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Weekend Plans: Skate park opens, outdoor movies, costumed characters

Posted July 29, 2015

The museum offers a mix of movies each summer outside. Courtesy: N.C. Museum of Art

Happy weekend! As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for weekend ideas, along with our Summer Break guide for ongoing summer fun.

A couple of big events are happening in Apex this weekend. On Friday, the town will launch a new Finally Friday series, which will happen on the last Friday of each month and include activities for kids and families. On Saturday, the town will celebrate the grand opening of its new Rodgers Family Skate Plaza at Trackside, a 40,000-square-foot concrete skate park. The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting, food trucks, a DJ and lots of skateboarding. They also will be giving out free helmets and pads, which will be required for skaters.

The N.C. Museum of Art will screen “The Book of Life” as part of its outdoor summer movie series. The PG-rated movie is scheduled for 9 p.m., Saturday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and free for kids 6 and under. The museum also will be hosting a family camp out that evening. Tickets are sold out for the camp out, but the public can still come to just watch the movie.

Marbles Kids Museum will offer Passport China from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday. During the event, you can try calligraphy, knot making, diablos, Chinese painting and Chinese traditional dance with help from a group of students visiting from Beijing as part of a camp at the Global Education Institute. It’s free with admission, which is $5 per person.

Northgate Mall in Durham will host “Every Hero Has a Story,” from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, in the Discovery Nook. The free program offers kids a chance to meet and learn about local service heroes including the EMS, fire department, law enforcement and medical personnel.

Best Day Ever Parties and Events will host a celebration to mark its second anniversary. It's 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at Joyner Park in Wake Forest. Admission is free. The day includes visits with characters such as the “Ice Sisters,” The Little Mermaid, Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, superheroes and more. There also will be games and other activities. Kids are welcome to wear their favorite costumes and bring an autograph book. The event is free, but you should register online if you plan on going.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers will perform shows at the Carolina Theatre in Durham at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday. Tickets start at $32. According to the show’s description: The show involves “the four self-proclaimed eccentric lunatics spicing things up with a zany showcase filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, wild theatrics, arcane errata, and astonishing juggling feats. Formed at UC Santa Cruz in 1973, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been seen around the world, on Broadway, on television, and on the big screen.”

Raleigh Little Theatre’s outdoor movie series will feature “Into the Woods,” at 8:30 p.m., Sunday. The PG-rated movie has some scary moments (I’d recommend this one for tweens and up). It might make a fun evening for moms out there with older kids! A scavenger hunt before the movie is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. It’s free.

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