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Weekend roundup of events in Savannah & the Lowcountry

August 25th, 2016

Find family-friendly things to do this last weekend  of August in Savannah & nearby  in our EVENTS CALENDAR.  

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SEE ALL THE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS BY VISITING OUR EVENTS CALENDAR HERE. 

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Daytrips

Looking for a fun, activity-packed, kid-friendly daytrip? Check out our favorite daytrips from Savannah page here. 

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Happy Birthday National Park Service

Many national parks & monuments are free Aug. 25-28 2016 in celebration of the National Park Service Birthday.

Fort Pulaski National Monument, Cumberland Island National Seashore & Fort Sumter National Monument typically charge an admission fee but are free Aug. 25-28. Others are free all the time.

In honor of the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service, Fort Sumter National Monument & Fort Moultrie National Monument in Charleston SC will offer free activities this Sat. Aug. 27 – historic weapons demos, special Ranger, special Centennial Junior Ranger program where kids can earn a special centennial badge.  Please note: while the activities are free @ Fort Sumter on Saturday, the concession operated ferry has a fee for the boat ride to Fort Sumter.

Find more nearby National Monuments here. 

Free Savannah Children’s Book Festival 2016, Nov. 12 features Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor

August 27th, 2016

Fancy Nancy author Jane O'Connor Savannah Children's Book Festival 2016New York Times bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy children’s series, Jane O’Connor will be among the authors at the 2016 Annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival.

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs will present the free 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Sat. Nov. 12, 2016, 10AM-4PM at Forsyth Park.

The Fancy Nancy books chronicle the adventures of a young girl who loves all things glamorous, posh, and splendiferous! The series has now sold over 20 million copies and counting with the wildly popular latest title, “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.”

For more such Savannah-area events, visit our Fall Fun Guide 2016 here. 

 

Little Free Libraries in Savannah, Bluffton

August 26th, 2016

Little Free Library steward Savannah Our column today in the Savannah Morning News spotlights 10-year-old Isa Lilja-Vazquez’s Little Free Library in her Savannah front yard. (Read it here).

Isa’s is among several Little Free Libraries in the Savannah Ga./Bluffton SC area.

Which got us thinking of how sweet it would be to take kids “Little Free Library hopping” in the Savannah-Lowcountry area.

Here’s our list of Little Free Libraries in our area compiled by using the map from the Little Free Libraries Web site.

So grab a bunch of used books your kids have outgrown to drop off in exchange for other books – following the LFL mantra to “take a book, leave a book” – and visit these Little Free Libraries in Savannah.

(Interested in starting your own Little Free Library? Get info on how to do so here. )

(Read about a Savannah 10-year-old girl who started her own Little Free Library here. )

Savannah

1919 Brogdon St. (in Magnolia Park neighborhood)
Savannah Ga. 31406

363 Island Road (Burnside Is.)
Savannah, GA 31406

9 Reynolds Court (in Kensington Park neighborhood)
Savannah, Ga 31405

605 Maupas Ave. (in Baldwin Park neighborhood)
Savannah, Ga. 31401

Corner of 38th Street & Howard Street (in former vacant lot)

733 E. Henry St.
Savannah, Ga. 31401

Bluffton/Hilton Head Is./Beaufort area

160 H. E. McCracken Circle (in front of Bluffton Elementary School)
Bluffton, SC 29910

39 Sheridan Park Circle Suite 10
Bluffton, SC 29910

1709 Camellia Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Find more Little Free Libraries here.

Connect with other moms @ MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) in Savannah, Pooler, Rincon

August 26th, 2016

MOPS Savannah Rincon Pooler Connect with other moms this school year. Attend MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting. MOPS groups are in Savannah, Pooler, Richmond Hill, the Islands & Rincon.

