Back to School in Forsyth County 2018-2019

Back to School Round-UP

Back to School in Forsyth County 2018-2019

Whether you’re in the “boo-hoo” club or the “woo-hoo” club, there’s no denying it … it’s almost back to school time in Forsyth County!  The school bell will ring in just a matter of DAYS now, so it’s time to get ready for all things back to school.

Here’s our run-down:

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  • Shop for School Supplies: We have some tips for you to make shopping easier as well as back to school drives at local organizations. Click here to read more.

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  • Get Ready for Some Back to School Traditions – make back to school fun with these ideas to capture the moments!

Back to school tips for kindergarten moms

  • Read Up – if you’re sending off a kindergartner this year (like me), be sure to check out this article.  It’s an oldie but a goodie!

  • Enroll today at the Kiddie Academy of Cumming: They are offering a huge promo for their ones and twos class. Check this article and then call them ASAP!

  • Looking for a private Christian school? Check out what Horizon Christian Academy has to offer for the new school year. We recently shared an article all about why your child will flourish there.

  • Stepping Stone Montessori School: If you are looking for a unique schooling option for your children, this may be the place! They are enrolling for infants through 3rd grade. Visit their website or call them 770.205.0317 for more information.

  • Schedule a Back to School Adjustment – Be sure to keep the kiddos backs aligned and ready for a great school year!  I’ll be doing that with our friend and website sponsor Dr. Marchman at Essential Wellness.  Give her a call and let her know Cumming Local sent you!

  • Register for Fall Sports – It may be 90+ degrees outside but it’s also the time to plan ahead and get the kids signed up for Fall Sports!  Our website sponsor, i9 Sports has a full line up to take advantage of!  Click here to get started. If you want to get a peek into what it is like doing sports with i9 Sports, read this article from one of our contributing writers.

Fall Dance Programs at Footprints

  • Register for Fall Dance programs – Footprints Dance Alliance has some great offerings for the fall. You can even attend a freebie class to see how you like the studio before classes start. For more information on their programs, check out their website.

Dream Dinners Cumming GA

  • Fill your Freezer with Meals – Let’s face it fall nights are super busy. So why not make dinner easier by filling your freezer with Dream Dinner meals! Click here to read about the Dream Dinner experience.

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  • Enjoy just a little more fun – On of our favorite deal sites is stocked full of great savings right now!  So squeeze in one more night of fun before school starts and go ahead and plan for some fall fun as well!  Click here for the latest deals.

Auto Insurance Premium

  • Lower Your Auto Insurance – Find out how to lower your auto insurance premium with these tips from Craig at Southern Way Insurance Agency.

  • Sell Your Home or Buy a New Home – The Cole Team would love an opportunity to help you sell or buy a home. Read a recent article they did about how to get your home ready to sell – click here. Call Stephanie or Meriellen at 770-316-3110 for more information about selling or buying!

  • Have An End of Summer Adventure – Use any of the 100+ ideas in our downloadable and free e-book 65 + Days of Summer. 

So here’s to a great 2018-2019 School Year … Enjoy the last few days of summer and enjoy those first few days of school too!

New Weekly Specials At Nido Cafe That You Must Experience Often

New Weekly Specials At Nido Cafe That You Must Experience Often

Recently, I did a poll on my instagram account asking readers to share with me their favorite place to go on a date. It was almost unanimous for Nido Cafe, located right here in Vickery Village of Forsyth County. We really are so lucky to have such a fantastic place to go to anytime we want. It’s not just for date nights. It is the perfect place for friends or couples to gather. We also have taken our kids and they enjoyed it as well! Most of us only think about Nido for coffee and breakfast. But their lunch and dinner offerings are exceptional as well.

Have you heard of the fabulous new weekly specials at Nido Cafe? If not, please let us enlighten you! There are 6 things you need to know that’s new at Nido for June. And we hope you will take advantage of these excellent specials.

  1. New Summer Hours: Nido Cafe has instituted some new summer hours. And they are effective immediately. The new schedule is: Sunday to Wednesday 7:30am–2:30pm, Thursday–Saturday 7:30–9:30pm.
  2. Thirsty Thursdays: Every Thursday starting at 7pm, you will be able to listen to live music from Billy Wilkie on jazz guitar. Also during this time, Nido offers their excellent Sangria pitchers for two on sale for $6!
  3. FUNdue Fridays: All famous fondues, both cheese and chocolate are half price. Friday is the ideal time to grab some wine and fondue. {Please note – this offer is available from 2:30-9:30pm}
  4. Seafood Saturdays: All seafood items are half price all day. Some of our favorite seafood items on their menu are Crab & Avocado Salad, Crab Cakes, Smoked Salmon Salad, or the Seafood Paella. {Please note – this offer is available from 2:30-9:30pm}
  5. Special Events & Parties: Wednesday evenings will now be reserved for special events – look for info coming soon on wine tastings, wine and cheese pairings and much more! You can also use the evenings they are not open to the public to reserve Nido for your own private party. This means it’s available Sunday – Wednesday afternoons and evenings! (Please note: semi-private parties during our regular business hours may also be available.) Click here for details on holding your event at Nido.
  6. New Food Items: One of my favorite things about Nido is that they are constantly adding new items to their fabulous menu! This month it includes: Shrimp Ceviche, Smoked Salmon Salad, BLT, Coffee Ice Cream Pie. How fabulous do all of those sound? Now the real question is which do you try first?

Those new weekly specials at Nido have me wanting to go on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ha! Ha! But I’m serious! Also, I will say If you have never been to Nido Cafe for a dinner service, I do recommend you try it out. My husband and I had a great experience dining on the patio. You can read about our experience and opinion on why you should go to Nido for dinner on this article – Nido Cafe: 5 Reasons To Go For Dinner This Weekend


More About Nido Cafe:

We all like to eat. Not just eat though, we like to escape and feel like we have left the country for a few hours. Food and wine can take you on a journey. We like that journey. It makes us happy when Atlanta traffic gets us down. So we look for a place to roll in, tell stories that likely aren’t true and laugh until its time to go home. So we built this place because we want to hang out here. Somewhere cool.

