St. Simon’s Island – 2013 Family Events and Kids Summer Camps

Map to St. Simons Island, GA from Atlanta St. Simon’s Island, Georgia is a wonderful family vacation spot only about 5 hours away from Atlanta.  From spring through summer, creative activities for children are always in season on St. Simons Island.  Families can stay in one of the most historic hotels on the East Coast.  The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort was once the only place for the elite. It has kept up with the times, preserving its beauty, while becoming a modern resort that offers every convenience and luxury. With six swimming pools, tennis courts, golfing, and outdoor hot tubs, visitors can find many ways to relax. Little ones love the 1-foot pool and 3-foot pool.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort pool


St. Simons offers a great central location for events

May 11 - 7 am
Ages 3 to 15 can participate in the Youth Fishing Derby at Flatlanders Lake in Lakeland.  The 13th annual Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, May 11 for children ages three to 15. The derby itself will be at Flatlanders Lake in Lakeland off Valdosta Hwy behind the fire station, and other fun events will be held at Banks Lake NWR.
Event website

May 18 at 6 pm – Dash-and-Dine
This family fun event marks the opening of the Great Dunes Park on Jekyll Island.
Dash & Dine – Pre-Race Pasta Dinner & Family Fun, 6:30-8 p.m. The Pasta Party is a tradtion before the Turtle Crawl Triathlon the following morning. However, this year the public is invited in honor of the new park space, and the party will be hosted outside the new Jekyll Island Convention Center. Kids and their parents are invited to offficially open Great Dunes Park with a fun-run through a red ribbon finish line.
(912) 635-3636
jekyllisland.com

June 1 – 30 – Neptune Park Fun Zone
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun.
There is no admission fee for the playground.
550 Beachview Dr.
(912) 279-2836
Neptune Park Fun Zone

July 1 – 31 - Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island
With 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super kewl! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate’s Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time!
210 South Riverview Dr.
(912) 635-2074
Summer Waves Water Park


Families can also enjoy many free or inexpensive musical performances in an informal, relaxed setting.

April 22 and May 20 – Concerts in Queen Square
Brunswick’s Rhythm on the River offers concerts on  in Queen Square at 6 pm.
Outdoor concert series featuring Josh Kirkland and the Traveling Riverside Band. Grab the children, a picnic basket, your favorite beverage and join us for Rhythm on the River at Queen Square (Corner of Newcastle & Mansfield).
Admission $10, children 16 & under free.
(912) 265-4032
brunswickgeorgia.net

On May 6 at 3pm - The Coastal Youth Symphony of Georgia
The Coastal Youth Symphony of Georgia has its spring concert at the Glynn Auditorium in Brunswick.
Coastal Youth Symphony of Georgia Spring Concert! In collaboration with Glynn Academy Chorus. 3 .pm. $5 adult, $3 student. Glynn Academy Auditorium, Monck & Norwich, Brunswick.
(912) 634-3453
CoastalSymphonyOfGeorgia.org

May 27  at 7pm - St. Simons Jazz-in-the-Park
St. Simons Jazz-in-the-Park is at 7 pm at downtown’s Neptune Park.
Jazz in the Park! Phil Morrison and Michael Hulett play opening show of season of 5 outdoor concerts.
7-9 p.m. $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, under 6 free.
Season pass $35.
Neptune Park.
(912) 262-6934
goldenislesarts.org

June 10 at 7pm -  St. Simons Concert Series
Families can enjoy A Little Light Music, the St. Simons Concert Series, on the historic lighthouse grounds.
A Little Light Music Concert Series, 7 p.m. Harry O’Donoghue, master Irish folksinger, storyteller and songwriter. Bring the family, friends, a picnic supper and lawn chairs and relax with us on the St. Simons Lighthouse oceanfront grounds. $12 adults, children under 12 and Keepers of the Light admitted free. Season tickets are $50 available in the museum store.
601 Beachview Dr.
(912) 638-4666
saintsimonslighthouse.org/music.html


Library Events

The library offers special visits and performances at 11 a.m. many times during the summer.

