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FREE (or almost free) kids’ summer activities in Savannah, Hilton Head Is.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

You don’t have to spend a fortune this summer entertaining the kids.

We’ve got free & almost free summer fun for kids including $1 & $2 blockbuster kids movies, free animal farm, free kids’ shows & storytimes, free bowling, free spray pools schedules & more. Check out our Kids FREE Summer Fun guide here.

To submit a free event to be included in the listing, email details to anne@southernmamas.com

Extra Week of Junior Ranger Camp Added at Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The folks at Skidaway Island State Park are excited to announce that they’re offering a second week of Junior Ranger Camp this summer! It will be a week filled with hikes, animals, crafts and games for 7-11 year olds.
July 23-27, 2012
8:30am-1:00pm
Ages 7-11

Come and join the staff from Skidaway Island State Park and Wormsloe State Historic Site as they take an adventure into our natural and cultural heritage. Join them for a fun week full of crafts, hikes, games and more as we learn and have fun. They’re only able to accept 20 kids so sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.

For more info please contact:

Katie Charron—Skidaway Island
Assistant Manager
912-598-2300

FOR MORE LOCAL SUMMER CAMPS, CLICK HERE.

Savannah Disney on Ice shows 2012 & 2013 & Savannah Ringling Bros. Circus

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

A lot of kids’ entertainment coming to Savannah this year & next. Upcoming shows coming to Savannah Civic Center for 2012-2013:

 

Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy
November 29- December 2, 2012
Come experience a magical Disney fantasy on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
January 23-27, 2013
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Gold Edition, the newest tour of The Greatest Show On Earth®, premiering in 2013.

Disney on Ice Presents Princess Wishes
October 30-December 3, 2013
Enter a world of wishes with your favorite Disney princesses in Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes. Tinker Bell represents the magic of Disney, as she whisks you through a collection of enchanting and beloved Disney stories. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves. See Snow White find her one true love. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine. And, watch in wonder as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Mulan all come true. Be sure to see this magical show where believing is just the beginning! Prior to each performance, families are treated to the Disney Princess Pre-Show, complimentary with ticket purchase. A live Disney Princess presides over a fairy tale collection of gowns and treasures from the Disney Princess stories.

Summer Kids’ Activities at The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Summer Fun Series @ The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, Hilton Head. Is

Mondays
9:30a: Get Fired Up with Pottery ($15 includes admission)
1:30p: Decorate your own cupcake

Tuesdays
10:30a: Crafty Kids
1:30p: Summer Fun Craft Activity

Wednesdays
9:30a: Interactive Art Class by Veronica Martini ($10)
6:00p: Parents Night Out, Kids Night In (ages 3-12 at the Sandbox from 6p-9p. $25 per child. $15 for additional children)

Thursdays
10:30a: Imagination Hour (story time & craft)

Fridays
10:30a: 411: Coastal Critters (present by the Coastal Discovery Museum)

Saturdays
10:30a: Food Fun (smoothie, gelato, May River dip)

Get Fired Up with Pottery
Mondays 9:30a
Decorate plates ($15 includes admission for nonmembers, $10 for members). Fee includes all supplies and your admission to the museum. Pick-up art piece on the following Wednesday. Please call (843) 842-7645 to reserve space.

Crafty Kids
Tuesdays 10:30a
June 12: Yostie’s Puppet Show and puppet making
June 19: Decorate Your Own T-shirt ($10 includes admission)
June 26: Yostie’s Puppet Show and puppet making

Interactive Art Class with Veronica Martini
Wednesdays 9a
June 13: Picture Frame Art-Make a keepsake from Hilton head with seashells and sand dollars.
June 20: Sand-Hand Mosaic-Make a keepsake of your child’s hand with Hilton Head sand.
June 27: Go Green Gator-Bring home a replica of the Hilton Head alligator made from repurposed products.

Parent’s Night In/Kids Night Out
Wednesdays 6p – 9p
Enjoy a date night out while your children play at the Sandbox. Staff-supervised, arts and crafts, and dinner (pizza, drink, & dessert). For children ages 3-9 years. Nonmembers $25 per child ($15 for additional children). Members $20 per child ($10 for additional children). This is a popular program, advance reservations recommended.

