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Madrac Farms Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze Open Oct. 2 for Fall 2014 Season, Effingham County

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Pumpkin Patches Corn Mazes near Savannah

Growing pumpkins in humid Coastal Georgia is challenging. But Madrac Farms in Effingham County is making it happen.

This October, come visit this real pumpkin patch & enjoy the 5-acre corn maze, hayrides & other fall fun at this Rincon farm on Ralph Rahn Rd.

Madrac Farms grows the Orange Bulldog pumpkin, a new variety of pumpkin developed by the University of Georgia, which is specifically designed to grow in South Georgia’s humid climate. The farm also has other test varieties of orange & white pumpkins. Learn more about Madrac Farms here.

Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze near Savannah

Farm Activities

Opening Thursday Oct. 2 2014 at 10 AM through Nov. 1. 10 AM-4 PM Thursdays; 10 AM-6 PM Fridays & Saturdays.

Petting farm
Feed goats, chickens, Hazel the pot-belly pig. Animal feed is .50 cents.

Big Slide & Bouncy House
New this year: the big slide. Enjoy zipping down this 13-foot wooden slide on a potato sack. Kids can go alone or have parents ride with them.

Pumpkin Pickin
Choose from red, brown, Cinderella, white or traditional Orange.

Hay Rides
With 2 hay rides running almost all the time, you’ll never have to wait in line! Take a 10 minute ride through the Georgia woods & you may see deer, hawks, squirrels, rabbits even snakes

Corn Maze
5 acres – not too big, not too small. Kids can see if they can beat their friends through the maze in record time. Just right for the little ones & bigger kids, too.

BIG Pumpkin
Weighing in at over 100 lbs this pumpkin is sure to be your number #1 destination for photos.

Admission

$7 per person ages 3-59.
Ages 2 & younger are FREE with paying adult.
60 & older qualify for a senior citizen discount at $5 per person.
Military discount applies for active & retired military & veterans with proper I.D. $2 discount for all military & their families.
This price includes admission only which covers all of the above farm activities including the corn maze & hayrides (except animal feed for .50 cents). Drinks, food, pumpkins are extra. You aren’t required to purchase a pumpkin.

Extra charge for pony rides, face painting & other activities from vendors at the farm.

Food & beverages for sale, but you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the farm’s picnic area.

Field Trips

Madrac Farms is now scheduling Field Trips for PUMPKIN PATCH 2014. Learn more here.
Discounted group rates do apply when you bring a certain amount of people to the farm during events.

Madrac Farms, 580 Ralph Rahn Rd Rincon, Ga. On Facebook here ,(912) 704-7651, email melissa@madracfarms.com www.madracfarms.com, Madrac Farms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Shark Tooth & Fossil Hunt for Kids with Beaufort’s Shark Tooth Fairy, Port Royal, Oct. 11

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

FREE shark tooth hunt Oct. 11 Port Royal Beaufort

All kids growing up in the Savannah/Lowcountry area need to experience at least one shark tooth & fossil hunt with Beaufort’s famed Shark Tooth Fairy in Port Poyal, near Beaufort, S.C.

The Shark Tooth Fairy, Mike Harris, regularly invites kids to come to The Sands beach in Port Royal to look for shark teeth, Megalodon teeth and other fossilized finds. These kid-friendly hunts are held every couple of months throughout the year.

The next one is 11 AM Oct. 11. Free for kids 12 & younger. $5 for kids 13 & older. 

The Shark Tooth Fairy  spreads out over 100 pounds of shark teeth over the beach before kids arrive. Info on The Sands in Port Royal, S.C. near Beaufort here.

Read about The Shark Tooth Fairy & the public shark-tooth beach hunts by clicking here.

These beach hunts typically happen rain or shine. But stay updated about this Oct. 11 hunt & other future ones by ‘liking” the Shark Tooth Fairy & his pup Captain Morgan on Facebook here. 

(Make a day of it and pair your visit with a trip to the lighthouse at Hunting Island near Beaufort.  Info on Hunting Island here.)

Fall 2014: Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes around Savannah

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Fall kids activities pumpkin patches, hayrides

Yes we really are posting about pumpkin patch farms in August.

If all this late-August light has you hankering for a hayride, then read on. But if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, we understand. Our Fall Fun Guide 2014 will be ready when you are. Just click on the Fall Fun image in the slide show at the top of the site for information on pumpkin patches, hayrides, fall festivals, Halloween fun & more.

Meanwhile, here’s the 411 on pumpkin patches that you can visit during Fall 2014 in a daytrip from Savannah.

