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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend with these kid friendly events

Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day witha weekend full of holiday-themed events.

The Leprechaun O’Gala invites children ages 2-6 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early from 9 a.m. - noon Friday at the Pavilion Recreation Complex in Taylors. Enjoy snacks, face painting, prizes, games, a bounce house and craft. Cost is $8. For details, call 864-288-6470 or visit

“Prince Caspian” will once again be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Logos Theatre in Taylors. Call 864-268-9342 with promo code UP-3for2 to buy two tickets and get one free. Visit

Postponed from last weekend, The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival is a family friendly spring event now planned for 1-6 p.m. Saturday. 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

The St. Paddy’s Day Dash and Bash begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Fluor Field and on Main Street, Greenville. Join the 5K, kids’ fun run, bounce houses, live music, face painting, costume contest and more. Proceeds benefit local children’s charities. For details, schedule of events and registration, visit

A Bunny Brunch begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. The event includes breakfast, photos with the Easter Bunny, story time, an egg hunt and crafts. Cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-member adults and $25 for non-member children. Call 864-233-7755 to register. Visit for more details.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers stores will host a special story time event at 11 a.m. Saturday for “The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School” by Laura Murray. Activities will follow. For details, visit

The Lucky 44 Celebration is a free, family friendly St. Patrick’s Day Festival sponsored by the city of Fountain Inn. Activities will be held at 110 Depot St. from 2-5 p.m. Saturday and include a gold hunt, games, face painting, live music and food vendors. For more details, visit

The 11th annual Kidsfest is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday at Hagood Mill in Pickens. The event will feature a Sweet Potato Pie Kids concert and Young Appalachian Musicians Talent Show along with an instrument petting zoo, in which kids of all ages can experiment with a variety of instruments. Adult pickers and YAM students will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience these instruments under the tent all day. The day-long event will also include kid crafts and music and milling games, such as sack races, tug-of-war, horse painting and wheel barrow races. Volunteers from variousPickens County Fire Departments will be on hand providing kid friendly safety demonstrations along with teaching the proper techniques and safety strategies crucial to survival if confronted with a home fire situation. The gristmill will also be running. The event is free with $5 parking. For more details, call 864-898-2936.

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Lollipops Concert: Irving the Frog and His Violian is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Greer Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Visit

A family workshop titled Specifically Snakes is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. This program is for families with children ages 6 and older. Learn how to identify the venomous and non-venomous snakes most commonly found in South Carolina and meet a few slithery friends. To register, visit

“Henri,” Somatic Impressions Inspired by the works of Henri Matisse, is presented by Dance Theatre of Greenville at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. The performances are age-appropriate for students of all levels interested in choreography inspired by the works of Matisse. For details, visit

FamBlitz Live, a family event sponsored by The Kid Depot at First Baptist Spartanburg, begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with free pizza. Doors to the Hangar open at 5:10 p.m. for a high-octane preview of what families can expect from The Kid Depot. Interactive games, music, prizes and more will be included. Nursery childcare is available upon request. Visit, call 864-699-4308 or email for free tickets.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the Big Brothers Big Sisters signature fundraiser, is Saturday at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg. Join a team or sign up to bowl and raise funds individually. For more information, visit

The Spartanburg Science Center will host the 6th annual Jr. First LEGO League Expo 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chapman Cultural Center. This event, sponsored by Milliken, brings 33 teams of children ages 6-10 from across the region to compete in a robotics challenge that emphasizes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles as well as core values that include teamwork, shared discovery and “gracious professionalism.” This year’s theme is Aqua Adventure, and participants will design, build, program, test and improve a model to demonstrate their chosen water use and how to improve a part of the water’s journey. For more information, visit

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