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Apple Seeds Pediatric Dentistry

TITLE SPONSOR 864.244.3132 | 2 Upstate locations, Simpsonville & Taylors, SC

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Dr. Katelyn Pembroke and Dr. Laura Hofto at Apple Seeds Pediatric Dentistry provide painless and fun dental care for the little ones in our family. We have two convenient pediatric dental offices: our Brushy Creek location in Taylors and our Five Forks location in Simpsonville, SC.

When it comes to providing dental care for kids, we always go above and beyond to ensure that they have a great experience while they’re here. Our goal is to show children that taking care of their smiles is both fun and rewarding so that they can create a solid foundation of oral health that can last a lifetime!

Melissa Patton of the 864 Real Estate Team at REMAX Moves in Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR 864-923-7924

Proudly serving Greenville and Laurens Counties of South Carolina, let Melissa help you find your dream home in your choice of school district. Love where you live!

I've dealt with realtors along my journey in life, but hands down Melissa is the best I've had the privilege of working with."

Zillow Reviewer, May 2018

YMCA of Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR 864.963.3608 (Program Center) | 100 Adams Mill Road (Program Center), Greenville, SC

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YMCA of Greenville’s Homeschool PE program provides a place where children can exercise and participate in sports in an instructor-led setting. The program is designed to show participants how much fun exercise can be and is offered at YMCA Program Center in Simpsonville.

YMCA Program Center
100 Adams Mill Road
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Age: 6-15
Day: Monday and Wednesday
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Registration: Month prior to session
Member rate: $35/month and $15 for each additional student or $50/day and $20 for each additional student
Non-member rate: $45/month and $20 for each additional student or $60/day and $30 for each additional student
The program runs from September through May.

Contact Erica Snyder or Tyree Mathis

In addition to the PE program, YMCA of Greenville offers a diverse array of programs for all families including youth sportsaquatics lessons and family camps.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY

TITLE SPONSOR 864.678.5107 | Two Campuses, Greenville, SC

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First Presbyterian Academy (FPA) K3 – 12th Grade (located on Garlington Road), and First Presbyterian Academy Downtown (located on Washington St. Downtown), K2 – K4, TK & K5, both offer a unique, premiere college preparatory school experience rooted in a Christian worldview.  Small, intimate classes are taught by exceptional faculty who embrace the idea that teaching is also discipleship.

Elementary School

  • Emphasizes a partnership with parents
  • Prepares students for the rigors of Middle School
  • Provides a STEM Program, a Gifted and Talented Program, and Fine Arts Program

Middle School

  • Provides a unique bridge from Elementary to High School
  • Challenges students through Academics, Fine Arts and Athletics
  • Holds to a college preparatory curriculum focus

High School

  • Challenges students with high quality College Preparatory, Honors and AP classes
  • Students enjoy an exceptional Athletic Program led by coaches rooted in truth and faith
  • A Fine Arts Program features choral music, drama and visual arts programs
  • Students are taught to think in the highest categories, work hard and discern in preparation for college, vocation and eternity

 Learning Difference Program

  • Administers a Peer Tutoring Program
  • Provides online classes as needed
  • Partners with classroom teachers in order to allow them to use their gifts and energies to teach
  • Find out more at firspresacademy.com

YMCA of Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR | Multiple Locations, Upstate, SC


2024 KABOOM Family Favorites First Place: Overnight Camp & Sports Program

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: After School Program, Summer Camp, Family Membership, Places to Splash or Swim and Youth Organization


The YMCA of Greenville offers after-school care for students in grades K5 – 8 at the following branches: 

The Caine Halter Family Y (Downtown)
The Eastside Family Y (Taylors)
The George I. Theisen Family Y (Travelers Rest)
YMCA Judson Community Center (Greenville) 

The YMCA Afterschool Program is designed to provide your child with the perfect after school experience. This unique program focuses on building a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Components included are: daily homework support, daily active play, afterschool enrichment, and daily devotions and values-based programs.

First Presbyterian Academy

TITLE SPONSOR 864.678.5107 | Two Campuses, Greenville, SC

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY PRESCHOOL

At First Presbyterian Academy Preschool, each child receives instruction with sensitivity toward small class sizes and varying developmental stages. In addition to a challenging academic program, students are also nurtured in their social and emotional needs according to a biblical worldview.  Related classes (for appropriate ages) include Music, Physical Education, Art, Chapel and Spanish.

At the Shannon Forest Campus, K3 and K4 students attend classes at Crusader Station. The Downtown Campus offers programs for children K2, K3 & K4 and Transitional Kindergarten.

Inquire at firstpresacademy.com

YMCA of Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR | Various Locations, Upstate, SC

YMCA Special Needs Guide May 11

The YMCA of Greenville has multiple programs and opportunities for children and families with special needs to enjoy. These include Camp Greenville, iCan Bike, RECESS and swim lessons.

Camp Greenville  

Camp Greenville, operated by the YMCA of Greenville for 110 years, offers family camp weekends for families with members who have Down syndrome and Autism. Spectrum & Stargazer Family Camp offers a spring and a fall weekend in a fun and safe environment to have amazing family fun. Enjoy the beauty and adventure of camp with others who understand how amazingly unique and talented we all are in our different ways. 

Spring Spectrum & Stargazer Family Camp is May 6-8, 2022.
Fall Spectrum & Stargazer Family Camp is September 16-18, 2022.
Registration for both weekends is currently open. 

iCanBike 

A vast majority of people with disabilities have never had the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this.  YMCA of Greenville collaborates with iCan Shine to defy these odds by running a 5-day camp called iCan Bike, which teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional, two-wheel bike. 

Camp host: Eastside Family YMCA
Camp dates: July 25, 2022 – July 29, 2022
Camp location: Taylors First Baptist Church 200 West Main Street Taylors, SC

RECESS

RECESS (Recreation, Education, Community, Exercise, Social and Service) is a signature program of The YMCA of Greenville for post-high school adults with diverse abilities. During programming, participants learn about nutrition, fitness, social responsibility, community outreach, and independent living skills. RECESS allows adults with diverse abilities not only a place to continue to learn new skills, but also gives them a place to connect with friends and gain a sense of belonging.

Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Greenville offers their own swim curriculum for those with diverse abilities. The Caine Halter Family branch and Prisma Health Family branch offer private lessons in addition to a monthly swim with YMCA RECESS participants. Contact your branch to set up an introductory session!

Escape Artist Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR (864) 509-9305 | 209 East Stone Avenue & 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Greenville, SC

Step into a realm of mystery and excitement at Escape Artist Greenville, where you’re not just a player, but the hero of your own thrilling adventure. To “escape” before time runs out, you’ll need to solve puzzles, crack codes, find hidden items and more. These experiences are designed for groups of 4-8 so they’re perfect for small groups of friends and families who are looking for a fun activity in downtown Greenville away from the crowds.

Is your family overdue for an adventure? Bring your entire family and see how well you can work together to solve the mysteries of the room! While portions of our challenges do require adult minds, you’ll be amazed at what your kids will solve and how excited and engaged they’ll be.

Prefer to have a night out with only your adult friends? Leave the kids at home and book a private adventure with us. We even offer experiences with dedicated actors that will keep you laughing and entertained for the entire experience!

We have two locations and 9 games in Greenville, all less than 2 miles from the center of downtown! Adventures run Thursday-Monday, and you can check availability at Escape Artist Greenville.

Greenville Drive

TITLE SPONSOR 864.240.4500 | 948 South Main Street, Greenville, SC

Enjoy a Minor League Baseball game with the Greenville Drive at Fluor Field in Downtown Greenville. The Greenville Drive also offers special events and birthday party packages.

The Greenville Drive 2024 season begins in April!

Check out our 5 Tips for Visiting the Greenville Drive before catching a game! 

YMCA of Greenville

TITLE SPONSOR 864.412.0288 | Various Locations, Upstate, SC

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites First Place: Overnight Camp & Sports Program

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: After School Program, Summer Camp, Family Membership, Places to Splash or Swim and Youth Organization

 

YMCA of Greenville Summer Day Camp

Day Camp at the YMCA of Greenville is a great place for children and teens to start finding magic in the adventure! We are excited to have your camper experience a fun-filled, exciting summer!

It is important that your child has a wonderful “first”, “second”…or “seventh” camp experience. The YMCA of Greenville’s goal is to create an atmosphere of trust and friendship so that each camper will feel happy and confident at camp. Campers’ activities include but are not limited to: assemblies, choice activities based on weekly themes, skits, stories, arts & crafts, fitness activities, relays, character development, academic enrichment and counselor huddle times.

The YMCA of Greenville camp program is progressively structured to challenge children according to their age. Camp programming is planned to give children an introduction to a wide variety of camp activities, along with providing them the opportunity for creative expression.

Summer Day Camp is offered at Caine Halter Family YMCA (Greenville), Eastside Family YMCA (Taylors), George I. Theisen Family YMCA (Travelers Rest), Judson Community Center (Greenville) and Prisma Health Family YMCA (Simpsonville).

Financial assistance is available for most camps.

International Ballet

SPONSORED 864.879.9404 | 1018 South Batesville Road, Greer, SC

Join International Ballet for an exciting Summer Experience! Ballet Camps are held Monday – Friday and feature age appropriate ballet emphasizing creativity, coordination, and musicality. Students will explore all facets of the art of ballet, learning about the story, music and costumes of classic ballets.

Each week of camp culminates with an in-studio themed performance for parents and friends of our young campers to show off what they’ve learned. Summer camp faculty includes Liz Blackwood and Josha Williams.

No formal ballet training required

June 17-21 | June 24-28 | July 8-12
Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ages 3-10

Price per week (discount for multiple weeks)
1 week – $225/week, 2 weeks – $400 ($50 Discount!), 3 weeks – $575 ($100 Discount!)

Batesville Road Studio Location, 1018 S Batesville Rd, Greer, SC 29651
864-879-9404

Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

 

Piano Central Studios

SPONSORED 864.531.5186 | Multiple locations, Greenville , SC

Best Music Program: First Place
Best Baby and Toddler Program: First Place

There’s something for everyone at Piano Central Studios on nearly any instrument from beginners to advanced students. At PCS, you’ll be matched with a talented teacher who is whole-heartedly dedicated to making your music lessons the best part of your week. You’ll flourish with a very customized approach to your lessons, whether you are a school-aged or adult student. And it all comes wrapped in the PCS experience, which has been very intentionally designed to nurture, motivate, and inspire your love of music and your musical abilities – for now and for life.

Our reviews say it best:

“Thank you so much for your constant support and relentless enthusiasm as you make every lesson so fun and enjoyable for our daughter! She eagerly looks forward to her lessons every week, and we thoroughly enjoy listening to the pieces you’ve thoughtfully chosen for her as practices at home.” – Vidya K.

“I am an adult student who avoided pursuing my dream of learning to play piano because I wasn’t sure I could learn such a skill at my age. My teacher at PCS has been patient, encouraging, and supportive from the beginning. I’m very glad I moved beyond my fears and started taking music lessons at Piano Central Studios.” –Lisa F.

Best Date Night Activity: First Place
Best Indoor Fun: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist

Trapped in the Upstate Escape Rooms provides unique, original entertainment, perfect for any occasion. Our original and uniquely themed escape rooms in Greer and Spartanburg cater to everyone – whether you’re on a date night, out for family fun, or engaged in team-building with colleagues. Each room is a private experience, so you’ll only play with members of your team.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our 5-star rating on Google and we are proud to be a Traveler’s Choice recipient on TripAdvisor. But the experience doesn’t end with the escape rooms. We also have a private party room and offer birthday party packages, complete with food, drinks, and escape room favors. Our attention to creating a comprehensive, enjoyable experience makes us a standout destination in the escape room community.

At Trapped in the Upstate, you’re guaranteed not just a game but a narrative adventure that bonds participants in collective problem-solving and fun. It’s not just about escaping a room—after all, the door is never actually locked. It’s about the stories you’ll share and the memories you’ll create together!

Best Tutoring Programs: Finalist

Mathnasium has the best math tutors in town! We are a math-only learning center that offers customized learning plans, homework help, and test preparation services to students in grades K4-12.

Mathnasium provides proven-effective and FUN math tutoring to students struggling with arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.

Mathnasium also provides specialized, challenging curriculum for advanced math students seeking enrichment for an even deeper love & understanding of math.

Summer Readiness Programs not only prevent the summer slide, they get kids ready for next year’s math. Contact us today to schedule your free assessment!

Best Baby and Toddler Program: Finalist
Best Gymnastics Program: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist

Our methods are FUN, but our mission is Serious! Programs at The Little Gym of Greenville are designed to springboard your child into life’s big adventures.

We provided parent/child, PreK and grade school gymnastics, and dance classes. However, the fun doesn’t stop there! We also have birthday parties, camps, and more!

Once you become a member at TLG Greenville, you become part of the family. We value our relationships and work hard to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming, clean, and inclusive to all.

But don’t take it from us, our reviews say it best! Meredith wrote on Google: “The Little Gym is exactly what you and your family are looking for. They always know your name and you feel so welcomed EVERY time. My daughter has been attending for about a year and she still loves it. The teachers go ABOVE and beyond to make each class different , special and unique.”

Join us to try a class and become a part of our family, today!

Pecknel Music

SPONSORED 864.244.7881 | 1312 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC

The quintessential destination for all things music in Greenville, SC! With a rich legacy dating back to 1959, we have been passionately nurturing musical talents and fostering a vibrant community of musicians for generations. Explore our extensive range of instruments, sheet music, accessories, and lessons today!

Best Pediatric Dentist Office: First Place

Cherry Orchard Pediatric Dentistry offers an inviting dental home with passionate and caring team members, who are dedicated to building an individual relationship with you and your child.

Every child should be given the space to explore what it’s like to be a frog acting as a paramedic trying to save a dying wizard while in a snowstorm on the moon!

Drama Kids of Greenville County creates a safe place for our kids to step away from their screens to build emotional resilience and social confidence. Our award-winning curriculum promotes literacy, emotional regulation, public speaking, collaboration, and leadership skills through the magic and conventions of theatrical play.

Constructive drama coaching isn’t designed to turn kids into Broadway actors. It is designed to give young people the skills they need to have the greatest opportunity to be successful in their future.

Enroll your child in our summer camps today!  Hurry – if you enroll before March 1, your child will receive a free camp T-shirt!  See website for camp themes, dates and locations!

Once Upon a Dream Princess Parties

SPONSORED 864.421.2472 | 1099 East Butler Road, Ste 106, Greenville, SC

Once Upon a Dream Birthday Guide

Welcome to a world of enchantment with Once Upon A Dream Parties! We don’t just bring fairy tale characters to life; we sprinkle magic into every moment. Our specialty? Creating magical princess appearances and unforgettable entertainment that will leave your little princess starry-eyed.

Picture this: Your next birthday party transformed into a royal extravaganza, complete with your favorite princess gracing the event! Or, let the enchantment unfold at our whimsical location. 🎂👑✨ We’re not just about appearances; we weave a tapestry of enchantment with dress-up, games, face painting, and a treasure chest of entertainment options. Our enchantment spreads across the Upstate and its neighboring areas!

And don’t worry about the details; that’s our job! While you snap precious photos and soak in the joy, we handle everything. 💫✨

Choose from our array of party packages designed to fit every budget and need, ensuring your celebration is as unique as your child’s dreams. 🎉🎁

But the magic doesn’t stop there! Throughout the year, our enchanting cast makes appearances at various events, spreading fairy tale wonder wherever they go. And for those who want to carry a piece of enchantment home, explore our collection of princess dresses! 👗💖✨

Let us be your partners in making your child’s special day truly unforgettable. Together, we’ll create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. 🎂🎈🌟

Ready to embark on this magical journey? Visit our website to discover more and book your party today! 📆🎉🌠

Foundations Early Learning Center

SPONSORED | 3 Locations: Simpsonville, Greer, Boiling Springs, , SC

Foundations Preschool Guide 2023

Offers: Early education and childcare programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old in a STEAM-focused environment.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow!

Whether your goal is school readiness, early education, socialization, or simply love and care while you’re at work, our programs give your child a solid academic foundation and the tools to be successful beyond the four walls of school and in all aspects of life.

At Foundations, we focus on school readiness, socialization, STEAM, literacy, confidence-building, and creativity. We help your child become a confident, creative thinker and work to instill a life-long love of learning.

  • Cameras in all classrooms
  • Photo & video mobile app updates
  • School-readiness, literacy, and Spanish programs
  • Innovative technology for early childhood classrooms
  • State of the art playgrounds and building

Simpsonville | 7 Magnolia Cove Drive, Off Harrison Bridge Road | 864-256-0404
Greer | 100 Sudduth Farms Drive, Off Highway 14 | 864-881-7868
Boiling Springs | 1235 Parkside Acorn Drive, Off Highway 9 | 864-392-3029

Giggles Drop-In Childcare

SPONSORED 864.252.4252 | 3620 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC

Giggles After School Guide July 2022
Giggles Drop-In Childcare offers a flexible after school program designed to fit your needs! We have tons of options including monthly, part-time, weekly and daily prices. You can even pay by the full semester for the greatest savings. All options include pick up from school, a daily snack and homework help. 

We are now offering pickup from: -Pelham Rd. Elementary,  -Brushy Creek Elementary, -Buena Vista Elementary, -Mitchell Rd. Elementary, -East North Street Academy and -Green Charter School. 

We also offer flexibility in pick up times and are open much later than other programs. Let us help you make this school year a breeze!!

Goldfish Swim School

SPONSORED 864.835.8788 | 607 Haywood Rd., Greenville, SC

GFSS C&A listing

Goldfish Swim School was created by parents, for parents, with the goal of helping kids build essential swim skills to keep them safer in and around the water. But their program does more than that — it gives kids a platform to build life skills that help them make waves in life!

GSS has a proven, confidence-building curriculum developed by a 17-time Collegiate All-American swimmer with a degree in Early Childhood Development. The small class sizes help children get the attention they deserve. Parents and students can expect weekly class feedback, quarterly progress reports, and scheduled skill assessments. Have to miss a class? It’s easy to schedule absences and receive tokens to schedule a make-up class. Members can enjoy monthly themes and celebration prizes!

 

Pool amenities include:
  • 90 degree pool
  • Climate-controlled viewing area
  • Hair drying station
  • Family-friendly changing rooms
  • Private bathrooms
  • Swimsuit dryer

Get started at Goldfish Swim School today!

World Upside Down Art Studio

SPONSORED 864.775.5514 | 1200 Woodruff Road, Building H7, Greenville, SC

WUDAS C&A Guide 2023

World Upside Down Arts Studio offers classes in music, visual arts, dance, and theater for children, youth, and adults. 

August – May we offer morning, afternoon, and evening classes in all of the arts for students 18 months through adults.

Theater Program: Tim St. Clair II directs our fall and spring seasons. For the fall 2023 season, we are producing Beauty of the Beast and will have two casts. Tuesday: 9am-12pm (Cast 1) and 5pm-8pm (Cast 2). Rehearsals are weekly until the month of the show.

After School Program: Choose two, three, or five-days a week from 3pm-6pm (early drop off included). One hour of homework assistance and two hours of arts daily from 3:00PM-6:00PM. Show and Tell and Guest Speakers on Friday.

Homeschoolers: Pick a morning or afternoon or both to take classes in all of the arts at our studio.

Birthday Parties for all ages! Choose a theme and an art genre (music, visual arts, dance, or theater), and we’ll create a magical experience you’ll never forget.

Dance Nights: Learn partner dances like Swing, Salsa, Waltz, and Ballroom with 30-45 minutes of instruction, then open dance floor.  

Private Music Lessons: piano, ukelele, acoustic guitar, voice, and more

Sylvan Learning of Greenville

SPONSORED 864-676-0011 | Three Upstate Locations, Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, SC

This summer, have a blast learning valuable skills at Sylvan of the Upstate Summer Camps! Learning and fun are an all-in-one package with Sylvan’s Academic and STEM camps! Camps engage the mind with the best teaching methods, make learning exciting, and provide social interaction with collaborative learning. There’s something for everyone!

Our centers in Greenville, North Main Greenville, Spartanburg, Easley, and Anderson provide a variety of camps that include:

Academic Camps: Adventures in Writing, Back to School Boot Camp, and College Reading Strategies

STEM Camps: Robots Gone Wild, Mad Science, Robots on the Move, Engineering Super Structures, and Mastering Math Facts.

Summer Camps are Buy 2 Get 1 Free until May 15, 2024 by calling 864-676-0011!

Want to help your child make greater gains this summer? Consider a personalized learning program that helps students grow their skills up to 3 times faster than traditional learning. Our 45 years of proven instructional methods and rewards system motivate students to strengthen their skills, overcome learning loss, jump to higher levels, and gain confidence for academic and career success. Flexible schedules and payment options meet your family’s needs and help you provide the personalized learning your child craves.

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.

Hamilton & Co

SPONSORED 864.527.7685 | 403 Woods Lake Rd #100, Greenville, SC

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Hamilton and Company are experts on real estate in the Upstate. With over 750 5-star reviews on Google and nearly 1000 families served in the last five years, Dan Hamilton and his team are the top ranked real estate team in Greenville. We work with you to find the right home to buy or the right strategy for selling your home.

Additionally, Dan hosts a weekly radio show on The Answer 94.5 and 106.3 WORD giving advice on real estate and is a frequent contributor on WSPA Your Carolina.

“My family and I are not from South Carolina. When I found out I was relocating for my job, we saw Hamilton & Company had great ratings so we went that route. We are so glad we did because those ratings did not mislead or disappoint. From the beginning, Katie Hall was a great help and very informative. Then we were paired with Jacqueline Nicholas who was able to listen to our needs and line up a long list of homes to view. Because of all the options we were able to see, we were confident making a decision choosing our dream home. Thank you Hamilton & Co. team!” -Justin

We’d love to serve you! For more information, please email info@mygreenvillehome.com or call 864-527-7685.

Read more about Hamilton & Co.!

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.

Takeoff Mini Golf

SPONSORED | 28 Airport Road Ext, Greenville, SC

Need a new spot for a birthday party?  Come to Takeoff Mini Golf and watch planes from our shaded pavilion while you celebrate.

Would you rather fly the plane, we can do that too with our 30 minute discovery flight package!

Cooler temps? Book an afternoon party and enjoy some yummy hot chocolates as a substitution for shaved ice.

Check out all of our package options to find one that suits your needs.  All packages come with 10 passes of mini golf, 10 shaved ices, 10 bottles of water along with 1.5 hours of the pavilion.  Outside food and drink are welcome.  Additional guests can be included at regular price.  Visit our website for booking options at takeoffminigolf.com.  We look forward to hosting your next party!

Family Dental Health of Reidville Circle

SPONSORED 864.268.2008 | 301 E. Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, SC

We treat our patients like family! Come join the Family Dental Health family at Reidville Circle.

