Things to Do in Charleston (January 2023)

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Welcome to January! Here’s a look at all of the fun, family-friendly events taking place around Charleston this month!

Here are some other guides you may find handy!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. 

January Events

Dec
18
Santa Sundays at the South Carolina Aquarium
‘Tis the season to make lifelong memories, and the Aquarium is your destination for festive fun! Visit us with family and friends to experience the magic of the holidays with
Jan
1
FIRST DAY HIKES
What better way to kick off the New Year than with a visit to one of our South Carolina State Parks! On New Year’s Day, the South Carolina State Park
Jan
1
Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge
We will pay homage to one of Charleston’s funniest residents, Bill Murray! The Polar Bear Plunge rounds out the weekend of New Year festivities of Folly Beach including the Flip
Jan
1
Sullivan’s Island Polar Plunge
First, you can head to nearby Sullivan’s Island for the annual Dunleavy’s Pub’s Polar Plunge which benefits the Special Olympics.  In fact, at last count there were 30,707 Special Olympics
Jan
1
New Year’s Day Brunch & Pajama Party!
Join us New Year’s Day for brunch in your pajamas! Starting at 10 AM, we will serve ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES for $8, as well as Mimosa Carafes for
Jan
2
Mommy Mondays at ANNIE’S HOT DONUTS
Please join us every Monday for “Mommy Mondays”. Each Monday we will be opening up our party room for Mommy’s (and Daddy’s) to bring their wee ones, have some hot
Jan
3
Family Storytime at McClellanville
Join us for stories and songs and more!
Jan
3
Bees Ferry Preschool Storytime
Bees Ferry West Ashley: Enjoy stories, poetry, music and crafts that reinforce early literacy skills. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Space is limited. Visit the Children’s desk upon arrival to receive tickets
Jan
3
Edisto Beach: What’s on the Menu?
Not our animals! Join us as we feed some of our aquarium and terrariumanimals. Our touch tank will be open! Free with Park Admission. (30–45 minutes)Please call the Environmental Learning
Jan
4
Tuffy Tiger: Live & In Orange
He’s cute, clever and almost five. He’s Tuffy Tiger and he’s coming to Flowertown! FREE Tuffytastic Saturdays! Live-action puppet-based performances featuring the little orange tiger, Tuffy. The series of 6
Jan
4
Barnes and Noble Storytime
Join us at the stage in the children’s department every Wednesday at 11am for storytime and activities!
Jan
4
Edisto Beach: Turtle Talk
Can you hold your breath for five hours? How tall do you measure up to a LeatherbackSea Turtle? Come discover the incredible world of South Carolina’s turtles –– from terrapins
Jan
4
Edisto Beach: Life in the Shallows
Experience our coastal critters up close! Come interact with our touch tankanimals while being guided by an interpreter. Free with Park Admission. (30–45 minutes)
Jan
5
Edisto Beach: Crabby Critters
What do a fiddler, a ghost, and a stone have in common? They are all types ofcrabs! Edisto is home to many different types of crabby critters which are very
Jan
5
Edisto Beach: Tie-Dye
Come join the ELC staff as we teach you how to create your own tie–dye shirt! We’ll showyou a variety of designs to choose from. Make sure to bring your
Jan
5
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
5
Kid’s Night Hot Cocoa Bar and Winter Crafts! ❄️
Sometimes if you want snow, you have to make it! ❄️ Bring the kiddos to our West Ashley store January 5, 5-7pm for a wintery craft Kid’s Night PLUS hot
Jan
6
Mommy & Me Milestones Class
Mommy and Me Milestones Class every Friday at 9:30 starting Sept 16!
Jan
6
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
6
Edisto Beach: Maritime Marvels
Join us for a guided walk from the Learning Center and learn all about the uniquemaritime forest ecosystem. Highlights include picturesque live oaks, Christmas and bubble gumlichens, and diverse forest
Jan
6
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
6
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will
Jan
6
CML Steam Time Machine
Explore the ages through art and science activities! Together we will turn back the clock to engage with human creativity and innovation from all over the globe, seeking connection with
Jan
7
Goose Creek Farmers & Artisan Market
We are a year-round Market in Goose Creek, SC, presented by the Goose Creek Small Business Alliance. Our Market showcases local artisans, crafters, farmers, growers, makers & businesses and provides
Jan
7
Home Depot Kids Workshops
1st Saturday every month from 0900 to 1200. Join us for kids workshops!
