Thrilling one-hour adventures
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. You’ll have a blast laughing together as you solve your way through our interactive challenges.
Now with two locations in Greenville! Adventures run Thursday-Monday, and you can check availability at Escape Artist.
Looking for a place to play AND learn on rainy days?!
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 & More, steamWORKS, and and Open Art Studios, provide opportunities
Let your kids bounce of OUR walls this Summer. Big Air Trampoline Park is the Upstate’s premier indoor trampoline park featuring never before seen attractions in the upstate like Battle Beam, Orbit Challenge, Trampoline Laser Maze, Mechanical Bull and South Carolina’s LARGEST Ninja Warrior course. Your kids will have plenty to do to stay active at Big Air Trampoline Park.
Your kids will love hanging out at Big Air this summer. Jumping on our trampolines and flipping in our foam pits is just the beginning. Your kids will enjoy making new friends and building memories that will last forever.
Big Air offers day camps for kids aged 6-12 years old for only $100/week. We offer weekly morning sessions and afternoon sessions. Weekly camp sessions include 20 hours of jumping in the park, 5 lunches and snacks, Big Air Backpack, Big Air souvenir cup, and more.
Camp sessions are Monday – Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm or from 1pm-5pm. Drop off times are up to 30 minutes before and pickup times are up to 30 minutes after. All campers are required to have a valid waiver on file and must complete our registration form.
Let your kids have a summer like no other and register for Big Air Day Camp today. Registration is available on our website at BigAirUSA.com/Spartanburg or call us at 864-580-6462. Space is limited, so register today!!
For more information email [email protected] or give us a call.
Morning Session 9 am – 1 pm: $100/week
Afternoon Session 1 pm – 5 pm: $100/week
All Day Session 9 am – 5 pm: $185/week
June 3-7, 2019
June 10-14, 2019
June 17-21, 2019
June 24-28, 2019
No camp the week of July 4th
July 8-12, 2019
July 15-19, 2019
July 22-26, 2019
July 29-August 2, 2019
With a giant indoor play space and lots of unique fun exhibits, The Children’s Museum is naturally the go-to rainy day spot in Spartanburg. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate also has programs available for children most of which are free with admission. The space is designed for children ages 6 and under.
TCMU-Greenville is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 am to 5 pm). TCMU-Spartanburg is open Tuesday-Saturday (9 am to 5 pm) and Sunday (11 am to 5pm) . Both locations will be closed on Mondays.
To limit capacity, both locations will implement advanced timed-entry tickets. All visitors must purchase tickets in advance based on a desired entry time. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.
Find out more at TCMU-Spartanburg!
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.
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 22-23 season! This year’s productions are:
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. Click here to learn about our Theatre Arts Conservatory and be sure to check our website throughout the year for current class listings!
You can find free events for kids almost every day at the Greenville Library system, just don’t forget to grab a couple of bucks for parking if you head downtown. These events are not just fun, but also help your children develop literacy skills. We list most of the Greenville Library events for kids on our Greenville Calendar, but you can also check the calendar on the Greenville Library website or grab one of their free bi-monthly magazines.
In addition to the daily programming the Greenville Main library has a PAL Learning Center full of educational toys for children. The individual branches also have hands-on learning stations and computers for children.
Anderson Road Branch – 2625 Anderson Road, Greenville
Augusta Road Branch – 100 Lydia Street, Greenville
Berea Branch – 111 N Hwy 25 Bypass, Greenville
Five Forks Library Branch – 104 Sunnydale Drive, Simpsonville
Fountain Inn Library Branch – 311 N Main Street, Fountain Inn
Greer Branch – 505 Pennsylvania Avenue, Greer (currently closed for expansion/renovation – should reopen fall 2019)
Hughes Main Branch – 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville
Mauldin Branch – 800 W Butler Road, Greenville
Pelham Road Branch – 1508 Pelham Road, Greenville
Simpsonville Branch – 626 NE Main Street, Simpsonville
Taylors Branch – 316 W Main Street, Taylors
Travelers Rest Branch – 17 Center Street, Travelers Rest
Anderson County Main Library – 300 N. McDuffie St, Anderson
Belton Branch Library – 91 Breazeale Street, Belton
Iva Branch Library – 203 W. Cruette Street, Iva
Jennie Erwin Branch Library – 318 N. Shirley Avenue, Honea Path
Lander Memorial Branch Library – 925 Greenville Drive, Williamston
Pendleton Branch Library – 650 S. Mechanic Street, Pendleton
Piedmont Branch Library – 1407 S. Carolina 86, Piedmont
Powdersville Branch Library – 4 Civic Court, Powdersville
Westside Community Center Branch Library – 1100 West Franklin Street, Anderson
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Educational Family Fun
Learn about the history of the Upstate area and enjoy traveling exhibits. There’s usually one traveling exhibit that’s perfect for kids, and the rest of the museum has lots of audio, video, and hands-on sections of exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. You can find a list of their family-friendly events and fantastic exhibits on their website.
