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Peanut Festivals 2017 in Brooklet, Ga. & Bluffton, SC

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Boiled Peanut Festival Brooklet Bluffton Savannah

28th Brooklet Peanut Festival, Aug. 19 2017 (east of Savannah in Bulloch Co.)

Brooklet events include:
7 AM – Peanut Run
10 AM – Parade Begins (televised on WTOC cable Channel 11 Savannah) and runs through downtown Brooklet
Beginning at 10 AM – Arts & Crafts, Food, and Amusement Vendors available
Beginning following the parade – Live Free Entertainment at the festival site
Noon – Tractor Races begin
7 PM – Street Dance Begins
10:30 PM – Street Dance Ends, Farewell to another great festival

Volunteers offer a free shuttle service with designated shuttle stops.

Learn more here. 


The Bluffton Boiled Peanut Festival, Sept. 23 2017 (in Beaufort Co.  SC) on Calhoun St.

Events include Boiled Peanut Cook-Off; Boiled Peanut Eating Contest; Ms Peanut & Little Goober competition. The Ms. Peanut & Little Goober event is for children ages 18-months to 4 years old. There will be a boys and a girls winner. Judges are looking for the cutest little peanuts and goobers to enter.  Details here. 

Family Festival Day Sat. Sept. 23, 3-8PM

Learn more here. 


Visit with Olaf, enter to win dream Hilton Head vacation @ Sandbox Children’s Museum

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head Bluffton

Here’s a way to support The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head while getting a chance to win a Dream Hilton Head Island vacation.

Valued at over $2,500, the win includes a week’s stay at a two-bedroom villa on South Forest Beach; Vagabond Cruise Certificate for up to five people; one week unlimited family pass to The Sandbox Children’s Museum; bicycle rental (4-6 bikes) for entire week from the Bike Doctor; two-hour guided kayak, dolphin or nature tour for four people from Outside Hilton Head; $200 worth of gift cards from various local restaurants.

$20 per raffle ticket. No more than 500 will be sold.  All proceeds benefit The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is.

Enter now here.

Deadline to enter is Oct. 6 2017.


Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head kids' activities

Big Summer Blowout @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Aug. 2

School is just around the corner so join The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. for an end of summer celebration, Tues. Aug. 2.

Special visitor “Olaf” will join be there for photo op between 11AM-1PM, outside activities (weather permitting) include bounce house, building blocks, facepainting by Morgan’s Mommy Facepainting People and more. Inside activities include all of the Sandbox Museums’ hands-on exhibits, special arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt.

A light picnic lunch is also included so don’t miss out on the dog days of the summer at The Sandbox.

Event admission: $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Military and senior discounts are available.

First come, first serve. Space and activities limited in the event of rain. (Sorry, coupons not valid for special event).

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

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 advertiser

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. 


Free entrance days to Fort Pulaski during 2017

August 25: National Park Service’s Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
October 15: Fort Pulaski National Monument’s 92nd Birthday
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend


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,


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,

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.


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
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 The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a advertiser

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 ; and via the Save Cumberland Island National Seashore Facebook page here.

Camden County Commissioners:

Commissioner Lannie Bryant (District 1) Tel: 912-552-4246

Commissioner Chuck Clark (District 2) Tel: 912-674-8791

Commissioner James Starline (District 3, CINS is in his district) Tel: 912-882-5691

Commissioner Gary Blount (District 4) Tel: 912-882-2211

Commissioner Ben Casey (District 5) Tel: 912-552-4703

Camden County Commissioners mailing address:
PO Box 99
Woodbine, GA 31569


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. 

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.


U-Pick Strawberries for Spring 2017 in Savannah, Beaufort area

Monday, March 27th, 2017

You-Pick Strawberries @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah to open April 17 for 2017 season.

Hours are 9AM-1PM Monday-Thursday & Saturdays. (Closed Fridays & Sundays) No picking on Easter Weekend.

Cost: $2.50/lb. Cash & credit cards accepted. No checks.

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm continues to offer fresh berry fruits for picking from the fields when in season.

Call 912-921-5460 to learn the status of the field prior to arriving, as poor weather or large crowds may pick the field clean well before the 1PM scheduled closing. The best time to pick is first thing in the morning at 9 am (as it is cooler, too)

Learn more here. 


Dempsey Farms U-Pick, St. Helena Is., SC

Dempsey Farms –  a family owned operation on St. Helena Island, SC,  11 miles east of Beaufort – has opened for the Spring 2017 U-pick strawberry season on a limited schedule. Please call for hours & to confirm the u-pick fields are open. When the fields get picked out, the u-pick fields close so berries can ripen.
(843) 838-3656
Payments: Cash or checks
1576 Sea Island Parkway
Saint Helena Island, SC 29920

Learn more here. 


Ottawa Farms U-Pick, Bloomingdale, Ga.

U-pick strawberry fields are open for the Spring 2017 season.

Hours: 9AM-4:30PM Tues-Sat.; 1-5PM Sun.
702 Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, Ga 31302
Call ahead to confirm fields are open for picking: 912-748-3035

Learn more here.


Easter Egg Hunts 2017, Chick Hatchery & Easter Fests – Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Is., Richmond Hill

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Easter Egg Hunts 2017 Savannah Hilton Head Is. Richmond Hill Pooler
Easter Egg Hunts 2017, Chick Hatchery & Easter Fun

Visit our annual list of Easter Egg Hunts & kids’ Easter events in Savannah, Pooler, Hilton Head Is., Richmond Hill (many of which are free). See the Easter 2017 Fun list here.

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

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

U-pick daffodils Bluffton Okatie Savannah

So thankful to a trusty reader/mom for telling us about this U-pick Daffodils farm in nearby Okatie, SC (near Bluffton).

Opening update weather & conditions permitting: OPEN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, March 3 & 4. is family owned and operated on what was once the family dairy farm. Chuck and Diane have planted several varieties of daffodils, not all of which bloom at the same time nor even each year, according to their Web site.

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

Hours of operation are dependent upon the weather & availability of flowers. Check here and on Facebook here for hours  & opening/closing updates.

48 Calhoun Plantation Road
Okatie, SC 29909



Find more daytrips from the Savannah-area here. 

Savannah Daytrips: Find handmade glass globes on Jekyll Island during Jan., Feb. 2017

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Island Treasures Jekyll Island 2017 Daytrips Savannah Every year, Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create exquisite, handworked glass globes 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 2017. Each day, volunteers called Beach Buddies hide glass floats around the island for lucky guests to find and, yes, get this, keep.

Each float is marked with a special tag and instructions for treasure finders to register their Island Treasures at the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center where they will receive a certificate of authenticity and artist biography for their one-of-a-kind float. The Center is open Monday-Saturday, 9AM – 6PM and Sunday 10AM-5PM.

More are out there, and more are placed ever day through February. Overall, 250 floats will have been placed for lucky float finders. Island Treasures runs  through Feb. 28, 2017.

At the Beach Village on Jekyll Is. on Jan. 21 & 28, and Feb. 4 & 25, three extra floats will be hidden in the Beach Village.

Learn more about Island Treasures here.

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



2017 Hilton Head Snow Day

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Hilton Head Snow Day 2017 Children's Kids Activities Hilton Head Island Recreation Association will host the 2017 Hilton Head Snow Day on January 28, 2017 from 11AM-4PM at Shelter Cove Community Park.

This family event will have inflatable rides, snowfield, and entertainment! For the kids who have never seen snow, this is the perfect event!

Admission: $10 per child ages 2-17. Adults are free. Food and beverage are sold separately.

For more information, call (843) 681-7273 or visit our website at