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Savannah Holidays 2022

(Savanah Kids’ Activities, Events) Free SouthernMamas.com Weekly E-letter

November 30th, 2022

SouthernMamas.com Weekly E-letter, Nov. 30 2022

This free weekly e-letter in your email every Wednesday keeps you savvy about all the kid-friendly happenings as well as school open houses, free events, pediatricians and more.

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Enrichment Saturday @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center: Wolves

November 30th, 2022

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Enrichment Saturday – Wolves

This event allows the public to see some of the special work that often goes on behind-the-scenes at Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

Enrichment Saturday is an opportunity to witness how the Animal Care Staff provides special treats and activities to help hone the animals’ natural behaviors. Adults and children will participate in creating enrichment material for Oatland’s resident wolves and will watch the wolves experience their special creations.

Sat. Dec 10 2022, 9:30–10:30AM

Oatland Island Widlife Center animal care staff will take various natural non-toxic oils or other non-toxic scents like vanilla extract, lemon, cinnamon, mustard, etc. and place a few dabs around on the trees, on logs, on rocks, or inside boxes and watch them try and roll on the objects.

Buy tickets online here.

What is included in the Enrichment Saturday Program?

This program allows you to get early entry to Oatland Island, work directly with Animal Care staff to create unique enrichment items specific to the animal chosen for the month, and then walk with the Animal Care staff to the animal enclosure to watch the animal get your enrichment items! Our Animal Care staff have chosen one animal per month for the program, so if you have a particular animal you love the most, you can sign up for that month’s Enrichment Saturday Program.

  • Tickets are limited to 10 people per session
  • $20.00 per person, for all ages.  All attendees must have a ticket. 
  • All participants must be at least 4 years of age.  Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult.
  • Your ticket price includes admission to Oatland for the day, so feel free to stay and see the other animals after your program.

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(Savannah schools) Applications open for the 2023-24 for Savannah Classical Academy K-12 Charter School

November 29th, 2022

Savannah Classical Academy charter school, K-12th grade

The annual lottery for Savannah Classical Academy is now open to all students living in Chatham County, from kindergarten to twelfth grade. 

Apply online.

Families may also visit the school to submit an application Monday-Thursday, 8:30AM until 2PM.

Deadline to apply: January 20, 2023.

Savannah Classical Academy is a public charter school serving residents of Chatham County.

There is no tuition.

SCA is a public, nonsectarian, nonreligious, nonprofit school organized and operated under Georgia State laws.

SCA operates under one county-wide attendance zone. If SCA receives more applications than seats available in a grade level, students are admitted by a lottery process as mandated by state and federal law.

Compared to other area public schools, SCA students’ achievement results outscored the county public school system on all twenty-two state assessments.

Learn more here.

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(Savannah Holidays 2022) Santa & Mrs. Claus Fire Engine Tour of Islands, Southside

November 29th, 2022

Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus 2022 tour of the Islands, Southside by fire engine

The Chatham Fire Volunteer Divisions will escort Santa and Mrs Claus around the Islands & Savannah Southside in 2022 and spread some holiday cheer. See the online schedule and routes here.

The 7th District Division begins their Santa Detail this weekend Dec. 2-3 with the other divisions to follow.

Quacco/Cottonvale Road: Fri. Dec. 2 2022, starts @ 6PM

Southbridge/Berwick: Sat. Dec. 3 2022, starts @ 5PM

King George/Chevis Road/Wild Heron: Sun. Dec. 4 2022, starts @ 5PM

Wilmington Route: 12-5PM on Sat. Dec. 10 2022 with a meet and greet @ Wilmington Island Publix, 5-6:30PM.
Whitemarsh/Talahi: 1-5PM on Sun. Dec. 11 2022 with a meet and great @ Whitemarsh Island Publix, 5-6:30PM.

Skidaway Is: Sat. Dec. 17 & Sun. Dec. 18 2022. Find times here.

Whitefield Ave: Tues Dec. 20 2022, starts @ 6PM

Ferguson Avenue: Wed. Dec. 21 2022, starts @ 6PM

Burnside: Thurs. Dec. 22 2022, starts @ 6PM.

Dates for three areas of Southside will be determined.

Tracking link will be available on the day.

See the online Santa fire engine route schedule here to see when Santa may be cruising thru your neighborhood.

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Find more kids’ Christmas 2022 events here. 

