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Easter egg hunting has begun in earnest and will continue this weekend with numerous egg hunts happening across the Upstate. First, check out these events, perfect for families.

Does your family have a four-legged member? Greenville County Animal Care will have a free Heartworm Test and Prevention Day starting at 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday at the animal shelter on 328 Furman Hall Road. The event will be held in the education building, and the first 50 dogs will receive free heartworm testing and six months of prevention. After that, cost is $25 for heartworm testing and six months of prevention, with a limit of two dogs per household. For details, visit GreenvillePets.org.

Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. Each show will begin with Carolina Skies, a live talk about the constellations currently in the night sky, followed by the featured show. The 7 p.m. feature will be “Magic Tree House Space Mission.” The 8:30 p.m. feature will be “Solar Superstorms.” The Daniel Observatory will also be open, weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain.org.

The Greenville Drive is back in season, and fans can experience their famous fireworks display during Friday night’s game, which begins at 7:05 p.m. It’s also 60s Night, which will features music from the decade along with special activities and games. The ZOOperstars will return to Fluor Field for Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game, bringing inflatable, animalistic characters such as Cow Ripkin Jr. and Shark McGwire to perform silly routines. Finally, Safe Kids Upstate Day begins at 4:05 p.m. Sunday, with a special pregame for kids at 3:30 p.m. During the first two innings of the game, Safe Kids will be giving away bike helmets to kids, and along the concourse, stations will be set up for kids to learn more about Fire Safety, Water Safety and Car Heat Safety. Following the game, kids are invited to stick around for BlueCross BlueShield Kids Run the Bases. For tickets or more information, call 864-240-4528 or visit www.greenvilledrive.com.

If your kids love books, Barnes and Noble Booksellers stores across the Upstate will host “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” story time event at 11 a.m. Saturday. Activities will follow a story time of this laugh-out-loud picture book from Drew Daywalt, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Day the Crayons Quit.” For details, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.

Egg hunts!

Greenville County Rec will host a community-wide Easter egg hunt 6–8 p.m. Friday at Gateway Park in Travelers Rest. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy inflatables, free food, a scavenger hunt and free books. There is no cost to participate. For details, visit greenvillerec.com.

The annual Bunny Brunch at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is sold out for Saturday, but there are still plenty of events open to families.

The annual community Easter Egg Drop will be held noon – 4 p.m. April 8 at Sunset Park in Mauldin. Rain date is April 9. Thousands of eggs filled with prizes will be dropped from a helicopter, after which children can collect as many eggs as they can. Contact the Mauldin Recreation Department for more information at 864-335-4875.

The Easter Eggtastic Event is also planned for 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at Century Park in Greer. The free community event will include egg hunts, inflatables, crafts, magic shows, games and photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket. Rain date is 2 – 4 p.m. April 9. For details, visit cityofgreer.org.

The Eggstravaganza 2017 will be held 1 – 3 p.m. April 8 at Thomas Pack Memorial Park in Piedmont. Sponsored by Piedmont United Methodist Church, the free event features games, hot dogs, inflatables and face painting. Visit the event’s Facebook page.

St. Giles Presbyterian in Greenville will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. April 8. Hunts will be divided into age groups. For details, call 864-244-4887. The church is located at 1021 Hudson Road.

Lee Road Baptist United Methodist Church in Taylors will host its annual community Easter Egg Huntand Meet the Bunny event at 10 a.m. April 8, rain or shine. For details, visit www.leeroadumc.org.

The Upstate Egg Hunt at Barnet Park in Spartanburg will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Thousands of eggs will be hidden, and separate sections will be provided for preschool and elementary-aged children. After the egg hunt, everyone in attendance will get a free pizza lunch. Bring your own basket. The community event will be hosted by First Baptist Spartanburg. For details, visit http://www.upstateegghunt.com.

World of Energy in Oconee will host a special spring celebration and Easter egg hunt 10 a.m. – noon Saturday at the education center, located at 7812 Rochester Highway. The celebration will feature a petting zoo, bounce house and slide, face-painters, a juggling and variety artist, and balloon twister. The event is being held in tandem with the World of Energy’s Festival of Eggs decorating contest. The competition includes 22 decorating teams for non-profits in the Upstate, each decorating a plastic 16-inch egg with their own details. For more information, visit www.duke-energy.com.

Covenant Baptist Church in Spartanburg will host a free community-wide block party and Easter egg hunt 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday at their church, located at 200 Evangel Road, Spartanburg. The event will include inflatables, door prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 864-699-9578 or visit covenantbaptistonline.org.

Also, the Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Greer CPW is now planned for 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. April 10 at Praise Cathedral, 3390 Brushy Creek Road, Greer. The sold-out event was originally scheduled for April 3 but postponed due to weather. For details, visit their Facebook page.

Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.

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