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Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Bluffton SC autism sensory children's gym indoor

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton, SC 

OPEN GYM this week of July 26 2021

9AM-5PM Wed. July 28

9AM-5PM Thurs. July 29

9AM-5PM Fri. July 30

11AM-3PM Sat. July 31

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Ignite the Senses Gym is a gym for ALL kids…

At Ignite the Senses, we ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships. Ignite the Senses gym is a fun, clean and safe place for kids to play, learn and party.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, we intend to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism in and around the Lowcountry. We will provide a safe and fun indoor environment where autistic and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Ignite the Senses also has a new half day preschool program where children do active learning.

The gym’s motto: It’s OK to be DIFFERENT!

Check out the difference Ignite the Senses can make in your family’s life.

Learn more about Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym in Bluffton here.

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym
163 Bluffton Road, Suite C1
Bluffton, SC 29910

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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 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

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

Bluffton SC autism sensory children's gym indoor

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton, SC 

OPEN GYM this week of July 5

12-5PM Wed. July 7

9-5PM Thurs July 8

12-5PM Fri July 9

11-3PM Sat July 10

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Ignite the Senses Gym is a gym for ALL kids…

At Ignite the Senses, we ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships. Ignite the Senses gym is a fun, clean and safe place for kids to play, learn and party.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, we intend to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism in and around the Lowcountry. We will provide a safe and fun indoor environment where autistic and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Ignite the Senses also has a new half day preschool program where children do active learning.

The gym’s motto: It’s OK to be DIFFERENT!

Check out the difference Ignite the Senses can make in your family’s life.

Learn more about Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym in Bluffton here.

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym
163 Bluffton Road, Suite C1
Bluffton, SC 29910

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Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Bluffton SC autism sensory children's gym indoor

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton, SC 

Ignite the Senses Gym is a gym for ALL kids…

At Ignite the Senses, we ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships. Ignite the Senses gym is a fun, clean and safe place for kids to play, learn and party.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, we intend to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism in and around the Lowcountry. We will provide a safe and fun indoor environment where autistic and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Ignite the Senses also has a new half day preschool program where children do active learning.

The gym’s motto: It’s OK to be DIFFERENT!

Check out the difference Ignite the Senses can make in your family’s life.

Learn more about Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym in Bluffton here.

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym
163 Bluffton Road, Suite C1
Bluffton, SC 29910

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Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Autism Awarness 5K & Children’s Dash to support Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Ignite the Senses Children's Gym Autism Awareness Run Bluffton 2021

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym Autism Awareness 5K

You’re invited: Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym AUTISM AWARENESS 5K Bubble Run & Children’s DASH on Sat June 26, 2021 in Bluffton, SC. Register online here.

There will be two children’s dashes at 8AM – one for ages 2-4 & one for ages 5-10.

The 5k race starts and ends at LowCountry Community Church off of Buckwalter Parkway. It is a fast flat course and will be chip timed by Grounded Running. There will be one water station on the course approximately at the halfway point. The race will start promptly at 8AM with the Children’s DASH followed by the 5k run. Parents are welcome to run with their child(ren) if necessary. All participants will be welcomed back to the finish with a shower of bubbles (representative of special needs) and a finisher’s medal. NOTE: Each participant MUST turn in their timing chip to receive a medal.

Register by June 15 to receive T-shirts.

Registrations accepted until 7:45AM on race day.

Packet Pick up is Friday June 25 9AM-6PM at Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, 163 Bluffton Road, Suite C-1 and race day morning from 7-7:45AM at the race start.

**Proceeds from this event will be used to provide support groups, special events and activities like art, music, yoga and fitness opportunities for our local special needs population.

Register online here.
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Ignite Senses Children's Gym Autism Bluffton Lowcountry Hilton Head

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym, Bluffton, SC 

Ignite the Senses Gym is a gym for ALL kids…

At Ignite the Senses, we ignite each child’s curiosity to explore new activities and new social relationships. Ignite the Senses gym is a fun, clean and safe place for kids to play, learn and party.

As Bluffton’s only children’s sensory gym, we intend to spread community awareness and acceptance for those living with Autism in and around the Lowcountry. We will provide a safe and fun indoor environment where autistic and typical children can grow physically, emotionally, and socially together whether in the open gym setting or in any of the small group classes offered.

Ignite the Senses also has a new half day preschool program where children do active learning.

The gym’s motto: It’s OK to be DIFFERENT!

Check out the difference Ignite the Senses can make in your family’s life.

Learn more about Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym in Bluffton here.

Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym
163 Bluffton Road, Suite C1
Bluffton, SC 29910

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Ignite the Senses Children’s Gym is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Savannah Summer 2021 Sports: Soccer Shots, Ages 2-8

Saturday, May 15th, 2021

Soccer Shots Savannah preschoolers toddlers summer 2021

Enrollment for the Soccer Shots Savannah Summer Park Season is now open for children ages 2-8!

Soccer Shots Savannah is kicking off the season and wants your child to join them on Soccer Island! Soccer Shots Savannah will continue to take a variety of precautions to keep both our children and staff safe including temp checks and coaches wearing masks.

Looking for a more personalized Soccer Shots Experience? You can now host a neighborhood season for your child and their friends right in your backyard! Your squad, your way- and you get 50% off as the host.

Call Soccer Shots Savannah at 762.333.1177 or email rwright@soccershots.com for details.

Visit Soccershots.org/savannah to learn more about this program! Or go straight to the enrollment page and sign up for a location near you that meets at a time that fits your schedule at savannah.soccershots.com.

Locations all throughout Savannah, Wilmington Island, Pooler, Richmond Hill, Rincon and Bluffton.

FREE SOCCER DAY, June 12

Want to try the program and meet the Soccer Shots Savannah awesome coaches before you enroll? There will be a free soccer day at Forsyth Park in Savannah on June 12 2021 for all children ages 2-8. You must preregister for this free event. Visit savannah.soccershots.com and search by the keyword “free” to be directed to the registration page.”

Enroll online @ savannah.soccershots.com

Questions? Contact Rachel Wright, 762.333.1177, rwright@soccershots.com

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(Hilton Head, Bluffton Summer Camps 2021) Half day & full-day summer camps @ The Sandbox Children’s Museum

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Summer Camps Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head Is.

Sandbox Children’s Museum summer camp on Hilton Head Is. and at Tanger 2 Outlet in Bluffton is now registering for Summer 2021.

Eight weeks of fun for children.

Information and registration can be found @ www.thesandbox.org. Click the “Book Now” button.

Registration is weekly only and can be done through the Sandbox  website.

Ages: Hilton Head 4-12years; Tanger 2 Bluffton 6-12 years

See the Sandbox website for themes, policies, and guidelines.

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Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head Bluffton Lowcountry Celebration Park playground

Future location of Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. that’s set to open later this year.

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 is set to move there, too, to its new location (pictured above) from its current location later this year.

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(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.

Coastal Heritage Society museums, historical sites will reopen March 4, Savannah

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Coastal Heritage Society Savannah children's museum georgia state railroad museum chatham county

All Coastal Heritage Society historic sites and museums in Savannah will reopen to the public on Thurs. March 4 2021.

There will also be a special Family Day on March 13 2021. Details TBA.

New operating hours are as follows:

Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah History Museum, and Old Fort Jackson will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9AM to 4PM.

Savannah Children’s Museum will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30AM to 2:30PM.

Pin Point Heritage Museum will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9AM to 4PM.

Harper Fowlkes House will be open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10AM to 3PM. *Special opening on Thursday, March 4th from 10AM to 3PM.

Admissions information and online ticket sales are available online here.

As always, Coastal Heritage Society Members receive FREE admission. Become a member online here.

For the safety of all staff and guests, social distancing protocols will be observed, implementing enhanced sanitizing procedures Both staff and guests are required to wear masks. Visitors are asked to adhere to the City of Savannah, Chatham County Commission and CDC mask regulations and recommendations.

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Reserve your group’s playtime @ The Sandbox in Bluffton or Hilton Head Is.

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head Bluffton Tanger 2 Outlets

 

Do you have a small group that would like to visit The Sandbox @ Tanger 2 Outlets in Bluffton or The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Is. during the week?

Call 48 hours in advance to set up your play session.

Hilton Head Is: (843) 842-7645

Bluffton, SC: (843) 705-6235

FIND MORE PROGRAMS @ BOTH SANDBOX LOCATIONS HERE. 

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Explore Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, Hilton Head Is.

Monday, January 25th, 2021

mitchelville freedom park hilton head daytrips savannah

Established in 1862 on Hilton Head Is. SC, Mitchelville is the first place in the United States where African Americans, out of slavery but not yet citizens, self-governed. This first self-governed town of freed slaves is commemorated in the historic site of Mitchelville Freedom Park on Beach City Road.

On your next visit to Hilton Head, visit this quiet, historically significant ocean-side site.