At Nido you can experience something different and cool. So – come for breakfast and have a strawberry, basil and brie sandwich. Or maybe come for lunch and have lobster stuffed mushroom caps and a Spanish white wine. You could also come for dinner and have lamb lollypops with a red wine from Rioja that makes your toes curl. Or maybe just maybe you want hot ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies with a shot of ice cold milk. The point is you just need to get here for one reason or another. Once you get here you will understand what its all about. We can wait to serve you!

Address: 5755 Clarion Street, Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 678-341-9695

Connect Online: Facebook | Instagram

Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday 7:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30-9:30pm.


Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com. Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clientsreach their fullest potential.

Things To Do Forsyth County {Weekend Edition}

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Things to Do Forsyth County For The Weekend Of January 18-21

It’s the first LONG weekend of the new year. I have included Monday on this weekend guide for you. I hope that whatever you do, you have a great weekend! Also, if you are a business that hosts summer camps – you will want to submit your camp to be included in my summer camp guide asap!

QUICK REMINDER – if you have an event or activity coming up, make sure you add it to Forsyth County’s community calendar. You can do that by clicking here.

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

Monday:

 

Click here for all the Calendar information.

Kids Eat Free

  • Take a break from cooking this weekend and go out to eat where the Kids Eat Free

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2018 Summer Camps in Forsyth County & Cumming GA

2018 Summer Camps in Forsyth County & Cumming GA

We’re compiling our list of 2018 Summer Camps in Forsyth County for kids in hopes of making your summer planning a little easier. Below you’ll find Summer Camps for local businesses & organizations. Camps are listed in DATE ORDER.  Our 2018 Summer Camp Sponsors are highlighted with an ad image – we’re very appreciative of their support so we can bring you this comprehensive list!

If you register for any of these camps – be sure to mention that you found them through Cumming Local!  If we’ve left off one of your favorites, please feel free to Submit the Summer Camp and we’ll work to get it added. Please note – we’ll continue to update the page as we find more camps or receive more information.

Be sure to check out our Featured Summer Camps:

Featured Articles Coming Soon!

Other Summer Camps to check out:

For more camp options all over Georgia, check out this article from our friends at 365 Atlanta FamilyThe Best Summer Camps in Georgia

*NOTE: Camps are listed in date order. Please click the link or call to be directed to more information. As always, we work hard to make sure the information provided is accurate and up to date, but errors can certainly happen. If you see something that’s incorrect, please accept our apologies & certainly let us know so we can update for future readers.

Week of May 28

Camp: NIKE Basketball Camp (Boys)
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: May 29th – June 1st
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages: 9-15 (4th to 9th grade)
Cost: $255
Description: This camp will focus on individual skill development with our three morning stations: Individual Skill Development, 3on3 ELITE League and Classroom/Video. Each camper will play in one 5on5 game and also participate in our national Living by Numbers contests each day. This summer camp is a perfect way to prepare for your school, church, rec or AAU season. All NIKE basketball camps maintain a player to coach ratio of 8:1 and are staffed by high school and college coaches as well as college and pro players. This camp will sell out quickly so make sure to register early. Each player will receive a NIKE camp T-shirt, NIKE skill workbook, NIKE camp certificate, and a hand written evaluation from the coaching staff.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: May 29 – June 1
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
Click here for more information

Camp: Kids Fest -Gymnastics & Ninja
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: May 29 – June 1
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $140
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

 

Week of June 4

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
Click here for more information

Camp: Camp Altius
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 1st – 6th grade
Cost: $225 per week
Description: Camp Altius serves as a place kids can enjoy their summer while growing in virtue, their talents and in friendships old and new! The awesome activities will include scavenger hunts, crazy crafts, splash time, treasure hunts, and team games. Camp Altius Teams are led by Pinecrest Academy students, alumni and aids who serve as positive role models, while fostering the God-given talents and virtues in their campers
Click here for more information

Camp: Coach V’s Sports Performance Camps
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: K to 7th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description:This skill development camp is designed for kids that are active in all sports or wanting to get active. We cover conditioning, agility, develop hand and eye coordination along with other motor skills. We have multiple game tournaments including ultimate dodgeball for agility, steal the bacon, capture the flag, and many more. All of our games and drills will work on running, jumping, range of motion and flexibility.
Click here for more information

Camp: Rocketry and Aeronautics Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $190
Description: Building and launching planes and rockets! Challenge your rocket design to travel higher than 1200ft!!
Click here for more information

Camp: Introduction to Engineering
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 1pm -4pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $175
Description: An introduction to drafting, designing, and mechanical engineering by drafting and designing a self-propelled vehicle that travels one meter that uses mechanical energy only.
Click here for more information

Camp: Parent Night Out Dance Party
Location: Cumming Dance Academy North, 192 Dawson Village Way, Ste 150, Dawsonville, GA  30534
Dates: June 8th
Times: 6-10pm
Ages: 4 years old and up (must be potty trained)
Cost: $25 per child ($8 each additional sibling)
Description: Need a night out without the kids? Drop them off with us at CDA North for a Kids-Only Neon Dance Party! We’ll enjoy dancing, singing, snacks, and fun while you enjoy some much deserved adult time! Pizza dinner included!
Click here for more information 

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Animal Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 4-8
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Mad Science
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 4 – June 8
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Rock Camp, Jr.
Location: Music Authority
Dates: June 4 – 9
Ages: 10 and under
Click here for more information 

Camp: Karate Summer Camp
Location: Cumming Martial Arts – 5890 Bethelview Rd, Cumming 30040
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 8:30am – 2pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 (before May 1st) $195 (after May 1st)
Click here for more information 

Camp: Fun With Food Camp
Location: OT Bus/JCUMC 1180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dates: June 4 – 14
Times: 12:15-2pm
Ages: 4-6
Cost: $375 per week
Click here for more information 

Camp: Horse Play Barn Horse Camp
Location: Holtzclaw Rd, Cumming, Georgia 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am-3pm
Ages: Kindergarten to 8th grade
Cost: $300 per week
Click here for more information 

Camp: Robotics VEX IQ Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Camp: Dojo Ninja Warrior
Location: Dojo at Sharon Springs 1595 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 104
Cumming, Georgia 30041
Dates: June 4 – 8
Times: 9am-3pm
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $200
Click here for more information 

Week of June 11

Camp: Introduction to Engineering
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 1pm -4pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $175
Description: An introduction to drafting, designing, and mechanical engineering by drafting and designing a self-propelled vehicle that travels one meter that uses mechanical energy only.
Click here for more information

