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The winner of the Melting Pot fondue restaurant giveaway is…

Friday, July 31st, 2009

melting-pot-adDenise Perry.

Denise wins a $50 gift certificate to The Melting Pot!, a fondue restaurant opening in September on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah.

Thanks to everyone who entered to win by signing up to become Club Fondue members. Members receive free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday and wedding anniversary. You will also receive monthly emails about The Melting Pot’s grand opening, ladies night out, wine tastings and other fun events.

Look for another giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.

Children’s activities in Savannah this weekend

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

first-sat-for-kids-logoFirst Saturday for Kids at Telfair’s Jepson Center for Arts
Studio art workshop “Counter Photography: Japan’s Artists Today”; storytelling; children activities in the ArtZeum; an 11 am classic family film.
Free admission. No registration required.
10 am -1 pm Sat. Aug. 1
207 W. York St., downtown Savannah

Last Chance to Ride the Roundhouse Railroad Museum Train Until Fall!
The popular train rides at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum will go on a roughly one-month hiatus after this Sun. Aug. 2.
Passengers can ride behind the steam locomotive 11am, 2pm and 4pm Sat. August 1
and behind one of the diesel locomotives on Sun. Aug. 2. Regular admission rates apply.
Rides will return on Saturdays and Sundays September through November at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm, with a special Fall “Steam Days” event featuring daily rides November 6-15.
(912) 651-6823.

End-of-Camp Savannah Childrens’ Choir concert in the Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School
7 PM Fri. July 31. Free and open to the public.
Featuring music the children have learned and will also debut music some of the kids have composed, performed by professional artists.
912. 228.4758

Saturday Explorations at The Aquarium (SEA) Program at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island
This week’s theme: Horseshoe Crabs. Kids can experience horseshoe crabs and get all their questions about them answered.
10 AM-noon Sat. Aug. 1
Cost: $10 per person.
Must be 8 years old or older
30 Ocean Science Circle.
To register, contact 912.598.3474 or e-mail fish@uga.edu.

Movie & a game
Watch the movie in air-conditioned Lucas Theatre and get a ride to Historic Grayson Stadium to a Sand Gnats Game
“Field of Dreams” 3:30 PM Fri. July 31, “Angels in the Outfield (1951), 4 PM Sat. Aug. 1
Both preceded by family-friendly animated movie “How to Play Baseball” starring Goofy
Package includes movie ticket, roundtrip transportation and baseball game ticket: $17
Discounts available for military seniors and with a SCAD id

Faith Night at Grayson Stadium
Sat. Aug. 1
5 PM Fish Eyed Fools concert before the Sand Gnats game. Players and coaches will give personal testimonials.

Home Depot Kids Workshop
Free how-to clinics designed for children ages 5-12, available on the first Saturday of the month. Children accompanied by an adult create useful objects
9 am-noon @ all Home Depot stores.

First Saturday on the River
9 AM-7 PM Sat. Aug. 1 on River Street.
Featuring 60 regional arts and crafts exhibitors, music, food and drink. The U.S. Coast Guard does live demos.

Adult activity, but worth mentioning anyway
Open house at Savannah Mall to introduce THE MARKETPLACE AT SAVANNAH MALL to prospective shopkeepers.
The new marketplace is ideal for moms to locate their businesses at affordable rates, whether your business is jewelry, photography, yoga, gourmet food or more.
Visit customer service Fri. July 31-Aug. 2
The first 50 businesses to sign a one-year lease will receive the first month’s rent FREE.
Contact Chardell Steves chardell.steves@savannahmall.com or 912.927.7467.

Help build a community playground in Pooler

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

playground-communityWanted: volunteers to help transform a vacant plot into a Pooler community-built park.

The aim is to build a 17,000-square-foot park that is the largest and most unique playground in the area, custom-designed by children and built entirely through volunteer efforts.

The West Chatham YMCA in Pooler donated the land adjacent to Pooler Parkway between the YMCA and the new Pooler Recreation Park.

Volunteers will be needed to do most of the work – organization, fundraising, procurement and volunteer recruitment, even meal preparation and child care for the workers. Design, drafting, project management and construction supervision will be left to playground developers Leathers and Associates of New York.

The estimated $500,000 project will be funded in part by donations and fundraisers.

The proposed playground will be free and open to everyone, providing play opportunities for children of all abilities.

For more info, click here or call (912) 748-9622.

Giveaway: $50 gift certificate to The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

melting-pot-banner-adLooking for a fabulous date night? How about a fun night out with the girls? Coming soon to Broughton Street in downtown Savannah is The Melting Pot! At The Melting Pot, fondue becomes a memorable four-course dining experience where you can truly dip into something different. Come discover The Melting Pot’s relaxed atmosphere, private tables, fine wines, attentive service and exceptional fondue dinners.

