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Weekend Plans: The Lego Movie, First Friday, stargazing at Historic Stagville, camp fairs, more

Posted February 5, 2014

Here’s what’s happening this weekend. As always, check’s Out & About calendar for more activities. Of course, many of you will be headed out to see PG-rated "The Lego Movie," which opens Friday. Click here for local showtimes.

Friday is the first Friday of the month, making it First Friday in downtown Raleigh. See my earlier guide for more information about what’s happening for families, including a trip to “Creepyville,” a talk on parasitic wasps and wire-word necklaces to make.

Historic Stagville and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will host a night sky viewing event at the Durham historic site from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday. The Black History Month event will focus on astronomy, myths and legends from African cultures, along with related stories told by scientists. It’s free.

We have camp fairs. University Mall in Chapel Hill host its 22nd annual day camp fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. And Carolina Parent’s Camp and Education Fair is noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, at St. Mary’s School on Hillsborough Street near downtown Raleigh. At both fairs, parents and kids can meet with camp providers to learn more about their programs and what they offer.

Bright Star Touring Theatre from Asheville will stop at the Chapel Hill Public Library for a 3 p.m., Saturday, presentation of “William’s Adventure in Black History.” The 45-minute production involves William’s history book coming alive, opening a door to 400 years of black history. Young audiences will learn about famous heroes, ground-breakers and key moments in the Civil Rights movement. Best for ages kindergarten to fifth grade. It’s free.

PAGE of Wake County, which offers programs for gifted students and their parents, will have one of its Super Saturdays at Meredith College this Saturday. The event is open to PAGE members, but you can join the group as you sign up for a Super Saturday program. Classes include academic programs for kids and sessions for parents.

Durham Family Theatre presents the world premiere of “Brigid Without a Story.” Shows are this Friday and Saturday and Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids. This is the group’s fourth annual family musical.

Bull City Craft in Durham will host a Valentine Card Party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, at the Durham store. Make Valentine cards with an assortment of papers, glitters, and embellishments. Open to all ages. Make three fancy cards and envelopes plus special "message in a bottle" valentine for $8 or make a set of 24 classroom valentines with Valentine's Day pencil for $20. Registration suggested, but not required. Call 919-419-0800. Click here to see an adorable Valentine’s Day felt bracelet craft, courtesy of Bull City Craft.

Marbles Kids Museum will host a Valentine’s Makeshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. It’s free with admission, which is $5 per person. Make some Valentine’s Day gifts to give to a loved one.

UNC-TV’s Just For Kids 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest is ongoing. The contest seeks pieces from kids in kindergarten to third grade. As part of the contest, they’re having a Writers Contest Celebration from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, at Venture Hall, in the IMAX theater building at Marbles. The event is free and open to the public. The event features a host of PBS mascots and Mr. McFeely from the original Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. I happened on this event last year. It’s a fun one if your kids love PBS characters. The contest runs through March 14.


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