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Savannah baby photographer offers 2010 holiday special

Sunday, October 31st, 2010



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 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,

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:

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.

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.

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

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 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


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 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.

Tippy Toes Pottery

Tippy Toes Pottery

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



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

blu owl photography in Savannah offers holiday special and discount

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

blu_owl_promo_holiday-sessions-2010There is still time to book your holiday session and take advantage of an amazing holiday special from blu owl photography.

the blu owl photography $200 holiday session includes:
a set of 25 5×7 flat, press printed holiday cards.
30-40 minute portrait session in Savannah.
Images in an online proofing gallery.
1 8 x 10 Print.
$50 print credit.
5 Web-friendly files to share with family/friends.

blu owl offers several holiday designs to choose from.  Additional sets of cards, prints or high resolution files can be purchases. Cards have custom greeting.

Book a weekday session and receive 10 percent., 912-656-4023 or email

Giveaway: Georgia State Parks Annual Family Membership

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

UPDATE: Winner is Sarah Peay Baxter! Congratulations Sarah!

georga-state-park-lodgesThis week, SouthernMamas is giving away: one Friends of Georgia State Parks Annual Family Membership, which includes two annual park/historic site passes, two free rounds of golf OR two camping nights, and one adult/one child SAM shortline ticket and special park discounts.  Here’s how to win.

leafwatchFall is here – the perfect time to enjoy Georgia’s fall colors and get the family fit and moving. What could be better than hiking through freshly fallen leaves at our Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites? Share your favorite part of fall and the harvest season by posting a fall photo on the SouthernMamas Facebook fan page for a chance to win a Friends Of Georgia State Parks Annual Family Membership. Click here to go the SouthernMamas Facebook fan page.

This year Georgia State Parks is partnering with the Georgia Forestry Commission to provide weekly updates on the best places to see foliage this Fall, you can check it out at Plan a fall foliage weekend with the family. Georgia State Parks & Lodges offer a variety of comfortable hotel-style lodge rooms at affordable prices. Or, simply head out for the day, park fees are just $5 per day and there are tons of recreational offerings for the entire family, from hiking and biking trails, to canoeing, kayaking and golf, there is an activity to fit every lifestyle. Best of all you can enjoy the tranquility of the great outdoors in style with a comfortable bed and hotel-style amenities.

About Leaf Watch
To help leaf peepers plan their fall escapes, Georgia’s State Parks have launched “Leaf Watch 2010” in partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission to track fall color as it moves across the Peach State and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether heading north for hiking and waterfalls or south for canoeing and camping, “Leaf Watch 2010” offers advice on where to find the best color at Georgia’s state parks. Found at throughout October and November, travelers can get updates on fall color, learn safe hiking tips, and make reservations for the many campsites, cottages and lodge rooms offered at Georgia’s state parks. New this year is a partnership with Georgia Forestry Commission and a webcam at Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton, Ga. Expert foresters will advise travelers about overall color, specific tree species and even the weather’s effect on leaf watching. The webcam will provide a glimpse of color progressing across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Deadline to enter to win is Sun. Oct. 31. We’ll announce the winner here Sunday.

UPDATE: Winner is Sarah Peay Baxter!

Summit Gymnastics in Savannah offers preschool classes for babies, toddlers

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

 summit-gymnastics-logoSummit Gymnastics on Savannah’s Southside, which offers SouthernMamas readers 10 percent off your first session.  Classes for a variety of ages including preschoolers (ages 18 months to 5 year olds); recreational and tumbling classes for children ages 6 and up; as well as active babies Saturday sessions for children 24 months and younger.   Click here for more info. The preschool classes are split into different age groups including a separate group for 18 months to 2 year olds. For class times, age groups and costs, click here. (912) 921-1034, email:

Ms Amy’s School of Music in Savannah offers parent-and-me children’s music classes

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

 amyschoolmusicMs. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah has early childhood music education classes that start the first week of November on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Ms Amy will be teaching the following mommy and me music classes: 9:00-9:45 (6 – 18 months) 10:00-10:45 (18 months – 3 years) 11:00-11:45 (3 – 5 years). For class descriptions, click here. Contact Ms. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah  via email at with any questions or if you would like a registration form. All students must be registered for the new term no later that Oct. 27. Payment is accepted for the term at the first class. Classes are held at 2421 Waters Ave. near Daffin Park. For a schedule of available class times, visit

A Standing Ovation for Savannah Children’s Theatre

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

If you haven’t taken your kids to a show at  The Savannah Children’s Theatre, then y’all are savannah-childrens-theatre-button-admissing out on one of our local treasures.

Just returned from seeing Sarah Plain and Tall, the Newberry Medal winning story of a widowed farmer, his children and the charming woman who would change their lives forever. It was an engaging and refreshingly simple production – with local talented children playing all the roles. My 3-year-old son talked non-stop about the show the whole way home. 

This is the third production we’ve seen at this amazing theatre at the Crossroads Shopping Center, 2160 E. Victory Drive and all have been hits. While Sarah Plain and Tall isn’t one of the theatre’s typical razzle-dazzle productions with lots of dancing and singing, the roughly 90 minute show has just enough to hold young children’s attention. And it would definitely be a winner with older children.

Shows are  3 PM Sat. and Sun. Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Tickets $10-$12. 238-9014.

Coming soon to The Savannah Children’s Theatre: a holiday musical production of Scooge and, in January, a Main Stage musical production of Cinderella. Can’t wait!

Savannah holiday children events: All aboard the Santa Train

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

santa-train-roundhouse-2010Reserve Your Golden Ticket for Santa Train 2010!

Sat. Dec 4 @ the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St., downtown Savannah
Ages 4 and Younger: 10 AM
Ages 5 and Older: 4:30 PM

This year, the Roundhouse is offering a version for younger tots in the morning and one for older kids in the late afternoon. Bring the crew, come out dressed in your pajamas, and celebrate the holiday season, Roundhouse Style!

Morning Tots (ages 4 and under)
The younger crowd will enjoy holiday-themed crafts and activities, hear Christmas stories aboard the passenger car, and will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus as well as make their own holiday cookie creations.
$10 Children
$4 Adults
roundhouse-railroad-museum-button-adCHS Member Adults Free

Late Afternoon Big Kids (ages 5 and up)
The older kid crew will have a special surprise train-ride visit by Santa Claus himself. They will create their own holiday artwork, sing Christmas carols, and be served a delicious dinner. This fun will be followed by a viewing of the Christmas favorite of many children, Warner Bros.’ Polar Express.
$20 Children
$14 Adults
CHS Member Adults $10

Reserve Your Spot Today: Call Kelli @ 912-651-6823 x3 or email

Come by the Roundhouse booth at Holly Days on Broughton Street, Sat. Nov. 27 for fun crafts and a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Santa Train 2010!