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Mess Fest, more for kids this weekend in the Upstate

As the end of May nears, families will once again have their pick of events happening in the Upstate this weekend.

“Mattie, Bogey & Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure,” a 2nd Stage event, begins its run at 7 p.m. Friday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Follow Bogey, Tucker, Randy and Wiggles as they find a pirate’s treasure and then must decide what to do with it. Performances include 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. The 5 p.m. show Sunday will benefit the Greenville Humane Society. The play is based on a series of books by local author Jean Hunt, who will sign books Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets begin at $8. For more information, visit

The Good News Spectacular is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the TD Convention Center. Sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of South Carolina’s Greenville chapter, this free kid-oriented festival will be filled with games, inflatables, popcorn, live interactive shows and fun for the whole family. A variety of entertainment and vendors will also be on hand, offering face painting, free eye screening, free glucose and blood pressure screenings, balloon art, free child identification and fingerprinting, a free photo booth, clowns, mascots and more. Stage shows will be provided throughout the day, with performances by The Critter Keeper, an illusionist, puppeteers, a ventriloquist, musicians and others. For more details, visit

Put on your oldest play clothes and get ready for some seriously messy science and art projects. Mess Fest is 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Scheduled activities include Extreme Bubbles, Water Play, Ooblek Room, face painting and more. At 3:30 p.m., see what happens when chocolate cakes and other edibles are dropped from the roof during Splat! All Mess Fest activities will take place on the first floor, employee parking lot and Bib’s World and are included with the price of admission. For a complete schedule of events, visit

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greenville, a nonprofit grassroots organization, is hosting the 14th Annual NAMIWalks Upstate South Carolina 5K fun walk Saturday on the campus of Furman University. NAMIWalks Upstate South Carolina, part of the largest mental health awareness and fundraising event in the U.S., celebrates recovery from mental illness, combats stigma and promotes awareness. The free family-friendly event will include dance music, Jazzercize, balloons, face painting, fresh fruit, ice cream treats, popcorn and more. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, make a donation or become a team captain, visit or call 864-331-3300.

Greenville’s popular Greek Festival continues daily until its closing at 8 p.m. Sunday. Families can sample a variety of Greek foods, learn about Greek culture and watch live dancers. The event also includes a Carnival Playland where children can enjoy face painting and other activities. For more details, including daily hours, visit All activities are being hosted by the St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 406 N. Academy St., Greenville.

Have you been to a Greenville Drive game this season yet? This weekend offers a good chance for families, as the local team plays home games Friday through Sunday at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville. Enjoy Friday Night Fireworks following the 7:05 p.m. game versus the Lexington Legends. The theme this Friday will be 70s Night. On Sunday, BlueCross BlueShield Kids Run the Bases will begin after the game at 4:05 p.m. when the Drive again takes on the Legends. For details and ticket information, visit

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Community Day will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will offer free food and beverages while they last, and families are invited to come meet local deputies at the Travelers Rest United Methodist Church on the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail, mile marker SR242. The church address is 19 S. Main St., Travelers Rest.

Have you made it to The Fair at Heritage Park yet? The event continues for its last weekend in Simpsonville, featuring amusement rides, games, fair food and free shows 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 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.

The Friends of the Hagood Mill will host a special Agriculture and Military Day beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hagood Mill in Pickens. The gristmill and other demonstrations will be offered 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and live music will begin at 11:30 a.m. Kids and adults are welcome to take part in a variety of activities, including proper milking techniques with Clarabelle the milking cow, hand-grinding corn, operating an old-fashioned water pump, corn darts and more. Local farms will be on hand selling live plants, vegetables, hand cut herbs and other products. Also featured will be military vehicles, historians and re-enactors. For more information about this free event, call 864-898-2936.

Families near Williamston are invited to Party in the Park beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Spring Park in Williamston. Sponsored by the Palmetto Business Association, the event will feature live music, food vendors and free activities for children, including face painting, inflatables, clowns and more. For more details, visit

Parents looking for a date night to benefit a good cause can make a short trip for The Hope Through Horses fundraiser Saturday in Seneca. Held from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Brews on the Alley, the fundraiser will raise proceeds to help special-needs children and veterans participate in unique equine therapy programs. It will include live music, craft beer, a raffle for prizes from area merchants and catered food. Admission is free, but donations to Wild Hearts Equine Therapy Center will be accepted. For more details, visit or call 864-991-9163.

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