Weekend Guide: 10 Fun Outings for Triangle Families
Egg hunts, festivals and more
Easter egg hunts, festivals and Arbor Day celebrations take over the Triangle this weekend. Enjoy dance and musical performances, delicious foods, traditional crafts and giveaways. Plus, see where your special needs child can take in a sensory-sensitive screening of the “Zootopia” movie.
1. Grab your basket and head out to an Easter egg hunts near you. Triangle towns—including Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill/Carrboro, Durham, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville,Raleigh, Selma, Wake Forest and Smithfield—have festivities. Meet the Easter Bunny, collect candy-filled eggs and enjoy live entertainment. Get all the details in our Easter Fun Roundup of Festivals, Eggs Hunts and Bunny Visits in Triangle Towns.
2. Visit the Easter Bunny at your local mall. Check our roundup of Easter Bunny Mall Visits in the Triangle for details.
3. Enjoy Nuv Yug India Fest, an Indian cultural festival featuring dance and music performances, kids activities, Indian cuisine and traditional crafts for sale March 19-20, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at North Carolina State Fairgrounds Jim Graham Building in Raleigh Admission is $6 (Saturday admission is $10 after 5 p.m.).
4. Head to Northgate Mall in Durham Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for a Children's Festival with special performances from Durham-based organizations, including Cirque de Vol as well as interactive activities for children.
5. Or take your kids to Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook Saturday, March 19 at 12:30-2:30 p.m. for “Our Beautiful Biosphere,” a free educational event for children to learn about sustaining our planet through interactive activities and experiments. Discovery Nook is located at suite 109 in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway.
6. Do loud noises frighten your child? The IMAX Theatre at Marbles will host a sensory-sensitive screening of “Zootopia” for kids with special needs, young kids and their families Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. The lights will be up, the sound will be down, and kids can get up and dance around. Tickets are $7 per person.
Courtesy of Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles
7. Take your child to see “The Tortoise @ The Hare … The Musical,” March 19 at 3 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center in Cary. This Marvelous Music Family Series production offers an updated twist on Aesop’s fable. Tickets are $8 per person and can be bought at etix.com.
Courtesy of Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth
8. Celebrate at The Town of Cary’s fifth annual Jewish Cultural Festival March 20, 2-5 p.m., at the Cary Senior Center. The free festival will highlight the joyous holiday of Purim and feature crafts, performances, traditional foods, a carnival, a children’s costume contest and live music. In keeping with a central theme of Purim — caring for the less fortunate — visitors are asked to donate a nonperishable food item to the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry. For details, search “Jewish Cultural Festival” at townofcary.org or call 919-460-4963.
9. Join in the Town of Cary’s free Arbor Day Celebration Sunday, March 20, 1-3 p.m., on the Page Walker Arts and History Center lawn in downtown Cary. Go for live music, tree-themed children’s crafts, a tree identification scavenger hunt, booths staffed by local environmental groups and light refreshments for sale. Enter to win a home compost bin and, while supplies last, take home a free tree.
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10. Head to the Arbor Day celebration at the North Carolina State Farmers Market in Raleigh, Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Go for a tree seedling giveaway, forestry exhibits, demonstrations and a KidZone with youth activities. The market will be celebrating the North Carolina State Parks system’s centennial, and Smokey Bear will be posing for photos with market visitors.