Pollen season can make it harder for some people to spend much time outside. It’s warm enough to go out, but everything is coated in that horrifying yellow dust. The trick is to balance the appeal of our oh-so-pleasant climate with the understandable desire to not be overcome by pollen (and perhaps the accompanying allergy symptoms). There are plenty of neat indoor activities this weekend that you can use in addition to (but not necessarily instead of) taking in the spring weather with your kids.
▪ Artwork by Durham Public Schools students went on display at Northgate Mall earlier this week and will remain up for about a month. Some 400 works by middle and high school kids will be displayed until April 27, while about 600 works by elementary school students will go up April 29 and be on display until May 13. Visit northgatemall.com for details.
▪ On April 26, 1865, Civil War generals negotiating at a farmhouse hear Durham reached an agreement that was a major step toward the end of that bloody conflict. It’s been 150 years, and Durham’s Bennett Place State Historic Site offers a full schedule of commemorative events, starting this weekend and running through the anniversary itself on April 26. A new gallery opens Saturday, while Tuesday and Wednesday feature a “living history” re-enactment of that era. Visit bennettplacehistoricsite.com for full schedule or for price information, which varies by day and event.
▪ The selfie as art? Why not? Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art, kids 11-14 can make mixed media art in which three selfies represent three personality aspects. This is at 1 p.m. and costs $7 for members, $10 otherwise. Also at the museum is a program, part of the statewide North Carolina Science Festival, for making kinetic sculptures that respond to wind. This runs 10 a.m. to noon and costs $3 for members, $5 otherwise. Visit ncartmuseum.org.
▪ Speaking of the North Carolina Science Festival, Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh has events Saturday and Sunday. Magnets are the theme Saturday between 1 and 5 p.m., while on Sunday, scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will be on hand between noon and 2 p.m. to discuss human biology. Museum admission runs between $4 and $5, with kids under 1 year old getting in free. Visit marbleskidsmuseum.org.
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