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Free Holiday Tree Lighting @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center

November 29th, 2022

You’re invited to kick off the holiday season with Telfair Museum’s annual tree lighting celebration, 5:30-7PM Thurs. Dec. 1 2022 @ the Jepson Center in Savannah.

A hot cocoa bar, homemade cookies, and children’s art activities will take place in the Jepson Center’s Richard and Judy Eckburg Atrium. Shop for holiday gifts in the museum shop—including brilliantly colored Delftware ornaments representing Telfair’s three sites.

This event is free and open to the public

The holiday tree will be on view @ the Jepson Center until January 9, 2023.

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Art Start & Stroller Toddler Tour @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Savannah

On Thurs. Dec. 15 2022 10:30-11:30AM, Telfair Museums’ youngest patrons are invited to the Jepson Center for story time, a special tour, and an art activity.

Strollers, crying babies, toddlers, and older siblings are all welcome @ this monthly Art Start & Stroller Toddler Tour event.

Cost: $5 per child
Adults: members free | non-members $12.

Sign up here.

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(Savannah Holiday Camps 2022) Christmas Junior Golf Camp

November 29th, 2022

Christmas Junior Golf Camp in Savannah, Dec. 19-22, 2022

Want to keep your kids active during winter break when school is out?

Give your child the chance to try golf without wasting time and money to play.

The A-SWING Junior Golf Academy in Savannah is hosting a Christmas Junior Golf Camp 2022, Dec. 19 – 22 2022. Cost: $100 Time: 9AM- 12:30PM.

Register for the Golf Camp by here or contact Coach Paul at 912-655-9119 for additional information.

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(Pooler schools) Preschool & Pre-K openings @ Savannah Adventist Christian School

November 29th, 2022

Savannah Adventist Christian School has space in preschool & PreK

Meet Savannah Adventist Christian School’s high school facilitator, Ms. Gabby Joseph!

Check out her smart homework tip and learn more about Atlanta Adventist Academy’s TRUeConnect program on the Pooler campus by coming to Academy Day on Mon. Jan. 9 2023. Registration required.

To experience AAA from the SACS campus, register here. Register here if you want to visit the Atlanta campus in person that day.

To schedule a tour of the Pooler campus, please call 912-748-5977 or email info@sacssda.org 

Space available in the Pooler campus Preschool and Pre-K classrooms for the winter term.

The school is at 50 Godley Way, Pooler, GA 31322.

Savannah Adventist Christian School — which offers preschool starting at age 3 through 9th grade — is a small, private school with a family feel and Christian curriculum.

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(Savannah Holidays 2022) Holiday Camps for ages 4-10 @ Summit Gymnastics

November 28th, 2022

Holiday Camps 2022 @ Summit Gymnastics, Savannah

Registrations are opened for Summit Gymnastics Winter Holiday Camp 2022. Camps are already filling up fast.

Reserve your spot quick and easy online here.

Camps are Dec. 19-23 & Dec. 27-30, 9AM-1PM. For ages 4-10.

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About Summit Gymnastics, Savannah

For more than a decade,  Summit Gymnastics in Savannah has produced top-quality gymnasts by providing a safe & productive work environment that enhances physical and mental well-being.

Summit Gymnastics
74 W. Montgomery Crossroads
Savannah, Ga. 31406
(912)-921-1034

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Free public ice-skating, skate rental @ Savannah Civic Center, Wed. Nov. 30

November 27th, 2022

Free ice-skating, skate rentals Wed. Nov. 30 @ Savannah Civic Center

You’re invited to the Ghost Pirates Ice Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wed Nov. 30 2022 at 3PM at the Savannah Civic Center. Stick around after for complimentary public skating including skate rentals from 3:30-5PM.

Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Savannah

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Savannah Public Ice-Skating Schedule

Public skating has returned to the Savannah Civic Center’s MLK Arena – courtesy of Ghost Pirates Ice and the City of Savannah.

Savannah public ice-skating sessions kicked off earlier this month and will continue into December 2022 including the following sessions:

7-9PM Fri & Sat. Dec. 2-3 & Dec. 9-10; 1-3PM Sat-Sun. Dec. 3-4, 10-11 2022.

Additional sessions are expected to be added.

Learn more here.

