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

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, April 4th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Just Announced

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U-pick strawberry farms in Savannah & the Lowcountry

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

pick your own strawberries Savannah

It’s time for pick-your-own strawberry season in Savannah & the Lowcountry. Here’s are round-up of spots that offer u-pick strawberries & their estimated opening dates. Please call ahead to confirm before making the trip.

Ottawa Farms, Bloomingdale
702 Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, Georgia 31302
Closed until Sat. April 19 2014. Call their strawberry message line to confirm there are berries at 912-748-3035.
Cost: $2.25 @ lb. u-pick; $3.25 2 lb if they pick. A pre-picked flat is $30.00. If you want pre-picked berries, call 912-748-3035 24hrs in advance to place your order.
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 8:30-6:00 Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 CLOSED MONDAY
METHOD OF PAYMENT: Cash or local check ATM available in store
We furnish picking containers. No pets please
More info here.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, Georgia 31419
Open Mon-Thurs., 9 AM-noon & Saturday 10 AM-noon. No berry picking on Fridays or Sundays. Call before you go to confirm there are berries: (912) 921-5460
Cost: $2.50 @ lb. Payment is only by cash or checks.
More info here.

Dempsey Farms, Beaufort, SC
1576 Sea Island Parkway
Beaufort, South Carolina 29920
Open Monday,Wednesday,Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Hours subject to change due to weather and picking conditions
Call(843) 838-3656 after 9am for daily updates on picking conditions and hours. Call before you go to confirm there are berries.
Email dempseyfarms@dempseyfarmsupick.com
More info here.

Free admission to Family Fun Day @ Georgia Buffalo Ranch

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Georgia Buffalo Ranch

Free admission to Georgia Buffalo Ranch on Family Fun Day, 10 AM-5 PM Sat. April 5 2014. There are fees for concessions, buggy tours  & hay rides.

Georgia Buffalo Ranch is open to the public. Bring the kids out to the Georgia Buffalo Ranch to take a ranch tour, feed the buffalo or visit the Trading Post, meet Belle the Donkey & her buddy Donkey.
Spring 2014 Hours for the Georgia Buffalo Ranch & Trading Post.
Wednesday – Friday ~ 10am – 4pm
Saturday’s ~ 10am – 5pm

Georgia Buffalo Ranch, 11495 US Hwy 17, Townsend, Ga 31331 tel: (855) 242-2833 email GeorgiaBuffalo@gmail.com , www.GeorgiaBuffalo.com

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, VISIT OUR FREE SPRING 2014 EVENTS PAGE BY CLICKING HERE.

U-pick strawberry farms in Savannah & the Lowcountry

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

pick your own strawberries Savannah

It’s time for pick-your-own strawberry season in Savannah & the Lowcountry. Here’s are round-up of spots that offer u-pick strawberries. Please call ahead to confirm before making the trip to confirm there are berries.

Ottawa Farms, Bloomingdale
702 Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, Georgia 31302
Will reopen April 19 2014.   Call their strawberry message line to confirm there are berries at 912-748-3035.
Cost: $2.25 @ lb. u-pick; $3.25 2 lb if they pick. A pre-picked flat is $30.00.  If you want pre-picked berries, call 912-748-3035 24hrs in advance to place your order.
Hours: Tues.-Sat. 8:30-6:00  Sunday 1:00 – 6:00  CLOSED MONDAY
METHOD OF PAYMENT: Cash or local check  ATM available in store
We furnish picking containers.  No pets please
More info here.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, Georgia 31419
Mon-Thurs., 9 AM-noon & Saturday 10 AM-noon. No berry picking on Fridays or Sundays. Call (912) 921-5460 to confirm there are berries.
Cost: $2.50 @ lb. Payment is only by cash or checks.
More info here.

Dempsey Farms, Beaufort, SC
1576 Sea Island Parkway
Beaufort, South Carolina 29920
(843) 838-3656 after 9am to confirm there are berries.
Email dempseyfarms@dempseyfarmsupick.com
More info here.

Disney Deals – Save BIG This Spring & Summer

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Disney Summer Deals 2014Take advantage of 2 great promotions with BIG savings at select Walt Disney World resort hotels this Spring & Summer.

Travel this spring (most stays now through June 15, 2014) and you’ll enjoy up to 30% off your room. Upgrade to a Magic Your Way Package with Theme Park Tickets you’ll get an extra one day park ticket FREE (minimum 4-day ticket required).

Or if you’d like to travel this summer you can save up to 35% on your resort room and when you make that a vacation of 6 or more nights AND 6-day theme park ticket, you’ll save an extra 5%!!

These rooms are booking quick! Spring discount ends March 31st. Get your no-obligation vacation quote or for more details call 843-284-3241.

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25 Roadtrips to take with the kids from Savannah

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Sapelo Island Lighthouse, Sapelo, Ga. Here are our favorite picks for nearby spots outside of Savannah that are well worth the trip. See even more spots on our Best Daytrips from Savannah Pinterest board here.

PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE MAKING THE TREK TO CONFIRM PLACES ARE OPEN

(To find out Savannah kid-friendly activities, visit our Events Calendar here)

1. Ride the St. Mary’s Express train in St. Mary’s, Ga. Immerse yourself in history, fun and adventure as you travel the rails from Historic St. Marys, Georgia, through scenic woodlands and marshlands. Your 1 hour and 15 minute excursion brings you face to face with yesteryear, nature and some great entertainment. Whether you’re riding on the open-air rail cars or experiencing an authentic locomotive or caboose ride, you never know what you’ll encounter along the way. Details here.

2. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Is., Ga (closed Mondays ). Hours, admission rates, directions and more details here. BE SURE TO VISIT DRIFTWOOD BEACH on Jekyll, Is. while there.

3. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor , S.C. . Hours, daily events, admission rates & specials here. .

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

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

6. Museum of Science & History (MOSH) & The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Jacksonville, Fla.. Hours, daily Planetarium shows, upcoming special events, admission specials & more details here.

7. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla.. Hours, January discounts, admission rates & more details here.

8. Lawton Stables, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head. Is. S.C. (open everyday except Christmas) Lawton’s free animal farm includes goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, ponies, cows, a deer named Callie and a Clydesdale named Harley (who loves visitors bearing carrots and apples). Pony rides and horseback riding available for a fee. Details here. Pair your visit to Lawton with a visit to The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum or Harbour Town.

9. The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is., S.C.. Details here.

10. Gregg Russell Playground in Harbour Town, 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 $5 Sea Pines gate fee. Harbour Town, Hilton Head, SC 29928

11. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, S.C. Hours & admission rates here. .

12. EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia, S.C. Hours & admission rates here.

13. Bike the Spanish Moss Trail in Beaufort, S.C., a 3.3 mile, 12-foot wide, paved, pedestrian trail open for the enjoyment of bikers, runners, walkers, fishers, and nature enthusiasts of all stages of life. When completed, the 13.6 mile Trail will connect neighborhoods, parks, water and marsh views, nature preserves, cultural features, historic sites and businesses for recreation, transportation and conservation purposes. More info here. Pair you visit with another one of our Beaufort spots below.

14. Take the kids to an old-fashioned drive-in: Hwy. 21 Drive In in Beaufort, S.C. 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, 29906, tel (843) 846-4500, Email hwy21drivein@embarqmail.com

15. The Kazoo Factory museum tours, Beaufort, S.C. Hours & admission rates here. Pair your visit with a trip to the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park. Details here.

16. BEAUFORT PLAYGROUNDS. While in Beaufort, S.C. check out these two fun playgrounds:
*Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Playground, Playground with hardwood mulch, restrooms a stage for performances, a pavilion for displays and a grassed amphitheater for picnicking, frisbee or simple relaxing. Kids can watch fishermen showing their skills on the dock in front of the playground 1010 Bay Street, Beaufort, S.C. 29902
*Pigeon Point Park playground Age appropriate playground equipment that includes merry-go-around, restrooms, picnic tables, water fountains, large oak trees that provide shade. Pigeon Point Road Beaufort, SC 29902

17. Hunting Island State Park, S.C. 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.

18. FREE! The Parris Island Museum - located on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina – features thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials that illustrate the history of Port Royal and Parris Island, from early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines. On display are artifacts depicting Port Royal’s important military role from the American Revolution to the Civil War, along with development of the island into a Marine Corps installation after the Spanish-American War through the present. Alongside Marine Corps history, there are exhibits devoted to the Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark, site of French and Spanish colonies on Parris Island between 1562 and 1587.
Open daily to the public from 10am-4:30pm, and 8am – 4:30pm on Family and Graduation Days. Holiday closures include New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is free. For more information, click here or call 843.228.2951.

19. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.

20. Sapelo Island, Ga. & Reynolds Mansion. More info here.

21. Lighthouse on St. Simons, Is. Ga. More info here.

22. Wildlife Programs @ The Center for Wildlife Education & the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center at Georgia Southern University Campus, Statesboro. Details here.

23. Planetarium | Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.
Monthly public events on exciting astronomy topics and full-dome presentations scheduled each year with telescopic observing outdoors, weather permitting. Details here.

24. Georgia Southern Museum, Statesboro, Ga.
Permanent exhibits include a 78-million year old, 26-foot long, fossil skeleton of the eel-like predator called the mosasaur. Admission to The Georgia Southern Museum is $2 per person. There is no charge for children ages three and under. The Museum is free to all students and members. Everyone is welcome to visit on Free Museum Saturdays, hosted on the last Saturday of each month.

25. Billy’s Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour, Fargo, Ga.
Saturdays 10 AM – 12 PM May 3, 2014 until May 31, 2014
Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo, GA
Tour of historic Billy’s Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past. $15-$20 $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Kids Sail FREE, plus UPGRADES on Royal Caribbean cruises

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

kids sail free royal Caribbean No matter your idea of fun, from thrilling to relaxing, from family-entertainment to an adults-only escape, a Royal Caribbean cruise has it! This is truly a vacation that everyone can enjoy.

