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

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Pumpkin patches, corn mazes near Savannah Hilton Head Is.

Put this on your Fall 2015 Must-Do list: Visit Poppell family farmsa 10-acre corn maze labyrinth & activity-packed farm in Odum about six miles from Jesup .

Poppell Farms grand opening for the 2015 Fall season is 10 AM-5 PM Saturday Oct. 3

Poppell Family Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides, giant outdoor jumping pillows, barnyard & farm games & activities are open every weekend Oct. 3 -Nov. 2.

Poppell Farms pumpkin patch corn maze hayrides Savannah About Poppell Farms

Take a hayride to Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus in the pumpkin patch, get lost in the corn maze, ride the cow train, feed animals in the petting farm, try steer roping, Spyder Slyder and the all-time kids’ favorite, two crop hoppers, 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 is open on Sundays, too, for those whose Saturdays are packed with kids’ sporting events.

Sat. Oct. 3-Sun. Nov. 1, 2015
10 AM-5 PM Saturdays
Noon-5 PM Sundays

Check back with SouthernMamas for Poppell Farm updates including a look at this year’s corn maze design & a schedule of special events for October 2015.

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




Fall Fun 2015 in Savannah, Hilton Head Is. (Pumpkin patches, farms, hayrides, fall festivals)

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Pumpkin Patches, Farms, hayrides Savannah Halloween kids events Pooler Hilton Head

Make the most of this beautiful season in Savannah & the Lowcountry.

Visit the Fall Fun 2015 Guide throughout the season by clicking here to find pumpkin patches, fall festivals, Halloween fun & more.

This Fall Fun list for the Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Island area will be updated throughout the season.


FREE STEM Festival, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Sept. 26

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

STEM Festival Statesboro 2015

Bring the kids to celebrate Science, Engineering, Technology and Math at Georgia Southern University at STEM Festival 2015 in Statesboro.

This FREE fun-filled community event will be Sat. Sept. 26, 2015
10AM-4 PM

Nessmith-Lane Building
*847 Plant Drive on the Georgia Southern Campus

50+ Exploration stations will provide hands-on activities for children young and old. Activities appropriate for elementary, middle and high school will be available.

STEM Fest activities include:

See robotics in action
Learn how video games are created
Make ice-cream with liquid nitrogen
Blast off Alka-Seltzer rockets
Learn about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Gaze at the stars in Georgia Southern’s Planetarium
Learn about Georgia Archaeology with the ArchaeoBus
Participate with NASA
Go on a mission with the Army
See competition awardees and their presentations
and much more

Free guest parking will be available in lot #32; bus parking available in lot C behind the Nessmith Lane building
Food will be available for purchase.

Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education, Georgia Southern University, (912) 478-2549,



FREE Beaufort Shrimp Festival 2015, Oct. 2-3

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Beaufort Shrimp Festival 2014 Annual two-day Beaufort Shrimp Festival celebrates local food, live music & contests @ the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on Fri. Oct. 2 & Sat. Oct. 3 2015. The festival will feature local food, live music, contests & more.

Food & beverages will be available for purchase.

On Sat. Oct. 3, participate in the 5k Run/Walk & the children’s Popcorn Shrimp Run. Food & beverage booths, the Arts & Crafts Market & the children’s area will open later in the morning, followed by the adult Shrimp Heading and children’s Shrimp Peeling competitions, Restaurant Competition, the Sea Island Rotary’s Charity Shrimp Race & live entertainment.

Local restaurants will compete for the coveted “Silver Cup” award at Saturday’s Restaurant Competition. Restaurants are required to use wild-caught South Carolina shrimp.

The Sea Island Rotary Club’s Annual Charity Shrimp Race gives spectators the opportunity to adopt one or more of the 5,000 rubber floating shrimp that are dropped into the Beaufort River. Shrimp will float toward a designated finish line & the first 10 to finish will earn their owners $5,000 in cash, plus offer the chance to win $1M.




Getaways: Ode to the Len Foote Hike Inn

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Len Foote Hike Inn Georgia Len Foote Hike Inn

Looking for a late summer or fall getaway? Check out the Len Foote Hike Inn in North Georgia where the hike is the only way Inn.  We did. Read about our mountain adventure to the eco-lodge here. 

As one poster about this sustainably-designed Georgia State Park inn reads: “If you enjoy wilderness but prefer a soft bed, hot showers and great food instead of camping, the Hike Inn is for you.”

The mission of the Len Foote Hike Inn – named after a Georgia conservationist: to make experiencing nature easy and help protect it through education and recreation.

To get to the Hike Inn, you do an easy-to-moderate five-mile hike from the top of North Georgia’s Amicalola Falls through the Chattahoochee National Forest to the backcountry Inn.

Len Foote Hike Inn You spend the night in a rustic, TV-less bunkroom in the secluded Inn after a solar-heated shower (shampoo, soap, towels provided) and family-style, home-cooked dinner. After watching the sunrise (they beat a drum at dawn if the sunrise conditions are worth waking up to see), you have a huge breakfast, spend time exploring the lodge grounds and hike out the same trail when you leave.

