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Archive for May, 2008

Welcome newest sponsor: Island Child

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

island-child-big-ad.jpgIsland Child, a new sponsor of SouthernMamas.com, has been dressing children for generations.

And all that experience pays off.

Just visit their online store here for children’s clothing and accessories.

Or drop by their store in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island. You will be glad you did.

Island Child offers the finest children’s clothing including a sweet collection of flower girl dresses, first birthday outfits for boys and girls, trendy pettiskirts and unique one-of-a-kind items such as these starfish-shoes.jpgstarfish cotton slip-on shoes and golf-cart-onesie.jpggolf cart onesies pictured here.

You will find everything for newborns, layette, toddlers and children, with styles both funky and classic.

Island Child also carries baby cribs and changers as well as crib bedding.

Click here for more info or call 1.888.705.5437 or 843.686.5437

Your picks for kid-friendly restaurants

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Thanks for all your entries for best family-friendly local restaurants. Your favorite places to eat out with the kids are:

bonna-bella-yacht-club.jpgBonna Bella Yacht Club, 2470 Livingston Ave. near LaRoche Avenue in Savannah. 912.352.3133. This outdoor restaurant (accessible by auto and boat) on the Herb River received the most votes from SouthernMamas readers as best kid-friendly restaurant.

You love that the eatery has a ping-pong table and cornhole game to entertain the kids. Also has great views, the occasional live music and yummy food. As SouthernMamas reader Jennifer M. writes “Being able to go by boat is wonderful and they have such a large outdoor area for the kids to run around.”

  • Siciliano’s, 4700 US 80, Whitemarsh Island. 912.897.1938. SouthernMamas reader Sarah H. writes “The staff is always so welcoming and friendly. The food is great, both for children and adults. There are also some great arcade games inside, including a car and motorcycle game. The staff members alway let children sit down on the car and motorcycle and pretend to play. Love it!”
  • The Shell House Restaurant @ the intersection of I-95 (exit 94) and Hwy. 204. 912.927.3280. SouthernMamas reader Joy G. writes “There should be more restaurants that have trash cans in the middle of the table.”
  • Cancun Mexican Restaurant, three locations (Wilmington Island, Pooler and Savannah). Speedy service suits impatient toddlers.
  • Barbara Jeans, 138 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Wilmington Island. 912.898.4424. SouthernMamas reader Ginger H. writes “all those great veggie casseroles are an easy way to get our daughter to eat vegetables.”
  • Sweet Potatoes, 6825 Waters Ave., Savannah. 912.352.3434. SouthernMamas reader Lana S. writes “We love to take our 9 month old to Sweet Potatoes-it’s casual dining, so if she gets upset she most likely won’t interrupt a romantic dinner or something like that and of course the food is extra yummy.”
  • Moe’s Grill, 7801 Abercorn St. Savannah. 912.303.6688. SouthernMamas Danielle R. writes “It’s fast, friendly, cheap and the music is fun. My daughter loves it. I can even get a 100% juice box instead of soda with the kids meal. And you can get tofu as a meat option!”
  • Chick-Fil-A in Pooler which has Family Night every Tuesday during May, June and July. Kid-friendly entertainment and children can make their own sundaes, 180 Pooler Parkway. 912.330-9209
  • North Beach Grill, 33 Van Horne Dr., Tybee Island. 912.786.9003 SouthernMamas reader Meagan W. writes “We get to have fun in the water and swim to work up an appetite, then just take a quick walk to the grill and sit outside under the umbrellas.”
  • Houlihan’s, 17029 Abercorn Ext. Savannah 912.921.5712. Free carrot sticks and ranch dressing to hold the kids over while they wait for their kids meals. Kids meals come with a small bowl of ice-cream. Writes SouthernMamas reader Barbara M. “it was by far the best, most un-stressed lunch we’ve ever had out with all the kids.”
  • Basil’s on Wilmington Island, 216 Johnny Mercer Rd. 912.897.6400. SouthernMamas reader Kari H. writes “they have a playroom right off the main dining room where they show movies and have toys and books. Parents can keep an eye on the kids in the next room by watching the TV monitor in the dining room.
  • 606 E Cafe, Ford Ave., Richmond Hill. 912.459.0606. Kari H. writes “Also has a family room stocked with toys. Families can eat in the toy room and kids can play while they wait for their food or while their parents enjoy conversation and dessert.”
  • Hilton Head/Bluffton area