Imagination Hour
Thursdays 10:30 – 11:30a
Join us for story time followed by a craft project. Program is included with admission cost to museum. Space limited. Sign up when checking in at the registration desk.
June 7: “The Adventures of Taxi Dog,” by Debra and Sal Barracca
June 14: “The Father Who Had 10 Children,” by Benedicte Guettier
June 21: “Sand Castle,” by Brenda Shannon Yee
June 28: “You Can Swim, Baby Duck!” by Amy Hest

The Sandbox 411 Program
Fridays 10:30a
The Sandbox Children’s Museum is offering a series of workshops designed for families with young children, including parents, child care providers, and grandparents. For the summer months, the topics will feature coastal critters.
June 15: Loggerhead Sea Turtles
June 22: Dolphin
June 29: Butterflies

Pop Goes the 4th
4th of July Celebration at The Sandbox
Wednesday, July 4th 10:00a – 2:00p
A fun carnival complete with The Sandbox bounce house, corn hole contests, ring the bottle, fish bowl contest, snow cones, gumballs contest, patriotic scavenger hunt, special activities, and holiday crafts. Decorate (and eat!) sugar cookies. BBQ lunch for everyone with all the “fixins” and a patriotic birthday cake. $10 per person, active military, seniors and members, $8, up to 12 month, free. (Coupons not valid for this event.)

Note: New Hours Summer Hours – Monday through Saturday, 10a – 5p beginning May 28 through September 1. Next Family Fun Night September 7. These events are made possible by the generous support of the Bargain Box.

Webcam at The Sandbox
Stand on the Pirate Ship and wave a’hoy to your family and friends so they can see you on the Sandbox website!

Special Membership Drive
$75 Membership Includes
20% discount on birthday parties. Discounts on Parent’s Night Out. Refer a member and receive a $10 gift certificate at The Sandbox gift shop.

Party at the Box
Nonmembers $125. Members $100. Fee includes plates, napkins, utensils, and a special gift for the birthday honoree and each guest. We take of everything but cake and beverages. Enhance your party with themed characters or candy from Hilton Head Candy Company. Call for booking, details and pricing.

Saturday Stimulus for Locals
Locals can come play on Saturdays at The Sandbox for only $6 per person (under 1 free). A driver’s license with a “299” zip code must be presented when registering.

The Sandbox, 18-A Pope Avenue, HHI, SC 29928, www.thesandbox.org , 843-842-7645

Baby Koala Joey Now On Exhibit at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia S.C.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia S.C. has a new addition — a koala joey that is now on exhibit.

Born last October to parents Jimmie and Lottie, the baby koala spent nearly seven months growing in its mother’s pouch before fully emerging and making its first public appearance at the Zoo.

After a few weeks of confidence-building peek-a-boo, joeys are then ready to venture out completely but will remain very close with mom for several more months, often riding on her back or clinging to her side. At about a year old, joeys are mature enough to be fully weaned from their mothers.

All the more reason to check out Riverbanks Zoo this summer! Another reason: Toucan Tuesdays. Pay Two-for-One Admission with the Return of Toucan Tuesdays at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia. S.C. during summer 2012

Every Tuesday this summer, two can visit Riverbanks for the price of one with a donation of two cans of non-perishable food to Harvest Hope. Toucan Tuesdays—a partnership with Harvest Hope Food Bank to help feed hungry families in the Midlands.

Riverbanks visitors generated nearly 2,000 pounds of food during last year’s Toucan Tuesdays drive.

Buy-one, get-one admission isn’t the only perk guests will receive for visiting on a Toucan Tuesday. Riverbanks will also offer $2 ICEEs and 2-for-1 specials in the Elephant’s Trunk Gift Shop.

Toucan Tuesdays will run for 12 consecutive Tuesdays throughout the summer, ending on August 28. The promotion applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and memberships are not included). Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances.

When visiting Riverbanks, be sure to also check out EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, S.C.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210 Open daily from 9am to 5pm, except on Thanksgiving & Christmas. Admission to both the Zoo and Garden: $11.75 for adults, $9.25 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for children 2 and under. Group rates and other discounts may apply. www.riverbanks.org

 

Offer expires June 30 for Lovin’ Spoons froyo rewards for good report cards

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

We love this!

Starting Monday (today), Lovin’ Spoons self-serve frozen yogurt will be offering one ounce off for every ‘A’. See the details above. Valid at all stores, offer ends June 30, 2012.

Your kids can show their report card at the register & Lovin Spoons will reward them with 1 ounce off your purchase for every ‘A’! (One visit per report card, not combined with other offers).

Lovin’ Spoons FroYo offers 12 ever changing flavors, over 40 fresh toppings, hot syrups served up with a groovy 70s vibe. Local store locations include:

Savannah
Savannah Centre by Toys R Us on Eisenhower Drive
912-355-2723

Pooler
Pooler Marketplace by Publix
912-748-1444

Richmond Hill
60 Exchange St.
912-459-1490

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm

Lovin Spoons, 912.355.2723, email info@lovinspoons.com , www.lovinspoons.com, Lovin’ Spoons is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Toddler Third Thursday set for July 19 at Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, Savannah

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center in Savannah has fantastic kids’ activities this summer including Toddler Third Thursday, held on the 3rd Thursday of each month

The next Jepson’s Toddler Third Thursday is July 19.  July’s theme is Found Object Paintings
10–11:30 AM Thurs. July 19: Found Object Paintings. Details here.

