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Your Kids Will Love Miss Nelson is Missing

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Thank you to the South  Carolina Children’s Theatre for sponsoring Kidding Around Greenville.

Once again, the kids in room 207 are out of control!  What will Miss Nelson do to get them to stop misbehaving and learn their lessons?   Find out at South Carolina Children’s Theater’s production of Miss Nelson is Missing.

The Story

The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again! Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school. Until Miss Nelson goes missing that is. Will they be able to trick their substitute? Be careful what you wish for in this hilarious musical that has sold out shows all over the country.

Dates & Times

March 23, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
*this show is SOLD OUT

March 24, 2018
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

March 24, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

March 24, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

*All seats are $9.50. Click here for tickets.

Location

The Salvation Army Kroc Center
424 Westfield Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Giveaway!

One lucky Kidding Around Greenville reader is going to win a pair of tickets to see Miss Nelson is Missing on Friday, March 23rd at 6 pm!

This giveaway starts now and ends on March 15th.

  • 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.
  • One entry per person per day.
  • We will contact the winner via the email address provided within three [3] days of the giveaway ending. The winner will have three [3] days (72 hours) to respond via email. If the winner does not respond within the three [3] days (72 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.
  • For a complete list of Kidding Around Greenville SC’s giveaway policies and terms and conditions, see the Kidding Around Greenville SC policy page. By entering this giveaway, you agree to comply with Kidding Around Greenville SC’s terms and conditions.

Have you ever taken your kids to see a SCCT production?

Mom Review: Harvest of Horror at Denver Downs Farm

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Harvest of Horror is not happening for 2019.

We sent our bravest parent contributor Jackie Vest to the Harvest of Horror at Denver Downs Farm (Kidding Around sponsor). If you have been wondering exactly what happens at these mysterious scary attractions and how old your kids needs to be before you give it a try, she has all the answers for you! 

This October you and your older teens must check out the Harvest of Horror at Denver Downs Farm – if you dare! Four haunted attractions full of freakish clowns, serial killers, and creepy Christmas cheer await your senses. Not one grown adult in my party escaped without a scream!

What to expect at Harvest of Horror

Get your ticket and walk past the roaring family fun as you head in line for a hayride through the pitch dark, up to the unseen top of the hill– leaving the laughter and happy music far behind you. The tractors drop you off to get in line for haunt after haunt, each one progressing in horror. Expect loud sounds, blood, gore, gruesome surprises, chainsaws, fog machines, and tons and tons of creeps!

These attractions are truly not suited for young children. Some teens (and even adults) may find them to be too much. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and saw that most older teens did too! On the other hand, a young teen and his dad were just ahead of us at the first haunt and the teen did not fare so well. He had his face buried in his dad’s shirt and sobbed the whole time. Wisely, they decided not to continue on the rest of the tour.

Haddonfield Inn

You WILL find Michael. Or worse, he WILL find you. This haunt is the first one you will encounter and, while very creepy, it is not nearly as intense as the last haunt. If your party (especially younger teens) has trouble with this house, they may want to reconsider going further.

Santa’s Slay

This house has some seriously creepy charm going on. I don’t know if it’s the body hanging from the Christmas lights or the screams coming from within… either way… no one walks out of this house. They RUN!! Ps: watch out for Fluffy.

In between Santa’s Slay and the next attraction, you will find yourself amidst some excellent photo ops, a couple of smaller (less freaky) attractions, and some concessions.

The Freak Show

This is the main event and it does not disappoint! We ALL lost it at some point in this creepy clown show. If you think you’re tough, beware – something in there is sure to make you scream like I did, “I DON’T LIKE THIS!! WHAT IS THIS?!?!? I WANT OUT OF HERE!!!!!” I’m in my thirties. Random 6ft teen boys were burying themselves down my husband’s back like baby koala bears.

Camp Crystal Lake

Upon your thrilling exit from The Freak Show, you are shuffled into a creepy haunted school bus which will take you back to the unhaunted family fun area.

Words of advice for those brave enough to go to Harvest of Horror

Wear comfortable closed shoes like sneakers or boots. You will do a lot of walking through mulch, grass, dirt, etc.

Initially, I thought that the ticket prices were high. However, after going through it, I would absolutely pay to do it again. It is worth it!

Plan for about 3 hours to spend at the farm. More if you want to do some of the family activities.

Prepare to stand in long lines. We did not expect to spend MOST of our time waiting in lines. Perhaps if we were expecting that, it would have made the waiting a little better. From the time we left the family area to the time we arrived back, it was about 2 ½ hours. We got through each of the haunted houses pretty quickly, which means that a huge chunk of that time we spent standing in lines.

There is a $15 option to upgrade your ticket to a “Fast Pass” and avoid the lines – I recommend this for adults who don’t want to wait in line. Teens don’t seem to mind waiting/socializing.