Jan
7
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
7
Scales and Tails
Using the park’s live collection, we will learn about the common reptiles of Old Santee Canal Park. This class provides participants a unique, hands-on experience in the world of “creepy,
Jan
7
Kids Play Date at Game Night Charleston
Did you know we offer a kids play date on the first Saturday of each month? It’s so much fun! This event is for children 10 and younger- along with
Jan
7
STAR Therapy Dogs
Bees Ferry West Ashley: Build confidence in reading by practicing with the STAR Therapy Dogs. Many studies show that reading skills can often be improved by reading aloud to a therapy
Jan
7
Welcome Winter Family Storytime at Edisto Branch
It may be cold outside, but we are toasty warm inside celebrating winter! Join us for a fun morning of books, interactive songs, games, and winter crafts!
Jan
7
Charleston Area Model Railroad Club Trainshow
Charleston Area Model Railroad Club 2023 Train Show Dates: January 7th 10AM-4PM January 8th 12Pm-4PM Admission: $10 For Adults All Kids 13 & Under Free Military, Veterans & First Responders
Jan
7
Edisto Beach: Crabby Critters
What do a fiddler, a ghost, and a stone have in common? They are all types ofcrabs! Edisto is home to many different types of crabby critters which are very
Jan
7
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
7
CML Mini Masterpieces
Mini Masterpieces introduces children to artists, their work, and their methods to inspire the next generation of artists and creative thinkers. Children create their own works of art using the
Jan
8
CML Superstars
The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am – 12:00pm on the second and fourth Sundays of every month exclusively for children with special needs and their families to visit the
Jan
8
Charleston Area Model Railroad Club Trainshow
Charleston Area Model Railroad Club 2023 Train Show Dates: January 7th 10AM-4PM January 8th 12Pm-4PM Admission: $10 For Adults All Kids 13 & Under Free Military, Veterans & First Responders
Jan
8
2nd Sunday on King Street
2nd Sunday on King Street will return to its every-month schedule beginning Sunday, September 12th after an 18-month hiatus due to Covid-19 protocols, announced Susan Lucas, President of the Charleston
Jan
8
KIDS CRAFT FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY DIY WORKSHOP
Looking for a fun experience to share with your children? Join us for our Family Friendly Workshop! Select a wood project from our gallery and choose one child project from
Jan
8
Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run & Family Festival
ACTIVITIES Face Painting Jump Castle & Slide Mad Science Caricatures Climbing Wall Free hotdogs for kids while supplies last! Family Yoga START TIMES 2:00 PM – 6:00PM 3:00 PM Family
Jan
8
Sunday Movie Matinee – St. George
Join us for a weekly movie matinee. Popcorn and seating will be provided.
Jan
8
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
9
Mommy Mondays at ANNIE’S HOT DONUTS
Please join us every Monday for “Mommy Mondays”. Each Monday we will be opening up our party room for Mommy’s (and Daddy’s) to bring their wee ones, have some hot
Jan
9
CCPL: Baby Storytime (Various Locations)
Bond with your baby and introduce them to the wonders of storytime when you join us for simple stories, songs, rhymes, and fun. Baxter-Patrick James Island LibraryWednesdays at 10 AM
Jan
9
CCPL: Family Storytime (Various Locations)
All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more.   Edisto Saturdays at 11:00 AM Folly Beach Library Mondays at 10:30 AM John’s Island Library
Jan
10
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
10
Family Storytime at McClellanville
Join us for stories and songs and more!
Jan
10
Bees Ferry Preschool Storytime
Bees Ferry West Ashley: Enjoy stories, poetry, music and crafts that reinforce early literacy skills. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Space is limited. Visit the Children’s desk upon arrival to receive tickets
Jan
10
Edisto Beach: What’s on the Menu?
