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The Peace Center: Broadway Performances, World-Class Musicians, and Top Tier Comedians

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Have you enjoyed a performance at the Peace Center? Broadway productions are just one of the many events hosted at this stunning theatre in Greenville, SC. The event space regularly hosts comedians, musicians, symphony and ballet performances, and special events.

The Peace Center: Broadway performances, musical acts, and comedian event space in Greenville, South Carolina.

Peace Center Ticket Giveaway: Coco in Concert

Giveaway: Peace Center is bringing Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert on Tour to their stage October 21st at 6:30 PM. One lucky Kidding Around reader will win 4 FREE TICKETS to the show! Scroll down to enter. Thank you to the Peace Center for sponsoring this giveaway!

One lucky Kidding Around reader will win 4 FREE TICKETS to see Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert on Tour at the Peace Center. This giveaway runs from October 10 – October 17, 2023, 11:59PM. Scroll down to enter. Good luck!

Disney Pixar’s Coco in Concert on Tour

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Disney and Pixar’s Coco is directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist Monsters University), and produced by Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3).

Disney Pixar’s Coco Live-to-Film Concert on Tour features a screening of the complete film with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s musical score performed by the 20-member Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México. In addition to the original score by Giacchino, Coco also features the Oscar®-winning song “Remember Me” by Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco and co-director and screenwriter Adrian Molina.

Showtime: October 21, 2023, 6:30 PM

Giveaway Terms & Conditions

Not only that, but the Peace Center partners with several local art organizations to allow them to present their performances regularly. So, grab your tickets and enrich your life with one of the spectacular shows at the Peace Center!

  • You must be 18 or older and live in the USA to enter this giveaway.
  • You must use a valid email address to enter this giveaway.
  • We will contact the winner via the email address provided on October 18, 2023. The winner will have 24 hours to respond via email. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen. Directions for claiming the prize will be given via email. A valid photo ID and/or mailing address may be required.
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Types of Events at the Peace Center

The Peace Center currently has three event spaces where you can catch some fabulous theatre productions and musical acts. The Peace Concert Hall usually houses the biggest productions, like Broadway performances and major musical acts. You will find more intimate performances and special events in the Gunther Theatre adjacent to the main hall.  

The Peace Center also has an outdoor performance space right on the Reedy River, the Peace Pavillion. There, you can boogie to the White Claw summer concert series and other special events. Occasionally throughout the year, you will find speakers and Peace Talk events in the Ramsaur Studio.

WICKED at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC
WICKED at the Peace Center

Peace Center Broadway Productions 2023-2024

It is pretty hard to make it to New York City to see a Broadway production, especially when you have kids. No worries, because the Peace Center hosts several Broadway performances each year, many of which are Tony Award-winning productions! 

These showings make an excellent date night or even go by yourself for some quality alone time. All of the shows are highly technical and have all the glitz, spectacular set design, and highly acclaimed actors and actresses that you would find on Broadway.

The Peace Center Broadway 2023-2024 season includes:

Performance held at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC.

Concerts, Comedians, Ballet, and More!

The Peace Center hosts some of the world’s most popular and iconic musicians and comedians throughout the year. The larger performances are usually held in the Peace Concert Hall. This event space has three levels, including the orchestra, the founder’s circle (the first piece of the balcony), and the third balcony. 

The acoustics are some of the best around, everything sounds better there because of the fabulous architectural design. Seating at the event space is comfortable, so the enjoyment is elevated. 

You can find information on the upcoming events at the Peace Center, including seating chart information, on their webpage to help you choose the best seats for your next night out.

If you are a classical music or jazz lover, then you will find some of the best symphony performances at The Gunter Theatre and the Peace Concert Hall throughout the year! They even have keynote speakers and special symphony events like Harry Potter and the Sorcerors Stone in Concert.

You can also watch spectacular ballet productions, including annual performances of The Nutcracker by the International Ballet each winter. These performances are stunning, and a wonderful way to get your children interested in performance arts.

Peace Pavilion White Claw Concert Series

Enjoy live music right on the Reedy River at the Peace Center’s White Claw Concerts at the Peace Pavilion. These outdoor concerts are pretty popular, so tickets tend to sell out quickly! 

