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Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides open Oct. 4 for Fall 2019 Season, Ridgeland, S.C.

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch Pig Races Ridgeland Savannah Fall 2019 The 12th Annual The Great Pumpkin Patch @ Holiday Farms  will be open for the 2019 season Oct. 4- Oct . 31 2019 in nearby Ridgeland, SC, about a 1 hour drive from Savannah.

Pig races every day, plus hayrides, pumpkins & more.

Spend a day on Holiday Farms enjoying: Jumppad, Bounce house, Haytona Speedway, Duck Race, Cow Milking, Steer Roping, Corn Grinding, Barnyard Zoo, Barrel Racing and, of course, a hayride to the pumpkin patch. And our personal favorite, Pigtucky Derby (pig races).

Great fall field trip for churches, schools, daycares, scouts, etc.

Holiday Farms is open weekdays & weekends starting Oct. 4 2019.

Holiday Farms pig races pumpkin patch hayrides savannah ridgeland Field Trips

Holiday Farms offers field trips for schools, churches, scout groups, and more. Reservations now being taken for groups and field trips. You may reach Holiday Farms by phone at 843-726-5527 or email holidayfarms@yahoo.com.

Holiday Farms 2019 Schedule & Hours

Family owned and operated since 2008.

Open Oct. 4-Oct. 31, Monday-Thursday 9AM to 2PM, Friday-Saturday 9AM to dark with the last hayride leaving at 6PM, and Sunday from 1-5PM.

Military Discount Day

Special Military Day on Sat. Oct. 5 2019
All active duty military, spouses, and children will receive 50% off admission with proper ID.

Stay connected about other events at Holiday Farms by liking their Facebook page here.

Holiday Farms, 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936, (843) 726-5527, email holidayfarms@yahoo.com
www.holidayfarmssc.com  Holiday Farms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

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Free, family-friendly Native American Heritage Celebration, Ridgeland SC

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Native American Celebration Ridgeland SC Morris Center Hardeeville In honor of Native American Heritage, the Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe of SC are partnering with the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage for a free, family-friendly Native American celebration, 1-3PM Sat. Nov. 9 2019 in Ridgeland SC.

Tribe members will teach attendees about their customs and traditions. There will be a demonstration of music and dance with a chance for folks to join. Afterwards, take your photo taken with members of the tribe. Local Native American artists will have their work on display, too.

This event will take place in the Morris Center Art Park under the big live oak tree.

FREE & open to the public.

Learn more here.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd.
Ridgeland SC 29926

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Morris Center Launches Field Trips in Fall 2019

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage announces its lineup of field trips for the upcoming school year. All K-12 state standards-based programs are cross-disciplinary and include the following curriculums: social studies, English language arts and visual arts.

Dynamic and interactive, the programs include pre- and post-visit materials for teachers to use in the classroom. Field trips to the center last approximately two hours and include a tour of the current exhibitions and hands-on activities.

For more information or to book your field trip, visit www.morrisheritagecenter.org or call 843-284-9227

Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, hayrides, maze, farm activities (daytrip from Savannah)

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

poppell farms savannah pumpkin patch maze

Poppell Family Farms  announced their 2019 maze theme: supporting Camp Sunshine, Mattie’s Mission and Campground Ministries while they support families who have a child that is battling cancer.

Over the next few weeks, Poppell Family Farms we will feature each organization on their Facebook page so that you can learn more about what great work they do!

Be sure to check out Poppell Farms new Web site here.

Poppell Farms  opens for the 2019 Fall season Sat. Sept 28. 

Poppell Family Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, giant outdoor jumping pillows, barnyard & farm games & activities are open every Saturday & Sunday Sept. 28-Oct. 27 2019.

2019 Events @ Poppell Farms

Grand Opening Weekend & Military Appreciation Military Appreciation ($2 per ticket discount w/military ID): Sept. 28, 2019

Camp Sunshine (A portion of proceeds for the day will be donated to Camp Sunshine): Sept. 29, 2019

Collegiate Football Day. Wear your favorite team shirt to be entered into drawings for prizes all day. Oct. 5, 2019

Girl Scout Day ($10 each, girls & leaders, all others in party pay discount admission rate of $ 12 ages 4 & older plus sales tax; 3 & youger are free): Oct. 12, 2019

Mattie’s Mission (Mattie’s Mission will be at the farm & a portion of proceeds for the day will be donated to their cause.): Oct. 19, 2019

Local Heroes Day (Poppell Farms welcomes Law Enforcement, Emergency Personnel & Teachers from Odum & surrounding area to the farm this weekend. Visitors in these career categories will get a $2-per-ticket discount with valid ID. Poppell will honor Hunter Higgenbotham, a 2-year old battling cancer. Poppell Farms will donate a portion of proceeds from admissions on this day to Hunter’s family) : Oct. 26, 2019

About Poppell Farms

Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, get lost in the maze, ride the cow train, feed animals in the petting farm, try steer roping, Spyder Slyder and the all-time kids’ favorite, crop hoppers for big kids, which are giant jumping air pillows that have kids giggling upon their first bounce.

