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World Ranger Day @ Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Fort King George State Historic Site Darien
World Ranger Day @ Fort King George State Historic Site, Darien

In recognition of World Ranger Day, join rangers @ Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien, Ga. for a fun, activity-packed day where any Junior Ranger can earn a Georgia “Go Do” patch on Sat. July 31 2021.

Traditionally, to earn one of these patches requires completing each category five times. This year if anyone participates in one of these activities on July 31 2021, they can earn the patch!

Fort King George is offering 2 programs with 2 patches. Complete a scavenger hunt through the Fort, collecting clues, and earn an Outdoor Fun patch. Or, help rangers create a flourishing colonial medicine garden and earn a Kids Care patch.

Cost: $4.50-$7.50

Fort King George State Historic Site
302 McIntosh Road SE
Darien, GA 31305
McIntosh County
912-437-4770.

Learn more here. 

New kid-friendly places to check out in Savannah & the Lowcountry

Friday, July 16th, 2021

Here are a few new kid-friendly spots to check out in Savannah & the Lowcountry that have opened in 2021.

Sandbox Children's Museum Lowcountry Celebration Park Hilton Head

New location of The Sandbox Children’s Museum, Lowcountry Celebration Park, Hilton Head Is. 

Lowcountry Celebration Park – which opened in December 2020 – includes Adventure Playground for kids, a discovery trail, pavilion and lawn for festivals, exercise stations, Wi-Fi, restrooms.

The Sandbox Children’s Museum has moved there, too, to its new location (pictured above).

Purchase tickets to the Sandbox Children’s Museum online here.

The Sandbox will have 3-hour play sessions! Hours vary by day so check out the availability on the Sandbox calendar.

(Please note the new address below)

The Sandbox Children’s Museum HHI,
80 Nassau St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-7645

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Tybee Marine Science Center Savannah

New location of Tybee Island Marine Science Center, Tybee Island

The new Tybee Island Marine Science Center on Tybee’s North Beach features a “Behind the Scenes” self-guided tour as well as a Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary exhibit that is the first of its kind in this region and features a virtual dive. So visitors can virtually experience the live-bottom reef and observe the underwater creatures – coming up close and personal with a loggerhead sea turtle.

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Admission is $10 per person and children 4 and younger are free. Masks required.

Learn more about Tybee Island Marine Science Center here. 

Tybee Island Marine Science Center
37 Meddin Drive
Tybee Island, Georgia 31328
912-786-5917

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new Skidaway Island State Park visitor center interpretive

New Skidaway Island State Park Visitor Center, Savannah

The new visitor center @ Skidaway Island State Park includes floor-to-ceiling windows to showcase the maritime forest and marsh plus birding from a screened porch; a 20-feet high giant ground sloth skeleton, a replica of an ancient fossil found within the park in 1822; nature exhibits including turtles and snakes; a gift shop is filled with clothing, toys, books, camping supplies, jewelry and local foods. The visitor center also includes meeting space, classroom space and staff offices.

Skidway Is. State Park regularly offers kid-friendly events. Find the schedule here. 

Summer Discount Code

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids this summer.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.This discount is valid through July 31 2021.

Get your discount here. 

Skidaway Is. State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411

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New trails in Savannah

Mohawk Lake trail savannah

Mohawk Lake trail, Savannah

Mohawk Lake Trail
The 17-acre lake (pictured above) located at 1132 Mohawk Street now has a new walking/jogging trail and dog park that opened in July 2021.

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Savannah’s Truman Linear Park Trail

A roughly three-mile section of the proposed six-mile public Truman Linear Park Trail runs between Lake Mayer and East DeRenne Avenue, parallel to the Truman Parkway and Casey Canal. Part of the trail includes a boardwalk (pictured below) that runs through a woodsy section of Magnolia Park neighborhood. Learn more here. 

Truman linear trail savannah

Truman Linear Park Trail, Savannah

Kids’ Summer Happenings @ Skidaway Is. & Fort McAllister State Parks, Savannah & Richmond Hill

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Junior Ranger Saturdays Savannah Skidaway Island Georgia State Parks Fort Mcallister

Both Skidaway Island State Park (Savannah) & Fort McAllister State Park (Richmond Hill) offer Junior Ranger Saturdays this summer 2021. Parents can drop off kids ages 6-12 on certain Saturdays to participate in hands-on programs at the state parks. Details on that as well as other kid-friendly events at both state parks below.

