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FREE Halloween Bat Spooktacular 2016, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Monday, September 5th, 2016

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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge’s second annual Halloween Bat Spooktacular

You’re invited to come and learn more about one of nature’s most iconic “spooky” & misunderstood animals, the bat.

This free, fun, family-friendly, educational event, celebrating Bat Week, will offer close-up experiences with rescued bats & plenty of “bat-tastic” activities, crafts plus a storytime with books about bats.

Drop in any time from 1-4PM Sat. Oct. 29
@ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and Headquarters
694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, SC 29927

Bat crafts, Bat activities, Bat prizes, LIVE BATS & a presentation celebrating these spooky, amazing, misunderstood creatures.

Schedule

* 1-4PM Crafts, Activities, Bat Story Time & Meet Live Bats.
* 3PM Keynote Presentation
* 3:45PM Q & A and Bat House Giveaway

Questions? Contact Education Coordinator Joel Vos at SavannahCoastalEducation@fws.gov, or 843-784-2468

Halloween Hike 2016 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Halloween Hike 2016 Oatland Island Wildlife Center One of our favorite Savannah kids’ Halloween events –  the Halloween Hike @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center , will be Oct. 21 & 22 2016.

If you’ve never taken your little trick-or-treaters to this non-scary Halloween event, make sure this is the year you do so!

Halloween Hike
Oct. 21 & 22, 2016
5PM-8PM (last hike leaves at 8PM)

CASH ONLY

Adults: $5
Children: $10

This is a fun, safe, not-so-scary fundraiser for your little trick or treaters! Walk with your trickster down our friendly forest trail to meet and gather goodies from our friendly animal characters. Let Mother Earth show you the way and sit with Mother Goose as she tells her favorite rhymes. There will be face painting, spooky crafts, and many more activities. Comfortable walking shoes and costumes are encouraged.

Concessions will be available before or after the hike.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Oatland Island’s new wolf pack puppies are theme of Aug. 9 Toddler Tuesday

Monday, August 1st, 2016

oatland island wolf pups Meet the new wolf pack puppies @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

The theme of the Aug. 9 Toddler Tuesday @ Oatland Island is wolf pups.

The Toddler Tuesday group will head over to the wolf wilderness and have a refreshing summertime treat some canine entertainment as they read a story about wolf puppies.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling 912-395-1517 or online at www.oatlandkids.wordpress.com. Register before 4pm the Monday before.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Wildlife and education programs
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA, 31410
(912) 395-1212

Admission rates here.  

Learn more about the weekly Toddler Tuesday events here. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Toddler Tuesday nature program summer hours @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Toddler Tuesday Oatland Summer Hours Savannah

Starting Aug. 9, the program will return to 2 programs at 10AM & 11AM.

If you are new to the Savannah area or are a new parent, then you need to check out Toddler Tuesdays, a fun weekly program that celebrates nature @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410.

At Toddler Tuesday, children & their parents/caretakers experience nature through themed activities including live animal encounters, wildlife nature walks, storytelling, songs, interactive finger-play & crafts.

Oatland’s naturalist leads these exciting & educational sessions.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling 912-395-1517 or online at www.oatlandkids.wordpress.com. Register before 4pm the Monday before.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Wildlife and education programs
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA, 31410
(912) 395-1212

Admission rates here.  

UPCOMING TODDLER TUESDAY THEMES

 

August 9      Meet the Pack Party!wolf pups.  Need I say more?  We will jaunt over to the wolf wilderness and have a refreshing summertime treat some canine entertainment as we read a story about wolf puppies

August 16             World Lizard Day—Who is that scaly skink scurrying by?  Skinks, anoles and geckoes…come celebrate world lizard day the Toddler Tuesday way!

August 23             A butterfly fluttered by–  Flutter on over to Toddler Tuesday this day to learn all about butterflies: what they eat, why they fly the way they do, all about their amazing life cycles and how to attract them to your homes.

August 30             Hum On Over to Oatland to Celebrate National Hummingbird Day!–  Flutter your wings over fast to Oatland Island to discover the wonders of this amazing flyer!  We will make a buzz in class, so don’t hover over the computer; sign up now!

September 6         Buzzard Ball—Since last Sunday was International Vulture Awareness Day we are going to have a vulture party and soar over to meet Vinnie and Van Gogh.  No buzzard hazing allowed, but we might T.P. their exhibit to stir up the fun.

