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Little visitors — ages 3 and under only— have free rein in this infant- and toddler-safe Palmetto State paradise.

Journey from mountains to beach in this highly tactile, interactive and gated play space. Babies and crawlers can explore textures, surfaces and objects in Pollywog Pond while early walkers can climb, slide and hide before setting sail on the Little S.S. Shrimpy.

My Backyard has an easy-access family bathroom, nursing room, stroller parking and gated entrance.

Take a break and head upstairs to the second floor.

What are we learning?

  • Social & Emotional Development
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Imaginative Play
  • Creativity
  • Self confidence

 

 

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

  • Use the environments in this exhibit to help your young learner explore texture, shape and color.
  • The soft-scaping of Pollywog Pond make it a perfect spot to practice crawling, sitting up and walking.
  • If there isn’t a scheduled storytime happening, find a book and a cozy spot and read to your young one to increase letter and word recognition, vocabulary and concentration.
  • Encourage early walkers to climb, slide, and play in areas designed to develop gross motor skills.
  • The age-restricted environment creates a great place for “mingling” with others and exploring socialization and communication.
  • Engage little learners by putting on a puppet show for them. Encourage older children to use their creativity to put on a puppet show for you.
  • Explore spatial awareness by showing your child how to crawl under, step over, reach through the play structures throughout the space.

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

  • Explore your own backyard, a park or wooded area. Collect rocks, leaves or other objects. Look and listen for birds and other wildlife.
  • Use puppets or stuffed animals and dolls as characters in storytelling. After your performance, let them have a turn.
  • Never miss an opportunity to read aloud to your child. Just 15 minutes a day teaches vocabulary, phonics, familiarity of the printed word, storytelling and comprehension.

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

  • Boats 
    By Catherine Foreman
  • Little Toot 
    By Hardie Gramatky
  • The Tiny Seed 
    By Eric Carle
  • Plant a Kiss 
    By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Growing a Rainbow 
    By Lois Ehlert
  • From Seed to Plant 
    By Gail Gibbons
  • In the Garden 
    By Elizabeth Spurr
  • The Great Kapok Tree 
    By Lynne Cherry
  • Animal Opposites 
    By Petr Horacek
  • Who Am I? series 
    By Dorling Kindersley Publishing Inc.
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 
    By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • The Listening Walk 
    By Paul Showers
  • Me and My Senses 
    By Joan Sweeney
  • My Five Senses 
    By Aliki
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar 
    By Eric Carle
  • The Rainbow Fish 
    By Marcus Pfiste

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

My Backyard is designed for children 3 and younger.

Calendar
Hours Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission
Members Free
Children and Adults $11.50
Seniors (age 62+) $10.50
Military (with ID) $10.50
Educator (with ID) $10.50
Groups (15+ w/RSVP) $8.50
Children under two Free