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Science, Learning and Play

THE JUST SAY SOMETHING YOUTH SUMMIT is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 18 – 19 at Bob Jones University. The event is for teens ages 13 – 17. It includes collaboration and leadership skills and the opportunity to discuss and learn about politics, school, community, tobacco, alcohol, the safety of prescription drugs and more. The event is free but registration is required. Register online at https://justsaysomethingsc.org/youthsummit.

G — LASER DAYS OF SUMMERare July 17 – 28 at Roper Mountain Science Center. With 30 shows in 10 days, the event features music from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, U2, The Beatles, country hits and more. For details and tickets, visit http://www.ropermountain.org/laserlights.

G — SUMMER PLANETARIUM SHOWSare July 16 – Aug. 8 at Roper Mountain Science Center. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For tickets and times, visit http://www.ropermountain.org. 

G — CAMP HOGWARTSfor ages 8 – 12 is 10 a.m. noon July 29 – Aug. 2 at the Hughes Main Library. Registration is required. Participants must have read at least one Harry Potter book and be able to participate the entire week. Limited to children who have not previously attended. Some activities involve food and beverages. Adult caregivers must remain in the building during each program. Visithttps://www.greenvillelibrary.org.

G — THE LITTLE LEARNERS CLUBis 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 — 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.orgor 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, visithttps://www.ncesf.org/holmes.html.

FREE! FREE FOREST SCHOOLa 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 — HOMESCHOOL DAYSfor students in grades K – 8 are offered at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit www.greenvillezoo.com. 

G — EXPLORE RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCE11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays –Saturdays at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. Included with admission. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org. 

S — RANDOM ACTS OF SCIENCEare offered at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg.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. Note that schedules may change due to summer reading events. 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 publicist@pickens.lib.sc.us.

P— FREE! WIGGLES AND GIGGLESfor ages 3 and younger with a caregiver is at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdaysat the Easley Library and at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Central-Clemson Library. Call 864-850-7077 or email publicist@pickens.lib.sc.us.

P— FREE! POKÉMON LEAGUEmeets 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 publicist@pickens.lib.sc.us.

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 publicist@pickens.lib.sc.us.

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.

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