Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 182014
 

EarthDay_Bears_PAwar5E120DPlanning to celebrate Earth Day? From crafts to hiking, you’ve got options. And you can even pick up a few freebies while you’re out.

Here’s Atlanta’s list of Earth Day 2014 freebies & deals:

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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Apr 182014
 

coldstone grouponHere are a few of the highlights from ATL’s daily deals sites. And you can browse deals by category, complete with pics, on the Atlanta’s Daily Deals page.

Don’t forget to check out today’s mix (April 18) of discount ticket deals. You’ll save about 50% on tickets to Dinosauria Experience: Where Dinosaurs Come to Life, Nuclear Cowboyz at Gwinnett Center, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz at Serenbe, Willy Wonka at Fabrefaction Theatre, Steel Magnolias at OnStage Atlanta, CitySolve Urban Race Atlanta, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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Apr 182014
 

decatur earth day 2014On Saturday, April 19, 2014, head to the Oakhurst Garden, located at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough, for the Decatur Earth Day Festival.

The festivities begin at 12:30 p.m. with a pirate-led parade that starts at Harmony Park & ends at the Oakhurst Garden site.

Then from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be free arts & crafts for the kids, a pirate-themed World Famous Cake Contest, live music by Opposite of Hee Haw and MoRhythm, scavenger hunts, a snake & alligator show (2:00 p.m.), & even a pirate ship, complete with live birds of prey.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 182014
 

cobb co egg hunt 2014Hop to it.

Cobb County’s largest Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. There’ll be five egg hunts, crafts for the kids, live entertainment, inflatables, & more.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Egg Hunt: Age 3 & under
  • 11:00 a.m.: Egg Hunt: Ages 4 & 5
  • 11:30 a.m.: Egg Hunt: Special Population
  • Noon: Egg Hunt: Ages 6 & 7
  • 12:30 p.m.:Egg Hunt: Ages 8-10
  • 1:00 p.m.: Mad Hatter’s Contest / Easter Basket Contest

Admission is free to the hunt, but there may be additional charges for some activities. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. & the festivities end at 2:00 p.m.

Jim Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172014
 

I’m more than ready for the weekend. Looking for something fun to do? Check out these five ATL events (or browse Atlanta on the Cheap’s calendar of events to remind yourself of other can’t-miss events happening in the ATL):

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–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172014
 

georgia-renaissance-festival-1-1719891-small_lvWe’ve gone to the Georgia Renaissance Festival several times, and the girls & I always have a fabulous time. Planning to go? You can get discount tickets or use coupon codes to explore the GA Ren Fest on the cheap.

There’s quite a bit to do at the GA Ren Fest, my favorite being watching the shows–jousting, the Adam Crack: Fire Whip Show, Larksalot The Bald, Mud Show: Splatter Time Players, Barely Balanced Acrobatic Show, Hypnotist Rick Stratton, The Tortuga Twins, Birds of Prey, Maypole dancing, photos with the King & Queen and the Fairy Queen, wandering minstrels, & the list goes on.

Even a few years ago was still fun, despite the fact that strong afternoon thunderstorms forced us to leave several hours early (we could have waited it out, but by then my youngest was over-tired & soaked, so it was a good time to go). Last year, we had perfect weather, and the shows didn’t disappoint, from the hilarious Barely Balanced acrobats to the jousting.

GA Ren Fest tickets are regularly $22 for adults, $20 for seniors (age 60+) & $10 for kids (ages 6-12).

But if you plan right, you can save on admission by taking advantage of one of the deal weekends during the Georgia Renaissance Festival:

  • April 19 & 20: Buy one adult ticket, get one free.
  • May 3 & 4: One child (age 12 & under) will be admitted free with each paid adult.
  • May 24-26: Memorial Day Weekend deals will be announced closer to the date.
  • June 7 & 8: Grand Finale Weekend deals will be announced closer to the date.

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is located at 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd., Fairburn. Parking is free. 770-964-8575

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172014
 

hopparkatlstatMy girls would love for me to take them out to this, if only for the fact that Radio Disney will be there:

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Hop in the Park will take place in Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., there’ll be pictures with the Easter bunny, lawn games, Easter crafts, face painting, & more. Plus Radio Disney will be there playing kid-friendly tunes for a dance party.

