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

Monday, October 25, 2021
GIRLS ON THE RUN in the Upstate
Oct 25 – Nov 20 all-day
Varies

Run, encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. In today’s unpredictable world, the strategies learned at Girls on Run are more important than ever.

The $150 Program Fee Includes: 16 lessons conducted by certified GOTR Coaches, an official GOTR t-shirt, participation in the season-ending 5K, a water bottle, a snack at each practice & a 5K finisher’s medal.

  • Monday, September 20, 2021
    to  Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • TimeProgram dates and times vary by school site. Please refer to our website for specific instructions. http://www.gotrupstatesc.org
  • Abner Creek Academy (T/TH 2:45 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-4 (Open)
  • Bethel Church (T/TH 3:30 – 5:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Caine Halter YMCA GOTR (M/W 5:00 – 6:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Caine Halter YMCA GOTR (T/TH 3:30 – 4:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Caine Halter YMCA Heart & Sole (T/TH 5:00 – 6:15 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Cannons Elementary (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Carver Middle School (M/W 3:30 – 5:00 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Cherrydale Elementary (T/TH 2:15 – 4:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Eastside Elementary School (W/TH 3:15 – 4:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Fairforest Elementary School (M/TH 2:15 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Fork Shoals School (T/TH 2:45 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Jesse Boyd Elementary School (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Legacy Early College (T/TH 4:00 – 5:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Liberty Middle School (M/W 3:15 – 4:45 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Limestone-Central Elementary School (T/TH 2:30 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Mauldin Elementary (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Neighborhood Focus (T/TH 4:30 – 5:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Pavilion Rec Complex GOTR (T/TH 5:15 – 6:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Pavilion Rec Complex Heart & Sole (T/TH 5:15 – 6:30 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Spartanburg Day School (M/W 2:30 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Sterling School & Charles Townes Center (T/TH 2:30 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Stone Academy (T/TH 2:45 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Taylors Elementary (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA (M/W 4:00 – 5:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA (T/TH 4:00 – 5:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Thomas E. Kerns Elementary (M/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Welcome Elementary (T/TH 3:00 – 4:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Willis Road YMCA (T/TH 4:00 – 5:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
Hub Love Geo Trail
Oct 25 all-day
Various Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Sites

Hub Love Trail

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation department is taking geocaching to an exciting new level. Launching on May 3rd, 2014 is the Hub City Geotrail. This Geotrail will take you around the City of Spartanburg on a high tech adventure and scavenger hunt. Get your GPS ready for the kick off at this year’s Spring Fling. There will be a limited edition, trackable geocoin for participants that complete the trail passport.

To redeem your Geocoin you can hand deliver your completed passport to our Park, Recreation and Special Events office located at 100 North Liberty Street in Spratnaburg. (Our office is above the Sparta Passenger Center) PLease keep in mind that our office is open Monday – Friday and closed on holidays.

You can also mail your complete passport to:

Parks, Recreation & Special Events PO Box 1749 Spartanburg, SC 29304

Please make sure if you mail your passport in that you include your complete mailing address!

Hub Love Passport

To learn more about geochaching follow the link below.

Geocaching 101

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Oct 25 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!
Oct 25 all-day
Online

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live from the Hub City RR Museum in Spartanburg.

The Virtual Railfan cameras were installed on Tuesday, July 6th at the Hub City Railroad Museum. There is one camera looking north and one looking south. The Hub City RR Museum wants to thank the City of Spartanburg for allowing us to install the cameras, and to Virtual Railfan for the install. We already have seen over 300 railfans at one time watching the video feed.
Links to live feeds:
[North Camera feed]
[South Camera feed]

Children’s Fountain at RiverPlace
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
RiverPlace

Children playing in the railroad-themed splash fountain at Riverplace

CHILDREN’S FOUNTAIN

Located at RiverPlace, this railroad-themed splash fountain is a popular spot to cool off in the summer months. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from April 1 to October 31.

Virtual Halloween Costume Contest
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

The WNC Nature Center is having a virtual costume contest this Halloween!

Entering is easy – take a picture of your child and/or family in their costume and email it to [email protected] by Wednesday, November 3.

Voting will start November 7 on our Facebook page! Share your spookiest, most creative, and animal/nature themed costumes, and the winners with the most likes will receive prizes valued at $50 or more!

