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Movie Theaters Are Re-Opening in Spartanburg & Some Have Cheap Family Friendly Movie Deals

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Looking for cheap movies this summer? Many theaters are beginning to reopen for the summer and some are offering low-cost family movie deals. Find out what Spartanburg area movie theaters are doing to keep movie goers healthy and about their re-opening policies. Plus, check out our list of cheap movie options near Spartanburg this summer!


Free Outdoor Movies Near Spartanburg

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Did you know that families can enjoy free outdoor movie each summer? Here’s the movies that are coming this summer and some tips on what you can expect.

Remember that these events are subject to weather, so check the Facebook page of the venue close to the movie date. Also, especially for extremely popular choices, you will want to arrive early.


Kids at Spartanburg County Schools Aren’t Going Back to the Classroom This School Year

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Parents have been anxiously awaiting news from Greenville County Schools on if the rest of the school year would be cancelled.

Well, it is. Kids aren’t going back into the classroom this year.

{{Insert virtual hug here}}.

South Carolina announced today that the rest of the 2019-2020 school year would be conducted online due to the impact of the coronavirus. The state certainly isn’t the first to take this course of action and many parents had guessed this would be the case but now we know for sure.

The announcement came from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, who had been working closely to figure out the best course of action.

Stay tuned to your own particular schools and teachers for specific directions on what comes next and how eLearning will continue or be altered.

The SC Department of Education already announced last month a new grading system based on participation and also said no federal testing will take place this year.

We are incredibly grateful to administrators and teachers who have had to turn their entire education plan for the year on its head at the drop of a hat last month.


And to parents, you’re doing the best you can and we stand (virtually) in solidarity with you during this tough time.

20+ Free or Cheap Things to Do in Spartanburg (that kids will love)

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Are you looking for free or cheap family-friendly things to do in Spartanburg? Do you have an idea in your head that doing something fun with your kids in Spartanburg is going to cost money (and probably a lot of it)? We are setting the record correct today once and for all: Spartanburg has tons of fun free things to do and even more that are really cheap.


The Ultimate Guide to January

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It’s January and the perfect time to get out as a family with our list of fun things to do in Spartanburg and nearby.  No matter what the weather holds, we have a list of fun indoor and outdoor ways to keep the kids busy and in shape through the colder months. Have fun!

This post includes information about our sponsors and other Spartanburg events. We do our best to update, but please check original sources as venues may change times and details.

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Things to Do in January in Spartanburg

January at the Library

LEGO Block PartyOn January 13, 2020 and January 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm, families are invited to a LEGO Block Party at Cyrill-Westside Library. This family-friendly event even includes a special area for those under 4 years old.

Did you know the Spartanburg County Public Libraries host 25 storytimes regularly at their various branches? Check out their storytime hours to find the right time for the ages of your kids.

Movies at the Spartanburg County Library

  • Marvel Movie Madness – On January 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm, tweens are invited to Woodruff Library to watch “Ironman”!
  • Teen Movie Night: Spiderman: Far From Home at Woodruff Library will take place on January 16, 2020 at 4 pm.
  • Abominable – On January 18, 2020 at 2 pm, you are invited to Middle Tyger Library to watch Abominable for Family Movie Night.

January Family-Friendly Shows & Sports

Swamp Rabbits Hockey Games are fun for the whole family – especially on game nights with special promotions. Here are a couple of our favorite Swamp Rabbit promotion events in January:

  • DC Comics Night – January 18, 2020 vs. Norfolk Admirals (make sure you take advantage of this month’s Family Four Pack discount for this game!)
  • Stomper’s Birthday Party – January 31, 2020 vs. Florida Everblades

Your little gymnast won’t want to miss the upcoming Furman Classic Gymnastics Competition on January 17 – 19, 2020.

SC International Auto Show rolls into the TD Convention Center January 10 – 12, 2020. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are $5 – 8.

The Harlem Globetrotters are headed to Bon Secours Wellness Arena on January 4, 2020.

You can see South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre January 25, 2020 – February 2, 2020.

Free Things to Do with Kids in January

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop – Head to Home Depot on January 4, 2020 between 9 am – 12 pm to make a miniature hockey game.

Story Time at Barnes & Noble (W.O. Ozell Boulevard) happens each Saturday in January at 11 am.

Family Night Out at Headquarters Library on January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 7 pm. Families and their children can hang out together doing various activities.

