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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta to ring in 2015 with Noon Year’s Eve Ball

Children’s Museum of Atlanta to ring in 2015 with Noon Year’s Eve Ball

ATLANTA – 10…9…8…7… The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is counting down to the “noon year” for 2015!

On Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 11:30 a.m., families are invited to celebrate with the fourth annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball! Children can join the Museum’s very own Princess and Prince as they ring in the “noon year,” followed by a celebratory dance party!

Due to the popularity of Noon Year’s Eve, guests are asked to plan accordingly. General advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to ensure entrance into the Museum. Members interested in visiting the Museum should reserve tickets online. Space is limited to a first come basis for the Noon Year’s Eve program, so families are encouraged to arrive early.

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As residents string up the lights and ignite the candles, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind.

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), fires involving Christmas trees caused more than $16 million in property damage per year between 2004 and 2008. Holiday lights and other decorative lighting caused more than $8 million dollars in property damage per year over that same time period.

Fulton County, community partners to provide for children in need

Fulton County, community partners to provide for children in need

ATLANTA -- The Fulton Department of Aging and Youth will host the “2014 Community Cares” Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will feature an evening of family fun and distribution of toys. The Metro Family Fun Center is located at 1959 Metropolitan Parkway SW.

Community partners supporting the event with entertainment, food, resources and giveaways include Fulton County Aging and Youth Department, Office of Children and Youth, Walmart, Music Education Group, Treasure Chest, Inc., NFL Players Association, local fraternities and sororities and other community sponsors.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces December programming

Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces December programming

ATLANTA -- It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is celebrating with merry programming all month long! Families can look forward to a variety of interactive, hands-on learning opportunities featuring holidays around the world and more.

From decking the halls with festive crafts for December’s “Boxes and Bows” theme for the Outside the Box exhibit to learning about African American heritage and culture for Meet The Holidays: Kwanzaa, children can get into the spirit of the season through the power of play.\

Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for December 2014.

 

Feature Exhibit: Outside the Box:

Available through January 25, 2015*

Children’s Museum announces extended dates for Outside the Box

Children’s Museum announces extended dates for Outside the Box

ATLANTA -- Families can continue thinking “outside of the box” through the new year! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has aannounced it has extended the dates for its feature exhibit Outside the Box through Sunday, Jan. 25.

Whether they are exploring creative play and building in the “Box Zone,” experiencing hands-on games and activities in the “Imagination Playground” or experimenting with simple CAD programs at the rotating “Maker’s Space,” children will develop creative thinking skills to find solutions through the power of play.

November: Box It Up, Pay It Forward
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, November’s Outside the Box programming focuses on giving thanks and spending time with family and friends.