If your kids are the curious type, they’ll enjoy spending the day at Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry during your vacation in Charleston, South Carolina. This fun-filled museum gives children an opportunity to express their creativity as they explore nine hands-on, interactive exhibits.
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry Highlights
The Art Room
Watch as recycled egg cartons are transformed to knight’s armor. Imagine the sounds of guitars constructed from cardboard boxes. Take cover or get colorful during a splatter painting session. Here, kids are only limited by their imagination. Art projects change monthly and materials from the “Recycled Goods Center” include paper towel tubes, streamers and yogurt lids. Kids are invited to take their masterpieces home or donate them for display on the giant Art Room mural.
Medieval Creativity Castle
Step into the Medieval Creativity Castle and take your Charleston vacation back 10 centuries. During your visit kids can dress like a prince or princess—even a dragon. They can explore secret passageways, prepare a royal feast, or embark on a knightly crusade. Watch as children perform fairy tales at the castle’s puppet theater then head out to the Fabled Stable for an afternoon feeding and riding horses.
Kids of all ages are encouraged to climb aboard the antique 1939 GM fire truck parked at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Junior firefighters will be able to try on authentic uniforms, steer the wheel, honk the horn and pull out the hose just like in real emergency situations. If you’re lucky enough to be there when Cannon Street Engine 6 foremen drop by, you’ll get firsthand fire-safety instruction.
Set a good time in motion at Raceways, also known as the Golf Ball Room. This exhibit is filled with cutes, loops and hoops—all waiting to take your child’s golf ball on an epic journey. Experiences include a swirling vortex, spiral golf ball chute that will have the little ones spinning with excitement and test of speed control on the giant roller coaster. Will the ball your child has make it up and down the tracks until it reaches the end? There’s only one way to find out: launch the golf ball.
Immerse your family in wet and wild fun at WaterWise! This museum experience is unlike any other, with numerous great experiences to soak up. Shoot the rapids in a boat race, stir up a rain showers, irrigate a field and maneuver through a lock system. For a truly amazing experience, capture rain coming off a mountain in a hydraulic dam to light up the city of Charleston.
Ahoy, mateys. There be a ship a sailing so get seaworthy and set off on adventure. Pretend to protect your boat from sea monsters and battles on the high sea. Make to land and you and your family can search for buried treasure. Visit one of the three knot tying stations to learn how to tie knots in rope like a sailor. Spy on what Charleston looked like in 1695 or walk the plank. You can even name your ship—Vacation Vessel sounds catchy.
The Publix Market
This grocery store, sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, was constructed just for the little ones. The shelves are stocked with healthy eating choices. Kids can get experience purchasing items and then putting back on the shelves. Wannabe chefs are encouraged to stop by The Publix Market deli counter to prepare an order of French Toast or chicken dinner.
Infant & Toddler Playspace
Special guests under the age of three will find a welcoming home at the Infant & Toddler Playspace. The area is filled with soft blocks, tiny wooden slides and items designed to enhance their motor skills.
CML Kids’ Garden
Sight, touch, smell, taste and hearing—all five senses will be tempted at CML Kids’ Garden. There are seven different organic plant beds to explore at this Charleston children’s museum with plenty of opportunity to pick fresh mint, rosemary, kiwi, grapes, strawberries, peppers and lemongrass. Tasting is encouraged so be ready to sample healthy treats. Butterflies flutter freely throughout the gardens, and bugs can be found crawling below you.