Food purchases from The Wyche can be brought into the venue, so if you’re looking to snack and drink while you listen to excellent music, this is the place! You can also drink alcohol during the White Claw concerts, so be sure to get your 21+ wristbands at The Wyche or the box office before the show begins. 

The seats at this venue are lawn seating, so we recommend bringing blankets, chairs, or seat cushions so that you are comfortable. You can also pay a little extra for Genevieve’s Seating, where you will have access to an air-conditioned lounge, a cash bar, a balcony view of the Reedy River, and private restrooms.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Peace Center is highly accessible and offers various accommodations to make all of its guests comfortable, including wheelchair accessibility, sign language interpreters, and assistive listening. Learn more about additional Performance accessibility on the Peace Center website. 
  • Food and drink are not allowed inside the venue spaces except for the outdoor Peace Pavilion.
  • You are not allowed to take photos inside the concert halls, so keep your cell phones silent and take in the memory! 
  • Some shows are appropriate for children, but that is at the discretion of the parents. The Peace Center does recommend that children 5 and under not attend performances. 
  • Learn more about buying tickets and attending the show on the Peace Center’s information page.
The front entrance of the Peace Center in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina

Dining at Genevieve’s: Restaurant Inside the Peace Center

You can hold a table at Genevieve’s if you would like to have dinner and drinks before the event. This full-service restaurant is a great way to start your date night. The restaurant is open two hours before the event showtime. It is also open between the matinee and evening show during Broadway performances.

There are also several excellent restaurants in the area surrounding the Peace Center. You will find some of the best restaurants in our Guide to Restaurants in Downtown Greenville, including reviews and recommendations based on various criteria.  

Restaurants in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

Dining Downtown?

Check out our Guide to Restaurants in Downtown Greenville to make your date night perfect!

Peace Center Tickets

The only way to safely purchase Peace Center tickets for Broadway shows and musical acts is directly through the Peace Center event page or from the box office. If you would like to purchase a subscription package for the Peace Center Broadway productions, you can do that as well. The subscription gives you discounted tickets, premium seating options, and early access if you need additional tickets.

It is best to steer clear of third-party sellers to avoid annoying price hikes and the risk of receiving unusable tickets. 

Learn more about digital ticketing and seating charts on the Peace Center website.

Parking Near the Peace Center

There is free parking along Main Street and crossing side streets. Public parking garages in the area can be found in our KA Guide to Parking in Downtown Greenville. The Poinsett Garage and River Place Garage are two of the closest parking garages to the Peace Center. 

During events, there are several paid parking lots in the vicinity, including directly across the street beside Grill Marks.

Check out our Guide to Parking in Downtown Greenville to find the best places to park (many of which are free nights and weekends).

Parking near the Peace Center in Greenville, SC

Coming by 2030: AMP- The Music Project

By 2030, the Peace Center plans to expand through its AMP project. This expansion is a huge undertaking that is going to transform several buildings around the main theatre, further solidifying Greenville as an art and music epicenter of the SouthEast. 

The expansion will house the Coach Music Factory, a multi-genre music venue in addition to a listening room and lounge, The Mockingbird. The Peace Center plans to renovate several buildings in the process with the AMP vision. Keep an eye out for more information about the 2030 Vision Plan.

Peace Center
300 West Broad Street, Greenville
Box office hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Top Things to Do at Falls Park in Greenville, SC

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Have you explored Falls Park? Greenville SC has one of the most gorgeous parks in the country. Falls Park on the Reedy River is the statement piece of the West End of Downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

With the Liberty Bridge as the centerpiece, grassy fields to frolic in, gardens to explore, and even some special events throughout the year, the park makes a great place to play at. Find out why Falls Park is one of the nation’s best city parks for 2023, and why we love it too! 

Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, SC

What We Love To Do at Falls Park

If you are looking for something family-friendly to do in Greenville SC, Falls Park on the Reedy River is a wonderful day to spend the day. Its natural beauty has been amplified by strategic gardening and architectural planning, adding to its charm and Southern romanticism.

What used to be a grist mill has transformed into a charming area to relax and connect with our community in large part to a combined effort of Furman University, the City of Greenville, and the Carolina Foothills Garden Club. Good thing they put in so much effort because Falls Park is thriving!

