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Family Picks: Walk, dance or parade around with a dragon

Kids Together is celebrating the playground’s 16th birthday on Sunday, June 5th, with noisemaker crafting, a marching parade with KATAL the KT dragon mascot and more.
Kids Together is celebrating the playground’s 16th birthday on Sunday, June 5th, with noisemaker crafting, a marching parade with KATAL the KT dragon mascot and more. Kids Together

It rained like crazy over Memorial Day weekend, so during a brief break in between showers my family decided to go for it: we put the kids in their swimsuits, loaded the canoe on the car and headed to our favorite put-in. We got in the water and slowed down enough to see a muskrat swimming, totally unafraid, just a few feet away, and then got back out of the water just before the next storm hit. Whatever the weather, get out there and find some family adventure this weekend.

▪ Put on some walking shoes: Triangle Volksmarch is Saturday. It’s a self-guided, 5.6-mile walk along the Capital Greenway in Raleigh. Park at one of the four event sites – the N.C Museum of Art, Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Schenck Forest or William B. Umstead State Park – to get your map and passport, which you can get stamped at these sites between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Walk all 5-plus miles or just a part. To see the route map and a schedule of the day’s events, visit ncparks.gov/triangle-volksmarch.

▪ Or get up and dance: Akapoma Traditional Music and Dance Group brings African drumming to Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook in Durham. This free introduction to African dance and percussion is Saturday between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Visit northgatemall.com.

▪ Parade with a dragon: Cary’s inclusive and deservedly popular Kids Together Playground celebrates its 16th birthday Sunday. Make fruit slushies, craft noisemakers and march with KATAL the KT Dragon in a kids’ parade. This party is free and it lasts from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit kidstogethercary.org.

▪ See a new park: Hollow Rock Nature Park, a 75-acre nature preserve at the border of Orange and Durham counties, opens Sunday. Though almost exactly halfway between downtown Durham and Franklin Street, the park is tranquil, with New Hope Creek running through it. Its grand opening, rescheduled after being rained out in May, is Sunday at 2 p.m. The park is at 692 Erwin Rd. in Durham. Info at orangecountync.gov.

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