Current Programs

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Art Room Surprise

Tuesdays, 10:30am – 12pm (drop in)
Saturdays, 10:30am – 12pm (drop in)
Ages 2 – 10

Join us in the Art Room’s “Discovery Den” every Tuesday and Saturday where we will introduce this week’s “Discovery Den” materials. Explore new media and artistic processes, such as oil pastels, collage, weaving, sand art, etc. No two products are the same as you focus on the process of art.

This class is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.

Small Scientists Society

Tuesdays at 11am
February 6 – May 8 (no classes March 27 and April 3)
Suggested for ages 3 – 5

Young children and many scientists share similar qualities… both tend to have an innate sense of wonder and curiosity of the world around them. Engaging children in scientific inquiry in early childhood has many benefits including 1) a more positive attitude towards science, 2) better understanding of scientific concepts studied later, and 3) greater development of scientific thinking and reasoning skills.

Small Scientists Society gives children the opportunity to explore scientific concepts through developmentally appropriate practices over 12 weeks. During each weekly session, children are introduced to a specific STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concept via a children’s book, review safety procedures, and explore the concept through hands-on activities. Families participating in the program will receive extension activities to further exploration at home.

The class is available as a 12-week subscription or walk-in (provided there is space available). The benefits of the subscription are that you have a guaranteed spot each week, discounted pricing (get 2 classes free), and you receive a discount on the optional lab coat and goggle sets.
$60 – 12-week subscription for CML Members ($20/month)
$70 – 12-week subscription for Non-Members

$6/class – walk-in rate for CML Members
$7/class – walk-in rate for Non-Members

Lab coat and safety goggle sets may be purchased for $25. Those with class subscriptions may purchase lab coat and safety google sets at the discounted rate of $20. Purchase of lab coats and goggles is not required.

Space is limited.

Let’s Move

Tuesdays, 2pm – 3pm (drop in)
Saturdays, 2pm – 3pm (drop in)
Ages 2 – 10

For a healthy lifestyle, it is recommended children do an hour or more of physical activity each day. Drop by the Kids’ Garden (weather permitting) at CML between 2pm – 3pm each Thursday and Saturday to get active with a Museum Play Specialist. We’ll have activities like balloon badminton, scarf dancing, animal yoga and more! Plus, we’ll talk about healthy eating habits to get little ones excited about fruits and veggies. Let’s Move!

This class is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.

Full STEAM Ahead

Tuesdays, 3:30pm
Sundays, 1:30pm
Ages 6 – 10

Children are invited to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts through Art! Children use both their creativity and analytical skills to tackle STEAM projects. From painting with robots to building bugs that dance to creating art through chemical reactions, this program provides engaging enrichment activities for after school.

This class is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.

Early Connections

Wednesdays, 10am
Fridays, 10am
Ages Birth – 3

Our youngest visitors (ages Birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up by developing rituals, modeling attunement and promoting self-regulation skills. On the first Wednesday of every month, Jessica Flowers from Ripple™ will join us to coach grown-ups in enhancing connections between themselves and their child that increase a child’s attention span and cooperation.

This class is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.

Brown Bag STEM Challenge

Wednesdays, 3:30pm
Sundays, 3:30pm
Ages 2 – 10

Families are invited to tackle a STEM challenge each week. Purchase a brown bag containing the materials your family needs to complete the challenge at the Front Desk any time on Wednesdays and Sundays. Work as a team to design and build your project and then test your design against others with a CML Play Specialist Wednesdays at 3:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm.

Still not sure what a Brown Bag STEM Challenge is? Check out the video to the right!

This program is FREE with CML Membership or admission. No pre-registration required.
PLAY to Learn

Thursdays, 10am
Fridays, 11am
Ages 2 – 5

During PLAY to Learn programs, trained CML staff lead children in story time and an activity that focuses on kindergarten readiness skills, such as letter and number recognition, counting, shapes and colors, fine and gross motor skills, reading readiness and social skills.

This class is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.

Mini Masterpieces

Thursdays, 3:30pm
Ages 5 and up

Mini Masterpieces introduces children to artists, their work and their methods to inspire the next generation of artists and creative thinkers. Children create their own works of art using the learned techniques.

This drop-in program is FREE with CML Membership or Admission. No pre-registration required.

Baby Scholars

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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, in partnership with the Florence Crittenton Residential Program of Charleston, hosts Baby Scholars for at-risk pregnant women ages 21 and under who are still pursuing their high school diploma or GED. The goals of Baby Scholars are to 1) impart the value of strong, healthy mother-child connections and how to build those relationships, 2) convey the importance of language and literacy on children’s school readiness and how to promote these skills and 3) provide access to CML as a place to learn and grow together.

During each interactive class, participants are introduced to healthy rituals and routines that can be built into everyday tasks but are critical to building connections between parent and child. Instructors and participants discuss how routines help a child know what to expect, feel secure and foster cooperation. Highlighting literacy and language skills are also a key component to the classes. Participants are taught to share basic pre-reading skills, such as describing illustrations and pointing to words as they read while looking left to right and top to bottom with their child. These skills are crucial to kindergarten readiness but do not require proficient reading from the parent.

Baby Scholars serves approximately 30 women per academic year and has been supported by CML since 2010 (formerly funded by RBC Bank).

Questions?
Starr Jordan
Director of Education
843.853.8962 x208
starr@exploreCML.org