Looking at the falls and Medusa Tree, at Falls Park, Greenville, SC

Take in the Sights on Liberty Bridge

The suspension bridge, plastered on postcards, magazine articles, and Greenville merchandise, is stunning. The bridge is an architectural masterpiece that offers spectacular views of the falls.

If you walk out onto the bridge, it is a great place to take photos while taking in views of the falls and downtown Greenville. Liberty Bridge is particularly beautiful at night, as the area is lit up with lights, and the downtown area is illuminated. 

Enjoy a Picnic on the Grassy Spaces

Located around Liberty Bridge is several open field areas to lay down a blanket for a picnic, play with your kids, or watch street performers and buskers on a warm afternoon. Though you may be tempted to take a dip in the river while playing in the grassy spaces, know that it is forbidden to play in the Reedy River. The river has a high level of bacteria that can make you sick!

Explore the Gardens

The Carolina Foothills Garden Club Sanctuary and Pedrick’s Garden at Falls Park are two of the most popular downtown. These gardens feature mixes of foliage, literal tons of gorgeous stonework, and are a great way to have your kids burn off some energy. We always see a lizard or two while there.

Be sure to get the obligatory photo with the Medusa tree located near the Governor’s School. Many of the gardens run along the river, so be careful not to damage the plants while exploring. There are also a number of ducks, geese, and other wildlife you will want to be sure to avoid. Never feed the ducks bread!

Lawn areas and view of the Reedy River at Falls Park, Greenville, SC.

Linky Stone Park, Greenville, SC

Explore more gardens near Greenville, SC, several of which are near Falls Park!

Special Events Held at Falls Park

Most of the popular events in Downtown Greenville spill over into the Falls Park area, but there are several regularly scheduled events that occur here.

Reedy River Duck Derby

Every spring, thousands descend upon Falls Park to watch little yellow ducks float over the falls in hopes of winning a grand prize. Don’t worry, they are little rubber ducks, but the event is so much fun! Before the ducks fall over the falls, there are tons of family-friendly activities throughout the park, including face painting, duck-related crafts, and more.

The Duck Derby in Greenville, SC

Learn More about the annual Reedy River Duck Derby at Falls Park, Greenville, SC

Upstate Shakespeare Festival

This FREE festival runs from the end of May until the end of July each year in Falls Park. Performances on held on the stage located down the stairs and to the right of Liberty Bridge on the grassy field at the TD Amphitheatre.

Shows are around 2 hours long, and showcase classic Shakespearean plays such as Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and more! Bring a lawn chair, a picnic blanket, and maybe even a bottle of wine (21 and older with a $1 wristband) to have a perfect night out!

Moonlight Movies

Every Thursday in September and October, you can watch a free movie on the lawn of Falls Park. There are local food vendors, and alcohol is allowed if you purchase a $1 wristband. The movies are typically teen and adult-friendly and include some popular titles that you will actually enjoy watching. 

The Greenville Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge

The annual Greenville Christmas Market is located right off the end of the Liberty Bridge on the grassy field in front of the Grand Bohemian Lodge. This outdoor market runs from late November to Early January and has gifts, treats, and more for the perfect gift. Your kids can also meet with Santa. There is also a stunning 20ft Christmas tree you can smell from the other side of the bridge.

Greenville Christmas Market scenes

The Greenville Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge is the place to be during the holiday season!

Dining Near Falls Park

There are dozens of dining options near Falls Park, but if you’re looking for views of the park, then these restaurants and cafes will fit your criteria.

Spill the Beans

This cafe has delicious coffee, gourmet ice cream, milkshakes, and more. If you want to eat inside, they have a window view of the falls, but you can sit outside around the fountains and enjoy your sweet treat as well. 

Passerelle French Bistro

The bistro sits right off the stairs that lead down to Liberty Bridge. They offer French cuisine, indoor and outdoor seating, and the perfect date night atmosphere.

What’s your favorite thing to do at Falls Park?

Falls Park Guide to Downtown Greenville, SC.

Looking for More Things to Do? Check out our KA Guide to Downtown Greenville, SC in Greenville County.

An Upstate Outdoor Favorite: Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a place to enjoy the great outdoors in Greenville, SC? Paris Mountain State Park, located 15 minutes outside the city of Greenville off State Park Road, is a staple to the Greenville outdoorsy community. You can hike over 17 miles of trails, mountain bike the ridge, and even take a swim with the kids in Lake Placid. The park has multiple trails of varying difficulty.

