Looking for a fun indoor activity? Are your kids bored and dying for something different to do? Can’t figure out what to do with your littlest one? Head over to The Sandbox, a fun interactive children’s museum and the area’s only hands-on activity center for children.
There is a lot of fun to be had in this 2,500-square foot facility with play centers designed especially for those eight years old and under, including infants and toddlers.
After you walk through the front wooden gate, you will see the Loggerhead Sandcastle, filled with magical sand. This sand can be formed into any shape you desire but because of its unique composition, it brushes right off. The Builders of Tomorrow Exhibit construction zone allows little ones to test their building skills. On the ship “The Adventure,” visitors can dress up as pirates and hop aboard William Hilton’s ship, full of nooks and crannies. The Island Grocery allows children to ring up and scan their own groceries and put them on the conveyor belt.
If your child loves airplanes and adventures in flight, they can climb inside a real cockpit and pretend to fly to anywhere in the world or galaxy.
For those who like to play chef, there is a make-believe café where they can buy and prepare meals. At the banking center, they can play with money and learn to write checks and then head over to the mail center to send packages around the world.
Charlie’s Perfect Playplace, with its play gym, fun wall panels, and interactive puzzles and toys, is perfect for infants and toddlers.
If your child is a natural born artist, there is an eight-foot wall made just for doodling. Down the hall kids can paint, play musical instruments, or celebrate a birthday.
The upstairs loft, where children can see themselves on TV wearing fun of costumes, also has an area to play doctor or veterinarian with real x-rays and life size animals. Then have fun with the puppet theater, Lego table, train table and life-size Lite Brite.
The Sandbox offers board games and puzzles for older kids, or they can curl up in our comfy corner library where you and your child can read to each other.
The Sandbox Children’s Museum, a non-profit organization, is located at 18A Pope Avenue, two blocks off the Sea Pines Circle behind St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (open Mondays from Memorial Day through August). Admission is $6 per person for each visitor over 12 months old. Annual passes are available for $125 per family.
For more information, call (843) 842-7645.