These Local Businesses & Personalities Are Staying Connected to YOU Online

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Just because we are practicing social distancing, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our favorite local businesses! Thanks to the wonder of the Internet and endless creativity, there are lots of Upstate businesses and personalities who are making great efforts to stay in touch with their audiences and with the families who follow them. 

So we’ve compiled a list of all the cool things happening right here in the Upstate (or nearby) where readers can stay in touch with their favorite local businesses – and even find new ones to follow. 

CESA Podcast

The Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA) has suspended all practices and games but they’ve also just launched a brand new podcast. They’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time and as they said on their post:  “…given that we’re currently off the fields for an unknown length of time, we thought now was a great time to start.”
Podcast link 

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Creating Artists for Tomorrow

CAT is posting DIY art videos on their Facebook page for anyone to follow along.

Mathnasium @ Home gives your child the opportunity to attend a regular 60-minute math lesson from your home.

Critter Keeper

The Critter Keeper has all kinds of gross/interesting things to show you on video and he’s started doing Facebook lives to deliver the best of snakes, spiders, and creepy crawlers right to your living room.

Dance Without Limits

Dance Without Limits is offering a FREE story time ballet class Fridays at 9:30 am. The class is most appropriate for ages 2 -6, but all are welcome! Use this zoom link to attend ballet story time! Don’t forget to bring your twinkle bear or favorite stuffed animal to class.

DRUM Percussion Studios

They’ve got virtual learning videos daily streaming from their YouTube channel.

Greenville Zoo

Animals still need to be taken care despite the current coronavirus restrictions. So the Greenville Zoo has made their time taking care of the animals also educational for all of us families who miss our zoo trips through cute behind-the-scenes videos! Tune in Tuesdays – Thursdays at 10:30 am for educational encounters and Mondays – Fridays at 2:30 pm for live keeper updates. 

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Gymboree of Greenville

The staff over at Gymboree of Greenville love getting in front of the camera to entertain your kids for awhile. They are doing things like music entertainment and freeze dancing – so cute!

Ivybrook Academy Hatchlings

Every spring, Ivybrook Academy’s students do a hands-on project where they have an incubator and hatch a dozen chicks. Since they’ve had to close like everyone else, they are bringing the chicks to students (and anyone else in the Upstate) virtually with daily updates. Chicks will likely hatch in early April and they will announce a contest for their followers on social media to choose names for the 12 chicks when they hatch. 

Kazoobie Kazoos

While not in the Upstate but still in South Carolina (they are near the coast in Beaufort), we are including them because number one, we’ve been there and thought the place was super cool and number two, they are doing Facebook live tours and demonstrations of kazoos. Catch the virtual tours Monday – Friday at 11 am and 2 pm.

Little Gym of Greenville

Join the team at the Little Gym of Greenville for fun videos that your kids will love and follow along with.

Riverbanks Zoo Z-Learning

The Riverbanks Zoo is wasting no time staying connected to all the families who have visited them throughout the years by doing a live z-learning video weekdays.

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Roper Mountain Science Center E-Learning

The smart people over at RMSC have put together several videos for grades second through fifth of all kinds of grade-relevant science and social studies instruction. And they are already posted to the e-learning page so you can go at your own pace. **virtual high-five** RMSC!
E-Learning website

SC State Parks 

Park rangers at South Carolina State Parks are doing educational videos from our state parks. This is a lot of fun as it is but also because you can learn about the state parks that maybe you haven’t heard of or been to yet. 

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Storytime

Tune in to TCMU’s Facebook or Instagram page at 11 am for online storytime. Kids love story and parents get a few minutes to rest while their kids are busy listening to an awesome story. Win-win. 

Upstate Magic Academy

Upstate Magic Academy is partnering with City of Greer Parks and Recreation for an 8 day online magic class done via zoom. The cost is $149 per person. For more information and to register visit Upstate Magic Academy. Register by April 13th, class begins April 21st.

Whispering Pines Baby Goats

It’s kidding season right now and Whispering Pines is gracing the internet with videos of their baby goats and baby lambs. You can see hours old babies and just watch until your heart melts and you decide you want to be a goat farmer. 

WSPA TV’s Amy Wood

If you’re not following Amy on Facebook, you’re missing out on her fun personality and down to earth live videos. She is plugged in to the local community like no one else and has a heart full of love for the Upstate and her viewers.

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WYFF Chief Meteorologist Chris Justus Weather School

Chris Justus – the main weather guy at Channel 4 – is bringing his love of weather and Facebook lives to his page weekdays at 9 am to explain in kid-friendly ways all things weather-related. Sounds like this counts for science class if you ask us. 

Yellowbobbypins Art Videos

Lauren, resident artist at Yellowbobbypins, is doing daily, simple art project videos to help your kids entertained.

Have you seen anyone else locally using the internet to stay connected to their fans?

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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