This weekend’s family-friendly options around the Triangle include numerous walks in nature, a lesson in cane pole fishing, and a carefree peek into the artistic process of 70-plus local artists at the North Carolina Museum of Art. While our picks aren’t the full tally by any stretch, they should be a good starting point for a fun and fulfilling weekend with the kids.
▪ The North Carolina Museum of Art’s Monster Drawing Rally Friday evening features dozens of artists taking shifts to draw monsters in front of a live audience. During each hour, spectators can witness creature sketches brought to life with watercolor, ink, graphite or collage, becoming full-fledged works of art by the end. These drawings are immediately available for $50 each and proceeds benefit the museum’s programming and exhibitions. There will be food and drink for sale, while children can create their own creatures in the “Little Monsters Doodle Den.” Admission is $5, though children under 6 and members get in free. The Monster Drawing Rally starts at 6 p.m. and full details are at ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Fishing has a long history in this mostly-rural state of ours, and cane pole fishing is about as traditional as it gets. Saturday morning, try your hand at it at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. The park provides the pole, tackle and bait. Park staff will offer basic instruction and help kids identify fish as well. This is for children ages 5 and up (with supervising adult, of course), and the cost is $1 per person. Find more information and register online for the 11 a.m. fishing session at wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/events.
▪ Meet Shel Silverstein Saturday – not the late children’s poet, mind you, but an Eastern box turtle by the same name at Morrisville’s Lake Crabtree Park. Learn about box turtle conservation, then join park staff on a search for these reptiles. The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and the cost is $1 per person. Visit wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree to register.
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▪ Take an evening hike Saturday in Chapel Hill’s Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, listening for owl and coyote calls. These nocturnal creatures will be the focus of the free Hoots and Howls hike, which departs from the Turkey Farm Road parking lot at 7 p.m. and returns before sunset. Hikers should wear closed-toe shoes and bug spray. Visit triangleland.org/explore/events.
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