INDOORPLAYGROUNDSIsland Playground at BridgeCenter in Bluffton is an indoor playand party center with giant bouncers,slides, a castle, dress-up area,pretend grocery store, and separatearea for toddlers. Children 9 andunder. There's a coffee bar, magazines,comfortable seating, and aplasma TV for parents. $9.95 forages 2 and up, $6.95 for crawlers toage 2; adults free.
Socks required for all. Adults muststay with children unless they areattending a birthday party or camp.843-837-8383; www.island-playground.com
GYMNASTICSIn Riverwalk Business Parkon S.C. 170 in Okatie (north ofBluffton) Every Friday night is fungym; 5-6:30 p.m. is for children5 and under. 6:30-9:30 p.m. is forages 6-12 (children can be droppedoff). $8 per child. 843-645-6957;www.hhigymnastics.com
THE MALL ATSHELTER COVEThe Mall has an indoor soft sculptureplayground for babies, toddlersand preschoolers near the center.Mall hours are Monday-Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundayfrom noon to 6 p.m.
MCDONALD'SThe fast-food restaurant onWilliam Hilton Parkway near theSea Pines Circle has a large indoorplayground good for elementaryschool-aged children. Burger Kingon the North End of the island (201Museum St.) and Chick-fil-A next toLowe's in Bluffton also have indoorplaygrounds.
GO TO A MUSEUMThe Heyward House HistoricCenter on Boundary Street andThe Coastal Discovery Museum aregood places to spend a rainy morningor afternoon learning moreabout the Lowcountry's historyand nature. See page 39. Also, tourthe Rose Hill Mansion, a GothicRevival-style home built circa 1858and listed on the National Registerof Historic Places. Details: 843-757-6046 or visit www.rosehillmansion.com
PAINT A SOUVENEIRPaint your own ceramics at ArtCafe in Coligny Plaza. 10 a.m.- 7p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sundaysnoon-5 p.m, 843-785-5525.
SEE A PLAYCall the Main Street YouthTheatre, May River Theatre Co.,South Carolina Repertory Companyand the Arts Center of CoastalCarolina to see what's on stage.The Arts Center of CoastalCarolina and Main Street YouthTheatre also hold camps and seminarsfor children, teenagers andadults, which are intended for visitorsas well as residents. See pages36-37.
ARCADESAt the intersection of WilliamHilton Parkway and Folly FieldRoad, Adventure Cove is a familyentertainment center offering anarcade and miniature golf. 843-842-9990.
GO BOWLINGCall AMF Main Street Lanes at2600 Main Street on Hilton Headfor hours and prices at 843-681-7750.
STORY HOURThe public libraries on HiltonHead Island (843-255-6500) and inBluffton (843-255-6490) have storyhours, as do book stores Barnes &Noble (843-342-6690) on HiltonHead and Booksalicious (843-815-5439) and A Storybook Shoppe(843-757-2600) in Bluffton. Callfor times for different ages.