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New water attraction to open at Malibu Grand Prix Norcross

New water attraction to open at Malibu Grand Prix Norcross

NORCROSS, Ga. -- Buccaneer Cove will soon open in Malibu Grand Prix Norcross.

The Grand Prix track will close, and the new water playground will take its place. Families can play on the structures, which will feature several interactive water games. A spokeswoman for Malibu said Buccaneer Cove will include five water slides, tunnels, squa domes, spray cannons, spray loops and spray fountains. 

Guests can also relax in lounge chairs at Buccaneer Cove, as shady spots will be available around the park. Semi-private cabanas will be open and offer food service for a rental fee. 

Buccaneer Cove is expected to open Memorial Day weekend. 

Families, four-legged friends invited to Run for the Rescues

Families, four-legged friends invited to Run for the Rescues

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The third annual Run for the Rescues 5k will run Saturday, March 23 in Suwanee Town Center Park.

The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals invites all families, including canine family members to participate. The run aims to benefit homeless pets. 

A festival will be held along with the race from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., including food and drinks, arts and crafts, inflatables for kids and treats for digs and runners. Sample products will be available for purchase. Georgia SPCA will also do frisbee demonstrations and give training tips and CSC testing. 

Dogs can compete in various contests, including longest tail, longest ears, best trick, and more. 

For more information, visit the Run for the Rescues website. 

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

Monkey Joe's holding birthday celebration

ATLANTA -- Monday is the birthday of Monkey Joe, namesake of the popular indoor bounce house venues.

To celebrate, Monkey Joe's is offering plenty of family fun, including reduced admission prices, all day.

On Feb. 18, entry into every Monkey Joe's location is only $5. The first 100 children at each facility will be treated to a free pizza party, and the first 75 children will be given birthday party goodie bags.

"Monkey Joe's birthday party provides us an opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of Monkey Joe's locations across the country," Monkey Joe's brand manager Sonny Crumpton said in a statement. "As a way to honor the families that visit Monkey Joe's time and again, we wanted to show our appreciation with discounted admission and special treats and events, which we believe both children and their parents will enjoy."

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

Gas South, community partners give gift of circus fun to 425 children

ATLANTA -- Gas South, along with some other community partners will take 425 kids with special needs and their families to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus.

As reported by a spokeswoman for Gas South, the company is teaming with the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment to make the night of circus fun happen. The 425 children and families will get free admission to the circus, the DRAGONS and Magical Journey, as well as a private pre-show where the children can interact with the circus animals and performers on the arena floor. 

The shows are set for February 15 at Philips Arena and February 22 at the Gwinnett Center. There will be special access for wheelchairs, along with other mobility devices as needed. 

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.