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Family Picks: Durham museum begins expanded hours, plus a Latino cultural fest in Apex

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.
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. newsobserver.com

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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