Two new museum exhibits open this weekend, perfect for families
If you love taking the kids to museums, you’re in luck. Both The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and Upcountry History Museum have new exhibits opening this weekend.
Members can preview the new “Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination” exhibit 6 p.m. Friday night at Children’s Museum of the Upstate, but everyone else can start exploring it when the museum opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. The 1,500-square-foot exhibit is designed for children ages 1 to 3 and was developed by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in collaboration with GE and Playskool, the infant/preschool toy division of Hasbro Inc, according to a statement from the museum. Giant replicas of the classic Tinkertoy construction set provide the framework for educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. For example, a walk-in-sized replica of a Tinkertoy canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt. The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays through May 7. For more information, visit www.TCMUpstate.com.
Families who love all things Dr. Seuss will enjoy a visit to Upcountry History Museum – Furman University’s new exhibit, “The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective and International Touring Exhibition.” Opening Saturday, the exhibit celebrates the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Visitors will walk chronologically through Dr. Seuss’ life and see 32 didactic panels intermingled with a collection of estate authorized artworks adapted and reproduced from original paintings, drawings and sculpture, according to a statement from the museum. Works in the exhibition feature rare and never-before-seen images from the 1920s to 1990s and include both original materials and imagery re-created from significant public and private collections, such as the University of California San Diego archives, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and the Dr. Seuss Estate. The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 1 – 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.upcountryhistory.org or call 864-467-3100.
Also available this weekend, the 2017 South Carolina International Auto Show revs up Friday – Sunday at the TD Convention Center, featuring hundreds of new cars and trucks, classics and exclusive custom vehicles. Family Day at the expo is Sunday, and children who attend with a paying adult between noon and 4 p.m. have the chance to get their face painted or receive a complimentary balloon animal, flower or other elastic, fun creation while picking out the perfect family friendly vehicle. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for seniors and military. Children 12 and under are admitted free every day with a paying adult. For more information, visit www.southcarolinaautoshow.com.
Hagood Mill Historic Site will ring in the new year 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday with a day of live music, demonstrations at the mill and other family events. Homegrown bluegrass and gospel musicians will perform, and there will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, bob and lace, woodcarving, metal-smithing, bee keeping, leather-working and more. There is a $5 parking fee for the day but admission is free to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. For more details, call 864-898-2936 or visit www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar.
For those with older kids, a Peace Voices Teen Poetry Workshop is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Peace Center. Teen poetry workshops for ages 13 – 19 are designed around a variety of topics and are led by Glenis Redmond and guest poets. Teens participating in the workshops will be invited to share their work in public poetry readings throughout the year. Visit http://www.peacecenter.org for more details.
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