Weekend Plans: First Friday, Merfest, Peter and the Wolf
Posted December 31, 2014
Updated January 3, 2015
It’s another slow weekend on the family fun front and I’m taking a bit of a break, but there are still activities to keep you busy.
Friday is the First Friday of January, which means downtown Raleigh galleries, museums and restaurants have some special deals. CAM Raleigh will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with free admission, middle school docents, make and take crafts, food trucks and tours through its exhibits. Marbles Kids Museum will be open until 7 p.m. Artspace will be open with various exhibit and artist studios. And there’s more. The First Friday website has all of the details.
N.C. Merfest takes over the Triangle Aquatics Center this Saturday and Sunday. The event features people dressed as mermaids and mermen from across the country. There will be mermaid and pirate-themed activities. The kids zone includes opportunities to swim with mermaids, including one dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid. There’s also a pirate school. Tickets for the kids zone activities are $20. Parents who aren’t swimming don’t have to pay. (UPDATE on Merfest: A Go Ask Mom reader tells me that she took her kids to the event on Saturday and was disappointed by the lack of offerings for kids. If you go on Sunday, be sure to confirm with somebody on site about what exactly is scheduled for children).
The N.C. Symphony’s Young People’s Series offers Peter and the Wolf with concerts at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh. The total ticket price is $31. The performance, designed for kids ages 4 to 12, tells the timeless story and includes members of the Triangle Youth Ballet. Before the concert, enjoy face painting, crafts and the symphony’s Instrument Zoo.
The N.C. Museum of Art will offer its regular family tours at 10:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. These free, 30-minute tours are designed for kids and their families. After the tour on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the museum will pull out one of its Pop-Up Art Carts with a free project designed for all ages. Another free activity from the cart will be offered from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday.