Is My Kid A Bully?
Getting a phone call from your child’s school notifying you that your child has been bullying other students is a distressing experience. Many kids act completely different at home than they do at school and their parents may have no idea that their child has been bullying others. Bullying can take many forms. Physical bullying is obvious but some of the other forms of bullying can be subtle and your child may not even realize that the behavior was hurtful. Cyberbullying involves using a technology platform such as texting, email and social media to harass someone online by posting hurtful comments or images. Sexual bullying may take the form of crude comments and gestures, or touching that is not invited. Sometimes girls may be sexually bullied by other girls who call them names or seek to destroy their body image. Verbal bullying involves using words to tear down the self-esteem of the target and assert control over her. Emotional bullying is often used by ‘mean girls’ and involves purposefully damaging the relationships of the target and harm her social standing. If you find out that your child engaged in any of these types of bullying behaviors, the first step is […]
Outdoor Spring Activities at Oxbow Meadows
At the southern end of the Columbus RiverWalk, Oxbow Meadows offers a view of the ecoregion of West Central Georgia and the Chattahoochee Valley and provides access to samples of the area’s rich communities of plants and animals. Opened in 1995 as a collaboration among Columbus Water Works, Columbus State University, and the City of Columbus, the Center provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal programs about the ecology and natural history of the region. Interpretive and hands-on programming is provided by Columbus State University professional staff. We are excited to resume our in-person programming and invite the community to a fun and educational experience for all ages! 2021 Spring Schedule WEDNESDAYS LITTLE NATURALISTS Ages 2-5 Wednesdays from 10am-12pm $5 per child, per session (pre-registration required) Daily Schedule: 10-10:30am Check-in 10:30-11:30am Program 11:30-12:00pm Tour of Center 12pm Departure Time* March 31 – The Shape of a Grape “There are lots of shapes on your plate! What shape is a grape or watermelon? We will look at shapes as we sort fruits and vegetables, and make our own craft “diet” for an animal.” April 7 – Frogs in the Bog “Frogs on logs in the bog are waiting […]
Junk Food Swaps for Healthy Snacks
Pre-packaged snack foods are a convenient solution when you are pressed for time and the kids are hungry. However, many of them are high in sugar, salt and fat and lack fiber and important nutrients. Here are a few tips on how to help your child replace junk food with healthy snacks that provide the nutrients he needs and keep him feeling full between meals. Introducing a new food into the snack time menu may take time. Kids may not be very enthusiastic about trying a new food that has a taste and texture they are unfamiliar with. You will likely need to introduce the food multiple times before your child decides to experience it. If your child sees you trying new food and enjoying it, he is more likely to try it. Also, you may want to provide a choice of two new healthy snacks to try. Sometimes, the refusal to eat anything new is just your child asserting himself. For example, if you are trying alternatives to ice cream, offer a choice between a smoothie made with bananas and Greek yogurt or a homemade frozen fruit pop. Making healthy food fun can help make it more appealing. Start a garden […]
Columbus Attractions are Open to Learn and Play
Many local attractions in the Chattahoochee Valley have reopened to the public and are the perfect way to fill a staycation or a homeschool field trip with fun learning activities. The Columbus Museum offers families the opportunity to enjoy the artwork and the history of the Chattahoochee Valley for free. Activity books are available for families to enjoy as they explore the museum. The Bradley Olmsted Garden is also open to the public during museum hours. The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from noon to 5 pm; Thursdays noon to 8 pm; Sundays 1-5 pm. Face coverings required. See our calendar for their two April events: Glassmaking Workshop and Spring Outdoor Market. The museum also offers free resources for educators that align with the state curriculum. https://columbusmuseum.com/ Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center in Columbus is open to the public from 9am to 4pm, Wednesday–Saturday and offers wildlife exhibits, a bird garden, nature trails and learning programs. The wildlife exhibits feature a variety of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about local wildlife and ecosystems, and the center is designed to be disability and sensory-friendly. The outdoor areas are open any time during Wed-Sat […]
Know Before You Go to a Chattahoochee Valley Library
By Jeannine Scott, Branch Manager, North Columbus Public Library Now reopen, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are excited to serve families in our community! Our services may look a bit different, so here’s a know-before-you-go guide to make the best out of your next visit. All branches, 24-hour kiosks, and book drops are open You can browse the shelves and use the computer Visits limited to 1 hour, but scheduling not required Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2 Temperature checks are taken at the door We host virtual family-friendly story times and craft programs every week! (Like us on Facebook @chatlibraries and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!) We’d love to hear from you! Call to request a customized book bundle. Share your child’s interests, and we’ll select great reads to match. We can also select based on reading level or for AR testing. Short on time? Grab a pre-made book bundle! Enjoy a story time at home with a variety of fun titles and a craft project. We have added over 1000 new children’s books this year, including WONDERBOOKS! You can still check out park passes, including the Zoo Atlanta. Visit cvlga.org/blog/park-passes/ for updated information. For […]
