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Help celebrate Durham Parks and Recreation’s 100th birthday with your artwork. DPR is running a Cover Art Contest where the winners will have their art featured on the cover of the Play More Guide in 2024.

Three artists will be selected based on their creativity and how their art represents DPR’s five favorite themes:

  1. History and vision of the future

  2. Play and happiness

  3. Health and wellness

  4. Nature and outdoors, and

  5. Social equity.

Everyone competing in this art contest has to be between age 5 and 18 and must be a resident of Durham County. Your artwork can be a drawing, painting, or photo, and should be 9.25 inches across (horizontal) by 6.25 inches tall (vertical).


Send your artwork to DPR’s creative content specialist at by the Friday, March 1 deadline. Click here

for more info. 


My Durham is DPR’s free drop-in teen program (ages 13–18) full of fun and interesting activities (such as gardening, video game tournaments, indoor hockey, park cleanups, crafts, and job readiness) on weekdays from 3 to 7pm at the following recreation centers:

  • Holton (401 N Driver St)

  • Weaver Street (3000 Weaver St)

  • Durham Teen Center at Lyon Park (1101 Cornell St)

  • WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St)

  • Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd).


Call 919-560-4294 for more info. 


Sometimes we get mad at ourselves when we make mistakes … but not all mistakes are bad! Some of our favorite foods were created by accident! Check these out:



In 1905, an 11-year-old kid named Frank Epperson was making soda pop by stirring powdered soda flavoring into a bucket of water. He accidentally left the mixing bucket outside with some of the soda-and-water mixture in it. It was freezing cold that night, and the next morning Frank discovered that the mixture had frozen solid. Of course, he tasted it and it tasted great! He called them "Epperson Icicles" and started selling them for 5¢ each. (Later, he changed the name to "popsicles.")



Way back in the 1700s, there was a man called the Earl of Sandwich. (Earl is a royal title and Sandwich is the name of the county that his family was from.) The Earl loved to gamble and wanted to play all day and night. One day, he was so busy gambling that he didn't even want to stop at mealtime. Instead, he told the kitchen staff to stuff some food between two slices of bread so he could eat with one hand and gamble with the other. The sandwich caught on and has been popular ever since.


Chocolate chip cookies

Ruth Wakefield had a job as a cook at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts back in 1930. She usually made cookies with baking chocolate—but one day she ran out. Thinking quickly, she broke a bar of semisweet chocolate into tiny pieces and stirred them into the cookie dough. When she took the cookies out of the oven, she saw that the chocolate chips hadn't melted. Instead of making chocolate cookies, she had accidentally invented chocolate chip cookies. They were an instant hit.


Potato chips

George Crum was a chef at the Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1853. One day, one of his customers complained that the french fries were too thick. Mr Crum sliced a potato into thinner pieces and fried those. The customer complained that those were too thick, too. Mr Crum felt insulted. This time, he sliced a potato into super-thin slices and fried them until they were crunchy. The customer loved them and soon everybody wanted some. 


Ice cream cone

In 1904, Ernest Hamwi was busily selling Syrian pastries at the St Louis World's Fair. One day, an ice cream vendor operating a stand near his ran out of dishes. Wanting to help, Mr Hamwi rolled up one of his pastries into a cone and stuffed some ice cream inside so the customers wouldn't have to touch the ice cream with their hands. People loved this new way of eating ice cream. However, a man named Italo Marchiony got a patent to make ice cream cones that same year—so it's possible that two people invented the ice cream cone around the same time and didn't know it.

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Did you hear the joke about the roof?

Um, no.
Well, that’s okay—it’s probably over your head anyway!

What’s wrong? Why can’t your pony sing?

Because she’s a little horse!

Mark’s dad has three sons, Paul, Saul, and who else?

Um, I don’t know


How many months have 28 days?


Wrong!—They all have 28 days.

Spell cold with two letters


Okay, spell rotten with two letters


What starts with P, ends with E, and has a million letters?

Post office!


Arlo and mom had a great time during Durham Parks and Recreation’s kite-flying event at the Holton Center on Saturday, April 2.


Play Pac-man, an old-school videogame that’s still lots of fun. Use the arrow keys to go right, left, up, and down. Don’t get caught! Click on Pac-man to get started.


Amaze your friends by showing their houses with just a few keystrokes. Go on the house below and then type in your street address in the search box. In a few seconds, you’ll see your house or building. If you then click on the Earth symbol at the top of the screen (near the middle), you’ll switch from Street mode to Map mode and you’ll see your house or building a map. Go back and forth from Map to Street mode and look around your neighborhood.

Image by Scott Webb
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SameGame is really fun to play. Try to click and clear all of the balloons. Look over the board first and try to spot large blocks of color. For example, if you see a single red balloon that’s surrounded by different colors, don’t click on it! Look for balloons that are next to other balloons of the same color. The more balloons that you clear with each click, the higher your score will be—Good luck!

Image by Greyson Joralemon

If you’re the kind of person who likes to learn new things, go to Wonderopolis and look around.

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