Weekend Fun: 9 Things to Do With Kids
Head to festivals, fishing or volunteer at a historic site.
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Festivals celebrate Lebanese culture, spring, the outdoors, LEGOs and dogs. Learn to fish for free. Catch a live show where "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" comes to life. Volunteer to clean up a state historic site.
1. Kick your weekend off with First Friday festivities, downtown Raleigh’s monthly art event. Museums and other venues offer extended hours for visitors to browse galleries, shop, eat and play on the first Friday of the month. CAM Raleigh, for instance, is featuring creation station activities and more.
2. Celebrate the joy of spring and play outdoors Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at “Wake Forest Dirt Day” in downtown. Admission is free. Kids can play in the large sandbox, dig for fossils, paint with mud and make wheatgrass containers. Grownups can join in an outdoor Zumba class, learn about gardening and beekeeping, and more.
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3. Savor Lebanese culture through food, music and dancing and the “18th Annual Lebanese Festival” April 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free.
4. Enjoy garden and nature activities at annual “Raulston Blooms!” April 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at JC Raulston Arboretum. Admission is $5 for nonmember, $10 per family. You can also see the entries from the Annual Birdhouse Competition and visit with chickens and more.
5. Go to see spectacular Lego creations and create your own at the "BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo" April 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh. Purchase tickets ($18/person) online. (Tickets for Saturday, April 2, have sold out.)
6. Head out for family-friendly, dog-friendly festivities at the SPCA 2016 K9-3K Dog Walk & Woofstock, Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. A benefit for homeless pets, the event features music, demonstrations and contests and is fun for dogs and people who like to socialize. For details including admission prices, visit this link.
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7. Watch as Eric Carle’s classic story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and other of the author’s tales come to life at a the Stewart Theatre on N.C. State University campus. This show is most appropriate for grades pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Tickets for this performance by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia are $12 per person, and you can buy them online.
8. Learn to fish or hone your skills at the "Family Fishing Fiesta" 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 2 at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex. Activities will include knot tying, casting, fishing, cleaning and cooking fish amd ,pre. Spanish-speaking families are encouraged to participate; all activities will be bilingual. The program is free and no reservations are required. Meet at the White Oak Recreation Area.
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9. Volunteer to help in clean-up efforts at the Bennett Place and Bentonville Battlefield historic sites in Durham. Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has promoted Civil War Park Day to keep Civil War sites pristine.