When: Sun., Aug. 17, 1-4 p.m. 2014
Just because school is almost here doesn’t mean the fun times have to stop. In fact, the party has just begun, thanks to the First Day Festival, an annual event that helps families prepare for the first day of school. “The First Day Festival is a wonderful event because it provides a place and opportunity for families to enjoy the day together and receive valuable information on community resources. It also shows children and families that the community cares about them,” says Mindy Strum, director of the Mayor’s Office for children, youth, and families. But just because the festival is for a good cause doesn’t mean it isn’t a blast. There’ll be free admission into the S.C. Aquarium, tours of Fort Sumter Museum, boat rides, educational exhibits, as well as health and wellness exhibits, healthy snacks, face painting, a kids zone with games and a jump castle, and school supplies that anyone can take on a first-come first-serve basis. Representatives from the Japan Karate Institute, LowCo Suzuki Guitar, and Flip! Gym will be on-site showcasing their skills. And they’re not the only ones who are making an appearance. Make sure to grab your camera so that your kid can get their photo taken with Charlie T. RiverDog of the Charleston RiverDogs and Cool Ray of the S.C. Stingrays. The event is free, but there’ll be $1 parking available at the S.C. Aquarium and Gaillard garages.