PICNIC AREAS are available for use, so bring your own food or visit Poppell Farms’ CALF-A CONCESSION STAND for hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage dogs, chicken sandwiches & fries. Candy, popcorn & treats available.

Poppell Farms, email  here, (912) 586-2215, 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, 31555 . On Facebook here. Poppell Farms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

(Hilton Head Fall 2019 Events) “Spookalicious” & more family fun @ Sandbox Children’s Museum

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Sandbox Children's Museum Savannah

Free Family Fun Nights
5:30-7:30PM Fri Sept. 13; Fri. Oct. 4; Fri. Nov. 1 2019
Family Friday Nights for families. Held the first Friday of each month. Designed to bring families together, for a cost free evening of fun activities. Depending on the weather let the kids take a bounce in our Bounce House, build big with the Big Blue Blocks or get creative and crafty. Light refreshments available. Details here.

Awe-STEM Saturdays! (Supported by NISE Network)
3-4PM Sat. Sept. 14; Sat. Oct. 12; Sat. Nov. 9 2019
First Come First Serve, Free with Admission/Free for Members
Roll up your sleeves, put on your safety goggles, and get ready to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math at The Sandbox on the second Saturday of each month. These hands-on, facilitator-led STEM experiments will introduce concepts of chemistry, biology, and physics as we learn about the world around us. Details here. 

“Spookalicious”
10AM-5PM Sat. Oct. 26 2019
Bring your ghosts & goblins dressed in their costumes to play. Themed crafts & activities. Decorate a special Halloween cookie. Scavenger hunt for a bag of treats.
Special Saturday Admission is $6 per person age 1 & older. Up to 12 mths is free
(Sorry, coupons not valid for this event). Details here.

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The Sandbox
18A Pope Ave
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-7645

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta is free for teachers, school staff during September 2019

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Legoland Free teachers school staff atlanta LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta will honor educators with free admission this September 2019 during Teacher Appreciation Month

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta invites school staff and faculty to enjoy free admission from Sun. Sept. 1 – Mon. Sept. 30 to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month. The program will give educators the opportunity to experience educational play at the ultimate LEGO® classroom while learning more about the unforgettable field trip experience offered at the attraction.

Staff and faculty members are welcome to bring their families or students to experience the interactive LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta atmosphere. The special offer allows free admission to all educators, bus drivers, coaches, janitorial staff and more (with valid ID) – as well as 50% off for their guests.

Free admission to school staff during Teacher Appreciation Month
Teachers are able to demo an experience that offers well-designed, age appropriate, school trips and supports educational curriculum standards. Hands-on educational play and creative possibilities with LEGO® brick support curriculum standards
Sun. Sept. 1 – Mon. Sept. 30 2019
Monday – Friday: 10AM-7PM
*Last entry at 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 9PM
*Last entry at 7PM
Sunday: 10AM-7PM
*Last entry at 5PM

WHERE:
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

HOW:
Eligibility is for school staff and faculty with valid proof of employment. Tickets are only to be purchased at the admissions gate. For more information, visit atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

(Savannah Fall Festivals 2019) FREE Skidaway Marine Science Day

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Free skidaway marine science day 2019 Upcoming kid-friendly happenings @ The UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium on Skidaway Is. in Savannah include:

FREE Skidaway Marine Science Day
Sat. Oct. 19 2019, 11-3PM
Enjoy an afternoon of activities, tours and talks on the University of Georgia Skidaway Island campus, located on the north end of the island. (10 Ocean Science Circle) The campus-wide open house will be presented by the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

The UGA Aquarium, operated by UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, will be open to visitors with no admission fee. Aquarium educators will offer visitors an afternoon full of activities including a hands-on reptile exhibit, behind-the-scenes peeks of the aquarium, fish feedings and microscope investigations.

