Coastal Discovery Museum offers family fun day

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - On Monday, hundreds took advantage of learning about Lowcountry life during the annual Family Fun Day at Hilton Head's Coastal Discovery Museum.

"We try to combine the history, environment and culture here," said Natalie Hefter with Coastal Discovery Museum. "So, we try to involve folks on family fun day that can tell the history of South Carolina and about the environment as well."

During the annual free event, guests got to see everything from Gullah Sweetgrass Basket making to exploring the museum's outdoor board walks and the butterfly exhibit, where they learned all about the life cycle of a butterfly. In the kids zone, children got the opportunity to really get into the history, trying on Colonial clothing and trying out some Colonial games.

"It's amazing, there's so much to see, so much to do," said Chris Maly from Michigan.

During today's event, many even got a real taste of the Lowcountry by throwing a cast net and crabbing.

"I actually got to pull up the crab things and saw live blue crabs," said Valerie Calvo from Bluffton.

The young girl even drummed up enough courage to hold one.

Then she and the crowd learned how to eat one thanks to a volunteer who gave step by step instructions.

"We got to crack open a crab," said Sam Liprai, visiting from Ohio. "I've never seen that before."

"I was scared because I saw the crabs over there," said London Urista.

But it was the new marsh tackey exhibit that stole the show.

"It's very fun and the marsh tackey baby horse is very cute," said Savannah Keper.

"Little May, I want to take here home," said Deb Ladue. "She's so cute."

All of these exhibit brought the island's history and culture alive for locals and visitors on the island.

"I learned about how people used to live here and how people even still eat the same things and stuff," said Calvo.

If you missed today's event, the Coastal Discovery Musuem has a number of activities and events throughout the year.

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