Go Ask Mom

Go Ask Mom

13 family-friendly activities for weekend of Nov. 8 to 10

Posted November 6, 2019 9:00 p.m. EST

Courtesy: Goldsboro-Wayne Travel & Tourism

Happy weekend! Here's what's happening on the family fun front. As always, check's Out & About calendar.


A Veterans Day Parade is 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, in downtown Raleigh. After the parade, a ceremony is scheduled at 11 a.m. on the north side of the Capitol Building. Best viewing is generally on the streets around the State Capitol.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will take a closer look at the work of famed naturalist Charles Darwin and his impact on modern science during Darwin Day, which runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. It's free and includes lots of hands-on science activities for all ages and a chance to check out a virtual reality activity.

Raleigh Little Theatre will wrap up its run of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," with a special sensory-friendly performance at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. Sensory-friendly performances are designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities. It takes place at Raleigh Little Theatre near Cameron Village. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for kids ages 12 and under.

Babypalooza returns to Marbles Kids Museum this Saturday and brings together local groups and businesses that cater to new and expectant moms and families. The family-friendly event is free to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. A special VIP period is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets for the VIP session are $10.

The annual Jump for the Children Horse Show is at the Hunt Horse Complex at the NC State Fairgrounds through Sunday, Nov. 10, this week and Nov. 13 to Nov. 17 next week. Except for the Saturday evening shows, it's free for spectators to walk in and see what's happening in all four rings. The annual event raises money for Duke Children's. Tickets to Saturday's shows are $10 per person and free for kids 6 and under.

Andrea Beaty, the author behind "Iggy Peck, Architect," "Rosie Revere, Engineer," and "Ada Twist, Scientist," will be at Quail Ridge Books with her new picture book, "Sofia Valdez, Future Prez," at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. During the event, she'll chat about her book. There also will be information about voter registration. To get a ticket for the signing line to have Beaty sign a book, you'll need to order "Sofia Valdez, Future Prez" from Quail Ridge.

The Downtown Raleigh food truck rodeo is noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10. Dozens of food trucks will be parked across 11 city blocks.

And Medicine Mama's Farmacy will host another Drag Queen Story Hour on Sunday, Nov. 10. You can reserve a spot for either the 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. story hours, which will feature Drag King Marco Andro Carter reading stories, along with crafts, dancing and songs.


NC Comicon runs Friday through Sunday at the Durham Convention Center. Tickets start at $20, depending on what day you go. They are free for kids 9 and under who attend with an adult. The event offers all kinds of panels, workshops, vendors and more. Expect plenty of cosplay!

Chapel Hill

If you're ready, Southern Village will host its Holiday Tree Lighting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9. The evening includes music, free hot chocolate and an opportunity to see Santa light the tree.

Morehead Planetarium will host Storytelling under the Stars at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10. Tickets are $3. The hour-long program features Professor Brian Sturm's storytelling class from the UNC's School of Information and Library Science.


The town's Marvelous Music Family Series will present "The Monster Who Ate My Peas," at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Cary Arts Center. Based on the multi-award winning book, the musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas, according to the description. Tickets are $8.


Goldsboro is hosting US Quidditch's 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships this Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10. The event, one of seven regional championships across the country, will feature 25 college teams. The regional events are qualifiers for the US Quidditch Cup, which takes place in April in Charleston, West Virginia. This year's Mid-Atlantic Regional is the first US Quidditch event held in North Carolina. It's free to watch. Goldsboro is about an hour from the Triangle.