Got kids in Greenville? Then you’re in luck. There are plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Greenville, SC, from strolling down Main Street looking for surprises to visiting the area zoo to see the animals. In the heat of summer, you and kids can cool off while having fun at one of the city’s water parks.
The city is full of public artworks, so much so that a walking or driving tour is par for the course for visitors and new residents alike. A higlight of the art tour, at least as far as the little ones are concerned, is the secret scavenger hunt built into it. Keep on the look-out for nine small bronze sculptures of mice, located throughout the city. If you’re stumped and can’t find them, the Mice on Main book, or a list of clues online, can help you figure things out.
Visit the Zoo
Any day of the year, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, is a great day to visit the Greenville Zoo. Located in Cleveland Park, the zoo covers 14 acres of land and has more than 300 animals. It features special events and activities designed for families, school groups and homeschoolers. Every Tuesday, the zoo holds “Tell Me About It Tuesdays,” during which visitors can ask questions about a specific animal, in front of that animal’s home. The event takes place at 10:30am and 12:30pm at a different exhibit each month.
Make a Splash
The city’s recreation department maintains a number of water parks, including Otter Creek and Discovery Island. Open throughout the summer, the water parks features slides, splash areas and tubing for people of all ages. Both parks also offer swimming lessons during the summer. Admission to either park can be purchased for a single day, or you can purchase a season pass to a specific park, or a pass to all the parks in the city for the entire summer. Although the parks are designed for people of all ages, kids under age 12 need to be accompanied by an adult and kids under 42 inches in height need to wear a lifejacket at all times.
Enjoy Live Performance
The South Carolina Children’s Theatre not only puts on plays designed to delight the younger set, it also offers theater education programs to kids between the ages of 3 and 18. Each season, the theater produces a number of main stage shows at the Peace Center, as well as a series of second stage shows at its headquarters. While the mainstage productions provide a more traditional theater going experience, the 2nd stages shows are designed to be more interactive and hands-on.
The Theatre Arts Conservatory run by the theater company offers year-round theater arts classes to kids who are interested in the dramatic arts. Classes focus on acting, theater history, and technical theater and are designed to progress as a student builds and develops his or her skills and competence.
From enjoying a day outdoors in the summer to developing a life-long appreciation for the arts, there are plenty of things you can do with your kids and family in the city. Kid-friendly programs can appeal to people all of ages, and the selection of activities in Greenville proves that to be true.