FYI–Pictures with the Easter Bunny will take place in Dillard’s in the children’s department. The photo is free with any $25+ purchase at Dillard’s. Or, you can pay $10 for the pic, with proceeds supporting City of Refuge.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172014
 

ten mile lake goldstarTen Mile Lake will be at Serenbe Playhouse from June 12-29, 2014. Want to go? You can get discount tickets to Ten Mile Lake, no coupon code required.

Here’s the quick summary: “In an open-air theatrical experience that puts you in the thick of the action, Serenbe Playhouse stages the world premiere of Ten Mile Lake on the planks of an actual dock. Playwright Tira Palmquist’s touching new drama finds protagonist Maggie returning home to visit her dying father, only to find that he gets along with his new nurse, Donny, better than he ever did with her. As the father-daughter duo reconnect and revisit old memories alongside the water, you take in this touching story from the scenic slope of a grassy embankment. It’s outdoor theater at its most real, raw and powerful.”

The deals:

The Grange Lake Dock at Serenbe is located at 10640 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, entrance at The Nest Homes. Since it’s an open-air production, you’ll need to bring your own seating (low-back chairs or blankets). That said, when we went to see The Velveteen Rabbit last summer, Serenbe provided a few chairs, and they even offered us bug spray when we gave them our tickets. 770-463-1110

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172014
 

mayhem goldstarAtlanta Ballet’s MAYhem will be performed from May 16-18, 2014.

Since I’m a fan of contemporary dance, MAYhem is on my short list of must-see shows. Per the summary: “MAYhem is a no holds barred explosion of creativity and energy demonstrating the unparalleled talent of Atlanta Ballet. Revolutionary and spine-tingling, MAYhem proves that Atlanta Ballet is not just pushing, but catapulting over the boundaries of contemporary dance.” The show features the world premiere of Three by Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall, the world premiere of The Exiled by Choreographer in Residence Helen Pickett, and the return of the futuristic 1st Flash, a 2003 ballet by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo.

Want to see it on the cheap? You have a few ways to get discount tickets to MAYhem, no coupon code required:

The Cobb Energy Centre is located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 172014
 

kinsey collection atl history centerOn April 19 & 20, 2014, you can explore the Atlanta History Center for free, thanks to the Wells Fargo Free Admission Weekend deal.

On the third full weekend of the month, all guests to the Atlanta History Center receive free admission, including the The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect exhibition. Per the summary, “The Kinsey Collection exhibition at the Atlanta History Center includes over one hundred thirty items, featuring select, never before displayed artifacts, such as a first edition of Solomon Northrup’s 12 Years a Slave, the basis of the Academy Award-winning film. The exhibition’s combination of original documents, rare books, paintings and other works of art, early photographs, and modern sculptures creates a unique and diverse experience, bringing history to life through art and artifacts. As visitors walk through the exhibition, they are fully immersed in a story of struggle for freedom, equality, and expression in American history–leaving the experience both educated and inspired.” The Kinsey Collection will be on display through July 13, 2014.

Admission also includes all History Center exhibitions, interactive experiences, explorations at Smith Family Farm and Swan House, and twenty-two acres of gardens and trails.

Heading out a different day? You have other ways to save:

  • If you have a 2014 Entertainment book, you’ll find a BOGO coupon on page E78 of the 2014 edition.
  • Wells Fargo Free Admission Weekends will also take place on May 17 & 18 and June 21 & 22, 2014.
  • If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions in Atlanta, take advantage of the Atlanta CityPASS to save almost 50% on admission to five Atlanta-area attractions. The Georgia Aquarium ticket includes a Deepo Pass with Expedited Entry, Deepo’s 4-D theater, and the Dolphin Tales show (based on availability). The World of Coca-Cola ticket includes admission, the 4-D theatre, and a free keepsake bottle from the museum. Other attractions included are Inside CNN Studio Tour, Fernbank (includes IMAX, too) OR High Museum of Art, and Zoo Atlanta (includes All-Rides Wristband) OR Atlanta History Center. It’s valid for nine days, and if you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions.
  • Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

    –Jennifer Maciejewski