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Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, February 29th, 2008

peter-and-wolf.gifPeter & the Wolf” a family concert and instrument petting zoo, all for kids, 2 pm Sun. March 2. Kids get to meet the instruments before the performance by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Hilton Head Dance Theatre. @ Hilton Head High School. Free for children. $10 for adults. 843.842.2055.

“Go Dog Go”@ the Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive, 3 pm Sat. March 1 & 2. Tickets $10 each. 912.238.9015.

First Saturday for Kids @ Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. downtown Savannah. Free admission Sat. March 1. Includes storytime, film, studio art workshop.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. musical @ the Lucas Theatre, downtown Savannah. Performed by 3rd-12th grade students from Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Shows @ 7 pm Fri. Feb. 29, 7 pm Sat. March 1 & 3 pm Sun. March 2. Tickets: $8. Call 912.525.5050.

SMA Charity Yard Sale to help in the fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). 7 am-1 pm Sat. March 1. Ford Plaza Parking Lot, Richmond Hill. Barbecue by Crawdawgs Catering. Call 912.727.4SMA or click here.

Book signing of “Around Savannah, Where to Go and What to Do with Children” @ Cutters Point, 7360 Skidaway Road, 10 am-noon Sat. March 1.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday @ Oglethorpe Mall library branch, 2 pm Sat. March 1. Stories, games, songs and more. For ages 5 and older. FREE! 912.925.5432

The Polka Dot Frogs diaper clutch giveaway goes to…

Friday, February 29th, 2008

polka-dot-frogs-clutch.gifSherri O’Kelley!

Congratulations Sherri.

You win this week’s giveaway: sweet diaper clutch from Polka Dot Frogs. We will be in touch to get you in contact with Polka Dot Frogs to get your free bag. To find out more about Polka Dot Frogs, click polka_dot_frog-logo-final.jpghere.

Look for another giveaway from another sponsor to be announced here Monday.

Read It Loud special story times today

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

Today read-it-loud-2.jpgRead it Loud! Savannah is sponsoring “leap into reading” programs to emphasize the importance of reading aloud to children.

Three Live Oak Public Libraries will have special story times at 10 am today @ Bull Street branch, Oglethorpe Mall branch and WW Law branch.

Can’t make it to story time? The reading advocate pros ask that we at least read a children’s book aloud to our children today. But you probably do that every day already. So maybe you should celebrate Leap into Reading Leap Day by buying one or two new books for the kids. Be sure to check out our SouthernMamas picks boutique in our store. Browse our recommendations for books for children and parents.

Get thee to Tara Feis children’s stage

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

tara-feis.gifSavannah’s St. Patrick’s activities are about to get under way starting at noon Fri. March 7 with the greening of the Forsyth Park fountain.

But what activities are there for kids, other than the March 14 parade, of course? While most festivities are certainly of the green-beer adult variety, the FREE! Tara Feis celebration in Emmet Park 11 am-5 pm Sat. March 8 is a FREE! non-alcoholic event geared towards families and children. (Did we mention it’s FREE?)

Tara Feis has an entire stage devoted to kid-focused performers including North Carolina-based Clover; the puppets of Conrad Hartz; traditional Irish dancing performances; and professional female magician Debbie O’Carroll’s “Irish Magic Show,” an interactive magical theatrical production that explores Irish folklore and fun. O’Carroll is also author of the children’s book, “Bridget Boylan, Girl Magician.”

Don’t worry. There’s also a main stage for Mom or Dad which includes shows by the acclaimed Celtic music group Altan

Emmet Park is in downtown Savannah at the east end of Bay Street. For a schedule of performers on the main and children’s stages, call 912.651.6417 or click here. For a guide to all St. Patrick’s Day activities in Savannah, including the parade route and parking and shuttle info, click here.

Brighter Day has HAPPYBELLIES

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

happybaby_logo.gifBrighter Day Natural Foods Market near Forsyth Park in Savannah now carries HAPPYBELLIES, the first baby cereal with probiotics and the only organic baby cereal with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid considered beneficial for the brain.

Probiotics are the “good bacteria” that are found naturally in foods like yogurt and may result in health benefits. Read more here.
Beloved pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears recommends happy-bellies-can.jpgHAPPYBELLIES and has worked with the dry cereal’s company, Nurture, Inc. to develop healthy meals for babies and toddlers as well as provide feeding tips on product boxes and the company Web site.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the HAPPYBABY, which created the cereal, partners with Project Peanut Butter to help feed starving children in Malawi.”

Click here to print out a $1 off coupon for HAPPYBELLIES cereal (Scroll down to the bottom)

Brighter Day is @ 1102 Bull St. Tell them SouthernMamas sent you.

Dog Paddle Park Expo

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

hampton-lake-logo.gifThe Bluffton subdivision Hampton Lake, near Hilton Head Island, will host a dog expo 10:30 am-4 pm Sat. March 15 at its newest amenity, Dog Paddle Park.

Sorry, this isn’t a BYOD (Dog) event. Fido has to stay home. But think how happy he’ll be when he finds out how much you learned! After all, among the expo participants will be groomers, veterinarians, animal artists, trainers and providers of pet products.

Features will include the Beaufort County sheriff’s full K-9 Unit; workshops and seminars; Frisbee canine demo and other demos; ferry rides across Hampton Lake; and an adoption gala with dogs available for adoption from local agencies.

The expo is also a chance to get your organization, company or pet products in front of dog owners. Cost to participate is $40 with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the K-9 Unit of The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for the purchase of an $8,600 fully-trained Belgian Malinois patrol dog. To sign up as a sponsor, call Mary Foley at 843.836.7480 or Ashley Krieger at 843.785.3989.

For a schedule of events, click here or call 843.785.3989

Oprah wants your baby shower gift ideas

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

babyshower1.jpgHere’s your chance to plug your favorite mom-owned business that specializes in baby and maternity products.

Oprah is looking for the best (and worst) baby shower gift ideas for an upcoming show. You can submit your ideas by clicking here.

Oprah wants to know what you received at your baby shower? The best gift? The most useful? The most thoughtful?
And even more importantly, what did you need more of and, conversely, what did you get too much of?
Feel free to tell Oprah that your idea of the perfect gift for the expecting or new mom doesn’t cost a dime. What better gift than to tell an expectant mom about…. of course!

New Thomas Town @ Six Flags

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

thomas-at-six-flags.jpgSix Flags Over Georgia opens this Sat. March 1. As a way to publicize the park’s new kid-friendly attractions, kids 48 inches and under get in FREE! all season long with the purchase of an adult ticket for $34.99 from Atlanta area Publix supermarkets.

New attractions and activities this year include:

  • Thomas Town, opening in May, a Thomas & Friends-themed area with a playground and train replicas. Kids will be able to take a train ride around the Island of Sodor and meet Sir Topham Hatt.
  • The “40 Fun Things For Kids To Do” list that includes fun kid’s activities like all new 3-Point Challenge basketball game and the Nintendo Wii Experience.

Hilton Head/Bluffton Moms Groups

Monday, February 25th, 2008

stroller-fit-logo.gifA reader recently emailed with a question that stumped us: Are there any moms groups on Hilton Head?

We’ve posted about moms social groups in the Savannah area here. But have been very remiss when it comes to moms groups in Bluffton/Hilton Head Is. Here’s a much overdue attempt:

Please let us know about other moms-kids playgroups. It’s amazing how many moms we hear from who are in search of other moms for playdates!

Polka Dot Frogs Diaper Clutch Giveaway

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Designer fabric. Sleek look. Oh so-useful purpose.

Diaper clutches from our new sponsor diaper-clutch-3.gifdiaper-clutch-4.gifPolka Dot Frogs are so yummy, they could have crashed last night’s Academy Awards red carpet and fit right in.

Want one of your own? Polka Dot Frogs is giving away one of these $24.95 babies to a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber. The winner will get to select their pick from a variety of different patterns. Click here to see the selection.

To be eligible for the giveaway, email your name to Be sure to put “Polka Dot Frogs” in the subject line. Send it in by 11 pm Wednesday. We’ll pick a name and announce it on this Friday. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. It’s free to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

Hilton Head fitness boot camp

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

gi-jane-1.jpgOK. OK. We hear you. We left out an outdoor fitness boot camp from our earlier post about boot camps for mamas. We’re sorry.

