Calendar: Science, learning and play events in May around the Upstate
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 http://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 http://www.stridestutor.org.
HOLMES EDUCATIONAL STATE FOREST, an outdoor classroom located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, is open for the 2019 season through the Friday before Thanksgiving. For information about free educational programs, visit https://www.ncesf.org/holmes.html.
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/FreeForestSchoolGreenvilleSpartanburgSC.
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 https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/kids/little-learners-club.
G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS for students in grades K – 8 are offered at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
G — EXPLORE RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays –Saturdays at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. May 1 – 4 entomologists, May 8 – 18 lava lamps and May 22 – June 1 hydrophobic sand. Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org.
S — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE are offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Through May 12 color changing milk, May 14 – 26 birthday candle see-saws and May 27 – June 9 hydrophobic sand. Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org.
S — SPARKLAB JR is 10 a.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg. Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit http://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).
G — FREE! MOTHER GOOSE ON THE LOOSE for ages 3 and younger with a caregiver, is offered at the Liberty Library. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
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! POKÉMON LEAGUE meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Easley Library and at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Central-Clemson Library. All ages are welcome but children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 864-850-7077 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg.
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 https://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.