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15+ Free Things to Do in Downtown Greenville, SC

Entertaining the kids can become expensive so perhaps you’re looking for free things to do in Downtown Greenville, SC! Luckily for us, there are lots of free things to do in Greenville your kids will enjoy. We’ve put together a handy list of free activities to check out, including everything from museums you can visit for free and a new scavenger hunt downtown!

One of the best things our family loves about downtown Greenville, not discounting all the awesome well-planned community events, of course, is that one can still enjoy a simple stroll down Main Street without having to spend big bucks. In fact, if you pack a picnic and combine it with the activities listed below, you can have a completely spend-free day. Are you up for this fun challenge? We tried to be a little more creative with this list and come up with some new ideas. If you have any more ideas, please leave us a comment. We love hearing from you!

Free things to do downtown Greenville SC

This article includes:
Free Museums in Downtown Greenville
Mice on Main
Butterflies on Main & Cancer Survivors Park
Free Mini Golf at McPherson Park
Falls Park, Liberty Bridge, and the Medusa Tree
Downtown Greenville Gardens
Shakespeare in the Park
Moonlight Movies
Downtown Splash Pad
Free Concert Series
Greenville Saturday Market
Street Performers
Downtown Trolley
Swamp Rabbit Trail
Cleveland Park
Unity Park
PAL Center
Free Story Times at Local Bookstores
Free Family-Friendly Events
First Friday Events

Free Museums in Downtown Greenville

There’s a reason why Greenville County Museum of Art has always been top-rated for things to do in Greenville. Not only is it free, but they have public events on Sundays, from 2-3 pm for the public to enjoy. This is in addition to all the amazing art on their walls. At GCMA, you can enjoy a free jazz concert, a sketching session, or a family art adventure!

Other museums that offer free admission are the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, The Confederate Museum, and the Military History Center of the Carolinas by Runway Park.

Exterior of Greenville County Museum of Art

Mice on Main

Nine mice sculptures inspired by the book Goodnight Moon are hidden along Main Street. You can download a list of clues online and there is a cute picture book found in many of the local stores along Main Street such as the Mast General Store to help you on your journey.

Butterflies on Main and Cancer Survivors Park

If you have a little one, Mice on Main never gets old. But what about the older child or parent who has repeatedly found all the mice? Here’s another public sculpture hunt for you, also made of metal, but will have you and your kids looking up instead of down. All along the east side of Main Street towards Cancer Survivors Park is a trail of more than 130 butterflies by local artist, Yuri Tsuzuki. This is not an official hunt, but it’s quite fun when one spots the metal yet graceful-looking butterflies (about the size of one’s hand) in the most unexpected places like a lamp post or shop wall. Hint: Start at Coffee Street.

McPherson Park putt putt

Free Mini Golf

Bring your own putters and golf clubs for a round of free, 18-hole mini-golf course at the popular McPherson Park in downtown Greenville.

Falls Park, Liberty Bridge, and the Medusa Tree

Don’t miss Greenville’s iconic Liberty Bridge and Falls Park that span the Reedy River Falls. Across the park near the road, you will also find the Medusa Tree (“Root Tree”) which is a favorite photo spot for visitors to Greenville.

Many locals enjoy a sweet treat or cup of coffee from Spill the Beans located at the suspension bridge entrance while visiting this park. Public restrooms are located outside Spill the Beans.

Greenville, SC's Medusa Tree
Medusa Tree

Downtown Greenville Gardens

Rock Quarry Garden

This beautiful garden is hidden but has been a favorite photo spot for locals for years.

Kilgore-Lewis Garden

This private garden is open to the public and is a lesser-known beautiful place to explore in downtown Greenville.

The Children’s Garden at Linky Stone Park

This small park will enrich the five senses with its sensory gardens, fairy-tale-inspired structures, and child-friendly sculptures.

See our complete list of Greenville gardens for more information.

Upstate Shakespeare at the Park

The Warehouse Theatre’s Upstate Shakespeare Festival is the ultimate downtown Greenville experience and yes, free! A treat for families with middle school kids or any child who enjoys theater. What better way to introduce theater than under the stars. It also helps to have the option to make a quiet exit without the regret of costly tickets. Though for the record, this theater group is definitely worth paying for.

Moonlight Movies at Falls Park

During the months of September and October, you can head to Falls Park to watch an outdoor movie for free on Thursday evenings at sundown. Be sure not to forget the bug spray as you will be near the Reedy River.

Downtown Splash Pad {currently closed}

Put on the bathing suits and take the kids to the downtown train-themed splash pad, located near Falls Park in RiverPlace. Public restrooms are available beside the splash pad.

Splash Pad in downtown Greenville, SC
Downtown Greenville splash pad

Free Concert Series

Downtown Greenville offers a free concert series during the warmer months.

