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AuPairCare for reliable, live-in childcare in Savannah & the Lowcountry

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Need childcare this summer?

No matter how many children you have, enjoy reliable childcare for just $340 per week with AuPairCare!

Au pair childcare offers you flexibility. The diversity of the au pair selection allows you to choose the au pair with the childcare experience, special skills, interests and personality that will best fit your family’s lifestyle. You set your au pair’s schedule and working hours to meet your needs.

Take a look at AuPairCare’s available au pairs by clicking here:

AuPairCare is the only au pair agency with an A+ rating form the Better Business Bureau cases, au pairs save families money while providing a rich cross-cultural experience. To find out more information about live-in childcare starting at $340 per week call 912.844.8487 or log onto AuPairCare is a sponsor.

Savannah Musicians Institute for affordable, quality children’s instrument and voice lessons

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

You’ve been meaning to sign up your child for musical instrument lessons. But you wanted to find a Savannah music school that accepts payments per session before committing longterm.

We have the perfect children’s Savannah music school for you. Savannah Musicians Institute offers lessons in piano, voice, violin, electric guitar and bass, drums and percussion, classical guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, woodwinds and brass.

Rates are $20 for a 30 minute lesson. No registration fees. Savannah Musicians Institute is the only school in town that accepts payments per session or monthly. Classes are offered to ages 5 and up. Normal business hours are 3-7 pm Mon – Fri and 10am-6 pm Saturdays. Optional hours are offered per instructor.

Savannah Musicians Institute also specializes in guitar repair and set-up and amplifier and electronics diagnosis and repair.

Savannah Musicians Institute is also perfect for students who are taking music in school and want to keep up with their instrument during the summer so their skills won’t lapse.

Instructors at Savannah Musicians Institute include: Jesse Jordan, Joe Flanders, Jon Willis and Audrey Allgaier. Amp and guitar tech is John Pappas.

“Like” Savannah Musicians Institute on Facebook by clicking here to stay updated on classes and summer workshops. To register for classes or learn more, call (912) 692-8055 or email

Savannah Musicians Institute, 7041 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah, GA, 31406. Call (912) 692-8055, email On Facebook here. Savannah Musicians Institute is a advertiser.

April Savannah Swim Lessons at Chatham County Aquatic Center

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Swimming days are almost here. Here are some swim classes offered at the Chatham Aquatic Center. Click here for the April 2011 schedule.

Each session consists of 8 lessons

Session Fees
Non-Member:$ 50.00 Member: $38.00
Non-Member Consecutive Session: $45.00 Member Consecutive Session: $33.00
Second Child:$45.00 Second Child: $33.00
Star Babies: $25 Out of county fees: $60

StarBabies (Ages 6 months – 36 months)
The purpose of this course is to build off of the skills and love of the water learned in StarBabies. The course does not teach children to be accomplished swimmers; it does prepare young children for the SeaSprites level of the Starfish Swim School. One parent or trusted caregiver must be in the water with each child. Swim diapers are required.

SeaSprites (Ages 3-5)
Designed to meet the needs of pre-schoolers, this class will develop a high comfort in the water, a readiness to swim, and for those children who are developmentally ready, teach beginning swim skills. Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color level patches for each achievement. Approaches teaching skills through creative, fun activities.

SeaStars (Ages 6-8)
Students work toward development of the five core swimming competencies and receive color level patches for each achievement. The color levels are used to divide students into broad ability groups. Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn the core swimming skills and progress to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging.

SwimStars (Ages 9 & Older)
Students are divided by age group (Ages 9 – 14, Adults) Classes are taught along the same philosophy as SeaStars.

StrokeStars (Any age that meets skill prerequisite)
Swimmers refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more!

The AngelFish program is designed to meet the needs of your special needs child. These classes are taught along the same philosophy as the Starfish Swim School. The classes will provide necessary teaching adaptations and or adaptive equipment that may be required to make your child as independent and successful in the water as possible. Private lessons are available for children and adults of all ages.

Click here to register for any of the above classes.