September 13       Kicking it with the kids—We are going to meet our new angora goats Rue and Finn.  Bring your stroller we are going to feed the goats!

September 20       Who goes there?—We are going to be nature detectives today and learn about animal tracks.  We will learn the different kind of feet out there stomping around in the animal kingdom, so get “afoot” for this program and sign up early.

September 27       Good for the Goose– Come celebrate National Goose Day with Rosy the goose. We are going to have a honking good time.  It is certain to be a noisy party.

 

 

 

 

 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Attention Teachers & Parents: You’re invited to a FREE Child in Nature Symposium, April 8 & 9, Savannah

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Child in Nature Symposium The 2016 Child in Nature Symposium @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah will be Fri. April 8 & Sat. April, 9.

This event will include: a free teacher program; a free parent/community member program & a children’s program.

The second annual Child In Nature Symposium will be at Oatland Island Fri. April 8, 4PM-7PM &  Sat. April 9, 9AM-1PM.

The Symposium is a collaborative effort between Charles Ellis Montessori Academy and PTA, St. Andrew’s School, the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, & the Montessori Education Society of Savannah (MESS).

The focus of this year’s symposium is Recovery of a Nature Language.

Friday for teachers & educators

On Friday afternoon, sessions will be held for teachers and educators that focus on engaging children in nature.

Saturday for parents & children

On Saturday morning, Dr. Pat Pritchard from Wesleyan College will present a keynote address for parents, teachers, and community members, and then everyone is invited to participate in workshops on topics that include Savannah­ area outdoor resources, nature journaling, school garden curriculum, outdoor navigation with map and compass, and creative ways to engage your children with nature.

An exciting program for children will also be offered on Saturday, led by Oatland naturalist Michelle Kelly.

Click here for Teacher Program Information: Registration (Friday and Saturday): FREE!

Click here for Parent and Community Program Information:  Registration (Saturday): FREE!

Click here for Children’s Program Information: Registration (Saturday): $5 child/$10 family

More on the Saturday children’s program

Cost: $5/child or $10/family
Fees will be paid at Oatland Island on Saturday, April 9. Cash or Check

Have you even seen faces or shapes in the clouds? At this year’s Child in Nature Symposium our children will be hiking Oatland’s trails with Naturalist Michelle Kelly and will be looking for hidden faces in trees and then accentuate them by sculpting on the tree with air dry clay and natural objects found on site. The Jacks of the wood will be peeping through the forest after we have hiked through! We will end our hike at our new mud kitchen, located in the garden, and will whip up some imaginary recipes of hickory pies and acorn stews.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Spring Celebration & Sheep Shearing @ Oatland Is. Wildlife Center, April 2

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Spring Celebration Sheep Shearing 2016 Savannah Spring Celebration and Sheep Shearing annual fundraiser, April 2, 10AM-4PM @ Oatland Is. Wildlife Center, Savannah

It’s time for Oatland’s sheep to get their annual hair cut.

This festival will feature the shearing of Oatland’s sheep.

Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in many activities including carding, spinning, and weaving.

Activities include children’s crafts and games, music and 1800’s lifestyle demonstrations. Oatland’s “Native Animal Nature Trail” will be open. Food concessions will be available.

Admission: $7 per adult, $5 per child 4-17, seniors and military. Children three & younger are free. For more information call (912) 395-1500.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2016 @ Oatland Is., May 7

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Fairy Gnome Festival Savannah 2016 Fairy and Gnome Festival 2016 will be 10AM-2PM Sat. May 7 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah.

Join Oatland Island Wildlife Center for a day of enchantment! This family-themed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative outdoor play.

There will be a scavenger hunt, costume contest, crafts, and games.

All ages are invited to participate in the annual gnome and fairy home building contest. Homes can be built at the festival by using natural materials from Oatland’s forest.

Bring your whole family to stroll Oatland’s magical trails and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a fairy or gnome looking for a place to call home.

General Admission applies: $5 for adults, $3 for children, seniors and military.
Children 3 & younger are free.
There will be addition fees for some activities.

For more information please call 912-395-1517.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Toddler Tuesdays nature programs for kids in Savannah at Oatland Island Wildlife CenterOatland Island Wildlife Center
Wildlife and education programs
711 Sandtown Rd.
Savannah, GA, 31410
(912) 395-1212

Admission rates & driving directions here.

Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.
Programs are at 10 AM & 11 AM on Tuesdays each week .

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees for 2016:
General: $5 per child $5 per adult
Friends of Oatland Members: $5 per child, up to 2 adults FREE!

Program fee includes program and entrance to Oatland Island Wildlife Center and trails.

Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling 395-1517 or online at www.oatlandkids.wordpress.com.  Just be sure to register before 4pm the Monday before.

Toddler Tuesday Topics

If you are new to the Savannah area or are a new parent, then you need to check out Toddler Tuesdays, a fun weekly program that celebrates nature @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410.

At Toddler Tuesday, children & their parents/caretakers experience nature through themed activities including live animal encounters, wildlife nature walks, storytelling, songs, interactive finger-play & crafts.

Oatland’s naturalist Michelle Kelly leads these exciting & educational sessions.

NEW TIMES: 10 AM & 11 AM

Admission rates & driving directions here.

Toddler Tuesdays Programs are at 10 AM & 11 AM on Tuesdays each week and are 45 minutes long . Pre-registration required. Register online at www.oatlandkids.wordpress.com

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees: General: $5 per child $5 per adult Friends of Oatland Members: $5 per child, up to 2 adults FREE!

Program fee includes program and entrance to Oatland Island Wildlife Center and trails.

UPCOMING TODDLER TUESDAY THEMES

May 10                 Bee Sweet—It will bee a sweet day of learning at Oatland. This theme is all about the honey bee:  What they do for us, and how they work as a super family. We’ll make a craft and you can then make a bee line straight over to the hives and see our girls at work!

May 17                 That Awesome Opossum—It is marsupial magic day at Oatland.  Crawl out of your pouch and head over to Oatland for this fun-filled fuzzy animal encounter.

May 24                 World Turtle Day– We will explore all types of turtles, from box to snappers to sea turtles.  We will   learn about this ancient reptile.  So, come don’t hide in your shell, get over to Oatland for this Toddler Tuesday theme.  It is World Turtle Day after all!

May 31                 She Sells Seashells—With summer just around the corner and the beach beckoning you we will explore the world of sea shells and find out what these animals are and what they are up to…or should I say down to.

 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Winter Solstice Planetarium shows & more holiday events @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Holiday Events Holiday Schedule at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Regular hours: 10AM – 5PM ticket booth closes at 4PM. Grounds must be clear by 5PM

December 21 – Open regular hours
Season of Light: 30 minute programs at 11AM, noon, 1:30, 2:30
Go inside Oatland’s planetarium on the Winter Solstice to learn why this special day has sparked so many cultural festivities. You will explore the annual path of the Earth around the sun and what celestial bodies present themselves this time of year.

Cost: Tickets are $2 beyond the regular admission and can be purchased in the lobby. Program may not be suitable for
children under 3 years old due to fear of the dark.

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December 22 and 23 – Open regular hours
Live Animal Encounter 1:30-2:30PM
In this 1-hour animal program you will meet our animal ambassadors and learn how the animals survive in the wild, how they came to Oatland, and how you can help protect them in the future.

Cost: Tickets for this program are only $2 beyond the regular
admission and can be purchased in the lobby.

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December 24 and 25 – Closed Merry Christmas!
December 26 and 27 – Open regular hours
Log Cabin Open House 11AM-3PM
Rest your feet on the porch of the log cabin and enjoy the aroma of hearth cooked goodies. Delk Cabin (c. 1830) will be open for exploration and goodie sampling from 11AM-3PM
Live Animal Encounter 1:30-2:30PM
In this 1-hour animal program you will meet animal ambassadors and learn how the animals survive in the wild, how they came to Oatland, and how you can help protect them in the future.

Cost: Tickets for this program are $2 beyond regular admission and can be purchased in the lobby.

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December 28 and 29 – Open regular hours
Log Cabin Open House (11AM-3PM) and Cabin Animal Encounter (1:30PM)
Staff will be baking over the hearth of historic Delk cabin (circa 1830s). Try a free sample of a delicious baked good and explore life before electricity. If you make it there by 1:30 pm please come, for a small fee, to cabin stage for a 45 minute live animal encounter. This presentation is all about living with wildlife. Staff will present several of Oatland’s animals that would love to live under your roof if they could.

Cost: Cost of  the animal encounter is $2 beyond regular admission. There is no extra charge to explore the cabins and sample a tasty treat.

