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Weekend Plans: Kids Exchange, Destination Dix, moth hunt, more

Posted July 20, 2016
Updated July 21, 2016

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check’s Out & About calendar and our #100thingsWRAL list of summer fun.

The Kids Exchange consignment sale is open to the public Friday through Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. You’ll find all kinds of deals on clothes, toys and gear for kids. It also starts consignment sale season. Our database has details about more than two dozen sales across the region.

Celebrate the new Dix Park with Destination Dix, which runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at the new park just south of downtown Raleigh. The free event includes Ferris wheel rides, tethered hot air balloon rides, music, a touch-a-truck area and much more.

The Carolina RailHawks host a game at 7:30 p.m., Friday, against Miami FC at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Tickets purchased before the game start at $6 for kids ages 3 to 5 and $12 for everybody else.

Raleigh Little Theatre has “Bat Boy” on stage through July 24. Here’s a description: A half-boy/half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. He joins a family and is taught to act like a “normal” boy. Can he find true love with Shelley, the daughter of the local veterinarian, and will the town ever accept him? Best for ages 12 and up.

The Triangle Scrabble Club hosts a Scrabble tournament at Northgate Mall on Saturday. All experiences and ages are invited to play. There are several kids already part of the competition.

The American Dance Festival wraps up its children’s matinees for the season with a 1 p.m., Saturday, performance from Company Wang Ramirez. The one-hour show at the Durham Performing Arts Center is followed by a free party in the lobby with live music, face painting, snacks and other activities. Tickets are $16.

Saturday is Moth Night at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh. The outdoor learning lab of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences invites visitors to find out what’s flying at night. It’s 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday. Attend a brief orientation in the outdoor classroom, then head out to the blacklights and baits to see what’s out and about throughout the night. Bring a flashlight, a camera and your moth questions. There will be special activities for kids - it’s best for ages 8 and up. Kids under 16 must be with an adult. It’s free.

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh celebrates its new, permanent space at North Hills with special events on Saturday and Sunday, including prize drawings, activity stations and storytimes.

The N.C. Museum of Art hosts a free family tour at 10:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. This weekend’s theme is textures in the museum’s collection.


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