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You’re invited: Nonstop Fitness Resolution Rally in Savannah

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Nonstop Fitness savannah gymYou are cordially invited to the Nonstop Fitness in Savannah Resolution Rally THIS Saturday, January 4 at 9:30am. No matter your resolution, come be inspired!

Weight loss, runners, couch potatoes, weight lifters, triathletes, bikers
ANYONE with a goal! Are YOU up for the challenge?

Gym Membership NOT required.

Nonstop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave., Savannah,  31406,, 912.349.4902, email On Facebook here.  

Ike the Sea Turtle now on display @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Ike Sea Turtle Tybee Island Science Marine CenterIke, a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling, is now on display in a 800 gallon sea turtle tank @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center.

Ike’s egg was laid in nest number 13, which began to hatch on August 23rd, but was overrun with fire ants and emergently relocated by the center’s Tybee Sea Turtle Project volunteers. On Aug. 28, a standard nest excavation was performed and 27 of Ike’s straggler siblings were helped to the ocean. Ike was selected to be this year’s Sea Turtle Ocean Ambassador and showed immediate signs of being a strong swimmer and big eater.

As Ocean Ambassador, Ike will educate students, scouts, and island visitors about sea turtle conservation and stewardship. Savannah’s local IKEA Distribution Center is sponsoring his care and keeping a close eye on his development. Ike went for his first wellness check up with Dr. Terry Norton at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Is in September and has been growing rapidly since. He’s grown from weighing under an ounce at birth to nearly six ounces at three months old. As a full grown adult loggerhead, Ike could weigh upwards of 400 pounds.

Ike will be on display in the Coastal Georgia Gallery at the Tybee Is. Marine Science Center until August 2014, at which point he’ll be released directly into the Gulf Stream in a joint effort with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.

For more information on IKEA’s sponsorship, contact Dean Peterson at (912)966-1490 ext 2124 or .

For more information on Ike and the science center, contact Cody Shelley at 912-786-5917 or .

Follow Ike updates at .

Tybee Island Marine Science Center, 1509 Strand Ave., Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 Phone 912-786-5917 or 1-866-557-9172

Kids’ art classes & adult & child art wknd workshops @ City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs studios

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs is now registering students for Session I Classes and Workshops.

Day and evening sessions are offered for children, teens, and adults in all skill levels. Sessions began January 20 and run through February 28 and are held at the Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Studios located at 9 W. Henry St.

Three week and six week classes are available as well as weekend workshops. Visual arts sessions include ceramics, metals, glass, jewelry, painting and drawing. New this session, are classes in Beginning Jewelry Design and Beading, Monochromatic Portrait Drawing, Watercolor and Basic Drawing, and Thrown and Altered Handles and Feet for your ceramic works.

Class fees include instruction, use of studio space, use of equipment and all materials and tools required. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Credit cards are accepted. Class schedule and registration forms are available online at  or by calling (912) 651-6783.

The city also offers one and two day workshops began January 7 and run through January 14. All workshops will be held at the Department of Cultural Affairs Arts Studio located at 9 W. Henry St. This variety of workshops, taught by skilled professionals, is offered for children, teens, and adults in all skill levels. Workshops include Mixed Media in a Series with Lind Hollingsworth, Fused Glass Design Sampler with Stephanie VanGeel, Clay Boat Building with Dave Peterson, Into to Lapidary Stone Cutting with Ed Wade, Clay Surface Design Sampler with Mary Cale Wilson, Dodecahedron Paper Cutting with Mary Bass and Children’s Portrait Workshops with Brian Woods.

Programs are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency the National Endowment for the Arts.

