Fun Things to Do in the Triangle March 24-26
Spring is here, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather! This weekend offers nature hikes, kite flying, “Touch a Truck” and the Particle Falls light show in downtown Raleigh — plus a play about a dragon that includes audience participation and a make-and-take craft.
Meet live reptiles and amphibians and learn about mammals you may encounter while exploring Harris Lake County Park with students from North Carolina State University's College of Natural Resources. Meet at the Longleaf Shelter and take a sunset wagon ride to a campsite to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. Bring a water bottle, dress for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. This program is for all ages and takes place 5-8 p.m., Friday, March 24, at Harris Lake County Park in New Hill. Online registration ($2 per person) is required.
Get a jump-start on the environmental focus of Earth Day with Particle Falls, an outdoor, interactive light show that projects a visual representation of Raleigh’s air quality, based on a small smog-reader, onto a downtown Raleigh building. The ever-changing “falls” remind viewers that individuals can improve Raleigh’s air quality by biking, walking, using public transportation or using alternative fuels. The projection will go up across from The Raleigh Times bar in downtown Raleigh every day at sundown, March 24-April 23. Free.
photo courtesy of Andrea Polli
Touch a Truck provides children with a hands-on opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve Durham and Orange counties. Kids of all ages will be able to explore a fire engine, helicopter, cement truck, police car, tow truck, ambulance, bulldozers and more. This event takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, in the Belk’s parking lot at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham. Children with sensory issues are welcome to come from 9-10 a.m. for a quieter experience. Admission is $5 (free for children under 2). Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties.
photo courtesy of Garver Moore
Join the Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate Creek Week by exploring a stream at Horton Grove Nature Preserve. Go on a short hike to the creek, use magnifying glasses and nets to discover the creatures that live there and learn how keeping waterways clean is good for everyone. Wading in the creek is optional, but consider wearing waterproof shoes just in case. This event runs 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Durham. The program is free but preregistration required. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
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Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences brings “The Disenchanted Dragon” to The Scrap Exchange as part of the Make N Take Family Series. Samantha, a shepherd’s daughter, is known far and wide for her book learning, so when a dragon shows up in a cave on the hill where her father’s sheep graze, she decides to go and meet the dragon. But she discovers that he’s not a dragon at all! Cast members teach songs and movements that allow the audience to join in. The show is followed by a craft activity using Scrap Exchange materials. The performance takes place 4-5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at The Scrap Exchange in Durham. Tickets ($5 for show; $10 for show plus craft) are available online and at the door.
Celebrate National Kite Flying Month by flying a kite! Bring a kite and help fill the skies with color. A few kites will be available for attendees who don't have one. The fun takes place 1-3 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at Hank Anderson Community Park in Carrboro. Free. This event will be canceled if it is raining.