Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Visit To The Center For Puppetry Arts - Mother Goose Performance

*Our visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts was provided by Brave PR Atlanta. 

This mama is proud, I officially have a theater loving child! Today was a special day, Ava went to her first play at the Center For Puppetry Arts. We were invited to see the Mother Goose show and we had a blast. Check out pictures below to find out why you should take a trip to the Center For Puppetry Arts.

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I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and I have only been to the Center For Puppetry Arts once, maybe twice that I can remember. Before now, I didn't feel Ava was old enough to sit through a play but my little lady is almost 4 years old and I felt that she would really enjoy a puppet show. Today was a special day in which I was able to take Ava for her first visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts to see the Mother Goose play, theater for the very young.

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Center for puppetry arts atlanta georgia thedailyaprilnava museum theater play mother goose

We arrived a little before the play began, so we were able to take a look around the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. We saw the puppets from the global collection first, there were puppets from all over the world. Ava could immediately point out which puppets were from Africa. My favorites were the puppets from Asia.

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Center for puppetry arts atlanta georgia thedailyaprilnava museum theater play mother goose

The Jim Henson Collection of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum brought back so many exciting memories of watching Sesame Street and The Muppets growing up. Ava was equally excited to see Big Bird and Elmo. This interactive exhibit allows children to see how puppets are made, and even put on their own puppet show.

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By the time we finished looking around the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, the Mother Goose Play was beginning. The show was fun, colorful, and Ava has an amazing time! There was singing, crowd interaction, and dancing. I like that the audience was able to get involved with the play, kids typically don't sit in silence for long, so it was refreshing not to have to shush my daughter.

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The main star of the show gave an amazing performance, and I would highly recommend going to see this show. Mother Goose will be showing through September 17, 2017. Have you taken your children to the theater yet? Let me know in the comments. Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Books I'm Reading Before Summer Ends!

Happy National Book Lovers Day!

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I wanted to share the books that I am diving into and hopefully finishing before the end of the summer. In January, I set a goal of reading 1 book per month, but I haven't stuck to that goal. Reading at night is so hard, I fall asleep super early which doesn't really leave time to read. So lately I've been forcing myself to stay up and read. Here is what I'm reading.

1. You are A Badass by Jen Sincero- I started listening to this audio book on Hoopla. It's okay, reminds me a lot of the book The Secret. I'm sure I will finish listening to it but I'm glad I didn't buy it since I have a similar book already.

2. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso - This has been on my reading list for months and I was finally able to pick it up from the library. I watched the #GirlBoss series on Netflix and it was okay. I'm hoping the book is better though.

3. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors if not my favorite. I really enjoyed the Shopaholic series of books and I'm sure this book will be excellent as well.

4. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han - This book was recommended by a parenting podcast and luckily, I won it in an Instagram giveaway! I've started reading it and I like it so far. I would love to eventually read the whole series which includes two other books, P.S.I Still Love You and Always And Forever Laura Jean.

5. Peaceful Parent Happy Kids by Laura Markham - My favorite types of books are self help books and now parenting books. No, you don't learn how to parent from a book, but I do believe parenting books can give you amazing insight and advice on something that I'll be doing for the rest of my life. I am especially drawn to books that are about peaceful parenting, attachment parenting, natural parenting, so this book is right up my alley! I'll be listening to this book on Hoopla as well.

What books have/are you reading this summer? I'm thinking of joining the website Good Reads. Are any of you on Good Reads? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Homeschool Preschool Curriculum for 2017

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The new 2017-2018 school year is quickly approaching. I am excited to officially began preschool homeschool with Ava! This will be an exciting journey for us, Ava is eager to learn and I am eager to teach! I decided to build my own curriculum for this preschool year. There are many free resources online and inexpensive resources in stores such as the Dollar Tree, Target, and Walmart. I would like to share a few of the resources that we will be using for this homeschool year.

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My main focus for Ava for the first half of preschool is writing. I picked up these A+ Let's Grow Smart Workbooks from Target. The Beginning Sounds and Alphabet workbooks will help with writing and letter recognition. The Same or Different workbook focuses on patterns and early math skills.

