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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. 

Tybee Island Marine Science Center to safely release Addy the loggerhead sea turtle

Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Tybee Marine Science Center turtle release 2021 Savannah

Sea Turtle Release, 3PM Wed. July 28, Tybee Is. 

Just days after her third birthday, the time has come for Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s beloved Addy to embark on her biggest adventure yet.

You are invited this Wed. July 28 2021 at 3PM at the North Beach middle crossover on Tybee Island as Addy is safely released to the ocean.

Help give our Addy a great, BIG send off for the next phase of her life!

For more on Addy and her release here.

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Free August 2021 Family Day @ Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, Telfair Academy

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

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Exploring Science Through Art in Free Family Day, Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center & Telfair Academy, Savannah: Aug. 21

Local residents are invited to enjoy the exhibitions Never Spoken Again at the Jepson Center and Progressive Regression at the Telfair Academy on Sat. Aug. 21 2021in Savannah.

Family activities connecting science to art will be offered outdoors at the museums’ entrances, weather permitting, along with take-home art activities for children.

Learn more here.

Telfair Museums’ Free Family Days for Chatham County residents are offered throughout the year. Enjoy music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on art-making, and more — free of charge!

You’re Invited!

If you’re a local Chatham County resident or student, admission is waived for you to join in the Free Family fun. All you need to do is show proof of residency or enrollment at the front desk.

Here is a list of identification Telfair Museums accepts:
*Georgia driver’s license with Chatham County address and zip code
*Georgia state identification card with Chatham County address and zip code
*Voter registration card with Chatham County address and zip code
*Utility bill with Chatham County address and zip code
*Current college ID from SCAD, Georgia Southern Armstrong, Savannah State, Georgia Tech, or Savannah Tech

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FIND INFO ON JEPSON CENTER’S ART START PROGRAM FOR TODDLERS, PRESCHOOLERS HERE. 

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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, 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

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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. 

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Truman Linear Park Trail, Savannah

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head new location is open

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

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The new location of The Sandbox Children’s Museum has opened at Lowcountry Celebration Park on Hilton Head Is.

Purchase tickets 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)

80 Nassau St.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-7645
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Savannah Parent & Me Activities: Art Start returns to in-person @ Telfair Academy

Friday, July 9th, 2021

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ART START @ Telfair Academy, Savannah
July 21 2021 at 10:30–11:30AM
Telfair Academy

Once a month, Telfair Museums’ youngest patrons are invited for storytime and a special tour at Art Start.

For July, Art Start will return to in-person activities with you and your little ones.

Meet at the front gate of the Telfair Academy at 10:30AM. Learn more here.

Telfair Academy
121 Barnard St.
Savannah, GA 31401

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Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

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Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah

Toddler Tuesday is a program for 1-4 year old children and their caregivers that focuses on one of Oatland’s animals, or a relevant nature theme. The program will meet at the picnic pavilion and will include: singing, fingerplay, a story, an encounter with one of our animals, and a take-home craft.

UPDATE: Cost for the program is $5 for children and $5 for adults.

Registration is required and there are a limited number of spaces so reserve early.

Registration is made online, but the program fees will be paid at the front booth on the day of, and not in advance, so please, if you know you won’t make your reservation, please call and cancel so organizers can open the space for someone on the waitlist.

See the 2021 Toddler Tuesday Schedule and register online here.

Questions about the program? Call 912-395-1517, or email michelle.kelly@sccpss.com

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Free outdoor children’s kazoo concert with Rick Hubbard @ Sandbox Children’s Museum new HHI location

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Sandbox Children's Museum free outdoor kazoo concerts Hilton Head Island summer 2021

Join The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. OUTSIDE at their new Lowcountry Celebration Park location on Monday evenings at 6:30PM starting Mon. June 14 2021 for a free show from Rick Hubbard and his kazoo band on the museum’s porch.

Lowcountry Celebration Park is located off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot.

Stay tuned for news on the opening date of The Sandbox Children’s Museum’s new building. The museum’s former 18 Pope Ave. location is now closed.

Meanwhile, The Sandbox 2 @ Tanger 2 Outlets in Bluffton SC is open. Learn more here.

