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
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:
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!
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.
Main Event offers bowling, laser tag, tons of arcade games, and virtual reality games, a restaurant, a bar with billiards tables, and lots more.
They host birthday parties, events, and special deals like Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays.
Birthday party packages start at $16.99 per person.
Virtual Reality video game arcade that offers multiple gameplay options, including a VR arena, Raceroom, VR escape rooms, arvi VR full-immersion games, and more.
The venue also has snack food items for purchase.
Offers: An indoor play space, including a separate baby and toddler area, plus cafe and retail space.
Offers: Open play gym is the perfect opportunity for small children to get some exercise while having fun.
Read our review of Acrosmith Gymnastics!
Offers: Trampoline Park with ropes courses, foam pits, and special Little Leapers toddler times.
The Anderson County Library system offers special events, storytime, a seed library, Book-a-Librarian (for that much-needed help with literally anything), and so much more! Branch information can be found below:
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: Indoor Family Fun
2023 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: Kids’ Birthday Party
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!
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
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!
Located at Taylors Mill, this video arcade offers pinball machines, dozens of games and consoles, and a bar.
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.
Offers: Chick-fil-A food with an indoor play space for younger children
Find your location on the information Chic fil A map to confirm their playground is still available
Locations with an indoor play area:
5175 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley
1225 Woodruff Rd, Greenville
2801 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Taylors
3420 Highway 153, Piedmont
135 W. Butler Road, Mauldin
659 Fairview Road, Simpsonville
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.
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!
Greenville Game On is a mobile video game lounge that offers mobile party packages as well.
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.
Indoor rock climbing facility in Easley that offers lead climbing, bouldering, and more for all ages.
Offers: Mini golf, go-karts, indoor playground, laser tag, batting cage, arcade, bumper boats, and more. Priced per attraction.
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 epic ping pong battles.
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!
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.
The Greenville County Museum of Art also offers family-friendly Sunday programs at 2 pm as well as occasional children’s art workshops and camps. There is no admission fee to visit this museum!
Video arcade games for all ages, including a dining space.
Kid’s birthday parties for all ages with kid-friendly food.
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 Camps are also available.
864.412.3323 | Two locations, Greenville | Spartanburg, SC
Indoor go-karting facility
Greenville Location: 1524 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC
Spartanburg Location: 130 East Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg, SC
Offers: Roller skating with toddler rink
Bloc Haven is an indoor climbing facility for all ages
Boutique bowling alley located near downtown Greenville, offers six bowling alleys, dining and bar,
If requesting reservations, a 3-lane minimum is required.
Rates are $24-$40 for 2-3 lane rental depending on the time of day/day of the week.
Birthday Parties: Private or semi-private party rentals are available. Contact the venue for specific rates.
Offers: Indoor train museum with dozens of custom model trains displays, some of which are interactive where kids can touch, play, and learn.
Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
CLOSED Monday & Tuesday
Visit the Zentrum Museum and learn about the history of BMW and view examples of BMW’s vehicles throughout their history.
Zentrum museum hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Guided plant tours are available and students will have the chance to see how the cars are built.
At the Sigal Music Museum, explore the exciting world of music through exhibitions, concerts, and music classes for both children & adults.
Offers: Indoor climbing and bouldering with gear rentals as well. Training clinics are also offered.
Hours: Monday: 4 pm–10 pm
Tuesday–Friday: 12 pm–10 pm
Saturday: 10 am–10 pm
Sunday: 4 pm–10 pm
Offers: Paint your own pottery with drop-in times, story time and other events, group events and camps.
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.
Offers: Visit local artist gallery exhibits Tuesday through Saturday. Each first Friday (6-9 pm), a free art activity is available for children.
Offers: Vino and Van Gogh offers art classes for adults and children as well as private parties and events.
Offers: 32 lanes of bowling, birthdays, and special event pricing and weekly specials
Offers: Golden Lanes and Skate offers 32 lanes for bowling, as well as a roller skating rink, Tiki Bar, and pool tables.
AOE is an esports arcade and LAN center that offers “by the hour” PC and console gaming options.
They have weekday and weekend special pricing passes.
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
Learn more about the Greenville Library’s digital and streaming collection, free and accessible from your own home, in our KA article!
Offers: Indoor roller skating rink that offers homeschool skate times, open skate, birthday parties, fundraisers, and other special events.
Offers: An indoor play space for kids aged 0-6 plus cafe.
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.
Kangaroo Jax is a bounce house facility located in Greenville, SC. They offer unlimited play with admission pricing, including the indoor carousel and kiddie Ferris wheel!
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: Inflatables and Pre-K only jump time on school day mornings
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Offers: Combine shopping with fun, by heading to the Haywood Mall. The playground is a great place to let kids get out their wiggles.
32 Bowling Lanes, shoe rental, a deluxe arcade, a sports bar, and more!
They have birthday party packages as well.
2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorites Finalist: Indoor Family Fun
2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorites Finalist: Birthday Party
2023 KABOOM Awards Family Favorites Finalist: Field Trips
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.
Offers: Bowling, Escape Rooms, Laser Tag, a Game Zone as well as a full restaurant!