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Pooler Mothers of Preschoolers 5th Annual Touch a Truck Event

Monday, January 9th, 2023

Touch-A-Truck in Pooler will be Sat. Feb. 25 2023, 10AM-2PM

Come climb on and explore the vehicles that build and protect our community at Pooler MOPS 5th annual Touch a Truck, Sat. Feb. 25, 2023, 10AM-2PM at the Pooler Recreation Center. (Raindate is Sat. March 4, 2023) Admission: $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per household. Children younger than 2 are free.

There will be bounce houses and a raffle table with various items from many local businesses. Raffle tickets will be available at the event for $1 per ticket. Every family will receive one free raffle ticket with admission. (Cash and Card accepted at the raffle table). All proceeds benefit Pooler Mothers of Preschoolers.

Food trucks will also be in attendance. Expect some special surprises this year for this big 5-year celebration.

“Horn-Free Time”** will be from 10-10:45AM. You can experience all the fun of Touch a Truck without loud music, horns and sirens. (Please note organizers work hard to keep this first 45 minutes as quiet as possible; however, there are things beyond their control that still lead to noise. Be aware and take the necessary precautions.)

Ticket(s) cover entrance fee and everything inside the festival EXCEPT food trucks and raffle tickets.

Buy tickets here.

Free admission to Savannah museums, historic sites on Super Museum Sunday 2023

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023

Free admission to museums, historic sites on Super Museum Sunday 2023

Explore more than 100 sites in person and online during Super Museum Sunday 2023 on Feb. 5.

Enjoy free admission to participating historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest throughout Georgia open their doors for an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.

Participating sites include SCAD Museum of Art, Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Wormsloe State Historic Site and more.

View a full list of participating sites here.

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Georgia’s State Historic Sites are offering free admission on Sun. Feb. 5 as part of Super Museum Sunday.

That includes:

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, Brunswick: A forgotten empire comes alive at this scenic rice plantation set among live oaks near the Altamaha River. Tour the antebellum home furnished with antiques and the museum showcasing fine silver.

Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill: Nestled among giant live oaks, this is the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy and the end of General Sherman’s March to the Sea.

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield State Historic Site, Dallas: Pickett’s Mill is one of the best-preserved Civil War battlefields in the nation, highlighted with a museum, earthworks, and wooded trails. The 1864 battle was one of the few Confederate victories during Gen. Sherman’s Georgia campaign.

Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen: During the Civil War, this site was called Camp Lawton and served as “the world’s largest prison.” Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, the earthen breastworks which guarded it may still be seen. The park’s Camp Lawton Museum tells this gripping story.

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 and hike a short nature trail.

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; a nature trail and picnic sites are available.

Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah: A breathtaking avenue lined with Live Oaks leads to the tabby ruins of this colonial estate. A museum houses artifacts excavated at Wormsloe and a film about the founding of the 13th colony.

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Hilton Head Snow Day 2023

Wednesday, December 28th, 2022

Hilton Head Snow Day 2023 @ Shelter Cove Park

This is a family event that will have inflatable rides, a snowfield, family fun music and bounce houses.

For the kids who have never seen snow, this is the perfect event. Admission: $10 for ages 2-17. Babies & adults are free.

Learn more here.

Hilton Head Snow Day, Sat. Jan. 28 2023

11AM-4PM

Shelter Cove Park, Hilton Head Is.

Savannah Daytrips: Hide-and-seek game for handmade glass floats on Jekyll Island during Jan., Feb. 2023

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Find your Island Treasure now through February 2023.

Every year, Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create exquisite, handworked glass floats for Jekyll’s annual Island Treasures event.

(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. )

The glass floats are part of a hide-and-seek style game played on Jekyll Island throughout January and February. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies hide clear globes around the island for lucky guests to find and redeem for a real glass float. Gather your friends and family to search for globes that can be exchanged for dazzling handcrafted glass floats.

Learn more about Island Treasures here.

Find more things to do with kids on Jekyll Island here.

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(Savannah Fall Daytrips) Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze

Sunday, October 9th, 2022

Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, maze, hayrides open weekends in October

Poppell Farms – a daytrip from Savannah- includes a pumpkin patch, maze, hayrides, farm fun, giant outdoor jumping pillows, barnyard & farm games & activities.