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Kumon is a great company for learning resources. I lucked up and found this never used coloring book at Goodwill. The tracing book came from Five Below. Five Below actually sells a ton of Kumon books.

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Ava knows her colors so we will be reviewing those with the Disney book. I found the Learning Numbers With Button Bear book unused at Goodwill also and it teaches numbers and colors. The DK Workbooks Pre-K Science was a birthday gift and has simple science lessons for Ava to complete. I'll probably supplement the science workbook with a Youtube video, book, or a real world activity.

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I've been picking up school supplies here and there for a couple years now and strangely I didn't have a writing tablet. Ava usually practices her writing in a dry erase book but that gets messy when the marker smears, so I found writing tablets at the Dollar Tree. I'm going to start saving the writing pages to track her progress. This lesson plan book came from the Target dollar spot. I'll be planning her lessons weekly but pre planning in a monthly planner.

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We will be beginning sight words and learning a little bit of Spanish. I am also hoping to keep up with the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading logs, we read daily but I don't always write her books down. Lastly, we will be using daily folders. Once a folder is empty, Ava will realize that she is done with school for the day.

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This looks like a lot of work but I promise it isn't! These workbooks are very thin and Ava will only be completing about 2 pages per day in addition to singing and music,  art, and out of the house activities. We will also be using free library resources such as Hoopla and Miss Humblebee's Academy, as well as attending story time at the library, and participating in gymnastics and a kids yoga class.

I am glad to share our homeschool journey with you all. Any seasoned homeschool moms out there? Feel free to leave some tips and advice in the comments! Until next time!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly August 2017 Happenings

Summer break is over and school is back in session. But, there are still a few fun and FREE events happening around Atlanta. Check them out below!

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Create ATL - "Sundays are for families at The Woodruff Arts Center! Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities, every Sunday from 1 – 4 PM." Click the link to register.

Home Depot Kids Workshop - Home Depot has a free monthly kids building workshop. It happens on the first Saturday of the month and this month is August 5, 2017 from 9am-12pm. Check out the Home Depot website to register for your closest store.

Atlanta Back To School Festival - This event actually happens outside of Atlanta in Mabelton, GA from 12pm - 5:30pm August 5th, at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. Free admission and parking. There will be a parade beginning at 11:30 am, food trucks and a dance competition. There will also be a fun zone with inflatables, a rock climbing wall and bounce houses. Click the link for more info!

Atlantic Station Back to School Bash - Saturday August 12th from 1pm-4pm. There will be crafts and a school supply donation bin. Publix will also be providing snacks.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival - Happening August 19-20, 2017, this festival is very similar to Dogwood Festival with art vendors,  music, and a children's play area. Any festival with a children's area is deemed kid friendly in my book lol.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival - August 26-27, 2017, there will be a 5K run, vendors, live music and a children's area.

Latino Festival - I feel like I don't embrace Ava's Latino culture enough, so I think attending this festival will be quite the experience! August 27, 2017, there will be live music, ethnic food, and a kid's zone.

Looks like there is something to do every weekend! I can definitely appreciate weekend events, Ava likes to get out the house, she asks "where are we going today?" every morning lol. Do you see an event that you are interested in? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Our Summer Children's Book Picks

Summer is in full swing and we are finally getting around to picking up summer themed books from the library. We have a large home book collection but only 1 book about summer. So off to the library we went!

One Hot Summer Day is a fun book about a little girl attempting to play outside in the uncomfortable summer heat. I found this book at Goodwill, they always have a great selection of books. I like that this book is illustrated with photographs. Books: One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews, Summer by Nicola Baxter, and Summer by Ann Herriges.

Here are the other books that we picked up from the library. Ava really adores Pete the Cat books. We picked up a good mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Ava likes the pictures in the non-fiction books and I prefer real pictures over cartoon pictures also. Books: Aqualicious by Victoria Kann, and Pete At The Beach by James Dean.

