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Weekend Plans: Classic car show, kindergarten kick off, more

Posted August 17, 2011
Updated August 18, 2011

For most Triangle students, it's the last weekend of summer vacation. Enjoy it!

A couple of reminders: Don't forget that the Museum of Life and Science in Durham is offering a BOGO admission deal. Read my earlier post for details. And tickets for Disney on Ice, which comes to Raleigh in December, go on sale Friday. Click here for more on that.

Here's your weekend family fun ...

The Carolina Classics at the Capital car show is back this weekend, bringing hundreds of classic cars to downtown Raleigh. Many of them will be inside the Raleigh Convention Center. Admission is $10 per person. But for the casual car fan, there's also a free outdoor show along Fayetteville Street from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. And an update: You'll also find a kids zone outdoors (not indoors) along with the other free activities along Fayetteville Street. We went last year and it was definitely worth a trip.

If you go to the car show on Saturday, you can also stop by Artspace's Family Fun Day from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The festival includes artists demonstrations, face painting, carnival treats and other activities. Artspace is at 201 East Davie St. in downtown Raleigh's City Market (near Big Ed's if that's a landmark for you). Artspace is a non-profit visual art center housing artists studios and exhibits. It's a fun place to go even when there isn't a special event.

And if you're downtown and have a rising or current kindergartner, Marbles Kids Museum's annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Experts in nutrition, education, healthy living, proper immunization and more will be there to answer questions for parents and provide age-appropriate activities for kindergartners. This event is free to rising or current kindergartners and their families. I took my daughter, then a rising kindergartner, to this last year and she had a blast. In fact, she asked me this year why there wasn't a kick-off to first grade.

Consignment sale Kidcycle's Dollar Day is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at University Mall, 201 South Estes Dr., in Chapel Hill. All items will be priced at just $1. All proceeds will go to Welcome Baby Family Resource Center in Durham to help local families.

As Kathy wrote here on Go Ask Mom earlier this week, there's a two-hour Zumba dance party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Longbranch of Raleigh, 608 Creekside Dr., to raise money for the Eastern North Carolina chapter of the National MS Society. Tickets are $10 per person. Kids under 12 get in free.

There's still time to sign up for Polar Ice House of Cary's Camp Lock In this Saturday. Kids will get to sleep over at the ice rink and enjoy a night full of activities. It all starts at 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Kids also can just stay for half the night and get picked up at 10 p.m. Activities include a bounce house, karaoke, face painting, hockey games, performances by local skaters, ice games, sledding, movies in 3D and Wii and Xbox stations. The cost for the full night of Camp Lock In is $45 and $25 for a half-night of camp. To register or for more information, click here or call Christina Driggers at 919-460-2756 or christina.driggers@polaricehouse.com.

Woodcroft Shopping Center, 4711 Hope Valley Rd. in Durham, will host a Back-to-School Bonanza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be free activities for kids, inflatables, face painters, prizes, entertainment and more. The shopping center also is collecting school supplies and backpack food for the Central & Eastern Carolina Food Bank.

Duke Gardens in Durham is switching up some of its programming for kids, including its nature storytime The storytime originally required pre-registration and a small fee and was held inside. Now it's a free, drop-in program that's held out in the gardens. The first storytime of the season is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The featured book is "Around the Pond: Who's Been Here?" by Lindsay Barrett George. Participants also will build their own snapping turtle. Go to the front desk at the Doris Duke Center at Duke Gardens to find out the exact location Saturday. Best for kids ages 5 to 8. Adults required to stay with their kids. The next storytime is Aug. 27.

On Thursday, the Locally Grown festival will feature ET: The Extra-Terrestrial. Family-friendly activities start at 8 p.m. The movie begins around 9 p.m. on the Wallace Plaza, atop the Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St.

And on Sunday, Raleigh's Sunday in the Park concert series will feature the Raleigh Concert Band playing marches, Broadway show tunes and more. It's at 6 p.m. Sunday at Fletcher Park, 820 Clay St., in Raleigh. Great place to take a picnic and plenty of space for kids to run around.

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