Holy Cross Academy

SPONSORED 864.963.5986 | 203 E. College Street, Simpsonville, SC

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OPEN ENROLLMENT, INFANT – AFTERSCHOOL!

For over 30 years, Holy Cross Academy has been working with families to create a safe, yet exciting, environment for kids to thrive. At HCA, exceptional care means offering a greater teacher-to-child ratio, each room being equipped with creative learning spaces, all staff being CPR and First Aide certified, and providing well-balanced snacks and lunches while your child is with us!

Tours available by appointment only. Don’t forget to ask us about our Summer Program!

Create a Cutie

SPONSORED 864.318.4676 | We come to you!, Upstate and surrounding areas, SC

Create a Cutie  is a mobile build a stuffed animal party that brings all the fun to your event! Children will pick an animal of their choice, stuff it with our stuffing machine, choose from accessories like heart inserts, outfits, birth certificates, collars and bags and and love their new friend!

With several different packages to choose from and a variety of stuffed animals, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your child’s birthday party.

Best Place to Splash or Swim: First Place

Goldfish Swim School is the premier learn-to-swim facility for kids ages 4 months to 12 years. We use our holistic philosophy, The Science of SwimPlay®, to build life skills both in and out of the water using play-based learning in a fun and safe environment.

Goldfish Swim School was created by parents, for parents, with this goal in mind — to give kids the platform to build essential life skills that will help them make waves in life.

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.

Greenville Martial Art Center

SPONSORED 864.881.1397 | 425 Feaster Road, Greenville, SC

We are a family-owned and operated traditional martial arts school with classes daily, homework time, and structured activities. This Summer we expanded into our new 10,000 sq ft martial arts facility thanks to overwhelming support by the community! We Train Leaders!!

Bus routes pick up from Buena Vista, Brushy Creek, Pelham Rd, Monarch, Mauldin, Oakview, Bethel, Simpsonville, Plain, Riverside Middle, and MANY more. Call to inquire about your school being added to our route. Find out more!

TR Makers Co.

SPONSORED 864.610.0996 | 3 S Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC

Get ready to create unforgettable memories as you enjoy an arts experience like no other! Our birthday parties are not your average shindig – they’re a blast of creativity and fun for all ages! Whether it’s a birthday bash, girls’ night out, company team-building, or family extravaganza, we’ve got you covered.

Our shop is the perfect venue for small group gatherings or private events, where our talented artists will guide you through a unique crafting experience. You choose the project and we make planning a breeze with all art materials provided. From mini terrariums with clay creatures, watercolor resist painting and felted fun to metal sculptures and stamped jewelry, the options are abundant! Each guest gets to take home their masterpieces as souvenirs of the fantastic time they had at your event.

Want to host an event at your venue? We are experts at packing up the creative fun and bringing it directly to you! Customized experiences and off-site events are among our specialties.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get this party started! Begin your event planning on our website, then use the Book your Event button to submit your event details.

Family Dental Health of Reidville Circle

SPONSORED 864.268.2008 | 301 E. Blackstock Road, Spartanburg, SC

We treat our patients like family! Come join the Family Dental Health family at Reidville Circle.

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 Date Night Activity: First Place
Best Indoor Fun: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist

Trapped in the Upstate Escape Rooms provides unique, original entertainment, perfect for any occasion. Our original and uniquely themed escape rooms in Greer and Spartanburg cater to everyone – whether you’re on a date night, out for family fun, or engaged in team-building with colleagues. Each room is a private experience, so you’ll only play with members of your team.

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our 5-star rating on Google and we are proud to be a Traveler’s Choice recipient on TripAdvisor. But the experience doesn’t end with the escape rooms. We also have a private party room and offer birthday party packages, complete with food, drinks, and escape room favors. Our attention to creating a comprehensive, enjoyable experience makes us a standout destination in the escape room community.

At Trapped in the Upstate, you’re guaranteed not just a game but a narrative adventure that bonds participants in collective problem-solving and fun. It’s not just about escaping a room—after all, the door is never actually locked. It’s about the stories you’ll share and the memories you’ll create together!

Kidokinetics

SPONSORED 864.432.5436 | Multiple Locations, Upstate, SC

Kidokinetics is a mobile fitness curriculum that is targeting the whole child as an educational enrichment after school program. Allowing kids to confidently PLAY and learn once the school day ends while parents have an additional time window before needing to pick their child up on campus.

We value PLAY:

P – pass the ball; learning to work as a team!

L – leaders on levels; equipping children to RISE and THRIVE. Stepping up to be confident leaders in multiple areas.

A – attitude of gratitude; always expressing appreciation and respect for each other.

Y – yes you can! Children can do HARD things!

Through classical conditioning, observational learning, PLAY, and respectful modeling we are enhancing behavior, socialization, and cognitive development. We teach anatomy and physiology in each class to children 3 and up! Classically teaching through song and movement allows retention rates to be incrementally higher!

We look forward to PLAYing with you!

Best Summer Camp: First Place
Best After School Program: First Place
Best Preschool: Finalist
Best Field Trip: Finalist

At Giggles Drop-In Childcare we think of you and your kids as our extended family! We are so grateful that the Kaboom readers have voted us not only the BEST summer camp in the upstate but also the BEST afterschool program, as well as a finalist in the preschool and field trip categories.

Why is our summer camp the best?? A couple of reasons:
1. Did you know that our summer camp goes on a really fun field trip EVERY DAY?!! Places like Shipwreck Cove, Kangaroo Jax, skating, and more. The kids at our camp have a blast!
2. EVERYTHING is included!! Snacks, lunch, ALL activities and we even wash your kid’s camp shirt daily and fill their water bottles.

Why is our after-school program the best?? We have low ratios!! We have a ratio of 1:14 max which gives kids the personal care that they need with daily homework help, snack, and fun activities. Kids have a great time making friends and relaxing after the school day is done.

Why is our preschool awesome?? Our preschool provides flexibility with an awesome play-based curriculum. Kids learn while having fun too and we can adapt to your changing schedule.

The Original Kids Play & Cafe

SPONSORED 864.307.8080 | 210 Fern Street , Easley, SC

Discover a hidden gem that caters to everyone’s preferences, from its inviting ambience to diverse play structures. This uniquely designed indoor play area ensures parents can relax while keeping an eye on their kids from any seat. With features like slides, obstacles, climbing areas, and imaginative play spaces, ball pits- endless hours of entertainment.

The delightful cafe adds to the experience, offering specialty lattes and a variety of snacks. The venue hosts weekly special events, private sensory days, fully catered birthday parties, private field trips, and everyday open play. The owners personally greet visitors, emphasizing the importance of each individual. Your satisfaction matters, and they strive to accommodate everyone to make your experience truly special.

Check out this review from Mark G

“Great place for kids! We rented the party room for my daughter’s party, and they really take care of everything. You get a personal party host assigned to you and they make it as stress free as possible. Decorations, food, drinks, paper products, and more all included. They even fill out out a “thank you letter” list while you open presents. A FANTASTIC addition to the Easley area. I highly recommend it. FYI. Be prepared to tip, they provided excellent personal service.”

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.

Amplify Sports

SPONSORED 864.883.8352 | 100 Powers Blvd, Piedmont, SC

🏀 Secure Your Spot at Summer Camp @ Amplify Sports! 🌟

Get ready for an electrifying summer at Amplify Sports! Our Basketball Summer Camp, catering to ages 4-14, is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of basketball excitement.🔥  Ignite Your Skills: Each week focuses on a new technique, from mastering dribbling to dominating scrimmages. Our camp is designed to take your game to the next level!

🎉 Action-Packed Adventure: Don’t miss out on the ultimate summer experience filled with fast breaks and thrilling moments on the court.

🌟 Expert Coaching: Led by seasoned coaches dedicated to refining skills, our camp ensures an enriching experience for every player.

🏆 Level Up Your Game: Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, our camp has something for everyone. Join us and watch your skills soar!

📆 Flexible Sessions: Choose from multiple sessions throughout the summer to fit your schedule perfectly.

📝 Secure Your Spot Today: Don’t miss your chance for an unforgettable summer experience! Contact us at 864-883-8352 or hello@amplifysportssc.com to reserve your spot at Amplify Sports Basketball Summer Camp.

Make this summer one to remember! 🏀🌟

Best Private School: First Place
Best Preschool: First Place

First Presbyterian Academy is a private Christian school in Greenville, South Carolina. FPA has been voted Best Private School two years in a row, and this year we are proud to have also won Best Preschool!

We are known as a Small School doing BIG things. FPA is small by design, offering class sizes to accommodate a curated learning experience while allowing our students to feel fully supported by their teachers. Our small size does not impact the BIG opportunities that our students have within our school and in the community.

Our related arts offerings for Preschool & Lower School include STEM, PE, Art, Music, and Spanish. Our After School Enrichment opportunities include athletic, academic, and artistic pursuits.

Our goal is to offer many avenues to allow the students to grow and develop their God-Given talents, all while learning and having fun! We have two campuses – Downtown Campus and Shannon Forest Campus – with grades K2-12 th .

We would love to schedule a tour for you to see the BIG things that we are doing at FPA. Call us at 864.678.5107 to schedule a tour today!

Sans Souci Academy

SPONSORED 864.233.4558 | 3100 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC

Sans Souci Academy is a K3, K4 and K5 school. At Sans Souci Academy, we believe young children learn through play! The classroom has centers (such as House, Block, and Art Center, etc.) which provide learning opportunities for social experiences, imaginative play and fosters creativity.  The students have daily opportunities for gross motor play on the playground or gym activities.  Small Groups are a time when Math and Literacy is the focus, but activities are presented in an age appropriate and fun, exciting way.  

One of the most important things San Souci Academy focuses on is social/emotional goals such as sharing, taking turns, and cooperatively playing.  Once children have mastered most social/emotional, age-appropriate goals, then they are able to really focus on academic success—whether that’s now or later. 

We can’t wait to partner with you to help your child grow! 

For registration, go to the San Souci Academy website. Also, for more information or to schedule a tour of our facility contact us at: academy@sanssoucichurch.org or 864.233.4558. 

Cherry Orchard Pediatric Dentistry

SPONSORED 864.603.2603 | 101 Halton Road Suite B, Greenville, SC

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There’s nothing quite as wonderful as seeing your child’s smile, and at Cherry Orchard Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to keep those grins shining bright. Each patient’s care is tailored per their individual needs with the goal of creating a long-lasting positive appreciation for dental hygiene. Come experience the FUN!

Call to schedule your child’s appointment today 864.603.2603!

Best Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids - Anderson, SC

SPONSORED | 3501 Clemson Blvd. Ste. 7, Anderson, SC

Best Kids’ Salon: First Place

“Come See How Much Fun a Haircut Can Be” at Cookie Cutters! This is a one of a kind experience for parents and children with experienced stylists and a kid focused environment where each haircut is complete with a playset, TVs at all stations, a balloon and lollipop with each visit!

Stylists all receive sensory training and we meet each child where he or she is in order to be comfortable. Every child deserves to feel great and be confident!

The Bunny Hive Greenville

SPONSORED 864.382.9783 | 107 Mills Ave, Greenville, SC

The Bunny Hive is a vibrant, welcoming social club nestled in the heart of Greenville, South Carolina, where families come together to create lasting memories and meaningful connections. Our beautifully designed space offers a haven for parents and children aged 0-5, fostering a sense of community and belonging.

At The Bunny Hive, we believe in the power of intentional connection. Our carefully curated classes and events are designed to engage both children and adults, promoting learning, creativity, and social interaction. From art and music classes to sensory play and culinary experiences, there’s always something exciting happening at The Bunny Hive.

Our mission is to provide a warm and inviting environment where families can come together to learn, play, and grow. Whether you’re attending a “grown-up and me” class with your little one, enjoying our beautiful space, or hosting a birthday party, The Bunny Hive is a place where magical moments are made.

Join us at The Bunny Hive and experience the joy of community, connection, and creativity.

Dance Without Limits

SPONSORED 864.412.7788 | 115 Pelham Rd. Ste. 24, Greenville , SC

Best Dance Program: Finalist

At Dance Without Limits, dance is for everyone. Regardless of age, shape, size, or ability, we believe everyone can benefit from and deserves the chance to dance. Every student is worthy of time, attention, and our best efforts as their teachers and fellow human beings. We’ve found that children are more successful when they believe they are capable of anything.

We’re constantly striving to create an environment of encouragement, validation, and building up. We know that hard work pays off, but that winning isn’t everything. In our weekly dance classes, our dancers learn to set goals and push themselves toward success, without the pressure of competition.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear from one of our dance moms! “We LOVE Dance Without Limits. The staff are incredibly kind and helpful and the teachers make the kids feel so loved and valued and seen! My girls have countdowns every week until dance day and have made such sweet friends there! We are grateful for DWL and that it’s become such a joyful place for our kids to grow.”

MOTIVE School of Movement

SPONSORED 864.775.4844 | 10 Webb Road Unit 100, Greenville, SC

Trying to figure out what to do this summer? MOTIVE offers a fun solution for kids ages five and up with our weekly summer camps! Their facility is equipped with obstacles from the American Ninja Warrior TV show as well as parkour equipment, a foam pit, and two Olympic-style trampolines.

Join MOTIVE for an entire week! Camp will be held Monday through Friday every week of Summer, from June 3rd 2023 to August 2nd 2023. Kids will be grouped with others around their age and participate in ninja warrior obstacle courses, games, crafts, open gym time, and much more.

MOTIVE can’t wait to see you there!

-$295 for a full week of half-day camp (your choice of either 9 am-12:30 pm or 12:30 pm-4 pm)

-$395 for a full week of full-day camp (9 am-4 pm)

-Sibling and MOTIVE membership discounts are available

Best Orthodontist: First Place

At Davis Orthodontics, we strive to live up to our mission of building a strong community of smiles every day by taking amazing care of our patients, staying on the leading edge of our field, and supporting our community. We treat you how we’d want to be treated and customer service is our top priority. At each and every appointment, we take the time to make sure you’re satisfied, informed and, of course, on your way to experiencing unbelievable results.

Beyond our welcoming atmosphere and patient-first philosophy, our orthodontists are experts in the latest treatment options and leading providers of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in Upstate South Carolina. They rely on modern techniques and technology to give you a healthy, gorgeous smile quickly, comfortably, and attractively.

Amplify Sports

SPONSORED 864.883.8352 | 100 Powers Blvd, Piedmont, SC

Looking for the ultimate birthday bash destination? Look no further! At Amplify Sports, we’re thrilled to offer you the perfect venue for an unforgettable celebration that’ll have your little ones talking about it for ages.

📅 Flexible Booking: Choose any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm. Party planning has never been easier!

👧👦 Space for Everyone: Accommodating up to 25 kids, our venue is perfect for your child’s entire squad. Plus, inflatables are welcome!

🎈 All-Inclusive Amenities: From tables and chairs to sports equipment and a dedicated party host, we’ve got everything covered. And the best part? We handle the cleanup too!

🍕 Outside Food Welcome: Feel free to bring in outside food to customize your celebration just the way you like it!

📝 Simple Booking Process: For a hassle-free booking, call 864-883-8352 or email hello@amplifysportssc.com to reserve your spot today!

Contact us now and let’s make your child’s birthday party one to remember! 🎂🎉

Looking for an indoor place to play AND learn?!

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, with locations in both Greenville and Spartanburg, is THE go-to family destination for indoor exploration! TCMU-Greenville offers 23 unique exhibits focused on programming areas such as arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition, the environment and community engagement. TCMU’s downtown Spartanburg location houses 6,000 square feet of exhibits designed to support children ages birth to 6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

Free weekly programming, such as Story Time, steamWORKS, and Open Art Studios, provide opportunities for families to further learn and discover together. Annual memberships offer unlimited visits to both TCMU locations in Greenville and Spartanburg. Advance timed entry tickets can be purchased at www.tcmupstate.org.

 

 

Behaviors A Go-Go

SPONSORED 864.757.9918 | 511 West Butler Road, Greenville, SC

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We provide ST, OT, PT and ABA services for children and adolescents from 18 months to 21 years of age who have a wide variety of developmental delay(s) and established risk conditions/diagnoses. We offer a clinic-based approach with access to outdoor play areas in Greenville with ST, OT, PT and ABA under one roof.

We also offer ABA and OT services in homes, child care, and school settings in counties surrounding Greenville. We work collaboratively with families and caregivers, early interventionists, case managers, psychologists, physicians, allied health professionals, teachers, administrators and other community service providers.

Please see our website for more information and we welcome phone calls and email inquiries in both English and Spanish.

Best Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Children’s Art Classes

SPONSORED 904.330.8720 | 1618 Woodruff Road. Suite F, Greenville, SC

Children's Art Classes C&A 2023

25 years ago, Barbara Gay, a public art teacher for 20+ years, began teaching her two daughters art skills from her garage. Now, Children’s Art Classes has expanded to over a dozen locations and counting.

Children’s Art Classes offers summer workshops and a nine- month programs of study to thousands of children across America.

We aim to provide a holistic art education program that enhances the lives of its students, improves their self- esteem, and boosts academic performance by offering a comprehensive curriculum that includes over 40 areas of visual art , including drawing, painting, sculpture, and graphic design. We believe that art education can significantly benefit children’s development and have designed a program to enhance their creativity, problem- solving skills, and critical thinking abilities.

We want to encourage students to continue studying art by offering scholarships, guidance on obtaining a degree, and opportunities to become professionals in the field. Our curriculum has proven results with many honor students graduating from our programs, with students earning art scholarships and many participating in leading art shows.

We are dedicated to supporting your child in their own journey and personal growth, and we can’t wait to meet you!

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.

Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands

SPONSORED 864.770.1400

Best Youth Organization: First Place
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world.

Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends.

Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit gssc-mm.org.

YMCA of Greenville

SPONSORED | Various Locations, Upstate, SC

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites First Place: Overnight Camp & Sports Program

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: After School Program, Summer Camp, Family Membership, Places to Splash or Swim and Youth Organization

 

 

The YMCA of Greenville offers classes and activities for children throughout the year at five locations – Caine Halter Family YMCA (downtown Greenville), Eastside Family YMCA (Taylors), Prisma Health Family YMCA (Simpsonville),  YMCA Judson and the George I. Theisen Family YMCA (Travelers Rest). Classes and sports leagues are available to members and non-members.

Basketball: Did you know that basketball was invented at the YMCA? The love for basketball remains at the Y where each player is met at their skill level. Children, ages 4-14, can sign up for summer and winter basketball leagues or try it out for a week in one of our Summer Day Camps 

Soccer: Soccer’s simple rules are a great way to introduce children to sports. The YMCA of Greenville offers spring and fall soccer leagues or kids can try it out for a week in one of our Summer Day Camps. Teams are available for children ages 3-14.

Swim: The YMCA of Greenville offers swim lessons for anyone six months or older. Classes are progressive and build off each individual’s skills and are available throughout the day. For more advanced swimmers, the YMCA has Swim Academy, a specialized program that teaches the basics of swim team and competitive swimming and helps advanced swimmers hone their skills.

T Ball: The YMCA of Greenville’s T-ball program is designed to be a developmental league for the youngest players. Children ages 3-7 will learn the necessary skills they need to master before moving on to play coach’s pitch, travel baseball or travel softball.

Flag Football: Spring and Fall Flag Football is open to children ages 4-14. Participants learn football fundamentals such as footwork, ball control, passing and teamwork.

Volleyball: Did you know that volleyball was also invented at the YMCA? This popular indoor sport is offered to ages 8-16 twice a year at select branches at the YMCA of Greenville. Kids can also try it out for a week in one of our Summer Day Camps.

Dance: Seasonal dance classes are offered at the Prisma Health Family YMCA in Simpsonville, and throughout the year via Carolina Dance Collaborative at several other YMCA of Greenville locations.

Golf: The YMCA Youth Golf Program is designed for children ages 5-14 that have varying levels of golf experience including beginners, intermediate and brand new to the game. 

Adventure Guides and Trailblazers: Parent/Child pairs are grouped into circles of others and their surrounding community.  Circles meet on their own for different events and activities on a regular basis and the program as a whole offers events open to all circles throughout the season.  Events include two weekend camps out at YMCA Camp Greenville, pinewood derby race, a chili cook-off and a father-daughter semi-formal Valentines Dance.

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.

Piano Central Studios

SPONSORED 864.232.5010 | Two Locations, Greenville, SC

For over 25 years, Piano Central Studio’s award-winning Kindermusik® program and caring, licensed educators have been helping children get off to the best kind of start—a musical start!

Through the Kindermusik® program at PCS, you’ll be able to give your young child every possible musical and academic advantage. Your heart will melt at the happy smile on your child’s face and the delightful memories you’ll share as you watch your child’s musical potential expand and early learning skills blossom.

You’ll love the way that Kindermusik® grows with your child, with classes for every age and every stage. Enjoy your weekly classes year-round, and move your child up to the next class level when he or she is ready.

Discover how music time will become treasured together time – in-person or online this fall. Visit Piano Central Studios online or call 864.232.5010 for more information.

Bob Jones Academy

SPONSORED 864.770.1395 | 1700 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC

Founded in 1927, Bob Jones Academy is well known for its excellent education serving students preschool through grade 12. Our school includes a strong learning environment under a nurturing faculty who teach from a biblical worldview while demonstrating Christ-like character. Our mission is to assist like-minded Christian parents in challenging students to love Jesus Christ, to embrace God’s truth, to exercise integrity, to pursue excellence and to serve others.

We challenge our students to succeed by providing high quality academics and encouraging personal excellence. It is our goal to develop fully prepared and mature college-bound graduates who love God with all their heart. Our school is accredited through both Cognia and the American Association of Christian Schools.

In BJA’s college preparatory high school program, classes are 50 minutes long and meet five days a week. Twenty-four credits are required for graduation. In addition to a full slate of rigorous college prep courses, BJA offers an honors track—both math and science—and general courses in the core areas. BJA has a robust dual-credit program through its affiliated nationally accredited college, Bob Jones University.

Contact Bob Jones Academy at bja@bobjonesacademy.net or 864.770.1395 for more information.

Group Therapy Pub & Playground

SPONSORED 864.284.4333 | 320 Falls St. Suite G, Greenville, SC

Step into the world of endless fun and excitement at Group Therapy Pub & Playground! Located right in the heart of downtown Greenville!

🏌️‍♂️ Swing into action on our wacky mini-golf course.

🎳 Bowl your way to the top with Duckpin Bowling.

🪓 Channel your inner lumberjack with axe throwing.

❄️ Glide into excitement with ice curling.

⚾️ Challenge your friends to different sports in our multi-sport golf simulator

🎤 Sing your heart out at karaoke nights.

🎟️ Test your smarts at trivia nights.

🍹 Sip on unique specialty cocktails.

🍻 Serve yourself from our 30-tap beer wall.

