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Children’s activities just outside Savannah: Harbour Town Playground

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009


Harbour Town treehouse

Harbour Town treehouse

Add this to your list of weekend outings: the Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Is.

The playground in Sea Pines definitely ranks as one of the best in the Lowcountry. It has it all, including shade and benches for mom and dad. Other features include: a treehouse complete with steering wheel; tire swing; regular swings and baby swings; numerous slides; motorcycle rocking horse (pictured above); wooden bridge (pictured above); lots of climbing bars, jungle gym bars, monkey bars, parallel bars; a balance beam; tic-tac-toe board; and terrific live oak tree that’s ideal for climbing.

Just outside the fenced-playground is a water fountain; picnic table; bathrooms; and plenty of spots for lunch, drinks or coffee. Cost is the $5 Sea Pines gate fee.

Free workshop on childhood epilepsy

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

childrens-medical-services-logoHelp is coming for children with epilepsy.

Children’s Medical Services, St. Joseph’s/Candler, the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, and UCB biopharma, are teaming up to provide a free educational workshop on epilepsy. The workshop will be 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Wed. July 15 @ Candler Hospital’s Marsh Auditorium (5353 Reynolds Street in Savannah). Refreshments will be provided.

The session will focus on various types of epileptic seizures, the appropriate first-aid for seizures, and the different treatment options available. The workshop will also address the impact that seizures can have on a child’s academic abilities and quality of life.

The goal is to help educate family members and friends of children with epilepsy along with daycare providers, school nurses, pediatric medical practice staff members, social workers, and teachers.

The workshop is free. Registration is encouraged. Call Children’s Medical Services at 1-866-647-0010.

Hilton Head kids’ activities: Butterfly habitat @ Coastal Discovery Museum

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

butterfly-habitatbutterfly-solobutterfly-at-honey-horn1Butterfly kisses were my 2-year-old son’s main objective during a recent visit to the Karen Wertheimer
Butterfly Enclosure on Hilton Head Island. He was all about trying to touch a swallowtail to find out if they really felt like eyelashes fluttering on his cheek. Fortunately for the butterflies, he wasn’t quick enough.

The butterfly habitat is a treat for kids. The small screened enclosure includes a variety of butterflies as well as nectar plants to feed the butterflies and host plants to feed the butterfly larvae.

Kids can see a live caterpillar and see butterflies in all four stages of their metamorphosis up close.

The habitat is at the Coastal Discovery Museum in Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head Is, which also has other children’s activities. For the butterfly habitat’s hours click here. 

Visiting the habitat is FREE. $3 museum donations are suggested.

There’s also a weekly Butterfly Discovery Tour, a guided tour through the butterfly enclosure to get up close and personal with native butterflies. Kids learn about the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle, see a living caterpillar and a chrysalis. Museum guides also share how to help butterflies survive and thrive and also explain their adaptations and characteristics. Reservations suggested. 843-689-6767 ext 223.

Click here for more info about Hilton Head Island’s butterfly habitat.

If you’re planning a day trip to Hilton Head Is. from the Savannah area, visiting the butterfly enclosure won’t take up too much time. It’s a good kids’ activity to pair with a visit to the Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum or to the animal farm at Lawton Stables, which also has horseback riding, pony rides, birthday parties, trail rides and more. All of which make up a great outing for Savannah moms groups.

Become a SouthernMamas fan on Facebook, please

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

find_us_on_facebook_badge.gifBecoming a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook is a great way to stay connected to SouthernMamas and stay informed about kid-friendly activities in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

So please become a fan of SouthernMamas on Facebook. Click here to do so. Thanks!

SouthernMamas readers receive children’s yoga discount

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

little-yogaLet your child learn and receive the benefits of yoga early.

A youth yoga class – Little Warrior Yoga – meets 4-4:45 PM Mondays @ Ashram Savannah, 2424 Drayton St. It’s for ages 3-7.

During July, SouthernMamas readers receive a 2 for 1 special to the children’s yoga. Just mention SouthernMamas to receive your discount.

The class is led by yoga instructor Cathy Baxter of Twisted Warrior Yoga.

The class includes lively children’s music, games, movement, storytelling, and drawing. The goal is to spark children’s interest in yoga and give them the tools to be self-confident, focused and happy.

Yoga mats will be provided. Dress in comfortable clothing.

The adult accompanying the participating child needs to stay in Ashram Savannah, but can practice yoga, read, or enjoy a few quiet moments in the open studio next door.

Classes are playful and light hearted and a great beginning to a lifetime of loving yoga.

Cost is $10 for first child, 1 sibling $5. Don’t forget to mention SouthernMamas to receive your discount.

For more info, email or visit the Web site here for youth yoga info as well as adult yoga classes.

The winner of the potty training stickers is…

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Tracy Richa!

Congratulations. Tracy wins  Pee Pal stickers, adhesive stickers that  help with potty training. If you have a child that’s potty training, be sure to check out the helpful potty training tips offered by other SouthernMamas readers in the comments section under this post.