Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County: 5+ Shows To See

Christmas light shows in forsyth county and cumming ga

Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County & Cumming GA: 5+ Shows To See

Stay close to home and make some great memories with some Residential Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County!  These local, shows won’t break the bank AND they’re for great causes as well!  As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change especially due to weather.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook or the website provided, if applicable, for most recent & accurate information.

Christmas in Castille:

Location:  4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta GA 30004 (Forsyth County)
Date:  2017 Schedule:  December 1st – December 23rd
Time:  Thursdays – Saturdays, 6pm to 9pm
Details:  Christmas in Castille is a free animated Christmas light display showing more that 57,000 lights synchronized to music.  Pull up and enjoy the spectacle of lights in stereo.

Like Christmas in Castille on Facebook
Visit Christmas in Castille Online

Ashebrooke Night of Lights:

Location: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20)
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Details: Visit Ashebrooke Subdivision for the 12th annual “Night of Lights” –  the residents of Ashebrooke light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause.  This year’s beneficiary is to be announced soon. In the meantime, read about one of the famous homes in the neighborhood for amazing lights – Forsyth County’s Gingerbread House.

The community is invited to drive through the streets of Ashebrooke & enjoy the lights. There is no charge. However a bucket is set up for donations.

Click here for more information about Ashebrooke’s Night of Lights

Happy House in Cumming:

Location: 5455 Young Deer Dr Cumming GA 30041
Date & Time: The Christmas lights are on daily from 6pm until 10pm from now til January 1. They will also have an open house on December 21 from 6pm-8pm for viewers to see the decorations inside their home.
Details: Happy House has 100,000 + lights and named Happy House by the children in the neighborhood. No fancy music or wild flashing lights more like an Old Fashioned Christmas enjoyed by young and old.  

Lanier Islands Christmas: 

The annual fun is back with a new rate and celebrating the 25th year!

Location:  7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford GA
Date:  November 17th – January 3rd
Time: Nightly 5pm to 10pm
Details: Like many great traditions, we mixed a little old, with a little new to bring you best light show ever! On this 25th anniversary we’re bringing back the ’12 Days of Christmas’ display. After a two-year hiatus, the 13-display attraction returns better than before. You can sing holiday tunes with your family as you drive pass each sparkling light display. ’12 Days of Christmas’ joins the long list of much-loved displays such as Santa’s Elves at Work, ‘the North Pole Express, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Wizard of Oz, ‘the Poinsettia Candelabra, the Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel, and so many more! Be on the lookout for the massive ***NEW*** 65-foot Universal Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout. It is truly a sight to see!  Click here for more information. 

Holiday Springs Lights

Location: First Baptist Church Holly Springs – 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy, Canton, GA 30115
Date: 
December 1st – 23rd (Planning on these dates, i’ll update if they change)
Time:
6pm-11:30pm
Details:
For more details you can check their Facebook page at any time. They are working on the set up of the light show right now. It’s the light show that used to be at Cagle Family Farm.

Website | Facebook

Northside Hospital Forsyth – Celebration of Lights

Location: Northside Hospital Cherokee (450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115)
Date: December 1st
Time: 6pm
Details: Each year, Northside Hospital honors those affected by cancer with the lighting of giant Christmas trees atop its campuses in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Cumming, and a free community celebration at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Each of the 48,000 lights on the three Christmas trees can be purchased and designated in honor or memory of family, friends and physicians. {Please note the location change for the 2017 celebration.} 

To make a secure tax-deductible donation or to download an order form, visit https://give.northside.com/lights.

Dawson Junction Subdivision

Location:  121 Switchman Lane, Dawsonville GA 30534
Date: Sun – Thur 5:30- 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 11pm
Time: 
November 24 – December 23rd
Details: Tune your radio station to 107.7 to make the light show start.

Click here to see a short video 

No Animated Light Shows This Year:

Red Hawk Christmas

Update: According to their Facebook page, they will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they posted:

“I want to start off saying Thank You to those who have come out to see our show in recent years. Unfortunately some things have come up this year and as a result we will not have a light show this year. We hope to return in 2017 bigger and better than ever.”

Location: 173 Aplomado Lane W, Dawsonville, GA
Details
: An Animated Christmas Light Show in North Georgia. This year they have 12,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is Free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non-profit who gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve. Check here for more details.

Blink Midwinter 

Details: According to their Facebook page, they will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they posted:

“Blink Midwinter is on an indefinite hiatus. Not saying we’ll never be back, but it’s not on the radar any time soon. May your 2017 be merry and bright!”

Looking for more LIGHTS??

For lights around the Atlanta area, be sure to check out this round up of 25 Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Feel free to leave a comment below to share with all of us!

 

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

10 Things to do this Fall in Forsyth County

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Hands down – Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the pumpkin flavored everything, football snacks, and much more! And as we thought about it there are a lot of fun things to do in Forsyth county this Fall. So we have put together a list of 10 Things to Do in Forsyth County this Fall.

Here is our list in no particular order:

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1. Go to a High School Football Game:  These games are full of energy and a really fun evening to support our local teams. The tickets are fairly inexpensive and the kids think they’re at a big game. For updated schedules, click here.