Keeping Young YouTube Lovers Safe
The time kids spend online has increased and the YouTube platform has become a favorite form of entertainment for many kids. Unfortunately, there are numerous dangers involved in allowing kids to access YouTube, including adult content and rude comments left on videos. Without any type of parental controls in place, parents find themselves having to with young kids to access and play the videos for them. We want to keep our young youtube lovers safe! YouTube has a separate app called YouTube Kids to make it easier for parents to monitor the viewership of young YouTubers. When kids outgrow that platform, a system of tiered levels of parental controls can be applied to the main YouTube app to filter content. A separate YouTube for kids The new YouTube Kids platform is available at youtubekids.com or by app download and allows parents less oversight to control what their child is viewing. Parents set up the account by selecting one of three tiers for their child to access, and the content of the main YouTube app is not accessible. The categories of age-appropriate content are divided into Preschool (ages 4 and under), Younger (ages 5-7) or Older (ages 8-12). Parental controls for […]
Getting Kids to Follow Directions
Getting your kids to follow directions – here are some steps to take! It can be frustrating to give directions to your kids only to find out later that your instructions were not followed. Kids sometimes ignore directions out of defiance, but, in some instances, the issue may stem from how the directions were delivered. Here are some steps to take when communicating directions to kids that make them easier to understand and enable compliance. Get their attention Kids might have a hard time focusing on directions if the environment around them is filled with distractions. Ensure you have your child’s full attention before you start providing directions. Ask your child to turn off the TV and put down his phone for a few minutes while you speak with him. Even adults have trouble remembering directions when they are multi-tasking. Make eye contact with your child, and do not begin speaking until he appears to be fully engaged in the conversation. Tell, do not ask, when giving directions Formatting your directions in the form of a question is just inviting a negative, defiant response. For example, instead of saying ‘Can you please fold the laundry?’, say ‘Please fold the laundry in […]
Local Clinical Trial for Pediatric Eczema
Does your child suffer from pediatric eczema? At least one in 10 children have eczema (atopic dermatitis). Eczema can cause unbearable itching that can interfere with the quality of life and make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Local research company IACT Health is conducting a drug trial to help innovate new therapies for pediatric eczema. If your child is under the age of 12, they could play a vital role in this medical advancement by participating in this local study. Find out more at iacthealth.com/studies/eczema-clinical-trial. Did you know that no advancements can happen in healthcare without clinical trials? No new innovations, no new medications, and no new treatment options happen without the clinical trial process. This can be especially important when it comes to children. Children are not just small adults – their bodies work in very different ways and they often undergo many changes as they grow from infancy towards adolescence and adulthood. Because their bodies work differently, it’s important to create child-specific medicines and treatments instead of modifying adult doses and therapies. There is no cost, insurance, or referrals necessary for participants to receive care from IACT Health. Clinical trials not only allow participants to […]
Tips for Virtual Learning
Adjusting to virtual learning can be a challenging experience for some students and their parents. Here are some common issues experienced by students with some tips on how to overcome them. Struggling with time management Many students enrolled in virtual schooling struggle with time management. They may find it hard to stay focused on the online lessons and homework, making it necessary for parents to constantly monitor their students to ensure work is being completed. To overcome this challenge, create a daily routine and structure for your child. Establish a schoolwork area that is separate from your child’s play area and minimize distractions. Include breaks for exercise and schedule time away from the computer screen to complete any assigned hands-on activities. Teach your child to mark assignments and due dates on a calendar. Feeling isolated Younger students need social interaction to develop social skills. Middle school and high school students may feel anxious about maintaining their close network of friends and miss the daily support of their peer network. Encourage your student to participate in any online small study groups his teacher has set up for students. Help younger kids attend any weekly video conferencing appointments with their teachers. Ensure […]
Toddler Talk: What are they really trying to say?
