If you don’t have a child who has attended a Storyland Theater production on a school field trip, you may not know about this wonderful gem in children’s entertainment right here in Augusta. Here are the highlights… WHO: Their website advertises their shows for toddlers through age 12, though my feeling is that little ones may not be able to sit for or follow the stories well until they are preschool age. WHAT: Family-friendly, fairytale-based musicals and plays performed live in a theater. WHEN: There are several shows offered each year. The current production, “Rapunzel”, is being performed for a family matinee time this Saturday, January 31st, at 3pm. The next production, “Beauty and the Beast” is scheduled for late March. Each production offers several weekday morning times exclusively for school field trips, and then a Saturday afternoon performance for families. WHERE: All shows are performed in the Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the Georgia Regents University main campus. Turn onto Fleming Road from Walton Way and through the main entrance of campus, then bear right in the circle and you will see the performing arts center straight ahead. WHY WE LIKE IT: After three years of my kids enjoying these productions on school field trips, I was finally able to attend one of them today when I chaperoned a field trip to see “Rapunzel”. I was really impressed with the professionalism of the production: the acting and singing, sets, and costumes were all extremely well-done. The use of a fairy-tale as the inspiration for the story was perfect as many of the children are familiar with those plots. But it is great that the productions are actually locally written: the playwright was in the audience and waved to all the children in the audience, and his version of the story worked in enough kiddie appeal humor to keep the children engaged in the story. It was fun to hear them all shouting “hide!” when the prince didn’t know the witch was coming, and to hear them all laughing out loud when he successfully hid from her. While some more sensitive/younger children may have been frightened by the witch character and some of her “curses”, most of the content of the play was appropriate for young children. All in all, I’m already looking forward to joining my son’s next field trip to a Storyland Theater production for Beauty and Beast in March! HOW: Saturday’s matinee show starts at 3pm. No reservations needed; doors open at 2:15. Entry is $6 per person or $15 for a season ticket (3 shows). MILITARY FAMILIES ARE FREE WITH A VALID MILITARY ID!! Find out more… http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/4353-storyland-theatre-inc
Exciting news! The Augusta Museum of History– already one of my boys’ favorite places to visit– has started a new program called “Monday at the Museum”. Once a month (on a… you guessed it, Monday!), they will be offering a children’s program linked to one of their exhibits. This month’s program, “Weaving a New Year”, will explore the museum’s weaving exhibit and then allows the children to make a craft “weaving” a calendar. Here are the basics:
Who: Kids ages 2 to 6
What: A chance for little ones to participate in a hands-on exploration of Augusta’s history
When: Once a month on a Monday at 10am and again at 1pm: this month’s program takes place on January 19th
Where: The Augusta Museum of History, at the intersection of Reynolds St. and 6th St. in downtown Augusta
Why we like it: I’ll have to go check it out and let y’all know! Or if you make it to one of their upcoming Monday at the Museum Programs, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!
How: Cost is $2 for museum members and $4 for non-members. Contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 722-8454 to register for the event.
For more information…
Check the event listing on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/850562578339508/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Visit the museum’s website at http://www.augustamuseum.org/
View my previous general post about the history museum at https://kiddingaroundaugusta.wordpress.com/2011/08/20/augusta-museum-of-history/
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: https://kiddingaroundaugusta.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/its-a-great-time-of-year-to-visit-the-augusta-museum-of-history/