The North Georgia Zoo's 30 acres have been home to some unlikely friendships. A prime example: three wolves, who grew up alongside a basset hound, now happily greet zoo visitors and even allow a few pats and scratches. These sort of animal encounters introduce zoo-goers to many exotic creatures, including camels, kangaroos, and snakes. The grounds even house the working Paradise Valley Farm, an area ripe for petting with potbelly pigs, miniature goats, and other livestock. And while not all of the zoo's 80 species are huggable, several programs let visitors peer into the habitats of everything from a white handed gibbon to a mountain lion or zebra.
Alligators, fennec foxes, lemurs, and other animals make appearances and refuse to sign autographs during guided tours, which travel by foot and wagon. For a more in-depth education, zookeepers offer a shadowing program, during which participants help feed, clean, and train various animals.
The Smyrna High FCCLA is a local branch of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Located at Smyrna High School, the Smyrna High FCCLA embodies the school’s pursuit of excellence within the FCCLA framework, which focuses on developing strong families. Youth within the organization learn about leadership, careers, and societal issues to prepare them to live productive adult lives. Its family- and consumer-sciences programs highlight the roles youth will take on throughout life, including as family members, wage earners, and community leaders.
Peek-a-boo Playtown offers lots of active, imaginative play in our child sized “town” which features a house, grocery store, hardware store, school and fire department. Kids will also love playing with the train tables, dinosaurs, LEGO table, large dollhouse, ride-on toys, and in our multilevel climbing structure with slide
Tucked within the Chattanoogan Hotel, The Foundry vibrantly bumps on beats of live jazz, shaken martinis, and modern American cuisine with a southern edge. Bask in the moody nuances of The Foundry's interior while skimming its winding list of wines by the glass (starting at $6.50). After scanning the menu, organize your own prairie cartel with a steaming bowl of braised bison chili, which smuggles smoked cheddar sour cream and tender, carnivorous flavors on the back end ($8), while the blue crab sandwich showcases more regional style and is accessorized by green tomato, remoulade, and fries ($13). Those looking to sip and socialize can procure a cocktail ($8+) and cozy up near the fire pit of the lounge's tree-lined courtyard, or admire local artists' work within the main bar area, where live weekend jazz inspires sentimental, non-ear splicing moments.
Before Zombie Buffet 5K, the zombie apocalypse was simply a tall tale played out in movies and among survival enthusiasts. Now, the deliciously horrific fantasy has been realized in the form of a fun and challenging 5K. First, runners must choose a side—either traverse the course as a runner, or move about the infected habitat as a sprinting or roaming zombie.
Each runner gets two health flags, which zombies try their undead best to steal. When runners lose both flags, they become zombies and must then hunt down their fellows in search of other flags. The zombie with the most flags in each starting wave wins and goes home with the happy knowledge that they are the fittest of the unfit. The top three runners in each wave who finish with at least one health flag still intact will win the running division.
Regardless of their alignment, all participants get swag such as a Zombie Buffet 5K T-shirt, a silicone bracelet, and dog tags, but the running winners and zombie winners are bestowed additional secret grand prizes.