Zoo Atlanta to Hold It’s 4th Annual Two-Day Cultural Heritage Festival Featuring Dance, Music & Storytelling July 27th & 28th

Travel the globe at the fourth-annual Wild World Weekend, the signature two-day cultural heritage festival at Zoo Atlanta, this weekend, July 27th & 28th. The event will highlight the cultures and biodiversity of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the Americas with live performances, demonstrations, family activities and more.

 

Saturday, July 27: Get into the spirit of Bollywood with Indian Fusion group Moksha Dance, and be transported to Indonesia through the dances of Sanggar Lestari. Watch the colorful authentic dances of Rosa Bulgaria Atlanta. See stories come to life with the music and movements of Alma Mexicana Atlanta, and enjoy the music makers, story weavers and dream keepers of Kuumba Storytellers. Experience the beauty of traditional Chinese ribbon dancing with Atlanta Historic Dance. Feel the island breeze with the melodic sounds of steel drum performers.

 

Sunday, July 28: Hear a collection of Chinese folk songs performed by Spring Music School. Enjoy an interactive Flamenco presentation with Calo Gitano Atlanta, and learn a few new steps with ¡Flamenco! Presented by Berdolé. Experience the excitement of traditional African dances with Giwayen Mata. Take a quick vacation to the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti with the vibrant Polynesian dances of Dawn Mahealani Douglas, and dance, sing, and clap along to the upbeat sounds of Mountain Top Polka Band. Listen to captivating tales from local storyteller Deborah Strahorn.

 

Saturday & Sunday: Create your own Origami and paper crafts with the experts from The Japan-American Society of Georgia. Romp with the Lion Dancers, learn Kung Fu, and enjoy special performances with Chien Hong School of Kung Fu.

Kid-friendly activity stations and crafts will be available on both days of the event. Check the Zoo Atlanta map for information on activities and locations. Wild World Weekend activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Plan a visit at zooatlanta.org.

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In The Kitchen with The Mini Me: Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Today is National Pi Day! I love all kinds of pi(es)! Apple Pie, Peach Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and my most favorite PIZZA PIE! I LOVE pizza! I could eat pizza every day in fact. When comes to pizza, there are so many options and combinations to choose from. In Atlanta, there are some really awesome pizza spots that are close to my heart. But I also love to make pizza at home.  It’s definitely a favorite activity to do at home with my daughter. She loves the whole process.

Get the recipe here!  In the Kitchen with the Mini Me:  Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Free Family Day at the Woodruff Art Center + Sprinkles Cupcakes + Zinburger = Funday Sunday

Last week, my friend Leslie and I planned a fun Sunday with our daughters, Sage and Din. We started our day at the Woodruff Arts Center, where they were having a Free Family Festival. Free!!   
There were  lots of fun activities going on between the High Museum and Alliance Theater. The first thing we hit was the photo booth. EKSluder Photography & Such had a cute booth set up with a giant heart as a background. Our pictures came out super cute!!

 

Photo by EKSluder Photography & Such
  
Photo by EKSluder Photography & Such
  
Photo by EKSluder Photography & Such
 

Next, we headed to the Robinson Atrium for a Asanwa Traditional Nigerian Dance Performance. The girls even got a photo with these awesome young ladies!

  

While at The High, we also enjoyed a visit to the Iris Van Herpen: Herpen: Transforming Fashion Exhibit. I’ve seen it several times but it never gets old. Go see it before it leaves in May! It was  getting real crowded so we headed out to the Memorial Arts Building to the 1280 Gallery. Here we got temporary tattoos and enjoyed some relaxing Mandala coloring. 

  

 
We missed a few activities, but we had a great time. We always have a great time at these Free Family Days. I was happy to see so many families out taking  advantage of this special day. 

With four rumbling tummys, it was an indication that it was time to eat! We hopped on the train and headed to Lenox Mall.

Waiting on the train!

Last month I tweeted a picture of my daughter blowing out her birthday candle at Sprinkles. Sprinkles loved the picture so much they wanted to feature it on their website as a #SprinklesMoment. Yay! How exciting! Even more exciting is that they gave me a dozen free donuts! Yasss!! Today was the perfect day pick up a dozen yummy cupcakes. And that I did! Thanks Sprinkles!! 

 

I got a box of cupcakes!
 
  

After picking up my cupcakes, we went next door to eat at Zinburger. My first experience with Zinburger was at a blogger menu preview with the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society. I was very impressed and have been back many times. I always get the Zuchinni Fries. Best thing ever! For real! In addition to that I ordered the turkey burger with smoked mozzarella. So good!! I was so stuffed that there was no room for cupcakes.  

Zuchinni Fries!
 
 
Juicy Turkey Burger w/ Avocado, Alfalfa Sprouts, and Smoked Mozzarella
 

But, after a train ride home, I was ready to dig into one. And it was well worth the wait. 

  

What a fantastic way to spend a beautiful Sunday!

Kaboom! Play Together Tour

Sunday, The Kaboom! Play Together Tour, powered by Disney Parks, stopped in Atlanta. The purpose of this state-of-the-art, pop-up play course was to encourage team-building within your family as you played together. First families were invited to make a family flag together. Then there were four stops to the obstacle course that families had to work together to complete. We really enjoyed building a tunnel and rolling the giant beach ball through a course. In the end, you raised your family flag up a pole to symbolize completion of the course. We had so much fun!

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Zoo Atlanta 2014

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Yesterday my daughter’s class went on a field trip to Zoo Atlanta. My daughter and I have been to the zoo many times but not with a whole bunch of kids! I knew before we boarded the school bus that this would surely be an experience. The bus ride itself was crazy as the excitement of all these kindergardeners rose with every minute. It was so loud.

Finally we arrived. Yay! The class was then split up between the chaperones and we were sent on our way. I was given a girl who had never been to the zoo (say what??) along with my daughter. We had a great time! The girls were able to feed a couple lettuce leaves to a giraffe! How exciting is that?! They also enjoyed feeding the birds. We had an awesome time! Here are a few pictures.

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