Even More Fun Things to Do in January

Cowpens National Battlefield Anniversary Celebration. This annual event commemorating the Battle of Cowpens is the weekend of January 18, 2020. It is free and open to the public.

Toddler Time (ages under 7) at Big Air Spartanburg returns after school resumes each Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am – 1 pm. Jumpers are only $8 for the entire 3 hours!

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, ages 6 and under can jump at Preschool Jump at Pump It Up in Spartanburg from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great time to take your small children since older children are not allowed in the venue. *Returns after school resumes*

Skate, Rock, and Stroll a Disability Friendly Time on the Big Ice takes place on January 20, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Guests can go out on the ice in a wheelchair or walker, be pulled around the ice on a sled or in a wagon, walk on the ice or try your hand at ice skating! Volunteers from the Greater Greenville Hockey Association will be available to assist with guests as needed.

An Unbirthday Party on January 25, 2020 at 10:00 am at Once Upon a Dream Parties. Your princess will arrive at your royal table to decorate her very own cupcake, and of course blow out her unbirthday candle! The celebration will continue with a game, dancing, and fun photos. $12.

Friday Starry Nights returns to Roper Mountain Science Center January 10, 2020! Enjoy special planetarium shows Friday nights.  6:00 pm – The Cowboy Astronomer | 7:30 pm – Oasis in Space ($6.00 for adults | $5.00 for children 4-12 years old | Children 3 and under – FREE)

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What will you do in January? Let us know in the comments!

30+ Holiday Things to Do in Spartanburg

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Ready for holiday events in Spartanburg!  We have so many fun things to do around Christmas with kids including a Victorian-themed night in downtown Spartanburg, local performances of the Nutcracker, light displays, Santa visits, and more. Don’t miss out!  This list is organized by date for each Christmas event with an additional list of festive things to do this holiday season, so be sure to read it in its entirety. Have a great holiday season!


31+ Things To Do With Your Family This November

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Are you looking for things to do in Spartanburg this November? We have you covered with all the family-friendly events happening this month in and around Spartanburg. As you will see, November is stuffed full of holiday fun, live shows, and more!


31+ Things to Do in October

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We are coming up on one of our reader’s favorite times of year, October! This month’s event list includes farm activities, and of course, trick-or-treating events in Spartanburg. We already have some great lists to help you choose the best events for your family including our popular Fall Guide with its list of best farms, orchards, and fall festivals, our Fall Festival Guide with over 25 festivals to choose from, and our massive trick-or-treating guide that covers everything from safe places to get candy to haunted houses.

So, here’s your bucket list for October with 31+ activities your family definitely needs to look at as you plan your family fun. Remember October only comes once a year, so clear out that schedule for a little bit of family fun! If you enjoy one of these events, be sure to let the venue know that you heard about their place from Kidding Around Spartanburg.

RELATED: Be sure to check out our Ultimate Fall Guide to Spartanburg

Things to Do in October

Farm Stuff

There’s nothing that says “fall” like a good old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, or pumpkin patch at a local orchard or farm. Don’t worry though, we have a list of corn mazes, a list of pumpkin patches, and a list of u-pick orchards. If that doesn’t cover what you are looking for, don’t forget to also check our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Spartanburg.

Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches

Our area has several great corn mazes (some are even open at night). Here’s a couple of our favorites.

  • Denver Downs Farm (Anderson, SC, 1 hour from Spartanburg) offers one-day admission that covers not just unlimited time in the corn maze but also unlimited hay rides and farm activities including a big jumping pillow, corn pits, and play areas. For those with teenagers, Denver Downs Farm also opens three haunted attractions on select nights including a scary haunted corn maze. This year’s maze is designed in celebration of John Deere’s 100th Anniversary. Denver Downs also sells pumpkins (pre-picked in a field).
  • Eliada Corn Maze (Asheville, SC, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Spartanburg) has a storybook maze designed for small children and their admission fee also covers all farm activities.
  • Stewart Farms (Enoree, SC, 35 minutes from Spartanburg) charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. On select nights they open the corn maze at night for a family-friendly “spooking”. Stewart Farms is one of the few farms that allows you to pick and cut your pumpkin directly from the patch.
  • Strawberry Hill (Chesnee, SC, 30 minutes from Spartanburg) charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. The maze is also open at night and is designed in a Spookly the Pumpkin theme. Strawberry Hill includes a pie pumpkin with their hayride. The pumpkins are pre-cut but placed back in the patch.

Apple Orchards

We have tons of U-pick Apple Orchards from you to choose from.  Apple season continues through October (in fact, some later varieties are still sometimes available for u-pick in early November). Many of the orchards also offer farm activities, play areas, and apple cider donuts and apple cider in addition to their produce. Two local orchards that we recently reviewed on our sister-site Kidding Around Greenville are Grandad’s Apples and Such and Justus Orchard. Sky Top is also a local favorite orchard.

If you are new to Spartanburg, you will quickly fall in love with Fall in the Upstate. With cooler weather and beautifully changing leaves, October is the perfect time to go outdoors, do some hiking or enjoy one of the many family-friendly local festivals. October brings loads of fun – the fair comes to town along with a ton of Halloween themed events. The hardest thing about this month will be choosing the events you will attend!

Over 30 Fun Things to Do With Kids in October

If your child is turning six in October (or turned six in September), don’t forget to pick up your free Pepsi Party Pack the first week of October.

Festivals and Celebrations

The annual FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation takes place on October 5th and 6th, 2019.

Families are invited to celebrate the many international businesses in Spartanburg at the popular annual International Festival held at Barnet Park on October 5th. There will be plenty of food, music, and fun!

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, families are invited to visit the firehouse for Spartanburg Fire Department Open House on October 6th, 2019. There will be tours, games, and free food.

The Piedmont Interstate Fair comes to Spartanburg October 7th – 13th, 2019 with rides, food, animals, music, and more! Ticket prices vary.

Greenville’s annual Fall for Greenville includes food, music, wine and entertainment. It will be held October 11th – 13th, 2019 in downtown Greenville.

The Pacolet Indian Summer Festival on October 19th, 2019 includes children’s rides and activities, vendors, a car show, a beauty pageant, live music and more!

Halloween Events You Cannot Miss

Boo in the Zoo is a can’t miss event held at the Greenville Zoo the evenings of October 18th – 20th, 2019 and October 25th – 27th, 2019. Costumes are encouraged as you do some family-friendly trick-or-treating through the zoo.

Another popular annual Halloween event is the Pumpkin Path at Hatcher Garden held on October 24th, 2019. Children are encouraged to wear costumes as they trick-or-treat through the gardens and complete various activities.

Greenville County Rec’s Enchanted Forest is Greenville’s fairytale trick or treating event. Trick or treat at the pavilion with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, in Robin Hood’s forest and Shrek’s swamp October 24th – 26th, 2019.

Halloween at Heritage Park in Simpsonville is a free, family-friendly event with games, inflatables, food vendors, and trick-or-treating held on October 26th, 2019.

Halloween Hoopla on October 27th, 2018 is a free family-friendly Halloween event in Greer City Park.

Boiling Springs Library’s Monster Mash is on October 31st, 2019. There will be a family costume contest, Halloween games, dancing, treats, and more!

For even more Halloween fun, see Our Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Spartanburg.

Crafting and More

October provides families with fall-themed crafting options including Home Depot Kids Workshops, and Fall Crafts at the library.

Spartanburg County Libraries also offer a LEGO club.

Ballet, Theater, Puppets, and Live Shows

Baby Shark Live! comes to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on October 3rd, 2019.

Spartanburg Youth Theatre will bring Miss Nelson Is Missing to the stage on the weekend of October 11th, 2019.

Ballet Spartanburg will perform the The Snow Queen, A Frozen Adventure at Chapman Cultural Center on October 18th – 20th, 2019.

Headquarters Library is hosting Monster Mania! for free on October 22nd, 2019 and October 24th, 2019.

Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.

What will you do this October? Let us know in the comments!

Fall Festivals Near Spartanburg

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Here’s a list of local festivals this fall that are in or near to Spartanburg! Fall festivals are the perfect chance to purchase local holiday gifts, purchase local foods and produce, and just have fun as a family. P.S. Most of these festivals are completely free!

This list is provided for informational purposes. If you go to one of these events, we would love to hear in the comments about your experience to help us recommend the best fall festivals in Spartanburg next year!


30+ Things to Do in September

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School’s back in session and the summer heat is starting to fade. Now that September has arrived, some regular school year events have returned like story times and jump times for preschoolers and toddlers. In addition to these regularly scheduled events, this month provides families the unique opportunities to see trains, characters, and more! Check out our list of more than 30 fun things to do this September to add some fun to your family’s calendar.