Family-Friendly Things To Do

Upcoming Events

(Note: Some events may cancel last minute due to precautions against the Coronavirus Covid-19. Please check with event's direct website before attending.)

Oct 31, 2020 (Sat) - Fright Fest 2020 from 2PM - 7:30PM in downtown Darlington. Free to public. The event will include food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors, kids' carnival, Halloween activities such as a cake walk, costume contests, and BINGO, with a SPOOKTACULAR FIREWORK DISPLAY as the grand finale. The event will start at 2:00 PM; fireworks will conclude the evening festivities at 7:30 PM. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Adults can also dress in costumes but NO HALLOWEEN MASKS for anyone over 12 years of age. Trick or Treating will be available to children 12 years and younger! Link to Fright Fest 2020 Event. Address: 1 Public Square, Darlington, SC 29532

October 31, 2020 (Sat) - Halloween Day! Find Halloween Costumes for Kids or Halloween Costumes for Adults.

November 19, 2020 (Thurs) - Downtown Holiday Open House & Centennial Tree Lighting from 5pm -9pm in downtown Hartsville. Free event. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies while whispering your holiday wishlist to Santa Claus inside City Hall. Horse-drawn carriage rides and a chance of real snow make this magical holiday tradition one that you won’t want to miss. Visit the Hartsville Museum to see holiday traditions from the past to present. All free. Address for GPS: 100 E. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550

December 12, 2020 (Sat) - Free Pictures with Santa at The Hartsville Museum from 9:30AM - 12:30PM. Bring your own camera for this opportunity. Address: 222 N 5th St., Hartsville, SC 29550

Edventure Hartsville

146 W Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550
A satellite location of the one in Columbia, this smaller Edventure in Hartsville has about 7 different stations themed with local Hartsville companies. For instance, the ambulance has the Carolina Pines Hospital logo and the bank has an SPC logo. Although missing "Eddie", this location is still great for smaller kids. See pictures taken by HartsvilleMom.com below. Our most favorite thing is the carousel in the back that runs at the top of every hour! They also have weekly events for the little ones like story time and Toddler Takeover!

The Play Zone

125 N. 5th Street, Hartsville, SC 29550
Located in downtown Hartsville, The Play Zone has Open Play dates! When the weather gets too cold or too hot, it's difficult to bring the kids to the park to play. Here at The Play Zone, the playground is inside! With slides, a ball pit, large play loft and many toys for the little ones, this place has it all! 

On top of Open Play dates, The Play Zone also has classes for Bouncing Babies (ages 0 - 3) and Teeter Toddlers (ages 2 - 5). You pay by the class. There is never a membership fee. A bonus is they also host Parents' Night Out from 6pm - 9pm about twice a month! Check out their latest calendar from their facebook or call (843) 332-7513.


If you also need a place to host a birthday party, The Play Zone also hosts birthday parties on the weekends! With an indoor space, tables, chairs and a safe indoor play area for the kids, this place will ensure your party will not get rained on! To see all of their birthday packages, go to: https://www.theplayzonehartsville.com/parties.

To see more pictures and a thorough review of The Play Zone, click here.

Hartsville Memorial Library

147 W College Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550

Story time for children at the Hartsville Memorial Library is every Tuesday at 10AM (may remain online during the pandemic). Always Free! Sometimes they also host free craft events that moms can enjoy as well!

 

Sonic Drive-In's Playground

328 N 5th St, Hartsville, SC 29550

The Sonic Drive-In in Hartsville has a large playground and play area! If you're looking for a place to eat and the kids can't sit still, this is a great option. There are plenty of parking spots on the side next to the playground. 

YEAR ROUND

YMCA & Nursery in Hartsville

111 E Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550

With an indoor pool, nursery, raquet ball courts, basketball courts, fun classes and a lot of work out equipment, it's the biggest gym in Hartsville and it's family-friendly! Best of all, it's located in downtown so you can take a walk around after your workout to see what's new in the area. To use their nursery, register your child at the front desk. They allows you nursery care during your workouts at YMCA. They also have summer camps and after school care.

AMC Classic Hartsville 2 (formerly Carmike Cinemas) 

118 W. CAROLINA AVE Hartsville, SC 29550

  

(Note: AMC Hartsville is temporarily closed according to state guidelines.) This AMC Classic only features 2 movies at a time but it's great for the whole family when they have G or PG rated movies! They also sell popcorn and drinks inside. 

Black Creek Arts Council

116 W. College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29551

Get creative and take art classes at the Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC. There are classes available for both adults and kids! From social painting, pottery to photography and film-making, go on their website to see upcoming events.

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McLeod Farms & Museum

29247 SC Hwy 151, McBee, South Carolina

They have special events on their farm throughout the year and also has a storefront that you can visit and buy fresh produce and desserts from! 

Even though this is really located at McBee, it's really close to Hartsville. You can go to their storefront to buy some local farmed goods as gifts year-round! They have alls sorts of pies, tasty bread, country ham and a lot of fresh cooked desserts near the ice cream section. They also have a corn maze for the public in the fall! I also recommend visiting the free museum next door. Just remember to sign your name as a courtesy so they know who came through the doors. Click here to see more pictures of the McLeod Farms and Museum


Hartsville Museum

222 N. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29550
Free year round! This is a great place to bring the kids and visitors. The museum is well taken care of and the staff there is very helpful. Free admission Monday - Saturday. Closed on Sunday. Learn about the history of Hartsville and visit back often for their seasonal displays like "Simply Christmas" around the holidays.  

Lawton Park & Playground

716 Prestwood Dr, Hartsville, SC 29550
This is the most impressive park with the best playground equipment in Hartsville and great for small children! It overlooks a wonderful lake and sometimes you'll find geese and ducks. There are plenty of benches to rest and have a snack. 

Pictures of Lawton Park in Hartsville taken by HartsvilleMom.com: 


Kalmia Gardens

1624 W Carolina Ave, Hartsville, SC 29550

This is a very family and dog-friendly public (free) garden. It's really beautiful with wooden chairs and a pretty pond. With well maintained bridges and trails, you'll get a healthy dosage of natural Vitamin D as you enjoy time with nature. It's a great place to take pictures and they have seasonal events throughout the year. You can host special events here for a fair fee. It's a beautiful place to host a wedding ceremony and reception.  Click here to see more pictures of Kalmia Gardens. 

HARTSVILLE in the Summer 

Neptune Island Waterpark (formerly Piratesville Splash Pad)

1109 14th St. Hartsville, SC 29550


In 2018, The Piratesville Splash Pad became a full waterpark as Neptune Island Waterpark.  It's now be a multifunctional water play area designed for children and adults and located in the Byerly Park Recreation Complex in Hartsville. They are only open during the summer months.

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