Family-friendly events highlight weekend
If you’re bummed because the 23rd annual Character Breakfast through the South Carolina Children’s Theatre is sold out this weekend, don’t worry. There’s still plenty for families to do.
Aching to get out to the ballpark for a game of baseball? The First Pitch Invitational begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Fluor Field at the West End, hosted by the Greenville Drive. Michigan State University will play Furman University as part of the college baseball series, continuing at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Illinois Fighting Illini playing both teams. The event concludes at 11 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased at the box office or online at www.greenvilledrive.com.
Your kids can have Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Saturday at Haywood Mall. Families will receive breakfast, do activities and participate in giveaways with the Easter Bunny himself in Center Court. Pre-registration is required. The event is free. Register online at www.eventbrite.com.
Sensory Friendly Saturday is 9 a.m. – noon March 10 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Bright lights will be dimmed, loud sounds limited and there will be designated quiet spaces. There will be Carolina Dance Collaborative Workshops at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., along with Spark!Lab Music Time and Texturized Art Experiences throughout the morning. For more details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Head to Roper Mountain Science Center for its Second Saturday event, Space Day, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. March 10. Families can meet Kevin Metrocavage, NASA International Space Station operations manager, experience rocket launches, rocket balloons, flight simulators and design challenges, and make and take space-related activities for the whole family. Admission is $8 for adults and teens, $7 for ages 4-12 and seniors, and free for members and children 3 and younger. Visit www.RoperMountain.org.
Mauldin Elementary School will host the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Fun Run and 1-mile Kid’s Rainbow Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the school. The professionally-timed run benefits the school’s Mighty Eagles and is for all ages. The color run is also for all ages. Register or make donations online at http://bit.ly/2FxVaaa.
KidsZone, the newest drop-in child care center in Greenville, will have a grand opening celebration 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. The free event will include face-painting, balloon twisters, appearances by princesses, activities and music by B93.7 FM. The center is located at 21 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville. Visit its Facebook page for details.
Superman-imals is Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. This Zoo Tots program is for ages 2 – 3 with a guardian. Investigate what dinosaurs ate, how big they were and what their bones looked like. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
“School of Hard Rocks” is presented by Carolina Ballet Theatre at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Peace Center. The cast of more than 40 dancers delivers an important anti-bullying message. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the Big Brothers Big Sisters signature fundraiser, is at Golden Lanes in Simpsonville. Join a team or sign up to bowl and raise funds individually. For more information, visit bbbsupstate.com/events.
A free princess event for ages 11 and younger is 10 a.m. – noon Saturday at 5 Point Church in Easley. The event includes free printed pictures, snacks, crafts, princess hair or makeup and a princess craft. For details, call 864-850-050 or visit kidpoint.tv.
A Community Cleanup Day will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday in Simpsonville. Sponsored by the City of Simpsonville and PalmettoPride, the event is designed to combat litter. All materials, including safety gear, are provided. All ages are welcome. To volunteer, register at www.simpsonville.com/communitycleanup.html.
Caring Bunny, a private event for children with special needs and their families, is planned for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and photos will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.eventbrite.com for the form.
Celebrate Adoption at a free concert 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the TD Stage at the Peace Center. First Presbyterian Church will host the Brooks Dixon Band along with Graydon Tomlinson live in concert, with special guest speaker and author Beth Guckenberger. Several local adoption, foster and resource agencies will also be there. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the church in Fellowship Hall. For details, visit www.firstpresgreenville.org.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival is a family friendly spring event planned for 1-6 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The parade, which marches up Main Street in downtown Greenville, features floats, bagpipes, horse-drawn carriages, bands and military tributes. It finishes in the NOMA Square at Hyatt Regency Hotel, where visitors can enjoy Irish music and food, dancing and children’s activities. Admission is free. For more details, visit www.aohgreenvillesc.org or call 864-501-8362.
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