Toddler Third Thursdays are great for parents, grandparents, and caregivers with pre-school children. Designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their adult companions, this program allows toddlers to explore artwork from Telfair exhibitions and complete a fun-filled art project relating to their tour. More info here.

Toddler Third Thursday Registration and adult supervision required. Call 790-8823 or click here to register. Enrollment is $5 per child. Adult admission is FREE for museum-members and $12 for non-members. Sponsored in part by JCB, Inc.

Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, 207 W York St, Savannah GA 31401 Telfair Museums are a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Walt Disney World Family Holiday Plans with Mouse Tales Travel

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Family Holiday Favorite at Walt Disney World – Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot as part of Holidays Around The World. The event retells the Christmas Story with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. Visitors and locals alike make Candlelight Processional an annual event – once you’ve been a part, you just have to come back!

Speaking of coming back, Neil Patrick Harris will once again grace the American Gardens Theatre stage and share The Greatest Story Ever Told! The preliminary list of narrators was just announced – we’ll continue to update as Disney does!

Schedule & Narrators
American Gardens Theatre (5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m.)
November 23 to November 25, 2012 — Isabella Rossellini, actress
November 26 to November 29, 2012 — Neil Patrick Harris, actor
November 30 to December 1, 2012 — Whoopi Goldberg, actor/comedian
December 2 to December 4, 2012 — TBA
December 5 to December 7, 2012 — TBA
December 8 to December 10, 2012 — TBA
December 11 to December 13, 2012 — Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Barbie in Toy Story
December 14 to December 16, 2012 — Olivia Newton John, actress/singer
December 17 to December 19, 2012 — TBA
December 20 to December 22, 2012 — Trace Adkins, country singer
December 23 to December 25, 2012 — Gary Sinise, actor
December 26 to December 28, 2012 — TBA
December 29 to December 30, 2012 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason, actress/interpreter

Because of the Candlelight Processional’s popularity, we recommend participating in one of the Candlelight Dinner Packages (offered for lunch as well) which include appetizer, entree, dessert, non-alcoholic beverage (or full buffet where applicable), guaranteed seating at the Candlelight Processional show, and pre-arranged fireworks viewing area for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. We expect to see the dining venue list released soon as reservations open June 26th. Favorite dining and narrators sell out quickly so contact Tara McCoy at Mouse Tales Travel ASAP with your preferred dates and request a FREE vacation quote.

Tara McCoy
803.816.0686 Columbia area
843.284.3241 Myrtle Beach area
Become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/EnchantedTravel

Tara McCoy at Mouse Tales Travel is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

$1 Kids Summer Blockbuster Movies, Hinesville

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Tue 7/24 & Thur 7/26: Zookeeper (PG) 2011‐1 hour 42 min. Back to the Future (PG) 1985‐1 hour 56 min.

Doors open at 9:15am, Films start promptly at 10am
565 W. Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville (Georgia Theatre Company)

Admission is $1.00

$1.50 Kid’s sized popcorn
$1.50 Kid’s sized drink
Click for more information of call (912) 408-2000.

$1 Kids Summer Blockbuster Movies, Hinesville

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Tue 7/24 & Thur 7/26: Zookeeper (PG) 2011‐1 hour 42 min. Back to the Future (PG) 1985‐1 hour 56 min.
Doors open at 9:15am, Films start promptly at 10am
565 W. Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville

Admission is $1.00

$1.50 Kid’s sized popcorn
$1.50 Kid’s sized drink
Click for more information of call (912) 408-2000.

FREE kids’ music performances June 18-21 at Live Oak Public Library branches

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Pint-Size Polkas
Accordian player and children’s polka musician Mike Schneider presents this educational program filled with music, dancing, audience participation and sing-alongs. All ages. FREE.

Pooler Library, Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Bull Street Library, Monday, June 18, 1 p.m.
W. W. Law Library, Monday, June 18, 3 p.m.
Oglethorpe Mall Library, Monday, June 18, 6 p.m.
Thunderbolt Library, Tuesday, June 19, 11 a.m.
Tybee Library, Tuesday, June 19, 1 p.m.
Islands Library, Tuesday, June 19, 3 p.m.
Southwest Chatham Library, Tuesday, June 19, 6 p.m.
West Broad Library, Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 a.m.
Carnegie Library, Wednesday, June 20, 1 p.m.
Rincon Library, Wednesday, June 20, 4 p.m.
Hinesville Library, Thursday, June 21, 10 a.m.

