• CCES Header Summer 2023
  • SCCT Header Summer 2023
  • YMCA Summer Basketball
  • IB Header Feb 2023
  • Prisma Header June 2023
  • GFS Level Up ad
  • FOA Banner Nov 2022

Posts Tagged ‘Spartanburg SC’

Fun Things to Do with Your Preschooler Inside in Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Are you looking for things to do indoors with your preschooler in Spartanburg, SC? If so, local mom, Juliet has some fantastic ideas of nearby indoor activities your preschooler will love! Check out her suggestions for indoor preschool hang-outs and let us know others in the comments.

Let’s face it, walking in a winter wonderland or enjoying a warm, sunny day sounds great in theory, but not so much with your spirited preschoolers in tow!  If extreme weather has nixed your usual outdoor activities and the dreaded cabin fever has hit your household like a ton of bricks, check out these low-cost, indoor activities in Spartanburg that are perfect for preschoolers.  Keep it handy for rainy days, too.

Spartanburg Science Center

Things to Do for Preschoolers Inside in Spartanburg, SC

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg

Designed for children aged 5 and under, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg is a cozy venue for letting little ones burn off some energy and explore. In addition to interactive exhibits for preschoolers, padded and contained areas on each of the museum’s two levels are designed for infants to crawl or cruise around safely while parents can keep an eye on an older, more independent sibling. The museum also has an active events calendar of drop-in events, such as Random Acts of Science, Open Art Studios, and Story Time & More. Admission is $7-9 and children under the age of six months get in free. Admission is also included with a TCMU membership.

TCMU Spartanburg

The Spartanburg Science Center

Located on East Saint John Street in downtown Spartanburg, the John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center is a great way to spend a cold winter’s day.  With interactive exhibits, a reptile room, and Legos galore, preschoolers can easily spend several hours playing, exploring new concepts, and observing nature. 

Other exhibits include a robotic arm, a science mini-theatre with short films, and a 3-person Virtual Reality experience.  Check out the Spartanburg Science Center website for current hours, admission fees, and holiday/summer camp opportunities.

Westgate Mall Children’s Play Area

Looking for some free entertainment for the kiddos? Look no further than the local Westgate Mall!  An indoor play area- perfectly sized for little hands and feet to climb and jump- is located beside the Belk department store. Bring your extra quarters and send them around the tiny carousel nearby, too.

 It’s rarely crowded during morning hours, and if you bring your stroller, you can even get in some fast-paced mall walking/exercise beforehand.  Head to the food court for a special lunch treat or dessert afterward.

Storytime and Playtime

We all know how important reading is for preschoolers, and Spartanburg has great options when it comes to making reading fun. The Spartanburg Public Library Headquarters, located in downtown Spartanburg, has a fantastic setup of indoor play tables with puzzles, light boards, manipulatives, and drawing tables.  Combine these self-paced play opportunities with a storytime full of songs, books, poetry, and the occasional puppet show and you have a preschooler’s paradise. 

Check out Spartanburg Library Events for ALL the storytimes available in the county! Most storytimes follow up with a special child-led playtime – think of carts of toys! If you only get books at Spartanburg County Library, you are missing out!

Toddler Time at Big Air Trampoline Park Spartanburg

Every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am -1 pm when Spartanburg District 6 schools are in session, Big Air caters to its littlest customers with their Toddler Time.  Ages 6 and under have three hours to roam all of Big Air’s attractions without the intimidation factor of older children.  Admission is $12 per jumper. Big Air even guarantees your little will play hard and nap harder!

Think outside the box

Looking for activities to get out of the house AND socialization opportunities for yourself and your preschooler?  Join a local moms club – where activities like indoor crafts, parties, and playdates are scheduled on a weekly basis, check out church groups for Bible studies or MOPS that are kid-friendly.  Join a gym with a childcare center or sign up for a weekly preschool gymnastics or music class.

What’s your favorite indoor activity for your little ones?

Indoor things to do in the Upstate, SC

For more things to do inside, see our Kidding Around Indoor Guide to Upstate, SC.

