Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, April 6-8
Learn about the mind, celebrate Frog Fest, make an art project and explore food science
What a fun weekend we have in store in the Triangle! Your teen can explore some serious philosophical questions at the Teen Science Café in Raleigh, and the whole family can learn as you celebrate at Crowder County Park’s Frog Fest in Apex. Make a fun art project at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and explore the science of food at Eatsploration at the Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill.
It’s easy to assume other humans can think and feel, but what about a cow, computer or corporation? What kinds of minds do they have? In this Teen Science Café on April 6, 6-7 p.m., Dr. Kurt Gray will explore how minds — while incredibly important — are a matter of perception. This can explain why we love some animals and eat others, how good people can be so cruel, and why robots make for bad romance. Dr. Gray reveals what it means to have a mind, and why it matters so much. Kids ages 11-17 should meet at the Daily Planet Café of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for this informative and thought-provoking free opportunity. No preregistration is necessary.
photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of natural sciences
Frog Fest FREE
Hop on over to Crowder County Park for the 19th Annual Frog Fest April 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The free event features fun activities for the whole family. Join in to learn about amphibians, reptiles and natural resource conservation. Highlights include music, exhibits, Walipog the Frog Fest mascot, games, crafts and food trucks. As parking will be extremely limited at the park, free off-site parking is available at Middle Creek High School. A shuttle will transport visitors to the event location.
photo courtesy of crowder county park
On April 7 at noon your child can celebrate the opening of the North Carolina Museum of Art's “You Are Here” exhibit with a hands-on art-making experience. Kids of all ages can design and construct a contemporary light catcher to take home. No preregistration or exhibition ticket is required for this pop-up activity, and admission to the museum’s permanent collection and park is free. Should you decide to explore the “You Are Here” experience after this activity, do note that a ticket purchase is required.
photo courtesy of the North Carolina museum of art
EATsploration on April 8, 1-5 p.m., is a free day full of exploration into the science of food, encouraging you to “play with your meals” and look deeper into the biology, artistry and chemistry of your favorite meals. Grab your “EAT passport” and head around Kidzu Children’s Museum as you explore continuous rotary motion by tossing pizza dough, take a closer look at your food’s molecules with smartphone microscopes, mix up homemade ice cream, and participate in other challenges and activities around the museum. This special event is a part of by the North Carolina Science Festival.
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