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Halloween & Harvest Happenings at Georgia State Parks

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Halloween and Harvest at Georgia State parks

Boo! It’s time for gooey s’mores and ghost stories by the campfire. Celebrate the spooky season with haunted hayrides, fall festivals, trunk-or-treating, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and campsite decorating contests at Georgia State Parks. Check out more of what’s happening in October and November.

  • Haunted Hollow Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf – October 12 at Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge
  • Bark-in-the-Park Pet Costume Contest – October 12 at Laura S. Walker State Park, Waycross
  • Pioneer Days – October 12 at Traveler’s Rest Historic Site, Toccoa
  • Hung Jury Escape Room – October 18 at Dahlonega Gold Museum, Dahlonega
  • Blockhouse Breakout Escape Room – October 18 and 25 at Fort King George Historic Site, Darien
  • Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation — Friday, Oct 18, 2019 6:30 PM to 8 PM
  • Zombie Archery Shoot – October 19 at Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth
  • Halloween at Hamburg – October 19 at Hamburg State Park, Mitchell
  • Fall Color Paddle – October 20 at Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs
  • Halloween Festival – October 25 at Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton
  • Pumpkin Archery – October 26 at Magnolia

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Celebrate the Spooky Seask with Family-Friendly Halloween Events at Gwinnett Parks

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Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has so many ways to celebrate the haunting season. Some are spine-chilling and others are educational but all are family friendly:

  • Walk Among the Stars is on Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Collins Hill Park, 2225 Collins Hill Road, Lawrenceville 30043. Celebrate National Lights on Afterschool at this free event for all ages with costumes, games, crafts, inflatables and more. Visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or call 770-822-3197 for more information.
  • Gourd Monsters & Mocktails is Oct. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Prime Timers Pointe at George Pierce Park, 55 Buford Highway, Suwanee 30024. Create a spooktacular masterpiece while enjoying mocktails and tasty treats! All instructions and materials provided. Ages 50 and older, $5 per person. Preregister by Oct. 22 online with code GPP41901 or call 678-277-0910.
  • Escape the Room: Teen Edition is on Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rhodes Jordan Park Community Recreation Center, 100 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Help solve the mystery, beat the clock and escape. Ages 11 to 14, $10 per person. Preregister by Oct. 21 online with code RJP41605 or call 678-277-0890.
  • Super Hero Costume Party is on Oct. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road, Lilburn 30047. Come to this free event dressed as your favorite hero for an afternoon of fun, games, music and more. All ages welcome. Preregister to reserve your spot online with LAB41620 or call 678-277-0875.
  • Fall Into Halloween is on Oct. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross 30093. A Halloween festival complete with crafts, games, costume contests and a haunted surprise for everyone. All ages, $3 per person. Preregister online with code LSP41610 or call 678-277-0860.
  • Harvest Homecoming is on Oct. 26, from noon to 4 p.m. at McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth 30096. A free event with a special trip to the farm for games, face painting and tours. See the furry farm friends, enjoy a hayride, visit vendors and sample some tasty s’mores. All ages, preregister online with code MFP41690 or call 770-822-5450.
  • Trail of Terror is on Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Vines Park, 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville 30052. Get your chills and thrills as you experience the shadowy and sinister Phantom Village. All ages, $5 per person. Preregister online with code EXT41700 or call 678-377-4010.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Patch is on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Come find your perfect pumpkin in the pool patch to decorate for our pumpkin contest. All ages, $8 per person. Preregister online by Oct. 18 with code BEP41101 or call 678-277-0880.
  • Spooktacular Skate Party is on Oct. 26 from, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park Hockey Rink, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Peachtree Corners 30071. Create ghoulish crafts, roast marshmallows, participate in a costume contests and more! Free to attend, bring your skates and have some fun. Additional fees may apply. All ages, preregister online with code PVP41690 or call 678-277-0920.
  • Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is on Oct. 26, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 South Perry Street, Lawrenceville 30046. Get into the spooky season with one of the most renowned writers to hear tales that will make your blood run cold! Ages 16 and up, $26 per person. Preregister by Oct. 20 online with code LFS41402 or call 770-822-5178.
  • Boo Bingo and Potluck is on Oct. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethesda Park Senior Center, 225 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville 30044. Dress up in your best Halloween costume, bring a frightfully good potluck dish and enjoy a round of Boo Bingo! Ages 50 and up, $6 per person. Preregister Oct. 29 online with code BEP41908 or call 678-277-0179. 

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Trains, Trucks & Tractors returns to Southeastern Railway Museum this August

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The Southeastern Railway Museum will showcase antique tractors and vehicles during the museum’s “Trains, Trucks & Tractors” special event this August.

The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4. During the event, participants will display a range of antique tractors and vehicles not generally on display at the museum.

Musical guests include:
•Phil Griffin on Friday, Aug. 2
•Young Again Band on Saturday, Aug. 3
•Andy and Amanda on Sunday, Aug. 4

Author Todd DeFeo will present information about the Western & Atlantic Railroad, drawing on information and anecdotes from his new book.

The museum will also celebrate the 100th “birthday” of the General II locomotive. Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia built the General II in 1919.

The event will also feature hayrides (for a small donation), and food will be available for guests to purchase. Food vendors include:
•Bill’s Grills on Wheels on Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3
•The Local Pantry on Sunday, Aug. 4
•Best Ice Cream on Wheels on Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 4

The special visiting exhibits and other activities are included in regular museum admission, and guests can also purchase rides on the museum’s restored antique handcar. Visiting exhibits will arrive and depart at different times throughout the event, and event offerings are contingent upon the weather.

