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Weekend Plans: Festivals, touch-a-trucks, soccer, baseball, more

Posted April 26

Wool E Bull tosses balls to fans from his kart during a Durham Bulls game on July 4, 2012 in Durham, NC.

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

Strawberry farms are open! Pick them at a local farm. And then, celebrate trains and berries at New Hope Valley Railways’ family-friendly Brew ‘n’ Choo Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. There will be train rides, along with local strawberries for purchase, photos with the the North Carolina Strawberry Association mascot and Brüeprint Brewing Company. Tickets are between $10 and $12.

Cary’s annual Spring Daze in Bond Metro Park, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. The day includes more than 170 N.C. artists, four stages with entertainment, food and an Earth Day celebration. The Children’s Village on the Lazy Daze Playground features lots of hands-on activities and crafts. It’s free.

Saturday is Independent Bookstores Day. Shops across the Triangle are celebrating with special storytimes and visits from mascots.

The N.C. Museum of Art’s ArtScene, a free event for teens, is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. There will be art, live music, meditation, tarot card readings and more.

Northgate Mall will host a big children’s book swap Saturday, along with the Friends of the Durham County Library book sale on Friday and Saturday.

Lego-palooza at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill is Saturday and Sunday. The free event, best for kids ages 6 and up, features giant Lego displays.

Raleigh Little Theatre’s run of “James and the Giant Peach,” based on the classic Roald Dahl story, runs through this weekend. Tickets are $17 and $11 for kids ages 12 and under.

The fourth annual Safe Kids Day in Wake County is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Green Road Park in Raleigh. The free event will feature interactive displays and fun games that focus on childhood injury prevention and safety.

Blue Jay Point County Park’s free Songbird Celebration is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The 20th annual celebration at the Wake County park includes hikes and free classes, along with drop-in arts and nature activities and a “rockin robin parade” at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Select Sitters holds another one of its babysitter speed dating events. The next one is 2 p.m., Saturday, and is designed for families looking for summer nannies. It’s at SnickerDoodles, 3721 Lynn Rd., in north Raleigh.

The N.C. Courage, professional women’s soccer team, has a home game at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary at 4 p.m., Saturday. And the Durham Bulls have home games through Sunday.

We have two touch-a-truck events this weekend.

Rescheduled from last weekend, Chapel Hill Boy Scout Troop 39’s 9th annual Touch A Truck is noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, in a new location - the Friday Conference Center at Chapel Hill. There will be lots of trucks, along with kid-friendly activities, entertainment, silent auction with prizes, and food truck alley. Proceeds benefit the NC Children’s Hospital and Chapel Hill Boy Scout Troop 39. Tickets are $6 per person and free for those under 2. Families pay no more than $25.

And the Junior League of Raleigh hosts a touch-a-truck event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the Junior League of Raleigh building, 711 Hillsborough St. Kids will get to climb, explore and touch vehicles of all kinds. A quiet hour with no horns or lights is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Kids one and under are free.

And the Cary Music and Arts Festival, which showcases talented students from Cary area high schools, is 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The concert is free, but a $5 donation to support high school arts programs is suggested. If you go, be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnic. Concessions also will be available for purchase.

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