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Outdoor Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 events @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Fort McAllister Richmond Hill kids activities

Outdoor Thanksgiving Weekend 2020 kid-friendly events @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Friday, November 27, 2020

Friday at the Forge: Blacksmithing Program
Fri. Nov 27, 2020 3-3:30 PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill
Visit our blacksmith’s shop to learn about their tools and techniques. Park rangers will be demonstrating how iron is heated and formed. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.

Sunset Bat Hike
Fri. Nov 27, 2020 5-5:45PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill 
Join rangers for a short 1/2 mile walk along beautiful marshes and witness nature at its finest. Watch bats take flight over the setting sun and learn about the world of bats. Hundreds of bats leave their houses every evening to hunt for insects. Guests will meet rangers at the Visitors Center. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Night Fort Tour
Fri. Nov 27, 2020 6:30-7:30PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill 
Come experience the beauty and tranquility of Fort McAllister at night on this ranger guided tour of the fort, as you recount history and tell stories of Georgia’s last battle of the Civil War. Space is limited to 10 people. Please register in advance. 912-727-2339.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Edible Plant hike
Sat. Nov 28, 2020 11AM-12PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill 
Join our Naturalist to search for local plants that have edible and medicinal properties. Some species used for making tea, seasonings, and identifying species that are toxic. Registration required, limited space available. Reserve your spot today. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a 6-foot leash. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Soldier Saturday
Sat. Nov 28, 2020 1-3PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
An interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War Medicine. This program is included with fort admission. 912-727-2339.

From Rice to Rebellion Fort Tour
Sat. Nov 28, 2020 3-4PM
Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
The story of rice cultivation begins with the founding of the colony of Georgia in 1733, and was the regions largest economic export up until the American Civil War. The strategic placement of Fort McAllister was not only to protect the citizens of Savannah, but also the many rice plantations that lined the Ogeechee River. Registration Required. $9. 912-727-2339.

Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Pig Races in Ridgeland, S.C.

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

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Holiday Farms The Great Pumpkin Patch 2020, Ridgeland SC

Holiday Farms’ 13th annual THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH will be open for the 2020 season from Oct. 2-31 2020.

Live pig races. Wagon rides, farm fun & pumpkins.

Oct. 2-31 2020, Holiday Farms will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9AM-6PM and Sundays Noon-6PM.

Live music by the Nautical Wheelers on Saturdays 11AM-3PM and Sundays 1-4PM.
Concessions Thursdays-Sundays 11AM-5PM.

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

Holiday Farms, 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936, (843) 726-5527, email  Holiday Farms is a advertiser 

South East Georgia Balloon Festival, Pembroke

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

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South East Georgia Balloon Festival
5-9PM Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2020 (no entry after 7PM)
LucyBelle Farm, Pembroke, GA.

All vehicles require a car pass to enter. Tethered rides are additional and are charged per person.

Find event info & tickets here. 

Center for Wildlife Education & The Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center reopens

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Center Wildlife education statesboro Georgia Southern Raptor Program

The Center for Wildlife Education and and The Lamar Q Ball, Jr. Raptor Center at Georgia Southern in Statesboro will reopen on Mon. Oct. 5, 2020 after closing in March due to COVID-19.

Find visitor guidelines regarding the reopening here.

Come check out the new waterfowl observation deck. This walk-in deck is now open to the public and allows for up close encounters with the center’s waterfowl.

The center’s collection has grown both in number and in species, making the Wildlife Center home to one of the largest waterfowl aviaries in the state of Georgia.

Other features of the Wildlife Education Center include a Discovery Trail which includes a opossum and skunk; a Habitat Walk includes a live bald eagle in her nest; 10 displays housing several live birds; a wetland preserve with ducks and wading birds, a playground; and “Discovery Logs” where kids can crawl inside and see encased ladybugs, grasshoppers, frogs, beetles and more.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9AM-4:45PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed to the public.


Private Escape Rooms @ Fort King George State Historic, Darien Ga.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

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Bring your family and friends to Fort King George State Historic Site in nearby Darien for a Private Escape Room experience on Fridays and Saturday nights in October 2020.

Each session is exclusive to one party (no need to play with strangers). These rooms are designed for groups of 4 to 8 people.

Pre-registration is required, $25 per person.

Register or learn more here or call 912-437-4770.

Fort King George State Historic Site
302 McIntosh Road SE
Darien, GA 31305
McIntosh County

Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides open Oct. 2 for Fall 2020 Season, Ridgeland, S.C.

