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December kids activities in the Upstate

KEY: G=Greenville County; S=Spartanburg County; P=Pickens County


THE S.C. 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM uses a learn-by-doing approach for a variety of activities and interests, including animals, natural resources, shooting sports, food and nutrition, science and technology and more. For more information, visit

THE HALTER PROGRAM – Handicapped Athletes Learning to Enjoy Riding – is an equestrian program at the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind. Contact Mike Hollifield at 864-577-7638 or

G — CHRISTMAS AT THE STABLES field trips are offered weekday mornings in December at Whispering Pines Stables in Mauldin. For details, call or text 864-360-3222 or email

G — LIL CHEFS for ages 4 – 12 is offered Tuesday evenings at the GHS Family YMCA. Create a main course and dessert. Email

G — THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE offers a variety of interactive exhibits, including Buddy’s Safety Town. Daily programs are offered for ages 5 and younger and programs for older children are offered throughout the month. For details, visit

G — STRIDES, a nonprofit program, provides tutoring in reading and math to children who are below grade level. Parents pay by sliding scale and some scholarships are available. Strides has locations in Greer, Easley, Fountain Inn, Travelers Rest, Piedmont and Cherrydale. Students with disabilities and speakers of other languages are welcome. Support STRIDES’ online auction fundraiser through Dec. 6. To bid, visit For information about tutoring, call 864-246-9898 or visit

S — FREE2PLAY, an accessible playground with equipment for children ages 2 – 12 of all abilities, is open at Miracle Park. For details, visit and

S — THE SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER is in the Chapman Cultural Center. A variety of interactive exhibits are available. Call 864-583-2777.

P — OUR VILLAGE, a play group sponsored by Stroller Strides, is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 334 Rock Springs Road, Easley. The program is free. Come early at 9:30 am with baby and stroller for a workout. For details, call 864-608-6727.

P — PICKENS COUNTY 4H CLUBS are open. For details, visit To start a club, email

P — LEGO STORY BUILDERS for all ages is at 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email

P — LIFE-SIZED BOARD GAMES for ages 10 – 12 are at 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email

P — WIGGLES AND GIGGLES for ages 2 and younger with a caregiver is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email

P — WATCH “THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS” and complete a supporting science experiment, game, or craft at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. The program is for students in grades K – 4. Call 864-850-7077 or email

P — POKEMON LEAGUE is at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email


THE CENTRAL RAILWAY MUSEUM is open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday in downtown Central. The museum has a variety of model railroad layouts on display. For details, visit

GREEN REVOLUTION, an exhibit about the phenomenal power of alternative sources of energy, is open through Jan. 16 at The Museum & Railroad Historical Center in Greenwood. For details, visit

A 4D THEATER, planetarium and more are open at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. For details, visit

FROM HERE TO TIMBUKTU is open at EdVenture in Columbia. For details, visit

BODY WORLDS AND THE CYCLE OF LIFE is open at Discovery Place in Charlotte. Visit or call 704-372-6261, ext. 300.

RIVERBANKS ZOO is in Columbia. For ticket information and a calendar of events, visit

THE FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY is in Atlanta. Visit or call 404-929-6300.

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE LOWCOUNTRY in Charleston is open Tuesdays – Sundays. Visit


G — YOUTH CONDITIONING is offered at the GHS Family YMCA. For details, call 864-963-3605.

G — MAULDIN MIRACLE LEAGUE is for children ages 3 and older with special needs. For details, contact Jeff Powers at 864-303-2362 or Sandy Somerville at 864-346-7688.

G — HOME-SCHOOL PE is offered at the Kroc Center. For details, call 864-527-5948.

G — YOUTH SMALL GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING is offered at the YMCA’s Adams Mill Program Center. Programs include youth development for ages 6 – 10 and youth beast mode for ages 11 – 15. Call 864-963-3605.

G — HOME SCHOOL P.E. is offered at by Greenville County Rec. For details, visit

G — THE PALMETTO CURLING CLUB offers a variety of opportunities in the sport of curling. For membership and event information, visit

G — YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAMS for ages 5 – 18 are offered at the Greenville County Recreation District. For details, visit or email

G — JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS, a USTA program for ages 6 – 18, is at sites in Greenville. For more information, email

G — YOUTH PROGRAMS are offered all year by the Eastside Family YMCA. Sports programs for ages 4 – 14 include spring and fall soccer, summer and winter basketball, T-ball, softball and tennis. Additional programs include home-school physical education programs, swim lessons for ages 6 months – adult and family fitness for parents and their children ages 10 – 12. Call 864-292-2790.

S — THE FIRST TEE OF SPARTANBURG teaches life skills through golf. After-school classes are held at Willow Creek in Greer, The Creek Golf Club in Spartanburg, Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman and Cherokee National Golf Club in Gaffney. Schedules, applications and online registration are available at For more information call 864-583-7084, ext. 6.

S — MARTIAL ARTS classes for ages 5 and older are offered at the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA. Call 864-585-0306.

S — GIRLS ON THE RUN is available for Spartanburg County girls ages 8 – 11. Visit

S — SPARTANBURG ELITE TRACK TEAM is an AAU Junior Olympic track and field team for ages 5 – 18. For details, call 864-316-4529 or visit

S — CAROLINA MIRACLE LEAGUE is a baseball league is for children with special needs. Games are played at Miracle Park. For more information, call 864-579-1805 or visit

S — YOUTH SOCCER is offered through the Spartanburg Parks Commission. For details, visit

S — KINDERGYM is offered at the Middle Tyger YMCA. Call 864-433-9623.

P — THE CITY OF EASLEY offers a variety of youth sports programs, including football, flag football, basketball, volleyball and baseball. Call 864-855-7933, ext. 110.


S — PAJAMA HOUR is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in December at the Middle Tyger Branch Library. Call 864-439-4759.

G — THE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD is open to students ages 13 – 18 and meets monthly at the Hughes Main Library. The program lets teens have input into library programming. Call 864-527-9248 or email

G — STORY TIME is at 10 a.m. Thursdays and at 11 a.m. Saturdays at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 735 Haywood Road. Call 864-458-9113 or visit

G — STORY TIME is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays for preschoolers and at 7 p.m. Fridays for children of all ages at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1125 Woodruff Road at the Shops at Greenridge. Call 864-627-9197.

G — PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES are offered at Greenville County Library System branches. Visit

S — STORY TIME is at 10 a.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Fridays at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1489 W.O. Ezell Blvd. The event is free. Call 864-587-8822.

S — PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES are offered at Spartanburg County Library System branches. Visit

P — PRESCHOOL STORY TIME for ages 2 – 5 is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email


G — TEAM GREENVILLE is a year-round competitive swim team that provides opportunities for all ages, skills and commitment levels. The program is at Westside Park and Aquatic Complex. For details, call Roy at 864-220-0209 or email

G — SWIM LESSONS are offered monthly at Eastside Family YMCA. Call 864-292-2790 or visit

G — YOUTH SWIM LESSONS for ages 6 months and older are at the Caine Halter Family YMCA. The programs provide goal setting and workouts for advanced swimmers. Call 864-679-9622.

G — SWIM LESSONS are offered in monthly sessions at the Cleveland Street Family YMCA. Call 864-242-4651.

G — SWIM LESSONS are offered for all ages at the GHS Family YMCA. Sessions include stroke school, Kinderswim, parent/child lessons, adult lessons and more. Call 864-963-3605.

S — THE SWIM ZONE is at C.C. Woodson Center. For details, visit or call 864-562-0459.

S — SWIM SPARTANBURG, a competitive swim program based at Converse College, is accepting swimmers ages 5 and older. Groups are designed for beginning swimmers who can swim a 25-yard lap, through advanced. Instruction emphasizes stroke and turn techniques. Fees apply. Call 828-287-4429 or email

S — Y-SPARTAQUATICS SWIM CLUB is based at the Middle Tyger YMCA. For more information or to schedule an evaluation, call 864-433-9623 or visit

S — PARENT AND CHILD SWIM LESSONS are taught at the Middle Tyger and Thomas E. Hannah Family locations of the Spartanburg YMCA. Competitive swim programs are available for ages 6 and older. Call the Middle Tyger YMCA at 864-433-9623 or the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA at 864-585-0306.


CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATRE (CYT Upstate) offers theater arts classes for ages 6 – 19. For information call 864-209-1884 or visit

G — MAKE HOLIDAY ART 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 1 – 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in December at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit

G — FREE CLASS DAYS are Dec. 7 – 12 at Piano Central Studios. For scheduling information and reservations, call 864-232-5010 or visit

S — BALLET SPARTANBURG offers classes for ages 3 – 10 at the Middle Tyger YMCA. Call 864-433-9623 or visit

G — DANCE AND CRAFT CLASSES are offered at Greenville County Community Centers. Visit

G — THE ARTS ACADEMY at Younts Center for Performing Arts offers a variety of classes. For more information, call 864-409-1050.

G — PIANO FOR YOUNG PEOPLE for grades K – 12 is at Furman University. This program provides comprehensive training through theory classes and private lessons. Enrollment is by audition. For details, call 864-294-3134 or visit

G — YOUTH ART CLASSES are offered at Furman University, the Mauldin Cultural Center and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Call 864-294-2153 or visit

G — THE S.C. CHILDREN’S THEATRE offers classes at every level for grades K3 – 12. For more information or to receive a brochure, visit or call 864-235-2885, ext. 21.

S — ART CLASSES for ages 4 and older are offered at the Spartanburg Art Museum. For details, visit

G — THE GREER CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL offers a variety of classes and programs for children and adults. Call 864-848-5383 or visit

S — SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE offers youth classes. Call 864-585-8278 or visit

S — PIANO LESSONS for ages 4 and older are offered weekly at Spartanburg County Recreation Centers. Visit

S — PIANO LESSONS for ages 5 and older are offered at the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA. Visit

S — PIANO PERFORMERS PROGRAM combines traditional teaching methods with computer technology. Classes are held at Inman Recreation and Woodruff Leisure Centers. For cost and details, call 864-595-5356 or visit