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Summer 2021: Water Parks near Savannah

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Water Parks Near Savannah

Water parks will be reopening for Summer 2021.

Who is ready for lazy river, spray pads & waterslides ?

Here are water parks in Statesboro, Jekyll Island & Charleston. (The Pooler water park – Surf Lagoon – is closed).

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Water Parks Near Savannah

Splash In The Boro opens for the 2021 summer season May 22 2021.
45 miles from Savannah in Statesboro, Ga.
Water Slides – 2 body slides and 1 inner tube slide wind around each other and finish with a plunge into a common wave pool. The park has a double flowrider , a 5-lane mat racer, a spray pad and slides for toddlers, 3 tube slides, a lazy river.

Open starting May 22. For hours click here.

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Summer Waves opening weekend May 14 2021.
75 Miles from Savannah on Jekyll Island.

Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family. Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area.

Open May 14. For hours, click here. Hours are subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm Summer Waves is open.  912.635.2074

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Charleston, SC Water Parks

Splash Zone Waterpark
at James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
79 Miles from Savannah in Charleston, SC
Opens May 15 2021.
Schedule here.
200-foot tube slide – 200-foot open slide – Caribbean play structure with slides, wheels, and sprays – 500-foot lazy river with an adventure channel featuring sprays and a waterfall – Leisure pool – open seasonally

Whirlin Waters Adventure Waterpark
87 miles from Savannah in North Charleston, SC
Opens May 15 2021.
Schedule here.
Fun for all ages, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark is located within North Charleston Wannamaker County Park and offers seasonal, island-style water play packed into over 15-acres.
Rip Tide Run mat racer takes riders on an exciting head-to-head competition over gut wrenching bumps, accelerating riders towards the finish line. (minimum height of 42”)

Splash Island Waterpark
91 miles away in Mount Pleasant, SC
Opens May 15 2021.
Schedule here. 
200-foot water slide – 16-foot otter slide – Sprays, geysers, and raindrop waterfalls – The Cyclone, a 10-minute swirling water ride – Recreational pool

(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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Pick-your-own strawberries, Savannah & the Lowcountry

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

Pick strawberries Savannah chatham County Bluffton SC

U-Pick Strawberry Season 2021 is open

Hodges Farm – a local family owned “Pick Your Own” or “We Pick” farm of strawberries and thornless blackberries – will open Mon. March 29 for strawberry picking from 9AM until picked out for the day. Cost: $2.50/lb. Cash or local check with id.

The farm is located on the Effingham/Screven County border just 20 minutes from Statesboro and 50 minutes from downtown Savannah. Cash or check with ID.

Learn more here. 

Follow on social media here for field updates.

HODGES STRAWBERRY FARM
8705 Ga HWY 21 N. (Mile maker 27 on Ga Hwy 21. Look for signs.)
Newington, GA 30446
(912) 754-7257

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Dempsey Farms U-Pick Strawberries on Saint Helena Is. SC near Beaufort will open this week of March 29 on a limited basis. The farm has a few berries getting ready. Please call farm for daily updates: (843)838-3656

DEMPSEY FARMS
1576 SEA ISLAND PARKWAY
SAINT HELENA ISLAND, SC 29920

843-838-3656 after 8AM for picking condition & field updates on hours

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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.

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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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.
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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

Sandbox Children’s Museum, Hilton Head Is. Bluffton SC

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head Bluffton Tanger Outlets SC

The Sandbox Children’s Museum, both locations, are open with reduced occupancy, online ticketing and reservations, and increased cleaning procedures!

Make your reservations to play online here. 

Questions? Call the museum for more information. Bluffton 843-705-6235, Hilton Head 843-842-7645

The Sandbox
18A Pope Ave.
Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29928

The Sandbox at Tanger 2
1414 Fording Island Rd, Suite E-180
Bluffton, SC 29910

The Sandbox Children’s Museum is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

Coming soon: Pick your own strawberries @ Hodges Strawberry Farm, Dempsey Farms

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Hodges Farm – a local family owned “Pick Your Own” or “We Pick” farm of strawberries and thornless blackberries – is expected to open for strawberry picking season in a few weeks .

The farm is located on the Effingham/Screven County border just 20 minutes from Statesboro and 50 minutes from downtown Savannah. Cash or check with ID.

Learn more here. 

Follow on social media here for field updates.

HODGES STRAWBERRY FARM
8705 Ga HWY 21 N.
Newington, GA 30446
(912) 754-7257 cell (912)687-6448 cell (912)425-0690

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Dempsey Farms U-Pick Strawberries on Saint Helena Is. SC near Beaufort will not have early strawberries this spring but will announce on social media here when that farm is close to opening for this spring’s normal strawberry season.

DEMPSEY FARMS
1576 SEA ISLAND PARKWAY
SAINT HELENA ISLAND, SC 29920

843-838-3656 after 8AM for picking condition & field updates on hours

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U-Pick daffodil 2021 season is under way at this Okatie farm near Bluffton, SC. 

