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Top 5 Educational Family Fun Venues: Greenville, SC (KABOOM Award Winners)

Where are the best places to enjoy family-friendly fun that is also educational in Greenville, SC? Kidding Around readers let us know their favorite places to go to learn while playing. Our annual KABOOM Awards winners are some of the best places to engage in educational family fun near Greenville, SC!

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Educational Family Fun

2024 KABOOM Awards Winners

KABOOM Awards Guide

Top 5 Places for Educational Family Fun in Greenville, SC

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center


Model Trains Station

SPONSORED 864.605.7979 | 250 Mill Street, Taylors, SC

Model Train Station at Taylors Mill

Best Indoor Fun: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist

With over a dozen custom model train displays in scales of G, O, S, HO, N, Z and T scale trains and a special electrified Lionel Thomas the Train table for the Little Engineers in your family, the Station is the perfect learning and play stop in Upstate, SC.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Model Trains Station depends on individual donations and corporate sponsors to bring the best train associated activities to the Upstate of South Carolina.

Best Educational Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: First Place
Best Family Membership: First Place
Best Outdoor Fun: First Place
Best Educational Fun: First Place
Best Outdoor Playground: First Place

Roper Mountain is the place to bring your families for a hands-on and engaging experience whether it’s during the school year for field trips or during the summer for Summer Adventure and Summer Camps. Just ask other families in the area about their experiences and you’ll see why Roper Mountain continues to be a “must-see” experience in the upstate and beyond.

The beautiful 62-acre campus contains an array of state-of-the-art educational facilities including a Planetarium and Observatory, Marine and Ecology labs, a Rainforest, a Living History Farm, Dinosaur Adventure  trail and a new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center.

Families can attend numerous events throughout the year including Friday Starry Nights, Afternoon Explorations, Summer Adventure, Laser Days of Summer, Summer Exploration Camps, and seasonal holiday laser shows. Regardless of age, you’ll surely find a plethora of engaging activities and fun for everyone to enjoy.

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

Best Performing Arts Theatre: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist

Since 1995 the Greenville Shakespeare Company has provided the Upstate with high-quality, low-cost, (mercifully!) abbreviated versions of William Shakespeare’s works and other classic works of literature.

Come see a show during our 2024 season:
February 8-10: Macbeth: Fast & Fevered
July: Summer Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
December 6-8: A GSC Christmas

Learn more and buy tickets at www.greenvilleshakespeare.com.