July 6-8: Animal Signs, Hummingbird Banding, a Puppet Show and a Comedy/Magic Show

Fun things to do with your kids this weekend
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Learn how to find out what animals are doing by reading the signs they leave behind at a Historic Yates Mill County Park program this weekend.

This weekend in the Triangle, learn how to figure out what animals are up to by reading the signs they leave behind at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, watch a hummingbird banding demonstration at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh, enjoy a puppet show about “The Grouchy Ladybug” at the Carrboro Branch Library and take in a comedic magic show at the Northeast Regional Library in Raleigh.

Field School: Animal Tracks and Signs

On July 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon, kids ages 7-14 can learn about wildlife by finding out how to read the tracks and signs animals leave behind. Find out what animals are eating, where they’re going and what they’re doing on a hike around the pond at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. The fee is $6 per child and registration is required. Parents are welcome to drop off their child or register to attend, too.

Photo courtesy tammi ziccardi

Hummingbird Banding Demonstration FREE

Scientists use coded bands to tell individual birds apart and track their movements. Bird banding sessions involve catching birds in nets, placing a metal bracelet on a leg, and recording some information about the health and status of the bird before releasing it back into its habitat. Hummingbird banding expert Susan Campbell will lead a demonstration of how hummingbirds are captured, banded and processed before release at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh. Get an up-close look at some of nature’s most energetic and charismatic birds July 7, 9 a.m.-noon. The program takes place entirely outdoors. Wear closed-toed shoes and be prepared for any kind of weather. A water bottle and long pants are recommended. For best viewing, stop by near the start of the session. Prairie Ridge Ecostation opens at 9 a.m. and the gate to the road will remain closed until shortly before the Ecostation opens. This program is suitable for bird lovers of any age, and no preregistration is required. 

photo courtesy of the balogh family

Puppet Show: “The Grouchy Ladybug” FREE

Young children and their parents will love Puppet Show Inc.’s presentation of “The Grouchy Ladybug” at the Carrboro Branch Library, July 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an interactive puppet show followed by a fun make-and-take craft. No preregistration is necessary.

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K-5th Super Special: The Glen Foster Show FREE

Elementary-aged kids and their families can view a comedy magic show July 8, 2-3 p.m., at the Northeast Regional Library in Raleigh. Arrive early to get a good seat. No preregistration is necessary, but larger groups should register by calling 919-570-7166.

photo courtesy of the glen foster show


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