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Early childhood music education in Savannah: Sing, dance, play with family or kids’ group music classes

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

make-a-joyful-noise-new-logomake-a-joyful-noise-music-class-photoOffer your child (and family) a musical experience that is both fun and rewarding!

Whether joining your child in a parent-and-me Family Music class, or listening to them play what they learned in keyboard class each week, there is much music to be made!

Make A Joyful Noise offers engaging music and movement experiences for babies and parents up to 5 years of age. Also offered: group classes for just the kids from ages 5 – 9, including keyboard classes where over 20 folks songs are learned by ear, and kids sing, move, play instruments, and develop music literacy skills each week.

For 8-14 year olds, the Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir provides vocal training and performance opportunities in the community. Choir rehearsals begin Sept. 2.

Early childhood & keyboard classes begin the week of Sept. 20. Register by Sept. 8 and take $10 off any class! Class, tuition and payment details can be found by clicking here or call 912-920-6542 for more information!

Boutique Brands at Low Prices at Upscale Kids Consignment Sale in Bluffton

Monday, August 30th, 2010

upscale-kids-consignment-saleYou’ve heard that seasonal consignment sales are a great way to find inexpensive, high-quality kids’ clothing.

Now you can find boutique brands at low prices at Upscale Kids Clothes Sale in Bluffton.

The Upscale Kids Clothes Sale, held twice a year, offers a new way to buy quality children’s and maternity supplies without paying those high retail prices. Merchandise consists of gently-used children’s clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, infant furniture and maternity clothes.

Dates of the Fall 2010 SALE are:
Fri. Sept. 10
2 PM – 8:30 PM

Sat. Sept. 11
8 AM – 12 PM

For info how to cash in by selling your children’s gently-used items, click here.

The sale will be in Shell Hall, at the northeast corner of Buckwalter and Bluffton Parkways
in Bluffton, S.C. If you have any questions or for exact location of the sale, please contact Fran at: or call 843.227.8208.

Savannah Safari: a self-guided kids walking tour of downtown Savannah architecture

Monday, August 30th, 2010

savannah-safariLooking for a way to introduce your preschooler to Savannah’s downtown historic architecture?

Check out  “Savannah Safari,”  a $6 booklet that takes kids on a quick and easy walking adventure through Historic Savannah. Today, I took my 20-month-old daughter and 3-year-old son on the tour. Although my daughter may be a little young to “get it”, my 3-year-old son really enjoyed the search for architectural animals in gardens and squares (horse hitching posts, lion statues, frog fountain, dolphin downspouts, gargoyles)  

You can order a copy on the Savannah Safari Web site. The illustrated booklet complete with a map is also available at  Girl Scout First Headquarters, 330 Drayton Street, or the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (10 E. Oglethorpe Ave).

For more info on another kid-friendly self-guided downtown Savannah walking tour/scavenger hunt, click here

Nourish natural bath products in Savannah for adults, children

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

nourish1Nourish, a yummy natural bath products store at 202 W. Broughton St., has products that are good for your and your children’s skin, inside and out.

Products are homemade and handcrafted in Downtown Savannah using the best ingredients that mother nature has to offer. No parabens, no harsh detergents. Only nourishing natural ingredients to treat your and your children’s skin. As a side note, Nourish owners Corey and Shoshanna Walker will be featured on HGTV’s House Hunters! at noon Sept 19 and at 7:30 PM Oct. 30. Congrats Corey and Shoshanna. Click here for their HGTV story.

Nourish, 202 W. Broughton St., Savannah, Ga 31401 912/232.3213, email:,

Two Toddler Tuesdays resume Sept. 7 at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

oatland-islandToddler Tuesdays are back at Oatland Island Wildlife Center after a summer hiatus!

This season, there will be TWO Toddler Tuesdays timeslots each week, as opposed to one. Same topic and activities for each one. One program will be at 10 AM and the second at 11 AM.

Michele Mazzei, the beloved leader of the popular weekly programs, said the goal of having two sessions is to keep the classes small and intimate.

Preregistration via phone at 912.395.1500 $3 program fee per child and adults free!

