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Savannah Holidays 2016: Christmas parades, Santa visits; holiday lights

December 2nd, 2016

CHristmas events Savannah family kids Visit our Savannah Holiday Family Fun Guide 2016 for details family holiday events during December 2016 in Savannah & the Lowcountry.

We’ll also include the Skatefest 2016 schedule for indoor ice-skating during school break @ Savannah Civic Center once the schedule is available. Link to the holiday guide here.

Savannah Holidays 2016: Savannah’s Best Home Holiday Lights Displays

November 30th, 2016

Best Home Holiday Christmas Lights Displays Pooler

Driving around Savannah, Pooler & Richmond Hill looking at home holiday light displays and decorations is a favorite family tradition.

From colossal Santa snow globes to computerized Christmas lights animated with music, we have your guide to local home holiday light displays.

Kids especially love those 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.

Want to add a home lights display to this list? Please email us the info at anne@southernmamas.com

Confirmed 2016 displays not to be missed

  • 24 Greatwood Way, Savannah, 31407 in the Highlands Subdivision (Godley Park). Pictured above. 28,000 lights, inflatables, archways of lights. Display is on nightly, 6PM till midnight
  • 9 Yorkshire Place, Classic display with LED lights, characters, inflatables. It is turned on around dusk. Display stays up until New Years. See a quick video of the display here. 
  • 202 Blue Marlin Dr. , Seagate subdivision, Whitemarsh Island. The light display is on from about 6PM- 10PM through January 1 2017.
  • 82 Coffee Pointe Dr. For years, these owners had a favorite display at their former home at 102 Junco Way in Georgetown. They continue to have a lights display at their new home; however it’s in a gated community. But the gates are usually open until 7PM so come early.
  • 185 J. Hendley Ct., Richmond Hill (New addition)
  • 165 Bald Cypress Lane, Bloomingdale (off Little Neck Road). Nightly 5:30-9:30PM

Unfortunately, a favorite @ 182 Mills Run Drive near Chatham Parkway is taking 2016 holiday season off.

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Not sure yet (If you know the status of any of these yet, please let us know)

  • 165 Bald Cypress Lane off of Little Neck Road, Computerized and static display that in the past is on 5:30-9:30PM nightly in Cypress Creek subdivision. Entrance to subdivision is 5 miles from Savannah Christian Church. There usually is also a display on Cypress Street in Bloomingdale.
  • 701 Stuart St. off Waters Avenue. The huge collection of giant inflatable holiday decorations are back at 701 Stuart St. off Waters Avenue in Savannah.
  • 116 N. Sheftall Circle on Wilmington Island. Roughly 40,000-50,000 lights.
  • 512 Gordonston Ave. Savannah: Old-fashioned holiday yard display that’s been a favorite for years.  On certain nights, they offer hot chocolate for visitors and even Santa visits.
  • 504 E. 52 St, Ardsley Park
  • 109 Wynngate Rd in Wilmington Park on Wilmington Island. (nearby are usually nice displays at 3 Lancaster and 106 Okatee and 110 Santee)

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Public Holiday Lights Displays in Savannah

December Nights & Holiday Lights 2016 @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah. Details here.

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Holiday Lights worth the drive

Harbour Town Lights, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is. FREE. ($6 per vehicle Sea Pines gate fee) Through January 1. Details here

Dove Street Festival of Lights at Shelter Cove Towne Center, Hilton Head Is. 6-10PM nightly through Jan. 2. Details here. 

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

Holiday Festival of Lights Charleston S.C. Details here

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights @ Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Details here.

Want to add a home lights display to this list? Please email us the info at anne@southernmamas.com

Group Spanish lessons for children in Savannah

November 30th, 2016

Spanish classes for kids in Savannah PlaySpanish

New PlaySpanish group classes in Savannah start Jan. 7 2017 for children ages 1-10.

