It’s already March, but Spring still seems so far away. Looking for an activity or two that will help get the kids out of the house and off the electronics? Even though it is tempting to plop them in front of the TV, there is something to be said for fresh air. As parents ourselves, we felt the need to share with you the fun things we’ve found that won’t break the bank. Gather up the kiddos and get out of the pre-Spring slump!
Ages 4 – 10 / Elementary / Homeschool
County Library Branches
Do you have a Harry Potter fan, a STEAM participant, or a lover of hands-on creative activities? Local libraries in Upstate counties offer a large assortment of activities for Elementary aged students, geared for a child’s age and attention span. Your child can participate in activities involving science, literature, and history while enjoying music, stories, games, and crafts. The libraries also offer movie nights with snacks and weekly series on books or crafts. A perfect place to meet new friends and enjoy a low cost, safe environment to unwind. Click the links below for your county and check out the calendars which are easy to filter by location and age.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC is focused on educational fun for kids under 12. From weekly events (Open Art Studios & Random Acts of Science) to special events through the year, all class times are convenient for homeschoolers or after-school activities. With theme centered areas and an experienced staff, your child will certainly enjoy the opportunity to learn in a fun and creative way. The museum is also a great place to visit for a rainy day or a weekend. Learn from hands-on stations and activities that make learning fun for all ages. Learn about the human body, heavy equipment and even how musical instruments make their sounds. With an admission price of $9, it makes a perfect weekend outing. Be on the lookout for Summer Camps and Field Trips coming soon. To check it all out, click here.
BONUS- Seedlings Restaurant is now open to the public! Enjoy their kid-friendly menu while supporting your local farmers. 80% of all ingredients used at Seedlings is locally grown. To see the menu or to get more information, click this link.
Big Air (Greenville & Spartanburg)
Break out your craziest pair of socks! Rainy days and weekends can make anyone have a touch of cabin fever. That’s where Big Air in Greenville or Spartanburg can help. They have so much more than a few trampolines, they have a matrix of trampolines to give your child the high-flying thrills your little daredevil needs. Add to that The Gauntlet obstacle course, Climbing Wall, Bullpen, Foam Pit, and many other attractions and you have a full day of fun. Admission is based per hour ($15 for the first hour, $8 each additional hour- per jumper) and admission includes all attractions on the floor.
Check out the site here for special deals such as Homeschool Jump and Family Fun nights.
The Arts Center of Clemson
Is your child showing interest in art? Do they enjoy expressing their inner Van Gogh while getting their hands dirty? Located in Clemson, The Art Center is a not for profit community center bringing the arts to all members. From watercolors and oils on wood or textile, their creativity can come to life under the watchful eye of the experienced staff. Clay classes and even photography are also available for many ages. With so many choices, you may have to pick a large wall to showcase their talent! The classes fill up quickly, so click here to see the Youth Class options and get more information on Summer Camp
The Big E – Gaffney
Located next to the Gaffney Premium Outlet Mall, this HUGE facility has a great assortment of activities- all in one place. Enjoy a movie, ride the bumper cars, challenge friends to laser tag, win big in the arcade, show off on the mini golf course, or feel the thrill of the ropes course. All activities are age-appropriate and individually priced so that you can plan your day your way. With plenty of choices for everyone in your family, The Big E is a great choice for a day of fun and family time. Check out their website for more information on attractions and packages.