Thursday, February 4, 2016

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to Host Job Fair




LEGOLAND®  Discovery Center Atlanta will host a job fair for both part and full-time positions on Wednesday, February  17 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. On-site interviews will be conducted for the following positions:

·         Admission hosts
·         Cleaning crew
·         Commercial hosts
·         Entertainment staff
·         Model builders

Interested candidates must be 18 years of age or older, enthusiastic, and hardworking. All applicants are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume and cover letter, and they must apply online at www.indeed.com prior to the job fair.

WHAT:              LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta Job Fair
                        Interested candidates must apply online prior to the event and are encouraged to bring                                their resume and cover letter. No appointment necessary.

WHEN:             Wednesday, February 17
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

WHERE:           LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
                        Phipps Plaza, Third Floor
                        3500 Peachtree Road NE
                        Atlanta, GA 30326
*Located on MARTA rail and bus lines

For more information, please visit https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Revs Up for a Month of Adventure and First-Place Deals




As the cold air begins to blow and February flurries in, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Marietta and Roswell are preparing to warm the senses with a month of action-packed activities and festive parties! Throughout the month of February, friends and families are invited to gear up for adventure and amusement with special offers, holiday celebrations and of course, unlimited opportunities for games, races and thrills!

February Events


Super Bowl Party
February 7
Roswell location only

Ready, set, hike! Step out of the cold and warm up with exhilarating (football) games and activities, fit for the whole family! Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Roswell is kicking off and calling the plays for the 2016 Super Bowl and inviting guests to the field for their Super Bowl 50 Party. From 5 – 11 p.m., guests may choose between two discounted food & entertainment packages while enjoying  great drink specials and unbelievable giveaways, all inspired by this year’s more anticipated playoff. Visit http://andrettikarting.com/roswell/superbowl/ for more information!

Kart-I Gras
February 9
            Marietta and Roswell locations

We’re not in Atlanta anymore! Take a cajun-themed voyage to Andretti Indoor Karting & Games for a family- friendly Mardi Gras celebration! Decked out in green, purple and gold and serving authentic New Orleans dishes, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is preparing for the party of the year. Guests are invited to enjoy entertainment specials including discounted races and games, as well as festive prizes and party favors. New Orleans is calling- don’t miss out!


Karting Dead Watch Party
February 14
Marietta location only

Heart-pounding thrills await as Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Marietta is putting together a party unlike any other! Guests are invited to switch up the normal Valentine’s Day romance routine and stop by the Sky Bar from 8 – 11 p.m. for the mid-season premiere screening of The Walking Dead. Friends and lovers alike can devour Andretti Grill specials, trivia and prizes while watching all the zombie action on over 30 HD TVs! First 100 people in the Sky Bar will receive a free souvenir Karting Dead t-shirt! After the show, ‘chews’ to stay with specials on races, games, bowling and more! 

For more information, please visit www.andrettikarting.com.

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Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is headquartered in Roswell, Ga. and was established in 2001. Their locations feature high-speed super-karts, European-style tracks, a state of the art arcade, XD motion theater, racing simulators, ropes course and attractions such as cosmic rock wall, zip line, laser tag and bowling. Each location is also home to The Andretti Grill, a full bar/ restaurant capable of serving our 10,000+ square feet of event and meeting space.

In addition to the indoor facility in Roswell, Ga., the company also owns and operates the Andretti Thrill Park in Melbourne, FL. This outdoor park opened in 1999, and it features 5 go-kart tracks, miniature golf, laser tag, rock wall, ropes course, family spinning coaster, batting cages, Andretti Challenge super-karts, paddle boats, kiddie rides and the largest arcade in the space coast. For more information please visit www.andrettithrillpark.com .


Since 1999 the Andretti facilities have entertained more than 13 million guests.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Target - Still **FREE** Shipping with Orders of $25 or More!


I know this isn't a new offer, but I wanted to share it again because so many of us love shopping at Target.

Target has recently lowered their **FREE** shipping to orders of $25 or more, and that is a pretty easy minimum to get to when you are buying clothes or groceries (yes, some items can be bought on-line).

To get **FREE** shipping at Target, click here to be redirected to their main website.

Happy shopping!

*This post may contain an affiliate link.  We do not receive commission on anything you may buy at Target, but by clicking through our link, you are helping to support the running of this website in a small way.  Thank you for your patronage!

The Disney Store - Disney Parks Merchandise Sale - Ends TODAY!



Save up to 25% on Disney Parks authentic merchandise when you shop at The Disney Store through midnight tonight.

Here's how the sale works:

  • 25% off a purchase of $150 or more
  • 20% off a purchase of $100 or more
  • 15% off a purchase of $50 or more
Make sure you use the code PARKTREAT during checkout.  To receive even more savings, make sure you shop through Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% savings!

