June Family Events: Festivals & Hands-on Kids Activities
See our editors’ pick for June family fun. Events feature hands-on learning and fun!
DIY Fun Abounds at Maker Faire
Get inspired and enjoy hands-on activities at Maker Faire North Carolina June 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the N.C. State Fairgrounds’ Exposition Center in Raleigh. Maker Faire features inventors, engineers, hobbyists, artists and others who show what they have made and share what they have learned with visitors of all ages. View the art of woodturning and watch robots in action. Learn how to pick a lock, sew electronics and use a weaving loom. Visit makerfairenc.com for a complete list of exhibitors. $10 adults, $5 ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Maker Faire photo above courtesy of Jonathan Danforth
Kids Crank Up the Power in “Kid Grid”
Marbles Kids Museum hosts a two-day grand opening June 7 and 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., to showcase its newest exhibit, “Kid Grid,” which introduces children to the power grid, helps them make smart energy choices and inspires their interest in energy careers. The exhibit is located in a second-floor addition to Marbles that overlooks Moore Square in downtown Raleigh and is the first project to change the exterior of the museum building since it opened in 2007. “Kid Grid” is funded by a $1 million contribution from ABB, a global leader in power and automation with North American headquarters in Cary. $5 for ages 1 and older. marbleskidsmuseum.org/kidgrid. (Rending of “Kid Grid” at right, courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum)
Celebrate History in Durham
Modern art and music fuse with Durham’s historic roots at Bull Fest June 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Duke Homestead. The event hosts local artisans, live performances, 19th-century games, costumed interpreters and a country doctor display. Admission is free. dukehomestead.org/bull-fest.php. (photo at left of Bull Fest courtesy of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources)
North Carolina’s copy of The 13th Amendment, which formally ended legal slavery in the U.S., will be on view June 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Stagville in Durham. The fragile document will travel to six state historic sites June 5-21. Admission is free. ncdcr.gov/juneteenth.
Juneteenth, an annual celebration marking the end of slavery, takes place June 21, 1-10 p.m., in downtown Durham. The event features live music, food and kids activities. Admission is free. spectacularmag.com.
American Dance Festival Presents Children’s Matinee Series
The American Dance Festival presents its Children’s Matinee Series in June and July that showcases three acclaimed dance companies at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Ballet Hispanico melds Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques June 21, Pilobolus entertains with jaw-dropping works June 28 and the Paul Taylor Dance Company delivers breathtaking choreography July 19. All shows begin at 1 p.m. and are followed by a free kids party with music, snacks and activities in the lobby. Tickets are $16 for each performance. americandancefestival.org.
(Photo at right of American Dance Festival courtesy of Christopher Duggan)
Pet a Pony in Raleigh
Learn about horse care and see a farrier (horseshoer) at work at Pet a Pony Day June 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. Enjoy horse show jumping with an inside look at how participants are judged. Youngsters from the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association and the 4-H Pony Club serve as guides for the day. Admission and parking are free. nchja.com. (Photo at left of Pet a Pony Day courtesy of Summer Travis)