Poppell Farms in Odum near Jesup. It is roughly a 75 minute to 90 minute drive from Savannah, closer from Richmond Hill. The farm has so many activities including the all-time kid favorite crop hopper (giant outdoor trampoline), cow train, goat walk, bouncy houses, corn house, steer roping & more. Poppell Farms opens Oct. 4 2014 is open every weekend in October 2014 (Saturday & Sunday) Details here.

Holiday Farms about 1 hour away in Ridgeland, S.C. It has lots of activities – pig races, pretend to milk pretend cow, hayride, duck races, bouncy house, giant tricycle races, barnyard & more. Closed Sundays. Great fall field trip for churches, schools, daycares, scouts, etc. Details here.

We have visited both Poppell Farms & Holiday Farms several times over the years & highly recommend both!

Other farms to check out:

Madrac Farms in Effingham Co. has a corn maze & pick-your-own pumpkins. Details here. 

FOR MORE FALL EVENTS, HAYRIDES, FARM TRIPS, HALLOWEEN FUN, CLICK HERE. 

Save up to 30% at Walt Disney World this Fall with Two Sisters Travel

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Disney travel discounts holidays Halloween Disney has packed the calendar this fall and winter with tons of great special events & activities, and for a limited time you can save up to 30% when you stay at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

If you have a Disney villain fan, then Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a must! This is special event held select days in September and October.

Or maybe you want to spend the holidays at Disney? Starting in mid November you can enjoy tons of beautiful holiday decorations and special displays… the Gingerbread House at Grand Floridian is amazing!! Celebrate the meaning of the season with the Candlelight Processional. Or just enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights Display! There’s something for everyone at the Merriest Place on Earth.

The discount offer is available at select Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts on stays October 4 – November 25, 2014 and November 29 – December 23, 2014.

Hurry, because availability is limited and advanced dining reservations are already open during these travel dates. Contact Tara McCoy at Two Sisters Travel your no-obligation Disney vacation quote or call us at 843-284-3241 for details.

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Last chance for FREE Dining at Disney this Fall & Winter

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Disney Free Dining 2014One of the best ways to save on a Walt Disney World vacation, the FREE DINING promotion, ends this Friday, August 8th 2014. 

Book a package now for only $200 and take advantage of some great discounts for travel during select dates this fall and winter.

For 2014, the available dates are August 31st – October 3rd, October 26th – November 1st, November 9th – November 20th, and December 12th – December 23rd. Free dining is being offered to guests for their entire length of stay as long as your arrival date is within the promotion dates!!

FREE Dining Plans are available at select Walt Disney World Resorts and require a minimum 3-night stay with 2-day base tickets. Guests staying in a Value Resort will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan and guests in Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the Disney Dining Plan. You can even upgrade your dining plan by paying the cost difference between your complimentary plan and the plan you want. This is a very popular time for my clients to try out the Deluxe Dining Plan!!

Availability is extremely limited, and dining reservations are already open for these dates, so let’s start planning your magical Disney vacation now! Contact Two Sisters Travel now for your no-obligation vacation quote or details. And remember, their travel planning services are 100% FREE!!

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Sandals Resorts Caribbean Night coming to Savannah

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sandals Resort Night in Savannah Need an escape to a tropical paradise? Maybe an anniversary getaway?

The gals from Two Sisters Travel will host a FREE Sandals Resorts Caribbean Night event in Savannah on Thursday, August 14th 7pm at Wingate by Wyndham Savannah South (just off I-95, exit 94). 

Make it a date night, and join Two Sisters Travel for complimentary beer, wine, & appetizers, while a representative from Sandals Resorts shares tons of Caribbean destination inspiration & info that you won’t find anywhere online. Not to mention exclusive deals just for attending, including up to $1,000 air credits, up to 65% off rooms, & a $250 spa credit offer. 

Sandals Resorts are adults-only, luxury all-inclusive resorts and perfect for a romantic getaway without the kiddos. You’ll enjoy exotic rooms with private pools, butler service, and captivating views.

If you’d prefer to take the kids along, Sandals offers Beaches Resorts. These are luxury all-inclusive resorts that were designed with families in mind, featuring large rooms, waterparks, and children’s programming including nanny services. Beaches also is home to your kid’s favorite Sesame Street characters!

The event is always a lot of fun and it’s limited to just 20 couples, so register now here or call 843-284-3241. If you’re unable to attend in-person, but still want to take advantage of the deals you can register for the virtual event. 

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Experience Holiday Magic at Disney AND Save With Free Dining Promotion.

