Savannah Children's Museum — Photo courtesy of Kids can try on costumes at the museum's Whimsical Wardrobe station.
If your kids try to roll down a hill at one of Savannah’s historic forts, they may get scolded. If they fall to the ground and roll down Sugar Beet Bluff, a grassy hill at the Savannah Children’s Museum, they’ll be encouraged to get up and do it again. The hill is just one of many interactive exhibits at the recently opened Savannah Children’s Museum, a two-level, outdoor play space just for kids.
The first phase of the museum, called the Imagination Station, features a number of large-scale, colorful exhibits that encourage children to play, make noise and use their hands. Among the cool, kid-friendly displays are Imagination Playground, a play area with large foam blocks that can be configured any way imaginable, and Great Excavation, an underwater archeological table perfect for little hands that like to get dirty. Kids can make music on the giant instruments at Savannah Sounds and try on costumes at Whimsical Wardrobe. There’s even a misting station, which provides much-needed relief from the Savannah heat.
The museum is located on the grounds of the old Central of Georgia Railroad station on the edge of the Historic District and many elements of the old building have been integrated into the space, including four dozen brick archways. The museum was spearheaded by the Coastal Heritage Society, a local organization dedicated to the preservation of coastal Georgia’s cultural heritage, and additional phases are planned for the future.