Fun Things to Do This Weekend (March 17-19)


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Take advantage of March's gusty winds at the Town of Cary’s Kite Festival, Saturday, March 18, at Bond Park.

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This weekend is all about taking flight — on the wind, on the stage and in life. From festivals to performances to inspirational books, you and your kids will love what this weekend has in store.

“When She Had Wings” at Raleigh Little Theatre

“When She Had Wings” is a play about a girl who dreams about taking flight in a makeshift airplane she has built in her backyard. After a storm, she finds an elderly woman who looks and sounds like a bird but just might be Amelia Earhart. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 17, and 1 and 5 p.m., Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, at Raleigh Little Theatre. Enjoy pre- and post-performance activities with staff from the North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Additional matinee and evening performances are scheduled through Sunday, April 2. Purchase tickets ($14/adults, $10/children) online or at the box office.


photo courtesy of Patrick Torres

Children’s Festival at Durham’s Northgate Mall FREE

Join the Durham Arts Council for the 6th Annual Children’s Festival at Northgate. Enjoy face painting, special character guests and live entertainment, and learn about local kid-focused programs and activities. This event takes place at Northgate Mall’s Center Court, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, March 18. Free.


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Nuv Yug India Fest at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh

Explore and celebrate South Asian culture at Raleigh’s Nuv Yug India Fest, featuring dance, music, fashion, crafts and cuisine. The festival, the largest production of its kind in the U.S., includes performances by local dance groups, vocalists and musicians of all ages as well as professional performances. This event takes place at the Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, March 18, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19. Purchase tickets ($6 per day; free for children under age 5) at the door.


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Kite Festival at Bond Park FREE

Kite lovers of all ages can enjoy a day of kite flying, contests, music, concessions and more. The Kite Festival takes place at the spillway in Cary’s Bond Park, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, March 18. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, March 19.

Listen to Award-Winning Author Kwame Alexander at Chapel Hill Library

Book lovers will enjoy a reading and book signing by Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander — a poet, educator and bestselling author of 21 books. The program takes place at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 3-4 p.m., Sunday, March 19, and is free, but the after-program book signing requires a ticket, available at no cost with the advance purchase of Alexander’s latest release, “The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life,” from Flyleaf Books. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

 

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Karen Lewis Taylor is a freelance writer and editor and lifelong resident of the Triangle. A former English teacher and student publication advisor, she has written for numerous local and regional publications. Karen will blog about family fun in the Triangle — including freebies and news that matters to local parents. Check our home page on Thursdays to see her weekend family fun planner post. Karen lives in Apex with her husband and two daughters. 

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Step back in time with a 19th-century costumed interpreter and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Registration encouraged online. Tickets available at the mill. ...

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Headlining the air show will be The Blue Angels, the US Navy’s premier aerial demonstration team, performing a myriad of precise formations and maneuvers in six distinctive blue and yellow...

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Martin St.
Goldsboro, NC  27531
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Take part in a kids' triathlon that financially supports families fighting childhood cancer in the Triangle area at Duke Children’s and UNC Children’s hospitals. Ages 6-16. All...

Cost: $50/person

Where:
Chapel Hill Country Club
103 Lancaster Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall,...

Cost: $21 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Celebrate Artsplosure's 37th anniversary with exhibitors, large-scale visual art installations, live performances, a student art exhibition and much more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Create a beautiful work of art on an iPad. Learn to use two apps, one to create art and another one to fuse art and photography. Take an iPad so you can take your art home with...

Cost: $50

Where:
theCoderSchool
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: theCoderSchool Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Brandon Wright
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The Triangle's annual agricultural festival showcases animals, home grown food, family entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more. Gate admission and parking are...

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Use clues and observational skills to discover for yourself what object of the past is being displayed and what the artifact must have been used for historically.  All ages. Drop-in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy Haven House's 2nd Annual Battle of the Bags cornhole tournament fundraiser. Registration begins at noon and matches start promptly at 1 p.m. The event features a band,...

Cost: $50/team

Where:
Trophy Brewing and Taproom
656 Maywood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Haven House Services
Telephone: 919-833-3312
Contact Name: Shannon Walters
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Get in the driver's seat with a hands-on experience with vehicles of all kinds. Meet with local representatives and their vehicles from emergency, construction, landscaping, military,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd.
Apex, NC
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Sponsor: Town of Apex
Telephone: 919-249-3507
Contact Name: Allie Prelaske
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy the story of a woman born to be free who captures the hearts and souls of the men who love her. The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle performs live music to accompany the ballet. Purchase...

