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Kidding Around Spartanburg: The Ultimate Guide to Spartanburg, SC

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Spartanburg, SC, also known at the Hub City, has a little of everything for families: amazing parks, cultural venues, a bustling food scene, plus a walkable and growing downtown with shops and lots of things to do. Residents of Spartanburg enjoy ever-changing seasonal festivities and holiday traditions. Children have a wide variety of educational options. It’s all right here in Spartanburg, SC!

Things to do in Spartanburg, SC

Things to Do in Spartanburg

Things to Do in Spartanburg, SC: If you’re looking for things to do in Spartanburg, this is your list. It is our giant guide of things to do near Spartanburg full of adventures and things to discover in the Hub City.

Caboose at the Hub City Museum in Spartanburg, SC
Hub City Museum

Seasonal Fun in Spartanburg, SC

You’ll find special seasonal events, festivals, and not-to-miss fun activities in our seasonal guides to Spartanburg.

Spartanburg, SC Christmas Tree Lighting
Spartanburg Tree Lighting

Dine Out in Spartanburg

Spartanburg Restaurant Guide: Want to find the perfect place to grab a bite to eat? No matter what type of cuisine you’re after or dining experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it here in the Spartanburg, SC Restaurant Guide.

Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free (or for cheap!) in Spartanburg: Check out some restaurants that offer deals on kids meals.

Schooling and Education Options in Spartanburg, SC

Private Schools near Spartanburg: Use our list to find the private school option that’s right for your family.

Preschools Near Spartanburg: There are a lot of preschool options near Spartanburg. Use our list to sort by location, hours and program offered.

Homeschooling in the Upstate: If you’re a homeschooling family in Spartanburg, you’ll want to bookmark this guide. It’s full of resources, classes, field trip opportunities and more.

Afterschool Care Near Spartanburg: Find the afterschool care your child needs in our Afterschool Care Guide.

Spartanburg Public Schools

Guide to Spartanburg School Districts: Find information for each of Spartanburg’s seven public school districts.

Spartanburg, SC Back to School Guide: Time for school to start? Here’s everything you need to know.

Spartanburg Schools News and Updates: Things at school can change pretty quickly. Find the newest updates from Spartanburg districts on our news page.

Celebrate a Birthday in Spartanburg

Birthday Guide: Where to Host a Birthday Party Near Spartanburg: Find the best place to host a birthday party in Spartanburg, SC

Bored on Sundays? Here are 20+ Things You Can Do to Have Fun!

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Need some ideas for fun things to do on Sunday? While having kids and keeping them entertained isn’t exactly the typical R&R of a Sunday, making memories and enjoying each other’s company are certainly on the list of desires for Sundays. So here you go – we’ve come up with two lists of 20+ things to do on Sundays split into indoor and outdoor activities. Now go have some fun and enjoy some quality time with your kids before Monday morning!

Things to Do in Greenville, SC.

Searching for something fun to do in Greenville, SC? Check out our list of 50+ Amazing Things to do in Greenville, SC to start the fun!

Things to Do on a Sunday: Outdoor Activities

Swamp Rabbit Cafe

Swamp Rabbit Cafe is great for a relaxed Sunday. Grab a coffee, scone, and delicious stecca, and then hang out in the enclosed play area for a couple of hours while the little ones play. I’ve met some great parents here and love the relaxing feel (and good food) of the cafe. Stay for lunch and indulge in their wood-fired pizza.

205 Cedar Lane, Greenville
Sunday hours: 7:30 am – 7 pm


Put together a lunch, snacks, and drinks on Saturday night, and head out to your favorite trail on Sunday morning. Lake Conestee is great for small kids and offers some sections of paved trails. Another option is to head to Yellow Branch Falls in Walhalla for an incredible three-mile hike to a gorgeous waterfall. Or go to Table Rock State Park and do the two-mile Carrick Creek Trail for a scenic hike. There are so many trails within a couple of hours of Greenville that cater to all levels of skills.

Hiking in Greenville, SC

Here’s a great Hiking Guide we’ve put together to help you.

