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Last-Minute Gifts: Tickets to shows, games

Posted December 21, 2015

The Harlem Globetrotters perform at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on March 1, 2013.

I wrote about museum memberships making great gifts earlier this week. In this continuing series on last minute gifts that you can buy from the comfort of your home and don't clutter your house, let's talk about tickets to shows and sports games.

I know these can be pricey, especially if you're considering a Broadway show or a major league sports game, but they don't have to be. We have plenty of options around here that are easier on your wallet and fun.

Some ideas:

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro always brings fantastic family shows to the region as part of its SuperFun Series. The spot also is a regular host of Transactors Improv's regular family-friendly improv shows. Upcoming SuperFun shows include a Bright Star Children's Theatre production; Gustafer Yellowgold; and more!

Cary offers its Marvelous Music Family Series throughout the year. Tickets generally are $8 and you can add on a special craft program that goes along with the show. In 2016, you'll find a concert, performance and "The Wizard of Oz."

The World's Toughest Rodeo will stop at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Jan. 16. The show features top cowboys and cowgirls doing all sorts of stunts. Before the show, fans can go early to meet the cowboys and take a free pony ride. Tickets start at $18. But thanks to WRAL-TV and Fox 50, kids 12 and under will get 1/2 price tickets on regularly priced seats (except the $75 seats) when purchased with an adult ticket. We also are offering a World's Toughest Rodeo ticket deal that will discount the adult tickets as well!

The Monster Jam is another event that draws a lot of families and has a deal for kids. The show, featuring monster trucks, offers $10 tickets for kids ages 2 to 12 in the section where tickets are normally $25. It's April 8 and April 9 at the PNC Arena.

BrickUniverse, a LEGO fan convention, returns to the Raleigh Convention Center in April. The two-day event will offer all kinds of opportunities for building and learning about what's possible with LEGO bricks. Best of all, we have a discount code that will bring the ticket price down to $13.50 each.

Raleigh Little Theatre's youth series includes the "Miss Nelson is Missing" in March and "Charlotte's Web" in April. Tickets start at $10 for these.

The Carolina Hurricanes offers packages during their Family Nights. The deals start at $99 for four tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs and four popcorns. The deal also includes vouchers to Marbles Kids Museum and its IMAX theater! There are five Family Nights remaining for the season.

We're lucky around here to have so many colleges with great teams. And I'm not just talking about men's football and basketball. My kids love taking in sports such as volleyball, women's basketball and soccer. Even better, tickets are often free or very cheap. There are too many teams to list, but Carolina, Duke and N.C. State all have a variety of schedules and information on their websites. I'm looking forward to catching some women's basketball this winter!

Speaking of cheap tickets, my kids have gotten the promise of a trip to the ball park in the spring in their stockings. The Carolina Mudcats and Durham Bulls have affordable options for families.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the PNC Arena on Feb. 27. This is a great show featuring their crazy and athletic antics. I took my older daughter a few years ago and she still talks about it. Tickets start at $21.

The Durham Performing Arts Center has some amazing shows coming our way - The Lion King, Matilda the Musical, Peppa Pig Live!, Alton Brown and more.

The N.C. Theatre's season has a line up of some great shows - Mary Poppins, Grease, Into the Woods and more.

Theatre Raleigh will present "The Wolf," a family show with a new spin on classic fairy tales. It runs in March and returns for a second year thanks to popular demand.

The N.C. Symphony's Youth Series has two more concerts this season - Emily Saves the Orchestra in January and The Composer is Dead (with text by Lemony Snicket) in March.

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