Learn Something Together! Check Out These Educational Adventures in Greenville, SC

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Where can you bring the kids for an educational adventure close to home in Upstate, SC? There are so many places! From historical mill sites to battlefield hikes, nature observation, and science discoveries Greenville offers so many opportunities to get out of the books and out for a family learning adventure! Even better, many of these adventures are free or very low cost. So get out your calendar and plan some educational experiences with your kids!

Looking for more things to do in the Greenville, SC area? Start with our huge guide to things to do near Upstate, SC, and Greenville, SC.

Pelham Mill

Educational Sites and Things to Do In Greenville That You Don’t Want to Miss

See Hundreds of Raptors in the Air at Caesars Head: In the fall Caesars Head State Park is the place to be to see hundred of raptors as they migrate.

Exploring Flight: Downtown Greenville Airport Park: Watch airplanes take off and learn about the amazing science behind flight.

Butterflies at the Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Garden: Enjoy a morning at the butterfly garden at Roper Mountain Science Center. Learn about the butterfly life cycle. Take some photos, count the butterflies, sort them, make a chart or some artwork!

Historical Textile Mill Sites You Can Visit: Visit these textile sites to learn about the Upstate’s unique local history of textiles mills.

Hagood Mill
Hagood Mill Historic Site

Watch The Trains Inbound From Charleston: Head to the Inland Port and see how cargo is moved across the country.

Explore Space! Inspire your future astronaut or engineer. Find a dark spot of the sky to hunt for the International Space Station or the Space X Satellite Train.

Birdwatch at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve: See how many different kinds of birds you can spot along the trails of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve.

Educational Venues in Greenville

Viewing the goats at Greenville Zoo
Greenville Zoo

These facilities and venues in Greenville are wonderful places for families to learn together.

Educational Sites and Things to Do Outside of Greenville

Day Trips to See Dinosaurs! Check out dinosaurs at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville or plan a trip to one of these fabulous places to see dinos in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Hagood Mill Is A Free Historial Site In Pickens County: Check out an old grist mill, cotton gin, moonshine distillery, petroglyph site, and more at Hagood Mill.

Visit Stumphouse Tunnel for a look at a pre-Civil War tunnel intended to link Charleston, SC with cities in the Midwest by train.

Stumphouse Tunnel sign
Stumphouse Tunnel entrance

Learn about alpaca at Lucky Acres Farm.

SC Botanical Gardens: Check out a huge variety of plants, nature trails, and more at the 300 acres SC Botanical Garden. You’ll also find the Campbell Geology Museum on site. Admission is free to both the garden and the geology museum.

Battlefield Sites Near Upstate, SC

There are several battlefield sites near Greenville for you to explore.

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site: Learn about the Revolutionary War battle at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site.

Musgrove Mill
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Kings Mountain State Park: Hike through a Revolutionary War battlefield and living history farm.

Cowpens National Battlefield: Another Revolutionary War battle occurred nearby in Gaffney.

Bonus: If you like battlefield hikes and tours, take a day trip to Greensboro, NC to see where the Battle of Guilford Courthouse occurred. You can drive through the large battlefield and learn via signage at each stop. It was one of my family’s favorite Revolutionary War sites.

Nearby North Carolina Educational Adventures

The Schiele Museum of Natural History offers guests a look at prehistoric creatures and living. There is a lot to see and do in Gastonia, NC where the museum is located.

Visit Anne Springs Close Greenway for nature and historical hikes, plus events, water sports, creek stomping and more.

Anne Springs

Western North Carolina Nature Center– Check out animals native to Western North Carolina at the WNC Nature Center.

Carolina Raptor Center– See all kinds of hawks, Eagles, owls and more at the Carolina Raptor Center.

Carl Sandburg Home: The home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Carl Sandburg. Connemara is located in nearby Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Educational Events Near Greenville, SC

january 2023

tue31jan9:30 amtue12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

tue31jan10:00 amtue10:30 amPolice Officer Story Time At Hughes Main Library10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free

tue31jan10:00 amtue10:45 amStuffed Animal Sleepover @ Pelham Road Branch10:00 am - 10:45 am Price::Free

tue31jan10:15 amtue11:15 am"We Create" Art Playgroup10:15 am - 11:15 am Price::$25 per class- Semester rates also available

tue31jan11:00 amtue12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

tue31jan1:00 pmtue4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

february 2023

wed01feb9:30 amwed12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed01feb10:30 amwed11:30 amScience Station: Roller Coasters10:30 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

wed01feb11:00 amwed12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu02feb9:30 amthu12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

thu02feb11:00 amthu12:00 am"We Create" Art Playgroup11:00 am - 12:00 am Price::$25 per class- Semester rates also available

thu02feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

thu02feb11:00 amthu12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu02feb1:00 pmthu4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

thu02feb3:00 pmthu4:30 pmNature Discovery After School Club - Elementary3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Price::$10/session; $60 for all 8 sessions

thu02feb5:30 pmthu8:30 pmNeighborhood Night5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Price::Free

fri03feb11:00 amfri12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

fri03feb1:30 pmfri4:30 pmAfternoon Explorations First Fridays1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Price::$5 ages 3 and up

sat04feb9:00 amsat11:00 amStepping Into STEAM9:00 am - 11:00 am Price::$10-$30

sat04feb9:30 amsat12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

sat04feb11:00 amsat12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

sat04feb11:00 amsat3:00 pmTriple P Positive Parenting Free Program: Hassle-Free Shopping with Children and Hassle-Free Mealtimes with Children11:00 am - 3:00 pm Event Organized ByGreenville First StepsPrice::Free

