To learn more about the book, watch this short video from Leslie & Sue:

Purchase your book today and start finding FREE Things to do in Atlanta. Order by June 1 and 365 Atlanta Family will donate 10% of the proceeds to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.

Click here to get your copy for only $6.99


365 Atlanta Family has given me a copy to share with you as a giveaway! All you have to do is enter to win. I will choose a random winner on Friday, June 2.

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More About 365 Atlanta Family:

365 Atlanta Family shares attraction, hotel and dining excitement within the heart of Atlanta, as well as family travel ideas around Georgia and throughout the Southeast. We are champions of outdoor adventure, hidden gems and affordable family fun. Parents (and non-parents) also love our regular date night suggestions.

Connect Online: FacebookTwitter | Instagram

Lesli also shared some of their most popular articles with Cumming Local recently. You can read that article here – Introducing 365 Atlanta Family

If you are looking for things to do in Forsyth County & Cumming GA, be sure to check out our recently released e-book – “65+ Days of Summer

Disclosure Statement:

Giveaway Disclosure (The Quick Version): Giveaway will close on Friday, June 2nd at Midnight EST. Five winners will be selected from all entries and selected via random draw through Random.org. Winner(s) will be notified via email & have 48 hours from time of notification to submit their mailing address. 

Disclosure (The Longer Read): While this giveaway is being promoted on Facebook, it is in no way associated with, sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge this and release Facebook from any responsibility of such. Furthermore, you acknowledge that any information provided for entry is being provided to Cumming Local and not to Facebook. No Purchase necessary. Giveaway open to all residents, 18 years of age or older, in the US (although it makes most sense to enter if you’re in the Atlanta area where prize is available for redemption). This giveaway opens at time of publish and closes Fruday, June 2nd at Midnight EST. Entry is only accepted via the forms listed above (completion of tasks & entry of comment on this post). Prize is valued at less than $500. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winner(s) will be selected via Random.Org and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize & provide a mailing address for shipment. If unclaimed, a new winner will be selected in the same manner. By submission of an entry, reader acknowledges that they are 18 years of age or older and also grants Cumming Local the right to use their name in a winner’s announcement, if applicable. By submission of entry, reader agrees to hold Cumming Local harmless in the event that the prize in some way negatively impacts the winner. Giveaway hosted by Cumming Local, LLC PO Box 1100, Cumming GA 30028. Void where prohibited by law.

65+ Days of Summer Things To Do In Forsyth County

Summer Things To Do in Forsyth County

65+ Days of Summer Things to Do in Forsyth County 

I love that picture of the kids playing in the pool! It just reminds me of summer. Well – It’s officially SUMMER BREAK here in Forsyth County! And if you are like me, then you are going to be looking for summer things to do in Forsyth County!

When it comes to summer break – what are you most excited about? I’m most excited about two things: not getting up at 5:30am & not sitting in carline everyday!

About a month ago I started thinking about summer and putting together a rough plan for us. As I was doing that I thought to myself – I bet other people could benefit from my planning! Long story made short – that is how the “65+ Days of Summer” e-book was created.

Summer Things To Do In Forsyth County

I began making a bucket list for everything we could do in Forsyth County this summer. Then I organized it into seven categories…

  • Indoor Fun (Story Times, Jumpy Places, Indoor Entertainment, Theatre & Crafting or Cooking Places)
  • Outdoor Fun (Pools, Water Fun, Parks, Playgrounds, Farms, Farmer Markets & Fishing Spots)
  • Create Something (Building or Art Locations)
  • Movie Time (Free Movies & Cheap Movies)
  • Sweet & Treats (Ice Cream Shops, Bakeries & Tea Rooms)
  • Fun At Home (Ideas Of Things To Do Around Your House)
  • Summer Events (Organized In Order By Date)

With some graphic design it became a 12-page downloadable and printable e-book in a checklist format. And I decided to give this away for FREE as a BIG THANK YOU to all my readers and website sponsors! The Cumming Local Facebook page just hit over 10,000 followers. Also, the newsletter subscription has double as has the website traffic. And I have partnered with some really fabulous local businesses.

Without further ado…I give you the 65+ Days of Summer: A checklist of things to do & places to go this summer in Forsyth County & Cumming, GA.

Download your FREE copy by clicking here – 65+ Days of Summer

Summer Things To Do in Forsyth County

For other summer things to do in Forsyth County, check out the following links:

I hope you have a GREAT summer!

Concerts at The Collection {2017}

Concerts at The Collection 2017 

Did you hear? The Collection at Forsyth is hosting it’s 6th annual summer concert series!  It’s the perfect venue to pack a dinner, eat picnic style, and enjoy some live music with the family and even some dancing on the lawn!

