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Fourth of July Fireworks & Events in Savannah, Tybee Is., Richmond Hill, Hilton Head Is

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Fireworks in Savannah, Hilton Head Is., Tybee Is. Richmond Hill 2016Fourth of July 2017 is almost here.

Are you ready? Click here to find out where & when to watch Independence Day Fireworks this year in Savannah, Tybee Is., Richmond Hill & Hilton Head Is.

We also have lots of family programs to enjoy throughout the day including special museum events & bike parades on Monday July 4th here. 

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

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 4th 2017
10AM-2PM (but open til 5PM)

Take part in a special holiday craft, 4th of July Fun Fact Handout and show-your-colors cookie decorating thru 2pm

General Admission is $6 per person, FREE for Members. Military and senior discounts are available.

Details here.

Stay connected by liking The Sandbox on Facebook here.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, www.thesandbox.org18A Pope Ave. (located behind St. Andrew’s By the Sea Methodist Church), Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, Tel: 843-842-7645 The Sandbox is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Travel deal: 2018 Disney packages are here

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Disney travel deals packages Savannah

Are you dreaming of a Walt Disney World vacation next year? 2018 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 2018 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!!!

Tara McCoy, Vacation Specialist at Two Sisters Travel

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Savannah kids can become a Junior Ranger this summer

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Junior Ranger programs near Savannah

This summer, take advantage of the fact that we live within a day’s drive of multiple national parks & monuments & have your kids become a junior ranger at one or many of these sites.
When you take kids to tour national parks, you never know how much they are getting out of the visit. Especially for those of us moms who aren’t exactly history experts.

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

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

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

Nearby national parks/monuments that have Junior Ranger programs include:
*Fort Pulaski National Monument, on U.S. 80 en route to Tybee Island. Info on the Fort Pulaski Junior Program here.   Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island are still closed to the public after a tornado in May. Continue to stay tuned for future developments.
*Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.
*Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island. Info on the Fort Frederica National Monument Junior Ranger Program here. 
*Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. Info on Ocmulgee’s National Monument Junior Ranger Program here.
Congaree National Park near Columbia. Info on Junior Ranger Program here. 

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Free pass to the outdoors

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. 

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

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

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

If your Summer 2017 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, http://www.jesupdrivein.com

Family vacations deals: Kids sail free & more Royal Caribbean Cruise deals

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Royal Caribbean cruise vacation dealsIs cruising on your vacation wish list this year or next? If so, Two Sisters Travel has the details on the BIGGEST deals, and now is the time to book an exciting Royal Caribbean cruise vacation.

Take advantage of the popular Kids Sail Free promotion available on select, 5-night or longer itineraries. And you can combine this with the Sail Away Bonus of instant savings up to $150!

For families, Royal Caribbean offers exciting amenities such as the DreamWorks Experience or Land & Sea packages with Universal Studios Orlando. For anyone seeking a more couples only escape there’s plenty of spaces onboard just for adults.

This deal is available on most itineraries including popular destinations like the Caribbean, Bahamas, Alaska, Europe, & more. No matter the adventure you’re seeking Royal Caribbean has it.

Hurry, let Two Sisters Travel book your Royal Caribbean cruise vacation now, availability is limited and these deals end soon. Get a no-obligation vacation quote online or call 843-284-3241.

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Summer 2017 Family Vacation Deals: Volcano Bay is HERE

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Universal Orlando Resort Volcano BayLast week, Universal Orlando Resort officially opened their third theme park, Volcano Bay. Two Sisters Travel has all of the details of this new park spanning 25 full immersive acres and featuring a variety of experiences ranging from daring to serene with 18 unique attractions there is something for everyone in your family.

And with new technology Volcano Bay is changing the water park experience. The TapuTapu wearable device is an all-in-one-device that is your virtual line access, unlocks unique in-park experiences, locker access and so much more.

It’s not too late to plan an exciting Universal Orlando vacation this summer to experience Volcano Bay, Wizarding World of Harry Potter and everything the destination has to offer.

Two Sisters Travel can package with one of 5 Universal Orlando Resort hotels to help you take advantage of exclusive park benefits, and special savings! Enjoy exclusives like Early park Admission & complimentary park transportation. And Deluxe Resorts even include complimentary Express Ticket upgrades, valued at $89 per person, per day!

Get a no obligation Universal Orlando vacation quote now or call for information at 843.284.3241.

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Summer 2017: Water parks near Savannah

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Water Parks Near Savannah

Ready for lazy river, spray pads & tube slides?

Water park season is here.

The Pooler water park – Surf Lagoon – is now open daily until Aug. 7.

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

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

 

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

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Sapelo Island Savannah daytrips

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

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

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

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

Reservations required. Contact: 912-485-2299.

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

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

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

Reservations required. Contact: 912-485-2299.

