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12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC

May 28th, 2015

SouthernMamas.com regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah).

For more favorite daytrips from Savannah, click here. 

Things to do with kids in Charleston, SC include:
SC Aquarium Charleston Shark Shallows

1. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor. Hours, daily events, admission rates & specials here.
Now open, Touch sharks & rays @ Shark Shallows. This new exhibit enables you to reach out & feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays. Details here.

2. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston. Hours, exhibits, admission rates & more details here.

3. Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.

4. The Center for Birds of Prey Avian Conservation Center Awendaw SC

5. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant

6. James Island County Park Climbling Wall, Charleston – South Carolina’s tallest, outdoor climbing wall.

Splash Fountain Charleston Waterfront Park 7. Pineapple Fountain & Splash Fountain in Waterfront Park,Charleston. Wading in these downtown fountains is permitted & encouraged.

8. Awendaw Passage (7 miles) of Palmetto Trail (Hike or mountain bike)

9. Fresh farm stand/u-pick farm (depending on the season) including
* Ambrose Family Farm: Wadmalaw Island.www.stonofarmmarket.com/ambrosefamilyfarm.html
* Boone Hall Farms: Mount Pleasant. www.boonehallfarms.com
* Rosebank Farms: John’s Island. www.rosebankfarms.com

10. West Ashley Bikeway 2.5 mile biking & walking path, Charleston

11. Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

12. Waterparks
Splash Zone Waterpark in James Island County Park
Splash Island Waterpark, Mount Pleasant, SC

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Free trolley transportation

Free Public Transportation in Charleston via DASH Trolley

Charleston’s free public transportation – DASH Trolley – is operated by the city’s CARTA bus system and runs throughout the historic Charleston peninsula.
Route 210 (Orange) drives from College of Charleston to the Aquarium.
Route 211 (Green) drives to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market
Route 213 (Purple) drives to Brittlebank Park, Riley Stadium, historic city center.
All three routes converge at the Visitors Center, Marion Park and Charleston Museum.
Wait at an official CARTA bus stop, denoted by the green signs.

Princess Camp & Ballet Camps @ The Ballet School, Savannah

May 27th, 2015

Princess Camp Ballet School Savannah Perfect Little Princess Camp @ The Ballet School in Piccadilly Square on Savannah’s Southside. For ages 3-5 years.

Back by Popular Demand – These Princess Camps fill quickly. Learn more here. 

Your Perfect Little Princess will receive an introduction to the fundamentals of both movement and classical dance techniques while learning about fun fairytale characters and famous ballet stories.

Campers will also have a “dress-up” time and craft time, which includes decorating their own special tiara. Your princess should bring her favorite princess gown or costume on Monday to use throughout the week.

Events include a magical tea party, princess spa and hair day and a photograph will be taken while sitting upon her enchanted throne.

On the last day, “A ROYAL INVITATION” is offered for the family to enjoy a fabulous “Runway Show”. Parents and Grandparents, bring your cameras. Healthy snacks will be provided daily. Ages 3-5 years

Dates:
June 15-19, 2015
July 6-10, 2015
July 20-24, 2015

Times: 9:30am-Noon
Cost: $145 per session (non-refundable)

Click HERE to REGISTER

Summer Ballet Camps @ The Ballet School

Ballet Camp (Primary Ballet Camp) @ The Ballet School, Savannah. For 5 year olds.
Ballet: Young Dancers Beginner Program @ The Ballet School, Savannah. For ages 6-10.
Ballet: Junior Ballet Technique Program @ The Ballet School, Savannah. For ages 11 & older.
Ballet:Young Dancers Summer Intensive by audition only (auditions: March 28), Savannah. For ages 7-1

Princess Dance, Dress-up Camp @ The Ballet School, Savannah. (Spa & hair day, tea party etc) For ages 3-5.

