Weekend Fun: 10 Things to Do With Kids in Raleigh, Durham and Cary
N.C. State Fair, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and fun fundraisers
Photo courtesy of N.C. State Fair
1. Head to the N.C. State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh for fun that ranges from listening to homegrown music to watching fireworks to browsing handmade crafts in the Village of Yesteryear. Take your kids for rides and games, and visit the State Fair Ark to see farm animals raised in North Carolina. At the Field of Dreams, the fair’s miniature farm, learn more about the connection between the farm and dinner table.
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2. Enjoy the outdoors at Durham Parks and Recreation’s Sixth Annual Campout! Carolina Jamboree 3 p.m.-7 a.m Oct. 17-18 at West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd. Go for night hiking, s’mores and storytelling around the campfire. Explore the river with the Eno River Association, learn about wildlife exhibits with the Piedmont Wildlife Center, then pitch a tent in the park for an overnight campout. All ages welcome, and preregistration is required. To register or for more information, contact Ryan Sailstad at 919-560-4405 or Ryan.Sailstad@durhamnc.gov. Visit getoutdoorsdurham.blogspot.com for more information.
3. Has your family had a chance to visit a local pumpkin patch or corn maze or go on a hay ride yet? Check our roundup of harvest fun to see where you can do all of the above and find more Delight-Fall Family Fun!
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4. Head out for a Celebration of Children in the Arts 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary. The free event will feature local visual and performing artists, pumpkin painting, make-and-take crafts and more.
5. Celebrate Downtown Raleigh’s first permanent street art installation at a kickoff ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the corner of North Street and Glenwood Avenue. Go for music, refreshments and to see the first completed pieces of art—new and interesting crosswalks.
6. The Fred G. Bond Metro Park's Senior Center in Cary will host a StrollerThon Kids’ Carnival 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The carnival will feature Bricks 4 Kidz Lego play, a Music Together class by Sproutsongs, a Fit4Mom Stroller Strides workout, face painting, carnival games, art activities and a raffle. All money raised will benefit Postpartum Education and Support, a Triangle-based nonprofit dedicated to the emotional wellness of mothers.
7. Kamado Grille in Raleigh will host Sawyerfest — a fundraiser for Sawyer Powell, a local first grader diagnosed with brain cancer — noon-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. The event — to be held in the parking lot of the Kamado Grille at 832 Spring Forest Rd. — will feature inflatables, carnival games, costumed characters, artists, raffles, a silent auction and more.
8. The Ellie Helton Memorial 5K & Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 17 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary is a benefit for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation that honors a 14-year-old's spirit of perseverance. The event will feature a 1-mile Youth Fun Run starting at 9 a.m. as well as a 5K Run/Walk that starts at 9:30 a.m. “Virtual” participants — those who would like to contribute money only — are also welcome. Participants can opt to wear a costume. They can wear one of their choice or one that represents Ellie, who loved the color pink, superheroes, Minions, Greek mythology, Harry Potter, "The Hunger Games" and Reese's Cups. Or they can dress in regular running attire.
9. Share and see portraits of family life and moments in time at Home Movie Day, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at the State Archives auditorium, located at 109 E. Jones St. in Raleigh. Take your film in any format (8 mm, Super8, 16 mm or VHS) for inspection, discussion and on-site projection and learn how to care for them from film archivists. An international event, Home Movie Day invites people around the world to share their movies with others. Equipment provided by A/V Geeks Transfer Service will allow participants to get a free transfer of their film.
10. Enjoy a free concert by Al Strong and Zoocrü 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, outdoors on the Plaza at Northgate Mall in Durham. Strong is a trumpeter, arranger, and composer, and his quintet performs jazz with mixtures of rock, R&B and world music. He has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Clay Aiken, The Beast, Old Ceremony, comedian SinBad and is a founder of jazz advocacy organization, The Art of Cool Project.
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