Georgia’s Summer Baseball Promotions

Turner Field Sunset

Photo Credit: Atlanta Braves

Summer is here, and that means it’s the perfect time to take your family and friends out to the ballgame! Georgia makes that easy with five professional baseball teams in Atlanta, Gwinnett, Rome, Augusta and Savannah. Check out the teams’ summer promotions for an idea as to when to go buy some peanuts and catch a couple foul balls:

Atlanta Braves
Georgia’s Major League team is the oldest continuously playing team in major North American sports and is in its 50th year in Atlanta. Join the Bravos at each Friday home game for a fireworks display and Sunday to meet Braves Alumni while your kids run the bases, and be sure not to miss these special games at Turner Field:

Turner Field Tour

Turner Field

Saturday, June 6: Father/Daughter Day

Sunday, June 7: Autism Awareness Day

Tuesday, June 9: David Justice Bobblehead Night

Wednesday, June 10: Charli XCX Postgame Concert

 

Friday, June 19-Sunday, June 21: Heritage Weekend

Saturday, June 20: Braves Country 5K / Boyz II Men Postgame Concert

Sunday, June 21: Father’s Day Catch on the Field / Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5: Braves Foundation Weekend

Friday, July 3: Star Wars Night

Saturday, July 4: Independence Day Fireworks

Friday, July 17: Social Media Night

Saturday, July 18: Mother/Son Day / NAPA Auto Parts Cap Gate Giveaway

Sunday, July 19: Christmas in July

Thursday, August 6: Homeschool Day

Friday, August 7-Sunday, August 9: Alumni Weekend

Saturday, August 8: Braves Alumni Legends Game / World Series Replica Ring Giveaway

Sunday, August 9: Kids Pre-Game Parade / Peanut Free Section

Friday, August 14: John Smoltz Hall of Fame Bobblehead Night / Fireworks on the Field

Saturday, August 15: Military Appreciation Night

Sunday, August 16: Paint in the Park

Wednesday, August 26: Firefighter Night

Saturday, August 29: MLB Network Tote Bag Giveaway

 

Gwinnett Braves
Come out to Coolray Field in Gwinnett County to catch Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate compete against the other Southern teams of the International League. The longest-running affiliation in Triple-A, the Gwinnett Braves feature your favorite future major leaguers, Meal Deal Mondays, Two-for-Tuesdays, Kids Eat Free and Baseball Bingo Wednesdays, Triple Play Thursdays, Fireworks Fridays and Sunday Family Funday at a community-oriented stadium. Be sure to make it to Gwinnett for these summer promotions:

Coolray Field Fireworks

Fireworks at Coolray Field
Photo Credit: Gwinnett Braves

Friday, June 5: Paint the Park Purple

Saturday, June 6: Replica Jersey Giveaway

Sunday, June 7: Public Safety/Touch-a-Truck Day

Wednesday, June 8: Daycare Day

Saturday, June 20: Back to the Future Night / Marty McFly Jacket Jersey Auction

Sunday, June 21: Bark in the Park / Cartoon Network Stop Bullying:  Speak Up

Saturday, July 4: Patriotic Jersey Auction

Sunday, July 5: Faith and Family Day

Thursday, July 9: Daycare Day

Friday, July 24: Fur Circus Appearance / Ron Grant Baseball Card Giveaway

Saturday, July 25: Bobby Cox Bobblehead Giveaway / Diversity Day

Sunday, July 26: Jersey Lunchbox Giveaway / Christmas in July

Saturday, August 8: Tom Glavine Bobblehead Giveaway

Sunday, August 9: Diamond Dig / Cartoon Network Stop Bullying:  Speak Up

Saturday, August 22: Stand Up to Cancer Night

Sunday, August 23: Cartoon Network Stop Bullying:  Speak Up

Saturday, August 29: John Smoltz Bobblehead Giveaway

 

Rome Braves
Located in picturesque Rome, Georgia, Atlanta’s Class-A minor league affiliate brings fans out to exciting games against the rest of the South Atlantic League. State Mutual Stadium brings a major league amount of support to the minor league field which features the Applebee’s Home Run Hill and field dimensions which mirror The Ted in Atlanta. Featuring up-and-coming players in the Braves organization, the Rome Braves host family-friendly events each summer:

