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14 family-friendly events for weekend of Nov. 29 to Dec. 1

Posted November 27, 2019 9:02 p.m. EST

Ryan Sheehe (Bumble) of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical, Raleigh, NC.  Photo by Rob Orazi

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Here's what's happening on the family fun front. As always, check's Out & About section, along with our guides on:

Our holiday parade and tree lighting post also includes details about upcoming events across the region.


The NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Finally Friday movie series will screen the PG-rated 1984 hit "Gremlins," at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29. Finally Friday movie nights feature a night of trivia and tongue-in-cheek commentary on popular science-themed movies, complemented by experts and hands-on science stations related to each night’s theme. Dinner (such as sliders or tacos), beverages and popcorn will be available for purchase before the show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; movies begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. (Check Common Sense Media's review of the movie to ensure that it's right for your family.)

Marbles Kids Museum's IMAX theater will host a Lights Up Sound Down version of "Frozen 2" at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. The screenings are designed for those with sensory issues who have a better time when the sound isn't so loud and the theater doesn't get so dark.

Marbles also is hosting three 3D screenings of "The Polar Express" at 10 a.m., Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

A Snow White Christmas, starring Michael Campion of Fuller House, Olivia Sanabia of the Disney Channel, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and more, will be at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts for multiple shows starting Nov. 30.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical opens Friday, Nov. 29, at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. It runs on most days through Dec. 24 and is great for young audiences.

If you're hosting Baby Boomers this weekend, take them to Toy Boom, a new and free exhibit at the NC Museum of History. It features toys from the Baby Boom era and offers lots of interactive exhibits for all ages. (The downtown Raleigh museum also has a really interesting exhibit on quilts.)


Duke Homestead State Historic Park is offering photos with Santa dressed in a 19th century Santa outfit. It's 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. The cost is $10 per photo. Reservations not required.

Historic Stagville will host a Thanksgiving Family Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. There will be hands-on activities for families and tours featuring stories of the African-American families who once lived there.

Chapel Hill

The town's tree lighting is 6 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church, 100 S. Columbia St. See the parade and tree lighting post for details.

Wonder Connection, a non-profit that brings science and nature-themed activities to pediatric patients at UNC Hospitals, will showcase its offerings with an afternoon of activities from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Chapel Hill Public Library. This event will show off some of their activities and let kids of all ages participate in several hands on stations. It's all free.


Transactors Improv will host a family-friendly show with a "giving thanks" theme at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets are $10 and $6 for kids.


The town's holiday parade starts at 4:15 p.m., Dec. 1. A tree lighting immediately follows the end of the parade. See the parade and tree lighting post for details.


Hill Ridge Farms' Festival of Lights opens for the season Thursday, Nov. 28. It's open almost daily through Dec. 29.


The town's Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m., Dec. 1. See the parade and tree lighting post for details.