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Egg hunts, Mickey Mouse, Kidsfest highlight weekend events

Easter is around the corner, but families can get hoppin’ now with some holiday-themed events. Plus, the weekend brings the annual KidsFest in Pickens as well as a visit to Greenville by the Harlem Globetrotters and Mickey Mouse, and other events.

There will be three community-wide egg hunts this weekend, kicking off with the annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt 6:30 – 9 p.m. Friday at Gateway Park in Travelers Rest. The event is for ages 2 – 12 and will include carnival games, a bounce house, concessions, and glow-in-the-dark Easter eggs. For details, visit

A Community Easter Egg Drop is planned for noon – 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Park in Mauldin. Thousands of eggs stuffed with goodies are dropped from a helicopter. Arrive early for parking. Visit for details. The rain date is March 20.

The annual Eggtastic Easter Event will be held 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday in Century Park in Greer. Instead of one great big egg hunt, the event will have multiple egg hunts in 2016. Children may hunt eggs anytime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., but each child can only collect eight eggs. Each hunt will last approximately 10 minutes and will be divided onto fields by age groups. For more details, visit

Abner Creek Baptist Church will also host a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 1 – 3 p.m. March 19 in Greer. The community is invited to the free event. The church is located at 2461 Abner Creek Road, Greer.

Grab your family and head to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Friday night for Faith and Family Night beginning at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Swamp Rabbits game. The night will include family, fellowship and hockey as well as special guest Marcus Lattimore, former Gamecocks running back, and a free post-game concert by JJ Weeks Band. Greenville News Family Fun Packs are available. For details, visit

The Peacock Strides for Babies Run/Walk 5K is at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event benefits the CJ Foundation for SIDS. To register, visit

Foothills Playhouse in Easley presents “The Secret Garden” March 18 – 20. 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

The Harlem Globetrotters will stop at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. A star-studded roster will celebrate the 90th anniversary tour of the Globetrotters as they exhibit ball-handling wizardry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment. Seats begin at $25.50. For details, visit

Mickey Mouse and friends will make a stop in Greenville for “Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” with shows at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, the show features 25 beloved Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy. Tickets begin at $22. For details, visit

Hagood Mill will present its annual Kidsfest 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday in Pickens. The event’s emcees and hosts, Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield, Michele Barfield and Steve McGaha, will present a wide variety of instrument workshops and musical performances for kids of all ages. Kids will have the chance to explore different instruments with hands-on demonstrations. All kids are invited to participate in the first Mountain Music and Milling Games from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Teams of children will take part in a variety of traditional mountain games like sack races, tug-of-war, jump the creek and wheel barrow races while they complete an obstacle course designed to incorporate both musical-themed activities, and the traditional milling chores associated with running a historic grist mill. Admission is free, but parking is $5. For additional information, call 864-898-2936.

If you don’t mind a drive, Saturday is Family Fun Day from 1 – 3 p.m. at Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Activities include bracelet weaving, hand-spinning cotton thread and more. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. For more details, visit

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