3 Local Events for Families CELEBRATE SUMMER IN ATLANTA!
CHAMPIONS OF MAGIC July 20; 7:30 p.m. To Purchase Tickets: FoxTheatre.org
Fourth of July festivities may seem like they monopolize the entire month, but Atlanta is hopping with all kinds of local events unrelated to the holiday. If you’re looking for ways to get your kids off the couch this summer after the fireworks stop, consider these three options that offer fun for the whole family. AGLANTA EATS July 15; 5–8 p.m. To Purchase Tickets: Aglanta-Eats.Eventbrite.com During the one-day extravaganza of AgLanta Eats, bring your kids to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to marvel at the greenery and taste dishes made by some of Atlanta’s best chefs (including Longleaf Restaurant’s Jason Paolini, Think Table Atlanta Founder Jerome Kendrick, and The Loco Coco’s Natalie Fisher) from fresh produce grown in the city. You’ll enjoy live music, a silent auction, and delicious bites while your kids learn about urban farming and the local food chain. Tickets, which include unlimited food tastings, are $15 for children 10 and under and $50 for adults.
The five British stars of Champions of Magic are illusionists impressive enough to hop the pond, and they’ll bring “incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic, and daring large-scale illusions” to Atlanta’s own Fox Theatre this summer. The cast includes Close-Up Magic Expert Kayla Drescher, Master Mind Reader Alex McAleer, Escape Artist Fernando Velasco, and the innovative illusionists known simply as Young & Strange. Tickets are $26–$56 each, and we promise they’re worth every penny.
ATLANTA ICE CREAM FESTIVAL July 27; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. FREE Event!
This festival’s name might set off some sugar-rush alarm bells, but its goal is actually to encourage kids and adults alike to live balanced lives. The Atlanta Ice Cream Festival pairs wellness activities like yoga, meditation, qi gong, double Dutch, hula hooping, Frisbee, and a 5K Cancer Walk with live music, non-food vendors, and plenty of delicious ice cream. Don’t miss this sweet event for all ages!
HIKING WITH YOUR KIDS
Watch Their World Expand With Every Step
KEEP SAFETY IN MIND While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries.
Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. ENCOURAGE THEIR CURIOSITY One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. BRING ALONG SOME TOOLS OF DISCOVERY Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look.
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