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Hilton Head/Bluffon Memorial Day Events: Annual Sandbox @ the Stables celebration

May 26th, 2017

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You’re invited to the 6th Annual Sandbox at the Stables Memorial Day Celebration @ Lawton Stables in Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island this Mon. May 29.

Pony rides, water slides, crafts, facepainting, food and treats, and MORE.

Proceeds benefit The Sandbox—good times for a good cause.

It’s not too late to enter the Raffle. Enter to win Four (4) One Day Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World Orlando
$5 each or 5/$20. Only a few tickets remain.

Drawing at 1PM. Need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit The Sandbox Children’s Museum.

General Admission
$5/Person
Children under one are FREE! Concession and activity tickets are $1 each
(Plus, $6 per vehicle Sea Pines gate entry fee)

Activities (some free, some require activity tickets) scheduled include:

Craft projects
Inflatable water slides and bounce houses
Pony rides
Facepainting by Morgan’s Mommy Facepainting People
Family games and activities
Live remotes from SC103.1 and 104.9 The Surf
The Cowpoke Caper Parade is back again at High Noon! Come dressed as your favorite cowpoke and bring your cowpoke name – creativity is key! Free bandanas to the first 50 entries!

There will be hot dogs and burgers fresh off the grill, as well as refreshments including sno cones and cotton candy, all available for purchase.

For more information about Sandbox at the Stables, call (843) 842-7645.

Guests will park at the Trolley Stop inside Sea Pines Gate and ride the free trolley to Lawton Stables. (there is NO Event parking at Lawton Stables)

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Pope Avenue will be closed on Memorial Day.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928 www.thesandbox.org The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Summer Family Vacations: Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

May 26th, 2017

Family Vacations Yellowstone Grand Teton Taking our Savannah born-and-bred kids (ages 10 & 8) to Yellowstone National Park for about a week during May 2017 was one of our best family trips yet.

Not only did these Southern flatlanders experience snow in May and conquer mountains, they also packed their wildlife log with wildlife sightings including a grizzly bear and her cub, wolves, bighorn sheep, bison, proghorn, white pelicans, sandhill crane, a trumpeter swan, mule deer, moose and more.

Here’s this mom’s list of things to do when visiting the world’s oldest national park (established in 1872) with kids.

Free national park pass. If you’re traveling with a fourth grader, be sure to obtain your free national park pass before your trip through The Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives every U.S. 4th grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed parks, lands and waters. This program begins Sept. 1 of your fourth grade year and runs until Aug. 31 of that year. Learn more here. 

Grand Teton National Park. Do not miss this smaller, but equally as stunning national park just south of Yellowstone and just north of Jackson, Wyoming. We stayed inside the park at Signal Mountain Lodge and loved it for its view of Jackson Lake and the Tetons; the close proximity of the lodge’s restaurant for a breakfast overlooking Jackson Lake before taking off to a hike (we suggest Taggart Lake loop hike); but especially for the scenic float trip along a 10-mile stretch of the Snake River. Book your float trip when making your Signal Mountain Lodge reservation, as these trips fill up quickly. Age minimum is 6 years old. Float trip details here. 

Old Faithful Inn. Staying at accommodations inside Yellowstone is pricey. Which is why we we only spent one night actually inside the park. I am so jazzed that one night was spent at Old Faithful Inn. The towering lobby of this national historic landmark is pure entertainment. We spent an evening in the lobby listening to live music and slipping out onto the balcony to catch the regular Old Faithful eruptions. The beauty of this inn makes you feel quite guilty bemoaning the inn’s very purposeful, get-off-your-screens lack of Internet. When walking the Upper Geyser area near the Inn, be sure to take the Observation Point Trail option to Solitary Geyser for dreamy views.

