Fayetteville, N.C. — Here’s a list of kid-friendly events coming up in the next week or so in Fayetteville and surrounding areas. Be sure to send me your event listing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fayetteville really does have such a neat downtown area, and I love events that give me an excuse to take the kids around to explore. Fourth Friday, set for this Friday, Aug. 22 is the perfect opportunity: art exhibits from the Arts Council, plus lots of music and food. The fun starts after 5 p.m. For more information, go to the Downtown Alliance's website.
Lots going on at the 18th annual Umoja Festival at Fayetteville’s Seabrook Park., from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23. Look for storytellers, music and dancers, plus a health fair and blood drive. The event is free and open to the public. Questions? 910-483-6152.
Talk about a treasure trove: the Headquarters library in Cumberland County is holding its public book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23. I have teacher friends who never miss these sales because it’s a great way to restock classrooms. Make sure you bring cash or a personal check. Call 910-483-7727 for more details.
Also on Saturday, Aug. 23: The Children’s Treasure Trail Adventure at the Sandhills Community College Gardens in Pinehurst. Crafts, games and music from The Army Ground Force Band’s Loose Cannons. Free refreshments too. It's from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 910-695-3882 for more information.
With kids back in school, parents can finally have some one-on-one time with their preschoolers . Lake Rim Park is offering Dinosaurs in the Dirt from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27. Kids ages 5 and under can dig for dinosaur bones in the sand. Pre-register by calling 910-433-1018.
For those caring for a little one, be sure to check regularly with Lake Rim Park in Fayetteville. They have a Nature Spouts program that offers events once a month for preschool-aged children. This months’ Nature Sprouts will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, but you have to pre-register by the Tuesday before. Call 910-433-1018.
Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in 2010. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. She writes about motherhood and family-friendly events in Fayetteville here on Go Ask Mom.