Take a Spring Break

Admission is free to all Charleston County parks March 4 to celebrate the Charleston County Park and Recreation’s 50th anniversary. They’re also offering FREE PARKING at Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park and Folly Beach County Park as well as free fishing at the Folly Beach and Mount Pleasant piers.

Pack a picnic and take your little ones to Hampton Park on March 4 for the Teddy Bear Picnic hosted by the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Enjoy live music, face painting, seed planting, crafts and a scavenger hunt. The popular Teddy Bear ER also will be on the scene to help “injured” bears who need treatment and to give healthy bears a checkup. Admission is free. 1:30 to 4 p.m. on March 4.  

Learn how to create stunning seasonal garden masterpieces from “Window Box Lady” Kelly Shaw as part of the Festival of Houses and Gardens’ Live Like a Local series. The demonstration class is 10-11:30 a.m. April 2 at the Nathaniel Russell House Museum garden. Cost is $45 and reservations are required.

Spring Fling
Take your family to Freshfields Village for the Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31. Children can enjoy a jump castle, inflatable slide, face-painting, balloon animals, crafts and live performances. The Easter Bunny also will make an appearance.

Get nostalgic and relive the ‘90s at the Mmm Bop n’ Brunch lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
March 25 at Cannon Green. Groove to blasts from the past from DJ Natty Heavy while you enjoy
cocktails and avocado toast or a CG Burger. It’s your last chance to enjoy the menu from chef Amalia
Scatena, who Eater Charleston reports is departing in April.

Shem Creek’s newest restaurant, Saltwater Cowboys, is expected to open soon, and we can’t wait to check out their outdoor bar and patio and rooftop deck, as well as the local shrimp and fish and barbecue.