Like a firm refusal to stop wearing footie pajamas, the Dynamic Kids Expo is a statement in support of childhood. There, under the roof of the Gwinnett Convention Center, youngsters squeal with glee while hopping across the moon bounce, having their face painted with butterflies, and laughing at the exaggerated antics of clowns. A fun zone stocked video games and Spa-Kidz pampering services can ease away the stresses of recess while parents investigate the goods and services of exhibitors. These vendors sling wares for any age group and take all shapes, from a mural artist to highchair-organizer manufacturers to speech therapists. Special guests making appearances include Esther Caspino, a news anchor and celebrity chef, Atlanta Falcon's mascot Freddie Falcon, and a youth dance ensemble that’s been featured on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The House Comedy Club?serves as a casual cultural hub, hosting entertainment that ranges from standup to poetry and other art forms. But comedy is the venue's specialty, and The House fills its calendar with a diverse array of humorous perspectives. Some nights are devoted to clean comedy, while others center on a special guest or theme. Open mic nights give up-and-coming comics, musicians, and dancers a chance to take the spotlight.
As the name suggests, it's hard to leave Smiling Faces Dance Studio without a giant grin stretched across your face. An instructor and two assistants teach students jazz, hip-hop, and tap dance, as well as lead them through Zumba-styled cardio dance classes.
The minds behind Gamers Xperience believe that gaming should always be an inclusive experience. That's why the console gaming arcade maintains a full-house rule, which states that only multi-player games are allowed when all 14-plus gaming stations are occupied. The staff further fosters this camaraderie through their interactions with the players, teaching the ins and outs of every game and helping anyone stuck on a challenging level. And there are challenges aplenty within the inventory of more than 100 titles, a range of everything from Call of Duty: Ghosts to Madden NFL 25 to Just Dance 2014. Play solo, face off against other gamers, or compete in the facility's frequent tournaments, which reward players with prizes and pixelated coins.