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another. We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world. Moms who are pregnant or have children through kindergarten are invited to the MOPS group.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) @ Compassion Christian Church East Campus
Meetings are 9:15 – 11:45AM first and third Thursdays, Sept. 15 – May 4
Children’s and Student Building at Compassion Christian Church East Campus
9150 Old Montgomery Rd Savannah, GA 31406
MOPS provides a fun, relaxed environment for mothers with newborns through 5-year-olds. You’ll make new friends, enjoy activities and hear from relevant and insightful speakers on a wide range of topics. There is an annual membership cost of $24.95 for MOPS International and an additional $6 fee per meeting you attend. Childcare is available with RSVP prior to each meeting. For more information, email ccceastmops@gmail.com Meeting dates are 9/15/16, 10/6/16, 10/20/16, 11/3/16, 12/1/16, 1/5/17, 1/19/17, 2/2/17, 2/16/17, 3/2/17, 4/6/17, 4/20/17, 5/4/17

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Savannah Islands MOPS

Savannah Islands MOPS meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:15-11:30AM Meetings begin in the month of September and run through the month of May.
Meetings are at First Baptist Church of the Islands on Wilmington Island, 6613 Johnny Mercer Blvd Savannah, GA 31410

Visit  www.savannahislandsmops.webs.com Follow Savannah Islands MOPS on Facebook here. 

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Rincon MOPS

Meets every 2nd Tuesday from 9-11:30AM in the Memorial Chapel of First Baptist Church of Rincon.

For more info, call the church office at 912-826-5536. Childcare is provided.

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Pooler MOPS

Pooler MOPS meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30-11:30AM @ the First Presbyterian Church in Pooler, 1115 US-80, Pooler, GA 31322.

On Facebook here. 

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Calvary MOPS

Calvary MOPS is on Facebook here. 

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Richmond Hill MOPS & MomsNext

MOPS is for moms-to-be or any mom with children ages 0-5. MomsNext is for moms with school-age children.

Richmond Hill MOPS & MomsNext First meeting is Sept. 6, 9:30 AM to Noon.

Meets first & third Tuesday September -May @ First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill,
9184 Ford Ave
Richmond Hill, Ga 31324

On Facebook here. 

Contact RichmondHillMOPS@hotmail.com

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Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze, farm activities (daytrip from Savannah)

August 24th, 2016

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes near Savannah Hilton Head Is.

Is it Fall yet, y’all?

We can’t wait for the weather to cool and for Poppell family farms to open for the fall season.

If you haven’t taken your family to visit this 10-acre corn maze labyrinth & activity-packed farm in Odum (about six miles from Jesup), please put it on your Fall to-do list..

Poppell Farms grand opening for the 2016 Fall season is 10 AM-5 PM Saturday Oct. 1. 

Poppell Family Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, giant outdoor jumping pillows, barnyard & farm games & activities are open every weekend Oct. 1-Sun. Oct. 30.

New for 2016: The Trail of Terror
An 800 ft. haunted walking trail through the Zombie filled woods.
Running every Friday and Saturday night through Saturday Oct. 29
Recommended for ages 12 & older.
Open Halloween night 5-10PM

Poppell Farms pumpkin patch corn maze hayrides Savannah About Poppell Farms

Take a hayride to Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus in the pumpkin patch, get lost in the corn maze, ride the cow train, feed animals in the petting farm, try steer roping, Spyder Slyder and the all-time kids’ favorite, two crop hoppers, which are giant jumping air pillows that have kids giggling upon their first bounce.

PICNIC AREAS are available for use, so bring your own food or visit Poppell Farms’ CALF-A CONCESSION STAND for hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage dogs, chicken sandwiches & fries. Candy, popcorn & treats available.

Other activities include pony rides ($5); duck races; six & younger playground (with 2 bounce houses); hop-a-long rodeo; Betsy the Milk cow contest; large catfish pond (no fishing / watch them eat)

Corn Maze Design for Fall 2016 Coming Sept. 1 2016

Hours

Poppell Farms is open on Sundays, too, for those whose Saturdays are packed with kids’ sporting events.

