Triangle Weekend Offers Cool Family Fun
With temperatures expected to top 100 degrees this weekend, you'll find Triangle-area kids places are offering lots of cool family fun, like ice skating and other indoor activities. Some events are free. And don't miss our meetup at SmartMomma, in Raleigh, for great food, games, giveaways and conversation. Take a look at what's happening, starting on Thursday. Unless otherwise noted, you'll find details of these events are in our Daily Calendar.
On Thursday, from 5:30-8 p.m., Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, is offering a Family Fun Night for kids with special needs and their families to enjoy the museum after hours in a calmer, quieter environment. If your child is interested in surfing, see this article on Wrightsville Beach Surf Camps, which are specially designed for children with special needs. One is offering a free lesson. And if you need more resources to help your child with disabilities, see our Special Editionguide to special needs resources in the Triangle.
On Friday from 6-8 p.m., families can look forward to a free concert in Durham when John Dee Holeman and Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen team up to play at this summer's first concert of the Warehouse Blues Series. The free award winning series, now in its eight year runs through Aug. 12, at Durham Central Park, located at 501 Foster Street. Details in Durham Offers Free Concerts This Summer.
The 'Canes Summer Fun Fest kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the RBC Center, in Raleigh. Enjoy live music, inflatables and games, sledding on snow, discounted concessions, free giveaways and appearances by Stormy and the Storm Squad. Parking and admission are free, and you'll find more details in my blog,Calling All 'Canes Fans for Free Fun.
Enjoy reading Sandra Boynton's books with your kids? Head to Cary for a free Family Fun Night, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, the Barnes & Noble., located at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd..for stories and a craft.
At 8 p.m. Friday, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, in Cary, is offering families a chance to dance and sing along-with the help of subtitles-to the classic movie musical, The Sound of Music. Doors open at 7 p.m. You'll enjoy costume contests and goody bags. See our Daily Calendar on Friday for details, like ticket prices.
On Saturday, from 2-3:30 p.m., you're invited to a meetup at SmartMomma, located at 8601 Glenwood Avenue, Suite A, in Raleigh, for great food, games and conversation. Door prizes include a Britax B-Agile Stroller, a Sunshine Kids Radian 65, a Layette Gift Basket, a Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bag, Artwork by Green Frog, an Itzy Ritzy Shopping Cart Cover, a Baby K'tan Carrier, a Rumi Air Harnessed Booster Seat and a Colgate Mattress.
If you've never taken part in Cary Scavenger Hunt, don't miss out this year. The hunt starts 9 .m. Saturday, at the Cary Arts Center, located at 101 Dry Ave.. Teams race around the Town of Cary to solve clues in an effort to win prizes. For details on how to register and the cots, visit www.carycitizen.com.
At 9 p.m. on Saturday, head to N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh for the PG-rated movie "How to Train Your Dragon," offered through the Museum Park Summer Series. Kids will have the opportunity to participate and win prizes during special activities that will take place before the movie. Tickets are $4 for general admission, and free to NCMA members and children 6 and younger. You'll find details here.
On Sunday from 1-4 p.m. the Actkland Art Museum's free Family Day will offer a chance to learn about ancient act in a kid-friendly way. Search for gods and goddesses in the scavenger hunt, decorate a Greek vase, listen to story time and take a family tour. Stay for a little while or the whole afternoon. Visit http://www.ackland.org/index.htm for details.
If you're headed to the movies to catch the summer's new releases, or planning to curl up on the couch and watch a DVD with the kids, see Jean's Movie Review for Kids to discover what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.
Hunting the Best for Baby? Carolina Parent's year-long Online Baby Fair kicked off July 18, with a virtual Baby Shower on our Facebook page running through Friday, July 22. Find helpful tips, giveaways, interaction and fun at www.facebook.com/carolinaparent.
Think you're too old for the prom? Think again! Head to the Mom Prom on Saturday July 23 to Benefit Local Causes.