We have a daily goal of reading at least 5 books a day. Sometimes it's the same book over and over but mostly we read different books all day. Having this daily goal is beneficial to Ava's learning and she really enjoys reading. Books: Summer by Nuria Roca and Let's Look At Summer by Sarah L. Schuette. What are your children reading for the summer? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Good SAHM Habits to Embrace

Habits, those little things that we do and don't even realize we are doing them. We all have habits, I like to think that I, as well as most people, have a more good habits than bad. Some of my personal good habits include waking up before my daughter, preparing breakfast daily, and using a planner to plan our days. Good habits are necessary for all moms especially stay at home moms. It's so easy for us to fall into bad habits, I wrote about a few HERE. I wanted to share a few habits that are good to embrace whether you are a stay at home mom or not.

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Planning playdates - One of my best SAHM habits is planning playdates and meetups! I am the queen of getting together with my mom friends.  Sometimes I plan large meetups in my Facebook group Mom Friends of Atlanta or I'll just text my friends about getting together for a playdate. The picture above is a meetup with my #MomTribe at a local beach.  I like to keep playdates simple, a playground, splash pad, or every now and then, someone's home. Either way, getting together with friends as a SAHM is needed for both you and your child.

Crafts - Target dollar spot and Dollar Tree are my BFFs when it comes to crafts. Crafts can make a long rainy day at home bearable lol. I like to keep some art supplies on hand like paper, crayons, paint. But for special projects, I'll head to the store to pick up what I need. Ava likes to paint and draw. One of her favorite toys is an easel that I picked up from Ikea. Sometimes, we will head to a local art museum to do crafts.

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Daily reading - Reading is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your child. We set a small goal to read at least 5 books a day. Reading helps with brain development, is wonderful for bonding, and what child doesn't love reading! I like to read for myself at night before bed. Sometimes I'll read when I wake up in the morning. I prefer an audio book if I am reading in the morning. I also set a goal for myself of reading 1 book a month.

We are all striving to be the best mom that we can be to our children. I like to think that these few good habits make me feel like super mom. What are some of your good mom habits? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Guest Post: Summer Outfits To Look Effortlessly Pretty

You guys, I'm super thrilled to bring you a guest post from my bestie Ellisha of CorporateBabe! I was finally able to have Ellisha grace my blog with her amazing fashion expertise. Ellisha's company, CorporateBabe, sells premium virgin hair to women from all walks of life. She also has a blog that discusses hair care, fashion, and beauty. Check out her post below!

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be featured on The Daily April N Ava! April is one of my dearest friends and I’m flattered that she would ask me to do a post. As moms, sometimes we tend to be so focused on our families, that we can neglect our personal style. It can be easy to just throw on your favorite pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I used to do this because I figured who cares what I’m wearing anyway. Over time, I found that I felt better when I took the extra time to put together an amazing outfit that I loved. I also found that it didn’t take as much effort as I thought it would and it was actually fun! This post will be a guide to help you decide what to wear to different events or places this summer. I created all of these looks on Polyvore.

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1. Lunch with friends
Front button skirts are a go to look this summer! I love the length of this skirt because I’m not self-conscious about it being too short and won’t keep pulling it down the whole time. With the bottom being so “basic” it’s good to pair it with a fun top. This one is adorable! Lastly, a wedge is a cute but
comfortable way to dress your look up a bit. I’m not into matchy, matchy, so this mustard color is a great way to offset the red and green in the top.

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2. Playdate at the park
Even though you’re at the park, you can still look cute! These linen shorts are light weight and comfortable so the heat won’t be an issue. Pineapples are IN this summer. This top is a fun way to incorporate some playfulness into your look. Since it’s flowy, it can be worn tucked in or left out. I love Birkenstocks, they’re cute and durable enough to chase the kiddos around. I always wear a crossbody to the park or playground with the kids. I hate having to fumble with an oversized bag (which I love) in addition to running after my 5 and 2 year old.