General Admission: $12

Military & First Responders: $10

Senior Admission: $8

Toddlers (Ages 5 & Younger): $8

Ice Walkers: $10

Skate Rental: $3

(Hilton Head Holidays 2022) Santa & more @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum

November 27th, 2022

Sun, Surf & Santa @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Celebrate the holidays with this family-friendly event: Sun, Surf & Santa on Wed. Dec. 21 2022 @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. Two sessions: 10AM & 1:30PM

In addition to the exhibit, there will be a special holiday arts and crafts and STEM activities, a scavenger hunt, Santa will make an appearance at both sessions, once @ noon and a second @ 1:30PM.

Beloved entertainer Rick Hubbard will play a holiday interactive concert.

Purchase your tickets online here to make sure you have a space at this fun event. 

Questions? Email thesandboxhhi@gmail.com to register.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 80 Nassau St., Hilton Head Is. 29928

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Lowcountry Celebration Park, Adventure Playground, Hilton Head Is.

While visiting The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. , visit Adventure Playground in neighboring Lowcountry Celebration Park.

Lowcountry Celebration Park, one of Hilton Head Island’s newest parks that reflects some of its coastal, historical and environmental attributes, was recognized with an Award of Excellence for its design.

Learn more about the award here.

The park off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot and Coligny Beach Park features:
*The Adventure Playground, named after the ship Captain William Hilton was on when he discovered Hilton Head Island. It features a reimagined design of the ship, playground, wading pool and more.
*An open pavilion and lawn for events.
*A perimeter walk
*Two fitness stations
*Wi-Fi
*The Sandbox Children’s Museum
*Public restrooms

Lowcountry Celebration Park
94 Pope Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Saturday storytime; teen holiday workshops @ SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah

November 27th, 2022

First Saturday STORY TIME (First Saturday of every month) @ SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, Ga.

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11AM 
Treat the little artist in your life to SCAD MOA Story Time on the first Saturday of each month. Enjoy exciting tales and fun activities as you learn about the work on view.
Story Time is programmed for children ages 3 and up.
For more information, contact Kristin Poitras, manager of museum visitation and programming, at kpoitras@scad.edu or 912.525.7145.

Details here.

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Free SCAD Museum of Art Admisson on Second Sundays

Savannah-area residents receive free admission on the second Sunday of every month. Next one: Dec. 11. Details here.

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TEEN NIGHT: WINTER 2022 SERIES

Teen Night: Ornament workshop
Fri. Dec. 2 4:30–6:30
PM

SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, Ga. 

Create a custom beaded ornament inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions — imaginative art to adorn your tree!

Admission to the workshop: $10. Supplies included. All skill levels welcome. Boxed dinner provided. 

To sign up, email Kristin Poitras, manager of museum visitation and programming, at kpoitras@scad.edu. 

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Teen Night: Cookie decorating workshop 

Fri. Dec. 9  4:30–6:30PM

SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, Ga. 

Customize cookies styled like works on view with assistant curator Brittany Richmond. 

Admission to the workshop: $10. Supplies included. All skill levels welcome. Boxed dinner provided. 

To sign up, email Kristin Poitras, manager of museum visitation and programming, at kpoitras@scad.edu. 

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Teen Night: Holiday sculptures workshop 

Fri. Dec. 16  4:30–6:30PM

SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, Ga. 

Inspired by Shi Jinsong’s motorcycle works, on view in the artist’s exhibition Waiting for a response which we might never get [link: https://www.scadmoa.org/exhibitions/waiting-for-a-response-which-we-might-never-get], transform holiday icons into whimsical sculptures using polymer clay. 

Admission to the workshop: $10. Supplies included. All skill levels welcome. Boxed dinner provided. 

To sign up, email Kristin Poitras, manager of museum visitation and programming, at kpoitras@scad.edu.Savannah-area residents receive free admission on the second Sunday of every month. Here’s the listing for December!

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(Savannah Holidays 2022) Free Kids’ Christmas Movies @ SCAD Trustees Theater

November 27th, 2022

Three, free family holiday movies @ SCAD Trustees Theater, Savannah at 11AM, 3PM & 7PM Sat. Dec. 17 2022.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol – FREE on Sat. Dec. 17 2022, 11AM @ SCAD Trustees Theater, Savannah. This event is free to the general public with the donation of a non-perishable food item benefiting Second Harvest. Details here.

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Elf – FREE! on Sat. Dec. 17, 3PM @ SCAD Trustees Theater, Savannah. This event is free to the general public with the donation of a non-perishable food item benefiting Second Harvest. Details here.

