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(Savannah Daytrips) Family Beach Days & Bike Trips @ Sapelo Island

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Sapelo Island Savannah daytrips

Family Beach Days @ Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island near Darien, Ga.  (about a 1 hour drive from Savannah on I-95 South)

Wed. June 7, 2017 9AM to 12:30PM
Wed. June 21, 2017 9AM to 12:30PM
Wed. July 5, 2017 9AM to 12:30 PM

Come explore the wonders of Sapelo Island beaches. A Naturalist will take you on a beach walk and teach about animals that call the intertidal zone their home. The program will conclude with the chance use a fish seine to catch a sample of some coastal creatures. Learn more here. 

Cost: $10 with a separate charge of $15 for the 30-minute ferry ride.

Reservations required. Contact: 912-485-2299.

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Bike Sapelo near Darien, Ga. (about a 1 hour drive from Savannah on I-95 South)

Sat. Jun 10, 2017 9AM to 12:30PM

Day visitors may enjoy biking Sapelo Island with Sapelo’s naturalist. They’ll meet you at the ferry with a bike (bring your own helmet; required for 15 and younger) and lead you on Sapelo’s prettiest roads. Visit the Gator Pond, Lighthouse and Nanny Goat beach. This will be a leisurely ride on flat roads with minimum traffic. Click here for ferry information. $25 each with a separate charge of $15 for the 30-minute ferry ride.  Learn more here. 

Reservations required. Contact: 912-485-2299.

Hilton Head/Bluffon Memorial Day Events: Annual Sandbox @ the Stables celebration

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Sandbox Hilton Head Memorial Day events Sea Pines Savannah family

You’re invited to the 6th Annual Sandbox at the Stables Memorial Day Celebration @ Lawton Stables in Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island this Mon. May 29.

Pony rides, water slides, crafts, facepainting, food and treats, and MORE.

Proceeds benefit The Sandbox—good times for a good cause.

It’s not too late to enter the Raffle. Enter to win Four (4) One Day Park Hopper Passes to Walt Disney World Orlando
$5 each or 5/$20. Only a few tickets remain.

Drawing at 1PM. Need not be present to win. All proceeds benefit The Sandbox Children’s Museum.

General Admission
$5/Person
Children under one are FREE! Concession and activity tickets are $1 each
(Plus, $6 per vehicle Sea Pines gate entry fee)

Activities (some free, some require activity tickets) scheduled include:

Craft projects
Inflatable water slides and bounce houses
Pony rides
Facepainting by Morgan’s Mommy Facepainting People
Family games and activities
Live remotes from SC103.1 and 104.9 The Surf
The Cowpoke Caper Parade is back again at High Noon! Come dressed as your favorite cowpoke and bring your cowpoke name – creativity is key! Free bandanas to the first 50 entries!

There will be hot dogs and burgers fresh off the grill, as well as refreshments including sno cones and cotton candy, all available for purchase.

For more information about Sandbox at the Stables, call (843) 842-7645.

Guests will park at the Trolley Stop inside Sea Pines Gate and ride the free trolley to Lawton Stables. (there is NO Event parking at Lawton Stables)

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Pope Avenue will be closed on Memorial Day.

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

Summer Family Vacations: Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Family Vacations Yellowstone Grand Teton Taking our Savannah born-and-bred kids (ages 10 & 8) to Yellowstone National Park for about a week during May 2017 was one of our best family trips yet.

Not only did these Southern flatlanders experience snow in May and conquer mountains, they also packed their wildlife log with wildlife sightings including a grizzly bear and her cub, wolves, bighorn sheep, bison, proghorn, white pelicans, sandhill crane, a trumpeter swan, mule deer, moose and more.

Here’s this mom’s list of things to do when visiting the world’s oldest national park (established in 1872) with kids.

Free national park pass. If you’re traveling with a fourth grader, be sure to obtain your free national park pass before your trip through The Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives every U.S. 4th grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed parks, lands and waters. This program begins Sept. 1 of your fourth grade year and runs until Aug. 31 of that year. Learn more here. 

Grand Teton National Park. Do not miss this smaller, but equally as stunning national park just south of Yellowstone and just north of Jackson, Wyoming. We stayed inside the park at Signal Mountain Lodge and loved it for its view of Jackson Lake and the Tetons; the close proximity of the lodge’s restaurant for a breakfast overlooking Jackson Lake before taking off to a hike (we suggest Taggart Lake loop hike); but especially for the scenic float trip along a 10-mile stretch of the Snake River. Book your float trip when making your Signal Mountain Lodge reservation, as these trips fill up quickly. Age minimum is 6 years old. Float trip details here. 

