Raleigh Little Theatre opens Pinocchio, part of its youth series. The musical opens Friday and runs through April 27 (with a school day show on May 1 that is now open to the public as well). The show, based on the classic tale about a willful wooden marionette, features a cast of local actors. I have enjoyed every show I’ve seen at Raleigh Little Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and teens, $10 for kids 12 and under.
Children’s Day: A Festival of Cary is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at Sertoma Amphitheatre, 801 High House Rd. The day celebrates Cary kids and their diverse cultures with performances, games, magic, face painting and more. It’s free.
Farmers’ markets across the region are open or just opening for the season. It’s a great weekend to check out what’s in season and buy some fresh vegetables and fruits for Easter dinner. Out & About has a great list of the markets in the area.
JC Raulston Arboretum offers its spring egg hunt where kids explore the N.C. State garden in Raleigh, looking for large wooden eggs. Unscramble the message and win a prize. The egg hunt began last weekend and continues daily through Monday (including Friday when many kids are out of school). I’ll have more about it on Go Ask Mom on Friday.
The Museum of Life and Science’s Dino Egg Hunts continue this weekend. Uncover Easter eggs and dinosaurs in this event, which requires tickets.
Duke Gardens in Durham has a couple of free, drop-in activities on Saturday. They are an Exploration Station from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden and a Nature Ranger Cart from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gothic Gate entry. Walk around the beautiful garden and learn more about what you’re seeing at both offerings. It’s a fun add on to a visit.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is Thursday to Sunday in Chatham County. The popular festival features four days of music and dance along with lots of activities for kids. You can camp here for all four days or you can just go for the day. Kids 12 and under are free. The festival includes special areas for kids 10 and under and for kids 10 to 18.
Pullen Park will be a popular spot this weekend. It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, right now.
One note: Marbles will be closed on Sunday for Easter. The IMAX theater will be open.