Weekend Fun June 3-5: Things to Do With Kids

Photo courtesy Debra Billieux Hawkins
The annual Beaver Queen Pageant in Durham is family-friendly fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

This weekend, grab your kids and head outdoors for unique community celebrations. Enjoy a family-friendly walk along the Capital Area Greenway. Support community waterways at a Beaver Queen Pageant in Durham. Go on a tour of chicken coops in Raleigh, Apex and Cary. Celebrate Latino culture in Apex. Catch a baseball game and fireworks in Durham.

1. Celebrate National Trails Day with a free walk for all ages. Join in the annual Triangle Volksmarch, a free, self-paced walk, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4, along the Capital Area Greenway Trail. Open to all ages, the noncompetitive walk is designed to be fun way to exercise and learn at several participating sites along the trail. Choose a short trek or walk the entire 5.6 miles. Grab a “passport” and a map of the trail at any event location anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and visit the stamp stations for activities that range from meeting Smokey Bear and enjoying a Forestry Festival to helping biologist do real science experiments. Participating locations include William B. Umstead State Park, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Schenck Forest and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Participants will be able to receive a Volksmarch patch at the Triangle Volksmarch after party. Learn the schedule of events and activities taking place here. If you’re looking for a lunch break, check out the Chirba Chirba Dumpling food truck at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Find more hikes at a state park near you on National Trails Day on the NC State Parks website.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Liddy/newsobserver.com

2. Head to the annual Beaver Queen Pageant — a family-friendly fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association — Saturday, June 4, in the meadow at Duke Park (Acadia at Knox Street) in Durham. Pre-pageant activities start at 4 p.m., and the pageant kicks off 5 p.m. Contestants dressed like beavers walk the “swamp way” in evening gowns, participate in an interview and showcase their skills in the talent section. "Bribe" the judges to make sure that your favorite contestant wins. Make yourself a tail at the Scrap Exchange booth. Visit the food trucks. Emceed by WUNC's Frank Stasio, this event features the theme, "Dam! It's the 80s," and dressing up is encouraged. The pageant's goal is to raise awareness of community waterways and urban pockets of nature, and to raise money to help protect and restore them. Learn more.

Photo courtesy of Debra Billieux Hawkins

3. Celebrate Latino culture, live music and dance performances at the annual Apex Latino Arts Festival in the downtown district June 4. The Halle Cultural Arts Center will host a free Latino art exhibit (3-6 p.m.), and you can enjoy homemade Latin American foods from 12 countries along Salem Street (6-10 p.m.) Enjoy free, fun activities for the whole family. Explore art workshops, jewelry-making, woodworking, coloring, piñatas and more! Food passports are $6.


4. Enjoy the Tour D’Coop, a family-friendly self-guided tour of 21 chicken coops as well as gardens and bee hives in Raleigh, Apex and Cary, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 4. Coop owners are on hand to discuss chicken-keeping, and you can take photos along the way. Participants can use the Tour D’Coop map of backyard coops and go on an eco-friendly bike route through downtown Raleigh, or head to sites hosting local food trucks and activities for children. Purchase tickets online. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County, which works to help those who are without homes and in need of food and healthcare. 

Photo courtesy of Eric Fleming Photography/Shutterstock.com

5. Watch the Durham Bulls play the Gwinnett Braves Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, and enjoy fireworks after the games.

Photo Courtesy of Durham Bulls Baseball Club

6. Don’t miss Wake County Animal Center’s first Animal Services Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Admission is free to the event in the Holshouser Building and pets are welcome. The event is designed to showcase the Wake County Animal Center, which works in partnership with pet foster parents, volunteers and local animal rescue organizations to treat and find a home for thousands of homeless animals every year. Go for exhibitors, demonstrations and activities to promote responsible pet ownership. Learn more at the center’s website.

7. Take your leased dog for fun to Dog Days of June at Bond Park in Cary, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 4. Enjoy a Frisbee disc competition, vaccinate and microchip your pet, get your dog washed by members of Cary Teen Council and more. Learn more at townofcary.org.

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8. Go to hear the youngest 2016 Grammy nominee and his jazz trioplay classics with the North Carolina Symphony and listen to the orchestra’s Gershwin favorites. The Summerfest: Gershwin & Jazz with Joey Alexander concert kicks off 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 3, at Booth Amphitheatre in  Cary. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website. (Children age 12 and younger at admitted free on the lawn.)

Photo of Joey Alexander courtesy of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

10. Invite your teen to check out Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University's first "Teen-Only" Party 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 3 in Durham. IMPACT! is a free museum party for teens who want to make art with local artists, eat free food and experience live music, spoken word and step! All performers are from local high schools. Teen can take friends and carpool to the museum. Learn more on Instagra: @nasherteens #nasherteens. Reserve on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of J. Caldwell/Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

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