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FREE Bacon Fest & Fireworks, Savannah River Street, Sept. 5-6

August 20th, 2014

Bacon Fest 2014 SavannahBACON FEST 2014 at Savannah’s Historic River Street

The inaugural event will take place on September 5 & 6 during September First Friday & Saturday weekend! Get ready because select local restaurants will be serving up their mouthwatering bacon creations all weekend long!

Bacon Fest will kick-off on Friday, September 5 from 4-10pm with First Friday fireworks presented by Wet Willie’s Savannah at 9:30pm. The festivities will continue on Saturday, September 6 from 10am-10pm. Regional artisans will be set up along Rousakis Plaza displaying a variety of handmade works for bacon lovers & festival goers to browse through.

WHEN: September 5, 2014 – September 6, 2014 all-day
WHERE: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 East River St., Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah, 31401
Free & Open to the Public
Savannah Waterfront Association, 912.234.0295
The following restaurants will be dishing out their creations for bacon enthusiasts to enjoy:
Andaz Savannah
Baked by Rach
Bayou Café
Bub-Ba-Q
Chocolat by Adam Turoni
Crystal Beer Parlor
Short N Sweet
The Naked Dog/Repicci’s Italian Ice
Top Deck at Cotton Sail
Wet Willies
Wild Wing Café

First Fridays & Saturdays on the River take place each month from March-December.

FREE STEM Festival, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Sept. 20

August 20th, 2014

Free kids events Savannah Statesboro STEM Festival 2014 Georgia Southern

Bring the kids to celebrate Science, Engineering, Technology and Math at Georgia Southern University at STEM Festival 2014

This FREE fun-filled community event will be Sept. 20, 2014
10 AM – 4 PM

Nessmith-Lane Building
*847 Plant Drive on the Georgia Southern Campus

50+ Exploration stations will provide hands-on activities for children young and old. Activities appropriate for elementary, middle and high school will be available.

STEM Fest activities include:

See robotics in action
Learn how video games are created
Make ice-cream with liquid nitrogen
Blast off Alka-Seltzer rockets
Gaze at the stars in Georgia Southern’s Planetarium
Learn about Georgia Archaeology with the ArchaeoBus
Participate with NASA
Go on a mission with the Army
See competition awardees and their presentations
and much more

Free guest parking will be available in lot #32; bus parking available in lot C behind the Nessmith Lane building
Food will be available for purchase.

Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University, (912) 478-2549, stem@georgiasouthern.edu

FOR MORE FREE KIDS’ EVENTS IN SAVANNAH & THE LOWCOUNTRY, CLICK HERE.

FREE Astronomy Day & Gazing in the Garden @ Coastal Ga. Botanical Gardens, Savannah, Oct. 4

August 20th, 2014

Astronomy Day Savannah Astronomy Day & Gazing in the Garden @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah

Saturday, October 4, 2014
11 am to 4 pm
Free & Open to the Public

The Savannah area’s own Oglethorpe Astronomical Association will be at Coastal Ga. Botanical Gardens in Savannah to excite you about the universe! As part of Astronomy Day, the Conference Center will become a portable planetarium. Visit a scale model of our solar system across the CGBG property. Find out how much you would weigh on Mars, and then see that change if you were living on Jupiter! Various kids activities will be taking place. Also take part in daytime sky-gazing!

For more information, call the office at (912) 921-5460.

Gazing in the Garden

Feel free to come back later that night for our popular quarterly event, “Gazing in the Garden.” Watch the 1950s classic sci-fi film followed by nighttime stargazing on the Great Lawn once the sun sets. This event also is free to the public. More about Gazing in the Garden here.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Formerly The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information, http://bamboo.caes.uga.edu/, On Facebook here

(Note: “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” are hosted on the second Friday of each month by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail oaadir@kwbell.net.)

Afterschool Fall 2014 activities in Savannah

August 20th, 2014

after school kids classes activities in Savannah LowcountrySoccer, art  & cartooning classes, pottery classes, youth orchestra, competitive cheer, theater classes – what will it be?

Find the after-school activity that your child will love on our after-school activities page.

Our SouthernMamas.com after-school activities page includes drawing & video game development classes @ Telfair’s Jepson Center; pottery classes @ Savannah’s Clay Spot; Star Wars Lego Art, Cartoon Drawing or Spooky Illustrations @ Scribble Art Studio; after-school theatre classes @ The Jewel Conservatory Theatre; competitive cheer @ Savannah Sharks gym; fall soccer with Savannah United: after-school childcare with bus transportation from certain schools with Childcare Network.

See your children’s after-school options here.

Looking for childcare for your 3-year-old? Visit Childcare Network in Savannah

August 19th, 2014

Savannah Wilmington Island Childcare

Do you have a three year old or know someone that does?