Poppell’s annual Fall Festival celebration Oct. 2-30 2022.

Get lost in Poppell Farms’ tall sorghum maze, enjoy wagon hayrides and the Pumpkin Patch!  Stay after dark on Friday and Saturday nights to explore the maze with a flashlight (it’s NOT haunted). Beginning October 7, brave the Haunted Trail through the woods after dark.

Open every Friday night, Saturday (day and night) and Sunday from October 2-30, 2022.

Learn more here.

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Oct. 30, 2022
Sensory Sensitive Morning       

Poppell Farm gates will open at 10AM this Sun. Oct. 30 to accommodate children with special needs and their families.  Farm and hayride music will be turned off and all loud noises will be minimized. There will be no large crowds or long lines. The hayride will be constantly running to avoid wait times.

Gates for all other visitors will open at Noon.

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Free Hilton Head Lantern Parade 2022

Sunday, October 9th, 2022

2022 Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade, Nov. 12 2022 @ Alder Lane Beach Park across from Coligny Plaza

Come participate in a community parade of light.

At the FREE Lantern Parade 2022 on HIlton Head Is., every participant will have a lantern to march. Each lantern will be a representation of our history, our ecology, our recreation or ourselves.

Lantern Kits Available for Purchase at the Coastal Discovery Museum gift shop on Hilton Head Is.

2022 Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade
Sat. Nov. 12, 2022
Parade Route: Alder Lane Beach Access to Coligny Beach Park
Parade Starts @ Sunset (5:45 PM-ish)Created by and featuring artist Chantelle Rytter, the Lantern Parade is a free event and an opportunity for the surrounding community and visitors to celebrate the history, ecology and people of Hilton Head Island.

The only requirement to participate is having a lantern!

Lineup for the parade begins at 5PM at the Alder Lane Beach Access.

The parade will start at 5:45PM Sat Nov. 12, right after sunset, and travel north along South Forest Beach up to Coligny Beach Park.

Spectators can watch along the beach anywhere between Alder Lane and Coligny Beach Park.

Learn more here.

(Savannah Fall Daytrips) Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch, Maze, Hayrides

Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

Fall Farm Fun @ Holiday Farms in Ridgeland SC

Holiday Farms will be open Thursdays-Saturdays from 9AM-6PM and Sundays from Noon-6PM during October 2022.

Activities for kids including Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Barnyard Zoo, Duck Races, Haytona Speedway, Corn Grinding, Steer Roping, Cow (Faux) Milking, Corn Maze & MORE!

Learn more here.

Holiday Farms: 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936

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(Fall Getaway) Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville SC

Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Playgrounds, parks, waterfalls, zoo, outdoor eats along Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville SC

So thankful to have spent a leaf-peeping day in Greenville SC this fall.

If you’re looking for a fall getaway, we suggest taking the kids to Greenville. While there, either bike the Swamp Rabbit Trail (a 22-mile multi-use leisure trail) or visit the parks and playgrounds along the trail if your kids aren’t old enough to bike.

The playground/splash pad @ Unity Park is a must. Stop by The Commons for outdoor eats along the trail or even better, Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, the mecca for lovers of all-things-autumn.

Other kid-friendly spots along the trail include: Falls Park; playground areas @ Cleveland Park; an airplane memorial; and the Greenville Zoo.

See our We-Love-Greenville SC-In-Fall reel here.

Holiday Farms Great Pumpkin Patch Grand Opening will be Thurs. Oct. 6

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

Holiday Farms Grand Opening Moved to Thurs. Oct. 6

Due to expected inclement weather, Holiday Farms Great Pumpkin Patch in Ridgeland will be closed this weekend Oct 1 & 2 2022.

Opening day is now Thurs. Oct. 6 2022. Military Appreciation Day will now be Sat. Oct. 8 2022. Half price to military and immediate family with proper ID.

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Starting Oct. 6 2022, Holiday Farms will be open Thursdays-Saturdays from 9AM-6PM and Sundays from Noon-6PM.

