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Free kids’ nature programs including Thursdays Toddler Time & Campfire/Smores @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

free kids nature activities Savannah Skidaway Island State Park Come out to Skidaway Island State Park to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays including free  Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme.

Other free nature kids’ programs happening in September 2014 include skull identification programs, nature crafts,  bird hikes, toads & turtles & campfire/smores.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park each month, click here.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Daily Guided Tours @ Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Guided Tours @ Fort Pulaski National Monument

Starting May 31, 2014

Fort Pulaski National Monument offers guided tours at the following times:
Sunday through Friday: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Through the tour, visitors will see one of the nation’s finest examples of a seacoast fortification, while learning about the construction and engineering of Fort Pulaski, Civil War technology, rifled cannons, general fort life, and the Battle for Fort Pulaski in 1862. Tours meet inside the fort and usually last 45 minutes to an hour.

More info here. 

Junior Park Rangers

Junior Ranger programs at National Parks in Savannah, CharlestonWhen you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us moms who aren’t exactly history experts.

Which is why you need to pick up the Junior Ranger booklets at the visitor centers of national parks you visit. The Junior Ranger program kids engage more during the visits.

Junior Ranger booklets have activities about the national parks for ages 5-12. Junior ranger books are free to any visitor and usually are available at the visitors’ centers. Often, similar programs with more advanced activities are also available for older kids. Just ask at the site’s visitor center.

While doing the activities, children enjoy earning a badge and a certificate.

Nearby national parks/monuments that have Junior Ranger programs include:
*Fort Pulaski National Monument, on U.S. 80 en route to Tybee Island. Info on the Fort Pulaski Junior Program here.
*Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.
*Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island. Info on the Fort Frederica National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.
*Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Info on Ocmulgee’s National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.

Splash Fest 2014 @ Savannah Children’s Museum, July 26

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Splash Festival at Savannah Children's Museum

You’re invited to Splash Fest 2014 at Savannah Children’s Museum , Saturday, July 26 2014, 9 AM-2 PM.

Join Savannah Children’s Museum for fun water-based programs & activities.

Last year this was Savannah Children’s Museum most highly attended special weekend.  This year they’re going all out again with fun ways to keep cool and beat the heat – art activities, science activities, and, of course, WATER activities.

All activities are included with membership or daily admission.

Featuring:
Water Wonders all day!
10:30 Story Time
11:30 Creative Crafts
12:30 Super Science
1:30 Story Time

Bathing suits may be worn under clothing. You many want to bring a change of clothing and a towel for your child. Since shoes are required, it’s highly recommend that kids don water-safe shoes to protect their feet.

Admission is $7.50 per person ages
1 and older and free for members. Summer Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM.

Savannah Children’s Museum is at 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, 31401.

FREE family stargazing night @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Aug. 30 ), Savannah

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Don’t miss the FREE late summer family stargazing event @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) in Savannah: Gazing in the Garden!

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in conjunction with the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association invite you to a night of stargazing in the Garden Saturday Aug. 30 8-10 PM. Telescopes will be set up for observation, but you are welcome to bring your own. Free & open to the public.

Before the star-gazing, you’re also invited to a free showing of a classic science-fiction film “The Day of the Triffids” starting at 7:30 in the Annex educational building. Be prepared for less-than-ideal acting and effects in the movie, but know telescope views of the rising moon and stars await you on the Great Lawn.

Once the sun sets, join the group on the Great Lawn to gaze upward with the help of telescopes set up by the Association.  Feel free to bring food, lawn chairs. Alcoholic beverages, pets and tobacco products are prohibited

Free and open to the public. This is a great family event! More details here.

Here’s a list of children’s books on astronomy:

“Night Sky Atlas” by Robin Seagell
“Astronomy” by Kristen Lippincott
“Black Holes & Other Space Oddities” by Alex Barnett
“Space” by Simon Holland
“The Solar System: An A-Z Guide” by Christina Wilsdon
“Cosmic Light Shows” by Bobbie Kalman & April Fast
“Find the Constellations” by H.A. Rey
“The Stars: A New Way to See Them” by H.A. Rey

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Formerly The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information, http://bamboo.caes.uga.edu/, On Facebook here

(Note: “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” are hosted on the second Friday of each month by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail oaadir@kwbell.net.)

Discounts at Jumping Jacks indoor playcenter in Savannah

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Jumping Jacks indoor playcenter SavannahJumping Jacks indoor playcenter in Savannah is offering our SouthernMamas.com readers discounts worth jumping about!

