We searched the city to find the best family-friendly activities in Spartanburg, from miniature trains to wonderful museums.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Biltmore Gardens Railway
Jul 7 – Sep 7 all-day
Biltmore

July 1 – September 7, 2020

Included with Biltmore Admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in Antler Hill Village, the displays feature replicas of train depots from around the country. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.

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Summer Theatre Camps: The Spartanburg Little Theatre
Jul 7 – Aug 7 all-day
The Spartanburg Little Theatre

 

IMAGINATION & PLAY (Rising K4-K5)

Camps for Rising K4-K5

ACTOR-IN-TRAINING (Rising 1st-2nd)

Camps for Rising 1st-2nd

TECHNIQUE & PERFORMANCE (Rising 3rd-6th)

Technique Camps for Rising 3rd-6th

Performance Camps for Rising 3rd-6th

PERFORMANCE (Rising 5th-12th)

Performance Camps for Rising 5th-12th

TEEN STUDIOS (Rising 7th-12th)

Technique Studio for Rising 7th-12th

Performance Studio for Rising 7th-12th

ADVANCED TEEN STUDIOS (Rising 9th-12th)

Technique Studio for Rising 9th-12th

Summer Camp Guidelines related to COVID-19:
– You and your child’s safety are our first priority this summer. SYT will be implementing heightened measures to ensure the health and safety of all children participating in a camp this summer.
CLICK HERE for the full list of measures SYT will be taking this summer to keep our campers and staff safe and healthy.
TCMU-Spartanburg Summer Camps Ages 3-6-Jurassic Park
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm
The Spartanburg Children's Museum

TCMU-Spartanburg Summer Camps

To register:

  • Email [email protected] with your week of interest and child’s age or call 864-553-7953
  • Online registration will be available soon
  • COVID-19 Safety Adaptations:
    • Upon arrival, each child’s temperature will be taken via a digital infrared non-contact thermometer—temperature must be below 100.4 to participate.
    • ​Camp staff members will wear masks, but campers are not required to do so.
    • Camp check-in will be facilitated in front of the building to ensure child safety and appropriate supervision.
    • No outside guests will be allowed into camp classrooms.
    • No backpacks, lunch bags or reusable water bottles will be allowed- campers will be asked to bring snacks in disposable bags and water in disposable bottles, all with the campers’ names on them.
    • Campers must practice social distancing at all times and remain with their own class.
    • Materials and supplies will be provided each day; supplies will not be shared.
    • All materials and classrooms will be sanitized overnight, including surfaces and door handles.

     

    July 6-10- Jurassic Park: Join us for a week of prehistoric fun as we learn about dinosaurs, create our own and let them invade our exhibits! All activities have a focus on S.T.E.A.M., literacy and hands-on play.

    July 13-17- Animal Explorations: Calling all animal lovers for a week of wild fun. We’ll be exploring and learning about animals in a variety of habitats around the world, including some right in our very own backyards! All activities have a focus on S.T.E.A.M., literacy and hands-on play.

    July 20-24- Natural Wonders: Join us for an imaginary trip around the world as we explore the wonders that Mother Nature has to offer- from the Grand Canyon, to the Amazon, to the Himalayas, we’ll be learning lots of new things while we recreate what we learn in the museum exhibits. All activities have a focus on S.T.E.A.M., literacy and hands-on play.

    July 27-31- Landmarks and Engineering: Join us for another trip around the world, but this time we’ll be exploring the wonders that were made by humans. From the pyramids, to bridges, to the Eiffel Tower, we’ll be learning about principles of engineering and joining in lots of challenges. All activities have a focus on S.T.E.A.M., literacy and hands-on play.

    August 3-7- Art Explorations: Calling those who love art, and those who may not yet, but will by the end of this week! We’ll be exploring a different art medium each day, including tie-dye, sculpture and much more. All activities have a focus on S.T.E.A.M., literacy and hands-on play.

