The 2020 holiday season is nearly over, but there are still plenty of opportunities for family fun this winter season. From Greenville to Myrtle Beach, here are some of our favorite local activities that the whole family can enjoy:
Ice-skating is the perfect winter activity. It’s accessible, affordable, and tons of fun. Bundle your children up in their warmest winter gear and find an open rink in your area. Through the month of January, your family can enjoy outdoor ice skating in these cities:
- Ice On Main in downtown Greenville from Jan. 1-18
- Skating on the Square in Spartanburg from Jan. 1-18
- Holiday Ice Rink in Rock Hill from Jan. 1-18
- Rivertown Ice Rink in Myrtle Beach from Jan. 15-17
- Holiday Ice in Downtown Anderson from Jan. 1-31
If you don’t have an outdoor rink in your town, make a day trip out of it and visit a neighboring city.
See A Show
It’s a little harder to attend a concert, exhibit, or show in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but venues are getting creative to bring exciting entertainment options to families:
- Go back in time and take your kids to a drive-in movie at the 25 Drive-In theater in Greenwood. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, the venue plays new and old movies for all ages.
- Go to a drive-in theater in Charleston, hosted by The Post and Courier. On Jan. 23, they will be playing family-favorite Jumanji to bring a little excitement to the new year.
- Discover a new exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. In January, the museum is featuring two special exhibits: “Charleston Collects: Devotion and Fantasy, Witchcraft and the World’s End” and “Building a Legacy: The Vibrant Vision Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman”
Run A 5K
If you’re an active family or you’re looking to become more active in the new year, running a 5k can be a fun, low-stakes way to get everyone outdoors and in shape. Just a few races in January include:
- The Bluffton Polar Bear Run in Beaufort County on Jan. 9
- The Bulldog Breakaway 5k in Charleston on Jan. 9
- The Run Downtown 5k Road Race in Greenville from Jan. 9-17
- The Virtual Red Shoe Run in Columbia on Jan. 23
There’s no shortage of opportunities to join a 5k in South Carolina in the new year. Check out a full list here.
Take A Tour
Learn more about the city or state you live in by taking a historic tour! This can be an exciting activity that engages and educates the whole family. Coastal cities like Charleston and Hilton Head are packed with history, and these are just a few of the tours you can take there as a family:
- Fort Sumter National Monument
- Charleston Historic Harbor Cruise
- 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour
- Hilton Head Guided Kayak Tour or Scenic Helicopter Tour
- Beaufort Walking Tour of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era
Visit A State Park
If you’re a fan of the outdoors and you love to hike and camp with your family, visiting a state park is a fun way to bond and create memories together. There are 47 state parks across the state of South Carolina, so there are plenty of opportunities to take a trip and enjoy nature no matter where you’re located.
Make sure to follow safety protocols and guidelines of the parks, and to pack accordingly to withstand colder temperatures in the new year.
Having the flexibility to spend time together as a family is a perk that you can enjoy long after the holiday break is over. The South Carolina Preparatory Academy is a virtual tuition-free charter school that empowers your child to take their education into their own hands and discover how, when, and where they learn best. Visit our site for more information and to apply today!