The 2024 KABOOM Awards: Discover Greenville’s Best

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Who are Greenville’s Family Favorites? Kidding Around ran our second annual Family Favorite Contest, the KABOOM! Awards, to find out who our readers love. What were your 2024 Family Favorites?

Presenting the Kidding Around Greenville Family Favorites (2024): KABOOM! Awards

2024 Annual KABOOM Awards Winners: Best in Greenville, SC

Discover Greenville’s Family Favorites with the 2024 KABOOM Awards

These Family Favorites have KABOOM!

What are the KABOOM Awards?

Kidding Around (K-A-BOOM, get it?) launched our annual contest in 2023. The KABOOM Awards are our reader’s opportunity to tell us who they love for all the important things in life like childcare, dentists, parks, places to play, doctors, and more. The KABOOM Awards are also an opportunity for our community’s top businesses, healthcare providers, outdoor spaces, and educational venues to shine!

Who’s the best in Greenville, SC? We asked our readers and they chimed in on 40+ different topics. Discover the top and best things to do, classes and activities, services, healthcare and so much more!

Golly Guys KABOOM


The Best of Greenville, SC: 2024 KABOOM Awards

Explore the winners and discover Greenville’s BEST! KABOOM!

Click on the buttons below to navigate to the different sections of this awards guide


 

Winners By Category

Use the buttons in the orange boxes below to navigate to each category in our contest. There you’ll find all the winners and a little about the amazing things they offer.

Family Fun

KABOOM! The Best Family Fun

Family Resources

KABOOM! The Best Family Resources

Classes & Activities

KABOOM! Classes & Activities

Featured Winners

KABOOM Awards First Place

These featured winners all placed first in at least one category of the 2024 KABOOM Awards.

 

Best Homeschool Co-op and Association: First Place

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

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

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

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

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

Palmetto Gymnastics Academy

SPONSORED 864.963.2590 115 Pride Drive, Simpsonville, SC

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

Best Newborn Photographer: First Place

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

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

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

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

Best Family Oral Surgery: First Place

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

Best Private School: First Place
Best Preschool: First Place

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

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

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

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

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

Best Pediatric Dentist Office: First Place

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

Cherry Orchard Oral & Implant Surgery

SPONSORED 864.603.2464 101 Halton Road Suite A , Greenville, SC

Cherry Orchard Oral & Implant Surgery serves the Greenville area and offers a board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Cherry.
The clinic provides a multitude of oral surgery needs, including wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, bone grafting, and more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Provista Wealth Advisors

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

Best Financial Planner: First Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our reviews say it best:

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

Best Family Photographer: First Place
Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children's Art Classes

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

Best Art Program: First Place

Unlock your child’s creative potential with Children’s Art Classes (CAC) in Greenville! At our studio located at 1618 Woodruff Road, Suite F, CAC owner Josmary Haulotte leads kids ages 3+ in discovering art across 40+ mediums during our 9-month programs. From painting and sculpture to printmaking and ceramics, your child will thrive in our tailored Beginner Art and Tiny Hands classes grouped by age.

Our experienced teachers like Josmary, who has architecture and design expertise combined with 10+ years working with youth, aim to build artistic skill and confidence.

Join us as we celebrate children’s artistic passions at CAC Greenville! See their joy and creations in our gallery. Our classes not only spark creativity but can lead to scholarships, art school acceptance, and professional careers. Let us develop your child’s talents in our one-of-a-kind program!

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

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

Our reviews say it best:

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

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

Best Tutoring Program: First Place

Sylvan Learning is the BEST for tutoring!

Our personalized tutoring provides exactly what your child needs in a way that is best for his/her learning styles and preferences based on an in-depth and adaptive assessment. We create a personal learning plan that “adapts” to your child’s own skill level and pace, so your child feels engaged and motivated – never frustrated, rushed or bored. Results matter and Sylvan delivers – guaranteed.

Parents notice the difference:

“They really take the time to get to know your child individually and find out what works for them and what doesn’t.” Shaylan T.

“Sylvan has helped build the confidence my son needed. He actually enjoys doing homework…” Stephanie L.

We are conveniently located near you in Anderson, Easley, North Main Greenville, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Our directors keep you informed, address any concerns, and provide regular progress assessments. Flexible scheduling and payment options make Sylvan a good fit for your family’s schedule and budget.

Whether your child needs to master foundational skills or learn advanced concepts, we provide the supplemental support that leads to greater learning. And, you’ll see this impact not only in school, but in all areas of life.

