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Things to do with the kids in Asheville



8/24/2012 - Things to do with the kids in Asheville
by Katie Waddington - Asheville Citizen Times

In her spare time, Katie Wadington is the editor of WNC Parent magazine. That's when she's not driving to an after-school activity, or speed shopping, or looking for her sanity, or trying to find an outing that will please two very different children. (For example, her daughter, 13, considers "hike" to be a four-letter word, but show her son, 10, a trail and he's on it.) Downtime needs to be put on the calendar just like PTO meetings. And if a night out requires a sitter, it better be worthwhile.

This week, Katie says: Give your weekend an international flavor with a visit to the Goombay Festival. Dancing, drumming and food with a Caribbean and soul flair is sure to capture the little ones' attention.

Worth a sitter: If your children wouldn't appreciate the wildness that Lexington Avenue has to offer during the Lexington Avenue Arts and Family Festival, grab a sitter for next Saturday. But if you have older kids who might enjoy the true Asheville weirdness of LAAFF, bring 'em along.

Can't make it to either? Check out these other kid-friendly events:

SING, SIGN AND STORY TIME: 10 a.m. Thursdays, West Asheville Vineyard, 717 Haywood Road, Asheville. $7 per family per session. No weekly commitment. Learn sign language through music, movement and signing. Contact Rebekah Alley at or 712-4587. Visit

FREE HIKE FRIDAY: Take guided hike out to Hickory Nut Falls, tallest waterfall on the East Coast. No registration necessary. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday at Chimney Rock Park. Free with admission. Visit

HICKORY NUT GORGE OLYMPIAD: Eighth-annual three-day sport and community festival with events and activities for all athletic abilities. With golf tournament, beach barbecue, free water ski show, fireworks, 10K, more. Friday-Sunday. Visit

BLUE RIDGE ROLLERGIRLS: Double header, doors open at 4 p.m. with first bout at 5, second at 7. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 for ages 13 and older, free for 12 and younger. At WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Saturday . Visit

MOVE IN THE PARK: Puss in Boots, at Fletcher Community Park. Saturday. Arrive 7:30 p.m., movie starts at dark. Visit

SHINDIG ON THE GREEN: Mountain tradition, with bluegrass and old-time string bands, cloggers, storytellers and more. 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park, Asheville. Visit

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