Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra

An auditioned community orchestra composed of professional and non-professional musicians, the Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra strive to educate, entertain and enrich people’s lives through Contemporary, World and Jazz oriented music.

Ballet Spartanburg

Ballet Spartanburg’s mission is to promote dance appreciation in Spartanburg County and surrounding areas by providing quality dance presentation, education, and outreach. Ballet Spartanburg produces a four program season that includes “The Nutcracker”, a fall program, a spring program and a guest company.


COLORS is a program which addresses the need for positive creative outlets for inner-city youth. COLORS’ mission is to develop young talent by providing the opportunity for them to experience the power of their own creativity. These students are able to come to an after school environment where paper, paint, pastels, charcoal and clay are provided for their creative development. Participants are supervised and encouraged by professional art instructors.

First Steps

South Carolina First Steps to school Readiness (‘First Steps’) is a comprehensive, results-oriented statewide education initiative to help prepare our children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed.

  • Cherokee Count First Steps, call 864-487-9466.
  • Laurens County First Steps, call 864-984-3568.
  • Spartanburg County First Steps, call 864-327-4900.
  • Union County First Steps, call 864-429-1730, ext 32.
Bethlehem Center

The purpose of the Bethlehem Center is to strengthen families physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, educationally, and intellectually. The Bethlehem Center’s day care program is licensed by the Department of Social Services and has the capacity to serve 48 children between two and five years of age. Day care services are affordably priced, thereby offering lower to middle income parents the opportunity to maintain their employment and meet their needs for quality child care services. This program provides students with three nutritious meals daily and encourages their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development.

Boy Scouts of America, Palmetto Council

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Citizen Scholars Program

This seven-year program of the Spartanburg County Foundation is designed to assist Spartanburg County students with academic potential who would not normally attend college. The seven year program provides each student with enrichment activities, classes to help prepare for college, and a relationship with a supportive adult/mentor.

Girl Scouts – Piedmont Area Council

Our mission is to give every girl the chance to participate in Girl Scouting – to serve every girl, everywhere. Any girl between the ages of 5 and 17 may become a member of the Girl Scouts. She must accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Although all girls are known as Girl Scouts, there are actually five age-specific program levels: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors.


Four-H is the youth educational phase of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Youth between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in 4-H. To learn more, call Ginger Bowen

The Spartanburg Little Theatre

The mission of the Spartanburg Little Theatre is to activate, cultivate, and educate our community by providing quality theatrical experiences for children and adults alike. They stage at least four productions a year including comedies, dramas, and musical theatre. Performances are at the Chapman Cultural Center.

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Spartanburg

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow — all while having fun. It is truly The Positive Place For Kids.


The Y-Spartaquatics Swim Club is a year round competitive swim team located in South Carolina’s upstate. YSSC is a program of the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg and competes in both USA Swimming and YMCA sanctioned meets.

Spartanburg County Junior Master Gardener Program

The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program administered by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. Introduced in Charleston County in 1981, the Master Gardener program is now offered in 31 counties.

Parents’ Night Out

Parents’ Night Out is from 6:30PM-10:30PM third Fridays of the month at Greer Recreation Center. Ages 4-12. Call 864-848-2192 for more info.

Palmetto Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is 80,000 square feet of fun making it the 7th largest children’s museum in the country and the 10th largest in the world.  Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it’s close to all the action and offers ample parking. Visitors experience 18 exhibit galleries with more than 100 individual exhibit components that offer a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. There’s also a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car, go shopping in the BiLo Market or even make their own TV Broadcast!   Whatever your age, The Children’s Museum is a place of possibility to explore, discover, imagine and pretend. “I Can be Anything!” is their motto and you’ll agree when you walk through the doors of this hands on, interactive museum. TCMU is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play.

Open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm (Closed Mondays during the school year). Admission: $9 child, $10 adult, under 2 free.  300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601.