Family Picks: Great weekend for blueberry-picking or a Scrub Run

It’s the season for blueberry picking at local pick-your-own farms.
It’s the season for blueberry picking at local pick-your-own farms. MARTY PRICE

If you’re reading this, that means you aren’t picking blueberries or blackberries right now. Why is that? They’re both producing beautifully this year, after all, and can be had cheaply at local pick-your-own farms. So break out the sunscreen, get to a berry patch, and make some memories. While you’re at it, why not check out the other happenings around the Triangle.

▪ WakeMed’s Scrub Run is first thing Saturday morning, with multiple races – including a 100-yard kids dash – starting at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. The 100-yard dash is only $5 and proceeds benefit WakeMed Children’s Hospital. Full info is at Accompanying the races, there’s a free Fun Fest featuring family-friendly activities. Everything starts at 8:15 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m.

▪ PNC Free Family Sundae is, appropriately, Sunday at CAM Raleigh. Attendees can view museum exhibits or check out hands-on activities – including one that makes edible art out of ice cream and toppings. This lasts from noon to 5 p.m. Visit to learn more.

▪ Speaking of Sunday, don’t forget Father’s Day! Do something with the dad in your life if you can. If you can’t, it’s also the first day of summer.

▪ Wednesday is Pet a Pony Day at the James Hunt Horse Complex at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. If your child has ever even indirectly implied that he or she wants a pony, this sounds perfect. They can pet ponies, learn more about horses and watch show jumping. Visit for more about this free event, which runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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