Hart to Heart: A pop quiz for Savannah parents
By Anne Hart | Savannah Morning News
If spending more time with your kids is among your New Yearâ€™s resolutions, then check out this quiz I put together to test how much you really know about the area in which youâ€™re raising your children. Share the quiz with your children. Maybe it will propel you and your kids to do some exploring and have some new adventures together. (Answers at the end.)
1. Our â€śzooâ€ť Oatland Island Wildlife Center has lots of animals beloved by kids. Match the following with the names everyone knows them by:
A. A 16-year-old barred owl who once laid an egg (or two) every Valentineâ€™s Day for six years in a row.
B. The female Sandhill crane who at 25 years of age is one of the oldest in captivity. Hint: the male Sandhill craneâ€™s name is Frasier.
C. The alpha male among the five gray wolves in Oatlandâ€™s Wolf Wilderness
(Missed that one? Sharpen your Oatland Wildlife skills at Oatlandâ€™s Toddler Tuesdays morning program when children and their parents/caretakers experience nature through themed activities. Details here: www.oatlandisland.org)
2. Match each of the following local playgrounds with its distinguishing feature:
A. Forsyth Park playground at 700 Drayton St., Savannah
B. Memorial Park Playground, behind Tybee Island Library, 405 Butler Ave.
C. The Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island
D. Lake Mayer Playground at 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroad
E. Mother Mathilda Beasley Park at 500 E. Broad St.
1. It has a faux pirate ship, pretend palm trees and a see-saw whale rocker.
2. It boasts two playgrounds including one with a rocking toucan adjacent to a cafĂ© and bathrooms.
3. It has a newly redone playground complete with climbing walls, tunnels; plus new swingsets, new baby swingsets, new mulch, new swivel seat, new twirling toy & oh-so-modern sleek see-saw
4. It boasts a tree house perched among the live oaks complete with steering wheel.
5. It was named after Georgiaâ€™s first African-American nun and has new covered pavilion, two playgrounds with new equipment, large grass-covered field, a baseball field, multi-purpose trail and dog park.
3. Cupcake emporiums are always fun to visit with the kids. Which of the following is not the name of a cupcake store in Savannah?
A. Gigiâ€™s Cupcakes
B. Sweet Carolina Cupcakes
C. Mabel Francis Potterâ€™s Cupcake Emporium
D. Butter-me-up Cupcakes
4. Visiting our local museums with kids is an adventure. See if you can match each kid-friendly museum with one of its special features.
A. The Sandbox, An Interactive Childrenâ€™s Museum, Hilton Head Island
B. Telfairâ€™s Jepson Center of the Arts, Savannah
C. Savannah Childrenâ€™s Museum, Savannah
1. Every month, it features Toddler Third Thursdays, designed especially for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their adult companions. Toddlers get to explore artwork from Telfair exhibitions and complete a fun-filled art project relating to their tour. (Next one is Jan. 17 with the theme Toddlers Technology)
2. It houses a fantasy pirate ship among its exhibits.
3. Part of this museum is housed in the remnants of the Central of Georgia Carpentry Shop.
5. This month, Savannah Childrenâ€™s Theatreâ€™s mainstage production is:
A. Willy Wonka
B. Mary Poppins
C. Mamma Mia
6. Live Oak Public Libraries host oodles of kid-focused events each year. Which of the following is NOT one of Live Oakâ€™s popular childrenâ€™s programs?
A. Savannah Childrenâ€™s Book Festival held every November in Forsyth Park.
B. Weekly storytimes with age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays.
C. Harry Potter-themed Mud Run.
7. Expectant parents in Savannah are often surprised to learn that some of our cityâ€™s most popular child-care facilities often have long infant-care waiting lists. Which of the following is not a quality child-care facility which often has long waiting lists?
A. St. Paulâ€™s Lutheran Preschool
B. The Little House School
C. The Sanctuary Child Learning & Development Center
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HOW DID YOU DO?
1. A, 3; B, 2; C, 1.
2. A, 2; B, 1; C, 4; D, 3; E, 5
4. A, 2; B, 1; C, 3