Happy Labor Day weekend! Here’s your weekend family fun. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About section for more ideas. Keep reading for holiday weekend hours for popular family destinations.
There’s about a day left to register for the Big Muddy Challenge, a parent-child adventure race series that begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, at Hill Ridge Farm in Youngsville. The two-mile course features physical and other obstacles. It’s designed for kids ages 6 to 13 and their adults. Fees are $40 for adults and $37 for kids.
The African American Cultural Festival in downtown Raleigh runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday. The free festival features music, performances, dance, arts, crafts, vendors and more. A Family Village includes educational, hands-on activities for families such as storytelling, dance troupes, drum circles, crafts and more. The Family Village area is open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.
Take a road trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the 12th annual Mile High Kite Festival on Sunday in Beech Mountain’s meadow. Located at more than 5,000 feet in elevation, the meadow makes it easy to sail kites more than a mile above sea level. Other activities include races with kids pulling parachute kites, face painting, and a variety of craft and food vendors. The first 300 kids age 12 and under get a free kite. Beech Mountain is just under 4 hours from Raleigh.
Durham Central Park will host one of its popular food truck rodeos from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. The afternoon also includes lots of live music.
Noah’s Landing in Coats, less than an hour from Raleigh, will host its annual Blue ‘n ‘Cue at the Zoo. It’s 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The event features a chance to see the zoo’s many exotic animals, along with bluegrass and BBQ. The zoo also will set up an ice cold dunking booth. For a $5 donation to the ALS Association, visitors can take turns helping volunteers take the plunge. Tickets to the event are $8 per person.
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention continues the run of its 15th summer puppet show at the Forest Theater at UNC-Chapel Hill. The show, a tradition for many around here, will be performed on select days through Sept. 7 in Chapel Hill. It then moves over to the N.C. Museum of Art Sept. 12 to Sept. 14. These are great shows, fantastic spectacles.
Hairspray is on stage at the Raleigh Little Theater on select dates through Sept. 7. Tickets are $22 to $24.
This is the final weekend for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' Rainforest Adventure exhibit. The exhibit, best for preschoolers to tweens, takes visitors on a “maze” through the rainforest. It closes next week.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is open all weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.
Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh is open all weekend, including 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Labor Day.
The Museum of Life and Science is open all weekend and Monday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m., Sundays.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill has shows both Saturday and Sunday.