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Holiday Farms Pumpkin Patch Pig Races Ridgeland Savannah Fall 2019

Holiday Farms The Great Pumpkin Patch 2020, Ridgeland SC

This favorite seasonal farm and pumpkin patch will open for the 2020 Fall Season. Please note the following open dates and times are for THIS SEASON ONLY.

Opening Day: Oct. 2 2020

Oct. 2-31 2020, Holiday Farms will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9AM-6PM and Sundays Noon-6PM.

Military Appreciation Day: Oct. 3 2020. Half price admission for immediate family with military ID.

Live music by the Nautical Wheelers on Saturdays 11AM-3PM and Sundays 1-4PM.
Concessions Thursdays-Sundays 11AM-5PM.

Holiday Farms pig races pumpkin patch hayrides savannah ridgeland

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

*Group Field Trips (perfect for schools, churches, daycares, company picnics, birthday parties, and more) may call to book your trip. Call 843-726-5527
*Groups of 100 or more may reserve the farm for your group only on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays…First Come, First Served! Call 843-726-5527

COVID Restrictions will be posted closer to opening date. Holiday Farms will follow all required state mandated guidelines. There are 40 acres to play outside on. You are welcome to bring wipes, masks, and social distance all you would like to regardless of what may be required at that time.

Call 843-726-5527 to reserve your date now.

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

Holiday Farms, 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936, (843) 726-5527, email  Holiday Farms is a advertiser 


(Daytrips from Savannah) Junior Park Ranger programs @ national monuments

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Fort Frederica Junior Ranger National Monument

As we wait for Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah to fully reopen (trails are open, visitor center and fort are closed),  here are some daytrips you can take to national monuments, sites that are open including:

*Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston, S.C.
*Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga.
*Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island.
*Congaree National Park, near Columbia, SC

Your kids can become a Junior Ranger 

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 parents 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.

Museum School Program @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is.

Friday, August 21st, 2020

Sandbox Children's Museum

Attention Beaufort County students and families:

To support those families with children in grades K-4th, the Sandbox Children’s Museum new museum program is designed with you in mind.

In small multi-age pods with strict health and safety guidelines, students will not only have support for virtual lessons, but also access to staff-led hand-on enrichment activities in S.T.E.M. literacy, art, and movement, and free play in the museum. Children will also have free play in the museum during the day.

The new program for children in grades K-4th is at both the Hilton Head and Bluffton Sandbox locations.

Find more information and registration forms online here. Or email the Sandbox through the Contact Us tab.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a advertiser 

Rent a Savannah/Pooler private pool via an Airbnb-style app/website

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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This saltwater backyard pool in Pooler rents for $45/hour. Maximum of eight guests.

Swimply—an Airbnb for pools—lets you rent a private backyard pool by the hour.

The app and website have seen a growth rate at about 2,000 percent during this pandemic summer as stay-at-home people are looking for outdoor, private spots to cool off and relax, reports CNBC here.

Swimply launched in 2018; however, there are only three pools listed in the Savannah/Pooler area and none that we could find listed in the Hilton Head Is./Bluffton SC area.

But it might be fun to try one of the five listed in Charleston SC or the many – including a few with slides – in Atlanta.

For those of you not using your backyard pools much, this is one way to make some cash with a splash.

(Savannah, u-pick) Pick your own strawberries @ Hodges Strawberry Farm

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Hodges Farm Strawberries Pick Your Own

We’re thrilled to learn about another pick-your-own strawberries farm in our area in addition to this one we already told you about.

Hodges Farm is local family owned “Pick Your Own” or “We Pick” farm of strawberries and thornless blackberries.

They have fresh berries, jams, jellies or local honey for sale.

The farm is located on the Effingham/Screven County border just 20 minutes from Statesboro and 50 minutes from downtown Savannah. Cash or check with ID.

Learn more here. 

Follow on social media here for field closure updates.

8705 Ga HWY 21 N.
Newington, GA 30446
(912) 754-7257 cell (912)687-6448 cell (912)425-0690

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

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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

During social distancing, you can haul the kids to an old-fashioned Drive In movie theater.

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, 

U Pick Strawberries @ Dempsey Farms near Beaufort SC

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

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Dempsey Farms U-Pick Strawberries on Saint Helena Is. SC near Beaufort is now open for the 2020 Spring Season.

