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Off the fridge jewelry

Friday, November 30th, 2007

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Thanks to a savvy SouthernMamas subscriber for this creative gift idea: transform you kid’s original artwork into a custom piece of jewelry. Whether the child art is a stick figure drawing or a painting, Magic Dog Studio can turn those fridge masterpieces into treasured pieces of jewelry. Can you just imagine how much a grandmother would love this?

So now your favorite “Mommy” drawing doesn’t just end up smudged with fingerprints on the fridge or hidden in a drawer. Click here to check out some of the pieces and prices for what Magic Dog Studio calls its “Off the Fridge & Out of the Drawer” project.

Mother/Daughter Nutcracker Tea

Friday, November 30th, 2007

nutcracker.jpgAdd one more to Your Kid’s Weekend Guide.

A mother/daughter Nutcracker Tea in Richmond Hill 4-6 pm Sun. Dec. 2 to benefit military Nutcracker performers. Event includes full course dinner menu, raffles and door prizes. Participants will meet the Nutcracker cast, visit the Nutcracker gift shop; take photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Nutcracker Cast.

Event is sponsored by Life Moves Dance Studio and Southern Image Restaurant, Florist & Catering. The tea will be @ Southern Image, 3881 Hwy 17 Richmond Hill. Cost: $20 per person.

The Nutcracker will be performed in Richmond Hill @ 7 pm Dec. 13 in the Speirs-Brogdon Building, Crossroads Center, U.S. 17, Richmond Hill. For ticket info, call 912.756.8482.

Click here for info on where to see the Nutcracker in Savannah.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

mother-child.jpgEight steps to increase fertility” (MSNBC)

“Teens take bullying to the Internet, study finds” (Reuters)

“Safe toy shopping tips” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“YouTube bans breastfeeding video” (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

“Autistic children have more gray matter in brains” (U.S. News & World Report)

“Clinton unveils autism plan” (Associated Press)

Your kid’s weekend guide

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
  • retro-santa.jpgFri. Nov. 30 Holiday Skies @ Georgia Southern Planetarium. Free star shows @ 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm. For all ages. Refreshments and telescopic observing. Free star and moon maps. The planetarium is in the Math/Physics Building across Herty Drive from Hanner Fieldhouse on Georgia Southern University campus. Call 912.681.5292 or click here for info on other planetarium events.
  • Sat. Dec. 1 Christmas on the Homefront @ the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. The kick off of several special kids events in December. Includes movie classics, free hands-on activities for kids and a 10 am book reading by Dr. Annette Laing, author of the new book “Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When,” which follows several modern-day kids as they time travel to England during WWII. Dr. Laing will be in period costume and discuss children’s lives in wartime England. Click here for more info on the museum’s month-long events or call 912.748.8888.
  • Sat. Dec. 1 Holiday Silent Auction starts at noon @ The Shops at Ellis Square, on Barnard Street between Broughton and Congress streets, and the Lighted Holiday Parade, starts at 5:30 pm downtown Savannah. Auction benefits the Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health and features live music throughout the day including the Asbury Hand Choir, the Skylite Jazz Band, Memorial Health Feel Better Singers, as well as a 6 pm performance by the Equinox Jazz Orchestra. The 3rd Annual Lighted Holiday Parade travels east on River Street to Bay Street, west on Bay Street to Abercorn, North on Abercorn to Broughton ending at Ellis Square. Following the lighted parade, Santa will visit the Ellis Square stage to collect Christmas letters from children.
  • Sat Dec. 1 First Saturdays for Kids @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. 10 am-1 pm FREE admission for local families. The monthly program for young people includes art activities in the ArtZeum. Enjoy a family film or performance at 11 am, storytelling at noon and a drop-in studio workshop from 10:30 am-1 pm. 912.790.8800
  • Fri, Sat and Sun Richmond Hill’s 12th Annual Hometown Christmas Celebration Festivities include a chili cook-off at J.F. Gregory Park from 7-9 pm Friday; a parade at 10 am Saturday and Christmas Extravaganza with real snow noon to 4 pm Saturday at the Station Xchange; and a tour of homes Sunday. Click here for more information.
  • Sat. Dec. 1 Holiday on the River, 9 am-8 pm, River Street. Featuring arts and crafts and live holiday entertainment. 912.234.0295
  • Fri, Sat and Sun. Visit Santa. For info on places to see Santa in Savannah, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, click here.