Camp: Summertime Fun Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 11 – July 15
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5-10 year old
Cost: $200 per week
Description: Please join us for a fun filled camp where your child is bound to have a blast! Some activities will include playground time, daily water games, awesome crafts, gym activities, outdoor hikes, a talent show, relay races and much more! Each afternoon we have a snack to share – popcorn, snow cones, s’mores.
Click here for more information

Camp: AA Academy of Action Drive’s Education
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am – 3:30pm
Ages: 15 – 16 yrs old
Cost: $450 per week
Description: This camp will cover all of Joshua’s Law requirements, including the 30 hours in classroom by AAA License to Learn curriculum, the latest DVD interactive educational videos in the industry, and 6 hours, one-on-one, behind the wheel instruction, which will consist of three 2-hour long driving appointments. The road test can be offered upon request.
Click here for more information

Camp: Learn Archery Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 9 – 17 yrs old
Cost: $160 per week
Description: Learn basic skills to safely participate in archery. USA Archery certified instructors teach range safety, proper shooting form and fundamentals of the shot cycle. All equipment is provided.
Click here for more information

Camp: Pinecrest Academy School Summer Band Clinic
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages: 6th to 8th grade
Cost: $249
Description: Students will spend a week enhancing their musical skills while learning new and exciting repertoire to perform at a final concert on Friday evening.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp “Intro to Drone Flying Missions”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  1st to 2nd grade
Cost: $350
Description: Campers will learn the basic principles of how to code drones to fly. To complement the coding aspect of the program, we teach the campers how to utilize basic flight terminology to conquer fun and interactive flight challenges. Campers will learn to pitch, yaw, and roll through self-created obstacle courses and then utilize iPads to code the drones through the obstacle courses.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp“Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  3rd to 5th grade
Cost: $350
Description: This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Participants will also create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition.
Click here for more information

Camp: Frozen Dance Camp
Location:
Cumming Dance Academy North, 192 Dawson Village Way, Ste 150, Dawsonville, GA  30534
Dates:
June 11 – 15
Times:
5:30-7:30pm
Ages:
3-6 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost:
$175
Description: 
Do what snowmen do in the “summer” – they DANCE! Create a “Frozen”-inspired craft and “Let It Go” as you show your magical abilities in a performance for family and friends at the end of this super fun 5-day camp! The perfect evening camp for working parents.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: June 11-15
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Stipe Studio Camp (Elementary and Middle School week)
Location: Stipe Studio – 5930 Odell St, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 11-15
Times: 10-3pm
Ages: Elementary – Middle School
Cost: $225
Description: Spend a week with us Under the Sea! Stipe Studio presents
The Little Mermaid!
Click here for more information

Camp: Makers Gonna Make – Disney Week
Location: Pinspiration, 5806 South Vickery St, Ste J11-12
Dates: June 11-14
Times: 9am-12pm
Age: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per day or $200 for the whole week
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. Makers Gonna Make.Pinspiration is the ultimate destination for our crafty makers and shakers! Pinspiration, is a DIY art studio and is the place to be  for creative campers.  Voted “Best Of” Day Camp, campers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial,such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website.  In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. Wood projects such as signs and art crate totes are good main project examples.The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun. 
Click here for more information

Camp: Kids Fest – Wet & Wild
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 11 – June 15
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 11-14
Times: 9:30am-12pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Camp: Fun With Food Camp
Location: OT Bus/JCUMC 1180 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Dates: June 4 – 14
Times: 12:15-2pm
Ages: 4-6
Cost: $375 per week
Click here for more information 

Camp: Robotics with Lego Mindstroms EV3 Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 11 – 15
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
Click here for more information 

Week of June 18

Camp: Camp Altius
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 1st – 6th grade
Cost: $225 per week
Description: Camp Altius serves as a place kids can enjoy their summer while growing in virtue, their talents and in friendships old and new! The awesome activities will include scavenger hunts, crazy crafts, splash time, treasure hunts, and team games. Camp Altius Teams are led by Pinecrest Academy students, alumni and aids who serve as positive role models, while fostering the God-given talents and virtues in their campers
Click here for more information

Camp: Spanish Camp – “Pirates & Mermaids”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -10 year old
Cost: $215 per week
Description: Our great learning environment offers lots of fun to those children that want to learn Spanish during the summer. The camp is hands-on and totally immersed in the Latin American Culture. The children will learn the basic vocabulary and expressions related to the theme of the camp. They will do activities such as dances, songs, fun games, and craft. On Thursday the kids will water Day then on Friday the children will enjoy braking our traditional piñata created by the students, and pizza for lunch.
Click here for more information

Camp: Girl’s Art & Science Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages: 1st to 5th grade
Cost: $160
Description: Girls will have a blast while their creativity gets a big boost at this science and art camp. Girls will engage in different art forms and learn about famous artists from history. They will also conduct science experiments in teams and with partners.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp “Intro to Drone Coding Games”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  1st to 2nd grade
Cost: $350
Description: Campers become young Drobots’ pilots and will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more.
Click here for more information

Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp“Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  6th to 8th grade
Cost: $350
Description: Drone Racing is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying, but then quickly progress through various skill challenges, learning how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Participants help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day final activities and competition.
Click here for more information

