As the days get shorter, it gets harder to find time to go outside as a family. We like to walk in the evenings, but it’s getting dark earlier and earlier! At the start of this week, we went for it anyway and it was the best decision. It was dusk and the sun was down, and still our daughters ran ahead of us on the trail, laughing, their light-up shoes flashing in the twilight. The days are going to get shorter, sure, but that doesn’t have to keep you inside.
▪ On Saturday, the new exhibit “The Energy of Youth: Depicting Childhood in the NCMA’s Photography Collection” opens in Raleigh. It’s good for junior photographers, but also for anyone who appreciates childhood. For kids and ex-kids interested in this free photography exhibition, it runs through April 3 of next year in the Julian T. Baker Jr. Photography Gallery. Visit ncartmuseum.org for museum hours and other information.
▪ No, it’s not a ’90s grunge music fest, but dare I say Lemurpalooza is even better? Duke Lemur Center in Durham holds this event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be music, food trucks and activities, and attendees can tour the center and view these animals. But the heart of Lemurpalooza is the mission of conservation. Some of these creatures are critically endangered, and proceeds (plus the opportunity to “adopt” lemurs) go to support Duke Lemur Center’s efforts to help these fascinating primates. Lemurpalooza costs $50/car and reservations are required at 919-401-7252 or lemur.duke.edu.
▪ Featuring three stages, several storytellers and the kid-oriented music of the Sandbox Band, the Annual Storytelling Festival promises a full late morning and afternoon for the family. Bring a chair or a blanket, plop down on the lawn at Raleigh’s Oak View County Park, and lose yourself in the tales. This lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and is free. Visit wakegov.com/libraries.
▪ For the next five Sundays, Northgate Mall in Durham holds its Music on the Plaza concert series. The featured acts alternate between country and bluegrass bands and jazz combos, depending on the week, with the Durham Symphony Orchestra and Paperhand Puppet Intervention finishing up the series with an Oct. 25 Halloween “Spooktacular.” All concerts run from 4-7 p.m. and are free. Visit northgatemall.com.
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