May 2019: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Touch-A-Truck, 'One Giant Leap,' and more
Raleigh Touch-A-Truck | May 4
Beep, beep! Climb aboard big rigs, emergency vehicles, a city bus, a dump truck and other machinery at the Junior League of Raleigh’s 4th Annual Touch-A-Truck event, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Spring Hill Lot, 701 Barbour Dr., Raleigh. Kids can talk to first responders, truck operators, area builders and community helpers about their roles in assisting Wake County citizens. Purchase advance tickets for $6 per person online at the link above and $7 per person at the door. Tickets are free for ages 1 and younger. A quiet hour with no sirens or lights starts at 9 a.m. Touch-A-Truck benefits the Raleigh Backpack Buddies program.
Photo courtesy of Historic Oak View County Park
Barnyard Birthday Bash | May 18
You’re invited to a party — for goats! The five beloved residents of Historic Oak View County Park — Walt, Levi, Elliot, Felix and Leroy — celebrate their birthdays this month and welcome party animals young and old to the 10 a.m.-noon shindig. The Barnyard Birthday Bash features kids activities, games and live music inside the Farm History Center from 10-11:15 a.m., followed by a presentation about the four-legged guests of honor. Pet the goats, sing “Happy Birthday” to them, and enjoy cake, ice cream and lemonade from 11:30 a.m.-noon. Admission is free. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh.
“One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race” | Through Jan. 5
On July 20, 1969, millions of Americans proudly watched as their countrymen, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, became the first humans to land on the moon. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic event as the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh hosts an interactive exhibit, “One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race,” that showcases artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. View actual Apollo items, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, astronaut John Young’s Apollo 16 chronograph and a training helmet. Visitors can even take part in a training module to test their ability to follow Mission Control’s command. This exhibit is part of “Lift Off NC: Apollo + Beyond,” a yearlong celebration of the moon landing that features festivals, exhibits, lunar- and star-gazing parties, performances and more across the Triangle. Admission is free. The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.