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(Savannah Holidays 2022) Colonial Christmas @ Wormsloe State Historic Site

Sunday, November 6th, 2022

Come to Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah for some historical Christmas cheer @ the annual Colonial Christmas on Sat. Dec. 10, 2022. Festivities will begin at 10AM at the Colonial Life Area.   

Will you be selected the Lord of Misrule as we search the woods for the perfect Yule Log?  During this program, you will get a chance to learn about how the Christmas season was celebrated 300 years ago.    

Join in and go a ‘wassailing with rangers as we sing jolly songs accompanied by our hammered dulcimer musician.   Music and caroling has long been connected to the holiday as people would have traditionally gone to their neighbors, singing to receive food and drink in return. 

Visitors can make a holiday ornament to take home and pen a letter to Santa using our quills and handmade ink.  Festivities will run from 10AM-4PM and the search for the Yule Log will be at 11AM and 2PM.  Admission ranges from $10 for adults to $2 for children 6 and younger. 

Wormsloe State Historic Site is 9 miles southeast of downtown Savannah at 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA  31406.  For more information, visit GaStateParks.org/Wormsloe or call 912-353-3023.  Georgia’s State Historic Sites are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

(Savannah Fall Festivals) Annual Candle Lantern Tour @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

Pre-register beginning Sept. 15 for this popular event that typically sells out

Experience Fort McAllister State Park’s premiere event of the year: the annual Candle Lantern Tour, happening Sat. Oct. 22 2022, 6:40-10PM.

This popular event features a 30-minute guided candlelit tour with stops at the blacksmith shop, hospital, powder magazine, barracks jail & more. There may just be a sneak attack by Union ships in the river.

This event typically sells out. Pre-register beginning Sept. 15 2022 by calling 912.727.2339. Children ages 2 and younger are free. Tickets are non-refundable.

Admission: $25
Event Phone: 912-727-2339

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

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Other Events @ Fort McAllister State Park

Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill has kid-friendly events happening throughout the year including themed hikes, workshops, crabbing and shrimping classes, re-enactments and more. See the park’s event schedule here.

(Savannah Halloween, Fall Festivals 2022) Marsh Monster Masquerade

Saturday, August 20th, 2022

Trunk or treat, dog costume contest, mask-decorating contests @ Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Monsters of all ages are invited to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah on Sat. Oct. 29 2022, 11AM-6PM for Marsh Monster Masquerade, featuring a spooky mask decorating contest for children and adults, children’s pumpkin decorating, a dog costume contest, fair-style games, prizes, and more.

Trunk-or-treat from 4-6PM will cap off the evening. Don your costume and bring the whole family to enjoy the marsh views, plenty of Halloween candy, and a haunting good time in the park!

Admission: $5 per vehicle.

Schedule:

11AM Open
1PM Dog Costume Contest
2PM Spooky Mask Decorating Contest (children)
3PM Spooky Mask Decorating Contest (adults)
4-6PM Trunk or Treat
6PM Close.

If you would like to sign up to give out candy for the Trunk-or-Treat, please call the visitor center at 912-598-2300.

Food truck vendors are invited to apply for the day. If interested, please email skidaway.park@dnr.ga.gov or call the visitor center at 912-598-2300 for a registration form.

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Discount code for Friends of Georgia State Parks membership

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022

Fall discount code for Friends of Georgia State Parks membership.

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. 

Get your discount here. 

Georgia has nearly 50 state parks, each with different attributes. Think mountains, canyons, lakes, waterfalls, gorges, swamps, and more. We want to make it easier for you to go to enjoy hiking trails, biking, boating, camping, disc golf, fishing, golfing, paddling, and leaf-peeping.

Get your discount here. 

A Few of the Many State Park Events @ Nearby Parks include:

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Skidaway Island State ParkSavannah

Archery, Sept. 17

Sat. Sept. 17 2022, 10-11AM and 2-3PM. 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. $10 per person. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Please call the Visitors Center to sign up:  912-598-2300.Please arrive 10 minutes ahead to go to the Visitors Center first.

