Families can choose from 12 kid-friendly weekend events
It’s another busy weekend with plenty of events on tap for families.
A new traveling exhibit — “Science + You” — will open this Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Presented in conjunction with scientists at AbbVie, a global bio-pharmaceutical company, the 1,200 square-foot exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where children can explore how scientists impact health and wellness. Through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology, “Science + You” establishes the role science plays in keeping the body healthy. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children. For more information, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
The South Greenville Fair opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Simpsonville City Park. With free admission for all, the event is meant to celebrate science and technology of plant and animal production through youth participation, including the 4-H and FFA organizations. Events will include an antique engine and tractor show, art show, flower show, and fair food. Animal shows will be held throughout the day, including a rabbit show, chicken show, and dog show. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.southgreenvillefair.com.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers have two special kid-friendly events happening Saturday at each of its Upstate locations. The day marks Curious George’s 75th birthday, and stores will celebrate with Curious George story times and activities beginning at 11 a.m. The third annual Batman Day will kick off at 2 p.m. with activities, trivia, coloring and more. For more details, visit barnesandnoble.com.
A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month for ages 2 – 10 is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hughes Main Library. Children will decorate a mask in this free event. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.
The JDRF One Walk is Saturday at the BMW Performance Center in Greer. The event raises funds to combat Type 1 diabetes. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. For details and registration, visit www.walk.jdrf.org.
The Southern Home and Garden Show Friday through Sunday at the TD Convention Center will feature The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop, where children will learn to use age-appropriate tools to build projects they can take home. There will also be numerous activity areas for parents, including a DIY stage and Ingles Chef’s Kitchen. Admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 will be admitted free. For details, visit www.SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com.
Touch a Truck is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Westside Park in Greenville. Tow trucks, dump trucks, fire trucks and more will be on hand for kids to climb on and explore. Best of all, this event is free. For details, visit greenvillerec.com.
Celebrated on the third Saturday of September each year, International Red Panda Day is a chance to learn about red pandas, which are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwest China, and the vulnerability of the species. The Greenville Zoo will celebrate the event 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday. All activities will be included with regular admission. For details, visit greenvillezoo.com.
The Farm Fresh Fair is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday at The Farm at Rabon Creek in Fountain Inn. The event includes animals, food, music, hands-on kid crafts, a hay bale maze, face painting, shopping and more. Admission is $5 each for adults and $2 each for children. The event supports Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. For details, visit www.thefarmatraboncreek.com/farmfreshfair.
Local youth will have the opportunity to demonstrate their football skills when the city of Greenville Parks & Recreation Department hosts the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition Sunday at the Greenville High Academy practice football field (entrance on Dunbar Street). The competition begins at 1:30 p.m. and is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15 as of Dec. 31, 2016. A parent or legal guardian must sign a release of liability form and present a valid birth certificate for each child. Participants can register and compete anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Punt, Pass & Kick competition separates children into five different age groups (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15), with boys and girls competing separately. Each participant is allowed one punt, one pass and one kick from a tee. Scoring is based on distance and accuracy. Sneakers are the only accepted footwear for the competition. Football cleats, sandals and bare feet are not permitted. Participants must use the equipment (footballs and tees) provided. Registration is available online at http://www.nflppk.com/competitions/register/index/24427. Winners will be contacted following the event.
Trains, Trains and More Trains continues its stop for a second weekend at the Mauldin Cultural Center, with the exhibit open at noon–9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday. The event features a large display of model trains that children can operate. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more details, including hours, visit cityofmauldin.org.
For the second weekend, the S.C. Children’s Theatre will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” with performances at 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. For tickets, visit peacecenter.org.
For more events and resources, visit www.upstateparent.com.