Weekend Brings Tax-Free Shopping & Cool Family Fun!
Shopping for back-to-school clothes, backpacks and supplies is going to be the hottest activity this weekend as parents take advantage of North Carolina's sales tax holiday. But if you're looking for ways to chill out, we've got some great family-friendly events happening this weekend. Some events are free!
If you're shopping for school stuff Aug. 5-7 so you don't have to pay sales tax, check our Back-to-School Guideto see what clothes and products are eligible.
The weekend kicks off with First Friday fun in downtown Raleigh, when museums, businesses and stores stay open late to let folks kick back and enjoy their offerings. At the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, which will stay open from 5-9 p.m., take in a free sci-fi movie, "The Beach Girls and the Monster," at 7 p.m. You're can also visit the museum's exhibits and groove to a special surf set from The Twin Fins. From 5-7 p.m., the museum is also offering free entry to its newest special exhibit,, "Our Expanding Oceans," which features hand-dyed silk batiks from Mary Edna Fraser that illustrate major elements of global climate change, from melting ice sheets to rising seas.
From 7-8:30 p.m. Even Exchange Dance Theater (EEDT) will offer two First Friday Dance Scene performances by Chicano dance artist Diego Carrasco Schoch, with discussion in between, at7:00 and 7:45 p.m. Dance Seen is held at Arts Together in the historic Tucker Carriage House, at 114 St. Mary's St., in Raleigh.
For a free blues concert, head to Durham, where you can hear Alabama Slim and Boo Hanks perform from 6-8 p.m. as part of the award-winning Warehouse Blues Series. The concert will be at Durham Central Park, located at 501 Foster Street. Slim, who has recorded "The Mighty Flood" grew up playing in juke joints in Alabama, while Hanks has roots in the Piedmont. For details on the musicians, visit this link.
You can catch an outdoor movie at the N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh, at 9 p.m. Friday as part of the museum's Movies on the Lawn series. This Friday's feature is the PG-rated movie "Rango." For details on links to ticket prices, visit our Daily Calendar.
On Saturday from 10-10:30 a.m., escape the heat with your little ones at Flyleaf Books, in Chapel Hill for a free story time followed by an activity. Details in our Daily Calendar.
In Raleigh from 2:30-3:30 pm Saturday, kids ages 5-10 are invited to hear Sierra Leone native Braima Moiwai drum, sing, dance and tell West African folktales. The free event is part of the.Summer Reading Program Finale at the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh. Details in our Daily Calendar.
And don't miss the Teens Going Green Consignment Sale on Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, from noon-4 p.m. (half-price sale on Sunday) at Cary Masonic Lodge, in Cary. It's a chance to shop for gently used clothing for teens and tweens. Visit our Daily Calendar and click on either day for details.
On Saturday Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m., The Big Latch On will be offering support to nursing moms in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. Across the U.S. and here in the Triangle, nursing moms will try to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously! Find details of where The Big Latch on is happening locally here.
If you love to climb or simply enjoy getting a fresh perspective on things, don't miss High Ropes Discovery Day from 5-8 p.m. at Bethesda Park in Durham. The new Discovery High Ropes Course opened in early June, offering participants a chance to test their strength and coordination. During monthly High Ropes Discovery Days provide a reservation-free, drop-in opportunity to try the course. All other visits require group reservations. Discoverdetails about this new place to play in our article here.
Ready for a cool out of town trip? Head to Asheville, on Saturday, when the North Carolina Zoo will offer visitors a respite from the recent heat wave during "ZooCool" a special annual event. Visitors can expect a blast of cold air Saturday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., thanks to special snow machines at the North America bridge. Throughout the day, you can learn how zoo animals beat the summer heat, meet the zoo keepers and see the animals receiving cold treats. For more information and a detailed schedule of "ZooCool" activities, visit the zoo's Web site at www.nczoo.org.
Speaking of staying cool, here's a reminder that the Polar Ice House, a public ice skating rink, is offeringits annual "Beat the Heat" promotion. When temperatures rise above 95 degrees, you can enjoy a "Buy One, Get One Free" admission on admission for open skate at three locations in Cary, Garner or Wake Forest.. You'll find details in our Frugal Family blog.
On Sunday, from 1-6 p.m. the Ritmo Latino Music, Arts and Dance Festival at Bond Park, in Cary, is a family-friendly festival featuring live Latino music and more. Details in ourDaily Calendar.
Do you enjoy local theater? It's yet another cool place to be entertained this summer. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday Applause! Cary Youth Theatre members and ensemble players from FATE will be performing "As You Like It" by William. And the Clayton Youth Theater will perform "West Side Story."on Friday and Saturday. Visit our Daily Calendarfor details of ticket prices and show times.
Thinking of heading to the movies or looking to rent some DVDs? Jean's Movie Choices for Kids tells what parents want to know: Is the movie violent or sexually explicit and is it entertaining? See Movie Choices for Kids reviews here.