With school out, all us mommas are on the hunt for creative ways to keep our kids busy, happy, healthy and entertained (and maintain our sanity) during summer months. We camp out at the pool most days, but when you’re feeling waterlogged and sunburned and need to get kids out of the house and off electronics, we’ve got some great recommendations. Yes, life with kids is a rodeo, so we’ve rounded up our favorites for ya’ll – Greenville Summer Bucket List!!….family friendly activities, fun interactive outings, hot dates and cool treats to facilitate memory making!
Nothing is quite as iconic as popsicles in the summertime. We were first introduced to King of Pops at Ponce City Market in Atlanta a few months ago and I was hooked and then thrilled to find out they’re is also a King Of Pops franchise in Greenville!! Organic and fruity with no artificial flavorings and over 50 varieties to choose from, these are a guilt-free treat for kids (or adults). Follow King of Pops on Instagram to see where their mobile cart is each day and snag a sweet frozen treat or go by Swamp Rabbit Cafe where they’re always readily available. And here’s a little known secret, you can order them to be delivered to your door!! Thanks to the modern marvel of dry ice, your popsicles can be shipped to you to satiate summertime cravings when you just want to stay home and sun yourself by the blow up pool on the back porch!
Whether you’re spending time at the Greenville Zoo, burning off steam at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park, or enjoying dinner as a family at Roost, ICE CREAM is the “cherry on top” to a perfect day! While Greenville has no shortage of
frozen yogurt shops and ice cream parlors, we have a couple favorites, and here’s why….
Blueberry Frog frozen yogurt is made on site with nonfat milk, non-fat plain organic yogurt, water and a powdered mix that includes all the probiotics. With no added chemicals, sugar alcohols, binders or fillers, you know that this cool concoction passes the healthy mommy screening. It’s all gluten free and they have dairy free/vegan options as well. In addition to fun for the whole family and a “selfie” wall to pose and tag @gvlfrog in your instagram snaps, your fur babies are welcome too! Doggie froyos have become quite popular in this pedestrian city where man’s best friend deserves a little love too!
Self serve with 10 flavors and over 50 toppings.
Pink Mama Ice Cream was a fun afternoon stop for our family last week after a visit to Beechwood Farms and photos in the sunflower field! This darling boutique ics cream parlor is located in the heart of the quaint Travelers Rest town with scenic views and lovely window shopping. Tantalize your tastebuds with all these sweet tooth indulgences…In addition to over 24 Hersheys ice cream flavors, the extensive menu includes hand crafted milkshakes, sundaes, floats and malts, banana splits, cookies, brownies, cake pops and ice cream sandwiches. I mean, can you get any more decadent? Pink Mamas can cater your next summer party with a “sweet table” and their Pink Mamas Ice Cream truck would be a huge hit at your next event with shaved ice and novelty ice cream fun for all. Scoops and sprinkles and all sweet things…we give Pink Mamas two thumbs up! Follow on Instagram for the “inside scoop”!
Here’s some yogurt with an attitude for your kid with an attitude (I know I’ve got one of those!!) Twisted Cup is the “new kid on the block” in the Five Forks area and is creating quite a swirl! Keep an eye on Instagram for their occasion $5 special – (fill your cup as full as you can for only $5) or their Beat The Clock bonanza – (10%, 15% or 20% off depending on what time you come!). A loyalty program allows you to get notifications of special deals and earn points towards sweet rewards! Fun incentives to pack the kids in the minivan and let them create a sticky, sweet mess in someone else’s kitchen! In addition to no-fat and low-fat yogurt options, there are refreshing sorbets, shaved ice, smoothies, frozen coffee and seasonal flavors to choose from…… and, occasionally gelato!
Take to the hills for berry picking at Gentry Farms or spend the day splashing around at the Discovery Island Waterpark. But when you’ve had all the South Carolina humidity you can stand, we’ve got a fabulous indoor option for you…
Its time again for Summer Games Passes from Bowlero Corporation to be used at AMF Star Lanes in Greenville. These passes are a one-time fee that allow you to utilize the bowling lanes every. single. day. all. summer!!!!! Passes are good through the first week of September for up to 3 games every day! Thank God for an air-conditioned option to keep kids busy and active. And you momma can get yourself a fountain drink and sit back and watch them ‘have a ball’!! View more details HERE.
And…..if you love bowling yourself, we’ve got a fun date-night recommendation that your guy will love you for!! Skip the movie and snag your sweetie for an interactive and entertaining night at Stone Pin, a boutique bowling lane, bar and bistro. With upscale food, adult beverage options, low lighting and quaint atmosphere, this is a great place to gather a group of friends for an evening out. Call Stone Pin to find out happy hour specials and live music schedule.
This converted industrial space is by far the coolest use we’ve ever seen of an old warehouse. Lanes can be reserved for corporate events, bachelor/bachelorette parties or private gatherings.
There ya go….make your own bucket list from our top picks and utilize the summer weeks left to make memories as a family and squeeze in some unforgettable dates!