Childcare Network in Savannah would love to introduce them to their wonderful threes class at Childcare Network on 7360 Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah. If you’re interested in a tour or information, you can call 912-662-0421.

Read below about Childcare Network’s teacher in the classroom and why they are so proud to show off their magical threes.

In addition to the HighReach Learning curriculum, the three year olds are introduced to many new activities that will help prepare them for Pre-K next year and success as they progress into Kindergarten.

Picture1Meet the Three’s teacher at this location, Ms. Shermia Stafford. Ms. Shermia, as she is affectionately called by her three-year old students, has worked with us for the past 13 years. She believes that each day is rewarding and strives to make every experience a teaching opportunity for her children. She takes advantage of her three-year olds’ energy and there is never a dull moment inside her classroom!

We love Ms. Shermia because she is truly proud of her students’ achievements and success in her classroom. She understands how impressionable her three-year olds are and she values her time spent with each child in her care. Childcare Network, and our parents, are always impressed by her connections she makes with the her students and are so happy she is part of our team!

Besides being a remarkable teacher, Ms. Shermia enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading novels, completing crossword puzzles and Pinterest crafting.

Childcare Network, 7360 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Savannah 31406, 912-662-0421, http://www.childcarenetwork.com/metro/Savannah Childcare Network is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

City Church Savannah moves to The Savannah Theatre & is coming soon to Pooler

August 18th, 2014

Savannah family churches Pooler City Church Savannah Home to shows such as Jukebox!, Broadway on Bull Street, and Savannah Live, The Historic Savannah Theatre has remained an iconic landmark in downtown Savannah since it’s beginning in 1818.

City Church Savannah will start hosting their popular, energetic Sunday morning services at this historic downtown theater starting this Sun. Aug. 24. The Savannah Theatre service will be at 11:30 AM.

If you’re searching for a friendly, welcoming church that offers heartfelt, powerful worship & Bible-based teaching, then City Church of Savannah is for you. City Church of Savannah welcomes all kids infant through 5th grade in their nursery, pre-k, and school age programs at City Kids. Kids may be checked in as early as 30 minutes before service begins. Learn more about the church’s City Kids program here.

The theater is at 222 Bull St. Savannah, 31401.

City Church Pooler

City Church is also coming to Pooler at Highway 80 & I-95

Their Pooler location, opening Sunday September 7, will be at 200 Governor Treutlen Road Pooler, 31322

City Church services are open to the public. You don’t have to be members to attend.

For more information about City Church Savannah & City Church Pooler, click here.

City Church, 912-663-1520, email info@citychurchsavannah.com, http://citychurchsavannah.com/  City Church is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Fall art classes for children @ Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler

August 18th, 2014

afterschool children's classes at Scribble Art Studio Savannah Pooler

Star Wars Lego Art, Cartoon Drawing, Spooky Illustrations are just a few of the fall art classes offered for kids @ Scribble Art Studio in Savannah & Pooler.

Scribble has Classic Tales: Frozen class for ages 4 & older as well as Painting Basics, Portfolio Prep & Drawing Made Easy for the older kids & many more.

Scribble also offers Homeschool Art for ages 6 & older at both the Savannah & Pooler studios.

For the full schedule of classes & to register, click here. 

FOR MORE INFO, CLICK HERE.

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

Afterschool clay classes begin in September @ Savannah’s Clay Spot pottery studio

August 18th, 2014

after school art classes clay pottery kids Savannah Clay Spot
Afterschool 6-week Clay Classes start at the beginning of September 2014 at one of our favorite local studios for kids – Savannah’s Clay Spot.

afterschool kids classes pottery art Savannah Clay SpotPreschool Age, Mondays, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Sept. 8-Oct.13
Kid’s with Clay, 6-10, 4:30-5:30pm, Sept. 7-Oct. 14
Parent and Child, 4:30-5:30pm, Sept. 8, Oct. 15
Teen Wheel Throwing, 4:30-5:30pm, Sept. 7-Oct. 9

New! Homeschool Clay Class
Elementary Age students, Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am, Sept. 5-Oct. 10

Register at www.savannahsclayspot.com
Contact: 912-509-4647 or email lisa@savannahsclayspot.com

“Like” Savannah’s Clay Spot on Facebook here to stay connected & to see the adorable creations kids make at this studio.

Savannah’s Clay Spot is at 1305 Barnard St., Savannah, 31401. The studio sits on the SW corner of Barnard and Henry Street with the front door facing Henry St. There is parking right in front of the studio facing Henry Street. Look for the fun red fence.

Savannah’s Clay Spot, www.savannahsclayspot.com, 1305 Barnard St., Savannah, 31401, tel. 912-509-4647 or e-mail lisa@savannahsclayspot.com

Free Kindermusik demo classes for ages 3 & younger, Sept. 1 & 2, Savannah

August 17th, 2014

Kindermusik banner option 2

Join Kindermusik Savannah with 88 Keys Piano for their August play date at their brand new location! There are still a few spaces available for the Monday, August 25th play date at 10am- the theme is “YUM! Fabulous Food!” and it is open to ages 0-7.