And for a very limited time, take advantage of some amazing deals on select Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Europe, & Australia cruises.

  • Kids, family, & friends – any 3rd or 4th stateroom guest – sail FREE
  • FREE stateroom upgrade. Book a balcony for the price of an ocean view stateroom, or book an ocean view for the price of an interior stateroom.
  • Reserve starting as low as $50 per person.

Rates as low as $570 per person for 7-night Western Caribbean cruise in an Ocean View Stateroom, or $307 per person for 4-night Bahamas cruise in an Ocean View Stateroom

Hurry, book your Royal Caribbean Cruise Vacation before these deals are gone! Contact Tara McCoy for your no-obligation vacation quote or details.

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Save up to 30% on Rooms & Ticket Offer at Walt Disney World Resort

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Disney deals Savannah This Spring and early Summer you can save up to 30% off on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels this Spring and early Summer.

Upgrade to a room and ticket package and get one more ticket day FREE! (Minimum 4-day Magic Your Way ticket required.)

A family of four can enjoy a 5-day package at Pop Century with a Disney Dining Plan for less than $140 per person, per night! This offer is available on most stays March 14 – April 12 and April 20 – June 15, 2014.

While you’re at Walt Disney World this Spring or early Summer you can even enjoy special events and celebrations during your stay.

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival – March 5th to May 18th – HGTV celebrity designers, concert series, hands-on activities, and how-to seminars from expert gardeners and Disney’s own team of master horticulturists. My personal favorite is the Disney character topiaries!! This event is included in your Epcot admission.

Star Wars Weekends – Weekends May 16th to June 8th – Hollywood Studios comes alive to celebrate the legendary saga and animated series. Celebrity autograph sessions, parade featuring largest ensemble of costumed Star Wars characters, special shows, & more! Included in your Hollywood Studios park admission, this high-energy event is fun for everyone…whether you a Star Wars fan or not!

Hurry, because this promotion ends on March 31st and availability is limited. Contact Tara McCoy for your no-obligation vacation quote or details.

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2014 Photo Contest – Cabins For You

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Cabin rental Smoky MountainsHere’s a chance to win some fabulous prizes - including a $750 Cabins For You gift certificate - just by entering your favorite photograph of the Smoky Mountains in the annual Cabins For You photo contest.

Here is how you enter: Visit (website) http://cabinsforyou.com/contest.php

  • Fill out all contact information and required fields.
  • Attach your picture.
  • Add a caption.
  • Hit “Enter Contest” and you’re finished!

Only one entry per person please. Entries will be processed automatically and will be added to the “2014 Photo Contest” gallery on Cabins for You website, www.cabinsforyou.com.  Organizers will try and process your photo within 24-48 hours. Submissions via Cabins for You Facebook wall will not be considered for eligibility. You must enter via the link above to be eligible.

After submitting your photo, you will have the option to send messages to your friends. You can also share your submission on your own Facebook wall or e-mail the link to family members. Recruit all of the clicking fingers you can to help you get your photo to the top spot. The number of “likes” each photo receives will help select the winner, so every vote counts.

This is what Cabins for You is looking for: your best picture showcasing the character of Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Children playing in the creek, elk grazing in the Cades Cove, and a foggy sunrise are great examples of pictures that we love to see. You can submit any picture that was taken in the Great Smoky Mountains!

To get an idea of pictures Cabins for You loves, have a look at the 2013 Photo Contest Winners.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so choose a picture that best represents your Smoky Mountain story.

The winners of this photo contest will be determined by two ways:

  • By the number of “likes” their photo receives in the gallery.
  • The Cabins For You staff’s favorite picks.

Prizes will be awarded for the top four photographs. Prizes are:
Grand Prize: $750 Cabins For You Gift Card & and prizes in cabin upon arrival.
“Scenery & Animal in the Smokies” Category: $400 Cabins For You Gift Card
“People in the Smokies” Category: $400 Cabins For You Gift Card
“Miscellaneous Smoky Mountain Photos” Category: $400 Cabins For You Gift Card.

Contest submissions must be made by March 3, 2014. Cabins For You reserves the right to change rules, prizes, and processes of this contest at any time. Winners will be announced by March 17, 2014. Make sure you check out our Official Rules for all information.

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Kids invited to search for shark teeth, Megalodon teeth & other fossilized finds, Port Royal, S.C.

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Shark Tooth Fairy Beaufort SCThis looks so cool & totally worth the roadtrip to Port Poyal, near Beaufort, S.C.

The Shark Tooth Fairy, Mike Harris, invites the kids to come to The Sands beach in Port Royal this Saturday Feb. 1, 2014 starting at noon to look for shark teeth, Megalodon teeth and other fossilized finds.