*If you are not familiar with cash back sites, please visit our cash back page for more information.

*If you are a Disney Vacation Club member, Disney Visa cardholder, or D23 Fan Club member, check your paperwork or information for possible additional discounts.




Atlanta Botanical Garden Launches Regional Conversation Program!



The Atlanta Botanical Garden has launched the Center for Southeastern Conservation, a program aimed at coordinating and collaborating with partner institutions to improve and expand their work with imperiled species and habitats of plants and animals.

Embracing the Garden’s mission and drawing upon its vast collections and expert staff, the center will be a hub of the Southeast’s large and growing conservation community. As a conduit for collaboration, the program focuses on conservation efforts in Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, protecting the natural heritage of one of North America’s most biodiverse regions.

“Commitment to conservation is a cornerstone of the Garden’s mission and identity, and the Center for Southeastern Conservation is one of the most important ventures in the last 40 years, encompassing imperiled species and rare habitat preservation, orchid conservation, urban habitat restoration, and education and training under one umbrella,” said Mary Pat Matheson, Garden President & CEO. “With the launch of the center, the Garden is staking a bold position, protecting this diverse and vibrant region for many years to come.”

The Southeast is home to many diverse and complex ecosystems, and the Garden contributes to the protection of many of them. The Apalachicola area is one of the oldest and most biodiverse locations in North America and includes plants such as Torreya taxifolia, one of the rarest conifers in the world. The wetlands of the longleaf pine ecosystem also include some of the most diverse habitats in North America, where many species of pitcher plants and orchids are found. Florida is home to more orchid species than anywhere in North America, and the orchid habitats of south Florida, such as the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, have a high diversity of tropical orchids. Refugial plant communities, isolated habitats where species established themselves during the Pleistocene glaciers (ending approximately 10,000 years ago), dot the southern Appalachian Mountains. The refugia’s incredibly diverse plant communities are vibrant but fragile in the face of encroaching development.

The Center for Southeastern Conservation is the first step in a multi-year expansion of the Garden’s conservation research and education efforts. This year, the Garden will host the Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation meeting and introduce the center’s Orchid Conservation Institute, a venue for training both professionals and students. In its current capital campaign, the Garden is raising funds to expand its laboratories and facilities for research, training, and propagating rare plants, scheduled to open in 2017.



BBC EARTH’S ‘WILD AFRICA’ AT FERNBANK MUSEUM’S IMAX® THEATRE


Fernbank Museum of Natural History is now hosting BBC Earth’s next world-class nature film Wild Africa in its five-story IMAX® Theatre.

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, the enchanted film takes viewers on a spectacular ride across, over, and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth.

Showing through Thursday, May 19, Wild Africa’s audience will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures. The film’s journey follows the iconic wildlife that lives throughout this diverse wilderness — from snow-covered mountains to coral cities, from raging rivers to steamy rainforests, and from wide-open savannahs to scorching desert dunes.

Through the magic of cinematography, the audience flies along the Great Rift Valley following the twisting rivers to discover a family of elephants on their epic search for water. Hungry crocodiles wait at the water holes for the annual wildebeest migration on the savannahs of the Serengeti. Families of mountain gorillas frolic in the forests of Rwanda. Thousands of flamingos perform an extraordinary display in the volcanic Lake Bogoria. And a shovel-snouted lizard performs a thermal dance to defeat Namib Desert’s harsh temperatures.

In a final epic giant screen experience, the movie chases the great rains of the African summer storms that annually bring life to this magnificent continent.

This is one of the most ambitious nature films ever to premiere on the giant screen. It fuses Hollywood techniques with the best in nature filmmaking and storytelling. The production team worked with camera and housing specialists, such as Gates, RED, and Element-Technica to create bespoke kit specifically for filming in highly challenging conditions not previously attempted – underwater, 100% humidity, temperatures of over 120 F, and altitudes of 19,000 feet.

Filming over 573 days, with 30 shooting locations across 13 countries, there were 2.4 tons of camera kit in 130 cases and 1000 feet of cabling required to capture the images as the camera surged over Victoria Falls.  Some of the key locations included the Okavango Delta, Botswana; the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Crystal Mountains National Park, Gabon; Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya; Masai Mara National Park, Kenya; Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya; Suguta Valley, Kenya and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.

Wild Africa is co-directed by Emmy-winning Patrick Morris (LIFE, Yellowstone) and Neil Nightingale (Walking With Dinosaurs) and Giant Screen director Mike Slee. Nightingale also produced the film. Wild Africa is inspired by the BBC Earth Films and Reliance Entertainment original film Enchanted Kingdom.