Each participant receives a Kindermusik class, an instrument, 10 Kindermusik songs and a bonus gift at the end of class! Siblings are only $5.00. To enroll, visit our website at www.88keysga.com and click on the Kindermusik link. Or, call 912-988-KEYS (5397).

FREE demo classes: Also, on Monday and Tuesday September 1 & 2, Kindermusik will host free demo days for ages 3 and under. 0′s and 1′s demo will be Monday 9/1 at 9:20am and Tuesday 9/2 at 10:15am. Toddlers ages 2′s and 3′s demo will be Monday 9/1 at 10:15am and Tuesday 9/2 at 9:20am.

Even though Kindermusik Savannah’s demo days are completely free, all participants must first enroll online so we can have an accurate head count. Spaces are limited for all classes. Join Kindermusik Savannah for a musically enriching time with your little one!! Kindermusik…a good beginning never ends.

To enroll online, visit www.88keysga.com and click on the Kindermusik link.

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

Auditions for various levels of Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra Program Fall 2014-2015 Season, Savannah

August 17th, 2014

music instrument lessons savannah youth orchestra If your child plays strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion, auditions are this Sat. Aug. 23 for the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra program for Fall 2014-1015 in Savannah.

This Savannah youth orchestra has different levels for different abilities including:
Debut Strings Ensemble (DSE)
Lyric Strings Ensemble (LSE)
Lyric Youth Orchestra (LYO)
Atlantic Chamber Orchestra (ACO)
Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra (AAYO)

Auditions will be Saturday, Aug 23 2014
ASU Fine Arts Building
11935 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31409

Auditions will require the student to play a prepared solo, scales and do one or two sight-reading examples at their audition. Audition requirements here.

For students auditioning for the LYO, ACO, AAYO level ensembles, there are additional required etudes for each instrument. To see the specific “Audition Requirements” & more details, click here.

To schedule an audition, please contact: savaayo@yahoo.com

Mommy & Me Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga @ Savannah Yoga Center

August 17th, 2014

toddler infant mommy and me yoga Savannah Yoga CenterSavannah Yoga Center has two Baby and Me Yoga classes on Monday mornings at the Savannah location. Toddlers & Me Yoga is 10-11:15 AM; Infant & Me (pre-crawlers) Yoga is 11:30 AM-12:45 PM

Parent & Me Yoga Classes

Mondays – Savannah
10 AM-11:15AM Toddlers & Me Yoga
11:30 AM-12:45PM Infant & Me (Pre-Crawlers)

Tuesdays-Pooler : Baby & Me Yoga starts September, 2 2014!
Baby & Me Yoga classes in Pooler will be at 10am on Tuesdays.
Age: precrawlers.
Instructor: Ann Carroll a Certified Labor Doula, Certified HypnoBirthing Teacher, and registered E-500 Registered Yoga Teacher with a special designation for pre and post natal yoga. She is honored to guide women during this empowered time of their life.

Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy Yoga Rolling Series (start anytime!)
Savannah, 6-7:15pm Thursdays Pregnancy Yoga Series (sign up online) Details here.

Pregnancy Yoga Workshops
Pooler Saturday 1-3 PM. Details here.
Sept. 20
Nov. 1

Details, Pricing & Registration for all of the above classes: www.savannahyoga.com (912) 232-2994

Savannah Yoga Center in Savannah & Pooler, 1319 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401 & 111 Canal St. #101, Pooler, GA 31322
Email info@savannahyoga.com (912) 232-2994, email savannahyoga@gmail.com , www.savannahyoga.com Savannah Yoga Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Parent & Me time: FREE library storytimes

August 17th, 2014

Free kids events Savannah library storytimesLive Oak Public Libraries storytimesare a wonderful FREE way to expose your child to storybooks read aloud by a librarian as well as songs and fingerplays.

Plus, attending storytimes regularly helps your child to become accustomed to visiting the library regularly.

Free storytimes are offered for different age groups at the local branches – including Wilmington Island, Bull Street, Pooler, Thunderbolt, Oglethorpe Mall branch & Tybee Is. – at various times on weekday mornings. You can find a storytime happening at at least one branch Mondays through Thursdays.

There’s even a new afternoon, after-school storytime now that’s offered for ages 5 to 11 at 4 PM Tuesdays at the Oglethorpe Mall branch library.

Each library branch storytime brings something a little different – Bull Street library storytime unfolds inside a cottage playhouse that looks like it’s right out of a Golden Book while storytime at Southwest Library next to Savannah Mall is in a new, sunlit auditorium.

Enjoy energetic choruses of “Hurry Up, Hurry Up, Drive that Fire Truck,” “Little Red Wagon” and standards like “Wheels on the Bus” plus fun stories, crafts and more.

