Greenville-Spartanburg resources for families: October
KEY: G=Greenville County; S=Spartanburg County; P=Pickens County
SCIENCE, LEARNING AND PLAY
G — A STORYBOOK PUMPKIN PATCH is at the Mauldin, Simpsonville and Travelers Rest Branch Libraries in October. Decorate a pumpkin like one of your favorite storybook characters and “plant” it at one of the participating locations. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org.
G — A PUMPKIN SEED CONTEST for ages 12 and younger is at the Taylors Branch Library in October. Guess how many seeds are in the pumpkin. The person whose guess is closest without going over wins the prize. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org or call 864-268-5955.
G — BOUNCING BABIES BOO BASH for ages 18 months and younger is at Greenville County Library branches in October. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org.
G — A PUMPKIN PATCH is 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and noon – 7 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 1 – 31 at Disciples United Methodist Church in Greenville. For details, call 864-297-0382.
G — AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS are offered at the Pavilion and other Greenville Rec centers. Programs include homework time, sports, games, crafts and more. Visit http://greenvillerec.com.
G — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE take place at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays – Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. Sundays in October at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. For details, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org.
G — LIL CHEFS for ages 4 – 12 is offered at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the GHS Family YMCA. Create a main course and dessert. The cost is $10 each for members and $13 each for nonmembers. Email email@example.com.
G — THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE offers a variety of interactive exhibits. Science + You is open through Dec. 31. Daily programs are offered for ages 5 and younger and programs for older children are offered throughout the month. Bib’s World, a permanent outdoor exhibit, is open. For details, visit http://www.tcmupstate.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 — POKEMON LEAGUE is at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Hampton Memorial Branch Library in Easley. Call 864-850-7077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/.
BLOOMING BUTTERFILES is open at EdVenture in Columbia. For details, visit http://www.edventure.org/.
THE BOB CAMPBELL GEOLOGY MUSEUM is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays – Sundays at Clemson University. The museum houses a collection of more than 10,000 minerals, rocks and fossils from around the world. View the fossil preparation lab 2 – 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and watch a real Triceratops dinosaur emerge from the surrounding rock. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Visit http://www.clemson.edu/public/geomuseum.
FANTASTIC FROGS is open through Oct. 16 at Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. 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, Georgia. 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/.
G — REGISTRATION FOR YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL and cheerleading for ages 4 – 14 ends Oct. 1 at the GHS Family YMCA. The season begins Oct. 24. Call 864-963-3605.
G — REGISTRATION FOR WINTER BASKETBALL for ages 4 – 14 ends Oct. 1 at the GHS Family YMCA. The season begins Oct. 31. Call 864-963-3605.
G — GIRLS ON THE RUN and Girls on Track combine training for a 5K with esteem-enhancing workouts for girls ages 8 – 15. To register, visit http://www.ghschildrens.org/girls-on-the-run.php.
G — LEARN TO SKATE OR PLAY HOCKEY at the Pavilion Recreation Complex. Visit http://greenvillerec.com.
G — THE SWAMP RABBITS OFF-ROAD CYCLING CLUB is for ages 8 – 15. For details and registration, visit http://greenvillerec.com.
G — HOME-SCHOOL P.E. 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 email@example.com.
G — JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS, a USTA program for ages 6 – 18, is at sites in Greenville. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, a transformational, physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls ages 8 – 11, is available in Spartanburg County. Visit http://www.gotrspartanburg.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.
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 email@example.com.
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 begin Oct. 3, Oct. 31 and Dec. 5. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
STORY TIME AND BOOKS
G — SPOOKTACULAR STORIES are at Greenville County Library branches in October. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org.
G — STORY TIME is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 19 at Joe’s Place Books in downtown Greenville. Visit http://www.joesplacellc.com.
G — STORY TIME AND MORE is at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. For details, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org.
S — PAJAMA HOUR is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in August 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 email@example.com.
G — STORY TIME is offered at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 735 Haywood Road. Call 864-458-9113 or visit http://www.barnesandnoble.com.
G — STORY TIME is offered 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 offered 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THEATER AND ARTS
S — AN AUDITION WORKSHOP for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is 9 a.m. – noon Oct. 8 at Spartanburg Youth Theatre. The cost is $25 each. Registration is required. To register, call 864-585-8278 or visit http://www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com.
S — AUDITIONS for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” are 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11 at Spartanburg Youth Theatre. Students in grades 3 – 12 are welcome. Detailed audition requirements and information can be found online at http://www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com.
G — HOME-SCHOOL THEATER CLASSES are offered by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre for ages 6 – 14. Classes include writing, designing, directing and acting. For details, visit http://www.scchildrenstheatre.org.
G — MAKE THEMED ART during Off the Wall art time at 10 and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays –Saturdays in October at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit http://www.tcmupstate.org/.
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. Registration is now open for fall classes. 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. For details, visit www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com or call 864-585-8278.
S — PIANO LESSONS for ages 4 and older are offered at Spartanburg County Recreation Centers. Visit http://spartanburgparks.org/.
P — YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMS are offered at the Arts Center of Clemson. Visit http://explorearts.org/ or call 864-633-5051.
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