Kids’ minds move so much faster than ours, and it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas to keep them engaged. This weekend, though, there are opportunities to get toys and books for cheap, find a new favorite musician or learn about the natural world – right in the midst of urban Durham.
• If your kids are anything like mine, a good 80 percent of their toys, books and clothes are secondhand – considering how quickly children grow and develop, it’s really the way to go. From Friday to Sunday, Kidcycle transforms a portion of Durham’s Northgate Mall into a family consignment shop. This takes place in the Sears wing, by entrance 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Details:northgatemall.com
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• Bilingual children’s musician Mister G plays the Carrboro ArtsCenter Saturday as part of its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. His music is gentle and a little funky – certainly danceable to your little ones – and the songs are the right mix of silly and educational. So if you have Caspar Babypants and Dan Zanes on your iPod, your kids should like Mister G, too. Children 2 and younger get in free, while others pay between $7 and $10 (or it’s $32 for a family of four). The music starts at 11 a.m. Details:ArtsCenterLive.org
• Ellerbe Creek runs through the city of Durham, yet doesn’t feel particularly urban. There’s a beaver lodge behind Avondale Avenue’s Compare Foods and a birdwatcher’s hot spot neighboring the Hillandale Golf Course. Between 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, check out five tour stops along this creek, which is effectively hidden in plain sight. Seecreektour.org
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• Older kids may appreciate a closer look at how farms work – or just a closer look at the animals. The self-guided Eastern Triangle Farm Tour runs from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, encompassing 27 farms in Durham, Wake, Franklin, Granville and Person Counties. Considering the distance and time commitment, this may be too much for the pre-K crowd, though. Pay $25 per vehicle in advance, $30 over the tour weekend, or $10 per individual farm visit. Details:carolinafarmstewards.org/etft
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