Things to do with kids this weekend, Oct. 12-14
It will be another busy weekend in the Upstate for families willing to get out and enjoy fall activities.
“Community Workshop: Bats” is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Greenville Zoo. This program is for families with children ages 6 and older. Learn about bats and build a bat box to take home. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
U.Day, short for University Day, is 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at Bob Jones University. The free event includes an educational street fair, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, prize drawings, music (including a Patch the Pirate concert) and hands-on activities designed for all age groups. Visit homecoming.bju.edu/uday.php.
Paddlesplash Races are at 9 a.m. Saturday at Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocassee. All self-powered watercraft are invited, including kayaks, surfskis, canoes, paddleboards and rowers. Kayaks and SUPs will be available to rent but must be reserved in advance. Both a 3-mile and a 6-mile loop course will be offered. To register and for more information, visit www.friendsofjocassee.org or the Friends of Jocassee Facebook page.
A Fall Bazaar is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Disciples United Methodist Church in Greenville. The event includes children’s books for sale, a pumpkin patch, crafts and more. Call 864-297-0382 or visit www.mydisciples.org.
Fall for Greenville is Friday through Sunday in downtown Greenville. One of the largest free food and musical festivals in the Southeast, the event showcases more than 40 restaurants and 60 musical acts on five stages, as well as family entertainment and a children’s area. To buy food tickets in advance, visit www.fallforgreenville.net.
“Click, Clack Boo! A Tricky Treat" is presented by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center. Tickets are $10.50 each. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
Saturday is Star Wars Day at Roper Mountain Science Center. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., this Second Saturday event will allow visitors to explore Star Wars-inspired learning activities, browse a book fair, watch an interactive stage show and meet costumed characters. Children 12 and younger are invited to come in costume. For details, visit www.RoperMountain.org.
Fall Festival 2018 at Safe Haven & Educational Adventures Inc. is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The exotic animal sanctuary near Easley is only open to the public twice a year, and this free event allows families to see animals such as wolves, alligators and monkeys up close. Wristbands will be sold for $5 for those that want to touch certain animals. Refreshments, games, raffles and face painting will be included. Visit http://www.rescueexotics.org/adventure-day.html.
Pickens County Humane Society will host a Fall Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music, food, bouncy houses, games, a costume contest for children 13 and younger, face painting and a dunk tank. Decorate pumpkins and enter a coloring contest. Visit https://www.pchumanesociety.org/events-1 for details.
The Pumpkin Festival is Saturday in Pumpkintown. It includes a parade, food, rides and more. For details, visit www.face book.compumpkintown pumpkinfestival.
Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 7 – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Brevard, NC. This event includes a display of lighted, carved pumpkins in multiple scenes along a half-mile, accessible trail, food trucks, music, a scavenger hunt, storytelling, games and more. Remember to bring your own flashlight for the trail. Admission is $5 each. For more information, visit www. facebook.com/pumpkinpatchrevenge, www.facebook.com/silvermontpark or silvermont.org.
Sensory Friendly Day is 10 a.m. – noon Sunday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. For details, visit spartanburg.tcmupstate.org/sensory- friendly-museum-days.
Find more events and resource online at www.UpstateParent.com.