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Government Shutdown Closures in the Savannah, Lowcountry area

January 10th, 2019

Fort Pulaski National Monument Savannah government shutdown closed

If you’re planning to take the kids to complete junior ranger programs at any national monuments in the Savannah & Lowcountry area, please note that many are closed due to the federal government shutdown including:

(Savannah) Fort Pulaski National Monument just outside Savannah is closed. Fort Pulaski Web site will not be updated & may not reflect current conditions.

(Charleston SC) Fort Sumter National Monument is closed. All Fort Sumter National Monument sites (Liberty Square, Fort Sumter, and Fort Moultrie) will be closed to visitors during the government shutdown.

(St. Simons, Ga) Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island park grounds will be accessible. However, the NPS will not operate the park and facilities will be closed. No visitor services provided. hazardous or dangerous conditions may exist.

(St. Mary’s, Ga) Cumberland Is. National Seashore remains open, however no visitor services, facilities, or ferry service will be provided. Campers will be notified of final ferry departure from the island.

(Macon, Ga.) Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon is closed . The website will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions. All of Ocmulgee National Monument is closed. Phones, emails, and social media will not be monitored.

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Those planning to head to Atlanta to visit the The Martin Luther King, Jr. NHP for MLK Jr. Day weekend, please note the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta is closed during the federal government shutdown.

Savannah children’s birthdays: Cheer, Princess & Ninja parties @ Crowned Elite Athletics gym

January 9th, 2019

Crowned Elite Birthdays Cheer Ninja Savannah kids

CHEER • PRINCESS • NINJA Kids’ Birthday Parties in Savannah

Looking for a new, entertaining spot for your child’s next party? Look no further than Crowned Elite Athletics gym in Savannah.

Host your party in their 5,000-sqft space, complete with your own personal coaching staff, tumbling equipment, ninja courses, a bouncy house and more.

$250 party includes 2 hour gym rental, trained coaching staff and party host. Book a party online here. 

If you have questions, please email christy@crowendeliteathletics.com.

Crowned Elite Athletics, (912) 308-5719, crownedeliteathletics.com, 202 Bourne Blvd, Suite 160 Savannah, GA 31408, Crowned Elite Athletics is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Savannah private & public school 2019 open houses

January 9th, 2019

Savannah private public school open houses 2019

Admissions season has begun! Come visit Savannah’s schools @ these open houses to get to know the schools yourself.

Upcoming Savannah private school open houses for prospective families include:

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Open house @ St. Vincent’s Academy, Savannah, 1PM Sun. Jan. 13 2019. Registration details here.

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Open House @ The Habersham School, 9AM Fri. Jan. 18 2019 @ Gould Cottage Campus.  PreK3-12th Grades. Registration details here. 

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Parent Informational Coffee & Campus Tour, Savannah Country Day School, 9:30AM Wed. Jan. 23 2019. Registration details here. 

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Open house @ Savannah Christian Preparatory School, 9:30AM Wed. Jan. 23 2019. Registration details here. 

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Open house @ Savannah Honor Academy, 2PM Jan. 27 2019. K-5. Registration details here. 

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Open house @ Blessed Sacrament School (preK-8th grade) Open House, 11AM-2PM Jan. 27 2019. Registration details here. 

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(Savannah) Open House @ Saint Peter the Apostle School on Wilmington Is. 10AM-1PM Sun. Jan. 27 2019.  Registration details here. 

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Open house @ Calvary Day School, Savannah, 2-4PM Jan. 27 2019. Registration details here.

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Open house @ JEA Preschool Savannah, 10AM Wed. Jan. 30 2019. Registration details here. 

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Open house @ St. Andrew’s School, Wilmington Is., 9AM Thurs. Feb. 7 2019. Registration details here. 

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Open house @ JEA Preschool Savannah, 11AM Sun. Feb. 24 2019. Registration details here. 

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Savannah-Chatham Public School Open Houses start in January 2019. Find the schedule & application info here. 

(Savannah pediatric dentists) Kid’s Dentistree dental care just for kids in Richmond Hill

January 8th, 2019

Kid's Dentistree Pediatric Dentistry Richmond Hill Savannah

Kid’s Dentistree in Richmond Hill is a fun, family-friendly dental practice just for kids.

Kid’s Dentistree patients, from toddlers to teens, love how Kid’s Dentistree takes the anxiety out of going to the dentist. In fact, they make it fun! Help your child start a lifetime of healthy smiles today.

Learn more about Kids Dentistree and there services, or make an appointment, here. 

The Richmond Hill office is a kind, patient and experienced team. The goal: to establish a trusting relationship with the parent and child and set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

The office is located in the “Clock Tower” building, right next to The Suites at Station Exchange on Ford Avenue in Richmond Hill.

