Triangle Kicks Off Free Weekend Family Fun

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This weekend offers a host of family fun with events featuring hands-on activities about dinosaurs, archaeology and history, as well as nature hikes and live entertainment. Here’s the line-up, and unless otherwise noted, you can find details of these events-and others-in our daily calendar. Many events are free!

At 8 p.m. Thursday, Locally Grown, in downtown Chapel Hill, is featuring a free movie viewing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. You’re invited to dress like Harry Potter characters, enjoy free popcorn and Harry Potter-related activities..

Friday marks the opening of Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures, Raleigh Little Theatre’s Youth Series performance designed to catch the attention of kids. The plot revolves around the confident Gooney, who joins an elementary school class, dresses in outrageous outfits and shares outlandish stories about her life. Visit our Family Exhibits & Performances listing for details.

Do your kids like the Dragonbreath book series? Head to Cary at 7 p.m. Friday to meet author Ursula Vernon for a discussion of the series at the Barnes & Noble, located at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., in Cary.

In Durham at 9 p.m. Friday, enjoy a family-friendly documentary, Soul Power, at the American Tobacco Campus as part of the free Movies on the Lawn series.

Also Friday in Durham, take part in a free hike of the forest from 9-11 p.m. at West Point on the Eno.

On Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh hosts Archaeology Day, designed to be fun for all ages. View an actual excavation site, take part in hands-on activities and hear from archaeologists who discuss their findings.

Expose your kids to a different culture. On Saturday, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Cameron Village Regional Library is offering Raleigh Brazilian Portuguese Stories for families with children of all ages. The free program teaches about Brazilian culture through stories, songs and hands-on activities and is presented in English and Portuguese.

If you dig dinosaurs, hop on over to the N.C. Museum of Life and Science in Durham for Dino Days, a celebration of the Dinosaur Trail’s second anniversary on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Meet local collectors from the North Carolina Fossil Club, talk with paleontology experts and find your own fossils! The cost for Dino Days activities, which include making dino puppets and deciphering clues about dino adaptations, is included with the price of admission to the museum. The museum was rated Carolina Parent’s family-favorite museum by readers for 2011.

In Raleigh on Saturday from 1-4 p.m., the Raleigh City Museum, is offering an interesting local history program for kids. The program, Raleigh, Fires, Fads and Fun: Raleigh during the 19th century, looks back at the city’s budding days. Costume historians will teach dance and the social etiquette of the era. Kids will also learn how the city handled fires that raged through Fayetteville Street during the early of the century.

These events are just a few highlights from our Daily Calendar, but you’ll find lots more programs for kids, including nature programs for kids, any day of the week.

Thinking of going to the movies or renting a DVD to watch with your family? See Jean’s Movie Choices for Kids to discover what’s appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.


Hunting the Best for Baby? Carolina Parent’s 2011 Online Baby Fair kicks off July 18, with a virtual Baby Shower on our Facebook page running through Friday, July 22. Find helpful tips, giveaways, interaction and fun at

Think you’re too old for the prom? NOT! The Mom Prom Is Coming July 23 to Benefit Local Causes.

If you have a child with special needs, see these great kids surf camps at Wrightsville Beach, in Wilmington. One is offering a free private lesson.

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