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Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 41
One day each month from April through July 2007 the Charleston area National Park Service sites will present free hands-on educational programs designed for kids. Known as “Kids Craft,” the programs are held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. See the following schedule for program locations and dates. Kids can expect to participate hands-on in various crafts, games and other activities taken directly from history.
“We’re pleased to offer these new programs that are meant to be fun and educational activities for kids outside of the schoolroom,” said Superintendent Bob Dodson of Fort Sumter National Monument. “Our goal is to expose children to the diversity of history to be found here in the Low Country and understand that it’s not all about dry facts. While each Kids Craft program was designed with younger kids in mind, children of all ages are welcome to participate and they can bring their parents along, too.”
Saturday, April 21: Games Then and Now at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center
10:00 - Hopscotch & Jump ropes
10:30 - Games of Strategy (Sea Battle, Jarabadash, & Pigs in a Pen)
11:00 - Games for all (I have a basket, Gossip, & Poor Doggie)
11:30 - Rebel Yell / Solider Relay Race
12:00 - Games of Strategy (Sea Battle, Jarabadash, & Pigs in a Pen)
12:30 - Games for all (I have a basket, Gossip, & Poor Doggie)
1:00 - Hopscotch & Jump ropes
1:30 - Rebel Yell / Solider Relay Race
Saturday, May 19: Morse Code at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center
Thursday, June 14: Design Your Own Flag at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center
Saturday, July 21: Weather at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square is located at 340 Concord Street in Charleston. The facility is a launching point where visitors to Fort Sumter can learn all about the many events leading up to the division between North and South and why the resulting tension exploded into Civil War on April 12, 1861.
Fort Moultrie is located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island. First constructed in 1776 of palmetto logs and sand, Fort Moultrie was not deactivated until 1947. This is the only site in the National Park System where visitors can trace the entire 171-year history of American seacoast defense. Fort Moultrie and its visitor center are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. While the programs and visitor center are free, there is an entrance fee to tour the fort: Adults $3, Seniors $1, children free.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is located at 1254 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The park is a 28-acre remnant of Charles Pinckney’s Lowcountry plantation Snee Farm. Charles Pinckney was a signer and principal author of the United States Constitution. Museum exhibits, a 20-minute video and a ½-mile walking trail tell the story of the birth of the Constitution, the United States as a young nation and the influence of African American culture on Charles Pinckney.
For additional information call park headquarters at (843) 883-3123.