July 31, 2014

Family Picks: Hang with bears to celebrate Watermelon Day

August is a great month for eating watermelon – maybe with the animals at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham – or for going to a street fair in Pittsboro.

Hello, August – and hello to what’s typically the hottest summer month around here. It’s a great month for eating watermelon, that ultimate warm-weather fruit, or going to a street fair. But it’s also a good month for escaping high temperatures and catching a movie – particularly when the heat index tops 100. It’s the height of the summer, after all, so go do something fun!

• Durham’s Museum of Life and Science celebrates National Watermelon Day Friday (there’s a National Watermelon Day?!) by encouraging visitors to bring their own. It’s a twist on the old summer-in-the-South watermelon tradition, as some of the melons will be tossed in the bear pool, encouraging the beasts to swim to them (the bears cool off in the process). Throughout the day, different creatures will eat watermelon their own way. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $10-$14, with those under 3 admitted free. Visit
• It’s First Friday in Raleigh, and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is showing short films based on stories by three Golden Age sci-fi authors: Asimov, Bradbury and Clarke. These writers’ blend of fantastic futuristic elements and moral metaphor should be perfect for elementary school kids and older (including their parents, grown-up kids that they are). The 7 p.m. showing is free. Visit for more information.
• Speaking of firsts, it’s First Sunday noon-4 p.m. in Pittsboro this weekend. There will be booths up and down the block just north of the courthouse as well as music and food and ice cream trucks closer to the circle. For kids, a portion of W. Salisbury Street is blocked off and there’s a bounce house and a respectable variety of playthings – everything from musical instruments and board games to old He-Man and Star Wars toys. Like the larger First Friday, First Sunday is also free. Visit for more information.
• Barnes & Noble’s celebration of pop culture continues this weekend, with “Frozen” Friday’s Olaf-themed story time and singalong (7 p.m.) and then a celebration of Marvel Comics’ 75th anniversary on Saturday. See for details and store locations.

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