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FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Guide for Savannah Parents: What to Buy & What Not to Buy for Child Safety

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

St. Andrew's School private schools on the coast, SavannahYou’re invited to a FREE Holiday Technology Shopping Presentation for Parents at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island.

7 PM Thurs. Dec. 12 Bell Hall Media Center at St. Andrew’s School
Parent Presentation on Best Technologies for Families
Free of Charge & Open to the Public

National technology expert, Katie Koestner, is “coming to town” and you can be sure that good boys and girls will delight and benefit from what she has to teach us. Bring your gift ideas and technology questions, and get ready add to your list.

Update your knowledge on what’s developmentally appropriate for children of all ages when it comes to iPads, iPhones and Internet access.

Meet the Presenter: Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine and is the subject of an HBO Movie. She has lectured at over 2500 institutions throughout North America, including Harvard, Princeton, Wharton, Stanford, the Pentagon, Phillips Academy, Vanguard, the Girl Scouts of America, and the US Departments of Justice, Defense and Education. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, as well as dozens of other national news programs. She is the author of over 100 books, articles, blogs, and chapters on internet safety and healthy relationship issues. Katie is the architect of federal student safety legislation. On the topic of Cyber-Safety and Cyber-Smarts, Ms. Koestner’s witty, fast-paced programs are packed with all the essentials. Katie’s humor and stories keep her audiences engaged. Her clear instruction distills complicated information into manageable morsels.

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, St. Andrew’s School is a advertiser.

Boat Parade, Christmas Tree Lighting, Holiday Parade, Lighted-Bike Ride on Tybee Island

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Tybee Christmas tree lighting 2013Sun Dec. 1 2013
Crab Shack’s 4th Annual Boat Parade
7 PM
Departing from The Crab Shack
Crab Shack’s 4th Annual Boat Parade is being held on Sunday, December 1st. All the boats will be decked out in Festive Christmas Lights and will get you in the Holiday Spirit as they slowly cruise by. Boats depart Crab Shack docks around 7pm and awards will be presented out upon their return!
Call 912-786-7009 or email for more information or to register

Fri Dec. 6 2013
LIGHTS ON FOR TYBEE Christmas Tree Lighting
6:30-9 PM
Tybrisa / Strand
The Island is in full holiday swing beginning Thanksgiving Day and this special night is when Residents and Guests gather for the annual lighting of the Tybee Christmas Tree, enjoy the choirs and dance student performances. Complementary refreshments and extended store hours throughout downtown.

Sat. Dec. 7 2013
Christmas Parade
1 PM
Tybee Island Christmas Parade Everyone loves a parade especially during the holidays! The parade begins at 1:00pm from the 14th Street parking lot (behind Ocean Plaza) and travels up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue then to the Tybee Gym where children will have photo time with Santa! The Tybee YMCA will have surprises for all to enjoy at the gym.

Toure de Lights Bike Parade Tybee Island 2013Sat. December 21, 2013
Toure’ de Lights Bike Ride
5 PM Bike line-up and awards ceremony
6:30 PM Toure de Lights Parade
7th Annual Tybee Island Toure’ de Lights Bike Ride
Light up your bikes, tinsel up the handrails and cruise the island for a night of holiday fun! The Toure’ de Lights ride will begin and end at A-J’s Dockside. There will be a bike decorating contest with awards for the best bike decor! Registration fee is $15 and children ride free. All event proceeds benefit the Rising TYde Community Food Pantry.
WHERE: A-J’s Dockside Restaurant 1315 Chatham Avenue Tybee Island, Georgia
COST: $15 entry fee. Cash or checks will be accepted. Please make checks payable to Rising TYde Community Food Pantry.
CONTACT: 912-786-4801


Gift cards, banquet room, catering, live music @ Uncle Maddio’s pizza joint

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Uncle Maddio's kid-friendly pizza joint in Savannah

Perfect gift suggestion for teachers, friends, coaches, neighbors:  Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah Gift Cards, which are now available at Uncle Maddio’s at Abercorn & Mall Blvd.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah also has a private banquet room and catering for all your holiday needs.

Live music @ Uncle Maddio’s, Savannah

Fri. evening Nov. 22: Nashville recording artist Coty James.