The Greenville Children’s Museum Summer Camps: LEGO
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – Jul 10 @ 4:00 pm
The Greenville Children's Museum

Registration Instructions

Call 864-233-7755 or register online:

  • If registering for full day camps, please select the AM camp and PM camp for your child’s age group. Your child will automatically be enrolled in Lunch Bunch at no additional cost to you.
  • Please complete all information on the first registration page for the camper, then enter billing information on pages 2 and 3.
  • Once you reach the shopping cart page, you can return to this page and continue to add new camps to your cart. Your shopping cart will save for up to 15 minutes.
  • If you have any questions, please call 864-233-7755 or you can email [email protected]

Times and Prices

Summer camps run weekly. Full payment is due at time of registration.
AM Camps: 9am-12pm – $150 (members) | $170 (non-members)
PM Camps: 1pm-4pm – $150 (members) | $170 (non-members)
Lunch Bunch add-on for half day camps: 12pm-1pm – $30
Full day Camps: 9am-4pm – $300 (members) | $340 (non-members)

Ages

Pre-K: Campers age 3-5 who have not completed K5 kindergarten. Pre-K campers must choose between AM or PM half day camps, full day is not available. Campers must be potty trained.
K5-2nd: Campers who have completed grades K5-2; full or half day available
3rd-5th: Campers who have completed grades 3-5; full or half day available

COVID-19 Safety Adaptations

  • Camps will be run at limited capacities based on social distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations
  • Upon arrival, each child’s temperature will be taken via a digital infrared non-contact thermometer—temperature must be below 100.4 to participate
  • Camp staff members will wear masks, but campers are not required to do so
  • Campers must practice social distancing at all times and to remain with their own class
  • Materials and supplies will be provided each day; supplies will not be shared
  • Materials and classrooms will be thoroughly sanitized during and after camp each day
  • No backpacks, lunch bags or reusable water bottles will be allowed—campers will be asked to bring snacks in disposable bags and water in disposable bottles, all with the campers’ name on them.
  • No outside guests will be allowed into camp classrooms
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Butterfly Adventure at Roper Mountain
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center

Butterfly Adventure

Be amazed with an up close encounter as hundreds of butterflies surround you in our butterfly adventure habitat.

You will also be able to explore our Natural Science habitats, Marine Lab, Rainforest, Living History Farm and much more… Butterfly

 

Fairy Trail at Bullington Gardens
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

The Fairy trail is open Monday thru Saturday, 9am-4pm. We encourage all visitors to be patient as there will be limits to the number of people allowed on the trail at the same time. While the trail is outdoors, there are some small spaces and we want to ensure our guests and fairies are safe. Please practice appropriate social distancing and bring a mask in case. Masks are not required, but are considerate in a close area. Our restrooms are not open to the public at this time. Please make arrangements prior to visiting.

 

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

 

The Fairies can’t wait to see you all here!

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Community Dinner
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm
YWCA of Asheville

Gather with your community for a FREE tasty meal, lessons on healthy eating and information on Double Up Food Bucks (a new program through SNAP)! Community Dinners are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 pm. FREE childcare provided.

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat online.

For more information, contact Leah Berger-Singer, Preventive Health Coordinator at (828) 254-7206 ext. 212 or [email protected]

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Keeper For A Day at Grandfather Mountain
Jul 9 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Grandfather Mountain

Keeper For A Day

Learn how to interact with the animals, clean up, prepare food and provide enrichments. Observe various training sessions, animal behavior and the inner workings of the animal habitats.

Requirements:

Limited to two persons per day. No pets allowed in habitat area. Keepers for a Day must:

— be 12 years of age or older
— be capable of walking up and down steep, rough terrain
— sign a waiver of liability

Expected Daily Schedule:

Arrive at 8 a.m., meet the keepers, and go to work! Assist as we let out the animals, feed them and clean their habitats. You may be asked to lift and carry animal food, tools or other items. Learn about training and providing enrichments. End your exciting shift at 11 a.m.

What to Wear:

You will get dirty! Please wear appropriate, closed-toe hiking or work boots and no loose jewelry. Coats, jackets, gloves and hats are recommended for cooler weather. Please bring sunscreen.

Weather:

Keeper for a Day will continue on schedule regardless of weather conditions. In the event that weather conditions could affect the opening of the habitats, you will be contacted.

The weather on Grandfather Mountain can change at a moment’s notice. Temperatures are commonly 5 to 10 degrees colder than what they are at the bottom of the mountain in Linville. It is recommended that you dress in layers and be prepared for any weather condition.