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It’s a Wonderful Life – FREE Sat. Dec. 17, 7PM SCAD Trustees Theater, Savannah. This event is free to the general public with the donation of a non-perishable food item benefiting Second Harvest. Details here.

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Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Savannah

The Trustees Theater is a fully restored 1946 movie house owned and operated by SCAD

(Savannah Holidays 2022) Colonial Christmas @ Wormsloe State Historic Site

November 27th, 2022

Come to Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah for some historical Christmas cheer @ the annual Colonial Christmas on Sat. Dec. 10, 2022. Festivities will begin at 10AM at the Colonial Life Area.   

Will you be selected the Lord of Misrule as we search the woods for the perfect Yule Log?  During this program, you will get a chance to learn about how the Christmas season was celebrated 300 years ago.    

Join in and go a ‘wassailing with rangers as we sing jolly songs accompanied by our hammered dulcimer musician.   Music and caroling has long been connected to the holiday as people would have traditionally gone to their neighbors, singing to receive food and drink in return. 

Visitors can make a holiday ornament to take home and pen a letter to Santa using our quills and handmade ink.  Festivities will run from 10AM-4PM and the search for the Yule Log will be at 11AM and 2PM.  Admission ranges from $10 for adults to $2 for children 6 and younger. 

Wormsloe State Historic Site is 9 miles southeast of downtown Savannah at 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA  31406.  For more information, visit GaStateParks.org/Wormsloe or call 912-353-3023.  Georgia’s State Historic Sites are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

SouthCoast Health: Make Mental Health a Priority This Holiday Season

November 24th, 2022

SouthCoast Health General Physician Dr. Keith Cobb in Savannah offers tips on how to make mental health a priority this holiday season.

“Mental health should be one of the biggest priorities for everyone in the season,” SouthCoast Health General Physician Dr. Keith Cobb stated. “But it’s vital to keep moving forward and progressing with our lives and our mental health. Just because it’s the holiday doesn’t mean your needs should take a back seat.”

Learn more here. 

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(Savannah Holidays 2022) Christmas on the Bluff Boat Parade, Land Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting, Thunderbolt

November 22nd, 2022

Christmas on the Bluff, 3PM Sat. Dec. 3, 4-8PM in Thunderbolt

Join the Town of Thunderbolt along River Drive to ring in the holiday season, family style. The town is excited to bring back a boat parade along with a land parade, ornament decorating, cookie decorating, vendors, snacks, and more.

Christmas tree lighting & carols at 8:15PM and sing carols.

Sat. Dec. 3 2022, 4-8PM, 2821 River Dr, Savannah, GA 31404-3200, United States

(Savannah Holidays 2022) Family events, kid-friendly fun, holiday camps & more

November 22nd, 2022

Here’s a look @ 2022 holiday events. SouthernMamas.com will be adding to this list as set dates become available as well as to our Events Calendar. Check back for more.

Ice-Skating in Savannah:  Public ice-skating returns to the Savannah Civic Center in December 2022. Details here.

FREE Holiday Tree Lighting @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Dec. 1, 5:30-7PM. Kick off the holiday season with Telfair’s annual tree lighting celebration. A hot cocoa bar, homemade cookies, and children’s art activities will take place in the Jepson Center’s Richard and Judy Eckburg Atrium. The holiday tree will be on view until Jan. 9, 2023. Free & open to the public.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer opens Dec. 2 and runs three weekends @ Savannah Children’s Theatre. There will be a Holiday shop and a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie is included with the ticket price. Tickets are available now. Tickets

Free Tybee Christmas Parade, Dec. 2 6-9PM. Parade starts at 6th Street and moves down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street.

See Santa & Mrs. Claus on a fire engine. The Chatham Fire Volunteer Divisions take Santa & Mrs. Claus to various neighborhoods by fire engine over the next few weeks Dec. 2-Dec. 22. Free & open to the public. Details + schedule here.

Christmas on the Bluff in Thunderbolt: Boat Parade, Land Parade, Holiday Festivities, Christmas tree lighting & more, 4-8PM Sat. Dec. 3. Details here.

Free dramatic reading of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” @ The Old Dairy, 3:30PM Sun. Dec. 4. Cider & holiday treats. Details here.

Teen Workshops @ SCAD Museum of Art on certain Fridays in December 2022 including ornament making, cookie decorating & holiday sculpting. Details here.