Kid’s Dentistree
912-756-5437
1101 Gandy Dancer
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

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(Savannah pediatric urologists) Dr. Richard Mazo Joins Pediatric Surgery Practice

January 8th, 2019

Pediatric Urologists Savannah Memorial Richard Mazo Chances are any Savannah parent whose child has had bladder problems knows Dr. Richard Mazo,  a board-certified pediatric urologist who has been in private practice in Savannah for more than 30 years.

Dr. Mazo has now joined the staff of Memorial Health University Physicians | Children’s Care GI & Surgery.

Children’s Care GI & Surgery – which also includes surgeons Dr. William Boswell, Dr. David Carney and Dr. Miller Hamrick and gastroenterologist Dr. Christopher Rittmeyer – recently moved into a new location on the campus of Memorial Health University Medical Center. The physicians now see patients in the Children’s Care Outpatient Center in Building 800.

Mazo is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He completed residencies in general surgery and urology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and a fellowship in urology at Meath Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Mazo also serves as clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah.

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Savannah golf lessons for kids: Girls Golf Clinic, Spring Clinics & FREE Junior Golf Clinic

January 7th, 2019

girls golf clinic 2019 savannah

Girls Golf of Savannah Clinic
Sat. Jan. 26 2019
Girls Golf of Savannah will host a 90-minute fun golf clinic for girls-only.
The clinic is for girls ages 7 years old to high school seniors.
The clinic will be 3-4:30PM with a cost of $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
To register, visit www.GirlsGolfSavannah.com

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Junior Golf Authority Savannah kids golf lessons

ASWING Junior Golf Academy Spring Semester Clinics
Beginning Sat. Feb. 2 2019.
The ASWING Junior Golf Academy begins its 12-week semester of clinics for girls and boys ages 5 years old to high school seniors. Certified curriculum & staff provide a FUN & process-driven plan to coach your child to play better golf no matter their ability, as well as cultivating the character development that golf provides.

These coaches are not trying to help create good golfers. They’re trying to create AMAZING golfers. They believe that should be the goal of every junior golf program in the country. However, the way they will go about creating those amazing golfers is vastly different from what is available in most junior golf programs. The focus is on the needs & learning styles of the juniors. Kids learn by playing and by encouragement, which they provide with our “golf playground” of stations and activities during every clinic. The kids love the excitement…some days even a parent can play too! The children who go through ASWING will build a love for golf and physical activity.

Be sure to take note of the kids’ faces as they go through the program. Watch the smiles. Watch the laughter. Watch the determination. Watch how their bodies move. Because of the varying physical nature of this program and its cross-training, the athletes who play other sports will also see increased skill levels in those sports.

To learn more about Savannah’s Junior Golf Authority, visit www.A-Swing.com or call Coach Paul at 912-704-8902 while slots are available.

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FREE Junior Golf Clinic in Savannah

On Sat. Jan. 26 from noon – 3PM, the ASWING Junior Golf Academy will host a FREE Junior Golf Clinic for kids ages 5 years old to high school players. The first clinic will be for ages 5-9 years, noon-1PM. The second clinic will be for ages 8-13 years at 1-2PM. The last clinic will be for ages 12 years old and older, 2-3PM.

To register your child, visit www.jrgolfguy.com or call Coach Paul at 912-704-8902 while supplies last.

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(Savannah private preK-8th grade schools) Open House @ Blessed Sacrament School

January 7th, 2019

Blessed Sacrament Savannah schools catholic private

School searching in Savannah for the 2019-20 school year? Come tour the newly redone Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah @ an Open House on Sun. Jan. 27, 2019, 11AM-2PM.

Open House @ Blessed Sacrament School
Sun. Jan. 27 2019,  11AM-2PM
RSVP 912.356.6987

See Blessed Sacrament’s new, state of the art science lab, art room, media center, music center, new lecture hall & new gym @ this landmark pre-K through 8th grade Savannah school.

BSS has what your child needs to go confidently into the future.

Email for more information: info@bss-savannah.org or call 912-356-6987.

Learn more about Blessed Sacrament – a pre-K through 8th grade school – here.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, www.bss-savannah.org, 1003 E. Victory Drive, Savannah 31405. On Facebook here 912-356-6987. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Savannah private schools: Open House @ Calvary Day School, Jan. 27

January 7th, 2019

Savannah private schools Calvary Day School Chatham County

You & your family are invited to get a first-hand glimpse of all the amazing opportunities available for students in Pre-K through 12th grade @ Calvary Day School in Savannah.

Calvary Day School open houses are the perfect chance to see what today’s learners are doing to become tomorrow’s leaders.

Learn more here

2019-20 Open Houses @ Calvary Day School, 4625 Waters Ave, Savannah

Sun. Jan. 27 2019, 2-4PM
Sun. March 3 2019, 2-4PM

Register online here for any of the above open houses.

