July 7-9: Blueberry Fest at RMSC leads weekend events for families
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, there are numerous family friendly events.
You still have time to head to Paris Mountain State Park for the Fourth of July week scavenger hunt through July 9. Visitors can search for the red, white and blue, and some stars and stripes. Ask for a scavenger hunt sheet at the park center office. Answers to the questions on the sheet can be found near park center and the swimming area. When completed, the sheet should be turned in at the park center desk to be entered in a drawing to win four Paris Mountain State Park sling backpacks. Two winners will be notified by email on Tuesday, July 11, with each winner receiving four backpacks. Paris Mountain State Park is off located off S.C. Highway 253 (State Park Road), six miles north of downtown Greenville. Admission is $3 for ages 6 – 15, $5 for ages 16 – 64, $3.25 for S.C. seniors and disabled persons. Children under 6 are not charged admission.
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 www.RoperMountain.org.
You can catch “Prince Caspian” this weekend at the Logos Theatre in Taylors. Return to the world of Narnia and dive into the familiar fantasy story of perseverance, courage and faith as a young orphan prince befriends an unlikely group of characters to reclaim his rightful place on the throne. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $35 – $45. For details, visit www.theacademyofarts.org.
Second Saturday events return to Roper Mountain Science Center 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. this Saturday with its annual Blueberry Festival. Visitors can enjoy blueberries and fruits, pies and baked goods, ice cream, contests, live music and a butterfly encounter. Admission is $8 for adults and teens and $7 for children 4-12 and seniors. There is no admission charge for children age 3 and under or for members of RMSC. For details, visit www.RoperMountain.org.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers stores will host a “Little Excavator” story time event at 11 a.m. Saturday. From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the “Llama Llama” books comes Little Excavator, who joins Loader, Dump Truck, Backhoe and Crane as they get ready to transform a vacant lot into a neighborhood park. Activities will follow a reading of the book. For more details, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.
Living History Saturday: Celebrating Independence is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Walnut Grove Plantation in Spartanburg County. Drop in for a tour and visit with the South Carolina Independent Rangers as they share more about life in the backcountry during the Revolutionary War. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 2 – 12, and free for ages 0-2 and Spartanburg County Historical Association members. The plantation is located at 1200 Otts Shoals Road, Roebuck.For details, visit http://spartanburghistory.org.
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