Triangle Weekend Fun: 10 Things to Do With Kids
Festivals celebrate science, Earth Day, cultural diversity and more
Citizen Science Fest invites the public to join in a state-wide effort to document plants, animals and fungi.
Photo courtesy of Karen Swain/NC Museum of Natural Sciences
This weekend (April-16-17), Triangle families have their pick of fun events. Festivals celebrate science, Earth Day, Morrisville’s cultural diversity, antique cars and creative reuse. Take your kids to explore trucks and other vehicles. Help support a park by walking, running or biking its trails. See “Charlotte’s Web” come to life on stage. Savor your favorite cuisine at a food truck rodeo.
1. The North Carolina Science Festival, a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math across the state, continues this weekend and through April 24. One event in the Triangle is a free Citizen Science Fest Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh. Help in a statewide effort to document plants, animals and fungi in celebration of National Citizen Science Day. Prizes will be awarded for top individual participants. Take a camera if you have one (or you can loan one there) and plan go on a biodiversity hike. Learn more here.
2. Touch a Truck 2016 Sunday, April 17, noon-4 p.m. at University Place parking lot (201 South Estes Drive) in Chapel Hill lets kids explore all sorts of vehicles in a supervised environment. Admission $6 per person, with a maximum of $25 per family, children under age 2 years gain free admission. You can register for Carolina Parent's Fit Family Challenge at this event.
3. Celebrate the town of Morrisville’s diversity at the East Meets West Festival, Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Local restaurants will sell small plates of their specialties. Enjoy from cultural performances from community groups. Take the kids for face painting and bounce house fun. Admission to the festival is free; food and beverages are available for purchase.
4. Chatham Street Chowdown, the Town of Cary’s food truck rodeo, rides into downtown on Sunday, April 17, noon-4:30 p.m. Look for it along West Chatham Street between Walker Street and North Harrison Avenue. Local musicians will perform on North Academy Street at East Cedar Street. For details, including a list of participating food trucks, visit Chatham Street Chowdown at townofcary.org or call 919-469-4061.
5. The Scrap Exchange welcomes all to celebrate its 25th anniversary of creative reuse with a free DIY Fest Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2050 Lakewood Ave in Durham. Enjoy kids’ activities, free demos, artist and maker booths, food trucks, live music and fun! Take home trinkets made by you, an artist, or a robot. Enjoy live presentations on sustainability.
6. Register to Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead, an April 16 event that supports the park and gives you a chance to explore its trails. Kids can enjoy face painting, live owls, a turtle trail activity and crafts. Register online. Learn more at umsteadcoalition.org/walkrunbike. You can register for Carolina Parent's Fit Family Challenge at this event.
7. The Goodguys Giant Automotive Festival April 15-17 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh features more than 1,500 candy-colored and chrome-plated vehicles through 1972. Enjoy a Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition, demolition derby, Kids Zone, model car make-and-take, vendors and more. Learn more.
8. Celebrate Earth Day with the Triangle Land Conservancy April 16, 2-4 p.m. at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Durham County. Take the kids for nature scavenger hunts, supplies for making leaf and bark rubbings, and a recycled planter craft table. Every child takes home a planted seed, so please bring a recycled jar, can or plastic container to create your own planter. Admission is free. Register online.
9. The Exchange Family Center, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect, is sponsoring Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day, Sunday, April 17, at Wheels Fun Park, in Durham. Take the family for skating, go karts, fire trucks, story times, a musical performance by Kidznotes and more. Buy tickets in advance at exchangefamilycenter.org.