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Disney holiday deals Nobody does the holidays like Disney! All four Walt Disney World Theme Parks are transformed into the “Merriest Place on Earth”. Every corner of the “world” immerses you in the holiday magic. Below are a few of the highlights:

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: On select nights in November and December, join some of your favorite Disney Character friends at Magic Kingdom Park for this memorable event featuring a special parade, festive fireworks, Cinderella Castle covered in thousands of twinkling lights, and even some snow.

Resort Decorations: No holiday visit to Walt Disney World will be complete without a tour of the elaborate resort decorations. From the Gingerbread house at Grand Floridian to the giant tree at the Wilderness Lodge, it’s definitely worth spending a few hours checking out all of the amazing decorating. Not to mention… it’s FREE!!

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights: Each year this breathtaking display along the Streets of America inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios features millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. The lights are so extensive you may find it hard to comprehend their magnitude… this is definitely a MUST see!!

Candlelight Processional: Held nightly at Epcot this special holiday event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. What better way to get in the

Christmas spirit and share the magic of the season. To ensure seating for this unforgettable spectacle, you can participate in a Candlelight Dinner Package which provides guaranteed seating.

Book now and experience the magic for yourself, and you can save with the FREE Dining Plan promotion!! Hurry, the FREE Dining Plan promotion ends August 8th. Get your complimentary, no-obligation Walt Disney World vacation quote here and be sure to mention you found us through Southern Mamas.

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Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Whether you live in Bluffton/Hilton Head Is. or are making a daytrip from the Greater Savannah area, Coastal Discovery Museum is a fun place for kids to visit – especially when there are educational kids’ programs happening.

Check out events happening at Coastal Discovery Museum by clicking here.
Explore Honey Horn, visit the Butterfly Enclosure, look for birds on the docks.

For additional information call 843-689-6767, ext 223

Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29926, tel: (843) 689-6767, email info@coastaldiscovery.org, www.coastaldiscovery.org

Sandbox @ the Stables: Labor Day celebration @ Lawton Stables, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Labor Day kids activities: Sandbox at the Stables Hilton Head Is.The Sandbox Children’s Museum and Lawton Stables , both on Hilton Head Is., invite you & your family to “Sandbox at the Stables” this Labor Day 2014.

Everyone is invited to this community celebration on Labor Day Monday, September 1 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. @ Lawton Stables, located inside Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Is. (about a 1 hr drive from Savannah).

This event will include: Music, Pony rides, hayrides and the animal farm, The Sandbox’s Imagination Hour, craft projects and mobile interactive museum exhibits A pitching radar Kids Zone’s inflatable water slides and bounce houses Cappy the Clown Face painting Family activities like bocce ball, frisbee, ring toss, horse shoes and corn hole  

There will be concessions available for purchase and refreshments including, snow cones and cotton candy.

Participants may bring their own picnic provisions and beverages.

Participants can purchase additional tickets for food, drinks and some activities.

Admission is $5 per person, children 12 months and under are free. LOTS OF FREE ACTIVITIES. (Plus $6 Sea Pines gate entrance fee per auto)

(The Sandbox at the Pope Avenue location will be closed on Labor Day)

Lawton Stables, 190 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29928 tel: (843) 671-2586, www.lawtonstableshhi.com/

FOR MORE LOCAL KIDS’ ACTIVITIES, VISIT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR HERE.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum offers FREE admission to S.C. rising kindergartners

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Free admission for rising kindergartners Sandbox Children's MuseumThe Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. presents the second annual Countdown to Kindergarten. This is a celebration for rising kindergartners and their families.

FREE ADMISSION FOR RISING SOUTH CAROLINA KINDERGARTENERS!

August 15, 2014, 5p-8p. Countdown to Kindergarten provides parents with an opportunity to connect with representatives from school districts, state agencies and community to learn about available educational, health and community resources. Let the countdown begin!

About The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum

The Sandbox is an interactive children’s museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through educational play in an atmosphere that fosters family and community. Established in 2005, and located on the south end of Hilton Head Island, The Sandbox is the only non-profit play and learning center of its kind in the Low Country featuring region-related exhibits, crafts and programming specifically designed to stimulate curiosity, evoke creativity and motivate learning in children ages eight and under. For more information about The Sandbox, visit www.thesandbox.org  or call (843) 842-7645.

For more information, call The Sandbox at 843-842-7645 or e-mail crinehart@thesandbox.org .

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

 

2015 Disney vacation packages coming soon. Get on Two Sisters Travel priority list now

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Disney 2015 packagesAre you dreaming of a Walt Disney World vacation next year? The magical day to book packages for 2015 is coming very soon.