Old Faithful Inn. Staying at accommodations inside Yellowstone is pricey. Which is why we we only spent one night actually inside the park. I am so jazzed that one night was spent at Old Faithful Inn. The towering lobby of this national historic landmark is pure entertainment. We spent an evening in the lobby listening to live music and slipping out onto the balcony to catch the regular Old Faithful eruptions. The beauty of this inn makes you feel quite guilty bemoaning the inn’s very purposeful, get-off-your-screens lack of Internet. When walking the Upper Geyser area near the Inn, be sure to take the Observation Point Trail option to Solitary Geyser for dreamy views.

White-Water Rafting. My kids took their first whirl at white-water rafting on the Yellowstone River and fell in love with it thanks to Flying Pig Adventure Company in Gardiner, Montana. This rafting outfit is near the north gate to Yellowstone, which you need to visit anyway if you want to see the Roosevelt Arch. The hip young, energetic crew at Flying Pig put young first-time rafters at ease and make parents wish they, too, had been river guides in our early 20s. Maybe, just maybe, if the water is cold enough, you’ll forget all about the fact that you’re wearing an incredibly unflattering wet suit. In public. During daylight. While sober. (But maybe if your trip is during warmer weather, you don’t need to wear a wet suit. I was too worried about falling overboard to ask.) During our eight-mile trip on class II and III rapids, there was just enough splashing and paddling to make it suitable for even young, novice rafters but still exciting. Our guide shared details about landmarks we passed including Electric Peak and even offered the opportunity to jump in and swim at the end.

Yellowstone family trips Grand Teton summer vacation

Lamar Valley. It is easy to skip this remote, wildlife-packed northeast corner of Yellowstone for the more convenient, well-traveled areas touted in your tour books. But if your kids want to see wildlife, Lamar Valley is a must. Bring boxed lunches from Old Faithful Inn or, if you are coming from West Yellowstone, boxed lunches from Ernie’s Bakery & Deli then take a picnic hike in Lamar Valley. (Don’t forget your bear spray!) We loved Trout Lake hike and Specimen Ridge/Yellowstone River Picnic Area hike along the Narrows of the Yellowstone River. For wolf watching, head to Slough Creek Road, where avid wolf-watchers set up scopes on known wolf dens and are happy to let you take a peek. If you want to stay near Lamar Valley, we liked Silver Gate Cabins  – just outside the northeast gate before Cooke City, Montana – and The Log Cabin Cafe for breakfast, unforgettable pumpkin bread and boxed lunches.  (The cafe also has cabins where you can stay.)

Junior Ranger: Stop by visitors’ centers in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone to pick up Junior Ranger packets for your kids to complete so they can be sworn in at the visitors’ centers to become Junior Rangers in each park and collect their Junior Ranger badges/keepsakes from each park. Grand Teton’s badge actually smells like campfire – a first in our junior ranger collection.

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. If you stay in West Yellowstone, Montana (we liked the convenience of The Three Bear Lodge although the new Explorer Cabins also looked enticing) and have time, be sure to check out the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.  The small, not-for-profit center gives you a chance to watch grizzly bears and gray wolves that are at the center because they are unable to survive in the wild, usually due to human involvement. Sign up your kids early for the popular Keeper Kids program (designed for ages 5-12). During the program  – which teaches kids about grizzly bear eating habits – kids will accompany the naturalist into the bear habitat to hide food for the bears. After the food is hidden, they can see first-hand how bears use their sense of smell to search out the food they had hidden. Learn more about the center here. We broke up our visit with a refreshing, short lunchtime bike ride from West Yellowstone along Riverside Trail nordic ski trails into Yellowstone National Park. We rented mountain bikes and got trail maps and tips from the incredibly welcoming folks at Freeheel and Wheel in West Yellowstone, who also recommended box lunches from Ernie’s Bakery & Deli. This made for a picturesque picnic along the Madison River with views of the Gallatin Range before returning to the Grizzly Center to say goodnight to the bears on our last day of this treasured Yellowstone trip.

(We flew from Savannah into Salt Lake City and drove via Jackson, Wyoming to Grand Teton National Park, then Yellowstone. Returning, we left from West Yellowstone, via Idaho Falls, back to Salt Lake City.)

Savannah Summer Fun: YMCA of Coastal Georgia Summer Pool Passes Now Available

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

YMCA Savannah Summer Pool Pass Make a Splash this summer at the YMCA

This summer, the Y is offering a Summer Pool Pass!

With nine branches across Coastal Georgia, Summer Pool Pass holders can access to ALL of our outdoor pools and splash pads all summer long. The summer pool pass will also grant you access to all of YMCA of Coastal Georgia facilities including group exercise classes, fitness centers and child watch while you work or enjoy the pool.