Best Kids’ Salon: First Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 info@yellowbobbypins.com 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville, SC

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

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp stands out as the ultimate birthday party destination in the Upstate, offering stress-free and unforgettable art parties for kids aged 2-14. Specializing in paint parties, this studio transforms celebrations into artistic adventures, ensuring each child goes home proud of their unique creation. The children enthusiastically declare, “This is the best party ever!” creating lasting memories for the birthday child.

Yellowbobbypins’ goal is to engage all party guests in happy creating while celebrating the birthday child. The carefully curated art activities cater to various ages, fostering creativity and joy. From custom sensory play to expertly guided activities, every detail is designed to make the experience unique and well-executed.

After the hour-long art event, it’s time for cake and presents, creating a seamless transition from creative exploration to traditional birthday festivities. Parents consistently express their admiration for the camp’s ability to provide a distinctive celebration where every child not only has fun but also leaves with a sense of pride in their artistic accomplishments. Yellowbobbypins Art Camp isn’t just a birthday party; it’s a personalized, artistic journey that ensures smiles, unforgettable moments, and artistic achievements for every young participant.

Best Martial Arts Program: First Place

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

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

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

Best Place to Splash or Swim: First Place

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

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

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

SPONSORED 864.770.1400 kkelly@gssc-mm.org

Best Youth Organization: First Place
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

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

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

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

Best Educational Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: First Place
Best Family Membership: First Place
Best Outdoor Fun: First Place
Best Educational Fun: First Place
Best Outdoor Playground: First Place

Roper Mountain is the place to bring your families for a hands-on and engaging experience whether it’s during the school year for field trips or during the summer for Summer Adventure and Summer Camps. Just ask other families in the area about their experiences and you’ll see why Roper Mountain continues to be a “must-see” experience in the upstate and beyond.

The beautiful 62-acre campus contains an array of state-of-the-art educational facilities including a Planetarium and Observatory, Marine and Ecology labs, a Rainforest, a Living History Farm, Dinosaur Adventure  trail and a new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center.

Families can attend numerous events throughout the year including Friday Starry Nights, Afternoon Explorations, Summer Adventure, Laser Days of Summer, Summer Exploration Camps, and seasonal holiday laser shows. Regardless of age, you’ll surely find a plethora of engaging activities and fun for everyone to enjoy.

Best Orthodontist: First Place

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

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

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

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

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

Best Dance Program: First Place

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

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

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

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

Parkside OB-GYN

SPONSORED 864.720.1900 INFO@PARKSIDEOB-GYN.COM 525 Verdae Blve, Suite 150, Greenville, SC

Best OB-GYN: First Place

At Parkside OB-GYN, we stand for compassionate, evidence-based care that helps empower our patients through all phases of life. As a member of Tribe513 (a group of independent, faith-based medical practices), we believe we are called by God to love and serve every patient with grace and humility.

Our beautiful office is designed to help people feel at home with amenities that you won’t find in a traditional medical setting. We have a refreshment bar, premium exam room linens, heated medical instruments for annual exams, and even in-house PT services for OB patients. Most importantly, our skilled providers give care to our patients as individuals, not as numbers.

We place a high priority on accessibility by offering financial consultations, translation services, educational materials, pregnancy and postpartum classes, televisits, and self-pay discounts. We also accept all forms of insurance—including Medicaid.

Our amazing results speak for themselves. Our birth statistics last year showed that we are less likely to use unnecessary interventions or c-sections, and had higher V-bac rates than other OB-GYN practices in the upstate. We have 4.7 stars out of 5 on Google, and are so proud to win the Kaboom Awards for the second year in a row.

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

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

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

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

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

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

KABOOM Awards Featured Finalists

These featured winners were all finalists in one or more categories of the 2024 KABOOM Awards.

Greenville Drive

SPONSORED 864.240.4500 945 South Main Street, Greenville , SC

Best Local Sports Team: Finalist

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

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

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

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 info@yellowbobbypins.com 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville, SC

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

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

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

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

Little Me Academy

SPONSORED 864.419.6586 120 Wicker Park Ave, Greer, SC

Best Preschool: Finalist
Best Private School: Finalist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

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

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

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

Best Family Photographer: Finalist
Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

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

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

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

Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands

SPONSORED 864.770.1400 kkelly@gssc-mm.org

Best Youth Organization: First Place
Best Summer Camp: Finalist

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

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

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

Dr. Tom's Orthodontics

SPONSORED 864.329.1971 tc1@drtomsortho.com 20 Creekview Ct Ste A, Greenville, SC

Best Orthodontist: Finalist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

The Original Kids Play & Cafe

SPONSORED 864.307.8080 kidsplayandcafe@gmail.com 210 Fern St. Ste., Easley, SC

Best Indoor Fun: Finalist

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

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

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

Best Outdoor Fun: Finalist

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

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

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

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

• Upgrades include:

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

Interested in something unique? Try one of our events!

