With the arrival of May on Sunday, spring is in full swing: birds are singing and flowers are blooming (and our oldest turns 6 in a few weeks – 6?!). So it’s time to be outside and playing when the weather cooperates or inside reading books or giving your imagination a workout when it doesn’t. Here’s a selection of family-friendly events this weekend around the Triangle:
▪ Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, so celebrate that endangered species that is the small, personal, locally owned bookseller. There’s a bring-your-own-favorite-book story time, music and hourly raffles at the Regulator in Durham (which opens at 10 a.m.) and two story times (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and event-specific art and books at Quail Ridge in Raleigh (which opens at 9 a.m.). A full listing of participating bookstores, which also includes Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, is at indiebookstoreday.com.
▪ ArtScene, an annual teen-oriented event, brings performances, an upcycled fashion lab and even spontaneous poetry via The Poetry Fox to the North Carolina Museum of Art Saturday. There’s a “choose your own adventure” photo both and a temporary exhibition of teen art inspired by the NCMA’s permanent collection, too. This is free and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the East Building. Visit ncartmuseum.org/teens for more.
▪ Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cary, it’s the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, which includes Cary’s annual Earth Day celebration. There’s a children’s village in the Lazy Daze Playground, a kids stage with nine separate acts, and art, naturally. Visit townofcary.org for details.
▪ It’s Carrboro Day Sunday, with a celebration of that Orange County town from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Carrboro Town Hall grounds. There are family games from 3 to 5 p.m., arts and crafts with Kidzu throughout the event, food trucks and live music. Visit carrboroday.com for more info.
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