With cold weather around the corner, it can be difficult to stay active with small kids. However, there are many indoor options available if you look. Here are some ways to get kids out of the house in Greenville, even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
While a bookstore may not be the first place you would consider going to get kids out of the house, in many ways they are an ideal destination. Bigger chain stores often have large children’s areas with train tables, puppet stages, and hundreds of books to explore. There’s even typically a cafe where mom or dad can grab a cup of coffee or a treat. Smaller local bookshops are fun because the shopkeepers enjoy entertaining young ones. Many even offer regular storytimes. Whether you go to buy or just browse, a bookstore will kindle your child’s imagination and drive away cabin fever.
The options for indoor playgrounds are diverse. Many parents enjoy taking advantage of indoor play places at fast food restaurants or malls. Adults can rest, work, or visit while children climb and slide for free. But there are far more options than just play places. For example, the USA Play showroom on Woodruff Road is open for paid admissions, and younger children (under 2) can play for free. Similarly, Gravitopia on Brookfield Oaks Drive is open 9-10 am every weekday for only jumpers ages 6 and under with free adult admission. Another indoor option for loads of fun is Kangaroo Jax on Laurens Road where kids can play anything in the building for the rate of admission. If you are looking for a place to run and climb indoors, you have your choice of price point and location.
If your child loves to explore and experience new things, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate is an excellent place to spend time. With multiple galleries and exhibits designed just for curious young children, your little one will never want to leave. If you want to try something a little different, you can take your child to a history program at the Upcountry History Museum or explore the artwork at the Greenville County Art Museum.
Music classes are another wonderful opportunity to get kids out of the house in Greenville when the weather is bad. Two highly respected programs, Gymboree Play and Music and Kindermusik, offer classes in town. You can try a class for free and decide if it is a good fit for your family.
It may go without saying, but the public library is always a great way to get out of the house without braving nasty weather. All of the different branches of the Greenville library hold classes with music and stories for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. You can call or visit a branch to find out more, or simply visit the library website and view the calendar.
We all love to be outdoors, and the loss of that freedom in winter may make it difficult to think of fun activities to enjoy with your children. However, winter offers new and different opportunities to get kids out of the house in Greenville. Hopefully, this list provides you with options that inspire you to get out and explore. Are you looking for childcare in Greenville that offers a stimulating, encouraging environment for your children? Please consider Legacy Academy Woodruff Road. Call or stop by for more information.