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Weekend Kids’ Events in Savannah & the Lowcountry

November 20th, 2014

Find all the kid-friendly happenings in Savannah & the Lowcountry in our Events Calendar by clicking here .

Looking to get out of town for the day? Click here for our picks for 25 best daytrips from Savannah.

FREE Family Day; Cool Yule Holiday Museum Sale; Living History Programs @ Telfair Museums

November 22nd, 2014

Free Savannah Holiday Events: Jepson Jingle tree lighting, festivities

Free Holiday Festivities & Tree Lighting at the Jepson Jingle, Dec. 2.

Telfair Museums and Libbie Summers invite Savannah to a free holiday tree lighting on Tues. Dec. 2 from 5-7PM in the Eckburg Atrium of Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Summers is partnering with Telfair Museums to create a holiday tree because she was so deeply moved and inspired by the Whitfield Lovell installation, Deep River, currently on display at the Jepson Center. Local artists and art teachers will decorate the tondos similar to those in Lovell’s installation to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the grand holiday tree in the atrium of the Jepson Center.

Additionally, aspiring artists from the Savannah public school’s 4th grades have created self-portrait tondo ornaments through Telfair Museums’ 4th grade School Tour Program which will adorn two smaller trees. Telfair serves 2,500 4th graders each year through this program that Telfair has run since the 1930s.

Free admission and light refreshments, graciously provided by the Jepson Café. All galleries will be open to visitors. The artist-made tondo ornaments will be available for purchase for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Telfair Museums’ extensive children’s education and outreach programming. Learn more here. 

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Free kids' events in Savannah

Free Family Day: I Have Marks to Make, Dec. 6
1-4 p.m. December 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W York St.
Make your mark at the Jepson Cnter with hands on activities for all ages as a part of the 20th anniversary weekended celebrating I Have Marks to Make. Longtime “Marks” artist and instructor Kenneth Martin will be on hand to discuss his work with visitors and the museum will present a 3 pm performance called “Be Brave, Leave Your Mark” by Jacksonville-based performance artist Liz Gibson. Born with 7 fingers, Gibson calls her work “deformance art empowerment” teaching the overcoming of adversity and empowerment through storytelling, songs anf visualy props. Free and open to the public. Details here.

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Cool Yule Holiday Shopping Sale 2014 Savannah Telfair Museums

Cool Yule Sale, Dec. 6-7
10a.m- 5p.m. December 6
12-5p.m. December 7
Jepson Center for the Arts and the Owens-Thomas House
207 W. York Street and 124 Abercorn Street.
Holiday shopping and Member’s Double Discounts are offered again this year during Cool Yule weekend. Discounts apply to all shoppers at two of our Telfair Museums sites! Exclusively at the Jepson Center store, we present a children’s book signing on Saturday the 6th and the annual Artists Trunk Show all week­end. Several local children’s book authors and illustrators will be reading and signing their books, and local artists offer hundreds of unique gifts that your friends and family will love. Make it an afternoon at the Jepson—the store provides free gift wrapping, a children’s activity table, and refreshments!

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Savannah 150th Civil War Anniversary Programs

“Savannah in the Civil War,” A Film by Michael Jordan, Dec. 11
6 p.m. December 11. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
Local filmmaker/historian Michael Jordan’s 90-minute film highlights events and people who played a role in Savannah’s Civil War story. More than a dozen historians discuss forces that shaped Savannah’s war years, and thirty local actors portray important Savannahians of the time. Characters include Suzie King Taylor, the only African-American woman to keep a journal during the war, and Francis Bartow, who suggested gray as the Confederate military uniform color. Learn about the massive prisoner-of-war camp in that housed thousands of Union prisoners in Forsyth Park, the dramatic battle between ironcal warships in Ossabaw Sound and other key events. General museum admission and free to museum members.

“The Eve of Occupation” Living History Program, Dec. 12-14
6 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 12, 13, & 14. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
Telfair Museums present a living history program interpreting the Union occupation of Savannah from the perspective of the Telfair family.

