Family fun walk, fossil dig highlight weekend events
It’s a modest weekend for activities in the Upstate, but families looking for something to do have the option of taking a hike, catching a play or free movie or participating in a family fun walk for a good cause.
If your family loves Shakespeare, “The Tempest” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Black Box Theater on the campus of Bob Jones University. Treacherous brothers, love at first sight, a pair of clowns and a monster are all a part of Shakespeare’s magical island adventure. The performance is suitable for all ages. For more information, visit www.summershakespeare.org or call 864-525-6940.
The Extra Mile Hunger Run will be held Saturday morning at Furman University. This annual fundraiser for the Harvest Hope Food Bank will include a 5K run and 1-mile Family Fun Walk appropriate for all ages. Same-day registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m. the Family Fun Walk will begin at 9 a.m. Registration cost is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the Family Fun Walk. For more information, visit www.harvesthope.org/calendar/extra-mile-hunger-run.
Led by Dr. Brandis Hartsell of Roper Mountain Science Center, “Searching for Fossils” begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Paris Mountain State Park. Find out how fossils are formed, where to look for them, and how to find them. Examine real samples of Carolina fossils, and participate in a table top mini fossil dig. No registration is required and there is no cost for the program beyond park admission.
Afterward, park ranger Cathy Taylor will present a program at 1 p.m. called “Animal Signs Scavenger Hunt.” On a leisurely hour and a half walk around Lake Placid, participants will look for the 10 signs of animals listed on the park scavenger hunt sheet. That might include examining tree holes, tracks, tooth marks of beavers and turning over a few logs to discover which animals call Paris Mountain home. The scavenger hunt program costs $7 per person, payable at the welcome station instead of admission, and will start at the park center. Registration is required. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 864-244-5565.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers will host a “Too Many Moose! Storytime event at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Shops at Greenridge in Greenville. In this children’s book by Lisa M. Bakos, Martha gets an unusual pet and is delighted by all of the fun things they do together. If one moose is this marvelous, then more must be better. Activities will follow a reading of this madcap adventure. For more information, call 864-627-9197.
Have you seen the Children’s Museum of the Upstate exhibit Fun & Games yet? It features new and traditional games that teach children such skills as problem solving, vocabulary, math, counting, pattern recognition and critical thinking. Museum guests can experience numerous interactive learning opportunities, including creating new games with their own rules and playing game tables with family and friends. They can also learn about the history of games and play giant replicas of popular games such as Jenga and checkers. The exhibit, housed on the third floor of the museum, is free with admission. Kids can create their own Candy Land adventure at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Other weekend events include Board Game Science at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For information about location, hours and admission rates, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Watch Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” Saturday night at the Drive-In Movies at The Shops at Greenridge. This Dad’s Night movie will feature games such as bean toss and giveaways. Free candy will be given to those who prove an Instagram post with #shopsatgreenridgemovies. Admission is free. The movie will be shown near Dick’s Sporting Goods beginning at dusk. For details, visit www.shopgreenridge.com.
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