The Ingles Open road has something for everyone. No matter your age, there’s a weekend adventure guaranteed to snag your interest. And yes, that includes children too. If you’re looking for something to do with your kids or if you just want to get them out of the house, Chris Bainbridge has the perfect place for you. He also brought his daughter Cate along for this one.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville got its start in 2009 and has been growing and changing ever since. With campuses in both Greenville and Spartanburg, this is one of the largest museums in the world. The museum offers 80,000 square feet of learning and play—housing multiple exhibit galleries with components and programming in the arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition, and the environment. Sounds cool, right?
Upon entering, your eyes are immediately drawn to this incredible sculpture that is made for exploration. It’s appropriately named too, The Climber. Let Cate show you how it’s done.
On the main floor, there’s a fantastic exhibit called, Start Your Engines. It focuses on aerospace and automotive technology. There’s also a bank and grocery store to help young minds start learning about finances. The Healthy Heroes and Teddy Bear Clinic teaches kids about the human body and how to perform teddy bear surgery.
Downstairs on the first floor, you’ll find Reedy River Bend. This amazing water table teaches about water’s chemical and physical properties with different channels, miniature dams, and waterfalls.
Garage Rock teaches kids all about music. Off the Wall is where your little ones get creative with performing, visual, and language arts. Bib’s World is a large, fully wheelchair-accessible playground.
On the third floor is the Spark!Lab, developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The Spark!Lab got its start here and is one of the only six in the country.
Here, kids get a unique, hands-on experience that encourages them to solve problems, collaborate with others, build their confidence, and enhance their creativity. That’s the overall mission of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. They want to ignite a community of compassionate problem solvers through intentional and inclusive play with a vision of creating a world where no barrier is bigger than a dream. Sounds like a wonderful thing, doesn’t it?
Schedule your visit online today at TCMUpstate.org. Grab your children and explore three floors of fun and learning.
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