Oct. 19-21: SPARKcon, BugFest, a Kid’s Life and More

Fun things to do with the kids this weekend
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Photo courtesy of Bradley Pearce, BradleyPearce.com
See creativity of all kinds up close at SPARKcon 2018 in downtown Raleigh this weekend.

This weekend in the Triangle, enjoy the creativity festival SPARKcon across several blocks of downtown Raleigh, learn all about bugs at the rescheduled BugFest at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, try your hand at handwriting letters using old-fashioned implements at West Point on the Eno in Durham, and explore the darker side of nature at the Creepy Crabtree Celebration at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville.

SPARKcon 2018 FREE

This annual creativity festival spans 15 city blocks in downtown Raleigh. Featuring more than 2,000 artists in 200-plus events, lots of creatives get to showcase their talent. Each category is called a SPARK, and communities including musicSPARK, fashionSPARK, danceSPARK, artSPARK, circusSPARK, comedySPARK, kidSPARK, geekSPARK and more are all represented. The festival runs Oct. 18-21 and is jam-packed with activity. Check out the schedule and plan for parking, accessibility and other logistics. Admission is free but vendors and food are available for individual purchases.

 photo courtesy of bradley pearce, www.bradleypearce.com 

BugFest FREE

Experience bugs of all kinds with more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Interact with entomologists and other scientists to deepen your understanding of these fascinating creatures. You can sample bug dishes at Café Insecta, bring an unusual bug you’ve found to the “Stump the Experts” table and learn how to keep your own hive at the Beekeeping Workshop.

image courtesy of the north carolina museum of natural sciences

A Kid’s Life: The WRITE Way

Has your 5-13 child ever written a letter by hand? At this interesting activity at West Point on the Eno on Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, kids can try writing tools from the 1800s and learn how people communicated before the internet existed. Preregistration is not required for this free activity, but a donation is encouraged.

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Creepy Crabtree Celebration CANCELED

Oct. 19 update: This event has been canceled due to rain in the forecast.

Lake Crabtree County Park’s annual Halloween event returns this Oct. 20, 2-6 p.m. Drop in anytime and investigate the darker side of nature all around the park. There will be scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and gruesome games. Wear a costume if you’d like. No registration is necessary.

photo courtesy of charlotte barnes


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