BACK TO SCHOOL BIRTHDAY PARTY SPECIAL: When you book the $199.00 Birthday Party Package, mention you saw it on Southern Mamas and get a FREE $5 game card for each child in your party! 
* 25% off one game of laser tag or one Jump Zone when you mention you read about Jumping Jacks on SouthernMamas.com
(Each of these may not be combined with any other special or promotion)

Whether it’s a birthday party or a day of fun, Jumping Jacks is an atmosphere where families can have a blast!

Toddler Tuesday at Jumping Jacks!
JuMp ZoNe ONLY $6.00 Tuesdays from 10-3 !

Jumping Jacks is a locally-owned, Christian-based fun center with huge inflatables, over 50 arcade games, mini-bowling, laser tag, a large concession counter and the best redemption counter in the Savannah area.

With almost 20,000 square feet, there are 4 party rooms and six jump zones including one for children ages 6 and younger.

Open 7 days a week.

Birthdays @ Jumping Jacks

BACK TO SCHOOL BIRTHDAY PARTY SPECIAL: When you book our  $199.00 Birthday Party Package mention you saw it on SouthernMamas.com and get a FREE $5.00 game card for each child in your party.

PARTY PACKAGE (1)

* $289.00 for up to ten kids
* Hour and half in a party suite with your own dedicated party host!
* 2 Slices of pizza for each child with unlimited drinks!
* Birthday child gets birthday balloon and sticker!
* Goody bag for each child includes $5 dollar game card and 300 tickets! (100 dollar value)
* Includes paper plates, cups, tablecloth, and utensils
* Jumping Jacks does all the clean up
* Additional kids are $15.00 each.
* Personal party host/hostess
* Bounce Zone or 3 games of laser tag
* 2nd activity at half price
* Discounted lg pizza for adults
* Discounted pitcher of soda for adults
* Additional children $15 each
* Active Military receive $20 discount

PARTY PACKAGE (2)
* $199.00 for up to 10 kids
* Hour and half in party suite with your own dedicated party host !
* Jump zone bracelets for each child
* 2 slice of pizza per child and unlimited drinks!
* Birthday child gets birthday sticker!
* Includes paper plates, cups, tablecloths and utensils.
* Jumping Jacks does all the clean up!
* Additional kids are $10.00 each.

PARTY PACKAGE (3)
BUILD YOUR OWN PARTY
* $99 for up to 10 kids
* Hour and half in party suite with your own dedicated party host!
* Includes paper plates, cups, tablecloths and utensils.
* Jumping Jacks does all the clean up!
* Additional kids are $3 each.

Jumping Jacks, 5918 Ogeechee Rd, Savannah, Georgia 31419, 912-920-2474, email jumpn.jacks@yahoo.com, www.jumpingjacksga.com Jumping Jacks is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser. 

Kids can earn Civil War badges at Georgia state parks this summer & Junior Ranger badges at National Parks

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Civil War badges for kids Georgia State Parks Get more out of your visits to state parks & national monuments.

This summer kids can get a limited edition Civil War badge from Georgia State Parks. Georgia State Parks and Historic sites are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with this limited addition Junior Ranger badge.

Children are required to complete a certain number of activities such as visiting certain state parks, attend special events, find historic markers et. For ages 7 and older. Details here.

FREE Junior Ranger booklets at National Parks

This state park program is similar to the Junior Ranger program available at National Parks & Historic sites like Fort Pulaski in Savannah, Cumberland Island, Ga. and Fort Frederica on St. Simons Island. For more information about the Junior Ranger program click here.

Daily Civil War soldier programs Tuesday-Saturdays @ Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Fort McAllister Richmond Hill kids activitiesLocated south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister state park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. Visitors can explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades and more, while a Civil War museum contains artifacts, a video and gift shop.

A large picnic area offers river views and playgrounds. There’s also a nature trail.

SOLDIER PROGRAMS: Offered Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 1 p.m. Learn about the American Civil War, soldier life, medicine, infantry, weapons and more from staff historians.

Fort McAllister State Park
Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office and Museum Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

http://gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister

Historic Site Admission:
– $7.50 Adults
– $6.50 Seniors (62+)
– $4.50 Youth (6-17)
– $2.00 Child (under 6)
Group rates available with advance notice.