Dream Big with Fiddlin’ Dan
Reuben Haller, a storyteller and musician who is a virtuoso on fiddle, mandolin, and spoons, entertains you with interactive stories and songs culminating in a jug band finale! All ages.
FREE
Rincon Library, Monday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.
Springfield Library, Monday, June 18, 3 p.m.
Port City Library, Tuesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m.
Forest City Library, Tuesday, June 19, 3 p.m.
Hinesville Library, Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 a.m.
Midway-Riceboro Library, Wednesday, June 20, 3 p.m.
Thunderbolt Library, Thursday, June 21, 11 a.m.
Oglethorpe Mall Library, Thursday, June 21, 4 p.m.
Islands Library, Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.
Tybee Library, Tuesday, June 26, 2 p.m.
West Broad Library, Wednesday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.
Bull Street Library, Wednesday, June 27, 3 p.m.
Pooler Library, Thursday, June 28, 10:30 a.m.
Southwest Chatham Library, Thursday, June 28, 4 p.m.

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ SUMMER EVENTS IN SAVANNAH & HILTON HEAD IS., CLICK HERE.

For more local kids’ events overall, check out our online Events Calendar here.

Free kids’ show: Dream Big with Fiddlin’ Dan

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Dream Big with Fiddlin’ Dan
Reuben Haller, a storyteller and musician who is a virtuoso on fiddle, mandolin, and spoons, entertains you with interactive stories and songs culminating in a jug band finale! All ages.
FREE
Islands Library, Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.
Tybee Library, Tuesday, June 26, 2 p.m.
West Broad Library, Wednesday, June 27, 10:30 a.m.
Bull Street Library, Wednesday, June 27, 3 p.m.
Pooler Library, Thursday, June 28, 10:30 a.m.
Southwest Chatham Library, Thursday, June 28, 4 p.m.

Daufuskie Day Festival, Daufuskie Is.

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

The annual Daufuskie Day festival in South Carolina was organized by islanders to preserve the gullah heritage. Taste authentic Gullah cuisine & learn more about the culture.

You can take a boat from Savannah or from Hilton Head Island.

Hilton Head & Savannah Ferry Schedules
Hilton Head Ferry Departure: $25 per ticket
Holiday leaving Shelter Cove Harbor, Dock C at 8:30 a.m.
Return from Daufuskie: 4:00 p.m.
Savannah Ferry Departure: $25 per ticket
Spirit of Harbour Town leaving River Street (near Spanky’s Restaurant) at 9:00 a.m.
Return from Daufuskie at 3:00 p.m.

For more information visit www.daufuskieislandfoundation.com

 

$5 Kids’ Water Fun Days, Hilton Head Is.

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Water Fun Day in the Park is back on Hilton Head Is.!

This popular event has grown every summer. The first year there was only 3 water fun days then last year there was 5 and now 6 this year. Water Fun days are 4-7 PM Thursdays starting June 28 and concluding August 2. So come to Shelter Cove Park this summer for a fun-filled, festive atmosphere where kids can enjoy inflatable water bounce houses and slides while 103.1 The Drive’s morning personality Scott Keith will be playing the tunes.

Admission: $5 per child with adults getting in free.

Barbecue from the Smokehouse, hot dogs from Street Meet, Giuseppi’s pizza, Coca-Cola, Bud and Bud Light will be sold. All proceeds benefit our children’s scholarship fund which helps guarantee that “no child is denied” recreation opportunities.

For more info, contact the Island Recreation Association at (843) 681-7273 or go to www.islandreccenter.org

FREE Savannah Asian Festival

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

The 17th Annual Savannah Asian Festival – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. June 23 – brings an entire continent of unique cultures, cuisines, performances and fun to the Savannah Civic Center. Parking at the Civic Center is free for the day.

Festival attendees can enjoy free, live, stage performances including – thunderous drumming by the Matsuriza Taiko, dancing by Indo American’s of Savannah, and as seen on the hit TV show America’s Got Talent Liang Acrobatic & Comedy Show. This year, the Savannah Asian Festival is featuring celebrity food correspondent Chef, Host, and Restaurateur, Orchid Paulmeier, finalist of the Next Food Network Star Season 7 2011, Orchid will be sampling exotic cuisines from across the continent. Several local restaurants, will be presenting a selection of regional favorites from Korea, China, Japan, the Philippines, India, Thailand and many more!

The festival will feature martial arts demonstrations, and dance performances from groups representing Korea, China, Indonesia, Pacific Islands, and Thailand.
All are welcome to browse the Cultural Marketplace to learn more about each country and discover the traditional arts, crafts, fashions and treasures unique to each nation. A continent’s worth of treasures that can be found in the marketplace from calligraphy sets to paper, original paintings, hand-beaded clothing, and exotic accessories and henna body painting. Also enjoy a workshop on Asian & Middle Eastern Tea and martial’s arts workshop by Martial Arts Hall of Famer and 10 degree black belt, Grandmaster Dr. Ronald Frazier Sr. and Ata’s Black Belt Academy Jim Richards.