He’ll be spreading out over 100 pounds of them over the beach just in time for their arrival. Info on The Sands in Port Royal, S.C. near Beaufort here.

Read about The Shark Tooth Fairy & the public shark-tooth beach hunts in a Beaufort Gazette article by Erin Moody by clicking here.

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

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

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bank of America Museums on Us 2014 DatesThe weekend of  April 5 & 6 2014 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.

Nearby participating museums include:

EdVenture Children’s Museum

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

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.

Roadtrip: Sid the Science Kid @ Family Science Night, Tellus Museum, Cartersville

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Tellus Museum Science Night Sid the Science Kid

Wish we could lure Sid the Science to Kid to Savannah.

This looks worth the roadtrip to Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, north of Atlanta: Family Science Night on Feb 21.  Family Science Night welcomes Sid the Science Kid, the star of his own TV show that airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Sid will be on hand all night for photos, so don’t miss out!

Friday 2-21-14 5 – 9 PM

Highlights include:

Children of all ages can take part in a glider competition. Design your own paper airplane and see if you’ve got what it takes to be champion of the air. Races will be held in the Great Hall.

Exciting hands-on activities will show kids how the Wright Brothers went from bicycle repairmen to aviation pioneers, as well as other techniques used by the brothers to help them conquer flight. Also, make a kite – the very first flying machine!

Step into the observatory for a stargazing experience. The observatory will be open until 10 PM and additional telescopes will be on site to assist us in searching for the Orion Nebula and Jupiter.

Plus: • Meet Amelia Earhart and Orville & Wilbur Wright • Collect four new Tellus trading cards of Science in Motion Gallery aircrafts • Tour the Solar House • The planetarium will be open until 9 PM with an extended schedule of shows • More surprises to come

Want more roadtrip ideas? Click here for our picks for best daytrips from Savannah.

Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Dr. Cartersville, Ga. 30120 (770) 606-5700, www.tellusmuseum.org

Savannah & Lowcountry spots open on MLK Jr. Day 2014

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

OPENSavannah Children’s Museum, special holiday opening Savannah. Details here.

Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah. FREE ADMISSON. Details here.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah. Details here.

Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah. Details here.

The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is., S.C. Open MLK Jr. Day 2014, 10 AM-5 PM. Details here.

Lawton Stables, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head. Is. S.C. Lawton’s free animal farm includes goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, ponies, rabbits, a deer named Callie and a Clydesdale named Harley (who loves visitors bearing carrots and apples). Pony rides and horseback riding available for a fee. Details here.

South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor , S.C. Details here.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston, S.C. Celebrate MLK, Jr. Day from 9am – 5pm.  They’ll have a Peace Parade and more. Details here.

Museum of Science & History (MOSH) & The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Jacksonville, Fla. Details here.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla. Details here.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, S.C. Details here.

EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columnia, S.C. Details here.

For our weekend daytrips suggestions to kid-friendly places near Savannah that are worth the drive, click here. But be sure to call ahead to confirm those spots listed on our favorite roadtrips page are open on MLK Jr. Day.

The Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment will include a life-size replica of the H.L. Hunley

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Battle of Pocotaligo Yemassee S.C. 2014Bring the family to the Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment at Frampton Plantation, January 25-26, 2014.

This living history program in nearby Yemassee, S.C. will include battles, artillery and period demonstrations, a Civil War encampment with Sutler Row and a life-size replica of the H.L. Hunley.

Confederate and Federal forces will clash once again when the Battle of Pocotaligo Civil War Reenactment returns to Frampton Plantation, January 25-26. Taking place on the actual 1862 battle site in Point South, this second annual living history event is hosted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Colonel Charles Jones Colcock Camp #2100, the South Carolina Palmetto Battalion and the Lowcountry & Resort Islands Tourism Commission.

In addition to the afternoon battles, visitors are welcome to explore a Civil War encampment complete with Sutler Row and period demonstrations, as well as tour a life-size replica of the CSS H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to successfully sink an enemy warship.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with battle reenactments at 2 p.m. Daily tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children; and free for ages 8 and under. Admission into the Frampton Plantation House/Visitor Center & Gift Shop and the Hunley Traveling Exhibit are free. For additional information on the Battle of Pocotaligo, please visit www.battleofpocotaligo.com . To learn more about Frampton Plantation and the Lowcountry & Resort Islands Tourism Commission, call (843) 717-3090 or visit www.southcarolinalowcountry.com .

History:

On October 21, 1862, a Union Force of 4,200 men under the command of General John M. Brannan sailed up the Broad River from Hilton Head Island and Beaufort and then marched on the village of Pocotaligo. Warned by Confederate pickets of this attempt to destroy the Charleston to Savannah Railroad and hinder a major supply line, Colonel W.S. Walker of Georgia telegraphed General Beauregard in Charleston. “I am holding & intend to hold my position at Old Pocotaligo,” read his urgent telegram. “Hurry up the reinforcements for Gods sake.”

