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Kid-friendly events for Jan. 25-27

Families eager to brave a bitterly cold weekend will find some fun and educational activities happening across the Upstate.

Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. The 6 p.m. feature will be “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion” and the 7:30 show will be “Exploding Universe.” A separate ticket is required for each show. The Daniel Observatory will be open from 7-9:15 p.m., weather permitting, for viewing with the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain. org.

Tot Time is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. Children ages 5 and under and their caregivers can join the Children's Museum for a morning of music, playtime, and stories. For times and details, visit

Regal My Way Matinee will screen "The Kid Who Would Be King" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Regal Hollywood & RPX - Greenville. The sensory-friendly showing will feature brighter lights, lower sound and discounted tickets. Visit

A Behind The Scenes Tour is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. This program is for families with children ages 5 and older. To register, visit

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” will be presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. Best for ages 3 and older, this new to SCCT production is based on the novel by Richard and Florence Atwater. The play follows a house painter who dreams of an adventure to the Antartic. When a letter he writes about it gets read on the radio, someone sends him a penguin as a gift. Then the zoo sends him another penguin, and suddenly, his house is filled with baby penguins. Visit for more details.

Students can take a free ACT practice test at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Spartanburg Main Library. Ages 12 – 18. Registration is required. For details and registration, visit

Families can watch a kid-friendly movie at 11 a.m. Saturday the Easley Library. Call 864-850-7077 or email for more details.

Organic Cat Cafe in downtown Greenville will offer a painting class with LizO at 5 p.m. Saturday. Based on the wall mural she donated to the cat cafe, she now offers painting classes for children and their parents, so you can take your own cat puff home. Painting class includes canvas, supplies, unlimited cat cuddle time and a free drink of your choice for $25 per person. Registration is encouraged. Register by email at or call 864-729-2450.

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