Weekend Kids Activities: Dr. Seuss Celebrations, Nature Programs, Plays
Ready for weekend fun? It's First Friday in Raleigh, so museums, galleries and other venues will stay open later to welcome browsers to linger downtown. Friday is also Read Across America Day, and Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, will have special story times honoring Dr. Seuss, who has a March 2 birthday.
Across the Triangle, this weekend also offers live family-friendly performances, more Dr. Seuss celebrations, story times and outdoor activities designed to please nature nuts. Unless otherwise noted, you'll find details of these events in our Daily Calendar.
You'll find more kids activities and family fun events, on our Things to Do page, Weekly Events listing and Family Exhibits and Performances roundup.
The Town of Cary's Applause! Youth Theatre will present it's a teens-only production, "Argonuts: Jason & The Quest for the Golden Fleece," at the Cary Arts Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can buy advanced tickets, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, and $5 for children ages 5 and under, in person at the Cary Arts Center Box Office, from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. You can also buy tickets online at www.etix.com; or through the eTix Phone Center at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets will be available at the door while supplies last for $10 each. See our Daily Calendar for performances times.
Friday is Read Across America Day, designed to promote literacy. Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh will be honoring the day with these special events: Dr. Seuss story times at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Seussational Big Fun at 11:30 a.m. and Oh the Hat You Will Wear hatmaking from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more details, including cost, visit our Daily Calendar.
Have your kids ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters? Their show offers a unique combination of basketball skill and humor The Globetrotters will be performing at 7 p.m. on Friday at the RBC Center, in Raleigh. This year, see their newest rookie players, including the tallest pro player and the team's first female player. For more details, including ticket prices, visit our Daily Calendar.
The N.C. Museum of History, in downtown Raleigh, will present "Sojourner Truth and Her Children," a play appropriate for all ages, at 7 p.m. Friday. Children will learn about a 19th-century abolitionist and women's rights activist. Visit our Daily Calendar for details on how to buy tickets online.
The American Girl Club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Barnes & Noble, located at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., in Cary, for a discussion of Felicity. Members of Historic Interpretations will talk about colonial times, wear period costumes and lead activities and games. See our Daily Calendar for more details.
The East Regional Library, in Knightdale, invites children ages 2-5 to "Breakfast" with Dr. Seuss, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Saturday in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Children and their families will be treated to story time with books, music, and a hands-on activity.
Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh, will also feature a Dr. Seuss event, A Seussical Storytime, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday for kids ages 5-8. Enjoy stories, games and a craft celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details
The N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh, will present a Children's Performance Series: American Dreams at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. Perfect for all ages, the performance features a fast-paced introduction to America and the American Dream told through uniquely American stories. Visit our Daily Calendar for details on pricing.
Also at the N.C. Museum of Art, head to a free Drop-in Studio program from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for hands-on crafts. See our Daily Calendar for details.
Interested in an outdoor activity for your child who is 5-8 years of age? Head to the Junior Naturalist program, Sensational Salamanders, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details on the cost.
Take your little one to Saturday morning story time and an activity from 10-10:30 a.m. at Flyleaf Books, located at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. You'll find details in our Daily Calendar.
On Saturday and Sunday, from 2-3 p.m., head to Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, for a step back in time. During the heritage tour, you can explore the inner workings of the mill and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Reservations encouraged. Ages 6 and under admitted free. See our Daily Calendar for details.
Also Sunday from 3-5 p.m., Eco-Explorers: Beginning Birdwatchers offers kids ages 7-10, an opportunity to learn about nature and build observation skills in hands-on explorations. The program will take place at the Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.
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