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3. Sunday Brunch
I don’t know about everyone else but I’ve been invited to a lot more brunches lately. I feel like this look is fun, appropriate for brunch, and comfortable. I don’t think there’s anything brunchier than a circle skirt. I’m not really a big fan of heels so I would definitely opt for a wedge but these are super cute and a T-strap always looks great with a skirt. The top is lightweight which is good since it would be tucked into the skirt. I hate tucking in a stiff, bulky shirt. I love a unique clutch. This one goes with the look perfectly. Not too matchy and the subtle hints of pink ties it into the look.

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4. Date Night
Of course date night can be anywhere, but for this look we’re doing a nice dinner out. It’s a great opportunity to break out that flirty dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion. I’ve been drawn to blue lately and I think this dress is the perfect shade of blue. Like I said before, a T-strap looks great anytime your legs are out. These block heels are comfortable and still stick to the look you’re going for. This might sound weird, but since the buckles on the heels are silver I would wear silver jewelry with this look. But with this look you definitely could do gold or even pearls.

I hope you liked what I put together! Of the four, I think the Lunch with friends look is my favorite. If you have any questions just comment below and April or I will happily answer them. Thanks again, April! I can’t wait to do this again!
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our Day at Sweetwater Creek State Park

Today is day 6 of the 100 Days of Blogging Challenge and I am pretty darn proud of myself for consistently sharing blog posts! I don't have a long post for today, but I wanted to share a few pictures from our morning at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

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I try to take Ava on hikes as often as possible, we both enjoy them. We usually hike with friends but today was a solo hike.

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Ava has a great time, she splashed in the water, made a few new friends, and even smiled for a few pictures!

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I have a few videos of our morning on my Instagram, just click HERE and tap my profile picture to watch my IG Stories. Check them out and I'll see you on my next post!

April K.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July is World Watercolor Month!

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Looking at the National Day Calendar website has always been fun for me. It gives me fun ideas of things to celebrate with Ava. From National Donut Day to National Popcorn Day, there is something for everyone to celebrate. According to the National Day Calendar, July is World Watercolor Month.  Ava loves to paint, she actually loves all types of art. We try to do some sort of art everyday to foster creativity and also as a part of tot school.

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The other day, Ava asked to color and instead of coloring, we decided to paint a picture and use water colors. I prefer watercolor paint because it keeps the mess down. Kids paint, although washable, is messy, and acrylic paint stains. I usually get Ava's paint from Dollar Tree and my paint came from Michael's. My water color set has great color payoff. I've even painted some of Ava's wooden dollhouse furniture with this paint set.

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The coloring pages are from a Melissa and Doug jumbo coloring pad that I picked up from TJ Maxx. The pages have really big and simple pictures which are easier for younger children to color.

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Check out our masterpieces. We may be on our way to having our own art exhibit in a museum! I love doing activities like this with Ava, we both enjoy it. What activities do you enjoy doing with your little? Let me know in the comments below! Until Tomorrow.

April K.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Awesome things my 3.5 year old is doing.

I've been knee deep into the blogging world and I have seen the sweetest posts where moms are documenting their child's milestones. I completely dropped the ball on digitally documenting milestones for Ava. I have things written down and scrapbooked, but nothing online. I thought maybe it would be a great time to start writing about her development. She is doing some pretty amazing things, so why not?! Here are some awesome things that my 3.5 year old is doing!

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Talking - My kiddo talks All. The. Time. All day long, non stop lol. #helpmypoorears But talking is great, it shows that she is paying attention and understanding the world around her.

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Being creative - If I let her paint all day, she would. She loves all types of art work, drawing, gluing, coloring, but she loves painting the most. We like going to the High Museum for Toddler Thursdays where they have crafts and toddler tours.

Pretending - One of Ava's favorite ways to play is pretending. She pretends with her animals, her doll house, her kitchen set when she wants to "cook mommy a salad," and with her baby dolls. Now of course when I play with her, I have to pretend exactly the way she wants me to or it's not the same lol. She definitely has a mind of her own.

