Did you venture out to a park this month? We hope so because this July is National Park and Recreation Month. Whether you’ve taken your kiddos to your favorite playground for a playdate, enjoyed an early evening walk on a trail or got in some water time fun with a kayak ride you’ve gotten in on the celebration. Share your favorite park visits with us on Instagram by using our hashtag (#RaleighMomsBlog).
Get in some family time this weekend with a few of our favorite events happening around town and don’t forget to visit your local park, too!
Family Fun in and around Raleigh this weekend: July 27th – 29th
Ends September 3rd. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
Put your brain to the test with a maze of illusions, tricky mirrors, riddles, puzzling challenges, and mind-boggling games for all ages. This special interactive exhibit that puts the fun and creativity into problem-solving. Cost: $5 for all ages. Members are free.
Ends August 12th. 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh
FREE for all ages. This 6-panel exhibit showcases some of North Carolina’s rare plant and animal species and highlights some of the state’s unique habitats, from the mountains to the coast. It also explores what people can do to help protect wildlife and the environment. Children will enjoy playing with interactive materials such as a toy loggerhead turtle nest and park ranger dolls.
Friday, July 27th – Saturday, July 28th. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
This popular festival is back so get those tummies ready for a weekend filled with barbecue eating, live music, and beer and bourbon sampling. Visit here to purchase tickets. Kids 12 and under are free or leave the kiddos at home and make this a Date Night outing or an outing with friends.
Friday, July 27th – Sunday, July 29th. Raleigh Convention Center, Downtown Raleigh
Calling all superheroes, science fiction, anime, and comic book fans young and old this three-day festival is back in Raleigh. See celebrities and creators on stage, watch artists sketch duel, root for your favorite heroes and villains in costume and much more. Visit their website to purchase tickets and to learn more.
Saturday, July 28th. 11:00 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Raleigh
Celebrate the debut of the long-awaited new Teen Titans movie (PG) with a Family Party right before the show. Families can enjoy themed games, hands-on crafts, and activities all leading up to the new Teen Titans movie. All activities are included in your movie ticket.
Saturday, July 28th. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. North Hills Commons, Raleigh
Spend a morning at the market and pick up your favorite produce that has been locally grown from family farms. The food truck, Bourbons St. Beignets will be serving up delicious New Orleans style beignets and coffee with chicory.
Saturday, July 28th. 6:35 p.m. DBAP, Durham
Camp Out under the stars on the Durham Bulls baseball field and participate in the pre-game parade, too. Learn more here. Celebrate Greek Heritage in the Triangle with Greek-inspired food and performances throughout the evening while enjoying a Durham Bulls game. Learn more here. Fireworks will the game.
Saturday, July 28th. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Read With Me: A Children’s Book & Art Shop, Downtown Raleigh
(Best for ages 4 years and up.) This special edition storytime is all about children’s theatre presented by Aggregate Theatre Company. Enjoy a preview of Aggregate’s upcoming children’s theatre series with actors who will be performing songs from upcoming shows and play some theatre games, too!
Saturday, July 28th. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Garner Recreational Park
Come out and enjoy this pop-art market empowering youth entrepreneurship! Participants ages 6-14 years old will open their booths for families to shop, learn and support.
Sunday, July 29th. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
Love bubbles?!? Join Dr. Lyle and students from Duke University to learn about chemistry and mix up the perfect bubble solution.
What are your favorite events or outings happening around town this weekend? Share with us in the comments below.