Things to Do in Charleston With Kids (May 2024)

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Welcome to May! Here’s a look at all of the fun things to do with kids in Charleston this month!

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*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. 

May Events

May
1
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
1
Baby and Me – Summerville Library
A language enrichment program for caregivers and their babies. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home. Ages 2 and under
May
1
St. Johns Farmers Market
Every Wednesday thru October 25th 3pm – 7pm St. John’s Grove 3673 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC  29455
May
1
The Charleston Museum Kid Tours
Kid Tours is a series designed to highlight artifacts from our collection that have fascinated children for years. Kid Tours meet every Wednesday during the months of June and July
May
1
SWEAT Fitness Series
Are you ready to kickstart your fitness journey, break a sweat, and crush your goals? Join us for a series of dynamic workouts designed for all fitness levels, from beginners
May
1
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
2
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
2
Live Under the Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our May outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend.
May
2
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
3
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
3
Toddler Time – James Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
3
Free Weekly Play Date
As moms, we understand that life is about finding balance and nurturing our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. By joining Our Village, you will not only enjoy
May
3
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will
May
3
Father Daughter Dance
Join Together We Are Helping Hands for an enchanting Father-Daughter Dance, a night dedicated to celebrating the precious bond between dads and their girls. Immerse yourself in a dreamy setting
May
3
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
4
Home Depot Kids Workshops
Join us the first Saturday of each month between 9 am – 12 pm for free in-person Kids Workshops. While supplies last.
May
4
Tweedle Beedle Mount Pleasant 1 Year Anniversary Party
Come celebrate 1 year of being open in our beautiful Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Location. We will have goodie bags for the first 10 purchases, discounts on our favorite items,
May
4
46th Annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Join us in beautiful McClellanville for the 46th Annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet! We will have fun for the whole family including live music, a children’s
May
4
3rd Annual Cajun Festival at Jedburg Junction
A fun afternoon of Louisianan food, fun and culture. Don your favorite Cajun wear and come craw with us. Fare provided by our friends at VooDoo Kitchen
May
4
Black Fae Day (Black Fairy Day)
Click https://www.eventbrite.com/…/black-fairy-day-tickets… for tickets! Come celebrate the magic of Black Fairies at our enchanting event! Join us at Park Circle for a day filled with fairy-themed activities, meeting new friends, and m...
May
4
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
5
North Charleston Arts Fest Exhibition Encore
FREE ADMISSION & PARKING Last call! This event serves as a closing celebration for the North Charleston Arts Fest’s many visual art competitions & exhibitions, including Judged Fine Art &
May
5
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
6
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
6
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
6
Toddler Time – James Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
6
Kid’s Mother’s Day Craft Night
May 12 is Mother’s Day! Bring the kiddos to make Mom a gift she’ll love forever. We’ll have all the supplies and the DELIcious food for the kids to enjoy
May
6
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
7
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
7
Play Dayz
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre invites kids ages 10 and under to join us for Play Dayz at The Oaks. Play Dayz features exciting and engaging activities for you and your
May
7
Mother’s Day Kid’s Craft Night
May 12 is Mother’s Day! Bring the kiddos to make Mom a gift she’ll love forever. We’ll have all the supplies and the DELIcious food for the kids to enjoy
May
7
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
8
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
8
Baby and Me – Summerville Library
A language enrichment program for caregivers and their babies. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home. Ages 2 and under
May
8
St. Johns Farmers Market
Every Wednesday thru October 25th 3pm – 7pm St. John’s Grove 3673 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC  29455
May
8
The Charleston Museum Kid Tours
Kid Tours is a series designed to highlight artifacts from our collection that have fascinated children for years. Kid Tours meet every Wednesday during the months of June and July
May
8
Kid’s Craft Night for Mom!
May 12 is Mother’s Day! Bring the kiddos to make Mom a gift she’ll love forever. We’ll have all the supplies and the DELIcious food for the kids to enjoy
May
8
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
9
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
9
Live Under the Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our May outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend.
May
9
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
10
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
10
Toddler Time – James Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
10
Free Weekly Play Date
As moms, we understand that life is about finding balance and nurturing our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. By joining Our Village, you will not only enjoy
May
10