The Ballet School, 10010 Abercorn Street, Suite 8, Piccadilly Square, Savannah, 31406 (912)925-0903, email theballetschool@comcast.net, www.theballetschoolsav.com  On Facebook here.  The Ballet School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

 

Toddler & Pre-K Openings for Fall at JEA Preschool Savannah

May 27th, 2015

JEA Preschool Savannah preschools

JEA Preschool Savannah is pleased to announce available spots for toddlers (16-23 months) and 4 year olds in their dynamic early childhood education program.

(Children entering these classes must be 16 months or 4 years old before September 1, 2015.)

Please contact Director Jodi Sadler to schedule an immediate tour, as spaces are limited.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enroll your child in Savannah’s premier early learning center!
912-355-8111 – preschool@savj.org – 5111 Abercorn Street; Savannah, GA 31405

JEA Preschool Savannah admits students of any race, color, national, racial or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Learn more about JEA Preschool Savannah Summer Program by clicking here. 

About JEA Preschool Savannah

JEA Preschool Savannah opened its doors in August 2013. The school, which serves the needs of children ages 16 months through 4 years, focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young children in a Judaic setting. The core curriculum is led by qualified and experienced teachers. Extended hours are available daily. For more information on JEA Preschool Savannah, please call 912-355-8111 (ext. 215), email preschool@savj.org or click here .

JEA Preschool Savannah, Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St. Savannah, 31405 912-355-8111. JEA Preschool Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Summer 2015 Fun List for Savannah & the Lowcountry

May 27th, 2015

Summer Kids' Events Savannah Hilton Head

$1 kids’ weekday movies; camps & waterparks; free library shows & science programs; free spray pools; best daytrips & beaches; drive-in movies; neighborhood pools that are open to non-resident members.

We’ve got all that & more in our Summer Fun 2015 List for Savannah & the Lowcountry area.

To see our favorite summertime events in Savannah & the Lowcountry, visit our Summer 2015 Fun List by clicking here.

To see the complete list of local kid-friendly happenings (including regular weekend & weekday kids’ events) visit our Events Calendar by clicking here.

 

Clearance sale @ Once Upon A Child Savannah, June 6

May 26th, 2015

Semi-annual Clearance sale Once Upon A Child Savannah Semi-annual sale @ Once Upon A Child Savannah  @ 1100 Eisenhower Drive in Eisenhower Square.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 6

One day only! Save more by the hour, on selected Spring and Summer clothing. The longer you shop the more you save.

From 9:30AM – 3PM June 6
SAVE 50% OFF

From 3:01PM – 5PM June 6
SAVE 60% OFF

From 5:01PM – 7PM June 6
SAVE 70% OFF

Additional savings on toys, furniture and equipment.

Recycle your gently used kids’ stuff today.

Once Upon A Child Savannah, 1100 Eisenhower Drive Eisenhower Square, Savannah, 31406 tel: 912-351-0555, http://www.onceuponachildsavannah.com/  Once Upon A Child Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Diaper Drive for Savannah babies in need

May 26th, 2015

Savannah Diaper Drive Help Bright Life Chiropractic collect 3000+ disposable baby diapers now through June 1st at Bright Life Chiropractic in Savannah to benefit the babies at The Living Vine Christian maternity home in Savannah.

All sizes are needed. Any brands accepted. Thank you for your support!

Please bring donated diapers at Bright Life Chiropractic, 2 Park of Commerce Blvd. Suite D, Savannah GA 31405

 

Simplify your Friday: Enjoy a $21 pick-up meal for 4 from SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit, Savannah

May 25th, 2015

FOHTY SCAD Bon Appetit

 

Celebrate Friday with a special fresh & flavorful pick-up dinner for four for the low price of $21 from SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit in Savannah

Simply email heather.carbone@cafebonappetit.com to order by 2 PM Thursday May 28. Please put FOHTY in the subject line. Remember to include your name and the number of dinners you would like to order in your email.  Please let him know that you were referred by SouthernMamas.com.

This fresh, pick-up meal service is open to the public.

Don’t forget to share with your friends . After five referrals, you’ll receive a FREE meal.