This FREE event is so much fun for the whole family or a date night. We like to pack a picnic dinner and eat before it starts. This could also be a great date night. You could pack some apps or pick up dinner from one of the restaurants in The Collection. Here is a directory of the restaurants in The Collection Forsyth, click here to view.

**NEW FOR 2017** The Collection will host its first “Restaurant Mix & Mingle” during the concert series this year. Participating restaurants will provide tastes and sips for listeners at the event. Attendees will enjoy samples from Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Grub Burger Bar, Marlow’s Tavern, Mellow Mushroom, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.

Attendees will also have access to concert night specials at a selection of restaurants and retailers, including Chick-fil- A, Claire’s, Grub Burger Bar, Lavender Boutique, Marlow’s Tavern, Pure Barre, Springfree Trampoline and Tin Drum Asian Kitchen.

Concerts at the Collection 2017 Concert Schedule:

  • June 8 – Last Five Standing
  • June 15 – Adam Komesar
  • June 22 – Lance Price Band
  • June 29 – Lilac Wine
  • July 6 – Adam Komesar
  • July 13 – Cole Thannish
  • July 20 – James Patrick Morgan

Each concert evening will begin at 6pm with children’s activities and restaurant sampling, and the live music will occur from 7–9pm. Listeners are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs and relax in the center of The Collection, or enjoy the music while shopping or dining on one of The Collection at Forsyth’s restaurant patios.

More About The Collection at Forsyth:

The Collection at Forsyth is an outdoor lifestyle shopping destination in Cumming, Georgia. Owned and managed by Core Property Capital and Starwood Capital Group, The Collection at Forsyth features a variety of premier national retailers, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as specialty local stores and eateries. For more information, visit collectionforsyth.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Connect Online: Facebook | Website | Twitter

Summer Movie Express at Regal Cinemas

The Summer Movie Express is headed into Georgia at Regal Cinemas for the summer of 2017! The 18 family movies are playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summer starting on June 6th.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets will be available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10am. Each week both movies play on both days.

{A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.}


Here are the participating Regal Cinemas in Georgia:

  • Regal Arbor Place Stadium 18 & IMAX (Douglasville, GA)
  • Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX (Augusta, GA)
  • Regal Avalon 12 (Alpharetta, GA)
  • Regal Carrollton 10 Cinemas (Carrollton, GA)
  • Regal Cherokee 16 Cinemas (Woodstock, GA)
  • Regal Dawson 10 Cinemas (Dawsonville, GA)
  • Regal Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan, GA)
  • Regal Griffin 10 Cinemas (Griffin, GA)
  • Regal Hamilton Mill Stadium 14 (Dacula, GA)
  • Regal Hollywood 15 Cinemas (Gainesville, GA)
  • Regal Mall Of Georgia Stadium 20 IMAX & RPX (Buford, GA)
  • Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough, GA)
  • Regal Medlock Crossing Stadium 18 & RPX (Johns Creek, GA)
  • Regal Savannah Stadium 10 (Savannah, GA)
  • Regal Stadium 22 @ Austell (Austell, GA)
  • Regal Town Center Stadium 16 & RPX – Kennesaw (Kennesaw, GA)

Here’s the line-up of movies:

  • Week 1: Kung Fu Panda 3 & Ice Age: Collision Course
  • Week 2: Trolls & Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Week 3: Monster Trucks & Penguins of Madagascar
  • Week 4: Rio 2 & The Boxtrolls
  • Week 5: The Secret Life of Pets & Sing
  • Week 6: Kubo and the Two Strings & Ratchet and Clank
  • Week 7: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water & The Adventures of Tintin
  • Week 8: Happy Feet Two & Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Week 9: Storks & The Lego Batman Movie

Looking for more cheap (or free) movies this summer?

Outdoor Summer Movies

Movies in the Park are FREE this summer at Vickery Village starting May 30th! Click here for all the details.

Free summer movies

Kids Summer Movie Series at Movies 400 in Cumming are $2-4 per person and that includes admission, popcorn, and a drink. Click here for all the details.

This article is also part of our Summer Fun for Kids from A to Z, which has 26+ ideas for things to do with your kids this summer!

About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 7,262 screens in 559 theatres in 43 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of March 31, 2017. The Company operates theatres in 48 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company’s theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.REGmovies.com.