From the beginning of the Civil War, Savannahians had viewed the conflict and its horrifying consequences as distant spectacles. On December 10, 1864, everything changed. 60,000 Union Troops maneuvered on the outskirts of the city. Confederates, numbering only 10,000 successfully retreated to Hardeeville. Lacking military defense, on December 21st, Mayor Richard Arnold made a plea for peaceful surrender of the city:

“…we… the people of Savannah… do hereby resolve that we seek to have peace by laying down our arms, and submitting to the national authority under the Constitution… laying aside all differences and burying by-gones in the grave of the past, we will use our best endeavors to bring back the prosperity and commerce we once enjoyed.” Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child.

Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. on Telfair Square, 912.790.8800, www.telfair.org, Telfair Museums is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENTS, VISIT OUR HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE 2014 BY CLICKING HERE. 

FREE Winter Reading Program @ all Live Oak Public LIbrary branches

November 22nd, 2014

FREE Winter Reading program 2014 Live Oak Public Libraries

Winter Reading Program
Dec. 1 to 31
All Live Oak Public Libraries branches
Ages 0 to 18
Children and teens are invited to participate in this year’s Winter Reading Program at Live Oak Public Libraries.

To get started reading for prizes this winter break, stop by any Live Oak Public Libraries branch to sign up and pick up your Winter Reading Record.

Each time you read a total of three hours, return your reading record to the library for prize (while supplies last) plus an entry form to win one of the Grand Prizes, a 7” tablet. All entry forms for the Grand Prize must be submitted by Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, to qualify. Grand Prize drawings will be held the first week of January.

Learn more here.

Savannah’s gun violence epidemic is a public health threat

November 21st, 2014

Savannah's Gun Violence Crime Problem Public Health Issue This week, two different shootings of Savannah children serve as horrific reminders of this city’s gun violence epidemic.

Kiaja Smalls, 2, was shot dead Tuesday night while sleeping in her Savannah Southside apartment.  The shots were fired from outside the apartment.

On Thursday, a Savannah 6-year-old girl was shot during a domestic dispute. She suffered non-fatal injuries.

Imagine if these cases involved another consumer product other than guns.

Imagine if Kiaja died because of a malfunction in a crib or if she swallowed a laundry detergent pod. Then we would hear from various health and public safety advocates about how to prevent such deaths along with tips about keeping our children safe.

However when it comes to gun violence as a public health issue - we rarely hear from the medical community about how to prevent gun violence.

Even though there are about about 11,000 homicides, 19,000 suicides and more than 2,000 fatal accidents involving guns every year nationwide.  That’s an average of 88 gun deaths per day.

We’d love to see Savannah physicians become more active in counseling patients and the public about firearm safety and working to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, in the same way that they work to reduce injuries and deaths from poisonings, smoking, motor vehicle traffic accidents, incorrectly installed car seats etc.

For example, how many pediatricians regularly tell parents that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for children is one without guns?

Health experts – we would love to talk to you about Savannah’s gun violence epidemic and to get your input about what we as parents can do to prevent these shootings from becoming the new normal. Please contact us at anne@southernmamas.com

Funeral donations
Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, 2, who was shot and killed Tuesday night inside a Savannah apartment. The family says donations will be accepted at any local Wells Fargo Bank. A gofundme page has also been set up for the family: http://www.gofundme.com/hid3wk

Black Friday Sale @ Once Upon A Child Savannah

November 20th, 2014

Black Friday Sale Once Upon A Child Savannah Black Friday Event at Once Upon A Child in Savannah @ 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square.

40-30-20% Off Select Fall & Winter Clothing and Accessories, Fri. Nov. 28 2014

Arrive 9:30am – 10:30am receive your 40% off coupon (Arrive the first hour of business, receive your coupon and shop at your leisure-no time limit)

Arrive 10:31 – 11:30am your coupon is 30% off

Arrive 11:31am – close and shop at 20% off

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Holiday Clearance Blowout Once Upon A Child Savannah

Save the Date: Clearance Blowout is coming Saturday December 6th

Once Upon A Child Savannah, 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square, Savannah, 31406 tel: 912-351-0555, http://www.onceuponachildsavannah.com/  Once Upon A Child Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah Preschools: First Christian Preschool of Savannah

November 20th, 2014

Savannah preschools, pre-K

Looking for a Savannah preschool for next fall that has a proven history as a well-established, quality preschool? Check out First Christian Preschool, which was formed in 1952 by Carolyn S. Jordan and has been in continuous operation since that date.

