Preschoolers

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.

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

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.

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.

Kids and Clutter

Keep your chaos controlled with these tips

Is controlled chaos of clutter or hours of arguing the best parents can hope for in their home? Even with just one child, organizing the mess may seem unmanageable, but area experts say it's not only feasible, it's fun.

Carol Hamilton, who calls herself “intuitive and non-traditional,” has been a feng shui consultant and teacher for 15 years. She has no set “rules” in her work, just guidelines that help people create their own space, matching her clients’ energy to that of their living space, so “your house is fabulous to come home to.”

Leila Nelson is a professional organizer, certified with the National Association for Professional Organizers. Her philosophy is to find a home for all of your things, especially toys.