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Upstate Parent's May Calendar of Events


Schedules and events are still 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. Email chris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings. 

Masks and social distancing help protect you and others from COVID-19. Learn more at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

Saturday, May 1

GEO’S GOLF: SWINGING THROUGH GREENVILLE opens today at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. The new exhibit features a custom-built putt-putt course with nine unique holes inspired by Upstate locations and landmarks. Each of the holes introduces children of all ages to STEM concepts in relation to the game of golf. Advance timed-entry tickets are required. Visit tcmupstate.org.

MAY DAY AT THE BALLET is at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. For details and registration, visit BalletSpartanburg.org.

A MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA is 10 a.m. – noon at the Easley YMCA. The event includes a craft, tea and refreshments. Learn more and register at www.theYMCA.us/motherdaughtertea.

ZOO TOTS: “Night Lights” is at 10:15 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo. Programs are priced by one child and one adult pair. The cost is $10 for members and $22 for nonmembers, including admission to the zoo. Visit greenvillezoo.com. 

"GLOW TALES, A BLACKLIGHT PUPPETRY EXTRAVAGANZA!" is presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Additional take-home activity boxes are available for $10. A virtual option is $40 and it includes all-weekend access and a free activity box. For COVID safety precautions, visit scchildrenstheatre.org/yoursafety. For more details, visit scchildrenstheatre.org or call 864-235-2885.

Sunday, May 2

TASTE OF THE UPSTATE – THE PERFECT PICNIC is a fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes. Guests can purchase picnic meals online to be picked up, drive-thru style, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena VIP Lot. Meals are $25. Order online at loavesandfishesgreenville.com/taste-of-the-upstate.

"GLOW TALES, A BLACKLIGHT PUPPETRY EXTRAVAGANZA!" — See May 1. Todays’ performance is at 1:30 p.m. 

CAROLINA YOUTH SYMPHONY’S Bring Your Instrument and Play Day is at the Church of God Airnasium. For times, details and registration, visit carolinayouthsymphony.org.

Thursday, May 6

VIEW THE ETA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER at PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. Overnight packages are available May 7 – 8. For details, visit pari.edu. 

Friday, May 7

ARTISPHERE is on South Main Street in Greenville. This year’s festival is socially distanced with limited attendance and other precautions required. For details and tickets, visit artisphere.org.

DISNEY’S “FREAKY FRIDAY” is presented by Mauldin Theatre Company at the Mauldin Cultural Center. For safety protocols and ticket information, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/theatre-season.

Saturday, May 8

ARTISPHERE — See May 7.

SATURDAY SAFARI: “The Night Life” is at 10 a.m. – noon at the Greenville Zoo. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit greenvillezoo.com. 

MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA ETIQUETTE for ages 8 and older is 1:30 – 4 p.m. at the Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center (CHI). The cost is $49 for one adult, additional $30 with one child / additional $60 with two children (maximum two children per adult). For details and registration, visit chigreenville.com or aceweb.gvltec.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=213XCHI61701.

DISNEY’S “FREAKY FRIDAY” — See May 7.

STARRY NIGHTS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. Tonight’s shows are “Magic Tree House: Space Mission” at 6 p.m. and “Black Holes” at 8 p.m. Advance ticket purchases, social distancing and masks are required.  For details, visit ropermountain.org.

Sunday, May 9

ARTISPHERE — See May 7.

DISNEY’S “FREAKY FRIDAY” — See May 7.

Monday, May 10

A LIVE VIRTUAL KIDS' EVENT with New York Times bestselling author Robert Beatty is at 6 p.m. through Fiction Addiction Each ticket includes access to the event and a copy of “Willa of Dark Hollow” and a signed bookplate. Only one ticket is required per household. Tickets are $20 – $27 each. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robert-beatty-virtual-kids-event-tickets-148508724593?aff=parent.  

Friday, May 14

MONSTER JAM is at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Tonight’s show is at 7 p.m. For tickets and COVID-19 safety details, visit www.bonsecoursarena.com.

DISNEY’S “FREAKY FRIDAY” — See May 7.

STARRY NIGHTS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. Tonight’s shows are “Magic Tree House: Space Mission” at 6 p.m. and “Black Holes” at 8 p.m. Advance ticket purchases, social distancing and masks are required.  For details, visit ropermountain.org.

Saturday, May 15

PARK HOP 2021’s mobile app launches today at parkhop.org. This summer-long scavenger hunt runs across multiple park locations in the Upstate. 

MONSTER JAM is at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Today’s shows are at 1 and 7 p.m., with a pit party at 11 a.m. For tickets and COVID-19 safety details, visit www.bonsecoursarena.com.

DISNEY’S “FREAKY FRIDAY” — See May 7.

Sunday, May 16

MONSTER JAM is at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Today’s shows are at noon and 5:30 p.m., with a pit party at 10 a.m. For tickets and COVID-19 safety details, visit www.bonsecoursarena.com.

DISNEY’S “FREAKY FRIDAY” — See May 7.

Friday, May 21

 “TWELFTH NIGHT” is presented by MCC Shakes at 6:30 p.m. at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheatre. For safety protocols and details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/theatre-season.

STARRY NIGHTS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. Tonight’s shows are “Magic Tree House: Space Mission” at 6 p.m. and “Black Holes” at 8 p.m. Advance ticket purchases, social distancing and masks are required.  For details, visit ropermountain.org.

Saturday, May 22

“TWELFTH NIGHT” — See May 21.

Sunday, May 23

“TWELFTH NIGHT” — See May 21.

Friday, May 28

BEACHIN’ FRIDAYS is at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheatre. For safety protocols and details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/events/festival-season/beachin-fridays. 

