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Spring Break and Easter in Charleston, SC: Special Beach Activities and Events at Wild Dunes Resort

Celebrate a break from school and work with all-new vacation activities and offerings available this Spring Break season, April 7-20, 2014, at Charleston's Island Resort! Plan your vacation in advance with this comprehensive Charleston Spring Break 2014 guide – stocked with information on Resort happenings and ideas for a fun-filled family Spring Break at Charleston’s Island Resort.

Charleston, SC Spring Break Vacations

Explore Resort and Charleston Spring Break and Easter activities below. For a complete list of golf, tennis, recreation, wellness programs, spa offerings and Charleston events, please see the full online edition of our Winter/Spring 2014 vacation planner.

Visit our Charleston, SC special spring offers and beach vacation packages or call 888.778.1876 to book your Spring Break vacation today!

Resort-wide Special Events & Offerings

#WildDunes Spring Break Sandcastle Photo Contest
Show off your best sandcastle or sand sculpture at the beach for your chance to win a two-night return fall getaway to Wild Dunes Resort! Simply snap a picture of your masterpiece, upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and tag us @wilddunesresort or #wilddunes to submit your sandcastle creation. Contest ends Sunday, April 20, 2014.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, April 12 and April 19
8-10:30 a.m. 
The Lettered Olive
Breakfast Menu
The Easter Bunny hops into The Lettered Olive to have his picture taken with the kids! From 8-10:30 a.m. parents can enjoy our famous Southern buffet, and kids will love the pancake buffet. 
Resort Guests: $18 adults; $10 children ages 4-12. Non-Resort Guests: $21 adults; $12 children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under eat free. Seating is limited, so make your reservation early! Call 843.886.2307.

Duney Meet & Greet at the Grand Pavilion
Location: Big Chair at the Grand Pavilion
Time: Thursday, April 17 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Come get your photo taken with Charleston’s most popular loggerhead sea turtle, Duney! Meet our Resort mascot at the Big Chair at the Grand Pavilion on Thursday, April 17 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. All guest photos will be uploaded to our Facebook page.

Easter Basket Deliveries
Saturday, April 19
Must pre-order 24 hours in advance at 843.886.2292.
Make your child’s Easter extra special, and have the Easter Bunny personally deliver a basket to your hotel room, home or condo. Each basket varies, but may include games, chocolate, stuffed animals and candy. 
Resort Guests: $30 per basket. Non-Resort Guests: $40 per basket. Baskets must be ordered 24 hours in advance by calling 843.886.2292. Deliveries start at 4 p.m. The Boardwalk Inn and Village deliveries will be made from 4-6 p.m. and the homes and condos from 6-8 p.m. 

Tortoise and Hare Family Fun Run/Walk 
Saturday, April 19
Join us on the Grand Pavilion at 8 a.m. for a run on the beach! Entry fee is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Please pre-register at the Fitness Center on The Village Plaza. Call 843.886.7008.

Easter Brunch at The Sweetgrass Pavilion
Sunday, April 20
Reservations: 843.886.2307
Easter Brunch Menu
The Sweetgrass Pavilion serves a special Easter brunch buffet with seating at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In addition to traditional brunch favorites like waffles and omelets, other special items include hand-carved leg of lamb and glazed ham, fruit display, chef’s selection of special desserts and more!
Resort Guest: $18 children ages 4-12; $45 adults. Non-Resort Guests: $21 children ages 4-12; $52 adults. Children 3 and under eat free.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the North Croquet Lawn
Sunday, April 20
Children 10 years or younger can come gather up toy and candy filled eggs at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Prizes will be awarded to the lucky children that find a golden egg. Easter egg hunts are complimentary. No reservations required.

Easter Nail Treatments 
Throughout April
Add a little Easter flair to your manicure or pedicure. Our staff can paint bunnies, eggs, or any other design that you may like on your nails; add on to nail service- $5 and up. To make an appointment, call Sand & Sea at 843.886.2555.

Bike Rentals to Explore the Resort and Barrier Island
Explore our beautiful island on wheels. Junior and adult bicycles, kids’ tandems and trailers are available for rent at the Bike Shop located at the Tennis Center. Rentals are available by the hour, half-day, day, multi-day or week. Call the Resort Bike Shop at 843.886.2293. View favorite Resort and Isle of Palms biking trails.

