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Schedules and events are subject to change – sometimes at the last minute. Be sure to check with any event organizer or location before heading out. Stay safe and let us know about your events. Emailchris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings. 

Learn more about how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

ARTS, FUN AND LEARNING

SEE “GO, DOG. GO!” virtually or in person from South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Virtual performances are available in three viewing windows: Feb. 5 – 7, 12 – 14 and 19 – 21. The cost is $50 per household. Included with purchase is an activity box (in-person pick up only) with performance-related craft supplies for up to two children. Additional craft supplies may be purchased for $10 per box. In-person performances are Feb. 5 – 21 at the SCCT Bell MainStage. Tickets are $20 each. Masks are required and theater capacity is reduced. For details, visit scchildrenstheatre.org. 

HOMESCHOOL FRIDAY: ARCHEOLOGY is 2 – 4:30 p.m. Feb 5 at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum. Get a hands-on history lesson about the process and application of archeology in history. Designed for grades 1 – 8. Registration and pre-paid admission required. Visit spartanburghistory.org/events.

SPREAD SOME LOVE – Throughout February, children and families can make Valentine's cards for Greenville and Spartanburg communities in need at The Children's Museum of the Upstate. Included with admission. Visit tcmupstate.org. 

“PIGSKIN PEANUTS – FROM THE STEM ZONE TO THE END ZONE” is open through April 17 at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibition examines the evolution of football in the Peanuts stories and also features memorabilia from the National Football Championship years of Clemson University and Furman University, including Furman’s National Championship trophy. Visit upcountryhistory.org. 

CATCH A VIRTUAL STAR PARTY and a Sky Talk at Virtual Starry Nights at Roper Mountain Science Center. For dates and details, visit ropermountain.org.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT is offered at the Willis Road and Middle Tyger locations of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit spartanburgymca.org.

HOMESCHOOL AT THE BARN is offered at Eden Farms. For details, visit edenfarms.net.

VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOL AT THE ZOO: “Zoo Careers” is the last two Thursdays in February.The cost $10 for non-members and $7 for members. Grades K – 2: 9 a.m., grades 3 – 5: 10 a.m., grades 6 – 8: 11 a.m. Visit greenvillezoo.com. 

IN-PERSON HOMESCHOOL AT THE ZOO: “Zoo Careers” is Feb. 16 or 17 and Feb. 23 or 24. The cost $20 for non-members and $17 for members. Grades K – 2: 9 a.m., grades 3 – 5: 11 a.m., grades 6 – 8: 1 p.m. Visit greenvillezoo.com. 

SATURDAY SAFARI: “Triassic Tails” is 10 a.m. – noon Feb. 20 at the Greenville Zoo. Uncover fossils, hatch dinosaur eggs and meet some dinosaur cousins in this cretaceous class. The cost is $15 each for members and $25 each for nonmembers. Visit greenvillezoo.com. 

SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE’S SPRING CLASSES

begin the week of Feb. 22 – 26. Classes for grades K4 – 12 are available. For details and registration, visit spartanburgyouththeatre.com/springclasses.

CAREER DAY AT THE ZOO is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Feb. 26 or 27 at the Greenville Zoo. Open to middle and high school students. The cost is $50 each. 

Learn about careers at a modern accredited zoo, including zoo veterinarian, animal nutritionist, animal care staff, zoo business and management, zoo events and marketing, exhibit design and environmental education. To register, call 864-467-4850. 

BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS are offered at the Greenville Zoo. Tours are roughly 90 minutes long and take you behind the scenes to into the zoo’s kitchen, barns and up close to zoo residents. Tours are $250 and can be for up to six participants, ages 5 and older. Contact the education department to book your experience at 864-467-4850 or email zooed@greenvillesc.gov. 

THE ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY offers a variety of virtual events. For more information, visit calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

·      Virtual Storytime every Monday at 10 a.m. – Rhymes, songs, stories, puppets in quick Monday morning story times for practicing early literacy skills.

·      Project FeederWatch every Friday and Saturday through April 3 – Visit the Children’s Courtyard at the Main Library and participate in FeederWatch. If you see birds at the feeders, identify them with the poster or the Merlin app, write down your findings on the tally sheet, and receive a free pair of kid-friendly binoculars (one per child, while supplies last). Find out more about FeederWatch online at feederwatch.org, email childrens@andersonlibrary.org, or call 260-4500 x158

VIRTUAL STORY TIME is uploaded to the Greenville County Library’s YouTube channel twice weekly. Visit https://bit.ly/3gSWB2p.