Click here for the breakdown of regular storytimes at Live Oak Public Libraries.

PLEASE NOTE: STORYTIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DURING SUMMER & HOLIDAYS. PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM STORYTIMES. MORE INFO HERE. 

FREE Picnic in the Park 2014, Savannah, Oct. 5

August 17th, 2014

Savannah Picnic in the Park 2014The City of Savannah and Parker’s present Picnic in the Park – a beloved Savannah tradition that takes place in Forsyth Park on Sunday, October 5, 2014. This event celebrates the National Arts and Humanities month by featuring an evening of live music, family friendly activities, and a creative spread of picnics big and small!

Every year, Picnickers have an opportunity to enter the legendary “Picnic Contest”. Picnickers are encouraged to design an imaginative picnic spread that is inspired by the suggested theme. This year’s theme is ‘Fly Me to the Moon’; a romantic song recorded by a famous cabaret singer Mabel Mercer, and later by Johnny Mathis. Picnickers are encouraged to design an imaginative picnic spread embracing a night of romance and love in Savannah’s beautiful city park.

Those who enter their spread in the picnic contest will be eligible to win an array of prizes presented by the Picnic Contest Host, Parker’s.

Picnic in the Park is funded by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs along with the presenting sponsor, Parker’s.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Erin Seals, Marketing Coordinator for City of Savannah at eseals@savannahga.gov or call 912-651-6417. All picnic contestants must register their picnic on October 5.

Patriot Golf days special for Labor day weekend @ The Club at Savannah Harbor (Kids golf free!)

August 17th, 2014

Labor Day weekend golf specials Savannah You’re invited: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa’s Club at Savannah Harbor presents: Patriot Golf Days during the week of Labor Day 2014 at The  Club at Savannah Harbor. 

Celebrate the great red, white and blue, by hittin’ the greens! A minimum donation of $5 to the Folds of Honor Foundation entitles you to play Savannah’s only PGA event course this Labor Day weekend for just $55. Also enjoy a putting contest, Red White & Blue Sale, Color Guard Ceremony and more.

Patriot Golf Day was started by Captain Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot and PGA of America member to fund Folds of Honor, which provides post-secondary scholarships for families of military killed or disabled while serving our great nation.

The Club at Savannah Harbor, a Troon Golf facility will be hosting the Patriot Golf Days on Monday, August 25th thru Monday, September 1st. The weekend promises tons of fun: food and beverage specials, contests, and special rates, as well as a Flag Ceremony Saturday at 9am. Please come out and support our local military.

As always, Kids Play Free with accompanying paid adult. Rental clubs available for adults and kids; adult size shoes available.

Schedule of Events

Putting Contest with a hole in one prize
Friday, August 29th from 1-5 pm
Saturday, August 30th from 9 am – 1 pm
Compete to win a twosome at Savannah Harbor. Entry fee is $1 and all proceeds go to the Folds of Honor Foundation. Non-golfers are welcome to participate!

American Flag Ceremony
Saturday, August 30th at 9 am
Join us in honoring our soldiers and local heroes with a special ceremony. The Savannah Pipe and Drum Corps will be performing during the ceremony playing bag pipes, and local Boy Scouts Troop will perform the Colorguard.
$55 Golf
The Club is offering a special reduced rate of $55, which includes your cart and greens fees, with a minimum donation of $5 to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Special Military Discounts throughout the weekend with a valid ID.
Red, White and Blue Sale
Specially-selected red, white, and blue merchandise discounts throughout the golf shop.

Please call 912.201.2240 to book your tee time today.

Contact Paul Killgallon for more information at 912.201.2240, email paul.killgallon@westin.com or click here.

The Club at Savannah Harbor, Hutchinson Is., 2 Resort Drive, Savannah, 31421, 912.201.2240, email Golf.savannah@westin.com https://www.facebook.com/TheClubAtSavannahHarbor, www.theclubatsavannahharbor.com   The Club at Savannah Harbor is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Savannah Sharks Gym offers Mommy & Me; Preschool Tumbling; Competitive Cheer classes

August 16th, 2014

American girl cheerleading camp Savannah

Savannah Sharks gym on East Victory Drive (behind Chick-fil-A) is known for its competitive cheer classes/camps. But the gym offers so much more including Mommy & Me tumbling playdates for crawlers to age 4 and Fall tumbling classes including preschool (ages 4-5); beginner; Level 2; Level 3; Advanced.

Fall 2014 Schedule begins September 2 2014. More info here.

