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Stay-cation offerings abound for spring break
No need to venture far for family fun next week
Bryan VanDevender and Trip McCabe pack up camping equipment after a night at the Shady Grove Campground that hug a peninsula of Lake Lanier in northeast Forsyth. The site is a popular spring destination for residents who elect to stay closer to home. - photo by Micah Green

FORSYTH COUNTY -- While many Forsyth County residents will be heading out of town next week for spring break, there will be plenty of opportunities for a fun “stay-cation” for those sticking around.

Through businesses and government amenities, there will be many options for families with kids of all ages to enjoy in their home county.

Jerry Kinsey, director of the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department, said spring break week is one of the busiest of the year for his staff.

“We recreate when other people aren’t recreating,” he joked.

He said spring break will feature about five different camps focusing on fun and games, science, dance and sports. A full list of the offerings, along with pricing and registration information, can be found on the department’s webpage on

“We have all these camps and then families can always visit all the parks for the walking trails or go to Sawnee Mountain Preserve to hike to the top of the mountain and visit the center, which will be open all week,” he said. “There will be a lot of folks visiting all the parks.”

Kinsey said next week also is a popular time for camping at Shady Grove Campground in northeast Forsyth. The 109-acre facility offers plenty of RV and tent camping sites on Lake Lanier.

“The campground opened Monday so people can go camping here in the county,” Kinsey said. “[Camp sites] are already booking up, so it will be a big week for us.”

For those who may want to spend at least some time indoors for spring break, businesses such as Monkey Joe’s off Post Road in the Midway community, and Forsyth’s four library branches have plenty of family-friendly activities.

“We’re promoting a ‘stay-cation’ and we’re doing a heavily discounted frequent user card next week,” said Brooke Hawkins, owner of Monkey Joe’s, an indoor facility full of inflatables and games for kids.

“They can get five [visits] any time Monday through Friday for $20 … typically a weekday admission is $9. So spring break is a great time for anyone who hasn’t checked us out before to come in.”

Laura Bradley, programs director of the library system, said all four branches will have a range of activities next week.

“We like to offer a variety of programs for all ages, so we have things going on for the younger kids who have things offered to them during the school year too, and then we have school-aged programs and even some teen programs coming up, too,” she said.

“It’s a very busy week for us, but we look forward to it because we get to offer such a wide variety of programs.”

There are so many programs next week, in fact, that the library has an entire page on its website,, dedicated to spring break happenings.

“We have everything listed there and the programs that require pre-registration are noted,” Bradley said.

“We’re hoping we have a good turnout for all the spring break programs. We’ve had a great response already and we look forward to more people signing up.”