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Kid-friendly activities in Greenville

We’re highlighting the best kid-friendly activities that Greenville, SC has to offer — complete with art classes, animal encounters, and outdoor fun.

Kids in a pottery class.

Let your kids find their inner ceramicist. | Photo via @hollowedearth

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Ah, to be a kid again. From major attractions like the Children’s Museum of the Upstate to hidden gems like Flying Rabbit Adventures, there’s something in Greenville for children of all ages. You’ll have no trouble entertaining the youngsters with this list of 22 kid-friendly activities around the 864.

For additional recommendations for kid-friendly activities around Greenville and the Upstate, check out Kidding Around Greenville.

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Kids will enjoy hands-on exhibits. | Photo provided by Children’s Museum of the Upstate

🧠 Educational activities

Children’s Museum of the Upstate-Greenville, 300 College St. | 🎟️ Family memberships available
This museum offers kids opportunities to explore hands-on exhibits that encourage learning through play. Kids will remember learning about the body with larger-than-life interactive organs.

Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr. | 🎟️ Family memberships available
Visit red pandas, orangutans, and lions at this 14-acre zoo. Plus, learn more about wildlife through youth education programs. Kids will remember seeing their favorite animals.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, 356 Field St. | Free
Learn about the life of professional baseball player, Joe Jackson through photos, gear, and memorabilia. Kids will remember exploring the exhibits before a ballgame at Fluor Field.

Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd.| 🎟️ Family memberships available
Explore all things science — from outer space to Greenville’s water history. Kids will remember exploring the galaxy in the center’s Hooper Planetarium.

South Carolina Children's Theatre

The Greenville County Museum of Art at Heritage Green. | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

🎨 All about the arts

Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College St. | Free
Whether a child is enrolled in Art Camp — think: three days of creating art — or exploring the gallery, the GCMA is the young artist’s paradise. Kids will remember creating their first masterpiece.

South Carolina Children’s Theatre, 153 Augusta St. | Prices vary
These professional plays allow children to foster their love of the arts up close, plus the theater offers classes for children interested in performance. Kids will remember the colorful costumes.

Hollowed Earth Pottery, 1320 Hampton Ave. Ext., Bay 7 | Prices vary
Let your child create art that will last a lifetime in an intro or seasonal pottery class, creating everything from a pinch pot to a wheel-thrown vase. Kids will love getting their hands dirty.

Paris Mountain State Park | Photo by @comet_me_bros

Paris Mountain State Park | Photo by @comet_me_bros

🌳 Great outdoors

Paris Mountain State Park, 2401 State Park Rd. | $3.50+
Foster a love for the great outdoors with fishing, kayaking, and hiking. Kids will remember an epic camping trip.

Cedar Falls Park, 201 Cedar Falls Rd., Fountain Inn | Free
Hike this trail if you’re looking for a family-friendly trip with views of the Reedy River. Kids will remember where the Reedy River widens to over 200 feet in a cascade over rocks and boulders.

Table Rock State Park, 158 Ellison Ln., Pickens | $3.50+
Hike the Lakeside Trail if you want a leisurely walk with some historic elements and great views of Table Rock. Kids will remember looking for wildlife.

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Spend a day at the water park. | Photo by GVLtoday

🌊 Splash around

Discovery Island Waterpark, 417 Baldwin Rd., Simpsonville | $9.50+
Beat the heat with two waterslides, a lazy river, a kid’s splash play area, and the “FlowRider” (think: knee and bodyboarding). Kids will remember sliding through the summer.

Otter Creek Waterpark, 101 Darby Rd. | $9.50+
This park has a leisure pool with beach entry, a spray pad, and a sundeck... but kids will remember the four slides.

7th Inning Splash Waterpark, 1500 Piedmont Hwy. | $9.50+
Kids will enjoy a funnel slide, three water slides, and the Splash ’n Spray pad inspired by Wrigley Field. Kids will remember birthday parties held here.

swim lessons

Swim lessons at the Y. | Photo via YMCA of Greenville

⛱️ Pool party

YMCA of Greenville, multiple locations | 🎟️ Family memberships available
Beyond recreational swimming, there are also sports fields, child watch hours, and swim lessons. Kids will remember learning how to swim here.

The Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St. | 🎟️ Family memberships available
There’s a zero-entry recreational pool with slide and play structure. Kids will remember swimming year-round.

Greenville County Aquatic Complex, 2700 W. Blue Ridge Dr. | 🎟️ Family memberships available
The whole family can enjoy the amenities here as the facility offers both a competition pool and a therapy pool. Kids will remember racing on the swim team.

Suspended obstacle course in woods

Fly like... a rabbit. | Photo via @girlswhohikesc

🎢 Thrill-seeking fun

Flying Rabbit Adventures, 821 Laurens Rd. | $30+
The Orville’s Kids Course enables kids to conquer the obstacles and learn the ropes. Kids will remember the view from up top.

Climb at Blue Ridge, 301 Bulls Rd., Taylors | 🎟️ Family memberships available
Climbing builds confidence and helps kids learn to conquer anything, plus this gym has introductory courses, after-school hangouts, and a kids climbing team. Kids will remember the first time they make it to the top.

Frankie’s Fun Park, 45 Park Woodruff Dr. | Prices vary per attraction
Get your thrills with go-karting and rides. Or take it down a notch with mini-golf and batting cages. Kids will remember leaving you in the dust while go-karting.

Play Cafe, 701 Easley Bridge Rd., Ste. 6040 | $12-$30
The newest addition to our list, this indoor playground has something for kids of all ages. Parents will remember sipping coffee from the cafe while their kids climb and play.

🍽️ Foodie families

Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd. Ext.
After running around Runway Park, grab some lunch at this cafe. Bonus: The patio is also dog-friendly. Kids will remember watching the airplanes pass over.

Willy Taco Feed & Seed, 217 Laurens Rd.
The tacos are delicious and the atmosphere is family-friendly. Kids will remember eating from the bambinos menu.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, 205 Cedar Ln.
This spot is perfect after a family bike ride. Kids will remember waiting for Stecca pizza in the play area.

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