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50+ Things to Do: Winter Break Bucket List

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The kids are out of school for the next couple of weeks, so we’ve put together a huge list of over 50 things in Greenville, SC that you can do with your kids during the winter break. This list includes not just fun activities in Greenville but also some easy day trip ideas (all under two hours’ drive). If you have any more suggestions of ways to keep your children busy while school is out let us know in the comments!

Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide, Winter Camps 2022-2023 & our December Events, but here are some things to do this winter break that we know you won’t want to miss!

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  1. Go ice skating at Ice on Main, Greenville Rec’s Pavilion, or on the Big Ice at The Well at Bon Secours Wellness Arena
  2. Get into the Hot Chocolate Bomb craze
  3. Enroll your kid(s) in any of these great Winter Camps in the area.
  4. Mice on Main scavenger hunt
  5. Toads on Trade scavenger hunt in Greer
  6. Festival of Trees (throughout December 2022)
  7. Visit your local library
  8. Fly through the air on the ropes and zip lines at Flying Rabbit Adventures in Greenville
  9. Enjoy any of these free/cheap things to do this winter
  10. Upstate Holiday Light Show (ends December 31, 2022)
  11. Have fun at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
  12. Sign up for a music class at a local studio such as Piano Central Studios.
  13. Cheer on the Swamp Rabbits at a hockey game
  14. Go out for hot chocolate (try one of our reader’s favorite spots for hot chocolate)
  15. Head to Family Fun Gym at Acrosmith Gymnastics (the 10:15 am Family Fun Gym are open to kids up to 12 years old)
  16. Get outdoors and try a hike at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve
  17. Go skiing or snow tubing at any of these area resorts/winter fun places
  18. Try a Christmas-themed escape room challenge
  19. Get out all your holiday frustrations by smashing things at the Mad Smash Rage Room in Taylors Mill (kids ages 8+ can participate!)
  20. Try a new pizza place! (Of course, KAG readers have some recommendations.)
  21. Road trip up to Christmas Town, USA
  22. Play arcades or climb the indoor playground at Frankie’s Fun Park
  23. See local wildlife at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville
  24. See one of Greenville’s fantastic home light displays (see our list of Holiday Lights for more details)
  25. Travel out to the Biltmore in nearby Asheville
  26. Make some art and shop local at TR Maker Co.
  27. Grab coffee, stecca, or a delicious sandwich at Swamp Rabbit Cafe
  28. Chase some waterfalls – here are great hikes with waterfalls, which could be partially frozen this time of year (so cool!)
  29. Or take a driving tour of NC waterfalls that involve little to no hiking
  30. Visit the Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock
  31. Plan a park play date with the friends your kids are missing from school
  32. Volunteer together as a family
  33. Take an epic road trip to Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, TN
  34. Go on an amazing tour of Lake Jocassee with Jocassee Lake Tours (Cool season tours run from November through April)
  35. Story Time at Barnes and Noble (Saturdays at the Shops at Greenridge)
  36. Load the kids in the car, queue up your favorite holiday music playlist, and take a driving tour of local light displays
  37. Have a night of cupcake or cookie decorating with a kit from a local bakery
  38. Find one of these trains near Greenville
  39. Play with a unicorn at Hidden Pasture Farms’ Yuletide Unicorn Christmas Festival in Fountain Inn
  40. Take a day trip to Hendersonville to see the Hands On Children’s Museum
  41. Take in a drive-in movie
  42. Follow the Sheep Trail through downtown Greenville
  43. Ride bikes at one of these top places to ride bikes in Greenville
  44. See the Christmas lights at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (ends January 1, 2023)
  45. Visit alpacas at Winchester Creek Farm in NC
  46. Visit a trampoline park such as DEFY, Big Air, Urban Air, or Sky Zone
  47. Do the zoo!
  48. Explore caverns half a mile inside a mountain
  49. Cozy up in a winter vacation rental
  50. Get crafty and paint pottery at Color Clay Cafe
  51. Check out the Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights (closes January 8, 2023)
  52. $5 Skate Night at Ice on Main (Every Tuesday in December)
  53. Schedule some kid-free time and go on a date
  54. Get in a visit with Santa
  55. Check out the model train display at Taylors Mill
  56. Take the family to a huge indoor waterpark like Wilderness at the Smokies, the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, or Great Wolf Lodge.
  57. Visit a family-friendly brewery like Double Stamp Brewery or Southernside Brewery which is thoroughly decorated for the holidays.

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About the Author

Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at [email protected]