Weekend Plans: Easter Bunny visits, theater, fort building, baseball, more
Posted March 2
It’s a busy weekend. So let’s get to it. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.
We have shows.
Disney’s The Lion King continues through March 20 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (though tickets are scarce for many shows).
Gustafer Yellowgold’s Dark Pie Concerns is 11 a.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Award-winning illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor sings stories about Gustafer, a fictional character who landed on Earth from the sun. I know it sounds a little crazy, but Taylor’s music has been a long-time favorite at my house. Tickets are $10 per person; $8 each for a five pack; and $6.60 for a six pack. Bring some friends!
The Wolf, a production of Theatre Raleigh, is at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts through March 20. The family show tells the story of tweens, who must navigate their way through the woods as they fight to overcome a common adversary. Tickets are $15 and $10 for kids.
The Easter Bunny starts sitting for pictures at several malls across the region. Our Easter events database lists the details about all of the egg hunts, bunny visits and more over the next few weeks.
We have five consignment sales across the region in Raleigh, Smithfield and Chapel Hill.
There are storytimes …
Triangle author Kelly Starling Lyons debuts her new book “One More Dino on the Floor,” at 2 p.m., Saturday, at Quail Ridge Books & Music.
The N.C. Museum of Art also is launching a new storytime series for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adults. The next one will be 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at the museum. It’s free.
Museums have some events:
Friday is the first Friday of March - First Friday in downtown Raleigh. Marbles Kids Museum is open until 7 p.m. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is open until 9 p.m. with a Teen Science Cafe at 6 p.m.; a classic sci fi movie at 7 p.m.; and $10 tickets for Extreme Mammals. CAM Raleigh is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with free admission, a creation station, food trucks and more. And, not museum related, but First Friday related, nuvonivo, the downtown Raleigh children’s clothing boutique, will host a free SproutSongs music class, best for babies to preschoolers, at 5:30 p.m., Friday.
In Durham, the Museum of Life and Science has Forts, which runs through March 13. Use everyday items to build forts, tunnels and hiding places. The museum will celebrate Arbor Day on Sunday with activities and demonstrations. Both are free with admission, which is $16 and $11 for kids ages 3 to 12.
Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill is celebrating its 10th anniversary with free activities on Sunday. Happy Birthday, Kidzu!
And Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill will celebrate its newest planetarium show - “Take Flight” - with a Family Science Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. The free event includes activities, science demonstrations and more.
Discover the Dinosaurs is at the Raleigh Convention Center from Friday to Sunday. The event offers a variety of dinosaur-related exhibits, along with bounces houses and other games. The ticket prices are kind of steep for this one. I encourage you to check out the Yelp reviews before you go or buy tickets.
Several groups will hold a fun party and parade to celebrate voting from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, in downtown Durham.
Cary’s Kite Festival starts at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, at Bond Metro Park. The free event includes a flying contest for all ages. There also will be an expert kite flyer, music, concessions and more.
And, it must be getting close to spring because we have baseball!
The Durham Bulls’ Fan Fest is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at the athletic park in Durham. Fans can buy single-game tickets at the ballpark. There also will be opportunities to meet Wool E. Bull, tour the Bull Durham brewery, and play at Wool E. World, the children’s playground, among other activities. If you buy a ticket to any 2016 game at Fan Fest, fans will get a free hot dog and soda at the event.
Finally, the USA Baseball Irish Classic will be played Friday through Sunday at the Town of Cary’s USA Baseball National Training Complex, 7445 Green Hope School Rd. Weekend Passes are $30 per adult; day passes are $12. Seniors, college students with valid ID, kids ages 13 to 18 and groups can purchase tournament passes for $25 or daily passes for $10. Children 12 and younger are free. Participating teams are the University of Notre Dame, North Carolina State University, the University of Alabama, Bucknell University, Brown University and Niagara University. Parking is free.