Workshops include:

Instructor: Clair Buckner
All Ages, Fri., Feb. 7, 1-4pm, $10 per firing

Dodecahedron Paper Cutting Workshop     
Instructor: Mary Bass
Ages 9+, Wed., January 15, 4-5:30pm
Enjoy cutting out snowflakes, then it is time to expand your scissor skills by creating a dodecahedron, a 12-sided geometric ball. Students will create individual sides and then glue them together to form a sphere.
$10 city resident/$15 non-city resident

Children’s Portrait Workshop
Instructor: Brian Woods
Ages 9+, Thurs., January 16, 4-5:30pm
In this specialized portrait workshop, children will take their interests and incorporate them into a biographic portrait. Canvas panels, colored paper, markers, paint and other mixed media items will be available for the creation of the final image.
$10 city resident/$15 non-city resident

 Youth Visual Arts Classes

Children’s Clay (3 weeks)
Instructor: Clair Buckner
$50 city residents/$55 non-city residents
Ages 10-16, Wed., Jan. 22 – Feb. 5, 4-5pm

Teen Jewelry (3 weeks)
Instructor: Christine Hefner
$50 city residents/$55 non-city residents
Ages 10-16, Thurs., Jan. 23 – Feb. 6, 4-5pm

Art classes & workshops for teens & adults also offered.

For more info, click here. Or call (912) 651-6783.


Is your child struggling with peer relationships, expressing emotions? Consider Social Skills Group Therapy in Pooler

Monday, December 30th, 2013

social skills group therapy autism savannah

Call today to set up your child’s assessment for MindSpring Center’s January Social Skills Groups. 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.

FREE kids’ nature activities during January & February 2014 @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Free Kids' activities for March 2013 at Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Come out to Skidaway Island State Park to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays during January & February 2014 including on Monday Feb. 17 Presidents’ Day . To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park during January 2014, click here.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park during January 2014, click here.


Night at the Museum @ Savannah History Museum

Monday, December 30th, 2013

night at the Museum Savannah 2014You’re invited to Night at the Museum in Savannah – an annual family favorite in January.

Saturday January 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST
Savannah History Museum
303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Savannah, GA 31401

To begin this magical evening, guests will watch the 2006 blockbuster film, Night at the Museum, on the big screen in our historic theater. After that, you’ll realize that the night has just begun as you watch Savannah History Museum come to life before your eyes! For added entertainment, children will get to participate in ‘Official Night Guard Training’ and fun crafts!

Savannah Night at the Museum will be on January 25, 2014 beginning at 6:00pm and last until about 10:00pm at Savannah History Museum.
Check-in will begin at 6:00pm, and the movie will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
Click the link here to register now!

Christmas Tree Grinding: Savannah’s Bring One for the Chipper event to recycle Christmas trees is Jan. 4, 2014

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Bring your Christmas tree to be grinded into mulch.
Saturday January 4 2014 8 am

Save your Christmas trees after the holidays at the Bring One for the Chipper recycling event.

Bring One for the Chipper will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the following locations. Christmas tree mulch will be used by the City for parks and neighborhood beautification projects throughout Savannah.
The free service is available at the following locations:
• Home Depot, 11180 Abercorn
• Home Depot, 190 Pooler Parkway
• Home Depot, 1901 Victory Drive
• Dean Forest Landfill, 1325 Dean Forest Rd.
• Bacon Park Transfer Station, Shorty Cooper Rd.

Bring One for the Chipper has been a holiday tradition in Georgia for 20 years and is the largest tree recycling program in the nation. The local event is sponsored by the City of Savannah, Keep Savannah Beautiful, Georgia Power and Home Depot.

For more information, please contact Nathaniel Glover with the City of Savannah at 912-651-1967.

Scribble Art Studio Kids’ Birthday Parties, Savannah & Pooler

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

children's birthday parties in SavannahTry something new in 2014 with Scribble Art Studio’s children’s art birthday parties.

Scribble offers superhero parties, classic art parties & princess parties.

Details here.

To book a party, call Scribble at (912) 713-7376 or email

Scribble Art Studio also offers children’s art classes in Savannah & Pooler.

Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St Savannah, 31401, (912) 713-7376 email , , Scribble Art Studio is a advertiser

Local First Day Hikes: Begin 2014 with a healthy hike @ Georgia State Parks

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

First Day hikes in Georgia State Parks Join the national “First Day Hikes” movement and start off 2014 with a healthy hike in Georgia’s State Parks.