Activities for kids including Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Barnyard Zoo, Duck Races, Haytona Speedway, Corn Grinding, Steer Roping, Cow (Faux) Milking, Corn Maze & MORE!

Learn more here.

Holiday Farms: 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936

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(Savannah daytrips, pumpkin patch, hayrides) Poppell Farms spotlighted on ESPN

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Poppell Farms 10-acre maze gets shout-out on ESPN

Poppell Farms 2022 sorghum field maze design – which features Stetson Bennett, the Georgia Bulldogs’ quarterback- was mentioned on ESPN during college football this Sat. Sept. 17.

“Work hard. Life is tough. Work through it.”-Stetson Bennett IV

The maze is just one farm activity at Poppell’s annual Fall Festival celebration, happening Oct. 1-30 2022.

Get lost in Poppell Farms’ tall sorghum maze, enjoy wagon hayrides and the Pumpkin Patch!  Stay after dark on Friday and Saturday nights to explore the maze with a flashlight (it’s NOT haunted). Beginning October 7, brave the Haunted Trail through the woods after dark.

Open every Friday night, Saturday (day and night) and Sunday from October 1-30, 2022.

Learn more here.

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(Savannah-area Pumpkin Patch Daytrips, Hayrides) Holiday Farms in Ridgeland SC

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

15th Annual The Great Pumpkin Patch will be open for the 2022 season Oct. 1-31

UPDATE:DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, HOLIDAY FARMS GRAND OPENING POSTPONED UNTIL THURS OCT. 6. Military Appreciation Day (Half price to military & immediate family w/ proper IDwill be Sat. Oct. 8. Details here. 

Opening day of The Great Pumpkin Patch @ Holiday Farms in Ridgeland SC is October 1 2022.

Holiday Farms will be open Thursdays-Saturdays from 9AM-6PM and Sundays from Noon-6PM.

In honor of our military, Holiday Farms will host Military Appreciation Day on Sat. Oct. 1st. Half price to military and immediate family with proper ID.

Activities for kids including Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Barnyard Zoo, Duck Races, Haytona Speedway, Corn Grinding, Steer Roping, Cow (Faux) Milking, Corn Maze & MORE!

Learn more here.

Holiday Farms: 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936

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Discount code for Friends of Georgia State Parks membership

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Fall discount code for Friends of Georgia State Parks membership.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount. 

Get your discount here. 

Georgia has nearly 50 state parks, each with different attributes. Think mountains, canyons, lakes, waterfalls, gorges, swamps, and more. We want to make it easier for you to go to enjoy hiking trails, biking, boating, camping, disc golf, fishing, golfing, paddling, and leaf-peeping.

Get your discount here. 

A Few of the Many State Park Events @ Nearby Parks include:

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Skidaway Island State ParkSavannah

Archery, Sept. 17

Sat. Sept. 17 2022, 10-11AM and 2-3PM. Learn the basics of archery and test your skills on our archery range. This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided. $10 per person. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Please call the Visitors Center to sign up:  912-598-2300.Please arrive 10 minutes ahead to go to the Visitors Center first.

Marsh Monster Masquerade, Oct. 29

Monsters of all ages are invited to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah on Sat. Oct. 29 2022, 11AM-6PM for Marsh Monster Masquerade, featuring a spooky mask decorating contest for children and adults, children’s pumpkin decorating, a dog costume contest, fair-style games, prizes, and more. Details here.

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Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Candle Lantern Tour, Oct. 22

Pre-registration opens Sept. 15 2022 for the popular annual Candle Lantern Tour @ Fort McAllister State Park on Oct. 22 2022. Details here.

(Savannah fall fun 2022) Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, maze, hayrides, farm activities

Our favorite fall farm destination – Poppell Farms – opens for the 2022 Fall season, weekends Oct. 1-Oct. 30 2022. 

Poppell Family Farms pumpkin patch, 10-acre maze, hayrides, farm fun, giant outdoor jumping pillows, barnyard & farm games & activities are open every Saturday & Sunday Oct. 1-Oct. 30 2022.

We can’t wait.

