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Savannah baby photographer offers 2010 holiday special

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

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nicole-williams-baby-1-2010-postOne look at the amazing portaits by Savannah baby and child photographer Nicole Williams and you can tell she adores taking photos of babies.

So all of you new and expectant mothers will be thrilled to learn that Nicole’s popular photography business – Memories for Keepsake, Photographyby Nicole - is offering SouthernMamas readers a fabulous holiday special: $50 off your portrait session fees from now through Dec. 15.

If you’re pregnant and book your session (date obviously flexible) before Dec. 15, 2010, Memories for Keepsake Photography will honor the $50 off the session fee.

To book a session, contact Nicole Williams 912.596.0832 or email info@memoriesforkeepsake.com. Click here to see more examples of Nicole’s extraordinary work.

Giveaway: two tickets to Nutcracker family matinee Nov. 27 in Savannah

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

UPDATE: WINNER IS Andrea Ginsberg. Congratulations, Andrea!
nutcracker-2010This week, win two tickets to the Nutcracker matinee performance Nov. 27 presented by Savannah Danse Theatre at Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. in downtown Savannah.

To enter to win, share one Thanksgiving tradition you’re really looking forward to this year. Comment under this post by clicking on comments or on the SouthernMamas Facebook page by clicking here. Deadline to enter is Sun. Nov. 7. We’ll announce the winner here.

The Nutcracker in Savannah – Family Show
Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.
Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
Presented by Savannah Danse TheaterPrices: $10 General Admission (additional service fees may apply).
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 912-525-5050, at the Savannah Box Office window, 216 E. Broughton St., or at the door 1 hour prior to the event.
This magical ballet is brought to life with a special Savannah flavor from the party scene at the Gingerbread House to flowers waltzing in Forsyth Park and Savannah River Rats trying to spoil it all. This talented cast of Savannah’s dancers and special guest artists along with a special “meet and greet” with your favorite Nutcracker characters, makes this a memorable and heart warming performance. Begin your Holiday Season with Savannah Danse Theatre’s “The Nutcracker in Savannah.”

The Nutcracker in Savannah Featuring the Savannah Philharmonic Orch.
Sat. Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St.
Presented by Savannah Danse Theater Prices: $27 – $50 (additional service fees may apply).
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 912-525-5050, at the Savannah Box Office window, 216 E. Broughton St., or at the door 1 hour prior to the event.
This magical ballet is brought to life with a special Savannah flavor from the party scene at the Gingerbread House to flowers waltzing in Forsyth Park and Savannah River Rats trying to spoil it all. This talented cast of Savannah’s dancers and special guest artists along with the famous Tchaikovsky’s musical score performed by The Savannah Philharmonic, makes this a memorable heart warming performance. Begin your Holiday Season with Savannah Danse Theatre’s “The Nutcracker in Savannah.”

An affordable family-friendly pirate hotel in St. Augustine that’s every kid’s dream

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

pirate-haus-st-augustineOverpriced, cookie-cutter hotels aren’t your thing. Especially when traveling with the kids. Which is why you need to add the Pirate Haus Inn in St. Augustine to your list of affordable, family-friendly places to visit.

My family stayed in the quirky pirate-themed hostel with private rooms after the Yo Gabba Gabba concert in Jacksonville. Not only are the rooms cheap (and include an all-you-can-eat pirate pancake breakfast), but the place is centrally-located smack dab in the middle of St. Augustine’s Historic District.

Chances are the inn’s communal kitchen, transom windows and high-ceiling hallway will remind you of your college dorm or the youth hostels you stayed in while back-packing around Europe. In other words, this ain’t your posh Westin. But it is the type of place your kids will love.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why Your Kids Will Never Forget the Pirate Haus:

1. Owner is a charming character called Captain Conrad, who is known to periodically don pirate-costumes and engage kids in pirate talk and occasional pretend sword fights. 

2. At check-in, kids are given a stack of age-appropriate pirate bedtime stories to take to their bunk beds.

pirate-haus-exterior3. That’s right. We said bunk beds. Kids sleep in bunk beds. Get ready to hear “I call top bunk! the minute you open the room door.

