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Families should plan to head to downtown Greenville this weekend for special and free kid-friendly events.

The Greenville County Library System will kick off its Summer Reading Program with free special events 4:30 – 6 p.m. Friday at the main branch, located at 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville. The kickoff will include live music, stilt walking and kid-friendly tattoos. Meet the Greenville Drive’s Reedy Rip’it from 5 – 5:30 p.m. A sale on used children’s books will also be available. For more details, call 864-527-9248.

Families can also celebrate the arrival of summer in the West Village from 6 – 9 p.m. June 3 at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. The First Friday event will include free arts activities and crafts for kids and the opening of the exhibit "Telling Her Story." Food trucks and frozen treats will also be available. For more details, visit www.artcentergreenville.org.

Grab the little ones and head to downtown Greenville Saturday morning for Penske Touch-a-Truck Day during the TD Saturday Market. Kids can sit in and climb on a variety of trucks on display along Main Street at McBee Avenue. Approximately 20 vehicles, including fire trucks and police cars, will be available during the free event. For details, visit www.saturdaymarketlive.com.

Then, make a short trip over to the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University for the opening of “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” with special Family Fun Day activities from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. At 10:30 a.m., children can take photos with Peter Rabbit and at noon snap a photo with Mouse from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Other events include story time and character bingo. Cost of admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 4 –18, and free for children 3 and younger. For details, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.

Stop by the Greenville Zoo from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday to take part in World Oceans Day. Held in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the event will teach families more about the world’s oceans, waterways and their inhabitants. The event is free with admission to the zoo.

A free community-wide Dog First Aid & CPR class will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Pavilion Dog Park in Taylors. The session will be taught by Dr. Michelle Mayers, a veterinarian at Hillcrest Animal Hospital. A free dog first aid kit will be distributed to participants. For details, visit www.greenvillerec.org.

A beloved Disney character will drop into Greenville Little Theater when “Mary Poppins” takes to the stage this weekend. Based on the Walt Disney film and books by P.L. Travers, the show will feature familiar songs and shenanigans. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $35 with discounts available for seniors, children and groups of 10 or more. Visit www.greenvillelittletheatre.org for more information.

Families with children who have sensitivity disorders can take in a showing of “The Angry Birds Movie” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 & RPX in Greenville during My Way Matinee. Tickets are $6.50, and the movie will be shown without previews, with lower sound and dimmed lights. The audience can also talk, shout, cry, dance, scream and run around the theater during these movies. For details, visit www.regmovies.com/mywaymatinee.

Find more family-friendly events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.

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