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Archive for February, 2008

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 Amazon.com 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…. www.southernmamas.com 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 anne@southernmamas.com. 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 southernmamas.com 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.