Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, April 13-15
Create with clay, build with LEGOs, learn about ecosystems and more
This weekend holds lots in store for Triangle families. Create with clay at the Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, build with LEGOs at BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention at the Raleigh Convention Center, find out why ponds are such important ecosystems at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, and learn about the importance of protecting water quality in lakes and ponds at Historic Yates Mill County Park.
Kids ages 6-12 can have some fun and make something great at the Durham Arts Council’s Clay Studio at Northgate Mall in Durham. While parents sneak away and grab some dinner or shop at the mall, each participant will complete and paint a piece of pottery that will be glazed and fired by the instructor then available for pickup within two to three weeks. This activity takes place April 13, 6:30-8 p.m. All supplies are included in the class fee of $18. Preregister by calling 919-560-2726 (required for this activity).
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LEGO Fans rejoice! BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention returns to the Raleigh Convention Center April 14-15. See professional LEGO artists create and hear about their sculptures, view massive LEGO displays, purchase the newest LEGO products and visit the Building Zone with a gigantic selection of LEGO bricks with which attendees can build their own creations. Tickets are $15 for online purchase and are available for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on April 14 or 15. Tickets are only valid for the time period specified. Tickets at the door are $18.
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Pond Discovery FREE
All ages are welcome to this fun exploration of ponds and why they’re such important habitats for plants insects and other animals. Using dip nets, field guides and other equipment, attendees will gain new knowledge about the ecosystem. This FREE activity takes place on April 15, 2-3 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Prairie Ridge Outdoor Classroom. Make sure to dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get wet. No preregistration is necessary.
photo courtesy of the vanblon family
Find out about the meaning and centuries-old origin of the saying, "Do April showers bring May flowers?" — then explore how water travels through different environments. Walk through Historic Yates Mill Park to view how the grounds were designed to protect the pond’s water quality and explore the best ways to prevent pollution. Preregistration is required for all participants, and children must have adult accompaniment. This FREE program is appropriate for all ages and takes place April 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
photo courtesy of historic yates mill county park