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Weekend Plans: Mother's Day activities, Donald Duck, Ceres celebration

Posted May 6, 2015
Updated May 7, 2015

Walking along an unpaved trail at the Raleigh museum.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I hope all of the moms out there have a great weekend getting exactly what they want - all kinds of presents or breakfast in bed or homemade cards or even just some time alone.

For Mother’s Day ideas that won’t break the bank or clutter your house, I shared five options earlier this week - including afternoon tea, a walk through one of the region’s many gardens, a Mother’s Day discount at the N.C. Zoo and other fun activities.

Strawberry picking also will be a big hit this weekend. Our strawberry database lists nearly 90 farmers’ market, farm stands and pick-your-own berry farms.

For more weekend activities, as always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar. Here’s your weekend family fun!

Marbles Kids Museum will host a bike rodeo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The Raleigh museum also will host a bunch of Mother’s Day weekend activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. They include homemade snacks for moms, a photo op, and other activities. They are all free with admission, which is $5 per person.

The State Capitol in Raleigh will have a free encampment program and tours featuring character actors at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and hourly from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 919-733-4994. According to a description of the event, North Carolina Governors David Swain and William Graham, and Confederate supporter "Aunt" Abby House will be portrayed. Union Signal Corps Officer Lt. George Round and the formerly enslaved Ellick Moore also are present.

TurtleFest is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs. The free event includes interactive exhibits, crafts, games, live animals and information from biologists, herpetologists and wildlife rehabilitators.

Garner parks department will offer a free screening of "Monsters University" at 8 p.m., Friday, at Lake Benson Park. There's also an option to camp overnight. The cost to camp is $12 per family for town residents and $15 per family for non-residents. Call 919-661-6982 for more details or to register.

The Relative Pitch, a monthly open mic night for young singers and musicians ages 18 and under is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at Sola Coffee Cafe in north Raleigh. Registration is required for performers. The Relative Pitch’s website has more information.

The updated Disney Store at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh will celebrate its grand opening Disney Store opening starting at 10 a.m., Saturday. There will be free gifts for the first 500 guests. From noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, shoppers can meet Donald and Daisy Duck in the promo court for photos.

At The Streets at Southpoint in Durham, a Sesame Street Live friend will be on-site for photos starting at 2 p.m., Saturday. Bring your camera. Buy $65 or more in Macy’s children’s department and get a pair of tickets to see Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend,” which is at the PNC Arena from June 5 to June 7. One pair only per customer while supplies last. This is valid only at the Macy’s at The Streets at Southpoint.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh will hold an I C Ceres Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. The event marks the mission of NASA’s Dawn, which is currently exploring the dwarf planet Ceres. Activities include presentations and build-your-own Dawn models. It’s free.

Sunday marks the start of Bear Awareness Week at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. At 2 p.m. daily, from Sunday to May 16, the museum’s animal keepers will host special presentations at the museum’s bear exhibit overlook. The museum has four American black bears. The programs are free with admission, which is $14.50 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 12.

The N.C. Museum of History has a free make it, take it program from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Visitors can learn how to save memories in a simple paper “time capsule.” And at 3 p.m., Sunday, The Buck Stops Here will perform a free concert. The band creates a unique sound that blends traditional and old-time music with original songs and tunes. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 2 p.m.

At the N.C. Museum of Art, visitors can create their own Mother’s Day tour by finding works in the museum that are related to motherhood. The museum also will host a special Family Fun Saturday event at 10 a.m., Saturday, where families can take a guided walk through the museum’s park and then sketch what they saw. The program is $5 per person and they can fill up. So reserve your spot and get there early.

Happy Mother's Day!

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