September: Science, learning and playtime events
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.
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/FreeForestSchool GreenvilleSpartanburgSC.
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 — 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 offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. For a 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 DURING KIDS’ 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 — GUARDIANS OF THE GARDEN for middle and high school students is 4 – 5:30 p.m. alternating Thursdays September – November and February – May, beginning Sept. 13 at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Investigate real world issues and find practical solutions to solve them in this innovative new program. Study erosion, water quality, plant selection and other issues. The cost is $70 each. Visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
P — 4–H JUNIOR NATURALIST CLUB for elementary school students is 4 – 5:30 p.m. alternating Thursdays September – November and February – May, beginning Sept. 6 at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Discover more about the environment and how to be good stewards of the natural world. Learn about natural resources, forest and aquatic ecology, wildlife biology, geology, botany, entomology and more. Scholarships are available. The cost is $70 each. Visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
P — FREE! OUR VILLAGE, a play group sponsored by Stroller Strides, is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 334 Rock Springs Road, Easley. Come early at 9:30 am with baby and stroller for a workout. For details, call 864-608-6727.
P — FREE! WIGGLES AND GIGGLES is at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Children ages 3 and younger with a caregiver can enjoy and music, movement and nursery rhymes. Call 864-850-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.