Family-Friendly Things To Do


Feb  9, 2023 (Thurs) - Father Daughter Dance from 6PM - 8:30PM organized by Darlington Parks and Recreation. Call 843-398-4030 for details.

Feb 11, 2023 (Sat) - Kids Night Valentine's Day Party at Seersuckergypsy from 5PM - 8PM. Perfect event for your kiddos while you enjoy your Valentine. Kids 5-12 are welcome to paint and eat pizza with us!!$20 per kid. Address: 211 N 5th St., Hartsville, SC 29550


Jan & Feb, 2023 - Free Fridays at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden for Lexington County & Richland County residents. Hartsville does not fall underneath these counties but if you have family members that do, this would be great. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is kicking off another New Year with the return of Free Fridays. Starting January 6, residents of Richland and Lexington Counties with proof of residency can enjoy free admission on Fridays in January and February. (A valid ID or property tax statement will be accepted). All other guests will be charged regular admission. Address: 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210

April 8, 2023 (Sat) - Moore Farms Botanical Garden Eggstravaganza from 10AM - 12PM. $5 for children, $10 for adults and babies under 1 year old are free. Tickets are reserved online. Address: 100 New Zion Road Lake City, SC 29560

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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 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:

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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! In addition to the Tuesday story time at 10AM, there is also a Monday story time for babies at 11AM.


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. 


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.

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.

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! Lawton Park overlooks a wonderful lake and sometimes you'll find geese and ducks. There are plenty of benches to rest and have a snack. 

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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. Facebook Page