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Art on the Park: Savannah art lessons for children

Friday, July 30th, 2010

art-in-the-parkArt on the Park:  private & group art classes for children starting September. These will be small, inspired group or private art lessons with weekly featured techniques & themes.

For Ages 5+
1 hr group classes: Mondays or Wednesdays/3:30-4:30pm
2 hr group classes: Thursdays/3:30-5:30pm
Classes scheduled by age group
1-hour Private lessons offered Mon-Thurs.

Contact Torrey to schedule private classes at or (912) 354-5998

6 week 1 hr class @ $90 or 12 week 1 hr class @ $170
6 week 2 hr class @ $120 or 12 week 2 hr class @ $230
All Group Classes begin the week of September 20th

Private lessons @ $30/hr or $45/hr for siblings available to all ages under 18. minimum of 10 lessons

Studio Address:
1311 Washington Ave. (Daffin Park)

Instructor Torrey S. Kist, MFA
Torrey loves teaching children to tap into their natural creativity! Torrey received a BA in Visual Arts from Gettysburg College, and an MFA in Painting from SCAD. For the past 5 years, she worked for the Telfair Museum’s education department- directing, designing, (and often teaching) all of the youth & adult studio programming.
Torrey recently resigned from this position to pursue her two passions: teaching children and painting!
Art on the Park Studio
Situated directly on Daffin Park- the studio is a great place to spread out, get messy, and take play breaks if needed!
Small classes- 6 student limit- so register today!

Contact: or 912.354.5988.

Auditions open for the Sounds of Praise children’s community choir

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

make-a-joyful-noise-new-logoThe Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir – a Savannah choral experience built on the joy of singing – is now auditioning for the 2010-2011 season.

All those interested in singing are welcome to join the Community Choir. Choir Members will learn the fundamentals of sight-singing, healthy vocal production, and many wonderful songs as they develop and share their talents with the Savannah community.

The Community Choir is for Rising 2nd – 9th grade and held on Monday or Thursday: 6:15 – 7:30 PM
The Chamber Ensemble is for 10 – 15 year olds and held Monday or Thursday: 6:15 – 8 PM

Rehearsals begin Aug. 30 at Savannah Country Day School. Contact Vicki to schedule a placement audition at 912-920-6542 or email For information on tuition, uniforms and performance obligations, click here.

Find out more at a Choral Retreat 9 AM-Noon Sat. Aug. 28. Do you love to sing? Come join the Sounds of Praise children’s choir at the retreat as they introduce the fall repertoire, play music games and develop a sense of community through song! Cost: $24*
*Applied to tuition if you join for the year.

About the instructor: Vicki Mills holds a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and has over 20 years experience working with young voices. After eight years as the lower school music specialist at Savannah Country Day School, Vicki stepped away to develop her music studio, Make A Joyful Noise, which offers early childhood classes for children and their parents, group keyboard, and The Sounds of Praise choir.

Ms. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah for children’s voice, instrument lessons

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

amyschoolmusicMs. Amy’s School of Music in Savannah has it all when it comes to music lessons for children and early childhood music education for toddlers/preschoolers.

From piano and voice lessons to woodwinds, brass, beginner guitar, music discovery (ages 2-4), and theory – all ages and stages are welcome!

Increased confidence, reading and reasoning skills, and an expressive outlet are only some of the benefits to music education.

Offering one-on-one attention and investment in the student as a whole, Amy’s methods of teaching are successful and proven. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and has over 12 years of teaching experience. References are available upon request.

Classes are held at 2421 Waters Ave. near Daffin Park. For a schedule of available class times, visit Call to set up a discounted trial lesson to see if what Ms. Amy’s School of Music’s offering is right for you. Call 912-659-0993 or email .

Preschooler parent-and-me classes include:
Mommy-and-me music for ages 2 – 4 years
This is a private half hour lesson for both parent(s) and student to attend. It’s for the parent who wants their child to play piano. Little fingers are not that strong, so Amy has designed these lessons to give children the basis needed to begin piano at a younger age than normal.

Mommy and Me Music for Toddlers (Ages 18 mos. – 3 years)
A joyful first music experience where children, siblings, and parents will share in a music making program of rhythms, active movement games and singing. A nurturing environment where an energetic connection is drawn between music and imagination. Meet others and learn some fascinating music activities you can re-create at home.

Mommy and Me Music for ages 4 – 5 years
An artistically conceived flow of songs, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions and movement activities will keep your little music maker involved. This class is designed to support children’s development of competence in tonality and rhythm.

Class start dates depend on how many people register.

Coastal Kids Market recruiting consignors, vendors, advertisers

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

coastal-kids-logoGet ready. The Coastal Kids Market, a favorite seasonal, upscale children’s consignment sale, is coming up again!