Thanks in large part to a series of earthwork trenches General Robert E. Lee had ordered dug throughout the Lowcountry, a Confederate force of fewer than 450 men, including eight Confederate artillery pieces, two cavalry companies, three companies of the 11th South Carolina Volunteers and the First South Carolina Sharpshooters, managed to stall the Federal advance. Today, a portion of these earthworks are still visible behind the Frampton Plantation House.

Local “First Day Hikes:” Start off 2014 with a healthy hike in Georgia’s State Parks

Monday, December 9th, 2013

First Day hikes in Georgia State Parks Join the national “First Day Hikes” movement and start off 2014 with a healthy hike in Georgia’s State Parks.

More than 40 walks cover history, geology, fitness and even a Black Bear Plunge. Find a ranger-led trek near you at http://www.georgiastateparks.org/firstdayhikes

Some nearby ones on the list include:

First Day Hike at Skidaway Island / 2 PM
Skidaway IslandSkidaway Isalnd State Park – Savannah, GA
Take a guided tour of the marsh through our Sandpiper Trail with a park ranger. Plan for about an hour on this one mile hike, where you will learn about life in a Georgia marsh. Please dress in comfortable clothing. $5 parking. 912-598-2300

First Day Hike at Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Fort McAllister Historic Park – Richmond Hill, GA
Come take a leisurely stroll through the woods with us on our 3 mile loop trail as we walk and talk about the winter wildlife in the maritime forests and marshlands of the Georgia Coast. From the chirping in the trees to the rustles in the woods, we’ll explore the wild side of Fort McAllister State Historic Park with a focus on the birds of winter. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Crooked River’s First Day Hike
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Crooked River State Park – St. Marys, GA
Meet at the Nature Center for a walk on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail plus party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

First Day Hike at Gordonia-Alatamaha / 8 AM to 4 PM
Gordonia-AlatamahaGordonia-Alatamaha State Park – Reidsville, GA
Start your New Year off right by getting outdoors and taking a guided hike. Our Nature Trail is a 1 mile loop that is moderate in duration. $5 parking. 912-557-7744

And lots of other first-day hikes in Georgia here.

FOR MORE LOCAL HOLIDAY EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Holiday Roadtrips: Lights Before (And After) Christmas, Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, S.C.

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Riverbanks Zoo Holiday Lights Display 2013 Columbia S.C.

UPDATE: Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closed Tuesday, November 26, due to the forecast for heavy rain. The lights will shine again from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 27.

 

Experience Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition – now featuring longer hours – as Aflac presents the 26th annual Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Lights Before Christmas Riverbanks Zoo Columbia S.C. Beginning Friday, November 22 through the end of December, the Zoo will illuminate one hour earlier, at 5:00pm each evening, with more than one million twinkling lights and countless animated images.

Please note: Since the Zoo will remain open as the lights start to shine, guests parked on the Zoo side (Greystone Blvd.) will not have to exit and re-enter the park for the nighttime event. Parking for Lights will be available at the main Zoo entrance only.

The ornate festival will again feature family favorites including the Music in Motion Lights Spectacular, a 20-foot Christmas tree grooving to the rhythm of popular seasonal tunes. Songs from the tree resonate throughout the Zoo’s Palmetto Plaza, where you’ll also find the cozy Jingle Bell Bonfire, a popular spot for toasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa.

On the nights leading up to Christmas Eve, kids off all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus at Santa’s Village. Santa will be greeting guests from 6-9 PM each evening. Riverbanks also is the only place in town where it snows every night.

In addition, a few of the Zoo’s indoor exhibits will remain open during Lights including Gorilla Base Camp, Koala Knockabout and Riverbanks Farm.

Lights Before Christmas will take place each evening from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, November 22 to December 30. Lights will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 to 12. To avoid long lines on the nights of the event, guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at www.riverbanks.org .

All Riverbanks members are eligible to receive one free visit when they show their membership card and picture ID at the gate; guest passes are not accepted.

For more information, call Riverbanks at 803.779.8717, visit www.riverbanks.org  or www.facebook.com/riverbankszoo

FOR SAVANNAH AREA HOLIDAY EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Holiday Roadtrips: Holiday Festival of Lights 2013 Charleston, S.C.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Holiday Festival of Lights Charleston 2013Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights in Charlesto, S.C. is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston, S.C. and beyond. From November 8 – December 31, James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season.

The Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized around the country and the world. It was featured as the only U.S. event in Moscow’s Festival of Festivals, Coastal Living recognized it as “One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations,” the American Bus Association ranked it as “One of the Top 100 Events in the Nation,” and it was most recently named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

More Than Lights
More than just a driving tour, the Holiday Festival of Lights invites you to park your cars and explore all that is offered:
Magnificent sculpture made from over 50 tons of sand
An up-close look at the lights on the holiday train
Mouth-watering treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
Handmade gingerbread houses
Giant greeting cards created by local students
Victorian carousel

Where:
The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is located at 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412.
Hours & Admission
The Holiday Festival of Lights is open 7 days a week from November 8 – December 31. Festival hours and admission vary. Learn more here.
Questions?
Email Park & Program Services or call (843) 795-4386.

