February: Resources for Upstate kids
G=Greenville County; S=Spartanburg County; P=Pickens County
THE S.C. 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM uses a learn-by-doing approach for a variety of activities and interests, including animals, natural resources, shooting sports, food and nutrition, science and technology and more. For more information, visit http://www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/.
THE HALTER PROGRAM – Handicapped Athletes Learning to Enjoy Riding – is an equestrian program at the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind. Contact Mike Hollifield at 864-577-7638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
G — LIL CHEFS for ages 4 – 12 is offered Tuesday evenings at the GHS Family YMCA. Create a main course and dessert. Email email@example.com.
G — THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE offers a variety of interactive exhibits. Daily programs are offered for ages 5 and younger and programs for older children are offered throughout the month. Trivial Pursuit: The 50-State Adventure is open. For details, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org/.
G — STRIDES, a nonprofit program, provides tutoring in reading and math to children who are below grade level. Parents pay by sliding scale and some scholarships are available. Strides has locations in Greer, Easley, Fountain Inn, Travelers Rest, Piedmont and Cherrydale. Students with disabilities and speakers of other languages are welcome. For information about tutoring, call 864-246-9898 or visit http://www.stridestutor.org/.
S — THE SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER is in the Chapman Cultural Center. A variety of interactive exhibits are available. Call 864-583-2777.
P — OUR VILLAGE, a play group sponsored by Stroller Strides, is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at 334 Rock Springs Road, Easley. The program is free. Come early at 9:30 am with baby and stroller for a workout. For details, call 864-608-6727.
P — PICKENS COUNTY 4H CLUBS are open. For details, visit http://www.clemson.edu/extension/4h/index.html. To start a club, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P — LEGO STORY BUILDERS for all ages is at 3:30 p.m. Fridays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
P — LIFE-SIZED BOARD GAMES for ages 10 – 12 are at 4:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P — WIGGLES AND GIGGLES for ages 2 and younger with a caregiver is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
P — WATCH “THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS” and complete a supporting science experiment, game, or craft at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. The program is for students in grades K – 4. Call 864-850-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P — POKEMON LEAGUE is at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
THE CENTRAL RAILWAY MUSEUM is open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday in downtown Central. The museum has a variety of model railroad layouts on display. For details, visit http://www.crmha.org/.
A 4D THEATER, planetarium and more are open at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. For details, visit http://scmuseum.org/.
DINOS: THE BIG DIG is open through April 24 at EdVenture in Columbia. For details, visit http://www.edventure.org/.
BODY WORLDS AND THE CYCLE OF LIFE continues through May 1 at Discovery Place in Charlotte. Visit http://www.discoveryplace.org/ or call 704-372-6261, ext. 300.
RIVERBANKS ZOO is in Columbia. For ticket information and a calendar of events, visit http://www.riverbanks.org/.
THE FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY is in Atlanta. Visit http://www.fernbank.edu/ or call 404-929-6300.
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE LOWCOUNTRY in Charleston is open Tuesdays – Sundays. Visit http://explorecml.org/.
SPORTS AND FITNESS
G — GIRLS ON THE RUN and Girls on Track combine training for a 5K with esteem-enhancing workouts for girls ages 8 – 15. The spring season begins Feb. 17. The cost is $199 each. Scholarships and payment plans are available. To register, visit http://www.ghschildrens.org/girls-on-the-run.php.
G — CATALOOCHEE AT NIGHT ski and snowboard trips for ages 13 – 18 are Feb. 5 and 19. For cost and details, visit http://greenvillerec.com/.
G — SOCCER for boys and girls ages 6 – 12 is offered in Mauldin. Teams practice at Mauldin City Park and play at MESA Soccer Complex. For details, visit
G — YOUTH CONDITIONING is offered at the GHS Family YMCA. For details, call 864-963-3605.
G — MAULDIN MIRACLE LEAGUE is for children ages 3 and older with special needs. For details, contact Jeff Powers at 864-303-2362 or Sandy Somerville at 864-346-7688.
G — HOME-SCHOOL PE is offered at the Kroc Center. For details, call 864-527-5948.
G — HOME SCHOOL P.E. is offered at by Greenville County Rec. For details, visit http://greenvillerec.com/.
G — THE PALMETTO CURLING CLUB offers a variety of opportunities in the sport of curling. For membership and event information, visit https://www.palmettocurling.com/.
G — YOUTH TENNIS PROGRAMS for ages 5 – 18 are offered at the Greenville County Recreation District. For details, visit http://greenvillerec.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
G — JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS, a USTA program for ages 6 – 18, is at sites in Greenville. For more information, email email@example.com.
G — YOUTH PROGRAMS are offered all year by the Eastside Family YMCA. Sports programs for ages 4 – 14 include spring and fall soccer, summer and winter basketball, T-ball, softball and tennis. Additional programs include home-school physical education programs, swim lessons for ages 6 months – adult and family fitness for parents and their children ages 10 – 12. Call 864-292-2790.
S — THE FIRST TEE OF SPARTANBURG teaches life skills through golf. After-school classes are held at Willow Creek in Greer, The Creek Golf Club in Spartanburg, Woodfin Ridge Golf Club in Inman and Cherokee National Golf Club in Gaffney. Schedules, applications and online registration are available at http://www.thefirstteespartanburg.org. For more information, call 864-583-7084, ext. 6.
S — MARTIAL ARTS classes for ages 5 and older are offered at the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA. Call 864-585-0306.
S — GIRLS ON THE RUN is available for Spartanburg County girls ages 8 – 11. Visit http://www.gotrspartanburg.org/.