Summer Discount Code

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids this summer.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.This discount is valid through July 31 2021.

Get your discount here. 

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Upcoming kids’ happenings @ Skidaway Is. State Park in Savannah:

Junior Ranger Saturdays @ Skidaway Is. State Park 
On every Saturday this Summer 2021 @ Skidaway Is. State Park in Savannah, participate with hands-on programs and work on earning your Jr. Ranger badge at Junior Ranger Saturdays.
Weekly events include birding, hiking, archery, exploring the park’s Interpretive Center and meeting the park’s live critters. Be sure to pack a lunch, snack, water bottle, bug spray and sun screen.
Each Saturday will be limited to 15 Junior Rangers. For ages 6-12.
The day begins at 8:30AM and pick up is at 4PM. The last Saturday is July 31.
Cost: $15. Parking: $5.
Learn more here. 

Reading Ranger @ Skidaway Is State Park, Savannah
Free
Fri. June 4 2021, 3PM
Listen to Skidaway Is. State Park Ranger read aloud the children’s books “Fun with the Fairway Foxes”. This book is written by a local of Skidaway Island, Sara Lucas, she also took all of the pictures shown in the book. Please pre-register by calling the park’s office: 912-598-2300

Archery @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Fri. June 11, 2021, 10-10:45AM
Learn the basics of archery and test your skills on our archery range. This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Advance registration required as space will be limited to 4 participants, and social distancing will be required. Call:  912-598-2300. Cost: $10 plus $5 parking.

Father’s Day Movie Night @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Fri. June 18, 2021, 8:30PM
Bring the family out for a movie under the stars. We will be showing “Kicking & Screaming” starring Will Ferrell. Be sure to bring your own chairs or blanket and favorite movie snacks. The movie will be located behind the visitor center. Please pre-register for the program by calling the park’s number:  912-598-2300

Father’s Day Card Craft @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Sun. June 20, 2021 at 11AM
Make your Dad a festive Father’s Day card using what you find in the park. Art supplies and paper will be provided. Please pre-register for the program by calling our park’s office:  912-598-2300

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Upcoming kids’ happenings @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Junior Ranger Weekend (Saturday) Camps 2021 @ Fort McAllister State Park
10AM-4PM June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24. Learn more here.

Night Fort Tour @ Fort McAllister State Park
Friday, June 18, 2021 8:45-9:45 PM
Come experience the beauty and tranquility of Fort McAllister at night on this ranger-guided tour of the fort. We will recount history and tell stories of Georgia’s last battle of the Civil War. Space is limited to 10 people. Pre-register and pay admission before 6:30PM in person, or by calling the park office at 912-727-2339. 912-727-2339.

Crabbing @ Fort McAllister State Park
Sun. Jun 20, 2021 11AM-1PM
Limited space available, Please RSVP. Want to go crabbing? We will learn the different kinds of traps to use, what to use for bait, and the best times for crabbing. Please bring a bucket for crabs, chair, water, and sunscreen. We can provide 1 Crab trap and bait per family, but you may also bring your own. *Georgia Fishing license required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Independence Day Celebration @ Fort McAllister State Park
Sat. July 3, 2021 10AM-3PM
Celebrate Independence Day like it’s 1864. Join us for an old-fashioned celebration with living history demonstrations and musket demonstrations. $9. 912-727-2339.

Summer discount code for Friends of Georgia State Parks membership

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Friends of Georgia State Parks Discount code

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids this summer.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.This discount is valid through July 31 2021.

Get your discount here. 

Thanks Friends of Georgia State Parks for giving our readers this special summer discount!

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Upcoming kids’ happenings @ Skidaway Is. State Park in Savannah:

Junior Ranger Saturdays @ Skidaway Is. State Park 
On every Saturday this Summer 2021 @ Skidaway Is. State Park in Savannah, participate with hands-on programs and work on earning your Jr. Ranger badge at Junior Ranger Saturdays.
Weekly events include birding, hiking, archery, exploring the park’s Interpretive Center and meeting the park’s live critters. Be sure to pack a lunch, snack, water bottle, bug spray and sun screen.
Each Saturday will be limited to 15 Junior Rangers. For ages 6-12.
The day begins at 8:30AM and pick up is at 4PM. The last Saturday is July 31.
Cost: $15. Parking: $5.
Learn more here. 