Family Summer Pool Pass- $249
(2 Adults and up to three children under the age of 12)
Individual Pool Pass – $175
(Pass is good from May 25th through September 4th, pass holders do not qualify for member program rates)

To purchase, stop by any YMCA of Coastal Georgia Branch Welcome Center Desk. Learn more here.

Nine YMCA of Coastal Georgia branches: 
Effingham YMCA
Golden Isles & McIntosh YMCA
Habersham YMCA
Islands YMCA
Liberty County/ Armed Services YMCA
Richmond Hill YMCA
Tybee Island YMCA
West Chatham YMCA

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Bug Fest 2017 @ Savannah Children’s Museum, May 27

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

savannah bugfest 2017 Savannah Children’s Museum  invites you to attend Bug Fest 2017, the annual family-friendly celebration buzzing with bug crafts, activities, and workshops on Saturday, May 27th from 10AM to 4PM at Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401.

This year, discover the importance of bees and other natural pollinators with the Coastal Empire Beekeeper’s Association, learn about insectivores with Oatland Island Wildlife Center, enter our Insectarium with Armstrong State University’s Entomology class, meet some friendly reptiles from Georgia Reptile Society, try Bug Yoga for kids led by Yogi Palz, and become a member of the Eat-A-Bug club with “Tails of the Lowcountry.”

Savannah Children’s Museum educators will also deliver programs and activities related to bugs and many other crawly creatures throughout the event. The Naked Dog food truck will be on Sugar Beet Bluff, just outside of Savannah Children’s Museum’s entrance with delicious hot dogs, snacks, and Italian Ice for purchase.

Admission to Bug Fest is included in the cost of regular admission to Savannah Children’s Museum, $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older. This event is FREE for Coastal Heritage Society members.

WHAT: Bug Fest 2017
WHEN: Saturday, May 27th from 10am to 4pm
WHERE: Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd., Savannah, GA 31401
COST: $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older

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Savannah Summer Camps Guide 2017

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Savannah Hilton Head Summer Camps 2015

Visit our Savannah-Lowcountry Area Summer Camps 2017 directory here to help you find the type of camps you and your children are looking for this summer.

The guide includes a variety of camps – arts, dance, languages, sports, STEM, enrichment – as well as camps for all ages including pre-school.

If you want to advertise a summer camp in the guide, please email anne@southernmamas.com.

Click here to start planning a fun Summer 2017.

$1 & free summer kids movies 2017, Savannah

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

free $1 summer kids movies Savannah$1 Kids’ Summer Movies

The schedule is out for Summer 2017 free & $1 kids’ movies in Savannah.

See the free & $1 summer 2017 kids’ weekday morning movie schedule here.

 

FREE Healthy Kids Day includes free outdoor pool & activities @ YMCA branches, May 6

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

YMCA Savannah Wilmington Island Healthy Kids Day 2017

Charge Into Summer at the Y!

Summer is almost here, and we can’t wait!

Join YMCA on Saturday, May 6 2017, when all YMCA of Coastal Georgia branches are offering FREE community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

Not only will all outdoor pools open for the season, but each location has tons of family-friendly activities planned for you!

As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days.

Instead, the Y wants families to focus on “charging” kids up with enthusiasm for themselves and their potential.

This event is free and open to the community.

Interested in joining the Y? Join from May 1-14th and pay no joiner’s fee!

Learn more about what each Y is offering at here. 

Free Healthy Kids Day branch activities

Effingham YMCA: 10AM-1PM
Golden Isles & McIntosh YMCA: 11AM-2PM
Habersham YMCA: 10AM-1PM
Islands YMCA: 10AM-2PM
Liberty County/ Armed Services YMCA: 11AM-3PM
Richmond Hill YMCA: 8AM-12PM
Tybee Island YMCA: 11AM-2PM
West Chatham YMCA: 11AM-2PM

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$1 & free summer kids movies 2017, Savannah

Monday, May 1st, 2017

free $1 summer kids movies Savannah$1 Kids’ Summer Movies

The schedule is out for Summer 2017 $1 kids’ movies at 10AM Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ Regal Savannah Stadium 10 behind Savannah Mall.

See the $1 summer movie schedule here.

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FREE movies

Victory Square Stadium 9 in Savannah will offer FREE children’s movies this summer

The free kid series starts May 23 and runs until July 13 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for 8 weeks.

It is free for all ages and is on a first come first serve basis. Movies start at 10AM. See the free movie schedule here  for Summer 2017.

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Pooler $1 movies

$1 kids summer movies will also be offered at Pooler Stadium Cinemas 12. See their Summer 2017 Kids’ Weekday Movie here for Savannah & Pooler.

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We’ll update the schedule when Royal Cinemas Pooler releases their Summer 2017 schedule.

Family Summer Movies 2017 @ Tybee Post Theater

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Family Summer Movies Tybee Post Theater

Family Movies @ Tybee Post Theater during Summer 2017

Tickets $7 adults, $5 children.