Savannah Spring Break 2011: StarFun & Fitness Classes at Chatham Aquatic Center

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

StarFun & Fitness Spring Holiday April 2011

Includes swimming lessons; snorkeling; water safety; kayaking; pool games. Consist of three hours of supervised aquatic activities. Parents or caregivers are not required to be present. A great opportunity for parents to drop your children off at the pool.

Sessions held 11 AM-2 PM Mon April 18 through Fri. April 22 at the Chatham Aquatic Center.

Non-Member Fees
$15 course registration fee
$10 consecutive day discount
$10 2nd child discount
$10 course registration free
$5 consecutive day discount
$5 2nd child discount

Registration deadline: April 14. Contact John Stockel for more info at 912.652.6796.

For more Spring Break 2011 activities, click here.

For more info on children’s swim lessons in Savannah, click here.

Spring Break 2011: Jacksonville Planetarium, Movies in the Park

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Heading to the Jacksonville Zoo or a nearby part of Florida during Spring Break 2011?

These Jacksonville family-friendly activities sound appealing:

Cosmic Concerts at the new planetarium at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History (MOSH)
April 1, 8, 15, 22
Experience total-sensory entertainment as laser lights, high-def images and digital sound collide to create a Cosmic Concert. Each concert costs $5 per person; $1 for laser glasses. Tickets are available online here or at the door.
April 1: Laseropolis at 5 p.m., The Beatles at 6 p.m., Laser Vinyl at 7 p.m., and Laser Retro at 8 p.m.
April 8: Laseropolis at 5 p.m., Led Zeppelin at 6 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon at 7 p.m., and Pink Floyd: The Wall at 8 p.m.
April 15: Laseropolis at 5 p.m., Laser Retro at 6 p.m., Laser X at 7 p.m., and Metallica at 8 p.m.
April 22: Laseropolis at 5 p.m., Laser Vinyl at 6 p.m., Laser Retro at 7 p.m., and Metallica at 8 p.m.

The planetarium at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History (MOSH) also has these kid-friendly shows:
“Sesame Street’s One World, One Sky”
“The Little Star That Could”
“Earth, Moon & Sun”
All three shows run until May 7, 2011.
For more info as well as more planetarium shows, click here.

Free Movies in the Park at historic Treaty Oak Park on downtown Jacksonville’s Southbank .
Free four-week-long, outdoor movie series held every spring in Jacksonville .
Bring beach blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets. Vendors will also be available on-site.
Movies for 2011 include:
April 8 – Cars (rated G)
April 15 – The Neverending Story (rated PG)
April 29 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (rated G)
May 6, 2011 – The Wizard of Oz (rated G)
Free parking is available in the Suddath garage on Flagler Street across from the Hampton Inn. Garage gates stay open until 12 a.m

35th Annual Savannah Scottish Games at Bethesda Home for Boys

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A family-friendly event. Wee visitors to the children’s activities can try their hand at several pint-sized athletic activities including the sheaf toss, caber toss, haggis hurl, stone throw, welly toss and sack race. Want your kids to learn about history? Governor General of the Colony, James Oglethorpe, will be walking around the site during the Games. Stop him for a chat or a photograph.

Children of all ages will enjoy Bill Coburn and his amazing Border Collies demonstrating their herding skills. These intelligent animals put on a show that’s fun for everyone.The Savannah Scottish Games are held among stately, moss-draped live oaks on the campus of Bethesda Home for Boys, overlooking the Moon River. Moon River was made immortal by Savannah native, Johnny Mercer, and Henry Mancini in their theme song for the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Children under age 10 are FREE with accompanying paid adult. Adult tickets: $10 in Advance or $12 at Gate. Students ages 11 to 17 are $5. Tickets for Military (with ID) are $10. The Entrance Fee is all-admission, including parking.

