Fun Things to Do in the Triangle the Weekend of April 7-9
This weekend has lots of events to offer, from live music to brain science to Frog Fest — plus Kind World Day, when you and your child can spread some joy by committing to one simple act of kindness in your community.
As part of the Live and Local Music & Arts series, Spring Fling brings face painting, balloon animals, games and crafts and more to this outdoor venue in downtown Chapel Hill. There is even a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! The event runs 6-9 p.m., Friday, April 7, at the Plaza at 140 West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Free.
Durham resident Carrie McQuaid has designated April 8 as “Kind World Day” to encourage people to commit to one simple act of kindness. Give a smile or high-five to a neighbor, express your gratitude to a cashier or barista, or “pay it forward” at the drive-thru, and see how a little kindness can grow! Get ideas and sign up at the Kind World Day website, then track your participation on social media using #KindWorldDay to help spread the word. Free.
photo courtesy of Carrie Mcquaid
Kids ages 3 years old and up and their families are invited to Wake County Libraries’ Storybook Ball, a magical evening of dancing, crafting, stories and more. Come as your favorite storybook character or dressed in your royal best. The fun takes place after the libraries close. Three events are scheduled: 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at North Regional Library and West Regional Library; and 6:30-8 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at Cameron Village Regional Library. Free; online registration is requested.
Leap on over to Wake County’s Crowder District Park for the 18th Annual Frog Fest and learn about amphibians and reptiles. Enjoy educational exhibits, performances by The Sandbox Family Fun Band and The Kudzu Ramblers, games and crafts, local food trucks and more. The festival takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Crowder District Park in Apex. Free. Free off-site parking and shuttle available at Middle Creek High School.
Enjoy a day of performances featuring Triangle-area music students playing a variety of instruments as part of Durham Music Teachers Association’s bi-annual fundraiser for scholarships. Relax and enjoy student performances scheduled every half hour from 10 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Northgate Mall’s Macy’s Court. Free; donations to support scholarships are appreciated.
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The Duke Institute for Brain Science (DIBS) presents DIBS Discovery Day, featuring family-friendly demonstrations and conversations about how brain science is used to solve society’s most pressing challenges. Activities include hands-on science discovery, brain teasers, concussion prevention techniques and a kids’ corner. This event takes place 1-4 p.m., Sunday, April 9, at the Institute on Duke’s campus in Durham. Free and open to the public.
photo courtesy of Duke Institute for Brain Science