Greenville Drive

A great Sunday family activity is a baseball game at Fluor Field over the summer. They even have a playground on site plus a big, grassy area for kids to run around in while you watch all the action on the field. Sunday games are often in the late afternoon and kids can run the bases after the game. You’ll also find some excellent events throughout the year at Fluor Field that tend to run the entire weekend, Sunday included.

Fluor Field, 945 South Main Street, Greenville

WNC Nature Center

Located right outside of Asheville and a little over an hour from Greenville, the WNC Nature Center is a great option for Sunday entertainment. The Nature Center is like a zoo except I’d argue even cooler. They have several playgrounds inside the campus plus all of their animals are local to the area so it’s educational and interesting. Learn more in our KA review of the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville, NC
Sunday Hours: 10 am – 3:30 pm (Park closes at 4:30 pm)

Go to a Family-Friendly Brewery

There are lots of other family-friendly breweries in our area that are open on Sunday and are great places to relax with a brew and good food while the kids play.

Visit a Playground

Greenville is dotted with playgrounds all over the place so it’s not too hard to find a good one to take the family to for some outdoor fun. Here is our list of our readers’ 5 Favorite Playgrounds and here’s another list of 9 More Awesome Parks & Playgrounds. You can also see our Playground and Parks Reviews page.

Bike Riding

The Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of the best places to ride a bike in the whole state. You can pick it up at several points in Greenville and it’s a fun activity to do as a family, especially if you love being active together. You can also check out the Doodle Trail in Easley for a fun-filled bike riding day!

Here are some other great trails to ride your bike.

Biking at the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina
Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville, SC

Flying Rabbit Adventures

Looking for a thrill? Flying Rabbit Adventures located off of Laurens Road in Greenville, has a ropes course that will challenge your entire family. They are open on Sundays, so get outside and enjoy the adventure.

821 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC
Sunday hours: 9 am – 5 pm

Flying Rabbit Adventures near Downtown Greenville, South Carolina

Flying Rabbit Adventures is awesome! Read our review of this awesome ropes course near Downtown Greenville, SC.

Things to do on a Sunday: Indoor Activities

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Those lazy Sundays are a particularly good reason to grab a TCMU membership – it’s so easy to head over there and spend hours among all the exhibits and interactive games. A boring Sunday could be a good excuse just to go check out one of the most popular attractions for families in Greenville. If you’re in Spartanburg, that location is also open and it’s just $7 to get in or free if you’re already a TCMU member.

300 College Street, Greenville
130 Magnolia Street, Spartanburg
Sunday hours: 11 am – 5 pm

projectROCK Easley

This huge indoor rock-climbing facility in Easley is a lot of fun! They have the nation’s highest indoor climbing wall at 84 feet high plus have a great little room for smaller kids. You can have hours of entertainment here. You can also find some additional indoor and outdoor rock climbing gyms near Greenville in our handy guide.

2121 Farrs Bridge Road, Easley
Sunday hours: Noon-8 pm

Climbing walls at projectROCK in Easley, South Carolina
projectROCK Easley

The Big E

An indoor playland with laser tag, a movie theater, an arcade, and bowling are all part of The Big E in Gaffney. It’s a bit of a hike from Greenville but worth it to spend lots of time together with friends and family.

Exit 90 off of I-85 at the Gaffney Premium Outlet Mall
Sunday hours: 10 am – 8 pm

Frankie’s Fun Park

Enjoy mini golf, go-karts, an indoor playground, laser tag, a batting cage, an arcade, bumper boats, and more at Frankie’s Fun Park.

45 Park Woodruff Drive, Greenville
Sunday hours: Noon – 10 pm

Hughes Main Library or the Five Forks Library

Most Greenville Library branches are not open on Sundays. However, the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville and the Five Forks branch in Simpsonville are both open on Sunday afternoons so grab the kids and your favorite book for an afternoon in the kid’s sections.

Hughes Library: 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville
Five Forks Library: 104 Sunnydale Drive, Simpsonville
Sunday hours: 2 pm – 6 pm

Five Forks Greenville library at Five Forks in South Carolina

Barnes and Noble

Take your kids to Barnes & Noble for the free train table and LEGO table. These can keep most kids entertained for a good while. And it’s free. You can also spend a few dollars and grab a coffee at the in-house Starbucks.