First Christian Preschool of Savannah
711 E. Victory Drive, Savannah

The preschool – located on Victory Drive in the Savannah’s Ardsley Park –  serves 15 mths to 4-year-old children and is in session from 9AM to noon Monday through Friday. First Christian Church members receive a 25% discount on tuition.

Savannah preschools: First Christian Church Preschool Ardsley Park First Christian Preschool provides an environment that is warm and welcoming so that your child will feel safe and comfortable. Classrooms are bright and inviting so your child will be excited about learning and will be prepared for kindergarten. Most of all, your child will have a lot of fun and be involved in meaningful play. Play is a child’s “work” and it is through play that a child learns to be social, to solve problems, to be independent and to be creative.

The preschool employs the Unit Approach Curriculum. It is designed to meet appropriate skill levels for each age group.

The school offers a Spanish program as part of the curriculum for the 3 and 4-year-olds . Music is incorporated into daily activities in the classrooms and all classes come together Friday mornings for music.

Children participate in two school-wide programs, one at Christmas and an end-of-the-year program. A Thanksgiving feast, carpool and lunch bunch, and early birds are other activities that are a part of the preschool program.

Some of the activities all of students participate in are:
Fall Festival
School Wide Pajama Party
Dessert with Daddy
Mother’s Day Tea
Graduation Program
Friday Morning Music

The preschool includes Christian principles in its program, teaching the children the Christian values of loving, sharing, being kind to one another

Visitors are welcome. First Christian Preschool staff  look forward to meeting you and your children.

For more information, please call Mrs. Sarah Marquez at 912-234-3149 or email firstchristianpreschool@yahoo.com

First Christian Preschool, 711 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, 31405, 912 234-3149,   https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Christian-Preschool/153225621412477?fref=ts First Christian Preschool is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Holiday Tours of Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Nov. 20-Dec. 30; Candlight Tours Davenport House Museum Dec. 26-30, Savannah

November 20th, 2014

download (7)Christmas 1886 with the Gordons
Nov. 20– Dec. 30 2014
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

Step back in time at the Juliette Low Birthplace, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Explore customs during the Victorian era and how the Gordons celebrated in 1886. The table is set for Christmas dinner, the stockings are ready in Mama’s bedroom, and the vintage “Game of Merry Christmas” is out. Admission charged. Admission costs here. 
(10 E. Oglethorpe, Savannah 31401)
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10AM -4PM
Sunday 11AM-4PM
Closed Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24 – 26, 28, 31 including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.
Open Nov. 28 1-4 PM

Details here. 

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Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight
Davenport House Museum
December 26-30 2014
6 -8:30PM
Enjoy a glimpse of how the elite celebrated the holidays in the 19th Century in the Old South. This is a real taste of colonial life you won’t find anywhere else. (324 East State St. Savannah 31401)
Details including admission cost here.

FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENTS, VISIT OUR HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE 2014 BY CLICKING HERE. 

Parent & Child Holiday Clay Workshop & Fused Glass Ornament Workshop, Savannah, Dec. 6

November 19th, 2014

Holiday Art Workshops Savannah

Parent and Child Holiday Clay Workshop & Fused Glass Ornament Workshop will be offered Dec. 6 2014 @ City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs studios at 9 W. Henry St.

Register now online here or by calling (912) 651-6783.

Cost

Fused Glass Ornament Workshop fee is $15 per person. Holiday Clay Workshop is $15 per parent & child duo. Fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools required. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Credit cards are accepted.

