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A Behind the Scenes Look at SC Children’s Theatre Summer Camp

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The temperatures are rising and so is our anticipation for summer camps at South Carolina Children’s Theatre! In this guest post from SCCT’s Kate Fowler, she takes us behind-the-scenes with the theatre’s Education Director, Betsy Bisson, on what makes SCCT’s camps unique & fun for children of all ages! 

SCCT Summer Camp

What makes SCCT’s summer camps different from other camps in Greenville? What skills will the children learn?

Betsy Bisson: Socialization is a big part of any camp experience, but in theatre camp we encourage creative thinking and social & emotional learning, rather than just filling time with activities. Children are encouraged to explore, and learn self-expression and collaboration, while being active!

What camps are new this year and why are you excited about them?

Betsy Bisson: We have some new and some “tried and true” camps this year. We are excited for the Superkids & Spykids theme as it should be a great deal of fun as well as Dare to Be Different and Generosity and Gratitude, since those will really lean into exploring what makes each of us special. And, of course, Encanto/Coco as well as Sing 1 & 2!

Are there any particular success stories of children attending SCCT’s theatre classes and summer camps – and how they used the knowledge they learned?

Betsy Bisson: Yes! In fact, we just got this note from a parent: “Funny/cute story. My child takes piano lessons from another student’s mom and they had their recital this weekend. They had to do a little introduction before they played. You could tell that most of the kiddos, understandably, we’re nervous about that part. But our girls bounded up there, proclaiming loud and proud who they were and what they were playing! We laughed after that you can always tell those theatre kids! It does so much for their confidence.”

For working parents looking for all-day activities for their children, can you explain how they can do that with SCCT summer camps?

Betsy Bisson: We offer morning and afternoon camps for the Elementary aged child.  Students are welcome to bring a lunch for a supervised quiet time in our Education Lobby with lunch and a movie each day. We even offer FREE early-drop off for morning camps starting at 8:30am.

Any other fun facts about summer camps to share?

Betsy Bisson: All campers get a MainStage tour and get to see what it feels to me ONSTAGE under the lights! They also get daily outside time. We record performances at the end of camp as well and send the link via email to the parents – allowing each family to celebrate their child’s performance at a time convenient for everyone in the family, while making it possible to easily share with distant family members.    

Summer camps at South Carolina Children’s Theatre can be purchased on the SCCT website. You can review SCCT’s general FAQs for our programming from our location, COVID precautions, snack and lunch breaks, and more. Additionally, we are very proud to offer scholarships to qualifying families. For more information on summer camp scholarships, please click here. SCCT Theatre Conservatory scholarships are generously funded in part by Metropolitan Arts Council, Kiwanis Club of Greenville, Robert B. and Ruth K. Lee Foundation, and Walmart Community Grants. We hope to see you and your child at SCCT this summer! 

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Freetown Community Center Playground: A vibrant playground in a quiet, historic neighborhood!

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Looking for a playground near West Greenville? The playground at Freetown Community Center might be just the right fit. Featuring two play structures in the fenced playground, Kidding Around Contributor India Menon found Freetown Community Center’s playground a great place to spend some family time. Find out all about what this park has to offer!


Future Scholar Grows Your Child’s College Savings

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Future Scholar is South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan. A 529 plan is an investment account specifically for college savings. It works like a 401(k), the money that goes in is tax-deductible, and the interest it earns is tax-free, as long as you use the money for approved expenses. Qualified expenses include tuition and fees at eligible institutions; room and board; and books, supplies, and equipment.

Every state has a 529 plan, but they all differ slightly in how they’re managed, and the benefits they carry. South Carolina’s plan, Future Scholar, has been recognized as one of the best nationwide for its low fees, and its tax advantages, which are the best available for South Carolinians.

Piggy bank for college savings

Learn more about Future Scholar with these resources


Whitewater Whispers Rental in Sapphire, NC Promises Year-Round Fun, Relaxation

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Are you, your family, or a group of friends ready for a getaway just a stone’s throw from the Upstate? Whitewater Whispers is a 3-bedroom 2-bath house with a jaw-dropping mountain view and the gentle soundtrack of a rippling river you can hear from the back deck. Need more adventure? The nearby Sapphire Valley Resort is open year-round and offers plenty of family fun!

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Brand New Hello Family Spartanburg Website Supports Spartanburg Families

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Got a child under the age of 5 in your household or is someone in your family expecting? There’s a new resource for you and your family! Hello Family Spartanburg is designed to help answer questions about your child’s development, offer support, and connect you to resources and services. In this article, you’ll learn more about the goals of Hello Family Spartanburg, who they serve, and how their resources can help you and your family.


FREE COVID-19 test sites in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC

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Are you looking for Covid-19 testing in Greenville or Spartanburg, SC? The kids are back at school. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still here. In an effort to identify and treat those who need care, as well as help curb the spread of COVID-19, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has a list of places where you and your family can receive COVID-19 testing for free in the Upstate.


Giveaway: SCCT Reimagines the Classic Tale of Robin Hood

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Looking for a way to beat the Upstate’s (not-so-harsh) winter? Enjoy the classic tale of Robin Hood at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre! Robin Hood is reimagined for more modern times, but its main storyline remains the same: Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men champion justice and equality while also outwitting the Sheriff of Nottingham. SCCT’s Robin Hood runs for two weekends between January 28-30 and February 4-6. Tickets are on sale now! The South Carolina Children’s Theatre is also sponsoring a giveaway for two tickets to one of the performances. Enter below!

Thanks to our partner, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, for sponsoring this article and providing tickets for the “Robin Hood” giveaway.


Square is the New Round at SCCT’s Spookley the Square Pumpkin: The Musical

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Looking for a fun-filled way for your family to celebrate fall and Halloween? The South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s “Spookley the Square Pumpkin: The Musical” is a joyful and captivating performance that tells a meaningful story. Kidding Around’s India went to the first performance and shares her impressions. With only one weekend of performances left, the time to buy tickets is now!

Special thanks to the South Carolina Children’s Theatre for providing tickets to this performance.