Friday, June 5: Camo T-Shirt Giveaway

Myron Noodleman

Myron Noodleman
Photo Credit: Rome Braves

Saturday, June 6: The Coolest Nerd, Myron Noodleman

Sunday, June 7: Father’s Day

Friday, June 26: Cereal Bowl Giveaway

Saturday, June 27: Parrot Head Paradise Night and Post Game Concert

 

Sunday, June 28: Cartoon Network Stop Bullying:  Speak Up

Friday, July 3: Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza

Wednesday, July 15: Cartoon Network Stop Bullying:  Speak Up

Friday, July 17: Christmas in July

Saturday, July 18: Appearance by Dora the Explorer and Diego

Friday, July 31: Pirates and Princesses Night

Saturday, August 1: Appearance by Zooperstars

Friday, August 14: Appearance by Ella the Elephant

Friday, August 21: Back to School Giveaway

Saturday, August 22: Animal Antics with the Fur Circus

Saturday, August 29: Post Game Fireworks Extravaganza

 

Augusta GreenJackets
Named in honor of The Masters golf tournament, the second of Georgia’s Class-A South Atlantic League teams is located in Augusta. Lake Olmstead Stadium has hosted numerous big-name players on their climb to stardom through the team’s various major league affiliations, current the San Francisco Giants. In addition to serving as an entertainment center for the Augusta metro region, the GreenJackets’ stadium hosts Feed Your Face Monday; BOGO Bevs each Tuesday; Baseball Bingo and Silver Jackets Club Member Day each Wednesday; Thirsty Thursdays; lets the kids run the bases every Friday, Saturday and Sunday; American Family Insurance Family Night each Saturday; Junior Jackets Kids Club Day each Sunday; and fantastic summer promotions:

Lake Olmstead Bouncy House

Photo Credit: Augusta GreenJackets

Thursday, June 4: Augusta Parks & Recreation Night / SweetWater Post-Game Concert Series

Friday, June 5: Shepeard Community Blood Center Night & Souvenir Cup Giveaway

Saturday, June 6 –Cowboy Monkey Rodeo / WRDW Time to Care / Boy Scout Sleepover

Sunday, June 7: Super Hero Night

Tuesday, June 16 –Media Night

Wednesday, June 17 –Veteran Appreciation Night

Thursday, June 18: Burke County Community Night

Friday, June 19: Fireworks Night

Saturday, June 20 –Cowbell Giveaway / Miracle League Night

Sunday, June 21: Golf Towel Giveaway / Father’s Day Celebration

Saturday, July 4: Independence Day Fireworks

Sunday, July 5: Post-Game Fireworks

Tuesday, July 7: Super Splash Day

Wednesday, July 8: Throwback Night

Thursday, July 9: Ladies Night

Friday, July 10: USB Drive Giveaway

Friday, July 10-Sunday, July 12: Pet Friendly Weekend

Saturday, July 11: World Series Piggy Bank Giveaway Night

Sunday, July 12: Bark in the Park / Tribute to Minions

Wednesday, July 22: Grandparent Appreciation Night

Thursday, July 23: National Hot Dog Day / SweetWater Post-Game Concert Series

Friday, July 24: Faith and Family Night / Road to the Show Tumbler Giveaway

Saturday, July 25: Military Appreciation / American Flag Giveaway

Monday, July 27: College Feast Night

Tuesday, July 28: Bank Challenge Night

Thursday, August 6: Denny McLain Autograph Signing

Friday, August 7: Madison Bumgarner Bobblehead Giveaway

Saturday, August 8: Savannah Riverkeepers Jersey Auction / Girl Scout Night

Sunday, August 9: Auggie’s Birthday & Mascot Mania

Tuesday, August 11: Aiken County Community Night

Wednesday, August 12: Middle Child Appreciation Night

Thursday, August 13: Back Yard Make Over / SweetWater Post-Game Concert Series

Monday, August 17: Taste of Augusta

Tuesday, August 18: Columbia County Community Night

Thursday, August 27: College Football Night

Friday, August 28: GRU Hat Giveaway

 

