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Mom’s Guide to April: Family Events in Charleston

Mom's Guide to April: Family Events in Charleston

Welcome to April! Spring is finally here and we have plenty of fun, family-friendly events going on around Charleston to check out. Don’t forget to check out our Resources Page for all our local guides – parks & playgrounds, photographers, birthday parties, and more! Please click on the tabs above to view our family friendly Charleston events by week!

Get your ticket now for our annual Bloom event for new and expecting moms! Taking place on April 14th, you don’t want to miss out on this amazing morning filled with learning, a light brunch, shopping, connecting with local moms and businesses, and of course some great swag and giveaways! 

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them.

Do you have an event that you would like to see added to our calendar? You can now submit your own event that will be added to our Calendar of Events!

 

Sunday, April 1

2018 Volvo Car Open

Every spring, the Volvo Car Open welcomes close to 90,000 spectators and more than 100 of the best women athletes, including US Open champion Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta & many more to Daniel Island.

Address: Volvo Car Open, 161 Seven Farms Dr., Charleston, SC 29492
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6

Spring Break at The Charleston Museum

Travel millions of years through history to learn about prehistoric Charleston and the amazing creatures that once lived here! Explore rocks, fossils, skeletons, and mounts in our Bunting Natural History Gallery. Learn about early cultures by exploring mummies, tools, pottery, and more with our extensive collection. Each day will focus on a different theme. Sign up for half days, full days, or for the entire week. Full days run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and requires kids to bring their own lunch. Half day sessions are either 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Reservations are required.

Address: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St.
Time: Full days run from 9 am – 4 pm, Half days run from 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: Prices vary, check here

Tuesday, April 3

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour

Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Preschoolers and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

Address: The Galliard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 6 pm
Cost: Check tickets prices here

Tuesday, April 3

Season Opening day at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market

The weekly market features vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, sauces, baked goods and other specialty foods, as well as three prepared food vendors for those looking for a unique meal.

Address: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Coleman Boulevard @ Moultrie Middle School, Mount Pleasant SC 29464
Time: 3:30 pm

 Thursday, April 5 

Protect What You Love: Sea Turtle Conservation

Join us at the Johns Island Regional Library to learn how you can help save sea turtles. Hear how the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center provides medical treatment to sick and inured sea turtles. Watch Kiawah Conservancy’s award-winning sea turtle documentary, and see how the Kiawah Turtle Patrol assists with sea turtle preservation. The Charleston County Public Library is giving away reusable bags at this event to support efforts in keeping plastics out of our oceans and local waterways.

Address: John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
Time: 11 am – 12 pm

Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 15

Ahoy, Mermaids & Pirates

Visiting from Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida, these underwater performers will delight both the young and the young at heart. Live mermaids will fascinate guests with a choreographed routine to musical numbers. This year, guests will also enjoy special dives featuring pirates! All included with Aquarium admission. The fin-tastic activities don’t end there. Mermaids will be available for photo opportunities, so be sure to get a unique souvenir by which to remember your Aquarium visit. Guests may also participate in mermaid and pirate-themed activities and interactive education stations focused on conservation efforts to sustain the beauty of the ocean.

Address: South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquariym Wharf, Charleston, 20401
Time: 10 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: Everything is included with museum admission

Friday, April 6

Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run & Wonderfest

The Kids Run & Wonderfest takes place in beautiful Hampton Park in downtown Charleston, SC and is held the day before the Cooper River Bridge Run. It caters to kids up to 13 years of age and their families. Some of the activities are Face Painting, Jump Castles, Live Musical Performances, Live Magic Show, Arts & Crafts, Kids Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Climbing Wall, Child entrepreneurs with their products and more! 

Address: Hampton Park, downtown, Charleston, SC
30 Mary Murray Dr., Charleston, SC 29403
Time: 11 am – 6 pm
Cost: FREE!

Friday April 6 – Sunday, April 8

Flowertown Festival

Now in it’s 45th year, the Flowertown Festival has become one of the Southeast’s largest arts and crafts festivals. With local art, area restaurants and vendors, and a Kids Fest, there is something for everyone in your family! 

Address: Downtown Summerville
Cost: Parking and admission are FREE!

Saturday, April 7

A Kickin’ BBQ Pickin’

Project Alive & Kicking, which helps empower expectant mothers by educating them about healthy pregnancies, possible signs of fetal distress, and action they can take, is hosting their second annual fundraiser. The event will feature authentic BBQ, live music, a silent auction, and local food and drinks.

