Fun Things to Do The Weekend of March 31-April 2
Children and adults with autism spectrum disorder are invited to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham from 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday, April 2, for a quieter visit during Autism Awareness Day.
Photo courtesy of Adam Kissick Photography/Museum of Life and Science
Whether your kids love trains, animals, science, food trucks — or even flying space turtles — there’s a family-friendly event this weekend that fits the bill.
Godzilla’s monster twin Gamera serves as the starting point for a night of science and entertainment when the museum’s “Final Fridays” series presents “The Science of Flying Space Turtles.” Explore turtle-themed science stations before the screening of 1965’s “Gamera,” followed by a presentation by Yale physicist Savan Kharel on his work investigating string theory and black holes, and how it relates to this month’s film. The event takes place 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, March 31, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Tickets ($5) are available online or at the door.
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Visit Historic Stagville, the remnant of one of the largest plantations of the antebellum South, for an open house on its extensive grounds. Learn about the Cameron family’s role in bringing the railroad to North Carolina and make your own train car. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $1 per person helps offset material costs. This event takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at Historic Stagville in Durham.
photo courtesy of carnegie library of pittsburgh
Spend a day with animal friends and enjoy tours of the hospital, labs and grounds; watch animal care demonstrations veterinary Q&A sessions, dog agility demos and more. The open house runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh. Free and suitable for all ages. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. No pets permitted.
photo courtesy of Nathan Latil/North Carolina State Veterinary Medicine
In partnership with the University of North Carolina TEACCH Autism Program, the Museum of Life and Science will host its first Autism Awareness Day 10 a.m.-noon, Sunday, April 2. The museum will open two hours early exclusively for families consisting of children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder to share its interactive exhibits in a relaxed, sensory-friendly atmosphere. Cool-down areas and visual supports will be available throughout the day, while special programs invite everyone to learn more about living with ASD. Tickets for the early opening are $10 per person. Optional online registration will help guests plan their visit.
photo courtesy of adam kissick/museum of life and science
Enjoy a food truck rodeo — with 14 local food trucks and three local breweries — as well as family-friendly entertainment and a kids’ zone with crafts, hula hooping, cornhole and more. The event is put on by the Garner Revitalization Association and takes place noon-5 p.m. along Main Street (from Griffin Street to Purvis Street) in downtown Garner. Rain or shine. Free admission.
photo courtesy of rob smith/town of garner