Top Picks for Family Events in April
Head to our top picks for fun things to do with your kids in April.
Explore the Future of Reading at the N.C. Literacy Festival
Take the family to interact with favorite writers and artists and explore how new technologies are improving ways to enjoy storytelling at the N.C. Literary Festival, April 3-6. The festival takes place at the James B. Hunt Library at N.C. State University and at venues throughout Raleigh. Hear from Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, comic book writer Jeremy Whitley and other noted authors. Kids activities include STEM/reading connection projects, bookmaking and comics workshops, live performances and more. Admission is free. lib.ncsu.edu/literaryfestival.
Embrace Your Inner Child at Two Children’s Festivals
April 5 and 19
The Durham Arts Council and Northgate Mall are teaming up to offer families a day of live entertainment, food and vendors at the Children’s Festival April 5, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., in the mall’s center court. The Bouncing Bulldogs, Mad Science, Magician Jeff Jones and other groups will perform. The Children’s Day Festival of Cary, which celebrates kids and their diverse cultures, takes place April 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Bond Park. The day features dance and musical performances, games, face painting and crafts. Admission is free for both festivals. northgatemall.com and townofcary.org.
Celebrate the Estampas de la raza Exhibit Opening
“Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection” opens this month at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh and features 61 contemporary Mexican American and Latino prints. The exhibit highlights the prints’ place in the context of American art and the history of printmaking. Celebrate the exhibit’s opening with fun activities at Fiesta de la Familia April 12, 1-4 p.m. Create traditional Mexican folk arts, add swirls of color to a collaborative painted mural, play a scavenger hunt game in the galleries and more. The festival includes free admission to the exhibit. ncartmuseum.org.
Hop Aboard New Hope Valley Railway
New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill is moving its public ride days from Sunday to the second Saturday of each month beginning April 12 through Nov. 8. Visitors can choose to ride in open-air passenger cars pulled by a steam engine at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., or a diesel locomotive at 12:15 p.m. or 3 p.m. for a one-hour, round-trip ride. Diesel train excursions are also offered on the fourth Friday of each month, April 25-Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. only. The diesel train ticket fare is $10 per adult and $7 for ages 2-12. The steam train ticket fare is $12 per adult and $8 for ages 2 to 12. Children ages 1 and younger ride at no charge. triangletrain.com.
Run, Slosh and Crawl Through the Big Muddy Challenge
Take part in — or watch — a muddy and memorable event at Hill Ridge Farms in Youngsville April 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Parent-and-child teams bond together to navigate a muddy obstacle course that promotes fitness, sportsmanship and a sense of accomplishment. The first wave of participants departs at 9 a.m.; additional waves launch every 10 minutes until 4 p.m. Registration to run ends April 25 and is $65 for each parent-and-child team, $30 for an additional child and $35 for an additional adult. bigmuddychallenge.com. (This is also one of Carolina Parent’s Fit Family Challenge events. Learn more at carolinaparent.com/fitfamilychallenge.) Photo above courtesy of Carolina Snapshots®
The North Carolina LEGO Users Group exhibits hundreds of original models and scenes crafted entirely from LEGO bricks at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center April 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, April 27, 1-4 p.m. View settlements in outer space to hometowns throughout America. Admission is free. The exhibit is recommended for ages 5 and older. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit area due to space limitations. nclug.us.