12 weekend events your family shouldn’t miss
It’s a busy weekend in the Upstate, full of events for people of all ages. Even though the S.C. Children’s Theatre’s annual character breakfast Saturday is sold out, there are still plenty of opportunities for families.
St. Patrick’s Treasure Hunt is at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson. Learn the basics of orienteering and test new skills by going on a treasure hunt. Cost is $7 each. To register, visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
Heroes Night is at the Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. Florida game at 7 p.m. Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Parmalee, the 2016 ACM nominee for New Vocal Group of the Year, will perform after the game in a free post-game concert. The first 1,000 people in the building will receive a free shirt. Bon Secours Family Fun Packs will be available for $60, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips, four drinks and two Swamp Rabbits lunch bags. Visit www.swamprabbits.com for more details.
The spring/summer Switch-a-Roos consignment sale will be in Spartanburg this weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday (half-off day) at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. There is no cost of admission. The event will include more than 200,000 new and gently used children's items. For more details, visit www.switcharoosconsignment.com.
To conclude Bob Jones University’s “Bruins Daze” celebration this week, BJU will hold a fireworks display for its student body at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Alumni Stadium. The college wants nearby residents to be aware so they can secure their pets and reassure small children.
Starry Nights re-opens to the public Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center following months of renovations and last weekend’s special members-only preview. Show times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. Each show will begin with Carolina Skies, a live talk about the constellations currently in the night sky, followed by the featured show. The 7 p.m. feature will be "Magic Tree House Space Mission.” The 8:30 p.m. feature will be “Solar Superstorms” narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Daniel Observatory will also be open, weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain.org. Many shows are already sold out.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” is presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Greenville Little Theatre. This musical chronicles the adventures of an orphan, soon to be called Peter Pan, and Molly, a girl charged to protect a parcel of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. A dozen actors play more than a hundred characters in this family-friendly production. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for children ages 4 – 18. Children younger than 4 are not permitted. For tickets, visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org.
Dad-urday is 8 – 11 a.m. Saturday at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. Sausage biscuits are on the breakfast menu and kids can play in the Swamp Garden. Visit swamprabbitcafe.com for details.
“Space Day: Journey to Other Worlds” is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Roper Mountain Science Center. The Second Saturday event features hands-on activities, crafts and demonstrations for all ages. See a moon rock display along with other NASA exhibits and artifacts, flight simulators, rocket launches, remote control planes and more. Solar eclipse activities will help you get ready for the big event happening in August. See the renovations in the giant dome theater and planetarium, which features 360-degree immersion, 4K projection and 5.1 surround sound. Visit www.ropermountain.org for details.
The Bingo Dash, benefitting Let There Be Mom, is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Greenville. This is a family-friendly, scavenger hunt fundraiser. Teams of four will be given a bingo card and two hours to search store windows for bingo balls. For details and registration, visit lettherebemom.org/events/bingo-dash.
"The Lego Batman Movie" will be shown as part of Regal Cinema's My Way Matinee at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 & RPX in Greenville. The sensory friendly presentation will feature lower sound and brighter lights. Admission is $6.50. For details, visit http://regmovi.es/2lEEbd5.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers stores across the Upstate will host the finale of their "The Lego Batman Movie Event" at 4 p.m. Saturday. Kids will be able to help Batman protect Gotham from the Joker by making their very own LEGO Batman Speedwagon, while supplies last. Participants can also collect the final two limited edition trading cards featuring characters from the movie. For details, visit barnesandnoble.com.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday along Main Street in Greenville, ending at NOMA Square. The festival will feature all things Irish, including music, dance, beer and soft drinks. Admission to the festival is free. For details, call 864-630-1922 or visit http://bit.ly/2mjHNOR.
A full-moon hike is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. The cost is $7 per family, up to five family members. To register, visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
Find more family-friendly events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.