Where Children Learn to Play & Play to Learn

Welcome to The Sandbox where we’ve been successfully disguising learning as play since opening our doors in 2005. Through the generous support of our volunteers, donors and sponsors— The Sandbox has become one of Hilton Head Island’s premiere family destinations having welcomed more than 350,000 neighbors and visitors over the years. We are excited to offer our hands-on interactive experience to children and families at our new Bluffton location in Tanger 2 Outlets.

Designed to allow kids to play freely while discovering their surroundings—the museum is the ideal place to let your little one to lead the way! While our outreach has expanded, our primary goal remains: positively impact the lives of young children through age-appropriate play and inspire memorable moments for children and families in the process. Our child-friendly environment is as safe as it is fun—a place where messes are evidence of creativity, where new friends are just around the corner and where exploring new things doesn’t feel quite so scary.

Our Mission:
To provide inclusive and safe environments for children to learn and explore with their peers and caregivers through hands-on discovery and imaginative play that cultivates their physical, social and cognitive development.

In addition to our exhibits we seek to fulfill our mission through:

  • Community outreach activities like our Discover, Imagine, Grow (D.I.G.) kindergarten readiness program.
  • Hosting a wide-variety of annual events for members and visitors
  • Offering weekly and summer programs for children of all ages.
  • Partnering with other local non-profit organizations throughout the year to foster the educational development of the children in our community. Please contact us if you’re intersted in learning more.

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Our History

Early 2000s
A group of Lowcountry moms realized the need for community space to provide educational play for preschool- and elementary-aged children and their families. A focus group study confirmed the need and the support of the community.

After demographic research and discovery, they determined a non-profit, interactive children’s museum was the best way to meet this need. With the support of the community and business leaders a Board of Directors was formed and The Sandbox’s non-profit status was received

newly formed board created development, business and strategic plans and embarked on a capital campaign to make their dream a reality. By the end of 2004 they had secured a desirable location and were on their way to reaching their $255,000 fundraising goal.

Renovation of the current museum began in the spring and by fall they’d reach their campaign goal! The museum was coming to life with design and development underway.

December 6, 2005: The Sandbox Children’s Museum opened its doors eager to serve the children, families and community of the Lowcountry!


The Sandbox begins a partnership with Tanger Outlets to have a satellite museum in Tanger 2. This location opened July 1, 2019 and expanded exhibits and programming to children through age twelve.

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