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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: August 11, 2011

Wondering what's on tap for family fun this weekend? Across the Triangle, you'll find 2nd Saturday cultural events, free drop-in craft programs, free movies and festivals, as well as opportunities to explore engineering and filmmaking. You can also shop consignment sales to help children in need in the Triangle. Or if you're headed out of town, why not cruise with Blackbeard?

Get a jump start on the weekend on Thursday, Aug. 11, with a free movie (Toy Story 3) and kids' craft in Chapel Hill. You'll find details in our Frugal Family blog.

Looking for another great free family movie? Head to Leesville Road Elementary School Field, in Raleigh at 8 p.m. Friday, for Marmaduke, compliments of Cross Culture Church. Take a blanket to sit on and you can enjoy popcorn and water for free.

On Friday, the Grey Seal Puppets present "Tangle of Tales" at 1 p.m. at The Halle Cultural Arts Center of Apex.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and children under 2 are admitted free. Watch as three favorite folk tales come to life: The Frog Prince from Germany teaches the importance of a promise, Three Billy Goats Gruff from Scandinavia warns against gluttony and The Three Little Pigs from England is about doing the job right.

On Saturday from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. in Cary, enjoy family activities, behind-the-scenes tours and performances at Cary Arts Center's Dedication Day. Look for details of the fun in this article.

Teens interested in filmmaking will want to be at the Cary Youth Video Project Premiere, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cary Arts Center. They'll see the premiere of four original documentaries created by local teens and hear the filmmakers discuss their projects. Details are in our Daily Calendar.

Does your child like to build and create? The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, is hosting Engineers Day, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Saturday. Take part in hands-on activities, including the Eggcellent Escape, CD Hovercraft, Reverse Engineering and Create an Electromagnet, meet professional engineers and engineering students. Activities are included with the price of admission to the museum. For details, visit the museum's site.

On Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Hillsborough's Family Fun Day, in downtown Hillsborough, will feature guided tours, children's activities, artisan demonstrations, a farmers market, shopping and dining. Storytime at Purple Crow Books begins at 10:30 a.m. Find details in our Daily Calendar.

Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History, in downtown Raleigh, is offering a free Make It, Take It: Decorate It drop-in program from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., when kids can make a simple paper ornament. See our Daily Calendar for details.

The Raleigh City Museum, in downtown Raleigh, is also offering a free drop-in program for children on Saturday, from 1-4 p.m. called Piedmont, Pottery and Power: A Cultural Glance into Native Americans of North Carolina. Kids will travel back in time more than 200 years to understand the lives of the native Catawba, listen to Native American music, weave a paper basket and take home a sunflower. Details are in our Daily Calendar.

This is the weekend to explore North Carolina's heritage with your family. The Department of Cultural Resources 2nd Saturday program will bring together artists, history and authentic N.C. culture at its museums and historic sites state-wide, and you'll find lots happening right here in the Triangle. Take a look in our Daily Calendar for details of the following 2nd Saturday events, some of which are free.

* The Historic Stagville, in Durham, will be showing "Jezebel, a 1938 film about social life during the Antebellum Period in New Orleans, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy free popcorn!

* The Bennett Place State Historic Site, in Durham, will feature various N.C. authors, including Jim Wise and Stewart Dunaway, to share their literature with audiences, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

* The N.C. State Capitol, in downtown Raleigh, will offer a Civil War Stories program, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, featuring authors, artists and painters.

* The N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh, will present family activities at its Making Some Noise program, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. There's a fee for activities; the museum admission is free.

* The N.C. Museum of History, in downtown Raleigh, invites you to watch potters from New Salem Pottery decorate bowls, vases and more, and you can sample tasty N.C. treats. The drop-in program runs 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday.

* The Duke Homestead, in Durham, will feature a Summer Children's Festival, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday with music, dancing, storytelling and games. The festival showcases both arts and crafts by folks under age 21 and vendors who create and sell items for children.

Is it time for a night out with your spouse? Pump is Up, located at 10700 World Trade Blvd., in Raleigh, has moved its Date Night from Friday, Aug 12, to Saturday, Aug. 13. Head out Saturday from 6-10 p.m. while your child (ages 4-12) is enjoying dinner, a movie, crafts, games and inflatable play. The cost is $20 per child / $10 per sibling, and you'll need to reserve at (919) 828-3344

Taking the kids to a movie or renting one to watch at home? Check Jean's Movie Choices for Kids first to see what's appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.

Thinking of heading out of town? As part of the Beaufort Pirate Invasion on Saturday, join Blackbeard and his crew on the Crystal Coast Lady for "Blackbeard's Sunset Cruise" hosted by the North Carolina Maritime Museum. From 7 – 9 p.m., cruise the waters that the notorious pirate once sailed, and enjoy the antics of the scalawags onboard, great food from Crabby Patties, music, and a rum-tasting. Tickets for the event are $35 per person. For more information, call (252) 728-7317. For a full list of the museum's pirate programs and activities, visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com

More ... Reach out to help Triangle families as you shop this weekend ...

Stop by kids' consignment sale that benefits Durham children in need Aug. 12-14. Details in my blog here.

This Friday, your cookie purchase at Panera will supports BackPackBuddies for InterFaith Food Shuttle. Do something sweet for hungry children while satisfying your own sweet tooth!

UPCOMING FUN . . . Don't miss our Women@Work Breakfast! Hear N.C. comedian and motivational speaker Kelly Swanson on Sept 29.



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