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30+ Private Schools Near Greenville and Upstate, SC

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Are you trying to find the best school in Greenville for your kids? Here’s our list of magnet, charter, online and private schools.  Plus, we’ve also included useful links and an interactive map to Greenville’s schools. For a list of 2017-2018 Greenville County Meet the Teacher Nights, New Parent Orientation and other Back to School events, see here.

The Ultimate Guide to Schools in Greenville

In the Ultimate Guide to Schools in Greenville, you will find:

You can click the links to go directly to the portion of the guide that you need information from.

RELATED: 35+ Preschools Our Readers Recommend & The Ultimate Homeschool Guide to Greenville

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Our Interactive Map of Schools in Greenville County

When we asked how we could make this list of best schools in Greenville, we were told that location is very important (and being parents ourselves we totally agree). As a result, we have put together this interactive Google map for you of not just the schools on this list but a wide variety of schools in Greenville.

Our map includes four layers:

  • Private Schools (purple)
  • Public Elementary Schools (red)
  • Public Middle Schools (green)
  • Public High Schools (blue)

To use the map, click the arrow tab on the top left corner to show the names of the schools and to filter out or in the categories. Click the top right brackets to open the map in a new screen for easier use.

Public Schools Near Greenville

Where can you find a list of all the public schools in Greenville?

See information on Kindergarten and First Grade registration. The cut-off date is September 1st.

Find the information on School Choice in Greenville County. From the Greenville County School Website: ” From November 20 – December 5, 2017, parents/guardians complete a choice form for up to three schools for their child and submit it at their number one choice school. Forms are available at each school. Parents receive a form number to later check the lottery results. Order of receipt of form during lottery window does not impact selection. (Note: Parents of 5K students for 2018-19 should submit choice requests during the Choice Lottery Window, and not wait until kindergarten registration in December 4-7.).”

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Magnet Schools in Greenville County

The magnet academies each focus on a specific theme. Admission is through application and is scored. Find full information on Magnet Schools in Greenville County.

Blythe Academy (Elementary) – French or Spanish Partial Immersion

East North Street Academy (Elementary) – Math and Science

Stone Academy (Elementary) – Communication Arts

Beck Academy (Middle) – International Middle Years Program

Greenville Middle Academy (Middle) – Global and Traditional Studies or French Partial Immersion

Hughes Middle Academy (Middle) – Science and Technology or Spanish Partial Immersion

League Academy (Middle) – Communication Arts

Carolina Academy (High) – Engineering or Health Professional

Greenville Senior High Academy (High) – Law, Business or Finance

J.L. Mann Academy (High) – Math or Science or Technology

Southside High Academy (High) – International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs

Public Charter Schools in Greenville County

The list of charter schools in Greenville is constantly growing.  Charter schools are public free tuition schools but are under private management.  Reader reviews are included in italics.

Green Charter School

864.288.4134 | 1440 Pelham Rd, Greenville

Offers: K-10, gradually increasing to 12 grades by 2019

GREEN Charter School is great!”

“I second that! (GREEN)”

“I third GREEN Charter School! We love it!”

Legacy Charter School

864.248.0646 | 900 Woodside Ave, Greenville

Offers: K5-12

Open Enrollment: open now

“My daughter loves Legacy Charter School”

Lead Academy

864.770.1790 | 804 Mauldin Rd, Greenville

Offers: K5-8

Brashier Middle College

864.757.1800 | 1830 W Georgia Rd, Simpsonville

Offers: 9-12

Greenville Technical Charter High School

864.250.8844 | 506 S Pleasantburg Dr Bldg. 119, Greenville

Offers: 9-12

Greer Middle College Charter High School

864.469.7571 | 138 W McElhaney Rd, Taylors

Offers: 9-12

Open Enrollment: From September 26- November 3, 2017

“[My] oldest just graduated from Greer Middle College Charter High School. It’s one of the top high schools in the state. I thank God daily that she won the lottery to go there so the other three can, too. Best school in GVL County.”

Langston Charter Middle School

864.286.9700 | 1950 Woodruff Road, Greenville

Offers: 6-8

Next High School

864.214.6398 | 2000 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville

Offers: 9-12

Quest Leadership Academy

864.277.7575 | 29 Ridgeway Dr, Greenville

Offers: K4 – 3, with one additional grade being added each year until 8th grade is reached

Virtual Charter Schools in Greenville County

These online schools are free tuition public schools that offer virtual classes for families who want to educate at home.

South Carolina Calvert Academy

Website | 803.462.0254 | K-8 Tuition Free Virtual School | Facebook

        Offers: K – 8

South Carolina Connections Academy

        Offers: K – 12

“We’ve had a great experience with the Connections Academy online charter school. My daughter now attends the Charles Townes Center and LOVES it, in case your child is accepted. Don’t be afraid to explore all the options- our county has so many!!”

South Carolina Virtual Charter School

         Offers: K – 12

Cyber Academy of South Carolina

Offers: K-12

Private Schools in Greenville County

The list of private schools in Greenville County is pretty large but we’ve listed several that our readers recommend as being their favorite schools in the area. We’ve included even more popular choices for private school on our interactive map at the top of this page.

FEATURED: St Mary’s Catholic School

Website | 864.679.4117 | 101 Hampton Avenue, Greenville | Facebook

Offers: K3-8th grade

St. Mary’s Catholic School, founded in 1900 and located on a beautiful ten acre campus in downtown Greenville, is a ministry of St. Mary’s Church, the first Catholic parish in Upstate South Carolina. Distinguished by the presence of the Nashville Dominican Sisters, St. Mary’s is a Blue Ribbon School accredited through the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and is open to students from three-year-old kindergarten through the eighth grade. St. Mary’s Catholic School is a Christ-centered community which nurtures in all students a passion for academic, artistic and athletic excellence.

The primary mission of Saint Mary’s Catholic School is to invite our students to follow the Lord Jesus Christ as faithful disciples to prepare them for outstanding achievement in high school and later life. Our rigorous curriculum integrates academic excellence, athletic challenge, artistic expression, and character formation in the effort to serve the evangelical mission of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and School.

Call to schedule your school tour: 864.679.4117.

Open House November 6-10

“St. Mary’s Catholic School downtown is absolutely amazing! My son Is in K3 and my daughter is in K5. They both “absolutely love it (and I do too).”

“We just moved here and are attending St. Mary’s downtown. It is an amazing school.”

FEATURED: Christ Church Episcopal School

864.299.1522 | 245 Cavalier Drive, Greenville | Facebook | Instagram

An independent college preparatory school in the Episcopal tradition with a carefully coordinated P(K)-12 curriculum, Christ Church Episcopal School is one of the Greenville, SC area’s most prestigious academic institutions.

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.

“My youngest is at CCEP (our oldest started there in K3) so we have been there 9 years. My two older boys are at CCES one in the lower school and one in the middle school. We have loved the schools and have had an amazing experience.”

“CCEP & CCES – best preschool & Primer through 12 respectively. Student ratio 1:10. Strong IB curriculum, great sport & performing arts facilities, My three boys are incredibly happy there and we also moved to Greenville 2 years ago. CCES & CCEP were / are our biggest family blessings.”

Einstein Academy

864.269.8999 | 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville

Offers: 4 – 8; private middle school for Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD children

Tuition: $925 monthly

“The staff is wonderful.”

Hampton Park Christian School

864.233.0556 | 875 State Park Road, Greenville

Offers: K4 – 12

Tuition: from $348-679, monthly depending on grade level

“Wonderful, loving teachers!”

Five Oaks Academy

864.228.1881 | 1101 Jonesville Rd, Simpsonville

Offers: Toddler – 8th

Tuition: from $5250-12,500 annually, depending on grade level

“Five Oaks Academy is a wonderful little Montessori school. The teachers are kind and caring. The campus is wholesome and charming. It’s a really neat school.”

“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!”

Mauldin Christian Academy

864.288.1917 |150 S Main St, Mauldin

Offers: Preschool to 5

Open House: Jan. 24 at 6:15 pm

Tuition: from $300 – $390 monthly, depending on grade level

“Awesome teachers, small class sizes & Abeka curriculum.”

“We also have had wonderful experiences with Mauldin Christian Academy. We wanted smaller class sizes at least in the early foundation building years, and the teachers and school administration are all wonderful.”

“It was a good experience for us too.”

“We really love Mauldin Christian Academy! Very caring teachers and administration that provide a loving environment! Small class sizes are a plus and my son learns so much with the Abeka curriculum.”

Montessori School of Greenville

864.232.3447 | 305 Pelham Road, Greenville SC

Offers: K2 – 3rd Grade

Montessori School of Mauldin

864.288.8613 |205b East Butler Rd, Mauldin

Offers: Infant to 6th

“We love the Montessori method and this school does a lot of extra curricular learning to really broaden a child’s horizons. They also offer year-round schooling which is great if both parents work full-time. The school is so awesome some parents commute 30+ minutes one way to take their child to school.”

“Montessori School of Mauldin-Amazing teachers and diverse environment. My daughter has thrived here.”

FEATURED: Shannon Forest Christian School

864.678.5107 |829 Garlington Rd, Greenville

Offers: K – 12

Tour Dates: 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017, Tuesday, December 5, 12, 2017, Tuesday, January 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018, Tuesday, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, Tuesday, March, 6, 13, 20 2018, Tuesday, April, 3, 10, 17, 2018, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuition: from $6235 – $11,400 annually, depending on grade level

“Shannon Forest Christian School is a K3 – 12th Grade, college-preparatory school that supports the Christian church and home by providing quality education from an evangelical, Biblical perspective.

A Shannon Forest education is unique.  As a school we desire to provide our students with an education that roots them deeply in the Christian worldview, pushes them to think in the highest of categories, prepares them to interact with a world of difference, and readies them to work hard providing them with the space to own their education.

