Children under age 10 are free with parents and those ages 10–15 are $15 with their parents. From its riverside perch, the Do Da Jam Festival embraces the converging worlds of art and entertainment with myriad musical acts, artisan vendors, and Earth Day celebrations spread over a five-day shindig geared toward youngsters and adults alike. The event boasts four stages showcasing more than 50 bands, from the soulful tunes of Sol Driven Train to the soaring jazz crescendos and outer-space high-fiving of Miles from Earth. The tune-packed schedule lets rhythm fans bop to late-morning sets or middle-of-the-night concerts. Retreat to your camping space in between sets to refuel or create your own percussion band out of tent poles. Free artesian-well water is available throughout the weekend, as are family-friendly activities including river tubing, bonfires, and crashing other families' portrait sessions.
Iran-born Dante found his home in the American wilderness, exploring landscapes from the Hawaiian tropics to the Carolina mountains. He shares his love of the outdoors through DeWine Water Sports, leading guests on seasonal tours of Georgia's rivers, including ones that take place during full moons, sunrises, and the winter solstice. In addition to immersing guests in the state's natural surroundings, Dante extols the physical benefits of kayaking and canoeing, such as toning muscle and relieving stress.
With today’s Groupon tucked in the toe stop, guests can skate during any of the public skate sessions, which are typically offered at least five days a week. On select nights, ice walkers can enjoy the suborbital splendor of cosmic skating, a time when the lasers, fog machines, LED lights, and house speakers fill the air with a spectrum of color and an earful of skate-worthy beats. Parents can skate with their youngsters, youngsters can trot along with their siblings, and siblings can challenge rival families to cyclical drag races intensified by seasonally enchanting smiles.
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia promotes healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility through a variety of fitness and wellness classes. Membership includes access to gymnasiums, pools, strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise classes such as Contoured Bodies at the Effingham branch, in which simple deep-muscle movements tone the body to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and the likelihood of causing nearby coworkers to sit up straighter in their chairs. Various locations host traditional yoga and flexibility-technique classes, and Zumba classes fuse energetic music with calorie-burning dance moves for a lively workout experience. Groupon buyers also receive $25 to use toward classes, programs, and benefits not included in the monthly membership, such as a 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist ($25 for members), or a fall youth soccer session ($50+ for members) that teaches good sportsmanship, the value of exercise, and the importance of being able to manipulate a large object with one's forehead.
Voyaging through the mountains in search of a red rome beauty might sound like a hero's legendary quest, but in Ellijay, Georgia, anyone can do it—as long as they wait until September. That's when B.J. Reece Orchards opens its orchard for public picking. There, rows of trees hold edible jewels ready to be plucked, from the fabled red rome beauty to the golden delicious and the gala, which appears on the branch in full formal wear.
As visitors fill their baskets in the shadow of the North Georgia Mountains, aromas from the nearby country bakery drift on the wind. Chefs take inspiration from the season and setting to create apple-cider doughnuts and butter-crusted pies to the delight of parents and children alike. But kids take center stage at the petting farm. There, they can meet animal friends and lead wonderfully accurate renditions of "Old McDonald" before hopping on a wagon and riding through the hills.
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