Plus, Paris Mountain has family-friendly camping sites that make camping more enjoyable. Find out all of the things the only state park in Greenville has to offer in our handy guide.


Experience the Culture of Italy at Gio’s Pastry Shop, Caffee, and Italian Grocery in Fountain Inn, SC

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Satisfy your craving for Italian cuisine at Gio’s Pastry Shop, Caffee, and Italian Market in Fountain Inn, SC! Gio’s offers a large selection of homemade and imported Italian and Italian American goods, including homemade pastries, cookies, and cakes. Their shop also sells a multitude of Italian groceries, sandwiches, salads, and even serves fresh coffee. There is no better way to experience a culture than through food, and Gio’s will bring a little slice of Italy into your life.

Homemade Baked Goods, The Italian Way

Gio’s has one of the most diverse selections of Italian baked goods in Greenville, thanks to owner Maria Natale. Her pursuit to fulfill her customer’s cravings for Italian desserts ignited Gio’s popularity in the Fountain Inn community.  From homemade cannolis, mini cannoli cheesecakes, Italian rainbow cookies, and Sfogliatelle (Clamshell) pastries, no wonder Gio’s has quickly become a go-to bakery. They even have gluten-free options!

Gio’s also produces homemade bread that has a delicious crunchy outside encasing a soft and fluffy inside. Kidding Around’s Maria says that Gio’s bread is the closest to NYC’s Italian bread that she has found in the south. Walking into Gio’s will transport your senses straight to an Italian kitchen. Paired with the vibe of Gio’s, you will feel like you coming home to your Nonna baking in the kitchen (even if you’re not Italian).

Gio's fountain inn - Italian pastry
Sfgliatelle at Gio’s Pastry Shop

Groceries and Goods Found at Gio’s

Along with Gio’s staple pastries and baked goods, they sell a wide selection of Italian groceries and premade meals. Many of their grocery items are imported directly from Italy, so nothing gets more authentic than that. You can also purchase from a selection of premade foods, such as Pasta Fagioli and Italian Wedding Soup. They even have several varieties of fresh-made pasta and sauce to purchase for your next Italian-inspired meal. Don’t forget to grab some delicious mozzarella to top it off.

So, grab the family and go explore the culture of Italy through the pastries and meals you can find at Gio’s, without ever having to leave Greenville!

Gluten-Free options at Gio’s Pastry Shop

You can also pick up some awesome coloring books from local artist Brandi Grover at Gio’s. Try a sample of her coloring pages featuring KAG mascot, Golly.

Gio’s Pastry Shop
218 South Main Street – Unit A, Fountain Inn | 864.724.2058

Hours of Operation
Wednesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday-Tuesday

Festival alert: Don’t miss the Italian American Heritage Festival in Fountain Inn, SC!

Bryson City, NC: Things to Do and Places to Stay in the Great Smoky Mountains

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Are you looking for a place to visit with mountain town charm? Bryson City, NC, located in Western North Carolina, fits that description perfectly. The downtown area offers unique shopping, rich history, and access to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.  There are also some pretty spectacular things to do in the surrounding nature areas that will get your kids excited to explore, including hiking, river tubing, and camping. Below, you will find some of the best things to do with your family while visiting Bryson City, NC.

bryson city, nc

Things to do in Bryson City, NC

Bryson City, NC has lots to do, especially since it is situated in the WNC portion of the Great Smoky Mountains. We gathered reviews of some of the adventures we have had in Bryson City, including river tubing, hiking, and riding the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

Go River Tubing on Deep Creek

If you’re looking for some fun riding the river through the mountain, then rent some tubes to go tubing on Deep Creek. This popular river tubing destination in Western North Carolina is affordable, fun, and a great choice to add to your summer bucket list! You will find places to rent tubes, what to expect, how to pack, and more in our KA review of river tubing on Deep Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Explore the Nantahala Outdoor Center

If you are yearning to leave the city and take a day trip to Bryson City, then the Nantahala Outdoor Center should absolutely be on the itinerary. This outdoor center has things to do with kids, whitewater rafting, riverfront dining options, hiking, ziplining, and more! Read more about the Great Smoky Mountain’s Nantahala Outdoor Center in our KA review.

