Happy Father’s Day weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front.
The Maker Faire, dubbed the state’s biggest do-it-yourself festival for makers, crafters, artists and hackers, is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at the Kerr Scott Building on the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $5 for kids ages 7 to 17 and $10 for adults. This festival offers a lot of family fun and focuses on the projects of some very creative people. You’ll see everything from electronic gadgets and fighting robots to homemade cookies and quilts. There’s something for everyone. I’ve heard great things about this one. It’s very popular with families.
Blast Off!, a new exhibit at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, opens to the public on Saturday. I’ll get a preview of the exhibit this week and will have more about it on Friday. The new aerospace exhibition lets kids use common materials to make flying creations of their own. It will be free with admission to the museum, which is $10 for kids ages 3 to 12 and $14 for adults.
Marbles Kids Museum will honor dad with two days of special events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Kids and dads can design a superhero cape and mask, feature dad in their own comic book and watch “Man of Steel 3D” in IMAX at Marbles. (The movie is rated PG-13). Activities are free with admission to the museum, which is $5 per person. Tickets to the movie are $11.
The Tour de Fat returns to Durham on Saturday with a bike parade, live music and lots of activities, including a yo-yo show.. The event is sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Co., but it was organized with families in mind. Lots turn up for this popular event. Parade registration is at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Live entertainment continues until 5 p.m. Find it at Diamond View Park on the American Tobacco Campus. The event raises money for local groups.
Downtown Wake Forest will have a classic and antique charity car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The event benefits the Hospice of Wake County and local Wake Forest charities. Admission is free. Among the attractions: A “Take-Apart-T” demonstration where a 1917 Ford Model T is completely disassembled and then put back together in 10 to 15 minutes. The Leith Kia Monster Truck also will be on display, along with custom, muscle, pony, classic and antique automobiles.
Cary has two free outdoor concerts this weekend at Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, 801 High House Rd. The Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m., Friday. Folk singer/storyteller Erin McDermott takes the stage at 6 p.m., Saturday. McDermott was showcased at the 2012 IMBA World of Bluegrass. These are part of Cary's Sertoma Series. Picnics, lawn chairs, blankets and leashed pets are welcome. Alcohol is not.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host one of its free skywatching sessions at Jordan Lake from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday (update!). If the weather cooperates, you could see Venus, Saturn and Mercury. Check Morehead’s website for information, updates and directions.
Luna Fest, a traveling women's film festival, will stop in Apex on Saturday. The event features a screening of a variety of short films made by women, along with other activities. Read my earlier post for details.
Durham will hold one of its Bull City Play Streets events from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, on Driver Street between Southgate and Ashe streets. The morning includes health screenings and lots of free activities for all ages.
Durham County Library will kick off its summer reading program with a special event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Northgate Mall. The event includes booths featuring the N.C. Zoo, the Museum of Life and Science, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, storytelling, crafts, a magician, a video game truck and books for kids. It takes place both inside the mall and on the outdoor plaza between entrances 2 and 4. For more about other summer reading programs across the region, read my earlier post.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh will host Innovations in Health Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The free event at the downtown Raleigh museum will showcase local hospitals and the fields of health and wellness. For kids, there will be table-top exhibits, games and crafts. It's also a chance to check out the museum's new exhibit Dinosaurs in Motion. Read my earlier post all about it. On Sunday, Father's Day, dads get in for $6 instead of the usual $10.
On the Trail to Health, a health lifestyle event, will take place on the American Tobacco Trail, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. You can find the activities at the White Oak parking area in the back field at 1305 White Oak Church Rd. in Apex. Local professionals will be teaching yoga, biking, horseback riding, dancing and other activities. They’ll have fresh baked bread and locally grown produce, along with live bands and performances. Kids can bring their own bike to decorate for a parade at 3 p.m.
Durham’s Juneteenth Celebration is Saturday in downtown Durham. It includes a parade at 10:30 a.m., along with a festival from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on CCB Plaza. Activities include hands-on activities for kids, face painting, food vendors and music. Juneteenth marks the end of slavery.
We had Run Like a Mother on Mother’s Day. And now there’s a 5K for dad’s on Father’s Day. Maggiano’s Make-a-Wish 5K starts at 8:30 a.m., Sunday. The run supports Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina. It begins at Maggiano’s on Main Street at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham, loops around the mall and then continues onto the American Tobacco Trail before returning to the restaurant for the finish. Registration is $25 per participant.
The Rex Hospital Open begins Sunday at TPC Wakefield Plantation in north Raleigh with a Junior Invitational and continues until June 23. Admission for kids 16 and under is free with an adult. Admission for adults is $10 for the full week. The open, which benefits Rex Heart & Vascular services and programs, will have many other events coming up in the next week including a free golf clinic for kids on Tuesday, a family fun day on June 22 and a Service Appreciation Day on June 23.
The Durham Bulls have a home games Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are fireworks on Friday and kids can run the bases on Sunday.
Happy Father’s Day!