Banish Summer Boredom with a Trip to a State Park

By Leslie Moore

Banish Summer Boredom with a Trip to a State Park

State parks contain a wealth of family friendly activities and prices. Locally, Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park offer programs for children all summer long! Some are free with park admission and others require a small additional charge. Park Passes are a great deal for $75 and cover a year’s admission to any South Carolina State Park.

Myrtle Beach State Park offers programs Tuesday through Saturday for children ages 5 and up. A Myrtle Beach State Park badge is awarded to children who attend three or more programs.

Children will test their luck catching crabs and other critters during “A Crabby Experience” and meet and greet some unique animals during “Creature Feature.” Your little ones can create a nature-loving masterpiece at “Leaf Your Mark”, where lots of fun pounding and banging puts designs on fabric.

These are just a few of many programs offered for your child’s summer fun – they won’t even realize how much they are learning!

Huntington Beach State Park is a site of the South Carolina Junior Ranger Program, designed to involve your children in activities that will capture their attention and imagination, while teaching them to protect and enjoy the natural and cultural resources of South Carolina State Parks. Parents and grandparents can visit to learn more.

For older children, Huntington Beach State Park also offers kayaking and bird watching excursions, both led by trained naturalists. Hikes with Rangers are programs geared toward getting your children excited about the natural world.

For more information about Huntington Beach State Park, call 843-237-4440 or visit

For more information about Myrtle Beach State Park, call 843-238-0874 or visit

Let’s face it – as much as we all love those free-from-school summer months, it’s easy to let those precious weeks slip by without making quite as many fun memories as we would like. Summer Fun Bingo gives your children and grandchildren a chance to do some of the things they really want to do, plus you’ll love being the center of all the fun!

First, sit down with your children and come up with lots of ideas of fun things to do this summer. Make sure they understand the family budget and include plenty of free, or nearly free, activities.

Make or create blank bingo cards, like the one pictured below. Have each child put an activity in each square to create a personalized card. Keep the cards in a central place where they are easily accessible – under a magnet on the fridge is always a good choice.

Pick an activity each day and have your children mark that activity on their card.

(Make sure each child gets a “Bingo” this summer!)

Prizes for getting Bingo can be small items from the dollar store or even handmade gifts, but make it something small. The activity and family togetherness are the real prizes.

Activities on the Bingo board can include the following, but the sky is the limit!

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About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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