Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stone Mountain Park Invites Families to Nine Affordable, Adventure Packed Days of Spring FUN Break

Shows and activities get kids up and moving

Date/Time: April 2-10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Location: Crossroads® at the base of Stone Mountain

Prices: Adventure Pass - $27 Adults/$21 Children 3-11 (tax not included)

Mountain Membership Annual Pass - $54 Adults /$42 Children 3-11 (tax not included)

Family Value Pass- 4 one-day Adventure Passes, 4 meals and stadium cups with unlimited refills $119 (tax not included). Sold exclusively online.

Stone Mountain, Ga- As the snow melts from Snow Mountain, Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s number one attraction, welcomes families to enjoy warmer weather and value packed adventures in the great outdoors with Spring FUN Break (SFB). This year, in addition to Easter Bunny visits, bonnet crafts and a parade, SFB features new limited engagement, interactive shows especially designed for kids and families. The line-up features a special appearance by PBS family stars, Laughing Pizza. The nine-day festival also includes a sneak peek of Stone Mountain Park’s famous Lasershow Spectacular.

“Spring is a time of starting fresh and de-cluttering. Spring Fun Break helps kids and parents shake off the winter blues and get active, participating in outdoor activities and shows that spark their imaginations,” said Stan Morrell, director of entertainment and events at Stone Mountain Park. “And with budget-friendly options like a Family Value Pass or Mountain Membership, families can enjoy lots of activities and dining out without breaking the bank.”

SFB kicks off its varied entertainment slate on April 2 with Easter Bunny visits and Easter hat crafts. After creating their top hat masterpieces, parents and kids can don their new bonnets and join the Easter Bunny Parade.

From April 6 to 10, Stone Mountain Park welcomes a special appearance by Laughing Pizza. Previously featured on the Today show, Laughing Pizza is a real family band that makes original music for kids, parents and loved ones alike. Their music videos are seen daily on public television stations by millions across the country, such as Georgia’s GPB – the third largest PBS station in the country. Laughing Pizza’s live performances are energetic, interactive, dance-filled shows that get kids and parents up and moving.

Another new activity to get families grooving is Dr. Busybody’s Boogiebot Blast. This dance party gets everyone moving to help Dr. Busybody’s fuel his Boogiebot robot. If the families dance and create “imagination,” the only thing that fuels Dr. Busybody’s Boogiebot, his robot comes alive. Guests also become part of the act with SFB’s all new IMPROV show. Families are in charge of the action when zany comedians take suggestions from the audience to come up with the most fantastic tales imaginable.

Also new this year to SFB, is the world’s only animated talking goat, Hilda. Straight from the popular children’s book “Hilda: A Very Loyal Goat,” Hilda carries on conversations with children to their delight and amazement. The interactive screen transports children to the Cole Family Farm to meet and talk with the friendly goat. Hilda shares hilarious stories of life on the farm and asks children about their hobbies and interests.

The fun continues when kids use their imaginations at the new Make & Believe attraction. Activities such as fort building, puppet shows, mega building blocks, mural and face painting invites kids to express their creativity.

Families can conclude the day with a sneak peak of the Lasershow Spectacular before it returns regularly this summer. With displays of laser lights, graphics, characters and fireworks, the Lasershow Spectacular is an Atlanta attraction that is not to be missed.

Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of value-priced options for families to enjoy the park and the special SFB activities.

Adventure Pass

$27 Adults/$21 Children 3-11 (tax not included)

Includes all of the SFB activities and other popular attractions such as Sky Hike, Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure®, Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, mini-golf, Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard, The Great Barn and Memorial Hall.

Mountain Membership Annual Pass

$54 Adults /$42 Children 3-11 (tax not included)

Pays for itself in two visits. An annual pass lets families come again and again throughout the year to take advantage of the park’s attractions, special events and exclusive discounts.

Family Value Pass

$119 (tax not included).

Saves families 30 percent. Sold exclusively online, pass includes four Adventure Passes, four meal tickets and complimentary stadium cups with unlimited refills all day.

Families can also have a “staycation” at Stone Mountain Park, beginning at $179 a night. The Marriott Mountain Escape Package includes a one-night stay at the Evergreen Marriott Resort or Stone Mountain Inn, 2-day all-attractions Adventure Passes and breakfast.

Schedule of SFB Shows and Activities

April 2-4 Visits with the Easter Bunny, Easter hat crafts & Easter Bunny Parade

April 6-10 Laughing Pizza

April 2-10 Dr. Busybody’s Boogiebot Blast, Improv Show, Hilda: A Very Loyal Goat,

Storytelling and Make & Believe Activities

April 2-10 The Lasershow Spectacular, Nightly at Dusk

Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See…”, Stone Mountain Park is located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to exit 39B, Highway 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit No. 8 on Hwy 78. More information on Spring FUN Break, Stone Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation are available at 770-498-5690 or by visiting www.stonemountainpark.com.
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