S — CAROLINA MIRACLE LEAGUE is a baseball league is for children with special needs. Games are played at Miracle Park. For more information, call 864-579-1805 or visit http://carolinamiracleleague.org/.
S — YOUTH SOCCER is offered through the Spartanburg Parks Commission. For details, visit http://spartanburgparks.org/.
S — KINDERGYM is offered at the Middle Tyger YMCA. Call 864-433-9623.
P — THE CITY OF EASLEY offers a variety of youth sports programs, including football, flag football, basketball, volleyball and baseball. Call 864-855-7933, ext. 110.
STORY TIME AND BOOKS
S — PAJAMA HOUR is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in February at the Middle Tyger Branch Library. Call 864-439-4759.
G — THE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD is open to students ages 13 – 18 and meets monthly at the Hughes Main Library. The program lets teens have input into library programming. Call 864-527-9248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
G — STORY TIME is at 10 a.m. Thursdays and at 11 a.m. Saturdays at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 735 Haywood Road. Call 864-458-9113 or visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.
G — STORY TIME is at 10 a.m. Tuesdays for preschoolers and at 7 p.m. Fridays for children of all ages at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1125 Woodruff Road at the Shops at Greenridge. Call 864-627-9197.
G — PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES are offered at Greenville County Library System branches. Visit http://greenvillelibrary.org/.
S — STORY TIME is at 10 a.m. Saturdays and 7 p.m. Fridays at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1489 W.O. Ezell Blvd. The event is free. Call 864-587-8822.
S — PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES are offered at Spartanburg County Library System branches. Visit http://infodepot.org/.
P — PRESCHOOL STORY TIME for ages 2 – 5 is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
G — TEAM GREENVILLE is a year-round competitive swim team that provides opportunities for all ages, skills and commitment levels. The program is at Westside Park and Aquatic Complex. For details, call Roy at 864-220-0209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
G — SWIM LESSONS are offered monthly at Eastside Family YMCA. Call 864-292-2790 or visit https://www.ymcagreenville.org/.
G — YOUTH SWIM LESSONS for ages 6 months and older are at the Caine Halter Family YMCA. The programs provide goal setting and workouts for advanced swimmers. Call 864-679-9622.
G — SWIM LESSONS are offered in monthly sessions at the Cleveland Street Family YMCA. Call 864-242-4651.
G — SWIM LESSONS are offered for all ages at the GHS Family YMCA. Sessions include stroke school, Kinderswim, parent/child lessons, adult lessons and more. Call 864-963-3605.
S — THE SWIM ZONE is at C.C. Woodson Center. For details, visit http://www.cityofspartanburg.org/ or call 864-562-0459.
S — SWIM SPARTANBURG, a competitive swim program based at Converse College, is accepting swimmers ages 5 and older. Groups are designed for beginning swimmers who can swim a 25-yard lap, through advanced. Instruction emphasizes stroke and turn techniques. Fees apply. Call 828-287-4429 or email email@example.com.
S — Y-SPARTAQUATICS SWIM CLUB is based at the Middle Tyger YMCA. For more information or to schedule an evaluation, call 864-433-9623 or visit https://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=scsyssc.
S — PARENT AND CHILD SWIM LESSONS are taught at the Middle Tyger and Thomas E. Hannah Family locations of the Spartanburg YMCA. Competitive swim programs are available for ages 6 and older. Call the Middle Tyger YMCA at 864-433-9623 or the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA at 864-585-0306.
THEATER AND ARTS
CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATRE (CYT Upstate) offers theater arts classes for ages 6 – 19. For information call 864-209-1884 or visit http://www.cytupstate.org/.
G — MAKE THEMED ART 2 – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 1 – 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in February at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit http://www.tcmupstate.org/.
G — MUSICAL VALENTINE PLAY DATES are Feb. 8 – 13 at Piano Central Studios. The cost is $5 each. For scheduling information and reservations, call 864-232-5010 or visit http://www.pianocentralstudios.com/.
S — BALLET SPARTANBURG offers classes for ages 3 – 10 at the Middle Tyger YMCA. Call 864-433-9623 or visit http://www.spartanburgymca.org/.
G — DANCE AND CRAFT CLASSES are offered at Greenville County Community Centers. Visit http://greenvillerec.com/.
G — THE ARTS ACADEMY at Younts Center for Performing Arts offers a variety of classes. For more information, call 864-409-1050.
G — PIANO FOR YOUNG PEOPLE for grades K – 12 is at Furman University. This program provides comprehensive training through theory classes and private lessons. Enrollment is by audition. For details, call 864-294-3134.
G — YOUTH ART CLASSES are offered at Furman University, the Mauldin Cultural Center and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Call 864-294-2153.
G — THE S.C. CHILDREN’S THEATRE offers classes at every level for grades K3 – 12. For more information or to receive a brochure, visit http://www.scchildrenstheatre.org/ or call 864-235-2885, ext. 21.
S — ART CLASSES for ages 4 and older are offered at the Spartanburg Art Museum. For details, visit http://www.spartanburgartmuseum.org/.
G — THE GREER CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL offers a variety of classes and programs for children and adults. Call 864-848-5383 or visit http://www.greerculturalarts.com/.
S — SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE offers youth classes. The spring session begins Feb. 15. Call 864-585-8278 or visit http://www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com/.
S — PIANO LESSONS for ages 4 and older are offered at Spartanburg County Recreation Centers. Visit http://spartanburgparks.org/.
S — PIANO LESSONS for ages 5 and older are offered at the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA. Visit http://www.spartanburgymca.org/.
P — YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMS are offered at the Arts Center of Clemson. Visit http://explorearts.org/ or call 864-633-5051.