It is the best of times, but it can also produce the most boring of times. I’m talking about summer. The kids are out of school, the sun is high in the sky, and you’re…well you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained and yourself sane. Fret not, dear Upstaters, we’ve got just the solution, seven of them to be exact! We’ve rounded up some ways to keep the young ones having fun that are also unique. Think of all the stories they’ll have when they go back to school. You’re getting “Cool Parent” points already. Here are Seven Summer Activities To Keep Your Kids Off The Couch.
7 Summer Activities To Keep Your Kids Off The Couch
Sky Zone Sky Camps – Greenville, SC
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no… it’s your kid? Ok, so they won’t actually be in the sky, but they will be defying gravity at one of Sky Zone’s Sky Camps. Offering both full and half day options, Sky Camps are the perfect way to keep your kids happy and active. Plus, it won’t be the worst thing to have them tuckered out when they get home. Be sure to check Sky Zone’s website for all of the dates and be sure to sign up early. So, what are you waiting for? Bounce over to their site here.
Archery Tag at Saluda River Archery – Piedmont, SC
Ever since the Hunger Games became a thing, archery has been having a moment, and we can understand why. There is something pretty cool and primitive about archery. Saluda River Archery is here to foster this age-old skill. Maybe your kids won’t be fending off a ravenous horde, but they can still aim for the bullseye. They can also participate in something known as Archery Tag. Imagine paintball, but with bows and arrows. This is a completely safe game that uses arrows with padded tips. Your child can live out an action-adventure fantasy and not get injured or killed. Pull the bow and follow the arrow to their website here.
Geocaching – All over the Upstate
Have you ever wanted to hunt for treasure? Of course you have, no use in denying it. You’re in luck, as treasure hunting is surprisingly simple. Hunt for treasure, and become part of something bigger with Geocaching. This is something you can do with the kids instead of shipping them off to a day camp. Want to Geocache? Easy enough, just download the app on your phone, create a profile, and you’re ready to start hunting. The beauty of Geocaching is that you can do it anywhere. There are caches pretty much everywhere you go. That gives you an excuse to explore the Upstate AND search for treasure. The hunt begins, find their website here.
Get SCUBA Certified – Spartanburg, SC
Escaping the heat in the cool waters of a lake is a summer staple here in the Upstate. However, you can go to new levels (or depths, as it were) when you sign your kids up to get SCUBA certified. To SCUBA, you have to be at least 10, but just imagine how cool your tween will be when they can dive in one of the local lakes and discover a new underwater world. The Scuba Shop in Spartanburg offers varying degree of classes, so once your kid passes the beginner courses, they can go on to even more advanced techniques. They can even work their way up to night diving! Take the plunge and visit their website here.
Acting and Theater Classes at The SC Children’s Theater – Greenville, SC
Has your child caught the new bug? Oh, you haven’t heard? It’s really going around. It’s…the acting bug. If your child has caught the acting bug, then may we prescribe one of the Summer Camps at the SC Children’s Theater. This is another set of camps for which you’ll want to sign up early. Your child can learn about all things theater in this fun and friendly environment. They can even flex their comedy chops at one of the improv camps. If the camp your child wants to attend fills up, there are waiting lists. Dim the house lights and head over to their website here.
Zoo Camp @ The Greenville Zoo – Greenville, SC
Does your child love animals? Maybe they have a passion for conservation? Then you’ll want to sign them up for a Zoo Camp at the Greenville Zoo. Your kids will have tons of fun learning about interesting and unique animals. They may even get some hands-on experience with a furry critter or two. Yes, you could just let them run around the yard in the hopes of finding a raccoon or an opossum, but that’s dangerous, and opens the potential for rabies. Luckily, the camps at the zoo focus on different skill sets that can help your child flourish and grow…with ZERO potential for rabies! Hop, climb, or crawl to their website, and sign your kids up here.
Summer at Roper Mountain Science Center – Greenville, SC
There has been a big push in the direction of STEAM classes and careers recently, and with good reason. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics are all vitally important fields of study. Roper Mountain is making sure that learning doesn’t have to be confined to the school year. That is because they are offering a summer filled with fun activities! Along with the usual Fridays at the Planetarium and Second Saturdays, Roper Mountain also has a whole host of Summer Camps for all age levels. The Butterfly Adventure is also making a triumphant return. Flutter over to their website to find out more here.
Visit Your Local Library – All over the Upstate
Fun, educational, and (mostly) free? That’s right folks, you can find all three of these things by visiting your local library! There are branches all over the Upstate, and you’ll be shocked at how much they offer. From free classes, to story times, to other social events, the library system caters to many age ranges. If events aren’t your speed, you can get a library card and read the summer away. Is there anything better than a satisfying summer read? We have made it even easier by linking to each county’s main library page. So get reading, Upstate, and find out more at the links below.
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