Meals are ready for pick up (complete with reheating instructions) on Fridays between 3-6PM at Jo’s Cafe, 201 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Methods of payment include: credit card, cash.

FOHTY recently started providing reusable tote bags to carry the meals. Please bring your tote with you on Friday and the meal will be placed inside.  If you do not have one yet, they’ll have more to share with you.

Savor your meal, your new tote bag & your no-cook Friday.

Learn more here. 

SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit,  http://scad.cafebonappetit.com/events/, 201 W. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, 31401 email eric.davidson@cafebonappetit.com. On Facebook here. SCAD’s Cafe Bon Appetit is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Parent & Me Kindermusik Savannah Saturday playdate for ages 0-7, May 30

May 24th, 2015

Kindermusik Savannah Early Music Classes Toddlers

It’s not too late to join Kindermusik in Savannah this Saturday May 30 at 10AM for the last of their May musical playdates for ages 0-7.

They’ve been having a great time at 88 Keys Piano during their Kindermusik Playdate Week.

Even though two of their three playdates this week are past, there’s still time for you to join in this Saturday at 10AM for the last of the Kindermusik May playdates.

The theme is trains and all participants receive a free instrument/prop, 10 Kindermusik songs, and a bonus gift at the end of class. Open to children ages 0-7. Cost is $15; siblings pay $5. Spaces are limited, so enroll in advance of the class at www.88keysga.com.

Attention parents of children with special needs

Deadline to apply for a free month of Kindermusik classes through Kindermusik special needs scholarship is this Friday, May 29. Be sure to email music@88keysga.com if you have a special needs baby or toddler who may benefit from a month of FREE CLASSES! Or, call 912.988.KEYS.

Kindermusik…a good beginning never ends.

Kindermusik Savannah, email music@88keysga.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397)www.88keysga.com/Kindermusik  Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Best Playgrounds in Savannah & the Lowcountry

May 24th, 2015

Spend the day “playground hopping,” visiting some of our top picks for playgrounds in the Greater Savannah, Ga. area & Hilton Head Is./Beaufort, S.C. area or just picking one and spending the day there.

Click here to see our list of some of the best playgrounds in Savannah, Hilton Head Is., Beaufort, S.C.

Free spray pools during summer 

For information on the free spray pools at some Savannah parks from June 1-July 24 including Forsyth & Hull parks, click here.   Details here. 

Savannah Summer Camps 2015

May 23rd, 2015

Savannah Hilton Head Summer Camps 2015

If you haven’t figured out your summer yet, today is the day to do so.

Visit our Savannah-Lowcountry Area Summer Camps 2015 directory by clicking here to help you find the type of camps you and your children are looking for this summer.

100 Black Men of Savannah 2015 Summer Camps

May 23rd, 2015

100 Black Men Savannah Summer Camps 2015

100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. will host 11 summer camps during Summer 2015.

Click on the name of the camp to download the application.

Learn more here.

Application Date Location Cost
Health Professions Camp June 9th – June 19th Saint Josephs Candler Hospital $25
SET Camp Application/ Information Sheet July 15th – July 26th Armstrong State University $25
Math Camp June 23rd- June 25th Windsor Forest High School $15
Brainetics Math Camp June 22nd- June 24th 138 Canal St. Suite 303, Pooler, GA $15
Dance Camp July 16th – July 18th Jenkins High School $15
Extreme Basketball Camp July 20th – July 24th Windsor Forest High School $50
College Prep Camp July 13th- July 17th Windsor Forest High School $25
Law Camp July 14th- July 16th Courthouse $40
Entrepreneurship Camp June 23rd – June 25th Savannah State University $15
Ecology Camp July 21st – July 23rd Horombee House $15
Cooking Camp June 15th-19th (Middle) &  June 22nd- 26th (High) Jenkins High School $75

 

About 100 Black Men of Savannah Inc. 

The 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc., an affiliate of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., was organized in 1996 and, focusing upon African-American youth, aims to make a difference in the lives of Savannah’s young people by its signature programs of mentoring, education, economic empowerment, health & wellness, and leadership development. 

