Tuesday, July 30, 2013

take the turn to McClellanville

Have you driven along Hwy 17 a million times and never taken that turn marked 'McClellanville? Take the turn! This charming little town will leave it's mark on you...

click here for all the history and details

Sunday, July 28, 2013

marsh boat ride at magnolia gardens

Sometimes seeing a part of Charleston from the water can refresh your whole perspective of where you live. It's also a great way to cool down! Head to the Magnolia Gardens for a cool cruise...

You and your kids can view the marsh at eye level and it is sure to enhance everything they thought they knew about the marsh and it's inhabitants.

You will love creating this long lasting summer memory.

click here for all the details on Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Friday faceplant

happy weekend, y'all!

leg godt

Did you know that Lego originated in Denmark in 1947 and began as wooden toys like these...

The Danish phrase leg godt means "play well" and that pretty much sums it up after all these years. In Latin, the term means "I put together". In our house of two 9 year old boys, it means " blankets the floor and breeds like bunnies". Did you know it's now sold at WonderWorks?

For more inspiration, take a summer trip to Lego Land in Florida. This site, reopened as Lego Land in 2011  site incorporates the old Cypress Gardens property and they still use the old ski ramp for a Lego character ski show click here for the whole story

*see yesterday's post for Brick by Brick lego building workshops


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

brick by brick

Have you stepped into the world of Brick by Brick? If your kids love lego as much as mine do, this is a great spot to seek refuge from the heat and learn a few new tricks. Located in the Belle Hall shopping center in Mt. Pleasant, we love the bright, organized atmosphere here...

click here to learn more about summer camps and birthday parties offered here. Beyond building, these classes offer ideas on robotics and simple machines.

We discovered these great books at the library to inspire new creations of your own at home...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

what's SUP?

Stepping outside of Charleston, we have learned to paddle board Portlandia style on the cool, calm waters of the Willamette River...

We learned to step to the back of the board to pivot a turn quickly...

In Charleston meanwhile, there is an Intro to SUP class at James Island County Park on Monday, July 27 (10am - 12noon). The Cost is $20 for members of Charleston County Parks and Rec and $24 otherwise.
For times and details as well as pre-registration, click here

check out the following SUP sites:
Ocean fitness
costco board
jimmy styks boards

thanks for the photos Kylie! kylie sabine photography

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mr. K's used books

Looking for great kid's books at great prices?

Mr. K's combines two things Pluff Mud Kids love - books and a bargain. This is not your average used book store. It's clean, huge, and very well organized. Browse...

Hang out...

and score a rare find! We love you Mr. K.

If you're ever on the opposite coast and find yourself in Portland, you will find our favorite book store...

check out their summer reading list...

Friday, July 19, 2013

pizza and a movie at kiawah

Craving pizza and a family movie? Head to Kiawah Island on a Wednesday night this summer for a special treat...

We recommend the great outdoor patio here. And now for the movie...

click here for the starlight cinema series at Freshfields

For more information and directions to Freshfields at Kiawah and Seabrook Islands click here

Thursday, July 18, 2013

let my people go surfing

"I've always thought of myself as an 80 percenter.  I like to throw myself passionately into a sport or activity until I reach about an 80 percent proficiency level.  To go beyond that requires an obsession that doesn't appeal to me.  Once I reach 80 percent level I like to go off and do something totally different."
- Yvon Chouinard, author of Let My People Go Surfing and founder of Patagonia

That's me to a t. I am sorta, kinda good at a certain number of sports I've tried (well, maybe more 60% than 80). Why is it that we exact more than an 80% proficiency from our children? Whenever they try something new and seem to grasp it, do you think "wow, this could be their thing", or do you just encourage them to enjoy it if only reaching that 60 to 80 percent proficiency? Does 100% proficient equal total happiness or does it lie around the 80% mark where there is shelter from complete burnout? 

After 2 lessons at the age of 44, I realize that surfing could very well be my perfect sport. Simply because the best surfer is truly the one having the most fun...

They make it look so easy!

*photos of Pluff Mud Kids by Kylie Sabine @ photos

check this out - link to surfing for kids
Want to rent a surfboard and give it a try? click here for info on Parrot Surf shop on Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. We love this shop - the best place to by gear for all your water sports.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pluff Mud Kids people - 10,000 hours and two local greats

"And what's ten years?  Well, it's roughly how long it takes to put in ten thousand hours of hard practice.  Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness."
- from Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Recently, I watched pianist Caleb Borick startle an unsuspecting audience in Fountain Inn, SC. The program listed Beethoven and Liszt and the audience looked forward to the sounds of familiar pieces, but they were not prepared to hear them played perfectly by a ten year old. If you ever get the chance, you need to hear him get lost in his music to see the genius in the way he plays. He's been playing for 5 years and he must be well into that 10,000 hour mark, making him one to watch...

