Sept. 7-9: Giant Puppets, a Pooch Plunge, Thomas in the Garden and Exploring Field Bugs
Paperhand Puppet Intervention, swimming with dogs, model trains and bugs
Find out about native species of bugs at a fun program at Prairie Ridge Ecostation this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Prairie Ridge Ecostation
This weekend in the Triangle, take in Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual production, “In the Heart of the Fire,” at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; enjoy a swim with your pooch during Pooch Plunge 2018 at Hillside Pool in Durham; explore model and real trains at the New Hope Valley Railway in Bonsal; and learn about native bug species at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh.
Sept. 7-9, enjoy Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s annual production, “In the Heart of the Fire,” at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Theater in the park at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Marvel at giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets and original live music. The performance is appropriate for all ages and carries a strong environmental message. Tickets are general admission and should be purchased in advance. They range from $8.50-$17 based on age and membership status at the museum. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with preshow music beginning at 6:20 p.m.
photo courtesy of paperhand puppet intervention
On Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., your pooch can have a fun-filled day at Hillside Pool in Durham. Between the pool's zero-entry ramp to the pool, the sprayground and jumping into the pool from its sides, there’s something for every dog to enjoy. There will be toys, treats and water for the dogs, and snacks and drinks for their human companions. Preregistration is required, and the fee ranges from $6-$11 per dog based on where you live. Your dog must be appropriately vaccinated and accompanied by at least one adult to participate.
photo courtesy of durham parks and recreation
Check out the newest addition to the New Hope Valley Railway’s facility Sept. 9: a wooden climb-aboard train playset built as an Eagle Scout project by Joshua Johnston, a Holly Springs High School student. Kids will be able to climb, walk through and sit on benches in the playset. While you’re there, check out G-Scale model trains and ride on a real locomotive at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets for the train ride range from $8-$12 per person. New Hope Valley Railway is located in Bonsal, near the Wake-Chatham county line.
photo courtesy of new hope valley railway
Field Bugs FREE
Join staff at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh and learn about the critters that call the prairie “home.” Attendees will learn about the phylum Anthropoda, use nets to catch, observe and release local insect species, and finish with a build-a-bug activity to take home. Kids of all ages and a caregiver can drop in any time between 2 and 3 p.m. on Sept. 9 to participate in this activity. Dress appropriately to be outdoors and bring a water bottle. No preregistration is necessary.
Photo courtesy of nicola lane photography