The toddler stage of development is filled with exciting milestones. Your child is learning to speak and is starting to use words to try to tell you what she is thinking. However, toddlers do not yet have the verbal skills to express complex thoughts and still heavily rely upon body language to communicate. Many toddler behaviors that seem odd are an effort to communicate thoughts and emotions. My toddler likes to run around naked If your toddler starts undressing and running around without clothes on, she may be expressing that she is excited about mastering the skill of undressing herself. She also may be using undressing herself as a way to assert her independence. After all, she now has control over her clothing. Unfortunately, she probably does not yet understand that it is not appropriate to undress in public. It may help to give her a choice between two outfits in the morning. This gives her a sense of control over her clothing and may decrease the need for her to assert her independence by taking her clothes off. If your child is taking her clothes and diaper off immediately after filling her diaper, she may be trying to tell […]
Let’s Help Turn Around Columbus
In January 2021, Turn Around Columbus, a local community development organization, broke ground on its new project, the Victory Garden and Farm. The garden and farm is being developed on 10 vacant acres on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Columbus. This project is part of the organization’s mission to provide work-based education programs that help youth gain self-confidence and teach them important life skills they can use to help revitalize their community. As part of the first phase, Turn Around Columbus is offering a Saturday Gardening Program at the Victory Garden and Farm. This program is free and runs Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. During the garden program, students participate in math and science lessons while doing hands-on work in the garden, practice literacy skills and create arts and crafts projects. Currently, the program is only available to students of J.D. Davis Elementary School. However, Turn Around Columbus has formed a partnership with the Muscogee County School District and plans on making the garden program available to all elementary schools in the Muscogee School District in the future. As the development of the Victory Garden and Farm progresses, Turn Around Columbus plans on growing affordable food for the East Columbus community and providing agricultural […]
Now Hiring: Junior Park Rangers
The Junior Ranger program at Georgia State Parks offers families an opportunity to combine fun outdoors with learning. The program features activities specific to the 59 state parks and historic sites in Georgia. The program is written at a third-grade level but everyone in the family is welcome to participate and become Junior Rangers. To get started, stop by a Georgia state park or historical site and ask for that site’s Junior Range book. Each activity book contains fun missions for your family to complete while enjoying the outdoors and learning about Georgia history. Program participants earn a collectible badge after completing each book. To be awarded a badge for a completed site-specific book and be sworn in as an official Junior Ranger, program participants can take their completed book to the site’s office. Junior Rangers also can earn up to five embroidered stickers for activities such as fishing, camping, biking and volunteering. FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, the Little White House Historic Site in Warms Springs and Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan are some of the locations convenient to the Chattahoochee Valley where families can enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger Program. FDR State Park, located in […]
Starting a Family Game Night
Over the past 10 months, our family has become a lot less busy. While this is a result of a global pandemic, this change in pace for our family has been a welcomed one. Our weeks aren’t filled with activities every night, running around from place to place. Starting a family game night may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 3 simple ways you can create a family game night that can bring the whole family around the table. Pick a Night of the Week Our family has found that if we don’t put something on the calendar (digital or physical), it probably isn’t that important. Take a look at your week and schedule a single night where the family can play together. If we add it to our calendar, it’s far more promising that we’ll follow through on the plan. Pick a Game Every week will present new challenges. It’s important to pick a game that makes sense for the type of week your family is having. If it’s been a while since the whole family got around the table, pick a game that is less strategic so you can talk about […]
Highlight on Feeding the Valley Food Bank
