Family Picks: Learn about alien plants and veterinarians

06/26/2014 8:00 PM

06/24/2014 2:39 PM

With July Fourth next weekend, this weekend is a good time to mix learning and play – leave Independence Day for pure play. This weekend, there are opportunities for kids to learn about veterinarian careers, build rubber band racers or find new uses for alien invasive species (pesky exotic organisms that, like kudzu, can wreak havoc on existing ecosystems). Or listen to authors and buy new books – all fun and useful stuff.

• Saturday morning at the American Tobacco Trail in Apex, get rid of alien invasive species the fun way – by making wreaths with non-native Japanese Honeysuckle plants. Leave your shears at home, too, as equipment and instructions will be provided. This runs from 9:30-11 a.m. and is recommended for kids 8 and up. This costs $3 per person or $5 per family and registration is required, so call 919-387-2117.
• A Banfield Pet Hospital vet visits Marbles Kids Museum’s Pet Vet exhibit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, applying real-world lessons to its plush patients. Museum admission is $5, though military adults pay $4 and those 1 and younger get in free. See
• The Carrboro ArtsCenter’s Summertime and the Reading Is Easy event has a children’s nook, sure, but it’s not a dedicated kids’ event – and that’s why it’s perfect. Ultimately, this is a book fair with performers and readings by local authors. If the best way to encourage children to read is through example, why not go to this and get books for your kids and yourself? Admission is free, and the book fair runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. See for more information.
• Saturday at 2 p.m., kids 7 and up can build a rubber band race car at the Cary Barnes and Noble. Though the event is free, space is limited. Sign up in the kids’ department or call 919-467-3866 to learn more.

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