August 28, 2014

Family Picks: From the farmers market to the rodeo

Spread your family activities into the middle of the week with visits to farmers markets, museums and even a rodeo.

This column typically picks a handful of weekend events, Triangle-wide, that kids (and parents) may appreciate. Naturally, there tends to be more scheduled over the weekends. But parenting duties run 24/7, so this week we’re looking at all seven days, not just Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

• The Triangle has lots of regular farmers markets outside the larger cities. Saturday sees the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary (8 a.m.-noon) and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market (7 a.m.-noon), just to name a couple. There are plenty more (including the biggie – the State Farmers Market in Raleigh) happening throughout the week. To find one closest to you, check
• As countless punchlines attest, Mondays can be the worst. The cure here may be taking a walk with the family. So grab a quick supper and fight the Monday malaise with your kids and a nearby trail.
• Tuesday night at 7:30, Carousel Farms in Raleigh closes its 2014 season with rodeo spectacles like bull riding and barrel racing. Admission is $9, though kids 5 and younger get in free. See
• Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History, bring your preteens to find out about old-timey home remedies – and maybe take a few notes of your own. The event is from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., meaning it may conflict with the school day. If it doesn’t, call 919-807-7992 to register. This costs $3 per child, or $1 for museum members, and is meant for ages 10-13.
• On Thursdays, Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh is open until 7 p.m. (it usually closes at 5 p.m.) and admission is $2 after 3 p.m. (it’s usually $5)! Not a bad way to celebrate “little Friday” with your family. See

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