Weekend Festivals and Events: 6 Things to Do With Kids
Free festivals celebrate art, flowers, earth day, science and more
Courtesy of North Carolina Science Festival
Festivals take over the Triangle this weekend, and most of them are free. Celebrate art, flowers and Earth Day; attend a science street fair; gaze at the heavens to learn about astronomy; learn about frogs and amphibians; climb aboard a truck and more.
1. Free Stargazing
The North Carolina Science Festival kicks off April 8 with stargazing parties. A celebration of science, technology, engineering and math across the state, this festival runs for two weeks and offers lots of events for kids.
2. Free Science Street Fair
A signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, the UNC Science Expo, Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at UNC Chapel Hill’s campus, is a free science street fair. Go for more than 100 fascinating activities for all ages, including hands-on experiments, demonstrations, lab tours, stage entertainment, educational presentations, engineering demos, and computer and software explorations.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Science Festival
3. Festival of Art and Flowers
The North Carolina Museum of Art’s four-day festival of art and flowers — “Art in Bloom” — brings the joy of spring indoors April 7-10. Go to see 56 floral masterpieces inspired by the museum's permanent collection and created by renowned floral designers. The festival will feature special activities for children, including a free origami drop-in program, a scavenger hunt and family tours. Learn more about the lineup of special events and ticket prices here.
4. Free Frog Festival
Wake County’s Crowder District Park will host the free, family-friendly 17th annual Frog Fest Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Apex. Go to learn about amphibians and reptiles, see live species at educational exhibits, and enjoy games and crafts. Listen to music from The Sandbox Family Fun Band and The Kudzu Ramblers. Walipog, the Frog Fest Mascot, and Wake County's "Water Quality Frog," will also be attending. Off-site parking and shuttles will be available at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex. Food will be available for purchase from local truck vendors. For more information, visit Crowder District Park online or call 919-662-2850. If you’re looking for more frog-related exhibits, head to these three Triangle museums to check out the Disappearing Frogs Project.
Photo courtesy of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
5. Free Touch a Truck Event
Durham Parks & Recreation invites kids and families to its Touch a Truck event noon-4 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at Northgate Mall’s Sears Auto lot off Guess Road in Durham. Touch a Truck is an educational community event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve Durham and Orange Counties. Kids of all ages can explore vehicles. Learn about the lineup of vehicles that will be there.
6. Celebrate Earth Day on Hillsborough Street
Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 is a free event Saturday, April 9, 2-10 p.m. in Compiegne Park, located just off the 2300 block of Hillsborough Street. Go for entertainment on three stages, a kids zone, bouncy houses, food trucks and environmental workshops. Hillsborough Street will not be closed for the event.
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Find more upcoming Triangle events for families on Carolinaparent.com's Things to Do page.