If you’re interested in pricing for 2015 packages submit a quote request today, and SouthernMamas.com’s Disney Deal expert/travel guru Tara McCoy will add you to the Two Sisters Travel Priority List.

Booking your Disney vacation early is best. It ensures the best availability, which can be especially important if you’ve got your heart set on staying in one of the brand new Villas at Grand Floridian, these will set out fast!

And when you book with Two Sisters Travel you never have to worry about getting the best value for your travel budget. As a courtesy to their clients, Two Sisters Travel closely watches promotions and if a discount becomes available that will lower your price, they’ll adjust your package, no worries! Also, when you book early you’ll have more time to pay-off your vacation, AND more time to brag to your friends that your family is going to Disney.

If you’re not sure about the best dates to vacation, no problem. Email tara@twosisterstravelcol.com or call 843-284-3241 and they can review crowd calendars and talk about when is the best time for your family to visit. Remember, Two Sisters Travel concierge travel planning services are 100% FREE when you book a package with Two Sisters Travel.

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Two Sisters Travel: FROZEN Summer Celebration at Hollywood Studios

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Frozen special program at Hollywood Studios Disney

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For anyone that loves the hit movie FROZEN (isn’t that everyone?) there’s exciting news coming from Walt Disney World.

From now until September 1st you can join Anna, Elsa, & all of your favorite FROZEN characters as they celebrate a FROZEN Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Highlights from this must-do event includes:

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: Relax inside the Premiere Theater, where Anna, Elsa & the royal historians of Arendelle share a heart-warming retelling of their kingdom’s history, while singing along to your favorite Frozen tunes.

Frozen Fireworks Spectacular: Finish the evening with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of Frozen.

Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome: Watch as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and a flurry of skaters, skiiers, ice cutters and more make their way down Hollywood Boulevard in a special parade.

Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party: Rock out to a medley of the hottest Frozen hits! Every evening starting at 5:30 PM, a dance party with a DJ and live band breaks out over Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage.

Olaf on Summer Vacation: Pick up your very own take-a-long Olaf so he can join you on your summer vacation. Be sure to tag your pictures #OlafSummerVacation and they just might be shared in the day’s grand finale!

Oaken’s Frozen Funland & Trading Post: Inside Soundstage One, Oaken and his cousins have created a Frozen Funland complete with ice skating, snowman building, and more! There will also be special Frozen inspired snacks and beverages! And of course don’t miss the “big summer blowout” with plenty of Frozen merchandise.

For the hard-core Frozen fans, or those who prefer an upgraded experience Disney is offering a premium package that includes a preferred viewing location & refreshments for the Royal Welcome, premium seating for one Sing-Along show, and a fireworks dessert viewing party with specialty themed drinks and snacks. This package is only $59 for adults, $34 for children.

Make your plans now to experience the Frozen Celebration this summer! There’s still plenty of availability!! Get your custom no-obligation vacation quote today. And remember, Tara McCoy’s travel planning services are 100% FREE!!

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Save big on Disney this Fall & Winter with Free Dining promotion

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Disney Free Dining 2014

The FREE DINING promotion at Walt Disney World is back for select dates this fall and winter. If you’ve been considering a Disney vacation, this promotion is one of the best ways to save!

For 2014, the available dates are August 31st – October 3rd, October 26th – November 1st, November 9th – November 20th, and December 12th – December 23rd. Free dining is being offered to guests for their entire length of stay as long as your arrival date is within the promotion dates!

FREE Dining Plans are available at select Walt Disney World Resorts and require a minimum 3-night stay with 2-day base tickets. Guests staying in a Value Resort will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan and guests in Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the Disney Dining Plan. You can even upgrade your dining plan by paying the cost difference between your complimentary plan and the plan you want. This is a very popular time for my clients to try out the Deluxe Dining Plan!!

Availability is extremely limited, and dining reservations are already open, so let’s get your FREE DINING vacation package secured now! Contact Two Sisters Travel now for your no-obligation vacation quote or details. And remember, Two Sisters’ travel planning services are 100% FREE!

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Cruises with Characters from Shrek & Madagascar

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Disney cruise specials Savannah Where can you have breakfast with your favorite characters from Shrek and Madagascar? Watch an exciting ice show with the characters from How to Train Your Dragon? Or maybe just catch a parade with Po from Kung Fu Panda? It’s the DreamWorks Experience onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Now you can have fun at sea with your favorite characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and other DreamWorks pals. There are special character breakfasts, exciting entertainment (including an ice skating show and special aqua show), parades, character photo ops, special 3D movies, and more!

