Celebrate Earth Day with these kid-friendly events
Earth Day is Sunday, and families will find some fun events on tap for the observance. Plus, the weekend continues the run of some kid-friendly plays and other activities.
If you or your kids love the theater, five area plays offer performances throughout the weekend. “Dragons Love Tacos,” a South Carolina Children’s Theatre 2nd Stage performance, is at 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center in Greenville. Adapted from the New York Times best seller, “Dragons Love Tacos” is a funny tale of new friends and the perfect snack. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
“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 thelogostheatre.com.
Ronald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” will be performed by Mauldin Youth Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Mauldin Cultural Center. Tickets are $6 – $10 each. Visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org for details.
Foothills Playhouse in Easley will present “Raggedy Ann & Andy” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. See what transpires in a playroom when these beloved toys come to life. Tickets start at $5. For details, visit www.fhplayhouse.com.
Theatre for Youth presents “Cinderella, Cinderella,” at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Studio Theatre, USC Upstate, Spartanburg. Groups of children will help Cinderella scrub the house and assist a very absentminded Fairy Godfather in transforming Cinderella for the ball. Tickets to the performance are $3 per person at the door.
There are also plenty of chances to get outdoors and have fun with nature.
This year’s Kids’ Fest at Heritage Green is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday in front of Upcountry History Museum - Furman University. Geared toward young learners, it includes free activities and prizes for kids ages 1-5. Booths will include Hughes Main Library, Greenville Little Theatre, Children’s Museum of the Upstate and Carolina Music Museum. For details, visit the event’s Facebook page.
The city of Greenville will host a family-friendly Earth Day Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the city’s new Public Works campus at 475 Fairforest Way, Greenville. The event will include cooking demonstrations, a composting class, a birdhouse-building workshop, Touch-a-Truck and children’s activities. For details, call 864-467-8300 or visit www.greenvillesc.gov/292/Recycling-Special-Events.
Spartanburg Earth Day Festival is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 210 Henry Place, Spartanburg. Featuring art contests, food, vendors and activities such as presentations with live animals, hula dancing and day-long children's activities, this family friendly event is aimed at educating and inspiring a new generation on environmental concerns and facts. Visit http://www.spartanburgearthday.org for more details and a full schedule.
Admission to Paris Mountain State Park in Greenville will be waived from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for anyone who donates to the Friends of Paris Mountain State Park. Representatives will be available to discuss how the group supports the park.
The Spartanburg Soaring Kite Festival brings kite enthusiasts from across the world to the Upstate each year. Kites are available for purchase or bring your own to the festival 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday at Chapman Cultural Center. The event includes live music, food trucks and a makers’ market. For details, visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/spartanburg-soaring.
A behind-the-scenes tour will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. This program is for families with children ages 5 and older. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
The annual Kids Fishing Derby is 8-11 a.m. at the Blue Hole Recreation Area on Russell Lake in Calhoun Falls. Participants must be 15 or younger to participate. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The Lake Russell Recreation and Tourism Coalition will provide lunch for participants. Attendees 16 and older can purchase lunch for $5. Preregister at www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/rodeos or call 706-213-3400 or 800-944-7207, ext. 3406.
Other events of interest
Regal Cinemas My Way Matinee will screen “Ready Player One” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 & RPX. Tickets are $6.50, and these special showings are offered with sound turned down and lights turned up for special needs families. Visit www.regmovies. com/mywaymatinee.
Save a Life with Touch-a-Truck is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Inn Seafood in Greenville. The event will include music, kids’ activities and games, face painting, a lemonade stand and vehicles on display. The event will raise funds to help Melissa Pagliuca beat cancer.
Find more events and activities online at www.UpstateParent.com.