Weekend Plans: Triangle Volksmarch, Sesame Street Live, MakerLab opens, more
Posted June 1
Happy weekend! Here’s your weekend family fun. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for many more ideas. Also, check our public pools and sprayground database for details on seasonal pools that are open for the season.
For the second year, Triangle Volksmarch will showcase four outdoor destinations - the Museum Park at the N.C. Museum of Art, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Schenck Forest and Umstead State Park. The event, which marks National Trails Day, starts at 10 a.m., Saturday. At each of the locations, you'll find activities for kids and adults - walking stick decorating at the art museum, citizen science at Prairie Ridge, games and Smokey Bear at Schenck Forest and box turtle survival skills at Umstead. From there, visitors can go on quick hikes at each spot. Free.
Cary also marks National Trails Day with a special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Symphony Lake Greenway at Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Walk the greenway with members of the Greenways and Cultural Arts Committees. Guided tours are at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. You’ll learn more about nature and hear the N.C. Symphony rehearse for the evening’s Summerfest concert. There also will be art activities for all ages. It’s free.
Sesame Street Live is playing the PNC Arena with multiple shows through Sunday. Our discount is good through Saturday!
The 12th annual Tour D’Coop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, in backyards across Wake County. The event supports Urban Ministries and highlights urban chicken coops, gardens and bee hives. This year, there will be a supersite coop location at 310 W. Whitaker Mill Rd. with a food truck, live music and a designer coop raffle. Tickets are $10 for individuals or $20 for a family or carload.
The annual Triangle Charity Polo Classic is noon to 6 p.m., Saturday. It takes place at North Carolina’s only polo club, The Triangle Area Polo Club (TAPC), which is at Crooked Creek Farm, 9239 Hester Road in Hurdle Mills, about 45 minutes north of Chapel Hill. Tickets are $20 and free for kids 12 and under. The event will raise funds to support Transitions Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center.
Cary marks the Dog Days of June with an event designed for our four-legged friends. It’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Bond Park, 801 High House Rd. The free event includes a canine frisbee disc competition, rabies vaccines and microchipping clinics and a dog wash led by the Cary Teen Council.
The Durham County LIbrary is opening a new creative space for patrons called MakerLab. The grand opening is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Main Library. There will be an introduction and then robotics, 3D printer demonstrations, a take-home craft (make a light-up card for Father’s Day) and snacks.
The Dollar Book Exchange has a great sale through Saturday. Fill up a bag with books and pay just $10!
Speaking of books and libraries, libraries are launching summer reading programs starting this weekend with some special activities.
The N.C. Museum of Art opens its outdoor movie series with one of my favorites - “The Princess Bride” on Saturday!
The Wake County Animal Center will answer your questions about what goes on at the County Animal Center and more during Animal Services Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
The Apex Latino Arts Festival is Saturday in downtown Apex. The day includes crafts, art workshops and pinatas from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, inside the Halle Cultural Arts Center. It’s free. Food and vendors will be set up along Salem Street from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kids Together Playground will hold its annual birthday party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the Cary park. Head to the picnic shelter to make noisemakers, then march with KATAL the KT Dragon in a kids' parade. Stop along the way to hear the Kids Together Playground story, told in the style of Dr. Seuss. There also will be Roly Poly fruit slushies and other refreshments. It's free.
And, finally, both the Carolina RailHawks and the Durham Bulls have home games. The RailHawks play at 7:30 p.m., Saturday. The Bulls have home games through Sunday.