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Weekend Plans: Vet college open house, Spring Daze, farm tours, shark tooth hunt, more

Posted April 24, 2013

Another busy weekend. I’ll be spending Sunday at the Southern Women’s Show with a character from Sesame Street. Read my post for details about all of that and the rest of the show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. As always, check’s Out & About section for more activities!

Here’s your weekend family fun!

The N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine holds its popular open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. This event is the only time each year that the public is invited to check out the top-ranked college. There are tours around the facility, chances to meet animals of all sizes and opportunities to learn more about the “One Health” concept, which explores the connection between animals, the environment and people. This event has plenty for older kids who might be considering a career in veterinary medicine. It’s also great for little kids with its teddy bear clinic and carnival. Read more about the event in my earlier post. The college is off Hillsborough Street in Raleigh near the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival takes over Bond Metro Park in Cary from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. The day includes arts, crafts, festival food, and a children’s village with special activities. There’s also a special Earth Day section focused on preserving our natural resources and protecting the environment. This is another very popular event for many families around here.

The Piedmont Farm Tour features 39 farms across the region. They’re open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and are in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange and Person counties. This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about what farmers do and where our food comes from. Some recommendations if you go from the tour organizers and friends who have gone: Don’t plan on seeing all of the farms or more than a few each day. Check the brochure. Many farms cater to families and kids. Bring hand sanitizer and use the hand washing stations after you touch animals. And bring a cooler! A lot of the farms will have items for sale. Tickets are $25 for the entire weekend per carload ($30 the day of).

The Carrboro Farmers’ Market will host its annual Kids’ Seedling Event starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. Market farmers will give away tomato seedlings to kids. Fifth Season Gardening Company also will be donating organic potting soil for the pots, along with some growing tips and other information. Kidzu Children’s Museum and market volunteers will offer some activities for kids in the market gazebo. And there’s more, including a rain barrel raffle and all the yummy produce and goods at the market. I wrote a bit about the event last week when I shared a recipe for tomato and peach soup courtesy of the market.

The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long returns to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the show, which begins around 8 p.m. The event features a screening of the classic movie with subtitles so the audience can sing along. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids 4 and under are free. There’s a ticket deal if you buy tickets for the Grease Sing-Along too. That one is scheduled for Aug. 24.

In Durham, the Museum of Life and Science’s Megalodon Shark Tooth Hunt continues this weekend and next weekend. Museum visitors are invited to look for special golden-colored “treasure teeth.” The lucky winners will take home one of several giant megalodon teeth. The museum recently filled up its popular Fossil Dig Site (my older daughter could spend the entire day here) with two tons of new fossil material. The megalodon tooth is over 4 inches long and belonged to megalodon sharks, which were about 40-feet long and weighed up to 80 tons, according to a museum release. The tooth hunt is free with admission to the museum, which is $14 for adults and $10 for kid ages 3 to 12.

The PTA at George Watts Montessori Magnet School, 700 Watts St., Durham, will host a spring carnival and fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The afternoon includes games, food trucks, a silent auction, entertainment and other activities. You’ll find bounce houses, face painting, sack races and, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., balloon animals. There’s also a silent auction with everything from beach and mountain vacations to gift cards to local restaurants and more. The event helps pay for a variety of programs at the school including writer’s workshops and teacher training.

The Junior League of Orange and Durham Counties will host a Touch a Truck Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham. You’ll find it in the Belk parking lot. Tickets are $5 or $15 for a family of four. Kids can explore a variety of big trucks - from an ambulance to construction trucks. There will be a horn and light free time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for kids with special needs or sensory issues. Proceeds will benefit the Junior League’s programs.

We have consignment sales in Durham and Wilmington. Read my earlier post for details. Also in the deals department, I was sad to report this week that SmartMomma in north Raleigh is closing. There’s a massive sale going on right now. It started Tuesday and items are going fast. There may still be some items by this weekend. Check SmartMomma’s Facebook page for the latest.

Blue Jay Point County Park holds its annual Songbird Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Wake County park just north of Raleigh. The free event honors International Migratory Bird Day and includes bird-related activities such as games, crafts, story times, bird hikes and more. Some activities require pre-registration. You can just drop in for others. Check the website for details.

In Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum will host Moneypalooza Play Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Special activities, which are free with the $5 museum admission, including pizza fractions, coin twister and other ways for kids to learn more about money. A big note for Marbles this weekend: The museum will close at 4 p.m., Saturday, to prepare for its adults-only Marbles Imagination Ball.

Raleigh Dance Theatre’s Spring Repertoire is 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke (formerly Progress) Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The dance program is a pre-professional program for young dancers. This is a great way to introduce kids to ballet. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Children of the Horn will kick off Wake Forest’s Six Sundays in Spring series on Sunday. The free concert begins around 3 p.m. with an opening act and ends at 7 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater, 701 Harris Rd. in Wake Forest. They’ll have food, including Lumpy’s ice cream, for sale. There’s lots of room for kids to run around at this park too.

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  • tammie2 Apr 25, 2013

    Don't forget about the Relay for Life of Garner. The event will start Friday evening at Lake Benson Park at 6PM. The luminary ceremony to celebrate those who have had cancer starts at 9PM. The annual kids walk will be 9AM Saturday morning. Come out and show your support while having a great time.