The first annual Lowcountry Family Expo will liven up the Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday, offering hands-on activities for kids and informative exhibits and talks for parents. And with Spring-like weather forecast for Sunday, head to Hampton Park downtown for the annual Teddy Bear Picnic. Read on for details about these and other weekend events: Continue reading “Family Fun: Weekend Events March 7-9” »
A family fun day on James Island, free ice hockey lessons, and a bucket full of oyster roasts are just some of the events going on this weekend. Read on for details. Also, keep an eye out for the March issue of Lowcountry Parent. It includes our 2014 day camp guide and is chock full of options to keep your kids busy and entertained this summer. One more note: If you’d like your child (or children) to be considered as a 2014 Cover Kid for the magazine, the March 31 deadline is approaching. Register at YourLCP.com or at the upcoming Lowcountry Family Expo on March 8. Continue reading “Family Fun: Weekend Events Feb. 28-March 2” »
Looking for some family entertainment or activities this weekend? Here are a few options: Celebrate Black History Month and local sea island culture at the De Gullah Roots Festival. Watch a ballet performance of “Alice and Wonderland.” Learn fun facts about alligators and crocodiles. Shop for bargain-priced kids’ clothes and gear. Read on for details about these and other upcoming events for the family: Continue reading “Family Fun: Feb. 21-24 and beyond” »
With temperatures warming up this weekend, it’s a great time to get outside to enjoy the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), which kicks off tonight and runs through Sunday. Read on for more details, and a sampling of other family-friendly events to consider this weekend and beyond: Continue reading “Family Fun: Weekend Events Feb. 14-16” »
Get your kids excited about the key “STEM” subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — during a free festival downtown. Other weekend highlights: all-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP and 2nd Sunday on King Street. Plus, see below for information on a sing-along version of a popular Disney film, and two upcoming pageants for Mount Pleasant teens and women. Continue reading “Family Fun: Events for Feb. 7-9 and other February news” »
It’s all about the fall festivals, trick or treating and costume contests in Charleston this weekend. If you still don’t have a costume figured out for your kids, check out the reader-submitted photos on our site here to get some ideas. For a larger list of Halloween-specific events, check out this article from Charleston Scene. Personally, I’ll be rocking my PJs in the 5K Saturday morning and pigging out on street fare at the Food Truck Rodeo in the afternoon. Enjoy your weekend!
Friday, October 25
Sugar-Free Trick or Treating
Kids want to wear their costumes but you don’t want to collect any more sugar than is absolutely necessary? Check out this event at Shelmore Village in Mount Pleasant. Vendors will be set up, shops will be open and everyone will be handing out sugar-free treats. The kids can play games, do some rainbow looming and the stores will be open for fun shopping and discounts. 5-8p.m., www.belliesbeyond.com/blog/freetrickortreatin/ Continue reading “Family Fun: Weekend Events Oct 25-27” »
Word on the street is Stephen Colbert recently made a surprise appearance at a Lowcountry school. The popular TV host, who grew up in Charleston, popped in on the kids at Marrington Middle School of the Arts in Goose Creek last Monday. Do middle schoolers watch The Colbert Report? We’re not sure, but apparently they enjoyed his visit anyway. Here’s what the representative from Marrington Middle School said about the event via email:
“Stephen Colbert gave a surprise appearance at Marrington Middle School of the Arts on Monday, October 14th. At the invitation of his brother John who teaches 8th grade SC History at the school. The host of the Colbert Report entertained the children with stories of his childhood, answered questions and spoke on the value of arts in education.
The eighth grade was introduced to him by Principal James Spencer in a way that caused the children to expect their history teacher. Their squeals of delight rewarded the celebrity as he entered. The school was gracious and made the experience memorable for all who attended the gathering in the cafeteria.
Stephen then visited the fine arts classes before he had to leave to catch his flight back to New York. Thank you Stephen for an exciting and inspirational morning.”