 

2. The Cumming Fair:  Oh how much fun the Fair is! The annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be in town in for 11 days. This is a MUST DO! Click here for information on the 2017 Cumming Country Fair!

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3. Kinsey Family Farm:  The Kinsey Farm is opens September 30th for its Fall & Pumpkin Season.  They’ll be open for all their Fall Activities until October 31st.  This is one of our family favorites every Fall season.  Click here for more information.

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4. Warbington Farms:  Don’t make the mistake of associating Warbington Farms with strawberry fields only.  They have lots of fun pumpkin activities and this year they’re offering a CORN MAZE too!  Plus fall activities like Pumpkins, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Farm Fun, and so much more!  Click here for more information.

5. Fall Festivals:  This season is FULL of festivals at churches, schools, and businesses through Forsyth County.  Our calendar is already packed with lots of events going on but as we get closer, more and more will be added.  Click here to view the Calendar of Events.

And if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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6. Drive around: This sounds silly but it’s so much fun to simply drive around and check out the leaves. The leaves so beautiful this time of year. This was an idea from our high school student intern and contributing writer, Christina. Read more of her ideas by clicking here. 

7. Haunted Fun:  As we get closer to Halloween there will be plenty of fun Haunted Houses to visit here in Forsyth County. We’ll definitely have a list ready to go as it gets closer.  And again, if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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8. Pumpkin Picking:  Sure you can pick up a pumpkin almost anywhere, but make it special – try one of the local “pumpkin patches” & help support a local organization, ministry or business.   As the season comes into full swing, pumpkins can be purchased at Kinsey Family Farm, Warbington Farms, and also Cumming First United Methodist Church and Midway United Methodist Church have “patches” in their yards too.

9. Forsyth County Playgrounds:  Personally, I feel that Fall is the best time to be outside. Nice cool breeze, sun shining, it’s not too hot but not too cold.  This fall we would love for you to enjoy this weather at some of the Forsyth County Parks.  Click here for a listing and for some personal thoughts on some of them too.

10. Fall Fun at Your House: There are plenty of super fun things to do at home this Fall. Rake up the leaves to jump in & play, bake fall treats, make some fun fall crafts with the kids, decorate some pumpkins, camp in your back yard or make a fun fort in the living room.  Just spend time together and enjoy one another! Check out our All Things Autumn Pinterest Board by clicking here. Need snack ideas for days spent watching football? Here’s some for you!

BONUS IDEA: Travel just a little further north for some great Apple Picking or get lost in a Corn Maze!  Apple Picking | Corn Mazes

ANOTHER BONUS IDEA: Find 40+ things to do this Fall all over Georgia from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family. Click here

What would you add to this list?

Disclaimer: We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events, activities and small business within Cumming & Forsyth County. Information (including times and locations) is gathered from various sources. We always attempt to confirm details before published. It is possible that details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our articles to the source and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. Cumming Local is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site or for any errors & omissions.

Photo sources: Leaves, Bench at park

Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

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Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

It’s apple u-pick season in Ellijay and North GA!!   We have a list of a few places to pick your own apples near Cumming, GA. Maybe a day trip and hitting all of them is the best plan?

Note:  U-pick is typically on the weekend (although the orchard may be open every day) and always weather permitting.  Activities and offerings at each farm vary.  We link directly to the orchard so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

  1. Mercier Orchards
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513
    Click here for more information
  2. BJ Reece Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29th
    Address:  9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  3. Hillcrest Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29h
    Address:  9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  4. Red Apple Barn:
    Scheduled Opening: Open now through October 29th
    Address:  3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay GA 30540
    Click here for more information
  5. Panorama Orchards: (Note: you can’t pick them here but you can buy delicious fresh apples and other goodies)
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: Hwy 515 South, 63 Talona Spur, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Click here for more information

Don’t Miss Out On These Apple-Themed Events:

Georgia Apple Festival
Dates: October 14th – 15th, October 21st – 22nd
Address: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Click here for more information 

Apple Festival Parade
Dates: October 21st – 10am
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

Apple Arts – Arts & Crafts
Dates: October 14th/15th & 21st/22nd – 9am-5pm
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

There are LOTS more Apple-Themed events in Ellijay. Click here to see all of them.

Last but not least, be sure to check out the 10 Best Places for Apple Picking  in Georgia from 365 Atlanta Family.

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

 

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Fall in Forsyth County means it’s time to make a stop at Kinsey Family Farm! This year’s opening is Saturday, September 30th!

Make a morning or an afternoon out of the fun on the farm – not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, but you can also enjoy a hayride, feed the catfish or farm animals, shop in the Fall Harvest Shop, and definitely get some great “pumpkin” photos with the family!

You’ll find all sorts of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! Kinsey Farm has delicious “pie” pumpkins and gourds too.

