Fun Things to Do This Weekend (March 3-5)

Photo courtesy of Durham Parks and Recreation
Challenge yourselves on the Discovery Course at Durham's Bethesda Park during their High Ropes Discovery Day, Saturday, March 4.

Whether you’re up for a show, ready to play, or looking to learn about earthquakes, protecting the environment, or women in history, we’ve got you covered this weekend.

“An Evening of Entertainment” at Durham Performing Arts Center

Enjoy performances by choral and dance students from Durham Public Schools. This event, now in its 37th year, showcases student talent and raises funds to provide scholarships to DPS seniors. This performance takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 3, at the Durham Performing Arts Center in downtown Durham. Purchase tickets online ($12-35).

photo courtesy of durham public schools

High Ropes Discovery Day at Durham’s Bethesda Park

Navigate through a variety of obstacles, some reaching 55 feet in the air, at Durham Parks and Recreation’s Discovery Course. Push yourself as far as you want on this high ropes course and then exit by way of the giant swing or zip line. Sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Bethesda Park in Durham. Preregistration is required ($13, general public; $8, city residents). For ages 7 to adult; children ages 7-9 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

photo courtesy of durham parks and recreation

Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” at Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook FREE

In honor of Read Across America and beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, Northgate Mall and Durham County Libraries present Dr. Seuss’ cautionary tale “The Lorax,” with special activities to help children understand the importance of environmental health. This “STEMville Saturday of Science” event is slated for 12:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook, Suite 118.

art courtesy of random house

“Women During Reconstruction” at Bennett Place in Durham

March is Women’s History Month, and North Carolina state parks, historic sites and museums are offering programs to celebrate the role women have played in shaping our history and culture. As part of their series “The Civilian’s War,” Angela Marritt of Meredith College speaks about women working during the Reconstruction Era. The lecture starts at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at Bennett Place State Historical Site in Durham. Admission to Bennett Place is free but tickets to the lecture are $5.

photo courtesy of degolyer library/southern methodist university

Earthquakes in Our Backyard at the Museum of Natural Sciences

Do you ever wonder why earthquakes occur in the southeastern United States? Come learn about the fascinating world of earthquakes right here in the Southeast, as C. Berk Biryol, a researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill, presents “Earthquakes in Our Backyard” as part of Science Saturday. This event takes place 1-2 p.m., Saturday, March 4, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Free. Recommended for children ages 8 and older.

photo courtesy of matt zeher

“Pay What You Can” Day at Chapel Hill’s Kidzu

The first Sunday of each month is Pay What You Can Admission Day, designed to make Kidzu’s exploratory fun accessible to all children regardless of their family's ability to pay. This event takes place Sunday, March 5, 1-5 p.m., at Kidzu Children’s Museum, in University Place in Chapel Hill. Admission is on a donation basis.


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