SATURDAY Daytime Farm
Open 10AM-5PM Saturdays in October
Maze, Hayride to Pumpkin Patch, 20+ Attractions
$16.95 (ages 4+) No group rates
Must be in line for the hayride by 4PM

SUNDAY Daytime Farm
Open Noon-5PM Sundays in October
Maze, Hayride to Pumpkin Patch, 20+ Attractions
$16.95 (ages 4+)
Must be in line for the hayride by 4PM

Learn more here. 

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

(Savannah daytrips) Coastal Discovery Museum + Butterfly Habitat @ Honey Horn, Hilton Head Is.

Thursday, August 4th, 2022

Butterflies, carnivorous plants bog garden & more @ Coastal Discovery Museum

A favorite part of Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Is. is the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat but there is even more to explore around the Museum’s peaceful 68-acre property: marsh boardwalks, kids zone, discovery lab, gardens (including carnivorous plants bog garden with Venus,  Sundews, and several species of Pitcher plants, each with their own unique method of trapping insects ), Marsh Tacky horses, replica shell ring, nature trail & more.

Learn more here.

Fall SouthernMamas.com Giveaway: Two Supporter year-long gift memberships to Georgia’s State Parks

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Win free camping, annual park pass

Giveaway: two year-long Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter gift memberships to Georgia’s State Parks.

We excited about this “It’s Almost Fall!” Giveaway. We’re giving away two year-long Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter gift memberships (value $125) .

Think free access to Georgia State Parks for a year – a year’s worth of access to mountains, hiking, leaf peeping, swimming, lakes, beaches, trails, biking, waterfalls, exploring, sight-seeing, rivers and more.

Two SouthernMamas.com readers will be chosen.

Here’s what the Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter year-long gift memberships include: three free nights of camping, two annual park passes to Georgia State Parks, 10 percent off lodging, and two free picnic shelter rentals.

Winners will also each receive a Friends of Georgia State Park backpack and waterbottle.

To enter to win, visit this giveaway post on our SouthernMamas.com Facebook page. Comment on the FB giveway post, telling us what you are most looking forward to doing outdoors this Fall 2022.  Entry will be open until Aug. 11 2022. Then we’ll pick two names at random and announce the winners.

Good luck & get outdoors!

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Fall discount code for a Friends of Georgia State Parks membership

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids for late summer/fall 2022..

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.

Get your discount here. 

Thanks Friends of Georgia State Parks for giving our readers this special late summer/fall discount!

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Late Summer State Park Events @ Nearby Parks

Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

Aug. 27 2022: Tools & skills that built a colony, 10AM-4PM. What did those first colonists do to survive when they arrived in 1733? Find out if you have what it took to build a colony. See craft demonstrations such as blacksmithing, spinning, cooking, and more. $2 – $10. 912-353-3023.

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Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Aug. 12 2022: Campfire Night, 6-7PM. Gather round the campfire with us and unwind. We will have free marshmallows and sticks to toast them. Meet at the firepit behind the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Sat. Aug. 20 2022: Archery. 9-10AM, 10:30-11:30AM, 2:30-3:30PM. Learn the basics of archery and test your skills on our archery range. This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Please call the Visitors Center to sign up. Please arrive 10 minutes ahead to go to the Visitors Center first. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Sat. Aug. 27 2022: Sand Art. 2-3PM. Make summertime-themed pictures using sand and glue. This will be fun for both children and those that are kids at heart. Materials will be provided. Location: Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

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Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Sun. Aug. 28 2022: Shrimping class, 3-5PM. Limited space available, please RSVP. Have you ever wanted to learn how to shrimp? Learn the basics of how to throw a cast net. Short shuttle by boat to a sand bar across river so you can spread out and practice or casting skills. Must have own cast net! $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Sun. Sept. 4 2022: Labor Day Festivities 10AM-1PM & The Great Ogeechee Water Fight 1-2PM. Civil War interpreters will fire muskets throughout the day 10AM-1PM. $9. For the water fight 1-2PM, bring your water blaster, super soaker, or entire H20 arsenal to this water fight extravaganza. Play games like fortress destruction, and soak a ranger, and end with free play. Pre-register by calling park office. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

(Georgia State Parks) Great Ogeechee Water Fight, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

Labor Day Weekend 2022 @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

The Great Ogeechee Water Fight

Sun. Sept 4, 2022 (1-2PM)
Summertime is almost over why not go out with a bang? Bring your water blaster, super soaker, or entire H20 arsenal to a water fight extravaganza. Play games like fortress destruction, and soak a ranger, and end with free play. Pre-register by calling park office: 912-727-2339

Admission: $2
Parking fee: $5

Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Details here.

