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Weekend Plans: Outdoor screenings of 'Frozen,' 'The Lego Movie;' train rides, more

Posted July 9, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014


Here’s your weekend family fun! As always, check's Out & About calendar and our Summer Fun Guide for more activities.

The N.C. Museum of Art’s summer movie series features “Frozen” on Friday night. Tickets are $5 and free for kids 6 and under. The outdoor movie starts at 9 p.m. And “The Lego Movie” will be on the big screen at 8:30 p.m., Friday, at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. Tickets are $3 and free for kids under 12.

In more movie news, The Cary Theater in downtown Cary will offer its monthly Saturday morning kids movie at 10 a.m., Saturday. Tickets are $5. The movie is “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” the original one, starring Gene Wilder.

Storybook Theater, which benefits Marbles Kids Museum, started its run of “How I Became a Pirate,” Wednesday. The show runs through July 20 and is based on the popular children’s book of the same name. The story follows young Jeremy Jacob, who is digging in the sand when he is greeted by Captain Braid Beard and his mates, and is recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. I look forward to seeing this one with my kids! Tickets start at $14 for the show, which is at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

New Hope Valley Railway in southwestern Wake County will have excursion on both its steam and diesel engines starting at 11 a.m., Saturday. These one-hour trips through rural Wake County are in open-air cars. The station features historic cars and a model railroad. This is fun fo the train-loving kid. On Saturday, active military personnel and their families ride for free with valid IDs (up to four tickets). Tickets are $7 to $12 depending on age and the engine.

Karen K & the Jitterbugs will perform a high-energy live show at 11 a.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter as part of its SuperFun Series. The 45-minute show is best for preschoolers to young grade schoolers. According to a press release, the show features Karen K’s Bug Out, the fort in her backyard, and her friends Bumble (guitar), the bee who doesn’t like to sting; Hop (bass) who loves karate; and Stink Bug (drums) who adores playing outside but despises taking a bath. Karen K’s best friend Lightning Bug (banjo/guitar) also makes appearances, wearing his lightning cape (he thinks he’s a super hero) and full of adventure. A family four pack to the show is $28.

Author and illustrator Darren Farrell visits Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh with his new picture book best for kids 3 and up. Farrell will share his book "Thank You, Octopus," at 5 p.m., Saturday, at the bookstore on Wade Avenue.

Logan’s, the nursery and garden store near downtown Raleigh, hosts Wipe Out from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The store will have music, a bouncy house water slide, cool treats, kid’s activities, water games and more. Be prepared to get wet!

Back at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary is Around the World with The von Trapps. Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren will perform music from around the world. It’s 7:30 p.m., Saturday. Tickets start at $30. Kids 12 and under are free.

Saturday is Tomato Day at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Starting at 8:30 a.m., try all sorts of tomatoes and get recipes. There’s also live music, a raffle, face painting and more.

Duke Homestead hosts Pork, Pickles and Peanuts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The day includes a barbecue cook-off and juried pie competition. Check out local arts and crafts vendors and enjoy historic cooking demonstrations. It’s free.

Young Lives will have an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser at the 501 E. Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, location from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday. Young Lives is sending 10 teen moms and their babies and babysitters to summer camp this summer. The fundraiser is to help raise money toward camp. The girls and their mentors and volunteers will be serving as restaurant staff. It's $7 per person. Advanced tickets purchased online put you in the running for a $50 gift certificate to Bloomsbury Bistro or Olive Garden.

Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club in Rolesville will host a swim clinic featuring six Olympians and others to raise money for cancer research at N.C. State. The event on Sunday morning is designed for swimmers who are familiar with all four strokes. Read my earlier post for details.

The American Idol Live tour stops at the Durham Performing Arts Center for one show at 7:30 p.m., Sunday. The performance features the show’s top 10 finalists, including two from North Carolina.


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