• Aimee Powell

Kidding Around- Spartanburg, SC!

As summer is coming to an end and school and routine start back up, I decided there are still a few places and events I want to take my kids to. We are so lucky because Spartanburg offers SO many activities for our kids. I have created this post as a reference for local mom's to look to when they are in need of ideas!

Playgrounds to Visit:

Cleveland Park: Is the largest park in Spartanburg. They offer a large section for children who are walking age-toddlers that is sectioned off from the older kid's side. I love to bring the stroller and walk around the pond, if you bring quarters you can feed the ducks/geese. I would recommend going early in the morning because the equipment can get pretty hot from the direct sun but the if you choose to walk around the pond the majority of the walk-way is shaded. Another shady spot is under the awning where there are picnic tables, perfect for snack time!

Tyger River Park: This playground is located inside the Duncan Ballparks. This park also offers a section for the big kids and younger kids. In the younger kid section they even offer a sand box to play in. Tyger River Park is especially unique because it offers a splash pad for those hot days so don't forget to bring your swimsuit and towel!

Van-Du-Mar McMillan Park: Located in the heart of Boiling Springs, McMilan Park has a fenced playground for older and younger children. Surrounding the playground are soccer fields, tennis courts and trails through the woods. This is another park with covered picnic tables, perfect for lunch or to cool down with a popsicle!

Happy Hollow Park: This park is especially nice during those hot, hot days because the playground is completely shaded! Like the parks above, there are two sections one for big kids and one for younger kids. The smaller section is perfect for experienced walkers. There is also a grassy area to let your kids run around and several benches surrounding it.

Events to Attend:

Monday Movie: The Headquarter Library offers a movie every Monday from 2pm-4pm for children to come and relax and enjoy!

Tiny Tots Baby & Toddler Story Time: 10:30am every Wednesday at the Boiling Springs Library (Tuesday 10:00am & 11:00am @ the Headquarters Library) they have story time and games for the young kids!

Playful Preschool Story Time: 10:30am every Tuesday at the Boiling Springs Library (Tuesdays 11:00am @ the Headquarters Library) is a story and game time for preschoolers!

Summer Movie Express at Spartan 16: Every Tuesday and Wednesday in the summer Spartan 16 is offering $1 movies for kids and their families.

Places to Go:

The Children's Museum: The Children's Museum of Spartanburg is a great place to take children from crawling age to 5 years old. This is one of the only places I have seen that offer areas for crawlers and new walkers PLUS, they have age appropriate toys! My daughter's favorite part of the museum is the water table! I would say this is a must visit if you have never been!

The Rail Trail: The Rail Trail is a great place to take your kids to release some energy. The trail also has a fun scavenger hunt to complete along the way called, Trains on the Trail! You start the hunt on Henry Street and read the 5 riddles to find 5 trains which are replicas of trains that were seen in Spartanburg in years past. Here is the brochure of the Trains on the Trail story for children and the five riddles:https://www.active-living.org/files/files/Trains_Trail_Brochure_Web.pdf

The Spartanburg Science Center: The Science Center is a great place to take curious minds who are 5 year old and up. They have 6 exhibits ranging from virtual reality to playing with a robotic arm! It has a $5 admission fee but it is totally worth it!

The Farmers Market: The Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00pm! The market is a great place to purchase locally grown produce! Also, the 3rd Saturday of every month, the Hub City Kids tent is set up to tech kids to stay active and how to eat healthy!

Headquarters Library: The downtown library has a great children's section filled with toys and games for all ages. Also, they have added a fenced in playground right outside to burn off some energy or to sit outside and read a book.

Strawberry Hill USA: Strawberry Hill is another great place to buy locally grown produce. Right now in their shed they are selling peaches, squash and zucchini. They also always have boiled peanuts, the best strawberry slushies and homemade fruit bread! Across the street is their cafe where they sell homemade ice cream and where they serve breakfast and lunch. Beside the shed there is a sand box and rope swing for the kids. During Fall, they offer many events such as their hayride, pumpkin patch and corn maze!