🍔 Mouthwatering food options.

At Group Therapy, we’ve redefined the art of fun! Come make lasting memories with us and discover the fun today!

Brain Balance of Greenville

SPONSORED 864.329.9933 | 2531 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Brain Balance offers help for preschoolers

At Brain Balance of Greenville our mission is to help every child succeed and every family thrive. We serve three and a half year old to nineteen year old students. The Brain Balance Program addresses academic, social and behavioral issues for a child and their family. The students that we help may have ADHD, Asperger’s, processing challenges, trouble making friends or a learning disability like Dyslexia. We identify the issues, then set a plan in place that addresses your child’s specific needs.

Brain Balance provides a comprehensive, non medical approach that combines physical and sensory exercises with cognitive skill training and healthy nutrition. Your child’s journey starts at our center, but continues at home with individualized exercises and extends into support during school meetings.

A visit to Brain Balance of Greenville is a very eye opening, energizing experience. We invite you to take a tour and meet with one of our center directors for a personal discussion about your child’s development needs. Having a personal consultation with a center director is a great place to start in determining a clear path for your child’s success.

See what parents are saying about us!

Fairview Baptist Weekday

SPONSORED | 1300 LOCUST HILL ROAD, GREER, SC

Introducing Fairview Weekday 5K!

Now Registering for the 24-25 school year!

Fairview Weekday’s brand new 5K program offers:
• Small class size (only 15 spots available)
• Strong, Christian-based academic curriculum
• A Sept-May program, with a Mon-Thurs schedule
• Supplemental enrichment activities provided for Fridays
• Loving, encouraging, and supportive environment for your child to learn and grow

Want to learn more or have your name added to the registration list? Email Rachael at
rachael@fairviewgreer.org

MOTIVE Movement

SPONSORED 864.775.4844 | 10 Webb Road, Greenville, SC

Want to party on a real ninja course designed by actual ninjas from the TV show?  MOTIVE offers the perfect party solution for kids ages five & up!  Our Ninja Room is equipped with classic obstacles like the jumping spider, warped wall, rings, balance obstacles, and more!  With identical racing lanes, kids can enjoy some friendly competition as they go head to head on teams.  They’ll also enjoy some free time in the Ninja Room before heading into the party room for cake, ice cream, pizza, presents, etc.  MOTIVE provides the space, tables, chairs, and ice – feel free to bring any food, décor, and paperware needed.

– $275 for 10 kids. Additional children for $10/each, up to 15 kids.
– 1 hour in the Ninja Room, 30 minutes in the Party Room.

Find out more!

Climb @ Blue Ridge

SPONSORED 864.895.1416 | 301 Bulls Road, Taylors, SC

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Climb @ Blue Ridge has been providing some of the best indoor climbing in the upstate since 1995. Our passion is to encourage everyone to experience the sport of climbing. Our experienced staff want to create a climbing environment that is accessible and fun for beginning climbers and kids, but also challenging enough for the most experienced climbers.

Our day pass option allows you full access to the gym for the entire day, and you can rent all the gear you need from us. We also offer individual, student, and family memberships which allow you the freedom to climb at no additional cost any time the gym is open.

We offer group rates for a variety of groups, from birthday parties, team building experiences, and youth group activities. We also host weekly yoga sessions and hold summer camps, and our kids climbing team welcomes climbers of all skill levels.

Are you looking for a healthy, challenging, and invigorating activity to keep fit? Are you interested in a fun activity the whole family can enjoy? Climbing is a great physical and mental exercise that’s not only a great full-body workout—it’s family-friendly and fun! Give it a try, and you’ll be hooked.

Best Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Mitchell Road Christian Academy

SPONSORED 864.268.2210 | 207 Mitchell Road, Greenville, SC

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Offers: K3 – Middle School

For 50 years, Mitchell Road Christian Academy has upheld a tradition of academic excellence, character development, and spiritual formation for students in K3-8th grade. We provide a safe environment with caring, accessible, and experienced teachers who challenge and nurture students. MRCA offers half-day Early Education programs as well as half and full-day options for our K5 classes. After-school care is available until 3 pm for K3 and K4 students and until 5:30 pm for K5-8th grade

MRCA’s goal for our preschool students is to give them a love for learning and lay the groundwork for academic growth and character development through our biblical worldview instruction. Our teachers plan child-focused learning units to cultivate a child’s curiosity. We value the unique qualities each child brings to our school!

Visit our website to see how Mitchell Road Christian Academy can partner with your family. Click here to learn about our admissions process. Call 864-268-2210 or email admissions@mitchellroadchristian.org for more information. We look forward to meeting you!

XP League

SPONSORED 864-365-2137 | 721 Cleveland St, Greenville, SC

XP League C&A Guide 2023

XP League Greenville, in partnership with YMCA of Greenville, offers an esports league modeled after classic youth sports organizations, making our programming easy for parents to understand and kids to participate in.

  • Players ages 7-17 have the opportunity to play in a premier youth esports league against other locations throughout North America
  • Players choose which game they will play and come onsite with their team for two sessions weekly
  • Offered at the Caine Halter YMCA in Greenville or the YMCA Program Center in Simpsonville – games offered vary by location and demand

We provide a professional-level experience that is unmatched. Our players dress, prepare and play just like the pros competing in the same popular, age-appropriate video games. Through coach and player training that is custom-tailored with our league partners, we incorporate teaching sportsmanship, teamwork, and positive behavior into our programs’ DNA and reward players each week for displaying one of our core values with our STEM.org Accredited Educational Program. Our diverse range of players vary in age and skill levels from the most experienced hardcore players to beginners looking to make new friends.

St. Giles Presbyterian Church Preschool

SPONSORED 864.244.9403 | 1021 Hudson Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: Ages 1-4

St. Giles offers an enriching Preschool program focusing on Emergent Literacy which includes reading, writing, speaking, listening. We also focus on Math, Art, Music, Creativity, and Play. We nurture children as they grow in their ability to manage their behavior, develop language, interact with friends and teachers, as well as grow in their academic skills.

St. Giles offers classes for ages 1-4 with 2,3, and 5 day programs. Classes are 9 am – 12 pm with an optional late stay Monday-Thursday from 12-1 pm.

Email St. Giles at preschool@stgilespres.org or visit them at St. Giles!

St. Giles Preschool is Greenville’s little hidden treasure. It has a wonderful family friendly atmosphere where everybody knows your name and the student’s names. Children are treated with respect and great care, but most of all LOVE. The teachers are very special and have a great passion and dedication for and to St. Giles

Palmetto Gymnastics Academy

SPONSORED 864.963.2590 | 115 Pride Drive, Simpsonville, SC

Palmetto Gymnastics Academy is dedicated to developing a better gymnastics environment for the greater Golden Strip and surrounding areas. Our focus is to teach proper techniques in the sport of gymnastics in the safest and most enjoyable atmosphere possible. It is our goal to develop the body and mind of each student who walks in the door of Palmetto and to provide these services at the lowest possible price.

Best Family Oral Surgery: First Place

Come experience the warm, welcoming environment and personalized care provided to patients at Cherry Orchard Oral & Implant Surgery! Dr. Brian R. Cherry and his team make patient comfort a top priority!

Piano Central Studios

SPONSORED 864.531.5186 | Multiple locations, Greenville , SC

Best Music Program: First Place
Best Baby and Toddler Program: First Place

For 30 years now, Piano Central Studios has been helping to give young children the best start in their award-winning Kindermusik® program for babies to age 7. You’ll watch your child blossom as they explore instruments, dance with you, learn musical concepts, and make new friends – all things you’ll enjoy alongside them too.

With two convenient Greenville-area locations, a variety of class times, and unlimited makeup classes, you’ll love the difference that your weekly Kindermusik® classes at PCS will make for you and your child.

Our reviews say it best:

“Thank you for all your love and support with our children this year. You have been such a blessing and brought a new source of happiness in our lives!” – Stefanny A.

“It has been very clear to me that our Kindermusik classes have a very positive influence on my daughter. Each week when I tell her it’s time for her Kindermusik class, she immediately drops what she’s doing and starts getting ready to go to class!” – Michelle F

Girls Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands Youth First Place

SPONSORED 864.770.1400

Best Youth Organization: First Place
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world.

Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends.

Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit gssc-mm.org.

Takeoff Mini Golf

SPONSORED 864.263.3456 | 28 Airport Road Extension, Greenville, SC

Best Outdoor Fun: Finalist

Fun comes first at Takeoff Mini Golf! Every hole is designed to be amazing from start to finish. It is aviation themed and each player takes off on hole 1 and ends with landing on the runway on hole 18. The finale hole 19 has a real-life beacon that lights up…if you are skilled enough to get a hole in one!

Or stop in to enjoy our covered patio and pavilion areas while treating yourself to locally roasted coffee, delicious snacks, or premium shaved ice while watching the planes takeoff near footsteps from us!

Need a birthday party venue? We’ve got you covered with FOUR different options starting at $250!

• 10 passes of mini golf, shaved ice, & bottles of water plus 1.5 hours in a private party space.

• Upgrades include:

o FLIGHT for up to 3 people!
o Decorations included!
o GLOW balls!

Interested in something unique? Try one of our events!

• GLOW Golf events
• Field trips where you can build your own mini golf hole!
• Holiday light show – putt your way through our holiday lights.

Visit our website at www.takeoffminigolf.com for more information! We look forward to hosting you!

Ignite Learning Center

SPONSORED 864.787.8621 | 216 Bransfield Rd, Greenville, SC

Best Homeschool Co-op and Association: First Place

Ignite STEAM Learning Center is honored to receive the 1st Place Homeschool Co-op Kaboom Award.

Ignite STEAM Microschool and Learning Center offers programs and classes that unleash every child’s ingenuity in a learning environment where creativity and collaboration flourish. Ignite’s unique 2-day-a-week Microschool for homeschoolers, after-school classes, and summer camps immerse students in the full spectrum of STEAM disciplines—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

With a hands-on approach to learning, our robotics and engineering programs empower students to become adept problem solvers and critical thinkers. Elementary and middle school kids embark on exciting journeys to build robots, design structures, and develop real-world solutions. Students explore the relationship between art and technology, fostering artistic expression and bringing STEAM concepts to life.

Join us at Ignite STEAM Learning Center, where each day is a new adventure filled with wonder and joy.

Enroll in our programs today to embark your child on a learning journey of limitless possibilities! Visit www.igniteingenuity.org for more information.

Girls on the Run and Greenville Liberty

SPONSORED 864.203.0565

Camp GOTR is ONE-OF-A-KIND and registration is NOW OPEN! Camp GOTR by Girls on the Run provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all girls to develop self-confidence and learn life skills they can use now and as they grow.

Soccer instruction will be coached by Liberty Head Coach, Julie Carlson and the Liberty players. The week-long camp combines the best of the Girls on the Run program with all the fun of camp plus a unique experience with the Greenville Liberty Soccer team!

The program is designed to address physical, emotional, and social development in 3rd through 5th grade girls through fun and engaging lessons. Using an intentional curriculum that incorporates small and large group games, physical activity, interactive workshops, and individual reflection, girls learn valuable skills to help them build meaningful and positive connections with others.

Join us June 3-7, 2024, at the Pavilion Recreation Complex! Spots are limited – Register Today!

Artistic Edge Dance Center

SPONSORED 864.631.2156 | 75 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC

Artistic Edge Dance Center offers diverse classes for all dancers. Our goal is to instill a love for dance, while emphasizing technique, style, performance quality, self-confidence, classroom etiquette, and self-expression. Whether dancing for sheer pleasure or aspiring to a dance career, we provide training, encouragement, and unwavering support.

Dance for Fun with Friends:

If you’re dancing simply for the enjoyment, our classes are the perfect fit. Our experienced instructors will provide a fun class while learning proper technique. Choose from upbeat hip hop, energetic jazz, graceful ballet, rhythmic tap, or emotional contemporary.  You’ll find a class that matches your dancers’ passion and create unforgettable memories with new friends.

Ready Take It to the Next Level:

For dancers ready to elevate their skills and explore their potential further, we offer a wide range of classes designed to challenge and inspire. Our talented and dedicated instructors will provide you with top-notch training in styles such as contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. We’ll help you refine your technique, expand your artistic expression, and encourage your growth as a dancer. Whether you have dreams of performing on stage or simply want to deepen your dance knowledge, our classes will provide you with the tools and support you need.

Madworld Haunted Attractions

SPONSORED 864.436.6307 | 147 Country Manor Road, Piedmont, SC

Madworld Haunted attraction near Greenville, SC

This attraction makes haunted houses family-friendly events in addition to the haunted house, including a picnic area, bonfires, music, photos with characters, access to food, mini golf, ax throwing, and more.

Don’t let the family-friendly fun fool you, Madworld claims to be the scariest haunted house in the state.

Open Friday and Saturday from September 8, 2023 – November 4, 2023. 
Open Friday – Sunday beginning October 1st, 2023
Open on Halloween
See the calendar for date and time details.

Admission: Madworld offers a variety of admission options and packages. See their ticketing website for a complete list of options.
General Admission tickets start at $40

Offers:
Family Friendly haunted house experience
Scary Haunted House Experience

Big Kids and Tweens at Mad World

We love that Mad World also offers a “No-Scare” Medallion for both grown-ups and kids. The Medallion “allows your children to take back control of the night by not only signaling to the monsters to stay away from him/her but also giving the child special powers to control the monster!”

*Please see the very comprehensive FAQ’s on their website as well

  • Loud Noises: Yes, proceed with caution
  • Visibility: Yes, There will be moments of low visibility, as they do use fog machines
  • Open or enclosed (tight spaces): Yes, proceed with caution
  • Blood and Gore: Yes, proceed with caution
  • Surprising special effects? Strobe lights (being mindful of kids with disabilities)? Yes, proceed with caution
  • Quality of scare actors: High-level, well-trained

Southside Christian School

SPONSORED 864.234.7595 | | 2211 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Southside Christian Preschool Guide 2023

Southside Christian School (SCS) partners with Christian parents in providing an excellent education consistent with biblical truth. We encourage students to discover, grow, and achieve all God has for them.

Our Early Education includes students from Pre-K2 through Pre-K 5. The curriculum is designed to meet each child’s needs in a safe environment.

Students have the opportunity to attend and participate in chapel, which allows them to learn more about Jesus, participate in worship, and learn how to serve Him.

Southside Christian School offers full and half day, as well as two, three, and five days per week options.

The community of students, families, faculty, and staff truly make a difference at Southside Christian School. The SCS community is like a family, which encourages a fun and loving learning environment.

We would love for you to experience our school through a private tour or an open house. Visit southsidechristian.org to complete your inquiry or RSVP for an open house. We hope to see you soon!

Southside Christian K2 has truly been a blessing to our family! After searching many schools and daycares for the “right” fit, we definitely found what we were looking for, and more, at SCS. My daughter has absolutely thrived at this school, while learning valuable lessons and growing at her own pace. I continue to be impressed by the teacher’s patience, love, and ability to flex and meet each child’s individual needs throughout the year!

SCS Pre-K 2 parent

Montessori School of Mauldin

SPONSORED 864.288.8613 | 205B E Butler Road, Mauldin, SC

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Founded by Mallika Montessori in 1977 as a way to support working families with a quality educational program. With over 45 years of continued service, the Montessori School of Mauldin is the longest running Montessori School in the Upstate. Montessori teachers are trained through the Association Montessori International, the organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori.

We serve students from 6 weeks through 6th grade. New registration for the 2024 – 2025 school year and summer camps begins March 1st. Full-time and part time programs are available. Please visit our website, or call the school at 864-288-8613 to schedule a tour and learn more about all we have to offer.

Sign your camper up for a play-filled learning experience at TCMU! Each camp day is infused with STEAM-based learning and museum exploration based on a different weekly theme.

Summer camp at TCMU-Greenville is for rising Pre-K to 5th grade learners. Camp must be booked by the full week. Summer camp at TCMU-Spartanburg is for potty-trained 3-6-year-olds and can be booked by the day.

Themes for 2024 include:

June 17-21 – Epic Engineers: Geared toward builders, shakers, and future prototype makers, this camp offers hands-on experience into the fascinating world of engineering through engaging activities and projects.
June 24-28 – Cosmic Cadets: Campers will embark on a space odyssey, learning about planets, stars, and galaxies through engaging games and class-led STEAM activities.
July 8-12 – Kooky Chemists: Bring science to life in a bubbling, fizzing, and colorful spectacle!
July 15-19 – Super Sleuths: Adventure into the captivating world of forensics and detective work through hands-on activities, fake crime scenes, and engaging puzzles.

Themed activities foster teamwork, critical thinking, and a passion for learning. Whether constructing bridges, studying the stars, mixing potions, or cracking codes, every day of TCMU Summer Camp promises excitement and discovery! Visit https://tcmupstate.org/camp/ to register.

And Why Not Balloons provides extravagant balloon décor for all your celebrations: Birthdays, Grand Openings, Proms, Weddings…

We specialize in arches, organic garland, sculptures, balloon drops, and the list goes on! Check out our website for design ideas.

Our sister company, Bruce Unlimited Designs, offers children’s entertainment with face-painting artists and unique balloon-twisting designs.

We service the Upstate: Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Mauldin, Easley, and surrounding areas.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext., Greenville, SC

2024 Kaboom Summer Camp Finalist

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp is the ultimate kid-favorite and parent-approved summer camp program, offering a dynamic and diverse experience that caters to a range of interests.

With themes changing weekly, the summer of 2024 promises an array of exciting camps, including Interior Design, Mythical Creatures, Fashion Design, Steampunk, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Fairies, Unbirthday, Sewing & Felting, Return to Neverland, and Airborne. The themes are designed to captivate children’s imaginations and spark creativity, ensuring a summer filled with exploration and joy.

Age ranges vary weekly to align with the fine motor skills required for specific projects, ensuring that each child receives an age-appropriate and engaging experience.

At the end of every week, Yellowbobbypins Art Camp culminates in a spectacular art show, showcasing the incredible projects created throughout the week and celebrating the new friendships forged during the camp.

This parent-approved summer camp goes beyond artistic exploration, creating a memorable and enriching environment where children can express themselves, make lasting connections, and embrace the joy of creativity.

 

MaidPro Greenville

SPONSORED 864.614.8082 | 345 Prado Way, Greenville, SC

Best Cleaning Service: Finalist

MaidPro is the premier residential house cleaning service in the Greenville area and we’re ready to meet all of your house cleaning needs; whatever they may be. Whether you need maid service on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, our professionally-trained cleaners are here for you. Do you just need a one-time deep clean, perhaps in preparation for a party or visitors? We’ve got you covered.

While our specialization in kitchens, bathrooms, floors and dusting has made us famous, we certainly don’t skimp in other areas. Our customizable 49-Point Checklist ensures that we cover all the bases every time we do your house cleaning. We guarantee that you’ll be satisfied!

Best of all, at MaidPro, there are no contracts to sign, and you’ll be surprised at how affordable our cleaning services can be. So, what are you waiting for? Stop throwing away your valuable time on house cleaning -and contact MaidPro Greenville today!

Roam Acres Farm

SPONSORED 864.907.4652 | 1603 Reid School Road , Taylors, SC

Roam Acres Farm, nestled in the suburbs of Taylors, SC, is a multifaceted space where the healing power of horses combines with opportunities for personal growth and connection. This family-owned farm offers a spectrum of services, including riding lessons, equine assisted learning groups, and equine assisted therapy, all located within minutes of downtown Greenville, Travelers Rest, and Greer.

For those looking to build their horsemanship skills, Roam Acres provides connection focused riding lessons for all skill levels. Guided by experienced instructors, students develop the fundamentals or riding and an ability to effectively communicate with horses.

In equine-assisted learning groups, participants engage in experiential activities with horses, fostering teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. Guided by trained facilitators, these sessions offer a unique opportunity for personal development in a supportive environment.

Roam Acres is also proud to collaborate with local licensed mental health providers to offer trauma-informed equine-assisted therapy. In these sessions, clients explore emotions, overcome challenges, and develop coping skills, within the safe space of the farm.

Whether one is looking to improve their horsemanship, learn about themselves, or overcome challenges, Roam Acres Farm offers an environment where horses are valued allies on the path to growth.

Trail Blazer Survivor School

SPONSORED 864.263.3850 | 1103 Jeter Cemetery Rd, Union, SC

Trail Blazer Survival School Homeschool Guide 2023

Wilderness Survival Classes specifically designed for home school students. Just for 6 to 9 year olds and 10 to 14 year olds. Each month attend a class where you learn important survival skills such as shelter building, food and water procurement, staying safe, and much more!

For more information call us at (864) 263-3850 or to sign-up today!

We’re excited to host another great summer at Roper Mountain Science Center, the home to more than 100 week-long half- and full-day camps for children in completed grades K4 through 9. Our hands-on activity-based educational Summer Explorations Camps mix a wide variety of fun in a wide range of topics. With selections of old favorites and new offerings from art to animals, pop culture to physics, lots and lots of Legos, and, of course, science for all ages, there is truly something for everyone at Roper Mountain. Come join us for a fun-filled adventure this summer.

Visit www.ropermountain.org for the 2024 Summer Explorations camp guide and registration details. Feel free to contact Lisa Phillips at liphilli@greenville.k12.sc.us or 864-355-8925 with any questions about our summer camp programming.

Members only early online registration is Monday March 4, and general registration begins Wednesday March 6.

ReCraft is South Carolina’s first Creative Reuse Center. As a non-profit with a mission rooted in creativity, community, and conservation, we connect creative people (like your family!) with reusable goods through our retail store and our Makerspace.

Our retail store on Laurens Road is open to the public Wed-Sat 10am-6pm and is sure to inspire everyone in your family! Everything in our store is donated from the Greenville community and includes arts & craft supplies, bead & jewelry, fiber & fabric, scrapbooking & ephemera, office & classroom supplies, and even party supplies.

Our Makerspace is open-ended, all-ages, self-guided — and affordable. Makers have access to 100+ materials and tools to make as much as you want for as long as you want. Walk-ins welcome, but we also have a free reservation option, available by website (recraftgvl.org/visit) or phone (864-365-6456). Reservations are encouraged on busy hot or rainy days!

Christ Church Episcopal School Summer Encounters

SPONSORED 864.299.1522 ext. 1242 | 245 Cavalier Dr, Greenville, SC


JOIN US FOR SUMMER ENCOUNTERS AND LEAVE THE SUMMER TO US!

2024 camps will begin May 29!

Dive into an unforgettable summer adventure at Christ Church Episcopal School’s award-winning day camps in Greenville, SC. Summer Encounters hosts a comprehensive, diverse, and exciting collection of summer camps that provide meaningful opportunities for any child in grades (rising) K4 to 12.

