Stroller-friendly squares, charming historic homes, and ghosts galore make Savannah the perfect place to explore the mystery of history with the kids.
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa (1 Resort Drive; 912-201-2000) offers a Kids Club and a two-minute ferry ride across the river to downtown. Or forgo frills for the Thunderbird Inn (611 West Oglethorpe Avenue; 912-232-2661). Located smack in the heart of the historic district, the mod motel makes being cost-conscious feel cool.
Treasure chow time at The Pirates’ House (20 East Broad Street; 912-233-5757). Serving wayward seafarers (and weary walkers) since 1753, the historic hotspot is always a hit with the kids. For something low-key, grab a slice at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s (317 West Bryan Street; 912-233-6394). Spoil ’em with something sweet from Back in the Day Bakery (2403 Bull Street; 912-495-9292), where the cupcakes cause a local craze.
If your little one loves locomotives, chug over to the Roundhouse Railroad Museum (601 West Harris Street; 912-651-6823). Budding Brownies will enjoy the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (10 East Oglethorpe Avenue; 912-233-4501), where the Girl Scouts of the USA founder was born. End the day with a candlelight Haunted History walking tour.
A great way to scare, er, wear them out.
Exploring Trees Inside and Out
What: Little monkeys investigate the sights, sounds, and scents of trees with climbing, sensory, and learning stations.
Why: Summer storms have them climbing the walls.
When: Sat.-Sept. 13.
Where: Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Downtown (404-659-5437).
Crepe Myrtle Festival
What: Moon walks, a quad bounce, puppet show, sand art, pony rides, and a choo-choo train keep kiddos entertained.
Why: After a full day of fest, they rest.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Hammond Park, 150 Russell Cr., Monroe (770-868-5137).
What: A 90-minute yoga class for kids (ages 3-11). Parents can go enjoy their own hot yoga class next door.
Why: Kiddie Vinyasa makes for a Zen casa.
When: Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.
Where: Decatur Yoga & Pilates, 431 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur (404-377-4899).