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Weekend Plans Easter Edition: What's open, closed, happening

Posted April 12

The arboretum at NC State will celebrate spring with Raulston Blooms on April 1, 2017.

Happy weekend! We’re taking a little bit of a break this spring break week here at Go Ask Mom, but we won’t leave you hanging if you’re looking for things to do with your kids this weekend. And, as always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Our spring break guide offers all kinds of activities to do with kids, including new playgrounds, the best slides and lots of opportunities to see baseball this weekend, along with a soccer game.

Our Easter events database lists a few more events this weekend. They include JC Raulston Arboretum’s very informal spring egg hunt, which involves looking around the garden for large wooden eggs and unscrambling letters to reveal a word.

Pick some strawberries for your Easter brunch. Many farms are now open for picking. Check our strawberries and fresh produce list and make your plans!

The N.C. Science Festival continues this weekend. The website has details about events across the region. They include Full STEAM Ahead from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Join guest star artists Shannon Newby and Alicia Moyez Mendez to explore science and art through different lenses. Play around with the art of atoms, experiment with chemistry, make a model of coral and more.

Speaking of science, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is asking the public for help as it documents nature for a national competition - the City Nature Challenge. Events are planned Friday at the downtown Raleigh museum and Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

Raleigh Rocks, a Facebook page that encourages people to paint, hide and search for colorfully painted rocks, will be at Blue Jay Point County Park for an informal hide. Read my earlier post for more information about this community art project.

Magician Joshua Lozoff returns for a 7 p.m., Saturday, show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. His show sold out last year. It’s appropriate for all ages and runs 90 minutes with intermission. According to the description, Lozoff combines “his love for the art of magic and his fascination with psychology and human behavior.” Tickets are between $15 and $20.

And, at Northgate Mall in Durham, musician and storyteller Alex Weiss will celebrate Earth Day with songs and stories from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday. It’s free and open to the public.

And here are the Easter weekend hours for popular family destinations:

Marbles Kids Museum is open Friday and Saturday, but will be closed on Easter Sunday. Its IMAX theater will be open.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is open all weekend.

The N.C. Museum of History is closed Sunday, but open Friday and Saturday.

The N.C. Museum of Art is open all weekend and offers a family-friendly tour at 10:30 a.m., Saturday.

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is open all weekend.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill has shows Saturday and Sunday.

Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill is open Friday and Saturday, but closed Sunday.

The N.C. Zoo in Asheboro, about 90 minutes from the Triangle, is open.

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