4. Communal TV/computer room is teeming with pirate-themed toys for the tots.

5. Free, all-you-can pirate-themed pancakes for breakfast overlooking St. Augustine Historic district.

6.  Just a short stroll to Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (cannon firings), the Black Raven (an authentic pirate ship in St. Augustine) and Project SWING (a city park with a 23,000-square-foot wooden playground featuring a castle, pirate ship, lighthouse, space shuttle) as well as oodles of restaurants and other kid-friendly attractions.

7. Pirates bedeck everything in this place from the stairwell to the shower curtains. The walls are painted with sails, ships, crows nests and more.

8. It’s the perfect place to stay when in town to visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, expected to open later this year, or during any of St. Augustine’s pirate-themed events including the upcoming St. Augustine Pirate Gathering (Nov. 12-14) which will feature blackpowder demos, historical re-enactments, a vendor marketplace and more.

pirate-haus-stairs9. Even Disney liked the Pirate Haus, as it was mentioned in Disney’s Family Fun Magazine.

10. While this may not matter to the kids,  rooms also come with free wi-fi and start at $50, which makes mom and dad very happy.

The Pirate Haus Inn, 32 Treasury Street, St. Augustine, FL, (904) 808-1999, www.piratehaus.com

Disclosure: We stayed at The Pirate Haus Inn at no cost for this review

Savannah Spanish lessons for children, toddlers

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

spanish-classes-for-kidsSouthernMamas readers have long asked for Savannah-area Spanish classes for kids. We have it!

Bilingual Speech Pathologist Lorena Luna-Bradfield M.S. CCC/SLP offers these upcoming classes to help your child learn a second language through music and dance:

SPANISH FOR Toddlers:
A fun environment is created where learning takes place naturally. Students learn basic Spanish through music, games, crafts and basic sign language and dance. Classes mainly concentrate on teaching little ones basic Spanish concepts and words through bilingual children’s music. Classes organized into series of 8 classes. Meeting one time weekly for 45 minute sessions. Special Intro price $125 for 8 classes.

SPANISH FOR CHILDREN
This class is geared toward school age children from 5 to 10 years of age. The Risas y Sonrisas music and teaching guides are utilized for increased success. Children are also given handouts and simple homework assignments to practice the Spanish vocabulary.

BABY SIGNS
This 6-week series of “play classes” helps parents & toddlers learn signs through theme-based songs, games &books. Tuition includes Sign,Say & Play ™ Kit for you to keep! Tuition is $135.

Please email Lorena Bradfield for further information, class time and dates at llbradfield@gmail.com

Lorena Luna-Bradfield is a board licensed Speech Language Pathologist specializing in treatment of medically fragile children, as well as toddlers and children with an array of speech and langue delays. Lorena is a native Mexican-American and fully fluent in Spanish. Lorena enjoys working with children and offering Spanish classes through a fun engaging curriculum including music, dance and basic sign language. You can contact Lorena at llbradfield@gmail.com or 956-561-1576 work cell; 106A Oglethopre Professional Court

Savannah private school open houses for school year 2011-12

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

schoolhouseA slew of open houses at schools are happening this season. If you are looking into schools for the 2011-12 school year, below are a few open houses to check out. To access this list throughout the school year, visit the Savannah private school open house page, included in the Pages list on the left side of the main page of SouthernMamas.

If you’d like to have a school included in this list, please email the info to anne@southernmamas.com:

St. James Catholic School
8412 Whitfield Ave., Savannah
www.sjcs-savannahga.org
facebook.com/stjamescatholicschool
9:30 AM Tues Nov. 9 for pre-K and grades 1-8
9:30 AM Tues. Jan. 11 for pre-K and kindergarten
8:30 AM-1 PM Sun. Jan. 30 for pre-K and grades 1-8 “Show and Tell”
6 PM Tues. March 15 for pre-K and grades 1-8
Open registration begins:
Pre-K and kindergarten: 9 AM-3 PM Tues. Feb. 22
Grades 1-8: 9 AM-3 PM Wed. Feb. 23
Contact: Alice Atchison at 912.355.3132 ext. 319

Blessed Sacrament School
1003 E. Victory Drive
9 AM Tues. Dec. 7
Open house for prospective pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and their parents at the school’s Kindergarten Roundup, which lets parents see the school in action. Prospective students and parents will get a tour of the school where they will meet the pre-K and kindergarten teachers and see classes in action. Parents will learn more about the school and have the opportunity to fill out registration applications.
Please contact the school in advance to sign up for the roundup. Call (912) 356-6987.
The day will be pirate-themed: Come sail on The Jolly B.S.S. for an adventure in learning!

