Triangle Weekend Taps Into Free Family Fun
What on tap for free family fun this last weekend in July? You'll find the Triangle is hosting free concerts and free festivals. You can also catch a slew of nature programs and kids' activities that are affordable. And if you're thinking of heading out to a movie or renting one to watch at home, you'll want to see Jean's Movie Choices for Kids.
Head to Chapel Hill to enjoy a free concert, compliments of Locally Grown on Thursday. The concert, atop the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St., features the music of two bands, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and The Big Picture, starting at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) You'll find more details in my blog here.
On Friday, from 6-8 p.m., Durham Central Park, located at 501 Foster Street, will be the site of another free concert, brought to you by the Warehouse Blues Series. h Now in its eighth year, this free award-winning series offers a fabulous line-up of blues musicians. Take the stage this Friday will be Captain Luke, Big Ron Hunter, Whistlin Britches and Ironing Board Sam, and you can read more about these musicians, many of whom have local roots, here. http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/parks/warehouse_blues.cfm
Thinking of planning a day trip? On Friday folks at theLazy O Farm in Smithfield are offering a fun way to put kids in touch with farm life. From 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., they're opening up the farm so families can take part in a scavenger hunt, explore the barnyard, visit the animals and hop on a hayride. You'll also be able to draw water from a well, visit the outhouse and milk Millie the Cow. Take a picnic lunch and make a day filled with summer memories.
On Friday and Saturday, chill out at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, when Super Cool Liquid Nitrogen, a kids' program at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., offers a cool, tasty spin on science. Learn how to make ice cream in less than 30 seconds and see what happens to different objects when they get super cool. Best of all, taste the ice cream after the show!
On Friday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Kids Fest at Triangle Town Center, in Raleigh, offers free family entertainment. Take the kids to see the Fettucini Brothers' comedy show, which includes juggling and interactive fun. They can also play on inflatables, get their faces painted and enjoy crafts. All events take place outdoors at Triangle Town Commons (near Champps Americana and The Spa by Mitchell's, weather permitting.
Saturday offers a slew of fun program for kids. Learn about humming birds in Apex and you'll soon be attracting these beautiful creatures to your backyard. Tweens and teens ages 11-18 are invited to learn origami and create Vietnamese appetizers in Cary. Kids in grades 1-12 have an opportunity to learn the art of public speaking in Raleigh. You'll find details on preregistration and prices for these programs, as well as other events, in our Daily Calendar.
And on Saturday in downtown Raleigh, you won't want to miss a free family-friendly festival, ComeUnityNow, featuring live bands, dancers and artists. A benefit for the victims of the April 16th tornadoes, ComeUnityNow replaces Raleigh Wide Open, and raises funds for two local charities, Wake Interfaith Disaster Team and The Green Chair Project. The festival also celebrates the spirit of unity shown through service during a disaster and will recognize recognize individuals and groups who have been instrumental in providing assistance to recent tornado victims. Parking is free at locations designated on its festival's website.
Also Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., another free event at the JC Raulston Arboretum, in Raleigh, benefits Avery's Angels, an all-volunteer nonprofit run lcoally by two Raleigh moms. Avery's Angels helps families here and around the world dealing with gastroschisis, a birth defect that causes the intestines to protrude from the abdomen at birth. Children with gastroschisis face long hospital stays, multiple surgeries, feeding problems, slow growth, and sometimes, organ transplants and death. The group's annual Awareness Day, at the arboretum's York Auditorium, will feature live music by Shawn Deena, from 11 a.m.- noon, and by Roy Perry, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., as well as food and face painting. The group will also be accepting donations of new or gently used snap-front onesies, mittens, booties, babylegs (leg warmers), hats, and blankets for babies with gastroschisis.
On Sunday, kids ages 7-9 can enjoy the Eco-Explorers: Bees and Beetles program from 2-4 p.m. at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. For pre-registration information and pricing, see our Daily Calendar.
If you're planning to watch a movie this weekend-either at a local theater or simply from the comfort of your couch-don't miss Movie Choices For Kids. Jean's Movie Choices for Kids reviews tell what parents want to know: Is the movie violent or sexually explicit and is it entertaining? See her take on Captain America and the new Harry Potter movie and other new movies as well get her picks for old favorites you can rent.
If you have a child with special needs, see these great kids surf camps at Wrightsville Beach, in Wilmington. One is offering a free private lesson.
Wondering about the best places to eat, dine, play and shop? Our readers' picks for Triangle Family Favoritesare here.