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Royal Title sponsor for Happily Ever Ball, Aug. 30, is Matilda Jane Clothing Independent Trunk Keeper, Robyn Shirley

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Matilda Jane Clothing Trunk shows Savannah, South Carolina As Independent Trunk Keeper & Team Leader with Matilda Jane Clothing in Savannah & South Carolina, Robyn Shirley has some fun news:

HAPPILY EVER AFTER BALL AUG 30

Shirley will serve as the Royal Title Sponsor for The Next Generation’s annual The Happily Ever After Ball this Sun. Aug. 30 in Savannah.

The Next Generation, a volunteer organization founded to benefit The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center, hosts the Happily Ever After Ball every year. Children can meet 30 of their favorite princesses, princes, pirates, and heroes.

Two sessions: 1-3PM and 4-6PM
Brockington Hall, 213 East Hall St. near Forsyth Park

100% of Proceeds benefits The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center
Tickets are $30 each, you can purchase tickets through The Next Generation by clicking here.

Children and their parents are invited to attend the Royal Celebration where they can waltz with Cinderella and Prince Charming, visit Rapunzel and Flynn’s Hair and Makeup Palace, and even have a sword fight with Peter Pan and Captain Hook! Of course Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff will be there joined by all of their royal friends. You can also take a break in Wonderland and join Alice and the Mad Hatter at his tea party featuring Byrd Cookie Company’s famous cookie bar.

The Royal Title sponsor for this year’s Ball is Matilda Jane Clothing Independent Trunk Keeper, Robyn Shirley. The Next Generation has also partnered with Savannah luxury wedding and event planners, Posh Petals and Pearls to create a fairytale experience that children will never forget. The non-profit group, Princesses with a Purpose, will bring over 30 fairytale characters to life for children.

HILTON HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER

Shirley also is pleased to share MJC’s Photo Love 2015 winner.  Matilda Jane selected twenty applications from talented photographers that made it to the second round.  The third round of the competition was left to public voters. Tara Wanner was announced the winner for her fun, colorful and playful photo.

A local Hilton Head photographer, Carrie Friesen was a runner up in the contest. Carrie can be found at carriefriesenphotography.com

For more information on the competition and to view the photo, visit matildajaneblog.com.

BOOK A MATILDA JANE TRUNK SHOW

Robyn is now booking trunk shows for Fall 2015. TO BOOK or attend a Matilda Jane show near you, email RobynS@matildajaneclothing.com. Tell her SouthernMamas.com sent you! Stay connected by liking her page on Facebook here. 

Robyn Shirley, Team Leader and Trunk Keeper #124, Bluffton, SC, RobynS@matildajaneclothing.com Robyn Shirley is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FREE Trunk-o-ween @ Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Is., Oct. 31

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

trunk or treat hilton head shelter cove towne centerFREE Trunk-o-ween at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, Hilton Head Is.

Saturday, October 31 from 5-7pm
Shelter Cove Towne Centre
40 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

The Merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre and the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance have partnered to present a complimentary “Trunk-O-Ween” family friendly experience. Car Club Showcase vehicles will line Towne Centre Drive with their trunks open and full of candy. Costumed children trick-or-treat from car trunk to car trunk and store to store to get their bag filled with candy.

This special evening provides a safe environment for families, ghouls, goblins and ghosts of all ages. This year’s “spooktacular” highlights include:

•Trick-or-Treating in car trunks and shops
•Bounce Houses
•Cappy the Clown
•Prizes for the best-decorated trunks
•Halloween Music
•Plenty of treats to fill your bag

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FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA FALL EVENTS, VISIT OUR SAVANNAH FALL FUN GUIDE 2015 HERE. 

Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Costume Contest 2015, Hilton Head Is. , Oct. 30

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Pumpkin Patch 2014 Halloween Costume Contest, Hilton Head Is. BlufftonPumpkin Patch 2015 in Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Is. will be October 30 2015 from 4 pm-8 pm.

Have the kids dress up and participate in our Halloween Costume Contest.

Candy, games and much more is available.

The festival provides a safe environment parents can take their children to start there Halloween celebration.

The target age for the event is 3 – 12, but everyone is welcome.

There will be a petting zoo, carnival games, costume contests & more.

Admission is $10 for children (2-15). Adults are free

Learn more here.

Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Organized by Island Recreation Center, www.islandreccenter.org

 

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FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA FALL EVENTS, VISIT OUR SAVANNAH FALL FUN GUIDE 2015 HERE. 

