4th Of July Celebrations In & Near Forsyth County {Plus 5 Tips For Families}

4th of July Forsyth County

4th Of July Celebrations In & Near Forsyth County {Plus 5 Tips for Families}

Happy 4th of July Forsyth County! There are usually lots of fun things to do for 4th of July in Forsyth County & surrounding areas!  I’ve got your round-up of some great events and lots of fun going on around town and beyond.

I’ll continue to add to the list as new events are found or submitted.  Events are listed in date order and as always, events may change due to weather or for any other reason so please use the contact information provided to confirm events prior to attending.  I’d hate to spoil someone’s holiday! Last but not least, ladies – if you are looking for a fun 4th of July outfit, check out this article from my friends “It Is What We Do.”

**Also, if you are doing fireworks yourself – please be safe! Read these tips from the Forsyth County Fire Department.**

4th of July Forsyth County

July 1st

Picnic & Fireworks in the Lawn
First Redeemer Church – 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041
Click here for more information

Downtown Ball Ground Fireworks
Ball Ground Main Street
Come early to shop & done in any of our awesome restaurants. There’s really not a bad seat in town!
Click here for more information

Fireworks & Independence Day Celebration
7004 Sterling Lake Blvd, Flowery Branch
Fireworks, onsite food vendors, craft vendors and local businesses
*Please note there is a $5 per car entry fee into Sterling Lake*
Click here for more information 

Fireworks, Live Music & Much More
July 1st – 4th
Lanier Islands
Click here for the schedule

July 3rd

Fireworks & Vendors at the Cumming Fairgrounds
6pm to 11pm
235 Castleberry Rd, Cumming
Dance Contest, Food Vendors & Children Activities
Free Admission & Parking
Fireworks start at 9:30pm
Click here for more information

Viewing Party at Kid to Kid Parking Lot
6pm to 9:30pm
511 Lakeland Plaza, Cumming
Face painting, free popcorn, and more!
Click here for more information

FOP Family Fun & Fireworks
6pm to 10pm
248 Castleberry Industrial Dr, Cumming
All local law enforcement officers, their families, and friends are invited to join us for food, drinks, a bounce house, music, games, & fellowship followed by the City of Cumming’s fireworks! All you need to bring is a chair! Sheriff Ron Freeman will be manning the grill at this FREE event hosted by the FOP to thank you and show our appreciation for your work in the community.
More Information 

Sparks in the Park
E.E. Robinson Park – 850 Level Creek Rd., Sugar Hill
Fireworks, inflatables, food, drinks & entertainment
More Information

Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Stone Mountain Park
Free event, parking $15
Enjoy fireworks and the laser show
July 1st – 4th
More Information 

Fireworks, Live Music & Much More
July 1st – 4th
Lanier Islands
Click here for the schedule

July 4th

North GA Running Company’s Independence Day Run
Come out for the 2nd annual Independence Day 5k. New this year -a 10k course! This race is designed to celebrate America’s freedom. We are honored to add our 5k Road Race to the 59th annual Cumming 4th of July Steam Engine parade. The streets of Cumming Georgia are lined with close to 30,000 parade spectators to see the historic collection of Steam Engine tractors and historic vehicles pass through downtown and across the square. Our 5k will run just ahead of the parade passing by the staged floats and steam engines ready to go, providing race participants great crowd support. Runners will finish close enough in time and location to easily stay for the parade. 
Click here to register

Unlimited Play at Stars and Strikes
10am to midnight
Stars and Strikes
Click here for more information 

Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration
Hancock Park – Downtown Dahlonega
5k, 4th of July Parade, All American Market, Car Show & Much MORE!
More Information

Summer Movie Express at Regal Theaters 
Playing The Secret Life of Pets
More Information 

Steam Engine Parade
10am in Downtown Cumming
More Information

Annual BBQ at The Foster House
The Foster House 305 W Main Street, Cumming
More Information or call 770-887-9905

8th Annual Dutch Monkey Doughnuts’ Independence Day Doughnut Eating Competition
Festivities begin at 10am, contest at 11am
According to this post on Facebook, you will need to private message Dutch Monkey directly on Facebook to register. TIP: Come early to grab a good viewing spot. This event is FREE, but they are hoping to raise lots of  money for childhood cancer research, so bring cash for hot dogs, popcorn, cold drinks, our donation jar, etc. 100% of funds collected at the event will be donated to the Rally Foundation!

