9 Ideas for Weekend Fun With Kids in Raleigh, Durham
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Step back in time at events that reveal North Carolina’s history. Celebrate spring, turtles, Latin American and local culture at festivals and other family-friendly events that offer music, food and kids activities. Walk to support people with disabilities.
1. Learn about the crafts and skills of the enslaved people at Historic Stagville, North Carolina’s largest plantation in North Carolina. The "Captive Craftsmanship: Stories of Enslaved Work at Stagville" event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., May 14, will feature live demonstrations, exhibits of tools and an open house of the property in Durham.
Photo of Horton Grove slave house courtesy of North carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
2. Take your kids to learn about days gone by at the Town of Fuquay-Varina’s free Heritage Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 14 at 131 S. Fuquay Ave. in Fuquay-Varina. View crafts of yesteryear, tour the museums and watch demonstrations that include quilting, tobacco auctioneering, spinning and wood carving.
3. Take your kids to the Town of Morrisville’s SpringFest, 4-9 p.m., May 14 for carnival midway games, a Kid Zone, inflatables, and performances by local dance groups and Cirque De Vol Studios. You’ll also find food trucks. Admission is free, but take money for food trucks and games.
4. Celebrate Turtlefest at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs, 1-4 p.m., May 14. Meet reptiles, learn from wildlife experts and enjoy games, crafts, food and music at this free festival.
5. Head to Ritmo Latino, a free family-friendly festival of Latin American heritage, noon-6:30 p.m., May 14 at 316 N. Academy St. in downtown Cary. Go for live music, vendors, artists, Latin food, dance lessons for adults and children’s activities.
6. Give your child a fun outing at Letterland Adventure Day, when letters will be transformed into colorful characters, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 14 at Pullen Park in Raleigh. This literacy event features fun activities to encourage children to enjoy reading. Take your kids for a welcome from Firefighter Fred and to see a real fire engine. Meet Annie Apple, Bouncy Ben and Clever Cat. Let them ride on Clever Cat’s carousel and drive in one of Bouncy Ben’s boats. They can travel with Letterlanders on Talking Tess’s train, have their face painted with Impy Ink and make noise with Noisy Nick. Admission to the park is free, and rides are $1.
7. Enjoy screenings of narrative and documentary short and feature films at Longleaf Film Festival at the North Carolina Museum of History May 13-14.
8. Take your kids to the Junior League of Raleigh’s Touch a Truck fundraiser 10 a.m.-1 p.m., May 14, at the Julia Jones Daniels Center for Community Leadership, 711 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Kids can explore trucks, emergency response vehicles and meet people who build, protect and serve Wake County residents. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 each, or $15 for a family of four. Learn more at the Junior League of Raleigh's website.
9. Join in "Walk with Me," a national Easter Seals fundraiser to support people with disabilities at North Hills Midtown Park in Raleigh May 14. Registration opens at 9 a.m.; the walk begin at 10 a.m. The walk is free for ages 12 and younger; and $25 for others. Enjoy a day of fun, entertainment and Easter Seals' signature 1-mile, family-friendly walk. Register for Carolina Parent's Fit Family Challenge while you're at the event.
NORTH CAROLINA DAY TRIP ESCAPES
Celebrate National Train Day on May 14! Go on a train ride, see model train displays, get behind the scenes tours of the roundhouse and take the kids for special activities at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.
Watch history come to life at a re-enactment of the 1771 Battle of Alamance at the Alamance Battleground State Historic Site in Burlington 9 a.m.-5 p.m., May 14-15.
Photo courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources