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Family Picks: Artspace throws annual Family Fun Day

Northgate Mall in Durham’s free back-to-school bash is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Cirque de Vol, an interactive circus-style troupe that allows kids to try out some of its equipment.
Northgate Mall in Durham’s free back-to-school bash is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Cirque de Vol, an interactive circus-style troupe that allows kids to try out some of its equipment. cliddy@newsobserver.com

It’s time. In 2010, we had our first child – a girl we named Sarah. Now she’s a legitimate big kid. She draws well, climbs fearlessly, and knows most of the words to Taylor Swift’s “1989.” And now it’s time for kindergarten – Tuesday, in fact, is day one. I know we aren’t alone in this exciting new step, and I know we aren’t alone in wondering what we’ll do with our last weekend as pre-K parents. Here are a few ideas we found:

▪ Bynum’s 2015 Front Porch music series is almost at an end, with smooth, jazz-leaning singer-songwriter Matt Phillips’ show Friday night one of the last few at the little stage in this rural Chatham County town. The volume isn’t too loud for kids, the vibe is easy and relaxed, and the distance from interstates and strip malls is refreshing. The music lasts from 7 to 9 p.m. and is free, though donations are encouraged. Visit bynumfrontporch.org for details.

▪ Artspace’s annual Family Fun Day is Saturday in downtown Raleigh. With carnival games, face painting, and youth art on display, this is a blend between a kid-oriented outdoor festival and an art exhibition. Family Fun Day lasts from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and is free, though some food and activities are not. Get more info at artspacenc.org.

▪ Northgate Mall in Durham’s free back-to-school bash is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Cirque de Vol, an interactive circus-style troupe that allows kids to try out some of its aerial equipment – nothing too high off the ground, though. There will also be cheer demonstrations from Bull City Heat All-Stars. More info at northgatemall.com.

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