FREE Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival 2015 includes Ms Peanut & Little Goober competition

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Boiled Peanut Fall Festival 2015 Bluffton

You’re invited to the fourth annual Boiled Peanut Festival in Bluffton, Sept. 19 2015.

This fall festival includes a peanut eating contest & Ms Peanut & Little Goober competition. The Ms. Peanut & Little Goober event is for children under the age of three. There will be a boys and a girls winner. Judges are looking for the cutest little peanuts and goobers to enter. Entry cost: $25. Details here. 

Location:
Bluffton Village
(Between the Library and the Post Office off 46)
Bluffton, SC 29910

Date & time
September 19, 2015
12pm-5pm

Kids’ Zone
Includes zipline, euro jumper, rock wall, bungie jumper, dunk tank & more. 

Cost
No charge for admission. In the “Kid Zone”, several vendors who charge on their own. Prices for those activities range from free and up to around $10 for zip lining.

For more info, click here or email eblack@blufftonchamberofcommerce.org

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FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA FALL EVENTS, VISIT OUR SAVANNAH FALL FUN GUIDE 2015 HERE. 

FREE Fire Truck workshop Sept. 26 @ Lowe’s Build & Grow kids’ clinics on select Saturdays in Savannah, Pooler, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hinesville, Rincon

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Lowes Build and Grow logo Sept 2013
Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics are free to the public and occur select Saturdays at 10am. Below is the next upcoming clinic. Registration opens a few weeks before each clinic’s date.

Fire Truck with safety cards kids’ workshop: 

Fire truck workshop
10AM Sept. 26
Fire Safety Month is coming up in October. Bring your kids into Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build this awesome Fire Truck. Register your child.
Registration opens Sept. 14
Register for this project here. 

To register for a Build and Grow kids’ clinic, click here.

Don’t miss out on the FREE fun!

Details here.  
Clinics are available at Lowe’s stores in Savannah, Rincon, Pooler, Bluffton, Hinesville, Beaufort, Statesboro, Brunswick and more.

The free clinics are similar to The Home Depot Kids Workshop, which are free classes for kids held on the first Saturday of each month at Home Depot stores across the country. To learn more about the Home Depot free kids’ workshops & see the Home Depot schedule of upcoming kids’ workshops, click here.

FREE Build a Football Toss Game kids workshop @ Home Depot, Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Is./Bluffton

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Free Kids' Home Depot Workshops in Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head The Home Depot Kids Workshop is a free class for kids held the 1st Saturday of every month at The Home Depot stores between 9 AM-Noon. More info here.

When a child goes to the Home Depot Kids Workshop, they’ll get a free project kit they can complete and take home during they workshop. They’ll also get a free kid sized orange apron and an achievement pin for a job well done.

The Home Depot Kids Workshop is similar to the Lowe’s free Build and Grow Clinics for kids held on weekends at Lowe’s stores. For info on the Lowe’s Build and Grow free workshops, click here.

Home Depot Kids Workshop Schedule Sept. 5 2015
Learn how to make a Football Toss Game. Register here. 

  • Offered the 1st Saturday at all The Home Depot stores between 9AM- Noon. Please do not arrive before 9AM
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.
  • One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering online to help organizers better plan our craft kit quantities needed. Register here. 

The free kids’ workshops are available at Home Depot stores in Savannah, East Savannah, Hilton Head Is/Bluffton, & Pooler. More info here.

FREE Outdoor Summer 2015 Family Concerts, Hilton Head Is., Bluffton

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Summer Jam free family concertsFREE Hilton Head ~ Summer Jams
Tue. June 23-Aug. 11 2015 5-9PM
Summer Jams hosted by the Island Rec Center at Shelter Cove Community Park on Tuesday nights, June 16-August 11, 5-9 p.m. Family fun with The Surf’s Jeff Taylor, entertainer Rick Hubbard and fireworks after dusk.
Free admission; concessions and Kids Zone sold separately.
39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Is., SC
More information: (843) 681-7273 or www.islandreccenter.org

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Hilton Head ~ Sunset Celebration
picnic in the park!
every friday night from june 19-august 14
6-9pm
live music • family fun • shopping • dining • on the lawn
Sunset Celebration in Shelter Cove Community Park hosted by the merchants of Shelter Cove Towne Centre
Bring a beach, blanket and picnic to enjoy live music from Tim Cadiere & The Washboard Road Band, face painting, a juggler, bounce house and more.
39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Is., SC
More information: (843) 686-3090 or www.sheltercovetownecentre.com

