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McPherson Park Has a Free Mini-Golf Course in Downtown Greenville, SC

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Have you been to McPherson Park? This popular park is one of the only parks to have mini-golf in Greenville, SC, and it’s FREE! Be sure to pack your own putters and balls and get ready for a great time. The park is located in downtown Greenville and has long been a family favorite. Find out all you need to know about McPherson Park below!

McPherson Park Mini Golf in Greenville SC
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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!

Free things to do summer greenville sc

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The Top 5 Free Things to Do in Greenville This Summer

Your kids can bowl free all summer long with the Kids Bowl Free program.

Splash in a waterfall pool or swimming hole. Here’s a list of natural swimming places near Greenville.

Play at Unity Park playground and splash pad.

Go Park Hopping and win prizes! Upstate, SC Park Hop

See a Free Outdoor Movie, there are so many in the Upstate!

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Vacation Bible School Near Greenville, SC | VBS 2024

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Are you looking for VBS near Greenville, SC? There are dozens of Vacation Bible Schools to choose from in Greenville and Spartanburg. Maybe you’re looking for the VBS closest to home, or maybe you’re looking to visit a VBS that fits your vacation schedule! Either way, we’ve got the list of the 2024 VBS Greenville, SC, and Spartanburg, SC programs from June through August.  All of these have a link to the church so you can get all of their contact information, directions, and information.

NOTE: This list is currently being updated for 2024.

For accuracy and to ensure that the programs were open to the public, we only listed VBS programs that were publicly listed online or submitted by the coordinator of the event. If you would like your church’s VBS program added or modified, please email bethany@kiddingaroundgreenville.com.

While we try our best to provide accurate information, we always encourage our readers to check original sources before making plans. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement.

VBS near Greenville, SC and Spartanburg, SC

This article includes:
June 2024 VBS in Greenville, SC
June 2024 VBS in Spartanburg, SC
July 2024 VBS in Greenville, SC
July 2024 VBS in Spartanburg, SC
August 2024 VBS in Greenville, SC
August 2024 VBS in Spartanburg, SC

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Looking for VBS programs in Columbia, SC? Here’s our 2024 Ultimate Guide to
VBS in Columbia, SC.

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Kids Bowl Free: Your Kids Can Go Bowling for Free All Summer Long

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Have kids who like to bowl? Kids can bowl free all summer long with the Kids Bowl Free program. They’ll get two free games every day at participating bowling alleys. Plus, the Kids Bowl Free people thought of everything with a heavily discounted Family Pass so the grown-ups can join the kids in the summer bowling fun. What a great opportunity to make memories this summer without breaking the break. We have done all the research so you can fill out the registration form and start bowling!

2024 Kids Bowl Free Registration is Open Now!

Is the Kids Bowl Free program legit? You bet. We have the answers to all your questions about the program so you can plan your summer and register now.

Kids bowling free in summer.

This article includes:
How Can I Sign-up for Kids Bowl Free?
Where Can My Kids Bowl for Free this Summer?
When Can My Kids Bowl?
What Ages Can Bowl Free?
Is it Actually Free?
Can Adults Bowl With Their Kids?
What is the Kids Bowl Free Family Pass?

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100+ Things to Do Over Spring Break: Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for the perfect way to keep those kids busy during Spring Break? Greenville has so much to do, you’ll never be bored! Spring Break for public schools in Greenville County is from March 18th to March 22nd, 2024. We have a list of things to do over Spring Break including day trips and great places to visit.

Things to do over Spring Break

This list focuses on things to do that are appropriate for families with school-age children, so while there will still be activities listed that are appropriate for smaller kids, we didn’t include activities that are only for toddlers or preschoolers. The best place to find those activities is our Greenville calendar.

Looking for more about spring break in Greenville? Go to our Ultimate Guide to Spring Break in Greenville for things to do, budget-friendly ideas, local travel, and more.

Things to Do in Greenville, SC.

For more great adventures, see our huge list of Things to Do Near Greenville and Upstate SC

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50+ Fun, Free, and Unbelievably Cheap ($5 and below) Things to Do in Greenville, SC

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Looking for Free Things to Do in Greenville, SC?  We have some great ideas on this extremely packed list. This list is an ode to that song, “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” Make memories and take advantage of all the great things around Greenville. Enjoy!