Address: Harborside East, 28 Bridgeside Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, 29464
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here for specifics 

Saturday, April 7

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

Audiences will be able to relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high-definition while The Charleston Symphony performs John Williams’ otherworldly score. Experience the wonder of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again!

Address: North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Saturday, April 7

Cooper River Bridge Run

Don’t miss out on this classic Charleston 10K run that raises funds for public education. There is also a kids fun run and Wonderfest that takes place the day before the bridge run. Check out the website for a complete listing of all of the weekend’s events!

Address: Race begins on Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant 
Time: Race begins at 8 am
Cost: Registration prices vary, check Cooper River Bridge Run for a complete listing 

Sunday, April 8

4th Annual Lowcountry Kids Expo & Summer Camp Fair

The Lowcountry Kids Expo & Summer Camp Fair is right around the corner! Be sure to stop in on Sunday, April 8th from 12:00-5:00 pm to enjoy a fun-filled day with the family. Now is the time to get registered! Head over to Eventbrite to reserve your tickets and get your entry for the cool door prizes!

Address: The Galliard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, 29401
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, April 8

Charleston Honey & Bee Expo

With honeybees in rapid decline, this expo aims to educate the public about the importance of bees. There will also be local honey to sample, a children’s corner, lessons on mead making, and food trucks which will be utilizing local honey for their food items.

Address: 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 29464
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, April 8

Lowcountry Cajun Festival

The Lowcountry Cajun Festival is a full day of Zydeco music, Cajun and Creole foods, kids activities, and much more! With foods ranging from seafood to Southern barbecue and festival food, there’s something for everyone!

Address: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston 29412
Time: 12 – 6 pm
Cost: $15/person, free for ages 12 and under

Sunday, April 8

2nd Sunday on King Street

Shop, dine, and walk along King Street, which is closed off to traffic, on the 2nd Sunday of each month! Print this voucher to receive two hours of free parking!

Address: King Street, Downtown Charleston
Time: 1 pm-5 pm
Cost: FREE

Tuesday, April 10

Fun is Good Golf Tournament

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya laddies! Come out for the Charleston RiverDogs Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, April 10th at Wild Dunes. Grab your shamrocks and head to the green. Who knows, you may get lucky and find a pot of gold.

Address: Charleston RiverDogs, 360 Fishburne St. Charleston, SC 29403
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Cost: Foursome $600 | Indvidual $175

Tuesday, April 10

Erth: Dinosaur Zoo

Appropriate for Grades: K-5th

Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. 

Address: Galliard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm

Friday, April 13

2018 Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Oxygen Ball

Local celebrities pair with professionals from International Ballroom Dance Studios to compete for the title of Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Champion. Enjoy silent and live auctions, gourmet dinner, entertainment, and open dancing!

Address: Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 6:30 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here

Saturday, April 14

1st Annual RMHC Charleston Plane Pull-Do You Have What It Takes?

On the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, teams of 10 will compete to pull the F-18 Hornet weighing ≈18,000 pounds the fastest over 100 feet. Teams will face elimination rounds until the final playoff! Fundraising Goal of $2,500 for each team.

Address: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Time: 12 pm -4 pm

Cost: Check ticket prices here

Saturday, April 14

Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting Moms

Charleston Moms Blog is thrilled to partner with Private Therapy Services for our annual Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms. You can expect a morning of pampering, food, educational resources, high-end giveaways and swag, and connecting moms and families with mom and baby focused local resources. 

 Where: Private Therapy Services, 445 Savannah Highway, Charleston 29407
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here 

 

Sunday, April 15

USS Yorktown 75th Anniversary

The celebration will include a re-enactment of the christening with Nancy Ireland Roosevelt, the granddaughter of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt sponsored the USS Yorktown and led the christening of the ship on 21 January 1943. The re-enactment will occur at 2 p.m. From 3-4:30 p.m. veterans of the USS Yorktown will participate in a “Meet & Greet” session with visitors aboard their beloved ship. They will sign a limited edition, commemorative poster for each guest. Admission for the christening re-enactment is free and open to the public.

Address: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Rd. Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Time: 2 pm – 5 pm
Cost: Admission for the christening re-enactment is free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 15

2018 Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Program

Charleston’s 2018 Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Program will take place on Sunday, April 15th:

​2:30 PM | READING OF THE NAMES AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER, GAILLARD BALLROOM, 95 CALHOUN STREET

4:20 PM | SILENT MARCH TO HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, MARION SQUARE

4:30 PM | REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY, HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, MARION SQUARE

Address: Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Thursday, April 19

Third Thursdays in Summerville

On the third Thursday of each month, downtown Summerville becomes a prime spot for live entertainment, special offers from restaurants, shopping, and local music. 

