Weekend Plans Easter Edition: What's open, closed, happening
Posted March 27, 2013
Happy Easter weekend! As we all make our own plans to celebrate the holiday (along with Passover, too), big community activities are on the lighter side.
But there still are plenty of things to do. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more. And check our Spring Break Guide for more information about family activities, including spring break fun at Marbles Kids Museum and more.
If your kids haven’t gotten enough Easter candy, there are plenty of egg hunts across the region. They include the huge Raleigh Easter, which takes over downtown Raleigh’s Halifax Mall. The hunt, organized by Vintage Church, features 60,000 eggs, inflatables, music, games and more. The hunts are organized by age group and there is a special zone for kids with special needs. Hunts start on the half hour between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday.
And two local destinations are offering a unique spin on the usual egg hunt without the huge amounts of candy.
JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh will offer a nature-based hunt that involves giant, colorful eggs. Visitors find the letter on each egg and unscramble the letters to come up with a word to win a small prize. The drop-in program started last weekend and continues until Easter Sunday. The arboretum, which sits near the N.C. State Fairgrounds and is part of N.C. State, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Museum of Life and Science has a Jurassic-themed egg hunt where eggs are filled with science prizes and tickets to see Jurassic Park 3D. The hunts are scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Advanced registration is highly recommended as space is limited. Tickets for the hunt are $5 with admission to the museum.
For details about these and other Easter events in the region, check our Easter events database.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham also will mark NanoDays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The event celebrates the smallest science as part of a national festival focused on nanotechnology. They’ll have lots of hands-on activities and presentations. Scientists from Duke, UNC, N.C. Central and N.C. A&T will be among the guests.
And since this is a holiday weekend, here are the hours for popular family destinations:
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.
The N.C. Museum of History is closed Friday, March 29, and Easter Sunday. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday.
The N.C. Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The museum will offer its regular weekend family tours at 10:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, for kids ages 5 to 10 and their adult.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is open all weekend, including Monday (when it’s usually closed).
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill has shows Thursday through Sunday. The weekday shows are designed for school groups, but there may be seats available for the general public.
Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill, designed for ages 0 to 8, is open this weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday (when admission is free).
The N.C. Zoo in Asheboro, about 90 minutes from the Triangle, is open and will begin its summer hours on Friday. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. On Saturday, the zoo will hold its Egg Stravaganza where visitors can meet zookeepers and see animals search for treats inside of decorative eggs. The zoo also is opening its Dinosaurs exhibit, featuring a collection of animatronic dinosaurs, on Friday.