Mind the Gap

roots atlanta after-school program!

Three o’clock. School’s out. Your boss gets that you have carpool duty, right?


Solve your child care conundrum with the latest in postschool options. Roots Atlanta’s after-school program, for kids ages 5 to 12, provides homework help alongside creative and community outlets (read: organic gardening, art projects, and volunteer work).

With transportation provided from nearby Mary Lin and Springdale Park Elementary (and weekend programs every first and third Saturday), founder Nicki Lynn Keys fills the void between their school schedules and your office hours. Fostering self-discovery, creativity, and a sense of civic responsibility, it’s a child care choice you can make with a clear conscience.

And one we can all root for.

Roots Atlanta, 828 Ralph McGill Boulevard, unit w9, Poncey-Highland (nicki@rootsatlanta.com or rootsatlanta.com).

This Week in Atlanta!

Decatur Book Festival

What: The nation’s fourth largest book fest is chockful of children’s activities, including readings, plays, performances, and parades.
Why: Read on.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Ponce de Leon Ave., at Clairemont Ave., Decatur (678-534-8526).

See the legendary Marvel comic characters in live-action performances with face painting, crafts, storytelling, and animal encounters.
Why: Makes for a super day.
When: Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., Midtown (404-624-9453).

Learn-to-Skate Program
Ongoing group classes that teach figure skating fundamentals (ages 4 and up).
Why: A cool way to keep fit.
When: Sat., 11:05, 11:40 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Where: The Cooler, 10800 Davis Dr., Alpharetta (770-649-6600).

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800 Cherokee Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315