Marsh Monster Masquerade, Oct. 29

Monsters of all ages are invited to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah on Sat. Oct. 29 2022, 11AM-6PM for Marsh Monster Masquerade, featuring a spooky mask decorating contest for children and adults, children’s pumpkin decorating, a dog costume contest, fair-style games, prizes, and more. Details here.

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Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Candle Lantern Tour, Oct. 22

Pre-registration opens Sept. 15 2022 for the popular annual Candle Lantern Tour @ Fort McAllister State Park on Oct. 22 2022. Details here.

Fall SouthernMamas.com Giveaway: Two Supporter year-long gift memberships to Georgia’s State Parks

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Win free camping, annual park pass

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

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

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

Two SouthernMamas.com readers will be chosen.

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.

Winners will also each receive a Friends of Georgia State Park backpack and waterbottle.

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 Fall 2022.  Entry will be open until Aug. 11 2022. Then we’ll pick two names at random and announce the winners.

Good luck & get outdoors!

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Fall discount code for a Friends of Georgia State Parks membership

SouthernMamas.com and Friends of Georgia State Parks are partnering to make it even easier to get outside with your kids for late summer/fall 2022..

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.

Get your discount here. 

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

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Late Summer State Park Events @ Nearby Parks

Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

Aug. 27 2022: Tools & skills that built a colony, 10AM-4PM. What did those first colonists do to survive when they arrived in 1733? Find out if you have what it took to build a colony. See craft demonstrations such as blacksmithing, spinning, cooking, and more. $2 – $10. 912-353-3023.

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Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Aug. 12 2022: Campfire Night, 6-7PM. Gather round the campfire with us and unwind. We will have free marshmallows and sticks to toast them. Meet at the firepit behind the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Sat. Aug. 20 2022: Archery. 9-10AM, 10:30-11:30AM, 2:30-3:30PM. 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. Please call the Visitors Center to sign up. Please arrive 10 minutes ahead to go to the Visitors Center first. $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Sat. Aug. 27 2022: Sand Art. 2-3PM. Make summertime-themed pictures using sand and glue. This will be fun for both children and those that are kids at heart. Materials will be provided. Location: Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

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Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Sun. Aug. 28 2022: Shrimping class, 3-5PM. Limited space available, please RSVP. Have you ever wanted to learn how to shrimp? Learn the basics of how to throw a cast net. Short shuttle by boat to a sand bar across river so you can spread out and practice or casting skills. Must have own cast net! $5 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Sun. Sept. 4 2022: Labor Day Festivities 10AM-1PM & The Great Ogeechee Water Fight 1-2PM. Civil War interpreters will fire muskets throughout the day 10AM-1PM. $9. For the water fight 1-2PM, bring your water blaster, super soaker, or entire H20 arsenal to this water fight extravaganza. Play games like fortress destruction, and soak a ranger, and end with free play. Pre-register by calling park office. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

(Georgia State Parks) Great Ogeechee Water Fight, Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Saturday, July 30th, 2022

Labor Day Weekend 2022 @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

The Great Ogeechee Water Fight

Sun. Sept 4, 2022 (1-2PM)
Summertime is almost over why not go out with a bang? Bring your water blaster, super soaker, or entire H20 arsenal to a water fight extravaganza. Play games like fortress destruction, and soak a ranger, and end with free play. Pre-register by calling park office: 912-727-2339

Admission: $2
Parking fee: $5

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

Details here.

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SouthernMamas.com Giveaway: Two two year-long Friends of Georgia State Parks Supporter gift memberships to Georgia’s State Parks. Learn more here.