Or, for those who want a longer stay and more hiking, Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the AT, is a 4.4-mile hike (8.8 miles round trip) from the Hike Inn. Most guests who hike to Springer Mountain spend two nights at the Hike Inn, allowing a full day for the hike.

The 20-bunkroom Hike Inn welcomes families. A family of three can stay in the same room if the child is 12 years of age or younger. The Inn has mats, so the child can sleep on the floor. For a family of four, two rooms are necessary. They have discounted rates for children 12 years of age or younger. Games and age-appropriate books are available for children.

Len Foote Inn is on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HikeInn

Exclusive Offer: Book a Disney Vacation. Get A Visit from Princess (or Prince) to Deliver the News

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

enchant my party disney offer savannah Imagine the excitement of your little girl when the Snow Queen delivers the news of a Disney vacation. Or the thrill of Peter Pan inviting your family on an adventure.

For a limited time, Two Sisters Travel has partnered with Enchant My Party to offer an exclusive promotion for Savannah & Hilton Head area families. Book any qualifying Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise vacation package for travel in 2015 and your child will get a FREE visit from his or her favorite character to personally deliver the exciting news of the upcoming vacation.

And you can even save up to 25% off your resort stay this fall & winter, so now is the perfect time to start planning. Enjoy special events this fall like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and, of course, Walt Disney World transforms into the Merriest Place on Earth during the holidays.

 Hurry, this offer is only available for new bookings through August 31st. Get a no-obligation quote now or call 843-284-3241 for information.

 *Qualifying packages: Minimum 4-night Walt Disney World package with 4-day Ticket & Disney Dining Plan or Minimum 4-Night Sailing on any Disney Cruise Line itinerary for travel in 2015.

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Save up to 25% at Walt Disney World this Fall 2015

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Fall Disney Discount Two Sisters Travel Savannah

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are decked out in their newest Halloween party-wear in front of the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It’s all part of the fun that takes place when the Magic Kingdom hosts “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.” A separate ticket is required to attend. (Kent Phillips, photographer)

The Disney travel gurus at Two Sisters Travel have the scoop on the newest offer that can save you up to 25% on your Walt Disney World resort stay during select dates this fall & winter.

This is an exciting time to visit with special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, a must-do for any Disney villain fans, or the adult favorite, EPCOT Food & Wine Festival. Or maybe you want to enjoy the holiday festivities at Walt Disney World with special parades, decorations, and tons of other limited-time events!!

Hurry and contact Tara McCoy at Two Sisters Travel today for your no-obligation Disney vacation quote or call 843-284-3241 for details. Remember, when you book a package with Two Sisters Travel you’ll receive complimentary itinerary planning services (dining & fast passes)!! Availability for the new promotion is extremely limited and advance dining reservations are already open! Let Two Sisters Travel plan your magical getaway!!

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel


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Free admission Sept. 5 & 6; 1st full wknd of each mth @ EdVenture Children’s Museum & other nearby museums

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The first full weekend of each month means free weekend access to some of nearby museums through Bank of America’s Museums on Us program. Free admission is for the adult cardholder only. Regular admission applies to children and additional guests.

Free Bank of America Museum on Us 2015 dates are Sept. 5 & 6; Oct. 3 & 4; Nov. 7 & 8; Dec. 5 & 6.

Nearby participating museums include:

EdVenture Children’s Museum

EdVenture Childrens Museum in Columbia, S.C.
211 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

See our list of Things To Do in Columbia, SC With Kids by clicking here. 

Other participating museums include

Atlanta History Center
High Museum of Art in Atlanta
Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville

The Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville (MOSH), Fla.
Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla

Who is eligible?

To qualify for Museums on Us, you must be a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card customer. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain one free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission.

When is it available?

With qualifying identification, customers can enjoy free admission on the first full weekend of every month.

For a full list of participating museums, please visit the Museums on Us site.

Disney Military Rates Extended through December 2015

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Disney Deals Savannah Two Sisters Travel Disney salutes the men & women of our armed forces with special ticket pricing & room discounts for travel dates now through December 2015.

Active and retired US military personnel can save BIG and take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World resort hotels on arrivals through December 23, 2015. The average discount is 30-40% off!! And these offers can be combined with dining plans to add even more value to your vacation package.

Qualifying military personnel can also purchase up to a total of up to six, 4-day Military Promotional Tickets with a Park Hopper OR Water Park Fun & More upgrade for $177 each, plus tax. Get tickets with both upgrades for $207 each, plus tax. These tickets may be used through December 20, 2015. The Military Promotional Tickets are only available for purchase at military sales outlets, NOT at Walt Disney World resort.

Availability for the room offer is limited, so contact Two Sisters Travel for a no-obligation vacation quote.

