I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!

On any given summer evening on Hilton Head Island, you are bound to find a row of sun-tanned, smiling little faces enjoying a frozen treat after a long day of fun in the sun. Whether it’s scooped in a bowl or piled high on a cone, ice cream is a summer time staple on Hilton Head Island.

This past weekend, we took our boys to Hilton Head Ice Cream for an after dinner treat. We got ours to go (Superman for our 3 year old, Raspberry Sorbet for mom and dad to split, and Praline for Poppa). We made our way over to Poppa’s house to enjoy our frozen treat on the porch.

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Make HarbourFest a Family Vacation Tradition

As a new parent, I am always mindful of the memories and traditions we are beginning to form as a family. This past Memorial Day weekend, we began what I believe will be an important family tradition—a summer kick-off trip to the lake with several of our close family friends. It was a fun trip (8 adults and 7 kids under 3), and you could feel that this was an important memory-making moment for our children.

Hilton Head Island is an important summer tradition for so many families across the country. And for thousands of families, the Shannon Tanner family show during HarbourFest at Shelter Cove is a magical moment.

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Coligny Beach Park Named a Best Family Beach!

I was thrilled to read in my June issue of Parents magazine that our very own Coligny Beach Park was name #2 Best Family Beach! The editorial staff at Parents researched and waded through over 1,000 different U.S. beaches to find the top 10 best beaches that are kid-friendly and also fun for adults. Coligny Beach offers something for everyone; whether you have little kids or teens…it truly is the hub of the Island’s beach activities.

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Playing in the Sandbox

When my youngest son was born last summer, my in-laws swept into town to meet our new arrival…and to graciously entertain our oldest son (then 2) while I was in the hospital. They came ready with gifts, activities and itineraries to keep him busy. But the biggest hit of their visit was the afternoon they spent with my son at The Sandbox on Hilton Head Island.

The Sandbox Interactive Children’s Museum is a great place to take your kids (or grandkids) for a day of imagination, creativity and interactive fun! Sit back and let your child take the lead through the museum finding the spaces that peak their interest most. The museum is not only designed for fun—the activities and spaces are intended to build and improve your children’s motor skills, mathematical skills, reasoning skills, word recognition, eye-hand coordination, group play and interaction with other children and decision making skills.

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K is for Kite

On a recent day at the beach, my 3 year old son spent a better part of the afternoon watching (stalking) a group of college kids fly a stunt kite, and jumping up and down chanting K is for Kite. He was fascinated with the colorful kite and the way it ripped through the windy sky with such power. They gave him a nod then looked nervously at me. I wasn’t sure if they were concerned about his safety or the safety of their beautiful kite.

The beaches on Hilton Head Island are perfect for flying kites.Kites are a great way to connect with your children on the beach. Hilton Head Island beaches are perfect for flying kites, and on any given day you will see those familiar silhouettes dancing across the sunny sky along our 12 miles of beaches. The uncrowded, wide open, hard-packed sandy beaches make it easy to fly kites safely. Single line kites are the best option for little ones (and those of us that are a little rusty on our kite flying skills). There are several places on the Island to purchase a kite, if you left yours at home, including Coligny Kite & Flag is located in Coligny Plaza on the south end of the Island.

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Old McDonald Had a Farm…on Hilton Head Island?

Did you know that you can pet and feed (and ooh and ahh and baby talk to) a deer on Hilton Head Island? The Sea Pines Resort has made every child and animal lover’s dream come true. You can get up close and personal with the Island’s very own Bambi mascot…actually her name is Callie.

The folks at Lawton Stables (in The Sea Pines Resort) opened up the first ever small animal farm on Hilton Head Island. In addition to petting Callie, you can pet and feed a variety of other small animals including goats, sheep, rabbits, donkeys, llama, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, a miniature pony and Harley the Clydesdale—bringing the Old McDonald song to life for your little ones.

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