Two readings this weekend and early next week bring children’s book authors to the Triangle, while the American Tobacco Trail offers a late summer walk in the wetlands. In Raleigh, Yates Mill County Park offers a challenge: can your family handle frontier harvest time chores? Below, find a handful of the many family-friendly events coming up.
▪ Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Quail Ridge Books hosts a story time – in German. This half-hour session, organized by local German language and cultural organization CarolinaKinder, includes stories, songs, games and crafts in that language. Then, Sunday at 2 p.m., children’s author Mac Barnett and illustrator Adam Rex present the new “How This Book Was Made.” Visit quailridgebooks.com for details on either free event, or visit carolinakinder.org to learn about that organization.
▪ Or start Saturday with a walk on the American Tobacco Trail in Apex, where the September Stroll starts at 9:30 a.m. and is over before lunch. Bring binoculars for this leisurely walk down to the Beaver Creek Bridge, which starts at the New Hill parking area. The cost is $1 per person for this all-ages outing. Visit wakegov.com/parks/att to register online.
▪ Could your kids handle the kind of chores “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family were responsible for on their 19th century Midwestern homesteads? Could you? Give it a shot Saturday at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, where your kids can learn about tending to animals, harvesting and storing fall fruits and getting ready for the cold winter. This starts at 2:30 p.m. and is for kids aged 5 and up. The cost is $6 per person. Register at wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
▪ Max Brallier, author of “The Last Kids on Earth” series, a number of “Adventure Time” tie-in books, and the “Eerie Elementary” series (under the pseudonym Jack Chabert), appears at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro at 4 p.m. Tuesday. He will discuss and sign his latest book, “The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade” at this free reading. Visit the library site at chathamnc.org.
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