This Saturday, December 20th, Imagination Station Children’s Museum will be hosting a Winter Wonderland Day event. In addition to extended opening hours (9:30am-1:00pm), the day will be packed with winter-themed crafts, games, songs, and story times. Come enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies, as well as some fun giveaways throughout the day… What a great way to kick off winter vacation!
The museum is located in the community recreation buidling in the heart of Hickman Park in Augusta, behind the Partridge Inn off of Walton Way (965 Hickman Rd).
As always, more information about Imagination Station can be found at http://www.imagineaugusta.org.
Hi all! This is last minute (sorry!), but just wanted to let you all know that, if you missed getting tickets for the Polar Express events at the Augusta Museum of History this year, you can go with your little ones today for a little taste of the same experience. At 10am and 1pm today they are holding a program for kids aged 2-6 and their parents. Board the decorated train in the Transportation Hall with your child, where they will have a storyteller telling the Polar Express story. Then go to another room to make their own wooden train craft! Cost is $4 non-members, $2 for museum members. ALL ABOARD!!
For more museum information: http://www.augustamuseum.org/
Looking for an alternative to visiting Santa at the mall? If so (and if you missed out on the Polar Express show tickets that sell like hot-cakes at the History Museum), here are a couple of other local options you might be interested in.
1. Visit with Santa at Augusta’s Old Government House. Built in 1801, this is Augusta’s oldest building. Santa will be available for photo ops between 9am and 4pm on the next 3 Sundays (Nov. 23, 30, and Dec. 7). FREE. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/825220780833722/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=explore&unit_ref=suggested_events
2. Lights of the South. There is a lot more to do than just visit with Santa at this nearby holiday mecca. Here is my summary from last year:
Grovetown, GA: In addition to the 5 million-plus Christmas lights set up over 100-acres, Lights of the South features hay rides, marshmallow roasts, and the chance to meet Santa. A word of warning: we went last year and had a great time, though it was very cold the night we went! Also, we went on a weekday to try to avoid the crowds and there were still verrrrrry long lines for the hayride and Santa. I think the earlier in the season you go, the less crowded it is (we went the week of Christmas). The Santa set up is really nice– a very warm and cozy feel to his cottage. However, I recommend taking your own picture– we over-paid for a very low-quality print of the one they took for us. Open 6pm-10pm, seven days a week. Adults $8.95 admission/ children $5.95/ under 3 free. Visit http://www.lightsofthesouth.com.
Anyone have any other suggestions for unique places to visit Santa in the CSRA?
So, the reason this blog has been so quiet lately is that things have been a bit busy. And by a bit, I mean a TON. Finding I had less time to cook on some nights led me to check out where and when kids can eat free in the area. Here are two lists I have found helpful:
Check some of these places out and give your kitchen (and yourself) a break sometime!
p.s. Please let me know if you know of any other kids eat free deals out there, or if you find that any of those listed on the sites above are no longer valid. Thanks!
They’re here! They’re here! My family loves to check out the Holiday Gingerbread Village every year in the atrium of the Augusta Museum of History. For this special exhibition, local bakeries provide amazing gingerbread versions of CSRA landmarks. This year’s village is on display until November 30th. Because it is set up in the museum atrium, the village can be viewed any time the visitor center is open (the museum doesn’t have to be), and is FREE to the public. Happy viewing!
For more about visiting the history museum during the holidays, see this older post: http://kiddingaroundaugusta.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/its-a-great-time-of-year-to-visit-the-augusta-museum-of-history/
Hi all! Just a quick note (hoping to post on a couple other topics soon)… special programming at the Imagination Station Children’s Museum is in full swing! Here is a look at upcoming events. Note the first one is THIS Saturday, so please register ASAP if you are interested in this great craft workshop! More information about the museum, including our full calendar, is available at http://www.imagineaugusta.org.
Musical Instrument Creations!!
When: Sat, September 20, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Description: By Natalia Bowdoin. For children between 4 & 8 years old. Come create and decorate a variety of simple musical instruments which we will make out of everyday household materials in the Imagination Station Art Studio. Limit 8 kids. Please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to Members. Included as part of visitor fee for Non-members.