With over 250 camps, Summer Encounters offers something for to spark everyone’s curiosity including thrilling outdoor games, athletics, arts and crafts, cooking, coding, service learning, science and technology, and so much more! Morning and afternoon sessions plus extended stay options means you can find the perfect fit for you and your child.

Summer Encounters Camps would be honored to invite your family to join us for an exciting summer of new discoveries, friendships, and lasting memories. Registration is open now and camps fill up fast. If you have questions or need assistance in any way, please contact us at Traci Weldie at weldiet@cces.org or 864.299.1522 x1242.

Monica Parkkonen Photography

SPONSORED 864.449.3364 | 18 East Main St, Taylors, SC

Best Newborn Photographer: First Place

Parkkonen Photography is a woman-owned small business located in the heart of Taylors for the last 15 years. Monica treats all clients as family making sure their session is as stress-free as possible.

Our studio is fully stocked with everything needed for an unforgettable newborn session. We also have many backdrop choices along with a separate studio dedicated to holidays and special occasions. On-location sessions and the option to bring anything along to personalize your session are available and welcomed.

Our studio also boosts a private backyard/outdoor space perfect to add the entire family into a session. We have a five-star rating on google – come see what our clients are raving about!

As one review says, “It was so nice to sit back and let her work her magic. She was so great with our newborn and got multiple good shots.”

Greenville Martial Art Center

SPONSORED 864.881.1397 | 425 Feaster Rd. , Greenville , SC

Best Martial Arts Program: First Place

Unlock your child’s potential with our dynamic martial arts program! Our after-school program offers a safe and engaging environment for kids to learn Taekwondo and Hapkido, building confidence, discipline, and focus.

Join us for our exciting summer camp filled with fun activities and martial arts training. For busy families, we also offer evening classes, providing flexibility for your schedule.

Enroll your child today and watch them grow physically and mentally while having a blast!

Go Here, There, and Everywhere at The Sunshine House’s Legendary Summer Camp

Powered by fun, exploration, and adventure, it’s everything that summer should be about! At Legendary Summer Camp, there’s always something new to experience, and no two days are the same.

Explore the earth under our feet, physics of flight, the wonders of water, journey to space, the science around us, and so much more!

• Fun, exciting field trips
• Unique weekly themes
• Safe, licensed, and secure
• Healthy meals and snacks included
• Outdoor playtime and physical activity, including NFL Play 60
• Led by experienced educators & childcare professionals

Every camper gets a FREE swag bag with a cool camp t-shirt, reusable water bottle, and matching backpack to carry all their gear.

Designed for campers 5-12 years old. Junior camp, designed for younger children, is available at select locations.

Space is limited. Find the location closest to you and register at sunshinehouse.com/summer.

Where will you go this summer? Here, there, and everywhere!

Charis Academy

SPONSORED 864.365.6368 | Suite E-9, McAlister Square (University Center), 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC

Offers: K5-12th grade

Mandarin/Spanish Language Immersion Charis Academy (formerly MMM Christian Academy) is the only school in the Upstate that provides authentic Mandarin Chinese and Spanish immersion with a Christian worldview for K5 through middle school. We offer flexible schedules and small class sizes for full-time and part-time students, with a robust STEM and music component. Charis Academy’s vision is to educate students through Montessori-style hands-on and creative learning. We provide an overarching framework for dyslexia and exceptional students, adapting the Orton-Gillingham approach for biliteracy success.

University-Model School Our University-Model school partners with parents to provide a high-quality, college-preparatory education from kindergarten to high school. Students split their time between in-school study and a satellite classroom, which can be their home, where parents co-teach their children. Our professional educators provide regular training and support for parents throughout the year, to help ensure the student’s educational success and ease the parents’ workload by providing effective curriculum design, instructional strategies, and assessment. For more information about the University-Model, visit NAUMS.org.

STEM School For our middle school and high school students, we emphasize science, engineering, computer science, and mathematics to ensure your student is college- and career-ready.

Located at the McAlister Square University Center, Charis Academy is a fully accredited, 501(c)3 nonprofit, private Christian school.

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open. For more info and to schedule a visit, please email info@mmmchristianacademy.com.

M&G Kids Create!

SPONSORED 864.770.1331 | 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. , Greenville, SC

M&G Kids Create! Summer Art Day Camp
Elements of Art 
For first time kindergartners (turning 5 years old by September 1, 2024)
Introduce your little one to art and creativity through M&G’s specially designed kindergarten camp focused on the Elements of Art. Your beginner will enjoy multiple art projects, age-appropriate lessons, interactive games, and snacks while learning about line, shape, color, and texture.
Dates: June 3-7 and June 10-14 from 9:30AM – Noon
A Quest for the Medieval
For rising 1st—6th grade (ages 6-12)
Dragons, kings, castles, and queens! Embark on a medieval adventure of learning and creativity through engaging lessons, snacks and games. Your 1st-6th grade campers will experience what life may have been like in the Middle Ages as a serf, knight, or royal. After viewing art forms like tapestry, metal working, calligraphy, and stained glass, campers will explore creating their own manuscripts, sculpture, coat of arms, and more!
Dates: June 3-7; June 10-14; and June 17-21 from 9:30 AM – Noon
Fee: includes daily instruction, art supplies, and snack
Museum Members: $90
Non-Members: $96
Medieval Artisans 
For 6th-8th grade (ages 12-14)
Similar to the elementary camp emphasis, middle school craftsmen will explore the art and times of the Middle Ages through interactive lessons and reviews. Young artisans will delve into the world of Medieval art by exploring the crafts of bookbinding, calligraphy, and illuminated manuscript illustration.
Dates: June 17-21 from 9:30AM – Noon
Fee: $125

MINI’s for your mini!

A car museum in your backyard? Come see the hidden gem that you never knew existed. The Ultimate Driving Museum hosts a new exhibit each year, and this year is featuring the MINIs To The Max: 65 Years of Spirited Adventures Exhibit. This exhibit is kid-friendly and features vintage Mini’s, racing MINIs, Quirky MINIs, like one that was turned into a snowmobile on the Monster Garage television show!

The Ultimate Driving Museum is a division of the BMW CCA Foundation, a non-profit organization, and operates the second largest Archives for BMW history, this includes MINI too! The Museum pulls from its ever-growing collection to enhance its exhibits by featuring memorabilia, model cars, and even works of art to tell the story of the brand, the owners, and the enthusiasts that make these exhibits possible. Come see us soon!

www.theultimatedrivingmuseum.org
190 Manatee Court
Greer, SC 29651
(864) 329-1919

Dance Without Limits

SPONSORED 864.412.7788 | 115 Pelham Rd. Ste. 24, Greenville, SC

Dance is for everyone, regardless of age, shape, size, or ability at Dance Without Limits. Dance classes are offered for students ages 18 months to 18 years old.

Offerings include the Twinkle Toes preschool program (ballet, tap, and hip hop/tumbling combo) and elementary through high school classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, and hip hop. A special Limitless Friends class is also offered for students with disabilities. All classes are inclusive, and Dance Without Limits enjoys offering a family-friendly, non-competitive dance program.

Class Listings:

Twinkle Toes Preschool Dance Program

Twinkle Baby and Me: (ages 18-24 months) A 30-minute introductory class containing ballet, tap, and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basics in a positive environment. Engaging age-appropriate music is used to get these little ones inspired to dance. An adult is required to participate in this class.

Twinkle Babies: (ages 2-3) A 45-minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap, and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow directions and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little ones inspired to dance. The use of props, like Twinkle Bears, hula hoops, and bubbles, enables the young dancers to use their imagination and creativity, but mostly to have fun!

Twinkle Stars: (ages 3-4 and 4-5) An age-specific 45-minute class containing tap, ballet, and jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. The use of fun age-appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. Plus, hula hoops, scarves, and bubbles for free dance makes the end of class so much fun!

Tot Hop & Tumble: (ages 3-5) This upbeat 45-minute class introduces our young dancers to basic elements of hip hop, creative movement, and beginner-level tumbling. We incorporate obstacle courses and fun props, such as our mini trampoline and hula hoops! The perfect way to release the wiggles while learning hip hop fundamentals.

Twinkle Ballet: (ages 3-5) This 30-minute class for our young dancers incorporates all the ballet elements from our regular Twinkle Stars class, without the tap portion. The perfect class for little ones who enjoy a bit of a quieter setting.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Classes

Tap: (ages K5-18) A percussive style of dance which gets its name from the sound made when the metal plates on the dancer’s shoes contact the floor. Emphasis on rhythm and clarity of sounds from the feet.

Ballet: (ages K5-18) A class which progresses from beginning ballet steps to advanced technique and placement. Each class will begin at the barre, then move to center floor work and across the floor. Ballet is the building block of all other forms of dance and necessary to excel in all other forms. For this reason, we strongly encourage all students to take a ballet class.

Jazz: (ages K5-18) Jazz builds on the fundamentals learned in ballet and is very structured in technique. The class progresses from a center warm-up with emphasis on strength and flexibility, then moves to across the floor combinations, finishing with a fun combo in center floor. Jazz takes many forms, and is often performed to upbeat, popular music.

Lyrical/Contemporary: (ages K5-18) Lyrical/Contemporary is a fusion of jazz and ballet which uses movement to interpret a song’s lyrics. The class progresses from a center warm-up with emphasis on strength and flexibility, then moves to across the floor combinations, finishing with a combo in center floor. Typically, lyrical is very fluid and quite beautiful!

Hip Hop: (ages K5-18) Also known as street dance, hip hop is an upbeat dance style that has become hugely popular with fun and exciting choreography and engaging music. All music and dance moves are age appropriate. All-boys hip hop class also available.

Acrobatics: (ages K5-18) This class teaches the basics of floor tumbling (such as forward and backward rolls, backbends, cartwheels, etc.) and progresses to advanced tumbling (such as handsprings and aerial work). Teachers work with students on their individual level.

Limitless Friends: This is a movement class for students ages 6 and up with disabilities. Elements of jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics are incorporated in this fun class, along with games and free dance.

Find out more at Dance Without Limits.

The Goddard School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.254.0708 | 8 Five Forks Plaza Court, Simpsonville, SC

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The Goddard School of Simpsonville, SC in Five Forks is a multi, award-winning school which has a NAEYC accredited program that is recognized at a national level as providing the highest level of early childhood care for young children. The school serves students from 6 weeks to 12 years of age and offers half and full day services. In addition to the preschool program, the Goddard School of Simpsonville, SC offers private Kindergarten and 1st grade programs, a School Age Summer program (K-5th ), and an After School program (K-5th ) which picks up from 5 elementary schools.

At The Goddard School of Simpsonville, our highly, educated teachers create individualized opportunities for children to have exposure to new ideas and materials and to embrace learning in its most natural way–through play and exploration. There are lessons in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts – creative art and music, and math) as well as language arts, yoga, baby sign language, Spanish, social studies, handwriting, physical fitness and more. Goddard’s safe and caring environment gives children the space to make connections and experience fun, authentic learning, so they will become school-ready, career-ready, and life-ready.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville , SC

Best Birthday Party: First Place
Best Art Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist
Best Baby and Toddler Program: Finalist

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp is the ultimate kid-favorite and parent-approved summer camp program, offering a dynamic and diverse experience that caters to a range of interests. With weekly changing themes, the summer of 2024 promises an array of exciting camps, including Dollhouse, Mythical Creatures, Fashion Design, Steampunk, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Fairies, Unbirthday, Sewing & Felting, Return to Neverland, and Airborne. The themes are designed to captivate children’s imaginations and spark creativity, ensuring a summer filled with exploration and joy.

Age ranges vary weekly to align with the fine motor skills required for specific projects, ensuring that each child receives an age-appropriate and engaging experience. At the end of every week, Yellowbobbypins Art Camp culminates in a spectacular art show, showcasing the incredible projects created throughout the week and celebrating the new friendships forged during the camp.

This parent-approved summer camp goes beyond artistic exploration, creating a memorable and enriching environment where children can express themselves, make lasting connections, and embrace the joy of creativity.

Kroc Center

SPONSORED 864.527.5948 | 424 Westfield Street, Greenville, SC

Party like a Kroc Star! Kroc Greenville’s fun and interactive birthday parties are perfect for all ages.

Let us make your child’s special day memorable! Splash with family and friends in our zero-entry pool, complete with a play structure, fountains, and a giant slide. Complete your party experience with fresh pizza, chicken tenders, or other kid-approved foods from our Kroc Kitchen.

Keep the party going with pool, ping pong, and foosball while enjoying birthday cake in our Boys & Girls Club game room.

Conference Center space is also available for rent.

Shipshape Farm

SPONSORED 757.620.7105 | 1650 Tigerville Road, Travelers Rest, SC

Birthday parties at Shipshape Farm are a grand time to share with children what it was like to grow up in the days before cell phones. With the option of 2 different themes (Tea party or Farm party) we can customize the event to perfectly celebrate your sweet one. With goats to pet and brush, eggs to collect from the chickens, and a hayloft for the event – it is just a good time!

Base package: 10 kiddos $200 (Includes tables and chairs, petting/brushing goats, gathering eggs from the chickens, host on hand for party, set up and clean up) Options available to add on: Story time with a farmer, decoration (Tablecloth, centerpieces, garlands), digital invitations, seasonal craft, party favors

The hayloft is a grand spot for smaller parties, and the party barn is great for larger gatherings! Currently we are hosting parties on Saturday only.

Studio Green

SPONSORED 864.606.4839 | 355 E Blackstock Rd, Spartanburg, SC

Best Music Program: Finalist
Best Baby and Toddler Program: Finalist

Studio Green is a vibrant music school in Spartanburg specializing in piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, voice, and drums.

With a mission to create a love for music in the next generation, the studio offers comprehensive lessons led by dedicated instructors.

Whether you’re a beginner embarking on your musical journey or an experienced musician looking to refine your skills, Studio Green welcomes all to explore the world of music in a supportive and inspiring setting.

Join us at Studio Green, where the art of music comes to life.

Swim Lessons with Mary

SPONSORED 864.202.6985

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Swim Lessons with Mary is the premier provider of private swim lessons in the Upstate of South Carolina.  Join us for the most fun and efficient way to learn how to swim.  Our skilled instructors teach infants, kids and adults of all skill levels.

SLWM lessons are all private, 30 minutes of full attention and instruction with your swim pro.  Our instructors are certified and trained in-house to teach using SLWM methods and can even tailor to your child’s personal fear level, learning style, skill level and needs.  We meet each of our swimmers at their level and personalize each lesson to maximize growth and progress.  We teach using our SLWM safety to stroke™ method – water safety is our #1 priority, and once mastered, our swimmers learn correct stroke and technique so our students can accomplish their goals – whether they be fun, exercise, swim team, or even scuba diving.

We offer flexible and recurring booking options at our indoor location year-round.  We also teach traveling lessons during the summer.  In this format, our instructors will come to your backyard or neighborhood pool for private lessons at your location.  Looking forward to swimming with you soon!

The Goddard School

SPONSORED 864.254.0708

The Goddard School

The private Kindergarten and 1 st grade programs at The Goddard School of Simpsonville, SC at Five Forks provide the foundation to encourage your child’s lifelong love of learning. The Goddard approach to learning allows for both individual and small-group learning which is key to a child’s formal education. Goddard School certified teachers present ample academic challenges and take care to balance the daily schedule with lots of fun too.

Children at Goddard enjoy quiet learning in reading nooks and writing centers, as well as social activity opportunities throughout the day. The Goddard School offers a fun, engaging format that allows children to explore and discover their interests while learning academic essentials. The Goddard School offers a small group environment, so children can analyze and solve problems by utilizing collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical-thinking skills.

The hours for the private Kindergarten and 1st grade programs are 8 am – 2:30 pm. Early drop-off is available at 7 am and late stay is available for families until 6 pm.

For more information about our national award-winning school contact us at 864.254.0708 or simpsonvillesc@goddardschools.com. Please visit our website https://www.goddardschool.com/schools/sc/simpsonville/simpsonville.

Palmetto Gymnastics Academy

SPONSORED (864) 963-2590 | 115 Pride Drive, Simpsonville, SC

HOME OF STATE AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONS &
NATIONAL AND US CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS

PGA offers a variety of classes, such as gymnastics for boys and girls, preschool, ninja, tumbling, just bars, special needs, and adult classes. PGA also offers Playtime, Mom’s Morning Out, summer and holiday camps, and Parent’s Night Out.

World Upside Down Arts Studio

SPONSORED 864.775.5514 | 1200 Woodruff Road, Building H7, Greenville, SC

World Upside Down Arts Studio offers colorful camps giving students a magical experience in music, visual arts, dance, and theater.

Spring Break & Summer Camps: $150+/week | K5-8th Grade
*K4 students can participate in the part-time camp.

We offer part-time, full-time, and extended-day options. Each week students learn to develop their love for the creative arts through music, dance, theater, and art. The special theme for each week incorporates learning a fun song and dance, making unique and colorful art projects, and acting out a theatrical piece that the kids will participate in as a showcase for their family and friends at the end of the week.

High school students can join our volunteer team and assist counselors throughout the week to get volunteer hours and build their resumes!

March 18-22 | Moana

May 27-31 | Tangled

June 3-7 | Sing 1 & 2

June 10-14 | Encanto

June 17-21 | Aladdin

June 24-28 | Trolls

July 1-5 | Zootopia (no camp on July 4)

July 8-12 | Beauty and the Beast

July 15-19 | Wonka

July 22-26 | Annie

July 29-Aug 2 | Camp Rock

Our core art classes based on the theme are run 9am-12pm. In the afternoon, we play outdoor and indoor games along with STEAM activities and guest speakers.

 

 

Zuber! Ever heard of us? It’s the zoo that comes to you!

What to expect from Zuber? It’s the easiest, most convenient event that you will ever plan! We offer packages that can fit on your back porch, all the way up to groups of 1,000+.

Have you ever wanted to cuddle with a baby pig? Take selfies with alpacas? Ride a unicorn? We have you covered and can do all of this in the convenience of your backyard! Age limit? Nope! We do events for children and adults, because let’s just be honest, adults have just as much fun as the kids!

We have baby goats, rabbits, chickens, piglets, ponies, alpacas, and mini cows. We are based out of Campobello, SC. Our travel radius is about two hours in every direction.

We started this business because we want to share our sweet animals with people of all ages. We strive to make Zuber a form of both education & therapy, plus it is just plain fun for everyone. Looking for a one stop party shop? We are partnered with businesses that have inflatables and shaved ice trucks. Zuber has it all, so contact us today for your next event!

Please email us at ZuberPettingZoo@Gmail.com or contact us through Facebook messenger.

Hidden Pasture Farm

SPONSORED 864.477.9284 | 245 Little Virginia Rd, Fountain Inn, SC

Hidden Pasture Birthday Guide 2023
Birthday Parties at The Unicorn Farm bring magic to your little one’s birthday. The farmyard is filled with friendly farm animals to pet and hold, unicorns to meet and feed, pony rides and so much more fun in a lovely shady outdoor setting. It’s the perfect afternoon for kids and adults and our parties are customizable for any size group! We handle all the food and drinks, you just bring a cake or cupcakes! We are an outdoor venue, so we offer flexible rescheduling due to rain! Call to Book!

 

Base Package: 5 kids/8 Adults $340
2 Hours in the Outdoor Party Tent
Unlimited pony rides for the kids
Animal Food to feed animals
1 Pizza, 1 gallon drink
Plates, cups and napkins
Extra Adults or non-riders $9 (add as many as you like)
Extra kids Riding $16 (add you many as you like)
For every additional 6 kids, we add an extra pizza at no cost!

 

Five Oaks Academy

SPONSORED 864.228.1881 | 1101 Jonesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Toddler (half day) – Middle School

Five Oaks Academy is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is the only Montessori school in the area that offers a cohesive program from toddler through eighth grade. With over 36 countries represented, the global community within Five Oaks Academy (FOA) and its unique research-based approach to education give students an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.

FOA is a welcoming environment that focuses on creating original thinkers and encourages students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Understanding that each child has his own learning style and interests, students at FOA are treated as individuals. A low student:teacher ratio allows each child to receive a customized education. Students explore the realm of mathematics, literature, history, science, geography and the arts in a creative and research-based manner.

Along with a challenging academic curriculum, the program fosters the development of time management skills and helps students learn to prioritize their responsibilities. Additionally, students are led in discovering and developing their own unique talents and strengths. Most importantly, FOA strives to foster student’s curiosity and love of learning so they become lifelong learners. Our goal is for our students to have success not only in the classroom but in the real world as well.

Find out more at Five Oaks Academy!

"It is a beautiful Montessori school that starts at 2k. Two of my children attend, and we love it! Take a tour!”

“Five Oaks Academy is amazing! I’ve never experienced a school quite like it. Five Oaks has a beautiful campus and amazing opportunities for children to learn Spanish, music, and gardening. Being a Montessori school, children learn with hands-on materials. My two children ADORE going to school there! My son told me, “I love weekends and all, but I love going to school best.” Five Oaks teaches a love of learning!”

Best Family Photographer: First Place
Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

My name is Abbey, owner of Abbey Vitou Photography and I love capturing family beautiful moments both posed and true to life. Photography is not just my job, it’s my passion.

Each family is unique, so each session should be too! I have worked with children with special needs, mobility restrictions, high anxiety, and everything in between. I like to take my time and prefer quality over quantity and strive to make everyone feel safe and comfortable during their session .

But don’t take it from me, here is a review made by a return client: “Abbey was so sweet and patient with all 5 of my kids and I love both my newborn photos and family photos.”

An image I took was featured in American Greetings ‘REAL DAD’ Campaign, I was published in the SOUTH CAROLINA VOYAGER as one of GREENVILLE’S RISING STARS. I have won the KABOOM AWARD for FAVORITE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER two consecutive years, KABOOM FINALIST for FAVORITE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER  and am being featured in MARQUIS WHO’s WHO IN AMERICA.

As a wife and mom of three, I understand what goes into family pictures so let’s embrace the beautiful chaos together!!

Birthdays at Piano Central Studios

SPONSORED 864.232.5010 | Two locations, Greenville, SC

Custom-created for ages 1 to 7, the Kindermusik® parties are interactive and engaging for everyone – parents, kids, and guests. From the first jingle to the last dance, a Kindermusik® birthday party is perfectly unique, delightfully captivating, and thoroughly entertaining. Best of all, it’s super easy and conveniently all-in-one for you. Each party includes dancing, singing, creative play, musical instruments, parachutes, bubbles, and more. We provide the fun and music — you bring the celebration (and the cake, if you choose).

NEW! $25 off any party!!! Ask for our special “KAG Reader” discount available any time to all Kidding Around Greenville readers.

The Celebration! ($175) – Are you ready to CELEBRATE? Come sing, play, move enjoy story time, and much more–the fun just doesn’t stop!

