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.
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 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 everyday at the Greenville Library system, just don’t forget to grab a couple 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
The Upcountry History Museum has free Neighborhood Nights (typically the first Thursday evening of select months in 2021). 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
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.
Offers: Inflatables and Pre-K only jump time on school day mornings
RELATED: Mom Review: Pump It Up
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: 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.