Free Things to Do in Greenville, SC

Do you want to keep tabs on all the things to do in the Upstate? Don’t skip our giant list of Things to Do Near Greenville, SC, full of fabulous family fun any time of the year.

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Here are the Best Daddy/Daughter Dates in the Upstate

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Hey dads! If you’re looking for great daddy-daughter events in Greenville, SC and the Upstate, we’ve got the list here. Most of these ideas are seasonal and happen around Valentine’s Day.

Daddy Daughter dates nights for 2024 near Greenville, South Carolina

Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means mom and dad have a good chance to get away on their own, but it’s also a great reminder of the importance of dads and daughters having a special time together.  Here are a few ideas for dads and daughters to hang out—no matter how old the daughters are.

(2024 dates are still being added so check back in a couple of weeks!)

For other times of the year, our list of 20 Parent/Kid Dates is full of a ton of ideas that are perfect for any season, budget, or family situation.

Upstate Daddy Daughter Events: Greenville, SC

Most daughters love spending time with their dads, and an activity together is a great way to do so. These are some local events for dads and their precious girls:

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Friday, February 2, 2024 from 6-8 pm

Head to the elegant Grand Holland Estate in Simpsonville for an evening of dancing and dinner. Tickets are $25/person and the event is geared for ages 3-13.

Grand Holland Estate
815 Holland Road, Simpsonville

Father/Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 2nd, 2024

The Annual Father/Daughter Date Night at Color Clay Cafe includes pottery painting, chocolate fondue, and beverages. RSVPs are required, and you can call the studio during business hours to reserve a table. The cost is a $12 studio fee that covers dad and daughter, and additional daughters are $3 plus the cost of their pottery.

Color Clay Cafe
2518 E. North Street, Greenville

Daddy Daughter Date Night at Tip Top Cake Shop

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 5 pm

Dads can bring their daughters to Tip Top Cake Shop in Easley for a night of sweet treats and fun. Tickets are $45/each dad/daughter and $10/each additional daughters. All ages are welcome.

Tip Top Cake Shop
601 Williams Avenue, Easley
864.850.2807

Ties & Tiaras Sweetheart Dance

Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:30-9 pm

The Sweetheart Dance promises to be a night of fun and memories for dads and their daughters (ages 5+). The event will have lots of food, music, and dancing. Tickets are $60/couple and $30/each additional child.

Cleveland Park Event Center
141 N Cleveland Park Drive, Spartanburg

Simpsonville Daddy Daughter Date Night Dance [SOLD OUT]

Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Great opportunity for dads to have a special night with their daughter(s), enjoy dinner, and have fun. Children ages 3-13 are admitted. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center. Tickets cannot be purchased online or via phone and will not be sold at the door. If you have any questions, please email Special Events Coordinator Lisa Everidge at leveridge@simpsonville.com

Simpsonville Activity Center
310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville

Daddy-Daughter Date Day at Steam Coffee & Cream

February 9, 2024, at 6 and 7 pm and February 10, 2024, at 2 and 3 pm

Dads and Daughters can enjoy a special meal, beverage, and dessert along with activities at Steam Coffee & Cream. Reservations are required, and times can be reserved for an hour at the times above via this link. The cost is $30 for Dad/Daughter together and $10 for an additional daughter.

Steam Coffee & Cream
113 South Main Street, Fountain Inn

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 9, 2024, and Friday, February 23, 2024, from 6-7:30 pm; $3/person plus the cost of pottery.

9th Annual Valentine’s Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Hearts of Clay with chocolate, candies, cookies soft drinks, and water. Call to reserve your seat.

Hearts of Clay
660 Spartan Boulevard, Suite 20, Spartanburg

Daddies, Daughters, and Donuts

Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9-10 am

Join Once Upon a Dream Parties and Aiel, Rapunzel, and Aurora to celebrate the love between you and your daughter(s). The cost is $15/child and includes one adult. Please RSVP to attend by calling 864-421-2472.

Once Upon a Dream Parties
Greenville, SC

Daddy Daughter Dance

February 10, 2024, from 6-8 pm

This event in Fountain Inn will be held at the Fountain Inn Activity Center. The event will include dinner, dancing, a photo station, and more. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $25/person and include dinner and a photo and must be purchased in advance.

Fountain Inn Activity Center
600 Fairview Street, Fountain Inn

Swan Lake Children’s Ball

Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 6 pm

Join the International Ballet for the inaugural Swan Lake Children’s Ball, an evening dedicated to parents and their children that includes a DJ, raffles for prizes, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing. Tickets are $30/person.

