Kids’ Weekend Guide: Savannah, Hilton Head Is. Children’s Activities

Juneteenth Family Day at Owens-Thomas House
10 AM-1 PM Sat. June 20. FREE!
Features the McIntosh County Shouters, a “Jumping the Broom” ceremony, storytelling, African Tall Spirit Stilt Walkers, artist demonstrations, art-making activities for young people and more.
(Thanks, Marisa, for the tip on this)

fishSaturday Explorations at The Aquarium (SEA) Programs, UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
10 AM-5 PM Sat. June 20
For all ages. Behind the scenes aquarium tours. Ever wonder what goes on behind closed doors at an aquarium? Here is your chance to see everything from the animals not on display to the equipment that keeps the animals happy.
Cost: $10 per person.
Program fee includes admission to the aquarium.
Pre-registration required.
30 Ocean Science Circle
912.598.3474 or email

Latin Festival on River Street
Latin food, performances and wares
1-9 PM Sat. June 20

FREE movie “Ice Age” at The Market at Trustees’ Garden, downtown Savannah
12:30 PM Sat. June 20
Cool down and share a meal and movie while shopping at the farmers’ market next door.

Discovery Beach Walks at Tybee Island Marine Science Center
One-hour guided walk on South OR North beach. All ages!
Learn about tides, seashells, dunes and more.
Cost:$ 10; children 3 and younger are free.
Fee includes admission to the Science and Nature Gallery
10:30-11:30 AM EVERYDAY through Sept. 6 for South Beach
4-5 PM Mondays and Fridays for North Beach
Reservations required

Marsh Trek at Tybee Island Marine Science Center
One-hour exploration of the salt marsh. Discover fiddler crabs, snails and more.
Cost: $10; children 3 and younger are free.
4-5 PM Sundays through Sept. 6
Fee includes admission to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center Science and Nature Gallery
Reservations required and directions to the marsh given when reservations are made.

Turtle Talks at Tybee Island Marine Science Center
6:30-8 PM Saturdays through Sept. 6
90 minute presentation about the lives of sea turtles.
Cost: 10; children 3 and younger are free. Fee includes admission to the Science and Nature Gallery.
Reservations required by 4 PM day of the program,

Ronald McDonald at Oglethorpe Mall Branch Library
He will read stories, perform a magic tricks and encourage the children to join “Ronald’s Reading Rangers”.
2:30 PM Sunday, June 21. FREE

Coastal Reptiles at Skidaway Island State Park
2 PM Sun. June 21
Learn all about reptiles. See live ones. Bring your camera for pictures with Beau.
$5 parking

Dad’s Day Deals

Free admission to all fathers at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, SC on Father’s Day
Open 9AM -6 PM Sun. June 21
Admission is $9.75 for adults, $7.25 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under three.
Riverbanks will also offer free admission to all children of deployed military personnel on Sunday, June 21. The Zoo also will provide free admission to children who have a parent that has returned within the last year from a deployment.
Military families with a parent deployed overseas must bring a copy of the parent’s deployment orders to receive free admission. Those who have had a parent return from deployment within the past year must provide a copy of those orders as well. The Zoo also will admit kids with moms deployed overseas or children with moms who have returned from deployment in the past year for free on this day.

Dads receive free admission to Charleston’s South Carolina Aquarium on Father’s Day with a paying guest or child. Click here to download a special Father’s Day coupon for free admission to all dads on Sunday. The website coupon must be presented to take advantage of this offer. Fathers also will be recognized during daily programs.

On Saturday and Sunday, June 20 – 21, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler is offering all Fathers half off of admission rates. The Museum admission rates for fathers this weekend will be $5. On Father’s Day, a special brunch will be offered in Chef Matt Cohen’s New South Pub, open daily from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Hilton Head/Bluffton area

Reduced admission for locals at The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, HHI
Sat. June 20
Families living within the “299” zip code area can take advantage of The Sandbox’s original pricing of only $5 per person (children under 2 are still FREE).
To receive the discounted admission fee, present a valid driver’s license indicating a “299” zip code.
Open 10 AM-5 PM Mon-Sat.

Pastries for Parents and Storytime at Hilton Head Branch Library
9:30 AM Sat. June 20
Celebrate Father’s Day before weekly 10 AM Do-Drop-In Story Time. Pastries and juice. Special take-home things to give to Dad. Story times for children of all ages. Residents and visitors are welcome
11 Beach City Road.

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