Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening in the weekend family fun department! As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more.
Disney’s The Lion King is at the Durham Performing Arts Center through March 20. Shows are nearly daily … and sometimes multiple times a day. Tickets are still available, but are going quick for this one! I am so excited to go with my family this weekend! I’m told this live show is absolutely stunning. If you’re bringing kids, know that everybody needs a ticket to enter the show, regardless of age. DPAC recommends it for ages 6 and up. Tickets start at $33, not including taxes and fees.
Morehead Planetarium will be traveling around the Triangle for a couple of skywatching sessions this weekend. Stagville Under the Stars is at Historic Stagville in Durham on Friday evening. Historic Oak View County Park in Wake County will host a skywatching session Saturday.
See the latest IMAX documentary at Marbles Kids Museum for free at noon, Sunday, during the latest Kid Critic Challenge. Go Ask Mom has teamed up to offer a free screening of “National Parks Adventure 3D.” This one is for kids in fourth to eighth grades and their families. After the screening, kids are invited to write a short review of the movie for a chance to win prizes! Pre-registration is required.
JoCo Kids Consignment Sale in Clayton is open to the public this Friday through Sunday (when some items are half off).
FAFSA Day is Saturday at locations across the state. The day is designed for high school seniors, who plan to seek federal and state financial aid. Financial aid experts will be on hand to help guide students and their parents through the application process.
JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh will host a Family Winter Walk from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday. Designed for preschoolers and grade schoolers, the hour includes a walk through the arboretum’s winter garden, a story and a craft. Registration is required for this. The cost is $5 per child.
Hillsborough will host a Revolutionary War Living History Day starting at 10 a.m., Saturday. The day centers around the occupation of Hillsborough by British troops on Feb. 20, 1781. You’ll find demonstrations, children’s activities and more.
Big Nate fans: Author Lincoln Peirce will visit Barnes & Noble at Brier Creek Commons in Raleigh at 6 p.m., Friday. Peirce will sign his new book, "Big Nate Blasts Off," take questions and do a drawing demonstration. You’ll need to show a Barnes & Noble receipt for the new book to get a ticket for the signing line.
The Raleigh IcePlex at 2601 N. Raleigh Blvd. will host a Free Hockey Day at 2:30 p.m., Saturday. Registration is required for this one. The event is open to kids ages 4 to 9 who have never skated in one of the venue’s hockey programs. No previous experience is required. It’s a chance to try out a new sport for free!
The N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh will host a free performance by Storytellers to Go, Raleigh Little Theatre’s teen troupe, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. American Fairy Tale by Judy Dove is set in the “Village of Liver-and-Onions.” According to the description, “the play explores the absurd and whimsical world of “Rootabaga Country” created by Carl Sandburg as he sought to give America its own set of fairy tales.” Great for all ages.
And, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will have family-friendly tours at 10:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. Best for ages 5 to 11 and their adults. They are free!