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Weekend Fun: Lazy Daze Festival, Free Baseball Fun, Star Gazing

August 23, 2012 12:15 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend's family entertainment lineup includes a fabulous arts and crafts festival, free baseball fun designed to get kids moving, fishing, star gazing, story times and nature programs. You can also catch a free movie or concert. Unless otherwise noted, see our Daily Calendar for details on these upcoming events.

FRIDAY

On Friday, Leesville Road Elementary School, in Raleigh, will show "Monsters Inc." at 8 p.m. for free. Just take a blanket or chair and get ready to be entertained. Find more Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families here.

In Chapel Hill, the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series will offer a free concert from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carolina Inn. You'll find more free or low-cost outdoor concerts in our roundup here.

If you're thinking of heading out to eat, take advantage of special savings during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday. During their normal dinner hours, participating restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe dinners for $20 or $30 a person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). Some places are also featuring three-course beer or wine pairings for an additional $10 a person. Learn more here.

Can't head out because you don't have a babysitter? On Friday, Pump It Up of Raleigh's "Parents' Date Night Out" event from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, lets you to enjoy a night out while your kids (ages 4 to 12) play, eat dinner, watch a movie and take part in crafts. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

SATURDAY

The big event this weekend is Cary's 36th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, in downtown Cary, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, featuring more than 380 arts and crafts vendors. Annually, the festival on Chatham and Academy streets draws more than 50,000 people to browse and play in such favorites as Kid's World, Our Town and Cultural Arts Row. Come visit us at Carolina Parent's booth in Kid's World and learn more here. You can preview vendors at the Virtual Lazy Daze at www.townofcary.org.

New to Lazy Daze this year is the "Timber!" sculpting competition, which will have chainsaw artists busy carving all day as they vie for prizes. Plan on attending the Cary Youth Video Project Premiere, a video project featuring six original documentaries that explore topics in and around the Triangle. The young filmmakers will talk about their films and answer questions in the Cary Arts Center at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the festival help fund the Lazy Daze grants program, which returns money to the Cary community through grants to local non-profit arts organizations. The Lazy Daze event is held rain or shine.

On Saturday in Durham, you'll find a free fun event at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park designed to reduce North Carolina's rate of childhood obesity, which is the fifth highest in the country. The free Play4Health™ event, hosted by the Bulls, Sanofi US, Minor League Baseball™ and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, aims to get  children ages 6 to 14 hooked on a healthy, active lifestyle. Celebrity health and wellness expert Rafy Oquendo, who has trained New York Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams, will lead the activities. Gates open at the DBAP at 8:30 a.m., and the fun begins—rain or shine—at 9 a.m. and runs through 11 a.m.  Dress your kids for play. Each Play4Health™ participant will receive a goodie bag and a complimentary admission to the Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Discounted tickets will be available for purchase by participants' family members. For more information or to reserve, contact Molly Boyce at mboyce@durhambulls.com.

In Raleigh, the Historic Yates Mill County Park will host cane pole fishing from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult are invited to a morning of fishing. Equipment and bait will be provided. See our Daily Calendar for pricing and registration.

The North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, will host "Family Fun Saturday: Sculpting Space" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for children ages 5 to 11 accompanied by an adult. Kids will learn to think like a sculptor and make a creation. See our Daily Calendar for pricing and registration.

In Durham, enjoy a free night of starry fun for all ages in the native prairie at the soon-to-open Horton Grove Nature Preserve. "Stargazing at Horton Grove" will start at 9 p.m. Saturday at the preserve on Jock Rd. See our Daily Calendar to register.

At Lake Crabtree in Morrisville, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, you're invited to take the kids to answer the question, "What's That Smell?" Discover scavengers' important role in decomposition. Meet at the White Oak Shelter. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Got a nature nut? On Saturday, you'll find more nature programs in our Daily Calendar, along with story times that are happening in Durham and Chapel Hill.

SUNDAY

Does your dog like to ham it up? Head to the "Best Dog Trick Contest" from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Crowder District Park, in Apex, when dogs with special talent could win a prize. The event is free and for all ages. See our Daily Calendar for details.



