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March 21st - March 27th 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Spring is officially here! This is a big weekend for Easter egg hunts and Spring Festivals! If the weather is questionable, make sure to click through to the hosting park to get contact information.

Welcome to all the new subscribers we met at last weekend's Reptile & Amphibian Days. We hope to keep your weekends full of fun things to do and new places to explore.
 
For more info on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on Event Search and fill in the dates. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more...
 
Egg Hunts & Easter Fun
 
Easter is not far away and yard sale season is upon us. The Spring Fling, Yard Sale and Egg Hunt at Womble Park has both. Start the morning off with a Community Wide Yard Sale. Add some games, inflatables, and music for a full family event and top it all off with an egg hunt.

 

The Easter Bunny hops into Fuquay-Varina a week early bringing 12,000 candy and toy filled eggs for the Town's annual Easter Egg Hunt. Also Saturday, bring your kids to Downtown Fuquay-Varina for a Candy Hop.
 
Cary kicks off their festivities with Breakfast with the Bunny and follows up with their Annual Easter Egg Hunt and and ongoing entertainment. There is both a morning hunt and an afternoon hunt at Bond Park.
 
Come celebrate the Spring Eggstravaganza at Garner's Lake Benson Park with entertainment, live music, nature activities, games, inflatables, arts and crafts, food vendors and an egg hunt.
 
Children can enjoy an Egg Hunt, healthy snacks, prizes, arts, crafts, playgrounds and of course all of the rides at Pullen Park.
 
Mordecai Historic Park will treat visitors to food, music, and a visit from a special bunny in addition to their Healthy Egg Hunt.
 
The City of Raleigh has several more Egg Hunts scheduled for Saturday morning at a variety of local Community Centers. Click through for the locations. This year, the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department will provide healthier snack options and prizes rather than candy for all their Egg Hunts. In addition, a portion of the eggs will be "Eco Eggs". Eco eggs are plant versus petroleum-based eggs made in the USA. They are BPA free, have 100% renewable content, and are fully compostable after use.
 
JC Raulston Arboretum puts a fun spin on the traditional Egg Hunt with a Spring Egg Scavenger Hunt. Starting on March 23rd and running through March 31st, there will be brightly colored eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum. Pick up a clue, find the hidden eggs and unscramble the hidden message to earn a prize.
 
Orange County's Annual Community Egg Hunt will start off with entertainment by Sandbox Kids and Family Fun Band and then feature over 25,000 eggs hidden at Hank Anderson Park.
 
Search for over 2,500 eggs hidden across the grounds of the Burwell School Historic Site.
 
The Apex Easter Egg Hunt will also take place Saturday morning at the Town Hall Campus.
 
Durham invites kids to search for eggs on Saturday at Campus Hills Park and West Point on the Eno.
 
Fun Festivals
 

The Downtown Raleigh ChillyFest is back for the third year in a row. Spend your Saturday on Fayetteville Street listening to live music, and chowing down on some very tasty chili from your favorite local restaurants and master chefs.

 

Discover Indian cultural arts through dance, music, cultural cuisine, and traditional crafts in a Bazaar-style atmosphere during IndiaFest both Saturday and Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
 
Living Historians will demonstrate life of the Soldiers of the Old North State during the American Civil War both Saturday and Sunday. Soldiers will demonstrate the marching, musket firings, and camp life around the Bennett Place State Historic Site
 
Gather the family together and join them at Bond Park Friday night for Family Fun Night including dinner, games and activities!
 
Grab some bait and head over to Bass Lake Park Saturday for the annual Catfish Tournament. Your 3 biggest catfish count toward your total weight. Prizes will be given out to the top three adult and top three youth participants. Come back Sunday to do some Lake Dipping and explore what animals live in the Bass Lake.
 
Starting Wednesday and running through Sunday, area Kennel Clubs will be holding Championship Dog Shows. Click through for the schedule.
 
Also at the Fairgrounds on Saturday will be the Children's Clothing and Baby Equipment Sale. Get some great deals on gently used items ranging from infants thru school age.
 
The American Tobacco Campus will host a Week of Well Being Events starting Monday and running through Thursday. Click through for the schedule of free events ranging from basketball to dodge ball.
 
Tuesday brings a Creek Exploration to the Jaycee Community Center, a Spring Tree Walk to Wilkerson Nature Preserve and a Walk Through the Seasons to Prairie Ridge Ecostation.
 
Indoors at the Museums & Fairgrounds
 

The North Carolina Museum of History will offer a screening of the film, The Guestworker Thursday night. Along with the film that documents a very grueling season on a North Carolina farm, there will also be a reception and a Q&A session afterward with one of the movie's film makers.

 

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature Walter Weare is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at NC State University and a discussion of Artificial Photosynthesis.
 
The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off the weekend with a casual, in-depth exploration of their Judaic Galleries, Art in the Evening with the band Sidecar Social Club and the 1933 H. G. Wells's sci-fi classic flick, The Invisible Man.
 
Bring the kids to the NC Museum of Art Saturday for a Family Fun Saturday focused on movement in works of art. On Sunday, you are invited to listen to a lecture on Isis, the Egyptian Goddess Who Conquered Rome that will even include a special performance by North Carolina Opera soprano Andrea Edith Moore.
 
Join Raleigh artist, Jenny Eggleston at the Halle Cultural Arts Center Friday for the Egg in Nest Studio Opening Reception. Come back Saturday evening for a Family Dance. A traditional Dance Caller will teach fun dances for the whole family with the accompaniment of a live, old-time string band.
 
Take Tea and Cake with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, play games and make your very own crown, while watching out for the Queen of Hearts Saturday afternoon at Historic Yates Mill Park.
This week's Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Hop in honor of the upcoming holiday.
 
Join a preservation expert Tuesday evening at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center to learn How to Care for Your Family Treasures.
 
Spring into a Park
 

Kids are invited out to Umstead State Park Friday afternoon to learn how they can become a Junior Ranger.

 

Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's Geologic Wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on Saturday afternoon.
 
Saturday is Discovery Day at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Join them for demonstrations, stories, experiments and hands-on projects.
Join a Jordan Lake Ranger for a Welcome Back Spring Paddle Saturday afternoon.
 
Learn about all about spring hummingbird migration and make a small hummingbird feeder to welcome them to your yard during Saturday's Family Wildlife Series at Blue Jay Point County Park.
 
Leaf Your Mark on Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. You will learn how to identify some of North Carolina's common trees and shrubs and how you can contribute as a citizen scientist.
 
Walnut Creek Wetland Center will host a Big Sweep Clean Up Saturday morning. Volunteer your time to help make the watershed litter free.
 
They will be doing some Birdwatching early Saturday morning at Eno River State Park. Later in the morning, you can go on a hike to look for Early Spring Wildflowers.
 
Learn all about Toads and make your own Toad Abode on Saturday at Durant Nature Park. Come back Sunday to Get Hooked on fishing.
 
Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will head out to a section of alluvial levee forest in the bend of the Flat River.

 

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