This Weekend, Watch for Fireflies, Kick Off Summer Reading, Learn about Montagnards and Bring Your Dog to a Museum
Bring your dog to enjoy the North Carolina Museum of Art for a first-ever dog-focused event this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Rob Mlodzik and David White
There is plenty to keep families busy in the Triangle this weekend. Observe, catch and release fireflies at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh, kick off Durham County Library's Summer Reading Program at an event in Durham, learn about the culture and art of the Montagnards at a program at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh and bring your dog to a first-ever dog event at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
Help scientists at Prairie Ridge Ecostation figure out why the population of fireflies has dwindled in recent years June 8, 8-9:30 p.m. In this hands-on program you’ll learn about fireflies, how and why they glow, and an easy way you can get involved in helping scientists learn more about firefly populations in the area. Be prepared to collect and observe fireflies. Dress for the weather, wear closed-toed shoes and bring a flashlight. Recommended are a water bottle, long pants and long sleeves. This program is appropriate for all ages and the fee is $5 per participant. Preregistration is required — follow the instructions outlined here.
photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of natural sciences and prairie ridge ecostation
Drop in from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on June 9 at Northgate Mall in Durham to celebrate the kickoff of Durham County Public Library’s Summer Reading program. There will be fun for all ages, including dozens of performers, face painters, family-friendly activities, crafts, games, prizes and books. The festivities take place indoors and outdoors on the plaza. No preregistration for the event is necessary but you are encouraged to sign your child up for the reading program here. The program’s theme this year is “Libraries Rock!” and attendees have the chance to win prizes by reading and completing activities throughout the summer.
photo courtesy of the palumbo family
Learn about the culture of Montagnards from the mountains of Vietnam through an exploration of their art June 9, 1-4 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of History. Watch craftspeople make baskets and weave fabrics, hear traditional music and see talented dancers. Check out the schedule of events here.
photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of history
Bring your four-legged friend(s) to enjoy Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh June 10, noon-4 p.m. You’ll find food trucks for dogs and humans, local vendors, dog art, agility activities, a splash zone and more. Check out dogs available for adoption from local rescue organization Saving Grace. The first 500 dogs to arrive will receive a free wag bag of goodies. Check out a list of food trucks and rules for the event here. Tickets are $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers and free for children ages 6 and under.
photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of art