Tybee Ballet will debut Land of the Sweets as a ticketed event on Dec. 9 and 10 at The Tybee Post Theater at 6PM. Purchase online here.

Savannah Chase 5K & Fun Run @ Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Sat. Dec. 10. Open to the Savannah community. Details here.

Savannah Santa Train @ Georgia State Railroad Museum, Sat. Dec. 10, 9AM-5PM. Online pre-registration is required here

FREE Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, Sat. Dec. 10.  The parade begins at the west end of River Street at 5:30PM and continues to the East end, then winds its way through downtown Savannah. The traditional route is subject to change this year due to ongoing construction downtown. New route TBA. Free parking will be available in all City parking garages December 9-11. Find the Parade Entry form here.

Wormsloe Colonial Christmas @ Wormsloe Historic Site, 10AM-4PM Sat. Dec. 10. Celebrate Christmas like an early Savannah colonist at Wormsloe State Historic Site, with singing, crafts & searching for the Yule Log. Details here.

FREE Christmas Whoville Celebration in Savannah City Market (formerly called Christmas for Kids Celebration), 1-4PM Sun. Dec. 11. City Market turns Whoville for the afternoon. Get Grinched (with hair and makeup). Meet Father Christmas and take a picture with him in a carriage. Plus a performance of How The Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas. Free & open to the public.

Holiday Soccer Camp with Soccer Shots Savannah. For ages 2-8. Details here.

Three, free family holiday movies @ SCAD Trustees Theater, Sat. Dec. 17 2022: The Muppet Christmas Carol @ 11AM; Elf @ 3PM; It’s A Wonderful Life @ 7PM. These movies are free to the general public with the donation of a non-perishable food item benefiting Second Harvest. Detals here.

Chanukah @ Forsyth Park, a free, community-wide Chanukah experience in Savannah’s Forsyth Park with entertainment, activities including lighting of menorah & holiday fun for all ages, 3:30PM Sun. Dec. 18 2022. Details here.

Holiday Junior Golf Camp in Savannah, Dec. 19-22, 9AM-12:30PM. All skill levels welcome. Details here. 

Holiday Theater Camp @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, Dec. 19-23: 9AM-5PM, but early drop off & late pickup is available upon request. Details here.

Special Toddler Tuesday Polar Express @ three scheduled times Tues. Dec. 20 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah. Pre-registeration required. No walk-ups allowed. Details here.

Gymnastics Holiday Camp: Summit Gymnastics Winter Holiday Camps in Savannah are Dec. 19-23 & Dec. 27-30, 9AM-1PM. For ages 4-10. Details here. 

Sun, Surf & Santa @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is., Wed. Dec. 21 2022. Santa, entertainer Rick Hubbard, holiday arts & crafts & more. Two sessions: 10AM & 1:30PM. Details here.

New Kindermusik class for ages 0-7 & caregivers, Savannah

November 21st, 2022

Join Kindermusik Savannah with your 0-7 year old in our brand new “Little Stars” class! Meeting every Monday at 6:30pm, it’s the perfect ending to your day together.  Share music, smiles, laughter, singing, instruments, stories and together and watch the bond between you and your child grow!  Multiple caregivers welcome!  

Visit kindermusikwith88keys.com for more details, or text FREE TRIAL to  912-432-5885 to set up your first free class.  

Kindermusik…A Good Beginning Never Ends. 

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Enrollment Open for Soccer Shots Savannah Holiday Camp & Winter 2023 Session for Ages 2-8

November 19th, 2022

Enroll in Soccer Shots Savannah Holiday Camp & Winter 2023 Session For Ages 2-8

Enrollment for the Soccer Shots Savannah 8-week Winter Season AND their 4 week Holiday Camp Season is now open for children ages 2-8!

Soccer Shots Savannah Holiday Camp starts the week after Thanksgiving! It will feature 4 classes, 30 minutes long each, with a different holiday focus and theme each week- holiday themed prizes!

Soccer Shots is kicking off the Winter Season the week of Jan. 9 2023 and wants your child to join Soccer Shots on Soccer Island!  

Visit Soccershots.org/savannah to learn more about this program! Or go straight to the enrollment page and sign up for a location near you that meets at a time that fits your schedule at savannah.soccershots.com.

Soccer Shots has locations all throughout Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Rincon and Bluffton!.

Learn more here.

