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10 things to do with kids in September in the Upstate

Our Top Picks! Here are 10 great things to do with kids in Greenville-Spartanburg during September. For additional daily events, be sure to check our Daily Adventures calendar.

“THINGS COME APART” opens Sept. 3 at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibit continues through Feb. 19, 2017. Explore how things are designed and made, and how technology has evolved over time. Children and families can become a part of the design experience through activities from Spark!Lab, developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Visit 

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” is presented by Spartanburg Little Theatre Sept. 9 – 25. at Chapman Cultural Center. For tickets, visit 

TOUCH A TRUCK is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at Westside Park. Tow trucks, dump trucks, fire trucks and more will be on hand for kids to climb on and explore. Free. Visit 

A GRANDPARENT’S DAY ACTIVITY FAIR is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mary Black Conference Center. Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren/great-grandchildren to participate in family activities together in honor of Grandparent’s Day. There will be many vendor-sponsored activities including face painting, old-school games, music, a bubble station and more. Free. For details, visit 

DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” is presented by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre Sept. 10 – 25 at the Peace Center. For tickets, visit

SCIENCE + YOU opens Sept. 17 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Enter a laboratory to explore how scientists work to keep your body healthy. Interactive programs are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 17. Visit

TALK LIKE A PIRATE STORY TIMES are Sept. 19 – 22 at Greenville County Library locations. The event is for all ages. Free. Visit 

AUTHOR ERIC LITWIN presents a free performance at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Holland Park Church in Simpsonville. This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of “Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs” from Fiction Addiction prior to or at the event is required in order to join the signing line. Litwin will also sign copies of his backlist books (“The Nuts” books, the first four “Pete the Cat” books), but will only personalize copies of “Groovy Joe.” For more information, visit 

“PETE THE CAT: ROCKING IN MY SCHOOL SHOES,” a Tell Me a Story Theatre performance, is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. The material may include audience participation segments or simple audience interaction and will last no longer than 30 minutes. The cost is $1 each, cash or check only. Reservations are not required. Visit

MEET PUZZLEMASTER and bestselling children’s author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series Trenton Lee Stewart at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Hughes Main Library. This event is free and open to the public, but a purchase of “The Secret Keepers” from Fiction Addiction at the event is required in order to join the signing line. Stewart will sign his other books as long as they are accompanied by at least one copy of the new book. Books will be available for sale at the event. Books may be purchased online, at the store or by phone. Call 864-609-9394 or visit

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