More than 40 walks cover history, geology, fitness and even a Black Bear Plunge. Find a ranger-led trek near you at

Some nearby ones on the list include:

First Day Hike at Skidaway Island / 2 PM
Skidaway IslandSkidaway Isalnd State Park – Savannah, GA
Take a guided tour of the marsh through our Sandpiper Trail with a park ranger. Plan for about an hour on this one mile hike, where you will learn about life in a Georgia marsh. Please dress in comfortable clothing. $5 parking. 912-598-2300

First Day Hike at Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister Historic Park – Richmond Hill, GA
Come take a leisurely stroll through the woods with us on our 3 mile loop trail as we walk and talk about the winter wildlife in the maritime forests and marshlands of the Georgia Coast. From the chirping in the trees to the rustles in the woods, we’ll explore the wild side of Fort McAllister State Historic Park with a focus on the birds of winter. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Crooked River’s First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park – St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Nature Center for a walk on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail plus party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

First Day Hike at Gordonia-Alatamaha / 8 AM to 4 PM
Gordonia-AlatamahaGordonia-Alatamaha State Park – Reidsville, GA
Start your New Year off right by getting outdoors and taking a guided hike. Our Nature Trail is a 1 mile loop that is moderate in duration. $5 parking. 912-557-7744

And lots of other first-day hikes in Georgia here.


New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Tybee Is., Savannah

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Tybee New Year's Eve FireworksNew Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Ring in 2014 with a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight at the Tybee Pier & Pavilion on Tybee Island, Georgia. The New Year’s Eve fireworks can be enjoyed from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the eastern side of Tybee Island.

This popular annual event, which has become a Tybee tradition, is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 31 at midnight
WHERE: Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion Tybrisa St. and Strand Ave. Tybee Island, Georgia
MORE INFO: Visit  or call 912.786.5444

You’re invited: Stroller Strong Moms 2014 Get Fit Challenge, Savannah & Pooler

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Stroller workout groups in Savannah PoolerHey Savannah! Are you ready to COMMIT to Get Fit?!

Stroller Strong Moms is ringing in the New Year with our 2014 Get Fit Challenge and we are inviting YOU to join us for this transforming opportunity.

Start your year off right by giving yourself the gift of health and fitness, while being encouraged by the greatest group of moms and babies.

Stroller Strong Moms is expanding to three different locations in the new year, giving you FIVE days/week to “Sweat Like A Mother!”

Make the commitment TODAY! Check out  for more information about 2012 & 2013 Get Fit Challenge success stories, park location and general information.

Stroller Strong Moms Pooler Grand Opening Stroller Strong Moms will have a Grand Opening in Pooler at Tom Triplett Park on January 9th from 9:30-10:30AM. There will be tons of fun prizes and giveaways! The Pooler Grand Opening will be just in time for the Get Fit for 2014 Challenge!

Sign up for the Get Fit for 2014 challenge before the new year for a discounted registration of just $15!

For more information, email

Stroller Strong Moms, 12 East Park Ave. Savannah, 31401, email , Stroller  Strong Moms is a advertiser

Puppet People End of 2013 Workshops & Puppet Shows, Savannah

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Puppet People Holiday Puppet Shows, Workshops Savannah

Have you taken your kids to see an Angela Beasley’s Puppet People show yet? It’s a Savannah tradition. Here’s a chance to do so.

You’re invited to Puppet People’s End of Year Puppet Workshops & Shows at The Puppet Place in Thunderbolt

December 26, 27, 28, 30 & 31 @ 11:00 AM

Bring your children to the Puppet People’s World of Let’s Pretend! Your children will have a wonderful time learning how to make their own puppet which will be followed by a wonderful and entertaining Puppet Show.

Children $10 Adults $5

Book your seat since space is limited. Organizers are expecting a huge response from this amazing event. More details here.

Contact 912.355.3366, email or visit

Puppet People, 912.355.3366,, email, 3119 Furber Ave. , Thunderbolt, 31404 Puppet People is a advertiser.


Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight (Music, dance, history) @ Davenport House Museum, Savannah

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Candlight tours of Davenport House Museum Savannah Here’s a terrific family entertainment event with an historical flair: the Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight 2013 program in Savannah during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight @ Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, 31401
December 26 -30, 2013
TIME: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $9 adults in advance, $11 at the door; $6 children in advance, $8 at the door

Program Length: The experience will take approximately 60 minutes. No admissions after 8 p.m.

