Publix Super Markets Charities Sponsors Newly Renovated Permanent Exhibit in The Children’s Museum of The Upstate

GREENVILLE, SC – The Children’s Museum of The Upstate (TCMU) announces the re-opening of its popular Super Market Exhibit as part of its 10-year anniversary milestone. Sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities, the new Publix Market is re-opening on June 22, 2019 and will feature familiar grocery elements that allow more space for interactive learning and role play, teaching children concepts about healthy choices, budgeting, sorting, and career development. New stations will include frozen foods, floral, butcher, and dairy, and a deli space will also be added to include sandwich making stations, a salad bar, and tables that give children the opportunity to prepare play food and serve each other.

According to TCMU’s President and CEO, Hillary Spencer, the average life cycle for an exhibit in a children’s museum is 10 years. She notes, “Over the years, so many visitors have enjoyed our Super Market Exhibit. With this renovation, we can improve visitor experiences for the next 10 years.” She adds that none of this would be possible without the ongoing support TCMU receives from the community each year, adding, “we are so grateful to Publix Super Markets Charities for its support. With these renovations, we can carry out our mission to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play for our guests and the entire Upstate community, in an exhibit that will continue to be treasured for many years to come.”

“We are delighted to partner with The Children’s Museum of the Upstate to reinvigorate our Publix Market and continue to bring the power of learning through imaginative play to children in our community for years to come,” said Kelly Williams-Puccio, Publix Charities Executive Director.

The Children's Museum of the Upstate is a non-profit organization dedicated to sparking a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play. As the world’s 10th largest children's museum and first children's museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, TCMU engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information, visit


About the The Children's Museum of the Upstate (TCMU)
The Children's Museum of The Upstate opened in 2009. Conveniently offering reciprocal memberships in two locations, TCMU's downtown Greenville location allows visitors to experience 80,000 square feet and 19 exhibit galleries, with components and programming in the areas of arts, humanities, sciences, health, nutrition, and the environment, suitable to children ages 1-15. TCMU's downtown Spartanburg location offers 6,000 square feet of exhibits and programs designed to support preschool children ages birth - 5. With exhibits specific to Spartanburg's landmarks, culture, and community, the museum features 7 exhibits, including a hospital exhibit, a water table with replicas of the Pacolet and Tyger Rivers, and a treehouse hosting replicas of South Carolina's native plants and birds. TCMU is the 10th largest children’s museum in the world. As the nation's first children's museum to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, there are new and exciting programs developed for every age level to stimulate creativity and stirs the imagination. For more information visit

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