The theme of Tues. Sept. 7 is Welcome Back Toddlers! and will feature a visit from Daisy, Oatland’s resident opossum.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is located just outside Savannah. Click here for info.

Savannah group art fall lessons now offered for pre-K children

Friday, August 27th, 2010

carrie-christian-fall-classesGroup art fall lessons in Savannah for the pre-K set!

Savannah artist Carrie Christian is now hosting Saturday Pre-K art classes.
10 classes offered
$10 a class (includes all supplies)
Sign up now!

Lessons are designed to help create a foundation on which your child’s artistic education will grow and blossom. Students will learn basic concepts such as color, composition, and perspective, while creating drawings, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media projects.

Students will work with a variety of materials, including colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylic, watercolor, and collage.

Sept. 11-Nov. 6. Please call or email with any questions!

Carrie’s studio – pictured here flooded with natural light and some extremely busy preschoolers – is located at 212 E. 37th St., directly behind Bella Mia (bridal shop) at the corner of 37th and Abercorn Streets.
Phone: 912-323-0123

Artist Carrie Christian

Artist Carrie Christian

Carrie Christian received her MFA in Painting and her BFA in Illustration from Savannah Collage of Art and Design. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

She was included in the 2007 & 2009 Southern Editions of New American Paintings publication. Her work has been exhibited both in the Mobile Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and included among many private collections.

Savannah Moms Groups: Islands MOPS meetings start Sept. 8

Friday, August 27th, 2010

mops-newThe Islands MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group meetings will start again soon.

All mothers of children ages 0 – Kindergarten are invited and welcome to join us at Islands MOPS! At Islands MOPS you will enjoy a time of encouragement, friendship, great food, and fun while your children are cared for in our MOPPETS program.

Islands MOPS meets at First Baptist Church of the Islands, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah, GA 31410. Contact Connie at 349-2959/ or Christine at 898-1364/ for more information.

Islands MOPS meetings are from 9:15-11:30 AM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from Sept-May. Meetings dates for this year will be:
Sep. 8 & 22
Oct. 13 & 27
Nov. 10
Dec. 8
Jan. 12 & 26
Feb. 9 & 23
Mar. 16 & 30
Apr. 13
May 11

For more info on local moms groups, click here.

Fall children, toddler art and Suzuki violin workshops at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

Friday, August 27th, 2010

arts-center-of-coastal-carolinaLots of Lowcountry fall workshops for children offered at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Is., S.C.

Here are the highlights. For details, click here.

  • After-school art club for ages 6-10. Oct. 18-Nov. 22. Culminates with an exhibit at the Arts Center.
  • Fall home-school art for ages 5-12.
  • Fall home-school art for ages 13-17. Sept. 21-Oct. 19.
  • Beginner acrylics for ages 11-15. Oct. 7-28.
  • Puppet sculpting for ages 9-14. Nov. 11-Dec. 9.
  • Nutty Nature Drawing: Using natural objects, kids ages 8-12 create original work of art using chalk pastels and colored pencils.
  • Artstart classes designed to help children ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) develop fine motor skills and encourage creativity while creating one-of-a-kind artworks.
  • Suzuki Violin Classes  for ages 3-5. Sept. 14-Oct. 26.
  • Juggle Stuff for children ages 8-12 to learn basic and advanced three-ball juggling patterns and tricks, as well as the foundations for four and five-ball juggling.

Pre-registration is required for all classes and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Instructor bios can be found by clicking here. To register, contact the Education Office at 843.686.3945 Ext. 233 or email Or download a registration form from the Website here.

Charleston’s Museum Mile Weekend includes children’s museum, activities

Friday, August 27th, 2010

charlestons-museum-mileThe Museum Mile Weekend in Charleston looks interesting and includes The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.

The 2nd Annual Museum Mile Weekend is Sept. 25-26, 2010. Here’s the deal: you buy a Museum Mile weekend pass ($20 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under). Put on your walking shoes and hit the streets. Your pass allows you to visit 13 sites in the Meeting Street area in historic downtown Charleston during this special weekend.

The one-mile section of Meeting Street includes six museums, five historic houses, four scenic parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine, as well as numerous historic houses of worship and public buildings including the Market and City Hall. For more information call 843-722-2996. Fore more info or to buy tickets, click here. Tickets also available at all Charleston Visitor Center locations including the downtown location at 375 Meeting St. Online purchasers will receive their passes in the mail.

