Aug. 24-26: Stagville Under the Stars, Canoeing, Packapalooza and Dazzling Dragonflies
Fun stuff to do this weekend with your family
This week in the Triangle, hear traditional African tales at a program at Historic Stagville, canoe around the pond at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, check out Packapalooza in Raleigh and learn about dragonflies at an activity at Harris Lake County Park in New Hill.
Hear traditional African folk tales about the sun, moon and stars Aug. 24, 8-10 p.m., at Historic Stagville in Durham. Staff from Morehead Planetarium will lead attendees through a guided star tour of the night sky where you may be able to see Venus, Saturn, Mars and Jupiter, and the constellations Cygnus and Cassiopeia. Stagville staff will offer informal candlelight tours of the Bennehan House.
photo courtesy of nick eakes and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Paddle the Pond
Learn basic canoeing skills and about Historic Yates Mill County Park’s history Aug. 25, 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon. Attendees will be able to explore the millpond’s history and see park features visible only from the pond. Canoes, life jackets, paddles and launch assistance are all provided. This activity is appropriate for ages 5 and older. The fee is $10 per boat, and each canoe can hold up to four people with a weight limit of 800 pounds. Preregistration for your desired session is required.
photo courtesy of historic yates mill county park
Packapalooza returns to Raleigh Aug. 25, 2-10 p.m. This annual, family-friendly street festival has grown to over 300 vendors and Hillsborough Street merchants over its seven-year history. Enjoy food, drinks, arts and crafts, activities and performances over the course of the day. See the schedule here and find directions and parking information here.
photo courtesy of the Hillsborough street community service corporation
Learn about dragonflies Aug. 26, 1:30-2 p.m., at Harris Lake County Park. See how they begin their lives, try catching some adult dragonflies and learn ways to identify common species. The fee is $1 per participant and advance registration is required. The program takes place at the Cypress Shelter.
photo courtesy of daisy adkins