Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, June 9-11

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Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum
Celebrate fresh produce, pollinators and local products at Marbles Kids Museum's Fresh Fest, taking place June 10.

This weekend offers fun with science and nature programs, a celebration of delicious foods from the farm, an anti-bullying program featuring Peter Pan, and some great music kids and parents alike will enjoy.

Kids’ Nature Night: Bugs at Walnut Creek Wetland Park

Kids learn about nature, explore outside, play games and make a craft. This activity takes place 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 9, at Walnut Creek Wetland Park in Raleigh. Dress to get dirty. Ages 5-10. Register online (course #203559). The cost is $4 per child.

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Fresh Fest at Marbles Kids Museum

Play with your food and figure out where it comes from! Celebrate fresh produce, pollinators and local products, and learn from community members who plant, grow, prepare and deliver the stuff we eat from the farm to the table. This event takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Free with museum admission ($5 ages 1 and older).

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Adventures with Peter Pan at Northgate Mall in Durham FREE

Join everyone’s favorite adventurer, Peter Pan, along with Wendy and Captain Hook for a fun morning for young learners. Enjoy games, photo opportunities with Peter and friends, and crafts including make-and-take crocodile puppets that help kids learn how to stand up to bullying behavior. This event takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at Center Court at Northgate Mall in Durham. Free, but registration is required. Donations are encouraged and benefit Family Exchange Center, a Durham-based nonprofit organization working to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Animal Tracks and Signs at the MakerLab at Northgate Mall in Durham FREE

There’s more fun at Northgate, too! The Durham County Library’s space at Northgate, the MakerLab, is hosting a kid-friendly science event with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Learn how to use your senses to explore and interpret clues left behind by animals and meet some of the animals you might see in your own backyard or neighborhood. This event takes place 1-2 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at Suite 106 in Northgate Mall in Durham. Free and open to the public.

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“​Summerfest: A Space Spectacular” at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary

Enjoy a fun introduction to the North Carolina Symphony with this program exploring how composers have imagined the mysteries of outer space in their music. From John Williams’ memorable music for “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to selections from “Star Trek” and Holst’s “The Planets,” this is the perfect family program to enjoy under a star-filled sky. Take pictures with costumed “Star Wars” characters from the all-volunteer 501st Legion! The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Tickets ($27-31) are available online and at the gate.

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Music of the Carolinas: The Lang Sisters Band at North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh FREE

This special performance features Appalachian, bluegrass and folk music from sisters Chloe and Jessica Lang. Chloe, age 19, is a strong rhythm player and vocalist; Jessica, age 15, complements her sister with guitar, mandolin and vocals. The duet will be joined by Sam Stage, age 14, an accomplished fiddler and vocalist, and Jef Walter, a Durham-based musician and instructor who leads the Carolina PineCones, a bluegrass band for youth ages 13-17. The performance takes place at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 11, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are free but limited and will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m.


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