The DreamWorks Experience is only available on select Royal Caribbean ships including the two newest Oasis class ships (Allure & Oasis) and the Freedom of the Seas, which conveniently sails from Port Canaveral.

Sail a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise this summer onboard the Freedom of the Seas for as low as $749 per person! Contact Tara McCoy at Two Sisters Travel for the latest deals or a no-obligation quote.

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Best Family/Kid Friendly Beaches (other than Tybee Island) near Savannah

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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. ($5 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.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Mickey Not So Scary Halloween 2014Where can you trick-or-treat with Alice and the White Rabbit, meet the ghosts from Haunted Mansion, and dance the night away with Woody & Bullseye? Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, of course!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is held on select nights in September and October at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and you must purchase a separate party ticket to attend. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into happy haunted hollows with special music, lighting, and more. And since it’s “not-so-scary” it’s perfect for children of all ages.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is truly the best opportunity to see the Disney Villains – from meet ‘n greets, to the parade, to the Disney Villains Mix ‘n Mingle show, you’ll see more Villains at the Halloween party than any other time of the year.

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, you’ll be invited to trick-or-treat throughout the park and the party is filled with lots of special entertainment including:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade - including Disney Characters and the Stars from the Haunted Mansion attraction. You’ll even see the Headless Horseman riding the parade route.
  • Happy HalloWishes - a spectacular fireworks show
  • Characters, and more characters – You’ll have a chance to meet your favorite Disney characters, some in costume, and opportunities to meet all sorts of characters that aren’t usually out and about in the parks.

For more information on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or a no-obligation Disney vacation quote contact Tara McCoy at Two Sisters Travel. 843.284.3241 or email tara@twosisterstravelco.com

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FREE admission for dads on Father’s Day, June 15 @ Jacksonville Zoo

Friday, June 6th, 2014

free father's day admission Jacksonville Zoo Jacksonville Zoo and Garden has a sweet deal on Father’s Day June 15: Dads receive free admission when they present a coupon.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is hosting a day of fun for Dad complete with a Zoom at the Zoo Car Show, BBQ for purchase, and live music on the Great Lawn.

Father’s get free admission when they present a coupon on Sunday, June 15. Animal fathers will also be receiving enrichment throughout the day!

CLICK HERE to download the free dad admission coupon.

Last Chance to Save on Summer Disney Travel

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Disney Deals Summer 2014School’s out! Celebrate summer and save up to 35% on magical Disney Cruise or Walt Disney World vacation!

Save up to 30% on 3, 4, or 7-night Bahamas or Caribbean sailings onboard Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy sailings this June. Conveniently departing from Port Canaveral, only 4 hours from Savannah! If you’ve ever considered a Disney Cruise vacation, now is the perfect time.

If you’d prefer to stay on land, you can save up to 35% on your Walt Disney World Resort stay at select resort hotels and dates this summer. Maybe you want to experience the new Fantasyland including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction or take-in the Star Wars Weekends events?!

Get your no-obligation Walt Disney World quote or Disney Cruise quote and leave the stress of vacation planning to Two Sisters Travel. Two Sisters Travel concierge services are 100% FREE!

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Summer 2014 Deals: Toucan Tuesdays (2 tickets for price of 1) at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Toucan Tuesdays Summer Deal Riverbanks Zoo If you haven’t taken your kids to Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens in Columbia, SC, you need to make plans to visit this educational, fun destination.

Once again this summer, Riverbanks will offer their popular summer BOGO deal called Toucan Tuesdays. You can donate two cans of food & receive a buy-one, get-one admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden every Tuesday this summer beginning June 3.

The cans are donated to Harvest Hope Food bank. Last summer, Toucan Tuesdays generated a single summer high of more than 6,300 pounds of food to feed struggling families in the Midlands. Donations have topped 17,200 pounds since the promotion began in 2009 or the equivalent of 14,343 meals.

Guests donating on a Toucan Tuesday will also receive hot savings for keeping cool while visiting the park: $2 16oz. ICEE’s, $2 16oz. fountain drinks and a 2-for-$20 special on misting fans sold at various locations throughout the Zoo.

Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances. The promotion ends on August 26. The offer applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and memberships are not included). For more information, visit www.riverbanks.org.

When visiting Riverbanks, be sure to also check out EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, S.C.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210. The Botanical Garden entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. 803.779.8717, www.riverbanks.org

Summer Camps for ages 3-10 @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Sandbox Museum Summer Camps 2014 Hilton Head Is.