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Private Tours

Private tours are also available throughout the school year from 9AM-2PM. To schedule your private tour, call Calvary admissions department at (912) 351-2299 or email admissions@calvarydayschool.com to schedule your tour.

To learn more about Calvary Day School, visit their website at www.calvarydayschool.com.

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Calvary Day School, 4625 Waters Ave., Savannah 31404, Lower School tel: 912-351-2299; Upper School tel: 912-644-5080 email admissions@calvarydayschool.com
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Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Opening in Savannah

January 7th, 2019

Bitty Beau's Coffee Savannah Down Syndrome disabilities

Bitty & Beau’s Coffee opens in Savannah this Sat. Jan. 12.

This will be the third location for the North Carolina-based coffee shop that reinvented the coffee experience and won 2017 CNN Hero of the Year.

There will be a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony Sat. Jan. 12 2019 @ 10AM.

The shop is located at 319 W. Congress St. and will be open daily 8AM-6PM.

The shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and provides a one-of-a-kind experience that is changing the way people view those with disabilities.

Amy and Ben Wright founded Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in 2016, in honor of their two youngest children, Bitty & Beau, who have Down syndrome. With approximately 80% of people with IDD unemployed nationwide, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee creates a path for people with IDD to become more valued, accepted and included in every community.

Learn more here.

Things to do with toddlers: Kindermusik Savannah classes

January 6th, 2019

Kindermusik Savannah toddlers preschoolers babies music classes

Join Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano for all new themes in January!

Babies ages 0-2 meet Tuesdays at 11am for “Nature Walk”.  Combined ages  (0-7 year olds) meet Mondays, Tuesdays or Saturdays for “Family all Around Me”.

First class is free!

Give your child a head start that will help them for life-  MUSIC!

kindermusikwith88keys.com or text 912-432-5885 to set up your free trial.
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STEM Saturdays & Sensory Saturdays @ Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

January 5th, 2019

STEM Saturdays Savannah Children's Museum Hilton Head kids

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. now offers AWE-STEM Saturdays on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

3-4PM, Sat. Feb, 9 2019.

Roll up your sleeves, put on your safety goggles, and get ready to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math! These hands-on,  facilitator-led STEM experiments will introduce concepts of chemistry, biology, and physics as kids learn about the world around us.

First Come First Serve.

Cost: FREE with Admission  |   FREE for Members

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Sensory Saturday

SENSORY SATURDAYS | AT THE SANDBOX

Starting Sat. Jan. 26 2019.

Beginning this January, on the last Saturday of each month, The Sandbox Children’s Museum will open an hour early (9AM) exclusively for families with children who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Children with other developmental challenges are welcome @ these Sensory Saturdays.

Cost: Reduced Admission – $5/person (1 yr & older) | FREE for Members

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Sandbox Children’s Museum
The Sandbox Children’s Museum
18 Pope Ave
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Savannah public schools: Applications available Feb. 20 for free, lottery-funded Pre-K for 2019-20

January 5th, 2019

PreK Savannah Public Schools Chatham County

Free, lottery-funded Pre-K for 2019-2020 school year

This free, state-funded Pre-K at some Savannah-Chatham public schools is open to all children who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 residing in Chatham County.

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has 63 Georgia Lottery funded Pre-K classes.  See the list of Savannah-Chatham public schools that offer the free Pre-K here.

Pre-K applications for the free, lottery-funded Pre-K programs for 2019-20 at Savannah-Chatham County public schools will be available online here Tuesday, February 20-March 7, 2019.

The 2019-2020 Lottery will run in April 2019.

This free, state-funded Pre-K is open to all children who are 4 years old on or by Sept. 1. Details here. 

For additional information, please call 912-395-1330 or email Amanda.drought@sccpss.com

Some Savannah private preschools and childcare facilities also offer the state-funded, free Pre-K program and have different application deadlines. Please contact those facilities for their application deadlines.

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The application period is now open for grades kindergarten & older for Savannah-Chatham public schools for 2019-20 school year.  

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System offers 24 Choice Programs  (formerly called specialty schools) throughout the district.

The application process for the 2019-20 school year opened Jan. 5 2019 & closes Jan. 27 2019. Lottery notification is March 13 2019. Applications are available online here. 

SEE THE 2019 OPEN HOUSE DATES @ THESE CHOICE PROGRAM SCHOOLS HERE. 

Learn more about the various programs available & application dates here.

For information about the programs offered and the application/lottery process, visit the Choice Program Guide for information on eligibility criteria, the lottery process, frequently asked questions, and descriptions of each choice program. Contact information for each school can be found under the Site List tab.

