My October ATL Homeschool Field Trip Master List

Alright, Here is the October list.  There’s a lot more here to choose from than last month.  I tried to include more information to make the calendar more user friendly.  I would love to hear any feedback from you all.

Hope you guys find something fun to do!!

I’ll be posting some updates from some of the things we did last month over the next few days.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 1

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Improv in the Park at Atlantic Station, 8-9, http://atlanticstation.com/event/improv-in-the-park-2/

Thursday, October 2

Annual Cherokee Powwow, http://www.cherokeeofgeorgia.org/cherokee/node/42#.VCpCNyldXFo

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Sky Zone Kennesaw Home School Day, 11:30-2:30, http://www.skyzone.com/kennesaw/Calendar/ctl/Details/Mid/12817/ItemID/31753

Friday, October 3

Annual Cherokee Powwow, http://www.cherokeeofgeorgia.org/cherokee/node/42#.VCpCNyldXFo

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Booth Museum Homeschool Day, 1-2:30, $10, http://boothmuseum.org/homeschool/

Sky Zone Roswell Home School Day, 2-4, http://www.skyzone.com/roswell/Calendar/ModuleID/12950/ItemID/30888/mctl/EventDetails

Fairy Tale Fridays at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 6-7, $20 RSVP REQUIRED, https://www.facebook.com/OliviasDollhouseTearoomAtlanta

Saturday, October 4

Maker Faire Atlanta, http://makerfaireatl.com/

Annual Cherokee Powwow, http://www.cherokeeofgeorgia.org/cherokee/node/42#.VCpCNyldXFo

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Home Depot Kids Workshop, 9-12, http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

Students Day at the National Weather Service, Peachtree City, 10-4, http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/ffc/pdf/StudentsDayatNWS_Flyer2014.pdf

Parent’s Day Out Art & Ice Cream Social at Grant Park, 12-4, $20/sibling, http://grantpark.org/event/101618?dateid=4179

Candler Park Movie Night, http://www.candlerpark.org/events

Despicable Me 2 at Emory Point, 6 pm, http://emory-point.com/special-events#OCTOBER

Sunday, October 5

Maker Faire Atlanta, http://makerfaireatl.com/

Georgia State Fair, http://www.georgiastatefair.org/

Monday, October 6

Bartow History Museum Homeschool Day, 1:30-3, $5/student, $3/parent, http://bartowhistorymuseum.org/education/homeschool-days/

Gaming for Homeschoolers at Powder Springs Library, 12-2, http://atlantawithkid.com/Location/powder-springs-library/

Tuesday, October 7

Ink Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Homeschool Day, 10-5, $4, http://www.inkfun.org/events/

Zoo Atlanta Homeschool Day, $9, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/book_a_program/schools_and_groups/homeschoolers#rZzdO

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Georgia Aquarium Homeschool Day, 1:45, $13, http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/education/home-school.aspx

Wednesday, October 8

Museum of History and Holocaust Education Homeschool Day, 9-12, http://historymuseum.kennesaw.edu/educators/homeschool_days.php

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Atlanta History Center Homeschool Day, 1-4, $8.50, http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/program/homeschool-day-villains-history

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Thursday, October 9

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days,11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Friday, October 10

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Ice Skating Homeschool Day at Ice Forum, 10-12, $6/ student (includes skate rental), regular price for others, http://www.iceforum.com/Page.asp?n=23041

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Saturday, October 11 

Day of the Cowboy at Rock Ranch, http://therockranch.com/test-fffds-w-table/

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Atlanta Parent Family Block Party, 10-4, $5, http://www.atlantaparent.com/article/detail/523

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, 10-11, http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/fullschedule.aspx

Video Games Live at Cobb Energy Centre, 8 pm, http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/video-games-live/

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Sunday, October 12

Atlanta Greek Festival, http://www.atlantagreekfestival.org/

Disney on Ice: Frozen, http://www.philipsarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-presents-frozen

