May is in full swing, and special events will keep families busy this weekend.

Kid’s Night Out at the Pavilion Lock-in begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 8 a.m. Saturday. This special event will give parents a night off while their kids in grades K5 through fifth grade enjoy supervised games and activities. Activities will include ice skating, a trip to the bounce house, games, watching “Beauty and the Beast,” and food. Cost is $35 per child. Register online at or at the Pavilion front office.

Starry Nights will start featuring three shows this Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are now at 6, 7:15 and 8:45 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 6 p.m. feature will be “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.” The 7:15 p.m. feature will be “Magic Tree House Space Mission.” The 8:45 p.m. feature will be “Eclipse: The Sun Revealed.” The Daniel Observatory will also be open, weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit

Kroc Center Family Movie Night begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Kroc Center, 424 Westfield St., Greenville. The community is invited to the free event. The movie shown will be “Sing,” and concessions such as popcorn, drinks and candy will be sold. All proceeds go toward camp scholarships. For more information, call 864-527-5948 or visit

Movies on the Green, hosted by the city of Clemson, are Fridays in May at the village green at Patrick Square in Clemson. This Friday's movie is "The Jungle Book." Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at sundown. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served. Bring a chair or blanket. For more information contact Lindsey Watley at or 864-624-1120 ext. 16002.

Artisphere begins Friday and ends Sunday in downtown Greenville. In addition to Artist Row, featuring 135 artists, and music throughout the weekend, there will be plenty of hands-on activities for kids and parents. Children can participate in a Mother’s Day craft, see weaving and needle felting demonstrations, learn about jewelry making, collaging, paper making and more. Clemson University will host a STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – exhibit with a variety of interactive experiences. Kidsphere activities including a print-making demonstration with Greenville Center for Creative Arts, make and take insect sculptures, carnival masks, dream catchers and more. Look for live performances from the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, International Ballet and others during the performing arts showcase at the Peace Center’s amphitheater. Performances are free. For a complete schedule, visit

Mayfest is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Spartanburg Community College’s Tyger River Campus in Duncan. This annual festival will feature a 5K, fun run, food trucks, rides and amusements, live entertainment, golf tournament, Touch-a-Truck event, Mayfest Idol and more. Unlimited rides can be purchased for $15, and single ride tickets will also be available. For more information, visit

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the Greenville Zoo is celebrating two days. Saturday is MOM Day — Missing Orangutan Mother’s Day — and visitors will learn all about orangutan mothers and their plight in the wild through special presentations 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The following day, Sunday, all moms with a paying child will receive free admission to the Greenville Zoo on that day. Children must be ages 3 – 15. For details, visit

Saturday is Kids Game Night at Upcountry Provisions Bakery & Bistro in Travelers Rest. From 4 – 8 p.m., children can enjoy games and activities, such as painting, side walk chalk, Disney music and more. Kid’s meals are half off and include a drink, chips, and optional pickle. For more information, visit

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