Children can be entertained as they can learn more about Asian cultures through hands-on activities like crafting origami, Diwali treasure boxes, and marking various Asian flags.

The Savannah Asian Festival is free courtesy of the City of Savannah. There is a charge for food and purchases from the Cultural Marketplace.
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
(times are approximate)

11:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Parade of Flags
11:30 a.m. Lee’s Taekwondo Martial Arts Demonstrations (Korea)
11:55 a.m. Indo Americans of Savannah
12:20 p.m. Matsuriza Taiko Drummers (Japan)
12:45 p.m. Sanggar Lestari Indonesian Performing Group
1:10 p.m. Liang Acrobatic & Comedy Show (China)
1:45 p.m. Sampaguita Dance Troupe (Philippines)
2:10 p.m. Children of Polynesia
2:35 p.m. Chien Hong School of Kung Fu (China)
3:00 p.m. Thailand Dance Group
3:25 p.m. Matsuriza Taiko Drummers (Japan)
4:00 p.m. Liang Acrobatic & Comedy Show (China)

FREE Children’s Activities at Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Interpretive Center hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
Come see the display of the Giant Ground Sloth replica, wildlife exhibits, live reptiles and birding station. Programs listed below meet promptly at the Interpretive Center unless otherwise noted.

Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411

Sunday, July 1: 11:00AM Fire Building: Can you start a fire with a 9-volt battery or a piece of glass? Come learn some interesting fire starting techniques you can use the next time you camp.

1:00PM Munchin’ Critters: Watch as lizards leap at their lunch and toads lick their chops during our animal feeding show. You can also see a snake unhinge their jaws!

 

PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM THESE PLANNED ACTIVITIES ARE STILL HAPPENING. Call (912) 598-2300

“The Music Man” at Savannah Children’s Theatre, June 22-24, Savannah

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Savannah Children’s Theatre presents, Meredith Wilson’s THE MUSIC MAN! This MAINSTAGE production of the classic musical – featuring adult and children performers plus a live orchestra – will be will be presented for three weekends in June. Tickets are available online as well as at the box office, children, senior and military discounts available. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Sat.& Sun., 3 p.m. (912) 238-9015. http://www.savannahchildrenstheatre.org/

Discover the Dinosaurs, Aug. 3-5, Savannah

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Discover the Dinosaurs - a traveling dinosaur show – is coming to Savannah Aug. 3-5 2012.

Discover the Dinosaurs is for the entire family, and especially kids, to explore the mystery of pre-historic life by creating an environment of learning, discovery, and fun.

The hands on exhibit – which will be at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island across from River Street – includes more than 60 animatronic and
museum quality dinosaur replicas. The exhibit showcases museum quality pieces along with several moving animatronic dinosaurs, all in a fun and educational environment.

Kids and families are encouraged to get up close and touch some of the dinosaurs on display, an opportunity which isn’t usually available in museum exhibits and other dinosaur events. This is the cornerstone of Discover the Dinosaurs. In addition to the exhibit, other activities included in admission price are the Dino Dig, Dino Den play area, Dino coloring area, scavenger hunt, and Dino theater.

*Several other attractions including gem & fossil panning, face painting, dinosaur inflatables, mini golf, and Dino rides are available for additional charge.

Discover the Dinosaurs engages the imaginations of kids to learn, gives them the hands on opportunity to touch a dinosaur, actually ride on the back of a T-Rex, and experience other fun activities & attractions that make spending the day with dinosaurs fun for all ages.

Exhibit runs Friday August 3rd 12 PM to 9 PM, Saturday August 4th 10 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday August 5th 10 AM to 7 PM [*Admission: Adults $15, Over 65+ $10, Children 2-12 $10, Under 2 FREE]

Two FREE summer kids bowling programs, Savannah, Hilton Head Is., Bluffton & Pooler

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Our SouthernMamas.com readers are the best about keeping us informed. A big thanks to the always helpful Lynn Adams for telling us about a second kids bowl free summer program to add to our FREE SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS page.:

AMF FREE SUMMER KIDS BOWLING, Savannah & Hilton Head Is.

Register at https://freebowling.amf.com/  to receive two vouchers per child under 15 years to be used at AMF Savannah Lanes on 115 Tibet Ave Savannah, GA 31406 OR at AMF Main Street Lanes on 2600 Main Street Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

AMF Summer Free bowling is available until 8 p.m., 7 days a week until Sept. 3, 2012.

