Charleston County Parks
Waterparks: Splash Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park, Splash Island at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park and Whirlin’ Waters at Wannamaker County Park will be open weekends only in May. Splash Zone will open daily beginning May 21, Whirlin’ Waters and Splash Island open daily beginning May 28. www.splashparks.com.
Moonlight Mixer: 7 p.m. May 11, Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Shag on the pier to the sounds of oldies and beach music by DJ Jim Bowers of 1340 The Boardwalk. Beverages available for purchase. Advance ticket purchase recommended at www.ccprc.com or 795-4386. Fee: $10/$8 county resident discount/$10 on-site if still available.
Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-sunset May 17 at James Island County Park dog park. Free with $1 gate admission. Live music and beverages available for purchase. Outside alcohol or coolers prohibited. No preregistration required.
Dance Under the Stars: 6 p.m. May 18 at Mount Pleasant Pier. For special-needs participants and families and friends, co-sponsored by the Lowcountry Special Needs and Adaptive Programming Coalition. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Advance purchase is recommended. Registered and paid chaperon required for ages 15 and under. Preregistration required. Fee: $5/$4 CCR discount/$5 on-site (if available).
Shaggin’ on the Cooper: 7-11 p.m. May 19 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Dance to live classic oldies and beach music. Beverages available for purchase on-site. Only 800 tickets will be sold, advance purchase recommended. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be good for any 2012 Shaggin’ on the Cooper event. 795-4386. Age 3 and up. Fee: $10/$8 CCR discount/$10 on-site if still available.
Summer Pier Kickoff Tournament: 6 a.m.- 4 p.m. May 19 at Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Prizes for adult angler, lady angler, youth angler (12 and under), senior angler (60 and over), total weight of five fish and king mackerel. Tournament held rain or shine. Online registration ends at midnight May 17. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. Tournaments end at 4 p.m. Prizes awarded at 4:15 p.m. For ages 3 and up. An adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Fee: $12/$9 CCR discount for ages 13 & up; $9/$7 CCR discount for ages 3-12; $14/$12 CCR discount for King Mackerel.
Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series: 7:15 a.m. May 20 at James Island County Park. This 22nd annual run-swim-bike event is the first of a five-race series. Athletes may sign up to participate in one or all races on May 20, June 17, July 8, July 29 or the championship event on Aug. 12. Each race is limited to 375 participants, and fees start at $55 per race. Register at www.ccprc.com.
Spring Fishing Kickoff Tutorial: 1 p.m. May 20 at Mount Pleasant Pier. Free event. A Lowcountry expert will share techniques that will make fishing the Mount Pleasant Pier a fun and rewarding experience. Learn some new techniques to land a big one. For ages 3 and up; an adult chaperon is required for participants ages 15 and under. Parking fees at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park apply.
Advance registration is required for many programs. Call 795-4386 or visit ccprc.com. Many programs require that a minimum number of participants be met.
Climbing 301: Intro to Trad Climbing: Trad climbing allows you to climb without bolts or top-accessed areas. This class will cover gear placements, anchor building, belay techniques and more. Preregistration required. Class 6-8 p.m. May 1; group departs from James Island County Park at 6 a.m. May 5 and returns 8 p.m. May 6. Age 16 and up. Fee: $138/$125 CCR discount.
Early Morning Bird Walks at Caw Caw: A walk through distinct habitats will allow the group to view and discuss birds, butterflies and other organisms. A chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. 8:30 a.m.-noon May 9, 16, 23, 30 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Fee: $5/Free for Gold Pass Holders.
College Day Climbing: Students with a valid college ID will receive a free harness and shoe rental with the regular price of admission. Registration not necessary. Noon-7 p.m. May 9, 16, 23, 30 at James Island County Park. Fee: $10.
Night Climbing: 7-10 p.m. May 3 at The Climbing Wall at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Equipment not included in climbing fee; students should bring a headlamp or flashlight. Registration not necessary. Fee: $12/$10 CCR discount.
Canoeing At Caw Caw: Heritage to Habitat Canoe Tour. Group will paddle through rice fields and canals that now serve as one of the richest wildlife habitats in the Lowcountry. 9-11:30 a.m. May 5 at Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Age 9 and up. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. Fee: $15/$12 CCR discount.
Parent and Child Kayak and SUP Sampler: This hands-on class introduces basic strokes and equipment before giving families a chance to paddle stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Ages 6-15 and parents. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. 9 a.m.-noon May 5 at James Island County Park. Fee: $18/$15 CCR discount.
Sea Kayak Introductory Class Level: ACA-certified instructors will teach basic strokes and skills to have fun on the water with a variety of boats. Preregistration required. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 5 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Fee: $42/$35 CCR discount.
Challenge Course Open Day: Participants will walk across a cable suspended between utility poles and zip down a 200-foot cable. Preregistration required. 1-5 p.m. May 5 at James Island County Park. Ages 10 and up. A registered and paid chaperon is required for ages 15 and under. Fee: $12/$10 CCR discount.
Introduction to Climbing: This Climbing 101 class teaches about gear, basic knots, technique and how to belay. Preregistration required. 1-4 p.m. May 5 and 19 at James Island County Park. Age 14 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard: Small, individualized classes allow you to progress at you own pace, and introduce you to proper techniques and safety considerations. Preregistration required. 10-11:30 a.m. May 6; 5:30-7 p.m. May 10; 2-3:30 p.m. May 13; 10:30 a.m.-noon May 26 at James Island County Park. Age 16 and up. Fee: $24/$20 CCR discount.
Stand-Up Paddleboard Stono Marsh Tour: The group will explore the marsh off the Stono River adjacent to James Island County Park. Preregistration required. 12:30-3:30 p.m. May 6 or 1-4 p.m. May 26. Age 16 and up. Fee: $36/$30 CCR discount.
Introduction to Kayak Rolling Class: The greatest self-rescue tool a kayaker has, rolling also sharpens other boating skills. 6-8 p.m. May 7-11 at the Splash Zone. Age 13 and up. Fee: $48/$40 CCR discount.