Greenville Country Club
239 Byrd Boulevard. Greenville

Daddy-Daughter Dance & Play Date

Sunday, February 11, 2024, from 3-5 pm

This dad-daughter dance and play date is happening at Palmetto Proper in Travelers Rest. Tickets include a play pass, a catered meal, and photo opportunities. Tickets are $30/child and $10/adult.

Palmetto Proper
164 S Main Street, Suite B, Travelers Rest

Chic-Fil-A Taylors Daddy Daughter Date Night

Monday, February 12th, 2024 and Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 from 5 pm – 8 pm
*Night 1 for 2024 is sold out.

Dad-daughter date night at Chic-FIl-A in Taylors. The first night sold out quickly so reserve your spot soon. $15/person

2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Suite C, Taylors

Light Up the Night Daddy Daughter Glow Dance

Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 6-8 pm

This fun event will be at the Lyman Event Center, 59 Groce Road, Lyman and guests are encouraged to wear white or neon to light up the night. Tickets are $40 per couple and $15 for each additional child. To purchase tickets, go to Lyman Town Hall at 81 Groce Road. The dance is open for all ages. Call 864.439.3453 for more info. Tickets include dinner, music, and dancing.

Lyman Event Center
59 Groce Road, Lyman

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 23, 2024 at Pickens Branch YMCA from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Friday, March 1, 2024 at Powdersville Branch YMCA from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tickets are $25/member and $25/non-member

Sponsored by the YMCA of Easley, Pickens, and Powdersville, this event includes desserts, photo opportunities, and lots of dancing!

Powdersville YMCA (February 23, 2024)
9115 SC-81, Piedmont; 864.625.2060
Pickens YMCA (March 1, 2024)
2223 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens

Dad-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance

Friday, February 23, 2024 from 7-10 pm

Tickets include photo opportunities, dancing, and cupcakes. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

Nara Hall
311 Spartanburg Highway, Wellford

Daddy Daughter Date Night: Barnyard Edition

Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6-8 pm

The Church at the Mill is hosting a dad-daughter date night barn yard with dancing, food, and activities for dads with daughters in 1st-5th grades. Tickets are $15/person.

The Church at the Mill
2589 Ballenger Road, Wellford

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm

Chic-Fil-A in Greer is hosting a Daddy-Daughter date night that is reservation only. There will be two seatings: one at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm. Call for reservations: 864.848.5222.

Chic-Fil-A Greer
1379 W Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer


Family Date Nights

If you’re hoping to include the whole family or have a special mother-daughter or mother-son date, consider the following events.

Someone Special Dinner at Fork & Plough

February 13, 2024

Join Fork & Plough for a special dinner with your child. There will be a special kid-friendly menu alongside the restaurant’s normal menu. You can make reservations on the restaurant’s website.

Fork and Plough
1629 East North Street, Greenville
 864.609.4249

Family Date Night at Abbott’s Custard

Monday, February 12, 2024 at 6 & 6:45 pm

Prepaid reservations are required at all times. Adult tickets (ages 12+ are $15.50) include two slices of pizza from Merrell’s Pizza, a sundae from our menu, or a create-your-own sundae with one sauce, one topping, whipped cream, and cherry, and your choice of a soft drink or bottled water. Child tickets (ages 1-11, $11.50) include one slice of pizza from Merrell’s Pizza, a kiddie scoop of custard with your choice of 1 topping, and your choice of a soft drink or bottled water. Children who do not need a seat or are not eating do not need a ticket. Tickets are not sold in the shop or by phone and are only available online.

Abbott’s Frozen Custard
119 E Poinsett Street, Greer


Other Activities for Daddy-Daughter Date Night: Greenville, SC

Theatre

If you’re looking for a fancy outing with a younger daughter, you might enjoy a SC Children’s Theatre performance of Pinkalicious: The Musical. And our Things to do with Teens in Greenville guide may help if you have a teen daughter.

Fun Playtime Together

Of course, the old standbys such as mini golf, bowling, and hiking can provide a lot of fun memories. Consider asking your daughter to pick an activity—she will likely have a great idea.

