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Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah reopens, offers free admission

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens Savannah

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah has reopened to the public with no admission fees.

Hours are 10AM-4PM Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

Learn more here. 

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm
2 Canebrake Rd.
Savannah, GA 31419

JK Rowling releases The Ickabog, her first non-Harry Potter children’s book, in free online installments

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

J.K Rowling The Ickabog free online children's book

J.K. Rowling’s new children’s chapter book – The Ickabog – will be published for free online here, in installments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time.

Rowling writes “It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story.” The first two chapters, which went online on Tues. May 26, introduced King Fred the Fearless, ruler of Cornucopia, and five-year-old Bert Beamish.

Read it here.

The Ickabog book will be published in November 2020. Rowling writes: “I’m going to donate all my royalties to help people who have been affected by the coronavirus.”


Illustration Competition

J.K. Rowling is inviting children ages 7-12 to help illustrate The Ickabog. Every day when chapters of the story are uploaded, she will offer suggestions for what to draw or paint to illustrate the story, then kids can enter drawings or paintings into the official competition being run by J.K. Rowling’s publishers, for a once in a lifetime chance to be featured in The Ickabog book, which is published in November.

Find details on how to enter here. 

At-Home Craft: 3D Greeting Card by Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Monday, May 18th, 2020

At-home paper craft Savannah Cultural Art

While Savannah Cultural Arts Center isn’t open, the staff there want to share some creative fun for kids to do at home.

Create a 3D Card to make at home

Learn how to turn paper hearts into a one-of-a-kind gift or work of art! This instruction sheet from the Savannah Cultural Arts Center will help you learn the basics, then you can let your imagination take it from there.

Learn how to make the 3D card with these online instructions here.


Savannah Cultural Arts Center is a advertiser 

50-cents admission to Amazon premiere @ Beaufort SC Drive-In Theater

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Vast of Night Hwy 21 Drive-In 50-cents Social-distancing family, (almost) free fun: Amazon is launching its original thriller The Vast of the Night (PG-13) at select drive-ins across the country including Hwy. 21 Drive In in Beaufort, S.C. this Friday and Saturday May 15 and 16 2020 ahead of the movie’s Prime Video debut May 29.

The drive-in will charge $0.50 admission for anyone 4 years and older in celebration of Vast of the Night’s 1950s theme.

For directions & showties, follow the Drive In on Facebook here.

Hwy 21 Drive In, 55 Parker Dr, Beaufort, South Carolina 29906, tel (843) 846-4500, Email,


Watch Daniel Radcliffe Read the First Chapter of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Harry Potter at Home Readings Free Savannah Radcliffe


Daniel Radcliffe, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning and more will read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first of J.K. Rowling’s classic series, out loud from home in quarantine.

Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter in all eight films, kicked off the readings with Chapter One, “The Boy Who Lived.” Listen & watch Radcliffe read it here.

All 17 chapters of The Sorcerer’s Stone — known as The Philosopher’s Stone outside the U.S. — will be released weekly until the middle of summer, and will be available on Spotify and the Harry Potter at Home website.

Other readers from the Harry Potter universe include Fantastic Beasts‘ Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Fry, Claudia Kim and Noma Dumezweni. More narrators will be announced in the coming weeks. Learn more here .



Hamilton launches free online EduHam for kids

Friday, April 24th, 2020

Eduham free online programs The popular companion in-school program known as EduHam is being made available digitally through August, free of charge, to teachers, parents and pupils everywhere.

The launch of EduHam at Home was announced this week by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his partners in the venture: producer Jeffrey Seller, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which developed the curriculum.

The program uses a love of the musical to spark students’ interests in creative pursuits and tie them to historical research.

EduHam was born as an offshoot of “Hamilton” and 250,000 students nationwide have participated.

Kids can register for this free online program here.

Question? Please email

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 Weekly E-letter weekly e-letter is out & featuring Low Country Counseling, newly hatched osprey you can watch via Landings Bird Cam Savannah, Coastal Pediatrics, Savannah summer camps & more.