Monday, October 13

Cochran Mill Nature Center Homeschool Day, 10 am or 1 pm, $7/ student, $3.50/ adult, REGISTRATION REQUIRED, http://www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org/calendar/calendar_day/7278910/2014-9-22.htm

Chattahoochee Nature Center Homeschool Mondays, 11:30-12:30, http://chattnaturecenter.org/includes/education/HomeschoolMondayFlyer14-15.pdf

Gaming for Homeschoolers at Powder Springs Library, 12-2

Tuesday, October 14

Masterpiece Mixers Braselton Homeschool Class, 10-11, https://masterpiecemixers.com/event-registration/?ee=83

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Children’s Museum Free Day, 1-7

Wednesday, October 15

Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert, 9:45, $2 in advance, $5 day of, http://www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/storybook-alive-wendy-bennett

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Cochran Mill Nature Center Homeschool Day, 1 pm, $7/ student, $3.50/ adult, http://www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org/calendar/calendar_day/7278910/2014-9-22.htm

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Thursday, October 16

*NASA Space Center Houston Homeschool Day, http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/school-visits/homeschool-day/

Rock Climbing Homeschool Day at Escalade Rock Climbing Gym, 12-2, $8/ climber, http://www.escaladegym.com/page.aspx?id=148

Friday, October 17

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, http://business.dahlonega.org/events/details/gold-rush-days-3174

Decatur Root Beer Festival at Little Shop of Stories, http://www.littleshopofstories.com/events.php

Saturday, October 18

Hot Air Balloon Rally at the Rock Ranch, http://therockranch.com/test-fffds-w-table/

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, http://business.dahlonega.org/events/details/gold-rush-days-3174

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Little Five Points Halloween Parade and Festival, Noon-11 pm, http://l5phalloween.com/

Art on the Beltline at Gordon White Park, 2-9:45, http://beltline.org/event/art-on-the-atlanta-beltline-performances-3/

Sunday, October 19

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Play Day at 4th Ward Skatepark, 1-4, http://beltline.org/event/play-day-on-the-atlanta-beltline/

Art on the Beltline at 4th Ward Park, 1-9:45, http://beltline.org/event/art-on-the-atlanta-beltline-performances-2/

Monday, October 20

Gaming for Homeschoolers at Powder Springs Library 12-2

Tuesday, October 21

Ice Skating Homeschool Day at the Ice Forum, 10-12, $6/ student (includes skate rental), regular price for others, http://www.iceforum.com/Page.asp?n=23041

Children’s Museum Homeschool Day, 1-4, $8/ student, http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/teachers/programs/homeschool

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Lego Club at Alpharetta Branch Library, 4pm

Wednesday, October 22

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Thursday, October 23

Booth Museum Homeschool Day, 9-1, $5 for students, $3 for adults, http://boothmuseum.org/homeschool/

Carlos Museum Free Day, 1-4, http://www.carlos.emory.edu/visit/hours-admission

Friday, October 24

Grant Park Conservancy Halloween Lantern Parade, 6:30-9:30, https://www.facebook.com/events/284944418380174/

Mummies and Milkshakes at the Carlos Museum, 6:30-9:30, $5

Magic Tree House Trunk Trivia Tour at Little Shop of Stories, 7 pm, http://www.littleshopofstories.com/events.php

Saturday, October 25

Train or Treat at Southeastern Railway Museum, http://www.srmduluth.org/events.html

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Fernbank Boo-seum Trick or Treat, 10-2, http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/calendar-of-events/fernbank-boo-seum-trick-or-treat/

Kids Origami Club at Peachtree Branch Library, 4:00 pm

Trick or Treat at the Children’s Museum, 6:30-8:30, https://16707.blackbaudhosting.com/16707/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=cd0795d1-5932-4868-86ad-54bcae0fa071

Sunday, October 26

Boo at the Zoo, 9:30-3, http://www.zooatlanta.org/home/article_content/boo#oYLrg

Haints and Saints Halloween Parade in Decatur Square, 4 pm, http://parade.homegrowndecatur.com/

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum, 4 pm, Free, http://www.carlos.emory.edu/education/public-programs/child-family-programs#education-item-158

