Donate a Playdate for a Family in Need

Every museum playdate is a gift, giving caregivers two hours to de-stress and breathe because they know the museum will provide:

A chance to unplug: our exhibits and experiences keep children happily engaged and learning without screens

A chance to get messy: we have ALL the art supplies plus wood, hammers, and saws! (and we’ll sweep up the sawdust afterwards)

A judgement free zone: CML welcomes children and families of all shapes, sizes, compositions, and backgrounds

Your donation of $10, $20, or $60, will help CML to provide a family in need with a two-hour playdate for just $1 through our Museums for All program.

Demand is on the Rise

Museums for All is a national, unfunded initiative designed to help expand access to museums by addressing financial barriers. As a participating member of the Museums for All network, CML offers eligible* families $1 admission for up to 6 members of the same household.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, participation in CML’s Museums for All program has tripled, and as more families in our community face financial hardship, this trend shows no sign of slowing.

*visitors must show proof for eligibility to participate

Museums for All

“’Our model is, we take the dollars we earn and we put them right back in the community,’ [Nichole] Myles, [Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry,] said. ‘But that cycle has been broken for us.’ Without any substantial revenue to speak of, Myles said they’re relying now more than ever on donations.”
[Emily Williams, The Post and Courier]

We are now offering the option of recurring online gifts. Please select the frequency of your gift at check out.

Alternate ways to give include by phone, monthly bankdraft, stocks & securities and planned gifts. For more information, contact our Director of Development, Jacquie Berger at 843.853.8962 x238 or jacquie@exploreCML.org.

Admission and membership prices to CML provide only 53% of our annual operating expenses. We count on the generosity of our visitors to help us maintain our Museum as well as our extraordinary programming opportunities. All gifts are welcome and no amount is too small. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on families and businesses across our community.

As a non-profit organization that relies heavily on earned revenue, the Museum has taken a serious financial hit. We are scaling back, but with your support, this fall we will still be able to:

– bring hands-on, play-based STEM outreach programming and teacher training to Charleston County Head Start classrooms and educators throughout the 2020-2021 school year

– offer interactive, hands-on field trips virtually to the Title I schools and teachers who have relied on CML for years to bring challenging curriculum concepts to life through play.

– develop new programming to support working families in the unfamiliar and challenging educational climate brought on by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Thank you so much for supporting the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Please make a gift today to help ensure that we will be here to play with you tomorrow.

The Post and Courier recently featured the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, highlighting the effects of COVID-19 on hands-on, learning through play:

“Phrases like “hands-on learning” that used to read like a selling point sound very different in 2020. That means the very same things that have made children’s museums unique and valuable are now making it highly complicated for them to reopen.”
[Emily Williams, The Post and Courier]