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December 30 – Open regular hours
Live Animal Encounter 11:00-12:00 and 1:30-2:30
In this 1-hour animal program you will meet animal ambassadors and learn how the animals survive in the wild, how they came to Oatland, and how you can help protect them in the future.

Cost: Tickets for this program are $2 beyond the regular admission and can be purchased in the lobby.

January 1 – Closed Happy New Year!
For directions, regular hours and more information visit www.oatlandisland.org.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

Save the date: FREE Skidaway Marine Sciences Day, Skidaway Is., Savannah & CoastFest 2015, Brunswick

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Free Skidaway Marine Sciences Day Savannah 2015

Free Skidaway Marine Science Day 2015, Skidaway Is., Savannah, Oct. 24 2015

This free campus-wide open house at The UGA Marine Extension Service & Aquarium on Skidaway Island offers activities geared for all ages. Programs, tours, displays and hands-on activities, primarily related to marine science and the coastal environment, are all part of the day’s educational fun.

Open to the public at no charge, the event is presented by the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, the University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium, the University of Georgia’s Shellfish Research Laboratory and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

One of the most exciting featured attractions this year will be a close-up look at Georgia’s first oyster hatchery, a project of the UGA Marine Extension’s Shellfish Research Laboratory and Georgia Sea Grant, units of UGA Public Service and Outreach.

Other activities include tours of the 92-foot Research Vessel Savannah, fun hands-on exhibits at the UGA Aquarium, and explorations of an underwater reef at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

When: Saturday, October 24 2015
Time: Noon – 4PM

Learn more here. 

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day are free.

For additional information, call 912-598-2325, or seehttp://www.skio.uga.edu/

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

CONTINUOUS ACTIVITIES NOON – 4 pm

Jay Wolf Nature Trail, Interpretive Cabin, Learning Garden

UGA Aquarium Open 10 am-5 pm / Free Admission & Special Activities Noon-4 pm

Behind the scenes peeks at the Aquarium. Every 20 minutes (12 –4 pm) – pick up your FREE ticket in the lobby to reserve your time!

New Touch Tank Display (Aquarium)

Touch Tanks (Aquarium Day Group Room)

Phytoplankton Lab Demo (Aquarium Plankton Lab)

Invertebrate Explorations (Aquarium Invertebrate Lab)

Dock Discoveries (Aquarium Dock) – Learn more about organisms found in our estuary and get your hands wet at a stingray touch tank!

Interactive Reptile Exhibit – Meet and greet some common reptiles of the Georgia coast (MAREX screened porch)

Oyster Hatchery Display and Hatchery Tours (Shellfi­sh Parking Lot)

PhotoBooth (McGowan Library auditorium)

Plankton World & CytoSense (Library overhang & lobby)

Build a Plankton (Tent outside McGowan Library)

Plankton Sink-O­ff (Tent outside McGowan Library) A Sink-Off round every 30 minutes

Environmental Group Exhibits (Skidaway Institute Quad)

Tours of Research Vessel Savannah (Skidaway Institute Dock)

Microbe Hunt – Grab a swab and find the microbes in the world around you. (Skidaway Institute

Quad)

Gray’s Reef’s “Fly an Underwater ROV” — (Skidaway Institute Quad)

SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES

12:30 pm – Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

12:45 pm – Science Talk (Skidaway Institute Quad) “Arctic Carbon Cycling”

1:00 pm – Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

1:15 pm – Science Talk (Skidaway Institute Quad) “Sea Level Rise”

1:30 pm – Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

1:45 pm — Science Talk (Skidaway Institute Quad) “Underwater Robots”

2:00 pm – Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

2:00 pm – Science Talk (MCSRIC Conference Room) “Your tax dollars at work”

2:15 pm – Science Talk (Skidaway Institute Quad) “How do phytoplankton smell?”

2:30 pm – Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

2:45 pm – Science Talk (Skidaway Institute Quad) “Black Gill in Georgia Shrimp”

3:00 pm – Fish Feeding (Aquarium)

3:15 pm – Science Talk (Skidaway Institute Quad) “Weather Reports from Inside the Ocean”

UGA Marine Extension Service & Skidaway Aquarium,  30 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, (912) 598-2496, http://marex.uga.edu/aquarium/ 

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FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA FALL EVENTS, VISIT OUR SAVANNAH FALL FUN GUIDE 2015 HERE. 

Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, Nov. 21

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Harvest Festival, Cane Grinding Event 2014 Oatland Island Wildlife Center Savannah Help Oatland Island Wildlife Center celebrate Georgia’s diverse agricultural traditions during their annual Harvest Festival & Cane Grinding event,  10 AM- 4 PM Nov. 21 2015

Centered around Oatland’s 1800’s Heritage Homesite, history comes alive with old-time music, cane boiling, butter-making & cooking on the hearth & open fire.

See how “it was back then” amidst the sights, sounds & aroma of an old-fashioned fall gathering.

Children young & old will enjoy hay rides, crafts & games, cane syrup & other fun festival food that will tug at your senses as you venture back through history.

More details here.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center Wildlife, 711 Sandtown Rd. Savannah, GA, 31410 (912) 395-1212 Driving directions here.

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FOR MORE SAVANNAH-AREA FALL EVENTS, VISIT OUR SAVANNAH FALL FUN GUIDE 2015 HERE. 

12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

SouthernMamas.com regularly spotlights our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

One of our favorite family daytrips from Savannah is Charleston, SC. (about a 90 minute drive from Savannah).

For more favorite daytrips from Savannah, click here. 

Things to do with kids in Charleston, SC include:
SC Aquarium Charleston Shark Shallows

1. South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Harbor. Hours, daily events, admission rates & specials here.
Now open, Touch sharks & rays @ Shark Shallows. This new exhibit enables you to reach out & feel the skin of bonnethead sharks, cownose rays and southern stingrays. Details here.

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

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

4. The Center for Birds of Prey Avian Conservation Center Awendaw SC

5. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant

6. James Island County Park Climbling Wall, Charleston – South Carolina’s tallest, outdoor climbing wall.

Splash Fountain Charleston Waterfront Park 7. Pineapple Fountain & Splash Fountain in Waterfront Park,Charleston. Wading in these downtown fountains is permitted & encouraged.

8. Awendaw Passage (7 miles) of Palmetto Trail (Hike or mountain bike)

9. Fresh farm stand/u-pick farm (depending on the season) including
* Ambrose Family Farm: Wadmalaw Island.www.stonofarmmarket.com/ambrosefamilyfarm.html
* Boone Hall Farms: Mount Pleasant. www.boonehallfarms.com
* Rosebank Farms: John’s Island. www.rosebankfarms.com

10. West Ashley Bikeway 2.5 mile biking & walking path, Charleston

11. Morris Island Lighthouse, Folly Beach

12. Waterparks
Splash Zone Waterpark in James Island County Park
Splash Island Waterpark, Mount Pleasant, SC

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Free trolley transportation

Free Public Transportation in Charleston via DASH Trolley

Charleston’s free public transportation – DASH Trolley – is operated by the city’s CARTA bus system and runs throughout the historic Charleston peninsula.
Route 210 (Orange) drives from College of Charleston to the Aquarium.
Route 211 (Green) drives to the waterfront, Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, and City Market
Route 213 (Purple) drives to Brittlebank Park, Riley Stadium, historic city center.
All three routes converge at the Visitors Center, Marion Park and Charleston Museum.
Wait at an official CARTA bus stop, denoted by the green signs.

Summer 2015 Deals: Toucan Tuesdays (2 tickets for price of 1) at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Toucan Tuesday free ticket Riverbanks Zoo Toucan Tuesdays @ Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens in Columbia, SC

Every Tuesday this Summer: June 9, 2015-August 18, 2015

Enjoy BOGO admission at Riverbanks every Tuesday this summer with a donation of two cans of food to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

In addition to pay-one-price admission, guests who donate on a Toucan Tuesday also will receive hot savings for keeping cool: $2 16oz. ICEE’s, $2 16oz. fountain drinks and a 2-for-$20 special on misting fans sold at various locations throughout the park. Donations bins are located at both the Zoo and Garden entrance. For more information, visit www.riverbanks.org.

If you make the trek to Columbia, be sure to check out our list of Things To Do With Kids in Columbia, S.C.

Free kids’ nature programs including Thursdays Toddler Time @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

free kids nature activities Savannah Skidaway Island State Park Come out to Skidaway Island State Park to enjoy FREE kids’ nature activities most Wednesdays-Sundays during May 2015 including free  Toddler Time for kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers at 10 AM Thursdays. Bring your child to enjoy stories, games and learning designed just for them. Each week there will be a different nature based theme.

