Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Free Concert, Frog Festival, Books Sales


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What's on tap for family fun and kids activities this weekend? You'll find lots of egg hunts and bunny visits on Saturday and Sunday in Triangle towns. Find the closest event to your house inour round-up here.  Kick the weekend off with a free concert on Friday night in Cary, and enjoy a free frog festival with games, crafts, live animals and more on Saturday in Apex. If you're looking for bargain books and kids activities, don't miss the The Wake Libraries' Book Sale & Festival, which runs through Sunday in Raleigh.

For out-of-town getaways, head to the North Carolina Zoo, in Asheboro, where special summer entertainment areas open this weekend. Or on Saturday, visit the Reed Gold Mine, in Midland, N.C., where you can enjoy a free festival and try to "strike it rich."

Visit Spring Family Fun in the Triangle, Things to Do and Family Fun pages for even more upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, you'll find details of the following events and more in our Daily Calendar.

FRIDAY

The Cary Town Band will perform a free concert, "Music by the Numbers," at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center. Hear almost a dozen pieces of great music known by their numbers. Learn more about the concert in Cary in our Daily Calendar.

SATURDAY

Hop on over to the 13th Annual Frog Fest from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Crowder District Park, in Apex. Enjoy frog-fabulous activities for the whole family, including games, crafts, live animals and more at this free festival. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Marbles Kids Museum will host Nano Days from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Raleigh. Learn about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. See our Daily Calendar for pricing and more details.

Want to eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny and go on egg hunts? See our listing for events that are too numerous to mention here! From Holly Springs' Spring Fling in Womble Park, featuring games, music and inflatables, toHillsborough's Spring Celebration offering live entertainment, to the Burwell School Egg Hunts in Hillsborough, you'll find a variety of fun. Cary, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Raleigh, Selma and Zebulon also have egg hunts!

For an out-of-town getaway on Saturday, head to Midland, N.C., where you can try to "strike it rich" at Reed Gold Mine, the site of the first documented discovery of gold in the U.S.  The mine opens its panning season at its Spring Festival on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Games, tours of underground mines, and a restored stamp mill offer a day of family fun. Museum staff will assist visitors with the search for gold in newly rebuilt panning troughs. For panning tickets prices, visit the mine's website.  Visitors may tour the site for free. The tour takes visitors 50 feet underground through original mine tunnels. The 1890s era stamp mill demonstrates how gold bearing quartz was crushed to separate heavier materials, including gold. Visitors can see the "All That Glitters" video in the Visitor Center and also hike on trails at the site. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/reed or call (704) 721-4653.

SUNDAY

On Sunday, more than 2,000 eggs await kids ages 8 and younger at Smithfield Community Park for a hunt that begins at 3 p.m. See our round-up, Kids Activities: Egg Hunts Across the Triangle, for details.

Have your kids ever seen a live polo game? The Town of Cary is hosting a free polo event, its first "Cary Challenge Cup" Polo match starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at at Koka Booth Stadium and Field 3 at the WakeMed Soccer Park, located at 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary.  The Triangle Area Polo Club will take on the club from the Atlanta Regional Polo Center in a four-chukker match that is free and open to the public. Gates open at noon. You'll find bleacher seating, or you can bring chairs, to watch the action field-side.  For more information about the event, including details on interactive activities, go to www.triangleareapolo.org.

Six-week training sessions for Run Like A Mother(RLAM), a 5-K race founded by mom of three and women's motivational speaker Megan Searfoss, kick off this Sunday at 5 p.m. in Raleigh. The race will take place across in 11 cities nationwide on Mother's Day and is designed to build community among women runners well ahead of race day. In Raleigh, the race will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 13, at the Kerr Family YMCA, located at 2500 Wakefield Pines Drive. Training sessions will also be held at the Kerr Family YMCA at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