  • Two hours total at our studio! One hour of musical fun (our part) and one hour of party fun (your part)
  • Standard Birthday Party Activities
  • Gift for the Birthday Child
  • Twelve Kindermusik® birthday party invitations

The Celebration PLUS! ($200) – Do you have a theme for your party? Could we come up with one for you? Let us WOW you and your guests with our creative ideas, activities, puppets and instruments—it will be an unforgettable event!

  • Two hours total at our studio! One hour of musical fun (our part) and one hour of party fun (your part)
  • The theme of your choice*
  • Customized birthday party activities
  • Special instruments, puppets and props (as appropriate)
  • Gift for the birthday child
  • Twelve Kindermusik® birthday party invitations

Theme Ideas: Animal Safari, Around the World, At My House, Bubbles and Balloons, Circus Clowns, Construction, Dog, Ladybug Garden, Nursery Rhymes, On the Farm, Princess, Shiny Dinah (train), Space, Tea Party, Teddy Bear, Under the Sea, Wild West, and more! Special requests welcomed.

Also available: Kindermusik themed favor bags.

Two studio locations at:
757 N. Pleasantburg Drive
1622 Woodruff Road
Greenville, SC

Read: 5 Things Not to Do at Your Child’s Kindermusik Birthday Party

The Little Gym of Greenville

SPONSORED 864.991.3577 | 1607 Laurens Road, Ste. 102, Greenville, SC

Afternoon camp at The Little Gym of Greenville gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy, and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym.

Your child will spend three adventure-filled hours a day on a unique, exciting quest with their friends. Each week revolves around an interactive learning theme and creative lesson plans to keep your child engaged. The best part about camps at The Little Gym of Greenville, is they are completely flexible! Bring your little one for a day, a few days, or a week at a time. Our camp packages lets your family choose the best option for you.

Ages: 3-8 years
Dates: May 28th to August 2nd
Days: Mondays through Fridays
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Themes:
Hawaiian Hide and Seek
Sports of All Sorts
Animal Adventures
Superheroes
Princess and Prince Party
Pajama Party
Space Adventures
Pirates
The Little Gym Summer Games
Ninja Warrior

Call/Text (864)991-3577 or go online to www.tlggreenvillesc.com to enroll your child in the Best Summer Ever!

Explorers Academy Preschool

SPONSORED 855.687.6923 | 638 East Washington St, Greenville, SC

Explorers Academy Preschool Guide

Greenville Explorers Academy Preschool is a licensed (#25529) preschool located in the heart of downtown Greenville.

World Explorers is dedicated to building community in the staff, families, and children they serve. They focus on the whole child experience including attention to healthy eating; physical fitness; access to math, science, and technology; and an appreciation for literature and art that reflects children in their own image.

Explorers Academy Preschool offers engaging creative curriculum to engage each individual child; added enrichment including yoga, music, and creative movement; wholesome meals and snacks; flexible summer extension camp – register only for the weeks you need!

Camps: When School Is Out We are In! Ages 2 and up.

Drop off after school childcare: Flexible, affordable, and educational. Ages 5 and Up

Family-centric Tours & Events: We are your partner and trusted resource for all family themed talks, events, and city tours!

It Takes a Village! And You’ve Found One!

Shipshape Farm

SPONSORED 757.620.7105 | 1650 Tigerville Road, Travelers Rest, SC

Shipshape Farm summer camps are an opportunity to get outside, learn about animals and care for them (we have goats, chickens, dogs, a cat named Taffy, and a duck named Donald), play games, dig in the dirt, and just have an all-around old-fashioned good time!

If you would like your kiddo to enjoy tech free play in the sunshine – Shipshape Farm is the place for you! This year, our camps will be going through different Children’s classic books, (Like Heidi, Treasure Island, Charlotte’s Web, etc.).

There are ½ day and full day options. Check out www.shipshapefarm.com/summer-camp for all the details.

Summer Camp registration opens IN PERSON at the open house on March 30th, and online on April 1.

We also offer Farm School classes for preschool and homeschoolers throughout the school year. Through our classes and camps, we seek to encourage curiosity, community, and creativity within the farm landscape.

Our facilities are available to rent for gatherings and birthday parties, we would love to help turn your moments into memories. Every day is a good day at Shipshape farm!

Hawaii Fluid Art: Nurturing Creativity Beyond the Classroom

Every student deserves a break from the classroom, but as a parent, you may worry that your children will lose learning gains during the summer months. Hawaii Fluid Art Summer Academy offers an ideal way to keep your kids engaged and happy.

Hawaii Fluid Art (HFA) is an art studio/retail art gallery with more than two dozen locations across the country. Our studios provide people of all ages and ability levels the opportunity to learn and experience new art techniques in a semi-private, safe and professional setting. Fluid art offers unique educational and social benefits to children, including helping them develop empathy and respect for others. And best of all, it’s fun!

Summer Academy Details

We offer week-long classes for $200 per child. Classes include all materials and instruction your child will need to create a:

l  12 x 12” fluid art painting

l  8.5 x 11” glass painting

l  Stainless steel resin tumbler

l  Patch Party hat + 3 patches

 

Upgrades available at additional cost to enhance your child’s experience.

Classes fill up quickly. Sign up today by calling 864-884-4052. More information about Hawaii Fluid Art can be found at greenville.hawaiifluidart.com/

Coast 2 Coast Camps

SPONSORED 864.529.9386 | Multiple locations, Five Forks | Taylors | Wellford, SC

Let your child have “The Ultimate Adventure” this summer at Coast 2 Coast Camps (C2C Camps). We have plenty of fun and exciting field trips, games, sports, arts & crafts, chapels and “The Ultimate Adventure” themed activities planned. Your child will make friendships that will last a lifetime as well as have the opportunity for leadership & character development.

Camp is open Monday – Friday from 7am to 6pm. We have multiple options of program attendance to fit your needs for kids from grades K5- 8th grade. Our annual contract is only $100 per week and includes summer camp plus after school care including pick up from area schools, during the school year. If you’re looking for just summer camp, then our summer camp contract is only $160 and includes field trips and activities. We also have daily or weekly drop in options available to fit any attendance needs you may have.

Let your child have more fun than should be allowed by law. You can register on our website at c2ccamps.com and selecting which location you want to attend. We have 4 convenient locations to serve your family, Five Forks, Greer, Taylors, & Wellford.

If you have any questions, you can call us at 864-529-9386.

Abiding Peace Academy

SPONSORED 864.288.2867 | 401 Batesville Road, Simposonville, SC

Offers: K2-K4, elementary K5- 8th Grade

Our objective at Abiding Peace Academy is to provide an exceptional education, instilling a love of learning in each student by nurturing his or her intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development in a safe, loving, Christian community; while imparting a strong faith in the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Abiding Peace Academy can make a difference in your child’s life. The foundation of our education is Christ, and children grow in the Christian teachings and values each day. Our small class sizes and dedicated teachers ensure that each child receives the nurturing attention they deserve. APA students routinely score above national averages on standardized test scores.  Aftercare is also available each weekday.

Now enrolling middle school grades 6 – 8! Schedule a tour to see our clean, bright, spacious campus by visiting Abiding Peace Academy

I love APA. Love the staff, the community feel, the playground time with other kids and moms, plays and performances, multiple opportunities for my kids to get outside and exercise, the open communication between parents and teachers, the field trips, small school size, a focus on Christ.

Safe, warm, and friendly atmosphere. The level of education and care shown by the teachers in outstanding. Our child is thriving at APA and is excited to be there every day. We are so impressed with the school.

Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.729.8811 | 2255 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, SC

Dream it.  Plan it.  Make it happen. If you haven’t heard of Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks yet, simply ask your fellow neighbors within your community.

At Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks, the Summer Adventure Club allows children to become engineers, artists, explorers, and more as they discover the joys of design thinking, a fun and innovative way to learn.  Engineering design challenges, experiments and themed activities await as children unlock new ways of thinking – all while having a blast!

Parents can register their children for all summer or just for individual weeks at a time.  The weekly theme is different each week.  Along with the theme, your child will also enjoy tons of on-site and off-site field trips!

Summer Camp is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 p.m. Children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade are eligible to attend. Tuition includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, all field trips, and all supplies.

For additional information, and/or to register your child for a summer filled full of fun adventures, please email Kara@PrimroseSimpsonville.com or call 864.729.8811.

Pepsi Birthday Club

SPONSORED 864.242.6041 | 751 State Park Rd., Greenville, SC

When a child turns 6 in Greenville or Laurens counties, the Pepsi Plant in Greenville awards that child with a FREE birthday party package, which comes in a cool box and includes:

  • 12 Pepsi Cans
  • 12 Pepsi Balloons (not inflated)
  • 12 Pepsi Pencils
  • 12 Pepsi Tattoos
  • A Pepsi party birthday certificate

You could use these items for a party or just for a fun treat for your own kids.

To get a Pepsi Party Pack, simply bring your child’s birth certificate to the office located at 751 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609. Your child can receive the party package the month of or the month after his or her 6th birthday. Pepsi Party Packs are available during the first full week of the month between 1 – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please park in front of the building and come to the front office. Masks are required to enter the building.

2024 Dates

January 2 – 5 (Closed 1/1)
February 5 – 9
March 4 – 8
April 1 – 5
May 6 – 10
June 3 – 7
July 1 – 5 (Closed 7/4)
August 5 – 9
September 3 – 6 (Closed Labor Day 9/2)
October 7 – 11
November 4 – 8
December 2 – 6

If you have any questions, call the Pepsi Bottling Plant at 864.242.6041.  Find out more at Pepsi!

Christ Church Episcopal School

SPONSORED 864.299.1522 | 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC

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Offers: Pre-K – High School

An independent college preparatory school in the Episcopal tradition, Christ Church Episcopal School is one of the Greenville, SC area’s most prestigious academic institutions, serving approximately 1,150 students in grades K5-12.

If you are looking for a school that will offer your child an educational experience unlike any other in the Upstate, a school that will educate the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, morally, and physically – then you will want to consider becoming a part of the CCES family.

Find out more at CCES!

The close relationships formed between students, teachers and administrators is very apparent at CCES. The teachers demonstrate such concern and love for my child and make her feel welcome and cherished. From book buddies to science exploration with Upper School biology classes, to Skyping with students in Brazil, to enrichment and discovery opportunities to expand her appreciation for music and inquiry, my child has been given opportunities not seen in many other schools.

New Parent of a CCES Primer Student

South Carolina Children's Theatre

SPONSORED 864.235.2885 | 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC

Join us for an unforgettable summer adventure at SCCT Summer Camps! Our diverse range of camps cater to children of all ages, offering a plethora of activities designed to ignite creativity, foster teamwork, and build confidence. From magical expeditions to theatrical escapades, there’s something for every young adventurer!

Step into the world of fantasy with camps like “Pirates, Mermaids, and Fairies, Oh My!” or “Hogwarts,” where imagination knows no bounds. Budding performers can shine in our performance-based camps, such as “Greatest Showman” and “Swifties Sing,” where they’ll hone their skills under the guidance of experienced instructors.

For those who prefer hands-on exploration, our activity-based camps like “Action Adventures” and “Treasured Toys” provide a platform for discovery and fun. From crafting to storytelling, every day is an opportunity to learn and grow.

At SCCT, safety is our top priority. Our dedicated staff ensures a nurturing environment where campers can thrive, make new friends and create lasting memories. So, join us this summer and embark on a journey of creativity, laughter, and endless possibilities!

Best Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Little Me Academy

SPONSORED 864.419.6586 | 120 Wicker Park Ave, Greer, SC

Best Preschool: Finalist
Best Private School: Finalist

Little hands are meant to create and explore. Little minds learn best when they are enthusiastically engaged in learning activities. Little hands are meant to love and learn about the love God has for us.

Triple Tree Aerodrome

SPONSORED | 330 Mary Hanna Rd, Woodruff, SC

Embark on an exhilarating 4-day aviation adventure at Triple Tree with our immersive summer camps! Whether your passion lies in Radio Control or General Aviation, our program caters to rising middle and high school students, offering a unique blend of educational experiences and hands-on activities.

Radio Control Camps ($375, $425 after March 1)

Ages: Rising Middle School
Dates: June 17-20 & July 22-25
Days: Monday-Thursday (Friday as a rain day)
Time: 9 am – 3 pm

General Aviation Camps ($375, $425 after March 1)

Ages: Rising High School
Dates: June 24-27 & July 15-18
Days: Monday-Thursday (Friday as a rain day)
Time: 9 am – 3 pm

What’s Included?

Expert leadership and instruction by certified teachers and aviation professionals Engage in discussions with military and airline pilots, mechanics, and more Explore technological applications in aviation, including drones Dive into aerodynamics, navigation, and other fascinating topics Experience the thrill of flight in a general aviation aircraft Learn to fly radio control aircraft (Radio Control Camp) All-inclusive course instruction, activities, events, and materials Complimentary Summer Camp T-Shirt Graduation Ceremony on Thursday with lunch provided (up to 2 guests)

Key Details: Each camp is limited to a maximum of 8 students. Parents, inquire about the possibility of staying in your motorhome at Triple Tree during the Summer Camp!

Secure your spot today by registering at www.tta.aero/ace under the summer camp tab. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity for an unforgettable aviation experience!

Bright Kids Edutainment

SPONSORED 803.216.5063

bright kids birthday guide may 2023

Bright Kids Edutainment, LLC was created to “Illuminate Education and Entertainment in the Carolinas and Beyond.” We specialize in providing kid-friendly music and highly engaging entertainment at events for children and families. Our curated playlists are developed by our very own “DJ Pre-K”, and all music is screened to ensure it is appropriate for little ears to listen to.

DJ Pre-K is the face of Bright Kids Edutainment and a dedicated children’s DJ. His charismatic personality and energetic performances on the dance floor are sure to get your guests up and moving to the beat. Why stand behind a booth when you can Get the Party Started? While DJ Pre-K plays his tunes, he creates an engaging environment as he interacts with the crowd and facilitates the various party games that we offer.

Some of our packages include party lights, bubble machines, and yard games such as giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, Cornhole, and many more that are guaranteed to take your event to the next level! If you’re ready to Get the Party Started, DJ Pre-K is definitely the one to call! Let’s JAM!

Primrose School of Simpsonville in Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.729.8811 | 2255 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Primrose SImpsonville Preschool Guide 2023

Offers: Infant through private Kindergarten, after school care, and Summer Camp (hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm)

Primrose Schools is a family of accredited, high-quality early education and care schools for children ages 6 weeks to 6-years-old (including Private Kindergarten) and after-school care for children up to age 12.  Our Balanced Learning® System has been developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools. It is a research-based curriculum that blends teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development.

We have an onsite Chef who follows a balanced menu plan that includes all of your child’s meals and snacks throughout the day. Good nutrition is a key part of our Healthy Bodies program that promotes healthy eating and an active lifestyle. We know the right food at the right time not only boosts energy, but also can elevate a child’s mood and thinking skills during a crucial development stage. At Primrose, you will also receive digital “daily reports” of exactly what your child ate that day, how long they napped, pictures throughout the day, etc.

Children can continue after preschool into Primrose’s high quality private Kindergarten program that combines math and literacy with important skills such as character development, music, and Spanish. Our Kindergarten program is designed to promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive, creative and character development, so your child is prepared to take on elementary school and beyond.

For additional information, please visit www.PrimroseSimpsonville.com, email BJ@primrosesimpsonville.com, or call 864.729.8811.

Limited Space Available

Moving our daughter over to Primrose Five Forks was a MAJOR breath of fresh air. As an overly type A mom who researches EVERYTHING times 100 and takes our daughter's education and environment very seriously, choosing Primrose Five Forks came after much prayer, research, multiple trips to talk to the leadership, emails with additional questions, talking with teachers and parents, and even more visits again. Our daughter transitioned there perfectly and what I love the most is how open and welcoming the staff is. They appreciate when parents ask questions, they are amazingly quick at responding to emails and phone calls and I am never made to feel like my questions are unwanted. The leadership wants the parents to know that their children are not only going to get a well rounded education but the children are also loved and so are the parents. I can't say enough good things about the leadership, for me that is what makes a school. Because their heart and talent pours down to the teachers and staff.

Giggles Drop-In Childcare Summer Camp

SPONSORED ‭864.252.4252 | 3620 Pelham Road STE 1A, Greenville, SC

2024 Kaboom First Place Winner in Best Summer Camp

Get ready for GIGGLES ON THE GO!! We are excited for another fun summer full of awesome activities! We were voted BEST SUMMER CAMP in the KABOOM 2024 AWARDS!

We offer a full day summer camp for kids 5 years old through 5th grade. Designed with both convenience and fun in mind, and at an all-inclusive price so your child is set for the summer.  That means you don’t ever have to worry about paying anything extra, packing food or a water bottle, or even washing your child’s camp shirt; we take care of it all!

We are conveniently located within the Pelham 85 Shopping Center (3620 Pelham Rd. Suite #1 A) ! Now enrolling for our 2024 Summer Camp season – If your child loves being on-the-go, our summer camp with daily field trips is the one for your family!

Love saving money?  Take advantage of our Early Bird Special!   Only $2150 for the whole summer when you purchase it in full by May 24th 2024.  That’s a savings of $600!  Or save $25 per week by using the code EARLYBIRD25. But, hurry – There are limited Early Bird Spots available at this price, contact Giggles on Pelham for more information!

Greenville Drive

SPONSORED 864.240.4500 | 945 South Main Street, Greenville , SC

Best Local Sports Team: Finalist

The Greenville Drive is YOUR home team! Since 2006, the High-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has strived to create the most fun, exciting, family-affordable experience in Minor League Baseball! Tying together spectacular theme nights and Friday night fireworks with community nights focused on making the Upstate a better place to live, work, and play, Fluor Field has truly become Greenville’s Front Porch, creating memory after memory for the thousands of local Upstate families and visitors alike for almost 19 years.

Whether you’re coming to relax after a hard day at work, to focus on the balls and strikes, to have fun with the family, to catch a foul ball, or to just soak it all in, whatever comes your way, we invite you to grab a hot dog and an ice-cold Pepsi, snap some pictures with Reedy Rip’It, sing along to Sweet Caroline, and enjoy soaking up all the moments with 5,000 of your closest friends this summer!

The Drive’s season kicks off on Tuesday, April 9 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. We can’t wait to see you there!

Giggles Drop-In Childcare

SPONSORED 864.252.4252 ex.3620 | Pelham Rd. Suite 1A , Greenville, SC

Giggle Preschool Guide 2023

Does your life not always fit a set schedule?  Good news, your child’s preschool experience doesn’t have to either!

Giggles Drop-In Childcare has a new easy going preschool program that is perfect for your child’s first preschool experience or if you simply need something that can be adapted to your changing schedule.  We focus on lesson plans that teach the fundamentals in short, play based activities. For children ages 3-5.

Our preschool program is just like a daycare or mother’s morning out program, but with a twist. With our program, you choose when to come and for how long. It’s preschool on your schedule.  Can’t drop off or pick up at the same time each day?  No problem.  We are flexible!

Who? Kids ages 3-5
When? Any hours between 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM Labor day to Memorial Day
How Much?  $650 per month for 1 child and $350 for siblings. This includes 6 hours per day/5 days per week. If you need more or less time please call for options.

Best Summer Camp: First Place
Best After School Program: First Place
Best Preschool: Finalist
Best Field Trip: Finalist

At Giggles Drop-In Childcare we think of you and your kids as our extended family! We are so grateful that the Kaboom readers have voted us not only the BEST summer camp in the upstate but also the BEST afterschool program, as well as a finalist in the preschool and field trip categories.

Why is our summer camp the best?? A couple of reasons:
1. Did you know that our summer camp goes on a really fun field trip EVERY DAY?!! Places like Shipwreck cove, Kangaroo Jax, skating and more. The kids at our camp have a blast!
2. EVERYTHING is included!! Snacks, lunch, ALL activities and we even wash your kid’s camp shirt daily and fill their water bottles.

Why is our after-school program the best?? We have low ratios!! We have a ratio of 1:14 max which gives kids the personal care that they need with daily homework help, snack, and fun activities. Kids have a great time making friends and relaxing after the school day is done.

Why is our preschool awesome?? Our preschool provides flexibility with an awesome play- based curriculum. Kids learn while having fun too and we can adapt to your changing schedule.

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 Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Shining Stars Tutoring

SPONSORED 864.431.3914 | 103 East Butler Road, Mauldin, SC

C&A Guide Shining Stars

Shining Stars Tutoring is not a cookie cutter box facility. Each students program is built specifically for them. All teachers are certified and are trained specifically for their subjects they teach. We also do tutoring for all special needs autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, ODD, Down’s syndrome etc. If you are looking to do homeschooling or homeschool drop off we do that as well.

If your child is struggling check us out! We can help make school easier for child and parent.

We do tutoring one on one. Homeschool set up and classes. Social skills classes for special needs adults and kids. Parent classes for behavior management.

Call 864-431-3914 ask for Connie.

Denver Downs

SPONSORED 864.305.1268 | 1515 Denver Road, Anderson, SC

This 900-acre farm located just north of I-85 between Anderson and Clemson boasts one of the largest corn mazes in the southeast. In addition to the maze, they offer a wide assortment of activities including play areas, farm animals and a u-pick pumpkin patch. The activities are all covered under one admission price. Denver Downs Farm is open daily late September through mid-November.

Offers:
Pumpkin Patch
Many Kids’ Activities- cow train, jumping pillow, zip line, and more!
Farm Animals
Corn Maze 

Check out our KA review of the Denver Downs Fall Festival, with reviews of what’s new on the farm, their epic slide, and other fun things to do on the farm.

Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.729.8811 | 2255 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC

Primrose Schools is a family of accredited, high-quality early education and care schools for infants through Private kindergarten, After School Care, and Summer Camp (hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm)

The Balanced Learning® System has been developed by and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools. It is a research-based curriculum that blends teacher-guided and child-initiated activities with a special emphasis on character development.

What can you expect at Primrose’s private Kindergarten program?

Low student/teacher ratio: 1:14

Literacy Development:  Primrose® has selected a reading series that supports the Balanced Learning® approach to language and literacy learning.

Healthy Balanced Menus: Healthy nutrition not only boosts energy but can elevate a child’s mood and thinking skills during a crucial development stage. Our onsite Chef follows a balanced menu plan that includes all of your child’s meals and snacks throughout the day.

Math Development: The Math Expressions Math Program in our Kindergarten program incorporates the best practices of both traditional and reform mathematics curricula.

Mucho Mundo® Spanish: This Spanish class takes place 5 days a week. Children are enthusiastic about learning theme-related Spanish vocabulary and conversational phrases that correspond to the Primrose weekly Unit of Learning themes.

Thumbs Up! – Physical Health & Development and Outdoor Play: Children have two 30 minutes slots in the daily schedule which they get to go outside. During this time our teachers conduct indoor and outdoor activities and play experiences that help children practice and gain an increased awareness of their physical abilities. In addition to organized activities, our playgrounds provide opportunities for physical challenge and to safely take risks.

