Daby Snipes, EdS, is a project coordinator with Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy, part of GHS Children’s Hospital, which includes Safe Kids Upstate. She works with Safe Kids Upstate in Oconee County. Get more tips at safekidsupstate.org and follow Safe Kids Upstate at facebook.com/safekidsupstate.
Spring has officially sprung! Warm, sunny days, cool breezes, green grass and spring flowers are true indicators that we have left winter behind and are ready to be outside. Safe Kids Upstate, part of Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, believes having fun together outside will help your child develop lifelong habits that lead to a healthy and active lifestyle.
We are very fortunate in Oconee County to have many resources for families to hike, swim, play and discover our beautiful landscape. If you are looking for places to play, check out these local resources and upcoming events in our area.
South Carolina State Parks
Our state and local parks offer many fun and exciting activities for the whole family. South Cove Park, Oconee State Park and Chau Ram County Park, located here in Oconee County, have hiking trails, swimming, camping and many other activities. There are Life Jacket Loaner Boards at South Cove and Chau Ram. You can use a life-jacket for the day and return it before you leave.
Born Learning Trails
The United Way of Oconee County, along with their partners, has established five Born Learning Trails for parents to enjoy with their children. The Born Learning Trails offer 10 fun outdoor games with engaging signs to help parents and caregivers create learning opportunities for young children.
You will find them at these locations:
- Shaver Recreation Complex in Seneca
- Sertoma Field in Walhalla
- Fair-Oak Elementary in Westminster
- P. Anderson Park in Westminster
- Tamassee DAR Thrift Shop in Tamassee
Oconee Memorial Hospital’s Walking Trail
The trail on the Oconee Medical Campus is open to the public and will be the location for Oconee Memorial Hospital’s March of Dimes Festival and Community Walk on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and craft vendors, a petting zoo, entertainment and much more will be offered! Safe Kids Upstate will be present to fit and distribute bike helmets. Please note that sizes and quantity are limited.
Stay-cation—Staying at Home for Vacation
There are many activities you can do together right in your own backyard! Some of my favorites are …
- Flying kites
- Blowing bubbles
- Using sidewalk chalk to draw on sidewalks
- Hunting for bugs
- Planting seeds
- Picking flowers
- Bike riding
- Watching the sunset
- Playing “I Spy”
Because outdoor play is active, children will usually need more supervision. Give kids your undivided attention. Whether you are at home or at the playground, actively supervise your kids. It won’t be hard. They’ll probably be calling you to watch, constantly saying, “Look at me!”