Weekend Family Fun: Parties, Nature Hikes, Free Back-to-School Events

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What’s on tap for weekend family fun? You’ll find everything from a classic car show to an arts festival and free back-to-school events designed to get your child in the mood for school! Kids’ parties embrace themes that range from Justin Bieber and dancing to Japan. Or head out on a wide variety of nature programs at parks.

The Capital Car Show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Fayetteville Street and inside the Raleigh Convention Center, in downtown Raleigh. Besides featuring classic cars, the show will host vendors, a kids’ zone, live entertainment and more. Outdoor activities are free of charge, but there’s a charge to enter the Convention Center. For details, seeEnjoy Classic Cars at Raleigh Auto Show.

On Friday, Pump It Up, located at 10700 World Trade Blvd., in Raleigh is hosting a Tween Dance Night from 7-10 p.m. Tweens ages 9-14 are invited to a dance party with a live DJ. Visit our Daily Calendarto see how to purchase tickets online.

On Saturday, from 12:30-3 p.m., head to Artspace’s Family Fun Day and Youth Exhibition Reception, at Artspace, in Raleigh. Enjoy artist demonstrations, face painting and art activities for all ages. Lunch items and carnival treats will be available. See our Daily Calendarfor details.

On Saturday, from 9-5 p.m., Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh, is hosting a Kick-Off to Kindergarten, designed to prepare a child for the first day of school. Experts in nutrition, education, healthy living and immunization will be on hand to answer parents’ questions and provide age-appropriate activities for kindergartners. The event is free for rising or current kindergartners and their families.

Also Saturday, from noon-4 p.m., the Woodcroft Shopping Center, located at 4711 Hope Valley Rd., in Durham, is hosting a Back-to-School Bonanza. It’s a family fun event and fundraiser to collect back-to-school supplies for Durham’s homeless children and food for the Central and Eastern Carolina Food Bank. Enjoy inflatables, face painting, a scavenger hunt with raffle prizes, entertainment and more. Find details in our Back-to-School Guide.

On Saturday in Raleigh, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., you’re invited to Sun Fun Back-to-School Bash, a free event at Laurel Hills Park, located at 3808 Edwards Mill Rd., in Raleigh. Find details in ourBack-to-School Guide. as well as our our Daily Calendar. Enjoy food, drinks, games and prizes at this free event, sponsored by Western & Southern Financial to promote education and school.

Kidcycle Consignment Sale is hosting a Dollar Day on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at University Mall in Chapel Hill. All merchandise will be sold for $1 an item to benefit Welcome Baby, which provides parenting education and support to families with young children in Durham. If you have any disposable unused diapers that your child has outgrown, please take them for donation to needy families. The diapers do not need to be in their original package.

On Saturday at 5 p.m., the Drop-In Child Care Center, at 5160 Sunset Lake Rd., in Apex., is featuring a Justin Bieber Party with music, dancing, games, tattoos and a raffle. Pre-registration is required. For ticket prices, visit our Daily Calendar.

On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the Movies on the Lawn series at the N.C. Museum of Art, in Raleigh, will feature the PG-movie “Back to the Future.” Visit our Daily Calendar for details on ticket prices.

On Saturday, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. immerse yourself in another culture as the Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh, features Japan Party. Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to take part in Japanese-themed games, music and snacks. Visit our Daily Calendar for details.


What’s better than Sunday at the park? You’ll find lots of nature programs for kids at area parks. Hunt for caterpillars, fossils, and hone your nature skills on hikes. Details on these programs are in our Daily Calendar.

Headed to the movies? See Jean’s Movie Choices for Kids to discover what’s appropriate for your tot, tween or teen! Jean’s reviews feature both new movies and old favorites you can watch at home!

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