Details here. 

Free Admission to National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

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FREE ADMISSION to National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta – sponsored by FedEx – March 4-7 2021 & March 11-14 2021.

Explore thought-provoking galleries and exhibits, connect civil rights history to the ongoing struggle for human rights all over the world, & view the personal papers and items of Dr. King in our Voice to the Voiceless gallery.

With your health & safety in mind, timed tickets must be reserved online in advance. Free admission is based on a first come, first serve basis, and there will be limited availability for ticket reservations to ensure the safety of staff & visitors.

Reserve your tickets online here.

 

U-Pick Daffodils in Okatie, SC near Bluffton

Friday, February 19th, 2021

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U-PICK DAFFODILS OPENING Sat., Feb. 20 2021 for the (very short) 2021 daffodil season @ U-pick Daffodils farm in nearby Okatie, SC (near Bluffton).

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! U-pick will reopen Sat. March 13 2021, 9AM – until ? Best to come earlier in the day rather than later in case they sell out. PLEASE RESPECT OPENING TIME OF 9AM (no earlier arrivals)

Cost: 35 cents per stem.

Check here and on Facebook here for hours  & opening/closing updates.

Follow along on the farm’s Facebook page to stay on top of the current supply status at the farm and any farm closing days.

UPickDaffodils.com is family owned and operated on what was once the family dairy farm. Chuck and Diane have planted several varieties of daffodils, not all of which bloom at the same time, according to their Web site.

Now accepting debit & credit cards in addition to cash.

UPickDaffodils
48 Calhoun Plantation Road
Okatie, SC 29909
843-368-1998
chuck@upickdaffodils.com

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Daytrips

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Dinosaur-exhibits at museums in Georgia, South Carolina & Jacksonville, Fla.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

dinosaur exhibits museums near Savannah

We love this: Eight-year-old Leo called out NPR for lack of dinosaur stories. Read the story about Leo (pictured above) here.

We here at SouthernMamas.com have also been remiss in doing our share of dinosaur publicity including spotlighting dinosaur exhibits that are a daytrip or weekend trip from Savannah.

Here are some museums with dinosaur exhibits to please most dinosaur fans like Leo.

Tellus Science Museum north of Atlanta in Cartersville, Ga.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta

Georgia Southern Museum, Statesboro (currently closed due to COVID)

MOSH (Museum of Science & History), Jacksonville Fla. no current dinosaur exhibits but upcoming exhibits include The Lost World of Dragons, 05.29.21 — 09.05.21. Details here.

Mace Brown Museum of Natural History, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Visits by appoinment.

South Carolina State Museum, Columbia SC.

Dinosaurs The Exhibition, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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Daytrips, Weekend Trips

Find more daytrips & weekend trips from the Savannah-area here. 

Savannah daytrips: U-Pick Daffodils in Okatie, SC near Bluffton

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

u-pick daffodil bluffton okatie s.c.

U-pick daffodil season has not started yet @ U-pick Daffodils farm in nearby Okatie, SC (near Bluffton).

Once the u-pick season begins, the farm is usually open from 10AM-4PM provided there are blooms for the day.

Check here and on Facebook here for hours  & opening/closing updates.

Follow along on the farm’s Facebook page to learn when the u-pick season will officially open for 2021 and to stay on top of the current supply status at the farm and any farm closing days.

UPickDaffodils.com is family owned and operated on what was once the family dairy farm. Chuck and Diane have planted several varieties of daffodils, not all of which bloom at the same time, according to their Web site.

Cash or check only.

UPickDaffodils
48 Calhoun Plantation Road
Okatie, SC 29909
843-368-1998
chuck@upickdaffodils.com

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Daytrips

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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.

Explore Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, Hilton Head Is.

Monday, January 25th, 2021

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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. 

Play in snow @ Hilton Head Snow Day 2021

Monday, January 18th, 2021

HIlton Head Snow Day 2021

Hilton Head Snow Day 2021

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021
11AM-4PM
SHELTER COVE COMMUNITY PARK
39 SHELTER COVE LANEHILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, 29928UNITED STATES (MAP)
$5 ages 2-17, adults free

This is a family event that will have inflatable rides, a snowfield, and entertainment. For the kids who have never seen snow, this is the perfect event. The price of admission includes snow field. Additional rides and games sold separately.

Learn more here.

Sandbox Children’s Museums on Hilton Head Is. & in Bluffton open on MLK Jr. Weekend

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Sandbox Children's Museum Hilton Head 2021 January

The Sandbox Children’s Museum on Hilton Head and The Sandbox @ Tanger 2 in Bluffton will open again Fri. Jan. 15 through Mon. Jan. 18 2021.

The museums will then be open Thursdays-Sundays.

Make reservations to visit online here. 

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