Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s Annual Book Swap and more

Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s Annual Book Swap -Jan 20

It’s cold, but there are still family fun indoor events that will brighten your day and entertain your kids.  Sharing a few upcoming events!
Kennesaw Parks & Recreation will host its annual Book Swap event at the Ben Robertson Community Center on Saturday, January 20, from 8 to 11 a.m.

Area residents interested in participating can drop off gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs, DVD movies and vinyl records January 18 and January 19, from noon to 8 p.m. and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of items during “open swap” time on January 20. Books must have their front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs, DVDs and vinyl records must be in their original cases and fully operable. Magazines, software, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material will not be accepted.

Items will be organized into the following categories: Fiction, Children, Teen, Non-Fiction, DVDs and CDs/Vinyl. This swap is completely free; items cannot be purchased. Any remaining items left at the end of the swap will be donated. For additional information, please visit


Pop-In FOR FAMILY FUN Board Games & Puzzles

The Marietta History Center will be hosting its monthly Pop-In event on Saturday, January 20th from 10am-4pm. This is a monthly event that takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Pop-In’s provide children and their families the opportunity to interact with the museum through themed activities and crafts. Join us in, January for crafts and activities geared towards Board Games & Puzzles. Pop-In for Family Fun is generously sponsored by Cauthorn, Nohr, and Sanders. This sponsorship allows this program to be FREE for all to enjoy.  Marietta History Center, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060.


January News & Updates

Thank you to those of you who attended our Opening Reception on Saturday, January 6, when we opened our “All About Values” Exhibit. This exhibit runs through Saturday, February 24. An “Open House” is planned for Saturday, February 3. If you missed the first reception, you have another chance! We hope to see you there…

The idea behind “All about Values” is two-fold: A) Values as used in an artistic definition, a “full range of values”, light to dark… and/or B) Principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgement of what is important in life, moral principles, what you “value”…This is a subjective theme.

Also featured~ artwork by our Member Artists. We feature a wide variety of art from over 100 local artists.
All artwork is for sale.

Our regular hours: Tuesday thru Saturday’s~ Noon to 6PM. 
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.

Call for Artists

We are accepting submissions for our “Art that Sings” Exhibit now until February 15 at Midnight. Please visit our website for a full description of this themed exhibit, and to submit the submission form. This exhibit will begin on March 2 and run through April 27. Accepted works will need to be delivered to the Art House on Tuesday/Wednesday, February 27 & 28.

Mark your calendars-classes and workshops

Winter Classes and Workshops at the Art House begin the week of January 8th. You must register in advance of the class to be included on the roster. 

The next session of 5 week classes will become available for registration on Wednesday, January 17. Those classes will begin the week of February 26 and will conclude the week of March 25.

Southern Museum - Jan 24Trains, Trains, Trains! Returns to the Southern Museum

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is excited to announce the return of its biggest, most popular event of the year—Trains, Trains, Trains!— on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28, 2024. The 2024 event will feature the Museum’s biggest model train display to date along with train-themed activities and historic trains.

The model train layouts will come in all sizes and feature a variety of themes, many of which have interactive buttons to delight young visitors. Railroad artifacts will be on display for visitors to hold, touch and discover how they were used.

For those looking to take something home, the General Emporium, the Museum’s gift shop, will more than double in size for the event with a variety of train-themed items, from clothing and collectibles to toys and model trains, perfect for train enthusiasts, kids and fans of history!

“Trains, Trains, Trains! is the premier family and child-oriented model railroading event in metropolitan Atlanta,” says Dr. Richard Banz, Executive Director of the Museum. “Children and adults alike will be amazed by all of the wonderful train layouts, several of which are interactive. This is definitely an experience that the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come.”

Museum operating hours for the event are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 65+), and $5 for children (ages 3 to 17), active-duty military (with ID) and university students (with ID). Tickets are available online. Admission for Museum members is always free!

Parking will be available at Swift-Cantrell Park, located at 3140 Old 41 Hwy NW, with a free shuttle service.

Sponsors for the event include LGE Community Credit Union, Watson Injury Law, JLunsford CPA, Kennesaw Museum Foundation, Kennesaw Business Association and the City of Kennesaw.

The Southern Museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in Downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75). For more information, visit or call 770-427-2117.