A Shannon Forest student is known.  No student, in any grade, will fall through the cracks.  Whether you come to us from overseas or have been at Shannon since preschool, our faculty and staff partner with each student and parent throughout the education experience.

But, best of all, Shannon Forest is a family.  Our caring community is intentional in the way we treat our students, parents and one another.  Our students benefit from small class sizes, weekly Bible studies, chapel, athletics, service projects and a wide range of extracurricular activities.  Our doors are always open, new faces are always celebrated and our students are always loved.

For more information, contact Director of Admissions Candace Kurtz at 864.678.5113 or email [email protected]

“Small class sizes that allow for the ability to track your child’s progress from Lower School to High School graduation.”

Carolina International Preparatory School

864.385.6020 | 212 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville

Offers: 6 weeks to 5th grade (full day and week with partial attendance option)

“Carolina international preparatory school, they go from babies to grade 5. Small ratio teacher/student. Learning is fun and teachers are really engage!”

“Carolina International Preparatory School. The amazing teachers are great at making learning fun. They are also great at being patient and teaching morals and manners.”

1st Presbyterian Christian Academy

864.235.0122 | 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville

Offers: K2-8th Grade, half day 2-5 days for preschool with a full day option for K5

“We have had a wonderful experience at First Pres and would highly recommend it.”

Bridgeway Christian Academy (formerly Mt. Zion Christian School)

864.297.6646 | 724 Garlington Rd, Greenville

“Mt. Zion Christian School! Loving teachers, Creative, encouraging learning environment, character education…it’s great!”

Southside Christian School (Simpsonville)

864.234.7597 | 2211 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville

Offers: Toddler – 12th grade (half day for preschool)

Tuition: $2,585-$13,145/yearly tuition

“Southside Christian School has a wonderful Early Education program beginning at 18 months!”

FEATURED: Mitchell Road Christian Academy

 864.268.2210 | 207 Mitchell Rd, Greenville

Offers: K3-8th grade

For over 40 years, Mitchell Road Christian Academy has produced academically excellent students of high character through quality education with a biblical worldview.

In our Elementary School, we equip students with skills to apply newly mastered content as independent thinkers who take responsibility for their own learning and progress. Project-based learning, technology integration, and experiential opportunities help develop critical thinking and creative problem solving while engaging our students with real world applications.

MRCA’s Middle School is where critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving receive greater emphasis in order to fully prepare each student for high school. Through our extensive biblical worldview integrated curriculum and inquiry-based instruction, MRCA Middle School students develop in character and become more equipped as ambassadors for Christ. Electives and extracurricular activities such as mentoring and robotics are plentiful, challenging, and engaging. Middle School Retreats are a highlight of the year, too, allowing teachers and students to get to know each other, deepen friendships, and grow in Christ.

MRCA provides the highest quality Christian education at the most affordable rates in Greenville, SC. Come take a tour of our campus and see all we can offer your family! Call us today at 864-268-2210.

“We love our school, Mitchell Road Christian Academy (Official)! They offer a solid curriculum, strong academics, and superb athletics. MRCA is a community made up of veteran teachers and wonderful families. My children have made life-long friends in just a year and a half. I love how the school partners with the parents to instill biblical character in our children. “

“Yes to Mitchell Road Christian!!! Great little community, an emphasis on biblical world view, strong academics, athletics, and opportunities in the arts. The teachers genuinely love the kids and their professions, they are a great balance of experience and fresh ideas. All of that and one of the best deals in town!”

Abiding Peace Academy

864.509.6408 | 401 Batesville Road, Simpsonville

Offers: K2-5th grade

 Our excellent teachers, small class sizes, rigorous curriculum, and Christian environment will benefit your child in so many ways. Limited openings so visit today!

Immanuel Lutheran School

864.501.6822 | 2820 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville

Offers: Kindergarten

Tuition: $400/month per month

Hidden Gem in Five Forks! Small Classes, Degreed Teachers, Flexible Schedules, Christian Education, All Welcome.

 

Do you know of a school that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

 

The Ultimate Homeschool Guide to the Upstate

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Looking for classes, activities or supplies for your homeschool in the Upstate region of South Carolina?  Just getting started and have questions about homeschooling legally?  Searching for a full day co-op community to call home?  This Upstate area homeschool resource list should help you out!  Know of something that should be included?  Add it to the comment section below!

For each entry, click on the name to go to the group’s website. This post contains information about the many opportunities in the Upstate, including those of our sponsors.


Homeschool Co-ops

These are programs that offer a full day of classes.  From parent-led groups to hired professional teachers who specialize in specific content areas, the formats and costs of these programs vary widely.

Artios Academy – This homeschool partnership program offers K-12th programs in the academics and the arts. They meet at Grace Church on Pelham Road on Mondays and Wednesdays. High school students can enroll in college prep arts courses in Theater, Art, Music, Media Arts, and Creative Writing.

Christian Home Educators of Easley – This co-op meets at Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley on Mondays.  They offer a variety of academic and enrichment classes.  Parents must remain on-site with their children and participate in the classroom and fulfill other roles.

Classical Conversations – Families following the Classical Conversations curriculum have many options for weekly groups in the Greenville area.  The link will bring you to a list of those options.

Greenville Classical Academy – Though this is a complete school for students who are not homeschooled, 7th through 12th grade homeschoolers are welcome to enroll to take individual classes through Greenville Classical Academy’s upper school university model classes.

Hope Homeschool Co-op – This parent led co-op meets at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Fountain Inn.  They offer a full day of academic and enrichment class options for K-12, as well as a nursery program.

Ignite Family Academy Co-op – This new co-op for middle and high school students meets at Mt. Moriah Church in Piedmont.

UCHU STEAM Academy – Meeting in Landrum South Carolina, STEAM in a new co-op offering classes on Thursdays for kindergarten through high school age students.

Upstate Homeschool Co-op – A very popular co-op offering a full day of classes by paid teachers at Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors.  This group meets Mondays and Wednesdays (Monday only for elementary and middle school classes).  Classes are offered K4-high school.  Parents may drop- off children, but there is a volunteer requirement.  Nursery is available.

Vanguard Homeschool Academy – A group that meets on Tuesdays at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Greer and offers classes for homeschoolers K4-highschool.  Vanguard offers a variety of academic and enrichment classes to choose from.  Students may enroll in just one or two classes, or can choose to enroll in a full day of classes.  Parents are asked to volunteer where possible.  No nursery is available.  Vanguard offers a Graduation Ceremony for all home schooled students. You do not have to be a Vanguard student to participate. 

Individual Classes for Homeschoolers

The locations listed below generally specialize in one content area.  These places offer classes to homeschoolers in their areas of expertise.

Airborne Athletics – This gym in Greer offers gymnastics classes for homeschool students in the early afternoon, when the gym is significantly less crowded.

Bob Jones Museum and Gallery – Monthly homeschool arts-integrated homeschool classes.  Note:  While the Museum and Gallery has closed for renovations, the previously scheduled homeschool and Kids Create! Events will continue elsewhere on the Bob Jones University campus.

Bob Jones University- Homeschool Connections features a variety of  free monthly offerings for students 7th through 12th grade.

Greenville County Youth Orchestras – While not specifically for homeschooled students, these groups offer an ensemble opportunity for student musicians both homeschooled and traditionally schooled.  Auditions are required.

Greenville Gymnastics – Offers homeschool gymnastics classes, fees and schedules vary by location.

Greenville Zoo – Offers monthly classes for homeschool students K5-8th grade.  Topics covered in each class change monthly.

Kroc Center –  The Kroc Center offers 3 PE, music and art classes for homeschooled students ages 6-12. There are a variety of times and sessions to choose from.

Lake Conestee Nature Park Offers field trips to groups with a minimum of 10 students and also hosts homeschool days.

SC Children’s Theater –  The theater not only offers camps and classes afterschool and during breaks, they also offer homeschool classes during the day.  Their Winter session begins in January and offers an Actor’s Co-Op class for students ages 6 – 14 at 1 pm on Mondays, as well as other classes at after school times.

SC State Museum – The South Carolina State Museum offers a free day of lessons for SC homeschoolers on the third Thursday of each month. Registration prior to the event is required and the programs do fill up early.

Simpsonville Gymnastics –  Offers homeschool gymnastics classes.  Call 864-967-8931 for schedules and fees.

Roper Mountain Science Center – RMSC offers a homeschool day each fall and spring. Tickets are $5/child.

Upcountry History Museum – Monthly homeschool classes ages 4 and up.  Topics vary month to month.  $7 per child, one adult per family is free, and children 3 and under who are not participating are free.

YMCA – The YMCA of Greenville offers homeschool PE classes at three of its locations (YMCA Program Center – GHS, 100 Adams Mill Road Simpsonville, SC 29681, Eastside Family YMCA, 1250 Taylors Road
Taylors, SC 29687 and Caine Halter Family YMCA, 721 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601.)

Fun Homeschool Activities

When you need a break from school.

Pump It Up – Homeschool jump time the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-3 pm.  $4 ages 2-15.

Greenville Hurricanes – An athletic organization for homeschool students, offering 9 different competitive sports.

French-Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain- Designed for children ages 5 – 18 and families, they offer home school days. DATES: December 6, 14 January 1, 11, 23-24 February 7,8, 21-22, 28 March 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22

SKIING $24- Includes Flex Slope Ticket, skis, boots, poles, helmet, and one hour group lesson
SNOWBOARDING $32- Includes Flex Slope Ticket, Burton board, boots, helmet, and one hour group lesson.
Register: Call or E-mail at least one week in advance to make a reservation. You will need to tell them the day you are coming, whether you are skiing or snowboarding and the lesson time you desire (11:15 am or 12:30 pm). 828.295.9311, [email protected]

Local Retail for Homeschooling Materials

Here are local places to browse and buy new or used curriculum

Bob Jones Educator’s Marketplace – A source for BJU Press materials and more.