The farm is open under the USDA and Clemson guidelines. Upon arriving at field please send only one person from your vehicle to the stand for directions and buckets. Hours are set according to availability of ripe berries.

Please call 843-838-3656 after 8AM for picking condition and field updates on hours or check the farm’s social media updates here.


(Savannah daytrips) FREE annual birthday for the birds festival, Port Royal, SC

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Birthday for the Birds Port Royal Beaufort 2020

APRIL 25 2020, 9-11AM
Port Royal, SC

The Town of Port Royal along with the Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands Committee invite the community to celebrate the 8th Birthday for the Birds on April 25 2020, 9-11 AM. This unique, one of a kind event showcases Beaufort County’s wonderful natural resources, the Port Royal Rookery and Wetlands, along with the incredible wildlife living within.

This exciting free Community Celebration focuses upon the various species living in this habitat along with educational and information resources. With support from the Fripp Island Audubon Club and other organizations, it will be an informative and fun day to enjoy the Port Royal Rookery and Wetlands. Representatives from the LowCountry Habitat for Humanity, Fripp Island Wildlife Department along with Hunting Island Park Rangers will be onsite as they showcase many inhabitants of the wetlands including alligators and other species.

Master Naturalists (TOUR SIGN-UPS BEGIN AT 8:30 AM) will be there as educational guides giving boardwalk tours of the wetlands along with answering any questions. There will be a Scavenger Hunt with check offs for finding all the unique species and when completed, can proudly show off by wearing their well earned “I Found all the Wildlife Species at the Port Royal Rookery.”

Plus, face painting by Kandace Palmer of Southern Palette Art Studio, local school children’s artwork and puppets to view and a delicious Birthday Cake.

There will be kazoos to play as you tip your bird hat and Cypress Wetlands coloring books donated by the Beaufort Soil & Conservation District for the children to enjoy. Look for the Costumed Bird Greeters, the 1979 Silver Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Up festively decorated with Birds for the Event.

The event, created by the commitment and vision of Pete Richards* through the Town of Port Royal, who wished to share his love of birding, and, in his own words said, “The importance of the birthday is making wildlife and birds accessible to community, families and children. It is now in its 8th year.”

The Town of Port Royal has generously helped along with Audubon and the many volunteers who work to provide this fun day to the community and their families.

*Pete Richards passed on Saturday, February 29th.

You’re invited: Be Well Hilton Head – a Wellness Festival Jan. 30-Feb. 2

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Be Well Hilton Head Wellness Festival 2020

Soar into the new decade at Be Well Hilton Head – a wellness festival like no other on America’s Favorite Island.

Be Well Hilton Head is guided runs, oysters, cocktails, meditation, beach biking, natural wines, and more. It’s an entire Wellness Weekend – Well Played. This inaugural Be Well Hilton Head event will be Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2020.

Tickets are on sale now to over 20 invigorating activities including career coaching, basics of meditation, food & beverage experiences, and fitness classes. Find a full list of events here.

Make it a beach getaway with a special Be Well Room Rate or VIP Package at The Westin, and you’ll be at the center of all the festival action.

Click on the links below for more information.



General Information


The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is a advertiser

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

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

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U-pick Daffodils farm in nearby Okatie, SC (near Bluffton)

Hours of operation are dependent upon the weather & availability of flowers.  Check here and on Facebook here for hours  & opening/closing updates. If you’re coming in the afternoon, you are strongly encouraged to text 843-368-1998 to make sure the farm still has blooms and are still open.

Farm owners will post if they’re able to be open this weekend as soon as they know. Please call or text 843-368-1998 to make sure the farm still has flowers. 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, according to their Web site.

Cash or check only. Cost is 30 cents per stem.

48 Calhoun Plantation Road
Okatie, SC 29909



Find more daytrips from the Savannah-area here. 

Play in fake snow @ 2020 Hilton Head Snow Day

Friday, January 10th, 2020

FREE Hilton Head Snow Day 2020 Savannah

Hilton Head Island Recreation Association will host the 2020 Hilton Head Snow Day on Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 11AM-4PM at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Is.

$10 for ages 2-17, adults are free

This is a family event that will have inflatable rides, a snowfield, and entertainment. For kids who have never seen snow, this is the perfect event to play in fake snow.

Hilton Head Snow Day 2020
Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 11AM-4PM
Shelter Cove Community Park
39 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Is. SC 29928

Money raised benefits The Island Recreation Center’s Scholarship Fund.