Camp: Robotics Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: First Session 9am – 12pm or Second Session 1pm -4pm
Ages:  10 – 15 yrs old
Cost: $225
Description: Design, build, and program a robot to complete challenging courses.
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Camp: Moana Dance Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 18th – 22nd
Times: 2 yrs old: 9am-10:30am, 3 yrs old: 10:30am-12pm, or 4 years old: 9am-12pm 
Ages: 2-4 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: 1 1/2 hour camp $150 or 3 hour camp $200
Description: Come move your feet to the island beat at our Moana-inspired luau dance camp! Crafts, Snacks, & Dancing! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
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Camp: Trolls Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates:
June 18th – 22nd
Times: 1-4pm
Ages: 5-7 years old
Cost: $200
Description: Put your hair in the air like you just don’t care! Sing, dance and be happy in our Trolls-inspired dance camp! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
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Camp: “Descendants” Musical Theater Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 9-11am
Ages: 6+ years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: $185
Description: Purple hair, don’t care? Join us for the camp that is sure to be a summertime hit. From “Rotton to the Core” to “Did I Mention?” the students will have a blast as they dance and sing to music from the musical. Students will work on improvisation technique, voice projection, and stage presence. They will create related crafts, costumes, and props. The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family and friends.
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Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: June 18-22
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
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Camp: Learn The Miss Niki 8-Count
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 21
Times: 1-2:30pm
Ages: 7-11 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: $40
Description: Join Owner/Artistic Director, Miss Niki Watkins, for a  semi-private JAZZ intensive where she will teach the “Miss Niki 8-Count” along with other jazz essentials.  The perfect workshop for any aspiring Performance Class or Company member!  Don’t miss this rare 1-day workshop opportunity to learn from Miss Niki!
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Camp: Etiquette Class With Miss Niki
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: June 21
Times: 2:3o-4:30pm
Ages: 7-10 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: $50
Description: Proper etiquette, table & dining manners, social & communication skills and more!  Miss Niki will walk your child through the most important manners needed and how to be a well-mannered child who will impress all those around.
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Camp: Parent Night Out Dance Party
Location: Cumming Dance Academy North, 192 Dawson Village Way, Ste 150, Dawsonville, GA  30534
Dates: June 22nd
Times: 6-10pm
Ages: 4 years old and up (must be potty trained)
Cost: $25 per child ($8 each additional sibling)
Description: Need a night out without the kids? Drop them off with us at CDA North for a Kids-Only Neon Dance Party! We’ll enjoy dancing, singing, snacks, and fun while you enjoy some much deserved adult time! Pizza dinner included!
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Camp: Stipe Studio Camp (Elementary and Middle School week)
Location: Stipe Studio – 5930 Odell St, Suite 210, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 10-3pm
Ages: Elementary – Middle School
Cost: $225
Description: Spend a week with us Under the Sea! Stipe Studio presents
The Little Mermaid!
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Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Sizzling Summer Sampler
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
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Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Discover Dance I
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 12pm – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: This is the PERFECT camp for dancers looking to fall in love with dance! This camp will include dynamic devotions and techniques training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theater! This is a wonderful opportunity to decide what style of dance you love the mos! t! Please pack a snack and a lunch everyday!
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Books Come Alive Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 18-22
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
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Camp: Kids Fest – Nerf Wars
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 18 – June 22
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
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Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 18-21
Times: 1:30-4pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
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Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 18-21
Times: 9am-12pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
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Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: June 18-21
Times: 1pm-4pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
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Camp: Karate Summer Camp
Location: Cumming Martial Arts – 5890 Bethelview Rd, Cumming 30040
Dates: June 18– 22
Times: 8:30am – 2pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 (before May 1st) $195 (after May 1st)
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Camp: Still Pointe’s Summer Superhero Camp
Location: Still Pointe Dance – 1675 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, 30041
Dates: June 18– 22
Ages: 4-8
Cost: $145
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Camp: Raspberry Pi Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 4th – 7th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
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Camp: Nerf Wars WWII
Location: Dojo at Sharon Springs 1595 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 104
Cumming, Georgia 30041
Dates: June 18 – 22
Times: 9am-3pm
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $200
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Week of June 25

Camp: Spanish Camp – “Beach Fun”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -10 year old
Cost: $215 per week
Description: Our great learning environment offers lots of fun to those children that want to learn Spanish during the summer. The camp is hands-on and totally immersed in the Latin American Culture. The children will learn the basic vocabulary and expressions related to the theme of the camp. They will do activities such as dances, songs, fun games, and craft. On Thursday the kids will water Day then on Friday the children will enjoy braking our traditional piñata created by the students, and pizza for lunch.
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Camp: Coach V’s Sports Performance Camps
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: K to 7th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description: This skill development camp is designed for kids that are active in all sports or wanting to get active. We cover conditioning, agility, develop hand and eye coordination along with other motor skills. We have multiple game tournaments including ultimate dodgeball for agility, steal the bacon, capture the flag, and many more. All of our games and drills will work on running, jumping, range of motion and flexibility.
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Camp: Pinecrest Soccer Academy
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 9 – 17 yrs old
Cost: $120 per week
Description: Coach Kane’s camp will work on the fundamentals of soccer. Players will work on ball skills, shooting techniques, and small-sided games. Every day will end with a competition or a match. Campers will be learning new skills and improving their current skills.
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Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp“Drone Superhero Missions”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  3rd to 5th grade
Cost: $350
Description: Our instructors will open the creative minds of participants as campers attack and defend against Superheroes and Villains. Students will begin the week learning basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as: Batman’s Drone-Mobile Escape, The Breakout of Iron Man and more. Participants will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt to outsmart them using the drone to locate and capture.
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Camp: Drobots Dront STEM Camp “Drone Mission Mania”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am -3pm
Ages:  6th to 8th grade
Cost: $350
Description: It’s all about drone missions as campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air to fly and code the drones through an abundance of missions. Throughout the week, Instructors will pose various challenges that the campers must solve using drones. Missions include: Connect 4, Drone Basketball, King Kong, International Space Station Drone Docking, and more. The week ends with the Ultimate Drone Games, where students collaborate, strategize, and create their own drone missions and then compete against one another. Participants will use the SWIFT™ programming language to accomplish many of these missions.
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Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: June 25-29
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Mickey, Minnie & Me
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25-29
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
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Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Discover Dance II
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: June 25-29
Times: 12pm – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: This is the PERFECT camp for dancers looking to fall in love with dance! This camp will include dynamic devotions and techniques training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theater! This is a wonderful opportunity to decide what style of dance you love the mos! t! Please pack a snack and a lunch everyday!
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Under the Sea Theme
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: June 25-29
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
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Camp: Kids Fest – Extreme Water Sports
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: June 25 – June 29
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
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Camp: Raspberry Pi Coding Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: June 25 – 29
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 4th – 7th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
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Week of July 2

Camp: Kids Fest – Adventure Island
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 2-3 and 5-6
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
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Week of July 9

