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Memorial Day weekend filled with family events

Families staying in the Upstate for Memorial Day will have plenty of events to keep them busy this weekend.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will unveil another new exhibit Saturday. Fun & Games features new and traditional games that teach children such skills as problem solving, vocabulary, math, counting, pattern recognition and critical thinking. Museum guests will experience numerous interactive learning opportunities, including creating new games with their own rules and playing game tables with family and friends. They can also learn about the history of games and play giant replicas of popular games such as Jenga and checkers. The new exhibit, which is created and built by TCMU, will be housed on the third floor of the museum. The exhibit is free with admission. For information about location, hours and admission rates, visit

It’s the 10th anniversary of Gallabrae, the Greenville Scottish Games, which will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with the Great Scot! parade. Pipe bands, marching clans, Scottish chiefs and other Scottish-themed floats and groups will march from Broad Street to East North Street in downtown Greenville. Live Celtic rock music will follow on the TD Stage at the Peace Center Amphitheater. The family-friendly two-day festival will continue Saturday with the Scottish Games at Furman University. The all-day Border Collie Invitationals will begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day, demonstrating how smart this breed of dog really is. The festival will also include live music, a military salute, British car show and kids village. Children of all ages can enjoy a fairy tea party, fairy tale reading area, archery demonstrations, Scottish crafts and games. The parade is free, but the games require $20 admission per adult and $10 admission per child ages 6 – 12. Kids 5 and younger get in free. For more details, visit

Fluor Field will come alive with fireworks and more this weekend as the Greenville stadium hosts the Southern Conference Baseball Championship games. Friday is Youth Day at Fluor Field, and children wearing Little League uniforms will receive complimentary admission with a paying adult. Two games are scheduled Friday at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. After the final game, Friday Night Fireworks will light up downtown. Other special events include Greenville Shriners Hospital Day on Saturday and Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, followed by a Memorial Day Picnic Monday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Admission for $15 includes an all-you-can-eat buffet picnic and game ticket. For more details, visit or visit the box office.

Do your kids love swimming? Greenville County’s water parks open Saturday, including Discovery Island in Simpsonville, Otter Creek in Greenville and 7th Inning Splash in Piedmont. Price of admission and hours vary by park. For more details, visit

Paris Mountain State Park will hold a nature detective program and a program on water animals Saturday. The Friends of Paris Mountain State Park will host a program at 10 a.m. by Tim Taylor, life science specialist at Roper Mountain Science Center, called “Nature Detectives: Identifying Signs of Nature.” In the park’s classroom, learn to identify mystery tracks, scats and skulls and then help look for signs of nature outside on a Nature Detective Hike. Meet at the Park Center for this two-hour program for all ages. No registration is required, and there is no cost for the program beyond park admission. Then at 1 p.m., Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor will present a program called “Suited to Swim.” Many of Paris Mountain’s animals are adapted to life in or near water. Help look for salamanders, frogs, ducks, and aquatic insects, as well as signs of beavers. Activities include wading into Mountain Creek, so participants may want to bring shoes that can get wet. The program costs $7 per person, payable at the welcome station instead of admission, and will begin at the Park Center. Registration is required. Limit 30. To register, email, or call the office at 864-244-5565.

All Toys “R” Us stores will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a special parade with Geoffrey at 1 p.m. May 28. Activities will include giveaways and drawings, an ice cream sandwich sale for 25 cents from 1 – 3 p.m., and more. For details, visit

There will be a Hunt Cabin Open House noon – 4 p.m. Saturday at Hunt Cabin at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson. Explore the life of children in the 19th Century, including games, school lessons and chores. For details, visit

If you don’t mind a short drive, Memorial Day weekend programs for families will be offered 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday at Chimney Rock Park. Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends and see the park’s birds of prey at the 2 p.m. each day during the Family Animal Encounters program. Grab a Track Trail brochure at Grady’s Den and take a hike along a trail that features 12 interactive education stations. Round out your day with one free climb per person on the park’s Climbing Tower, open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For details, visit

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