please note: effective march 16, the museum will be closed to the public through at least March 31.
From the Executive Director
March 16, 2020
I want to thank you all for your understanding, patience, and support as the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry determined our next important response to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the museum will be closed to the public through at least March 31.
We know this is a difficult time to be without the physical resource of CML and we recognize the role we get to play in so many families’ lives as their gathering, socializing, and learning space. However, after much consideration, we feel it is in the best interest of the community we care so much about to close our door and support the directive to quarantine to prevent this disease from spreading further. The fact is that if nothing happens to us in the face of this global pandemic, we’ll know we did it right.
These decisions are not made lightly and we are all in a new, uncharted place that very few are trained for. But at CML, we feel strongly that erring on the side of health and safety on behalf of the families we are so honored to serve is the best way we can demonstrate our commitment to being a resource and a leader in our community. As a nonprofit who serves the public daily, we operate largely on earned revenue, so we know that this will be a challenging financial time for us as the income we count on to deliver our mission, pay our team, and run our day-to-day services ceases. However, as we always do, we commit to being resilient, and know that we will come through this together because of the amazing support of community members like you.
Our work will not stop because the doors are temporarily closed. Not only will this be an opportunity for the museum to undergo a thorough deep clean, it will allow us to continue to work on building upgrades as part of our Make & Believe re-envision so that, when we do reopen, we will be closer than ever to fully realizing our new facility. The amazing CML team you know will continue to be present throughout the week as we release the learning-through-play programming you experience at the museum on video so that you can enjoy them with your family. Look for Let’s Move, Early Connections, Brown Bag STEM, Full STEAM Ahead, Mini Masterpieces and more streaming right into your home!
Finally, we’d like to thank our health care workers, first responders, and others who will continue to work to keep our community functioning in this difficult time. We’d also like to thank our parents, grandparents, and caregivers for your patience and support. Many of us are with you, juggling already full schedules and wondering what is going to happen next. For most, this is our first global pandemic, and we don’t have the answers. What we do know is that we will go through this together and emerge on the other side a stronger, more resilient community for each other and for the children we love. In the meantime, stay healthy: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, practice as much social distancing as you can, and remember we are here via email, website, and social media. We look forward to playing with you again soon!
The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage young children’s potential by inviting families of all backgrounds to explore environments and experiences that spark imagination and stimulate curiosity through the power of PLAY.
Admission to the Museum is FREE for CML Members and children under 12-months-old, $10 for SC Residents and $12 for non-SC Residents. Your admission grants you access in and out of the Museum all day.
Military personnel and Educators, along with their families, receive 10% off CML Memberships and Admission. A valid military ID or educator employer ID must be presented to receive the discount.
– Adults must remain with their children at all times.
– We all love our pets, but CML is only able to welcome trained service animals to the museum.
Hint: Instead of paying each time you come, why not sign up for a membership? You get year-round admission for the price of just three visits! You will also receive discounts on CML camps, birthday parties and special events!
Hint: Everyone can PLAY at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry:
-All Day, Any Day for $1: show your EBT, WIC or SNAP Card to receive one day admission for up to 6 people for just $1!
– Anytime, All Year Long for $11: families with EBT/SNAP, free/reduced lunch or WIC are eligible to receive unlimited museum admission and special discounts for one year for just $11! To learn more, click here.
– Come for Free! any Charleston County resident can check out a membership card at a local library branch to receive unlimited admission for up to 6 people in the same household for one week!
Interested in giving the gift of play? In addition to gift memberships, CML also offers gift certificates that can be used for admission, memembership, classes and birthday parties. These gift certificates come in any amount and can be purchased over the phone, then mailed to either you or directly to the gift recipient. To purchase a gift certificate, contact Kayla at 843.853.8962 x225 or kayla@exploreCML.org
CML offers a variety of snacks to cure those mid-morning and mid-afternoon cravings. From Cheese Its to Yogurt to Dippin Dots, we have your snacks covered.
Hint: You can always pack a lunch and eat outside at a picnic table in the CML Garden! There are also a number of delicious restaurants within walking distance, including Cupcake and Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Your Comfortable Clothes
CML hosts a full Art Room and an interactive water room. While we have smocks for both rooms and our paint is washable, you may want to leave your Sunday’s best at home…
Museum Photography and Videography Policy
CML routinely takes images and video for use by new media as well as in marketing and promotional materials and on CML’s web and social media platforms. Please be advised that promotional images, video and audio may be captured during your visit to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Entrance to the Museum constitutes acceptance of this policy. If your likeness cannot be used for CML promotional purposes, please alert the CML Front Desk staff upon arrival.
Perfect for PLAY dates, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, camps, preschools, day cares, home schoolers and family reunions!
For a discounted rate of $7 for SC Residents ($9/non-SC Residents), schedule your group visit of 15 more more in advance. A credit card is needed to hold your reservation. A 1:5 grown-up to child ratio is required.
If you are a school group, please click here to learn more about CML field trips.
Restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible. Service animals are welcome.
Your Museum sticker allows for same day re-entry. If you need to leave CML, you are welcome to come back later in the day with your Museum sticker. If your child has difficulty with transitions, consider visiting towards the end of the day. CML staff make multiple announcements prior to the Museum closing at 5:00pm.
CML is typically quieter during school weekday afternoons. The Kids’ Garden is usually a quiet spot and has picnic tables.
CML is open before hours from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month 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. For more information, visit the SuperStars page.
WHERE TO PARK
The City provides a number of metered parking spaces around the Museum for $2/hour. No cash, no worries! There is an ATM located across the street from the Museum. We also accept all major credit cards.
Hint: The meters accept change or credit card for up to two hours at a time – and the meter maids around town take their jobs very seriously!
The Visitor’s Center Parking Garage and the Camden/Exchange Parking Garage are located near the Museum. The garages cost $2.00/hour and accept cash and credit cards.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET HERE
The Museum has nine hands-on interactives that are sure to keep you and your family entertained for hours. The museum is self-guided and encourages family interaction and imagination.
Don’t miss the our 3D mural in the Lobby! CML hosted internationally renowned graffiti artist, Sergio Odeith, in October 2015 as he painted this 3D mural for the Lobby. CML’s mural is one of four Odeith has painted in the city of Charleston. Odeith, originally from Portugal and currently based in Lisbon, was recognized in 2005 for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field, standing out for his compositions created in perspective and painted in different surfaces, such as 90º corners or from the wall to the floor, creating an optical illusion effect. Get inside the painting! Stand inside the art of Odeith and be photographed balancing what appears to be a giant, 3D cube!
Hint: We suggest starting in the Art Room, that way all masterpieces can dry before it is time to go home.
Hint: Looked for themed books in each interactive – perfect for quiet time!