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Labor Day Weekend: African American Cultural Festival, Food Truck Rodeo
Labor Day weekend offers a chance to kick back and relax with family and friends. Fire up the grill for a casual barbecue or throw an inexpensive ice-cream party with these creative ideas from Jennifer, The Clueless Chick, a Triangle-area mom blogger. Ahead of Labor Day, you?ll find some fun family events, shows and exhibits. If you?re thinking of renting movies to watch with your kids at home, check out these picks by Andrea, who writes our Movies for Children blog.

In downtown Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the African American Cultural Festival, which will feature music, dance and fun at Charter Square and City Plaza. Take your kids to hear from storytellers, dance troupes and drum circles, and enjoy make-and-take crafts and more in the "Family Village." You?ll find a marketplace, art gallery walk and food vendors along Fayetteville Street; and live music on the City Plaza main stage. Admission is free. READ MORE

Free Weekend Fun: Lazy Daze Festival, Dog Days & More
Summer family fun is ripe for the picking this weekend at the Town of Cary?s 38th Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in downtown Cary. Admission is free! Go to enjoy entertainment on four stages, browse/purchase the work of 400 artists from across the U.S. and take your children to play at Kid?s World brought to you by Carolina Parent.

Kids World is an interactive area located in the Cary Post Office parking lot on Academy Street, where the lineup of fun for little ones includes theater and magic as well as make-and-take crafts and a snow field. What could be better than snow in August? Even Kris Kringle will put in an appearance.  READ MORE

Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations #crafts #kids

Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations
Rheney Williams-Guest Blogger

For moms who grew up in the '80s like I did, you'll probably remember those spinning art toys that let you create splashes and spiral smears of paint. You know ? there was a spinning platform with paper exposed underneath, you dropped dots of paint into the middle and the spinning motion and centrifugal force pulled the paint out to the edges of the circle and you were left with these crazy, tie-died-looking paintings? 

Although the toys have changed over the years, a kid's (and kids at heart!) basic desire to see swirls of paint and crazy combinations of colors hasn't. And an old-school product is making new spiral innovations possible: Shaving cream! All you need are a few basic supplies and you and your kids can have hours of creative and colorful fun with a beautiful piece of artwork to show for it at the end of the day. 

Gather the materials for your shaving cream paint projects. You'll need: 
  • Foam Shaving Cream (not the gel)
  • Paints in an assortment of colors
  • Heavy card stock or construction paper
  • Spatula or ruler
  • Skewer or little fingers!
  • Large cookie sheet or use smaller individual trays, one for each child

Tip: To make clean-up a breeze (and avoid having to buy a disposable tray), line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. Then all you have to do is remove the foil and you're done! 

 1. Spray a few lines of shaving cream onto the sheet and use the spatula or ruler to spread out the shaving cream flat and in a square or rectangle about the size of the paper. 
2. Add a few random dots of paint or food coloring around the shaving cream palette. 
Tip: If you have leftover paint samples from the last time you painted a room, this is a great way to use those and ensure whatever masterpiece your kids come up with coordinates with the space! 

 3. Use the skewer to make swirls with the paint in free-flowing circles or waves and if you have little kids, just let them go nuts with their fingers. 
4. Place the paper into the shaving cream with the right-side facing down so that when you pull the paper off, the paint is on the correct side. 

5. Gently push the paper into the shaving cream so that all surfaces touch and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds before carefully peeling the paper off of the shaving cream. 

6. Place the paper on a flat surface (in my case, I had another foil-lined sheet pan at the ready) and carefully scrape all of the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the magical marbling below! 

7. Set the paper aside to dry thoroughly and if the edges start to curl, place a glass or other heavy object on the corners to keep them down during drying. 

From here, take some time to admire your work and see what imaginative images your kids can find! Can you spot the hidden smiley face that appeared in my swirls? In addition to your classic refrigerator pin-up, here are some other creative uses for your pint-sized Picasso's masterpiece: 
  • Make DIY bookmarks to give as Christmas gifts to the readers you love
  • Use the brown paper bags from the grocery store in your shaving cream paint project and have unique book covers for school next year
  • Frame it so you always have a custom piece of art in your office or work space
  • A DIY puzzle: Cut it into a bunch of different pieces that your kids can put back together and learn about how shapes and patterns relate to each other
What other cool things can you and your kids come up with for shaving cream paint creations? 

Rheney Williams is a prolific crafter with a background in theatre arts. Besides writing about projects for Home Depot, Rheney is currently putting her DIY expertise to work by remodeling her first home and experimenting with colors and textures in her home decor. Widgets

Rainy Weekend Fun: Storytelling, Children?s Festivals, Kids Activities
Even with rain forecast for this weekend, you?ll find lots of family fun across the Triangle. But before you head out, don?t forget to check if scheduled outdoor events are still taking place. If they are on, don?t let a little drizzle dampen your day. Pull out the raincoats, boots, umbrellas and prepare for fun, like puddle-jumping along the way!

What could be better than listening to live storytelling on a rainy day? The Forest Storytelling Festival will be held this Saturday at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre in Wake Forest, where you can stay cool and dry indoors. READ MORE

First Friday Fun, Festival, Stage Shows & Indoor Fun
From a Lebanese festival to family-friendly stage shows to nature programs and a Centennial Commemoration of World War I, this weekend offers families a variety of learning experiences.

Start your weekend off by joining in First Friday, downtown Raleigh?s monthly art celebration when all sorts of venues stay open late to welcome visitors. Marbles Kids Museum will be open until 7 p.m.for play. READ MORE

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