Friday, October 7, 2011

Get Out and About - Family Edition (10/7-10/9)

As I was checking out weekend happenings in and around Durham, I noticed that family friendly events abound. This could have a little something to do with the World Beer Festival happening on Saturday. I have a feeling that event planners don't want to compete with one of Durham's biggest adult only events.

Tickets for beer fest have sold out, but you could do as some of my friends have planned (hope you don't mind me sharing your great idea), and hold your own harvest beer party. Invite friends to come over and bring along their favorite autumn/harvest beer. Think pumpkin, oktoberfest, etc. Provide or ask guests to bring sampling glasses and try out the best fall has to offer.

Thinking beyond beer, though, here are some ideas for getting and about this weekend, family style.

Friday, October 7th

Nature Ranger Cart at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

You might be a little late for this one, unless you read this post almost immediately after it's published...I apologize. If you are able to hop in the car and quickly drive to campus, check out the ranger cart at the Duke Gardens, where your toddler or preschooler can participate in nature themed craft activities, FREE of charge!

Before or after, wind your way through the garden's trails, and enjoy the fall weather. For those of you who have not visited the garden, with or without kids, I suggest taking a few hours to do so. This is, in my opinion, the most beautiful spot in Durham.

10:00 am - noon
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.

Sunday, October 9th

Bull City Open Streets

This festival, taking place between the farmers market and old Durham Bulls park, is aimed at encouraging residents to get moving and minimize their reliance on vehicles. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or skate down...which might be difficult if you don't live downtown or close to a bike path. Not sure a bike ride down 147 or 15-501 would be a wise decision...though I HAVE seen it done.

Once there, check out food vendors, music, and kid zone activities.

1:00-4:00 pm
Foster and Corporation Streets

Fall Family Fun at Duke Gardens

Couldn't get to the gardens on Friday, try this FREE event on Sunday afternoon. Each week, the garden will host craft and science activities for kids. Your child must have an adult chaperone, though you do not need to pre-register.

See below for a list of activities happening this week.

Build a Grape Catapult
Color Dance (watch milk and soap interact)
Climbing Colors and Create a Print water experiments
Seed Bombs
Hoopster: amazing paper airplane
Flying Seeds: build a wind-dispersed seed model

12:00 - 3:00 pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St. 

Fall Festival at Northgate Mall

This Sunday event seems like it will have something for the entire family. Music fans, check out blues and jazz musicians. Missed Beer Fest? Went to Beer Fest but want an afternoon buzz twice in one weekend? Visit the Full Steam Brewery Beer Garden. Check out food vendors, roast chestnuts on an open fire (seriously), or find a pumpkin to bring home for decorating. 

1:00-6:00 pm
Northgate Mall
1058 W Club Blvd.

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