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Kids FREE at Jacksonville Zoo & other Jacksonville spots during November 2014

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Kids Free November in Jacksonville at Jacksonville Zoo, MOSHBring the family, it’s Kids Free November in Jax!

Free admission for children ages 3-12 all month long at Jacksonville’s top family-friendly attractions.

During the month of November 2014, discover all the family fun that Jacksonville has to offer by visiting attractions like the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Museum of Science and History (MOSH), the Museum of Contemporary Art, and WinterFEST at Adventure Landing as they participate in the special family promotion for families.

Visitors will be able to explore great new exhibits like Land of the Tiger at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens; Get Real: New American Painting at MOCA Jacksonville; and Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure at MOSH. An adult must be present.

Other area attractions also welcoming children for free this month are the World Golf Hall of Fame and Amelia River Cruises and Charters.

Valid only November 1 – November 30, 2014.

Up to 5 children (ages 3-12) get in FREE with a general admission paying adult. No coupon necessary.

Cannot be used for special events or combined with any other discounts/offers. This offer is not intended for schools, organizations or associations.

Learn more about this promotion and the attractions that kids can visit for free here.

FREE Skidaway Marine Science Day 2014, Savannah, Oct. 25

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Skidaway Marine Science Day 2014 FREE Savannah kids eventsSkidaway Marine Science Day in Savannah on October 25 2014 will feature a new sea turtle display.

A young loggerhead sea turtle named Rider will make its public debut at the University of Georgia Aquarium on Skidaway Is. on Saturday, Oct. 25, as part of Skidaway Marine Science Day.

This FREE annual campus-wide open house will be noon to 4 PM Sat. Oct. 25 on the campus of the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography on the north end of Skidaway Island.

Rider was hatched in August  2013 on Wassaw Island. Rider was a straggler, meaning he did not successfully get out of his nest when he was hatched.

He was brought to the aquarium by the Caretta Research Project after being approved by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The staff at the aquarium has been caring for Rider for the past year, allowing him to grow large enough for public display.

FREE Educational Activities on Marine Science Day

Free kids’ activities on Marine Science Day include:

*Rider’s debut
*unveiling of a new gray whale exhibit and an expanded touch-tank activity.
*science talks, a reptile show, touch tanks and behind-the-scene tours of the aquarium.
*Tours of the 92-ft UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography’s Research Vessel Savannah & its science displays, including a display on the developing field of underwater robots.
* marine science exhibits
* hands-on science activities.
* displays & info on Georgia Coast marine life @ The UGA Shellfish Laboratory
* displays, demos & activities from a wide range of science, environmental and education groups, such as The Dolphin Project, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center & The Nature Conservancy

Children also will have an opportunity to help protect the marine environment by bagging oyster shells used for oyster reef restoration projects. Kids can also operate a remotely-operated-vehicle in a swimming pool and pick up objects from the bottom.

All activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day 2014 are free.

For additional information, call 912-598-2325, or click here.

UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, On Facebook here, 10 Ocean Science Dr., Skidaway Is.,Savannah, GA 31411, (912) 598-2400,  http://www.skio.usg.edu

Toddler Tuesday nature programs at Oatland Is. Wildlife Center, Savannah

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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 . Pre-registration required. Call 395-1500

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees for 2014:
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.

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 sare at 10 AM & 11 AM on Tuesdays each week . Pre-registration required. Call 395-1517. Be sure to register by 4 PM the Monday before.

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.

TODDLER TUESDAY THEMES

November 11       Land of the Free– There is no better way to celebrate our veterans than with an investigation of the American eagle, our national symbol!  We will soar high and use our eagle feet to learn about what eagle’s eat!

November 18       Awesome Autumn– Cool breeze and falling leaves, now that is something to celebrate. Come to this Toddler Tuesday and learn all about what animals do in the fall to prepare for winter.

November 25       Baby Alligators—Come to TT and learn all about Oatland’s newest little reptiles.  You will sing songs, hear stories and touch the tiniest alligators you may ever see.

December 2         Fantastic Flying Squirrels What is small and fuzzy and is the best stunt performer in the rodent family?  Super Flying Squirrels!  We’ll have a special visitor in class to give us and up close and personal experience about what is so unique about flying squirrels.

December 9         Starry, starry night—Can’t wait up for the stars? We will make them come out for you.  We will go into our inflatable digital planetarium and star show to impress you with the seasonal skies.  We will look at the constellations and learn a story about why they are up in the sky.

December 16       Winter Residents-We will investigate which of our fine feathered friends stick around in the winter.  We will pull out the binoculars and do some peeking at the little birdies and find out what is so sweet about a bird feeder.

December  23      All Aboard the Polar Express! —  It is that time of year again to bring out the Polar Express. We will play train conductor and learn all about polar animals with our pretend train ride to the North Pole, and hey, do you want to build a snowman?

December 30       Run, Run, as Fast as You Can!–What happens when the gingerbread boy escapes at Oatland Island Wildlife Center?  We will learn all about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores and which animals would love a cookie treat and which would not.  All cookie monsters are invited to come to this TT.    