Learning Cycle – A consignment store for curriculum at 1624 Woodruff Road, in the Ace Hardware Store shopping plaza.  Open noon-5 Tuesday through Saturday.

Lifelong Learning Resources –  Order online, or shop at the physical store.  557 Hammet Store Rd, Lyman.

School Spot –  A school supply store for classroom teachers, but homeschoolers will find some goodies here, as well.

Homeschool Legal Information and Other Resources

We can’t give legal advice, but these sources can help you sort through your options for legally homeschooling in South Carolina.  You’ll find accountability group options and various support groups in the links below.

Carolina Homeschooler –  In addition to being an accountability group, Carolina Homeschooler offers field trips, online classes, book clubs, and online parent support forums.  Their page about legally homeschooling in South Carolina is also quite helpful.  Another group, Traveling Homeschoolers is a spin-off from Carolina Homeschooler.  Traveling Homeschoolers offers group trips throughout the US and abroad.

Greenville County Schools –  There are many several paths to legally homeschooling the state.   Families who choose to homeschool through the school district as their means of legally homeschooling can find information from the district at this site.

The Homeschool Mom –  This website offers specifics for homeschooling in the state of South Carolina.  There is a particularly nice list of accountability and support groups to search through.

South Carolina Department of Education –  Homeschool laws straight from the source.

Online Support for Local Homeschoolers

Upstate South Carolina Area Secular Unschoolers – This Facebook community welcomes all homeschoolers regardless of religious affiliation and offers  place for homeschooling parents to ask and give advice as well as plan field trips and outings.

Greenville Homeschoolers Directory – This Facebook group offers support, information about co-ops and field trips, and allows members to buy and sell homeschool materials via the group.

Upstate Field Trip Friends – This group on Facebook facilitates the planning of homeschool field trips for families in the Upstate.

Homeschool Field Trips

These venues offer field trips for homeschool families

Carl Sandburg Home  – This historic estate in nearby Flat Rock, NC offers a 1-2 hour tour for groups of 10-65 people, Mondays-Fridays.

Camp Greenville – Book a multi-day field trip that allows children to learn about nature while learning how to work together as a group.

Carolina Raptor Center– Offers a variety of field trip options with educational programming for groups. See our review of one program here.

Chimney Rock – This park allows children to get up-close to nature. Field trip groups have several program theme options.

Farms and Orchards– In the fall many local farms and orchards offer field trips to educational groups. Stewart Farms offers field trips as well as an annual Home School Day.

Fire Departments

Greenville Downtown Airport – Tour this active airport and even have the opportunity to climb inside a plane.

Lake Conestee Nature Park Offers field trips to groups with a minimum of 10 students and also hosts homeschool days and other educational programming.

Paris Mountain State Park – Paris Mountain offers group hikes and educational programs. Find our review of one guided hike here.

Police Departments

Roper Mountain Science Center – Greenville’s 62 acre science center includes labs, a living history farm, a planetarium and more.

Spartanburg Historical Sites – Spartanburg County offers homeschool programs at several historic sites including the popular Walnut Grove Plantation.

The Biltmore – Each September The Biltmore offers a Homeschool Festival. The Biltmore also offers themed, group tours for homeschool and school groups.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Field trips include museum exploration and special programming.

The Greenville Library – The Greenville Library offers age appropriate field trips including a behind the scenes tour and a look and find tour.

Upcountry History Museum – The Upcountry History Museum offer tours for school age children that immerse the kids in a period of history through exhibits, discussion, and hands on activities.

Do you have a resource to add to our list for homeschool families? Please let us know by emailing Bethany at [email protected]

The Ultimate Kid’s Classes and Activities Guide

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This is the Ultimate Guide for Activities for Kids in Greenville, SC. That’s not just the title, that’s exactly what this guide is with researched sections packed with information on Sports Leagues, Music Lessons, Dance Classes, Art Lessons, and much, much more! While some of these classes are seasonal, we have still included them to help you find the perfect classes for your kids year-round. This guide also includes recommendations from our readers on which activities for kids are the best in Greenville.

Please read: This guide is long but we have carefully divided it to make it easy for our readers to find exactly what children’s activities they are looking for. Right below the first image is our list of anchor links. If you click on these links they will take you directly to the portion of the guide that has the information that you want. Below the anchor links are premium listings from our Kidding Around Greenville sponsors. These listings include extra information about our sponsors’ specific class offerings. Below that you will find our entire guide organized by type of class. Our sponsored listings are also included in the appropriate sections.

If you have any questions or notice a class that we have missed, please email Bethany Winston at [email protected] We will be updating this guide regularly. So bookmark, share it, and keep it for the next time you need a class for your kid!

 

Class and Activity Guide

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Sport Leagues & Lessons for Kids in Greenville

Sports in Greenville

Featured: YMCA | Four locations throughout the Upstate | Connect with us on Social Media

The YMCA of Greenville offers a wide range of classes and activities for children throughout the year at our different branches in Greenville County. Many of these classes are open to both YMCA members and non-members.

At the Y, we never turn anyone away because of an inability to pay. Participants with a financial need are encouraged to apply for scholarships for any portion of the program fee that is not affordable. The YMCA uses a sliding scale to evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. Let us know your need, and we will work to help you. Download an application here.

Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Greenville offers swim lessons that suit all ages and ranges of abilities. From parent/child classes for babies and toddlers, water acclimation and stamina classes for swimming fundamentals, to stroke development and mechanics for more advanced swimmers, the Y has something for each progressive stage of development of your child’s swimming ability. We also offer Water Safety Week and Swim League training in the Spring for your swimmer to get ready for competition before the SAIL season begins.

Dance Classes

YMCA of Greenville offers dance classes in partnership with Carolina Dance Collaborative as a part of afterschool enrichment throughout the school year at several branches for children from two to 12 years old. Types of dance taught are Little Learners for young beginners to learn the foundations of dance, to ballet and hip hop. Classes are also held throughout the summer months at the Caine Halter and Verdae branches.

Karate Lessons

Students will learn karate, self-defense (Stranger Danger), skill development, leadership, flexibility, our anti-bullying program, mental and self-control. The main focus of this program is character development through the martial arts. Each class will introduce new skills and ideas while building on what they have already learned. Class meets one day per week for twelve weeks in both the Spring and Fall. At the end of the three-month course, students will have the skills required to advance to a new level. This includes the proper execution of self-defense releases, punches, kicks, blocks, and stances.

Youth Sports

The YMCA of Greenville offers many opportunities for children and adults to participate in sports. Each of our four family branches specialize in a variety of youth sports from baseball, t-ball, softball, soccer, and basketball to cheerleading, volleyball, and flag football. Some branches also have lacrosse and tennis. We also offer a Homeschool PE program designed to be sports related, while showing children how much fun exercise is.

NEW for 2018: Priority registration for Y members. Y members will be able to register earlier than the community at large.

Spring Soccer
Member Registration: Jan. 1-28
Community Registration: Jan. 15-28
Practice Starts: Feb. 19
Games: March 3-April 28

Spring Flag Football, Volleyball, & Lacrosse
Member Registration: March 12-April 8
Community Registration: March 19-April 8
Practice Starts: May 7
Games: May 19-May 23

Summer Baseball & Basketball
Member Registration: May 21-June 10
Community Registration: May 28-June 10
Practice Starts: July 9
Games: July 21-Aug. 11

Fall Soccer
Member Registration: July 1-29
Community Registration: July 16-29
Practice Starts: Aug. 20
Games: Sept. 8-Oct. 20

Fall Volleyball
(GHS & Eastside)
Member Registration: July 1-31
Community Registration: Jan. 16-31
Practice Starts: Aug. 27
Games: Sept. 8-Oct. 13

Fall Flag Football
Member Registration: Sept. 3-30
Community Registration: Sept. 17-30
Practice Starts: Oct. 22
Games: Nov. 3-Dec. 8

Fall Basketball
Member Registration: Sept. 3-30
Community Registration: Sept. 17-30
Practice Starts: Oct. 29
Games: Nov. 10-Jan. 26, 2019

Youth Wellness- Group Exercise Classes

The Y offers youth-appropriate group exercise classes at its different branches. Some of the class options include Zumba Kids, youth yoga, youth run club, youth cardio strength, youth cardio fit, Fit Kids, and Beast Mode Kids. Please check with your local branch for class types and times.

Summer Day Camp

The YMCA of Greenville offers a wide variety of specialty day camps in addition to traditional day camp during the summer to help your child build new skills and explore new ideas. Camps offered range from sports (soccer, cheerleading, karate, swimming, tennis and golf to name a few), dance and the visual arts to healthy cooking and science camps like Robots & Rocket Ships, All Creatures Great and Small, and Archaeology camps.

Overnight Camp

A traditional overnight adventure camp for girls and boys, ages 5 – 18, Camp Greenville offers the best of both worlds – the classic, loved summer camp of the past, adapted to the needs of today’s children and parents. Campers enjoy a balanced mix of adventure, fun, and tradition, all in a beautiful mountaintop setting. Our back to basics approach – screen-free, no phones, no internet – lets campers connect with nature and themselves. Kids have the support of Camp Greenville’s unique cabin system and outstanding counselors, giving campers the security of family and the confidence to make new friendships and develop independence. Most of all, Camp Greenville’s campers have fun making memories to last beyond the summer. Most of our counselors are former campers themselves, and go on to send their own children to Camp Greenville– it’s an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Adventure Guides

The YMCA’s Adventure Guides program has been providing opportunities for fathers and their children ages 5-8 to develop strong relationships through positive experiences since 1925. Father/child pairs are grouped into Expeditions of six to ten dads and their kids from the surrounding community. Expeditions meet monthly for a 90-minute meeting. Expeditions take part in monthly Federation Events. Events include two campouts at YMCA Camp Greenville, family cookouts, a father/child cake bake/chili cook-off, and a father-daughter semi-formal Valentine’s dance. The commitment is small: one 90-minute Expedition meeting and one event a month.

