Though the year-round school calendar has already started, the start of the traditional school year is just now imminent. Soon, children on that schedule will be starting new grades. At least two events locally – one in Raleigh and one in Durham – celebrate this exciting time in kids’ (and parents’) lives. Elsewhere, there are opportunities for families to appreciate and make art.
▪ Northgate Mall’s Back to School Bash is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Throughout the Durham mall there will be a bounce house, free face-painting and backpack giveaways. DJs, including 13-year-old DJ Flight, will bring the noise, while the charitable side of this party includes a book drive. Several merchants offer discounts during the bash, while cheerleaders and praise bands perform in Macy’s Court. Visit northgatemall.com for full details on this end-of-summer celebration.
▪ Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh kicks off the school year as well, with a special nod for those just getting started. Kick-Off to Kindergarten is free for rising kindergartners and their families and lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (during the museum’s business hours). Kids can practice the basics – lunchtime, recess, the bus line – while parents remind themselves that they, too, can handle this. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
▪ The N.C. Museum of Art’s Family Fun Saturday features printmaking this weekend. Begin in the modern and contemporary galleries, where the tour focuses on shape, line and pattern. Then use similar printmaking techniques to create your own original works. There are two workshops – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – and tickets are $8 ($5 for museum members). This is best for families with kids aged 5-11. Visit ncartmuseum.org.
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▪ Saturday sees another Family Fun Day at Artspace in Raleigh, where there will be artist demonstrations, face-painting and make-and-take activities for the kids. The event is free, though there will be carnival treats for sale. This runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Visit artspacenc.org.
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