Upstate Parent Family Weekend Schedule May 27-29

Wait, parents! It’s time for summer reading events, festival season, outdoor concerts, farmers markets and more.

There’s so much to do, including new places to play at Unity Park and new exhibits coming to TCMU-Greenville and the Upcountry History Museum — and “Hamilton” is also coming in June.

Get the details, tips on planning summer trips with kids, a healthy summer recipe and more in the June issue of Upstate Parent. Look for it in print and online next week at upstateparent.com.

Unity Park is now open in Greenville. The park includes extensive playgrounds, trails and more. For more details, visit unityparkgreenville.com.

Unity Park held its grand opening on the west side of downtown Greenville on Thursday morning, May 19, 2022. The new 60-acre park, nearly two years in the making, completes the

Greenville County Water Parks open May 28. Visit greenvillerec.com for schedules and ticket details.

The TD Saturday Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon on May 28 in downtown Greenville. For vendors, children’s events and more, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

The 2022 Greenville Scottish Games will take place on May 28 at Furman University. Wee Scotland includes activities for children. For more details, visit gallabrae.com.

Wild for Reading Wednesday is at 2:30 p.m. near the Greenville Zoo Farmyard. Included with admission. For more details, visit greenvillezoo.com.

Neighborhood Night is 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 2 at the Upcountry History Museum. Admission is free and will include story times for young visitors and free books for children. For more details, visit upcountryhistory.org.

The Simpsonville Food Truck Musical Series and Rodeo will take place June 2 from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage Park. Follow @SimpsonvilleMusicSeries on Facebook for news and updates.

The Furman University Lakeside Concert is at 7:30 p.m. on June 2. It features the Carolina Youth Symphony and the music of Patriotic Heroes and Movie Villains. Free entry. Visit furman.edu/academics/music/camps-conferences/music-by-the-lake.

Look forward:

Summer reading with the Greenville County Library System begins June 2 at the Five Forks Branch Library and June 3 at the Hughes Main Library. Get the details at greenvillelibrary.org.

The George I. Theisen Family YMCA’s PB&J Fun Run will be held at 6 p.m. on June 3. The entry fee is one jar of peanut butter and one jar of jelly per participant. For more details, visit runsignup.com/Race/SC/TravelersRest/PBJKidsFunRun.

Wheels on the Ground opens June 4 at TCMU-Greenville. This state-of-the-art exhibit will introduce kids and families to the exciting concepts of the racing and automotive industry, with a fully interactive crew station, various stations designed for building model cars , an engine repair simulation and a life-size bus. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

Celebrate National Trails Day on June 4 with hikes in South Carolina state parks and the Palmetto Trail. Visit palmettoconservation.org and southcarolinaparks.com.

Summer Reading for All Ages kicks off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 4 at the Anderson Main, Pendleton, and Powdersville libraries. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice opens June 11 at the Upcountry History Museum. Designed for young explorers aged 3 to 10, the bilingual exhibit (Spanish and English) features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a hot dinosaur habitat ), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a field research station (with a Big Dig experiment). For more details, visit upcountryhistory.org.

A Friday Family Hike will be held at 10 a.m. on June 17 at Paris Mountain State Park. Take a nature walk with a ranger or staff interpreter and wade through Mountain Creek. Using one of the park’s nets, search for dragonfly nymphs, salamanders and more. Registration is mandatory. The cost is $5 per person, including adults, plus admission. (If you have a Park Passport, you only pay the cost of the program). These hikes are limited to 25 participants. To register and confirm that the scheduled hike will take place, email [email protected], call 864 244-5565 or check in at the admissions kiosk.