Holiday Festival of Lights Fireworks Finale
9 PM Tues. Dec. 31

FOR SAVANNAH AREA HOLIDAY EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, 11/23

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Oatland Island Harvest Festival 2013

Favorite Roadtrips to Kid-Friendly Spots Near Savannah

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Here are our favorite picks for nearby spots outside of Savannah that are well worth the trip:

(To find out kid-friendly activities, visit our Events Calendar here)

1. Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Is., Ga (closed Mondays ). Hours, admission rates, directions and more details here.

2. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor , S.C. . Hours, daily events, admission rates & specials here.  .

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

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

5. Museum of Science & History (MOSH) & The Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Jacksonville, Fla.. Hours, daily Planetarium shows, upcoming special events, admission specials & more details here. 

6. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Fla.. Hours, January discounts, admission rates & more details here.

7. Lawton Stables, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head. Is. S.C. (open everyday except Christmas) Lawton’s free animal farm includes goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs, ponies, rabbits, a deer named Callie and a Clydesdale named Harley (who loves visitors bearing carrots and apples). Pony rides and horseback riding available for a fee. Details here. Pair your visit to Lawton with a visit to The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum

8. The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is., S.C..  Details here.

9. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia, S.C. Hours & admission rates here.  .

10. EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia, S.C. Hours & admission rates here.

11. The Kazoo Factory museum tours, Beaufort, S.C. Hours & admission rates here. Pair your visit with a trip to the lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park. Details here.

12. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.

13. Wildlife Programs @ The Center for Wildlife Education & the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center at Georgia Southern University Campus, Statesboro. Details here.

Ottawa Farms corn maze in Bloomingdale is open weekends through November (Savannah corn mazes)

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Ottawa Farms Savannah 2013You waited all of October for this: Ottawa Farms in Bloomingdale is now open weekends through November & so is their 10-acre corn maze! Let the CORNfusion begin.

This popular fall outing is an easy drive from Savannah, located at  702 Bloomingdale Rd, Bloomingdale, Ga 31302.

Owners of the farm & staff have been busy getting the farm ready. So we haven’t been able to confirm these hours, admission & activities that we puled from recent posts on the Ottawa Farms Facebook page. So please call to confirm the farm is open before making the trip.  (912) 748-3035

10-acre Corn maze hours
Sat: 1-10 PM (Last ticket sold at 9:30 PM)
Sun: 1-6 PM
Open every weekend (weather permitting) through November

Admission

ADMISSION $8.00 AGE 5 & UP, 4 AND UNDER FREE.

Farm Activities

Hayrides, corn maze, cow train rides, pig races, inflatables, Big Mo Super Slide, duck races, inflatables, bonfires, corn crib, the corn cannon (3 shots for $1) and more.

Items for sale in the Ottawa Farms General Store include:
PUMPKINS, INDIAN CORN, DECORATIVE GOURDS, BLUE LAKE GREEN BEANS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, EGGPLANT, ZUCCHINI, OKRA, HONEY CRISP APPLES, CABBAGE, SWEET POTATOES AND TOMATOES. OTTAWA FARMS HONEY & THEIR OWN BLACK ANGUS BEEF & COUNTRY HAM

Ottawa Farms, 702 Bloomingdale Rd, Bloomingdale, Georgia 31302, (912) 748-3035, email rwd748@gmail.com , http://www.ottawafarms.com  On Facebook here.  Ottawa Farms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.

Giveaway: Family four-pack of tickets to Poppell Farms pumpkin patch (daytrip from Savannah)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Poppell Farms pumpkin patch 2013 near SavannahUPDATE: Winner is Kasey Suddath! Congratulations!!

Also Poppell Farms has a $2 off online coupon on their website. Click here.

This week Poppell family farms - the 10-acre labyrinth & activity-packed farm in Odum about six miles from Jesup – is giving away a family four pack of tickets to a lucky SouthernMamas.com reader!

Poppell Family Farms is the farm to visit for pumpkin patch fun. The grand opening for the 2013 Fall season is Oct. 5.

To enter to win FOUR tickets from SouthernMamas.com, please “like” Poppell Farms on Facebook by clicking here, then on their FB wall, share your favorite farm activity at Poppell or your favorite thing to during fall from ( Need hints? Check out our FALL FUN GUIDE by clicking here). Please say SouthernMamas.com sent you. We will pick winner by 11 AM this Fri. Oct. 4 & announce it here & on the SouthernMamas.com Facebook page. So please check back to find out if you entered to win.

New @ Poppell Farms this Fall 2013 season

Poppell Family Farms Pumpkin Patch 2013 near Savannah“Cow Milking Contest” – race your friends milking our cow and see who can fill their bucket first!

Poppell Farms Pumpkin Patch near Savannah, Hilton Head Is. “Animal Ranch Bouncer” – Have fun bouncing and playing with the farm animals.

