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August is officially here, and there's a lot for families to do to usher in a new month this weekend.

It's not long before school starts back, and families should take advantage of the tax-free holiday this weekend. Friday through Sunday, you'll find a variety of tax-exempt items, including clothing, shoes, school supplies and computers. For a complete list of exempt items, visit https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend

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

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 www.ropermountain.org.

Stop by for an Art School Open House 6-8 p.m. during the First Friday event at Greenville Center for Creative Arts in downtown Greenville. Sign up for classes and workshops while kids enjoy free arts activities. For details, visit https://www.artcentergreenville.org/artschoolwelcome

Catch a game at Fluor Field this weekend, starting with Hubbell Lighting's Light It Up Fireworks Friday. Enjoy fireworks after the game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Sunday is Boy Scout Day at The Greenville Drive. Enjoy a pregame parade at 3:30 p.m. and stay for the game at 4:05 p.m. For details, visit www.greenvilledrive.com. 

Stop by the GHS Spuds and Sprouts Booth 8 a.m. – noon at the Saturday Market in Downtown Greenville. Kids can learn about local foods and try new fruits and vegetables. Visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

The Festival of Kites and a Summer Carnival is 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday at Discovery Island Waterpark in Simpsonville. The event includes kite flying at 10 a.m., games beginning at 2 p.m. and more. For details, visit myiag.org.

Watch a sensory-friendly screening of the new Disney film "Christopher Robin" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 & RPX in Greenville. Tickets are $6.50. My Way Matinee is a different way to experience the movies, allowing the audience to sing, dance and shout during the show. The program allows everyone to see the latest films with lowered volume and the house lights on. Visit https://www.regmovies.com/promotions/my-way-matinee for more details.

The open-air market at The Shops at Greenridge is 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and will feature live music and local vendors between Brixx and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Donate school supplies to the United Way and register for back-to-school prizes. Visit the shopping center's Facebook page for more details.

Find more events and resources online at http://www.UpstateParent.com.  

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