KIDS BOWL FREE SUMMER KIDS PROGRAM, Pooler & Bluffton

Register at www.kidsbowlfree.com  to receive two coupon per week per kid under 15 years to be used at:

Pooler’s Frames N Games. Program runs until Aug. 26. Frames N Games, Pooler, 912-330-5577
Hours when kids bowl free:
Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 6 p.m.-close

Station 300, Bluffton Program runs until Aug. 31.
25 Innovation Dr.
Bluffton, SC, 29910
(843) 815-2695
Hours when kids bowl free:
Monday: 9:30am — 7 pm
Tuesday: Noon — 7pm
Wednesday: 9:30am — 7pm
Thursday: 9:30am — 6pm
Friday: 9:30am — 6 pm
Saturday: 9:30am — 1pm
Sunday: 9:30am — 1pm

FOR MORE FREE (OR ALMOST FREE) LOCAL SUMMER KIDS’ ACTIVITIES, CLICK HERE.

Discover the Dinosaurs coming to Savannah, Aug. 3-5 2012

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Discover the Dinosaurs - a traveling dinosaur show – is coming to Savannah Aug. 3-5 2012.

Discover the Dinosaurs is for the entire family, and especially kids, to explore the mystery of pre-historic life by creating an environment of learning, discovery, and fun.

The hands on exhibit – which will be at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island across from River Street – includes more than 60 animatronic and
museum quality dinosaur replicas. The exhibit showcases museum quality pieces along with several moving animatronic dinosaurs, all in a fun and educational environment.

Kids and families are encouraged to get up close and touch some of the dinosaurs on display, an opportunity which isn’t usually available in museum exhibits and other dinosaur events. This is the cornerstone of Discover the Dinosaurs. In addition to the exhibit, other activities included in admission price are the Dino Dig, Dino Den play area, Dino coloring area, scavenger hunt, and Dino theater.

*Several other attractions including gem & fossil panning, face painting, dinosaur inflatables, mini golf, and Dino rides are available for additional charge.

Discover the Dinosaurs engages the imaginations of kids to learn, gives them the hands on opportunity to touch a dinosaur, actually ride on the back of a T-Rex, and experience other fun activities & attractions that make spending the day with dinosaurs fun for all ages.

Exhibit runs Friday August 3rd 12 PM to 9 PM, Saturday August 4th 10 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday August 5th 10 AM to 7 PM [*Admission: Adults $15, Over 65+ $10, Children 2-12 $10, Under 2 FREE]

Scribble Art Studio Camps: On Storybook Characters, Time Machines, Animal Portraits, Merpeople Puppets, Savannah

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

 

For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at 912-323-0123 or email ScribbleArtStudio@hotmail.com . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Stargazing at Bamboo Farms & Coastal Gardens, June 23, Savannah

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Don’t miss the FREE summer family stargazing event @ The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens : Gazing in the Garden!

The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens in conjunction with the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association invite you to a night of stargazing in the Garden. Saturday, June 23, 2012, Dusk-10 PM. Telescopes will be set up for observation, but you are welcome to bring your own. Free.

Here’s a list of children’s books on astronomy provided by Live Oak Public Libraries & distributed by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at the winter gazing in the garden family event at The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens . “Night Sky Atlas” by Robin Seagell
“Astronomy” by Kristen Lippincott
“Black Holes & Other Space Oddities” by Alex Barnett
“Space” by Simon Holland
“The Solar System: An A-Z Guide” by Christina Wilsdon
“Cosmic Light Shows” by Bobbie Kalman & April Fast
“Find the Constellations” by H.A. Rey
“The Stars: A New Way to See Them” by H.A. Rey

This event is free & open to the public. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17.

The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information, http://bamboo.caes.uga.edu/, On Facebook here

Savannah Children’s Museum Exploration Station

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A SouthernMamas.com reader & her family were so impressed with the new Savannah Children’s Museum EXPLORATION STATION on the grand opening last Saturday that they are going back again this week!

We can’t wait to check it out.

The Exploration Station is an outdoor venue and water and sunscreen are strongly encouraged.

Exploration Station is a 1 acre, two level, outdoor exhibit area built in the ruins of a Central of Georgia building. Exploration Station’s goals are to connect children with nature, encourage learning through outdoor play emphasizing the importance of daily activity for a healthy lifestyle, and planting the seeds for preservation of historic buildings.

MUSEUM ADMISSION & MEMBERSHIP COSTS
General admission: $7.50 per person, ages 1 and older.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Savannah Children’s Museum Exploration Station, 655 Louisville Rd, Savannah, GA, 31401. Next to Georgia State Railroad Museum

Water Fun Days in the Park, Hilton Head Is.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Water Fun Day in the Park is back on Hilton Head Is.!

This popular event has grown every summer. The first year there was only 3 water fun days then last year there was 5 and now 6 this year. Water Fun days are 4-7 PM Thursdays starting June 28 and concluding August 2. So come to Shelter Cove Park (@ 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Is. 29926) this summer for a fun-filled, festive atmosphere where kids can enjoy inflatable water bounce houses and slides while 103.1 The Drive’s morning personality Scott Keith will be playing the tunes.