Black Friday Nov. 29: Nashville recording artist Amy Taylor also Pink Heals to fight Cancer. The big pink fire truck will be @ Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah. Kids are allowed to climb in it. Also: Red Hare Brewing Company Marietta , Ga Tap Takeover

Kids’ Make-Your-Own Pizza Birthday Parties

Have your child’s next birthday party in the private banquet room at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah.

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with friends … and pizza, drinks, desserts and party favors? Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah has a private room perfect for make-your-own pizza parties. Kids can flip the dough in the air, spread on the sauce and put on their favorite toppings.

Contact Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah for details and pricing. Call (912) 777-4479 or email,

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, 7805 Abercorn Street #2, Savannah, 31406, (912) 777-4479 email, On Facebook here. Uncle Maddio’s is a advertiser.

Holidays 2013: Fort Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours, Savannah

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Ft. Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours Savannah Holidays 2013Ft. Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours
Dec. 13-14, 2013

Fort Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861 each year during the holiday season. The long-lived Savannah tradition provides night-time tours of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps.

The original party, held at Christmas time in 1861, gave the Confederate garrison at Fort Pulaski a respite from the tension of impending battle. The fort casemates, armed with cannons, were decorated with holiday garlands. As one soldier commented, tables groaned under the weight of fine delicacies sent down from the city. With song and good cheer, the men celebrated a light-hearted moment as the dark clouds of war gathered over Savannah.

Guests will have the unique experience of a guided tour for the fort by moonlight. Hot cider and cookies, music, caroling and night-time weapons firings will allow guests to re-live the festive occasion.

Advance reservations are required for this year’s event. The fort begins taking reservations in November. Reservations can be made in person or by phone at 912-786-5787, extension 109. The cost of the program is $5 per adult. Children 15 and under are free, but reservations must also be made for children. For more information, please visit  or call (912) 786-5787.


Giveaway: FREE Moms with Cameras class to start taking better pictures, Savannah

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Moms with Cameras Photography Class in Savannah


We know a lot of our readers are amateur photographers with a lot of artistic talent, but searching for know-how when it comes to the nuts and bolts of photography! Which is why we’re thrilled to tell you about this giveaway:  One free seat at the January 11 2014 Moms with Cameras workshop in Savannah 

This class is perfect for you moms and dads who desire better family snapshots!

To enter to win, click here. Deadline to enter is Dec. 7 2013.

Not interested in the giveaway, but want to sign up for the class? Register for the class by clicking here.

Moms with Cameras Savannah Photography Class

Moms with Cameras class – January 11, 2014

Is your fancy digital camera still in full auto – just like it was when you first took it out of the box? Why not sign up for our beginner’s photography class and learn how to get more from your camera and take better pictures! This class is PERFECT for mom and dads who desire better family snapshots! The class will cover:

-10 Tips for Taking Better Photos and how to get your kids to cooperate
-How to get off auto mode
-Training Wheels
-How your lighting matters
-Using your Camera’s Basic Settings
-Lens Overview
-Practice shooting indoors and out

-cheat sheet for your camera bag
-swag bag
-Printed notes covering the lessons taught so that you can continue to practice and refine your skills at home
-A private Facebook group to stay connected and help each other learn even after class is over

-DSLR camera OR point and shoot camera
-camera manual
-pen and paper (in case I say something mind blowing and you want to remember it)
-any extra lens you may have

The three and a half hour group class is $135 per person (with an option to pay only half down). Class size is limited to 7 students so everyone will have an opportunity to ask specific questions. Reserve your spot today!

Interested in a private individual class? The private one-on-one photography class is a great way for a you to get help with your specific camera. We’ll cover the basics of what goes into an exposure, go over the features of your camera, and suggest when to use certain features of your camera to allow you to take better pictures. We’ll also cover the differences between different lenses and which lens is best during different circumstances. A three hour class at your home is $250.

If you would like more information or have any questions please call 912.826.4447 or email

Register for the Jan. 11 class by clicking here.

Also please check out their professional work here.

Jillane Tucker, Shuman Fine Art, email, 912.826.4447 Shuman Fine Art Photography is a advertiser

Holidays 2013: Kid-friendly holiday activities in Savannah & the Lowcountry

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Holidays 2013 kids activities in Savannah

Holidays 2013 in Savannah & the Lowcountry with kids: The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights; Savannah’s Lighted Parade; December Nights, Holiday Lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens; The Nutcracker in Savannah & much more in the Ultimate Holiday Guide.

