Triangle Father’s Day Weekend Offers Free Family Fun

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Looking for some family fun this Father’s Day weekend? You’ll find lots of events for kids in the Triangle, and many are free! Some venues are featuring Dad-themed events, and if you need any extra ideas for crafts or entertainment, visit our Father’s Day Guide. Here’s the line-up, and unless otherwise noted, you can find details of these events-and others-in our daily calendar.


Kids of preschool age and up are invited to a Pajama Party 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Flyleaf Books, located at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. Take them dressed for bed to hear tales of all types, and to enjoy making crafts, and a snack.

Celebrate summer at an outdoor movie. This Friday at 9 p.m. the N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh will feature the PG-rated movie “This Is It ” as part of its Movies on the Lawn showings. For details on where to buy tickets, visit our daily calendar.

How’s this for cool free fun? On Saturday, from 1-4 p.m., Cary’s Polar Ice House Open House will offer free ice skating, games, prizes, food and a special visit from the Carolina Hurricanes beloved mascot, Stormy.

Polar Ice House’s Cary location is hosting the open house for families to escape the summer heat and discover what Polar Ice House has to offer. There will be a DJ on-site to enhance the ice-skating experience as well as instructors offering mini-lessons to novice skaters. See more details in my blog here.

If you like the music of The Beatles, head to Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary’s Regency Park on Saturday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. for an unforgettable tribute to one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time, Paul McCartney. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

The concert, by the N.C. Symphony and singer Tony Kishman, features “Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney. Part of the Summerfest series, the performance will include “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane,” “Live and Let Die,” “Yesterday,” “My Love,” “Let It Be,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Silly Love Songs” and many more song. Pre-concert activities include the Symphony’s popular Instrument Zoo, which offers kids the opportunity to try out the orchestra’s instruments for themselves, and the Whole Foods Market of Cary Picnic of the Week contest. The Symphony’s roaming judges will award the weekend’s best picnickers with a $100 gift basket from Whole Foods. Two honorable mentions recipients will take home $20 Whole Foods gift cards. For details, visit

Also Saturday, budding meteorologists and other folks interested in weather phenomena will be soaking in facts at StormFest, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Museum of Natural Science, in downtown Raleigh. At the free family-friendly event, you’ll hear from meteorologists from the four local news stations, learn about why weather happens, how to predict it, and what it’s like to be on TV!

Also, learn how to prepare your family for when weather turns dangerous and hear about the resources local governments have to help with storm response and recovery. Kids will be able explore emergency response vehicles and a mobile hospital tent and become “Meteorologist for a Day” presenting a mock forecast in front of a TV weather map. For details, visit the museum’s website.

On Saturday (from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon-5 p.m.), celebrate Dad’s Weekend at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh, from 9 a.m.-5pm. Race lawn mowers, make mustaches, paint with shaving cream and participate in activities and contests.

If your family is into snakes, visit the Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, for Goodness Snakes Alive!. You’ll see live snakes and hear from snake expert Dave Woodward on the types of snakes seen in Wake County, North Carolina and the world.

On Friday and Saturday, celebrate Juneteenth, a day in history when the word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the enslaved in 1865. The Juneteenth Celebration in downtown Durham will offer games, face painting, live music, food and more. Visit our calendar for details on the times of the celebration on each day.

From 2-4 p.m. Saturday in Apex, enjoy a Toasts and Tunes Summer the Cloer Family Vineyards. The concert features music by local musicians and bands and families are welcome. Take a picnic lunch and chairs. Visit our calendar for pricing details.

Pump It Up, of Raleigh, located at 10700 World Trade Blvd, is also offering a Father’s Day Open Jump Event: Donuts with Dad on Sunday, from noon-1:30 p.m. Take your dad for some bouncing fun: Race through the obstacle course and down slippery slides! Dad plays for free; admission for a child is $10. The price include donuts & beverages. Socks and signed waiver are required. Children must be 2 years old and 34″ tall to participate

On Sunday in downtown Durham, enjoy a free Pops for Pops Concert featuring the Durham Community Concert Band and Durham Jazz Orchestra at 5 p.m. on the American Tobacco Campus, downtown Durham.

Are your kids fascinated by pirates? A new museum exhibit offers there offers insight into Blackbeard’s life. See this blog for details.

Headed to the movies or looking to rent some DVDs for the kids? Jean’s Movie Choices for Kids provides the information parents want to know: Is the movie, violent or sexually explicit and is it entertaining?

Odile Fredericks is mom to two boys and Carolina Parent’s Web editor. Look in Daily Post for family fun in the Triangle, especially freebies, as well as opinions and news that matters to local parents. She welcomes your comments.

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