Not our animals! Join us as we feed some of our aquarium and terrariumanimals. Our touch tank will be open! Free with Park Admission. (30–45 minutes)Please call the Environmental Learning
Jan
10
CCPL: Toddler Storytime (Various Locations)
Come share stories, songs, rhymes, and more with us and support your child’s developing skills. Baxter-Patrick James Island Library Tuesdays at 10 AM Bees Ferry West Ashley Library Thursdays at
Jan
10
CCPL: Family Storytime (Various Locations)
All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more.   Edisto Saturdays at 11:00 AM Folly Beach Library Mondays at 10:30 AM John’s Island Library
Jan
10
CML Play to Learn
CML staff lead children in story time and an activity that focuses on different life skills, such as: practicing fine and gross motor skills, early math, reading readiness, and social-emotional
Jan
10
Build a Box City with MPPD Reading Patrol
Build a cardboard city with help from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department Reading patrol. Ages 4+
Jan
11
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
11
CML Early Connections
Our youngest visitors (ages birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up
Jan
11
CCPL: Baby Storytime (Various Locations)
Bond with your baby and introduce them to the wonders of storytime when you join us for simple stories, songs, rhymes, and fun. Baxter-Patrick James Island LibraryWednesdays at 10 AM
Jan
11
CCPL: Toddler Storytime (Various Locations)
Come share stories, songs, rhymes, and more with us and support your child’s developing skills. Baxter-Patrick James Island Library Tuesdays at 10 AM Bees Ferry West Ashley Library Thursdays at
Jan
11
Barnes and Noble Storytime
Join us at the stage in the children’s department every Wednesday at 11am for storytime and activities!
Jan
11
Edisto Beach: Turtle Talk
Can you hold your breath for five hours? How tall do you measure up to a LeatherbackSea Turtle? Come discover the incredible world of South Carolina’s turtles –– from terrapins
Jan
11
Edisto Beach: Life in the Shallows
Experience our coastal critters up close! Come interact with our touch tankanimals while being guided by an interpreter. Free with Park Admission. (30–45 minutes)
Jan
11
CML Art Room Surprise
Join CML staff for a guided exploration of a new artistic media or process each week. We’ll try our hands at different kinds of painting, drawing, mixed media, and more!
Jan
11
Kid’s Night Hot Cocoa Bar and Winter Crafts! ❄️
Kid’s Night is bringing snow to South Carolina! ❄️ Wednesday, January 11, 5-7pm in Mt. Pleasant, the kiddos can make a fun wintery craft AND enjoy our amazing hot cocoa
Jan
12
CCPL: Baby Storytime (Various Locations)
Bond with your baby and introduce them to the wonders of storytime when you join us for simple stories, songs, rhymes, and fun. Baxter-Patrick James Island LibraryWednesdays at 10 AM
Jan
12
Edisto Beach: Crabby Critters
What do a fiddler, a ghost, and a stone have in common? They are all types ofcrabs! Edisto is home to many different types of crabby critters which are very
Jan
12
CCPL: Family Storytime (Various Locations)
All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more.   Edisto Saturdays at 11:00 AM Folly Beach Library Mondays at 10:30 AM John’s Island Library
Jan
12
CCPL: Toddler Storytime (Various Locations)
Come share stories, songs, rhymes, and more with us and support your child’s developing skills. Baxter-Patrick James Island Library Tuesdays at 10 AM Bees Ferry West Ashley Library Thursdays at
Jan
12
Edisto Beach: Tie-Dye
Come join the ELC staff as we teach you how to create your own tie–dye shirt! We’ll showyou a variety of designs to choose from. Make sure to bring your
Jan
12
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
12
CML Full Steam Ahead
Children are invited to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts through Art! Children use both their creativity and analytical skills to tackle STEAM projects. From painting with robots,
Jan
13
Mommy & Me Milestones Class
Mommy and Me Milestones Class every Friday at 9:30 starting Sept 16!
Jan
13
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
13
CML Early Connections
Our youngest visitors (ages birth – 3 years) and their grown-ups are invited to join us for special programming each week designed to strengthen connections between the child and grown-up
Jan
13
Edisto Beach: Maritime Marvels
Join us for a guided walk from the Learning Center and learn all about the uniquemaritime forest ecosystem. Highlights include picturesque live oaks, Christmas and bubble gumlichens, and diverse forest
Jan
13
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
13
Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department
Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will
Jan
13
CML Steam Time Machine
Explore the ages through art and science activities! Together we will turn back the clock to engage with human creativity and innovation from all over the globe, seeking connection with
Jan
13
Taste of Folly 2023
Friday, January 13th: The weekend will kick-off with the Cocktail Competition on Friday at the Tides in the Pavilion Ballroom from 7-10pm! This battle of the bartenders will showcase the
Jan
14
Goose Creek Farmers & Artisan Market
We are a year-round Market in Goose Creek, SC, presented by the Goose Creek Small Business Alliance. Our Market showcases local artisans, crafters, farmers, growers, makers & businesses and provides
Jan
14
The Charleston Museum’s 250th Birthday Party!
