Triangle Weekend Events: Free Family Fun, Sept. 11 Concerts

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This weekend offers lots of family events across the Triangle, from puppetry and story time, to LEGO building, dancing and free ice skating. Head to a consignment sale or free living history events featuring live entertainment and kids activities.

On Sunday, celebrate Grandparents Day at a local museum, where grandparents can take advantage of a free admission, or attend Sept. 11 concerts that bring hope and inspiration through music. Unless otherwise noted, you’ll find details of these events in our Daily Calendar.


At 7 p.m. Friday, take your little ones to a special free story time featuring a visit with the Cookie Mouse from the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The event will be held at the Barnes & Noble, located at 760 S.E. Maynard Rd., in Cary.

Are you pregnant and suffering from morning sickness? Head to Mocktails and Pregnancy Tips with The Clueless Chick from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at Cute Buttons, located at 115-A W. Chatham St., in Cary. You’ll learn how to survive morning sickness, what to have ready before baby comes home and more.

Ready to head out with your spouse for some fun? Pump It Up of Raleigh, is offering a Parents’ Date Night Out, from 6-10 p.m. on Friday. Drop your kids ages 4-12 off at Pump It Up for a bouncing and sliding extravaganza and head out for your own fun. Check our Daily Calendar for links to pre-registration and pricing.


The Polar Ice House’s Garner location at 103 New Rand Road will offer free ice skating, food and activities at its open house, from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy face painting and a special visit from Fantastic Sam’s, a hair salon that is offering free hair feathering, a new trend among tweens and teens. You can take advantage of free food from Chick-fil-A and nachos, hot dogs and pretzels from Polar Ice House’s concession stand. Coca-Cola is also donating free beverages for guests to enjoy. Guests can participate in a raffle to win ice skating prizes, a free birthday party and Coca-Cola merchandise. Additionally, instructors will be there to help novice skaters and provide mini lessons. For more information, visit or call 919.861.7465..

The free Duke Homestead Festival, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday at the historic Duke Homestead, in Durham, will feature living history attractions. Soak in live music by legendary bluesman John Dee Holeman, a mock tobacco auction as well as a MoonPie Eating contest and a hornworm race. Enjoy a performance by the Little River Cloggers and an appearance by the newly crowned Tobacco Queen, Laura Parker. Don’t forget to try some homemade ice cream. See my blog for more details and a preliminary schedule of events.?

On Saturday, the Hillsborough Family Fun Day, in downtown Hillsborough, runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., offering guided tours, children’s activities, artisan demonstrations, farmers market and more. The feature event for September’s Family Day is Colonial Kids Day. The Burwell School Historic Site, the Orange County Historical Museum and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will be offering a variety of activities to help children understand what life was like in Colonial America. Activities include colonial games, a lemonade party, quill writing, butter churning and much more. Some activities are scheduled for a certain time while others are not. For further details and a schedule of events please call 732-7741 or email

On Saturday, Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh is calling all LEGO lovers. Build bridges and towers with LEGO masters while learning engineering techniques that allow you to build strong and high structures. The event is sponsored in partnership with LEGO KidsFest. Visit our Daily Calendar for information on where to call for hours and pricing.

Also in downtown Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History is offers a free drop-in program that lets you learn about baskets and weave one. The Make It, Take It: Baskets program will run from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

The Lil’ Chef Kids Cooking Studio at North Hills in Raleigh will offer Grand Opening fun from 9:30am-noon on Saturday. Get ready for cooking activities, face painting, a raffle and more.

If you need clothing, toys, baby equipment, bedding and nursery décor but don’t want to pay a bunch, you’re in luck. The Chapel Hill/Durham Mothers of Multiples Fall Sale takes place Saturday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Yates Baptist Church, located at 2819 Chapel Hill Rd., in Durham.

Got a little dancer? The Raleigh School of Ballet, located at 3921 Beryl Rd., in Raleigh is offering a Demo Music Together Class from 10-10:35 a.m. on Saturday. Ages birth-5 with a caregiver are invited to join in songs, chants, movement and dancing.


The Town of Cary will unite with the Sister Cities Association of Cary and Sister Cities International to present a special concert to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the Fred G. Bond Park’s Sertoma Amphitheatre, in Cary, with a rain location of the Cary Senior Center Ballroom. The concert will feature the Cary Children’s Concert Choir and other performers representing Cary’s diverse community. A reading of greetings from each of Cary’s Sister Cities – Le Touquet, France; Markham, Canada; County Meath, Ireland and Hsinchu City, Taiwan—will kick-off the event. Local musicians, dancers and singers will spread a message of hope through music, movement and the spoken word.

The N.C. Symphony will also also honor the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 with a special concert, “North Carolina Remembers 9/11” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free but tickets are required. Visit our Daily Calendar for links to more information.

In downtown Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum is celebrating Grandparents Day, from 9 a.m..-5 p.m. Sunday, with special activities throughout the museum. Grandparents accompanied by a grandchild receive free admission.

On Sunday, from 2-3:30 p.m., the Read to a Dog program at the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh, offers beginning readers an opportunity to read a favorite book to Curry the Dog. Pre-registration is required.

Also Sunday from 1-3 p.m., Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh offers you a chance to conduct crazy experiments with real scientists. The Science Solvers: Guest Star N.C. First Robotics session invites you to play with science, technology and robots while learning about the field of engineering. For more on admission costs visit our Daily Calendar links.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents “The Serpent’s Egg.” At the N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh. Larger-than-life puppets, pageantry and live music create a magical realm that explores the unending cyclical nature of the universe while retelling old stories with a new twist.

If you’re headed to the movies, check Jean’s Movie Choices for Kids first to see what’s worth watching and what’s appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.

?Looking ahead … Join us at our Women@Work Breakfast from 8-11 a.m?., Sept. 29, in Durham?, for food, fun and conversation. Hear from motivational speaker and comedian Kelly Swanson. Come early for networking hour and door prizes during Coffee & Connections.? Register now!

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