Three Parks in Boiling Springs Your Kids Will Love

Posted on | No Comments

Do you live in Boiling Springs or travel there often? If so, there are three great parks in Boiling Springs you are going to love. Read below to find out which of these Boiling Springs parks is the right one for your family to visit today.


The Ultimate Guide to Spring in Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Searching for things to do in spring in Spartanburg? Spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. The kids can play outdoors! Spartanburg comes to life in the spring with family-friendly events, Easter Egg hunts, and more.

If you are looking for ways to have fun with your family this spring in Spartanburg, you’ve come to the right place. Want to play outside? We’ve got it. Want to know about local Easter events? We’ve got the information. Want to know about some day trips for spring break? We’ve got some ideas for those, too.

Here’s a guide to all things spring in Spartanburg. Have fun!

Spring in Spartanburg, SC

Check out Big Ben’s Desserts for a Slice of Something Delicious in Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | 2 Comments

Searching for some delicious dessert in Spartanburg? Cakes, pudding, ice cream, we love them all. We visited Spartanburg’s Big Ben’s Desserts. And I think we’re all in agreement… it was a great spot to pick up a dessert treat. We’ve got some advice for what you should order when you visit Big Ben’s Desserts!

What do you get when you combine a hometown football hero and a love of baking?

The answer – Big Ben’s Desserts.

After opening in the fall of 2018 with a grand opening that left every last crumb sold, the Upstate has continued to show their love for Ben Hall and his dessert shop.


The Most Romantic Dates in Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Are you looking for date ideas in or around Spartanburg? We’ve identified some of the most romantic dates in Spartanburg. The various date options on this list make it possible for Spartanburg couples to enjoy a variety of dates year-round.


5 Reader Favorites For Chinese Takeout in Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Are you looking for great Chinese food in Spartanburg, SC? We asked our readers where we could find excellent Chinese cuisine, and we discovered there are some pretty strong opinions on the topic. These are the Chinese restaurants where our Spartanburg readers go when it’s time for egg rolls, fried rice, and more.


The Ultimate 2023 Bucket List For Fun In Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Are you new to Spartanburg, SC? Maybe you’ve lived here a while, but have run out of ideas to keep your family busy? We’ve got a list of no-to-miss fun in Spartanburg for your family to enjoy! This list is also great when you have out-of-town guests this year and you are looking for something to do with them that showcases your hometown!

Head over to the Kidding Around Instagram page to see more of the fun we are having in the Upstate and beyond!

Spartanburg mural

The Kidding Around 2023 Spartanburg Bucket List

Enjoy Some X Game Fun In Spartanburg | Year Round

Let your kids flex their extreme sporting interest at two local spots where access is free, and available year-round. The Hot Spot Skate Park and Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park can provide your child (and possibly you) with hours of screen-free fun in 2023!

Mountain Biking at Vic Bailey Subaru Bike Park

Enjoy one of the Excellent Spring Festivals | Spring

Spartanburg is an excellent place to enjoy a family-friendly Spring festival, and one or more should absolutely be a part of your 2023 bucket list. Your family can enjoy several different festivals from April through June that explore the world, music, food, culture, and just a celebration of the rise of Spring!

Explore The Pacolet River Heritage Trust Preserve | Year Round

The Pacolet River Heritage Trust Preserve is the home to two Native American soapstone quarries. The Native American residents utilized this land between 3000 and 1100 B.C. to obtain material from which they made daily life necessities. The soapstone outcrops are fragile and should not be touched, in order to preserve them for another several thousand years.

Kayakes at Lake Cooley in Spartanaburg

Rent A Kayak at Lake Cooley | Summer

Renting a Boat at Lake Cooley is a must-do! This is a yearly tradition for a bunch of local families, and once you go you will understand why. The calm glass-like water of Lake Cooley is the perfect place for first-time paddlers to learn, and who knows you might just decide to buy your own equipment after going!