Start with a creamy cheese fondue. Then choose from four flavorful fondue cooking styles and a variety of entrées including filet mignon, lobster, blackened chicken, duck, shrimp, salmon and more. For dessert, enjoy mouthwatering chocolate fondue served with dipping items including fresh strawberries, cheesecake, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies.

To enter to win, sign up here for Club Fondue. Club Fondue members receive free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday and wedding anniversary. You will also receive monthly emails about The Melting Pot’s grand opening, ladies night out, wine tastings and other fun events.

You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to enter. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.

You have until 9 pm this Thurs. July 30 to enter and then The Melting Pot will choose a name. SouthernMamas will announce the winner here Fri. July 31.

The Melting Pot will be opening soon in September. Come and enjoy a night of fondue!

Backyard games: Nature Bingo

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

ladybugDaily Candy offered a fun tip this week for summer garden fun: Nature Bingo.

Here’s how it works.

Step One: Select 24 objects that can be easily found in your backyard or local park (or not so easily found, depending on how much of a break you need). Think seasonal flowers, plants, trees, bugs, even rocks.

Step Two: Have kids draw a grid (five across, five down, with a free space in the middle) depicting these objects using crayons or markers.

Step Three: Send your child out and about to find five in a row. Once mastered, mix things up by choosing new items to hunt for.

Step Four: Repeat as necessary.

SouthernMamas rock! Q&A with Just for Baby & More owner Jan Welsh

Friday, July 24th, 2009

jan-welsh-familySavvy SouthernMamas profiles are back.  Know a savvy mama you want to nominate? Email anne@southernmamas.com. Read past SouthernMamas rock! profiles here.

Meet Jan Welsh,  owner of Just for Baby & More in Savannah and mother-of-four.

Your Family
Casey 25, Catherine 18, Sarah 13, Joseph 11
Grandsons: Tayten 5, Emerson 11 months

Your Occupation:Owner Just For Baby & More

Your Website:www.JustForBaby.net

Best local school: Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Best local kid-friendly eatery? My children like Salsaritas, Screamin Mimi’s and Mellow Mushroom

Best local kid-friendly spot/event? The beach

Best local pediatrician? Ramon Ramos

Best secret tip for other local moms: Sports – my children play basketball, baseball and softball for school and in the city and county leagues.

What resource for children does our area lack? I would love to see a hands-on science museum in Savannah.

Best charity/non-profit: St. Mary’s Home for Children in Savannah has been lovingly serving children in Savannah and the surrounding counties for many years.

What one phrase do you hope your kids will say about you as a mom someday? We always had fun…..

The winner of the free kids’ art class is…

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Amie Huse!

Amie’s child wins free tuition to a kids’ sculpture class for children 4 and older. Value is $50.

The class is @ Tiffany Drabek Studio 215 E. 64th St. in Savannah. Here are the details if you want to sign up your child:
Just For Kids Clay Workshop: July 27-30
Kids 4 and up will learn hand building techniques as they create beautiful sculptures. They will paint
their masterpieces in brilliant underglaze colors.  Mon.-Thurs. from 9:30-10:30 AM

Tiffany Drabek also offers other kids summer classes and camps including pottery.

To sign up, contact Tiffany Drabek (912) 692-0659 or tiffanydrabek @gmail.com.

Face-painting, balloon animals for Savannah children’s birthdays

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

funfacesbanneradCall Fun Faces Face Painting Services for your child’s next birthday party.

puppy_face_painting_Fun Faces is available for all types of events; private parties, corporate events, grand openings, festivals and more. Service area includes Savannah, Statesboro, Jacksonville.

Fun Faces uses only water-based FDA compliant as a cosmetic face paints and cosmetic glitters that wash off with mild soap and water. No craft glitter. No acrylic paints or other paints which are not meant for the skin.

Fun Faces can paint about 10 faces an hour, depending on the complexity of the design.

Get in touch early for the best selection of available dates. Call 912.674.1830 or email sherrys.funfaces@gmail.com. Learn more here.

Free Savannah Children’s Choir End-of-Camp Concert

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

choir-camp-concertThe Savannah Children’s Choir will present a free, End-of-Camp concert 7 PM Fri. July 31 in the Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The event is the culmination of a two-week Summer Choral Camp program, now in its fourth year. This year’s theme is “Rhythm”, and daily classes in music history, sight singing, composition  and percussion reinforced the campers’ abilities to read and understand rhythmic concepts in music.

Camp instructors include interns from top music educational colleges such as Florida State and the University of Georgia along with professionals in the field, assisted by local high school interns. 

The concert will feature music the children have learned and will also debut music some of the kids have composed, performed by professional artists. For more info, click here or call 912. 228.4758.

