This article appears in the June 2015 issue of Parent News.
We made it! Somehow we survived the school year and all its obligations. We packed lunches like nobody’s business and got out the door on time (most days). We studied spelling words and wore sneakers on PE day. And now…it’s all over.
If your kids are anything like mine, they were relieved and blissful for about 15 minutes. Then they started with “I’m bored” and the bickering. While I try not to be too structured, it works to have a list of activities at-the-ready.
When we start each summer, I ask them to write a list of five things they absolutely MUST do during the break. I’ve pulled together a compilation of this year’s and years past for a top ten list of things to do in the Grand Strand to keep you entertained!
- Hit the beach! Go early and catch the sunrise. Take a walk and look for sea turtle tracks. Build a sandcastle. Splash in the ocean. Play ball!
- Spend the day at a water park. Locals tip, they tend to be less crowded early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
- Check out one of the free or very inexpensive kids’ movies offered by local Grand Strand movie theaters. There are also several outdoor options!
- Enjoy fireworks! They’re everywhere during the summer. Barefoot Landing has them on Monday nights at 10:15 pm, Broadway at the Beach’s display is on Tuesdays at 10 pm, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk sets them off on Wednesday nights at 10 pm. Bonus, if your little one is afraid of the booms, scope out a location on the beach a mile north or south of the Myrtle Beach boardwalk. You’ll have a great view with a fraction of the noise.
- Stroll around Broadway at the Beach or Barefoot Landing in the evening. Even when you live here, it’s fun to get caught up in tourist scene every now and then!
- Go to a science/environmental program at Myrtle Beach State Park or Huntington Beach State Park. They’re geared for participants ages 5-105 and, with only a few exceptions, all programs are included in the price of admission to the parks. Do yourself a favor and just get an annual pass.
- Visit the animals in the Lowcountry Zoo! Bring a picnic lunch and a Frisbee, enjoy the shade given by the tremendous live oaks, take in the sculpture of Brookgreen Gardens, and then marvel at otters and eagles in the zoo.
- For the older kids, go take a swing through the trees at Go Ape Treetop Adventure in North Myrtle Beach. It’s a high ropes course that includes Tarzan swings and amazing zip lines. This mama did it. It took some bravery, but our family had a blast!
- Go bowling for free! KidsBowlFree.com offers two free games per child per day at Waccamaw Lanes.
- And last, when the weather is just too hot to get out, spend a day at home, in your pajamas, eating junky food, watching movies, playing board games, and making a blanket fort!
Enjoy the summer! You deserve it!
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