August: Science, learning & play groups
NOMINATE A TALENTED STUDENT in elementary through high school for the 4th Annual Outstanding Youth Awards in the following categories: Entertainer, Innovator, Scholar, Athlete, Entrepreneur, Volunteer and Overall Outstanding Youth of the Year. Nominations are accepted through Sept. 15. Visit www.outstandingyouthawards.com.
STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 7 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Programs are located at Woodruff Road (expanded location), Greer, Easley, Fountain Inn, Travelers Rest, Boiling Springs and Cherrydale. For details, call 864-246-9898 or www.stridestutor.org.
FAMILY ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS are at 2 p.m. Aug. 1 – 31 at Chimney Rock Park. For details, call 828-625-9611 or visit www.chimneyrockpark.com.
FREE! FREE FOREST SCHOOL a free, volunteer-run, inclusive group for families looking for ways to connect with other local families in nature. The group meets weekly at nearby wilderness areas to hike, play and have circle time and snack. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/groups/Free ForestSchoolGreenvilleSpartanburgSC.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN for Winshape Camp at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. The one-week boys’ and girls’ camps will be held in June and July in 2019. First-time overnight campers are eligible for a 50-percent discount. For details, visit camps.winshape.org.
G — OUTSHINE SUMMER READING PROGRAM is 12:30 – 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 8 at The Center for Developmental Services. CDS staff and volunteers will read with children to keep them academically engaged and staying on track for the summer. The Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Summer Meals Program will also be at CDS every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. this summer offering free meals to all school aged children. For more information, contact Blair Stephenson at (864) 331-1304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
G — COMPUCHILD STEAM CAMP is 9 a.m. – noon Mondays through Aug. 13 at Mauldin Cultural Center. Suggested for ages 5 – 10. The cost is $45 each per camp day. For details and registration, visit www.compuchild.com.
G — EAST LINK ACADEMY, a free, Chinese-immersion, public charter school for grades K – 8, is opening for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Parent information sessions are offered the second Sunday afternoon and fourth Wednesday night of each month. For details, visit www.eastlinkacademy.org.
G — ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER’S PLANETARIUM is open. For up-to-date information and a schedule of programs, visit www.ropermountain.org.
G — EXPLORE SCIENCE 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays –Saturdays at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
G — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE: Pop Rocks and Soda Balloons is at 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. select days in August at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
G — OPEN BOUNCE AND JUMP for ages 2 – 5 is 10 a.m. – noon Monday – Friday at Kangaroo Jax. The cost is $6 each. Visit www.kangaroojaxs.com.
S —TODDLER TIME AT BIG AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ages 6 and younger fly high for $8 per jumper. Call 864-580-6462 or visit bigairgsp.com.
G — JUMPING BEANS AT SKY ZONE GREENVILLE – Little bouncers walking – age 5 jump 10 – 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Visit Sky Zone on Facebook for details about guest character appearances. The cost is $6 per child. One adult caregiver participates at no charge. Visit www.skyzone.com/greenville.
G — PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT AT SKY ZONE GREENVILLE – Kids ages 5 – 12 get a night of bouncing while parents take a break. The event is 7 – 10 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $25 per child and includes dinner. Visit www.skyzone.com/greenville.
G — GLOW NIGHT AT SKY ZONE GREENVILLE – Bring the whole family for glow face paint and more 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Fridays. The first 50 people to check in receive a T-shirt. The cost is $25 each for two hours and includes face paint, a glow pack and pizza. For a shorter option, the cost is $17 for one hour and includes a glow bracelet. Visit www.skyzone.com/greenville.
G — MOMS JUMP FOR FREE DURINGKIDS’ JUMP time for ages 6 and younger, 9 a.m. – noon Mondays – Fridays at Gravitopia. The cost is $10 each per child for one hour of jump time. Visit www.gravitopia.us.
G — FREE! MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE – Nursery rhymes are the foundation for this play time that brings babies ages 1 – 24 months together with new friends. Children must attend with an adult caregiver. Maximum of 3 children per adult caregiver. Attendance is limited to 40 per program. Get a free admission ticket at the desk. Greenville County Library Branches: 10 a.m. Tuesdays at Taylors (864-268-5955), 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Travelers Rest (864-834-3650) and 10 and 11a.m. Wednesdays at Simpsonville (864-963-9031).
P — FREE! OUR VILLAGE, a play group sponsored by Stroller Strides, is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 334 Rock Springs Road, Easley. For details, call 864-608-6727.