Teen Homeschool History Day: Pirates
Hear the tales of the legendary pirates connected to Charleston, and learn about the democratic principles these outlaws followed. Work with shipmates to create a Code of Conduct and decide
May
10
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will
May
10
53rd Charleston Greek Festival
Save the date! Join us for the 53rd Charleston Greek Festival! Kicking off on Friday, May 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. The event will
May
10
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
11
Family Day at Middleton Place
Bring the whole family for a day of celebration, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learn about the many skills the free and enslaved people practiced throughout the Lowcountry’s long, rich history.
May
11
Moms and Mimosas
Join us for the Moms and Mimosas vendor event at Brew Coffee, Wine and Craft Beer, located on Bowen Pier Dr in Hanahan, SC. This event is free but registration
May
11
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
12
Mother’s Day Brunch at Iron Rose | The Mills House
Located within the storied walls of Charleston’s iconic pink hotel, Iron Rose at The Mills House will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on
May
12
CML Superstars
The Children’s Museum is open before hours for children with special needs and their families to visit the Museum for FREE.  Children are able to explore and play in the
May
12
Mother’s Day at Charleston Aqua Park
This Mother’s Day, celebrate Mom in the best way possible – with a day of fun at Charleston Aqua Park! Bring Mom along and watch her jump for FREE as
May
12
2nd Sunday on King Street
Shop, dine, and discover the historic King Street at this cherished Holy City tradition. Our seasonal sidewalk sale features curated treasures from The Mercantile, perfect for gift-giving, plus a selection
May
12
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
13
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
13
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
13
Toddler Time – James Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
13
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
14
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
14
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
15
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
15
Baby and Me – Summerville Library
A language enrichment program for caregivers and their babies. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home. Ages 2 and under
May
15
St. Johns Farmers Market
Every Wednesday thru October 25th 3pm – 7pm St. John’s Grove 3673 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC  29455
May
15
The Charleston Museum Kid Tours
Kid Tours is a series designed to highlight artifacts from our collection that have fascinated children for years. Kid Tours meet every Wednesday during the months of June and July
May
15
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
16
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
16
Homeschool History Day: Colonial Charles Towne
Travel back in time to the colonial days of Charles Towne. Play the Colonial Charles Towne Game of Life to learn what daily life was like in the city. Try
May
16
Summerville Dream | Third Thursdays
On the third Thursday of each month, Historic Downtown Summerville transforms into a special marketplace featuring local entertainment, craft vendors, and artisans to complement the extended hours of our eclectic
May
16
Live Under the Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our May outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend.
May
16
The Thorn at North Charleston Performing Arts Center
The Thorn tells the epic story of God’s love for the world and the spiritual battle for all humanity. Often described as cirque meets the passion of Jesus, The Thorn
May
17
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
17
Toddler Time – James Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
17
Free Weekly Play Date
As moms, we understand that life is about finding balance and nurturing our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. By joining Our Village, you will not only enjoy
May
17
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will
May
17
Gathering on the Green
Gathering on the Green is back! Come out for an evening packed with activities and treats on the Village Green. From live music to a bubble machine, fairy hair and
May
18
Taste of Sullivan’s Island
Taste of the Sullivan’s Island!The Island Club will host a fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 from 12 to 3 PM. Restaurants from across Sullivan’s Island will serve tastes and treats
May
18
Lowcountry Dog’s May the Dog Be With You
A long time ago, In a galaxy far, far away, a group of rebel dogs started a festival in their honor…MAY THE DOGS BE WITH YOU… Join Lowcountry Dog Magazine,
May
19
Princess Brunch at New Realm
Join us for a magical morning filled with your kid’s favorite princesses, fun activities and delicious brunch! Get ready for a magical day filled with enchanting activities and royal company.
May
20
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
20
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
21
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
22
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
22
Early Connections (birth-3)
Our youngest visitors (ages birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up
May
22
Baby and Me – Summerville Library
A language enrichment program for caregivers and their babies. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home. Ages 2 and under
May
22
St. Johns Farmers Market
Every Wednesday thru October 25th 3pm – 7pm St. John’s Grove 3673 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC  29455
May
22
The Charleston Museum Kid Tours
Kid Tours is a series designed to highlight artifacts from our collection that have fascinated children for years. Kid Tours meet every Wednesday during the months of June and July
May
23