Happy Hearts Character Development: This program focuses on the development of good character traits and helps children begin to internalize what it takes to be a good person.

Rhythm & Notes® with Music from The Music Class: Children have a set time for music in their daily schedule, so this takes places five times a week.

Technology in the Classroom: The Computer Center provides opportunities for children to develop confidence in their ability to use a computer, problem solve, and develop literacy skills and concepts.

Parent partnerships: At Primrose, we believe our partnerships with each parent is vital.  You will also receive digital “daily reports” of exactly what your child learned that day, pictures throughout the day, what they ate that day, etc.

Find out more at www.primrosesimpsonville.com, call 864.729.8811, or email BJ@primrosesimpsonville.com.

Primrose of Five Forks in Simpsonville. Our daughter goes there and we all love it. The staff and owners are so friendly and treat each of us like family. The teachers are all certified teachers and they keep the class sizes small. They have an in house chef that cooks every meal/snack the children have and it is all very healthy (I'm a stickler on food). They will even cater to any food allergies/aversions your child may have. They go from birth to Pre-K and just opened a private Kindergarten, last year. I could go on. It's a great school.

Carolina Dance Collaborative

SPONSORED 864.315.3732

Carolina Dance Collaborative is a mobile dance outreach 501(c)3 organization that seeks to make dance education accessible to all people regardless of location, ability, or resources. Collaboration, equity, and empowerment are the basis for all our classes. We do not maintain a facility but rather bring our services into the community to make dance accessible to everyone.

YMCA DANCE CLASSES:

Where?
Carolina Dance Collaborative (CDC) partners with the YMCA Branches in Greenville (Caine Halter, Eastside, GIT, and Verdae) as well as the Powdersville YMCA.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A YMCA MEMBER TO ATTEND THESE CLASSES.

What?
Little Learners 1 & 2: ages 2+
Pre-Ballet: ages 5+
Ballet: ages 7+
Tap: ages 5+
Jazz/Hip-Hop: ages 7+
Classes run 45 minutes – 1 hour, one time per week.

Scholarship Program:
CDC has a Scholarship Program for individuals and families who need additional resources for enrichment classes. For questions regarding the scholarship program contact: info@CarolinaDanceCollaborative.org.

For more information about our After School Programs or Adaptive Programs, visit Carolina Dance Collaborative’s website.

Dr. Tom's Orthodontics

SPONSORED 864.329.1971 | 20 Creekview Ct Ste A, Greenville, SC

Best Orthodontist: Finalist

Dr. Tom Atkinson is a native of Greenville, SC and has practiced orthodontics here since 1990. He started practice in the same office with his father (the first pediatric dentist in South Carolina) and patients started call him Dr. Tom— they have ever since.  He now treats many students of the very schools he attended years ago in Greenville: Beck Academy, J.L. Mann High School, and Furman University.

At Dr. Tom’s Orthodontics, patients know they will get one on one time with Dr. Tom at every single appointment. He is known to tell a bad joke or break into song, and you may even find some puns hidden around the office. Dr. Tom’s Free Little Library is always available in the lobby to encourage reading amongst our patients with our take a book, leave a book program. We lead with love and are grateful for all our amazing patients!

“I have taken all 3 of my kids to Dr. Tom! He always gives my kids his full attention and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The staff at Dr. Tom’s is also the best!” Recent 5 star review.

The Sunshine House

SPONSORED | 16 Locations, Upstate, SC

Sunshine House Preschool Guide June 2023

Offers: Early education, preschool, and childcare programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Both of our daughters have attended The Sunshine House since they were 6 months old. The faculty and administration are attentive, knowledgeable, and responsive to our needs as a family. This is more than a daycare, it is preschool from day one. Children get a huge head start by attending, and will enter kindergarten with social skills and academic abilities beyond what you’ll find elsewhere with this kind of program.

The Poling Family

Camperdown Academy Camp Creekside

SPONSORED 864.244.8899 | 65 Verdae Cmns Drive, Greenville, SC

Is your elementary student struggling in school? Camperdown Academy offers rising 1st-6th graders a chance to combine summer learning with summer FUN at Camp Creekside!

Specially trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, teachers utilize multisensory instruction with a campwide 5:1 student to teacher ratio to ensure maximum progress. Academics in the morning focus on reading, writing, and math. Afternoons are filled with adventures that provide an exciting and engaging camp experience.

Weekly themes will have your child eagerly anticipating Board Battles, Sports are a BALL, Stroke of Art, Olympics-Go for Gold, and STEM-tastic adventures.

Camperdown Academy is a school that specializes in successfully helping children who struggle with language-based learning differences. Camp Creekside does not require that your child have a documented diagnosis for dyslexia.

All camp activities take place on the 10 acre campus in the heart of the Verdae community near downtown Greenville. The summer camp is run by the experienced and dedicated teachers of Camperdown Academy.

Camp Creekside is a five-week adventure designed to deliver academic results. Dates are June 10-July 19 with no camp the week of July 4. Camp runs from 9am-3:30pm weekdays with an optional early 8am arrival. Cost is $400 per week.

Solverus Academy

SPONSORED 864.292.9909 | 2 locations, Mauldin & Greenville , SC

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We are a faith-based center focused on Christian values and beliefs revolving around a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We begin with age-appropriate environments that encourage children to learn, play, and explore. At the heart of every project and activity, there is a specially trained teacher. Because children learn differently than adults, they need experienced teachers who are willing to reach the kids at their level. The most important part of our job is to make sure that our kids receive lots of loving attention in a Christ-centered environment and that they enjoy the time that they spend with us.

We utilize an Abeka curriculum, security access doors, and video-monitored classrooms. Our staff is CPR and First Aid certified and have degrees in early childhood education or at least 2+ years of experience in childcare. We hope to have the opportunity to care for your most precious little ones and look forward to hearing from you soon.

We are located in Mauldin and Greenville. Find more information online at: www.solverusacademy.com or call 864-292-9909 *Ext 1 Greenville Campus *Ext 2 Mauldin Campus

Chronicled Moments

SPONSORED 864.999.0535

ChronicledMoments

Chronicling memories is what I do! My heirloom series creates a timeless portrait that captures your child’s unique personality, and my keepsake fine art photography preserves a cherished possession or family heirloom. No object is too silly, small or insignificant. If it matters to you it matters to me! I am honored to chronicle these moments in your family’s life.

Trapped in the Upstate Escape Rooms offers an immersive blend of entertainment and challenge, with two prime locations in Greer and Spartanburg. Our escape rooms are intricately themed to create an experience of intrigue and excitement, perfect for adventure seekers and puzzle enthusiasts. With a diverse range of 8 unique games, we cater to all ages and skill levels.

Solve a murder mystery with your date, or Save Santa with the family! Maybe you’ve always daydreamed about a prison breakout, or looking for gold in the wild wild west? Our asylum game will have you tied up in straightjackets and going undercover into a 1950’s asylum! We truly have something for everyone. We also offer birthday party and team-building packages in our private party room. And don’t forget our Create the Escape Summer Camp, where kids ages 8-14 can learn what it takes behind the scenes to make and host their very own escape room for their families to play.

All games are private, ensuring an exclusive experience for you and your group. Plus, the design of our rooms ensures that you’re never physically locked in, prioritizing your comfort and safety while maintaining the thrill of the game.

Remember, all games at Trapped in the Upstate require a reservation, easily made through our website. Step into a world of mystery and adventure where each game promises a new, exciting experience!

Looking to claim the “Parent of the Year” title? Treat your kids to an unforgettable, stress-free birthday extravaganza at Big Air Trampoline Park – proudly family-owned and operated in Greenville and Spartanburg! Choose from one of our 60, 90, or 120 minute jump Party Packages to fit your party’s needs. From pizza & drinks to dedicated party host & clean-up – we’ve got everything covered for your ultimate Big Air experience! All you need to do is relax and enjoy the party!

Mention or enter code ‘KIDDINGAROUNDGSP’ when booking to receive 10 FREE party favors!

Each birthday party package includes free admission and a birthday gift for the birthday child, 10 jumpers, a personal party host with setup/cleanup, 40 minutes reserved table time with 2 large pizzas, 2 refillable party pitchers, Big Air grip socks, printed invitations or digital evites, and paper products. Extra jumpers can be added to all party packages at an additional cost.

Step 1: Choose your play time

60 minutes – $300
90 minutes – $340
120 minutes – $375

Step 2: Pick your optional food package upgrades

$75 – 3 total pizzas, 2 drink flavors, choice of fruit or veggie tray, & choice of cookie cake, ICEEs, or Mini Melts.
$100 – 3 total pizzas, 2 drink flavors, fruit tray, veggie tray, & choice of chicken wings, chicken tenders, or mozzarella sticks, & choice of cookie cake, ICEEs, or Mini Melts.

Step 3: Choose your add-ons (priced separately):

Chicken wings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, veggie tray, fruit tray, pizza, cookie cake, Mini Melts, ICEESs, party favors, or private party room.

Customize your child’s next birthday party:

by calling Big Air Greenville at 864.626.5252 or visiting Big Air Greenville.
by calling Big Air Spartanburg at 864.580.6462 or visiting Big Air Spartanburg.

Oakbrook Preparatory School

SPONSORED | 190 Lincoln School Rd. , Spartanburg, SC

Secure your child’s spot for this years SUMMER CAMP!
This year, we’re bringing you a different theme every week to keep the excitement rolling all summer long! From outdoor adventures to creative arts and beyond, there’s something for every young explorer.

Mark your calendars and let the countdown to the best summer ever begin! Don’t miss out on the fun, laughter, and new friendships waiting for your little ones.
Why Choose Our Summer Camps?
-Weekly Changing Themes
-Experienced and Caring Staff
-Engaging Activities for Every Interest
-Safe and Fun Environment

Hurry, spots are filling up fast! Secure your child’s spot and let the summer adventures begin!

Every Challenge Island® Field Trip is a HIGH ENERGY, HANDS-ON, Cross-Curricular STEAM Adventure featuring Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Skills. Our Award-Winning Curriculum is aligned with multiple Common Core, State, and Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Social Emotional Learning Standards. We have over 100 Challenge Destinations for you to choose from, and equates to a 1-1.5 hour In-School Field trip option for your students!

Our Field Trip Specialist will help you identify the Island experience that best fits your curricular goals. Your students will enjoy a spectacular STEAM vacation without ever leaving school grounds!

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.

The Original Kids Play & Cafe

SPONSORED 864.307.8080 | 210 Fern St. Ste., Easley, SC

Best Indoor Fun: Finalist

Discover a hidden gem that caters to everyone’s preferences, from its inviting ambience to diverse play structures. This uniquely designed indoor play area ensures parents can relax while keeping an eye on their kids from any seat. With features like slides, obstacles, climbing areas, and imaginative play spaces, ball pits- endless hours of entertainment.

The delightful cafe adds to the experience, offering specialty lattes and a variety of snacks.

The venue hosts weekly special events, private sensory days, fully catered birthday parties, private field trips, and everyday open play. The owners personally greet visitors, emphasizing the importance of each individual. Your satisfaction matters, and they strive to accommodate everyone to make your experience truly special.

“Great place for kids! We rented the party room for my daughter’s party, and they really take care of everything. You get a personal party host assigned to you and they make it as stress free as possible. Decorations, food, drinks, paper products, and more all included. They even fill out out a “thank you letter” list while you open presents. A FANTASTIC addition to the Easley area. I highly recommend it. FYI. Be prepared to tip, they provided excellent personal service.” – Mark G.

Hawaii Fluid Art

SPONSORED 864.884.4052 | 1022-B Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC

Kid’s Birthday Package – $300 for 10 Children  Call to Book: 864-884-4052
Includes:
• 12 x 12 Fluid Art Canvas Experience for each paid participant with class instructor
** (approx. 1 hour class)
• May bring your own party décor, food and beverages
• Birthday girl/boy will receive a free resin upgrade as our gift to them!
• Party participants will receive Hawaiian leis and photo ops on our Angel Wings wall
• Party space available for up to 2 hrs
* Larger Canvas Sizes, Resin Tumblers and Glass Painting options
are available for party packages at an additional charge.
** Parents are welcome to purchase a canvas to take part
in the art experience along with the kids.

Best Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century, the YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Ignite Dance

SPONSORED 864.510.1713 | 1317 W. Poinsett Street Suite E, Greer, SC

Best Dance Program: Finalist
Best Baby and Toddler Program: Finalist

Ignite Dance is currently in their 9th Season of dance in Greer, South Carolina. They offer classes to inspire and enrich all ages. Along with being voted in the Top 3 for Best of the Upstate, they were voted Best In Greer for the 7th year in a row!

Home of Star Talents National Grand Champions, Ignite Dance would love for you to call their studio home.

Summer registration starts March 15! Visit ignitedancegreer.com to register.

Our Families Say: “My daughter has been dancing with Ignite for the past 2 years. During this time she’s come so far in her dance progress! She has also made some of the best friends a parent could ask for. My husband and I joined in the adult class this past year and had so much fun! The teacher at Ignite encourage their students to push themselves and challenge them to be the best they can be, in a loving and caring environment! I wouldn’t take my child anywhere else!”

Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

My Heart’s Desire Photography specializes in Maternity, Newborn and all things motherhood! We strive to capture timeless, classic portraits of your ever-changing family.

From maternity & newborn sessions to cake smashes and everything in between, MHD photography takes joy in celebrating all the special moments with your family no matter how big or small!

Check out our portfolio and see what people are saying on Facebook and our website. What are you waiting for? Contact us today to book a session.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Ave Ext. Studio 607, Greenville, SC

Yellowbobbypins Summer Camp 2023

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp is an exciting destination for creative kids aged two through twelve who are looking to explore their artistic side. The art studio offers a wide variety of materials and techniques to introduce students to the world of art.

Young children aged two through five have access to the Wee Create Playgroup. Children in this age range can gather to play and socialize while learning key skills and participating in various art projects. This playgroup is designed to foster creativity, social interaction, and the development of motor skills.

Elementary-aged students have the opportunity to choose between two courses. The first is Time Travel: Art Through the Ages. This course explores the various art movements throughout history and allows students to create artwork in the style of each time period. The second course is Drawing 101 or Drawing 102. These courses are specifically designed for students who want to focus on developing their drawing skills.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp provides a safe, nurturing environment for children to explore their creativity and develop their artistic abilities.

St. Matthew UMC Preschool

SPONSORED 864.242.2880 | 701 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC

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St. Matthew UMC Preschool is an outreach ministry of the church that serves the community. It provides a safe, happy, structured program in a Christian environment. We encourage children to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. St Matthew UMC Preschool is a place where children learn to work and play with others, develop skills at individual rates of growth, and express ideas through the many different activities.

Eligibility: Our preschool program is for children ages 2K, 3K, or 4K (child must be program age by September 1).
Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We also offer a late-stay program for one or two additional hours. Your child may stay until 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm every day or occasionally. Reservations are required.
Register: For further information, to register, or to tour the preschool, please contact Christina Via, Director, at 864-242-2880 or cvia@stmatthewumc.net

PurrPoseful Art Studio

SPONSORED 864.754.7582 | Millside Circle, Greenville, SC

At Purrposeful Art Studio we combine Humane Education (fostering compassion, responsibility and kindness for all animals) with practical art instruction!

Students have the option to choose from a variety of mediums; including drawing/printmaking, watercolor/mixed media and acrylic. Students will create a minimum of two (2) pieces; one to keep, and one to sell at an annual fundraising benefit where all proceeds will be donated to local animal rescue organizations. At PurrPoseful Art Studio, we believe in changing lives with the power of art!

Summer Art Camps: Ages 7-13

Camps meet five (5) times M-F from 9am to 12pm for a total of fifteen (15) hours.

Weeknight Classes: Ages 7-13

Classes meet six (6) consecutive weeks from 4:30-6:00pm for a total of nine (9) hours.

Other Opportunities

  • Private Art Lessons
  • Homeschool Lessons
  • Boy and Girl Scout Art & Design Badges
  • Birthday Parties

If your child has a love for animals and a passion for art, register for one or more classes today at purposefulart.studio, where we create art with PURRpose!

Jolene Peddicord with Blackstream International

SPONSORED 864-905-1815

Looking to move? Blackstream International offers the most competitive tools and resources for buying and selling homes in the market, and Jolene is dedicated to providing the service you need to make the process as quick and easy as they believe it should be.  Their robust search tools are at your disposal to find the perfect home for you and your family, and Jolene is ready and eager to help. When you use Blackstream International, the perfect home is just a click away.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jolene as our Realtor on the purchase of our new home. She was most courteous to our needs during the buying process. Her willingness to answer our questions and find answers to our questions was most professional. She worked continually to keep us up to date on the process and made sure we had the necessary materials in place to not miss out on the opportunity that she helped us take advantage of. My family and I are grateful for Jolene and her willingness to serve through Real Estate. Thank you Jolene and God Bless!

Greg D.

Kroc Greenville Summer Camps: Make this a summer to remember by enrolling your kids in Kroc Greenville’s Summer Camps! Participants aged 6-12 are welcome to attend Summer Sports Camps. These half-day camps are sure to keep your child engaged through age-specific activities designed by our knowledgeable and passionate staff.

Sports Camp: Our Summer Sports Camp features a different sport each week! Here, participants will learn about and play a different sport each week.

What you need to know:  Camps take place at Kroc Greenville and feature indoor and outdoor activities. There is time allotted for participants to enjoy a snack from home. Participants even have the opportunity to swim at the end of each day, so be sure to pack a swimsuit!

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville, SC

Best Birthday Party: First Place
Best Art Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist
Best Baby and Toddler Program: Finalist

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp stands as the go-to toddler and preschool program for parents in the Upstate, celebrated for its engaging and enriching experiences for young children. The Toddler Program, affectionately named Painted Paci’s Playgroup, caters to ages 6 months to 2 years. Here, we joyfully celebrate the wonder of early childhood by engaging all five senses. Each weekly class introduces babies to a world of colors, textures, and creativity through hands-on activities, stimulating their senses and fostering early learning in a fun-filled environment.

For preschoolers, the Wee Create Playgroup offers a dynamic curriculum. From sensory stations that dive into captivating textures to easel painting that unleashes budding artists, every activity is designed to develop motor skills and creativity. The program emphasizes freedom for children to follow their bliss, allowing them to immerse themselves in activities of interest. The session structure includes a collective story time to ignite imagination and a focused art activity inspired by the week’s chosen picture book. The experience concludes with a spirited dance party, letting the little ones groove, move, and let loose.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp guarantees parents a nurturing learning environment where they can witness the boundless joy and creativity their toddlers and preschoolers experience in every thoughtfully crafted session.

Immanuel Lutheran School

SPONSORED 864.501.6822 | 2820 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, SC

Experience the joy of learning at Immanuel Lutheran School, Simpsonville’s most desired preschool in Five Forks.

Join our vibrant community of families and embark on an enriching journey of growth and discovery at Immanuel Lutheran School. We offer exceptional classes for children ages 1 through 4, with flexible schedules for 2, 3, or 5 days, led by our team of dedicated degreed teachers and supported by caring teacher’s assistants in every class.

With a commitment to excellence, we maintain small class sizes to ensure each child receives individualized attention and personalized instruction. Our Christian values are at the heart of everything we do, creating a nurturing environment where children can flourish spiritually, emotionally, and academically.

Nestled in the heart of Five Forks Simpsonville, our newly renovated school’s convenient location provides easy access for area families. At Immanuel Lutheran School, we believe in laying a strong academic foundation while fostering a love for God and others. Our holistic approach to education empowers children to thrive and reach their full potential.

Join our loving community of learners and experience the difference at Immanuel Lutheran School. Enroll your child today and witness the joy of learning in a Christian environment that feels like home.

Don’t wait! Classes are filling up quickly! Contact us now at (864) 501-6822 or email admin@ILS-SC.com and discover the difference at Immanuel Lutheran School! Everyone is welcome!

The Goddard School Greenville

SPONSORED 864.448.0004 | 533 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC

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The Goddard School of Greenville, SC serves students from 6 weeks to 9 years of age. This new location provides a NAEYC standard, one that is recognized at a national level as providing the highest level of early childhood care for young children.

At The Goddard School of Greenville, highly educated teachers create individualized opportunities for exposure to new ideas and materials for children to embrace authentic learning in its most natural way- through play and exploration. From engaging with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concepts to growing socially and emotionally, children are having fun while learning. Goddard’s safe and caring environment gives children the space to make connections and experience authentic learning, so they will become school-ready, career-ready, and life ready.

The Goddard School of Greenville’s special programs and features make every day learning experiences even more memorable.

These include:
– STEAM Library Learning Area
– Soccer Field
– Outdoor Sport Court
– Zono Disinfecting System
– Structured outdoor classroom that is complete with musical instruments, weather stations, dramatic arts stage, and outdoor art studios
– Life Lesson Library, a target curriculum designed to focus on developing social-emotional skills
– Wonder of Learning Curriculum that uses a teaching and learning approach that embraces the natural curiosity and sense of wonder children bring to the classroom
– School-age Summer Program for students who have completed Kindergarten – 2 nd grade

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext Studio 607, Greenville, SC

Best Birthday Party: First Place
Best Art Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist
Best Baby and Toddler Program: Finalist

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp is a premier art studio in the Upstate, catering to children aged 1-14, providing a transformative creative journey. Through weekly art classes, the studio seamlessly blends process art with engaging lessons in art history and literature, creating an immersive and educational experience. Students are encouraged to take artistic risks, fostering a sense of confidence and self-expression.

The studio’s curriculum encompasses a diverse range of artistic media, including paint, clay, printmaking, collage, and more. This broad exploration ensures that students not only discover their preferences but also develop a well-rounded artistic skill set.

Beyond weekly classes, Yellowbobbypins offers highly sought-after one-day art camps and summer camps. These programs are cherished for providing campers with the opportunity to make new friends while delving into artistic creations centered around captivating camp themes. The camps go beyond traditional art education, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among young artists.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp stands out as a nurturing haven for creativity, where children not only learn about art but also grow in confidence and forge lasting connections through their shared passion for artistic expression.

Best Family Photographer: First Place
Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

My name is Abbey, owner of Abbey Vitou Photography and I love capturing family beautiful moments both posed and true to life. Photography is not just my job, it’s my passion.

Each family is unique, so each session should be too! I have worked with children with special needs, mobility restrictions, high anxiety, and everything in between. I like to take my time and prefer quality over quantity and strive to make everyone feel safe and comfortable during their session .

But don’t take it from me, here is a review made by a return client: “Abbey was so sweet and patient with all 5 of my kids and I love both my newborn photos and family photos.”