sat04feb1:00 pmsat4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

mon06feb10:00 ammon11:00 amMusic Adventures for Kids10:00 am - 11:00 am Event Organized ByLynne HolcombePrice::$15/child; $5/sibling

mon06feb10:15 ammon11:15 am"We Create" Art Playgroup10:15 am - 11:15 am Price::$25 per class- Semester rates also available

mon06feb6:30 pmmon8:30 pmTriple P Positive Parenting Program FREE Virtual, 8-week "Group" Triple P for parents/caregivers6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Organized ByGreenville First StepsPrice::Free

tue07feb9:30 amtue12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

tue07feb10:15 amtue11:15 am"We Create" Art Playgroup10:15 am - 11:15 am Price::$25 per class- Semester rates also available

tue07feb11:00 amtue12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

tue07feb1:00 pmtue4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed08feb9:30 amwed12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed08feb11:00 amwed12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu09feb9:30 amthu12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

thu09feb11:00 amthu12:00 am"We Create" Art Playgroup11:00 am - 12:00 am Price::$25 per class- Semester rates also available

thu09feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

thu09feb11:00 amthu12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu09feb1:00 pmthu4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

fri10feb11:00 amfri12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

sat11feb9:00 amsat9:30 amMommy and Me Art ClubPaint projects and creative activities for little ones 18 months- 4 years!9:00 am - 9:30 am Price::$15 per child

sat11feb9:30 amsat12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

sat11feb10:30 amsat11:30 amSaturday Toddler TimePop in for an iconic, art-themed Toddler Time that explores Works by Warhol!10:30 am - 11:30 am Price::$10-$12

sat11feb11:00 amsat12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

sat11feb1:00 pmsat4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

mon13feb10:00 ammon10:30 amPreschool Story Time: Travelers Rest Branch10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free admission

mon13feb10:00 ammon11:00 amMusic Adventures for Kids10:00 am - 11:00 am Event Organized ByLynne HolcombePrice::$15/child; $5/sibling

mon13feb6:30 pmmon8:30 pmTriple P Positive Parenting Program FREE Virtual, 8-week "Group" Triple P for parents/caregivers6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Organized ByGreenville First StepsPrice::Free

tue14feb9:30 amtue12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

tue14feb9:45 amSCCT's Tell Me a Story Theatre: "Be a Friend"The South Carolina Children's Theatre9:45 am Price::Free

tue14feb11:00 amSCCT's Tell Me a Story Theatre: "Be a Friend"The South Carolina Children's Theatre11:00 am Price::Free

tue14feb11:00 amtue12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

tue14feb1:00 pmtue4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed15feb9:30 amwed12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed15feb11:00 amwed12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu16feb9:30 amthu12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

thu16feb9:30 amthu10:30 pmF is for Freezing: Knee-High Naturalists9:30 am - 10:30 pm Price::$10 for 1st child; $8 for additional children

thu16feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

thu16feb11:00 amthu12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu16feb1:00 pmthu4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

thu16feb1:30 pmthu4:30 pmFor the Love of STEM: Third Thursdays at RMSC1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Price::$5 per person; free with members

thu16feb3:00 pmthu4:30 pmNature Discovery After School Club - Elementary3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Price::$10/session; $60 for all 8 sessions

fri17feb11:00 amfri12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

fri17feb1:30 pmfri3:00 pmHomeschool DayWorks by Warhol 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Price::$10-$12

sat18feb9:30 amsat12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

sat18feb9:30 amsat10:30 amF is for Freezing: Knee-High Naturalists9:30 am - 10:30 am Price::$10 for 1st child; $8 for additional children

sat18feb11:00 amsat12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

sat18feb1:00 pmsat4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

mon20feb10:00 ammon11:00 amMusic Adventures for Kids10:00 am - 11:00 am Event Organized ByLynne HolcombePrice::$15/child; $5/sibling

mon20feb6:30 pmmon8:30 pmTriple P Positive Parenting Program FREE Virtual, 8-week "Group" Triple P for parents/caregivers6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Organized ByGreenville First StepsPrice::Free

tue21feb9:30 amtue12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

tue21feb10:30 amtue11:30 amToddler TimePop in for an iconic, art-themed Toddler Time that explores Works by Warhol!10:30 am - 11:30 am Price::$9-$12

tue21feb11:00 amtue12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

tue21feb1:00 pmtue4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed22feb9:30 amwed12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

wed22feb11:00 amwed12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu23feb9:30 amthu12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

thu23feb11:00 amthu12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

thu23feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

thu23feb1:00 pmthu4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

fri24feb11:00 amfri12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

sat25feb8:00 amsat5:00 pm70% Off All Books: Book Warehouse OutletBooks for Less8:00 am - 5:00 pm

sat25feb9:30 amsat12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

sat25feb11:00 amsat12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

sat25feb1:00 pmsat4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

sun26feb8:00 amsun5:00 pm70% Off All Books: Book Warehouse OutletBooks for Less8:00 am - 5:00 pm

mon27feb10:00 ammon10:30 amPreschool Story Time: Travelers Rest Branch10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free admission

mon27feb6:30 pmmon8:30 pmTriple P Positive Parenting Program FREE Virtual, 8-week "Group" Triple P for parents/caregivers6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Event Organized ByGreenville First StepsPrice::Free

tue28feb9:30 amtue12:00 pmOpen Arts Studio9:30 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

tue28feb11:00 amtue12:00 pmStory Time & MoreThe Children's Museum of The Upstate - Greenville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Price::Free with admission

tue28feb1:00 pmtue4:00 pmSteamWORKSThe Children's Museum of the Upstate-Greenville1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Price::Free with the price of admission

Did we miss a fabulous educational experience near Greenville? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author
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.

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