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
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Camp: Summertime Fun Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5-10 year old
Cost: $200 per week
Description: Please join us for a fun filled camp where your child is bound to have a blast! Some activities will include playground time, daily water games, awesome crafts, gym activities, outdoor hikes, a talent show, relay races and much more! Each afternoon we have a snack to share – popcorn, snow cones, s’mores.
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Camp: Learn Archery Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 9 – 17 yrs old
Cost: $160 per week
Description: Learn basic skills to safely participate in archery. USA Archery certified instructors teach range safety, proper shooting form and fundamentals of the shot cycle. All equipment is provided.
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Camp: Pinecrest Paladin Basketball Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 1st – 8th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description: The Pinecrest Academy varsity boys basketball coaching staff and varsity boys and girls players are hosting our Pinecrest Academy Basketball camp. Each day includes an emphasis on footwork, ball handling, shooting and fun. We will have daily skills contests and live 3on3 and 5on5 game experience. Players will be grouped by age and ability. This will be a great place for players looking to develop skills to participate in competitive games, and will be an environment where kids can come and have fun with new friends.
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Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Pretty Pretty Princess
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 9-15
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
Click here for more information

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Around the World Theme
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 9-13th
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Ninja Warrior
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $165
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
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Camp: Robotics with Lego Mindstroms EV3
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: July 9 – 13
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 3rd – 6th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
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Week of July 16

Camp: Coding + STEM Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am -4pm
Ages:  3rd to 6th grade
Cost: $150
Description: Does your child love Minecraft, Frozen, Star Wars, or all of the above? Join Mr. Q’s coding and STEM camp to create and run your own mini games. Throughout the week we will learn some basics of coding and create these exciting games. Campers will also compete to see who can design, build, and withstand numerous test during our STEM activities.
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Camp: Spanish Camp – “Around the World”
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -10 year old
Cost: $215 per week
Description: Our great learning environment offers lots of fun to those children that want to learn Spanish during the summer. The camp is hands-on and totally immersed in the Latin American Culture. The children will learn the basic vocabulary and expressions related to the theme of the camp. They will do activities such as dances, songs, fun games, and craft. On Thursday the kids will water Day then on Friday the children will enjoy braking our traditional piñata created by the students, and pizza for lunch.
Click here for more information

Camp: Fun Kids Art Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: 5 -8 year old
Cost: $150
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Camp: Pinecrest Paladin Basketball Camp
Location: Pinecrest Academy – 955 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming 30041
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages: K – 8th grade
Cost: $185 per week
Description: The Pinecrest Academy varsity boys basketball coaching staff and varsity boys and girls players are hosting our Pinecrest Academy Basketball camp. Each day includes an emphasis on footwork, ball handling, shooting and fun. We will have daily skills contests and live 3on3 and 5on5 game experience. Players will be grouped by age and ability. This will be a great place for players looking to develop skills to participate in competitive games, and will be an environment where kids can come and have fun with new friends.
Click here for more information

Camp: Moana Dance Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates: July 16th – 20th
Times: 2 yrs old: 9am-10:30am, 3 yrs old: 10:30am-12pm, or 4 years old: 9am-12pm 
Ages: 2-4 years old (boys and girls welcome)
Cost: 1 1/2 hour camp $150 or 3 hour camp $200
Description: Come move your feet to the island beat at our Moana-inspired luau dance camp! Crafts, Snacks, & Dancing! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
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Camp: Trolls Camp
Location: Cumming Dance Academy, 419 Tribble Gap Road
CummingGA 30040
Dates:
July 16-20
Times: 1-4pm
Ages: 5-7 years old
Cost: $200
Description: Put your hair in the air like you just don’t care! Sing, dance and be happy in our Trolls-inspired dance camp! The week-long fun culminates with a mini-showcase for family & friends.
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Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: July 16-20
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Under the Sea
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 16-20
Times: 9am -12pm
Ages:  2-6 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week!
Click here for more information

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Nothing But Ballet
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 12pm – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $175 per dancer ($75 per additional siblings)
Description: Let the incredible Miss. Taylor encompass you in a fun filled and faith driven Ballet only dance camp! You will learn new technique, fine tune existing skills and learn variations! Daily devotions will also occur every day! Please pack a lunch and a snack!
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Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Winter in July
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 16-20
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information

Camp: Kids Fest – Spy School
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $160
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 9:30am-12pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 9am-12pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
Click here for more information

Camp: Jae Bird’s Craft Camp
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 1pm-4pm
Age: 7-15 years old
Cost: $150
Click here for more information

Camp: Karate Summer Camp
Location: Cumming Martial Arts – 5890 Bethelview Rd, Cumming 30040
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 8:30am – 2pm
Ages: 5-12
Cost: $175 (before May 1st) $195 (after May 1st)
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Camp:  Handwriting BootCamp
Location: OT Bus/McGinnis Woods Country Day School – 5368 Faircroft Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30005
Dates: July 16– 19
Times: 1:30-3pm
Ages: Rising First & Second Graders
Cost: $325
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Camp: Robotics VEX IQ Camp
Location: Red Bear Technologies 2450 Atlanta Highway suite 1902
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Dates: July 16 – 20
Times: 9am-4:30pm
Ages: 6th – 8th grade
Cost: $215 half day, $275 full day
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Week of July 23


Camp: Multi-Sport Camp With i9 Sports
Location: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Dr. Cumming, Ga. 30041
Dates: July 23-27
Times: Full day (9-3pm) or Half day (9-12pm)
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: Full day $210/Half day $160
Description: Youth Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Click here for more information – half day or full day

Camp: Footprints Mini Summer Camp – Company Intensive
Location: Footprints Dance – 4335 Bethelview Rd Ste 108, Cumming, GA
Dates: July 26 – 28
Times: 9am – 3pm
Ages:  7-18 years old
Cost: $300 per dancer
Description: Have you been interested in joining the Footprints Company? This is your starting point! Join BRAND NEW guest instructors and your Footprints Faculty Favorites in this intense “boot camp.” Students will be taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acrobatics. This camp is REQUIRED for all students auditioning for the 2018-2019 Footprints Company. MUST BE REGISTERED BY JUNE 1st! No early bird discounts apply to this camp.
Click here for more information

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Magical Creature Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 23-27
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

Camp: Kids Fest – Super Hero Academy
Location: Fusion Gymnastics – 5335 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Cumming
Dates: July 23-27
Times: 9am -3pm
Cost: $170
Description: At Fusion Summer Camp kids will enjoy action packed fun with our weekly themes perfect for both boys and girls.  With a new and exciting theme every week, Summer Camp will never get boring.  While campers are being challenged with fun activities and games, our coaches are sneaking in education and fitness.  Each day campers will participate in fun fitness activities to keep their bodies strong.  Plus we’ll have educational activities to keep their brains strong during the break from school.  Healthy minds, healthy bodies, and happy kids.
Click here for more information

