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Weekend Fun: Touch a Truck, Living History, Art Events

September 20, 2012 1:40 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend, get ready for a range of family fun across the Triangle. Head to a living history event where you can milk a cow, churn butter, make corn husk dolls or play 19th-century games. Shop a consignment sale, catch a free concert or take the kids to explore trucks at a fundraiser to benefit kids with special needs. You'll also find a free family day featuring live entertainment at an art museum and story times at local libraries. Venture out to an arboretum for a free Asian festival, or take the kids to nature activities at outdoor venues.

Kick the weekend off with a free concert, compliments of the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn, in Chapel Hill. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

Do you need clothes, toys or equipment for your children? The KidzStuff Consignment sale, in Raleigh, runs Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Hayes Barton Baptist Church's Family Life Center, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham on Saturday and Sunday, take the kids to a special outdoor educational living history event, "Life on the Homefront in Piedmont North Carolina during the Civil War," at the Bennett Place State Historic Site. They'll have a chance to milk a cow, produce hand-dipped candles, make cornhusk dolls, shell corn, churn butter, write letters to soldiers, play 19th century games and visit with craftsmen. Wagon rides will be provided on Sunday only. Living history activities will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more at ncculture.com.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham invites you to explore the science behind entertainment and meet special effects experts in make-up artistry, sound editing and video game design. The event is dubbed "Heroes, Villains and Special Effects." See our Daily Calendar for ticket prices.

On Saturday, the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh, will host story times for babies and their caregivers and kids ages 3 to 5. Also Saturday, the Orange County Public Library, in Chapel Hill, will feature stories read aloud followed by discussions and craft-making for children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers. Visit our Daily Calendar for times.

If your kids like nature programs, you'll find several on Saturday as well. In Morrisville, "Swamps Aren't Dismal" program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, teaching kids ages 8 and up about the importance of wetlands. In Durham, the "Talking to Trees" program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens lets kids ages 7 to 9 (with an accompanying adult) discover the stories of various trees. In Cary, "Young Ecologists: Rounding up Reptiles," from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, explores the preserve for a reptile survey and is designed for kids ages 10 to 13. Learn more about these programs in our Daily Calendar.

Are your kids wild about trucks? The Touch a Truck Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds' Dorton Arena, in Raleigh, will let them beep the horn, flash the lights and meet the superhero drivers of their favorite vehicles. Tickets ($5/child or $20/family) are sold at the door, and proceeds benefit The Pilot Club of Cary's brain-related disorders and injuries' work. Children with special needs can enjoy a free hour from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

The Nasher Museum of Art, in Durham, is hosting a free Family Day on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. You'll find live entertainment, hands-on projects, a gallery hunt and more.

Are you raising a rocket scientist? Take him or her to Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, on Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., for "Gadgets and Gizmos Guest Star: Blast Off!" During this special program representatives from N.C. State's University's Engineering Place will help kids design a miniature rocket. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.

On Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, in Durham, will host a free Asian Festival Day in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Learn how to write Haiku poetry, fold origami figures, enjoy Japanese kamishibai storytelling and see cultural performances. The Teahouse will also be open for tours, followed by a family-friendly Japanese tea program. (Registration and a fee apply to the tea program, and you'll need to call to register.) Get details in our Daily Calendar. The event is sponsored by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University and is appropriate for all ages. See our roundup of more upcoming festivals here.

Thinking about heading out of town for a trip of getaway? Here two fun events ...

The N.C. Arboretum, in Asheville, will host Carolina Craft Day on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. showcasing artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of western North Carolina. Go to the show to see crafts that spring from the region's plants. For more information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org.

Benson Mule Days will take place this weekend in downtown Benson. The festival features hundreds of horses, mules and buggies and lots of family fun. Expect rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, street dances, parades, carnival rides, camping and bluegrass shows. Visit bensonmuledays.com for a schedule and details on fees.

For more family entertainment, check our roundup of exhibits and stage performances across the Triangle.



