Kid Scene in Savannah

Thanks to Patti Johnson and Tom Whitman (2 other great Savannah Concierge) for pulling all this info together and creating the “Kid Scene.”

HISTORIC DISTRICT


Savannah Children’s Museum

A perfect place for your family to explore and play. It has over a dozen exhibits designed to expand the imagination, including an exploration maze, a reading nook, and a sensory garden, to name just a few attractions. A great first stop for you and the kids.
• 655 Louisville Road
• Call for hours and admission
• 912-651-4292
http://savannahchildrensmuseum.org


Georgia State Railroad Museum
Explore historic railroad structures and see locomotives and other rolling stock. See the large model train layout of Savannah, exhibits explaining steam engines and other machinery, and a large operating turntable. Occasional train rides may be also available.
• 601 West Harris Street
• Call for hours and admission prices
• 912-651-6823
http://www.chsgeorgia.org/GSRM


Jepson Center for the Arts
Geared for children but fun for the whole family. Two great attractions are Art Start, a special program for toddlers (the third Thursday of each moth), and Artzeum for older children. Both feature hands-on activities that encourage children to explore art using works from the Telfair collection. Also, Savannah architectural building blocks, a magnetic sculpture wall, interactive media, and more!
• 207 West York Street
• Call for hours and admission prices
• 912-790-8800
www.telfair.org


Massie Heritage Center
Learn what school was like back in 1856! Visit Savannahs first free public school and see what the classrooms were like before the civil war. Also see many other aspects of Savannahs long history presented in unique (and sometimes modern) ways. Also get a course in Savannah beautiful and varied architectural styles in a spectacular presentation.
• 207 E. Gordon Street 912-395-5070
• Call for times and admission prices
www.massieschool.com


Henny Penny Art Space and Caf
Connect and get creative with your little ones while you relax and enjoy craft coffee and delicious fresh baked pastries! Located just south of Savannahs historic district, Henny Penny offers an always changing selection of custom designed art kits and special programs for all ages. Call ahead for their scheduled programs or stop by anytime (almost)
• 1514 Bull Street
• 912-328-5497
www.hennypennycafe.com


Savannah Belles Ferry
Want to get out on the water but don’t want a full-fledged sightseeing tour? Just hop on one of our Savannah Belles Ferry Boats! Board at City Hall Landing, ride across the river to the Trade and Convention Center, then continue upstream to the Waving Girl Statue, and return to your starting point. See what River Street looks like from the river on this fun little 20-minute cruise. And the best part is, it’s free! The boats run every 30 minutes or less, seven days a week, 7:00am until midnight.


Rousakis Plaza Echo Square
Walk across River Street from 305 E. River, and find an open space created by concrete planters and an X made by bricks and tile pavers. Just stand in the center of the X and talk. You will hear a voice echo, but no one else can hear it, not even if they’re standing close! (Was this an intentional part of the design, or just a happy accident? No one seems to know!)


Ellis Square Water Fountains
The kids will need to change into some dry clothes after trying to time when the fountains will erupt, even if they’re trying to stay dry! A fun way to cool off during a hot Savannah afternoon, especially if they have a lot of pent up energy left over from exploring our city! Ellis Square is at Barnard and St. Julian Street. Maybe bring some swimsuits!


Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Even non-Girl Scouts enjoy this historical 1821 home because the guides are pros at entertaining young people! The founder of the Girl Scouts grew up in this home, now a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the fascinating life of this wonderful lady, and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and bring home some Girl Scouts memorabilia.
• 10 E Oglethorpe Ave
• Call for hours and admission prices
• 912-233-4501
www.girlscouts.org/birthplace


Girl Scout First Headquarters Museum and Program Center
A small place located behind the Andrew Lowe House, but there are lots of things to see. Uniforms dating from the beginning days in 1912 up to the present, plus badges, pins and much, much more. All kinds of Girl Scouts items are for sales in their store, and several fun and informative classes and patch programs are offered as well. See their website for availability and details
• 330 Drayton
• 888-223-3883
www.gshg.org


Old Savannah Tours – Discover Savannah Girl Scout Tour
A special offering form Savannahs Premier tour company, this tour combines visits to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, The First Girl Scout Headquarters, and the Andrew Lowe House. Scouts of all levels will earn their Discover Savannah Badge on this tour conducted by a Girl Scout Guide. Live a day in the life of a founder of the Girl Scouts and experience Savannah from her point of view. Call for group rates, reservations, and pick up times
• 800-517-9007
• 912-234-8128
www.oldsavannahtours.com


Creepy Stroll Walking Ghost Tour, Savannah by Foot
Hear age-appropriate stories for the kids by professional, experience guides. Girl Scouts even earn a patch for taking the tour (be sure to call and let your guide know beforehand) Tours are approximately 90 minutes and begin at the entrance to Colonial Oaks Cemetery. “Horrible haunts and spectacular spirits!” Call for times and rates
• 245 Bull Street
• 912-238-3843 • Creepy Stroll


Savannah Pedicab
If the kids (or you!) run out of gas by the end of the day, continue your exploration of downtown Savannah by calling non-gas-powered Savannah Pedicab and be escorted rickshaw-style anywhere in the Historic District by their knowledgeable and entertaining drivers. Call for their taxi service and simply tip your driver whatever you think is fair (average tip is “usually somewhere between the value of a sandwich and a pizza”) Also, special tours are available, from 30 minutes to all day, for set prices. Rated #1 Transportation Service in Savannah by Trip Advisor.
• 912-232-7900
www.SavannahPedicab.com


Pirates House Restaurant
Serving bloodthirsty prates and seafarers since 1753! In the basement there is now a sealed off tunnel that used to lead to the Savannah River; this is how many an innocent but drunken seaman was shanghaied, never to see Savannah (or this world), ever again! Be sure to make reservations, be sure to try the fried chicken, and be sure to visit the gift shop!
• 20 East Broad Street
• 912-233-5757
www.thepirateshouse.com


Vinnie Van Go-Go’s Pizza
All kids love pizza! Fresh handmade thin-crust pizza and a casual, fun, and laid-back atmosphere. Great for people-watching because it’s right on the edge of City Market, with outdoor seating. Cash only, they also deliver for no extra charge
• 317 West Bryan Street
• Mon-Thurs., 4:00-11:00, Fri.- Sun., 12:00-11:00
• 212-233-6394 • Vinnie Van Go-Go


Leopold’s Ice Cream
Award-winning, homemade, super-premium ice cream with changing seasonal favorites, their recipes have been the same since 1919! They also offer soups, sandwiches, and fresh-baked treats. “Good things to eat, good things to drink!” Don’t miss this place!
• 212 E. Broughton Street
• Open 11:00am-10:00pm, seven days
• 912-234-4442
www.leopoldsicecream.com


River Street Sweets
Voted Savannah’s best candy store 14 years in a row! The owners’ old family recipes include creamy fudge pecan pies, praline pound cake, and so much more! And they ca ship gift baskets back home to your family, friends and business associates
• 13 E. River Street
• 912-234-4608
• Open 9am -9pm, seven days
www.riverstreetsweets.com


Byrd Cookie Company
In operation since 1924, and still owned by the Byrd family! Two locations in the historic district; City Market and River Street. Stop in and sample their famous flavors and try to decide which ones are your favorites (don’t miss the Scotch Oatmeal) Have a delicious snack, save some for later, and bring some home for after school snacks. And bring home some of their very own Byrd’s Cookie Company souvenirs too!
• 213 W ST. Julian St, or 423 E. River St.
• Open 10:00am-8:00pm, seven days
• 800-291-2973
www.byrdcookiecompany.com