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

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

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

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

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

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

Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

SPONSORED 864.238.0599 info@yellowbobbypins.com 1320 Hampton Avenue Ext, Studio 607, Greenville , SC

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

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

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

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

Best Tutoring Programs: Finalist

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

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

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

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

Best Family Photographer: First Place
Best Newborn Photographer: Finalist

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

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

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

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

Best Performing Arts Theatre: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist

Since 1995 the Greenville Shakespeare Company has provided the Upstate with high-quality, low-cost, (mercifully!) abbreviated versions of William Shakespeare’s works and other classic works of literature.

Come see a show during our 2024 season:
February 8-10: Macbeth: Fast & Fevered
July: Summer Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
December 6-8: A GSC Christmas

Learn more and buy tickets at www.greenvilleshakespeare.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: First Place
Best Field Trip: Finalist
Best Family Membership: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Outdoor Playground: Finalist

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the 7th largest children’s museum in the country, and the first for indoor fun! With three floors and 30 unique exhibits reflecting the areas of arts, science, health, transportation, environment and more, TCMU-Greenville is the perfect destination for learning and play! With fresh, exciting programs including Food Lab and TCMU Tots, TCMU-Greenville caters to all children ages 0-12.

TCMU-Spartanburg, located in the heart of the community’s historic downtown, houses 6,000 square feet of exhibit and learning space designed to support children ages 0-6, with a focus on early childhood development and Kindergarten readiness.

As a non-profit, TCMU strives to fulfill its educational mission of developing young minds into compassionate problem solvers through purposeful, intentional and accessible play-based learning opportunities. TCMU is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties. And The TCMU Store is the Upstate’s most unique toy store, with every purchase supporting TCMU’s important mission.

Both TCMU-Greenville and TCMU-Spartanburg are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.tcmupstate.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Cleaning Service: Finalist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Indoor Fun: Finalist
Best Educational Fun: Finalist
Best Birthday Party: Finalist

With over a dozen custom model train displays in scales of G, O, S, HO, N, Z and T scale trains and a special electrified Lionel Thomas the Train table for the Little Engineers in your family, the Station is the perfect learning and play stop in Upstate, SC.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Model Trains Station depends on individual donations and corporate sponsors to bring the best train associated activities to the Upstate of South Carolina.

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

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

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

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

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

Ignite Dance

SPONSORED 864.510.1713 ignitedancegreer@gmail.com 1317 W. Poinsett Street Suite E, Greer, SC

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

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

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

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

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

STRIDES Systematic Tutoring

SPONSORED 864.246.9898 info@stridestutor.org Multiple locations, Upstate, SC

Best Tutoring Program: Finalist

At STRIDES Tutoring your child will make amazing progress with one of our dedicated tutors. For two decades in the Upstate, our instructors have changed the lives of thousands of students.

Progress is targeted at reading and math to give each student the basic tools needed for success in school and throughout life.

Students receive an evaluation of their reading and/or math skills from Dr. Everett to build a plan for achievement. The tutor follows this plan, meeting with the child twice weekly, consulting with Dr. Everett as needed.

Our students are ages 6-20, and those with disabilities are welcome. Students who read above 1st grade make an average of one grade level progress for each six weeks attendance. Most students attend in person, but we have online tutoring available for teens.

Your child’s tutor is waiting to help at seven locations across the Upstate: Easley, Berea, Cherrydale, Greenville, Ft Inn, Taylors, or Greer.

Check out our Five Star reviews on Google, or ask our parents—they will be happy to share their kids’ achievement. No more tears at reading or math!

Best Dance Program: Finalist

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

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

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


2024 KABOOM Awards Winners

Best Indoor Fun

1st Place: The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Finalists:

  • Kids Play and Cafe
  • Trapped in the Upstate
  • Model Trains Station
  • Spare Time Entertainment

Best Outdoor Fun

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center

Finalists:

  • Take-Off Mini Golf
  • Jeter Mountain Apple Farm
  • Denver Downs
  • Frankie’s Fun Park

Best Educational Fun

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center

Finalists: 

  • Summer Shakespeare
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • Model Trains Station
  • Greer Heritage Museum

Best Performing Arts Theatre

1st Place: South Carolina Children’s Theatre

Finalists: 

  • Greenville Shakespeare Company
  • Carolina Ballet Theatre
  • Greenville Theatre
  • Mauldin Theatre Company

Best Birthday Parties

1st Place: Yellow Bobbypins Art Camp

Finalists:

  • Model Trains Station
  • Trapped in the Upstate
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • Carolina Dance Collaborative

Best Outdoor Playground

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center

Finalists:

  • Unity Park
  • Kids’ Planet
  • Runway Park at GMU
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Best Sports Team

1st Place: Greenville Triumph

Finalists

  • Greenville Drive
  • Clemson University
  • Furman Paladins
  • Greenville Liberty

Best Dessert

1st Place: Houni’s Italian Ice

Finalists:

  • Dillard’s Ice Cream
  • Clare’s Creamery
  • Ice Cream Station Simpsonville
  • The Crazy Mason

Best Family Meals

1st Place: Tropical Grille

Finalists:

  • Viva Chicken
  • Mutt’s Barbeque- Greer
  • Sidewall Pizza
  • Gather GVL

Best Kid’s Meal

1st Place: Chick-fil-A

Finalists:

  • Viva Chicken
  • Tropical Grille
  • The Whistle Stop
  • Iron Hill Brewery

Best Family Membership

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center

Finalists:

  • YMCA of Greenville
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • The Greenville Zoo
  • The Little Gym

Best Place to Splash or Swim

1st Place: Goldfish Swim School

Finalists: 

  • Otter Creek Waterpark
  • YMCA of Greenville
  • Unity Park Splashpad
  • Discovery Island

Best Day Trip Destination

1st Place: Dollywood

Finalists: 

  • Carrowinds
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Denver Downs
  • Jeter Mountain Farm

Best Date Night Activity

1st Place: Trapped in the Upstate

Finalists: 

  • Group Therapy Pub & Playground
  • City Scape Winery
  • Greenville History and Culinary Tours
  • The Warehouse at Vaughn’s
  • Escape Artist

Best Romantic Restaurant

1st Place: SELECT Greer

Finalists:

  • Jianna
  • Hall’s Chophouse
  • Sasakatoon Steaks, Fish and Wild Game
  • House 509 Bistro and Wine Bar

Best Pediatric Dentist Office

1st Place: Cherry Orchard Pediatric Dentistry

Finalists:

  • Eastside Pediatric Dentistry
  • Greer Pediatric Dental Care
  • Upstate Pediatric Dentistry
  • Indigo Pediatric Dentistry

Best Orthodontist

1st Place: Davis Orthodontics- Dr. Buddy

Finalists:

  • Palmetto Family Orthodontics
  • Dr. Tom’s Orthodontics
  • Summers Orthodontics
  • Johnston Orthodontics

Best Pediatrician Office

1st Place: Parkside Pediatrics

Finalists:

  • Children’s Medical Center
  • Prisma Health Pediatrics – Greer
  • Prisma Health Pediatrics – Patewood
  • Eastside Pediatrics

Best OBGYN

1st Place: Parkside OB-GYN

Finalists:

  • Prisma Health Piedmont OB/GYN Maxwell Pointe
  • Prisma Health Greer OB/GYN
  • Carolina Women’s Health – Greenville
  • Prisma Health Piedmont OB/GYN Fairs Road

Best Hospital

1st Place: Prisma Health Patewood Hospital

Finalists: 

  • Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital
  • Prisma Health Greer Memorial Hospital
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside
  • Pelham Medical Center

Best Family Photographer

1st Place: Abbey Vitou Photography

Finalists: 

  • Megan White Photography
  • Angela Maria Photography
  • Chelsea Ashford Photography
  • Anna Bargeron
  • Hold Onto a Moment Photography

Best Newborn Photographer

1st Place: Parkkonen Photography

Finalists:

  • Abbey Vitou Photography
  • My Heart’s Desire Photography
  • Megan White Photography
  • Dear Lissie Photography

Best Preschool

1st Place: First Presbyterian Academy

Finalists: 

  • Giggles Drop-in Childcare
  • St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
  • Primrose School of Simpsonville at Five Forks
  • Little Me Academy

Best Private School

1st Place: First Presbyterian Academy

Finalists:

  • Bob Jones Academy
  • Abiding Peace Academy
  • Trailhead Community Farm School
  • Southside Christian School
  • Little Me Academy

Best Afterschool Care

1st Place: Giggles Drop-In Childcare

Finalists:

  • YMCA of Greenville
  • Girls on the Run
  • Primrose Schol of Simpsonville at Five Forks
  • Sonshine Learning Center

Best Public Schools

1st Place: Skyland Elementary School

Finalists:

  • Fine Arts Center
  • Mountain View Elementary
  • Monarch Elementary School
  • Michell Road Elementary

Best Family Resale Stores

1st Place: ReCraft Creative Reuse Center

Finalists:

  • Whippersnappers Kids & Maternity
  • Kid to Kid Greenville SC
  • Once Upon a Child Greenville
  • Safe Harbor Resale Shop

Best Financial Planners

1st Place: Provista Wealth Advisors

Finalists:

  • Professional Planning & Wealth
  • Edward Jones – Leslie Wilkerson
  • Northwestern Mutual – Greenville/Spartanburg, SC
  • Spears Insurance Group
  • Primerica – Jon Vander Hoeck

Best Bank

1st Place: TD Bank

Finalists:

  • Greenville Federal Credit Union
  • Bank of Travelers Rest
  • Sharonview Federal Credit Union
  • Southern First

Best Cleaning Service

1st Place: Lemon Tree Cleaning Co.

Finalists:

  • MaidPro Greenville
  • Castle Keepers House Cleaning of Greenville

Best Plumbers

1st Place: Corley Plumbing Air Electric

Finalists: 

  • Beck’s Plumbing & Heating
  • Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greenville
  • Brothers Plumbing, Air & Electric
  • Preferred Home Services
  • Greg Goff – Sound Wealth Management

Best HVAC Services

1st Place: Ted Cook Heating Service

Finalists: 

  • Preferred Home Services
  • Miller HVAC Service
  • Brothers Plumbing, Air & Electric

Best Kids’ Salon

1st Place: Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids

Finalists:

  • Pigtails & Crewcuts: Haircuts for Kids – Greenville – Augusta Road, SC
  • Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
  • Snip-its Haircuts for Kids
  • The Princess Palace

Best Family Oral Surgery

1st Place: Cherry Orchard Oral & Implant Surgery

Finalists: 

  • Upstate Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Greenville Oral Surgery Partners

Best Homeschool Co-op & Association

1st Place: Ignite Homeschool Co-op

Finalists: 

  • Academic Advantage Association
  • Hometown Homeschool Association
  • Palmetto Homeschool Association

Best Summer Camps

1st Place: Giggles Drop-In Childcare

Finalists: 

  • BJU EDUcamp
  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands
  • YMCA of Greenville
  • Yellowbobbypins Art Camp

Best Overnight Camp

1st Place: YMCA of Greenville

Finalists:

  • BJU EDUcamp
  • Asbury Hills
  • The Wilds
  • Camp Spearhead

Best Field Trip

1st Place: Roper Mountain Science Center

Finalists:

  • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  • Conestee Nature Preserve
  • Giggles Drop-in childcare
  • Palmetto Proper, Play Cafe & Gifts

Best Farms

1st Place: Happy Cow Creamery

Finalists: 

  • Thompson Family Farm
  • Jeter Mountain Farm
  • Denver Downs
  • Stewart Farms

Best Dance Program

1st Place: International Ballet

Finalists:

  • Dance Without Limits
  • Ignite Dance, LLC
  • Carolina Dance Collaborative

Best Art Program

1st Place: Children’s Art Classes

Finalists:

  • Yellowbobbypins Art Camp
  • World Upside Down Studio
  • ARMES
  • Color Clay Cafe

Best Music Program

1st Place: Piano Central Studios

Finalists:

  • Studio Green
  • ARMES
  • Lawson Academy at Converse College
  • Sounds of Carolina

Best Sports Program

1st Place: YMCA of Greenville

Finalists: 

  • Amazing Athletes of the Upstate
  • Girls on the Run
  • Soccer Shots
  • Upstate Archery Academy

Best Tutoring Program

1st Place: Sylvan Learning of the Upstate

Finalists: 

  • STRIDES Systematic Tutoring
  • Jason Hurdich’s American Sign Language Creator Academy
  • Mathnasium
  • Wired Minds

Best Baby/Toddler Program

1st Place: Kindermusik at Piano Central Studios

Finalists:

  • Yellowbobbypins Art Camp
  • Music for Munchkins at Studio Green
  • Ignite Dance, LLC
  • The Little Gym of Greenville

Best Youth Organization

1st Place: Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands

Finalists:

  • YMCA of Greenville
  • Girls on the Run
  • American Heritage Girls
  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

Best Marital Arts

1st Place: Greenville Martial Art Center

Finalists:

  • Greenville Academy of Martial Arts
  • Ray Thompson-Upstate Karate
  • Beckham Martial Arts & Fitness
  • Scota Karate Academy

Best Gymnastics

1st Place: Palmetto Gymnastics Academy

Finalists:

  • The Little Gym of Greenville
  • Greenville Gymnastics
  • Foothills Gymnastics & Cheer Center
  • Acrosmith

 

 

 

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