Nantahala Outdoor Center
 13077 U.S. 19 West, Bryson City, NC

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad is a historical train with its depot station located in the heart of downtown Bryson City. The train is family-friendly and offers train rides through the Great Smoky Mountains, Nantahala National Forest, along the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, and is the place to be when fall foliage arrives. During the summer, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers deals for Kids Ride Free from May through August. Learn about the Kids Ride Free promotion in our KA review of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC

Seasonal Things to Do

There is something magical about being in a cozy mountain town during winter and the holiday season. We have some ideas of things to do that your entire family will love!

Visit Bryson City for the Holidays

The holiday season is full of magic, light displays, Christmas tree farms, and more! They even have ice skating to really bring the charm to the season. Check out our KA guide to Bryson City during the Holidays to plan your adventure into a real-life Christmas wonderful.

Ride the Polar Express on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad

There is almost nothing greater than creating magical memories for children. Riding the Polar Express on the Great Smoky Railroad is one of the most magical things you can do during the holidays! PJs, hot chocolate, magical bells. Sound familiar? The train leaves out of the historic Bryson City Depot and begins in early November each year. Tickets sell fast, so keep an eye out. Learn everything you need to know, including ticket information and what to expect, in our KA review of the Great Smoky Mountain’s Polar Express.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad: Polar Express
45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC

Unique Lodging Near Bryson City, NC

Being in the Great Smoky Mountains in Bryson City offers some unique places to lodge. With mountains, streams, and tons of trees, it’s the perfect place to stay if you love the outdoors. We have some lodging ideas below.

The map below contains Stay22 affiliate links.

Sky Ridge Yurts: Bryson City, NC

If you’re wanting a unique lodging experience outside of hotels, then Sky Ridge Yurts in Bryson City may just be it! This yurt village offers gorgeous, cozy yurts to spend the night in before you head out for a hike or adventure during your trip. You can learn all about Sky Ridge Yurts in our KA review, including rates, what it is like, and how much your kids will love it!

KA Review:
Sky Ridge Yurts
in Bryson City, NC

Sky Ridge Yurt interior pictures

Sky Ridge Yurts
200 Sky Ridge Drive, Bryson City, NC 

Make It a Day Trip!

KA Guide to Cherokee, NC,
20 minutes from Bryson City.

Street view of Cherokee, NC

Yellowbobbypins: Your Young Artist Will Love Creating at This Local Art Studio for Kids

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Have you been looking for art classes for kids in Greenville, SC? Make art, get messy with paint, learn something new, and take home their creation. What could be better? My four-year-old daughter and I were invited to create some art at one of Yellowbobbypins’ art classes at their Hampton Station location.

It was such a joyful experience that further strengthened her interest in the creative arts. Yellowbobbypins has art playgroups, art classes, party packages, and even art camps for the budding artist in your life. Find out more about Yellowbobbypins below.

Beginning September 5th, 2023, Yellowbobbypins with open its doors in its larger, expanded location at Hampton Station! Stay tuned for more information.

yellowbobbypins Greenville, SC

A special thank you to Lauren Runion, owner of Yellowbobbypins, for having us for this review!

Art Classes for Kids: Yellowbobbypins Art Camp at Hampton Station

My daughter loves to create art, but finding art classes for kids that fit her age range hasn’t always been easy. Good thing Yellowbobbypins has art classes for kids ages 2 – 12! From the moment we walked into Yellowbobbypins owner Lauren Runion’s studio space at Hampton Station, I knew we were in the perfect place to create comfortably. 

Firstly, Lauren exudes creativity and kindness. It was beautiful watching her interact with the children in a kind, calm, and direct way. Her passion for art is delightful and she is such a talented art educator. Her knowledge stems from many years of experience as an art teacher in the public school system.

Throughout the class, she patiently guided the kids through each step of their project and addressed each child by name. She was helpful and attentive to each child and their project.

My daughter is a little nervous in new situations (as am I), and Lauren made it a point to ask her questions about her art pieces and to include her with the other children who regularly attend classes. This really brought out her creativity and interest in the class, making for a memorable experience for both of us.

yellowbobbypins art classes

Drop-in and Semester Long Art Classes

For the budding artist in your life, Yellowbobbypins offers semester classes, drop-in art classes, and online classes. Classes strengthen creative problem-solving, build confidence, and teach about various art techniques such as painting, drawing, and mixed media art. 

