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Free Entrance Days in 2017 in the National Parks

Saturday, December 31st, 2016
National Park Service Centennial 2016
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:
  • Jan. 16. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 20: Presidents Day.
  • April 15-16, 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11-12:  Veterans Day
National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are 409 available to everyone, every day.
The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time.
Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.
Make the most of your family’s National Park visit by taking part in the Junior Ranger program. Details here. 

Things to do with kids: Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt 2017 @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Skidaway Island State Park Valentine's Weekend Scavenger Hunt Savannah 2017 Do something special and fun this Valentines Day Weekend 2017 @ Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah.

Win the HEART OF THE PARK TROPHY by competing in Skidaway Island State Park’s Second Annual Valentines Day Weekend Scavenger Hunt right here in the park.

Cost: $5 for parking and $15 per couple/family team.

Sun. Feb. 12, 1:30-3PM
Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, Georgia 31411

MAY THE BEST COUPLE/TEAM WIN!

Learn more here.

FREE preschool Young Explorers nature program for ages 3-4 @ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Free children's activities Savannah toddler preschoolers Savannah Wildlife Refuge The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge hosts a preschoolers “Young Explorers Club” on the first Tuesday of each month.

The free, hour-long monthly program for 3-4 year-olds starts at 10AM on the first Tuesday of each month.  There will be story time, crafts, snacks, and take-home activities all about this month’s topic.

The programs are at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC 29927).

Each month, a different animal or method of conservation will be highlighted. Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 30387 have designed the monthly programs as their service project for completing the Bronze Award. The themes are:

February – Lady Bugs
March – Plants
April – Recycle
May – Baby Birds
June – Alligators
July – Sea Turtles
August – Spiders
September – Fish
October – Butterflies
November – Turkeys
December – Ducks

For more information, please contact Joel Vos at (843) 784-2468.

Learn more here.

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FREE REFUGE DISCOVERY DAY, March 11

Discover YOUR National Wildlife Refuge in Savannah/Hardeeville.

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day of free, family fun at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Visitor Center on Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10AM-4PM.

Discovery Day will be filled with fun, wildlife-related educational activities for all ages.

Have you ever wondered what a biologist, a wildland firefighter, an archaeologist, a forester or a refuge manager does on a National Wildlife Refuge? This is your chance to learn! Learn about wildland fire with hands-on activities involving real fire equipment; try your luck at target shooting with a bow while learning about our Refuge hunt programs; gain a better understanding of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s role in protecting endangered species; learn why water management matters to wildlife on Savannah National Wildlfie Refuge; get close up with a variety of reptiles, and much more.

All activities will be at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center located at 694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC (off U.S. 17, approximately 7 miles north of Savannah, GA and 7 miles south of Hardeeville, SC).

For more information on this rain or shine event, call 843-784-2468.

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
694 Beech Hill Ln
Hardeeville, South Carolina 29927

(Savannah Realtors) Home Maintenance Tips from Erin Sells Savannah

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Savannah Realtors real estateProtect your biggest investment with these monthly maintenance tips to kick off the new year from Savannah & Islands Realty Expert Erin Stanley with Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners.

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Matilda Jane End of Season Sale & Free Shipping, Savannah & Bluffton

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Matilda Jane Trunk Shows Savannah Bluffton Hilton Head

Matilda Jane End of Season SALE with FREE SHIPPING

End of season sale with Robyn Shirley Independent Trunk Keeper #124 until Jan. 17.

Please click here to shop using Robyn’s TK#124. If #124 doesn’t show up in your checkout page, please enter it.

Happy Shopping.

Robyn Shirley has been an independent Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper in South Carolina since 2008. She books Matilda Jane clothing trunk shows in the Savannah & Lowcountry area including Bluffton, Hilton Head Is., Okatie, Beaufort, Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler & more.

To book a show in your area, email Robyn: robynS@matildajaneclothing.com

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Savannah schools: Open Houses @ St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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St. Peter the Apostle School in Savannah has two chances for you to come tour their Wilmington Island Campus.

