Family Travel 2012

Nichole Livengood



Family fun night in downtown Greenville

Posted 1/26/2013 4:15:00 PM

If you’re looking for a little family fun in downtown Greenville, swing on over for a little old fashioned miniature golf at Falls Park Golf and Games at 7 W. Camperdown Way.

Greenville’s only indoor mini golf course has 18 holes that meander against the scenic backdrop of Reedy River Falls, the Caddy Shack lodge, over a miniature Liberty Bridge, and through a blacklight room. When you’ve scored your hole in one, head to the arcade or let your little ones (11 and younger) jump around in the bounce houses. There are snacks on premises, but I recommend driving down the road a bit to Funnelicious for mini hot dogs and fried Moon Pies.

You can create your own sandwich (gluten free options are available) or build your own hotdog at the little restaurant at 155 Augusta St., then indulge in the impressive menu of fried offerings including funnel cakes, fried Oreo balls and candy bars. Check out the fun menu here. The shop is open Monday-Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Falls Park Golf and Games is open Tuesday-Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They are closed on Monday. For more information, click here or call (864) 232-5015.

Hit the The Sandbox in Hilton Head

Posted 1/16/2013 12:00:00 PM

Raining days or cold weather shouldn’t keep the fun at bay. Take a trip to The Sandbox on Hilton Head Island. The children’s museum is located just off of Pope Avenue at the south end of the island and is aimed at kids from infant to eight years old. The museum is definitely packed with enough interactive fun to keep the little munchkins occupied for a while.

They can play in the sand at Loggerhead Sandcastle, suit up like a real pilot and take flight in the international airport terminal complete with plane, pilot, co-pilot and passenger seats. In the Construction Zone they can put on a hard hat and get to work, and there’s a huge saltwater aquarium filled with fish and other small wonders of the sea.

Upstairs they can cozy up with a stuffed animal and enjoy a book from the museum library, have a tea party, create their own artistic masterpiece with the art supplies in Learner’s Loft, design their own railway system with the Thomas the Tank train set, put on a show at the puppet theater or build away at the Lego table.

For the really little ones, there is Charlie’s Perfect Playplace, a gated area specifically for infants and toddlers. They have their own play gym, books and interactive toys away from the bustle of big kids.

Stay for a little while, or stay all day. There’s a snack bar and gift shop so you can take home a little bit of the fun.

Regular hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Admission is $7 for adults and children ages one and older; $6 for seniors (65+), active military and groups of more than 10; infants younger than one are admitted free. Click here or call (843) 842-7645 for more information.


Discover the world of Science at Spartanburg Science Center

Posted 12/27/2012 11:44:00 AM

When you are in the Spartanburg area, make a point to visit the Spartanburg Science Center at Chapman Cultural Center. The learning facility just received 11 exhibits from Discovery Place in Charlotte last year and upon instillation, celebrated a grand re-opening.

In the center, your family can learn how to make better food choices at the magic refrigerator and take a stroll through the live backyard animal exhibits, where you’ll meet Fluffy, the bearded dragon, fish, turtles, snakes and aquatic plants that are native to South Carolina, as well as other areas of the world.

In the natural science room you’ll come face to face with a giant stuffed Alaskan brown bear, an alligator and blue marlin, and will see animals from all over the world as well as fossils, rocks and shells. You’ll also learn about recycling, the science behind bubbles, and can hop on a bicycle and pedal your way to generating your own energy. Learn about the world of simple machines and the principles behind how they work and the science behind motion. There’s a sand pendulum and even a harmonograph drawing machine. It’s a learning packed adventure for the whole family.

The Science Center is located on the second floor of the Chapman Cultural Center, which just celebrated five years of providing programming in the areas of performing and visual arts, science and history for the people of Spartanburg and beyond.

Spartanburg Science Center is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children ages six through high school; $2.50 for college students with ID; $3 for seniors, veterans and active military; and is free for members and children ages five and younger.

New baby giraffe on exhibit at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Posted 12/17/2012 4:24:00 PM

Surprise! It’s a boy. Zookeepers at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia were taken aback when Sharon, one of its female giraffes, gave birth to a 100 pound calf in late October. “Because all of our females are on birth control, we really didn’t expect that Sharon was pregnant,” said John Davis, curator of mammals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. “Winston’s arrival was quite a shock.” Though he was unexpected, the zoo happily welcomes the little male calf to the herd.

Now six weeks old, Winston is happy, healthy and roaming around the African Savanna exhibit with eight other members of the herd. He’s the seventh giraffe birth at the zoo since February 2009.

Though he was hand reared because of a weight problem after he was born, he is doing great now. When he’s full grown, Winston could be as tall as 18 feet and weigh as much as 2,600 pounds. Winston is the third baby to parents Sharon and Charlie.

If you’d like to visit Winston, the zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is $11.75 for adults; $9.25 for children ages 3-12 years old; free for children 2 and younger; military (with military ID) and senior citizens ages 62 and older are $10.75. Group rates are available. For more information visit the zoo website.

South Carolina State Museum celebrates the season with Winterfest

Posted 12/17/2012 10:05:00 AM

Tired of the holiday rush? Grab the family and head to the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia for Winterfest.

During the two week-long celebration there will be a performance of Hansel & Gretel by the Columbia Marionette Theatre, seasonal star labs, nature crafts, board games and several chances to visit with the Big Guy before he slides down your chimney, so check out the schedule and make plans for a visit. (Don’t forget your camera.)

Some highlights include Polar Express Night on Friday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. Come dressed in your jammies, enjoy the movie with free popcorn (with other snacks for purchase), then stick around for hot chocolate and cookies. Movie admission is $7 or $5 for members.

After the packages are unwrapped, print out some of your memorable holiday pictures for the kids and send them to the “All About Me” introduction to scrapbooking class on Thursday, Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for kids ages 7 to 12. Pre-registration is suggested.

Winterfest runs until Jan. 1. To register for an event or to find out more information about the activities during the holiday celebration call (803) 898-4952 or visit the museum’s website.