Hear Savannah Children’s Choir

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

savannah-childrens-choir-logo.jpgA SouthernMamas grandmother emailed saying that her holidays aren’t complete without hearing the Savannah Children’s Choir. She suggests any parents who haven’t taken your kids to hear the choir should make a point to this season. So here’s your chance:

The Savannah Children’s Choir will present their annual holiday concert, “When You Believe…” @ 3 pm Sun. Dec. 16 @ Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

Under the artistic direction of Roger Moss and associate director John Tisbert, the concert features holiday music from around the world, sung in five languages (English, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian and Latin). The performance includes four guest soloists, including mezzo-soprano Rachel Waiters, tenor Billy Wooten, Trae Gurley and Morgan Grotheer as well as guest musicians.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens or groups of ten or more, and $8 for children. Click here to buy tickets or buy tickets @ B. Matthews restaurant downtown, Savannah Rum Runner’s Baker in Habersham Village and Saturn of Savannah across from Savannah Mall. Call 228-4758 for more information.

Savannah Children’s Choir also can be heard during the Savannah Choral Society Holiday Pops @ 8 pm Sat. Dec. 15 @ Johnny Mercer Theatre, under the direction of Peter Shannon. Other groups performing include the Savannah Danse Theatre and Savannah Sinfonietta.

Tickets cost $25, $15 and $10. $5 off any ticket price for children under 12. Tickets available at the Civic Center Box Office or by clicking here. 912.596.8973

Toddler and pre-schooler gym classes

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

cartwheel.jpgThanks to a fellow Kindermusik class mom for this SouthernMamas tip: a gym in Savannah offers gymnastics for children as young as 18 months.

The toddler class @ Summit Gymnastics, 74 West Montgomery Crossroad on Savannah’s Southside, focuses on movement and coordination. Kids learn the first steps of gymnastics, such as rolls and the beginning of handstands and cartwheels, and do obstacle courses that develop their motor skills. Classes take place in a real gym and kids use equipment such as trampolines and a foam pit.

Monthly sessions cost $53 per month, plus a $50 registration fee. Classes are once a week and last 45 minutes. Three different times are available: 10:30 Monday, 12:30 Tuesday or 4:45 pm Tuesday. You’re invited to take your child to a free trial class before signing up. Summit has a Web site coming soon. Meanwhile, call 912. 921.1034 for more info.

Kid Zone Fitness in Hilton Head and Bluffton also offer fitness classes for kids, but starting little older at 3. Classes focus on preparing kids for any sport or activity by focusing on motor skills such as throwing, dribbling, skipping, running, hopping and post exercise stretching. Click here for locations in Bluffton and HHI. Cost: 10 session pre-paid program, $180. Walk-on, $20 per visit.

The secret to ‘bee’-ing powerful

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

bonnie-cover-2.jpgWhat do you do when your young child shows signs of over-reacting to problems?

Try to find an age-appropriate book to help her battle anxiety and learn to problem solve. But Savannah native and mother of two Charlotte Sauers couldn’t find such a book. So Charlotte wrote one. The result is her first children’s book: “The Bee in Bonnie Bondelle’s Bow.”

As Charlotte says on her book’s Web site:”As a parent who often gets anxious herself, I felt it was time there was literature on the market to help our little ones learn the value of staying calm and ‘bee’-ing powerful.”

Bonnie learns that lesson after a bee sets up house in her new bow. Bonnie starts a problem solving mission along with her parents to send the bug packing.

A friend of Charlotte’s with a masters in counselor education put together book questions for discussion, which you can read on the site. If your child seems to panic at the hint of a problem, this book can help. The book is available for $16.95 by clicking here. It’s recommended for children ages 3-8.