Savannah Camp for Children with Down Syndrome

Monday, July 20th, 2009

ldsslogoThe Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) has created Savannah’s first Summer Camp for children with Down Syndrome.

The six day program will be held 9 AM-12:30 PM on July 27, 29, and 31 and August 3, 5 and 7.

Camps are funded in part by the money the organization raises through their annual Down Syndrome Buddy Walk each October-requiring participants to pay just $30 for the three day camp. Educational and recreational activities are scheduled for children ages 3 to 6. Speech, physical and occupational therapists are on board to assist the children in their continued growth and development, while having fun.

For more information or to register, contact John Bogardus at (912) 728-8505 or click here.

For more local summer camps, click here.

Giveaway: One free tuition to the kids’ sculpture class

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

sculpture-class-giveawayThis week, a lucky SouthernMamas subscriber will win free tuition to a kids’ sculpture class for children 4 and older that will meet July 27-30. Value is $50.

The class is @ Tiffany Drabek Studio 215 E. 64th St. in Savannah. Here are the details:
Just For Kids Clay Workshop: July 27-30
Kids 4 and up will learn hand building techniques as they create beautiful sculptures. They will paint
their masterpieces in brilliant underglaze colors. The class will meet Mon.-Thurs. from 9:30-10:30 AM
All the winner’s costs are covered including materials.

  • To enter to win, click on the comments below and tell us your favorite creative project or game to do with your child. Think crafts, art, cooking, roadtrip games, scavenger hunts, yard games, pool games etc. Just share your tip. Also, please tell us your name. Entry period closes 9 pm Thurs. July 23. We’ll pick a name at random and announce the winner here on Fri. July 24.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • Tiffany Drabek also offers other kids summer classes and camps including pottery. That “Kids on the Wheel” class is Aug. 10-13 It’s an introductory workshop for kids 8 and up to pottery making on the wheel. This may include one day of hand building.

    Kids will learn how to center the clay on the wheel and make plates and bowls. They will also paint their work in underglazes. The class is 9-11 AM Mon-Thurs. Fee: $85, includes materials. Parents are welcome to take the class with their children if they desire.

    To sign up, contact Tiffany Drabek (912) 692-0659 or tiffanydrabek @gmail.com. Also available: adult classes, birthday parties and other custom workshops for special celebrations and events.

    A New Marketplace for Mompreneurs, Cottage-Based Industries

    Saturday, July 18th, 2009

    savannah-mall-marketplace1Are you looking to grow your home-based business? Open another? Move to a location with heavy foot traffic? Expand to the Savannah market?

    Discover the Coastal Empire’s largest, year-round indoor Marketplace: THE MARKETPLACE AT SAVANNAH MALL.

    It’s a new indoor shopping destination that convenes neighborhood-style shops with dazzling and curious wares. This is a great opportunity for all of you creative moms with a cottage industry – aromatherapy, yoga, quilting, scrapbooking, gourmet foods, or monogramming. Think of this forthcoming marketplace as a live, in-person version of Etsy.

    Beginning with 90,000 square feet, which formerly housed Steve and Barry’s, THE MARKETPLACE AT SAVANNAH redefines will be the Coastal Empire’s largest, year-round indoor marketplace. Your shop can be in place just in time for the holidays.

    The goal is to have a shopping village, a retail square inside the mall, small shops with relatively small budgets next to a big department store.

    On Fri. July 31, Savannah Mall is hosting an open house to introduce THE MARKETPLACE AT SAVANNAH MALL to prospective shopkeepers. For more info, contact Chardell Steves at Savannah Mall: chardell.steves@ savannahmall.com or 912.927.7467. Tell them SouthernMamas sent you!

    Savannah children activities: steam train & hand car rides

    Saturday, July 18th, 2009

    choo-chooAll aboard.

    The Roundhouse Railroad Museum has a summer special: pay one price for a full day of fun.

    The museum’s offering 45-minute rides in the vintage steam locomotive at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm through July 31. Rides on the museum’s human-powered handcar are available throughout the day. There also are guided tours of restored office cars at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm.

    Admission: $10 for adults and $4 for kids 6 and younger, and includes all of the activities listed. Admission to the Savannah History Museum next door may be added for an additional $3 for adults/no extra charge for kids 6 and under.

    Call (912) 651-6823 for more information, or click here.

    Casting Supermoms for New TV Show

    Saturday, July 18th, 2009

    mompreneurSupermoms, here’s your Hollywood break.

    The LA-based production company, Pie Town Productions, is currently in the early stages of a project focused on moms who consider themselves (or others consider them) to be SUPERMOMS.