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SouthernMamas.com Giveaway: Two two year-long Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter gift memberships to Georgia’s State Parks. Learn more here.

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(Savannah fall fun 2022) Poppell Farms pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Poppell Farms 2022 Maze open Oct. 1-30 2022

Poppell Farms 2022 sorghum field maze design features Stetson Bennett, the Georgia Bulldogs’ quarterback.

The maze is just one farm activity at Poppell’s annual Fall Festival celebration, happening Oct. 1-30 2022.

Get lost in Poppell Farms’ tall sorghum maze, enjoy wagon hayrides and the Pumpkin Patch!  Stay after dark on Friday and Saturday nights to explore the maze with a flashlight (it’s NOT haunted). Beginning October 7, brave the Haunted Trail through the woods after dark.

Open every Friday night, Saturday (day and night) and Sunday from October 1-30, 2022.

Learn more here.

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(Hilton Head Is) FREE Family Fun Day & Children’s Book Fair @ Coastal Discovery Museum

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

Family Fun Day, Children’s Book Fair @ Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, Hilton Head 10AM-1PM Tues Aug. 9

Join the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Is. and its partners in this FREE Family Fun Day 2022 for all ages, 10AM-1PM Tues. Aug. 9.

Come early or stay for lunch at the weekly Farmer’s Market on site between 9AM and 1PM

Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum’s boardwalks, learn about the salt marsh, and walk to the horse barn and pasture to see the marsh tacky horse “Comet” and his companion horse “Hawk”.

Stop by the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat to see the life cycle of native butterflies and learn from museum docents how to plant a butterfly-friendly garden of your own.

Express yourself – artistically – with hands-on activities offered by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and The Sandbox. Make a piece of “Tiny Art” to take home or to share with the Tiny Art Galleries around town (sponsored by the Town of Hilton Head Office of Cultural Affairs). Create your own tie dye shirt using real indigo dye or watch sweetgrass basket makers at work.

Sing along with Jevon Daly at one of the two “Kids Concerts” (10:15AM and 11:30AM) in the Birdseye View Theater. Jevon is a local favorite with the young and old alike and is known for his summertime concerts at Coligny Plaza.

Watch and learn about local birds from the Hilton Head Audubon Society. Dive into our local history and environment with the Lowcountry Master Gardeners, the Outside Foundation, Hilton Head Archaeological Society, the Gullah Museum, Heritage Library, Explore Mitchelville, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage and others.

Stop in the Discovery House for the “Children’s Book Fair” to purchase signed copies of educational and local children’s books to take home. Authors scheduled to attend include Susan Diamond Riley, Susan McElroy Montanari, Lisa Anne Cullen, Rebecca Chamberlain, Patricia Bee, Donna Brainard, Mary T. Jacobs, Miho Kinnas, Iris Jackson, Robin Prince Monroe, and Antawn Eady. Find out more about our local literary scene with the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

Visit special exhibitions in the Discovery House. “Conservation in the Classroom” (Main Gallery) includes student artwork focused upon the conservation and protection of dolphins, sea turtles, shore birds, and horseshoe crabs. “Nikon Small World” (Sea Island Room) is a traveling exhibition of 20 jaw-dropping, prize-winning photomicrographs (photographs taken through the light of a microscope).

There’s something for everyone at Family Fun Day!

There is no charge for admission on this special Museum Day and reservations are not required.

Please call (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 for details or learn more here.

Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

(Savannah daytrips) Try to spot one of the manatees that hang out @ Harbour Town Yacht Basin

Sunday, July 24th, 2022

Looking for a kid-friendly daytrip destination from Savannah?

