What a week it’s been. It’s not too often that Charleston turns into a winter wonderland. But if you’ve got cabin fever, not to worry, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite family-fun activities.
Friday, Jan. 5
Don’t miss the 21st annual Berkeley BBQ Cookoff, hosted by the MC Lions Club. This event features the SBN Invitational Barbecue Championship, The Moncks Corner Rice Ruckus and a Kids Que burger cook-off. Vendors, jump castle and live music from AXUS! $5, kids younger than 12 get in free. Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex, Moncks Corner. Event runs from 6-11 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 6
Check out Saltwater Sounds. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra joins the Aquarium to present a marine-inspired musical performance especially for children. Enjoy tunes by the Great Ocean Tank and visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, where children can see, hear and touch the instruments as demonstrated by professional musicians. The musical merriment is free with Aquarium admission or membership and runs from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston. scaquarium.org
For enslaved residents, night was time for burials, worship, family visits or an opportunity to seize freedom. Tour McLeod after dark to discover how they commandeered the night and the risks they took doing so. Ages 8 and up. A registered and paid chaperone is required for participants ages 15 and younger. The cost is $18 and the tour runs from 6:30-7:45 p.m. McLeod Plantation Historic Site, 325 Country Club Drive, Charleston. ccprc.comuarium.org/
Sunday, Jan. 7
Support the Save the Light Foundation and enjoy all you can eat, oysters, hot dogs, chili, desserts and plenty of ice cold beer, wine, soda and water. Music by the Shakin’ Martinis rocking on the dock. Tickets $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. All of the proceeds support restoration and preservation of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Event runs from 2-5 p.m. at Bowens Island. savethelight.org