Kid-friendly events: Our top 11 picks for September
THE SUGAR CREEK FUN RUN YOUTH TRIATHLON and KinderTry are Sept. 3 in Greer. Events are for ages 5-16. Proceeds benefit local charities. For details and registration, visit sugarcreekfunruns.com.
DISNEY’S “THE LITTLE MERMAID” is presented by Spartanburg Little Theatre Sept. 7-23 at the Chapman Cultural Center. For tickets and details, visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.org.
“SHREK THE MUSICAL” is presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre Sept. 8-23 at the Peace Center. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
THE ENCHANTED CHALICE RENAISSANCE FAIRE is Sept. 14-15 at Greenville UU Fellowship. The event includes food, games for all ages, music and more. For tickets and details, visit theenchantedchalice.com.
FREE! THE UPSTATE BIRTH AND BABY EXPO is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 at McAlister Square. The event includes educational workshops, children’s activities and more. For details, visit www.upstatebirthandbabyexpo.com.
AUTHOR GRACE LIN will hold a free book talk Sept. 16 at the Five Forks Branch Library. The event begins at 3 p.m. with the opportunity to buy books and have a snack. Lin will speak at 3:30 p.m. and will sign books beginning at 4 p.m. In order to join the signing line, each customer must purchase on-site at least one copy of “A Big Mooncake for Little Star.” Purchasing/preordering your book from Fiction Addiction (www.fiction-addiction.com) will give you a ticket to the signing line, too. Lin will sign any additional books of hers that you own. Call 864-527-9239.
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S MUSEUM DAY LIVE is Sept. 22 at museums across the country. The program provides free admission for two people. For details and tickets, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
DINOSAURS: LAND OF FIRE AND ICE opens Sept. 22 at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibit, open through Jan. 27, 2019, is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat) and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).Visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
FREE! A NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 22 at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Donations support educational programs. Explore science with hands-on activities. Visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
FREE! FAMILY FIESTA FUN for all ages is 1-3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Hughes Main Library. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free screening of the movie “Coco,” crafts, performing artists, live music and samples of traditional foods. Call 864-527-9248 for more information.
FREE! TRAINS, TRAINS & MORE TRAINS is Sept. 7-9 and 14-15 at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event features interactive exhibits, including Thomas the Tank Engine. Donations are welcome. For details, visit www.mauldin chamber.org or www. mauldinculturalcenter.org.