Swimming Pools 
The spring weather here on the Island is beautiful. All Wild Dunes Resort guests are invited to use both Grand Pavilion swimming pools, Swim Center Pool and our new pool, Palm Cove! For guests staying in condos, most are flanked by their own pool if you prefer to take a dip right outside your door. Boardwalk Inn guests may use the adults-only Boardwalk Inn pool, Grand Pavilion pools, Swim Center pool and Palm Cove pool.

Island Adventures® Spring Break Activities, Water Sports and Kids Crafts

Duney's VIP All-Inclusive Kids Recreation Pass - 
new this spring break!
Your all-in-one passport to fun at the beach! Purchase your VIP pass when making your vacation reservation or at the beginning of your stay at Island Adventures Outfitters on the Village Plaza in person or by phone at 843.886.2292. See below for pass inclusions.

Hatchling Crafts
View activities chart below to see when and where the following activities are being offered. No reservations necessary.

Popsicle Stick Beach Signs - new this season
We think that a great beach-side vacation has to include three things: frolicking in the ocean waves, collecting seashells—and of course, finding the perfect memento to bring home! We’re more than happy to provide the materials, so just bring yourselves and a few of your favorite beach finds. Children of all ages welcome. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Bangles or Ornaments - new this season
If you want a memento you can take with you, then these crafts are for you. Sport your one of a kind bracelet or create an ornament that will remind you of summer all holiday season long. Open to children of all ages. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Sockerpillars - new this season
What has sixteen legs and is fuzzy all over? Sock caterpillars! There’s no need to sacrifice your own footies—just pick your favorite sock from our collection and we’ll help you turn it into a creepy crawler for your bedroom! Open to children of all ages.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Hair Beads & Temporary Tattoos - new this season
Attention, boys and girls! Who doesn’t want to look good while on vacation? Let us add a little va-va-voom to your look with a variety of fun face paint designs and tattoos to choose from! Children of all ages welcome.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Dream Catchers - new this season
It’s impossible to have bad dreams on a Wild Dunes vacation, so we think this is a souvenir best used at home! Stop by our crafting table and our experts will help you personalize and design your very own dream catcher. Open to children of all ages.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Socktopi - new this season
Parents seem to think that socks go on your feet, but we disagree! Help us turn an average sock into an eight-legged critter with this fun and exciting craft! We don’t want your sock caterpillar to get lonely, so come design your very own octopus! Children of all ages welcome.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Palm Frond Origami - new this season
We’ve taken our love of palmetto trees and turned it into a new and exciting craft, just for you! Our weaving wizards will teach you how to lace together palm fronds to make your very own Lowcountry souvenir. This is a perfect activity for the whole family, so stop by before we run out of leaves!
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Beaded Sun Catchers - new this season
Why not take a little sunshine home with you? We invite you to pick out a selection of your favorite beads to make a just-how-you-like-it sun catcher. This cool craft is fun for kids of all ages. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $2 for each craft without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $4 for each craft

Lowcountry Fun Learning
To see when and where the following activities are being offered, please see chart below. Reservations required for all activities by 3 p.m. the day prior. Call 843.886.2292.

Fly Fishing Basics
Living on the ocean teaches you a thing or two about fishing. Learn from lowcountry experts the basics of casting a fly on land so you can be a pro at sea. Sessions will wrap up with fun competitions, including the longest and the most accurate cast. Open to ages 12 and up.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $30 per person
Non-Resort Guest: $50 per person 

Cast Net Basics
As any fisherman will tell you, you can’t catch fish without bait! Learn how to catch your very own baitfish by throwing a cast net. After a session on land, we’ll travel to a nearby pond to put your skills to the test! Open to ages 12 and up.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $30 per person
Non-Resort Guest: $50 per person 

Bike Tour Crabbing - BYOB
This activity is BYOB: Bring Your Own Bike. We will bike to our favorite crabbing spots on the Resort property as we teach you how to perfect this classic southern pastime. Attendees will learn about local crab species as they bait, secure and reel in the swimming pinchers. Catch and release only. Open to ages 12 and up. Rent a bike from the bike shop if you don’t have your 
own! Any participants age 16 and up must have a valid SC saltwater fishing license.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $30 per person
Non-Resort Guest: $50 per person 

