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Childrens Museum of the Upstate Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children's Museums, Education, Environment, Fairs, Parks & Playgrounds, Sports

Mission: TO SPARK A LIFELONG PASSION FOR CURIOSITY AND LEARNING THROUGH PLAY.

Target demographics: ignite a passion for learning and empower all children ages 2-12 to discover their full potential and expand their views of themselves and the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 140,000 visitors use our exhibits as the ultimate STEM classroom each year. Just to give you an idea of the costs we incur here, our annual exhibits and maintenance bill is over $300,000!

Geographic areas served: the Upstate of South Carolina

Programs: "Fund-A-Family" that serves museum admission to underprivileged families and other non-profit organizations. "Artist in Residence" that brings artists to the museum to interact with children about their craft and create a collaborative piece of art. "Get Up and Grow" daily program for ages 5 and under that can include a story, song, sensory play, craft, puppet show, special guests and much more. "Rad Lab" includes hands-on experiments, inquiry focused exploration and fascinating STEM* activities. "Lego League" features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. "Off The Wall Art Studio - Daily open studio that inspires the budding artist in children of all ages. "Real Tool Time" Ages 7 & up learn basic woodworking skills and concepts through the use of various materials such as glue, nails, screws, sandpaper, finishes, paint and hardware.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best children's museum we have ever visited and we are so fortunate it's right in our own town! My children and I visit the museum frequently and during the cooler months we go almost every week. They never get tired of it even though we have been multiple times. They have their favorite exhibits, but usually visit them all for at least a short time while we are there. We love when a new exhibit arrives, some of our favorites are Imagination Playground and The Great Outdoors.

We have a yearly pass and this is great because we can sometimes pop in for an hour or 2 and sometimes we stay the whole day. Just depends on how much time we have that day. My kids are happy to do either. We are very grateful that we have this fabulous museum practically right in our own backyard.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last Saturday I visited TCMU, it was not my first time there as I had toured the facility several times and covered several events for Latino Newspaper. This time I was there as a gran'pa! I took two of my grandchildren to visit, Yaleska (10) and Angie (9). Oh boy! It was a spectacular experience for all, the children, my two daughters and MYSELF! Yaleska wrote an article, which I published in this week's issue of Latino Newspaper (www.latino4u.net) as follows: "El sábado 18 de julio abuelo me llevó a mí y a mi prima al Museo del Niño en Greenville. Nosotras estábamos muy felices, jugamos en el supermercado a ser cajeras y hacer compra. Después a jugar Legos y armar casitas y carritos. Después nos fuimos a ver la parte de Japón. Tienes que ir es muy cool. Allí puedes jugar y aprender a la misma vez. Atentamente, Yalezka."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My soon to be three year old son (this Saturday), not only loves this place, but this is where we are having his 3rd birthday party! Great staff, great environment and learning activity for our whole family!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's fun, never gets boring after multiple times and as the children grow they can even volunteer!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love everything about The Children's Museum. My two year old could live there if we would let him! I love that he is not only enjoying his time playing but learning while he is at it. I look forward to many years of fun and learning at The Children's Museum!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love the Children's Museum of the Upstate! Every time we pass by my daughter begs us to stop. All the activities are fun and educational. And we can not wait to go see each traveling exhibit. This is one of the best places for kids in Greenville!

1 Karen329

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love visiting TCMU! Featuring new exhibits throughout the year and fun programs for children of all ages, this three story hands-on learning, play place is an ideal family attraction in the Upstate. Each visit is filled with new and exciting adventures. TCMU IS reasonably priced, and conveniently located in the heart of downtown Greenville, SC.

1 BethanyWinston

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family visits The Children's Museum of the Upstate on a frequent basis, including not just visiting the museum but also attending museum events. I own a website that offers event news and reviews about our area, so we have visited several other museum including science centers and children's museums in nearby cities. (Note: I do partner with the museum on a business level, but this review is my personal opinion).

I'm impressed by the size of TCMU and the variety of exhibits. The museum is well-maintained and kept clean throughout the day. The exhibits are educational but also encourage open free play. Even though we visit frequently, my children are never bored of visiting and always request to go back.

The classes and programs that we have attended are also well-run and fun for the kids. We attended a homeschool day that included 5 hands-on science classes for my kids. All the classes were interesting and well-taught. I was really thankful to have this resource as science can be a difficult subject to teach at home. Plus, we enjoyed meeting other families.

There is a nursing room and changing tables in the bathroom. It's also really easy to roll a stroller through. My kids are currently 3 and 6.