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Palmetto Dunes Shelter Cove Free family events 2015 Hilton Head FREE HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour on Hilton Head, SC
Monday-Friday, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 6-9 p.m.
Family entertainment with Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown, crafts, face painting, food and more. Tuesday night fireworks on August 11.
Parrot Palooza with Shannon Tanner and The Oyster Reefers on Thursday nights at 6:30 and 8 p.m., June 18-August 13.
Free admission.
1 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head Is. SC
More information (843) 686-9098 or www.sheltercovehiltonhead.com

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Concerts that aren’t free but still fun:

Palmetto Bluff Summer Concert Series, Bluffton SC
Bring chairs and a picnic to enjoy an outdoor show.
August 11: Davis, Johnson and the Equinox Quintet
Gates open at 5PM. Concerts start at 6:30PM
Admission is $25 per car; proceeds benefit Family Promise of Beaufort.
19 Village Park Square, Palmetto Bluff SC 29910
More information here.  For updates on any cancellations due to weather, please check the Palmetto Bluff Facebook page.

Independence Day kids’ celebration: Pop! Goes the Sandbox, July 3

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The Sandbox Children's Museum 2015 Fourth of July events Hilton Head

Join Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. for POP! Goes The Sandbox on Friday, July 3 10AM-2PM and celebrate Independence Day.

Kids can enjoy a bounce house, Big Blue building blocks, corn hole, tug o war, facepainting, holiday card & cookie decorating. Hot dogs, chips, lemonade, brownies & watermelon.

Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Seniors & active military: $8 per person, up to 12mths are free.

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More Summer Events @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum

Summer Fun Series 2015

Mondays (June 22-Aug. 3)
10:30a: “Sizzlin’ Summer Science”
First come, first serve. Included in Admission. Space is limited
Call 843-842-7645 for any questions

Tuesdays (June 23-Aug. 4)
Crafty Kids (10:30am-11:30am)
First come, first serve. Included in Admission
June
23 Alligator
30 Patriotic Hat
July
7 Sea Turtle
14 Octopus
21 Rainstick
28 Shark
August
4 Starfish
Call 843-842-7645 for any questions

Wednesdays (June 24-August 5)
Arts & Crafts (10:30am-11:30am)
First come, first serve. Included in Admission
June
24 Jelly Fish
July
1 Patriotic Wreath
8 Sandcastle
15 Bird Mask
29 Tropical Fish
August
5 Horseshoe Crab
Call 843-842-7645 for any questions

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Imagination Hour
Special story followed by a special craft, first come first serve. Included in Admission
Every Thursday at 10:30am

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Parents Night Out
6p-9p. Details here. 
(Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 17-August 6)
Enjoy a parents night out while the kids let their imaginations run wild playing with the museum’s fun exhibits and activity areas. Plus staff supervised arts and crafts, dinner (pizza,drink & dessert) & a fun take home craft for each child.
Geared for children age 3-9 years.
Children must be potty-trained.
Reservations highly recommended 24 hours in advance; space available basis for walk-ins.
$30 per child
Siblings and Sandbox Members only $20 per child.
($1/minute per child late pick up fee.)
Call 843-842-7645 to sign up
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Summer Camps 2015 @ The Sandbox. For ages 3-10. Details here.

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The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928 www.thesandbox.org The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE LOCAL PARENT & ME ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR PRESCHOOLER, CLICK HERE. 

Outdoor family summer movies on Tybee & Hilton Head Islands

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

During Summer 2015, both Tybee Island & Hilton Head Island offer summer outdoor family movies.

Tybee free movies in the park Tybee Island 2015

FREE Movies in the Park 2015, Tybee Island

At Memorial Park on Tybee Island, a family friendly movie will be projected on the side of the Tybee Gym compliments of the City of Tybee Island’s Development Authority / Main Street Program and Partners.