Reading Ranger @ Skidaway Is State Park, Savannah
Free
Fri. June 4 2021, 3PM
Listen to Skidaway Is. State Park Ranger read aloud the children’s books “Fun with the Fairway Foxes”. This book is written by a local of Skidaway Island, Sara Lucas, she also took all of the pictures shown in the book. Please pre-register by calling the park’s office: 912-598-2300

Archery @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Fri. June 11, 2021, 10-10:45AM
Learn the basics of archery and test your skills on our archery range. This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Advance registration required as space will be limited to 4 participants, and social distancing will be required. Call:  912-598-2300. Cost: $10 plus $5 parking.

Father’s Day Movie Night @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Fri. June 18, 2021, 8:30PM
Bring the family out for a movie under the stars. We will be showing “Kicking & Screaming” starring Will Ferrell. Be sure to bring your own chairs or blanket and favorite movie snacks. The movie will be located behind the visitor center. Please pre-register for the program by calling the park’s number:  912-598-2300

Father’s Day Card Craft @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
Sun. June 20, 2021 at 11AM
Make your Dad a festive Father’s Day card using what you find in the park. Art supplies and paper will be provided. Please pre-register for the program by calling our park’s office:  912-598-2300

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Upcoming kids’ happenings @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Junior Ranger Weekend (Saturday) Camps 2021 @ Fort McAllister State Park
10AM-4PM June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24. Learn more here.

Night Fort Tour @ Fort McAllister State Park
Friday, June 18, 2021 8:45-9:45 PM
Come experience the beauty and tranquility of Fort McAllister at night on this ranger-guided tour of the fort. We will recount history and tell stories of Georgia’s last battle of the Civil War. Space is limited to 10 people. Pre-register and pay admission before 6:30PM in person, or by calling the park office at 912-727-2339. 912-727-2339.

Crabbing @ Fort McAllister State Park
Sun. Jun 20, 2021 11AM-1PM
Limited space available, Please RSVP. Want to go crabbing? We will learn the different kinds of traps to use, what to use for bait, and the best times for crabbing. Please bring a bucket for crabs, chair, water, and sunscreen. We can provide 1 Crab trap and bait per family, but you may also bring your own. *Georgia Fishing license required. $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Independence Day Celebration @ Fort McAllister State Park
Sat. July 3, 2021 10AM-3PM
Celebrate Independence Day like it’s 1864. Join us for an old-fashioned celebration with living history demonstrations and musket demonstrations. $9. 912-727-2339.

Junior Ranger Saturdays during Summer 2021 @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Junior Ranger Saturdays 2021 Summer Skidaway Island State Park

Junior Ranger Saturdays @ Skidaway Is. State Park 

On every Saturday this Summer 2021 @ Skidaway Is. State Park in Savannah, participate with hands-on programs and work on earning your Jr. Ranger badge at Junior Ranger Saturdays.

Weekly events include birding, hiking, archery, exploring the park’s Interpretive Center and meeting the park’s live critters. Be sure to pack a lunch, snack, water bottle, bug spray and sun screen.

Each Saturday will be limited to 15 Junior Rangers. For ages 6-12.

The day begins at 8:30AM and pick up is at 4PM. The last Saturday is July 31.

Cost: $15. Parking: $5.

Learn more here. 

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
52 Diamond Causeway
Saturdays 8:30AM-4 PM
(912) 598-2300

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Summer Discount Code

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids this summer.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.This discount is valid through July 31 2021.

Get your discount here. 

Memorial Day Weekend 2021 Events & Summer Discount Code @ Georgia State Parks

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Memorial Day festivities @ Fort King George Historic Site, Darien, Ga.

Memorial Day Commemoration @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill
Sat. May 29, 2021, 10AM-3PM

An old fashioned Memorial Day. Living history interpretations will take place throughout the day including Musket Firing. Tour the fort, museum and grounds of Fort McAllister along the banks of the Ogeechee River.

