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Hunt Pokemon, meet authors, get ready for back to school

As summer winds down, families will find more learning opportunities on tap this weekend. If fun is your goal, don’t worry. Kids can also hunt for Pokemon in nearby Tryon or enjoy Family Fun Day at a museum. Plus, don't forget it's tax-free weekend in South Carolina.


A Creek Ranger Hike begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Paris Mountain State Park. The event is a one-mile, ranger-led walk. The cost is $7 each, payable at the gate instead of park admission. Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 864-244-5565 or email

An I’m Five Birthday Bash is at 4 p.m. Friday at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. Children celebrating their 5th birthday in August are invited to celebrate with stories, songs, treats and more. Visit for more information.

The George I. Theisen YMCA in Travelers Rest will host a back-to-school bash 5-7 p.m. Friday. This free event will include bounce houses, food, games, music, free hair cuts, snow cones and more. Free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away to kids while supplies last. For more information, visit the YMCA’s Facebook page.

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts is opening its doors for the entire family 6 – 9 p.m. Friday for its First Friday event and Art School Open House. New classes start Sept. 12, and instructors will be available to talk about available lessons and their personal art on display. Summer camp students will also showcase their summer camp art. Free art activities will be available for children. Food trucks will also be on site serving food. The center is located at 25 Draper St., Greenville. For more information, visit


The first Read Up Greenville event is Saturday at the Peace Center. Read Up, an annual event bringing teens in close contact with authors through book signings, panels and interactive events, will encourage youth to continue their love for reading and hopefully encourage non-readers to become readers. The first event will include book sales, author signings, panel discussions and keynote speakers. The day will feature multiple panels specific to different themes. The event is free to all with the exception of the keynote events. Each keynote presentation is $7 or all three for $15. Ticketed events include sessions with Jay Asher, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel “Thirteen Reasons Why” and Holly Goldberg Sloan, the author of “Counting by 7s,” “Appleblossom the Possum” and the upcoming novel “Short.” For details and a complete schedule, visit

If you and your kids love Pokemon Go, it might be worth the drive to attend Pokemon A-Go-Go 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Luke’s Plaza in historic downtown Tryon, N.C. The event will include a massive lure drop, including 17 Pokemon stops, four gyms, one battle location, all color teams present, egg incubation opportunity and quick level up opportunity. The special event will also feature live music, snack, drinks and food, and a Pokemon information booth. Coupons for local stores and restaurants will also be available at each PokeStop. The event is rain or shine. For more information, contact

Run2Overcome, a 5K and 10 K walk/run benefitting the Julie Valentine Center, is Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. at Cleveland Park. The event includes a free children’s fun run dash, a face painter and a balloon artist. On-site registration is also available. For details, visit

The city of Mauldin will host its first Get Fit Mauldin Family Fun Day and Fitness Day beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mauldin Sports Center. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the Get Fit Mauldin initiative and highlight the health and wellness tools the center provides. It is only open to participants of the initiative, which promotes a three-month $99 membership to the Mauldin Sports Center. The special event will include fitness challenges for families, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, children's activities and more. A bounce house and face painting begin at 9:30 a.m. For more details, visit To join the initiative, contact Sarah Hammet at


Family Fun Day is Sunday at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University. Explore “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” between 1 – 4 p.m. and enjoy special story time, activities and crafts. For more information, visit

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