Now, any age-appropriate reading suggestions for those of us beta moms who only have one child, but can’t imagine ever being together enough to write a book?

Ways to honor deployed military parents

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

mighty_eighth_air_force.gifIf you have a spouse serving in Iraq or Afghanistan and want to help your children deal with the absence during the holidays, check out two programs @ the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

You can send the museum a photograph of your loved one who is currently serving in the military or who is a veteran. The Mighty Eighth will hang the photos on its “Honor Tree,” on display until Jan. 7. Photos are welcome of active duty military and veterans in all branches of service.

Email the image to projects@mightyeighth.org or mail a copy of the photo (the photo will not be returned) to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler Ga. 31322. ATTN: Honor Tree. Be sure to include the name of the soldier.

The Mighty Eighth also has a holiday gift collection underway for local 3rd Infantry Division units in the Middle East. The museum selected four units from Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah. Bring wish list items to the museum including books, games, blank greeting cards, DVDs, CDs, T-shirts and crew socks. You can also sign a giant green banner in the museum Rotunda. Deadline for receipt of wish list gifts and banner signing is Dec. 14. For more info, click here or call 912.748.8888.

Fund raiser sells art by kids & grown-ups

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

clay-face-gallery.jpgWhat looks better on the wall in a nursery or child’s room than art by children? Here’s your chance to help promote creativity among children and score some local art.

A grassroots art gallery in Savannah is hosting a holiday fundraiser exhibition to raise money for art workshops for children.

Indigo Sky Community Gallery @ 915 Waters Ave. will exhibit quality artwork by several established Savannah artists during the benefit. Also available for sale will be works of art created by children in previous workshops sponsored by the gallery.

Pictured here is a wall mounted clay face, one of the children’s pieces that will be available for sale, along with works by grown-ups. The gallery plans to expand its art workshops for children and eventually have kids’ art activities taking place in the gallery during shows.

Purchased artworks can be taken at the time of purchase. The art sale will be held for three consecutive December weekends, with a reception this Sat. Dec. 1, 1-4 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Fundraiser exhibition dates and hours are:
10am-5 pm Saturdays
11 am-5 pm Sundays
Dec. 1,2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
912.233.7659
email:galleryindigosky@aol.com

On the topic of art for kids, don’t forget First Saturdays for Kids @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.
10 am-1 pm this Sat. Dec. 1. FREE admission for local families. The monthly program for young people includes art activities in the ArtZeum. Enjoy a family film or performance at 11 am, storytelling at noon and a drop-in studio workshop from 10:30 am-1 pm.
912.790.8800

Toysmart returns to Savannah’s Southside

Monday, November 26th, 2007

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eric-carle-box.jpgNo need to hit the big box chain stores to hunt for educational toys. You can find a quality collection that focus on early learning @ Toysmart.

Toysmart recently moved back to 311 Eisenhower Drive, between Waters Avenue and Abercorn Street in Savannah. It’s in the same shopping center as Hourglass Weightloss and Fitness and Dr. Ramon Ramos’ pediatric practice. Call 912.356.0015 for directions.

Toysmart was in that location years ago and is back! The store is teeming with Melissa & Doug wooden toys, Tolo Toys as well as goodies from Small World Toys.

Small World Toys brands include Eric Carle, IQ Baby, Small World Living, Ryans Room and Neurosmith. With all those fun early learning options, we SouthernMamas better beef up those 529 college savings plans, our kids are going be ready for the Ivy Leagues before they’re 10.

30 percent discount on hand-smocked children’s clothing

Monday, November 26th, 2007

ladybug-jumper-001-1.jpg christmas-ornaments-boys-001-1.jpgSouthernMamas subscribers are invited to check out an online trunk show featuring adorable hand-smocked children’s clothing and receive a 30 percent discount during the next seven days. The discount was initially 5 percent but was increased late Monday afternoon (Nov. 26)!!!

