I know the heat’s not over yet, but at least it’s been cool enough these past few weeks to occasionally turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. There have been cool breezes – a hint that fall’s coming – and regular flights of hummingbirds and butterflies in the yard. The imperative to take the kids to playgrounds for hours on end is strong. So hooray for the weekend – and hooray for these cool breezes!
▪ Rags to Riches Theatre brings Appalachian traditional storytelling to Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook Saturday with their children’s theater troupe production of “Jack Tales.” These tales, starring a resourceful (though occasionally lazy) folk hero are both fun and rich with morals and lessons. Come out between 12:30 and 2:30 pm for free children’s theater. Visit northgatemall.com for more.
▪ If you’re in Raleigh and want to take the kids downtown, do it this weekend and not the next, as a sizable music festival takes over downtown between September 10 and 12. This Friday, however, is First Friday, so Marbles Kids Museum is open late (until 7 p.m.; admission is $5) as are many museums, such as the N.C. Museum of History. For First Friday info, check godowntownraleigh.com/first-friday-raleigh.
▪ Find local artist Beatrice Ruggeri at Kidzu’s Launch Pad in Chapel Hill’s U-Mall Saturday, where she will share papier- mâché techniques and encourage children to make their own creations. This is at 10:30 a.m., and admission is $5.50 for everyone over the age of 12 months. Visit kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.
▪ Two Saturday programs at northern Wake County’s Blue Jay Point County Park educate children about crows – highly intelligent birds and regulars in North Carolina skies and yards. Crowing For Joy is oriented toward kids from 3-5 and takes place between 10 and 11 a.m., while Calling All Crows, which is from 2 to 3:30 p.m., offers in-depth lessons for kids 5 and up. Visit wakegov.com/parks/bluejay to pre-register. The cost is $4/child for Crowing For Joy, or $3/person or $5/family for Calling All Crows.
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