Greenville Saturday Market

The Greenville Saturday Market offers a plethora of vendors and has a children’s area and activities on select Saturdays from May to October.

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Hike, bike, or run along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in downtown Greenville. This popular part of the trail can take you from Linky Stone Park, through Falls Park and Cancer Survivors Park, to Cleveland Park and Greenville Zoo.

Cleveland Park

This popular park outside the Greenville Zoo includes one of Greenville’s top playgrounds as well as great paths for biking and several picnic shelters.

Playground at Cleveland Park
Cleveland Park

Unity Park

The huge Unity Park is one of Greenville’s newest parks and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular: it’s gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.

Unity Park in downtown Greenville SC

Enjoy Street Performers

We do love our walks down through Falls Park and back to Main street. On the weekends, we pause at each street performer and enjoy what they have to offer along Ivey Square on North Main. Have you seen the Hello Kitty drummer or the young magician performing algebra card tricks? We recently chanced upon a caricaturist who will draw your portrait in minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes!

Downtown Trolley

Don’t feel like walking all the way to West End Greenville? Well, there is a free option to try. You can enjoy a tour of downtown on the charming Greenville Trolley on Main Street.

Downtown Greenville trolly

PAL Center at Greenville Main Library

Open at select times, your young children can play at the PAL (Play and Learning) Center at the Greenville Hughes Main Library.

Free Story Times at Local Bookstores

Young readers get engaged with the world of books at several local bookstores’ storytimes. Be sure to call ahead to confirm storytime details.

Free Events Downtown

Downtown Greenville has a number of annual free events that are fun for the whole family. Some of our favorites are the annual Duck Derby, iMAGINE Upstate, Artisphere, and Fall for Greenville. See our calendar for a list of current events happening each week. From March to September, Main Street Fridays happen from 5:30-9:30 pm downtown, and every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 pm from March-August is Downtown Alive in NOMA Square. These events feature live entertainment for free as well as a kid’s area with bounce houses for a small fee.

First Friday Art Events

Calling all art lovers! Every First Friday of the month, dozens of art galleries open up to the public from 6-9 pm, and sometimes there are free crafts for kids. Owned by a local mom and artist, Open Art Studios on Main Street is one of our favorites.

BONUS TIP: Visit the Children’s Museum and the Upcountry History Museum for Free

The Hughes Main Library at Heritage Green is well-loved by local parents for its vast collection of books and special events. As an added plus, Greenville residents can also borrow a museum pass to The Children’s Museum (family admission for up to two adults and four children of the same household) or the Upcountry History Museum (free admission for 2 adults and 4 children) both conveniently located right beside the library.

Also, families with an EBT card are eligible for $3 tickets at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate with their card (for up to 4 family members).

Parking for Free in Downtown Greenville

Parking in Greenville is affordable on weekdays at any of the public garages and the public parking is often free on weekends and select holidays. During the weekday, you can often find free 2-hour street parking. If events are currently happening, you may need to pay an event fee of approximately $6-10 to park downtown. You’ll find more information about where to park in our Parking Guide to Greenville, SC.

Free Things to Do in Greenville, SC

For even more free activities see our giant list of 50+ free things to do in Greenville County.

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Check Out Some Favorite Playgrounds and Parks in Easley & Pickens, SC

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Looking for parks in Easley? My favorite time of year has arrived, and I am so excited! Spring is working hard to break its way into the Southern summer. Recently my kids and I decided to leave the “big city” to check out the suburbs. We set out on a mission to explore some of the Easley parks and were pleasantly surprised with what we discovered!

We’ve also added some information for you about all parks in Easley and Pickens Counties, even if we haven’t had the opportunity to visit them yet.

Playgrounds and parks Easley, SC

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshops (2024): Quality time with the kids

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Looking for the next FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit? The Home Depot Workshops for kids have always been a Kidding Around favorite. We’ve been, we love them, and our readers do, too! We’re going to tell you what we love, why we love it, how to register, and some parent tips to help you make the most of your visit to the free workshops for kids at Home Depot.

By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert on the Home Depot Kids’ Workshops, just like us!

This article includes:

Home Depot Kids Workshop Schedule and news

I have always looked forward to the first Saturday of the month for the past several years as it has been my mommy-daughter date at the Home Depot kids workshop. I grab my coffee and my two young kids get their hammers and paintbrushes and we build whatever the kids’ workshop has deemed the project of the month at our local store.

It’s all free! Home Depot offers workshop kits for kids, including all materials needed to complete the project, totally free. These projects are an amazing way to spend some quality time with the kids, without spending a dime.

June 2024: Home Depot Kids Project- Grill Gift Card Box June 1st

Make Dad something special for Father’s Day with the Home Depot Kids Workshop in June. You’ll make a fun grill box that can hold a gift card. Dad will love it! Visit on June 1st, 2024 from 9 am to 12 pm. Registration in advance is encouraged.

