Weekend Plans: American Girl opens, Raleigh Supercon, night at the museum, more
Posted July 12
Updated July 13
Here’s some more family-friendly weekend fun …
The American Girl pop-up shop opens Saturday at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh with a grand opening celebration. Store hours for grand opening weekend will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m., Sunday. It’s free, but tickets are required. Here’s how it works: Beginning one hour before store opening, American Girl will distribute entrance tickets for that day. Entrance tickets can be obtained near the store entrance and are valid only on the day they're issued. Entrance tickets for Saturday will only be good for Saturday, same for Sunday.
Celebrity guests, comic book creators, voice actors and more will be in Raleigh for Raleigh Supercon, which is at the Raleigh Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Tickets for Raleigh Supercon starts at $20. Children ages 9 years and younger get in for free with a paying adult.
You can check out the city of Raleigh's beautiful sunflower fields ... but just for a little bit longer. The fields serve as an application site for biosolids from the Neuse River Resource Recovery Facility, one of the city's wastewater treatment plant. Biosolids, a stabilized sludge, are a byproduct of the wastewater treatment process and used as fertilizer on the sunflower fields. If you go, just don't jump the fence, the city asks, as many have done to get a closer look. The fields are full of bees and copperheads.
Haydini (real name Hayden Childress), a 22 year-old magician from Charlotte, whose illusion show has been growing in popularity, has a show at 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets start at $20. He’s specialized in the art of illusion since he was 10 and has worked his way up from busking on the streets of Charlotte to headlining venues.
Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh hosts an "out of this world celebration" to mark its IMAX theater's new documentary "Journey to Space 3D." It's 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, in the museum courtyard. Visitors also can take in the long-running doc, "Hubble 3D." Tickets to the documentaries are $5 each, part of Marbles' special discounted movie pricing this summer.
Historic Stagville in Durham will host its Jubilee Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The free event celebrates the legacy of African American music.
Seed Art Share is bringing back its Night at the City of Raleigh Museum with shows at 4 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $10 for all ages. It’s best for ages 6 and up. (And the 4 p.m. show is designed to be low sensory). Here’s a description: “Sir Walter Raleigh is teaming up with Sammy the Squirrel – the City of Raleigh Museum mascot – to uncover local legends of buried treasure, stolen artifacts, and political shenanigans. The 90-minute experience includes a scavenger hunt in the museum, craft, and interactive performance.
The N.C. Museum of Art will present “Moana” on Friday night. The movie starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6. Before the show, you can check out the free Hoopla: Party in the Park at the museum, which starts at 5 p.m., Friday. There will be fire dancers, ukulele music, food trucks and more. (Hoopla is free, tickets required for Moana).
(FYI: Booth Amphitheatre in Cary will show the same movie on Thursday evening. Tickets are $5. Kids 12 and under are free).
Don't forget: There's a hunt for Waldo at locally owned stores in Raleigh and Durham.
And we have some ice cream news!
Two Roosters, the popular ice cream food truck, is opening up its brick-and-mortar store Sunday on Lead Mine Road in Raleigh.
In Hillsborough, Maple View Farm celebrates National Ice Cream Day starting at 1 p.m., Sunday, with music and other special activities.
And Fuquay-Varina celebrates National Ice Cream Day with an ice cream social from 4 p.m. to 6 pm., Sunday, at Fuquay Mineral Spring Park.