Touch-a-Truck, LEGO KidsFest highlight weekend events
Nice weather should make for a fun weekend for families with plenty of kid-friendly events on tap.
► Greenville Family Partnership and the Greenville Little Theatre will present a preview of “And Then There Were None,” a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling novel, in a special performance Thursday at the Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College Street, Greenville. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the play will start at 8 p.m. There will be a $25 admission fee; complimentary beverages served during the pre-show and intermission, and a raffle of several items. Tickets may be purchase through the GFP web site at https://gfp.kindful.com/?campaign=236009. All proceeds from the special performance will be used to support GFP’s prevention and educational programs and the Upstate Coalition for Adolescents and Young Adults. The play opens shows Feb. 19 – March 6.
► Celebrate the Greenville Swamp Rabbits during Heroes Night at 7 p.m. Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The event will include a free Touch-a-Truck event from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the corner of North and Academy streets. The hockey players will wear specialty military and first responder jerseys during their game against the South Carolina Stingrays. Greenville News Family Fun packs are also available. For more details, visit www.SwampRabbits.com.
► Starry Nights, a chance to learn about the stars, is each Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. 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.
► Celebrate Chinese New Year during special programming at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Saturday and Sunday. Did you know this is the year of the Monkey? The Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month at the Lantern Festival. Kids can participate in Creation Station at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday to receive a lucky red envelope and to make lanterns. The special event is included with the price of admission. For details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
► The LEGO KidsFest national tour will stop at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Feb. 19-21, for the first time, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three-acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event. LEGO KidsFest is an official LEGO event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests. Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find a LEGO Model Museum, race ramps, LEGO Star Wars and Disney Princess displays, a retail store and more. Five sessions — all identical and 4½ half hours in length — are held at each tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets can be purchased at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets are $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions, and $22 for both sessions on Saturday and the Sunday morning session.
► Kids who love LEGO can participate in a building event from noon – 2 p.m. Saturday at all Toys 'R' Us stores in the Upstate. Participants can build and take home an exclusive free shield dock from LEGO Nexo Knights. The event is intended for children ages 6 and older. Parental supervision is required at all times. All giveaways and event materials are available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit one per child. Quantities are limited. For more details, visit ToysRUs.com.
► For those who love science and don’t mind a short drive, Engineering Day is 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Spartanburg Science Center. A variety of STEM activities will be offered, many led by actual engineers. For details, visit http://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.
►Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Shops at Greenridge in Greenville will hold a special story-time event at 11 a.m. Saturday to celebrate author Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny with "The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit: And Other Cherished Stories." Activities will be offered to go along with a reading of stories with illustrations from Charles Santore. For more details, call 864-627-9197.
Paris Mountain State Park will hold a School Program Volunteer Orientation 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb 23. School Program Volunteers are naturalists at heart who want to share the wonders of nature with second- and fifth-graders, in the park’s Discover Carolina school programs. Enthusiasm for working with youngsters and eagerness to walk a lot in a variety of weather conditions is a must. Some volunteers assist students with their measurements and observations down at the creek. Some volunteers with a naturalist background lead second-graders on a nature hike around Lake Placid. Some assist in a fifth-grade Forest Ecology program. Others deliver pre-visit kits to schools. Volunteers sign up for days that work with their schedule, often only one to three times per month. At the session Tuesday, the park’s interpretive ranger and seasoned volunteers will train participants for the upcoming school year. Registration is required. To register, email the interpretive ranger at email@example.com, or call the park office at 864-244-5565. Participants should bring a bag lunch.