Sat. Oct. 1-Sun. Oct. 30, 2016
10 AM-5 PM Saturdays
Noon-5 PM Sundays
(5 PM-10PM Fridays, Maze & Haunted Trail, Nighttime activities)
(5PM-10PM Saturdays, Maze & Haunted Trail, Nighttime activities)

Tickets. For ticket prices, click here. 

Special Events

 Saturday 10/1  Grand Opening & Chic-fil-A Day
Come enjoy the day with us and meet the Chic-fil-A Cow!
 Friday 10/07 Open from 5:00 – 10:00
Playground area and Corn Maze
(Family Friendly, Maze is dark but not Haunted, bring your flashlights, No Hayride)
“The Trail of Terror” Haunted Walking Trail Opens at dark
 Saturday 10/8 Boy Scout Day (Recognizing all Boy Scouts at 1:00 pm)
“The Trail of Terror” Haunted Walking Trail Opens at dark
 Friday 10/14 Open from 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Playground area and Corn Maze
(Family Friendly, Maze is dark but not Haunted, bring your flashlights, No Hayride)”The Trail of Terror” Haunted Walking Trail Opens at dark
 Saturday 10/15 Girl Scout Day (Recognizing all Girl Scouts at 1:00 pm)
Wayne County Chamber Member Day
 Friday 10/21 Open from 5:00 – 10:00
Playground area and Corn Maze
(Family Friendly, Maze is dark but not Haunted, bring your flashlights, No Hayride)”The Trail of Terror” Haunted Walking Trail Opens at dark
 Saturday 10/22 Safety Day – Come visit the Fire Safety House presented by The Jesup Fire Department. Also an assortment of public safety vehicles will be on display provided by The Wayne County Sheriff’s office.
 Friday 10/28 Open from 5:00 – 10:00
Playground area and Corn Maze
(Family Friendly, Maze is dark but not Haunted, bring your flashlights, No Hayride)“The Trail Of Terror” Haunted Walking Trail Opens at dark
Saturday 10/29 Halloween Party & Costume Contest begins at 2pm. Now Showing “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” begins at 7:30

Poppell Farms, email popfarms1@windstream.net , (912) 586-2215, 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, 31555 . On Facebook here. Poppell Farms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Science Tutoring, Group Lessons + Youth Art Classes in Savannah

August 23rd, 2016

2525Art Classes & Science Lessons, Tutoring in Savannah

Ms. MC’s Science Farm & Miss Mary’s Art Universe
both are @ Ms. Amy’s School, 2305 Habersham St., Savannah

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”– Albert Einstein

First class is free, come and check out the studio!

Ms. MC’s Science Farm
Kids are natural scientists. Their curiosity and enthusiasm fills them with wonder and sends them hunting for answers. Science Farm allows students to build confidence, character, skills, and knowledge in a fun to be place. Offering private tutoring, group lessons, homeschool tutoring & homework/project assistance.
Group Lessons, 1 hr. (Classes are limited to 4 students)
Private Lessons, 1.5 hrs.
Studio Sessions, 1 hr. Students have access to learning materials, homework and project assistance.

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Miss Mary’s Art Universe
This small art universe is a venue for imagination. Boost creativity and encourage art appreciation in the next generation of Savannah! Classes include homeschool tutoring & private art lessons.
Group Classes (Classes are limited to 4 students)
Parent & Me (Ages 3-4), 45 min. Install an outlet for how much FUN art is. Small projects and lessons that encourage a start in art.
The Fundamentals (Ages 5-8), 1 hr. Explore and learn about the artist’s toolbox. Presenting a collaborative environment with the goal to establish a foundation of basic skills for each artist.
Next Level Fundamentals (Ages 9-13), 1 hr. Reinforce essentials and add tools to the skill set. Artists are given extra room for creativity and are encouraged to keep a sketchbook to review in class.
Individual Classes
Private Lessons (Ages 4-18), 1 hr. Classes are gauged upon skill level and tailored to fit each student.
College Portfolio Prep, 1 hr. Work towards a cohesive portfolio with a clear focus on unique artistic strengths. Determine the tactics and learn how to present your best self.