Monday, October 27

Reptile Explorer Plus show at Sandy Springs Library, 4:30, http://www.socialweb.net/Clients/AFPL/index.lasso?id=174449

Tuesday, October 28

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Homeschool Fitness at Wolf Creek Library, 1-2

Wednesday, October 29

High Museum Homeschool Day, 10-5, $6/students, $8.50/adults, https://www.high.org/Programs/Programs/Events/2014-Events/Family-Programs/Homeschool-Day-10292014.aspx

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Homeschool Ice Skate at Marietta Ice Center, 12-2, $10 (includes skate rental), http://www.mariettaicecenter.com/#!home-school/c2q4

Homeschool Bounce at Bounce U Kennesaw, 1-3, $5, http://www.bounceu.com/party-places-for-kids/georgia/kennesaw/

Creative Wednesdays at West End Library, 3-4

Thursday, October 30

Indian Festival and Pow wow at Stone Mountain Park, 9-3, http://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Indian-Festival-and-Pow-Wow.aspx

Spivey Hall Young People’s Concert, 11:15, $2 in advance, $5 day of, http://www.spiveyhall.org/events/colorofmusic/

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

Pumpkin Decorating at Hapeville Branch Library, 4-5

Friday, October 31

Indian Festival and Pow wow at Stone Mountain Park, 9-3, http://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Indian-Festival-and-Pow-Wow.aspx

Center for Puppetry Arts Home Educator Days, 11:30, $10.50, http://www.puppet.org/edu/trips.shtml

City of Woodstock Kids Fest, 3-7, http://www.woodstockga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4911

Trunk-o-Treat for Halloween at Panola Mountain State Park, 4-6, http://gastateparks.org/event/220957?c=5169697

Fright Night at Fernbank Museum, 7-11, http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/calendar-of-events/fright-night-2014/

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Burnin’ and Lootin’

Last night I did not sleep well. I had a case of what I like to call “Black Mom-nia”, that condition where you see a Black mama grieving because her child has been snatched from her, and you know that it could have been you and your child had one variable been changed — a different city, a different time of day, a few years younger or older. And you can’t sleep, because, now that you know, you are duty-bound to act. To do SOMETHING. And you are restless in your spirit.

Yesterday, in Ferguson, Missouri, people took to the streets in anger. A child had been shot and killed by a police officer, his body left in the street for four hours. And it’s important that we know that his name was Michael Brown, and that he was unarmed, and that he was to start college in two days. But it is also important that we know that it would have mattered anyway. If he was not college bound. If he was not a teenager. He would have mattered anyway.

So last night, after peaceful protests and vigils were met by the police with riot gear and dogs and tanks, the people of Ferguson met their vitriol with vitriol. They broke some windows, and they burned some things, and some folks took some stuff. This morning, those images were blasted on tv screens across the country, with only a passing mention of the young brotha, Mike Brown.

But we know what it is. We know that, let them tell it, hair weaves and $5 t-shirts are more important than the lives of our children. And that, let them have it, we’ll have another sleepless night tonight, stressed from the realities of the traumas that lie ahead of our children. We know that they do not value our lives.

But we do.

And so, the burnin’ and the lootin’ has begun. And it won’t stop until our children can walk to grandma’s house without being afraid of the big bad wolves with badges.

 

Some Days are Like This

Yesterday was one of those days. A rough mommy day. We’ve all had them. One of those days when you feel put upon, underwater, exhausted.  A day when your temper is a little quicker, your patience a bit shorter.  You know it.  The day when you can’t seem to get ahead of your emotions, and you snap too quick, maybe say things you don’t mean, maybe raise your voice louder than you intended.  Yesterday was one of those days.

I know myself.  My introverted, Scorpio self.  Stay at home mommyhood and I are good friends, until the moment when I can’t take a second more of being around people.  When my need for solitude has been thoroughly sacrificed, and I have no more compromise to give.  I know myself, and I know what to expect.  So yesterday was one of those days.