VIRTUAL EVENTS FOR KIDS AND TEENS are available from the Greenville County Library System. Events include trivia challenges, scavenger hunts, crafts and more at greenvillelibrary.org/kids-virtual-events and greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-events.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM offers a variety of virtual events. For details, visit scmuseum.org. 

·      The Boeing Observatory Telescope Live Stream is each Saturday night via Facebook Live.

·      Virtual Storytime: Crafty Jammies is the second Tuesday of each month via Zoom. Enjoy a story time with a literary character and make a craft. Zoom pre-registration is required at scmuseum.org.

·      Virtual Planetarium Sky Tour is the second and fourth Thursday of each month via Facebook.

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).

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 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 stridestutor.org.

SPARTANBURG SCIENCE CENTER offers camp and care hybrid camp for homeschoolers and families who have students who are attending school with hybrid schedules. For details and registration, visit spartanburgsciencecenter.org.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

LATE REGISTRATION FOR SPRING SOCCER for ages 3 – 14 continues through Feb. 8. Practices begin the week of Feb. 22. Games are March 6 – April 17. ymcagreenville.org. 

REGISTRATION FOR YOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL continues through Feb. 5 through Greenville County Rec. For details, visit greenvillerec.com/sport/youth-flag-football. 

YMCA OF GREENVILLE SWIM LESSONS are Feb. 8 – April 3. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

THE PAVILION has reopened. For details about activities and costs, as well as COVID-19 guidelines, visit pavilion.greenvillerec.com.

HAVE A PERSONAL GOOSE CHASE SCAVENGER HUNT or a private guided hike at Lake Conestee Nature Park. Learn more at conesteepreserve.org/events.

TREETOP QUEST GREENVILLE is open at Westside Park. For hours and details, visit treetopquest.com/greenville.

TUMBLE, FLIP AND ROLL for ages 4 and older is offered at the Middle Tyger location of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit spartanburgymca.org.

HOMESCHOOL P.E. is offered at the Willis Road location of the Spartanburg YMCA. For details and registration, visit spartanburgymca.org.

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 carolinaelitesc.com. 

CHECK OUT A SC STATE PARK PASSPORT at the Anderson County Library andersonlibrary.org/park-pass or Greenville County Library System. greenvillelibrary.org/sc-state-park-passport. 

ROAD TRIP

VALENTINES: HEART FILLED SKIES is at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. An overnight cabin package is available. For details, visit pari.edu/events/valentines-heart-filled-skies. 

PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute offers private tours and evening viewings. For details, pari.edu. 

SNOWVILLE is at EdVenture’s Columbia location through February. Snowville features a 25-foot sledding hill, sock ice skating rink and arctic snowball blaster. Included with museum admission. For details, visit edventure.org. 

VIEW THE BILTMORE GARDENS RAILWAY through Feb. 15 in Antler Hill Village at Biltmore Estate. Included with daytime admission. For tickets, visit biltmore.com. 

“ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: YOUR MIND & THE MACHINE” is now open at Discovery Place Science in Charlotte. Presenting information in interactive and accessible ways, the AI exhibition lets visitors explore smart machines to see how they work and learn about the concept of man-made intelligence. They can also see how the human brain goes through the process of learning and compare it to how machines are taught to “think.” Learn more at discoveryplace.org.

ecoEXPLORE, an initiative of the North Carolina Arboretum, encourages kids to connect with the outdoors and engage in citizen science. Its Ornithology Season continues through Feb. 28. Families can explore their neighborhoods to earn a variety of nature-themed badges and earn points for prizes. The program features a new Bird Break video series that introduces kids to bird species. Learn more at ecoexplore.net. 

THE NORTH CAROLINA ARBORETUM is for bird lovers this month. Virtual and in-person offerings for adults include “Intro to eBird and Birdwatching Apps” Feb. 9, “Gardening for Birds” on Feb.11, “Romancing the Birds: Selecting an Avian Mate” on Feb. 11 and “Listening Awe Walk: Tuning in to the Wonder of Birds” on Feb. 26. Adults can attend an Intro to the Great Backyard Bird Count online class on Feb. 11, as well as small group bird walks on Feb. 13. For more details and to register, visit ncarboretum.org or call 828-665-2492.

THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT is Feb. 12 – 15. Learn more and sign up at birdcount.org. 

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