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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

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 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 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


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

Children activities in Savannah this weekend

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

crab-2Saturday Explorations at The Aquarium (SEA) Program at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island
This week’s theme: Crab Ecology. Kids can experience Georgia’s local crabs firsthand. Explore where and how crabs live.
10 AM-noon.
Cost: $10 per person.
For all ages
30 Ocean Science Circle.
To register, contact 912.598.3474 or e-mail

Steam locomotive rides @ Roundhouse Railroad Museum through July 31
45-minute rides 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.

Reptiles, birds of prey, hikes at Skidaway Island State Park
Fri. July 24
2 PM Craft: Dream Catchers
4 PM Giants of Skidaway: Come learn about the amazing Giant sloth and others that roamed Skidaway 10,000 years ago.
8:45 PM Sensory Awareness night hike: Learn about different creatures that come out at night. Then awaken your senses with experiments on this hike.
Sat. July 25
9 AM Big Ferry Trail Hike: Come for a one mile walk to the observation
tower and back. Meet at Big Ferry Trail entrance
2 PM Coastal Reptiles: Learn all about them. See LIVE ONES.
4 Birds of Prey: Discuss different raptors in the area and use mounted birds as examples
8 PM Campfire: Trade stories and put together S’mores. Bring your own fixin’s or use some of the park’s limited supply. Meet at the Amphitheatre across from Picnic Shelter #5
9 PM Frog Hike: Come see and hear frogs. Meet at the Big Ferry Trail entrance.
$5 parking

Living History Saturday at Fort Pulaski National Monument on Hwy. 80 E.
10:30 AM-4:15 PM Sat. July 25
Guided fort tours with cannon-firing, musket and soldier demonstrations.

Discovery Beach Walks at Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1510 Strand
One-hour guided walk on South OR North beach. All ages!
Learn about tides, seashells, dunes and more.
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for children.
Fee includes admission to the Science and Nature Gallery
10-11:30 AM Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 6 for South Beach
4-5 PM Mondays and Fridays for North Beach
Reservations required

The Wiz at the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
8 PM Fri July 24, 2 PM and 8 PM Sat. July 25
Cost: $17, $12 seniors and students

Weekend getaway
Shark Week at the South Carolina Aquarium
11 AM – 4 PM Sun. July 26 – Sat. Aug. 1
Kick off this weeklong celebration of all things shark with the South Carolina Aquarium. Families can discover the truth about sharks as they sit in on shark themed educational shows and interactive activities. Test shark talent in the special interactive game show,
Shark Bytes. Watch scuba divers swim with sharks in the aquarium’s largest exhibit, the Great Ocean Tank. Catch the special behind-the-scenes tour of the Great Ocean Tank on Tuesday and Thursday, an
up close and personal look at the sharks in the aquariums 350,000 gallon exhibit.
Shark Week activities are FREE with general admission.
Behind-the-scenes Tours of the Great Ocean Tank: $10 per adult, $5 per child (ages 11 and under).
(843) 577-FISH (3474).

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 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.