Memorial Weekend 2017 in Forsyth County

memorial weekend 2017

Memorial Weekend 2017 in Forsyth County

Just a few special events this Memorial Day Weekend:

Friday, May 26th – Enjoy a Memorial Day Ceremony:  The City of Cumming holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremonies at 11am at Cumming’s Veterans War Memorial.  301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard.  Includes the beautiful “Avenue of Flags”.  Click here for more information.

Monday, May 29thPlay & Enjoy the Day: Stars and Strikes Unlimited Bowling plus at $5 game card for only $12.99 per person (open to close)  – Click here for all the details

Sunday, May 28th – 22nd annual BBQ & More:  First Baptist Cumming off Sawnee Drive is hosting “Brother Bob’s BBQ” at 4pm during their annual Memorial Day weekend festivities.  There will be face painting, inflatables, hay rides, and a dunk tank – and BBQ of course.  All are invited to join them in the morning as well (services at 9:30am or 11am) as they honor those who have served or are currently serving our country.  Click here for more information.

Monday, May 29thMemorial Day Run/Walk for Autism: Join us for the Memorial Day Run/Walk for Autism!! There will be a 5k, 10k and a Fun Run! All are welcome! This Memorial Day race supports TACA (TALK ABOUT CURING AUTISM). TACA’s goal is to provide education, support, and information to parents to help their children diagnosed with autism be the very best they can be, with the hope of recovery. Click here for more information

Outside of Forsyth County:

Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake:  Lake Lanier Islands has a jam packed weekend – live music, fun & games, rides & slides and fireworks too!  Click here for more information.

Memorial Day weekend at Stone Mountain Park: Tons of fun at Stone Mountain Park included laser shows that salute the troops! Click here for more information.

Alpharetta Arts StreetFest: The streets of Historic Downtown Alpharetta will be transformed into a colorful celebration of the arts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 27-29, 2017 from 10am – 5pm. Click here for more details.

Looking for more fun this weekend?

Check out our Calendar of Events Page for more ideas.


Tickets To IMomSoHard Moms’ Night Out (And A Promo Code For You!)


IMomSoHard – Moms’ Night Out: Summer Break Tour

Have you watched any of the IMomSoHard videos on YouTube? If not, you need to grab a glass of wine and sit down after the kid’s bedtime to watch. I find myself getting lost in them sometimes. They are so real and so funny! We all can relate to their topics of conversation.

When I saw that they were going on tour, I was SO EXCITED! I already have tickets to go with my best friends. You need to get tickets too. We all can use a mom’s night out this summer! ADDED BONUS – I have a promo code to get you $5 off your ticket!

Show Description:

This summer, Jen and Kristin from IMomSoHard are taking their show out of the playroom and onto the road. But this time, they’re bringing the kids. And a tour bus! You didn’t think they’d leave them with their husbands, did you?

There’s no one making moms feel as uncomfortably normal as Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, the hilarious oh-so-real women behind #IMomSoHard. With over 675,000 Facebook fans, and more than 55 million views of their web series, Jen and Kristin’s blend of honesty and humor offer the kinds of levity most of us only get from our therapist, proving that if we weren’t all laughing, we’d be crying, right? Right!? Sure to deliver the kind of straight talk you can only get from discussing body hair in the kids’ playroom while sipping mimosas, Kristin and Jen prove you can’t make this stuff up.

It’s like an evening with two of your besties. But funnier. And probably with more drinking. Definitely more drinking.

Show Details:

Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre – 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

When: July 25th at 8pm

Cost: Tickets range from $35-50 depending on seating

Discount for Tickets:

For my Cumming Local readers, IMomSoHard is offering a $5 off promo code just for YOU at the Moms’ Night Out: Summer Break Tour!

Click here to purchase tickets and make sure you enter the code “LAUGH”

Sneak Peek Video

More Information about IMomSoHard:

imomsohardKristin Hensley and Jen Smedley have been performing, teaching, and writing comedy internationally for a combined 40+ years. They have been moms for one quarter of that time and it shows. How do they cope? They laugh about all of the craziness that comes with being a mom and they want you to laugh about it too! From snot to stretchmarks to sleepless nights, Kristin and Jen know firsthand that parenting is a hard job and they invite you to join them in taking it all a little less seriously (even if for a few short minutes a day). After all, Jen currently has four days of dry shampoo in her hair and Kristin’s keys are still in her front door. They try, they fail, they support each other, and they mom as hard as they can.

Connect Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Summer Movies for Kids at Movies 400 {2017}

Free summer movies

Summer Movies for Kids {2017}

It’s that time again – Summer Movies for Kids {2017}! We are very excited to announce the 2017 schedule. Going to the movies is great for rainy days or even those SUPER HOT summer days.

