Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Aug. 18-20

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Help your rising kindergartener feel confident about the first day of school with Marbles Kids Museum’s Kickoff to Kindergarten Aug. 19.

As summer wanes, squeeze in all the family time you can with special movie nights, a social justice storytime, making art with soil and a couple of back-to-school events, including Marbles’ annual Kickoff to Kindergarten.

Special Needs Movie Night: “Boss Baby” at Wake Forest Renaissance Centre FREE

Sponsored by the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, this free event offers exceptional children and their families the opportunity to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment, with extra lighting and lower volume during the film. Audience members are encouraged to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing and even wear their pajamas! The screening of “Boss Baby” takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. Free. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. Concessions will be available for purchase, but attendees are invited to bring their favorite snack.

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Kick-Off to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh FREE

Rising kindergarteners in traditional-calendar schools are invited to celebrate starting school at this annual event. Practice navigating the lunch line, get moving at recess, hop on a school bus and much more. This event takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Free for rising kindergartners and their families.

Social Justice Storytime at CityWell Church in Durham FREE

Enjoy a story related to a particular social justice theme, plus an activity or craft and music. This event, organized by local parents with a passion for social justice, takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19 (and the third Saturday of subsequent months), at CityWell Church in Durham. Free. The program is geared for kids up to age 8, but all ages are welcome. August’s theme is bullying versus positive behavior. Upcoming themes include LGBTQIA, immigration, racial justice and religious diversity. Please note: Location is subject to change in future months.

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Back-to-School Bash at Northgate Mall in Durham FREE

Kick off your back-to-school fun with shopping and activities for the whole family at the annual Back-to-School Bash. Enjoy kids’ activities, $1 train and carousel rides, music by DJ Flight (below), face painting, The Balloon Lady, discounts at select merchants, and giveaways. This event takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at Northgate Mall in Durham. Donate school supplies for children in need in the community at Endivo Hair Gallery.

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Rock the Park Movie: “Trolls” at Durham Central Park FREE

The fun of Durham’s free summer movies and concerts continues with a screening of “Trolls.” This family-friendly event takes place 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at Durham Central Park. Food vendors will be on site. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Admission is free. No alcohol or smoking is allowed. 

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Playing Out With the Elements: Soil Painting at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Wetland Park FREE

What kid doesn’t love to play in the dirt? Children ages 8-12 will enjoy making paint using soil, school glue and water and creating a one-of-a-kind, earth-toned masterpiece as part of the “Playing Out with the Elements” series. This program takes place 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20, at Walnut Creek Wetland Park in Raleigh. Ages 8-12. Free, but seats are limited and online registration (course #203573) is required.

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