EASTSIDE


Oatland Island
Located less than five miles from Savannah’s Historic District. Animal lovers of all ages will delight in the wide variety of wildlife here: timber wolves, American buffalo, deer, owls, panthers, and much, much more, spread along an easy-to-walk nature trail. Also, call ahead to learn about Toddler Tuesdays, where adults and their little ones ages 1-4 can bond in this action-packed program, held every Tuesday, 10:35-11:15am
• 711 Sandtown Rd.
• 912-395-1212
• Call for hours and admission rates
www.oatlandisland.org


Old Fort Jackson
One of only eight surviving U.S. forts built prior to the War of 1812. See a cannon-firing demonstration and …maybe…watch a cannon be fired at a passing ship! (Don’t worry, they are shooting blanks, but it’s a fun event nevertheless!)
• 1 Fort Jackson Rd.
• 912-232-3945
• Call for hours and admission prices • Old Fort Jackson


Fort Pulaski National Monument
The use of rifled cannon by Union forces marked a milestone technology. Learn about fort history and see the destruction caused by the new “high-tech” weaponry! Also discover Ft. Jackson’s role in the Underground Railroad as slavery was coming to an end. Only 15 minutes east of Savannah.
• U.S> Hwy. 80 East
• 912-786-5787
www.nps.gove/fopu


TYBEE ISLAND


T.S. Chu’s Department Store
Mr. Chu opened this sore in the 1930’s, and it’s remained virtually unchanged since then! More than just a souvenir shop, it has everything from flip-flops and beach toys to tools and hardware. “If it’s something you use…. you’ll find it at Chu’s!” Something more to tell your friends and family about when you get back home!
• 6 Tybrisa Street, Tybee Island
• Open seven days, 10:00-6:00
• 912-786-4561


Tybee Lighthouse and Museum
Enjoy the view from the top of the oldest lighthouse in Georgia, then visit the museum across the street and get a feel for the military conflicts that helped shape savannah and our nation. Much to see and much to do!
• 30 Meddin Drive, Tybee Island
• Open 9:00 to 5:00, Closed Tuesday
• 912-786-5801 • Tybee Lighthouse and Museum


Fat Tire Bikes
Bike rentals, hourly or daily. Enjoy Tybee like the locals do with a self-guided tour, or simply explore the island anyway you see fit!
• 1403 Butler Avenue, Tybee Island
• Open Daily 9:00-5:00
• 912-786-4013 • Fat Tire Bikes


Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours
Get out on the water and make friends with these amazing creatures! Winner of several Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence, Captain Mike also offers sunset cruises and deep-sea fishing. His boats have both a sun deck as well as a covered deck, for fair-skinned folks. Dolphin cruises typically last 1 to 1 1/2 hours
• 1 Old US Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, Lazaretto Creek Marina
• Call for rates and times
• 912-786-5848 • Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours


North Island Surf & Kayak
Both expert and beginning kayakers of all ages will enjoy these safe and stable one or two person boats. Their experienced staff can give notices thorough training before they head out on the water. You can also try the fun of using their stand-up paddleboards, and even arrange to camp overnight on nearby, uninhabited Little Tybee Island
• 1 Old US Hwy. 80, Tybee Island, Lazaretto Creek Marina
• Call for hours and rates
• 912-786-4000
North Island Kayak


Tybee Island Marine Science Center
Conveniently located near the pavilion and fishing pier, the Marine Science Center offers guided, one-hour nature walks along either the North beach or south beach, and also their popular marsh walks. Inside the center is a turtle exhibit, a live touch tank, a model coral reef, and their gift shop. Group programs are also offered. (Coming soon: a brand-new Marine Science Center near the lighthouse!)
• 1510 Strand Ave., Tybee Island
• Call for hours and rates
• 912-786-5917
www.tybeemarinescience.org