Click here for more information

Mall of Georgia’s 15th Annual Star Spangled Fourth
3333 Buford DR NW, Buford,
Food concessions, Kid Zone, concert, movie (showing LEGO Batman), fireworks & more!
More Information 

Eat, Drink & Be Patriotic
Polo Golf & Country 
BBQ dinner, kid activities, fireworks and more!
Click here for more details

Gwinnett Braves Game & Post Game Fireworks
Coolray Field – 2500 Buford Dr NE, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Enjoy watching a baseball game and an excellent firework show after
Purchase Tickets

Fantastic Fourth Celebration
Stone Mountain Park
Free event, parking $15
Enjoy fireworks and the laser show
July 1st – 4th
More Information 

Fireworks, Live Music & Much More
July 1st – 4th
Lanier Islands
Click here for the schedule

4th of July fun from my friends at 365 Atlanta Family:

4th of July Forsyth County

5 Helpful Tips for Families in Forsyth County 

4th of July Forsyth County

1- Bring cash: The Cumming Fairgrounds will have food concessions. If you’ve ever been to the Cumming Fair, it is similar to that (but not all fair food will be represented). Foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, etc. will be available. I always think it’s easier to have cash with you in case one of the vendors doesn’t take credit cards.

2- Come early: The Cumming Fairgrounds hosts the annual 4th of July celebration and it is completely free – free entry & parking. My advice to you – go early! If you aren’t there by 6:30-7pm then the parking lot will be full. And if you’d rather go somewhere else to see the fireworks, you could pack a picnic dinner and sparklers for the kids – then head to one of the surrounding parking lots to set up shop. Lakeland Plaza and Tri-County Plaza are both good options to watch the fireworks. But again – go early to get a good spot!

3- Bring water to stay hydrated: It’s July people! And July in Georgia = hot and humid! You will want to bring lots of water for yourself and the kiddos.

4- Have FUN: Whatever you do to celebrate Independence Day this year, I hope you have a good time and make memories with your friends & family. And be safe!

5- Expect to be in traffic: When the fireworks are over, everyone exits at the same time on the same roads in downtown Cumming. So sit back, relax, and expect that you will be in traffic for a while. Eventually you will get home! And if you are lucky the kids will fall asleep in the car while waiting.

Did We Miss An Event? 

If your business or organization is hosting an event open to the community, make sure you submit it to our Calendar of Events – for FREE!

4th of July Forsyth County


Kids Can Earn Junior Ranger Badges at Georgia’s State Parks

Junior Ranger Badges

Kids Can Earn Junior Ranger Badges at Georgia’s State Parks

Fun, affordable and educational youth programs can be a challenge to come by, but not with the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites’ Junior Ranger program. Children ages 6-12 may earn three levels of Junior Rangers badges this summer, either at their own pace or at day camps in the parks.

Some of activities include identifying trees or wildlife, hiking, swimming, learning about history and camping. The program supplies up to 16 activities to choose from, creating endless learning opportunities for your child. Junior Ranger books may be picked up at Georgia State Park and Historic Site office or download it online for free. This program is a great way to keep kids busy during the summer while learning about Georgia’s outdoor offeringsGeorgiaStateParks.org/JuniorRanger.

Event Listings

This summer explore and expand your family’s horizons with the help of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. Below is a sampling of upcoming Junior Ranger events. A complete listing of opportunities through August are available online atGaStateParks.org/Events.

Junior Ranger Three-Day Camp at Chattahoochee Bend State Park- Newnan, Ga.

Come enjoy an adventure filled three-day camp here at Chattahoochee Bend. Archery, hiking, campfire building, and science experiments are only a few of the many adventures you’ll have at this camp. Learn about wild animals, dangerous plants, and survival skills too. Registration is required. Please call 770-254-7271 for additional details.

June 13-15 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for ages 7-9 years old

June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for ages 10-12 years old

Junior Ranger Camp at Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, Ga.