Note: The Greenville County Museum of Art is temporarily closed.
The Greenville County Museum of Art also offers family-friendly Sunday programs at 2 pm for free as well as occasional children’s art workshops and camps. There is no admission fee to visit this museum!
Offers: Trampoline Park
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Indoor Family Fun
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This giant trampoline park, with a location in Greenville and in Spartanburg, includes a rock wall, jousting, a ninja course, a laser maze, a slam dunk basketball area, a foam pit, a zipline, a toddler area, and much more! They also offer special toddler times, birthday parties, and group events.
Birthday Parties: Choose from 60, 90, or 120 minute jump party packages to fit your party’s needs. From pizza & drinks, to dedicated party host & clean-up – it’s ALL INCLUDED! All you do is bring the cake and enjoy the party!
Offers: Inflatables and Pre-K only jump time on school day mornings
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Offers: Greenville Rec’s Pavilion Recreation Complex offers an indoor ice skating rink and a bounce house facility with a number of bouncing house style equipment for kids to jump.
Offers: Mini golf, go-karts, indoor playground, laser tag, batting cage, arcade, bumper boats, and more. Priced per attraction.
Offers: Indoor Play and Party Center located in Asheville, NC! Ideal for children aged 10 and younger. They are a sock facility, meaning no shoes or bare feet are permitted in the play area.
Check out the Kidding Around Review of Mountain Play Lodge
Offers: McDonald’s food with indoor play space for younger children, often free wi-fi.
Locations with Indoor Play Place:
2157 East Main Street, Duncan
5634 Calhoun Memorial Hwy, Easley
308 West Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greer
2111 Woodruff Road, Greenville
2200 Augusta Road, Greenville
5050 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville
114-M West Butler Road, Mauldin
3453 Highway 153, Piedmont
7611 Augusta Road, Piedmont
2137 Old Spartanburg Road, Spartanburg
924 North East Main Street, Simpsonville
Offers: Chick-fil-A food with an indoor play space for younger children
Locations with an indoor play area:
5175 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley
3890 Pelham Road, Greenville
1564 Laurens Road, Greenville
1225 Woodruff Rd, Greenville
1379 W. Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greer
3420 Highway 153, Piedmont
135 W. Butler Road, Mauldin
659 Fairview Road, Simpsonville
2801 Wade Hampton Boulevard Suite C, Taylors
22 Benton Road, Travelers Rest
With a Lego® table and kids’ reading nooks, Barnes and Noble is a great place to stop on a rainy day. Plus, you can enjoy a coffee at the indoor Starbucks while your kids play.
Bonus: Free Story Time most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am.
Offers: Combine shopping with fun, by heading to the Haywood Mall. The playground is a great place to let kids get out their wiggles.
Offers: Roller skating with toddler rink
Offers: Indoor roller skating rink that offers homeschool skate times, open skate, birthday parties, fundraisers, and other special events.
Offers: Golden Lanes and Skate offers 32 lanes for bowling, as well as a roller skating rink, Tiki Bar, and pool tables.
Offers: 32 Bowling Lanes, shoe rental, birthdays, arcade
Offers: 32 lanes of bowling, birthdays, and special event pricing and weekly specials
Offers: Paint your own pottery with drop-in times, story time and other events, group events and camps.
Offers: Open play gym is the perfect opportunity for small children to get some exercise while having fun.
Related: Read our review of Acrosmith Gymnastics!
Offers: Visit local artist gallery exhibits. Each first Friday (5-9 pm), a free art activity is available for children.
Offers: Bowling, Escape Rooms, Laser Tag, a Game Zone as well as a full restaurant!