July 5 and 20 – Kindermusik Classes
Young children can enjoy hands-on music training in Kindermusik classes.
St. Simons Library
530A Beachview Dr
(912) 638-8234
trrl.org

July 12 – Junie B. Jones
Children can visit with Junie B. Jones, a favorite storybook character.
Brunswick Glynn County Library
208 Gloucester St.
Brunswick
(912) 267-1212
trrl.org

August 2 – Tessa’s Tree
The Curious Moon Puppet Theatre will perform Tessa’s Tree for preschool through elementary-age children.
Casino Bldg.
Room 108
530 Beachview Dr.
St. Simons Library
(912) 638-8234
trrl.org

August 9 – Singer-songwriter performance
Singer-songwriter Danielle Martin performs stories and songs for children.
Danielle Martin stories and songs for children with local singer-songwriter.
11 a.m.
St. Simons Library
530 Beachview Dr.
(912) 638-8234
trrl.org


 

Summer Camps and Programs

Summer camp on St. Simons is a special treat, especially when children return each day to the King and Prince for family time on the beach and at the pool.

During June, children have the opportunity to attend Summer Theatre Camp at the Ritz Theatre in Brunswick and Glynn Arts Gallery on St. Simons Island.

June 11-15 (ages 6/7) – Summer Theatre Camp at the Ritz!
Summer Theatre Camp at the Ritz! Ages 6-7 learn stage skills and create work based on the Olivia book. Bring own lunch, snacks and drinks provided. Public performance last day of class. $150 registered before June 1, $175 registered after June 1, $125 registered for 2 or more camps or siblings.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Historic Ritz Theatre
1530 Newcastle St.
(912) 262-6934
goldenislesarts.org

June 18-22 (ages 8-12) - Summer Theatre Camp at the Ritz!
Summer Theatre Camp at the Ritz! Ages 8-12 learn stage skills and create work based on the book Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Bring own lunch, snacks and drinks provided. Public performance last day of class. $150 registered before June 1, $175 registered after June 1, $125 registered for 2 or more camps or siblings.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Historic Ritz Theatre
1530 Newcastle St.
(912) 262-6934
goldenislesarts.org

June 25 – 29 - Creative Kaleidoscope!
Creative Kaleidoscope!
Art camp for ages 5-6.
10am-1pm.
$135, supplies included.
Glynn Art Gallery
529 Beachview Dr.
(912) 638-8770
glynnart.org

July 23 – 27 - Glynn Art Gallery Art Camp
From 10 to 1
Glynn Art Gallery Art Camp
Creative Kaleidoscope for ages 5/6
Clay and Collage – for ages 7+

July 30 – Aug. 3 - Glynn Art Gallery Art Camp
Glynn Art Gallery’s Fiber Arts Camp
For ages 10-plus


Coastal Outdoor Adventure Camps offer a St. Simons adventure every week including Shark Fest, Beach Camp, and Junior Biologist Camp.

July 9, 16, 30 & Aug. 6 - iPhone photography Camp
Glynn Art Gallery
iPhone photography
A class in iPhone photography will encourage creative thinking as well as teach a valuable skill. Classes are held at Glynn Art Gallery.  Where better to take photographs than on the beautiful beach by the photogenic King and Prince?


 

Any-day Summer Activities on St. Simons Island

Any-day activities include a hop-n-go trolley to the many historical sights including the historic lighthouse and Fort Frederica. The Neptune Fun Zone offers a playground, a putt putt golf course and a large wading pool near the pier in the charming downtown. A water park is just over the bridge on Jekyll Island.

Best of all, Atlanta is only five hours from this popular beach resort.  It is easy to take a long weekend or a week away. Atlanta families can leave the hustle and bustle of city life in favor of a laid-back beach atmosphere. The kids can’t get bored with the many available activities as well as the pools and beach. Parents don’t have to do the cooking since the King and Prince offers the King’s Tavern Restaurant, Ocean Grille and Atrium Café.


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