Admission: $9
912-727-2339

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Skidaway Is. State Park Memorial Day Weekend events, Savannah

Junior Ranger Saturdays
Sat. May 29, 2021 8:30AM-4PM
Skidaway Island State Park
On every Saturday starting, participate with hands-on programs and work on earning your Jr. Ranger badge. Weekly events include birding, hiking, archery and exploring the park’s Interpretive Center and meeting our live critters. The day begins at 8:30AM and pick up is at 4PM. The last Saturday is July 31.
Cost: $15 plus $5 parking.
912-598-2300.

Pinecone Owl Craft
Sun. May 30, 2021 1-2 PM
Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA
Create little owls using what you find at the park. All ages are welcome. The materials needed for this craft will be supplied. Please pre-register by calling the park office. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

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Memorial Day Weekend @ Fort King George Historic Site, Darien, Ga

Present and Fire!
Sat. May 29, 2021 10AM-Noon & 2-3PM
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
Two Redcoat soldiers demonstrate 18th-century musket drills and answer questions about the fort. $4.50-$7.50
912-437-4770.
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Colonial Medicine
Sun. May 30, 2021 10AM-Noon & 2-3PM
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
Colonial medicine & practices performed during the 18th century. $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.

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Present and Fire!
Mon. May 31, 2021 10AM-Noon & 2-3PM
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
Two Redcoat soldiers will be demonstrating 18th-century musket drills and answering questions about the fort! $4.50-$7.50 912-437-4770.

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Memorial Day Commemoration @ Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway

Memorial Day Commemoration
Sat. May 29, 2021 10AM-4PM
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
To commemorate Memorial Day, Fort Morris, located on the Medway River in historic Sunbury, Georgia, will present hourly Revolutionary War soldier talks and musket and cannon firing demonstrations. $3-4.50 912-884-5999.

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Summer Discount Code

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids this summer.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.This discount is valid through July 31 2021.

Get your discount here. 

New Visitor Center & Summer Discount Code at Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

new Skidaway Island State Park visitor center interpretive

New Skidaway Island State Park Visitor Center, Savannah

Skidaway Island State Park will host a public ribbon-cutting celebration for its new visitor center at 10AM on May 13. The 6,300-square-foot building is now the first stop for those enjoying one of Georgia’s most popular state parks.

Designed to reflect the architectural style of neighboring communities, the facility spotlights the low-country barrier island. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the maritime forest and marsh, and guests can enjoy birding from a screened porch. Towering 20 feet high is a giant ground sloth skeleton, a replica of an ancient fossil found within the park in 1822. Nature exhibits include turtles and snakes, and a gift shop is filled with clothing, toys, books, camping supplies, jewelry and local foods. The visitor center also includes meeting space, classroom space and staff offices.

Skidaway Island State Park is just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah, yet surrounded by peaceful tidal waterways and forest. Overnight guests can choose from small cabins or campsites shaded by live oaks and Spanish moss. During the day, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, geocaching and ranger programs. The park’s Big Ferry Nature Trail is part of Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail, and colorful painted buntings are often spotted during spring.

To learn more, visit GaStateParks.org/SkidawayIsland or call 912-598-2300.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, and parking is $5. Skidaway Island State Park is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Skidway Is. State Park regularly offers kid-friendly events. Find the schedule here. 

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Summer Discount Code

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids this summer.

SouthernMamas.com readers can receive a 15 percent discount on Friends of Georgia State Parks membership levels.  Use the code southernmama to get your discount.This discount is valid through July 31 2021.

Get your discount here. 

Skidaway Island State Park Visitor Center Interpretive Savannah

(Daytrips from Savannah) Outdoor kids’ programs @ Fort King George State Historic Site

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Fort King George State Park Darien Savannah

Lots of outdoor kids’ happenings at nearby Georgia State Parks including this upcoming Saturday event @ Fort King George State Historic Site in Darien, Ga.

 

Crafting Days: Wood & Wax
Fort King George State Historic Site
302 McIntosh Rd SE
Darien, GA 31305-4304,
Sat. March 20, 2021 at two times
10AM-Noon
2-3PM
Open to the public
Join rangers for a day outside demonstrating colonial wood-working and candle-making.
Standard site admission is required to attend this program.
Site admission: Adults $7.50, Seniors $7.00, Youth 6-17 $4.50, Youth 5 & younger are FREE
912-437-4770.
Learn more here.

