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May 2012 Calendar of Family Events across the USA

NOC’s Duck & Run Race, May 12, Bryson City, NC. A 2-3 hour “Adventure Race for Everyone,” the Duck and Run features a five-mile paddle on the lower half of the Nantahala River in an inflatable kayak (we call them ducks) and then a 5-mile run up and around Flint Ridge. It takes a 700′ climb to get to the ridge, but once there the ridge flattens out into a rolling trail. The event is the perfect introduction to adventure racing for families and can host contestants as young as 7 years old. Total event length is typically only 2 hours for adults, and while competitive, the event is meant to be silly.

Freedom Weekend Aloft– May 25-28, Greenville, SC. The sky is filled with more than 80 hot air balloons during this 29-year-old annual event which offers attendees a relaxing, family-oriented, affordable and fun-filled weekend.


Ottawa International Children’s Festival, May 30 – June 3, LeBreton Flats. A celebration of the performing arts for young audiences and their families, featuring the finest in theatre, dance, arts and music from highly acclaimed international and local artists.

29th annual Mudbug Madness, May 24-27, Shreveport, Louisiana. A four-day festival featuring non-stop live zydeco music, tons of crawfish being cooked and served every imaginable way, and a special entertainment stage and activity area called “Kids on the Bayou” that is designed especially for children.

The Magical World of Disney, May 12, Springfield, Mo. Take a trip down memory lane through some of the most magical scenes from Disney classics such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and many more presented by Springfield Symphony Orchestra.  

Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival, May 26, Barnes Park in Eastport, MI. Celebrate Michigan’s state stone with a day of stone-hunting, stone-skipping, demonstrations, prizes, and other fun at Barnes Park near Eastport.

 Youth Fishing Derby, May 26, Waterville Valley, NH. Kids, grab your parents & tackle for a fishing derby on the shores of beautiful Corcoran¹s Pond! 8-11 a.m. First 100 entrants receive a t-shirt and cup of bait. Prizes awarded across age groups. Sponsored by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department & by the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety. For more information or registration call 603-236-4695.

 B&O Railroad Museum: Day Out With Thomas, April 27 – May 6, Baltimore, MD. All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine™ is chugging into a station near you for Day Out With Thomas™: Mystery on the Rails Tour 2012. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite No. 1 engine.

 Breakfast with the Giraffes, May 12, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Enjoy a hot, catered breakfast up on the Giraffe deck overlooking their sprawling yard. Hear from the keepers that care for the giraffes, feed them their morning browse, visit a variety of giraffe education stations and get your picture up close with a few of our animal ambassadors!

Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary party, May 27, At Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, CA. To celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary, families may enjoy a seasonal buffet dinner at Cavallo Point Lodge, with views of the bridge, then watch the sky light up in a fireworks show launched from a barge on the bay.

Star Wars Fan Weekend, May 4 – 6, Woodloch Pines Resort, PA. Build Your Own Pod Racer, Movie Screenings, Star Wars Arts & Crafts, Bring/Make Costumes for Themed Activities and Parties, Best Costume (Lunch Parade)

Whistler and Blackcomb Open for Summer, May 26, Vancouver, Canada. Kids love the impressive Peak 2 Peak Gondola – watch out for the silver ones with the glass bottoms for an extra thrill as it travel over the valley. Alpine flowers are in bloom and there’s lots of great hiking all over the mountains

Dinosaurs Dead or Alive? at the Brevard Zoo, Now through May 28, Melbourne, FL. For a limited time, guests at the Brevard Zoo can travel back in time more than 65 million years and explore the world of dinosaurs through the ages. Visitors will encounter 16 prehistoric beasts that come to life as they travel through the exhibit.

Kids Fish ‘n’ Fun Derby, May 19, Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. Pros with the Outdoor Adventures Network (www.MyOAN.net) will help children learn about fish habitat, behavior and equipment. Then, fish with volunteers from the Chattanooga BASS Club who will teach kids to cast, tie knots, bait hooks and reel fish in using catch and release techniques. Be sure to register.

A Day on the Farm – Wonderful World of Miniature Horses, May 19th, Hays, KS. Come see the horse farm and see the Class A miniature horses, which are the smallest of the miniature horse breed. Take a tour of the stable and see the ribbon and trophy room, learn how the horses are trained by using the lounging pen and obstacle course. View demonstrations and and take a cart or surrey ride given by the miniature horses. See and hear about the miniatures horses from foal to adulthood, about their care, diet, training and registration.

Teddy Bear Picnic, May 5, Salina, KS. Get a check-up for your Teddy Bear (or adopt a new one)at our Teddy Bear Picnic!

The 38th Annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival, May 26, 27 and 28, Utica, OH. The festival is filled with entertainment for the entire family with over 90 artisans from Ohio and other states exhibiting their handcrafted items. Pony rides, antique gas engines, car and motorcycle show, lots of contests and some of the best ice cream made in the Midwest, Velvet Ice Cream who is setting to make a 98 gallon sundae in celebration of their 98 years in business.  Events include a parade, Magic of Laughter Show, Little Miss Ice Cream Pageant, sack race, wheelbarrow race, water balloon toss, ice cream eating contest with local celebrities, plank race, egg toss, sheep herding and more.

Cinco de Mayo, May 5, Sausalito, CA .Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the culture and folklore of Mexico through music, dance and traditional crafts at the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s family-friendly celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival, May 4-5, Smithfield, NC. Fun for the entire family, the Ham & Yam Festival honors Smithfield’s agricultural history. With a barbecue cook-off, “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest, and food vendors, both ham and yams abound. Visitors wander through the festival area filled with hundreds of booths occupied by face painters, local non-profit organizations, and vendors selling items including garden flags, handbags, kitchen tools, handmade jewelry and many other arts and crafts. The family event keeps crowds entertained with performances on three stages, children’s games, carnival rides, pig races, and a petting zoo.

Rhubarb Festival, May 18-19, Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA. Complete with its own race car derby, tastings, games, a parade, and baking contest.

Movies at the Beach, May 28 through Sept. 2, Carolina Beach NC. Families can bring their lawn chairs and picnics for free weekly movies screened at Carolina Beach Lake Park’s outdoor amphitheater.

Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, May 5, Virginia Beach. Kite fliers and spectators of all ages experience a visual feast at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival.  This popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados. Everyone is invited to take part in the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival’s “Best Kite Contest.”  To enter this contest, participants must build a kite and bring it to the festival.  The contest consists of two parts: the actual kite itself and how well it is made, and the participant’s ability to fly the kite.  Participants must be able to fly their kites consecutively in the air for 5 minutes at a height of 100 feet. The festival will take place on the beach between 16th and 18th Streets


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