A touch tank exhibit will allow guests of all ages to get up close and personal with common coastal invertebrates such as spider crabs, whelks and horseshoe crabs.

10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

Learn more here. 

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CoastFest 2019 in Brunswick 

UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will participate in CoastFest 2019 in Brunswick, Ga.

This year’s festival will be Sat. Oct. 5 2019 11AM-4PM @ Depart. of Natural Resources
1 Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA. 31520

This free, family-oriented educational festival is Georgia’s largest outdoor festival celebrating our state’s coastal, environmental, historical and cultural resources. Over 9,000 excited visitors enjoy interactive exhibits and activity areas provided by 80-plus local, regional, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning.

Touch tanks with live coastal animals, educational information, games and activities for the whole family are just part of our offerings.

More details here.

Drive-In Movie Theaters near Savannah: Hwy. 21 Drive In in Beaufort, S.C. & Drive-In in Jesup, Ga.

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Drive-in Movie Theaters Savannah Bluffton Beaufort Jesup HWY 21 DRIVE IN, BEAUFORT, S.C.

If your Summer 2019 to-do bucket list includes hauling the kids to an old-fashioned Drive In movie theater like ours does, check out Hwy. 21 Drive In in Beaufort, S.C.

The Drive In accepts most major credit cards.

For directions or to see what’s playing, click here or follow the Drive In on Facebook here.

Hwy 21 Drive In, 55 Parker Dr, Beaufort, South Carolina 29906, tel (843) 846-4500, Email hwy21drivein@embarqmail.com, hwy21drivein.com

JESUP DRIVE-IN

There’s also a drive in theatre in Jesup, Ga., which is a farther trek from Savannah than Beaufort. For info on the Jesup Drive-In schedule, click here.
Follow the Jesup Drive-In on Facebook here.

Jesup Drive-In, 3686 Savannah Hwy. Jesup, Ga 31545 tel 912-559-2183 (office) or 912-427-7254 movieline, email jesupdrivein@yahoo.com, www.jesupdrivein.com 

Kids & family programs @ UGA Marine Education Center & Aquarium on Skidaway Is., Savannah

Friday, June 7th, 2019

UGA Aquarium Skidaway Kids Events Savannah

Lots of kids & family happenings @ UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium on Skidaway Is. in Savannah during Summer 2019 including:

Turtle Tuesdays
Every Tuesday in July, 2-3PM
Meet a new turtle that’s native to the Georgia coast each Tuesday in June at the UGA Aquarium! Turtle talks begin at 2 p.m. and include a feeding at the aquarium’s freshwater turtle pond as well as an opportunity to interact with one of the aquarium’s ambassador turtles. The turtle talks are included in general admission to the UGA Aquarium, paid by cash or check. Learn more here. 

Toddler Touch Tanks
Every Thursday in July, 10-11AM
Explore the coast with your child in a unique setting perfect for inspiring wonder and curiosity! Toddler Touch Tank programs are specifically designed with our youngest visitors in mind. They include a mix of games, art, stories and animal encounters that provide fun learning experiences about the ocean. Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. Register online here. 

Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tours
Every Thursday in July, 2-3PM
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the UGA Aquarium? Spend the afternoon exploring our exhibits before learning what it’s like to care for native marine life during a behind-the-scenes tour led by marine educators. Pre-registration is encouraged to guarantee your spot. Register online here

Family Field Trip: Marsh Mucking
July 9 & July 30
Register online here. 

Crabbing 101
July 13 10AM-Noon.
Register online here. 

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UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium on Skidaway Is.
30 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411

Summer 2019: Water Parks near Savannah

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Water Parks Near Savannah

Ready for lazy river, spray pads & waterslides?

Water park season is here.

The Pooler water park – Surf Lagoon – is closed.

However, there are the following water parks in Statesboro, Jekyll Island & Charleston.

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Water Parks Near Savannah

Splash In The Boro opens for the 2019 summer season May 18 & 19
45 miles from Savannah in Statesboro, Ga.
Water Slides – 2 body slides and 1 inner tube slide wind around each other and finish with a plunge into a common wave pool. The park has a double flowrider , a 5-lane mat racer, a spray pad and slides for toddlers, 3 tube slides, a lazy river.

2019 Summer Season
Weekends only: May 18 & 19.
Open daily starting May 25. For hours click here.

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Summer Waves opening weekend May 11-12; opens daily for 2019 summer season Wed. May 15.
75 Miles from Savannah on Jekyll Island.