Easter Egg Hunts & Festivities 2021 in the Savannah area & Lowcountry

Monday, March 1st, 2021

SouthernMamas.com is compiling the annual Savannah-Lowcountry Easter Egg Hunt & Festivities list as events are announced. The 2021 list looks differently this year with fewer festivities but some smaller, outdoor Easter Egg hunts are still happening with COVID precautions. Email your organization’s Easter event info to anne@southernmamas.com.

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chick 2012

That beloved annual Savannah springtime tradition – the 4-H Chick Hatchery – will be a live stream this year due to the pandemic. Watch March 31-April 2 2021 on Chatham County 4-H YouTube site

Kids of all ages can watch the chicks emerge from their eggs . For more than two decades, Chatham County Cooperative Extension 4-H has run the hands-on display hatchery during the Easter season, allowing kids to hold newly hatched chicks. But for the past two seasons, it has been online instead.

Free & open to the public.

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Easter Market @ Islands Farmers Market, Whitemarsh Is.
Sat. April 3, 9AM-Noon for an Easter market. All vendors will have Easter eggs to pass out to the kids make sure to follow the bunny trail and collect your eggs.

401 Quarterman Drive Savannah, GA 31410

There will be a photographer on site doing two digital photos for $10. A picture of the background can be found under the event tab. 30+ vendors+ and doggy adoption.

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Easter Egg Scavenger Hunts Savannah Chatham County Glynn County 2021

2021 Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt @ Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, Brunswick, Glynn County
Due to COVID, this year will be a different twist on the traditional Easter Egg Hunt.
A 2-month long Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt instead of a 1-day event.
Easter Egg Hunts will be from March 3-April 30 2021 on Wednesdays-Sunday from 10AM-4PM.
Guests will arrive and pay admission (Ages 18-61 $8; 62+ $7; 6-17 $5; younger than 6 are FREE).
Guests will be given a Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt map & instructions.
Follow the instructions using the map for clues to answer the secret saying and then receive a prize bag filled with toy filled Easter Eggs & prizes. Guests can receive an EXTRA PRIZE for taking a selfie at one of the clue locations.
This event is for the ENTIRE FAMILY & all ages. Come out and enjoy the open spaces, have fun & tour the plantation.
Learn more here.______________________________________

 

free Easter goodie bags savannah church comfort dog

Free Easter Goodie Bags, visits with comfort dog @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Savannah
Stop by anytime between 10AM-noon on Sat. April 3 2021 for a free goodie bag from Trinity Lutheran Church. Organizers will share the Easter story every 30 minutes. Kids can also visit with Lizzie, a comfort dog.
Trinity Lutheran Church
12391 Mercy Blvd.
Savannah, GA
Free & open to the public
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Easter Egg Hunt Savannah 2021

Free Easter Egg hunt, 2PM Sat. April 3 2021, Bloom & Grow Market (outdoors), Savannah
Bloom & Grow Open Market
14 Brasseler Blvd, Savannah, GA 31419-9576
Over 1000 eggs filled with treasures at 2PM Easter egg hunt plus a weekly outdoor market from noon-6PM featuring food trucks, local makers, local vendors. A photo booth. Egg hunt will begin at 2PM and continues while supplies last. After hunting stop by the market marshmallow station to make candied marshmallows for $2 per child.
Questions? Email Bloomandgrowmarket@gmail.com

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Egg Hunts 2021 Easter Garden City Savannah

Garden City Egg Hunt, Sat. April 3 2021

Spring Fair @ True Vine World Harvest
1-4PM Sat. April 3 2021
5224 Augusta Rd, Savannah, GA 31408-1619

You’re invited to a day full of games, activities, and more. Masks and sanitation procedures will be in place.
Tickets: $10
Purchase tickets online here.

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Pooler Egg Hunt @ Noon Sun. April 4 2021
@ the Senior Center in Sangrena Woods.
Trolley shuttle will be available to take guests from Pooler Bible Church @ 1204 Hwy 80 in Pooler to the event @ the Senior Center. Three separate zones for kids of all ages.
Questions? Call 912.988.7444 or email info@poolerchurch.com. Free & open to the public.