Planning an easy getaway to Hilton Head Is. this summer? Be sure to check out all that The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. has to offer – including summer camps for ages 3-10.

2014 Summer Camp Information at the Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

(please call 843-842-7645 to reserve your spot)
Dates
July 1 -July 31, 2014
Description
Children will enjoy supervised play time in the Museum, fun activities s theme,educational activities that
stimulate their senses during the summer, messy fun outside as well air conditioned play inside. (In the event of rain, extended pre-planned activities/crafts will take place inside)

Summer Camps
Weekly and Daily Pricing

Weekly 8:30-11:30am/Monday-Friday
Member $125
Non Member $160

Week of July 1st (no camp on July 4th) and July 23rd
(no camp on July 23rd, “Christmas in July event)
Member $100
Non Member $128
Daily 8:30-11:30am
Member $30
Non Member $40

Camp Details
• Ages 3-10
• Morning Camp is 8:30am-11:30am
• Held Monday-Friday with the exception of the week of
July 4th and July 23rd (no camp July 4th (Friday) or July 23rd (Wednesday) due to “Christmas in July” special event)
• Children will be supervised according to a 1:5 ratio of Coordinator to children
• Everyone goes home with at least one completed project/craft

Camp Guidelines
• The Sandbox will provide a mid morning snack
• All children attending camp must be potty trained and demonstrate full independence in the bathroom
• Registration and full payment required to hold your camp spot
• Cancellations made outside of 48 hours will receive full refund less
$5 processing fee, within 48 hours will receive refund less 25%

HOURS & REGULAR ADMISSIONS TO THE SANDBOX

Tues-Sat: 10-5 September thru March, May
Mon-Sat.: 10-5 April, June thru August
Sunday: Closed.

OPEN MONDAY, MAY 26, MEMORIAL DAY, 10-5

Membership Unlimited Family Pass Membership: $75 year
A great saving if your family visits the museum 3+ times a year.
Grandparents Membership: $75 year
Applies to all grandchildren.

Day Rates: Adults: $6.00
Seniors (65+): $5.00
Active Military: $5.00
Groups of 10 plus*: $5.00
Children (1+): $6.00
(0-12 Months): Free
Members: Free
* Must be one payment for groups. Special discounted rates cannot combined with other discounts. Come Play at The Sandbox and browse our little gift shop and snack bar.

Details here.

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The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, www.thesandbox.org, 18A Pope Ave. (located behind St. Andrew’s By the Sea Methodist Church), Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, Tel: 843-842-7645 email:crinehart@thesandbox.org The Sandbox is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is.

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Hilton Head kids' activities

When visiting Hilton Head Is., be sure to check out The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is.

Located just off Pope Avenue on the south end of the Island, this interactive museum provides a unique place for educational play between children and their parents, grandparents or caregivers.

Little ones from infant to age 8 will be captivated by the fun filled play centers and engaging activities.

Details here.

Bring your kids to The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is., a museum that  offers quality educational and family-oriented play centers and programs. The Sandbox provides a stimulating, progressive setting for children and their caregivers to play and learn together.

Regular weekly event: Imagination Hour. Enjoy  an hour of fun story time every Thursday followed by a craft project. Program is included with cost of admission to museum. First-come, first-serve, so sign up when checking in at front desk. 10:30am-11:30am. More info by clicking here. 

Admission rates & deals

Day Rates: Adults: $6; Seniors (65+): $5; Active Military: $5; Groups of 10 plus*: $5; Children (1+): $6
(0-12 Months): Free; Members: Free

Saturday Stimulus for Locals: Locals can come play on Saturdays at The Sandbox for only $5 per person (under 1 free). A driver’s license with a “299″ zip code must be presented when registering.

Membership benefits: $75 Membership Includes: 20% discount on birthday parties. Discounts on Parent’s Night Out, and our signature events. Refer a member and receive a $10 gift certificate at The Sandbox gift shop.

Stay connected by liking The Sandbox on Facebook here.

HOURS & ADMISSION TO THE SANDBOX

Tues-Sat: 10-5 September thru March, May
Mon-Sat.: 10-5 April, June thru August
Sunday: Closed (Open on Sundays during July 2014)

Stay connected by liking The Sandbox on Facebook here.

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, www.thesandbox.org, 18A Pope Ave. (located behind St. Andrew’s By the Sea Methodist Church), Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, Tel: 843-842-7645 email:crinehart@thesandbox.org The Sandbox is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Pop Goes the Sandbox, Fourth of July celebration, Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Hilton Head Children's activities eventsCelebrate Fourth of July with Pop Goes The Sandbox! at the Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is.

