Around Town: Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens

Go for dinner and stay for evening boat rides, live entertainment, and ‘just for kids’ activities when the gardens stay open until 9 p.m. The Pavilion Restaurant is open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Lowcountry Trail, Zoo,the Enchanted Storybook Forest, and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks closes at 8 p.m.

All entertainment is included in garden admission which is good for seven days! Boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children in addition to garden admission.

Click to download the Wednesday and Friday Live Music Schedule! It features almost every genre of music including jazz, Celtic rock, R & B, country, bluegrass, pop, big band, and more! Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances that begin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15 – Sea-Cruz , Beach/Boogie
Friday, June 17 – Javier Jazz Project
Wednesday, June 22 – Paperwork, Pop/Rock
Friday, June 24 – Stirling Bridge, Celtic Rock
Wednesday, June 29 – The Stilettos, Rock
Friday, July 1 – Locust Honey, Bluegrass
Wednesday, July 6 – U “N” I, Jazz
Friday, July 8- Javier Jazz Project
Wednesday, July 13 – High Steppin’ Country, Country/Variety
Friday, July 15 – Common Ground, Bluegrass
Wednesday, July 20 – Prettier than Matt, Folk/Pop
Friday, July 22 – Mike Frost, Jazz
Wednesday, July 27 – Paperwork, Pop/Rock
Friday, July 29 – Shem Creek Boogie Band, Beach/Boogie
Wednesday, August 3 – TruSol, Pop/Rock
Friday, August 5 – Ross Holmes, Standards/Big Band
(Subject to Change without Notice)

Thursday evenings, are Family Nights with “A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creeks” aboard The Springfield.The pontoon boat rides are at 5, 6, and 7 pm. At the end of the trip, you’ll find the treasure chest and kids pick a keepsake coin from the chest to take home. Each child also gets a pirate hat and a treasure map that is theirs to keep. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! See you on board! (Regular boat ride tickets required)

The Children’s Discovery Room is open until 7 pm and has 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for kids to play with during their visit. June 16 and July 14, “LEGO Talks” will feature First LEGO League (FLL) members presenting demonstrations of robots, talking about their projects, and sharing information about FLL from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., in the Lowcountry Center Courtyard.

Beginning June16, Brookgreen Gardens will show a LEGO movie at 6:30 pm in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks® will be open until 8 pm in the Zoo!









No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted and picnics must only be enjoyed in the Picnic Areas.

Now through September 5:

Brookgreen Gardens hosts 12 larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculpture installations in its Native Wildlife Zoo. Created by Sean Kenney, renowned artist and children’s author, “Nature Connects” is an award winning exhibit currently touring the country. Made from almost a half million LEGO® bricks, the sculptures bring nature to life. The exhibit is open daily and included in garden admission.

It features interpretive panels with an educational message for each sculpture to help connect children with the natural world and promote conservation. In addition, there are educational activities such as sculpture building contest, scavenger hunts, and 30,000 LEGO® bricks available for guests to play with during their visit.

On Wednesday – Fridays, during Cool Summer Evenings, June 8 – August 5, the exhibit is open late until 8 p.m.

Click here to download a map of the exhibit before you visit.

Sean Kenney Day at Brookgreen Gardens Saturday, August 6:

Meet & Greet
12 Noon, Butterfly House at the Native Wildlife Zoo
Meet the artist of the popular current exhibit, “Nature Connects® Art with LEGOS®” and view his larger-than-lifesize LEGO® sculptures with the artist.
The Meet & Greet is open to the public. It is free with garden admission and free to members.

Book Signing
1:00 p.m., Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop
Sean Kenney will autograph copies of his best-selling bookson sale at Keepsakes including Amazing ABC, Totally Cool Creations, Cool Creations in 35 Pieces, Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool City, Cool Robots, Cool Castles, and Cool Creations in 101 Pieces. The book signing is open to the public and free with garden admission and free to members.

Presentation for Brookgreen Members
3:00 p.m., Lowcountry Center Auditorium
Sean Kenney will speak about his work and inspiration, followed by a Q & A session. Space is limited. There is no charge for this event, but reservations for Brookgreen Members only will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 843-235-6016.

Information provided by Brookgreen Gardens.

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