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Wondering what to do this Father's Day? Here are a few events on tap for that weekend.

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Father's Day
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Just thought I'd share some details about a few Father's Day events. June 19 is the big day. Here's what I know about so far:

Historic Yates Mill County Park just south of Raleigh will host a special Family Hike: Day Out with Dad from 11 a.m. to noon June 19. It's for ages 4 and up. The fee is $5 per family or $3 per individual. Spend some quality time with dad and develop your child's interest in nature at the same time. Pre-registration is required for this one. Click here for details and contact information for Yates Mill. And see my review of the park, a great place to visit.
Noah's Landing in Coats will have a Father's Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 19. Visit with the animals at this hands-on zoo in Coats, which is about an hour or so from the Triangle, and take part in some special events including wagon rides, a Teddy Bear Clinic and crafts. All dads receive half-price admission with one paid admission.
Marbles Kids Museum will celebrate dad all weekend with special events on June 18 and June 19. There will be lawn mower races, painting with shaving cream and other activities and contests.
American Tobacco will host a special Father's Day Tribute Celebration with its Pops for Pops concert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 19. The concert will feature the Durham Community Concert Band and Durham Jazz Orchestra. This is a great place to take kids with room for them to dance and run around.

Raleigh parks will offer Dad 'n Me. Moms are welcome, but this one is especially for dads. Learn all about dads in nature, take a walk and make a craft for Father's Day. The program is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. June 19 for ages 3 to 5. The fee is $5. Pre-registration is required four days before the event. The program meets at Durant Nature Park's Training Lodge. For more information and to register, contact Jeri Smart at Durant Nature Park at 919-870-2871.

And registration is full for the very popular Eric Montross Father's Day Basketball Camp in Chapel Hill, but I thought I'd mention it if you want to make plans for another year or get on the wait list for this year. The event, which is $450 per father/child pair, raises money for the N.C. Children's Hospital.

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