Friday, July 4th
10:00am-5:00pm
Fun games and activities, decorate (and eat!) cookies, fun arts & crafts,

Members: FREE with your current membership
Adults and Children $6, Children up to 12 months Free!
(Seniors, Active Military $5)

Details here.

Stay connected by liking The Sandbox on Facebook here.

The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum, www.thesandbox.org, 18A Pope Ave. (located behind St. Andrew’s By the Sea Methodist Church), Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, Tel: 843-842-7645 email:crinehart@thesandbox.org The Sandbox is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

SAVE BIG ON DISNEY – Free Dining Is Here

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Disney Free Dining 2014The FREE DINING promotion at Walt Disney World is back for select dates this fall and winter. If you’ve been considering a Disney vacation, this promotion is one of the best ways to save!

For 2014, the available dates are August 31st – October 3rd, October 26th – November 1st, November 9th – November 20th, and December 12th – December 23rd. Free dining is being offered to guests for their entire length of stay as long as your arrival date is within the promotion dates!

FREE Dining Plans are available at select Walt Disney World Resorts and require a minimum 3-night stay with 2-day base tickets. Guests staying in a Value Resort will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan and guests in Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts receive the Disney Dining Plan. You can even upgrade your dining plan by paying the cost difference between your complimentary plan and the plan you want. This is a very popular time for my clients to try out the Deluxe Dining Plan!

Availability is extremely limited, and dining reservations are already open for most of these dates, so let’s get your FREE DINING vacation package secured now! Contact Two Sisters Travel now for your no-obligation vacation quote or details. And remember, Two Sisters’ travel planning services are 100% FREE!

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Water Parks near Savannah plus new Hurricane Harbor @ Six Flags

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Water Parks near Savannah

Hurricane Harbor Six Flags Over Georgia Add this to our list of roadtrips: Hurricane Harbor, which opens May 2014 at Six Flags Over Georgia.

The new water park expansion includes 38,000 square feet of waves that will fill Calypso Bay.

Made from 1846 tons of concrete, the massive wave pool is run by two wave generators which will produce up to four foot waves in eight different wave patterns for guests to enjoy with the pool gradually reaching a depth of six feet.

Hurricane Harbor opens May 23 and admission to the water park is included with your Six Flags Over Georgia admission ticket. More info here.

For more of our picks for kid-friendly roadtrips from Savannah, click here

Water Parks Closer to Savannah

Splash In The Boro 
45 miles from Savannah in Statesboro, Ga. Opens for the 2014 summer season on May 17.
Water Slides – 2 body slides and 1 inner tube slide wind around each other and finish with an exciting plunge into a common wave pool!

Water Parks Near SavannahSummer Waves
75 Miles from Savannah on Jekyll Island. Opened for the 2014 summer season on May 3.
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family. Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area.

Splash Zone Waterpark
79 Miles from Savannah in Charleston, SC
2014 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 3-25 and August 16 – Labor Day.
•Daily: May 26-August 15
200-foot tube slide – 200-foot open slide – Caribbean play structure with slides, wheels, and sprays – 500-foot lazy river with an adventure channel featuring sprays and a waterfall – Leisure pool – open seasonally

Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark
87 miles from Savannah in North Charleston, SC
2014 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 3-25 and August 16 – Labor Day.
•Daily: May 26-August 15
Fun for all ages, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located within North Charleston Wannamaker County Park and offers seasonal, island-style water play packed into over 15-acres.

Splash Island Waterpark
91 miles away in Mount Pleasant, SC
2014 Summer Season
•Weekends Only: May 3-25 and August 16 – Labor Day.
•Daily: May 26-August 15
200-foot water slide – 16-foot otter slide – Sprays, geysers, and raindrop waterfalls – The Cyclone, a 10-minute swirling water ride – Recreational pool

Travel deals: Kids Stay Free at Palace Resorts, Mexico

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Palace Resorts deal This summer Kids Stay Free at Palace Resorts in Mexico. Plus, you’ll also receive a $1,500 resort credit!

Choose from four kid-friendly, all-inclusive resorts with tons of exciting entertainment, great beaches, and luxurious amenities. Everyone will enjoy a vacation at a Palace Resort.

Children will enjoy the water slides and Kids Club complete with activities, arts & crafts, video games, and more! Teens and tweens will enjoy the Flowrider Surf Simulator and the Wired Lounge, a space just for young adults! Parents can even enjoy relaxing at the full-service spa or a round of golf at a Jack Nicklaus signature course.

