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Weekend Plans: Puppet show, improv for kids, birds-of-paradise dancing

Posted January 8, 2014

Courtesy: The Artscenter

Here’s your weekly post on weekend activities! As always, check’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

The ArtsCenter has two family-friendly performances this weekend. The Carrboro center’s family-friendly SuperFun series will feature the Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “The Big Reveal.” Paperhand is known across the region for its creative puppets. Rod puppets, masks and giant puppets, along with live music, are part of Saturday’s show. It’s 11 a.m., Saturday. Tickets are $8 for youth and $10 for everybody else. Kids 2 and under are free. A family four-pack is $32. The show runs about an hour and is designed for all ages.

And at 6 p.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter, Transactors Improv will stage one of its popular hour-long family shows. The unscripted performance is based on audience suggestions and designed for families with kids in elementary through middle school. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and $5 for students.

As part of its Birds of Paradise exhibit, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will host Tail Feather Make & Shake from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, at the downtown Raleigh museum. Tickets are $5 per person and include a pass to the exhibit (which is a lot of fun and very family friendly). Participants will make their own plumed hats, capes and tail feathers with Anthony Hinton, the museum’s Discovery Room Curator, and the Scrap Exchange of Durham. Then you can head over to the exhibit to learn more about the birds and try out their dance moves. Prizes will be awarded to dancers. Registration is required. All supplies will be included. Refreshments will be served. Sounds like fun! Click here for registration information.

Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh will hold one of its Family Fun Nights from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, for families with children with special needs. The after-hours event lets kids play at Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment. It’s free and exclusive for kids with special needs and their families.

Also at Marbles this weekend is the Family Science Olympiad from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The activity for the whole family focuses on science - building bridges, rockets and secret structures. Learn more about genetics, build a skeleton and meet NASA Ambassador (and fellow WRAL blogger) Tony Rice. It’s free with admission, which is $5.

With tickets starting at more than $60, this is definitely not an inexpensive activity, but I’ll mention it because I understand it’s pretty stunning: Shen Yun Performing Arts will showcase classical Chinese dance and music in what is described as an “exhilarating show.” Three performances are scheduled this weekend at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh. The production includes 100 artists, 400 costumes and the only orchestra in the world with both classical Western and Chinese instruments as permanent members.

There are a few spots left for Cary’s Winter Wonderland at Bond Park this Friday and Saturday. The town will be making it snow on the hill across from the park’s community center. Pre-registration is required. Registration will not be available on the days of the event. At last check, slots remained from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday. You’ll need to bring your sled. For details and how to sign up, click here. Tickets are $12 for Cary residents and $16 for everybody else.

The N.C. Museum of Art will host one of its regular Family Fun Saturdays at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the west Raleigh museum. The program is designed for families with kids ages 5 to 11. The fee is $5 for nonmembers and $3 for members. This weekend’s program will explore transportation in art. Families will make a machine “built for speed.” The program includes a gallery tour plus studio workshop. You can register online or in person at the museum. Check the website for details. I’m certain the program will include some discussion of the museum’s Porsche by Design exhibit, featuring the classic cars.

And, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, the N.C. Museum of History will mark Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this month with a craft. Make a paper peace dove in memory of the Civil Rights hero. This is a drop-in program.


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