For more information:
Ms. MC’s Science Farm. Call Brittany Marks Carnahan (315) 335-4068 or email ms.mctutoring@gmail.com.

Miss Mary’s Art Universe. Visit maryjosey.com or contact missmarysartuniverse@gmail.com.

All classes located @ Ms. Amy’s School
2305 Habersham St.
Savannah, GA 31401

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Last chance to save up to 25% at Disney this Fall

August 22nd, 2016

Disney Halloween Deals Savannah Fall is a great time to visit Walt Disney World. Lower crowds, cooler temperatures, and lots of exciting special events. 

And when you book by Aug. 31, you can save up to 25% off most resort stays through Nov. 5 @ select Walt Disney World resort hotels.

Consider an adult-only escape to experience culinary delights, special concerts, celebrity chefs, and more at Epcot Food & Wine Festival. And for 2016, the event has been extended from Sept. 14 through Nov. 14… that’s 62 days of goodness!

Children of all ages will love Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. On select nights in September & October, you can meet special characters, trick or treat inside the Magic Kingdom, enjoy a special parade & fireworks, and of course, this is hands-down the best time to see Disney villains.

If you’re considering a Disney vacation this fall, request your no-obligation quote from SouthernMamas’ go-to vacation planner for 4 years Two Sisters Travel.

Remember, Disney only requires a $200 refundable deposit to start planning.

Get your vacation quote online or call 843-284-3241, and let’s start your Disney vacation countdown!

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel

843.284.3241

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FREE Fishing Event for ages 5-12, Tybee Is., Sept. 24

August 22nd, 2016

free kids fishing event Savannah Tybee 2016 Bring your kids to the FREE Gage Ochsner Kids Fishing & Coastal Water Safety event 8:30-11AM, Sat. Sept. 24 2016 @ the Tybee Pier & Pavilion on Tybee Island.

The day of FREE fun for kids ages 5 to 12 is being held in conjunction with Georgia’s free fishing day & is sponsored by Safe Kids Savannah, the Chatham County Aquatic Center, & the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to promote fishing as a family activity & water safety.

This is the seventh consecutive year for the event which is named in memory of Gage Ochsner, M.D., a long-time supporter of Safe Kids Savannah and specifically the Kids Fishing and Coastal Water Safety event.

Pre-registration is required.

Entry is limited and pre-registration is required. No registration will be allowed on the day of the event.

Register online here. 

All participants will receive a rod and reel, bait, and tackle box. No fishing license required. 

For more information on the event please call 652-6793.

FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA KIDS’ ACTIVITIES, VISIT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR HERE. 

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Tibetan Buddhist monks return to the Jepson Center Sept 13-18 to create sand mandala painting

August 21st, 2016

Tibetan Buddhist Monks in Savannah The Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery return to the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center in Savannah Sept. 13-18 to create an exquisite sand mandala painting as part of a weeklong residency.

Programs related to the monks’ residency include a variety of free activities for all ages. Their previous visits to Savannah attracted hundreds of interested onlookers & participants.

The monks undertake a spiritual art form which involves painstakingly placing millions of grains of sands on a flat platform over the course of the week. The monks have created mandala sand paintings in hundreds of museums, art centers & colleges, universities in the United States & Europe.

On Tues. Sept. 13, the mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site through chanting, music & mantra recitation & draw the outline of the mandala. On the following days, they will lay down the colored sands, this year creating the Akshobya Mandala, also known as the “Unshakable Victor” for conflict resolution & peace.

Visitors may watch the monks at work during normal museum hours in the Jepson Center Atrium Wednesday through Saturday.