“Honey Bee-Bee House” – A self-contained beehive (no-strays flying around) built with plexi-glass on both sides so that everyone can observe the farm’s little worker bees making honey.

New Restrooms – with BABY CHANGING STATIONS, Heat & Air Conditioning!

About Poppell Farms

Take a hayride to Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Linus in the pumpkin patch , ride the cow train, feed animals in the petting farm, try steer roping, Spyder Slyder and the all-time kids’ favorite, the popular crop hopper, which is giant jumping air pillow that has kids giggling upon their first bounce.

Special events each weekend including:
* Safety Day on Oct. 12 with emergency, fire and police vehicles on display. Details here.
* A-Maze-ing Race 5K and Pumpkin Patch Trot on Oct. 19. Details here.
* Halloween Party on Oct. 26. Costume Contest begin at 2 PM. Details here.

For admission costs, click here. The farm is @ 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, 31555.
For info or to make reservations, call 912.586.2215 or click here.

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Corn Maze
Poppell’s corn maze is intricate network of twists and turns carved into 10 acres of corn. It opens Oct. 5 2013. Because of all the rain this past summer, the corn is not has tall as it normally is, so it’s ideal for kids this year rather than adults.
Though the correct pathway can be walked in only 15 minutes, most wandering maze-goers will require about one hour to travel through more than three miles of twists, turns and decision points..

For admission costs, directions or more information please visit the farm’s website www.poppellfarms.com , e-mail popfarms1@windstream.net or call (912) 586-2215. **Follow Poppell Farms on Facebook by clicking here**

HOURS
2013 Schedule
Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, November 3, 2012

Friday Evenings 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Corn Maze “Freddy’s Fright in the Forest” Play Area (NO HAYRIDE or PUMPKIN PATCH)
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Corn Maze Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch Play Area
Saturday Evenings 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Corn Maze “Freddy’s Fright in the Forest” Play Area (NO HAYRIDE or PUMPKIN PATCH)
Sundays 12 Noon – 5:00 p.m. ALL ACTIVITIES Except “Freddy’s Fright in the Forest”

Poppell Farms, email popfarms1@windstream.net , (912) 586-2215, 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, 31555 Poppell Farms is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Fall 2013 Family Camp Out @ Hunter Cattle Co. Farm, Brooklet, Ga. near Statesboro

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Hunter Cattle Co. Fall 2013 Campout

For more detals about Fall 2013 Family Camp Out @ Hunter Cattle Co., click here. For directions, click here.

Hunter Cattle Co. Farm, 934 Driggers Road, Brooklet, Ga., 30415, www.huntercattle.com tel: 912.823.2333

FOR MORE LOCAL KIDS’ FALL EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Holiday Farms Great Pumpkin Patch Open Oct. 1-31, Ridgeland, S.C.

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Farms near Savannah

Pumpkin Patch Farms near Savannah Holiday Farms 5th annual THE GREAT PUMPKN PATCH at Holiday Farms opens October 1st, 2012!

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

Pig Race Schedule:
Monday – Thursday 11 am and 1 pm
Friday – Saturday 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm

For more details, check Holiday Farms  website by clicking here.

Holiday Farms pumpkin patch near SavannahOpen Oct 1-31st 2013.  Monday-Thursday 9am to 2pm and Friday-Saturday 9am to dark with the last hayride leaving at 6pm. Closed Sundays. Great fall field trip for churches, schools, daycares, scouts, etc.

Reservations now being taken for groups and field trips. Concessions and entertainment available on Saturdays only.

MILITARY DAY★ All active military, spouse, and children invited to attend this special day. Sat. Oct. 5, from 9am til 6 pm.  Special live music and concessions. HALF PRICE admission with military ID.

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

Holiday Farms, 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, S.C. 29936, tel (843) 726-5527, email holidayfarms@yahoo.com, www.holidayfarmssc.com

Great Pumpkin Express Pre-Halloween Train Rides, St. Mary’s, Ga.

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Halloween events in Savannah Great Pumpkin Express The Great Pumpkin Express train for kids in St. Mary’s, Ga. will make its first trip on Oct. 5 ( the same day as the St. Mary’s Rock Shrimp Festival). There will be a second train ride – St. Mary’s Railroad Days Celebration - on Oct. 12 (the same day of St. Mary’s annual Build a Scarecrow event).

The 90-minute rides begin and end at the Theatre by the Trax, which is just north of St. Marys’ historic downtown.

This real train includes three open-air railcars and a caboose. Locomotive rides will also be available for train enthusiasts who desire an even more up-close rail experience.

Re-live history as you ride the rails through scenic woodlands and marshlands. Beware of zombies along the way, and watch out for those hoboes! At the turn-around midway point, the pumpkin patch awaits, but don’t get too close to the scarecrows! They’ve been known to come alive. Enjoy the music and stories of hoboes at the midway Hobo Camp and watch the locomotive reverse its direction for the trip back.