But we didn’t know, until now, about an 8-week HHI boot camp developed by certified personal trainer Liesa Wright. The boot camp meets regularly @ HealthQuest One Fitness Center, located in NorthRidge Plaza next to Cinema 10 on HHI. Reserve a spot by calling 843.290.1981 or 843.681.2462.

The next session March 5 to April 30 .

For more info, and to read physical results of past the boot camp participants, click here.

Thanks, readers, for keeping SouthernMamas better informed!

Fitness boot camp for mamas

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

boot-camp.jpgStill trying to fit into your skinny jeans after having your baby?

Putting yourself at the mercy of the likes of Louis Gossett Jr. from “An Officer and a Gentleman” might be your answer. That’s right: Fitness boot camp, the back-to-basics brand of exercise that brings out your inner GI Jane.

Our area has at least three fitness boot camps.

Another Saturday nite & you ain’t got no sitter…

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

mm-mommy-mixer.gifReady to be jealous?

MommyMixer, THE babysitting network organization which hosts parent-sitter parties in cities nationwide, recently announced it’s coming to Charleston, Columbia, Asheville, Spartanburg, but NOT SAVANNAH.

For those of y’all who aren’t familiar with MommyMixer, the mom-invented company holds mixers where parents get to meet carefully selected college students with childcare experience. Each parent takes home the Babysitter Book containing every babysitters’ contact info, references, experience and availability schedule.

Of course, MommyMixer is already in larger Southern cities such as Atlanta, Greenville and Charlotte. We’ve heard from moms who have frequented the mixers. They say there are always more sitters than moms!

Neither Savannah nor Hilton Head/Bluffton has had MommyMixer.

We want one! So SouthernMamas, how about emailing the folks at MommyMixer and begging them to host a Savannah mixer for the sake of our social lives. Email Interested in becoming a city manager or campus rep for MommyMixer? Contact

Welcome sponsor: Polka Dot Frogs

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

polka-dot-frogs-clutch.gifFirst-time moms are easy to spot. Not only do we have that wide-eyed look, but we can’t seem to leave the house without a huge, clunky diaper bag. A mere trip to the grocery means we bring along every baby product we own. Hey, what if we end up needing two bottles, diaper ointment, a thermometer and change of baby clothes at Publix?

Savvy, experienced moms know better. They carry hip, svelte diaper clutches like these pictured here from polka_dot_frog-logo-final.jpgPolka Dot Frogs. Created by an Atlanta mompreneur with a love of rich fabrics, the stylish diaper clutches are big enough to hold a travel size of wipes and 2-3 diapers. Perfect for zipping to the store or gym with baby in tote. The $24.95 clutches come in a variety of designer fabrics.

Polka Dot Frogs also carries coordinating, oversize polka-dot-frog-burp-clothes.gifburp clothsmade of 100% luxurious Indian cotton, making it easy to transition from burp cloth to changing pad. Set of 2 for $22.95.

Gift sets – including a diaper clutch and set of coordinating burp cloths – are available for $40.

What ideal fashionable, yet functional, gifts for new moms. Especially those who want to give the clunky diaper bag – and your arm – a rest every now and then. Because every mom knows, the less stuff to weigh you down, the better.

Doodle for a $10,000 scholarship

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

google-st-pats.gifAttention moms and teachers of K-12 kids.

Get your little M.C. Eschers doodling.

Because the Doodle 4 Google competition is underway. The winner will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and a technology grant for his or her school!!

As faithful Google-users know, Google often resigns its logo on the homepage to commemorate special birthdays and events.

Doodle 4 Google gives U.S. students in grades K-12 the opportunity to design a doodle for the Google homepage. Students will be asked to draw a doodle that best represents the theme “What if…?”

A panel of expert judges and Googlers will select 40 regional winners, who will be invited to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, in May. Four national finalists will be announced as the result of a public vote. Google’s doodler guru Dennis Hwang will then select one lucky student whose doodle will be on the Google homepage for a day!