Caleb got his start at the Charleston Academy of Music and so did fellow pianist Micah McLaurin. If you hear McLaurin play once, you won't soon forget it. Read this great article about Micah click here for article. Micah has an upcoming concert at the cozy venue The Charleston Library Society on July 19th - get the details here

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Charleston Currents feature - July 2013

Children's museums promote summer learning through playBy LEIGH SABINE, contributing editor
Special to Charleston Currents

"Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning."
-- Fred Rogers ( "Mr. Rogers" )
JULY 15, 2013 -- Whether you seek refuge from the heat or a diversion on a rainy Lowcountry day, there are plenty of interactive children's museums in our state to choose from to find cool play.
As a mother who has frequented these museums throughout my children's stages of growth and development, I highly recommend them as bright, clean, organized spaces that encourage creativity and big thinking while enhancing fine and gross motor skills. For preschoolers, there is the added benefit of socializing with other children and learning through observing older children play. Allow a solid block of three to four hours to really appreciate all these museums have to offer.
The Natural History Museum of College of Charleston: Located on the second floor of the School of Science and Mathematics building at 202 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston (open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Wednesdays), this free to the public museum is an excellent resource for kids who love fossils, dinosaurs, sharks teeth, and so much more. There are geology students on hand to answer your questions. Please contribute a donation to help keep this excellent little gem of a museum thriving.
The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center: This museum has an impressive collection of antique fire trucks from all over the country, as well as hands-on activities for children of all ages. This is a great space to climb, play, and move about on a rainy day and your children will learn everything they need to know about fire safety in the process. Located at the North Charleston visitor Center at 4975 Centre Pointe Dr., North Charleston
Johns Island Schoolhouse Museum:Accompany your children as they soak in the atmosphere of a sweet and "simpler" time at this one room school house. This museum offers a fantastic summer program of stories on the porch. Check Pluff Mud Kids blogsite listed below for dates, times, and details.
The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry in Charleston, EdVenture in Columbia, and the Children's Museum of S.C. in Myrtle Beach: These three museums geared for kids are all reciprocal under the umbrella of American Children's Museums, extending the value of a yearly membership.
  • The Charleston Children's Museum of the Lowcountry features a one story flow of themed, age specific play areas and an excellent art room that's always a hive of creativity.
  • EdVenture in Columbia has a colorful outdoor butterfly house and offers two stories of themed activity rooms that include a construction area with a fantastic working crane and of course "Eddie" the giant sculpture of a boy that your child can actually climb inside and explore.
  • The Children's Museum of S.C. in Myrtle Beach is a great, playful museum to investigate in the quieter months of the tourist season. Your child can dress like a pirate, hunt for fossils, role-play with money in the Big Bank, and even explore the habitat of a sea turtle in the new exhibit Sea Turtles Dig the Dark.
The Children's Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC: This museum is privately funded and not associated with the American Children's Museums, so it is not reciprocal with a membership to the three ACM children's museums listed above. However, it is well worth the price of admission when you visit Greenville. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown next to the library and the Upcountry History Museum, this museum for kids is loaded with interactive exhibits, bright colors, and cool surfaces to climb on with plenty of staff to help keep kids engaged in all the activities. 
  • For links and information on all of these museums and more, please visit the museum section of pluffmudkids.blogspot.com and look for more museum reviews to come.
Writer Leigh Sabine of Mount Pleasant offers a monthly look at fun activities for Lowcountry kids. It's based on her great blog, PluffMudKids. Check it out.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

kids give back - volunteering

"When I approach a child, he inspires me in two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become."
-Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist 

I started this blog in September 2012 as a means of sharing information relevant to places and activities that foster a healthy and educational childhood for our children.  It is a privilege to investigate each and every place we highlight here and my children and I never take these experiences for granted.  We are aware that not all children have access to such a childhood.

 On more than one occasion, PMK readers have reached out to me with questions regarding ways our children can help within our community; most especially ways our children can volunteer their time to help those less fortunate.  Often our children are still too young to meet the guidelines of the age requirement of a given organization's volunteer status.  There are ways to work around that so your child can still be a big force as a volunteer in our community. Here are a few of my favorite ways for local kids to reach out and help others...

  • My Sister's House - here is a supply list I received from this amazing organization. Your donations can be dropped at designated sites or you can get a few friends together to accumulate resources and then call to arrange a local pickup.  You may also want to contact My Sister's House to ask for any immediate children's birthday needs and your child can choose a special gift for an anonymous friend in need. Making a birthday card for another child who otherwise might not receive one can create a powerful life-long lesson in helping others. For more information click here

My Sister’s House, Inc.
Children’s Program School Supplies Wish List

The Children’s Program at My Sister’s House was developed to better assist the children who are victims of domestic violence. The program provides educational and therapeutic activities for children ages four to 17.
Education, time and space are given to the children as they begin the healing from their emotional wounds. They learn to nurture themselves and one another, and to recognize that their emotions and feelings are normal for what they have gone through.
Help support our organization by donating wish list items to help us provide necessary school supplies for every child that stays at our shelter.

Book bags
Composition notebooks
Pronged/non-pronged folders
Pencil boxes
Index Cards
Filler Paper

Other Items:
Children snacks and drinks (i.e. chips, pop corn, juice boxes, etc)
Gift cards for those unexpected needs (Target, Wal-Mart)
Young male hygiene products (clippers, shaving cream)
Size 4, 5, and 6 pampers/pull-ups
Infant/toddler cold medicine
Thank you for your support!

  • Keys For Hope - run by kids who are helping Crisis Ministries raise funds and build a new homeless shelter in downtown Charleston. Check out their cool website to get involved here.

  • Run or walk for a cause. This is my all time favorite way to link kids with their community and a specific cause while getting outdoors and some family exercise too. Pick one or two to participate in this year! Visit this great site for all the links to running clubs and organized fun runs fun runs for kids  
And check out the Post and Courier's own running blogger David Quick here for up to the minute running info

  • Beach Sweep/ River Sweep Charleston- grab a bag and join others to canvas the beach for debris. It's a great way to connect with our local beaches - perfect for kids of all ages! click here for more info  

  • Take a stand... and create your own lemonade stand to raise money for the cause of your choice. How cute is this cardboard stand?!  
To order from box creations, click here

Friday, July 12, 2013

roam Rosebank Farms

 gather up fresh eggs, veggies, shrimp, and wild flowers because summer is fleeting...

click here for all the info on the goodness of Rosebank Farms