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Weekend Plans: Valentine's Day Ball, backyard bird count, family-friendly improv, more

Posted February 12, 2014
Updated February 13, 2014

Photo credit: Curtis Brown Photography

I suspect we all will want to get out of the house by the time Saturday rolls around. Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more ideas.

A Mother Son Valentine’s Ball, brought to you by the same group behind the very popular Triangle Father Daughter Dance, which drew 1,600 people a couple of weeks ago, is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, at Marbles Kids Museum. Tickets start at $45 for a mother-son pair. Enjoy music, dancing, light refreshments and after-hours play at Marbles Kids Museum. Click here for more about this dance and the remaining Valentine's Day dances for families.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will mark Darwin Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.., Saturday. The free event includes presentations, demonstrations and lectures, which are mostly designed for all ages. A 1 p.m. talk will feature Edwin Scholes, ornithologist and co-creator of the Birds of Paradise exhibit at the museum.

In Chapel Hill, Kidzu Children's Museum opens its new Launch Pad featuring a Clifford the Big Red Dog exhibit at University Mall. The museum is making the move from University Square off Franklin Street. A full slate of activities are scheduled for Friday to Sunday. Check the museum's website for the full schedule, which includes a Valentine's Day dance party, goodie bags for the first 100 families, visits with Clifford and more. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

The N.C. Theatre opened “Les Miserables,” Tuesday. It runs to Feb. 23. The cast includes Broadway star and Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy and her fourth grade daughter Riley Campbell. Read my Q&A with Kennedy here. I’m told this is rated about a PG-13 because of the subject matter. Check with the box office if you have questions about whether the show is right for your family.

The 17th annual Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Wake County parks have a host of programs as part of it. Many, but not all require pre-registration. Click here to find out what’s planned.

The Museum of Life and Science is focusing on forensics this month with a weekly slate of programs that come free with admission. This week and weekend they’re looking at chromatography, a method that separates a mixture into different components, and handwriting analysis. 

Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill will host a family-friendly improv show from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday. DSI will present “Improv Slam, a modern freestyle comedy battle,” according to a description. It’s designed for all ages.

The N.C. Museum of History will offer two free programs Saturday. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., visitors can learn about African Americans from North Carolina as they make a craft, jump a rope or read a book. And the teen actors from Raleigh Little Theatre will perform “The Golden Doorstop,” part of the Storytellers to Go series. It’s from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum. The play tells how our nation’s first gold rush started because Conrad Reed, a 12-year-old boy in North Carolina, found a rock, according to a description from the history museum.

Marbles Kids Museum and the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society will team up to offer information and activities about healthy teeth. Meet a dentist, make a tooth fairy pillow and more. It's 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, and free with admission, which is $5 per person. (Note: Marbles, which was to be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, will operate under its usual Monday hours from 9 a.m. to noon, because Wake schools will be in session).

The 16th annual Cary African-American Celebration starts at 3 p.m., Sunday, at the Cary Arts Center in downtown Cary. It’s free. The long-running celebration includes a tribute to Nelson Mandela and includes a panel discussion about the struggle for Civil Rights and its influence on South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. The event also includes music. 

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