We love Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Is. – a roughly 70 minute drive from Savannah. While there be sure to try to catch a sighting of one of the manatees (pictured above in a photo we took in July 2022) that hang out @ Harbour Town Yacht Basin. The manatees sometimes can be seen in the part of the marina near where this sign pictured below is posted, where the arrow points in the photo below.

Other places to visit there while in Sea Pines (aside from the beach at Sea Pines Beach Club): Gregg Russell playground @ Harbour Town; Lawton Stables (free animal farm, pony rides for a fee); Stoney-Baynard Ruins; Sea Pines Forest Preserve and Wildflower Field (picnic tables next to Lake Joe).

There’s still time to catch a legendary free Gregg Russell concert outdoors under Liberty Oak in Harbour Town this 2022 summer season. See his Summer 2022 performance schedule here. This beloved family-oriented singer/storyteller performs sing-a-longs, ballads and silly songs with audience participation. Kids often make & bring “pick-me-to sing-with-you” signs to hold up for Gregg to see.

There’s a $9 Sea Pines gate fee per vehicle.

While on Hilton Head Is. be sure to visit The Sandbox Children’s Museum and neighboring Adventure Playground @ Lowcountry Celebration Park.

(Best Lowcountry Playgrounds) Favorite Hilton Head Is. playgrounds

Monday, July 18th, 2022

Next time you take the kids to Hilton Head Island, here are two of our favorite playgrounds there.

Adventure Playground @ Lowcountry Celebration Park, Hilton Head Is. 

The spacious Adventure Playground features a giant ship complete with mist cannons. located off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot. Adventure Playground is open from sunrise to sunset. Restroom facilities at the park close at 10PM. Parking is available in the Coligny Beach Parking Lot, the parking lot off Nassau Street or onstreet parking on Nassau Street. Details here. 

Gregg Russell Playground in Harbour Town (pictured), Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Is.
The Gregg Russell Playground at Harbour Town is one of the top playgrounds in our area.
Fenced, somewhat shaded playground that includes a treehouse; swings; numerous slides; lots of climbing bars, jungle gym bars, monkey bars. Just outside the fenced-playground is a water fountain; picnic tables; bathrooms; and plenty of spots for lunch, drinks or coffee and of course, the famous Harbour Town lighthouse which is open to climb for a fee plus $9 Sea Pines gate fee.
Harbour Town, Hilton Head, SC 29928

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See our favorite Savannah & Beaufort area playgrounds here.

(Hilton Head) Monday Funday at The Sandbox Children’s Museum starring Rick Hubbard

Saturday, July 16th, 2022

Rick Hubbard entertains the whole family with his Kazoobie Kazoo Show at The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. on Monday Fundays throughout the summer. All kids join Rick on stage, and everyone gets a FREE Kazoobie Kazoo!

Mondays through Aug. 15 2022

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is is a non-profit children’s museum dedicated to the positive development of young children through play.

80 Nassau St Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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Lowcountry Celebration Park HIlton Head Island

Lowcountry Celebration Park

Pair your visit to The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. with a visit to the new Lowcountry Celebration Park, located next to the museum.

The new park off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot and Coligny Beach Park features:
*The Adventure Playground, named after the ship Captain William Hilton was on when he discovered Hilton Head Island. It features a reimagined design of the ship, playground, wading pool and more.
*An open pavilion and lawn for events.
*A perimeter walk
*Two fitness stations
*Wi-Fi
*The Sandbox Children’s Museum
*Public restrooms

Lowcountry Celebration Park
94 Pope Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Brevard NC = Perfect ‘Me Camp’ summer vacation spot

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

Brevard in the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina proved to be an ideal spot for my (Jen Hatmaker-inspired but on smaller scale) Me Camp 2022 while my kids were at sleepaway summer camp nearby.

Staying at this cozy airbnb in Brevard’s Lumberyard Arts District meant being in close proximity to Brevard’s (mostly paved, mostly flat) bike path which my 85-year-old mom and I rode all the way to Davidson River in Pisgah National Forest and back. It was also close to hiking in Bracken Preserve as well as yummy breakfast spots Morning Social and Sunrise Cafe.

