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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: November 3, 2011

What's on tap for weekend fun in the Triangle? You're invited to our education meetup Saturday for games, prizes, refreshments and educational resources. Enjoy a free history festival in Raleigh, where kids can dress up as historical characters and join in a parade. You'll also find fun story times that weave in a craft.

Visit a magnet school fair for Wake County public school students on Saturday to learn more about your child's high school options. Unless otherwise noted, you'll find details of these events, and others, in our Daily Calendar.

On Friday, at 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., in Cary, will host the American Girl Club, when kids will talk about Kristin and take part in a fun activity.

The Quail Hollow Swim Club will host Visions of Sugarplums on Friday and Saturday at the Quail Hollow Swim Club, in Raleigh. Check our Daily Calendar for event times to this holiday art and gift show featuring holiday decor, gourmet food, teachers' gifts and more.

The Junior League of Raleigh will offer "A Shopping Spree," on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at the Raleigh Convention Center, at 500 S. Salisbury St., in Raleigh. Get a jump on shopping for holiday gifts. Check our Daily Calendar for details on where to buy tickets online and event times.

Carolina Parent is hosting an education meetup on Saturday, from noon-3 p.m. at Rainbow Play Systems, located at 8732 Glenwood Ave., in Raleigh. Enjoy games, door prizes worth more than $2,500, refreshments and educational resources and meet other Triangle parents as we celebrate the arrival of our 2011-12 Education Guide  this month. Visit www.carolinaparent.com/events for details.

Does your child like trains? The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, in Durham, is unveiling its Carolina Wonderland Express exhibition this Saturday. This exhibit feels like home and is designed to put you in the holiday spirit. Bells ring and whistles blow as trains chug along the Blue Ridge Parkway and journey to popular landmarks such as Kitty Hawk, the State Capitol Building, Jennette's Pier and the Swinging Bridge. The track, more than 340 feet long, winds in and out of hills and valleys, over bridges and through tunnels, offering a magical snowy Carolina landscape. For details on fees to enter the museum and for this special exhibit, visit www.lifeandscience.org. Take a sneak peek at the exhibit here.

Twig, at the Village Plaza in Chapel Hill is hosting a Harvest Day, a celebration of kids and book, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Drop off new and gently used children's books and enjoy live music by guitarist Matt Phillips and a story hour for ages 2-7 at 11 a.m.

The Celebrate N.C. History Festival is Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the N.C. Museum of History, in Raleigh. You'll find storytellers, dance groups, live performances, craftspeople who will celebrate the opening of Part 2 of the museum's The Story of North Carolina exhibit. Wear a historical costume based on a character from North Carolina history and take part in a costume contest from 11 a.m-12:45 p.m. See Free Festival Celebrates N.C. History With Food, Music & Dance for details.

Do you like crafts and baked goods? The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, will be selling these goods, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

In Cary, the fall craft fair will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Carpenter Village Marketplace. You'll find hand-crafted works of 50 local artists. Items will include baby and children's gifts, pottery, jewelry, holiday décor, stoneware, hand-knitted and felted accessories and more.

The Garden Hut, in Fuquay-Varina, will host a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Saturday, when you can enjoy decorated trees, food, live music and door prizes.

Got a child ages 3-7 who likes being outdoors? The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, in Durham, will host a nature story time 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Doris Duke Visitor Center to hear a story in the garden followed by a crafty nature activity related to the theme of the story.

In Chapel Hill, Flyleaf Books, at 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will offer a Saturday morning story time from 10-10:30 a.m. which is followed by an activity.

The Orange County open studio tour offers a unique opportunity to tour other artists' studios to view works in sculpture, painting, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art and more. The tour takes place Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon-5 p.m., across Orange County, and children of all ages are welcome with adult supervision. Visit www.orangecountyartistsguild.com for details.

The Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh is featuring weekend Mill Heritage Tours from 2-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and ages 6 and under are admitted free. View a presentation about the mill and then take a guided tour of the restored mill's first floor.

Raleigh Dance Theatre will presents The Little Mermaid and Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fletcher Theatre, located at Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh. Visit www.raleighdance.org for ticket prices.

In Cary, the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3 pm. Sunday at the Cary Arts Center, Cary, when you'll hear a variety of big band tunes.

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.

Updated Nov. 4





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