Thursday, March 20, 2008

Monster Trucks Roar into Stone Mountain Park’s SPRING FUN BREAK Festival

Truck stars include Jesse James’ own West Coast Chopper Monster Truck

Date/Time: April 5-13, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Location: Crossroads® village at the base of Stone Mountain
Prices: Adventure Pass- Adults $25/$20 children 3-11 (tax not included)

Atlantans can say good-bye to winter and a big hello to spring at Stone Mountain Park’s Spring Fun Break. During the nine-day kids’ festival, families get a rare chance to explore up close some of the nation’s most popular monster trucks, plus see them in action in a thrilling 4D movie.

In addition to the excitement of monster trucks, kids can meet VeggieTales® stars Bob and Larry, participate in arts and crafts and play at Stone Mountain Park’s family attractions including the Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, Scenic Railroad, Summit Skyride, the Great Barn, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and Paddlewheel Riverboat. Families can also catch Stone Mountain Park’s sneak preview of the Lasershow Spectacular April 5-12.

“From taking a ride in a monster truck to playing mini-golf on a brand new course in the great outdoors, Stone Mountain Park is the ideal place for busy families who want a quick Spring Break getaway without going far from home,” said Jeanine Battle, special events manager for Stone Mountain Park. “There’s plenty to spark kids’ imaginations while getting them outside to enjoy Atlanta’s great spring weather.”

The new monster truck display features some well-known vehicles which have been featured on ESPN and the Outdoor Channel. These mighty beasts have appeared in movies such as “Knight Rider” and ZZ Top music videos. Kids have a chance to check out the infamous “Bear Foot,” the three-time Monster Truck World Champion, Jesse James and the West Coast Chopper’s “Cadaver,” “Monster Patrol,” “Extreme Overkill” and “Wild Thang.” Also featured is “Get Behind the Wheel a 4D Experience” where kids witness the monster trucks in action as the drivers compete on an obstacle course made for car crushing, high jumping and three-sixties. Those searching for even more excitement, “Carolina Crusher” will take kids on a ride for a nominal fee.

Though Monster Trucks may steal the show, other exciting activities for kids include Tunes for Tots and Story Time, a Train Show on the Scenic Railroad, and arts and crafts where kids can showcase their artistic talent.

Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See Before You Die,” Stone Mountain Park is located just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to exit 39B, Highway 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit No. 8 on Hwy 78. More information on Spring FUN Break, Stone Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation are available at 770-498-5690 or by visiting
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