Tennis Class for Junior Beginners

Tennis photo by Sanja Gjenero

Where: Harrison Tennis Center, Cobb County Parks and Recreation

When: Mondays, August 8-October 10, 6 pm-7 pm

Who:  Ages 12-15


Students will learn basic skills and the rules of play.  The registration date is August 2 at 9am for residents.  Non-residents may register on August 3 at 9 am. The cost for residents is $48 and $73 for non-residents.

Stone Mountain Park Adventures

     My family has been to Stone Mountain Park many times over the past 10 years and we make new discoveries each time we visit.

The Playground This area never gets old to the kids, including the teenager.  There are two playground areas, one with lower equipment for the younger children and the other with towering equipment for the older kids.  Restrooms and water fountains are conveniently located near the playground.

Fishing We were quite surprised when we caught a fish during our very first fishing trip in the park.  The lakes house bass, bream, catfish and carp. There are grassy areas near the lake for a perfect picnic.

Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with Clayton County Athletics

Family Style: Summer  Sports Sampler and Summer Kickball Classic

Family Time:  July 9, 9am-3pm

Family Spot:  Lovejoy Regional Complex  

Family Cost: Free

 Clayton Athletics is celebrating Parks and Recreation month with a day of free clinics and fun for kids ages 7-14.   The basketball, cheerleading, football and soccer clinics will offer skills, drills, and friendly competition.   Basketball will be held at the Jim Huie Recreation Center.  All other activities will take place at the Lovejoy Regional Complex soccer fields and tennis courts.

The grown-ups can have fun, too in the 1st annual  Summer Kickball Classic.  The free tournament  will take place from 10 am to noon at the Lovejoy Regional Complex Softball Fields.

Spring Break Ideals for the Family

If you are staying in town for spring break and need some fun, budget friendly ideals for your family, help is on the way.

The South Cobb Aquatic Center has an indoor water park with slides for older and younger kids,  play structures and much more. It is reasonably priced and conveniently located.

Ice Skating at The Marietta Ice Center will have public skating from 11am to 2 pm, Mon-Fri.  Elementary to high school age students receive a free skating pass for each “A” on their report card. The skate rental fee is not included with the pass.

Sweetwater Creek State Park. has 9 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails that offers numerous overlooks, including one of Sweetwater Falls. Admission to the park is $5.

Take the family to McDaniel Farm Park for Fun on The Farm on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 am to 2pm.  There will be art activities, races and  hayrides for the family.

Try Bowling with coupons from  After registering online, you will receive coupons that give kids one free game of bowling per week.

Family outdoor events in Gwinnett

Flowers are blooming and birds are chirping.  Yes, Spring is finally here and on Saturday, March 26, Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation will host several outdoor events for the whole family to enjoy.

8:30 am., Take A Walk in the Park Day, Little Mulberry Park Fence Road Entrance, All ages, $5/person; Pre-registration is required.

Photo provided by NewKita Group, Inc

10:00am-noon, Sheep Shearing Demonstration, McDaniel Farm Park, Ages 4 and up, $5/person; Pre-registration is required.

1:00-2:30pm, Ice Cream Social, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, All Ages, $4/person; Pre-registration is required.

10:00am-3:00pm, Take Me Fishing, Tribble Mill Park, All Ages, Free.