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Making friends - Ava is very friendly. I hear her on the playground going up to other children saying "My name is Ava, what's your name?" "Come on, let's play!" Yes, my little un-socialized homeschooled child knows how to make a friend lol.

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"Reading"  - Ava loves to sit and look at books alone. If it is a book that we read often, I hear her saying the words from memory. We go to the library weekly, we read at the library and of course at home, and I think it's adorable that she tries to read a book to herself.

Wanting to "help" - I am working on my patience because now Ava wants to "help" with everything!! From cooking, to cleaning, to even helping mommy in the bathroom (she told me I can't use the potty alone lol). I definitely don't mind her helping with cleaning, but cooking, no thanks lol. Ava can help me clean after I cook!

I definitely have a 3 going on 30 year old lol. I love her literal logic, her spunky personality, I can also appreciate how head strong she is. I'm excited to see what her soon to be 4 year old mind brings as far as development and personality. It seems like documenting annually or biannually may be the way to go. Until tomorrow.

April K.
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Our Trip to the Central Library!

So normally on rainy days, I like to stay home because I don't like driving in the rain. But it's literally been raining for a month and Ava and I were going bonkers in the house. I decided to take her to the Central Library which is in downtown Atlanta.
A trip to the Central Library is quite the adventure for us. We have to find parking, we get to see the streetcar, and we get to walk between tall buildings to get to the library. I used to go to the Central Library every now and then when I was in high school, I remember it having the biggest selection of books.

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The Central Library has drastically changed since my childhood. The children's area is now on the bottom level along with the auditorium  and art exhibits. The children's area is so adorable, you enter through a tree canopy! It's very bright and inviting.

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Today we did a bird craft based on the book Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan. Of course my little lady wanted a pink bird.

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We browsed the book rows to find a few to take home. Whenever we go to the library, Ava just has to take home a new book lol.

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We also stopped to pose for a picture with The Cat in the Hat. Overall, my little lady had a fun time venturing to a new library. Not sure how often we will go back since we have to pay for parking downtown and the library that we go to weekly near us is pretty great. Until tomorrow!

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

100 Day Blogging Challenge!

Yes, you read the title correctly, 100 Day Blogging Challenge! I signed up for a blogging challenge hosted by hosted by Amanda of Blogging Freedom. Now I'm thinking to myself, "what did I just commit to?!"

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The purpose of this challenge is create consistency in content creation. Since fully diving into blogging in September 2016, I have been pretty consistent with at least 1 new blog post per week. However, this challenge intrigued me. Can I really keep up with 100 days of content creation? I think I can! My plan is to keep the posts light hearted and fun. I am a little worried about running out of content topics. Other than that (which is major lol) I think I'll be okay. If you would like to sign up for the challenge, HERE is the link. Until tomorrow!!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly July 2017 Happenings!

Happy July! Summer is just getting started. June here has been pretty wet so I am hoping to see lots more fun in July. I don't see very many free events happening this month, July is usually a high traveling month which could be the reason for so few events. Here are some July events happening in and around Atlanta.

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1. Home Depot Kids Workshop - This is a favorite of ours which is why I always mention it. Saturday July 1, 2017 at your local Home Depot. This month's craft is a bug house!

2. Independence Day celebrations - We don't really participate in major Independence Day celebrations but some of you all may like to. I've linked to the Atlanta Parent website to find something fun for your family to do!

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3. Ice Cream Festival - Who wants ice cream?! A sweet festival taking place July 22nd, 11am till 6pm at Piedmont park. There will be vendors, entertainment, and lots of fun.

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4. Hello Kitty Café Truck - The Hello Kitty truck will make another appearance at Atlantic Station on July 22nd from 10am till 8pm. From our experience, it is best to get there well before 10am to get in the line to buy goodies. However, if you want to just snap pictures with the truck, then show up any at time.

Well, free weekend activities in July are pretty sparse but we will be attending all of the events listed here! Do you know of any Atlanta free weekend events happening that should be added to this list? Feel free to contact me through the contact form or leave a comment. Until next time.

April K.
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