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Easter Egg Hunts Savannah Hilton Head bluffton 2021

Hilton Head Is. / Bluffton SC Area Easter Egg Hunts 2021

Drive-thru Easter Eggstravaganza, 10:30AM Sat. April 3 2021
Drive by event. Stay in your cars, receive a goodie bag full of eggs (while supplies last)
With the help of the Easter Bunny, eggs filled by Pockets Full of Sunshine, a local non-profit employing adults with disabilities.
10:30AM Sat. April 3 2021 @ two Hilton Head Is. locations
TWO LOCATIONS: Shelter Cove Park (behind Poseidon Restaurant & Lowcountry Celebration Park (near Coligny Circle). 
Learn more here.

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Photos with the Easter Bunny @ Island Child on Hilton Head Is.

Free Easter Basket to the First 100 Children
Sat. March 27 & Sat. April 3 2021, 2-4PM

You will be able to take a photo of your child who will be at a safe distance in front of the bunny. No direct contact with the Easter Bunny will be permitted.

Island Child
The Village at Wexford
Hilton Head Is. SC 29928
843.686.5437

Giveaway: Two Supporter year-long gift memberships with two gift cards to Georgia’s State Parks

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Georgia State Park giveaway year membership

Giveaway: two year-long Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter gift memberships with two additional gift cards to Georgia’s State Parks.

We excited about this “It’s Almost Spring!” Giveaway. We’re giving away two year-long Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter gift memberships (value $125 each) with two additional gift cards to Georgia State Parks.

Two SouthernMamas.com readers will win one each.

Think free access to Georgia State Parks for a year – a year’s worth of access to mountains, hiking, swimming, lakes, beaches, trails, biking, waterfalls, exploring, sight-seeing, rivers and more.

To enter to win, visit this giveaway post on our SouthernMamas.com Facebook page. Comment on the FB giveway post, telling us what you are most looking forward to doing outdoors this spring 2021.  Entry will be open for a week. Then we’ll pick two names at random and announce the winners.

Here’s what the Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter year-long gift memberships include: three free nights of camping, two annual park passes to Georgia State Parks, 10 percent off lodging, and two free picnic shelter rentals.

Good luck & get outdoors!

georgia state parks giveaway southernmamas.com 2021

Black Heritage Tour @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

black history tour wormsloe state historic park savannah february 2021

Join Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah to honor the memory and impact of Black people to this site on Feb. 27-28 2021 with Black Heritage Weekend.

Reserve your tickets and join a ranger on the inaugural Black Heritage Tour, highlighting Wormsloe’s history as a slave plantation and invoking the memories of those enslaved Africans who lived, worked, and died here.

Bring water and wear comfortable shoe wear for the guided tour. The tour will last approximately one hour. Reservations are required. Call 912-353-3023. Email: Wormsloe.SHS@dnr.ga.gov

Cost: Youth- $6.50 Adults- $12

Soldier Saturday @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Soldier Saturday
Fort McAllister State Historic Park, Richmond Hill, GA
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021, 10AM-4PM

Stop by the fort’s plantation house where an interpretive ranger portraying a Civil War soldier will entertain topics of conversation ranging from fort history to Civil War medicine. The plantation house is a replica of a caretaker’s cottage that was once a part of Strathy Hall Plantation. The McAllister family During the Civil War, the troops used the house as barracks and later demolished it when the Union forces were expected to attack by land. Visitors can tour the house and learn about life during the 1860s.
Cost: Program is free with regular fort admission (no ParkPass required).

Learn more here. 

Questions? Call 912-727-2339

ABOUT FORT MCALLISTER:
Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy

Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Kids’ Colonial Muster 2021 @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Wormsloe State Historic Site Savannah 2021

Kids Colonial Muster @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, Sat. Feb. 13 2021 

This 45 min workshop offered two different times on Sat. Feb. 13 is recommended for ages 8-12 and is a part of Wormsloe’s lecture and workshop series through February for Georgia History Month.

