After a busy Independence Day, you might be tempted to stay inside this weekend. Here are some reasons to reconsider.

Jurassic Quest XL will bring life-like dinosaurs to the TD Convention Center in Greenville this weekend. With exhibits 3-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, this is the only American event that features true-to-life-sized dinosaurs, according to its website. Guests can walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs. The event includes rides, fossil digs, inflatables, and crafts. Tickets are $18 - $34. For details, visit

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Stop by First Fridays at the Art Center 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. Check out the latest exhibits, meet local artists, and enjoy free kid’s art activities. For details, visit

Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. The Daniel Observatory will also be open from 6:45 – 9:45 p.m., weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit

“Once Upon A Time: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales,” the first nationally touring exhibit devoted exclusively to fairy tales, continues its run at the Upcountry History Museum through September. Climb inside a pumpkin coach in “Cinderella,” prepare a feast at the big table in “Beauty and the Beast,” climb the beanstalk – and then slide down – in “Jack and the Beanstalk” and more. Children can travel the world with “Anansi and the Talking Melon” from Ghana and “Lon Po Po,” a Chinese version of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit

Barnes & Noble Booksellers will feature a special story time and activities hour at 11 a.m. Saturday at all Upstate stores. Hear “Neck & Neck” by Elise Parsley and enjoy special activities. For details, visit

Enjoy Family Summer Camp noon - 4 p.m. Saturday at Cabela's in Greenville. The whole family can enjoy free games, workshops, photos and crafts. For more details, visit

Celebrate the new movie "Ant-Man and the Wasp" with a Marvel party at 2 p.m. Saturday at 2nd & Charles in Greenville. Dress in costume, and enjoy free coloring and other kid's activities. Visit

See "Sherlock Gnomes" free during The Shops at Greenridge outdoor movies series starting at dusk Saturday. The movie will be set up near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Before the movie 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., stop by The Open-Air Market between Barnes & Noble and Brixx Pizza. The market will feature live music, locally made products and a pie eating contest with Spider-Man. For details, visit

There’s still time to participate in Paris Mountain State Park’s Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt. Daily through July 8. Visitors can ask for a scavenger hunt sheet at the Park Center office, which is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays through Mondays, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Find answers to the questions on the sheet near Park Center and the swimming area. When completed, participants turn in the sheet at the Park Center desk to be in a drawing to win a Paris Mountain State Park sling backpack. For more details, call 864-244-5565.

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