Immersion learning is the way children learn naturally and in these group classes your children will be so busy having fun and making friends they won’t even realize they’re learning a new language!

Why? The benefits of being able to communicate with a few hundred million more people are obvious. What you might not know is that the regular use of a second language whether fluent or while learning is great exercise for your child’s brain! This better prepares them to excel in all subjects in school, not just in foreign languages.

Call today for details. Space is limited: 719 502 7685.

New class times

Mami y yo (ages 1-3) Mondays 10AM, Saturdays 4PM;
Los Kinders (ages 4-6) Mondays 430PM, Saturdays 3PM;
Los ecolares (ages 7-10) Mondays 530PM, Saturdays 5PM.

Visit PlaySpanish Facebook page HERE for FREE Spanish learning resources for kids.

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Savannah occupational therapist: Improving a child’s messy handwriting may require therapy

November 30th, 2016

Physical Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Savannah Pooler Handwriting Help

By Megan Valdivieso, an occupational therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. She sees pediatric patients in the Savannah and Pooler offices.

You may think your child’s messy handwriting will naturally improve with time and practice. But producing legible, neat handwriting often requires skilled intervention with an occupational therapist.

Handwriting is impacted by several hand skills, including hand strength and endurance, fine motor coordination, and pencil grasp. Your child’s core strength and postural stability can also play a role.

Eye-hand coordination, visual memory and visual perceptual skills also can affect handwriting. Without refined visual skills, your child will have difficulty copying off the board, recalling a visual image from memory or writing on lined paper.

Occupational therapists often take a multisensory approach to helping children improve their handwriting. This reinforces learning and allows the child’s nervous system to integrate information efficiently. They may use scented markers, shaving cream and chalk to motivate a child who struggles with traditional paper and pencil activities.

If your child’s handwriting is a problem, talk to your pediatrician about a referral to an occupational therapist. Addressing the problem early improves your child’s chances of achieving successful handwriting skills.

Megan Valdivieso is an occupational therapist with The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center (rehabinstitute.memorialhealth.com). She sees pediatric patients in the Savannah and Pooler offices. Memorial University Medical Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

New Kindermusik Savannah class for ages 0-4

November 30th, 2016

Kindermusik Savannah Mommy & Me TOTALLY NEW CLASS for ages 0-4

Kindermusik with 88 Keys Piano in Savannah is offering ‘Wiggle & Grow Together’ on Monday mornings at 10AM, available for newborns to 4-year-olds and their caregivers.

Come join in for a super fun family class this month!

You can enroll online by clicking here.  Can’t wait to see you in class!

Also, next week is playdate week: “Milk n Cookies” is open for children ages 0-7. Playdates will meet Dec. 14 & 17 at 10am.

Visit kindermusikwith88keysga.com or call 912.988.KEYS to enroll.

Kindermusik Savannah, kindermusikwith88keys.com,  email music@88keysga.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397) Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

(Savannah schools) St. Andrew’s announces new Head of School

November 30th, 2016

Savannah private Schools St. Andrew's School Wilmington Is. St. Andrew’s School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kelley Waldron as the next Head of School for St. Andrew’s. After serving as Interim Head of School for the past several months, Dr. Waldron received unanimous support from both the Head of School Search Committee and the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Waldron has been a part of the St. Andrew’s community since 2002. In that time, she has served as Director of Admissions, Academic Dean of the Upper School, Director of Studies, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Lower School Head, teacher, mentor and so much more.

Dr. Waldron is an alumna of Leadership Savannah, serves on the board of Savannah Horizons, is co-founder of Teach the Future Fellowship, and was selected as a 2015 Rising Star by Savannah Magazine.
Last year, in preparation for the Head of School search, the Board of Trustees compiled a profile for an ideal candidate to lead the school. The Search committee found Dr. Waldron to possess the qualifications and characteristics that St. Andrew’s needs to prepare all students for the world of tomorrow. She has a strong understanding of the St. Andrew’s mission and holds student welfare at the core of each decision. Her history of success in leadership roles and her position in the forefront of educational innovation make her an asset to the community.