Click here for more details. All your child needs to do to get started is to have a teacher or principal register their school. Registration closes on March 28 and entries must be postmarked by April 12.

The winner of the Simple Me shoes giveaway is

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

simple-me-boutique-ad.gifJennifer Mims of Savannah!

Congratulations Jennifer. You win a pair of Jinwood shoes for your child from our new sponsor Simple Me Boutique, an online baby, children and maternity store. We’ll be in contact with you about how to order your free pair of children’s shoes.

Be sure to look for a new giveaway announced here Monday.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

fancy-nancy.jpgFancy Nancy reading and crafts @ Barnes & Noble, Oglethorpe Mall, 10 am Sat. Feb. 23. A reading of “Fancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly” and crafts. FREE! Following is a 10:30 am “Make Your Mark for Literacy” campaign. College students will help children create book tags for books to be distributed to children in need. 912.353.7757

Theatrical production, Hip-Hop History Play 2008: The Civil Rights Generation Meets the Hip-Hop Generation by the local nonprofit AWOL @ the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St., 7-9:30 pm Fri. Feb. 22. Tickets: $15, $10 children younger than 5. 912.525.5050.

Babes in Toyland @ the Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive, 7 pm Fri. Feb. 22, 3 pm Sat & Sun Feb. 23 & 24. Tickets $10 each. 912.238.9015.

Open House @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 am-3 pm Sat. Feb. 23. Tours, demos, refreshments, giveaways. Events include Do-Drop-In Story Time (10-11 am), classic children’s movies (11 am-noon), fairytale story time (12:30-1:30 pm), wacky Mo Willems stories (2-3 pm). 11 Beach City Road. 843.342.9200.

Tiny Tots consignment sale to benefit the Savannah Children’s Choir, 9 am-6 pm Fri. Feb. 22 & 9 am-noon Sat. Feb. 23. @ St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, corner of Washington and Waters avenues. Many items will be 50 percent off Sat. Feb. 23. E-mail

“A Midnight Cry: The Underground Railroad to Freedom”: A true story of a young slave’s journey to freedom. For audiences 10 and older. Presented by the Savannah Cultural Arts Theatre. The Black Box @ S.P.A.C.E. 9 W.Henry St. Feb. 22, 24, 29 and Mar. 1 and 2. Cost: $10; $7 seniors and students. For show times and tickets call 912.651.6783 or click here.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. @ the Lucas

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

alice_in_wonderland.gifSavannah Christian Preparatory School annually produces classic Broadway musical productions with cast members comprised of 3rd through 12th grade students.

This year’s production: Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.,” which is based on the classic book written by Lewis Carroll. Disney makes a junior version of the musical for grade-school students.

Shows will be 7 pm Fri. Feb. 29. 7 pm Sat. March 1 & 3 pm Sun. March 2. Ticket: $8. Call 912.525.5050

Saving for kids the right way

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

mompreneur.gifEvery new parent’s to-do list should include “start a savings fund for the kids”

Let me guess, you haven’t crossed that off your list yet because you’re unsure how to start such a fund? Should you set up accounts under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA)? Or start a “529 plan” account instead?

Local estate planning attorney Richard Barid is willing to share some tips with SouthernMamas on how to save money for our kids. Barid is a partner @ Smith Barid, LLC in Savannah. He’s also the hubby of SouthernMamas reader, Aimee Barid.

Simply put, a 529 plan is often a good choice, Barid says. Here’s why a 529 plan may beat a Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) account:

  • In a UTMA account, assets do not do not belong to the custodian and may not be withdrawn by the custodian except to pay for expenses of the beneficiary of the account. Once the beneficiary reaches the specified age, 18 in Georgia, the assets are distributed to the beneficiary.
  • Unlike with an UTMA, the 529 plan owner retains the right to withdraw the assets for his or her own benefit.
  • In 529 plans, the assets grow free from income taxation, like IRA
  • Even distributions from a 529 plan are free from tax, as long as they are for qualified educational expenses of the beneficiary.
  • 529 plans are more flexible than UTMA accounts and offer estate, gift, and income tax advantages.

