The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month exclusively for children with special needs and their families to visit the Museum for FREE. Children are able to explore and play in the Museum without the crowds and over-stimulation. This program is FREE, but registration is required below.
At the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, play is learning and learning is play. CML believes that play is essential to the educational development of ALL children, regardless of challenges such as autism, developmental delays or physical disabilities. CML has proven to be a critical partner for the special needs community. Participants come from across the Charleston tri-county area at the suggestion of their doctors, therapists, teachers and hospitals.
Participants learn through play at their own pace, build self-confidence and discover their natural talents. Using CML as an alternative play environment, children can hone fine and gross motor skills through play, explore a multi-story medieval castle and shop for “real” groceries.
Accessibility kits are available for use while visiting CML and include noise-reducing headphones, sunglasses, colored glasses, weighted lap mats, fidget toys, liquid timers and a visual scheduler. Check out a kit for free at the Front Desk.
We have an app made just for visiting the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry! The app, ExploreCML, is designed specifically for children with autism and their families, but may be useful to all families! The app includes photos and social guides to show what to expect in each exhibit, a scheduler to plan your time in the Museum, communication tools and more.
Download the app by searching for “Children’s Museum Lowcountry” in the App Store or Google Play.