June 2020

Better Bonding: Super summer activities for moms and kids in the Lowcountry

Author: Cheryl Alexander

Summer is here, y’all, and everybody knows that it’s typically Mom who schedules all the summer activities. The struggle is real to turn on the fun factor while also incorporating activities that stimulate minds and bodies, as well as provide opportunities to bond emotionally with the littles, the ’tweens and the teens.

To help you out, we’ve compiled some of the most engaging and enchanting activities the Lowcounty has to offer. With these happenings on your schedule, both your summer days and your hearts will be filled with magical memories.

Lawton Stables
This is a place the entire family can enjoy, and they have something for kids of all ages. Lawton Stables offers horseback riding and more on Hilton Head Island. The one-hour guided Western-style trail rides takes riders into the 600+ acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve where they will get a true feel of the untouched Lowcountry on horseback, under a canopy of Palmettos and moss-covered oaks. Guides will keep an eye on the sweet, gentle horses as they give insight into island culture and wildlife. The pace of the ride is kept at a walk so that riders of all abilities can comfortably take in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Reservations are necessary. Pony rides are available to children age seven and under; the animal farm provides a wonderful collection of small animals to feed and enjoy and is open to everyone.

Trail rides are priced at $75 per person from Memorial Day through Labor Day; pony rides are $15; the animal farm is free. For more information, visit lawtonstables.com.

Golf Health 101
This unique activity, which launches in June 2020, offers mobile fitness throughout the Lowcountry. Moms and kids can sign up for lessons together in any sport of their choice, including golf, baseball, basketball, tennis, flexibility/stretching, strength training, and more. Golf Health 101 has partner venues but can also meet you at your home, your gym or your golf course. Sessions are available to individual moms/kids, as well as larger groups, which are limited to 16. Participants also have the option to pair their lesson with nutrition classes, which would center around anything Mom wants the kids to learn about food. Some popular topics are selecting healthy after-school snacks or opting for a healthy breakfast parfait.

Rates are dependent on how many people participate together and how many sessions are scheduled. All nutrition services are provided by a registered nutritionist. Get more information at golfhealth101.com.

Wine and Design Bluffton
Wine and Design Bluffton prides itself on giving parents a place to unwind and their children’s creativity time to shine. And the best part is, they clean up the mess. The main studio space can comfortably accommodate a class of 30, so this is a great activity that several moms and kids can enjoy together. Every canvas is pre-traced for the participants; the painting is taught step-by-step, and each class touches on the basics of painting techniques and color theory. Art Buzz Kids, the kid’s initiative at Wine and Design, is offered every Saturday afternoon for children age five and up for $27. Classes typically last two hours, and private parties require a minimum of 10 participants. Additionally, they bring the pARTy to you as part of their On Wheels division, which requires a minimum of 15 but can accommodate as many people as your space allows. Call (843) 683-9101 or email bluffton@wineanddesign.com for more information.

Art of Massage and Yoga
For new moms, yoga is a great way to lose the baby weight and stay fit. At the Art of Massage and Yoga on Hilton Head Island, the Mommy and Me class is one of the most popular. Many poses focus on and strengthening the core, which is important after childbirth. Since exercising regularly can be a challenge once you’re a full-time mom, this class offers moms a good workout while they are bonding with their baby, plus it’s a chance to meet other mothers. Moms and their newborns up to three years old are welcome. For kids over three years, this location offers kids’ yoga classes scheduled at the same time as adult classes. Find more information at artofmassagehiltonhead.com.

Cooking Classes with Chef Lynn Michelle
Chef Lynn Michelle, the East Coast Chef, believes that food brings people together, and she is passionate about sharing her craft with moms and kids in cooking classes. Her experiences living all over the world and her formal training in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University exposed her to a variety of culinary styles and flavors and enabled her to refine her culinary skills in a way that makes her a natural with kids of all ages.
Chef Lynn Michelle will come to your home or villa to work one-on-one with you and your kids or with groups of up to 10. “If your child can hold a wooden spoon, they can take part in a cooking class, but most kids become interested in ‘helping’ or cooking around 5 or 6 years old,” she said.

Some popular dishes include mac and cheese, fudgy brownies, cupcakes, kid-style charcuterie trays, fruit salad, pizza, chocolate chip cookies and more, and any class can be modified to accommodate special needs or requests, such as gluten-free or vegetarian. In addition, she includes information about a balanced diet and provides nutritional information as it pertains to being healthy. Chef Lynn Michelle does all the shopping for you, and everyone goes home with recipes and full bellies.

Chef Lynn Michele also offers mentorships to young, budding chefs in packages of four, eight or 12 classes. These typically meet twice a month with homework in-between and are a great activity for school breaks. For pricing and more information, call (843) 422-5480 or visit cheflynnmichelle.com.

Coastal Discovery Museum/Honey Horn
The Coastal Discovery Museum is one of the most memorable destinations on Hilton Head Island and is a superb option if you are a mom with older kids. Visitors can explore natural history and cultural heritage on the 68-acre Honey Horn property. The trails, gardens, live oaks, butterfly enclosure, and horses are just a few of the fun experiences you will encounter during your visit. A few of the most exciting adventures include kayak tours, dolphin and nature cruises, Daufuskie Island Artisans and History tour, Birding at Pinckney Island, Beach Discovery tours, and more. Get the summer schedule and prices for each at coastaldiscovery.org.

Sandbox Children’s Museum
In its fifteenth year on Hilton Head Island and its first year at the Bluffton location, the Sandbox Children’s Museum is the only interactive, hands-on museum in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Each location offers 11 interactive exhibits, weekly programming and special events where children and their caregivers can play and learn together. Each activity is thoughtfully planned around child development and the South Carolina Early Learning Standards. The Hilton Head Island location is for children age eight and under; the Bluffton location is for children age 12 and under.

Some popular reoccurring programs include Imagination Hour—a story time and related art/craft project uniquely designed for parents and caregivers to enjoy one-on-one time with their children; Leap into Learning—hands-on activities that cover a variety of learning concepts for a variety of ages and abilities, such as sorting shapes and making patterns to prepare your child for algebraic thinking; Weaving Wednesday—a self-guided weaving activity allowing kids to work with a variety of mediums, such as using sticks to create their own loom and a natural fiber such as sheep’s wool or even shoe laces to weave a fabric; and Science Story Time—a story time with a science activity, such as a story about wintertime and an activity around ice, water and snow.

Additionally, there are summer camps for children age four and up, as well as special summer events like Pops goes the 4th (Fourth of July) and other summer parties at the beginning and end of summer where kids can enjoy bounce houses, face painting, and more.

The Sandbox will open a new location on Hilton Head Island in fall 2020. All activities are free with museum admission, which is $8 per person over 12 months. Frequent visitors can opt for a membership. Visit thesandbox.org for more information.

Editor’s Note: Please visit the websites listed to confirm activities are still happening as scheduled. Information may have changed in the wake of COVID-19.

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