  • Marley’s Island Grill, Park Plaza, Hilton Head Island. 843.686.5800. Received multiple votes. You love that the restaurant also has its own ice-cream stand adjoining the restaurant.
  • Bluffton Atlanta Bread Company on U.S. 278. Kids-eat-free nights are 4-9 p.m. Wednesdays. 843. 815.2479.
  • The Salty Dog Cafe in South Beach Marina Village, on Hilton Head Island. Live guitar music most nights. Also often has face painting and balloon art by Cappy the Clown.
  • Hilton Head/Bluffton area

Shop Saturday @ the Savannah Market Bazaar

Friday, May 30th, 2008

And make sure to visit the miabella-button-ad.gifMia Bella Bowtique booth while you are there.

Add this to your weekend guide: Savannah Market Bazaar, 9 am Sat. May 31 @ the corner of Bull and Henry Street in Savannah. Art, antiques, clothes, jewerly and more. Free and open to the public.

SouthernMamas sponsor, Mia Bella Bowtique, will have a booth @ the market with reduced prices on most items. Mia Bella Bowtique is an online gift boutique that specializes in hand-made designs for children. A locally-owned company based on Oatland Island, Mia Bella’s clips are lined with velvet to make the clips stay in and stay put. The store also has “Bella Banners” custom made/personalized fabric banners for special occasions, vintage theme birthday and baby shower invites and party favors. See more of Mia Bella Bowtique’s goodies by clicking here.

Your Kid’s Weekend Guide

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Sat. May 31, archeofest1.jpgArchaeoFest 2008 @ Battlefield Park, Savannah, 10 am-3 pm; Hands-on archaeological education activities on the site of the 1779 Battle of Savannah. Kids see artifacts, learn about the CSS Georgia, talk to real archaeologists and learn how to match bones to skeletons. Click here for a $1 off coupon. $6 for adults, $5 for children; kids 6 and younger are FREE. Located @ corner of MLK Jr. Blvd and Louisville Road between the Visitors Center and Roundhouse Railroad Museum. 912.651.2240

Sat. May 31, Haunted Oatland Island tour, 9-11 pm. Go on a ghost-hunting tour of the 80-year plus facility. In partnership with Sixth Sense Savannah, a local tour company. Cost: $36.50. Twenty percent benefits Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Click here for more info. 912.898.3980

Sat. May 31, Recycling Roundup Event @ Lake Mayer, noon-4 pm. Awareness event for youth about recycling. Family activities & entertainment including wet slide and bouncers. Bring your recyclables to benefit the youth scholarship fund. First 50 kids to bring 20 recyclables receive a free T-shirt. Sponsored by YFAC (Youth For A Cleaner Environment) 912.897.0311 or email yface2000@yahoo.com.

Sat. May 31, Kids Fishing Rodeo @ Daffin Park Lake, 7 -11 am. Lake has been stocked with freshwater catfish. All children 15 and younger are invited to participate. Bring your own bait and tackle, however a limited amount will be available for children without any. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Food and drinks will be served. Awards will be presented. Sponsored by City of Savannah, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Bass Pro Shops

Fri, Sat. & Sun, May 30-June 1. Performance of “Children of Eden” @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 7 pm Fri. May 30, 3 pm Sat & Sun May 31 & June 1. Tickets cost $10, 2160 E. Victory Drive 912.238.9015

Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

Fri. May 29, Farmer’s Market @ Center Court, The Mall at Shelter Cove, 8 am-1 pm. Fresh local veggies and fruit available for purchase. 843.686.3090

Sat. May 31, 9-10 am. Free Stroller Fitness class @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, HHI. 9-10 am. Jennifer Wolfe of Once Upon A Workout will lead the class for moms and babies. For children ages 3 months to 15 months. Wear workout clothes and shoes. Bring a stroller and bottled water. Preregistration required. 843.342.9200. Email jmorgan@bcgov.net

Sat. May 31, 10 am. Do-Drop-In Story Time @ Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road. FREE! For children all ages. Each week a different themed story time with songs, poems, finger plays, a story-in-the-wall and a take-home craft activity. No registration required. 843.342.9200.

The winner of the Shabby Apple dresses giveaway is…

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

shabby-apple-logo.jpgMeagan White.

Congratulations, Meagan. You and your daughter win a mother-daughter dress combo from Shabby Apple - a Web-based dress company that offers figure-flattering, moderately-priced designer dresses – and their new children’s line Shabby Baby.

