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Weekend Plans: Billy Jonas, improv, women's basketball

Posted January 7, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Wuf will be on hand for Junior Wolfpack Club fun night at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. The event, for Junior Wolfpack Club members and the general public, features a screening of Cars 2.

We don’t have a big list of weekend family fun for kids, but there are some options. Here goes. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Acclaimed musician Billy Jonas will perform a family show at 3 p.m., Saturday, at The Cary Theater in downtown Cary. Jonas, who lives in Asheville and recently welcomed his first child, is known for turning found objects into musical instruments. Jonas has his first family album, a mix of fun and philosophical songs, in five years. His concerts are fun, interactive and lively. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under.

Transactors Improv will perform one of its family shows at 6 p.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets are $10 and $6 for students. The shows, which run a little less than an hour, feature short-form improv. Artists will get suggestions from the audience and then perform short skits based on them. These are great for grade schoolers and up and their families. I have heard from several friends with older grade schoolers and tweens that they have a fantastic time.

The N.C. State women's basketball team faces off against Clemson at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. Carolina women's basketball team plays Georgia Tech at 3 p.m., Sunday, at Carmichael Arena. These are really fun games to go to with some great basketball, plus music, cheerleaders, mascots and a lot of the other hoopla that comes with college sports. (I'd mention Duke as well, but the team is away this weekend). Tickets for these games are $7 or cheaper. I wrote about going to an N.C. State game a few years ago.

Marbles Kids Museum hosts the annual Family Science Olympiad from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The afternoon includes a series of interactive and hands-on challenges that involve things like rocket construction and catapult building. It's free with admission, which is $5 per person.

At last check, there were only 10 spots left for Cary’s popular Winter Wonderland sledding event at Bond Park this Friday and Saturday. Tickets, which are $18 a piece, are available only for the 8 p.m., Saturday, session. For ages 3 and up.

Cary will host a Three Kings Day Parade as it does every year. It begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Town Hall Campus on North Academy Street in Cary. It features Hispanic and Latino costumes, music and song.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mothers Club will hold its annual preschool fair. Area preschools will have representatives on hand to answer questions and share information about their various schools. Registration for many preschools begins this month or in February for the next school year.

The Raleigh Fire Museum is open for monthly tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at 105 Keeter Center Dr., Raleigh. Admission is free. I have not been here yet, but you’ll find a collection of artifacts and images of fire fighting.
 

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