An image I took was featured in American Greetings ‘REAL DAD’ Campaign, I was published in the SOUTH CAROLINA VOYAGER as one of GREENVILLE’S RISING STARS. I have won the KABOOM AWARD for FAVORITE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER two consecutive years, and am being featured in MARQUIS WHO’s WHO IN AMERICA.

As a wife and mom of three, I understand what goes into family pictures so let’s embrace the beautiful chaos together!!

Abiding Peace Academy

SPONSORED 864.288.2867 | 401 Batesville Rd, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: K2-K4, elementary K5- 8th Grade

Our objective at Abiding Peace Academy is to provide exceptional education, instilling a love of learning in each student by nurturing his or her intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development in a safe, loving, Christian community; while imparting a strong faith in the truth of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Abiding Peace Academy can make a difference in your child’s life. You’ll love being a part of this warm and safe community, and you’ll be rewarded as you watch your child have fun growing each day.

Schedule a tour and find out more at Abiding Peace Academy

I love APA. Love the staff, the community feel, the playground time with other kids and moms, plays and performances, multiple opportunities for my kids to get outside and exercise, the open communication between parents and teachers, the field trips, small school size, a focus on Christ.

Safe, warm, and friendly atmosphere. The level of education and care shown by the teachers in outstanding. Our child is thriving at APA and is excited to be there every day. We are so impressed with the school.

Park Place Children’s Center

SPONSORED 864.270.5910 | 205 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

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Offers: Infants through K4

Park Place Children’s Center offers exceptional care and pre-school education to children ages six weeks old through K4. Full-time and part-time spots are available. The developmentally appropriate curriculum includes a monthly assessment of each child to ensure that important milestones are being met. Our campus includes a gym, library, Enrichment Room and three age-appropriate playgrounds. Spanish is also taught daily. An on-site chef prepares a nutritious and delicious breakfast, lunch and snack each day. Safety is the top concern for our qualified staff as they provide excellent learning opportunities for all of our students.

Find out more at Park Place!

“Park Place Children’s Center on Batesville. Just visit once & you’ll see the difference between this phenomenal school and others.”

“Park Place is amazing!”

Ivybrook Academy Simpsonville - Five Forks

SPONSORED 864.702.3220 | 303 Highway 14, Simpsonville, SC

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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR OPENS February 3, 2024@9:00am 

Use this link to register!

Ivybrook Academy is a private ½ Day Pre-School- building solid foundations for learning that inspires children to explore, solve problems and work together.

Our Curriculum offers a combination of Montessori, Reggio Emelia and the Theory of Multiple Intelligences to give each child the most well-rounded experience for them as an individual.

Programs Offered:
Pre-school for 2 year olds
Pre-school for 3 year olds
Pre-Kindergarten/ Transitional Kindergarten 4-5 year olds
**Private Kindergarten

Megan White Photography

SPONSORED 864.680.5700

Best Family Photographer: Finalist
Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

Megan White Photography started 15 years ago from a passion to create beautiful art through photography. I grew up loving photography and have spent many years perfecting my craft in the areas of Maternity, Newborn and Family photography.

I adore those stunning mommas that simply glow during their Maternity session, those sweet squishy snuggly newborns that melt my heart and capturing the memories year after year for so many sweet families.

Every session is tailored to what the client envisions down to every little detail. I provide all props for the sessions and offer a wide variety of Maternity gowns, Newborn clothing and Boutique Children’s clothing for your sessions.

St. Joseph's Catholic School

SPONSORED 864.234.9009 | 100 St. Joseph's Drive, Greenville, SC

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St. Joseph’s Catholic School is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational day school located in South Carolina.

The school aims to provide academic excellence and form students’ minds, hearts, and souls in the likeness of Christ. The school serves a diverse community of students from 37 zip codes, 24 cities, and six counties.

The school offers a wide range of educational opportunities, including 13 Advanced Placement courses, 22 Honors courses, and 10 Honor Societies. The school is an independent Catholic school, recognized and approved by the Diocese of Charleston. SJCS has received various accolades, including being named a Catholic Education Honor Roll School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society, and being ranked the #1 Catholic School in South Carolina by Niche.com.

The school also offers generous financial aid, with more than $1.7 million given in aid through its Flexible Tuition program. Additionally, SJCS offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including 53 sports teams and 64 fine arts opportunities. 98% of graduates earn at least one merit-based scholarship.

Visit www.sjcatholicschool.org for more information.

Provista Wealth Advisors

SPONSORED 864.696.2410 | 40 W Broad Street Suite 510, Greenville , SC

Best Financial Planner: First Place

Do you ever wonder if you are making the best financial decisions for your family? At Provista, we want to be the last financial advisor you will ever need.

We care for you as we care for our own families, helping you navigate each decision and walking with you every step of the way.

Our goal is to remove the worry behind wealth management by creating a flexible financial plan and personally leading you through each milestone to accomplish your goals.

We start by creating a financial roadmap to put you on a course to provide for those you care about most.

Our focus is on you, helping you reach your goals and leverage your wealth to have a lasting impact on what matters most.

We want you to be confident that you’re on the right path. Reach out to us at 864-696-2410 or info@provistawealth.com and let’s start a plan.

To learn more about Provista Wealth, please click on the following link. What Makes Provista Unique? 

Sun After School

SPONSORED 864.469.6926 | 1287 S Suber Rd., Greer, SC

Sun After School is a brand new after school program found in Greer, SC! Our primary focus at Sun After School is to come alongside students and empower them to reach their academic goals!

We do this by facilitating an environment that is ideal for doing homework while still allowing for free play and enriching activities and games. Our team consists of passionate teachers with varying degrees of experience, all working together to love your kiddos well! All our staff meet the South Carolina training and education guidelines and have attended all the required annual training to be able to ensure the highest quality of care for our students.

We understand that parents have busy schedules, which is why we offer flexible drop-off times, pick-up times, and attendance! We are now able to accept 4-year-olds to our afterschool program and 3-year olds for school holidays and vacations!

In addition to our after-school program, we offer summer camp, and care over Christmas break, spring break, and school holidays. We’re looking forward to serving you and your families by providing accommodating, supportive, genuine care for your school age children.

Wildlife Geeks

SPONSORED 843.592.8079

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Give your child the birthday they will never forget with a Wildlife Geeks Adventure Party! Your child will be the star of the show and help hold, touch, and feed a variety of animal friends from around the world. Audience volunteers are part of the action, too. You choose the animals that come. Find out in person what the fox says or how it feels to pet a gator’s tail! Whether your child prefers cute and fluffy, scaly and slithery, or a mix of both, they will have so much fun being the Wildlife Geek’s special assistant that they won’t know they’re learning! To top off the joy, we bring a special gift just for the birthday girl or boy. Most of our animals are rescues with great stories to tell. Most importantly, Wildlife Geeks is USDA licensed, inspected, and fully insured.
Book your adventure today at wildlifegeeks.com or call/text 843.592.8079.

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville, SC

Welcome to Yellowbobbypins Art Camp, where creativity knows no bounds! Our art studio is a haven for young artists aged 2 to 14, offering a dynamic fusion of process art, literature, and art history.

At Yellowbobbypins, we believe in nurturing imagination through hands-on exploration. Our approach is rooted in fostering confidence as kids delve into diverse art techniques and mediums. From finger painting inspired by classic stories to sculpting masterpieces influenced by renowned artists, every session sparks curiosity and ignites passion.

With drop-in classes available, flexibility is at the core of our camp. Whether your child is a seasoned artist or taking their first steps into the colorful world of creativity, there’s a place for everyone at Yellowbobbypins.

Register now on our website to unlock a day filled with laughter, learning, and endless possibilities. Join us at Yellowbobbypins Art Camp, where young minds flourish and every brushstroke tells a story!

 

BEST Skills Academy is an affordable private middle school with a formal mentoring approach to education located in Greenville, SC.

  • With a 1 to 10 instructor to student ratio, each child receives a customized paced education plan best suited to their learning style in a beneficial small class size environment.
  • Each student also receives 180 hours of mentoring throughout the year to help reach their goals.
  • BEST Skills Academy offers a well-balanced and rigorous academic curriculum with graduation requirements that match South Carolina standards, combined with critical life skills such as personal finance, organization, time management and self-discipline.
  • Beyond middle school, BEST Skills Academy offers a high school learning center.

BEST Skills Academy is committed to a quality program that sets every student up for success in higher education. BEST Skills Academy is a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association.

Learn more about how we’re transforming middle school education in Greenville at www.best-skills.org.

The International School of Greenville

SPONSORED 864.243.6401 | 1021 Hudson Rd , Greenville, SC

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Offers: Pre K – High School

ISG is a non-profit, private, international school for grades Pre K-12, dedicated to the highest academic standards and featuring full language immersion. ISG welcomes all children from the age of two and a half, with full French immersion in K3 and K4 adhering to the world-renowned curriculum of French preschools. By K5, students follow both the French and American curriculum (reading, writing, and speaking in French and English). Students begin their third language by 4th grade.

We offer:
● AEFE certified education — Widely recognized as the highest standard in global K-12 education, AEFE is world-renowned. Our High School classes are equivalent to Advanced Placement (AP) classes, earning university credit.
● Independence — Students are guided to independently manage their own schedule, assignments, and projects.
● Global student body — American, Canadian, Caribbean, Ecuadorian, French, Japanese, Mexican, Polish, and other heritages.
● Natural Light in every classroom — needed for growth, development and focus.
● Daily physical recreation — Gymnasium, playground, soccer field
● Culinary appreciation and etiquette — vital for well-rounded, culturally adept and polite students.
● Affordable — Competitive tuition with over $73,000 in need-based scholarships awarded in 2023 making private education accessible to all.

ISG develops students into independent critical thinkers, cultural ambassadors, and multilingual experts. Lean more at tisgreenville.org

The Bunny Hive Greenville

SPONSORED 864.382.9783 | 107 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC

At The Bunny Hive, we specialize in creating unforgettable birthday parties that cater to both children and adults. Our venue offers a beautiful, neutral aesthetic that serves as the perfect backdrop for any theme or decor you envision!

Our event designer can work closely with you to create a bespoke celebration that perfectly suits your child’s interests and preferences, or you are welcome to bring your own creative vision to our space. We offer a variety of a la carte add-ons to customize your party including options for themed decorations!

At The Bunny Hive, we have established preferred vendor relationships to enhance your child’s birthday party experience. These vendors have been carefully selected for their quality and reliability, ensuring that every aspect of your celebration is handled with care. From the moment you arrive, our event staff is trained and dedicated to making your child’s birthday celebration magical.

The Bunny Hive’s commitment to excellence ensures that your child’s special day is not just a party, but a cherished memory that will be treasured for years to come.

Best Dance Program: First Place

It’s All In The Training…so come train with the best! Serving the Upstate of South Carolina since 2003, International Ballet (IB) is both the top-selling dance company in residence at the Peace Center and a thriving Academy, providing classical and contemporary dance training to students ages 3-adult.

With nationally recognized faculty and amazing facilities, IB stands out with a successful pre-professional company and alumni decorated by college scholarships in competitive BFA programs and contracts with professional ballet companies across the United States.

Full length IB productions with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra include the annual holiday favorite The Nutcracker and Swan Lake (May 25-26, 2024). IB also sells out The Nutcracker Tea every December.

Deeply committed to community outreach, IB brings classical ballet to underserved communities through Project Pirouette, the Accessibility Class (in partnership with Thrive Upstate), and Storytime Ballet (in partnership with the Greenville County Library). As a non-profit organization, IB receives donations of support for students through gifts to the various IB Scholarship Programs. IB continues to grow its reputation, proudly serving the community in its mission.

Southside Christian School

SPONSORED 864.234.7595 | 2211 Woodruff Road , Simpsonville, SC

Southside Christian School Guide 2023

Southside Christian School (SCS) partners with Christian parents in providing an excellent education consistent with biblical truth. We encourage students to discover, grow, and achieve all God has for them.

Elementary, Middle, and High School students are encouraged to excel in every area of their education. At SCS, we believe learning should be challenging and fun.

SCS also offers Student Success Services to meet each child where they are in the learning process.

Students have multiple opportunities outside of the classroom through service, clubs, athletics and fine arts.

Students participate in chapel, Spiritual Life Conferences, and small groups led by faculty and staff.

The community of students, families, faculty, and staff truly make a difference at Southside Christian School. The SCS community is like a family, which encourages a fun and loving learning environment.

We would love for you to experience our school through a private tour or an open house. Visit southsidechristian.org to complete your inquiry or RSVP for an open house. We hope to see you soon!

Fundamental Communications

SPONSORED (864) 270-8647 x107 | 343 Prado Way, Greenville, SC

Fundamental Communications is a natural environment-based therapy group consisting of a team of pediatric speech, occupational, and physical therapists. We proudly provide services in a variety of locations including schools, clinics, child care centers, and homes. Our experienced and caring professionals provide individualized treatment for the pediatric population. Our goal is to engage children in fun and meaningful therapy to help them achieve their highest potential.

Many of our therapists have summer openings for speech, occupational, and physical therapy. If you are interested in continuing with therapy throughout the summer, please call our office for availability.

Even though children need a break from the rigor of school, summer vacation offers opportunities to learn and develop in a more relaxed setting outside the structure of school. A flexible summer schedule also offers more opportunities for children and therapists to work on those challenges that they haven’t had time to address.

Children can enjoy more therapy time outside with the added benefit of natural vitamin D. Plus, playing outside can work several different therapies at once!

All of our therapists are BabyNet certified providers, so therapy is FREE through the age of 3! After that, we bill directly to your insurance for coverage.

Find out more at Fundamental Communications or call us at (864) 270-8647 extension 107.

Arena X

SPONSORED 864.558.7573 | 660 Spartan Boulevard, #208, Spartanburg, SC

Arena X Indoor Guide 2022

Ready for a challenge?! Arena X is the all-new competitive ninja tag concept from Big Air. It’s the first and only business in SC to offer this style of technology and gameplay.

Arena X is a high energy, multiplayer indoor arena where players of ALL AGES challenge their opponents to reach the highest score. In this timed experience, players search for and tag glowing beacons located throughout the arena by scanning their unique wristband. The objective is to collect as many points as possible. There are 25 unique challenges to navigate and 125+ beacons to scan in this 2-story arena. Who will YOU challenge?

Check it out: Arena X Memberships now available starting at $25/month.

Best Overnight Camp: First Place
Best Sports Program: First Place
Best Youth Organization: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Place to Splash or Swim: Finalist
Best After School Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

For more than a century,  YMCA of Greenville has strengthened the foundations of the community we serve. We’re proud of our diverse population and are passionate about keeping our promise to be a force for good.

We serve people from all walks of life in the Greenville County area through YMCA memberships and programs.

We’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The YMCA of Greenville, following the example of Christ, builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

The YMCA of Greenville includes the following branches: Caine Halter Family YMCA, Eastside Family YMCA, George I. Theisen Family YMCA, Prisma Health Family YMCA, Verdae YMCA, YMCA Judson Community Center and YMCA Camp Greenville.

Group Therapy Pub & Playground

SPONSORED 864.284.4333 | 320 Falls Street Ste G, Greenville, SC

Group Therapy Birthday Guide 2023

Group Therapy is a pub and playground offering experiential entertainment and the first and only indoor venue to offer an 18 hole wacky mini golf course, axe throwing, duckpin bowling, multi-sport golf simulator, ice curling, ping pong, and backyard games.

Special event nights will bring karaoke and trivia nights back to the mainstream once again.

With specialty cocktails, a 30 tap self-serve beer wall, and tons of crowd pleasing food options, Group Therapy is the premier destination for any birthday party, group outing, corporate event, team builder, bachelor (ette), or even first date.

Learn more in our KA review of Group Therapy!

Five Oaks Academy

SPONSORED 864.228.1881| | 1101 Jonesville Road, Simpsonville, SC

Offers: Toddler (half day) – Middle School

Five Oaks Academy is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is the only Montessori school in the area that offers a cohesive program from toddler through eighth grade. With over 36 countries represented, the global community within Five Oaks Academy (FOA) and its unique research-based approach to education give students an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.

FOA is a welcoming environment that focuses on creating original thinkers and encourages students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Understanding that each child has his own learning style and interests, students at FOA are treated as individuals. A low student:teacher ratio allows each child to receive a customized education. Students explore the realm of mathematics, literature, history, science, geography and the arts in a creative and research-based manner.

Along with a challenging academic curriculum, the program fosters the development of time management skills and helps students learn to prioritize their responsibilities. Additionally, students are led in discovering and developing their own unique talents and strengths. Most importantly, FOA strives to foster student’s curiosity and love of learning so they become lifelong learners. Our goal is for our students to have success not only in the classroom but in the real world as well.

Find out more at Five Oaks Academy!

Challenge Island®, is a high-energy, hands-on fusion of STEAM and 21st Century Skills combined with a fun Problem-Solving Adventure experience! Campers embark on fun themes where they work in collaborative tribes to tackle various challenges using only the materials in their treasure chest and their imagination.

Check out our camp locations below!

Woodruff Rd Christian Church:  Monday-Thursday, 9-noon

June 3-6: Arcade Mania
June 10-13: Wacky Science
June 17-21: Slimetopia 3: All Chefs on Deck
June 24- 27: Mine Island
July 8-11: Island BB Doll
July 15-18: Believe it or Not!
July 22-26: Wizardry Party

Disciples CDC: Monday-Friday 9-noon

June 3-7: 9-noon Pets Palooza (5-up), All About Pets (K3-K4)
June 10-14: STEAM Across the Universe (5-up), Jr Astronauts (K3-K4)
June 24-28: Believe it or Not! (5-up), Science Fun (K3-K4)
July 8-12: Arcade Mania (5-up) , Games, Fun, & Friends (K3-K4)
July 15-19: Slimetopia 3: All Chefs on Deck (6-up), Science Fun Part 2 (K3-K4)

Greenville Martial Art Center

SPONSORED 864.881.1397 | 425 Feaster Road, Greenville, SC

Join us for an action-packed ten weeks of Summer Camp!

Our all-day camps run from May 28th until August 2nd, with our days spanning from 7am to 6:30 pm.

We welcome children ages 5 to rising 8th graders.

Together we’ll explore a variety of opportunities, take field trips, learn Taekwondo, and grow into confident leaders. Here at Greenville Martial Arts Center we limit screen time and focus heavily on play, creativity, and our core Tenets; Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit, Perseverance, and Loyalty.

Early enrollment ends soon, so we look forward to hearing from many of our local families!

South Carolina Children's Theatre

SPONSORED 864.235.2885 | 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC

SCCT Indoor Guide Aug 2022

Now celebrating its 35th year, SCCT is the largest children’s theatre in South Carolina and serves over 30,000 children and their families annually through performances and special events, theatre classes, on-site residencies, school tours, and outreach programs. SCCT recently opened its brand-new theatre facility in downtown Greenville, and envisions a community where ALL children experience the transformational impact of theatre, which nourishes creativity, grows empathy, and inspires confidence.

We hope you and your family will join us in the fun!

SCCT produces five (5) MainStage productions per year. Join us for our 23-24 season! This year’s productions are:

  • Charlotte’s Web: September 22nd – October 8th, 2023
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse: October 20th – October 29th, 2023
  • Mary Poppins: November 17th – December 10th, 2023
  • The Watson’s Go to Birmingham: January 19th – February 4th, 2024
  • D is for Dance: January 26th – February 4th, 2024
  • Pinkalicious: The Musical: February 23rd – March 10th, 2024
  • Dragon’s Love Tacos: April 5th – April 21st, 2024
  • The Spongebob Music: April 26th – May 19th, 2024

SCCT also offers FREE Tell-Me-A-Story Theatre performances for little ones (pre-K to early elementary) in our lobby throughout the year. At these lobby shows, favorite children’s books are acted out for our youngest audiences, and we encourage audience participation! Check our website for dates. 

SCCT’s Theatre Arts Conservatory offers year-round drama classes for students ages 3-18. Theatre classes develop skills that help students academically and socially while also providing students with a positive place to belong, develop friendships, and discover their potential and abilities.  Be sure to check our website throughout the year for current class listings!

Carolina Family Orthodontics

SPONSORED 864.722.2922 | 5 Upstate locations, Taylors/Greenville/Greer/Simpsonville, SC

Carolina Family Orthodontics

Drs. Lance Fogle, Andrew Marshall and Russell McCracken have a passion for orthodontics and taking excellent care of their patients. With advanced training in orthodontics, our doctors are specialists in the art and science of tooth movement. We offer orthodontic treatment for children, teens, and adults, which include traditional metal braces, clear braces, and clear aligners.

The next step toward achieving a beautiful smile is to schedule your complimentary consultation at one of our convenient locations in Greer, Taylors, Greenville, or Five Forks, SC. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Carolina Family Orthodontics family!

Piano Central Studios

SPONSORED 864.232.5010 | Three locations, Greenville, SC

Piano Central C&A

For over 40 years now, students of all ages have fallen in love with learning to make music at Piano Central Studios.

Whether you’re bringing your little one to Kindermusik for their very first music class, or signing up your school-age student for private lessons, or enrolling as an adult because you always wanted to learn or wished you’d never quit, you will discover a warm, friendly environment, and caring and qualified instructors who take the time to individualize your progress musically.

You’ll find that you will absolutely thrive in your experience with a program that’s been purposefully and thoughtfully designed to inspire a lasting love for music and a lifelong skill for singing or playing an instrument.

From Kindermusik® to music lessons in Piano, Voice, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, and Ukulele, there’s something for everyone at Piano Central Studios – from babies to adults!

Best of all, you can get started at any time – even part way through the month.  You don’t have to wait to experience all that your music classes or private lessons will come to mean to you!

PCS has three studio locations for your convenience:

  • 757 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
  • Bob Jones University, Greenville
  • 1622 Woodruff Road, Greenville/Simpsonville

Christ Church Episcopal School

SPONSORED 864.299.1522 | 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville, SC

CCESPreschool

An independent college preparatory school in the Episcopal tradition, Christ Church Episcopal School is one of the Greenville, SC area’s most prestigious academic institutions, serving approximately 1,200 students in grades K5-12.

If you are looking for a school that will offer your child an educational experience unlike any other in the Upstate, a school that champions exploration and critical thinking within a community where every child is known, supported, and valued, then you will want to consider becoming a part of the CCES family.

The Children's Museum of the Upstate

SPONSORED 864.233.7755 | Two locations, Greenville & Spartanburg, SC

Wishing for the perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Let The Children’s Museum of the Upstate host your party!

Available at both TCMU locations, all parties include:

  • Fully decorated, safe, & private party room
  • ALL DAY access to the museum for all guests
  • Dedicated party host to manage setup, cleanup, & facilitation
  • Cupcake for each child
  • Paper goods
  • Special TCMU gift bag for the birthday child
  • Optional activity add-ons featuring a dino dig, art projects, Legos and more!

