10 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: March 2021
From film festivals to outdoor theatre
Through March 4
22nd Nevermore Virtual Film Festival (Virtual)
This juried film festival has feature and short films in the genres of horror, sci-fi, animation, fantasy, and mystery/thrillers. For its 22nd year, the festival goes all-virtual, with both individual tickets and all-access passes to screen the films. More info here.
Through March 7
Dino Safari at N.C. State Fairgrounds, 4285 Trinity Rd.
This drive-through event is a 40-minute excursion through prehistoric times, and all from the safety of your vehicle. Like real life, these dinos won’t be here forever, but organizers did expend the original run, now running through March 7. Read more about it here.
Snow White at Raleigh Little Theatre, Stephenson Amphitheatre, 301 Pogue St.
For its first outdoor production of 2021, RLT tackles the classic fairy tale Snow White. The outdoor format offers a socially distant, open-air experience. Runtime is 74 minutes, and tickets run $12 for kids 12 and under and $17 for adults. More info here.
Through March 24
Supported Playgroups via Kidzu, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill (Virtual)
Kidzu’s supported playgroups are held on Wednesdays 9 a.m.-10 a.m. for 10 weeks, through March 24. Registration is required, but the progra, is free for Orange County caregivers and kids aged 0-3. More info here.
Also: Read about the “Your Hive” rentals at the museum, which allows private takeovers of the space, here.
34th-Annual Egg Hunt at West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd.
The socially distanced event invites hunters between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with a hunt beginning every hour. (Find the golden egg for an extra surprise.) Kids get a take-home bag with crafts, and face masks are required for everyone. Register here. Also, kids 12 and under, are invited to Leigh Farm Park Rd. (370 Leigh Farm Rd.) during those same hours that day. Register for that one here.
A “Dog-Gone Egg Hunt” also takes place at West Point on the Eno on March 27, for folks who want their pups to get involved, between 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Registration here.)
Through March 31
StoryWalk at Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh
StoryWalk experiences created by Anne Ferguson and developed in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library are popping up in a number of parks in the area from Apex to East Raleigh. The program combines the “pleasures of reading a children’s book while taking a nature walk.” Read more about the StoryWalk program here.
Through Jun. 1, 2021
Exhibit: Toy Boom!
“The baby-boomer years were a time of more in America… including more toys,” says Katie Edwards, the curator of popular culture at the North Carolina Museum of History. “We created this exhibit to help North Carolinians reflect on their paths from childhood to adulthood, including the toys that paved the way.” Toy Boom’s artifacts are “curated into unique environments, including TV westerns, space age, zany toys, creative toys, dolls, action figures and more.”
Tour with Historic Raleigh Trolley
Looking for more general tidbits of knowledge on Raleigh? That is the tour’s bread and butter, and can be done almost any Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from March 13 to December. The Thursday and Friday tours start from Moore Square, while the Saturday tours start at Mordecai Historic Park. This guided expedition will make its way to several locations in downtown, including the Joel Lane Museum House and City Market before returning back to home base. Each tour is one hour and has start times of 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Splash in a Public Swimming Pool
What better way to escape on a cold and dark day than to jump into a sparkling light-filled pool? If your family likes to swim, head to a pool for inexpensive exercise. Some facilities offer special equipment for kids. See our roundup of indoor pools here.