Fear No Easel - Adults & Teens
With such a beautiful landscape, Wild Dunes is the perfect environment to find your inner artist. Enjoy the ocean view and the company of others as a Fear No Easel professional artist guides you through your acrylic painting. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $40 per person
Non-Resort Guest: $45 per person 

Fear No Easel - Kids
If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding activity for your child, look no further! We have partnered up with Fear No Easel to bring you an exciting artistic experience. Step by step instruction will be provided by a professional artist, so turn those finger paintings into art! Ages 5 and up.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $40 per person
Non-Resort Guest: $45 per person  

Crafts, Contests and Family Fun
Reservations only required for Cardboard Regatta by 3 p.m. Thursday. Call 843.886.2292.

Marshmallow Monday - new this season
As the sun sinks lower in the sky, your tykes will be able to enjoy roasting marshmallows and making shark tooth necklaces at our beachside hangout.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $5 per person without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $15 per person

Family Trivia 
Gather a team of up to four for Trivia Tuesdays! We’ve made this trivia game family friendly…some easy, some difficult! So join us every Tuesday to win some awesome prizes. Open to all ages.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $5 per team without Duney’s VIP Pass.
Non-Resort Guest: $10 per team

Family Bingo
Bingo is one of our most popular family activities, so don’t miss out! Try your luck at everything from classic bingo and four corners to the ever popular, blackout! Every card purchased gives you the chance to win one of ten awesome prizes, so bring the whole family! We’ll cross our fingers for you. Open to all ages. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $5 per 10-game card without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $10 per 10-game card

Outdoor Movie
Wednesday, April 16 - Epic
Thursday, April 17 - Turbo
Stick around after Bingo for our outdoor movie screenings on the Amphitheatre steps! It’s easy to do “dinner and a movie” by stopping by for some snacks from Hudson’s Market or The Lettered Olive, which are only a few steps away on the plaza. Or just bring a blanket to snuggle into as we screen new and classic G and PG-rated flicks. Open to all ages. Movies start at dusk. Complimentary. 

Craft Corral
Sometimes it’s just fun to roll up your sleeves and get dirty. Come join us for a paint, glitter and fun-filled afternoon of assorted crafts! Crafts may include beach bags, spin art Frisbees, birdhouses, bobbleheads or similar items, come join us in the corral. Open to children of all ages. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $5-$15 per craft without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $10-20 per craft

Dive-in Movie
Friday, April 18 - Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer
We’re putting a new spin on an old classic! We’re still screening awesome outdoor movies, but instead of snuggling up on the amphitheater, come float around in the Swim Center pool! We can’t wait to dive in to Friday night with you! Open to all ages, however swimming is at own risk. No lifeguards. Complimentary.

Glow Stick Capture the Flag - new this season
What’s better than a good old fashioned game of Capture the Flag? Capture the Flag with glow sticks! We invite you to light up the night as you compete to capture the glowing flag! And just to make things fun, we’ll deck you out in glow accessories too! Ages 8-12. Complimentary.

DIY Beach Body Scrub - new this season
You’re invited to try out sugar and spice and everything nice with our Do-It-Yourself body scrub station! We will show you how to blend everyday ingredients to create an inexpensive beauty treatment. Children and adults are welcome to pick out their favorite scent and cute jar and we will show you the rest.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $15 each without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $20 each 

Lowcountry Candles - new this season
Mason jars aren’t just good for canning; they make fantastic southern-style decorations! We’ll provide the materials, so come make a memento of your stay, complete with sand and shells from our very own beach. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $15 each without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $20 each

Ready to rock a Wild Dunes tie-dye t-shirt or tank? Then stop by our station to make your own totally unique top! We provide the shirts, gloves and dye buckets. Open to all ages. Sizes Youth XS to Adult L available.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $15-20 each without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $10-20 each

We offer a variety of animals from cat and dog to alligator and flamingo! Each buddy comes with a bag of stuffing, a t-shirt, a “heart” and a birth certificate. Builders are welcome to create their buddy on site or bring it home! Open to all ages. 
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $20 each without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $25 each

Cardboard Regatta
Participants will be challenged to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape that will safely ferry a passenger across our pool. Winners will be rewarded with awesome prizes! Open to all ages. Reservation required.
Wild Dunes Resort Guest: $15 per team without Duney’s VIP Pass
Non-Resort Guest: $20 per team

*Please note: Bangles & Ornaments, Craft Corral, Socktopi and Trivia have been moved to Palmetto Hall on Tuesday, April 15 due to weather.

