Weekend Fun: Campout, Free Concerts, Free Family Events
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This weekend (June 10-12), step back in time to experience the Civil War era, celebrate National Get Outside Day at a state park, get ready for summer reading at a fun-packed event, help launch a citizen science project, work with artists, meander through a new gigantic outdoor sculpture, enjoy a movie and campout, attend a free concert and much more. Many events are free.
Family Campout and Movie
Take your tent, sleeping bags and lanterns to the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Museum Park in Raleigh for a family campout and movie under the stars June 11-12. Buy tickets here.
Photo Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Summer Reading Event
Join in Durham County Library's Summer Reading Kickoff at Northgate Mall in Durham, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., June 11. Go for activities throughout the mall (inside and out), including performances, music, games and face painting.
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Enjoy Kids Day at Midtown Farmers Market
Head to Midtown Farmers Market in Raleigh 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 11, for kids games and crafts, story time, face painting, a free Stroller Strides fitness class, cooking demo and live music.
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Learn from Latino Artists
Learn first-hand from artists with Latino roots as they work their magic at the North Carolina Museum of History 1-4 p.m., June 11, during a free drop-in program. Then, try your hand at using paint, clay and other raw materials.
Photo courtesy of N.C. Museum of History
Enter “Open Mind”
Explore “Open Mind, a new gigantic sculpture at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s park by Cuban Artist Yoan Capote. The sculpture, titled Open Mind (Barricades), is made from metal crowd-control barricades and is designed to resemble a brain if viewed from above. It is set to be installed over the course of three days, June 7-9.
Yoan Capote,Open Mind (Barricades), 2014, metal, installed dimensions approx. H. 11 x W. 98 x D. 72 ft., Gift of anonymous donor, © 2014 Yoan Capote, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Special thanks to Mac and Keats for the installation of OpenMind at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Be a Scientist for A Day
Join in the launch of “CitSciScribe,” a citizen science program at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 11. Help transform handwritten records of historical specimens, including ledgers and other data collected from field explorations hundreds of years old.
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Celebrate National Get Outside Day
Visit a state park near you. Browse this roundup to find a park near you.
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Check out Marbles Kids Museum's Stepnotes
Experience Stepnotes — an imaginative musical experience opened June 9 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Take your kids to experience how an ordinary staircase has been transformed into a playful piano with interactive colorful lights.
Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum
Free Rock the Park Concert
Soak in the sounds of a free jazz/rock concert featuring David Gerald at Duke Park in Durham, 6-8 p.m., June 11. Take your own lawn chair/blanket for seating.
Free Concert in Cary
Enjoy a free bluegrass and traditional music concert at 6 p.m., June 11, by the husband and wife duo The Honey Dewdrops at Cary’s Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park. (Picnics without alcohol and leased pets are welcome.) Take chairs and blankets. All Sertoma Series shows occur rain or shine; in the event of rain, the concerts move to the Kiwanis Shelter, also in Bond Park.
A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier
For an out-of-town excursion, head to the historic Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks to learn what life was like for the enlisted man, from cooking to cannon firing 10 a.m.-4 p.m., June 11. This program is free.
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Enjoy Cool, Indoor Fun for Little Ones
If it's to hot to be outdoors, check out these playgrounds designed for younger children at local malls.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TRIANGLE TOWN CENTER IN RALEIGH
Watch Goats at Work!
See the Goat Patrol at The Scrap Exchange in Durham munch their way through kudzu Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The goats will be clearing more space for a community garden at the creative, recycling center located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. “We’d prefer to fill their bellies with kudzu than use environmentally unfriendly pesticides," says The Scrap Exchange's Executive Director Ann Woodward. "And they make good company. It’s fun to watch them do their work.”
Photo Courtesy of The Scrap Exchange