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It’s a big weekend for the Upstate as families prepare for the total solar eclipse Monday. In the meantime, there’s plenty to do this weekend.

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 ctaylor@scprt.com.

Learn about the eclipse at 11 a.m. Friday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Join meteorologist Kendra Kent for learning and activities. Visit www.tcmupstate.org for more details.

The Upstate Family Expo is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greenville Shrine Club. Free activities include a photo booth, glitter tattoos, face painting, bounce houses, character meet and greets, balloon twisting, crafts, stage shows and more. Connect with businesses and resources sharing information about pregnancy, health and wellness, finances, special needs, safety, afterschool programs, insurance, child care and more. Register for free tickets at https://upstatefamilyexo.eventbrite.com and receive an automatic entry for door prizes.

The Greer Children’s Theatre production of Magic Tree House Collection’s “Pirates Past Noon Kids” and “Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids” will be free this weekend at the Cannon Centre, 204 Cannon St. Greer. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit www.greerculturalarts. com/shows.html#show4.

Looking ahead

Monday is a big day for the Upstate, with special events planned for the solar eclipse. While many events are sold out, here are a few that still had availability at press time.

Yeah That Blackout is a family-friendly eclipse party planned for 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley. The event will include bounce houses, inflatables, slides, balloon artist, face painting, cooling stations, and other children’s activities, a variety of food vendors and games. Crosswell Fire Department will have trucks available for tours. Radio personalities will provide music. All kids 12 and younger will receive a voucher for free admission to the Upper South Carolina State Fair. Admission is $5 per child, $10 per adult and includes free parking and a pair of limited edition, commemorative eclipse glasses. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2w7Swml.

Eclipse@Furman starts at 11 a.m. Monday and will include music, educational activities, fun attractions for children and free viewing glasses (while supplies last) for everyone. Parking and admission are free. The 16,000-seat Paladin Stadium gates will open at 11:30 a.m. No lawn chairs are allowed inside the stadium. Outside the stadium, a fair featuring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for both children and adults will run from noon until 1:45 p.m. The activity area includes paid concessions, special music and access to water stations. Furman will sponsor activities focused on public health, fitness, eye safety, climate science and other topics. Outside groups will provide demonstrations on robotics, 3-D printing, MakerSpace opportunities and engineering career opportunities. At 1:45 p.m., all participants are encouraged to find seating in the stadium (seating access will begin at 1:15 p.m.). The formal eclipse program will begin at 2 p.m. when Furman Physics Professor and faculty astronomer David Moffett narrates the guided discussion.For more details, visit www.furman.edu/eclipse.

Find more events online at www.UpstateParent.com.

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