Can I go outside now? I own short sleeves, but can I wear them again soon? I think my kids are feeling the same way; our 5-year-old daughter isn’t home from school five minutes before changing into a woefully seasonally inappropriate summer dress. Since it’s supposed to be relatively nice out this weekend – here’s hoping, at least – we must go outside.
▪ Travel into Hillsborough’s history with the annual Revolutionary War Living History Day Saturday. This day of tours and presentations commemorates a British occupation of the town in the last year of the Revolutionary War, 235 Februaries ago. The event, which starts at 10 a.m., is free and family friendly, though a 2 p.m. historical tour requires an RSVP at 919-732-7741 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the calendar at visithillsboroughnc.com for full information.
▪ The International Cat Association’s It’s TICA Time cat show comes to the State Fairgrounds’ Holshauser Building Saturday and Sunday. See rare, exotic breeds compete, or go for the kitty toy vendors. If you don’t already have one of your own, cats from area animal shelters will be available for adoption. It’s 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days and admission is $5, though you can bring a can or bag of cat food to save $1. Visit itsticatime.com.
▪ I grew up surrounded by woods, but I still somehow never learned to identify trees beyond “this is a pine” and “this isn’t.” Give kids 7 and older a head start at Bark and Buds this Sunday at Raleigh’s Yates Mill Park, where they can learn to identify trees even in winter. This runs 11 a.m. to noon and is free, though preregistration is required. Visit wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
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▪ Or simply take a hike. Might we suggest Raulston Arboretum’s winter garden in Raleigh on Sunday? Space is limited on this family walk, so please register online at jcra.ncsu.edu. The hike lasts 2:30-3:30 p.m. and costs $5 per child. In the event that the Arboretum hike is full, it should still be a good afternoon to seek out a greenway, a trail – anything out of doors.
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