About the Program: Glistening by candlelight, the Federal-style home welcomes visitors to an experience emphasizing the end-of-year celebrations of early 19th century Savannahians, including the Davenport household, who lived in the fine brick home on Columbia Square. Light refreshments, music and skilled interpreters, who show visitors through the home, are among the highlights of the presentation.

The experience requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Contact information or to make a reservation: 912-236-8097, ,

Reservations: Encouraged

New or amplified this year:
– Recreating a girl’s accidental discovery of Clement Moore’s brand new poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas.”
– Dancing demonstration at the end of the evening – four dances – March, Pavane, Quadrille and “The Delightful Dance”

Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, 31401, 912-236-8097, ,


Holidays 2013: What to do with kids during the holidays in Savannah

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Holidays 2013 kids activities in Savannah

Holidays 2013 in Savannah & the Lowcountry with kids: Skatefest 2013; December Nights, Holiday Lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens; How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas; our picks for the best home holiday displays & much more in the Ultimate Holiday Guide.

Kid-friendly holiday events will be added throughout December 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.

Savannah Children’s Museum expanded holiday hours

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Splash Festival at Savannah Children's Museum

Savannah Children’s Museum will be open EVERY DAY over winter break (Dec. 21st-Jan 6th) except Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year’s Day!

Come and enjoy some time with Savannah Children’s Museum.

Holiday hours are: Monday-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 11-4  (resume closed on Mondays on Jan 13th). SCM will have a few special opening Mondays coming up due to school holidays including 12/23/13, 12/30/13, 1/6/14, and 1/20/14.


Savannah Children’s Museum is at 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, 31401,

FREE Family Day 2/1/14 at Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center, Savannah

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Free kids activities in SavannahFeb 2014 Free Family Day is Feb. 1  at Telfair Museums. Telfair Museums will host a Free Family Day at the Jepson Center as part of its monthly Free Family Days series.

February Free Family Day: PULSE
Activate all their senses by creating art using light and sound, exploring interactive sculpture and experiencing a 3:00 pm multimedia performance by INVISIBLE, a ‘mechanical music museum.’
Special free ‘Make Your Own GIF animation’ workshop for middle and high schoolers begins at 10 am. Registration required, go to  or call 912.790.8821.
Date – Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Free Family Day – 1-4 p.m.
Location – Jepson Center, 207 W. York Street, on Telfair Square, Savannah 31401

Website: Phone: 912.790.8800
Family Days are offered one Saturday each month from 1 to 4 p.m., offering free hands-on activities designed to be fun and educational. Kids can create their own masterpieces, play art detective and enjoy activities for all ages.


March Free Family Day: Seasons in Art
Explore the seasons in art in the New York Accents exhibition and Telfair Museums’ permanent collection,from George Bellows’ Snow Capped River to Tim Rollins’ Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hands-on activities for families explore warm and cool colors and impressionist painting techniques.
Date – Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Free Family Day – 1-4 p.m.
Location – Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St. on Telfair Square, Savannah, 31401

April Free Family Day: Garbage to Gardens
Get a head start on Earth Day! Make “flowers and plants” by recycling plastic bottles, bags and paper. Be inspired by artist Karrie Hovey, who made an art garden at the Jepson Center entirely of recycled materials.
Date – Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Free Family Day – 1-4 p.m.
Location – Jepson Center
207 W. York Street, on Telfair Square Savannah, 31401


Jepson Center hours: Sunday & Monday 12–5 pm; Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am–5 pm; Thursday 10 am–8 pm; Friday & Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Telfair Academy hours: Sunday 1–5 pm; Monday 12–5 pm; Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Owens-Thomas House hours: Sunday 1–5 pm; Monday 12–5 pm; Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm (guided tours only – last tour leaves at 4:30 pm)

For more information: 912.790.8802 or visit .

Jepson Center – 207 W. York Street
Telfair Academy – 121 Barnard Street
Owens-Thomas House – 124 Abercorn Street

Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W York Street, Savannah, 31401, Telfair Museums is a advertiser.