Here are a few more photos provided from the school:
This week’s lineup of weekend events has the makings of the perfect autumn weekend with the family — pick up a new book to cozy up with on Friday, stuff yourself full of Mac and Cheese and other comfort foods on Saturday and then burn off those calories while racing for a cure on Sunday. Ah, how I love autumn in the Lowcountry. How will you spend your weekend?
Friday, October 11
That Big Book Sale
Browse more than 60,000 fiction, non-fiction and children’s books plus DVDs, CDs, maps and more at this annual weekend-long book sale at the Omar Shrine Auditorium. Prices start at just 50 cents and all items will be half price on Sunday. MORE INFO: CCPL.org
Saturday, October 12
Head out to Folly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy this carnival-themed event that raises money for local cancer patients. Center Street will be filled with carnival games, local food and art vendors, live music, a jump castle, bungee jousting, a silent auction and more. Admission is free. MORE INFO: facebook.com/follypalooza
Fourth Annual Mac Off
A whole event dedicated to Mac and Cheese? It’s pretty much a kid’s dream. The whole family will love this food festival that’s back for its fourth year offering local restaurants a chance to battle it out for the three titles of best mac in town. Additional food on-site will include Lowcountry favorites, funnel cakes, French fries, and snow cones. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the afternoon with live music and activities including a zip line, corn hole and bocce, a pumpkin patch, kids section, cooking demonstrations and TVs for football fans. 2-7 p.m. at The Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. $20 general admission includes 10 mac and cheese sampling tickets. Kids 12 and under get in free. MORE INFO: Asnappyevent.com
Autumn on the Ashley
This two-day, open-air craft fair taking place at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will feature more than 35 vendors offering craft jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, wood work, folk art and more. The event is free and lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MORE INFO: Magnoliaplantation.com
Freshfields Fall Festival
Freshfields Village will be celebrating autumn’s arrival to Kiawah Island with a family festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will include children’s activities such as inflatable games, rock climbing and crafts along with vendors offering art, fresh produce, food and beverages. The Gullah Lady will be demonstrating rag quilting and will share stories and songs about the Gullah culture. The event is free. MORE INFO: Freshfieldsvillage.com
Sunday, October 13
Race for the Cure
Get the whole family decked out in pink and head to Daniel Island’s Family Circle Cup stadium for the annual race benefiting the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry. Even if you’re not planning to race or walk the 5K course, you can jog the 1-mile fun run/walk with the kids and enjoy the after party and survivor celebration. MORE INFO: komenlowcountry.org
Second Sunday on King
Should be gorgeous weather for a stroll down King Street in this favorite monthly event from 1-5 p.m. When you’re not strolling, shopping or dining, check out October’s events including several book signings and special food offerings. MORE INFO: 2ndsundayonkingstreet.com
I know it’s only the beginning of October and still a bit early to be thinking about the coming holidays, but we’re on a production schedule here and in magazine world, it’s already “the most wonderful time of the year.”
For the November issue of Lowcountry Parent, we want to know what moms really want for Christmas this year. So we’re asking you to help us out and let us know with your own Dear Santa letters (some of which we’ll publish in the November issue.)
So what do you really want? Feel free to let your imaginations run wild, past the scented lotion, massage gift certificates and newest iPhone. What would really make your life easier? A third arm? An extra hour in the day? A robot to cook and clean for you? We’re talking items that may not be real, but you dream about anyway. Might as well ask, just in case.
Write your letter to Santa telling him what you want, why and how you would use it and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the November issue. You can sign your name if you want or keep it anonymous by signing “Charleston (or your area of town) mom.”
To get you thinking, here are some examples.
My own letter to Santa:
I know you’re busy and all, but there are a few things I’d like to make sure you get on your list for me this year. I’ve been waiting for some humble human to invent these items, but it seems our species isn’t up for the task, so I need your help. First of all, a Go-Go Gadget Arm. One I could wear at all times for when I need an extra hand—and even better—to get something beyond my reach. Secondly, an iPhone app that will remove meat from the freezer and thaw it for me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten home from work, gone to the kitchen to start dinner only to realize my chicken was still frozen solid in the freezer. This really would make my life easier, Santa, and save so many dinners! Lastly, a portable coffee mug that refills itself with fresh, hot java when I’ve finished the cup. They just don’t make a travel mug big enough for my caffeine needs. I know you understand, you have to fly around the world in one night after all.