Please note that the movie start time is an estimate. The movie will begin when it is dark enough for it to be visible once projected on the gym. If it rains, the movie will be shown inside the gym.
AUGUST 15, 2015 – MOVIES IN THE PARK: EARTH TO ECHO
8:30 PM

Contact Chantel Morton, 912-472-5071, email cmorton@cityoftybee.org

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Cinema at the Stables 2015, Hilton Head Island
Lawton Stables, 190 Greenwood Dr ($6/per vehicle entrance fee to Sea Pines Resort). Cost: Suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for kids & younger.
July 8: Black Beauty
Aug. 5: The movie will either be Babe or Night at the Museum. Check their Facebook page here. 
Come and enjoy a movie outside while supporting Lawton Stables’ Wish Upon a Horse therapeutic riding center.
Concessions will be available. More information here or (843) 671-2586

Southland Therapy Services offers pediatric speech therapy, OT, PT plus tumbling classes, Savannah

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Southland Pediatric Therapy Services Savannah Southland Therapy Services Inc. in Savannah broadens the lives of children through caring and therapeutic services.

Services offered for children include: Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) & Speech Therapy (ST).

Southland Therapy currently offers therapy services conducted in a natural environment setting throughout South Carolina and Southern Georgia. Currently, their clinic based therapy services are only offered in Savannah at this time.

Southland therapists are experienced in the treatment of expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, cognitive delays, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, torticollis and traumatic brain injury just to name a few. Learn more about Southland’s team of therapists by clicking here.

Southland Therapy is a Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) provider in the state of Georgia and a BabyNet Provider in South Carolina.

New Tumble Tykes session starts on June 19 @ Southland Therapy Services. 

Call 912-335-2269 or email tumbletykes@southlandtherapy.com for more details.

Fun Frogs for ages 3-4 on Fridays at 10AM and Bouncing Bunnies ages 2-3 on Saturdays at 9AM.

Tumbling classes are open to all children.

Southland Therapy Services Inc, 1000 Eisenhower Dr Suite H, Savannah, 912-335-1650 | 843-501-1816 | 803-398-1881, www.southlandtherapy.com Southland Therapy is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Kids’ Triathlons on Hilton Head Is., June 20 & Aug. 1

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Kids Triathlons in Savannah Hilton Head

The TD Bank Hilton Head Island KIDS Triathlons
June 20 and August 1, 2015

TD BANK Hilton Head Island KIDS Triathlon #1
June 20, 2015 9AM
Location – Island Recreation Center – Hilton Head Island, SC

Register by clicking here. 

TD BANK Hilton Head Island KIDS Triathlon #2
August 1, 2015 9AM
Location – Island Recreation Center – Hilton Head Island, SC

Register by clicking here. 

Distances
Ages 4-6
Swim 25 Yds | Bike 0.5 Mi | Run 0.33 Mi
Ages 7-10
Swim 75 Yds | Bike 2 Mi | Run 1 Mi
Ages 11-14
Swim 125 Yds | Bike 3 Mi | Run 1.5 Mi

Jellyfish in Coastal Georgia & South Carolina: Who is hot & who is not?

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

WITH THE START OF SUMMER, WE THOUGHT SOUTHERNMAMAS.COM SHOULD REPOST THIS POPULAR & INFORMATIVE GUEST POST ABOUT OUR AREA’S JELLYFISH.

Below is a guest post published on SouthernMamas.com in 2011 by Tybee Island marine scientist/biologist Dr. Joe Richardson. Dr. Richardson leads Tybee Island Beach Ecology Trips . These beach walks are an excellent way to educate your kids and entertain your visitors. Read a list of activities and topics the beach ecology walk covers by clicking here. To book a family, scout, school and tour group beach walk call (912) 596-5362 or email joe@ceasurf.com. For updates regarding what Dr. Joe is finding and doing on his ecology beach walks, check out (and “like”) the “Tybee Beach Ecology Trips” FACEBOOK page by clicking here.

Cannonball Jelly – a non-stinger

Lion’s Mane Jelly – mild stinger

Jellyfish: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

It’s not unusual to find jellyfish on our beaches, but most of the time the ones we see are harmless and will not sting you. In mid May, the most abundant jellyfish on the beach is the Cannonball Jelly. They are ball-shaped (as opposed to flat), relatively firm, and have a broad reddish-brown band wrapping around an otherwise cloudy white body. The thick structure extending out from under the bell is a system of multiple mouths. Cannonball Jellies do not have stinging tentacles hanging from the bell, so as long as you handle them on the outside of the bell or mouths, there is nothing to sting you. Only if you stick your fingers way up inside the bell could you contact any tiny tentacles, and even then they would give you only a slight tingle. So, don’t mind the Cannonball Jellies – they aren’t going to sting you.

