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DO BASICS, weekly text messaging from the Palmetto Basics, gives parents and caregivers tips that align with the Palmetto Basics’ monthly theme. For Spanish, text “losbasics” to 888-111. For English, text “dobasics” to 888-111. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Message and data rates apply. For more information, visit http://palmetto.thebasics.org. 

G — LIL CHEFS for ages 5 – 12 is offered at the Prisma Health Family YMCA. Register at the Welcome Desk by noon the day of the class. For details, contact Lori Dredge at ldredge@ymcagreenville.org.

G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS – Invisible Animals: A Life Science Study – are 9 a.m. – 1p.m. Dec. 9 (ages 5 and older) and Dec. 10 (ages 11 – 16) at TR Makers. From butterflies with owl-shaped eyes to color-changing lizards, nature is full of animals who are experts at blending into the scenery. For details and registration, https://trmakersco.org.

S — EXPLORE THE NATURAL HISTORY EXHIBIT at Spartanburg Science Center. Get the details at https://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.

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 — OUTSHINE, a program to help cultivate young minds, is 3:30 – 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 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.

G — 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 Cherrydale, Greer, Easley, Boiling Springs, Fountain Inn and Travelers Rest. For details, call 864-246-9898 or http://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/FreeForestSchoolGreenvilleSpartanburgSC.

G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS, Home Sweet Home, for students in grades K – 8 are offered Dec. 9 – 10 at the Greenville Zoo. Explore the different and diverse areas animals call home For details and registration, visit www.greenvillezoo.com. 

G — HOMESCHOOL DAYS for students age 5 – 14 are offered Feb. 4, 6 and 7 at the Applied Studies Building on the campus of Bob Jones University. For details and registration, visit https://www.bjumg.org/homeschool-days.

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. 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. 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 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays the Liberty Library. Call 864-850-7077 or email publicist@pickens.lib.sc.us.

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 publicist@pickens.lib.sc.us.

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 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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