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Bond with Your Child over These Fun-Filled Activities in Atlanta

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If you are a family man, you know the struggles of finding something that the entire family will love – especially the little ones. Taking kids out on trips and tours can be a difficult task because not many kids enjoy what you like. Think of things that you enjoy like clubbing and fine dining which your child would certainly dread.

Not many people know that Atlanta is a city of fun for everyone. If you live in Atlanta, you most certainly can find something that your little one will enjoy and love to be a part of. This article will discuss some of the best things to explore in Atlanta with your little one.

Best Places in Atlanta to Visit with Your Kid

Let’s talk about some things in Atlanta that your kid will surely love to be a part of:

Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is known to save wildlife animals and give them a better life. In the modern world where people don’t have time for one another, it is a great way to teach your children empathy and help them discover the wonders and beauty of nature.

The entire experience at the zoo comprises of conservation of animals, research on new/old species, and education of the animals present, and creating friendly yet engaging experiences with some of the animals. This entire trip will be fun, you can buy some snacks and show your kids a great way to bond with other creatures and species present in this world.

Six Flags over Georgia

Who doesn’t love a day trip to a theme park? And to talk about one of the largest theme parks in America, Six Flags over Georgia is house to more than 40 rides out of which 12 are roller coasters. This is not just it. Six Flags over Georgia is one of the most awesome things to do in Atlanta with kids because of the adventure. Enjoy water pools, slippery water slides, and much more. They also transform the entire park into a haunted theme for the Halloween season and is decorated with a million lights for Christmas.

Hippo Hop Indoor Playground

An extremely fun place to enjoy for the whole family. The place comprises healthy food items, entertainment options, and fitness activities for the whole family. Their café comes with a whole range of food items from vegan to gluten-free and allergy-friendly. The place usually entertains children around the age of ten or less and provides them a great bonding experience with their parents while learning the value of a healthy lifestyle.

Georgia Aquarium

Marine life is in danger thanks to the industry and the way people are disposing of waste in the sea. Thankfully, Georgia Aquarium is doing something about the wonders of marine life. Teach your children the importance of sea animals, allow them to realize their beauty, and entertain them with the various tricks at the Aquarium.

This aquarium comprises more than 10 million gallons of water and houses more than 500 different species of sea life. Whether you want to stand behind the glass walls to observe the beauty or be a scuba diver for the day, make sure that you have the time of your life. Another major reason why this place is worth visiting is that it is a nonprofit organization that is solely committed to creating general awareness of sea creatures and motivating more people to do the same.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Atlanta holds an extremely rich historical and cultural background. The city is home to some of the best social leaders and it has also been the city from where the revolution against racism began. Atlantans should be proud of their cultural heritage and should introduce their children to it.

Fortunately, Children’s Museum Atlanta is the only institute where they introduce your child to the background of Atlanta and some other educational activities. The museum is known to teach children from the ages of 1 to 8 because all the programs and activities are designed as per their caliber.

Pettit Creek Farm

Curled up in the hills of Northern Georgia is the home of one of the largest herd of camels in the state of Georgia. There are many other farm animals apart from camels. The Pettit Creek Farm also houses other exotic animals like:

  • Giraffes
  • Zebras
  • Capybaras
  • Llamas
  • Lemurs.

The farm is open to the public from January to August but you need to make a reservation. They also have a Halloween event in mid of September that lasts till August and a Thanksgiving/Christmas event till the 30th of December. These events are open to the public and anyone is welcome to join.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

A private, nonprofit organization also known to people as the Chattahoochee Nature Center lies on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell intending to connect back people with where they actually belong – nature. It comprises 127 acres of indigenous plantings highlighting the elegance of Georgia and the Chattahoochee wetlands.

The Discovery Center that only comprises of the Nature Exchange in the southeastern part offers exhibitions and real, native wildlife that cannot be released. There are 2.5 miles of trails for hiking and nature trails that host more than 50 different species of wildlife. Unique trips and festivals during the year involve fun days for kids and adults, canoeing, festivals, zip lines, and services for couples, teenagers, and adults.

Conclusion

Atlanta is one of the most historically rich and economically significant cities in America. There are a lot of things to do in Atlanta with kids where you can take your child for a fun day with loads of information. While you are with them, it can also be a bonding experience for both of you and Atlanta certainly does not fall short in offering that. Find natural non-profit organizations that are helping animals to historical museums where they plan fun-filled yet educational activities for children of all ages. Just pack your snacks, check your car tires, and head out to have the best bonding experience with your child.

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?

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People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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By: The Flight Detective
Title: What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?
Sourced From: travelupdate.com/ansett-airlines-inflight-bar-menu/
Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

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The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

By: Elizabeth Preston
Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.



Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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Title: Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?
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