Confirmed popular exhibitors include Gwinnett Emergency Services (firetruck), Gwinnett Public Schools Transportation (school bus) and Gwinnett County Transit (public bus).

For more information, visit SoutheasternRailwayMuseum.org.

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Get in the Game and Discover Gwinnett’s Parks This July

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Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and explore the great things happening at your local parks and recreation centers. This July Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation is celebrating Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association, with events and activities for residents of all ages and abilities.

These special events feature activities including movies, arts and crafts, aquatic events and hiking:

·         Stars & Stripes Family Night on July 1 at 7 p.m. at Bethesda Park Aquatic Center and again on July 3 at 7 p.m. at Lenora Park Pool. Bring the family for patriotic celebration with a twist: it’s in the pool. No registration is required; all pool rules and admission apply. Bethesda Park Aquatic Center is located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville and Lenora Pool is located at 4315 Lenora Church Road in Snellville.

·         Summer Movie Night on July 12 at 6 p.m. at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center. Free admission to watch “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided. All ages, preregistration is recommended online with code BOP31630 or call 678-277-0850. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center is located at 2723 North Bogan Road in Buford.

·         Date Night Drop Off on July 12 at 6 p.m. at Lawrenceville Female Seminary. Children can enjoy the museum while parents enjoy a night out. Pizza, fun monster relay games and crafts will be provided. Ages 5 to 10, $10 per person. Must preregister by July 10 online with code LFS34001 or call 770-822-5178. Lawrenceville Female Seminary is located at 455 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville.

·         Hot Dog Pool Party on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center. Celebrate National Hot Dog Month with swimming and hot dogs. All ages, $5 per person. Preregistration is recommended online with code CHP35900 or call 770-237-5647. All pool rules apply. Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center is located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

·         Dinner and Cinema on July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Enjoy a catered dinner, popcorn and mock-tails while watching a film in the historic Superior Court Ballroom. Ages 18 and up, $20 per person. Seating is limited. Preregister online with code GHC11601 or call 770-822-5450. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

·         Aquatic Think Tank on July 13 at 6:30 p.m. at West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center. Swimming with a twist: games designed for educational fun in the water to engage math and reading skills. All ages, $3 per person. Preregister online with code WGP31901 or call 678-407-8801. West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center is located at 4488 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Berkeley Lake.

·         Game On, Kids’ Night Out on July 19 at 6 p.m. at Mountain Park Activity Building. Swim and enjoy a night out with pizza, ice cream and lots of action-packed activities. Ages 7 to 13, $12 per person. Preregister by July 16 online with code MPA31403 or call 678-277-0179. Mountain Park Activity Building is located at 1063 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.

·         Kids’ Night Out on July 19 at 6 p.m. at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. Have fun playing summertime games, and enjoy a delicious dinner with dessert. Ages 7 to 13, $12 per person. Preregister online with code GPP31602 or call 678-277-0910. George Pierce Park is located at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee.

·         Scavenge-ART Hunt on July 20 at 11 a.m. at Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center. Gather fun items from nature to build a craft. Free for all ages. Preregister online with code PVP31410 or call 678-277-0920. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is located at 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Berkeley Lake.

·         All American Day on July 20 at Noon at Mountain Park Aquatic Center. Bring the family for a fun-filled All American Day at our outdoor leisure pool with crafts, hot dogs and lawn games. All ages, $6 per person. Preregister by July 17 online with code MPA31101 or call 678-277-0870. Mountain Park Aquatic Center is located at 1063 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain.

·         Splash in Movie on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Lenora Park Pool. Bring the family to swim and watch “Trolls.” Appropriate for all ages, $4 per person. Preregistration is required online with code LEP35103 or by calling 770-982-5309. Lenora Pool is located at 4315 Lenora Church Road in Snellville.

·         Stargazing on July 20 at 9:30 p.m. at Harbins Park. Join our educators across the parks for an evening under stars. No experience in stargazing is necessary. Telescopes will be available or bring your own. Ages 5 and up, $2 per person. Preregister by July 17 online with code HRP34005 or by calling 770-904-3500. Harbins Park is located at 2299 Luke Edwards Road in Dacula.

·         Cowboy Day on July 27 at 10 a.m. at Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center. Spend national cowboy and cowgirl day at the pool with face painting, entertainment and swimming. Test your skills on the inflatable bull during safety breaks. Ages 4 and up. All pool rules and admission fees will apply. Collins Hill Park Aquatic Center is located at 2200 Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville.

·         Toddler Treks on July 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Lawrenceville Female Seminary. Finish the month off with a guided outdoor adventure for you and your little one. Spend time in the pollinator garden looking for flowers and learning about the honeybees. Ages 18 months to 3 years, $5 per child with one parent free. Preregister online with code LFS34502 or call 770-822-5178. Lawrenceville Female Seminary is located at 455 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville.

Parks and Recreation Deputy Division Director Chris Minor invites residents and visitors to explore the parks and recreation centers around Gwinnett.

“This year’s theme, Game On, encourages residents to embrace the fun and games provided by their parks and recreation centers,” said Minor. “While you’re enjoying this month’s great events, share your experience with the hashtag #GameOnJuly and invite your family and friends to get in the game with us.”

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit www.gwinnettparks.com and www.nrpa.org/July.  

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