735 Haywood Road, Greenville (Sunday hours: 10 am – 7 pm)
1125 Woodruff Road Suite 1810, Greenville (Sunday hours: 10 am – 7 pm)

Upcountry History Museum

With awesome rotating exhibits and permanent ones about the history of the Upstate, the Upcountry History Museum is a great option for indoor fun on Sundays.

540 Buncombe Street, Greenville
Sunday hours: 1 pm – 5 pm

Greenville County Museum of Art

Most Sundays from 2 pm – 3 pm, the Greenville County Museum of Art has a program called Sundays at 2 that features music or family art adventures. And it’s free! Check beforehand to make sure you don’t have to register ahead of time.

420 College Street, Greenville
Sunday hours: 1-5 pm

Bounce Houses & Trampoline Parks

Spending a rainy or cold day indoors on a Sunday is a good idea – even better when it’s someplace where kids can get out lots of energy. Trampoline Parks Big Air, DEFY, Urban Air, and Sky Zone are all open on Sundays. Kangaroo Jax and The Pavilion are both open on Sundays for indoor fun.

Carousel at Kangaroo Jax in Greenville, South Carolina

Spare Time

The indoor entertainment facility, Spare Time hosts a state-of-the-art bowling alley, arcade, birthday parties, and an escape room. It’s an indoor playground for any age.

822 Congaree Road, Greenville
Sunday hours: 10 am – 11 pm

Mad Smash Rage Room

Get out stress by taking a bat and smashing lots of things in an enclosed (and safe) space at Mad Smash in Taylors Mill. Kids ages 8+ can participate!

250 Mills Street, Taylors
Open Sundays by appointment

Roller and Ice Skating Rinks

There are a handful of roller skating and ice skating rinks in Greenville, which are great options for spending time indoors on a Sunday. During the winter, you can skate outdoors in downtown Greenville right near the Peace Center. See individual sites for Sunday hours.

Golden Lanes & Golden Skate, 108 Balcome Boulevard, Simpsonville

The Pavilion, 400 Scottswood Road, Greer

Roller Sports Skating Rink, 328 W. Main Street, Taylors

Ice on Main, Village Green, Greenville (only during winter)

Swamp Rabbits

Head to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and watch our city’s minor league ice hockey team, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, play on a Sunday. They usually have at least one Sunday home game a month.

Bass Pro Shops

Why is an outdoor store on this list? Because Bass Pro Shops has pretty neat animals on display that kids love. They also have a small aquarium with lots of cool fish in the back of the store. And Santa is there most Sundays during the holiday season. And it’s free. Be sure to taste-test the fudge (and then buy a few pounds because it’s amazing).

1025 Woodruff Road, Suite H101, Greenville
Sunday hours: 10 am – 7 pm

Haywood Mall

Besides the obvious shopping, Haywood Mall has a small indoor play area perfect for smaller kids.

700 Haywood Road, Greenville
Sunday hours: Noon – 7 pm

What’s your go-to family destination on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

You can also find events throughout the Upstate in the Kidding Around Events Calendar! You will find educational events, festivals, free events, and more on the calendar.

Sign Up Your Kids for Spring Break Camps in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC Now!

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Are you looking for Spring Break Camps in Greenville or Spartanburg, SC for your kids? Greenville County Schools’ spring break is March 18-22, 2024. Spartanburg County districts will have their spring break April 1-5, 2024. Greenville and Spartanburg parents have their choice of a few local venues offering spring camps over the school break

See our spring break camp list below and be sure to let us know if we missed one.


25+ Things to Do When You’re Stuck at Home

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Looking for things to do when you’re stuck at home? Whether you’re home because of illness in the family, school closings, or because gas is too expensive, you need ideas to help you not lose your sanity and entertain your kids. If you’re looking for things to do at home with kids, we have lots of ideas (because that’s what we do here). This may be the perfect time to cross off some of your bucket list items.