2019 Summer Season
Weekends only: May 11-12; Aug. 10-Sept. 15.
Daily: Wed. May 15-Aug. 7. Open Memorial Day & Labor Day.
For hours, click here.
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.

Opening dates & hours are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm Summer Waves is open.  912.635.2074

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Charleston, SC Water Parks

Splash Zone Waterpark
at James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
79 Miles from Savannah in Charleston, SC
2019 Summer Season Schedule
10AM-6PM
Open Weekends May 11-12, May 18-19, May 25-26
Open Daily starting May 27
Weekends Only Aug. 17-Labor Day.
Schedule here.
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
2019 Summer Season
10AM-6PM
•Weekends Only: May 5-June 2. Open on Memorial Day May 27. Aug. 17-Labor Day
•Daily: Starting June 8.
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.
Rip Tide Run mat racer takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition over gut wrenching bumps, accelerating riders towards the finish line. (minimum height of 42”)

Splash Island Waterpark
91 miles away in Mount Pleasant, SC
2019 Summer Season
10AM-6PM
•Weekends Only: May 5-June 2. Open on Memorial Day May 27. Aug. 17-Labor Day
•Daily: Starting June 8.
200-foot water slide – 16-foot otter slide – Sprays, geysers, and raindrop waterfalls – The Cyclone, a 10-minute swirling water ride – Recreational pool

(Hilton Head Family Events) Sandbox at the Stables Memorial Day 2019 Celebration

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Sandbox Lawton Stables Hilton Head Memorial Day 2019

Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to support the outreach programs @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. and win 2 Jetblue tickets and a 3 day, 2-night stay at a Marriott Vacation Club.

Purchase tickets online here. Only 500 tickets will be sold for this raffle.

Sandbox @ the Stables
10AM-2PM Mon. May 27 2019
Lawton Stables in Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is.

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

Hosted by Lawton Stables in Sea Pines Resort

Lawton Stables
190 Greenwood Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Sandbox @ the Stables is a Memorial Day Celebration benefiting The Sandbox. Learn more here. 

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

  • Craft projects
  • Inflatable water slides and bounce houses and a mini train ride!
  • Pony rides
  • Facepainting
  • Family games
  • “Island Explorer” Corner: Excavation Station, I3 (Imagine.Invent.Inspire.) Makerspace, Mad Scientist, Spin the Wheel (Everyone’s a winner!) and Friends from The Coastal Discovery Museum and The Outside Foundation!

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.

New this year: a visit from “Captain Jack Sparrow.”

Food available for purchase.

Admission is $5 per person; tickets for concessions and activities are $1 each(some activities are free). Sandbox Annual Members receive $5 in concession tickets for each paid admission. Become a member here.

$6 per vehicle for entry into Sea Pines Resort gate.

Park and Ride: Guests parking is at the Trolley Stop inside the Greenwood Dr. Sea Pines Gate. Ride the free trolley to Lawton Stables. (There is NO Event parking at Lawton Stables)

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(Savannah daytrips) FREE annual birthday for the birds festival, Port Royal, SC

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Birthday for Birds 2019 festival Port Royal SC

Free Birthday for the Birds event, May 4 2019, 8-11AM in Port Royal SC.

The Town of Port Royal invites the community to come celebrate the 7th Birthday for the Birds, a one of a kind event showcasing Beaufort County’s natural resources, the Port Royal Rookery & Wetlands, along with the wildlife within.

This free celebration focuses upon the various species living in this habitat along with educational resources. With support from Fripp Island Audubon Club & other organizations, it will be an informative, fun day to enjoy the Port Royal Rookery & Wetlands. Representatives from the Fripp Island Wildlife Department will be onsite showcasing inhabitants of the wetlands including alligators & other species. Master Naturalists will provide tours of the boardwalk through the wetlands.

Sign up for tours @ 8:15AM. Tours will begin @ 8:30AM. There will be a Scavenger Hunt @ 9AM for children with check offs for finding all the unique species to earn an “I Found all the Wildlife Species at the Port Royal Rookery.”

Event will also feature: Low Country wildlife face painting, local school children’s artwork, a Birthday Cake, Kazoos, bird hats, costumed bird greeters & more.

The event, created by the commitment of Pete Richards, who wished to share his love of birding, and, in his own words, “the importance of the birthday is making wildlife and birds accessible to community, families & children.” The Town of Port Royal has helped along with Audubon & volunteers.

For event info or to VOLUNTEER, contact Kate Hamilton Pardee at 508-221-7355 or email garyh2otreatment@gmail.com or capecodh2o@comcast.net.

