After a day at the beach, visit the gardens in the cool of the evening when Brookgreen Gardens remains open until 9pm! Enjoy outdoor theater, concerts, and special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Cruises down the creek are available all three evenings and new this year, on Thursday evenings, we will offer special pirate creek cruises.
‘This Wooden O’ – Shakespeare in the Garden
This Wooden O refers to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and is a high-energy, family-friendly entertainment featuring actors from Coastal Carolina University’s theatre program. The production features scenes, songs and sonnets from many of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and includes high comedy, chase scenes and a contemporary take on the Bard of Avon’s work, as well as audience participation. It is directed by John Woodson a talented actor and director with more than thirty years of professional experience. His New York productions include; Jason in the Broadway production of Medea, starring Dame Diana Rigg; Kent in King Lear with Hal Holbrook at The Roundabout Theatre (Gerald Freedman directing). John was also a founding company member at Signature Theatre Company. He is presently on faculty at Coastal Carolina University where he has directed productions of; Miss Julie, The Philadelphia Story, Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls and On the Verge.
5pm – Jerry Walls – Animal Program- former Naturalist for the City of Houston, professional bird guide and co-star of CBS television’s ‘Carolina Safari’, will present educational and interactive programs featuring his collection of live animals. Each week there will be a different animal focus. Programs will be held at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio (in the Brookgreen Zoo area), rain or shine and last about one hour. On June 13, the program is Snakes Alive!
6pm - Live Performances in the Enchanted Storybook Forest. Each week, one of the storybook houses in our new interactive exhibit area beside the Whispering Wings Butterfly House will come alive! One of the characters from a classic story or nursery rhyme will be on hand to thrill kids of all ages. Costumed and ready to engage our audiences, actors from Conway’s Theatre of the Republic will share their versions of these tales.
6pm – Cooking with Kids. Join us for an hands-on demonstration when Chef Carlton Hennigan engages kids (and parents) in preparing dishes they will love while they learn about nutrition, food science, and kitchen safety. Our cooking demos have received rave reviews from past participants! $20 for adults and $10 for children (age 7 -12). Call for reservations, space is limited at 843/235-6016. Cooking with kids is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium.
6pm & 7pm – A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creek. Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard and journey back in time to the exciting days when colorful pirates traveled through these Carolina waterways. Discover how to be an adventurous pirate, and find out about famous Carolina pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. Travel down the Brookgreen Gardens creeks as you follow a treasure map to the hidden treasure. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! See you on board! (Regular Creek Excursion tickets required)
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.
For more information, visit our web site at (www.brookgreen.org) or call 843/235-6000.