Find more information and register on the YMCA’s website.

Rama says, “I like the YMCA because they help them and teach rather than try to make them these serious players when they are so little. We have done soccer at the Y and we are doing spring soccer also and it’s been really good so far.”

Featured: Soccer Shots of Greenville | 864.315.3733 Ext 2 | Facebook

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. A caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in- class coaching, communication and curriculum. Soccer Shot’s coaches are the best-trained in the business. Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. In addition we provide an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents.

Class Offerings:

Mini (2-3 years) – Soccer Shots Mini is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, such as using your feet, dribbling and the basic rules of the game. Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.

Classic (3-5 years) – Soccer Shots Classic utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. Soccer Shots also highlights a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation.

Premier (5-8 years) – Soccer Shots Premier focuses on individual skill, fitness and sportsmanship, providing an opportunity for children to be challenged through fun games and team interaction. Children will also be introduced to competition in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Programs are offered in childcare centers, preschools and schools, as well as public locations. Find the complete list of programs at www.soccershots.org.

Register online or by phone (864.315.3733) today!

Featured: The Little Gym of Greenville | 864.254.0318 | 1451 Woodruff Road Ste. Q, Shoppes at Woodruff, Greenville, SC | Facebook

The Little Gym of Greenville’s age-appropriate activities for kids in Greenville are designed to facilitate maximum fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter. Your child progresses at their own pace, having fun and building confidence as they develop new skills. Explore the range of classes offered at The Little Gym of Greenville.

Sports Classes – Get your child ready for tip off, kick off, or the first pitch, while paving the way for a lifetime of positive sports experiences. Trained coaches run drills and simulated games for many popular sports including soccer, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and golf with an emphasis on teamwork and sportsman- (and woman!) ship. And thatʼs a home run in any parentʼs playbook.

Mini Jacks (3-4 years) – This hour-long class teaches the fundamentals of most major sports. Your child will learn to throw, catch, run, hit, pass and shoot—all while developing an understanding of cooperation, teamwork and positive attitude.

Cracker Jacks (4-6 years) – This hour-long class will help your All-Star learn game rules and strategies. Children work on skill mastery such as throwing or catching the perfect pass while building strength, developing coordination and practicing teamwork.

To Register – Visit The Little Gym of Greenville

Free Listings:

Ice Skating Lessons at Greenville Rec. (400 Scottswood Road, Taylors) – Private and group lessons are available for ages 4 and up.  Classes are 30 minutes and run for 8 weeks.  Costs begin at $100. (You can also just try out your ice skating skills at open times throughout the summer on your own.) 322.PLAY

SportsClub Tennis (712 Congaree Rd, Greenville) – Offers tennis lessons for all ages and all skills.  Both individual and competitive lessons available. 864.288.7220

Happy Feet Soccer – Offers summer soccer programs for kids 2 – 12.  Soccer sessions are often held indoors at various locations throughout the Upstate.  Visit the website for specific details. 864.363.7033

Soccer Shots – Offers soccer experiences for ages 2 – 8.  They focus on coaching and character development.

Greenville Rec (various locations) – Offers an incredibly wide variety of camps and events all summer long and rec classes throughout the year at multiple Greenville locations.  Visit website for full details and to explore the many options. 864.288.6470

Roller Time (offered at various locations in Greenville) – Offers private and group roller skating lessons for beginners through advanced students.

i9 Sports (Taylors, SC) – Offers Flag Football, Soccer, Baseball, and Basketball. 864.642.0209

Upward Sports (various locations in the Upstate) – Offers Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Flag Football, and Baseball.

Northwood Little League – Fall and spring baseball

Greenville Little League – Fall and spring baseball

Yoga-2-Go (201 W. Stone Avenue, Greenville) – Offers yoga classes for children (ages 4+) including sensory yoga therapy for children with disabilities.

Karen says, “My four year old daughter loves Yoga with Miss Tammy & Miss Amy! And my older daughter(now a teen) had sensory issues, Speech delays, attention and behavioral issues when she was a younger. I looked for different ways to help my daughter to cope and adapt with the issues she struggled with. Yoga was one of the best things we could have done for her. It centered her, calmed her, helped with coordination, and helped with body awareness during preschool years when we were trying to figure out how to best to help my daughter.
I highly recommend yoga for any children especially little ones who are facing sensory issues or attention issues.”

Fox Run (215 Club Dr., Simpsonville) – Offers a youth golf league

First Tee of Greenville (Many area golf courses throughout the upstate) – Offers golf lessons for children

Greater Greenville Hockey Association

Kristina says, “The GGHA (Greater Greenville Hockey Association) offers hockey for boys and girls of all ages! We are going on our 7th season with the program and we absolutely love it. The coaches, kids, and families are so wonderful. It’s an amazing team sport that so fun to watch. My son has made his best friends through this program. We even had the chance to travel to Canada to play last year! I honestly can’t say enough good things about it!”

City of Greenville Parks and Recreation– Offers youth programs for children ages 3 -14, including youth soccer and a bike club.

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See below for Martial Arts and Karate, Dance, Swim and Gymnastics. Each have their own category due to the number of available options in Greenville.

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Music Lessons for Kids in Greenville

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Featured: PianoCentralStudios.com | 864.232.5010 | 757 N. Pleasantburg Drive and 1622 Woodruff Road, Greenville | Facebook

For over 35 years now, students have fallen in love with learning to make music in their classes and lessons 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, caring and qualified instructors, and an experience in 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. There’s something for everyone at Piano Central Studios, from babies to adults.

Class Listings:

Piano Central Studios offers music instruction for all ages – infants to adults – including Kindermusik®, Piano, Strings, Flute, Voice, Suzuki, and more.

Kindermusik Classes – Since 1994 Piano Central Studio’s award-winning Kindermusik® program and caring, licensed educators have been helping children get off to the very best kind of start—a musical start! Ages 0-7 years.

Preschool Piano Classes – Class sizes are small, with no more than six students per class. Each weekly class is 45 minutes in length. While students are enrolled in the Preschool Piano Class, there is no keyboard or piano required for home use. For children ages 4 and 5.

Introductory Classes – Introductory classes are the perfect way to test the waters… or get off to a great start! Whether you’re trying to decide which instrument to choose, or you just want to build a strong foundation before starting private lessons, our group classes are just what you need. Small group sizes offer the best of both worlds—lots of attention from the teacher combined with the fun and camaraderie of being in class with other students around the same age.

Private Music Lessons – One-on-one private instruction is an excellent choice for students at every level of experience and ability. In private lessons, school-age students experience an encouraging learning environment where individual abilities and preferences are developed through exciting literature, motivational rewards, positive performance experiences, and the best in pedagogical approaches.

Semi-Private Music Lessons – Two students are paired together based on age, skill level and musical goals for a weekly 30-minute lesson. This environment allows students to receive and thrive on individual attention while also learning from their partner’s development. Semi-private lessons are not offered for all instruments, and are subject to availability.

To Register – Visit Piano Central Studios

Featured: Chicora Voices | 864.255.9596 | 3018 Augusta St, Greenville | Facebook

Does your child or teen love to sing? Does he or she enjoy watching and singing along to popular TV shows and musicals? Consider joining Chicora Voices!

Chicora Voices is a Greenville based, non-profit community choir program for children and youth within the Upstate and Western North Carolina. With its inaugural season in 2005, Chicora Voices emerged as a combination of two established regional choirs – the Boy Choir of the Carolinas and the Furman Children’s Choir. Since its inception, the choir has continued to build on previous successes, performing at places like Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Chicora Voices offers a program of rehearsals, concerts, social events, and travel that is exciting and inspirational. Our musical direction comes from conductors Alan Reed and Laura Jean (Jeanie) Reed, both of whom have decades of experience in successful music making with both children and adults. Our mission is to provide quality choral instruction to young men and women in order to perfect their voices, strengthen their character in a teamwork-focused environment, and promote discipline and leadership that overcome any adversity or stigma, in addition to the rewarding musical accomplishments.

Choirs:

The Cadet Choir – Jeanie Reed leads this engaging training ensemble for younger boys ages seven and up, building the foundational skills to sing well for a lifetime.

The Prelude Choir – Jeanie Reed leads this engaging training ensemble for younger girls ages seven and up, building the foundational skills to sing well for a lifetime.

The Boys’ Choir – Directed by Alan Reed, this choir includes more advanced treble boys in elementary and middle school who sing a variety of styles and music well-suited to a boy’s unchanged voice.

The Girls’ Choir – Directed by Jeanie Reed, this choir is for more experienced, older elementary and middle school girls and explores a variety of choral repertoire throughout the year.

Chicora Young Men – This advanced ensemble is comprised of changing and changed voice males in older middle school and high school. Alan Reed leads these gentlemen to artistic heights both as a stand-alone choir and in combination with our other choirs.

Chicora Young Women – Jeanie Reed conducts this advanced ensemble for ladies in older middle school and high school, performing more demanding treble choir repertoire suited for young women’s voices as well as mixed repertoire in combination with our other choirs.

Auditions are generally held both in the spring and the fall. For more information, please visit our website at www.chicoravoices.org.