Explore South Carolina State Parks With Fun Programs | Year Round

The South Carolina State Parks Department offers its own incentive program for families. The nice thing about this program is there’s no time constraint. It takes you as long as it takes. The hardest part is remembering where you last laid down the Ultimate Outsider Guide Book. (Maybe that’s just me) For each State Park you visit, you get a unique stamp in your book, and when you get done, there are prizes! While you’re in the park, don’t forget to ask about the Jr. Ranger program for kids!

Seek Out Some Upstate Art | Year Round

Spartanburg is lucky enough to have art on every corner. You can download the map to tour all the art bulbs or do a Mural Tour of the Upstate. You would not believe how many murals there are in Spartanburg alone! Amazingly, we live in a place that embraces the arts as it does.

Read, Play, Learn, and Make Things with the Library | Year Round

The Spartanburg County Public Library is home to more than books. There are dozens of classes and events offered monthly for all age levels in addition to reading material! Want to learn how to knit? They can help! Want to learn how to make an Elsa-shaped cake and decorate it? Yup, they can help you with that too! The Spark Space Maker Space is unlike anything you’ve seen in a library! (Pro Tip—the downtown Spartanburg library has a small, enclosed playground just outside of the children’s area. It’s perfect when the weather is nice.)

Take An Educational Trip | Year Round

There are places in Spartanburg and beyond filled with things to learn! Here’s our list of educational travel day trips and vacations from the Upstate. We traveled to Charleston and Chattanooga over the summer to study history, science, and English literature. There are so many opportunities to learn when you go someplace, and it doesn’t always require an overnight stay.

Shop Local | Year Round

There are so many locally owned businesses in Spartanburg, SC. Why not support one? Take a few hours, or a whole day, and visit at least one shop. We’ve rounded up a guide to local businesses in Spartanburg for you.

Go Creek Stomping Near Spartanburg | Summer

Creek Stomping in The Upstate is a great way to cool off in the warmer months! Croft State Park has the perfect trail that leads to a spot where you can hang a hammock and splash the day away!

Pick Some Local Strawberries | Year Round

Strawberry Hill USA, is a great place to grab local strawberries! Rows of fresh berries as far as the eye can see have been grown by this local family for generations. They also serve up a juicy burger in the diner on the farm! If it’s the Fall season, Strawberry Hill has a fall event with lots of pumpkins and activities that you don’t want to miss.

If it’s outside of the normal strawberry season and you want some fresh local berries, head to York County, SC. Bush-N-Vine farm grows and offers fresh strawberries nearly 365 days a year, with the help of greenhouses. These delicious berries are definitely worth the drive! While you are there, grab a fresh fruit slushie, and let the kids run around the play area before you head back.

The Christmas House, Inman

Enjoy the crisp air at one of these Fall festivals | Fall

With the changing seasons comes an excellent break from the humid, summer heat. Explore various cultures, enjoy delicious food, and maybe even fly a kite. Nothing beats the fall festivals in Spartanburg, which offer some excellent family-friendly events to add to your 2023 bucket list!

Take the Kidding Around Holiday Light Tour | December

The Kidding Around Holiday Light Driving Tour has become a part of the Upstate’s family holiday traditions and we are thrilled! This is a great way to enjoy some free fun, that can be spread throughout the month of December.

Great Parks and Trails for Winter Hikes in Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Thinking about a winter hike in Spartanburg, SC? Enjoy the South Carolina winter’s cooler temperatures and the great outdoors with a wintertime hike. There are several parks and trails perfect for cool weather hikes for the whole family near Spartanburg. Local mom Hope Evans compiled this list of family wintertime hiking spots near Spartanburg.

For more info, check out our Hiking Tips Highlight on Instagram


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

Posted on | No Comments

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.

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.

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

Winter Guide to Spartanburg, SC

Posted on | No Comments

Are you looking for things to do this winter in Spartanburg, SC? Our Winter Guide is full of our best winter content with ideas about things to do this winter, places to go, winter travel, shopping and more! Enjoy the Upstate this winter!