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The weather might tempt families to stay indoors this weekend, but here are a few reasons to reconsider.

Starry Nights, a chance to learn about the stars, returns Friday to Roper Mountain Science Center with new programs. The 7 p.m. feature show is “Orion: Legends of the Night Sky.” The 8:30 p.m. feature show is “Chasing the Ghost Particle.” For details, call 864-355-8900 or visit www.ropermountain.org.

The popular play “Go to Bed, Little Raccoon!,” a Wee Play Theatre show, returns for a special show at 10 a.m. Saturday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. All previous performances have sold out for this interactive tale of Mama Raccoon, who is trying to get her child, Little, to go to bed. It’s great for ages 18 months to 5 years old. Seats are $8. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.

Does your child enjoy reading and writing? Greenville Wordsmiths offers a free Saturday Writing Club for ages 9 – 14 that kicks off 10 a.m. – noon Jan. 9 at the Grenville County Library branch on Augusta Road. Registration is required, but don’t worry. Adrienne Burris, program director, said if kids miss the first session, they can still participate in upcoming ones. The twice-a-month sessions will include working with professional authors and illustrators to produce a hardback book of short stories and poetry, to be launched at M. Judson Bookstore this summer. Children with learning differences are encouraged to apply. Advance registration is required at greenvillewordsmiths.org. Participants must commit to attending at least eight out of 11 sessions, where they will be empowered to discover their voices through the craft of writing.

Looking ahead

Home-schooled families and parents with smaller kids can catch “Doug Berky’s Gems: The World’s Wisdom Stories” Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center. Berky presents stories from around the world with a unique mix of arts, including mime, mask theatre, clowning and storytelling. The production spans multiple cultures from classic “Aesop's Fables” from Greece, to the “Jataka Tales” all the way in India. It’s good for grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Shows are at 10 a.m. and noon Jan. 12 and 13.  Cost is $10. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.

Sign up now for The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s special Homeschool Series on music Jan. 19. During the informative homeschool class, children of all ages will learn about the various aspects of music, including the basics of music theory, song and dance, percussion and instruments, led by the museum’s experienced music staff and special community guests. Call 864-533-7949 to register.

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