Kite Festival 2018, Bloomingdale

January 5th, 2019

Kite Festival 2019 Savannah January

Bring the kids to the Savannah Kite Festival Sun. Jan. 13 2019, 9AM.

Colorful kites & food festival. Children younger than 5 are free.

Affordable kites will be available for purchase.

2006 Fort Argyle Road, Bloomingdale, 31302

Open to the public.

Things to do with toddlers: Parent & Me Play Dates in Savannah, Richmond Hill

January 4th, 2019

Savannah Sharks gym offers parent & me playdates @ their gyms in Savannah & Richmond Hill.

Play Dates are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for crawlers up to age 4, 10:30AM-Noon.

These “play dates” are an unstructured play time with the gyms’ toys, swings, slides, bouncy house and more. It is great way to get your child out of the house and around other children in a safe and fun environment.

**An adult is required to be present to supervise your child at all times as supervision is not provided.

$10 per session or $75 for a punch card including 10 sessions.

Siblings are free.
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New Richmond Hill Location 

Savannah Sharks opened a new Richmond Hill location in 2019 in addition to their Savannah gym.

Stop by & meet the team.

Savannah Sharks Richmond Hill gym
82 Longwood Drive Suite A
Exit 90 off of I-95
Call or text at (912) 308-3818
Email savsharks@gmail.com

Classes begin Mon. Jan. 7 2019.
The Richmond Hill gyms offers:
Preschool Tumbling Classes
Beginner to Advanced Tumbling Classes
All Star Half Year Teams
Toddler Playdates
Birthday Parties
Open Gyms

Learn more here.

Savannah Sharks Cheerleading and Tumbling, 912-308-3818, 1686 E President St, Savannah, GA 31404
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Savannah schools: Veritas Academy “Tour of Churches” fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships

January 4th, 2019

Tour of Churches Veritas Academy Savannah schools

Here’s a chance to take an architectural tour of Savannah’s churches & support a good cause at the same time.

Veritas Academy in Savannah announces “Tour of Churches” fundraiser for Sat. Jan. 12 2019 with goal to raise funds for scholarships

This new fundraising event will begin at 3PM where guests will enjoy a walking tour of five historic, downtown churches: First Baptist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, and Independent Presbyterian Church.

Guests will be led inside each church by the following architects and architectural historians: Dr. David Gobel, Christian Sottile, Father Gavin Dunbar, Dr. Christopher Hendrix, and Dr. Robbin Williams. Following the tour there will be a hot chocolate bar and themed raffles to partake in.

Tickets are limited and may sell out. Ticket prices: $40 for the expert tour, hot chocolate bar, and a chance to purchase raffle tickets. Transportation is available for those unable to walk. Purchase tickets or learn more online here.

Tour of Churches 2019
3-5:30PM Sat. Jan. 12
A walking tour of five historic, downtown Savannah churches: First Baptist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, & Independent Presbyterian Church
Purchase tickets here.

“We are excited to offer this historically rich event to the Savannah community,” said Candace Brodmann, event chairperson. “We are hoping to raise funds to benefit Veritas Academy, which relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from family and friends, charitable foundations and business partners in order to operate the independent school for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students.”

For more info, to participate or lend support, please contact Brodmann at cbrodmann@veritassavannah.org .

ABOUT VERITAS ACADEMY

Veritas Academy is located at 25 W. Oglethorpe Lane in downtown Savannah. The school’s mission is to assist parents in the education of their children by cultivating truth, goodness, and beauty in students through a distinctly Christ-centered, classical, and covenantal education. The organization relies entirely on tuition revenue and private donations from family and friends of the school, charitable foundations, and business partners.

To learn more about Veritas Academy, email , call or visit the school at 25 W. Oglethorpe Lane, Savannah, GA 31401, or online here. 

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Drop-In Studio @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Savannah (FREE for children 5 & younger)

January 4th, 2019

Telfair Museums Savannah Jepson Center kids' activities drop-in

Come explore Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center.

Drop-In Studio @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center Daily
1–4PM @ Jepson Center
FREE with museum admission. Find admission costs here. Children 5 & younger are free.

Unleash your creativity @ Jepson Center studios every day for artmaking projects for all ages. Work at your own pace and comfort level through an array of creative mediums such as watercolors, collage, calligraphy, origami, coloring books (for adults, too), and more.

Each month features a special project designed to connect with a specific exhibition at the museum. A studio assistant is always on hand to answer questions and assist guests.

Drop-In Studio is open year round and perfect for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Upcoming Drop-In Studio Projects
Each month we offer fun new art projects at our daily Drop-In Studio to relate back to the exhibitions on view in the museum.

January: Complex Uncertainties: Artists in Postwar America
February: Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out
March: Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents
April: Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience

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Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts
207 W York St.
Savannah, GA 31401

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