The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island will host its annual Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at Honey Horn.

The event is free for all ages and open to the public. Come early or stay for lunch at the weekly Farmer’s Market on site between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Visit the Museum’s boardwalks, learn about our salt marsh, and walk to the horse barn and pasture to see our marsh tacky Comet and his companion horse Hawk.  Stop by the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat to see the life cycle of native butterflies and learn from museum docents how to plant a butterfly-friendly garden of your own. 

Express yourself – artistically – with hands-on activities offered by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and The Sandbox. Make a piece of “Tiny Art” to take home or to share with the Tiny Art Galleries around town (sponsored by the Town of Hilton Head Office of Cultural Affairs). Create your own tie dye shirt using real indigo dye or watch sweetgrass basket makers at work.

Sing along with Jevon Daly at one of the two “Kids Concerts” (10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) in the Birdseye View Theater. Jevon is a local favorite with young and old alike and is known for his summertime concerts at Coligny Plaza.

Watch and learn about local birds from the Hilton Head Audubon Society. Dive into our local history and environment with the Lowcountry Master Gardeners, the Outside Foundation, Hilton Head Archaeological Society, the Gullah Museum, Heritage Library, Explore Mitchelville, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage and others.

Stop in the Discovery House for the Children’s Book Fair to purchase signed copies of educational and local children’s books to take home. Authors scheduled to attend include Susan Diamond Riley, Susan McElroy Montanari, Lisa Anne Cullen, Rebecca Chamberlain, Patricia Bee, Donna Brainard, Mary T. Jacobs, Miho Kinnas, Iris Jackson, Robin Prince Monroe, and Antawn Eady. Find out more about our local literary scene with the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

Visit special exhibitions in the Discovery House. “Conservation in the Classroom” (Main Gallery) includes student artwork focused upon the conservation and protection of dolphins, sea turtles, shore birds, and horseshoe crabs.  “Nikon Small World” (Sea Island Room) is a traveling exhibition of 20 jaw-dropping, prize-winning photomicrographs (photographs taken through the light of a microscope).

There’s something for everyone at Family Fun Day! There is no charge for admission on this special Museum Day and reservations are not required.

For more information, call 843-689-6767, ext. 223, or visit coastaldiscovery.org.

The Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.