Fun Activities for Little People in Summerville!

Here are some of the top fun activities that are great for little people in and around Summerville… The younger years are full of wonder and excitement and so many fun times and activities! However, we all know that they can be very exhausting long days as well. Having fun activities for your little people helps everyone to thrive and survive these younger years with smiles on their faces and fun memories to look back on.

Fun Activities for Little Ones in Summerville SC

1. Rolly Pollies – What kid doesn’t love running/jumping and obstacle courses to test their limits? Rolly Pollies is a children’s gym that offers classes for 6 months to 10 year olds as well as open gym play time for reasonable prices.

Rolly Pollies in Summerville, SC

Photo courtesy of Rolly Pollies

2. Gahagan Park  & Laurel Street Park (Saul Alexander Park)- Community Parks are abundant in Summerville, but Gahagan and Laurel Street Park are two of my grandchildren’s favorites! Gahagan Park has a massive structure called Plantation Playground that is full of wooden walkways, overlooks and climbing structures. It is the perfect setting for imaginative play.  Laurel Street Park has plenty of room for kids to run, swing, try tennis ,and play as well as a picnic pavilion that is perfect for having a birthday party or playdate. We’ve celebrated many birthdays here with family and friends over the years.

3.Wannamaker Park Splash Pad (North Charleston) This isn’t techincally in Summerville, but you can get there in 15 mins and enjoy a fun splash pad for hours with your kids! It is reasonably priced ($2/person) and a blast for big and little kids! The Sprinkler is open daily, March 31 – September 30, from 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Pack a lunch and snacks and towels and you are set for hours of fun. There are picnic tables/benches around the pad for parents and grandparents to rest and keep an eye on their children.

4. Dorchester County Library The Dorchester County library is a great resource for fun activities for preschool age children as well as older ones. They have circle time for ages 2 & 3 with stories and songs. Family story time for the whole family which is the best for children 5& under. Preschool Story-time is for 3-5 yr olds with stories, songs and crafts. Two other popular programs at the library are Music & Motion and Therapy Dog Time. It is  amazing how children who grow up in the library and going to the library as youngsters are more comfortable using it their whole life. Definitely take advantage of these free programs in our community.

5.Bee City Zoo We might not have a full zoo in Summerville, but this little zoo is perfect for a few hours of adventure with your children! They have all kinds of unique and rare animals like wallabies and coatimundis to farm animals like horses and donkeys and chickens. It is located in Cottageville and is a hands on zoo that is very interactive and educational.

If you own a home in Summerville you can enjoy these fun activities with their little people most of the year! If you want to buy a home for sale in Summerville so you can do these fun things and much more, let me know!

 

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Family Fun Events in Summerville & Charleston, SC

Upcoming Events in Summerville & Charleston, SC

Looking for fun events coming up in February and March in the area? Here is a one stop place to find some of the best events in Summerville and Charleston that are full of fun with something for everyone!

Third Thursdays:

When: February 15, March 15, April 19th

Where: Hutchinson Square, Downtown Summerville

Time: 5:30 -8:30 pm, Rain or Shine

Many people buy real estate in Summerville or move to Summerville just to enjoy the historic downtown area that Summerville offers and to be a part of a small town community. Third Thursday is the perfect venue to enjoy the downtown shops and restaurants of Summerville and meet your neighbors.

All of the Summerville businesses are open late and open to shoppers to come in and browse.  With more than 20 drinking and dining establishments in walking distance, there are plenty of options to choose from, many running specials on Third Thursdays.

As you stroll through town, listen to live local musicians and enjoy being a part of small town Summerville life and support local businesses.

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Charleston STEM Festival:

When: Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 10-3 pm

Where: Brittlebank Park, Charleston SC

Time: 10-3 pm

The Charleston STEM Festival is a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math in the Lowcountry. The 5th annual festival will be highly visible outdoor event that provides opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local STEM professionals. This exciting event will take place on February 3, 2018 from 10am-3pm at Brittlebank Park in Charleston, SC and will feature over 80 exhibitors, activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented STEM entertainment. After the festival, Partner Events will occur throughout the year in the Lowcountry. Check out STEM Linx to learn about STEM events in the Lowcountry and statewide!

Southeast Wildlife Exposition

When: Feb 16-18, 2018

Where: Downtown Charleston

 Cost: Adult Tickets are $25, but children 10 and under are free. Find out more.

About: “The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition was established in 1982; the first Exposition was in February 1983. Since then, SEWE has grown from 100 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees to the largest event of its kind in the nation. Today, an average of 40,000 attendees come to see more than 500 artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts from around the world.

Its continued mission: to contribute to the local economy while promoting wildlife and nature conservation and preservation has grown in size and impact each year, making SEWE invaluable to all of South Carolina’s resources.”

