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Weekend Plans: Symphony concert, improv for kids, family bike ride, movie marathon, more

Posted March 6, 2013
Updated March 7, 2013

Here’s your weekend family fun! As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend activities.

The N.C. Symphony wraps up its Young People’s Series for the season with Rhythm in Your Rubbish at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Duke (formerly Progress) Energy Center for Performing Arts. The concert features two characters from Canada’s Platypus Theatre, who will make music from everyday objects. These hour-long shows are designed for kids ages 4 to 12 and their adults. They are fantastic ways to introduce kids to classical music. I’ll be there. Tickets are $20 a piece. Get there early for some pre-concert activities, including a hands-on craft from Marbles, a visit with UNC-TV’s Read-a-Roo and the symphony’s Instrument Zoo where kids can try out different instruments.

We have nine children’s consignment sales this week and weekend across the region. Check my earlier post for all of the details. Lots of deals!

And there’s another opportunity for some deals. The nonprofit Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (which many know as TROSA) will hold a giant yard sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday, at Lakewood Shopping Center, 2000 Chapel Hill Rd., in Durham. I’m told there will be 35 tractor-trailer loads of goods on sale.

“Snow White, The Queen’s Fair Daughter” continues at the Raleigh Little Theatre near Cameron Village. The show is based on the original folk tale (not the Disney version of the classic story). Shows are scheduled Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 12 and under.

Transactors Improv: For Families!, which is becoming a regular offering at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro will return for a 45-minute performance at 6 p.m., Saturday. The show features short-form improv, which are individual scenes running between 5 and 10 minutes that are based on audience suggestions. Tickets are $8; $5 for students and seniors. They are $10 on Saturday and $8 for students and seniors.

Kidical Mass, part of the 10-day Oaks and Spokes bicycle celebration, is 10 a.m., Sunday. The family-friendly group bike ride weaves through the Mordecai and Oakwood neighborhoods near downtown Raleigh. It's about a half a mile. It starts with a safety demonstration at Oak City Cycling Project. Kids must have a helmet and basic bike riding skills to participate. The ride starts at 11:30 a.m. Parents are strongly encouraged to ride along with their kids.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex will host a free 90’s movie marathon starting at 9 a.m., Saturday. Movies include Toy Story, Mulan, Sandlot, Space Jam, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire and, finally, Forest Gump at 8:30 p.m. You can stay for all of the movies or just one. Contact the arts center for the schedule at 919-249-1120.

The Garner Performing Arts Center will host Theatreworks’ production of “Charlotte’s Web.” The hour-long show tells the story of the classic book by E.B. White. It’s 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Garner center. Tickets are $10. Theatreworks, the country’s largest theater for young and family audiences, recommends the show for kindergartners to fifth graders.

Lauren Potter, an actress from the hit television show, Glee, will be at the Crabtree Valley Mall to meet fans from noon to 1 p.m., Sunday. She's in town to help out a gala fundraiser for Anna's Angel. Read all about her visit in this earlier post from Duke Medicine (our sponsor).

Cary will hold its annual kite festival at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Bond Park. The afternoon includes stunt kite demonstrations and a contest with all kinds of kite flying categories (including best tangle and crash!). It’s all free and open to the public. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.

Also in Cary, the town and its teen council will host the first annual Clowning Around for the Cure, an inflatable carnival to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. It's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Herbert C. Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave. The suggested admission of $4 per person is tax deductible.

This one is for parents: Advocates for Health in Action will host the fourth annual Dig In, a community garden summit at Marbles Kids Museum. Learn more about how communities can be transformed by including edible landscapes and gardens. This event is not designed for children. It’s 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Registration is $10.

In Apex, Eva Perry Regional Library’s Puppet Palooza is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. They’ll have puppet crafts all day, along with some performances. Free tickets will be distributed the morning of the event for some of the performances. For another, you’ll need to register. Call the youth services desk at 919-387-2100 for details.

Soundspace is back at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham. This popular exhibit let’s you essentially “play the room.” Once you enter the exhibit, you can see how your movement creates sounds and images. There are some new additions. They have some special activities this week to mark the reopening. Find them from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m., Sunday. My older daughter loved this exhibit and I’m sure my younger one will too!

And, finally, the Easter Bunnies are coming! They are appearing at area malls starting Saturday! Check out this post, which includes our Easter event database, for all the details.

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