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“Great place for a field trip”

The Children's Museum of the Upstate
Ranked #11 of 93 things to do in Greenville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 80,000 Square feet of fun! The Children's Museum of the Upstate is 7th largest children's museum in the country and only children's museum that is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville on the cultural campus of Heritage Green, it's close to all the action and offers ample parking. The museum features 20 exhibit galleries that include a traveling exhibit hall, two outdoor interactive exhibit spaces and an outdoor programming space. Visitors experience more than 100 individual exhibit components with a continuum of programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition and the environment. Kids and adults can simulate flight into space, design their own Formula 1 race car or go exploring in the Climber that reaches up to the skylight. Whatever your age, The Children's Museum is a place of possibility where children and adults alike can explore, discover, imagine, pretend and Be Anything! The Children's museum is committed to serving the needs and interests of all children by providing experiences that spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm. Open Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place for a field trip”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I chaperoned the Kindergarten field trip and the kids had a blast! The staff was amazing too! We had a workshop/learning session that was great. The children enjoyed all the exhibits, especially the medical center (use of crutches and casts) and the veterinarian center with the stuffed animals. It was too cute!

Visited September 2012
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English first
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“So worth the admission!!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

My toddler had such a blast that I immediately bought a year's membership. We have already been back twice, and she is so excited about "mooseem" that her eyes light up at the mention of it. I'd say it's really good for any age. There are things for any baby who can walk, and there are things for kids as old as ten or eleven too.

Visited July 2013
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Hagerstown, MD
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Awesome place, even for a toddler!”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

It's hard to find a place that will keep my 2 year old entertained, but this did it! They have toddler -specific areas, but also some activities that are adaptable with parent help. It was a bright, well-planned place, and I wish we lived closer! Super crowded on a weekday during the summer.

Visited July 2013
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“Kids love it but exhibits need some TLC”
Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

We areembers of the museum and we go at least once per month. Our 4 year-old and 21 month-old have a great time and are always sad when it's time to go. From an adult's perspective, it needs some TLC. The grocery shopping area is a favorite, but my 4 year-old is getting frustrated that many of the items won't scan and it is because the bar codes are worn or faded or peeling off. Similarly, both kids love the build-your-own race car area, but many of the car parts are broken or so worn that the wheels fall off or won't turn. I understand that kids are tough on equipment, but a children's museum should expect that and budget for repairs or replacements. That said, it is still a very neat museum and worth a visit (or membership!)

Visited June 2013
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“So much fun!”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

A must do with children. So much to do and see for them. Even fun for the adults to join in. Check out every station and spend hours of fun with your family.

Visited June 2012
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