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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: April 26, 2012

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-area events 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. The festival, 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 the festival 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's Movie Choices for Kids to see what's age-appropriate and worth watching with your children.

Have you cleaned out your medicine cabinet lately?
This Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a way for unwanted, unused prescription medicine, including controlled substances, to be disposed of safely across the nation. Learn more in Get Rid of Expired Prescription Drug on Saturday.



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