Numerous family-friendly festivals cater to all ages this weekend
Spring is finally here, and so are many festivals designed for your interests. Whether you’re into science, comic books, the arts, or simply having fun, there’s an event sure to please families this weekend.
Do you and your kids love art? Then head to the Greenville Center for Creative Arts for its First Friday event 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. April 1. The visual arts facility, located in the Village of West Greenville at the Brandon Mill, will host the opening of its latest gallery exhibit along with free children’s art activities, a food truck and tours of the facility. For more details, visit www.artcentergreenville.org.
If you haven’t been to Greenville Zoo lately, this weekend will be a good opportunity to go with three special events happening Friday and Saturday. Get Out and Play Day is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday — a day designed with special activities to help children learn about science and nature by playing outside. Then, the Zoom Through the Zoo 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Cleveland Park and allows participants to loop through the zoo. It will be followed by a family-friendly celebration in Cleveland Park. To register, visit https://go-greenevents.com/zoom2016. Finally, Enrichment Day is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. Zoo educators will describe the behaviors and activities taking place as they provide enrichment for the animals in the zoo. For more details, visit http://www.greenvillezoo.com.
The iMAGINE Upstate Festival fueled by ScanSource will come to life 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Greenville. The festival layout includes Fluor Field and runs from South Main Street to Markley Street. It will also include interactive learning experiences, kid-friendly activities and six track experiences. Designed to celebrate and showcase science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, the festival will feature opportunities to engage young students in those disciplines. For more details, visit http://imagineupstate.org.
The 2016 SC Comicon is Saturday and Sunday at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. Hosted by Borderlands Comics and Games, this family-friendly event features appearances by top comic book creators and celebrity guests, including Helen Slater of “Supergirl” and Sean Maher of “Firefly.” Kids can pose with the 1960s Batmobile, Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, and the S.C. Ghostbusters Ecto 1 vehicle. Vendors will be selling comics, games, toys and collectibles, and there will also be events and contests specifically for kids. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. Sunday. Kids 12 and younger get in free with a paying adult. One-day tickets for Saturday are $15, Sunday $10, or two-day passes are $20. For details, visit http://sccomicon.com.
Springwell Church in Taylors will host its annual Spring Carnival 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday. This free annual event is open to the community and includes free food, rides, games, inflatables and more. For more details, visit http://springwell.org.
The historic town of Pendleton will celebrate its annual Spring Jubilee Saturday and Sunday on the Village Green in the heart of town. Admission to the award-winning festival is free. Browse one-of-a-kind arts and crafts from around the country, enjoy live entertainment, local food and more. Children’s entertainer Buffalo Barfield will present shows, face-painting and art activities for kids will be available, and a bagpipe procession will kick off events at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning. Festival hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit www.pendletondistrict.org/jubilee.
The Hejaz Shrine Circus rolls into the Upstate this weekend with its first stop at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Additional shows are April 4 – 7 at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, and April 8 – 10 at Timmons Arena in Greenville. This annual fundraiser for Hejaz Shrine programs will feature aerial acrobatics, a canine show, equestrian display, The Chicago Boys from “America’s Got Talent,” and more. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit http://hejazshrinecircus.com.
Finally, close out the weekend at Family Fun Day 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University in Greenville. Hear stories, create art projects, play games and explore the museum during a celebration of David Small’s art. Story times will be held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 4 – 18, and free for children 3 and younger. For more details, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org.
Find more family-friendly events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.