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Weekend Fun: Free Kids Activities, Halloween Events

October 25, 2012 1:43 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend, take your kids out for lots of free family fun across the Triangle. From Raleigh to Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Morrisville, you'll find Halloween-themed events, free performances, festivals and nature activities for children.

SATURDAY

Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, is hosting a Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, a chance to play and be creative, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. You're invited to attend dressed in costume to join in on the night's spooky activities, which include wrapping mom or dad like a mummy, a Monster Mash dance party, and mad scientist glow-in-the-dark lab experiments. Pre-purchase tickets for the event at the museum's welcome desk or online for $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Tickets may also be bought on-site the day of the event for $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, three farmers markets are hosting the following free special activities for children, and you can find more details in our Daily Calendar.
* In Carrboro, the Carrboro Craft Market, will feature a kids craft project table as well as craft demos, shopping and live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
* In downtown Hillsborough, The Eno River Farmers Market, will offer make-and-take crafts for kids from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
* In Morrisville, the Western Wake Farmers' Market, open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will host invites kids to wear a costume and take part in a Halloween treasure hunt.

In Durham, head to Northgate Park from 10 a.m. to noon for Saturday for "Spider's Web," a program of Durham Parks and Recreation. Take the kids to learn interesting facts about spiders, then take a walk in the park to look for them. The program is free for Durham residents is $2 for nonresidents. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Want to expose your children to the arts in a fun way for free? The Artstober Open House runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium lobby of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh. Go for free performances in dance, classical music, ballet and more, as well as face painting, instrument zoo and kids activities. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Also in Raleigh, children can enjoy rides, games, hayrides, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn and more from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh First Assembly of God's Fall Fair. The event is free. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, the Youth Fall Fest from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday invites kids ages 7 to 17 living with inflammatory bowel disease to enjoy activities while parents have the opportunity to talk to medical staff and other parents at UNC Hospital, N.C. Cancer Hospital conference Rooms 1 and 4. The event is free, but registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

SUNDAY

Connect with a far-flung culture, have fun and help a worthwhile cause, at a fall festival hosted by Karen (an ethnic group from Burma) families participating in the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project, which supports newly resettled refugee families. The festival starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm on the site of the Irvin Nature Preserve, at 2912 B Jones Ferry Rd., in Chapel Hill. Enjoy traditional Karen/Burmese food made from fresh vegetables grown at the farm, hot cider, traditional Karen music, garden tours and a presentation on Karen/Burmese history. The community farm is administered by the Orange County Partnership for Young Children in partnership with the Triangle Land Conservancy through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Each family on the farm works a plot of land and receives training to become sustainable farmers. Tickets cost $15, and proceeds benefit refugee families working toward sustainable agricultural projects. To purchase tickets and for more information on the event visit www.ocpcy.wordpress.com or call the Partnership offices at 919.967.9091.

For more Halloween fun, head to Durham's Thrill of the Nerds from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 900 S. Duke St. A Halloween family event, Thrill of the Nerds features crafts, activities, family games on the lawn, a pumpkin hunt, live music and a silent auction. Kids will have the opportunity to win prizes and candy at every station/activity, and parents can earn Bull City Bucks. You can buy tickets at www.cisdurham.org/thrillofthenerds.html Ticket prices are $6 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 2-12, and there's no fee for ages 2 and younger.

Visit our Things to Do page, Family Fun page and Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle and Beyond! for more upcoming events.


Interested in improving your family's health?

Would you like your family to be one of the Carolina Parent Healthy Families Challenge families? If selected, you will get specialized support and assistance from our team of health and wellness experts to make healthy changes in your family's lifestyle. Learn more here.



This weekend, take your kids out for lots of free family fun across the Triangle. From Raleigh to Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Morrisville, you'll find Halloween-themed events, free performances, festivals and nature activities for children.

SATURDAY

Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, is hosting a Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, a chance to play and be creative, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. You're invited to attend dressed in costume to join in on the night's spooky activities, which include wrapping mom or dad like a mummy, a Monster Mash dance party, and mad scientist glow-in-the-dark lab experiments. Pre-purchase tickets for the event at the museum's welcome desk or online for $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Tickets may also be bought on-site the day of the event for $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, three farmers markets are hosting the following free special activities for children, and you can find more details in our Daily Calendar.
* In Carrboro, the Carrboro Craft Market, will feature a kids craft project table as well as craft demos, shopping and live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
* In downtown Hillsborough, The Eno River Farmers Market, will offer make-and-take crafts for kids from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
* In Morrisville, the Western Wake Farmers' Market, open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, will host invites kids to wear a costume and take part in a Halloween treasure hunt.

In Durham, head to Northgate Park from 10 a.m. to noon for Saturday for "Spider's Web," a program of Durham Parks and Recreation. Take the kids to learn interesting facts about spiders, then take a walk in the park to look for them. The program is free for Durham residents is $2 for nonresidents. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Want to expose your children to the arts in a fun way for free? The Artstober Open House runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium lobby of the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh. Go for free performances in dance, classical music, ballet and more, as well as face painting, instrument zoo and kids activities. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Also in Raleigh, children can enjoy rides, games, hayrides, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn and more from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Raleigh First Assembly of God's Fall Fair. The event is free. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, the Youth Fall Fest from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday invites kids ages 7 to 17 living with inflammatory bowel disease to enjoy activities while parents have the opportunity to talk to medical staff and other parents at UNC Hospital, N.C. Cancer Hospital conference Rooms 1 and 4. The event is free, but registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

SUNDAY

Connect with a far-flung culture, have fun and help a worthwhile cause, at a fall festival hosted by Karen (an ethnic group from Burma) families participating in the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project, which supports newly resettled refugee families. The festival starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm on the site of the Irvin Nature Preserve, at 2912 B Jones Ferry Rd., in Chapel Hill. Enjoy traditional Karen/Burmese food made from fresh vegetables grown at the farm, hot cider, traditional Karen music, garden tours and a presentation on Karen/Burmese history. The community farm is administered by the Orange County Partnership for Young Children in partnership with the Triangle Land Conservancy through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Each family on the farm works a plot of land and receives training to become sustainable farmers. Tickets cost $15, and proceeds benefit refugee families working toward sustainable agricultural projects. To purchase tickets and for more information on the event visit www.ocpcy.wordpress.com or call the Partnership offices at 919.967.9091.

For more Halloween fun, head to Durham's Thrill of the Nerds from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 900 S. Duke St. A Halloween family event, Thrill of the Nerds features crafts, activities, family games on the lawn, a pumpkin hunt, live music and a silent auction. Kids will have the opportunity to win prizes and candy at every station/activity, and parents can earn Bull City Bucks. You can buy tickets at www.cisdurham.org/thrillofthenerds.html Ticket prices are $6 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 2-12, and there's no fee for ages 2 and younger.

Visit our Things to Do page, Family Fun page and Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle and Beyond! for more upcoming events.


Interested in improving your family's health?

Would you like your family to be one of the Carolina Parent Healthy Families Challenge families? If selected, you will get specialized support and assistance from our team of health and wellness experts to make healthy changes in your family's lifestyle. Learn more here.


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