Participating Sites include The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, located at 25 Ann St., which offers eight hands-on interactive learning environments for children 3 months to 10 years.

Other kid-friendly highlights of The Museum Mile weekend include:
Aiken-Rhett House – 48 Elizabeth St.
Built in 1820 and greatly expanded by Gov. and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. in the 1830s, this house and its outbuildings have survived as a time capsule virtually unaltered since 1858. Children are invited to enjoy a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend as they explore the house, grounds and outbuildings and learn more about the people who lived and worked on the property.

The Charleston Museum – 360 Meeting S.
America’s first museum showcases the cultural and natural history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. On Saturday, The Charleston Museum will feature children’s crafts from 10 AM-noon.

Powder Magazine – 79 Cumberland St.
South Carolina’s oldest public building, The Powder Magazine (circa 1713) served as an arsenal within the old walled city of Charleston. Living history programs will be offered all weekend. A special performance of the original production The Gentleman Pirate will be offered on Saturday at 3:30pm. Call ahead for ticket information (843-722-9350) or visit

Plan your school break vacations with Edgewood Travel

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

edgewood-travelNow that we all have those school schedules, time to think about planning those upcoming school breaks!  Edgewood Travel in Savannah can help.

Lot of great travel deals out there:
All inclusive Sale including the Occidental and Now resorts where Kids stay free!
Cruises: Have you heard about Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas? Call Edgewood Travel to get rates on the Worlds Largest Cruise ship!
Europe: the exchange rate is great right now! How about a tour of London or Ireland? Great first Europe destination for families!

Edgewood Travel is here to assist you plan your perfect vacation!

Edgewood is open Monday through Friday 9 AM-5:30 PM. Visit is or call 912 -351-0570. Please take a look at Edgewood’s website and send an email or pick up the phone, they’d love to hear from you!

Savannah free library children storytimes, sing-alongs

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

live-oak-librariesLive Oak Public Libraries storytimes are a wonderful FREE way to expose your child to storybooks read aloud by a librarian as well as songs and fingerplays. Plus, attending storytimes regularly helps your child to become accustomed to visiting the library. Here’s the breakdown of regular storytimes at Live Oak Public Libraries. For branch locations, click here.

Bull Street Library, 652-3630
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and 4
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 2

Forest City Library, 238-0614
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for ages 3 to 4

Hinesville Library, 368-4003
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 and up
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 2

Islands Library, 897-6233
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 5

Oglethorpe Mall Library, 925-5432
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 4

Pooler Library, 748-0471
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 4

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 1 to 2

Port City Library, 964-8013
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 4

Rincon Library, 826-2222
Wednesdays at 10:15 for ages 1 to 2 years
Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for ages 2 to 4 years

Southwest Chatham Library, 925-8305
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 2.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 4
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5

Springfield Library, 754-3003
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 to 4 years

Thunderbolt Library, 354-5864
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for ages 0 to 5

Tybee Library, 786-7733
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for ages 0 to 5

SouthernMamas receive discount at JC Davis Hair at Park West Salon

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

park-west-salon-jc-davis-ad-1JC Davis Hair at Park West Salon in downtown Savannah across from Forsyth Park is offering SouthernMamas readers a great deal: $15 off any Hair Cut and Color Service Combination.

JC Davis has been a hair stylist for 9 years and is American Board Certified Hair Colorist. She has training from Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell and Bumble & Bumble. She was with Greener Grass Hair Color and Design for the past 6 ½ years and is pleased to announce her return back to the downtown area at Park West Salon.

JC Davis is offering $15 off any Hair Cut and Color Service Combination to readers.  Just mention you read about JC Davis on SouthernMamas to receive your discount at the time of service. Offer good until Oct. 2, 2010.

JC Davis Hair at Park West Salon is located at 106 West Gwinnett St Suite 1A, 912-349-4856,
or email

MOMSNext: Savannah group for mothers with children in grades K-12.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

momsnext-logo1Sad that your children are starting “real” school and are longer  preschoolers?

