Charleston’s chock-full of historical attractions and museums, of course, but sometimes kids just want to be—well, kids—and have a rip-roaring good time that involves a little physical activity. So, when Susie celebrates her 12th birthday and asks Mom to take her and—say, a half-dozen?—friends to Charleston for a celebration to remember, consider these attractions. (And who knows? By the time you get back home, Susie and all of her friends who are packed into that van may just consider you to be the BEST MOM EVER.)
With locations in North Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Raleigh, N.C., Frankie’s Fun Park (pictured above) knows how to show Carolina teens a good time. Watch as their tummies get tossed on the Drop Zone ride, as they maneuver along tracks in Go-Karts or as they bounce around the water in bumper boats. Also: Mini golf, a driving range, batting cages, an interactive arcade and other amusement rides. 843.767.1376, 5000 Ashley Phosphate Road, North Charleston, S.C.
It’s time to take the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to Mount Pleasant, where Blackbeard’s Cove awaits with two miniature-golf courses, Go-Karts, a climbing wall and even paintball. On Saturdays, dads (and moms, too, if they would like) are admitted free of charge and can enjoy unlimited Go-Karts, mini-golf, climbing wall and Jump Land from 9 to 11 am, with complimentary coffee and doughnuts. 843.971.1223, 3255 N Hwy. 17, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Downtown, The Alley awaits with eight lanes of bowling, a 10-foot basketball hoop, pingpong and retro-arcade games. And, Mom, go ahead and grab some boiled peanuts and a choice of 30-plus beers at the 150-seat restaurant while the kids burn more energy: After a day like this, you deserve it. 843.818.4080, 131 Columbus St., Charleston, S.C.