Families will have a chance to get up close and personal with butterflies and Sesame Street characters, and a handful of events will allow families to make a difference in health and social causes this weekend.

If your little ones love Elmo, Cookie Monster or Big Bird, they’ll get a chance to see the Sesame Street characters in person this weekend when “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance” comes to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. With performances June 10 – 12, this interactive experience will allow the audience to dance along with a collection of Sesame Street characters as Elmo uses his imagination to “Do the Robot,” Cookie Monster teaches all feet to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Shows are at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $18. For details, visit

Paris Mountain State Park will offer family hikes most Fridays and some Wednesdays at 10 a.m. throughout the summer starting this Friday. The Creek Ranger Hike is a one-mile, ranger-led walk to Mountain Creek and back, searching for animals and their homes. Participants wade into the creek and use nets to find animals that live there. A closer look under a microscope and water-quality assessment will follow in the park lab. Participants should bring water shoes if they have them. The park has some available if needed. Cost is $7 per person, payable at the welcome station instead of regular admission. Registration is required, and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register, email Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor at, or call the park office 864-244-5565.

The Greenville Drive will celebrate Disney Night during the 7:05 p.m. game Friday against the Augusta GreenJackets. Hear favorite Disney tunes throughout the evening, and some audience members will get chosen to participate in a Disney-themed game, including a Frozen T-Shirt Race or a Singing Bee. Fireworks will end the night. The ZOOperstars will take to the field Saturday during the 7:05 p.m. game against the GreenJackets. The ZOOperstars traveling cast of sports-named animals will present unique skits and dances in between innings. Tickets are available for both games at the Main Street box office or by calling 864-240-4528.

A hospital or doctor’s office can be scary for some adults, so imagine how much fear a child experiences there. That's why Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital is partnering with the Children’s Museum of the Upstate for Saturday’s first-ever Buddy the Bear Clinic. From 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., children will get to call the shots and learn about medical equipment as they give their own stuffed animals check-ups with everything from thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, otoscopes and syringes in the museum’s “Be Anything Space.” Certified child life specialists from Children’s Hospital will be on hand to help minimize a child’s fear of routine medical procedures and an unfamiliar environment through education, preparation and play. Regular museum admission is required.

Butterfly Adventure opens at 9 a.m. Saturday at Roper Mountain Science Center during the center’s Second Saturday event, the Butterfly Festival. Located inside the Fred W. Symmes Tropical Rainforest, Butterfly Adventure will provide guests the opportunity to interact with hundreds of native butterflies as they flit among the tropical foliage. The center’s Living History Farm and science centers will also be open until 3 p.m. The exhibit continues daily through July 9. Admission is $8 each for adults, $7 each for ages 4 – 12 and free for 3 and younger and members. For details, visit

Speak for Animals is hosting Picnic with Pups, a lakeside fundraiser to celebrate life with dogs, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Clement Estates located at 563 East Suber Road, Greer. The family-friendly event is rain or shine. Attendees can bring their picnic lunch or purchase made-to-order guacamole and wraps and dance to the sounds of Snopes Family Band. A silent auction and face painting for children will also be available. Well-behaved, neutered/spayed and vaccinated dogs are welcome. A suggested donation per person is $10. Children younger than 12 and dogs are admitted free. Speak for Animals is an Upstate 501(c)(3) charitable organization that offers low and no-cost spay/neuter and vaccines for dogs and cats. For more details, visit

This weekend marks the start of Alex’s Lemonade Days, a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which raises funds and awareness for research into childhood cancer. Families can make a difference by visiting a fundraiser stand in the Upstate. Monkey Joe’s in Greenville will participate daily by selling $2 lemonades with all proceeds going to the charity, and 4 Fighters Lemonade Stand will be available 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Bi-Lo at 2607 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville. For more information, visit

If you missed her last weekend, you have another chance to see a beloved Disney character when she drops into Greenville Little Theater. “Mary Poppins” continues its run on the stage with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $35 with discounts available for seniors, children and groups of 10 or more. Visit for more information.

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