The last weekend in April is full of shows, story time events and shopping opportunities for families.

Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. 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.” The Daniel Observatory will also be open, weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit

Foothills Playhouse in Easley will bring “The Velveteen Rabbit” to the stage this weekend. Unbeknownst to Andrea’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery, and Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays April 28 - 30 and May 5 - 7. Tickets are $5 for children 6 and younger, $10 for seniors, students, military and first responders with ID, and $15 for adults. The theater is located at 201 S. 5th St., Easley. Visit

Families who love all things Dr. Seuss can buy tickets to “Seussical,” presented by the S.C. Children’s Theatre April 29 – May 7 at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre. The mischievous Cat in the Hat is the master of ceremonies as Dr. Seuss’ beloved tales are brought to life. This fast-paced musical features Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos in Whoville. Shows are 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $18 – $27. For details, visit

Saturday is Princess and Pirates Day and Save the Frogs Day at the Greenville Zoo. The annual event will feature frog-themed educational activities and arts and crafts. Children ages 12 and younger who attend the event dressed as a princess or pirate 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. will also receive half price admission with a paid adult admission. Princess and pirate characters will also make appearances, so bring your camera. Music will be performed by Hans Wolff in the crossroads. For more details, visit

T. Rex Planet will bring dinosaurs to the TD Convention Center this weekend. Walk through dinosaur and fossil exhibits learning facts about each species. Kids can choose from many activities, such as dancing with the dinosaur band, digging up a dinosaur fossil or even riding a friendly walking dinosaur. General admission is $20 for adults and $25 for kids ages 1 – 12. Children 1 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit

Natural Awakenings magazine is sponsoring its second Upstate Healthy Living Expo at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 29 at McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Greenville. The event will feature natural health, anti-aging, wellness and eco-friendly vendors along with speakers, a film, a book signing, children’s wildlife shows by Wildlife Geeks, raffles, drawings and giveaways. First 500 attendees receive a free Natural Awakenings eco-friendly bag. For details, visit

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and you can celebrate at Fiction Addiction, Joe’s Place or M Judson Booksellers & Storytellers in Greenville. Story time with Miss Debi is 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturday at M Judson Booksellers & Storytellers. Join her in the Kid’s Nook to hear a free storytelling of adventure, mayhem and joy. A story time treat will be provided by The Chocolate Moose. Fiction Addiction will host a celebration 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. that coincides with its 16th birthday. Joe’s Place will celebrate the day with giveaways, appearances by local authors, live music and more.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers stores will host a special story time event beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. “The Wonderful Things You Will Be” will be read with activities to follow. For details, visit

Vintage Market at the Park is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Greer City Park. A bi-annual family and pet friendly market featuring the best vintage finds, handmade goodies, and re-purposed creations along with food trucks and music at Greer City Park. Visit

Our Savior Lutheran School will host a Spring Shopping Extravaganza beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Money raised will provide scholarships, supplies and field trips for students. A silent auction will feature numerous items, including clothing, accessories, and beauty and hand-crafted items. For details, visit

A community yard sale will be held 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Disciples United Methodist Church. For details and registration, email or visit

The 2017 Evening of Hope Gala benefitting Project Hope Foundation is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the TD Convention Center. Project Hope provides services for all ages across the autism spectrum. For details, visit

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