Parents Night Out at The Sandbox

According to the American Psychology Association, “75% of adults reported experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month and 30% of children reported being worried.” Thankfully, stress (and stress-related illnesses like migraines and insomnia) can be alleviated with stress-management activities.

In an effort to better service Hilton Head Island and neighboring communities, The Sandbox (843.842.7645) is providing such a de-stressing solution. The interactive children’s museum is promoting family wellness and living by its motto, “Come Play With Us!” with Parent’s Night Out.

“We are offering PNO as part our new wellness initiative,” begins Caroline Rinehart, Operations Director for The Sandbox. “PNO is a win win for the whole family. The children are interacting with our exhibits and staff, while the parents are interacting with each other. This fosters social and developmental skills and relieves separation anxiety challenges for the little ones. And, as for the parents, date night allows them to decompress and recharge.”

Kids enjoying the climbing wall

Every Wednesday in June, July and August, parents can drop off their children ages 3 and older from 6-9 p.m. (Note: September-May PNO, will be held the second Thursday of every month and Family Fun Night will kick off the first Friday of every month.)

According to Rinehart, “Kids will eat pizza, experience the interactive exhibits, and take home a featured craft. Parents can enjoy all that Hilton head has to offer.”

PNO Options:

  • Make it dinner and a movie with Park Plaza Cinema (at the entrance of Sea Pines Plantation). This recently renovated theater includes a café and bar. You can go as healthy (hummus plate and soy beans with sea salt) or as unhealthy (flat bread pizza, hamburgers and fried ravioli) as you want.
  • Get some decadent goodies from Hilton Head Candy Company in Coligny and some coffee from Java Joe’s or champagne from the Piggly Wiggly or Roller’s Liquors and savor a beach sunset or post dinner treat.
  • Go to Hilton Head staple Truffles restaurant on Pope Avenue for an awesome dinner—from starters to specialties, cocktails to desserts.
  • Go Mexican at Santa Fe Café on hwy 278. I am a huge fan of the Yucatan ceviche and the entrees are as pretty as they are delicious.
  • Go Greek at Market Street Cafe in Coligny Center. The pita bread here is worth every carb and calorie.
  • Go for local flavor at Redfish on Palmetto Bay Road. Redfish specializes in fantastic wines and tries to use local ingredients in all of its dishes.
  • Go for sushi at Hinoki on New Orleans Road. From the sushi aficionado to the not-going-to-veer-too-far-from-cooked-cuisine diner, Hinoki is chopstick licking good.

In addition to PNO, The Sandbox will dedicate the entire fall to getting you and your family feeling and looking good.

“Moving into the fall we will be focusing on family wellness with daily healthy activities and craft projects,” says Rinehart. “We encourage parents to visit our web site or our Facebook page and tell us what wellness programs they would most benefit from. We intend to provide mommy and me yoga, healthy snack cooking classes and informative sessions from local physicians and wellness experts.”

Be well, Becca