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April 17th- April 23rd 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend you can enjoy the last few Egg Hunts, celebrate Easter and kick off Earth Day.

The Dinosaur Egg Hunt continues this weekend at the Museum of Life and Science. Unearth dinosaur bones, create your own dinosaur egg, color your own dinosaur, and search for real fossils.
The Annual Spring Egg Hunt at the JC Raulston Arboretum runs through Monday, April 21st. There are brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Begin your hunt by picking up an answer sheet, search the Arboretum for the hidden eggs and write down the letters you find on them. After unscrambling the letters, tell them the secret word and receive a small prize.
Children with special needs, developmental and/or physical disabilities, are invited to an Easter Eggstravaganza Thursday evening at Bond Park. Enjoy fun activities and entertainment after the hunt.
Morrisville will host their Community Egg Hunt Friday morning at Morrisville Community Park. In addition, they will have food trucks, a bounce house and face painting.
Saturday is Egg-Stravaganza at the North Carolina Zoo. See Zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative eggs.
The public is invited to an Easter Celebration with the Calvary Chapel at the Dorton Arena at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Sunday morning.
Celebrate Earth Day
Kick off your Triangle Earth Day celebrations with the Chimney Swift Tower Groundbreaking Thursday afternoon at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation. The event will include bird walks, nest walks and family nature activities. Come back Saturday to learn about Life in an Urban Stream.


Earth Month continues Thursday evening at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with a focus on Sustainability. There will be a composting workshop, From Trash to Toys play area, and several exhibitors. Beneficial Tobacco? will be the theme of Thursday's Science Cafe.
HerbFest comes back to Wake Forest's Festival Park for two weekends of free entertainment, animal petting, live bands, and the largest selection of herbs and perennials for your yard. Click through for the schedule.
Join Little River Regional Park staff Friday morning for a Kids Earth Day program. Participate in nature related games, create a craft from recycled materials and enjoy some snacks courtesy of our Earth.
Come to Raven Rock State Park's Earth Day Celebration Saturday to celebrate and learn about the history of Earth Day and different ways you can help the environment.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area will be celebrating the planet Tuesday with an Earth Day Butterfly Hike.
Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on fun and educational sessions for your homeschooler or tracked out kids at the JC Raulston Arboretum Tuesday.
Show your appreciation for our Earth by creating some fun crafts from reusable and recyclable materials. Mother's Day is coming up, so Earth Friendly Crafts at Harris Lake County Park Tuesday is a great opportunity to create a unique, handmade gift.
Celebrate Earth Day and participate in programs and projects that will allow young folks to earn the status of Junior Ranger Tuesday at Eno River State Park.
Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the Junior Ranger Program at Umstead State Park on Wednesday.

Spring Festivals & Museum Fun
Enjoy dance and musical performances, games, face painting, and crafts at Bond Park Saturday as they celebrate Children's Day.


The 15th Annual K9-3K Dog Walk is a benefit event to help animals in Wake and surrounding counties. The event Saturday at Moore Square Park goes to support the work of the SPCA of Wake County.
Marbles Kids Museum is open late for Twilight $2 Thursdays every week. Come back Saturday for Pet Vet Play Day.
April is Raleigh History Month. Go to any of the 12 Heritage Trail sites to pick up a passport. Visit 6 of the sites during April and win a prize.
The Beast will be playing the tunes Friday night at the NC Museum of Art along with a Sound Bite exploring Everything in Black and White and the 1942 film Went the Day Well?
Its Third Friday in Durham. Head downtown for a Gallery crawl with live music and more.
Kung Fu Panda will be the featured flick Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. They will be showing The Princess Frog Monday.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents will lead a Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and "60s Civil Rights movement Saturday morning.
Join them Sunday at Historic Yates Mill County Park to explore the importance of the Farm Wife as part of their ongoing Historic Trades programs.
Park Programs
There are some fun recurring events this Spring. Shape Up Downtown offers free, outdoor workouts on the City Plaza Astroturf Evenings through April.


In the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, you are invited to join them at Lake Crabtree County Park for an evening of Crabtree Casters, an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Expand your hiking experience by learning how to identify Animal Tracks and other signs that they leave behind Saturday afternoon.
Its another Citizen Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge. 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. On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings, you are invited to join them for a Walk Through the Seasons. They also invite kids to join them for Nature Stories each Thursday morning,.
Come see Raleigh's amazing Red Tail Hawks! Each spring red-tailed hawks soar, hunt and raise young right next to the North Carolina State Capitol. Learn more about these squirrel chasers in the skyscrapers every Thursday at lunchtime.
Get outside, get moving and get healthy every Thursday at Raven Rock State Park as you Hike for Your Health. On Sunday, you are invited to join them for the Monthly Mileage Hike. With this being April, they will do a 4 mile hike that includes a hike on Raven Rock Loop Trail and Little Creek Loop Trail to complete the four miles.
Come out and explore the Occoneechee Mountain ponds and listen for various toad and Frog Calls Friday evening. Saturday you can learn about and hopefully see the Brown Elfin Butterfly, a rare species found nowhere else in the region.
Come and visit their historic home, learn about its history and families and join in some colonial games at the monthly Piper Cox Open House at Eno River State Park. Also Saturday, join a ranger to build Boats out of recycled materials.
Join Rangers Saturday for a program about the Birds of Prey that live around Falls Lake. You will look at their amazing adaptations and then take a short hike to see some soaring.
Catch a Sure Thing invites youth ages 6 to 12 who have little to no experience with fishing to Jordan Lake Saturday morning.
Come on out to Umstead State Park Saturday morning to join their bird enthusiast and learn about Warblers. The program also includes a relaxing hike in the park. Come back Sunday for a Guided Canoe Trip around Big Lake.
This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will explore the Mountain to Sea Trail.

Farmers Markets
Many of the Triangle Farmer's Markets are open or have transitioned to their summer schedules. The last few will be opening the first weekend in May. To find a market near you, just go to the Event Search on and type in Farmers Market.


The NC State Farmers Market in Raleigh is open year round, but right now they are a great source for flowers and veggies for your garden as well as early crops. This Saturday, the WPTF Weekend Gardener Show will be broadcasting live from the market.
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market kicks off the season Wednesday, April 30th with a Pig Pickin' from the Pit! Take a lunchtime break and check out the market's 5th season at City Plaza.







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