Aug. 13-16: Forest Bathing, Stargazing, Frog Watching and a Movie Under the Stars
Weekday events for families
This week in the Triangle, learn how healing and relaxing nature can be at a program at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, see all sorts of celestial objects from the rooftop of The Durham Hotel, learn about frogs and toads at Crowder County Park in Apex, and watch a movie outside in Chapel Hill.
Shinrin-yoku, which means "taking in the forest atmosphere," is a Japanese healing and relaxation technique. Join staff at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh Aug. 13, 8:30-10:30 a.m., to visit a natural area in the park and walk in a relaxed way to receive calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits. This activity is intended for ages 10 and older and is free. Preregister here.
photo courtesy of historic yates mill county park
Join scientists from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on the roof of The Durham Hotel for a night of stargazing Aug. 14, when you might be able to catch the tail end of the Perseid meteor shower and see Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, the crescent moon, meteors and deep sky objects. This event is family-friendly and starts at 9 p.m. Arrive early and view the sunset from the top of the hotel, too. RSVP here.
photo courtesy of the durham hotel
Hop on over to Crowder County Park in Apex to discover frogs and toads. Read “Froggie Babies” by Suzanne Farrior and make a frog craft. Kids ages 3-5 will practice jumping and "ribbiting" like frogs and toads, and learn the differences between the two amphibians. This activity takes place Aug. 15, 11 a.m.-noon, and costs $4 per child. Preregister here. Meet at the park’s upper pavilion for this event.
photo courtesy of kat harding
Catch the last in the free Movies Under the Stars series Aug. 16 at Wallace Plaza in Chapel Hill. Arrive as early as 7 p.m. to participate in a costume contest, play outdoor games and visit vendors before the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets and chairs to watch this week’s pick: the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.”
photo courtesy of the town of chapel hill