The in-person art classes are located at the Hampton Station studio. Kids of all ages are welcome, with classes in groups of different age ranges (4-6 years old; 7-9 years old; 10-12 years old). Parents can opt to have their child in the classes for the full semester, exploring a core theme throughout. Or, drop-in classes are also available, where the child can join the group to explore the theme for that day. 

There are class options for morning, afternoon, and evening classes throughout the week. When my daughter went for a drop-in visit, she explored Mexican Hojalata metal and mirror art! These classes are 1 hour long, guided classes with the instructor, Lauren, and the kids constantly learn as they go.  Classes are available throughout the school year, but there are no classes during the summertime (but there are summer camps your child can join!). Find out more and register for art classes at Yellowbobbypins on their website.

yellowbobbypins art classes

Art Playgroup: Wee Create at Yellowbobbypins

Have a young kid who loves to make art? Worried about the mess that usually comes along with arts and crafts with small kids? Worry no more! Yellowbobbypins offers Wee Create art playgroups for ages 2-6. Plus, you do not have to worry about cleanup. These classes are currently available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings. Here, parents and children can engage in art play that strengthens creativity through engaging and interactive lessons. Kids will build on their fine motor skills, explore with their hands with art materials, socialize with other kids, and engage their senses through sensory play.

During the art playgroup, the kids will explore different sensory stations with different topics, like oceans and cities. Adult participation is required for the art playgroups, but parents will have just as much fun creating as their kids will. Art playgroups are 1-hour long morning classes, with some parent/child activity classes occasionally offered during evening hours. You can register for classes on the Yellowbobbypins website.

Yellowbobbypin art classes: Greenville, SC

Art Summer Camp with Yellowbobbypins

Summer camp at Yellowbobbypins is a fun way to keep your child engaged during summer break! They have several themed art camps available to choose from, with camps like Dollhouse Camp and Harry Potter Camp! Each camp is 1 week long from Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 12 pm. Check out the current availability for summer camps on the Yellowbobbypins website!

Of course, you can see all the summer camps in Greenville on our huge Summer Camp Guide to Greenville, SC.

Art Birthday Parties at Yellowbobbypins

Yellowbobbypins also hosts parties for ages 2 and up! The space is perfect for an intimate birthday party centered around art and learning new things. Parents can choose from three party packages, including painting parties for ages 6 and older, Little Parties for ages 2-6 years old, or a custom event of your choosing! Party packages start at $200 and can be offsite or at the Yellowbobbypins studio at Hampton Station in Greenville, SC.

Would your child love a visit to Yellowbobbypins?

1320 Hampton Avenue Extension
Greenville, SC

3 Helpful Babysitter Services Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking to find the perfect babysitter? Greenville, SC offers several options. We know the process of finding trustworthy childcare for your little ones can be stressful. Because of this, babysitting and nanny services are emerging that require strict background checks. These extra security steps are helping eliminate many parents’ fears about who exactly is caring for their children.

This list includes babysitter services that pride themselves on providing top-notch caregivers that are ready to help your family thrive!

Babysitter Services in Greenville, SC

Find the Perfect Babysitter Near Greenville, SC

Jovie: Childcare Reimagined

Services Greenville, SC; Nationally

Jovie has reimagined childcare to meet the needs of today’s families. Meet the Jovie squad, your team and companion in childcare. Jovie has over 20 years of experience and expertise as college nannies and sitters. Jovie offers in-home childcare for work, date nights, or whenever you need it. Jovie has you covered.

Platinum Sitters

Platinum Sitters Website
Services Greenville, SC

Platinum Sitters require sitters have a clean background check, a clean driving record, and multiple years of childcare experience. Most importantly, caregivers must love working with children! Platinum Sitters offers occasional care, recurring services, and special group event rates. Check out their website for more information.

Smartsitters South Carolina

Smartsitters South Carolina Website
Services throughout Upstate, SC

Smartsitters South Carolina conducts one-on-one interviews and several security checks on all caregivers. Some services offered include on-demand and overnight care, nursery staffing, and recurring services. Excitedly, Smartsitters offers concierge service! Request a sitter directly through their website.