White-Water Rafting. My kids took their first whirl at white-water rafting on the Yellowstone River and fell in love with it thanks to Flying Pig Adventure Company in Gardiner, Montana. This rafting outfit is near the north gate to Yellowstone, which you need to visit anyway if you want to see the Roosevelt Arch. The hip young, energetic crew at Flying Pig put young first-time rafters at ease and make parents wish they, too, had been river guides in our early 20s. Maybe, just maybe, if the water is cold enough, you’ll forget all about the fact that you’re wearing an incredibly unflattering wet suit. In public. During daylight. While sober. (But maybe if your trip is during warmer weather, you don’t need to wear a wet suit. I was too worried about falling overboard to ask.) During our eight-mile trip on class II and III rapids, there was just enough splashing and paddling to make it suitable for even young, novice rafters but still exciting. Our guide shared details about landmarks we passed including Electric Peak and even offered the opportunity to jump in and swim at the end.

Yellowstone family trips Grand Teton summer vacation

Lamar Valley. It is easy to skip this remote, wildlife-packed northeast corner of Yellowstone for the more convenient, well-traveled areas touted in your tour books. But if your kids want to see wildlife, Lamar Valley is a must. Bring boxed lunches from Old Faithful Inn or, if you are coming from West Yellowstone, boxed lunches from Ernie’s Bakery & Deli then take a picnic hike in Lamar Valley. (Don’t forget your bear spray!) We loved Trout Lake hike and Specimen Ridge/Yellowstone River Picnic Area hike along the Narrows of the Yellowstone River. For wolf watching, head to Slough Creek Road, where avid wolf-watchers set up scopes on known wolf dens and are happy to let you take a peek. If you want to stay near Lamar Valley, we liked Silver Gate Cabins  – just outside the northeast gate before Cooke City, Montana – and The Log Cabin Cafe for breakfast, unforgettable pumpkin bread and boxed lunches.  (The cafe also has cabins where you can stay.)

Junior Ranger: Stop by visitors’ centers in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone to pick up Junior Ranger packets for your kids to complete so they can be sworn in at the visitors’ centers to become Junior Rangers in each park and collect their Junior Ranger badges/keepsakes from each park. Grand Teton’s badge actually smells like campfire – a first in our junior ranger collection.

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. If you stay in West Yellowstone, Montana (we liked the convenience of The Three Bear Lodge although the new Explorer Cabins also looked enticing) and have time, be sure to check out the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.  The small, not-for-profit center gives you a chance to watch grizzly bears and gray wolves that are at the center because they are unable to survive in the wild, usually due to human involvement. Sign up your kids early for the popular Keeper Kids program (designed for ages 5-12). During the program  – which teaches kids about grizzly bear eating habits – kids will accompany the naturalist into the bear habitat to hide food for the bears. After the food is hidden, they can see first-hand how bears use their sense of smell to search out the food they had hidden. Learn more about the center here. We broke up our visit with a refreshing, short lunchtime bike ride from West Yellowstone along Riverside Trail nordic ski trails into Yellowstone National Park. We rented mountain bikes and got trail maps and tips from the incredibly welcoming folks at Freeheel and Wheel in West Yellowstone, who also recommended box lunches from Ernie’s Bakery & Deli. This made for a picturesque picnic along the Madison River with views of the Gallatin Range before returning to the Grizzly Center to say goodnight to the bears on our last day of this treasured Yellowstone trip.

(We flew from Savannah into Salt Lake City and drove via Jackson, Wyoming to Grand Teton National Park, then Yellowstone. Returning, we left from West Yellowstone, via Idaho Falls, back to Salt Lake City.)

Savannah Summer Camps 2017: Maven Makers “Soldering My Summer”

May 25th, 2017

Maven Makers Summer Camps 2017 Savannah I’m a Maker Summer Camp – Soldering My Summer! Maven Makers in Savannah, a makerspace that supplies tools, training, and workshops in a variety of industrial and artisan fields.

This summer camp is about all things soldering for 11-13 year olds!

Soldering is a fun and simple skill to bring all your projects to life!

Each day will feature new soldering projects with everything from intruder alarms to light up badges.

Learn more here. 

Maven Makers offers a variety of summer camps & youth workshops. Learn more here.