Dinner Date

Check out our Kids Eat Free options for a treat.  If you’re looking for restaurants that are a little more upscale but still have kid-friendly fare, Southern Culture, and Tupelo Honey offer southern food that even picky eaters will enjoy. And Grill Marks’ combo of hamburgers and milkshakes is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

No matter what activity or dinner option you choose, you can create a priceless memory with your daughter by asking to spend time with her. It’s a tradition that can happen far more often than just around Valentine’s Day each year.

Do you know of a great Daddy Daughter Date idea that we should add to our list?

This article was originally written By Robert Neely and has been heavily updated by the Kidding Around Team.

 

Enjoy An Upscale Bowling Experience at Underpin Lanes ‘N Lounge in Spartanburg, SC

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Ever heard of Underpin in Spartanburg? Think bowling in Spartanburg sounds like a good family fun night? Perhaps you’ve been blessed with a rare night away from the kids and have no idea where to head once the babysitter takes over.

There’s a cool place in downtown Spartanburg that is perfect for both occasions, Underpin Lanes ‘N Lounge.

Guide to things to do indoors near Greenville, South Carolina

Looking for more fun indoor things to do in Spartanburg and Greenville? We’ve got the ultimate guide of things to do inside.

Underpin bowling Spartanburg, SC

For more dining options in the area, head to the Kidding Around Guide To The Delicious Restaurants in Spartanburg

About Underpin Lanes N’ Lounge

Spartanburg’s downtown is coming into its own and we couldn’t be more excited. Until recently, to spend time in an upscale bowling alley you’d have to travel to a larger city like Atlanta. Several years ago Greenville got their own boutique bowling alley in the form of Stone Pin Company.

Now one of the Co-owners of Stone Pin has been brought on board to bring that same kind of entertainment to the people of Spartanburg.

Not your typical bowling alley, UnderPin is intimately sized with just 8 lanes. This is good a good thing in my opinion because it keeps the noise level down. This can be helpful when you’re enjoying a date night or if you have a child with sensory issues. Even though the alley itself is small, the lanes are regulation size.

The other feature that sets them apart from a typical alley is their menu. Don’t worry; they have all the things you might expect at a bowling alley in the way of food.  Things like nachos and quesadillas are elevated to a whole new level with the use of ingredients like brisket and pork belly. The menu includes burgers, wraps, salads, and a kids menu.

What Readers Are Saying About Underpin

Everybody who visits the alley seems to love it!

We’ve been, great food and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back.

Karen M.

Super Friendly staff and really cute décor. It is pretty small inside and I’m not sure how I felt about the pins being in wires butttt overall I had a really great experience there.

Morgan W.
Underpin Lanes n Lounge Spartanburg

Things to Know When You Visit Underpin

If you are planning on heading out, here’s the info you’ll need to know to snag a lane.

Reservations are only allowed for large parties and private events. If you are thinking of having a large group of friends join you, the alley has a nice semi-private area where your group can hang out with their own lanes. All other guests are first-come, first-serve access to the lanes.

Lanes are rented out by the hour and those super chic shoes will cost you $4 to borrow. A lane accommodates up to 6 players. Playing on a Friday or Saturday night from 5 pm – 10 pm will cost you more than any other time of the week. The peak rate for those times is $40 per hour on a lane, the rest of the time lanes are $24 an hour.

Initial Q: Social Bar & Smokehouse is open above UnderPin and you can enjoy a sit-down dinner upstairs, then head downstairs to bowl. The menu at Initial Q is the same type of elevated fare you see at Underpin. It’s not the typical BBQ meal you find in most places.

Underpin Lanes ‘N Lounge
127 West Main Street, Spartanburg | 864.707.2181

Eat and Play at These Kid Friendly Restaurants: Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for kid-friendly restaurants? Greenville, SC has several with play areas so your kids can burn off some steam while mom and dad might even be able to enjoy the food on their plates! We are sharing our list of family restaurants in Greenville, SC, and the surrounding area, including ones where your kids can make art while you eat, watch planes take off and land, or even get into a game of bowling.

Tight budget? Check out our list of Greenville Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

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10 Great Ideas for Next Time Dad Has the Kids in Greenville, SC

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Planning some mom time and in need of kid-friendly things to do with Dads in Greenville, SC? We’re here to help with some Kidding Around and reader-tested ideas. Here’s a list of some of our favorite places in Greenville that would be perfect for Dad to enjoy with the kids. We have lots of free ideas and some low-cost options, too! 

Fun things to do with dads near Greenville, South Carolina
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