Weekend: New museum exhibit, auto show offer family fun
A mostly sunny weekend will be a great opportunity for families to enjoy outdoor events, museum exhibits, and stop by the auto show while it’s in town. Here’s what’s on tap:
A Geocache Journey will be held 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Friday at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson. Learn about geocaching, an interactive way of using technological applications to search for and learn about hidden things in the environment. Smart phones or tablets are encouraged but not required. Registration is required. The cost is $5 each. Visit www.clemson.edu/scbg.
The grand opening of Trivial Pursuit: A 50-State Adventure is Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visitors can discover United States geography, history and culture in this traveling exhibit, modeled after the Trivial Pursuit board game from Hasbro. Great for ages 4-10, kids can explore each of the 50 states, learning about historic sites, arts and sports venues along the way. For example, they can hit a home run in Fenway Park, ride a mule into the Grand Canyon, or help build the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Members can also preview the exhibit Friday night before it officially opens. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $9 for children ages 1–15, $10 for adults, and free for children 1 and younger. The exhibit ends May 15. For more details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
A Lollipops concert, presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Simpsonville Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Lollipops concerts introduce children to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra through interactive performances by symphony members. During each concert, chamber ensembles perform while a storybook about music is read. Admission is free. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org.
Ring in the New Year with traditional music and events 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens. Bluegrass and gospel bands Three Creeks Over and Heartstrings will perform while a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations are held at the water-powered 1845 gristmill. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, bee keeping, leather-working and more. Admission is free, but parking is $5. The Hagood Mill is located three miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
The South Carolina International Auto Show makes a stop at the TD Convention Center this weekend, bringing a variety of new car models for display. The show begins at 10 a.m. Friday, but on Sunday, children ages 12 and younger will enjoy the day at the auto show for free in celebration of Family Day. Children who attend with a paying adult between noon and 4 p.m. have the chance to get their face painted and receive a complimentary balloon animal, flower or other elastic, fun creation while picking out the perfect family friendly vehicle. Show hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors (62 and over), military with ID, and children ages 7 – 12. Children 6 and under are admitted free. For details, visit www.southcarolinaautoshow.com.
Spartanburg Science Center will conduct a free nature hike/presentation on Nature in Your Backyard 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Jonathan J. Storm, Associative Professor of Biology at USC Upstate, will give the presentation about common plants, fungi, animals, rocks and minerals that can be found in most backyards or on hikes in the Upstate. If the weather permits, expect to meet at the Science Center and move to Cottonwood Trail. In case of inclement weather, the entire program will be held inside the Science Center. Dr. Briget Doyle (geology) and Julie Smoak (biology) will also be helping Professor Storm out on the hike. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call 864-583-2777.