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Weekend Plans: Kindergarten kickoff, 'Secret Garden,' Packapalooza and more

Posted August 16

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend activities. And our list of 41 summer fun activities include lots of ideas to keep you busy.

You also can get ready for Monday’s solar eclipse by scoping out local events and making a pinhole viewer.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 18th annual summer show continues this Friday through Sunday at Forest Theatre and runs on select days through Labor Day. Then, it moves over to Raleigh for shows at the N.C. Museum of Art. The show, a family favorite for years, is new each year and features puppets of all kinds and sciences, live music and story.

For rising kindergartners and their families, Marbles Kids Museum’s Kick Off to Kindergarten is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. The event is free and features all kinds of activities to get your little one ready for a big year.

Theatre Raleigh’s “The Secret Garden” runs through Sunday at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The show tells a re-imagined musical version of the classic children’s novel. Tickets start at $30.

Celebrate the Wolfpack at Packapalooza, which is 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, at NC State in Raleigh. The free event features lots of music (the Spin Doctors!), food, games and opportunities to meet NC State athletes.

The Social Justice Storytime, a regular series of storytimes featuring books that cover a range of topics, will host a storytime at 10 a.m., Saturday, at 2317 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. I featured the mom who got the series started earlier this week. This month’s topic is bullying. The group also will be holding a school supply drive.

We have one consignment sale this weekend - in Raleigh.

Artspace in downtown Raleigh will host its Summer Celebration from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The event is a culmination of its (great) summer camps, but the public also is invited to check out the work and take part in other activities. It’s free and open to the public.

Northgate Mall in Durham will host a free back-to-school bash on Saturday. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., throughout the mall, will include interactive activities, train rides, a DJ, face painting and giveaways. Rides on Northgate's Wild West Train and inflatables will be $1 per ride. Visitors also can register to win a $250 Northgate gift card and eight $100 gift cards, among other prices.

Support young entrepreneurs during the second Triangle Children’s Business Fair. It’s 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Park West Village in Morrisville. More than 100 kids will be selling their products and services.

And the N.C. Museum of Art will host Tift Merritt & Friends at 8 p.m., Saturday. The concert is family friendly. Merritt, who became a mom in 2016, wants it that way, according to the description. There will be a lot of music, along with play and games for kids and families. Tickets start at $29. Kids under 6 are free.

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