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Brookfield Park in Augusta, Georgia

I remember the day the City of Augusta officially opened Brookfield Park. It was a great city project spearheaded by a neighbor who knew the land could be great after the Georgia Department of Transportation was done with their road project. Fran Stewart was right.

Fast forward almost ten years and it is my favorite park in Augusta to play with the kids. We call it the “Yellow Park.” Don’t ask me why. William, 4, and Jacob, 2, both love it.

There are two playgrounds – designed for two different ages. Also a putting green, bring your own clubs and balls. Also a nice 1/3 mile walking track and public restrooms. A covered picnic area is pretty popular for family reunions and birthday parties.

 And during the warmer months, a big hit is the huge water fountain designed for drenching young children.

You will see kids in swimsuits, but not my kids of course. Fully dressed and fully soaked.

 If you are traveling by Augusta – this is a great place to get out of the car and stretch your legs. I find this is important when traveling with my kids and I love an alternative to a fast food play land. The park is off Riverwatch Parkway which is exit 200 off Interstate-20. Just drive away from downtown and take Riverwatch to the light at Stevens Creek Rd – then right and then your first left – Mayo Road.

Brookfield Park
2740 Mayo Road
Augusta, Georgia 30907

Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Park

I know like most Augustans I have been waiting on a break from this winter weather for some fresh air and outside time. Luckily I got my chance this weekend when my friend, her children, my dog and I went to Savannah Rapids Park. This is a 33-acre park and is open to the public free of charge.

It’s a beautiful place and great for the children. They have a play ground equipped with slides, swings, ladders and more. The kids really enjoyed it!

Located on the park property is Savannah Rapids Pavilion, a great place for wedding receptions, business luncheons and more. There is also an outdoor barbeque pit, a pavilion and picnic tables.

Because I had my overly hyper little dog with me we just had to go walking along the towpath. The towpath is located behind the park area and Savannah Rapids Pavilion and other structures. This is where the Historic Augusta Canal Headgates are located. Bikers, runners and children filled the towpath on this beautiful day.

I recommend visiting this park whenever you are in the Augusta area. It’s a great place to take the kids, your family dog or your significant other. Or, if you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast try launching a kayak or a canoe at the headgates along the 7.5 mile Augusta Canal; you will end in Downtown Augusta where you can grab a bite to eat at one of Augusta’s local eateries.

Savannah Rapids Pavilion and Park
3300 Evans to Locks Road
Martinez, Georgia 30907
Phone – (706) 868-3349

Family Bowling in Augusta, Georgia

I have to admit it has been awhile since I have gone bowling. There was a time in my youth when I did own my own purple bowling ball and shoes, but I digress. This time I was taking William, almost five, to explore the fun of bowling in Augusta, Georgia.

First things first – the shoes! They are a lot nicer than I remember renting. William’s actually had Velcro and looked brand new. Mine also were very snazzy. Then it was to putting our names in the system. Again to reminisce, I am old enough to remember the small pencil and having to do the math all by myself.

This is something new – and all for the kids – before we started the bumpers went up. Yes, actual guard rails to keep the kids’ ball on the lane. And I will tell you William put those rails to the test with a few curve balls.

We tried rolling the ball, pushing the ball, throwing the ball and of course kicking the ball. After a few frames, he did decide actually putting his fingers in the holes of the 6 lb ball was the best. And the ensuing strike made it all worthwhile. And of course for a kid learning his alphabet, the big “X” on the screen was very exciting.

I will not tell you what my final score was, but will tell you I had excellent form.

A few bowling lanes in Augusta, Georgia to try out.

AMF Masters Lanes
1810 Gordon Highway, Augusta
(706) 733-3624

Brunswick National Lanes
3067 Washington Road, Augusta
(706) 860-1667

Gordon Lanes Bowling Center
3rd Ave. #33200, Fort Gordon
(706)791-3446

WifeSaver

The commercial says, ‘WifeSaver you’re a life saver…Put a little South in your Mouth!’. And it is so true! The other day my friends and I were craving some good Southern food for lunch, so we headed down the street and picked up WifeSaver for lunch. WifeSaver is a local chain in the Augusta area, known for comfort food, fried chicken and banana pudding.

Stacey and I both had kid’s meals with chicken strips, which was more than enough for lunch and Iman tried the fried chicken combo.  Everything was really delicious! The chicken strips are my favorite in town, because they are so fresh tasting and flaky.  The tea is also to die for, sweet and ice cold!

WifeSaver also has plenty of options if you need food catered for an event, or even if you’re just taking home food to your family for supper. Everything is tasty and quick!  Next time you’re in town, stop by the nearest WifeSaver for some chicken and banana pudding. You can thank me later!

And if you have a few extra minutes, click here to see how WifeSaver got its start in Augusta.

Monkey Joe’s on Christmas Eve


I know this may not sound super holiday-ish, but it was a fun time in Augusta with my kids. Yes, we spent Christmas Eve at Monkey Joe’s in Augusta.
Monkey Joes is an indoor inflatable play center for kids one to twelve. The craziness includes inflatable slides, jumps, and obstacle courses. It gives kids a chance to run and climb all over everything. It was a cold rainy day – I decided there had been enough running and climbing in my house. So we went to Monkey Joes in Augusta.
William loved the big slide. At first I thought there was no way he would do it – but of course I was wrong. However, on the first trip he did convince me to go with him.
Jacob enjoyed the Mini Monkey Zone for kids 3-years old and younger. It features smaller slides and bouncy areas for kids not as sturdy on their feet.

There is an adult lounge with comfortable seating, free high-speed wireless Internet, flat screen televisions, and computer stations. I saw it as we came in, but of course I did not see it again. I just kind-a followed the kids from slide to slide. Assisting in an obstacle course or two.

The center also has video monitoring and identity bracelets to keep all the kids safe. Everyone gets a wrist band when coming in and does not leave without it being checked.

Just a note – make sure to bring socks for your kids and you. They require that socks be worn at all times in the play areas. But of course if you forget, they are sold at the concession stand along with pizza and cokes.

So if you need a fun place to run around with the kids this holiday season – think about the long nap they will take on the way home from Monkey Joe’s in Augusta.

Monkey Joe’s Augusta
368 Fury’s Ferry Rd Suite 2
Martinez, GA 30907
(706) 922-5867

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