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Auto show, plays, Globetrotters highlight the weekend’s events

The three-day weekend brings with it chances for families to get outand enjoy several events.

“Guess How Much I Love You” and “I Love My Little Storybook” will be adapted in a special puppetry performance by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Gunter Theater at the Peace Center. Performances are recommended for grades Pre-K – 2. Cost is $10. For details, visit

Parents who need a break can drop their kids off for Kids Night Out at the Pavilion 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors. For $20 and $15 for each additional child, admission includes supervised play in the center’s bounce house, ice skating, themed crafts, a pizza dinner and popcorn and a movie. Register online or call 864-288-6470.

The 2018 South Carolina International Auto Show is back in town, bringing more than 250 all-new vehicles, test drives, pre-production vehicles and more to the TD Convention Center. In addition to a variety of vehicles on display, the family friendly event will include an exhibition by PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, which rescues and rehabilitates wildlife. During the auto show, PAWS will rotate the display of four native South Carolina owl species, a number of hawks, raptors and other animals. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults with children 12 and younger admitted free. For more information, visit

“Balloonacy,” a Wee Play Theatre performance, is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 1200 Pendleton St. The play is an “uplifting story about a magical balloon that insists on becoming friends,” according to the group’s website. Tickets are $9.50 each and are first-come, first-served, with a limit of 48 people. For ticket information, visit

Families with special needs kids can catch a special showing of "Paddington 2" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 & RPX - Greenville as part of its My Way Matinee. These sensory friendly showings have lower sound and brighter lights. Tickets are $6.50. A sensory-friendly showing of "Paddington 2" will also screen at 10 a.m. Saturday at NCG Cinema in Spartanburg. Admission is $6. For details, visit

Wellness Weekend, with a healthy snack and children’s yoga, is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit for more details.

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters will bring their basketball skills and family entertainment to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $21.50. Visit for more information.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast and program will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Sterling Community Center. Keynote speaker is Greenville County Councilman Ennis Fant. The event will include soccer matches beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Joan & Ray Kroc Corps Community Center. For more details, call 864-484-1009.

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