Mommy & Me (Crawlers to age 4)
Monday, Tuesday & Fridays 10:30am – 12:00
Wednesday 3pm-4pm​

Ages 4-5 Preschool Tumbling
Monday &/or Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

Beginner Ages 6 and Up
Monday 4:30-5:30
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 & 6:00-7:00
Thursday 3:30-4:30

Level 2 BackHandspring BHS
Monday 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30
Tuesday 4:30-5:30 & 6:30-7:30
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 & 7:00-8:00
Thursday 4:30-5:30 & 7:00-8:00
Sunday 2:00-3:00

Level 3 Back-Tucks
Monday 6:30-7:30
Tuesday 6:30-7:30
Wednesday 7:00-8:00
Thursday 5:00-6:00
Sunday 5:00-6:00

Advanced- Layouts and Fulls
Tuesday 8:00-9:00
Sunday 3:00-4:00 & 4:00-5:00

To register, email your child’s name, age & preferred class time to SavSharks@gmail.com

Savannah Sharks Cheerleading & Tumbling, www.savsharkscheer.com , 2123 East Victory Dr (behind Chick-fil-A) Savannah, 31404, email savsharks@gmail.com, (912)335-2234 On Facebook here. Savannah Sharks is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Farm Heritage Day @ Hunter Cattle Co., Sept. 20

August 16th, 2014

Fall 2014 pumpkin patches, hayrides Savannah

 

The Hunter Cattle Family and Crew invite you to a fun filled day full of farm education and family-friendly activities on the farm that includes live music from local bands, foods prepared by the areas greatest chefs and restaurants that use Hunter Cattle products such as Leoci’s,
22 Square, Neo HHI, The Olde Pink House, Thrive, Chops on Main, Southern Soul, and more!

Educational demonstrations include mill grinding, blacksmithing, honey hives, goat milking, sheep shearing,canning, soap making,etc.

Pre-purchased Admission is $7.00 per person or $30.00 for families.
Day of Admission is $9.00 and $40.00 for families. (Family tickets are perfect for families with 3 or more children and are valid for immediate family members only.)

Group rates available.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.huntercattle.com/event-overview/farm-heritage-day/purchase-tickets/
Also enjoy ticketed kid friendly activities such as fishing, horse & pony rides, unlimited bouncy obstacle course and train rides. Activity tickets will be available for purchase for $3 apiece.

Hunter Cattle Farm
934 Driggers Road
Brooklet, GA 30415

912-823-2333

events@huntercattle.com

Savannah Greek Festival 2014, Oct. 9-11 (FREE admission until 4 p.m. Thursday & Friday)

August 16th, 2014

Greek Festival Savannah 2014Get your Greek on. No experience required.

This year’s Savannah Greek Festival will be October 9, 10, 11 2014. Free admission until 4 pm Thursday & Friday.

With 64 years of tradition and good memories to build on, this kid-friendly event will be better than last years. The annual festival will feature homemade Greek foods, desserts, Greek dancing, church tours, market place, a live band & so much more during the three-day celebration of Greek food, music and heritage.

Hosted in the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center in Savannah, this three-day festival attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Serving food all day!
Thursday, October 9 – 11:00am – 9pm
Friday, October 10 – 11:00am – 9pm
Saturday, October 11 – 11:00am – 9pm

The festival will have free admission until 4 p.m. Thursday & Friday with a requested $2 donation after 4 p.m. There is also a requested $2 donation all day Saturday.

To download the order form and event schedule, click HERE.

Location: 14 West Anderson Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Tybee Island Pirate Fest 2014 , Oct 9-12 (FREE for ages 12 & younger)

August 16th, 2014

Tybee Pirate Parade Festival The 10th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Fest is Columbus Day weekend entertainment for all ages.

New kids’ activities this year include a petting zoo and Ferris wheel. 

Daytime entertainment includes live music, pirate performers, street performers, magicians, puppeteers, weaponry demonstrations. The littlest pirates enjoy an entire area devoted to quality family entertainment. Activities include The Pirate Victory Parade, Scallywags Costume Contest, Little Matey’s Cove, Thieves Market, the Yuengling Pirate Pub with live music . (912) 786-5444/(800) 868-2322 www.tybeepiratefest.com

Ticket prices are as follows:
Friday – $12 advance | $12 gate
Saturday – $15 advance | $15 gate
Weekend Pass – $22 advance | $25 gate
Children 12 & younger – free

Tickets and weekend passes are available online at www.tybeepiratefest.com.

