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14 family-friendly activities for the weekend of Sept. 27 to Sept. 29

What's up this weekend? Wide Open Bluegrass, Marbles' 12th birthday, a storytelling festival, a Messtival and more.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
, Go Ask Mom editor
It's a big weekend with lots of activities for the family, so let's get right to it. (And if you need more ideas, check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar and our Halloween and fall fun database for corn maze and pumpkin patch information.)


Downtown will be filled with bluegrass fans and performers for Wide Open Bluegrass, a free festival that runs Friday and Saturday. We list five things to know about if you go with kids.

Marbles Kids Museum will celebrate its 12th birthday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29, with some special birthday-themed events, such as making party hats, noisemakers and cards. The events are free with admission, which is $7 per person.
Historic Oak View County Park's 37th annual Storytelling Festival is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. The free event includes storytellers, music, a wagon shuttle and more.
And Campbell Law School will host its first-ever community Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, on the campus at 225 Hillsborough St. It's free. The day includes mobile mammograms, oral cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, diabetes screenings, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) screenings, blood pressure tests, flu shots, retinal scans, mental health and wellness education, yoga, pet health and service dog information, and activities for children.
The 5th annual Wolfpack Games is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at the Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center, 2611 Cates Ave., Raleigh. They'll be giving out light up batons to the first 500 fans, offering a chance to win tickets to the NC State vs. Louisville football game on Nov. 16 and setting up a fan zone meet and greet with members of the team. The fan zone opens up at 5 p.m. It's free.

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill-Durham Parents of Multiples Fall Sale is 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at HillSong Church, 201 Culbreth Rd., Chapel Hill. Some items will be half off from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Kidzu Children's Museum will offer free admission to adults on Saturday, Sept. 28, if they drop their cell phone off at the museum's front desk. The offer marks Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play when adults are encouraged to play with their kids.


The Museum of Life and Science will host Messtival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. From mud pies to finger paint and slime, there will be all kinds of opportunities to get messy in the museum's outdoor spaces. It's free with admission.


Kids Together Playground's annual Walk, Run & Roll for Inclusive Play is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Take part in games, decorate your bike or other wheels at a decorating station and, at 10:30 a.m., join in a walk, run or roll to MacDonald Woods Park and back (about a 1.4-mile round trip). Stay for refreshments, music and a raffle. Proceeds will go toward future improvements and enhancements at Kids Together Playground. Register online now.
Cary's annual Dragon Boat Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Booth Amphitheatre. The day includes nearly 100 exhibits and activities, including the dragon boat races, cultural displays and more. Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and up. Kids 12 and under are free.
Upscale Resale, which offers higher-end children's clothing, is open to the public 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Some items are half off on Saturday. It's at Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., in the former JCPenney.


Mule Days runs Thursday through Sunday in downtown Benson. The long-running event includes a rodeo, a mule-pulling contest, carnival rides, parades, bluegrass shows and more.


The annual Wildlife Expo at Durham County Wildlife Club, 3616 Hopson Rd., Morrisville, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. Free hands-on activities and demonstrations include an air rifle range, fishing, archery, hunting dogs, camping and more. Beefy Buns and Jam Ice Cream food trucks will be on-site serving snacks and lunch throughout the event.


Mumkin Fest is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Knightdale Station Park. The day includes music, vendors, a pumpkin and mum patch, hayrides and inflatables. It's free.


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