On Sun. Sept. 18, the mandala will be destroyed as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are placed in an urn, with half distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony. The remainder will be carried to the Savannah River then dispersed to the ocean for planetary healing.

Funding for this program is provided by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Full Schedule

Tues. Sept. 13, 5-7PM. FREE Opening ceremony: the monks begin with a ceremony and chants, after which they draw the mandala. Admission is free.

Sept. 14-17, 10AM-5PM Mandala sand painting: visitors may watch the monks create the mandala sand painting in the museum atrium during normal daytime museum hours, other than lunchtime. Admission is free.

Thurs. Sept. 15, 6PM FREE Lecture: “Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living” by the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling

For the first time at the Jepson Center, the monks will present a lecture on meditation as an important technique for quieting the mind and establishing an inner basis of clarity and well-being. Meditation is designed to relax and better understand the processes that make up people’s lives. The monks will discuss meditative techniques aimed at strengthening important inner qualities and eliminating inner negativities and habitual patterns. Admission is free.

Sat. Sept. 17, 1-4PM Free Family Day: Hands on activities include community sand painting sessions @ 2PM & 3PM in which children may participate in the creation of a sand painting using the tools of the monks. Admission is free.

Sun. Sept. 18, 2-3PM Closing ceremony: Chants, destruction of the mandala & procession to the river. In a moving closing event with polyphonic chants and music, the monks ritually destroy the mandala. Afterward, sand is distributed to the audience. At 3PM, the public is invited to join the monks for a procession to the Savannah River to release the mandala to the ocean to spread healing throughout the world. Admission for members is free; non-members pay $5.

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Savannah after-school art classes: Drawing & Videogame Development @ Telfair Museums

August 19th, 2016

Fall art classes video game development Savannah Telfair MuseumsFALL 2016 YOUTH CLASSES @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center

For more information on Telfair’s education programs, classes, studio workshops, and registration, call 912.790.8823 or visit telfair.org/learn

All events are located in the Jepson Center at 207 West York St. on
Telfair Square, Savannah 31401 unless otherwise noted

Portfolio Builder: Drawing I
Ages: 10–14
Thursdays, Sept. 22–Oct. 20,
4:30–6PM
Members $100 / non-members $125
Instructor: Marisa Lilje
This class is designed to help upper-elementary and middle school students improve their drawing skills. In Drawing I, students will develop a strong grasp and understanding of foundational drawing—a great class for students wishing to expand or refine their art portfolios. New students welcome!

Videogame Development
Ages: 10–16, Thursdays, Sept. 22–Oct. 20, 4:30–6PM
Members $100 / non-members $125
Instructor: Johnathan Bushnell
In this five-week class, students will build their own videogames. Students will explore, play, and develop videogames while learning the basics of computer programming using Game Maker. Suitable for beginners or intermediate-level participants with a fun-loving personality, this workshop requires no previous programming experience. All materials are provided.

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Workshops

Museum Sketch Crawl
Ages: teen to adult
Sat. Oct. 1, 2:30–5PM
Free with registration; email bradleyk@telfair.org or call 912.790.8823.
Tour One Hundred Years of Harmony, and take time to find the harmony in the objects and environments of our three museum sites. We will meet at the Jepson Center at 2:30PM to enjoy a leisurely group tour of the exhibition and sketch inside the galleries. Then, we will travel to the Telfair Academy and Owens Thomas House to explore further ideas of harmony in sketching.

Intro to Woodcarving Carve
Your Own Folk Art Cane
Ages: teen to adult
Saturday, Nov. 5, 1–5PM
Members $125 / non-members $150
Instructor: Matt Toole
In conjunction with Stick Men, this one-day workshop will provide an intro to basic woodcarving techniques. In this class, you will have the opportunity to view traditional folk art canes, learn about the various tools and woods available, and gain hands-on experience carving your own folk art cane. Students will also begin to understand how to visualize the finished work and think in three-dimensions. At the end of the session everyone will go home with their own set of carving tools and a good start on your own
personalized cane.

