The UNC-TV pavilion at the N.C. State Fair has long been one of my favorite places to take my kids - especially when they were really little.
Everything is free inside. There are wooden cutouts of some of PBS Kids' most popular characters - and you even may run into a few if you visit at the right time.
This year, the public media network will return to its usual spot next to Dorton Arena. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the run of the fair with giveaways, storytelling, arts and crafts, interactive play areas and UNC-TV’s popular swag bags (which really are awesome!).
Visitors also can see UNC's book-loving marsupial mascot Read-a-roo, meet some of their PBS favorite characters and take part in hands-on building opportunities from The Home Depot during special events on Saturdays.
Here's the schedule for Saturday's Read-a-roo Block Party, which runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the pavilion.
The event includes visits with popular PBS Kids characters, along with the world premiere of the new "Rootle Up!" theme song and music video with Mr. Steve.
Schedule for Saturday
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: PBS Kids host Mr. Steve and Read-a-roo
10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.: Daniel Tiger
10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.: Maya & Miguel
11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.: Read-a-roo and Betsy
11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.: PBS Kids host Mr. Steve and Read-a-roo
12:10 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.: Daniel Tiger
12:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.: Maya & Miguel
1:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mr. Steve and Read-a-roo
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Daniel Tiger
Stay tuned next week for the schedule for Oct. 22, which includes the Home Depot activities, Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine.
The State Fair opens Thursday in west Raleigh. Taking kids? Check our guide before you go.