Fall activities include:

  • Hay Rides: $3 per person (children 2 & under are free). Hours vary. Check their fall activity page for information.
  • Barn Animals & Fish Feeding: These are HUGE and my kids have always loved feeding them in the past! You’ll also find an animal pavilion to feed the farm animals as well.
  • Picnic Area: There is no charge to use this area, so bring your own lunch or purchase some snacks and drinks in the concession area and enjoy a meal or snack on the farm. We always enjoy the caramel apples and boiled peanuts! (Note – they are nut-free until October 1st)

And don’t forget to stop in the Fall Harvest Shop before you leave. You will find apples, honey, salsa, jams, preserves, fall decor & MUCH more!

Fall Hours From September 30th – October 31st:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Visit the Kinsey Family Farm Fall Activity Page for More Information.

{Tip: Kinsey Family Farm is one of our favorite places to take pictures. It’s absolutely gorgeous there! See pictures below for an example…} 

More Information:

Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

770.887.6028
Kinsey Family Farm Online
Kinsey Family Farm on Facebook

Warbington Farms: Open for 2017 Fall Season

Warbington Farms: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Did you know that Warbington Farms is a three generation farm? It is! Over the last 7 years, the farm has changed quite a bit. They used to mainly be an egg operation. But now it’s a great place for the whole family!

On Saturday, September 16th, 2017  Warbington Farms will open for the Fall & Pumpkin Season. You can plan to go get pumpkins but also enjoy tons of fall activities. They also have lots of special events through the fall season. You can check those events out by clicking here.

Fall Activities Include:

  • Corn maze
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Hay rides to feed the cows
  • Petting Zoo
  • Corn Crib
  • And much more!

Activity Fees:

  • No Cost for Pumpkin Patch Entrance (pumpkin prices vary)
  • Farm Fun Park Pricing: 
    $10 Per Person
    Under 3 are FREE
    Senior Citizen discounts available

*Pricing, Dates & Time may change – follow Warbington on Facebook for updates

Fall Hours From September 16th through November 4th:

Monday – Thursday: Closed to Public
Friday & Saturday:  10am-10pm
Sunday:  10am-5pm

Warbington Farms

Warbington Farms has TONS of Fall Themed Special Events. Click here to read about all of them!

 More Information on Warbington Farms:

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Warbington Farms
5555 Crow Road
Cumming, GA

770.889-1515
Warbington Farms Online
Warbington Farms on Facebook

Father’s Day Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2017}

Father's Day Cumming GA

Father’s Day Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2017}

Father’s Day 2017 is coming up!  We’re working to compile a list of some fun activities & offers to take advantage of this weekend!  As always, activities, events, and offers may change without our knowledge.  We provide contact information and links so you may confirm information.

To all our Cumming Local Dads … we wish you a wonderful day!

We’ll continue to add to this list until Father’s Day so keep checking back!

(Listed in Date Order)

Father’s Day Storytime

Date: Saturday, June 17th at 11am
Barnes & Noble – at The Collection of Forsyth

Father’s Day at Lake Lanier Islands

Date: Saturday, June 17th (10am-11pm)
Lake Lanier Islands

  • Monsters of Mock band – In addition to the music acts on Sunset Stage, entertainment around Sunset Cove will include stilt walkers, jugglers, face/body painting, hula hoopers and metallic (non-permanent) tattoo artists. Click here for tickets

Bowling at Stars & Strikes Entertainment Center

Date: Sunday, June 19th (All DAY)
Stars and Strikes Entertainment Center

Spend Father’s Day at Medieval Times

Date: Monday, June 5th to Sunday, June 18th
Medieval Times – 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30043

  • Dad is FREE with a full priced adult ticket. Valid June 5th – 18th. Upgrade to get the Father’s Day package (additional $25). Package includes framed photo of Dad, “It’s Good to be King” can koozie, and 25oz glass stein with choice of draft beer or soda (non-alcoholic beverage will be served to minors). More information about purchasing tickets 
  • Click here to read a parent review

Father’s Day specials for dinner or dessert:

As I find more restaurant specials, I will add them!

Gift ideas:

  • The Boutique by No Longer Bound – 1790 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, 30041

Fathers Day No Longer Bound

They have many gifts for dad on sale! Click here for more details.

  •  Homemade Coupon Book for Dad (Thanks to Coupons are Great) -All you have to do is click here for the instructions and a free printout.
  • Gift Certificate from Skin Solutions – There are many types of relaxation packages to chose from. They have some great Father’s Day specials. Check them out by clicking here.
  • Men’s Jewelry and Engraving at Lance’s Jewelry – They have ideas for 5 different gifts. Read more on their blog by clicking here.
  • Find a unique gift for Dad at Gibson Co
  • Create a special gift for Dad at Pinspiration
  • 5 Meaningful Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Great article from Mark Merrill about what matters most to Dads.

And don’t forget to check out these past articles:

Father’s Day Activities Outside of Forsyth County

For a round-up of activities in Atlanta, click here. Many locations like the Atlanta Zoo, GA Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, and more are offering Dad’s ticket for free or half price.

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 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.

Pricing:

  • $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

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!

Summer Fun in Forsyth County for Kids A to Z

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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

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:

2017 SPRING SEASON:

  • 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.

FUN PARK:

  • 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

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