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Weekend Plans: Lemurs, dance, pop-up art, Father's Day fun

Posted June 17, 2015
Updated June 18, 2015

Happy weekend! Check our Summer Guide and’s Out & About calendar for more activity ideas. Our Father’s Day Fun post also lists a number of events happening both Saturday and Sunday, including a Durham Bulls game, summer solstice party, a blueberry music festival, a concert with music from Harry Potter and more.

Here’s the rest of your weekend family fun!

The American Dance Festival, which offers some amazing dance in Durham each summer, will launch its children’s series with a 1 p.m., Saturday, performance at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Pilobolus, a long-time festival favorite, is scheduled to perform. After the one-hour performance, there’s a party for kids in DPAC’s lobby.

The N.C. Museum of Art will host Pop-Up Art in the Pavilion from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday. It’s designed for all ages, but kids must be with an adult. The drop-in program offers art-making activities and adventures inspired by the museum’s park.

Lemurpalooza is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham. The event offers an up close look at lemurs, including the new babies born in May. Tickets are $50 per car. Reservations are required.

The Relative Pitch, an open mic program for kids, will present its first showcase, featuring three very talented young people. It's 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Sola in north Raleigh. The free show features pop/folk vocalist Sydney Stoker, singer-songwriter Brooke Hatala and Bluegrass prodigies The Lang Sisters. I have heard some great things about all three. This will be a lot of fun!

The 2015 Scrub Run is Saturday morning in downtown Raleigh. It includes a fun run for kids, a 5K and a 10K. A fun fest runs 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, with live music, face painting, games and more.

The 11th annual Juneteenth Celebration in Durham this year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery. From 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., in downtown Durham, there will be music, vendors, exhibits and more.

At Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville, the Pollinator Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The third annual event features games, crafts and other activities celebrating bees and other pollinators. It’s free. (Speaking of pollinators, don’t forget that the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill has a months-long series of programs focusing on them).

Historic Yates Mill County Park will have costumed corn grinding sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. The programs offer a chance to learn more about the historic mill and how it works. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids ages 7 to 16.

CAM Raleigh will host one of its PNC Free Family Sundaes from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the downtown Raleigh museum. The afternoon includes access to all of the changing exhibitions on view, middle school docent-led tours, Creation Station hands on arts activities, an interactive create your own sundae activity where the Howling Cow ice cream is the canvas and the toppings are the paint, and art projects that families can take home, according to a description.

And it’s International SUN-day at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, in the Nature Research Center, there will be talks about solar superstorms, solar facts and exploration and solar viewing. It’s free.


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