Monster trucks, Star Trek, more on tap for kids this weekend
There are plenty of activities on the schedule for families this weekend. Grab the kids and enjoy one of these events.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will host Fantastic Fridays — Trivial Pursuit: Georgia 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday inside its new Trivial Pursuit Exhibit. Travel to Georgia to discover where the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympics took place. Participate in the museum’s own versions of Olympic Games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This activity is good for all ages and is free with admission. For more details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Children’s author Jeffrey J. Lefko will celebrate the launch of his new children’s picture book “Morrie & Dorothy” with a launch party 5 – 7 p.m. Friday at Fiction Addiction in Greenville. The free event will feature refreshments. “Morrie & Dorothy” is the story of best friends Morrie, a stork, and Dorothy, a pelican, who have always done everything together. When they try out for a job after school, it looks like things are going to change. Books will be available for purchase for $12.95. For details, call 864-675-0540 or visit www.fiction-addiction.com.
Parents considering adoption will have a chance to get free information and consult with an attorney and agencies during the annual Families Forever Fair 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, located at 3 Hedge St., Simpsonville. Attorneys, agencies and other vendors in children's services will be on hand to answer questions, provide helpful resources and encourage families to consider foster care and adoption. Adoption workshops will be held. For more details or to register, visit www.scbar.org/adoption or call Kimberly Snipes at 803-799-6653, ext. 135.
Many kids are fascinated by big trucks, and this weekend, they’ll have a chance to get close to some of the biggest trucks in America. Monster Jam rolls into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Friday and Saturday with three shows. The event will feature Monster Jam trucks Grave Digger, Scooby Doo, Strait Jacket, Predator, Prowler, Wild Thang, Big Kahuna and Big Chief. Each truck is approximately 12-feet tall and 12-feet wide with 66-inch tires. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A special Party in the Pits will be held 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, giving fans the chance to view the trucks up close, take pictures, and mingle with the drivers. Tickets for the party are $10. Tickets for the main event start at $10. For more details, visit bonsecoursarena.com/event/monster-jam-5-2/.
The popular play “Go to Bed, Little Raccoon!,” a Wee Play Theatre show, returns for a special show at noon 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.
People of all ages who enjoy the “Star Trek” TV shows and films can experience “Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage” at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Peace Center. Footage from the franchise will be beamed onto a 40-foot-wide screen as a live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments perform iconic music written for “Star Trek.” Tickets are $35 – $65 and can be purchased at the Peace Center box office. For more information, visit http://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/star-trek-the-ultimate-voyage.
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