Featured: GymboreeClasses.com | 864.288.1774 | 980 Batesville Rd., Suite D/E, Greer | Facebook

Joining Gymboree Play & Music will bring you oodles of benefits, like special discounts and unlimited open gyms.

Gymboree Play & Music’s programs inspire creativity, confidence and friendship: Preview a FREE class and discover why they are the global leader in early childhood learning. They offer expertly designed play, art, music, sports and school readiness classes for children birth-five. Let them help you find a program you and your child will love!

Class Listings

Music 1 (6-16 months) – Discover melody, pitch and rhythm while building a repertoire of joyful songs. Music classes are suitable for babies and infants.

Music 2 (16-28 months) – Dance and sing to a new musical style each month including Latin, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Classical and more. Music classes are suitable for toddlers.

Music 3 (28 months – 5 years) – Express your singing voice and emerging musical knowledge through rhythm, pitch, tempo and musical forms. Parent participation optional. Music classes are suitable for preschool-age children.

To Register – Visit GymboreeClasses.com

Free Listings

NoteAbility Music School (2103 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer) – Offers lessons in voice and various instruments in multiple settings – group and individual and as a class.  Programs for preschoolers and up. 864.630.6455

Drum Percussion Studios – Classes, lessons, and performance ensembles for ages 2 and up. Visit here for more information and registration.
[email protected], 864.568.5207

Tom says, “My 7yr old son has drum lessons from Jason Currin at Drum Percussion studio. Highly recommended!”

KAG Contributor Lindy says, “I’ve seen some performances and been very impressed. The studio set up is amazing.”

Music Adventure – Music Adventure! Weekly creative interactions with the elements of music. Instructor – Lynne Holcombe, 8 kids per sessions – babies- 7 years, all ages private lessons too! $15/lesson, [email protected]

Greenville Music Academy (413 Vardry St, Greenville) – Offers individual music lessons in guitar, piano and more for ages 6 and up, summer camps and a Rock Band Boot Camp. 864.248.0606

Music Together of Greenville -“Music Together© mixed ages classes help you facilitate your child’s inherent musical aptitude, while singing and playing, in a rich and diverse musical environment.” 201.452.3966

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Dance Classes for Kids in Greenville

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Featured: The Little Gym of Greenville | 864.254.0318 | 1451 Woodruff Road Ste. Q, Shoppes at Woodruff, Greenville, SC | Facebook

The Little Gym of Greenville’s age-appropriate activities for kids in Greenville are designed to facilitate maximum fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter. Your child progresses at their own pace, having fun and building confidence as they develop new skills. Explore the range of classes offered at The Little Gym of Greenville.

 

Dance Classes – If you’ve got a kid that can’t stop tapping their toes to the beat, then The Little Gym of Greenville has got a class where they can dance their socks off! They’ll introduce your child to ballet, tap, and hip-hop techniques, while allowing them to express themselves through creative movement. Your dancer will also spend part of each class working on complementary gymnastics skills in the gym in order to emphasize poise and balance.

JBs/GTs/GLs (3-6 years) – This hour-long combination class features individualized instruction with a focus on age-specific skills. Children learn fundamental ballet, tap, and creative movement skills and techniques while focusing on rhythm, counting, and group cooperation.

Good Leaps/Jazzy Jets (5-12 years) – This hour-long combination class focuses on refining dance techniques, improving body control and self-awareness in groups. Your child will practice rhythm and follow detailed instruction, linking skills together into beautiful group routines.

To Register – Visit The Little Gym of Greenville

Featured: YMCA | Four locations throughout the Upstate | Facebook

The YMCA of Greenville offers a wide range of classes and activities for children. These classes are open to both YMCA members and non-members.

Dance Classes

Little Learners I (ages 2-3) & II (ages 4-5) – This 45-minute class combines the elements of creative movement, ballet, and tumbling into one fun and exciting class. Students will learn basic floor tumbling techniques, coordination, strength, flexibility, and rhythm as they explore how to move in and through space with their peers.

Ballet I (ages 6-8) & II (ages 9-12) – This class will have an emphasis on body placement, proper technique, and ballet terminology at age appropriate levels. This class will benefit dancers continuing their dance training as well as those who wish to begin.The rigor and pace of the class will increase at the year progresses.

Jazz/Hip-Hop I (ages 6-8) & II (ages 9-12) – This class is based on classical jazz dance technique, with influences incorporated from modern jazz, hip-hop, street jazz and Broadway styles. The jazz/hip-hop class will build balance, extension, and strength through isolations, stretches, across the floor patterns, and dance combinations. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move; no previous dance experience is required, however, Ballet classes are strongly recommended when studying Hip Hop/Jazz to help cultivate a full dance experience.

Contemporary/Modern (ages 9-12) – This class offers students a chance to learn the principal techniques of modern and contemporary dance, beginning with center floor warm up exercises both sitting and standing, progressions across the floor, followed by exploration of movement through improvisation. This class will incorporate the elements of dance by allowing students to understand music phrasing, space, time, force, and weight.

Find more information and register on the YMCA’s website.

Free Listings:

Carolina Dance Collaborative – Offers dance classes at the YMCA, after school programs and classes for children with special needs and their siblings.  Classes are for ages 2-5 and run for eight weeks at the Verde YMCA. Cost is $100. 864.315.3732

“My daughter did dance and had a great time! “

Let’s Dance (211 E Butler Rd C4, Mauldin) – Offers dance classes of all varieties for both boys and girls ages 2 and up.  Classes have one way glass so parents can observe without distracting children.  Age appropriate dance attire for children. 864. 297.0895 or 864.268.8588

Dance Arts Greenville (255 Service Bay Rd in Mauldin and 103 South Main Street in Fountain Inn) – Offers dance classes for events youngest of children, beginning at age 3. Drop in classes are offered for a low commitment to see if your child enjoys dance.  These begin at only $10. Summer camps and week long classes are also available. 864.297.1635

Sadie says, “We LOVE Dance Arts Greenville. I can’t believe how good [the teacher] is with the kids. I thought my 3 (now 4) year old would just go and run around every week, but she really does an impressive job teaching even the smallest kids.”

Southern Dance Connection (235 Oneal Rd, Greer) – Offers classes in various forms of dance, but also in tumbling and musical theatre. Ages 2 and up. Costs begin at $50 per month with a discount available for siblings. 864.849.9041

Artistic Edge Dance Center (215 Pelham Road, Suite B104, Greenville) – Offers classes of all kinds of dance for ages 2 and up. Many themed camps are available this summer.  Costs begin at $60. 864.631.2156

Dianne’s School of Dance (7601 White Horse Rd, Greenville) – Offers summer camps and classes in clogging and jazz and many other styles of dancing. Instructors focus on both dance and life lessons.  864.246.0923

Candace says, “Dianne’s School of Dance is the best and most affordable. It’s not just a dance school. They teach kids to give back to the community and they are like a big family. The 30 min drive is worth it! They also have dance teams and some of their students go professional. We’ve been there 3 years and love it!”

Nicole says, “Dianne’s is amazing!”

Ignite Dance Company (417 S Buncombe Rd Suite 6, Greer) – Offers summer classes and camps for ages 2 and up.  Ignite wants to both educate and inspire their dancers. 864.510.1713

Greenville Ballroom Dance (Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 East Butler Road, Mauldin) – Children can take dance lessons from ballroom professionals Roy Jordan and Dottie Schipper for just around $10/month. This special class is provided in an effort to allow all children the opportunity to take dance lessons and to compete. Read our full review of Greenville Ballroom Dance.

Dance Without Limits (2105 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer) – Offers dance lessons for students ages 2-18. Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, preschool dance, and classes for students with special needs.  Dance Without Limits believes dance is for everbody, regardless of age, shape, size or ability. 864.412.7788

City of Greenville Parks and Recreation- Offers the happy feet dance program for children ages 3 -15. Call the Nicholtown Community Center at (864) 467-4330 for more information.

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Gymnastics Classes

Gymnastic Lessons for Kids in Greenville

Featured: The Little Gym of Greenville | 864.254.0318 | 1451 Woodruff Road Ste. Q, Shoppes at Woodruff, Greenville, SC | Facebook

The Little Gym of Greenville’s age-appropriate activities for kids in Greenville are designed to facilitate maximum fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter. Your child progresses at their own pace, having fun and building confidence as they develop new skills. Explore the range of classes offered at The Little Gym of Greenville.

Pre-K/K Gymnastics Classes – Watch your kid go from cartwheels to confidence with lots of giggles along the way. This Gymnastics program for toddlers and kindergarteners in Greenville has been specially designed to help your child channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured environment.

Funny Bugs (3-4 years) – This hour-long class captures the joy and excitement of being a 3-4 year old while applying just the right amount of structure. Your child will build physical skills all while working on listening, socialization and following directions.

Funny Bugs/Giggle Worms (3-5 years) – This hour-long combination class will channel your child’s boundless energy through fun, imaginative and structured lesson plans. Your child will build physical skills while working on socialization, listening and following directions.

Giggle Worms (4-5 years) – This hour-long class emphasizes physical skill growth in a group setting, allowing children to interact and make new friends. Group stations present opportunities to practice tumbling while music and games sharpen their listening skills.

Giggle Worms/Good Friends (4-6 years) – This hour-long combination class emphasizes physical skill growth in a group setting, allowing children to interact and make new friends. Children focus on linking progressive skills and learning to remember multiple directions.

Good Friends (5-6 years) – This hour-long class helps children develop the abilities needed to remember directions and link progressive skills. The combination of gymnastics skills and the ability to process directions builds confidence and self-esteem.

Grade School Gymnastics Classes – Every child learns and develops at their own pace. The Little Gym of Greenville’s kids Gymnastics classes in Greenville give your child the chance to tackle new challenges at their own skill level. Celebrated with cheers and high-fives, each new achievement leads to newfound confidence, determination and a desire to continue improving.