The Fall 2010 Sale dates are:
Thurs. Aug. 26 6 pm – 8 pm
Fri. Aug. 27 9 am – 5 pm
Sat. Aug. 28 9 am – 12 pm
**Select items will be half price on Saturday

The Coastal Kids Market’s seasonal sales at The Shops at Godley Station, Pooler Parkway Suite 202 are a huge hit with our readers and an amazing way to find designer kids’ clothes at bargin prices.

Coastal Kids Market is currently recruiting consignors, vendors for their sale as well as advertisers for their 200 goody bags. For info on how to be get involved and make money, click here.

Coastal Kids Market is teaming up with The Next Generation, a volunteer organization that Benefits the Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Coastal Kids Market will donate a portion of proceeds to their organization and will also have the sale as a drop location for a character band-aid drive.

Win two preview tickets and a chance to enter the sale on Thursday night sale 15 minutes early by “liking” the Coastal Kids Market Facebook page by clicking here.

Watch the Coastal Market Facebook page on how to learn how to shop early and be part of the giveaway.

Look out for a SouthernMamas giveaway the week of Aug. 15, as well as a giveaway of two preview tickets on the Coastal Kids Market Facebook fanpage for current fans and those who become fans before the sale.

Petite Feet: Your spot for back-to-school children’s shoes in Savannah

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

petite-feet-button-adWhen doing your back-to-school shopping, be sure to check out the children’s shoes and accessories at Petite Feet.

Shopping at Savannah’s shoe store for children is a relaxed and enjoyable experience, thanks largely to the fact that it’s a child-friendly store with a comfortable atmosphere.  Puzzles, TV, children’s book and toys keep the tots busy while you shop.

Petite Feet’s knowledgeable personal service ensures that each child is fitted correctly. And you don’ t have to fight for parking spot. Petite Feet at 5521 Abercorn next to Fresh Market and across from Publix is in a super convenient location with easy in-and-out parking.

But best of all are the popular brands Petite Feet carries – all the ones you’ve been searching for, but have a tough time finding in our area: Lilly Kelly, Keen, Merrell, Michael Kors, Morgan & Milo, Naturino, Ralph Lauren, Robeez, Roxy, Sanita, See Kai Run, Simple, Sketchers, Sperry Top-Sider
Teva and many more.

Petite Feet is also teeming with hip children’s accessories such as hair bows, headbands, umbrellas, socks, back-packs and lunch bags.

Visit their website at for more brands and information

Ask the expert: What else to do to get my child ready for pre-school? Self-control

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

jane-madisonBelow is a guest post by Jane Madison, an early childhood education expert and pre-K teacher at Saint Peter the Apostle School on Wilmington Island. To read her past guest posts on preparing your child for preschool, click here:

About twenty years ago, when I was working with 3 year olds, we had a child in our class who always had to be first. First at art, first served at the snack table, the first turn in a game, and even the first one called to get his book bag. He had to be first. And, if he wasn’t first, he would whine,”What about me, what about me?!” louder and louder, until he got what he wanted. Needless to say, that behavior really got on our nerves! What this little guy needed to learn was self-control!

Self-control is the ability to control one’s emotions, desires and actions by one’s own will, and is one of the most important skills we can help our children develop.

There is a famous experiment, conducted by Dr. Walter Mischel at Stanford University that supports this statement.

In the 1960s, a group of four-year olds were given a marshmallow and promised another, if they could wait 15 minutes before eating the first one. Some children could wait and others could not. They were then divided into three groups. Those who ate the marshmallow right away were moved to group A, and those who waited before eating the marshmallow were moved to group B. (Those who were able to wait for some time, but didn’t last the full 15 minutes were not included in any more research.) The researchers then followed the progress of each child into adolescence, and demonstrated that those children with the ability to wait were better adjusted and more dependable (determined by surveys of their parents and teachers), and scored an average of 210 points higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). (Shoda, Mischel,&Peake1990)

The research also showed that the children who, when they were four-year-olds, could not wait, as teens were troubled, indecisive, and less confident and still were unable to delay gratification. To read the rest of this post in its entirety, click here.

Ban smoking on and around Savannah playgrounds

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

smoke-free-playgroundsAs part of the City of Savannah’s Healthy Initiative, new restrictions of smoking are being proposed.

If the proposed Smoke Free Air Act passes, there are several places where smoking would be banned: within 20 feet of restaurants with outdoor seating and serving areas; within 20 feet of all public transportation platforms and shelters and playgrounds.

The proposed legislation would ban smoking 20 feet within the playground area. Designated smoking areas at work will also have to be at least 20 feet away from any entrances.

Voice your opinion at a town hall public meeting this Wed. July 28, 7-9 PM at the Savannah Civic Center where the City Council will take comments about this. Can’t make it to the meeting? Click here for a list of city council members and their contact info so you can make your voice heard. Learn more about the Smoke Free Savannah campaign by clicking here.