Thursday, October 9
Buccaneer Ball, 6-10 p.m.
The Crab Shack
Enjoy an evening of dancing, frivolity and food! The Crab Shack hosts the kick off to the 10th Annual Pirate Fest, boasting costume contests, grub and grog as only The Crab Shack can provide and, of course, a bounty of pirates and wenches! This event is open to all pirates and wenches over the age of 18. New this year will be a treasure hunt and caricature artist.
6:30-8:30 p.m. – A Feast of Piratical Proportions
7:30 p.m. – Coronation of the 2012 King and Queen
9 p.m. – Costume Contest for Best Buccaneer & Best Wench
Tickets: $35 in advance or $50 at the door
Info: 912-786-9857

Friday, October 10
Little Matey’s Cove presented by Coke Zero
10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Petting Zoo, Pirate Ship, Activities, Games and Ferris Wheel
Thieves’ Market
5-11 p.m. – Market Open
Main Stage presented by Bud Light
Lynn Ave.
Damon & the Shit Kickers
Chuck Courtenay
Fireworks at Dark30

Saturday, October 11th
Festival open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Little Matey’s Cove presented by Coke Zero
10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Petting Zoo, Pirate Ship, Activities, Games and Ferris Wheel
Thieves’ Market
10 a.m.-11 p.m. – Market Open
Pirate Victory Parade
3-5 p.m.
This parade is a must for families! Parade participants will pass out treasure along the route.
Main Stage presented by Bud Light
Voodoo Soup
Liquid Ginger
Mother’s Finest
Many more local bands to be announced!

Sunday, October 12
Festival open from 11a.m.-4 p.m.
Little Matey’s Cove presented by Coke Zero
11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Petting Zoo, Pirate Ship, Activities, Games and Ferris Wheel
Main Stage
11 a.m. – Tybee Church

For additional information about the 2014 Tybee Island Pirate Fest, please call 912.713.2321 or visit www.tybeepiratefest.com.

Fall Garden Festival, Pumpkin Patch @ Coastal Ga. Botanical Gardens, Savannah

August 16th, 2014

Fall kids activities pumpkin patches, hayrides Fall Garden Festival, Pumpkin Patch @ Coastal Ga. Botanical Gardens, Savannah

Friday, October 24
1 to 4 pm
Saturday, October 25, 2014
9 am to 4 pm

The summer’s heat and humidity has waned and we look forward to harvest and planting new plants in our Lowcountry gardens! Plant and garden-fare vendors, the Pumpkin Patch, free educational lectures at the Pavilion, the Bamboo Express and trolley tours return to Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Also back by popular demand is the Cucurbit Allee among the crapemyrtle trees. Fall is THE time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Get excited about horticulture this autumn here at CGBG. Details here. 

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Formerly The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information, http://bamboo.caes.uga.edu/, On Facebook here

FREE Oktoberfest & Wiener Dog Races 2014, Savannah, Oct. 4

August 16th, 2014

Oktoberfest Weiner Dog races; free kids events in Savannah Fall 2014It’s a Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting, Oompah Dancing celebration at Savannah’s 31st Annual Oktoberfest on Historic River Street!

Enjoy a bit of Germany…Savannah style with a beer garden offering a variety of beers, food booths featuring German cuisine, and of course the famous Wiener Dog Races hosted by Savannah Morning News. There will be regional arts & crafts exhibitors, live entertainment on the Arbor Stage, and all weekend long.

WHEN: Oct. 3 – Oct. 5, 2014 all-day
WHERE: Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, 115 East River St. Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah, 31401

COST: Free & Open to the Public
CONTACT: Savannah Waterfront Association, 912.234.0295

Festival Hours
Friday, October 3 from 4-10pm,
Saturday, October 4 from 10am-10pm
Sunday, October 5 from 10am-5pm.

First Fridays & Saturdays on the River take place each month from March-December.

Keep checking back for more details and the 2014 Oktoberfest entertainment schedule

Halloween 2014: Haunted Trail & Fall-oween Family Fun Day @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

August 16th, 2014

Fall kids activities pumpkin patches, hayridesHaunted Trail @ Skidaway Is. State Park
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 until Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 7:30 PM to 9 PM
If you dare, wind through dark shadows in the haunted woods, where zombies roam free. The Park Ranger will guide you into the graveyard beneath ancient oak trees. Keep close together and perhaps you will be safe from the ghosts and ghouls drifting under moonlight darkened by looming clouds and fog. $5 per person $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Fall-oween Family Fun Day & Trick-or-Treating in the campground @ Skidaway Is. State Park
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 1 PM
Celebrate Fall with games, crafts and activities all focused on the season and Halloween. Bring a bag to Trick-or-Treat through the campground at 3:00 pm. $2 per child $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Skidaway Is. State Park, 52 Diamond Cswy, Savannah, GA 31411, 912-598-2300, http://gastateparks.org/SkidawayIsland

Halloween Hike 2014 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

August 16th, 2014

Halloween Fall 2014 kids events Savannah

Got those Halloween 2014 costumes yet? Our area’s children’s fall consignment sales are a good place to find costumes & save some bucks. Click here to find the local Fall 2014 consignment sales.

One place you’re going to want to hit while in costume is the Halloween Hike @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center , one of our all time favorite annual kids’ events in Savannah! If you’ve never taken your little trick-or-treaters to this non-scary Halloween event, make sure this is the year you do so!

This year’s Halloween Hike will be 5-8 PM Oct. 24 & 25.

