Friday, July 19, 2013

Babysitting Options on the Island

You are on Hilton Head Island for a family vacation because, well, you want to spend time with family. However, it is okay if you feel like one night you might want to sneak out with your significant other and enjoy some quiet, romantic, one-on-one time. Maybe enjoy a long dinner at one our fabulous restaurants or catch a movie you've been excited to see. If you are in need of someone to watch your kiddos, here are a few options:

Guardian Angels Sitting Service : This bonded, licensed, and insured company offers babysitting in the Hilton Head Area. You will need to complete an application and then you can get a referral for a babysitter in their network. Call 877-470-4277 for more information.

Hilton Head Nannies: Nannies can come directly to your hotel room or vacation rental and care for infants and children.

The Sandbox: Once a month during the off season and twice a week during the summer months, the Sandbox Interactive Children's Museum hosts Parents Night Out, Kids Night In. Kids ages 3-9 years old enjoy a pizza dinner, drink and dessert, as well as three hours of playing among the fun exhibits and activity areas. Each child will also take home a fun craft. Call 843-842-7645 for more information.

Island Rec Center: Once a month the Island Rec offers a Kids Night Out program. Drop the kids off from 6-10 p.m. and they will be fed pizza for dinner and entertained with activities, movies, games, arts & crafts. Pre-registration is required. Call 843-681-7273 for more information.

So get out there and enjoy a few hours of adult fun. The kids will have plenty to keep them occupied. Cheers!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Family Fun on Hilton Head Island

Family Fun on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is an ideal place to bring the kids for a fun-filled family vacation. Here is the first in a series of blogs that will help you embrace all that the island has to offer:

You are on Hilton Head Island for a week of fun, sun, and family time. You are in luck, there are so many wonderful things to do on Hilton Head Island, you may want to stay for an extra week; or you could just move here. The most obviously place to start your week of fun is the...

...BEACH! We are on an island, so the beach literally surrounds us. The great thing about Hilton Head's beaches is that there are very few waves here. When it's low tide, there are often tidal pools that form along the beach, which are great for the little kids to play in because they are warm and shallow. Another great thing is that the beaches are flat and wide so if the kids run around, you can easily keep an eye on them and you can even ride your bikes on them.

And although you will hear this a lot, people say it for a reason: be sure to bring a lot of sunscreen and apply often because nothing ruins a family vacation like a sunburn on the first day out. A lot of areas of the beach are set up with umbrellas and chairs that you can rent by the week or by the day to give you some respite from the sun. If you prefer to buy your own, almost every grocery store and drug store carries beach chairs, sunscreen, portable cabanas, towels, flip flops, and beach toys. You can get fully equipped in a flash.

Another fun option is the Coligny Water Park. Located on the south end of the island on Coligny Circle, this boardwalk fun stop has a circle with spouting water fountains to keep the kids cool and laughing. There are benches around it for parents to take a load off. You will need it because your kids will not want to leave this area for a while.

There are a lot of fun swimming pools on the island, but we think that the Barony Beach Club is the best. Located mid island next to the Westin Resort, this pool has an awesome water slide that will keep the kids busy all day. Keep in mind, however that children under 42” will not be allowed on the slide so plan accordingly to prevent tears from your little ones.

Water sports are a fun way to spend the day. With 8 marinas on the Island, you are certainly close enough to one. Try jet skiing, kayaking, motor boating, parasailing, or paddleboarding. Or maybe you'd like to charter a fishing boat, sailboat, or go on a dolphin watching cruise. The possibilities are endless.

So go out there and have some F-U-N!! And on Hilton Head Island, that is not too difficult.