Toddler Playdate Ideas Around Charleston


Charleston is a happening place! There is always something to do not just for adults, but also for kids! As a stay-at-home mama of three, this is great news. I have explored every edge of town looking for fun activities for my kiddos and have compiled a short list of a some of my favorite playdate ideas around town that are perfect for toddlers!

Toddler playdate ideas

Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park: Pier sightseeing and a picnic lunch (maybe even soft serve ice cream too if the kiddos eat all of their lunch).

Bounce off some energy at Monkey Joes and refuel at Chick-fil-a.

Nourish the mind and body with a morning at the Art Place and a fresh fruit smoothie at Tazi.

Play on the “Big Toy,” explore the trails, paddle boat, or get wet at Splash Zone, and enjoy a picnic lunch at Palmetto County Park.

Balance on the beams, bounce on the trampolines, and jump into the foam pit during toddler time at Charleston Gymnastics Academy, and head over to one of the Daniel Island Parks (Etiwan Park, Center Park) to enjoy more play, sunshine, and a picnic lunch. 

Meet at the Charleston County Library and join in on story time and then spend time with your little one picking out books to take home for bedtime stories.

Swing, slide, or play soccer or tennis at Isle of Palms Recreation Center and then take a short walk across to the beach access for a picnic lunch or a beautiful view and more playtime.

Dive in with the fish, sharks, turtles and scuba divers at the SC Aquarium and then head over to the nearby park, Gadsden Playground, for outdoor playtime and a picnic.

Sail the ocean blue on the water taxi leaving from three convenient spots in Mt. Pleasant and motor on over to the SC Aquarium. Or, sail away on the Charleston Water Taxi leaving Downtown and visit the Yorktown at Patriots Point.

Bison, Deer, and Turkeys, OH MY! Visit the Animal Forest and then run through the green space and travel the trails to see the ship at Charles Towne Landing.

Park on Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island and visit the parks, then wind down with a scoop of ice cream at Republic Ice Cream…your little one can enjoy their ice cream Republic’s playroom—park, toys, and ice cream make for a fun outing!

A fun family activity that you can invite all of your favorite playdate families to, and a great place to help burn off the kids’ energy before bed and heighten their musical senses is the Barn Jam on Wednesday nights at Awendaw Green.

A few other places that may be a little too far to travel for a playdate, but perfectly suited for a longer Saturday family activity include:

Crosswind Farms—It’s a little bit of a trek to Holly Hill, but they are always hosting super fun activities for kids. 

BeeCity—A small extraordinary zoo that hosts a variety of animals.

Edisto Serpentarium—view and learn all about a variety of reptiles.

I hope this list provided you with few new ideas for playdate ideas around town. Ready, set and PLAYYYYYY!

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Melissa recently resigned from her career in higher education and was promoted to her new title as Dr. Mom to two-under-two. Her quest to have a family involved a long road of infertility struggles. She has a son named Rowan who is 21 months old and a girl named Ildi who is 6 months old. There is never a dull moment in the Butcher house with two-under-two. Their days are fast, dirty, silly and tiring, yet also imaginative, magical and memorable. Melissa is passionate about conquering every great moment as well as the challenging moments, with love. She truly embraces the Beatle’s philosophy of “All You Need is Love” especially in moments when she finds herself gritting her teeth and taking deep breaths during the blissful chaos occurring in her home. She enjoys reading, baking, decorating cakes, walking, biking, spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers. She also enjoys writing for infertility and adoption focused organizations, striving to serve and support families pursuing assisted reproductive technologies and adoption to achieve their dreams in becoming parents. In writing for Charleston Moms Blog, Melissa hopes to bring Moms together in enjoying and laughing about the special and comical moments of being a mom as well as providing the comfort and support that all Moms need on this journey we adoringly call Motherhood.


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