February: Science, learning and play events
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 cdservices.org. To volunteer, email Paul.Bixby@cdservices.org 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 www.stridestutor.org.
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 www.facebook.com/groups/Free 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 www.greenvillelibrary.org/ 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 www.greenvillezoo.com.
G — ROPER MOUNTAIN SCIENCE CENTER’S PLANETARIUM is open. For up-to-date information and a schedule of programs, visit www.ropermountain.org.
G — ART BREAK: BEAUTY MATTERS IN LEARNING is Feb. 21 at Bob Jones University. For registration, lunch options and details, visit www.bjumg.org/artbreak.
G — OPEN HOUSE at Bob Jones Academy is 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and March 6 and 18. Visit www.bobjonesacademy.net.
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 colorful science and more. For a complete schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
S — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE are offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. Explore exploding snowmen Feb. 1 – 10. For a complete schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
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 www.tcmupstate.org.
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 — HOMESCHOOL DAY: INVENTORS DAY is 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 7 at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. The lesson will focus on famous inventors and notable inventions, along with interesting facts about lesser known inventors. Each student will have the opportunity to come up with their own inventions. Cost is $3 per student. For details and registration, call 864-898-5963.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
P — GUARDIANS OF THE GARDEN for middle and high school students is 4 – 5:30 p.m. alternating Thursdays February – May at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. . Study erosion, water quality, plant selection and other issues. Cost is $70 each. Visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
P — 4–H JUNIOR NATURALIST CLUB for elementary school students is 4 – 5:30 p.m. alternating Thursdays February – 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. Cost is $70 each. Visit www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
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.