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Updates, openings/closings and schedule changes are common right now. Be sure to check with any event organizer or location before heading out. Stay safe and let us know about your events. Email chris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings. 

SCIENCE, LEARNING AND MORE THINGS TO DO!

EXPLORE “ADVENTURES WITH CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG,” an interactive, bi-lingual (English and Spanish), exhibition featuring Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all the residents of Birdwell Island, at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit https://www.upcountryhistory.org.

SUMMER CAMPS for ages 6 – 9 and 10 – 12 continue at the Upcountry History Museum, 9 a.m. – noon, Tuesdays – Fridays. Aug. 4 – 7 is Cherokee, Catawba and First Settlers. Aug. 11 – 14 is Behind the Scenes of UHM. For details, visit https://www.upcountryhistory.org.

THE SPARTANBURG REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM now has extended hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. Visit http://www.spartanburghistory.org.

GREENVILLE COUNTY WATER PARKS are open with social distancing measures in place. For details, visit https://waterparks.greenvillerec.com. 

THE MAULDIN FARMERS MARKET is 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Mauldin Cultural Center. For details, visit https://mauldinculturalcenter.org.

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.

THE TD ESSENTIAL MARKET presented by Prisma Health is Saturday mornings on Main Street in Greenville. For details and safety guidelines, visit https://www.saturdaymarketlive.com.

THE REALLY GOOD, REALLY BIG, REALLY CHEAP, (REALLY ONLINE) BOOK SALE,benefitting Greenville Literacy Association, is online for 2020. The sale begins Aug. 1 with pickup only in Greenville. Shop online at https://www.glabooksale.com.

TEXT 2 READ, for parents of preschoolers, provides free weekly text messages offering practical tips and activities to promote reading readiness. Texts are created from South Carolina’s early learning standards and are segmented for early preschoolers, 36 – 48 months old or older preschoolers, 48 – 60 months old. Text 2 Read also provides parents with information to monitor their child’s growth and developmental milestones. To sign up, can text T2R to 734-5BOOK52 (734-526-6552).

NATURE CONNECTS: ART WITH LEGO BRICKS is open through Nov. 1 at the North Carolina Arboretum. Composed of nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, the exhibit includes 16 nature-inspired sculptures constructed on a larger-than-life scale by artist Sean Kenney. This family-friendly exhibit draws inspiration from the living world and combines play with science to create an innovative intersection of education, entertainment and the environment. For details, visit  https://www.ncarboretum.org.

ARBOREVENINGS summer after hours series is 8 – 11 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through September at the North Carolina Arboretum. Local

beverages, including beer and wine, are available for purchase along with light food options. A special admission price of $5 per person is required, collected at the door. Parking fees do not apply. For details, visit  https://www.ncarboretum.org.

THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES is open at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Learn about the practices of Sherlock Holmes, the world in which Conan Doyle drew from to develop his stories and the history of forensic science. Sherlock Exhibition tickets are $17.95 each for adults, $15.95 each for seniors (ages 62 and older) and $13.95 each for children (ages 3 –12) and include museum general admission. Infants ages 2 and younger are free. Visit scmuseum.org for more information. 

EXPLORE SCIENCE-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES through Discovery Place Science in Charlotte, NC. For details, visit https://science.discoveryplace.org.

RIVERBANKS ZOO is open with timed tickets required for entry. For details, visit https://www.riverbanks.org.

TODAY’S PLAY features virtual activities from EdVenture in Columbia. For details, visit https://www.edventure.org/todays-play. 

THE SOUTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM IN CHARLESTON is open with limited capacity. Cloth masks or face coverings are required for visitors ages 3 and older. For details and tickets, visit http://scaquarium.org. 

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. 

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. Virtual instruction is available. For details, call 864-246-9898 or http://www.stridestutor.org.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RAILROAD has reopened for the summer season. Note health-related guidelines and an altered schedule for the summer at https://www.gsmr.com.

DOLLYWOOD THEME PARK and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park are open.  Social distancing guidelines will limit the capacity of the parks. Season passholders must reserve the date and time they wish to visit and general admission guests will purchase a date-based ticket. For details, visit  www.Dollywood.com/reservations.

