Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Free Concert, Frog Festival, Books Sales

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What’s on tap for family fun and kids activities this weekend? You’ll find lots of egg hunts and bunny visits on Saturday and Sunday in Triangle towns. Find the closest event to your house inour round-up here.  Kick the weekend off with a free concert on Friday night in Cary, and enjoy a free frog festival with games, crafts, live animals and more on Saturday in Apex. If you’re looking for bargain books and kids activities, don’t miss the The Wake Libraries’ Book Sale & Festival, which runs through Sunday in Raleigh.

For out-of-town getaways, head to the North Carolina Zoo, in Asheboro, where special summer entertainment areas open this weekend. Or on Saturday, visit the Reed Gold Mine, in Midland, N.C., where you can enjoy a free festival and try to “strike it rich.”

Visit Spring Family Fun in the Triangle, Things to Do and Family Fun pages for even more upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, you’ll find details of the following events and more in our Daily Calendar.

FRIDAY

The Cary Town Band will perform a free concert, “Music by the Numbers,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center. Hear almost a dozen pieces of great music known by their numbers. Learn more about the concert in Cary in our Daily Calendar.

SATURDAY

Hop on over to the 13th Annual Frog Fest from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Crowder District Park, in Apex. Enjoy frog-fabulous activities for the whole family, including games, crafts, live animals and more at this free festival. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Marbles Kids Museum will host Nano Days from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Raleigh. Learn about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. See our Daily Calendar for pricing and more details.

Want to eat breakfast with the Easter Bunny and go on egg hunts? See our listing for events that are too numerous to mention here! From Holly Springs’ Spring Fling in Womble Park, featuring games, music and inflatables, toHillsborough’s Spring Celebration offering live entertainment, to the Burwell School Egg Hunts in Hillsborough, you’ll find a variety of fun. Cary, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Knightdale, Raleigh, Selma and Zebulon also have egg hunts!

For an out-of-town getaway on Saturday, head to Midland, N.C., where you can try to “strike it rich” at Reed Gold Mine, the site of the first documented discovery of gold in the U.S.  The mine opens its panning season at its Spring Festival on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Games, tours of underground mines, and a restored stamp mill offer a day of family fun. Museum staff will assist visitors with the search for gold in newly rebuilt panning troughs. For panning tickets prices, visit the mine’s website.  Visitors may tour the site for free. The tour takes visitors 50 feet underground through original mine tunnels. The 1890s era stamp mill demonstrates how gold bearing quartz was crushed to separate heavier materials, including gold. Visitors can see the “All That Glitters” video in the Visitor Center and also hike on trails at the site. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/reed or call (704) 721-4653.

SUNDAY

On Sunday, more than 2,000 eggs await kids ages 8 and younger at Smithfield Community Park for a hunt that begins at 3 p.m. See our round-up, Kids Activities: Egg Hunts Across the Triangle, for details.

Have your kids ever seen a live polo game? The Town of Cary is hosting a free polo event, its first “Cary Challenge Cup” Polo match starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at at Koka Booth Stadium and Field 3 at the WakeMed Soccer Park, located at 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary.  The Triangle Area Polo Club will take on the club from the Atlanta Regional Polo Center in a four-chukker match that is free and open to the public. Gates open at noon. You’ll find bleacher seating, or you can bring chairs, to watch the action field-side.  For more information about the event, including details on interactive activities, go to www.triangleareapolo.org.

Six-week training sessions for Run Like A Mother(RLAM), a 5-K race founded by mom of three and women’s motivational speaker Megan Searfoss, kick off this Sunday at 5 p.m. in Raleigh. The race will take place across in 11 cities nationwide on Mother’s Day and is designed to build community among women runners well ahead of race day. In Raleigh, the race will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 13, at the Kerr Family YMCA, located at 2500 Wakefield Pines Drive. Training sessions will also be held at the Kerr Family YMCA at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

WEEKEND EVENTS SPANNING SEVERAL DAYS

  • The Wake Libraries’ Book Sale & Festival runs from Thursday, March 29-April 1 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building, in Raleigh. Enjoy book bargains and a free festival with kids activities.  While you shop this year, you’ll also find a festive atmosphere that includes live music-from bagpipes and African drums to Scottish fiddles-until 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, book characters will be mingling with the crowds, and kids can enjoy crafts and games, face painting, magic shows, stilt walking and juggling, live musical performances and dances. Learn more about the event, which supports libraries here.
  • The Durham Academy Used Book Sale will run Saturday, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday noon-2 p.m. at Durham Academy’s Middle School Gym, in Durham. Shop a selection of more than 15,000 books. See our Daily Calendar for details.
  • The North Carolina Zoo, in Asheboro, will begin its 9 a.m.-5 p.m. summer hours on Saturday, when the park’s ride and entertainment locations officially open to the public. These summer special areas include: the zoo’s 36-foot Endangered Species Carousel; the Acacia Station Giraffe Deck, where visitors can get eye-to-eye with giraffes; and Dino 4-D theater, a 4-D adventure that takes visitors to Dino Island to save the T-Rex. Saturday will also mark the opening of the park’s new Dinosaurs exhibit, fifteen, life-like, animatronic creatures representing more than a dozen dinosaur species in a deep-forest exhibit. For general zoo information, go to http://www.nczoo.org/. For a full list of the zoo’s upcoming events, visit http://www.nczoo.org/events/calendar.html.


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This article was updated with the latest events on March 30 2012

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