Weekend events: Educational, outdoor opportunities offer family fun
The weather forecast is always hit-or-miss, but if the freezing rain and snow passes us by, don't let the cold keep you from a handful of fun events planned this weekend.
Friday will be the last chance families have to catch “Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart” presented at the Gunter Theatre at the Peace Center. The performance provides a glimpse into Jackie Robinson's life during an era with white-only hotels, locker rooms and back doors in restaurants for "colored" patrons. “A Game Apart” follows Robinson and some of his fellow athletes during one of the most pivotal points in American history. Great for those in grades 3 – 8, the show is only $10 and has two performances at 10 a.m. and noon Friday. For more information, visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/jackie-robinson-a-game-apart. To make sure the performance hasn't been rescheduled or canceled due to weather, check https://www.facebook.com/peacecenter.
Weather permitting, the weekend will feature some outdoor opportunities for learning and exploration.
Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville will hold a winter walk beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor will lead a leisurely Winter Walk to Mountain Lake and back, investigating the winter woods. Which animals and plants are up and around, which are in an egg or seed stage, which are snoozing, and which are down south? Possible sightings include birds visiting for the winter from up north on this easy to moderate two-hour walk, which is a little over one mile round trip. Meet at shelter 6 in the Sulphur Springs picnic area a mile into the park. The walk costs $7, payable at the welcome station instead of admission. Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 864-244-5565. To check for weather-related updates, visit www.facebook.com/Paris-Mountain-State-Park-Friends.
Did you know that a giraffe's tongue can be up to 18 inches long? Or that a spider monkey only has four fingers on each hand? Or that Giant African Millipedes can taste and small with their feet? Come discover all of the strange things that animals can do. Silly and Bizarre, a Saturday Safari program, is at 10 a.m. for ages 4 – 5 and at 2 p.m. for ages 6 – 8 at Greenville Zoo. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo.com. Did you know families can also download a winter-themed scavenger hunt for the Greenville Zoo? Forms are downloadable at www.greenvillezoo.com and make for a fun afternoon at the zoo.
A cold mountain/Wolf Moon full moon hike is 5:30 – 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson. Join naturalist James Wilkins to experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a full moon night. Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for walking in the woods. Flashlights are not needed. The cost is $10 per family, up to five family members, with discounts for members and volunteers. Visit www.clemson.edu/scbg.
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