2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorites Finalist: Art Program
Offers:The Treehouse Cafe and Studio offers sandwiches, sides, coffee and treats with toys, coloring, painting and crafts for children and families. An art teacher is available to work with your child on crafts and painting projects you can purchase at the studio.
See our review of the TReehouse Cafe and Studio.
Offers: Vino and Van Gogh offers art classes for adults and children as well as private parties and events.
Offers: Rock Springs Church Bowling Center offers 12 lanes of bowling, as well as bowling parties. Looking for more information? Check out our Kidding Around review of Rock Springs Church Bowling Center.
Greenville Gemstone Mine offers a place for children and adults to mine for gemstones in Greenville, as well as a unique shop selling jewelry and home decor items.
Two Locations in Greenville:
205 N Main Street
700 Haywood Rd. #2008
Offers: Foothills Gymnastics and Cheer offers a Toddler Time every Wednesday from 11 am – noon. The cost is $5 per visit. A punch card is available that makes a 6th visit free.
Birthday party packages are available on Saturdays. Prices start at $195 for 10 children
A private room for food and dessert is available.
Parties are 1.5 hours long.
Kangaroo Jax is a bounce house facility located in Greenville, SC. They offer unlimited play with admission pricing that includes the use of the indoor carousel and kiddie ferris wheel! They also offer birthday party packages with competitive rates.
DEFY houses 30,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines, foam pits, a flying trapeze, aerial silks, trampoline basketball, dodgeball, launch ramps, and Greenville’s first aerial ninja course.
At the Sigal Music Museum, explore the exciting world of music through exhibitions, concerts, and music classes for both children & adults.
Offers: An indoor play space, including a separate baby and toddler area, plus cafe and retail space.
Offers: An indoor play space for kids aged 0-6 plus cafe.
Jump into the world of inflated fun from bounce houses to wet/dry slides to carnival games & concessions. Perfect for all events & special occasions!
Spartanburg County Public Libraries offer a full line-up of free programming listed on their website. In addition to story times and other free programs, the Spartanburg libraries include a children’s area with activities and books. The Headquarters downtown branch is a popular location that offers a great interactive learning space in the children’s area.
Note: In response to COVID-19, the libraries are offering an array of virtual events in place of in-person activities.
Headquarters Library – 151 S Church Street, Spartanburg
Boiling Springs Library – 871 Double Bridge Road, Boiling Springs
Chesnee Library – 100 Pickens Avenue, Chesnee
Cowpens Library – 181 School Street, Cowpens
Cyrill-Westside Library – 525 Oak Grove Road, Spartanburg
Inman Library – 50 Mill Street, Inman
Landrum Library – 111 Asbury Drive, Landrum
Middle Tyger Library – 170 Groce Road, Lyman
Pacolet Library – 390 W. Main Street, Pacolet
Woodruff Library – 270 E. Hayne Street, Woodruff
Chapman Cultural Center is home to several local museums, Ballet Spartanburg, and the Spartanburg Little Theatre.
The Spartanburg Art Museum also offers family programming on the second Sunday of every month from September-April. Free admission (donations accepted)
Permanent exhibitions of the earliest Native American settlements in the county to the commercial hub of the 20th century. Free admission (donations accepted)
Interactive exhibits, live animals and an extensive collection of fossils, bones, rocks and minerals will encourage a love of science.
The Hub City Railroad Museum showcases the history of Spartanburg’s railroads with views of local train lines. See trains and models up close!
Offers: Video & Arcade Games and pizza
Offers: Roller skating, an arcade and an indoor playground
Offers: Roller skating, an arcade and a three story indoor playground
Offers: Roller skating and an arcade
Offers: Bowling, video games and pool tables
For animal lovers on rainy, cold days, you can always take your kids to an indoor zoo (also known as a pet store).
For animal lovers on rainy, cold days, you can always take your kids to an indoor zoo (also known as a pet store).
For animal lovers on rainy, cold days, you can always take your kids to visit the pets in need of homes.
There is a fun indoor playground at the local mall. It is located by Belk.
An art and pottery studio
Offers: Movie theater, bowling, arcade, bumper cars, giant indoor playland, laser tag, mini golf and ropes course
Offers: Inflatable play for all ages, including Open Jump for preschoolers, Family Jump and Parents Night Out
Kroc Greenville’s vision is to ensure everyone has access to excellent and affordable youth and adult wellness and community programs. Kick start your membership to our 74,000 square foot facility, and enjoy access to aquatics, fitness, sports, and more!