I have been attending the SEWE for years and brought our children when they were young. They have a great variety of exhibits going so you can choose kid friendly ones if you have little ones with you. Things like Raptor demonstrations, Sheep & Duck herding, Reptiles, Retriever Dog Demonstrations and more.

Spring Bird Walks

When: Thursday, March 1

Time: 8:30-10:30 am

Where: Sawmill Branch Trail, 900 Crosscreek Drive

About:  Join Audubon South Carolina for Spring Bird Walks on the Sawmill Branch Trail. This seven-mile walking and biking trail stretching throughout Summerville offers several great birding locations. It is also one of the best places in Summerville to see the beautiful Painted Bunting!

For this program, we meet at the southern end of the trail at the Oakbrook YMCA off of Old Trolley Road (street address is 900 Crosscreek Dr, Summerville, SC 29485). Meet our naturalist in the gravel parking area next to the soccer fields near the beginning of the trail. Walks are FREE and occur from 8:30-10:30 a.m. No registration is required. A limited number of binoculars will be available for use.

Bird Walk on Sawmill Branch

Free Dance Lessons – Summerville Shag Club:

When: Monday, Feb 5th. (Happens Every Monday )

Time: 7pm

Where: 400 Country Club Blvd. Summerville SC

About: Every Monday night at 7pm the Summerville Shag Club offers free shag lessons at the Summerville Country Club Candelite Pavilion. No partner is required, just come and learn how to do the most popular dance in the state! If you are new to Summerville, this is a great way to get out and meet people and learn a popular dance loved by young and old. This Monday, February 5th, there will be free hot dogs, chili and chips! Find out More.

Summerville Shag Club

If you don’t live in Summerville yet, but would like to enjoy events like these on a regular basis, please  contact me ! If you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home, the Foster Smith Team can help.

Christmas Happenings in Summerville, SC 2017

Christmas Events in Summerville, SC

Gingerbread Creation Contest:

The Gingerbread Creation Contest has become a favorite for those participating and those wandering around and looking at them! Let your creative side go and make a fun creation for display around Summerville! The Gingerbread* Creation Competition has an asterisk; gingerbread is not required! Nor is there a requirement that the structure be a house or even a building.  Join us in downtown Summerville for Summerville DREAM’s Gingerbread Creation Contest. Sugary creations will be on display throughout Historic Downtown Summerville in November & December.  Prizes will be given for Culinary Professional, Adult, Child, and Group (family, organization, business, club, etc.) categories.  Judging will be done during the first two weeks of December. Ribbons will be placed on winning entries prior to December’s Third Thursday event on December 21, 2017

Gingerbread Creation Contest Form

The Living Christmas Story

When: December 7th, 6:30-8pm, December 8th-9th, 6:30 – 9pm

Where: Historic Downtown Summerville, Bethany UMC

About: This is down the street from my home, this is an event we did every year with the children. The people of Bethany United Methodist Church of Summerville, SC, put on an amazing Living Christmas Story that you can drive through. It is like you stepped back in time to the town of Bethlehem. It is an inspiring time.  Learn more  http://www.livingchristmasstory.com/

A Christmas Carol Walking Tour with Tim Lowry

When: December 21, 2015   5:30pm or 7pm

Where: Historic Downtown Summerville

About: Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is one of the staples of the Christmas season and now you can hear the Summerville local storyteller, Tim Lowry retell it!  Walk around Historic Downtown Summerville with Lowry and have a great evening of Ebeneezer Scrooge and Christmas Cheer.  Learn More about the Christmas Carol Walking Tour.

Holiday Decoration Celebration at the Joseph Manigault House

When: December 2, 2017 ,3-5pm

Where: Joseph Manigault House, Downtown Charleston

About: If you are a Charleston Museum member, you can explore the Joseph Manigault House for free and view these decorations at your own pace. Enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider on the porch as Christmas music provided by The Charleston Caroling Company sounds within the walls.

The Garden Club of Charleston does an amazing job decorating the home with greenery, feathers, ribbons and more. The decorations will be up Dec. 2-29th if you are not a museum member and just want to go enjoy.

Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017,  6:15 PM

Where: Hutchinson Square, Downtown Summerville

About: The annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Hutchinson Square will be on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:15 pm. Join the Mayor of the Town of Summerville as he lights up Town Square in Historic Downtown Summerville. Musical groups will be performing and there will be food trucks and entertainment on Little Main after the lights are turned on. Many of our shops and restaurants will be open later so you can stay downtown, linger a little longer, grab a drink and a bite to eat and enjoy the evening! This event is hosted by the Flowertown Garden Club and Summerville DREAM

Christmas Parade of Boats 

When: Dec 9 ,2017 5- 8pm

Where: Downtown Charleston

About: If you are already downtown on December 9th, make your way over to the harbor to see the fantastic display of decorated boats floating through the water. It is a spectacular show that will make you feel like a little kid looking at Christmas lights!  Learn More about the Parade of Boats.

