5 Staycations For Late Summer

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5 Staycations For Late Summer

The fun is still here with 5 staycations for later summer. Now that school is starting staying closer to home is the way to keep the fun going year ‘round. 

Here are five fun things to do:


is a family-friendly event taking place at The Classic Center in Athens, GA on Sunday, August 14, from 2–5 p.m. 

For the first time, burton + BURTON® is inviting the public to view the one-of-a-kind balloon display at their 40th anniversary Ballooniversity® event. The exhibit will feature more than 100,000 balloons as well as live entertainers. The creative balloons exhibits are out of this world. Fun meets creativity.  

Ballooniversity is an industry convention created for balloon and floral professionals and usually not open to the public. This first time Balloon Showcase is FREE. Donations are appreciated and 100% will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens and Extra Special People (ESP).

Each Ballooniversity® features an exciting theme, and for 2022, that theme is “The Future Is Ours”–a celebration of space and exploration. Balloon designers from around the world will create space-themed balloon art, from planets to rocket ships to aliens.

To reserve a time to visit, go to ClassicCenter.com/BalloonShowcase


5 staycations for late summer

BeReggae Music and Arts Festival

Do you love reggae music?  If your answer is yes, the largest reggae festive in the south is happening this weekend.

The 9th Annual BeREGGAE Music and Arts Festival, is ready for you to get your cool vibes from August 12th -14th at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.  The stellar lineup of artists, musicians, deejays, food, vendors and more will give you 3 full days of music, art, culture, and business to celebrate Afro Caribbean culture in a free and family fun filled environment. 

This year’s lineup includes: Wayne Wonder, Tito Puente Jr., DJ Kizzy Rock, John Wayne Movements, Diamond D and more to be revealed. This is an annual fundraiser for the Hand Over Fist Foundation. There will be Cabana Rentals and VIP experience passes for sale.

Purchases tickets for all the fun.


Elachee Science Center –
Discovering Snakes of Georgia

Discover the outdoor world at Elachee Nature Science Center. Here’s a fun way to learn more about the greater outdoors that’s right in your backyard.

Elachee welcomes Linda May, GaDNR’s Wildlife Conservation Outreach Coordinator to teach program participants about the snakes live in Georgia’s various habitats, and how hikers and homeowners alike can appreciate and safely live alongside them.

All very good information to know.  When we can know more about the wildlife around us, there is more appreciation and we learn safe ways to live within their environment too.  After all it is there home too. 

Saturday Aug. 13 from 10am – 3pm the center is open and the program presentation is from 1-2pm.

Registration is required visit their website to sign up.


Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Gainesville

While we’re leaving how to cohabitate with wildlife, it’s also a good time to learn about pollinators. They’re all around us and doing things that help us live a more fulfilled and enjoyable life. Pollinators play a pivotal role in our ecosystems. They come in all shapes and sizes and are constantly threatened due to many factors. Learn how to create a safe place for these creatures to thrive in your own garden. And, because they’re pollinators, you’re sure to see some very beautiful payoffs. 

Aug. 20th from 10 – 2pm

Visit their website to sign up before the 16th


Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta 

If you’ve ever wondered how such beautiful art can be created with paper, you’re in for a treat at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta. The delicate nature of folded paper meets the massive stature of metal sculpture during Origami in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden. 

Origami is the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper a tradition that is very revered in their culture and always creates great interests in exhibits.  The exhibit at the gardens was created by Santa Fe artists Jennifer and Kevin Box.

The traveling exhibition features 18 installations of nearly 70 larger-than-life sculptures inspired by origami. Throughout the garden, look for massive sculptures – made from paper and wax fabricated into cast-metal pieces.  You’ll find flying birds, emerging butterflies, blooming flowers, grazing deer and other flora and fauna themes. 

Come curious and leave amazed.

Now through Oct. 16

For more information about the Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Atlanta and Gainesville visit their website – www.atlantabg.org

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