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
23
Storytime Adventures
Step into the enchanting world of Storytime Adventures at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry! This program invites young minds to embark on a journey through the magic of storytelling,
May
23
Live Under the Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our May outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend.
May
24
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
24
Early Connections (birth-3)
Our youngest visitors (ages birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up
May
24
Free Weekly Play Date
As moms, we understand that life is about finding balance and nurturing our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. By joining Our Village, you will not only enjoy
May
24
Teen Workshop: CSI
A cat burglar has slipped into the Charleston Museum and stolen one of the most valuable artifacts in the collection. Develop skills used by crime scene investigators—such as DNA extraction,
May
24
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will
May
24
Shrek Paint Night
May 24 (All Ages): Trudge through the swamp and come join us for a night of painting! For this Shrek themed event we will have decorations, snacks, refreshments, paints, and
May
24
Moana, Jr.
Disney’s Moana JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features
May
25
Pirate Cruise for Kids
Bring your kids out for the Best Day Ever onboard the Black Ghost pirate ship for a treasure hunt/Pirate experience like no other. The crew will battle Sneaky Pete for
May
25
Congressional Medal of Honor Museum Grand Reopening – USS Yorktown
The highly anticipated Medal of Honor Museum will officially open for public viewing on May 25th, 2024. Designed to bring the Recipients’ stories to life, the museum tells the story of the
May
25
Pirate Cruise for Kids
Bring your kids out for the Best Day Ever onboard the Black Ghost pirate ship for a treasure hunt/Pirate experience like no other. The crew will battle Sneaky Pete for
May
25
Night Market at The Pour House
Join us on May 25 from 4-8 pm for a local shopping event featuring local goods, makers, vintage collectors, art, live music, food from Jack of Cups Bebop + full
May
25
Moana, Jr.
Disney’s Moana JR. is a 60-minute musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features
May
26
CML Superstars
The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month exclusively for children with special needs and their families to visit the
May
26
CML Superstars!
The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month exclusively for children with special needs and their families to visit the
May
26
Pirate Cruise for Kids
Bring your kids out for the Best Day Ever onboard the Black Ghost pirate ship for a treasure hunt/Pirate experience like no other. The crew will battle Sneaky Pete for
May
26
Toddler Goat Yoga at Flowertown Charm
Welcome to Toddler Goat Yoga at Flowertown Charm in collaboration with Charleston Toddlers and class led by Krista Vera! We were the first to bring GOAT YOGA here to the
May
26
Local Vendor & Craft Fair
Our next vendor fair is coming up on May 26th! Shop from 12 – 5 with a large selection of local businesses while enjoying a beer and some pizza!  If
May
26
Sunday Crafternoons
Spend a relaxing afternoon with fellow craft enthusiasts! Bring your current needle or paper craft project or use the materials provided to start something new. All skill levels welcome!Ages 14+
May
27
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
27
Memorial Day at the Children’s Museum
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IS OPEN THIS MEMORIAL DAY! Monday, May 27 Join us for a fun-filled Memorial Day! We will be making cards for veterans and offering cake (while supplies
May
27
Memorial Day
Join us for a fun-filled Memorial Day! We will be making cards for veterans and offering cake (while supplies last). Events are free with paid museum admission.
May
27
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
28
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
29
Playnastics
Tumbling and gymnastic open gym at Goose Creek Recreation. Mondays: 1-5 year olds Wednesdays: 5 and up
May
29
Early Connections (birth-3)
Our youngest visitors (ages birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up
May
29
Baby and Me – Summerville Library
A language enrichment program for caregivers and their babies. Learn new bounces and rhymes you can do at home. Ages 2 and under
May
29
St. Johns Farmers Market
Every Wednesday thru October 25th 3pm – 7pm St. John’s Grove 3673 Maybank Highway John’s Island, SC  29455
May
29
The Charleston Museum Kid Tours
Kid Tours is a series designed to highlight artifacts from our collection that have fascinated children for years. Kid Tours meet every Wednesday during the months of June and July
May
30
Toddler Time – Bees Landing
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters or a bouncy house.
May
30
Storytime Adventures
Step into the enchanting world of Storytime Adventures at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry! This program invites young minds to embark on a journey through the magic of storytelling,
May
30
Live Under the Oaks
Grab your chair or blanket and join us for our May outdoor concert series Live Under The Oaks. Emceed by Johnny O’ of 95SX, all concerts are free to attend.
May
31
Toddler Time – Daniel Island
Come see us for playtime with toys at each facility. Toys may include hula-hoops, balls, books, puzzles, mats, beanbags, scooters, or a bouncy house. For ages 0-4.
May
31
Early Connections (birth-3)
Our youngest visitors (ages birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up
May
31
Free Weekly Play Date
As moms, we understand that life is about finding balance and nurturing our minds and spirits as well as our bodies. By joining Our Village, you will not only enjoy
May
31
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will

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