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NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!

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As much fun as they had in the Tools for Solutions area, they had double in the Fundamentally Food area – This upgraded exhibit strengthens the understanding of how food functions as an integral part of daily life, and focuses on social emotional learning, math, economics, nutrition and sustainability. Children can follow the path of food from farm-to-table and participate in role-play opportunities on the farm, in the grocery store and in the new kid-sized “Diner” area. They loved collecting fresh eggs from the chicken coop on the farm, shopping and playing cashier in the grocery store or even serving up a healthy pretend meal at the diner, the Fundamentally Food zone will introduce food as a significant aspect of all cultures, address as it relates to health and well-being and more.

In one day, my kids served me breakfast at the Waffle House diner, bagged my groceries, worked as a deli clerk, unloaded boxes from the delivery truck, milked a cow, picked corn and carrots and gathered the eggs from the chicken coop. They also fished, performed a play with animal puppets, shot a rocket to Saturn and created a piece of Art! Whew… we were exhausted but it was so worth it!

This is one of our new favorite places and we will be here often! Check out their site HERE and get your tickets!

 

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Rain and Fire in Sedona

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Ange Alex

A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!

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Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver  @BackstageBeat

 

 

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Ice Skating at Centennial Olympic Park! Great Family Memories!

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It had been close to 30 years since I donned a pair of ice skates and got out on that cold, slippery ice. Naturally, I was a little nervous but gave it a go for my kids sake. They were cheering me on and I couldn’t resist.

All I could think about was when I went ice skating a couple times when I was kid and my mom would constantly say, “Be careful! You could really hurt your ankles!” I know she meant well, but it that thought did stop me from trying for, oh say. . .  30 years!!! :)

We got our kids ice skates on and tighten up then put ours on. Both my husband and I were nervous walking up to the ice but of course we had to smile and show the kids that this was the best idea ever!

As I stepped out I imagined myself skating smoothly across the ice and just as I imagined, I did. I zipped right around the edge the first time, holding the rail and thought to myself, “This is so fun! Why haven’t I done this!”

My kids held the railings and few times around and so did their dad but after a few times around, they were out in the middle!

We all laughed, we all pushed past our anxiety and fears and ended up have the best family time! And yes, I did fall once and bruised my tail bone but the memories we made that day will last long after the pain subsides!

Get out and make some chilly family memories of your own! Centennial Olympic Park’s Ice Skating rink is open until January 10th so there is plenty of time to get there. Check the full list of times and ticket prices HERE.

 

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