Savannah Sand Gnats
Georgia’s southernmost professional team has featured in Da Ali G Show, Paula’s Home Cooking, George Lopez and Royal Pains. A competitor of the Rome Braves and Augusta GreenJackets in the Class-A South Atlantic League, the Sand Gnats are an affiliate of the New York Mets. Historic Grayson Stadium has been open since 1926 and has been hometo numerous minor league teams, as well as having been the part-time home of the Savannah State University team and the venue for the annual local high school Thanksgiving Day game for over 30 years. Weekly promotions include Kroger Dollar Mondays, Two-For-Tuesdays, Pack-The-Park for Charity each Wednesday, Thirsty Thursdays, St. Joseph’s/Candler Facebook Flashback Fridays, Saturday night fireworks, Bark in the Park each Sunday in June and July, and Kids Eat Free Sundays. But also be sure not to miss their special summer promotions:

Night at the Gnats

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District on Flickr

Friday, June 5-Saturday, June 7: Pedigree Pet Friendly Weekend

Thursday, June 18: Wild Wild Western Night

Friday, June 26: Personal Care Items and Paper Goods Drive for St. Mary’s / St. Joseph’s/Candler T-Shirt Giveaway

Saturday, June 27: Boy Scout Night / Fleet Feet Home Run 5K

Friday, July 3: Fireworks Night

Friday, July 17-Monday, July 20: Subway Series in the South

Saturday, August 1: St. Joseph’s/Candler Community Night

Thursday, August 13: Military Appreciation Night

Friday, August 14: Replica Stadium Giveaway

Friday, August 21: Personal Care Items and Paper Goods Drive for St. Mary’s

Saturday, August 29: Gnate Appreciation Night

 

5 Outdoor Adventures at Lake Allatoona

Located only 30 miles north of Atlanta, Lake Allatoona is a popular destination for campers, anglers, boaters and families seeking outdoor adventure. Here are just five ways to spend summer days exploring Lake Allatoona.

McCaskey Creek Campground

 

Camp at the McCaskey Creek Campground. This peaceful, full-service campground offers 32 campsites with water and electric hookups, and 19 primitive sites, including premium sites near the lake. A camp playground and swimming area offer fun and relaxation just 45 minutes from Atlanta. Campers appreciate the well-maintained park atmosphere with showers, laundry facilities and boat dock.

swimming

Swim at Bartow Beach. This secluded sandy beach in Bartow County’s Gatewood Park was closed during years of drought and reopened last year. The park offers everything from camping and swimming to fishing areas and picnic tables. Admission is $4 per car, and the beach is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Hike at Red Top Mountain State Park. The scenic Iron Hill Trail doubles as a Muddy Spokes Mountain Biking Trail, and three trails are under 3/4 of a mile for easy hikes. At 5.5 miles. the Homestead Trall is the longest loop, winding near the lake for half its length.

Spend a day on the water. Paradise Boat Rental at Park Marina offers anything from exciting waverunners to party barges and yachts! A boating safety course is offered free with rental.

Bartow Beach

Fishing Allatoona. There are many fishing opportunities on Lake Allatoona. Local anglers recommend fishing the Stamp Creek area for large and small mouth bass. Early June is also a great time for crappie at the Wilderness Camp area.

candycookCandy is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

5 Places to See Butterflies in Georgia

butterfly

Photo courtesy wallpaperswide.com

1.) Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens – No day at Callaway Gardens is complete without a visit to the multi-story, LEED-certified building, which features 1,000+ butterflies flying freely around visitors’ heads. Admission to the building is included with your admission to the gardens.

2.) Flying Colors Butterfly Festival – Taking place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, this annual festival puts butterflies front and center, providing families educational experiences during a whole day of fun. This year’s festival is set for June 6 and 7.

Butterfly Festival 2014

Photo courtesy Dunwoody Nature Center

3.) Butterfly Festival at the Dunwoody Nature Center – Each autumn the Dunwoody Nature Center hosts a day of butterfly-centric, family-friendly fun. This year’s festival is set for August 15, and it is recommended that you purchase tickets ahead of time.