Featured Water Sports and Excursions

Explore & Save at Island Adventures® Outfitters
Book an excursion through Island Adventures Outfitters – be it a carriage ride, kayaking session, culinary tour, fishing trip or more to explore the area – and get rewarded with 15% off your next retail purchase at Island Adventures® Outfitters on the Village Plaza! Choose from apparel, souvenirs and more to commemorate your visit. Offer valid through April 30, 2014. (Cannot be combined with other discounts) Call 843.886.2292.

Goat Island Loop Onboard The Osprey - new this season
Thursday, April 17 from 3 - 6 p.m
Reservations: 843.886.2292

Cruise around Goat Island on the only Coast Guard Certified wooden boat in the Charleston area. Beer and wine available for purchase on board. This special Spring Break trip will run Thursday, April 17 from 3 - 6 p.m. Cost is $65 per adult and $55 per child. *Boat does require a set minimum amount of people in order to run. Trip leaves from Isle of Palms Marina. Reservations requested 24 hours in advance. 

Fiddler Crab Family Kayaking Paddle - new this season
Reservations: 843.886.2292

Two hours of fun for the whole family! On this two-hour paddle, enjoy the beauty and playful wildlife of the Isle of Palms, noting the main components of the estuary as well as their vital role within it. This paddle takes you through Morgan Creek to a small hammock island with a scenic swimming hole where time can be spent with your naturalist guide exploring the island or simply cooling off in the refreshing waters of Morgan Creek before the paddle back! Paddle times are schedule throughout the day based on your schedule. Cost is $58 for adults and $38 for children. 

Capers Island Wildlife Exploration
Reservations: 843.886.2292; 24-hr advance reservation required
During this excursion, you will cruise aboard a shaded vessel through winding tidal creeks to find diverse wildlife living in our salt marsh environment. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphins, egrets, herons, crabs, oyster beds, shrimp and more! The final part of the trip includes free time to explore Caper’s Island at your own pace. Trip is offered every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $42 per adult, $32 per child ages 3-12 and complimentary for ages 2 and under.

For information on additional water sports and activities, including parasailing, jet skis, banana boat rides and more, see our complete Winter/Spring 2014 vacation planner

Spring Spa Specials
Red Velvet Massage
Treat your sweetie to one of the South’s most sought after confections - spa style. This Swedish massage features whipped butter cream scented Shea butter. Yummy! Sun-Wed Appointments: 50 minutes, $105; Thur-Sat Appointments: 50 minutes, $120

Spring Nail Treatments
Add a little Spring flair to your manicure or pedicure. Our staff can paint flowers, bunnies or any other design. Add-on to nail service - $5 and up. To make an appointment, call Sand & Sea at 843.886.2555.
Spring Golf Clinics and Specials

Call 843.886.2164 to scheudle tee times, sign up for golf instruction or book one of our golf specials.

Three-Day Golf Pass
Available Saturday April 5 - Sunday April 20
Enjoy unlimited golf throughout your stay for three consecutive days. Cost is $200 per person for adults and $75 for juniors age 15 and under. Prices do not include a $25 cart fee per person. Passes may be purchased through your reservation agent prior to arrival at 888.845.8915 or during your stay by calling 843.886.2164.

Wine, Dine and Nine
What more could you want? The Wine, Dine and Nine package includes 9 holes of golf after 2 p.m. on the Links or Harbor Course, rental clubs, dinner for two at the Sea Island Grill inside the Boardwalk Inn and a bottle of wine to enjoy. Cost is $280 per couple. Call 843.886.6000 to book! * Ask about adding a Couples Massage from Sand & Salon and Spa.

