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January: Science, learning and play events

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

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

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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

G — CHRISTMAS TRADITIONAL CAMP is Jan. 2 – 4 at YMCA Greenville locations. Visit

G — WINTER BREAK CAMPS are Jan. 2 – 4 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. For details, visit

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

G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS for students in grades K – 8 are Jan. 7 – 8 at the Greenville Zoo. January’s program is “The Circle of Life.” For details and registration, visit

G — ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER’S PLANETARIUM is open. For up-to-date information and a schedule of programs, visit

G — ART BREAK: BEAUTY MATTERS IN LEARNING is Feb. 21 at Bob Jones University. For registration, lunch options and details, visit

G — OPEN HOUSE at Bob Jones Academy is 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and March 6 and 18. Visit

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 Lemons and Limes: Sink and Float Jan. 2 – 19 and colorful science Jan. 23 – Feb. 2. For a complete schedule, visit

S — MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CAMP is Jan. 21 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Visit

S — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE are offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. Explore Arctic animal insulation Jan. 2 – 13, make a snowstorm in a jar Jan. 15 – 17 and make exploding snowmen Jan. 29 – Feb. 10. Visit

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

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 — FREE! WIGGLES AND GIGGLES for ages 3 and younger with a caregiver is at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Easley Library and at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Central-Clemson Library. Call 864-850-7077 or email

P — FREE! WATCH “THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Easley Library and at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pickens Library. Call 864-850-7077 or email

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

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

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.