A qualified estate planning attorney can help you decide if a 529 plan is right for you and advise on how to deal with pre-existing UTMA accounts. Find out more about estate planning by attending an upcoming seminar on how to plan for your family’s financial future: Seminars this month will be:

  • 10:30am or 6 pm Tues. Feb. 26 @ the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Midtown [on Abercorn St. about a 1/2 mile south of DeRenne Ave.]
  • 10:30am or 6 pm Thurs. Feb. 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn Savannah

For more info call 912.352.3999 or click here

Learn more about adopting

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

wiggins.jpgHere’s an issue we should all learn more about: adopting and fostering children. Have you ever considering possibly adopting a child? Next week you can get your questions answered by talking with other adoptive parents, parents like Savannah couple Tony and Kelly Wiggins who adopted adorable Canon. The lucky threesome is pictured here.

Our area has a critical shortage of adoptive parents and foster parents who will welcome a child into their family. All the more reason to check out the “Adoption and Foster Parenting Information Night” 7-8:30 pm Thurs. Feb. 28 @ Saint James Church on Whitfield Avenue and Montgomery Cross Roads. The Wiggins will share their story at the event and be available for questions.

The goal of the event is to inform the public about the adoption option and the crucial need for adults to fulfill parenting roles.

The FREE info session is sponsored by the St. James Council of Catholic Women. No reservations required. For more info, call 912.355.1523.

Tea on Thursday afternoons in March

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

tea-parties.jpgYour child adores tea parties. She has tea parties with her grandparents. With her Teddy bears. You even caught her pouring a cup for the dog.

Now she can experience an early 19th century afternoon tea. Every Thursday in March, the public, including children ages 8 to 17, are invited to tea @ the Isaiah Davenport House, on Columbia Square in Historic Savannah.

The aim of the program, “Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s,” is for the public to learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St.

Tea will be served @ 4:30 pm March 6, 13, 20 and 27. The hour-long program includes the history of tea, a tour of the home where tea service took place and an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters.

For reservations call 912.236.8097 or email Reservations must be received 24 hours in advance. Admission is: $18 per adult, $14 for students ages 8 to 17. There is a 14 person maximum. Click here for more info.

Simple Me Boutique Shoe Giveaway

Monday, February 18th, 2008

jinwood-shoes-1.jpgIt’s Monday. jinwood-shoes-2.jpgThere must be a SouthernMamas giveaway.

In fact, we have two different giveaways today. Be sure to read the post below to learn about the first one.

Thanks to our new sponsor, Simple Me Boutique, an online baby, children and maternity store, we’re also giving away an adorable pair of Jinwood shoes, valued at $25.95.
The washable shoes have a soft leather sole and Velcro straps. Shoes available in sizes 0-18 months. We told you about how much we love Simple Me Boutiquesimple-me-boutique-ad.gif in this earlier post. To see for yourself why we’re so enamored with the Simple Me collection of kids and mommy goodies, click here.

To be eligible for the giveaway, email your name to Be sure to put “Simple Me” in the subject line. Send it in by 11 am Wednesday. We’ll pick a name and announce it on this Friday. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. It’s free to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter. Click here

UPDATE: A winner was announced. To read who it was, click here.

ArtZeum Toddler T-shirt Giveaway

Monday, February 18th, 2008

artzeum.jpgBeen meaning to introduce the kids to Telfair’s Jepson Center of the Arts? Here’s your chance.

Toddler Third Thursday this Thursday, Feb. 21, 10-11:30 am. Courtesy of the Jepson, the first five SouthernMamas who register their child (or children) will receive a toddler-size ArtZeum T-shirt. Just mention when you call 912.790.8823 to register.

The ArtZeum is the Jepson’s interactive children’s section (pictured here).

Toddler Third Thursday is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their adult companions. Toddlers explore artwork and partake in a fun-filled art project relating to their tour. Colors, shapes and material vocabulary are encouraged. Each month brings a different tour and project. Kids also get time to play in the ArtZeum and can take home their art masterpieces.

Admission is $4 per child with adult admission fee. Call 912.790.8823 to register. Don’t forget to tell them SouthernMamas sent you and claim your toddler’s ArtZeum T-shirt.

