Think you know all there is to know about fun things to do in Fort Mill? Looking for a new hobby or wanting to meet new people? Does your child need an activity to draw them away from too much screen time? Read on for some fresh ideas that may not be widely publicized, but that can still be wildly fun.
- Baxter Village branch of the York County Library
Could your child benefit from some fun, interactive, educational and best of all – free – learning after school? Look no further than the Fort Mill Library.
Before your kids groan when you mention the library, tell them to listen up: The Fort Mill Library in Baxter Village offers cool classes for all ages. From Lego Club to Dragonology, Fantasy genre to video gaming enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone at the library.
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy classes such as “Once Upon a Lap,” “Preschool Storytime,” “Toddler Time” and “Itty Bitty Bookworms.” These interactive classes feature stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Classes fill up fast so be sure to register early.
Elementary school children can participate in Lego and chess clubs and a variety of special events. This spring, middle and high schoolers can compete in competitions such as “Chocolate Wars” and “Cutthroat Cupcake Wars.” All materials to participate are provided and registration is free.
Adults can relax and unwind with adult coloring and writing classes or learn a new skill through free computer and technology tutoring. Individual tutoring sessions are 45 minutes and can range from learning how to use your smartphone to brush up on your Microsoft Office knowledge to land that new job.
Pre-registration is required for most classes. For current class schedules and to register, go to yclibrary.org and click on the “Find Something to Do” tab. For more info, call 803-547-4114.
- Olive’s Mud Puddle on Main Street
If you need something different than the same old dinner and a movie on a Friday or Saturday night, look no further than Olive’s Mud Puddle on Main St. in Fort Mill. No longer just an art gallery and studio, Olive’s is now a bona-fide local hangout with weekend nights filled with open mic and game nights. The explosion of growth in Fort Mill and on Main St. has helped Olive’s to evolve, said owner Debbie Whitsett, adding that the latest open mic night brought a full house.
Next on the agenda is adding music bingo nights, beginning in February.
“We’ve had a great response on social media,” she said.
There are a plethora of events happening weekly, for all ages and tastes. Whether you’re the artsy type and love to create or just want to kick back and relax and enjoy some live entertainment, Olive’s has you covered.
This coming Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6-9 p.m. is Game Night and $2 pizza. Word on the street is Cards Against Humanity is on the agenda.
There are “Make Your Own” pottery events in the studio where people of all ages can play and create with clay – psst! Hey Moms! Mark your calendars for the second Saturday in February – there’s a free event for kids, “Kids Play in the Clay” from 1-3 p.m. You can learn more about Olive’s kids summer art camps too.
For more, go to olivesmudpuddle.com or call 803-552-9255 or email email@example.com.
- The Fort Mill Community Playhouse
The Fort Mill Community Playhouse has been entertaining residents of Fort Mill and the surrounding areas for 39 years. The Playhouse has called Main Street in Fort Mill home since 2016, adding yet another important piece to downtown’s revitalization.
Coming up Saturday, Jan. 26, is “The Super Bowl of Improv Show.” The Super Bowl show is an annual improv playoff to see which lifestyle is better – single life or married life? (The married lifestyle won last year, and the single life won the three years prior.) Show begins at 8 p.m.
Other upcoming shows include the musical comedy “Snapshots,” “Things My Mother Taught Me, a generational comedy and the beloved “Driving Miss Daisy.”
For ticket info visit fortmillplayhouse.org.
- The Anne Springs Close Greenway
The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a 2,100-acre protected nature reserve in the heart of Fort Mill. ASCG members and non-members (for an access fee) can take advantage of this hidden gem, which is home to miles of trails and greenspace for hiking and biking, as well as horseback riding, kayaking, camping and fishing.
Coming up on Saturday, April 20, ASCG will host Goat Yoga featuring the miniature goats of Critter Creek Farm. Goat Yoga is a fitness trend made popular by social media videos. The cost for this event is $25 for ASCG members and $30 for non-members. Pro tip: Membership to the Greenway is $49 a year for individuals and $99 for families (you can sign up for monthly bank draft , so it’s extremely affordable; Dog park access is an extra $10 a month). That means no extra fees for Greenway access and for many programs.
For more, go to ascgreenway.org
- Fitness is a lifestyle – in the gym and out
Have your New Year’s Resolutions fallen by the wayside, or are you still going strong? There are many different options in Fort Mill to help you stay the course on your fitness journey. Here are just a few to get you started:
Club Pilates is a brand-new boutique Pilates studio featuring state of the art equipment and group fitness classes for all levels. Private lessons are also available. Located in front of the new Earth Fare grocery store.
Carolina Yoga is in Kingsley Village and is home to a 3,500 square foot space with more than 60 classes per week taught by a team of 34 instructors.
F3 is an organization of men focused of fitness, fellowship and faith. Small groups of members meet at different locations in the area. The bootcamp style workouts are free, held outdoors and are peer-led. For more info, check out F3 on Facebook.
The Fort Mill-Rock Hill Runners Club meets regularly for running and social events. More than 200 people are in this active group. For more info, find them on MeetUp.com.