Twisters (6-12 years) – This hour-long intermediate class builds off of current gymnastics knowledge as girls develop new skills. A cartwheel becomes a round-off. A handstand turns into a handspring. This natural progression builds strength, endurance, and confidence.

Flips/Hot Shots (6-12 years) – This hour-long combination class features individualized instruction with a focus on gender-specific skill growth. Classes include equipment unique for girls and boys, focusing on natural skill progressions to build strength and endurance.

To Register – Visit The Little Gym of Greenville

Chad says, “What Gymnastics program I would recommend] really depends on the age and the goals. The Little Gym will start kids as early as 6 months, and they are fantastic! When kids are older and/or looking for a competitive program I think Palmetto Gymnastics Academy on Pride St in Simpsonville is awesome. My son has been taking gymnastics lessons since he was 18months old, and he’s soon to be 8, so we’ve explored this area regarding this question quite a bit.”

Featured: Foothills Gymnastics & Cheer | 864.855.9660 | 198 Couch Lane, Easley | Facebook

Foothills has been putting smiles on faces since it’s beginning in 1996. Voted “Best Gymnastics Facility” and “Best Parent/Child Program” in the upstate of South Carolina.

Class Listings:

Preschool Classes -Foothills Gymnastics & Cheer is the only gym in South Carolina that has a separate preschool facility. Upon entering this 10,000 square foot plus gym, children are greeted by a huge sea treasure wall mural with the rainbow fish and other guests.

You will find plenty of preschool equipment and a wide variety of mats of different shapes and colors to spark a child’s imagination. The preschool curriculum meets many objectives such as: promoting listening skills, developing coordination, rhythm, and timing, stimulating the imagination, creating a positive self image, and preparing for reading readiness just to name a few.

Each week a theme will be introduced to keep children excited about coming to Foothills. Each class at Foothills is taught with a low student-teacher ratio in order to get the most attention needed and deserved.

Parent and Tot Classes (Walking to 3 year olds) – This popular class at Foothills gives both parent and child quality time to interact in a positive healthy environment.

Big Brother, Big Sister Classes – This class is designed for families that have a parent and tot child (walking to 3 years old) and a preschool age (4-5 year) child. Both children can come at the same time. The class is taught with 2 or 3 instructors.

Basic Skills Classes – The whole child is developed by integrating pro-social skills, cognitive challenges, and proper skill progression through developmentally appropriate and skill appropriate classes. As the gymnast progresses with their skills they are moved to the next level.

Classes for Boys – Through gymnastics boys find a foundation for fitness and receive benefits of athletic development in other sports.

Ninja Warriors (offered for boys and girls, ages 6 and up) – This class is one of our most popular classes! Flips, rolls, jumps all put into an obstacle course designed to challenge the imagination and body. Strength and agility using bars, rope, obstacle course and more are emphasized in this curriculum.

Dancenastics – This FUN class is the best of both worlds! 1/2 hour of Dance and 1/2 hour of Gymnastics.

Cheer Prep (5-11 years)

Tumbling

USAG Competition Team Levels 1-10 and Xcel

To Register – Visit Foothills Gymnastics & Cheer

Free Listings:

Simpsonville Gymnastics (3710 Grandview Dr., Simpsonville) – Offers programs for all ages. 864.967.8931

Jasmin says, “Simpsonville is great! So is Airborne and Little Gym for fun!”

Greenville Gymnastics (1311 Miller Rd, Greenville) – Offers classes for all ages in group settings and private lessons as well.  Also offers Friday night parents night out events. 864.297.5589

Airborne Athletics (212 Riverside Ct, Greer) – Offers classes for all ages and offers summer camps too. 864.877.7897

Courtney says, “We love Airborne!”

Palmetto Gymnastics Academy (115 Pride Dr, Simpsonville) – Offers instruction in gymnastics.  A free trial class is available. 864.963.2590

Acrosmith (282 Rocky Creek Road, Greenville) – Offers a morning Tot Time for ages 1 to 5 two times a week.  Summer classes available for all ages.  864.593.4066

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Martial Arts, Fencing, & Karate for Kids in Greenville

Martial Arts & Karate Lessons in Greenville

Featured: Foothills Fencing Academy | 864.593.3684| Facebook

Beginner Fencing Classes Offered

 

The USA Fencing Association sanctions tournaments for youth, beginning with 10 and under programs. Boys and girls participate together locally, but compete separately at national tournament events. The coaches will use fencing games and lots of fun to introduce your child to this exciting sport!

Family Beginner Classes:This class is designed to get the whole family involved. Parents and children have a great time participating together. Classes cover basic footwork, blade-work, tactics, and rules of fencing.

Individual Lessons: Ideal for those who have a busy schedule or do not want to wait for group classes, this includes instruction with a coach as well as fencing with other students.

Competition Classes: These classes build on the concepts covered in beginner classes and prepare students to compete in the sport.

If you are interested or would like more details, contact us at [email protected] or give us a call at (864) 593 3684

Featured: Greenville Martial Art Center | 864.881.1397 | 1904B Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville | Facebook

Little Tigers

Our Little Tigers classes are designed for kids ages 4-6 years old. Kids at this age need special attention and instruction to learn Martial Arts as effectively as possible. These classes teach kids the basics and fundamentals they need in a fun and exciting environment. As a parent you know a fun environment makes learning a lot easier for kids. Our amazing instructors keep the classes fun and do so without compromising on the instruction.

One of the first things they learn is the Tenets of Taekwon-Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit

Beginner Classes

For those who are just starting out in their Martial Arts training, our beginner class helps you get started right. Designed to teach you the basics and fundamentals that you will build on. This class ensures that you are learning at your level and not getting overwhelmed.

Learn more about Greenville Martial Art Center at gmac.ninja.

Featured: YMCA | Four locations throughout the Upstate | Facebook

The YMCA of Greenville offers a wide range of classes and activities for children. These classes are open to both YMCA members and non-members.

Karate Lessons – Students will learn traditional karate, self-defense (Stranger Danger), skill development, leadership, flexibility, our anti-bullying program, mental and self-control. The main focus of this program is character development through the martial arts. Each class will introduce new skills and ideas while building what they have already learned. Class meets one day per week for twelve weeks. At the end of the three month course, students will have the skills required to advance to a new level. This includes the proper execution of self-defense releases, punches, kicks, blocks, and stances.

Find more information and register on the YMCA’s website.

Free Listings:

Greenville Martial Art Center (1904 Roper Mountain Road) – Martial arts develops discipline and physical fitness from being in a structured, yet fun, setting multiple times per week. Martial arts is a lifetime experience. $119-$135/month, 864-881-1397 or [email protected]

Scota Karate Academy (607 Brushy Creek Road, Taylors) – Karate skills for all ages with an emphasis on fun and safety, guidance and expertise.  Classes for ages 4 and up. Free classes available to determine your child’s interest. 864.268.3477

Kaylee says, “The instructors provided lots of opportunities for one-on-one training time. We had a great experience and would definitely recommend the program!”

Carolina Karate and Fitness Center (2015 Laurens Road, Greenville) – Offers karate classes for kids 4 and up. 864.277.2008

Lori says, “They are great!”

Greenville Academy of Martial Arts (872 Woodruff Road) – The instructors emphasis character in their martial art training along with simple self defense appropriate for children.  Their goal is self control. Classes are available for all ages, beginning at 4, and are offered throughout the week. 864.270.2468

“Instructors are great!”

Master Kim’s Tae Kwon (1258 Woodruff Road) – Offers kids and adults martial arts classes with professional instructors. A free 2 week trial period is offered for those interested in trying out the program. 864.289.0201

“Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do is fantastic! My daughter and her friends love it there.”

“Second vote for Master Kim’s! My daughter has been going there for 4+ years. Love it there!”

“Third vote for Master Kim’s! No one better for teaching martial arts to children.”

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Sports Leagues & Sports Lessons |  Music Lessons | Dance Classes | Gymnastics Programs | Martial Arts and Karate Lessons | Academic Classes and Tutoring | Theatre and Acting Lessons | Baby and Toddler Classes | Art Classes | Swim Lessons | Cooking Classes | Horseback Riding Lessons | Top of Article 


Academic Classes and Tutoring in Greenville

Tutoring in Greenville

Sylvan Learning Center (150 Tanner Road, Greenville) - Offers tutoring in reading, writing, math and more with camps and classes and as type of tutoring to make education fun and engaging. 864.501.0542

Brain Balance (2531 Woodruff Rd #113, Simpsonville) - Help your child discover what has been holding him back.  Results have really helped change the lives of our students.  You can have a free consultation.  864.329.9933

The Pearl Center (410 E Butler Rd, Mauldin) - Offers teaching classes and training classes for your child in group settings and in individual settings for reading and learning tools. 864.675.9200

Wired Minds (1271 S Suber Rd, Greer) - Offers unique local tutoring options in many subjects and summer camps. 864.244.2420

German School Upstate (at Spartanburg Day School and Shannon Forest Christian School)- Offers classes in German as a foreign language and as a heritage language.  Ages 4 and up.

City of Greenville Parks and Recreation- offers an after school study buddies program from 2:30 until 6:00 pm.

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Theatre and Acting Classes for Kids in Greenville

Theatre & Acting Classes in Greenville

Greer Children's Theatre - (301 East Poinsett Street, Greer) - Offers multiple theatre camps this summer. Students learn all aspects of theatre from make up to stage presence to dance to set design. Costs run from $150 to $330.  864.848.5383.

