Things to do to Celebrate the New Year in Spartanburg

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New Years is a great time to recollect on another year and think about changes in the next year. We celebrate by staying up until the New Year is officially here. But, what about your children? Is New Years just another day of the year for them because they can’t celebrate like you? Kidding Around’s Melanie and Deborah have put together a list of ways to celebrate the New Year with your children.

New Year things to do in Spartanburg

Things to do on New Year’s Eve in Spartanburg

There are some great parties going on during the day, but we also have child-friendly options for staying up late.

Mommy’s Time Off: New Year’s Eve at Kidcreate – 10 am – 1 pm – Drop your kids off  at Kidcreate Studios and let them create all they will need to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Price is $37.

Happy Noon Year! Pick Me Up – 11:30 am – 12:15 pm – Ring in the New Year at a reasonable hour with a virtual party with Spartanburg Libraries. Be sure to swing by your local branch for a special New Year’s Pick Me Up Kit!

NYE Lock In at Greer’s Plate 108 – 8 pm to 8 am. Kids ages 10+ are invited to stay the whole night and cook dinner, snacks, and breakfast. They can bring sleeping bags and pillows and there will be plenty of chaperones. $125/kid

Upstate Holiday Light Show – 6:00 – 10:00 pm – New Year’s Eve is the last night to take the family to see this spectacular, drive-through light show.

And if you need more lights in your life, several local light displays operate through the first of the year!

Things to Do on New Year’s Day in Spartanburg

The first day of the New Year is a time to reflect, and make plans for the New Year. Or just scream at the TV if your favorite football team is letting you down.

If you are looking for something to do with the kids, here’s a list options to make that first day of 2021 memorable.

Go to the Movies   

Our readers love watching movies at the NCG theaters. Before 5pm, matinees are only $7.

Make a Family Bucket List

With all the cool travel destinations and events we’ve covered on both Kidding Around pages, it could take a whole day to look at them. How about New Year’s Day? You could make a list of all the places your family would like to visit in the New Year!

Get Outside on New Year’s Day

Opting to spend the day outdoors, providing the weather permits is always a Kidding Around favorite! Whether you are hiking, biking, walking or exploring the Upstate has no shortage of places to go. Check out our Hiking Guide for inspiration!

Go Ice Skating!

Skating on the Square – Treat your family to some ice skating on the square on New Year’s Day. Maybe try a new activity if they’ve never been and start a new tradition. Open from 4 – 10 pm on New Year’s Day. The cost is just $10 per person and includes skate rental.

Go Geocaching

This free community sourced form of treasure hunting is a unique way to explore your hometown. Cleveland Park in Spartanburg is a great place to geocache.

Check Out a State Park

The State of South Carolina has some really beautiful state parks to explore. Why not celebrate the New Year by making a goal of becoming an “Ultimate Outsider” with a state park pass. There are 47 South Carolina State Parks to explore and once you visit each and receive a stamp in your guide book, you’ll receive a free t-shirt proclaiming your status as a South Carolina Ultimate Outsider.

Go Chasing Waterfalls

Depending on the weather, I can’t think of a more memorable way to ring in the New Year than going on a waterfall tour. Don’t worry about hiking with little ones in tow. Kidding Around’s Kristina has plotted out a tour route of waterfalls you can view without having to hike.

Go Running

Hair of The Dog Run 2021 The 39th annual Hair of The Dog Run benefits the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. You can run a 5 or 10 mile run, or do the 1 mile fun-run with your child. The event starts at 9am with breakfast to follow. Registration fees are $25 for the adult runs and $15 for the fun-run.

Go hiking!

Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site – 10 am – 2pm – Take part in a First Day Hike with a self-guided 2.5-mile hike along the Tyger River Trail. First Day Hike hand sanitizers and stickers will be given out while supplies last. Free park admission.

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site – 10 am – 2pm – Enjoy a self-guided, kid-friendly First Day Hike along the 1-mile British Camp Trail. Admission to the site is free.

Paris Mountain State Park – 10 am – 2 pm – This year’s First Day Hike is around Lake Placid. Signs at station posts provide activities along the way. Park admission is $6 an adult, $3.50 a child, and free for under 5.

Make Memories at an Amusement Park on New Year’s Day

What about spending the beginning of the New Year at an amusement park? That’s one way to make it memorable!

Dollywood  – A favorite destination for the Kidding Around team, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in at Dollywood and in Pigeon Forge.

CarowindsConveniently located just over an hour from the Upstate, a visit doesn’t require an overnight stay.

Six FlagsThis could be the year you overcome that fear of thrill-rides. The Pandemonium ride at Six Flags would be the amusement ride version of jumping into the deep end of the pool!

We hope that, no matter how you spend New Year’s Day, the 364 days that follow it are filled with fun and laughter for you and your family!

How do you spend that first day of the year with your family?

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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