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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: August 1, 2012

Love watermelon? You're in for a treat this week as Triangle venues are celebrating National Watermelon Day with family fun activities!

On Thursday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., take the family for free watermelon slices at the State Farmers Market, in Raleigh. View the enormous entries for the "Largest Watermelon Contest" and see who's the North Carolina Watermelon Queen this year.

On Friday, Aug. 3, the Museum of Life and Science, an 84-acre indoor/outdoor science park in Durham, is celebrating Watermelon Day with a watermelon feast for animals and humans. Enjoy special Meet the Keeper sessions throughout the day and watch as lemurs and farmyard animals receive frozen watermelon "pops" while bears swim for whole watermelons. The museum's Sprout Café will be offering an assortment of refreshing watermelon meal options, including watermelon salad and a special watermelon popsicle. Explore the science behind your favorite summer treat with a morning of melon experiments!

Here's a look at the schedule:
10 a.m. -  Farmyard
11 a.m. -  Bears, Main Viewing Platform
1 p.m. -  Farmyard
2 p.m. -  Lemurs
4 p.m.  - Bears, Main Viewing Platform
Melon Morning in The Lab Watermelon Experiments 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For details on admission to the museum and to see you can enter to win entry for yourself and three guests to a behind-the-scenes bear feeding, visit the museum's site.

Why serve watermelons? They not only taste good but also help you stay hydrated; one cup of diced watermelon is about 92 percent water. Watermelons also have excellent levels of vitamins A and C and a good level of vitamin B6

For a healthy summer treat, try an Easy Fruit Salad Kids Love  or this Watermelon Grape Fizz Drink, pictured above.



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