Please note: New Vision has changed the program for 2017. See the new pricing model below…

As always, please check with New Vision Theaters – Movies 400 before heading there. This schedule, pricing, or times could change.

Summer Movies for Kids

From New Vision Theaters / Movies 400:
Movies will start at 10AM. Doors will open at 9AM. Please note – First come, First serve. Seating is limited.


  • $4 for Kid Show Combo (admission, small drink and popcorn)
  • $2 for Kid Show Combo with EACH donated canned good (labeled, not expired, not dented). {This is a discounted price for bringing in a canned good}

All movies rated PG or G (Titles Subject to Change – The schedule below for Movies 400 as of 5/5/16)

5/30 & 6/1 The Secret Life of Pets
6/6 & 6/8 The Lorax
6/13 & 6/15 Sing
6/28 & 6/22 The Boxtrolls
6/27 & 6/29 Curious George: Show Me the Monkey
7/4 & 7/6 Alvin & The Chipmunks
7/11 & 7/13 Kung Fu Panda 3
7/18 & 7/20 The Peanuts Movie
7/25 & 7/27 The Croods
8/1 & 8/3 Trolls

More About New Vision Theater / Movies 400:

415 Atlanta Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone – 678.947.4473

Facebook | Website

Looking for more Family Movies?

Check out the FREE Outdoor Summer Movies at Vickery Village!

 Photo Source: D Sharon Pruitt

This post is included on our Summer Fun for Kids article. Check out ALL the ideas for Summer Fun for Kids from A to Z!

Tips From The Cole Team: How to Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Cole Team

How to Get Your Home Ready To Sell in Forsyth County

The following post is from Cole Team Real Estate. Today they are sharing their tips on how to get your home ready to sell! If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell, call the Cole Team. Let their family move yours!

Get your home ready to sell with some simple tips from the real estate team you voted best in Forsyth County 3 years in a row, the Cole Team! With over 45 years of experience selling homes, these ladies have gathered a proven list of to-do’s to help you get your home ready to sell quick and for top dollar.

TIP #1: First Impressions Count: Make Buyer’s Want a “Second Date” Before They Open the Front Door

  • Spruce up your yard with new pinestraw/mulch
  • Color your front porch with potted plants
  • Give your lawn some love – trim & prune plants and mow the lawn
  • Paint and clean the front door
  • Polish or replace the front door knob
  • Powerwash the driveway and siding
  • Clean and/or paint your mailbox or invest in a new one, if needed

    TIP #2 – Let Buyer’s Visualize Living There – Create a Model Home Experience

  • De-personalize your home – pack up those family pics
  • Clear off your countertops – less is more!
  • Neutralize your paint – say goodbye to bold colors
  • Clear the clutter to make your space look bigger – spend time staging rooms
  • Pack it up! Keep closet floors free of items
  • Rent a storage unit
  • Donate items you don’t need to a Local Charity.
  • Find a hidden spot for pet bowls, crates, litter boxes, etc.
  • Add light spa-like scents throughout home

    TIP #3 – Win the Beauty Contest & Make Your Home Irresistible

  • Wash your windows and keep screens off
  • Maximize the light in your home – open shades or drapes to let the sunshine in
  • Use Mr.Clean Magic Eraser to remove minor spots and scuffs on walls
  • Show off pretty wood floors and tile – use rugs sparingly
  • Tidy unfinished basement and garage
  • Clean out gutters
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working

    TIP #4 – Work With The Pros

  • Utilize professionals to make sure your home is ready to find its new family
  • It’s your biggest investment – choose a team with experience and a strong track record to reach the right buyers and negotiate the best price for your home

More about the Cole Team:

Cole Team

The Cole Team, Meriellen Cole Arenz and Stephanie Cole Patterson, is a full-time mother/ daughter led team with over 45 years of experience dedicated to tenaciously protecting their client’s interests. They epitomize integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service in every detail of a real estate transaction. They have earned respect in the North Atlanta community not only for their unparalleled professional track record and high ethical standards but for being an honest, hard working team that does absolutely everything in their power to ensure their client’s success. They have worked in every aspect of the industry representing sellers, buyers, and investors in the residential market. To learn more about this mother/daughter team, watch this video.

Connect with the Cole Team online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Phone: 770.316.3110

Once Upon A Child Cumming Ga & Forsyth County

Save BIG with Once Upon A Child Cumming!