For 38 years, Feeding the Valley Food Bank has served families in need in the Chattahoochee Valley region. The need for nutritional assistance is not limited to the holiday season and Feeding the Valley Food Bank works year-round to help families in an 18-county region. In the last fiscal year, Feeding the Valley Food Bank distributed over 13 million pounds of food within the organization’s service area. Feeding the Valley Food Bank relies on both food donations and monetary donations to assist those in need. Food donations, that are not in glass containers, can be dropped off at Feeding the Valley Food Bank’s central warehouse at 6744 Flat Rock Road in Midland, GA. Some of the most needed items include canned tuna, canned meats, pasta, peanut butter and evaporated milk. A complete list of the most needed items can be found on the organization’s website at feedingthevalley.com. If you can’t drop off food items, cash donations can be made through their website too. If you are interested in hosting a food drive at your church or your child’s school, a form to request food drive collection barrels is available on the website. Carleen Frokjer, of Feeding the Valley Food Bank, says, “Since the […]
Benefits of Family Gaming
By Ryan Gutowski of One Board Family As a kid, I loved learning new games from my grandmother. Most of the time they were simple card games, but it didn’t change the fact that I was actually learning some pretty important life lessons around that dining room table. Taking time to play games with family has some tremendous benefits that can make more of an impression than we realize. Here are some benefits of gaming with our kids that we’ve seen over the past decade: Math, Science & Reading Skills Board and card games are excellent at reinforcing some of the skills that our kids are learning in the classroom or in the home school setting. Companies such as Genius Games have made it their mission to educate players while simultaneously creating fun interactions playing modern board games. They have built games around areas of Science and History that are not only fun to play but also have educational value. Taking time to play word games with kids can be a huge benefit to expanding their vocabulary. Classics like Scrabble and Upwords, along with modern games like Bananagrams, Paperback and Composition, are fun and encourage kids to broaden their ELA […]
Georgia State Park Passes and Travel Guide help you explore more in 2021
ATLANTA, January 4, 2021 — One silver lining from 2020 has been discovering the joy of outdoor adventures. Parks all across the country welcomed record numbers of visitors looking for fresh air, peaceful scenery and heart-pumping exercise. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start daydreaming about future getaways. The newly published “2021 Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites” is a helpful resource for planning spring break, romantic retreats and summer vacations. The booklet is filled with tips on the best hiking trails, fishing spots, pet travel, golf courses, cabins and campsites, as well as many new photos shared by park users. Frequent visitors may also want to purchase new 2021 passes. A $50 Annual ParkPass provides free parking at more than 40 destinations, including Fort Yargo, Tallulah Gorge and Providence Canyon. The separate Historic Site Pass covers admission fees at 15 sites, including Etowah Indian Mounds, Dahlonega Gold Museum and Fort King George. The Historic Site Pass is $25 for students and $50 for families. “One advantage of having an annual ParkPass or Historic Site Pass is that it encourages people to explore parks and historic sites they’ve never been to before,” said Georgia State […]
THE BASICS for Baby’s Development
Parents are more concerned than ever before with their child’s development and wondering if they are doing enough to support it. Did you know that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are three years old? What if there were five simple, free, and fun ways for parents and caregivers to engage with their children to give them a great start in life? With “The Basics,” it’s possible! “The Basics” were developed by Harvard University researcher Dr. Ron Ferguson, who was studying the academic achievement gap in kindergartners. When research showed that children as young as two began to have gaps in their development, Dr. Ferguson created “The Basics” based on scientific evidence to help every child reach their potential in school and beyond. “The Basics” Chattahoochee Valley, launched in 2019, is the first ‘Basics’ community in Georgia and strives to share these five powerful tools with parents, caregivers, and community organizations in the area. “The Basics” are: Maximize Love, Manage Stress; Talk, Sing, and Point; Count, Group, and Compare; Explore Through Movement and Play; and Read and Discuss Stories. By practicing “The Basics” every day, parents and caregivers can develop their child’s intellectual, social, and […]
Facilitating Good Decision-Making
Ever looked at your child in bewilderment and asked: “What were you thinking?!” Then you know that kids, especially teens, can make some profoundly poor decisions. Luckily, we can help them learn smart decision-making skills and manage mistakes—without feeling the need to helicopter over their every move. Blame biology. “Understand that your kids aren’t just being stupid and emotional about things. The adolescent brain is very uneven,” says pediatric psychologist Stephen Lassen, Ph.D. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, which handles decision-making, isn’t fully developed until around the age of 25. Given the number of decisions kids must make as they move into early adulthood—college, career, relationships—this “makes for a challenging environment for parents,” Lassen says. Give choices at an early age. Prime the decision-making pump beginning in toddlerhood. Offer your child simple choices that you can live with like: “Would you like to wear the red shirt or the yellow shirt?” “Would you like to take a bath before or after dinner?” “Giving options like that not only helps them start to think through decisions, make decisions and accept consequences of those decisions, but it also sends the message that kids can do it, which tends to build self-confidence,” Lassen […]
