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Last-Minute Gifts: Tickets to shows, games

Posted December 19, 2016

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. If you're looking for other 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:

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 2017, you'll find a wind ensemble concert, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

The World's Toughest Rodeo will stop at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Jan. 7. 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.

The Monster Jam is another event that draws a lot of families and has a deal for kids. Tickets for the show show, featuring monster trucks, start at $15. Sometimes held in the spring, this year's show is Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at the PNC Arena.

BrickUniverse, a LEGO fan convention, returns to the Raleigh Convention Center on April 8 and April 9. The two-day event will offer all kinds of opportunities for building and learning about what's possible with LEGO bricks.

Raleigh Little Theatre's youth series includes the "James and the Giant Peach" in April. Tickets start at around $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, which you could turn into another gift if you get this package! There are six 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 March 25. 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 about $15.

The Durham Performing Arts Center has some amazing shows coming our way - Cinderella, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, PAW Patrol, Finding Neverland and more. Ticket prices vary for these shows.

The N.C. Theatre's season has a line up of some great shows - Matilda and Beauty and the Beast, among others. Tickets typically start around $25.

Theatre Raleigh is expanding its season with two shows this spring - "The Wolf" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." "The Wolf" returns for the third year, back by popular demand. I'm excited to see the company's re-imagined version of this Shakespeare classic. It's about $50 for a family of four to go to one of these shows.

The N.C. Symphony's Youth Series has two more concerts this season - Gerswhin's Magic Key and An Afternoon with Dr. Seuss. Tickets are $25.

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