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes at Savannah Yoga Center

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Savannah Yoga Center , a SouthernMamas sponsor, offers a Mommy and Baby (for babies 9 – 14 months old.) yoga class at 10:15 am Mondays and a Mommy and Infants (for Infants 6wks to 8-9 months old; pre-crawling) yoga class at 11:45 am Mondays. Click here for more info on those classes. Email: , (912) 232-2994,

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes at Savannah Yoga Center

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Savannah Yoga Center , a SouthernMamas sponsor, offers a Mommy and Baby (for babies 9 – 14 months old.) yoga class at 10:15 am Mondays and a Mommy and Infants (for Infants 6wks to 8-9 months old; pre-crawling) yoga class at 11:45 am Mondays. Click here for more info on those classes. Email: , (912) 232-2994,

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes at Savannah Yoga Center

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Savannah Yoga Center , a SouthernMamas sponsor, offers a Mommy and Baby (for babies 9 – 14 months old.) yoga class at 10:15 am Mondays and a Mommy and Infants (for Infants 6wks to 8-9 months old; pre-crawling) yoga class at 11:45 am Mondays. Click here for more info on those classes. Email:, (912) 232-2994,

Mommy and Baby Yoga Classes at Savannah Yoga Center

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Savannah Yoga Center , a SouthernMamas sponsor, offers a Mommy and Baby (for babies 9 – 14 months old.) yoga class at 10:15 am Mondays and a Mommy and Infants (for Infants 6wks to 8-9 months old; pre-crawling) yoga class at 11:45 am Mondays. Click here for more info on those classes. Email:, (912) 232-2994,

Easter “Eggs”travaganza Deals at Sara Jane Children’s Boutique in Savannah

Monday, March 28th, 2011

sara jane children’s boutique Easter “Eggs”travaganza
The one time of the year it’s okay to put all your eggs in one basket!
Join sara jane’s for “Eggs”traordinary Deals. Crack open an egg and reveal savings up to 50% off*!

Model Casting Call for babies to 8 year olds at Sara Jane Children’s Boutique in Savannah

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Does your little one have what it takes to be the face of sara jane children’s boutique?
sara jane children’s boutique – a sponsor –  has teamed up with Shana Cawley Photography for their very first model casting call to be the face of sara jane children’s boutique. Open to boys and girls ages 9 months- 8 years old. All participants will receive a free professional photograph of your little one and coupon for 25% off*! By appointment only. There will be a winner per age group and all selected receive a prize pack full of goodies- including gift certificates to sara jane children’s boutique! Make your appointment today as space is limited- 912-234-5266 or email Check out Shana Cawley Photography at .

Learn about summer camps at Georgia Tech Savannah Open House

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Georgia Tech Savannah (GTS) invites prospective students, parents, the general public and media to attend an Open House to learn more about the Georgia Tech application process, take a guided tour of the campus, meet current students and professors and view live lab demonstrations. In addition, visitors can learn more about Georgia Tech Savannah’s summer camp offerings for students in grades 4 -12.

A variety of demonstrations will be performed including one from a team of Electrical and Computer Engineering students who built a Paraplegic Assisted Driving System on a golf cart. Student organizations will be present to field questions and discuss student activities, internship and co-op experiences. In addition, an interactive computer animation workshop about SCRATCH will be held for the younger participants. SCRATCH is a very popular K-12 community outreach activity that is utilized during the summer camps.

For more information or to register for the Georgia Tech Savannah Open House, click here. (912) 966-7922
A complete schedule of events and demonstrations will also be posted here.

For more info on Savannah-Chatham Summer Camps 2011, visit the Summer Camps 2011 page by clicking here.

2011-12 Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Pre-K Lottery Schedules

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Good luck to everyone enduring the nerve-wrecking lottery drawings this week for Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Free Pre-K. And congratulations or condolences to those of you who found out your Pre-K fate at any of today’s lotteries.

I am a little embarrassed to admit I teared up a bit when my son’s name wasn’t among the top 40 called at today’s Charles Ellis lottery (We’re No. 56 out of 98 for 40 slots, so there’s still a slim chance on the waiting list for a coveted spot, right? Right?)

Of course, lottery attendance isn’t mandatory for those of you who applied to a Savannah-Chatham Pre-K Program. Parents will receive written notification of acceptance or waiting list status at the end of April. But for those who can’t wait until then, here is a schedule of the rest of the week’s lotteries. (Thank you to Mindy Nash for this schedule!)

