Weekend events include touch-a-truck, butterflies, summer reading kickoff
Now that the rain has moved out (hopefully), families looking to get out and have fun this weekend will have plenty of options.
Butterfly Adventure opens for the summer Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Roper Mountain Science Center. The popular exhibit is back for the third year and allows families to have an up-close encounter with hundreds of butterflies in the center’s live butterfly exhibit. Explore the newly-renovated Harrison Hall and visit the Living History Farm. There will be activities for the whole family. For details, visit www.ropermountain.org.
The Summer Reading Kickoff with Farmer Jason is 4 – 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library. The event includes a concert, Twist the Balloon Man, Reedy Rip’It, a used book sale and more. Meet local mascots and more. Visit www.greenvillelibrary.org for details.
Beachin’ Fridays is weekly at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event is family friendly and features shag dancing, music, food vendors and more. For details, visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/featured- events/beachin-fridays.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Greenville Little Theatre. For tickets, visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org.
A Fun and Sun Splash Party is at 11 a.m. Friday at the Landrum Branch Library. Ages 9 and younger. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen. Call 864-457-2218.
The Summer Reading Kickoff at 1 p.m. Friday at the Woodruff Branch Library. Ages birth – rising grade 6. Visit www.spartanburglibraries.org.
The Women’s Paddling Festival Saturday and Sunday is at Nantahala Outdoor Center. For details, visit noc.com.
Penske’s Touch a Truck Day is 8 a.m. – noon at the Saturday Market in Downtown Greenville. Climb, sit and play on a variety of trucks on Main Street at McBee Avenue. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com/155/Touch-a-Truck-Day.
The GHS Spuds and Sprouts Booth is 8 a.m. – noon at the Saturday Market in Downtown Greenville. Kids can learn about local foods and try new fruits and vegetables. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com.
“Once Upon a Time: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales” opens Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum. Step inside beloved stories from around the world. The bilingual exhibition (English and Spanish) is a unique and educational experience that emphasizes the importance of reading and the significance of fairy tales throughout history. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
Big League Fun opens Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. This hands-on experience features fun activities, simulated game experiences and trivia challenges that promote important educational concepts for children and engage fans of all ages. For details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Family Fun Day is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum. A fairy tale breakfast is at 9 a.m., followed by visits with Cinderella at 10:30 a.m. and Belle at 11:30 a.m. The event will also include games, crafts and story times themed to fairy tales. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 4-18 and free for kids 3 and younger. For details, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
POSTPONED: The new Big Air Trampoline Park in Greenville will hold its grand opening 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, June 9. The original opening date was June 2. The new 40,000-square-foot park features indoor trampolines, a laser tag area, obstacle course, and a separate rock climbing center. For more information, visit www.bigairusa.com/greenville.
Tanglewood Middle School will host its third annual carnival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday free for the surrounding community. There will be games, prizes, food and music. For details, visit www.greenville.k12.sc.us/twood.
Celebrate Cancer Survivor’s Day 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the new Cancer Survivor’s Park between Church and Cleveland streets in downtown Greenville. There will be activities for all ages, and snacks and water will be provided. For more details, visit www.cancer survivorspark.org/cancer-survivors-day-2018.php
Find more events online at www.upstateparent.com.