Running out of things to do during this COVID-19 summer? As always, Frugal FunMom is here again to highlight your week with fun and exciting activities for everyone in the family! This week’s listings feature a cool Rock Garden, tubing, a swinging bridge, and Christmas in July Drive-In Movie!
Friday, July 17: Babyland General Hospital
Growing up, who didn’t have a Cabbage Patch Kid? They were the “it” toy in the 80s. Babyland General Hospital is the only place in the world where you can witness the birth of a hand-sculpted Cabbage Patch Kid. The self-guided tour allows you to take as much time as you like touring BabyLand and playing with the Cabbage Patch Kids. When you arrive, ask when the next labor is expected – especially if you want a seat around the tree!
Location: Babyland General Hospital, 300 N.O.K. Drive, Cleveland
For more info: cabbagepatchkids.com/pages/babyland-general-hospital
Saturday, July 18: Pop In For Fun at Marietta History Museum
The Marietta Museum of History will be hosting its monthly Pop-In event. Pop-In’s provide children and their families the opportunity to interact with the Museum through themed activities and crafts. This month’s theme is to create Rockets & Robots themed crafts to take home.
Cost: $5/person; $20/family cap
Location: The Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta
For more info: www.mariettahistory.org/events-3/pop-in-for-family-fun-rockets-robots
Sunday, July 19: Geocaching at Georgia State Parks
Geocaching is an outdoor adventure game, similar to a treasure hunt played with a GPS capable device. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers called “caches”, trade trinkets of equal or greater value along the way, then sign the logbook at each cache before sharing your experiences online.
After obtaining coordinates and hints from www.geocaching.com, you can begin searching Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites locations for these hidden caches. Geocaching is the ideal activity for families or anyone looking to try a new outdoor activity. Complete specific numbers of caches to be eligible for a custom geo-coin.
When: Anytime during park hours
Cost: Depends on parking fees and trinkets to leave behind
Location: Pick any of the state parks participating
For more info: gastateparks.org/Geocaching
Monday, July 20: Tubing in Helen
Cool off, relax, and enjoy a leisurely float. Choose between 1-hour or 2-hour trip.
Cost: $10 includes tube, shuttle, life-jacket, tie straps, and our key-saver service.
Location: Cool River Tubing, 590 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen
For more info: www.coolrivertubing.com
Tuesday, July 21: Rock Garden
Located behind the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, a volunteer built, folk art pleasance is a must-see! In addition to the acre of flowers and greenery, there are more than 50 diminutive buildings all crafted from tiny stones, pebbles, shells and odd pieces. The miniature castles and cathedrals provide a perfect photo opportunity for children of all ages!
When: Dawn – Dusk
Location: Behind Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1411 Rome Road, Calhoun
For more info: exploregordoncounty.com/list/attractions/attractions-the-rock-garden or 706-263-1937
Wednesday, July 22: Swinging Bridge across the Toccoa
This 270 foot long bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. The Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River is located on the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail in Fannin County. Trails to access the Swinging Bridge are located on each side of the river and provide short, pleasant walks. On both north and south side approaches to the bridge, the white diamond blazes of the Benton MacKaye Trail and the blue vertical rectangular blazes of the Duncan Ridge Trail are present.
Other attractions are the drive through the beautiful Wilscot Valley, the historic working Skeenah Mill and falls, the wooded setting to reach the parking area and the Toccoa River itself.
Location: Hwy 60 between Morganton and Suches ( about 2 hours away)
For more info: www.blueridgemountains.com/things-to-do/outdoors/hiking/swinging-bridge/
Thursday, July 23: Christmas in July Dinner & Drive-In-The Grinch
The Avenue East Cobb presents the movie The Grinch with DJ and trivia before the movie. Restaurants and eateries will be offering either Curbside Pickup or delivery to your vehicle. Please PRE-ORDER if possible – call or place your order online. Arrive early to enjoy photo opportunities with SANTA in his Convertible! Proceeds will benefit Feeding America.
Cost: $10/vehicle or 4 out of vehicle spot (bring chairs)
Location: The Avenue East Cobb, 4475 Roswell Road, Marietta
For more info & tickets: xmasinjulymovienight.eventbrite.com