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Weekend Plans: Children's theater, consignment sale, charter school fair, sledding

Posted January 22
Updated January 23

We’ve had a slow few weeks on the weekend family fun front, but the activities are starting to ratchet up. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Storybook Theater children’s theater series starts the 2014 season with “Pinkalicious the Musical” based on the popular children’s book series. Tickets start at $14 for the hour-long show at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. Shows are planned most days between now and Feb. 2. This is the second season for the series, which supports Marbles Kids Museum. For more about this show and the rest of the schedule, read my earlier post.

Cary’s Marvelous Music Family Series offers a double feature with shows from the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte on Saturday. “Too Many Frogs” is 10 a.m. “Hansel & Gretel” is 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person and sold separately for each show at the Cary Arts Center. These are family shows designed for all ages. You can read much more about the shows and get some ideas for activities before and after you go from the theatre’s online teacher resource pages. Here’s the one for “Too Many Frogs.” Here’s another for “Hansel & Gretel.” As part of the series, Cary also is offering hands-on crafts.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will host Astronomy Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. The free event includes demonstrations, children's activities, mini workshops and more. 

The massive Kids Exchange consignment sale at the N.C. State Fairgrounds is open to the public Friday to Sunday. Lots of deals on pretty much anything you need for your babies and kids.

Also at the fairgrounds: Girls World Expo, for girls ages 11 to 18, is noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. The free event offers sessions on a variety of topics - from healthy eating to depression to social media. Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars, a show on ABC Family, will perform. There also will be vendors, other performances, a science area and more. I don’t know much more about this event, but it looks intriguing. 

Northgate Mall will host a Durham Charter School Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Read my earlier post for more information.

The N.C. Museum of History will kick off the state’s celebration of Black History Month with the 13th annual African American Cultural Celebration. It’s 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, at the museum in downtown Raleigh. The theme this year honors landmark civi rights and voting rights legislation with musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, chefs and other guests. Admission is free.

The N.C. Museum of Art will host special “Hoods Up” Days at its Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibit. Visitors will be able to see under the hoods of some of the Porsche cars in the exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. If you have a young (or old) car enthusiast in the family, this is worth going to. Kids 6 and under get in free. The art museum in west Raleigh also will hold a Family Fun Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday. The theme this week is sculpture. Tickets are $3 to $5.

Durham Central Park will host its first food truck rodeo of 2014 on Sunday. The event includes food from 40 of the Triangle’s food trucks, along with a sledding hill courtesy of Durham parks. Read my earlier post for more information. The event is noon to 4 p.m.

If this week's "snow" event gave you the sledding itch, Go Play Outside Now in Garner has been making a ton of snow for its sledding hill. They'd love to see you.

And if you're looking for an unusual sight, the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative will host the Glenwood Tree Sweater Art Installation at 10 a.m., Saturday. As part of this project, more than 150 sweaters will be placed on trees along Glenwood Avenue between Peace and Hillsborough streets and the side streets near downtown Raleigh. More than 50 knitters, ages 8 to 80, have created a sweater for the project. The sweaters will be up until Feb. 25.

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