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Archive for November, 2007

Off the fridge jewelry

Friday, November 30th, 2007


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 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

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.

Toysmart returns to Savannah’s Southside

Monday, November 26th, 2007


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.