Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is an activity-packed coastal community popular with residents and vacationers alike. It offers miles upon miles of sand and surf, a water park, multiple family activity centers, an aquarium and countless restaurants and nightlife establishments. Because Myrtle Beach caters to families, it includes many options to a 6-year-old and her friends for celebrating a birthday. Establishments that top the list are the Ripley's Aquarium, Mad Science, The Children's Museum of South Carolina and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Ripley's Aquarium (1110 Celebrity Circle; myrtlebeach.ripleyaquariums.com) is home to sharks, manta rays, monthly exhibits and a plethora of tropical fish. Party guests can watch the sea creatures being fed by a scuba diver, walk through a glass tunnel with sharks swimming overhead or pet a live manta ray. At time of publication, the price of an on-site birthday party began at $159, including admission for up to 10 people (adults and children), paper plates and napkins, unlimited Coke products, a guided tour of the aquarium, an arts and crafts project, and the name of the birthday girl announced on the entry marquee as well as at the end of a dive show. The aquarium doesn't provide a birthday cake, so you are free to bring one of your daughter's choosing. Book your party by calling 843-916-0888, ext. 3226.
Mad Science (madscience.org) is a unique option for a birthday party because it brings the party to your birthday girl. Mad Science parties can be held at your home, a local park or another venue of your choice. A real "mad scientist" presents an hour-long show that includes cotton-candy making and rocket launching, as well as a hands-on gooey slime project. At time of publication, prices began at $179. This kind of party is guaranteed to make a lasting memory for your daughter and her friends. To book your party, contact Sharon at 843-651-7505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children's Museum of South Carolina
The Children's Museum of South Carolina (2501 North Kings Highway; cmsckids.org) is an interactive and educational learning center that will let your daughter and her guests touch everything without worry. The kids can look through a telescope, experiment with magnets, hold turtles and dig through "ancient" sand for fossils. At time of publication, party prices started at $150 for up to 25 guests (adults and children), including free admission for guests, access to a refrigerator, a tablecloth and a gift for the birthday girl. To book your party, call the museum at 843-946-9469 at least a month in advance.
You will be the coolest parents ever when you host your daughter's birthday party at Build-A-Bear Workshop (1301 Celebrity Circle Suite FS3 at Broadway at the Beach; buildabear.com). At time of publication, prices started at $10 per guest, including a stuffed animal for each child, an access code for play in the Build-A-Bear virtual world, a group photo and a gift for the guest of honor. Parties can be scheduled online or by phone at 843-445-7675 up to six days in advance.
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