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More Child Care Options

For more childcare options, check out our list of Parents’ Night Out/Kids’ Night Out Events hosted by local kids’ venues in Greenville, SC. You may also want to scroll through our Ultimate Guide to Daycare in Greenville and the Upstate and our Guide to Preschools and Day Care.

Create Art at These Women-Owned Art Studios in Greenville, SC

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Do you or your children enjoy creating art? These women-owned art studios throughout Greenville, SC offer classes, special events, and maker spaces for people to explore their artistic side while bringing a little color into their lives. These Greenville area artists are carving their name into the art scene by helping develop the next generation of young artists by providing a creative space to play, learn, and thrive with art!

TR Makers Travelers Rest
TR Makers Co, Travelers Rest, SC

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Women-Owned Art Studios in Greenville, SC

TR Makers Co

3 South Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC

Kristin LaRoy of TR Makers Co is a multi-disciplinary arts integration teacher who created a maker space for children and adults to create art.TR Makers Co. offers playdates, mini-maker events, summer camps, after-school programs, and parties!

TRee House Cafe & Art Studio

27 South Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC

Make art and enjoy some coffee with Kristin Coward, owner of TRee House Cafe & Art Studio. Guests will find an art bar down the center of the cafe, offering a space to color, paint, and create while sipping coffee and eating panini’s. What a win-win!

TReehouse Cafe Travelers Rest
TReehouse Cafe & Art Studio, Travelers Rest, SC

Open Art Studios

14 South Main Street
Greenville, SC

Ashley Brickner, owner of Open Art Studios in Downtown Greenville, has created an immersive art experience with the combination Greenville Fine Art Gallery, DIY Space, and Event Space. Drop in to paint, join a Group Drawing Class, or explore the gallery during art crawl the first Friday of every month.


1320 Hampton Avenue Extension, Studio 607
Greenville, SC

Lauren Runion, owner of YellowBobbyPins, is guiding young children to explore their inner artist and strengthen their creative confidence through art classes, summer camps, online art classes, and even parties! Parents can sign up their child for classes through the YellowBobbyPins website.

Art for kids at Artisphere

Looking for more art studios?

Check out our list of 13 places Where Kids Can Make Art Near Greenville, SC!

Are you ready to create some art?


¿Usted o sus hijos disfrutan creando arte? Estos estudios de arte propiedad de mujeres en Greenville, Carolina del Sur, ofrecen clases, eventos especiales y espacios para que las personas exploren su lado artístico mientras aportan un poco de color a sus vidas. Esta área de artistas de la localidad está grabando su nombre dentro de las artes escénicas, ayudando a desarrollar la próxima generación de jóvenes artistas, al proporcionar un espacio creativo para jugar, aprender y prosperar con el arte.

Estudios de arte Women Owned en Greenville, SC

TR Makers Co
3 South Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC

Kristin LaRoy de TR Makers Co. es una maestra de integración de artes multidisciplinarias que acondicionó un espacio para que niños y adultos creen arte. TR Makers Co. ofrece ¡citas de juego, eventos de minicreadores, campamentos de verano, programas extracurriculares y fiestas!

TRee House Cafe & Art Studio
27 South Main Street
Travelers Rest, SC

Haz arte y disfruta de un café con Kristin Coward, propietaria de TRee House Cafe & Art Studio. Los huéspedes encontrarán una barra de arte en el centro de la cafetería, que ofrece un espacio para colorear, pintar y crear mientras toman café y comen panini. ¡Qué ganar-ganar!

Open Art Studios
14 South Main Street
Greenville, SC

Ashley Brickner, propietaria de Open Art Studios en el downtown, ha creado una experiencia artística inmersiva con la combinación de Greenville Fine Art Gallery, DIY Space y Event Space. Pasa a pintar, únete a una clase de dibujo grupal o explora la galería durante el recorrido de arte el primer viernes de cada mes.

1320 Hampton Avenue Extension, Studio 697
Greenville, SC

Lauren Runion, propietaria de YellowBobbyPins, está guiando a los niños pequeños a encontrar al artista en su interior y fortalecer su confianza creativa a través de clases de arte, campamentos de verano, clases de arte en línea e incluso fiestas. Los padres pueden inscribir a sus hijos en clases a través del portal en línea YellowBobbyPins.