Walk with your trickster down Oatland’s friendly forest trail to meet and gather goodies from our friendly animal characters.

Let Mother Earth show you the way and sit with Mother Goose as she tells her favorite rhymes. Face painting, spooky crafts, and many more monstrous activities await your arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Details here.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

FOR MORE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, VISIT OUR ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR BY CLICKING HERE

Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Costume Contest 2014, Hilton Head Is. , Oct. 24

August 16th, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014 Halloween Costume Contest, Hilton Head Is. BlufftonPumpkin Patch 2014 in Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Is. will be October 24, 2014 from 4 pm-8 pm.

Have the kids dress up and participate in our Halloween Costume Contest.

Candy, games and much more is available.

The festival provides a safe environment parents can take their children to start there Halloween celebration.

The target age for the event is 3 – 12, but everyone is welcome.

There will be a petting zoo, carnival games, costume contests & more. Pumpkin Patch 2013 attracted 2,500 people from Hilton Head/Bluffton and surrounding areas.

Admission is $10 for children (2-15)

Learn more here.

Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Organized by Island Recreation Center, www.islandreccenter.org

For more pumpkin patches & Halloween events, visit the SouthernMamas.com Fall Fun Guide 2014 here. 

Spookalicious Halloween festivities @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

August 16th, 2014

Hilton Head kids' Halloween activitiesThe Sandbox’s “Spookalicious” Halloween!

Join The Sandbox Children’s Festival for Halloween Festivities
Saturday, October 25, 2014,
10am-5pm

Bring your ghosts and goblins dressed in their costumes to play! Themed crafts and activities. Decorate a special Halloween cookie. Scavenger hunt for a bag of treats! Special Saturday Admission is $5 per person age 1 and older. Up to 12 months is free (coupons not valid for this event).

For more information about The Sandbox, visit www.thesandbox.org  or call (843) 842-7645 or e-mail crinehart@thesandbox.org .

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928 www.thesandbox.org The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, VISIT OUR ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR BY CLICKING HERE

Savannah Birthday Party Princesses For Hire Offer Fairy Tale Entertainment

August 15th, 2014

Savannah children's birthday parties princess When it comes to children’s birthday parties in Savannah & the Lowcountry, there are those for whom only crowns and gowns will do.

Savannah children's birthday party entertainment princessesNow you can have the princess come to you!

Enchant My Party in Savannah will send a costumed-princess to your home or party spot to entertain at your child’s regal birthday party with storytelling; singing & dancing; crafts & games.

Talk about royal treatment.

You can chose from a variety of tiara-clad princesses for your fancy soiree – the Snow Queen & Ice Princess, Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Belle, Rapunzel. Pirate & safari guide characters are also available.

When you reserve a character with Enchant My Party, you’re hiring an experienced actor and singer who is dedicated to creating once in a lifetime memories for your child.

Enchant My Party provides fairytale entertainment for birthday parties, fundraisers, grand-openings and more.

They’ll work with you to create a custom-made party for your child from fairy tea parties to elaborate treasure hunts.

You provide the location.

Enchant My Party provides the fairy tale.

“Like” Enchant My Party on Facebook here.

Enchant My Party, www.enchantmyparty.com, Savannah, Ga.  912.713.1253, email enchantmyparty@gmail.com 
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FREE Savannah Children’s Book Festival 2014, Nov. 15

August 15th, 2014

Savannah Children's Book Festival 2014

2014 Savannah Children’s Book Festival

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs present the 11th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park.

The festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country.

Authors and Illustrators 

Live Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs are proud to announce a stellar lineup for this year’s book festival.

The 2014 lineup of renowned and award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators includes Lois Lowry (“The Giver”), Tedd Arnold (“Fly Guy”), Rosemary Wells (“Max and Ruby”), Bob Staake (“The First Pup: The Real Story of How Bo Got to the White House”), David Ezra Stein (“Interrupting Chicken”), Bruce Degen (“Magic School Bus”), Bob Shea (“Dinosaur vs. Bedtime), Kevin O’Malley (“Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates”), Carin Berger (“A Perfect Day”), Ted Dunagan (“A Yellow Watermelon”), Meaghan Fisher (“I Love Ladybugs”), and Kelly Starling Lyons (“Tea Cakes for Tosh”).

This free day-long event in Forsyth Park in Savannah brings families together to meet their favorite authors and illustrators and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities throughout the day.

The festival will also include more than 50 authors and illustrators from throughout the Lowcountry and Southeast region, arts and crafts, an International Tent, costumed characters, a graphic/comics area, and a variety of food and entertainment. In addition, a book walk will be staged among the trees so families may enjoy a story together reading from one page to the next throughout the park.

