Savannah Children's Museum's Bug Fest

Five fun, family-friendly things to do in Savannah this spring and summer

Updated April 18, 2023 at 1:50 p.m.

With warmer days ahead, now is the perfect time of year to start planning your next family adventure, and good news for you, Savannah offers all sorts of exciting, kid-friendly activities to partake in. If you want to fill your schedule with fun in the upcoming weeks and months, round up the kiddos and add these thrilling things to your spring/summer bucket list.  

Children’s Museum Bug Fest

These creatures are creepy, crawly, cool and even cute, and pretty soon, they’re taking center stage. Savannah Children’s Museum is gearing up to host Bug Fest, an annual family-friendly celebration focused on many of our most interesting insects. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the open-air museum. Bug Fest is an exciting invitation into the wild and wonderful world of bugs. Savannah Children’s Museum will be transformed into a vibrant, colorful space where kids can learn all about these tiny and fascinating creatures. Attendees can enjoy all sorts of engaging educational activities and programming as well. Tickets can be purchased online at chsgeorgia.org/.

Tybee Surf Lessons

Catch some waves and hang ten with a spring or summer surfing lesson. Tybee Surf Lessons provides private, semi-private and group lessons to aspiring surfers of all ages and abilities. Book a group lesson for the whole family and learn the fundamentals and techniques you’ll need to ride the waves. They offer lessons seven days a week, so opportunities are plenty. Tybee Surf Lesson also hosts a Uke N Surf summer camp, where children ages 6-14 can receive ukulele and surfing instruction. For more information, visit tybeesurflessons.com/

UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium

The UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium is Georgia’s first saltwater aquarium, featuring 16 exhibit tanks that showcase Georgia’s diverse marine life, making it a great attraction for inquisitive young minds. The aquarium has a public touch tank allowing visitors to interact with local marine invertebrates like whelks and crabs. Visitors are welcomed to traverse the boardwalk overlooking the Skidaway River, which is a part of the Jay Wolf Nature Trail that leads through maritime forests and salt marshes. During the spring, the aquarium offers their exciting Horseshoe Crab Encounters. Each spring, horseshoe crabs lay their eggs on our coastlines, which are an important food source for migratory birds. During the encounters, which take place during the evening, visitors can go on a guided beach walk to witness this seasonal natural phenomenon. The program is open to all ages and registration is required. Visit gacoast.uga.edu/ for more details. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center

The Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a beloved attraction that draws in local and visiting families alike for a unique encounter with nature. Oatland Island offers a variety of engaging educational programs and events, inviting guests of all ages to learn about the natural world. Programs include their Morning Birding Walks, Toddler Tuesdays, Oatland Wildlife Leaders and more. One exciting upcoming event that families may be interested in is the Fairy & Gnome Festival, taking place April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A day of enchantment, this family-centric fest is about exploring nature and encouraging imagination. Attendees can enjoy a scavenger hunt, fashion show, gem mining, fairy and gnome home building and food trucks. For more information on the event and other happenings at Oatland Island, visit spwww.sccpss.com/schools/oatland/

Tybee Island Marine Science Center

The Tybee Island Marine Science Center offers an authentic coastal experience centered on education and conservation. With the goal of instilling an appreciation for coastal ecology in visitors, the center provides a range of programs where participants can engage in hands-on learning. Many of their programs are great for families like Sift ‘N’ Seine, Sea Turtle Nest Excavation, and Turtle talk among others. The center also has a gallery showcasing hundreds of coastal creatures. Visitors can see live feedings and enjoy portable programs about marine life. To learn more, visit tybeemarinescience.org/

Published April 18, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

     

Chantel Britton

Chantel Britton is a compelling storyteller with an ever-growing curiosity. She's built a rewarding writing career for herself in addition to serving five years as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. She's an NPR nerd with a deep passion for all things travel, sustainable living and adventure. She...
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