Weekend fun includes a fair, festival, Park Hop Kickoff Day
There is plenty for families to do in the Upstate this weekend.
Endangered Species Day is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenville Zoo. Visitors can join the zoo’s education staff to learn about endangered species. Activities and sessions will be included with the price of admission — $9 for adults, $5.75 for children ages 3 – 15, and free for children 2 and younger. For more details, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
Billed as family-friendly and affordable, the Fair at Heritage Park is in its second year and will bring a variety of amusement rides, games, fair food and free shows to Simpsonville through May 22. Each day will feature special promotions, including opening day, which will offer free admission and $15 for unlimited rides. A full listing of daily specials is available at fairatheritagepark.com. Fair hours are 4 – 11 p.m. Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – midnight Saturdays, and 12:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $7, and free for children 6 and younger. Parking is free.
Artisphere will bring the streets of downtown Greenville to life with art and culture Friday – Sunday, and even budding artists will be able to create their own original art. Kidsphere will run 3 – 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, giving kids of all ages a place to learn fine art and craft techniques. Kids can stop by to make puzzle quilts, create superhero masks, assemble bird kites and paint crawlies or ladybugs on a log. For more details, visit artisphere.org.
Livewell Greenville will host the Park Hop Kick Off Day 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Park in Greenville. Park Hop is a free, summer-long, adventure-themed scavenger hunt in Greenville County parks. Children and their families can earn prizes, such as swag bags, water park passes, Greenville Drive vouchers and shirts. The kickoff event, sponsored by Safe Kids Upstate, will feature a variety of activities, a bike helmet giveaway, an on-site scavenger hunt and giveaways. For details and to register, visit livewellgreenville.org/park-hop.
“Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED” will bring prehistoric life to the TD Convention Center in Greenville 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lifelike replicas of dinosaurs such as the velociraptor and stegosaurus will be available in a walk-through exhibit. Kids can dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones and play in the Kid’s Adventure Zone, which will include bounce houses, crafts and other activities. Admission costs $23 per child, $19 per adult, and $16 for seniors. Group discounts are available. For more information, visit www.dinosaursafamilyadventure.com.
TheSign of the Times exhibit will open Saturday at Upcountry History Museum – Furman University. Celebrating the great American political poster, posters from 1844 – 2012 will be on display, showcasing the presidential campaigns and elections throughout history. The traveling exhibit will only be at the museum through Aug. 16. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 4 – 18, and free for children 3 and younger. For details, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
The Greenville County Youth Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Peace Center. Members of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra combine with the Young Artist Orchestra in their annual “Shoulder-to-Shoulder” concert to perform two masterpieces that embody the rigorous logic of the Classical era with the passion and expression of the Romantic. Tickets start at $10. Visit www.peacecenter.org.
If you’re up for a short drive, Mayfest is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at the Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus in Duncan. The event begins with a 5K at 8 a.m. and includes craft and food vendors, rides and inflatables, music, a touch-a-truck event, a car show and more. For details, visit facebook.com/MayfestSC.
Do your kids love animals? Farm Day will be held 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Whispering Pines Farm in Mauldin. Families are invited to the family-owned working farm to learn about its 4H dairy sheep and goats club for kids, horse riding camps and classes, take tours, learn how to milk a goat or sheep, and see how cheese is made. There will also be border collie and wool-working demonstrations, too. Cost is $5 per car. The farm is located at 206 Adams Mill Road, Mauldin. For details, visit wpstables.com.
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