Weekend Family Fun: Free Festivals, Kids Activities, Fireworks


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Get ready for a fun family weekend filled with kids activities and free festivals that offer art, earth-day themes and live music across the Triangle. Head to the ballpark for fireworks or take a family outing to pick your own fresh strawberries at a farm close to home.

Are you set for Mother's Day? Find easy inexpensive gift ideas, children's crafts, and garden excursions to take with Mom in our Mother's Day Guide to the Triangle. Attend Triangle-areaevents that celebrate Moms and Mother's Day, also featured in our guide.

Search our improved Daily Calendar to find more family fun, any day of the week!

Here's a look at family events, starting on Friday night.

* To celebrate the Durham Bulls return home after their longest road trip of the season, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in downtown Durham, will feature a fireworks display on Friday, following the series opener, a 7:05 p.m. game, with the Indy Indians, Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tickets are available online at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919.956.BULL, or in person at the DBAP ticket office.

* The 19th annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival takes place Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Bond Park in Cary, where more than 180 artists will showcase their creations. Families can enjoy live entertainment on four stages, as well as storytelling and other fun activities in the children's village. Stop by the Carolina Parent booth and pick up your copy of our new magazine for May! We'll also be giving away children's books while supplies last and other resources for parents. Your kids can play on the Lazy Daze Playground at Bond Park and enjoy activities in the Children's Village, sponsored by Carolina Parent.

* Cary's annual Earth Day celebration is held in conjunction with Spring Daze. Through exhibits, hands-on activities and games, families learn about protecting the environment and preserving its natural resources.

* The Durham Art Walk Spring Market also on Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday,  1-5 p.m., offers beautiful work from more than 200 artists. Unlike conventional studio tours, the art walk features visual and performing artists in both traditional and unexpected sites in the downtown area. Ceramics, jewelry, photography, paintings and more will be on display and available for purchase during the festival, which is presented by the Durham Arts Council.

* In Durham, the Children's Festival at Northgate Mall's Center Court, runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by Northgate Mall and Carolina Parent Magazine, the festival features live music, clowns, face painting and more fun and benefits the Durham Arts Council. Stop by the Carolina Parent booth and pick up your copy of our new magazine for May! For more information on the event, visit the Northgate Mall's website.

* The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary will host Bookmarked! 2012 April 27-May 6. This annual 10-day festival for young children and their families will be held at venues throughout Raleigh, including Marbles Kids Museum, Barnes & Noble in Brier Creek, the North Carolina Museum of History, Quail Ridge Books and The Green at North Hills. See this article for more details on upcoming Bookmarked! events.

* Project Enlightenment, an early childhood program of the Wake County Public School System, will host a family fun spring festival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at its headquarters, at 501 S. Boylan Ave., in Raleigh. Thefestival, dubbed Project Palooza, will feature a children's parade, the local folk-rock band Milagro Saints, balloon art, face painting, kids' yoga, craft making, family games, story time with the Bookmobile and a special appearance by the Wake County Fire Department. A fund-raiser for Project Enlightenment, the festival will also offer food provided by Pullen Park Café for purchase, with profits benefiting the Project Enlightenment Foundation. Learn more about thefestival and the services Project Enlightenment offers parents here.

Visit our Spring Guide to the Triangle to see which local farms offer tours and to find farmers markets and nature crafts.

Headed to the movies? Don't leave home without checking Jean'sMovie Choices for Kids to see what's age-appropriate and worth watching with your children.

Have you cleaned out your medicine cabinet lately?
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August 2019

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Experience the vibrant Latin American culture through music, entertainment, arts and food. Enjoy dancing, music, authentic Latino food, kids’ activities and much more. A two-hour outdoor...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC  27510


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Hundreds of artisans from across the Southeast, festival foods, demonstrations, a kids' play area and live music highlight the town's signature arts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Discover Historic Yates Mill—a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden "caches." We will learn how to use traditional GPS units and the Geocaching App (by Groundspeak) and then...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 11 and older with disabilities make spaghetti, meatballs and a salad. Register online. Choose course #1247467.

Cost: $19/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required. Learn about predator and prey...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124969.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Unexpected NC is hosting a Mommy Meet-up at SnickerDoodles. This event is for new and experienced moms alike. Kids are more than welcome to attend and make some new friends.    ...

Cost: Free with registration

Where:
SnickerDoodles
3721 Lynn Road
Raleigh, NC
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Sponsor: Unexpected NC
Telephone: 99-717-7298
Contact Name: Morgan Price
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Explore the ways you can plan ahead for the heat and care for yourself while outdoors on hot days. For ages 6 and up (adult accompaniment is required for all children); FREE. Registration is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Website »

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Plus-Plus is one shape with endless possibility. Younger kids can build 2-D mosaics and older kids can create 3-D masterpieces. Come into Learning Express Falls Pointe for an instructional...

Cost: Free

Where:
Learning Express Falls Pointe
9660 Falls of Neuse Rd
#130
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Learning Express Falls Pointe
Telephone: 919-325-6057
Contact Name: Stephanie Gillespie
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Read the story by Laura Numeroff and make brownies. Register online. Choose course #124737.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Listen to a story about Johnny Appleseed, the legendary character who's based on John Chapman, the American frontier nurseryman who planted apple trees in many states. Play the game of fruit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Families take part in an unconventional family adventure race on a muddy obstacle course. Spectators may watch families compete. Parking is $5/car.

Cost: $30-$40/person for race

Where:
Hill Ridge Farms
703 Tarboro Rd.
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Shop for local handmade arts and crafts from local vendors. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Celebrate African-American culture and history with an art gallery walk, vendors, kids' activities, food and more. See website for hours.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville Street
, NC  27601
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 & 3:00 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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Enjoy a charity radio controlled model flying event and fundraiser benefiting Meg's Smile Foundation. See all sizes/types of electric radio controlled aircraft and watch a drone...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
2401 Grigsby Avenue
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Holly Springs Skyhawks RC Group
Telephone: 919-270-8467
Contact Name: Doug LeRoy
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