WILDERNESS RUN ALPINE COASTER in open in Banner Elk, NC. The coaster includes three circular loops, a series of waves and lots of twists. Riders use hand brakes to control speeds, which can reach 27 miles per hour. Wilderness Run is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Reservations are required Friday, Saturday and Sunday until July 12. Reservations are not required Monday – Thursday. For tickets and details, visit https://www.WildernessRunAlpineCoaster.com or call 828-898-7866.

SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER is open and offering summer camps. For details and registration, visit https://www.spartanburgsciencecenter.org.

VIRTUAL ZOO CAMPS are offered by The Greenville Zoo for ages 5 – 7 and 8 – 11. These are live, interactive opportunities for campers to visit with friends, experience behind the scenes tours, see animals up close, play games and do crafts. During virtual camps, campers will “meet up” with other campers and counselors every hour in a constantly open private room so that there is no repeated sign in required. Campers will have all supplies and a camp water bottle delivered in their camp kit. For those campers living within 30 miles of the zoo, the Zoomobile can deliver the camp kit to your driveway. Secrets of Survival is Aug. 3 – Aug. 7. Visit www.greenvillezoo.com to register.

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE UPSTATE is open and offering summer camps. For details and updates, visit https://www.tcmupstate.org.

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 Engineering Design Challenge Aug. 10 – 13 and Fun with Physics Aug. 3 – 6. To find out more or to register, visit Clemson.edu/CULSOC. 

TRAIL BLAZER SURVIVAL SCHOOL offers week-long day camps, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mondays – Fridays for ages 10 – 14. Camps are limited to 12 people per session to allow for social distancing. Drop off is at Park Place Children’s Center in Simpsonville. Camps include campcraft Aug. 3 – 7 and fishing adventure Aug. 10 – 12 The full list of camp dates and descriptions is available online at www.trailblazersurvival.com/summer-camps/

CHALLENGE CAMP @ HOME offers more than 100 elective STEM and arts enrichment virtual classes, For more information visit www.Challengecamps.com. 

CAMP BONKERS is a new, irreverent, digital twist on summer camp, offering kids a safe, interactive and creative space online, developed by Wind Sun Sky, the creative team behind Angry Birds, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ice Age and My Singing Monsters. Live shows are at 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For details, visit https://www.campbonkers.com.

ARTS

AN AUDITION WORKSHOP for “Dragons Love Tacos” is Aug. 8 at Spartanburg Youth Theatre. The cost is $25 each. Sessions are offered 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 864-585-8278 or enroll online at www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com/audition-information.

AUDITIONS for Spartanburg Youth Theatre’s production of “Dragons Love Tacos” are 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 or 12 at the Chapman Cultural Center. Only audition one of the two nights. Participants may arrive at any time during the 2-hour block. Youth in grades 3 – 12 are welcome to audition. See the audition requirements and information online at www.spartanburgyouththeatre.com/audition-information.

CAROLINA YOUTH SYMPHONY’S Summer Concert is at 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at YMCA Camp Greenville’s Airnaisium. Visit https://carolinayouthsymphony.org.

SUMMER MAKER DAYS are at TR Makers Co. Events are offered virtually and in-studio with limited seating. Ages 11 – 16: Aug. 6, Cogs and Wheels Robot Makers and Aug. 13, Wood Masters. Ages 5 – 10: Aug. 7, Board Game Masters and Aug. 14, Masters of the Felt Universe. Register at summer.trmakersco.com.

LAWSON ACADEMY FINE ARTS DAY CAMP offers two-week sessions for age 4 – rising grade 6. “Let the Games Begin” is Aug. 3 – 14. For details and registration, visit https://www.converse.edu/academics/lawson-academy-of-the-arts/fine-arts-day-camp.

BALLET SPARTANBURG camps are continuing with safety protocols in place. For details, visit https://www.balletspartanburg.org/summer-camps-2020.

SPORTS

SWIM LESSONS are offered at Spartanburg YMCA locations. For details for Thomas E. Hannah, email mdavis@spartanburgymca.org and for Middle Tyger and Willis Road, email mmurray@spartanburgymca.org.

CAROLINA ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY (CESA) offers soccer programs across the Upstate. For fall registration information, visit www.carolinaelitesc.com. 

YMCA OF GREATER SPARTANBURG offers summer camps at locations including the new Willis Road YMCA. Register online, visit the front desk or call any Y location. Visit spartanburgymca.org.

TENNIS CAMP is Aug. 3 – 7 at the Willis Road YMCA. Register online at spartanburgymca.org.

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