Camp: Youth Wood and Canvas Projects
Location: AR Workshop Milton, 12640 Crabapple Road Suite 240
Milton, Georgia 30004
Dates: July 23-26
Times: 1:30-4pm
Age: 8-14 years old
Cost: $160
Click here for more information

Week of July 30

Camp: Makers Gonna Make Camp: Famous Artists Week
Location: Pinspiration Georgia, 5806 South Vickery Street, Suite J11 & J12, Cumming, GA 30040
Dates: July 30-August 3
Times: 9-noon
Ages: 5-12 years old
Cost: $45 per child per day ($200 per week)
Description: During Summer Camp we will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. At Pinspiration’s camp, boy/girl campers ages 5+ learn to build their own Pinterest-inspired project. We don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website. In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. The camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. We tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.
Click here for more information 

As always, we work hard to make sure the information provided is accurate and up to date, but errors can certainly happen. If you see something that’s incorrect, please accept our apologies & certainly let us know so we can update for future readers.

Christmas Activities Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2018}

**Please note: The 2018 Guide to Christmas in Forsyth County is in progress! New events are added every day.**

Christmas Activities in Cumming GA & Forsyth County {2018}

Once again we plan to do our best to keep you updated with all the Christmas Activities in Cumming & Forsyth County this 2018 Season. There are so many Christmas activities to enjoy right here close to home.

As always:  Want to see your listing included?  If your church, business or organization has a Christmas event, submit your event here.


This guide is sponsored by The Cole Team – if you or someone you love is looking to sell or buy, give them a call anytime!


Helpful Christmas Activities Guides

If you missed the below round-ups, be sure to check them out.  They are full of lots of great information for Cumming, GA & Forsyth County.

Locations to Purchase a Christmas Tree
Locations to See Santa
Christmas Light Shows
Christmas Church Service Round-Up 

Where to Recycle Christmas Trees

Looking for more? Find Holiday Events in Gwinnett from our friends Gwinnett Family!

Things To Do this {2018} Christmas Season in Forsyth County:

Events are listed in date order. Listings will be updated as new events are added to our community calendar. Click “Event Title” for more information.  As with all events listed on our website, these are subject to change at any time & without notice.  We encourage you to follow the event on Facebook, the website provided, or phone/email contact information for most recent & accurate information.

Ongoing:

November 29th – December 22nd:  Christmas in Castille Light Show
November 17th – December 22nd:  Christmas at Bottoms Tree Farm
November 17th – December 21st:  Christmas at Kinsey Family Farm
November 13th – December 30th:  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
November 22-January 7: Winter Wonderland in Cumming (Ice Skating Rink)

Saturday, November 17th:

Thursday, November 22nd:

Friday, November 23rd

  • Photos with Santa at the Cumming Fairgrounds (Horton Hall) 3-7pm

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  • The Nutcracker at South Forsyth High School 1pm & 5pm

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 From our family to yours …  Merry Christmas!

10+ Places To Find Christmas Trees in Forsyth County {2018}

Christmas Trees in Forsyth County

Places To Find Christmas Trees in Forsyth County {2018}

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!!!  Tree lots are opening up and Forsyth County Christmas Tree Farms are getting ready for us too!  Whether you want to cut one down yourself or just pick out a perfect one – we can help you out!

There are several locations for Christmas tree farms & purchases in Forsyth County that you can visit – everything from a real farm where you select & cut your own own tree to the local Home & Garden store where you don’t!  You can take a fun holiday experience or even help a local high school with their fundraising efforts.

When picking a Christmas tree in Forsyth County, there’s a little something for everyone!

Here’s our round-up of places to find a Christmas tree this year:

(Please note – we will be adding to this list as more information becomes available from other places in Forsyth)

Christmas Tree Farms in Forsyth County:

Kinsey Family Farm Entrance

Kinsey Family Farm:  My family has been going to Kinsey Family Farm since 2009 – both in the fall and winter months.  It’s a beautiful farm with a great staff & team!  If you want to have the full experience and a great farm holiday atmosphere, you need to go here! Kinsey Family Farm is family owned and operated. It’s about 20 minutes North East of Cumming. You can sip on hot chocolate while roaming around their outdoor barn looking at Christmas trees, homemade wreaths, and garland that are made from their tree trimmings.  Roast marshmallows over the fire pit, take a hayride and more! You have the option of cutting down your own tree on the farm or picking one out that’s already been cut. This is a great place to go no matter your age and what you’re looking for, they have it all! What my family loves about Kinsey Family Farm is when you make a purchase of a Christmas tree – you get a Kinsey Family Farm ornament.  Every year they make a new one, so start or continue your collection today!  Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Kinsey Family Farm

2018 Christmas Season opens Saturday, November 17th.  Click here for hours & more information(note:  Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm

Bottoms Christmas Tree FarmHere is another great Christmas Tree Farm located in Cumming, GA. With over 1,500 trees ready for the Christmas 2018 Season – there is a great collection of choose & cut trees!  They also offer a variety of homemade bread, jams & jellies, wreaths, ice cold drinks & more!  My kids LOVED seeing the farm animals and playing corn hole while we shopped.  It’s a great environment for the whole family!  Check out this guest post about a reader’s visit to Bottoms Christmas Tree Farm.

2018 Christmas Season opens Saturday, November 17th:  Click here for hours & more information (note:  Open Thanksgiving Day, but closed every Sunday)

Christmas Tree Purchases in Forsyth County:

  1. Big John’sBig John’s is a 65+ year-old Atlanta tradition, family owned and operated. They serve the Atlanta metropolitan area with fresh Christmas trees, wreaths and roping, along with stands, ornaments and more!  There are two Forsyth County locations –  Suwanee (3651 Peachtree Parkway. Suwanee, GA 30024) and Cumming (503 Lakeland Plaza Road
    Cumming, GA 30040). Opens Thursday, November 15th.  Click here for more information and click here for a coupon.
  2. Slate’s Christmas Trees: Located at 413 Atlanta Rd, Cumming, 30040. Here you can find Fraser Firs, homemade wreaths, and fresh apple cider! Click here for more information.
  3. Spot Rd Fruit Stand: Located at 1885 Dr Bramblett Rd, Cumming. The trees range from $15-65. Mike is carrying all Fraser Firs from North Carolina. He sells out really quick!
  4. Pike Family Nursery: Our local Pike Family Nursery is located at 6050 Bethelview Road. They’re busy bringing in all of their beautiful Christmas décor to help you decorate inside or outside of your home. You can also get beautiful poinsettias and rosemary trees.
  5. South Forsyth Baseball Tree Lot: Amazing selection of beautiful trees!  6-foot to 13-foot trees.  Located in the front of South Forsyth High School – 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Hours: Saturday 12-9pm & Sun 12-8pm Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted.
  6. Lowes: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.
  7. Home Depot: Located off of Marketplace Blvd.
  8. Costco: Located at 1211 Bald Ridge Marina Rd, Cumming, GA 30041

