Children's Museum taking the lead on making water education fun

May 15, 2018.

This morning, I was able to get a sneak peek of The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s new Spartanburg location, ahead of its grand opening on Saturday.

As a lead sponsor of the museum, Spartanburg Water was able to ensure that all of the children who visit the museum—and their parents and caregivers, too—will enjoy a fun and interactive lesson on the value of water, sanitation and our watershed. And our very own Percy Shivers, our favorite local penguin and ice house mascot, takes center stage.

The exhibit, which our staff played an active role in helping design, is a show-stopper. Representatives from the company that built all of the exhibits said that it was truly one-of-a-kind, and many on the museum staff remarked that it was their favorite.

The museum officially opens this Saturday, May 19, with a Grand Opening Street Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free admission that day, as well as special activities, programs and vendors—all designed for children ages 5 and under, which is the museum’s primary focus. Our Choose Tap team (and Percy Shivers, too) will be on hand to provide our local water, too. I hope that you can get a chance to see this exciting new resource for our community.

The museum is located at 130 Magnolia Street in Downtown Spartanburg. To learn more, visit

By Sue G. Schneider, CEO

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