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13 family-friendly activities for weekend of June 29 to July 1

Try out the sport of BMX. Take in some outdoor movies. Celebrate a mash up of Star Wars and baseball. And other family-friendly weekend activities.

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Capital City BMX
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
, Go Ask Mom editor

What’s up this weekend? A lot for families. Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front.

And don’t forget:


At the PNC Arena, you can watch on-ice practices and skills sessions with the Carolina Hurricanes for free through Friday. Then, on Saturday, the team will host its annual Summerfest Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the arena. Saturday’s activities include a free Canes Prospect Game, more than 20 inflatables, an autograph session and more.
Capital City BMX is hosting a Free Olympic Day event starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday. Olympic Day is an event designed to introduce the sport of BMX to new riders. Participants need closed toes shoes, long pants and sleeves (elbow and knee pads are acceptable also). All ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. Under 18 will need a responsible adult present. Capital City BMX is found at at Lions Park off Dennis Avenue in Raleigh.
Repticon is Saturday and Sunday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Learn all about different kinds of reptiles and get a chance to interact with a few of them. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids under 4 are free.
Snickerdoodles, the indoor playspace, will host a free Summer Spectacular from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Enjoy free admission, outdoor and indoor activities, games, vendors, characters and more. Best for little ones - preschoolers and younger.
Fred Fletcher Park will launch its free summer concert series with Japanese drumming group Triangle Taiko from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday.


The American Dance Festival will host its final family show of the season at 1 p.m., Saturday. Ronald K. Brown/Evidence will perform at the Reynolds Industries Theater this week. A free party in the theater’s lobby with live music, face painting, snacks and other activities will follow the performance. Tickets are $17.25.
Durham children’s author Melissa Rooney will stop at Durham’s The Regulator for a storytime about frogs, water resources, alliteration and camouflage with her new book “The Fate of the Frog.” Storytimes are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday.

Chapel Hill

The Lumina will host screenings of two movies - the PG-rated “The Greatest Showman” at 8:30 p.m., Friday, and the PG-13-rated "Isle of Dogs," at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, outside on the Southern Village Green. Tickets are $5. Kids under 5 are free.
And Sunday is pay what you can admission day at Kidzu Children’s Museum. The museum is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is usually $8.50 per person over 12 months. Admission is on a donation basis on this day and every first Sunday of the month.


Booth Amphitheatre’s Movies by Moonlight series will feature “Paddington 2,” Friday. Gates open at 7 p.m., movie starts around 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and free for kids 12 and under.

Holly Springs

Saturday is Star Wars Night at the Holly Springs Salamander’s baseball game. The game starts at 6 p.m. The evening includes Special Edition Star Wars jerseys, character appearances by the 501st Legion, music from the Star Wars franchise and other various Star Wars-themed promotions, according to the team’s website The Special Edition Star Wars Jerseys will be auctioned off online with the proceeds going to Special Olympics North Carolina. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to take part in the afternoon’s festivities. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $8.

New Hill

New Hope Valley Railway will host its Brew ‘n’ Choo Luau from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The railway in southwestern Wake County will feature a ride on the open air train, craft beer, barbecue and music, complete with a Hawaiian setting. Tickets start at $10.

Wake Forest

The town will host a family movie night on Saturday at Joyner Park. On the schedule is The Lion King. Pre-show activities start up at 7:15 p.m. and include a meet the animals program with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s free.

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