The back-to-school countdown is here for most kids across the Triangle. Northgate Mall is gearing up for a celebration.
The Durham mall will offer a free family day with interactive activities, train rides, live music, DJs, petting zoo, face painting, and register-to-win back-to-school backpacks to support Durham-based children’s educational and advocacy agencies Book Harvest and Exchange Family Center Saturday. It's 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the mall.
To register to win one of 20 designer backpacks that include back-to-school swag valued at $120 or more, bring a children's book to benefit Book Harvest to the Macy’s, Sears, or Center Court wings. Ignite Community Care Center, which recently opened on the plaza in suite 856, is giving away 300 free backpacks at the top of the hour between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near Center Court, while supplies last.
Here's the day's schedule:
Live Music: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Bouncing Bulldogs Demonstration: Noon
Riverside High School Cheerleading Squad: 2 p.m.
SkyZone: Spin the Prize Wheel: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lynn’s Hallmark, free balloons: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Book Harvest book donation drop-off and register to win designer backpack: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Safari Train Rides: $1 all day
Bounce House: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spence’s Farms Mini Petting Zoo: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cotton candy and peanuts for sale to benefit Exchange Family Center: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Face Painting: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Book Harvest Book donation drop-off and register to win designer backpack: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free backpack giveaways at top of the hour by Ignite: 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
DJ Flight: 9 a.m. to noon
Face Painting: 10 a.m. to noon
Island Carousel Rides: $1 all day
Book Harvest book donation drop-off and register to win designer backpack (Endivo Salon) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Discovery Nook: Zumba, Fit Kids 1 p.m.; Fit Teens, 1:30 p.m. fitness classes (suite 118)
Surf Simulator Rides across from DTLR (suite 115): 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free children’s haircuts with a backpack: Noon to 4 p.m.
Ignite Community Care Center Grand Opening/Open House (suite 856)
Durham County Library Bookmobile: Noon to 2 p.m.
Ho B-RC Park hosts special drift racing event Slam Race, visit as a spectator: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mall merchants also will offer special discounts and promotions throughout the day. Northgate is at 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham.