More indoor summer activities in the area…

11 Jun

To follow up on my last post, here are a couple more FREE! indoor activities going on in the area…

“Music and Me” with Miss Emily at the Augusta Public Library downtown headquarters.  This is a free music, rhyme and movement time for little ones held at the headquarters branch on Telfair Street every Monday at 10:15.  It took my 2-year-old for the first time this past week and we had a great time!  It was a big group, so the instructor is thinking of offering two different times in the future.  To receive updates on the Music and Me times, follow “Children’s Department – Augusta Public Library” on Facebook.

Chick-Fil-A is hosting a summer kids night series again this year, starting tonight (Thursday, June 11th), from 5pm to 7:30pm.  This week Home Depot will be there to help the kids build bird houses.  There will be a different (free) craft/activity every Thursday at the same time.  Check their website for event details.  http://www.cfarestaurant.com/augustaexchange/home

Also, the Book Tavern bookstore downtown is continuing with its “Super Awesome Storytime” at 10:30 every Wednesday morning.  You may know the storytime leader and guitar player, Mr. Kenny, from his time with the public libraries or from his past performances at the Morris Museum of Art.  More details here:  http://www.booktavern.com/?page_id=720

And of course remember to keep checking the public libraries’ websites for the many, many free events they have going all summer as part of their Super Hero-themed summer reading program (both Richmond and Columbia County libraries).

Enjoy!!

Summer’s Greatest Hits in the CSRA: Indoor Edition

3 Jun

So summer is in full swing and I thought I’d give a run-down of some of our favorite indoor activities for spending a summer in the CSRA.  Because they are our favorites, I have already blogged in detail about them, so this will just be an overview.  I wanted to get this post out today so no one misses any of these gems!

1. Mommy & Me Time at the Morris Museum of Art:  Held once a month on a Thursday, June’s session is tomorrow!  A look in the galleries and hands-on art project for young kids starts at 10am.

2. The Augusta-Richmond County and Columbia County libraries Summer Reading Programs:  Tons of on-going entertainment provided by all branches of the library.  The Augusta-RC libraries have a big summer reading program kick-off event this Saturday.  Both counties’ libraries post events to their websites.

3. Imagination Station Children’s Museum in Hickman Park.  (Of course!!)  See yesterday’s post and their main website for special programming events in addition to normal open play hours.

4. Michaels Kids Craft Club, Passport Imagination: Cool crafts for kids at Michaels craft store on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 to 12.

5. Augusta Museum of History: Always a fun place hang out and stay cool.

Hopefully this will get you all started, and I’ll be back with more… (and will add links as soon as possible!).  Have fun!!

Summer’s Here!

2 Jun

It’s summer!!  And I will be trying to post a bit more to get us all through the long hot months of school being out.  First, let me fill you in on all the exciting stuff happening this summer at Imagination Station, Augusta’s small children’s museum designed to serve children ages 0 to 6 (older siblings welcome).  Our biggest annual event is coming up in just a few weeks– our Second Annual FREE Community Picnic on Saturday, June 20th, 11am-1pm.  We will have food and drink, and the museum will be open for tours (membership information and deals available that day as well).  Mr. Bill and his Guitar George will be performing (if you haven’t seen local jazz legend Bill Karp perform for kids, you won’t want to miss him and his wife Nancy that day!), Pickles the Clown will be leading songs and face painting, and more.  Augusta-Richmond County Public Libraries will be there as well, and the Book Bank Foundation will have free book giveaways for all the kids.  It is sure to be a fun time for all, so I hope to see you there!!

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Mr. Bill and His Guitar George and His Girlfriend Nancy perform

pickles

Pickles the Clown

And here is the rest of Imagination Station’s Summer Programming (you can also view this directly on the museum website at imagineaugusta.org):

Programming for children is generally held during museum hours, is free to members, and is free to non-members with admission (daily visitor’s pass is $10 per family, up to 3 children & $2 each additional child).  Programming for parents is typically held after hours, is for adults only, and is free to all.

 

Baby Bunch: Mondays in June at 9:00 am (June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)

Babies and toddlers (6mo – 2 years) will interact with parents and each other while learning about different sounds, sensations, and emotions. We’ll play some easy games to get those big and small muscles movin’.

