June Calendar and Updates
**Information in this month’s calendar was accurate as of publication but many organizations and facilities are reopening, often in phases, and decreasing or increasing restrictions as needed. Before heading out for any location, check websites and social media for the latest updates.**
SUMMER CAMP AND PROGRAM UPDATES
Note that since the publication of Upstate Parent’s March camp guide, some camps have been cancelled, others have made scheduling or other changes and some have moved to virtual formats. Contact camps directly for changes and to determine if registration is still open.
As of press time, YMCA of Greenville is still offering a modified traditional summer day camp program with a limited number of spots per location based on state and CDC guidelines. The Y has reduced the rate to $125 per week and $100 for each additional child. Programming will be available weekly Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 8 - Aug. 14. All sports and specialty camps have been canceled for summer 2020. For details, visit https://www.ymcagreenville.org/content/camps/summer-day-camp.
YMCA Camp Greenville is still offering its overnight camp and will modify its programming based on state, CDC and American Camp Association guidelines. Visit https://www.campgreenville.org/for more information.
Imagine Your Story – Summer Reading is offered by the Pickens County Library System June 8 – July 31. Read 10 books of your choice or complete 10 activities listed from the program log – or do a combination of both to total 10. After completing the summer reading program, participants ages 18 and younger will receive a certificate of completion and a reading medal and be entered into a drawing for prizes. Adults that complete the program will also have their
names entered into a drawing for prizes. Virtual programs will be
shared at https://www.facebook.com/PickensCountyLibrarySystem daily throughout the summer. Learn more at http://pcls.fyi.
2020 Virtual STEM Camps for ages 8 – 12 are offered by Clemson Life Sciences Outreach Center. Two live instructors will be present for all camps, which will be held via Zoom virtual classroom 9:30 a.m. – noon, Mondays – Thursdays. Camps start at $90 each, plus an additional fee of approximately $25 for camp materials to be mailed. Camps include Chemistry Connections June 22 – 25 and July 27 – 30,
Engineering Design Challenge June 15 – 18, July 13 – 16 and Aug. 10 – 13, and
Fun with Physics June 8 – 11, June 29 – July 2 and Aug. 3 – 6. To find out more or to register, visit Clemson.edu/CULSOC.
The Sixth Annual Musical Theatre Workshop “Into the Unknown” with Broadway’s Kimilee Bryant is scheduled to be held in person July 13 – 17 at Heather’s Dance Academy in Greenville. The morning session is for ages 8 – 12 and the afternoon session is for ages 13 – 18. For more information, call 917-453-8951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Springwell Church is hosting Kidz Camp for age 5 – grade 5 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. July 26 – 30. The event is free. Registration is available at http://kidzcamp.org.
M&G Kids Create! 2020 is planned for in-person summer art day camps. At-home digital “camp explorations” are also planned. For details, visit https://www.bjumg.org/kids-create-registration-2020.
South Carolina State Parks have reopened with restrictions. Before heading out, review the details at https://southcarolinaparks.com. Note that capacity is reduced. When a park reaches its capacity, the gates will be closed until the number of visitors decreases. Due to the difficulty of effectively cleaning equipment, all playgrounds will be closed until June 1. Golf courses will be open, but social distancing practices will be put into place.
For updates on Spartanburg County Parks, visit https://spartanburgparks.org.
For updates on Greenville County Parks visit https://greenvillerec.com
The Swamp Rabbit Trail and Falls Park are open. Usage will be monitored, and conditions will be assessed daily. Learn more at https://www.greenvillesc.gov.
City of Simpsonville parks are open. Public restrooms and playgrounds remain closed.
Access to National Parks is being phased in. Updates on closed areas of Congaree National Park are posted at www.nps.gov/cong. Live and pre-recorded Ranger Programs, interactive activities for children and adults, and special virtual events are posted on the park’s social media channels. Rangers are available to answer questions about the park via email at email@example.com.
Trail access is open at the North Carolina Arboretum. Check for updates before you go. Visit https://www.ncarboretum.org.
Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is opening trails in phases. Visit http://lakeconesteenaturepark.com.
The Greenville Saturday Market is scheduled to open in June. For updates, visit http://saturdaymarketlive.com.
Virtual volunteer orientation is offered by Meals on Wheels of Greenville. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals and call homebound clients. For details, visit https://mealsonwheelsgreenville.org/volunteer.
Family Connection of South Carolina now offers online support groups for parents. Each group is focused on specific parenting concerns and will offer a way to connect with other parents who understand. Options include parent support, special needs and advocacy, transition to adulthood and Conversaciones de Apoyo en Línea para Padres de Family Connection of SC. Call the Family Information Center at 1-800-578-8750. Para Español: 1-888-808-7462. Visit https://www.familyconnectionsc.org.
The Greenville Zoo has a new way to connect people to nature and generate some much-needed revenue during its closure. With ZooMeetings, for a contribution of $75 or $100, zoo supporters can partner with the Greenville Zoo to liven up their next virtual meeting. The meeting organizer selects their favorite animal from the list provided and a Greenville Zoo educator will kick off the virtual meeting with a brief introduction. To schedule a ZooMeeting, call the Greenville Zoo Education Department at 864-467-4850, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://greenvillezoo.com/zoomeetings. A minimum of 48-hours’ notice is requested.
