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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: March 8, 2012

This weekend promises loads of fun, from storytelling and kite festivals to live performances and nature programs for children. Kids can go on a history detective tour, explore life as a World War II soldier, take in a concert of Irish music, take a gardening class or enjoy a zip line ride.

The Girl Scouts in Orange and Durham counties will be putting on a show that includes skits, songs and exhibits and you'll also find March Science Madness events. Many events of the events are free.

Unless otherwise listed, you'll find details of these events and others, in our Daily Calendar.

FRIDAY


The Barnes and Noble located at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., in Cary, will host a free Family Fun Night at 7 p.m. Hear the story "Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet" and enjoy fun activities. You're invited to dress as Fancy Nancy.

On Friday, you'll also find these two nature programs:
*From 10-11 a.m. Friday, head to Nature Nuts: Chorus of Frogs at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, 2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., in Cary. The program is for kids ages 3-5 with a parent, and pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including pricing.
* Enjoy a "Moonlight Paddle" on Lake Michie from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Meet at the Lake Michie Boathouse, on Bahama Rd. in Durham. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including pricing.

If you're thinking of a trip out of town, this would be a great weekend to visit The Tryon Palace, in New Bern, N.C., where fun events are planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Bern. On Saturday and Sunday, the Tryon Palace will host Civil War Weekend activities that include tours of the Union occupation by costumed interpreters in historic homes, a Union encampment, special Civil War exhibit and crafts from the past. Some events will take place at the North Carolina History Center, a $60-million facility featuring state-of-the-art hands-on learning, which sits across from the 18th-century palace grounds.

SATURDAY

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, University Mall, at 201 S. Estes Drive, in Chapel Hill will host a celebration of 100 years of Girl Scout History. Current and former Girl Scouts from Durham and Orange counties will show off their recent projects and adventures, share vintage Girl Scout uniforms and photos from past years and put on skits, songs, and other performances. Current, former, and prospective Girl Scouts and their families are encouraged to attend, enjoy the exhibits and record their favorite memories of Girl Scouting at the Video Story Booth. If you're a Girl Scouts fan, you might want to attend an exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History, in Raleigh that celebrates the Girl Scouts centennial anniversary. 

The Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, will kick off the first of three March Science madness events, this Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore the science behind marine mammals and climate change with hands-on experiences. Meet local experts in the field and learn more on how to live for a more sustainable future.

The Garner Storytelling Festival will feature professional and student storytellers from 11 Garner area schools on Saturday, from 1-3:30 p.m., at North Garner Middle School, located at 720 Powell Dr., in Garner. This free event for children of all ages will feature stories, music, poetry and more.

Are you Winnie the Pooh fan? Enjoy "The House at Pooh Corner" at 7 p.m., Saturday at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, at 504 W. Chapel Hill St., in Durham. The musical is appropriate for kids of all ages. For more details, including ticket prices, see our Daily Calendar.

Kids ages 5-12 will have a chance to solve puzzles, hunt for clues and investigate the mystery of milling with real historical artifacts at The Kids' History Detective Tour from 10-11 a.m. at the Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh. Reservations are required. See our Daily Calendar for more details, including pricing.

The Town of Cary will host a free Kite Festival at Bond Park, in Cary, at 1 p.m. Saturday. You're invited to fly a kite, watch kite-flying demonstrations and enjoy prizes. All ages are welcome. Those wanting to fly a kite during the festival are required to register starting at 12:30 p.m.; there is no fee to participate. Once the kites take to the sky, all participants will be eligible to win various award certificates, including Youngest Kite Flier, Oldest Kite Flier, Quickest Take-off, Best Tangle, and more; winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Kites Unlimited from Atlantic Beach will host stunt kite demonstrations throughout the festival. The rain date is March 11 at 1 p.m. See our Daily Calendar for details.

The Raleigh City Museum, in downtown Raleigh, will host a free program on "Life as a World War II Soldier" from 1-4 p.m., Saturday. Learn about the experiences of soldier through living history interpretation and items they used every day. See our Daily Calendar for details.

A free drop-in program from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History, in downtown Raleigh, will teach children how blimps protected ships during World War II. During the "The Make It, Take It: Blimps" program, kids will also make a paper model to take home. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Children can also enjoy these three nature programs:
* Kids ages 3-5 with their parents can head to "Nature Nuts: Chorus of Frogs" from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs, in Cary. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including price.
* "Nature Stories: Oh Deer!" For kids ages 3-5 will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Jay Point County Park, in Raleigh. Listen to a story about a fallen log and make a craft to take home. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details, including pricing.
* "Fungus Among Us," a free program about mushrooms, will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday at West Point on the Eno, in Durham. See our Daily Calendar for details.

The Peking Acrobats will perform at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Carolina Theatre, in Durham. See treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, gymnastics and more set to live orchestral music. For details, including ticket prices, see our Daily Calendar.

Catch "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the RBC Center, in Raleigh. The show features the music and choreography of Michael Jackson fused with artistic creativity from Cirque du Soleil. See our Daily Calendar details, including ticket prices.

The N.C. Symphony will present "'Bug Songs" at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Meymandi Concert Hall, at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Raleigh. Hear the orchestra imitate the greatest musicians in the bug world. See our Daily Calendar details, including ticket prices.

Logan Trading Co., in downtown Raleigh, is hosting a "Plant a Row for the Hungry" (PAR) Kick-Off Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday when families can enjoy free classes by garden experts. You'll also find kids gardening classes, activities and giveaways throughout the day. This is the 4th year that Logan's has held the event to encourage gardeners to grow extra produce to donate to the hungry and homeless in our community by planting an extra row of vegetables.  Donations are distributed by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle directly to families in need and local shelters.  Donations of vegetables, fruits, and herbs are collected at Logan's, located at 707 Semart Dr., during our business hours.

SUNDAY

Patrick and Cathy Sky will offer a free performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels Auditorium, at the N.C. Museum of History, in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy a combination of Irish reels, jigs and hornpipes played on a fiddle and Irish Uilleann pipes.

Beginning readers are invited to read their favorite bo0k to a gentle dog at the free Read to a Dog event from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Sonshine Gymnastics, located at 151 Thomas Mill Rd., in Holly Springs, will host a free event from 1-3 p.m. Sunday when you'll find zip line rides, pit games, indoor inflatable, crafts, games and contests. Enjoy incentives on early enrollment for any summer camp registration and information on parent's night out events and birthday parties.

You can also catch a family program, "Wonderful Whitetails," from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday at Crowder District Park, in Apex, where you'll learn about white-tailed deer, make a deer track and a set of antlers. You're asked to meet at the Park Pavilion. Pre-registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for more details, including pricing.

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.

Planning ahead? Discover how many Triangle towns are planning to host Egg Hunts.



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