More about St. Andrew’s School 

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island in Savannah – named Best Private School in Savannah by the readers of Savannah Magazine – is for ages 3 through grade 12. St. Andrew’s offers  the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

For more information on this Pre-K3 through 12th grade school, visit https://saslions.com

OPEN HOUSE: See St. Andrew’s in action at an open house for prospective families, 9AM this Thurs. Jan. 5. Details here. 

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email admission@saintschool.com On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Holiday Open Studio @ Scribble Art Studio in Savannah helps parents, entertains kids

November 29th, 2016

Holiday Open Studio Scribble Art Savannah Youth Kids Holidays

Yes you can get everything done this holiday season – thanks to Holiday Open Studio at Scribble Art Studio in Savannah,

This December 2016, drop your child off @ Scribble Art Studio @ 212 E. 37th St. Savannah to do some holiday art while you take care of errands, shopping or cooking.

Open Studio is available 12:30-6PM each day Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29 & 3o.

Scribble is offering Open Studio hours to make holiday shopping/cleaning/cooking easier for parents.

Learn more here.

For more info, call 912-713-7376 or email info@thescribbleartstudio.com

Scribble Art Studio, 212 E. 37th St. Savannah, GA 31401. Scribble 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

Kids Stay Free + Swim Up Room Upgrade Deals at New Nickelodeon Resort

November 29th, 2016

Nickelodeon Resort Discount Travel Looking to escape the cold, celebrate something special, or just want a great all-inclusive family vacation, Two Sisters Travel has the deals on the newest family-focused, all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, Nickelodeon Resort by Karisma.

Opening earlier this year the Nickelodeon Resort just outside Punta Cana offers families a five-star luxury, all-inclusive vacation experience that’s filled with playful surprises. The resort features an interactive water park, Aqua Nick, complete with slides & a lazy river and of course all of your kids favorite Nick characters like SpongeBob, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, & more. Parents will love the gourmet restaurants, 24-hour room service, and the spacious accommodations designed for families.

For a very limited time, take advantage of some amazing deals making a Nickelodeon Resort vacation an incredible value! For stays 5 nights or longer enjoy the Kids Stay Free promotion AND a Complimentary Character Breakfast. With this package Two Sisters Travel is also offering an exclusive FREE Swim Up Room Upgrade.

Yes, that’s right you pay for a standard suite, and Two Sisters Travel will upgrade you to a Swim Up Room!!

If you’re looking for the perfect spring break or summer vacation consider Nickelodeon Resort! Contact Two Sisters Travel today for a customized no-obligation quote online or call 843-284-3241 for details.

Let Two Sisters Travel help start your Caribbean vacation countdown!

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Savannah holidays 2016: Holiday Parent & Juniors Golf Tournament @ The Club at Savannah Harbor, Dec. 11

November 29th, 2016

Junior Parent Golf Tournament Holiday Savannah Kids Golf

Spend time outdoors with your child during the Holidays 2016 at a special Holiday Parent-Junior Golf Tournament @ The Club at Savannah Harbor , Dec. 11 2016, 1:30PM on Hutchinson Island, next to Westin Savannah.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

The club’s tournaments and clinics are open to the public. $59 per parent-child team/$45 for Troon Junior Club Members. Includes 2 green fees on the 18-hole course, cart fees, use of practice facility and prizes. FREE Troon Junior Club membership to all winners.

Interested in signing up? Contact Paul Killgallon for more information at 912.201.2240, email paul.killgallon@westin.com

The Club at Savannah Harbor, Hutchinson Is., 2 Resort Drive, Savannah, 31421, 912.201.2240, On Facebookhere. Email Golf.savannah@westin.com,www.theclubatsavannahharbor.com  The Club at Savannah Harbor is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

(Savannah schools) St. Andrew’s 8th grade students study sea life first-hand

November 28th, 2016

St Andrew's School Savannah STEM private

Students & teachers @ St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island in Savannah know more about microplastics and the impact they can have on sea life, thanks to a program launched by Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant and funded by the Landings Landlovers, Inc.

