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Weekend Plans: Easter egg hunts, Triangle Family Expo, autism event, more

Posted March 20, 2013
Updated March 22, 2013

Happy weekend before Easter! This is a huge weekend for egg hunts across the region. They include big hunts in Apex, Cary, Garner, Carrboro, Hillsborough at the Burwell School, Fuquay-Varina, Durham and at 10 parks across Raleigh. Among the events this weekend is the big egg hunt at Pullen Park in Raleigh. And JC Rauslton Arboretum will host its nature-themed egg hunt starting Saturday. For all the details, check out our Easter events database.

Of course, check’s Out & About calendar for more weekend activities. Here’s your weekend family fun!

Many of you have been following my posts about the big change for Twice As Nice Kids Consignment Sale in Apex. The sale was canceled after vandals broke into the space the owners leased. But, they were able to move the Triangle Family Expo to a new location - Apex Baptist Church in downtown Apex. The expo, featuring businesses that cater to families, activities for kids and more, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Read my earlier post for details.

And we do have some consignment sales this weekend in Raleigh, Wake Forest and Durham. Read my earlier post for details.

The All About Autism Expo is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. I wrote about this event earlier. Launched by a mom, the expo aims to offer information for the newly diagnosed to those with older children. You’ll find local therapists and groups that offer services. Parents can also shop for products and learn more about therapy, diets and other topics. There will be a variety of speakers. You’ll also find a PlayZone, designed for the kids, and on-site childcare services. Advance purchase tickets are $15. While the focus of the expo is on autism, there will be information that is applicable for other neurological disorders including ADD/ADHD, PDD-NOS, OCD and ODD, according to the website.

A Southern Season’s ice cream parlor in Chapel Hill will offer an afternoon of stories from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Stories begin every half hour. The event is free (though, just so you know, you’ll be looking at all of the ice cream right next to the candy area!).

Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex will host a family dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday. No experience or partner is required. Connie Carringer, a traditional dance caller, will teach dances for the whole family. Dance along to an old-time string band. Tickets are $2 per person or $5 per family at the door.

Northgate Mall and the Durham Arts Council will host the second Children’s Festival in Durham from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the mall’s Center Court. It’s free. The day includes performances from the Triangle Youth Ballet, Bouncing Bulldogs, Walltown Children’s Theater and more. The Easter Bunny will arrive at 10 a.m. for a week of photos. Dan the Magic Man will perform. And kids can ride the carousel, bounce in the jump house and try the Power Jump. Local kid-friendly groups will be on hand with information and activities too.

Downtown Raleigh's ChillyFest 2013 takes over the 100 block of Fayetteville Street from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday. The event includes live music, face painting, a beer garden and more, along with lots of chili.

Duke Gardens will host one of its free Discovery Days at its Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. The drop-in event includes demonstrations, stories, experiments and hands-on activities for kids and their adults. It’s 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the gardens in Durham.

India Fest at the N.C. State Fairgrounds runs Saturday and Sunday. The annual festival features performances, music, food and more. Tickets start at $5.

And the Wienermobile is in town! Check my earlier post for the schedule.

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  • dmj Mar 20, 2013

    The Raleigh Boychoir is also having a free concert this Sunday afternoon at 3pm at the Garner Performing Arts Center. There will also be a chance for boys to audition right after the performance.