The 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization – receives no public funds. Their primary sources of financial support are an annual Gala and individual and corporate donations. These funds support college scholarships, tutoring programs, and other youth-oriented activities.

The 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc., www.100blackmensav.org, On Facebook here.  100 Black Men of Savannah is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Old Fort Jackson offering School of Soldier cannon-firing courses for ages 16 & older, Savannah

May 22nd, 2015

Old Fort Jackson soldier courses Summer 2015 Who wants to fire Old Fort Jackson’s muskets and cannon?

Old Fort Jackson in Savannah is now accepting applications for their “School of the Soldier: A Course in American Military History” series for ages 16 & older.

Here is the schedule for Summer 2015.
June 6 – “Small Arms Infantry” – Recruits will learn black powder safety, Manual of Arms, and Small Arms Maneuvers.
June 13 – “Light and Heavy Artillery” – Recruits will learn black powder safety, Light Artillery drills, and Heavy Artillery drills.
June 27 – “Light and Heavy Artillery” – Recruits will learn black powder safety, Light Artillery drills, and Heavy Artillery drills.
July 11 – “American Revolution and War of 1812 Small Arms and Artillery” – Recruits will learn black powder safety, American Revolution and War of 1812 Manual of Arms, and Small Arms Maneuvers.

Registration is limited and on a first come first serve basis. All classes are $100 each and will last from 10AM until 4PM Lunch will be provided.

If interested or if there are any questions, email blee@chsgeorgia.org, call 912.232.3945 or 912.313.6753.

Where
Old Fort Jackson
1 Fort Jackson Road
Savannah, GA 31404
912.232.3945

For hours & admission costs, click here.

Coastal Heritage Society manages Old Fort Jackson, a historic fort located on the Savannah River three miles east of downtown Savannah, www.chsgeorgia.org/, Coastal Heritage Society is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Best Family/Kid-Friendly beaches (other than Tybee) near Savannah

May 22nd, 2015

Neptune Park Fun Zone Saint Simons Island A reader asks “What is the top rated children/family friendly beach around besides Tybee Island?”

That got us thinking. Here are our picks:

Sea Pines Beach Resort, Hilton Head Is., S.C. Convenient access to the Surf Shop, restrooms, shower facilities & Surfside Market featuring to-go sandwiches, salads, snacks &  cold beverages. Details here.
87 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. Details here. (While on HHI, be sure to check out Sandbox Children’s Museum (especially if it rains), the free petting farm at Lawton Stables, climb the Harbour Town Lighthouse or stay after dinner for a FREE kid-celebrated Gregg Russell concert at Harbour Town. ($6 Sea Pines Resort gate fee per auto) Details on Gregg Russell concerts here.

Neptune Park Fun Zone, St. Simons Island, Ga. Offers an 18 hole miniature golf course, an interactive Kiddie Pool, a zero entry swimming pool and playground right on the beach. Details here. 550 Beachview Dr. Saint Simons Island, Ga. 31522. Details here.

Hunting Island State Park, S.C. Five miles of pristine South Carolina beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet are all part of the park’s natural allure.
The historic lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina. For an admission of $2, visitors can climb the 167 steps & walk around the observation deck for a lofty view of the barrier island and surrounding seascape. CHILDREN MUST BE AT LEAST 44″ TALL TO CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE. Details here.

U-Pick Blackberry Season 2015 starts May 26, Savannah

May 21st, 2015

U-pick blackberry picking Savannah

U-pick blackberry season starts Tues. May 26 @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah.

Picking hours will be Monday-Thursday and Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon (Note there’s no berry picking on Fridays or Sundays).

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm offers fresh berry fruits for picking from the fields when in season. The harvest season is heavily weather dependent.

Call 912-921-5460 to learn the status of the field prior to arriving, as poor weather or large crowds may pick the field clean well before the 12 noon scheduled closing. The best time to pick is first thing in the morning at 9 am (as it is cooler, too).

