Zoo, TMCU highlight Upstate weekend family activities
The last weekend in April brings a variety of family-friendly activities to the Upstate, including a new children’s museum space, a color run and more.
Start your weekend with Upstate Parent and its Fit Family Challenge Kickoff Party 2 – 4 p.m. Friday at CVS, located at the corner of Augusta Street and Faris Road in Greenville. Learn more about the Fit Family Challenge, let the kids enjoy a bounce house and pick up free stuff. The event is free, as is participating in the Fit Family Challenge. Get active and healthy, and be eligible to win weekly prizes and a family vacation to Universal Orlando Resort. For details, visit www.myfitfamilychallenge.com/SC.
If you haven’t visited The Children’s Museum of the Upstate lately, it’s a great time to do so. Bib’s World opens Friday at the museum and features a new outdoor, interactive space that is a permanent part of the museum. The area includes a variety of play structures made from tires and other sustainable materials, multicultural elements including interactive pathways with maps and signs, a two-story futuristic interactive cityscape, and a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round for children — the first of its kind in the United States. A city-themed climbing structure features a mini replica of the Liberty Bridge, and the exhibit includes a stage area for programming and shade for playscapes. The exhibit, a gift from the Michelin Corporate Foundation, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. For more information, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Color Vibe 5K, a color blast run touring the world and profiled on “Good Morning America,” will make a stop at 9 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. The family-friendly run will see participants blasted with blue, yellow, pink, purple and green non-toxic paint as they run or walk through Color Vibe zones. Kids 12 and younger are free to participate with a paid adult but must be pre-registered to run. The event usually sells out. Register online at www.thecolorvibe.com or at the event, but prices go up on event day. Cost varies.
The Greenville Zoo will host its annual Princess and Pirate: Save the Frogs Day 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. The special event will raise awareness of the disappearing frog species worldwide with frog-inspired activities, arts and crafts. Children 12 and younger who dress as pirates or princesses will receive half-price admission. A separate brunch will be offered 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. for kids interested in meeting pirate and princess characters, who will read a story while families enjoy breakfast. Cost of the brunch is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Register for the brunch online at greenvillezoo.com/168/Special-Events.
Astro Kennels, located at 418 Scuffletown Road in Simpsonville, will host Astro Air Dogs Open House noon – 4 p.m. Sunday. Families can bring their dogs to jump and swim for $5 a jump, with all proceeds benefiting the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit. The nation’s fourth-ranked dock diving dog, Doni, will demonstrate his skills. For more details, visit www.astrokennels.net.
The 20th annual Blue Ridge High School Farm Day will celebrate farm life starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the historic Lindsey Plantation in Taylors. Brought to you by the Future Farmers of America students, the day will be filled with family friendly events, including hayrides, antique farm equipment, farm animals, vendors, a tractor parade and pull, and barbecue lunch. The event is free and is family friendly. No alcohol will be permitted.
Once again, “The Miracle Worker” will be presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 1:30 p.m and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center Gunter Theater. Based on the true story of Helen Keller and her governess, Annie Sullivan, the show is recommended for ages 7 and older. For details, visit www.scchildrenstheatre.org. For tickets, visit http://peacecenter.org.
Finally, take Mom to the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University for an early Mother’s Day celebration 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday. The Family Fun Day will include story times, crafts, exhibits and prizes. It’s also the last day to see the “A David Small World” exhibition. For details, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.