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Archive for May, 2009

Giveaway: $50 gift certificate to Savannah Inflatables

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

savannah-inflatables-exampleThis week, a SouthernMamas subscriber will win $50 off an inflatable rental from Savannah Inflatables.

Great for children’s birthday parties, pool parties, community and corporate fund-raisers. The set up and delivery is included in the price. Available seven days a week.

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win, visit the Savannah Inflatables Web site here and tell us what item you’d rent, either comment below this post or email your answer to anne@southernmamas.com.
# Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. June 4. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. June 5.
# You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

Children’s films @ Savannah’s BLUE Ocean Film Fest

Friday, May 29th, 2009

blue-festival-imageHere’s a way to encourage your budding Cousteau. The inaugural BLUE Ocean Film Festival coming to to downtown Savannah June 10-14.

The festival includes about 50 ocean films from the best of the best ocean filmmakers. Among the selection will be some kid-friendly flicks. On Sat. June 13, children’s ocean films will be shown 10:30-noon @ Trustees Theater and throughout the day at the All About The Oceans family street fair 10 am-4 pm in Oglethorpe Square.

Walt Disney Studios’ Disneynature kicks off the festival with an 8 pm June 10 screening of its first theatrical release, EARTH, a documentary that opened this year on Earth Day. The G-rated film centers on three animal families – polar bears, elephants and whales – that struggle to survive over the course of a year. James Earl Jones narrates. Admission is included in all community festival patron passes.

Other festival films that may appeal to kids include “Ice Bears of the Beaufort” and “Saving Luna.” Click here for a schedule of films.

Inspire your tween to follow their ocean-exploring dreams @ the FREE Career Paths Insights workshops for young adults on Sat. June 13 at Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts. The workshops feature talks with Brian Skerry, National Geographic underwater photographer; Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Explorer and Advocate; Paul Gasek, Executive Producer Discovery Networks show including “Deadliest Catch”; Dr. Emory Kristoff, National Geographic photographer, filmmaker and ocean explorer.

Patron passes and individual tickets for the event can be purchased through the SCAD box office. Individual tickets will be $8 for the public and $6 for students or seniors. Some events are FREE including National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry’s Ocean Wild Photography Exhibit on display at Red Gallery throughout the festival.

Tickets for the general public are available here. 912-525-5050.

Yes, SouthernMamas giveaway winners really win

Friday, May 29th, 2009

aultmans-taprootEvery now and then, a SouthernMamas fan asks me “Do people really win your weekly giveaways?”

YES! Every week.

I’d love to post pictures of each and every one of our winners wearing or taking part in their win. Here’s one: The Aultman family recently won a SouthernMamas giveaway: $300 gift certificate from Taproot Photography.

The Aultmans just had their photo session. Above is a sweet photo from their shoot. See more on the Taproot blog.

Children’s activities this weekend

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

bouncing-angels-logoGrand opening party @ Bouncing Angels, the indoor inflatable play center, 2123 E. Victory Drive
Fri. May 29-Sun. May 31
Half-price admission, music, candy, prizes, free popcorn. Elmo is expected to visit. Call ahead to find out when.
912.691.8797

Family fun day @ Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Pooler
Sat. May 30
Special admission rate of $20 for a family of our.
Children can participate in a history scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Prizes.
FREE showings of “My Dog Skip” @ 10 AM, noon & 2 PM
912.748.8888

Saturday Explorations @ The Aquarium (SEA) Programs @ UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
1pm-4pm Sat. May 30
For all ages. Fishing clinic. Bring a rod and reel, they’ll provide the bait.
Cost: $10/person. Fee includes admission to the aquarium.
Pre-registration required.
30 Ocean Science Circle
912.598.3474 or email fish@uga.edu

Free parent-and-tot Make A Joyful Noise music class preview @ White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road
Sat May 30
9-9:30 AM: Family Music for Toddlers (18m – 2 yr)
9:45-10:15 AM: Twist & Turn ( 3 – 5 year olds)
10:30 – 11:15 AM: Music Makers: 5 – 7 year olds
For more info, click here.Contact Vicki @ MakeAJoyfulNoiseMusicStudio@comcast.net or call 912.920.6542.