Two Sisters Travel offers stress-free concierge vacation planning services for busy families and anyone that doesn’t want to get bogged down with the trip details. They’re here to help you choose the best resort, dining plan (or not), FastPass selections, dining reservations, and even review crowd calendars to find the best time of year to travel… best part is that our services are 100% free!!!

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel


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2016 Disney Packages are here!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

disney deals savannah Are you dreaming of a Walt Disney World vacation next year? 2016 packages are now available, and the Disney travel gurus at Two Sisters Travel have all the details.

Get a no-obligation quote now or if you’re unsure about when to travel, they can even review crowd calendars helping you choose the best time of year for your visit.

Booking early with Two Sisters Travel ensures the very best availability and you never have to worry about getting the best deal. They closely watch promotions and discounts, and if something becomes available that will lower your price, they automatically adjust your package, no worries.

And booking early also gives more time to pay-off your vacation, AND brag to your friends that your family is going to Disney.

Start planning your 2016 Disney vacation now! Get a quote online or call 843-284-3241! And remember, it’s the same price to book with Two Sisters Travel as it is to book direct with Disney…. all of their concierge travel planning services including dining reservations, FastPass selections, and more are all 100% FREE.

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Last chance to get free dining at Disney

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Disney Free Dining 2015

One of the best ways to save on a Disney vacation, the FREE DINING PLAN promotion, expires Friday, July 10th.

Hurry & contact Two Sisters Travel to book a package now for only $200 and take advantage of this great discount. You’ll save hundreds on your resort & ticket package with this popular offer.

2015 free dining plan dates are August 28th – October 2nd; October 25th October 31st; November 8th – November 19th; and December 15th – December 21st. 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 Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper upgrade. 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 to try out the Deluxe Dining Plan.

Dining reservations are already open for these dates so let’s get your FREE DINING vacation package booked now.

Contact Two Sisters Travel now for your no-obligation vacation quote or details. And remember, their travel planning services are always 100% FREE.

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel


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Fall in love with the new, family-friendly, oceanside Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island

We checked out the brand new Holiday Inn Resort on nearby Jekyll Island this summer & fell in love. Two words to describe this Golden Isles oceanside hotel: fresh & welcoming.

Our kids adored sleeping in a room with a full view of the Atlantic – then swimming in an elegant dark-bottom pool, playing on a playground & eating breakfast at an outdoor restaurant – all within sight and sound of the ocean.

The hotel grounds are graceful with newly redone landscaping, wind-sculpted oak trees and the island bike path that winds alongside the ocean. There’s also a fire pit, hot tub, baby pool, beach access & bike rentals.

Check availability here. 

You may love this hotel so much, you very well could opt to drop into one of the sleek pool lounge chairs with a book while your family hits Summer Waves water park and other spots on our list of top Jekyll Island things to do with kids.

Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island

The only drawback was that the hotel is so new that its indoor restaurant Beach House is not open until Fall 2015. The outdoor poolside restaurant is open & serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. So this worked out perfectly during our stay because we had great weather. But rain could send you out to one of the restaurants on the island.

Jekyll Island is an easy, roughly 90-minute drive down I-95 from Savannah. See our list of things to do with kids on on Jekyll Island here. 

Like the Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island on Facebook here to see photos and to stay updated about hotel specials and events.

Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island, 701 North Beachview Dr, Golden Isles, Georgia, (912) 635-2211 On Facebook here.  Holiday Inn Resort on Jekyll Island is a advertiser. 

Beach Walks, Marsh Treks, Turtle, Shark & Whale Talks @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Tybee Island Marine Science CenterTybee Island Marine Science Center offers beach walks, marsh treks & various talks about certain marine life. The programs are one-hour long & appropriate for all ages. Cost: $10 per person ($9 for members; kids 4 & younger are free).

To reserve space, call 912-786-5917 or stop by the center. The center is open daily from 9:30AM to 5PM. It’s recommended to call ahead to check availability, as tides, staffing, and weather can impact programming.

Payment required at the time of registration. Refunds are only provided if the program is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Larger group, school, and scout badge programs are available year round and are booked by request. Please call Cody at 912-786-5917 for more information or to book any type of program.


Walks, Talks & Treks Summer 2015 Schedule (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Marsh Trek

10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Beach Walk-North

10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Marsh Trek

10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Beach Walk-North

10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Marsh Trek


10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Beach Walk-South

10:30 a.m. – Beach Walk-South

1:30 p.m. – Sift & Seine (weather permitting)

3:30 p.m. – Turtle Talk

Tybee Island Marine Science Center, located off the 14th St parking lot, near the pier. Open daily 10AM-5PM, 912-786-5917,

12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

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

For more favorite daytrips from Savannah, click here. 

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

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

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

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

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

5. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant

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

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

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

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

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

11. Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

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


Free trolley transportation

Free Public Transportation in Charleston via DASH Trolley

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

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

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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

That got us thinking. Here are our picks:

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 18th, 2015

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

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

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

See the entire Piccolo Spoleto schedule here. 

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

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