4.) Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum and Nature Center – While the central attraction to the Museum and Nature Center is the Savannah River’s rich boating industry, visitors have the opportunity to explore the grounds, including a butterfly garden that was restored in 2007.

5.) Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden – Located in the heart of Atlanta, the garden is managed by its surrounding community. With plenty of space to run and play within its 210 acres, the site is also close to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.

EileenEileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

Three Ways to Stay Cool in Dahlonega

Dahlonega is a lively town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes from downtown Atlanta. This is where the Appalachian Trail begins. It’s also the site of the first gold rush in the United States. In addition, there are eight waterfalls to hike within Lumpkin County and the surrounding area. If that’s not enough fun, here are three other activities to do in Dahlonega to keep you cool throughout the summer.

Photo courtesy Consolidated Gold Mines

Photo courtesy Consolidated Gold Mines

The Gold Fever Tour: Gold has a deep history in Dahlonega, and you can learn all about it with a Gold Fever Tour package from the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The package includes admission to the Dahlonega Gold Museum that is housed on the square in the old courthouse. Cool off underground on a tour of the Consolidated Gold Mines just outside of town where you can feel the damp darkness and see examples of the old mining equipment. If you’d rather stay above ground, the Gold Fever Package also includes a tour of the Crisson Gold Mine, which was a hydraulic mine. The equipment used is on display, as well as a genuine moonshine still (although you won’t get any moonshine). After either tour, try your hand at panning for gold or gems.

Downtown Dahlonega: Downtown Dahlonega has a quaint, walkable square with interesting shops and restaurants. On Saturday afternoons from 2 -5 p.m. in late April to early October, locals gather with their banjos and violins at the Gold Museum for the Appalachian Jam. The General Store is a great place to find everything from panning equipment to toys to homemade jam, and Connie’s is the perfect place to stop for ice cream.

Tubing

Tubing the Chestatee: Grab a swimsuit and head to Appalachian Outfitters in Dahlonega for an inexpensive way to beat the heat. The outfitter offers tubing trips that last 30-45 minutes and with a short 10-minute return hike to the “put in,” you can float it multiple times. Tubers must be at least 4 years old.

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Experiential Gifts for Georgia Dads

Family trip to Road Atlanta
It’s time to show a little love to our dads! Our favorite gifts are the ones where we make memorable moments together as a family. Whether for Father’s Day, a birthday, Christmas or just an “I love you,” here are several experiential gifts for dads in Georgia that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Road Atlanta. Does your dad feel the need? The need for speed? Then steer your crew to Road Atlanta. You can take in an event like the Petit Le Mans, or send dad to the Skip Barber Racing School. Unlike NASCAR, Road Atlanta is not just a sit-in-your-seat spectator sport. There are multiple vantage points from which to view the race, and plenty of off-track excitement. The best part? Kids are free! Our family recently visited during The Mitty, and we love it! Here are nine things about Road Atlanta that you probably didn’t know: 365atlantafamily.com/RoadAtlanta.

Topgolf. Treat dad to an afternoon of golf at Topgolf Alpharetta. There are multiple games including their signature Topgolf, where players score points by hitting balls with special microchip technology. You can also send dad for a golf lesson, or enter him in a tournament. The kids will love Kidzone, free for kids 12 and under, with pool tables, video games, giant Jenga and more.

Feeding whale sharks ga aquarium
Swim with the sharks.
Spend 2.5 hours swimming with the largest sharks in the world: the whale sharks at Georgia Aquarium. You’ll stay at the surface with a snorkel or air cylinder; a diving certificate is not required. If this adventure is out of your price range, you can still enjoy these amazing fish by taking the family on a behind-the-scenes tour. My boys took their dad, and we all had a great time. You can see more details here: 365atlantafamily.com/BTS.

Additional Ideas:

Whitewater rafting in Columbus

Eco Adventure Cruise in Savannah

Fly fishing class in Blue Ridge

Cave exploring with Georgia Girl Guides

College Football Hall of Fame Museum

LesliLesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.