Other free weekend kids’ nature programs include: Birds of Prey, hikes, a feral hogs program & more.

To see the complete list of FREE kids’ nature activities @ Skidaway Is. State Park each month, click here.

Skidaway Island State Park, 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah , GA 31411. On Facebook here.

FOR MORE FREE LOCAL KIDS’ EVENTS, CLICK HERE.

FREE Natural Resource Discovery Day @ Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, March 21

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Free Natural resource discovery Day 2015 Savannah wildlife refuge

Discover YOUR National Wildlife Refuge

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day of free, family fun at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Visitor Center on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Partnering with the Savannah Chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation (NWTF), Georgia Southern University, Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges, University of Georgia (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Marine Education Center & Aquarium), this year’s Discovery Day will be filled with fun, wildlife-related educational activities for all ages.

Have you ever wondered what a biologist, a wildland firefighter, an archaeologist, a forester or a refuge manager does on a national wildlife refuge? Here is your chance to learn. See how birds are banded (even band yourself!); learn about wildland fire with hands-on activities involving real fire equipment; try your luck at target shooting with a BB gun and bow while learning about the refuge hunt program; gain a better understanding of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s role in protecting endangered species; learn why water management matters to wildlife on Savannah NWR, get close up with a variety of reptiles and much more. The Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges will also be serving hotdogs and drinks, while they last.

All activities will be at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center located at 694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC (off U.S. 17, approximately 7 miles north of Savannah, GA and 7 miles south of Hardeeville, SC). For more information on this rain or shine event, call 843-784-2468.

Daytrip/Weekend Getaways: 5 Must Do’s with Kids in Columbia, SC

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Spring means time for exploring on daytrips or weekend getaways. We’ll start regularly spotlighting our favorite nearby daytrip spots to visit with kids outside of Savannah.

This week’s pick: Columbia, SC because one of our favorite museums – EdVenture – is free for Bank of America cardholders this weekend of March 7 & 8 (and the first full weekend of each month).

Columbia works best as a weekend getaway (meaning an overnight stay) versus a daytrip. While driving back and forth there in one day is doable – it is a lot easier to find an affordable motel and make a weekend of it.

Weekend Getaway to Columbia SCEdVenture Children’s Museum
Home of EDDIE®, the world’s largest child. Also The South’s Largest Children’s Museum
Bank of America “Museums on Us” Weekend
If you are a Bank of America cardholder, enjoy free admission to EdVenture, on the first full weekend of every month!
Saturday, March 7 , 2015 – Sunday, March 8 , 2015

Museum Hours & Admission
Tues.- Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
We are closed Easter Sunday
Children and Adults: $11.50
Seniors: (age 62+) $10.50
Military: (with ID) $10.50
Groups: (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50
Members: Free
Children under one: Free
More details here.

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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Home to more than 2,000 animal. For an extra fee, kids can feed the girafees, lorikeets, ride the endangered species carousel, ride the spots & stripes train or conquer a rock wall or the 4-story vertical ropes challenge. There’s also a zip line canopy tour that includes seven zip lines ranging in length from 200 to 1,000 feet.
Admission
Adults (13 and up) — $13.95
Children (ages 2–12) — $11.50
Children (younger than 2) — FREE
Military (with military ID) — $12.95
Senior Citizens (ages 62 and up) — $12.95
Unlimited Daily Rides and Attractions Wristband** — $20.00 **Admission, Sky-High Safari and zip line are not included with purchase.*
Details here.

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Congaree National Park
No entrance or tour fees
Activities include hiking, primitive camping, bird watching canoeing & kayaking, Ranger guided interpretive walks and canoe tours, nature study, and environmental education programs.
Schedule of park events here. 
803-776-4396

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Carolina Children’s Garden
a two-acre green oasis and teaching garden located in northeast Columbia on the Clemson University/Sandhill extension campus. The garden has twelve theme gardens where children explore, play, and learn in a natural environment of birds and butterflies along with storybook characters like Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit; The Three Bears Garden, Old McDonald’s Farm, McGregor’s Carrot Patch, and an Alphabet garden displaying plants that start with each letter of the alphabet.
Hours of operation here.

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Saluda Shoals Park
A 400-acre riverfront park with educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, bird watching, nature hiking and more! Both paved and unpaved paths are available for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Also: geocaching, obstacle courses, bird walks, flower safaris
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5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC | 803-731-5208
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