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Southside Park in Greenville, SC Offers More Than Just a Water Park

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Have you visited the playground and park at Southside Park in Greenville, SC? Popular for it’s waterpark, there are lots more ways to enjoy Southside Park. Here are all the details about the playground and surrounding area at Southside Park in Greenville, SC.

To read more park reviews see our Kidding Around Greenville Parks page.

Many of you may have headed to Southside Park in Simpsonville to visit Discovery Island Water Park, but there is so much more to do there. Let me share with you some of our favorite things about the park!

Southside Park Greenville SC Waterpark

What else you’ll find at Southside Park

A playground for everyone

The playground area at Southside Park is huge! There a several different play zones set up for children of various ages.

There is an area just as you enter the playground for small children.  My son used to love sit by the activity spinner and spin it around. It also has swings and a climbing structure just the size for small children.

Just below the small children’s area is the riding and rocking area. The four-person bouncer is so much fun to explore with your kids. The bouncy animals are fun to ride too.

The large child play area is filled with three large structures that feature slides, climbing spaces, and bridges. They are perfect for pretend play and burning off energy! There is so much to do that children will want to explore them for a while.

playground at Southside Park Greenville SC

Sport Areas

Southside Park has a number of sports areas to play on. Some were designed for specific games while others are more open ended.

There are a number of tennis courts that are in good shape.  When they aren’t being used for tennis, I bet your kids will like tossing balls over the net.

Beside the tennis courts are basketball courts. While the baskets are all high, I think children will have fun trying to make baskets there.

No far from the basketball courts are two soccer fields with goals. They are tucked away from the other play areas right next to an eating pavilion. What a great place to play soccer or tag in a small space after having a picnic lunch.

Southside Park has several big open grassy areas. They are large enough for a number of people to play Frisbee, fly kites or play football.

tennis courts at southside park greenville sc

Plan a trip to Southside Park

417 Baldwin Road
Simsponville, SC 29680
Visit their website Soutside Park here.

Don’t just think of Southside Park as the home of Discovery Island! Think of it as a fun place to play and explore.

Southside Park is one of the destinations  on the 2023 Park Hop passport. To learn more about how you can earn prizes for visiting parks this summer read our Ultimate Guide to Park Hop.

10 Fun Things to Do With Kids In Spartanburg, SC’s Downtown Area

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Are you looking for some fun things to do in downtown Spartanburg, SC with kids? We have compiled a list of our favorite places to go in the downtown area of Spartanburg. This list includes local kid-friendly museums, playgrounds, and even free mini-golf.

Fun Things to do with kids in Spartanburg SC downtown

Things to Do With Kids in Downtown Spartanburg include:
Hub City Railroad Museum
Happy Hollow Playground
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate- Spartanburg
Chapman Cultural Center
Sparkle City Mini-Putt: FREE mini golf
Barnet Park
Cleveland Park
Headquarters Library
Mary Black Rail Trail
Hot Spot Skate Park


Your Kids Can Get Rewards for Good Grades in Greenville, SC

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Where can you bring your child to celebrate great grades? In Greenville, SC there are a number of local businesses that will give your kids rewards for good grades.

So, you and your child (and hopefully the teacher) have survived the school year!  WAHOO!  Now- what else are those awesome grades good for?  Lots!

Here are a few places where you can get rewarded for great grades!  Be sure to bring your child’s report card with you, just in case.

Here's where you can find rewards for good grades in Greenville, SC

McPherson Park Has a Free Mini-Golf Course in Downtown Greenville, SC

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Have you been to McPherson Park? This popular park is one of the only parks to have mini-golf in Greenville, SC, and it’s FREE! Be sure to pack your own putters and balls and get ready for a great time. The park is located in downtown Greenville and has long been a family favorite. Find out all you need to know about McPherson Park below!

McPherson Park Mini Golf in Greenville SC

30+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for discounted kids meal deals at restaurants where kids eat free? Greenville, SC has some options to fit what your kids are craving. You may be wondering “What about deals where kids eat free near me”? We have all the location information you need! Finding meals that your kid will enjoy is made easy at these local restaurants that offer meal deals throughout the week. Grab your calendar and add these restaurants to your meal plan routine for a cheap and stress-free dining experience with the family!

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Quick Links to Find Kids Eat Free Offers For The Day You Need!

Enjoy a Movie! See This List of FREE Outdoor Movies: Greenville, SC

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Did you know you can watch free movies outdoors near Greenville, SC? Are you wondering, “Where are all the free outdoor movies near me?” You are in luck because there are several parks and towns that offer free outdoor movies during the warmer months, including Greer, Spartanburg, Travelers Rest, and Downtown Greenville. Here’s your full schedule of free outdoor movies in Upstate, SC as well as what titles will be available.

Remember that these events are subject to weather, so check the Facebook page of the venue close to the movie date. Also, especially for extremely popular choices, you will want to be sure to arrive early.

Many of the local outdoor movie venues have not announced their 2023 schedules yet. We will update this story as events are announced. Bookmark this list and check back soon!

