Saturday is Earth Day, and the Upstate is geared up to celebrate by hosting a variety of outdoor events.
Celebrate Earth Day early with upcycled crafts for kids at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. The cost is $7 each. To register, visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg. You can also get a jump start on the national observance at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library. Plant seeds in a planted made from recycled materials. Great for ages 6 – 12. Visit greenvillelibrary.org for details.
Kroc Center Family Movie Night is at 6 p.m. Friday at 424 Westfield St., Greenville. This weekend's movie is "Disney's BFG." The free movie is open to all in the community. For details, visit www.krocgreenville.org.
The Greenville Drive has home games this weekend, kicking off Friday for One-Hit Wonders Night with fireworks after the game. Sunday is the Drive's Michelin Reading All-Stars Reading homestand. Sunday's first pitch against the Rome Braves is at 4:05 PM, and the pregame parade for Reading All-Stars will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday's game against the Greensboro Grasshoppers begins at 7:05 p.m., with the parade scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Both days will see high-achieving schools selected to the Reading All-Stars Hall of Fame, and the Drive are teaming up with Public Education Partners to host a book fair for children at both games. For more information, visit www.greenvilledrive.com.
Kids Fest at Heritage Green will be held 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville. The event kicks off the Week of the Young Child. This free festival is geared towards young learners and is filled with age appropriate activities for kids 1-5 years old. Each Heritage Green organization will have a booth on the lawn with opportunities for families to experience what their museum or entity provides our community every day. Heritage Green includes Greenville County Library System, Upcountry History Museum, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville Little Theatre and the Greenville County Museum of Art. For details, visit scchildren.org.
Space Day is Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Celebrate Earth Day by learning about why Earth is special, and extending this learning to outer space. All ages are welcome at a special out-of-this-world science program at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit www.tcmupstate.org for details.
Earth Day Goose Chase is 9 a.m. – noon Saturday at Lake Conestee Nature Park. Learn about the history and natural beauty found in the park and participate in a few service projects. Form a team of 3 – 5 people and accumulate as many points as possible in three hours. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. For details, visit www.lakeconesteenaturepark.com/events.
An International Play Date will be held 1 – 3 p.m. Saturday at Conestee Park, followed by a Kids International Soccer Tournament from 3 – 4 p.m. Play games and make crafts from different cultures. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic. For details, visit atlanticinstitutesc.org.
Whole Foods, Habitat for Humanity and the City of Greenville are hosting a daylong Earth Day celebration 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Whole Foods on Woodruf Road. The day begins with a jumpstart on spring cleaning at the Habitat ReStore donation drive. A Habitat truck will be available to collect gently used furniture and housewares for resale at the ReStore. The day also includes compost bins for sale, a free Southern Om yoga class, a lunch pop-up, and a kids’ recycled craft.
Paris Mountain State Park will hold a program on wildlife rehabilitation led by Wendy Watson at 10 a.m. Saturday. Wildlife Rehab of Greenville is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured wildlife in the Upstate of South Carolina. Come meet some of WRG’s educational ambassador animals up close and learn about these native species that live amongst us. Learn more at www.wildlife-rehab.com. No registration is necessary for this one-hour program and there is no charge. For more information, call 864-244-5565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greenville Police Foundation, Greenville City Police, and the Community of West Greenville will host the first annual HERO games, a community-wide field day event dedicated to getting neighborhood children, community members and police officers to come together for a day of fun. The HERO Games will take place 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the West Greenville Community Center, located at 8 Rochester St. Greenville.
Families are invited to be a part of a special Make-a-Wish princess celebration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Furman University. A local 7-year-old’s wish to become Rapunzel for a day will come true. Anna Leigh, who lost her hair during chemotherapy, will receive a royal procession before letting down her long hair from Furman University's iconic bell tower. The community is invited to participate, and enjoy a few other fairy tale surprises, too. For more details, visit the Make-a-Wish South Carolina website.
If you don’t mind a short drive, the annual Spartanburg Soaring: International Kite Festival is Saturday at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. The event includes contests, food, live music, hands-on activities and more. Kids can make and decorate their own kites, purchase a kite from the CCC, or bring a kite from home. The festival is free and open to all, including the many international kite flyers who have come from Europe, Asia, Canada, and across the United States. Visit chapmanculturalcenter.org for details.
A health and wellness fair is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at True Life Tabernacle in Duncan. This family event includes a bounce house, vision and dental checks, the Red Cross Blood Mobile, the Tyger River Fire Department Smoke House and fire truck, door prizes and more. For details, call 864-357-1639.
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