Hunting for Toads on Trade in Greer, SC

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If you’ve never hunted for the Toads on Trade in Greer, SC, add it to your list of things to do. Inspired by Greenville’s Mice on Main, the downtown Greer scavenger hunt features 16 tiny toad statues tucked away on historic buildings. And if you’ve never ventured to find all 16 toads? We’ve got everything you need to know (including a short history lesson) before you go toad hunting.


Kids (And Parents) Won’t Want to Leave This Play Spot in Travelers Rest

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There’s a really fun indoor play space in Travelers Rest that you don’t want to miss. And it includes a relaxing coffee shop for parents. Kristina checked out Palmetto Proper and here’s what to expect.

This review was originally written in 2020 and has been updated in 2023.

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Palmetto Proper Travelers Rest SC

“Mom, can we go back tomorrow?” both my kids asked in unison seconds after we left Palmetto Proper, the café/kids play area/retail space in Travelers Rest. My kids are 9 and 6 and I had to drag them out of there!

Palmetto Proper was designed for parents to have a place where they can maybe get a couple things done on their laptop while their kids play safely or catch up with a friend over a cup of delicious coffee and tempting snacks.

Palmetto Proper in downtown Travelers Rest checks all those boxes and more.

Huge Open Space + Cozy Cafe

Travelers Rest has a lot going for it and if I’m ever anywhere near there, I always visit. I just love Sidewall Pizza, TRee House Cafe & Art Studio, and TR Makers.

Yet there has been this gap of an indoor place for kids to get out their energy – but not anymore.

Palmetto Play offers year round, indoor play and a combination of a place where kids can get their energy out plus rest and relaxation for parents.

Palmetto Proper Travelers Rest SC

Palmetto Proper used to have a small retail location in Cherrydale but ended up expanding to the large space in Travelers Rest when it became available since the original owner had a vision of a place where kids could enjoy time to explore and play while parents had a chance to catch their breath, meet for coffee, or just chill out for a bit while their kids got out energy.

Imagination Reigns Supreme

The space is huge with tall ceilings, colorful paint, and a big, padded floor where kids can run around. There is a large play structure with a climbing apparatus and seesaw-like contraption in the middle of the space. There’s a small ball pit, an imitation garden, and farm market.

There is a big loft that will be used for birthday parties or private events that overlooks the play area. Under that are little rooms that are totally geared towards letting kids use their imaginations.

indoor play space Travelers Rest SC

There’s a movie theater room with dress up outfits, little chairs with popcorn holders, and a curtain. This was my kids’ favorite room.

Next to the theater is an adorable grocery market with pasta boxes, plastic produce, and little shopping carts. And next to that room is an animal vet hospital, which has lots of cute medical toys and x-rays.

In the corner by the bathrooms is a construction zone, perfect for kids to build whatever they desire.

Enclosed Little Kids Area

When my kids were a bit smaller, I was always anxious about taking them to indoor places where bigger kids ruled the play structures. Palmetto Proper has a small space that is perfect for kids in that crawling and just-walking stage that is totally enclosed and right next to tables where their parents can easily keep an eye on them.

This is certainly a thoughtful touch.

Actually, the entire kids area is enclosed, which makes it a lot easier to really enjoy that cup of coffee or send those pressing emails and not worry about your kids escaping.

indoor play space Palmetto Proper

Retail + Coffee

The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door to Palmetto Proper was actually some really fluffy pullovers. I love fluffy pullovers. But there’s more: candles that smell so heavily of vanilla that it makes you want to buy every single one and light them all around your house, tons of Melissa & Doug toys for your kids, super cute dresses and t-shirts, and jewelry and hand towels.

The owners have done a nice job sourcing a good variety of products that will appeal to a wide audience. You could probably get all of your Christmas shopping done.

And the coffee menu also caught my eye with delicious-sounding frappes and spiced chai lattes. They even have juice boxes for kids and lots of snacks because, really, kids essentially run on snacks.

Play Passes + Age Restrictions

As of April 2023, only kids ages 0-6 will be able to use the play space during open play. Palmetto Proper will have board games that older kids can freely use.