Admission: $5 per child with adults getting in free.

Barbecue from the Smokehouse, hot dogs from Street Meet, Giuseppi’s pizza, Coca-Cola, Bud and Bud Light will be sold. All proceeds benefit our children’s scholarship fund which helps guarantee that “no child is denied” recreation opportunities.

For more info, contact the Island Recreation Association at (843) 681-7273 or go to www.islandreccenter.org

Win 2 tickets to the family-friendly Savannah Derby Devils double header, Savannah

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Win two free tickets to see the Savannah Derby Devils’ two teams take on Myrtle Beach’s All-Stars and B teams for an evening packed with full-contact sports excitement on Sat. June 16 @ Savannah Civic Center.

We’re going to make it easy for you to win this one. To enter to win, answer this question on either Savannah Derby Devils Facebook page here or the SouthernMamas.com Facebook page here. (Be sure to like the page to comment). What is your favorite summer activity? Deadline is 9 PM Wed. June 13. We’ll pick a name on Wednesday, contact the winner via FB & your tickets will be waiting at Will Call.

This family-friendly roller derby event offers two back-to-back bouts, live music, activities for kids, raffles and roller derby merchandise. Kids love to come up and hug the skaters at the end of the night.

Saturday June 16
5pm – Hellions vs. Myrtle Beach
7pm – Savannah Derby Devils All Stars vs. Myrtle Beach
Savannah Civic Center
To purchase tickets call (912) 651-6556 or visit the Savannah Civic Center website at http://savannahcivic.com  and box office. Cost ranges from $2 to $16 per ticket.

Discount tickets are available for children, seniors, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Those who bring at least one canned good item for donation to America’s Second Harvest will also receive $1 off their ticket. The event includes live music from Portman’s New Horizon’s Band, an appearance by the Savannah Junior Roller Derby, activities for kids, games, prizes, raffles and merchandise. Family seating is available. Raffle proceeds will go to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Beer and wine will be available.

For more information, visit www.savannahderby.com  or at http://www.facebook.com/savannahderbydevils. For more information (912) 220-9744.

August 2012 Dance Camps & Princess Camp @ Islands Dance Academy, Savannah

Monday, June 11th, 2012


Islands Dance Academy, now in its 21st year of educating young men and women in the art of dance, is the official school of the Savannah Danse Theatre. IDA students have a high rate of success in gaining entry to the Savannah Arts Academy where they shine as some of the top students.

To register or for more info, visit Islands Dance Academy Web site here.

Islands Dance Academy, 115 Charlotte Rd., Savannah (912) 897-2102, http://savannahdance.com/ Islands Dance Academy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Coach Val’s Tumblegym on Wilmington Is. offers active summer kids’ classes, SouthernMamas discount

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Looking for active summer classes for your little one?

Coach Val’s Tumblegym has just the thing in a safe, air conditioned, bug-free environment! Their experienced staff will keep your little one moving while having a great time.

Coach Val’s Tumblegym provides fun, imaginative exercise programs for children walking through 10 yr olds. Their curriculum integrates physical skill acquisition with social and cognitive learning concepts. Basic gymnastics and tumbling, ball handling skills, strength, balance, and all around coordination activities part of every class.

Children “Build More Than Muscles” through group games, obstacle courses, music activities and more.

Testimonial:
“Coach Val,
You’re doing a WONDERFUL job with the kids! I did a lot of gymnastics and music classes with my boys when they were little, and your class is by far the best one I’ve seen. You do a great job of engaging the little ones while throwing in plenty of creative learning exercises. Ella absolutely loves the class, and I agree, she’s gained lots of skills in a short time!”
– Misty H. from Savannah

Please “like” Coach Val’s Tumblegym on Facebook here to keep up with latest news and specials.

Gift Certificates available: What great way for grandparents and family members to give child gift that invests in child’s future and development.

Classes available this summer:
Wiggle Worms: 30min classes ages walking – 2yrs
This “Parent and Me class” is designed to incorporate the earliest aspects of physical fitness, enhance fine and gross motor skills, body awareness, and muscle coordination while promoting physical, mental and social development. Music, basic gymnastics movements, and games create a fun and healthy atmosphere for you and your child.

Grasshoppers: 45 min classes ages 2-3yrs
This toddler class is open to children who enjoy having parents close by and are ready to learn to follow instructions from another adult. We ask parent/guardian to assist until their child is ready to participate on their own. This class continues to enhance your child’s fine and gross motor skills, social skills, strength and coordination through the activities and obstacle courses that emphasize eye-hand coordination, climbing, hanging, jumping, running, and rolling in a fun and safe environment.

