July 27-29: Learn About Stars, Play Historic Games, Attend a Book Hangout and Build a Scarecrow
Here are some fun ways to spend time with your family this weekend
Get in on launch day for a new nationwide reading program this weekend.
Photo courtesy of the Schock Family
This weekend in the Triangle, you can watch a cute show about the solar system at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, play 19th Century games at Duke Homestead in Durham, join a new program for young readers at your nearest Barnes & Noble store and build scarecrows with staff at Raleigh’s Historic Yates Mill County Park.
On July 27 and 28 at 10:30 a.m., you and your child can learn about our solar system at an entertaining show at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill. Watch the character, Little Star, as he meets other stars, learns what makes them all special, finds out how stars form galaxies together, and finds his own planet to protect and warm. This show is best suited to children ages 5-8 and their caregivers. Arrive 30 minutes early to get tickets at the Morehead Gift Shop. Tickets are $7.68 for adults and $6.51 for students and children ages 3-12. Kids under age 3 are admitted free.
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Historic Games Day FREE
Could your kids imagine a time without television or computers? Mine certainly couldn’t. Visit Duke Homestead July 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to find out how kids and adults in previous generations had fun without technology. Costumed staff and junior interpreters will lead attendees in games typical of the 19th Century. Kids will be encouraged to run, throw, make, think, touch and learn through hands-on activities. This program is free for all attendees.
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Kids’ Book Hangout FREE
All Barnes & Nobles stores are launching a nationwide program for young readers aged 6-12 this July 28 at 2 p.m. Kids will be able to discover and talk about books while playing fun games and taking part in varying activities. Books that will be highlighted at this inaugural Kids’ Book Hangout include “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson, “More Scrawny Than Brawny” by Aaron Reynolds, “The Basque Dragon” by Adam Gidwitz and “She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)” by Ann Hood. Participants do not need to have read these books but should come ready to find out about new characters, stories and genres. These four books will be available for 20 percent off all day and Barnes & Noble Cafés will be offering $1 off Frappuccinos and smoothies for event participants. No purchase is required. Find your closest location here and sign up to participate here.
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When you think of scarecrows, you might think of the fall season, but they really are needed in summer to guard gardens from hungry wildlife. Help staff at Historic Yates Mill County Park July 29, 3-4:30 p.m., protect their garden by helping to build a few spooky scarecrows for the park. Clothing and straw for the scarecrows will be provided but if you have your own contributions, bring them along. Preregister here for this fun family activity.
photo courtesy of historic yates mill county park