    Are you president of the PTA or are currently vying for that position? Are you constantly shuttling your kids from one activity to another? Do you have STRONG opinions about everything from methods of parenting to how to advertise the next PTA meeting to what kind of brownies you should make for your kid’s birthday party? Are you surrounded by a lot of like-minded parents? Do you think you could have been (OR were / are) a CEO because you’re just that focused, smart, and organized?

    The production company wants to hear your story. Those interested should email Ally at Ally_Weinberg@pietown.tv. Please put “Supermom!” in the subject line. Good luck. Don’t forget us little people when you’re famous.

    Children’s activities just outside Savannah: Get to Know a Gator program

    Saturday, July 18th, 2009


    Only a few more chances remain for your child to get upclose and personal with an alligator, learn their habits and have pictures taken with a mouth-taped-tightly-shut gator.

    We recently enjoyed the “Get to Know a Gator” program at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head. The program from Gatorland features a live alligator and busts several myths about gators, including the legend about running zig-zag if a gator ever chases you. Apparently, you should just run. And never feed alligators.

    The program is held several times every Thursday through Aug. 13: 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 2 PM. For cost info, click here.
    For reservations, call 843.689.6767 ext 223.

    Weekend activities: What to do with children in Savannah & Hilton Head

    Thursday, July 16th, 2009

    national-park-service-logoFee-free weekend at National Parks
    Click here for national parks that are free this weekend. Parks in our area that are waiving the entrance fee July 18 & 19 include:
    Cumberland Island National Seashore
    Fort Frederica National Monument
    Fort Pulaski National Monument
    Fort Sumter National Monument

    Kids Sunday at Sand Gnats Game
    2 PM Sun July 19
    Kids can run the bases and get player autographs after the game. Before the game, kids can play catch on the field.
    Presented by The CW, BIG 98.3
    2009 Sand Gnats Team Card Set Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans

    Free showing of “Nemo” at the Market at Trustees Garden
    12:30 PM Sat. July 18
    Lunch & a Movie
    The farmer’s market is every Sat. 9 AM-3 PM. Click here for more info.

    Boating Class @ Jenkins High School, 1800 E. DeRenne Ave.
    8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat July 18
    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering the course, which covers boating laws, safe boat handling, basic navigation, and other topics for young people 12 and older.
    Cost: $15.
    912-897-7656 or go here.

    Dolphin Project 20th Anniversary @ J. F. Gregory Park, Ga. 144
    5 p.m. July 18
    The event will feature lowcountry boil, barbecue, music, dancing and a silent auction.
    Cost: $30 or $35.
    For information and to make reservations call or e-mail TDP20anniversary@gmail.com or 912-727-3177

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind @ Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.
    7 p.m. July 18
    Presented by the SCAD Cinema Circle. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the SCAD Box Office window.
    Tickets: $4-$8 (additional service fees may apply).
    912-525-5050 or go here.

    Hikes, campfires and animals at Skidaway Island State Park
    4 PM Fri. July 17 Toads & Turtles: Learn the difference between reptiles and amphibians
    8:45 PM Fri. July 17 Sensory Awareness night hike: Learn about different creatures that come out at night. Then awaken your senses with experiments on this hike.
    3 PM Sat. July 18 Wilderness Survival: Learn how to survive in the wild and make a survival bag to take with you.
    8 PM Sat. July 18 Campfire: Make smores, sing songs, and hear stories around a campfire! Meet at the amphitheater across from picnic shelter #4
    9 PM Sat. July 18: Frog Hike: Come see and hear frogs at night. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail entrance.
    11 AM Sun. July 19 Button Hunt: Come hunt for buttons and win prizes- just like an Easter egg hunt!
    2 PM Sun. July 19 Invasive Plants and Animals: Learn all about them!
    4 PM Sun. July 19 Roving Ranger: Ask the ranger any questions and see the creature of the day.
    $5 parking

    Family Happenings @ the Roundhouse Railroad Museum
    10AM-noon Sat. July 18
    Theme: Flags Around the World
    Hear stories about different countries and look at their flags. See the many different flags the United States has had. Design your own flag.
    $6 with an additional $4 for an optional train ride
    Includes materials, snacks and museum admission
    Reservations are required. 912.651.6823 or email childrensevents@chsgeorgia.org

    The Wiz at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
    8 PM Fri July 17, 2 PM and 8 PM Sat. July 18
    Cost: $17, $12 seniors and students

    Hilton Head Is./Bluffton area

    Tween/teen programs @ Hilton Head Island Branch Library
    July Fri 17
    No registration required. FREE!
    2 PM: Draw along with Comic Book Artist Dave McDonald
    3 PM Drum with Drummer Sam Jones

    “Willy Wonka” @ Main Street Youth Theater, 3000 Main St.
    Through Aug. 15.
    7:30pm Wed.- Sat. and 2 PM Sunday matinees
    Adults $20; students $10; group rates available