Back to school and Harry Potter. July is getting crazy!!!!

As we start to prepare for the end of summer break, I have a few events for those local to the Atlanta area. Keep reading to learn more!

Back to School event - July 23rd

Sugarloaf Mills to host Simon Kidgits Back-to-School Family Celebration on July 23
Local families invited to enjoy crafts, activities and more fun to gear up for the back-to-school season!

Local families and friends are invited to celebrate the remaining days of summer at Sugarloaf Mills with its upcoming Simon Kidgits Back-to-School Family Celebration on Saturday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the Food Court! Kids can get back into the school groove with themed crafts, activities, giveaways and more!

WHAT: Simon Kidgits Back-to-School Family Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Families can enjoy themed crafts, activities, giveaways and more!

WHERE: Sugarloaf Mills
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

HOW: This event is FREE and open to the public!


Harry Potter event - July 30th

Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles to Host Midnight Release Party for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Saturday, July 30
Harry Potter fans are invited to celebrate the series’ epic eighth installment with trivia contests, wand crafts, costume contests, prize giveaways and more!

ATLANTA (July 6, 2016) – July 31 can’t come fast enough for fans of the wizarding world. The anticipated summer date marks the official script book release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II,” the theatrical eighth installment of JK Rowling's best-selling Harry Potter series premiering as a play on London’s West End stage. To celebrate the countdown to the latest chapter of this spellbinding saga, Books-A-Million and 2nd & Charles are hosting a Harry Potter Midnight Release Party on Saturday, July 30 at all store locations! Festivities begin at 2 p.m. and include Harry Potter trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts, wand crafts and more before the official countdown event starts at 9 p.m. with Sorting Hat ceremonies, costume contests and other Potter-themed activities.

“With an extensive community of multi-generation followers since the series’ start in 1998, the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ release is undoubtedly the biggest book launch of the year,” said Sandra Wilson, Senior Book Buyer and Vice President of Merchandising at Books-A-Million. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the monumental debut with devoted fans of all ages, and to once again revel in the literary magic of Harry Potter

Fans who are eager to get their hands on the anticipated eighth installment can reserve a copy by purchasing a pre-order voucher at any Books-A-Million or 2nd & Charles store location now through July 30 or online for home delivery. 2nd & Charles customers who purchase a voucher before July 31 will also receive a $10 reward card for 2nd & Charles.

Starting at 2 p.m. on July 30, shoppers can take part in magical festivities throughout the day in honor of the epic book release, including Harry Potter-themed story time activities, coloring stations, trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts and wand crafts. The official countdown party will begin at 9 p.m., with various interactive activity stations to enjoy leading up to the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The event will feature Sorting Hat ceremonies and costume contests, so fans are encouraged to don their best Hogwarts robes with brooms and wands in tow. Attendees will even receive an exclusive swag bag filled with spellbinding goodies.

The Harry Potter Midnight Release Party is free to attend and open to the public. Only customers who have secured a pre-order voucher for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will have first access to their copy at midnight. Vouchers will be available during the countdown event in stores. 


  1. Mica loves Harry Potter. I liked that the books got thicker to engage the kids to read more.

  2. My oldest boy loved Harry Potter. We were still reading nighttime stories when he was a teen because we all wanted to hear what was going to happen next. :)

  3. I see some people will be quite happy for this!

  4. They are having a big Harry Potter Party at our Children's Museum for adults only. Kind of odd, since it's a children's museum. I never got into it like Mica did, so I'm not going. It sounds fun for Potter fans though.


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