“Hubba Hubba” @ Savannah Children’s Theatre, 2160 E. Victory Drive
A program presented by the Teen Theatre.
Cost: $10-$12
912.238.9015

Hilton Head/Bluffton area

Parents’ Night Out @ The Island Playground, 1538 Fording Island Rd. Suite 104, Bluffton near HHI bridge
5:30-9:30 PM Sat. May 30
Drop off your child @ this indoor playground featuring inflatable fun. Kids will participate in free play, staff-led fitness games, arts & crafts, movie & pizza dinner. Potty-trained children ages 3 and older are welcome.
Space is limited. Advanced registration required.
Cost: $25 per child includes pizza & drink
The playground will be closed to the public starting @ 5 PM
843.837.8383

Music & entertainment @ The Salty Dog Cafe @ South Beach Village. A guitar-player performs 7 nights a week, 5- 9 PM in May and 6-10 PM June. Cappy the Clown will be at the Salty Dog Cafe 7-9 PM Friday – Monday. Click here for entertainment info.

Sing-along legend Gregg Russell plays for free under the Liberty Oak @ Harbour Town
8-9:30 PM. Sun-Fri May-Sept (dates vary call 843.842.1979 to confirm.)

Winners of the Roller Girl Boot Camp are…

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

bootcamp2-09Kate Faford, Nikki Smith & Heather Alkire!!

Congratulations. Each wins $25 tickets to the Savannah Derby Devils’ 2009 Roller Girl Boot Camp taking place June 7-12.

For those who didn’t win, but still want to partake: The boot camp is Sunday through Friday evenings (Excluding Wednesday) @ Garden City Gym, 160 Wheat Hill Rd. (Off Hwy. 21 behind Groves High School). To register, click here or contact Felony Melanie at felonymelanie@rocketmail.com. Cost is $20 early bird expires May 31; $25 late registration. On site registration available through June 9.

Hilton Head Child Care/Babysitters: Weekly Parents’ Night Out

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

sandbox-bigger-logoDate night is back – thanks to The Sandbox.

The interactive children’s museum on Hilton Head Island is now hosting WEEKLY “Parent’s Night Out – Kid’s Night In” programs at their 18 A Pope Avenue location. The program will be 6-9 PM Wednesday nights during June, July and August.

Can you say marriage-saver? And it’s available for tourists and residents.

It’s for children 3 to 9 years of age (all children must be potty trained) and includes a pizza dinner, summer arts and crafts projects, supervised play throughout the hands-on museum and take home toy for each child.

Cost: $30 per child, with a reduced $25 fee for siblings and Sandbox Members.

Eventually, local restaurants will provide discounts to parents dining out on these evenings. A complete list of dining partners will be included on The Sandbox’s website here. Release forms may also be downloaded from the website.

Call 843.842.7645 for more info or to make a reservation.

Choral Camp starts Aug. 3

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

makejoyfulnoiseYou always wanted to try a parent-and-me early childhood music program with your little one.
This summer’s your chance.
Attend a FREE demo Make A Joyful Noise music class Sat. May 30. Here’s the schedule:
9-9:30 AM: Family Music for Toddlers (18m – 2 yr)
9:45-10:15 AM: Twist & Turn ( 3 – 5 year olds)
10:30 – 11:15 AM: Music Makers: 5 – 7 year olds

Vicki Mills, who has a masters in vocal performance and more than 20 years of experience teaching children, offers the Make A Joyful Noise early childhood music program.

