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Weekend Plans: Elmo show, Marbles opens new exhibit, Dog Days of June, more

Posted May 29, 2013

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening in the family fun department. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About section for more ideas and search our list of pick your own strawberry farms and public pools.

After being closed for several weeks, the Around Town exhibit at Marbles Kids Museum officially reopens on Saturday with lots of new additions. See my earlier post for more, including some pictures of the work. I’ll have more about this on Friday. Saturday’s activities include a chance to explore big farm trucks, meet a farmer and play with fresh produce. Marbles is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It’s all free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music stops at the PNC Arena in Raleigh for big shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $15 plus fees. Check my earlier post for a ticket discount. I'm looking forward to taking my three-year-old to this one.

The Burwell School Historic Site will host the Blues at Burwell summer concert series as part of Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays in Orange County. The series will kick off with a free concert at 6 p.m., Friday. Bring a chair or blanket. No alcoholic beverages, but the site will provide some punch

Fuquay-Varina’s Celebration of the Arts is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, in the town’s Fuquay District. The day includes lots of free entertainment, children’s rides, inflatables and more. The event also includes a concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday. If you’re visiting Fuquay-Varina, be sure to check out the newly opened 2nd Look Children’s Consignment Boutique, which I featured earlier this week.

Dog loving families can head over to Dog Days of June at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, the event will feature a canine frisbee disc competition, dog washes, rabies vaccines, microchipping clinics and lots of vendors. If you’re considering a dog, there will be folks on hand who can help you select the pet that’s right for your family.

Durham parks will give families a reason to get up and moving during Bull City Play Streets, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Kent and Jackson streets. Activities include line dancing, jump roping, hula hooping and more. There also will be a variety of health screenings and an informational booth about topics such as quitting smoking, teen pregnancy prevention and more. It’s all free and open to the public.

Historic Oak View County Park in Wake County will celebrate the birthday of its two goats at a Barnyard Birthday Bash, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday. The event includes games, activities, cake and a round of “Happy Birthday” to Boyd and Quint, who turn eight. It’s all free.

And there’s another birthday celebration at Kids Together Playground in Cary on Sunday. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., this great playground will celebrate its anniversary with a free event. It includes crafts and a march with KATAL, the Kids Together dragon, in a kids’ parade. Visitors can hear the Kids Together Playground story told in the style of Dr. Seuss and enjoy some refreshments.

New Hope Valley Railway in southwestern Wake County will hold its monthly rides on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Check out the railway’s model train and historic train displays. Then hop on for an hour-long ride (important note: the train ride is open air and there are no bathrooms on the train). Tickets range between $8 and $12 depending on the age of the rider and whether you’re riding the diesel or steam engine. The railway’s website says that not many tickets remain for Sunday, but it’s worth checking on or making plans to attend another ride in the future.

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  • dmj May 29, 2013

    The Raleigh Boychoir is also having their Spring Concert at St. Michael's Church in Raleigh, Sunday June 2, at 4pm.