Home Depot Kids Workshops in the News

We sat down with local news outlet, Fox Carolina to chat about these workshops.

Home Depot Workshop for Kids: Free!

Experience The Home Depot Kids Workshop

We love taking kids to the Home Depot workshops. We pooled the experiences of our KA Team in this review, so you’ll know what you can expect when you attend. Here are the top 3 things you need to know!

  1. First, the Home Depot has workshops of all kinds for their customers and they have these awesome kids workshops on the first Saturday of every month from 9 am-Noon.
  2. Secondly, know that they provide all the materials you need to make whatever the craft of the day is. Just show up with your kid. With the take-home kits, you’ll have to do some of that yourself.
  3. Third, you, and your child, don’t need any kind of handyman experience. I’ve certainly made mistakes helping my daughters build all sorts of stuff but it’s a great learning time for all of us and it also helps with hand-eye coordination for the kiddos.

See for Yourself! A Video of Our Home Depot Kids Visit

Building and Painting

The crafts always consist of something that you have to hammer together and then paint. My daughters both are great with handling a hammer and have only hit my fingers a few times. They also absolutely love the painting part too.

We have made all kinds of stuff together – a birdhouse, a car, a plane, a mailbox, a little sled, a planter (these are all kid-size, not big people, normal-sized things).

Thankfully there are instructions on how to put it together. I also cheat and see what the other parents do.

Free Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit, working with Dad on a project

How Kids Workshops at Home Depot Work

Check out your local Home Depot by going to the kids’ workshop link to make sure they have the kids’ workshop available. Most of the stores in the area have them.

All you do is show up between 9 am and Noon (look around for the area where they have the workshop or ask an associate) and the nice people at Home Depot will give you a packet that contains the craft, along with a kids apron and a commemorative pin, and step by step instructions.

You can register online to be sure you get a kit. If inventory levels of the kits are low, those who registered online will get them first. But usually, there isn’t a problem!

At the stores, Home Depot has benches and tables set up where you can sit down and get to work. They provide the little paintbrushes, the hammers, and the paint. I try to have my kids wear clothes I wouldn’t mind getting paint on because it can get a little messy.

I have to stop myself from helping them too much because it’s so fun. I’ve seen parents really get into it and do all the painting while their child watches. It’s a kid’s thing so let the kids do it! And they are learning how to woodwork in the process, which helps build their confidence.

More Details: Free Home Depot Kids Workshop

The kids’ workshops are on the first Saturday of the month. I started taking my oldest daughter when she was 3-years-old, which worked out great and my youngest when she was around two-and-a-half. It really depends on the child and how many kids you can control at once.

I have found it’s an awesome parent-kid date idea, especially for parents whose time is more limited during the workweek.

My daughter has a bunch of commemorative pins from each project on her Home Depot apron, which she wears each time we visit. Its fun to see all of the projects we’ve created together.

2024 Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit Schedule

Free Home Depot Kids kits are available the first Saturday of the month for completion in-store.

January 6th, 2024: Delivery Truck
February 3rd, 2024: Valentines Basket
March 2nd, 2024: Butterfly House
April 6th, 2024: Lattice Planter
May 4th, 2024: Bloomin Picture Frame
June 1st, 2024: Grill Gift card Box
July 6th, 2024: Soccer Game
August 3rd, 2024: Whiteboard
September 7th, 2024: Field Goal Game
October 5th, 2024: Fire Rescue Truck
November 2nd, 2024: Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe
November 30th, 2024: Cocoa Ornament
December 7th, 2024: Holiday Snow Globe
January 4th, 2025: Piggy Bank

Past Projects Included

Kids workshops 2023 made:

  • Snowball Game
  • Valentine’s Vase
  • Pinball Game
  • Poolside Birdhouse
  • Flower Planter
  • Putting Green
  • Fireworks Bean Bag Toss
  • Treasure Chest
  • Build a Microscope
  • Rescue Floatplane
  • Horseshoe Game
  • Penguin Photo Ornament
  • Gingerbread House
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Don’t want to wait? Purchase Wood Kits for Kids

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You can purchase woodcraft kits for children instead of waiting for the free Home Depot kits each month. Help children develop woodworking skills, practice following written directions, get a little creative, and just enjoy some quality time with you!

You also find some of the Home Depot Kids Kits on sale at Home Depot online. You can even purchase a kid party pack. What a great idea for a kids’ party!

The Home Depot Kids page also has virtual workshops and virtual field trip videos about plants that kids may enjoy.

Home Depot Free Kids’ Workshops FAQ

How do I sign-up for the free Kids’ Workshops at Home Depot?

Sign-up at Home Depot Kids. It just takes a minute and it’s the best way to make sure there will be a kit there for your kids.

Are the Home Depot Kids’ Kits hard to build?

