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Kids’ Activities in Savannah & Hilton Head Is. for the week of Dec. 19

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Local family activities

For a complete listing of local kid and family events, visit the SouthernMamas.com Event Calendar by clicking here.

Savannah kid-friendly events

The Puppet People presents “Friends” Shadow Puppet Show, Savannah
December 19-23 & 26-30.
10-11 AM everyday!
Details here

SkateFest 2011
Runs until Jan. 8 at Savannah Civic Center
Indoor ice-skating.
Details, cost & schedule here

FREE 12 Days of Christmas children’s activities, Westin Savannah
Through Sat. Dec. 24
Details here.

FREE Make It & Take It Holiday Craft, Savannah
Various days the week of Dec. 19 at various Live Oak Public library branches. Details here.

Babes-n-Buggies Stroller Fitness Boot Camp, Savannah
Mondays & Wednesdays
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Forsyth Park (across from Brighter Day Natural Foods Market
1-5 Classes = $15 Per
5-10 Classes = $12 Per
10+ Classes = $10 Per
912-660-4507 / info@trainme247.com
Details here.

Fall parent-and-me music classes at Ms. Amy’s School of Music, Savannah. Start your session any week, including this one. Wed Dec. 21 & Sat. Dec. 24. Details here.

Free children’s activities at Skidaway Is. State Park
Wed. Dec. 21-Sat. Dec. 24. Details here

Music with Mar music & movement classes, Savannah
11 AM Friday Dec. 16. For children ages 6 months-6 years old and a parent/caregiver.
$7/class per family (up to 4 children) or a block of 5 classes (to be used any time during a 4 month period) is $30.
No registration or set session. Just show up. Details here

Breakfast with Santa, Westin Savannah
9-12 PM Sat. Dec. 24
Details here.

Ongoing activities

FREE Gingerbread Village display at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Starting Sat. Nov. 26. Details here.

Early 19th Century Holiday at the Davenport House, Savannah
Through Dec. 31
Details here.

Visits and photos with Santa and holiday train at Savannah Mall
Details here.

Free Santa photos and activities at Bass Pro Shop at Savannah Mall
Until Dec. 24 2011
Santa’s Wonderland includes free kids’ activity tables, trains, kids’ crafts and Santa Bandz
Details here. For a schedule of activities, click here.

Visits and photos with Santa at Oglethorpe Mall, in the common area near Macy’s
Details here.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, open 362 days a year. Details here.

Free Savannah Belles water ferry ride across the Savannah River
Details here.

Hilton Head Is/Bluffton Children’s Activities

No School Art Days Holiday Spectacular Camp, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Is
For Kids ages 6-12.
10 AM-2 PM Dec. 19 – 23
Details here.

Get Fired Up with Pottery, The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, HHI
Tues & Sat. Dec. 20 & Dec. 24
Details here.

Read Christmas stories with Santa, The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, HHI
10:30 AM Wed & Thurs Dec. 20 & Dec. 21.
Details here.

Last Farmer’s Market of Bluffton for 2011. Details here.
2-7 PM Thurs. Dec. 21

Free Gregg Russell Children’s Christmas Concert, Hilton Head Is.
7:30-9 PM Fri. Dec. 23.
Details here.

Holiday Craft at the Sandbox Children’s Museum, HHI
Sat. Dec. 24. Details here.

Weekend Road Trips

Harbour Town Lights, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is. FREE. Details here

Lights Before (& After) Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, S.C. Details here.

Holiday Festival of Lights 2011, Charleston S.C. Details here

Noon Year’s Eve Kids’ Party at The Sandbox, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

You’re invited to a daytime New Year’s Eve party for kids 10 AM-2 PM Saturday, December 31 at The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museumon Hilton Head Is.

Help The Sandbox ring in 2012! Want to celebrate the New Year without staying up til midnight? Come to The Sandbox for a family fun event guaranteed to kick off your New Year on the right foot!

Featuring:
Special games, activities including our bounce house and a chance to play in the snow, fun arts & crafts, lunch, party favors and a balloon drop at 12 noon!

Adults & Children $10, under 2 Free! (sorry, coupons not valid for admission)

For more information, call (843) 842-7645 or stop by The Sandbox at 18-A Pope Avenue.

