March Fun: 7 Things to Do With Kids This Weekend
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The first weekend in March brings lots of celebrations for kids across the Triangle. Head to the Durham Bulls Fan Fest, Kidzu Children’s Museum’s Birthday party in Chapel Hill, Durham’s Arbor Day Celebration and a family-friendly Early Voting Party and Parade in Durham. Plus, check out two family-friendly performances at theaters in Raleigh and Wake Forest.
1. Durham Bulls will host its annual Fan Fest at Durham Bulls Athletic Park 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 4-5, featuring fun and deals. Take batting practice and play catch in the outfield. Have your picture taken with mascot Wool E. Bull and get his autograph. Take your kids to the Wool E. World playground. You can also buy single-game tickets at the DBAP’s Frontier Communications Ticket Office; anyone who buys a ticket to any 2016 game at Fan Fest will receive a free hot dog and soda at the event. The Ballpark Corner Store will host a yard sale, with select merchandise marked down up to 50 percent, and other select merchandise selling for less than $5. (Be sure to check out our Durham Bulls opening day ticket giveaway contest, which ends March 7.)
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2. Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill is inviting everyone to join in its 10th birthday celebration, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Enjoy free admission, birthday cake, creative activities and guest performances by local authors Elaine O’Neil and Missy Julian Fox. DSI Comedy will provide a family-friendly improv set. The Waterlilies and musicians from the North Carolina Symphony Zoo will provide music. Look for special appearances by Cinderella, the Snow Queen and super heroes! Instead of gifts, consider donations to Kidzu. For more information, visit kidzuchildrensmuseum.org.
3. The City of Durham will host its free Arbor Day Celebration, March 6 noon-4 p.m. at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. The event kicks off with an Arbor Day ceremony, followed by tree seedling giveaways and educational table displays, a “Meet a Scientist” lab demonstration and volunteer tree planting of 30 trees. Entry on Sunday, March 6 to the museum is free to all Durham County residents with identification. Each adult must show proof of residence to receive free admission, and the limit is five children per adult. For more information, or to volunteer for the community tree planting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-354-2729.
4. MomsRisingNC and Kids Voting Durham are kicking off the first weekend of early voting with a special family-friendly voting party and parade, 10 a.m.-noon, March 5, at Durham Main Library at 300 N. Roxboro St. The party starts at 10 a.m., featuring storytime, activities, kids voting, snacks and crafts. At 11:15 a.m., a marching band will lead a rally/parade from Durham Main Library to the Durham Board of Elections at 201 N. Roxboro St. For more information, visit this link.
5. Forest Moon Theater will present “The Hundred Dresses,” a Youth Theatre musical about bullying , friendship and forgiveness March 4-6 and (March 11-13) at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts in Wake Forest. The Friday and Saturday show start at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows start at 3 p.m. Based on a 1945 Newbury Honor book by Eleanor Estes, the show weaves humor, colorful characters and memorable songs into to a timeless story. Advance tickets are $10 plus tax for adults and $7 plus tax for ages 12 and younger. These prices reflect a savings of $3 per adult and child for “day of” admission tickets. Visit wakeforestrencen.org or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458 for more information.
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6 “The Wolf,” an original show written by Joe Calarco and Andre Catrini, runs March 3-20, at the Kennedy Theatre at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. In this Theatre Raleigh Family Series production, the Big Bad Wolf meets his match in a family-friendly mash-up of all the classic fairy tales. The show celebrates the power of teamwork and determination and is designed to immerse the audience in ‘the woods’ and make them feel a part of the story. Purchase tickets, $10-$15, at theatreraleigh.com.
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7 Northgate Mall and Durham County Library invite kids and their families to a free educational event, "STEMville Saturdays of Science" about chemical concoctions at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the mall’s Discovery Nook in the Children’s Alleyway. Concoctions are a great way for kids to explore substances, textures, colors and chemical reactions while learning principles of chemistry. For more information, visit northgatemall.com.