Shrimp and Grits Kids is an online Charleston S.C.-based store selling fine hand-smocked dresses, boys clothes and baby clothes. Clothes feature fun whimsical designs such as Lowcountry Ladybugs, Edisto Alligators, and Cow over the Carolina Moon. Don’t expect the high prices usually associated with hand-smocked clothing. Shrimp and Grits Kids offers high-quality, smocked outfits at factory direct prices.

shrip-and-grits.jpgBut you have to be a subscriber of SouthernMamas.com to obtain the 30 percent discount this upcoming week. Subscribing to SouthernMamas is free. Click here to do it and we’ll send you the SouthernMamas code to plug in when you order from Shrimp and Grits Kids. Remember, the 30 percent discount is only for seven days starting Mon. Nov. 26.

Bring on claymation holiday TV classics

Monday, November 26th, 2007

charliebrown-christmas.jpgThanks to Huxtabled, a blog on TV and kids (the blog slogan is “Tasty TV Goodness for Your Family”, we bring you a schedule of some classic holiday specials. Sure, chances are some are available on DVD. But that isn’t quite the same as watching those beloved half-brothers Heat Miser and Cold Miser in “The Year Without A Santa” (airs 8 pm Dec. 3 ABC Family) at the same time as everyone else.snow-miser.jpg
Here are some of the specials not to miss

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas: ABC, 8 p.m., Tues., 11/27 and Mon., 12/3
  • Christmas at Rockefeller Center: NBC, 8 p.m., Wed., 11/28, Bravo, 7 p.m., Friday, 12/7
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: ABC, 8:30 p.m., Wed., 11/28
  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (live action movie): ABC, 9 p.m., Sat., 12/8
  • Elmo’s Christmas Countdown: ABC, 7 p.m., Sun., 12/23
  • Eloise at Christmastime: ABC Family, 3 p.m., Sat., 12/22
  • Frosty Returns: CBS, 8:30 p.m., Fri., 12/7
  • Frosty the Snowman: CBS, 8 p.m., Fri., 12/7heatmiser1.jpg
  • Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: ABC Family, 7 p.m., Fri., 11/30
  • It’s a Wonderful Life: NBC, 8 p.m., Frid., 12/14 and Mon., 12/24
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: TBS, 9 p.m., Thurs., 12/6
  • The Polar Express: ABC, 8 p.m., Fri., 11/30
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular: NBC, 8 p.m., Sat., 12/1
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: CBS, 8 p.m., Tues., 12/4
  • Rudolph’s Shiny New Year: ABC Family, 7 p.m., Mon., 12/3
  • Rugrats Chanukah: Nickelodeon, 4 p.m., Mon., 12/10
  • The Santa Clause 2: ABC Family, 7 p.m., Sat., 12/8
  • Santa Claus Is Coming to Town: ABC Family, 7 p.m., Fri., 12/7
  • Shrek the Halls: ABC, 8 p.m., Wed., 11/28 and Tues., 12/11
  • A Very Brady Christmas: ABC Family, 11 a.m., Sat., 12/22
  • Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too: ABC, 8:30 p.m., Tues., 12/11
  • The Year Without a Santa Claus: ABC Family, 8 p.m., Mon., 12/3

Take the kids to see Scrooge

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

scrooge.jpgIf all of the holiday theatrical performances underway have you scrambling to find a kid-friendly one, here’s your answer: Savannah Children’s Theatre presents a musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

“Scrooge: The Stingiest Man in Town” will run from Fri. Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. The cast ranges in age from 13 to 18. The show includes special lighting, sounds and effects. Showtimes are 7 pm Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8 and 3 pm Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at by clicking here.

Savannah Children’s Theatre is in the Crossroads Shopping Center @ Victory Drive and Skidaway Road.

Richmond Hill Hometown Celebration

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

richmond-hill-logo.jpgRichmond Hill’s 12th Annual Hometown Christmas Celebration is Fri. Nov. 30-Sun. Dec. 2.

Festivities include a chili cook-off at J.F. Gregory Park from 7-9 pm Friday; a parade at 10 am Saturday and Christmas Extravaganza with real snow noon to 4 pm Saturday at the Station Xchange; and a tour of homes Sunday. Click here for more information.

Bluffton Christmas tree lighting

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

christmas-tree.gifSaturday’s tree lighting and parade of lighted boats on River Street in Savannah drew a good crowd and featured some fun performances. A SouthernMamas favorite was the Savannah Community Choir’s rendition of “Go Tell it on the Mountain.”

There’s one more festive tree lighting in the area: the Town of Bluffton’s @ the Municipal Building, 20 Bridge St. at 6 pm on Fri. Nov. 30. Performances include Christmas carols with the M.C. Riley Elementary School Children’s Choir as well as a visit from Santa and light refreshments. (843) 706-4500.

A Mr. Claus is on the phone for you

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

santa-calling-2.bmpSanta wants to check in with your child this holiday season via the phone.

The Island Recreation Association on Hilton Head Island has arranged for the big, busy man in red to be available to call your child from the North Pole between 5-8 pm Mon. Dec. 10 or Tues. Dec. 11. Santa can call anywhere in the area, including Savannah and beyond, for a $5 North Pole connection fee.

You must register by noon the day of the calling. Call 843.681.7273 or email info@islandreccenter.org.

New children’s story time

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

sensational-minds.gifSensational Minds, an African-American bookstore in Savannah, has an ongoing children’s story time book reading.

The next one is Sat. Dec. 15, 1:30-2 pm and 3-3:30 pm. The storyteller will be Jacqui Anderson, author of “Alphonso Adventures: How Elephants Lost Their Tusks.” Anderson has been a storyteller and writer of children’s stories for many years.

The bookstore is in The Oakhurst Shopping Plaza, 129 East Montgomery Crossroads 912.927.8600. Click here for directions.

For more children story times in the area, including at library branches, Barnes & Noble and the Roundhouse Museum, click here.

Head to a farm to chop a Christmas tree

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

norman-rockwell-christmas.jpgEvery year, you promise yourself to buy this season’s tree from a real Christmas tree farm. You long for such a Norman Rockwell outing to become a family tradition. But every year, you cave to convenience and buy yours from the lot on the street corner, ashamed of yourself for wondering when the much-overdue Christmas tree drive-thru trend will begin.

Let this year be the one you and the family finally head to a farm to chop down your own.

We here at SouthernMamas know of at least two pick-your-own Christmas tree farms in the area. Please let us know of any others we missed. Don’t forget to CALL FIRST to make sure these farms below are open.

Okatie Farm has a variety of types of trees from $21 to $200. The S.C. farm @ 39 Okatie Bluff Road is about two miles north of Oldfield Plantation on Highway 170, between Bluffton and Beaufort. Click here for directions. The farm also sells tree stands, wreaths and more. 843.227.TREE

Brewer’s Christmas Tree Farm @ 1067 Robert Hill Road, Midway, Ga. offers a lot more than trees, according to the Pick Your Own Christmas Tree Web site, including Santa appearances, hayrides, a petting zoo and more. But be sure to call ahead to make sure. 912.884.5292 The Liberty County farm also sells tree stands and has a gift shop.

Spot meet Santa

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

santa-and-pets.jpgSanta @ Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah will pose with your four-legged friends during the next two Tuesday evenings, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, from 6-8 pm. Pet photos with Santa cost $24. You can bring your leashed pet with proof of rabies vaccination to the Pepino’s entrance.

Coastal Pet Rescue will be accepting donation items at these two events. Click here for wishlist of what to donate for dogs or cats.

Santa @ the Mall at Shelter Cove in Center Court on Hilton Head Island also welcomes pets for photos. Pets must be on a leash or in a crate. (843) 686-3090.

For a list of where to visit Santa this holiday season, click here.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Fri. Nov. 23 Santa Cruise Kickoff. River Street Riverboat Company‘s annual Santa Cruises to benefit Greenbrier Children’s Center will kick off with Santa’s riverboat arrival at 2 pm. The one-hour cruise with Santa is free for children who bring a new, unwrapped toy. Children without a goy: $9.95; adults: $17.95. Book tickets by clicking here or call 800-786-6404

Sat. Nov. 24 boat-parade.jpgParade of Lights and Tree Lighting @ River Street, 5:30-10 pm. FREE. Traditional parade of lighted boats @ 6 pm on the Savannah River alongside River Street. Tree lighting in Rousakis Plaza featuring Savannah Children’s Choir 5:30-6:30 pm.

Sat. Nov. 24 Caramel Apple Making Festival @ Heritage Farm in Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, 1-3 pm. Hayrides, face painting, pony rides, music, crafts and Southern Food. Be sure to stop by the petting farm at Lawton Stables across the street.

Sun. Nov. 25 Football, Frosteds and Fireworks @ Grayson Stadium, Daffin Park, 4-6:30 pm. The city’s year-long celebration of the Daffin Park Centennial concludes with FREE family activities. Vintage films of local football rivalries, vintage autos and photos. Children’s activities, music, food and a fireworks finale at 6 pm.

Fri, Sat or Sun. Visit Santa. Find out all the different locations in Savannah area, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island by clicking here.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

einstein_baby.jpgBaby videos delay language” (Washington Post)

“Skipping baby steps: the case for going straight to IVF” (Slate)

“Babies can tell friend from foe” (U.S. News & World Report)

“Losing baby weight linked to sleep” (Reuters)

“Bakers rush to fill need for allergy-free foods” (Boston Globe)

“Beware of Dr. Google” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Autism: Finding Amanda” (CNN)

Snow predicted for one S.C. spot

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

neptune.gifA significant snow fall is scheduled for Saturday evening Nov. 24 at the statue of King Neptune in Shelter Cove Harbour on Hilton Head Island.

Neptune, one of the world’s largest working sundials, will be transformed into a winter wonderland from 5:30-7:30 pm. This family snow play area – hosted by the Island Recreation Association – is free and open to the public.

Other features include the Hospice Tree of Life and Salvation Army Angel Tree; local jazz greats; special giveaways; festive decorations and the Community Christmas Tree lighting activities and Santa visit at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina beginning at 3:30 pm

Gigantic tree lighting in Bluffton

Monday, November 19th, 2007

christmas-tree.gifA two-story Christmas tree will be lit Tuesday Nov. 20 (tomorrow!) in Bluffton in honor of World Children’s Day and to raise awareness and funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

The event – from 5-8 pm @ Berkeley Place/Sea Turtle Cinemas on Buckwalter Parkway – is tied in with the “Give A Hand Campaign.” Ten percent from every hand sold goes back to the three participating Beaufort County schools, 90 percent goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities and the RMHC Care Mobile. The one child that sells the most hands will light the tree with Ronald McDonald. Performers at the lighting include Hilton Head Youth Orchestra, Bluffton Elementary School Chorale Group and Tap Troup, MusicAlive!.

Holiday Music for Kids

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

holiday-music.gifExperience a FREE holiday music program presented at Live Oak Public Library branches by Savannah’s “MusicAlive!” a non-profit organization formed by three classical musicians in Savannah with special guest. These holiday performances include Heidi Bindhammer, soprano. The string quintet’s program will be packed with holiday tunes for the whole family and opportunities to learn about the string family of instruments while you listen. (912) 596-7322.

7 pm Mon, Nov 19 @ the Bull Street Branch, 2002 Bull. St
4 pm Tues, Nov 20 @ the Islands Branch, 125 Wilmington Island Rd.

Other performances outside the library include:
7 pm Tues. Nov. 20 @ the lighting of a two-story Christmas Tree, Berkeley Place Shopping Center, in front of SeaTurtle Cinemas, Bluffton, in honor of World Children’s Day and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

