National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday
If your family is looking for something to do this weekend, you’ll find plenty of options.
Celebrate World Oceans Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenville Zoo. Learn about the world’s oceans, waterways and their inhabitants. Free with paid admission. Visit www.greenvillezoo.com for more details.
If you missed the summer reading kickoff party at the Hughes Main Library, you can catch Blastoff to Reading at 10 a.m. Friday at the Taylors Branch Library. Visit www.greenvillelibrary.org.
A free “Beauty and the Beast” event is at 11 a.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library. Ages 4 – 10 can participate in a story time and tea party. Royal attire, especially characters from this classic fairytale, are welcome. Tea and snacks will be served. Registration is required. Visit www.greenvillelibrary.org.
Beachin’s Fridays is free 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” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Greenville Little Theatre. For tickets, visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org at Greenville Little Theatre.
Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Nearby Chimney Rock Park will host several programs and hikes for the occasion. For details, call 828-625-9611 or visit www.chimneyrockpark.com. You can also interact with animals and learn about farming during the Upstate Farm Tour 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 10 Upstate farms, including Split Creek Farm and The Happy Berry, will offer special tours of their working farms for families. For a printable guide, visit www.uptowngreenwood.com/uptown-market/upstate-farm-tour.
Families can also head to the TD Saturday Market in downtown Greenville from 8 a.m. – noon. The GHS Spuds and Sprouts Booth teaches kids about local foods and lets them try new fruits and vegetables. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com.
The 3rd annual Can’t Catch Connor 5K will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Park in Travelers Rest and the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail. The event is in honor of Connor McManus, 14, and his family who passed away in a plane crash in Alaska in 2013 along with another Greenville family, the Antonakos family. Two of McManus’s friends and former Christ Church classmates, Andrew Allen and Nathan Akerhielm, first organized the Can't Catch Connor 5K race to raise money to help Connor's former Boy Scout Troop at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Money raised from this year’s event will again help Boy Scout Troop 9 build a prayer chapel at Camp Old Indian, the local Scout camp, in honor of Connor and his family. Race registration and other information is available at go-greenevents.com/event/id/5477.
The Teddy Bear Clinic is 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Meet Child Life Specialists from GHS and various stations to learn about doctor visits, medical tools and more. Get a stuffed animal to take to each station for a check-up (while supplies last) or bring your favorite stuffed animal from home. For details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
“Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure” comes to Bon Secours Wellness Arena Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s performance is at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with shows at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday. The music-filled production is based on the animated preschool series on Nickelodeon. For tickets, visit www.bonsecoursarena.com/events/detail/paw-patrol-live.