Infant/Toddler CPR Class at Just for Baby & More in Savannah

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

You’re invited to a CPR Class taught by the American Red Cross at Just for Baby & More, 10 AM-2 PM Sat. Aug. 7.

just-for-baby-more-ferst-donorThis class will cover CPR for infants and toddlers. Participants will receive certification cards the day of the class.

Cost: $35 per person or $60 per couple. Class fee will include manuals, supplies, certification card, and a light lunch

If you would like to join the class, please email to register. The first 20 registrants will receive a $15 Just for Baby & More Gift Card.

Just For Baby & More, 7701 Waters Ave., Savannah, 912-355-4455

Garden City opens registration for fall sports including soccer, football, cheerleading

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

soccer-ballGarden City has officially opened registration for Fall sports including children’s soccer, football and cheerleading.

To register, area residents can sign up at the Garden City Recreation Center office located at 160B Priscilla D. Thomas Way between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration fee is $25 per child (maximum of $50 per family), which is payable by check or money order.

Parents with children who would like to participate must submit the registration fee plus a copy of each child’s birth certificate. Equipment will be provided for football and cheerleading. For soccer, children will be responsible for bringing their own cleats and shin guards.

Football and cheerleading will begin on August 2 for ages 6-12. Co-ed soccer will begin on August 9 for ages 4-11. Children must meet the age requirements to register for sports teams. For more info, call 912.966.7788.

Giveaway: $25 gift certificate for Savannah Inflatables

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

savannah-inflatables-button-ad1This week, a SouthernMamas reader will win a $25 gift certificate to Savannah Inflatables , your go-to spot for children’s birthday parties, pool parties, community and corporate fund-raisers. The set up and delivery is included in the price. Available seven days a week.

Think bounce houses, Big Kahuna slides or Oceans of Fun Slides with Splash Pool.

ocean-wave-wet-dry-slide-150x150To enter to win, visit Savannah Inflatables Facebook page and check out the amazing affordable inflatables available.

“Like” (the new version of “become a fan of”) the Savannah Inflatables Facebook page to enter the drawing. You can find Savannah Inflatables Facebook page by clicking here. Improve your chances of winning by commening on the Savannah Inflatables wall. Deadline to enter is Aug. 1. We’ll pick a winner then and announce the winner here Aug. 1.

Savannah Inflatables, 912.856.4091, email

Two flippers up for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

gstc_logoWe finally made it to The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island this weekend, with the kids in tow, because we’ve heard such great reviews.

We have to say, Georgia’s first sea turtle rehab, research and education facility lives up to all the kudos. A 90-minute drive from Savannah, the center provides state-of-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles.

My 3-year-old’s favorite part was looking through the treatment room window and seeing staff do various procedures on the sick or injured turtles. The one-story center, open since June 2007, also has just enough interactive exhibits to hold a preschooler’s attention and teach. In the Rehab Pavilion, kids can see the patients and learn about the various reasons why the turtles are sick or hurt (Caution: Your turtle-safety savvy kids will never again let you use a plastic bag after your visit as turtles are known to mistake discarded plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them).

gstc-buildingCertain times of the year, you can take part in guided turtle and nest walks on the beach. A guided behind-the-scences tour is also available for an extra fee (but call ahead if you are interested as the behind-the-scence tour was not available on the day of our visit). The center also hosts special events, birthday parties and holiday celebrations like Turtle-ween. Summer programs are available for children, educators and seniors. Learn more by clicking here.

The Sea Turtle Center is in Jekyll’s pristine Historic District, where you can treat the kids to an ice cream at the nearby Sweet Shoppe or have lunch outdoors at Rah Bar on the Jekyll Historic Wharf, all within walking distance of the Center. Consider timing your visit to coincide with the Jekyll Island Beach Music Festival and BBQ Bash Aug. 21 or the Shrimp & Grits: Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival on Sept. 17. For more info on those festivals, click here.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Rd, Jekyll Island. Cost: $6 for adults (13+ years); $5 for Seniors (65+ years); $4 for children (4-12 years); FREE for children 3 and under. $5 for Active Duty Military Personnel, Students and Teachers (ID required). For more info, call 912.635.4444 or click here.

Businesses invited to take part in Boy Scout giftbag or raffle item donations

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Basic RGBHave a business? Love the scouts?

Here’s a chance to spread the word about your business to roughly 1,000 Boy Scout families.

This is a very exciting time for Boy Scouts across the nation as they celebrate 100 years of scouting!

Help congratulate scouts and their families when they come together at their Boy Scout reunion this August at Memorial Stadium in Savannah. This is a great opportunity to influence over 1,000 families buying decisions during back to school season while helping make this a memorable event.

If you’d like your business to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime celebration through giftbag or raffle item donations send an email to or call 912.844.8487.