2 pm Wed. Nov. 21 @ the YMCA, 6400 Habersham St. Savannah

Where to chat up Santa

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

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  • At Oglethorpe Mall, snow-deprived Southern kids can also enjoy a Winter Wonderland. Snow begins at 6, 7 and 8 pm daily @ the Food Court exterior entrance. Click here for more info. Santa will be accepting visits and wish list requests at Oglethorpe from now until Dec. 24. Click here for a Santa photo coupon and holiday drawing for child to color. Click here for a 20 percent off shopping pass from Gymboree.
  • At Savannah Mall, Santa visitors can also ride the Winter Wonderland holiday train for $1 on the lower level Center Court. Santa visits and photos are underway until Christmas on the lower level, Burlington Coat Factory/Target Court next to Hill of Beans.
  • Santa arrives in Savannah by riverboat, 2 pm Fri. Nov. 23, via The River Street Riverboat Company. Santa will be on board a one-hour cruise and toy fund raiser to benefit Savannah’s Greenbriar Children’s Center. Each child younger than 12, accompanied by a paying adult will cruise for free when they bring a new, unwrapped toy. Toys can also be dropped off at any local Savannah Fire Department in exchange for a Santa cruise voucher. Santa’s riverboat arrival kicks off five other Santa Cruises: 2 and 4 pm Nov. 24; 2 pm Nov. 25; 2 pm Dec. 1; 2 pm Dec. 2. Reserve tickets @ 912-232-6404 or 800-786-6404 or book online by clicking here. Adults: $18.95; children without a toy: $10.95.

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  • Santa’s arrives @ Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head Island Friday Nov. 23. He’ll be there from 11 am-1 pm. The holiday event at the shops at North Forest Beach includes free photos with Santa as well as a sidewalk sale featuring over 60 shops and restaurants.
  • Santa @ Salty Dog’s Christmas Village, South Beach Marina Village on Hilton Head Island Friday Nov. 23. Lights, snow and Santa visits every week til Christmas. Santa photos too. (843) 363-2198.
  • Santa and your pets @ the Mall at Shelter Cove in Center Court. Pets are welcome for photos, too. Must be on a leash or in a crate – the pets, not the kids. (843) 686-3090.
  • Santa @ The Bear Mill in Bluffton, 1-6 pm Nov. 25. 1460 Fording Island Rd. next to Old Navy (843) 757-2327.
  • Santa @ Holiday Open House Weekend, Shelter Cove Harbour, Hilton Head Island. 10 am-8 pm Fri Nov. 23- Sat. Nov. 24 and 10 am-6 pm Sun. Nov. 25. Entertainment, giveaways, festive entertainment and Santa. Free. (843) 785-1106.
  • Santa @ Town of Bluffton Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Municipal Building, 6 p.m. Nov. 30 Christmas carols with the M.C. Riley Elementary School Children’s Choir, Santa and light refreshments. 20 Bridge St. (843) 706-4500.

  • Santa @ Community Christmas Tree Lighting at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 24 An old-fashioned tree lighting with carols, crafts, refreshments, musical performances and a special visit from Santa. 14 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI (843) 686-3945.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Friday, November 16th, 2007

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“ADHD Riddle Solved” (Time)

“Pa Doctor to Stand Trial in Autistic Boy’s Death” (Associated Press)

“AMA Recommends Public Cord Banks” (Associated Press)

“Kids Storage Racks Recalled After Death” (Reuters)

“Guilt, Autism and Jenny McCarthy” (About)

Your kid’s weekend guide

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

a-child-book-fest.jpgSavannah Children’s Book Fest @ Forsyth Park, 10 am-4 pm Sat. Nov. 17 (rain location is Bull Street Library, 2002 Bull St.) FREE! Special guests include Sonia Manzano who is Maria on Sesame Street.

If you want your children to read festival authors, including talented local writers and illustrators, visit our Amazon.com store to shop in a special section featuring books by authors who will be here for the festival. You’re still shopping through Amazon and you’ll see the same functionality if you already are an Amazon shopper, such as your Amazon wishlist.

Last Starland Farmers’ Market for the year in the Starland District just north of Victory Drive, Sat. Nov. 17. Live music starts @ 10:30 am. Mutation Craft Fair is from 11 am- 6 pm (912) 443-5355.

The Nutcracker performed by the Hilton Head Dance Company @ The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. Matinees performances are 2:30 pm Sat. Nov. 17 & Sun Nov. 18 and evening performances at 7:30 pm Fri. Nov 16 & Sat. Nov. 17. (843) 842-ARTS for tickets.