Summer classes include:
Music for Toddlers: 18m – 3 year olds
Cycle of Seasons/Twist & Turn: 3 – 5 year olds
Music Makers: 5 – 7 year olds
Sounds of Praise: Intro to Choir 7 – 15 yr olds
August Camp: Sounds of Praise 7 – 15 yr olds starts Aug. 3-7

Make A Joyful Noise also will hold auditions in June for Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir, noon-2 PM Sat. May 30-June 6; 6-8 PM June 4. Pre-register here. The 2009-2010 Choral Season begins September 10th

The classes and choir audtitions are @ White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road on Savannah’s Southside.

To find out more about summer class times and to register, click here.Contact Vicki @ MakeAJoyfulNoiseMusicStudio@comcast.net or call 912.920.6542.

Free family movies this summer

Monday, May 25th, 2009

free-movies-in-summer1A free family film fest begins in June and runs through August.
Starting in mid-June, you and the kids can see selected G & PG movies at 10 AM each Tuesday & Wednesday at Savannah Stadium 10 theater at Savannah Mall. FREE. It’s on a first come, first serve basis.
What a great way to spend a hot weekday morning. This would make a great outing for moms groups.
Tickets for Regal’s 2009 Free Family Film Festival are exclusively available at the theater’s box office on the day of the show. Click here for schedule of movies.

Giveaway: Two Tickets to Roller Derby Boot Camp

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

roller-derbyWouldn’t you love to have a kickin’ nickname and hot bod, courtesy of Roller Derby? This week, two SouthernMamas readers will win $25 tickets to the Savannah Derby Devils’ 2009 Roller Girl Boot Camp taking place June 7-12.

The boot camp week offers women ages 18 and older an unconventional kind of fitness program and an outlet for all your mommy stress. Not only do you get to try the fastest-growing, full-contact sport for women, but you also get a moniker like Felonie Melonie. No mad skating skills necessary; just a passion for playing hard.

You never know who’s gonna fall in love with roller derby, says Derby girl “Fear Abby.” A few mamas on the team can’t live without it. And their husbands are so proud to brag about their rollergirl wives.

The boot camp is Sunday through Friday evenings, June 7-12 (Excluding Wednesday) @ Garden City Gym, 160 Wheat Hill Rd. (Off Hwy. 21 behind Groves High School)

Here are the giveaway rules:
# To enter to win, tell us your desired roller derby nickname and your real name either by commenting below this post or emailing the info to anne@southernmamas.com.
# Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. May 28. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here Fri. May 29.
# You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

At Roller Girl Boot camp, you can freshen up your roller skating skills, get a challenging workout, learn the basics of roller derby and other skills needed to join the Savannah Derby Devils. Men interested in roller derby refereeing are also encouraged to register.

Can’t wait for the giveaway? For info on the bootcamp or to register, click here or contact Felony Melanie at felonymelanie@rocketmail.com. Cost is $20 early bird expires May 31; $25 late registration. On site registration available through June 9.

Kid-friendly places open on Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

starlight_logo-copySouthernMamas has you covered with a list of kid-friendly spots that are open on Memorial Day, Mon. May 25. Click on the link to get address and contact info.

Starlight  Pottery, Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-6 PM New location a block from former location. Click here.
Bouncing Angels, the indoor inflatable play center: Open Memorial Day 10 AM-8 PM.
Skukuzoo indoor jungle playground with tubes, mazes and ball pools, indoor mini-golf, Savannah Mall. Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-9 PM
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Open Memorial Day 10 AM-4 PM.
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Open Memorial Day, 9AM-5 PM
Old Fort Jackson, cannon demonstrations at 10 AM, 2 PM & 4 PM. Open Memorial Day, 9 AM-5 PM
Roundhouse Railroad Museum Open Memorial Day, 9 AM-5 PM
Jepson Center for the Arts, includes the children’s ArtZeum. Open Memorial Day 10 AM-5 PM)
Fort McAllister Historic Park, Richmond Hill. Open Memorial Day 8 AM-5 PM)

Hilton Head/Bluffton area

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Ave., HHI
Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-5 PM.

The Island Playground, indoor playground featuring inflatable fun & creative play, near the HHI bridge on the Bluffton side. Open Memorial Day, 10 AM-5 PM