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Savannah pediatrician Dr. Kelsey Alexander shares tips how to practice gratitude with your kids

November 18th, 2022

How to teach your kids to practice gratitude

Below is a guest post by Savannah pediatrician Dr. Kelsey Alexander @ Coastal Care Partners’ new Concierge Pediatric Clinic 

Practicing gratitude is a great way to bring joy into our lives! With the busyness and craziness of the world around us, it is helpful to look to find the things we are most grateful for each day. David Steindl-Rast, a Jesuit Priest, once said, “It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.” Even after Thanksgiving season passes, here are ways your family can practice gratitude!

Keep a gratitude journal. Gratitude journals are an easy and inexpensive way to remind ourselves of everything we have to be grateful for. Writing down 1-3 things each day is a quick positive way to start or end each day. Even kids can do it! If they aren’t able to write, try having them draw what they are thankful for. 

In my personal life, I have two gratitude routines I practice with my own children. First, in the car on the way to school, I ask them to say one thing they are grateful for that morning. Oftentimes, I have to cut them off at about three things so that everyone can have a turn. But it’s often simple things like, “I am grateful for the sunshine… the rain… for momma taking me to school…for soccer…Friday dance parties at school.”

The second routine I use to introduce gratitude into my kids’ daily routine is during dinner. At dinner every night, everyone takes turns saying the following:

1. Best part of their day

2. Worst part of their day

3. Funniest part of their day

4. What they are thankful for

My kids will often use the worst part of their day to tell on each other, for example, “when so and so hit me,” but getting it out in the open makes it less of a big deal and also normalizes that everyone has bad parts of their day. Talking about what we are thankful for at the end helps to redirect the focus.

Another great way to put gratitude into action is to talk about random acts of kindness that kids can do during the day like saying “Hello!” to someone new, opening the door for someone, or getting involved in the community. One of my favorite kid-friendly ways to get involved in the community is P.A.C.K. (People of Action Caring for Kids).

P.A.C.K. is a local organization that helps to feed children in Savannah, and kids can volunteer to help pack food and toiletry bags, or make homemade cards for children. 

I hope that as this season of thankfulness passes you will continue to find ways to encourage gratitude in your family’s daily lives. By making a routine of it, it will become easier to do and be a source of joy throughout the day.

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Savannah Children’s Theatre classes & shows in Savannah, Pooler

November 17th, 2022

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Savannah

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer opens Dec. 2 2022 and runs three weekends. There will be a Holiday shop and a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie is included with the ticket price. Tickets are available now. Tickets.

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Auditions

Mr. Popper’s Penguins: Ages 7(& in 2nd grade) through adults of all ages. Auditions Dec. 6 2022 at 7PM. Shows March 3-5, 10-12 2023

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: Ages 18+. Auditions: Jan. 9 2023 at 7PM. Shows March 24-26, March 31-April 2 2023.

The Wizard of Oz: Ages 7 (& in 2nd grade) through adults of all ages. Auditions: Feb. 6 & 7. Shows May 19-21, May 26-28, June 2-4 2023.

Learn more here.

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Holiday Theatre Camp 2022, Dec. 19-23 9AM-5PM

Savannah Children’s Theatre is hosting a 5-day musical theatre camp December 19-23: North Pole’s Got Talent!. This full-day camp for youth will have students playing theatre games, singing songs, creating dances & putting on a holiday musical for the final day. Camp hours are 9AM-5PM, but early drop off & late pickup is available upon request.  

Register online here.

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Youth Drama Classes @ Savannah & Pooler locations of Savannah Children’s Theatre

Savannah Children’s Theatre’s Savannah location has opened Winter registration for their classes. Register HERE.

The next session of Pooler Drama/Theater Youth Classes starts Jan. 9 2023 and they will be doing Aladdin. Register HERE.

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(Savannah Holidays 2022) Chanukah at Forsyth, Lighting of Menorah

November 17th, 2022

Chanukah @ Forsyth, Sun. Dec. 18 2022

Get ready for a free, community-wide Chanukah experience in Savannah’s Forsyth Park with entertainment, activities and holiday fun for all ages, 3:30PM Sun. Dec. 18 2022.

This event is free and open to all.