Girls In Engineering Day 2019, Statesboro

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Girls in Engineering Day Statesboro 2019

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to the annual Girls In Engineering Day March 2 2019 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

Society of Women Engineers at Georgia Southern will host the annual event. Kids will spend the day participating in STEM related activities as well as a tour through the Carruth Building Lab. Lunch is included.

Cost: $10 per person. Register online here. 

Sat. March 2, 201, 9:30AM-3PM
@ Georgia Southern Information Technology Building
1332 Southern Dr, Statesboro, Georgia 30458
Hosted by Society of Women Engineers at Georgia Southern

Hilton Head Seafood Festival 2019

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Hilton Head Festival 2019

The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival will be Feb. 18-24, 2019.

This is a family-friendly, week-long culinary and cultural tourism event, where top chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, local seafood, artisans, live music and wildlife come together.

The Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival, hosted by the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization helps raise money for other non-profit organizations including the Coastal Discovery Museum, Island Recreation Scholarship Fund, Waddell Mariculture Center, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Gullah Heritage Museum and Medical University of South Carolina.

Saturday Seafood Festival, Feb. 23 2019
11AM-5PM
@ Honey Horn Plantation on Hilton Head Is.

The family friendly headlining event features area restaurants and chefs serving up seafood specialties; celebrity chef cooking demonstrations; expanded kids activities; David M. Carmines Foundation Silent Auction; Beer Garden; Artisan Market; & more.

Live music by Deas-Guyz from noon-4PM.

Cost

Free admission to children younger than 10.

Tickets: $10 per person (age 10 & older). There is NO additional cost for parking @ Honey Horn Plantation.

Learn more here. 

Savannah daytrips: U-Pick Daffodils in Okatie, SC near Bluffton

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

U-pick daffodils Bluffton Okatie Savannah

U-pick Daffodils farm in nearby Okatie, SC (near Bluffton)

Hours of operation are dependent upon the weather & availability of flowers.  Check here and on Facebook here for hours  & opening/closing updates. If you’re coming in the afternoon, you are strongly encouraged to text 843-368-1998 to make sure the farm still has blooms and are still open.

Farm owners will post if they’re able to be open this weekend as soon as they know. Please call or text 843-368-1998 to make sure the farm still has flowers.

UPickDaffodils.com is family owned and operated on what was once the family dairy farm. Chuck and Diane have planted several varieties of daffodils, not all of which bloom at the same time, according to their Web site.

Cash or check only. Cost is 25 cents per stem.

UPickDaffodils
48 Calhoun Plantation Road
Okatie, SC 29909
843-368-1998
chuck@upickdaffodils.com

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Daytrips

Find more daytrips from the Savannah-area here. 

Family Vacations: San Francisco, Yosemite & Monterey

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Thanks to Delta frequent flier miles, we did a 6-day whirlwind trip to San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Monterey, California during winter break 2018.

Here’s this mom’s list of things to do when visiting this inspiring area of The Golden State 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. 

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Half Dome Village canvas tents, Yosemite

Yosemite National Park: As a cost-saving measure, we stayed at Half Dome Village (formerly called Curry Village, pictured below). While not fully camping, most Half Dome Village spots are canvas platform tents. Full disclosure: this is not for everyone – especially in winter. Although these canvas tents are heated, they were cold during our 2-night stay in December 2018. However, this is an affordable way for families to stay in the south central part of Yosemite Valley rather than have to stay outside of the park and spend lots of time commuting back and forth. Half Dome Village sells out quickly, so be sure to make your reservations well in advance to ensure availability. Reservation info here. 

In addition to amazing hikes, we got a lot out of the Night Prowl guided walk with an Interpretive naturalist in Yosemite Valley. Find more family activities that require advance registration here. 

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San Francisco: We kicked off our 2-day visit to San Francisco with a super kid-friendly walking tour & scavenger hunt in Chinatown / Northbeach with City Clues Adventures & Tours. 

This two-hour hunt  – which included a fortune cookie factory & a hidden temple – was the perfect introduction to SF for my two kids, ages 12 & 10. They learned about the city & its history without realizing they were learning. Tour guide Beth even escorted us to SF’s most crooked Lombard Street after the tour while pointing out landmarks along the way.