Group rates available for summer camps. Call 912-472-4790.

Tuesday, July 25, at 3 pm, “Finding Dory”
Wednesday, July 26, at 3 and 7 pm, “Sing”
Thursday, July 27, at 3 and 7 pm, “The Boss Baby”

Tickets $7 adults, $5 children.
Group rates available for summer camps.
Call 912-472-4790.

Tybee Post Theater
10 Van Horne Ave.
Tybee Island,GA

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FREE Gray’s Reef Tuesdays @ Tybee Post Theatre

FREE Gray’s Reef Tuesdays series of extraordinary ocean-themed documentaries returns this summer on most Tuesdays at 7PM.

Doors open 6:30 p.m. and movies start at 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Free, with suggested donation of $5 to support the Tybee Post Theater and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. 

See the complete schedule here.

 

Summer 2017: Water parks near Savannah opening for season in April, May

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Water Parks Near Savannah

Ready for lazy river, spray pads & tube slides?

Water park season is here.

The Pooler water park – Surf Lagoon – opened for the 2017 summer season in April for weekends only. Surf Lagoon will open daily starting Mon. May 22 until Aug. 7.

Other water parks that are within a daytrip from Savannah that open in May for the 2017 Summer Season include Splash in the Boro in Statesboro, Ga; Summer Waves on Jekyll Island; and three water parks in Charleston, SC.

See the opening dates & schedules for the 2017 summer season for those water parks near Savannah here.

 

Savannah Summer Camps 2017: American Girl, Princess, Tumble, Cheer Camps @ Savannah Sharks

Friday, April 14th, 2017

American Girl, Princess, Tumbling Camps Savannah Sharks Savannah Sharks Summer Camps 2017

Savannah Sharks offers a variety of camps for all ages including Tumble Camp, American Girl Camp, Super FUN Camp, Princess Camp, Cheer Camp.

Sibling discount 25% off 2nd child

May 31-June 2 Tumble Camp
9AM-12PM
Levels 1-5
Ages 6 & Up
$30 per day

June 5-June 9 American Girl Camp
9AM-2PM (Friday until Noon)
Ages 5-11
$150

June 19-21 Super FUN Camp
9AM-12PM
Athletes of ALL abilities welcome
Ages 6 & Up
$75
Field day games, crafts, talent show, contest, dress-up days, free play & more

July 10-July 13 Princess Camp
9AM-1PM (Thursday til Noon)
Ages 3-6
$125

July 24-July 26 Tumble Camp
9AM-Noon
Levels 1-5
Ages 6 & Up
$30 per day

July 31-Aug 2 Sideline Cheer Camp
9AM-2PM
$100

Learn more about these camps here. 

If you would like to sign up for any of these camps, please visit www.savsharkscheer.com/summer-camps and click on the Register button or click here to get started.

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Parent & Me Playdates

Mommy & Me Play @ at Savannah Sharks

Savannah Sharks offers Mommy & Me Play for crawlers to age 4
Monday, Tuesday & Friday
10:30AM-Noon
$6 per day or punch pass $65

Stay connected by liking Savannah Sharks on Facebook here. 

Savannah Sharks Cheerleading and Tumbling, (912) 335-2234, 1686 E President St, Savannah, GA 31404
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Savannah Summer Swim Teams 2017: Registration open for Savannah Quarters Sailfish, Pooler

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Summer Swim Teams Savannah Pooler Savannah Quarters 2017

The Savannah Quarters Sailfish Swim Team in Pooler is a great way for kids to make friends and have fun this summer.

Established in 2015, the Savannah Quarters Sailfish Swim Team is a Pooler-based youth summer swim
team dedicated to the promotion and encouragement of competitive swimming.

Discounts

Early bird registration for the 2017 summer is going now through April 30. Savannah Quarters offers discount of the registration fee & sibling discount. The season runs May 15July 9 2017.

Registration is available online here.  Registration closes May 15.

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Summer fun

The team’s goal is to provide all participants with an enjoyable experience, developing great sportsmanship, furthering competitive swimming skills, and cultivating special friendships and lifelong memories.

The team is competing in the Savannah Coastal Swim League and will be hosting as well as traveling to various city locations for swim meets.

Team practices are 6-8PM Mondays, Thursdays & Sundays. Five meets throughout June 2017, usually on Tuesdays plus the Rising Star and City Meet @ Chatham Aquatic Center in late June or early July 2017.

Learn more here.

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Contact info

Questions? Contact Zsofi Golopencza, Director of Recreation at 912-450-1704 or via email zgolopencza@savannahquarterscc.com

Stay connected to the Sailfish swim team on Facebook here.

Registration is available online here. 

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