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FREE kids’ nature activities during December 2013 & on New Year’s Day 2014 @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Tuesday, December 17th, 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 December & on New Year’s Day 2014 .  To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park during November 2013, click here.

This months highlights include:

* Toddler Time  on Thursdays : Stories, games, and learning designed for 2-4 year olds. See upcoming times & themes here..

* Friday, December 20th: 6 to 8 PM: Luminary Night with Santa
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts., $5 per picture, hayrides $2.

* Wednesday, January 1:
2:00PM Skidaway Island First Day Hike: 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.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park during December 2013 & on New Year’s Day 2013, click here.

FOR MORE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, VISIT OUR ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR BY CLICKING HERE

Final Wknd of December Nights & Holiday Lights in Savannah will include holiday concerts

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Holiday Light displays in Savannah This upcoming weekend is the final weekend of DECEMBER NIGHTS AND HOLIDAY LIGHTS, running Thursday December 19th through Tuesday December 24th from 6-9pm  @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah (formerly called Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah.

This walking tour of our historic gardens takes you through a magical winter wonderland of over 250,000 lights and lighted displays. Tram rides available for the disabled, Saturday night pictures with Santa and concessions at Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen add to the festivities.

Friday night (12/20/13) the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra will be performing a concert featuring classical holiday tunes, and Sunday 12/22/13, enjoy the Wesley Monumental United Methodist church choir.

$5 per person, cash only please no smoking or pets allowed.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31419, www.coastalgeorgiabg.org

FOR MORE LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Holiday Art Workshops for Kids @ Scribble Art Studio, Savannah

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Scribble Holiday Art Workshops for Kids in Savannah

Drop the kids with Scribble Art Studio for some creative holiday workshops while you get some shopping & errands done. Kids will spend 3 HOURS creating several seasonal projects & playing festive games.
Schedule:
Dec. 22 1- 4 PM
Dec. 23 1-4 PM
Dec. 26 1-4 PM
Dec. 30 10 AM-1 PM
Jan. 2 10 AM-1 PM

Sign Up
$40 per child
2-4 Kids for $30 each
5-10 kids for $20 each

To sign up, call Scribble at (912) 713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com

Scribble Art Studio gift certificates for art lessons and art kits make ideal, creative holiday gifts for kids. Gift certificates are available for group or private lessons, plus parties. Art kits contain a variety of Scribble artists’ favorite art supplies and are a great gift for all ages.

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

Scribble also now offers at-home Princess Parties! Princes Maggie Lee Hart will bring everything needed for a fun & magical birthday party. Create wearable crafts & learn a royal song & dance. Details here.

For handmade ornaments to make with your kids this holiday season, check out Scribble’s blog here

Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St Savannah, 31401, (912) 713-7376 email info@thescribbleartstudio.com , www.TheScribbleArtStudio.com , Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Best holiday light displays/home decorations in Savannah

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Best local holiday light displays. Planning on driving around and checking out the best local holiday house decorations? From giant Santa snow globes to computerized Christmas lights animated with music, we have your guide to local home holiday light displays.

Displays not to be missed include:

182 Mills Run Drive near Chatham Parkway (the owner took 2012 off but is back this year) 140K lights and 20K RGB lights, water fountains and snow machines. Hours 6-10 Sunday-Thursday  and 6-11 Friday & Saturday.

A beloved old-fashioned holiday yard display that on certain nights features hot chocolate for visitors and even Santa visits at 512 Gordonston Ave., Savannah.

Computerized animated “dancing” house light displays include:

We were sad to hear that the popular computerized animated “dancing” lights house at The Whitemarsh Island home of the Kesslers in the Battery point subdivision at 105 Mapmaker Lane is not up this year. However, here are few other computerized “dancing” lights display animated with music. Lights choreographed to blink, twink and fade in red, blue, green and white, in sync with a custom-mixed soundtrack of holiday tunes.

