December: Science, learning and play opportunities
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/FreeForestSchoolGreenvilleSpartanburgSC.
APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED for The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a public, residential high school for artistically-talented students, for the 2019 – 2020 school year and summer programs. All South Carolina residents in grades 6 – 11 are eligible to apply online. The school offers pre-professional training in creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. In the tuition-free residential high school program, students explore and refine their talents in a one-of-a-kind, master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized high school education. The final application deadline for the residential high school is Jan. 4, 2019. Three summer programs are available: Arts Odyssey, for rising grades 8 – 9; Academy, for rising grade 10; and Summer Dance, for rising grade 7 – 12. For details, visit www.scgsah.org.
G — CHRISTMAS TRADITIONAL CAMP is Dec. 26 – 28 and Jan. 2 – 4 at YMCA Greenville locations. Register by Dec. 19. Visit http://ymcagreenville.org.
G — WINTER BREAK CAMPS begin Dec. 27 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. For details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
G — THE LITTLE LEARNERS CLUB is available at Greenville County Library locations. The challenge is designed especially for preschool children to encourage participation in Palmetto Basics-inspired activities. Pick up an activity log at any Greenville County Library System location. The activity log is used to track participation in the suggested activities. No rush to finish. Just complete by kindergarten. Then, bring the log into any GCLS location to pick up prizes (a Little Learners Club bag and five buttons) one representing each of the Palmetto Basics. Learn more at www.greenvillelibrary.org/kids/little-learners-club.
G — OUTSHINE, a program to help cultivate young minds, is 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 12 at the Center for Developmental Services. Students ages 5 – 13 receive extra homework help. For details, visit http://cdservices.org. To volunteer, email Paul.Bixby@cdservices.org or call 864-331-1445.
G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS for students in grades K – 8 are Dec. 3 – 4 at the Greenville Zoo. December’s program is Rise and Shine. For details and registration, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
G — ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER’S PLANETARIUM is open. For up-to-date information and a schedule of programs, visit www.ropermountain. org.
G — A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS SCAVENGER HUNT for children in grades K5 – 6 continues through Dec. 13 at Bob Jones University. For details, visit www.bjumg.org/christmas-events.
G — ART BREAK: BEAUTY MATTERS IN PHOTOGRAPHY – Writing with Light is Dec. 13 at Bob Jones University. For registration, lunch options and details, visit www.bjumg.org/artbreak.
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. Explore dino-mite science Dec. 1, Insta-Snow: Brrr Dec. 5 – 8, Insta-Snow Igloo Building Dec. 12 – 15 and Insta-Snow Rainbow Dec. 26 – 29. For a complete schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
S — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE are offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
S — SPARKLAB JR is 10 a.m. Tuesdays – Fridays 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. Visitwww.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 http://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 $8 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 February – May 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 February – May 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 the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Children ages 3 and younger with a caregiver can move and groove and music, movement and nursery rhymes. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
P — FREE! HOP ON THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Children is grades K – 4 watch an episode of The Magic School Bus followed up by a supporting science experiment, game or craft. Call 864-850-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P — FREE! TRY SOMETHING NEW AT WEE PLAY TIME at 10:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Children ages 3 and younger with a caregiver are invited to play with the library’s educational toys. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
P — FREE! ALL AGES ARE WELCOME FOR POKÉMON LEAGUE at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Children ages 10 and younger should be accompanied by an adult. Call 864-850-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.