June-July 2018: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Enjoy a fire truck festival, author visits, a Brew 'n’ Choo Ice Cream Social and more
New Hope Valley Railway in Bonsal welcomes train lovers of all ages to its annual Brew ‘n’ Choo Ice Cream Social on July 28.
Photo courtesy of Angela Jamison, Communicopia
Fire Truck Festival – June 23
See more than 100 fire trucks, meet firemen from across North Carolina and vote for your favorite fire engine at the North Carolina Transportation Museum’s Annual Fire Truck Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in Spencer. The festival features Jaws of Life and hose reel demonstrations, a kids’ obstacle course, live music and train rides. See the Norfolk Southern Safety Train, which stops in 23 cities this year as part of its Operation Awareness and Response Program, and provides first responders with free training on how to safely respond to a potential rail incident. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages 3-13 at nctrans.org.
Author Visits: Robert Beatty – July 10
Meet best-selling author Robert Beatty to celebrate the release of his new book, “Willa of the Wood,” the much-anticipated follow-up to his popular Serafina Series, at Barnes & Noble at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham, 6-9 p.m. Beatty will discuss his book, and offer fans a Q&A and book signing. Enjoy refreshments, and Willa and Serafina giveaways. Admission is free. Wristbands are required to enter the signing line and will available at the store starting at 10 a.m. on event day. stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2109.
Brew 'n’ Choo Ice Cream Social – July 28
All aboard! New Hope Valley Railway in Bonsal welcomes train lovers of all ages to its annual Brew ‘n’ Choo Ice Cream Social, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy a diesel train excursion through the leafy New Hill woods at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. The event features a DJ, contests, games and a G-scale model train with multiple tracks and landscaping. All ticket purchases include free ice cream. Hot dogs, pizza, drinks and other treats will be available for purchase. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for ages 2-12 at triangletrain.com.