Weekend Plans: Santa visits, tree lightings, movie exhibit, more
Posted November 12, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
It’s not Thanksgiving yet, but we are in full-on Christmas mode at this point. As always, check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar for more weekend activities, including some of the craft fairs around the region.
Santa started appearing at malls last weekend and will add more to his list this weekend. Crabtree Valley Mall will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, for kids 10 and under. You must call 919-787-2506 to RSVP for this event.
We also have tree lightings in Carrboro and Raleigh. Light Up Carrboro at Carr Mill is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday. Luminaries will line the streets. There will be music and free hot cider. The tree lighting is at 7:30 p.m.
And Lafayette Village in north Raleigh will host a tree lighting event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. Santa Claus will light the tree at 7 p.m. There also will be performances, caroling, horse and carriage rides and specials from the merchants.
“Mirandy and Brother Wind,” part of the Raleigh Little Theatre’s youth series, will wrap up its run on Sunday. The story is based on a children’s book of the same name. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill will hold one of its regular Open Minds Cafe: Brainfood for Teenagers events. It’s 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday. The movie features a screening of “Armageddon,” and is hosted by NASA Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice (and a fellow WRAL.com blogger). The program is for teens ages 13 and up. The movie is so famous for its “bad science,” according to Morehead, that new NASA managers are challenged to find an average of one scientific inaccuracy per minute. Pizza will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. It’s free.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences holds its annual Fossil Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at the downtown Raleigh museum. The free event includes family activities, talks and more. They include a fossil dig and fossil shark detectives.
Kidtopia, a free event at the Crown Expo Center in Fayetteville, is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The event includes fire trucks, a kazoo parade, inflatables, games, activities and more.
The N.C. Museum of History will open Starring North Carolina, a new exhibit that highlights the movies and TV shows that have been filmed in our state. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 6. The 8,000-square-foot exhibit will feature props from movies such as Iron Man 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Bull Durham. Tickets are $10; $6 for ages 7 to 17, active military personnel and college students with ID; and free for kids 6 and under. The exhibit will have a variety of special events associated with it. I look forward to checking this one out and sharing more on Go Ask Mom.
N.C. Comicon is Saturday and Sunday at the Durham Convention Center. The weekend includes a costume contest and visits from creators of top movies, comics, TV shows and more. They include Doctor Who, My Little Pony, X-Men, Iron Man and others. Tickets start at $25 for a one-day pass for adults. They are just $2 for a one-day pass for kids 12 and under.
Carolina Dance Foundation will present The North Star with shows Saturday and Sunday at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts’ Fletcher Opera Theater. The family show weaves together the holiday tale of the North Star and an English sea captain who are doing all they can to make it home. Tickets start at $22. The foundation works with young people to build an appreciation for dance.
An LGBT family storytime is 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on South Harrington Street. The event is for LGBT families, allies and supports with kids - babies to first graders. The hour includes stories, songs and activities.
Triangle Truck Day is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Bright Horizons, 800 Weston Parkway, Cary. The event features a collection of trucks and other vehicles for kids to explore. A suggested entrance fee is $5 for kids, free for adults. Proceeds will go to the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.
And kids and adults from across the state will travel to Cary and Raleigh this Saturday and Sunday for water polo tournaments. Proceeds from the tournaments, organized by the Triangle Water Polo Club, will benefit cancer research through Swim Across America. Check the website for details and schedules. This might be a fun event to watch! It is free for spectators.
Uptown Kids in north Raleigh is having its annual toy and baby gear sale at 10511 Shadowlawn Dr, Suite 115, Raleigh. The sale will include some new toys, bikes and ride-ons, Thomas trains and tracks, Barbies and accessories, clothing for 18 inch dolls and more. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, when many items are 25 percent off.
Kidz Celebrate at 6801 Falls of Neuse Rd. in Raleigh has closed its business and is selling toys, fixtures and other items this week. The sale hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.