Daily admission gets kids access to Palmetto Proper for the whole day. You can go in and out and play when you like. Daily admission is $10 per child.

Monthly, quarterly, and yearly memberships are also available.

Be sure you and your kids wear socks as they are needed to enjoy all the play structures.

Make it a Day Trip

If you don’t live in Travelers Rest and want to explore for the day, hanging out at Palmetto Proper is the ideal way to spend time there. It’s right across the street from the Swamp Rabbit Trail and within walking distance to tons of fabulous places in town like the Whistle Stop Cafe, Sidewall Pizza, TRee House Cafe & Art Studio, TR Makers, Tandem Creperie, and Sunrift Adventures.

There are also lots of cute shops to check out and Trailblazer Park isn’t far away. OH – and Sidewall Pastry and Farmhouse Tacos are literally right next door to Palmetto Proper. We love Travelers Rest so much we wrote a whole guide to it.

Will you check out Palmetto Proper?

Monday – Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday – 1 pm – 5 pm
*There are occasional modified hours. Check Palmetto Proper for updates.

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

Over 10 Ways to Volunteer with Your Kids

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Looking for ways to go volunteering in Greenville? It is such a wonderful opportunity to teach children kindness, compassion, generosity and so much more. To help you out KAG Contributor Kristina Hernandez created this list of ways to volunteer with your family. You’ll find ideas from food preparation to toy donations and meal deliveries. Thank you for serving your community!

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Where to Go Ice Skating Near Greenville, SC

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Searching for ‘where to go ice skating near me’? While I’m far from being the next Olympic ice skater, I like to try my hand at it every year and luckily there are plenty of places to go ice skating near Greenville, SC! So lace up your skates, grab your coat, and have fun sliding around at one of these top ice rinks near the Upstate.

Ice on Main Skating
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The Pavilion Recreation Ice Skating, Greenville, SC

The Pavilion Recreation Complex’s ice rink is open year-round! You can free skate during public skate times or take lessons.

The Pavilion Recreation Complex Ice Skating Pricing (pricing does not include tax):

  • Kid (12 & under) – $7.50
  • Adults (13+) – $9.50
  • Seniors (55+) – $7.50
  • Skate or Walker Rental – $4.25

Read Kidding Around’s review of the Pavilion Recreation Complex.

Ice Skating at Whitewater Center — Charlotte, NC

Mid-November through mid-February (check website for dates)
The Whitewater Center opens their 24,000+ square foot ice rink every year. There are four distinct skating areas with two ice trails and two free skate zones.

Find out all about Whitewater Center Ice Skating in our Kidding Around Charlotte review!

Whitewater Center Ice Skating Pricing:

  • Included with All-Access Pass
  • $25 Single Activity Day Pass

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Ice on Main, Greenville, SC

November 15th, 2023 – January 15th, 2024 (CLOSED 2024)
United Community’s Ice on Main opens every year mid-November and is open 7 days a week through mid-January. Located at Village Green next to the Courtyard Marriott, kids (and grown-ups) of all ages ice skate in the heart of downtown Greenville.

Ice on Main 2023 Pricing:

  • Adults – $10
  • Children – $8
  • Under 2 – Free

Read Kidding Around’s review of Ice on Main to get more information.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink – Rock Hill, SC

November 18th, 2023 – January 15th, 2024 (CLOSED 2024)
Founders Holiday Ice Rink is located in the heart of Old Town across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill, SC. It’s a popular place to lace up your skates this holiday season.

Founders Holiday Ice Rink Pricing:

  • $15 | 90-minute session 

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Where Can Young Kids Volunteer in Spartanburg, SC?

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Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Spartanburg for young children to participate? We’ve come up with several places where young kids can volunteer and where kids can take donations in Spartanburg. Peruse the list and find a Spartanburg location that will motivate your child to give.

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A Giant List of Things to Do in Spartanburg, SC

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Are you searching for things to do in Spartanburg, SC? You have definitely found the right article. We have all the info on every park in Spartanburg, a huge list of free things to do, lots and lots of things to do outdoors, special things to do for the holidays and every season, and lots more. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find something fabulous to do in Spartanburg, SC on this list.