Falling for Autumn – activities for youth in the Durham area

The annual Pumpkin Patch Express and BooFest at the Museum of Life and Science is a fall tradition in Durham. No matter what you might choose to do in these last few weeks of autumn, just make sure you get outside! (Staff photo by Carlton Koonce


By Rosemarie Dole

DCI/Cristo Rey High School Intern

The Durham VOICE

Even though autumn came late to Durham this year, there’s still enough colorful leaves on the trees to enjoy the season. Looking for ways to not only celebrate the fall season but also ways to get out of the house from Covid lockdowns before the holidays?

Durham has some great autumn activities for people of all ages.

One of the first activities includes exploring acres of pumpkins or making your way through a local corn maze. Maybe you’d enjoy a hayride or a visit with small farm animals at the local Holder Hill Farm.

Are you over 21? Test your knowledge at Bull City Ciderworks’ weekly Trivia and compete for the first place prize as another fall activity.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a hands-on kid-friendly activity for learning and fun you might want to check out BooFest at the Museum of Life and Science where youth can create their own bubbles and participate in themed exhibits.

To find out more about all these fun fall events, keep reading.

Holder Hill Farm

If a day of family-friendly fun is what’s needed in your household Holder Hill Farm has it all. Explore their 7 acres of pumpkins, their corn maze, or the nature trail. Other action includes hayrides, a hay mountain, the barnyard animal bounce, or a simple visit with their small barnyard animals! 

When: Open 7 days a week, Sept. 24-Nov. 7 

M-Sat 9a.m. – Dusk, Sun 10a.m. – Dusk 

Where: 4822 Holder Rd. Durham, NC 27703

How: On Site Tickets $15 (2yr+)

Group reservations of 10+ can be made online for $12.50/person 

Extra: No pets allowed (service dogs only) 

Website: https://www.holderhillfarmllc.com/ 

Trivia at Bull City Ciderworks 

If you’re of age, gathering your friends with quality cider and a food truck can be made even better with trivia games. Every Thursday at 7p.m., Bull City Ciderworks hosts outdoor trivia with Tyler and Paxton Trivia Masters. Up to six people can compete on one team.

Check TPTriviaMasters Facebook page beforehand to see their social media bonus point question and prepare beforehand for their “this day in history” section, or try to wing it. Don’t forget that Ciderworks also will have seasonal flavors on tap such as pumpkin cider. 

Where: 305 S. Roxboro St. Durham, NC 

When: Every Thursday from 7p.m. – 9p.m.

How: Trivia is free! Max of 6 people per team, no phones out 

Website: https://www.bullcityciderworks.com/ 

BooFest at the Museum of Life and Science 

Ready to get spooky? Head over to BooFest at the Museum of Life and Science on Oct. 30 between 10a.m. – 4p.m. Guests have the opportunity to create their own bubbles in a lab, listen to a spooky (kid friendly) story and observe themed exhibits. Kids can wear their costumes and enjoy the Halloween celebration.

When: Oct. 30 between 10a.m. – 4p.m.

General Hours: Tues. – Sun. from 10a.m. – 5p.m. (Open to Members at 9a.m.)

Where: 433 W. Murray Ave. Durham, NC 27704 

How: Members – Free

General – $23

Seniors (Ages 65+) – $21

Children (Ages 3-12) – $18

Children (Ages 2 and under) – Free

U.S. Military (with ID) – $21

Website: https://www.lifeandscience.org/explore/boofest/ 



2 thoughts on “Falling for Autumn – activities for youth in the Durham area

  1. Angel Jackson says:

    RoseMarie, I am proud of you! You’ve become a published author just at the age you are at. This is one of your strong suites, keep going!

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