Kids Summer Activities: Arts, Crafts and Nature Classes
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Historic sites, museums, parks and gardens are making it easy for children to learn about nature and to craft gifts with their hands. From storytime in the garden to candle making to studying ants, these programs feed children's curiosity and intellect.
Craft Saturday: Antebellum Games
July 2 – Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. Noon-1 p.m. $1/person. Play 19th-century children’s games and make a toy to take home. stagville.org.
July 8 and 15 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 10:30 a.m. Free for members, $5/nonmembers. Spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online. jcra.ncsu.edu.
Make It, Take It: Bead It
July 9 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 1-3 p.m. Free. Drop in to watch bead artist Eric Ennis at work and make a simple bead pin of your own. NCMOH-programs.com.
Family Fun Saturday: Ancient Vessels
July 9 – North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon., 1-3 p.m. $5/member, $8/nonmember. Explore the form and function of ancient vessels large and small, and create small pots with air-dry clay. All participants must have a ticket. Register online. ncartmuseum.org.
Parent/Child Clay Workshop: Mini Planter
July 11-12 – Durham Arts Council, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 11; 4-5:30 p.m. July 12. $15/child. 919-560-2726. Create a mini planter out of clay. Ages 2-14. Registration required. durhamarts.org.
July 19 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 10-11 a.m. $3/child. Learn what happens in an ant colony. Make a craft and learn an ant song. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online by July 15. Choose course #188938. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Time for Tots: Skiffs, Sharpies and Sailing Ships
July 19 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 10-10:45 a.m. $1/member, $3/nonmember. Discover different kinds of boats and make a sailing vessel to take home. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online. NCMOH-programs.com.
Making Music: Wind Chimes
July 23 – Logan’s Garden Shop, 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 9-10 a.m. $5/child. 919-828-5337 ext. 100. Using recycled materials, build a wind chime the whole family can enjoy. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. logantrd.com/events.
Messing About With Boats
July 23 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 3-4 p.m. $6/child. 919-856-6675. Hear some of “The Wind in the Willows” story while making a model boat. Test the boat on a pond. Ages 5 and older. Adult required for ages 5-6. Register online. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Craft Saturday: Candle Making
July 30 – Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy, Durham. Noon-1 p.m. $1/person. 919-620-0120. Without electricity, candles were a source of light in the 19th century. Try dipping one of your own. stagville.org.