Our common winter-time jellyfish, the Lion’s Mane Jelly, has pretty much finished its season for this year. I haven’t seen any Lion’s Mane Jellies in a few weeks now that the water has warmed up. They are round and fairly flat, and they often have some pink color. Their tentacles are fairly short and form a “hairy-looking” circle of tentacles hanging from the underside of the flat

Moon jellies – mild stingers

Sea Wasp jellies – active in late July & August. Intense burning sting.

jellyfish. This thick circle of short tentacles supposedly resembles the hairy mane around the neck of a male lion.Lion’s Mane Jellies produce a very mild sting; and I personally don’t consider it a “sting” but more of an irritation.

As the water warms into the summer, we will start seeing Moon Jellies. They are very flat, round and clear, and usually have 4 horseshoe shaped structures visible near the center. Moon Jellies have a fringe of short tentacles extending from the very outer edge of their flat body. I’ve seen Moon Jellies on Tybee Island as large as a dinner plate. Moon Jelly tentacles produce a mild sting. It is not really painful, but you know that you have been stung; but it’s not likely going to cause you much discomfort.

It’s during late July and the first couple of weeks of August, on average, that we reach the peak of the Sea Wasp season on Tybee. The Sea Wasp jellyfish are our “bad guys” around here. (We rarely have trouble from floating, blue Portugese Man of War on Tybee, especially compared to some beaches in Florida). But the Sea Wasp jellyfish in late summer do cause us problems. They are clear, and we can’t see them in the water. Although their body is fairly small (2-3 inches), they produce a number of long thin tentacles that extend from 4 hand-like structures that hang from the bottom of their box-shaped body. Even when they are dead and washed up on the beach, Sea Wasp tentacles can still sting. Their sting is an instant intense burning sting, and these stings will make you want to get out of the water and seek some relief. Although the intense pain subsides after a few minutes, the stung area will still hurt a while, and usually some red marks will appear where the tentacles contacted your skin. For me, the stung areas itch for a few days later also.

The above is a guest post by Tybee Island marine scientist/biologist Dr. Joe Richardson, who leads Tybee Island Beach Ecology Trips . These beach walks are an excellent way to educate your kids and entertain your visitors.

Sandbox Children’s Museum offers Thursday Imagination Hour, Kids’ Summer Fun Series, Hilton Head Is.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head Island Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. offers various summer kids events including: 

Summer Fun Series 2015

Mondays (June 22-Aug. 3)
10:30a: “Sizzlin’ Summer Science”
First come, first serve. Included in Admission. Space is limited
Call 843-842-7645 for any questions

Tuesdays (June 23-Aug. 4)
Crafty Kids (10:30am-11:30am)
First come, first serve. Included in Admission
June
23 Alligator
30 Patriotic Hat
July
7 Sea Turtle
14 Octopus
21 Rainstick
28 Shark
August
4 Starfish
Call 843-842-7645 for any questions

Wednesdays (June 24-August 5)
Arts & Crafts (10:30am-11:30am)
First come, first serve. Included in Admission
June
24 Jelly Fish
July
1 Patriotic Wreath
8 Sandcastle
15 Bird Mask
29 Tropical Fish
August
5 Horseshoe Crab
Call 843-842-7645 for any questions

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Imagination Hour
Special story followed by a special craft, first come first serve. Included in Admission
Every Thursday at 10:30am

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Parents Night Out
6p-9p. Details here. 
(Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 17-August 6)
Enjoy a parents night out while the kids let their imaginations run wild playing with the museum’s fun exhibits and activity areas. Plus staff supervised arts and crafts, dinner (pizza,drink & dessert) & a fun take home craft for each child.
Geared for children age 3-9 years.
Children must be potty-trained.
Reservations highly recommended 24 hours in advance; space available basis for walk-ins.
$30 per child
Siblings and Sandbox Members only $20 per child.
($1/minute per child late pick up fee.)
Call 843-842-7645 to sign up
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Summer Camps 2015 @ The Sandbox. For ages 3-10. Details here.

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The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928 www.thesandbox.org The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

FOR MORE LOCAL PARENT & ME ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH YOUR PRESCHOOLER, CLICK HERE. 

12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

SouthernMamas.com regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah).

For more favorite daytrips from Savannah, click here. 

Things to do with kids in Charleston, SC include:
SC Aquarium Charleston Shark Shallows

1. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor. Hours, daily events, admission rates & specials here.
Now open, Touch sharks & rays @ Shark Shallows. This new exhibit enables you to reach out & feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays. Details here.

2. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston. Hours, exhibits, admission rates & more details here.

3. Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.

4. The Center for Birds of Prey Avian Conservation Center Awendaw SC

5. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant

6. James Island County Park Climbling Wall, Charleston – South Carolina’s tallest, outdoor climbing wall.

Splash Fountain Charleston Waterfront Park 7. Pineapple Fountain & Splash Fountain in Waterfront Park,Charleston. Wading in these downtown fountains is permitted & encouraged.

8. Awendaw Passage (7 miles) of Palmetto Trail (Hike or mountain bike)

9. Fresh farm stand/u-pick farm (depending on the season) including
* Ambrose Family Farm: Wadmalaw Island.www.stonofarmmarket.com/ambrosefamilyfarm.html
* Boone Hall Farms: Mount Pleasant. www.boonehallfarms.com
* Rosebank Farms: John’s Island. www.rosebankfarms.com

10. West Ashley Bikeway 2.5 mile biking & walking path, Charleston

11. Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

12. Waterparks
Splash Zone Waterpark in James Island County Park
Splash Island Waterpark, Mount Pleasant, SC

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Free trolley transportation

Free Public Transportation in Charleston via DASH Trolley

Charleston’s free public transportation – DASH Trolley – is operated by the city’s CARTA bus system and runs throughout the historic Charleston peninsula.
Route 210 (Orange) drives from College of Charleston to the Aquarium.
Route 211 (Green) drives to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market
Route 213 (Purple) drives to Brittlebank Park, Riley Stadium, historic city center.
All three routes converge at the Visitors Center, Marion Park and Charleston Museum.
Wait at an official CARTA bus stop, denoted by the green signs.

Best Family/Kid-Friendly beaches (other than Tybee) near Savannah

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Neptune Park Fun Zone Saint Simons Island A reader asks “What is the top rated children/family friendly beach around besides Tybee Island?”

That got us thinking. Here are our picks:

Sea Pines Beach Resort, Hilton Head Is., S.C. Convenient access to the Surf Shop, restrooms, shower facilities & Surfside Market featuring to-go sandwiches, salads, snacks &  cold beverages. Details here.
87 North Sea Pines Drive, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928. Details here. (While on HHI, be sure to check out Sandbox Children’s Museum (especially if it rains), the free petting farm at Lawton Stables, climb the Harbour Town Lighthouse or stay after dinner for a FREE kid-celebrated Gregg Russell concert at Harbour Town. ($6 Sea Pines Resort gate fee per auto) Details on Gregg Russell concerts here.

Neptune Park Fun Zone, St. Simons Island, Ga. Offers an 18 hole miniature golf course, an interactive Kiddie Pool, a zero entry swimming pool and playground right on the beach. Details here. 550 Beachview Dr. Saint Simons Island, Ga. 31522. Details here.

Hunting Island State Park, S.C. Five miles of pristine South Carolina beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet are all part of the park’s natural allure.
The historic lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park is the only publicly accessible lighthouse in South Carolina. For an admission of $2, visitors can climb the 167 steps & walk around the observation deck for a lofty view of the barrier island and surrounding seascape. CHILDREN MUST BE AT LEAST 44″ TALL TO CLIMB THE LIGHTHOUSE. Details here.

Kid-Friendly Piccolo Spoleto 2015 runs through June 7, Charleston S.C.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Piccolo Spoleto 2015 Charleston Piccolo Spoleto 2015 – which runs from Fri. May 22-Sun. June 7 – is the official outreach festival to Spoleto in nearby Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah)

The annual Piccolo Spoleto is a fun, laid-back, kid-friendly time featuring music, dance, parades, story-telling and more.

Your kids will love the Seed and Feed Marching Abominable community band & don’t miss the free outdoor concert at the US Customs House that kicks off the festival this Fri. May 22.  Other kid-friendly festival highlights include:
Charleston Carifest Children’s Carnival, Sat., May 30, 11AM
Sand Sculpting Competition, Sat. May 30, 9AM-1PM Front Beach at Isle of Palms
Family Day @ Marion Square, Sat., May 23, 10:00am-3:00pm

See the entire Piccolo Spoleto schedule here. 

For non-Piccolo Spoleto fun, be sure to check out our list of 12 Things To Do With Kids in Charleston by clicking here.

Piccolo Spoleto 2015, May 22-June 7 2015, Charleston, SC