Here at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, we see excitement every day. From the child who first interacts with Kathy, to the adult who is just fascinated by Mahi and her missing flipper. There really is something for everyone.
Well…. almost everyone. Earlier in the year, a co-member and I started to notice that for children under the age of 5, there certainly were a lot of words in our gallery, and not too many activities. So we came up with a little idea. The idea was called “Scute’s Corner” and it is a place where once a week, children can come and do an arts & crafts project with us, then watch our world famous puppet show (Scute’s Ocean Adventure) or have storytime.
We had the first Scute’s Corner on the second Wednesday in January (of 2013). And it was a fairly small turn out. Two boys and their mother, but wow, did they have the time of their life. They saw the puppet show and then colored puppets of Scute, and they stayed for two hours. We were able to go up and show their favorite turtle, Kathy, their new creations. They must have enjoyed it, because they have been back every week since.
The activities change every week; sometimes we do puppets, coloring sheets, Valentine’s Day turtles are coming up, and we alternate between a puppet show and a
story. The amount of children who have joined us increases a little bit each week, but we have also increased our marketing for this weekly event. One thing we have started is taking photos of our activities every week and posting them to an album in Facebook. We make sure to not only get a waiver signed, but to tell the parents so that if they want photos, all they have to do is check out our page. Our hope is that they will show there friends, and eventually more local parents will bring their kids to Scute’s Corner.
Another marketing strategy that we have started is posting flyers and small handouts on the island. When people arrive for their for their vacation, one of the first things they will see upon check-in now is an advertisement for Scute’s Corner. Most people who visit the island debate stopping at the center at one point or another. We are hoping that this flyer will show visitors with younger children that there is really something for everyone at the center. We are also hoping to expand this form of marketing in the near future. We have received some interest from local “stay-at-home-mom” groups and have reached out to several blogs; all in all hoping to reach our target audience in as many ways as possible
The success and amount of fun we have seen the kids having, and we have had, at Scute’s Corner has definitely been worth the preparation. Scute’s Corner allows the kids to get creative, but it also enables them to be exposed to sea turtles and marine conservation early on. Scute’s Corner is the 2nd and 4th Thursday in March and April and is included with your admission to the center. Hopefully our “regulars” increase, because we are very excited for this program to become a weekly staple at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. If you yourself have questions about Scute’s Corner, please feel free to contact us here at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center!
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