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12 events to consider for weekend family fun

Whether your family has caught the acting bug or wants to convene with nature, there’s an activity on the schedule for you this weekend.

It's Fair Time

The 2016 Upper South Carolina State Fair is open daily through Sept. 5 at the Upper S.C. State Fairgrounds/Greenville Pickens Speedway in Easley. Gates open at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. Attractions include amusement rides, the Ken Treadway Rodeo, Baird's Petting Zoo and Bob Bohm's Magic Show. Admission is $8 with children 2 and younger admitted for free. For more details, visit

Fun at the theater

“Wake Up, Brother Bear,” a Second Stage production, is sold out Saturday at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, but families can catch the performance again at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Young audiences can get interactive during this show about Brother and Sister Bear as they watch the seasons change throughout a year. Tickets are $8 per person. For more information, visit or call 864-235-2885.

Auditions are being held at 2 p.m. Saturday for “Miracle on 34th Street: The Holiday Musical” at Greenville Little Theater. “Miracle on 34th Street” is seeking actors who sing and singers who act, and there are several important children’s roles. Parents and children are invited to audition together. For more information, including character breakdowns, visit

Doggone fun

Greenville Humane Society’s 2016 Mutt Strut begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the campus of Greenville Technical College and on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. This dog-friendly race has a two-mile run/walk course. It features an expanded vendor village called the Mutt Market, complimentary refreshments, live entertainment and special attractions. To register, visit

Get back to nature

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years this weekend. In honor of the centennial, admission to all 412 national parks is free through Aug. 28. Check out the full list of South Carolina parks here.

Families can enjoy programs on dragonflies and naturalist tips Saturday at Paris Mountain State Park. Dr. Wade Worthen, Furman University biologist, will lead a two-hour program at 10 a.m. called Dragons and Damsels. Join Worthen on a walk around Lake Placid and to Mountain Creek, observing and learning about the park’s colorful creatures. No registration is required and there is no charge for the program beyond park admission.

Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor will also present a program at 1 p.m. Saturday called Turtle Trail Naturalist Hike, presenting tools, tips, and hand-outs to encourage the pursuit of natural wonder. Anyone with enthusiasm and curiosity for the natural world can become an amateur naturalist. On a 1-mile hike along the Turtle Trail, participants will practice some of these skills. Cost is $7 per person, payable at the welcome station instead of admission, and will begin at the park center. Registration is required. Limit 25. To register, call the office at 864-244-5565 or e-mail

Going-away party

The Greenville Zoo will host a farewell party for Mia and Chelsea, the zoo’s Bornean orangutans, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the orangutan exhibit. Both animals are leaving Greenville at the end of the month as part of the Orangutan Species Survival Program. Zoo staff will give special treats to the furry pair and will be available to speak with zoo guests about Mia and Chelsea and the challenges that orangutans face in the wild. The zoo is scheduled to receive a pair of Sumatran orangutans, Kumar and Lana, in September, also as part of the Orangutan Species Survival Program. The new pair will initially be kept in quarantine before being introduced to one another and then to the community when they are placed on exhibit later this fall. For more information, visit

Catch a movie

Fathom Events, Mattel and the Women’s Forum are partnering to bring “Welcome to Monster High” to select theaters nationwide Aug. 27. This hour and half animated feature will screen at 10 a.m. Saturday at Regal Simpsonville Stadium 14 & IMAX. “Welcome to Monster High” features Draculaura, the daughter of Dracula, and her best ghoulfriend Frankie Stein, daughter of Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster. Dreaming of a school where everyone is accepted, Draculaura and Frankie Stein set out on a journey to recruit new students and bring them to Monster High, which celebrates uniqueness. Tickets will be available at the box office or online at

“Zootopia” is the last August movie at Drive-In Movies at The Shops at Greenridge, beginning Saturday at dusk. Children who wear their favorite animal costume or pajamas and post photos to Instagram with #shopsatgreenridge will get free candy. Movies are shown near Dick’s Sporting Goods. For details, visit

Make a difference

A Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is at 8 a.m. Saturday at Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve in Spartanburg. During registration there will plenty of fun family activities for all ages, including snow cones and cotton candy, face painting, a fire truck on display, photo booth, craft table and more. For details and registration, visit

Festival fun

Looking for a family-friendly festival to say goodbye to summer? Summerfest is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday in York. The summer festival includes crafts, children’s activities and more. For details, visit

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