FOR MORE UPCOMING TODDLER TUESDAY THEMES, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Celebrate Oatland Is. Wildlife Center’s 40th Birthday w/ admission discount, kids’ activities

Monday, July 7th, 2014

40th logoAug. 31 2014 is Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s Birthday!

Bring the family to celebrate Oatland’s 40th Birthday, 10 AM-4 PM Aug. 31.

Admission will be 40% off.

There will be animal encounters, animal enrichment talks, birds of prey programs, birthday cake and more!

Call 912-395-1516 or click here for more information.

For more summer programs happening @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, click here. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, 31410 tel: (912) 395-1212
http://www.oatlandisland.org

FREE admission for dads on Father’s Day, June 15 @ Jacksonville Zoo

Friday, June 6th, 2014

free father's day admission Jacksonville Zoo Jacksonville Zoo and Garden has a sweet deal on Father’s Day June 15: Dads receive free admission when they present a coupon.

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is hosting a day of fun for Dad complete with a Zoom at the Zoo Car Show, BBQ for purchase, and live music on the Great Lawn.

Father’s get free admission when they present a coupon on Sunday, June 15. Animal fathers will also be receiving enrichment throughout the day!

CLICK HERE to download the free dad admission coupon.

Summer kids’ nature programs @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Summer Kids programs at Oatland Wildlife Center This summer Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah offers enhanced programming. No pre-registration required for either program.

Bird of Prey (Hunters of the Sky) Wednesdays at 11:30 AM  June 11-July 30 2014

This 45 minute raptor interpretive program offers an inspiring way to learn about birds of prey including falcons, hawks and owls. You will get a close encounter with a few of our glove trained raptors such as: Womack the peregrine falcon, Hunter the red tailed hawk, Wahoohoo the barred owl and Icarus the screech owl. You will learn how each of these animals came to live at Oatland Island Wildlife Center and the unique characteristics that allow them to survive and prosper.

Program prices Adults: $7
Children 4 – 18, seniors, and active military: $5
Children 3 and under: free
Friends of Oatland Members: $2

Live Creature Feature on Fridays at 11:30 AM June 13-Aug. 1 2014

Each week we feature some of our reptilian and mammalian friends in a 45 minute live animal encounter. Learn about the unique characteristics of each organism and how they survive and some of the challenges they face living in our human environment.

Program prices
Adults: $7
Children 4 – 18, seniors, and active military: $5
Children 3 and under: free
Friends of Oatland Members: $2

For non-Friends of Oatland Members, this fee includes your admission to the Wildlife Center. While Friends of Oatland Members generally enjoy free admission to the Wildlife Center, enhanced programming always requires an additional fee. All proceeds benefit the animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, 31410 tel: (912) 395-1212
http://www.oatlandisland.org

Reopening of Cougar Crossing @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 5/31, Savannah

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Oatland Is. Wildlife Center Savannah The reopening of Cougar Crossing at Oatland Island Wildlife Center , Savannah, will be this Saturday, May 31, 2014.

The exhibit area will offer a new, enhanced viewing area allowing for ground level, close-up views of the cougars.

In addition to the enhanced viewing area, Oatland Island Wildlife Center staff are pleased to introduce Shanti, a recent addition to Oatland’s family.

Cougar Crossing will be open to the public starting Saturday May 31 during regular operating hours.

Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Road, Savannah, 31410 tel: (912) 395-1212
http://www.oatlandisland.org

Summer 2014 Deals: Toucan Tuesdays (2 tickets for price of 1) at Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Toucan Tuesdays Summer Deal Riverbanks Zoo If you haven’t taken your kids to Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens in Columbia, SC, you need to make plans to visit this educational, fun destination.

Once again this summer, Riverbanks will offer their popular summer BOGO deal called Toucan Tuesdays. You can donate two cans of food & receive a buy-one, get-one admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden every Tuesday this summer beginning June 3.

The cans are donated to Harvest Hope Food bank. Last summer, Toucan Tuesdays generated a single summer high of more than 6,300 pounds of food to feed struggling families in the Midlands. Donations have topped 17,200 pounds since the promotion began in 2009 or the equivalent of 14,343 meals.

Guests donating on a Toucan Tuesday will also receive hot savings for keeping cool while visiting the park: $2 16oz. ICEE’s, $2 16oz. fountain drinks and a 2-for-$20 special on misting fans sold at various locations throughout the Zoo.

Donation bins will be located at both the Zoo and Garden entrances. The promotion ends on August 26. The offer applies to general admission rates only (purchase one admission and get the second for equal or lesser value free; Explorer wristbands and memberships are not included). For more information, visit www.riverbanks.org.

When visiting Riverbanks, be sure to also check out EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, S.C.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210. The Botanical Garden entrance is located at 1300 Botanical Parkway, West Columbia, SC 29169. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. 803.779.8717, www.riverbanks.org

Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center,

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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 . Pre-registration required. Call 395-1500

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees for 2013:
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.

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 sare at 10 AM & 11 AM on Tuesdays each week . Pre-registration required. Call 395-1500

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.

FOR UPCOMING TODDLER TUESDAY THEMES, CLICK HERE.

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

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.