Summerville Christmas Parade

When: December 10, 2017 2pm

Where: Downtown Summerville

About: Come have fun and celebrate the Christmas Season with this fun family event. The Summerville Christmas Parade has grown to one of the largest in the state and is a sight to behold! Each year the Summerville DREAM team picks a theme for the parade and participants are judged on originality, creativity and overall effort. This years theme is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Summerville Schools, businesses and organizations all are encouraged to participate and support the community. Come join the town! Register for the Summerville Christmas Parade.

Holiday Festival of Lights:

When: November 10, 2017-January 1,2018, starts at 5:30pm.

Where: James Island County Park

About: I’ve written about my experiences and tips for the Festival of Lights in previous years, and I stand by them! If you have children in your life, or even if you don’t, try to get out and see this display! The light show is over three miles long (you drive in your car) and then you can park and walk through beautiful light displays, roast marshmallows, sip hot cocoa and ride the train!   More about the Festival of Lights.

If you don’t live in Summerville yet, but would like to enjoy events like these on a regular basis, please  contact me ! If you are interested in buying a home in Summervillenew home in Summerville , a historic home in Summerville or selling your Summerville home, the Foster Smith Team can help.

Halloween Events in Summerville,SC for 2017!

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Family Fright Nights at Magnolia Plantation
When: October 20,21,27 &28, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation
Cost: $10 /person, Children under 6 Free/Members Free

Magnolia’s 9th Annual Family Fright Nights offer a family friendly alternative to the guts and gore. Activities include haunted train rides, Mad Scientist Lab, hay-bale maze, pony rides, big hay mountain, face painting, crafts, children’s games, photo booth, costume contest and more.

The gates will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes each night.

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Scarecrows on the Square & Ghostwalk

When: October 28, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Town Square of Summerville
Cost:  Free to see the scarecrows, Order Tickets for Ghostwalk

Come see downtown Summerville dressed up with Scarecrows for the season. On Sat, October 28th, the Junior Service League of Summerville’s Annual Ghostwalk Event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. All are invited to dress up in their costumes and meet in Town Square for an evening of fall family fun! In addition to the walking tours, the event will feature entertainment, hayrides, games and plenty of food vendors including Palmetto Sun Kettle Corn, Kona Ice Charleston, Boxcar Betty’s, Lit’l Red Barn Food Truck, pizza, corn dogs, fries, cotton candy and candy apples in the square!

 
Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

When: Now through October 31st
Where: Boone Hall Plantation
Cost:  $10/person 2 & under are free

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Kids ages three and up cost $10 a pop. In addition to buying pumpkins by the pound, visitors to the Boone Hall patch can play in a corn maze, jump pillow, hay mountain, and giant slide tower, in addition to checking out corn hole and a goat walk and rabbit enclosure

Legare Farms Pumpkin Patch

When: 10/7-10/29
Where: Legare Farms, Johns Island
Cost:  $1/person 2 & under are free

For $1 a person (ages two and up) you can peruse pumpkins at Legare Farms every weekend this month. In addition to pumpkin picking head to the farm for a Nature Quest, a hayride, horse rides, and duck races. There will be food concessions for sale and a free mini-maze, playground, and barnyard.

Charleston Basket Brigade- Feed a Family this Thanksgiving!

Charleston Basket Brigade

Carolina One Real Estate, has partnered again with Charleston Basket Brigade this year to help families in the Charleston area enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. It is a great opportunity to tangibly do something great for people in our community that are struggling.  With $30, they are able to feed a family of six an entire Thanksgiving meal! “Each family receives a box of food to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal including a 10-12 lb turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, fresh rolls, butter and a pumpkin pie.”

To learn more visit Charleston Basket Brigade.

Where to View the Great Solar Eclipse in Summerville & Charleston, SC

The great Solar Eclipse of 2017 is on the lips of everyone in Charleston & Summerville, SC! Being in the path of totality means that we will see all of our homes in Summerville go completely dark starting around 2:45 pm and lasting for 2 mins and 3 seconds.
At an event this historic, it is fun to be with others and enjoy the community of being together at such a historic event. Here are some of the free events/ gatherings happening around Summerville & Charleston to celebrate the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Where to View the Great Solar Eclipse in Summerville & Charleston, SC

 

Isle of Palms: Come on out to the beach with the kids for live entertainment and musical performances from DJ Natty Heavy & Plane Jane.
Time: 11:30 am-4:30pm
Place: Front Beach, 1300 Ocean Blvd.
Price: Free

Blue Pearl Farms: This family farm lies directly in the path and they are inviting everyone to pack up chairs, blankets and viewing glasses and head on up to McClellanville for live music and entertainment. Food & Refreshments will be sold.
Time:12-5pm
Place: Blue Pearl Farms, 9760 Randall Rd, McClellanville
Price: $5

Folly Beach: If you live on Folly Beach, head over to Pier 101 for free viewing glasses and live music by Band of Brothers. 843-633-0246

Time:1-4 pm
Place: Pier 101 Folly Beech, 101 E Artic Avenue
Price: Free

Downtown Charleston Local Expert Gathering: A group of local Charleston experts and enthusiasts will be gathering at the Charlotte Street Park with solar filtered telescopes to view the eclipse. Talk with locals and learn more about the night sky during this historic event.