The students and teachers participating in the program went on a trawl aboard the R/V Sea Dawg and collected, sorted, identified and counted the organisms they caught, including shrimp, blue crabs and fish. They also collected water samples and took those back to the Marine Education Center lab to examine for the presence and abundance of microplastics.

Read about this program here.

More about St. Andrew’s School 

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island in Savannah – named Best Private School in Savannah by the readers of Savannah Magazine – is for ages 3 through grade 12. St. Andrew’s is an International Baccalaureate World School.

For more information on this Pre-K3 through 12th grade school, visit www.saintschool.com

OPEN HOUSE: See St. Andrew’s in action at an open house for prospective families, 9AM this Thurs. Dec. 1. Details here. 

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941, email admission@saintschool.com On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Savannah Holidays 2016: St. James School Christmas Carnival, Savannah, Dec. 10

November 28th, 2016

 

St. James Christmas Carnival 2016 Savannah schools Save the date for St. James Catholic School Christmas Carnival 2016 on Sat. Dec. 10, which is open to the public.

Bring the kids to enjoy a zipline, Santa, bounce house, twin spin, dixie cartwell, rock wall, jousting, inflatables, petting zoo, a new photo booth, jousting @ St. James Catholic School, 8412 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, 31406

Sat. Dec. 10
11AM – 3PM

Fun for the entire family.

Order pre-purchased all-inclusive bracelets & tickets by Fri. Dec. 2 for reduced pricing.

Pre-purchased reduced prices all-inclusive wristbands: $23/each; tickets: $8/$10

Questions? Please contact: Alyssa Harvey via email at lyssas18@msn.com or Alison Doan via email @ alison.doan@gmail.com
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More About St. James Catholic School

For more information on this Pre-K through 8th grade school or St. James Early Learning Center for ages 1-3 , visit www.sjcs-savannahga.org, call (912) 355-3132, email christinawi@sjcs-savannahga.org

St. James Catholic School, 8412 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, 31406, email christinawi@sjcs-savannahga.org, (912) 355-3132,  www.sjcs-savannahga.org On Facebook here.  St. James Catholic School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

(Savannah photographers) Affordable holiday photo sessions @ this woodlands winter set on Skidaway Island

November 28th, 2016

Savannah Photographers Holiday Photos Family Photography

Yes there is still time to have professional holiday family photos done in time for your holiday cards.

Thanks to private, affordable photo sessions with Family Tides Photography in Savannah .

Slots are available to have customized photos made this Sat. and Sun. Dec. 3 and 4 at Skidaway Island State Park with this pretty woodlands winter set pictured above.

Book your pre-scheduled photo session here. 

Family Tides Photography, 912-650-0242, email nancy@familytidesphotography.com, familytidesphotography.com, Family Tides Photography is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Low Country Dermatology holiday donation drive to collect needed supplies for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire

November 27th, 2016
Low Country Dermatology Savannah dermatologists

Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington (owner of Low Country Dermatology) and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire in Savannah.

For the third consecutive year, Low Country Dermatology will hold a holiday donation drive to collect needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire and to help stock a “holiday store” for RMHC families.

Low Country Dermatology will accept donations through 5PM Monday, Dec. 19 2016.

“The stress of having a child in the hospital is often overwhelming, and having to think about buying holiday gifts has to be the farthest thing from a parent’s mind,” said Dr. Corinne Howington, who owns Low Country Dermatology. “That’s why I’m asking my patients and our community to help spread some cheer to these deserving families.”

Items donated to the holiday store will allow parents who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House to pick out presents for their children and other family members.