Cost: $30-$89

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
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It's the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. Ryder summons Marshall,...

Cost: $21 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy finger-picking, toe-tapping bluegrass music for young musicians. Get an up-close look at instruments and make a scrap-instrument to take home.

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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See a ballet production performed by Raleigh Dance Theatre with the Triangle Youth Phiharmonic. The performance also features "A Lesson in...

Cost: $15 advance tickets, $18 at the door

Where:
Meredith College, Jones Auditorium
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Triangle Jewish Chorale Concert  Leonard Bernstein: An American Original   The Triangle Jewish Chorale pays tribute to Leonard Bernstein, the preeminent conductor, composer and pianist,...

Cost: Free. Donations welcome.

Where:
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
1200 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC
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Sponsor: Triangle Jewish Chorale
Telephone: 919 881 8520
Contact Name: Annie Lang
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See a ballet production performed by Raleigh Dance Theatre with the Triangle Youth Phiharmonic. The performance also features "A Lesson in...

Cost: $15 advance tickets, $18 at the door

Where:
Meredith College, Jones Auditorium
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Be Active Kids hosts the Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute. Experts from across the country discuss physical activity for young children. The event begins with an opening session of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Be Active Kids
Telephone: 919-287-7012
Contact Name: Evie Houtz
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Ages 3-5 enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Make a craft inspired by nature. Materials provided. Al ages with adult. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-4342
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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development. This class focuses on tummy time. Whether your infant needs help learning to enjoy tummy time or find his way to hands and knees for...

Cost: $15

Where:
Baby + Co
226 Ashville Ave.
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Read the story by Lois Ehlert and explore the world of squirrels. Ages 18 mos-3 yrs with adult. Register online. 

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Learn about the different parts of trees and their purpose, why trees are an important resource, and how to identify some of the most common trees in North Carolina. Make tree "cookies,"...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Website »

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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
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Enjoy the outdoors with a story read aloud in the gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Ages 3-5. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story...

Cost: Free. Parking fees apply

Where:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-668-1707
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Ages 2-6 and adult enjoy a craft, games, songs, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Register online. Choose course #203549.  

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
Website »

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Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Ages 3-5. Program begins at the Bobby G. Wilder...

Cost: $5/nonmembers. Free for members

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Enjoy a leisurely early evening stroll along the trail to the Beaver Creek Bridge. Observe the natural world and take in some amazing views of the wetland. Take binoculars and a water bottle. All...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Alden Early
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Enjoy May Arts Night, featuring new exhibits in the Allenton and Semans Gallery, a pop-up gallery of work from the current Durham Convention Center exhibit, crafts for kids and performances by...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2719
Contact Name: Susan Tierney
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Use recycled shoe boxes and nature magazines to create a one-of-kind keepsake box. Take an empty shoe or similar-sized box. Ages 6-12. Register online. Choose course #203568.

Cost: $1/child

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
Website »

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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
Website »

More information

See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air balloons...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Hear some of "The Wind in the Willows" story while making a crafty model boat to test on the pond. Pose for pictures with the Mill Pond Regatta. Ages 6 and older...

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take a 30-minute tour to view the main power drive and milling machinery. Tickets available inside the park's visitor center.

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
Website »

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Learn canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history. Ages 5 and older with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Help kick off the NCBA World Series with a Fan Fest and Long Ball Challenge. Food, fun and representatives from the Carolina Hurricanes, Durham Bulls, NCFC, NC Courage and...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Main Athletic Complex
1151 N. Main St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, Town of Holly Springs, NCBA, Holly Springs Salamanders, GRSA, GMA Supply
Telephone: 919-567-1796
Contact Name: Karen Shore
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Take the family for a ride in an open train car and enjoy ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, kids' activities, music and more. Purchase tickets online. All visitors must purchase a train ticket to...

Cost: $12/adult, $10/child

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Enjoy the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, this...

Cost: $25 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South
Telephone: 919-831-6941
Website »

More information

See the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters, Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers. Appropriate...

Cost: $40 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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