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Weekend Plans: The Okee Dokee Brothers, teen fests, Winnie the Pooh, spring football, more

Posted April 10, 2013
Updated April 12, 2013

Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden at Duke Gardens

A gorgeous weekend is ahead of us. And while I’ll be gearing up for the RunRaleigh Half Marathon, my first half marathon, on Sunday, I know many others will be looking for things to do.

Here’s what’s happening. As always, check’s Out & About calendar for more activities.

The Okee Dokee Brothers, who won the Grammy for Best Children’s Album this year, stop at The ArtsCenter for a show at 11 a.m., Saturday. The duo, who are life-long friends, along with a fiddle player will be performing songs from their award-winning album, “Can You Canoe?,” which I highly recommend. Read my earlier post and Q&A with the group for details.

We have two big events for teens this weekend. The Teen Art Scene is noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. And Chapel Hill will wrap up its teen week with a Youth Fest at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, along with events Thursday and Friday evening.

The Children’s Cooperative Playschool will hold its consignment sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at 2025 Ephesus Church Rd., Chapel Hill. You’ll find new and used children’s clothes, toys and equipment, along with maternity and nursing wear. Proceeds benefit the school, a non-profit preschool for kids ages 1 to 5.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s annual spring football game is 3 p.m., Saturday, at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. Live music, food, merchandise and interactive games will be set up at Bell Tower Park next to the Kenan Football Center starting at 11 a.m. Visitors will get to see Carolina’s new football uniforms. Carolina players will be signing autographs for one hour starting at 12:45 p.m. near Gate 3. The day also includes a four-quarter game. It’s all free. Duke's spring game also is Saturday. It starts at 4 p.m. Admission also is free. (N.C. State’s spring game is next weekend).

The N.C. Science Festival continues this weekend with events across the state, including the UNC Science Expo in Chapel Hill, the Butterfly Bash at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh and the Robot Rumble at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, among many other activities.

I will be heading over to the Duke (formerly Progress) Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh with my preschooler to see “Disney's Winnie the Pooh,” part of the new Storybook Theater series for young children. Read my earlier post for more information about this series of four, one-hour shows, which started with Rapunzel earlier this year. Showtimes are Friday through Sunday. Tickets start at $14 with deals for Marbles Kids Museum members.

Harris Lake County Park in Wake County will celebrate the Longleaf Pine ecosystem during the Longleaf Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The free event at the county park in New Hill features hay wagon rides, a short hike, fire trucks, live animals, a scavenger hunt and a lot more. It's all free.

If I didn’t have my half this weekend, I might be taking my older daughter to the 11th annual Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K Fun Run, which starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham. The event wraps up the spring 2013 Girls on the Run program where more than 675 local girls will finish a 5K finish line for the first time. But anybody is invited to run the race - men and women, girls and boys of any age. The day also includes a post-race celebration with a kids zone, interactive playgrounds, food and more. Girls on the Run is a fantastic program. My older daughter is excited to try it next year.

Boy Scout Troop 39, chartered by University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, will hold its annual Touch a Truck Fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, in the University Mall parking lot in Chapel Hill. Admission is $5 person. Families will pay no more than $20 to get in to see a collection of trucks of all kinds. Kids can touch and climb on the trucks and ask questions about them. They’ll have food and crafts too. This is a very popular event in Chapel Hill!

In Johnston County, the Johnston Community College Performing Arts will host a live version of “Martha Speaks,” at 1 p.m., Saturday. The show, based on the popular PBS series, features a talking dog. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13.50 at the door.

Duke Gardens in Durham has some great options if you want to get outside. Its Nature Ranger Cart will have some free drop-in activities from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday. And a Discovery Day is planned for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday. The free event is at the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden and includes demonstrations, stories, experiments and hands-on projects.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh will hold one of its Citizen Science Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday. Best for ages 8 and up. No pre-registration is required. Visitors will be enlisted in different citizen science projects, collecting and entering data as they walk around the grounds with a naturalist. Future Citizen Science Saturdays are scheduled for April 20 and April 27.

In Durham, Northgate Mall’s Ho-b Max, which sells battery-operated, electronic hobby crafts, will host its free, family-friendly public 1/10 Scale Car Drift Racing Event with model drift cars from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the mall’s Center Court. Northgate Mall visitors age 10 and up can sign up for five-minute rides with remote control drift cars from noon to 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Ho-b Max customers who bring their own drift car will race against Ho-b Max employees.

CAM Raleigh will host a Family Sunday program from noon to 3 p.m., Sunday. The downtown Raleigh museum will offer hands-on crafts, a special family-friendly exhibitions tour at 2 p.m. and more. Admission is $5 and free for kids 10 and under. 

And if you’re around the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, check out the Pinwheel Garden, which will be on display at Diamond View Park through April 21. The pinwheels are part of a national campaign to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. Capitol Broadcasting Company, which Go Ask Mom is a part of, is involved in the display. It’s a wonderful thing to see. My younger daughter loved visiting it last year.

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  • newssaavy72 Apr 11, 2013

    Will sure miss Gio Bernard on the UNC team this season.