Kid-friendly holiday events will be added throughout November so be sure to check out the guide today here & keep coming back through 2013.

Details on kid-friendly events in Savannah & the Lowcountry here.

Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Fall Concert, Free for Kids, 11/26, Savannah

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013


Bring your budding Mozart to Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra’s Fall Concert conducted by Neil Casey.

Fall Concert with The Atlantic Chamber Orchestra
Lyric Youth Orchestra AND Debut Strings & Lyric Strings Ensembles
@ AASU Fine Arts Auditorium
11935 Abercorn Street at Science Drive
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
6:30 PM

Adults $10.00
All students FREE

Tickets: available at the door

More info on Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra here.

Music Instrument Lessons

Hoping your child falls in love with a musical instrument this year?

For information on musical lessons, check with Beth Bevars, ensemble manager for Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra. She can email you a list of local musical instrument teachers, their specialties, locations, contact info, lesson tips etc. Email Beth at .

Beth offers lots of great tips about getting your child started with a musical instrument in my Q&A column with her here.

One tip Beth suggests is exposing your child to live music, which is all the more reason to check out the fall concert, 11/26 mentioned above.


2013 Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival (Winter Hayride, Carnival Games, Moon Bounces, Petting Zoo, Face Painting and Arts and Crafts)

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Hilton Head Holiday activities: Winter Wonder Festival 2013You’re invited to the 2013 Hilton Head Island Winter Wonder Festival, Saturday, December 7 from 4-8pm at Shelter Cove Community Park.

Start off your holiday season with a fun filled afternoon of southern winter activities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

Admission $10 for ages 2-15, parents come in free.

Children’s activities include: Winter Hayride, Carnival Games, Moon Bounces, Petting Zoo, Face Painting and Arts and Crafts. If you have an elf costume, wear it! If not, all the children will have a chance to make an elf costume and dress like an elf for the parade that begins at 4:45 p.m., with the Annual Golden Candy Cane hunt to follow at 5:30 p.m.

Concessions sold separately. All the proceeds of this event benefit the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association Children’s Scholarship Fund. Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of Winter Wonder Fun!

For more information please call us at (843) 681-7273 or visit our website at You can also “like” Hilton Head Recreation Center on Facebook for daily and weekly updates at


Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, 11/23

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Oatland Island Harvest Festival 2013

Winter Muster Reenactment @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Winter Muster Reenactment @ Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill
Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 9 AM to 4 PM
On December 13, 1864, General Sherman ended his March to the Sea by ordering his troops to take Fort McAllister. Come and watch as rangers reenact this historically significant moment in our country’s history.

Program & demonstration from 9am – 4pm. Battle at 5 PM.

Adults $6.50, Seniors $6.00, Youth (6-17) $3.75, 5 & younger are free. 912.727.2339. More info here.

Fort McAllister Historic Park, 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill , GA 31324


Social Skills Group Therapy in Pooler for children struggling with peer relationships, expressing emotions, self-control

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Social Skills Group Pooler autism

Is your child struggling with peer relationships, making and keeping friends, expressing emotions or self control? Social Skills Group Therapy is available at Mindspring Center in Pooler.

Call today to set up your assessment. Assessments for the January Social Skills Groups ends December 19th. The January Social Skills Groups will begin the second week of January. For more information on what Social Skills Group Therapy is click here.

Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center, a wellness center at heart located in Pooler & serving greater Savannah, 1147 US Highway 80 West, Pooler, Ga 31322, (912) 376-1506, email: , Ranicki Chiropractic Wellness Center is a advertiser.

Holidays 2013 in Savannah: Luminary Night & Photos with Santa, Skidaway Is. State Park

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Santa PHotos at Skidaway Island State Park Savannah Bring your children and pets to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah  for pictures with Santa on Friday, December 20 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Enjoy a walk along the park’s enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park.

Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts.

Cost: $5 per picture, and hayrides are $2. $5 parking.

Skidaway Island State Park is at 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, 31411,


Saved by the Deal: Discount on Endurance Race Services season pass, Savannah

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Endurance Race Services discount Savannah Would you like to run all Endurance Race Services (ERS) Savannah Races for below early bird pricing?

