In the quiet hours after Eli is in bed, I've been working on cleaning out photos from this summer. If you visit this blog periodically, you know I take a lot of pictures. And for every image I save, there are around ten I delete. Whew! I found some photos of adventures that didn't get blogged during our whirlwind summer...
While we were staying on Tybee Island in July, Eli and I ventured to the Savannah Children's Museum. A part of the Coastal Heritage Society complex (along with the Savannah History Museum and the Georgia State Railroad Museum), the Children's Museum is located in an industrial zone that is home to some of the city's oldest structures. (Click HERE for their website.) Since the museum is almost all outdoors, we arrived early to beat the heat. If we hadn't gotten hot as well as hungry for lunch, I bet we could have stayed all day.
There is a close-cropped lawn at the entrance that is filled with a musical instrument area, huge rubber balls, oversized foam building blocks, a sand box, water sprinklers, and a long water table.
The real boxcars shown in the picture above are used for offices and storage but also for an art area and reading library. On the day we visited, there was homemade Play-Doh with lots of tools. It was nice to get into air conditioning for a little while and Eli got to take his dough home with him.
The remainder of this hands-on museum is located in what used to be the basement of an old cotton warehouse. The brick walls have been preserved, but the space is now open to the sky. Short wood walls have been added to house various exhibits, but the museum also makes great use of the arches, columns, and cubbies left from the original building structure.
A metal drum with ways to make various musical notes...
Chalk and water play...
Lego Duplo wall...
We had a ball!
One Mama's Two Cents:
Going early to make the most of the morning cool was definitely a help. I'm glad I had sunblock, bug spray, and sun hats for us. I wish I'd thought to bring a backpack, though. There are various water play opportunities, so extra clothes and a towel would have been great. Lots of water to drink is a must too.
We love hands-on museums for kids! Two others in Georgia that we enjoy are:
Imagine It! Children's Museum of Atlanta
(Oh dear. We visited in June and I haven't blogged about that one yet either. Sigh. Soon!)
Here are some hands-on museums we've found on our travels:
The Discovery Center, Murfreesboro, TN (near Nashville)