Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.
Veteran’s Day Parades are scheduled in Raleigh and Fayetteville this Saturday.
The Raleigh parade, runs 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. along Salisbury and Fayetteville streets. It ends on the north side of the State Capitol downtown. From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be music from the Historic Oakwood Second Line Band and the Chesterbrook Academy Children’s Choir, followed by a ceremony.
The Fayetteville parade starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, in downtown Fayetteville.
Yo Gabba Gabba Live! from the popular preschool TV show stops at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh for two performances - at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday. Tickets start at $21.75 per person. Kids ages 12 months and up must have a ticket.
Actor and new children’s book author Tony Hale (of Arrested Development and Veep fame) will be in Raleigh to talk about acting and his children’s book from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Hunt Library on Centennial Campus at N.C. State University. His book will be for sale.
The Apex High School Band Carnival will feature live music, a big slide, inflatables, arts, crafts, a banana piano, silent auction and more. It’s 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $10 for kids under 18 or $30 for a family (adults are free). The band will start the event with a patriotic tribute in honor of Veteran’s Day.
The Raleigh Little Theatre continues its run of “Mirandy and Brother Wind,” as part of its youth series. The show, based on a children’s book, runs on select days through Nov. 16. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.
Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Saturday and several locally owned toy stores are offering some special deals just in time for the holidays.
The toy store at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh will be offering 20 percent off all local items and award-winning toys. All proceeds from the store benefit Marbles, a nonprofit.
Stone’s, the large education store that sits on the border between Raleigh and Cary, will host special activities and crafts, along with prizes and giveaways, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday.
And The Children’s Store in Chapel Hill will have a craft table and giveaways form 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday.
The second annual Peak City Book Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex. The free event includes face painting, writing workshops, cowboy crafts, storytimes and more.
New Hope Valley Railway will offer excursions on its steam and diesel engine this Saturday in southwestern Wake County. Tickets are between $10 and $12 for adults and $7 and $8 for children. The hour-long rides are in open air cars. Visitors also can check out a display of historic train cars and model trains.
Durham schools will host a magnet fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, 800 Clayton Rd. Representatives from Durham's magnet elementary, middle and high schools will be available to answer questions and share information.
Storybook Tales are the subject of performances by the Raleigh Dance Theatre this weekend. The pre-professional dance program will feature pieces based on “Alice in Wonderland” and “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.” Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, will be at all performances to personalize books bought through Raleigh Dance Theatre. Shows are 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, and 3 p.m., Sunday, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Best for kids 3 and up.
And the N.C. Museum of Art will host free activities as part of its pop-up art series. Find them from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, at the west Raleigh museum. This weekend, visitors can bend, twist and wrap wire to form three-dimensional portraits. This is designed for all ages. Kids must be with their adult.