Gift ideas include:
• Infants/toddlers: Stuffed animals, musical instruments, bath toys, teething toys, board books and interactive toys (blocks, rattles)
• School-aged children: Nerf and Fisher Price toys; Legos and board games; toy trucks; dolls and dress-up clothes; puzzles and arts and craft kits.
and
• Teenagers: Footballs, volleyballs, basketballs; journals; adult coloring books and colored pencils; books and video games.
• Adults: Robes and slippers; Bath and Body Works lotions and sprays; books & interactive journals; electric razors and gift cards for coffee, movies and meals.

You can also donate wishlist items to the 13-bedroom Ronald McDonald House in Savannah to better serve families with a child in the hospital.

Wishlist items to support the operations of the house include: quick meals (soups, Ramen noodles, mac and cheese); individually packaged snacks, boxes of cereal and drinks; high efficiency free and clear laundry detergent and dryer sheets; hand sanitizer and hand soap; bathroom, shower and toilet bowl cleaners; Swiffer Wet Jet fluid and pads; disposable bowls, plates utensils and gloves; 33-gallon trash bags; 60-watt CFL light bulbs; toothbrushes and toothpaste, dishwasher tablets, sponges and liquid dish soap; Febreze; gallon zip-lock bags; tissues; disinfectant wipes and gas/grocery gift cards.

All gifts should be unwrapped. All donated items should be new, unopened and unused.

Items can be dropped off through Monday, Dec. 19, during office hours at the Low Country Dermatology office at 310 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 12A. The practice is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM and Fridays from 8AM to noon.

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find and support programs that enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, click here.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY

Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.

Low Country Dermatology, 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406, lcderm.com Low Country Dermatology is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Savannah Holidays 2016: Parent & Child Clay Workshop

November 27th, 2016

Holiday Parent & Child Clay Ornament Workshop Savannah 2016Holiday Clay Parent & Child Workshop in Savannah.

Enjoy a holiday-themed parent and child Saturday workshop Dec. 10, 10AM-Noon @ City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Make your own festive piece of art!

Students will learn basic hand building techniques and decorating techniques. For ages 5 & older.

Pre-register. Details here. 

City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Parent & Me Music Classes in Savannah for ages 0-7

November 27th, 2016

Kindermusik Savannah 2016 Parent & Me Early Childhood Music Classes

Got rhythm?

At every stage and at every age, we’re so much more than just music.

At Kindermusik with 88 Keys Piano in Savannah, they find creative, exciting, engaging, and multi sensory ways to immerse children ages 0-7 in music, and introduce them to a lifelong love for singing, listening to, playing and loving music.

Best part is you get to experience all of this right along side them, to create loving and lasting memories together!

Join Kindermusik with 88 Keys Piano in Savannah for new themes in December: babies ages 0-2 start “Old McDonald” on Mondays at 9:20AM; toddlers ages 2-4 will begin “Silly All Over” Mondays at 10:15AM; Family Class for ages 0-7 will start “Outside my Window” on Tuesdays at 10AM.

Email us to set up your free trial class today! Email music@88keysga.com.

Kindermusikwith88keys.com or call 912.988.KEYS.

Kindermusik Savannah, kindermusikwith88keys.com,  email music@88keysga.com, 912.988.KEYS (5397) Kindermusik is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah Holidays 2016: Luminary Fun Night with Mrs. Claus

November 26th, 2016

Mrs. Claus Holiday Family Fun Skidaway Island State Park Savannah Luminary Fun Night with Mrs. Claus on Sat. Dec 10, 2016 6-8PM @ Skidaway Island State Park.

Bring your children and pets and join Mrs. Claus for a very special Luminary Night.

Enjoy a walk along the enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. Cookies, cookies and more cookies will be served.

All activities $2 per person. $5 parking.

Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, Ga 31411

Skidaway Island State Park, 912-598-2300, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411