Our kids are finally old enough to help in the garden, and they seem to enjoy it. And the other night, our 6-year-old rolled up her sleeves and actively lent a hand in making biscuits. Parenting is hard work, but it’s nice to see it all come together sometimes. Kids are little, sure, but they can do a lot. This weekend, take them out to have a little fun.
▪ On Saturday, check out Destination Dix at Dorothea Dix Park, an all-day festival celebrating the 308-acre property that will eventually become a destination park in Raleigh. Between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., myriad attractions will fill what is now an open field, making for a potential full-day family outing.
Fourteen bands will play on three stages, with styles ranging from bluegrass to reggae and funk. Gain some altitude on the Ferris wheel and tethered hot air balloons, or stick close to earth and check out the food trucks, magicians and aerialists. There’s also a kids zone, inflatables and a touch-a-truck area. There will be bike parking on the Dix Park grounds, but none for cars, so catch a free shuttle from downtown or N.C. State University.
Full event and shuttle information and an event map can be found at raleighnc.gov.
▪ The other day, one of my kids was asking me if there’s a limit to how fast airplanes can go, which led to a basic introduction to the speed of light. When things go really fast, as the laws of physics go, or when things are really tiny, they follow different rules.
Sunday afternoon at Marbles Kids Museum, the Science of Small program explores the latter idea, introducing children to nanoscience and nanotechnology and explaining how the ittiest, bittiest things behave.
This program is from 2 to 4 p.m. Museum admission is $5, with members and children under 1 getting in free. Learn more at marbleskidsmuseum.org.
▪ Sunday evening, Raleigh Little Theatre’s free Movies in the Garden series continues with “The Peanuts Movie” (2015). Be aware that it’s a late film, starting at 9 p.m., though it’s also a good excuse for a pleasant summer evening outing in the Stephenson Amphitheatre, which neighbors the Raleigh Rose Garden.
Bring a picnic or eat at a food truck. Everything starts with an 8 p.m. scavenger hunt. Get more details at raleighlittletheatre.org.
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