‘Splash’ Exhibit Opens at Marbles, Father’s Day Ideas, Juneteenth Celebrations

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MAKING A SPLASH! Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh has opened its reimagined water play space. The “Splash” exhibit on the museum’s first floor includes a three-story pirate ship, a yellow science submarine and a new 65-foot water table. Each of the table’s 19 special features is designed to encourage collaborative exploration. Marbles Kids Museum is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Visitors are required to purchase tickets in advance online. 

SUMMER SAFARI. Marbles Kids Museum also kicked off a Summer Safari on June 6. Visitors can pick up a Summer Safari map that will guide them to find nine sets binoculars hidden throughout the museum. The Summer Safari is included with admission. 

FATHER’S DAY FUN. Tickets are still available for The Mayton’s Father’s Day Pig Pickin’ on Saturday, June 17, 1–3 p.m. Tickets cost $40 and include a barbecue buffet with all of the traditional sides on The Mayton’s new all-weather terrace. Drink specials and Peck & Plume’s No. 1 Private Select bourbon from Maker’s Mark will be available for purchase at the bar. Register here.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Raleigh celebrates Father’s Day with a menu that includes a 22-ounce caramelized prime rib, topped steak butter and served with truffle merlot demi glace and homemade horseradish. The restaurant will open at 11 a.m.

Olde Raleigh Distillery, located at 209 North Arendell Avenue in Zebulon, will host a Father’s Day market on Saturday, June 12, noon–3 p.m. Along with a bottle of your choice, order a custom basket from among nine vendors, including Dirty Candle Company, Outward Apparel, 3 De Prints and Gifts, Avon (for men and women), Designs by Tina, Double Tree resale, M’s Salsa and Flavor and Grace cookies.

Ella’s Popcorn is offering a Father’s Day gift box. The flavors include dill, golden salted caramel and white cheddar, each in eight-cup bags for $24.99. Graduation and summer celebration packages are also available. 

SUMMER READING. Wake County Public Libraries’ Summer @ the Library is underway and runs through Saturday, August 12. Visit any Wake County Public Libraries location to be entered for a chance to win prizes such as books, tote bags, mugs, picnic blankets and journals. While you’re there, pick up a few of the librarians’ recommended reads.

FINE DINING. Peck & Plume (301 South Academy Street, Cary) will celebrate the debut of its new Private Selection bourbon from Maker’s Mark with a four-course dinner on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 6–9 p.m. The experience begins with a welcome reception that includes a specialty cocktail and a neat pour of Peck & Plume No. 1.

HOWDY PARTNER. PBR Cary will host Heroes vs. Villains on Friday, June 23, 8 p.m.–2 a.m. The event includes themed drink specials, photo opportunities and mechanical bull riding. Guests can enter to win two three-day passes to GalaxyCon. VIP booth reservations are available online.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY NEWS. The Templeton of Cary welcomed ESPN basketball commentator Seth Greenberg to the Men’s Breakfast Club meeting on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. Greenberg, who has coached at Virginia Tech, the University of South Florida and Long Beach State University, will discuss ACC basketball and the upcoming season. The speaker series at the retirement community is a monthly event that caters to the residents’ interest in sports.

AFFORDABLE PETS. The Wake County Animal Center at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh is hosting a feline-only adoption event. Pet adopters can name their price and take home any cat at least six months old. There are 16 cats and 19 kittens available for adoptions, and all are spayed and neutered. The shelter is open for adoptions noon–6 p.m. seven days a week.

JUNETEENTH. The North Carolina Museum of History (5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh) will honor the legacy of Juneteenth and celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month during June. Enjoy an Al Strong concert on Saturday, June 10, 7–10 p.m. On Friday, June 16, meet members of the Battery B Second Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops Light Artillery Reenactors, and discover the legacy of the USCT in the struggle for freedom and citizenship during the Civil War. Throughout the month, a panel-style traveling exhibit, “Africa to Carolina,” explores the Middle Passage, conditions on slave ships and the slave-trading business throughout the month.

Dix Park hosts the third annual Capital City Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17, 1–6 p.m. The event takes place on the big field and in the chapel. The community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of reflection and festivity in honor of Juneteenth on June 19, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

In honor of Juneteenth, Artspace will host the inaugural For The Culture Crawl from 5–8 p.m. Friday, June 16. This is a self-guided experience celebrating Juneteenth, artistic freedom, and Black entrepreneurship throughout downtown Raleigh. Register to attend here.

TRUE CRIME. If you’re a fan of true crime, sign up for the True Crime & Curious Tales Raleigh Walking Tour. Get a glimpse of murder, mayhem and other strange happenings in Raleigh over the years during this pay-what-you-want tour. (If you enjoy the tour, please compensate your guide appropriately—in cash only.) There are various dates available. The next is June 17. Register here.

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