The beautiful 10-acre campus includes a Lower School, Middle School, two gymnasiums, football field, practice field, and a state-of-the-art playground.

St. Peter’s offers full day faith-based instruction for students from three years old through 8th grade.

Following the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, the school educates through a strong academic program and instills in its students a spirit of mercy, justice and loving concern.

Open Houses

Come see all that St. Peter’s has to offer at these open house for prospective families:
Sun. Jan. 29, 10AM- 1PM
Thurs. March 2, 5:30-7:30PM

This will be an opportunity to meet and greet teachers, tour the school facilities, and get to experience all that the Saint Peter’s community has to offer.

Learn more here.

Scheduling a Campus Tour

A guided tour around the school campus with a staff member can be arranged by calling the school office at 912-897-5224.

Scheduling a Campus Visit

Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic School welcomes your student to come and “shadow” another student for the day. Your student will attend classes and see what it would be like to be a part of the St. Peter’s family. Please call the school office at 912-897-5224 to arrange a date for your student shadow.

Location

The school is easily accessible from Whitemarsh Island, the Truman Parkway, mid-town Savannah and Tybee Island. We are located just off Highway 80 East (Victory Drive), not far from Thunderbolt.

St. Peter the Apostle School
7020 Concord Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410
Phone: 912-897-5224
Fax: 912-897-0801

For more information, visit www.school.saintpetertheapostle.com

St. Peter the Apostle School, www.school.saintpetertheapostle.com,  7020 Concord Rd., Savannah, 31410, 912-897-5224,  On Facebook here. On Twitter here. St. Peter the Apostle School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Savannah tutoring deal: Sylvan offers standardized testing prep

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Math Tutoring Savannah

Sylvan Learning of Savannah helps prepare younger students for the critical SRI, MAP & GMAS standardized testing. For older students, Sylvan offers personalized programs to help conquer the ACT or SAT.

MENTION YOU READ ABOUT SYLVAN ON SOUTHERNMAMAS TO RECEIVE A FREE ASSESSMENT. 

Call 912-355-2267 or email dinopapa@sylvan3007.com

Let Sylvan Learning of Savannah help you chart your child’s course for success!

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First Day Hike, Round 2 & FREE Colonial Faire & Muster @ Wormsloe Historic SIte

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Hike Wormsloe Colonial Faire & Muster 2016

First Day Hike, Round 2, Jan. 7, @ Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah 

For everyone not able to join on New Year’s Day, come on out to join for a second offering of the First Day Hike @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah.

This is the Savannah everyone wants to see. Come enjoy a beautiful hike along our scenic marsh and Moon River, to Battery Wimberly, a Civil War earthen fort. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, no open toe shoes.

Hike to the Civil War earthworks of Battery Wimberly. Guided hike with site history.

Saturday, Jan. 7 10:30AM-Noon
Wormsloe State Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Rd
Savannah, Georgia 31406

Admissions – $4.50-$10

For more information, call 912-353-3023.

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Colonial Faire & Muster @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah 

Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, Sutler’s Row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available for purchase.

Feb.3-Feb. 5
Fri. Feb 3, 2017 9AM-4 PM Cost: $4.50 – $10.
Sat. Feb 4, 2017 9AM-4 PM FREE
Sun. Feb 5, 2017 9 AM-4 PM FREE

For more information, call 912-353-3023.

Family Campfire Night 2017 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Family Campfire Night Oatland Island Wildlife Center Savannah

Family Campfire Night 2017 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah.

Enjoy campfire fun including roasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate, storytelling & more., 6-8:30PM Sat. Jan. 7.

Pre-registration required. Call (912) 395-1212

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, GA 31410

Kids can win prizes with Scribble Art Studio’s Holiday Drawing Scavenger Hunt

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Holiday Scavenger Hunt Scribble Art studio Savannah things do with kids Super Awesome Holiday Drawing Scavenger Hunt with Scribble Art Studio in Savannah.

Keep your little ones busy this Holiday break with this fun FREE activity!

