With school out, I was expecting the kids to want to relax at home (that’s what I remember doing during the summer), but that isn’t the case. They’re bored. I, like many parents, have to get creative. Otherwise, they could rise up and overthrow me. Fortunately, when the kids and I leave the house we find ourselves surrounded by worthy distractions. Here are just a few coming up this weekend:
▪ Friday night, head to Yates Mill County Park at dusk – around 7:30 p.m., – and stay until after the sun goes down. At Yates by Night’s Summer Night Tales program, you can gather around a fire on the park center’s back deck along with other families to hear tall tales and local legends. If you feel so inclined, you can share your own stories, all while roasting s’mores. Preregistration is required, and this is geared towards kids aged 6 and up. The cost is $3 per person or $5 per family. Visit wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
▪ Juneteenth marks the June 19, 1865, abolition of slavery in Texas, though it’s ultimately a celebration of the end of that horrific institution nationwide. Stagville State Historic Site in Durham holds a Juneteenth celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and it’s free. From 1-10 p.m. on East Main Street in Durham, Spectacular magazine presents Juneteenth festivities rich with musical performers. Visit stagville.org/events and spectacularmag.com to learn about both.
▪ Saturday in Morrisville it’s Lake Crabtree’s fourth annual Pollinator Festival. Come celebrate the creatures that serve such an essential purpose in the ecosystem with games, crafts and activities oriented toward all the good things pollinators do, locally and globally. Experts will be on hand, and there will be prizes as well. This free event lasts 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More at wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.
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▪ Take the kids by Duke Homestead Saturday 10 a.m.-noon to try out late 19th century games and see how children their age played well over a century ago. In addition, they can make-and-take their own 19th century toy. Visit dukehomestead.org for more.
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