Things to do with kids this weekend, Sept. 14-16
A Renaissance fair, more trains, plays and Touch-a-Truck lead this weekend’s family friendly events. Please note: Weather conditions can affect some of these events, so we recommend you check the included link before attending.
The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire is 5-11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Greenville UU Fellowship. The event includes food, games for all ages, music and more. Enjoy performers, dancers, wandering minstrels, storytellers, jugglers and jesters. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, with kids 3 and younger admitted for free. For tickets and details, visit theenchantedchalice.com.
Trains, Trains & More Trains continues noon – 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event features interactive exhibits, including Thomas the Tank Engine. Donations are welcome. For details, visit www.mauldinchamber.org or www.mauldinculturalcenter.org.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is presented by Spartanburg Little Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. For tickets and details, visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.org.
The Upstate Birth and Baby Expo is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday at McAlister Square. The free event includes educational workshops, children’s activities and more. For details, visit www.upstatebirthandbabyexpo.com.
CANCELLED: Greenville County Rec’s annual Touch-A-Truck is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Westside Park. Free for all ages, the event will feature tow trucks, dump trucks, fire trucks and other service vehicles. For details, visit https://greenvillerec.com/event/touch-a-truck.
Saturday is International Red Panda Day, and the Greenville Zoo will offer opportunities to learn more about these animals native to the eastern Himalayas and southwest China 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All special events are free with paid admission. Visit http://greenvillezoo.com/168/Special-Events.
The 3rd annual Railfest is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Greer City Park. This free event offers rail safety presentations from Operation Lifesaver, trackless train and model trains. Rail police and museums will be available with interactive displays, including videos about locomotive history and rail safety inside of City Hall. Children and adults can enter to receive prizes such as scenic train rides, model trains, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Visit the event's Facebook page for details.
“Shrek the Musical” will again be presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. Based on the beloved animated movie, this production is great for all ages. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
Flock to the Rock is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Chimney Rock Park. The event includes guided bird walks, raptor flight shows, live bird demos and workshops. For details, call 828-625-9611 or visit www.chimneyrockpark.com.
Children’s book author Grace Lin will hold a free book talk at the Five Forks Branch Library. The event begins at 3 p.m. Sunday 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.
For more events and resources, visit www.UpstateParent.com.