Weekend Plans: First Friday, Halloween Spooktacular, Dora, Junie B., more
Posted October 30, 2013
With the N.C. State Fair over, we have a quieter weekend ahead of us, but there’s still plenty to do.
Here’s what’s happening on the weekend family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar and our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for more ideas. Many pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted houses remain open this weekend.
Friday is the first Friday of the month, making it First Friday in downtown Raleigh. Read my earlier post for details about some of the family fun, which includes a screening of Dracula, a chance to see works by Picasso and more.
The N.C. Symphony launches its Young People’s Series with a Halloween Spooktacular. Shows are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $20. The hour-long concert, best for kids ages 4 to 12 and their adults, features Halloween-themed music. The musicians come dressed in costume. And there are other surprises. Kids should come dressed in costume too. They’ll be able to walk up on the stage. We love these concerts and have season tickets. Can’t wait!
Dora and Junie B. Jones are on stage this weekend in two shows. Dora the Explorer stars in a show at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. The Raleigh Little Theatre will start its run of a holiday show featuring Junie B. Read my earlier post for details.
The Museum of Life and Science hosts some Spooky Science through Saturday at the museum. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, kids can make foggy bubbles with dry ice, make a glow-in-the-dark concoction and more. It’s free with museum admission, which is $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12.
Both Wake and Durham schools are having magnet fairs where you can learn more about the systems’ programs. Read my earlier post for details.
Get another wear out of that Halloween costume at Polar Ice House in Cary. The Halloween Costume Last Hurrah is 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, at Polar Ice House, 1410 Buck Jones Rd. All ages and abilities welcome. There’s a $2.50 admission discount for costumed skaters only.
Cary Band Day is Saturday at Cary High School. Performances start at 11 a.m. and continue until about 11 p.m. Tickets to watch are $8 for ages 11 to 64 and $4 for ages 65 and up. It’s free for kids 10 and under. This is a long-running event that features some great band performances. Because of construction in downtown Cary, there will be no parade this year (but it will return in 2014).
Spencers Theater of Illusion, dubbed a “magical concert for your eyes,” performs one 8 p.m. show, Saturday, at Carolina Theatre in Durham. Tickets start at $24. It’s designed for all ages.
Raleigh Reads continues Saturday at the City of Raleigh Museum. Read my earlier post for more information.
The Love Big Gathering at Apex United Methodist Church, with information about adoption and foster care, is Saturday. Read more here.
And Three Bears Acres will hold a Falls Lake Academy Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Food trucks, McGruff the crime dog, crafts and vendors will be on hand. It’s $10 per child. Parents are free.
And an update: I wrote earlier about the Great Punkin’ Chuck in Cary, which was scheduled for this weekend. It’s been canceled.