Happy Halloween from Haverty Hollow and “Frank”!

Halloween is coming, and one of our Haverty Hollow traditions is putting together “Frank” to greet the cars coming up the driveway!


“Frank” and some of his after school friend creators

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Meet Bella!

After losing our sweet rabbit, Clover, to cancer last June, we are happy to welcome a new bunny, Bella, to the nature porch! Bella was given to us by the Boden family of Buckhead. She’s a beautiful addition to our nature porch. 

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Earth Day Festival 2018

Dane van Dam, Henry Hughes, Carter LaGuire and Chanhee Park pose with Ms. Lisa to display the first, second and third place winning entries in HH’s 2018 Earth Day Festival, held April 23. The After School Program celebrates Earth Day every year with games that culminate in the traditional poster contest, where everyone votes for the best representation of what Earth Day means to them. 

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Preschoolers Enjoy Their Snack In a Field of Flowers

On a beautiful April Thursday a group of the afternoon preschoolers walked down to the big field with Ms. Lisa, to take their snack among the buttercups.


Tyler Trammell, Eva Jane Turner, Lucy Hazlett, Griffin Farrell, Graeme Foster and Nicholas Wade pick buttercups to take home later.

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Buttercups in the Big Field

Spring football among the buttercups in the big field: Lisa always asks the mowers to leave the field alone for a couple weeks so we can all enjoy the beautiful color!

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Easter Egg Dyeing at HH

Lisa’s friend Grace is nice enough to come out every Spring for a session (or two) of egg dyeing activities for the after school group. Here are a couple pictures from our dye day last week.

Jimmie Davis displays the beautiful results of his egg dyeing skills.











The after school group concentrates on getting just the right amount of dye on those hard-boiled eggs!


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Winter Wonderland at HH

Snow on the upper playground Dec. 9, the day after our first snow day of school year 2017-2018. 

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Preschool playgroups available mornings and afternoons at Haverty Hollow

Haverty Hollow offers morning and afternoon playgroups for the younger set. Ages 3 – 5 will enjoy their choice of activity, from sand play to building play to organized outside and inside games plus free play in our playroom or outside on the multi-level playground.

If you’re interested in an afternoon program, you can sign up for pickup in the Haverty Hollow van from various area preschools.

Morning playgroups are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, when we open at 9:15 a.m.

Afternoon Playgroups are available from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please see our registration form for prices.

If you’ve never visited us, please call or stop by to see our original log cabin building situated on four acres of playground, a portion of Nancy Creek and walking trails, just off Northside Parkway and north of West Paces Ferry Road. Please check the Map/Directions page to plan your trip.



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Imaginative Sandbox Play

The sandbox on Haverty Hollow’s upper playground can be transformative.  During free play, the preschoolers often use the shallow pans, plastic food containers and aluminum sieves to pretend-bake cakes or construct complete meals for their fellow “family” members. At activity time, Mr. John demonstrates some of the science behind volcanic action. The children mound the sand, Mr. John mixes the eruption elixir, and the next thing you know, pseudo-lava is bubbling up and over from the mouth of the volcano. Later on in the day, the After School children exercise their imagination by creating intricate forms of tunnels and underground passages. Everyone makes the sandbox their own during a typical day at Haverty Hollow.

Mr. John mixes the magic potion that will erupt the volcano the children have helped construct in the sandbox.

Mr. John mixes the magic potion that will erupt the volcano the children have helped construct in the sandbox.

After School children show off their tunnel-building skills during free play.

After School children show off their tunnel-building skills during free play.

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ChiChi Chinchilla (Unknown Birthdate – June 23, 2017)

We have lost our oldest pet at Haverty Hollow.

How many children over the years have heard me tell the story about why ChiChi came to live at Haverty Hollow?How I was at the small pet store located at Ansley Mall (before there were stores like Petco and Petsmart!) and I saw ChiChi for sale. I told the owners that I had raised chinchillas in my classroom when I was a teacher at Trinity School. The owners tried to talk me into buying him but I did not. Two weeks later I was back in the store and ChiChi was still there. He was too cute! I agreed to bring him to Haverty Hollow where he has lived for so many years. I do not remember what year he came and would love feedback from anyone who has memories of seeing ChiChi at Haverty Hollow.

He will certainly be missed!

ChiChi is buried in our Haverty Hollow pet graveyard.

Lisa Haverty

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