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13 family-friendly activities for the weekend of Oct. 11 to Oct. 13

Posted October 9, 2019 8:59 p.m. EDT

Visit New Hope Valley Railway, the Triangle’s Train, on Saturdays, October 14, 21 and 28, for its traditional Halloween train rides at its rail yard in Bonsal, located 30 minutes from Raleigh.
Courtesy: New Hope Valley Railway

Halloween is closing in, and that means the region's pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted houses are open for business. If a visit to one is in your weekend plans, our Halloween and fall fun database has the details.

This weekend also includes lots of other family-friendly fun. Here's what's happening on the family fun front (as always, check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar for more ideas).

Raleigh

Cameron Village is celebrating its 70th anniversary through Oct. 19, including with a birthday party from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. The free event includes musical piano stairs near Cantina 18, a kazoo giveaway so everybody can play :Happy Birthday," free birthday cake, free face painting and more.

Hayes Barton CrossFit will host a scavenger hunt in Five Points from 10:30 a..m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 2003 Fairview Rd. Tickets are $10. Teams of up to four people can walk around neighborhood businesses on the scavenger hunt. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place. Best for kids ages 8 and up.

The Raleigh Fire Department will host Fire Prevention Week activities from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, at Crabtree Valley Mall, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Raleigh Fire Department Training Center, 105 Keeter Center Dr.

Poe Center for Health Education's PoeFest 2019 is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the center, 224 Sunnybrook Rd. The afternoon includes a bike rodeo with free bike helmets (while supplies last), emergency vehicle displays and free dental screenings. Visitors also can check out Poe's PlayWELL playground and teaching garden and kitchen to learn how to make nutritious snacks with fresh vegetables. It's all free and open to the public.

TreeRunners Adventure Park will host a Harry Potter Glow Night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11. The park will be set up with LED lighting, lasers and Harry Potter decorations. Reservations are required. (A Monster Mash Glow Night is planned for Oct. 18 and a Zombie Glow Night is set for Oct. 25.)

The Raleigh Roots History Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, on Moore Square at 200 S. Blount St. The free event will showcase living history, including cooking demonstrations, a Revolutionary War encampment, free carriage rides, old-fashioned games and more.

North Hills will host a Pumpkin Palooza from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $5 for kids ages 6 to 16, $10 for adults and $25 for a family ticket. The event includes kids games, live music, Oktoberfest food, pumpkins and more.

Durham

Disney's Aladdin continues its run at DPAC. Tickets start at $30.

Chapel Hill

Festifall is on West Franklin Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. This year’s festival will feature an arts and craft market, live music, interactive performances, and free family fun.

Cary

Cary Diwali starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Booth Amphitheatre, and offers a day-long immersive experience in all things Indian - including music, dance, food and shopping. The day wraps up with fireworks.

The Marvelous Music Family Series will feature Bathtub Pirates presented by Grey Seal Puppets at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. A description: "In 'Bathtub Pirates,' follow the antics of Captain Blackbeard and his crew as they commandeer a child's bathtub to carry out their daring plan."

Carrboro

Kidical Mass Bike Event is 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Carrboro Elementary School bus loop. Bring your bike for an annual bike ride through the streets of Carrboro. Light snacks will be provided at the end. Families are encouraged to ride together. Helmets required.

New Hill

New Hope Valley Railway's Track or Treat: Halloween Express trains start up this Saturday, Oct. 12, and continue on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Enjoy a spooky kid-friendly train ride complete with scenes of flying witches, smoking cauldrons, large pumpkin faces, Count Dracula and other friendly creatures along the route. Each ride day has five train departure times at 2:45, 4:00, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. Daylight departure times are recommended for families riding the train with younger children. Tickets are $14 (and they can sell out).