Summer kids’ events

*WEEKLY SOLDIER PROGRAMS: Offered Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning at 1 p.m. Learn about the American Civil War, soldier life, medicine, infantry, weapons and more from staff historians.

Rowe’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about almost every plant or animal on the Georgia Coast, then you’ll want to stop by for a 3 mile day hike on our trail with Master Naturalist Rowe. $5 in addition to the Parking fee $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Labor Day Festival
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
You deserve a little R&R for all your hard work, so gather the family up, kick back and enjoy yourselves at our Labor Day Festival! Visitors who wish to only use the Day Use outside of the fort will require a $5 ParkPass. Fort and museum visitors need to pay for admission at the museum when they arrive. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.

“Incoming!” with Shuman’s Artillery
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 3 PM
Civil War History Event: Listen and learn about the use of artillery in the Civil War with our local expert Eddie Shuman. From mortars to howitzers and more, Shuman’s talk on artillery will be a blast. Date and time subject to change. $4.50-$7.50 912-727-2339.

Celebrate Memorial Day at Georgia forts, historic sites

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Fort King George DarienCelebrate Memorial Day with a reflection on American battles, touring historic sites.

Below are Georgia forts, museums and battlefields near Savannah. For directions and admission fees, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org.

·Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien
From 1721 until 1736, this fort was the southern outpost of the British empire in North America. Climb into the reconstructed cypress blockhouse, explore the palisaded earthen fort and tabby ruins, tour the museum. Be sure to hike the pretty nature trail following the river and marsh. For those wishing to take a mini staycation while in the area, campsites and cabins are nearby at Fort McAllister and Skidaway Island state parks.

·Fort Morris State Historic Site, Midway
This earthen fort on the Medway River protected Georgia against the British in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. A museum describes the colonial port of Sunbury, and a nature trail and picnic sites are available. For a holiday getaway, cabins and campsites are found nearby at Fort McAllister and Skidaway Island state parks.

·Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
This beautiful park south of Savannah marked the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea and is the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. On Saturday, May 24, watch a program about Civil War soldiers, as well as musket and cannon firings. Nestled among giant live oaks and Spanish moss, this park is also a great place for camping, hiking, fishing and boating. Cabins overlook the forest and marsh.

Kids can earn a limited edition Civil War badge. Details here.

Georgia State Park now offers gift cards. Think perfect gift for golfers, hikers, anglers, campers, history buffs or anyone who enjoys being outdoors. Details here.

 

Junior Ranger Day @ Fort Pulaski National Monument (April 26), Savannah

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Junior Ranger Day Fort Pulaski Savannah As part of National Park Week 2014 (April 19 – 27), Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah will hold special Junior Ranger Day activities on Saturday, April 26 2014, starting at 10 AM

Participants at Fort Pulaski can earn a special Junior Ranger Day certificate and patch by participating in a variety of experiences to learn more about the National Park Service and Fort Pulaski National Monument. Activities will include historic weapons drills, like those conducted by the Civil War soldiers that once lived and worked at Fort Pulaski.

Children will be able to do special activity sheets to earn National Park Service Civil War trading cards and explore the park while completing the park Junior Ranger program and earning a Junior Ranger badge.

Saturday, April 26 – National Junior Ranger Day

10 AM Guided Fort Tour
11:30 AM Historic Weapon Demonstration
11:45 AM Junior Ranger Drill
1 PM Guided Fort Tour
1:30 PM Junior Ranger Coloring Activity
2:30 PM Historic Weapon Demonstration
2:45 PM Junior Ranger Drill

Fort Pulaski National Monument is on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah, www.nps.gov/fopu  tel (912) 786-5787.

You’re invited: Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch, Savannah

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch SavannahSunday, April 27, 2014
5 to 7 pm

At the usual height of the strawberry-picking season, join Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah for this 20th annual traditional Sunday supper at the Lakeside Pavilion.

The meal culminates with a fresh strawberry shortcake dessert from fruits harvested from the field at CGBG. This year’s supper is by Chef Nick Mueller. Silent auction tables offer a wide array of items, and all proceeds benefit the Friends of the Coastal Gardens — the non-profit supporter of the expansion efforts at the botanical gardens. Cost is $30 per person, $15 per child age 12 and under.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Formerly The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens), 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA. 31419. Please enter the gate on US Hwy. 17. Please call 912-921-5460 for information, http://bamboo.caes.uga.edu/, On Facebook here