Memorial Day is the de facto start of the warm weather travel season, true, but traffic can be awful. If you aren’t leaving town, you’re not missing out – there’s plenty of interesting things to get out of the house and see or do around here. Or maybe it’s a good weekend to hang out at home, get some things done, and let yourself and your kids relax. The beach isn’t going anywhere...
▪ Not hitting the beach for the weekend? It is possible to “get away” without leaving the Triangle. Bynum, for instance, has a rural Chatham County vibe without being too far from Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill. The little town’s Front Porch Friday Night Music Series continues tonight at 7 with Rootzie. The music is free, the vibe is relaxed and easy, and young children are quite welcome. Visit bynumfrontporch.org.
▪ Young writers read their work Friday night at Durham’s Regulator Bookshop. Local middle school kids will present original stories they created at the Durham Mighty Pen’s first writing workshop. Even if your child wasn’t involved, this can still be a confidence boost for aspiring writers to see that, yes, other kids write, too. This starts at 7 p.m. and is free. Visit regulatorbookshop.com.
▪ You don’t have to wrestle traffic on I40 East to spend time on the water this weekend. Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh has a family fishing program at 9 a.m. and a canoeing program at 11 a.m. Saturday. Both cost $5 per family, and both require registration to participate. Visit wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill or call 919-856-6675.
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▪ Or simply stay home and make your own fun. Concrete or stone pavers from a home improvement store can be used to make a hopscotch game in your yard (just add chalk or paint, depending on your level of investment) – and the weather looks promising for cookouts.
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