Learn more about Matt Toole here

Tobia Makover, Featured
Artist: Mixed Media
Photography
Ages: teen to adult
Sat. Nov. 12, 1–5PM
Members $125 / non-members $150
Some materials required
In this workshop, students will learn about the artist’s work and explore Tobia’s techniques from beginning to end while gaining hands-on experience incorporating encaustic in their own photography. Tobia will demonstrate techniques and provide advice as students have a chance to experiment with a variety of prepared surfaces. Each student will create their own personalized 6 xy6 inch photographic work based on Tobia’s process.

Learn more about Tobia Makover here. 

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For more information on Telfair’s education programs, classes, studio workshops, and registration, call 912.790.8823 or visit telfair.org/learn

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50% off all math programs @ Sylvan Learning Center of Savannah

August 19th, 2016

50% off Sylvan Tutoring Savannah

See Your Child’s Skills and Confidence Soar

Find the right math program for your family. Sylvan Learning of Savannah offers several math programs to make a big academic impact and fit your budget.

Looking for other options?

Sylvan Learning of Savannah is offering 50% off ALL Math Programs for ALL Grade Levels, ALL semester (through Oct. 5 2016)

If your child can use math help, take heart: Sylvan delivers results.

Kids who come to Sylvan for math tutoring typically see up to two times more growth in their math scores than other students. How? Sylvan has modern math lessons that are similar to how students learn in school today. Sylvan also use the best in teaching and technology to make learning personal and engage your child

Sylvan’s personal approach to math tutoring

Sylvan has 35+ years of experience guiding kids to math success. They know that every child learns in his or her own way. This means personal attention can make all the difference in mastering math.

When it comes to math tutoring, personal learning is what Sylvan does best. Their math tutors use your child’s personal learning plan and engaging technology (such as iPads®, interactive exercises and a fun rewards system) to motivate and inspire your child. Sylvan math tutors get to the root of your child’s needs, so your child can soar with newfound skills and confidence.

No wonder kids love coming to Sylvan. Start today.

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

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

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Free Telfair Art Fair 2016, Nov. 12-13

August 18th, 2016

Telfair Art Fair 2016 Savannah 22nd Annual Telfair Art Fair
Nov. 12-13, Telfair Square in front of the Jepson Center for the Arts
Savannah’s largest, liveliest, and most cel­ebrated open-air festival of visual art, Telfair Art Fair attracts thousands of high-end art collectors, tourists, local residents, and families. Featuring 85 artists displaying and selling works in a variety of artistic disciplines—and for a wide range of budgets—this year’s Telfair Art Fair presents an array of genres, including painting, printmaking, digital media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, furniture, glass, textiles/fiber, and mixed media.
Free Admission

Free Family Day
1-4pm, November 12, Jepson Center for the Arts
Take time to enjoy the annual Telfair Art Fair, explore Telfair’s modern and contemporary art collection, and apply a bit of your own creativity both inside and outside the museum!
Free Admission

JEPSON CENTER
207 W. York St. Savannah, 31401

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FREE Festival in the Park, amusement rides, fireworks during Patriot Weekend in Pooler

August 18th, 2016

Free Pooler Festival 2015 Patriot Weekend The Festival in the Park will be at the Pooler Park off Rogers Street (900 S. Rogers Street, Pooler, Ga.) on Sat. Sept. 10, 2016, 4-9:30PM.

The event is free and will be family friendly. Food, drinks and merchandise will be available for purchase from local vendors. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Parking options here.

The festival will include:
*free amusement rides
*a free concert at 7PM featuring Pooler musician Jared Wade
*a First Responders Showcase, 4-6PM. Meet those that serve in local Police and Fire Departments and check out their vehicles and equipment. See firetrucks, bomb sniffing dogs, emergency helicopters and more.
*free fireworks display at 9:15PM

More details here. 

