Nature Inspires Arts and Crafts Programs for Children
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Take your children to summer programs at Triangle parks, museums, art and other venues, where they can explore nature through hikes, crafts, storytimes and games. For more kids programs, browse our outdoor fun and nature programs roundups.
Parent/Child Clay Workshop: Lanterns
Aug. 1 and 2 – Durham Arts Council, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 1; 4-5:30 p.m. Aug 2. $15/child. 919-560-2726. Create a lantern out of clay. Ages 2-14. Registration required. durhamarts.org.
Nature Families: Delightful Dragonflies
Aug. 2 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 11 a.m.-noon. $1/person. 919-662-2850. Discover the different parts of a dragonfly. Learn about its life cycle, enjoy a craft and play games. All ages with adult. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
History Corner: Garden Fun
Aug. 3 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 10-11 a.m. $1/member, $3/nonmember. 919-807-7988. Visit the museum’s garden exhibit and discover what’s living there. Hear a story about growing things and make a craft to take home. Ages 6-9. Register online. NCMOH-programs.com.
Nature Watchers: Dazzling Dragonflies
Aug. 3 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 1-2 p.m. $4/child. 919-662-2850. Learn about dragonflies through hands-on discovery, a nature hike and a colorful craft. Ages 3-5. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Kids Get Crafty: Animal Art
Aug. 6 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 11 a.m.-noon. $4/child. 919-662-2850. Make crafts using forest friends as a muse. Make a raccoon mask, a slithering snake and leaf animals. Dress to get messy. All ages; adult required for ages 6 and younger. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Aug. 6 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 11408 Raven Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10:15-11:45 a.m. $5/child. 919-996-6764. Discover bugs that live in decaying logs and forest soil. Make friends with ants, millipedes, slugs and beetles. Make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-5. Register online. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Aug. 13 – Wilkerson Nature Preserve, 11408 Raven Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10:15-11:45 a.m. $5/child. 919-996-6764. Enjoy a caterpillar story and play butterfly games outdoors. Make a butterfly, caterpillar and chrysalis to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 3-5. Register online. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Make It, Take It: Bead It
Aug. 13 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 1-3 p.m. Free. 919-807-7988. Watch fabric beader Elizabeth Constant Lewis at work and make a bead pin to take home. Drop-in program. NCMOH-programs.com.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Story and Craft
Aug. 16 – Durant Nature Preserve, 8305 Camp Durant Rd., Raleigh. 10-11 a.m. $3/person. Enjoy the story by Eric Carle, followed by a short walk in search of caterpillars and butterflies. Make a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. Choose course #188939. reclink.raleighnc.gov.
Family Fun Saturday: Printmaking Exploration
Aug. 20 – North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. $5/member, $8/nonmember. Explore uses of shape, line and pattern in the galleries. Experiment with printmaking techniques to create your own graphic work. Ages 5-11. Register online. ncartmuseum.org.
Nature Lab: Crafty Naturalists
Aug. 22 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $20/person. 919-387-4342. Explore the outdoors and create nature-inspired crafts. Take a lunch, snack and water bottle. Ages 6-11. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
Aug. 26 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free for members, $5/nonmembers. 919-513-7011. 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/events/details.php?ID=1310.
Future Gardeners: Make a Stepping Stone
Aug. 27 – Logan's Garden Shop, 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 9-10 a.m. $5/child. Mix, mold and decorate a stepping stone. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. logantrd.com.