Florence Marina invites all junior rangers to its annual junior ranger camp. Come explore the wonderful world of being a park ranger. Learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn wilderness skills, and more. Please call 229-838-4706 for additional details.

June 12,13,14 and 15 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Junior Ranger Camp at Skidaway Island State Park- Savannah, Ga.

A week of hikes, crafts, games focused on the natural and cultural heritage of Georgia. During the week your child will work to earn a Junior Ranger patch. Registration is limited. Please call 912-598-2300 for additional details.

The weeks of May 29, June 12, 26, and July 10 from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. for ages 6-11 years old

Junior Ranger Camp: Seminole State Park – Donalsonville, Ga.

Children ages 7-14 are invited to this multiday camp to learn how to become a Jr Ranger. Some activities will include canoeing, hiking, aquatic exploration and crafts. To earn their Jr Ranger Badge, children will learn about a variety of topics such as animals, wilderness survival, and much more. Register in advance. Please call 229-861-3137 for additional details.

June 5, July 10, August 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 7-14 years old

Junior Ranger Camp: Magnolia Springs State Park – Millen, Ga.

During this three-day camp, children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work towards earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities will include nature hikes, archery, geocaching, alligators, fishing, archaeology, the splash pad, and much more. Call or visit the park to register. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 478-982-1660 for additional details.

June 13-15 and June 27-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Junior Ranger Camp: Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, Ga.

This camp will feature a multitude of activities from hiking to archery. Over the three-day camp (guests can choose from two series) children will experience what it’s like to be a State Park Junior Ranger. Registration required. Please call 770-867-3489 for additional details.

June 7-9 and June 21-23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for ages 6-12 years old

Junior Ranger Camp: Laura S. Walker – Waycross, Ga.

Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 912-287-4900 for additional details.

June 20-22 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for ages 6-12 years old

Junior Ranger Camp: Vogel State Park – Blairsville, Ga.

You will learn how to identify different plant and animal species, go on hikes and boat rides, learn how to be safe in the wilderness, and so much more. Please call 706-745-2628 for additional details.

June 17-18, July 15-16 and August 5-6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


About Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites are affordable destinations for vacations and quick getaways. Waterfalls and lakes, salt marsh and mountains are just some of the beautiful environments of the state parks.  Georgia State Park Golf Courses offer the best variety and value around. With eight golf courses to choose from, each features natural settings and picturesque surroundings, as well as fun and challenging play. Most state parks offer fishing, boating, hiking, camping, geocaching, birding and more.  Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodges, even yurts, and vary by park.  Among the Georgia State Historic Sites are presidential homes, ancient Indian mounds, battlefields, plantations and even a gold museum. Georgia’s public libraries have ParkPasses and Historic Site Passes that can be checked out like a book. GeorgiaStateParks.org

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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.


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
6/20 & 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

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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!

Summer Fun in Forsyth County for Kids A to Z


I know it’s not just me who struggles with things to do during the summer in Forsyth County & Cumming GA. That’s why I created this round-up of SUMMER FUN IN FORSYTH COUNTY FOR KIDS!

**EXCITING NEWS: For even more Summer Fun in Forsyth County, check out our new e-book – “65+ Days Of Summer: A Checklist Of Things To Do & Places To Go In Cumming Ga & Forsyth County“**

So, who’s ready for some Summer Fun from A to Z?  Maybe you’ll enjoy all of them, maybe you’ll pick a few here and there, no matter what you do we hope it gives you some ideas for Summer Fun with your kids in Cumming GA and throughout Forsyth County!

Here’s to SUMMER …

Adventures at Sawnee Mountain Preserve:  There is so much to do at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. You can take a hike up the mountain, play on the playgrounds, or try out the new climbing tower! They will even teach you to climb a tree with a harness and rope. For more information, call 770.781.2217.

Big Creek Greenway: This walking trail is currently 10 miles long but there are plans to extend it to 15 miles at some point. Take your bike, skates, running shoes and head on out to enjoy the scenery and get some exercise.

Chill Hill: Cool off with some delicious soft serve or hand scooped ice cream at Chill Hill in Vickery Village. I love their new fixed pricing model!

Drama: Take your kids to the theater by seeing a drama or dance performance this summer. There are plenty of options through Cumming Playhouse, Stipe Studio, Cumming Dance Academy, Forefront Arts, etc.

