Holiday Help is Here!

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The holidays are a busy and exciting time for families full of the magic of Santa, festivities, parties, and of course lots to get done! We are here to help. Your Happy Nest has nannies on hand that can help out with more than just childcare. They can run errands, wrap gifts, help with party decorations or even come to your party and help with childcare or serving food and drinks. We would love to help take some of the stress of the holidays off of your back so you can enjoy more time with your little ones making memories!

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Atlanta Picnic & Playdate to celebrate Nanny Recognition Week!

picnic-playdateDid you know that September 18 through 24 is National Nanny Recognition Week?  Your Happy Nest is thrilled to celebrate the nannies that we work with and the fabulous work that they do for families by hosting a Nanny Picnic & Playdate.  Atlanta area nannies are invited to join us at the Mayor's Grove Playground in Piedmont Park on Friday, September 23 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Please bring a picnic blanket and picnic.  Children of all ages are invited to attend (along with their nannies).  We will have sweet treats, bubbles, and stickers for the children.  We hope to see you there!  (Cancelled in the event of rain.)

Going to Charleston Restaurant or Beer Week?

Charleston families! Are you going to Charleston Restaurant or Charleston Beer Week this week? We have fully screened sitters available and ready for you! All sitters have had an agency interview, background check, references checked and are CPR/First Aid Certified. We have an Annual Babysitting Membership available for unlimited nights/weekend babysitting placements or you can pay per use. We can get you started today! BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM


Fam Jam- A Free Family Festival in Marion Square


FAM JAM 2016 celebrates the power of PLAY and shows children and their grown-ups that being active can be fun. This year, Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (in collaboration with the Charleston Farmer’s Market) is gearing up for an exciting event in Marion Square and is planning an action-packed day of fun and PLAY! In addition, CML collaborates with more than 25 community partners who will participate in the event, providing a host of playful crafts and activities to engage children of all ages. AND, all FAM JAM attendants receive FREE admission to the Children’s Museum that day! You don’t want to miss out on this day of fun!


September 17
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Marion Square
329 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Wedding sitters available

We have sitters available to come to your wedding and help out with kids so parents are able to relax, or we can have a sitter come to your hotel room to watch your kids while you enjoy a kid-free night out! All of our sitters are fully vetted by our agency including an agency interview, background check, references called, CPR/First Aid Certified and they must have a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience. BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM

Wedding sitters available

Atlanta Holiday Happenings!

Happy Holidays from Your Happy Nest!  We've rounded up the best family friendly happenings around Atlanta for the 2015 season!   We wish you and yours happy holidays as we celebrate the end of a wonderful year. Holiday1Adventure to Santa. North Point Mall and Dream Works Animation take guests on a never-before-seen, magical experience. Once your journey is complete pose for a keepsake photo of your unforgettable experience. Open November 6 through December 24th.



Holiday2Avalon Alpharetta. Discover the perfect holiday this season, with a variety of event to inspire and delight your holiday spirit. From Santa Claus’ arrival to outdoor skating, experience family fun in a winter wonderland all season long.


Holiday3Teddy Bear Tea at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. On Sunday December 6th and 13th Guests will enjoy tea, hot cocoa, tea sandwiches, charming desserts, and holiday sing-a-longs. Santa will make a special visit to deliver special  Legoland Discovery Center gift bags to all the children



Holiday4Centennial Olympic Park’s Ice Rink. Enjoy a 90-minute skate session with the Atlanta skyline as your background setting. Open November 21 through January 10th.



Holiay5Fantasy In Lights. Callaway Gardens’ is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler. Runs from November 13 to January 2.

Holiday6Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. In 2015, explore new features like the massive Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Open November 14 through January 9.


Holiday7Holiday in Lights. Centennial Olympic Park’s annual Holiday in Lights is an Atlanta tradition. In November, the Park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights that make up the sparkling display.

Open November 21 through January 10th.





Holiday8Holiday in the Park. Six Flags Over Georgia is continuing its new holiday tradition as it extends its season with the addition of Six Flags Entertainment’s annual holiday festival — Holiday in the Park. More than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees will create the perfect magical atmosphere this holiday season from November 21 through January 3. - See more at:

Holiday9Lanier Islands Christmas. Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! Magical Nights of Lights, our Christmas classic, continues when the sun sets on Lanier Islands this holiday season. Twinkling lights come to life, transforming the landscape with pictures of Christmas wishes, millions of twinkling lights color the Islands throughout the holidays at our Magical Nights of Lights. Journey to Santa’s Holiday Village, where kids can share their Christmas wishes with the big man himself, and grab a photo memory of their special meeting. While you’re here, shop for that special Christmas gift for someone in your circle of friends and family. November 20 through January 3

ReindeerReindeer Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Don your holiday hats and get your jingle bells ready! A CNC winter tradition returns for its 5th year. Come out for a day all about winter animals and holiday cheer. Join us for these fun activities; straight from the wintery north (North Cobb that is) meet live reindeer that bring the magic and tradition of the holidays alive for the entire family!

