14 Things to Do With Kids This Weekend


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Children enjoy a snack at the Harvest and Hornworm Festival at the historic Duke Homestead in Durham.

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Weekend festivals offer families the pleasures of learning and playing together outdoors. On Sunday, Sept. 11, head out for activities that invite you to give back, remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.

1. 9/11 Commemoration and Service Event
Participate in hands-on activities for all ages that help great causes at a 9/11 Commemoration and Service Event at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. Learn more.

Photo courtesy of Activate Good

2. Author, 9/11 Survivor Michael Hingson, to Speak Sept. 10
Fifteen years after terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Towers in New York, Michael Hingson, who was working in the North Tower that day, is bringing a powerful and inspirational message to Cary. Blind from birth, Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, walked down 78 floors to safety before the building collapsed on 9/11. Others in the tower, seeing the two calmly working together as a team to find a way out, followed them out of the building.  The public is invited to hear him speak for free at the West Regional Library in Cary on Sept. 10. Registration is required. Learn more.

3. Harvest and Hornworm Festival
Head to historic Duke Homestead in Durham 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, to immerse yourself in North Carolina’s farming culture and history. Enjoy a hornworm race, live music, local arts and crafts vendors, history activities and more. Admission is free. Learn more at dukehomestead.org/events.php.

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

4. Piedmont Living History Day
Step back in time 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Piedmont Living History Day in Hillsborough. Make old-fashioned crafts, participate in 19th century games, take tours of historic sites and watch demonstrations by other Piedmont area historic sites. Maps and schedules of events will be available at the visitors center beginning at 10 a.m. Learn more at visithillsboroughnc.com.

5. Greek Festival
Head to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Sept. 9-11 to enjoy all things Greek, from folk dancing to live music, food, a marketplace and more. Learn more at greekfestivalraleigh.com.

6. Dog Olympics
Take Fido to the Dog Olympics 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh. You’ll find competitions, microchipping services, health information, food trucks and more. Learn more at https://cvm.ncsu.edu/outreach/dog-olympics/.

7. Fall Hay Days
Support Horses for Hope, a therapeutic riding program in Raleigh, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at this event that features riding demonstrations, food, music, pony rides, trail rides, a grooming station, games and prizes. This is a special needs-friendly event. Admission is free (optional activities charge a small fee). Learn more at horsesforhope.org.

8. North Carolina Gourd Festival
View gourd displays from around the world and enjoy arts and crafts and a gourd craft for children at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Sept. 10-11. Learn more at ncgourdsociety.org/festival.

9. Tar River Festival
Visit Riverbend Park in Louisburg, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, for cultural demonstrations, a food truck rodeo, live music, inflatables, rides, face painting, an arts and crafts booth and more. Admission is free. Learn more at franklin-chamber.org.

10. K-Fest (Knightdale Kids Education Festival)
Take your child to K-Fest, a kids festival, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater in Knightdale. Connect with local nonprofits; learn about educational and cultural arts opportunities; and enjoy a student talent show, local performers, a bookmobile, food trucks, inflatables, a farmers market and more. Admission is free. Learn more at knightdalenc.gov.

11. The Owl and the Turtle Show
Enjoy “The Owl and the Turtle,” a free performance by Rags to Riches Theatre at Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook, 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10. The show, presented by Northgate Mall in Durham and Durham County Library, reveals how friendship can blossom despite physical differences. It is based on the tale by Lou Peters and performed by a Durham-based traveling theater troupe for young audiences. Learn more at northgatemall.com.

Photo courtesy of Rags to Riches Theatre

12. Bluegrass at Historic Moorefields Festival
Enjoy bluegrass music Sept. 10 on the lawn of the 1786 historic Moorefields home in Chapel Hill. For more information and ticket prices, go to visitchapelhill.org/events/featured-festival.

13. Triangle Pottery Festival
Browse the works of more than 25 local potters at The Triangle Pottery Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, in the at the State Farmers Market farmers building. Enjoy live throwing demonstrations, raffle drawings and other activities. Learn more at ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/index.htm.

14. WUNC 40th Anniversary Celebration
Join in WUNC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The event features food trucks, kid’s activities and live music. For information on ticket prices, visit this link.

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December 2019

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Create artwork inspired by the Christmas tree. Ages 6-10. Register online. Choose course #126771.

Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden "caches." We will learn how to use traditional GPS units and the Geocaching App (by Groundspeak), then hike...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Holiday Gift Making for Friends They're back! Come learn how to sew the perfect sized scrunchie - an excellent holiday gift for friends. Choose from a variety of fabrics, colors, and...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 984-377-4502
Contact Name: Danielle Sunde
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Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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The ensemble performs favorite holiday tunes as well as the soundtrack to "The Snowman" as it is shown on a large screen. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 15 and older enjoy a night of dancing, refreshments, a winter wonderland photo booth and more. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Winter is a great time to explore nature at the park! Join a naturalist to learn how to identify tracks, explore conifers, and drink pine needle tea. Then observe snow and ice through hands-on...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Family members join teams to shoot foul shots for a chance to win a holiday ham. See website for age divisions and times. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-3402
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy a showing of "Home Alone." Register online. Choose course #128732.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Please join Admissions, Division Directors and our Head of School as they talk about Duke School’s unique program, specifically for students entering 5th-8th grade for the 2020-21 school year....

Cost: $0

Where:
Duke School
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Duke School
Telephone: 919-416-9420
Contact Name: Logan Blaylock

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See Happy Dan perform magic, comedy and more.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Assist with our habitat box monitoring. Tasks will vary depending on what needs attention and may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones, monitoring our current boxes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. $2 for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #127199.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Bring your kids to the park for a day of crafting and nature while you take advantage of a few more hours of holiday shopping.  The crafts your child creates will make great keepsakes or gifts for...

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ages 11-17 create old-fashioned taffy and hard candy using ingredients like caramel, marshmallow and chocolate. Register online. Choose course #127044.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer teaches fun dances for the whole family: squares, circles, Appalachian and more accompanied by old-time, string band music performed by local musicians. No...

Cost: $2/person or $5/family

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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No Christmas season is complete without your family experiencing The Raleigh Boychoir’s shining “Carols of Christmas.” This year we are excited to invite community members to sing...

Cost: $10 Students, $15 Seniors, $20 Adults.

Where:
Edenton Street United Methodist
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: (919)881-9259
Contact Name: Erin O'Hara
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Ages 5 and older move through yoga poses set to holiday music, decorate a special treat and drink hot chocolate. Registration required online. Choose course #127393. 

Cost: $19/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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One ticket admits the entire family to decorate a special gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Workshops available at 2 p.m. Allergy-free workshop available at 11 a.m. Registration required...

Cost: $40

Where:
Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: Sue Henson
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Harris Lake will welcome a special holiday visitor this December! Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to join us for a cup of hot cocoa and a ride on our wagon along the back roads of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Girls ages 5-12 take their favorite doll and have a creative time together preparing for the holidays. Register by emailing llpolkhouse2@gmail.com.

Cost: $22/attendee, $20/sister

Where:
Historic Polk House
537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
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Discover what's happening in nature as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127675.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take part in this annual walk to celebrate the winter solstice. Take a handmade lantern (white lanterns/lights only, handmade is requested, no fire allowed). Participants will gather at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough
, NC  27278


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