Weekend Family Fun Across the Triangle
Sept. 13-15: Critter Carnival, City of Oaks Pirate Fest, Eye Spy, a Sensory Friendly Concert and Family-Friendly Art Gallery Tours
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This weekend in the Triangle, visit the fifth annual Critter Carnival at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill, channel your inner pirate at the City of Oaks Pirate Fest at Dorothea Dix Park, see the world through animals’ eyes at a program at Durant Nature Preserve, enjoy a sensory friendly concert by the North Carolina Symphony and create your own fantasy gallery at a North Carolina Museum of Art tour.
Critter Carnival FREE
The fifth annual Critter Carnival is set for Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill. Meet and learn about animals, enjoy a wide variety of live music, and raise funds for numerous local animal rescue and rehabilitation charities. Visit animal-related vendors, arts and crafts artisans, and the kids’ area for crafts, bubbles, a martial arts demo and more.
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Learn more about the history of pirates in North Carolina at this fun festival at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh this Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Salty sea dogs and little scalawags can meet Captain Blackbeard, have sword fights, sing sea shanties, play pirate games, make themed crafts and more. Plan your day using this schedule. Find out where to park here and preregister here. You can even stay at the park after the event to enjoy an evening under the stars with a free outdoor screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.”
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Eye Spy (this links to a downloadable PDF)
How do animals see the world? On Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-noon, children ages 6 and older can explore wildlife perspectives and get the chance to see the world through their eyes. What do colors look like for a butterfly? How do owls hunt in the dark? Join staff at Durant Nature Preserve in Raleigh to find out. Preregister here using barcode #245796. The fee for this activity is $3.
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North Carolina Symphony will host a concert experience that welcomes all families, including children and adults with autism or other sensory sensitivities, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. Enjoy an hour long fun-filled performance of classical favorites at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Arrive early so your child can visit the Instrument Zoo to see instruments up close and give them a try. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased in advance or at the concert. View the list of accommodations and read a detailed narrative about how to get into the event.
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On Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m., your family can be curators at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Find new favorite works of art and make choices about how to fill an imaginary gallery. Meet at the West Building Information Desk to start the tour.
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