Weekend Family Fun: Live Kids Shows, Nature & Science Programs
This weekend offers family fun for a variety of tastes, from theater buffs to nature nuts. You'll find live performances based on popular kids books as well as nature and science programs for children.
Thinking of selling your children's clothes and toys by consignment? Attend a free how-to workshop. Kids ages 8-13 can head to a free workshop to learn how to be safe around dogs. And children ages 6 and up and their parents who enjoy the outdoors are invited to join with staff at a nature center to maintain trails.
Do your kids enjoy reading the Nate the Great series of books? Nate's escapades as a young sleuth and his weird but wonderful friends have long been a hit in my family. This Friday at 7 p.m., you can catch a free sneak preview of Raleigh Little Theatre's upcoming show, "The Adventures of Nate the Great," based on the young detective. The preview will take place during Family Fun Night at the Barnes & Noble, in Cary. See our Daily Calendar for details.
On Friday, from 11am-noon, Kidcycle will be hosting a free workshop on how to sell children's items by consignment. The workshop, Kidcycle Consignment 101, will be held at Bull City Craft, located at 2501 University Dr., in Durham. See our Daily Calendar for details. If you're looking for upcoming consignment sales or stores, also see our roundup with listings by county here.
Rags To Riches Theatre for Young Audiences will be presenting the classic tale of "Puss in Boots" at 11 a.m. Saturday at The ArtsCenter, in Carrboro. In this version, the famous trickster cat is not named Puss, but Josie. She devises a scheme for her master – the miller's son – to meet the king and his daughter Olivia. The show lasts 45 minutes and is perfect for the pre-K through 3rd grade crowd, offering them a chance to interact with the story. For details on ticket prices, see our Daily Calendar.
In Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Public Library, will be hosting Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss from 10:30 a.m.-noon. It's a chance to celebrate Dr. Seuss with a story time, crafts and goody bags. Pre-registration is required at the front desk. See our Daily Calendar for details. For more story times and other fun activities for children any day of the week, visit our Weekly Events listing.
Nature and science nuts can also head to several fun events this Saturday:
* In Raleigh, Blue Jay Point County Park will host Nature Crafts: Duck, Duck, Goose, a program for kids ages 6-8 to learn about waterfowl and make a take-home. The event runs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, and pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.
* In Cary, Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs will host Curiosity Club: Fossils are Fun from 10 a.m.-noon for ages 5-8. The program is designed to encourage children to embrace science and to satisfy their curiosity about the natural world. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.
* In Durham, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens will feature Mysteries of Magnetism, from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Children ages 8-10 accompanied by an adult, will uncover the mysteries of magnets by conducting experiments, making a compass, painting with magnets and other activities. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.
Is your child Skippyjon Jones fan? TheatreworksUSA, one of the country's largest professional not-for-profit theaters for young and family audiences, will present "Skippyjon Jones," a live musical based on Judy Schachner's book at 3 p.m. Sunday in Stewart Theatre at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The performance is great for ages 4 and up. See this article for details on the show and ticket prices.
If you're thinking of getting a dog or just want to help your child aged 8-13, learn how to be safe around dogs, head to Safety Tips for Homes with Children and Dogs at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Extraordinary Ventures Conference Center, in Chapel Hill. This first presentation—part of a 4-week workshop—is free. See our Daily Calendar for details.
Kids ages 6 and up are invited to take part in Volunteer Workdays: Trail Maintenance with their parents from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.
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