Thanksgiving Celebration TGI3rd Friday Street Party @ Calhoun Street in Bluffton, 4:30-8 pm, Fri. Nov. 16. FREE! Blues music, food. Shops and art galleries are open. Hosted by the Old Town Bluffton Merchants Society.(843) 815-9522

Junie B Jones play @ Beaufort Performing Arts at USCB, 7 pm Fri. Nov. 16. Part of the children’s series PJ & Play at the arts center. Kids $7; Adults $10. 801 Carteret St. Beaufort (843) 521-4145

Catch the Polar Express

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

polar-express-book-cover.bmpKids can watch the Polar Express movie on the big screen in the Roundhouse Museum’s historic blacksmith shop Sat. Dec. 8. The family-friendly event from 9 am-12:30 pm includes a live steam train, children’s book fair, craft time, cookies and hot chocolate and face-painting. The Roundhouse Railroad Museum is 601 W. Harris St. downtown Savannah. Cost: $10 per child, $5 per adult. Children younger than 1 are free.

For tickets, contact Beth Parr at (912) 651-6823 or bparr@chsgeorgia.org

Atlanta With Kids During The Holidays

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

pink-pig.jpgIf you’re planning to spend time in Atlanta during the holidays, here are some tips on what to do with the kids:

  • Take part in a favorite Atlanta holiday tradition: ride the Pink Pig @ Macy’s in Lenox Square Shopping Mall on Peachtree Road from now until Dec. 31. Best for kids of all ages. The ride no longer loops the roof of Rich’s downtown but now is under a big tent through a life-size storybook that tells the story of the Pink Pig.The “I Rode the Pink Pig” sticker is one for the scrap books. Click here for hours and prices.
  • Catch the puppet show “The Shoemaker & the Elves” at the Center for Puppetry Arts at 1404 Spring St. The holiday favorite tells the story of two shoemakers whose store is on the verge of closing until loveable elves come to the rescue. Bring a pair of new or gently used children’s shoes and receive a free finger puppet. Nonmembers will receive 50 percent off full priced tickets. Best for kids 4 and older. The performance ends Jan. 6 Click here or call (404) 873-3089
  • Climb aboard the Holiday Ride-On Train @ the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a scenic tour around the Great Lawn. The Garden will be decorated with holiday decor and lights. Train tickets are $2 per ride and one adult may ride free with any child under the age of 3. Nov. 23 – 25, December weekends, and December 26 – 31. Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring your own camera to take FREE photos of a botanically-themed St.Nick among a beautiful display of seasonal flowers 11 am-5 pm Dec. 8, 9, 15, & 16. Click here for more info.
  • Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving

    Monday, November 12th, 2007

    turkey-abstract.jpgThanksgiving is always less guilt-provoking when you burn calories before the feast.

    Take part in the 6th Annual Turkey Trot on Sat. Nov. 17 in historic Isle of Hope, Savannah. A kiddie run is at 8 am and the 5K starts at 8:20 am. Walkers and runners are welcome. Registration forms available at St. James School or church, 8412 Whitfield Ave. Call 912-598-7566.

    For those that want to run on Thanksgiving morning, there’s the traditional Piggly Wiggly Turkey Trot on Hilton Head Island on Nov. 22. Races include a 5K, 10K, junior one mile run and fun walk.
    Races being and end at the Boathouse II parking lot near the back entrance of Hilton Head Plantation. The junior (12 and younger) one mile run begin at 7:45 am and the 5K and 10K race are at 8:15 am.

    Pre-registered racers receive a T-shirt. Trophies are awarded in all age groups at the after-party at the Boathouse II restaurant. Pre-registration ends at 4 pm Wed. Nov. 21. $20 for the junior run and $20 and $25 for the 5K and 10K. Race day fee is $30

    Proceeds benefit the Island Recreation Association’s scholarship fund which insures that no child is denied recreation opportunities. Call (843) 681-7273 or click here.