It's a huge weekend for big children's shows and consignment sales. It's also the end of the state's Second Saturdays program this summer with free programs at historic sites across the region.
So without further ado, your weekend post of family fun:
This weekend, we've got Curious George at the RBC Center from Friday through Sunday and The Wiggles at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts and Dan Zanes at the N.C. Museum of Art, both on Sunday. If we had a Disney show, we'd have pretty much all of the major children's entertainment groups covered. (You'll have to wait until November in Fayetteville and December in Raleigh for Disney though). For details on these three shows, including links for tickets and more, read my earlier post. And note that if you have tickets for the Zanes concert, get there at 2 p.m. for crafts with the Scrap Exchange, giveaways and other family fun.
Four consignment sales are this week. You can catch the last day of the Divine Consign Show in Raleigh on Thursday. You can start shopping Upscale Resale in Cary and Kidcycle in Chapel Hill on Friday. And the Triangle Mothers of Twins and Triplets sale is at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh on Saturday. For all the details, check my earlier post.
Saturday marks the last weekend for the state's Second Saturdays series, which offered activities and events at historic sites and museums around the state starting in June. Events on Saturday include a focus on community dances as a diversion for soldiers and civilians during the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; sessions with North Carolina authors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennett Place in Durham; a free outdoor concert at the State Capitol starting at 6:30 p.m. showcasing the state's diverse music and dance traditions; a focus on the life of early Native Americans in North Carolina at Historic Stagville in Durham from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and a summer children's festival at Duke Homestead in Durham. All events are free. Check the state's Second Saturday's website for more information on these events and others across the region and state.
Engineers Day is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. The annual event features local engineers, professors and students. Lots of hands-on activities and demonstrations.
Faye, the WRAL Smart Shopper, posted this week that there's a free Dora the Explorer birthday event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at some area Walmarts. It includes cupcakes, giveaways and a photo card for the kids.
Meet the Pack Day is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. Admission is free to this event where you can meet and get autographs from N.C. State football players and coaches. Parking is free. The Wolfpack is asking people to bring school supplies to donate to at-risk kids in the area.
It's the 9th Annual Multicultural Day at 10,000 Villages in Raleigh's Cameron Village from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The free event for kids ages 5 to 12 includes henna hand painting, a drum circle, sidewalk art, games, treats and more.
The first concert in Cary's Fall Sertoma Series is 5 p.m. Saturday at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre, 801 High House Rd. The concert features the North Carolina-based Snyder Family Band, which includes 11-year-old Samantha, 15-year-old Zeb and their dad Bud. The family-friendly concert series is free and continues Sept. 12, Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 17. Bring a picnic.
Also at Cary's Bond Park is Ritmo Latino. The celebration of Latino music and arts will kick off with a free soccer clinic by the Carolina Railhawks. Kids are invited to participate in the clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. From noon to 6:30 p.m., you'll find a variety of Latin American music, along with dance, arts and crafts. The festival and clinic are free.
And a reminder: Go Ask Mom is partnering with North Hills and Stroller Strides to bring a fun event to North Hills from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18. North Hills will bring out their big blocks for young children to climb all over. There will be a fire truck (barring any emergency); snacks; a free Stroller Strides stroller workout class; a contest for a family four pack of tickets to a Durham Bulls game this season, complete with food and souvenir; and more. Read my earlier post for more. I hope to see you there!