Big Kids

Healthy After School Snacks

There are tons of prepackaged snacks out there for kids (just turn on the TV in the mid-afternoon and you’re sure to be inundated with commercials for them), but rarely are they actually nutritious.

Toddler activities in the kitchen

There's one room in the house that consistently mystifies and amazes small children. The kitchen. To these knee-high toddlers, there are drawers and cabinets that open and shut, shiny bowls and utensils, running water and sometimes steam emanating from the stove-top. It's also a place where toddlers can have the most ... fun (you thought I'd say 'dangerous,' didn't you?). Here are some easy activities from “The Toddler's Busy Book” by Trish Kuffner that can calm a crazed child using items you probably already have:

Lowcountry authors pen children's books

A love of reading and an appreciation for books are two of the greatest things you can cultivate in your children. There are lots of Lowcountry children’s book authors who have captured the spirit, the wildlife and the people of the region in their colorful tales for kids. Through their books, you and your child can get to know delightful characters like Legare the Lizard, Charlie the Alligator and Hermy the Hermit Crab. You can discover some of the secrets of South Carolina’s past, and embrace the beauty of everyday life in the Lowcountry. Here is a list of authors who are either based in the Lowcountry or have written children’s books with a Lowcountry focus.

Reading and Story time Programs

Finding ways to beat the heat and keep your kids entertained can be tough. Lowcountry Child staffers compiled this list of story times, reading and other educational programs to help!

Get lost in The Storybook Shoppe

Walk into The Storybook Shoppe and walk into a different world. It's a world with talking bears looking for their honey, a pesky rabbit with a penchant for getting into trouble, a pair of hippopotami best friends and a brave, little French girl — to name a few colorful characters.

It's a world Nancy Beaupre, owner of The Storybook Shoppe, carefully created for moms, dads and children. The brightly colored book nook is neatly tucked into Old Bluffton's historic Calhoun Street, across from The Cottage restaurant. Children can be seen meandering her store, thumbing through hundreds of books, where every page awaits an adventure.

Where kids can eat free

Kids can be picky eaters, but when they go out to a restaurant, everything tastes great. Here are some ways to make sure your kids fill their tummies without breaking the bank.

Kids eat for 99 cents on Tuesdays. Dine-in only. Not all locations offer this special so call ahead to be sure.
Beaufort: 2338 Boundary Street, 843-524-4322
Hilton Head Island: 200-A Museum St., 843-689-8080

Fore the kids

Know your kids' golf goals — serious or fun — before you fork over too much money

Passion for golf isn’t common in the Lowcountry, it is epidemic. It impacts men, women, and, yes, even children.
What begins as a casual outing to a driving range with Dad or an afternoon on the links with Mom, can quickly undergo a metamorphosis into an obsession that outpaces a parent’s skill set, knowledge base, and abilities. 
Rarely does this leave the child wanting less. Instead, it leads to the search for a golf instructor who will help your child reach that ever-tantalizing “next level.” 
For parents in the Lowcountry, there’s no shortage of options. Golf instruction opportunities for juniors range from half-hour sessions at local clubs to the intensive golf and academic program offered by at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head.

Happy birthday, Girl Scouts

When Juliette Gordon Low thought up the idea for Girl Scouts on March 12, 1912, she knew she was onto something—“I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight,” she exclaimed over the phone to a cousin—but she couldn’t have foreseen just how successful the organization would be, or how much of an impact it would have on so many women’s lives.

Perfect Penguins

Mossy Oaks Elementary School teacher Suzi Prekop and her first grade class constructed an igloo from recycled milk cartons. This "Perfect Penguin" project will be part of Prekop's lesson plans on recycling in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, their igloo has become a permanent fixture in her classroom. Check out the video below. If you are a teacher or a mother of a student whose class is doing something special for or around Earth Day, April 22, let Lowcountry Child know!

Rain on my parade!

We're blessed to live in an area where our days are mostly filled with sunshine, cool breezes and the smell of pluff mud. However, our parade gets rained out from time to time, and those days can create fussy kids and frustrated parents. 

The secret to surviving a rainy day indoors is to be prepared, so you and the little ones don’t get bored. Here are a few ways to make the rainy days more entertaining. Try to keep some necessary supplies for the following activities.