*182 Mills Run Drive near Chatham Parkway (the owner took 2012 off but is back this year with 140K lights and 20K RGB lights, water fountains and snow machines. Hours 6-10 Sunday-Thursday  and 6-11 Friday & Saturday. )
* 116 N. Sheftall Circle on Wilmington Island. (Tune your radio to 97.9 when you drive by)
*102 Junco Way in Georgetown (yard full of decorations all blinking to Christmas music!)
*125 Sea Palm Road in Palmetto Cove subdivision off Walthour Road on Wilmington Island
*109 Wynngate Rd in Wilmington Park on Wilmington Island. (Tune your radio to 94.9 FM when you drive by) (nearby is a nice display at 3 Lancaster and 106 Okatee and 110 Santee)
*497 Waverly Lane in Sterling Links subdivision behind Publix in Richmond Hill

Traditional home decorations

• Cardiff Road in Coffee Bluff Plantation, lights, blow ups and traditional decorations

• 202 Blue Marlin Drive in Seagate, Whitemarsh Island

• 104 Wassaw, some cute homemade decorations on Wilmington Is.

• 701 Stuart street right off Waters Ave. south of DeRenne has a bunch of blow up characters

* Grand Lake Circle in Southbridge subdivision. The street is near the back part of Southbridge near the spa.

• 504 E. 52 St, Ardsley Park
If you know of other homes that we should include, please email anne@southernmamas.com.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS, SAVANNAH

December Nights & Holiday Lights @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah. Details here.

Savannah Harbor of Lights Festival @ Road Course on Hutchinson Is. Details here.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS WORTH THE DRIVE!

Harbour Town Lights, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is. FREE. Friday, November 29- Wednesday, January 1. Details here

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

Holiday Festival of Lights 2013, Charleston S.C. Details here

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights @ Atlanta Botanical Garden. Until Jan. 4 2014 . Details here.

Register online for Tybee Island Polar Plunge 2014 & “Gang of Goofs” Contest & Parade

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Tybee Polar Plunge 2014The Tybee Polar Plunge returns to Tybee Island on Wednesday, January 1, 2014! Join thousands of people and take the plunge into the brisk Atlantic Ocean at 12 noon on New Year’s Day. It’s a great way for the ENTIRE FAMILY to start off the New Year!

WHERE: Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion – Tybee Island, GA 31328

WHEN: January 1, 2014

COST: Adults $25, Kids under 12 $15.

“Gang of Goofs” Contest and Parade

The 2014 Tybee Polar Plunge also welcomes the return of the “Gang of Goofs” contest and Parade! Wanted: groups of at least three (3) or more to dress up in their craziest, wackiest and funniest costumes! The Goofs will parade in front of an esteemed panel of judges to compete for some great prizes! Details here.

Registration

IN-PERSON REGISTRATION

You can register for the Polar Plunge or the Gang of Goofs contest in person at the Tybrisa Roundabout on Saturday, December 28, Sunday, December 29, Monday, December 30st, and Tuesday, December 31 from 1 pm – 4 pm or on Tuesday, January 1 from 9am – 11:30am at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion (deadline to register for the Gang of Goofs contest on January 1st is 10:30am).

AVOID LONG LINES AND REGISTER IN ADVANCE!

You can either download the form(s) by clicking here and send them with a check payable to Tybee Post Theater, no later than December 22, 2013, to: Tybee Post Theater, P.O. Box 2356, Tybee Island, GA 31328; or pay online by December 28th and email your form(s) to info@tybeeposttheater.org  or bring them with you on January 1st.