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
Camp Chehaw is the coolest destination for your adventurous camper. This is the perfect blend between zoo and traditional overnight camps. Many friendships and memories will be made as we learn survival skills and explore the outdoors through canoe trips, nature walks, archery, and primitive skills demonstrations. The fun doesn’t stop there, each day, campers will get the opportunity to explore the animal kingdom through zoo visits and behind the scenes encounters. Our animal exploration goes beyond the public barriers into our fully AZA-accredited Zoo with activities like feeding our camels, lemurs and rhinos. When the sun goes down the adventures continues, evenings behold night hikes to the bat house, feeding the alligators on exhibit, and the most challenging of scavenger hunts. Even living quarters provide a unique twist to your traditional camps, children get to sleep in giant teepees. Our whole week is dedicated to connecting campers with nature; all activities promote conservation and sustainability. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-14 years. We offer three sessions. Most campers stay the full week, a fourth day check out option is available. For more information and registration details check out our website at www.chehaw.org
Does your child have an interest in the medical field? Whether their appeal stems from a love for “Grey’s Anatomy” or a natural knack to care for people, Hughston’s Scrubs Camp will help explore medical career opportunities with hands-on experiences, tours, demonstrations and speakers. The camp provides a unique outlet for students to explore their passion in the medical field before deciding on a career path. Provided with their own scrub top, camp-goers will delve into medical writing and medical illustration, radiology, surgery and more. Campers will be given the opportunity to speak with medical residents, scrub nurses, radiologists, surgical technologists and physical therapists to learn more about career expectations, training and opportunities for advancement. Students will be exposed to anatomy through dissection and arthroscopy equipment on a cadaver specimen with corresponding surgical videos provided.
6262 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31909
Scrubs Camp with The Hughston Foundation
The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our highly-trained teachers take great care to instruct students with proper technique and […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
The Rock Ranch, located at 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga., is a 1,500-acre ranch created by Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy as a foster home for children. Now, in addition to foster homes, the ranch has evolved into a public destination that serves all families and groups. Its tag line is “Growing Healthy Families.” A day at the farm is filled with action-packed adventure and making memories with a wide variety of activities* to appeal to all ages including pony rides, locomotive train rides, zip lines*, paddle boats, carousel*, cane pole fishing, pedal carts, Farm Land animal zoo, rock climbing wall*, tractor wagon rides, gem stone mining*, a cow train, ball toss, giant jumping pillow, Tiny Town, and more. And, the new The Rock Museum*, which houses more than 5,000 Georgia gems and minerals, is available for exploring – including a fossil dig station.
5020 Barnesville Hwy, The Rock, GA 30285
The Rock Ranch
Choose your own adventure at Camp Viking! Enjoy weekly themes that incorporate arts & crafts, fitness, games and more! Camp Viking is open to rising Kindergarten through 8th grade students. In 2021, camp begins June 1st and runs from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., daily, throughout the summer. Camp Viking offers parents flexibility—kids can attend all eight weeks or just the weeks you need. Kindergarten-8th grade campers DO NOT have to be St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School students. Learn more and register HERE.
2020 Kay Circle, Columbus, GA 31907
Have you missed some holidays or gatherings in the past year? We can fix that! Come experience 13 different holidays with us this summer at Highland Kids Academy Camp. We’ll celebrate while we are learning the origins and reasons for each special day and come away with some amazing memories. We’ll be celebrating all the way from New Year’s Day (in May) to Christmas time in August, and oh so much more! Come be a part of it all! Camp begins May 24 and runs daily from 7am to 6pm for kids 4 to 13 years of age. What’s Special about Highland Kids Academy? 3 (Out of 3) star Quality Rated center! Small class size Low teacher/student ratio Friendly staff Creative teachers Imaginative activity centers Outside/gym time Special guests/field trips We love your kids!! Below, our Highland Kids Director, Linda Fisher, explains more about our 2021 summer camp and invites you to join us!
