Family Fun in Charleston, SC


If you’re looking for family fun in Charleston, South Carolina, check out the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. The museum is packed with all kinds of experiences for children and their adults to learn through play and set their imaginations free.  A family outing at the museum is a wonderful way to create memorable family time.

A visit to the museum offers families a unique opportunity to experience new things and engage in exciting discoveries. It’s packed with all kinds of hands-on activities that kids and parents can discover and investigate together. From artistic offerings to historic fantasy, scientific findings to shopping excursions just for kids, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a wonderful find.

Encourage your budding artist to fulfil their creative desires in The Art Room. Help them select recycled pieces to craft artwork in The Creation Station; search for their artistic medium of choice in The Discovery Den; and paint their own masterpiece in The Painting Place. There’s even a special place for the very young at Sensory Space, where Play-Doh and moon sand stir the creative juices of the museum’s youngest visitors while at the same time helping them hone fine motor skills, color recognition and language development.

Creative expression awaits the whole family, including grown-ups, at the Medieval Creativity Castle. Kids can don dragon, knight, prince and princess costumes to explore secret passageways, “ride” and feed horses in the stable and act out their favorite fairy tale or create one of their own in the Castle’s puppet theatre. Grown-ups are invited and encouraged to summon their theatrical side to take part in the action. The Castle Tod Pod welcomes visitors under three years of age. Kids get a history lesson, as well as language and vocabulary development, and the whole family has fun!  

There’s more history fun at Pirates! A supply of pirate costumes heightens the drama onboard the pirate ship where kids can search for buried treasure, fend off sea monster attacks and walk the plank. Learning and whimsy are combined as kids learn about pirate life in the lowcountry, learn to tie knots like a sailor and play the compass rose game. You can even create stormy weather aboard the ship!

Adults and kids will enjoy spending time in one of the museum’s seven organic Kids Gardens where they can watch butterflies and investigate the life of a bug. Stroll through the beautiful outdoor space together and enjoy the pond and waterfall and taste some mint, rosemary and lemongrass—you can even harvest the herbs and take them home to use in a favorite recipe! 

The fun continues in the busy Publix Market, complete with child-size carts, scanners and touch-screen registers. Create a shopping list for your child to follow and watch them sharpen their math skills as they weigh their produce or pay their bill.

Adults can also enjoy quality time with young visitors (ages birth to three) in the specially designed Infant & Toddler Playspace. It’s filled with tiny little slides for safe climbing; tactile and fine motor toys for little hands; and spaces for tummy time and reading. It’s also the perfect place to connect with other young parents.

The museum also offers special programming for families including Early Connections, which helps foster strong connections between children, birth to 3, and their grown-up. The whole family can also participate in the Brown Bag STEM Challenge, on Wednesdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m., where families work as a team to design and build their STEM project.

With so many great and unique opportunities, why not make the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry your go-to place for family fun? A variety of membership and admission packages are available, with discounts for military families and educators and EBT, WIC and SNAP recipients.