Earn 65 points or higher by completing the following doodles, post to Scribble Art Studio’s Facebook page here, and win a SURPRISE. Deadline: Jan. 1 2017.

Scribble Art Studio, 212 E 37th St, Savannah, Ga. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Registration now open for Savannah Night at the Museum 2017

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Night at the Museum 2017 Savannah History Museum

Registration is now open for Night at the Museum 2017 @ Savannah History Museum happening Sat. Jan. 21 at 3:30PM, 5PM & 6:30PM.

Explore the museum, interact with historical characters in many of Savannah History Museum’s lively exhibits and catch one of the screenings of Night at the Museum 3: The Secret of the Tomb (rated PG) in Savannah History Museum’s theater.

Click here to select your time slot and experience Savannah History Museum’s Night At The Museum event.

Tickets: $12 for adults and children (18 mos. & older).

Train as a Museum Night Guard
One of the most important jobs in a museum is the night guard. Join our exclusive training program and become an honorary Savannah History Museum Night Guard. Don’t miss this special opportunity!

Watch Night at the Museum
Event participants will also have two opportunities to view “Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb” (PG) in Savannah History Museum’s theater at 1:30PM and 7PM. The 98-minute film screening is optional and seating is first come, first served.

Exhibits Come To Life
Interact with characters from Savannah History Museum’s exhibits as the historical figures appear to magically come to life. This year’s characters include: Juliette Gordon Low, Johnny Mercer, Forrest Gump, a Central of Georgia Railroad worker, a Revolutionary War soldier and more!

Register here. 
Contact Sara Boon with questions: (912) 651-6840 x 302, or sboon@chsgeorgia.org.

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Savannah schools: Open Houses @ Savannah Christian Preparatory School

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Savannah schools Savannah Christian Prep private

You’re invited! Tailor-made just for you, come sample a day in the life of a student in the thriving school environment at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

Meet teachers, administrators and other parents to see SCPS’ mission in action.

Most importantly, come learn about the relationships which are at the heart of what we do at Savannah Christian Preparatory School.

Come to an upcoming Wednesday event where Savannah Christian Preparatory School will gladly extend a warm “Welcome Home”!

9:30AM in the Admission Office.
January 11
January 25
February 15
March 1

Learn more here. 

For more information on these events or admissions at Savannah Christian Prep, please email Debbie Fairbanks, Director of Admissions, at dfairbanks@savcps.com or call the SCPS admissions’ office at 912.721.2114.

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More about SCPS

Savannah Christian Preparatory School (SCPS) is an independent, non-denominational PK-12 college prep Christian school.

Savannah Christian Preparatory School’s Lower School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2011, and the Middle School in 2014, for our overall academic achievements. SCPS was also named Best Daycare/Preschool and Best Private School in 2013 & 2014 by Savannah Magazine.

Savannah Christian Preparatory School,  (912) 234-1653, www.savcps.com, On Facebook here. On Twitter here.  Follow SCPS on Instagram at savannahchristianprep   Savannah Christian Preparatory School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Visit Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center during winter holiday break

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

I Have Marks to make exhibit at Telfair Museums Jepson Center Savannah During winter holiday break, bring the kids to Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center in Savannah to see a community exhibit that highlights art therapy and to create art at the daily drop-in studio.

Telfair Museums Community Exhibit pays tribute to the therapeutic and rehabilitative aspects of art. I Have Marks to Make, a community exhibition at the Jepson Center focused on art therapy, celebrates the power of art to transform lives.

Children 12 & younger receive free admission to Jepson Center. Museum admission for adults is $20. (Admission includes a visit to each of Telfair Museums’ three sites: Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, Owen-Thomas House. Valid for one week.)

I have marks to make exhibit Savannah Jepson Telfair The I Have Marks To Make exhibition features artwork by individuals of all ages with disabilities or in rehabilitation from injury or illness. The exhibition includes work from Telfair’s community outreach classes, art produced by more than 10 organizations and rehabilitation centers, and work from local schools.