2019 Keeper for a Day Dates

Month Days Time Number
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day
May 7, 14, 21, 28 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day
June 4, 11, 18, 25 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day
August 6, 13, 20, 27 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day
September 3, 10, 17, 24 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 8 a.m.-11 a.m. limited to two people per day

Reservations:

Keeper for a Day must be booked at least one week in advance by calling (828) 733-8715. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Price:

The cost is $75 per participant ($60 each for Bridge Club members). Admission to the park is included.

Butterfly Adventure at Roper Mountain
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center

Butterfly Adventure

Be amazed with an up close encounter as hundreds of butterflies surround you in our butterfly adventure habitat.

You will also be able to explore our Natural Science habitats, Marine Lab, Rainforest, Living History Farm and much more… Butterfly

 

Fairy Trail at Bullington Gardens
Jul 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

The Fairy trail is open Monday thru Saturday, 9am-4pm. We encourage all visitors to be patient as there will be limits to the number of people allowed on the trail at the same time. While the trail is outdoors, there are some small spaces and we want to ensure our guests and fairies are safe. Please practice appropriate social distancing and bring a mask in case. Masks are not required, but are considerate in a close area. Our restrooms are not open to the public at this time. Please make arrangements prior to visiting.

 

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

 

The Fairies can’t wait to see you all here!

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Zumba! GOLD
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Perfect For
 
Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.
 
How It Works
 
The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.
 
Benefits
 
Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!

 

 
 
C.C. Woodson
210 Bomar Ave.
864-596-3710
Zumba!
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on.

How It Works

We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

Benefits

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

$5 a class or free with Wellness Membership
 
 
C.C. Woodson
210 Bomar Ave.
864-596-3710
Friday, July 10, 2020
Grandfather Mountain
Jul 10 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain is only selling tickets online.

Only a select number of tickets will be sold per day for certain time-slots to limit the number of guests in the park at one time, in accordance with the state of North Carolina’s phased “reopening” plan and social gathering guidelines.

Please check back closer to your visit for ticket availability. As of now, reservations are only available through June 21.

Each guest entering the park must have a ticket, which includes a time-slot. Prices are as follows:

Adult: $22
Senior (age 60+): $20
Child (ages 4-12): $9
AAA Adult: $20 (must present valid AAA card)
AAA Child: $8 (must present valid AAA card)

Butterfly Adventure at Roper Mountain
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center

Butterfly Adventure

Be amazed with an up close encounter as hundreds of butterflies surround you in our butterfly adventure habitat.

You will also be able to explore our Natural Science habitats, Marine Lab, Rainforest, Living History Farm and much more… Butterfly

 

Fairy Trail at Bullington Gardens
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

The Fairy trail is open Monday thru Saturday, 9am-4pm. We encourage all visitors to be patient as there will be limits to the number of people allowed on the trail at the same time. While the trail is outdoors, there are some small spaces and we want to ensure our guests and fairies are safe. Please practice appropriate social distancing and bring a mask in case. Masks are not required, but are considerate in a close area. Our restrooms are not open to the public at this time. Please make arrangements prior to visiting.

 

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

 

The Fairies can’t wait to see you all here!

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Grandfather Mountain
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain is only selling tickets online.

Only a select number of tickets will be sold per day for certain time-slots to limit the number of guests in the park at one time, in accordance with the state of North Carolina’s phased “reopening” plan and social gathering guidelines.

Please check back closer to your visit for ticket availability. As of now, reservations are only available through June 21.

Each guest entering the park must have a ticket, which includes a time-slot. Prices are as follows:

Adult: $22
Senior (age 60+): $20
Child (ages 4-12): $9
AAA Adult: $20 (must present valid AAA card)
AAA Child: $8 (must present valid AAA card)

Animal Habitats VIP Tours
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

See where the cougars and otters sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round, observe a training session and find out why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home.

Offered on weekends, April – October.

Hands-on History Carl Sandburg House
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Carl Sandburg House


Hands-on History

Join Park Rangers on Saturdays in July to get hands-on with history. Each Saturday features a different topic and allows visitors of all ages to interact with history related to the Sandburg family experience at Connemara. Come anytime between 11am to 3pm. All programs will be offered at the amphitheater.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Sunday, July 12, 2020
Animal Habitats VIP Tours
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

See where the cougars and otters sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round, observe a training session and find out why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home.

Offered on weekends, April – October.