And everyone will enjoy swimming with the dolphins at the Dolphinarium at Moon Palace Resort!

Prices from $559 per person for 5 nights! Get your no-obligation quote today  at Two Sisters Travel

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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.

 

Disney free dining promo may be coming soon for Fall 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

FREE Disney dining 2014Disney Free Dining Promotion Coming Soon?

Although nothing is official, the rumor mill is going strong that Disney will release a Free Dining promotion in the coming week(s). It’s expected that the offer will be available for travel dates this fall.

If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation this year and looking for a great value, this is Disney’s most popular discount. Request your no-obligation vacation quote now from Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel & she’ll add your name to her priority email list.

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Disney Summer Deals: Only 18 Summers, Make This One Count!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Disney Summer 2014 Deals Our little ones don’t stay little for long, and with only 18 summers to make lifelong memories, what are your plans for this summer?

Maybe a family trip to Walt Disney World? For a limited time you can SAVE UP TO 35% on your resort stay at Disney this summer. This promotion is available at select hotels and stays most nights from June 15 to August 28, 2014. And when you add a minimum 6-day Magic Your Way Ticket to make it a package, you’ll save an extra 5%!

Some 6-day, 5-night packages are as low as $76 per person, per day for a family of 4 at Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

Hurry, because booking for this promotion ends on June 5th and availability is limited. Get your no-obligation vacation quote or for more details call 843-284-3241.

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Parents magazine spotlights Jekyll Island as a favorite nature-inspired family summer destination

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Parents Magazine Jekyll Island May 2014Looking for family nature-inspired vacations?

The May 2014 issue of Parents magazine – which hits newsstands April 8, 2014 – offers up enticing mountain, wooded and beach destinations that show kids animals and sea creatures in their natural habitat. We especially love that the “Where the Wild Things Are (pg. 34)” spotlighted one of SouthernMamas.com favorite nearby getaways: Jekyll island and Jekyll’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center -about 90 minutes south of Savannah.

To quote the magazine: “The most budget-friendly of the four barrier islands collectively known as the Golden Isles, this 7-milelong unspoiled getaway about an hour north of Jacksonville, Florida, makes it easy for families to interact with nature rather than just look at it.”

We couldn’t agree more. As Parents points out, the Sea Turtle Center gives a great chance of spotting sea turtles during June and July on one of the center’s guided nighttime beach walks ($14 per person; kids must be 4 or older to participate). Before the walk, families can tour the center, which rehabs sea turtles from all over the country, and may even be able to watch surgery ($7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger kids).

Parents also highlights Jekyll’s Driftwood Beach, bike paths and the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center’s reasonably priced family programs, including seining—a naturalist casts a net in the water and talks about all the sea creatures uncovered ($5 per person, free for kids 3 and younger).

Parents gives us the scoop on a Jekyll hotel opening soon fully equipped with many vacationing parents dream – activity directors who entertain your kids (potty-trained to age 12) at the free drop-off club.

Other Parents picks for vacations that show kids animals and sea creatures in their natural habitat include: YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colo.; Sunriver Resort, Ore.; Rankin Ranch dude ranch in Walker’s Basin, Calif.; The Tyler Place Family Resort, Highgate Springs, Vt. and many more adventurous kid-friendly spots.

TO SEE MORE SOUTHERNMAMAS.COM 25 PICKS FOR KID-FRIENDLY DAYTRIPS FROM SAVANNAH, CLICK HERE.

2015 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Just Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Disney cruise line 2015Experience the magic of Disney on an exciting Disney cruise vacation and receive an onboard ship credit up to $200 just for booking your 2015 Disney Cruise with Two Sisters Travel.

Disney Cruise Line offers a unique vacation experience that blends entertainment and adventure with comfort and convenience. There is something for everyone on a Disney cruise: relaxing “me” time for the adults, imaginative fun for the kids and exciting family time for all. Every voyage features the world-class hospitality that only Disney can provide, and of course, all of your favorite characters.

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will visit Norway on 7-and 9-night sailings departing from Copenhagen. The Disney Magic will be sailing multiple Northern Europe itineraries and even a few Mediterranean cruises too. The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season with 7-night sailings from Vancouver.

Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral.

Now’s the best time to start planning your 2015 Disney Cruise Line vacation, and when you book by April 30th with Two Sisters Travel you’ll earn up to $200 onboard ship credit too! Contact Tara McCoy for more information or your no-obligation cruise quote.

Get your no-obligation vacation quote or for more details call 843-284-3241.

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