No pets allowed in the fruit picking fields during your harvest. Children must be supervised to prevent plant trampling. You are responsible to pay for all fruits (ripe or unripe) picked during a visit.

More details here. 

COST: $3 per pound. Containers provided. Bring cash.

The gardens have picnic tables scattered around the grounds if you want to make a picnic out of your trip.

CGBG does NOT offer a picking service.

Stay updated about u-pick fields status by liking Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens on Facebook here. 

 

Fruit Season Time Pricing Active Season
Strawberries late March – May $2.50/lb. began April 6
Blackberries mid-May – late June $3.00/lb. limited picking begins May 26
Blueberries April – late June $3.00/lb. limited picking; began April 27

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, 31419 (912) 921-5460, E-mail: coastal@uga.edu, www.coastalgeorgiabg.org

Kids’ Art Club, Parents’ Night Out @ Scribble Art Studio, Savannah & Pooler

May 21st, 2015

Scribble Art Studio Savannah Pooler Kids Club Parents Night Out Give the kids a night out (and yourself a break!) with Kid’s Club in Savannah and Pooler.

Saturday nights are a happening night at Scribble Art Studio.

To register your little artist for a great night of a movie, pizza, and a craft at either studio click the link below.

Each club night, Scribble screens a different movie and has a craft themed to the movie.

Drop off 6-9pm, $30/kid ($20/siblings), to sign up call 912-713-7376 or register here. Pre-registration required.

To learn more about Scribble’s summer camps, art classes & children’s birthdays in Pooler & Savannah, click here or call 912-713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com

Savannah location: 212 E 37th St, Savannah, 31401

Pooler location: 115 Canal St, Pooler, GA 31322

Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler also offers private & group art classes, summer art camps, adult art parties & children’s birthday parties, both in the studio & at-home DIY art birthday kits. For gifts, Scribble as art kits & gift certificates. For more information, contact artist Carrie Christian at (912) 713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com  . Click here for more info. Scribble Art Studio is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Tember’s Tales Theatricks Summer Camps, Richmond Hill

May 20th, 2015

Richmond Hill summer camps drama magic

 

TEMBER’S TALES TheaTricks summer camp 2015 in Richmond Hill offers beginning drama and magic students the opportunity to explore hidden talents, improve communication skills and ignite their imagination.

Through theatre games and activities, campers learn improvisation, pantomime, puppetry, dancing, & stage movement. The kids will work with costumes and puppets as well as being involved in short skits, shows, and a readers theater.

Boys and girls ages 8-11 who want to learn amazing feats of magic and illusion can now experience an exciting interactive hands-on program! Kids can learn card tricks, sleights of hand, misdirection, coin magic , rope tricks, mind reading games, improve skills, performing tips, stage movement, voice, storytelling, acting, scripting, eye-hand coordination, and multi-task thinking.

Mrs. Tember’s Drama and Magic Camp boosts self-confidence, and helps kids overcome shyness with an ability to entertain and make new friends. It’s a camp full of costumes, puppets, make up, MAGIC and more.

Beginners Theater ages 8-11
June 22nd-26th 8:00 AM-11:00 AM
June 29th-July 3rd 8:00 AM-11:00 AM

Beginners magic ages 8-11
June 22nd-26th 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
June 29th-July 3rd 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

Location: The Bottoms Park
85 Parkwood Avenue
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-323-4134

*COST: $85 for 1/2 day session (see discounts)

Discounts

Mention you read about Tember Tales on SouthernMamas.com and get $10 off each child. The first ten kids who register & mention this post will get a FREE magic trick sent to them.

Early Bird Special- $10 DISCOUNT if paid in full two weeks prior to start of camp.

Registration and payment due 1 week prior to summer camp session

Register here. 

Tember’s Tales TheaTricks, where it’s OK to act out & play tricks all day long.

Tember’s Tales TheaTricks summer camp, Richmond Hill www.temberstales.com  On Facebook here. Tember’s Tales is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.