FREE Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival 2016 includes Ms Peanut & Little Goober competition

August 18th, 2016

Free Peanut Festival Bluffton SC The Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival has evolved from a one day event to a weekend filled with activities for the whole family to participate in.

Ms. Peanut & Little Goober competition

Start off the festival with Thurs. Sept. 8 at 4:30PM with the official “Cracking of the Nut” at the Bluffton’s Farmers Market & Ms Peanut & Little Goober competition. The Ms. Peanut & Little Goober event is for children under the age of three. There will be a boys and a girls winner. Judges are looking for the cutest little peanuts and goobers to enter. Entry cost: $25. Details here. 

Friday night is a night for the grown ups with the 2nd Annual Peanut Pub Crawl through Old Town Bluffton.

Sat. Sept. 10 Festival 

Bring the whole family down Sat. Sep. 10 from Noon- 5PM for a day filled with tons of peanut fun & a boiled peanut cook-off

Location

Bluffton Village
(Between the Library and the Post Office off 46)
Bluffton, SC 29910

Boiled Peanut Cook-off

Community members, restaurants, bakeries, home cooks, and artisan boilers are welcome to enter. Details on the contest here.

Kids’ Zone
Includes zipline, euro jumper, rock wall, bungie jumper, dunk tank & more.

Cost
No charge for admission. In the “Kid Zone”, several vendors who charge on their own. Prices for those activities range from free and up to around $10 for zip lining.

For more info, click here or email eblack@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org

Healthy Me family event @ Savannah Children’s Museum, Sept. 3

August 18th, 2016

Healthy Me Event Savannah Children's Museum Hands-on edible education is coming to the Savannah Children’s Museum this Sept. 3.

Savannah Children’s Museum will host a day of workshops focused on healthy living to kick of their new Health and Wellness initiatives and celebrate becoming a nationally recognized Let’s Move! museum.

The event, called Healthy Me, is Sat  Sept 3, 9AM-2PM at Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401.

Highlights include:

  • The Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah will be on-site with veggie relay races
  • Bowling plus fitness bingo, Grow.Eat.Repeat. will share lessons about composting and using food scraps to create nutrient rich soil for plants.
  • Yogi Palz will have yoga classes promoting health and balance geared for children ages 2.5 to 12 years of age.
  • Healthy Savannah will also be available to provide tips on ways to stay physically fit in our community.

In addition to these partner workshops, Savannah Children’s Museum educators will lead interactive programming at several of the museum exhibits that encourage healthy living and will discuss new programs for the Fall such as Cooking Matters, the Mobile Greenhouse and the Charlie Cart.

Cost 

The Healthy Me Event is included in the cost of museum admission, $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older. This event is free for Coastal Heritage Society members.

About Let’s Move Museums and Gardens

Let’s Move is a national initiative, coordinated by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs.

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Free interactive outdoor installation @ Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah

August 18th, 2016

Ships of the Sea Museum Gestalt SavannahBring the family to see a large interactive installation  in the North Garden of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah

As part of Ships of the Sea’s fiftieth anniversary, Ships of the Sea presents a large interactive installation entitled “Gestalt” by local artist and SCAD professor Chris Nitsche.

The installation – located along the north wall in the Museum’s North Garden – will be open free to the public daily from August- December 2016.

The installation takes the shape of a ship’s hull—75 feet long, 8 feet high, and will be built in sections with access gaps to enable visitors to walk through the inside of the hull.

Great chance to pay homage to the maritime history of Savannah.

A selection of the Chris Nitsche’s preliminary sketches are on display in the Museum atrium.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
AUG.-DEC 2016 TUES-SUN, 10AM-5PM (LAST ADMISSION 4:15)

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Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
41 Martin.Luther King Jr Blvd.
Savannah, 31401
(912) 232-1511

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