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Sept. 8 weekend: Trains, planes, dogs highlight fun

There’s something happening for every member of the family this weekend.

The South Carolina Apple Festival continues daily through Saturday in Westminster. Events include live entertainment, children’s activities and more. Highlights include the annual Apple Festival Parade at 4:30 p.m. Friday and children’s activities 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday on historic Main Street. Visit for a complete schedule.

Do your kids love planes? Head to Runway Park at GMU this weekend to see the historic DC-3 Flagship Detroit. It will arrive Friday morning and offer free grounded tours 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Flights will be offered to anyone who joins the Flagship Detroit Foundation for $100. For more details, visit

If trains are more your thing, stop by Trains, Trains and More Trains Friday through Sunday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. This annual event offers free admission to the largest 42-feet by 26-feet push-button operated, interactive miniature train layout on the East Coast from the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers. Kids can operate accessories such as a saw mill, log loader, barrel loader and outhouse door and be the engineer for the Thomas the Tank Engine train from Thomas’ Cab. Hours are noon – 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon – 4 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit

It’s Movie Night starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Salvation Army Kroc Greenville. Kroc Church will present “Captain Underpants” free for families. Concessions will be for sale with proceeds benefiting community camp programs. For details, visit the center’s Facebook page.

Bring the four-legged members of your family to Waggin at the Waterpark Saturday at Discovery Island Waterpark in Simpsonville. Dogs must be at least 3 months old and have proof of vaccines. Sessions will be held for dogs based on size and age. Large dogs over 25 pounds are welcome from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. while small dogs and seniors can swim from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Cost is $22 the day of the event. Pre-register for $17 at

If you don’t mind a short drive, Moving On Up is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Chimney Rock Park. Chimney Rock partners with Kids in Parks to promote good health and fitness by getting kids outside and excited about Track Trails. This event focuses on getting the whole family out and about to learn from professionals about how to exercise more, get fit, eat healthier, take better care of ourselves and have fun. For details, call 828-625-9611 or visit

Funny Bones is Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. This Zoo Tots program is for ages 2 – 3 with a guardian. Learn about the bones in animal bodies. To register, visit

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s Lollipops Concert Over the Hills and Far Away is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Greer Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Admission is free. Visit

It’s Lego Weekend at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Lego activities will be available for all ages. Visit

An outdoor movie, chosen by Facebook fans, will be screened for free Saturday at The Shops at Greenridge on Woodruff Road. Choices are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Captain Underpants,” “Casablanca” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Events start at 7 p.m. For details, visit

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