Plays, festivals, outdoor adventure offer family fun this weekend
The last weekend of the month is full of special events, festivals and more.
Greenville Technical College Theatre will present “Alice in Wonderland” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Based on the classic story by Lewis Carroll, the family-friendly production will be held at the Barton Campus Technical Resource Center, 506 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. Admission is free, but tickets are limited. To make a reservation, visit https://gtc-alice.eventbrite.com.
Home-school Day is at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Upcountry History Museum’s book club for kids. Registration is required. Explore the art of Ansel Adams and investigate the artist, the environment and different forms of art. Classes are available for ages 4 –16. The cost is $5 per student, with one free adult per family. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
The Greer Children’s Theatre production of “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure” is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center in Greer. Based on the movie by Dreamworks Animation, the play features Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they escape theor home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military, and $7 for children younger than 5. For details, visit www.GreerCulturalArts.com.
Paris Mountain State Park will hold programs on secrets of the winter forest and on winter tree identification Saturday. It begins with a walk at 10 a.m. led by Mater Naturalist Dan Whitten on Secrets of the Winter Forest. Meet at the Park Center. No registration is required and there is no cost for the program beyond park admission. Ranger Cathy Taylor will then present a program at 1 p.m. called Winter Tree ID. Maybe you can’t tell the players without a program, but you can tell the trees without their leaves. Participants will learn to use other clues to identify these very tall, majestic life forms in winter. Meet at Park Center. This program costs $7 per person, payable at the welcome station or at Park Center, instead of admission. Registration is required. Limit 25. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at 864-244-5565.
Learn about the buddy system Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. Discover some odd and unusual animal pairs found in the animal kingdom. This Saturday Safari program is at 10 a.m. for ages 4 – 5 and at 2 p.m. for ages 6 – 8 at the Greenville Zoo. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo. com.
The Good News Spectacular is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the TD Convention Center. Sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of South Carolina’s Greenville chapter, this kid-oriented festival will be filled with games, inflatables, popcorn, live interactive shows and fun for the whole family. A variety of entertainment and vendors will also be on hand, offering face painting, free eye screening, free glucose and blood pressure screenings, shows by the Critter Keeper, balloon art, free child identification and fingerprinting, a free photo booth, clowns, mascots and more. Visit www.goodnewsspectacular.com.
The Makers Fest is Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Explore the world of making with guest makers from all over the Upstate, using 3D printing, clay, robotics, photography, tools and more. Story times will be held at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 5 and younger. Off the Wall sessions will be offered from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for special make and take activities. The Spark!Lab will feature special activities from 10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. Visit ww.tcmupstate.org.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers stores will host two special children’s events Saturday. At 11 a.m., stop by for a “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime” event, which will include coloring, activities and more. At 4 p.m., kids are invited to a “The Lego Batman Movie” event with a scavenger hunt, make and play with Lego, and other activities. Participants can collect two limited-edition trading cards — while supplies last — featuring characters from the movie. For details, visit barnesandnoble.com.
If you missed “Two Dancing Princesses” last weekend, you have another chance this weekend. Performances are at 6 p.m. Friday, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Designed for both boys and girls, this show follows the two daughters of an overprotective father who escape to a dance party every night. This “swing” version of the Grimm Fairytale, based on “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” features a post-show dance party after every performance. Tickets are $8 each. For tickets, visit scchildrenstheatre.org/shop/two-dancing-princesses.
Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.