Waterparks, new children’s museum exhibit open this weekend
Grab your swimsuit and head to a waterpark or visit The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s new exhibit this weekend. There’s plenty to keep families busy on this holiday weekend.
Gallabrae, a celebration of Scottish culture, returns to Greenville this weekend. The Great Scot Parade is at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Greenville. Then the Greenville Scottish Games open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Furman University. It will include a Wee Scotland section for kids, featuring face painting, a rock climbing wall, crafts and games. Children can pick up a passport at the entrance to earn stamps for prizes. For details, visit gallabrae.com for a complete schedule and more events.
The Greenville County Water Parks open Saturday, including Discovery Island, Otter Creek and 7th Inning Splash. Hours and rates at each park vary. For details, visit greenvillerec.com/waterparks.
The Take Flight 5K and Kids’ Mile is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Runway Café at the Greenville Downtown Airport. All proceeds benefit Runway Park. To register, visit www.greenvilledowntownairport.com/RunOnTheRunway.html.
The new exhibit Future Park opens to the public Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This newest traveling exhibit gives children opportunities to play with beach ball-sized globes in the Big Idea room. These globes come in a variety of colors and sounds to create a special Light Ball Orchestra. Children then explore a digital art experience, create their own art and see it come to life through this high-tech exhibit. Museum members can get a sneak peak from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday. Visit www.tcmupstate.org for details.
Paris Mountain State Park will hold two programs Saturday, one on boating basics and a program on water animals. The park has new kayaks, plus canoes and pedal boats, and wants visitors to get an introduction to their safe use on the lake. Charlie Ennis, a local boater with canoe and kayak teaching experience, will review safety equipment and skills beginning at 10 a.m., followed by entry and exit skills, and give participants a chance to practice these in a boat. Meet at the Park Center for this two-hour program. No registration is required, and the program is free after park admission.
Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor will then present a program at 1 p.m. called “Suited to Swim.” Many of Paris Mountain’s animals are adapted to life in or near water. Help look for salamanders, frogs, ducks and aquatic insects, as well as signs of beavers. Activities include wading into Mountain Creek, so participants should bring shoes that can get wet. The program costs $7 per person, payable at the welcome station instead of admission. Meet at Park Center. Registration is required. Limit 30. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (864) 244-5565.
The Fair at Heritage Park continues through May 28 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. Featuring local vendors, crafts, artists and food, the fair will feature Kiddie Land, a selection of rides and games specifically for children. In addition, there will be a petting zoo, helicopter rides, free shows and live entertainment. Admission is $7 and children 6 and younger are admitted free. Rides are $1.25 each. Most days operate 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. For a complete schedule, hours and coupons, visit www.fairatheritagepark.com.
Families can spend Memorial Day at Fluor Field. The Greenville Drive and Rome Braves will play a doubleheader Monday beginning at 2:05 p.m., and both games are scheduled for seven innings in length. Before the games begin, Fluor Field will host a Memorial Day barbecue in the Paladin Picnic Plateau starting at 1 p.m. A special package that features a ticket to the game and access to the pregame barbecue, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of all your barbecue favorites, is $15. Tickets are available at the Main Street box office, by calling (864) 240-4528, or at greenvilledrive.com.
Find more events and resources, visit www.UpstateParent.com.