STARRY NIGHTS are at Roper Mountain Science Center. Tonight’s shows are “Magic Tree House: Space Mission” at 6 p.m. and “Black Holes” at 8 p.m. Advance ticket purchases, social distancing and masks are required.  For details, visit ropermountain.org.

ARTS, FUN AND LEARNING

OUTDOOR STORY TIME is at 10:30 a.m. weekdays in May from the Pickens County Library System – Mondays at the Liberty location, Tuesdays at the Easley location, Wednesdays at the Pickens location and Thursdays at the Central-Clemson location. Bring a blanket or chairs for social distancing. For details, visit pickenscountylibrarysystem.com.

AUDITIONS FOR CAROLINA YOUTH SYMPHONY are being held via video format this year. Videos are due by May 23. For details, visit carolinayouthsymphony.org.

EDUCATORS: SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE’S STORYBOOK LIVE is a virtual series performed by SYT actors. Educators will receive a curriculum companion with activities linked to SC content standards. The program is free for Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee County schools. View all available storybooks online at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/storybooklive. 

SPARTANBURG COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES’ SUMMER READING FOR ALL is coming June 1 for all ages. Sign up at a local branch or download a Summer Reading for All card starting June 1. To earn a prize for your age group, read 9 books or read for 9 hours (or any combination to complete your card). Prizes can be picked up starting June 14 and are available while supplies last. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

JOIN THE 2021 SUMMER READING TOUR from Greenville Library System. Babies, children and teens can all participate in the Summer Reading challenge. It is free, open to the public and does not require a library card. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org/summer-reading.

FRAMED: STEP INTO ART is open through May 23 at the Upcountry History Museum. This bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition, designed for ages 3 – 12, creates immersive STEAM learning environments. Step through oversized frames into a three-dimensional, sensory world that helps art and make-believe come alive. Masks are required for visitors ages 10 years and older. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

SALLEY MAVOR: SOCIAL FABRIC is open through Sept. 4 at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibition offers a three-dimensional flair to stories assembled on backdrops all stitched by hand. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

HOME GROWN BOUQUET (VIRTUAL), a Lunch and Learn with Clemson Extension, is noon – 1 p.m. May 4. This class will cover the basics of keeping a cutting garden: flower selection, planting schedule and harvesting tips. 

Contact watts9@clemson.edu for more information. Register by May 2. The cost is $8 (10 percent discount for Friends of the SC Botanical Garden).

BEGINNER BIRDING (VIRTUAL), a Lunch and Learn with Clemson Extension, is noon – 1 p.m. May 11. This class will cover the basics of observing and identifying birds, plus other tips. Contact watts9@clemson.edu for more information. Register by May 9. The cost is $8 (10 percent discount for Friends of the SC Botanical Garden).

POP UP: ¡TACOS, TORTILLAS, TAMALES! for students in grades 9 – 12 is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 8 at the Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center (CHI). The cost is $89 each. For details and registration, visit chigreenville.com or gvltec.edu/community/camps/popup-camp.html.

SOUTHERN SWEETS: RED VELVET AND COCONUT CAKES for ages 8 and older is 5:30 – 9 p.m. May 11 at the Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center (CHI). The cost is $79 for one adult, additional $39 with one child (maximum one child per adult). For details and registration, visit chigreenville.com or aceweb.gvltec.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=213XCHI61801.

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

STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 6 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Virtual instruction is available. In-person or virtual tutoring is available at Cherrydale, Fountain Inn, Greer, Boiling Springs or Easley. For details, call 864-246-9898 or stridestutor.org.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

CELEBRATE NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS AND SPORTS MONTH with a virtual program at 11 a.m. each Tuesday in May on the Pickens County Library System’s Facebook page at facebook.com/PickensCountyLibrarySystem.

SPRING GIRL SCOUT DAY and Campout are May 15 – 16 at Chimney Rock State Park. Register at ChimneyRockPark.com. Registration closes May 6 and is limited to 150 scouts.

REGISTRATION FOR PARK HOP 2021 is open at parkhop.org. This summer-long scavenger hunt runs across multiple park locations in the Upstate. Families can sign up for free and complete the scavenger hunt using a paper or mobile app version (launching May 15) of the Park Hop Passport. At the end of the summer, families turn in their passports for a chance to win prizes from the coordinating agencies. 

THE BATTLE OF MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE features new TRACK Trails from Kids in Parks. Kids can pick their own adventure full of interesting information, unique images and interactive activities. Visit kidsinparks.com and southcarolinaparks.com. 

iCan Bike, run by iCan Shine, is hosted by the Eastside Family YMCA at Taylors First Baptist Church July 26 – 30. Registration closes July 11. This week-long camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. For details and registration, visit ymcagreenville.org.

DAY OF SWIMMING is June 12 at YMCA of Greenville pools at Caine Halter and Eastside Family YMCA branches and the Y Program Center. Registration begins May 3. Registration is required. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER BASKETBALL for ages 4 – 14 is May 10 – June 16 at YMCA of Greenville locations. Late registration is June 7 – 14. Practice begins the week of July 5. Games are July 17 – Aug. 14. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

YMCA OF GREENVILLE SWIM LESSONS are June 14 – July 10. Registration begins May 24 and ends June 20. Late fee begins June 13. Visit ymcagreenville.org. 

COMMUNITY ZUMBA is at 6 p.m. May 3 at the Powdersville YMCA. The event is free and for all ages and experience levels. Learn more at www.theYMCA.us/communityzumba.

YOGA ON THE LAWN is 2 – 3 p.m. May 9 at the Pickens YMCA. This free, family-oriented event is for all ages and experience levels. Learn more at www.theYMCA.us/communityyoga.

ICE SKATING is offered at The Pavilion. For details about activities and costs, as well as COVID-19 guidelines, visit pavilion.greenvillerec.com.

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

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.

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

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

“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.