Open December 13th, 1pm-4pm.


RudolphRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center For Puppetry Arts. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfits in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 animated special, Rudolph and his friends take the stage. Open November 12 through December 27th.



SkateSkate Atlantic Station. Skate the 10,000 square-foot, open-air ice-skating rink. Dazzling lights and holiday décor will have skaters dreaming of a white Christmas. Opens November 21




Stone1Stone Mountain. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. Open November 7 through January 3 (select dates)


snowSnow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Spend a fun-filled day playing across five football fields of frosty joy. Zoom down the 400-foot hill all together in our family-sized tubes, or go it alone as a single rider. From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Open November 21 through February 28 (Select dates)

pigThe Pink Pig. Over fifty years ago, a beloved tradition was born in Atlanta- the Pink Pig. Hop on board and ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on top of the Lenox Square Mall. A portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Health Care of Atlanta. Open now through January 3rd .


nutcrackerAtlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Fabulous Fox

Always the highlight of the season, Atlanta's very own staging of the Nutcracker ballet returns this year for its 20th Anniversary! Scored by the iconic music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a wondrous adventure that has thrilled audiences the world over for over one hundred years -

SCUBA Claus (1)-2Georgia Aquarium's Festival of the SEAson has all the things families love about the holidays with fun twists. Annual standards like seeing Santa are transformed with appearances from SCUBA Claus and the spectacular Holidazzle light show, Symphony of Snow musical performances and fantastical 3D-mapped, 60-foot-high atrium nature shows are perfect for creating unforgettable memories.


Cincinnati Holiday Activities 2015



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December 31st and January 1st 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

RICKmas is a fun holiday attraction that provides a place for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate one of the world's favorite toys and see some awesome LEGO displays.

BRICKmas features more than 13 large-scale LEGO displays and is the largest display of its kind in the surrounding states. Two of the more notable displays include a 30 ft. model of the iconic Roebling Bridge and the popular Music Hall display, which will also boast a replica of Washington Park.

The attraction also features an interactive area where children can build their own “brick” masterpieces; color and decorate


December 4-6; December 12-13

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with our live rendition of your favorite holiday special!  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down - Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season.  2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.


November 14- January 2016

Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World's Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a "Journey to the North Pole", where you can can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. See our "Main Street Holiday Trains" displays which offers some beautiful winter train displays that are FREE to the public. Extended Hours! From December 12th through December 23rd and December 26th through December 30th we will remain open until 9pm. The Junction is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day and closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Santa goes on vacation after Christmas.


November 21-January 2

The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo has become the region's largest and most anticipated holiday event with 2.5 million lights sparkling well past Christmas. The special holiday entertainment, carolers, children's activities, Gingerbread Village, reindeer, train rides, the NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake.


October 30-Febuary 15

The Fountain Square ice rink is located in the center of the redesigned Square, in view of the fountain. At 7,000 square feet, it is about the size of the rink at New York's Rockefeller Center. Amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches, and a heated tent with vending machines for snacks and drinks. Hot drinks and sweets are available at Graeter's on the Square and at Ingredients across the street.


Ho ! Ho! Ho! It’s Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place!

Fridays and Saturdays, November 27—December 19, 12-8 p.m.
Sundays, November 29—December 20; 12-6 p.m.
Monday – Thursday, December 21-24, 12-5 p.m.

FREE! Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting.Courtesy of Macy’s.

Visit with an African American Santa from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17!

Story time with Mrs. Claus at Macy’s Fountain Place

Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine Street, Third Floor

Saturdays, November 2 8, December 5 and 12

Immediately following Macy’s Downtown Dazzle fireworks

FREE! Courtesy of Macy’s.

Weekend Carriage Rides at Macy’s Celebration Station

Boards at corner of Fifth and Race Streets

November 2 7-29, December 5-6, 12-13, noon–5 p.m.

(Final boarding at 4:45 p.m.–please arrive early!)

FREE! Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley carriage rides through the heart of the city. Courtesy of Macy’s.