Eat from the Food Trucks: The Food Trucks n’ Forsyth County is back this year and even better. With over 12 food trucks, kids activities and live music. This would be a fun family or date night out! 

4th of July

Fourth of July Festivities: The City of Cumming is the place to be!  From the parade to the fireworks, it’s a fun, two-day event for the whole family.

Games: Our summers are hot! Cool off by spending the day inside playing games! You can play arcade games, ride bumper cars, or play a game of laser tag in the new two-story arena at Stars & Strikes Entertainment Center. TIP: Be sure to check Groupon before going, they typically have a deal up for purchase.

Hidden Gems: There are many hidden gems in Forsyth Çounty! We have picked out SEVEN that you should visit this summer. Let us know what you think about them!

Indoor Activities: Raining? Too hot out? No problem – we have TONS of places you can visit that are indoors on our Indoor Fun for Families guide.

Jump: Forsyth County is home to Monkey Joes, Catch Air, Jump TNTGet Air, and Sky ZoneTIP: Make sure to check each of the websites for daily specials and coupons to save money on your visit!

Kids Eat Free: Take the kids out to eat where they are free! IHOP and Steak n’ Shake offer Kids Eat Free everyday. Also, check our Kids Eat Free listing for more options organized by the day.

Lake Lanier: Take a ride over to the lake and enjoy a day at either a park by the shore or rent a boat for the day. Also, LanierWorld is also a fun day activity full of the fun water park, big beach, a boardwalk, and sunset cove. You could spend all day and even the night there!

Movies: Take the kids out for a movie day! Movies 400 is offering the Summer Movie Series again every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am (first come, first serve). Click here to see the 2017 schedule. {They have a new pricing model this year – $4 for admission, small popcorn & small drink. If you bring a canned good to donate the price goes down to $2 for admission, small popcorn & small drink}

North GA Running Co Run Local Series:  Looking for something new to do this summer with your family? Sign up to run a race with North GA Running Co! They have a short distance and long distance series.

Outdoor Summer Movies: Vickery Village will be the place to be this summer!  It’s a great line-up of some really great outdoor movies for the whole family. And it’s FREE! Click here to see the schedule.

Park & Playground Tour: A few years ago we came up with this idea to take the kids on a park tour. They loved it and ask often to do it again. So pack some snacks, a picnic lunch, sunscreen, lots of water and head out to visit some of the 20+ Parks and Playgrounds in Forsyth County.

Quarter Midget Racing: The Cumming Fairgrounds has a line-up of racing throughout the summer.  Check out the racing schedule and get more information here.

Read: The Forsyth County Libraries and Barnes & Noble have great summer reading programs. They also have TONS of story times and activities through the summer.

Swim or Spray Pad: The Cumming Aquatic Center or the Old Atlanta Spray Pad is a great way to have fun in the water this Summer!

Tiny Towne: Ok, I know this isn’t in Forsyth County. But it’s a close drive and it’s a great way to spend a HOT or rainy day during the summer. TIP: Be sure to check Groupon before going, they typically have a deal up for purchase

Unwind: This one is for you MOMS & DADS! Summer is hard on us – whether we work outside the home or stay home with the kids, summer is a lot of juggling. So give yourself grace and patience this summer. The days are long but the years are short! Treat yourself to a date night or a spa treatment. Maybe even a good bottle of wine would do the trick to help you unwind this summer! 🙂

Vacation Bible School: There are lots of great VBS Programs in Cumming & Forsyth County.  If you haven’t signed up your little ones yet, don’t worry – I’m sure you’ll find one to get signed up with.

Warbington Farms – Pick your own strawberries and let the kids play on the Fun Park! We think you could spend all day here! TIP: Make sure you check their Facebook page for updated hours. 

X-tra X-tra Read All About It: Fun events & activities will continue to pop up throughout the summer.  It’s best to make sure you subscribe to the Cumming Local newsletter and also Like Cumming Local on FacebookFollow Cumming Local on Twitter, or Follow along on Instagram so you can stay in the loop.  Trust us … your kids will thank you:).

You didn’t sign the kids up for summer camps?  There’s still time.  Check out our list of 2017 Summer Camps in Forsyth County here.