There was no particular trigger.  We woke up, too late in the day for normal people, but not really for us.  I made eggs, spinach, and grits, while the big kid made fruit kebabs for everyone.  We all made plates, varied for our particular tastes.  Normal stuff.  But I was irritated.  I can’t really explain why; there was no exact reason.  The big kid asked for a cheese quesadilla, and I was annoyed.  I mean, this is par for the course for him, it’s just kind of who he is, but *seriously, I just cooked food for everyone, and now you want something else, what are you talking about?!*  And when I wanted to make dinner, there was just not enough eggs, so I thought of something else to make, and there was no basil and *what the heck, why don’t we have anything in this house?!*  I went to take a long shower, because that’s my quiet place but *omg, why does this kid keep running in and out of the bathroom, this is not a play place, can’t I have 2 minutes to myself?!*  Then I went to grab a dress and *did this hanger just break?!  just like that?!*  Yes, one of those days.
I used to beat myself up about these days.  I used to feel awful, like a failure as a mother.  I would really get on myself; my inner judge would go to work.  What is your problem?  You have wonderful kids!  You  are able to stay home with them and soak up all of their awesome!  You made this choice, get it together!  But when has that inner judge ever been really helpful?
Other times, I would wallow in that feeling.  I would create a self-portrait of myself as a martyr. Does anyone ever not want a piece of you?!  How are you supposed to do everything by yourself?!  Noone appreciates you!  Not only was this not helpful, it was not a remotely accurate representation of our lives.
But what I’ve learned over the years is that it’s ok to have bad days, and it’s ok to be compassionate with myself in those moments.  When the kids have bad days, I can show them compassion.  When my husband has a bad day, I try to create space for him in that moment.  Why was it so hard to do the same for myself?  So I have learned to be present with my feelings, but only so long as I am working through them.  I have learned to forgive myself for the moments when I spoke in anger, too sharply, too loudly.  I have learned to ask for the help and support I need, because I have learned that it’s always present for me.  Most importantly, I have learned who I am and what I need, so that I can work on anticipating bad days before they happen, and try to stem the coming tide in advance.
I am not perfect; there is no perfect.  But I am the perfect me for my family.  So even on a day like this, we ended cuddled in bed together, watching videos, reading books, meditating, and making an “even if” list.  So I know that my kids will love me, even if I’m having a bad day.  And they know the same is true for me.

Unschooling Means…

Watching Olympic wrestling videos on Youtube that lead to conversations about world geography and flags and languages, then settling in to a library book at 3 am, with plans to learn Japanese when we wake up in the morning.

Making plans to head to the state capitol this week to watch people talk to legislators so that the 6 year old can think about getting involved in efforts to pass Erin’s Law in Georgia.

Checking out an opportunity shared by our homeschool friends to volunteer at a horse shelter, which leads to conversations about abuse, activism, and freedom fighters, that comes back around to an earlier conversation about Harriet Tubman.

Discussing how people get started voice acting, video game making, and professional wrestling at various points in the day.

Looking for the kid who was just coloring, only to locate him by the sounds of a drum session.

Cuddling on the sofa watching Everybody Hates Chris on Amazon Instant.

The Burden of Black Parents (On Jordan/Trayvon/Renisha/Johnathan/Aiyana/ and all of our children)

Because survivalism is not just an exercise in possibility

And the question is not ever When

Because the answer would be Now

Always

Every day

Because the mechanisms of survival are ever-present

Though they are shifting/changing/modernizing

Just as the mechanisms for genocide do the same

Because one day we hope our babies will grow into adults

If they make it out of teen-age

Out of childhood

Out of infancy

Out of our wombs

We have to teach them how to survive

How to make it in a world that seeks their blood

That seeks their breath

We have to teach them how to be free

But first we have to learn our selves

But first we have to see Our Selves

And them

And each other

As worthy of freedom

No matter what they wear

Or what they listen to

Or how they speak

Or who they love

Or what they eat/drink/smoke

No matter if they are not respectable

They are still worthy of respect

Of life

Because if we don’t see the value in our children/

In our lives

No one will