For Parents

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.

Sign Language Classes for Little Ones

A critical stage of verbal development happens before children turn 2, when they have several words in their vocabulary but they can't quite form the right words to communicate. This is why more parents are teaching their children American Sign Language, said Caroline Taylor, a sign language instructor at The Sandbox.

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!

The arts situation in the Lowcountry

The South Carolina arts community is breathing a sigh of relief and sending big thanks to their local elected officials following a vote to override various budget vetoes from Gov. Mark Sanford that would have affected the cultural future of the state. Art enthusiasts pleaded with their delegates this June to “Save the Arts,” and the government listened. One of those key votes from the state Legislature saved the funding of the S.C. Arts Commission and, in turn, several arts programs, educational opportunities and jobs.

Five Ways to Keep Little Brains Buzzing

Summer, to a kid, means no homework, no tests and no teachers. But that doesn’t mean those hot lazy months mean no learning. There are plenty of fun ways to keep those brains active, without them even realizing they’ve donned their thinking caps. Here are Lowcountry Child’s Top Five Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Brains Buzzing this summer!

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.

What Father's Day Means to Me

My second “official” Father’s Day is here — although I’m counting this as my third, since my sister-in-law sent me a Father’s Day card when my wife was two months pregnant (thanks, Erika, I haven’t forgotten that gesture). 

Hilton Head Island Gymnastics

Imagine a summer filled with running, tumbling, jumping into foam pits, making arts and crafts, playing games and even sliding down water slides?

It's the ultimate kid fantasy and it's available at Hilton Head Island Gymnastics this summer.

Can you afford to stay at home?

Emily Campbell of Bluffton and her husband, Lewis, spent their entire marriage preparing for her to take the role of stay-at-home mom.

Most parents have at least nine months to emotionally and financially prepare for the reality of their new addition. But the Campbells' story is a little different. They adopted a little girl, and had less than a month to prepare when the adoption was approved.

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.

Applebee’s
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