Free Weekend Fun: Camp Fair, Nature & Cultural Events

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Do you have a camp picked out for your child this summer? Don’t miss our Camp & Education Fair this Sunday at Cary Academy, when you can talk directly with representatives from 68 camps, schools and educational support services. Plus, you could win a door prize of $1,000, courtesy of Carolina Parent, to be used at one of the camp and education vendors at the fair.

Also this weekend, join bird watchers of all ages across North America for the 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 17-20. Local parks are hostingfree related events throughout the weekend. On Saturday, you’ll find nature programs for kids as well as fun events that explore African and African-American culture. And if you’re looking to save on children’s clothes and toys, head to a consignment sale. Unless otherwise noted, you’ll find details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.


The Children’s Consignment Sale, runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the New Horizons Fellowship, located at 820 E. Williams St., Apex. Shop for clothes, toys and more. See our Daily Calendar listing on Friday and Saturday for details. Can’t make it to this sale? See our list of upcoming consignments sales and stores in the Triangle.

On Friday at 7 p.m., in Cary, Family Fun Night at Barnes & Noble features stories and activities in celebration of Black History Month. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Friday, from 2-3:30 p.m., join a park naturalist for a one-mile hike around a pond to identify and count birds. The free event, Walk about the Pond: Bird Count, will take place at Historic Yates Mill Park, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Also Friday, take the kids along for an art walk inn Durham, where it’s Third Friday.


The National African-American Read-In, a free event, will run from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the State Capitol, in downtown Raleigh. Capitol staff, students and community leaders read aloud from selected works by African American authors. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Saturday, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. enjoy a free event, Stagville Under the Stars, at the Historic Stagville site, in Durham. The site, which has the remains of North Carolina’s largest pre-Civil War plantation, is partnering with the Morehead Planetarium to offer a program that focuses on astronomy and night sky myths and legends as told in African cultures. You’ll hear storytellers and be able to step inside the original plantation home. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Also in Durham, catch Math Moves, an exhibit opening Saturday at the Museum of Life and Science, in Durham. Researchers say the exhibit may improve a child’s understanding of algebra later in life. Get the details at the museum’s site here.

Saturday also offers a slew of nature-themed programs for kids, some of which require pre-registration, so check ourDaily Calendar for details. Here’s a look at what’s being offered:
* Breakfast with the Birds, a free program, runs from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh. Enjoy doughnuts and coffee or hot chocolate. Walk leisurely along the trails to identify and count the birds.
* Build a Bluebird Box runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh. Build a box to attract bluebirds. See our Daily Calendar for pricing.
* Hemlock Nature Quest: Salamander Alert at Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary, on Saturday, from 2-4 p.m., invites teens ages 13-18 to perform winter amphibian surveys. See our Daily Calendar for pricing.
* Walk About the Pond: Bird Count, a free program, runs from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Join a park naturalist for a one-mile hike around a pond to identify and count birds along the way at Crowder District Park, in Apex. Meet at the Robin Shelter. See our Daily Calendar for details.


If you’re even thinking about a camp or school for your child, you won’t want to miss Carolina Parent’s Camp and Education Fair from noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Cary Academy, located at 1500 Harrison Ave., in Cary. Take your child along to find a camp or educational opportunity that is a perfect match for him or her. You’ll find year-round and summer options. Enjoy games, contests and door prizes! Get all the details about the camp on our Camp & Education Fair page.

Headed to the movies? Be sure to check Jean’s Movie Choices for Kids first to see what’s appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.

February features lots of family-friendly exhibits and performances to the Triangle. See the line-up here.

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