Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Children's Museum of the Upstate Review & Giveaway!!

Wow! What a day! Party of 5 had the great opportunity to spend the day at The Children's Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina. We laughed, played, and learned from the minute we walked in the door. In case I haven't said it before I have a very active & spunky 3 year old boy who needs lots of high energy fun. The Children's Museum of the Upstate definitely had it all for us! It is an 80,000 square foot building! In fact, it is the 7th largest children's museum in the country and 10th largest in the world! It has 18 interactive exhibits!

Upon walking in the door we first noticed the huge Kaleidoscope Climber sculpture in the middle of the room. It didn't take long for Ryley and my niece Hailie to start climbing.

Next we moved to the Bi - Lo Market section where the kiddos can use kids sized shopping carts to pick out items, build a cake in the bakery, and check themselves out as a cashier! We also explored the Start Your Engines exhibit where we built race cars and test drove them! Let's not forget the Teddy Bear Hospital where we bandaged the poor bears and played with real crutches.

Downstairs we visited the Reedy River Bend and the Toddler Lily Pad which is a  huge water play section! They have it all! The Toddler Lily Pad gives the little ones (even seats at a water table for infants!) a chance to explore but bigger kids can certainly have a blast exploring at the Reedy River Bend. In the WCTM Studios Hailie was given the choice to sing, do a news report, or a weather report. She chose to dress up and sing her ABCs. The kids can also direct while the actors perform on the green screen! The kids also loved the Garage Rock room where they got to jam out on lots of interesting instruments.

But wait there's still more! On the third floor of the museum we visited Grandma Betty's Farm and the Construction Zone (I think that was Ryley's favorite!). The museum also has a traveling exhibit which right now is all about encouraging kids to make healthy food and lifestyle choices.

After all this (we didn't even get to all the exhibits!) we were pooped and it was time to go home! We spent 2 hours in the museum but could have easily spent all day. Besides being amazingly fun and educational the museum is also VERY safe! Each parent and child are wrist banded upon entry. No child can leave unless the adult wristband is scanned and matched to the child!

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Open Mondays
Memorial Day - Labor Day:
9 a.m. to
5 p.m. and special Holidays

General Admission
Child (age 2-12) $9
Adult $10
Senior/Military $9.50
Under age 2 FREE
Members FREE
For Group Admission
info call

TCMU is amazing and I hope you're ready to go because I have a family 4 pack for you! YAY! 

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** Disclosure** The product(s) in this review were provided to me free of cost for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.


latanya said...

Grandma Betty's Farm

agatewood1 said...

Construction Zone

Kathryn Costa said...

WCTM Studios.

Angelia said...

Garage Rock for sure!!! We've got a little rocker in our house :)

Matthew said...

Bi Lo Market