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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: May 10, 2012

What's on tap for weekend fun across the Triangle? It's Mom's weekend, and lots of venues are hosting events that celebrate moms and Mother's Day on May 12 and May 13. Enjoy a range of activities, from a free drop-in program that lets kids make a gift for mom to a free nature play and activities at a park. Head to a spring concert or take a class where you serve up a delicious brunch, all mom-themed fun. You'll also find nature programs for kids, story times and children's craft events.

With the weekend forecast promising beautiful weather, it's the perfect time to go strawberry picking, and you don't have to go far to find a pick-your own strawberry farm as you'll see in our resource listing.  Visit our Mother's Day Guide for kid-friendly crafts, recipes and poems. Unless otherwise noted, you'll find details of the following events and many others, in Daily Calendar, now featuring maps.

FRIDAY

National Public Gardens Day is May 11, just in time for a special Mother's Day weekend outing at a garden in the Triangle or across the state. We rounded up a sampling of events that are happening on various days in Visit N.C. Public Gardens to Celebrate Mother's Day.

In Cary, the Barnes & Noble Family Fun Night, starting at 7 p.m. lets kids can meet Corduroy the Bear for story time. It's free, and all ages are welcome. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Ever heard of spider sniffing? You can take the kids to learn the secret art, from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday at Lake Crabtree, Morrisville. Take a flashlight as you'll be going on a hike around the Old Beech Nature Trail. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including cost.

In Raleigh, Strikes for Pediatric Strokes NC, will host a fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, at the Alley, in Raleigh. A benefit for Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy NC and VA, the event offers two hours of bowling, shoe rental and door prizes and welcomes all ages. See our Daily Calendar for details, including cost.

SATURDAY

If you like hip, handcrafted style, visit The Handmade Market in downtown Raleigh Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find jewelry, clothing, accessories, paper goods and more, with many products designed by North Carolina artists. Get more details here.

In Carrboro, enjoy a craft market featuring craft demos, a kids craft project table, shopping and live music from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in the parking lot next to The Station. The event is appropriate for all ages and is free. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In downtown Hillsborough, the Eno River Farmers Market will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday offering make-and-take crafts for kids. It's a free event. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Cary, the Western Wake Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Each week, the market offers different programs in the Education Tent as well as live music and goods from more than 30 farmers and artisans. The event is free. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Looking for a Farmers Market closer to your home? See our resource listing, Farmers Markets Grow in the Triangle.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., a free program, Hiking at William B. Umstead State Park, in Raleigh, offers tips on hiking safety and navigating the park. See our Daily Calendar for details, including where to meet.

On Saturday, celebrate National Garden Month and create a terrarium from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Crowder District Park, in Apex. The event is for ages 8 and up and registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details and cost. For more garden outings, see our  Visit NC Public Gardens to Celebrate Mother's Day.

For family yoga and lots of story times for kids on Saturday, visit our Daily Calendar.

SUNDAY, MOTHER'S DAY!

Celebrate Mother's Day at the park with nature play and fun activities at the May Day Open House from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve in Raleigh. The event welcomes all ages and is free.

Check our Mother's Day events listing for lots more ways to celebrate with Mom on Sunday.

Have you started planning your summer vacation? Browse our Carolina Family Travel Guide to discover some of the best places for outdoor fun with your children.

Raleigh and Durham were recently named among 213 "Playful City USA" Communities for 2012. See why we've earned that distinction here.

Calling LEGO Fans! Visit our Contests Page to enter our giveaway to win passes to the third annual BrickMagic LEGO Festival May 19-20, in Raleigh.



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