Get Golf Ready
Have everything you need to learn the game of golf. Enjoy a 60-minute one-on-one private lesson, three holes on the Links Course with a Pro, a golf manual, a voucher for a personalized shopper and 15% off retail in the Pro Shop. Cost is $100 per person. Call 843.886.2002 for more information.

Golf 101 Spring Break 
Available Wednesday – Sunday, April 5-20, 2014
$25 per person
Perfect for the new, rusty or seasoned golfer. Receive group instruction from our professional staff during Spring Break and Easter. Clinics will be held Wednesday-Sunday at 2 p.m. from Saturday April 5 - Sunday April 20. All equipment is supplied. Classes are limited to a minimum of 2 students and a maximum of 5 per session. Call 843.886.2164.

Spring Tennis Clinics and Specials
To sign up for a tennis clinic, please call the Tennis Center at 843.886.2113.

Monday Night Pro Exhibition
March 31; April 7; April 14; April 21 
Catch the action as our tennis pros and members of the local tennis community take to the courts. Activities include on-court contests, raffles and refreshments for everyone. This event is complimentary and takes place at the Tennis Center. Begins at 5:30 p.m. on the select Monday dates above.

Adult Tennis Instruction

Saturday Adult Round Robins (All levels) 
Saturdays, starting April 5
This program provides a fun and social tennis experience. Starting April 5, Saturday Adult Round 
Robins take place every Saturday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sign up by Friday at 4 p.m. Cost is $15 per session. Call 843.886.2113.

Stroke of the Day Clinic (All levels) 
Daily, 9-10 a.m.
$29 per person per session
Each day offers the opportunity to practice a new stroke with emphasis on consistency, control and spin. 
Monday - forehand and backhand 
Tuesday - approach shot and volley 
Wednesday - lob and overhead 
Thursday - serve and return 
Friday - drop shot and week review 
Saturday and Sunday - instructor’s choice

Daily Drill (All levels) 
Daily, 10-11 a.m.
$29 per person per session
This exhilarating, fast-paced practice session features a new theme each day to take your game to the next level. 
Monday - forehand and backhand 
Tuesday - approach shot and volley 
Wednesday - lob and overhead 
Thursday - serve and return 
Friday - doubles strategies 
Saturday and Sunday - instructor’s choice

Daily Duo (All levels) 
Daily, 9-11 a.m.
$50 per person per session
Interested in both the Stroke of the Day and Daily Drill? Combine them in the Daily Duo and save!

Junior Tennis Instruction

Tiny Tot Tennis (Ages 4-6) 
Daily, 8-8:45 a.m.
$20 per person
Children are introduced to tennis with the exciting new USTA Quick Start program as well as other fun games and activities.

Junior Masters (Ages 7-11) 
Daily, 9-11 a.m.
One-hour clinic: $29 per person
Two-hour clinic: $50 per person
Our instructors develop tennis fundamentals in this fun clinic designed for beginner to intermediate players. 

Future Stars Clinic (Ages 12-16) 
Daily, 9-11 a.m.
$50 per person
This clinic for young intermediate players features a variety of demanding drills to improve their game.

Charleston Area Events – April 2014

Cooper River Bridge Run
Saturday April 5, 2014
The Cooper River Bridge Run is a 10-K run that begins in Mount Pleasant and ends in downtown Charleston. The race, which promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity, takes place on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. For more information, visit Don’t forget to visit Sand & Sea for a relaxing massage after the run!

67th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens
March 20 – April 19, 2014
Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston's private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s month-long annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. Explore the Festival of Houses and Gardens events and purchase tickets.

Family Circle Cup
March 29 – April 6, 2014
Be a part of the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world. See Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Sloane Stephens and many others compete during this premiere tennis tournament at Family Circle Cup Stadium on Daniel Island. See the Family Circle Cup Tournament schedule, tickets and more information.

YMCA Flowertown Festival
April 4-6, 2014
This annual event is the largest arts and crafts festival in the state. It’s a family oriented three-day event held each spring, set against the backdrop of blooming azaleas at Summerville’s Azalea Park. Free admission.

See more Charleston area events and happenings and things to do in Charleston on our "Doing the Charleston" Pinterest board.

New to Wild Dunes Resort? Check out our Resort video gallery to see the fun and adventure that awaits! 



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