It’s a good weekend for fun and games, but also a good time to think about safety: Saturday, get a free inspection of your child seat checked out. There’s also a storytelling festival in Raleigh, a free family day at Durham’s Nasher Museum of Art and a program on spider sniffing (seriously) at Morrisville’s Lake Crabtree Park.
▪ Saturday is National Seat Check, part of Child Passenger Safety Week. Considering that driving or riding in a car is one of the more dangerous things we do in our daily lives, it’s smart to get an expert to make 100 percent sure you have the right car seat for your kid and that it’s attached correctly. Find your local station at cpsboard.org.
▪ Check out Saturday’s Storytelling Festival at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh. Storyteller and author Donna Washington, West Virginia storyteller and musician Adam Booth and therapeutic storyteller Regi Carpenter all spin entertaining tales, while the local Sandbox Band plays family-oriented music. There will also be food and activities, so bring a blanket or chair and hang out awhile. The free festivals run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details: nando.com/storytelling.
▪ How does a spider smell? No, this isn’t the setup for a joke, as Morrisville’s Lake Crabtree park offers a spider-sniffing program Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (bring a flashlight). The program is free as part of Take a Child Outside Week. Visit wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.
▪ Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University holds a free family day Sunday, noon and 4 p.m. Check out current exhibit “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art” and create works inspired by it, or tour the galleries. Live music will be provided by kids – girls’ bands from Girls Rock NC. Visit nasher.duke.edu.
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