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About Kidding Around®

Wondering who we are and what we do at Kidding Around? You’re in the right place because you’ve found our About page. We’ll tell you how got started and who we are and what we do today. Then we’ll introduce you to our team members and some ways you can connect with us!

This article includes:
What is Kidding Around Greenville? Our Story
How to Connect With Kidding Around®
Who is Kidding Around®? Meet Our Team Members
Advertise With Kidding Around®

About Kidding Around

The Kidding Around® Story

Kidding Around Greenville started as a project in 2012 with two friends Bethany Winston and Susan McClure who had a big idea to create a one-stop resource for families in Greenville, SC.

Today, Kidding Around Media is the winner of the 2021 Best of the Upstate’s “Social Media Resource”, 2022 Entrepreneurial Success Award, and offers Upstate South Carolina’s largest family calendar, a popular Facebook page, frequent giveaways, and an ever-growing list of resources and tips for parents in the area.

Bethany Winston receives 2022 Entrepreneurial Success Award
Bethany Winston received the 2022 Entrepreneurial Success Award.

Kidding Around Greenville is known for tapping into the heart of Greenville and bringing readers firsthand reviews of the best things to do and see in the Upstate and Southeast region. Readers use Kidding Around® to find things to do, places to visit, and businesses and resources they need, helping them to make wonderful memories with their families.

The Kidding Around® Vision

Our vision at Kidding Around® is to be the go-to local family resource for fun, recommendations, dining, and travel.

We are the guide to fun for every generation of kid.

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Meet Our Team

Kidding Around Team Members
Kidding Around® Team (From left to right) India Menon, Elizabeth Lambert, Shannon Pruitt, Bethany Winston, Erin Gorges, Maria Bassett, Sara Wierer, Kristina Hernandez

Bethany Winston: Owner and Editor-in-Cheif

Contact Bethany

Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live.

Elizabeth Lambert: Client Manager

Contact Elizabeth

Elizabeth Lambert moved to the Upstate in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the natural beauty of the area. She enjoys taking her three kids hiking and camping and is an aspiring gardener. As one of the founding Branch Ambassadors of Hike it Baby Greenville, she loves being active in the community and is so excited to continue that by working for Kidding Around Greenville.

Erin Gorges: Assistant Content Manager

Contact Erin

Erin is a Greenville, South Carolina native who loves taking her two young daughters on adventures around the Upstate. Erin enjoys gardening, hiking, and dabbling in DIY projects. Her favorite things to do with her husband and kids include sensory activities, swimming, playing with their dogs, and exploring the local state and national parks.

Kristina Hernandez: Social Media and Newsletter

Contact Kristina

Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer, and a photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

Maria Bassett: Content Manager

Contact Maria

Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond. Their home is run by a spoiled bearded dragon named Frankie, and a ridiculous number of house plants and laundry.

Melani Crone: Intern

Meani is the first Kidding Around Intern. She’s currently managing the Kidding Around calendar and contributing to the team helping with social media and guide content.

Sara Wierer: Sales Assistant

Contact Sara

Sara is the newest member of the Kidding Around team! Check back soon to learn about Sara.

Shannon Pruitt: Team Contributor

Shannon moved to the Upstate after college, and other than a brief few years in Florida, has stayed. A former teacher, she is now the mom of one beautiful girl and works from home as a writer, web designer, and social media strategist. She believes tacos don’t have to be reserved for Tuesdays, shamelessly listens to crime podcasts, and fuels herself on a daily cup of coffee (or two). You can find her on Instagram @shannonroyalpruitt

Advertise with Kidding Around®

Kidding Around helps local businesses, regional travel destinations, and Upstate resources connect with readers looking for the services they offer. Our readers come back to Kidding Around® for ideas and information again and again. Find our how to advertise with us on our Kidding Around Advertising page.

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