As June begins, family-friendly options abound in the Triangle. Summer learning programs, Latino cultural fests, birthday parties for accessible playgrounds and expanded hours at local museums are only a few of this weekend’s options.
▪ The Orange County Library’s summer learning kickoff party is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hillsborough branch. Activities include face-painting, balloon animals, life-sized Jenga (I’m curious about this too), and workshops on skills like gardening and bluebird house-building. Kids can also sign up for the summer learning program, which lasts until Aug. 5 and aims to keep kids busy and satisfy their natural curiosity while school’s out. Learn more at orangecountync.gov or by calling 919-245-2525.
▪ Saturday, the Apex Latino Arts and Culinary Festival comes to the Halle Cultural Arts Center and downtown Apex. There will be arts, crafts, music and food from a dozen Latino countries. Admission is free from 3 to 6 p.m., or $5 from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit apexlatinofest.com or thehalle.org.
▪ Cary’s inclusive Kids Together Playground, which is designed for children of all physical and mental abilities, celebrates 17 years with a free party Sunday. This accessible event lasts from 3 to 5 p.m. and includes noisemaker crafting, story time, refreshments and a parade with the playground’s dragon mascot. Visit kidstogethercary.org.
▪ This weekend, Durham’s Museum of Life and Science expands its weekly hours. Between Sunday, June 4, and Labor Day, the museum and its grounds will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 9 a.m. admission for members. Admission ranges from $13 to $18, with kids 2 and under getting in free. Visit lifeandscience.org.
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