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Weekend Plans: Festival for the Eno, ADF children's matinee, more

Posted July 4, 2012

It’s a slower week on the family fun front as event organizers probably expect most of us will be enjoying the pool, cook outs and other Independence Day-related celebrations. But there’s still plenty of opportunities to get out.

Here’s your weekend family fun!

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s First Friday in downtown Raleigh when museums, galleries and restaurants stay open late or offer special deals. It’s great for a date night or moms’ night out. It’s also good for a family night out. Marbles Kids Museum stays open late with special deals and activities. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. Museum of History also is open late.Check the First Friday website for details.

The Festival for the Eno, which opened on Wednesday, continues this Saturday and Sunday with lots of live music, entertainment, activities for kids and much more. Read my earlier post for details and tips about this long-running family favorite in Durham.

The American Dance Festival’s offerings for kids continues on Saturday with a 1 p.m. children’s matinee by Pilobolus, considered one of the pioneering American arts organizations of the 21st century and a festival favorite. The hour-long show is at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15. It’s followed by a kids party outside on DPAC’s Plaza with music, snacks and more entertainment. For more about ADF’s offerings for kids, read my earlier post.

The N.C. Museum of Art’s summer movie series will feature the PG-13 rated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at 9 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $4. Perhaps a great way to spend an evening with older kids.

Also at the art museum in Raleigh: Its summer dance series will present Code f.a.d. at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, in the East Building. The free performance features the Raleigh-based multimedia modern dance company founded by choreographer and filmmaker Autumn Mist Belk, who teaches dance and yoga at N.C. State.

The Cary Cross Currents Fun Run, a 5K run and walk, is Saturday morning at Cary’s Bond Park. The event supports the non-profit Cary Cross Current Chamber Music Arts Festival.

The 2012 annual Johnston County Home Educators of North Carolina Book Fair and Homeschool Conference is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, at Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church, 652 Swift Creek Rd., Smithfield. The event features new and used curriculum, resources, workshops, door prizes and more. It is open to the general public. No need to register.

Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh will host a visit from Muddy the Mudcat from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. And at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, the N.C. Theatre will present a preview of Oliver! Both are free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Also be sure to check out our database of park reviews, list of Triangle family destination posts, list of public pools and database on free and cheap summer movies for other activity ideas.



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