Time with Tara:  June 11 3:00 pm

Enjoy singing and dancing to the silly and sweet music of Augusta’s favorite Ms. Tara Scheyer! Best for children 3-6. Free for members; included with $10 admission (up to 3 kids) for nonmembers.

Tara Scheyer of Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band fame!!

Tara Scheyer of Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band fame!!

Ms. Kathy’s Storytime: June 16 10:00 am

Stories, songs, counting and dancing are all a part of Ms. Kathy’s storytime. Every. Join us on the 3rdTuesday of each month for reading fun then stay to play at the museum.

Family Time Fun:  June 25:  2:30 (4-6 year olds); 3:30 (2-3 year olds)

From bowling to Duck, Duck, Goose and Four Square, we’ll have tons of fun. Parents will join in as partners on some games. 2:30 (4-6 year olds); 3:30 (2-3 year olds) Free for members; included with $10 admission (up to 3 kids) for nonmembers.

Disney Day: July 18 10:00 am

Come dressed as your favorite Disney character and get ready for stories, games and crafts to bring alive the world of make believe. Event is best for kids 3-6. Free for members; included with $10 admission (up to 3 kids) for nonmembers.

Ms. Kathy’s Storytime: July 21 10:00 am

Stories, songs, counting and dancing are all a part of Ms. Kathy’s storytime. Every. Join us on the 3rdTuesday of each month for reading fun then stay to play at the museum.

Family Time Fun:  July 30 2:30 (4-6 year olds); 3:30 (2-3 year olds)

Who doesn’t like a good ole game? From bowling to Duck, Duck, Goose and Four Square, we’ll have tons of fun. Parents, don’t assume you’ll be left out! Free for members; included with $10 admission (up to 3 kids) for nonmembers.

Music Parade: August 15 10:00 am

Get your creative juices flowing! We’ll make musical instruments with recycled products and then march through the park to the beat of our own drums. Free for members; included with $10 admission (up to 3 kids) for nonmembers.

Ms. Kathy’s Storytime:  August 18 10:00 am

Stories, songs, counting and dancing are all a part of Ms. Kathy’s storytime. Every. Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for reading fun then stay to play at the museum.

Weekend Events

15 Apr

Ok, I only have a quick minute to post, but here are a couple of fun things going on for kids in the area this weekend:

Earth Day Celebration at Phinizy Swamp Park:  Saturday, 10-4:  http://phinizycenter.org/event/earth-day-augusta/

Life Under the Crown & Colonial Trades Fair:  Friday-Sunday at Living History Park:  http://www.colonialtimes.us/undercrown.html

The Jungle Book:  FREE musical adaptation of the children’s classic at Fort Gordon: Saturday, 3pm:  http://www.fortgordon.com/event/jungle-book-mct-production/

 

Enjoy!!

 

This weekend…

14 Mar

Looking for something to do on this rainy afternoon??  Thanks to a friend for letting me know about the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show going on at the Julian Smith Casino next to Lake Olmstead.  The event runs today and tomorrow.  I’m thinking my boys will definitely want to see this!  Here is the event info from the Augusta Chronicle event calendar:

Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Saturday, March 14 –  10:00 am to 7:00 pm & Sunday, March 15 – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Julian Smith Casino
Augusta

Exhibits, demonstrations, educational resources; hourly door prizes; treasure dig, grab bags, geode cracking; gold and silver, fine and everyday jewelry, loose gemstones, cabochons, crystals, miner

All ages

$3 adult per day, $5 weekend pass, ages 11 and younger free

Kids in the Kitchen!

3 Mar

Hi all!  I just got word of a fun event sponsored by the Junior League of Augusta.  “Kids in the Kitchen” will be held on Saturday, March 21st, from 9am-12pm at the Ronald McDonald House downtown (1442 Harper Street).  Here are the details about the event that I’ve received:

** FREE ADMISSION!
• Free teeth cleaning with Colgate’s Bright Smiles, Bright Futures bus
• Discover new ways of healthy living
• Learn about balanced nutrition and healthy choices
• Participate in cooking demos put on by local chefs
• Get your heart pumping with fun exercises
Sounds like a great time!  For more, here is a link to their webpage: http://www.jlaugusta.org/kids-in-the-kitchen
cooking kid

Storyland Theater

30 Jan

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

"Beauty and the Beast" image from exploreaugusta.org Storyland Theater webpage

“Beauty and the Beast” image from exploregeorgia.org Storyland Theater webpage

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