Now in its 22nd year as one of the museum’s longest running programs, I Have Marks to Make began as an exhibition of art from the city’s Therapeutics Department. Later, it grew to include art from rehabilitation programs at local hospitals, students from Savannah-Chatham Public Schools, and in particular, Telfair Museums’ outreach programs to agencies that serve individuals with special needs.

Over half of the works featured in the exhibition are created in Telfair’s outreach programs to local health and wellness organizations. The artworks are inclusive, uncurated and illustrates the artistic capabilities of those in our community.

The exhibition will be on display in the community galleries until Jan. 1, 2017

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Daily Drop-In Studio 

Unleash your creativity every day with art-making projects for all ages @drop-in studio @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center,

Drop-In Studio is offered daily 1-4PM @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center in Savannah.

Work at your own pace & comfort level through an array of art mediums. Each month features a special project. See the schedule below.

Perfect for all ages – even adults. Children 12 & younger receive free admission to Jepson Center. Museum admission for adults is $20. (Admission includes a visit to each of Telfair Museums’ three sites: Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, Owen-Thomas House. Valid for one week.)

A studio-assistant is on-hand to answer questions & assist guests. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Learn more here. 

JEPSON CENTER
207 W. York St. Savannah, 31401

Jepson Center for the Arts, 912-790-8800 or visit www.telfair.org. Telfair Museums is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Kids sail free and more Royal Caribbean Cruise deals

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Caribbean cruise deals 2016 2017

Is cruising on your vacation wish list for 2017? If so, the deals are HUGE and the time to book an exciting Royal Caribbean cruise vacation is now!

Take advantage of the popular Kids Sail Free promotion available on select, 5-night or longer itineraries. And you can combine this with the 3rd night free offer available on all sailings for extra savings!

For families Royal Caribbean offers exciting amenities such as the DreamWorks Experience or Land & Sea packages with Universal Studios Orlando. For anyone seeking a more couples only escape, there’s plenty of spaces onboard just for adults!

This deal is available on most itineraries including popular destinations like the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, & more! No matter the adventure you’re seeking Royal Caribbean has it!

Hurry and book your Royal Caribbean cruise vacation now, availability is limited and these deals end January 4, 2017. Get a no-obligation vacation quote online or call 843-284-3241.

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel

843.284.3241

Become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/twosisterstravel

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Giveaway: A free month of Kindermusik Savannah classes

Monday, December 19th, 2016

giveaway Kindermusik Savannah Want to win a free month of Kindermusik Savannah classes in January?

Kindermusik with 88 Keys Piano is offering a special giveaway to win the entire month free plus all the home materials!

One happy winner ages 0-7 will be chosen on the morning of December 31st. Chances of winning are high!

To enter the giveaway, visit kindermusikwith88keys.com.

Wondering what Kindermusik is all about? Call to set up a free trial class today: 912.988.KEYS.

Kindermusik…a good beginning never ends.

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Savannah children’s birthday parties: Savannah Sharks Gym includes 2-hour gym rental with unlimited guests

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Savannah Children's Birthday Parties Savannah Sharks Gym Have your child’s next birthday at Savannah Sharks!

2-hour parties include:
*Rental of full gym (party room and play area) and all equipment for 2 hours. Includes BOUNCY HOUSE.
*1 coach for safety and crowd control. If child is of age and would like cheer/tumble instruction, this is available upon request.
*30 minutes before party for set up.

**$250 ($50 deposit to book) Up to 50 guests. You may bring in any food/drinks.

**all parties must be on Fridays from 3:30-5:30/5:30-7:30PM or Saturdays from 10AM-Noon, 1-3 & 4-6PM. Limited Sundays available upon request.

Use the form here to request a date reservation. 

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Mommy & Me Play

Savannah Sharks also offers Mommy & Me Play for crawlers to age 4
Monday, Tuesday & Friday
10:30AM-Noon
*Closed Dec 23rd & 26th

Stay connected by liking Savannah Sharks on Facebook here. 

Savannah Sharks Cheerleading and Tumbling, (912) 335-2234, 1686 E President St, Savannah, GA 31404
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