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Labor Day 2022 Events around Savannah

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022
Labor Day weekend 2017 kids' events in Savannah, Hilton Head

Labor Day Happenings 2022 around Savannah

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Savannah

FREE Farewell to Summer Labor Day Weekend Celebration @ Plant Riverside District @ 400 W. River St., Fri. Sept. 2-Mon. Sept. 5 2022. The Savannah Ghost Pirates — Savannah’s hockey team — will provide free arts & crafts activities for kids of all ages Sept. 3-5, noon-4PM in Montgomery Park.

Additional highlights include:

* free aerial show featuring performances by Cirque Divina Fri. Sept. 2 & Sat. Sept. 3, 8:30PM in Montgomery Park.

* Movies in the Park series concludes with a free screening of Grease in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Sun. Sept. 4, 7PM. Lawn chair seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Popcorn, snow cones & beverages will also be available for purchase at a concession stand on-site

See the entertainment schedule here.

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Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill

Labor Day Festivities @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill,
Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, GA Tel: 912-727-2339.

Labor Day Festivities
Sat. Sep 3, 2022 10 AM-1 PM
Civil War interpreters will fire muskets throughout the day. $9. 912-727-2339.
The Great Ogeechee Water Fight
Sun. Sep 4, 2022 1-2PM
Bring your water blaster, super soaker, or entire H20 arsenal to our water fight extravaganza. Play games like fortress destruction, and soak a ranger, and end with free play. Pre-register by calling park office. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

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Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway

Labor Day Commemoration @ Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway, Ga.
Saturday, Sep 3, 2022 10AM-4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
Blacksmithing, woodworking, and other early trade skills will be demonstrated; along with musket and cannon firing demonstrations on the hour. $3- $4.50 912-884-5999. Details here.

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Daytrips from Savannah here. 

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(Savannah Spring Festivals 2022) War of Jenkins’ Ear @ Wormsloe Historic State Park

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

War of Jenkins’ Ear annual event @ Wormsloe Historic State Park, Savannah, Sat. May 21 2022, 10AM-4PM

It is 1742 and the Spanish are coming! Learn about the War of Jenkins’ Ear and Georgia’s role in the 1739-1748 war between Britain and Spain.

The War of Jenkins Ear annual event will be Sat. May 21, 2022, 10AM-4PM @ Wormsloe State Historic Site.

Build your own box fort next to the fortified home.

Join Wormsloe Historic State Park rangers for a presentation about the conflict at the Visitors Center. Military drills and black powder weapons demonstration throughout the day.

Admission: $2 – $10 

Learn more here

War of Jenkins’ Ear, Sat. May 21, 2022, 10AM-4PM

7601 Skidaway Road
Savannah, GA 31406
Chatham County

Total Lunar Eclipse Observation @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Monday, April 25th, 2022

Telescopes to be set up for the public for viewing of total eclipse of full moon

Sunday, May 15, 2022 – May 16, 2022 (9:30 PM-1:30AM)
This year the public will be able to get a spectacular look at a total lunar eclipse at Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah.

The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association will be setting up telescopes in front of the visitors center for everyone to watch the total eclipse of the full moon for the month of May, sometimes called a “blood moon” for the color the moon turns when eclipsed. Weather permitting, the following stages of the eclipse will be visible:

10:27 PM Partial Eclipse Begins
11:29 PM Full Eclipse Begins
12:11 AM Maximum Eclipse
12:53 AM Full Eclipse Ends
1:55 AM Partial Eclipse Ends

Feel free to bring a chair and watch nature’s show.

Parking fee: $5
Event Phone: 912-598-2300

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt @ Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site, Brunswick

Friday, April 1st, 2022

easter scavenger hunt brunswick savannah

 

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick Ga. will have a month long Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt rather than a 1-day event

Visitors may participate from March 15 – April 24 2022 on Tuesdays – Sunday from 10AM – 4PM daily.

Guests will be given an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt map with instructions. Just follow the simple instructions, using the map for clues, to answer the secret phrase. After completing the hunt repeat the phrase to the Ranger at the museum and receive a prize bag with toy filled Easter Eggs & more.

