If you get the urge to take your mini-hurricane out and do fun stuff, we’ve got a list of things to do that will be 1) easy, 2) entertaining, and 3) designed to wear the little tikes out.
Thank you to Piano Central Studios for sponsoring Kidding Around Greenville!
Piano Central Studios has been bringing the joys of making music into the hearts and homes of upstate families for over 35 years now. They love finding ways to connect with each student and family, unfolding musical potential, developing a lasting love for music, and nourishing hearts and minds with the joy of music making for life. One step leads to the next in the PCS program, starting with their award-winning Kindermusk program for babies to age 7 and continuing right on through with music lessons for school-age kids to adults.
Piano Central Studios offers music instruction for all ages – infants to adults – including Kindermusik®, Piano, Strings, Flute, Voice, Suzuki, and more.
Kindermusik Classes – Since 1994 Piano Central Studio’s award-winning Kindermusik® program and caring, licensed educators have been helping children get off to the very best kind of start—a musical start! Ages 0-7 years.
The first step is for Piano Central Studios to recommend the best Kindermusik class or PCS music teacher for you. Together you’ll discover the perfect fit and they’ll get you started right away! For more information or to get your enrollment started, visit the PCS website.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Designed for both big and small kids, TCMU really gets it when it comes to entertaining and fascinating children (heck, and adults). They have a special farm-themed area designed for kids under five years old and their exhibits are very engaging, especially for toddlers.
Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery
Swamp Rabbit Cafe is one of my absolute favorite places to go because not only do my kids adore their freshly baked stecca, but their outdoor play area is perfect for hours of imaginative play. And it’s fenced in because….kids. Their coffee is also awesome and they are located right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, so I’ve often taken my kids in the jogging stroller for a run and then let them play after in the kids area.
Lots of free books, games and toys, and perfect no matter what the weather. I feel like I often overlook the library and I really shouldn’t. The Greenville Library system has tons of story times and free events geared towards smaller kids, which are totally worth checking out on a frequent basis.
Parks and Playgrounds
Greenville is an incredibly family-friendly area and has dozens of parks for kids to get out their energy at. There are parks with shade, parks with rubber mats, enclosed playgrounds, and stroller-friendly parks. Here is our huge Guide to Greenville Parks to help you out as well.
Take Your Toddler Hiking
Their little legs go further than you think and they may love the experience of finding new things outside or choosing their own walking stick (maybe a bad idea…). Here is a great list of places to hike with a toddler.
Go to the Gym
Ok, so this one is a teeny bit selfish but there are a bunch of family-friendly gyms in the area that have childcare. I read someplace that if you don’t take care of yourself, then you are going to have a tougher time taking care of the kids.
Roper Mountain Science Center
The Roper Mountain Science Center has tons of great events all year, like Butterfly Adventures and Second Saturdays, but they also have a cool natural playground next to the little lake on the campus. It’s shaded with slides, sandboxes, and a teeter-totter thing, which is perfect for the little people to play on.
Take a Free Class
A bunch of places offer free classes when parents want to try out their class. Piano Central Studios offers lots of classes from newborn to age 7. Gymboree Play & Music also offers fun classes for babies and toddlers. Check their schedule for a list of current classes.
There are lots of great places in the area that have times and days of the week set aside just for the littles to play without fear of getting run over by the big kids. me for the little people to play without fear of big people trampling them.
A trip to the Greenville Zoo is always fun. It’s small enough that you can get to everything but large enough to be diverse. They also have a great little playground inside the zoo plus a farm animal exhibit, which is pretty cute. The playground outside the park is fantastic as well. You can bring a lunch and make a day of it.
Neither a hunter nor a fisherman, I still really like Cabela’s and will bring my small children there on a rainy day. They have a little aquarium with lots of cool fish to see plus a large number of animals that have been stuffed and look totally real. It’s easy to spend time here and let toddlers see the fish and learn about the animals. Sometimes the store will have fun special events where customers can try out some of the gear or Santa will pay a visit. And their fudge is very good if you’re looking for a treat to end the visit.
Barnes & Noble
With story times, a train table, and a café, Barnes & Noble is great place to knock out some time with little kids. Their story times often include a craft as well. See the schedule on their website.
What are your favorite things to do with your toddler in Greenville?