There is a frog-jumping competition, sidewalk chalk art on Main Street, a mass kazoo parade, a teen movie night and blaring truck horns as part of a full schedule of events for children at Come-See-Me.
The family-friendly festival has a new favorite activity with Chalk on Main, taking place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 12, where kids of all ages color Main Street with sidewalk chalk, which is provided.
The ever-competitive Mayor’s Frog Jump will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 13 at Cherry Park. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Children may borrow or bring a lucky frog and coach their hopping friend to victory at this popular event. The top three human winners receive prizes.
Musical Mania, this year from 4 to 6 p.m. April 13, has a new venue at the Old Town Market and Market Hall, 121 Caldwell St. The event is dedicated to celebrating music with hands-on stations, then a kazoo parade at 5 p.m. with Glen the Frog and his lady Glenda, the festival’s mascots.
Sundaes with Glen and Mother Goose is a perennial favorite on the first Sunday of the festival. From 2 to 5 p.m. April 14, children can enjoy PW’s ice cream with the mascot and his friends at Glencairn Garden. There is live music planned as well as face painting, storytelling and crafts. Ice cream sundaes are $1 for children and $2 for adults.
Crafts of the leaping kind are the main event at Jumping Jeepers Frog Crafts from 6 to 7 p.m. April 16 and 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. April 17 at the York County Library. Children of all ages are invited to this free event.
Boys and girls, ages three to six, are the guests of honor at a tea party from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 16 at the Winthrop University Campus Green. At the Teddy Bear Tea Party, bears are encouraged to come along with a new or gently used toy that will be donated to a local children’s charity. Reservations can be made online at csm-teddybearteaparty.eventbrite.com or by calling 803-323-4633.
The Main Street Children’s Museum is the venue for Froggy Friends, a program at 10:30 a.m. April 17, with stories, music and a froggy craft for children 3 years and younger. Admission is $5 or children and adults.
Crayons, markers and paint are the medium for the annual Come-See-Me coloring contest. Entries will be on display at the Perimeter Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St. An awards reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 18 at the Main Street Children’s Museum.
Frog Hoppin’ Fun will have games and activities for children ages two to six at 10 a.m. to noon April 19 at ParentSmart/ Family Resource Center, 410 E. Black St. A dental van will provide free dental screenings and an educational dental program.
For teens, the Rock Hill Youth Council has coordinated a Movie Night in the Park, showing the third movie in the new Batman series, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Admission is free to the 8 p.m. movie at Cherry Park soccer field No. 4.
Another popular activity, especially appealing to little boys, is Everything Trucks – a parking lot full of various big and small vehicles for children to explore. Again this year, the First Baptist Church parking area at 480 Hood Center will be converted into a truck lot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20. Truck drivers will be on hand to answer questions as children are encouraged to sit in the trucks and honk the horns.
Jump, move and spin with fun fitness games at the Healthy Kid Zone from 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 at the one-year-old Giordana Velodrome at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center. There will even be a tricycle race for children ages two to six.