The Sandbox, 18-A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, 843-842-7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Harbour Town Lights, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Harbour Town Lights
November 23, 2012 – January 2, 2013

Stroll around Harbour Town and enjoy dozens of beautiful Christmas light displays, including lights on the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Harbour Town Lights, presented by Hargray, the Harbour Town Merchants, The Sea Pines Resort and The Greenery, will benefit The Deep Well Project and is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit while you do some shopping and dining.

Free Gregg Russell Children’s Christmas Concert, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Gregg Russell Christmas Concert
Friday, December 23; 7:30-9pm

Enjoy the spirit of the holidays with a special evening in Harbour Town. Longtime Hilton Head Island favorite Gregg Russell will play his guitar and sings songs of the season for all ages, and a special visit from Santa Claus will follow. To learn more about Gregg Russell or his concert schedule, please visit greggrussell.com. Complimentary

Get Fired Up with Pottery, The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Get Fired Up with Pottery
Tuesdays and Saturdays
December 20, 24 at 9:30am
Create a holiday gift by personalizing a ceramic plate for a friend or loved one. $15 fee ($10 for members) covers your pottery piece, supplies, firing and the museum admission fee. Pick up your pottery piece the following Friday. Registration recommended for this popular program.

The Sandbox An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.842.7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Get Fired Up with Pottery, The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Get Fired Up with Pottery
Tuesdays and Saturdays
December 20, 24 at 9:30am
Create a holiday gift by personalizing a ceramic plate for a friend or loved one. $15 fee ($10 for members) covers your pottery piece, supplies, firing and the museum admission fee. Pick up your pottery piece the following Friday. Registration recommended for this popular program.

The Sandbox An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.842.7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Holiday Craft at The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Through the entire month of December
Come have a wonderful holiday time at the Sandbox. Make a special holiday craft. Each week there will be a different holiday theme craft. A sample is provided with all of the supplies to make it.
December 24: Reindeer Gift Bag

The Sandbox An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.842.7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Read Christmas stories with Santa, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Wed. December 21 at 10:30am
Thurs. December 22 at 10:30am
Join The Sandbox For a Special Visit From Santa! “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!” Join us at The Sandbox where Santa Claus will read traditional Christmas stories and listen to your Christmas lists and ask if you’ve been naughty or nice! Get Your picture taken with Santa and make your own frame!. Cost included in admission: $6 per person; under 2 free.

The Sandbox, 18-A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, 843-842-7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Kids’ holiday activity: Skatefest 2011 in Savannah

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

When you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids this holiday break, don’t forget about Skatefest 2011 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena at the Savannah Civic Center
Dec. 9-Jan. 8 2011 The Savannah Civic Center turns into an ice rink for public skating.
Tickets are $7. Each session lasts for an hour and half. A 5-session pass is 30.
800.351.7469.
912.651.6556

For more kid-friendly holiday activities happening in Savannah & the Lowcountry, visit the SouthernMamas.com Holiday Guide here.

Children’s December activities at The Sandbox Interactive Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Wed. December 21 at 10:30am
Thurs. December 22 at 10:30am
Join The Sandbox For a Special Visit From Santa! “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!” Join us at The Sandbox where Santa Claus will read traditional Christmas stories and listen to your Christmas lists and ask if you’ve been naughty or nice! Get Your picture taken with Santa and make your own frame!. Cost included in admission: $6 per person; under 2 free.

Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids, Saturday, December 31, 10am-2pm
Come Ring in 2012 at The Sandbox!
Celebrate the New Year with the family without staying up ’til midnight! Join us at The Sandbox for a family fun event guaranteed to kick off your New Year on the right foot!
Activities include our Sandbox Bounce Castle, Face Painting, and a chance to play in the snow, fun arts & crafts, and lunch. Party favors and a balloon drop at 12 noon! $10 per person, under 2 FREE, Sandbox members $8 per person, under 2 FREE.

