Working with a tight budget and looking for free things to do with your toddler in Greenville? You and your toddler can have a blast all around Greenville…and you can do it all for FREE! Whether you want to go downtown, play outside, or visit a local bookstore, we can help you find something free to do!
Kidding Around Main Street: Find the Mice
Toddlers will love finding all the mice hidden on Main Street in downtown Greenville. Keep your toddler interested by having a plan before you go; I suggest already knowing where all the mice are. Read about the history and find some clues on the Mice on Main website. Take digital pictures of your findings so you can retell the experience with your toddler. My little one loves to see herself in pictures and talk about what we did. Print these pictures at home or look out for free print codes at drugstores and you can create a book of your adventures.
You can purchase a fun picture book about the Mice on Main at the Mast General Store downtown Greenville or you can also find Mice on Main at the Greenville County Library. Be sure to read our tips on Mice on Main for even more help.
Kidding Around Outside: Find a Park
When I first moved to Greenville, we found a new park every week to try out. Now, we have our amazing Guide to Greenville Parks! You can sort through our guide by location or desired amenity, like swings or shaded play space. It is hard to just pick one that we love, but we’ve been visiting Heritage Park in Simpsonville every weekend lately. It is very shaded and has various physical levels of play.
Kidding Around in Nature: Take a Hike
Ready to hit the trails with your family? The Upstate and, if you’re willing to go a little further, western North Carolina offer oodles of free outdoor options for beginners and expert hikers alike. Good intro hikes for my youngest child have been the Learning Loops at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. We’re also using this list of places that are perfect for hiking with toddlers and young children as a hiking bucket list. If you’ve got more adventurous or older children, we’ve got you covered with our more comprehensive Guide to Hiking.
Kidding Around the Water: Splash Pads & Swimming Holes
Get your toddlers out to play in the water while the weather is still warm. Greenville is home to numerous splash pads, swimming holes, and stomp-able creeks. One of my family’s favorite swimming holes is Wildcat Wayside, which features a pool at the foot of a 10-foot waterfall. Just park along the road and this fun spot is just a stone’s throw from the road.
Kidding Around on the Go: Scavenger Hunts
Check out Kidding Around Greenville’s Runway Park Scavenger Hunt. This online photo hunt for Runway Park is designed for young children 2-3.
Kidding Around The Swamp Rabbit Trail: Take a stroll
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile trail that begins in downtown Greenville and runs all the way into Travelers Rest. The Swamp Rabbit Trail website provides an interactive map that will allow you to find a place to begin with parking and where restrooms are located (did your toddler just say they needed a potty break?) Our first time on the trail we began at the Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. The mile and a half that we did was both shaded and sunny and was full of people. I felt very safe and my toddler enjoyed seeing all the other people walking, running, and riding bikes. We had a stroller and I’m very glad we did! Be on the lookout for some serious bicyclists. Most will announce (shout) that they are coming up behind you. Just be aware if you have a toddler that likes to “explore” and not stick right by your side.
Kidding Around Downtown: Ride the Trolley
Take your toddler on a Trolley ride all around downtown! The trolley runs from 6 – 11 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am -11 pm on Saturdays, and from 1 – 8 pm on Sundays. The trolley makes approximately 20 stops on its route through downtown. Check out the Downtown Trolley website for more details about the route. There’s even a trolley tracker app you can download to find the real-time location of the trolleys!
Kidding Around Playgroups: Meet New Friends
Being the parent of a toddler can be trying and we could all use some extra support sometimes. Maybe you are looking for advice, a shoulder to cry on, someone to share your prayers or joys with or some extra socialization for your toddler. Facebook and websites like MeetUp are great resources for meeting other parents in the area that are looking to get together for some playtime fun! There are a variety of groups based on the area of Greenville you may live in or whether you stay at home, work, etc.
For some ideas of what groups our readers recommend, see our reader’s recommendations for best Mom Groups in Greenville.
Bonus: The Kidding Around Greenville Mailing List
And, of course, don’t forget to subscribe to the Kidding Around Greenville mailing list! Our weekly e-mails include news and info about events for families and a weekend planner that features top-notch events.
What free activities for toddlers would you add to my list?