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Weekend Plans: Kindergarten kickoff, Lazy Daze, festivals

Posted August 19, 2015
Updated August 21, 2015

Courtesy: Marbles Kids Museum

School is back for many and almost open for the rest of us. But here’s another summer weekend of fun for families. As always, check's Out & About calendar for more ideas. (Update: Slide Fest has been canceled/postponed, according to its website).

To mark back-to-school season, Northgate Mall offers circus-style activities with Cirque de Vol from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Northgate’s Center Court. It is free and open to the public. The day includes interactive activities with Cirque de Vol, train and animal rides, balloon twisting, face painting and register-to-win merchant prices. Northgate merchant Bull City Heat All-Stars will also be on hand to perform high energy cheer demonstrations.

Rising traditional calendar kindergartners can head to Marbles Kids Museum for Kick-off to Kindergarten from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Kids gearing up for kindergarten can take part in a PE class, hop on a school bus, practice going through a lunch line and more. Characters from Letterland and UNC-TV will be on hand. I expect to be there with my rising kindergartner! It’s free for rising kindergartners and their families.

Before or after Kickoff to Kindergarten, you also can head over to Artspace, across City Market, for its Family Fun Day and Youth Exhibition Reception. It’s 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at 201 E. Davie St. There will be free snacks from Trader Joe’s and make-and-take art projects.

There's also CaribMask Carnival, which starts at noon, Saturday, on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. It celebrates Caribbean culture with a parade (at noon), along with music, food and more. Admission is free.

Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is in downtown Cary (in a new location) from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. The free festival features arts, crafts, food, live music and an area for kids.

UPDATE: This event has been canceled for this weekend. Slide Fest at WakeMed Soccer Park is Sunday afternoon. The event features a 1,000-foot water slide. Ticket prices go up on Sunday (if they are still available).

Johnston County Home Educators’ Annual Homeschool Conference is Friday and Saturday at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church. The program offers a variety of workshops and programs for kids and adults.

The Love South Durham Festival is noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, at Pearsontown Elementary School, 4915 Barbee Rd., Durham. South Durham Church is sponsoring the event, which includes free food, games, face painting and more. They also will be collecting school supplies.


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  • Sarah Hall Aug 21, 2015
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    Thank you, Sam, for the heads up! Making updates to the posts I wrote about that right now.


  • Sam Jaber Aug 20, 2015
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    Just as a heads up, according to the website for the SlideFest, the event has been cancelled and ticket purchases are being refunded due to permitting issues.