Planning ahead and wondering what events are coming up in August? Though the month of August means back to school it’s also a month packed with fun things to do! So get out your calendar because August is full of fun back to school events as well as tons of fun family-friendly events!
If your child is turning six in August (or turned six in July), don’t forget to pick up your free Pepsi Party Pack the first week of August.
Fun Ways to Prepare for Back to School
Rising kindergarteners and their parents are invited to attend The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Spartanburg’s Countdown to Kindergarten August 2nd from 6 pm – 8 pm. On this evening, rising K4 students and kindergartners and their family receive free museum admission. Additionally, there will be several vendors on site with materials to help families prepare for kindergarten. RSVP.
Parents can also prepare for back to school by stocking up on gently used clothes and other items at Switcharoos Consignment Event at the Greenville Convention Center August 9th – 11th. Heading to Spartanburg in September!
The Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries is hosting a Book Sale for Teachers on August 10th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Pages on Pine. Children’s books will be priced 5 for $1. Hardback books will be priced for $1 each as well.
Special Storytime Event: Tiptoe Into Kindergarten will be held on August 15th at 10:30 am at Landrum Library.
Free Fun Events for the Entire Family
The last Moonlight Movies at Greer City Park will be How to Train Your Dragon 3 on August 1st at sunset with pre-movie fun.
Tunes in the Park on August 2nd from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm is a family event local musicians and more held at Greer City Park.
Children can attend Home Depot Kids Workshop on August 3rd to build rocket pencil box and personalize it with paint. Children will receive a certificate and an apron.
Storytime and Breakfast with Curious George at Barnes and Noble on August 3rd at 11:30 am. Listen to a story and get pictures with George. RSVP in-store.
The Hub City Farmer’s Market takes place each Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm. While it is free to visit, you will likely want to spend a few bucks on some fresh produce.
Cheer on Your Favorite Sports Teams
You also have a chance to visit the Carolina Panthers Training Camp practices at Wofford for their upcoming football season. These family-friendly practices are free! See our Day at Panthers Camp Itinerary for information on parking and tips for the day.
Princesses, Tea Parties, Cooking and More
Once Upon a Dream Parties is hosting two Princess Academy events in August. The Princess Academy includes games and activities throughout the session, as well as royal manners taught by your hosting princesses. August 2nd will be hosted by Rapunzel and Snow White and August 16th by Elsa and Tiana.
Hearts of Clay Kids Night Out on August 2nd from 6 pm – 8 pm gives parents a night off and kids a chance to decorate a canvas, eat pizza, and have some fun!
Willy Wonka Jr., a play which tells Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir, is being performed at The Cannon Centre in Greer from August 9th – 18th.
Paint with a Princess is a fun art event that includes Rapunzel hosted by Once Upon a Dream Parties on August 17th at 9:30 am.
Plate 108 is hosting a Parent and Child Pizza Making Class on August 17th at 11 am. You’ll learn how to make homemade dough, how to shape a crust, and how to assemble the perfect pizza!
If you have a child who loves the ideas of fancy tea parties, you should plan to attend the Secret Garden Tea Party held at the Landrum Library on August 27th at 6:00 pm. Sign up is required for this special event.
Pump It Up offers a paid Parents Night Out for children on August 30th from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. While you have an evening out, your children will be able to bounce in the inflatables, eat dinner, play games, and make crafts.
Summer Planetarium Shows at Roper Mountain Science Center hosts Summer Planetarium Shows until August 8th for $5.00 during the day. Movies vary each week. See their website for specific shows and times. Shows take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:15 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm.
World Lion Day is August 10th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Join zoo staff to learn more about these magnificent animals and show your pride in the Greenville Zoo.
Coders Camp will take place at Inman Library on August 29th at 3:30 pm. Come on out and learn how to make your own Google Logo. Feel free to bring a Chromebook or iPad. There will be iPads provided to use, as well. (For ages 8-12)
Sensory Friendly Museum Day at TCMU-Spartanburg on August 31st from 9 am – 12 pm. If your child has special sensory needs, you will be excited to learn about these mornings that are at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate-Spartanburg. Lights will be dimmed throughout the museum, loud sounds will be limited, there will also be designated quiet spaces on each floor. To help prepare for your visit, you can use this social narrative that TCMU-Spartanburg has provided.
Family Fun Day at Upcountry History Museum is a fantastic way to have your kids learn some history and have some fun. On August 31st from 10 am – 2 pm, the admission to the museum also includes the Family Fun Day events. Currently, there is a delightful Alice in Wonderland exhibit, with this month’s events focusing on the animals in the story with the Greenville Zoo!
Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.