Bumble Bees : 60 min classes ages 3-4yrs
This class continues to enhance and challenge your child’s physical, social and cognitive development. Basic tumbling and gymnastics skills, ball handling skills and preschool concepts are taught. Group activities, teamwork, and fun theme-based curriculum keep your child engaged and excited to participate.

See website here for schedule and rates. Registration online available by clicking here.

Additional Programs Available for Summer (see website here for details)
Cartwheel basics: ages 5-8yr olds. Skills, drills, and strengthening to learn how to do a cartwheel! (Several other basic tumbling skills will also be practiced)
Sport Readiness Training: ages 6-10yr olds. This class is a perfect opportunity for your child to increase strength, speed and agility with this age-appropriate circuit training course. Ideal for kids who play (or want to join) football, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, swimming, and baseball.
Inclusion class: Adult, child with special needs (ages 5 – 10), and siblings – Contact for more information.

FREE TRIAL CLASSES available. Unsure your child will participate? Want to see Coach Val in action before you commit to class time? Fill out our free trial form here and try out a class at no cost.

Mention you saw on SouthernMamas.com site, and annual registration fee of $25 will be waived. New customers – register with a friend and both receive additional $10 off class or camp.

Coach Val’s Tumblegym, 310 Johnny Mercer Blvd in the Wilmington Island Shopping Center (with Dollar Tree, Ace Hardware, and Goodwill) Tel: 912-268-6003, www.coachvals.com, On Facebook here. Coach Val’s Tumblegym is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Sci-Fi Day at MOSH Planetarium, Jacksonville

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Kids can keep track of summer reading online & win prizes

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We are loving the online reading logs that are new to Live Oak Public Libraries Summer Reading Program.
Kids create a quick online profile – which can include their photo – and keep track of the book titles they’ve read this summer – which they will need to get their free book from Barnes & Noble. Just go to the Dream Big Zone here.

If you haven’t signed up your kids for the library’s Dream Big: Read! Summer Reading Program, be sure to do so. This year’s grand prize is a trip to Disney World for a family of four, including Amtrak gift card and hotel! Stop by any library to sign up and start reading!

If Disney isn’t incentive enough to sign up, how about the chance to win college savings?

The Path2College 529 Plan will award one Georgia student, 16 years and under, who participates in the Summer Reading Program with $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan account.
Entries must be submitted online by July 31, 2012. Details about the sweepstakes, including the official rules and the online entry form can be found at http://www.path2college529.com/news/reading.shtml .

Mom’s Lemonade Fundraiser @ Tubby’s Tank House, Thunderbolt

Monday, June 11th, 2012

TUBBY’S TANK HOUSE TO HOST SPECIAL MOM’S LEMONADE FUNDRAISER

SPLASHDOWN – THROWDOWN Event on Thursday, June 14th
pits St. Vincent’s Academy against Benedictine Military School

Tubby’s Tank House in Thunderbolt will join the fight against Ovarian Cancer by hosting a special fundraiser for Mom’s Lemonade Fund during its weekly Sunset Celebration on Thursday, June 14th.

In addition to live music, specialty drinks, and surprises, the event will feature a dunking booth contest between notable past and present St. Vincent’s and Benedictine administrators, alumni and coaches. Proceeds from sales of Mom’s Special Lemonade drinks and the dunking booth will benefit the local charity.

Mom’s Lemonade Fund is a Savannah-based, not-for-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for ovarian cancer, assists with local patients’ emotional and medical needs by providing medical equipment, funds for research and programming services, education, as well as comfort care items to patients, their families and caregivers battling the disease.

The organization was created in 2009 by the families of Mary Anne Feist Mahfet and Ellen McAlpin Hogan, both victims of ovarian cancer, and both well known for their positive, uplifting outlook on life. Their mutual attribute of looking on the brighter side, or “taking lemons and making lemonade,” lent itself to the most appropriate name to honor their memory: Mom’s Lemonade Fund.

The event serves as a prelude to the organization’s principal fundraiser, Laughs for Lemonade, an evening of standup comedy to be held Saturday, June 23rd at Savannah’s Lucas Theatre.

Nationally recognized stand-up comic Greg Warren, recently seen on “Comedy Central Presents,” “The Late Late Show” and “Last Comic Standing,” will headline the organization’s third annual fundraising event which promises to be a great night of laughter and fun for a great local cause.

Tickets to Laughs for Lemonade range in price from $20 to $100. VIP tickets ($100) include meet and greet access to the post-performance party. Additional tickets are available at $50 for reserved front orchestra seating, $35 for rear orchestra seating and $20 for balcony seating.

Admission to Tubby’s Tank House’s Special Splashdown-Throwdown event is free. Tickets to the June 23rd comedy show are available at the Lucas Theatre / SCAD Box office or online at scadboxoffice.com.