South Carolina Children's Theatre (153 Augusta St, Greenville) -  Offers classes in children's theatre, kindermusik classes and performances.  Winter Mini-Mester classes run January 8 through February 17, 2018.  Spring Semester classes begin March 5 and run for 10 weeks through May 19, 2018. 864.235.2885

Stagecraft Theatre for Kids - (Anderson) - Offers arts training in a wholesome environment for all ages.  Young actors at summer camps perform for audiences at the end of their camps. 3 camp locations. 864.209.1884

Treehouse Improv- (Simpsonville)- Offers classes in improv, scripting, staging and more with performance opportunities. 864.630.8446


Baby and Toddler Classes in Greenville

Baby Classes in Greenville

Featured: GymboreeClasses.com | 864.288.1774 | 980 Batesville Rd., Suite D/E, Greer | Facebook

Joining Gymboree Play & Music will bring you oodles of benefits, like special discounts and unlimited open gyms.

Gymboree Play & Music's programs inspire creativity, confidence and friendship: Preview a FREE class and discover why they are the global leader in early childhood learning. They offer expertly designed play, art, music, sports and school readiness classes for children birth-five. Let them help you find a program you and your child will love!

Class Listings

Baby Lab (0-10 months-old) is a multi-sensory play and learning lab that’s all about building brain power, stimulating reflexes and sharing giggles -- right along side mom and dad. Our 6 new labs have specially designed equipment and props that were created just for babies.

Family Gymboree Play & Learn (ages 6 months - 5 years) - Explore play environments, movement games and parachute activities in this mixed-age class designed to support the physical, social and language development of your children. This class is suitable for children who are mobile through age 5.

Gymboree Play & Learn 1 (up to 6 months) - Explore the senses and support visual and auditory development with tummy time, flashlight play, first songs and more. This baby class includes parent discussion time to help learn about your child's development.

Gymboree Play & Learn 2 (6-10 months) - Learn about cause and effect and build strength through play with ramps, slides and climbers. This infant class includes parent discussion time to help learn about your child's development.

Gymboree Play & Learn 3 (10-16 months) - Explore two-way communication with your child. Play environments encourage discovery, balance and coordination as parents learn to understand how their infant interacts and communicates with them and the world.

Gymboree Play & Learn 4 (16-22 months) - Figure out how the world works and become a competent problem solver through games that uncover patterns and sequences. This class is suitable for toddlers.

Gymboree Play & Learn 5 (22-28 months) - Stretch the imagination through creative play to support symbolic thinking, language development and social interaction. This class is suitable for toddlers.

Gymboree Play & Learn 6 (28-36 months) - Play both independently and with peers while learning to connect ideas through cooperation and communication. This class is suitable for toddlers.

Music 1 (6-16 months) - Discover melody, pitch and rhythm while building a repertoire of joyful songs. Music classes are suitable for babies and infants.

Music 2 (16-28 months) - Dance and sing to a new musical style each month including Latin, Rock 'n' Roll, Classical and more. Music classes are suitable for toddlers.

Music 3 (28 months - 5 years) - Express your singing voice and emerging musical knowledge through rhythm, pitch, tempo and musical forms. Music classes are suitable for preschool-age children.

To Register - Visit GymboreeClasses.com

Featured: The Little Gym of Greenville | 864.254.0318 | 1451 Woodruff Road Ste. Q, Shoppes at Woodruff, Greenville, SC | Facebook

The Little Gym of Greenville's age-appropriate activities for kids in Greenville are designed to facilitate maximum fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter. Your child progresses at their own pace, having fun and building confidence as they develop new skills. Explore the range of classes offered at The Little Gym of Greenville.

Parent/Child Classes - From infant to toddler, our Parent and Child classes in Greenville promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your childʼs critical first three years.

Bugs (4-10 months) - This 45-minute class is designed to help build the skills needed as children become mobile. As your child discovers new movements, colors, and sounds with fascination and joy, you’ll discover new smile muscles you never knew you had!

Birds (10-19 months) - As your child becomes vertical, a world of wonder is revealed. Now your child is on the move, climbing on everything in sight. This 45-minute class provides an environment to meet other new explorers, build strength and develop coordination.

Beasts/Super Beasts (19 months - 3 years) - Embrace your little one’s independence in an environment where your child can climb, roam and explore. This 45-minute class will allow your child to practice physical skills while focusing on listening, patience and following directions.

Sporty Beasts (2-3 years)

Super Beasts (2.5-3 years) - This 45-minute class is structured to suit your toddler’s newfound independence. Each week, our Learning Units will have your child practicing physical skills while also focusing on listening, manners, patience and following directions.

To Register - Visit The Little Gym of Greenville

Featured: PianoCentralStudios.com | 864.232.5010 | 757 N. Pleasantburg Drive and 1622 Woodruff Road, Greenville | Facebook

Experience why parents and students have made Piano Central Studios Greenville’s #1 music school

We offer music lessons for all ages—infant to adult.

Class Listings

Piano Central Studios offers: Kindermusik, Piano,

Kindermusik Classes - For more than 20 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! Ages 0-7 years.

To Register - Visit Piano Central Studio

Free Listings:

DRUM Percussion Studio Wee DRUM Classes (ages 2-4) - Students and parents learn to play together in our hands-on percussion & drumming class designed for the youngest drummers. Visit here for more information and registration.
[email protected], 864.568.5207

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Art Classes in Greenville

Best Art Classes in Greenville SC

Featured: Greenville Center for Creative Arts | 864.735.3948| 25 Draper Street Ste. A, GreenvilleFacebook

The mission of Greenville Center for Creative Arts is to enrich the cultural fabric of our community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. GCCA provides visual arts classes, exhibitions, and opportunities to cultivate art appreciation while experiencing Greenville’s growing arts community.

GCCA 6-week classes and 1-day workshop offerings provide kids, ages 7 – 12 years, and teens, ages 12+, a range of opportunities to fully engage in visual arts practices. From drawing and painting to ceramics and photography, GCCA classes and workshops offer rewarding and challenging experiences to explore multiple artistic mediums with knowledgeable working artists.

Summer Art Camps at GCCA inspire creative learning for kids ages 5 – 8 and 9 – 12. Small class sizes, experienced and qualified instructors, and the opportunity to explore diverse materials and mediums make each day of Art Camp a creative adventure. Register by week for 8 weeks of art themed programming beginning March 1st.

Make GCCA your First Stop every First Friday of the month from 6:00 – 9:00pm for family-friendly exhibition openings in the Main Gallery and Community Gallery, the opportunity to visit the GCCA Studio Artists and buy local art, and make and take free kid’s art activities. Register for a class or workshop while you’re here to get a discount of 10% off all class and workshop fees with the First Friday promo code.

Visit www.artcentergreenville.org to learn more and register or call (864) 735-3948

Featured: GymboreeClasses.com | 864.288.1774 | 980 Batesville Rd., Suite D/E, Greer | Facebook

Joining Gymboree Play & Music will bring you oodles of benefits, like special discounts and unlimited open gyms.

Gymboree Play & Music’s programs inspire creativity, confidence and friendship: Preview a FREE class and discover why they are the global leader in early childhood learning. They offer expertly designed play, art, music, sports and school readiness classes for children birth-five. Let them help you find a program you and your child will love!

Art 2 (24-36 months) – Paint, sing, sculpt, collage and imagine in a uniquely creative space. Art classes are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.

Art 3 (3-5 years) – Gain confidence in self-expression and artistic exploration through a hands-on, multimedia experience. Art classes are suitable for preschool children.

To Register – Visit GymboreeClasses.com

Free Listings:

Greenville Center for Creative Arts (25 Draper Street, Greenville) – A wide array of at classes for all ages.  Parents can even take classes with their children. Classes vary widely in cost, see website for all the details. 864.735.3948

Spartanburg Art Museum (200 E St John St, Spartanburg) – Offers a wide assortment of art classes from ages 4 and up.  Specific information and all the class details are available at their website. 864.582.7616

Creating Artists For Tomorrow (1711 Old Spartanburg Road, Greer ) – Offers classes for ages 4 and up.  The entire building is a work of art and the kids love adding to to the art.  864.901.7465

Meredith says, “Hands down the coolest place.”

Wine and Design (1175 Woods Crossing Rd, Greenville) – Offers an Art Buzz program for kids. Specific classes for kids. Call for more info. 864.288.1260

Vino and Gogh (1818 Augusta St #112, Greenville) – Summer camps and summer classes available for kids ages 4 and up. 864.434.3054

Color Clay Cafe (2518-A East North St, Greenville) – A Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio that also offers classes in addition to open studio time.

The Trail Potter Clay Studio (3 S. Main St, Travelers Rest) – Offers clay pottery classes for children.

Children’s Museum of the Upstate, After School Program– November through December TCMU is offering a Minecraft class and a Junior First Lego League class for ages 6 – 9.

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Swim Lessons in Greenville

Swim Lessons in Greenville

Featured: YMCA | Four locations throughout the Upstate | Facebook

The YMCA of Greenville offers a wide range of classes and activities for children. These classes are open to both YMCA members and non-members.

Swim Lessons

Parent & Child Swim Lessons (6 months - 36 months) - This class allows a parent and child to bond while giving the child a positive first experience in the water. Parents learn cues and holds to teach their children basic water skills. Fundamentals are introduced by songs, games, and activities.

Pike (ages 3-5) - At the Pike level, children attend classes without their parents to help boost confidence, and develop safe behavior around water. These classes focus on teaching basic paddling, kicking, and pool safety, while increasing comfort levels, especially while putting mouth, face, and eyes into the water.

Eel (ages 3-5) - Eel swimmers are the advanced beginner. This level reinforces the skills learned at Pike. At this level, children learn to paddle and kick on the front and back without support, build endurance, and will learn to jump into water without assistance. Eel swimmers are comfortable in the water and can swim short distances without support. It is normal for children to spend several swim lesson sessions in the Eel level.

