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This weekend offers a chance for families to enjoy some of the area’s best attractions, including Paris Mountain State Park and The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.

A Creek Ranger Hike begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Paris Mountain State Park. The event is a 1-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 ctaylor@scprt.com.

Paris Mountain State Park will also present a program on rocks and minerals and a park history walk Saturday. At 10 a.m., “Wonderland of Geology” showcases the minerals and rocks in the state park with rock hound Furman University Geologist Dr. Bill Ranson. The program will begin in Park Center, and continue outside to explore nearby outcrops and other geological features. There is no charge for this two-hour program after park admission, and no registration is required. Ranger Cathy Taylor will present a program at 1 p.m. called “A Walk Through History.” It’s the 1770s, and Richard Paris claims Paris Mountain while it is part of the Cherokee nation. It’s the 1880s, and a tornado rips through the homes of people who live on the mountain. A water supply for Greenville is started from Paris Mountain’s water. It’s the 1930s, and the Civilian Conservation Corps builds a state park. It’s 2017 – enjoy a stroll around Lake Placid, discovering secrets of the past on this hour and a half walk through the history of Paris Mountain State Park. The program costs $7 per person, payable at the admission booth instead of admission. Meet at Park Center. Registration is required. To register, email ctaylor@scprt.com, or call the office at 864-244-5565.

Families are invited to Hockey Demo Day with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Greenville. There will be free hockey instruction in Dew Street Hockey Zone, corn hole, music, food and giveaways. For details, visit http://bit.ly/2uDzy6o.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will host a variety of activities this weekend, including Open Art Studios: Hot Air Balloons at 2 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in which children can decorate their own hot air balloons using creative art supplies. They can also watch alka-seltzer rockets take flight at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. For a full schedule, visit www.tcmupstate.org.

Story time with Miss Debi is 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday at M Judson Booksellers & Storytellers in Greenville. Join her in the Kid’s Nook to hear a story of adventure, mayhem, and joy. As always, a story time treat will be provided by The Chocolate Moose. For details, call 864-704-2410.

The Critter Keeper will present two shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Anderson County Museum. He will introduce reptiles and other animals in an educational program. Tickets are $10 per person. The museum is located at 202 E. Greenville St. Anderson.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers stores will have a “What Do You Do With a Problem?” story time event at 11 a.m. Saturday. This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared. Activities will follow a reading of the story. Visit barnesandnoble.com for details.

Saturday is Kids Game Night at Upcountry Provisions Bakery & Bistro in Travelers Rest. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., children can enjoy games and activities, such as painting, side walk chalk, Disney music and more. Kid’s meals are half off and include a drink, chips, and optional pickle. For more information, visit upcountryprovisions.com.

Looking ahead

Already looking forward to the holiday season? Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in Greenville will host a Christmas in July special event 5 – 8 p.m. July 24. It will include a Christmas dinner, family photos with Santa, fake snow, peppermint trears and local vendors selling items for early gifts. Cost is $14 for adults and $6 for kids. The cafe is located at 205 Cedar Lane Road. For details, visit www.swamprabbitcafe.com or call 864-255-3385.

Knee-High Naturalists: Living Water is 9:30 – 11 a.m. Monday at Lake Conestee Nature Park. Identify through observation and leaf pounding that water is in all living things. Create art from leaf pounding. Open to ages 3 – 6 accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10. Registration is required. Visit lakeconesteenaturepark.com/events/knee-high-naturalists.

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