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As families look to ring in a new year Monday, a few weekend events offer a chance to get out and celebrate together.

The first 1,000 kids ages 12 and younger to attend the Greenville Swamp Rabbits game at 7 p.m. Friday will receive a free youth jersey. Anyone who buys a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack in December online or by calling 864-674-7825 will also receive a special ornament. Family fun packs include four tickets, four meals and a souvenir for $60. For more details, visit www.swamprabbits.com.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will host its annual New Year’s celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with activities and events for kids. The celebration includes a special countdown to noon, complete with New Year’s crowns and music makers, hot chocolate (9:30 – 11:30 a.m. only) and demonstrations of bouncing bubbles, baking soda balloons and more. General admission is $9 for children 15 and younger and $10 for adults. For more details, visit www.tcmupstate.org/noon-years-eve.

Kids can attend a story time event at any Barnes and Noble Booksellers store at 11 a.m. Saturday. This week’s book is “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, which inspired the animated film now in theaters. The free event includes a story time and activities. For details, visit www.barnesandnoble.com.

The Friends of Paris Mountain State Park will host its seventh annual Paris Plunge at 1:18 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Participants will take a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Placid to ring in the new year. Donuts, hot chocolate and hot coffee will be available. A limited number of long-sleeved Paris Plunge shirts will be available for $20. Prizes from local vendors will be awarded for best costume for Men, Women, Boys, Girls and Team. All proceeds support programs and maintenance at Paris Mountain State Park. The family friendly event is open to all ages. Entry fees are $10 for adults, and $5 for children under age 12. Event day registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Park Center. Rain or shine. For more details, visit www.friendsofparismountain.com.

It’s also the last chance for you to see a holiday light display this year. With paid admission, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights in Greenville continues through Saturday, and Holiday Lights Safari in Wellford is open nightly through Sunday. The Upstate Holiday Lights Show is also open 6 – 10 p.m. through Sunday at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Easley.

Happy New Year!

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

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