Best Myrtle Beach Bets for Little Kids

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Best Myrtle Beach Bets for Little Kids

Family vacations are supposed to be fun for the whole, um, family, right?

Yet sometimes the youngest kids don’t get their way and wind up at the mercy of the big kids’ whims. Well, we’re here to stick up for the little guys — the ones too small or squirmy to say, “Hey, what about me?”

We’re happy to report that Myrtle Beach has their fun, and plenty for their siblings and parents, too.

Here are our favorite spots to let your wee ones go wild:

Ripley's Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium

Probably the best local attraction for the toddler (and above) set, next to building sandcastles at the beach. This show-stopping display of some of the rarest, brightest, toothiest (gotta check out the shark tunnel) creatures of the ocean will leave your whole clan slack-jawed. Pet a ray or hit the slide in the activity room to get some of that energy out, and then take a leisurely gander at the magnificent sea life on display. Did we mention the Mermaid Show? We’ve heard big city residents say Ripley’s blows their local aquarium out of the, uh, water.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Grand Strand’s Triple-A baseball club brings the joy of the game down to a smaller (read: more affordable) scale with loads of summertime home games. You might be balking at the idea of a little kid sitting through nine innings of baseball, but the Pelicans offer lots of great entertainment, promotions and kid-friendly snacks, and if you can stick it out until the end, children can run the bases post-game. And if you bail after three innings? No big deal, since tickets don’t even scratch the surface of MLB prices.

Family Kingdom

Family Kingdom

This oceanside amusement park has loads of rides and activities for small kids, such as water boats, kiddie coasters, and car and truck rides. They move slow enough to not be frightening, but still give your little ones a big thrill. If you’ve got older children in your crew, Family Kingdom has more than enough coasters to keep them happy.

Myrtle Waves

Myrtle Waves

This gigantic waterpark boasts a “Bubble Bay” for the littlest among us. With 7,000 square feet of space, the tikes can splash and kick without being in others’ way, and it’s shallow enough that they can stand (with assistance, of course) in the water. Head over to one of the bubble jets or water umbrellas for more squeal-inducing fun. And you know the best part? This all but guarantees a crazy-good afternoon nap.

Rockin' Jump

Rockin' Jump

Rockin’ Jump is an indoor trampoline park that is great for all ages! They offer special times just for tots each morning so that the little ones can have a safe and fun time. This is also a good opportunity for parents to burn some calories in a fun way while the kiddos are bouncin’ on the trampoline.