Ugly Sweater Party & Holiday Parties @ The Melting Pot of Savannah

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Melting Pot Savannah Check out these fun holiday events at  The Melting Pot of Savannah :

Ugly Sweater Party
Sunday, December 22
You can’t bring yourself to wear it in public, but you don’t have the heart to throw it out. Here’s your chance to dig that ugly old holiday sweater out of the closet and join The Melting Pot for a festive evening of fun and four-course fondue. Embroidered snowmen, jingle bells, flashing lights – the gaudier, the better! Prizes will be awarded to the ugliest, funniest, loudest sweater wearers

Plan Your Holiday Party at the Melting Pot
Ongoing
Allow The Melting Pot to assist you with all of your holiday planning. From private parties with family & friends to corporate luncheons & events, they have all the ingredients to make your party both spectacular & memorable. Three course fondue parties starting at $26.00 per person. Please call for more details or view their large party menu under the “Large Parties” Section here.

Stay connected with The Melting Pot of Savannah on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

The Melting Pot, 232 E. Broughton St. Savannah, Ga 31401 tel: 912-349-5676 for reservations, www.meltingpot.com/savannah The Melting Pot of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Nonstop Fitness countdown Christmas daily specials, Savannah

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

24 hour Fitness Savannah GymsNonstop Fitness in Savannah has Countdown to Christmas daily specials – everything from gifts to stocking stuffers. Promos are posted daily on their Facebook page here.

Every day from now until Christmas, Nonstop Fitness in Savannah  will discount something. It started at 15 days out, which means $15 $aving. The next day was $14 savings, and so on. Are you ready to see what’s on sale today? Click here.

Nonstop Fitness, 8511 Ferguson Ave., Savannah,  31406,  www.nonstopfitnesssav.com, 912.349.4902, email thenonstopfitness@gmail.com On Facebook here.  

For more local holiday gift ideas, visit our Holidays Gift Guide 2013 by clicking here.

Holidays 2013: Kids’ holiday events in Savannah & the Lowcountry

Wednesday, December 11th, 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 SouthernMamas.com 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.

Gift Idea for Children: Scribble Art Studio gift certificates for art lessons & art kits, Savannah & Pooler

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

creative kids gifts in Savannah

Scribble Art Studio gift certificates for art lessons and art kits make ideal, creative holiday gifts for kids. Gift certificates are available for group or private lessons, plus parties. Art kits contain a variety of Scribble artists’ favorite art supplies and are a great gift for all ages.

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

Scribble also now offers at-home Princess Parties! Princes Maggie Lee Hart will bring everything needed for a fun & magical birthday party. Create wearable crafts & learn a royal song & dance. Details here.

For handmade ornaments to make with your kids this holiday season, check out Scribble’s blog here

Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St Savannah, 31401, (912) 713-7376 email info@thescribbleartstudio.com , www.TheScribbleArtStudio.com , Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Melisssa & Doug Easel Package Deal @ Barnett Educational Supplies, Savannah

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Melissa & Doug deals in Savannah Check out the Melissa & Doug Easel Package Deal @ Barnett Educational Supplies in Savannah .
Only $127.78
• Melissa and Doug Easel
• 8 Dry Erase Markers
• Melissa and Doug Brushes
• Easel Paper
• Assorted Chalk
• 48 count Crayola Crayons
• 4 Washable Paints
• 2 Sponge Brushes
• Eraser
• Spill Proof Paint Cups

Barnett also has globes, telescopes, wooden puzzles and Christmas decorations.

Please like Barnett on Facebook here to stay updated on their sales & products.

Store hours: Mon – Fri: 9 AM-7 PM; Sat: 10 AM-5 PM; Sun: 1- 5 PM.