Book a party in Spartanburg or Greenville!

Avoid crowds and create a truly memorable experience! Host a private, after-hours party at TCMU-Greenville and you’ll have the whole place to yourself! For an additional $1,000, you and your guests will receive all the perks above, plus full access to the museum from 6pm-8pm. Learn more by visiting https://tcmupstate.org/greenville/birthdays/.

Power Kid Fitness

SPONSORED 864-665-4650 | 209-D Riverside Court, Greer, SC

Power Kid Fitness is bringing fun summer camps to our upstate. We are focused on creating healthy and happy kids through exciting activities with our certified coaches. Our coaches focus on fitness and well-being through activities such as yoga, hula hooping, obstacle courses, functional training, Zumba and more.

Register online and use KIDDIE for 15% off!

Camp Griffin at Spartanburg Day School

SPONSORED 864.582.7539 | Spartanburg Day School, 1701 Skylyn Drive, Spartanburg, SC

A summer of discovery awaits!

Campers of all ages and interests are invited to unlock a new passion, embrace their creative side, unleash their inner athlete or let their adventurous spirit soar. Join us for an unforgettable summer of fun at Camp Griffin!

Offers: Multiple half-day and full-day options for ages: 2s-9th grade.

Camp Griffin offers different camp options covering everything from preschool activities, art, science, sports, and writing to crafts, pop culture, magic, adventure and more
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Various Themed Summer Camps Available from May 28, 2024 – August 2, 2024

Lunch and Snacks included with the cost of camp. Early drop off and late stay options available.

BJU EDUcamp Jr. and Jr. Bruins Sports Camps

SPONSORED | 1700 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, SC

Learning and fun go hand in hand this summer at EDUcamp Jr. and Jr. Bruins Sports Camps at Bob Jones University.

Your elementary and middle school kids will explore a different imaginative adventure each week as they make new friends and develop creative skills in a Christian environment. Some highlights:

  • Robotics and Technology
  • Tour de Pizza
  • Global Expeditions
  • Theatre
  • Bug Biodiversity
  • Intro to Coding

There are 20 exciting EDUcamp Jr. programs in all, plus five Jr. Bruins Sports Camps, led by experienced coaches, that focus on developing skills and sportsmanship while having fun.

Your child is sure to have an awesome experience at EDUcamp Jr. and Jr. Bruins Sports Camps. The adventure begins the week of May 21.

Take advantage of our early bird special. Get $25 off any camp if you register by April 1.

Input Code: KiddingGville, 10% off all camps! Expires on July 29th.

Explore camps and register

https://educamp.bju.edu/

Children's Art Classes

SPONSORED 904.330.8720 | 1618 Woodruff Road, Suite F, Greenville, SC

Best Art Program: First Place

Unlock your child’s creative potential with Children’s Art Classes (CAC) in Greenville! At our studio located at 1618 Woodruff Road, Suite F, CAC owner Josmary Haulotte leads kids ages 3+ in discovering art across 40+ mediums during our 9-month programs. From painting and sculpture to printmaking and ceramics, your child will thrive in our tailored Beginner Art and Tiny Hands classes grouped by age.

Our experienced teachers like Josmary, who has architecture and design expertise combined with 10+ years working with youth, aim to build artistic skill and confidence.

Join us as we celebrate children’s artistic passions at CAC Greenville! See their joy and creations in our gallery. Our classes not only spark creativity but can lead to scholarships, art school acceptance, and professional careers. Let us develop your child’s talents in our one-of-a-kind program!

Greenville Technical College Early College (Dual Enrollment)

SPONSORED 864.250.8000 | 506 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC

Greenville Tech Homeschool Guide 2022

Early College (Dual Enrollment) at Greenville Technical College (GTC) is designed for motivated high-school-age students from Greenville County schools, charter schools, private schools, online academies, homeschool, etc., who seek academic challenges and want to get a head start on advanced academic goals.

Getting an early start on college credits will:

  • Save you time and money
  • Let you experience college classes
  • Help you explore academically-centered career planning
  • Allow you to lighten your load or finish college ahead of schedule

Visit www.gvltec.edu/early-college/ to learn more. 

South Carolina Children's Theatre

SPONSORED 864.235.2885 | 153 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC

SCCT C&A June 2023

South Carolina Children’s Theatre offers classes, camps, and workshops year-round in Acting, Musical Theatre, Production, and more for ages 3-18!

Classes include:

  • Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Audition Prep
  • Improv
  • Design
  • Production

Check the SCCT website for full class listings, additional workshops, scholarships, classes for kids with processing or developmental challenges, and information about the teachers and curriculum.

Registrants ages 3-5 must be fully potty-trained. Any questions or needs regarding SCCT classes can be addressed with Education Associate Anna Bowman at 864.235.2885 ext. 105 or by email at anna@scchildrenstheatre.org.

Elizabeth Faulkner is a local real estate professional serving the Greenville, SC area and the entire Upstate. Elizabeth takes great pride in working hard and providing top-notch service to her clients. Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of the area and all it has to offer our residents and newcomers to the state. Her goal is to help families find the home they are looking for while making the buying and selling process a smooth one!

Although Elizabeth is a native to the southeast, growing up in the Atlanta metro area and living in Charlotte for many years, she is different from other real estate agents as she is not native to Greenville. Elizabeth has bought and sold many properties in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. She understands that every transaction is unique, and that every client has their own goals and expectations. She understands the uniqueness of real estate because she has been through the buying and selling experience herself many times, in various regions of the country. Elizabeth’s own family has experienced multiple cross-country corporate relocations, moves to unknown areas and the emotions and concerns that involves. Elizabeth prides herself on understanding her clients’ needs and exceeding their expectations because she has been there herself.

Choosing to work as a single agent, rather than part of a team, means that Elizabeth’s clients work directly with her. While being supported by a team of brokers, she answers her own calls and works directly with her own clients. This is key to providing the client care needed to consistently exceed her clients’ expectations!

“Elizabeth has been fabulous to work with through the process of buying and selling our homes. She was extremely informative and prompt during the entire process. We can’t recommend Elizabeth enough and will definitely refer back to her for our future endeavors.” ~Caleb, buyer and seller in Simpsonville

Contact Elizabeth anytime to discuss your real estate goals! She can be reached at 864.414.2434 or elizabethgfaulkner@gmail.com.

Music Math Multilingual Christian Academy

SPONSORED 864.729.2873 | Suite E-9 and D-9, McAlister Square (University Center), 225 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC

With more than 20 camps to choose from throughout June and July, we have something for just about everyone! We offer part-time, full-time, and extended-day options for K-12th grade students and adults. Class sizes are small for individualized attention from our expert instructors.

June Academy

June Academy meets from 9:30am-2:30pm, June 3-28. Extended care options available.

  • Math and SAT Prep
  • Robotics and Engineering
  • English Learning (ESL)
  • Dance
  • LEGO/Robotics

July Weekly Camps

Each week-long camp meets for 1-3 hours per day. Campers can sign up for as many camps as they want and come for as many weeks as they want. Extended care options available.

ABRSM Music Camps

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Grade 5 Theory Exam Preparation

For more about ABRSM, please see their website.

Language Camps

  • Mandarin Immersion
  • Spanish Immersion
  • Mandarin Immersion for Dyslexic Students
  • Adult Mandarin/English Immersion
  • ESL for Adult Learners
  • Preparing for the SAT: English Reading and Writing

STEM Camps

  • Robotics and Engineering
  • LEGO/Robotics
  • Abacus Mental Math
  • Elementary and Middle School Math
  • High School Math

Arts, Cultural and Sports Camps

  • Creative Arts and Crafts
  • Ping Pong
  • Chinese Cooking

Registration is open now.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@mmmchristianacademy.com.

Spare Time Greenville

SPONSORED 864.412.0299 | 822 Congaree Road, Greenville, SC

Create special birthday memories, with an unforgettable party at Spare Time Entertainment! At Spare Time, we’ll go above and beyond to create a memorable experience for your family’s special day. Your dedicated host will take care of everything from decorations to clean up, so you can sit back and relax – or of course, play!

Party packages can include bowling, Laser Tag, Game Zone play, hand-tossed pizza, appetizers, and more! The lanes have automatic bumpers and fun dinosaur ramps for kids, so everyone gets to play!

Bowling Birthday: Games, Lanes, Food & FUN! Package includes bowling on our luxury lanes, shoe rental, Game Zone play cards, hand-stretched pizza, soft drinks, and a souvenir bowling pins for your guests to sign!

Laser Tag Blast: Two thrilling Laser Tag missions, Game Zone play cards, hand-stretched pizza, soft drinks, and more.

Lanes & Laser Bash: The best of both worlds: The BASH package includes everything from the Bowling Birthday, PLUS an epic laser tag mission!

Gamer Party: Get your game on with 60 minutes of unlimited Game Zone play, plus pizza, soft drinks, and more!

Book online or call 864-412-0299 to speak with Spare Time’s event experts for more information.

Kids Play & Cafe

SPONSORED 864.307.8080 | 210 Fern Street, Easley, SC

The Upstate’s FIRST indoor playground and party event center is right here in EASLEY, SC! Too hot outside? Raining and kids are full of energy? Need a place to find a comfy seat, drink a delicious coffee while you know your kids are safe and you can see them any seat in the house? WE have the SPOT for you!

We designed our indoor play place with our inner parent in mind- something smaller and not overwhelming, easier to guarantee cleanliness and personal one on one experiences.

When you come inside our space- just know your kids will have a blast and you will also enjoy yourself with our delicious coffee and abundance of different snacks at your fingertips. Our staff is super friendly and always looking for some kids to entertain.

Our monthly calendar is always full of special events whether they are just for fun or educational.

We have a 3 story playground, separate small toddler playground, ball pit and tiny town houses for imagination play. We cater to children 10 and under and parents can play inside any of the play structures with the kids as well! It’s a must see for yourself experience!

Unique Dance Academy

SPONSORED 864.360.4743 | 2301 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC

Unique Dance Academy C&A 2022

Unique Dance Academy is all about inspiring individuality within the community. That’s why we’re proud to open up a dance school as of August 5th, 2022. We offer classes in kids fitness, hip hop, tap, ballet, k-pop, dance with me, adult ballet and tap, yoga and more. Here, we encourage all students to participate in our classes and build self-expression, discipline, and enjoyment. Our school provides fun dance activities for everyone with a team that is ready to support you on your fitness journey.

Check out our list of classes!

Shipshape Farm

SPONSORED 757.620.7105 | 1650 Tigerville Road, Travelers Rest, SC

Shipshape Farm homeschool classes are an opportunity to get outside, learn about animals and care for them (we have goats, chickens, dogs, a cat named Taffy, and a duck named Donald), play games, dig in the dirt, and just have an all-around old-fashioned good time!

If you would like your kiddo to enjoy tech free play and learning in the sunshine – Shipshape Farm is the place for you! Our classes always involve a story time, walk in the woods, and hands on project. Sometimes we work in the garden, sometimes we learn about critters! (The spring session will be all about chickens as the baby chicks grow!)

Check out www.shipshapefarm.com for all the details. Spring registration is already open and filling up fast!

Homeschool classes are 2 hours long, once a week in the afternoon. We have 6-week and 3-week long sessions. (We also have Farm School classes for preschool.)

Through our classes and camps, we seek to encourage curiosity, community, and creativity within the farm landscape.
Our facilities are also available to rent for gatherings and birthday parties, where we would love to help turn your moments into memories.
Every day is a good day at Shipshape farm!

Parkside OB-GYN

SPONSORED 864.720.1900 | 525 Verdae Blve, Suite 150, Greenville, SC

Best OB-GYN: First Place

At Parkside OB-GYN, we stand for compassionate, evidence-based care that helps empower our patients through all phases of life. As a member of Tribe513 (a group of independent, faith-based medical practices), we believe we are called by God to love and serve every patient with grace and humility.

Our beautiful office is designed to help people feel at home with amenities that you won’t find in a traditional medical setting. We have a refreshment bar, premium exam room linens, heated medical instruments for annual exams, and even in-house PT services for OB patients. Most importantly, our skilled providers give care to our patients as individuals, not as numbers.

We place a high priority on accessibility by offering financial consultations, translation services, educational materials, pregnancy and postpartum classes, televisits, and self-pay discounts. We also accept all forms of insurance—including Medicaid.

Our amazing results speak for themselves. Our birth statistics last year showed that we are less likely to use unnecessary interventions or c-sections, and had higher V-bac rates than other OB-GYN practices in the upstate. We have 4.7 stars out of 5 on Google, and are so proud to win the Kaboom Awards for the second year in a row.

STRIDES Systematic Tutoring

SPONSORED 864.246.9898 | Multiple locations, Upstate, SC

Best Tutoring Program: Finalist

At STRIDES Tutoring your child will make amazing progress with one of our dedicated tutors. For two decades in the Upstate, our instructors have changed the lives of thousands of students.

Progress is targeted at reading and math to give each student the basic tools needed for success in school and throughout life.

Students receive an evaluation of their reading and/or math skills from Dr. Everett to build a plan for achievement. The tutor follows this plan, meeting with the child twice weekly, consulting with Dr. Everett as needed.

Our students are ages 6-20, and those with disabilities are welcome. Students who read above 1st grade make an average of one grade level progress for each six weeks attendance. Most students attend in person, but we have online tutoring available for teens.

Your child’s tutor is waiting to help at seven locations across the Upstate: Easley, Berea, Cherrydale, Greenville, Ft Inn, Taylors, or Greer.

Check out our Five Star reviews on Google, or ask our parents—they will be happy to share their kids’ achievement. No more tears at reading or math!

Dance Without Limits

SPONSORED 864.412.7788 | 115 Pelham Road, Ste. 24, Greenville, SC

Dance Without Limits is excited to offer themed dance camps for ages 3-10 and classes for ages 2-18 this summer!

We offer half-day and full day camp options. Our camps include lots of dancing, themed crafts, games, and a snack.

This year’s camp themes include:
Glamour in Pink (Barbie themed)
Hair Up (Trolls themed)
Candyland
The Golden Ticket
In My Sparkle Era

On Fridays, we do a special performance for families!

In addition to our day camps, in the evenings we are offering a 6-week summer session for the little ones (ages 2-5), Acro for ages 6+, and a few other exciting classes for dancers ages 8-18.

At Dance Without Limits, we believe dance is for everybody. Regardless of age, shape, size, or ability, we believe every child can benefit from and deserves the chance to dance. We pride ourselves on offering quality dance training in a wholesome, family-friendly atmosphere.

Registration for our summer camps opens February 15th. Don’t miss your chance to spend the summer on the dance floor!

Mitchell Road Christian Academy

SPONSORED 864.268.2210 | 207 Mitchell Road, Greenville, SC

Offers: K3 – 8th grade

For 50 years, Mitchell Road Christian Academy has upheld a tradition of academic excellence, character development, and spiritual formation for students in K3-8th grade. We provide a safe environment with caring, accessible, and experienced teachers who challenge and nurture students. MRCA offers half-day Early Education programs as well as half and full-day options for our K5 classes. After-school care is available until 3 pm for K3 and K4 students and until 5:30 pm for K5-8th grade.

MRCA’s goal for our preschool students is to give them a love for learning and lay the groundwork for academic growth and character development through our biblical worldview instruction. Our teachers plan child-focused learning units to cultivate a child’s curiosity. We value the unique qualities each child brings to our school!

Visit our website to see how Mitchell Road Christian Academy can partner with your family. Click here to learn about our admissions process. Call 864-268-2210 or email admissions@mitchellroadchristian.org for more information. We look forward to meeting you!

Amazing school with wonderful, loving teachers and strong academics!!

Brooke

This summer is going to be an out-of-the-world experience!

With a new theme, we’ll take every week to new levels, exploring everything from aerospace to zoology, in and out of this world. Big adventures, innovations, imagination, and great new friends.

Featuring a Junior Camp for kindergarten to second grade and Senior Camp for third to fifth grade, each week of camp involves a new theme designed to empower and enlighten campers through amusing activities, fascinating field trips, timely lessons in teamwork and so much more! By the end of summer, campers will have their eyes opened to limitless possibilities and their minds focused on creating their special brand of greatness.

Greenville Triumph

SPONSORED 864-203-0565 | 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC

Triumph Birthday Party 2023

The Greenville Triumph and Liberty are bringing back their birthday bashes for the 2024 season. Birthday party packages start at ONLY $170. When you reserve your child’s party, they will get the team’s jersey, a chance to be recognized on the field, and an autographed birthday card! The Triumph and Liberty will provide pizza, juice boxes, and goodie bags for all the kids at the party. 

Tickets to the match will be provided for the kids, and we are also offering discounted tickets for the parents that will be coming.

If you want to bring your child out for a fun and memorable night, we have got you covered! Just give the Ticketing Staff a call at 864-203-0565 or email ticketingstaff@greenvilletriumph.com and they can get your party reserved TODAY!

The Sunshine House

SPONSORED | 17 Locations, Upstate, SC

Offers: Programs for Infants through School Age, and Summer Camp for 5 to 12 year olds.

Your child will join in arts, academic, technology and fitness experiences – with daily homework support. So while you’re at work, you can rest assured your child is safe, productive and having fun!

Before School: Mornings start early, and so do we. Get to work on time and avoid the school traffic by enrolling in our before-school program. We’ll provide transportation to school in the morning, serve your child a nutritious breakfast, and get the school day started right!

Afterschool: After a long day of school, your child needs a safe, supervised environment with a blend of learning and fun. Throw in homework support, and you’ve got our after-school program! We’ll provide transportation from school to the center each afternoon, and serve your child a fresh afternoon snack.

School Breaks & Summer: During spring and winter breaks, teacher workdays and summer months, we offer full-day care with exciting field trips, special guests and hands-on activities!

In a summer when you can do anything, why not start where you can find something for all ages?

The Upcountry History Museum is that place…the place where you can connect history, people, and stories in unexpected ways!

From getting curious with classic childhood characters like Curious George or commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day with local stories of bravery and sacrifice to Finding the Force and its iconic intergalactic adventures in a once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experience, there truly is something for everyone at the Upcountry History Museum.

Whether it’s your first visit or a return trip, when you cross the threshold, you are transported into a world where you can discover the rich 300-year story of the Upcountry and explore its story of revitalization and charm, all while experiencing award-winning in-house collections and national, one-of-a-kind traveling exhibitions.

Go to UPCOUNTRYHISTORY.ORG for more information on exhibits, programming, and events or to purchase admission tickets.

Make this summer one to remember!

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 | 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville, SC

Best Birthday Party: First Place
Best Art Program: Finalist
Best Summer Camp: Finalist
Best Baby and Toddler Program:Finalist

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp stands out as the ultimate birthday party destination in the Upstate, offering stress-free and unforgettable art parties for kids aged 2-14. Specializing in paint parties, this studio transforms celebrations into artistic adventures, ensuring each child goes home proud of their unique creation. The children enthusiastically declare, “This is the best party ever!” creating lasting memories for the birthday child.

Yellowbobbypins’ goal is to engage all party guests in happy creating while celebrating the birthday child. The carefully curated art activities cater to various ages, fostering creativity and joy. From custom sensory play to expertly guided activities, every detail is designed to make the experience unique and well-executed.

After the hour-long art event, it’s time for cake and presents, creating a seamless transition from creative exploration to traditional birthday festivities. Parents consistently express their admiration for the camp’s ability to provide a distinctive celebration where every child not only has fun but also leaves with a sense of pride in their artistic accomplishments. Yellowbobbypins Art Camp isn’t just a birthday party; it’s a personalized, artistic journey that ensures smiles, unforgettable moments, and artistic achievements for every young participant.

Best Tutoring Program: First Place

Sylvan Learning is the BEST for tutoring!

Our personalized tutoring provides exactly what your child needs in a way that is best for his/her learning styles and preferences based on an in-depth and adaptive assessment. We create a personal learning plan that “adapts” to your child’s own skill level and pace, so your child feels engaged and motivated – never frustrated, rushed or bored. Results matter and Sylvan delivers – guaranteed.

Parents notice the difference:

“They really take the time to get to know your child individually and find out what works for them and what doesn’t.” Shaylan T.

“Sylvan has helped build the confidence my son needed. He actually enjoys doing homework…” Stephanie L.

We are conveniently located near you in Anderson, Easley, North Main Greenville, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Our directors keep you informed, address any concerns, and provide regular progress assessments. Flexible scheduling and payment options make Sylvan a good fit for your family’s schedule and budget.

Whether your child needs to master foundational skills or learn advanced concepts, we provide the supplemental support that leads to greater learning. And, you’ll see this impact not only in school, but in all areas of life.

Sylvan Learning of the Upstate

SPONSORED 864.214.3528 | 150 Tanner Road, Greenville, SC

Sylvan Learning

If you want real results, Sylvan delivers better than anyone else. For over 4 decades, our proven, personalized instruction has given families solid results – guaranteed!  With Sylvan, you’ll see skills, confidence, motivation, and focus grow with lasting results.

Like you, we believe education should meet your child’s specific needs and learning preferences. That’s why at Sylvan, learning is personal!

When You Choose Sylvan, You Can Expect:

  • A deeper understanding of your child’s individual needs with our state-of-the-art Sylvan Insight™ Assessment which provides a personal and adaptive plan to meet your child’s needs.
  • Engaging, motivating, effective, and fun instruction for skill mastery, higher scores, and increased confidence. (Up to 3x more academic growth)
  • Expert teachers who love to teach and know how to inspire and engage students with the best methods and school-aligned curriculum.  
  • A proven approach to skill mastery with our Sylvan Method™ that ensures long-term success – not a “band-aid” approach.
  • Caring, dedicated staff that listens to your concerns and provides regular updates on your child’s progress.
  • Convenient scheduling and affordable hourly rates with flexible payment options.
  • A locally owned business invested in the success of our community.

For real results, start with Sylvan today. Waiting doesn’t work. Sylvan does!

McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions

SPONSORED 864.576.7188 | Locations in Greenville & Spartanburg, , SC

MTS Kids

McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions offers the speech and language services you are looking for to help your child continue his or her development. For the past 15 years, MTS has been the recognized name in motor planning, speech, sensory, and oral-motor therapies for the Upstate of South Carolina. The best part is your child’s speech or language screening at our locations in Spartanburg and Greenville is FREE! If you have concerns about your child’s speech development, fine or gross motor skills, picky-eating or feeding habits, or if your child has been diagnosed with apraxia, autism, auditory processing, we can help. You are not in this alone! Our team of speech-language pathologists is ready to work with you and your child to reach your goals. MTS accepts many forms of speech coverage including SC Medicaid, SC BabyNet, private pay, Health Savings accounts, private insurance, and TRICARE. It’s easy to schedule an appointment to learn more. 

Spartanburg office: call 864.576.7188

Greenville office: call 864.244.3474

Email us anytime at info@mtskids.com

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