Weekend Family Fun: Egg Hunts, Kids Shows, Nature Programs


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This weekend's family fun includes egg hunts, bunny visits, plays, a car and motorcycle show, nature programs for children and much more. Lots of events are free.

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FRIDAY

Head out to enjoy these nature programs for kids on Friday:
* "Quartz and Its Cousins" from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Crowder District Park, in Apex explores the many facets of quartz and includes a short walk to see the quartz outcrop in the park. The program is for kids ages 9-12, and pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including where to meet.
*"Nature Nuts: Racoons"
from 10-11 a.m. at Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary, lets kids ages 3-5-accompanied by parents-satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

At 7 p.m. Friday, local author Ursula Vernon will discuss her new book, Dragonbreath: Revenge of the Horned Bunnies at the Barnes & Noble, in Cary.

Catch "Winnie the Pooh Kids," a play for kids ages 3 and up and their families at Durant Road Musical Theatre, in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. Friday. See our Daily Calendar for details, including ticket prices.

SATURDAY

If your kids like cars, trucks and motorcycles, head to the "Wheels on Academy" show from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday on the streets of downtown Cary. Admission and parking are free, and you'll find all kinds of vehicles, from antiques to custom rods, as well as a kids area and food vendor kiosks. The "Touch the Truck" area invites kids to touch fire trucks, police cars, army trucks and other vehicles. Soak in live music from local bands and entertainers on stage all day. Learn more about this event here.

Hope Chapel Spring Fling runs from noon-5p.m. Saturday at Hope Chapel, in Apex, inviting families for free food, rides, games, an Easter egg hunt, live music and more. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Egg hunts are taking place across the Triangle this weekend, and you can find more hunts and bunny visits in our Spring Guide to the Triangle.

* The Apex Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Apex Town Complex. Take you kids ages 9 and under and their baskets and arrive early to meet the Easter Bunny and find candy-filled eggs. Visit our Daily Calendar for Details.

* The Wake Forest Egg Hunt features egg hunts for different age groups at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at E. Carroll Joyner Park, in Wake Forest. The event held at Flaherty Community Center in the event of rain. See our Daily Calendar for details.

* The Community Easter Egg Hunt will run from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Baileywick Park, in Raleigh. Take a basket and enjoy crafts, games, an egg hunt and refreshments. The event, for ages 10 and younger is sponsored by Windborne United Methodist Church. See our Daily Calendar for details.

If your kid is a Barbie fan, catch Barbie Bash on Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy A Mermaid Tale 2 at 10 a.m.; then take part in activities that include creating surfer fashions from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. See how to buy tickets online in our Daily Calendar.

Take part in these nature programs on Saturday:
* The Family program "Among the Leaf Litter" runs from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at American Tobacco Trail, in Apex. Discover what lies beneath leaves on the forest floor. Pre-registration is required. For details on where to meet and pricing, visit our Daily Calendar.
* "Nature Crafts: Life in a Pretzel Jar"
runs from 1-3 p.m. at Blue Jay Point County Park, in Raleigh. The program teaches kids ages 6-8 about what is need for the existence of life and they'll make a take-home terrarium. Pre-registration is required. For details, including cost, visit our Daily Calendar.
* "Nature Nuts: Racoons" for kids ages 3-5 accompanied by their parents, runs from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.
* "Tales and Trails: Amphibians Are All Among Us" runs from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs. This program is for kids of all ages accompanied by their parents. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including prices.

SUNDAY

In Chapel Hill, hop on over to a Family Easter Egg Hunt, from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Legacy Academy Chapel Hill Preschool Campus. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Cary, the Easter Bunny Egg Hunt at Simply Dance Now offers a chance to see the Easter Bunny and take a photo with him. You'll also find tumbling, dance and a craft, followed by an egg hunt. Pre-registration is required for the event, which invites kids ages 2-5 to play from 1-2 p.m.; and ages 6-8 to play from 3-4 p.m. For details on price, visit our Daily Calendar.

In Cary, the Tarradiddle Players will bring original Brothers Grimm fairy tale

"Rapunzel" to life on stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cary Arts Center. Visit our Daily Calendar for details on price.

On Sunday, in Chapel Hill the Ackland Art Museum is hosting a free Family Day: Signs of Spring program from 2-4 p.m. Interact with art, hear a story and enjoy hands-on activities and a scavenger hunt. See our Daily Calendar for details.

You'll also find these two nature programs at Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary on Sunday:
* "Curiosity Club: Wandering in Wetlands" for kids ages 5-8 runs from 2-4 p.m. offering an exploration of science and nature. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.
* "Junior Naturalist: Owl Prowl at the Bluffs" for ages 5-8 with their parents runs from 7-8 p.m. and helps develop naturalist skills and an understanding of local nature. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.

Catch "MythBusters: Behind the Myths" at 7 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Auditiorium, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series, "MythBusters," will showcase an evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, behind-the-scenes stories and more. Get the details, including ticket prices, here.

It's the final weekend to see the Adventures of Nate the Great at Raleigh Little Theatre. The show is based upon the Nate the Great series of books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. For ticket prices and performance times, visit Raleigh Little Theatre's site.

If you're a history buff looking for a weekend getaway, head to Beaufort, N.C. The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, will offer a free Civil War Sesquicentennial "Living History Weekend." Held in partnership with the Beaufort Historical Association, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Fort Macon State Park, events will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Throughout downtown Beaufort, re-enactors will create vignettes of drills, encampments, and life in a Union-occupied town. Watch cannon demonstrations, and take interpretive tours. To show the widespread impact of the occupation, additional Civil War sites throughout Carteret County will hold programs.  Take a tour of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Watch a night-time cannon firing at Fort Macon State Park. Enjoy Civil War-era music at The History Place. Visit  the museum's site for details.

Headed to the movies? Be sure to check Jean's Movie Choices for Kids first to see what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.

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December 2019

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Cost: 24.00

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Open Arts
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Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Cost: Free

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Harris Lake County Park
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Cost: $5.00

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Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
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Cost: See website for fees

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Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
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Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

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Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-3402
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Renaissance Centre
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Harris Lake County Park
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
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2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

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101 Wilkinson Ave.
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Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Cost: $2/person or $5/family

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Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
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Contact Name: denise travis
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Cost: $19/child

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Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Family Preschool
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: Sue Henson
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Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
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Cost: $18/resident, $24/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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, NC  27278


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