How kids react to tragedy

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

dixie-crystals.gifSavannah school principal and avid blogger Charles Wooten writes about the different ways students at his school reacted to Feb. 7 Dixie Crystal sugar refinery explosion that killed 12.

A student @ Wooten’s school, Charles Ellis Montessori Academy in Ardsley Park, lost her father in the blast. Students in her class were given the chance to write or draw about how they felt. Read some of their comments here.

Another student at the school has a relative injured in the blast who is now at the Augusta Burn Center.

Charles Ellis Montessori will collect donations through Fri. Feb. 22 for the two students. All donations will be split between the two families. Donation receipts will be provided for your records.

As Wooten writes on his blog Principal’s Office “one family is on the road constantly back and forth to Augusta and could use assistance with gas, food, and lodging and the other family, even through the grieving process, is still trying to provide for birthdays and Valentine’s Day for their family.”

To donate, send or drop off a check:
Charles Ellis Montessori Academy (or CEMA)
220 East 49th St.
Savannah, GA 31405

UPDATE: On Sat. Feb. 23, principal Wooten writes that $4,478.82 in donations was raised for the two Ellis families directly impacted by the Dixie Crystals Sugar Refinery blast.

Welcome new sponsor: Simple Me Boutique

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

simple-me-boutique-ad.gifGear me. Wash me. Wear me. Cuddle me.

Simple Me Boutique – the newest SouthernMamas sponsor – has everything you need to do all of the above. The fun online store has accessories for kids, such as this collection of six pairs of mary jane socks for $22.95, mary-jane-simpleme.jpgbutterfly-wall-art.jpgas well as oodles of spring petal pusher, lady bug and watermelon felt hair clips. Simple me also has unique maternity wear, children’s clothing, even nursery decor such as these colorful flutterflies wall art decals pictured here. Just peel, stick and decorate. The kit of butterflies of varying sizes and colors is $49.95.

Click here to visit Simple Me Boutique. Enjoy!

Time to sign up for StarBabies swim lessons

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

star_fish-2.jpgA new session of Starfish Swim School classes soon begin at The Chatham County Aquatic Center. Registration deadline for class is Feb. 27. Classes run March 15-May 10.

A variety of classes are offered, including Starbabies for ages 6 months to 36 months. That class helps such very young children develop a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents in water safety. My 15-month old is currently in Starbabies and loving it, comfortable putting his face in the water, kicking even blowing bubbles. Some kids already learned how to climb out of the pull and jump in.

One parent must be in the water with each child. My husband and I take turns each week doing swim coach duty.

The class is also a fun way to meet other parents with kids your child’s age. Be prepared for lots of singing (“Splashes. Splashes. We all blow bubbles….” Sessions offered include Tuesdays/Thursdays or Saturdays.

aqua_tot4.jpgOther classes include:

SeaSprites for ages 3-5: swim skills through creative water activities.
SeaStars for ages 6-8: core swimming skills and the opportunity to progress to advanced strokes;
SwimStars for ages 9 and older: swimming skills, water safety, water sports and adventure learning activities.
StrokeStars for any age that meets the skills requirement: refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more.

Classes cost $50 for non members and $45 for non-member consecutive session/second child; $38 for members and $33 for member consecutive session/second child. Call 912.652.6793. Learn more by clicking here. The Chatham County Aquatic Center is @ 7420 Sallie Mood Drive.

Skidaway Island Bird Count Festival

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

bird.jpgSorry for this late addition to Your Kid’s Weekend Guide, but we just found out about this Sunday event.

Take part in the National Great Backyard Bird Count @ a crafts festival in Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway. From about noon-2 pm Sun. Feb. 17, kids can learn how to build bird houses, bird hands and more crafts. Cost: $2 for birdbox materials and $3 for parking.

The bird count will be from 8 am-noon. Take a guided hike on the park’s Sandpiper Trail and Avian Loop Trail to spot and count birds. Don’t forget your binoculars.

Call 912.598.2300 or click here for more information.

Babies legally named Atari? Colt?

