Weekend Plans: Easter egg hunts, family theater, India Fest, more
Posted March 16, 2016
Updated April 4
Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening in the family fun department. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About section for more.
Easter egg hunts! This weekend is one of the major weekends for this season’s egg hunts. You’ll find them at parks across the region - including many in Raleigh - on Saturday. Our Easter database lists the details. A couple of fun egg hunts to point out: The Museum of Life and Science’s Dino Egg Hunt starts this weekend. So does the Easter Bunny Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. (UPDATE: Because of the rainy forecast for Saturday, March 19, the Chapel Hill Community Egg Hunt will now take place Sunday, March 20, from 2-4 p.m. at Southern Community Park).
And Easter isn’t the only holiday this time of year. The town of Cary’s fifth annual Jewish Cultural Festival is 2 .m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, to highlight Purim, which runs from the evening of March 23 to the evening of March 24. Purim’s central theme is caring for the less fortunate. The afternoon includes crafts, performances, traditional foods, a carnival and costume contest for kids. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry. It takes place at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary.
Nuv Yug India Fest is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, at the Exposition Center at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. More than 150 groups will perform during the event, which features dance, music, fashion, skits, martial arts and activities for kids. Daily admission is $6 ($10 after 5 p.m. on Saturday) and free for kids under 5 and after 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh will host a PineCone Kid Jam from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Young musicians, 18 and under, are invited to bring their instruments and play along. Music lovers can learn more about music and make their own instrument to take home. Sounds like a great opportunity for young musicians to get some performance experience! It’s free with admission, which is $5 per person.
In Durham, Northgate Mall and the Durham Arts Council are teaming up again for a free family day for children and their families with food, entertainment, and vendors specializing in children’s activities. The fifth annual Children’s Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Northgate’s Center Court.
We have family performances … “Disney’s The Lion King” is at the Durham Performing Arts Center, “The Wolf” is at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts and Raleigh Little Theatre has “Miss Nelson is Missing.”
Cary’s Marvelous Music Series for Families will offer “The Tortoise & The Hare … The Musical,” presented by Atlantic Coast Theatre. The show is 3 p.m., Saturday, at the Cary Arts Center. Expect a twist on Aesop’s beloved fable. Tickets are $8.
We have consignment sales in Willow Spring and Wake Forest this week.
Morehead Planetarium’s Star Families, for families with kids ages 7 to 12, is 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Saturday. The program, called Time Machine in the Sky, will show how the sky can be used as a clock and calendar. Pre-registration is required for this. Morehead also will host, weather permitting, a free skywatching session from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday, at Little River Regional Park.
Finally, in Four Oaks, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site will mark the 151st anniversary of the Civile War battle with events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. This year’s program will focus on artillery’s contributions to the battle. Visitors can see a recreated Civil War encampment, interact with the living historians and take a guided tour of the Harper House, which was used as a field hospital during the battle. Bentonville Battlefield is about an hour from Raleigh.