Ray* (ages 3-5) - Ray swimmers are intermediate swimmers who can swim 30 feet on their own with no assistance. This swimmer will learn to swim independently, to float and tread water without assistance, and to implement the four major strokes. Stroke improvement and endurance are key principles.

Starfish* (ages 3-5) - Starfish swimmers are advanced swimmers who are too young for a swim team but still ready for advanced skill development. This level refines strokes while extending the duration they can perform each skill. Starfish also learn head-first dives.

*Ray and Starfish classes are often combined.

Polliwog (ages 6-14) - Polliwog classes are for beginners aged 6 or older. This class is designed to help children who may be afraid of water acclimate while also learning fundamentals of swimming.

Guppy (ages 6-14) - Guppy classes are for children to build on they skills they learned in pre-school swim levels or in Polliwog classes. They're introduced to the four major swim strokes and learn to float unassiste. Guppy level swimmers will swim full lenghts of the pool, and diving is introduced. It is common for swimmers to take several sessions of Guppy level classes.

Minnow (ages 6-14) - Minnow is an intermediate level that focuses on building endurance, stroke development, and water safety skills. This level focuses on refining strokes and diving skills, focuses on pool and personal safety, boating safety and introduces rescue skills.

Fish (ages 6-14) - Fish is an advance level that focuses on building endurance, stroke development, and preparing participants for swim league. Participants must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breast stroke and 25 yards of butterfly.

Certification

Lifeguard Certification (ages 15+) - The YMCA of Greenville provides many opportunities to become a certified lifeguard. Lifeguarding is a rewarding and very important job that gives valuable work experience and opens the door to other job opportunities at the YMCA and beyond! The Y certifies lifeguards using the American Red Cross curriculum.

Swim League (ages 6-17) - Your swimmer will get valuable league experience ahead of the SAIL season. The YMCA of Greenville's Swim League gets new and experienced swimmers ages 6-17 ready for competition through coaching and conditioning leading to : Improved swim strokes, Improved technique, Improved endurance through coached workouts.

Find more information and register on the YMCA's website.

Free Listings:

Kroc Center (424 Westfield St, Greenville) - Offers swim lessons for ages 6 months and up. 864.527.5948

Westside Aquatics (2700 W. Blue Ridge Drive, Greenville) - Greenville Rec's indoor swim facility offers programs for youth, adults, and seniors.

See our full list of The Best Swim Lessons in Greenville (according to our readers).


Cooking Classes for Kids

Cooking Classes for Kids in Greenville

These classes focus on all types of food preparation from cooking to cake decorating.

The Cooking Shop & More (838 Powdersville Road, Easley) - Offering classes, summer camp, after-school programs and private events too. 864.442.5554

Cakes By U (637 Congaree Rd, Greenville) - Offers cake decorating classes for children and adults as well as cake decorating open studio times.

Plate 108 (108 E Poinsett St, Greer) - Offers children's and adults cooking classes and camps.


Horseback Riding Classes

Horseback Riding Lessons in Greenville

Whispering Pines Stables (206 Adams Mill Rd. Mauldin) - Offers programs for children beginning at 2.  Rides are also available for one time only experiences.  During their summer programs kids can learn about caring for horses as well as riding.  Horse camp is $200 per week. 864.360.3222

Black Horse Run (2245 Fairview Rd, Fountain Inn) - Offers summer camps for ages 6 & up ($300 per week) and trail rides and horseback riding lessons. Beautiful farm with miles of trails that feels a little like the west.  864.505.7920

Bramblewood Stables (175 McConnell Rd, Taylors) - Offers lessons and summer camps - both day camps and week long camps.  Also offers a unique Horse University program. 864.322.7979

Grove Station Farms (421 Piedmont Hwy, Piedmont) - Offers English riding lessons, camps and Saturday day camps for older riders.  Pony maps for children as young as 4.  Prices begin at $160. 864.845.3239

Southside Stables (426 Baldwin Rd. Simpsonville) - Offers half hour riding lessons for $30. 864.444.9435

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The Ultimate Guide to Things to Do Inside Near Greenville, SC

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My family’s go-to activity in Greenville is visiting downtown and the parks, so when the weather is rainy, cold or even hot, it can be tricky to figure out what to do in Greenville, SC with the kids. The best thing about indoor places is they make a great bucket list for any day (no matter what the weather).

This list includes museums, indoor play places and arcades, restaurants with playgrounds, and more. All places on this list also offer drop-in or registration free activities for children making each the perfect place to head on that rainy, cold day when you need to get out of the house.

Tips for navigating this list: This list is divided by categories. Click the anchor links below to quickly access the section that you are looking for. At the top of the list, we list sponsored listings that include more information about those particular venues. Below the sponsored listings, you can access the general listings which include all of the indoor activities in Greenville. If you would like to be added to our list, email [email protected]

Quicklinks: Libraries | Museums | Trampoline Parks | Bounce HousesIndoor Play Places, Bounce Houses & Arcades | Roller & Ice Skating | Bowling | Pet Shops & Animal Shelters |  Everything Else!

Things to Do Inside in Greenville SC

 

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The Ultimate Guide to After School Care in Upstate, SC

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Looking for after school child care in Greenville?  We’ve got you covered.  The facilities below offer daily after school care with tons of bonuses, like local school pick-up, enrichment classes and homework help.

If you’re looking for after school classes, and not daily care, check out our Classes and Activities Guide.

after school care guide

 

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After School Plus

864.881.4666 | 255 Service Bay Road, Mauldin

Offers: Homework help, test prep, study skills.  Low student teacher ratio and enrichment class opportunities, like music lessons, art class and dance.

Augusta Road Baptist Church

864.232.2712 | 1823 Augusta Street

Offers: Christ centered environment for K5- 8th grade with snack, homework time and playtime.  Pick up from the following schools: Augusta Circle Elementary, Blythe Academy, Sara Collins Elementary, Sterling School, Summit Drive Elementary, Stone Academy, Greenville Academy, League Academy, Beck Academy

City of Greenville Parks and Rec

864.467.4355 | Five Community Centers Throughout Greenville

Offers: Study Buddy program for students K5 through 8th grade from 2:30 pm  6:00 pm.  Includes homework assistance, crafts, recreation, life skills development and a meal daily.  $175 per year with a 20% discount for city residents.  Programs are all LiveWell-Greenville designated sites.  Register here.

Coast 2 Coast Kids

864.838.5988 | C2C Lyman, 12481 Greenville Hwy, Lyman
864.498.2984 | C2C Greenville, 506 Edwards Road, Greenville

Offers: Structured homework rooms separated by grade, games, crafts, weekly themes, devotional and prayer time, free school pick up.  Care until 6 pm.

FEATURED: The Cooking Shop

 864-442-5554 | 838 Powdersville Rd. Suite, Easley

Offers: After school care, homework help, and cooking classes.

Gears Youth Services

864.509.6180 | 1070 E Butler Road, Greenville

Offers: Christian environment.  Homework assistance.  Tutoring and small skills recovery available for extra fee.  School pick-up available from Greenbrier Elementary, Phinnize Fisher, Mauldin Elementary, Mauldin Middle, Plain Elementary.

The Goddard School

864.846.9653 | 8 Five Forks Plaza Court, Simpsonville

Offers: Individualized homework assistance, supervised computer time, enrichment.

Greenville County Recreation

864.288.6470 | 4806 Old Spartanburg Rd. Taylors

Pavilion– Greenville County Rec

864.288.6470 | 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors

Offers: Homework assistance, ice skating, bounce house, arts and crafts and daily snacks.  Pick up from area schools.

Community Centers– Greenville County Rec

Brutontown Community Center,   | Freetown Community Center, 200 Alice Ave, Greenville, 864.295.3567 | Slater Elementary School, 5 Whitney St, Slater, 864.288.6470 | Staunton Bridge Community Center, 165 Staunton Bridge Rd, Greenville, 864.509.1401

Offers: After school care for K5-5th grade

 Mt. Pleasant Community Center, 710 South Fairfield Rd, Greenville, 864.299.3220 | Sterling Community Center, 113 Minus St, Greenville, 864.235.4026

Offers: Teen leadership after school programs for grade 6 through 8.

FEATURED: Greenville Martial Arts Center

864.881.1397 | 1904 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville

Offers: A family-owned and operated traditional martial arts school with classes daily, homework time, and structured activities. We Train Leaders!!

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

‘My son has attended year-round for years now and he LOVES GMAC! The staff is super caring and the instructors are phenomenal. They go above and beyond to help each and every student! His dad and I even started taking evening classes with our son!! We love being part of the GMAC Family! ’ – Amanda H.

Kids ‘R’ Kids

864.288.5455 | 125 Verdin Road, Greenville 

Offers: Before and after school care for children up to age 12.  Centers and zones for enrichment including art, science, media and construction.

Primrose School of Greenville

864.370.8118 | 404 Houston St, Greenville

Offers: Explorer’s Club- care for ages 5 though 12.  Includes homework help and many creative activities.

Sports Club Kids

864.331.2530 | 712 Congaree Rd, Greenville

Offers: Transportation, homework help and SportsClub activities.

FEATURED: YMCA of Greenville

Greenville area branches | Website Contact | Registration

The Caine Halter Family Y
YMCA Program Center — GHS  (Simpsonville)
The Eastside Family Y
The George I. Theisen Family Y
YMCA Judson Community Center

Offers: Area school pick-up, academic enrichment program including arts, fitness and academic opportunities.

Do you know of a place that should be added to our list? Let us know in the comments!

Meet Maria Bassett
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned home-school mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, currently pre-school through 2nd grade age. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.
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