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

baby-name.jpgJetta? Athens? Babies in Georgia have been named after cars, cities, drinks, even trademarks (Right, baby Faberge and baby Fanta?)

Check out The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s new online compilation of names given to kids in our state. The names are pulled from the Georgia Department of Human Resources birth records from January 1990 through July 2007.

You can do a name search to find out how many kids in Georgia have been named your child’s name. Just type a name in the search box to check its popularity by year since 1990.

But the more interesting part is the Unusual Names in Georgia section.

As the site states “It hasn’t been all Ashleys (13,075 since 1990) or Christophers (19,181) in Georgia. Parents have been very inventive in naming their children over the past 18 years. There are 147 Georgia girls named Chanel, 31 named Cinnamon, 1,435 named Diamond … and just a half dozen boys named Bubba. ”

The site divides unusual names into categories such as cars; cities; presidents; animals; even occupations (there were four Lawyers, two Attorneys and only one Doctor) and elements (our state has had six babies named Silver, eight named Tin and only one Platinum since 1990). Under the Georgia cities category, you’ll find 4,580 Savannahs, but only five Vidalias.

So move over Bubba and make way for baby Toyota.

The JULIAN & Co birth necklace goes to…

Friday, February 15th, 2008

julian-button-ad.jpgSouthernMama Amy R. Henderson of Savannah.

Amy wins the handcrafted, $59 sterling silver necklace, customized with her child’s name and birth stats!!! Congratulations Amy. We’ll email you to get your contact info etc. The necklace is from our sponsor JULIAN & Co.

Thanks to everyone who participated and to JULIAN & Co for donating the necklace. This giveaway was the most popular one yet. Look for another giveaway from a new sponsor. It will be announced Monday in our weekly email newsletter to subscribers.

Your kid’s weekend guide

Friday, February 15th, 2008

irish_dancer1.jpgSat. & Sun Feb. 16 & 17: Savannah Irish Festival @ the Savannah Civic Center. On Saturday, children’s stage performers run from 11:45 am-4:30 pm and include: Savannah Irish Dancers of Savannah (11:45 a.-12:30 pm); Gary Maurer’s Magic Show (12:45-1:30 pm and 3:45-4:30 pm); The Savannah Ceili Band Instrument Demo (1:45-2:30 pm); Pride of Ireland Dancers (2:45-3:30 pm). Sunday’s children’s stage performers are noon-12:45 pm and include Pride of Ireland Dancers (noon-12:45 pm); Gary Maurer’s Magic Show (1-1:45 pm and 4-4:45 pm); The Savannah Ceili Band Instrument Demo (2-2:45 pm); Irish Dancers of Savannah (3-3:45 pm). Children 14 and younger are free with an adult; Daily admission is $11.50. Two day pass: $20. 912.232.3448.

9-11 am Sat. Feb. 16. Haunted Tours @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center: Investigate Oatland Island’s haunted history with tour guides from Sixth Sense Savannah. 912.898.3980

Sat and Sun Feb. 16 & 17: Arts, Crafts & Food Expo @ Historic Honey Horn, HHI: Two-day event includes sweet grass basket weaving, indigo dyeing, fishnet weaving, Gullah foods, a kiddie land, musical performances every half hour.
11-6 pm Sat. and noon-5 pm Sun. $5 for adults; $2 for children
100 William Hilton Parkway. 843.689.9314

11 am-3 pm Sat. Feb. 16: Free car seat checks @ the Lewis Candler & Research Pavilion across from Candler Hospital on Reynolds St. Certified child passenger safety techs examine child safety seats for recalls and to ensure correct installation. FREE! 912.353.3148

Sat. Feb. 16: Make log cabins in honor of Presidents’ Weekend @ Michael’s in Savannah and Bluffton. Part of Michael’s Imagination Saturdays. Every Saturday, kids 5-12 are invited to join 30 minute craft sessions at 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am. $2 cost includes supplies.

1-2 pm Sat. Feb. 16: Pantomime storytelling class @ the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, HHI. Sesame Street’s R. Bruce Connelly teaches students to explore storytelling through movement and music. For ages 9-12. Cost: $15.