December 31, 2011, 7pm to 1 am
The Crowne Plaza Resort, The Crystal Ballroom
Featuring Live Music by Trey’s Alien – The Crowne Plaza’s New Year’s Eve Dining Extravaganza – Open Bar ALL NIGHT – Silent and Live Auction – Champagne Toast & Balloon Drop at Midnight. Separate on-site children’s party ($25 per child, ages 4-12)
Special room rates are available at the Crowne Plaza for $79/night
Tickets $85 per person, $165 per couple
Tables of 8 are $640, Tables of 10 are $800
Benefiting The Sandbox Children’s Museum. Sponsorship Packages are available. Call 843-842-7645 to make your reservation RSVP by December 28th. Log onto our website, www.thesandbox.org for info.

Imagination Hour Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Join The Sandbox for an hour of fun story time followed by a craft project. Program is included with admission cost to museum. First-come, first-serve, so sign up when checking in at the registration desk.
December 21 and 22, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Read by Santa himself!
December 29, A Very Special Snowflake

Holiday Craft Through the entire month of December
Come have a wonderful holiday time at the Sandbox. Make a special holiday craft. Each week there will be a different holiday theme craft. A sample is provided with all of the supplies to make it.
December 3: Hand and Foot Print Reindeer
December 10: Snowman
December 17: Christmas Tree
December 24: Reindeer Gift Bag

Get Fired Up with Pottery
Tuesdays and Saturdays
December 17, 20, 24 at 9:30am
Create a holiday gift by personalizing a ceramic plate for a friend or loved one. $15 fee ($10 for members) covers your pottery piece, supplies, firing and the museum admission fee. Pick up your pottery piece the following Friday. Registration recommended for this popular program.

The Sandbox An Interactive Children’s Museum, 18A Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
843.842.7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum

Friday, December 16th, 2011

You’re invited to a daytime New Year’s Eve party for kids 10 AM-2 PM Saturday, December 31 at The Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum on Hilton Head Is.

Help The Sandbox ring in 2012! Want to celebrate the New Year without staying up til midnight? Come to The Sandbox for a family fun event guaranteed to kick off your New Year on the right foot!

Featuring:
Special games, activities including our bounce house and a chance to play in the snow, fun arts & crafts, lunch, party favors and a balloon drop at 12 noon!

Adults & Children $10, under 2 Free! (sorry, coupons not valid for admission)

For more information, call (843) 842-7645 or stop by The Sandbox at 18-A Pope Avenue.

The Sandbox, 18-A Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, 843-842-7645 or 843-290-4557 (cell), www.thesandbox.org

Holiday savings at La Dee Da Children’s Boutique, Rincon

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Please join La Dee Da Children’s Boutique this Friday and Saturday Dec. 16 & 17 2011 for HUGE holiday savings and open house.

All Holiday apparel will be 40% off. Take 25% off everything else!

Enjoy food, wine and amazing savings on names like Giggle Moon, Le top, Bailey Boys, Anavini, Claire & Charlie, Rileyroos, Kalencom, Mudpie and LaJenn’s.

Wine, dine and shop with La Dee Da Friday evening from 5pm-8pm as they celebrate the holidays with the moms and grand moms La Dee Da appreciates so much.

Looking for a great gift idea? Purchase a $100 gift certificate and La Dee Da will throw in a $25 one for free! Purchase a $50 gift certificate and receive a free additional $10 certificate.

For more information call 912.295.5470 or click here . “Like” La Dee Da on Facebook  here here to stay informed about great deals & events. Conveniently located in Rincon on Hwy 21 in Goshen Park next to Milano and Baibry’s.

La Dee Da Children’s Boutique is now open at 135 Goshen Road Extension in Goshen Park right on Hwy 21 in Rincon, For more info call 912.295.5470, visit www.LaDeeDaKids.com. or like the boutique on Facebook here! La Dee Da Children’s Boutique looks forward to serving you and your child. La Dee Da Children’s Boutique is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah Children’s Birthday Parties: Puppet People makes parties easy & fun

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Stressfree isn’t the adjective typically used to describe childrens’s birthday parties. But that is exactly how I would describe my children’s combo birthday party this past weekend at Angela Beasley’s Puppet People “The Puppet Place” in Thunderbolt.

When it comes to children’s birthday parties, Puppet People do it all for you: from providing a fun atmosphere and a lively, animated puppet show as well as taking care of those pesky details like paper plates, utensils, even the matches to light the birthday candles.

