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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 see



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


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


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, 



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.



12 Things to Do with Kids in Charleston, SC

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 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
* Boone Hall Farms: Mount Pleasant.
* Rosebank Farms: John’s Island.

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


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

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.


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.


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.
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.


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. 


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.


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
5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC | 803-731-5208
Details here. 

For more kid-friendly daytrips/weekend getaways from Savannah, click here. 

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2015 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, May 2

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Fairy and Gnome Festival Oatland Island Wildlife Center 2015

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

Favorite Daytrips/Weekend Getaways from Savannah

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Here are our favorite picks for nearby spots outside of Savannah that are well worth the trip (FOR MORE DAYTRIPS, VISIT OUR PINTEREST BEST DAYTRIPS BOARD HERE. ):


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

Georgia Buffalo Ranch in Townsend, Ga. near Darien 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. Tours & visits by appointment.  Georgia Buffalo Ranch, 11495 US Hwy 17, Townsend, Ga 31331 tel: (855) 242-2833 email ,

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Lawton Stables & Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head. Is. S.C. Lawton Stables: (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.

Sea Pines Forest Preservenature trails, ponds, fishing, wildflower field during spring, Native American Shell Ring. Details here.

Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Is.
70 Honey Horn Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Educational natural history and animal programs at a venue that includes salt marsh board walks, open fields, gardens, trails and a 1200 square foot butterfly habitat that is home to some 13 species of native butterflies to the Lowcountry.
More info here.

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

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
FREEBIE: During summer & some spring months, catch the red Sea Pines Trolley at Harbour Town to ride around Sea Pines for free. Click here for the Sea Pines Trolley schedule & route.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

FREEBIE: Parris Island Marine graduation ceremonies are open the public, usually held outside on certain Fridays throughout the year.  Call 843.228.2951 for more information.

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga. More info here.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Billy’s Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour, Fargo, Ga.
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.

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

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Toddler Tuesdays nature programs for kids in Savannah at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

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.

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

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 before 4 PM Monday prior. Call 395-1517 or register online by clicking here. 

Toddler Tuesday Program Fees for 2015:
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.


October 6 Bats eat bugs—They don’t eat people. October is International Bat Month! We will study bats at this Toddler Tuesday and dispel some myths and learn to appreciate these nocturnal aerial acrobatists.

October 13 Who’s Awake?—If Wahoohoo is not awake, then we will wake her up to come to her annual autumnal Toddler Tuesday debut. Owl breeding season has arrived and we want to make sure you can tell Who is hooting in your back yard.

October 20 No Toddler Tuesday because organizers will by busy preparing the center for our annual kid festival fundraiser: the Halloween Hike. Do not miss this good time on both Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th from 5-8pm.

October 27 Trick or Treat—It is Halloween so we are going to hand out sweets to our animals and find out who at Oatland has a sweet tooth. Bring your strollers because we will be sharing some treats with our barn animals.

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



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,

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

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

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