School may be starting back up this month, but there is still plenty of family fun to be had before the school bell rings, and after.
My favorite part about the list that I’ve compiled for you this week is that it’s all so affordable, if not free. I hope you use these tips to make the most of your last days of summer and get the whole family together for all sorts of memory-making fun.
Fun just for kids at Brookgreen
Brookgreen Gardens will host Children’s Activity Day Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10, in Learning Lab 1 of the E. Craig Wall, Jr., Lowcountry Center, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“We wanted to have an indoor, interactive event that would be entertaining and informative for kids when they visit Brookgreen,” said Ron Daise, vice president for Creative Education at Brookgreen. “In the summer, this program and the Children’s Discovery Room offer a cool option for kids.”
Daise speaks the truth. I’ve taken my daughter into this room and she absolutely loved it.
The event fun for 4- to 12-year-olds, “Radical Reptiles,” will feature make-and-take activities that emphasize lizards, turtles, alligators and snakes. It is free with admission to the gardens and children must be accompanied by adults. Garden admission is $14 for those aged between 13 and 64; $12 for those 65 and older; $7 for those aged between 4 and 12; and free for those 3 and younger. Admission is good for seven consecutive days and is $1 off when you buy tickets online.
Other options for the young ones at Brookgreen include an Enchanted Storybook Forest and the Butterfly House. They are both open through October; the former is free with garden admission and the latter is an extra $2 for children and $3 for adults.
Brookgreen Gardens is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 235-6000.
Summer movie with a bite
Looking for ways to enjoy one last summer evening outdoors? On Aug. 17 from 8-10 p.m., visit Huntington Beach State Park for a movie night. Bring chairs, blankets and bug spray to the beach access by Shelters 1 and 2 to enjoy “Jaws.” Refreshments will be available for sale at the gift shop and restrooms and parking are nearby.
The movie is free with park admission ($5 for adults, $3.25 for S.C. seniors, and $3 for children age 6-15; free for children 5 and younger). Call 237-4440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Not Mustang Week but Mopar week
The second annual Mopars At The Beach runs from Aug. 13-18 with a range of events taking place throughout the week at various locations. Mopar, short for motor parts, is the parts and service arm of Chrysler Group LLC. Visit www.moparsatthebeach.com for more information.• Aug. 13 | Meet-and-greet, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hooters, 10133 N. Kings Highway, near S.C. 22 and Myrtle Beach mall, near Briarcliffe Acres
• Aug. 14 | “Race Challenge,” noon-5 p.m. at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and cruise-in, 6-10 p.m. at Wheels of Yesteryear, both sites off U.S. 501 near Carolina Forest
• Aug. 15 | “Rock Around The Beach” charity ride, 6-10 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach
• Aug. 16 | Cookout, noon-5 p.m. in Murrells Inlet (RSVP at 325-4758); and cruise-in and pre-car-show party, 6 p.m.-midnight at The Carolina Tavern, near Inlet Square in Murrells Inlet
• Aug. 17 | Classic and Modern Muscle Car Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. and “Cruise to the Strip,” 6 p.m., both at Inlet Square
• Aug. 18 | Cruise-in, noon-4 p.m. at Wheels of Yesteryear
Lots to do at libraries
There are lots of events taking place all month long at Horry County libraries. Here are the events I recommend:• Book sales | Loris Library, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Aug. 10 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Little River Library Aug. 9 from 9:30 a.m.-noon; Surfside Beach Library, Aug. 14 from 4:30-6 p.m.; Little River Library Aug. 23 from 9:30 a.m.-noon
• “Autumn Gardening” | horticulturist Gary Forrester with Clemson University Extension will offer a talk and question-and-answer session that addresses all aspects of gardening. It’s open and free to the public at the North Myrtle Beach Library on Aug. 13 from 10-11:15 a.m.
• “ Winning by LOSING: Weight, Exercise, Diet, Lifestyle” | Clemson Extension Food Safety and Nutrition Agent Samantha Chadwick offers a program on nutritious eating, exercise and positive lifestyles on Aug. 20 from 10-11:15 a.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Library. It’s free and open to the public and includes information on portion sizes at meals and basic exercise techniques.
Visit www.hcml.org for library locations and contact information for the individual libraries. You can also find information on area book clubs, storytimes for children of all ages, and events for teens and the whole family.