Arrive early and plan to spend some time in the 10-acre corn maze after the haunts! (totally creepy) Your ticket is also access to dozens of fun barnyard activities, live music, bonfires, and more, perfect for the big kid in you!

Err on the side of caution when evaluating whether your teen may be able to handle this. It. Is. Disturbing.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!! Days later and we are still laughing and reminiscing over the best scares and our weakest moments. I highly recommend this attraction to any adult or older teen! So, what are you waiting for? Get over there!

Plan your own trip

Tickets:
$30 regular
$45 with fast pass

Thursday 7 pm-11 pm
Friday 7 pm-12 am
Saturday 7 pm-12 am
Sunday 7 pm-11 pm

Denver Downs Farm
1515 Denver Road
Anderson, SC 29625
864.222.0336

Visit the Harvest of Horror website here.

Are you brave enough to enter Denver Downs Farm’s Harvest of Horror?

Meet Jackie
Jackie Vest is a writer and at-home-mom of two energetic little boys. She enjoys adventuring around the beautiful Upstate, the hilarity of kiddo-raising, outdoor fitness with friends, and her Favorite 5 C’s: cooking, crafting, camping, coffee, and chocolate. You can connect with her via her blog at: JackieVest.com.

Celebrate the 4th at Spartanburg’s Annual Red, White & BOOM!

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THIS EVENT HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED FOR 2021 YET

Independence Day celebrations are a time to celebrate our historical heritage and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  Traditionally, friends and family gather together for good food and fun, and Spartanburg’s annual Red, White, and Boom provides the perfect entertainment. This local favorite July 4th celebration combines fair foods, family-friendly music, and an impressive fireworks show in a community setting.

RELATED: See our list of fireworks near Spartanburg for even more choices on where to celebrate the 4th of July.

What to Know

Location and Time

Located at 248 E Saint John Street, Barnet Park is a sprawling seven acre urban park in downtown Spartanburg.  The gates for Red,White, and Boom open at 5 p.m. but the festivities officially begin at 6 p.m. and end after the fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Parking

Free parking is available in the Saint John Street Parking garage (adjacent to the park and Chapman Cultural Center) and the surrounding area parking lots are usually open, as well.  Parking is on a first come basis.  Red, White, and Boom is a popular event, so expect crowds.

Admission

Admission to the event is $5 per person, and children 6 and under are free!  Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

What to Bring

  • Cash $$$ and I.D. – Admission and event vendors accept cash only! Also, you will need a valid identification card if you wish to purchase alcoholic beverages at the event.
  • Lawn chairs and blankets – Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets and pick your spot for the musical entertainment and fireworks display.
  • Bug Spray – Tis the season for mosquitoes, so bring bug repellent.

What to Expect

  • Food – Local vendors offer tasty BBQ, hot dogs and hamburgers, funnel cakes, candy apples, and soft drinks and beer, bottled water, ice cream, cotton candy, snow cones and more!
  • Music – Every Red, White, and Boom features a musical performance.
  • Fireworks – The evening ends with a lengthy fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks set to patriotic music.  If you have little ones, you may want to bring ear/hearing protection or just be ready to move to the back of the park or outside the gates to lessen the noise intensity. Many children are totally fine with the noise, but if you have a sensory sensitive child, it’s best to be prepared.  The good news is that the fireworks display is visible from the surrounding parking areas, top of the parking garage, and sidewalks outside the gates, so you can get farther away without missing the beautiful displays.
  • Light Up Paraphernalia – glow necklaces and light up wands are available for sale.  Kids love to see them light up as the sun sets.

Happy 4th of July!!!

RELATED: See our list of fireworks near Spartanburg for even more choices on where to celebrate the 4th of July.

Meet Juliet Wright
Juliet Autenzio Wright has lived in the Upstate for over 20 years. She is a proud alumna of Converse College and a former high school teacher. Now a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, ages five, two, and six months, Juliet loves exploring Spartanburg through the eyes of her children. Her favorite family-friendly activities include local parks and nature walks, library story times, and the many local festivals Spartanburg has to offer. In her spare time, she privately tutors, ghost writes, and reads as many books as possible. Juliet’s family and friends make her world go round!

This Event Is the Perfect Way to Celebrate Dad

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Today, my family had the opportunity to review Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical performed by our sponsor the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. We routinely completely empty the library shelf of author Mo Willems’ books, so we couldn’t wait to see one of our favorite stories come to life. We weren’t disappointed. It was the perfect outing as a family to celebrate dad on Father’s Day weekend.~Bethany Winston, owner of Kidding Around Greenville

Review tickets were provided by our sponsor the South Carolina Children’s Theatre.

