The kids are out of school, which may bring a plethora of emotions. If you are already panicking on what to do to keep your little ones occupied, don’t fret! This summer in Charleston is buzzing with plenty of free or affordable events for families. So if you are tired of visiting the beach (said no one ever), parks, museums, or aquarium, here are some exciting events taking place right in our backyards! If we have missed anything, please let us know in the comments below!
June 2nd: Time to celebrate the summer vacation! Gather all your friends and come on over!
The pool will be open for free swim and lots of other fun FREE activities will ring in the start of summer!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Park West Recreation Complex
1251 Park West Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
2 – 6 p.m.
June 4th: The Sand Squad will not be competing this year, BUT we will still be on the beach working to create a masterpiece. This year’s title is “Inside Out, Piccolo Spoleto.” Interestest in coming out to see, join us on the beach at Isle of Palms.
June 4th: The Southern Baby Show is a unique experience for expecting and new parents to find high-quality products; expert services; and trustworthy local referrals. Tickets are only $10!
June 4th: The 2016 Sweetgrass Festival will feature Sweetgrass Baskets and Basketmaking Demonstrations, Arts and Crafts, Dance Performances, Music, Food, and Children’s Activities. Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 12 pm to 7 pm, at Mount Pleasant’s Waterfront Park. This annual event is designed to promote and preserve the Gullah Geechee peoples’ history, heritage, culture and traditions. Visitors will find the work of 20+ sweetgrass basket makers and other artwork and crafts available for purchase, basketmaking demonstrations, and children’s activities. Entertainment will include the Secret Band, the Imani Milele Children’s Choir, Adande African Drummers and Dancers, Bill DuPont & Friends, Brian Burchfield, Chaquis Maliq, and Gullah Storyteller Gloria Barr Ford. There is no charge for admission or for parking. No pets, skateboards or alcohol, please. We hope you will join us!
June 4th, 11th & 25th: Join us at the Mount Pleasant Pier and the Folly Beach Pier for a season of fishing tournaments! Part of the Memorial Waterfront Park complex, the 1250-foot long Mount Pleasant Pier stretches out into Charleston Harbor under the foot of the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. Along with beautiful views, the pier offers great fishing! The Folly Beach Pier is one of the best destinations in the Lowcountry for pier fishing. This breathtaking landmark stretches out 1045’ into the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining, tournaments, special events, and more throughout the year!
- Special June 4 “Take a Kid Fishing” Tournament hosted by the Folly Beach Anglers
- June 11, Mount Pleasant Pier
- June 25, Folly Beach Pier
Fees & Registration
- $13 or $10 CCR* ages 13 & up
- $8 ages 3-12 and seniors 60+
- $5 Fishing Pass Holders
- Register online or call 843-795-4386.
Online registration ends the Thursday before each tournament. On-site registration is available at 6 a.m. on the morning of each event. Tournaments are held rain or shine. An adult chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and under. (September 10 and October 22 tournaments open at 7 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.)
June 11th: FREE Kids Drum Circle
Hosted by Heal With Hearts & The Charleston Pour House
2nd Saturday of every month on the partially covered outside Charleston Pour House deck
Drums provided or bring your own!
Drum circles are led by local, professional musicians
June 11th: Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, and join us for a movie night (Finding Nemo) under the stars at North Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Admission is free with regular park admission of $2 per person. Movies begin just after sunset – about 8:15 p.m. No outside food, alcohol or coolers permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Pets are allowed, but must remain leashed at all times.
June 11th: Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for summer and Shaggin’ on the Cooper! Live music of all varieties will fill the air with local bands (The Sugarbees) performing throughout the season at the Mount Pleasant Pier. All ages are invited to let loose, breathe in the harbor breeze and dance the night away under the stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
June 18th: Postpartum Progress’ Climb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of maternal mental illnesses like postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety & OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis, bipolar/peripartum onset, and pregnancy depression and anxiety. Climb Out of the Darkness is held on or near the longest day of the year annually to help shine the most light on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The event features mothers and others across the globe joining together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery.
In Charleston, we are climbing to the top the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. After climbing to the top, we’ll meet at the park under the bridge for breakfast and fellowship (and the kids can play at the park). Registration is required and free. This is a family-friendly, stroller-friendly event.
June 19th: Dad, you’re invited to the Aquarium this Father’s Day! Fathers will receive complimentary admission with a paying guest or child. Enjoy a day filled with interactive family fun, unbeatable value and excitement for everyone. Dads will be recognized during daily programs, including the popular interactive dive shows.
June 23rd: Aquarium After Hours 5-10pm. You asked, and we listened! We’ve extended our operating hours on select spring and summer days. Experience hourly animal encounters and two evening dive shows. Beer, wine and small plates will be available for purchase. Regular admission rates apply; free for members. Last ticket sold at 9 pm.
June 3 & 24th: Good Music. Good Vibes
The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park features traditional old school roots reggae with a new school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your chairs or blanket.
- $10 Adult General Admission (13 & Up)
- Free: Ages 12 or under and Gold Pass members
- Gates open at 7:30 p.m.; music begins at 8:30 p.m. Gates close at 10:30 p.m., and concerts end at 11 p.m.