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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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Toddler Tuesdays nature program @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, July 20th, 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 Schedule and register online here.

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

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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

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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

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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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.

Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Monday, April 26th, 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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(Savannah Spring Festivals 2021) Fairy & Gnome Festival @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Fairy Gnome Festival 2021 Oatland Island Savannah

Come to Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah for a day of enchantment: the annual Fairy & Gnome Festival on Sat. May 1 2021, 10AM-2PM.

This family-themed festival is all about the “wee folk” getting up close with the natural world and encouraging imaginative outdoor play.

Socially distanced activities will include a scavenger hunt, fashion show, gem mining, fairy and gnome home building and food trucks. Bring the family and stroll through Oatland’s magical trails and maybe you will catch a glimpse of a fairy or gnome looking for a place to call home.

Reservations are required for this popular annual event and can be made here.

Cost: $5 for ages Age 4+ (Ages 0-3 are FREE)

Additional fees may apply and all proceeds go to feeding our magical animal kingdom.

Fairy & Gnome Festival 2021
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
711 Sandown Rd.
Savannah, 31410
(912) 395-1500

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New Tybee Island Marine Science Center location is now open

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

The new Tybee Island Marine Science Center (pictured) on Tybee’s North Beach @ 37 Meddin Dr. is now open.

Experience a unique “Behind the Scenes” self-guided tour of the new Center and observe staff as they work hard to complete the exhibits. Exhibits are still very much a work in progress.

Visitors will have the opportunity to engage the center’s educators, ask all the questions, learn more about the interworking of the center and meet a few of our animal ambassadors.

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. 

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center Family Fest Fundraising event, Savannah

Sunday, March 28th, 2021

Family Fest Fundraiser Oatland Island Friends Savannah 2021

You’re invited to Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s first ever Family Fest fundraising event on Sun. April 11, 2021, 5-7PM.

Featuring the musical talents of Knot Done, playing tunes that will delight young and old. Enjoy a Spring evening with some music and food and have an outdoor picnic at Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.​​​​ Food trucks will be on hand, slinging up some of your dinner favorites, but you are more than welcomed to bring your own basket of goodies. Alcohol is not permitted, and the trails will not be open for this outdoor concert event.

Sunday, April 11 2021, 5-7PM
Gates open at 4PM​​

Bring your own blanket and chairs for this outdoor family fun event!

$25 per carload/ 7 person maximum

Pre-registration is required due to social distancing and payment is due upon invoicing ​for your carload to be on the list to attend.​​

Register here now​ with Friends of Oatland.

Since this event is completely outdoors, Family Fest is a weather dependent. In case of a weather cancellation, registrants will be notified via the email they registered with.

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Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Toddler Tuesday Oatland Island Wildlife Center Savannah

 

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

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Spring Celebration & Shearing @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Spring Celebration Shearing 2021 Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Spring Celebration & Shearing 2021 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah, March 20 2021

From the animal’s body to the finished wool product. Observe and participate in the magical creation of a woolen shawl through all the stages of wool processing. Members of The Fiber Guild of the Savannah’s join Oatland staff and volunteers in making this traditional spring celebration fun for the whole family. ​

The Oatland angora goats will be sheared throughout the day with demonstrations of carding, spinning, dying and weaving the wool.

Crafts, games, and other children’s activities as well as a ​food truck will be available.

Spring Celebration and Shearing next event will be on March 20 2021 from 10AM – 2PM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center.

Reservations for this annual event are available online @ Friends of Oatland Island. Click on the book online calendar, then click on March 20 to reserve your tickets for the Spring Celebration online.

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Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Friday, February 26th, 2021

 

Toddler Tuesday themes Savannah Oatland Island Wildlife Center

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 Spring Schedule and register online here.

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

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New Tybee Island Marine Science Center location will open March 25

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Tybee Island Marine Science Center staff are preparing to open the new center (pictured) on Tybee’s North Beach @ 37 Meddin Dr.. (The former center location on Strand Avenue is closed.)

Planned Opening Schedule:

Thurs. March 25 2021 – The East Gallery will be open for our visitors to experience.

Sat. May 1 2021 – The West Gallery and Open-Air Gallery will be open for our visitors to experience.

Beginning March 25, hours will be Thursday through Sunday, 10AM to 4PM.

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Tybee Marine Science Center Gift Shop Opens Feb. 18 2021

Discovery Shop will open to the public on Thurs. Feb. 18. Come on in!

In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy the views from both the amphitheater and Ship Watch Loft and watch the staff work on exhibits. Masks are required to enter. Shoppers will be allowed to shop in small groups socially distanced from other groups.

Don’t like crowds?
Shop online here.

Discovery Shop online at ShopTybee.org is brimming with unique and wonderful things to brighten up your day or give you a head-start on Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and even Mother’s Day shopping.

The shop focuses on coastal environmental items to include fun and cuddly puppets and plush critters, sea-themed jewelry, and informative books for all ages from local and regional authors. 100% of net proceeds support our animal care and rescue program.

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New location of Tybee Island Marine Science Center is 37 Meddin Dr..

Learn more about Tybee Island Marine Science Center here. 

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Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Friday, February 5th, 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 Winter Schedule and register online here.

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

 

Astronomy Night 2021 @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

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Oatland Island Wildlife Center Astronomy Night 2021, Savannah

Join Oatland education staff for a magical night of astronomy.
Winter Constellation – Fri. Feb. 12 2021, 6:30-8PM
1 hr 30 min
Cost: $5, proceeds benefit the care and upkeep of Oatland animals.
Book now online here.

Learn the prominent winter constellations, drink hot chocolate, and chat with friends around the fire. Park in the main parking lot at Oatland’s main building and walk around the side where the amphitheater is to find the roaring fire.

Toddler Tuesdays @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, January 26th, 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 Winter Schedule and register online here.

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