Are you looking for ways to have fun with your baby in Spartanburg? We know that it’s not always easy to know where to find fun for a kid so small. That’s why we have put together this list of 10 things to do with your baby in Spartanburg. This list includes everything from places to go (did you know we had a museum that has special areas just for babies) to an exercise group where babies are welcome.
Hit a Spartanburg park
Parks with Baby Swings – Exposure to fresh air and sunlight are beneficial for babies’ sleep patterns. Getting outside and taking advantage of baby swings are a fun and peaceful outing for infants. Check the Spartanburg Parks website to find parks with baby-accessible equipment.
Head to the water
Splas hpads and swimming pools – Babies love water! Once your little cutey is able to sit up independently, checking out Spartanburg’s splash pads at Tyger River Park or Barnet Park is a great way to spend an hour sitting in the spray during the spring and summer months. Make sure to bring fun cups and other water toys for your baby to grab and manipulate. For year-round water fun with your baby, investing in a YMCA or Spartanburg Athletic Club membership will not only help you stay healthy, but will provide fun outings for your baby, too. The indoor pools are accessible year round. So grab a swim diaper and jump in or invest in their reasonably priced swim lessons.
Check out a local garden
Hatcher Gardens is a lovely paved garden in the heart of Spartanburg. Waterfalls, ponds with turtles, hawks and other wild life and bright flora make for a lovely stroll and lots to look at with your baby. Gazeebos and other seating areas in the shady garden are the perfect spot to sit and enjoy nature together.
Peekaboo Baby Storytime
Peekaboo Baby Storytime is a storytime experience designed specifically for babies 12 months and under. Located at Spartanburg County Library Headquarters in downtown Spartanburg every Wednesday at 11 am, this is a great way to introduce your baby to books, expressive language, and music while in a small group setting without the distraction and noise of older children. If you are looking for an all-ages storytime, Rocking Babies on Thursdays at 10 am is designed for 3 and under.
Baby Storytime at the Spartanburg County Library Landrum branch is a storytime designed for 2 years of age and under every Monday at 10:30. This intimate library setting is great for tiny hands (and eventually feet) to explore.
Classes for babies
Mommy/Daddy and Me classes – Music classes like 1st Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg’s First Steps in Music are geared for newborn through 18 months, and Musikgarten for 18 months to 3 years old, and are a wonderful way to engage your baby’s intellect and imagination. If paying tuition isn’t in your budget, playing musical instruments at home (alone or with friends) and singing with your baby are fun, beneficial and free! Older toddlers (18 months and up) can take part in Mommy and Me gymnastics classes at local gyms like Spartanburg Gymnastics and Sparkle City Gymnastics.
Visit the new TCMU Spartanburg
To the excitement of parents and tots alike, Spartanburg has recently opened The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. The museum is geared for children five and under and all the exhibits and play areas are 24 inches tall or smaller – perfect for babies and toddlers to easily navigate and explore! Admission is $5/person.
Take a walk
The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail – The weather is beautiful for a majority of the year in Spartanburg. Make use of our temperate climate by taking your baby for a stroll on the Rail Trail. With over 100,000 regular users, the Rail Trail is usually a hot spot for moms looking to get some exercise for themselves and fresh air for the baby. The Rail Trail is continuously adding new kid-friendly features such as an obstacle course for older children. Pop into Hub City Coffee en route and grab a coffee to-go.
Work out with your baby
Spartanburg Stroller Rollers is another way for new moms to stay healthy, make new friends, and still spend quality time with the baby. Classes meet three times a week at the Upward Star Center on Warren H. Abernathy Highway with a free intro class. The goal is working out WITH your baby, walking/running/ and resistance exercises. Often times less expensive gym memberships don’t have childcare, so if paying for childcare if out of your budget and/or you are soaking up every minute of mommying that baby, dust off the jogging stroller you registered for and check it out with your little!
Hopefully these ideas for fun outings will inspire you to explore where you live with your beautiful baby. Do you have an idea to add to the list?