November 6-January 3

The Cincinnati Museum Center hosts an annual celebration of model trains each holiday season. Enjoy the four-level, multi-train layout with vintage trains traveling through one-of-a-kind towns, through hills and mountains, and across bridges. A four-level layout of simultaneously running trains, two dioramas recreating pages from the Lionel train "wish books," and a display of some of the oldest model trains ever produced inspire visitors of every age. Children will enjoy special activities designed just for them, including a journey by train through a winter wonderland and crafts in the Kids' Corner.



November 20-January 2

Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorns the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There's no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98


November 14-January 3

The 2015 Holiday Show at Krohn is blossoming with the sweet twist of peppermint this season!  Hop on the Poinsettia Express and explore a landscape of swirling trees and striped blooms of deep reds and rich chartreuse.  Candy cane striped amaryllis, crimson poinsettias dappled in white, spiral junipers, and speckled caladiums create a charming floral setting for this year’s interactive train display and botanical architecture.  Trains carrying peppermint candies interweave with fascinating “gingerbread” houses made of all natural materials.  Refresh your holiday spirit with your family and friends this year at Krohn Conservatory!

Visitors will also experience local musicians, the Schmalz Family holiday display, extended “candlelight” hours and great photo opportunities.


November 27th, 6pm-9pm

This annual lighting of the holiday tree, sparkling with more than 20,000 lights and an illuminated, five-foot-tall red star, on Fountain Square officially welcomes the holiday season. Festivities will begin at 6:00pm with live music, food, and music by local bands. Followed by the official tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show!

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Saturday, December 5th, 10am-12pm

Create your own flapjack masterpiece at our pancake buffet, enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities and take photos with the jolly man in the red suit, Santa Claus. Treat your guests to a first class experience with one private hour in Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and the Art of the Brick.



Dec 9th, 6:30PM

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.



Friday, November 27th, 2015

The holidays just aren’t the holidays until Santa Claus arrives! Join us the day after Thanksgiving as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter at the base of Union Terminal's fountain, turn on the Christmas tree in our Grand Rotunda and usher in the holiday season here at Cincinnati Museum Center. It's a family tradition that you won't want to miss!



November 28th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Who needs long lines, pricey photo sets, grumpy kids? This year, ditch your annual trip to the mall and venture down to Washington Park. Why? To see Santa Claus of course!

That’s right — every Saturday in December, Santa and is merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm, Santa. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!

2015 Activity Schedule:

November 28th: Rudolph & Friends

Activity: Create your own “Reindeer Games” board game with Happen, Inc. or explore Mr. Cowpie’s winter animal education farm.

December 5th: Carol Karaoke

Activity: Build your own “Holiday Ornament” board game with Happen, Inc. or sing carols with Melodic Connections.

December 12th: Frozen Fun

Activity: Make your own wrapping paper with Happen, Inc. or take photos with your favorite characters from Frozen.

December 19th: Let It Snow

Activity: Design your own holiday stocking with Happen, Inc. or enjoy story time with the Cincinnati Public Library


Opening November 20th!

Snow Tubing is a fun and exciting wintertime activity that brings people together and creates amazing memories. It is just like sledding – only it’s faster and more accessible. Beach Mountain has OVER 100,000 Christmas lights on our property!


November 27-December 31

Located on five beautiful acres, The Christmas Ranch offers visitors more than 1 million dancing lights which are synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology! This true winter wonderland has been featured nationally on HGTV and ABC's Good Morning America!

WaterWonderland_ScubaSanta015.ashxWATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA 

November 27-December 31

Discover the magic of the all-NEW Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® as Newport Aquarium presents a holiday celebration under the sea. It’s an experience that's overflowing with enchantment and fun new experiences the whole family will love.

Join the fun as Scuba Santa fills his air tank with magic bubbles - and sends them throughout the Aquarium creating an enchanted Water Wonderland. Be amazed as you're surrounded by lights and bubbles dancing to holiday music in Shark Ray Bay Theater, where you'll also have the opportunity to meet Scuba Santa one-on-one.

The undersea celebration continues with holiday music and more magical bubbles as you journey through the Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, where the ceiling is filled with hundreds of twinkling sea creature lights. The white gators in Gator Alley are having fun with a truckload of seasonal cheer and special decorations. Now even Mighty Mike loves the holidays. It’s squiggly wiggly jiggly fun in the Jellyfish Gallery as the jellyfish dance and float in rhythm to their very own holiday soundtrack creating a living light show.

The all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa is a truly wondrous experience where families connect and interact with the magic of an undersea holiday celebration.

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All Abroad The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride

November 20 - December 20

The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) comes to life when the train departs Connersville's Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special stop at the "North Pole" to allow Santa Claus to board the POLAR EXPRESS. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie while listening and reading along with the magical story.

Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at the "North Pole," where Santa Claus and his helpers will be waiting. Santa will board the POLAR EXPRESS(TM) where he will greet each child and hand them the special first gift of Christmas during the return to the station. You will surely want to make this an annual holiday tradition.


Santa Claus Limited

Saturday November 28, 2015

Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board Santa will come and visit with each child on the train. Train departs at 9:30am, 11:45am and 2pm. Purchase Santa Claus Limited Tickets ONLINE or call 765-825-2054 To Order By Phone.

(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)

Your Happy Nest is now serving Cincinnati, OH!


Your Happy Nest is excited to announce we are now serving the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Metropolitan Area!  Meet Kristina, our placement provider in Cincinnati, OH.  Kristina has been working with our Atlanta branch since July of 2014.  Kristina recently decided to relocate back to Cincinnati to be near family and lifelong friends.  Take a look at Kristina's bio below and please spread the exciting news to families and nannies who live in the greater Cincinnati area.

FullSizeRenderI am excited to annouce that Your Happy Nest is expanding to my hometown of Cincinnati, OH!  I was first introduced to Your Happy Nest when I volunteered to be an organizer for the National Nanny Training Day event in Atlanta that was hosted in 2014.  While organizing the event I became acquainted with the staff at Your Happy Nest and felt they were a quality type of agency that supports both the nannies and families needs!  Before working with the agency I was a profesional nanny in the Cincinnati area for 8 years and in 2010 I accepted a nanny position in Atlanta, GA.  My favorite part of being a nanny is the special relationships that I am able to develop with the children I am caring for.  Working with Your Happy Nest has given me the opportunity to help others find the same wonderful experience I enjoy so much.  In August of 2013 I welcomed my first child just 8 minutes before my birthday.  As a new mother I can relate to a parents needs and concerns when hiring someone to care for their child.  As a placement provider my goal is to take the stress out of finding an exceptional nanny so that parents can go to work with a peace of mind knowing their child will be in great hands.

allgirlsreading**A special thank you to Burning Chair Photography for capturing our adorable promo pics!

CPR & First Aid Workshop

Your Happy Nest is hosting a CPR & First Aid Workshop! 
Our CPR & First Aid workshop will be held on August 29th from 9am-2:30pm/3pm.  The location is below.  The certification is for adult and pediatric CPR and First Aid.  Your certificate will be valid for two years.  Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, water, etc. as food will not be provided.  Space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP.  The price is $35.00 per person.  You will need to pay in advance in order to RSVP.
Cobb Co fire station #5, located in downtown Vinings.  The address is 4336 Paces Ferry Rd, SE, Atlanta, GA, 30339
Contact if you would like to RSVP to this event

Check out a new service in Atlanta: Prepare to Pop!

Prepare to Pop was started by local mom Elisha Joffe who is a good friend of ours. She is so creative and has great style! Check out her business below. She is also offering 15% off to any first time client if you say you heard about her business through Your Happy Nest! Lila

Preparing to be a MOM  is a fun and exciting time, but there's so much to do! Let Prepare to Pop lend a hand with maternity and newborn personal shopping, stylish nursery and playroom design, and help with what really needs to go on that registry!

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Nanny Playdates!

Hi Atlanta nannies! Please join us for one of our fun spring/summer playdates! This is a great way to allow your nanny kids to socialize with other kids and for you to connect with other nannies. All nannies and their kids are welcome so bring a nanny friend! Nanny playdate

See Your Happy Nest at the CSRA Baby Expo in Augusta, Ga.


Simple Bliss Events is hosting the 2015 CSRA Baby Expo!

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at The Legends Club of Augusta.

Doors open at 9am!

Stop by our booth to receive a free "Happy Nest" charm (while supplies last) and register to win a free Annual Babysitting Membership (a $200 value!)


Admission is FREE!  Click here to register and receive your free tickets.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your Happy Nest at the Peachtree Road Farmer's Market

We had a great time at the Peachtree Road Farmer's Market over the weekend!  Kasie and Bayly of Your Happy Nest set up a kids craft table at the market, and we met some great kids. We love working with community and our local farmers to promote healthy eating habits in children.  Our crafts focused on teaching kids to "Eat the Rainbow" and discover fruits and vegetables offered by the farmers at the market by participating in a scavenger hunt!  We hope you'll join us at the market when we set up again on Saturday, August 31!

Such good little artists!

Eat the rainbow!


Fun with chalk!


Bayly working with a new friend on "Eating the Rainbow"


Kasie helping with an coloring project.


Little artists love to color too!


Picking out stickers for completing the scavenger hunt!