Local Youth Sports, Camps & Activities
Below is a list we complied to help you find some fun, active and creative things your child can enjoy in the Upstate! There are plenty more youth activities, camps and programs in the area-just ask around…and have fun!
Get Your Little One Ready to be a Legend! HappyFeet is a new and exciting mobile soccer clinic for children aged 2-6. Our non-competitive “Story Time with a Soccer Ball” approach is used at daycares, preschools, recreation centers and faith based schools throughout Greater Greenville and Spartanburg. On the weekends, HappyFeet Leagues are a great introduction to soccer for younger children who play in a fun based 4 vs.4 scrimmage setting. Click here to learn more about HappyFeet and the benefits it provides kids and schools along with the convenience for parents!
After HappyFeet, the next step for children aged 6-18 is The Greenville Legends Soccer Club. We have a unique developmental system that focuses on fakes and moves, deceptive dribbling, goal scoring and individual brilliance. We believe in holistic development of the children in our program and use soccer as a vehicle for learning life lessons such as leadership, integrity and sportsmanship.
HappyFeet and Legends Soccer are not only offered throughout Greater Greenville and Spartanburg, but also in Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Taylors and Easley. Park Place, Goddard, Christ Church, Spartanburg Regional, Westminster, Montessori, Legacy Academy, Kids R Kids, First Presbyterian Academy, and Classy Kids are some of our 32 schools that have HappyFeet in their curriculum.
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Summer Camps: YMCA
Camp Greenville is known for their stunning Blue Ridge mountaintop setting, supportive staff and variety of activities offered. Camp Greenville is the 5th largest camp in the country and welcomes campers ages 5–17. YMCA members are eligible for a discount on Camp Greenville sessions. A variety of family-centered camps are also offered at the Greenville location:
Spectrum Family Camp offers weekend camps for families with children on the autism spectrum.
Pretty Place Stargazers offers weekend options for families with children with Down syndrome.
Other summer camp options offered by The Y upstate include:
City of Greenville Parks & Recreation:
Recreational and competitive youth athletic programs are offered for children ages 3 through 13 throughout the year.
Instructional Basketball (4-5 yr. olds & 6-8 yr. olds) This 8 week program meets at Park Avenue Gym on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings and focuses on instructing youth on the fundamentals of basketball. The first four weeks of the program focuses solely on basic skills, such as passing, dribbling and shooting. During the last four weeks, the participants continue to practice and learn fundamentals of the sport, but they also play non-competitive games.
Homeschool Fitness This 8-week program is designed to provide physical education and fun to children who are homeschooled! The program will take place on Wednesdays from 10am – Noon at the Bobby Pearse Community Center. Recreation staff will incorporate games, sports and exciting themes each week to ensure that the participants are getting adequate exercise while having fun! There will also be time during each class designated to discuss healthy eating and nutrition.
Tee Ball (4-5 yr olds) This 8-week Tee Ball Program meets on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings and teaches the participants the fundamentals of baseball. The participants hit off of a tee and also learn how to effectively throw and catch a baseball, run the bases and understand the concept of player placement on the field. The first four weeks of the program are devoted to practices, while the final four weeks are geared to recreational games. The season concludes with a trophy presentation to each participant.
Coach’s Pitch Baseball (5-7 year-olds) This 8-week Coach meets on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings and teaches the participants the fundamentals of baseball. The participants hit from a coach’s pitch and/or tee, if needed, and also learn how to effectively throw and catch a baseball, run the bases and understand the concept of player placement on the field. The first four weeks of the program are devoted to practices, while the final four weeks are geared to recreational games. The season concludes with a trophy presentation to each participant.
The City of Greenville’s Happy Feet Dance Program is held at the Nicholtown Community Center and includes dance for ages 3-15. Beginner and intermediate instruction of Ballet, Jazz, Creative Movement, Lyrical and Hip Hop dance. Classes are held during the school year. Times range from 5:30pm – 8pm weeknights. Registration will open August, 2016.
Super Summer Camp (ages 5-12) Super Summer Camp is offered through the whole summer at all four community centers for boys and girls ages 5 to 12. The program operates from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The campers participate in arts and crafts, fitness programs, sports, music, field trips, and much more. Lunch is provided daily for each camper. Register here.
Spring Break Camp (ages 5-12) Spring Break Camp is offered during Spring Break for Greenville County Schools each year. The program operates from 7:30am-6:00pm each day. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, games, field trips, sports, fitness, music, and much more. Dates: Monday, March 28 – April 1, 2016. Register here.
Holiday Break Camp at Bobby Pearse (ages 5-12)
Holiday Break Camp is offered during Christmas Break each year from December 21-23 and December 28-31. The program operates from 7:30am to 6:00pm. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, games, field trips, sports, fitness, music, and much more. Participants are required to bring a lunch each day, but an afternoon snack is provided. Register here.
Study Buddies (ages 5-12) The Study Buddies After School program is offered at four community centers throughout Greenville. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. Participants will receive homework assistance, tutoring, life skills development, recreational activities, arts and crafts projects, and much more. A meal is provided daily for each participant. Register Here
Each of our Study Buddies After school programs are LiveWell Greenville designated sites. By incorporating health and wellness education and policy into our programs, we are committed to providing our students a safe, enriching, and healthy afterschool experience. Take a look at their current Afterschool Health and Wellness Policy.
Mobi-Rec – The City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department provides a mobile recreation vehicle designed to increase opportunities for youth to participate in safe, quality, structured play and recreation in areas where services are not available.
The vehicle, officially named “Mobi-Rec,” is the result of an innovative project led by nine members of the Fall 2012 Class (XIV) of the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) Program. The vehicle is a 2013 Chevrolet Express 3500 commercial cutaway van outfitted with a variety of recreation equipment. Come join the fun and play! Mobi-Rec is on the move this Spring! For more information, contact the City of Greenville Recreation Department at 864-467-4351.