Participants can receive an EXTRA PRIZE for taking a selfie at one of the clue locations.

This event is for the ENTIRE FAMILY and all ages. Come out and enjoy the open spaces, have fun & tour the plantation.

Cost

$8 adults
$7.50 seniors (62 and over)
$5 youth (ages 6 to 17)
Children ages 5 & younger are free
912-264-7333

Learn more here.

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Find SouthernMamas.com list of local Easter Egg Hunts 2022 here. 

(Savannah Easter Festivities) Easter Scavenger Hunt @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

Skidaway Island State Park Easter scavenger hunt 2022 Savannah

Easter Day Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt @ Skidaway Island State Park

Bring your kids to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah on Easter Sunday (April 16 2022) for a Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt, 9AM-4:30PM.

Follow the clues and find the eggs along the trails for Skidaway Island State Park’s Easter Egg Hunt. Each egg will have a clue to help find the next egg. Children who find the golden egg at the end will receive a small prize. Please note that participants will not be collecting the eggs.

Parking fee: $5

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

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Find Easter Egg Hunts 2022 in Savannah & the Lowcountry here. 

(Savannah Spring Festivals 2022) Seed Exchange & Garden Day @ Wormsloe State Historic Site

Monday, February 21st, 2022

Wormsloe Garden Event Seed Exchange 2022 Savannah

New Spring Seed Exchange & Garden Day @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah on Sat. March 5 2022

Calling all green thumbs and those who wish to cultivate to the Spring Seed Exchange & Garden Day @ Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah on Sat. March 5 2022 . The first summer season at the Wormsloe Heritage Garden was a success, and Wormsloe staff would like to share their knowledge and hard work.

Bring seeds to exchange with Wormsloe and the growing gardening community @ the Seed Exchange & Garden Day on Sat. March 5, featuring garden workshops, kids crafts, and garden stories.
9:30AM – Compost and Vermiculture with Benji Adams of Bammm Farms (Location – Heritage Garden)
11AM – Honey Bees of Wormsloe with Ranger Gretchen (Location – Heritage Garden)
12PM – Garden Stories for all ages with Ranger Kim (Location – Heritage Garden)
1PM – 3 Sisters Garden Games with Ranger Sean (Location – Heritage Garden)
2PM Origins of Southern Food Crops with Sarah Ross of UGA Center for Research and Education at Wormsloe (Location – VC Theatre)
Crafts, activities, and seed exchanging throughout the day (9:30AM-4PM). (Location – Heritage Garden)

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New Women Take Over Wormsloe event, Sat. April 23 2022

Come celebrate the lives and abilities of women in early Georgia at “Women Takeover Wormsloe.”

This event explores the experiences of colonial women and their important yet frequently omitted, contributions to the success of Georgia.

Watch demonstrations of women’s skills such as blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, 18th century midwifery and the use of healing using herbs. Also, in collaboration with of Re:purpose, come witness timber framing. This family friendly event takes place from 10AM to 4PM on Sat. April 23, 2022 @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah.

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Both events are included with admission. Admission: $2 (ages 2-5), $4.50 (ages 6 – 17), $10 (ages 18+), and $9 (ages 62+). Group rates of $4 per youth and $6 per adult can apply to any group of 15 or more people paying in one transaction.

Wormsloe Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Road
Savannah, GA 31406

FREE Colonial Faire & Muster annual event @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Colonial Faire Muster Savannah free events

Colonial Fair & Muster 2022

Explore Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah during this popular annual event as audiences of all ages enjoy special living-history programs and demonstrations in an historic outdoor setting. Experience life in Colonial Georgia during the 18th century with a military encampment, sutlers’ row, craft demonstrations, military demonstrations, and period music and dance. Food concessions will be available.