Read it here.

PBS Kids Read-Along with Michelle Obama

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Read-ALong MIchelle Obama Online PBS Kids

Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS are collaborating with former First Lady Michelle Obama, in support of the recently announced “Read Together, Be Together” Penguin Random House literacy initiative and PBS KIDS’ “Read-Along” effort on Facebook and YouTube.

On Mondays at 12 noon (ET), “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will host a four-week series of videos that will feature Mrs. Obama reading aloud from beloved children’s books (one book every Monday through May 11).

“Mondays with Michelle Obama” (#PBSKIDSRead, #ReadTogetherBeTogether) will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter.

The four books Mrs. Obama will read are:

April 20, 12 noon ET: THE GRUFFALO
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott

May 4, 12 noon ET: MISS MAPLE’S SEEDS
Story and pictures by Eliza Wheeler

By Eric Carle

Georgia Historical Society is collecting your stories, photos from pandemic

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Georgia Historical Society COVID-19 collection photos

We’re living through an historic era.

And The Georgia Historical Society is launching a project to help document our lives during this pandemic.

The organization is collecting stories of Georgians, and how the coronavirus has changed their lives, to add to their permanent collection.

This is an opportunity to share with future generations what living during COVID-19 was like.

You are invited to contribute any pictures, videos, artwork, journals and other materials related to this time in our history.

The COVID-19 Collection will be a permanent collection and be made available to researchers once processed and cataloged. Some items may be used now and in the future for online exhibits and social media campaigns.

Submit your contributions online here. 

New York Singalong

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

New York Sings Along

New York Sings Along to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” via Facebook Live on Thurs. April 16, 2020, @ 7PM.

See it here.

At about 6:45PM, a Facebook Live feed will launch from the New York Sings Along FB page and coordinate the “Clap Because We Care” participation and sing-along.

New Yorkers have done the “Clap Because We Care,” tribute, applauding and cheering from their windows, terraces, and rooftops to boost morale and honor New Yorkers on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic and helping maintain essential services.

In future weeks, organizers of New York Sings Along may do different songs.

New York Sings Along is a project of The Peace of Heart Choir.

Savannah Harbor’s Online Stay At Home Show

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The organizers of Savannah’s Boat Parade of Lights and Gingerbread Village bring you the Lowcountry online “Stay at Home” Show every Wednesday at 6PM during COVID-19 quarantine. Special guests, interactive games and more.

Play with on Zoom to win PRIZES like Amazon gift cards and dinners delivered to you door.

More details at Or  visit to play along on Zoom.

Sesame Street’s Elmo ‘Virtual Play Date’ To Bring Comfort to Kids During COVID-19

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Elmo's Playdate April 14 Lin Manuel Miranda

On April 14, Elmo will star in a half-hour Sesame Street special designed to look like a video conference.

Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate, which is a half-hour special featuring celebs like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross as part of Sesame Street‘s new Caring for Each Other initiative.

Elmo’s Playdate will air Tues. April 14 at 7PMET, and will be available on all WarnerMedia Networks: HBO, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, truTV and PBS KIDS. Learn more here. 

Georgia Historical Society Resources To Support At-Home Learning

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Georgia Historical Society Savannah At-Home Learning

Georgia Historical Society Resources to Support At-Home Learning 

The Georgia Historical Society invites you to explore the wide variety of online resources available through the GHS website and then join them on social media for updates and highlighted content.

Also, sign up for Headlines, their in-house newsletter thats mailed weekly throughout this national emergency. Resources are updated regularly. Educators are invited to contact GHS Education Coordinator, Lisa Landers, to get connected to more student-focused resources and join their education network.


Family Friendly Historical Marker Resources

Roadside historical markers can be found throughout the State of Georgia. Erected over the past seventy years, Georgia’s markers reflect a variety of topics as well as a variety of authors. Typically around 130 words (excluding titles and “erected by” language) markers allow visitors and residents to learn about a person, place, or event that helped shape Georgia’s history.

