The Sandbox, An Interactive Children’s Museum



A spur-of-the-moment visit to The Sandbox can be just as rewarding as a planned visit.  Either way, talk to you child about what they will see.  Find out what excites them and relate what is being learned in school to their visit.  Review the operating policies to be sure your child understands safety and behavior rules.

During your visit, follow your children’s lead.  Try to relate facts about the exhibits to what your child already knows. Encourage the use of IMAGINATION.

Process your experience when you return home.  Find out what your child learned during the visit and what might be of interest the next time you and your child visit.


An International Bazaar – Little pilots fly the friendly skies in the international airport terminal with a plane complete with pilot, co-pilot and passenger seats. Pilot costumes fuel the imagination as children navigate their take-off and landing complete with sounds to add to their experience. They can maneuver the throttle of this real jet and listen to the directions from the flight town through their captain headphones.

Builders of Tomorrow – Children can put on hard hats and construction worker vest to get right down to the business of building. In the “construction zone” builders of tomorrow can transport Giant Lego Dacto Blocks to the job site by wheelbarrow and construct walls in the already framed house. A pulley system allows children to maneuver their building supplies up into the house.

Charlie’s Perfect Playplace – Charlie’s Perfect Playplace is a gated area specifically designed for infants and toddlers visiting The Sandbox. The children can enjoy crawling and sliding on their own play gym built just for their size and maneuverability. There are also wall mounted toy panels that capture their young mind and age appropriate toys and books.

Learner’s Loft – The Sandbox has a cozy upstairs loft that is designed to stimulate all kinds of learning. There is a puppet theater where children can star in their own Broadway show. A Lego table and a light table are available for little builders to use to create their own special masterpieces. And, our Thomas the Tank train set offers hours of fun for kids to design and manipulate their own railways.

Loggerhead Sandcastle – Upon entering The Sandbox the first exhibit is the Loggerhead Sandcastle which surrounds the children in sand, sea and sky. With a magical wand they can move creatures around a magnetic “aquarium” or create their own aquatic scene with sea creatures that cling to an ocean window. In the center of the castle is a large table filled with magical sand ready for children to mold and manipulate.

No Fishing Aquarium – Children love to watch and explore underwater life and in this 48” salt water aquarium filled with beautiful tropical fish there are lots of colors and movement to amaze their little minds. They will not only see wonderful fish, but unique crabs, snails and sneaky little starfish.

Rhythm and Hues Room – Our little Picasso’s can show off their unique creative talents in the Rhythm and Hues room. The art room is filled with colorful paints, translucent mosaic tiles, glitter glue, iridescent fabric shapes, wiggly eyes, and glittering rhinestones just to name a few. For those who desire more structure, there are bins filled with instructional art packets which include all the necessary supplies and detailed instructions on how to make everything from telescopes to fingerprint flowers. Children who are more musically incline will find an array of musical instruments to play including maracas, drums and an accordion.

SCBT Bank – The SCBT bank contains two teller stations with drawers where play money and checks are stored. Children can play on each side of the teller counter pretending to be the customer or the teller. Young customers can obtain cash or write a check. Young tellers can cash checks or give change in different amounts of currency. Books about money are also available for caregiver’s to explain the difference of each type of currency.

The Adventure – Inspired by the earliest visitors to the Hilton Head area, William Hilton’s ship of discovery is modeled after a 16th century Spanish galleon. Its design allows for two levels of play, with a crawlspace underneath the upper deck.

Track the T-Rex – Children can climb across three secured rock climbing units. The molded panels feature three dimensional rock formations with embedded fossils. It provides the feel of prehistoric dinosaur times.

The Sandbox has seasonal hours.  Please check their website for more information.

Location: 18A Pope Avenue

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Phone: (843) 842-7645