Free & open to the public

Colonial Faire & Muster
Sat. Feb 5, 2022, 9AM-4 PM)
Sun. Feb 6, 2022, 9AM-4PM)
Admission: Free admission.

Wormsloe Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Road
Savannah, GA 31406
912-353-3023

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Colonial Faire and Muster School Day
Fri. Feb 4, 2022, 9:30AM- 4 PM

Come and learn about early Georgia and Colonial Savannah at this annual Colonial Faire and Muster School Day. Experience the 18th century military encampment, military demonstrations, shopping in Sutler’s row, craft demonstrations, music, dancing, and more.

Groups of 15 or more paying in one transaction are eligible for a group rate. Call the Wormsloe office for details and reservations.

Admission: $2 – $10
Event Phone: 912-353-3023

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FIND MORE FREE KIDS EVENTS HERE. 

(Georgia State Parks) 2021 Autumn Encampment @ Fort King George Historic Site

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

autumn encampment Fort King George Darien Savannah state parks Georgia

2021 Autumn Encampment – A Meeting of Nations – @ Fort King George Historic Site, Darien, Ga.
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021, 9AM-5PM
Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 9AM-5PM

For Fort King George Historic Site’s special Tricentennial anniversary, the annual Autumn Encampment will include reenactors from the three nations: England, France, and Spain. Join us for activities, demonstrations, and historical crafts. Festival includes a ceremonial parade procession and musket firing salute to honor the soldiers whose graves are marked at our historic cemetery.

Cost is standard admission.
Adults: $7.50
Seniors (62+): $7.00
Youths (6-17): $4.50
Under age 6 is free entry.

For 18th century reenactors and vendors looking to participate as a volunteer/camper, please call and register at 912-437-4770.

Admission: $4.50-$7.50
Event Phone: 912-437-4770

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

Veterans Day 2021 Savannah Parade & Events

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Veterans Parade Route Savannah 2021 Nov. 11

Veterans Day is Thurs. Nov. 11 2021

Veterans Day Parade 2021 in downtown Savannah, starts between 10AM-10:15AM @ Abercorn & Gwinnett streets on Thurs. Nov. 11. See the parade route above.

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Free Oatland Island Wildlife Center admission for military members (active & retired) with ID. 10AM-4PM. Details here. 

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Veterans Day Savannah Georgia State Parks

Visit a nearby Georgia State Park on Veterans Day: 

Fort McAllister State Park (pictured), Richmond Hill – GaStateParks.org/FortMcAllister

Located south of Savannah on the banks of the Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister State Park showcases the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. Despite being attacked seven times by Union ironclads, the fort didn’t fall until 1864—ending General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Explore the cannons, a furnace, bombproof, barracks, palisades and other remains of the battlefield, and admire artifacts in the Civil War museum. This scenic state park includes cabins, camping, walking trails, and fishing piers.

 

Fort King George Historic Site, Darien – GaStateParks.org/FortKingGeorge

Tour the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia’s coast at Fort King George, which was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America from 1721 until 1736. The on-site museum offers a film detailing the 18th and 19th– century history of Fort King George, including Guale Indians, the Santo Domingo de Talaje mission, Fort King George, the Scots of Darien and 19th century sawmilling.

 

Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway – GaStateParks.org/FortMorris

In the late 1700s, the Continental Congress fortified barracks on the Medway River at Sunbury to protect the seaport from the British. When the British demanded the fort’s surrender on November 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied, “Come and take it!” The British refused and withdrew back to Florida, but 45 days later, they returned with a superior force, and on January 9, 1779, Fort Morris fell after a short but heavy bombardment. Stand within the earthwork remains and view scenic Saint Catherine’s Sound. A museum and film describe the colonial port of Sunbury and the site’s history.

 

(Halloween 2021 Savannah) Trunk or Treat @ Skidaway Is. State Park

Monday, October 25th, 2021

skidaway island state park savannah trunk treat halloween

Trunk or Treat @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah, 1-8PM Sat. Oct. 30 2021

Skidaway Island State Park’s Trunk or Treat 2021 will include outdoor activities/carnival-style games (1 – 4:30PM), a dog costume parade with an award for best costume, a pumpkin carving contest, kids’ pumpkin coloring, Trunk-or-Treat (4:30-6:30PM), and an outdoor Halloween-themed film the entire family can enjoy.

If you would like to give out candy or to sign up for the pumpkin carving contest, please call the park office or email ariel.gernatt@dnr.ga.gov to sign up. Pumpkin carving contest entry fee is $7. Prizes to be announced.

Wear your best costumes, bring your whole family (including your dog), and be ready for a night of fun,

Admission Fee: $5 per vehicle for parking. Dogs must be leashed.

Learn more here. 

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Scavenger Hunt & more family-friendly fall events @ Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Fall fun events festivals Wormsloe Scavenger Hunt Savannah Chatham County 2021 kids

Lots of Fall 2021 family-friendly happenings @ Wormsloe State Historic Site in Savannah. Here’s look:

Where’s Noble Bones? A Bone Chilling Scavenger Hunt
Every Saturday in October 2021: Sat. Oct 23, 9 AM-4 PM; Sat. Oct. 30, 9AM-4PM
Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah
Come help find Noble Jones, he has lost all of his Noble Bones. Every Saturday in October, Wormsloe State Historic Site will be holding a spooky scavenger hunt. It gives families a perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful natural and cultural resources here at Wormsloe while having some fun. $2.50 – $10 912-353-3023.
Learn more here.

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Colonial Sailors with Captain Knotbeard
Sun. Oct 24, 2021 10AM-11:30AM, 2-3:30PM
Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah
Come join Captain Knotbeard and learn about sailing in the 18th century. Learn how to use a compass, tie sailing knots, how to use a sailing whistle, and sing silly sea shanties. The program includes one sailing whistle and length of rope, which is yours to keep. If you have your own compass, bring it with you. $7.50 – $15.00 912-353-3023.
Learn more here.

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Wormsloe Black Heritage Tour
Sun. Oct 24, 2021 10AM-11:30 AM, 2-3:30PM; Sun. Oct. 31 2021 10AM-11;30, 2-3:30PM
Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah
Join Ranger KeyShawn as he takes you on a journey, highlighting Wormsloe’s history as a slave plantation and invoking the memories of those enslaved Africans who lived and worked here. The tour will last approximately one hour on a 1.5 mile hike. Please note to bring water, and wear comfortable shoes for the guided hike. Register in advance. $6.50 – $12 912-353-3023.
Learn more here.

10 Places in Savannah & the Lowcountry (& one daytrip) to explore in Fall 2021

Friday, September 17th, 2021

10 places kids visit Savannah museums state parks daytrips

10 kid-friendly local spots to visit this fall include Oatland Island Wildlife Center (pictured) in Savannah, home to more than 150 animals exhibited in natural habitats along a trail through forest and marsh lands. Exhibits include the “Wolf Wilderness” featuring gray wolves, armadillos, flying squirrels, screech owls and reptiles as well the Georgia Farm area with cows, sheep, goats and rabbits. Along the trail are cougars, bobcats, bison, alligators, red fox and birds of prey.

This week’s SouthernMamas.com newspaper article: 10 Places in Savannah & the Lowcountry to explore this fall with your kids.

1. Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah
$5 for parking.
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411
912-598-2300

3. The Sandbox Children’s Museum & Lowcountry Celebration Park, Hilton Head Is.
All Sandbox Children’s Museum admissions ticketing is now online here. 
$10 per person; free for members and children ages 11 months and younger; $7.50 for seniors ages 65 and older and active military members with valid ID; $3 EBT(SNAP) holders with valid ID and $3 for EBT children and infants
80 Nassau St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-7645

Lowcountry Celebration Park
Free
94 Pope Avenue
Hilton Head Island 29928

4. Poppell Farms, Odum, Ga.
Poppell Farms opens Sat. Oct. 2 for the 2021 fall season, weekends Oct. 2-Oct. 31 2021.
Find hours at www.poppellfarms.com
$15 plus tax for Saturday/Sunday daytime admission for ages 4 and older.
1765 Hyma Poppell Loop
Odum, GA 31555
912-586-2215

5. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah
$5 for adults ages 17-64; $3 for children ages 3-17; seniors and military with valid ID; free for children ages 3 and younger.
711 Sandtown Road
Savannah, GA 31410​
(912) 395-1212

6. Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Savannah
$20 for adults; $18 for seniors, military with valid ID; $15 for students ages 13-25 with valid student ID; $5 for ages 5-12; free for ages 5 and younger.
207 W. York St.
Savannah, GA 31401
912-790-8800

7. Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, Hilton Head Is.
Free
229 Beach City Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
843-255-7301

8. Savannah Children’s Museum
$8 per person (ages 18 month and older)
655 Louisville Rd.
Savannah, 31401
912-651-4292

9. Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah
$11 per adult, $7 per child (ages 2-12)
601 W. Harris St.
Savannah, 31401
912.651.6823

10. Old Fort Jackson, Savannah
$9 per adult, $5 per child (ages 2-12)
1 Fort Jackson Road
Savannah, 31401
912.232.3945

Learn more here.

10 places Hilton Head kids visit Mitchelville Freedom Park

10 kid-friendly local spots to visit this fall include Mitchelville Freedom Park (pictured) on Hilton Head Is., a free outdoor cultural attraction. This is the first place in the United States where Africans in America, just out of slavery and not yet citizens, governed themselves. Self-guided tours of exhibits.

 

Savannah Labor Day Activities 2021

Monday, August 30th, 2021

Labor Day weekend 2017 kids' events in Savannah, Hilton Head

Labor Day Festivities @ Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill, Sat. Sat. Sept. 4 & Mon. Sept. 6 2021 10AM-3PM
Fort McAllister State Park
3894 Fort McAllister Road
Richmond Hill, GA
Entertaining day for the whole family. Civil War interpreters will fire cannon and rifles throughout the day. Cost: $$9  Tel: 912-727-2339.

Labor Day Commemoration @ Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway, Ga.
Saturday, Sep 4, 2021 10AM-4 PM
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
Blacksmithing, woodworking, and other early trade skills will be demonstrated; along with musket and cannon firing demonstrations on the hour. $3- $4.50 912-884-5999.

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Daytrips from Savannah here. 

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No Labor Day Tybee fireworks this year

(Savannah outdoor events) Georgia’s First 4th @ Wormsloe Historic Site

Friday, August 6th, 2021

Georgia State Parks Wormsloe Historic Site First 4th Georgia outdoor events

Georgia’s First 4th @ Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah
Sat. Aug 14, 2021 10AM-4 PM

Did you know that the Declaration of Independence did not make its way to Savannah until August?

Hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence as it was read in 1776 @ Wormsloe Historic Site’s Georgia’s First 4th event this Sat. Aug. 14 2021, 10AM-4PM.

Participate in the debate. Are you loyal to the English King or will you join the Patriot cause?

Activities start at the Wormsloe Visitor Center beginning at 10AM and repeat at 2PM. $2 – $10. 912-353-3023.

Learn more here.

Wormsloe Historic Site
7601 Skidaway Road
Savannah, GA 31406

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. 

Top 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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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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Bike rides in Savannah

Savannah mom-tween bonding on bikes during Downtown Savannah Tree TourRead how that turned out here in our newspaper column.

Just want to check out the Downtown Savannah Tree Tour by bike? See the map & detailed description of each stop on Bike Walk Savannah here. 

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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.