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Family-friendly events kick off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, but families can get a head start with some Irish-themed events this weekend. There’s also Space Day, a consignment sale, and an adults-only event at the children’s museum.

Hey parents, looking for some time away from the kids? Grown Ups Only Night: Grown Ups Go Green is 6 – 9 p.m. Friday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Adults 21 and older will wear green as they explore St. Patrick’s Day science experiments, play games throughout the museum including corn hole, giant checkers and JENGA, and peruse the new Trivial Pursuit exhibit. The event includes a cash bar and live music by Dallas Wesley. Admission includes adults ages 21 and older. The cost is $10 each in advance and $12 each at the door.

Then come back 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday with the kids for Celebrate International Day at the children’s museum. Practice the art of origami, learn about Kamishibai storytelling, and participate in activities related to traditions around the world. All activities are included with the price of admission. For details, visit

Space Day: Journey to Other Worlds, a Second Saturday program, will allow families to explore space 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Featured guest Larry Bounds of Greenville Chautauqua will perform as Wernher Von Braun, a little German boy who put rockets on his little red wagon and then rose through World War II and the Cold War to create the most powerful rocket ever fired on earth – the rocket that carried Americans to the moon. Children will also be able to meet NASA Langley Aerospace Engineer John R. Micol, touch an actual Space Shuttle Tire with Michelin Engineers and learn about Michelin’s rich history in aviation, and conduct a meteorite crater drop. Other activities will include the planetarium shows “Astronaut” and “Earth to the Universe” in the Hooper Planetarium at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. All events are included in the general admission to the center: $7 for ages 5-12 and senior citizens, $8 for ages 13-59, and free for children age 4 and under. For details, call 864-355-8900 or visit

Foothills Playhouse in Easley presents "The Secret Garden" March 11 – 13. Based on the literary classic, the story follows Mary Lennox, who is sent to live at her uncles estate in England after her parents pass away.  While there she discovers a secret garden. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $5 – $15. For details, visit

Do your kids love to dance? A Junior Shag Workshop for ages 7 – 20 is 4 – 5 p.m. Saturday at the Runway Café. The event is free and sponsored by The Carolina Shag Club. For more information, email

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a fund-raiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, will be held across the Upstate at various locations starting Saturday. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the signature fund-raising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters nationwide. Families are invited for traditional bowling Saturday at Paradise Lanes, 469 East Blackstock Road in Spartanburg. Next weekend, the fundraiser will move to Golden Park Lanes, 108 Balcombe Road, Simpsonville. Visit to preregister or make a donation.

Weecycled Wear Children’s Consignment Sale is Friday – Sunday at TD Convention Center in Greenville. The event will be open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. The semi-annual children’s consignment sale will feature new and gently used children’s and maternity clothing, toys, furniture and baby equipment. For more information, visit

Kid’s Club at Whole Foods Market in Greenville will meet 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants will create St. Patrick’s Day-themed crafts while learning how to eat healthy and care for the environment. The free event is suitable for kids 5-12 years old. RSVP at the customer service desk in the store or call 864-335-2300.

The 5th annual St. Paddy’s Day Dash & Bash will be held 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville. Sponsored by Palmetto Children’s Charity, the 5K and its events benefit local children’s charities and are family friendly. Not only does it feature a certified 5K walk/run including a costume contest, the Dash & Bash also offers a family friendly post-race celebration including a Kids Fun Run, bounce houses, face painting, musical entertainment, food and green adult beverages in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The charities that will benefit from this year’s event are Camp Spearhead, GHS Children’s Hospital, Legacy Charter School, Let There Be Mom, and Make-A-Wish® South Carolina. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit

A St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival will kick off at 2 p.m. Sunday at NOMA Square on Main Street in Greenville with a parade. An Irish Festival will follow at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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