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What to do with small kids in Myrtle Beach

One of the great things about vacationing in Myrtle Beach is the fact that there are activities and attractions for every member of the family. There’s fun that’s just for adults, great activities for seniors, activities for teenagers, and of course there’s also plenty to do for smaller kids. It’s just a matter of knowing where to go!

If you’re planning a trip to Compass Cove and have little ones in tow, no problem. Here are a few great ideas for things to do in Myrtle Beach with small kids:

1. Hit a Water Park

Little kids love pools and splashing around—and a water park or pool’s one place they can splash with abandon without getting in trouble! So keep your little ones cool and have fun playing with them by hitting one of our local water parks. Myrtle Waves is the largest in South Carolina, and it offers both tall and fast slides for adults and older kids and a big play area for toddlers and little kids.

And don’t forget, if you stay at Compass Cove Resort between June 1 and Aug. 25, 2013, your reservation comes with a Sun & Fun Bonus for free—and that includes one free all-day pass to Myrtle Waves Water Park that’s good for a full week, plus $4 off for each additional member of your party. And Myrtle Waves is only about a 10-minute drive from Compass Cove!

2. Watch sun exposure: Stick to early and late beach dates

Your young kids will want to spend time at the beach, and that’s part of the point of a Myrtle Beach vacation! You have to get at least a couple of photos of the kiddos smeared with sand. But be careful when you plan your trips to the beach. The intense sunlight in the middle of the day can make kids cranky and can make it harder to avoid sunburns. An early morning or late afternoon beach trip will likely be much more successful.

3. Check out Ripley’s Aquarium

Families love the combination of education and just plain fun and wonder that can be found at Ripley’s Myrtle Beach Aquarium.  Make sure to take your kids to the Discovery Center, where they can hold horseshoe crabs and play and learn in the interactive, multimedia educational center.

4. Spend some time at the South Carolina Children’s Museum

This is the top spot for kids to explore the conjunction of learning and fun in a hands on, high-energy environment. Some of the fun includes Tales for Tots story and craft time for kids between the ages of 1 and 4, Messy Make and Take art time for kids aged 2 and up on Thursday afternoons and stargazers inflatable planetarium for kids 3 and older. There’s also a family fun light, with dancing and costumes, for only $1 per person. Check out the South Carolina Children’s Museum calendar for more fun ideas, or just stop by to check out the regular exhibits—there’s always fun in store.

That’s just a few of the fun things you can do with your little ones when you’re visiting opportunities will open up for you! That’s why so many families come to Myrtle Beach year after year—it’s a family vacation destination that grows with your family.

Posted 6/23/13