2011-2012 SCCPSS Pre-K Lottery Drawing Schedules
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Street, off President’s Extension

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time School
9:30 AM: Thunderbolt, Butler, Georgetown
11 AM White Bluff, Spencer, J. G. Smith
12:30 PM Shuman, Port Wentworth, Pooler

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Time School
9:30 AM Windsor High, Howard, Heard
11 AM Gould, Hesse, Gadsden
12:30 PM Garrison, Haven, Bartow

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time School
9:30 AM: Southwest, Marshpoint
11 AM: Isle of Hope, Bloomingdale
12:30 PM: East Broad, Godley

Savannah’s family-friendly Realtor: Matthew Allan of Keller Williams Realty

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Matthew Allan of Keller Williams Realty has a special offer benefitting an extremely important cause.

Matthew will have a button ad on, as well as a recurring banner ad, and will be contributing information about the real estate market to our website. If a SouthernMamas reader contacts Matthew and mentions the ad, and he assists in the purchase or sale of a home, Matthew will donate 10% of his net commission from that transaction to The Next Generation, Benefitting The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

Matthew and his wife are the parents of a toddler, and recognize how important it is to have the best health care for our children. The Next Generation is an organization comprised of young professionals, neighbors, parents, and friends throughout Savannah and the Coastal Empire who are interested in donating their time, talents, and financial resources to the patients and families of the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. The Next Generation is committed to:
* Ensuring that children and families of the Coastal Empire and surrounding areas have access to a premier healthcare facility without having to leave Savannah.
* Donating their time and resources to benefit patients and families at our local facility.
* Providing access to healthcare and parenting educational opportunities for their own families and families in our community.

In the next year, The Next Generation plans to:
* Purchase medical equipment on the “wish list” created by hospital staff.
* Provide Birthday and “End of Chemotherapy” celebrations to pediatric patients in the hospital.
* Decorate the three pediatric wings for holidays.
* Conduct educational socials for families in our community.

Matthew’s business as a real estate professional is based on helping families make the right choices about their largest financial investment, their home. His association with The Next Generation and SouthernMamas will work in tandem with that family-first goal.

Matthew has also assured us that if a Southern Mamas reader needs help outside the geographic areas Matthew services, he will provide another agent at Keller Williams Realty who not only specializes in your area, but who will also make the same commitment to giving 10% of their net commission to The Next Generation. Keller Williams Realty is the largest real estate company in Savannah, so whether it’s Matthew or another agent, you will be working with a top professional committed to the community.

For more information, click here. To contact Matthew, email him at or call or text him at 912.401.4663.

Giveaway: a family four pack of tickets to Sesame Street Live in Savannah

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

UPDATE: Winner is Emily Harper Gray! Congratulations Emily!!

Sesame Street Live “1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends” is coming to Savannah June 21 & 22, 2011.

This week, is giving away a family four pack  of tickets to the show, which will be Savannah Civic Center – Martin Luther King Jr. Arena.

Here are the rules on how to win this week-long contest.

  • To enter to win, “like” the SouthernMamas Facebook page here and  tell us on the SouthernMamas Facebook page here what you like best about your new weekly e-letter or what you want us to change. This means you have to OPEN and read your e-letter (hint, hint) to comment. You can either read the e-letter in your email or click here to read the e-letter online.
  • Not into Facebook? You can enter to win by commenting below this post. Just click on comments.
  • Entry period closes: Thurs. March 31. We’ll announce the winner here Fri. April 1.
  • You have to be a subscriber of the SouthernMamas weekly e-letter to participate! Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • Imagine singing and dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favorite Sesame Street Live friends. It’s as easy as counting “1-2-3 Imagine!” This high-energy musical will transport audiences to far away places as Ernie captains the high seas, Elmo dances to the rhythm of the African rainforest and Bert meets an octopus who has the blues. It’s a story of adventure and fun that teaches children they can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere with the power of imagination. 

     Tickets go on sale at 10 AM Fri. April 1  at the Savannah Civic Center Box Office, , or call 800-351-7469 or 912-651-6556. More info here.

    You are invited to get your tickets today, BEFORE they go on sale to the public. Just use the presale password SUNNY to purchase your tickets by March 31, 2011.