Registration for this program must be made in advance. Space is limited. Call 912-353-3023 to reserve.
Basic workshop admission: $10 (+tax)
Upgrade workshop admission (Includes take-home wooden musket): $19.49 (+tax)

Kids’ Colonial Muster 2021
Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah
Sat. Feb. 13, 2021 10AM-10:45AM & 2-2:45PM

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Georgia Day Parade 2021 Virtual Savannah

Virtual Georgia Day Parade, 2021

In lieu of the traditional parade, join Georgia Historical Society for a special online program at 11AM Fri. Feb. 12.

The presentation will feature greetings from local and state officials, appearances by Georgia’s famous historical figures, and the announcement of the Georgia Day banner and art competition winners.

Sign up for the Georgia Day Parade Online Program here.

 

Savannah daytrips: Fort King George State Park

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Fort king George Savannah state park

Daytrip!

To Fort King George State Park in Darien, Ga.

This year marks the tricentennial of a turning point in North American colonial history. Three centuries ago, British soldiers established their first fort on land that was to become the colony of Georgia. Called Fort King George, it protected a low bluff on the mighty Altamaha River from French and Spanish explorers, as well as Guale Indians. Since all buildings are reconstructed, children are welcome to use their energy and creativity to explore.

From 1721 until 1727, Fort King George – now a state historic site — served as the southern boundary of the British Empire in North America. After a fire damaged buildings, General James Oglethorpe brought Scottish Highlanders to the site in 1736. Their settlement was called Darien, eventually becoming a bustling seaport that rivaled Savannah for shipping lumber. Today, this 18th-century frontier settlement is open for tours where visitors can explore numerous reconstructed buildings.

“You won’t see ‘do not touch’ signs because we want you to experience the fort as soldiers would have experienced it,” said site manager Valarie Ikhwan. “We are known for kids being to be able to understand what it’s like to climb up a ladder into their bunk every night. We’re known for kids being able to understand what it feels like to carry that barrel of gunpowder or ring the dinner bell.”

Overlooking a scenic tidal river are officers’ quarters, barracks, a guard house, moat and palisades. Guests are welcome to climb ladders inside the blockhouse, lay on soldiers’ bunks and peek out musket holes. Actively exploring the fort helps guests, especially children, imagine life 300 years ago. A museum highlights the Guale Indians, 1580s Santo Domingo de Talaje mission, British colonists, the Scots of Darien and the 19th century timber industry. The remains of three sawmills, soldier graves and tabby ruins are still visible today.

To celebrate the tricentennial, rangers will host a series of presentations and celebrations throughout 2021. The next virtual speaker presentations will be Feb. 28 2021, spotlighting Gullah Geechee heritage, and March 28 2021, covering the Scots of Darien. Plans for future presentations include local historian Buddy Sullivan, archaeologist Dr. Richard Jefferies and former site managers.

Fort King George Historic Site is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is $4.50 for children and $7.50 for adults.

Learn more here or call 912-437-4770.

Super Museum Sunday 2021 postponed until May

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Super Museum Sunday 2017 Savannah Georgia Day Parade 2017

Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday – traditionally held in February – will be May 2 2021. Super Museum Sunday is when museums & historical sites offer free admission.

On May 2, 2021, explore more than 50 museums and historic sites in person and online during a unique Super Museum Sunday experience.

Pandemic-related capacity and programming restrictions apply.

Learn more here.

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Colonial Faire & Muster 2019 Savannah free events Super Museum Sunday

Colonial Faire and Muster 2021

February 2021 @ Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah  31406.
Explore Wormsloe State Historic Site during weekends in February as audiences of all ages enjoy special living-history programs and demonstrations in an historic outdoor setting. Pandemic-related capacity limitations will apply, and some programs may have fees attached.
Details here. 

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Georgia Day Parade 2021, Savannah

Feb. 12, 2021. Part of the annual commemoration of the founding of the Georgia colony by James Edward Oglethorpe.
The COVID-19 pandemic requires an alternative to the traditional parade. Georgia students will have the opportunity to celebrate Georgia Day in other ways.

Learn more here. 

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FIND MORE SAVANNAH AREA KIDS’ EVENTS HERE.

Outdoor weekend events @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Fort McAllister Richmond Hill kids activities

Outdoor weekend kid-friendly events @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Hikes, soldier Saturdays, blacksmithing programs, survival shelter building workshops & more.

See the events schedule here.