Address: 129 South Main St., Summerville 29483
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Cost: FREE

Friday, April 20

Alice in Wonderland

Ballet Academy of Charleston is again presenting their original adaptation of the beloved classic. Follow Alice in her adventure through a whimsical land where she meets an array of lovable, amusing characters! This family-friendly performance features some 40 young dancers in dazzling costumes directed and choreographed by Jessica Lighthart, Delaney Shorb and Corina Fimian.

Address: Sotille Theatre, 44 George St., Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 7 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here

Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22

Highwater Festival

The wait is over. #HighWaterFest returns April 21-22, 2018 for two days of music, food & libations curated by Shovels and Rope at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park!

Address: Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22

Charleston Outdoor Fest

This two-day festival features canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, rock climbing, and much more! There will also be live music, a try-it zone, an archery competition, and many other activities to keep the whole family busy!

Address: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr., Charleston, 29412
Time: Hours vary, check here for complete listing 

Saturday, April 21

Earth Day 5K

Celebrate Earth Day by taking a nice run or leisurely stroll at St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center on Seabrook Island. The race supports Environmental Education.

Address: St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center, 2810 Seabrook Island Road, 29455
Time: 9 am
Cost: Adults – $28, Under 18 – $18

Saturday, April 21

Billy Goat Gruff, the Musical

A magical retelling of a beloved Norwegian folktale that tells the musical tale of three goat brothers: Billy, Goat and Gruff, who go on an adventure to search for food before the harsh winter snow descends upon their mountain. As they journey, they encounter many dangers, escape a nasty troll and discover that if they follow their hearts, anything is possible. 

Address: Dock Street Theater, 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 3 pm (there is also a sensory friendly performance on 4/28 at 11 am, as well as another performance that day at 3 pm)
Cost: Adults $28.00, Seniors (60+) $28.00, Students (Ages 3-25) and Active Military $28.00 

Friday, April 27 – Sunday, May 6

The James Island Junior Theater Presents: “Peter Pan Jr.”!

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their journey introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook! It’s Peter to the rescue when Wendy is taken captive by the dreaded captain, who has his own sinister plans in mind for our hero. JIJT productions are for audience members age 4 and up. Past JIJT productions have completely SOLD OUT so be sure to buy your tickets in advance!

Address: Charleston Performing Arts Center, 873 Folly Rd., Charleston SC 29412
Cost: Ticket prices vary, check here

Saturday, April 28

Walk for Autism

Walk for Autism seeks to offset the costs of therapies while increasing public awareness about the diagnosis. There are many ways to get involved with this important event, including making a donation, sign your business as a sponsor, and participating in the walk on April 28th.

Address: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Dr., Charleston 29403
Time: Registration begins at 9 am
Cost: $25

Saturday, April 28

North Charleston Spring Plant Swap

Head to Park Circle with your extra house plants, as well as any garden related items, and swap with others! Stick around for a potluck style picnic!

Address: Park Circle
Time: 11 am
Cost: FREE!

Saturday, April 28

Joint Base Charleston 2018 Air & Space Expo

Joint Base Charleston Air and Space Expo is a free community event where the latest and greatest military and commercial aircraft will be on display in the air and on the ground. The main event will feature the U.S. Air Force’s elite aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds!

Address: Joint Base Charleston, 102 E Hill Blvd., Charleston, SC 29404
Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Saturday, April 28

Mullet Haul Trail Run: 5K, 10K, & 10K Relay

The Mullet Haul features a 5K, 10K, and 10K relay run on the trails of Johns Island County Park. Stick around for the post-race party with delicious food, cold beverages, and music.

Address: Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Rd.  Johns Island SC 29455
Time: 8:30 am – 2 pm

Cost: Check ticket prices here

Saturday, April 28

Joe Riley Waterfront Park Dedication

Join the City of Charleston and Charleston Parks Conservancy for a public event and celebration on Saturday, April 28, 2018 to rededicate Charleston’s Waterfront Park in honor former Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

Address: Waterfront Park, Charleston, 20407
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday, April 29

Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival 

This 30th annual event pays tribute to Mt. Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry and features live music, a boat parade, craft show, and lots of free activities.

Address: Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront, 99 Harry M. Hallman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, 39464
Time: 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: Admission and activities are FREE!

Sunday, April 29

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! King for a Day!

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show for 2017-2018! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its third year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to your town!

Address: Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401
Time: 2 pm
Cost: Check ticket prices here

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