MOMSnext (Mothers of School-Aged Children) is currently registering new moms and will meet the 1st Monday of each month, 10am-11:30 at the Islands YMCA starting Oct. 4, 2010.

MOMSNext is a group for mothers with children in grades K-12. The group focuses topics that are relevant to mothering a child entering elementary school all the way through high school, as well connecting women in our community who are in the same season of life.(Childcare available upon request.)

For more info, call (912) 441-5036 or (912) 210-0491 or email

For more local Moms Groups, click here.

You’re invited: Kelly’s Kids Trunk Show in Pooler

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

kellys-kids-adYou love the classic look of Kelly’s Kids girls and boys’ clothing.

Now you can buy Kelly’s Kids without the hassle and guess-factor of ordering online. You’re invited to a Kelly’s Kids Trunk Show in the Savannah-area hosted by local Kelly’s Kids sales rep Jennifer Brown. Kelly’s Kids specializes in quality, custom matching children’s clothing.

The Kelly’s Kids trunk show will be 6:30-8:30pm on Thurs. Sept. 2, 2010 in The Preserve at Godley Station Clubhouse at 1265 Benton Blvd, Pooler.

kellys-kids-ad-2At the show, you will find clothing sizes from newborn to adult, monogramming, matching hairbows, adorable boy stuff, too! And introducing children’s bedding! Children’s shoes and accessories will be for sale as well.

Ask Jennifer Brown how to host your own show for lots of FREE CLOTHES! Contact Jennifer Brown at 678-378-2969, or e-mail

Kelly’s Kids is a children’s clothing direct sales company that set a precedence for selling children’s clothes in home parties throughout the United States through its Sales Rep program. Now, with over 1,000 reps nationwide, Kelly’s Kids is one of the largest children’s clothes home party companies, providing quality custom children’s clothes for boys and girls, sizes 6m-16.

ArchaeoFest educational program for 4th, 5th graders in Savannah

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

archeofestAttention teachers and home-schooling parents: archaeology workshops are available to come to elementary schools or homeschool groups to teach Georgia Performance Standards in a variety of subjects, using archaeology as the hook.

ArchaeoFest is an educational program sponsored by the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah that uses hands on-activities and the excitement of archaeology to teach a range of Georgia Performance Standards in 4th and 5th grade Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies.

Participants practice critical thinking, observations and inferences, identification, classification, matching, measuring, logic, and inductive & deductive reasoning.

Choose (Each program accommodates 25-30 students):
•2 hour program, given three times in a day at same location ($500 Flat Rate for all three programs) [averages $5.50-$6.70 per student depending on number of students]
•3 hour program, given twice in a day at same location ($450 flat rate for both programs) [averages $7.50-$9.00 depending on number of students]

Programs available for Chatham County area Sept. 13-Oct. 8, 2010.

Reservations required and can be made beginning Aug. 12. For more info, contact: Rita Elliott,; 912.651.6850.

Brought to you by Coastal Heritage Society, Savannah.

Coastal Kids Market children’s consignment sale giveaway winner

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

coastal-kids-logoThe winner of the The Coastal Kids Market $30 gift certificate giveaway is triplet grandmother Mary N.

We loved reading everyone’s comments about your favorite finds at seasonal upscale children’s consignment sale in Pooler or what you’re hoping to find there this month.  Winner Mary N wrote she “hoping to find Strasburg, Kelly’s Kids, or Bailey Boys girl’s or boys outfits for my triplet grandbabies.”  Happy shopping Mary and all SouthernMamas readers!

Coastal Kids Market Fall 2010 Sale dates
Thurs. Aug. 26 6 pm – 8 pm
Fri. Aug. 27 9 am – 5 pm
Sat. Aug. 28 9 am – 12 pm
**Select items will be half price on Saturday

The Coastal Kids Market’s seasonal sale is at The Shops at Godley Station, Pooler Parkway Suite 202. Coastal Kids Market is teaming up with The Next Generation, a volunteer organization that Benefits the Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Coastal Kids Market will donate a portion of proceeds to their organization and will also have the sale as a drop location for a character band-aid drive. To find out how you can be allowed into the Coastal Kids Market sale before the public by helping The Next Generation, click here.