Shopping spree: Support local businesses, and find some good deals.
Boutique Blowout 2015 is here. Some local businesses will sell their extra inventory at discounted prices for one day in City Market. Shop Local Raleigh, a nonprofit that advocates for the local economy and business owners, recruited stores from all over the city. Check out clothing stores like fab’rik and specialty shops like pet store Unleashed. $5 for general admission, $10 for VIP ticket; 4 to 9 p.m. Friday; City Market, 206 E. Martin St., Raleigh.
Vet for a day: Find out what it’s like to be a veterinarian.
Explore a career in veterinary medicine with a veterinarian from Banfield Pet Hospital. Children can work alongside a vet, and interactive exhibits will allow them to make “bow wow bites” and cat toys. $5 museum admission, free for members; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.
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Step back into history: Check out the original use of Yates Mill park.
Travel back to 1863 with costumed characters to see how the Yates Mill used to turn corn into meal. Visitors can take a tour to learn how the mill was used before it became a recreational space. The event will also offer give a glimpse into pre-Civil War ways of living, dressing and working. Pre-registration is encouraged. Prices range from $3 for children to $5 for adults, free for children 6 and younger; tours start at 1 p.m. Saturday; Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.
Get crafty while recycling: Make it a family event.
Learn how to find new uses for old fabrics lying around the house, and pick up tips on new patterns. A workshop will teach participants how to make a hula-hoop rug, weaved with the help of a hula hoop to create a circular pattern. Get creative with colors, and an instructor will help with the rest. All skill levels are welcome, and registration is required. $15 for non-members, $10 for members; 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh.
Bee Nice to Bees: Learn about the importance of honey-makers.
They might seem scary, but bees are vital to the planet. Logan’s One-Stop Garden Shop wants to teach children why. Employees will show how bees help create the food we eat and the plants we enjoy. Participants will make “seed bombs” full of flower seeds to put in a garden to help with bees’ survival. The program is for children ages 5-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and registration is required. Free; 9 a.m. Saturday; Logan’s One-Stop Garden Shop, 707 Semart Drive, Raleigh.