With so many kid-friendly things to do in Greenville, South Carolina — from discovering public art to cooling off in a water park to learning about stars and planets — chances are you’ll never run out of places to visit. Here’s a guide to some of the must-see children’s attractions in Greenville:
It’s helpful to have some ideas handy for when it’s too hot or too chilly to venture outside. One of the best ways to spend an afternoon with the little ones is by visiting The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This 80,000-square-foot, three-story space is filled with interactive exhibits designed to teach kids about culture, the arts, the environment, literacy, and health. For example, kids can pretend to be news anchors in the museum’s television studio, try their hands at building stuff in the Construction Zone exhibit, and interact with playful beams of light in the Light Waves Ahead exhibit.
At the Roper Mountain Science Center, kids can learn about astronomy at the planetarium, touch sea creatures in the marine lab, learn about life in South Carolina during the early 1800s at the Living History Farm exhibit, and gather data on tropical plants in the rainforest conservatory. The science center also hosts special events and workshops on a regular basis, including family science nights on the second Saturday of the month.
Families enjoy taking in performances at South Carolina Children’s Theatre, which has two stages. The main stage shows kid-friendly productions such as The Wizard of Oz, and the second stage is a smaller theater for younger kids that puts on productions such as puppet shows and encourages them to participate. Another arts-related family activity is the Sundays at 2 series at the Greenville County Museum of Art, where kids and adults can collaborate on a family art project every Sunday at 2 p.m.
Greenville has no shortage of things to do for when the weather is nice. Located downtown in Cleveland Park, Greenville Zoo is a 14-acre complex featuring more than 300 animals. Given its compact size, it would be a snap to visit the monkeys, lions, giraffes, toucans, and alligators in a few hours. Special age-appropriate, hands-on programs are held every day, where kids can learn about specific animals and interact with them.
The city has an abundance of other activities in the city’s parks. The Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park is a fairy tale-themed park that also has an exhibit that has a plant representing every letter of the alphabet. During summer, kids can don their swimsuits and cool off in the Children’s Fountain, a splash fountain with a railroad theme located in an area downtown known as RiverPlace. Speaking of water fun, the city’s parks department runs three water parks, Discovery Island, Otter Creek, and Seventh Inning Splash, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, pools, and playgrounds.
Falls Park is described as an oasis in downtown Greenville, complete with waterfalls, gardens, a splash park, playground, and picnic areas. The park’s showcase feature is Liberty Bridge, a 345-foot pedestrian suspension bridge about 30 feet above Reedy River, a spot that kids enjoy. Nearby McPherson Park has a public miniature golf course designed with kids in mind.
One of the beloved kid’s activities is Mice on Main, a public art display. Nine bronze mice are hidden along five blocks along Main Street, and the city provides clues and maps to help families on their quest to locate them all.