Get a custom birthday (or other) shout-out from the Greenville Zoo. Contact the education department for a list of available animals that will send a shout out.
Proceeds go to the support of zoo operations even when the gates are closed. Private virtual tours are also offered. For more information, contact email@example.com or 864-467-4850.
Together Spartanburg is a digital performing arts series from Spartanburg Philharmonic, Ballet Spartanburg and Spartanburg Little Theatre. Watch videos and learn more at https://www.spartanburgphilharmonic.org/togetherspartanburg.
Greenville Symphony Orchestra offers a digital concert hall that features music, insights and educational videos. Visit https://www.greenvillesymphony.org/home/gso-video-library and the GSO’s YouTube channel.
Brevard Music Center offers online concerts. Visit http://youtube.com/brevardmusiccenter.
The Columbia Museum of Art offers Museum at Home learning activities. Visit https://www.columbiamuseum.org/museum-home.
The Mauldin Cultural Center offers online art and music lessons and more at https://mauldinculturalcenter.org/education/video-series.
Greenville Center for Creative Arts offers free art demos and information in its Facebook Live series and on its YouTube channel. Learn more at https://www.artcentergreenville.org.
Fall for Greenville is offering JazzEd, a new virtual educational series, in collaboration with Greenville Jazz Collective. The series offers tutorials from musicians and Furman University music professors on everything from vocal lessons to basic instrument instruction. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/fallforgreenville.
The Hispanic Alliance unites the largest network of agencies and individuals working collaboratively to advance Hispanic communities in the Upstate region. Learn more about events, programs and volunteer opportunities at https://www.hispanicalliancesc.com.
EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND LEARNING PLUS STORY TIME
The Upcountry History Museum’s Collective Memory Project is collecting stories and photos and family memories of this historic time. The categories include Class of 2020, Journals, Blogs, and Vlogs, Socially Distant, Unconventional Education, Empty Everything and Business at a Distance. For details, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org/exhibitions-events/collective-memory.
Roper Mountain Science Center offers online activities by grade level at https://www.ropermountain.org/main.asp?titleid=elearning.
Spartanburg County Historical Association offers History@Home distance learning resources at http://www.spartanburghistory.org/historyhome.
Greenville Zoo is featuring live programming through its Facebook page at 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday. Educators are invited to send lesson requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://www.greenvillezoo.com.
Spartanburg Science Center offers daily science lessons on its Facebook page and YouTube channel. For details, visit https://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.
STRIDES at Home Online offers one-on-one tutoring in reading or math. Students who are delayed in either reading or math may continue building skills with their own tutor online. Call 864-246-9898 or visit www.STRIDEStutor.org.
Spartanburg County Public Libraries created a “stuck at home” guide for families available online. Wifi is available from the parking lots of most branch locations. Watch Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, fitness videos, author interviews, stories from children’s authors, get homework help, eBooks, audiobooks, access to learning tools and more. http://spartanburglibraries.org.
The Greenville County Library System offers eCard sign up for those who do not already have a library card. The system’s website allows access to eBooks, audiobooks, music, movies, a huge list of educational resources and online classes and more. Take on a genealogy project while you are stuck at home with access to several family research sites, including ancestry.com. https://www.greenvillelibrary.org.
The Pickens County Library System has a variety of learning options including Facebook Live videos, Mango for language learning, eBooks and much more. Access Tumblebooks for children’s books for all ages, a story of the day, games, quizzes and more. Pick up books at the drive-through at the Easley branch and the Central-Clemson branch locations. For details, visit https://pickenscountylibrarysystem.com.
The Anderson County Library System offers a temporary digital library card. Find Tumblebooks for kids, eBooks, genealogy and more. http://www.andersonlibrary.org/coronavirus.
Discovery Place has launched Stay-at-Home Science, a new digital learning center with activities, videos and other resources to keep learners of all ages engaged. Check back regularly for new content and ideas. Curiosity never rests – even when it must stay home – and Discovery Place’s goal is to help families better understand, apply and enjoy science in their adjusted lives. Visit https://www.discoveryplace.org/stay-at-home-science.
Historic Johnson Farm offers virtual activities. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/HistoricJohnsonFarm.
EdVenture Children’s Museum offers free Today’s Play activity videos at https://www.edventure.org/todays-play.
Get free hands-on learning resources from The Children’s Museum of the Upstate at https://www.tcmupstate.org/tcmu-at-home.
Audible has children’s audiobooks and stories available for free at https://stories.audible.com/discovery.
Snack & Read Live with Simon Kids is a half-hour video series that streams live at https://www.facebook.com/Simonkids at 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Parents and children are invited to grab a snack and watch live read-alouds and activities.
Read & Learn with Simon Kids is a new video series hosted on the Simon Kids YouTube channel, where parents and educators can find self-shot videos by Simon & Schuster authors and illustrators, including read-alouds, drawing tutorials and more from authors such as Tony DiTerlizzi, Hena Khan, Lita Judge, and Aaron Reynolds. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTjLHi6qZaLcm6ZrWW3JLiA.