This weekend's family entertainment lineup includes a fabulous arts and crafts festival, free baseball fun designed to get kids moving, fishing, star gazing, story times and nature programs. You can also catch a free movie or concert. Unless otherwise noted, see our Daily Calendar for details on these upcoming events.

FRIDAY

On Friday, Leesville Road Elementary School, in Raleigh, will show "Monsters Inc." at 8 p.m. for free. Just take a blanket or chair and get ready to be entertained. Find more Triangle Summer Movie Deals for Families here.

In Chapel Hill, the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series will offer a free concert from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carolina Inn. You'll find more free or low-cost outdoor concerts in our roundup here.

If you're thinking of heading out to eat, take advantage of special savings during Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, which runs through Sunday. During their normal dinner hours, participating restaurants are offering three-course prix fixe dinners for $20 or $30 a person, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). Some places are also featuring three-course beer or wine pairings for an additional $10 a person. Learn more here.

Can't head out because you don't have a babysitter? On Friday, Pump It Up of Raleigh's "Parents' Date Night Out" event from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, lets you to enjoy a night out while your kids (ages 4 to 12) play, eat dinner, watch a movie and take part in crafts. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

SATURDAY

The big event this weekend is Cary's 36th annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, in downtown Cary, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, featuring more than 380 arts and crafts vendors. Annually, the festival on Chatham and Academy streets draws more than 50,000 people to browse and play in such favorites as Kid's World, Our Town and Cultural Arts Row. Come visit us at Carolina Parent's booth in Kid's World and learn more here. You can preview vendors at the Virtual Lazy Daze at www.townofcary.org.

New to Lazy Daze this year is the "Timber!" sculpting competition, which will have chainsaw artists busy carving all day as they vie for prizes. Plan on attending the Cary Youth Video Project Premiere, a video project featuring six original documentaries that explore topics in and around the Triangle. The young filmmakers will talk about their films and answer questions in the Cary Arts Center at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the festival help fund the Lazy Daze grants program, which returns money to the Cary community through grants to local non-profit arts organizations. The Lazy Daze event is held rain or shine.

On Saturday in Durham, you'll find a free fun event at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park designed to reduce North Carolina's rate of childhood obesity, which is the fifth highest in the country. The free Play4Health™ event, hosted by the Bulls, Sanofi US, Minor League Baseball™ and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, aims to get  children ages 6 to 14 hooked on a healthy, active lifestyle. Celebrity health and wellness expert Rafy Oquendo, who has trained New York Yankees stars Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams, will lead the activities. Gates open at the DBAP at 8:30 a.m., and the fun begins—rain or shine—at 9 a.m. and runs through 11 a.m.  Dress your kids for play. Each Play4Health™ participant will receive a goodie bag and a complimentary admission to the Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Discounted tickets will be available for purchase by participants' family members. For more information or to reserve, contact Molly Boyce at mboyce@durhambulls.com.

In Raleigh, the Historic Yates Mill County Park will host cane pole fishing from 9 to 11 a.m. Kids ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult are invited to a morning of fishing. Equipment and bait will be provided. See our Daily Calendar for pricing and registration.

The North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, will host "Family Fun Saturday: Sculpting Space" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for children ages 5 to 11 accompanied by an adult. Kids will learn to think like a sculptor and make a creation. See our Daily Calendar for pricing and registration.

In Durham, enjoy a free night of starry fun for all ages in the native prairie at the soon-to-open Horton Grove Nature Preserve. "Stargazing at Horton Grove" will start at 9 p.m. Saturday at the preserve on Jock Rd. See our Daily Calendar to register.

At Lake Crabtree in Morrisville, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, you're invited to take the kids to answer the question, "What's That Smell?" Discover scavengers' important role in decomposition. Meet at the White Oak Shelter. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Got a nature nut? On Saturday, you'll find more nature programs in our Daily Calendar, along with story times that are happening in Durham and Chapel Hill.

SUNDAY

Does your dog like to ham it up? Head to the "Best Dog Trick Contest" from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Crowder District Park, in Apex, when dogs with special talent could win a prize. The event is free and for all ages. See our Daily Calendar for details.


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