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School will be wrapping up across North Carolina in the next few weeks. Still not sure what do with you kids? Our museums and historic sites and local arts councils across the state offer summer camps that inspire kids to create and teach teens about the Tar Heel State’s past in a fun, collaborative atmosphere.

Our camps are filling up pretty fast, but we still have some availability. Here are nine camps that still have spots open and promise plenty of summer fun:

1. Summer teen workshops at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.


Teens can play with photography and collage to explore the past and imagine the future or use a variety of media to create artistic-poetic mashups and retell a story at week-long workshops at the museum in June.


2. Life on the Carolina Frontier at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.



Let your kids enlist in a North Carolina Provincial Company and learn about the lives of the soldiers who built Fort Dobbs, the settlers they protected and the Cherokee warriors they fought.


3. Camps offered by local arts councils and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the state.



A few that have caught our eye so far are the Summer Clay Camp for Kids, offered by the N.C. Pottery Center; All About Abstracts and Cool Jewelry, offered by the Wayne County Arts Council; and the visual and performing arts camps offered by the Arts Council of Wilson.

Get in touch with your local arts council for more offerings near you.


4. Summer Science School and the Junior Sailing Program at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.



Kids can explore a range of topics from coastal conservation to the science used to investigate the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship at the museum’s Summer Science School or learn safety, seamanship and a number of other sailing skills in its Junior Sailing Program.


5. History camps covering a variety of topics at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.



You kid can become a history detective and learn how the museum researches and produces exhibits, get a taste of life in colonial North Carolina or set sail for a coastal Carolina adventure. Registration for all of the museums camps is still open.


6. A Civil War summer camp at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.



As the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War ends, kids will drill like Civil War soldiers, dress up like them for a photo op and participate in an array of other activities to ignite the history spark in campers ages nine to 12.


7. The first annual Backcountry Militia Day Camp for Kids at House in the Horseshoe near Sanford.



History will come alive for your kids at with an artillery demonstration, musket and rifle firing, spinning and weaving demonstrations and the change to meet an 18th century surgeon. The camp will also feature hands on activities and a special tour of the Horseshoe site.


8. Hands-on art making workshops and camps for elementary and middle school-aged kids at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.



Seven of the museum’s camps still have openings. The Blast from Past camp, combining art and history for fun for elementary and middle school kids and the middle school workshops on fashion and expressing yourself look especially interesting to us!




Whether you little one longs to be a pirate, Civil War solider or archaeologist, the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport has a hands-on adventure for them.

In addition to all of these awesome camps, the Museum of the Albemarle, N.C. Museum of Art, N.C. Museum of History, SECCA, Tryon Palace and all three of our maritime museums offer programs for kids and family weekly.

Hosting your own summer camp and looking for a place to take your kids? Our 27 historic sites scattered across the state are perfect for a morning, afternoon or all-day trip. The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia and Tryon Palace make it especially easy to accommodate your large group.

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A Civil War living history weekend in Fayetteville, traditional boat building in Beaufort and concerts of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 suggestions to help you make the most of your time:

1. See what the Union occupation of Fayetteville was like first-hand as re-enactors bring the period to life Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

2. Hear the timeless music of Bach, Brahms and Beethoven as performed by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Southern Pines, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

3. Take a look at North Carolina’s largest Civil War conflict through the lens of archaeology during a lecture Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

4. Spend some quality time with your family at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center Thursday night in New Bern.

5. Discuss the short story “The Child by Tiger” with local author Andrea Clark Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. Try your hand at building a boat the traditional way throughout the weekend at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

7. Discover North Carolina’s rich textile history and weave a bookmark to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

8. Explore how wind affected Outer Banks history and make a related hands-on craft with your kids Friday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

9. Celebrate the craftiness of local scouts when the Museum of the Albemarle hosts a pinewood derby Saturday in Elizabeth City.

10. Spend your Saturday morning doing yoga on the scenic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse lawn in Edenton.

11. Enjoy the soothing sounds of Fire Pink Trio during a concert that matches music with works of art in the N.C. Museum of Art’s collection Sunday in Raleigh.

12. Head out to Aycock Birthplace in Fremont Saturday to see how high you can fly a kite, and while you’re there, make a model biplane using household items.

13. Experience the natural world through art at a new exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh

14. Wrap up your winter blues at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Saturday and Sunday when some of the Triad’s best writers share their work.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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The annual lighting of the state holiday tree in Raleigh, ornament making in Asheville and a demonstration of military life on North Carolina’s western frontier in Statesville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are 18 suggestions to help you make the most of your weekend:

1. Join Gov. Pat McCrory for the state tree lighting and holiday festival at the State Capitol in Raleigh Thursday.

2. Learn how Christmas was celebrated by Civil War soldiers and sailors at home and in the field at the CSS Neuse Interpretive Center Saturday in Kinston.