Wild Africa shows daily at Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre and also shows Friday evenings during Martinis & IMAX. For exact show times and to watch the trailer, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org/experience-imax.

IMAX® tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children, and $8 for Museum members and can be purchased online at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling 404-929-6400.

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About Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 78-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history. Visit fernbankmuseum.org or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more.

About BBC Worldwide North America

BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company operates four businesses in the territory - linear and digital content sales and co-productions, consumer products, BBC.com, and BBC Worldwide Productions, the production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars. The company also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC AMERICA through a joint venture with AMC Networks.

About BBC Earth

BBC Earth is a global factual brand which seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatrical releases for cinema and giant screen films and online on BBC.com. BBC Earth began its global roll out in 2015 by launching new linear channels internationally that are dedicated to bringing audiences premium factual content.

About Giant Screen Films

Since 1997, Giant Screen Films has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. The company is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.




Disney's Beauty and the Beast Fills the House in Atlanta



Last night, Disney's musical theatre arm, Disney Theatrical Productions, made their latest stop here in Atlanta at the fabulous Fox Theatre for the opening night of Disney's Beauty and the Beast on Tour.

True to previous Disney productions, the building was filled from top to bottom with people of all ages.  Grandparents, Moms, Dads, and of course, a plethora of little Princesses in their best and finest Disney, Belle, and holiday gowns all filling the Fox's cushioned seats to witness the timeless tale of a beautiful maiden (looking for so much more than her provincial life) and a hideous beast.




This is the third time we have seen this musical over the past few years, and honestly, I think it gets better with each viewing.  Of course the actors change, but the songs and story line do not.  This time around, we were treated to:

  • Sam Hartley as the Beast (previously in Frankenstein and Les Miserables)
  • Brooke Quintana as Belle (also previously in Les Miserables)
  • Matt Dasilva as LeFou
  • Stephanie Gilmore as Madame de la Grand Bouche
  • Stephanie Gray as Mrs. Potts
  • Melissa Jones as Babette
  • Thomas Mothershed as Maurice
  • Ryan Phillips as Lumiere (one of the night's biggest crowd pleasers)
  • Samuel Shurtleff as Cogsworth
  • Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek as Gaston (another big crowd pleaser)
  • Kadence Edwards/Deandre Horner as Chip (Deandre is a local from McDonough, GA)

If you have not seen the musical threatre production of this classic tale, it is worthy to note that is varies slightly from the original Disney animated version.  Most notably with six extra songs, including one masterful solo from Sam Hartley (as the Beast) singing, "If I Can't Love Her."




Disney has never failed at hiring the talent beyond compare, and the cast this year is no exception.  Each actor is dutifully talented in both verse and song and did not disappoint.




The show is a delight - catchy, familiar tunes (fun watching people sing along in the audience); fun dance numbers; and a lot of slapstick comedy (mostly from Gaston, LeFou, and Lumiere).  Our audience had grown-ups and children alike laughing at prop falls, silly acrobatic stunts, and of course all of Gaston's self-promoting songs.



If you are a Disney fan or have littles, this is a great opportunity for a fun outing into the city.  As one little Princess sitting behind me last night said as Belle stepped out from stage left in her yellow ballroom gown, "Oh wow."




Yes.  "Oh wow."

Don't miss the chance to be a part of Disney Theatrical Productions.  It's not every day that Disney comes to town.

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Official Press Release:

Be our guest as one of Broadway’s classic fairy tales returns to the Fox Theatre for a week of musical enchantment!

For any local college students looking for a night of romantic hilarity mixed with magic and charm, Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta presents a special $25 Student Rush Ticket price for the Atlanta engagement of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, playing at The Fox Theatre February 2 – 7 as part of the 2015/2016 35th anniversary season.

Students simply need to bring valid college student identification with them to the Fox Theatre Box Office two hours prior to each scheduled performance. The Student Rush Ticket price will be available for all performances with a two-ticket limit per student ID. Student Rush Tickets will apply to any open seat in the house, subject to availability.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will play in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre February 2 – 7 as part of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta’s 2015/2016 season. The performance schedule is:

  • Wednesday - Thursday - 7:30PM
  • Friday - 8PM
  • Saturday - 2PM, 8PM
  • Sunday - 1PM; 6:30PM

         
For more information, visit www.broadwayinatlanta.com.


FIFTH THIRD BANK BROADWAY IN ATLANTA is presented by Broadway Across America. Broadway Across America (BAA) is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, under the supervision of John Gore (Owner & CEO). BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 38 markets. Current and past productions include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Finding Neverland, It Shoulda Been You, Million Dollar Quartet, Hairspray and The Producers. www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com; www.Broadway.com