Time:1-4 pm
Place: Charlotte Street Park Memorial, 1 Charlotte St. Charleston
Price: Free

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina: Come enjoy a midday party at the Beach Club. Live performance by the Dubplats, cocktails and kids activities in a Children’s area.

Time:1-5 pm
Place: Sunset Patio & Beachside at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant.
Price: $10-Adults, $5 – Children under 12  (843) 856-0028.

Citadel Mall:  The Citadel Mall hosts an eclipse viewing party featuring kid’s activities, food trucks, and live entertainment, with all benefits going to Darkness to Light, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse in Charleston.

Time:1-3 pm
Place: Parking lot across from Planet Fitness. Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 1-3 p.m. (843) 766-8321.
Price: Free

North Charleston: Visit the Bend:  North Charleston is hosting an event at The Bend, a 17-acre waterfront spot on the banks of the Ashley River. Live musical performance from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, a Grammy Award-winning family hip-hop artist, Low Country STEM science projects including a robotics demonstration, and members of Boeing will be there to perform their longest ever trebuchet launch.

Time:12-4 pm
Place: 3775 Azalea Dr., North Charleston (843) 577-7327
Price: Free

Moncks Corner & Mount Pleasant :  Visit with local astronomy buffs to witness the solar eclipse of a lifetime. Experienced members of the group are stationed at Palmetto Islands County Park (Mt. Pleasant) and Old Santee Canal Park (Moncks Corner) with telescopes ready to share an up-close view of the eclipse.

Time:1-4 pm
Place: Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Pkwy., Mount Pleasant
Old Santee Canal Park, 900 Stoney Landing Rd., Moncks Corner.
Price: $2-Mount Pleasant $3- Moncks Corner

Yoga in Mount Pleasant: Join yogis of all fitness levels for a one-of-a-kind class in the shadow of the eclipse. Perfect your tree pose as the Moon blocks the Sun over the water at the Mount Pleasant Pier.

Time:1:30 pm
Place: Mount Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry M. Hallman Jr. Blvd., Mount Pleasant (843) 795-4386
Price: $5

Daniel Island MUSC Health Stadium: Bring the family out for astronomy related activities and fun kids zone for a kid friendly eclipse viewing party.

Time:11am
Place: 1990 Daniel Island Dr., Daniel Island
Price: $8, Free Military & Kids 12 and under

Fourth of July Events near Summerville, SC 2017

Fourth of July Events & Fireworks Near Summerville, SC2017-Fourth of July Festivities in the Summerville & Charleston area are AMAZING! When you buy a home for sale in Summerville, you’ve got your choice of Fourth of July Events to choose from.

Summerville – Fireworks in Summerville, SC
Location: Gahagan Park Sports Complex (515 West Boundary St.)

Date: Tuesday, July 4  5:30-9pm Fireworks Display at Gahagan

Live Music: During welcoming messages Shelby Krallman, Summerville resident and recent graduate of Charleston Southern University, will be singing the National Anthem. Midnight City Band will keep event attendees entertained with live music throughout the evening.

Kid’s Activities: Summerville DREAM, along with various community volunteers, are hosting games and hands-on crafts for children in the Kids Zone. There will also be a Kid’s Inflatables Area, sponsored by Awaken Church, with obstacle courses and slides!

For More Information visit Summerville Dream.

North Charleston – Riverfront Park -3-9:45 pm

The City of North Charleston is once again hosting the July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 9:45 PM. This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show.

The Festival is presented free of charge to the public with all general admission for attendees.  Guests attending the Festival are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets, as there is no seating provided.  Food trucks and ATMs will be widely available. Children activities are available free of charge, including inflatable jump castles, games, the play area, the giant sandbox, and the water fountain.

For More Information visit North Charleston Fourth of July Festival.

Goose Creek -Goose Creek Municipal Center 6:30-9:30pm

The City of Goose Creek’s Fourth of July celebration. There will be live music by Calhoun’s Calling, food vendors, kids’ activities, and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. provided by Zambelli Fireworks. Parking and admission are free.

More Information at The City of Goose Creek.