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you all about Once Upon a Child in Cumming GA. If you haven’t been to Once Upon a Child Cumming – I recommend you go check them out ASAP! Last week, I had the opportunity to go by the store with some clothes and toys to sell and a list of items to buy. Before I go into my experience, let me share with you an excellent video (that the owner, Steve, filmed) which gives you a sneak peek into the store:

An Experience at the Cumming Store

Like many of you, we did a major spring cleaning a few weeks ago at my house. Most of the things we didn’t need anymore, I donated to the local charities in Forsyth County. However, there were a few things that I thought I might be able to sell. I gathered them up and headed to Once Upon a Child (located across from Kohl’s and Target at Market Place Blvd, Cumming). Upon arriving I was greeting by friendly staff, who gave me plenty of instructions. While I waited for them to look through my clothes and toys, I browsed the store. The biggest thing I noticed is that the store is organized beautifully. My favorite part was the shoe section. IOt was incredibly easy to find my children’s sizes and it just looks nice all organized that way in bins. Here’s a photo-

All of the clothes were organized by gender, size, and then color. This store was perfection to me because of how I like things nice and neat. But I thought the organized by color was an added bonus. If you are looking for a red shirt, it’s easy to find them! Bows – did I mention the bows? They are also a GREAT deal at $1.99 a piece!

The toys section was also easy to look through. All of the toys and books are organized by type – learning, musical, etc.

About this time I was called up because they were done looking at my stuff. To my surprise, they took a little over half of it. Note – it wasn’t a lot of stuff. But I earned around $20! Once Upon a Child has reasonable prices as well. I was able to purchase 2 pairs or flip flops (name brand and with tags), sunglasses, shorts, and a few shirts using my credit plus $4. Now that is a DEAL!

Daily Deals

Speaking of deals, Once Upon a Child has daily deals all through the week. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to be reminded of them.

Wacky Wednesdays – They always post the special on their Facebook or Instagram accounts. But it could be anything from $5 off to 25% off and everything in between.

Contests – Currently, they are running a contest to win a $100 gift card for mother’s Day. Click here to enter

Once Upon a Child

More About Once Upon a Child Cumming:

It has always been Steve and Beth Warres’ dream to open a children’s store. Beth has been a second grade teacher for many years and Steve has owned many restaurants throughout the years. Together they create a friendly customer environment that focuses on great service. Their pledge is to be the best customer service store in the market.

Once Upon a Child Cumming strives to offer a fun and convenient way to sell any gently used items. Whether you’re buying or selling, they would love to help you find what you’re looking for. They offer cash on-the-spot for items they select that meet current style as well as safety and condition standards. They maintain high merchandise standards by thoroughly inspecting all toys and equipment for any safety recalls.

Connect with Once Upon a Child Online: Website | Facebook | Instagram

Location: 1562 Market Place Blvd Cumming, GA 30041 (Located across from Kohl’s and Target)
Phone: 470.297.8977

Pilates and Wine Tasting Event at Studio Lotus {Spring}


Studio Lotus is Hosting a Pilates and Wine Tasting Event on May 19th

We’ve hosted several Girls’ Night Out events at Studio Lotus with Talk of the Table. They have been so successful that Studio Lotus is having them quarterly this year!

The event is open to everyone. So, bring your girlfriends or make it a date. Either way you are in for some fun! Studio Lotus and Talk of the Table have teamed up to make a great night out! We will start with a Pilates class and then a special wine tasting from Amy at Talk of the Table. Be sure to call Studio Lotus Forsyth to get registered TODAY!

Event Details:

Date: Friday, May 19th
Time: Instruction beginning at 6pm (Note: please arrive approximately 15 mins in advance)
Cost: $20* (includes private party event, a Pilates class, wine tasting from Talk of the Table, and lots of FUN!)
Location: Studio Lotus Forsyth – 410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 4106, Cumming, Georgia 30041
Registration: Call Studio Lotus Forsyth to reserve your spot with payment – 770.888.0048

*This is a discounted rate for the Cumming Local readers, courtesy of Studio Lotus and Talk of the Table. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! So definitely book EARLY!!*

This Night Out is Brought to you by:

Studio Lotus

Studio Lotus Forsyth

Phone: 770.888.0048
Like Studio Lotus Forsyth on Facebook
Visit Studio Lotus Forsyth Online


Talk of the TableTalk of the Table

Phone: 678.965.4003
Like Talk of the Table on Facebook
Follow Talk of the Table on Twitter


To Register:

Space is limited and should be reserved in advance.

To reserve your spot and register for the May event, please call Studio Lotus Forsyth at 770.888.0048.

Let them know you want to sign up for the Night Out Event on May 19th.

They’ll accept your payment over the phone and reserve your spot!

Hope to see you there!