Our Review

We arrived at the Gunter Theatre (located at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville) just 15 minutes before performance time. Be aware if you are driving from a distance (like us) that I-85 South had several lanes closed near exit 60 due to construction. Despite dealing with traffic and being behind schedule, we still were able to easily find a parking space in the nearby parking garage of the Marriott Hotel. The Box Office line moved quickly and was efficient and we were left with plenty of time for the kids to use the restroom (before the performance), play a little in the lobby, and find our seats.

For those unfamiliar with the Gunter Theatre, it’s a small theatre where there is really not a bad seat. The elevation between rows is significant so even small children won’t have trouble seeing. Finding your seat is simple, so if you have small children that might struggle to sit still, 5 minutes is more than enough time to get seated. There were some toys in the lobby to entertain children as well.

Many families let their kids bring their special stuffed animals with them. I wish I would have thought to have done that myself. Of course, if you bring a special stuffed animal, don’t leave it there. That would be a little too much like the story of Knuffle Bunny!

It’s a story that will be all too familiar for parents. Dad (Todd A. Janssen) decides to take Trixie (Ayden Woo) with him to do the laundry at the local Laundromat. Mom (Hannah Smith) is a little worried, because after all she knows that taking care of Trixie is not always easy but Dad assures Mom that everything will be okay. Trixie and Dad head off the Laundromat with only a couple slight hiccups along the way but things go seriously wrong when Knuffle Bunny accidentally gets left behind. On the way home, Dad is perplexed by Trixie’s babble and later tantrum. Everything comes to a sweet ending when Dad saves the day, as Mom knew (or hoped) he would.

The musical was a fast-paced 45 minutes with no intermission. It was mostly music and had plenty of action. My children are 5 and 8, and both children sat at the edge of their seats laughing through the entire show. As Mo Willems fans might predict though, the kids weren’t the only ones laughing. The show was very relatable to any parent as well with it’s themes about the extreme frustration and love all mixed up that parents feel as they try to understand and parent very little ones who can’t talk.

Fathers especially will relate to Trixie’s Dad who is an engaged father who helps and loves his child but also finds dealing with a toddler to often be much more difficult than he ever imagined. Trixie’s Dad experiences the range of emotions that fathers feel from being “Super Dad” to being convinced that he is a failure while trying to move “boneless” Trixie across town, to once again being the hero by finally locating Knuffle Bunny.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical is really the perfect way to celebrate that Dad who loves his kids and tries his best to be a great dad (even when things go wrong). Buy dad a couple tickets and let him take the kids. It is the perfect dad/kid date and tickets are even a special discounted price for the 5:30 pm performance on Father’s Day!

knuffle bunny the musical

How Young of Children Will Enjoy Knuffle Bunny?

The theatre was filled with kids even as young as 2 or 3. I did not notice any children leaving due to not being able to make it through the show. If your child can watch around 45 minutes to an hour of a movie, I personally think that they will have no trouble making it through the show. The show is fast-paced and full of music.

One of my friends was there with her 3-year-old boy, and she said that he enjoyed the show and didn’t have any trouble sitting through it.

Anything Else?

After the performance, the cast will sign autographs in the lobby. It’s fun to stay a couple minutes and snag a photo and autograph if you have time.

The South Carolina Children’s Theatre does sell souvenirs in the lobby before and after the show. For this performance you could even buy the book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale as well as a stuffed Knuffle Bunny of your own!

We wouldn’t want to end this review without saying what a tremendous job Ayden Woo did in her performance of Trixie. It’s always amazing to see the very young local talent that comes out of the South Carolina Children’s Theatre.

About Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

“Who knew a trip to the laundromat could provide so much entertainment? Join toddler Trixie, her Dad and Knuffle Bunny as they take a musical journey that is chock full of song, comedy and gigantic dancing laundry. Based on the book by six-time Emmy award winner, Mo Willems, this show will please audiences of all ages.”

Based on the book KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY TALE by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Michael Silversher
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

This performance is one hour with no intermission.

Recommended for mature 2 year-old children and older. A good rule of thumb to determine if a child is old enough for a stage performance is to consider whether or not they can sit through a similar length feature film quietly.

Performance Dates & Times

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm**

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Sunday, June 26 at 1:30 pm

**Special price of $18/person for this performance only
All other performances are $27/adult and $18/children 18 & under.

The performance will be at the Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center in downtown Greenville. Parking is available at several nearby parking garages. The Marriott Hotel parking garage is the most conveniently located to the Gunter Theatre. Event parking is typically $5 a vehicle.
Have your children ever read Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems?

Kidding Around® History: Touch a Truck at Westside Park

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Hello! You’ve come to a piece of Kidding Around® history. This piece is one of our very first Kidding Around® pieces and we’ve kept it in its original format because, well, we are a little sentimental over here. The touch-a-truck events no longer happen at Westside Park. But don’t worry, you can still find tons of fun things to do on our event calendar and our things to do page.


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