The Maven Makers shop, 415 West Boundary St. Savannah, 31401, email events@mavenmakers.com Maven Makers is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Free puppet-making craft, puppet show, artist reception @ Henny Penny Art Space & Cafe, Savannah

May 25th, 2017

Henny Penny Art Cafe Savannah

Bring your kids to a free puppet making craft & artist reception @ Henny Penny Art Space & Café in Savannah, 6-9PM Fri. June 2 2017.

It’s an artist reception for Kristie Duncan’s artwork (she did all the Chicken Little characters @ Henny Penny). The event is free and open to the public. Henny Penny is also installing a puppet theatre for the event and providing a free puppet making craft.

Henny Penny is located at 1514 Bull St. Savannah.

Nestled just blocks from Forsyth Park, Henny Penny Art Space and Cafe also provides custom-designed arts and crafts kits for all ages, workshops, classes, and is available for booking birthday parties.

Foxy Loxy Cafe & Scribble Art Studio opened Henny Penny earlier this year.

Henny Penny offers regular programs for children. See all the programs here. 

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Savannah Summer Fun: YMCA of Coastal Georgia Summer Pool Passes Now Available

May 24th, 2017

YMCA Savannah Summer Pool Pass Make a Splash this summer at the YMCA

This summer, the Y is offering a Summer Pool Pass!

With nine branches across Coastal Georgia, Summer Pool Pass holders can access to ALL of our outdoor pools and splash pads all summer long. The summer pool pass will also grant you access to all of YMCA of Coastal Georgia facilities including group exercise classes, fitness centers and child watch while you work or enjoy the pool.

Family Summer Pool Pass- $249
(2 Adults and up to three children under the age of 12)
Individual Pool Pass – $175
(Pass is good from May 25th through September 4th, pass holders do not qualify for member program rates)

To purchase, stop by any YMCA of Coastal Georgia Branch Welcome Center Desk. Learn more here.

Nine YMCA of Coastal Georgia branches: 
Effingham YMCA
Golden Isles & McIntosh YMCA
Habersham YMCA
Islands YMCA
Liberty County/ Armed Services YMCA
Richmond Hill YMCA
Tybee Island YMCA
West Chatham YMCA

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Bug Fest 2017 @ Savannah Children’s Museum, May 27

May 23rd, 2017

savannah bugfest 2017 Savannah Children’s Museum  invites you to attend Bug Fest 2017, the annual family-friendly celebration buzzing with bug crafts, activities, and workshops on Saturday, May 27th from 10AM to 4PM at Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401.

This year, discover the importance of bees and other natural pollinators with the Coastal Empire Beekeeper’s Association, learn about insectivores with Oatland Island Wildlife Center, enter our Insectarium with Armstrong State University’s Entomology class, meet some friendly reptiles from Georgia Reptile Society, try Bug Yoga for kids led by Yogi Palz, and become a member of the Eat-A-Bug club with “Tails of the Lowcountry.”

Savannah Children’s Museum educators will also deliver programs and activities related to bugs and many other crawly creatures throughout the event. The Naked Dog food truck will be on Sugar Beet Bluff, just outside of Savannah Children’s Museum’s entrance with delicious hot dogs, snacks, and Italian Ice for purchase.

Admission to Bug Fest is included in the cost of regular admission to Savannah Children’s Museum, $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older. This event is FREE for Coastal Heritage Society members.

WHAT: Bug Fest 2017
WHEN: Saturday, May 27th from 10am to 4pm
WHERE: Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401
COST: $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older

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FREE Kindermusik Savannah classes on Mon. May 29

May 23rd, 2017

Mommy and Me Kindermusik Savannah Join Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano on Monday, May 29 for FREE KINDERMUSIK CLASSES!

Two classes this day only will be offered at no cost – with a surprise theme and donut holes after class.

Join us with your 0-7 year old for instruments, music, singing, movement, stories and more!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED, as spaces are limited.

Classes will be offered at 10AM and 11AM.

To register and save a space for your child, email info@kindermusikwith88keys.com.