Zoo: OK, I know this isn’t in Forsyth County. But it’s close enough and definitely worth the drive! Take ride up north to visit the North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm.

So that’s OUR list from A to Z … no matter what YOU choose, we hope you & your family have a safe and fun Summer in Forsyth County!

Cole Team

Cumming Aquatic Center 2017 Season Opening

Cumming Aquatic Center grand Opening

Cumming Aquatic Center 2017 Season Opening

It’s that time of the year – time for the Cumming Aquatic Center’s 2017 Season Opening!

The following information was released from the Cumming Aquatic Center website:

Opening Dates:
Weekends Only – Beginning May 14th to May 22nd (Saturday & Sunday 1pm to 6m) * Grand Opening on May 13th from 6pm-9pm
Daily – May 28th to August 3rd

Monday through Saturday
Session 1:  10am to 2pm*
Session 2:  2:30pm to 6:30pm*

1pm to 6pm*

*VERY IMPORTANT: A separate admission is required for EACH session.  (Sorry, I don’t make the rules I just share them)

August 6th – September 4th
Open weekends only
Saturdays: 2 sessions (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) & (2:30 – 6:30 pm)
Sundays (1:00 – 6:00 pm)

Memorial Day (May 30th), Independence Day (July 4th) and Labor Day (September 5th)
One session only (1:00 – 6:00 pm)

Click here for all the Summer 2017 Information

2017 Rates:

Daily Admission
Under 2:  FREE
2 – 17 years:  $4
18 – 59:  $5
60+:  $4

Individual & Family Passes are also available in 30 day, 90 day & annual increments.  Click here for 2017 Rates.

*VERY IMPORTANT:  All guests are required to pay admission – whether swimming or not.  

More About the Cumming Aquatic Center:

On Monday, June 27, 2011, the doors of the Aquatic Center first opened.

Features of the new center include:

  • 50 Meter Competition Pool
  • 1 & 3 Meter Diving Boards
  • Bleachers Spectator Area
  • Concession Stand
  • 25 Yard Instructional / Therapy Pool
  • Outdoor Leisure (Water Park) Pool
  • Poolside Cabanas
  • and Multipurpose Meeting Rooms

Some of the programs currently offered, include:

  • Water Exercise Programs – inquire with Cumming Aquatic for current schedule
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Teams
  • Infant Swimming Resource
  • Oh Baby! Fitness – programs for both pregnancy & mommy/child
  • CPR & Lifeguard Classes
  • Birthday Parties
  • and more!
  • Click here for more information

The Cumming Aquatic Center

201 Aquatic Circle (off Pilgrim Mill Road)
Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 770.781.1781

To learn more about the Cumming Aquatic Center, click here.

Strawberry Picking in Forsyth County at Warbington Farms {2017 Season}

Strawberry Picking in Forsyth County

Strawberry Picking in Forsyth County at Warbington Farms

Oh boy!  It’s strawberry picking time in Forsyth County!  And lucky for us, Warbington Farms is OPEN NOW!  We have from now until the second week of June to pick some farm fresh strawberries from Warbington Farms. I absolutely LOVE fresh strawberries so this time of year always makes me happy.

Warbington Farms is a U-Pick farm. If you’re on a time crunch or just don’t feel like picking your own, you can also purchase previously picked strawberries (when available) for an extra surcharge.

While you’re there, let the kids take advantage of some Farm Fun including hay rides, inflatable slide & petting zoo.  Activities and fees vary depending on the day.

Personal Tips:

1. It’s never a bad idea to call ahead or check their Facebook page to make sure they still have plenty to u-pick … especially if you’re driving from a big distance.  Farming isn’t an exact science after all!
2. Check out their other farm produce while you’re there – In the past, I have snagged some farm-raised eggs for a great price!
3.  Buy a lot – they freeze great!
4.  And then be ready for all those strawberries!  You might want some new recipes, check out our “Berry Recipe” Board on Pinterest for a few ideas.

Here’s some more great Tips for Visiting a Pick Your Own Farm from Really, Are you Serious?