When: Departures are at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 5 and at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

Where: All excursions will begin and end at Theatre by the Trax, 1100 Osborne Road, St. Marys, GA.

Tickets can be purchased at www.stmarysrailroad.com. For more information: Call 912-200-5235.

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Coming soon: St. Mary’s Express Santa Express (Nov. 23, 30 & Dec 7).

St. Mary’s Express, 1000 Osborne Street St. Marys, GA 31558 , On Facebook here, tel: 912-200-5235, www.stmarysrailroad.com

FOR MORE KIDS’ HALLOWEEN EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Turtleween trick-or-treat & costume contests at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Jekyll Island

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Turtleween Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 11-4pm : Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff and volunteers invite all turtle enthusiasts to join in some Fall fun with a sea turtle twist!

This outdoor event features educational exhibits and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Trick or treat with the sea turtles, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride, or cast your line at Friendly Fisherman!

Costume contests are held every hour on the hour and hay ride tours through the historic district will be fun for everyone. Filled with treats, not tricks, it’s sure to be turtle-tastic!  Don’t forget to dress in your best costume!  No reservations needed.

Event is free with general admission to the Center – $7 adults, $5 children, 3 & under are free.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a great daytrip from the Savannah area. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center opened in June 2007 and provides state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles, with opportunities for scientific research and long-term treatment. Visitors to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. Visitors can also see sea turtles in the center’s hospital.

FOR MORE KIDS’ HALLOWEEN EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527, tel: 912-635-4444, www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org

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

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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

Everyone is invited to this community celebration on Labor Day Monday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. @ Lawton Stables, located inside Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Is. (about a 1 hr drive from Savannah).

This will be a day of family fun with live music, activities, shows, exhibits, and picnicking (bring your own & concessions available). This event will include: The Lowcountry Boil Band, pony rides, hayrides, horse jump show, the stables’ petting farm, The Sandbox’s Imagination Hour, craft projects, mobile interactive museum exhibits, a pitching radar Kids Zone’s, inflatable water slides and bounce houses, Cappy the Clown face painting, family activities like bocci ball, frisbee, ring toss, horse shoes and corn hole.

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

Participants may bring their own picnic provisions and beverages.

There will be concessions available for purchase and refreshments including, snow cones and cotton candy. Participants can purchase additional tickets for food, drinks and some activities.

Admission is $5.00 per person, children 12 months and under are free. LOTS OF FREE ACTIVITIES. (Plus $5 Sea Pines gate entrance fee)

Are you a Member of Sandbox Children’s Museum on HHI? With each paid admission, you will receive 5 concession/activity tickets FREE!
(The Sandbox at the Pope Avenue location will be closed on Labor Day)

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

FOR MORE LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES, VISIT OUR EVENTS CALENDAR HERE.

Junior Ranger booklets help kids engage more during visits to Fort Pulaski, Fort Sumter, Cumberland Island & more national parks

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Junior Ranger programs at National Parks in Savannah, CharlestonWhen 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.

Various national parks 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 Sumter & Fort Moultrie national monuments, Charleston, S.C. Info on these forts Junior Ranger program here.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.

U-pick farms: Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Is. near Beaufort, S.C.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

 

u-pick farms Savannah Dempsey Farms Beaufort S.C.We often hear from readers looking for u-pick farms now that the u-pick strawberries & blackberries are over for the season at  @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (formerly called The Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens ) in Savannah.

So we were thrilled to spy Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Is. while en route to Hunting Island State Park recently.  Now picking at Dempsey Farms: tomatoes, sweet corn, bell pepper, cantaloupe, eggplant, watermelons and flowers. Special on canning red ripes. Please bring own containers for u-pick canning tomatoes.

Call(843) 838-3656 after 9am for daily updates on picking conditions. UPDATE: Dempsey Farms is closed for the Summer 2013 picking season & reopens in October 2013)

Dempsey Farms is located on Hwy 21 south 11 miles east of Beaufort. Email dempseyfarms@dempseyfarmsupick.com

Dempsey Farms is a working family farm growing what they sell. Availability of vegetables may be limited at times due to weather conditions. For a farm fresh experience stop by and pick with Dempsey Farms.

This would be a great daytrip to pair with a visit to the  The Kazoo Factory museum tours in Beaufort, S.C. & visit to the lighthouse at Hunting Island near Beaufort.  Info on Hunting Island here.

Dempsey Farms U Pick, 1576 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC, (843) 838-3656, Hours this week: 9am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday

Other u-pick farms in the area:
Boone Hall Farms (Closed for the summer 2013 season)
U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant.
When/what: June, blackberries and blueberries; mid-June-October, tomatoes; August-September, muscadines.
Information: 843-856-5366; http://boonehallfarms.com/about.php

Baldwin Grape Vineyard (picking season starts at the end of August)
6517 Savannah Highway (US 17)
Ravenel, South Carolina 29470
843.889.2769 / 843.889.3034

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