WEEKEND EVENTS SPANNING SEVERAL DAYS

  • The Wake Libraries' Book Sale & Festival runs from Thursday, March 29-April 1 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building, in Raleigh. Enjoy book bargains and a free festival with kids activities.  While you shop this year, you'll also find a festive atmosphere that includes live music-from bagpipes and African drums to Scottish fiddles-until 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, book characters will be mingling with the crowds, and kids can enjoy crafts and games, face painting, magic shows, stilt walking and juggling, live musical performances and dances. Learn more about the event, which supports libraries here.
  • The Durham Academy Used Book Sale will run Saturday, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday noon-2 p.m. at Durham Academy's Middle School Gym, in Durham. Shop a selection of more than 15,000 books. See our Daily Calendar for details.
  • The North Carolina Zoo, in Asheboro, will begin its 9 a.m.-5 p.m. summer hours on Saturday, when the park's ride and entertainment locations officially open to the public. These summer special areas include: the zoo's 36-foot Endangered Species Carousel; the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, where visitors can get eye-to-eye with giraffes; and Dino 4-D theater, a 4-D adventure that takes visitors to Dino Island to save the T-Rex. Saturday will also mark the opening of the park's new Dinosaurs exhibit, fifteen, life-like, animatronic creatures representing more than a dozen dinosaur species in a deep-forest exhibit. For general zoo information, go to http://www.nczoo.org/. For a full list of the zoo's upcoming events, visit http://www.nczoo.org/events/calendar.html.

Headed to the movies? Don't leave home without checking Jean's Movie Choices for Kids to see what's age-appropriate and worth watching with your children.

This article was updated with the latest events on March 30 2012
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Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Crossroads Plaza/ Kimco Realty
Telephone: 864-979-2291
Contact Name: Katie Earnhardt
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
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Art Walk featuring local galleries and artist studios in historic downtown Hillsborough on the Last Friday of every month (no Art Walk in December).

Cost: FREE

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough (multiple locations)
102 N. Churton St.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Arts Council
Telephone: 919-643-2500
Contact Name: Torey Mishoe
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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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The Engage Art Contest is a juried competition for original Visual Art, Music Video, Film and Performing Arts. The topic is the Spiritual Battle described in Ephesians 6:10-20 and related...

Cost: Free

Where:
Online
PO Box 78951
Charlotte, NC  28271
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Sponsor: Engage Art Contest
Telephone: 980-999-1447
Contact Name: Ranika Chaney
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
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Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers and are exempt from the Governor's Stay at Home Order (page 6). Farmers markets offer an efficient way for residents to...

Cost: free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Farmers Market Coordinator
Telephone: 919-567-4010
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Must register in advance. Space is limited. Parents, bring your...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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PARENTS JOIN OUR DHHS APPROVEDCPR/AED & First Aid Certification ClassesFoster parents are required to be CPR & First Aid certified. Parents, bring your child to class with you. Children 10 years...

Cost: 50-80

Where:
Holly Springs, NC
1001 Silverstone Way
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Save A Life Now Training Center LLC
Telephone: 919-215-6942
Contact Name: Valentina Cordoba
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Join one of our talented Mid-South Fencers’ Club coaches for a one hour virtual lesson to the fast paced and exciting sport of Olympic Fencing! This will be a FREE ONLINE class. All you need is...

Cost: free

Where:
Mid-South Fencers' Club ONLINE
125 N. Gregson St.
DURHAM, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Mid-South Fencers' Club
Telephone: 919-286-3100
Contact Name: Jeff Kallio
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It's time to play... TAKEOUT BINGO!!!  Take a screenshot or download the game board. Mark off the locations you visit. Share your progress on Facebook and Instagram using #CRTakeoutBingo. Send...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Crossroads Plaza
Crossroad Blvd
Suite 215
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Crossroads Plaza/ Kimco Realty
Telephone: 864-979-2291
Contact Name: Katie Earnhardt
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We invite all Triangle youth between the ages of 8 thru 17 with a sincere interest in the Performance Art of Magic to join Magic Youth Raleigh! This youth program teaches magic history and theory,...

Cost: $35 per Student

Where:
New Horizons Fellowship
820 E. Williams St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The International Brotherhood of Magicians
Contact Name: Roger Way
Website »

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River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest...

Cost: $6

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Contact Name: Jenny Hill
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Get your summer vibes going at the 1st Annual Hubb’s Beach Blast at Hubb’s Farm in Clinton, NC.  Hubb’s Beach Blast will feature two of beach music industry’s top groups, Jim Quick and...

Cost: 20-50

Where:
Hubb's Farm
10276 US HWY 421 N
Clinton, NC  28328
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Sponsor: Hubb's Farm
Telephone: 910-564-6709
Contact Name: Tammy Peterson
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