The party hosts (who take care of keeping the kids entertained at all times) are not only energetic and upbeat, but also informative about puppets and puppetry as an art form. Our two-hour event included a puppet demo, a puppet show, a puppet-making craft – all interspersed with, music, fun games (limbo!) and bouncing balls to keep the kids stimulated. All I had to do was show up with cupcakes, popcorn & party favors.

The Puppet Place is a 1,000 square ft. indoor event space bedecked with puppet decorations and confetti-carpeting. It’s the ideal spot for a party when you don’t want to have to worry about the weather. And during good weather, you can extend your party to a backyard canopied with pecan trees and Spanish moss. Best of all, these creative birthday parties at Puppet People’s “The Puppet Place” are private. There aren’t other children’s parties happening there at the same time, as at some venues. Yours is the only party!

Explore Puppet People’s different packages listed here to learn about Puppet People’s parties and shows.

Contact Puppet People for prices and availability. Book Puppet People Party Place. Call 912-355-3366 or email puppets@puppetpeople.com

FOR CHILDREN
Here’s how it works, for the little ones:
•Choose your party theme
•Choose a puppet show from our “family-friendly parties” section
•Pick a date
•Contact Angela Beasley’s Puppet People to book it!

What’s included:
•A party host to tend to every need
•An interactive studio tour (you get to go behind the scenes!)
•Two hours in the fantasy-filled puppet factory
•Music, games and bouncing balls
•Puppet-making: each guest leaves with their own puppet
•Tableware

Price is dependent on time frame, number of attendees and themes. Puppet People can make your fantasies come true. Contact Puppet People today and they can create whatever you can imagine.

The Puppet Place, 3119 Furber Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405, 912-355-3366, http://puppetpeople.com. Email puppets@puppetpeople.com. Puppet People is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Visit SCAD Museum of Art during holiday break

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Looking for something to do with the kids this holiday break?

Check out the SCAD Museum of Art, from its glowing outdoor chairs to the interactive one-of-a-kind touch table, the museum is sure to inspire.

Free admission for children under 14.

For more information visit, www.scadmoa.org  or call 912.525.7191. SCAD MOA is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Blvd. Savannah, 31401

John Carrington Photography offers affordable, quality portrait sessions, Savannah

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

When beloved Savannah photographer John Carrington started his freelance photography business, he made a lot of folks in Savannah happy. Finally, the 20-year veteran Savannah Morning News award-winning photographer was going to be available full-time, trading in his newspaper career to capture family portraits.

I am one of those thrilled Carrington fans. After all, when I worked at the newspaper with John, I dubbed him the “baby photographer” because he was always the photographer I requested when I was working on stories about children. John’s knack for capturing a child’s spirit in photos couldn’t be beat. So it’s not surprising he’s known throughout this town for photographing the memorable moments both big and small in the lives of people in the Savannah area.

If you’re interested in high-quality images custom tailored to your taste, please consider John Carrington Photography for all your family portraiture. Now for a limited time, John is offering a low $100 photo session fee at a Savannah area location of your choice. Photos will be available for viewing and purchase online at www.johncarringtonphoto.com in a password protected gallery. Prints are reasonably priced and can be ordered online and mailed directly to you usually in less than two weeks. Or if you prefer, any image you choose can be downloaded in high resolution for a slightly higher cost than a print. You can also send links to your gallery or individual photos to friends and family.

See examples of John Carrington Photography here. For more information, contact john@johncarringtonphoto.com  . Please say that SouthernMamas.com sent you!

John Carrington Photography, http://johncarringtonphoto.com/, email  john@johncarringtonphoto.com
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 John Carrington Photography is a SouthernMamas.com sponsor.

The Puppet People Presents “Friends” Shadow Puppet Show, Savannah

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Come out to see “Friends” over a 10 Day showing at The Puppet People this December.

“Friends” is a shadow puppet show based on an African Folk Tale. Featuring the unlikely friendship that forms between Frog Child and Snake Child, as they get to know each other and celebrate the things that make them different from one another.

December 19th-23rd and 26th-30th.

10:00 – 11:00 AM everyday!

Half Price Special! $5 a Person! -Puppet show includes FREE Make-Your-Own Shadow Puppet and instruction on using a Shadow Stage-

** Call-in Reservations Perferred**

The Puppet Place, 3119 Furber Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405, 912-355-3366, http://puppetpeople.com.