Rain location for the event is the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call (912)652-3600. For updates, keep checking www.liveoakpl.org and follow Live Oak Public Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

High Cotton Kids Fall 2014 Upscale Consignment Sale, Sept. 25-27, Savannah

August 15th, 2014

High Cotton Kids Spring 2014 consignment sale

Savannah’s biggest children’s consignment event – High Cotton Kids - is set for September 25-27, 2014!

Come shop consignment at its finest. High Cotton Kids is THE place to save a lot of money, make a lot of money and have a great time doing both! This fall’s upscale resale shopping event will have thousands of high-end boutique children’s brand clothing sizes 0-12 and many other items. There will also be a variety of new merchandise from several local retailers.

Get ready to rack up on all your favorite children’s brands at a fraction of the retail price! There is something for everybody’s taste and budget from adorable smocked frocks to funky threads to even high cotton play clothes your kids will love to throw on all fall and winter.

Consignor registration is open! Clean out and cash in, consignors can receive 60-70% of their sales! High Cotton Kids also accepts high-end maternity clothing, children’s furniture, artwork, baby and nursery necessities (e.g. bouncers, exercausers, etc.), strollers, toys, books, DVDs and more. For a complete list of items we accept and do not accept click here.

High Cotton Kids Consignment Event is sponsored by: The Ballet School, Coach Val’s Tumblegym, Christine Hall Photography, The Habersham School and Hannah Beans.

Stay connected and get updates about the event by liking High Cotton Kids on Facebook here.

High Cotton Kids, http://www.highcottonkids.com/, 8110 White Bluff Rd. (the old Thompson’s Sporting Goods store, next to Zaxby’s), email  info@highcottonkids.com High Cotton Kids is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

From Macho to Mom: a military sergeant’s humorous handbook for surviving being a stay-at-home dad

August 15th, 2014

From Macho to Mom bookJ. Masters is a retired USAF Sgt. SERE Instructor. He spent over 20 years within the strict discipline of the military and he was good at it what he did, more than good really. He was an exceptional member of the United States Air Force. He thrived.

Then came retirement.

J. Masters tried out several professions after retiring from the military, but he never found anything that fit his personality so well as the SERE field. Then his wife, several years his junior, graduated and Masters decided that it was his turn to tackle homemaking and child-rearing full time while she became the bread-winner.

And tackle motherhood he did.

The results of his applying military principles to household life were at times ridiculous, at times fruitless, and, most times, comedic. Day after day, Masters discovered that there was something infinitely more challenging than performing pre-jump checklists and surviving enemy interrogation (no enemy interrogator is quite as effective as a child asking all the whys of the known universe)- housewifery (as he so aptly coined) was the most challenging role he’d ever played.

One day, Masters sat down at his computer- the house finally quiet with the older kids at school and the younger kids napping- and started typing (rambling really). Every day, he penned the hilarity and chaos of household maintenance.

From Macho2Mom, in all its randomness, will have you laughing, crying and truly appreciating the greatness of mothers all over the planet.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON here.

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FREE SCAD ‘Night at the Museum’ & scavenger hunt museum tour, Savannah, Aug. 28

August 15th, 2014

free kids events Savannah SCAD

Experience SCAD’s own ‘Night at the Museum’ - free of charge.

Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. @ the SCAD Museum of Art

Visit Savannah College of Art and Design’s cool museum on a hot summer night! Bring the family and enjoy a screening of the blockbuster movie “Night at the Museum” (rated PG), followed by a flashlight-guided scavenger hunt tour of the galleries.

Film begins 5:30 p.m.; tour begins 7:30 p.m.

The screening and tour are free and open to the public.

Tour space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up 5-5:30 p.m. at the museum front desk.

Galleries are open 5-8 p.m.

Email Melissa Messina, SCAD Museum of Art program manager, at mmessina@scad.edu for more information .

FOR MORE FREE SAVANNAH KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Photography by Julie Anne Late Summer Portrait Special

August 14th, 2014

children baby portrait photographers Savannah Richmond Hill Pooler

Your kids are sun-kissed. You’re rested. And your husband’s rocking his beach bronze. What better time to book a photo session so you can be very ahead of the game with a sun-drenched family portrait or portraits of the children when the holidays roll around.

Lucky for you, Richmond Hill-based  Photography by Julie Anne makes this oh-so easy & affordable to do.

Schedule your session before September 5 2014 with Photography by Julie Anne and get $20 off your session AND 50% of any size canvas!

This special will only last until September 5.

Let’s get a head start on Christmas presents for the family & give them the gift of memories with a beautiful canvas of your children.

To schedule your session today, contact Julie at (912) 655-9497, email Julie@photographybyjulieanne.com, or visit her website at www.photographybyjulieanne.com  Julie Anne is also on Facebook so don’t forget to like her page  here to see all the great deals she offers each month.

Photography by Julie Anne,  email julie@photographybyjulieanne.com  (912) 655-9497, www.photographybyjulieanne.com ; On Facebook here.  Photography by Julie Anne is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser