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Weekend Plans: Groundhog Day, First Friday, MLK Parade, more

Posted January 30, 2013

Even if your weekend doesn't revolve around watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, there's lots to do with Groundhog Day activities, daddy-daughter dances, First Friday in downtown Raleigh and a parade in Durham. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend events.

Here’s your weekend family fun!

First Friday in downtown Raleigh is Friday. Read my earlier post for family-friendly activities offered by local restaurants, galleries and museums.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh will have a day of fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, to mark Groundhog Day. The shadow ceremony will begin at noon on Bicentennial Plaza outside the museum. In Raleigh, Sir Walter Wally makes the prognostication. But there will be other activities and programs throughout the day. It’s all free.

In Garner, Mortimer will be the groundhog looking for his shadow at a special event at White Deer Park Nature Center, 2400 Aversboro Rd., starting at 10 a.m. Mortimer will make his prediction at noon. The event includes crafts, games, educational activities and live animals. Parking is at Lake Benson Park, which is across the street from White Deer Park, which is one of my favorite parks in the Triangle.

We have daddy-daughter dances. The Triangle Area Father Daughter Dance at Marbles Kids Museum is Saturday evening. Church Alive in Fuquay-Varina will host The Princess Ball on Friday. Cary Ballet Company is planning an event on Saturday. And Nash County has a dance. Tickets for some, but not all, of these events may be sold out. Check my earlier post for details.

Rex Healthcare will hold its 2013 Women’s Community Service Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Six Forks Road. The event lets women match their skills and abilities with the needs of local groups. No registration is required. You can just show up. And women are welcome to bring their daughters, age 16 or older. Lunch is included.

The 10th annual Durham MLK/Black History Month Parade starts off at noon, Saturday, at W.G. Pearson Elementary School on Fayetteville Street and ends at N.C. Central. See marching bands, floats, drum lines and more.

The Clayton Center will come alive with the sounds of music during a Sing-A-Long Sound of Music at 2 p.m., Saturday. Sing along to the classic movie. Clayton’s mayor will be on hand to hand out a kit with props to pull out during different parts of the movie. And if you come dressed as a character, you can go on stage. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for kids 18 and under.

The Durham District of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual Cub Scout Pinewoood Derby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Northgate Mall Center Court. It’s free and open to the public. Each car is designed and crafted by the individual Cub Scout to meet the specifications of the Pinewood Derby. This competition is to determine which Cub Scout designed the Fastest Car, Most Beautiful Car, or Most Original Car in the district. I took my older daughter to a Pinewood Derby when she was about four and she absolutely loved watching the cars and the kids who made them.

And Baron Von Rumblebuss will rock the Broad Street Cafe in Durham, part of its BSC Kids Series. The free concert is 4:30 p.m., Sunday. Hear songs about robots, superheroes and more with some echoes of the Kinks, The Who and Devo, among others. This one will be fun.

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