Mitchellville
*First town where enslaved people were freed following the Emancipation Proclamation
*Located just across the river from Savannah.
*The town was an important stop on the Underground Railroad and the first place to be governed by African Americans.

The park was created by the nonprofit Mitchelville Preservation Project to educate the public about the resilience of the freed people of Mitchelville. This 19th-century town of freed slaves was around before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, when most of the African-American population in the South was still enslaved. Residents built homes, a one-room schoolhouse, stores, praise houses and created a new, self-governed culture.

Overlooking the marsh is a Bench by the Road, one of 20 memorial bench sites worldwide created by the Toni Morrison Society. The black steel benches are placed in areas to remember once-forgotten moments in African-American history. Learn more about the other Freedom Park exhibits here. 

(Hilton Head Is. Playgrounds) Adventure Playground @ Lowcountry Celebration Park

Monday, January 18th, 2021

HIlton Head Island Playgrounds Adventure ship Celebration Lowcountry children free outside

There’s a new outdoor kid-friendly spot on Hilton Head Is: Adventure Playground @ Lowcountry Celebration Park.

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 is set to move there, too, from its current location later this year.

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

The spacious Adventure Playground features a giant ship complete with mist cannons.

Adventure Playground is open from sunrise to sunset. Restroom facilities at the Park close at 10PM.

Parking is available in the Coligny Beach Parking Lot, the parking lot off Nassau Street or onstreet parking on Nassau Street.

Playground Water Feature: The Adventure Playground has a water feature. This feature will become operational once after requirements for permits are completed.

Find more things do with kids while on Hilton Head Is. here. 

Toddler Tuesdays returns Jan. 12 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Toddler Tuesday Savannah Oatland Island kids 2021

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 Winter Schedule and register online here.

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

Savannah Children’s Museum reopens for Thursdays through Saturdays, starting Sept. 24

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Savannah Children's Museum reopens

Savannah Children’s Museum will reopen Thursdays through Saturdays, 9:30AM to 2:30PM, beginning Thurs. Sept. 24 2020.

Daily programming will be offered in addition to a special bottle rocket program at noon every day Thursday-Saturday. Please note that Savannah Children’s Museum is an outdoor site and closes during adverse weather conditions.

For the safety of all staff and guests, SCM follows social distancing protocols and will implement enhanced sanitizing procedures. Visitors are asked to adhere to the City of Savannah Government, Chatham County, Georgia Government and CDC mask regulations and recommendations.

Savannah Children’s Museum is also available for private bookings including birthday parties, field trips and homeschool groups Sunday through Wednesday and its Mobile Museum programs can be brought to your location any day of the week. Please contact Megan Alstad for more information at malstad@chsgeorgia.org

Savannah Children’s Museum admission is free for Coastal Heritage Society members and $8 per person aged 18 months and older. Find info on how to beome a member here.

Savannah Children’s Museum
655 Louisville Rd.
Savannah, GA 31401

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Social-distance kids’ events @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Friday, July 31st, 2020

archery class skidaway island state park savannah

Archery class @ Skidaway Is. State Park, Savannah

Come learn the basics of archery and test your skills on Skidaway Is. State Park archery range in Savannah.

This program will cover basic safety and technique. Equipment will be provided but not shared. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Advance registration by phone at (912) 598-2300 is required as space will be limited to 4 participants, and social distancing will be required.

Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early to allow time to make your way to the program location.
9-9:30AM Sat. Aug. 29
10-10:30AM Sat. Aug. 29

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Scavenger Hunt @ Skidaway Island State Park

Snag the swag in this picture scavenger hunt throughout Skidaway Is. State Park. All you need is a way to take pictures and to be ready to explore our park.

Come to the office to get the list and complete your hunt between 9am and 4pm! When you’re finished, swing by the office and show us your pictures. Those who find 10 out of 16 will win prizes!

Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring water for your group – stay cool!

9AM Sun. Aug. 16
9AM Sun. Aug. 30

FREE Grand Re-Opening of JF Gregory Park Playground, Richmond Hill

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Richmond Hill JF Gregory Playground reopening

J.F. Gregory Park Playground Grand Re-Opening
Fri. June 26, 2020 @ 10:30AM

The City of Richmond Hill invites you to the grand re-opening of the playground in J.F. Gregory Park on Friday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m.

At the end of 2019, Mayor and Council approved upgrades to the playground area in J.F. Gregory Park and they have been completed.

The playground received several upgrades including new sunshades, benches and an updated swing set. Two new pieces of playground equipment have been installed, including an inclusive orbit for children with disabilities.

This project was funded by SPLOST VII revenue.