This weekend, get ready for a range of family fun across the Triangle. Head to a living history event where you can milk a cow, churn butter, make corn husk dolls or play 19th-century games. Shop a consignment sale, catch a free concert or take the kids to explore trucks at a fundraiser to benefit kids with special needs. You'll also find a free family day featuring live entertainment at an art museum and story times at local libraries. Venture out to an arboretum for a free Asian festival, or take the kids to nature activities at outdoor venues.

Kick the weekend off with a free concert, compliments of the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn, in Chapel Hill. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

Do you need clothes, toys or equipment for your children? The KidzStuff Consignment sale, in Raleigh, runs Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Hayes Barton Baptist Church's Family Life Center, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham on Saturday and Sunday, take the kids to a special outdoor educational living history event, "Life on the Homefront in Piedmont North Carolina during the Civil War," at the Bennett Place State Historic Site. They'll have a chance to milk a cow, produce hand-dipped candles, make cornhusk dolls, shell corn, churn butter, write letters to soldiers, play 19th century games and visit with craftsmen. Wagon rides will be provided on Sunday only. Living history activities will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn more at ncculture.com.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham invites you to explore the science behind entertainment and meet special effects experts in make-up artistry, sound editing and video game design. The event is dubbed "Heroes, Villains and Special Effects." See our Daily Calendar for ticket prices.

On Saturday, the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh, will host story times for babies and their caregivers and kids ages 3 to 5. Also Saturday, the Orange County Public Library, in Chapel Hill, will feature stories read aloud followed by discussions and craft-making for children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers. Visit our Daily Calendar for times.

If your kids like nature programs, you'll find several on Saturday as well. In Morrisville, "Swamps Aren't Dismal" program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, teaching kids ages 8 and up about the importance of wetlands. In Durham, the "Talking to Trees" program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens lets kids ages 7 to 9 (with an accompanying adult) discover the stories of various trees. In Cary, "Young Ecologists: Rounding up Reptiles," from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, explores the preserve for a reptile survey and is designed for kids ages 10 to 13. Learn more about these programs in our Daily Calendar.

Are your kids wild about trucks? The Touch a Truck Fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds' Dorton Arena, in Raleigh, will let them beep the horn, flash the lights and meet the superhero drivers of their favorite vehicles. Tickets ($5/child or $20/family) are sold at the door, and proceeds benefit The Pilot Club of Cary's brain-related disorders and injuries' work. Children with special needs can enjoy a free hour from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

The Nasher Museum of Art, in Durham, is hosting a free Family Day on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. You'll find live entertainment, hands-on projects, a gallery hunt and more.

Are you raising a rocket scientist? Take him or her to Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, on Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., for "Gadgets and Gizmos Guest Star: Blast Off!" During this special program representatives from N.C. State's University's Engineering Place will help kids design a miniature rocket. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.

On Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, in Durham, will host a free Asian Festival Day in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Learn how to write Haiku poetry, fold origami figures, enjoy Japanese kamishibai storytelling and see cultural performances. The Teahouse will also be open for tours, followed by a family-friendly Japanese tea program. (Registration and a fee apply to the tea program, and you'll need to call to register.) Get details in our Daily Calendar. The event is sponsored by the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute at Duke University and is appropriate for all ages. See our roundup of more upcoming festivals here.

Thinking about heading out of town for a trip of getaway? Here two fun events ...

The N.C. Arboretum, in Asheville, will host Carolina Craft Day on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. showcasing artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of western North Carolina. Go to the show to see crafts that spring from the region's plants. For more information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit ncarboretum.org.

Benson Mule Days will take place this weekend in downtown Benson. The festival features hundreds of horses, mules and buggies and lots of family fun. Expect rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, street dances, parades, carnival rides, camping and bluegrass shows. Visit bensonmuledays.com for a schedule and details on fees.

For more family entertainment, check our roundup of exhibits and stage performances across the Triangle.


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