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

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Sandbox Hilton Head Memorial Day events Sea Pines Savannah family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, 18-A Pope Avenue, next to St. Andrew’s by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head Is., 29928 www.thesandbox.org The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Summer Family Vacations: Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yellowstone family trips Grand Teton summer vacation

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

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

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

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

3rd Day Free at Universal Orlando Resort

Monday, May 8th, 2017

3rd Day Free at Orlando Resort Universal Orlando Resort’s most popular promotion is back and Two Sisters Travel has all of the details!

Get your 3rd day FREE when you book a Universal Orlando Resort vacation package including your onsite hotel stay and 2 day ticket. You’ll have more time to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Despicable Me Minions, and more of your favorite characters with your family! Enjoy special vacation package benefits including Early Park Admission & complimentary transportation.

Don’t have any summer vacation plans yet? Universal Orlando Resort makes the perfect last-minute destination. Take in a long weekend of adventure and fun for less than $90 per person, per day for a family of 4.

The 3rd Day Free offer is only valid on packages with park-to-park tickets, and available travel through December 31, 2017.

Get your no-obligation Universal Studios vacation quote now or call 843-284-3241 for details.

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Save Cumberland Island National Seashore

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Those of you who have visited Cumberland Island National Seashore know what a true treasure the Georgia barrier island is.

Now you can help save Cumberland.

Cumberland is in danger of having approximately 1,000 acres rezoned for development by the five Camden County Commissioners, potentially exposing the island to a destructive level of development.

Some organizations are fighting to protect the national seashore against the development and preserve its natural, pristine character for future generations.

Congress established the Cumberland Island National Seashore, which encompasses the entire island, to preserve this natural place in its undeveloped state.

The five commissioners of Camden County have the power to reverse their earlier decision which granted a hardship variance to Lumar LLC, allowing Lumar’s members to develop a portion of Cumberland’s maritime forests.

The Lumar tract is located in the heart of Cumberland Island adjacent to the Sea Camp campground, the most-visited area of the island.

If you are against the development of Cumberland, please send your thoughts to the commissioners. Find their emails and mailing address here  and below.

You also are invited speak out against this development at Camden County Commission meetings May 16 and June 13, 6PM at 400 E. Fourth St., Woodbine. (Government Services Complex, Second Floor, Room 252)FREE 100% cotton “Don’t Develop Cumberland Island” T-shirts will be be given to the first 50 people who arrive at the May 16 (6PM) Camden County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.

More information can be found at stmarysearthkeepers.com ; wildcumberland.org and via the Save Cumberland Island National Seashore Facebook page here.

Camden County Commissioners:

Commissioner Lannie Bryant (District 1) district1@co.camden.ga.us Tel: 912-552-4246

Commissioner Chuck Clark (District 2) district2@co.camden.ga.us Tel: 912-674-8791

Commissioner James Starline (District 3, CINS is in his district) district3@co.camden.ga.us Tel: 912-882-5691

Commissioner Gary Blount (District 4) district4@co.camden.ga.us Tel: 912-882-2211

Commissioner Ben Casey (District 5) district5@co.camden.ga.us Tel: 912-552-4703

Camden County Commissioners mailing address:
PO Box 99
Woodbine, GA 31569
912-552-4246

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Save Cumberland Island Savannah Georgia 2017

Fans of Cumberland Island National Seashore are invited to show their support at a rally to save Cumberland from rezoning/development.

Sat. June 24, 10AM-4PM

Free “Don’t Develop Cumberland Island” T-shirts for the first 400 attendees, music, face-painting, information booths, food trucks.

Learn more here. 

Free admission to National Parks thanks to Every Kid in a Park program

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Every Kid in A Park free national park admission fourth graders Fort Pulaski The Every Kid in a Park program gives every U.S. 4th grader and his or her family free access to 2000+ federally managed parks, lands and waters.

To obtain the free pass, fourth graders simply participate in a fun online activity and receive a voucher for a free 4th Grade Annual Pass. Print out the voucher and take it with you and your family to a national park or monument (We went to the front gate at Fort Pulaski National Monument), where you can turn the voucher in for a laminated National Park pass.

This program, called Every Kid in a Park, begins Sept. 1 of your fourth grade year and runs until Aug. 31 of that year. Learn more here. 

Save Big on Disney: FREE Dining Is Here

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Disney Deals Travel Savannah Free Dining Two Sisters Travel

FREE DINING at Walt Disney World is now available for select dates this fall and winter. If you’ve been considering a Disney vacation, this popular promotion is a great way to save money.

Available dates are Aug. 21-Sept. 30; Nov. 14-20; Nov. 25-27; and Dec. 8-23. 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 or Water Park upgrade. Guests staying in a Value & Moderate Resorts will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan and guests in 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.

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

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Water Parks Near Savannah

Ready for lazy river, spray pads & tube slides?

Water park season is here.

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

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

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