Trapped in the Upstate offers a variety of escape rooms for all ages.
Lee’s Indoor Playhouse offers indoor bounce houses and tiny towns to explore. They offer unlimited playtime with admission tickets, birthday parties, parents’ nights out, toddler times, and more.
Indoor playground with bounce houses and indoor playground equipment
A family-owned bowling center with 20 lanes, offering affordable standard rates, group rates, and party packages. The facility also houses an arcade, billiards, and air hockey along with a snack bar and grill.
The museum offers an extensive Heritage Collection. There are three quarterly rotating exhibitions with artifacts and antiquities that allow visitors to examine the rich history of Pickens, South Carolina’s art and historical pieces. Admission is free.
The skate center offers roller skate sessions, private parties, and special events the entire family will enjoy. Open skate sessions are available Friday and Saturday. Sundays are currently reserved for private parties.
The museum offers a beautiful display of fossils, minerals, and rocks. Located at Clemson University, the museum houses both geological and paleontological exhibits. In addition, a display of fluorescent rocks that seems like magic will thrill the entire family!
The facility offers a variety of activities, including specialized exercise classes, sports, and aquatics. Affordable memberships and day passes are available. You can locate the recreation center event calendar, pricing, and reservations on their website.
CCRC offers after-school care for children aged kindergarten – 5th grade from 3:00 – 5:30 PM. Offers pick up from Central Elementary and Clemson Elementary.
The facility offers 3 birthday party packages that include:
1. the dining hall with pool party, 2. the dining hall with basketball, or 3. basketball with a pool party.
Packages start at $113 for non-residents and $90 for residents
The Pickens County Library System offers a variety of free programming, events, and classes at four branches throughout Pickens County. Educational computer games for children, an extensive collection of literature and audio, and a unique “Library of Things” rental program of games and toys are available.
Hampton Memorial Library- 304 Biltmore Road, Easley, SC 29640
Village Library- 124 N Catherine St., Pickens, SC 29671
Sarlin Library-15 S Palmetto St., Liberty, SC 29657
Central-Clemson Library- 105 Commons Way, Central, SC 29630
The Foothills Playhouse is a non-profit community theatre that offers wholesome, family-friendly classic and original productions.
Paint your own pottery studio offering pottery painting, canvas painting, and glass fusing. The studio offers specialized rates for birthday parties, groups, fundraisers, and after-hour events.
Birthday party prices start at $12 per child with a $30 party fee during normal hours
Parents can bring snacks, drinks, and dessert for the party.
PurrPoseful Art Studio offers a wide array of art classes for children between the ages of 8 and 18 who have a love for animals and a passion for art! Summer Camp Registration Now Open!
864.881.1876 | 109A West Trade Street, Simpsonville, SC
Upstate Pinball & Arcade Museum in Simpsonville has some of the best games from the 80s and 90s. With over 50 games including pinball, Pac-man, and ice hockey foosball, you’re sure to have a blast. They also have birthday party options!
2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorites Finalist: Indoor Family Fun
2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorites Finalist: Birthday Party
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2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Sports Programs
Located in Simpsonville, Palmetto Gymnastics offers a Play Time for kids up to the age of 10. Cost is $5 per hour on Wednesdays and Friday from 10-11 am and 11 am – 12 pm. Families must pre-register by calling the gym. They also offer gymnastics & ninja classes, birthday parties, field trips, and summer camps.
Birthday Parties: Parties at Palmetto Gymnastics include gym time and time for refreshments. Various packages are available for both structured gym time and non-structured gym time, ninja course, tumble track, and more, depending on your preferences.
Take Selfies with your family and friends at Selfie Me Please: A Selfie Museum.
They offer over 15+ high-quality selfie walls to take photos with.
Bring many outfits, charged phones, and most importantly your smiles!
$5 off on Fridays.
Creative play with inflatables indoors for ages 10 and under. $10/child, $8/sibling.
Game Kastle offers a fresh new alternative for gamers to shop for the latest titles and accessories, play casual games together, or compete in tournaments. They hold classes on building or painting game miniatures and terrain, as well as learn-to-play new games.