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Family Picks: Field day offered at Durham's West Point on the Eno

CorrespondentSeptember 5, 2013 


There’s archery, tomahawk throwing and a family relay at Schoolhouse of Wonder’s first Family Field Day.


If you have fond memories of school field days, this weekend is your chance to relive them.

Sunday at Durham’s West Point on the Eno park, the whole family can take part in a sack race, an egg toss, a relay and lots more.

Family Field Day, which takes place at the 400-acre park that sits beside the Eno River, is 12:30-3 p.m.

Your family can practice archery, participate in a seed-spitting challenge or try tomahawk throwing. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can take part in one of the races that begin at 1 p.m. – a sack race, a three-legged race, a family relay and an egg toss.

There will also be face painting and nature art projects for kids.

The field day is a fundraiser for Durham’s Schoolhouse of Wonder, a nonprofit that runs summer camps and field trips that encourage children to learn and develop relationships through nature.

“We go out in the woods with kids,” said program director Eli Carley. “What we’re hoping to inspire is a sense of discovery, a sense of investigation, a sense of curiosity.”

Schoolhouse of Wonder has been around since the 1980s, but this is its first field day. Carley said the day is intended to raise money for camp scholarships.

He said the crowd will include past campers, as well as those who want to learn more about Schoolhouse’s programs for kids.

The event is free and open to all, but you will need to buy tickets if you want to participate in most events or buy lunch there. You can buy tickets when you arrive.

Even without tickets, you can enjoy the scenic park, have a picnic, participate in the art project and watch the races.

“We’re hoping it would be fun even if you came and didn’t buy a single ticket,” Carley said.

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La Fiesta del Pueblo

This Sunday is also La Fiesta del Pueblo, Raleigh’s annual festival celebrating Latin American culture.

The free festival runs noon-8 p.m. in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square, just across the street from Marbles Kids Museum.

The event showcases Latino culture with live music, arts and crafts, dance performances, food and children’s activities. It benefits the Latino advocacy group El Pueblo.

See the full schedule at

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