Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Nov. 4-6)

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Fun takes flight this weekend with free community celebrations of the opening of the Sassafras All Children’s Playground and the Ann and Jim Goodnight Park in Raleigh. In Durham, your kids can catch free live theater as well as experience a Touch-a-Truck event that welcomes children with special needs during a “honk-free” time.

Sassafras All Children's Playground Opening FREE

Celebrate the opening of Sassafras All Children’s Playground at Lauren Hills Park in north Raleigh, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, children are invited to explore the playground, create an art project and dance and sing along to the Sandbox Band.

The new playground — built on the 3.5 acre site of the former All Children’s Playground — is designed to be accessible to children of all mental and physical abilities. Playground equipment — such as 50-foot-long zip lines, a basketball hoop and swings — allow children with special needs to play easily on them, and elevated decking is accessible. The new playground was built with a $2.3 million parks bond, private donations, City of Raleigh labor, monetary donations and the physical help of volunteers. The City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation, the Frankie Lemmon Foundation and sponsors partnered to bring it to fruition. Learn more.

Photo of Sassafras All Children’s Playground courtesy of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department

North Carolina Museum of Art Park Social FREE

Head to a free “hoppy hour” to celebrate Amanda Parer's "Intrude," a temporary exhibition of five giant, glowing bunnies, 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park in Raleigh. Enjoy music and meet artist Hank Willis Thomas, whose conversation bench "Ernest and Ruth" is among the new works of art installed in the park. Food truck fare and drinks, including Fullsteam Brewery beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks, will be on sale.

Amanda Parer, "Intrude," 2014, nylon, LED lights and air blowers; various dimensions


North Carolina Museum of Art Park Celebration FREE

Join in the fun at the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum of Park Celebration, Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.-dark. Explore the newly expanded and redesigned park gardens, lawns and new works of art with an afternoon of live music and outdoor activities for all ages. The Bulltown Strutters and Paperhand Puppet Intervention will be among the featured performers. You can also take art walks and bike tours of the park, enjoy pop-up art workshops, and see the Flemish giant rabbit Finn, an animal ambassador from the North Carolina Zoo. Food truck fare and drinks will be sold. Find the full schedule here. Nov. 6 is the final day to see the “Intrude” exhibit.


Take your kids for an up-close look at trucks and their drivers at the Touch-a-Truck event, noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6, at W.G. Pearson Elementary School in Durham. The fundraiser for Postpartum Education will feature face painting and food trucks. Children with special needs and their families can enjoy a horn-free event from noon-1:30 p.m. Buy tickets online for $5/person in advance or $6/person at the door. 

Live Theater for Children FREE

Take your kids to Bright Star Touring Theatre’s live performance of “Maximus Mars” at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Northgate Mall in Durham. The free show features creative staging with a Victorian era twist, and follows three characters as they portray the serious epidemic facing our nation’s young people — cyberbullying — and watch Maximus gain the tools he needs to stop being bullied. Northgate Mall and the Durham County Library partnered to present the free show, which will be performed in the mall's Discovery Nook in suite 118 of the Children’s Alleyway.

Photo of "Maximus Mars" performance courtesy of Bright Star Touring Theatre

Great Pumpkin Smash

Give your old pumpkins a fun sendoff at Three Bears Acres in Creedmoor, Saturday, Nov. 5. Catapult, smash or send them flying. Enjoy a hayride and taste pumpkin foods. Admission is $8 for adults and $15 for kids (a discounted coupon is available on the website). Free for ages 2 and younger. For more harvest fun, visit our fall fun roundup.

Neuse River Valley Model Train Show

Calling all railroad fans to the Model Train and Railroad Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 5-6, in the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. See train layouts in six scales, a full-size model of Thomas the Tank Engine, a LEGO train layout and more. Admission is $8 for ages 13 and older, and free for ages 12 and younger. 

Holiday Craft Fairs

Start your holiday shopping early by browsing handmade works at multiple craft fairs. Check our roundup to learn more about the “Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Art and Gift Show” in Raleigh, the Junior League of Raleigh’s “A Shopping SPREE!” in Raleigh, “White Street Holiday Market” in Wake Forest, “Craftacular Craft and Vendor Fair” in Durham, “Reindeer Day” in Rolesville and “St. Andrew the Apostle Holiday Craft Fair” in Apex.

Couture for a Cause Fashion Show

Check out creative trends in style at "Couture for a Cause," a fashion show to benefit Activate Good 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5. at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh. 

And if you're considering magnet school options, you'll may want to attend these two magnet school fairs this Saturday, Nov. 5, offered by the Wake County Public School System and the Durham Public School School system.

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