It’s Friday again, and you know what that means! Time for the Friday Five, our weekly roundup of five fun events happening in the Charleston area throughout the weekend. Kick it at an old school brunch event, have some fun at Shark Week, attend a ladybug release, and more. Whatever you choose to do, as always, the staff and agents at Johnson and Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

Bring the family to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Saturday from 9am until 2pm for the 5th Annual Ladybug Release. At approximately 10am, a Volkswagen Beetle dressed as a giant ladybug will arrive to kick off the party. Then hundreds of children will scatter throughout the gardens to find the perfect spot to release their share of 200,000 ladybugs! There will be more than twenty other events taking place, including nature displays, interactive activities, face painting, a costume contest, and more. Paid garden admission is required for this event. Adults are $20, children ages 6-12 are $10, and those 5 years old and under get in free.

On the third Saturday of every month, West Ashley’s Mellow Mushroom hosts the Mellow Matinee, a special presentation of a family friendly movie with the sound on. This month’s featured film is Disney’s Peter Pan! There will be $5 kids meals for the littles and $2 mimosas for adults, along with the regular full menu. Look for a special appearance from Tinkerbell herself, courtesy of Glass Slipper Productions.

Take it back to the old school on Sunday for a Back to the ’90s Brunch at Triangle Char and Bar in Avondale. Put on your best flannel shirt, acid-washed denim, or Kelly Kapowski/Zack Morris-themed outfit and relax with a mimosa or Bloody Mary and your favorite tunes from the 1990s. There will be lots of fun ’90s swag to giveaway while you enjoy your brunch too.

Shark Week begins this Sunday and runs all week at the South Carolina Aquarium. Shark activities and learning opportunities abound, including special dive shows and programs, expert speakers, photo opportunities, DIY projects, a shark tooth dig, scavenger hunt, and more. For a schedule of events and daily activities, visit the aquarium’s website.

If you’re looking for a way to escape the heat (or rain!) with the kiddos this Sunday afternoon, head to 34 West Theater Company downtown on Meeting Street for Enchanting Princess Story Time from 1pm until 2pm. Enjoy interactive stories told by The Snow Queen, Cinderella, and another special guest! Your child will receive one-on-one time with each character for a meet-and-greet while a professional photographer captures the moment. Popcorn, other snacks, and refreshing beverages will be available for purchase. Your ticket includes entry into the events, a goodie bag for your child, and copies of the photographer’s photos.

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