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Shop the 2023 Greenville Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge

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Have you visited the Greenville Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge in Downtown Greenville, SC? Beautifully decorated with a merging of a southern Christmas with a micro version of a traditional European Christmas market, this open-air market is certain to spark holiday joy.

The holiday market hosts local vendors, live music, serves holiday-themed food and beverages, and even offers the opportunity for your little one to visit with Santa to give him that very special list. You can explore the Greenville Christmas Market in Downtown Greenville on select dates from November 24th, 2023 – December 31st, 2023.

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The Greenville Christmas Market

The Greenville Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge

Located in the heart of Downtown Greenville at Falls Park, the Grand Bohemian Lodge Greenville is hosting the second Greenville Christmas Market from November 24th, 2023 – December 31st, 2023. You know you are close when you smell the gorgeous Christmas tree near the exit of Liberty Bridge. Located outside on the lawn in front of the hotel, the market is open rain or shine. The market features local vendors, offering the perfect Christmas gifts, decor, and maybe even something special for yourself.

Along with all the wonderful shopping opportunities, guests can enjoy the decorations that adorn the already impressive architecture of the hotel. Vendors serve holiday-inspired food and beverages that complement the Christmas decor, making the market more of a holiday experience rather than a shopping venture. The Greenville Christmas Market is even open on Christmas Eve, in case you need to pick up a few special gifts before Christmas Day.

Shopping at the Greenville Christmas market
The Greenville Christmas Market in 2022

Meet and Greet with Santa

There is no better place to meet Santa than at a gorgeous ski lodge while sipping hot chocolate and relaxing under the mesmerizing lights of the Christmas decorations. The Grand Bohemian Lodge offers just that, but a little closer to home than European mountains. Santa will be meeting children on select dates throughout the month.

Santa will arrive by sleigh on Friday, November 24th around 4 pm, something your kids will love! Parents can snap the perfect photo to capture that special memory with the big man before doing some shopping. Don’t forget your camera during your visit, there are many holiday photo opportunities, especially in front of the brilliantly decorated Christmas tree on the market lawn.

Santa Dates

Santa will be at the lodge on November 24-25, December 2,9,16, and December 18-24, 2023. The hours vary, with most dates having a meet and greet with Santa for a two-hour window between 4 pm and 6 pm or 5 pm and 7 pm. Christmas Eve, Santa will be at the lodge from 1 pm – 3 pm. Be sure to check the times before heading to the market so you do not miss him!

Kid’s Corner

The Kid’s Corner will be open:

  • Saturday, November 25th – December 23, 2023, from 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Sunday, November 26th – December 24th, 2023, from 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Week of Christmas, December 18th – December 22, 2023, from 3 pm – 5 pm
Greenville Christmas Market scenes
The Greenville Christmas Market

Other Holiday Happenings in Downtown Greenville

After checking out the market, there are a lot of other Downtown holiday happenings to enjoy! You can walk on over to Ice on Main, located at the Courtyard Marriott near the Peace Center. There is also the wonder-filled Festival of Trees found in Embassy Suites, Courtyard Marriott, and The Hyatt Regency Greenville which features festive trees decorated by dozens of organizations throughout Greenville County.

While you are walking down Main Street, be sure to look for all of the delightful window wonderland displays. You can even vote for your favorite holiday display. You will also find dozens of free holiday things to do in Greenville, making the season a little more merry and bright!

When You Can Visit the Greenville Christmas Market

The Greenville Christmas Market at the Grand Bohemian Lodge will run from November 24th, 2023 to December 31st, 2023 on select dates. The market is open on Christmas Eve. The market opens on weekends at 10 am with the exception of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 12 pm. The week of Christmas, the market is open daily from Sunday, December 17th, 2023 through Saturday, December 24th, 2023.

Greenville Christmas Market
Grand Bohemian Lodge Greenville
44 East Camperdown Way
Greenville, SC

5 Amazing Bed & Breakfasts All Within 1 Hour of Greenville, SC

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Planning a trip to Greenville and thinking about a bed and breakfast? Or maybe you’re a Greenville local looking for a cozy bed & breakfast getaway not too far from home? This fantastic list of 5 of the best bed & breakfasts near Greenville will have you ready to pack your bags. This list is perfect for booking your next couple’s getaway. Let us know what you think!