3. Meet historical figures from the Lower Cape Fear region and hear some seasonal stories from the area at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Friday as part of the town-wide Winterfest celebration.

4. Explore two of Raleigh‘s iconic landmarks-the Executive Mansion and the State Capitol-decorated for the season and open for tours throughout the weekend.

5. Make a holiday ornament Saturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

6. See how soldiers braved the harsh winter on North Carolina’s western frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

7. Attend an authentic candlelit service at the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church and explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s 18th Century Christmas Saturday in Winnabow.

8. Enjoy a concert of classical Christmas selections by Mozart, Bach and others Saturday in Chapel Hill.

9. Spend a festive holiday afternoon with Duke Homestead in Durham Sunday, as part of the site’s Victorian Family Christmas.

10. Delight in the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past with music, hearth-baked food, children’s activities and special tours at Historic Bath Saturday.

11. See Iron Man 3 Friday as part of the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring North Carolina!film series in Raleigh.

12. Celebrate the season with Historic Edenton, which will be hosting caroling at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse and the annual James Iredell House holiday “groaning board”throughout the weekend.

13. Experience the spectacle of a colonial Christmas at Tryon Palace complete with fireworks, fire-eating, magic tricks and meetings with military re-enactors representing 300 years of history throughout the weekend in New Bern.

14. Hear the music and taste the food of an 1897 Christmas in Fayetteville at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s Holiday Jubilee Sunday.

15. Tour the stately buildings at Historic Halifax decorated for the season Saturday.

16. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for dulcimer music, refreshments and musket firings as part of its annual holiday open house Saturday.

17. See 18th century craft demonstrations as you listen to period music and sample seasonal treats at the House in Horseshoe’s holiday open house Saturday in Sanford.

18. Take a family-friendly tour of the Small Treasures exhibition at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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North Carolina’s historic sites, museums and other cultural institutions will be spreading good cheer across the state this weekend.

Civil War-style celebrations of Christmas in Durham and Four Oaks, a Polar Express adventure in Elizabeth City and a 1940s holiday bash in Sedalia are just a sampling of fun programs you’ll find throughout Tar Heel State.

Here are 17 events not to miss:

1. Cookies and cocoa at Dr. Brown’s home in Sedalia Saturday. The snacks are part of a larger program at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum that looks at Christmas during the 1940s.

2. Music, crafts, food and fun as part of Christmas at the Big House, Christmas at the Quarters at Historic Stagville in Durham Saturday.

3. 1830s Christmas Candlelight tours of Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Saturday, where visitors will play the part of travelers seeking lodging for the night at the Vance home.

4. A Civil War Christmas at Bennett Place in Durham Saturday and Sunday, complete with traditional cooking demonstrations, caroling and decorations from the period.

5. Ornament-making at Mount Gilead‘s Town Creek Indian Mound Saturday. Visitors can choose to make edible “orniments” for birds or a clay decoration for their tree.

6. A German-style “Golden Christmas” at Reed Gold Mine in Midland Saturday. Craft demonstrations, candlelight tours of the mine and activities for the kids will all be part of the fun.

7. Refreshments and the chance to see what life was like for common Civil War soldiers on furlough during the holidays during Bentonville Battlefield’s Christmas program in Four OaksSaturday.


8. A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza featuring classic seasonal songs throughout the weekend at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo.

9. Pinecone decorating and stories surrounding the origins of the Christmas tree as part of aVictorian Christmas at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport Saturday. 

10. A Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront Saturday night, right near the N.C. Maritime Museum.

11. A glimpse into the splendor of the season on an antebellum plantation, complete with traditional decorations and a good ole’ fashion Southern meal, Sunday at Somerset Place inCreswell.  

12. Nighttime tours of Durham‘s Duke Homestead decorated for an 1870s Christmas Friday.

13. Arms drills, cannon firing and displays of Civil War camp life at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Federal attack there .

14. A Polar Express-themed holiday celebration at the Museum of Albemarle in Elizabeth City Saturday, featuring carriage rides and a model train village based on the family film favorite.

15. Performances of Handel’s Messiah by the N.C. Symphony and N.C. Master Chorale throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Southern Pines.

16. A lecture and book signing on growing up in Raleigh during the 1940s and 50s Sunday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

17. Stories of Christmas past and special treats at the Mountain Gateway Museum Saturday, in conjunction with the Old Fort Christmas parade.

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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