Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Week, Oct. 23-26

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There's more to pumpkins than that ubiquitous drink we look forward to each fall. Come learn about the traditions behind this popular gourd at Historic Yates Mill County Park.

This week has a fun variety of things to choose from: an important class for teens in Garner, open exploration of Duke Gardens in Durham, a kooky puppet show in Wake Forest, and learning about pumpkin lore in Raleigh.


Teen Event: Urban Legends FREE

It's so easy to fall for hoaxes, either online or in stories you hear from friends. Teens in grades 6-10 can learn how to figure out what is truth vs. legend in this FREE program at the Southeast Regional Library in Garner.  This event takes place on Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m., and registration is requested.

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Classroom Open Hours at Duke Gardens

Enjoy an open-ended exploration in the Duke Gardens learning laboratory. Kids ages 3 and older can tinker to their heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library, or play in a “squishy corner” made especially for young children. An on-site staff member will provide materials and serve as a resource for your learning explorations. This exploration takes place Tuesday, Oct. 24. Drop in between 1 and 3 p.m. in the Doris Duke Center at the Gardens. The fee is $3 per child, and a parking pass is included when you register in advance.

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Carolina Puppet ​Theatre

Audiences love Ms. Poly and Ms. Ester, the Gabardine Sisters, and their puppet Bartlet. Enjoy storytelling, music and puppetry in this fast-paced, interactive show that's aimed at kids ages 3-7. These fun entertainers are appearing at the Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online, or at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Box Office in advance or at the door.

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A Side of History: Great Ghostly Gourds

This Thursday, Oct. 26, from 2-3 p.m., come to Historic Yates Mill County Park to discover the story of pumpkins and their important role in Halloween. Discover what lies beneath the rind and make a fun pumpkin craft to take home, then go on a pumpkin hunt. Wear comfortable shoes for walking. This event is intended for all ages, but adult supervision is required for all children. The cost is $1 per person, and registration is required.

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