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June Musical Playdates for ages 0-7

JOIN Kindermusik Savannah in June for monthly musical playdates – “Sand & Seashells: Oceans of Music!”

Sat 6/17 @ 10am
Wed 6/21 @ 10am
Sat 6/24 @ 10am

Spaces are limited. Enroll online today!

Kindermusik…music now, skills for life. 912.988.KEYS. kindermusikwith88keys.com

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Savannah Summer Camps Guide 2017

May 21st, 2017

Savannah Hilton Head Summer Camps 2015

Visit our Savannah-Lowcountry Area Summer Camps 2017 directory here to help you find the type of camps you and your children are looking for this summer.

The guide includes a variety of camps – arts, dance, languages, sports, STEM, enrichment – as well as camps for all ages including pre-school.

If you want to advertise a summer camp in the guide, please email anne@southernmamas.com.

Click here to start planning a fun Summer 2017.

Savannah Summer Camps 2017: All Sports Camp for ages 6-12 @ Armstrong State University

May 17th, 2017

Savannah Summer Camps All Sports Camp Armstrong Savannah 2017

The Recreation and Wellness Department at Armstrong State University in Savannah hosts this fun and active 2017 Summer Camp for ages 6-12.

Kids will participate in a variety of activities to include; basketball, flag football, kickball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, tag games, and nutritional and environmental presentations all on the beautiful Armstrong campus.

Dates: June 26-30 & July 24-28, 2017
Ages: 6-12
Cost: $200 and $250 for “Extended Care”

Register online here. 

General Camp Information
– A mid-morning snack will be provided (children with special diets need to provide their own snack)
– Children bring their own lunches
– Campers should wear clothing that allows them to participate in a variety of activities (i.e. tennis shoes, shorts, and T-shirt)

Camp Hours: 8:30AM to 3:30PM
– Camper drop-off time will be 8:15 to 8:30AM
– Camper pick-up time will be 3:30PM

*For “Extended Care” camp will run till 5PM

Camp Counselors
– Counselors are current ASU students with a desire to work with youth
– All counselors have gone through a basic background check which includes the national sex offender registry
– Counselors are basic first aid and CPR certified

Register online here. 

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Savannah Summer Camps 2017: ImprovHub improv camps & classes

May 16th, 2017

improv drama camp Savannah summer 2017

ImprovHub in Savannah offers improv summer camps for all ages.

The art of improvisation teaches communication skills, team work building and creativity.

Sign your child up for an improv summer camp where students learn the classic principles of improv as well as the newest advancements in improv development.

Questions? Contact ImprovHub via email at info@improvhub.com or call (912) 659-4383

ImprovHub
42 W. Montgomery Cross Road
Warehouse F
Savannah, GA 31406

Stay connected by liking ImprovHub on Facebook here. 

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Savannah Summer Camps 2017: Summer Programs @ Savannah Country Day School

May 15th, 2017

Summer Camps 2017 Savannah Country Day School Sports. Bee Keeping. Coastal Ecology. Snapology. Arts. Cheer Camp. Adventure. Animation.

Those are just a sample of the summer day-camp programs for children and teens to enjoy @ Savannah Country Day School for Summer 2017.

Savannah Country Day School summer camp programs include: arts, athletics, academics and outdoor activities. Camps are offered for ages Pre-K to 9th grade.

With almost twenty different camps and 65 sessions throughout the summer, there are so many opportunities for summer fun. Both SCDS and non-SCDS students are welcome.

The first set of camps begin on May 30 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Nash, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at mnash@savcds.org or 912.961.8859.

Camps include: All Sports, Rise Up Readiness, Baseball Camp, Basketball for Boys, Basketball for Girls, Bee Keeping, Cheer Camp, Coastal Ecology, Creative Adventures, Discovery Zone, Football, Fun & Games, Hand Sewing, Kaleidoscope, Snapology, Soccer, Volleyball, Wildflower and Youth Digital: MOD

Learn more about the camps available and register online here.