Sign up for youth basketball in Savannah, Chatham County area

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

ymca-youth-basketballPut play in your day!

Sign up for YMCA youth basketball with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. Ages 6 and under learn fundamentals of the game and skill exercises in Micro-basketball and ages 7-18 learn healthy competition and sportsmanship.

Pricing for members and non-members. With branches in eight nearby communities, you’ll find a YMCA nearby with programs for you and your family. Visit www.YmcaOfCoastalGa.org for more information.

The Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There’s a Party in My City show features favorite characters, songs

Friday, October 29th, 2010

yo-gabba-gabba-live-concertIf your kids are like mine, they’re fans of the Nickelodeon show Yo Gabba Gabba! We had the chance to attend the Jacksonville show Oct. 27, and my kids loved the the colorful, kid-friendly romp and still periodically shout out “We love Yo Gabba Gabba.”

The Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There’s a Party In My City show features all of your favorite characters, including DJ Lance Rock and costumed characters Muno, Plex, Foofa, Brobie and Toodee. Biz Markie also makes a cameo appearance, beat boxing with children from the audience. The fast-paced show includes the most popular Yo Gabba Gabba songs, such as “Don’t be Afraid,” “There’s a Party in My Tummy”and “Bubbles”.

If you want to take your kids to show, there are plenty of dates remaining on the 60-city tour including Columbia, S.C. on Nov. 2 and Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 3. For more cities the tour will visit click here.  Check out the Get Tickets page for a list of the shows.

Disclosure: We received tickets at no cost for this review.

Visit Starlight Pottery in Savannah to create unique, personal holiday gifts

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

starlight_logo-copyAlready worried about your holiday gift list? Check out the November events at Starlight Pottery, 7070 Hodgson Memorial Drive to help you create unique, personal gifts.

Tippy Toes Pottery  Days at Starlight Pottery will be:
Tuesday, Nov. 2 10am-2pm
Saturday, Nov. 6 10am-2pm
Tuesday, Nov. 9 10am-2pm
Amanda Reed of Tippy Toes Pottery will be at the studio to assist you with printing your child’s hands and feet. Then Amanda will turn your child’s handprints and footprints into amazing Christmas gifts – plates, platters, frames, mugs, and ornaments will be available.

Don’t forget about Ladies Night Out – Thursday, Nov 4 6pm-9pm: Ladies, get your friends together, reserve a table, and come create! You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink. Price of the pottery is all you pay -no additional studio fee or after hours fee. This is a great time to get started on Christmas gifts. Call 912.303.9599 to reserve a table.

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Kids Night Out Saturday, Nov. 6 6pm-9pm: Starlight Pottery’s Thanksgiving Celebration for Kids $30 per child (ages 5 and up) includes pizza and drinks, Thanksgiving pottery painting projects, games and lots of fun! Reservations necessary as space is very limited 912.303.9599.

SouthernMamas readers receive a Startlight Pottery discount through Dec. 31 , 2010: Book a birthday party with 8 or more guests and the birthday child paints free (Up to a $15 value).

For more info or to make reservations for a Tippy Toes Pottery Days, Kids Night Out, or Ladies Night Out , call 912.303.9599.

Starlight Pottery’s paint-your-own-pottery studio is in mid-town Savannah. The studio is in the Eisenhower Shopping Plaza at the intersection of Eisenhower and Hodgson Memorial Drive. Starlight Pottery is a great place to host your next birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, youth group, ladies group, etc. Become a fan on Facebook and receive special announcements and offers.

Classic Kids partners with Michelle L Morris Photography

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

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Savannah Children’s Book Festival set for Nov. 13

Monday, October 25th, 2010

savannah-childrens-book-festivalSavannah Children’s Book Festival at Forsyth Park
10 AM-4 PM Sat. Nov. 13
Celebrate the joy of reading and the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling. Meet children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country.
Presented by Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah
Featuring Anna Dewdney author of “Llama Llama Red Pajama”, Judy Schachner author of “Skippyjon Jones”, Music Alive! and more.
Rain location: Savannah Civic Center
For more info, call 912.652.3689
www.liveoakpl.org