What a wonderful Christmas season it is! Light up the tree, make memories, and enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Disclosure – we have provided a list of where to get your special Christmas tree with links and contact info. We give you the links and contact info for a reason. Please check with the company before heading out to them. We would hate for you to bundle your family just to find out they are not open yet. Enjoy the Christmas season!

Don’t Seek More Willpower: Change The Game!

Don’t Seek More Willpower: Change The Game!

We eat too much, we drink too much, we have credit card debt, we don’t workout enough, and we’re social media addicts.

Oh willpower, where art thou?

Most of us are constantly searching for willpower, for self-control, for a way to become mentally stronger in one area of life or another. The questions we most often struggle with when it comes to willpower are the HOW and WHERE? How do we find this willpower? Where do we find more self-control?

In his book Willpower, psychologist Roy F. Baumeister argues that willpower is like a muscle: It can get tired and break down, but you can also make it stronger by training it right.

So how do we train it right?

In his book Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is Mostly Wrong (highly recommended, by the way), author Eric Barker presents a unique view about how to train yourself to develop more willpower:

Turn life into a game!

A great example of this is Walter Mischel’s famous marshmallow theory (http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/struggles-psychologist-studying-self-control).

Basically, he did a study where kids were promised two marshmallows if they could resist eating one. Many couldn’t resist the sweet treat, but those who avoided the urge to devour a marshmallow didn’t actually display the extreme willpower you might have thought. Instead, these kids changed the game by doing things such as making up a story in their minds that the delicious sugary marshmallows were actually puffy clouds and didn’t taste good anyway.

The point is only to say willpower and self-control are only needed if you feel a struggle. You don’t enjoy your work, so you feel a struggle to work harder. You don’t love the pain of getting your heart rate up, so you struggle to motivate yourself to go to the gym.

But when there is no struggle, you no longer need to muster more willpower. The kids who convinced themselves the marshmallows weren’t marshmallows didn’t feel the struggle. They didn’t need willpower.

If you think about it, it makes sense: If I put a delicious, warm peanut butter cookie right out of the oven in front of you when you’re super hungry and craving sugar, there might be a struggle. BUT, if you’re deathly allergic to peanuts, chances are you’re going to choose life over the treat and you it won’t require any willpower or self-restraint to avoid eating the cookie.

This is Barker’s exact point: His solution is to turn turn various things in your life into a game. This will stop you from feeling a struggle, he says, and you’ll no longer need to stress out about finding more willpower.

His logic can be applied to all areas of life, like fitness and your job, but also to the more mundane, boring things we need to do like housework—tasks we often think require a ton of willpower.

Dreading doing the dishes? Challenge yourself to finish the dishes in less time than you did the night before and suddenly it almost becomes fun (or you end up with half-washed dishes if you’re too competitive).

Barker explained good games have necessary criteria: They are winnable, they have rules, and they provide feedback so you always know where you stand.

One of the reasons games work, he said, is because they allow you to celebrate small wins along the way. (In fact, data shows that life satisfaction is much higher for those who experience a steady flow of minor accomplishment as opposed to those who only express interest in major accomplishments. This might be part of the reason AA is so successful).

The point is: The small wins in life keep us moving forward in all facets of life.

So the next time you’re procrastinating doing your taxes, going to the gym, or meeting a deadline at work, change the game by turning it into a winnable game.


Jill Thornton is a mother of two, wife, and gym owner. Her passion for helping others is infectious!  She channels her passion for fitness from her athletic background as the co-owner at Cumming Strength and Fitness located just west of downtown Cumming. To learn more about Jill, click here.

Connect with Jill and Cumming Strength & Fitness: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter 

Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County: 10+ Shows To See

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Christmas Light Shows Forsyth County & Cumming GA: 10+ 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.

If you are looking for more things to do for Christmas, be sure to check out our Guide to Christmas 2018.

Lights To See In & Near Forsyth County:

Warbington Farms:

Location: 5555 Crow Rd, Cumming
Date: November 23-25, 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21-30
Time: 5:30pm-9pm
Details: Bring the whole family to experience a synchronized light show at the pavilion, stroll through our Barnyard aglow with hundreds of lights, then enjoy the spectacular hayride to our Field of Lights. Join us for a country Christmas at the farm while enjoying the sights and sounds of our magical lights extravaganza. Farm admission is $10 adults and $8 children (Under three free) and includes a hayride to the field of lights, barnyard, fun park, and walk-thru light displays.

Click here for more details 

TIP: Santa Pop will be at each event except for November 22, 23, December 16, and 24. Bring your camera, walking shoes and bundle up if it’s cold. This is all outside.

Ashebrooke Night of Lights:

Location: Ashebrooke Subdivisions – Bethelview Road (between Kelly Mill and Hwy 20)
Date: December 16th (The lights are also on the whole month of December)
Time: 6-9pm
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. The beneficiary for 2018 is Family Promise.  Click here for all the details

TIP: Bring cash to put in the donation bucket. Also, see if you can find the Gingerbread House! We interviewed the family that puts this amazing decor up every year – Forsyth County’s Gingerbread House.

Operation Griswold 3.0

Location: 104 Wolf Creek Court, Cumming, GA 30028
Date & Time: The lights are on daily from 6pm to 10pm.
Details: Operation Griswold 3.0 is AMAZING! Each year, new lights are added. The house is perfectly lined in icicles with wreaths on every window. And don’t miss the beautiful large Christmas tree in the yard! Find out more about Operation Griswold 3.0.

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.
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.

Cowart Christmas

Location:  13095 Mangum Drive Cumming, GA 30041
Date: November 23rd – December 25th 
Time:
Sun – Thur 5:30- 10pm and Friday & Saturday 5:30 – 11pm
Details: Tune your radio station to 107.7 to make the light show start.

