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Family Picks: A fall festival at Duke Gardens

CorrespondentOctober 10, 2013 

Duke Gardens in Durham is always a lovely place for a family outing, but this weekend, there is an added bonus – the Fall Festival in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden.


Duke Gardens in Durham is always a lovely place for a family outing, with its spectacular plantings, lakes and trees punctuated by picturesque bridges and grassy meadows. But this weekend, there is an added bonus – the Fall Festival in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden.

The festival runs from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Discovery Garden, a new feature added to Duke Gardens last year to teach about food production in a hands-on environment.

The garden is a sort of miniature organic farm including vegetable beds, a fruit orchard, a tobacco barn, a chicken coop, a rain garden and outdoor classrooms.

During the Fall Festival, kids can plant their own seeds, listen to stories in the garden and participate in sack races that start at 1 and 2 p.m.

The Durham Beekeeping Club will be there with a glass-encased beehive that will allow kids a close-up look at bees at work. A “pollinator game” will help them understand the connections between plants, insects and food.

There will also be a tasting table where they can “taste a rainbow,” consisting of fruits and veggies in every color. Nutritionists say encouraging kids to eat a rainbow of colors every day is an easy way to encourage healthy eating. (Just make sure the rainbow isn’t made of gummy bears.)

Parents can pick up some gardening advice from Master Gardeners Club volunteers, who will be there to offer plant information and advice.

The festival is free, but you will have to pay to park.

The Discovery Garden is on the far north side of the Doris Duke Center Gardens. While you’re there, make sure to check out the beautiful flower gardens and the exotic ducks in the pond, as well.

Triangle Run/Walk for Autism

The Triangle Run/Walk for Autism is Saturday in Raleigh. This festive event in Moore Square even offers options for families who haven’t been training for a 5K.

From 8 a.m. to around 11 a.m., there will be a family festival in Moore Square with inflatables, face-painting and music – all at no cost. If you have children with special needs, there will be dozens of booths where you can find services and information about raising kids with autism.

The last event of the day will be a kids’ dash in the street with Hurricanes’ mascot Stormy as one of the participants. That starts at 10:40 a.m.

If you want to run (or walk), you can sign up on the morning of the race for the regular 5K, a noncompetitive 5K or a 1-mile walk. Just get there between 7 and 9 a.m. to register. The fee for those races is $25.

This is the most important fundraiser of the year for the Autism Society of North Carolina. For information, go to

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