The weekend is packed with family events of every sort.
If the first day of school looms large on the calendar, now is the time to think about crafting a slow and steady approach to getting your family organized for the year ahead.
Hike at Paris Mountain
A Friday Family Hike is at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 at Paris Mountain State Park.
Take a nature walk with a ranger or staff interpreter, and wade into Mountain Creek. Using one of the park’s nets, search for dragonfly nymphs, salamanders and more. Registration is required. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, in addition to admission.
(If you have a Park Passport, you only pay the program cost). These hikes are limited to 25 participants. To register and to confirm that the scheduled hike will proceed, email email@example.com, call 864-244-5565, or check at the admission booth.
Countdown to Kindergarten is 6 – 8 p.m. Aug. 5, presented by TCMU-Spartanburg. This is a free community event for families with rising 3K, 4K and kindergarteners to help them get ready for the school year ahead. The event will take place on Magnolia Street, in Downtown Spartanburg. Community partners will provide resources for children and families. Parents and caretakers can interact with community partners, while children learn how to pack a lunch tray, see the inside of a school bus and much more. The event is free to all who RSVP. For details, visit tcmupstate.org/countdowntokindergarten.
Roper Mountain Science Center
Laser Days of Summer are at Roper Mountain Science Center Aug. 5.
Laser Stranger Things is at 6 p.m.
Pink Floyd: Welcome to the Machine is at 7:30 p.m.
Laser Bowie is at 9 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are required.
For details, visit ropermountain.org.
Summer Adventure is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Aug. 6 at Roper Mountain Science Center. This year’s traveling exhibit, “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” is open. Look for STEM Days on select Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
Admission is $12 each for ages 13 and older, $10 each for ages 3 – 12 and ages 60 and older. Admission is free for children ages 2 and younger and to Roper Mountain members. Lunch is available through the Connections Café from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is free for ages 18 and younger. For details, visit ropermountain.org.
Mauldin Cultural Center
“In The Heights” is presented by Mauldin Theater Company through Aug. 14 at Mauldin Cultural Center. For tickets, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org.
The TD Saturday Market
The TD Saturday Market is 8 a.m. – noon Aug. 6 in downtown Greenville. For vendors, children’s events and more, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.
Carolina Family Services’ 6th Annual Back 2 School Giveaway
Carolina Family Services’ 6th Annual Back 2 School Giveaway, benefiting students entering grades K5 – 8, is 9 a.m. – noon Aug. 6 at 17 Memorial Medical Drive, Greenville. Admission is free. Students must be present with a parent or guardian. From 9 – 10:30 a.m. existing CFS families and clients may attend (pass is required). The public may attend from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Receive a free bookbag with school supplies. For details and additional information, visit carolinafamily.org or call 864-283-0637.
The Run2Overcome 5K and 10K
The Run2Overcome 5K and 10K, benefitting the Julie Valentine Center, are Aug. 6 at Cleveland Park. The event also includes a kids’ fun run. For details, visit julievalentinecenter.org/events.html.
Home Depot Stores
Make a summer camper Aug. 6 in select Home Depot stores. Details for this event and virtual field trips are online at homedepot.com/c/kids.
Summer movies at Regal Cinemas
Summer movies – “Trolls” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” are shown Aug. 9 and 10 at select Regal theaters. See details at regmovies.com/static/en/us/smx.
Auditions for 'Charlotte’s Web'
Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” are 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 or 10 at Chapman Cultural Center. Auditionees should only audition one of the two nights and may arrive at any time during the two-hour block. Students in grades 3 – 12 may audition. An audition workshop is Aug. 6. See audition requirements and more at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/auditions.
Five Forks Library
Song Fest with Dr. Jean is at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Five Forks Library. Ages 2 – 6. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.
Greenville Literacy Association
The Really Good, Big, Cheap Book Sale, benefitting Greenville Literacy Association, is Aug. 12 – 14 at McAlister Square. For details, visit greenvilleliteracy.org.
Upcountry History Museum
Saturday Toddler Time – Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Upcountry History Museum. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.
Auditions for Mauldin Youth Theatre
Auditions for Mauldin Youth Theatre’s “Once on This Island JR.” are Aug. 20 at Mauldin Cultural Center. For details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/events/theatre-season/auditions.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Upcoming Greenville events: Science Center, Fun Runs and Outdoor Theatre