The Sandbox Summer Fun Series Is Back!

Summer’s on Hilton Head Island are bursting with fun activities for kids and parents, from kayaking to music to farms and playgrounds, Hilton Head is known to generations of visitors as a great place to play outdoors.  But what about when you need a break from the beach…or come across one of those rare rainy […]

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Summer Concerts Under the Stars on Hilton Head Island

Even after the sun goes down, there’s still more family fun to be had on Hilton Head Island. There’s two iconic outdoor concert series in particular that you can’t miss during yourIsland visit this summer. For decades families have been gathering under HarbourTown’s Liberty Oak in The Sea Pines Resort for a fun-filled and interactive […]

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Family Friendly Parks & Playgrounds on Hilton Head Island!

When I told my husband my newest blog post was about playgrounds and parks on Hilton Head Island, he quickly lent his opinion!  You see, when Gray (16 months) first started walking, my husband was so excited to find the “BEST” playground on the Island – he envisioned weekends of playground hunting where he and […]

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Family Day Strawberry Picking!

Last week I took my 15 month old son, Gray, to the strawberry picking fields at Dempsey Farms on St. Helena Island, close to Beaufort, SC.  About an hour’s drive from Hilton Head Island, across the marshes of the Lowcountry, St. Helena is rich in history and culture (home of the Penn Center), along with […]

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Furry Family Members are Welcome on Hilton Head Island

Americans love their pets. It’s estimated that we will spend over $50 billion on our pets in 2011. We spoil them with treats and toys and bring them wherever we go. We feed them the very best food and frame their pictures. And now, our four-legged family members can join the family vacation too!
Pet friendly travel is on the rise, and in recent years some Hilton Head Island properties have added pet friendly policies, rolling out the welcome mat to your furry family members with special amenities and services.

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Dining Out, Family Style

I’ll never forget the first time we took my oldest son out to a restaurant. We were new parents treading new waters…and we were nervous. We chose to have brunch at our favorite spot, and after I had thoroughly disinfected the entire table top and high chair (because that’s what first-time new mothers do), installed all the ‘gear’ (high chair cover, travel fold-out suction placemat, etc.), we opened our menus and ordered up Bloody Mary’s (pronto).

Ten minutes later, our son had emptied the salt and pepper shakers, spilled a glass of water, ate a lemon wedge and squeezed the jelly containers all over the table. We looked at each other in silent agreement…we would never go out to eat again. We would be banished to delivery and fast food if we wanted to eat ‘out’ with our kids.

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Casting Call for Hilton Head Island Reality TV Show!

We know Hilton Head Island is made for families…but is your family made for TV?

Every family is special in its own way, but maybe your family has an extra special story to tell. Maybe you’re a family of athletes or comedians. Or, maybe your family has overcome a huge obstacle and you’re an inspiration to everyone around you. Or, maybe you’re a group of guys that ‘mancation’ every year or a family reunion.

Whatever camp you fall in, Hilton Head Island has a very special opportunity for you!

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Summer Camps at The Arts Center

Hilton Head Island is known for its legendary golf, world-class resorts and pristine beaches, but it’s also home to a thriving arts community. At the hub of it all is the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina—which features a year-round, robust calendar of performing and visual arts events. And they don’t just cater to the adult crowd; they also offer an exciting menu of children’s camps and workshops for locals and visitors. So if you have an aspiring Picasso (like I do) or a blossoming Laurence Olivier in your family, you don’t want to miss these two fun-filled camps:

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America the Beautiful: Fourth of July on Hilton Head Island

Growing up on the Island, I have fond memories of my Fourth of July celebrations. Festive red, white and blue gatherings at the Country Club of Hilton Head—with a traditional spread of Americana food on picnic tables spanning the driving range; greased watermelon relays in the swimming pool; glow bracelets and face painting; and lying side by side with my best friend in the grass under the starry summer sky awaiting the colorful (and ooh and awing) display of fireworks with the national anthem blaring for all to hear.

This Fourth of July, Hilton Head Island warmly welcomes visitors to celebrate Independence Day with three public celebrations and fireworks displays. As an Islander for 23 years, I have done the Fourth in almost every way possible: at Harbour Town in The Sea Pines Resort, at Shelter Cove Harbour, at South Forest Beach, at Skull Creek, on a boat on the Intracoastal, at restaurants, at private homes, etc. There’s no bad view of the fireworks on the Island—in fact, you’re likely to see more than one display from where you plant yourself this Fourth of July!

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Learn!

These days, it seems as though kids (and adults) are more connected to the latest technology than they are to the great outdoors. Are you ready to shed the gadgets and get back to nature? If so, Hilton Head Island is the perfect vacation spot to unplug, and connect with Mother Nature.

There are so many fun ways for your kids (and you) to learn about the rich eco-system and wildlife on our barrier island. Your starting point should be the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. Established in 1985, the museum offers an array of hands-on explorations and investigations into the natural history of the Lowcountry.

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