If you’re looking to pull the kids away from the television screen this weekend but can’t stand the thought of visiting the same dull museums, consider a stop into the Wren’s Nest House Museum. One of Atlanta’s oldest museums, the former home of Joel Chandler Harris educates tykes on the life of the author of the famous Brer Rabbit stories. Every Saturday afternoon, one of several local readers thrills children by re-enacting one of Harris’s popular tales. The walls of the small home are lined with mementos from the author’s life, and the rich, green brocade and period furniture give a welcoming atmosphere that your children will warm to quickly. You may find yourself enchanted by the stories as well, and you’re guaranteed to come away with a new appreciation for the classic stories of Joel Chandler Harris.
When Manga African Dance gets going, the whole room turns into a swirl of sound and color. Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt founded the dance troupe in 1990 to share her passion for indigenous African culture. She hasn't had a difficult time turning people on to high-energy dance routines that incorporate drums, colorful clothing, and songs from across the African continent. While performing at schools and community organizations, the group teaches audiences about everything from the ceremonial music of Guinea to the rhythmic footwork of Nigeria. In addition to these performances, they host dance and drum classes for students of all ages and foot sizes.
The Grounds' menu boasts international brews (such as Cubano coffee and café au lait) as well as freshly baked, coffee-complementing pastries. Try a steamer ($2 for a small), hot chocolate ($2 for a small), a latte ($3.50 for a small), or a double-shot espresso ($3.50) to take the bluster out of a blustersome winter walk. A small house-blend coffee costs $1.50, so this Groupon could caffeinate your mornings for more than a week (you may redeem it in multiple visits). Cold drinks include a small lemonade made with ginger, clove, and honey ($2); sorrel ($2); and fresh mango, pineapple, strawberry, or peach smoothies ($3.50).
Glam Girlz, LLC adds style and glitz to young girls’ birthday parties with its two-hour mobile party packages. Customers can choose from six themed packages, each of which comes with two hosts, music, themed decorations, and a gift for the birthday girl. During the Glam Tea Party, kids dressed in feather boas, jewelry, and other costume garb attend a mini tea party. Live karaoke serves as the soundtrack for the Glam Pajama Jam, and the spa-themed soiree incorporates mini manicures and facials performed by the neighborhood tooth fairy. Packages are designed for girls aged 3–12 and can accommodate up to 10 attendees.
At Unique Events of Atlanta's gatherings, adults convene for evenings of interactive theatrics, gaming, and group activities. The staff's creative scribes conjure up a theme to serve as the plot of interactive murder-mystery dinners, where participants discover clues over dinner and drinks, evoking their inner gumshoes to identify villains and summon orphaned saxophone riffs left over from the '80s. Other events include casino nights, where card lovers can compare poker faces, and old-fashion game nights, where friendly competition ensues over Monopoly boards, Uno decks, Twister mats, and Xbox Dance Central screens. The event extraordinaires also host marriage proposals, anniversaries, and reunions with repaired lawnmowers.:m]]
Trainers and nutritional counselors at Body House Fitness have a unique view of the human form?namely, that it's not much different from a house. On their web site, they clarify: "Nutrition is your foundation, your body is the structure, and your education is the maintenance." Their services address each of these three components. In group and individual training sessions, coaches help exercisers to tone their muscles, elevate their heart rates, and get stubborn gum off the bottoms of their sneakers. Mobile training programs get clients moving, whether they're in their office or their home. Finally, nutritional counseling and the supplements in specially curated "Body Boxes" aim to improve dietary health.