With the ERS Savannah Season race pass you can sign up anytime before race day using your personal registration code. If you can’t run a race, share your pass with a friend. We have 12 races planned for 2014, at early bird pricing, worth $345, At regular pricing over $400 and over $500 if you have a habit of registering late.

Saved by the currently has a deal on ERS race passes. Details here.

2013 Races Included:
Jingle Jog and The New Years Celebration 5k/10k
2014 Races already Scheduled:
Hot Cocoa Half/10k, The Big Nasty Mud Run, Summer Soaker, The Great Escape, Milestone Half/10k, Jingle Jog, New Years Celebration Run

and more coming…

Deal details here.

Saved by the Deal is a advertiser

Attention mompreneurs: Owl About Kids boutique wants to showcase your handmade, child-related items or brand

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Children's boutique savannah Calling all ‘Mommy-preneurs’!!! Owl About Kids –  a new, funky boutique for trendy tots in downtown Savannah – would like to introduce to you it’s M.O.M program: Modern Offerings by Mothers

If you sew, design, build, write, or create anything that is child related (up to ages 6) and would like to showcase your items in a retail store, this is your chance!

Owl About Kids will give your items or brand a shelf in their Drayton Street location for 21 days! This is the perfect opportunity to introduce Savannah and it’s visitors what you have to offer!

Please email  for full details!

About Owl About Kids

Owl About Kids – “Funky Finds for Trendy Tots” – is at 41 Drayton St, Savannah 31401.

Owl About Kids is a Savannah-based store that offers funky finds for trendy tots! They have a great selection children’s gifts.

At Owl About Kids, you will find quirky games and hair bows, along with practical and useful gear! All of their items are unique and affordable. You are bound to find the perfect treasure for the little tot in your life!

Stay connected & updated about Owl About Kids’ events & specials by “liking” their Facebook page by clicking here.

Owl About Kids, 41 Drayton St, Savannah 31401, (912) 233-8008, email, Owl About Kids is a advertiser

Maggie’s Morning School McTeacher’s Night, 11/19, Savannah

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Free State-Funded Pre-K in Savannah: Maggie's Morning SchoolYou’re invited to Maggie’s Morning School McTeacher’s Night” @ McDonald’s on Eisenhower and Waters in Savannah.
Tuesday, November 19
5-8 p.m.
The  3rd annual McDonald’s McTeachers Night will include facepainting, a play space, and raffle prizes! 20% of all sales between 5 and 8pm are donated to Maggie’s Morning School. Kids can see their teachers work the counter & visit with other families.

Maggie’s Morning School is a NAEYC accredited private, non-profit pre-school at 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405.

Mission Maggie’s Morning School provides a developmentally appropriate, quality learning experience for a diverse student body in a safe, creative, and nurturing environment. The focus is on the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of each and every child through hands on activities and support by working together with families, well-trained teachers, and community resources.

Description Maggie’s Morning School has been serving Savannah since 1982. The school has 2, 3, and 5 half day and full day programs for children 18 months (by Sept. 1) through age four, and the Bright From the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Pre-Kindergarten program. Maggie’s provides an exceptional and unique learning environment in order to facilitate social, emotional, physical and intellectual development in each child.

For the school year, Maggie’s serves children ages 18 months (by Sept 1) through 3 classes of State-Funded (FREE) Pre-K. Maggie’s Morning School in Savannah offers part-time preschool for 4-year-olds.

Call (912) 352-8404 or (912) 352-8065 for more info or click here. Tell them sent you!

Stay connected by “liking” Maggie’s Morning School on Facebook here.

Maggie’s Morning School, 6610 Abercorn St., Savannah, 31405,,  On Facebook here. (912) 352-8404, (912) 352-8065 Maggie’s Morning School is a advertiser

You’re invited: FREE St. Andrew’s School Performing Arts Concert, 12/10

Monday, November 18th, 2013

St. Andrew's School private schools on the coast, SavannahExpose your children to more live music concerts.

Attend St. Andrew’s School Performing Arts Concert, 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 10 @ Trustees Theatre on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah.

Free and Open to the Public

Featuring St.  Andrew’s string, choral and orchestra students

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Road, Savannah, 31410, St. Andrew’s School is a advertiser.