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Autism Resources for Parents in Savannah

May 15th, 2017

Autism resources in Savannah Matthew Reardon Center Parents

Learn about the types of resources that are available for children with autism in the Savannah area at a meet and greet.

Grab a cup of coffee, share stories, and see what resources are out there! Local advocates from the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism and Behavior Analysts from the May Institute will be there to answer your questions! Free & open to the public.

Saturday 6/10/17 @ 9:30 AM
Foundery Coffee Pub
1313 Habersham St.
Please RSVP by contacting: Margaret Nutz via email at mnutz143@gmail.com

Learn more about the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism in Savannah here. 

Savannah Summer Camps 2017: Video Game Design, Robotics @ Sylvan Learning Center of Savannah

May 15th, 2017

Sylvan coding STEAM STEM summer camps math Savannah

Make Summer 2017 the Summer of STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) with Sylvan Learning of Savannah Summer Camps.

Sylvan Learning of Savannah offers the following Summer Camps 2017:

Video Game Design I & II
Robotics I & II
SAT/ACT Prep
Writing & Study Skills
Personalized Math & Reading

Four-week camp begins May 22 2017 and runs through the last week of July 2017. To register, call 912. 355.2267.

Sylvan Learning of Savannah
340 Eisenhower Dr, Ste 100
Savannah, Georgia 31406

Learn more here. 

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About Sylvan Learning Center of Savannah 

Sylvan Learning of Savannah helps prepare younger students for the critical SRI, MAP & GMAS standardized testing. For older students, Sylvan offers personalized programs to help conquer the ACT or SAT.

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Call 912-355-2267 or email dinopapa@sylvan3007.com

Let Sylvan Learning of Savannah help you chart your child’s course for success!

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Toddler & Parent Savannah activities: Musical Playdates with Kindermusik Savannah

May 14th, 2017

Kindermusik Savannah Mommy & Me Toddler events

Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano still has spaces in this week’s monthly musical playdates: “Around the World”. Join Kindermusik Savannah with your 0-7 year old for instruments, singing, movement, stories & more!

Each participant receives an instrument to take home, ten Kindermusik songs & a $10 coupon to use for weekly classes.

Cost: $15- siblings pay only $5. Play dates to be held Wednesday 5/17 & Saturday 5/20 at 10AM. Enroll online today at kindermusikwith88keys.com. Spaces are limited.

FREE SCHOLARSHIP

Also, Kindermusik is offering a free month scholarship in June for one child age 0-7 with special needs. Winner will receive June classes & home materials at no cost. For more info or to enroll your child, visit kindermusikwith88keys.com. Deadline: May 30.

Kindermusik…music now, skills for life.

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Savannah Children’s Birthday Party Spots: Starlight Pottery (paint your own pottery studio)

May 13th, 2017

starlight pottery birthday options children's BD party Savannah Starlight Pottery in Savannah is a fun & affordable spot for easy, creative children’s birthday parties.

Cost: $25 to reserve the space. Then have your guests choose from shelves according to your budget. Options to paint include $10 & under; $11-$16; $17-$20.

Starlight Pottery
7070 Hodgson Memorial Drive
Savannah, GA
912.303.9599
email: Contactus@starlightpottery.com

Hours
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Thursday: 1-6PM
Wednesday: 9AM-3PM
Friday: 3-8PM
Saturday: 11AM-8PM

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Kids to Parks Day & Toddler Time @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

May 12th, 2017

Skidaway Is. State Park free kids to Park Day 2017 Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah invites you to Kids to Parks Day this Sat. May 20, 2-4PM.

Come out and enjoy fresh air and games with Skidaway’s dynamic park rangers. Enjoy Skidaway’s outdoor gym while the kids have a blast at one of three playgrounds.

Cost: $5 parking

Other upcoming May events include:

Thurs. May 18: 10-11AM Toddler Time: Bring your 2-4 year old to enjoy stories, games & learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme. 2PM – Nature Craft: Meet & greet fellow park visitors as you make crafts from everyday objects & natural materials.

Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411