Barnett Educational Supplies, 38 W De Renne Ave., Savannah, 31405-6742, tel: 912-356-1878, email barneduc@bellsouth.net www.barnetteducationalsupplies.com  , Barnett Educational Supplies is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Photography by Julie Anne offers discounts on newborn, children & family sessions, Richmond Hill

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Savannah photo session deals for pregnant moms in Savannah For the month of December and January, all expecting SouthernMamas can claim $50 off a newborn session at Photography by Julie Anne.
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This offer is valid for any mama expecting, you just have to purchase your session now through January.
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Photography by Julie Anne is offering $25 off for all children and family sessions now until January.
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Come by and visit their brand new studio in Richmond Hill right on Ford Avenue.  Gift certificates are also available and they do offer a military discount!
To view more of Julie Anne’s work, visit www.photographybyjulieanne.com or like them on Facebook.  You can get direct information at Julie@photographbyjulieanne.com or call 912-655-9497.
Photography by Julie Anne, 7505 Waters Avenue, Savannah inside the office of Cherished 4D ultrasound; email julie@photographybyjulieanne.com,  (912) 655-9497, www.photographybyjulieanne.com ; On Facebook here.  Photography by Julie Anne is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

SkateFest 2013 Savannah: Dec. 14-Jan. 4, Savannah Civic Center

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Skatefest 2013 Savannah SkateFest 2013 at The Civic Center starts Dec. 14 2013 @ Civic Center in the Martin Luther King Jr Arena located at 301 W Oglethorpe Ave.

SkateFest, the yearly public ice skating event at the Savannah Civic Center, kicks off on Saturday, December 14th, and runs daily (except Friday Dec 20th and Dec 25th Christmas Day) through Saturday, January 4th.

Skate Secessions are 1.5 hrs Admission is $7.00 per person for skaters and spectators which includes skate rental or $35 for 6 sessions. The popular family friendly, alcohol free activity takes place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena. It is co-sponsored by Coca Cola and WSAV TV.

For more information:

SkateFest general information: 912-651-6615 (recorded info line)

Group sales line: 912-651-3062 (group discount sales, schools-only sessions, other questions)

www.savannahcivic.com (includes daily schedule of skate sessions)

FOR MORE LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Local “First Day Hikes:” Start off 2014 with a healthy hike in Georgia’s State Parks

Monday, December 9th, 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 http://www.georgiastateparks.org/firstdayhikes

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.

FOR MORE LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

You’re invited: Savannah Classical Academy Open House for the 2014-15 school year, 12/10

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Savannah Classical Academy Open House December 2013

Savannah moms will mark anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy with ‘No More Silence’ event

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence in SavannahAlmost a year has passed since 20 first graders and six teachers and administrators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

On the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook anniversary,  members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and their families will gather for about 50 “No More Silence” events nationwide including in Savannah. Click here for details about the Savannah event. Moms Demand Action was founded one day after the mass shooting in Newtown and now has more than 125,000 members with a chapter in every state.

Events will be co-sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and will culminate in a communal bell ringing to honor the victims killed in Newtown and to show that American mothers will not be silent about gun violence.

The Savannah event will be at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14 in Daffin Park.

People are invited to gather for a short program, both to remember the victims and show strength to continue speaking out until meaningful action is taken to make America safer. This is meant to be a solemn event not a political rally.

For more information on No More Silence events marking the anniversary of the Newtown shooting, go to http://momsdemandaction.org/no-more-silence/ or   www.facebook.com/events/510837589037022/

IF YOU GO

What: No More Silence: A Call for Remembrance and Resolve

When: 9:30 a.m., Dec. 14

Where: Daffin Park

Info: http://momsdemandaction.org/no-more-silence/ or on Facebook here.

Note: This is a simple and solemn event; not a political rally. If you have a bell at home, please bring it.

Read our newspaper column about this event & Savannah’s gun violence program by clicking here.

You’re invited: Uncle Maddio’s pizza joint live music event to help fight cancer, Savannah

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Uncle Maddio's in Savannah children's birthday parties

Come help Uncle Maddio’s in Savannah fight cancer.

Attend this live music event this Fri. Dec. 13: Hugh Russell with special guest Chyann Rose Guardians of the Ribbon – Savannah GA Chapter Pink Heals. Performing your favorites of 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Showtime is 6-10 PM

Uncle Maddio’s Gift Cards

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.

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 abercorn@unclemaddios.com,

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