More Information:


  • Warbington Farms is NOW OPEN for Strawberry Picking!
  • Hours are currently being posted on Facebook each week.  Be sure to visit their Facebook Page for the most up to date information.
  • According to their website, strawberry pricing is $14 (plus tax) for U-Pick and $16 (plus tax) for Pre-Picked. Please note – They provide the buckets and do not allow outside containers in the field.


  • Open same hours as strawberry picking.
  • Fun Park includes hayride, corn-crib, petting zoo, slides, tire yard, playground, NEW jumping pillow & unlimited fun
  • Fun Park Admission Weekends: $9 per child and $5 adult (12 years & older) plus tax
  • Under three are free and there is a senior citizen discount available.
  • Check out their upcoming events by clicking here.

Note:  To reiterate, it’s always a good idea to check with Warbington Farms (on facebook or by phone) for the latest updates.  Strawberries may be unavailable for u-pick if supply is low or inclement weather.

More Information about Warbington Farms:

Warbington Farms has been locally owned for over 35 years. Warbington Farms is full of great wholesome fun for the whole family whether it is enjoying the “Hey” Ride, Farm Fun Park, Petting Zoo, fresh picked strawberries or pumpkins, or any of the other down home fun on the farm. The farm also makes the perfect setting for your next special occasion including birthday parties, bonfire parties, family reunions, corporate events, or a wedding.

Connect with Warbington Farms online: Website | Facebook

5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 770.380.2920

Looking for more places to go Strawberry picking?

Check out this post from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family – 11 Farms With the Juiciest Strawberry Picking in Georgia 

Broadway North & Hollywood of the South at Stipe Studio

Stipe Studio

Broadway North & Hollywood of the South at Stipe Studio

Registration is NOW OPEN for their Summer Camp offerings.

Introduce your children to the Atlanta film and television scene at Stipe Studio’s Summer Camps! Stipe Studio is located in the heart of Vickery Village, offering training in Acting and Singing for both Film/TV and Theatre!

Registration is NOW OPEN for their 3 summer camp options! They also have registration open for time slots to audition for the summer performances.

Stipe Studio

Beauty and the Beast Broadway North Camp

Broadway comes to North Georgia with Beauty and the Beast! This tale as old as time will be presented in the beautiful performing arts center at North Forsyth High School.

Dates: June 12th-16th 10:00am-3:00pm (Performance Friday at 3pm)
Age: 1st-12th grade
Camp Location: The Warehouse Theater, 5095 Post Rd, Cumming
Cost: $225 (Sibling discount $185 per student)

Dates: June 19th-23rd 10:00am-3:00pm (Performance Friday at 3pm)
Age: Middle School/Elementary School
Camp Location: The Warehouse Theater, 5095 Post Rd, Cumming
Cost: $225 (Sibling discount $185 per student)

Auditions for the show are on May 15, 16 & 17th. Reserve a time slot to audition for the play by clicking here. Note – Please prepare approximately one minute of a song. Bring your track on iPhone, iPad or on CD. You also may be asked to read from the script. Auditions are in 10 minute time slots. 

Click here for more information on the Beauty and the Beast performance.

Stipe Studio

Hollywood of the South Film Camp

Learn what it takes to break into the Atlanta Film and Television industry, the ‘Hollywood of the South’ at Stipe Studio’s Film Camp! One week of gaining On Set experience and demo reel footage while learning from working professionals in the business. (Debra’s IMDb)

Join us at Stipe Studio in Vickery Village for Film Camp!

Dates: July 10-14 9:30am-3:00pm
Age: 1st-12th grade
Camp Location: Stipe Studio – 5930 Odell Street, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040
Cost: $225 (Sibling discount $185 per student)

Auditions for the show are on May 15, 16 & 17th. Reserve a time slot to audition for the performance by clicking hereNote – ​Choose a scene and character from this link. Then print and bring the scene with you to use at the auditions!

Ready to sign up for the Beauty and the Beast or Film summer camps? Register here!

​More Information about Stipe Studio:

Stipe Studio’s mission is to train and inspire students through the arts. They offer audition taping and coaching for Film/TV, private coaching in acting and singing, acting classes, and summer camps.

Connect with Stipe Studio Online: Website | Facebook | Instagram

You will find all Stipe Studio’s summer camp options in our 2017 Summer Camps for Kids guide.