For more info and the option to reserve a seat, visit Chanukahsav.org

LIVE IN CONCERT!
Acclaimed Jewish Rapper, Nissim Black
Lenny Solomon of Shlock Rock

FEATURING
~ Latkas, Donuts, Gelt and more
~ Kosher Hot Dogs
~ Picnic Boxes
~ Chanukah Crafts
~ Inflatables
~ 360 Photo Booth
~ Airbrushed Custom Kippahs
~ Candle Making
~ Glow Prize giveaways

Lighting of the giant menorah with Mayor Van Johnson and local dignitaries.

Come and bring your special light, so the lights of the Menorah can shine even brighter.

Sponsorships available at Chaukahsav.org

Learn more here.

(Savannah Holidays 2022) SCPS Santa Chase 5K & Fun Run

November 14th, 2022

Come to Savannah Christian Preparatory School for a trail run while chasing Santa 

SCPS welcomes the Savannah area community to come out and run the campus trails. 

The first runner to beat Santa across the finish line wins $100!  Holiday costumes are welcome and there will be a Costume Contest. Due to the natural terrain of the trails, strollers are not encouraged.  

There will be a fun 1/4 mile kids fun run on the school track!  Each child that completes the 1/4 mile will receive a medal.

Stay around after the race for food and fun holiday activities for the family. 

All proceeds will benefit SCPS PTF. 

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.

Location Street Address: 1599 Chatham Parkway, Savannah, GA 31408

Pricing: $30 until Nov 30 2022 and $35 until Dec 9 2022

Race Day Registration until 8:45 am

Frequently asked questions:

Walkers are allowed
T-shirt is included – 5k only
Anyone can pick up packets with confirmation email

Packet Pick-Up:

Packets will be available for pick up on Fri. Dec. 9, noon- 5PM at the Eckburg Building at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.  It is the first building on the right when you turn into the main entrance of the campus off Chatham Parkway.  

REGISTER ONLINE HERE.

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(Savannah Parent & Child Activities) New Wednesday Family Kindermusik Class

November 14th, 2022

New 11AM Wednesday Family Kindermusik Class

Set aside some special together-time with your 0-7 year old, and watch your child blossom before your eyes.

Kindermusik develops a love for music, all while growing social skills, cognitive abilities, physical development, and so much more!  

For more info, text FREE TRIAL to 912-432-5885.  Visit kindermusikwith88keys.com.  
Kindermusik…Music now, Skills for life.  

Kindermusik…Uniting families in the Coastal Empire through music since 2002!

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(Savannah Parent & Child Programs) Toddler Tuesdays Oatland Island Wildlife Center 2022

November 14th, 2022

Toddler Tuesdays nature programs @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of our animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program will meet at the picnic pavilion​ and will include singing, finger play, a story, and a possible encounter with one of ​our furry, feathered or scaly​ residents.

Occasionally the program ventures to an exhibit, so dress appropriately and bring your stroller and walking shoes. Toddler Tuesday is weather dependent and in case of extreme weather and a cancellation is called for,​ attendees will be emailed at the address you registered your child with.

​Sessions are offered twice on Tuesdays from 10 – 10:30AM & 11-11:30AM and registration is not required, but it helps us speed up check in and if there is a cancellation you will be the first to know. 

Find registration forms links here.

Program Cost:

$5 for adults / free for adult members

$3 for military adults/ free for adult members

$5 for children participating in the program (members and non members must pay program fee)

$3 per class if you buy a multi pass punch card (6 class minimum purchase)

​You can purchase a punch card for your child’s admission for repeat visits at the class sign-in table, or at the front desk lobby anytime! Find out more information here!

If you are a preschool or day care you will need to call 395-1510 or click here to book a private program as this program is designed for the general public. 

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center Polar Express 2022, Savannah

Join Ms. Seashell on an adventure to the North Pole.

Three special Toddler Tuesday Polar Express sessions available: December 20, 2022
9AM, 10AM & 11AM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah.

Special fundraising fees apply: $8 for children, $5 for adults
No Toddler Tuesday Punch Cards will be accepted for this special event. No walk-ups can be accomodated.

In this annual event, participants will take an imaginary ride on Oatland’s very own Polar Express to meet some very special animals. Treats and craft activities are included in the cost of registration.

Learn more and reserve your spot here. 

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Become a Friends of Oatland member

This Member November 2022 save $5 when you give the gift of Oatland. When you gift a Family Membership between November 15 – December 15 2022, you’ll receive a $5 discount off the regular membership rate.

Check out the full list of member benefits and join today online here.

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