medieval creativity castle
See what it was like to live 10 centuries ago in our Medieval Creativity Castle. Children can explore a castle made just for them, dress as a prince or princess, discover secret passageways, learn historical facts, cook a royal feast and embark on a knightly quest! In the Castle’s puppet theatre, watch as children act out their favorite fairy tales or make up a story of their very own. Through dramatic PLAY, children enhance their language and vocabulary development, as well as their creative expression.
Your child’s imagination comes alive as she creates her own storybook fantasy. Grown-ups are encouraged to participate in the story line.
Highlights: Costumes line the hooks on the second floor of the Castle – your child can be a dragon, a knight or a fairy princess. PLAY in our Fabled Stable with our horses! Your little one can feed and ride our horses around the Stable and Castle. Our youngest visitors (under 3-years-old) have a space of their very own in the Castle’s Tod Pod!
Hint: Encourage your kids to find and explore the secret passageways in the Medieval Creativity Castle.
Excite all five senses as you explore and PLAY in the seven different organic beds in the Kids’ Garden. Watch a butterfly, chase bugs and learn the basics of botany while tasting mint, rosemary and lemongrass! Try to find gleaming, shiny gems in the pond with a real, running waterfall! Work together to construct a flower shop or an airplane using large building blocks.
Hint: You can pick whatever you would like from the Garden! Need some spice for tonight’s dinner? Have your child pick the herbs with you!
Discover the wonder of water as your child navigates boats through the Charleston Harbor. Look for familiar sights such as the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge and the Ben Sawyer Bridge. Observation skills are sharpened as your child activates the water cycle model. Little ones can explore cause and effect and how hydroelectric dams work as they release water to power the city and its suburbs. Play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe on the chalkboard wall – PLAY quickly before the water dries! Use problem-solving skills to manipulate a model of the Pinopolis Lock and move boats from the lake to the harbor.
Highlight: Challenge your child to a canoe race down raging rapids! Move the rocks to advance your canoe through the rapids!
Hint: Smocks are available in different sizes to keep your child dry.
Hint: Look for low areas in the water tables – even your littlest ones can get in on the action!
Climb aboard the Pirate Ship and step back in time to the Golden Age of Pirates in the Lowcountry. From sea monster attacks to searching for buried treasure to battles at sea… see where your child’s imagination will take her in Pirates! Learn how to tie knots like a sailor at one of the three knot-tying stations. Spy what Charleston Harbor looked like back in 1695. Dress like a pirate and then walk the plank. Raise your Jolly Roger to alert fellow pirates of your presence on the stormy seas!
Highlights: This interactive is an easy place to make new friends! Gather all the ship’s crew to PLAY together. Be careful not to get caught with stolen pirate booty or it’s off to jail with you!
Hint: You can create a stormy environment in the Pirate Ship – look for the “Foul Weather” button in the ship’s wheelhouse.
Hint: Don’t forget to PLAY the compass rose game. You will find it in the mural on the wall of Pirates!
the publix market
The grocery store where the children always get to push the cart! Made just for little ones, The Publix Market, sponsored by Publix Super Market Charities, is always bustling with shoppers. Children discover the importance of making healthy eating choices as they peruse the mini aisles. The Publix Market offers two express lanes with scanners and touch-screen registers for a quick and easy check-out! Children hone their math skills as they weigh the amount of fruit they want to purchase or count currency to pay their grocery bills. Encourage your child to prepare a chicken dinner at the deli counter for your family!
Hint: Part of the fun of the Market is putting groceries back on the shelves – think of it as a huge game of match! Does your child not quite know where to start in the Market? Why not give them one of the grocery lists to follow?
infant & toddler playspace
Our littlest visitors (Birth to 3-years-old) learn through interactive PLAY in the Infant & Toddler Playspace! Designed to encourage gross motor skill development, little ones can explore their surroundings safely as they climb and ride down tiny wooden slides made just for them.
The Infant & Toddler Playspace has lots of tactile and fine motor toys for little hands to explore. Tummy time is made easy on padded mats and soft carpet. Pick up a book and snuggle with your little one in the reading area.
Hint: The Infant & Toddler Playspace houses a private area for nursing mothers.
Highlights: This interactive is a great place for new moms and dads to connect, too! Don’t miss our free Early Connections program for children ages Birth – 3-years-old and their grown-ups.