November 2017: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Celebrate folk artist Vollis Simpson at the North Carolina Whirligig Festival.
Photo courtesy of Tom Spencer
North Carolina Whirligig Festival – Nov. 4-5
Celebrate the whimsical whirligigs designed by folk artist Vollis Simpson at the North Carolina Whirligig Festival in downtown Wilson. The arts and crafts festival coincides with the opening of the downtown Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, a one-of-a-kind art park that displays his many creations. Enjoy more than 100 vendors, live music, a Whirlikidz Zone, Touch-A-Truck event and more. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. whirligigfestivalnc.org.
Triangle Volksmarch – Nov. 18
Take part in a self-paced walking challenge for all ages on the Capital Area Greenway in Raleigh. Pick up a passport and free map between 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at any of the event sites along the 6.2-mile trail to enjoy various activities throughout the day. Decorate a walking stick, 10 a.m.-noon, at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s amphitheater; help biologists conduct science experiments, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Prairie Ridge EcoStation; try the low ropes challenge course and meet Smokey Bear, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Schenck Forest; and enjoy nature’s holiday traditions and s’mores, 1-4 p.m., at Umstead State Park. An after-party takes place, 4-7 p.m., at Great Outdoor Provision Company in Cameron Village. Admission is free. ncparks.gov/triangle-volksmarch.
Crafts for a Cause – Nov. 18
Join Activate Good for its “Craft for a Cause” service event, 1-3 p.m., at the Pullen Park Community Center in Raleigh. Held annually on Family Volunteer Day, “Crafts for a Cause” benefits local nonprofits and community members in need. Visit crafting stations to make superhero capes for children in hospitals, thank-you kits for local first responders, tree seed balls for spring planting and much more. Register online at activategood.org/FVD2017.