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Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

Keeping kids’ minds sharp over winter break

By Megan Nellen, Lower School Principal at The Walker School

1. Community Service: Use the break to plan community service ideas for the coming year. Kids can write flyers and notes asking neighbors to save and donate any holiday décor they plan on tossing out to be used next year for a family without a tree or decorations. Children of all ages can help make and deliver sandwiches for a homeless mission or shelter or make cards and pictures for a local nursing home.

2. Reuse, Recycle, Entertain: Collect leftover boxes, ribbons and paper and have your kids use them to build a robot or make a game. Each year at The Walker School second graders use cardboard to make arcade games.

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

Santa Photo Experience at Atlanta-area Simon malls

ATLANTA -- Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon Santa Photo Experience at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb host holiday events

Mall of Georgia, Town Center at Cobb host holiday events

ATLANTA -- Mall of Georgia and Town Center at Cobb invite Atlanta-area kids and parents to celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer at their Simon Kidgits Club's annual holiday celebrations on Saturday, Dec. 6 – sponsored this season by the popular animated movie “The Boxtrolls” coming this holiday season on Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Each mall’s Kidgits events are as follows:

Mall of Georgia – Kidgits Club Breakfast with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Food Court

Town Center at Cobb – Kidgits Club PJ Party with Santa: Saturday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Upper Level JCPenney Wing

Mall of Georgia to celebrate holidays with ‘Santabration’

BUFORD, Ga. -- Santa Claus is coming to town! Mall of Georgia invites local families and friends to ring in the holiday season with its annual Santabration event on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Presented by AutoNation Toyota and Fiat, this spectacular celebration welcomes the arrival of the man in red with plenty of fun and festive activities! Attendees can look forward to a Christmas Parade, performances by the Academy of Performing Arts Superstar Dancers, the 50-foot tree lighting and a special Movies Under the Stars screening of Elf on an impressive 55-foot screen.

Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Come early, grab a spot and experience this jolly holiday tradition with the entire family!

Simon Kidgits Club hosting Halloween parties at Atlanta-area malls

Simon Kidgits Club hosting Halloween parties at Atlanta-area malls

(WXIA) -- Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb will offer  Atlanta-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities, as the Simon Kidgits Club presents its annual Halloween events! The spook-tacular event schedule for families includes:

Saturday, October 18
Simon Kidgits Club Fall Festival at Mall of Georgia
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 25
Simon Kidgits Club Boo Bash at Town Center at Cobb
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, October 30
Simon Kidgits Club Boo Bash at Northlake Mall
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Simon Malls help families get into the spooky spirit this October

Simon Malls help families get into the spooky spirit this October

ATLANTA -- October is quickly creeping up on the calendar, and Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb are gearing up for a fun-filled month of Halloween-themed events. With costume contests, prize giveaways and festive fall activities, guests of all ages are in for a treat! Upcoming Halloween events include the following:

Saturday, October 18: