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Partner with Upstate SC’s Top Family Website

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Kidding Around is my go-to source for all things kids and family. It is an invaluable resource and asset to the community!” ~ Kidding Around Greenville reader

If you’re interested in connecting with local families in the Upstate, showcasing your business, event, or service, you’ve come to the right place. Kidding Around Media is an established entity with a highly engaged audience and readership.

Winner of 2021 Best in the Upstate: Best Social Media Resource

Kidding Around Greenville stands out in the Upstate with its strong social media presence on both Facebook and Instagram. Our pages are known for their strong engagement, creative content, and thriving audiences.

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What Sets Kidding Around Media Apart in the Upstate

Our Content Is Local, Comprehensive, and Unique

Our content is more than lists, reviews, and guides. All our writers are local parents. We write about what we love, what our kids love, and all the wonderful places to make memories together to last a lifetime. We are competitive, knowledgeable, and experienced and love nothing more than to show our readers all the cool things to do in town, write about the unique offerings of local businesses, and pass on our experiences to locals and visitors alike. 

Awesome site for comprehensive information about events, family friendly businesses, and things to do in Greenville.” ~Kidding Around Greenville Reader

Your Ads Directly Reach Parents that Live in Upstate SC

Stretching your dollars matter. And with Kidding Around Media, your ad budget will go further than anywhere else because you’ll be reaching your target customers and making meaningful and lasting connections with them. 

If this sounds like something up your alley, shoot us an email – sales@kiddingaroundgreenville.com. We can customize any of our offerings and create a partner package that works for you and accomplishes the goals you’ve set. 

Is your business regional? We’d love to partner with you as well! We have done dozens of reviews of kid-friendly businesses, including hotels, attractions, and adventures, within driving distance in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. See our Travel page for a sampling of places we like to visit and write about!

We Work with Over 100 Local Partners Every Year with a High Retention Rate

We’ve partnered with dozens of local businesses over the past eight years, including The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, YCMA of Greenville, and Christ Church Episcopal School.

Request Our Complete Media Kit

Part of the Minority Business Accelerator 2022 Cohort

10 Parent-Hacks for Amazing & Memorable Trips to the Farm this Fall

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Want to make sure your family trip to the farm is amazing? Farms in the fall are perfect places for family fun and lots of memory-making. But, bringing your whole crew anywhere can sometimes be a little stressful, right? So, we have some tips to help you make your fall farm trip easy with nothing but fun and happy faces.

Parent tips for farm trips
Famoda Farm

Wear the correct clothes.

A farm is a great opportunity to take some adorable, matching farm-themed photos, but it’s important to realize that it is a farm. Farms have dirt, fire ants, and typically a lot of sun. Cute smocked outfits, warm “fall” clothes, and open-toed shoes might look great in photos but may not be comfortable, practical attire for having fun at the farm.

If your main goal is photos, consider either outfit choices that are comfortable and can get dirty or take your photos and schedule another visit for full farm activities.

We recommend wearing:

  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Closed-toed shoes that are comfortable for walking such as tennis shoes or boots
  • Layers, even on cooler fall days it can feel really hot in the sun especially if you spend an hour wandering in a corn maze.
  • A hat or sunglasses if it’s a sunny day
Moo Cow farms cow cuddling
Moo Cow Farms

Bring snacks and water.

Most farms will allow you to eat on the property or at your car. Some serve food, but not all. Most do not have a place to refill water bottles.

We recommend making sure you have plenty of food and water.

There will likely only be porta-potties at the farm so plan accordingly.

Wear your sunscreen. It can get hot in October in our region.

Apple slingshot
Apple slingshot at McLadke Orchards

Go over farm etiquette before getting out of the car.

It’s important to go over basic farm rules with your kids if they are unfamiliar with farm etiquette. Farming is hard work and it’s important to respect the farmer’s property.

Follow all farm signs and rules.

Be sure to treat plants with respect. Only pick what you plan to pay for and don’t destroy farm property such as forming new paths in a corn maze.

Don’t throw produce such as pumpkins or corn unless it’s part of a farm-approved game.

Watch your kids closely. Farm equipment can be dangerous.

Don’t feed animals unless signs give permission to feed them and only feed animals food that is approved by the farm.

If you have the opportunity to touch or hold animals, remind your children to be gentle.

Feeding animals at Goat Daddy's Farm
Goat Daddy’s Farm

Be prepared before you get lost in the corn maze.

Corn mazes are fun but they also are in direct sunlight and involve a lot of wandering around trying to figure your way out.

Your kids will likely insist on picking all of the turns which often results in walking in circles for hours.

  • Make sure your preschooler/toddler understands that they have to stay with you because losing a child in a corn maze is more excitement than most of us want when visiting a farm.
  • Take a photo of the corn maze before you enter. That way if you get lost and tired, you can still find your way out.
  • If all else fails, follow the wall-hugger trick.
  • Make sure you have your water with you.
  • Go to the bathroom before your start the maze.
  • If your kids are little, they usually won’t know the difference between the entrance and exit so you can always have a short visit into the corn maze and just exit out the way you came before everyone gets tired.
Corn maze
Denver Downs

Pick the right farm.

