If you’re looking for fun activities for kids in Charleston, South Carolina, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a great place to start. The museum provides an invigorating environment for children from birth to 10 years of age that’s certain to stimulate their natural curiosity and creativity.
The museum offers many hands-on, engaging programs designed to let kids learn through play.
Evidence-based research has shown that play helps children develop critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration skills, which builds a foundation for life-long success. Depending on schedules, these programs are great for homeschool families, weekend activities and after-school programming. All of the programs listed are included (or free) with membership or admission.
And don’t worry if you haven’t pre-registered. Most of the programs operate on a “drop-in” basis, so it can be a last-minute addition to your schedule. Here are just a few of the wonderful artistic, scientific, nurturing and even fitness programs designed to spark the imagination and kindle creativity:
Art Room Surprise gives young artists, ages 2 to 10, an opportunity to drop in, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, to create a masterpiece in the Art Room’s “Discovery Room.” Children explore new media, including oil pastels, collage, weaving, sand art and more, as well as different artistic processes.
Play to Learn, for kids ages 2 to 5, includes storytime and corresponding activities to help children develop and fine-tune kindergarten readiness skills, such as letter and number recognition, counting, shapes, fine and gross motor skills and social skills, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Full STEAM Ahead, for kids ages 4 to 10, invites children to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through art. On Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., kids combine their creativity and analytical skills for projects including painting with robots to building bugs that dance to creating art through chemical reactions.
The Brown Bag Stem Challenge takes place every Wednesday and Sunday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. for families with children ages 4 to 10. Families can pick up their brown bag of supplies containing the materials needed to meet the challenge anytime on Wednesdays and Sundays at the front desk, then work as a team to build and test their projects against other teams.
Let’s Move gets kids, ages 2 to 10, moving with fun physical activities including balloon badminton, scarf dancing, animal yoga and more! The fun begins at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and includes talking about healthy eating habits to excite kids about eating fruits and vegetables.
Mini Masterpieces introduces children, ages 4 to 10, to artists and their artistic methods on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., then helps them create their own works of art using the methods learned.
Early Connections welcomes young visitors, from birth to 3 years of age, along with their grown-ups, every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. to a unique program helps strengthen connections between the child and adult by developing rituals, modeling attunement and promoting self-regulation skills.
And those are just the drop-in programs! Check out the variety of available membership and admission packages, with discounts for military families and educators as well as EBT, WIC and SNAP recipients. There are other great opportunities for special events, party packages, camps, pre-registration programs and family events. Why not stop by the next you’re searching for fun activities for kids?