Free Weekend Family Fun in the Triangle & Across North Carolina
Across the Triangle, you'll also find lots of free fun for families from storytimes to a family fun day complete with scavenger hunts, blacksmithing demonstrations and kids' activities. Enjoy a Harry Potter party, a museum drop-in program that demonstrates how glass objects are created, and take beginning readers to the library to read to Callie the Dog! Here's a look at the round-up of fun. (Unless otherwise noted, check our Daily Calendar for details.)
On Friday at 7 p.m., head to Barnes & Noble., at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., in Cary, for a free Family Fun Night, where kids enjoy storytime with Olivia the Pig. Details in our Daily Calendar.
On Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hillsborough is hosting a Family Fun Day in Hillsborough, Enjoy scavenger hunts, walking tours, blacksmithing demonstrations, children's activities and more.
On Saturday, the following Triangle historic sites and museums will be hosting 2nd Saturday events.
The Duke Homestead, in Durham, invites you to enjoy "2nd Saturdays: Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts: Tastes of North Carolina." This festival will include a barbecue cook-off and a juried competition featuring homemade pies. Throughout the day, enjoy historical cooking demonstrations as well as art and craft vendors throughout the site! For more information call (919) 477-5498. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh, is hosting 2nd Saturdays Family Fun Saturday: The Power of Patterns." Enjoy activities at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, call (919) 839-6262.
The N.C. Museum of History, in Raleigh, will host "2nd Saturdays: North Carolina Crafts – Glass Jewelry Design" with Lynn Burcher, a Hillsborough glass jewelry designer. The event includes a demonstration and drop-in craft program. Burcher creates beautiful fused glass jewelry that catches the light. Using examples from various stages of her jewelry-making process, she will explain the steps to the finished product. Kids can take part in a "Make It, Take It: Make a Bead" drop-in program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where they make a paper bead. For more information call (919) 807-7900.
At the State Capitol, in Raleigh, the 2nd Saturday event will celebrate Union Square, one of Raleigh's five original parks. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., local artist Rebecca Paden will be on site selling original paintings, jewelry and photography. At 10:30 a.m., learn summer and fall gardening tips from Executive Mansion groundskeeper Gerald Adams or get up close with some of the square's most popular residents, the red-tailed hawks, during a live raptor program with Kindra Mimmone of CLAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation at 11:30 a.m. Learn about the monuments through a scavenger hunt, try your hand at orienteering, and enjoy one of the city's best urban oases. Information at (919) 715-3962.
If your kids like Harry Potter, head to Cameron Village Regional Library, at 1930 Clark Ave., in Raleigh. The library will host a Harry Potter Party from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring Harry Potter-themed activities and crafts. All ages are invited.
And on Sunday, motivate your beginning reader by heading to the Read to a Dog program from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Cameron Village Regional Library. Kids can read their favorite book to Callie the Dog, who is an excellent listener. Pre-registration is required, but spaces were still available when I called to check on Thursday.
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