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A Pirate Ship, A Castle, and a Mini-Publix: Our Trip to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

I've lived in Charleston for a long, long time. I was born here, then moved away for ten years because of my dad's job, then came back when I started middle school. Since then, I haven't really left--I went to college at Clemson, studied abroad in London, and got my grad degree at USC, but I always considered Charleston my home. Then, when I finished being a professional student and got a job, I headed back here permanently with my (then new) husband.

Even though I've done a lot of things and seen a lot of places, Charleston always has more to offer. Now that I have a little Charlestonian to occupy every day, I get to see a completely new side of my hometown. 

This week, my friend invited Britton and I to go to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry with her and her son. She and I were pregnant at the same time, and our kids are only 2 weeks apart in age, so it's so fun to go out on adventures with them. 

Children's Museum of the Lowcountry

When she heard that Britton and I hadn't been to the Children's Museum, she told me that we had to fix that immediately because it was awesome. I hadn't considered taking Britton yet because I though she might be too small, but my friend promised me that her son loved it.

Now that I've been, I totally agree with her. Landon and I are even thinking about getting a year pass (which is totally unlike us, as we are the most frugal people alive and basically hate fun. Ha. Totally kidding about the last part. We are cheap, though.). 

When she's not sure about something, she'll reach up to hold my hand. My heart melts every time. Can she always stay this sweet?!

She commandeered a ship in the pirate room. She splashed everyone in a five foot radius in the water room. She shopped for groceries at the little Publix. And above all, she smiled and waved and made friends like it was going out of style. 

{from my Instagram account}
My kid's totally going to be whatever requires lots of smiling and waving and making friends. Politician? Beauty pageant contestant? Disney World Parade Float Rider? I don't know exactly, but she's going to be really, really good at it. 

Contemplating life in the toddler room.
Waving to someone through the window in the toddler room partition

My child wore herself out at this place. We didn't even make it out of the parking garage before she had her thumb in her mouth and her head started drooping.

If you ever find yourself in Charleston and you've got kids, run--don't walk--to the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. At $10 an adult, it's kind of steep to get in, but your kid will thank you for the ticket. And he or she probably will want to live there. (I kind of do, and I'm definitely not the target age group!) There are activities that will appeal to kids of all ages, but I think that toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school aged children would get the most out of it. 

The Children's Museum is located just down the street from the Charleston Visitors' Center on Ann Street. There's a parking garage across the street from the museum (enter on Mary Street).

I was not compensated by the Children's Museum in any way for this post. It's one of our favorite places in Charleston!