Don’t worry. Picture instructions are included and you don’t need any special prior knowledge of building things to complete the project with your kids. Just go and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Are the Home Depot Kids’ workshops really free?

Yep. Totally free. Sign-up and then spend a little time building something fun with your kids. Few things in life are free anymore and opportunities to do something cool with your kids for free are definitely limited. We love that Home Depot is keeping these workshops free. Go make some memories. You’ll never regret spending time with your kids.

What ages are good for the Free Home Depot Kids’ Workshop

We’d recommend about age 3 and up. At 3, the kids will need lots of help from you. but as kids get older they’ll be able to do more and more of the project independently.

Are there more free kids’ workshops and events at other stores?

  • Lowe’s offers similar Free Kids’ Workshops once a month.
  • And, JCPenney offers free kids craft events each month.
  • Show Us Your Work!

    Thanks for sharing your awesome Home Depot Kids’ Workshop Projects. We love them!

    So mark your calendars and have fun!


    30+ Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap in Greenville, SC

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    Are you looking for discounted kids meal deals at restaurants where kids eat free? Greenville, SC has some options to fit what your kids are craving. You may be wondering “What about deals where kids eat free near me”? We have all the location information you need! Finding meals that your kid will enjoy is made easy at these local restaurants that offer meal deals throughout the week. Grab your calendar and add these restaurants to your meal plan routine for a cheap and stress-free dining experience with the family!

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    Join a 2024 Summer Reading Program and Let Your Kid Earn Prizes for Reading

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    Looking for a summer reading program to keep your children motivated to read? Summer is a great time to get outside and soak up some sun, but it’s also the perfect time to relax with a good book. Whether you’re reading bedtime stories or your child is spending the drive to the beach with their nose in a book, reading is a great summer activity for babies, kids, teens, and parents. Here are a few of the summer reading programs in the Upstate that offer prizes for being a bookworm.

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    30+ Super Cheap or Free Things to Do this Summer near Greenville, SC

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    Isn’t it great when there are tons of free things to do in the summer? So, pull out the sprinkler, blow bubbles, and send the kids outside to play. But, what do you do when you’ve already exhausted your go-to summer fun list and perhaps your budget at the same time? Fortunately, free things to do in Greenville, SC are abundant, and we also have tons of options for families looking for cheap things to do. In fact, here is our list of 30+ Free (or Cheap) Things to Do This Summer.

    P.S. Our definition of “cheap” is approximately $5 or less per person. For fun activities that cost more but are still fun, see our calendar.

    The Ultimate Summer in Greenville, SC Guide

    Looking for more fun this summer? Be sure to check out our ultimate guide to things to do this summer near Greenville, SC!

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    2024 Park Hop: Greenville, SC Has Your Favorite Summer Scavenger Hunt, and it’s Go Time!

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    Are you ready for one of the summer’s best annual events?
    Park Hop, Greenville, SC, and Spartanburg, SC’s scavenger hunt for clues through Upstate parks, is the summer-long scavenger hunt event that’s perfect for your family. The Park Hop is free, you can enjoy the event on your own schedule and your kids can earn fabulous prizes. Plus, you participate by exploring Upstate parks (isn’t that exactly what you already wanted to do this summer?).

    Park Hop in Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina, The Ultimate Park Scavenger Hunt

    Go to The Park Hop website to sign up and get more information about downloading the Park Hop app.

    Kidding Around Greenville is an official partner of the 2024 Park Hop. Watch Kidding Around Greenville for an exciting Park Hop series this summer. We are going to hop right along with you and give you the inside track on what you can expect when visiting this year.


    Tryon International Equestrian Center Saturday Night Lights: The Cheap Event You Should Not Miss

    Up for a cheap new adventure only a short drive from Greenville, SC that the whole family will love? Tryon International Equestrian Center is only an hour or so from Greenville and a unique experience you will look forward to visiting again and again! We’ll fill you in on where this hidden secret is, what they offer and why you should visit!


    Enjoy a Movie! See This List of FREE Outdoor Movies: Greenville, SC

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    Did you know you can watch free movies outdoors near Greenville, SC? Are you wondering, “Where are all the free outdoor movies near me?” You are in luck because there are several parks and towns that offer free outdoor movies during the warmer months, including Greer, Spartanburg, Travelers Rest, and Downtown Greenville. Here’s your full schedule of free outdoor movies in Upstate, SC as well as what titles will be available.

    Remember that these events are subject to weather, so check the Facebook page of the venue close to the movie date. Also, especially for extremely popular choices, you will want to be sure to arrive early.

    Many of the local outdoor movie venues have not announced their 2024 schedules yet. We will update this story as events are announced. Bookmark this list and check back soon!

    Find more great things to do this summer with our Greenville Summer Guide. You’ll find more FREE things to do, places to cool off, parks to visit, and more!