5 Things to Cross Off Your Bucket List This Week

Visit Your Local Library & Take Part in a Summer Reading Program

Summer reading programs are a great way to have fun, learn new things and meet new friends! Georgia Public Library Service participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The theme for 2015 is “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program encourages kids to keep reading logs and gives awards when they reach reading goals. Some libraries have storytimes, STEM programs, arts and crafts, magic and puppet shows throughout the summer. Ask a librarian about how you can take part in the Summer Reading Program at your local public library. 




The Children’s Musueum. Let’s Read, Let’s Move
Kick off the Mayor’s sum­mer reading program with reading, eating and dancing to live music! Children will do crafts, read books, prepare a healthy meal and leave the museum with free books geared to their ages. June 6. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404- 659-5437. Ages 8 and under, $12.75.


http://www.atlantaparent.com/article/detail/4731#sthash.qa2wkca7.dpuf">The Very Hungry Caterpillar Toe Print Craft

Make a cute toe print craft inspired by your child’s favorite children book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Paint your child’s big toe with the red paint and paint the rest with green. Press their toes on the white piece of paper on the floor and lift up carefully.




Letterboxing: Take note!

What is letterboxing?
You find a clue on the letterboxing website, gather your supplies, travel to the area and follow the clues to find the box. It is usually a small container that has been hidden, and inside you find a rubber stamp and a journal. You bring with you your own journal, a rubber stamp and an ink pad. After you locate the box you then stamp the box’s journal, and you stamp your journal with the box’s rubber stamp. You return original contents to the box, and replace it. It’s sort of like,”Take a penny, leave a penny.”

How do I get started?
Log on to atlasquest.com for more information. The boxes can be found anywhere – in parks, colleges/universities, businesses, etc. Locally, there are many finds – especially in Roswell, Tucker and Stone Mountain.  And letterboxing is also a great activity to do when traveling.
So get out there, find a letterbox, and have lots of fun!  


Playable Art Park, Sandy Springs

The Playable Art Park is far different from the typical playground in appearance, experience and design.
Features: The Big Imagine swings, Dragon Fly slide/rock wall climbing structure, Wonder Wall, Twist & Shout, Granite Boulder Space Exploration and Spider Walk.The Big Imagine Swings are vibrant red swings, including one baby seat swing. The Dragon Fly is a modern rock wall with some rather steep but not too high slides.The granite feature encourages kids to climb up, over, on and through while exploring space and depth. The Twist & Shout non-linear jungle gyms are a throw-back to old school climbing structures, with modern twists. And the Wonder Wall is a colorful spot to “say cheese” and send a photo Grandma!  

Amenities: Shaded pavilion and shady retreats along the path with benches; bike racks; water fountains and restrooms with changing tables. The park is dog/pet-friendly and has receptacles for pet use. 
Location: 70 Abernathy Rd. NW, Sandy Springs; playableartpark.org

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