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‘Llama, Llama,’ Maker Fest offer weekend fun for families

The last weekend of February is full of kid-friendly events, including a play at the S.C. Children’s Theatre, Maker Fest at the children’s museum, and Saturday Safari at the zoo.

►“Llama, Llama …” will be presented through the Second Stage program at S.C. Children’s Theatre starting Friday with performances through March 6. Based on several of the popular “Llama Llama” books, the production allows kids to spend the day with Llama Llama and Mama Llama as they experience Llama life. Performances are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person and can be purchased online at

►The third annual Maker Fest will be celebrated from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. The event is included with paid admission to the museum and will feature demonstrations about robotics, soap-making, ship-building and metallurgy. General admission to the museum is $9 for children 15 and younger, $10 for adults, and $9.50 for seniors. Children 1 and younger are admitted free. For more details, visit

►Story time with My Dream Girls Tutus will be held 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Joe’s Place in downtown Greenville. The special event is designed for parents and children and will include a reading of an “Angelina Ballerina” book. My Dream Girls Tutu Boutique will have items for sale, including handmade tutu dresses, skirts and accessories for infant and toddler girls. Joe’s Place is located at 640 S. Main St. For details, visit

►Saturday Safari for 4 – 8 year olds will be offered Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. Classes help children learn more about animals, including the species featured at the zoo. The two-hour classes are held in the Conservation Station and combine a lesson with crafts, activities, trips into the zoo and animals in the classroom. February’s classes will tackle the theme of “Tricky Tracks” and the tracks all animals leave behind. Two classes will be offered. Children aged 4 – 5 will meet from 10:30 a.m. – noon while 6 – 8 year olds will meet 2 – 4 p.m. Cost is $25 for non-members and $15 for members. To register, visit

►High school seniors from across the Upstate are invited to attend College Goal South Carolina 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday at Bob Jones University. The event is open to high school seniors who will be attending any college across the nation. Attendants will receive assistance in accessing information and filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid to make college more affordable. The event, sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, will be held in the J.S. Mack Library on the BJU campus. A continental brunch will be available for attendees. The library is located near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to BJU.

►“With Rice in Her Hair: African-Americans and the Hunt Cabin” is 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hunt Cabin at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Explore the African influence on Southern foods and the ways in which enslaved African-Americans developed a rich culinary tradition. Play African American games, hear folktales and more. For more details, visit

►The Junior League of Spartanburg's Storybook Breakfast will be presented Saturday at the Cleveland Park East Center in Spartanburg. Proceeds will be used to promote literacy in the community. At Storybook Breakfast, attendees will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at storybook-themed tables, including Eric Carle, Thomas the Train, Pinkalicious, Dr. Seuss and Pete the Cat. There will be appearances by some of these favorite characters, face painting, music, and children will receive a copy of a Spartanburg-based book written by The Junior League of Spartanburg’s president-elect, Leah Anderson.  Children are invited to dress as their favorite storybook characters. Tickets for Storybook Breakfast can be purchased at the Junior League of Spartanburg website, Children’s tickets are $15 each, and adult tickets are $25 each.

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