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March: Science, Learning and Play

THE GOVIE WRITING AWARDS will recognize student works in fiction and poetry judged by the Governor’s School’s founding Creative Writing faculty members, Jan Bailey and George Singleton. Young writers in grades 6 – 12 are invited to participate in this new statewide writing contest sponsored by the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Creative Writing Department. Winners will receive gift cards to a local, independent bookstore, and their teachers will also be recognized. The deadline to enter is March 15. To learn more, visit

G — OUTSHINE, a program to help cultivate young minds, is 3:30 – 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Center for Developmental Services. Students ages 5 – 13 receive extra homework help. For details, visit To volunteer, email or call 864-331-1445.

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 ForestSchoolGreenvilleSpartanburgSC.

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 kids/little-learners-club.

G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS for students in grades K – 8 are March 4 and 5 at the Greenville Zoo. March’s program is “Say What.” 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 SUFFERING is March 14 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. 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 fingerprint forensics and more in March. For a complete schedule, visit

S — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE are offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. Makey Makey is select days in March. For a complete schedule, 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 through 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 through 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.