Celebrate The Charleston Museum’s 250th birthday with historical fun for the whole family! In honor of this momentous anniversary, children 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Discover
Jan
14
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
14
Space Odyssey
Let’s take a trip through the Milky Way Galaxy! Join educator Adam as he explores subjects within astronomy, such as the moon, solar system, stars, and constellations. You will have
Jan
14
Taste of Folly 2023
Friday, January 13th: The weekend will kick-off with the Cocktail Competition on Friday at the Tides in the Pavilion Ballroom from 7-10pm! This battle of the bartenders will showcase the
Jan
14
STAR Therapy Dogs at Dorchester Road Library
Dorchester Road Library- Boost your reading confidence as you practice reading to STAR therapy dogs and volunteers.
Jan
14
CCPL: Family Storytime (Various Locations)
All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more.   Edisto Saturdays at 11:00 AM Folly Beach Library Mondays at 10:30 AM John’s Island Library
Jan
14
CML Art Room Surprise
Join CML staff for a guided exploration of a new artistic media or process each week. We’ll try our hands at different kinds of painting, drawing, mixed media, and more!
Jan
14
Aladdin
Come watch the classic tale of Aladdin with a few new twists!
Jan
14
Edisto Beach: Crabby Critters
What do a fiddler, a ghost, and a stone have in common? They are all types ofcrabs! Edisto is home to many different types of crabby critters which are very
Jan
14
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
14
CML Mini Masterpieces
Mini Masterpieces introduces children to artists, their work, and their methods to inspire the next generation of artists and creative thinkers. Children create their own works of art using the
Jan
14
Inclusive Silent Disco
People with disabilities and their families and friends are invited to an Inclusive Silent Disco! This will be a unique party experience where all guests wear wireless glowing headphones. There
Jan
15
Aladdin
Come watch the classic tale of Aladdin with a few new twists!
Jan
15
Ice Skating on the Point
Ice Skating on the Point open weekly Thursday – Sunday 3pm-8pm on Synthetic Ice at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. S’mores, Fire Pits, Hot Cocoa, New Resort Logo Beer;
Jan
15
CML Full Steam Ahead
Children are invited to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts through Art! Children use both their creativity and analytical skills to tackle STEAM projects. From painting with robots,
Jan
16
Mommy Mondays at ANNIE’S HOT DONUTS
Please join us every Monday for “Mommy Mondays”. Each Monday we will be opening up our party room for Mommy’s (and Daddy’s) to bring their wee ones, have some hot
Jan
16
CCPL: Baby Storytime (Various Locations)
Bond with your baby and introduce them to the wonders of storytime when you join us for simple stories, songs, rhymes, and fun. Baxter-Patrick James Island LibraryWednesdays at 10 AM
Jan
16
CCPL: Family Storytime (Various Locations)
All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more.   Edisto Saturdays at 11:00 AM Folly Beach Library Mondays at 10:30 AM John’s Island Library
Jan
17
Pack Athletics Tot Open Gym
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY FROM 9:30-11:00 | $5 PER CHILD (Ages 0-4)
Jan
17
Family Storytime at McClellanville
Join us for stories and songs and more!
Jan
17
Bees Ferry Preschool Storytime
Bees Ferry West Ashley: Enjoy stories, poetry, music and crafts that reinforce early literacy skills. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Space is limited. Visit the Children’s desk upon arrival to receive tickets
Jan
17
Edisto Beach: What’s on the Menu?
Not our animals! Join us as we feed some of our aquarium and terrariumanimals. Our touch tank will be open! Free with Park Admission. (30–45 minutes)Please call the Environmental Learning
Jan
17
CCPL: Toddler Storytime (Various Locations)
Come share stories, songs, rhymes, and more with us and support your child’s developing skills. Baxter-Patrick James Island Library Tuesdays at 10 AM Bees Ferry West Ashley Library Thursdays at

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