One of the best parts of the visit was going with my mom to see Steep Canyon Rangers perform at the Brevard Music Center outdoor Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium with the 2022 Brevard Music Center Summer Institute orchestra. The Brevard Music Summer Institute includes high school and college students. The concert was part of Brevard’s 2022 Summer Music Festival.

Not surprising for this music-centric town, Brevard’s impressive Transylvania County Library also has a lovely outdoor amphitheater for performances, where the plan was to see a free performance of Charlotte-based band Elonzo Wesley before rain moved the concert indoors.

Also loved hikes in nearby Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Recreational Forest as well as a sunny lakeside lunch with my mom, sister and niece on the deck at The Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway.

Brevard’s 2022 Summer Music Festival continues through Aug. 20. Learn more here.

(Savannah Festivals 2022, Daytrips) Boiled Peanut Festival, Bluffton

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Boiled Peanut Festival 2022, Bluffton SC, Sept. 24

You’re invited to the Annual Boiled Peanut Festival in Historic Downtown Bluffton.

Set for Sept. 24, 2022, noon-6PM at the historic Heyward House on Boundary Street.

Enter your little Peanuts in the 2022 Lil’ Baby Goober, Lil’ Miss Peanut, and Lil’ Mr. Goober Competition. Have the best boiled peanut recipe in Bluffton? Find out and enter the Boiled Peanut Cook-Off Contest.

Heyward House, 70 Boundary St., Bluffton, SC 29910

Smitten with the Mitten: Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula is family-friendly vacation destination

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

This Georgia-native is embarrassed to admit I’ve overlooked Michigan as a vacation spot my whole life.

Until now.

We just got back from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island as well as Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula (also called the mitten’s little finger). I loved all three areas. But the Leelanau Peninsula wins in terms of utmost beauty.

Turns out: fresh coast, best coast.

Here’s what we did in Michigan and recommend:

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Upper Peninsula

Pictured Rocks Cruises Spray Falls Cruise on Lake Superior to see Pictured Rock National Seashore

Junior Ranger packet from @ Munising Falls Visitor Center and hit Sand Point Marsh Trail across from Sand Point Beach.

Hike Grand Sable Dunes Trail to access Grand Sable Dunes on Lake Superior.

Hike Log Slide Overlook Trail for views of Lake Superior, the Grand Sable Dunes, and Au Sable Lighthouse.

Hike Beaver Basin Wilderness Loop to look (unsuccessfully) for beavers.

Ride the self-guided observation raft in Michigan’s largest freshwater spring, Kitch-iti-kipi (which means “big cold water”) in Palms Book State Park.

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Mackinac Island

Ride Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island. Catch one of the few rides that goes under the “Mighty Mac” Mackinac Bridge –  the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere – en route to the island.

Rent basketed-bikes from Mackinac Cycle on Main Street on Mackinac Island and do the self-guided attractions tour to see Arch Rock, Skull Cave, Fort Mackinac, Grand Hotel.

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Leelanau Peninsula

If you, like me, have long wanted to stay in a yurt, you will love the magical yurt we stayed in on storybook-like Spruce Hill Farm in Maple City. It’s like a woodsy pantheon complete with windowed dome and loft. The farm includes an equally magical horse named Chief, pigs, goats, chickens and ducks plus miles of trails through meadows and handknit-sweatered-trees.

Outdoor dinner @ The Little Fleet in Traverse City

Spend as much time as possible @ Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore including The Dune Climb from the base of the dunes to beautiful blue Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor.

Junior Ranger packet from Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire.

Hike Empire Bluff Dune Trail in Empire for steep bluff views of dunes and Lake Michigan.

Outdoor dinner and maybe watch curling @ Broomstack in Maple City.

Hike Pyramid Point Trailhead in Maple City for an expansive northern view of dunes and Lake Michigan

Outdoor lunch @ Hop Lot Brewing Co in Suttons Bay with s’mores by a bonfire and cornhole

Cherry pit spitting contest outside @ Cherry Republic in adorable town of Glen Arbor.

Pizza to go from Pegtown Station in Maple City.
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Sidenote: We spent too short of time in the oh-so-retro Sagatuck along Lake Michigan and would love to return.