Lanier Islands Christmas: 

Coming to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands November 16th

Location:  7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford GA
Date:  November 16th – February 24th
Time: Nightly 5pm to 10pm
Details: Magical Nights of Lights opens for the season November 16th along with License to Chill Snow Island. Over 25 years Magical Nights of Lights has grown into a place where tradition and excitement merge with hundreds of impressive displays spread throughout a seven-mile meandering drive. Each year new light shows are added to keep the experience even more memorable.  Touring the light displays, riding the carnival rides, making s’mores around a bonfire and visiting Santa make this event a great place to ramp up the holiday spirit with a Margaritaville state of mind.

Click here for more information.  

Night of Lights at Emory Johns Creek

Location: 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek
Date: December 1st (You can also drive through to look at the lights anytime. A reader recently reported that they are on for the whole month of December.)
Time: 6-8pm

Click here for more info 

Lights To See in Dawsonville: 

Reader Submission – Spring Ridge Lights

Location: 389 Spring Ridge Drive Dawsonville, GA. 30534

A reader sent in this address as one for you to check out so I don’t have many details on it.

Lights To See in Canton:

Holiday Springs Lights

Location: First Baptist Church Holly Springs – 2632 Holly Springs Pkwy, Canton, GA 30115
Date: 
December 1st – 23rd (They are planning on these dates, i’ll update if they change)
Time: 
6pm-11:30pm (Shows start every hour and half hour.
Tune your radio to 103.7FM)
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 Cherokee – Celebration of Lights

Location: Northside Hospital Cherokee (450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115)
Date: November 30th
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-Cherokee. 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.  

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

Holiday Lights of Hope

Location: Hobgood Park in Woodstock, GA (6688 Bells Ferry Rd,
Woodstock, GA ‎30189)
Date: December 6th – 23rd
Details: features a huge walk-through Christmas light display with more than 2,000,000 lights, concessions, vendors, Santa and so much more! Tickets are $10 per adult and children ages 14 and under is free. The admission fee benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center.

Click here for more info & tickets

Holiday Lights at Veterans Park

Location: 7345 Cumming Highway, Canton, GA 30115
Date: November 23rd – January 5th
Time: Nightly at 6pm
Description: Featuring 2 drive-thru tunnels, amazing animated Christmas displays, and over 1 millions lights! Admission for this event is $20 per car with a portion of the proceeds going to five different charities including the Anna Crawford children’s center, Veterans of Cherokee County, Papa’s Pantry, Skills USA, and CRPA Play it Forward.

Click here for more info 

No Animated Light Shows This Year:

Christmas in Castille:

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

Here’s the message they posted:

“Unfortunately, Christmas in Castille will not be running this year. However, please check out Warbington Farms. We have put a lot of time and effort into bringing you a new Christmas experience.”

Location:  4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta GA 30004 (Forsyth County)
Date:  2018 Schedule:  November 29th – December 22nd
Time:  Thursdays – Saturdays, 6pm to 9pm
Details:  Christmas in Castille is a free animated Christmas light display showing more than 57,000 lights synchronized to music.  Pull up and enjoy the spectacle of lights in stereo. Make sure you tune your radio to 89.9FM  to listen!

Like Christmas in Castille on Facebook
Visit Christmas in Castille Online

Blagg Family Lights

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

Here’s the message they posted:

“Unfortunately, at this time we are not planning a show for 2018. My wife recently had surgery and I haven’t had time to get anything done. If things change and I’m able to get the lights up for this year, I’ll post an update.”

Location: 5910 Bridge Stone Ct, Cumming
Date & Time: Playing 5:30-11pm every night from now until 12/31.
Details: Make sure to tune your radio to 94.7 before you arrive. Click here for a preview

Check their Facebook page for up to date details  

Red Hawk Christmas

Update: They will not have a show this year.

Here’s the message they sent me:

“Unfortunately we have not been able to put up the display this year. A lot going on this year has got in the way, but we hope to be back next year with an all-new show”

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 roundup of 25 Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family.

For lights around the Gwinnett area, check out Gwinnett’s Free Christmas Light Displays from our friends at Gwinnett 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!

Kinsey Family Farm

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.

pumpkins | Fall Fun Activities in Forsyth County

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

Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA {2018}

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Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

It’s Corn Maze Season!!  We’ve always been lucky to have a few corn mazes near Cumming GA. {QUICK TIP – Be prepared to sweat doing the corn mazes. Bring water! If it’s a particularly cool day, that might be an ideal day to get lost in a corn maze}

No matter if you are taking the kids, going on a date, or just up for a challenge – a good corn maze is a lot of fun! We have compiled a list of some of the closest to Cumming GA & Forsyth County.

Note:  Mazes are typically on the weekend and weather permitting.  We link directly to the location so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

Warbington Farm
Open:  September 15th – November 3rd
Address:  5555 Crow Road, Cumming GA 30041
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Uncle Shucks
Open: September 8th – November 18th
Address:4520 Highway 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
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Southern Belle Farm
Open: September 22nd – November 4th
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
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Buford Corn Maze
Open: September 1st – November 11th
Address: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
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Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze
Open: September 22nd – November 4th
Address: 797 Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, Georgia 30054
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Rock Ranch
Open: October 6th – November 3rd
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga.
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Jaemor Farms
Open: September 15th – November 4th
Address: 5340 Cornelia Hwy. (Hwy 365), Alto, GA 30510
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Pettit Creek Farm
Open: September 5th -November 1st
Address: 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, Georgia 30120
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Corn Dawgs
Please Note – They will NOT be opening for the 2018 season

Address: 955 Leone Avenue, Loganville, GA 30052
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Yahoo Farms
Open: September 22nd – October 31st
Address: 4729 Waleska Highway 108 – Jasper, GA 30143
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Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch and Tricky Crop Maze
Open: September 23rd – November 3rd
Address: 3781 E. Happy Valley Cir, Newnan, GA 30263
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Enchanted MAiZE
Open: September 28th – October 28th (Fridays, Saturday & Sundays)
Address: 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd Flintstone, GA 30725
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Big Springs Farms
Open: October weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188
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Poppell Farms
Open: September 29th – November 27th
Address: 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
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Lane Southern Orchards
Open: October 3rd – 31st
Address: 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030
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