Touch-a-Truck, summer reading kickoff, more offer weekend fun
School is finally out and summer is unofficially here. Fortunately, there are plenty of weekend events to help families stay busy.
The Summer Reading Kick-Off is 4:30 – 6 p.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville. See dogs from the Purina Pro Plan Performance team at 5 p.m. Meet local mascots, get temporary tattoos and more. The event also includes a children’s used book sale. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org.
Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 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: 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 https://www.ropermountain.org.
Beachin’ Fridays is June 2 at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event is family friendly and features shag dancing, music, food trucks and more. For details, visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/featured-events/beachin-fridays.
Disney’s “The Lion King” returns to the Peace Center with weekend shows at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, visit www.peacecenter.org.
Penske Touch a Truck Day is 8 a.m. – noon Saturday at the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville. Children of all ages can climb, sit and play on approximately 20 vehicles on display on Main Street at McBee Avenue. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com for more details.
The BEWell Mauldin Market, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, will open 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays June 3 through Aug. 26 at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The BeWell Mauldin Market features a variety of vendors from around the Upstate selling locally sourced and produced items including produce, dairy, eggs, honey, gifts, clothing, accessories, treats and pastries. The market will also feature free healthy activities such as small-group fitness, health screenings and cooking demos.
Story time with Miss Debi is 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Saturdays at M Judson Booksellers & Storytellers in downtown Greenville. Stop by the Kid’s Nook to hear a story and get a story time treat, courtesy of The Chocolate Moose. For more details, visit www.mjudsonbooks.com.
Saturday is officially Wonder Woman Day and Barnes & Noble Booksellers and many comic book stores are celebrating with daylong promotions. Barnes & Noble stores will also host a special story time event for “If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!” by Elise Parsley at 11 a.m. Activities will follow. For more details, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.
The exhibit “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” opens Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum, along with a special Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The bilingual exhibition takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man in the Yellow Hat. Letting natural curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children explore familiar buildings and locales from the Curious George books and the television series, leading visitors on a fun and interactive adventure. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
Saturday is National Trails Day. The American Hiking Society will host a kid-friendly hike at the Hagood Mill Historic Site at 9:45 a.m. RSVP is required. To register or find another hike, visit hikeitbaby.com/find-a-hike.
"Trolls" will play on the big screen Saturday night as part of The Shops at Greenridge outdoor movie series. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. The free movie will be set up near Dick’s Sporting Goods and will begin at dusk – around 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the fresh popcorn sales during this movie night will benefit The Upstate Animal Rescue Foundation whiles supplies last, one per customer. For more details, visit their Facebook page. The shopping center is located at 1125 Woodruff Road, Greenville.
Roper Mountain Science Center is hosting the second annual Butterfly Adventure, one of the most unique experiences in the Upstate. This five-week special exhibit launches at 9 a.m. June 1 and wraps up July 7. Open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with the last entry at 1:30 p.m., Butterfly Adventure admission is free for RMSC members and $8 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 12, and free for ages 3 and under. Event tickets can be purchased online at ropermountain.org or at the gate of the event.
Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.