Justus Orchard
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Justus Orchard

The Justus family has been growing apples for over 100 years, we love what we do and invite you to visit our apple orchard in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  Enjoy a day in the country with your family, picking apples from our dwarf-size apple trees, bring your lunch and enjoy eating it at our new picnic area while you take in the beautiful views surrounding our apple orchard.

We offer apple orchard tours for families, church groups and other groups featuring quality apples and a great time for all. You can pick your own apples, or we can pick them for you, but whichever way you like it you’re sure to find the variety of apple you love.  Make sure while you are here you visit our bakery for your favorite dessert.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Skytop Orchard U-Pick
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Skytop Orchard

Closed Thanksgiving Day.

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Things to do at Sky Top

Pick your own apples. (check picking schedule) or choose from pre-picked apples in the stand.

Enjoy hot “made-while-you- watch” apple cider doughnuts

Book a school field trip or group tour to Sky Top!

Enjoy a tractor pulled ride through the orchard.

Find pumpkins, gourds, and fall decorations (in season)

Bond with your family while enjoying our picnic areas

Visit our barnyard goats, sheep, chickens, peacocks, ducks, and geese

Walk the nature trail through a bamboo “forest” beside one of our orchard ponds

See cider being made (press operates selected days only)

Watch busy bees at a working beehive

Enjoy tasty apple goods, hot apple cider, caramel apples, fudge apples and more

Stock up on honeys, jams & jellies

Greenville Parks + Rec Afterschool Program
Oct 25 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Various Community Centers

Afterschool

The Study Buddies Afterschool program is offered at four community centers throughout Greenville. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30-6 p.m. Participants will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily for each participant. This program is open to students in K through 8th grade.

Registration is currently open for city of Greenville residents. 

Participants in the Study Buddies Afterschool program  will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily. This program is open to students in 5K through 8th grade.

We are committed to providing our students a safe, enriching, and healthy afterschool experience. View Afterschool Health and Wellness Policy (PDF)

Dates: August 17, 2021 – June 1, 2022                                                         *Program does not run when there is no school for holidays, half days, teacher work days, vacations, or snow days (following Greenville County School calendar).

Time: 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Fees:  $585 for City Residents

Discounts for families registering two or more children. Payment plan available in 9 installments with the first initial payment due upon registration.

Financial Assistance: City of Greenville residents with documented financial need will automatically qualify for a reduced fee after school program. Qualified participants must complete the application and submit all required documentation to be eligible for the reduced fee. Financial aid will automatically be added to the participants online account after their application and documentation has been approved. Applications are available online (see below under documents) or in person at David Hellams Community Center or Bobby Pearse Community Center.

Financial assistance rates are $270 for the year. Sibling discounts do not apply to financial assistance rates.

Locations:

  • Bobby Pearse Community Center (FULL)
    • Elementary: Stone Academy
    • Middle: League Middle
  • David Hellams Community Center
    • Elementary: East North Street
    • Middle: Greenville Middle
  • Nicholtown Community Center
    • Elementary: Lake Forest
    • Middle: Northwood Middle
  • West Greenville Community Center
    • Elementary: AJ Whittenberg (transportation will be provided)
    • Middle: League
    • Legacy Charter School also provides transportation to the Center

Bussing Directly From The School To The Community Center: The City of Greenville DOES NOT provide transportation from the school to the afterschool site. Parents are responsible for arranging school bus transportation and also letting the school know that their child will be attending this afterschool program.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Refunds are not available after the first week of the program.
  • Prior to August 17, Parent/Guardian must submit all completed parent consent forms.

DOCUMENTS

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook Forms

Financial Assistance Application Form

Afterschool Flyer

Studio 52 ACTING Class(In-Person), K-2nd Grades
Oct 25 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Studio 52/ Flat Rock Playhouse

ACTING (In-Person), K-2nd Grades

Does your little kid have a big imagination and lots of energy? Then this class exploring the fundamentals of theatre is just for them! During this 8-week class, students will explore favorite storybook characters and bring them to life through acting, creative movement, and music! This high-energy class will celebrate your young artist’s creativity, develop skills in improvisation, public speaking, and expression, and release creative energy in a meaningful way. With new material every semester, this class can (and should) be taken multiple times!

Notes: To ensure increased ventilation, this class will be held outside whenever possible. If rain forces the program indoors, all students and staff will be required to wear masks. Thank you for understanding as we work to keep our community safe. Read more about our Covid Safety Guidelines here.