Yin Yang Yoga for the Young
When: Sat, October 4, 9am – 10am
Description: By Frankie Kraemer. 2-5 year olds. Cobra, cow Cat and more; Come experience the fun of moving those muscles and getting stronger. Please have children wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move upside down and around in! Limit of 15 kids. Please register by email to email@example.com. Free to Members. Included as part of visitor fee for Non-members.
When: Mon, October 6, 10am – 11am
Description: By Michelle Rose. cSing, dance and shake those sillies out! Live guitar and kids’ voices are all we need to make some merry music. All ages welcome. No registration required. Free to Members. Included as part of visitor fee for Non-members.
Signing with Babies
When: Tue, October 14, 10am – 11am
Description: By Quentin Hartmann & Michelle Evans. Designed for Parents and infants 0-2. Frustrated with not being able to communicate with baby? We’ll talk about how to begin signing with your infant to make life just a little easier and more fun for everyone. We’ll provide examples, handouts and more. Limit 15 parents.Please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to Members. Included as part of visitor fee for Non-members.
Ms. Kathy’s Storytime
When: Tue, October 21, 10:00am – 10:30am
Description: We are so lucky to have Kathy Crosson, of Appleby Library storytime fame, offering our storytime on third Tuesdays of the month!!! Free to Members. Included as part of visitor fee for Non-members.
Creepy Crawly Critters Craft
When: Sat, October 25, 11am – 12pm
Description: B y Sabina Widner. Come make some silly monsters in time for Halloween. We’ll work with a variety of colors and textures to make some fun creepy-crawly creatures. Best for children 4-6 years. Limit 10 kids. Please register by email to email@example.com. Free to Members. Included as part of visitor fee for Non-members.
It’s a great time to be parents in Augusta, y’all! And no, not because school is starting (although some of you may be very excited about that as well…), but because the school year starting back up means that a lot of other super fun stuff is starting back up again after a summer hiatus. Here are some highlights:
- MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will start meeting up again at First Presbyterian Church downtown. One of my friends is a co-coordinator of the group, so I know first-hand that they will be bringing lots of wonderful things to the group’s moms again this year. Here is some more info from my friend Jenny:
“Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is open to all women with children from pregnancy through Kindergarten. It exists for the purpose of encouraging and equipping women to be the best wives and mothers they can be. At each meeting we enjoy brunch, are encouraged by Mentor Moms, and hear from speakers on mom-related topics. We meet two Tuesdays a month (from 10 a.m-12 p.m) in Saint Andrews Hall, at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Augusta. We’d love to have you join us!”
Here is a link to the First Pres. page www.firstpres.org/mops
Here is a link to the MOPS FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Pres-Augusta-MOPS/283705198310522
Here is a link to MOPS International’s page. www.mops.org
Kindermusik of Augusta fall semester classes start up this week and Family Music of Augusta classes start up the next– there are still spaces available in most of the classes for both programs. We participate in both and have loved them! The instructors are dynamic and have really gotten my boys excited about learning music. Here are their websites:
Family Music (Musikgarten): http://www.makingmusik.com/familymusicofaugusta/
- Kroc Tots Activity Hour starts back up at the Kroc center next week. If you missed it, here is a previous entry from my blog about this cool offering: http://kiddingaroundaugusta.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/kroc-tots-activity-hour-at-the-kroc-center/
- In September, Warren Road Recreation Center will start back up with its Little Friends Gym, Fun Time Fridays, and Mudpuppies. I plan on blogging about all three of these programs soon, but in the meantime, you can find out more about them on their website: http://www.augustaga.gov/1510/Warren-Road-Community-Center
- Now that the Summer Reading Program is over, the Richmond County and Columbia County libraries are back to their normal story times. You can view their event calendars on the following websites:
Richmond County Library: www.ecgrl.org
Columbia County Library: http://gchrl.org
- Last but certainly not least, IMAGINATION STATION CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is officially open to the public!! We are located in Hickman Park and open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30am to 12pm, and Saturdays 9:30 to 12 and 2:30 to 5pm. Much more info, and pictures, will be in a forthcoming post!! I hope you all come out and check out the museum– parents and kids alike have been having a great time at “the Station”! Much more info is available at www.imagineaugusta.org.