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge: Taking full advantage of ideal weather, we rented bikes (after the scavenger hunt & lunch) from Blazing Saddles near of Ghirardelli Square then pedaled through Crissy Field, Presidio, with a stop at the pier next to Fort Point National Historic Site (where we spied a sea lion) before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito, where we caught a ferry back to SF. This was a top highlight of our trip & a must-do if you have the weather to do so.

Muir Woods: Spent most of day 2 exploring the Redwood forest & earning their junior ranger badges @ Muir Woods National Monument outside of SF. Parking or shuttle reservations are now required when visiting Muir Woods. Make reservations here. 

Cable Car Ride: We avoided the long lines for cable car tickets in Ghirardelli Square by catching a cable car at California & Market Streets then riding it to the top of Nob Hill. We bought tickets on the car.

Alcatraz Blues: Mom Mistake No. 211,530: Not making Alcatraz reservations well in advance, as in before we even booked our flight. I will never forgive myself for being too late to the game on this. Say it with me: Reservations for The Rock must be made far in advance. Learn more here & don’t be me like me.

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Elephant Seals Guided Walk Ano Nuevo State Reserve

Elephant Seal Guided Walk @ Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve

Monterey: So glad we started our first Monterey morning by making the drive south on Pacific Coast Highway to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel & savoring the trails there. We saw sea lions & otters galore.

After lunch outdoors at the funky Baja Cantina in Carmel, we headed back to Monterey via Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse on the West Coast. Then left the car at Lover’s Point Park so we could walk the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail to Cannery Row & Monterey Bay Aquarium, where we immersed ourselves until early evening finally leaving at closing time. The aquarium is a must-do.

Ano Nuevo: Our last day in California (New Year’s Eve Day) was spent falling in love with Ano Nuevo State Park elephant seals, off Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Cruz & SF.  Every year up to 10,000 elephant seals return to breed & give birth @ the park’s dunes and beaches. Because we were there during breeding season, we were able to take advantage of the 3-mile guided seal hike, available via advanced reservation, so we saw oodles of elephant seals & pups. This was a top highlight of the trip. To make reservations for the 2.5 hour Elephant Seal Guided Walks visit ReserveCalifornia at anonuevo.reservecalifornia.com or call 1-800-444-4445. 

Highway 1 Highlights: Thanks to the Web site Through My Lens, we visited Shark Fin Cove near Ano Nuevo State Park & Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Park  on our way back to SF.

Last stop before catching our New Year’s Eve red-eye flight back to Georgia was an evening stop @ SF’s Moraga Street tiled steps. This sea-to-stars themed mosaic staircase flowing up 163 steps in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood was the ideal spot to stay goodbye & thank you to this amazing state.

STEM Saturdays & Sensory Saturdays @ Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

STEM Saturdays Savannah Children's Museum Hilton Head kids

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. now offers AWE-STEM Saturdays on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

3-4PM, Sat. April 13 2019 & Sat. May 11 2019.

Roll up your sleeves, put on your safety goggles, and get ready to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math! These hands-on,  facilitator-led STEM experiments will introduce concepts of chemistry, biology, and physics as kids learn about the world around us.

First Come First Serve.

Cost: FREE with Admission  |   FREE for Members

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Sensory Saturday

SENSORY SATURDAYS | AT THE SANDBOX

Sat. April 27 2019.

On the last Saturday of each month, The Sandbox Children’s Museum will open an hour early (9AM) exclusively for families with children who have sensory processing differences or those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Children with other developmental challenges are welcome @ these Sensory Saturdays.

Cost: Reduced Admission – $5/person (1 yr & older) | FREE for Members

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FREE Family Night, April 5 2019

Come to the  The Sandbox Children’s Museum Fri. April 5 2019, 5:30-7:30PM for Free Family Fun night.

First Friday of the month
5:30-7:30PM
Join The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head  FREE Family Fun Nights .

This is a community event designed to bring families together for a cost-free evening of creativity and play.

Weather permitting, the Bounce House and Big Blue Blocks will be available for play outdoors, or you can explore our exhibits and enjoy a craft indoors. Light refreshments will also be served free of charge.

FREE & FUN for all ages.

Learn more here. 

Upcoming Free Family Fun Nights

Fri. April 5, 5:30-7:30PM
Fri. May 3, 5:30-7:30PM
Fri. Sept. 6, 5:30-7:30PM
Fri. Oct. 4, 5:30-7:30PM
Fri. Nov. 1, 5:30-7:30PM
Fri. Dec. 6, 5:30-7:30PM

Supported by The Bargain Box

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Sandbox Children’s Museum
The Sandbox Children’s Museum
18 Pope Ave
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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