Instructor: Tania Battista
*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more below about payment plans and multi-student discounts.
Boo at the Zoo
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular.

 On Sale September 1

Details Coming Soon

Studio 52: ACTING (In-Person), 6th-8th Grades
Oct 25 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Studio 52/ Flat Rock Playhouse

In this eight-week semester, young artists will learn to create dynamic relationships through theatre games, improvisation, and scene work. With an emphasis on ensemble storytelling, character creation, physicality, and voice and speech, students will leave feeling more collaborative, creative, and confident making bold choices on stage and in life. Apply your skills in an informal showcase for friends and family. No prior experience is necessary, only an open mind! With new material every semester, this class can (and should) be taken multiple times.

Instructor: Tania Battista

Notes: To ensure increased ventilation, this class will be held outside whenever possible. If rain forces the program indoors, all students and staff will be required to wear masks. Thank you for understanding as we work to keep our community safe. Read more about our Covid Safety Guidelines here

 

*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more below about payment plans and multi-student discounts.

Boo at the Zoo
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Riverbanks Zoo

Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular.

Free! Strengthening Families Program
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phillis Wheatley Community Center
Just Say Something will be facilitating a 14-week program for families with children between the ages of 6-11 years old. The program will focus on preventing behavior problems, family relationships, communication and more. Registration is now open for the English program in Greenville and Spanish program in Spartanburg.

Join us! Parents and children are invited to participate in a
series of interactive, fun, family nights out.

Program will be on Mondays starting September 13, 2021 through December 13,
2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Strengthening Families Graduation
Families that complete the program will participate in a graduation ceremony and
receive a certificate of completion.
Other Benefits
x FREE dinner at each session
x FREE gifts and raffle prizes
x FREE child care
x FREE transportation as needed
If you are interested in joining the
Strengthening Families Program, please
contact:
Mally Mitchell: (864) 467-4099
[email protected]
Charlene Jones: (864) 467-4099
[email protected]

Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights returns to the gardens November 19-January 1

Tickets are now sold PER VEHICLE, not per person.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Winter Lights holiday event will welcome members and guests back into the gardens as it returns to the traditional outdoor walk-through open-air show format. The famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden will be back, outfitted with new designs in lights, while throughout the gardens, popular arrangements will mingle with ones never seen before.

You can find everything you need to know about Asheville’s Brightest Holiday Tradition at the tabs above, and be sure to secure your tickets now.

We hope you will join us this holiday season!

 

Winter Lights is the Arboretum’s largest annual fundraiser, and supports many parts of its mission driven programming.

Zumba!
Oct 25 @ 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
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Hub Love Geo Trail
Oct 26 all-day
Various Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Sites

Hub Love Trail

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation department is taking geocaching to an exciting new level. Launching on May 3rd, 2014 is the Hub City Geotrail. This Geotrail will take you around the City of Spartanburg on a high tech adventure and scavenger hunt. Get your GPS ready for the kick off at this year’s Spring Fling. There will be a limited edition, trackable geocoin for participants that complete the trail passport.

To redeem your Geocoin you can hand deliver your completed passport to our Park, Recreation and Special Events office located at 100 North Liberty Street in Spratnaburg. (Our office is above the Sparta Passenger Center) PLease keep in mind that our office is open Monday – Friday and closed on holidays.

You can also mail your complete passport to:

Parks, Recreation & Special Events PO Box 1749 Spartanburg, SC 29304

Please make sure if you mail your passport in that you include your complete mailing address!

Hub Love Passport

To learn more about geochaching follow the link below.

Geocaching 101

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Oct 26 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!
Oct 26 all-day
Online

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live from the Hub City RR Museum in Spartanburg.

The Virtual Railfan cameras were installed on Tuesday, July 6th at the Hub City Railroad Museum. There is one camera looking north and one looking south. The Hub City RR Museum wants to thank the City of Spartanburg for allowing us to install the cameras, and to Virtual Railfan for the install. We already have seen over 300 railfans at one time watching the video feed.
Links to live feeds:
[North Camera feed]
[South Camera feed]

Children’s Fountain at RiverPlace
Oct 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
RiverPlace

Children playing in the railroad-themed splash fountain at Riverplace

CHILDREN’S FOUNTAIN

Located at RiverPlace, this railroad-themed splash fountain is a popular spot to cool off in the summer months. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from April 1 to October 31.