Have Fun with Nature May 22-25
This week is all about nature! Make a flower craft, learn about squirrels, or dig around in the garden. Children with special needs can explore the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences during a special after-hours sensory-friendly session.
Spring is here, and flowers are everywhere! Kids and their caregivers make a colorful craft inspired by nature. This event takes place 11 a.m.-noon, Monday, May 22, at Harris Lake County Park in New Hill. Free for children of all ages with accompanying adult; no registration is required. Materials are provided.
Children ages 18 months to 3 years will enjoy the story “Nuts to You!” by Lois Ehlert, about a rascally squirrel in the city, and then explore the world of squirrels together. This class runs 10:30-11 a.m., Tuesday, May 23, at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. Register ($2/child) online.
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Get your hands dirty playing, exploring and caring for the Kidzu garden. Children, caregivers and community members are invited to help maintain this beautiful outdoor space. This program takes place 10:15-11 a.m., Thursday, May 25 (and weekly thereafter), at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill. The activity is included with museum admission ($7.50; free for children under 12 months) and is geared toward ages 3-9 years.
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Families and visitors with special needs will enjoy a quieter evening at the museum’s Nature Exploration Center when it stays open late for Sensory-Friendly Night. Meet scientists and live animals, view a low-sensory 3-D movie, “Flight of the Butterflies,” and tour the featured exhibition, “RACE: Are We So Different?” This event takes place 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, May 25, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free; movie tickets are $3. Register in advance (optional) to receive a schedule of activities and other preparatory materials.
A complete Memorial Day weekend round-up is coming soon, but this annual nature walk along Ellerbe Creek is so popular you’ll need to sign up in advance! Explore the preserve and its flora and fauna, including other birds, on the way to one of the Piedmont region’s largest great blue heron rookeries, or nesting grounds. Two hikes, at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., will take place Monday, May 29, at the Glennstone Nature Preserve, located 15 minutes east of downtown Durham. The hike is free but spaces go quickly; online registration is recommended.
image courtesy of Larry Brockman/Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association