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Carpe Spring with your Kids!

Fun local outings and activities this week for parents and children alike.

Savvy parents know that consignment sales are the go-to places for quality, gently used children’s clothing and accessories. Due to popular demand, Cumberland Community Church MOPS is having their first-ever spring consignment sale (fall is always hugely successful) this weekend. In addition to a giant mother load of great stuff, CCC MOPS sale highlights include an electronic tagging system and fantastic goody bags given out to the first 500 shoppers. This place has plenty of room, so parents are welcome to peruse the sale pushing strollers. Registration for the sale is still open, and selling or volunteering scores you admittance to the private presale on Thursday night. Many items will be half-price on Saturday. Sale hours are Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

One of the reasons why dogs are man’s best friends is because canines are fantastic listeners and Reading Education Assistance Dogs are ready, willing and eager to listen to young readers. Independently reading children are eligible to join the innovative READing Paws program at the Smyrna Public Library (770-431-2860) and several Cobb County Libraries. At the South Cobb Regional Library, kids can participate in a one-on-one story time in which they read aloud for 15 minutes to trained service dog Nemo. Sessions are monitored by a dog handler and all dogs are registered, tested and insured therapy animals. This program is free, but requires a reservation, so call 678-398-5828. READing Paws is a fun, creative way for children to gain confidence and get more experience reading aloud. READing Paws meets Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sounds like a doggone good time!

has an unbeatable deal for parents craving chips and guacamole washed down with a frosty margarita. Every Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., children up to age 12 can nosh on cheese quesadillas, tacos, or chicken fingers with beans and rice for nada. Lucky parental units can feast on delicious specialties including white shrimp enchiladas, lobster poblano dip, and pasilla pork tenderloin, perhaps paired with a watermelon margarita and a Negra Modelo. Casual yet sophisticated atmosphere, a relaxing patio and frequent live music also make this place an easy sell. Kids eat free as well for the Sunday All-You-Can-Eat Buffet from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Carpe spring by taking your kids on a nature stroll replete with history and the great outdoors. A short jaunt to Heritage Park, located on the corner of Fontaine and Nickajack roads, should fit the bill nicely. This beautiful 122-acre nature preserve boasts a two-mile walking trail with an elevated boardwalk over wetlands. The trail meanders through forests along Nickajack Creek and passes the ruins of historical Concord Woolen Mills. The Heritage Park trail is not paved and bicycles are not allowed. Park at the Concord Road trailhead of the Silver Comet Trail and walk east about 0.2 miles to access Heritage Park. The entrance is on the east lane of the Silver Comet, just past the covered Concord Road Bridge. Restrooms and picnic areas are available at the park

All couples need a regular date night, but sometimes finding a reliable babysitter is a challenge. Drop the kids off at Moore’s School of Martial Arts Parents’ Night Out on Saturday and reconnect with your honey for a little adult time. Parents Noel and Brenda Plaugher, owners of Moore’s Martial Arts at 1810 Spring Road, will keep your little ones ages 4 to 12 busy, entertained, and well-fed while you guiltlessly enjoy grownup conversation and a meal that doesn’t include chicken nuggets or a sippy cup. Childcare is provided from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The cost is $30 per child or $55 for two children and includes pizza, fun activities, a movie and snack. RSVP to event at shunshifu@mooresofatlanta.com or call 678-602-2908 and the Plaughers will contact you with confirmation.

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