From the Publisher – April 2024

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Springtime down south just hits differently. The temperature is finally rising, and we can slowly venture outside after another long winter. However, now there is pollen to contend with, and just as soon as you think the warm weather and sunny skies are here to stay, along comes the second winter.

April in the South means layering your daily outfits because morning temps can be around freezing, while by lunchtime, the sweatshirts can come off, and t-shirts are all you’ll need in the afternoon. Down south, we know that April also means dreaded southern storms can pop up out of nowhere, with strong winds and threat advisories.

However, the storm does wash away the pollen and our itchy allergy reactions with it. Next, the warming trend seems to be here to stay, and then bam…it starts all over again! Some might say that spring in the south has a mind of its own.

Luckily, we are used to drastic changes and know what to do at this time of year. Even if the weather is up and down, Auburn and Opelika have plenty of family-friendly activities that can be found indoors and outdoors.

This month’s calendar features some exciting weekend fun for the whole family. For those rainy spring days, try exploring an art exhibit inside Jule Collins Museum or watching a performance like Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo and Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center.

Or, how about a day at the movies, bowling, or arcade games?When the blue sky and sunshine return, mark your calendars for all the outdoor family fun, like festivals, downtown events, sports games, and more!

Don’t miss this year’s annual CityFest featuring Space Adventures, arts and crafts, kids’ bounces and slides, and much more! The event will be at beautiful Kiesel Park in Auburn on April 27. Also, this year’s spring A-Day weekend, April 6-7, will have many outdoor events to catch, starting with AU football, baseball games against Tennessee, and the much-anticipated return of VetFest at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

It’s sure to be a weekend full of cheering on the home teams and learning more about Auburn’s Vet School, including the Raptor Center.

April is also a great time to consider childcare options for this summer and fall. Many of the local preschool programs have already begun the registration process for the fall, and we have compiled a list of all our area has to offer for children in need of daycare through preschool and kindergarten programs. Check out the 2024 Childcare Guide to begin your search.

Also, in our feature article, What To Look For When You’re Looking For a Daycare, the author has some important questions to ask yourself and the childcare centers when choosing the right fit for your family.

From one parent to another, get outside and enjoy springtime in the South!

Kendra Sumner
Author: Kendra Sumner

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From the Publisher – April 2024

by Kendra Sumner time to read: 2 min