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March 28th - April 3rd 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This Easter weekend offers a wide variety of activities from a few more Egg Hunts and Easter Services to Mill Tours and guided hikes. Whatever you do, I hope ParkGeek.com can help you have a fabulous weekend!

Easter Events

Have you ever been to the JC Raulston Arboretum? This is a beautiful time of year to stroll the gardens and their Spring Egg Scavenger Hunt will captivate your kids also. The Scavenger hunt runs through Sunday. If you can't make it this week, the Annual Birdhouse Competition is coming up next weekend.

Marbles invites you to spend Spring Break with them. Spring Break Blast is a week long event featuring different activities each day so click through to see what's going on.
 

Children 12 years of age and younger with special needs, developmental and/or physical disabilities, are invited to a very special egg hunt.
Easter Eggstravaganza will take place Thursday evening at Bond Park.
 
Morrisville's Easter Egg Hunt takes place Friday morning at Cedar Fork District Park. In addition to a traditional egg hunt, kids will be searching for Golden Eggs to win special prizes.
 
The City of Durham invites kids to join them Saturday afternoon for an egg hunt, activity booths, music, balloons, prizes and inflatables in Durham's Central Park
 
Meet the Zoo Keepers and see animals hunt for treats inside of decorative Easter Eggs during Egg-Stravaganza at the North Carolina Zoo Saturday.
 
More than 40,000 eggs for kids to find as well as games, music, balloons & inflatables will be in Downtown Raleigh on Saturday.
 
Seven Downtown churches join together for a joyous Capitol Square Easter Sunrise Celebration on the grounds of the State Capital.
 
Everyone is invited to an Easter Celebration with Calvary Chapel at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Sunday morning.
 
Mills & Mountains at the Parks
 
Looking for something amazing to do with out of town guests? Head over to Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park Saturday to explore the wonderful history center and then join them for an Open House . The half-hour tours give you a view of the main power drive and milling machinery while learning about the mill's history and preservation. If you want to delve deeper into history, you can even take a Tip Top to Bottom Mill Tour on Saturday to explore all 4 floors of the restored mill.

 

Prairie Ridge Ecostation encourages you to be a part of another Citizen Science Saturday. These Saturday morning adventures will introduce you to a citizen science project and enlist your help collecting and entering data as you enjoy a walk around the grounds with one of their naturalists.
 
Join an Occoneechee Ranger for a look at the Heath Family. Plants including Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and native azaleas will be highlighted on this 1 1/2 mile hike Saturday afternoon.
 
Once all the egg hunts are done Sunday afternoon, a Park Ranger will be sharing fun information about the Animals that call William B. Umstead State Park home.
 
Historic Yates Mill County Park will be holding a Nature's April Fools Hike on Monday to cover the many plants and animals that play tricks on each other - they look or act like something other than what they really are.
 
Join a nature instructor at Biltmore Hills Park Tuesday evening to identify what critters might live in your Backyard and how to make your backyard a better place for them to live.
 
Entertainment at the Museums
 
Another great place to bring guests this weekend is the Burwell School Historic Site. Their current special exhibit, Mrs. Burwell's Garden, explores what grew on the property during the Burwell family's time there, including everyday fruits and vegetables, herbs for perfumes and herbal remedies, and among other colorful and fragrant flowers, the rare white musk rose. They will even be open Easter Sunday!

 

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will highlight the work of National Geographic explorer, Dr. Stephen Blake and his work with Tracking turtles from the volcanoes of Galapagos to downtown St. Louis.
 
Friday's Art in the Evening at the North Carolina Museum of Art brings live music by Peter Lamb & the Wolves along with small plates and drinks in their lobby-turned-lounge.
 
Saturday is Nano Day at the Museum of Life and Science. Join them for hands-on experiments to investigate the science of the very small.
 
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing Disney"s Hercules Saturday morning and Yogi Bear on Monday morning.

The Fairgrounds
 
The Hunt Horse Complex will be the site of an Hunter Jumper Horse Show Thursday through Saturday.

 

The Fairgrounds will also host a Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia 3-Day Show with nearly 75 exhibitors and 160 tables will be selling sport cards and NASCAR collectibles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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