All American Gymnastics in Savannah for fall preschool classes, tumbling and birthdays

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

all-american-gymnasticsWe’ve heard great things about preschool gymnastics All American Gymnastics at 7808 White Bluff, which is now registering for Fall Classes. Classes Start on Aug. 9.

All American Gymnastics offers:
Preschool & Recreational Gymnastics
Cheer/ Tumbling
Boys Fit & Fun
Competitive Gymnastics
Developmental All Star Cheer

All American also is a fun spot for children’s birthday parties. These gymnastic birthday parties include one hour of time in the gymnastics area; 30 minutes for celebration time. All American provides: Tables and Chairs; Tablecloths, Utensils, napkins, cups & plates; goodie bag for each child. Click here for birthday pricing.

All American Gymnastics, 7808 White Bluff,, 912.354.4343, email:

Best OB/GYNs in Savannah based on SouthernMamas readers’ tips

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

ob-gynsWe asked for local moms’ input on best OB/GYNS  in the Savannah area. And you answered -in much appreciated enthusiasm – on our SouthernMamas Facebook Fan Page. Here are your top OB/GYN doctors in the Savannah and Lowcountry.


The Midwife Group & Birth Center, aka Family Health and Birth Center: (912) 629-6262 tied for top slot with
Dr. Elizabeth McIntosh of OB/GYN Associates of Savannah: 912-351-0768

Other most popular picks:

Dr. Melanie Helmken of OB/GYN Associates of Savannah: 912-355-9967
Dr. Joe Edwards of OB/GYN CENTER: (912)355-7766
Dr. Reginald Robinson: (912) 355-2800‎
Dr. Glen Scarbrough of OB/GYN Associates of Savannah: 912-352-7933
Dr. Melissa Cobbs of OB/GYN Associates of Savannah: 912-355-4427
Dr. Gregory Whitaker: (912) 352-7393
Dr. Michael Jackson of OB/GYN CENTER: (912)355-7766
Dr. Kimberly Crute of Provident Ob-Gyn: (912) 350-5937‎
Dr. Jules Toraya of OB/GYN Associates, Savannah: 912-352-7933
Dr. Andrew Tucker: (912) 354-2634‎
Dr. Barry Schlafstein: (912) 355-5755‎

Other highly-recommended picks:

Dr. Karen L. Fehr: (912) 692-1080‎
Dr. Alan Smith of Savannah Ob/Gyn: (912) 355-8136
Dr. Tania Morgan-Bowen: (912) 352-7902
Dr. Dina Linfoot of Provident Ob-Gyn: (912) 350-5937‎
Dr. Ilan Bornstein: (912) 356-9600‎
Dr. Anthony Royek and Dr. Harold Bivins at Savannah Perinatology Associates: (912) 350-5970‎

Bluffton/ Beaufort area

Dr. Lynn Norton of Beaufort Ob-Gyn Associates in Beaufort, SC: (843) 524-8151

Pediatric therapists reaching out to Savannah parents of children with Down syndrome

Monday, July 19th, 2010

mother-childLocal pediatric occupational therapist Jaime Patillo and pediatric physical therapist Lindsay Mullen are collaborating on a book that will provide home exercises and activities to promote motor skills in children with Down syndrome.

Jaime and Lindsay know parents of children with Down syndrome are aware of the joys, rewards and challenges of raising a child with special needs. They would like to draw upon your experiences and request your participation in one of two ways.

They’re looking for parents willing to complete a short questionnaire about their experiences. Additionally, they’re looking for children between the ages of birth and 8 years of age to photograph for illustration of various activities from the book.

If you are interested in being a part of this project, or would like more information, please contact Jaime or Lindsay at:

Win a free birthday party at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Friday, July 16th, 2010

sand-gnats-2Support Oatland Island Wildlife Center by helping Pack the Park!

We know SouthernMamas readers love Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Here’s your chance to show it.

Michele Mazzei, naturalist at Oatland Island Wildlife Center and star of the center’s popular Toddler Tuesdays, is offering SouthernMamas readers this fabulous offer: a FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY at Oatland Island to those who sell 20 or more Sand Gnats tickets for August 18th’s Pack the Park Fundraiser to benefit Oatland Island.

A portion of ADVANCE ticket sales will benefit Oatland.

Michele is volunteering her time for the Birthday Party to honor all the great support SouthernMamas have shown to Oatland and to her over the last few years.

At the Wed. Aug. 18 Sand Gnats game, kids can visit some of Oatland’s most popular animals. The gates open at 6 PM and the game starts at 7:05 PM.

To benefit Oatland, purchase tickets at the following locations before the game:

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Davis Produce – Talahi Island
Sea Kayak Georgia – Tybee Island
Tubby’s on River Street

For more info on the birthday party contest, contact Michele at 912-395-1500. Good luck!