If you want to pick apples or pumpkins, make sure the farm lets you pick them before arriving. Some orchards and farms only sell pre-picked produce.

Some farms allow you to enjoy all the activities for one price, whereas others charge per activity. If your main event is picking apples, paying once for the jumping pillow or hay ride might be the right choice. If your main activity is playing at the farm, consider one with an all-inclusive price.

Denver Downs Slide
Denver Downs

Check to see what forms of payment they accept.

Some of the farms in the region only accept cash or check. Make sure you are prepared.

Explore the Revolutionary War in Historic Camden, SC

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Are you looking for a South Carolina town day trip packed with Revolutionary War history? We found the perfect spot in nearby Camden, SC just 2 hours from Greenville. As South Carolina’s earliest inland town, Camden provides opportunities to learn about the American Revolution, enjoy a small-town downtown complete with unique shopping and dining, and even kayak through a state park.

A Couple Tips for Camden, SC

  • Parking is easy downtown. There is plenty of free street parking.
  • It’s a friendly town. If you have a question about what to do or eat, just ask. 
  • The City of Camden website is a great place to look for general information on the area and the Classically Camden website is packed with information for visiting.

This article includes:
Things to Do in Camden, SC
Where to Eat in Camden, SC
Where to Shop in Camden, SC
Where to Stay in Camden, SC
Annual Events in Camden, SC

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Parent-Tried Tips for Getting Your Kids to Talk

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How do you get kids to talk to their parents? How do you spark meaningful conversations with kids? You love your kids and you want to hear about their day and what’s happening in their lives. But, how do you encourage your kids to talk to you? Try these tips from parents just like you for encouraging kids to communicate and talk to you.

We have all been there (well, at least most of us). It’s the first day of school or our kid goes to camp, and we can’t wait to hear all about it. Then our kid comes home and only provides information in one-syllable answers … “fine.” Or maybe, our kid talks or at least used to, but our life has gotten so busy that we realize we haven’t had a deep conversation with them in days or even weeks.

Talking with our kids is important. In fact, the Palmetto Basics includes talking to your kids as one of the most basic ways to help your child’s brain grow. We also know that talking with our kids and as a family can continue to strengthen relationships and our children’s personal growth as they grow older.

What are some tips then for getting our kids to talk or better to talk to them in a way that invites conversation? We polled our readers to hear what they do to foster family conversations and these are their tips.

Encouraging Kids to Talk to Parents
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Make These “You Rock” Valentines

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Need an idea for school Valentines this year? The time-honored tradition of handing out small cards with a little candy, stickers, pencils or other small trinkets to the class is one school children look forward to year after year. Who doesn’t like receiving nearly 2 dozen little presents and notes? If you’re looking for something a little different this year, check out these homemade “You Rock” Valentines.

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Partner with SC’s Top Family Website

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Kidding Around is my go-to source for all things kids and family. It is an invaluable resource and asset to the community!” ~ Kidding Around Greenville reader

If you’re interested in connecting with local families in the Upstate, showcasing your business, event, or service, you’ve come to the right place. Kidding Around Media is an established entity with a highly engaged audience and readership.

Winner of 2021 Best in the Upstate: Best Social Media Resource

Kidding Around stands out in the Upstate with its strong social media presence on both Facebook and Instagram. Our pages are known for their strong engagement, creative content, and thriving audiences.

Combined total of over 95,000 subscribers on our platforms!

In 2022 alone, Kidding Around Media had:

  • 3.06 million page views
  • An increase of 11.50% new users to the Kidding Around Greenville site from 2021
  • An increase of 47% views on Facebook videos over the previous year (more than 213,296 minutes viewed)
  • An increase of more than 14% likes to our Facebook page, obtained completely organically

What Sets Kidding Around Media Apart?

Our Content Is Local, Comprehensive, and Unique

Our content is more than lists, reviews, and guides. All our writers are local parents. We write about what we love, what our kids love, and all the wonderful places to make memories together to last a lifetime. We are competitive, knowledgeable, and experienced and love nothing more than to show our readers all the cool things to do in town, write about the unique offerings of local businesses, and pass on our experiences to locals and visitors alike. 

Awesome site for comprehensive information about events, family-friendly businesses, and things to do in Greenville.” ~Kidding Around Greenville Reader

Your Ads Directly Reach Parents that Live the Midlands

Stretching your dollars matter. And with Kidding Around Media, your ad budget will go further than anywhere else because you’ll be reaching your target customers and making meaningful and lasting connections with them. 

If this sounds like something up your alley, shoot us an email – sales@kiddingaroundcolumbia.com. We can customize any of our offerings and create a partner package that works for you and accomplishes the goals you’ve set. 

Is your business regional? We’d love to partner with you as well! We have done dozens of reviews of kid-friendly businesses, including hotels, attractions, and adventures, within driving distance in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. See our Travel page for a sampling of places we like to visit and write about!

We Work with Over 100 Local Partners Every Year with a High Retention Rate

We’ve partnered with dozens of local businesses over the past eight years, including The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, YCMA of Greenville, and Christ Church Episcopal School.

Kidding Around Partners

Request Our Complete Media Kit

Part of the Minority Business Accelerator 2022 Cohort