The Crab Shack
“Where the elite eat in their bare feet”. Fun restaurant with plenty of seafood (and other stuff too”) And don’t forget to FEED THE ALLIGATORS! (but don’t fall in the ‘gator pit)
• 40 Esthill Hammock Rd, Tybee Island
• Sun-Thurs. 11:30-9:00, Fri-Sat. 11:30-10:00
• 912-786-9857 • The Crab Shack


SKIDAWAY ISLAND AREA


Skidaway Island State Park
Stop into Visitors Center for their great environmental exhibits and be sure to ask about any special events going on, most of which focus on children’s activities. Children ages 6-12 can earn a Junior Rangers badge, and everyone can enjoy the fun and educational hiking trails. Be sure to climb the observation tower for a great view of the areas marshland and look for whatever wildlife choses to let themselves be seen.
• 52 Diamond Causeway, Skidaway Island
• Office Hours 8:00-8:00
• $5.00 to park all day
• 912-598-2300 • Skidaway Island State Park


University of Georgia Aquarium
Sixteen tanks holding 50 species of local marine life and interactive exhibits including an art lab, a live touch tank, and a computer lab are not all this location has to offer people of all ages. Be sure to enjoy the boardwalk along the salt marsh and visit the dormitory and dining room, and even have a picnic lunch at one of the picnic tables. All areas are wheelchair accessible.
• 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island
• Call for hours and rates
• 912-598-FISH • www.marex.uga.edu/aquarium


Pin Point Heritage Museum
While on Skidaway Island, be sure to visit Pin Point Georgia, birthplace of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The museum is operated by the Coastal Heritage Society and details the unique history of the Gullah-Geechee culture of African Americans living on the coastal islands of the Southeast. Get an understanding of how a once-thriving community and seafood industry were, sadly, forced into decline. But, thankfully, the culture of this very special community lives on.
• 9924 Pin Point Avenue
• Call for hours and admission fees
• 912-355-0064 • Pin Point Heritage Museum


SOUTHSIDE SAVANNAH


Chuck E. Cheese
Not just pizza, but the best kids’ menu in town. Plus, healthier menu options for young and old. And now introducing their “all you can play” program for their video arcade: pay for game time, rather than points, and your kids will have access to all the games they can play, as many times as they want, starting at just $10.00! And check out their online coupon deals
• 6700 Abercorn Street
• Open 7 days a week, 11:00-9:00
• 912-355-0410 • Chuck E Cheese


Monkey Joe’s
Indoor play spaces including inflatables, arcade games, slides and concessions. Bouncing, sliding, jumping activities (with the emphasis on active!) for ages 12 and under. Great place for birthday parties too. Certified safe and sanitary.
• 311 Eisenhower Drive
• Call for hours and prices
• 912-349-2528
Monkey Joe’s


WEST CHATHAM COUNTY


Mighty 8th Airforce Museum
“Fly” an actual B-17 bomber aboard their realistic flight simulator! They have lots of other kid-friendly interactive displays as well. Be sure to visit the Combat Gallery to learn more about the World War II experience. Have a delicious lunch at Miss Sophies Pub and stop at the gift shop and bring home a souvenir or two!
• 175 Bourne Road, Pooler GA
• 9:00-5:00
• 912-748-8888 • www.mightyeighth.org


The Fun Zone
Yes, have a lot of fun at their four exhilarating go-carts tracks, 36 holes of mini-golf, and their large, state of the art arcade where you can win great prizes! Also, their Kiddie Land is especially geared toward energetic youngsters. Food and drinks are available at the concession stand.
• 1040 US Hwy 80, Pooler GA
• Call for hours and rates
• 912-330-9860 • www.poolerfunzone.com


The Combat Zone
Adults can drive their kids around in an actual WW II British tank! Kids and grownups alike can engage in a fierce paintball battle. Recommended for ages 8 and up, this is a great place for birthday parties that will be remembered.
• 108 Godley Rd, Bloomingdale, GA
• Open Fri, Sat, Sun, call for hours
• 912-675-9952 • The Combat Zone