Park Hop: Register for the FREE Park Hop Scavenger Hunt for Kids in Spartanburg, SC

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Ready to Park Hop in Spartanburg for summer 2021? Park Hop has come to Spartanburg, SC and now you can join the fun with this FREE park scavenger hunt with prizes for the kids!
Since 2013 the kids of Greenville county have been discovering the local parks and earning prizes with this annual summertime event. This totally free scavenger hunt is expanding to Spartanburg county for a second year.

Don’t miss out on our Spartanburg Park Hop Guide listing each Spartanburg park with a handy map to help you find your way! We also have a Greenville Park Hop Guide with the Park Hop parks in Greenville.

We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are at Kidding Around that Spartanburg will be included this year. It’s something we’ve been wanting to happen for a long time. While we know it won’t look the same as it has in the past (due to health concerns), we know it will still be a great source of fun for our readers! If the Park Hop is something that you enjoyed in the past, then you understand our excitement! If this is all new to you, don’t worry Kidding Around will help you every step of the way.

Kidding Around Spartanburg is an official partner of the 2021 Park Hop.
Follow Kidding Around for an exciting Park Hop series this summer. We are going to hop right along with you and give you the inside track on what you can expect when visiting this year’s parks.

As you can imagine, due to COVID-19, things may look slightly different this year. Go to The Park Hop website to sign up and get more information about downloading the Park Hop app. 

What is Park Hop?

When: The scavenger hunt will run from May 15th through September 5th.

Be sure to register for this year’s Park Hop online. Also, download the free iOnGreenville app. You can access the Park Hop passport via iOnGreenville and enter your clues electronically while at the parks (easiest option for most families) but a paper passport is also available for those who prefer a non-electronic version.

  • Registration Opens: April 12th, 2021
  • App Launches: May 15th, 2021
  • Last day to submit clues: September 5th, 2021
  • Closing Celebration: TBD

What: Choose parks to visit in the Spartanburg and Greenville area and win prizes, plus be entered into giveaways based on how many parks you visit. Each park will have a couple of scavenger hunt clues that you can answer at the park via the free iOnGreenville app (download in the Apple or Google Play store) or the printed park hop passport.

While hopping we encourage you to use the hashtag #parkhopfever to share your adventures on social media. And, don’t forget to use #kiddingaroundsc or tag us on social media too!

How To Participate In The Park Hop

When reaching a park on the list, access your clues via the Park Hop button iOnGreenville app, or refer to your paper passport. (Clues will ONLY be accessible in the app while you are at the park. Answer all of the clues at your location via the app or on your passport.

We encourage all of our Park Hop participants to share their photos via the apps. Look for the Photo Booth button under the Park Hop mini-app. Once there, sharing your photo is easy:

1) Take your Photo. A filter will be applied for the different park locations!

2) Enter Your Email Address into the form

3) Post your photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all your other social networks using the hashtag #ParkHopFever

What Parks Are Included?

The 2021 list of parks is TBA, but in the meantime, you can check out last years parks with your family to prepare for this year!

Spartanburg County Parks that participated in 2020

City of Spartanburg Parks that participated in 2020

Greenville Rec parks that participated in 2020

Popular City of Greenville Parks and Recreation parks included in 2020

Greer City Parks included in 2020

City of Mauldin parks that participated in 2020

Simpsonville Parks and Recreation locations included in 2020

The iOnGreenville app uses geolocation to help you find the parks closest to your current location, and the clue is ‘unlocked’ once you are in the vicinity of the park. Download the app on the Apple or Google Play store for free. The app works best if you have the most updated software on your phone and have the most updated iOnGreenville app.

Even if you registered last year, you will need to sign up for your family again with an e-mail address and the number of children participating.

What Are The Prizes For Park Hop?

Children will earn prizes based on how many parks they visit.
In past years this has included some really cool prizes from local vendors and family attractions. Plus the chance to be entered to win grand prize giveaways.

Park Hop Playdate Events

Possible playdates TBA for 2021

Why Should My Family Participate?

Joining in the Park Hop is the annual summer family event that makes perfect sense. While participating, you have the opportunity to discover new places as a family. Your kids will enjoy the outdoor time and play. And, your family will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes.

Park Hop is a free event thanks to the support of its partners and sponsors: Spartanburg County Parks and Rec, The City of Spartanburg Parks Department, iOnGreenville, City of Mauldin Recreation, City of Greenville Parks and Recreation, Molina Healthcare, Greenville Can, City of Greer Parks and Recreation, Simpsonville Parks and Recreation, Alliance Champions Training Center, Greenville County Rec, Once Upon a Dream Parties, and Kidding Around Media.

What Other Parks Are There To Explore In The Upstate?

We’re so glad you asked! We just happen to have guides to parks in both Spartanburg and Greenville counties! Just because a park isn’t part of the park hop, doesn’t mean you can’t go explore it. There are so many unique parks locally. Some next to the Reedy River, with a splash pad, with zip lines, and so much more. So use the Park Hop as an excuse to go explore all the parks of the Upstate and earn some prizes for the kids while you have fun!

A Guide to the parks of Spartanburg | A Guide to the parks of Greenville

Now you have all the tools you’ll need to enjoy the Park Hop and the other parks you encounter along the way. We hope you enjoy looking for the clues and maybe discover something new!

Has your family participated in the Park Hop in the past? We’d love to know what your favorite part was, and if you are excited that it is finally including Spartanburg in the fun?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom
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