Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, May 12-14
Travel to Neverland with Durham Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly adaptation of “Peter Pan,” May 13-14.
Photo courtesy of Zoe Litaker Photography
Get adventurous with some great activities that will appeal to older kids this weekend. Explore science and robotics, take in a live show, sample world cuisines and get your “geek” on with a craft show devoted to fanboys and fangirls.
Also, check out our Mother’s Day round-up for some weekend events and do-it-yourself activities that celebrate moms and other special caregivers.
Talk with scientists about their work and meet other teens interested in science at Morehead Planetarium’s “Open Minds: Teen Science Café,” held on the second Friday of each month during the school year. This month’s program focuses on light pollution and takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center in Chapel Hill. Enjoy a snack, discussions and activities. Ages 13-18. Free; no advance registration is required.
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Enjoy “Earth to Mankind,” an hour-long giant puppet show put on by youth performers and featuring live music, masks and dancing to explore various issues including climate change and social injustice. The performance runs 5:45-7 p.m., Friday, May 12, and 1:45-3 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Village Green in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. Tickets are $4.
photo courtesy of 123 Puppetry
North Carolina students showcase their robotic design and programming skills in this competition featuring Triangle and Triad teams of 7th-12th graders, with additional teams from the K-6 and high school level showcasing their robotic designs. Tour the “pits” to get up close and personal with the teams and their robots. This event takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Center Court in Northgate Mall in Durham. Free.
Come travel the world at the first-ever International Food Festival, a culinary adventure brought to Brier Creek Commons by some of the shopping center’s very own restaurateurs. Enjoy cuisine from Azitra Indian Nirvana Cuisine, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Positalia Italian Eatery, Trali Irish Pub and more. Live performances and kids’ activities are on tap as well. The event runs noon-2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the Clock Tower Plaza at Brier Creek Commons in Raleigh. Admission is free.
Follow the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up in Durham Ballet Theatre’s adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.” Join Wendy, John and Michael as they travel with Peter and Tinkerbell to a magical land of fairies, mermaids, pirates and the Lost Boys. Show times are 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 13, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 14, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. Tickets ($14-20) are available online.
The whole family can “geek” out at this event showcasing local crafters who create handmade jewelry, plushes, artwork and more inspired by comics, television, movies and pop culture. Kids can get in on the fun with a make-and-take craft with Craft Habit. The expo takes place 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, May 14, at the Durham Armory in downtown Durham. Admission is free.
photos courtesy of GeekCraft Expo