Art classes & workshops @ City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs studios. 9 W. Henry St. (912) 651-6783 On Facebook here. On Twitter here. Savannah Dept. of Cultural Affairs is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Savannah Holidays 2014: FREE holiday tree lighting, festivities @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Dec. 2

November 19th, 2014

Free Savannah Holiday Events: Jepson Jingle tree lighting, festivities

Free Holiday Festivities at the Jepson Jingle, Dec. 2.

Telfair Museums and Libbie Summers invite Savannah to a free holiday tree lighting on Tues. Dec. 2 from 5-7PM in the Eckburg Atrium of Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 West York St.

Summers is partnering with Telfair Museums to create a holiday tree because she was so deeply moved and inspired by the Whitfield Lovell installation, Deep River, currently on display at the Jepson Center.

Summers will cut circular discs or tondos, similar to the tondos in Lovell’s installation, from a tree felled at Bethesda Academy.

Local artists and art teachers will decorate the tondos to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the grand holiday tree in the atrium of the Jepson Center.

Additionally, aspiring artists from the Savannah public school’s 4th grades have created self-portrait tondo ornaments through Telfair Museums’ 4th grade School Tour Program which will adorn two smaller trees. Telfair serves 2,500 4th graders each year through this program that Telfair has run since the 1930s.

Free admission and light refreshments, graciously provided by the Jepson Café. All galleries will be open to visitors.

The artist-made tondo ornaments will be available for purchase for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Telfair Museums’ extensive children’s education and outreach programming.

For more information please click here or contact Molly Carrott Taylor, Director of Development, at 912.790.8865.

FREE year membership for military

Remember: Military – active, reserve, and retired – and their families are invited to Telfair Museums free of charge through November 10, 2015, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Fifth Third Bank (Georgia). Learn more about that here.

Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. on Telfair Square, 912.790.8800, www.telfair.org, Telfair Museums is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA HOLIDAY FAMILY EVENTS, VISIT OUR HOLIDAY FUN GUIDE 2014 BY CLICKING HERE. 

Telfair Museums in Savannah offers two educational programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers

November 19th, 2014

Telfair Museums in Savannah has two fun & educational programs for young children – babies, toddlers & preschoolers – to visit the museum, learn and make art together.

Mommy and me activities Savannah Stroller Art ToursStroller Tours Stroller Tours 3rd Thursday of Every Month
9:30-10:15am
Telfair Museums is excited to introduce its newest program for the stroller set! Join Telfair Museums for a monthly gathering where parents & caregivers can enjoy a morning at the museum while also engaging infants with art. Babies thrive on dynamic environments, so each month we’ll explore a different set of artwork. There will be touchable toys for the little ones, adult conversation for you & like-minded art lovers. Finish your visit with a leisurely talk over complimentary coffee & tea in Telfair Museum’s café. Strollers, crying & older siblings are all welcome here.

December 18 – Color/Contrast
Discover different ways colors are combined in abstract and representational works in Savannah Collects.

Infants from 2-18 months and adults welcome. Included with museum admission; free to members. Ten spaces are available.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER or contact Glenna Barlow at 912.790.8821.

toddler preschooler art programs SavannahTelfair Tots 3rd Thursday of Every Month
10:30-11:30am
Start your day with art! Once a month preschoolers aged 2 ½ – 5 and their adult companions are invited to the museum for story time, a special tour, and an art activity. Younger siblings are welcome to tag along. Come play and learn with us!

December 18 – Silver and Gold
These shiny metals aren’t just for jewelry. Take a walk with us to explore the various metals and materials used in sculptures around the museum. Then you‘ll create your own modified brass rubbings in silver and gold.

Activity fee is $5 per participating child; regular museum admission for caregivers. Adult members are always free.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER or contact Glenna Barlow at 912.790.8821.

The two above new programs are in addition to other kids’ programs currently offered by Telfair Museums in Savannah including WCWM (What Can We Make?) & FREE Family Days offered one Saturday a month. Details here. 

Jepson Center, 207 W York St. Savannah, 31401 , http://telfair.org/learn/family-programs Telfair Museums is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

FOR MORE MOMMY & ME ACTIVITIES IN SAVANNAH & THE LOWCOUNTRY, CLICK HERE.