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Weekend Plans: Mother's Day events, festivals, 'afternoon with Dr. Seuss,' more

Posted May 10

Courtesy: Durham Bulls

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend activities.

Let’s start with Mother’s Day-related activities …

The Durham Bulls’ homestand includes a bunch of special activities, including a Mother’s Day celebration at the 5:05 p.m., Sunday game. Moms and kids will get to run the bases after the game. There will be fireworks after Friday night’s game. And Saturday is Star Wars Day. Fans at the 6:35 p.m., Saturday, game can take pictures with Star Wars characters. The Bulls also will be wearing specially designed BB-8 uniforms.

The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market at University Place will hold a special Mother’s Day craft market from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

Starting Friday, local Barnes & Nobles will be hosting Mother’s Day storytimes featuring the book, “How to Raise a Mom,” and a craft. Check the store’s website to find out when the event will be held at a store near you.

Marbles Kids Museum will host a special, informal session of Garden Gourmet from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday. Kids can learn how to make a special snack for mom. They also make a card, grow their own garden of paper flowers and more. It’s free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Not specifically designed for moms, but you can congratulate a new mom - one of the red wolves at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham - and maybe get a glimpse of one of her five babies, born in late April. The red wolf pups are on exhibit, though they might not always be on view.

And other activities …

The N.C. Symphony hosts an An Afternoon with Dr. Seuss at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Dr. Seuss' classics "The Sneetches" and “Green Eggs & Ham” come alive in this “megastoopendous musical production,” according to the description. Performers include the symphony and Triangle Youth Ballet. An hour before each concert, there will be activities in the lobby - face painting, the instrument zoo and other activities. This concert wraps up the symphony’s Young People’s Concert series for the season. The hour-long concerts are designed for kids ages 5 to 12 and their adults. Tickets are $25.

Quail Ridge Books hosts a family reading festival from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday. The afternoon includes crafts, activities, costume characters, photo ops, promotional giveaways, author signings and more. It’s designed for babies to 12-year-olds. Here’s a list of the visiting authors:

  • Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087. For ages 9+.
  • Audrey Penn wrote the beloved picture book, The Kissing Hand. Her latest book is Kai to the Rescue, about a fearless little pumper truck trying to fit in. Ages 3+.
  • Lindsay Eyre's Sylvie Scruggs series charmed us from the start, says Quail Ridge’s staff. The most recent is The Spelling Bee Scuffle. For ages 6+.

Also at Quail Ridge, the Raleigh book store, picture book author Adam Rubin will visit at 10 a.m., Saturday, with his book "Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel." Best for ages 3 and up. There will be activities, a story and more.

The free Ritmo Latino Festival is noon to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, on Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St., Cary. In its 13th year, Ritmo Latino offers an afternoon of authentic Latin music, arts and dance. This year’s children’s area is even larger, with performances, crafts and face painting.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill hosts a Teen Science Night on Friday. It starts at 5:30 p.m. with pizza (or another treat). The program begins at 6 p.m. with a discussion on light pollution. It’s free. Registration isn’t required.

It’s time for TurtleFest at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs. The event is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the park on Bass Lake Road. It includes visits with live animals, exhibits, crafts and games. It’s free.

Morrisville SpringFest is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, on Town Hall Drive. There will be entertainment, midway games, rides, music and food trucks. Admission is free, but you’ll need money to buy food at the trucks and play games.

Hop aboard a train at the New Hope Valley Railway in southwest Wake County. Trains depart at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The open-air train rides meander through the leafy countryside. There also will be food and ice cream available for purchase at the station. Tickets are between $7 and $10.

And this one might be perfect for some moms … the GeekCraft Expo RDU is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Durham Armory. Admission is free. Here’s a description from the website: “GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art…if it’s geeky and made by hand, it can be found at a GeekCraft Expo.”

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

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