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Things to do on a weekend: Let the kids run wild with Grandfather

Saturday the High Country icon Grandfather Mountain is all about spoiling some children. If the ridge could pop some on its knee and tell em stories ending with a stick of licorice, it would. The day is just that enjoyable.

It's called Kidfest, and includes an itinerary anyone young would love. It starts with a hike, then story telling, then another hike. Afterwards comes the science.

Grandfather Mountain KidfestBeginning at 11:00 a.m. Grandfather Mountain’s Climate Science Workshop will be held beside the Butterfly Garden. Participants will record data about incoming solar radiation, density of particulate matter in the atmosphere, temperature and precipitation. NASA scientists use this data to make comparisons to readings collected in other areas.

A rare chance to see birds of prey up close is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. in the Nature Museum. Volunteers from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute bring in live hawks and owls and teach children about the habits, personalities and unique features of each bird that they introduce.

There's also facepainting, games and other events. And, regardless of the occasion, most kids love the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Moms? Not so much.