Find more great things to do this summer with our Greenville Summer Guide. You’ll find more FREE things to do, places to cool off, parks to visit, and more!


Stoneledge Park: The Park That Should Definitely Be On Your Summer Bucket List In Duncan, SC

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Have you visited the water park at Stoneledge Park in Duncan, SC? With a great playground and a water park, this Upstate park is a local favorite. Kidding Around has all the info you need to plan a day at Stoneledge Park and Shipwreck Cove this summer.

The playground at Stoneledge Park

Stoneledge Park In Duncan, SC

Stoneledge Park is a local favorite. Situated next to the town water park, it has a great playground with picnic shelters and restrooms. The park even has a delicate water feature that our family has used as a backdrop for photos.

The town of Duncan regularly utilizes this space for community events and decided to expand the park to include a recreation center, woodland trail, an outdoor amphitheater for movies, and a multipurpose field. In addition to the new features being added, they also plan to upgrade some of the existing things, including a new and improved playground surface.

Stoneledge Park Events Center

The park’s new 3.500 square foot event center is ready to host your event! The rental rate is $100 per hour but includes a free hour before and after your event for set-up and break-down. The rental includes event tables and chairs, which makes this a great deal if you are looking for a venue.

Event space features of Stoneledge Park

Shipwreck Cove Water Park

Shipwreck Cove recently saw some upgrades too! Adding a bigger slide, an additional pool, and adding an area for toddlers will be added to the park’s existing features. Feedback visitors shared was listened to, and Town Administrator Cam Fant was excited to share the city’s management of the concessions. The hope in doing this is to offer a better quality selection of food for a better value to the park’s visitors. The waterpark hosts special events too.
Shipwreck Cove Opens May 27, 2023, and tickets range from $6 – $12

Local mom’s review of Shipwreck Cove in Duncan

Shipwreck Cove is the water park at Stoneledge Park


This is an annual spring festival in Duncan that includes rides, live music, and local vendors. The festival also includes a 5K run and golf tournament that are held away from the park.

There are so many exciting things happening for this little corner of Spartanburg! If you haven’t enjoyed these parks, we encourage you to check them out!

Does your family enjoy spending time at Stoneledge Park?

parks and playgrounds spartanburg greenville

The Upstate is lucky enough to have a ton of parks. Check out our Park Guide to find your next adventure!

2023 Park Hop: Greenville, SC Has Your Favorite Summer Scavenger Hunt, and it’s Go Time!

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Are you ready for one of the summer’s best annual events?
Park Hop, Greenville, SC, and Spartanburg, SC’s scavenger hunt for clues through Upstate parks, is the summer-long scavenger hunt event that’s perfect for your family. The Park Hop is free, you can enjoy the event on your own schedule and your kids can earn fabulous prizes. Plus, you participate by exploring Upstate parks (isn’t that exactly what you already wanted to do this summer?).

Go to The Park Hop website to sign up and get more information about downloading the Park Hop app.

Park Hop, Upstate, SC

Kidding Around Greenville is an official partner of the 2023 Park Hop. Watch Kidding Around Greenville for an exciting Park Hop series this summer. We are going to hop right along with you and give you the inside track on what you can expect when visiting this year.

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Don’t miss out on our list of Park Hop Parks listing details you need to know about each 2023 Park Hop park!


Sadlers Creek State Park: Fishing and Swimming Spots Abound in this Anderson Park, SC

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Have you visited Sadlers Creek State Park? There are 47 South Carolina State Parks and many are definitely worth the drive from Greenville. KAG Contributor Andrea Beam is exploring the state parks across South Carolina. After she visited Sadlers Creek State Park she wanted to share her visit with our readers. We think you’ll love the beautiful scenery and amenities of this state park in Anderson, SC.

Love SC State Parks as much as we do? Be sure to check out Kidding Around Greenville’s State Park Guide to All 47 State Parks!


Vacation Bible School Near Greenville, SC| VBS 2023

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Are you looking for VBS? Greenville, SC and Spartanburg, SC have dozens to choose from. Maybe you’re looking for the VBS closest to home, or maybe you’re looking to visit a Vacation Bible School that fits your vacation schedule! Either way, we’ve got the list of the 2023 VBS Greenville, SC, and Spartanburg, SC programs from June through August.  All of these have a link to the church so you can get all of their contact information, directions, and information.

This list is currently being updated for 2023.

For accuracy and to ensure that the programs were open to the public, we only listed VBS programs that were publicly listed online or submitted by the coordinator of the event. If you would like your church’s VBS program added or modified, please email bethany@kiddingaroundgreenville.com.

While we try our best to provide accurate information, we always encourage our readers to check original sources before making plans. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement.

This article includes:
June 2023 VBS in Greenville, SC
June 2023 VBS in Spartanburg, SC
July 2023 VBS in Greenville, SC
July 2023 VBS in Spartanburg, SC
August 2023 VBS in Greenville, SC
August 2023 VBS in Spartanburg, SC


Looking for VBS programs in Columbia, SC? Here’s our 2023 Ultimate Guide to
VBS in Columbia, SC.