7300 Whittlesey Blvd. Columbus, GA 31909
Highland Kids Academy
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison. We hear these words repeatedly, yet schools are focusing more on structured learning and less on free play and recess. Studies have proven the shortage of play in a child’s life is actually putting a strain on their development and emotional health. The instructors at BTG Learning, located in Columbus, offer academic learning through physical activity and sports. “It gets their whole body engaged in learning, which tends to keep their interest,” explains director Wanda Wozniak, “and if they’re interested in what they’re doing, they tend to retain information better.” BTG Learning focuses on training in math, science, reading and writing for preschool through 5th grade. This academic learning program teaches children that each subject has a real-world value and demonstrates using the skill in your child’s daily life. Instructors come to your home, and your backyard or driveway is the classroom. A session is an hour-long, and instructors come at least once a week. Your child’s curriculum is designed based on his or her needs, and each subject contains a physical activity. For example, if your child is struggling […]
3100 Gentian Blvd ste 121 room 26, Columbus, GA 31907
Visiting Historic Westville is like taking your kids on a trip back in time to the mid-19th century. The grand opening of the re-located village was in June of this year and about half of the historic buildings present in the previous location have been moved to the new Columbus location on South Lumpkin Road. Even though the village is still a work in progress, the structures present are maintained to be as historically accurate as possible both inside and out. When we asked Cindy Bowden, Historic Westville’s museum manager, about her organization’s mission, she replied, “Through exhibits, live interpretations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you’ll be immersed in the history and spirit of the South and the personal experiences of those who called the Pineywoods home.” A visit to the village starts at the Welcome Center, which is in the historic Thornton House. This building offers a gift shop filled with types of crafts common in the 19th century, such as woven baskets and pottery. Some of the crafts in the shop are made in the village by skilled crafters. After purchasing tickets at the Welcome Center, visitors proceed to the village on a stroller-friendly path. Once in the village, […]
3557 S Lumpkin Rd, Columbus, GA 31903
Marannook mission is to know Christ through the study of His Word and to make Him known through summer camp experiences. For more than 40 years, Marannook has been offering camping adventures for children going into grades 1-9. This summer will be no exception! We’ve planned another slate of week-long sessions, each packed with exciting activities and directed by counselors who bring the gospel of Jesus Christ alive in everything they do. Our name literally means “the Lord’s resting place,” and when you visit us, you’ll understand. The camp is tucked away in 200 beautiful acres of pines and hardwoods in eastern Alabama and features scenic trails, a stream-fed lake stocked with largemouth bass, a unique open-air dining hall, and air-conditioned cabins with private bathrooms and big porches. Each Day Packed with Adventure The fun begins with our junior Olympic pool, which sits on a hill overlooking our beautiful lake. Campers zoom down the waterslide, enjoy aquatic sports like polo, basketball and volleyball, build sand castles on the white sand beach, and at times pause to admire the waterfall. Down at the lake, campers paddle canoes, navigate the channel challenge and eat s’mores around the campfire. Up in the woods, they […]
10425 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, La Fayette, AL 36862
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Impact Performance RX
Welcome to Family and Kids Magazine‘s online parenting resource, serving families of Columbus, Fort Benning, Phenix City and the rest of the Chattahoochee Valley. We strive to be your #1 local magazine for family news, parenting tips, local events and business referrals. Check out our online localized directory for things to do, places to eat, where to shop and almost every other resource a growing family in the Chattahoochee Valley could need. While you’re here, enter our monthly giveaway or submit your child’s photo to be featured in our Hoo’s Cute section of our magazine. We welcome all families coming into our area, whether for a temporary stay or a new place to call home, and hope our magazine guides you through our large community. Pick up a copy of our Family and Kids magazine at our many distribution locations, including all local Chick-fil-as or read the latest issue here.