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Free outdoor children’s kazoo concert with Rick Hubbard @ Sandbox Children’s Museum new HHI location

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

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Join The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. OUTSIDE at their new Lowcountry Celebration Park location on Monday evenings at 6:30PM starting Mon. June 14 2021 for a free show from Rick Hubbard and his kazoo band on the museum’s porch.

Lowcountry Celebration Park is located off Pope Avenue near the Coligny Beach parking lot.

Stay tuned for news on the opening date of The Sandbox Children’s Museum’s new building. The museum’s former 18 Pope Ave. location is now closed.

Meanwhile, The Sandbox 2 @ Tanger 2 Outlets in Bluffton SC is open. Learn more here.

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Kazoo Factory Beaufort S.C.

Speaking of kazoos – don’t forget about this fun daytrip from Savannah: The Kazoo Factory, also known has Kazoobie Kazoos, in Beaufort, S.C..

The Kazoo Factory offers museum tours where kids can see how kazoos are made. The museum tours show how kazoos are assembled,
imprinted, packaged and shipped to all corners of the world. Kids can also make their own kazoos to take home.

Factory Tour Hours
Monday – Friday
Book a tour online here. 
Admission includes a build-it-yourself kazoo)

This might be a good activity to pair with a visit to the lighthouse at Hunting Island near Beaufort.  Info on Hunting Island here.

The Kazoo Factory, 12 John Galt Road, Beaufort, SC 29906,  (800) 326-0358, http://www.thekazoofactory.com/

Free Juneteenth 2021 celebrations @ Telfair Museums, Savannah

Monday, June 7th, 2021

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Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center in Savannah free to locals June 12-13; free libation ceremony & virtual Juneteenth lecture

Telfair Museums will mark Juneteenth 2021 with free admission to the Jepson Center, a free libation ceremony, and a free virtual lecture.

From 10AM-5PM Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, Savannah and Chatham County residents will receive free admission to the Jepson Center in partnership with the City of Savannah.

The free weekend features a libation ceremony at noon Sat. June 12 on the front steps of the museum led by local historians Vaughnette Goode-Walker and Jamal Toure.

Activity kits focusing on the Black experience and themes related to current exhibitions, including works by Savannah artist Sauda Mitchell, also will be distributed.

Juneteenth celebrates the beginning of the emancipation of enslaved Americans on June 19, 1865, by order of Union General Gordon Granger in Texas.

At 6PM Tues. June 15, Telfair will host its annual Juneteenth lecture with a virtual appearance by historian and author Anthony Cohen, whose book “Patrick & Me” chronicles his journey as a fourth-generation descendant of an enslaved man who escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Drawing from an 1856 interview with his forbearer, Cohen carefully reconstructs the amazing life story of Patrick Sneed—a slave of African, Jewish, Irish, and Cherokee heritage—who fled from bondage in Savannah and later went on to fight in the Civil War. You can register for the free Zoom lecture at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rMobXJFBRsWVjCwRljswxw.

Telfair recently expanded its regular days and hours as it continues to pare back limitations enforced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. All three of Telfair’s sites—the Jepson Center, the Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters—now are open from 10AM-5PM on Tuesdays, in addition to Thursdays through Mondays. The museum remains closed on Wednesdays.

Learn more here.

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Telfair Museums’ 3 sites now open 6 days a week

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

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Telfair Museums three sites will now be open six days a week.

The Jepson Center, Telfair Academy, and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters  – all in Savannah – will be open Thursday–Tuesday, 10AM–5PM. The sites will remain closed on Wednesdays.

Learn more here.

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Special Open Days at Coastal Heritage Society Sites in Savannah for Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Friday, May 21st, 2021

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Five of Coastal Heritage Society’s museums in Savannah will be open for Memorial Day on Mon. May 31 2021.

These sites include Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Harper Fowlkes House and Old Fort Jackson.

Guests can enjoy interactive exhibits and engaging tours at each site through hands-on, immersive activities that illustrate the narratives of Savannah’s past.

Savannah Children’s Museum and Harper Fowlkes House will have a special open day on Sun. May 30 2021 as well.

Georgia State Railroad Museum will have blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day and will welcome visitors to take a Site Tour by Train.

Savannah Children’s Museum will have several activities including crafts, a scavenger hunt and a bottle rocket launch at noon.

Savannah History Museum will feature the popular Loyalists & Liberty Tours from 10AM-2PM.

Old Fort Jackson will have cannon firings at 11AM and 2PM.

Harper Fowlkes House will host daily interpretation and guided tours.

Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Old Fort Jackson and the Loyalists & Liberty Tour all feature large, open-air spaces and all sites will employ enhanced sanitizing and distancing protocols.

Admissions information and online ticket sales are available here.

Site Tours by Train are limited and boarding passes are issued on a first come, first served basis. As always, Coastal Heritage Society Members receive FREE admission.

Find operating hours here. 

For the safety of all staff and guests,  staff and guests are required to wear face coverings.  Visitors are asked to adhere to the , and mask regulations and recommendations.

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Tybee Island Marine Science Center facility features a Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary exhibit

Friday, May 21st, 2021

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Virtually experience the live-bottom reef of NOAA’S Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

There is a Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary exhibit at the Tybee Island Marine Science Center’s new facility that is the first of its kind in this region and features a virtual dive. So visitor can virtually experience the live-bottom reef and observe the underwater creatures – coming up close and personal with a loggerhead sea turtle.

Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is 19 miles off of the coast of Georgia and it is one of 14 national marine sanctuaries and two national marine monuments that make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Gray’s Reef spans about 22 square miles and it is currently the only protected natural reef area on the mid-continental shelf off the Georgia coast. The invertebrates (animals without backbones) provide food for many fishes that also shelter in the reef’s cracks and crevices, giving the habitat of Gray’s Reef the “live bottom” name.

Design of the multi-media gallery and touchscreen took about nine months.

The touchscreen multimedia gallery is interactive and offers the public a chance to learn about the reef migration of fish and other interesting highlights through a suite of 360° photos and videos that haven’t been presented to the public until now.

You’ll get to see a loggerhead sea turtle that swims right over the camera and later bumps into a nurse shark, an interactive living reef, and hear shrimp snapping and other noises via recordings from the hydrophones placed in Gray’s Reef. These are recordings with underwater microphones that let us hear what is out there.

Find more information about Gray’s Reef here.

Tybee Marine Science Center
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10AM-4PM. Last ticket sold at 3:30PM

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FREE Saturday Story Time @ SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

SCAD MOA’s Saturday Morning Story Time

Event by SCAD Museum of Art
SCAD Museum of Art
Sat. June 5, 2021, 11 AM
Free

Treat your young art lover to SCAD MOA Story Time on the first Saturday of each month.

Enjoy exciting tales and fun activities as you learn about work by the Haas Brothers.

Story Time is programmed for children ages 3 and older. Learn more here. 

To ensure the health and safety of all museum patrons and staff, touchless temperature checks are required prior to entering the galleries and face coverings are mandatory.  Please practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet of space between you and other guests.

SCAD Museum of Art
601 Turner Blvd.
Savannah, Georgia

Telfair Museums Savannah offers Virtual Art Start for toddlers, preschoolers

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

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Virtual Art Start via Zoom
with Telfair Museums, Savannah
Wed. May 19 12:30PM

Once a month, Telfair Museums’ youngest patrons are invited for storytime and a special tour.

This month Telfair Museums Jepson Center will come to you virtually.

Register your family ahead of time online here, then watch and learn with Telfair Museums.

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Christmas in July 2021 @ Children’s Museum of Pooler

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

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Christmas in July at Children’s Museum of Pooler
Thurs. July 1 2021, 9AM-2PM

Children and families are invited to deck the halls of Children’s Museum of Pooler with a day of festive fun for Christmas in July, Thurs, July 1, 9AM-2PM.

Children can enjoy Christmas BINGO, create fun Christmas crafts, decorate Christmas cookies, launch “snowballs” in the Air Wall, snap a picture with Santa, and have a blast in the exhibits.

Event is on Thursday, July 1, 9AM-2PM, and requires a special event ticket for members and nonmembers. Tickets are purchased at the door the day of the event.
Ticket Prices:
Members: $8
NonMembers $10
Special visit from Santa 10AM-Noon.

Children’s Museum of Pooler
200 Tanger Outlets Blvd. Suite 589
Pooler, GA 31322
912-307-9503
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