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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these kid-friendly events

St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, and the Upstate has several ways for kids and their families to celebrate.

The Leprechaun O’Gala is 9 – 11 a.m. Friday at the Pavilion Recreation Complex. The event includes games, a bounce house, snack and more. Ages 2 – 6. Tickets are $8 each. For tickets and details, visit leprechaun-o-gala.

Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. A separate ticket is required for each show. The Daniel Observatory will also be open from 7 – 9:15 p.m., weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit

The 2019 JDRF Upstate Gala is Saturday at Greenville Convention Center. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment and more to support JDRF’s mission to create a world without Type one diabetes. For details, visit

Educator Day is Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville and Spartanburg. Pre-K – middle school teachers who show their teacher’s badge or homeschool certificate will receive free admission to the museum for themselves plus a guest. Educators will get a special look at the museum and school visit offerings. The first 50 educators will receive a goodie bag. Teachers must show their ID at admissions to receive free admission. For details, visit

The 8th annual St. Paddy’s Day Dash and Bash begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Fluor Field at the West End. The event includes a festive 5K run through downtown with a St. Paddy’s Day themed after-party for the whole family. Proceeds will go to children’s charities in the Upstate. For details, visit

“The Really Awful Musicians,” a free Lollipops Concert presented by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Taylors Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Visit

The Return to the Green Irish Cultural Festival is 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Fluor Field. The event will kick off with traditional Irish music performances, dancing, Irish-themed food and drinks, and a children’s area with facepainting, balloons, and arts and crafts. For details, visit

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