PAC Children’s Series

Francis Marion University’s Children Series has exposed thousands of school-age students across the Pee Dee to art, culture, science and the humanities. Whether meeting the Wright Brothers and Martin Luther King Jr., or exploring dinosaurs and electricity through song and dance, the Children Series has never failed to delight and enlighten.

The Children’s Series presents four programs on school day mornings each school year. Classes, and indeed, sometimes entire schools, attend as groups. Dargan Street in front of the Performing Art Center is filled with school buses on show days. Many schools make a day of it, adding picnics and other event to what is always one of the best field trips of the year.

The PAC and Francis Marion University offer the Children Series at a minimal cost — $5 per show. Many students pay nothing, thanks to “scholarships” based on need established through federal school lunch guidelines. Generous series sponsors, most notably Duke Energy, have supported the Children’s Series since its inception in 2012.

  • Date
  • Event
  • Description
    • Date
      November 20, 2019
      9:30 am
    • Event
      Maddi's Fridge
    • Description
      Maddi and Sofia are best friends. They live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the park together. Maddi is really good at climbing the rock wall, while Sofia is a fast runner. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone and to keep it a secret. What should Sofia do?
    • Date
      November 20, 2019
      11:30 am
    • Event
      Maddi's Fridge
    • Description
      Maddi and Sofia are best friends. They live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the park together. Maddi is really good at climbing the rock wall, while Sofia is a fast runner. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone and to keep it a secret. What should Sofia do?
    • Date
      February 14, 2020
      9:30 am
    • Event
      Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad
    • Description
      Our drama with music begins as Harriet’s friend Sarah Bradford, author of Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, is persuading a publisher to print her book. As the story unfolds we learn of Harriet’s early years in slavery, her escape to freedom, and her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, Harriet becomes a spy for the Union Army, and later a nurse and scout. The North wins the war bringing emancipation to the slaves but that does not end Harriet’s struggle for freedom.
    • Date
      February 14, 2020
      11:30 am
    • Event
      Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad
    • Description
      Our drama with music begins as Harriet’s friend Sarah Bradford, author of Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, is persuading a publisher to print her book. As the story unfolds we learn of Harriet’s early years in slavery, her escape to freedom, and her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. During the Civil War, Harriet becomes a spy for the Union Army, and later a nurse and scout. The North wins the war bringing emancipation to the slaves but that does not end Harriet’s struggle for freedom.
    • Date
      April 23, 2020
      9:30 am
    • Event
      Newton's Apple
    • Description
      The world was a different place when Issac Newton had that apple drop on his head. The English mathematician, astronomer, scientist, author and physicist developed the principles of modern physics, including the laws of motion. Follow along with Newton as he uses scientific methods to conduct experiments and make discoveries that changed the world.
    • Date
      April 23, 2020
      11:30 am
    • Event
      Newton's Apple
    • Description
      The world was a different place when Issac Newton had that apple drop on his head. The English mathematician, astronomer, scientist, author and physicist developed the principles of modern physics, including the laws of motion. Follow along with Newton as he uses scientific methods to conduct experiments and make discoveries that changed the world.