JC Raulston Arboretum is lining up its slate of spring programs for families.
Here's what's on tap so far:
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, March 16: Tea and Stories with Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds. Tickets are $25 for kids 12 and under and $35 for adults. This is the arboretum's first ever children's program tea party. The afternoon will include hat making, sweet and savory treats, lessons about how tea is connected to the garden and stories. Pre-registration is required for this. Click here for details.
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22, Y Guides and Y Princess tribes in their second year can work on some of their requirements before the annual spring outing. Participants can register as a tribe or individual for either of two sessions - 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 for a father/child pair. Click here for details. (Let me take a brief moment to plug the Y Guide for dads and sons and Y Princesses for dads and daughters programs. My husband and older daughter are finishing their third year and have had a fantastic experience. I highly recommend it. Check the YMCA of the Triangle's website for details).
- And there are four age categories for kids in the arboretum's annual birdhouse competition. Entries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 4. Youth categories are 4 to 6 years; 7 to 9 years; 10 to 12 years; and 13 to 15 years. Click here for details. You have plenty of time to build!
- That same weekend, the arboretum also will be busy for its Raulston Blooms and Birds event, which is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 5. The cost is $5 per individual or $10 per family. The festival includes information and demonstrations about gardening, Howling Cow ice cream, food trucks, crafts for sale and more.
The arboretum on Beryl Road near the N.C. State Fairgrounds is part of N.C. State University.