Egg hunts, SC Comicon highlight weekend events for families
Easter is quickly approaching, so let the egg hunts begin! There are a handful planned this weekend, along with free outdoor movies, kid-friendly plays and SC Comicon.
Families are invited to Kids Hot Dog Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. Enjoy house made, all-beef hot dogs with mac ‘n cheese, and then stay for an outdoor viewing of “Toy Story.” Bring your own chairs and blankets for the movie. The event is free, with concessions available for purchase. For details, visit http://swamprabbitcafe.com/events.
“Miss Nelson is Missing,” a South Carolina Children’s Theatre 2nd Stage performance, is at 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center. This beloved comedy musical takes a peek inside classroom 207, where some misbehaving students find themselves dealing with an unwanted substitute when Miss Nelson doesn’t show up for class. Shows have a tendency to sell out, so check scchildrenstheatre.org or call 864-235-2885 for updated ticket information.
If you haven’t caught a show yet and your kids love “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “Prince Caspian” continues its run with performances 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 thelogostheatre.com.
The Hejaz Shrine Circus begins at 7 p.m. Friday and continues with shows at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at Timmons Arena at Furman University in Greenville. The annual fundraising event for the Hejaz Shrine features tigers, elephants, aerobatics and more. Tickets are $13 for children 12 and younger and $15 for adults. For details, visit http://www.hejazshrinecircus.com.
SC Comicon will bring the world of comics and pop culture to the TD Convention Center in Greenville this weekend. This family friendly event will include celebrity guests, games, toys and collectibles, cosplayers and children’s activities. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Children 10 and younger are admitted free. For details and tickets, visit www.sccomicon.com.
The Friends of Paris Mountain State Park will host “What’s Happening to the Bats of the Upstate?” at 10 a.m. Saturday with Dr. Susan Loeb, research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service at Clemson University. All ages welcome. Meet at Park Center for this two-hour program. This program is free after park admission, and no registration is required. Ranger Cathy Taylor will also lead a walk at 1 p.m. called “Reading the Woods.” Quotes from some well-known forest storytellers will help participants find the stories told along Sulphur Springs trail. This two-hour program is $7 per person, payable at the admission booth. Admission is waived. Registration is required. To register, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the park office at 864-244-5565.
An Easter Bunny Bash is planned for 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at TC Bearies Hallmark in Easley. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and an egg hunt will begin at 12:30 p.m. The event includes refreshments. For details, call 864-859-1411.
Children are invited to take free photos with the Easter Bunny 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday at Cabela’s in Greenville. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.
The Egg-tastic Easter Event is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Century Park in Greer. Instead of one big egg hunt, this year’s event will feature mutiple egg hunts based on age groups throughout the event. Each hunt will last approximately 10 minutes, and each child can only collect eight eggs. For more details, visit http://www.cityofgreer.org/departments/special_events.php.
Mauldin’s Community Easter Egg Drop is planned for 12-4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Park. Thousands of eggs stuffed with goodies for kids are dropped from a helicopter, after which children can collect as many eggs as they can find. For more information on this free event, call 864-335-4856.
There will be a Behind the Scenes Tour at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Zoo for families with children ages 5 and older. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
The 2nd annual Lake Conestee GooseChase will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Conestee Nature Park in Greenville. This fast-paced, three-hour long team scavenger hunt uses an app on smart phones to complete missions in the park. After the hunt, there will be live music, food provided by Automatic Taco, and beer from Brewery 85. All proceeds benefit the park’s education programs. Cost is $25 for the hunt and music, and $15 for the music only. Visit http://lakeconesteenaturepark.com/events/goosechase for details.
Astro Kennels will host its annual Easter Bone Hunt 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Dogs and their humans can participate in a bone hunt, dock diving, Easter bonnet contest, swim time and Frosty Paws race. Entry is $5 per dog. For more details, visit www.astrokennels.net.
Want to catch a hockey game with your best friend in fur? Pucks-n-Paws is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Swamp Rabbits game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. For one night only, your family can bring your dogs to the game for free. With the purchase of an adult ticket for only $15 each, you can also claim up to four complimentary kids tickets (10 and younger) in the GSP Airport Family Fun Zone, courtesy of GSP Airport. For details, visit www.swamprabbits.com.
The Five Forks branch of the Greenville County Library System will hold its grand opening from 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Located at the intersection of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive in the Five Forks area, this new branch is approximately 28,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the other branches in the library system, and offers numerous features. For details, visit https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/locations/five-forks.
“Mom Dating” Upstate SC presents Easter EGGVenture 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Party Animal Events and Farm, 404 James Road, Easley. An egg hunt will start at 3 p.m., but activities will include bounce houses, hay rides, crafts, games, face painting, raffles, food trucks, a ball pit and animal interactions. More details can be found by joining the group’s Facebook page.
A community-wide Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Jones Avenue Baptist Church, will be held 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Pope Field in Easley. This free event will include hot dog dinners, bounce houses and a massive egg hunt for children. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.
For more events and resources, visit www.UpstateParent.com.