Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend (March 10-12)

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The focus is on sea turtles at this year’s Reptile and Amphibian Day at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Saturday, March 11.

Enjoy a Shakespeare performance for kids, Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, traditional Irish music, family-friendly astronomy and the Museum of Natural Sciences’ Reptile and Amphibian Day — all in one weekend!

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Kennedy Theatre in Raleigh

Part of the new Family Series put on by Theatre Raleigh, this contemporary, 45-minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies, lovers and woodland mischief will engage children and adults alike. Performances take place through March 16 at 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays, and at 3 and 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, in the Kennedy Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Recommended for 5th-graders and older. Tickets ($15 for adults, $10 for children) are available online

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Reptile and Amphibian Day at Museum of Natural Sciences FREE

Come out for the 23rd annual Reptile and Amphibian Day, the nation’s largest and most popular event dedicated to exploring the crawlers, hoppers and slitherers of the animal world, with a focus this year on sea turtles. Enjoy presentations, exhibits, crafts and activities, and a salamander drawing class. The fun runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Free.

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Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival FREE

Take the family to downtown Raleigh for a celebration of everything Irish. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 11, on Salisbury Street and continues through downtown Raleigh. An Irish festival takes place after the parade and includes kids’ entertainment, live music and dance groups. Free.

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“Time Machine in the Sky” at Morehead Planetarium

Experience the staggering scale of our universe with “Time Machine in the Sky,” a look deep into space, and explore astronomy as a family. Part of the “Star Families” series for children ages 7-12, this program takes place at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill. Admission is $7.68 for adults, $6.51 for children and seniors.

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Music of the Carolinas: Crann Úll at Museum of History FREE

Folk musician Rob Sharer — who lived in County Clare, Ireland, for several years and plays guitar, fiddle, flute and bodhran — and singer Margaret Rush, a native of Dublin, perform traditional Irish material, including lush ballads and lively dance tunes, as part of the North Carolina Museum of History’s “Music of the Carolinas” series. The performance takes place at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 12. Free tickets for this concert are distributed while they last, beginning at 2 p.m.


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