The Georgia Historical Marker Program consists of over 2,100 historical markers across the state. You can explore all markers in the Georgia Historical Marker Program through GHS’s online marker database. By following this link, you can search by marker program, subject, location, time period, and more. 

Beyond the Text: Using Historical Markers to Explore Georgia History

Create Your Own Georgia Historical Marker!

Marker Monday: World Record Bass

Online Georgia Historical Marker Scavenger Hunt: Georgia’s Recreational Pastimes


Free Digital Resources for Georgia’s Students:

Digital Education for Georgia’s Students: Newspapers in Education resources explore topics that are timely and relevant to Georgia and American history. 

Digital Resources for Georgia’s Students: Featured Historical Figures pages explore the stories of individuals from Georgia’s past.

Digital Resources for Georgia’s Students: Today in Georgia History is an award-winning educational project that focuses on an historical event or person associated with a particular day in Georgia history

Digital Resources for Georgia’s Students: Georgia History Webquest is a resource for students, teachers, or anyone who just wants to brush up on your Georgia history. This Webquest makes for an engaging learning opportunity.


Live singalong of entire Hamilton album with cast members

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Hamilton Sing-along YouTube Free

UPDATE: According to this site, this event is now canceled.

Join Hamilton cast members for a #HamAtHome singalong of the entire Original Broadway Cast Album at 8PM this Fri. April 10 2020.

The singalong will be streamed live on YouTube here.

Follow the #HamAtHome hashtag here.

Savannah-Chatham Public School Middle School Talent Showcase 2020

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Talent Show STEM middle school savannah 2020

All Savannah-Chatham County public school middle school students are invited to enter Quarantine: A Middle School (Digital) Talent Showcase.

Entries due April 17 2020.

This a chance for SCCPSS middle school students to showcase their amazing talents and creativity with their classmates and friends not just at their schools, but countywide.

Please click here to find the talent showcase details and rules. Students can submit projects by joining Google Classroom using code: vf3elzv.

Questions? Email:
Hannah Glass at
Maryann Lamberth at
Stephen Routh at


Find more of our new free online things to do at home here. 

Best Live Nature Webcams for Kids

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

nature webcams savannah

Have your quarantined kids check out some of favorite live streaming nature Webcams. Kids can follow Savannah’s own nesting osprey waiting for their three eggs to hatch, South African elephants and baboons, Georgia Aquarium sea lions, sea otters, beluga whales and penguins, as well as web cams worldwide that follow gray wolves,  gorillas, hummingbirds, butterflies, river otters, sharks, owls and bald eagles.

Wild Osprey Pair Webcam via The Landings Bird Cam on Skidaway Is. in Savannah  here.

Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa here. 

Bald Eagle WebCam @ The Raptor Resource Project in Iowa here. 

Newly Hatched Eaglets via Bald Eagle Webcam @ The Raptor Resource Project in Iowa here. 

Sea Lions Webcam @ Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta here. 

Gray Wolves Webcam @ International Wolf Center in Minnesota here. 

African Penguin Webcam @ Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta here. 

Baboon Family on Olifants River Webcam in South Africa here.

Gorillas Webcam @ GRACE Center here. 

Farrollon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (seabirds, seals & sea lions.) Webcam here.

Hummingbird Nest Webcam in La Verne, Calif. here.  

Shark Lagoon WebCam @ Long Beach, Calif. here. 

Great Horned Owls @ Montana here. 

River Otter Webcam @ Tennessee Aquarium here. 

Southern Sea Otters Webcam @ Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta here. 

Beluga Whale Webcam @ Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta here. 

Underwater Puffin Webcam @ Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta here. 

Butterfly Garden Webcam @ San Diego Zoo here. 

(In May, check out the Puffin cam on Maine’s Seal Island here. )


Find more of our new free online things to do at home here.