Thanks to those of you who participated in the giveaway for sharing your helpful ideas for local, kid-friendly restaurants. We hope to post ALL of your many suggestions on SouthernMamas.com this weekend.

Be sure to look for another different giveaway to be announced here Monday.

See “Sex and the City” for Free

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

sex-and-city-logo.jpgAll set to see “Sex and the City” when it opens this weekend?

Don’t forget that SouthernMamas subscribers can see it for FREE, thanks to Savannah Mall, a SouthernMamas sponsor.

Just click this link to get a free movie pass for SouthernMamas: free-savannah-mall-movie-pass-for-southernmamas.pdf

Of course, you can use the pass to see other movies, too.

“Sex and the City” opens Fri. May 30 @ Regal Cinema 10, 1132 Shawnee Street near Savannah Mall. “Sex and the City” T-shirts are sold @ Steve & Barry’s in Savannah Mall, a store where everything is $8.98 or less.

Arts Smarts Camp

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

scad-logo.gifBring out your child’s inner Monet this summer.

The Savannah College of Art and Design and the Savannah Arts Academy will hold a day camp for children 7-14. The Art Smarts Camp will be in three one-week sessions July 21-Aug. 8 @ the Savannah Arts Academy, 508 Washington Avenue.

For info and registration, click here or call 912.325.5100.

For more listings of local summer camps, click here.

MusicAlive! kicks off summer library events

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

child-playing-cello.jpgExpose your kids to live classical music through Savannah’s “MusicAlive!” programs next week @ branches of the Live Oak Public Libraries.

The FREE performances are recommended for children of all ages. Here’s the schedule for the MusicAlive! events:

Bull Street Library: 3:30 pm Mon. June 2
Liberty (Hinesville) Branch: 10:30 am Tues. June 3
Tybee Branch: 3 pm Tues. June 3
West Chatham (Pooler) Branch: 4 pm Wed. June 4
Oglethorpe Mall Branch: 6 pm Thurs. June 5

Call your local branch for more info. Click here for branch phone numbers and addresses.

For a look at other programs coming this summer to Live Oak library branches, including wildlife shows, storytellers, puppet and music performances, click here.

Surf camp @ Tybee Island

Monday, May 26th, 2008

surf-board.jpgReason No. 8,143 that our area is a better place to raise kids than some landlocked city: surf camp.

This summer, Tybee Island YMCA offers the third season of surf camp for kids ages 7-16. Kids learn surfing basics @ several locations around the island. Open to all surf levels. Campers are divided into age groups. All campers must be able to swim 25 yards and be comfortable with ocean tides, waves and undertow. Private lessons also available.

There’s also kayak camp on Tybee for kids ages 7-16, hosted by guides from North Island Surf and Kayak. Campers will take paddling trips around Tybee, Little Tybee Island, Cockspur Lighthouse and through the tidal pools surrounding the island. Suitable for all skill levels.

For price and camp schedules for the surf and kayak camps, click here and download the info for Ocean Adventure Camp.

Or call Tybee Island YMCA @ 912.786.9622.

Shabby Apple mother/daughter dress giveaway

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

shabby-apple-logo.jpgTwo dresses. That’s right. You can win one for you and one for your daughter.

All thanks to Shabby Apple - a Web-based dress company that offers figure-flattering, moderately-priced designer dresses – and their new children’s line Shabby Baby.

One of the dresses Shabby Apple is giving away to a SouthernMamas subscriber is a $64 Apple Seed secretary dress for mom. The design, aptly named shabby-apple-mom.jpg90 Words per Minute”, has ruching at sides to flatter hips. A tie at the neck, puff sleeves and a skirt that hits just below the knee.

The second dress to be given away is a little girl’s version, a $33 Apple Seed secretary dress called, you guessed it, shabby-baby-girl.jpg“45 Words per Minute.” It’s available in sizes newborn to 10-12 girls.

To be eligible for the giveaway, email your name and the answer to the question below to anne@southernmamas.com. What’s your favorite, kid-friendly place to eat out in our area and why?

Don’t forget. You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to play. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Deadline for entries is 11 pm this Thurs. May 28. We’ll announce the winner Friday here on www.southernmamas.com.

Oh, and one more reason to love Shabby Baby: the women-owned and women-operated company partners with Unitus, a non-profit organization in the microfinance industry, to help alleviate global poverty for millions of women and their families. To see more of their little girl dresses, click here.