Can you use your holiday magic and help me out? Pretty please?
And one fun one based on the 12 Days of Christmas I found on the Internet here:
“One clean house,
Two well-mannered children,
Three home cooked meals,
Four paws wiped before coming inside the house,
Five minutes to myself,
Six cups of coffee,
Seven loads of laundry washed, dried, and folded,
Eight bags of groceries delivered to my door,
Nine dozen Christmas cards addressed, stamped, and mailed for me,
Ten dozen cookies baked for teacher gifts, cookie swaps, and parties,
Eleven presents purchased that the recipients won’t want to return,
And last but certainly not least, twelve hours of sleep!”
Send your letters to email@example.com
Kids need a little culture? No need to travel around the world, simply attend the variety of cultural festivals in Charleston this weekend and you’ll have several countries covered: Greece, Germany, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. Enjoy the tastes, sounds and performances of these rich cultures with the whole family.
Friday, October 4
Charleston Greek Festival
The Greek Festival’s first fall event will last all weekend long offering a smaller selection of food items than the spring event, however, there will be multiple wine tasting tents, Greek music, dancing, folk performances and Greek-themed vendors. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, $5 admission, children 12 and under are free. MORE INFO: charlestongreekfestival.com/fall
Saturday, October 5
Star Wars Reads Day
If you’ve got little Jedis on your hands, you won’t want to miss this Star Wars themed event at the Main Library to kick off this year’s One Book Charleston County. From noon to 4 p.m., the library will be invaded by Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, R2-D2 and more characters from “a galaxy far, far away.” Kids will have the chance to have their photo taken with the characters and participate in other activities based on the books and movies. Dress as your favorite character, watch a movie, create a craft and enjoy theme-related treats. The event is free. MORE INFO: Ccpl.org
American Girl Doll Party
Dress as your favorite American Girl and bring your doll out to this fundraising party for the Charleston Museum at Barnes and Noble on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will include fun activities, games and craft from the historical time periods of the American Girl dolls. The Charleston Museum will receive a percentage of sales that day when buyers tell the cashiers they are shopping to support the museum. MORE INFO: Charlestonmuseum.org
Cooper River Fishing Challenge
Join in for a fun day of fishing from the Mount Pleasant Pier. Prizes will be awarded for the largest game fish catch in Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (12 and under), Senior Angler (60+), and Total Weight of Five Fish. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 4:15 p.m. MORE INFO: Ccprc.com
Sunday, October 6
Oktoberfest at Blackbaud Stadium
The 16-day German festival wraps up Sunday with the 10th annual Charleston Oktoberfest on Daniel Island. With a wide selection of German beers and a variety of food options, attendees can enjoy live music and authentic German dancing. Kids events will include mini-soccer games on the stadium fields, a Mountain Slide, and inflatable game and jump castle. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a commemorative beer stein. Noon to 5 p.m., $8 for adults, kids 12 and under get in free. MORE INFO: Charlestonbattery.com
Latin American Festival
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Latin world at the annual Latin American Festival at Wannamaker County Park from noon to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music, authentic and festival foods, dance performances and local craft vendors. Booths will be set up offering glorbal education opportunities and crafts for children along with jump castles and rides. $10 for adults, 12 and under (and Gold Pass members) get in free. MORE INFO: Ccprc.com/laf
MOJA Arts Festival Finale
In its 30th year, this arts festival celebrates African-American and Caribbean art with events featuring dance, literary arts, music, theater, visual arts and more. Enjoy performances in Hampton Park during the finale, including Caribbean food and a firework show. The event is free and lasts from 4-9:30 p.m. MORE INFO: Mojafestival.com